Got Love? Whether it’s unrequited, extramarital, obsessive or completely otherworldly, this fic’s got it covered. Contrary to public opinion, Severus Snape didn’t die at the Battle of Hogwarts. Although he’s not exactly “alive,” he is on a mission to possess the very thing that eluded him in life: love. While love might be the best revenge, it’s never easy. When murder and madness are part of the mix, desire has teeth—and this kind of love really bites!


1. Prologue


All characters and elements that comprise the wonderful world of Harry Potter belong to the estimable J. K. Rowling. I'm just borrowing them to create a non-profit piece of fan fiction. All other plot and story elements are mine, however.

Before we begin, a few words of warning: This AU, Gothic-inspired tale contains adult themes and situations, explicit violence, and character death (hey, who doesn't love a good body count, am I right?). It also contains, as its summary implies, an HG/SS pairing.





Everyone thought Severus Snape was dead. There could be no doubt about it, no questioning the undeniable and irreversible finality of his non-existence: Harry Potter said it was so.

Harry Potter, who had just slain the greatest dark wizard in history and who also had discovered Snape just in time to hear his deathbed confession, now proclaimed that Severus was not the murderer of a much-beloved former Headmaster but a hero. A hero!

Although his declaration caused more than a few raised eyebrows, those who believed differently held their tongues. They'd had enough of fighting. They tended the injured, searched for the missing, and buried the dead (well, all of the dead, save one, whose interment demanded privacy, if not secrecy).

While Hogwarts gradually emptied, the castle began mending itself. Its stone guardians set their weapons aside and began reassembling its towers, bridges, and retaining walls, ensuring that its essential structures would hold. Day and night, stones grated and shifted, and the earth shuddered, sending up great clouds of steam and smoke. Once Hogwarts regained some outward semblance of its former self, the guardians, as if heeding some unspoken command, returned to their rightful places in the walls outside the Great Hall.

The last families departed, leaving only those who lived at the school year-round to wait for the arrival of yet another magical army: the dwarf masons, painters, and carpenters who would complete the necessary interior repairs before school could reopen in the fall.

So, the castle settled on its foundation, the moon moved on her ceaseless circuit, and everyone knew that Severus Snape was dead—dead as a doorknob.

Ah, but there's the rub! Because the devil's in the details, is he not?

The devil's always in the details, if not in the man himself...

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