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Summary: In an alternate universe where Sirius Black never went to Azkaban, Harry divides his life between the Dursleys' house and Mr. Black's bookshop -- until Sirius realises what the Dursleys are doing to him, and takes him away from their care.
Rating: R.
Warnings: Discussion of child neglect/abuse; violence towards children in the later chapters.

Now in French!

ePubs of Stealing Harry are available from Chandri (containing all 'verse files) and from Deinera (containing only Stealing Harry). There is also a mobi version of it available from Mickawber-fics.

Soon to be available at AO3! The link will become functional once the whole fic is up there.

Harry Potter was eight years old, and he had a wonderful secret. )
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These are deleted scenes from Stealing Harry. Posting them because someone requested. Nothing new; these used to be up on Oojahs.

Deleted Scenes )
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Title: Russian Literature
Rating: PG
Summary: Nine year old Harry confronts the mystery of death.
Warnings: Brief mention of incest (Harry talks about Lord Byron.)

Also available at AO3.

Russian Literature )


Title: Fever Dream
Rating: PG
Summary: Remus drifts between worlds sometimes.
Warnings: None.

Also available at AO3.

Fever Dream )
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Title: Bullfinch's Mythology
Rating: PG
Summary: Severus Snape discovers he's been hauled kicking and screaming into having friends.
Warnings: None.

Also available at AO3.

Bullfinch's Mythology )
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Title: The Birds, The Bees, And The Snakes
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Harry discovers sexual education.
Warnings: None.

Also available at AO3.

The Birds, The Bees, and The Snakes )


Title: A Lesson In Hiding
Rating: PG
Summary: Draco knows how to hide.
Warnings: Strong themes of child abuse/neglect.

Also available at AO3.

A Lesson In Hiding )
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Note: This short story is one of several set during the summer holidays of the Stealing Harry alternate universe. It falls between the second and third years of Harry's attendance at Hogwarts; that would be CoS and PoA in canon, Secret Tongues and Fugitive From Azkaban in the Stealing Harryverse.
Rating: PG (Snape/Tonks)
Summary: Severus has invited Dora to an eclipse party -- and to stay the night. Nobody's very certain about the relationship, but as Ted Tonks says, the moon does funny things to people.
Warnings: None.

First Posted on March 15, 2006.

Also available at AO3.

Tales From the River House: Eclipse )
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Title: Chemistry Set
Summary: A gift from Severus Snape.
Warnings: None.

Chemistry Set )
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Summary: The events of the first Harry Potter book, retold through the alternate-universe lens of Stealing Harry.
Rating: R
Warnings: Violence towards children, some gore; nothing worse than what you find in the books.
Note: At one point in this chapter, I have used dialogue verbatim from The Philosopher's Stone. This is intentional; Laocoon's Children is, after all, running parallel to the books. In this instance, much of Ollivander's interaction with Harry is lifted or paraphrased from the book.

Also available at AO3.

Harry Potter's Hogwarts letter arrived on a perfect summer day... )
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How could I resist leaving Severus Snape's unusually poetic opening speech untouched? Well...almost untouched.

Harry had always attended Muggle school... )
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At one point in this chapter I have used dialogue verbatim from The Philosopher's Stone. In this instance, sections of the Quidditch Match, especially Lee Jordan's commentary, have been lifted or paraphrased from the book.

You should have seen it! )
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In this chapter, I have used text verbatim from The Philosopher's Stone. In this instance, the card attached to Harry's cloak and the research Padma provides are quoted directly from canon.

I thought it said you should open it when you were alone. )
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Summary: The events of the second Harry Potter book, retold through the alternate-universe lens of Stealing Harry.
Rating: R
Warnings: Violence towards children, some gore; nothing worse than what you find in the books.

Also available at AO3.

I am well, and Florence was interesting... )
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At one point in this chapter, I have used text verbatim from The Chamber Of Secrets. In this instance, much of Dumbledore's second Pensieve memory is lifted or paraphrased from the book.

Fawkes was smouldering in Dumbledore's office, adding a slightly acrid tang to the air. )
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Please Note: Laocoon's Children is incomplete. I have posted notes which "complete" year III and summarise my plans for the rest of Harry's time at Hogwarts, but the stories themselves are not written, nor do I have plans to write them at this time. My apologies for the incompleteness of this story.

Title: Laocoon's Children, Year III: The Fugitive From Azkaban.
Chapter 1 of (likely about 25.)
Rating: Rating ranges from PG-R based on chapter. This chapter is PG.
Warnings: Violence towards children, some gore; nothing worse than what you find in the books.
Summary: Spoilers for Stealing Harry, LC I, and LC II. ) In "The Fugitive From Azkaban", year three of Harry's AU adventures, Harry and his friends must face many new problems: protecting Draco from his father, dealing with their new Dark Arts professor's quirks, helping Padma with her heavy school load, and standing firm against the aura of fear that is pervading the wizarding world.

Also available at AO3.

Laocoon's Children, Year 3, Chapter 1 )

I am going to make it a habit to make notes and recc LC fanart at the end of each posted chapter, simply because that makes it easiest; So!

[ profile] fabalafaepotter has posted a drawing of Snape, Remus, Harry, and Draco from the end of LCII, here.

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Beta Notes: My regular betas are [ profile] heidi8, [ profile] metallumai, [ profile] setissma and [ profile] villainny, all of whom are owed a great debt. As they work when and how they can, sometimes one or two of them miss a chapter. it is thus unfair to blame any of them for any fic errors you may find. :D Assisting on this chapter were [ profile] simon and [ profile] maeritrae; you can go ahead and blame them. *wink*

Laocoon's Children, Year Three, Chapter Two )

End of chapter reccage! A very apt one too. [ profile] freckles42 shares her animated take on The Daily Prophet report about the Fugitive from Azkaban. In addition, [ profile] merrymoll shares her take on LC Snape and [ profile] yanagiken's younger sister drew a picture of Stealing Harry Harry-with-Frog.

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Thanks to Judy and Heidi for beta work on this one. :)

Laocoon's Children, Year 3, Ch. 3 )

Art reccs!
[ profile] paintisevil, who has an awesome username, drew a sketch of the Kids. I especially like Harry's sidelong look. :D
[ profile] serpentpixie did kind of an amazing photomanip here. His eyes fascinate me.
And [ profile] charon47 did a likewise River House-themed drawing, which may be found here. If you want to see what the outskirts of Betwys Beddau look like, here's your chance! Even up to and including the garden shed where Sirius keeps his boxer shorts...
These links are no longer available. Sorry!

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Laocoon's Children, Year Three, Chapter Four )

And as usual, I have a few pimps!

[ profile] sakurakumagorou has drawn Harry and his Friends.

Sean, as pimped in [ profile] copperbadge, has posted chapter four and the chapter four extended scenes of the Stealing Harry Sims up at [ profile] stealingsims. Remus has the best facial expressions...

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Author's Notes: At one point in this chapter I have used dialogue verbatim from The Prisoner of Azkaban. This is intentional, as Laocoon's Children does run parallel to the books. In this instance, the text of Dumbledore's speech is taken directly, with only minor alterations, from canon.

In addition, JKR's system of class scheduling for Hogwarts is absolutely untenable. So I have arbitrarily redesigned it. Cope. :D

Laocoon's Children, Year 3, Chapter 5 )


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On Storytelling:

Fanfiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of owned by folk.
-- Henry Jenkins

Life is very short. We die on the march. But there is nothing outside the march so nothing can be lost to it. The missing plays of Sophocles will turn up piece by piece, or be written again in another language.
-- Tom Stoppard

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
-- G. Bernard Shaw

A good story should provoke discussion, debate, argument...and the occasional bar fight.
-- J. Michael Strazynski

Here's how to become a great artist. First, get miserable. Misery drives you to become a great artist, but the art does nothing for your misery, which drives you to drugs, which makes you a lousy artist.
-- House M.D.

Humans? They're long gone. Vanished. Extinct. They only exist in stories.
-- Ferngully

Anton Chekov, who was a doctor, said, "Medicine is my wife; writing is my mistress."

Se non e vero, e ben trovato. (Even if it’s not true, it’s a good story.)
-- Italian Proverb

The recipe for becoming a good novelist is easy to give, but to carry it out presupposes qualities one is accustomed to overlook. One has only to make a hundred or so sketches for novels, none longer than two pages but of such distinctness that every word in them is necessary. One should write down anecdotes every day until one has learnt how to give them the most pregnant and effective form; one should be tireless in collecting and describing human types and characters; one should above all relate things to others and listen to others relate, keeping one's eyes and ears open for the effect produced on those present, one should travel like a landscape painter or costume designer. One should, finally, reflect on the motives of human actions, disdain no signpost for instruction about them and be a collector of these things by day and night. One should continue in this many-sided exercise for some ten years; what is then created in the workshop will be fit to go out into the world.
-- Nietzsche

The thief. Once committed beyond a certain point he should not worry himself too much. Thieving is God's message to him. Let him try and be a good thief.
-- Samuel Butler

What is written without effort is generally read without pleasure.
-- Samuel Johnson

Same story, different versions, and all are true.
-- POTC: Dead Man's Chest

I am a humble artist
moulding my earthly clod,
adding my labour to nature's,
simply assisting God.
-- Piet Hein

Every archaeologist knows in his heart why he digs. He digs, in pity and humility, that the dead may live again, that what is past may not be forever lost, that something may be salvaged from the wrack of the ages.
-- From "The Testimony of the Spade"

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
-- Francis Bacon

It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing.
-- Seneca epistles 88 45

When asked how she acquired her knowledge of science, Octavia Butler replied, "I read."

Imagination is more important than information.
-- Albert Einstein

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