To Live Happily Ever After
by Darth Stitch
Harry and Severus
The business of living happily ever after is not as easy as it looks.
Harry Potter never expected to live "happily ever after." Ever since
his unasked-for Grand Destiny was unfolded before him, complete with The
Malevolent Evil Villain and the Unavoidable Prophecy of Doom, he had slowly
become resigned to the fact that he just might end up Dying Heroically To Save The Wizarding World And The Rest
That kind of resignation to his fate didn't come easily. He raged and raged
against it for quite a long time when he found out. He didn't want to
die and he never thought of himself as some kind of Magnificent Hero. He didn't
even want the job in the first place.
All he ever wanted was to get away from his horrid relatives and well....find
some place where he was wanted, some one who would love him just as he was,
plain, freaky, oddball Harry Potter - scar, ugly glasses, messy hair, knobbly knees and all.
Severus Snape never
expected to live "happily ever after" either. When he was younger, he
dreamed of being respected and admired by his peers and the rest of society.
He'd been awkward and ugly, with a nose far too big for his face. All he had
was his brilliant, razor-sharp mind and his skill at Potions and defending
against the Dark Arts. He wanted to get away from his miserable home and from
his poor excuse of a sire and he wanted revenge against the gang of Gryffindors who insisted on bullying and humiliating him as
a sort of perverse amusement.
And then, he'd made the worst of all mistakes and became one of Voldemort's Death Eaters. He thought that he would find the
respect he craved there and more power and knowledge that he had ever dreamed
of. And indeed, he learned much under Voldemort's
service, how to wreak death and destruction and suffering with consummate,
almost artistic skill.
What they didn't teach him was how to ward his dreams from being haunted by
blood and screams and pleas for mercy. They never taught him (or perhaps he
could not learn) how to kill off his conscience and humanity so effectively
that he could do all the atrocities Voldemort bade
him do without a second thought. And so, Severus Snape found himself at Albus Dumbledore's door, trying to find a chance, however infinitestimal, of atonement, of redemption, of
forgiveness. He rather thought that he might as well end up Dying In A Hopefully Successful Attempt To Save Dumbledore
Or Harry Bloody Potter and find his salvation there.
So it was quite unexpected to both men that they were alive and Voldemort was finally, definitely, dead (and no coming back
from beyond the grave this time!). And it was quite unexpected that after years
of animosity that were colored with point-taking, detentions, shouting matches
and serious hexing, that Harry Potter and Severus Snape would fall in love with each other.
Severus never expected to find love, fall in love or
be loved by anyone, much less Harry Bloody Potter. He'd loathed Harry's father
for being an arrogant, bullying prat and he'd fairly
much expected that the son would be just the same. Also, Harry was his student,
old enough to be Snape's own son. Never mind that Harry was quite over the age of consent; Professor
Snape did NOT think of his students in THAT way.
Ever. It was practically obscene.
And yet, he'd ended up loving that daft, exasperating, reckless, wild-haired
boy, who'd grown up and become this wonderful, courageous young man right in
front of his eyes and who, quite inexplicably, loved him right back.
Harry never expected to find love, fall in love or be loved by anyone just as
he was, just for himself. He knew that the Great Hero Harry Potter loved by the
Wizarding World bore little to no resemblance to his
actual self. And while he loved his two best friends and the second family that
had practically taken him in as another son, he'd wistfully dreamed of finding
just that One Person, that One True Love he could have for his very own. He
just didn't expect that this One True Love was actually Severus
"That Greasy Git!" Snape,
who he'd been at odds with practically the first time he stepped into Hogwarts.
And yet, he ended up loving that snarky, arrogant,
bitter, sarcastic, brilliant man, who protected and taught him even as Harry
felt the sting of his harsh words and who, quite inexplicably, loved him right
So there it was, finally, the two of them together after more snarking, misunderstandings and arguments which ended up
with a rather heated first kiss and much much later,
a first night of lovemaking that left them breathless and sated and complete.
Which led to more exquisite nights of making wild passionate
love or perhaps, just snuggled together in bed, safe, warm and content.
Days were spent in what Severus termed as
"blessedly ordinary, sweet domesticity" and what Harry called
Of course, there was great fun in enjoying the thunderstruck expressions on the
faces of their friends and the sly twinkle in Dumbledore's
eyes (because, in fact, he'd won a very large amount in the betting pool). And Severus prized the issue of the Quibbler that announced,
with very large block letters, his marriage to one Harry Potter - breaking the
hearts of witches all over the Wizarding World. Harry
had it framed and hung over their mantel, especially since the major scoop
scored by Quibbler reporter Luna Lovegood made that
bitch Daily Prophet reporter Rita Skeeter so angry
that she'd blown herself away into the Bermuda Triangle, never to be seen again,
only leaving behind her high heeled shoes.
And then came Katerina.
They thought Hermione had inadvertently witched Harry
with her symptoms of pregnancy at first.
That happened sometimes, but usually the witch directed that to the father
of her forthcoming child and not the hapless best friend who was quite
excited at the prospect of becoming a godfather.
Harry never expected that he would, quite literally, father a baby into
this world. Male pregnancies were rare, although not unheard of, in the Wizarding World. Still, Harry never expected that he'd be
that one-in-a-kazillion wizard who could conceive and
bear a child of his own.
Then again, everything tended to happen to Harry - what with odd
abilities, unusual powers and yes, that pesky Grand Destiny - so he really
shouldn't have been surprised anymore.
Merlin, it was ridiculous - a pregnant man? He looked awkward and
ungainly waddling around with that distended belly. He did, however, treasure
the look of rapt adoration Severus had in his eyes
whenever he saw Harry - although Severus would
heatedly deny that he was capable of such "maudlin behavior."
But both fathers were quite hopelessly sappy the day Katerina
came into the world, falling under the spell of the little girl's beautiful green
eyes. They settled into their roles as fathers with a minimum of fuss - Harry
was "Daddy" and Severus was
"Papa" - and they were prepared to give their precious little girl
the happy childhood they never had.
Of course, Severus didn't expect that he would
be the next one-in-a-kazillion wizard who could
conceive and bear a child of his own seven years later. Perhaps Harry's
tendency to attract Weird-Ass Strokes of Fate was beginning to rub off Severus as well. Severus did NOT
take kindly to that notion.
Little Katerina was pleased at the prospect of having
a baby sister though. And all three of them thought that the name Waverly would
be perfect for this new little person.
And then, since Severus was so unhappy at having to
put up with this "Absolute absurdity!" of being pregnant, he went and
got Harry pregnant as well.
And this accounted for Arthur, who came along two months after Waverly.
Which brings us to the next part of living happily ever
Katerina was firstborn and there was a certain magic
in being this first precious child born to her parents who had assumed that she
would be the one and only child. She had Harry's green eyes and Severus' high cheekbones and her features were a rather
pleasing mix of both parents. And Severus noted with
relief that she was spared the Snape nose.
However, the little girl had taken quite well to the notion of having siblings
and she had quickly taught her younger brother and sister the rather
challenging task of raising their sometimes silly parents.
When she was old enough to attend Hogwarts, the
Sorting Hat placed her in Gryffindor, shocking Harry,
who had been quite sure that his devious little kitten was meant for Slytherin. But then, he kept forgetting that cats had their
own kind of cunning and this young Kat made her mark in Gryffindor,
stepping quite easily out of the shadows of her rather famous parents.
Katerina was Seeker for the Gryffindor
Quidditch team and Gryffindor
practically had the Quidditch Cup glued to their
mantel for the next six years. She did quite well in whatever subject she
turned her hand to (except Divinations) except that sometimes she was found
neglecting her homework to write all these little stories and poems in her
favorite and somewhat battered journal.
Katerina loved stories and she badly wanted to write
some of her own. Ideas came into her head and the words would pour out of quill
and ink and onto parchment.
And perhaps it wasn't a wonder that The First Great Tale that she was finally
able to publish told the story of a boy wizard and his adventures, loved by Wizarding and Muggle children
Waverly looked much like Katerina did, except that
she had red highlights in her dark hair. And like her sister, she was sorted
into Gryffindor and was not half bad at Quidditch either - she was a good Chaser.
However, the similarities between the sisters ended there.
All three children had a knack for getting into and attracting trouble, an
ability they came by honestly, considering their fathers. (Or one
father, as Severus would claim with a disdainful
sniff.) However, Waverly took that affinity for trouble to new heights.
Because, of course, it would be Waverly who brought
the baby basilisk home.
Fortunately, this baby basilisk didn't have that ability to turn one into stone
with its mere look - a lucky defect of birth. According to Severus,
perhaps it was the infamous Potter luck, because anyone who had a love of
Dangerous Magical Creatures that Waverly did definitely needed it!
At least, Severus didn't have to worry about getting
basilisk skin for his potions ever again.
Hagrid was delighted to have someone to share his
affection for the "wee beasties" and Waverly took them all on with a
wink and a grin - blast-ended skrewt, dragon and hippogriff,
caring for them with a gentle hand.
But Waverly loved dragons best and if her father spoke the language of snakes,
it seemed that Waverly knew how to speak to dragons, who apparently regarded
her as one of their own.
Like her Daddy, Waverly loved to fly - it was just that she preferred flying on
the back of a dragon than zooming around on a broomstick. And fly on them she
Arthur was the only child who had inherited Severus Snape's rather prominent nose.
He was also the only child who not only managed to inherit Harry's green eyes
but his shortsightedness as well.
Harry loved this little replica of his husband and often, the little boy, who
was so serious and solemn around other people, was usually seen smiling
whenever he was held in Daddy's arms.
Arthur and Papa however were often engaged in long, serious conversations (Severus absolutely refused to speak to any of his
children in "baby talk"). Perhaps this explained why Arthur, at the
tender age of one year and six months, called Severus'
unruly class of Slytherin and Gryffindor
first years "dunderheads" and Albus Dumbledore as "a meddlesome old coot" in clear,
precise, ringing tones.
It was the first time in the history of Hogwarts that
the Headmaster fell off his chair keening with laughter.
Arthur grew up to be far quieter and far more reserved than his two sisters.
While he was a fair hand at Quidditch - he made a
good Keeper whenever he and his sisters played the game - he preferred curling
up in a sofa to read or to watch his Papa work in his laboratory. The Sorting
Hat debated whether to put him into Ravenclaw or Slytherin but in the end, decided to put the young man in
the House of the Snake.
And of course, Arthur's passion was for Potions. Of course, that was until he
The Business of Falling In Love
When Katerina reached that interesting age when girls
began to notice boys, Harry and Severus seriously
considered sending her into a convent.
Actually, Harry entertained that notion for a full five minutes before giving
it up with a rueful laugh. Severus was seriously
considering it for a full month before Harry finally managed to cure him
of that absurdity.
Of course, both fathers firmly believed that no one was good enough for their
However, Katerina convinced them otherwise when she
came home and introduced them to her fiance, Lucien
Charles Malfoy - son of Draco
Malfoy and Ginny Weasley.
The young woman was very persuasive, as Draco himself
And of course, leave it to Waverly to fall in love with a vampire prince.
Severus took out the Vampire Repellant Potion and
Harry had busied himself with sharpening wooden stakes and looking up the best
spells he could use against vampires. However, Waverly and her prince, Alexis Nikolaus Alyardi, managed to make
the overprotective parents put away the wands and the weapons.
Prince Alexis was a rather charming fellow, who convinced the anxious fathers
of the sincerity of his love for Waverly. And that of course
he wasn't about to turn her into dinner. Indeed there had been much
angst between him and his beloved before they had finally resolved the issues
When Arthur turned thirty, he was already established as a Potions Master of
good reputation and he taught at the Wizarding
University of Oxford. He was alone and quite driven by his work, which made
Harry worry over his son endlessly.
Severus knew that Arthur's temperament was fairly
close to his own and he was sure that his son would lay all their worries to
When Arthur finally fell in love, it was with a freshman university student
named Francesca Morgan. Francesca came woefully unprepared for her class, which
annoyed Professor Arthur James Potter-Snape to no end
and when it turned out she wasn't even in his class at all, annoyance
quickly went up to extreme vexation. There was much snarking
involved, in which Francesca gave as good as she got, which was rare since no
university student wizard or witch dared to trade verbal blows with the feared
Of course, all this animosity developed into a serious case of unresolved
sexual tension and eventually, Arthur found himself with an even worse case of
unrequited love. At least that was what he thought at first since she was a
good ten years younger than him and a student besides, even if she was not,
technically, his own. Francesca was a rather intelligent and determined young
woman who quickly disabused Arthur of that notion.
When Harry and Severus heard the news, the two
fathers exchanged eloquent looks which ended with Severus
burying his face in his hands.
Harry gently rubbed soothing circles on his husband's back. "Love, you
have absolutely NO ground to stand on with this one. Absolutely
Arthur and Severus were the ones who knew, with
absolute certainty, that they were they only sane ones in the family. So it was
not much of a surprise that Arthur approached his father on the night before
his wedding, to talk about that "daft bint"
who had completely taken over his heart.
Severus gave his son one of his own rare smiles and
said, "That's why we adore them, you know. They're daft and impossible and
one day you wake up and you realize how in sweet Salazar's name did you get
along without them?"
And then, that smile turned to a classic Snape Death
Glare, one that Arthur had learned to use with terrifying effectivness
on his own students over the years. "And if you EVER tell your father or
your insane Aunts that I've actually managed to say such a ridiculously maudlin
thing, I will have your hide."
Arthur laughed and being the dutiful son that he was, did
as his father asked.