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[HP Fic Rec]: "The Potter Curse" by [info]empathic_siren

TITLE: The Potter Curse
AUTHOR'S IJ/LJ NAME: [info]empathic_siren
FANDOM: Harry Potter
PAIRING: Snape/Harry
GENRES: slash, humour, slight romance and hurt/comfort
TIME FRAME: post-war
WORDS: approx 22,040
SUMMARY: Severus Snape has been cursed, causing him do the most unimaginably sordid things. Potter’s the reason for it, he’s sure. But then everything in Severus’s life seems to begin and end with Potter. (given by the author)
NOTES: This was written for the Snarry_Games 2007. (Team: Postwar, Prompt: Lingering Curse)
LINK TO FIC: The Potter Curse

“We were discussing another colleague—that also wasn’t out of place, but we usually share the same complaints and banter. Slughorn, the Frog Prince, for instance, Flitwick, the Flighty Fool, etcetera, etcetera. I, of course, came up with a brilliant description for our Muggle Studies teacher and Potter disagreed with me. We argued about it. He went on and on about that idiot’s good points, causing me to stare incredulously at a man I thought actually had half a brain. He angered me to the point that I—well, you know what I did.” Severus sniffed. “That’s why I’m here, isn’t it?”

Johansson shuffled the test results. “It sounds like you like him.”

Severus blinked. “Who? Potter or the other idiot?”


“How dare—That’s simply—I do not like him, Healer Johansson. What is there to like? Did you know that he nibbles his bottom lip incessantly? It’s a wonder he still has one. And his robes are always in disarray, as if he’s slept in them, and his preposterous sweet tooth is enough to drive a man to drink. Don’t even ask about his breathing.”

“I’m sorry, his breathing?”

“Yes, his breathing. It’s intolerable. It’s all through his nose, thus noisy. Take a damn Congestion Potion or open your mouth, that’s what needs to be said to him. I’ve suggested it, you know. He just laughs at me, as if I’m playing coy with him.”

I've been in a mood for well-written Snarry fics lately, and went over to the snarry_games comm on LJ to go through all the stories submitted for the games in 2007. (Strangely, I didn't follow those when they were running.)

The Potter Curse is such a refreshing and amusing fic, I had to laugh out loud the whole time I was reading! It is quite different from the Snarry fics I usually love to read. The Potter Curse is a very humorous fic told from Snape's snarky POV. One remarkable thing about that fic are the funny dialogs! I loved those!

Snape believes he's been cursed with a curse in the final battle which effects begin to show only a few years later. The curse makes him do things he normally wouldn't do. The reader quickly notices what Snape's really "suffering" from, though. And this is what makes the whole story so very funny!

I also loved Slughorn here! Brilliant! I really was rolling on the floor and laughing like mad!

Even though Snape does some things I think are a bit OOC, it does still work for the story. I didn't feel the need to break it up at all. The Potter Curse is a highly entertaining fic from the beginning right to the end, and if you long for a good laugh or two, I strongly suggest you start reading this fic right now!

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