Title: Hermione's Helping Hand

Rating: R

Summary: The war is over and Severus is arrested for the murder of Albus Dumbledore. To nobodies surprise Hermione defends him. Based on the Defending Snape challenge on WIKTT.

Disclaimer: I own nothing

Challenge Plot

The war is over. The good guys have won. Snape helped Harry and company defeat Voldemort, but he's arrested for the murder of Albus Dumbledore. " gasp," Hermione is Snape's defense.

Challenge Must Have:

#1 The war is over and Snape did help Harry defeat Voldemort.

#2 Hermione defending Snape in a wizarding court of law

#3 Snape/Hermione romance or at the very least a night of steamy smut

(This is not a general story challenge, but a shipper challenge.)

#4 Snape must stay as snaky and sarcastic as possible. I like cannon Snape!

#5 Hermione w/bushy or frizzy curly hair and Snape w/greasy black hair, long nose, and uneven yellow teeth.

#6 A resolution where Snape is not sent to Azkaban or executed is required even if he's on probation or under house arrest. How she proves him innocent is up to you!

Challenge ends 12-31-05

Note: If you haven't read the Half-blood Prince, then don't read this story.

Hermione's Helping Hand

The Order of the Phoenix watched as Harry at last defeated Voldemort, thanks to a potion that Severus had developed to weaken the dark lord. Severus watched as Voldemort was turned to dust and breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, after all that had happened and he had done, the dark lord was gone. Harry and those that had lived where taken to Hogwarts where Madam Pomfrey made sure that they were all right and that they could talk to the Daily Prophet reporters.

" You know, nothing can ruin this wonderful day," Remus told Tonks.

A clearing of the throat ruined the moment. A tall Auror was standing there, one that none of them had ever seen before. He had a grave face and two others with him. Harry and Ron were busy chatting with each other, and turned to look at these three.

" Where is Severus Tobias Snape?" the Auror asked.

They were all silent.

" Where is Severus Tobias Snape?" the Auror repeated.

" We all heard you the first bloody time," Tonks snapped. " And why do you want him?"

" Severus has been charged with the murder of Albus Dumbledore," the Auror informed her. " As an Auror with the Ministry you're required to turn him in."

" Wait a minute here," Remus said, cornering the Auror, who stepped back as though Remus had an illness that he might catch. " If it hadn't been for Severus Snape we would of never defeated Voldemort. He brought the four parts of Voldemort's soul and helped to destroy it."

The Auror smirked at him.

" There has been no proof that the Dark Lord put his soul in anything," the Auror told him. " This is another lie that is connected to this man."

Harry jumped from the bed and crossed his arms, glaring at him.

" Dumbledore was the one that started to search, are you calling the former Headmaster a liar?"

The Auror didn't dare challenge Harry, but he returned to looking at Tonks, like Harry and Remus didn't exist.

" You are required to hand Severus Snape over to us at once," the Auror said. " What he has done for the Order is not of importance. The man made potions and poisons that killed and harmed people. That alone will send a person to Azkaban, but he killed the Headmaster and that will get him executed."

" Executed!" Harry, Remus, and Tonks said at the same time.

" Oh yes," said the Auror. " He shall be burned at once."

" N-No trial," Harry said.

The Auror shook his head.

" A man like Severus doesn't deserve a trial, wastes to much of our time."

" I demand a trial!" a new voice said, one that belonged to Hermione Granger.

He turned and looked at her.

" You, my dear," the Auror said, almost laughing. " Have no say so in the government."

" Then I demand a trial," Harry said. " Or do I have no say so in who gets sent to Azkaban. You sent Sirius to Azkaban without a trial and I vowed that no one that I knew would be done in the same manner."

The Auror at once nodded and then left.

" Well, I'm amazed Harry that your defending him," Moody growled.

Harry looked at him.

" I know what he did to Dumbledore was wrong, but he did help us destroy the last four pieces of Voldemort soul and developed the potion that weakened him. He deserves a trial at the very least."

" And if he's found guilty?"

" Then all he did would be for nothing," Harry answered.

The next morning Severus was found, and arrested. He was helping Poppy with a Strengthening Solution when the Aurors found him. Poppy got upset, but Severus told her to finish the potion.

" Good luck!" Poppy called as he was taken away.

The next morning the Daily Prophet reported that Severus Snape, the last Death Eater had been arrested. They lied that he was making something to kill the survivors, which Poppy at once wrote and demanded that they change. They didn't, and Harry figured they never would. They were using his arrest to make the Wizarding court hate him enough to burn him or send him to Azkaban.

" I'm defending him," Hermione said. " Dumbledore's ghost told us that he was doing it under orders and I believe Dumbledore, even if he's dead."

" Me too!" said Ron.

" We'll be there for you," Harry said.

Hermione smiled at him.

" Thanks!" Hermione said.

A week later Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the entire Order headed off to the Ministry. The trial of Severus Snape was due to start and they didn't want to be late.