Fanfic / Child of the Storm

A Mega Crossover by Nimbus Llewelyn that started on a What If? In this case, what would happen if Thor had been incarnated as James Potter, as a first run on that humility thing?

Oh, and after he died, he went mad with grief in a form of Gone Horribly Right combined with Gone Horribly Wrong, and Odin had to wipe his memories. Then, those memories were restored by Loki in Harry Potter's Third Year at Hogwarts.

So far, the answer appears to be a world of strange hijinks, constant snarking, lots of badassery, evil plots, Loads and Loads of Characters, creepy super zombies, an even creepier Necromancer, and Loki's incredible coffee making skills. The sequel is only piling on the weirdness.

Manages to take a Marty Stuish Wish Fulfillment based premise (Harry gets a Really Royalty Reveal) and turn it into something (so far) pretty good, largely by exploring the Butterfly Effect: while Harry is far better protected, loved, and supported, it creates issues that weren't there before, both personally for Harry and on a far grander scale for the rest of the universe. Notable negative repercussions include the deaths of Arthur Weasley and Luna Lovegood.

Notable for its epic World Building in a fashion somewhat reminiscent of The Last Son series (but, arguably, far beyond in scale) (which Word of God has credited as part of the inspiration for the fic), along with SmallvilleX: Evolution. Also credited are Smallville and X-Men: Evolution, in that it takes a similar concept of a young person discovering their powers and the issues that come with them.

In short: A Patchwork Fic that is both Denser and Wackier and Darker and Edgier.

Has three instalments so far:

  • Book 1: Child of the Storm, which starts it all with Harry discovering his heritage and, essentially, trying very hard not to die as a lot of people try just as hard to kill him and briefly succeed, while discovering new powers and making new friends, all while HYDRA ascend, the Darkhold whispers and everyone dances on the puppet strings of the Sorcerer Supreme... It is complete.
  • Book 1.5: Chaos Reigns, is a side story set just prior to chapters 59 and 60, alternately from the POV of Harry Dresden and Wanda Maximoff, as they handle an incursion by the demonic N'Garai. It is complete.
  • Book 2: Ghosts of the Past, follows on from the Final Battle of Child of the Storm with Harry starting to assert himself as a Power in his own right, but one still vulnerable thanks to his nature as a Glass Cannon and his inexperience, and dealing with the reverberations of the events of the previous book. Meanwhile, a number of separate villains are all, for one reason or another, out to either control him or to destroy him. It is ongoing.

There are constant hints by the author that he has the entire series mapped out. Equally, there are constant hints that he's constantly changing his mind and adding things in at the last minute (like major characters), meaning that it's not uncommon for something definitively stated in an A/N to be contradicted ten chapters later. The general consensus seems to be that the broad framework is laid out, but the details are subject to change.

He's also friends with the authors of The Magic of Torchwood and De Aged, crediting the former as a key beta/source of advice and the latter as an invaluable source of scientific expertise.

Has also gained a certain amount of recognition beyond this page and recommendations on this site:
  • A reading, the first chapter of which can be found here.
  • A number of pieces of fanart on the Fan Works page.
  • And the story's incarnation of Doctor Strange is mentioned under his main incarnation's tab in the House of Magic.

Child Of The Storm contains examples of the following tropes:

Ghosts of the Past contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Badass: Voldemort quickly establishes that he's a lot more dangerous than his canon counterpart.
    • As of the update, Barty Crouch Junior has been upgraded as The Dragon to Voldemort. A sign of things to come, probably.
  • Batman Gambit: Voldemort has Crouch send up the Dark Mark during the fight at the World Cup, knowing that its reputation will cause panic and confusion among the heroes and assembled allies.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Harry and Voldemort have a couple of these during their fight at the World Cup. The first one ends in a draw due to Harry's raw power going up against Voldemort's skill and willingness to use Harry's friends as hostages. The second, without hostages, ends with Harry overwhelming Voldemort, forcing him to flee.
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: At Loki's own insistence, the "Rogues Gallery" exhibit at New York's Natural History Museum contains a replica of him as he was during the Chitauri invasion.
  • Call Back: When Voldemort first reveals himself to Harry by turning Carol and Uhtred into People Puppets, he has them reiterate his comments to Harry from Philosopher's Stone about power and morality. This is actually what clues Harry into what's happening.
  • Crush Blush: Harry and Carol. Frequently.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Avengers/MI13 vs the Death Eaters and Harry vs Voldemort Round 2.
  • The Dragon: Barty Crouch Junior.
  • The Dreaded: Voldemort.
    • Wisdom functions as this to the British Ministry. One of the main reasons Fudge hasn't been replaced is because no one wants to go up against him.
    • The Phoenix, even to the good guys because as Loki points out, even though Lily is the chief aspect of the Phoenix, she is not the only aspect, and some of those aspects aren't fuzzy and nice - at the very least, they aren't constrained by mortal, or even divine, morality. The fact that Trelawney's second prophecy speaks of 'something ancient beyond telling' awakening, just before it goes on about how 'embers long banked now burn again' and 'the twisted flame' that 'welcomed by fools' will 'consume all', as well as the fact that Harry has a) displayed a frightening dark side, b) had ominous and somewhat prophecy flavoured warnings made about said dark side and what could happen if he gives into it means that this is not in the least bit unwarranted.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Harry and Carol, mutually, when they're in swimsuits. It's deeply awkward and leads to Harry reaffirming to a faintly worried Carol that they are still Just Friends and their friendship comes first.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Jean-Paul agrees with Carol's assessment that Warren is hot.
  • Expy: What with his proclivity for pyrotechnics; the faintly ominous prophecies about him; the vast power dumped on him that he's only barely trained in and - to begin with - scared stiff of, leading him to make stuff up as he goes along; the royal/pseudo-royal status that he's reluctant to embrace; the association with fire and light, as well as reincarnation/rebirth; the red and gold colour scheme complete with a legendary creature that scares the pants off a lot of people; the number of truly ancient of bad guys out for his blood before he can grow up and crush them; plus the vast power he has access to that could quite easily drive him insane and destroy the world; plus references to a 'sword of fire', one that waits specifically for him, Harry has a definite resemblance to Rand al'Thor.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: Many of the same ones that appeared in Book I reappear here. A new one, however, is an even straighter version of the Changeling tale, with Jean Grey's twin sister having been stolen at birth by Sinister and replaced with a dead infant, making it look like a tragic case of SIDS, being raised by Sinister as Madelyne 'Maddie' Pryor.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Voldemort, who acts friendly and polite in an urbane sort of way in the midst of making some of the most horrific threats imaginable.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Voldemort uses his enhanced psychic powers to make Carol, Pepper, Diana, Jane, Uhtred, and the Twins swap minds, as part of his messing with Harry at the World Cup.
  • Generation Xerox: Alison Carter looks more like her father than her mother.
  • The Glomp: Carol gives Harry one after the psychic therapy scene, when they both got a good look at each other's minds and stirred up a lot of emotions. It lead to a Sleep Cute, but nothing more.
  • Hegemonic Empire: Asgard has this in respect to the Nine Realms, albeit with a light touch since they don't actually want or need anything from the rest of the universe. As a result, they only really get involved if someone's mucking around with one of the other Realms, or one of the other Realms is mucking around with another (Jotunheim screwing with Earth led to the Asgard-Frost Giant Wars), with a general policy best summed of 'don't make us come down there (because we can kick the crap out of you and you know it)'. This attitude hasn't been entirely consistent over time, with some periods, like Bor's rule, where Asgard largely ignored various realms, and others hinted at when it ruled a much more conventional (and huge) empire. Under Odin, however, Asgard tends to keep a gimlet eye on the affairs of the Nine Realms and make a statement where required. This is pretty much the only reason that the likes of the Kree, the Skrulls, the Shi'ar and other would-be powers have left Earth alone, because messing with Earth means messing with Asgard, and that just isn't worth it.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Harry, after being forced to Mind Rape five Death Eaters to protect his friends. His dad talks him out of it.
  • Hidden Depths: Carol's mother turns out to be much more than the Extreme Doormat Carol's been making her out to be.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Carol's reason for her and Harry staying as Just Friends. He doesn't want to ruin their friendship either, and abides by her wishes.
  • Just Friends: Despite the frequent Ship Tease, Carol wants her and Harry to stay like this, since she doesn't actually have that many male friends who aren't trying to get into her pants (of those she does have, one is flamingly gay, another is her Knight Templar Big Brother figure, a third is a Bi the Way Asgardian who's in a sort of relationship with the flamingly gay friend. And then there's Harry) and values his friendship far more than any other kind. Harry is hinted not to be averse to the idea of a Relationship Upgrade, but respects her wishes and states that first and foremost, she is his friend.
  • Karma Houdini: Bucky, who is widely believed to have been kept by HYDRA in stasis as a trophy/experiment until he was found after the Battle of London. Word of God has indicated that if the question of how he has the Winter Soldier's skills comes up, it will be 'revealed' that he has the Soldier's memories, because HYDRA wanted another Soldier. A Justified Trope, for the most part, because he was a victim of brainwashing, but few people would be able to look past the reputation of the Winter Soldier.
  • Kick the Dog: Voldemort spends pretty much his entire appearance in chapter 2 doing this or winding up to do so.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: There are things under this section that are pretty hefty spoilers for the first Book.
  • Les Yay: In-Universe, Carol notes that Diana has 'got an eyeful' of her once or twice.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Harry, when finally pushed to his limit in chapter 2 by Voldemort.
    All right, Voldemort. If this is the way you want it... Time for Round Two.
  • Mind over Manners: One of the most horrifying parts of chapter 2 is Voldemort's demonstration of what a complete lack of this can be like and Harry having to give up his fanatical devotion to this trope and Mind Rape the Death Eaters into his People Puppets to protect his friends isn't far behind.
  • Mind Rape: Voldemort. Frequently.
    • Harry, directly to the five Death Eaters left under Voldemort's control and indirectly to every single living person with a Dark Mark. It leaves him literally retching.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Carol's swimsuit in the first chapter has the same design as her comicbook counterpart's most famous costume. It also gets a bit meta when you take into account that the author has frequently called it a swimsuit.
    • In Chapter 3, Diana is shown wearing blue shorts and a red shirt, the same colour design as Wonder Woman's iconic outfit.
    • In Chapter 6, when Harry asks what Logan teaches at the Institute, he responds "Art."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Harry, after the extremes he went to in order to beat the Death Eaters at the World Cup with his powers.
  • Not Hyperbole: When Wanda says that she's going to find Sinister and render him down to "screaming, traumatized molecules", the narration notes that she's being entirely literal.
  • Not So Different: Wanda states that Wisdom reminds her of Magneto before he "went soft".
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: When Strange arrives at the end of chapter 2, it's apparently right after fighting off an attempted invasion of Earth by Dormammu. As in, he's scorched and his clothing is still smoking.
  • Oh, Crap!: Naturally, everyone's reaction to the appearance of the Dark Mark and Voldemort announcing his return.
  • Older Than They Look: Courtesy of the super soldier serum she inherited in her blood, Alison looks in her forties despite being in her sixties, even with careful application of ageing make-up. Tony makes reference to the fact that underneath it, she actually looks younger than he does.
  • Pass the Popcorn: When Harry and Carol stumble into an awkward conversation about whether she finds him attractive, Jean-Paul zooms off and comes back with a bag of popcorn to enjoy it. The sheer audacity of that action causes all three to burst out laughing, breaking the tension.
  • People Puppets: Voldemort enjoys this trick, using it on Pepper, Jane, Uhtred, Diana, the Twins and Carol, as well as the six Death Eaters he sends after the others. The latter actually works against him, since one person controlling six is notably less effective than those six operating on their own, and his casual allusion to how he does it clues Harry in to what's happening and allows him to override Voldemort's control, destroying the Death Eaters' minds in the process.
  • Pool Scene: In the first chapter.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Diana has taken to wearing her classic red and blue colours.
  • Psychic Link: Harry's psychic therapy session with Carol left an imprint of each other's mind in the other's, thus enabling a psychic connection between them. While this makes things a little awkward, they quickly adapt to it.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Harry gives Voldemort one during their first psychic duel. Shortly after, when Voldemort mentally attacks Betsy to remove her from play, she gets a worse one - and Loki, who'd been checking on her, gets a nasty migraine (albeit mostly as a side effect).
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Voldemort.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Wisdom gives one to Amos Diggory for how poorly the Ministry handled the remaining Death Eaters at the end of the last war, citing the current crisis on letting so many of them slip away.
    • Voldemort gives Harry two short ones, first reiterating his power and morality speech from Philosopher's Stone, then on the obvious nature of his attempt to call on Betsy for help, which ends up with Voldemort giving her an aneurysm.
    • Harry gives one to Carol's father when he tries to convince Harry to "put her on the right path".
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Alison has known she's Steve and Peggy's daughter since she was eight years old.
  • Sensei for Scoundrels: Bucky seems set to become a benevolent version of this for Harry as of chapter 3, on the specific grounds that he's pretty much the master spy and Harry needs to learn that he can't simply brute force everything and, since he's a Glass Cannon, how to watch his back.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Harry and Carol's psychic therapy session in the first chapter is straight out of "The Girl in the Fireplace".
    • In Chapter 4, Wanda claims that if whatever caused Harry to have to stay with the Dursleys comes after her godson again, she will reduce it to "screaming, traumatized atoms". Jean Grey once made that threat against someone who had mind raped her alternate timeline daughter in the comics.
  • Shipper on Deck: Thor continues to quietly ship Harry/Carol.
    • Bruce is sort of this, in regards to the same couple.
    Bruce Banner They're not romantic but I figured that they'd gone through too much to be friends.
  • Ship Tease: Harry and Carol, pretty much every single time they're both on-screen and a few times when they aren't.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: It's hinted that a large part of why Carol is attracted to Harry is because he's a genuine Nice Guy rather than a 'nice guy' who completely respects her and her boundaries, determinedly putting their friendship first. It's also hinted that Harry is attracted to Carol because she's one of the few people his age who's treated him like a person without the preconceptions connected to his being the Boy-Who-Lived or the son of Thor in years. Also, he's a nascent Amazon Chaser and she kicks spectacular amounts of arse.
  • Sleep Cute: After Harry gives Carol some late night psychic therapy, they fall asleep in her bed, where Natasha finds them the next morning.
    • After the terrifying events of Chapter 2, Harry, Carol, Diana and Uhtred all curl up together in the same bed for comfort.
    • Chapter 4 opens with Harry cuddled up with Wanda, still emotionally recovering from what happened at the World Cup.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Happy at one point reflects on Obadiah Stane as a "traitorous bastard" who wasn't worth the dirt piled on top of his grave.
  • Stress Vomit: Harry, as part of his Heroic B.S.O.D./My God, What Have I Done? moment in chapter 2, dry heaving even after there's nothing left.
  • Stupid Sexy Friend: Harry and Carol, towards each other, much their mutual dismay.
  • Tempting Fate: Harry, at the end of the first chapter, which gets lampshaded by the Lemony Narrator.
  • True Companions: The core group of Harry, Carol, Diana, Uhtred, and Jean-Paul developed into this as result of their previous experiences together in Child of the Storm.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Of a sort. According to Loki, the only reason Fudge is still Minister after everything that happened on his watch is because no one else wants to have to deal with cleaning up his mess or the encroaching power of MI13 - specifically, with Wisdom, for whom watching Fudge squirm is one of his few pleasures in life.
  • UST: Going by the number of related entries on this page, is it really that hard to guess who? (It's Harry and Carol).
  • Vampiric Draining: Voldemort seems to have learned how to do this to anyone and everyone from Selene.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Voldemort flees from the World Cup as soon as he learns everything he can from his fight with Harry, Crouch too.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wisdom. Thor notes that while he sympathises with Wisdom's goals, the sheer scale of his ambition and his frequently vicious methods unsettle him.