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Conspiracy Theory (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 9th January 2010 (2)
Tags: Novella, EWE, SSHG, Friendship, Romance, Mystery
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape

Summary: Working as the Ministry's new Keeper of Records turns out to be not quite what Hermione Granger had in mind. It's ... well, dull, dull, boring, and possibly -- no, very definitely -- dull. She has a mountain of information at her fingertips -- a log of everything officially recorded in the Wizarding world -- and most of it's, yes, dull. Then one day, a filing cabinet sticks, and her busy brain notices the smallest clue, one that will have her and Severus Snape struggling to uncover a conspiracy that, if true, will tarnish the Wizarding world's golden post-war view of itself forever.

While this was written for the SS/HG exchange, and thus has a Snape/Hermione romance in it, that is almost incidental compared with the central mystery. Which is a very mysterious mystery.

This story has a lot of picturesque details, such as the dull Ministry lunch food, which bring liveliness and immediacy to the story.

I enjoyed the more relaxed post-War Snape we had here; not that he was any less snarky, just a bit easier to get on with.