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 in progress.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 feelingstoward 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.
Door Stopper: The mainverse alone has more words than all sevenHarry 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...
Fandom Nod: The author manages nods to both the Harry Potter fandom in general (including jabs at numerousFanon and Fan Fic cliches such as, for example, Veela!Draco) and the Dangerverse fandom in particular. A chapter in FD even (repeatedly) references the Harry Potter fanfiction podcast Potter Fic Weekly, which featured Living With Danger several months before. (The section in question is essentially a series of inside jokes that are funny in themselves, but a great deal funnier if you listen to the podcast.)
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 is Gryffindor's descendant.
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.
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.
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?”
"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." *
The original version is: "If one person calls you a drunk, laugh it off. If two people call you a drunk, start to wonder. If three people call you a drunk, go home and lie down."
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.
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.
Narcissa's sacrifice for Draco in "Living with Danger" (she hands him over to the Pack, then commits suicide so that he will never have divided loyalties) was posted in late 2004/early 2005, mirroring Narcissa's outright betrayal of the Death Eaters and Voldemort in DH, published in summer 2007.
Similarly, JKR's revelation that goblin-wrought silver absorbs things like basilisk venom, making Gryffindor's sword a Horcrux-killer, did not appear until DH; in the middle of "Living without Danger", posted through the first half of 2005, the Pack's cubs receive goblin-wrought silver daggers, and at the end of the year, in the Chamber of Secrets, Ginny stabs Sangre the basilisk with Harry's dagger, then gets the dagger back to Harry, who uses it to kill Tom Riddle's diary.
An exchange in Dealing, with the Pride trying to get Ron to finally say Voldemort's name, anticipates the Taboo (and, arguably, Ron getting it when Harry and Hermione didn't even suspect in Deathly Hallows):
“Voldemort,” said Luna without hesitation. “I wouldn’t do it anywhere else,” she added, “be-cause sometimes the luck spirits hear you call someone you don’t want to see and bring that person to you to be mean. But it’s safe in here.” “There, see?” Ron pointed to Luna. “There’s a reason people don’t say his name.” He found himself the object of six disbelieving gazes. “Well, it could be true.”
I Know Your True Name: Comes up a couple times, but most notably during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
“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.”
The author in fact did precisely this to her family's Golden Retriever at the age of four. The fictional version tipped off her younger sister, reading the stories, to her identity (at that time, Anne had not revealed her name to the fandom).
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?” *
Their surnames: "Black" has five letters, "Potter" has six, "Weasley" seven and "Longbottom" ten.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Inversion: Lucius also had a potion which would kill Neenie but leave her body as a breathing shell for a few days afterwards.
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.
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.
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.
Write What You Know: The author is a bit of a theatre geek (a bit of a geek in general, really) with a fondness for fantasy novels, Shakespeare, and the various things Shouted Out to. Also, at one point she planned to teach, and is apparently fluent in Latin.
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.