-> ''I'm just a guy on vacation''

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2318355/1/Make_A_Wish Make A Wish]]'' is a Harry Potter fic written by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/686093/Rorschachs_Blot Rorschach's Blot]].

After the events of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'', Harry decides that he doesn't particularly want to simply go off and die in a final confrontation with Voldemort, at least not without having a chance to see a bit of the world first. What follows is a vacation that spans the summer (and a good part of the fic), and takes Harry, under the alias Mr. Black, through several countries, adventures, and more than a few dead Death Eaters.

It also has a sequel, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3032621/1/The_Hunt_For_Harry_Potter The Hunt For Harry Potter]]'', by the same author, along with numerous fan-made omakes and sequels that can be found on [[http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CaerAzkaban/info his Yahoo Group]] or the fanfiction.net community [[https://www.fanfiction.net/community/Black-INK/71873/99/4/1/0/0/0/0/ Black Ink]].

!!''Make A Wish'' provides examples of:

* AchievementsInIgnorance: Many of Mr. Black's accomplishments are completely unknown to him.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse with Mr Black. Everyone thinks that Mr Black is a {{Badass}} OlderThanDirt wizard who has a very twisted sense of humour and thus likes to play "pranks" on the Law Enforcement officers he meets, such as dropping Death Eaters into a cell while he is being given a tour, and also uses ObfuscatingStupidity to deal with [=LEOs=] that are shadowing him. Actually, Mr Black (Harry) is just as surprised as them whenever Death Eaters appear next to him in increasingly weird situations and does not even know people are tailing him at all.
* BecomingTheMask: At the end of the story [[spoiler: after Harry kills Voldemort, he decides to leave his old life behind and embrace the Mr. Black persona fully.]]
* BerserkButton: When you murder an innocent child, Mr. Black will have no restraint in dealing with you.
* BrickJoke: In one of the earlier chapters, [[CloudCuckooLander Luna and her father]] mention a holiday they proposed to the Ministry called "National Yell At Your Daughter Day." Later they are, indeed, yelling at the top of their lungs at each other, until Luna decides that it's [[NoodleImplements just not the same without the ducks.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Everyone thinks that Mr. Black is [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending that he doesn't know what is going around him]], and is just goofing off. They also think that he is [[TheAce so good at everything he does]] that he can not only afford to, but might [[TheDreaded do horrible things to those that dare ruin his fun]]; since [[ContrivedCoincidence everyone IS better off]], even if scared and/or stressed in the end, they let him get away with it. Of course, Harry ''is'' [[SincerityMode genuinely oblivious when he speaks]], but no-one knows that.
* ButtMonkey: Harry; he spends a good deal of time bemoaning his awful luck. At one time, he makes an unfortunately-phrased comment about destroying civilizations in a past life, so his current one is thus cursed; later still, he thinks he may be the universe's spittoon. It can go either way, depending on the reader's opinion, although being ignorant of his accomplishments means that Harry doesn't get to see any silver lining to the unpleasant situations he gets into.
* CatchPhrase: When asked for more details on who he is, Mr. Black will invariably reply: "I'm just a guy on vacation."
** It's even used to identify him, as only the real Mr. Black responds like that. Harry does because he just wants a vacation, while [[OneDialogueTwoConversations everyone else]] thinks he's being a HumbleHero.
* ComingOfAgeStory: This is a Literature/HarryPotter fic, so that's to be expected.
* ContrivedCoincidence: This happens a ''lot''. [[spoiler:It is implied that these coincidences are actually planned out by the members of a family that can see the future, led by the Diagon Alley shopkeeper that sold Harry his travel hardware. This is better seen with the wizard Wormtail buys the Portkeys from: he always sends them to where Mr Black is going to be or nearby, but in such a way that it is lethal (or almost lethal) for the Death Eaters.]]
** It's also possible that the coincidences happen because of Harry's [[BornLucky insane luck.]] On one occasion he wanders through a casino, and places a single bet. A bet that wins ''so'' big, the casino investigates it, turning up a cheat in the process.
* CoolBike: Thanks to [[BornLucky Harry's insane luck at gambling]], he wins one of these in America. [[MadScientist The Professor]] asked if he could modify it, and Harry agreed - his only specific request was [[FlyingCar to have it fly]], but otherwise gave the Professor free reign to add anything he wanted besides of that. The Professor and Henchgirl got [[MadScientist some like-minded friends]], and [[UpToEleven even made a contest out of who could put the most features in]]. After all of that, it could shrink to pocket-size, [[OilSlick drop oil slicks]], [[WeaponizedCar shoot spells]], fly, change license plates, and even has a pooka - a ''[[CoolHorse ghost horse]]'' - bound to it so that it never needs fuel, [[EmpathicWeapon can act by itself if needed]], and occasionally project the [[AnimalBattleAura image of the pooka itself]].
* ConfusionFu: One of the traits that law enforcement find the most perturbing about Mr. Black is his unpredictability. They cannot track him accurately nor tell what he is going to do at any given moment, and that, for someone of his [[ContrivedCoincidence perceived]] power, is incredibly scary.
** The use of simple, easy-to-use everyday utility spells to gain an edge is discussed at length. It starts with the use of a cosmetic spell (for quick ''tanning'') against vampires, and earns Mr. Black the reputation of a tactical genius. After all, those utility spells are plentiful, made to be quick, easy to learn and cast, and any wizard in the world has dozens of them practiced; their use in combat will most definitely catch someone off-guard, since virtually no-one thinks of having a defense against them.
*** Demonstrated when a student at Hogwarts uses a ''BreastExpansion spell'' on a practice duel against a ''guy'' to throw him for a loop, [[GagBoobs upset his balance]], and win the duel. The girl in question was inspired by Mr. Black's use of a cosmetic spell, of which she knows several (from girly magazines), to deadly effect.
* CouldSayItBut: Harry's travel book talks about some spells he can use to hide himself and about the equivalent to the Unforgivables in other countries in this way.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Several. After [[spoiler: the Lestranges' [[TeleporterAccident gruesome end]]]], Mr. Black earned a reputation of getting 'creative' with people that anger him.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Played with. Mr. Black is believed to have been a Dark Lord who destroyed civilizations in a previous life and is now TheAtoner. That doesn't stop him from scaring pretty much everyone.
** Later in the story, it is believed that one of those civilizations was ''Atlantis''. Since, if they were willing to exile a wizard for being "too weak" (and that was Merlin!), it worried everyone to think what they would do to non-Purebloods... and Mr. Black's hatred towards [[BerserkButton Blood Purists]] [[AssholeVictim is very]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill well-known]].
* TheDreaded: Mr. Black. Death Eaters would rather go to Azkaban than risk the chance that Mr. Black might kill them in a horribly gruesome way
* FailsafeFailure: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] and [[InvokedTrope invoked]]. The wizard who made the Portkeys that the Death Eaters used ''deliberately'' left out [[TeleporterAccident important safety features]] because he doesn't like how they treat him.
* FlockOfWolves: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. By the end of the story, there are just twenty-something Death Eaters left, and it turns out all of them are actually spies for the Ministry or any other government group. [[ContrivedCoincidence They all decide to report to their bosses on the same night Voldemort's Headquarters are destroyed.]]
** This, itself, is interpreted by them as an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of the MakeItLookLikeAnAccident trope; ''obviously'' it was the work of Mr. Black, for who else would be able to arrange that ''every'' guard in rotation be the spies? And have them all outside of the building as they are reporting back to their bosses? ''And'' have it seem like it was a random gas leak? Only Black.
* GenreSavvy: Death Eaters soon begin to balk at the idea of taking a Portkey with Wormtail, knowing that few to none Death Eaters come back from attacking Mr Black.
* TheGrimReaper: After Harry picks up a scythe, many people think he's the personification of Death, or possibly what ''inspired'' the Grim Reaper in the first place.
* GoodIsNotNice: Just because Mr. Black helps out the local law enforcement does not mean that he won't resort to extreme measures when they aren't looking.
* GuiltComplex: Harry's got one of these, and it only gets bigger after he finds out what everyone expects out of "Mr. Black."
* HandWave: Done literally at one point.
--> '''Harry''': Why can't [the zeppelin] use the same enchantments as the Knight Bus?
--> '''The Professor''': That won't work. *waves his hand dismissively* The... would you excuse me? *runs off to chase down Henchgirl*
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse
* HyperCompetentSidekick: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Henchgirl]], to the Professor. In fact, the only reason ''she'' got the title of "Hench" is because the Professor won a coin-toss.
* INeverToldYouMyName[=/=]INeverSaidItWasPoison: Accidentally. When he arrives to Marseilles and gets attacked by a Squib serial killer (armed with a magical knife), Harry is interrogated by one Auror, who calls him Mr Black at the end of the interview. Harry jokes about how fast they arrived (not knowing they were following him) and then tells the Auror's healer that the interviewer's technique was so good he does not even remember giving him his name. The Aurors take these quite seriously.
* IKnowYoureWatchingMe: ''[[ContrivedCoincidence Accidentally]]''. In his visit to Netherlands, Harry spends the day visiting museums and admiring art, and at he end of it he compares the masterpieces to Hogwarts' moving paintings, calling the latter's painters "Amateurs". The surveillance agents tailing him take it to mean that ''he knew they were there all along'', and unwittingly start the belief that Mr. Black is an old professional that [[TheOldestTricksInTheBook knows all of the tricks]]. Later incidents, particularly those in France (he gets fed up with having to stand on a line to see anything right when the French Aurors were trying to get into his hotel room), further this belief until everyone thinks he might as well be [[TheOmniscient nigh-omniscient]], having [[OlderThanDirt pretty much written the book before books existed]], and is just [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending he doesn't know because he's got a twisted sense of humor]].
* ImprobableWeaponUser: when Harry gets attacked by Dementors at Diagon Alley after he returns, instead of using his Patronus charm (which would give up his identity), he just pulls out the "Mr Black" chocolate frog card the Twins made, which sprouts hot chocolate when tapped with a wand. HilarityEnsues.
* IncrediblyLamePun: When Harry is at Paris, trying to enjoy the city's monuments and museums but having to deal with the long queues, he cannot help but think that, instead of "The City of Lights", Paris should be called "The City of Lines".
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: The zeppelin floats because it's been filled with ''nothing.'' [[AWizardDidIt It's magic, don't question it.]]
** It makes sense in physics, as the displaced air weights more than the contents of the zeppelin, producing buoyancy. Making the zeppelin's bag stay in shape, despite being empty, does require the intervention of a literal wizard - nature abhors a vacuum, after all.
* KarmaHoudini: Wormtail
** Not so much, because all of his failures in trying to attack Mr Black have a great toll in his sanity, and in the end he gives himself up to the Aurors.
*** The strain on his psyche was made even ''worse'' by the many injuries he received each time, making him believe that Mr. Black was [[ColdBloodedTorture killing him one piece at a time]].
* KnightInSourArmor: Harry
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: The majority of Harry's companions.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Subverted in Mr. Black's entourage. While the Professor, Henchgirl, and the Doctor all play major supporting roles, the Architect and the Mechanic have very small parts, and the Tailor and the Leather Worker are never even seen, while many characters just get a name and one scene and maybe a callback or omake later in the story.
* MadBomber: Of all people, ''[[TheSmartGuy Hermione]]'' gained this reputation in the sequel. [[InsistentTerminology She is adamant in denying it]], but she shows a trend of solving problems with explosions, be they accidental, 'accidental', or otherwise.
* MadScientist: The Professor, a rare non-malicious version.
** Henchgirl is another example, although leaning more towards potions. She's just like him, and only became Henchgirl because she lost the coin toss.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: What [[ContrivedCoincidence everyone thinks]] is Mr. Black's default MO after his visit to Italy.
** Several [[AccidentalMurder accidental deaths]] get attributed to him whenever he is in the area, [[spoiler: by the end he gets credit for events ''[[UpToEleven all around the world]]'']].
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in that he is also credited with the ''saving'' of lives with accidents and/or their consequences.
* MistakenForBadass: There are so many [[AccidentalMurder accidental deaths]] around "Mr. Black" that pretty much the entire magical community is convinced that he's some sort of super-wizard. In point of fact, it's all just a string of [[ContrivedCoincidence coincidences]].
** Of course, "Mr. Black" is actually quite Badass himself, particularly after his... [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot upgrades.]] It's just overshadowed by the things that [[ContrivedCoincidence happen around him]] or are mistakenly attributed to him.
* MundaneUtility: who could have known that a tanning spell could be used to kill a vampire?
** [[spoiler:The [[TheCassandra Cassandra family]] can see the future, but know they will not be believed due to their curse... so they set out to use those visions to get rich and help the world indirectly.]]
* NeverHurtAnInnocent: ... or else the [[CruelAndUnusualDeath coroner will be]] [[NoKillLikeOverkill unable to]] [[LudicrousGibs put you]] [[NotEnoughToBury back together]].
* [[spoiler:NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Mr. Black becomes a hybrid of vampire and werewolf, plus the fact that his blood is mixed with basilisk venom and phoenix tears, among other things.]]
* NotEnoughToBury: Death Eaters and other Blood Purists get hit with this. [[AssholeVictim Hard]]. [[RunningGag And often]]. In Germany, the coroner had trouble [[LudicrousGibs telling the pieces apart]] after Black gives his Russian battle magic a try, a Death Eater attack team was ran over by a train and damaged beyond recognition, the [[spoiler: Lestranges]] had to be mopped up ''and'' picked clean from the [[TeleporterAccident insides]] of a vending machine, another Death Eater team was {{Eaten Alive}} by [[LandDownunder Australia's]] [[DeathWorld deadly]] [[EverythingTryingToKillYou wildlife]], and let's not forget the bandits that were eaten by a nundu...
* ObfuscatingStupidity: what everyone thinks Mr. Black does.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Harry's innocent conversations with the local crime boss he meets in Rome.
** It keeps happening. All. The. Time. With criminals, with law enforcement, random people. ''Everyone''.
* OnlySaneMan:
** Mr. Black feels like this when compared to the Professor and Henchgirl (and to a lesser extent the Doctor and the Architect), not to mention all the strange situations he finds himself in.
** Even more so in the sequel, where Luna, Hermione, and Tonks ''each'' thinks that she's the only sane woman in their trio. [[spoiler: None of them are.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Harry becomes part-werewolf at one point.]]
* ReadTheFreakingManual: there are several instances of Harry (or someone else) getting instructions to make something work. [[spoiler:When he returns to England, Harry is less than pleased to be told that the reason he got in so much trouble was because he didn't read the instruction manual for the SEP Field Generator.]]
* RuleOfCool: Why did Henchgirl enchant her zeppelin to have a rolling bank of clouds surrounding it at all times? Because it's cool.
* RunningGag:
** Death Eaters taking a Portkey to some place where Mr Black is going to be, only to suffer some great misfortune. The only person that always survives is Wormtail.
*** Death Eaters later begin to balk at the idea of being on the teams sent to kill Mr Black, while those that are not sent start to take bets on what happens to those that go.
* SecretKeeper: The Weasley twins are the only canon characters aware of Mr. Black's true identity.
* ShoutOut:
** The [[Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything SEP Field.]]
** Another shoutout, this time to DoctorWho, when the Doctor's introducing herself.
** Harry has an urge to sing out "[[TheSoundOfMusic The hills are alive!]] [[AccidentalTruth And they're eating people]]"
** In the sequel, Harry [[Franchise/TheMatrix knows kung-fu.]]
* SincerityMode: When asked anything other than his name, Harry responds with complete sincerity, [[OneDialogueTwoConversations but no-one takes what he says at face value]] - Mr. Black is ''[[SarcasmMode obviously]]'' [[TheAce too skilled to be ignorant of his situation]], [[ObfuscatingStupidity and his sense of humor is a little twisted]].
* SureLetsGoWithThat: a French Auror wizard that can transform into a poodle tells his female partner that the most dangerous people try to look like they are the harmless. The witch asks him if that is why he had her groom him and put a bow around his neck. He says yes this way.
* TeleporterAccident: [[RunningGag Many, many examples]], but the [[CruelAndUnusualDeath prize]] goes to how [[spoiler: the Lestranges die: Apparating inside of a vending machine]]. As usual, it was one part genuine accident, one part [[InvokedTrope pissing off the guy that made the Portkey]], and [[ContrivedCoincidence zero parts fault of Mr. Black]].
* [[spoiler:TheCassandra: the shopkeeper at the beginning reveals to Harry that he and many in his very extended family inherited Cassandra's curse, which is what prompts them to do what they can to help the world.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler: Mr. Black]], by the end of the story.
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: ''One'' day of being friendly to Veela, and some [[ContrivedCoincidence bizzarre]] [[NoodleIncident circumstances]] later, and Mr. Black becomes an In-Universe MemeticSexGod and [[AnthropomorphicPersonification symbol of fertility]].
* WeirdnessCensor: Mr. Black has a bracelet that makes it difficult for people to focus on the details of his person, explicitly called [[BystanderSyndrome a SEP ("someone else's problem") Field]].
** When he returns to England, Harry[=/=]Mr. Black goes to the shopkeeper that sold him what he bought at the beginning to complain at the fact that, even with the bracelet, he got caught in plenty of messes. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The shopkeeper promptly shows him that he had the SEP field on its lowest setting.]]
* WronskiFeint: Harry takes part of a broom race that goes through a dragon sanctuary, and, just his luck, managed to get nearly every dragon hunting ''him''. He tries to [[BlindedByTheLight use the sunlight to blind them]], but ultimately shakes them off and wins the race with a textbook perfect WronskiFeint against the ground, saving the other racers in the process.
* [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry You Wouldn't Like Mr Black When He's Angry]]: {{Invoked|Trope}} and told almost word-by-word by Laetus Lovegood in his paper when he covered the 'Black Massacre' in Germany. While the [[KillEmAll magnitude]] of the event was actually out of Black's hands, the [[NeverHurtAnInnocent trigger]] for it was [[BerserkButton very]] [[ThisIsUnforgivable well]] [[TranquilFury within]] [[RageBreakingPoint the definition]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill of the]] [[LudicrousGibs trope]].
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