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"Voldemort is gone, now the question is: What to do with the Marked Ones that haven’t really committed any crimes? The Wizarding World’s solution: Place them under the care and ‘protection’ of a Guide from the Light. The problem is most of Abuse, Anal, BDSM, Humil, M/M, MPreg, N/C, Oral, Slave, Spank, WIP"
AFF dot net's fittingly-abbreviated summary

Deserving by moonofthesea picks up the Harry Potter story in the year 1998. The Second Wizarding War is over, and Harry Potter and friends must decide what to do with the surviving Death Eaters. This being fanfic-world, a marriage law is instituted whereby each "Marked One" must come under the supervision of a "Guide of the Light". Harry sacrifices everything he has to be Guide of the Light to Severus Snape (who in the fic survived Deathly Hallows), and Deserving tells their story.

Deserving contains examples of:

  • Anti-Climax: Just as Harry takes his wand out to fight, Ron Weasley walks in with a pair or Aurors, takes his wand away, and tells the Aurors to take the former away.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Millicent and her son have been thrown out of the house by her vindictive husband, with the kid being put up for sale. The part that the story treats as unforgivable is that the kid is named "Sin", which isn't even that bad a name by wizarding world standards.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The dire fates of Gregory Goyle and Pansy Parkinson are mentioned in passing in the first chapter, but become relevant to the plot later on.
  • C-List Fodder: If you're a minor Slytherin character, this fic is going to put you through the wringer.
  • Continuation Fic: It picks up after Deathly Hallows.
  • Crack Fic: If you were in any doubt, this fic has Crabbe shagging a house elf.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The business with Millicent's kid's name.
  • Gender Bender: What Snape tries to do in response to Harry's Narmful outburst.
  • Genius Loci: Hogwarts Castle personally sends out all the admission letters. It also controls its registration with an iron fist. Any attempt to alter the admission records causes them to vanish and be replaced with a new one. Despite hundreds of years of attempts by the Ministry, Hogwarts alone decides who may attend it.
  • Godwin's Law: Chapter 6 has Marked Ones explicitly likened to Holocaust victims.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Harry is impotent, though this isn't revealed until Chapter 36 despite having free access to Harry's POV. Oddly enough, this is one of the few bits that make any biological sense (he states that it came about following the final battle with Voldemort — if anything would cause long-term impotence, it would be a psychological shock like that).
  • Malaproper: The author's apparent reliance on autocorrect causes this a lot.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Harry is described as doing this at one point when he was in full Large Ham mode talking about Kingsley's son's birthday party, complete with magical fireworks.
  • Mister Seahorse: The entire premise.
  • No Indoor Voice: Everyone in this fic spends half their time shouting. They make the Harry of Order of the Phoenix seem calm.
  • Offscreen Inertia: Severus takes up knitting, but is never shown actually completing anything even though the story spans several years. This led one reviewer to suggest that he was making the Fourth Doctor's scarf.
  • Said Bookism: Lots of it, often combined with a refusal to use character names and pronouns, produces a Mundane Made Awesome effect when phrases like "proclaimed the Chosen One" appear in a conversation about interior design.
  • Second-Hand Storytelling: Over the course of the story, Harry and Snape get married twice, and both times are off-screen despite the shipping being the entire point of the fic.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: A result of the children's inconsistently-written dialogue alternating between baby talk and Little Professor Dialogue often in the same scene.
  • Token Minority: Dennis is the only character who's depicted as being actually gay rather than subject to Situational Sexuality. The only purpose this seems to serve is to tell the rest of the cast that Dumbledore was gay, because apparently he came out to him.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Men are getting pregnant left, right and centre, and only once in passing is it noted that this isn't exactly normal.
    • There is also a scene in which it appears that Snape is naked during dinner with Harry and Mrs Weasley, and nobody comments on this either.