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Never Say Remember (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn Andersen on 6th April 2015 (3)
Tags: Long Novel, Angst, AU, Parallel Universe, Adoption, ?PoA-compatible, Third Year
Characters: Harry Potter, Severus Snape, Lily Evans, Albus Dumbledore, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Remus Lupin
(232K, 94901 words)

Summary: 13-year-old Harry is dragged into another world where he was adopted by Snape. Where his mother is still alive. Where he can't stop feeling like a stranger. And Snape discovers that a new Potter has appeared. One who won't leave him alone. Who knows Snape's deepest secret. As both Harrys search for a way home, they begin to question what home really is.

This was not what I expected. I was expecting a there-and-back-again story, where everyone came out of the incident with warm fuzzies and wisdom. This was much deeper and less simple and less easy than that.

What can you do to a man who has lost everything? Give him back something broken. Yet this story goes beyond even that, and says that, yes, you cannot always mend what is broken, but you still need to go forward, snatching the light from the darkness. That despair is easy, and choosing to hope can be the hardest choice of all.