Snape/Hermione

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Pairing
Pairing: Severus Snape/Hermione Granger
Alternative name(s): Severus/Hermione, Snape/Granger, SS/HG, SSGH, Snermione, S.S. Prudence and Potions, Snamione, Snanger
Gender category: m/f het
Fandom: Harry Potter
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: popular
Archives: Ashwinder
Other:
a fandom secrets post in 2012. One anonymous commentator had this to say about the attraction of the pairing: "I suspect it's a combination of Hermione being an easy character for a certain type of fan to identify with and Snape being a....magnet in general. (Plus he has the whole dark/brooding/needs to be fixed thing going on, as the other anon pointed out.)"[1]
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Snape/Hermione is a pairing in the Harry Potter fandom involving Severus Snape and Hermione Granger. It is one of the most popular het pairings in the fandom.

In Canon

Though Snape & Hermione interact a fair amount, there is little evidence for any attachment on either side. Idlerat writes in her Shipper's Manifesto essay: their canon relationship sometimes seems like it can be boiled down to four infamous words: "I see no difference."[2]

Fandom

SS/HG shippers are often distanced from the rest of HP fandom. Snape in SS/HG stories is often portrayed as a romantic hero, with his characterisation being further from canon than in, say, much Snape/Harry fanfiction. This comes in from some mockery from other sectors of fandom; for example, the Fandom Wank wiki describes WIKTT, the pairing's main Yahoo list, as the Historic home of non-greasy, aristocratic, and secretly handsome Snape-in-Armani...[3]

SS/HG shippers tend to be in opposition to the canonical pairing for Hermione, Ron/Hermione, with Ron often being portrayed negatively, or at least as an unsuitable partner for Hermione. The teacher–pupil relationship can be a barrier to some fans, and many SS/HG stories involve an adult Hermione; other fans see it as a turn on. Many stories are super-long epics, perhaps reflecting the work necessary to get the pair together realistically.

Idlerat describes the appeal of the pairing:

Snape/Hermione is known as the subgenre of HP most allied with the traditional, bodice-ripper type romance, with an older, dark, mysterious, powerful, nasty, and (in many stories) rich hero and a younger, idealistic heroine who steals his heart. But it's equally important to remember that this is the teacher/student ship par excellance, since Hermione builds her identity around being a student so much more than any other of the young characters in the series. This one of the most popular pairings for people who like the idea of a bond based on intellectual affinity. It appeals to those who place a lot of importance on the fact that the HP series is set in a school, even when the stories are set after Hermione has finished at Hogwarts.[2]

Again on Snape's typical characterisation:

Before OotP, many readers assumed that Snape was rich because of his position as head of Slytherin House, with its aristocratic traditions. More important, to my mind, was the tradition of the Gothic hero: Snape seemed like a candidate for this role, after GoF, because of his tortured past, his clever, sarcastic manners, and his black wardrobe. The tradition of Snape Manor is particularly associated with SS/HG because of its roots in the romance tradition, but, to be fair, filthyricharistocratic!Snape appears often in slash as well.[2]

Common Tropes

  • Marriage Law
  • The dark revel fanon originating with Pawn to Queen wherein Death Eaters routinely throw parties featuring drink, debauchery, rape, and the torture of muggles and half-bloods
  • Potions Accident/Magic made them do it
  • Hermione returns to Hogwarts to teach
  • Hermione works as a potions apprentice under Snape
  • Hermione Saves Snape. This particular trope is popular after the end of the seventh book where Snape dies. However, it has been used many times even before the series was concluded since Snape was working undercover as a Death Eater. In many cases Hermione is the one who finds him. The reversal of this trope is also fairly popular, where Snape saves Hermione from the Death Eaters who are after her because she is Muggleborn.
  • Time-turner: Hermione is thrown back in time to meet and fall in love with young!Snape

Notable Fanfiction

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Recs

Notable Fanart

Resources

References

  1. Fandom Secrets Thread dated July 27, 2012].
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ship Manifesto: The Buried Life (accessed 11 September 2012)
  3. Fandom Wank Wiki: WIKTT (accessed 11 September 2012)
  4. Summary of controversy on Fandom Wank; WayBack machine link
  5. comment at the artist's Devinartart page dated July 2011; WayBack machine link.
  6. (Google English Transl: "Gorgeous pictures, live, interesting, realistic and expressive ... just no words to express all. Watched spellbound as Hermione and Snape. Hermione is special and beautiful realistic on explicit drawings. Thank you! Draw on and wish you success!"