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Harry meeting and falling in love with young Snape has always been one of my favorite kinks - this idea has been featured in quite a few time-travel fics but, much to my disappointment, also quite frequently abused. I don't know why it is so hard to find a good Young!Severus/Harry fic - maybe because this idea calls for too many clichés, or maybe because it attracts less experienced writers - hard to say.

I have started compiling a list of Snarry fics involving Harry and young Severus in love (so I am not interested in every fic involving young Severus, in flashbacks or otherwise, no matter how good it is - BTW, go and read Two Lockets by Acid and Sinick if you haven't already). I will welcome all the suggestions:-)

### - fics that I find particularly worth reading
# - liked, but no fireworks

Please note: the impressions I share reflect my tastes only - if I didn't like the fic, it doesn't mean that it won't become your favorite piece of all times, right?:-)

  • Escaping the Paradox by Meri.
    After Harry is thrown back in time to 1971, he has several choices to make.
    Wonderful read and very good character portrayal. I find this development of young Snape very convincing in the changed timeline. It is good to see how the typical Snarry dynamics is reversed here and yet it rings the same bell somehow. Endearing.

  • Cockroach Clusters, Please by Ziasudra.
    Harry needs to learn how to construct new spells, he turns to the Half-Blood Prince for assistance; they meet in the Room of Requirement.
    I like the young Severus' portrayal but there's quite a lot of clichés.

  • Just Another Soldier in the War by Ziasudra.
    Harry goes back in time, takes the name of Charlus Potter and joins a DE squad. His relationship with twenty-something Snape develops, with all the expected ups and downs.
    Lots of action but the main characters seem to be a bit underdeveloped.

  • Between the Lines by Dementor Delta.
    Harry corresponds with the Half-Blood Prince through his book, romance ensues. Very good, young Snape heart-broken after cease-correspondence and adult Snape learning to accept the turn of events and cooperate.
    One word: perfect. Both in emotional intensity and characters' portrayal.

  • The Return of the Prodigal by Lachesis.
    A portkey goes wrong and Harry goes back in time to Marauders' era. He goes under a name of one Harold James and is sorted in Slytherin.

  • A Nick in Time, by Tira Nog.
    Harry and Snape are turned into 7-year-olds and learn to like each other.
    Very good. Continued in Growing Pains, but this one gets a bit too hurt/comfort for my tastes.

  • Tread Softly by Dius Corvus.
    Harry kills Voldemort and is thrown back in time to Marauders' time. He is known under the name of one Jonathan Frost and becomes friends with Severus Snape.
    Continued in Ashes of Time, WIP. I like this fic, it's probably the best one in the series of Harry thrown back in time.

  • The Living Years by Dementor Delta.
    Severus Snape makes the ultimate sacrifice for Harry Potter. No, not that sacrifice! The other one! And finds Sanctuary in the most unexpected of places. Severus growing up while Harry grows older.
    I didn't enjoy it as much as other Dementor Delta's fics - probably because the pairing of older Harry and much younger Snape isn't really my thing - but it's still a must-read.

  • Tapestry of Fate by the-minx-17.
    Harry goes back in time to change Snape's fate and to give him a fair shake at a happier, more fulfilling life.

  • Indebted by Elanora.
    A trip in time reveals Harry to be unknowingly involved in Snape's past, and inextricably linked to his future.
    Very short appearance of young Severus, but all in all worth reading.

  • Hogwarts takes care of its own by leela_cat.
    Post-DH. Snape is dying at St. Mungo's. Harry goes back in time.
    A nice read.

  • Unexpected by Seeker.
    An age-reversal spell goes awry in battle, leading to unexpected consequences. PWP.
    De-aged Snape, Harry and lots of sex - overall hot, but one can't help a few "Err, I don't think it should be working this way" and "Ack! This really is a bit much for me". So be warned;-)

  • A Time to Change by Sansa.
    Harry wishes he had had different life and enters alternate reality in which Neville is the Boy Who Lived. He develops a relationship with adult Snape but still needs to go back in time to find the way to win the future war.
    I appreciate how complicated the whole concept of time is but the description of most of the characters qualifies as something I rather abhor (starting with "Siri" and "Sev").

  • The Paradox of Existence by DragonLight.
    Adult Harry goes back in time to the Marauders' era to teach DADA, taking the name of Octavian Tyler.
    This is truly a magnificent fic. Very long and pretty much flawless. The portrayal of characters is perfect - I've given up on this fic many times because of the way young Severus is depicted in the first two chapters but this piece is not about young Severus at all and it is the tension between the young and the adult Snape that is the main highlight here. And there are many: the way Draco's and Harry's friendship is depicted makes me want to do something I have long deemed unthinkable - read a Harry/Draco fic:-) Harry is very believable and it's such an adventure to watch him when he is a teenager taking his first step in relationship and an adult doing his best to sustain it. The concept of time is nothing less than interesting. So. Yeah. Go and read it NOW:-)

  • The Swing by Svartalfur.
    Severus is waiting for his friend to return to the playground, Harry wants to find out everything about Lily, and the Healers at St. Mungo's are at a loss to explain Snape's condition.
    A very interesting take at young!Severus/Harry relationship WITHOUT time-travel. Well written, characters are well developed and believable. I really enjoyed it.

  • All in Good Time by Alisanne.
    Prompt: How about a time travel romance, with young Snape accidentally coming forward to the future, and Adult Harry having to take charge of him until they sort out what made it all happen.

    I liked the young Severus, even though I find the plot and time-travel explanations quite far-fetched and simplified. Still, a nice read.

  • Tempus Reversit by ms_katonic.

    When a magical accident in the heat of battle sends Harry and Snape back to 1943, it's a golden opportunity for a fresh start. But destiny is not so easy to escape, especially when Tom Riddle starts taking an interest...

  • Aude Sapere by Tiger of the Fire

    Harry Potter, the boy-who-defeated-Voldemort, has been in Azkaban for the last ten years for using an Unforgivable. Now he has managed to escape, yet will he ever be the same? Or will too many things happen to him? But what if something happens to make people think he's escaped, when in reality he didn't do it on purpose?

    So, Harry finds himself in the 70-ties at Hogwarts. Absolutely not my style of writing so I wasn't able to read through it. Good luck to you, though;-)

  • The Young and the Hopeless by moraco

    Severus Snape goes forward to the future, meets Harry and is placed in Gryffindor as Simon Edwards.

    I'm starting to have difficulties writing neutral things about fics that fall into the category of this list but which I find so much not to my tastes;-) So, sorry - couldn't get further than the third chapter with this one.

  • One Stupid Person by quixotic-hope

    Having lost his value as a spy for the light, Severus must now take a de-aging potion and befriend the dratted Boy-Who-Lived. But what happens when he starts falling in love?

    Alright. So Snape takes de-aging potion and befriends Harry under the name of, o! originality of originalities!, Alan Rickman!;-) I have no words, really.

  • Playing with Existence by daughter_moon

    It is the summer after 5th year and Harry Potter is staying at Grimmauld Place. With too much time to think about the past events, he comes up with a plan. A plan involving timeturners, school-age parents and a weakened Dark Lord. But playing with existence can have serious consequences.

    All in all, an OK read. I don't like Character Death, though.

  • Death Eater Takes a Holiday by Lee Lee Potter

    Albus spells a few Order members back to their seventh year age, and sends them to spend time at Hogwarts for a holiday. The Headmaster's intent is for them to learn that Harry is indeed mature for his age, so that he will be accepted as a full member. What will happen when Severus returns from his time as a teen, to find he has spent the better part of the week entwined with a certain Gryffindor? And, how do their lives change afterwards?

    Read first few chapters but the story is just so... teenage, I guess. I didn't like the characters, I didn't like "talk, dark and sexy" and love at the first sight.

  • Back to the Future by Jade and Sandy

    Harry is longing for Severus but finds the other man unwilling to lose his reservations. He goes back in time to change Severus' attitude.

    Nice read, pretty much on the PWP side but still enjoyable.

  • I'm Already Gone by redfox13

    Harry is James' younger brother. All is very teenage.

    Haven't read past chapter 3.

  • Only to Rise Higher by swtalmnd

    Snape's life as a student takes a turn he hadn't expected when the Boy Who Lived comes to Hogwarts in Snape's fourth year.

    The summary is not accurate as it is more as if Snape came to Harry's times as a teenager. Quite sweet. Nice read.

Please give me more:-)
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On January 6th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC), painless_j commented:
The Paradox of Existence, by Dragon Light (unedited version here, as a back-up)
R, novel-length. Summary: The future repeats itself in the past, i.e. which came first, the chicken or the egg.

There's a one-sided young!Snape/Harry, which turns into a proper one in the future.
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On January 6th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC), milady22 replied:
Ah, I was hoping you'd read this post:-) You're my greatest inspiration when it comes to lists after all - and thank you for all your recs, they are of immeasurable value for someone who has been in and out of fandom much too frequently during the last year or so.

Hmmm, I will try to make myself go through this fic this time - I think I've tried it at least twice and every time got discouraged by the way Severus is portrayed in his young days. So maybe this time:-)
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On January 6th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC), painless_j replied:
Pimp the list at snape_potter comm, you get more responses from die-hard Snarry fans :)
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On January 7th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC), milady22 replied:
Thank you very much!
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On January 6th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC), whatthefuckbenj commented:
There can't be enough Snarry masterlists!!
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On January 7th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC), milady22 replied:
Absolutely! I love masterlists, they are my light at the end of the tunnel:-)
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On January 6th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC), leela_cat commented:
Not used to pimping my own stories, but I wrote a Harry goes back in time and falls in love with Snape story for snarry_holidays this year. It's in my IJ at Hogwarts Takes Care of its Own.
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On January 7th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC), milady22 replied:
Thank you very much for the reference, I will read it as soon as possible:-)
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On January 7th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC), dracschick commented:
so nice to see you in LJ land. I missed you. Hope you are well. Good luck with your writing.

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On January 7th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC), milady22 replied:
Re: Whoa!
Nice to see you, too:-) I'm still a bit of a lurker in LJ land, but trying to be more up to date. How are you doing?
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On January 9th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC), dracschick replied:
Re: Whoa!
I'm OK, thanks. I've just been busy. I have exams soon and I have to prep for them.
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On January 8th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC), electriclady88 commented:
I agree, NEVER enough Snarry lists! :D

Hmmm... are you interested in Deage-Fics? If so Seeker's 'Unexpected Series' is depraved *excellent*. Harry only really notices Snape after the deaging.


Hope this fits! (and if not just enjoy ;) )
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On January 8th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC), milady22 replied:
Ha, thank you! It was an errm-interesting read, even though I must admit I couldn't make myself to go through all the threesomes, too much of a squick to me;-) But - a very good reference for the list:-)
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On January 9th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC), noorie commented:
awesome list, thanks! i appreciate that your reviews are succint and honest (i've seen too many meh fics recced a bit too heartily in my day...)
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On January 9th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC), milady22 replied:
I will do my best to keep the list up to date:-)

Reviews - tricky things they are. I can't even count how many times I have actually thought of deleting them: I am of an opinion that fandom should do anything to encourage further writing. But does it mean that I can't have an opinion of my own and share it with others on my LJ? But what if reading it hurts the author and actually discourages her/him? But what if I phrase it carefully and stress the fact that it is my opinion only? Is it enough? Or maybe thematic lists - bound to reference all sort of fanfics - should aim to be perfectly neutral and giving "stars" is enough?

Many questions I can't really answer. painless_j probably knows all about it:-)

PS. Hilarious icon BTW:-)
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On January 9th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC), noorie replied:
i think you handled it really well, actually. i maintain a few master lists + recs, and with one of them i tried to also do reviews (meaning, i say something about each of the fics i've read, even if i'm not exactly reccing it), and that was the hardest thing to do. because honestly, the point isn't to discourage people, or to say anything definitive, it's all just an opinion. i think that came across really well in your list.
ps- hilarious? c'mon, sullen!richie's perfect for the role.
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On January 10th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC), who_la_hoop commented:
Oh, I adore young!Snape fics too - and there's a couple on here that I haven't read, hurrah!

*friends you* :)
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On January 11th, 2008 11:20 am (UTC), milady22 replied:
I'm glad you like the list - and let me know if you find something else *wink*:-)
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On January 10th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC), snowberry0619 commented:
Excellent list. Harry/Young Snape is my absolute all time kink as well. Actually, I fell into the fandom after reading The Return of the Prodigal by Lachesis. Like you said, odd that there weren't more written. I'm friending you, btw~~~

If you haven't already, you should also check out The Swing by Svartalfur that explore the possibility of Snape growing up with a true friend (Harry). The Snape there is simply adorable.

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On January 11th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC), milady22 replied:
Thank you so much for this rec, it was a wonderful read and one of the most intriguing takes at the situation.

What a pleasure:-)
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On January 23rd, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC), tamara_severia commented:
What about DETaH by Lee Lee Potter? http://www.hpfandom.net/eff/viewstory.php?sid=564 There is young Severus in first 15 or so chapters.
And this one - http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2760313/1/One_Stupid_Person - One Stupid Person by quixotic-hope. Silly little fic with our most favorite Potion Master as 17 years old. Not very bright or well written, but stil...
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On January 23rd, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC), milady22 replied:
Thank you! I must have read DETaH but I don't seem to remember it at all, so it's a very good occasion to re-read it:-) Thanks again.
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On February 4th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC), meluea commented:
AAAAAAA!!!! I can't describe how much I love you. Sorry no recs from me but I gotthis idea that I would like to read a Harry/Severus slash in marauder era and was desperately searching for it and here you come.

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On February 4th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC), milady22 replied:
I'm glad you find it helpful:-) Have fun reading!
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On February 13th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
You have "The Young and the Hopeless" on your list twice.

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On May 17th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC), painless_j commented:
Two new fics, from the Games.

The Ghostwriter, by Klynie
Snape/Harry, NC-17, ~29000 words. Warnings in the fic post. Genre(s): Postwar. Prompt(s): Hunger, Puzzles. Summary: Hiring a ghostwriter for his autobiography reveals secrets Harry would prefer to leave hidden.

Escaping the Paradox, by Meri
Snape/Harry, Harry/other, Snape/other mentioned, NC-17, 35700 words. Genre(s): AU and Romance. Prompt(s): Learning to Dance. Summary: After Harry is thrown back in time to 1971, he has several choices to make.
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On June 1st, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC), charie_caphine replied:
BTW, for me personally - as I am a big fan of the Young Severus/Harry theme, stories like 'the Ghostwriter' or the below mentioned 'Acceptable Losses' do not really qualify for the said theme. Though Severus looks younger, he's still his old self mentally. There's a difference.
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On May 18th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC), painless_j commented:
And one more. It seems a popular theme this season :)

Acceptable Losses
Author: draconic_girl
Rating/Warnings/Kinks: R
Word Count: ~ 32 000
Summary: An unexpected sacrifice opens the doorway to a new life for Severus Snape.

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On May 30th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC), charie_caphine commented:
And don't forget The Sleeping Prince by Who_La_Hoop, from the Games. It's wonderful!!!!!

Thank you for the list, also. It's one of my top favourite themes in HP - Harry and Severus as equals, in age and background. I didn't know a couple of marvelous fics you gathered here, so GREAT THANK YOU.
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On August 3rd, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC), charie_caphine commented:
A Long Awaited Sentiment on ff.net by nahimana is another Snarry time travel. It's completed, but I didn't manage to finish it. However, it definitely fits into this collection.
On April 8th, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Simply one of the best fanfictions I have ever read.
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On August 18th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC), triospleasure commented:
Your a FOOL!

I don't agree with ALL of your like and dislike...

Your descriptions are Pretty accurate!

And funny as hell!
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On November 2nd, 2008 09:11 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I want to thank you so much for this list. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have discovered Tread Softly, one of the most mind grabbing snarry I've read O_O

*lots of hugs and kisses*
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On November 17th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC), delfeus commented:
Aude Sapere by Tiger of the Fire

This story has been removed by the author, it seems.

Thanks for this list! I've found some really amazing stuff to read here, only some of it things I had read before.
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On January 7th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC), quiltedelf replied:
Aude Sapere by Tigerofthefire can be found here...

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7

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On December 2nd, 2008 12:44 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
... >.<
Okay. You *really* need to post warnings next to your stories.

I'm currently reading "Tread Softly", and... Damn! It is *dark*! When I first started reading, I was like, okay, okay... yeah yeah... way too many adjectives... I get it, Harry's powerful...But then.

But then! The plot reeled me in and hit me hard. And right as I got hooked, the story became deeply unsettling, and dark, and evil, and... I usually like evil stories. But Man! Give a girl a warning next time! Now, I'm going to have to finish the entire story (of course I have to know what happens, or I'll die of curiosity), but if this story doesn't have some relief soon I might just gouge my own eyes out so that I won't *have* any way of continuing. >.<

It's really good though. Thanks for reccing it. ^^
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On December 17th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC), mysticdreamer32 replied:
Re: ... >.<
A) this is a recs list-- she is not responable for the writer stories --or lack warning: (when someone recs a story it is not their place to tell you about plot twists or warnings. i mean they can..but mostly don't(or i should say i don't)-it's more of a case..of buyers beware).

B) as i see if you blindly go into a story without reading the summary or authors notes/warning..then your asking for it. I know some writers won't warn to some things cause they think it ruins the plot but damn you have no right to tear into the person who rec'ed it. If your pissed put the blame where it belongs and email the writer, or just let it go.
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On December 28th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC), kaetian replied:
Re: ... >.<
I'm sorry, but that was hardly 'tearing into' someone. Anonymous actually said she was enjoying the story, dark as it was, and she thanked the list-mistress for it. in my experience people don't thank people they are pissed off with/are tearing into. it would defeat the purpose.

moving on:this list is bloody awesome. snarry is my favourite pairing ever - it actually go me into slash - and young!snape/harry is totally brilliant. thankyou list-mistress!
On June 6th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Re: ... >.<
Well that was rude and uncalled for.. She said he was enjoying it and all that. No need to be mean.
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On June 6th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC), mysticdreamer32 replied:
Re: ... >.<
Look no matter how she covered it..the backhanded complement ticked me off as much as her pissy first lines. As reccer i can't give long thought out summary and warnings on every fic i rec, not when I put together master lists. I try warn for the things i remember but it's unrealistic that we reccers can catch every thing and thats what people like her expect. No she was pissed so she vented it on the reeccer not the writer as she should , or maybe said writer did warn for it, and she should learn read the writer notes but i guess that too hard to remember.

and what the hell..this post is over two years old , get a life man.
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On March 5th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC), blaireblack73 commented:
not sure if it's been mentioned but here
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On July 17th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC), jayjess commented:
there's a story i read a while ago but i dont remember the name and ive been looking for it everywhere. Sape goes to the dursley's to check up on harry and then falls or somthing happens where a time-turner in his possesion breaks and turns him younger. every time another piece of the time-turner gets absorbed into his body he ages a little. it really is an awesome story... if i could only remember the name!!
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On August 16th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC), synn replied:
Don't know if you've found it or not by now, but that's Another fine mess by Lilyseyes: http://www.walkingtheplank.org/archive/viewstory.php?sid=2942
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On January 14th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC), enmuse commented:
Thank you so much for directing me to Tread Softly! Goddamn it's amazing. Wrote flaily comments to the author, lol, and now I'm caught in the web of the sequel - guh, I want more of it. >.< But I'd never come across this story before, so thanks for listing it and recommending it!
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On June 13th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC), janezy commented:
One of my favorites is A Place Between Sleep and Waking by r_grayjoy: http://www.walkingtheplank.org/archive/viewstory.php?sid=3293&warning=4

Thanks for this list! I've read a lot of these, but there's some new ones here. This is one of my favorite kinks as well. In fact, I have a plot bunny running around my head about a story along these lines as well.
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On December 20th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
There is also "My name is Cameron Sage" by thesewarmstars.

It's time travel, not exactly a teenage Snape, but he is definitely younger than Canon. Plus its very well written and an enjoyable read.
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On July 14th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
very informative
Yes, probably so it is
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On January 27th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Okay, I read this one fic where Snape was de-aged by a hex gone wrong from the final battle, can't remember a damned thing, and has written himself (the younger) a note saying Harry Potter would take care of him because of a life debt. Harry does, they fall in love, and There's a nice sex snene at the end. I can't , for the life of me, remember the name. At the beginning, Snape keeps saying "it said you'd explain this" if that helps.
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On June 26th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC), bukabe16 commented:
How about An Accident In Time by ciraana: One evening, Harry opens the door to an unexpected visitor, and is faced with a boy who looks and sounds like a younger version of Severus Snape. Exactly like a younger version.

I like this one very much, very good characterising, and no Sevvy or Siri or any of that bullshit. You might want to give it a try ;)
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