~ooO Support: Poppy Pomfrey Ooo~

Poppy Pomfrey had seen a lot in her years as a Healer at Hogwarts. She'd seen strong friendships falter and romantic relationships wither, fragile buds on the vine before they even had the chance to bloom and delight; case in point, Lily Evans and Severus Snape. In the past two-and-a-half decades, Poppy often found herself wondering 'What if'. What if Lily kept her strong ties to Severus. What if Severus had not allowed his Housemates to influence him. What if James Potter had given up and chased another girl. What if Lily and Severus had gotten together.

Minerva would be scandalized but Poppy truly felt such a couple could have been a strong positive example of what could be overcome if one made an effort. Lily and Severus had everything against them - different cultural backgrounds, aptitudes, opinions, hatreds. Being in a House-divided boarding school like Hogwarts hadn't help either. If things had been peaceful back then Poppy wondered if Lily would have been content to be a house-witch, to marry so young, to give up her Muggle upbringing and commit completely to a Noble House. Had she even understood what she was getting into? Poppy doubted it. But Hermione Granger? No, Hermione knew exactly what she was getting into.

Both witches were hardworking, intelligent, Gryffindor, Muggleborn, but Hermione Granger was more compassionate, forgiving, loyal than Lily Evans. Lily had been a beautiful girl, always had been the centre of attention. Hermione knew what it was like to be on the outside, distrusted and hated for everything she was. But Hermione had never allowed it to get to her. She had always walked the high road. And now… Now Poppy was finally getting to see a couple she had always secretly cheered for: a Gryffindor and a Slytherin. And what a couple! Lord Slytherin himself, and the Gryffindor Princess.

Poppy knew they would be good for each other. They were the best at what they did, committing completely to what they believed in. They would cover each others weaknesses, be whole and balanced together as only true soulmates could be.

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AN: And that's it for 'Reactions'. For those following 'Vivat Regina : Outtakes' is a new story for snips set in the future of 'Vivat Regina'. The first one has been posted.