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You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost by Alexannah
Summary: Harry is mistakenly believed to be dead, some years before Hogwarts. How and why are up to you. With the Boy Who Lived—and more importantly, Lily’s only child—supposedly out of the picture, Severus has been struggling to carry on. Until Harry turns up alive, shortly before he is due to begin Hogwarts.

Must haves:
- Depressed!Snape at the very least.
- A reasonable reaction to Harry being alive—no jumping straight into canon!Snape.
- A realistic explanation for Harry being alive without the wizarding world aware of it
- At some point, Harry discovers (through any means) just how much his ‘death’ affected Severus.

Can haves:
- Preferably a good relationship with Severus from the beginning
- Muggle (not Dursley)-raised Harry
- Mentor Severus, either voluntarily or out of necessity
- Harry spending some time at Hogwarts prior to the start of term

Can’t haves:
- Harry having a perfect childhood—he can have a nice family by all means, but angst too, please.
- Horcruxes
- Slash
- Character bashing
- Manipulative/uncaring/not-very-nice!Dumbledore

Mired in guilt at failing to protect the Potter boy, Snape takes a week's leave from Hogwarts and ends up reminiscing at a park where he comes face to face with the ghosts of his past.

Takes Place: 0 - Pre Hogwarts (before Harry is 11) - Snape flavour: Depressed Snape, Kind Snape, Out of Character Snape
Tags: Child fic
Categories: Fic Fests > #21 Springfest 2016, Teacher Snape > Professor Snape, Misc > All written in Snape's POV
Rated: T - Warnings: Character Death, Neglect, Out of Character
Chapters: 1 - Completed: Yes - Updated: 11 Jul 2016 / 11 Jul 2016
Series: None - Challenges: You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost

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