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An Act of Love

An Act of Love on An Archive of Our Own.
The Death’s Dominion Set of Stories on An Archive of Our Own.

An Act of Love was written in response to a challenge on Potter Place and was originally posted exclusively to the Petulant Poetess at the time of the challenge. More details of the challenge available in Chapter One of the story.

Set in late September of HP Year 6, the story features Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, and Albus Dumbledore, with significant appearances by Hermione Granger and Poppy Pomfrey. An Act of Love sets the stage for the AU stories Death’s Dominion and A Long Vernal Season, which are not DH-compliant. ADMM, quasi-MMSS/MMSS strong friendship, and a hint of SSHG friendship.

Genres: AU, Drama, Erotica, Humor, Psychological
Characters: Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger, Pansy Parkinson, Millicent Bulstrode, Minerva McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore, Poppy Pomfrey, Rubeus Hagrid, and others

Rating: overall rating of M; individual chapters rated T unless otherwise specified.

Table of Contents

One: A Surprising Spell

Severus Snape is hit by a stray spell, which has unanticipated and undesirable consequences. When he begins to feel some side-effects from the spell, Severus seeks the help of a colleague.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger, Millicent Bulstrode, Minerva McGonagall, Pansy Parkinson, Severus Snape

Two: Researching Relief

Severus suffers through a second day of the spell’s effects as he continues to research a remedy with Minerva; he and Albus each have an unexpected encounter with Hermione Granger.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Hermione Granger

Three: A Difficult Discussion

The spell’s imperative grows stronger for Severus as his urge to act on it increases. Albus and Minerva discuss the Actus Adfectus Amor Verissimus, its consequences, and the possibility of a remedy.

Rated MA.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape

Four: Fearing Fate

The spell continues to affect Severus as he wishes to escape its hold on him.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape

Five: Coming to Conclusions

Minerva comes to certain conclusions about the spell that hit Severus, and Hermione Granger turns up at her door. Severus finds himself closer to despair as he falls increasingly under the thrall of the spell’s imperative.

Rated M.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape

Six: An Apology and a Potion

New torments afflict Severus as he continues to suffer from the spell. Hermione Granger visits again, at Albus’s invitation, and Severus comes to a realisation. Minerva undergoes her own trials as she proceeds with their plan and takes the potion.

Rated MA.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Poppy Pomfrey, Hermione Granger

Seven: A Mirror and a Massage

Severus sees something too clearly; he has a gift for Minerva after her ordeal that evening. Albus and Severus have another talk.

Rated MA.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Rubeus Hagrid

Eight: Dreams and Dunderheads

Severus struggles through another night and day. He enlists Hermione’s assistance.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Pansy Parkinson, Ronald Weasley, Severus Snape

Nine: Lessons in Love

Severus continues to act in response to the spell. He and Minerva have an important conversation, and his gestures of affection intensify.

Rated MA.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall,  Severus Snape

Ten: Acts of Love

Severus and Minerva move toward freedom from the Actus Adfectus Amor Verissimus.

Rated MA.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Melina McGonagall O’Donald

Eleven: Aftermath

Severus has a tense conversation with Albus, and Albus and Minerva deal with the aftermath of the Adfectus.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape

Twelve: Return

Severus returns to where it all began and encounters a few people whom he would have preferred to avoid.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, Hermione Granger

Thirteen: Healing

Albus returns to Minerva and takes his time to help her find her healing and receive some himself. A particularly peculiar potion lends a hand.

Rated MA.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall

Fourteen: Morning Delights

Albus and Minerva spend an active – and playful – morning.

Rated MA.

Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall

Fifteen: Recovery

Severus returns to work and Minerva has lunch with Poppy.

Rated M.

Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape

Epilogue

Severus contemplates his future, Hermione pays Severus a visit, and Minerva waits.

Characters: Severus Snape, Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall

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