Reviews for A Difference in the Family: The Snape Chronicles
Starmama chapter 64 . 9/1
I'm sobbing, actually sobbing. I've been reading stories on this site since I discovered it in a neighborhood computer lab in 2001, perhaps 2002. This story, hands down, is the best fanfiction I've ever read. I wish I could have it bound and put on my bookshelf with all my other copies of this series and it's sister and cousin books. Thank you, so much. Thank you for giving this to my soul. I needed it. It feels like closure in a part of this story that so desperately needed it. I think I always understood Snape the most. Sometimes to do what's right requires doing "bad" things. It's an ugly truth most won't admit. The bravest people exist not in the black or white, but in the Grey. I am grateful to feel it all. Much love from me, a mom in California who needs to escape, occasionally, to the cherished stories of her youth. 3
Isacucho chapter 64 . 8/16
Ok so i just finished reading it. Probably the best or one of the best fics i have ever read. It made me weep like a baby at the end when Snape gets killed, gives his memories to harry, and on his funeral. Truly great change of perspective from the main story. I will never see Snape the same way. Thank you for such a great story.
SnakesandStars chapter 2 . 7/10
I hate Toby
Guest chapter 64 . 6/4
I’ve been reading HP fanfic since just after the 5th book came out. This story, hands down, is the best one I’ve ever read. Perfection.
ilvanya chapter 64 . 5/30
Thank you for writing this story. This is my first ever review, and I don't know if I'll write another one for any other. I am not good with words, and I have been a wallflower on this site for very many years. But it would be a crime and highly ungrateful of me if I did not leave a review here. I don't really know what to say except that i don't think I will ever read anything so beautiful again.

Thank you for writing this. I am touched and profoundly moved. My life is nowhere near as devastating as Severus's, but I relate so well to so many things. I feel like a friend has called out and touched me, and I feel a little less alone. This has some of the bitterness and the loveliness of Tolkien, and that's the highest praise I could give you.

Thank you for writing this story, again. I will read it again in the years to come. But for now - Rannaro, namárië!
StrikingFancy chapter 64 . 4/28
I finished reading about 5 hours ago. Allow me to preface this review by saying I am not ok. I couldn't stop to write a review for every chapter (even though I deeply wished I'd done so now) because the desire to continue the Chronicle was too strong a siren's song to ignore. I laughed and delighted in the familial bonds you so masterfully crafted between the heads of houses. I particularly fond of the Umbridge and Lockhart chapters. I empathized deeply with Severus through all 64 chapters. His relationship with Hagrid consistently brought smiles and tears to my face. The relationship you crafted between Snape and Moody was something I'd never read before and consider it an absolute gift that someone so vehemently opposed to Severus could have ended up being in his corner. His murder wrecked me. Reading about McGonagall's betrayal wrecked me (she was so vehemently Gryffindor and biased that I understand why she did what she did but I find it hard to forgive). Dubledore's manipulations consistently wrecked me. I've sat with the question of whether to resent Dumbledore or be grateful for him all through my reading of this epic. There is a lot to be grateful for, but I'm left with the phrase "lamb for slaughter" and it still doesn't sit well with me. I wept several times, particularly during the last four chapters, and inconsolably all through the end. Thank you for pouring so much love and detail into this work. This chronicle is such an enormous gift and I will cherish it for many many years to come.
Wookieislove1 chapter 64 . 4/23
I downloaded this app solely because I want to read this amazing story…this is beautiful…
aemilialudwig chapter 64 . 4/19
I loved reading this - it is so well written and well thought out. Gives an amazing insight into Snape’s life and all the gaps from canon were filled in perfectly!
StrikingFancy chapter 43 . 4/17
The amount of gaslighting Snape has had to endure this year culminating in his "I knew you never truly cared about me" to Dumbledore in Hagrid's hut brought tears to my eyes. This has probably been the hardest year to read for me as I empathized so much with Severus' experience. I detest Albus for not being more forthcoming. Why couldn't he just tell the man his suspicions regarding Black if they're meant to trust one another? Did Dumbledore think him so irrational that he couldn't even be bothered to make the argument? Why let him flounder on his own and inevitably arrive to wrong conclusions BECAUSE of the information he and Lupin withheld? Speaking of Lupin... I have never read a more pathetic self-righteous ingrate. The empty apologies were sickening, especially after all Severus' efforts in regards to the potion. Maybe I'm biased but GODS the last few chapters were heart-wrenching.
StrikingFancy chapter 13 . 4/6
My heart just plummeted reading this chapter. My jaw dropped when I read the part where he slapped her. His loneliness, the way he pushes everyoe away, copes with his demon, and tries to problem solve himself is heart-wrenching. I'm glad that Dumbledore and Hagrid are in his corner and doing the best they can. I'm going to keep thanking you for putting pen to paper every time I write a review. This story is epic and already turning into one of my favorites.
StrikingFancy chapter 10 . 4/4
The toxicity in his home environment consistently enrages and saddens me to no end. To be so young and to have to endure so much... to have to hide himself so well from, quite literally, every living thing he comes into contact with. You've written a tragedy of epic proportions and, my Gods, am I riveted.
StrikingFancy chapter 5 . 4/3
This story is utterly underappreciated with only 486 reviews (to date). I've barely begun the chronicle and am already captivated by the nuance, detail, and humanity you have managed to captivate with every character - canon and otherwise - in this epic. Thrilled to have so many chapters to look forward to digesting. Thank you for putting pen to paper and gifting us this heart-wrenching glance at the other side of the coin.
God-of-Machines chapter 64 . 4/1
Bittersweet... Bitter than sugar and sad... but, beautiful.
Guest chapter 64 . 3/29
One of the best fanfics out there. Gut wrenching at times, hilarious at others, truly an amazing piece of work. Thanks for a wonderful read.
marca chapter 63 . 3/19
Just read this Story again. I absolutely love it. Thank you. Thank you so much. For me this really is THE story of Snape
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