Summary: Hermione's parents are killed and Severus adopts her. What is Harry's reaction to this, especially when Hermione tells him she likes it with Snape? And how will he deal with it. ALSO: Harry can also be adopted by Snape. Hermione/Harry encouraged.
Summary: What if Hermione was poor and Ron was well off? What if Harry had a good family but Ron was homeless? What if Dumbledore was strict (and still nice) but Snape sometimes bent the rules for Harry or other students? Your goal is to write a story where one or more facts of the Harry Potter universe are flip-flopped and it impacts the story in a big way.
Other ideas (but feel free to ignore and come up with your own):
I wouldn't really like to see a story in which Harry somehow ends up flung into an alternate reality. I'd like to see a story where this has just always been the way of things.
Summary: Snape requires all his students to get a parent's signature on their potions report cards over the summers, and bring it back the first day of class in the fall as a way of making the parents aware of their children's abysmal results. Harry does not get his signed. What will the potion master do? Detention? Try to talk to the Durlseys?
Summary: James is dead, Sirius is a ruthless criminal (he was not put in Azkaban originally) , Lupin is poor and depressed, and Peter is hiding out as a rat. Lily survived, but blames Harry for her husband's death and does not treat him nicely (neglect, psychologically abusing, maybe physical etc). Severus on the other hand is living a successful life. He is smart, good looking, a strict but fair teacher, and the students respect him. What will he do when Harry enters Hogwarts at 11 and reminds him of his childhood bully? We he see past it and discover the boy's neglectful/abusive home life, or will he only see his perfect Lily manipulating him into thinking she's a perfect parent?
Summary: Severus and/or Harry is a centaur.
Details up to the author--could be transformation or always was one; could be known by everyone or kept secret. Any P&S category, AUs encouraged. No slash or manipulative!Dumbledore.
Summary: Lily Potter appears as a ghost to Voldemort (at some point while Harry is at Hogwarts). She tells him that if he saves her baby from the Dursleys, then Harry can be swayed away from the light. Voldemort decides to try and gives the task over to Severus. The rest is up to you.
Summary: Severus discovers that the famous Harry Potter cannot feel physical pain. Perhaps his hand was broken, or maybe a wound was open and bleeding. Either way, Harry, in his battered state, reports to detention, one Professor Snape made clear he could not afford to be late to. Severus is shocked at what he sees, but what truly makes him make a double take is that Harry acts as if he can't feel a thing. The catch is… he doesn't. A trip to the Infirmary confirms it. But there is a deeper reason. Young Harry Potter's accidental magic locked away his ability to feel physical pain in a futile attempt to block his emotional and mental pain caused by the Dursley's unjust hatred. How can Severus Snape, a man turned bitter by pain, explain to a little boy so afraid to feel anything, that sometimes… pain… is… needed?
Summary: What if, instead of Lockhart in Harry's second year, Umbridge had become the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher? How would Harry not only have to deal with the cursed diary and the voices in the walls, but now has to deal with the Ministry and Umbridge's Blood Quills as well? How can a twelve year old take it? Dobby told Harry there would be great danger at Hogwarts. I don't think he had just the diary in mind.
Summary: Hogwarts professors take turns supervising the students during recess times. On several occasions Snape finds Harry severely underdressed for the weather. Will he keep getting the boy in trouble, or eventually look deeper into the issue?
Summary: Draco Malfoy overhears that Harry is hearing voices 2nd year. The ministry gets involved and seizes the opportunity to take custody of Harry in order to control and mold him to their liking. Harry is a pretty resilient kid so they end up subjecting him to some powerful (and harmful) mind magic possibly in an institution. Dumbledore and Snape are working around the clock to get Harry out/returned/back to normal after he is found to be non-responsive or withdrawn due to the ministry's treatment. Maybe throw a little Umbridge in there too to make it harder to get to Harry.
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