Category Explanation Re: thank you for your help
- Thank you that was very helpful, I am now better aware of the terms your response was very informative. I really appreciated.
Thank you very much.
--- In PotionsandSnitches@yahoogroups.com, "jan_aq3" <jan_aq3@...> wrote:
> Wow they didn't keep my spaces. Resending with spaces because I don't
> think it's readable otherwise. :(
> Hi Jazzy,
> As the founder of Potions and Snitches perhaps I can try. :)
> First of all, we do have a couple of places on the Potions and Snitches
> archive that explain the categories.
> This is the list of categories on the
> This is the categories explanation area from the Submission
> In brief, a Severitus is a story that answers a special challenge. The
> challenge is named after an author.
> A Sevitus is a story where Snape is Harry's biological father. On
> fanfiction.net and other places it is okay if adopted father stories are
> also labeled as Sevitus. On the P&S archive, however, we use the Sevitus
> category for biological father stories, and the Father or Guardian
> categories for adoption (with Father being a closer relationship than
> Guardian - it depends on what Harry thinks). The Sevitus term also
> includes almost-Severitus stories that don't completely follow the
> I am not sure about the other two terms you listed, they could be either
> author names or spelling mistakes.
> When Harry is adopted by Snape it is called an adoption fic. Generally
> on P&S we put these under either the Guardian or Father categories and
> apply the Adoption warning. In summaries you can call it a "Snape is
> Harry's guardian fic" or "Guardian fic."
> For a story in which Snape mentors Harry we call it a mentor fic and put
> it under the Mentor category. You can also call it a "Snape and Harry
> mentoring fic" or "Snape mentors Harry." A mentor fic in general is
> where a character teaches another character, but they also become close
> like friends or relatives.
> A Teacher fic on P&S is where Snape teaches Harry, but they do not
> really become close. It is more of the actual canon relationship (like
> in the books).
> If a story is told from Snape's point of view we summarize it as
> "Snape's point of view" or "Snape's POV." On P&S we put those stories in
> the Snape Centric category, and whatever other category it fits under.
> If you want a bit of a history lesson...
> Years ago (around the year 2000), Snape and Harry stories were new and
> no one had a name for them. The concept was exciting, and the few
> well-written stories rose in popularity.
> Severitus was an author who started such stories and loved to read them.
> Around 2001 he published what is known as "The Severitus Challenge." It
> was a challenge to write a story that followed certain rules, most
> notedly that Severus Snape be revealed to be Harry's father, Remus Lupin
> come to teach at Hogwarts, and Harry have his physical appearance change
> gradually. There were several scenes or conversations given at the end
> of the challenge to be used in such a story. Every story written in
> response must list itself as a Severitus Challenge story. All the rules
> are here: http://www.severitus.net/thechallenge.htm
> Several authors started responses to the challenge. The fandom was
> moderately sized back then (small in comparison to today) so any
> response that was written somewhat well was easily discovered. Each
> story spread the Challenge along to new authors, and the genre grew.
> Eventually the meaning of the Severitus Challenge was lost, people
> started to write stories without knowing all the rules and called them
> Severitus Challenge stories, or Severitus stories. Unfortunately, some
> thought that a Severitus story was simply a story where Snape is Harry's
> father or they have a non-slash relationship. This is not true. A
> Severitus story should answer the challenge, otherwise it is not a
> Severitus story.
> I suppose the name of the challenge itself made it easy to spread
> unknowingly. Severitus is close to the name Severus, and -itus almost
> seems like a contagious phenomenon or disease, like -itis. Imagine
> though that I wrote a challenge called The Jan_AQ Challenge and authors
> wrote their summaries as "a Jan_AQ story" because they sort of followed
> a rule from the challenge. Doesn't quite work.
> The widespread use of the term caused some confusion. I came up with the
> term "Sevitus" as an alternate name for all the stories that were not
> Severitus stories for my old Snape and Harry Fanfiction guide. The term
> was created before this yahoo group was made (maybe 2003 or 2004). :) It
> came from part of the name Severitus to show that its stories were
> similar to Severitus stories (and probably existed because of them), but
> did not follow all of the Severitus challenge rules. I asked the author
> Severitus if he minded the new term, and he said that he was honored by
> it, and was overwhelmed and surprised by all the attention his challenge
> got. :) The term was added to all the P&S groups, like the
> Fanfiction.net C2 Group Community and fanfiction archive. Thus Sevitus
> stories were born.
> I hope that this clears up any confusion. Just ask if you have any more
> chocolate frogs,
> > --- On Tue, 12/14/10, jazzy2may jazzy2may@ wrote:
> > From: jazzy2may jazzy2may@
> > Subject: [PotionsandSnitches] thank you for your help
> > To: PotionsandSnitches@yahoogroups.com
> > Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 12:13 AM
> > with the Severus definitions questions. I not totally enlightend
> on the matter but I am better aware of Severitis Author. Thank you.
> > Anyone else care to chime in on the Severus/Sevitus definitions
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