Story Title: An Army of Snapes
Author Name: ladyofthemasque
Story Url: Story Link 1
Alternate Url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: Adult. REALLY adult.
Story Summary: Hermione suffers a chocolate-frog accident, Severus suffers the hiccups, and Snape (& Snape & Snape & Snape & Snape, ad singultium) suffer existential needs…
This story is famous in the Harry Potter fandom, particularly among Hermione/Snape shippers, for the well-written erotica scenes. And while I could babble endlessly about what a fantastic job LadyoftheMasque does in writing extremely hot scenes which are both emotionally-charged and tangibly descriptive (but not too descriptive), what I think most sets this story apart for me is not the eroticism, but all of the other well-written aspects of the story. “An Army of Snapes” certainly would not be so captivating nor have such enduring popularity if not for the well-developed, introspective characterizations, concise, snappy dialogue, loads of humor and wit, and an intriguing plot. But what specifically continues to bring me back to this story is the author’s brilliant creativity in inventing new magics, particularly as shown in the fascinating possibilities of the potion that is the catalyst for this story.
If you enjoy erotica, particularly with multiple partners, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in this story. If you don’t, it’s easy to skip over those clearly-marked chapters and just focus on the core plot. Either way, this story definitely deserves its reputation as one of the best fics that ship has to offer. The author, who is a published writer of romantic novels, very obviously knows her business, as she does a great job of laying the groundwork for a believable romance before the first kiss ever takes place.
This story is also rec’ed over at Know It Alls.