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Do I need to fill out form 8843 if I'm not exempt but also do not meet the substantial presence test?It would not be a problem to file 1040-NR without the 8843. After all, the purpose of the 8843 is to exclude days of presence in the USA for the purposes of the Substantial Presence Test. If none of the days during the tax year qualifies for exclusion do not attach the form.
When writing academically and referring to a Bible entry that is preceded by a number, how do you write it out (ie. 2 Timothy 3:16 would be Book two of Timothy, Chapter three, verse sixteen)?Normally, I’d read “2 Timothy 3:16” as “two Timothy, three sixteen,” or, to be more precise, “second Timothy, chapter three, verse sixteen.”As for academic writing (citation), it would depend on your citation format. For example, if you are using MLA format, for your first inline citation you would indicate the version (King James, Revised Standard, New International, etc.—in italics, then the book/chapter/verse)(King James Version, 2 Tim. 3:16)Subsequent citations using the same version can leave it out(John 3:16), etc.MLA Formatting and Style Guide
What would you think is the best method of evaluating schools and/or teachers for quality, so as to reward the really good teachers and penalize (or fire) the ones who are failing their students?This is a question that has been researched, debated, fought over, and studied some more for decades.There are some best practices that have come out of that study.The first thing that anyone who really wants to know how to evaluate teachers for quality truly has to understand is this:You must decouple student outcomes from teacher evaluation.It’s a counter-intuitive thing to say. It’s anathema to those who view education the way we have viewed it for the better part of the last century: through a factory model that aims to spit out students who all fit a certain standard set of molded criteria.But the test scores show… no, dammit. Put the tests results down for a minute. We can come back to those. But they don’t have a lot to do with whether or not someone is a good teacher.The problem is that we do evaluate most of the adult world by work product and outcomes. And thus we want to evaluate educators the same way.Education is unlike any other form of professional work.Every child is unique. Every child has a unique situation. Every child has unique talents, and unique handicaps.Many of them live in poverty. I had students who had to work forty hours a week, after school, to help pay the bills for their family. You think they’ll do well on the state test when they’re not 100% sure where their next meal will come from?I had students whose parents are drug addicts, and so they have to try to support their siblings. You think they care about Shakespeare when they’re not sure whether they’ll have hot water for a shower because Mom spent the electric bill on pills again? These kids are just trying to survive.Even children in stable homes have unique challenges and talents.I had a student who was in a remedial language arts course. She was failing literally everything but art. She wanted to be a comic book graphic artist. Her writer’s notebook was filled with various doodles. She was allowed to design her own project for one unit, and chose to turn the play we were reading into a graphic novel. Her teachers sent me alarmed and angry emails, because she was more tuned out than normal in their classes and was drawing something that she told them was for my class. Three days after I green-lit her project, she presented me with a fully-inked, colored graphic novel of Romeo and Juliet. She’d read the play, on her own, and when she couldn’t understand it, found a modern translation, read it, and created a 50+ page extremely professionally produced version of the play. I encouraged her to try to get it published. I don’t know if she ever did. I think it was the only A she received in my class.This girl could be wildly successful in the world, but her test scores will never reveal that. Her student outcomes will make me look like a failure of a teacher, and every other core teacher in her coursework.And yet, when given the chance to prove her mastery over the standards through her own means, she was able to do so with remarkable success.So, looking at the student outcomes, am I a great teacher, or a shitty teacher?Not to mention that how we assess students does not produce results that in any way reflects the quality of their educators.This will be stuck in your head for the next six hours. You’re welcome.I’ve written several answers and a 70 page legal policy journal article on all of this. I don’t think you want me to cut and paste it here. But trust me: high-stakes testing is utterly useless for showing a) what students actually know, and b) the quality of their educators.Also, stop handcuffing teachers.As Daniel Kaplan’s excellent answer points out, there are dozens of things that sucked up my instructional time or affected my students outside the classroom that I had no control over. Especially in language arts, because that was a class that everyone had to take every year of high school, and they couldn’t justify sucking that time away from the math department, whose proficiency scores were worse than ours. The last year I taught, I calculated that I lost 17.5 hours of scheduled instructional time to the military recruitment day, STARR testing, pep rallies, lockdown drills, you name it.To effectively cover every single standard, and mind you that the Common Core State Standards are pared down compared to previous state standards, would require about 30% more instructional time than I am allotted in a year. Without crippling me by taking that instructional time away for other stuff.A student’s educational success depends so much on the external factors on the student that I have zero control over as a teacher, and on how you actually assess the student.So, stop assessing teachers by student outcomes and stop handcuffing us while you do.Hmm… maybe student and parent evaluations? I mean, you can tell a great teacher by how many students love them, right?Using student and parent evaluations incentivizes teachers to be liked, not to be good teachers.One of the very first things that I learned as a teacher, back when I was still doing my practicum work under observation, was that there is a big difference between being liked and being respected, and that students and parents like teachers who don’t actually challenge them to do anything of substance.I’m serious.The best reviews I got as a teacher were when I stopped assigning homework and we read a book in class with discussion at the end of every chapter.I don’t actually believe it’s because students are lazy by nature, though that’s often the implication. No, I think it’s because students, and parents, are so overwhelmed these days, that they don’t understand the value in what gets assigned. It all seems like busywork.And what’s good for students isn’t always what makes parents happy.That unit I ran with the graphic artist girl?Every student got to design their own projects. I assigned no busywork. No tests. No quizzes. I gave the students eight learning targets and a rubric about what various levels of competency ranging from mastery to minimal competency looked like, and gave the students free rein to decide how to show me they got there. I had tests and quizzes as backups if they couldn’t think of anything.In three weeks, every student signNowed at least proficiency on every standard in the curriculum required by that unit. Every. Single. One. In a class of remedial students not reading at grade level.I was elated. And the principal who had okayed my experiment for this unit came to my office because half a dozen parents wanted me fired. They couldn’t understand how I’d graded it. They could not wrap their heads around the standards-based grading model, even with my parent packet on it.All the screaming about “Common Core Math” is another perfect example of parents who do not understand either standards nor instructional strategies and who are freaking out because they don’t know how to help their kids with their homework, even though these instructional strategies are being taught because they are proven to help students make better sense of mathematical concepts and advance in mathematics more quickly.Most students will evaluate me highly if they feel like there’s value to what I’m doing in the classroom and that they are making real, actual progress. Most parents will do the same.But a lot of these parents and students aren’t ready for the changes required to make a classroom that incorporates educational best practices, and will evaluate a teacher poorly for that. Well, that’s not what Mrs. Smith does!The math teacher next to me in one district had been teaching for 24 years. She wasn’t a great teacher. She’d used the same laminated lesson plans for 22 of those 24 years. Her test scores were… okay. She taught to the test. She never rocked the boat. She usually assigned the standard 20 math problems for homework that didn’t have answers in the back of the book. She graded her tests with a laminated piece of signNow that had the correct answers cut out so all she had to was glance at the sheet and check off right ones. I never saw her at work after 3:30 PM except for parent-teacher conferences.Her students were utterly bored in class, every day. But that was the expectation.I guarantee you those students didn’t take anything away from that class that they used in daily life.Her evaluations were always fine. Student and parent.I challenged my students, every day. I made them think. I made them grapple with concepts. I made them write, a lot. I made them evaluate. I made them evaluate themselves. Probably 80% of my students gave me four or five out of five on my of my evaluations.About 5% of my students hated doing that level of work. I got terrible reviews from them. 0–1 out of 5. (These were usually the parents who wanted me fired.)On the whole, I probably had more 5/5 evaluations than the math teacher. And I certainly had more 0–1/5 reviews. Our averages were probably about the same when all the math came out, I’d guess.But I had students who looked me up years later to tell me how something we talked about in class, some project I made them do, some piece of writing I made them draft or read, had made them a better person. Had made them think. Had come up in conversation at college or work. How To Kill a Mockingbird or Monster made them think about injustices in the world that they saw.None of that showed up in the evaluations, I can tell you.Who’s the better teacher?I mean, I’m gone, and she’s still there.So, who’s the better teacher?And who deserves a raise?So, what does that leave us?Educational researcher Charlotte Danielson asked precisely that same question.There are two bits of research that truly helped me to understand the model and principles of master educators, which can be effectively assessed; the Danielson Framework and Dr. Robyn Jackson’s book Never Work Harder than Your Students. The key takeaway of both of these is simple.Create measurable standards for educational best practices, provide these to teachers, and allow them to show how they meet mastery of those standards.Danielson’s framework is meant to evaluate whether educators are engaging in educational best practices such that they are putting students in the best possible position to succeed. The research she did found that there are core domains of teaching, and that there are specific markers of successful teachers in those domains that can be objectively observed and assessed.In particular, Danielson identified four domains of educational practice:Planning and PreparationClassroom EnvironmentInstructionProfessional ResponsibilitiesWithin each of these domains are specific aspects of teaching that can be assessed. For example, under Planning and Preparation, Danielson identified:1a Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy1b Demonstrating Knowledge of Students1c Setting Instructional Outcomes1d Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources1e Designing Coherent Instruction1f Designing Student AssessmentsThese are all things that are within educators control. And Danielson created these assessments of educator’s practices in such a way as to provide them with a great deal of academic freedom in the individual classroom. She identified objective markers that delineate emerging, minimally competent, proficient, and master teachers.Administrators are trained on how to observe these characteristics. Administrators usually spend one to three course periods a year in the teacher’s classroom doing a detailed observation of the execution of a single lesson plan. Danielson also requires “drive-by” unannounced observations of a few minutes.The rest comes from teachers putting together a portfolio of evidence ranging from lesson plans and curriculum design to videos of student engagement in the classroom.One of my favorite videos that I ever used in one of these portfolios was a lesson where I let the students go nuts. I gave them a small task to draft the best possible form of a certain response to a question and essentially no rules to complete it other than “you can’t bribe or threaten me.” They could work in small groups. They could work individually. They could work as a class. I told them to think about how to handle moochers that didn’t contribute if they decided to work in groups, since they’d all be turning in individual versions of this. The purpose of the lesson was to introduce The Lord of the Flies and the ideas of factions and leadership. One student who looked at my stated daily objectives on the board in the back actually made the connection. It was great. The students were engaged. We had an excellent debrief. Master lesson plan.Also, I’m fairly confident, I’d say within 90%, that no administrator ever watched that video or reviewed my portfolio in any meaningful way. It took me over 40 hours of work, on my own time, to construct that portfolio. It was never so much as referenced in my quarterly evaluations. And I can’t say I blame them: it took me 40 hours to put it together. How much time to review it? If it’s even 10% of the time to review it, (more than that was just video documentation, but let’s say they put it on fast-forward,) then they’re at 4 hours per teacher. I was in a small district, and there were over 50 teachers in the school. 200 hours. Just to review the portfolios. Conservative estimate. Yup… I get it. I understand, admins.The second piece of research that really influenced my understanding of what it looks like to be a master teacher was Dr. Robyn Jackson’s Never Work Harder than Your Students. Dr. Jackson identifies seven principles of master educators.Start where you students are.Know where your students are going.Expect to get your students there.Support your students along the way.Use feedback to help you and your students get better.Focus on quality rather than quantity.Never work harder than your students. (Understand what their job is and what your job is, and don’t do their work for them.)Within each of these, she explains how master teachers understand and apply these principles. These can be objectively evaluated. Teachers can set specific goals to incorporate these principles into their professional work. Doing all seven at once is suicide, but one or two a year of dedicated focus is doable.And that basically brings me to my last point:Give teachers time and ability to show progress.No teacher ever became a master teacher in their first or second year. And teachers may have been coasting for ten years before being given a good model of what a master educator looks like.You have to give teachers time to show improvement, and you have to give them the flexibility and freedom to show that improvement.That means, if you want to reward those really great teacher and fire those really shitty teachers, it’s going to take a number of years. People don’t really have a lot of patience, I’ve found. They want that bad teacher gone yesterday. They don’t want to give them a chance to improve.The single most important thing I found about veteran teachers who made it to become master teachers is that they either were able to fly under the radar and make few enough waves to survive that long, or were stubborn fighters long enough to survive that long.My father was one of the latter. When he started, there were fistfights in the grocery store between parents who wanted him gone and parents who liked him. School board members showed up to our house in the dead dark of night, telling my father that he couldn’t give up and that he had to keep fighting for his job, but that they would deny that they were there if anyone asked. My father walked out of a principal’s office saying, “Fire me if you want. I’m going back to work right now.” I can’t believe he was never canned for insubordination.By the time he retired, he was widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s great educators in music. He’d been recognized as Citizen of the Year and given numerous awards from educational institutions. His choirs had won national competition titles, been invited to the Lincoln Center and to sing at the American Choral Directors Association conference.And even in his final year, there were parents who wanted him fired.My dad figures it took him about twelve years to really start to have a successful program that was consistently recognized as an outstanding program by his peers.I gave up on secondary education after about six years, three full time. By many accounts, I was a pretty good teacher. I wouldn’t call myself a master teacher, because I don’t think I was there long enough to earn that title. Maybe with another five or ten years of practice, I might have started to approach the outward edges of that. Maybe.But if you want to eradicate the “bad” teachers and give bonuses to the “good” teachers every year, you’re going to need probably ten years of data to really sort them apart.I’m going to tell you right now, nobody making the decisions has that level of patience.Thanks for the A2A.Footnotes https://www.danielsongroup.org/f... Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching, 2nd Edition
How do you find new Harry Potter fan fiction to read? What are some good fanfic recommendation pages?I read almost-exclusively Snape-centric fan fiction within the Harry Potter Universe (20,000,000 words and counting! Harry Potter Books 1-7 total at just over a million words). I usually go to FanFiction and the best way I know is to filter by number of reviews. That is usually a good indication of quality though not all amazing stories are highly ranked (perhaps the fanbase is not as large so there's not as much of a pool to generate reviews). Several outstanding stories have not yet received a critical mass of reviews to be found by this method.Since I've read so much Snape fan fiction, I started keeping a list to keep all of them straight. I have also assigned grades based on the Hogwarts grading system (Outstanding, Exceeds Expectations, Acceptable---I'm not including any below that). Although the majority are Snape-centric, I have others (including a Dramione section) at the top. The Snape stories are grouped based on pairing as: Snape/Hermione, Snape/Lily, Snape (as mentor)/Harry (strictly non-slash), Snape/some other character.I hope my list is helpful for others who adore the complexity of Severus Snape and the Harry Potter Universe as much as I do. I've attached it with corresponding grades. If any of the fan fiction writers happen upon this page, it is strictly my opinion.Non-Snape fanficsThe Arithmancer: Beyond Outstanding (Master) Words: 529,129 Rating: TThis story succeeded in so many different ways. Making Hermione a math genius was such an interesting and plausible extension of her character and it was fulfilled brilliantly and creatively. The only drawback was that the author stuck too close to the canon plot devices (though wisely neglected the time travel in the third year). Sequel for this story is currently being updated and I anxiously look forward to those notifications every fortnight. The potential of Arithmancy within the magical world was such an awesome idea and I was thrilled to see someone fulfilled it so wonderfully. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/100... Hermione grows up as a maths whiz instead of a bookworm and tests into Arithmancy in her first year. With the help of her friends and Professor Vector, she puts her superhuman spellcrafting skills to good use in the fight against Voldemort. Years 1-4.The Accidental Animagus: Outstanding Words: 639,507 (Not complete, but according to author notes, will be soon). Rating: TThis author has easily become my HP favorite (and also the author of The Arithmancer, above, which was the motivation for reading this story). It takes off vividly and doesn't let the reader down. It guides the reader through the Hogwarts years but, most thankfully, does not stick so rigidly to Canon which unfortunately was a strike against The Arithmancer. Love this book.https://www.fanfiction.net/s/986... Author Summary: Harry escapes the Dursleys with a unique bout of accidental magic and eventually winds up at the Grangers' house. Now, he has what he always wanted: a loving family, and he'll need their help to take on the magical world and vanquish the dark lord who has pursued him from birth.Harry Crow: Outstanding Words: 737,006 Rating: TThis story is well-written and has many original and well executed ideas that definitely warrant an outstanding grade. For me, the major drawback of this story was that the author constantly brought up easy (and usually bigoted) opponents that are casually defeated by the powerful! and amazing! Harry as he effortlessly floated from ballrooms to battles. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/818... What will happen when a goblin-raised Harry arrives at Hogwarts. A Harry who has received training, already knows the prophecy and has no scar. With the backing of the goblin nation and Hogwarts herself.Dark Prince TrilogyDarkness Within: Outstanding Words: 364,868 Rating: TA Part of Me: Acceptable Words: 271,565 Rating: TDeepest Reflections: Outstanding Words: 418,604 Rating: TI loved the 1st and 3rd stories of this trilogy. Both felt original and true to this character and were wonderfully written and well executed.https://www.fanfiction.net/s/291... What if Wormtail hadn't told Lord Voldemort the Potters hideout. What if he took Harry straight to him instead?https://www.fanfiction.net/s/334... Harry tries to adjust to his new life without Voldemort. But sometimes your past refuses to stay in the past.https://www.fanfiction.net/s/395... Harry gets a chance to see what his life would have been like if Wormtail had betrayed them fully that Halloween night. He swaps his universe for the cannon universe. Canon compliant up until the fourth book.Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality: Outstanding Words: 661,619 Rated: T(At 30,000+ reviews, this is the top ranked Harry Potter story within ff.net so it hardly needs to be promoted here. The first 10-15 chapters are beyond outstanding—they are masterful. And there are glimpses of that same mastery through the rest of the story, particularly at the end. As a scientist myself, I was quite intrigued and excited with the premise and it was obviously executed by a very knowledgeable scientist and it is those sections of the story – the intersection of science and magic—that work so well. Some of the subplots (the extended war games and ‘girl power’ sections) seem like unfortunate tangents) https://www.fanfiction.net/s/578... Author Summary: Petunia married a biochemist, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, and a world of intriguing new possibilities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell...Dramione (Draco/Hermione)Cruel and Beautiful World: Beyond Outstanding (Master) Words: 422,070 Rated: MI loved this beautiful and heartfelt epic story that spans from a dystopian post-apocalyptic world in which Voldemort won the Battle of Hogwarts (the reasons why are eventually revealed). I'm not quite sure how Voldemort, with the Statue of Secrecy gone, was able to take over Muggle London without being overrun by the British/American/European Military Machine, but overlooking that bit, this is a wonderful story that was a pleasure to read. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/898... After years of captivity, Hermione Granger fights her way onto the streets of Voldemort's London with only the knife in her pocket and the blood on her hands. There's a checkpoint on every corner, a curfew enforced by Voldemort's most trusted followers, and the only way back to the Boy Who Lived is through the Death Eater responsible for her capture in the first place.Rebuilding: Outstanding Words: 263,374 Rated: MI wasn't sure about this story in the opening chapters--the Draco/Hermione relationship seemed a bit too rushed. However, it was amazing. Rich, deep, and filled with characters that were struggling in one way or another to recover psychologically from the horrors of war. I adored this story and wanted these perfectly realized characters to keep going and going. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/114... Hermione Granger returns to Hogwarts to help rebuild the shattered castle the summer after the war. She and the other summer resident - and eventually their friends - have to come to terms with how the war broke more than just the walls of the building. Follows multiple Hogwarts students through '8th year' and one additional year of early adulthood.Isolation: Exceeds Expectations Words: 278,881 Rated: MI loved the first 2/3 of this story--it was outstanding. The last third puts us through the familiar paces of the final battle. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/629... He can't leave the room. Her room. And it's all the Order's fault. Confined to a small space with only the Mudblood for company, something's going to give. Maybe his sanity. Maybe not. "There," she spat. "Now your Blood's filthy too!" DM/HG. PostHBP.Revenge Is All The Sweeter: Acceptable Words: 101,194 Rated: M Serviceable, but rather clichéd. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/412... A marriage law has come to pass; an unfaithful boyfriend has been caught and an enemy has been chosen. Draco and Hermione discover the fine line between love and hateA Marriage Most Convenient: Acceptable Words: 183,905 Rated: MServiceable, but rather clichéd. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/545... Hermione lost it all when she divorced. Draco would lose it all by age 30 if he didn't marry. Marriage to each other would be perfect, one would even say it was most convenient. Her daughter even looked like him, although, he wondered why that was.Snape / HermionePost Deathly Hallows (but obviously disregarding epilogue as Snape lives)A New Beginning: Outstanding Words: 200,778 Rating: MWonderfully complex and plotted. Snape manages to survive. 19 years later, he offers Hermione a job) A New Beginning Chapter 1: Prologue, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: A very interesting turn of events concerning a certain Potions Master.Post Tenebras, Lux: Outstanding Words: 313,349 Rating: M(wonderful story and relationship build up, haunting memorable portrayal of Snape) Post Tenebras, Lux Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: "After Darkness, Light." A chance meeting ten years after the war may not be just a coincidence, and may prove to have very far-signNowing consequences. A story of many things, but primarily of healing.Requiem of a Dream: Exceeds Expectations Words: 104,648 Rating: M(Touched all the right notes with the conversations between Hermione and Snape, Hermione and Harry, and Harry and Snape. I also like seeing Snape's feelings for Lily come to an end slowly instead of in an instant which is often the case in Snape/Hermione fanfics.) Requiem of a Dream Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: The war is over, though Hermione Granger's life is no less complicated or dangerous. Severus Snape makes a miraculous return from the dead and everything Hermione thought she knew comes crashing down around her.The Caretaker: Exceeds Expectations Words: 141,137 Rating: M(Solid enjoyable story. There are some magical plot devices that are integral to the story, but do confuse the narrative) The Caretaker Chapter 1: Prisoner 19 241, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Ron saves Snape's life after the Battle of Hogwarts, invoking a new life debt, and something else...Accountable: Exceeds Expectations Words: 166,408 Rated: TAfter a post-battle victory party, Hermione and Snape hook-up and get pregnant. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/324... The war is over. Hermione Granger's life, while safer, is no less complicated. Victory has had unintended consequences which affect not only Hermione, but all those around her.From the Corner: Exceeds Expectations Words: 164,403 Rating: T(Snape has a little daughter which is an interesting relationship and provides an interesting source of common ground with a divorced Hermione and her two kids) From the Corner Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: While Hermione, seeing her marriage is at a dead-end, moves back to her parents with Rose and Hugo, Snape finds he is no longer alone in his apothecary in Knockturn Alley - her name is Ophelia and she's four. And Ophelia's his.Acquittal: Exceeds Expectations Words: 191,467 Rating: T(Both Snape and Hermione end up back at Hogwarts and they slowly develop friendship. Interesting and heartfelt.) Acquittal Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Snape, known evil git, is teaching at Hogwarts again when Hermione, Gryffindor Princess and girlfriend of Ron Weasley, returns to finish her 7th year. Feeling alone, she seeks solace somewhere only one other person knows about.The Awakening: Exceeds Expectations Words: 66,994 Rating Thttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/925... Author Summary: After miraculously surviving Nagini's attack upon his life, a reluctant Severus Snape finds himself entrusting the help of a certain know-it-all to reclaim his life.Where Your Treasure Is: Exceeds Expectations Words: 376,449 Rating: T(Snape and Hermione SLOWLY develop friendship but in the midst of some wonderful and unique action. Problem for me is that the romance and resolution at the end reminds me of 19th century novels (e.g., almost all Jane Austen books) in which there is little payoff. It's very quick at the end.) Where Your Treasure Is Chapter 1: The End is the Beginning, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Post-Deathly Hallows. Severus Snape survives, only to find himself entangled in an enchantment he never expected.The List: Exceeds Expectations Words: 37,915 Rating: M(comparatively short with little plot but lots of lemons. Given that, it is well done.) The List Chapter 1: Part 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: An angry Hermione makes a list of Snape's attributes. Snape discovers it, and assigns her detention so she can explain it to him. Particularly the last entry. Draco has his own dark designs for Hermione.The Apprentice and the Necromancer: Exceeds Expectations Words: 279,010 Rated: T (Author provides M version elsewhere)(Brings in many parts of the Harry Potter universe into an obscure branch of magic: Necromancy and couples that with a Snape/Hermione pairing. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/373... Author Summary: Snape lives and marries Hermione.—MLC with a twist turns into AU-sequel of DH with new dangers, old secrets, and much more.—Virtual penny dreadful. Many short episodes with adventure, romance, a dash of hurt/comfort, and a sprinkling of horror.The Man I've Always Been: Acceptable Words: 44,601 Rating: Mhttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/910... Author Summary: After surviving the war, Severus Snape is lauded as a hero- and once more alienates the Hogwarts staff. He won't change, but his new student teacher, Hermione, likes it that way. AND, the sequel: Severus has finally gotten everything he ever wanted. What will he do when his happiness is threatened?Out of the Depths: Acceptable Words: 137,138 Rating: MOut of the Depths Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: A tale of emotional and physical dependency. A nineteen-year-old Hermione is back at Hogwarts, dissatisfied with life, and her bewildering new feelings for her Potions Master confuse her even more.Snape /HermioneTime travel:An Unwritten Future: Outstanding Words: 106,575 Rating: M(my favorite time travel story. Hermione accidentally goes back in time, meets Snape but avoids cliches, and changes the future. Wonderful dialogue and clever plotting) An Unwritten Future Chapter 1: Muddying the Waters, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Still struggling with the aftermath of the war, Hermione decides to leave everything behind to go find herself. She travels further than she could have ever imagined without going anywhere at all. Along the way, she discovers someone she mistakenly thought she'd known...A Looping of the Scales: Exceeds Expectations Words: 235,513 Rating: M(not strictly time travel, but a de-aged Severus. Has lots of fun parts regarding animagi, clever adventures, and solid writing. The first story I read by this author who is now one of my favorites and has written many excellent, excellent stories. However, Severus seems a little too tame here--perhaps an inevitable side-effect of being a young Snape.) A Looping of the Scales Chapter 1: Prologue, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: A potions accident gives Snape a new lease on life by taking part of it away.A Turn for the Better: Exceeds Expectations Words: 177,172 Rating: M(Hermione briefly goes back in time to warn Severus about the havoc and torture Voldemort will cause if he isn't stopped. Snape easily stops him before his full ascension to power and this explores how people are different without living under the shadow of the two wars. Snape and Hermione are then reacquainted in the new, changed timeline. Solid writing and good buildup of the romance. A Turn for the Better Chapter 1: Tweaking the Past, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Hermione Granger goes back in time to try and convince a young Severus Snape not to aid Tom Riddle. Of course, Severus doesn't make it easy. Life at Hogwarts is now VERY different.A Chance in Time: Exceeds Expectations Words: 201,715 Rating: MA Chance in Time Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Accidents happen, but when this accident happens Hermione finds herself in a whole different decade at Hogwarts with people that are long dead in her time. Trying her best to find her way back before there are too many changes.Lost: Acceptable Words: 94,477 Rating: M(Hermione goes back in time, falls in love with Snape. Fun story, but she unrealistically becomes instant friends with Lily, the Marauders, and Snape and the ending is a little disappointing) Lost Chapter 1: Prolouge, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Hermione gets lost in the past and falls in love with Severus... Cliche, true... but still funSnape/HermioneMarriage Law/Magical or circumstantial coercion30 days: Outstanding Words: 103,671 Rating: M(not the expected Severus/Hermione story, but wonderful concept and beautifully executed). 30 days Chapter 1: Day 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Snape and Hermione are captured. Observe their relationship in 30 days as they are locked together in a dungeon.Learning to Live—with Snape: Exceeds Expectations Words: 95,324 Rating: M(Entertaining story and WONDERFUL audio version on YouTube.) Learning to Live--with Snape Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Sparks fly when Hermione and her ex potions professor are forced together. A Marriage Law fic, mature readers please!Against Their Will: Exceeds Expectations Words: 68,000 Rating: M(Fun and funny story about a magical spell that bond Severus and Hermione) Against Their Will Chapter 1: Genus Formare Animas Ligandi Et Magicae, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Hermione and Snape are the unwitting victims of an impulsively cast spell. Now they are soul-bound and desperate to get out of it. But fate conspires to make sure their souls seek each other out on a nightly basis—will they find love? Or will they fight it, and each other, every step of the way?Hinge of Fate: Exceeds Expectations Words: 126,804 Rating: M(Snape, under the Imperious curse, rapes Hermione after she is kidnapped and brought to a revel) Hinge of Fate Chapter 1: Default Chapter, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Hermione cannot remember, and Severus cannot forget.Disharmony in the Dungeons: Acceptable Words: 110,728 Rating: M(Snape and Hermione are forced into marriage, decide to stay married. Hermione takes the mark to work with Snape and help him bring down Voldemort) Disharmony in the Dungeons Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: WARNING: VERY DARK DISTURBING FIC! Written for Marriage Law Challenge. Severus has to marry Hermione. Severus' lovers arent happy. Neither is Voldemort.The Cure: Acceptable Words: 65,812 Rating: MThe Cure Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Hermione is under a evil curse, and there is only one man who can help her- the reluctant Severus Snape. Can he find her cure and save her? Will it bring them together, or tear him apart?Walking the Gray Line Accidental: Acceptable Words: 171,643 Rating: M(Snape starts out the book as a major jerk, but doesn't stay that way. The adventure storyline in this is not too compelling, but overall plot is serviceable and there is a slow buildup.) Walking the Gray Line Accidental chapter post Chapter 1: Walking the Gray Line Part 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Hermione wants to restore Harry's broken soul. Unfortunately, the books of Dark Magic belong to a very cold and bitter Severus Snape, who is not known for his generosity. A bargain is struck, sex for patronage.A Dark Tale (incomplete--last updated 2012): Acceptable Words: 51,889 Rating: MA Dark Tale Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Why exactly did Hermione Granger force Severus Snape into marriage?Saving your life: Acceptable Words: 245,154 Rating: MSaving your life Chapter 1: saving your life, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: When Hermione is captured by Death Eaters, Severus knows there's only one way to save her. 'What are you doing? ' she asked, her voice shaky. 'Saving your life,' he said, just as he started kissing her neck.Chocolate Enchantment: Acceptable Words: 203,075 Rated: Mhttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/470... When the Weasley twins decide Hogwarts could use a little love in times of war, Hermione Granger and Severus Snape get caught in the crossfire—finding themselves pulled together by true love chocolates.Snape/HermioneMiscellaneousPet Project: Beyond Outstanding --Master Words: 338,844 Rating: M(My absolute favorite Snape/Hermione fanfic. Intricately plotted, lovely long buildup in Snape’s and Hermione’s relationship. Author gets absolutely everything right. I consider it a must-read for anyone who likes this couple.) Pet Project Ch 1 Revelations and Eavesdropping, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Hermione overhears something she shouldn't concerning Professor Snape and decides that maybe the House-elves aren't the only ones in need of protection.The Last Spy: Beyond Outstanding--Master Words: 594,521 Rating: M (Mostly T with "Age Lines" marked)I loved this story. I loved the slow build of Snape's and Hermione's relationship, I loved the poignancy of their relationship, I loved all the cool spy stuff. Wonderful and Inventive. The kind of story that makes you want to get obliviated so you can experience again for the first time all over again. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/404... Hermione Granger and Severus Snape slowly learn from each other as the war escalates and the Final Battle approaches. AU from HBP. Out of a war where children must grow up too fast, Hermione and Severus develop a beautiful friendship and more.Chasing the Sun: Outstanding Words: 491,105 Rating: M(Wonderful story by amazing writer. Particularly memorable for its inventive ways of dealing with the horcruxes) Chasing The Sun Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: AU, from Order of the Phoenix onwards. Hermione only wanted to learn Healing; she discovers that Professor Snape is a human being after all, and his actions dramatically shape the course of the war as events unfold.Heart Over Mind: Outstanding Words: 186,622 Rating: T(Literate and descriptive with agonizingly delicious angst between Snape and Hermione. It was a joy to read and almost at level beyond Outstanding. However some subplots detracted slightly from overall effectiveness.) Heart over Mind Chapter 1: In all of her wisdom, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Something odd about Hermione causes her to have unexpected reaction to a love potion. Only it's one which no one expected. How could a lack of reaction cause so much trouble? AU to Books 5 and 6.When A Lioness Fights: Outstanding Words: 416,508 Rating: M(The writing is not great at the beginning—author freely acknowledges this—and premise is a little difficult to adjust to at the beginning--but stay with it! It's a compelling, enchanting story. I wish the Order had conducted the Second War like what is portrayed here.) When A Lioness Fights Chapter 1: Prologue, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Hermione Granger, master spy, and Severus Snape, spymaster to the Order. An unlikely partnership, forged to defeat the Dark Lord on his own ground. But to do so, they must confront their own darkness within. AU after fifthThe Buried Life: Outstanding Words: 173,330 Rating: M (though I consider it a T)(This story succeeds on many levels and I absolutely adored it. At times, whimsical and other times, poignant. Such a delight to read with great dialogueand many great relationships explored here. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/834... Author Summary: Harry disappears just before the start of his seventh year, and Hermione and Snape work together to find him.Problem with Purity: Outstanding Words: 638,037 Rating: M(Intricately and uniquely plotted which begins with a rather unusual scenario—Harry and Hermione are the only Adult Virgins within the Wizarding World (never mind the illogic of this premise), but it does lead to some interesting ramifications, powers, and scenarios. Snape is…well…he’s very Snape-ish throughout much of this story and I was actually crying at some points for all the unfair crap that Hermione was enduring. However, it is so beautifully and intelligently written and I loved the werewolf subplot and Harry’s eventual relationship. I binge-read this incredible and incredibly long story in just three days. Despite the length, I didn’t find any parts that I wanted to skim over.) https://www.fanfiction.net/s/477... Author Summary: As Hermione, Harry, and Ron are about to begin their seventh and final year at Hogwarts, they learn some surprising and dangerous information regarding what it means to be Pure in the wizarding world. HG/SS with H/D. AU after OotP.Not only a Granger: Outstanding Words: 253,672 Rating: T(Hermione and Snape have a son and he doesn’t know until the boy comes to school. Emphasis is on the boy but also later romance. The son is such a great character—he’s wonderfully written, intelligent, and cunning. The perfectly realized child of Hermione and Snape.) Not Only a Granger Chapter 1: The Wizarding Letter, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: PostHBP. Eleven years after the end of the war, Hermione finds herself in a delicate situation when her only son leaves for Hogwarts and threatens her most guarded secret: that he's not only a Granger, but also a Snape!Daddy Dearest: Outstanding Words: 310,224 Rating:MMixture of SSHG romance with them as parents. Has signNow deviations and focus into their son’s life and adventures, but told in such an engaging and interesting way that I don’t mind the OC focus. Loved the created character Andreas too-quite an original subplot with him. Daddy Dearest Chapter 1: Daddy Dearest Part 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Severus Snape is not ready to be a father, and when a onenight stand with 20 year old Hermione Granger results in pregnancy, he refuses to take care of or acknowledge the child. Eleven years later Mathias Granger enters Slytherin house. The fun starts.Unquestionable Love (The Prequel Words: 510,551; Rating: M and Original Words: 315,592; Rating T): Exceeds ExpectationsAuthor suggests to read the Original before the Prequel, but I didn't heed that advice and think I enjoyed it more in chronological order. I absolutely ADORED the first half of the Prequel; it was outstanding--almost masterful. It was some of the best plotting and angst I had come across. The second half of the prequel (after the final battle) has some interesting conversations and confrontations, but gets mired down in repetitiveness. The Original shows life after the prequel (so if the Original is read first as the author wishes, then much of the suspense of the Prequel is negated). Snape's interactions with his daughters is interesting and even more engaging than Snape/Hermione interaction. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/810... The beginnings of an unconventional relationship between a professor and his student are tested by war, secrets, prejudice, and perseverance. Epic novel with angst, drama, and blossoming romance. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/744... Nineteen years have passed since the Second Wizarding War. Hermione's and Severus's world has drastically changed, but their lives are about to come crashing down again. Epic novel with angst, drama, mystery and, above all, love.Before the Dawn: Exceeds Expectations Words: 323,413 Rating: MHermione starts working for Madame Pomfrey brewing potions which allows Hermione more access into his life. Before the Dawn Chapter 1: Realisation, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: In her seventh year, a latenight discovery changes Hermione Granger's view on a great many things. Severus Snape is just one of them.Tea and Sympathy: Exceeds Expectations Words: 118,583 Rating: KNot as Snape/Hermione centric as other stories in this list, but engagingly told, especially the war aspect https://www.fanfiction.net/s/249... Author Summary: Hermione is helping remove traces of the Order from the compromised Headquarters when the traitor returns. Companion Piece: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/307... Author Summary: Sidestory to Tea and Sympathy. Having kidnapped Harry Potter with Hermione Granger's help, Snape has the tough job of forcing Harry to see where his loyalty still lies...and hiding his relationship with Hermione.A Maid in the Devil's Manor: Exceeds Expectations Words: 108,322 Rating: MThis story is thin on plot, but entertaining story of Snape/Hermione courtship. Snape is in full Slytherin mode here, but not ruthless. A Maid in the Devil's Manor Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Rich!Snape and Adult!Hermione. 24yearold Hermione Granger is involved in private research to find a defense against the Killing Curse. After eight years, she runs into Professor Snape, who makes her an offer difficult to refuse.Never the Same Again: Acceptable Words: 48,941 Rating: MNever the Same Again Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Professer Snape inadvertantly sees into Hermione's mind, discovering her worst memory and her best kept secret. When he confronts her, how will he be able to convince her that he can save her? Story form Snape's POV.Hermione Grange, the Slytherin (incomplete--last updated 2012): Acceptable Words: 107,588 Rating: THermione Granger, the Slytherin Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Hermione, as a first year, is sorted into Slytherin. With both Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter fighting for her friendship, along with the ever protectiveness of her Head of House, Severus Snape, her career at Hogwarts is bound to be anything but dull.Confluence of Truths: Acceptable Words: 108,110 Rating: M(some interesting revelations regarding Snape’s past that might be dropped plot points by JKR) Confluence of Truths Chapter 1: Into the Pensieve, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Hermione takes an uninvited trip into Snape's Pensieve. She learns not only of his childhood but also of his mother's years at Hogwarts, knowledge of Voldemort, love for her only son, and greatest secret-her identity. He learns how to love again.A Matter of Circumstance: Acceptable Words: 90,034 Rating: M(Apparently an unwed pregnant lady is considered a slut and blacklisted from getting an apartment—such ridiculous bias is necessary within the plot but considering that witches and wizards were far more liberal and free-thinking for centuries compared to their Muggle counterparts, all this strange bias seems really odd. Also, lots of subplots about the greek gods getting involved to create this romance which I mostly skimmed through) https://www.fanfiction.net/s/423... Author Summary: A pregnant and desperate Hermione is about to marry Ron, but is it the best decision considering the circumstances involving one dark, snarky wizard? The gods get involved.It Happened One Hallow's Eve: Acceptable Words: 102,297 Rating: Mhttps://www.fanfiction.net/s/375... Honorable!Snape and Student!Hermione Severus Snape is sent to save Hermione from evil ghosts. Her innocence is a liability. But she doesn't want to be innocent. They must survive until sunrise.Snape/LilyA Dream Carved in Stone: Outstanding Words: 106,440 Rating: M(Entertaining Snape/Lily story with some wonderfully funny moments and dialogue. Unique in that it's not a "Snape relives his life over" and not canon-compliant) A Dream Carved in Stone Chapter 1: 1: Lily, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: When an unmarried Lily Evans joins the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore gives her a simple mission: meet with the Death Eater Severus Snape and tell him what she's done.Turning Time: Outstanding Words: 175,437 Rating: TLoved the concept for this story. Harry goes back in time to try to help out Snape and joins the Marauder era gang at Hogwarts. He runs up against time travel paradox issues and that despite much of his valiant efforts and advice, it is difficult to combat human nature and the inevitability of fate. The last quarter of the story, Harry takes the lessons learned and applies them towards a workable conclusion knowing that there really are no happily ever afters that are possible. Turning Time Chapter 1: Water Lily, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: After the War, Harry travels back to the Marauders' Era in disguise to get closure and improve Snape's life. How drastically will Harry change the lives of the Marauders, Lily, and the man he once assumed to be bad? Should he reverse the deaths, mistakes, and heartbreaks of the past, or let them be?Come Once Again and Love Me: Outstanding Words: 188,760 Rated: MI loved this story. It stays with you. In this Severus-has-a-chance-to-live-his-life-over trope, so does Lily. So we meet a 21-year-old woman who already had a husband and Harry instead of a self-absorbed teenager. Ending was a bit rushed though. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/767... Severus wakes up in the afterlife expecting something rather different than being almost-seventeen again. Seriously, what kind of game is this? But wait - Lily's come back, too - from 1981? Perhaps it's a second chance... but to do what?Lily and the HalfBlood Prince: Outstanding Words: 619,061 Rating: T(Canon-compliant with rich vivid detail of Severus and Lily from their first meeting to the break in the friendship at the end of fifth year. Head canon for me) Lily and the HalfBlood Prince Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: This story starts from when Severus first met Lily, and the way their friendship evolved during their school years. It is mostly canon,The HalfBlood Prince (incomplete): Exceeds Expectations Words: 118,875 Rating: M(Incomplete story, but continues on from Lily and the Half Blood Prince (above) and recounts their sixth year. Although incomplete, including anyway because there is much good and rich detail that shows Lily not as a fickle, clueless shrew who friend-zoned Severus and doomed him to unhappiness, but instead a powerful, fully realized individual who becomes aware that destiny and fate are pushing her down paths that are not of her choosing, but yet inevitable. The HalfBlood Prince Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Sequel to novel 'Lily and the Half-Blood Prince' Covers the last 2 years of Snape's life at Hogwarts. Canon-based. Snape's increasing involvement in the Dark Arts while still struggling to let Lily go.Always (by Rinso): Exceeds Expectations Words: 74,439 Rating: TLoved this well done story. It’s a story idea that I’ve been floating around in my head too so I loved seeing it so well executed. Always Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: What if Severus Snape decided to take matters into his own hands when he learned that Voldemort was going to kill the Potters? What if his love for Lily was stronger than his fascination with the Dark Arts or his hunger for power? Harry Potter AU, set during the end of the First Wizarding War.Honour among Death Eaters: Exceeds Expectations Words: 149,732 Rating: TCanon-compliant so sad, but wonderful. Incorporated as my “head canon” Honour Among Death Eaters Chapter 1: Prologue A, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: As the war rages on, Severus Snape and Lily Evans cross paths once again and find themselves on a dangerous road of love and betrayal that will shape the fate of the Wizarding World. Meanwhile, Regulus struggles to deal with the reality of his choices.His Greatest Wish: Exceeds Expectations Words: 231,363 Rating: TLoved this well done story. It is a familiar trope—Severus goes back in time to undo his mistakes. In this story, he goes back to before they start school so that he can be sorted into Gryffindor. In the second half, there is a lengthy subplot about werewolves that threatens to drag down that half, but fortunately, that plot ends and the story finishes strong. His Greatest Wish Chapter 1: Revelation, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: It has been Severus Snape's greatest wish to go back and fix his life with Lily. What happens when he suddenly gets the chance, remembers everything, and has changed enough to avoid Slytherin? Marauder-era, pre- and established Severus/Lily.Lily fixes a mistake: Exceeds Expectations Words: 183,204 Rating: M(Lily catches James cheating on her and swiftly ends the marriage and starts anew with Snape. Nice story, but has an almost too nice Snape) Lily fixes a mistake Chapter 1: Gringotts, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: JK said that, given a second chance, Severus would pick Lily. I'm giving Lily a second chance to pick Severus, instead. AU, of course. Some deaths, too.The Moment it Began: Exceeds Expectations Words: 304,405 Rating: T(Snape relives his life over) The Moment It Began Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Deathly Hallows spoilers ensue. This story is being written as a response to JKR's comment in an interview where she said if Snape could choose to live his life over, he would choose Lily over the Death Eaters. AU Sequel posted: The Moment It Ended.Irresistible Chemistry: Exceeds Expectations Words: 451,683 Rated: M(Could have been improved by some editing, but this expansive story is well done in which Snape, Lily, and Regulus become spies as teenagers. James ends up with Petunia which is a jarring coupling and some important scenes (such as Snape/ James reconciliation) are only described afterwards and yet far more mundane occurrences are described in vivid detail.) https://www.fanfiction.net/s/485... Author Summary: It'll never work, they said. Slytherin & Gryffindor, Muggle & Wizard. But sometimes the irresistible chemistry of the heart overrides everything. AU, LE/SS, PE/JP, Marauder era & beyond!Snape's Worst Memory: Exceeds Expectations Words: 524,778 Rated: MWell-written and well created universe. The internal dialogues are rich and funny (especially the Marauders who would fit in well in Clockwork Orange); however, all the characters are unsympathetic. Lily is not a kind heroine, but a self-absorbed brat. Snape does something vile and spiteful to her halfway through that was completely unnecessary plotwise except to ruin his character I suppose. Snape doesn't even seem to like Lily very much, but seems more resigned to being with her. The Voldemort plot is never really resolved. It just ends with the characters being settled and unhappy. I'm not sure what motivated the author to write this story (it's certainly not a romance!). While engagingly told, there is no character development throughout this half-million word treatise on selfishness. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/495... The Marauders have more enemies than just Severus Snape, who's rotten luck is about to change. His friendship with Lily will continue past fifth year.The Wrath of the Half Blood Prince: Acceptable Words: 193,218 Rating: TThe Wrath of the Half Blood Prince Chapter 1: The Wrath of the Half Blood Prince, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Mulciber pranked Mary Macdonald and Snape did not care; what if he had pranked Lily instead?The Apothecary Knows Best: Acceptable Words: 117,187 Rating: T(An interesting “What-if” premise that would only be possible within a Wizarding/Sci-fi world; however, the interesting premise drags on too long and you just want to jump to the resolution.) https://www.fanfiction.net/s/552... Author Summary: Sev, Lily, and Harry are trying to live as a happy family, running an apothecary in Diagon Alley, after Lily divorced James years before. But James keeps trying to sabotage their relationship out of petty jealousy.Second Chance, a new choice: Acceptable Words: 384,473 Rating: K+(I loved the first half of the story. There were so many compelling and engaging scenes. And then it switched from their story to a bunch of author-created characters. Severus disappears from much of the second half) Second Chance, a new choice Chapter 1: Choose to go back, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Severus was dying in the shrieking shack, and he did indeed die. However, forces out of his control rendered him the ability to re-choose. going back and choose differently.Snape/Harry (non-slash)The Best Revenge: Outstanding Words: 213,669 Rating: TThe Best Revenge-Time of the Basilisk: Exceeds Expectations Words: 108,739 Rating: TI loved many different aspects of these stories--this is well-worn ground, but the author covers aspects I haven't read. I particularly enjoyed the month before Harry goes to Hogwarts, Harry's (Hermione's) Explorers Club, and the unexpected romance. Also I thought the state-side twist ending of the sequel was quite memorable as well. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/491... AU. Yes, the old Snape retrieves Harry from the Dursleys formula. I just had to write one. Everything changes, because the best revenge is living well. T for Mentor Snape's occasional naughty language. Supportive Minerva. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/584... AU: The continuation of Book I. Not all of Tom Riddle is gone. A mysterious journal and a new Defense teacher pose challenges for Harry and his guardian. T for Mentor Snape's occasional naughty language. Supportive Minerva.Self Preservation: Outstanding Words: 133,274 Rating: K+Story plot has been done many times, but this one is wonderfully, engagingly told and hits all the right notes. I liked that the author wrote of a 7-year-old Harry instead of a 11-year-old as the naiveté and innocence is far more appropriate here. Self Preservation Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Mrs Figg has enough. 7-year-old Harry Potter cannot stay with the Dursleys any more. Severus Snape thinks everyone is better suited to raise the future Saviour of the Wizarding World. Harry dreams of being taken away by a tall man who scares even Dudley.Had I Known: Outstanding Words: 167,745 Rated: MAfter the final battle, Harry disappears. Snape meets up with him again. Lovely and lyrical that transcends the source material and becomes something far greater. Simply amazing. Had I Known Chapter 1: Stranger in the Shadows, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: After killing Voldemort during seventh year, Harry vanished without a trace. But now, 8 years later, a deadly secret forces him to return and it seems that only Snape will be able to save him.Lily’s Charm: Exceeds Expectations Words: 283,664 Rating: T(Huge rewrite of backstory—Snape and Lily were married, but pretended that James and Lily were married. Snape and Lily were then torn apart by a lie and Harry is actually Snape’s son. Wonderful story that avoids many of the clichés that are often in the Snape/Harry mentor stories. Also several sequels can be found on a different website). Lily's Charm Chapter 1: Of Mothers and Babies, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: In a story spanning two decades, Lily and Severus attempt to control the powers of the Dark Mark after Lily's life is threatened. Seventeen years later, Harry uncovers a long-buried truth about his parents.Arms of a Dark Angel: Exceeds Expectations Words: 232,468 Rating: K+(The first half of the book proceeds like many of the Snape-saves-Harry-from-the-Dursleys genre, but it does it in an entertaining and engaging way. Thesecond half is the summer after the first year and deviates into a completelyoriginal tale involving animagi and magical creatures. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/454... Author Summary: Neglected by his caregivers, little Harry would not have survived were it not for the mysterious dark angel who helped him. Harry never knew his name, until he went to Hogwarts and discovered a certain professor bore a remarkable resemblence to his saviorHarry Potter and the Battle of Wills: Exceeds Expectations Words: 356,457 Rating: TInteresting and unique story that takes the reader on an unexpected journey. This is a list compiling Snape-centric fanfiction and I started reading this because it listed both Harry and Snape as main characters. However, Snape is present in only about 1/3 to 1/2 of the book. There are major plot points that do revolve around Snape, but he goes unmentioned for several chapters. That is hardly a detriment of the story, but should be mentioned here in this Snape-centric list. Harry Potter and the Battle of Wills Chapter 1: The Beginning of a Very Bad Day, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: PostOOTP, Snape blows his cover as a spy to save Harry from Voldemort. To win the war, even those who loathe each other must unite, and many lessons are learned in the process.Harry’s New Home: Exceeds Expectations Words: 318,389 Rating: T(Very funny parts. I laughed out loud more during this story than maybe any other. However, there was so much talk about spanking and not spanking and kids talking to each other about spanking, which just got tedious and repetitive) Harry's New Home Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: One lonely little boy. One snarky, grumpy git. When the safety of one was entrusted to the other, everyone knew this was not going to turn out well... Or was it? AU, sequel to "Harry's First Detention".Better Be Slytherin!: Exceeds Expectations Words: 175,130 Rating: T(Harry is sorted into Slytherin which gives Snape some perspective he never got in canon. Interesting inclusion of some other characters, especially the Bloody Baron) Better Be Slytherin! Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: As a first year, Harry is sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor, and no one is more surprised than his new Head of House. Snape mentors Harry fic.Family Bonds (INCOMPLETE!): Exceeds Expectations Words: 517,184 Rating: TI include this one because although I knew it was incomplete (last updated in 2014), I thought at this length, it would come to somewhat satisfying resolution. It kept me enraptured the weekend that I voraciously devoured the thing. The author obviously put a lot of work, time, and creative ideas into it. However, there is a scene, a revelation, that the reader waits for through the entire story and it never comes. Over half a million words and that one scene hasn't happened so the story (with all its great ideas and details) is ultimately unsatisfying. More than any other incomplete story, I wish the author of this one would finish it up. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/772... When, after that fateful Halloween night, the wrong Potter twin is hailed the Boy Who Lived, how will Harry's life turn out? With a power he knows not, an ancient prophecy and one Severus Snape practically raising him, interesting at least is a given.To Shape and Change: Acceptable Words: 232,332 Rating: T(Young Harry uses his parselmouth abilities to become SuperSpecial!Harry. Interesting ideas and solid writing, but did not find it too engaging) To Shape and Change Chapter 1: A New Beginning, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: AU. Time Travel. Snape goes back in time, holding the knowledge of what is to come if he fails. No longer holding a grudge, he seeks to shape Harry into the greatest wizard of all time, starting on the day Hagrid took Harry to Diagon Alley. No Horcruxes.A New Place to Stay: Acceptable Words: 359,386 Rating: M(Solid and engaging story, but dragged down by an incomprehensible falling out between Harry with Ron and Hermione for inexplicable reasons. Harry keeps asserting they’re disloyal despite all canon evidence against such a bias. Unnecessary plot point just makes Harry appear as vicious and vindictive and seriously damages his character and any payoff between Harry/Snape.) A New Place To Stay Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Harry is called up to Dumbledore's office at the end of his fourth year and told he is to go and live with Severus Snape. Severus does what no one else bothered to do― he takes care of Harry. Watch as Harry flourishes to all that he was meant to be: A Slytherin with a heart of a lion. No slash. Will Harry be able to beat Voldemort and save the people he loves? Read and find out.The Heir to Prince Manor: Acceptable Words: 190,153 Rating: THarry gets rescued from awful and exploitative chores at the Dursleys and is delivered into character-building chores with Snape. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/106... Harry wakes one morning, he discovers a badly injured Snape in his living room, & tries to hide him. But Petunia discovers them & reveals a secret she has kept for 13 years-one that will change the course of Harry's life forever, and Severus' too. AU, pre-GOF.A First Time for Everything: (Barely) Acceptable Words: 81,324 Rating: TInteresting plot twist, but sadly executed with distracting errors, characterizations, coincidences, and cliches throughout. https://www.fanfiction.net/s/926... During Harry's first year at Hogwarts, secrets from the past come to light...Snape/OtherA Forest Tale: Exceeds Expectations Words: 150,157 Rating: T(Adventure story during Marauder era) A Forest Tale Chapter 1: The Article of the Daily Prophet, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Sequel to "A Prison Tale". AU story for young Snape, who has recently become an Order member, but not a spy. Can he learn to work with the men he hates and with the woman he loves? A story of friendship, sacrifice and Patronuses.Too Deep for Healing: Exceeds Expectations Words: 156,892 Rating: T(Snape finds love again in one of the most unlikely places. Ends with a fantastic trial and some great resolution scenes between Snape /Harry.) Too Deep for the Healing Chapter 1: Wounded, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: This story begins where Snape's story ends in canon: In the Shrieking Shack. Severus Snape survives the war - but which Snape? Who is he in the new circumstances? Some things will never be the same again. Other things, however, do not change so easily.For the Potions Master’s Amusement: Acceptable Words: 304,467 Rating: M("Master/submissive" story. This fan fiction is more enjoyable and less objectionable if the reader imagines that “Hermione” is actually some other student such as Lavender or Padma. Hermione is so out of character and psychologically submissive that it does not correspond with canon Hermione. Therefore not listing it as Snape/Hermione story.) For the Potions Master's Amusement Chapter 1, a harry potter fanfic Author Summary: Severus Snape is not a kind man, but Hermione Granger is past caring. She wants his approval and will do anything to get it. How far will she go? Even she has no concept of the depths to which she will fall in her quest.
How do I get through the Services Selection Board?A TREATISE ON SERVICE SELECTION BOARD (SSB)Based solely on my 6 day experience in batch D-AFCAT(M)/188 1 AFSB Dehradun in November, 2014. These are my own views on the service selection board and is intended to help the general public in a better understanding of the toughest military entrance exam in the world.INTRODUCTIONSSB can be looked upon as a rejection board, to create a foolproof system so that only those people pass through who can at least become an average officer. The converse of this is not true i.e. you may have a potential officer like qualities and maybe it so happens that you are not recommended by the board. It is important for the SSB to ensure that only the deserving candidates get through and nothing else, not even if it costs a few deserving candidates not getting selected.This point must be kept in mind for all those patriots who want to get through SSB. They should keep trying and if you have it in you, sooner or later you will make it. The two people who were selected in my batch were both repeaters with a repeat count of 3 and 7 respectively.Again this means that one person who gets recommended by the board once, may not get recommended the second time. I saw this happen first hand when one of the SSB cleared candidate got stuck in medicals the previous year and was repeating this year to get through. It came as a surprise to everyone when he didn’t got selected this time. This again brings our attention to the dynamic nature of SSB testing procedure.OFFICER LIKE QUALITIESWhat makes an officer? There is no clear answer to that, greatness is not defined. Rather we should be asking what to look for if a man has to be an average officer?The answer lies in disciplinary conduct, leadership abilities and gaining trust of people. There is a very simple way to check if the person really has these qualities and is not faking them for one odd week. The motto for the SSB:“Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action”See how this test of character and personality brushes close to Buddha’s noble eightfold path. Do not confuse this with the studio album by Franz Ferdinand.Right thought ensures that you have the right bend of mind for serving in the armed forces. This is the most difficult aspect to project during the SSB. Make best use of the psychology test to let the board know about it. Be yourself, be practical.Right Speech comes right after right thought. The importance lies in communicating your thoughts effectively via verbal and body language. Language is no barrier as it is just as fine to speak freely in Hindi if you want to. The central idea is to let your thoughts out, let others see what’s going on in your head. This is the only way you will lead your team-mates by convincing them. So, just let your thoughts flow freely.Right Action is the most important aspect of the three. What you do defines you. How good are you at converting your thoughts and speech into live action. You may have a brilliant idea that you communicated well to your team but what good it does if you are not the first one to act on it? Therefore it becomes very important to have the will to see things thorough and not just make castles in air. A lot of guys were giving lot of suggestions but not acting on it, this behaviour goes very negatively on your scorecard. The SSB is not a test; it’s an evaluation of who you are.These three qualities form the blocks for the pyramid of human character, with right thought as the base and right action on the top. In order to form a healthy pyramid, you must perform your actions which you have communicated properly which you had thought of initially. The pyramid would crumble if any of the blocks is weak. In order to grow your pyramid, make the base the strongest and grow on it. However, I hope that right thoughts would not be a big problem for all the patriots out there. You guys must be having an amazing base block, just build upon it to signNow new heights in your personality.DAY BY DAY WALKTHROUGHDAY 1Reporting time 6:45 p.m. near MCO at Dehradun Railway Station. Few officials will call out your id number followed by admit card verification and boarding the bus to AFSB. After signNowing AFSB, you are provided with a light snack. Then people are grouped into teams based on id and repeater/fresher status and assigned a chest number. This follows with filling some basic info forms and 2 sets of OIT tests. The OIT (Officer’s intelligence test) gauges your quick decision making. Maintain your speed through some simple problem solving. After this follows the major attraction of the day, the picture perception and appreciation test. You will be shown a blurry image, make whatever story you want. Keep it practical, positive and concise. Remember you will have to convince others too in the group discussion that follows on the story you and others made out of the blurry picture. Figure out the main characters of the story, their mood, gender and age, give it a solid title and spin the yarn. It’s important that the story is practical, uses original ideas. In the group discussion that follows, wait for your turn and make a convincing story for others to hear with what you have written earlier as base material. The discussion which follows could be chaotic, try to find order in chaos. Avoid large hand movements and don’t be greedy. Applause good in others stories and encourage them. Make a concluding statement before GD is over. Don’t fight for the concluder status, support others if need be. It is a good idea to know the people of your group before hand and establish a connection.The GD is a wild goose to catch. Give it all you got because this decides whether you stay or leave at the moment. Leave the room in order and wait anxiously. If you are selected for further testing, your chest number will be called off. If not, don’t lose your heart, improve upon yourself and keep trying.In our batch 80 were selected out of 230 on the first screening test. This follows with lunch and document verification throughout the evening. Following the verification process, some of you may have to postpone their ssb due to lack of documents. Next up is the PIQ form to fill up. This is an important task for the day as your interview process depends heavily on the PIQ you fill up. It asks for basic personal information about you and your parents. Maintain a crisp documentation of your achievements. It is a good idea to remember the town population of where you live in. Give a lot of effort in filling up the form; it’s the last task of the day. Take your dinner and retire to your rooms after checking tomorrow’s schedule in the mess notice board. Get to know your roomies better, will be spending some awesome time with these guys.DAY 2Get up at 5:30 a.m. in the morning with the bell, get freshened up till 6:30 a.m. and approach to the mess for breakfast. Then, fall in at 7:15. After that, move to the respective task of your group. It could be in any order. In this breakdown I will stick to the routine I faced. We were taken to a hall in the morning for out psychology tests. This is basically a testing of your “Right thoughts” character.It is important to follow your instincts as the test is going to be low on time. Also, get into the habit of writing English fast beforehand to cause undue repercussions.The test begins with Picture perception test, where you are shown a series of pictures to write stories on (approx 4 min per picture) followed by an empty slide to make a story of your own. It may help to club all the pictures together into a grand story with various chapters with the main lead. However, that is not necessary and you can write whatever comes to your mind.This is followed by WAT (word association test), which again tests your psychic instincts reaction to random array of words (approx 15 seconds per word). Again practice some beforehand to avoid a deadlock.Next up is the killer for the day, the SRT (situation reaction test), which tests your reactions to a given situation (approx 30 seconds per sentence). Don’t get fiddly; just write a small line expressing what you ought to do when faced with a situation like that. Don’t over think it, just write what comes naturally and let it flow dude. Remember, this will be the last and toughest test for day 2, act like it. Give it your 100 percent.After this you will need to write about yourself. This procedure will check how you perceive yourself and how you think others perceive you, do you know your weakness (which is imperative if you want to improve). Be true to yourself and write off the ups and downs of your life. It’s your life, make it large.DAY 3After the fall-in, I had all the day to myself. This was my day off. In general, everyone will get a day off in the whole SSB week. Make use of this to play games, interact with friends, roam the town and relax. However, be disciplinary soldier. Have all the fun you want, don’t break any rules.DAY 4Our Group tasks were scheduled for day 4. You and your team need to perform today at their peaks. The people for your group task will be the same people you have been living in a room with. The interaction you had with them in the previous days will play a large hand in today’s proceedings. The dress code for the GT is white shirt, shorts and PT shoes with white socks. After the fall-in, your team will be taken to your assigned room where you will meet your personal GTO. He will instruct you about the rules of the game which will follow. After a crisp self-description, the initial task of group discussion will start. Remember that this is a test of your “Right speech” personality character; be confident to say what you are thinking about. The GTO will present you with two topics for a discussion and your team has to mutually decide on one. Don’t let anyone make a call for the whole group without consultation. The sanity rules apply for any discussion at hand. This will follow with a discussion with a topic suggested by the GTO himself.Following the second discussion, a situation will be presented to your team and everyone has to write an individual solution as to how to resolve the issue at hand using the group resources available. After this, you will have to discuss within yourselves to signNow a conclusion as to how to solve the issue at hand. Gentlemen, it’s of utmost importance that someone concludes in a correct fashion, it doesn’t matter who does that.After the hoop-hula of group discussions, move on to the “Right action” personality testing. The following task involves efficient communication and physical activeness in the task. Do what you say. You will be instructed about how to approach the obstacles. In general, you will be provided with a plank, a bamboo, a rope and a package which need to be transported across obstacles along with all the members of the team. You will have to imagine that there is wide gap in the ground between you and your objective position and the only way to get there is using the structures in between. Maintain teamwork and cross the obstacles. Once again, remember to do what you say. After a series of full group tasks, you will be moving on to half-group tasks at hand, with a better chance of making your opinions heard. This is followed by a command task where you will command one or two of your teammates to cross the obstacle. Make sure that in the command task, you are the last one to leave the start point and the last one to signNow the destination point. It is also imperative to get called for a few command tasks by others too, as this shows the level of trust your teammates have in you.Next up is the individual obstacle task, warm up fellas. This is the last and toughest task of the day. This task will test your individual athletic abilities and self-confidence. Get through the obstacles in a fashion most suitable to you. Remember to make safety your primary concern, use a logical approach to the tasks. A dead leader is no good to the force. I have classified the tasks into two categories: high strength/ low time and low strength/high time. A good strategy would be to do these in alternate sequence to allow the body some rest to get ready for the next push. For example, one could perform the rope climb followed by Burma Bridge. You have exactly three minutes to tackle the 10 obstacles in whatever fashion you want. A brief about the obstacles is presented below in the order of increasing difficulty and points:Long Jump: Run up to a ramp and jump off to cover a distance and land on the soil aheadHigh Jump: Jump over a 2 feet high levelBalancing on the log: Walk over a horizontal log balancing yourself, go slowTire go through: Hold the hanging tyre with your hands and go through it leg firstMonkey Crawl: Crawl over a hanging log, remember to face towards the direction of climbBurma Bridge: Two set of ropes hanging at a height, walk through the ropes using your arms and feetWall Climb: Climb over a 6 foot wall, use the jump action on the plank to leverage yourself above the wallJump of faith: Climb over a high platform, jump to a lower platform maintaining balance. Finally, jump to the ground.Tiger Leap: Climb over a high platform and jump to catch hold of a suspended rope. Remember to use your feet for added friction on the rope, crawl down slowly.Rope climb: Rise up the same rope, touch the upper pole and then descend down. Preferably, watch a YouTube video on how to climb on a rope to get the technique right.After the individual tasks are complete, you will move back together to be briefed by the GTO about the tasks to follow: personal interviews and conference. That’s it for the day, have a nice meal and doze off. You will be tired.DAY 5Rise and shine to get face to face with the interviewer. Get ready in your formal attire; use the laundry facilities beforehand in case of a dirty piece. Wait for your turn with the interviewer. Remember to practise how to tell the PIQ description to the interviewer. That is all. The way you tell your story to the interviewer will tell him about what you consider important and what you do not. Some basic GK questions and basic general awareness will be an icing to the cake. This interview is to test your “Right Speech” character. Say what you think and don’t try to fabricate the truth. This is the only test for today.DAY 6Ah, the much awaited conference day is here. Rise up, dress, have breakfast and fall-in with your packed luggage. It may feel bad to leave this wonderful place but keep moving. Next up, you will be walked in to the conference hall one by one. This room will decide your fate with the president’s seal. However, there is not much that will change at this point as the decision of recommendation has been taken already. The only chance is in case of conflict between members of the board, in which case the president of the board has the final call. Act confident and enter the room, greet everyone and face towards the officer who is talking to you. After the brief chat, leave the room confidently. This will mark the end of SSB journey for most of you but don’t lose hope as the majority of the recommendations go to the repeaters only. You will be taken to a hall where the officer in charge will declare the results of the board. Wish those lucky bastards a happy life ahead and move on with your journey.WORDS OF CAUTIONDo not look at the officers conducting the exams. They are there to judge you in a neutral environment and not the other way round. If it were possible they would like it better to view you via camera and microphones but that is more advanced. Hence, assume the officers are invisible when the exam starts.You will be monitored for disciplinary conduct throughout the stay at the board, sometimes without you being aware that someone is noticing. Keep your natural conduct at all times. Don’t even think of hacking the system. Chances are, you will fail.While having a pyramidical personality structure is healthy, you have more chances of getting recommended if you project a rectangular personality structure where all the thoughts are communicated and all the communication converts into action. This is an impossible case but try to achieve this.You will be hearing a lot of bullshit in the 5 days of stay at SSB from other batch mates. Listen and have fun but don’t let the bullshit get into you.Some conspiracy theorists have pointed out that all the mirrors in the SSB have been fitted with cameras and that hostel rooms have been bugged with microphones. Something to think about.RANDOM POINTERSUse the opportunity to visit the nearby attractions with friends, don’t overdo it though. Follow the book in and book out timingsYou can avail STD and internet facilities inside the hostels tooGet a batch photograph clicked, you won’t regret itLots of sports to play in free time, which you will get a lot of. Definitely, learn to play pool from the experts.Follow the lights out timings, it can be difficult to convince everyone but try.Go see the Indian Military Academy; it’s a place out of nowhere.The SSB is a great learning experience in team work, leadership and general confidence. It’s a once in a lifetime experience, don’t miss it.