Story Title: Third Star to the Right
Author Name: Gelsey
Story Url: Story Link 1
Content Rating: PG-13 (mild language, very mild innuendo)
Length: novella length
Story Summary: Ten years after the war, Severus Snape is declared legally dead despite the lack of body, and Hermione Granger is given the responsibility of dealing with his estate by being the only member of the Order of the Phoenix willing to do so. But at Spinner’s End, she finds a book on a child’s bloodstained bed: a copy of Peter and Wendy. When she somehow falls into the story, can she and Captain Snape find a way back out?
This is another rec I stumbled upon at Crack_broom, this time while browsing for crossovers. I’ve seen another Peter Pan/Harry Potter crossover, but that one (“An Unexpected Encounter” by the talented Inell) featured a Jason Isaacs-inspired Captain Hook running into an accidentally-portkeyed-int0-Neverland Hermione Granger. When I began reading “Third Star to the Right” and Hermione fell into Neverland, I initially wondered if I was in for a simliar premise. Not at all!
This story was utterly unique, and yet such a naturally paired crossover that I can’t imagine why this has never been done before. The characterizations and adaptations were absolutely brilliant. I was blown away by how much sense it all made! Snape fit into this environment far better than I would have imagined, not only because he might have wished to be a pirate when he was a little boy, but because the grown man would have wanted to save foolish children from the consequences of their rash impulsiveness. The supporting characters, too, felt like such organic parts of the J.M. Barrie setting, that it was as if some of them might have been plucked straight out of Neverland by J.K. Rowling when she wrote them into her world.
The story isn’t really shippy in the way one might expect. It was an adventure story with a lovely ending that hints at the potential to come. Snape is so deliciously not himself, and yet completely himself, that I’ve been dithering over whether to even use the OOC tag I always attach to stories in which the characters are out of their normal setting and behaving in ways they normally would not (e.g., Pride & Prejudice characters in a modern setting or Harry Potter characters in a Regency setting). Snape the pirate Captain: It seems like a pretty out-of-character (purposefully, of course!) characterization, right? And yet, Gelsey makes this role so completely fit Snape, particularly our post-Deathly Hallows understanding of him, that it feels like quite the natural role for him to fill.