I’ve recently become obsessed with fics about animagi. You know, as much as people talk about the overuse of the Cat!Harry theme, those stories are actually rather difficult to lay one’s paws–er hands on (unless you read more than I do). And of course, since I’m sort of obsessed with Snape and Harry, a lot of these recs are going to focus on them.
And if you’ll scroll to the bottom of this post, I’ll give you a list of the rec pages I’ve found devoted to animagi/animal transformations.
Harry Potter, Severus Snape
A Bird in Hand by igtow
Summary: Harry never can stay out of trouble and discovers something about Snidgets the–mes-mes-messy way.
Warnings: Soft 13+ for ‘potty’ language
My Warnings/Opinion: SSHP (they are married, but nothing physical), fun little fic
A Bittersweet Potion – by Alchemia Dent and Bugland
Summary: “This story, beside other things, is awkwardness itself. Teenager Harry with, naturally, rampant hormones, with Voldemort’s visions and everything else that is Harry’s life, happened to become Snape’s cat. And the fucked-up bastard Snape grew to like his cat. And the cat had an opportunity to see the person behind Snape’s everyday persona. Both of them have more issues than, possibly, the rest of the school altogether. How can it not be awkward, I ask you. Sex in this fic is hilarious and wrong, sexy and hearbreaking [sic], painful and moving.” – Part of painless_j’s rec summary.
Warnings: Suicide attempt (sort of), Death Eater violence (off screen)
My Warnings/Opinion: There is no sex in the first fic (which is all I have read thus far) and only one kiss, and that was an absinthe induced hallucination. Interesting style. It’s sometimes difficult to separate reality from dreams. 6th year.
Broken Wings by Snapegirlkmf
Summary: Desperate to escape his guilt and nightmares after the third task, Harry transforms into a hawk by accident and ends up breaking both wings and suffering partial memory loss. He is found by Snape,who helps him and discovers the truth about his professor.
My Warnings/Opinion: GEN
Length: 236K, Complete
The Greatest Gift by Snapegirlkmf
Summary: Harry writes a letter to Severus trying to express how grateful he is that Severus adopted him and gave him a home and family. Just a little fic I wrote for Father’s Day. Set in the Broken Wings AU!
Caeruleus by Pagan Strega
Summary: A Transfiguration accident leaves Harry in unusual circumstances. How will Snape react?
Warnings: SSHP of course. Creature Fic
My Warnings/Opinion: Awww. Drake!Harry A definite favorite.
Cat-Eyed by screaminglungs
Summary: Severus comes home to find Harry upset. A Pile of fluff!
Length: One-shot, SSHP, Cat!Harry
Cat Magic by gingertart
Summary: Severus Snape discovers that he likes cats, but only in moderation.
Warnings: Character death (yeah, I know… but it isn’t angsty, honest.)
My Warnings: GEN, funny
Cats to the Rescue by Healer Pomfrey
Summary: Eight-year-old Harry notices cats have a much better life, or don’t they? Another Animagus story.
Warnings: Completely AU, partly OOC, mentioning of abuse!Dursleys, sick!Harry, sick!Severus
My Warnings: Cat!Harry, GEN
The Company You Keep by Ravenna C Tan
Summary: The war is over. Severus Snape wants to be left alone. Draco wants Snape. Snape decides a stray cat is a better companion than a Malfoy, given what he learned about both Malfoy and Potter in the days after Voldemort had captured Harry.
My Warnings: References to past abuse, use of imperius (past tense), Death Eaters, post-war, slash, Bottom!Harry, torture
Length: 10K, Complete
Disenchanted by cluegirl
Summary: Sent to Privet Drive to intercede in a domestic dispute, Severus finds that Harry Potter is not quite feeling himself.
My Warnings/Opinion: References to abuse, cute, masturbation, SS/HP
Fox Tale by Sita Z
Summary: Lucius Malfoy enjoys his family traditions. Severus Snape is stuck with the unpleasant task of rescuing the victims. Until one night a captured boy surprises him…
Warnings: Abusive Dursleys, Alcohol Use, Child fic, Kidnapped, Neglect, Violence
My Warnings/Opinion: GEN! Terror and sweetness all rolled into one. One of my new favorite fics by one of my favorite authors
Length: 8k (It’s a two-shot)
Freaks Aren’t Allowed by lastcrazyhorn
Summary: After nearly freezing to death outside his relative’s home, little Harry is rescued first by a spirit and then a snarky git! The adventure isn’t over yet though, as Snape soon realizes that his charge’s problems aren’t limited to just frostbite. Childfic
Warnings: Child Abuse, Kid Fic, Fluff, Nightmares, Animagus, Adoption, Time Travel, Ghost!Lily, Ghost!James, Cute, Alternate Universe
My Warnings/Opinion: Awww. Daddy Snape. GEN!
Length: 44K, Complete
Not A Freak by lastcrazyhorn
Summary: Okay, you’ve convinced me. Sequel to Freaks Aren’t Allowed. This is a series of one shots designed to fill in some of the blanks between Harry’s first year with Snape and his first year at Hogwarts.
Warnings: Childfic. Fluff.
Hex-Crossed Lovers by HPRoundRobin
Summary: Kirsu’s Challenge: Harry and Severus are caught in the cross fire of two hexes, causing them to be in each others company or they will suffer pain.
Warnings: Sexual situations
My Warnings/Opinion: The actual sex scene is very vague. This author (or authors, given the user name) could also benefit from the use of a beta (mostly difficulties with switching tenses). And the last chapter is kind of a cop out, but I still enjoyed the story. Oh, and references to past non-con and child abuse. Cobra!Harry
Length: 29K, Complete
Learning to Uncurl by Amorettea
My Warnings/Opinion: Delightful fic. Moose!Harry, Hedgehog!Snape, GEN, post-war
A Matter of Size by lana77
Summary: Harry gains his animagus form, and is less than impressed.
My Warnings: GEN, major character death (NOT Harry)
More Animagus Harry (drabbles) by Soawen
My Warnings/Opinion: I am amused.
A Most Impractical Cat by drachenmina
Summary: During the horcrux hunt, Harry goes to Malfoy Manor in his animagus form of a cat to try and find Helga Hufflepuff’s cup. Things do not go according to plan…
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, BDSM, Beastiality, Contains Het Sex, Contains Slash Sex
My Warnings/Opinion: Okay, the BDSM? Lucius and Narcissa. The bestiality? Nagini and Bellatrix. The Het? Bellatrix and everyone, I swear. lol Slash? Harry and Severus!!! Mutual masturbation. Cat!Harry
Length: 13K, Complete
Nesting by julesmonster
Summary: “There was a potions accident during detention—isn’t there always?” Thus begins a loving slightly tongue-in-cheek tribute to all
Warnings: Mpreg, creature, bonding and bottom!Snape fics. Slash. HP/SS.
My Warnings/Opinion: Schmoop! Fluff, Dragon!Harry
Length: 21K, complete
Parseltongue-Tied by Dementor Delta
Summary: Harry makes friends with one of nature’s shy creatures.
Warnings: Snake assisted wanking
My Warnings/Opinion: Not just wanking. Bottom!Harry. Slash/Snarry. Snake!Snape.
Length: One-shot, complete
Pink by AbstractConcept
Summary: Another of my humorous takes on a cliché fic idea. SLASH. Harry is determined to learn the Animagus Transformation, and the results are…unexpected. Humour, Romance, Snarry. One-shot
My opinion: Really good little story.
Teacher’s Pet by AbstractConcept
Summary: Sequel to Pink, can be read alone. Severus finds himself stuck with Harry, who can’t—or won’t—relinquish his Animagus form. Snape grows reluctantly fond of the bugger. Slash.
Fred and George Weasley, Harry, Hermione
Making Out Like Bandits by lionille
Summary: Fred and George are well-suited to lead a wild life.
My Opinion: Ridiculously hilarious. I snorted out loud with glee while reading this. GEN.
Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter
Becoming Bestial by Constant Vigilance.
Summary: Harry/Draco. Harry teaches Draco how to change into his Animagus-form.Harry’s Animagus form is a wolf, Draco’s is a leopard. Warnings: Don’t mind ‘bestial’ in the title, it’s not bestiality, it’s actually fluff.
Of Mice and Men by stillaseeker
Summary: Behold! … Fluffy!Draco!
My Warnings: Owl!Draco, GEN
Remus Lupin, Severus Snape
The Frog Prince by busaikko
Summary: “Ribbit,” Severus said impatiently.
Warnings: Animal transformation, double drabble, crack
My Warnings/Opinion: Snupin fluff, kiss, Frog!Snape (not really animagi, but since it’s a drabble, meh). Funny.
Length: 200 words
Lira_Snape’s “Animagus List – Part 1” – I’ll leave it to you to find part 2 (which is largely the same as part 1, only . . . not)
Painless_j’s “Themed List – Animals“