Harry James Potter grew up knowing two very important things: his family was kind of famous in the wizarding world, and his biological father died with honor in battle when Harry was only three-years-old.
Desperate to save his family after learning about the prophecy, James decided to take the Dark Mark; figuring he couldn't defy the Dark Lord as a loyal Death Eater, right? This simple change allowed Lily to survive but he died in the battle allowing Voldemort to take over the Wizarding World.
Harry's now sixteen years old and growing up as a Death Eater's son under Voldemort's oppressive regime has challenged him in ways no one expected, most of all his stepfather, Severus Snape. With the war on Muggles on the horizon, Harry - determined to fight - and Snape, doing whatever possible to keep Harry safe from the prophecy while coming to terms with his own guilt over James's death, must find a way to come together to rid the world of the Darkest Wizard of their time.
Inspired (not exactly) by the challenge Hard Choice by: Lon Wolfgood where James Potter shocks everyone when… he takes the Dark Mark.
Completely AU, no horcruxes, mentor/adoption story, no slash.
Takes Place: 6th summer, 6th Year
Snape flavour: Comforting Snape, Desperate Snape, Kind Snape, Loving Snape, Out of Character Snape, Overly-protective Snape, Secretive Snape, Stern Snape
Tags: Adoption, Alternate Universe, Runaway
Categories: Parental Snape > Stepfather Snape