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Felix Infelicis (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 4th October 2012 (1)
Tags: Novelette, EWE, Post-Voldemort, DH-compatible, Hurt-Comfort, Potion, Manipulative Dumbledore, Angst, Illustrated, SSHG, SSHG2011
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape
(35K, 12502 words)

Summary: It is said that angels are bright still, though the brightest fell, but we know what the road to Hell is paved with...

Hermione isn't quite a fallen angel, but her road is certainly paved with good intentions. The most interesting aspect of this story is that it subverts the trope of "super-Hermione nurses Snape back to health and he's eternally grateful". Not that I dislike that trope, but this took a much more realistic approach, first addressing the foolishness of trying to do such a thing without help, and second, that such gratitude is not enough for more than a "Hello".

Beware, if you like Dumbledore, the Dumbledore here is not just manipulative, but cold. He's on the edge of what I would think is a "possible" Dumbledore, if you take Dumbledore's reaction in canon when Snape begged Dumbledore to save Lily, and assume that Dumbledore always had contempt for Snape. Because what Dumbledore does here is despicable. As I said, on the edge, but it doesn't quite fall over. Otherwise I would be angry at the author, rather than the character. If you don't like your Dumbledore dark, don't read it. If you do, this is a good example of the genre.