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Penname:maryh [Contact]
Member Since:2006.02.02
Stories Posted:5
Reviews Posted:13
A Favorite Author of:6 members
Favorite Stories:6
Favorite Authors:2
About Deathly Hallows:
I am not going to try to comply with Deathly Hallows in any way. However, I will still be working to be canon-compliant through Half Blood Prince.

I am following a self-imposed "challenge" of a kind in writing "The Highest Value." My goal is to create a completely canon-compliant description of what happened during Snape's years as a Hogwarts student, including an explanation of the significance of the "Worst Memory" episode, the Shrieking Shack Incident, Snape's incentive to join the DE's and then to join the Order of the Phoenix, and the significance of Godric's Hollow to him.

I realize that by specifying Eileen Prince as half-blood, I am already getting close to sacrificing canon compliance. However, I think I can make a case that canon is not absolutely sure on this point. Keeping her as half blood explains so many other things, which are canonical, that I am not willing to give it up quite yet.

Here are my parameters:
1. Snape is not a victim of an unloving or abusive childhood.
2. To the maximum extent possible, explain his unpleasant personality in term of cultural differences, class differences, House differences, and a naturally cold personality. He is never "nice", but he starts out "good", at least according to his own and his family's definition of the term.
3. Present Snape as someone the Marauders would have good reason to pick on.
4. Show the positive attributes of Slytherin House, while at the same time realistically presenting a House that could produce someone like Lord Voldemort, and then provide most of his followers.

Finally, in answer to the question I have set, "What is Snape's Highest Value?", I do not yet know that myself. If you want to keep reading this fic, maybe we'll find out together.

Stories by maryh (5)Favorite Stories (6)Favorite Authors (2)

A Decision by maryh [Reviews - 6]
Tobias Snape wants to be part of the wizarding world. But he's a Muggle. What can he do about it? Thanks to my beta, cinnamon-spider. I list Eileen Prince as a character even though she isn't in the story because Tobias Snape was not listed. The first paragraph was cut off the first time I posted. It's back now.

Genres: General
Warnings: none
Characters: Eileen Prince Snape
Rating: C Chapters: 1
Published: 03/14/2006 Updated: 03/15/2006
Word Count: 718 Completed: Yes

Half-Blood by maryh [Reviews - 3]
Seven-year-old Severus Salazar Snape lives in two worlds -- the magical and the Muggle. Here's how it might look if we could see his thoughts about it.

Genres: Humor, General
Warnings: none
Characters: Severus Snape, Original Character, Eileen Prince Snape
Rating: C Chapters: 1
Published: 03/20/2007 Updated: 03/20/2007
Word Count: 1744 Completed: Yes

The Highest Value by maryh [Reviews - 205]
Severus Snape was the ambitious son of a Muggle cotton mill foreman who admired Salazar Slytherin and a Half-Blood who sold homemade potions to a Diagon Alley apothecary. Cold by temperament, and a sarcastic Northerner from the Manchester area, he went to Hogwarts expecting to work his way up through the Slytherin patronage system. But things have started to change during Voldemort's first rise to power. Being pure blood isn't just important now; it's the most important thing. A Slytherin's ambition is defined by his highest value. What will Snape's turn out to be?

Genres: General
Warnings: HBP Spoilers
Characters: Severus Snape
Rating: S Chapters: 49
Published: 04/02/2006 Updated: 11/04/2007
Word Count: 97438 Completed: No

The Second Head of Slytherin House by maryh [Reviews - 5]
Tobias Snape taught his son Snape family lore. Here's one of the stories he told him.

Genres: General
Warnings: none
Characters: Original Character
Rating: C Chapters: 1
Published: 07/13/2006 Updated: 07/15/2006
Word Count: 2063 Completed: Yes

Tobias and Severus by maryh [Reviews - 6]
Why I think Tobias Snape was not an abusive father.

Genres: General
Warnings: HBP Spoilers
Characters: Harry Potter, Severus Snape, Sirius Black, Voldemort/Tom Riddle, Harry Potter, Eileen Prince Snape
Rating: C Chapters: 1
Published: 03/20/2007 Updated: 03/20/2007
Word Count: 766 Completed: Yes

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