The Apple Tree by Philo

Title: The Apple Tree
Author: Philo
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Harry/Severus
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: Really high. 200k+?
Genres: Angst, AU, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Humor
Warnings: Violence, Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Under 18 Sex (17), Contains minor Het

Summary: Harry returns for his seventh year determined to change the status quo. A long (but completed!) tale of romance, betrayal, initiative and derring do!

Why You Should Read This: This is the first Severus/Harry fic that I loved. The characterizations are true to form, the sex is smoking, the hurt comfort is oh so bittersweet and we get to see some minor characters come into their own. Featuring: Powerful!Harry, Snape snark, Redeemable! Draco, and Strong!Neville


  1. I agree wholeheartedly with your opinion on this story.

    Philo’s other story “Fate is a Four Letter Word” is amazing as well. A long post-epilogue story set when Harry’s daughter is the last of his in Hogwarts. It has intrigue, love, a mystery spanning the English Channel, murder, hurt and comfort, duplicitous politicians, suspense, sexual discovery and a surprise pairing that is wonderful. (I really don’t want to ruin the pairing).

    Features slash, het, death of main characters, redeemed Draco, wonderful use of the younger generation, and evocative visuals. I eagerly awaited every update as it unfolded and had to work hard not to cry when it was all over.

  2. Yeah, I whole heartedly agree you! For me too, this was, if not first, then at least the second Snarry story I qenuinely loved. I have read it through so many times that if it was a real book, it probably wouldn’t have its cover or back and its pages would be so thin from use that people would always remark that I probably should get a new one.

    Fate Is a Four Letter Word, Philo’s second maserpiece, was even better! I thought the newest updates when I was doing the dishes in school or trying to listen during the Swedish classes and tried to figure out how the newest revelation or twist in the plot would infulence the characters and so on.

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