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Summary: Snape learned a form of parkour as a teen to escape his abusive family and bullies.
Summary: I love the couple of Harry & Hermione as much as Snape as Harry's mentor/father figure. Let's have a crossover between the pairings. In it, Hermione must help Harry develop his relationship with Snape by either talking over his feelings, &/or actively helping them work together. She may yell (scold) at Snape if you would like. Whatever you choose, both Harry and Snape must acknowledge, if only in thought, that Hermione has been a big help in developing their relationship. On the other side of things, Snape must help Harry realize how much Hermione means to him and actively encourage him to ask her out/kiss her (whatever). Possibly through a great discussion on how Hermione reminds him of Harry's mother, and he should snap her up before someone else does from under him. The summer before 4th and into 4th year seems like good timing. That's about when Harry started to recognize the other sex. Also, there is a good opportunity summer before 4th year for Hermione to ponder about the interactions that Snape and Sirius had at the end of 3rd year while she is calm. She can realize that Snape must know a lot more and be much more emotionally involved in Harry's parents then they realized. She could then discuss it with Harry and encourage him to "be a Gryffindor" and follow up that area of inquiry. As part of the story, you are welcome to have Hermione convince Harry to change one or all of his electives (or add something) to get him away from Ron some of the time so they have more natural one-on-one interactions. A discussion between the two of them where Hermione encourages Harry to seek out Snape wouldn't go well with Ron in the mix. So the discussion will be between them from the beginning, and move them further away from Ron when Ron doesn't believe Harry about the goblet. Also, adding a more challenging class and dropping, say divination, could bring him to Snape's attention as well. Maybe he looks at Hermione's Runes and/or Arithmancy books while at the Burrow and realizes that they aren't as hard as he thought and asks Hermione about what she thinks about him picking up one or both. Would finding out how smart his parents/parents friends (ex: map and Animagus) were make a difference? Feel free to make the stay at the Burrow longer in the book, if needed. The relationships of both develop and deepen over the year. Maybe to the point where Snape will not be able to spy any more?? Does Voldemort even get resurrected or does the magic synergy of Hermione and Snape being closer to Harry thwart this years attempt?
Summary: Poppy Pomfrey, school Medi-Witch is an under utilized character. Write a story involving Snape and Harry where Poppy saves the day.
Summary: Harry has some special ability due to him being a parselmouth.

E.g. maybe there are spells or potions only a parselmouth can create/use or maybe there's a bit of a wizards magic that he can't ever use for whatever reason but parselmouths can use it
Summary: At the end of the Philosopher's Stone, Quirrel is defeated and an enraged Voldemort possesses Harry as his new host.
Summary: Harry proposes to Snape's girlfriend on his behalf.

Requirements:
-Snape should be Harry's legal guardian/father/mentor.
-Harry could either be a toddler or a teenager.
-The girlfriend could either be a canon character or an OC.

Bonus Ideas:
-Snape is physically, or mentally unable to propose himself.
-Harry wasn't supposed to know about it at first.
-Snape had no intentions to propose, Harry is so enamored with the girlfriend that doesn't see the point in Snape NOT marrying this mystery girlfriend.
-The proposal is done in an over-the-top fashion. possibly in front of a crowd.
Summary: Pigfarts is very very real and although Draco Malfoy and Luna Lovegood are the only ones who believe, an interesting set of events will lead to Harry Potter and Severus Snape believing too. Authors please have fun with this idea!
Summary: There is a physical reason why Harry can never exit the floo without falling over, or knocking into something.
Summary: Professor Snape teaches something other than Potions or Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Option 1: When 1st-year Harry arrives at Hogwarts, this has always been Snape's subject of teaching.
Option 2: Harry starts a new year at Hogwarts and it's announced that Snape is now teaching that subject instead of Potions.

Rules:
  • Must be in-character.
  • Keep Snape's skills/experience intact. Whichever subject he's teaching must be something that makes sense for the skills and knowledge he has - such as Herbology. You can adjust them if necessary, but don't give him entirely new skills or remove canon ones to justify which class he teaches. Headcanons and interpretations of his canon skills or potential are allowed.
  • Harry must take the class (such as, if it's an elective like Care of Magical Creatures than Harry should at least be in 3rd year).
  • Minimum of a few chapters. However, this challenge does not need to be the focus of the story itself (it can be - but that's optional) just a prominent aspect. If you want to combine this with other challenges or plots, go for it.
  • Snape is still Head of Slytherin.
  • Harry should attend the class often throughout the story - not just once or twice shown and that's it.

    It's up to you if Snape chose to teach this subject and enjoys it, or not. And how Harry performs in this class, based on his own skills and/or Snape's teaching methods - and does he therefore do better/worst in Potions with someone else teaching it? What about Neville? Snape can still brew potions in his spare time and have his own storage cupboard, as well as give Harry Potions advice. There's a lot of potential for different interpretations and character interactions here so have fun!
Summary: Write a story with the following line in it: "You know I never thought I'd say this, but pink looks good on Snape."


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