''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/489127/chapters/853398 Empire]]'' by [[http://archiveofourown.org/users/ImmortalBeloved/pseuds/ImmortalBeloved ImmortalBeloved]] is a [[CrackFic cracky]] ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] FanFiction in which Harry sees from the beginning that something is not quite right about the world around him and decides to do something about it. Unlikely allies, and unexpected inheritances abound.

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!!''Empire'' provides examples of:
* AlternateUniverseFic
* BigBad: Dumbledore
* TheCaligula: Lucius relates that Voldemort [[SanitySlippage kind of lost it at the end]]--that he'd become crazy and paranoid and [[ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity he'd frequently mistake Lucius for his father,]] [[AccidentalMisnaming Abraxas.]]
* ChekhovsGift: the Potters bequeath to Lucius Malfoy a mysterious [[PowerGlows glowing]] box that will probably be important later.
* TheChessmaster: Dumbledore, Snape, Lucius.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: to Dumbledore James and Lily bequeath a bag [[spoiler: of "Bernie Bott's Every Flavor Beans But Lemon Drop."]]
* CrackFic
* TheDon: Lucius Malfoy
* EscalatingWar: Sirius and Remus tell Harry tales of the Marauder days and that their rivalry with Severus was nothing compared to the prank war that ensued between [[VitriolicBestBuds Severus and his best friend Lucius]]--at one point Lucius dosed Severus with a love potion so he was serenading the giant squid for about a week. Severus later retaliated by turning Lucius into a girl [[AttackBackfire but since he seemed to enjoy it too much]] Severus decided to trample on Lucius's overinflated ego by turning him into a troll.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: even Lucius Malfoy is disgusted by child abusers.
* EvilGloating: Dumbledore engages in this allowing Snape to learn his plans.
* ForWantOfANail: Harry is in Hufflepuff, his abuse at the hands of the Dursleys comes to light, and Snape is his staunchest ally.
* GroinAttack: the appropriate greeting when meeting a harpy is to leap around on one leg so that they'll laugh and forget to castrate the male wizard greeting them.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Sirius gets a nice set of dragonhide leather robes and gets Harry a matching outfit.
* JerkassFacade: Snape has to be mean to Harry in class in order to maintain his cover.
* ListOfTransgressions: at the Dursleys arrest:
-->'''Kingsley Shacklebolt:''' These are Harry Potter's muggle relatives. I am bringing them in on three thousand six hundred and fifty counts of child abuse—one for every day that poor boy had to spend in their house.
* LongList: Harry begins making a list of things that are wrong with the world he hopes to fix.
* LostWillAndTestament: Dumbledore hid the Potters' will among some ancient documents on the Goblin Rebellions.
* LotusPosition: Snape breaks out some yoga mats to help Harry learn Occlumency.
* MagneticHero: Harry
* MaleRestroomEtiquette: to Lucius's annoyance one of his spies meets with him in the men's room.
* ManipulativeBastard: Dumbledore
* MeaningfulName: The Malfoy family name, meaning “bad faith” which as it turns out is an IronicName.
* MemoryGambit: Snape obliviated everyone who learned of Harry's abuse on Dumbledore's orders but added an additional enchantment so that those obliviated will regain those memories if a TriggerPhrase is uttered.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: The Malfoy family's code of honor. The family magic determines which "Lord" to serve.
* MotiveRant: Snape learns that Sirius Black is innocent when Dumbledore is gloating about how he had him framed.
* NobleDemon: Lucius Malfoy
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Hufflepuff!Harry gains this advantage.
* PragmaticVillainy: When Lucius learns that Snape used his rep to help the Boy-Who-Lived he gives his actual support because it’s a politically smart move.
* RealityEnsues: In this universe the adults (save Dumbledore) act in a realistic manner when child abuse is brought to light.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Once Sirius gets out of Azkaban he's not sure where to go from here with his life but he knows he wants to get vengeance on those that wronged him.
* SissyVillain: Draco faints when he discovers he has a pimple.
* TheSpymaster: Lucius has his own spymaster "([[LampshadeHanging Yes,]] he was [[BadAss that damn cool.]])"
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: Snape to Dumbledore.]]
* SustainedMisunderstanding: Since no one bothers to explain to Harry what his classes are Harry assumes that Transfiguration is about transgenders and Defense Against the Dark Arts is an art class.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: The Sorting Hat puts Harry in Hufflepuff so that he can have the advantage of everyone underestimating him.
* UnwittingPawn: Voldemort to Dumbledore.
* VillainousFriendship: Snape and Lucius are Type 1.
* WellDoneSonGuy: After getting out of Azkaban Sirius reconciles with his mother.
* XMeetsY: ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' meets ''{{Deadpool}}'' meets ClassicalMythology meets ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''.
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