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Title:  Escaping the Paradox
Author: Meri
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Harry Potter/Severus Snape
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: almost underage
Genre: time travel, romance, drama
Word Count: 35,411

Summary:

After Harry is thrown back in time to 1971, he has several choices to make.

Why You Should Read This:

Written before book seven came out, this story starts with Harry as an Auror hunting down wizards trying to activate a Dark artifact that is some sort of a time device.

Of course, it activates as Harry goes to save the day and he’s transported back to 1971. Before he was born. In fact, the year that James Potter, Lily Evans, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin – and Severus Snape – first come to Hogwarts at the age of 11.

Dumbledore sees … something … in the young man who tumbles at his feet as he comes through what obviously is a time portal and offers him a job as the Muggle Studies teacher. In preparing for his teaching job, Harry meets the young Severus and his mother who are searching for second hand robes that she can afford for her son. Harry, with little thought to his own future but to what he knows is a dubious future for Severus, purchases robes for the sullen Severus. Who then gets sorted to Ravenclaw and not Slytherin.

His initial kindness to the young Severus can’t help but make an impression. Severus still spies on Voldemort, although does not take the Dark Mark and Harry still kills Voldemort.

This is a gentle, warm story told over several years. Harry wants to get back to ‘his’ time but walks a fine line trying to prevent the horrors that he knows are coming while not causing a paradox in time. He also fights his growing attraction to the young Severus… making them both wait until Severus at least turns eighteen… quite the opposite of most Snarry stories where it is Severus waiting for Harry to grow up.