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Equilibrium and Evolution

(1) Equilibrium (Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 15th August 2009 (4)
Tags: Novel, AU Divergent Timeline, First Year, Friendship, Reconciliation
Characters: Severus Snape, Harry Potter

Summary: When Harry Potter comes to Hogwarts, Snape is forced to reexamine his initial impressions.

I really like this. The change between Snape and Harry is slow and subtle; there's nothing particularly big and dramatic about it, though there are big emotional moments, ups and downs, steps forwards and steps back. Snape is snarky and grumpy and angry; Harry is the wondering wee!Harry we first saw, when everything is fresh and new and full of opportunities. I also like the way we get to see the events of the first year through Snape's eyes, how Snape and McGonnagall have a friendly rivalry and mutual respect, and how both of them start wondering what the heck Dumbledore thinks he's doing.

I'm glad to say that there's a sequel, and sad to say that the sequel isn't finished.