Summary: Pre Hogwarts. Voldemort's followers discover where Harry resides and are able to get Tom's diary in Dudley's hands. He brings it home, quickly discards it, and Harry picks it up. It starts out as an innocent way for Harry to vent his feelings and play pranks on his family, but soon Tom makes suggestions of more sinister actions which Harry cannot remember doing. Dumbledore senses that there is dark magic at the house, but can't put his finger on what. He call on the potion master to take in the boy to investigate. Snape's patience wears thin as Harry's behavior varies from very timid (Dursley neglect/abuse) to outright evil (diary compelled), and then lies about it (memory lapses). Will he discover what is wrong in time?
Summary: This was inspired by Nothing Without You, by Livia Ethelind. When Voldemort attacks, James dies, but Lily is injured. She and Snape marry. Lily blames Harry for her injuries and James' death so she is unkind to him. Snape is too, at first, but after awhile he comes around and realizes that Harry is just a child who wants to be loved.
Summary: Harry is kidnapped the day he was born (or shortly after) and raised under another identity, so Voldemort (who doesn't know about it) never went after his family. He's been raised not knowing who he is until he comes to Hogwarts.
Sometime during those years, Severus has become his stepfather, either after James died or he and Lily divorced. Younger siblings optional. Severus is also the reason Harry discovers who he is, directly or indirectly.
No James, Dumbledore, Sirius, Ron or Hermione bashing. No slash. Bonus points for creativity with who kidnapped Harry and why. Bonus points for Neville being a main character.
Summary: Lily lives, but only for a few years (then character death, up to you how). When Harry is around 6 (age flexible, but must be pre hogwarts) she reconciles with Snape and they marry. Shortly thereafter she passes away and Snape is left with the boy. They do not get along. Harry is a bit spoiled, jealous and defiant towards Snape. Snape sees James in the boy, is scared of letting himself feel anything and is quite strict and reserved with his emotions. I'm picturing a darker story with a lot of angst/tension in their relationship. Snape is not abusive, but pretty close to it.
The aftermath of Lily's death could involve a period of Harry living with Petunia while Snape figures out what he wants to do. Before Hogwarts Harry must come back to Snape though. They reach a breaking point and it's decided that family counseling will be the best option.
Summary: As a way to get Harry out of the triwizard tournament he is de-aged (physically and mentally). Professor Snape becomes his reluctant guardian, and must deal with both fear (from the Dursleys) and the rambunctiousness of a child in the castle. I have somewhere in the 5-8 year range in mind for Harry but any age would work.
Summary: Leading up to the triwizard tournament Dumbledore requires all students to have their swimming skills evaluated. Non swimmers must take lessons to learn. Guess which category Harry falls in? And the teacher, Professor Snape of course. Takes place end of third year or beginning of fourth. Lessons can be private or semi-private.
Summary: Snape is disguised as one, or more, of Harry's classmates.
Summary: This idea has been in my head for some time now, but I really don’t want to write it, because, honestly, I lack the skills and I’d love to read it.
Severus adopts Harry after a series of events (of your choice), they develop a loving father-son relationship. At some point, the Potters return turning everything upside down.
Severus adopts Harry:
The Potters’ return:
Summary: All Muggle-raised children, when they enter the wizarding world, are legally assigned a wizarding guardian who can help them in situations where they are at a disadvantage.
Summary: In which the sorting hat is outlawed, and new students must be sorted by some other means.
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