Disclaimer: I do not in any way, shape or form own Harry Potter. It all belongs to JK Rowling.
A/N: So here's the sequel to A Darker World: Prologue. This won't be a one-shot. This is a chaptered fic and as per the title states will be darker than canon.
A Darker World Series
Book One: Changing Identity - 2 of 9
Summary: Now that Harry knows he's a Snape and not a Potter, he's not at all sure he knows who he is any more. While experiencing his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry discovers things about himself he never knew before and becomes accustomed to having an adult in his life who actually cares about him!
Pairings: mentions of Severus Snape/Lily Evans and James Potter/Lily Evans. Future pairing of Harry Snape/Daphne Greengrass. Other pairings to be decided.
Severus let his hands fall from his temples, flicking his eyes down towards his son. Squinting slightly, as it took more effort to cast Legilimency without eye contact, Severus sent his mind into Harry's. the young boy had natural Occlumency barriers, Severus noticed as he delicately pushed past them and was flooded by his son's memories.
A flash of green light and cruel, high-pitched laughter. Severus hadn't expected him to remember that.
He was three and wondering why Aunt Petunia let Dudley have long hot baths and toys to play with while he had to put up with a little bit of cold, dirty water and no toys. Aunt Petunia never came to help him wash.
He was four. Darkness surrounded him and his entire body throbbed painfully. He could hear laughter in the lounge. He was sad.
He was five. His first day of school was traumatic. The other children shunned him because he was so much taller than they were. He created a mask to hide his hurt feelings.
He was six. The teacher was shouting at him again because Uncle Vernon had ripped up his homework. Harry was very angry.
He was seven. Dudley and his gang were chasing a tiny girl. She was very scared and Harry was irritated. He punched Dudley and glared at the other boys. They all wet themselves. Harry got beaten by his uncle that night, but he was satisfied.
He was eight and confused. His aunt had moved him out of the cupboard under the stairs and into the tiny back bedroom. It wasn't until the evening that he realised he was as tall as his aunt.
He was nine. In the space of a year he had grown as tall as his uncle. Now when his uncle went to hit him he shouted back at him. His uncle didn't dare touch Harry now. Harry was pleased.
He was ten. He stole a book from the library. A chemistry book. Harry was fascinated by the concept and eager to give it a go. He approached his aunt. She immediately gave way and bought him everything he needed. He was ignorant that he had intimidated her with his height by approaching her whilst she was sitting down.
He was eleven and opening his Hogwarts letter. He couldn't believe that magic really existed. There was a niggle of doubt in the back of his head telling him that maybe his relatives were just playing a joke on him again. He never mentioned it.
Severus pulled out of his son's mind to find the Brocklehursts had composed themselves and were patiently waiting for him to begin. Severus cleared his throat. 'Where would you like me to begin?' he asked.
'How about your being Harry's father?' Richard asked seriously.
Severus sneered. 'Very well,' he said. 'Lily Evans and I were Hogwarts sweethearts. We married the day after graduation and divorced two years alter. I have always been a staunch supporter of the Light but we were struggling in the war so Lily and I divorced and I became a Death Eater. We never spoke again.'
'How come Harry's a Potter then?' Mandy asked.
'What's a Death Eater?' asked Delilah at the same time.
'Death Eaters were what the Dark Lord Voldemort's loyal supporters were called,' Severus explained to Delilah before turning to Mandy. 'Lily married James Potter after we divorced. Potter was sterile, a rare and unfortunate side-effect of Magical Influenza. When Harry was born just a few months after their wedding, I knew I was his father. Not many people knew Potter was sterile so everyone assumed Harry was his.'
'Why didn't you take Harry to live with you after Lily and James died?' Delilah asked.
'It was too dangerous,' said Severus. 'I had to be completely sure that all the Death Eaters were in Azkaban, the wizarding prison. I had been planning on having him come live with me this summer, but there was an incident that couldn't be avoided. Have you any queries about the school or magic in general?'
The real questions began.
What are the career prospects after Hogwarts?
How safe is magic?
And so on. Severus thought his head may explode. 'Anything else?' he asked snidely after a lengthy silence. 'No? good. We shall be going then. I hope you're prepared for your first glimpse of magic.'
Severus held out a teacup and told everyone to hold on. 'Activate!' Severus barked. Moments later they found themselves in a dingy little pub.
A/N: So there you have it. Short I know but it is just glossing over Harry's life and Severus' introduction to Harry. The next chapter will be way longer I promise.
Thanks to everyone who reviewed the Prequel and please review this as well cos I have absolutely no idea whether this is any good or not. Its my first attempt at writing a Severitus and Slytherin!Harry. I need to know whether I'm doing it well or not.
Thanks to my lovely beta iGymnast. She always makes my fics way better than they are originally.