|snakeling (snakeling) wrote in snakelingsrecs,|
@ 2007-08-19 22:07:00
|Entry tags:||fandom:harry potter, gen:harry potter, rating:r|
Stronger than Hope, by Alaunatar
Title: Stronger than Hope
Summary: AU after OotP, a few HBP details. An obsessed, grieving Harry has decided on a dangerous way to defeat Voldemort. Snape is paying closer attention than before, but his contempt for Harry blinds him. Eventual Snape as Harry's guardian story.
Characters: Harry Potter, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Voldemort
Warning: graphic violence, suicidal theme.
Harry is more mature and vulnerable than in canon, and yet very believable. Snape is the bastard we all know and love. The characterisation is all around excellent.
Harry's idea to fool Snape, until he got good enough at Occlumency to hold his thoughts always private, was to act the way he'd seen his father act in the Pensieve last year. No, it didn’t make him feel good, or as if James were in the right, but it worked, and that was the important thing. Act just the way Snape had always thought he should act, as if he were arrogant and carried away with his own importance, add in hints at his Death Eater past and the lack of money Harry had surmised from his gray pants, and Snape was unlikely to look for Occlumency. Why should he? He was convinced Harry was incapable of learning it.
It wouldn't work forever. But Harry didn't have forever. He had a few months, at best, maybe only a few weeks or days until he reached the point in his training where he didn’t need to flinch from Snape's eyes.