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Contents: 1010 recs in 235 fandoms; 65 links

Harry Potter

Eileen Prince, Tobias Snape

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Playing For Keeps by Vissy

'...She hid the two new boxes towards the back of cupboard with the worst of the best-before tinned apricots and canned soups. Her wand was somewhere back there too, tucked behind a set of cracked glass phials and her old brass scales.' It's a rather darker interpretation of the Snape family dynamics than I usually enjoy, but this twisted tale gives a strong picture of Eileen's life at Spinner's End, and highlights the sheer nastiness of parts of Rowling's creation

[Added 18/01/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Eileen Snape, Severus Snape; Adult]

The Stolen Child by Delphi

'He had not spent the night out in the weather; his skin was dry and his feet clean, though there were fresh leaves caught in his hair.' A haunting, ambiguous tale where the stolen child of the title is never quite pinned down. Eileen's cameo is particularly memorable

[Added 13/06/2014; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape, Eileen Snape]

Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree by Duniazade

'It didn't smell of anything. Not of wood, not of dyed fabric, not of greased metal, not of red paint, not of the hot steam billowing out of the engine's stack.' A complex, interesting window into a teenaged Snape's home life, anchored in unsentimental detail. In the same universe as A Rowan in Winter, also worth a try

[Added 25/08/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Severus Snape, Eileen Snape, Emmeline Vance, Alastor Moody, Regulus Black, Wilkes, Mulciber, Macnair, Evan Rosier]

Wholly to Be a Fool by Bluestocking

'Eileen thinks that Spinner's End has a way of draining all colour and light from the world, leaving nothing behind but the dried husks and hollowed-out remnants of dreams.' Quietly optimistic DH coda which paints a more nuanced portrait of the dysfunctional Snape family than much fanfiction

[Added 13/02/2011; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Eileen Prince, Severus Snape, Tobias Snape]