In Care Of by Fang’s Fawn is a new favourite, in fact one I just finished minutes ago. It is already one of my favourite HP fanfics (favourite stories of any kind, in fact), with an amazing take on Snape, Harry and Dumbledore. It has a great summary that says pretty much everything:
During the summer before sixth year, Harry finds an injured bat in the garden and decides to try to heal it…and an unwilling Snape learns just what kind of a person Harry Potter really is. No slash.
That’s pretty much it. Snape is taking turns watching over Harry with the rest of the order when Harry leaves the safe wards of the Dursley’s home. He gets injured and Harry nurses him back to health, all the time seeing him only in his fruit bat animagus form.
Harry pours to his soul to the animal, and Snape cannot help but grow fond of him, and in a way, befriend him. Intimate emotional bonding of former enemies is just so much easier when one thinks he is talking to an animal and the other can neither flee nor speak! 😀 Dumbledore comes into play later on, and all of them are characterized amazingly.
Highly recommended. ❤ Bring tissues and prepare to be unable to hold lots of feels :D.
Genres: Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Friendship/Bonding, Alternate Universe
Read my full review minus some spoilers after the cut. If you are okay with the spoilers (this story is so much about characters and not that much about the plot), read my original review at fanfiction.net.