Title: Snape’s Child (Tentative Title) 6/?
Pairing: Severus/Hermione, mentions of Severus/OFC
Warnings: Violence, Child abuse, Drama, Tragedy, OCC, Manipulative but not evil Dumbledore, Character Death, Bad Ginny, Bad Ron, Romance/Het, Alternate Universe, AU 5th Year, Good Severus, Adoption, Gender-Bender, Child Harry, Rape, Bad Sirius, Abusive Dursley, Pregnancy, Child Neglect, Contains references to HBP, and TDH, Post GoF.
Disclaimer: Nope, doesn’t belong to me. I only play with them a bit.
Summary: Based on the Challenge at Potions and Snitches Archive:
Hidden as Snape’s Daughter by carvell
Summary: Dumbledore never makes it to Harry’s trial (summer of 5th year) and Harry is sentenced to Azkaban to be kissed. Snape rescues him and Harry is hidden in plain sight, as Snape’s daughter; he ends up in Slytherin. Only Snape knows who he really is, the rest of the world thinks he’s dead from the Dementor’s kiss. No romance whatsoever.
Author’s Note: I’m basing this story on the challenge, although I’m not following it completely. Harry will be much younger. I wanted to try my luck at adding two other characters that are usually minor and last but not least there will eventually be some romance, although not for a while, and not for Harry. She is too young for that.
This story is just in the beginning stages, so I only have about three chapters captured in the computer, plus a whole lot of notes and ideas.
(Need to do some editing to the chapter. Add more dialogs … probably.)
The potions put the young Gryffindor to sleep. The Gender Bender Perma-Draught, and the Blood Adoption Potion would make physical changes. The process was agonizingly painful for anyone awake. When Harry regained consciousness he would be a fully functional little witch. When she was older, she would be able to have children of her own. Ten minutes later, the changes were through. Harry was a dainty child, who looked no older than four; smaller than Danielle had been. She was not identical to the real girl, but modifying photos would not be too problematic. She was also very pretty despite the healing bruises on her face. Severus ran some Diagnostic Scans. She was still healing nicely, but would require personalized Nutrient Potions. They were on time to correct the damage from malnutrition. The small girl regained consciousness slowly as an owl delivered a letter to Severus.
The letter was from Gringotts. “Well … the Blood Adoption Potion was successful. Gringotts requests Danielle’s and my presence as soon as possible.” This translated as immediately. “It seems there was an addendum to my Prince Grandmother’s Will, as well as Lily’s. In Lily’s case the addendum only activated if her son died single without a Will.”
“So it’s official,” Kingsley stated. “Harry Potter is dead.”
“Yes, and Danielle is safe from the Edict,” Amelia added. “I have now grounds to have Fudge’s, and that toady’s, of his arses for murdering a child.” She turned to Severus. “When are you going to Gringotts?”
“I would have preferred to wait until Danielle …” he was interrupted.
“Harry,” she said cringing at the childish voice.
“No,” Severus said shaking his head. “From now own you are Danielle Henriette Morrison …”
“We made a few more changes Severus,” Kingsley informed him. “You already had full guardianship over your daughter. We took care of the name changes and speeded the ‘official’ notification, it should be here in a few days at most.”
“Thank you, I appreciate that Kingsley. You are no longer Harry Potter,” he told the now girl. “Your new name is Danielle, and it is important that you learn to respond to it.” He turned to Amelia. “As to visiting Gringotts, I would have preferred to wait until Danielle was completely healed, but the goblins do not leave me the option. We will be leaving for the bank shortly.”
“May I suggest a Hair Growth Potion?” Amelia told the men as she observed the new girl critically. The hair was no longer the bird’s nest it used to be. It was curly, and as dark as Severus’. But having hair so short gave her a boyish look that reminded her of the boy she had been, especially because of her eyes. Longer hair would suit her face better as well, and make it easier to keep it in place.
“Why?” Harry asked confused at that suggestion.
“So you look more like a little girl,” Amelia told her and smiled at the child’s grimace of disgust. “I also believe it would suit you better Danny. You make a very pretty girl by the way. Perhaps we should pierce your ears as well.” She went to the small bag that had the real Danielle’s belongings and took out a pair of small gold earrings, a gold bracelet with her name engraved, and a small gold plaque with the engraved inscription ‘Love from Dad’ 27/07/1995. She Scourgify everything making sure the new Danielle could wear them safely. “The original Danielle had them, and she wore these.”
Harry took them, and had a lump in her throat at the inscription; then looked at Snape. “Do you mind if I wear them? They … they were … hers.”
Severus’ voice was a bit hoarse when he responded. “They are yours now. I gave them to her for her sixth birthday.”
“Thank you. What … what do I call you now Sir?”
“Danielle called me Severus at first. She … she began calling me Daddy the last time I saw her. I do not believe either of us are ready for that word yet. Perhaps later it might be possible. I believe I would not be averse to being addressed by it. You may use my first name … or call me Sev. Like your mother used to.”
“OK Severus … Sev … Merlin, that’s weird!”
“I’m sure you’ll get used to it,” Kingsley reassured the tiny girl.
Harry nodded. There was no going back for him … her. Another weird thing; might as well go the whole way. “I guess I’ll take the Hair Growth Potion.”
Severus Summoned the potion. Then Amelia transfigured Harry’s clothes into a nice pair of jeans, and a feminine blouse. Nothing pink, or too girly, though they had originally been. She had laughed till she cried at the ‘men’ and ‘Danny’s’ expressions when they saw the clothes. Severus looked like he was going to be sick, and Harry actually shuddered. There was, of course, a mix of horror and disgust in their faces as well. Shaking her head she changed the colors to dark blue for the jeans -with some embroidered flowers- and an aqua cotton blouse. She had matching socks, shoes, and ribbons for her hair.
Harry would need to learn how to be a young lady, and Amelia would see to that. For the moment, being a small tomboy would not do any harm. She braided the girl’s hair, and showed Severus how to do it. She helped him bundle the child in his warmest cloak, as it was cold and raining outside. It had been in London as well. She recommended they visited a few stores to buy the bare necessities for ‘Danny’, as she had nothing to wear.
Amelia promised to take the girl shopping on the weekend so she had a proper wardrobe, and perhaps some toys. She planned on having her niece Susan with her. It would do Danny good to start getting acquainted with other girls, even if they were older, who could teach her to be more feminine. Besides, Susan adored kids.
With Harry carefully bundled in the cloak they parted ways at the Apparition point. It was under the bridge that passed over a polluted river close to the house. Severus’ Anti-Apparition Wards reached that far. Being in his arms -anyone’s arms- was awkward for the now young girl. Harry did not remember being carried before. The Dursleys sure never did if they could help it, and he had been too young to remember his parents, or their friends, do it.
The now father and daughter Apparated to a darkened alley in muggle London. It was raining there as well. The alley was close to the Leaky Cauldron, and Severus made his way to the old pub. He carried her effortlessly, and she was surprised he was so fit. He didn’t look it with the robes he wore. Her new father confessed that lugging large cauldrons and stirring potions did give him strong arms, as most of the times magic could not be used on them. He also practiced Martial Arts at least once a week since the summer of his O.W.L.s.
The now father and daughter made their way to the back of the Leaky Cauldron. Some people clearly recognized Snape, and looked curious as to why he was carrying a child. None were brave enough to approach him and ask though. Once in Diagon Alley, Severus walked purposely towards Gringotts. They again drew attention from those who recognized him, and Harry did not like it. So acting rather childish, she hid her face on his shoulder. Attention always made her uncomfortable.
Once in the bank he was directed to Cleaveraxe. He was the goblin in charge of the Prince Family account, and who was shockingly the Potter’s manager as well. He was the one to execute the Will of Feliza Galanos-Prince, Severus grandmother, and of Lily Evans-Potter. With the ‘death’ of Harry James Potter, all that belonged to him passed to her half sister Elizabeth Morrison, and/or her children. In this case, Elizabeth was also dead, so everything went to Danielle.
What Danielle inherited from James and Lily was a far cry from the ‘amazing’ fortune the Potters were assumed to have. They were supposedly as wealthy as the Malfoys. In truth they were not. James was a terrible manager. He was not interested in anything but spending the money his parents left him. Because of that, the wizard was nearly bankrupt by the time he died. What was shocking -and unforgivable to the goblins- was that he was only twenty one when that happened. He went through a fortune that took generations to amass in less than five years.
Missus Potter was the one to salvage some of that money for her son. After their deaths most of the money still in the vaults, the Potter properties, and the heirlooms were used to pay James debts. What remained was deposited in Harry’s Trust Vault. Severus cursed the imbecile Lily married. He did not change at all from the spoiled and pampered brat he had been at school, and he had to wonder why Lily married the idiot. Cleaveraxe reported that Harry Potter never asked about his finances, but he had enough to live a comfortable, but not luxurious, life after Hogwarts and to get an apprenticeship.
The contents of vault 687 were all there was from the boy’s parents’ inheritance. It was not all the boy had though. Sirius Black took the Godparent Vows when he became Harry’s Godfather. Lily demanded that he take them, and it appeared Potter agreed. Black breached one of the Vows by abandoning his Godson to avenge James Potter. For that reason the magic punished him with twelve years of bad luck. His time in Azkaban exactly. Apparently not content with that, the wizard abused his charge in a heinous way a few days ago. The physical and emotional abuse was punished by forfeiting all his money, assets, and titles to his godchild. That was the whole Black fortune; it included Grimmauld Place number twelve. The Blacks were as wealthy as the Malfoys. Since Harry passed away, all that went to his magical next of kin. That meant Danielle.
Cleaveraxe requested a Heritage Charm to confirm the little girl was entitled to Harry Potter’s other assets. The Charm confirmed it, and revealed there was more. A secret vault the Ministry opened the day after the-boy-who-lived defeated You-Know-Who. They were flooded with mail for the little boy. It ranged from ‘thank you notes’, passing through expensive gifts, money, and Wills. Someone decided to open a vault to store all that. Secretarial and Curse Breaking services were hired for the vault. The correspondence would be sorted, thank you notes sent, and anything dangerous deactivated or destroyed. The last included Portkeys, howlers, and Cursed Objects.
The Ministry planned to keep anything valuable that was sent to the boy, but the clerk in charge of opening the account made a mistake. She used an existing Potter vault. It had been emptied to pay James debts, but since it had been leased for 300 years and there were still 237 years to go, Harry Potter could make use of it. Using the vault had ‘saved’ the clerk money. What she had not known, was that only a Potter –or those authorized by the Potters- could access the vault. If the boy died or was de-souled without magical kin, the contents of the vault would finally pass to the Ministry. In particular one Cornelius Fudge, and the clerk that opened the vault, Dolores Umbridge. Severus swore long and hard, while Harry trembled. Those bastards tried to kill him for the money! It was never about Voldemort’s return.
Those two were going to get a shocking surprise. There was magical kin to Harry James Potter, and once the vault passed to Danielle, there was nothing the Ministry could do to get that money. Severus sent a Patronus to Amelia with that information. He issued orders to Cleaveraxe to cooperate with whatever investigation the MLE made in regards to that particular vault. This was the motive Fudge and Umbridge had for getting rid of Harry Potter. The reason why they sentenced a child to a Dementor’s Kiss.
With regards to Harry there was one last surprise. Phillip Evans -Lily’s grandfather- was related to the Gaunts. He was Morfin Gaunt’s bastard son. How that came to be was something they would never know. Phillip was a squib, but the magic respected the line of succession. The title of Lord or Lady Slytherin passed through him to Douglas -Lily’s father, who was listed as a squib as well- to Lily -the magic preferred those married if available, so it skipped Elizabeth-, to later her son, and now Danielle. This explained why Potter was a Parselmouth, it was not that drivel that Albus spouted.
The last surprise of the afternoon was the addendum to Felitza Galanos-Prince’s Will. She was from a very wealthy Greek family. The Galanos were a Light family, and they disowned Felitza for marrying Jeremiah Prince -a well-known Dark Wizard. At the time of her death Felitza was the only Galanos left, and the fortune would have gone to her had Jeremiah died before her. Since he survived her several months, it was kept on hold for her grandson. There was only one condition she had, and it was that he produced a heir or heiress. Danielle was now officially a Snape, and his blood child, so the fortune was finally available to Severus.
The revelations of the afternoon were astounding, and coupled with all that had already happened left Severus shocked. He would need time to absorb all the information and the changes to his life. He was never one to act without at least some thought though. He would not touch any of the monies, and probably the assets until he had time to think things through calmly. His salary as a professor, Head of House, and potions supplier for Hogwarts paid well enough to support him and his daughter. He never really had much to spend his money on, so he had a good amount saved. That should do for the time being. Perhaps only pay to add more protections to Spinner’s End, and change some of his decrepit furniture.
The Potions Master requested reports and inventories from all vaults, properties, and stock. He hired a team of Warders to tighten Spinner’s End’s and Prince Manor’s security. In Harry’s vault there was a rather large Ward Crystal. They were perfect to anchor and power Wards, it would be put to good use at Spinner’s End, the manor already had one. Cleaveraxe brought to his attention that through the Ministry Vault his daughter inherited a House-Elf breeding and training farm. It was located in England, but they did not sell elves to British Wizards unless they were sure the elves would be treated well and with respect. Most went overseas and to the continent.
There were currently 167 adult elves, and probably double that number in juveniles and elflings. Prince Manor had five elves, but they were not enough to get the grounds and farm lands back into producing. He could use some of those elves. There was also the Black town house in London. It was in disrepair, and a few elves would have it back into splendour in no time. Severus agreed to have house-elves see to Prince Manor.
As to Grimmauld Place number twelve? He would think about it. There was no doubt that it needed as many elves as possible, but he was not sure if he wanted them to serve the Order members. In the meantime, he spoke with Hersy, Elfwoods -the farm’s name- Head House-Elf. He had him send four extra elves to Spinner’s End to assist Lippe with a deep cleaning of the house. It urgently needed it. Hersy was to assess how many would be required for Prince Manor and its grounds.
The last thing Cleaveraxe wanted Severus to decide about was what to do with the anonymous payments Harry Potter made to the Weasley vault. They started before the end of his first year. The amount was to pay the children tuition and supplies. The vault key was used to confirm each letter requesting the deposit. There were also many requests for galleons delivered to either Ronald, or Ginevra Weasley. A look at Danielle’s betrayed expression told Severus she did not make any of those withdrawals. It was also clear that the adult Weasley were not to know who their secret benefactor was.
Severus checked the letters. Nearly five years of correcting atrocious essays and tests were enough to confirm Ronald Weasley was the one writing the letters and requesting the money. This year’s tuition was not paid yet, although the letter arrived earlier that day. After some thought and some private words with Danielle Severus ordered Cleaveraxe not to make the deposit just yet. She was very hurt by Weasley’s and the Weaselette’s betrayal, but she cared about the other members of the family. It was clear that they did not have enough to send their kids to Hogwarts. Severus was to speak with the adults and decide if he should allow the payments to continue. Only the twins though, those two were brilliant, and really had potential for more than being just pranksters. That type of theft was grounds for expulsion, and the two youngest were probably not going to remain at the school.
The new father and daughter left Gringotts in silence, and a thoughtful and sombre mood. Neither felt like shopping but Harry did need a nightgown or pyjamas at the very least, as well as undergarments. Severus headed to Madam Malkin’s. The old witch had a clothes line besides making robes, which Danielle also needed. The witch was quite helpful once Danielle let it be known she hated pink and bright yellow, as well as frilly, girly things.
Madam Malkin had a nice full wardrobe selected. There were mostly trousers, jeans, and shorts. But she had managed to convince the girl to get some dresses and skirts. However did the older witch manage that? He was convinced that Potter, now Danielle, would be a tomboy. Severus actually expected that since it would take time to make a lady out of the once fifteen year old teenage boy. If he ever could. There were blouses, t-shirts, tank tops, jerseys, jumpers, robes, cloaks, sleeping attire, and the appropriate undergarments.
Neither Severus nor Danielle knew about fashion, but both found the selections to their liking. They would be fitted, and allow for up to two sizes in growth. They made her look pretty as well. They would be able to take home five changes of clothes, the sleep wear and the undergarments. The rest would be delivered by the end of the week. Even Severus ended with some new better quality clothes. Most of which were not black.
It was at the cobblers that the school owl finally caught up with him; about time as well. He did not understand why Albus took so long to contact the Order. Harry’s audience had been at eight, originally at nine. It was nearly seven in the evening! The summons did pose a problem. What should he do about Danielle? He could not leave her alone. She was mentally fifteen, so technically she was well able to stay home alone for a few hours. But it had been one hell of a stressful day for her. Too much, in too short a time. It was not wise to leave her on her own for too long.
Harry Potter had been able to see Grimmauld Place number twelve, but Danielle should not. He needed Albus to tell her the Secret to avoid suspicion. The old coot also needed to know about his six year old daughter, so he might as well go ahead and request the Secret. He cast his Patronus and was shocked to notice it was no longer a doe, like Lily’s had been. It was a dragon. Both female and male Hungarian Horntails were excellent parents, and fierce protectors of their young. This more than anything brought home all the changes of the past hours. Harry was Danielle now, and she was his child. He would protect her no matter what. The Patronus left with his message to the Headmaster.
Dumbledore’s response was prompt. He would wait for him outside Grimmauld Place number twelve. The old coot sounded surprised, and Severus was sure he would have many questions about Danielle. After paying for the girl’s new shoes, he headed to the Disapparition Point. He carried Danielle on his hip, and she held him loosely by the neck with her legs wrapped around his waist. It had been awkward initially, but they had loosened up a bit. It now felt natural. She relaxed, and laid her head on his shoulder, tired from the excursion. She really should have been in bed.
Albus was indeed waiting for them outside the old house, but so were Kingsley and Amelia. Severus had not expected her to be there, but something important must have come up. There were short friendly greetings that had the old coot clearly puzzled. It was not something he had expected. Severus took a bit of pity on the old wizard, and informed him the Aurors were his child’s Godparents. Albus’ eyebrows nearly got lost his hair in surprise, but he said nothing. The Potions Master knew he would be invited for tea later. The Headmaster’s ‘subtle’ way of questioning people.