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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:

  • 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.
  • Crapsack World: You have read the rest of this page, right?
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: A particularly bizarre Filler Arc in chapter 7.
  • Death by Childbirth: Male pregnancies are said to be quite dangerous and Goyle finds out the hard way.
  • Depending on the Writer: The beta's disagreements with moonofthesea herself, both in ideas and writing style, are speculated to be the cause of a lot of the fic's inconsistencies.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Snape gets this piled on thick and deep.
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: No, "wanking" is not a word to use in polite company. Contrariwise, "git" is a very mild term for the uses it gets put to in this fic.
  • Door Stopper: 53 chapters, weighing in at slightly over 200,000 words.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Millicent gets a dream of Snape birthing more kids.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The closest to a well-adjusted character in this fic is Kreacher, which should tell you all you need to know.
  • Everybody Lives: Implied to be the outcome of the Second Wizarding War. Snape and Vincent Crabbe have survived the events of Deathly Hallows, and nobody can see Thestrals, though the latter may just be a minor Plot Hole.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Wizard babies cast "twinkles" to show they're magically adept.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Happens several times.
  • 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.
  • Goo-Goo-Godlike: Serena, so very much.
  • Heel Realization: "When did we become DARK WIZARDS and WITCHES?"
  • Idiot Ball: It would be easier to list the characters who aren't holding it in this fic.
  • IKEA Erotica: Whenever there's a sex scene, sometimes for multiple paragraphs.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: The infamous "Dumbledorrrrrrrrrrre!" is only one example of many.
  • Infodump: Very common throughout.
  • Interspecies Romance: A lot of Marked Ones escape by romancing house elves.
  • In the Blood: The canonical trend for Hogwarts houses to run in families (a rule with notable exceptions) is flanderised into Harry and Snape's ass-baby having literally a 50/50 chance of being in Slytherin or Gryffindor.
  • 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.