Don’t be fooled. Fanfiction isn’t all sweetness and light or self-insertion, wish-fulfillment fantasies.
Fanfiction has its fair share of tragedy, angst, and even hurt/comfort stories. And, fair warning to the squeamish among you, it even has a healthy dollop of straight-up horror or just plain horrifying tales.
So, do something a little different. Spike your fanfic diet of sweetness and light with a little walk on the Dark Side (after all they might have cookies!) Here are
The Snape that features in this dark tale of erotica and romance was conceived before the publishing of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, so fans still thought the potions master was as pureblooded and aristocratic as the wizards who populated the Dark Lord’s inner circle.
As a result, the Snape featured here is an elegant and eloquent sadist with a prodigious sexual appetite. When the prostitute he picks up in Knockturn Alley turns out to be a former (and currently of age) student, he decides to turn her into his pampered and well used chew toy.
Whether his feelings for her can grow beyond mere sexual gratification and whether she can survive long enough to benefit are the two questions that generate the dramatic tension around which this story pivots.
This tale is by turns lushly erotic and darkly sadistic with some very explicit sexual scenes and some disturbing incidents of (thankfully non-gory) violence. It’s not for everyone.
You’ll frequently find yourself recoiling at instances of Snape’s sadism. At the same time, though, you’ll find yourself rooting for its hapless heroine and unable to look away until you learn her ultimate fate.
This story takes the beloved Dramione sub-genre – Harry Potter fanfictions that feature a romance between Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger – and gives it a psychotic twist. When newly appointed Head Girl Granger learns that Malfoy is Head Boy she thinks she’s just in for a bit of nasty harassment that she’ll hex Malfoy out of continuing.
Oh, those naïve Gryffindors!
In this Dramione tale, Malfoy is not merely bigoted – he’s a blossoming sociopath with a fixation on making Granger his sexual property. And if he has to break a few eggs, or rather, bruise a few body parts on his intended, he’ll do it.
It’s hard not to recoil as you see Malfoy tie Granger up in knots psychologically and later literally. This is not the tortured, self-recriminating boy in the later Potter books but a fully minted Death Eater in all but name.
Even Snape quails at learning Malfoy‘s plans. But, like his fellow sociopaths, Malfoy manages to expertly cover his tracks or else manipulate others – including Hermione and Snape – into silence. You never see him coming until it’s too late in this tense, nail-biting tale.
Cockroaches and Twinkies (sorry Hostess!) are two of the precious few things expected to survive a nuclear war. When it comes to a magical war, however, swap out cockroaches and swap in Bellatrix Lestrange.
No, the Dark Lord’s darkest Death Eater was not vanquished by Molly Weasley. It is always difficult to believe that she had been, no matter what J.K. Rowling wrote.
Molly was a happy housewife who specialized in domestic chore charms. Bellatrix was an expert in wielding the Cruciatus Curse, a survivor of Azkaban prison, and a mistress of the Dark Arts.
Snape did warn us: the Dark Arts are eternal and ever-changing, always evolving into new and unexpected expressions and forms. So why wouldn’t Bellatrix do the same?
In this chillingly plausible tale, Harry, Hermione, and Ron find their happy ending shattered by a sighting of an apparently living, breathing Bellatrix Lestrange 19 years after the final battle. Not only is she as poisonous and powerful as ever, she has a plan.
More importantly, she has a gift left by the Dark Lord that, unbeknownst to her will take advantage of the weapon that defeated him in the past and turn it to their own dark purposes.
When it comes to Severus Snape and the Marauders, Harry Potter fans generally split into either a pro-Snape or pro-Marauders camp. But both groups would be horrified to learn the backstory between the two men in this dark tale.
But first, why did Snape delay seem to delay in alerting the Order of the Phoenix that Harry and his friends had gone to face Voldemort at the Ministry building? Was he trying to sabotage Harry or the Order? Or was something even more sinister at work?
A routine visit to Grimmauld Place to give his report to the Order members, finds Snape yet again sparring with his old enemy. This time, however, their spat triggers Snape’s recollection of a traumatic memory he’d buried years ago.
It’s a memory that doesn’t involve a werewolf or being dangled upside down in front of his classmates. But it does involve Sirius and it’s enough to send Snape running for the safety of his quarters at Hogwarts where he quietly proceeds to have a slow-motion breakdown.
Meanwhile, Snape’s sudden recollection triggers Sirius’ own and the old marauder finds himself ricocheting between guilt and anger. Eventually, he confronts Snape to try to put things to right but the confrontation only exposes another secret.
And what they think they remember turns out to have been something else – something more chilling – than they realized.
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