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There, Where I Can Never Find You (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 18th February 2011 (3)
Tags: Novella, EWE, SSHG, Romance, Amnesia
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape

Summary: You disappear into a moon lit night, and I imagine I might have seen you go if only I'd been paying attention.

This is so well written. The present-tense gives it an immediacy as well as an uncertainty about how it will end. Sorrow and loss permeates this story like cold soaks through a rainy week. The images and words that begin each section are visual poetry. Yes, this is full of angst, but hope and love shine through like breaks in the cloud - and then the author pulls the rug from underneath us again. Sunlight and Moonlight, clouds and storms, the imagery weaves its way through the story.

The characterisation of Snape and Hermione is what makes this even better; they are far from simple, and that complexity shines through even when memory is missing. The complexity and the love.

If you like Snape and Hermione, this is a must-read.

The Essence of Sunset (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 12th February 2012 (3)
Tags: Novella, AU, Worldbuilding, Parallel Universe, Romance, Drama, Illustrated, SSHG, SSHG2011
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape
(340K, 48053 words)

Summary: My chambers are dark, lit only by the glow of the midnight moon. The castle creaks with rawness of stone and antiquity of magic, filled with the power welling up from beneath the mountain and the fire of intention fuelled by our four vibrant streams of magic, combined. It is nearly impossible to recognise this expanse of land from just six months ago: pristine grasses as far as the eye could see, cresting on a tidal wave of green, the shadow of grey stone a skeleton underneath. A spider's web holding together an enterprise that, tonight, feels like folly. I had expected to feel exultant.

I don't quite know what to say about this; creative, brilliant, beautiful, poignant, intriguing, magnificent...

The summary doesn't really tell you what this story is about; suffice to say, it weaves back and forth between the time of the founders, and between different versions of reality, of a Severus we know and a Hermione we don't.

This is a must-read.