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The Secret of Slytherin (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 8th January 2010 (2)
Tags: Novel, AU, Reconciliation
Characters: Severus Snape, Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy

Summary: Amidst misconceptions and reconciliation, the lines that separate the Wizarding World will be destroyed. Enemies will serve one another as friendships are tested and forged. But first, the Sorting Hat Who Will Not Sort has a message for Hogwarts... Sixth year AU.

There were a lot of really good things in this story, starting with what happened with the Sorting Hat. Mind, there were also some mistakes and inconsistencies which should have been fixed, and a number of events were glossed over and only mentioned after the fact, but the rest still makes up for it.

Draco here is very intriguing; clever in a vicious way, making one wonder at his motives, and what he really wants with Harry. I also like the way Hermione and Ron are portrayed; that Ron can actually be a mix of git and insightful, and Hermione isn't just a walking book. Snape is snarky, clever, manipulative (but of course, a good guy!).

I really liked the whole mystery of the Secret of Slytherin itself; how it was built up, how it both used and subverted canon.