Bohemian Rhapsodi

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A Stranger's Kindness (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 24th May 2011 (1)
Tags: Novella, AU, SSHG, Friendship, Romance, Epistolary
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape
(161K, 30726 words)

Summary: Hermione Granger always knew that her life was on hold for Harry's cause, but a gesture of kindness from a mysterious stranger will soon begin to change her mind. AU, HGSS, In response to a 'Daddy Long-Legs' WIKTT challenge.

This could be considered an epistolary romance in a way (what with Hermione writing in a journal that is read by the Mysterious Stranger) and that gives it a plus for me already. Perhaps I like that style because it encourages a meeting of minds and the development of friendship, and this story has that too.

I like the way that Snape has Slytherin motivations for his actions; he's not just suddenly being out of character in order to further the plot. And there is a plot, too, it isn't just a romance. Voldemort is still out there, and he doesn't mean well.