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The PackDepending on how you look at it, this group—the core group of the Dangerverse—is either an outgrowth of the Marauders (which is also the singular of Pack) or the next inevitable step (it's been theorized that had James and Lily survived, the outcome might have been similar). After Remus and Danger meet, fall in love, rescue Harry from the Dursleys, and Sirius from Azkaban, and move in with Sirius's girlfriend Aletha, the two small family units end up melding into one, the final result being four parents jointly raising four children—said children including the most famous children in wizarding Britain.Over the course of the series, they have endured and suffered more than most people do, but they have only become closer as a result. They spend more time together than they do with anyone else, and whenever there is a problem, they always try to solve it together.Remus Lupin is for all intents and purposes The Leader, despite his canon self being something of a wimp (the Dangerverse has been described as "the only place in Harry Potter fandom where Remus is the alpha male"), and the group was developing a pack mentality even before they actually began referring to themselves as a pack. (The first use of the term is quite early in the story, though, occurring around Chapter 14 of Living with Danger, so the fourteenth chapter out of 215 (!) so far.) The adults see each other as being related in some fashion (Remus and Sirius see each other as brothers, their respective wives think of each other as sisters, and so on), and the kids, or cubs, have been raised as siblings.
- Coupled Couples
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Former Teen Rebel
- Fire-Forged Friends:
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Honestly, who'd think to look for the Boy Who Lived, the Boy Who Disappeared, and the most wanted fugitive in wizarding Britain in a little semidetached in the London suburbs? Not the Ministry, that's for certain.
- Idiot Ball: "Find the red and find the rat"? Yeah, good job remembering, everyone. Luckily they managed it anyway, belated as it was.
- Like Brother and Sister: Both the cubs and the adults fall under this theme.
- The Power of Friendship: A constant theme in the series.
- True Companions: Their loyalty to each other is absolute, even if they spend most of the text arguing over something petty. Come a real problem, and they are back together again.
- Upbringing Makes the Hero: Harry is a good deal far more well-adjusted, Hermione far less insecure, and Draco turns out all right."'Turns out all right'? Gee, thanks a lot.""What are you complaining about? I am not insecure!""You two. Out. Sorry about them..."
- Well, if you want a more complete account, we'll be here all day...
- Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded more than once; why does everything interesting or dangerous happen to them? Other than their raising The Chosen One and avoiding the usual pitfalls of that role, of course.
- Cool Teacher: Sirius and Aletha count for second year, and Remus (as in canon) the third.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Remus is phlegmatic, Danger melancholic, Sirius sanguine, and Aletha choleric.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: James, Remus, Sirius and Peter in their Hogwarts years count as this, but he and James were practically brothers, evidenced by how he was James's best man at his wedding. Remus and Sirius definitely become this. Ditto Danger and Aletha.
- Parental Substitute: Not that any of the cubs, other than (maybe) Draco, remember having any other parents...
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Out of necessity, as the cubs know just how rule-breaking their parents used to be and will bring it up at any and all opportunities. The Pack has instituted what is known as the Hypocrisy Agreement, by which the cubs cannot be punished for anything the Pack-adults get up to themselves.
Remus John LupinAlpha male of the Pack, this iteration of Remus is far less of a wimp than his canon version—mostly because he has self-confidence and people around him who are unwilling to let him sink into depression and despair. Though he is planning suicide at the beginning of the story, his life takes a turn for the better when he almost literally runs into Harry Potter in a park in Little Whinging, during which he meets Gertrude "Danger" Granger, Harry's babysitter. After a Mindlink Mates moment which catapults them into a Fourth Date Marriage, they rescue Harry from the Dursleys, break Sirius out of Azkaban, and go into hiding.Interestingly, he goes from being The Smart Guy of the Marauders (or at least the one with common sense) to being The Hero of the Pack, because not only is James Potter unavailable, Sirius is too emotionally damaged from Azkaban to take any greater role. By the time things stabilize, Sirius is perfectly happy in his place as beta, and Remus, much to his bemusement, continues as alpha.Physically, he resembles his canon version, with gray-streaked sandy brown hair and blue eyes, though he shows fewer signs of premature aging than canon!Remus due to a less stressful, or at least happier, home life. His eyes usually show some signs of Danger's brown, thanks to their mental bond; lack of this little quirk is a very bad sign. He is only slightly shorter than Sirius, but slender, though still strong.He is particularly close with Hermione and Draco.Remus was named by the Founders of Hogwarts as an honorary Heir of Gryffindor, and given control over fire. Fitting, considering his Animagus form is a lion.
- Animorphism: Doubled, as he is both a werewolf and a lion Animagus.
- Back from the Dead: he was killed by Voldemort, but he was able to keep his soul safe within Danger's body and then return to his own.
- Badass Bookworm
- Brainy Brunet
- The Hero: To his continual bafflement.
- Hidden Backup Prince: he turns out to be the real Heir of Gryffindor.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Named in canon as the reason Remus never called James and Sirius on their wilder stupidities. Subverted in DV as Remus has to keep Sirius under control if they all want to keep living.
- King of Beasts
- The Leader: Type II with some Type IV.
- Meaningful Name: Remus is a legendary co-founder of Rome who was nursed by a she-wolf, along with his brother Romulus; "Lupin" is Latin for "wolf-like."
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: As a werewolf, he has simpler thought processes and instincts.
- Mindlink Mates: He and Danger are connected on a level they don't quite understand themselves, but which has both a mental and a physical component (as in, if they're apart for longer than a day, they start to get sick).
- No Respect Guy: Among the Marauders. The Pack is somewhat different.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: In the Dangerverse, lycanthropy is distinguished by four qualities. A werewolf (1) changes bodily into a wolf at the full moon, (2) loses his/her human mind in the change, (3) is a social outcast because of 1 and 2, and (4) cannot have children. This last is named in-universe as the "mercy" of the originator of lycanthropy (in this version, Rhea Silvia, mother of Romulus and Remus, who was the she-wolf who nursed the twins and who later asked the god Mars, the twins' father, to send down a curse upon her surviving son for murdering his brother).
- Papa Wolf: Do not mess with his cubs. He will find you.
- Playing with Fire: Granted this ability by Maura Gryffindor from whom he is descended.
- The Professor
- The Smart Guy: Of the Marauders.
- Werewolf Theme Naming
Gertrude Kelly "Danger" Granger-LupinAlpha female of the Pack and wife to Remus; without her, the Pack literally could not exist as it does now. She was in many ways the catalyst that brought everything together, and is definitely one of the reasons it continues to work.Her prophetic dreams after her parents' murder (which also forced her into the role of parent to her sister Hermione) led her to find and babysit Harry, saving him from his relatives' abuse for at least a few hours a day. She was also the means by which Remus learned the truth about Sirius and Wormtail, and her ability to "tame" his werewolf mind during full moons allows him to avoid some of the debilitating effects of his transformations and consider himself safe to be around children, leading to the Pack lifestyle.Though she began as something of a Mary Sue, her powers have some fairly sharp limits, and she has both a temper and a lingering self-esteem problem. Physically, she strongly resembles an older Hermione, with similar bushy brown hair and brown eyes (although DV!Hermione's eyes are hazel). When her bond with Remus is in effect, her eyes also have some traces of his blue. This not being present is generally considered a bad thing. She is the shortest of the Pack-parents, with both Harry and Draco overtaking her in height by their fifth year.As an honorary Heir of Gryffindor, she was gifted with control over fire, a power she shares with Remus.She is closest with Harry and Hermione.
- Canis Major: Her Animagus form is a big wolf.
- Brainy Brunette
- Dream Weaver: Shared with Hermione, and later with Draco, after Lucius blood-bonds him and Hermione. Long story.
- Love Before First Sight: With Remus.
- Mama Bear
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Starts out as one of these, but matures.
- Mindlink Mates: Very possibly related to the "taming" power she has over Remus, as the "curse" portion of lycanthropy, which shuts out the human mind to allow the wolf to take over, is only calculated to have power over one mind at a time.
- Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: In iambic tetrameter, no less.
- Team Mom: Literally, in the cubs' case, and figuratively with the other adults.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Her parents' death cause her latent magic to emerge.
Sirius Valentine BlackBeta male of the Pack, Sirius is happier and less damaged than his canon counterpart (the fact that he was in Azkaban for a few months rather than more than a decade and was able to get some kind of psychological help from those around him helped a great deal). A merry prankster and romance-novel writer under the pen name of Valentina Jett (long story), he is also a loving father-figure and arguably the "cool" parent.Physically, he resembles his canon counterpart, with dark hair and Gray Eyes, and is the tallest of the Pack-adults; he keeps himself in excellent shape both for vanity's sake and due to his rejoining the Auror Office around Harry's third year. He pretends to overreact when he finds gray hairs so that Aletha and Danger will have a reason to tease him which is unrelated to any of his actual personality flaws.He is closest with Harry and his daughter Meghan.
- Bad Dreams: Has to cope with these after his stint in Azkaban.
- Badass Biker: Flying motorcycle. 'Nuff said.
- Beta Couple: He and Aletha, literally.
- Big, Friendly Dog: Both his Animagus form and his go-to disguise for the Pack's first years in hiding.
- Byronic Hero: Though he eventually learns how to do more constructive things with his angst than brood.
- Catch-Phrase: Punning on his name.
- Clear My Name: This finally happens when the cubs find and capture Wormtail.
- Despair Event Horizon: Hits it the night James and Lily die. The Pack helps him snap out of it.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Padfoot. Actually A Grim Named Grim, as "Padfoot" is another name for the spectral beast of lore.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Sirius Valentine Black (named before the canon middle name of Orion, which has its own connotations, was revealed).
- Gray Eyes: Which he passed down the line.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Up until his trial and exoneration, most of the wizarding community believed him to be a dangerous and violent mass murderer. The reputation takes years to shake.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Twice over. Unbeknownst to anyone else, he had James and Lily make Peter Pettigrew their Secret-Keeper—thinking no one would ever suspect it and that Peter would never betray them. On top of that, Sirius didn't want the Secret-Keeper to be Remus, as he suspected him of being Voldemort's spy.
- I Have No Son: His parents disown him and burn his name off the family tree after he runs away. This was, admittedly, probably the reaction he was hoping for.
- In the Blood: Subverted. Sirius was disowned from his family for being a "dirty Muggle lover who has no respect for tradition" (read: a decent human being), and ended up in Gryffindor, whereas every member of his close family was in Slytherin. However, he still has some of the arrogance of his family members.
- Jerk Ass / Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In his youth, he was even more cruel than James was to students. As an adult, he mellows out some what, becoming a loving father-surrogate to Harry, but he's still incredibly antagonistic towards Snape and Kreacher (to be fair, though, Snape invites it, and Kreacher...).
- Meaningful Name: Sirius is a star commonly referred to as the "dog star." And, of course, he turns into a black dog.
- Miscarriage of Justice: Victimized hard by this.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold
- Mommy Issues: But then, Walburga Black was nuts.
- Most Writers Are Writers: Sirius writes romance novels under a pen name. A female pen name. Naturally, Hilarity Ensues. Though, to be fair, it's not like he has anything else to do while the Pack's in hiding. This is something of a meta-example, in that lines quoted by Sirius as his own work are often from other stories of Anne's.
- Papa Wolf: Don't threaten his cubs. You won't like him if you threaten his cubs.
- Parental Substitute: Except to Meghan, who refers to him as "Dadfoot" (probably inevitable, as his name to the other cubs was always "Padfoot", right back to baby Harry's "Pa-fuh").
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome
- Tragic Hero: Though he gets a lot more of a happy ending than he does in canon.
- Troubled, but Cute: Definitely was this in his younger years.
- Undying Loyalty: He would give his life in an instant for his friends—Peter's cowardice being excuse for betraying the Potters enrages him. Even more awesome when you remember his animal form: dog.
- The Unfavorite: As opposed to Regulus.
- Unstoppable Rage: At Peter.
- White Sheep: A good version of a Black Sheep, excusing the pun: He was the one of the only members of his family who was not a staunch blood supremacist, and he was a Gryffindor rather than a Slytherin to boot.
Aletha Carina Freeman-BlackBeta female of the Pack and wife to Sirius Black, as well as a childhood friend of Danger (and the person who tagged her with said nickname), she is also part of the glue that holds the group together. Formerly (and again, from the older cubs' third to fourth year) a student Healer, she eventually devoted much of her attention to her music. She was a large part of Sirius's recovery from the aftermath of his stay in Azkaban, and has also served as a mother-figure for the cubs, as well as being Meghan's biological mother.Physically, she has skin about the color of milk chocolate, dark hair which she wears fairly short but unstraightened (often described as resembling a helmet or aura around her head), and brown eyes; she stands about the same height as Remus, only slightly shorter than Sirius, with a strong build to match. She was a year behind the Marauders and Lily at Hogwarts, and was Sirius's Beating partner on the Gryffindor Quidditch team, which was how they first met. It is stated in the story that she was the first female Beater Hogwarts had seen in ten years.Anne on the subject of Aletha: "I was sitting at my computer, thinking about the woman who would be right for Sirius Black. She'd have to be beautiful, to get his attention. But she'd also have to be smart and strong, to keep it. She'd have to be able to beat him at his own games, to earn his respect, and she needed a sense of humor to put up with him. Finally I found the name 'Aletha' on a list of names that meant 'truth', and Aletha the character stepped out of my mental mist and said, 'What took you so long?'"She has recently been confirmed as the blood Heir of Ravenclaw. Her memory was erased by Voldemort as a way to torment her and Sirius; however, she stored her memories in one of her Ravenclaw jewels, and is slowly regaining many of her old mannerisms and personality quirks.
- Badass Bookworm
- Black Gal on White Guy Drama: Utterly averted. There's plenty of drama, but none of it has to do with skin tone.
- Cool Horse: Her Animagus form.
- Healing Hands: As a blood Heir of Ravenclaw.
- Maligned Mixed Marriage: Played with. Nobody—even the portrait of Sirius' famously bigoted mother—has a problem with Sirius marrying a black woman. The pureblood scion of an Ancient and Noble House marrying a muggleborn, however? That's something altogether different.
- Mama Bear: Not only for the cubs, but for Sirius, especially when driving off a dementor.
- Meaningful Name: As listed above, "Aletha" derives from the Greek word for "truth". She is often referred to, in Danger's prophecies, as "the truth".
- The Medic: Even before discovering her Healing Hands power, she was a highly skilled conventional Healer.
- Mixed Ancestry: Her mother was (white) English, her father African-American.
- Token Minority: Not intentional on the author's part, but still has this effect.
The PrideThe Pride consists of: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger-Lupin, Draco Black (not Malfoy, thank you very much) and Meghan Black (who are also "cubs of the Pack") as well as Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom. The Pride's beginning comes with the four cubs reciting the Pack-oath with their parents; the other four join in later, swearing the Pack-oath at Neville Longbottom's house in the middle of the night, followed by a visit to the Founders' Hogwarts to confirm the Pack and Pride as honorary Heirs. The singular of Pride is "Warrior".
- Coupled Couples
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Fire-Forged Friends: Seven of the eight Pride members participated in the clearing of Sirius's name, and Neville's had plenty of adventures with them since.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Harry and Ron, Hermione and Ginny.
- Like Brother and Sister: The cubs, even though they are Not Blood Siblings.
- Not Blood Siblings: Well, except Hermione and Draco... Subverted by Ron and Ginny.
- The Power of Friendship: As with the Pack.
- True Companions: Even if their faith in their alpha is shaken from time to time, they will all back Harry (and each other) up.
- Twin Telepathy: Blood siblings who have sworn the Pack-oath to each other can communicate telepathically so long as they maintain physical contact.
- Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded more than once; why does everything interesting or dangerous happen to them? Other than their being The Chosen One's True Companions, that is.
Cubs of the Pack
- Happily Adopted: Played straight for Harry, Hermione and Draco. Subverted for Meghan - she's very happy being a cub of the Pack, but she wasn't adopted. Played with in that at first, Aletha claimed Meghan *was* adopted, out of necessity (any other explanation would have involved either a one-night stand, badly out of character for her, or an admission that she had a wanted criminal hiding in her house).
- Has Two Mommies and Two Daddies
- Raised by Wolves: Literally. Well, a werewolf, a dog Animagus, and (later) a wolf Animagus.
- The term "cubs" in relation to the children of the Pack begins as a joke—Dumbledore asks Hagrid if there wasn't a rumor while he was in school that he kept werewolf cubs under his bed, then suggests that he should check (the cubs are hiding under Hagrid's bed to surprise him).
Harry James PotterAlpha Warrior of the Pride. Dangerverse Harry is different from his canon counterpart mainly in that he is a bit less insecure. However, thanks to having his parents as positive role-models for most of his childhood (albeit only through the Pack-parents' stories), he does occasionally need to have his head un-swelled. His Hero Complex is still rather intact, but he learns pretty quickly that his friends (which he has more of than in canon, mainly thanks to actually having social skills) aren't going to let him face down Riddle alone.
- Achey Scars: As per canon, the one on his forehead.
- Canis Major: His Animagus form. Both his glasses and his scar translate into fur markings (rather like Professor McGonagall), and his eyes remain the same. His form name is the unimaginative but definitive "Wolf".
- Care-Bear Stare: Shows Voldemort how much Love Hurts.
- The Chosen One: As in canon, not his favorite thing to be, or be called.
- Disappeared Dad: Well, we all know what happened to James. Thanks a lot, Voldemort.
- Evil-Detecting Baby: Latched on to Sirius but couldn't stand Peter. Even as an infant, he knew what was going on better than the adults!
- Green Eyes: So much so that his nickname from Danger is "Greeneyes". Hearing it makes Remus sit up, take notice and investigate.
- The Hero: At twelve, he deftly sums up what most people think of when they hear his name: "a scar, a stupid nickname, and a destiny". One of his main goals in life is to find and stay near the people who see more than that.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Somewhat. He grows up with Hermione, Draco and Meghan, but it's nice to finally come out of hiding and have real friends besides his siblings.
- The Leader: Modeling himself deliberately after both Remus and Dumbledore, though putting a few twists of his own on the idea.
- Literal Ass-Kicking: In wolf form, Harry actually bites Lucius Malfoy. Apparently Evil Tastes Awful.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: At the end of his first year, when he's recovering from the events of his showdown with Quirrellmort, he feels like a caged wolf cub that might be going mad. Luckily (thanks to his family), it doesn't last.
- Missing Mom: Got on the wrong end of Voldemort's wand, of course.
- Papa Wolf: More like Brother Wolf. But he takes his alpha duties seriously (most of the time).
- Playing with Fire: The primary Gryffindor bloodline gift which he gains through his blood bond with Remus.
- Team Chef: Somewhat oddly, though one would think canon!Harry should also qualify... didn't anything he did for those first eleven years stick? (To be fair, the difference is that DV!Harry enjoys cooking, while for canon!Harry it was a daily chore—Clemens' line about the difference between work and play comes to mind.)
Hermione Jane Granger-LupinBeta female of the Pride (also just plain beta, in that she would most likely take precedence over the beta male if such a choice were needed). A good bit less insecure and bossy than her canon counterpart, though she does have her moments. This may be due to the Pack-parents being much more actively involved in raising her than the Grangers seem to have been in canon. While she's nowhere near the Insufferable Genius she could be in canon, she's still the Smart Girl of the bunch.
- Action Girl
- Brainy Brunette
- Cats Are Mean: Her Animagus form is a calico cat, and she will make you very thoroughly aware that felines have five pointy ends out of their six extremities. But only if you're a bad guy. Otherwise, she will curl up on your lap or around your shoulders in a prime example of Cute Kitten. "Kitten" is also Remus's nickname for her, not to be used by anyone else.
- Dream Weaver: An ability she shares with Danger and later Draco.
- Embarrassing Nick Name: "Neenie". Also used as her form name, which is the only time she will allow it outside of Den except from Ron and Draco.
- In Series Nick Name: "Kitten" and "Neenie", though only under certain circumstances (see above).
- Meaningful Rename: Takes Remus' surname as a gift for him, even referring to him as "Daddy".
- The Smart Girl: Of course. Also displays elements of The Lancer. Will generally act in tandem with Draco in regard to roles, unless Ron is being The Big Guy today.
Draco Regulus Black/Reynard Draco BeauvoiObviously, very, VERY different from his canon counterpart. The looks, and a certain enjoyment of taking center stage, are just about all that survives. Currently unranked within the Pride, mostly because he cannot resist needling Ron.
- Abusive Parents: Well, Lucius certainly was.
- Berserk Button: Do not call him a Malfoy. EVER.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Lucius Malfoy managed to modify his memories so that he believes he was mistreated by the Pack and that he is Lucius' dutiful son, but he eventually managed to break through the charms.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Gets this with Lucius.
- Cunning Like a Fox: Arctic, in this case. As is general with Arctic animals, his coat is white in the winter and brown in the summer. His form name is "Snow Fox", often shortened to just "Fox". Notably, the Pack-parents were calling him "little fox" years before his Animagus was revealed.
- Disappeared Dad: Lucius got shipped off to Azkaban (much to Draco's relief) and is now skulking around in the shadows with Voldemort...
- Dream Weaver: An ability he gains after being blood-bonded with Hermione.
- Fighting from the Inside: While Brainwashed and Crazy, a part of Draco survived it and went as Fox, helping Draco to break through Lucius Charm.
- Happily Married: to Luna, and in a ceremony officiated by the Beauvoi family's revenants, right as Draco/Reynard breaks the curse on them.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Non-lethal example; he allows Lucius to capture him to let Harry and Ginny escape. Unfortunately, this provides Lucius the opportunity to brainwash him.
- He later drags Lucius into an enclosed room, hoping to be able to kill or render him unable to use his magic, but he dies in the attempt.
- Subverted, because he killed Lucius and then replaced him, using an Aging Potion to make himself look older.
- Killed Off for Real: Draco dies trying to kill Lucius or turn him into a Squib.
- The Lancer: Though he also displays elements of The Smart Guy, generally in tandem with Hermione. They and Ron tend to take turns in these roles.
- Large Ham: Prone to this. Often does it on purpose, for laughs.
- Lonely Rich Kid: When first introduced.
- Magical Flutist: Anne really has no idea where this came from, but it popped up midway through Living with Danger and has been around ever since.
- Meaningful Rename: As an aspect of leaving behind the pureblood world of the Malfoys, Narcissa asked the Pack to give her son her maiden name. Draco can be... insistent on this point.
- Even more, after faking his death at the hands of Lucius Malfoy. He finally breaks the curse placed by Salazar Slytherin on the Beauvoi family and becomes one of them, becoming Reynard Beauvoi. Reynard is similar to renard, the French (Beauvois and Malfoys were French) word for "fox".
- The second rename turns out to be a plot point, since it allows him to say that Draco Black is dead and have it register as truth to any magic that might be checking.
- Mind Rape: See Brainwashed and Crazy above.
- Missing Mom: Narcissa wasn't around as much as she would have liked, not knowing "how to love" her son. She willingly gave him to the Pack.
- Rage Against the Reflection: As a result of looking so much like his father.Draco: "I hate my face."
- This has been slightly mollified in recent chapters, as it has been revealed that the ancient Beauvoi family (from which the Malfoys descend, though, as Draco puts it himself, "diagonally with a side helping of murder") also looked rather like Draco does.
- Soul Fragment: His soul split apart when he was four due to the shock of his mother dying and suddenly being adopted into a new and loving family. Fox is that piece.
- White Sheep: As far as the Malfoys are concerned.
- You Can't Fight Fate: From very early in Facing Danger (summer before his fifth year), Draco has been working on the premise that as seen in Luna's vision, he will die on 5 June, 1997. The Founders have confirmed that the vision will take place, but that "two wildly different possibilities converge in that moment". No word yet on what those possibilities may be. See WMG page for more details. He apparently dies in a Death Eater attack, but manages to fool everyone, see Heroic Sacrifice.
Meghan Lily BlackThough Meghan has no canon counterpart, one could think of her as every little sister in the world, turned Up to Eleven. She has skin slightly lighter than her mother's, about the color of brown sugar, but otherwise resembles Aletha strongly, though Meghan wears her hair in braids. Unranked within the Pride but has her own ways of getting people to do what she wants. (Anne has been informed by fans who have become friends that her own younger sister is obviously the model for Meghan. This was not intentional but probably was inevitable.)
- Animorphism: A doe. Form name "Pearl", from her name's literal meaning.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Eventually gets over it.
- Bambification: Both played straight and subverted. Meghan can bat her eyelashes and look cute like nobody's business, but get her angry at your own risk. See next entry.
- The Big Girl: Interestingly enough, as she's the youngest and smallest of the lot. But you really should not underestimate Meghan Lily Black.
- Bratty Half-Pint: She gets over it.
- Genki Girl
- Gray Eyes: Inherited from her father. She has been referred to, several times, as "reverse Harry", that is, she has her mother's face and her father's eyes. Then again, this seems common, both in the DV and in HP canon.
- Healing Shiv: Infuses her dagger with phoenix tears.
- Revive Kills Zombie: This comes in handy against Nagini's Inferius.
- The Medic: Thanks to her being an Heir of Ravenclaw, and thus a natural Healer.
- She loses her Healing Hands after making a deal to help cure Danger, but is still a highly skilled conventional Healer.
- Tagalong Kid: Averted. She may be younger, but she's never yet been kidnapped or a serious drag on the team. (Though she did once throw a temper tantrum while on a mission; it got Neville injured and she's been good ever since.)
The Rest of the Pride
Ronald Bilius WeasleyA good bit smarter and more grown-up than he ever bothers to be in canon, probably due to the strong influence of the Pride and some very unpleasant events, starting in his fifth year, which demanded a higher level of maturity from him earlier than canon did. Unranked within the Pride mainly due to his ongoing, mostly joking, rivalry with Draco.
- Berserk Button: Threatening Hermione.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He has excellent strategic skills and a strong mechanical aptitude, when he can be bothered to use them. Money, bragging rights, and Hermione upset or in trouble (not necessarily in that order) are his most common motivations.
- Disability Superpower: After losing his sight, he gets by through the use of magic that allows him to see infrared radiation.
- Dumb and Drummer: "Ron is all boy. Being allowed—encouraged, even—to bang on things would make him blissfully happy."
- Eye Scream: He lost his sight in an attempt to save his brother Percy from a Death Eater attack.
- Handicapped Badass: Is no less capable now than he ever was before.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: As a child, before the Pack moved in; none of his older brothers were in his age range, and the only one nearby who was, was Luna... who was a girl and friends with his sister.
- The Smart Guy: Oddly enough, based on his canon portrayal. Swaps out with being The Lancer, basically taking whichever role Draco, Hermione, or both aren't filling today. Can also be The Big Guy if he sees no reason to engage his brain (see Brilliant, but Lazy).
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: His Animagus form, a red-shouldered hawk. Form name "Redwing".
Ginevra Molly WeasleyAlpha female of the Pride, and not just because she's dating Harry. Her strength of character, intelligence, and willingness to step out of the background blossomed much earlier than in canon, probably from the dual effects of a different path through her first year (she did encounter Tom Riddle's diary, but only once, as Percy was his main "host" through the year) and the connivance of the rest of the Pack and Pride to get her over her shyness around Harry.
- Action Girl
- Babies Ever After: Conceives a daughter with Harry just before the Final Battle. Said daughter turns out to be the thing that makes the difference between Harry living and dying.
- The Chick: Minus most of the "ineffectual" parts.
- Fiery Redhead
- Happily Married: To Harry as of the latest chapters of Surpassing Danger.
- The Leader: Some of this is knock-on from her relationship with Harry; some isn't. Her inclusion in the Pride has given her more screen time, and thus more development, than happened in canon HP.
- Panthera Awesome: Her Animagus form, a Eurasian lynx. Her form name, predictably enough, is "Lynx".
- Tsundere: Type B.
Luna Lovegood /Beauvoi.Far better focused within the real world than in canon, though still apt to go on momentary journeys into her own little world (she likes it there). Unranked within the Pride, though this does not stop her from giving orders to the other Warriors when she feels it necessary. Generally, these are the result of something she can See and no one else can, so she's likely to be obeyed. She is blood-adopted by Amanda Slytherin in Chapter 57, becoming an Heir of the faithful branch of the Slytherin line.
- Aura Vision: She can See if a person is lying or telling the truth, spot an Animagus (transformed or un), and see an image of Voldemort superimposed on a Horcrux.
- Beware the Nice Ones / Violently Protective Girlfriend: Her plan to get revenge on Lucius for brainwashing Draco? Stabbing him with a poison that will strip away his magic and force him to obey the Pack, if it doesn't outright (and painfully) kill him first. Not that he doesn't have it coming, but whoa.
- The Chick: A bit more than Ginny, actually. She tends to keep everyone within the Pride balanced, if only by making an absurd pronouncement at an awkward/emotionally charged moment and diffusing everything in laughter.
- Freak-Out: The only time in the entire series; it happens when she walks in on Draco Laughing Mad and about to be devoured by Lucius's curse, which she later describes as a "giant black snake". She understandably starts screaming and crying like a maniac.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: apparently suffers this when she tries to use the poison on Lucius Malfoy after he kills Draco, but it is all an act, as she finds out Draco replaced his biological father and faked his death.
- Honesty Is the Best Policy
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Tells Amanda that she'd be perfectly fine with Draco moving on to her, so long as he were happy. Amanda asks if she's invoking this for sympathy points: she's not.
- Oracular Urchin: Will tell you things about yourself you didn't know. And possibly didn't want to.
- Luna is arguably a living deconstruction of this trope. She actually asks to be rid of her ability after seeing something she's not ready for, then is unprepared for and overwhelmed by it when she asks for it back years later.
- The Owl-Knowing One: Yet another fitting Animagus form, the snowy owl. Form name is "Starwing".
- The Pollyanna: A subtler, more subdued version, but Luna always has an optimistic outlook.
- Seers: Gained some degree of both clairvoyance and prescience in the accident that killed her mother. Becomes far more powerful after being blood-adopted into the Slytherin line.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Odd and serene she may be, but you do not mess with anyone Luna cares for.
- Snake Talk: Gains access to this power upon becoming an Heir of Slytherin.
Neville LongbottomBeta male of the Pride, though the Pride may not know that yet. Both more confident and (since summer before sixth year when his father was killed) colder than in canon. He can, in fact, be somewhat unnerving to the other Warriors, which is part of the reason for his unofficial rank. The rest of it is simply that giving either Ron or Draco any power over the other, at their current levels of maturity, would probably end in disaster.
- Awesome, but Impractical: The Hufflepuff bloodline gift of "whispering people invisible". An incredibly versatile and powerful gift, but requires so much magic to use that he can't do it without tapping into Hogwarts's reserves.
- The Captain: Well, at least they call him "Captain" (also his form name). And he's not bad at taking charge when needed.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: His Animagus form is a Demiguise, aka the invisible monkey.
- Green Thumb: As an Heir of Hufflepuff, can grow and manipulate plants.
- The Heart: Known for dropping just the right bit of advice, at just the right time.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Had this bad before the Pride came along.
- Locked into Strangeness: By the early days of his sixth year, he qualifies due to overstress while taking down the hedges at the end of the Triwizard third task. Even for an Heir of Hufflepuff, some things take a lot out of you.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Develops one after his father's death. He's very warm to the Pride, Pack, and DA, but usually pretty aloof and cold to anyone else, but especially Death Eaters.
Pack-FriendsThose designated "Pack-friends" are those who are aides and helpmates of the Pack and Pride without being Pack and Pride themselves. Symbolised on the Pack-pendants by a phoenix, a dragon, a cat, and some sort of other bird, a raven these four represent those who the Pack and Pride can trust with their secrets.
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - Phoenix
Rubeus Hagrid - Dragon
- Killed Off for Real: dies in Harry's fifth year, during Christmas, when the Death Eaters kidnap the Pride girls. Becomes the first casualty of the War.
Minerva McGonagall - Cat
Severus Snape - Raven
The Founders and FamilyThe Founders are: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin. Godric and Salazar used to be best friends. This is not true anymore, as they had a huge fight and Slytherin left the school. (Everyone who's read the books should know that.) However, what fans of the books but not of DV may not know is that Slytherin took his elder son with him...and that's just the beginning.Of the Founders' spouses, nothing is yet known, except that Godric Gryffindor was the stepfather of a little boy named Emrys, who studied magic under his good friend Salazar Slytherin. After the Battle of Hogwarts, Emrys decided to become the Founders' "friendly enemy"; he plotted a time-jump back to his stepparents' births and guided their lives to ensure they would meet and found Hogwarts. When Gryffindor met his mother, Emrys accidentally saw his younger self, and the interactions between the magic of his two selves threw his adult self back in time again, much farther than he had intended to go. Realizing he could never return to his own time, he instead began to guide the lives of those living in that time as he had his own family. Thus was born the legend of the sorcerer known as Merlin...
The gifts of the Gryffindor line are: primary, control over fire; secondary, the ability to create magical artifacts which hold their magic well (such as the Sorting Hat). The Marauder's Map is also an example of the latter, as there was definitely a Gryffindor Heir involved in its making.The Gryffindor blessing on the Pack-pendants is that they shall grow hot when someone the wearer cares for is in emotional distress and cold when someone the wearer cares for is in physical danger, as well as the appropriate carving glowing to indicate who needs assistance.
Godric GryffindorOften called "Rick" by Alex or the other children of the Founders, Godric resembles Rufus Scrimgeour (Anne was writing Living with Danger around the time JKR released Scrimgeour's description before HBP). He is the de facto leader of the Founders, generally very rule-abiding but will occasionally bend them. He limps due to an injury received at the first Battle of Hogwarts. His honorary Heirs are Harry and Ginny.
Hestia GryffindorGodric's wife, mother of Maura and Paul. Referred to as "Lady Hestia" by Anne.
Maura GryffindorGryffindor's daughter, the elder child of the family, is intelligent and caring. It is her line which exists in present-day DV. She is also the Founder who gifted Remus and Danger with their power over fire. She trained under her father, and her honorary Heir is Remus who is also her blood Heir.
JoshuaMaura's husband, a wizard who crafted magical toys.
Paul GryffindorGryffindor's son is a bit of a daredevil and, according to his sister, "still not entirely housetrained, even after all these years". Sirius and Remus claim he is very like they remember James Potter in his heyday. His line, perhaps not surprisingly, has died out. He trained under his father, and his honorary Heir is Ron.
The gifts of the Hufflepuff line are: primary, control over plant life; secondary, the ability to "whisper oneself invisible", though this requires a fairly constant power source, such as Hogwarts itself. The Pride has been far more dangerous since Neville discovered he could do this...The Hufflepuff blessing on the Pack-pendants is that the chain shall grow and shrink as desired, and may be separated and recombined without need for a clasp.
Helga HufflepuffOccasionally called "Gaga" by such children of the Founders as think they can dodge what she will do to them for it (usually a dunk in the lake), she was the first Headmistress of Hogwarts. Her honorary Heir is Danger.
Captain IgnatiusDame Helga's husband, the captain of the ship that first brought students to Hogwarts before there was a Hogwarts Express.
Adam HufflepuffHufflepuff's son is generally a steady presence, not too exciting but good to have on your side. He trained under his mother, and his honorary Heir is Neville, also his blood Heir.
BrittanyAdam Hufflepuff's wife, described by Anne as "capable"
The gifts of the Ravenclaw line are: primary, wandless Healing; secondary, clairvoyant/present Seeing, though this was subordinated to the Healing gift at some point shortly after Rowena's own lifetime. A Ravenclaw Heir can Heal him- or herself once, but the power so used will set up a feedback loop and burn itself out, to the point where an Heir who has done this will not even pass the power down to his or her children.The Ravenclaw blessing on the Pack-pendants is that those wearing the same chain may speak mind-to-mind, and the chains may be used to store and view memories like a Penseive.
Rowena RavenclawCalled "Weena" by anyone who has escaped Helga's wrath and wants a bigger challenge, Rowena has white hair thanks to overexertion with her Healing talent during life. Her honorary Heir is Aletha, also her blood Heir.
Master SylvanusLady Rowena's husband, the first groundskeeper.
Margaret RavenclawThe red-haired daughter of Rowena was a Squib, but remained with her family most of her life in any case, as there was less secrecy around magic in their day. The things her family could do fascinated her, even though she could not do them herself, and her devotion was rewarded after her life by her inclusion in the group which "lives" at the Founders' Castle. It is her line which continues to the present day in the DV, and her honorary Heir is Meghan, also her blood Heir. In her "Fate" role, she is Atropos, who cuts the threads of life.
Brenna RavenclawThe dark-haired daughter of Rowena never married, as the man she had hoped to wed was killed at the first Battle of Hogwarts. She trained under her mother, and her honorary Heir is Hermione. In her "Fate" role, she is Clotho, who spins the threads.
Sophia RavenclawThe blonde daughter of Rowena seems not to have bequeathed her namesake wisdom to her descendants, as Alex has recently confirmed that one of them, Melinda Hastings, destroyed the diadem of Ravenclaw in 1205 in an attempt to create a new method of magical transportation (she would work out Portkeys the next year, 1206). Her line has since died out. She trained under her mother, and her honorary Heir is Luna. In her "Fate" role, she is Lachesis, who measures the threads.
The gifts of the Slytherin line are: primary, prophetic/future Seeing (denied by the extant Slytherin line to the point where this has all but vanished); secondary, Parseltongue, the ability to understand and speak to snakes.The Slytherin blessing on the Pack-pendants is that they shall be solid and substantial only towards those things and persons that their wearers wish them to be solid towards, passing through all other things like illusion.
Salazar SlytherinEven a nastier character than in canon: he has been confirmed as cursing his "unfaithful" son, Alexander, so that all Alex's children but one would die, and so forth in every successive generation. He was killed at the first Battle of Hogwarts, apparently in the course of attempting to loose Sangre the basilisk on the grounds, by one of Gryffindor's students who had lost family members to Slytherin's "purity" ideals. As he has broken the Founders' Oath, he should "never find rest, by day or by night, in life or in death".
Lady ThereseWife of Salazar, described as a Baroness.
Matthias SlytherinSalazar's older son has never appeared in any iteration of the DV, but his brother named his own son after him, so there must have been love there at some point. His line continues into the present day, in the person of Lord Voldemort. He has broken the Founders' Oath, and therefore should "never find rest, by day or by night, in life or in death", though possibly not in the same way as his father, under whom he studied.
Alexander "Alex" SlytherinSalazar's younger son studied magic under Helga Hufflepuff, which should have been his father's first warning that this child might not be quite what he was hoping for. He fell in love with a Muggleborn witch (who studied under Rowena) and refused to give her up at his father's command, choosing instead to stay with the other Founders when the break came. Their children, Amanda and Matthias, were the first to fall under Salazar's curse, with Amanda forced to choose whether to save her brother or her beloved, Dafydd Beauvoi, from drowning. Alex's line, as transmitted through Dafydd and Amanda, died out in the early 1600's. His honorary Heirs are Sirius and Draco.
- Alex has recently stated that an Heir of his will appear at some point before the current war is over, but has not made the precise process known to anyone, stating only that they will not need to look for, or re-swear the Founders' Oath with, this Heir.
- It is Luna, revealed after her and Draco (now Reynard Beauvoi) return from Voldemort's refuge five months after Draco faked his death.
- One of the "yearmates", the members of the DA involved in the yearlong process of breaking a long-standing spell which allows for the magical determination of blood status, is a Muggleborn Ravenclaw witch in the elder cubs' year named Amanda Smythe. She occasionally acts very oddly, and has an interest in Draco, who descends from the brother of Dafydd Beauvoi. Alex has stated that she is neither a ghost nor evil, but that neither is she "normal", and that she does have her own agenda.
- She is the reincarnation of Amanda Slytherin, trying to find a descendant of the Beauvoi so that he can break the curse. Amanda Smythe dies facing Voldemort to help her friends escape.