A group of stories by Anne B. Walsh
(known to her fans and friends as the PAGE
A very alternate universe series
for Harry Potter
. Its initial divergence
is the existence of an older Granger sibling, college-aged Gertrude (nicknamed "Danger" thanks to a somewhat wild childhood). Orphaned by the recent death of their parents, she is the unemployed guardian of her toddler sister
Hermione at the start of the first story. When a desperation job babysitting brings her into contact with the (very) young Harry Potter, her life (and that of Hermione) takes a turn for the stranger... and better.
A cascade of events leads from this to her meeting Remus Lupin and the two falling in love, with unexpected effects on his lycanthropy
. Discovery of the Dursleys' already-visible mistreatment
of Harry leads them to kidnap the boy and go into hiding together. Then they break Sirius out of Azkaban
and facilitate a reunion with his ex-Healer ex-girlfriend Aletha; the two reconcile, marry, and join the household. Harry and Hermione grow up as brother and sister in a magical household, adding Meghan Black (Sirius and Aletha's daughter) and then Draco Malfoy (rescued from the clutches of his father in a complicated gambit) to their number, forming "the Pack"
.And that's just before First Year
Just a note: "Living with Danger" is the author's first real story, and she was sort of learning how to write as she went along. If you find yourself disliking the first few chapters, don't worry—it gets better
Now has a Shout Out page
, and a Characters page
All of these, per Word of Anne
have clues to the outcome of the mainline story:
- A Little Slice of Heaven: In which Danger's magic emerged like any other young witch's, allowing her to attend Hogwarts.
- That Which Does Not Kill Us...: Characters magically moved to canon... or are they? (originally posted on the Potter Fic Weekly forums)
- Truth Amid the Lies: In which James and Lily Potter were not actually killed but sent forward in time...
- Vivens cum Pericula: In which Danger agreed to the Founders' bargain.
- Maybe: In which things went differently on Christmas Eve, 1990...
- Be Careful: During DH, Canon Draco has second thoughts. Now with its own page.
- He Nearly Killed The Cat: A triple Crossover with the Dangerverse, HP canon and an original series called the Legendbreakers.
- The Point of No Return: First in a trilogy of one-shots set in an AU where The Evanses adopted Severus Snape.
- Return Receipt: Second in the "Returnverse" trilogy—Petunia Dursley can't find her four-year-old nephew anywhere, and there's a strange letter in the cupboard under the stairs.
- Return for Repairs: Harry Potter hides from his relatives, fearing their response to his accidental magic, but he's in for a surprise...
- The Witch of the Westmoreland: Opens in canon Marauder era: Remus has been cursed, and his friends have a week to save his life. Acting on a tip from the unlikeliest of sources, the Marauders set out on a quest that will change the war, and their lives, forever. Based on the folk song of the same name. Companion piece to...
- Going Home: The Second War with Voldemort is over. Harry goes up to Dumbledore's office with Ron and Hermione and is followed by Malfoy, whom he invites to share a drink with them. And that's when everything starts getting weird...
- A Secret Never Told: "Six years after the Final Battle, see what's happening (or not) in the Dangerverse. An AU future story, consisting of seven chapters the author cannot allow to happen in mainverse, but couldn't resist writing down anyway. Hints are possible, but so are red herrings. Read at your own risk."
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Abusive Guardians / Abusive Parents: The effects of the Dursleys' canon neglect and psychological abuse of Harry is laid out in excruciating detail, as are the long-term effects, which JKR never touches on in canon. Lucius Malfoy also qualifies, as, arguably, do a lot of the fanatical purebloods in regards to their kids, including Patroclus Nott, who gains compliance from his son by scaring the ever-loving crap out of him.
- Academy of Adventure: Hogwarts, naturally.
- Adults Are Useless: Refreshingly averted—as often as not the adults are heavily involved.
- Adventure Rebuff: Remus reminds Harry that just because the prophecy says he can defeat Voldemort doesn't mean it's guaranteed, and also that he should enjoy his youth while he still can. They're basically trying to make sure Harry doesn't turn into a Fearless Fool.
- Affectionate Pickpocket: While she is staying at the Weasleys' house after the Pack's adults have been arrested, Meghan hugs Mrs Weasley, telling her she is a great mum, and takes the chance to swipe her wand. She needs it to activate the Marauders' Map and find Hagrid.
- Alternate Universe: it is one, and it is part of a multiverse.
- Anachronism Stew: Averted for the most part; though some of the music mentioned probably qualifies—some of it isn't even written during the canon timeline.
- Ancestral Weapon: The Sword of Gryffindor and (at least from Riddle's point of view) Slytherin's basilisk. As for the latter...
- Androcles' Lion: Harry befriends the blinded basilisk, which turns on its former master, Diary!Riddle. Considering we know basilisk venom kills Horcruxes, she's bound to come in handy...
- Animal Motifs: the Wolf Pack, and the Pride
- Animorphism: The Animagus spell.
- Anyone Can Die: Numerous canon characters have been killed off (though more than once it has involved a CMoA or a CMoH), and numerous original characters.
- Apron Matron: Molly Weasley and Minerva McGonagall.
- Archnemesis Dad: Lucius Malfoy to Draco.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: The fanatical purebloods come across like this.
- Ascended Fanboy: Brian Li admires Remus and ends up doing exactly what Remus did in the First War.
- Author Avatar: A character called Anne Walsh and who even looks like her hooks up a very hot male character. Subverted in the fact that she appears in three scenes. As a moving painting.
- One alt-story starts with someone asking to write the story that would follow a certain "What If" mentioned in the main line. The resulting story follows...
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: after the Ministry falls and a new one is reformed at Sanctuary, Harry activates the enchantments on Merlin's sword, which will choose a new Minister for Magic. It picks Arthur Weasley.
- Babies Ever After
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Meghan and Neville have a moment like this training with their potion pieces.
- Badass Family: Arguably the Pack. Definitely the Weasleys. The Pride may also qualify.
- Bad Dreams: Sirius has these for a while in Living with Danger, a result of his guilt over Lily and James finally catching up with him after Azkaban.
- Battle Couple: Dare we say, all of them to some extent?
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Be very careful when wishing on a star in the Dangerverse...
- Be Careful is also the title of one of the DV AU stories. The first chapter is entitled "What You Wish For", and all of the remaining 110 (!) chapters follow this pattern, with the final one being called "You Just Might Get It".
- Best Friends In Law: Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny seem set to become this for each other, with each of the boys marrying the other's sister.
- Beta Couple: Sirius and Aletha—literally, since the Pack thinks of them as the Beta male and female.
- Big Brother Instinct
- Big Damn Heroes: Ranges from aversion to subversion to playing straight.
- Bilingual Bonus: A passing knowledge of Latin and Shakespearean English adds so much to the stories.
- Blood Oath
- Blood Brothers (technically brother and sister, and the bond is placed on them by a third party, but they accept it readily)
- Book Ends:
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Draco is obliviated and has his memories replaced by Lucius so that he thinks he was mistreated by the Pack his whole life.
- Brainy Brunette: The Granger sisters, and Remus.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Meghan sometimes verges on this to the Pride (and Annoying Younger Sibling to the other Cubs). She gets better after she nearly gets her Pridemates killed.
- Butt Monkey: Lucius Malfoy.
- Snape borders on this, especially in the first book.
Author's Note from Chapter 21:
Our favorite Potions Master will make an appearance in this story, and get his greasy little rear kicked. Which member of the Pack would you like to do the kicking
- Call Back: See Crowning Moment of Heartwarming below.
- Most Triumphant Example: from Chapter 67 of Surpassing Danger to Chapter 4 of Living Without Danger (more than 8 years and 9 months, 262 chapters or 1,871,574 words later), from Danger's and Remus' wedding to their first joint vision.
- The last words of "Surpassing Danger" are "Happy damn birthday to me", spoken by Remus and among the first words said by anyone in "Living With Danger".
- Call Forward: Most of the prophecies, naturally.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Draco gets a bit of this with Lucius.
- Captain Obvious: Referenced a few times; Hermione even calls Ron Captain Obvious once or twice.
- Cardboard Prison: Azkaban, while ostensibly The Alcatraz, sometimes resembles this. So far there have been three breakouts, and each time more prisoners manage to escape.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Lucius Malfoy sometimes resembles this, even if his apparent motivations—getting his son back so the family name will continue, and becoming immortal so he can make sure the family name always means something—make a twisted sort of sense.
- Care Bear Stare: Harry shows Voldemort how Love Hurts.
- Catch Phrase: Sirius punning on his name.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Averted. There is still plenty of humor; much like the canon, the tone and story perspective have aged with the characters. However, the dark element—again, like the canon—was there from the beginning.
- And now, like the last few books, it is definitely taking a turn for the darker, but with touches of the author's signature humor.
- Character Development
- Characterization Marches On: Averted in the case of Narcissa Malfoy (as in the canon, does it all for Draco). Played fairly well straight with Lucius Malfoy.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Then again, his motivations when it comes to Draco make more sense if you consider that he doesn't love his actual son so much as the concept of his son—in canon, Draco is very much a reflection of his father, which Lucius is perfectly fine with. The Dangerverse version of Draco, however, hates his biological father and everything he stands for, and is determined to be his own person. Lucius himself has lost everything and, with no wife or son to try and save, all he has is his master.
- Tonks probably qualifies, though—the author clearly didn't see her relationship to Remus coming. (But then neither did most of the readers.) It was, however, alluded to.
- Debatable in the case of Dudley Dursley. In this version, he is both a wizard and a Slytherin, and never has the experience with the dementor that triggers his Heel-Face Turn. In canon, he moved beyond being a bully—in the Dangerverse, he's surpassed JUST being a bully, and considering that in the Dangerverse, a wizard can read as pureblooded after wiping out any Muggle relatives, it wasn't going to end well. After killing his parents, Dudley is killed himself.
- Chekhov's Gun: The author LOVES these, to the point that not unlike the canon fanbase, the series' fanbase has become savvy enough to actively look for them.
- Chew Toy: Lucius Malfoy and the Dursleys. Lampshaded in Author's Notes.
- The Chosen One: That much hasn't changed! (Just gotten more complicated.)
- Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: Eight people in their early teens pairing off romantically without anyone "settling" is a bit unbelievable (but then the same thing kind of happened in canon).
- Cliff Hanger: Most chapters end like this.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: red for Gryffindor, yellow for Hufflepuff, blue for Ravenclaw, green for Slytherin—it's inescapable and usually plot-important.
- Comm Links: The Zippophone, a lighter with Floo Powder that is recognizable as a Wizarding cell phone... about a decade before cell phones had gotten that practical for Muggles.
- Possibly justified in that the Pack and the Pride appear to have the only ones in Britain, and they were provided by Aletha's wealthy aunt in America.
- Compensating for Something: when Draco sees Lucius is using a big wand, he mentions that Lucius must be compensating.
- Competence Zone: Averted; adults in-story are presented as being competent, intelligent, and perfectly aware of what's going on around them. That said, the kids save the day more than a few times. The story tends to center more and more on the kids as they grow up, and need the adults' help less.
- Contrived Coincidence: Remus all but trips over Harry in the beginning of the first book, which everything after it stems from. This is, of course, lampshaded, and there were other forces involved.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Arguably worked on Wormtail by, of all people, Danger. She supplies the magical wedding rings he uses to marry his Muggle "reward", Evanie Meade, after they have fallen in love. When Sirius asks why in the world she would do that, she asks him what he hated most about being held prisoner by the Death Eaters along with Aletha—his own suffering or hers? She has essentially condemned Wormtail to a lifetime of fearing for another as much as, or more than, himself, which she considers exactly what he deserves for sacrificing the Potters and the people he killed in his "street scene" to try to save himself.
- The Christmas present from the DA to Cho Chang after she betrays them to Umbridge: a necklace of 30 pieces of silver.
- Cool Car: The Weasleys' flying Ford Anglia.
- Deadpan Snarker: Alex Slytherin.
- Dead Serious: Hagrid's death is a textbook example of this.
- De Aging: Elladora Gamp
- Death by Adaptation: Hagrid, George, Umbridge
- Derailing Love Interests: Played with. Though this version of Cho is significantly less weepy than her canon counterpart, hearing of Harry's swearing an oath in blood causes their relationship to go very rapidly downhill and contributes to her eventually betraying the DA.
- Discontinuity Nod: In a version of this trope, the author has ignored Dumbledore's feelings toward Grindlewald (to be fair, they had little relevance to canon anyway, and he comes across as asexual), but does make some nods to Dumbledore's canon man-crush on Grindelwald: in a recent chapter, Dumbledore's reading room is revealed to be a closet.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Magnus Gladius means "big sword" in Latin.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: The patented "Minerva McGonagall I-Know-What-You-Did Look of Doom."
- Door Stopper: The mainverse alone has more words than all seven Harry Potter books (1.4 million words and counting), and (at the time of this edit) it's only at the start of Year Six! Taking the AU fics and side-stories into account, the number is probably closer to 2 million...
- Double In-Law Marriage: Considering how Harry and Hermione were raised, their relationships (with Ginny and Ron, respectively) are likely to end up as this.
- Downer Ending: Dealing with Danger ends with Voldemort returned, an unidentified spy playing both sides and Harry being sent to the Dursleys. It Gets Better, honest.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Lucius Malfoy sides with Voldemort believing Voldemort will share the secret of immortality.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Danger (and, to a lesser extent, Luna).
- Dream Land / Talking in Your Dreams: The Pack share dreams in this sculptable world.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: More than a few.
- Early-Bird Cameo: More than a few characters make early appearances in the story, usually involving Establishing Character Moments, then reappear later on.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Certain bits of magic appear early on and are never mentioned again. Arguably part of the story's beard growth.
- Easing Into the Adventure: Both for the characters and the readers, not unlike the canon.
- Embarrassing First Name: Gertrude Granger. No wonder she goes by "Danger"...
- Also the canon examples, such as Nymphadora Tonks who does not take well to being called "Mrs. Weasley" after marrying Charlie...
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Sirius Valentine Black
- Embarrassing Nickname: Hermione goes by "Neenie" as a little girl. Needless to say, she likes it less and less as time goes on.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Voldemort, as in canon, plays this one pretty damn straight.
- Evil-Detecting Baby: Harry as an infant—he latched on to Sirius, but couldn't stand Peter. Subverted in that it's only years later that Remus realizes that Harry understood what no one else did.
- Evil Gloating: Voldemort is prone to this, as is Lucius Malfoy.
- Expy: Patroclus and Theodore Nott are pretty much Lucius and Draco Malfoy. (Lucius and Draco have other roles, on opposite sides, as The Dragon and The Big Guy respectively).
- Eye Scream: Poor Ron...
- Fake Defector: Percy Weasley to the Ministry of Magic.
- Fantastic Science: Most of the classes at Hogwarts.
- Fan Verse: Fans have written numerous fics set in the Dangerverse, as well as several AU fics.
- Fiery Redhead: Ginny and Molly Weasley. Lily is also portrayed this way.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Played with: Harry, Draco, and Hermione bond with Ron over a running snowball fight with the Weasley Twins. Ron even shows the first signs of his future role as a tactician.
- Fix Fic: Arguably, from the Founders' point of view.
- Flashback Nightmare: Harry and Draco have to deal with these after being rescued from their respective "caretakers".
- Flaw Exploitation: Both by the good guys and the bad guys.
- Foreshadowing: Blatant and subtle.
- Best example (also a Brick Joke): after the encounter between Danger and the Founders, Danger curses both Gryffindor and all of his descendants to waking up on Christmas and discovering their best present was opened by someone else. That same Christmas, Draco opens Harry's present with James' Invisibility Cloak, in an oh-so-subtle way to foreshadow that Harry may be Gryffindor's descendant.
- Even subtler. The actual Heir of Gryffindor is Remus, who, in the above mentioned incident, had been thinking of looking into Danger's eyes as his best present, but what Draco did was actually what Danger saw first that morning.
- Former Teen Rebel: The Marauders. The cubs are well aware of it, hence the need for what's called the Hypocrisy Agreement, which basically states that the cubs won't be punished for things the Pack-adults do themselves.
- For Want of a Nail: See In Spite of a Nail above.
- Friendless Background: Draco (before the Pack rescues him); Ron (before the Pack moves to Devon); Neville (before meeting the Pack at King's Cross). I'm sensing a pattern here.
- Genki Girl: Meghan. She gets better.
- Good Parents: The Pack-parents (along with the Weasleys and the Lovegoods. And the Longbottoms.) Or at least they do the best they can.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Draco wears green boxers with little yellow smiley faces on them.
- At one point the Pack-parents sleep in their underwear to keep their clothes clean for their upcoming trial: Sirius is embarrassed at his choice of Christmas tree boxers... but at least they aren't the ones with little yellow duckies.
- Gratuitous Iambic Pentameter: Well, tetrameter, but it still applies—all of Danger's prophecies are in meter, to the point where it's become a convention for others writing in the 'verse.
- Gratuitous Spanish: the basilisk's name is Sangre.
- Groin Attack: Hermione pulls one of these on Snape in the first book. Though he was trying to kidnap her at the time. She was not quite seven years old.
- Grow Old with Me
- Growing Up Sucks
- Happily Married: Quite realistically; just because the various couples are quite happy together, it doesn't mean they never fight.
- Happily Adopted: All of the cubs, save for Meghan (Hermione is at about the halfway point, raised by her sister, but adopted by Remus).
- Has Two Mommies And Two Daddies; the Pack is essentially two married couples sharing parenthood of four kids, so the cubs basically share two sets of parents.
- During a trial at the Ministry to determine whether Remus, as a werewolf, can adopt children, this is actually discussed:
"Most people do perfectly well with just one father.” Shybrook smiled as if he’d said something clever.
Hermione raised her eyebrows. “I suppose I’d do perfectly well with just one hand, too,” she said, “but that doesn’t mean I want the other one cut off.”
The spectators laughed again, and even Warlock Longwood chuckled at this.
Shybrook looked down at his hands, frowning, then back up at Hermione. “Yes, but having two hands is a natural condition, Miss Granger-Lupin. People are born with two hands.”
“And as far back as I can remember, I’ve had two fathers and two mothers,” Hermione said. “That’s a natural condition to me. It means I have more role-models, more places to go when I need help, more hands to help me up when I fall. More people to love me. Why do you want to take that away from me?”
- Heel-Face Turn: Quite a few.
- Heroes Want Redheads: As per canon.
- Heroic BSOD: Ditto.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Remus and Sirius. And, to a certain extent, their wives. Harry and Ron probably also qualify.
- Hey Lets Put On A Show: At the Quidditch World Cup. With armor made out of tinfoil. Or didn't I mention it was a slightly shortened version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail?
- 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?
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: More than a few—for example:
"Well, you know what they say." Alex reclined in his chair. "If one man calls you a niffler, ignore him. If another man calls you a niffler, think it over. But if a third man calls you a niffler, dig for treasure." note
- Honesty Is the Best Policy: Luna (of all people) manages this one.
- Humiliation Conga: Lucius Malfoy. In the first book, he loses his wife, son, home, fortune, influence, and his freedom—his wife pulls a Heel-Face Turn and gives Draco to the Pack, knowing they'll raise him better than she could, before turning herself in and telling the Ministry of Lucius' various crimes and atrocities. The Aurors then throw Lucius in Azkaban, where he stays for nine years. Upon his escape, not only does his plan backfire, he is then turned into a werewolf, though this was unintentional.
- What happens to Umbridge also probably qualifies. However, in the Dangerverse she gets a shot at payback. Before Voldemort offs her, anyway.
- What happens to the Dursleys definitely qualifies; the author once asked in an A/N if her readers "want the Dursleys to stay part of the story, or should I let them fade miserably into the sunset?" The fans naturally chose the former.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: A meta-example—the author pulls one of these. Thanks to an podcast interview on Potter Fic Weekly) a lot of people saw it coming; a character named William Robinson, apparently created solely for a scene where he would be introduced to Danger.
Charlie led the way back across the room. “Will, this is Gertrude Granger-Lupin, but she always goes by Danger. Danger, Will Robinson
- Idiot Ball: Not too often, but when it does happen, you will cringe.
- Draco receives a rather sinister looking globe marked with dozens of runes, described as a "study tool." None of the adults think to check it out at all, despite knowing that there are two dangerous fugitives dedicated to causing Draco harm or capturing him.
- Third year, Sirius and Aletha not bothering to stun Malfoy or Pettigrew, leading to their escape.
- Fourth year, Danger being a complete idiot and 1) Not stunning Karkaroff, 2) allowing him to take out his wand by her command, and 3) not reacting fast enough to a spell he cast after all of that.
- And then Cedric decides to literally run away from Voldemort instead of Apparating, despite outright saying that he could a minute ago...leading to his death.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Sometimes played straight, but subverted from time to time.
- I Know Your True Name: Comes up a couple times, but most notably during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
- Infant Immortality: Averted.
- In-Joke: The author attended a college which has, as one of its campus legends, a future US President "borrowing" a cow from a local farm and leading it up the stairs of the college's bell tower:
The portrait hole opened, and Katie Bell tumbled in. “Everyone get outside, quick!” she squealed. “Professor Umbridge is on the Astronomy Tower and she can’t get down and she’s mooing!”
- In Love with the Mark: Blaise Zabini starts off as Colleen Lamb's secret admirer (in Dealing with Danger) because he wants something - namely, to prove that all Slytherins aren't evil. After a lengthy anonymous correspondence, he falls in love with her for real. She does the same, and they're still together as of Surpassing Danger.
- Innocent Innuendo: Harry actually pulls this off once, though he is aware of how it sounds: "You all have dirty minds, you know."
“What is it that mine is longer than Draco’s, Ron’s and the twins’ are all exactly the same, and Neville’s is longer than anybody’s?” note
- Harry, Hermione, Draco and Meghan are laughing about their hiding under Hagrid's bed when the Pack came back from America. Ginny asks Harry to share the joke, but he asks her for a sec until he stops laughing. Ginny immediately replies with the sentence "No secs." She immediately realises what she said.
- In Spite of a Nail: Since the plot of the Harry Potter series must be followed in the main line, if only loosely. It slowly diverges over time, though.
- A lot of moments from the series are turned around or happen quite differently:
- Dudley still ends up falling into the python exhibit at the zoo, but earlier and under entirely different circumstances, taking exception to Harry laughing at him.
- Despite Draco being his brother, Harry still makes the Quidditch team first year, and the Remembrall is even involved.
- Despite no dragon, Harry, Draco, and Hermione still get a hundred fifty points taken away, thus earning Gryffindor House's ire.
- Draco still gets turned into a ferret, but he was under the influence of the globe at the time and provoked the Weasley twins into it.
- The author really wants Cedric to die, no matter how unlikely and nonsensical the events leading up to said death are. See Idiot Ball above.
- Draco still composes "Weasley is Our King"... but as Draco is Ron's friend, it's meant to motivate Ron from the start.
- Insult Backfire: When, during the trial to determine whether Remus can be her guardian, Hermione says something that prompts the prosecution to ask whether she has lost her manners. Hermione answers that probably she forgot them because the man she regards as her father isn't there at home with her and her siblings.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Part and parcel of Dangerverse's werewolf mythology.
- Is That What They're Calling It Now?: Played straight. The author enjoys this trope.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Self-explanatory.
- Kangaroo Court: Subverted as they get off anyway.
- Kids Prefer Boxes: Lampshaded:
Nearly an hour and about an acre of shredded wrapping paper later, the children were ignoring all their new toys and playing in the large cardboard box one of them had come in.
“Never fails,” Remus said. “We should stop getting them presents and just get them boxes.”
“Don’t think I haven’t considered it,” Danger said ruefully.
- Also taken from real life, involving numerous incidents with the author's three younger siblings.
- Lampshade Hanging: Numerous times in Living with Danger, the characters muse on the oddity of recent events in their lives.
- Last-Second Word Swap: Sirius' corrected swearing.
- Alex does it too on occasion.
- The Leader: Remus, Type II with some Type IV.
- Literal Ass Kicking: Harry (in wolf form) actually bites Lucius Malfoy in Dream Land. Apparently Evil Tastes Awful.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: The canon cast, plus a whole crop of original characters, and not a Mary Sue in sight.
- Locked into Strangeness: Neville.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Draco, when first introduced.
- Loophole Abuse: Voldemort takes advantage of a loophole in Sirius and Aletha's wedding vows—which dictated that there would be dire consequences if they ever used their magic against each other—but they never thought of what it would mean if they were forced to do so against their will...
- Maybe they didn't take into account the possibility of being forced to use magic against each other, but they did take into account the chance that something may happen...
- Loveable Rogue: The Weasley twins.
- Love Before First Sight: Danger for Remus.
- Love Hurts: Chapter title and plot point. Also qualifies as Good Hurts Evil.
- Love Redeems: Fairly mild example, but falling in love with Colleen Lamb puts Blaise Zabini, who was already wavering about the usual pureblood doctrine, once and for all on the side of the Light.
- This may well be Evanie's goal with regards to Peter
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Umbridge is one sick puppy.
- Love Triangle: Draco, Luna, and Amanda.
- Machiavelli Was Wrong: Narcissa's Heel-Face Turn, all done for Draco.
- Magical Abortion: But definitely not on purpose. Marcus dies during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries—in such a Tear Jerker way.
- The Main Characters Do Everything: Played with. If the main characters aren't doing something, they're either behind it or have something to do with the people who are.
- Mama Bear: Most of the moms seem to qualify. The dads, too.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Danger starts out as one of these, but eventually matures.
- Manipulative Bastard: Of all people, Dudley Dursley becomes one of these—he slanders Harry so Dudley's parents hate Harry even more, asserting that Voldemort's goal is to "keep the worlds separate". Dudley's lies have just enough truth to them that Harry is unable to do anything about them. Odds are, however, that Dudley's been manipulated himself.
- Meaningful Name: Quite a few characters (even some of the Founders' children) have these.
- For example, Alexander Slytherin, known for helping our heroes whenever possible, is indeed a "helper of men."
- Adam Hufflepuff spends a lot of time in the garden ("Adam" comes from the Classical Hebrew for "earth, soil, light brown").
- Sophia Ravenclaw is wise.
- Margaret Ravenclaw shares the root of her name with Meghan, her descendant.
- Brenna Ravenclaw is a "dark-haired beauty" whose Animagus form is a raven.
- Meaningful Rename: Draco Malfoy to Draco Black. And again to Reynard Beauvoi.
- Mindlink Mates: Remus and Danger.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: Remus and Aletha.
- Miscarriage of Justice: Sirius' imprisonment is acknowledged as being this in-universe.
- Morphic Resonance: Animagi and transformed animals can recognize others in form. This is also a Chekhov's Skill and even a plot point.
- 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.
- And they even manage to gain an audience among Muggles!
- Further hilarity ensues when it turns out Minerva McGonagall is a huge fan of Sirius' works. She does not take the revelation well, though she seems to have adjusted by sixth year, as she shows up to the Hufflepuff Halloween Extragavanza dressed as the character Sirius based on her.
- The Multiverse: The Powers That Be watch over one.
- Mundane Utility: the charm the Twins use to make their fireworks multiply whenever someone tries to Vanish them is mighty useful to cover a Death Eater camp with a foul smelling potion.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Krum tries to bump Ron off during the Second Task, leaving the field open for him to gain Hermione. Also, as a meta example, Cedric is killed off in a rather contrived manner so that Harry and Cho can get together the next year.
- My Greatest Failure: Sirius' angst over Lily and James. He gets over the worst of it.
- Myth Arc
- Mythology Gag: Of a sort. Tonks' relationship to Remus obviously never comes to pass in this universe, but her crush on him is touched on.
- Nerds Are Sexy:
- Danger and Remus to each other.
- No Man of Woman Born: The original prophecy: Voldemort knows only part of the prophecy, but it is more than enough to set the rest of it into motion: marking Harry as his equal, and thus as the only one able to defeat him. Prophecies are funny that way...
- Noodle Incident: Referenced, along with the Trope Namer. One fan-written story has this incident as involving everyone in Hogwarts getting blue noodles for hair, but whether this is DV-canon is as yet unknown.
- Note to Self: In a rare bad-guy version, Dudley uses this technique after being Obliviated.
- Operation Jealousy: Discussed by Hermione and Ginny.
- Oracular Urchin: Arguably deconstructed in the form of Luna Lovegood, who 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.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Dangerverse werewolves are vulnerable to silver and cannot have children. Also, lycanthropy is a combination of a virus and a curse, and can be treated to a limited extent if it's caught quickly, explaining the difference between those like Remus Lupin and those like Fenrir Greyback.
- Out, Damned Spot!: Danger struggles with this for a while after killing Quirrell.
- Pentalogy Creep: Considering this was originally meant to be a single story and the author is now extending the story into a fifth book... oops.
- The Plan: Lucius Malfoy manages more than one of these, though they don't always work. Also the canon example of the events surrounding the Triwizard Tournament though it doesn't work out exactly like it did in canon.
- Playing with Fire: Gryffindor's power, passed down from generation to generation.
- The Power of Blood: Type A and AB either come into play or are referenced at one time or another.
- The Power of Friendship: And family. Much like in canon, this seems to be the REAL "Power of Love".
- Powers That Be: The Founders and those in their circle.
- Produce Pelting: Umbridge shows up at the Pack-parents' trial with the clear intention of doing this. It's even lampshaded.
- Promotion to Parent: Danger for Hermione.
- Parental Substitute: The Pack-adults for Harry, Hermione, and Draco. Neville's gran also qualifies until Neville's parents are brought out of their insanity.
- Prompt Fic: A variation—Draco's involvement was triggered by the author noticing a "Make Draco a Gryffindor" challenge.
- Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: Danger's tend to, anyway (and in iambic tetrameter to boot), making them much easier for our heroes to remember. Trelawney's, as per canon, do not.
- Prophecy Twist: In Dealing with Danger, Remus believes that "when cup is touched, the respite ends" refers to Harry's name coming out of the Goblet of Fire—it actually refers to the Triwizard Cup, the respite being the time between the wars against Voldemort.
- Prophetic Names: More than a few of the original characters, and more than one of the Founders' children. Confirmed by Word of God.
- Psychic Link
- Mindlink Mates: Remus and Danger after Danger's first true-dream.
- Twin Telepathy: A literal case—Draco and Hermione after being blood-bonded, though they have to be in physical contact. But to be fair, they'd pretended to be twins for most of their lives. Fred and George come pretty damn close. Twins in general seem to finish each other's sentences, despite this never happening in canon.
- Word of God has it that all first-degree blood relatives (parents and children or siblings) who have also sworn the Pack/Founders' Oath can speak mentally when in physical contact.
- Pun: Sirius falls asleep in the sunlight in his Animagus form. Therefore, he is a 'hot dog' and is eligible to be topped with condiments.
“Padfoot,” said Remus’ voice quietly. “You fell asleep in the sun. That made you hot. Therefore, you were a hot dog. And certain inhabitants of this Den took advantage of that.”
- Quick Nip: Moody. Noticed by the Pack-parents, as is the fact that what he's drinking smells like cabbage.
- Rage Against the Reflection: Draco does this once, noticing his resemblance to his father.
"I hate my face."
- Raised by Wolves: Referenced: Draco surprises Theodore Nott by saying he was actually raised by wolves though technically one was a wolf Animagus and the other a werewolf...:
“—looked a little like a rabbit,” Draco was saying as Harry and Sirius rejoined the main group, who were standing outside Flourish and Blotts. “And he would not leave me alone—he kept asking me questions about what House I wanted to be in, and did I play Quidditch, and on and on, and finally he got offended because I was ignoring him, and he said, ‘Honestly, were you raised by wolves?’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and by the time he recovered I was already gone.”
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Dumbledore, among others.
- Recursive Fanfiction: More than a few fans of the Dangerverse have written their own fics utilizing the author's interpretation of various Potterverse characters and concepts. Occasionally, Anne pulls a few plot elements from these stories into the mainline DV.
- Red Herring: all the clues that pointed in Harry's direction as the Heir of Gryffindor.
- Relationship Upgrade: Several over the course of the series, Lily and James and Sirius and Aletha in the backstory, more recently the couples within the Pride.
- Right Under Their Noses: The Pride pulls off a version of this, rescuing a kidnapped student.
- Sacrificial Lion: Andromena Tonks, though Cedric dies in the same place and time as in canon, so...
- Sadist Teacher: Umbridge again.
- School Play: Joseph is played with none of the usual problems. The Pride want to take part and Luna and Draco kiss all the time but then there is the problem of someone trying to kill Harry, which is actually quite usual.
- Separated by a Common Language: At one point, Sirius asks for a "jumper" at an American clothing store. Hilarity Ensues.
- Sequel Escalation: To be fair, the original Harry Potter series did this too.
- Shooting Gallery: Apparently there's even a spell (or set of spells) used to set one of these up.
- Shout-Out: Too many to count. Now has an entire Shout-Out page.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: Several times. Most notably, Aletha tells Danger to pull one on Lupin, leading to a reference to a similar scene in Much Ado About Nothing.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Most of the ships.
- Snake Talk: Taken advantage of here more fully than in the canon; Parseltongue seems to be a language of sorts (though the section in HBP where the Gaunts talk to one another in Parseltongue would seem to argue it can be canonically used this way by humans, at least). Harry has befriended several snakes over the years including Slytherin's basilisk.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Sirius, Remus, Dumbledore, Hedwig, Rufus Scrimgeour, Ted Tonks, Dobby, Tonks, Slytherin's snake, Snape and Colin
- Stockholm Syndrome: Evanie with regards to Peter, though one can argue she has good reason. Namely, if she makes his life comfortable, he's unlikely to be mean to her thereafter.
- Lima Syndrome: And Peter seems to reciprocate the feelings. given that he marries her and seems quite happy with her being pregnant "seems to" might be a little too light a descriptor.
- Stuck Tape For Everything: Fred and George invent a wizarding version of duct tape.
- Superpowerful Genetics: The stories play a little with JKR's loose association of the Hogwarts houses with the four classical elements (Gryffindor with Fire, Hufflepuff with Earth, Ravenclaw with Air, Slytherin with Water). A direct descendant of a Founder will have control of a certain element:
- Playing with Fire: Gryffindor's Heirs
- Word of Anne has it that they are also very skilled at creating and using powerful magical artifacts, such as Gryffindor's Sword and the Sorting Hat.
- Healing Hands: Ravenclaw's Heirs can heal with a touch, though it has its limits, draining them if they do it too much.
- Word of Anne has it that they originally also had full clairvoyance, though it has since then mostly become part of the Healing.
- Green Thumb: Hufflepuff's Heirs have power over plants, though it can also drain them if they overdo it, which Neville learns the hard way.
- They are also able to walk unseen.
- Snake Talk: Slytherin's Heirs seem limited to this (not that it doesn't come in handy...).
- According to the Dangerverse summaries, each Heir has two powers; one major power, one minor. Parseltongue is the minor gift, like Hufflepuff's invisibility, or Gryffindor's skill with magical artifacts, but the major gift, the power like Gryffindor's fire or Ravenclaw's Healing, is prophecies, such as those Alex provides for the Pack.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Usually along the lines of "I didn't prank you."
- The Talk: Subverted in that this happens entirely off screen. The reader is left to fill in the blanks.
- Talking in Your Dreams: A fairly common occurrence.
- Team Chef: Harry, interestingly enough.
- That Didn't Happen: Ron and Hermione in third year; the Relationship Upgrade happens a little less than two years later. Harry and Ginny also have a brief one before fifth year, and a one-shot, written by another author, has them pull a more spectacular one after an Animagus-form hunting trip in the forest.
- Theme Naming: Many examples:
- True Companions: The Dangerverse practically runs on this trope: the Pack, the Pride, the DA (to an extent), and definitely the second Pride.
- Twin Banter: Seems to be common among twins in the Dangerverse.
- Two out of Three Ain't Bad: Inverted by Draco, who thinks about how he once dreamed of being the person he would have been if nothing had changed:
...Draco Malfoy and proud of it.
I'm Draco still, and proud of who I am...
Half a smile made it onto his face. Two out of three. Not bad.
- A comedic AU one-shot has this for a title.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: When the former Trope Namer comes to Hogwarts.
- The Unchosen One: Harry, to a certain extent.
- Unexplained Recovery: Deconstructed by the curses sent by Lucius Malfoy.
- The Unfair Sex: Hermione making Ron realize he has feelings for her by making him jealous.
- Upbringing Makes the Hero: Harry is a good deal far more well-adjusted, Hermione far less insecure, and Draco turns out all right. Neville's parents taking over raising him after their revival doesn't hurt either.
- Values Dissonance: Happens a few times in-universe with one instance leading to both Harry's breakup with Cho and Cho's subsequent betrayal of the DA.
- Verbing Nouny: The main titles.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: With the ships.
- WAFF: When this series isn't hitting you with angst, it's usually hitting you with this instead.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: An average day in the life of the Pride.
- Was Once a Man: The Dementors.
- Weirdness Magnet: The Pack, the Pride... Hell, Hogwarts in general could be considered this.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Talking to Snakes Anyway?: Originally unintentional on the author's part, but when she reveals the special abilities associated with Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and even Hufflepuff, it's kind of hard not to think this about Parseltongue. Gryffindor could control fire and make magical artefacts, Ravenclaw had Healing Hands and clairvoyance, Hufflepuff could control plants and turn invisible, and Slytherin could... talk to snakes. Harry does put the ability to good use in the story, and it's statted that Slytherin also had the gift of prophecy, but it still seems like Salazar got the raw end of the deal here.
- Fridge Brilliance: Is it any wonder the guy got so obsessed with blood purity? His "unique power" was a joke, and would have been even moreso to someone with his ambition and lust for power. He needed some way of feeling superior.
- What the Hell, Hero?: How Sirius's prank involving Snape and Remus usually gets treated in the Dangerverse.
- What You Are in the Dark: Referenced. Dumbledore is convinced the Pack are telling the truth once he sees they remain decent people when no one is watching them.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The epilogue is set some 80 years into the future
- White Sheep: Sirius, as in canon. Regulus also qualifies, as does Draco.
- Wicked Cultured: Lucius Malfoy
- Hell, most of the pureblood fanatics.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Most of the kids. Justified in that the author is writing from her own experiences, both as a child and as an adult.
- Wrongful Accusation Insurance: One of the oddities of Sirius' trial.
- Justified if you know Canon well because The Ministry didn't have the right to sell Sirius's wand without a trial (all wizards have a right to a wand (the D Es got around that by saying Muggleborns weren't wizards) so the Ministry doesn't legally own Sirius's wand), so Sirius's wand is stolen property, and you cannot commit an offence by taking back your own property. Sirius could actually sue the Ministry for whatever the ministry got for his wand if he cared to. As for taking Harry, that may not be kidnapping either. according to Lw D, Dumbledore said he had made arrangements for Harry's care, it never actually says the Dursleys were awarded custody. Lupin actually explicitly says Sirius is Harry's guardian when they are creating the plan to take Harry. If Sirius was Harry's guardian, then again, I don't think it's actually an offence to remove them from their current living arrangements.
- You Can't Fight Fate: But it's not always what it appears to be.
- You're Not My Father: Referenced; the Pack-parents seem surprised that it never seems to come up, even once the cubs are teenagers. Since the cubs are Happily Adopted, it's of little surprise to the readers. Some of the other problems with raising teenagers do come up, though.