After Hogwarts closes due to the petrifications on students and an illness sweeping through Hogwarts, the students are sent home in groups and Professor Snape is entrusted by Albus to take Harry home personally. On Christmas Eve, Snape is surprised to see Potter singing Christmas Carols underneath his window in Spinner's End and brings the child inside with the intention of questioning the child and then taking him home, not realizing he was left in Cokeworth by his horrid relatives. With a letter from the head of the Prince family demanding he come to the Christmas celebrations with his child, Severus decides to pass Harry off as his son in favor of not turning the child over to social services or the Ministry due to his lack of a home. Harry, with no place to go and not wanting to return to the Dursleys agrees to the crazy plan. Can this Christmas be a new beginning for both a man regretting his life choices and child who desires to belong to someone? And how will Harry fare among a pureblood family and in a new school out of his comfort zone? Can the Christmas season make miracles themselves happen?
31 Jan 2022 - Updated:
31 Jan 2022
This story is an entry for the Winter 2021 Fest. It also answers the following challenges: Another School, Christmas Carols and Just Pretending as well as using the prompts: Snape makes Harry tea, Snape noticing Harry is never dressed warmly for the weather, Students have to go home for Christmas holidays for some reason and Snape has to either drop Harry off at the Dursleys or pick him up there at the end of the holiday, Harry and Snape get caught out in a snowstorm, Hypothermia. Harry and Severus must share body warmth to survive, An alternative winter holiday celebration (Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Yule, etc) The title comes from two carols: In the Bleak Midwinter (1872) and It Came upon the Midnight Clear (1849).
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