shyfoxling: Sirius and Harry looking at photo, text "Damn, this is some quality fanfic." (approve (quality fanfic))
( Jan. 4th, 2017 12:08 am)
SS/HG is not my ship, so I wasn't watching [livejournal.com profile] sshg_giftfest that it was made for, and ran across this on AO3 instead. But. You guys. [livejournal.com profile] mywitch's Farmer Granger and the Most Glorious Cock (AO3 link) is a glorious thing. It's a Little Golden Book parody, so a quick read. The art style is just fabulous and cute, and the naughty writing is clever. NWS at the end; most of it is WS albeit packed with bawdy puns. Author's warning for "Out of control whimsy"!
shyfoxling: Text "Sectumsempra: Latin for 'sadistic bastard'" (humor (sectumsempra))
( Dec. 6th, 2011 11:52 am)
Courtesy of sayurikemiko over on deviantArt, I am pleased to present the following hilarious GIFs of Adrien Brody "ranting" about how he would have been better casting for Snape than Alan Rickman, by sort of matching other words to his mouth movements (in the vein of BadLipReading).

If you really really think Alan's perfect and don't have at least a sense of humor about that, then these may not be the GIFs for you. Please note her warning/disclaimer:

If I offend your sensibilities in any way in regards to Alan Rickman’s portrayal of Snape, I apologize, and kindly recommend you look at something else. I honestly have nothing against Rickman, he’s a great actor in most things, I just can not stand his version of Snape. If you have an obscure and weird sense of humor in regards to a certain book character from HP, perhaps you’ll laugh.

The images are rather large (10-15 MB apiece), so give them a moment to load. They'll run more smoothly after all the frames have loaded.

1. Better casting for Snape
2. Continued
3. Vengeance begins
4. The epic conclusion
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( Dec. 2nd, 2010 09:43 pm)
Too Many Puppies (or on IJ) by [personal profile] acatnamedeaster/[insanejournal.com profile] someoldcat
(Severus, Padfoot, Moony, humor, G)

One word: STICK!!!

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Any Colour You Like by (anonymous)
(Tom Riddle, Dumbledore, gen/dark, PG-13, ~1950 words)
Dumbledore's version of the orphanage visit isn't the only one. Set pre-canon. Prompt: "I just don't think there are any rules to color. You have a small space with no windows? Put lamps in there, make it dramatic, paint the ceiling black. Do something with it. If it's dark, accentuate the darkness." David Bromstad

My sole useless comment on this was "awesome!" It's basically the scene we see in "The Secret Riddle", from little Tom's point of view. The sense of the cold, confrontational emotions in his proto-sociopath mind is really good.

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In the Interest of Peace and Goodwill by (anonymous)
(Harry/Draco, relationship/sexual situation, R; possibly NWS)
Harry really is terrible at giving speeches.

Comic format. I especially liked the way their young-adult faces were drawn on the 2nd page and Draco's off-the-cuff suggestion (and Harry's response) on the 8th page. Oh, and Harry's toes on the 6th page! Guh! And Harry all toffed up on the 9th page. Okay, apparently I had more to say about this than I thought... especially given that H/D isn't usually something I seek out (although I have nothing against it).

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Maybe it's Snapeline (scroll down to the second piece) by [profile] binsybaby (aka Emily Cicierega, as in Neil Cicierega -- whom I have just learned I share a birthday with! woo! -- as in the Potter Puppet Pals)
(Severus, er, well, kinda; parody, G)

If you were bemused by Alan Rickman's wig in DH Part 1, this art is for you. Some other funny things on this page too (I liked Albus Severus's Sorting) but I get the feeling some of them are inside jokes.
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( Dec. 31st, 2009 05:42 pm)
Secret Santa by aramintasnape (Severus/Aurora, sexy fluff, R, 2875 words)
Every year, Albus organises a Secret Santa for the staff. This year, Severus decides to liven up the proceedings...

Three words: Black silk lingerie. Hee! Also, this is set in my favourite under-written era for Severus, the young professor (1980s).

Christ, what was wrong with him? Maybe Albus had slipped him a Get-Totally-Over-Excited-and-Act-Like-An-Idiot-At-Christmas potion on the sly. It couldn't be possible that he was actually looking forward to Christmas presents.

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There must be something in the water mulled wine this year, because besides [livejournal.com profile] mimimanderly's A Visit from Severus, we also have A Visit from St. Severus by hexgirl (both are a strong PG-13 or soft R, I think):

His black eyes they glinted! His skin was like chalk!
His cheeks were like marble, his nose like a hawk!
The sneer on his lips was enough to rouse fright,
And the hair on his head was as dark as the night.


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Sort of oldish, from this summer's Snarry Games:
Connecting the Dotty by [livejournal.com profile] igtow (Severus/Harry, romance/family, PG-13, ~19200 words)
A gentle tale of growing old together.

[livejournal.com profile] igtow's summary pretty much says it. Harry and Severus begin this story aged in the middle of their second centuries, and it's about them and their considerable number of descendents and family dealing with Severus's growing senility -- and, as the story goes on, some of Harry's problems as well. This grabbed me in the gut early on and didn't let go. I'm having a really hard time picking a good excerpt out of this because it doesn't seem to want to be carved into little chunks like that. So... next!

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A Severus Christmas Carol by Strega Arvay (gen/supernatural, PG, ~26900)
What the Dickens? Severus Snape finds himself at the end of the year, feeling particularly foul. Leave it to the 'ghosts' of Christmas Past, Present and Future to set him straight. AU story with DH spoilers! Takes place in Harry's 5th year... sorta.

Probably a cliched idea by now, but I thought this was a good take on it that had its own life and didn't feel limp or stale. Regulus stands in for Marley, and the three spirits are Lily, Dumbledore, and (naturally, given the appearance) a Dementor. It has the predictable ending as it's a clear example of based-on-X homage, but again, I was taken with the way the HP characters were adapted into the known storyline and made relevant there with their own twist.

Snape stood transfixed by the scene in front of him. He wanted to believe with all his might that the heat in his face came solely from the setting sun shining in through the kitchen window. Without looking at Dumbledore, he asked, “Tell me, does [Harry] live or die?”

“That I cannot say, Severus,” Dumbledore sighed. “I only know what lies… well, technically, what lay ahead of me in my life. But I do see an empty chair at the Gryffindor table, and a wand without an owner. If things remain as they are then, yes, I do believe Harry will die.” His voice changed, harsher and cutting. “But he should consider himself lucky, right? Lucky to be so blissfully removed from the torment of this world?”

The echo of his own words cut through Snape like a knife [...]
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( Dec. 31st, 2009 05:42 pm)
Secret Santa by aramintasnape (Severus/Aurora, sexy fluff, R, 2875 words)
Every year, Albus organises a Secret Santa for the staff. This year, Severus decides to liven up the proceedings...

Three words: Black silk lingerie. Hee! Also, this is set in my favourite under-written era for Severus, the young professor (1980s).

Christ, what was wrong with him? Maybe Albus had slipped him a Get-Totally-Over-Excited-and-Act-Like-An-Idiot-At-Christmas potion on the sly. It couldn't be possible that he was actually looking forward to Christmas presents.

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There must be something in the water mulled wine this year, because besides [profile] mimimanderly's A Visit from Severus, we also have A Visit from St. Severus by hexgirl (both are a strong PG-13 or soft R, I think):

His black eyes they glinted! His skin was like chalk!
His cheeks were like marble, his nose like a hawk!
The sneer on his lips was enough to rouse fright,
And the hair on his head was as dark as the night.


-----

Sort of oldish, from this summer's Snarry Games:
Connecting the Dotty by [personal profile] igtow (Severus/Harry, romance/family, PG-13, ~19200 words)
A gentle tale of growing old together.

[personal profile] igtow's summary pretty much says it. Harry and Severus begin this story aged in the middle of their second centuries, and it's about them and their considerable number of descendents and family dealing with Severus's growing senility -- and, as the story goes on, some of Harry's problems as well. This grabbed me in the gut early on and didn't let go. I'm having a really hard time picking a good excerpt out of this because it doesn't seem to want to be carved into little chunks like that. So... next!

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A Severus Christmas Carol by Strega Arvay (gen/supernatural, PG, ~26900)
What the Dickens? Severus Snape finds himself at the end of the year, feeling particularly foul. Leave it to the 'ghosts' of Christmas Past, Present and Future to set him straight. AU story with DH spoilers! Takes place in Harry's 5th year... sorta.

Probably a cliched idea by now, but I thought this was a good take on it that had its own life and didn't feel limp or stale. Regulus stands in for Marley, and the three spirits are Lily, Dumbledore, and (naturally, given the appearance) a Dementor. It has the predictable ending as it's a clear example of based-on-X homage, but again, I was taken with the way the HP characters were adapted into the known storyline and made relevant there with their own twist.

Snape stood transfixed by the scene in front of him. He wanted to believe with all his might that the heat in his face came solely from the setting sun shining in through the kitchen window. Without looking at Dumbledore, he asked, “Tell me, does [Harry] live or die?”

“That I cannot say, Severus,” Dumbledore sighed. “I only know what lies… well, technically, what lay ahead of me in my life. But I do see an empty chair at the Gryffindor table, and a wand without an owner. If things remain as they are then, yes, I do believe Harry will die.” His voice changed, harsher and cutting. “But he should consider himself lucky, right? Lucky to be so blissfully removed from the torment of this world?”

The echo of his own words cut through Snape like a knife [...]
The Right Decision by [livejournal.com profile] unbroken_halo
(200 words, PG)
Double drabble about Severus making the choice and taking the Mark, the first from Voldemort's POV and the second from Severus's.

Highly Toxic by [livejournal.com profile] midnight_ljc
(~530 words plus art, PG-13, mabye barely NWS if a girl in a bra or hints of teenage sexuality are a problem)
Older Severus/Lily (2006). Yummy and tender and sad. I especially like the way he's kissing her cheek and jaw in the last picture. I've had to re-read this a few times before the narrative actually fell together in my head, because it's told kind of backwards, but I love its dreamy quality.

The Raven by [livejournal.com profile] atdelphi
(~800 words, NC-17)
"A play on Poe's famous poem: Filch receives a rather persistent late-night visitor."
Severus/Argus Filch. Wait, wait, come back! It's only a parody, and a hilarious and very well-made one at that. And somehow, even though it's potion-induced and the, er, unfortunate victim of the blast radius is Filch, somehow Severus's insatiability still comes off really hot.

Trusting in Fanfiction by gmweasley
(~475 words, soft R)
Severus/Remus. While we're on the subject of humorous poetry, yeah? This one is original, not parody, but is also quite well-constructed. In brief, I LOLed.
It occurred to Remus one fine day: his past was unrewarding
So off he set to start anew; in short, he stopped Marauding.
He said goodbye to all he'd known; decided to commit.
At last he found (or so it's told) our favourite Greasy Git.


Five things Regulus Black regrets in his life and one thing that he doesn't by [livejournal.com profile] curia_regis
(~1300 words, PG)
This is great in so many ways. I love the Severus/Regulus content, the hints that from the first he doesn't really want to do what his family apparently expects him to, and the quiet bravery. The little bit of Severus expounding excitedly on a potion to little Regulus because he made the mistake of getting him started on the topic is just precious.

Can't Run But by [livejournal.com profile] kaydeefalls
(~5850 words, PG-13)
Gen with Regulus and Draco in alternating sections, eventually dealing with the locket Horcrux. Older stuff again (2005), set after the end of HBP, so canon-shafted now (albeit not that badly). I like the echoes between Regulus and Draco, and Severus gets some great lines in this:
Snape looks over at him sharply. "A coward?" he repeats. "A coward would have exulted at the opportunity before him. Dumbledore was a weak, helpless old man, without even the strength to run. A coward could have killed him."
"So what does that make me?" Draco snaps, his face flushing with shame. "Less than a coward?"
"It makes you a human being," Snape replies shortly.


Players by [livejournal.com profile] snegurochka_lee
(~3500 words, NC-17)
"If Grimmauld Place is a stage, and all the men and women in it merely players, then there really isn't any reason for Snape to take it all so seriously, now is there?"
Again a bit older (mid 2007). Severus/Sirius with plenty of hate in, although it's that special kind of Snacky hate that has clearly got something else going on inside of it. Focuses on how, as Sirius observes, Severus's entire existence is this constructed stage show, and how Severus gets off sexually on that. Characterization is razor sharp on both; I love Sirius's bad attitude and the aside that "Remus isn't any fun any more".
The Right Decision by [livejournal.com profile] unbroken_halo
(200 words, PG)
Double drabble about Severus making the choice and taking the Mark, the first from Voldemort's POV and the second from Severus's.

Highly Toxic by [livejournal.com profile] midnight_ljc
(~530 words plus art, PG-13, mabye barely NWS if a girl in a bra or hints of teenage sexuality are a problem)
Older Severus/Lily (2006). Yummy and tender and sad. I especially like the way he's kissing her cheek and jaw in the last picture. I've had to re-read this a few times before the narrative actually fell together in my head, because it's told kind of backwards, but I love its dreamy quality.

The Raven by [livejournal.com profile] atdelphi
(~800 words, NC-17)
"A play on Poe's famous poem: Filch receives a rather persistent late-night visitor."
Severus/Argus Filch. Wait, wait, come back! It's only a parody, and a hilarious and very well-made one at that. And somehow, even though it's potion-induced and the, er, unfortunate victim of the blast radius is Filch, somehow Severus's insatiability still comes off really hot.

Trusting in Fanfiction by gmweasley
(~475 words, soft R)
Severus/Remus. While we're on the subject of humorous poetry, yeah? This one is original, not parody, but is also quite well-constructed. In brief, I LOLed.
It occurred to Remus one fine day: his past was unrewarding
So off he set to start anew; in short, he stopped Marauding.
He said goodbye to all he'd known; decided to commit.
At last he found (or so it's told) our favourite Greasy Git.


Five things Regulus Black regrets in his life and one thing that he doesn't by [livejournal.com profile] curia_regis
(~1300 words, PG)
This is great in so many ways. I love the Severus/Regulus content, the hints that from the first he doesn't really want to do what his family apparently expects him to, and the quiet bravery. The little bit of Severus expounding excitedly on a potion to little Regulus because he made the mistake of getting him started on the topic is just precious.

Can't Run But by [livejournal.com profile] kaydeefalls
(~5850 words, PG-13)
Gen with Regulus and Draco in alternating sections, eventually dealing with the locket Horcrux. Older stuff again (2005), set after the end of HBP, so canon-shafted now (albeit not that badly). I like the echoes between Regulus and Draco, and Severus gets some great lines in this:
Snape looks over at him sharply. "A coward?" he repeats. "A coward would have exulted at the opportunity before him. Dumbledore was a weak, helpless old man, without even the strength to run. A coward could have killed him."
"So what does that make me?" Draco snaps, his face flushing with shame. "Less than a coward?"
"It makes you a human being," Snape replies shortly.


Players by [livejournal.com profile] snegurochka_lee
(~3500 words, NC-17)
"If Grimmauld Place is a stage, and all the men and women in it merely players, then there really isn't any reason for Snape to take it all so seriously, now is there?"
Again a bit older (mid 2007). Severus/Sirius with plenty of hate in, although it's that special kind of Snacky hate that has clearly got something else going on inside of it. Focuses on how, as Sirius observes, Severus's entire existence is this constructed stage show, and how Severus gets off sexually on that. Characterization is razor sharp on both; I love Sirius's bad attitude and the aside that "Remus isn't any fun any more".
Regulus - dark by fishbizkit
(Regulus, G)
I like the way he's depicted under dim lighting here, which makes his grey eyes almost seem to glow. He's determined and resigned, and looks his young age. The two dark sketches on the background seem alive in that curious way that quick sketches can.

S.B. by melete
(Sirius, G)
Watercolour Sirius, leather jacket and all. He's got a swagger to him that I like, and his haircut is very much like I picture it.

Sirius, for Anita by slytherkins
(Sirius, G)
Forget that guy they showed us in the OotP film (I mean what); this I can believe as the best-looking bloke in school. Has that pretty-boy pureblood thing down pat.

Time by [livejournal.com profile] saridout
(Severus/Harry, PG)
Tender depiction of Harry's death, and what comes after. Great job with the firelight in the scenes. I could swear someone actually wrote a fic inspired by this, but I can't remember where I read it...

PERIL in the Dragon's Lair! by [livejournal.com profile] nimori
(Severus/Harry, artist rates it "R lite", but I'd call it PG, even with Ginny's comic-book boobs -- definitely worksafe)
This killed me. I said in my comment, "This is so awesome I may have just got awesome poisoning", or something like that. Harry, Severus, and Ginny as they would be if printed on cheap pulp in four colours, Spandex, ridiculous storyline and all.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation by littleblackbow
(Severus/Harry, PG)
This doesn't need any more recs but I'm going to do it anyway. It's that good. Harry and Severus are drawn back together through Harry's son and Severus's daughter (who is darling with Daddy's nose). Have a box of tissues handy; you'll need them. (This "universe" has its own IJ asylum, smiths_potters, which includes another video if I remember right, and more stories and art.)

Solace by (still anon, real soon now though)
(Severus/Sirius, PG)
A beautiful piece, clean and fine. So much black hair is, of course, a visual treat (I freely admit this is one of the things that initially attracted me to this pairing), but the urgency and need comes through too. It's meant to be set during the summer after GoF, which makes me wonder if I should be spending more time thinking of that time period re: writing Snack.
Regulus - dark by fishbizkit
(Regulus, G)
I like the way he's depicted under dim lighting here, which makes his grey eyes almost seem to glow. He's determined and resigned, and looks his young age. The two dark sketches on the background seem alive in that curious way that quick sketches can.

S.B. by melete
(Sirius, G)
Watercolour Sirius, leather jacket and all. He's got a swagger to him that I like, and his haircut is very much like I picture it.

Sirius, for Anita by slytherkins
(Sirius, G)
Forget that guy they showed us in the OotP film (I mean what); this I can believe as the best-looking bloke in school. Has that pretty-boy pureblood thing down pat.

Time by [livejournal.com profile] saridout
(Severus/Harry, PG)
Tender depiction of Harry's death, and what comes after. Great job with the firelight in the scenes. I could swear someone actually wrote a fic inspired by this, but I can't remember where I read it...

PERIL in the Dragon's Lair! by [livejournal.com profile] nimori
(Severus/Harry, artist rates it "R lite", but I'd call it PG, even with Ginny's comic-book boobs -- definitely worksafe)
This killed me. I said in my comment, "This is so awesome I may have just got awesome poisoning", or something like that. Harry, Severus, and Ginny as they would be if printed on cheap pulp in four colours, Spandex, ridiculous storyline and all.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation by littleblackbow
(Severus/Harry, PG)
This doesn't need any more recs but I'm going to do it anyway. It's that good. Harry and Severus are drawn back together through Harry's son and Severus's daughter (who is darling with Daddy's nose). Have a box of tissues handy; you'll need them. (This "universe" has its own IJ asylum, smiths_potters, which includes another video if I remember right, and more stories and art.)

Solace by (still anon, real soon now though)
(Severus/Sirius, PG)
A beautiful piece, clean and fine. So much black hair is, of course, a visual treat (I freely admit this is one of the things that initially attracted me to this pairing), but the urgency and need comes through too. It's meant to be set during the summer after GoF, which makes me wonder if I should be spending more time thinking of that time period re: writing Snack.
I haven't the energy and wit to do the whole thing. It's way overdone anyway (*sticks a fork in it*). But I got this far, mainly on the steam of the last line, which was the one that came to me first and still makes me giggle (big lacuna between where I stopped and where that one actually comes in tho):

Ms. Rowling, whose last book came out in ’07:

Come to your senses.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, coming to your senses would be it. The long-term benefits of coming to your senses would be demonstrated by reviews, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own couple of times through the series. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of PoA through HBP. Oh, never mind; you will not understand the power and beauty of PoA through HBP until you've written that horrifying epilogue. But trust me, shortly you'll look back at photos of yourself at booksignings and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous the end could have been.

You are not as "all that" as you imagine.
[no, I don't really know what she thinks of herself; maybe she's humble for someone who's richer than the Queen. but it had the right vowel sound in it.]

Don't worry about killing your characters; just make sure that it makes more sense than trying to get a usable potion out of Neville Longbottom's cauldron. The deaths that are likely to annoy us are apt to be ones that never crossed our worried minds; the kind that blindside us in the first chapter.

[...]

Do NOT kill Snape like that; you will only make your readers angry.
I haven't the energy and wit to do the whole thing. It's way overdone anyway (*sticks a fork in it*). But I got this far, mainly on the steam of the last line, which was the one that came to me first and still makes me giggle (big lacuna between where I stopped and where that one actually comes in tho):

Ms. Rowling, whose last book came out in ’07:

Come to your senses.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, coming to your senses would be it. The long-term benefits of coming to your senses would be demonstrated by reviews, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own couple of times through the series. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of PoA through HBP. Oh, never mind; you will not understand the power and beauty of PoA through HBP until you've written that horrifying epilogue. But trust me, shortly you'll look back at photos of yourself at booksignings and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous the end could have been.

You are not as "all that" as you imagine.
[no, I don't really know what she thinks of herself; maybe she's humble for someone who's richer than the Queen. but it had the right vowel sound in it.]

Don't worry about killing your characters; just make sure that it makes more sense than trying to get a usable potion out of Neville Longbottom's cauldron. The deaths that are likely to annoy us are apt to be ones that never crossed our worried minds; the kind that blindside us in the first chapter.

[...]

Do NOT kill Snape like that; you will only make your readers angry.
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