I’m a total sucker for fics where Harry is dark and gets sorted into Slytherin, but I’m also really disappointed with how Ron and Hermione are treated in them
So: dark au where the trio is sorted into Slytherin
Hermione, who wants to use knowledge to change the world
Ron, who wants to finally be free of his family’s shadow
Harry, who wants to be great, to be admired, to be free
The teachers adore quick, clever Granger, but Severus worries when he sees the way she eyes the restricted section, how her mind is filled with deadly recipes and the ways to use them
The purebloods learn not to badmouth the halfbloods, not to bully the muggleborns, because Hermione knows forbidden magic, Hermione knows the untraceable poisons and the painful curses-and Hermione knows how to avoid being caught
No one outside of Slytherin pays attention to Ronald Weasley, so quiet compared to his brothers, and that’s a mistake
Ron casts his first dark spell and the power takes his breath away, Ron sinks into the comfort of blood rituals and makes outlawed sacrifices to forgotten gods
Ron wonders how his family could abandon this happiness in favor of a flickering light
Harry, the chosen one, the special one, the abandoned one
Harry looks at the light, looks at the people that did nothing for him, and dives into the dark
Lockhart dies drinking poison, Snape finds the trio huddled around Peter’s body, the aurors that find Umbridge’s remains vomit, and the Wizarding World doesn’t notice
Voldemort rises and does not face an old man and a group of do gooders
Voldemort rises and faces a witch with a brilliant mind and no taste for mercy, a wizard that delights in bloodshed and manipulates people like he moves chess pieces, and the broken, bloody boy that’s won their loyalty
How come your Dad is such a skilled wizard, I mean, he was always second after my aunt, he mastered Occlumency and he has no problem with non-verbal spells at all, so how come he can't cast a Patronus?
(surprised) Who said he can't?
(joining the conversation) So he can? What's his Patronus?
Ah, actually it's quite astonishing. When I was younger, he let me ride it sometimes. It's ...
(Draco rushes over and places his palm over Scorpius' mouth)
Scorpius! I explicitly told you not to tell anyone! Remember the fuss your mother used to make, whenever she saw it?
(Hermione whispers in Scorpius' ear, who nods, his father's hand still on his mouth, Draco sighs and releases him)
No way! I want to see it!
What is it? (Hermione whispers in Ginny's ear) Really?? I have to see it! Please Draco, please!
(to Scorpius) See son, the damage is already done!
Oh come on Malfoy! Don't be a git, show us your bloody Patronus.
I doubt anyone will be scared by your dragon or whatsoever.
(Draco swings his wand lightly and out of its tip bursts an almost blinding, dazzling silver unicorn)
Hermione, Ginny, Rose, and Lily:
(synchronously) It's so beautiful!