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Objectively, Harry knew this moment was always going to come. Everyone knew the Testing took place in fifth year, but his life has been a whirlwind of bad decisions the past four years, and it its mess he'd just... forgotten.
Now, Harry is left navigating a world that's moving almost too quickly for him to keep his head above the current.
His friends are changing, Voldemort is still out there, the Order is up to something, and Dumbledore won't even glance his way.
To top it off, avoiding this stupid 'mandatory Test' is proving to be difficult.
This isn't how he wanted fifth year to go.
Expectation is the root of all heartache - William Shakespeare.
aka that one classification fic where Dumbledore gets it together and everyone we love lives. canon divergence from the beginning of fifth year to the end.
Betrayed and abandoned by everyone who should have loved him, half-yokai Severus falls to the dark side of his nature and gets drawn into the Death Eaters. Only when Lily's life is threatened does he realise the cost of what he has become. Love for his former friend and her son, who sees the truth of him despite everything, guides him to let his half-angelic side dominate his choices from then on out. Meanwhile, Harry won't be pushed out of Severus' life, war or no war, and instead, slowly begins to teach his friend, mentor, and someday-mate what it means to be loved.
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Pains and Contradictions by atypicalsnowman
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
This work isn't hosted on the Archive so this blurb might not be complete or accurate.
18 Aug 2015
When Harry begins to break under the pressures of death and prophesy, help arrives from an unlikely quarter: Snape. Despite their own doubts, manipulations from all sides and hapless interventions combine to bring their two souls together.
Bookmarked by FauxLeo
18 Aug 2015
Spans the last day of 6th year through the end of 7th year. (No Horcruxes and Dumbledore lives.) Already traumatized by Sirius' death the year prior, Harry is in danger of serious emotional or psychological damage when Ron is killed by Death Eaters. Snape is the only one who sees past Harry's mask and understands what he's feeling from his own experience. Others are too distracted by their own troubles or too willing to take his "I'm fine" answer at face value. Snape is also the only one who doesn't believe in coddling Harry by telling him half-truths and lies. As a result, Harry grows attached to him, Snape comes to understand him, and the two develop a bond as troubles continue that summer. Their new friendship deepens into something that might just help Harry defeat Voldemort.