Title: With a Forked Tongue I Lie in Wai Author: DelusionalGrandeur Rating: M Genre: Drama Status: Abandoned Library Category: AU, Slytherin!Harry Pairings: Harry/Hermione Summary: Warnings Inside. Dumbledore ought to have known better than to leave an orphaned Harry Potter in the hands of the Dursleys. A twist of fate has the boy-who-lived living with criminals. Sly, cunning, street-smart, sorted into Slytherin where his housemates have been raised to hate him, will Harry survive? Or maybe it's the House of Snakes that doesn't stand a chance. Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8746563/1/With-a-Forked-Tongue-I-Lie-in-Wait-Taming-Snakes The narrative of the story is quite descriptive; the characters are by no means one dimensional. This aspect is immediately experienced in the first chapter. The chapter does not start from Harry's perspective, rather with one of the criminals that comes to decided his fate. Original Characters are unique, feel real in their emotions and motivations, and the author has clear motives throughout the story; child abuse being the most present one. Not only is the story touching, it's also quite funny. This is what sold the story for me. The switch from real emotion to excitement and laughter in a moment is what made it entertaining to read. As far as the canon-characters are concerned, it leaves things to be desired. Harry is far more capable and skillfull than he should be at eleven, even when raised among criminals. Dumbledore is portrayed as blind, naive and cold, which I do not believe him to be. Lucius Malfoy is also wildly out of character, I myself found this rather amusing, instead of irritating. The grievances where canon-compliance is concerned listed above did not bother me, and as such I enjoyed the story immensely. I can imagine, however, that some readers may find it off-putting. I would still recommend giving the story a chance.