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Pet Project (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn Andersen on 2nd February 2014 (1)
Tags: Long Novel, AU Jossed, SSHG, Friendship, Romance, Mentor, Culture, Worldbuilding, Spy, OOTP-compatible, Pureblood-Snape, House Elves
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape
(2023K, 332179 words)

Summary: Hermione overhears something she shouldn't and decides that the house-elves aren't the only ones who need protection.

It's hard to figure out what to say about this story, because there is so much goodness in this story. A complex, brilliant and manipulative Snape. This Hermione is critical in the outcome of the war, but not because she's Super!Hermione, but because, just by being herself and growing into her maturity, she is a catalyst for so many other things to happen, a lynch-pin behind the scenes, a bringer-together of people and ideas. Fantastic world-building: Old Magic, Arithmancy, Dark Arts, and the best portrayal of House Elf culture I've seen.

Yes, it's an Epic, but it's still a must-read story.