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Fanfic: Delenda Est
Harry is a prisoner, and Bellatrix has fallen from grace. The accidental activation of Bella's treasured heirloom results in another chance for Harry. It also gives him the opportunity to make the acquaintance of the young and enigmatic Bellatrix Black as they change the course of history.
From the Delenda Est story summary

A brilliant Peggy Sue fanfic about Harry going back to Voldemort's first rise and ends up befriending Bellatrix in the process. Harry is powerful, and a still sane Bellatrix can help him become even more so, but they still have a lot of work ahead of them if they are going to defeat Voldemort. Full of political intrigue, snark, clever magic, and a lot of fiendfyre, this fic is well worth the read.

Sequel Para Bellum is still in progress.


This story provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Harry, of course—more so than the original. He's basically the most powerful wizard in the world, except maybe Voldemort.
  • Alliterative Name: Wanda and Wandel's, owned by Wendy and Wendell.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Implied to be the reason Bellatrix has Harry turn around when she retrieves her hairpin.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Bellatrix keeps a ton of shoes under her bed.
  • Alternate Self: Bellatrix is rather concerned about what hers got up to in the future, but Harry refuses to tell her until after she meets Voldemort the first time and she demands to know what Harry has been planning to do about it.
  • Alternate Universe: We have the original Bad Future and the reality Harry goes to which is slightly different (most notably Voldemort got the holly wand). Then there’s the Para Bellum universe...
  • Appeal To Tradition: How Voldemort recruits some of his followers.
    • Also, Harry claims that he came to Britain for the rich culture.
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: Harry gets one of these after Orion dies and Romulus leaves his fortune to him. Bellatrix says that even if he spent a million galleons, he’d still be very rich.
  • Attention Whore: Sidra accuses Rose of being this.
  • Awesomeness Is Volatile: Bellatrix’s wards have some kick to them.
  • Bad Future: Voldemort wins and both Harry and Bellatrix are imprisoned.
  • Be as Unhelpful as Possible: Bellatrix tends to use this philosophy when dealing with the Order and Ministry.
  • Body Double: The image projection spell lets Harry make one for himself.
    • He also acts as one for Bellatrix, and makes a magical projection of her too.
  • Bored With Insanity: Harry theorizes that Future!Bellatrix got tortured back to sane.
  • Brand Names Are Better: There's a reason Ollivander's is still in business in the future and Wanda & Wandel's isn't.
  • Break the Cutie: In Chapter 25, Bellatrix has a breakdown after the hardest month of her life, where she’s lost most of her family.
  • Brick Joke: The giant frog distraction from Chapter 17 of Delenda Est shows up again in Para Bellum
    • Bellatrix states that if she ever had guests for dinner that she'd microwave a meal and transfer it to a plate. Later she is hosting the Potters and James is convinced she did just that.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Walburga threatens to take Bellatrix off the family tapestry. Bellatrix, in turn, promises that ‘’she’ll’’ do just that once she becomes Lady Black.
  • Captain Obvious: Harry acts like this when he’s trying to appear dumb and harmless.
  • Cassandra Truth: James sees Bellatrix and Harry sneaking back into the castle on the Marauder’s Map, but no one believes him because the map has a bunch of glitches.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Bellatrix
  • Chaste Hero: Harry doesn’t seriously consider having a romantic relationship with Bellatrix until after they get married because he thinks he’s going to die.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Harry stealing wands from under people's noses
    • Malfoy's family ring and the two connected to it.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The image projection spell and phoenix fire transportation
  • The Chessmaster: In addition to Dumbledore, we also have Orion, Harry, and Bellatrix. Romulus, Amelia, Prewitt, and Edward Foxe also have shades of this.
  • Chess Motifs: Harry tries to act like a pawn of the Blacks but Dumbledore realizes that he’s a higher ranked piece on the chessboard
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Bellatrix has hints of this, especially with regards to Harry’s previous relationship with Ginny.
  • Comically Serious: Snape, according to Sidra—she can’t take him seriously and doesn’t see why anyone else does
  • The Confidant: Bellatrix becomes this, and only gets more so as time goes on.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Harry and Bellatrix have a lot of contingency plans, though neither expected to be thrown forward in time.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: At the Ministry, Harry reveals that he’s alive and takes Voldemort’s wand right from under his...lack of a nose
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Discussed in Chapter 7, where Harry says that if he wins more completely, the fewer losers there will be on the other side.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Bellatrix threatens Draco that "Ivan" will use blood pudding and salt against him. How is left up to his imagination.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Sabine fits, though she and her dad aren't really villainous, just forgers.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most characters are this, but Bellatrix is the queen of snark.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: How they defeat the dragon in the lake is a bunch of cutting hexes and heating charms, with a few powerful ones by Harry.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Rodolphous Lestrange calls Harry a “treacherous blood traitor” at one point, which Harry lampshades.
  • Determinator: Harry
  • Does This Make Me Look Fat?: Variant: Bellatrix asks Leo if he thinks that Mrs. Potter would fit in her old uniform. He wisely declines to answer.
  • Doom Magnet: Harry, naturally.
  • The Dreaded: The Ghost of Ashworth
    • Voldemort is this to Harry, who lets Bellatrix know how terrified he is of him when they are about to go to one of his recruitment drives
  • Driven to Suicide: Walburga would rather die than live with Bellatrix being Lady Black.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Bellatrix assumes that she doesn’t need to know how to drive if she’s going to use magic to upgrade the car anyway. The car salesperson is a bit terrified when she gets behind the wheel for the test drive.
  • Dual Wielding: Harry takes on a two-wand dueling style to allow him to make a projection of himself while still being able to fight.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Sirius accuses James of wanting to fight a dark lord to impress Lily. James doesn’t respond to that.
  • Eccentric Millionaire: Bellatrix
    • She probably seemed especially like this to the construction workers who made her storage room, but they were too professional to say so.
  • El Cid Ploy: Many characters suspect that Bellatrix is pulling one of these with regards to Harry Ashworth. She isn't.
  • Emo Teen: Sidra gets sulky a lot
  • Exact Words: Harry asks Bellatrix to tell him that he didn't make the front page of the Prophet yet. He didn't tell her to tell the truth about it
  • Fantastic Racism: Downplayed with the Blacks, who have business dealings with Muggles sometimes
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Subverted by Bellatrix, who prefers to use the microwave or to get take-out
  • Fence Painting: Draco gets some of the neighborhood kids to mow lawns for him by letting them have most of the money and acting as a manager
  • Fish out of Water: Harry is not much of a Potions expert, and he admits it. As soon as he gets into a Defence situation, though: watch out.
    • Draco gets this when Bellatrix restricts him to the Privet Drive area
  • Forceful Kiss: Bellatrix and Harry’s first happens after a wandless fight where he’s holding back and, after she gets the upper hand, she pounces on him and kisses him. Mainly because she wants to be his partner in everything (and marriage helps with that) and Harry thinks that romance is kind of important, so she gets started on that front.
  • For Your Own Good: Orion, Cygnus, and Romulus all know that Minister Thornton is a decent Minister of Magic, but she can’t fight a dark lord, so they fake some evidence of corruption to kick her out of office and put someone in who can, namely Cygnus (when backed up by the other two).
  • Future Me Scares Me: Bellatrix would really rather not be the crazy witch from Harry's memories.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Sirius and James try to use this against Bellatrix, knowing full well that she’d see through it. And they aren’t very good at it either.
    • Harry decides to take this approach for the Death Eater trials with Bellatrix as the Bad Cop, so it doesn't look like she's controlling him.
  • Good News, Bad News: Averted with Harry calling him discovering the nature of his time travel “just plain news”
  • Green-Eyed Monster: James and Severus to each other regarding Lily, Bellatrix towards Lily regarding Harry
  • Heal It With Booze: Bellatrix drinks a lot of firewhiskey after her father’s death and seeing her alternate self kill Harry's godfather in his memories
  • Happily Married: Harry and Bellatrix
  • Heroic Bystander: Harry just ‘’had’’ to let loose his “saving people thing” again...
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Romulus Malfoy allowing Harry to escape and take his fortune away from Lucius' grasp
  • Heroic Seductress: Bellatrix
  • Hero Secret Service: Orion appoints Harry, and later Sirius, to be this for Bellatrix.
  • Hidden Villain: Romulus Malfoy and Orion Black recognize that someone is manipulating young purebloods into unrest. Harry, of course, knows that it’s Voldemort.
  • History Repeats / The Stations of the Canon: We have, despite the canon reasons for them happening being gone, Voldemort becoming inactive in the Wizarding World for a time before returning and Riddle’s diary possessing someone to attack as the Heir of Slytherin. Fate is cited as being responsible for this.
    • Draco, once again, becomes a ferret.
    • Pettigrew uses yelling lies as a distraction for blowing things up. Harry sees it coming at the last second and protects himself and Draco
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Minister Prewitt.
  • I Have No Son: Romulus says this about Lucius
  • I Know You Know I Know: Harry gets invited to Gaunt Estate and after a few vague exchanges, Harry decides to save time by pointing out the obvious.
    • Also crops up when Moody and Harry are talking about the existence of the dark lord.
  • I Lied: Bellatrix claimed that she didn’t do much to activate the hairpin. She lied.
  • Impoverished Patrician: A lot of purebloods have become this after WWII.
  • Insufferable Genius: Lily, which gets on Harry’s nerves sometimes.
  • Involuntary Charity Donation: Harry, with Romulus’ approval, takes the Malfoy fortune away from Lucius to fund the war
  • It Amused Me: Bellatrix likes to mess with people—especially on the subjects of whether Harry is alive and where she was during the Time Skip
  • It's Up to You: Romulus passes the torch to Harry
  • I Want Them Alive: In the future, Voldemort only kept Harry alive because “he was too good a prize to leave for dead.”
    • Harry decides to take this approach with regards to catching Voldemort.
  • Kill It with Fire: Harry uses Fiendfyre on a regular basis, and many other wizards use it as well.
  • Lawful Neutral: Percy Weasley gets a job defending Death eaters because he's this.
  • Life Isn't Fair: Used by Harry against Bellatrix to justify him not telling her about his future.
  • Look, a Distraction!: Basically every time Harry uses the ‘Ghost of Ashworth’ ploy
  • Loophole Abuse: Because Harry became Lord Black in the future, he’s able to bend a lot of rules, starting with being able to rob the Black vault for Bellatrix.
  • Lysistrata Gambit: Subverted with Bellatrix, who considers doing this to get Harry to stop holding back during their duels, but decides against it because she enjoys their sex life.
  • Made In Country X: Wanda and Wandel’s wands are actually cheap knock-offs from China.
  • Magic Carpet: Bellatrix has one, even though they’re slightly illegal.
  • The Magic Versus Technology War: Wizards started learning about how deadly Muggles could be during WWII
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Orion was killed with someone making it look like he died in his sleep
    • How Frank is instructed to kill Barty Crouch
  • The Masquerade: Voldemort upheld it because he realized that Muggles were dangerous
  • Master of Disguise: Harry is very good at disguising himself (using Polyjuice, the projection spell, or simple transfiguration) and is okay at acting. At one point he disguises himself as a housefly.
  • The Matchmaker: Harry talks up James to Lily when he can, justified since they would have ended up together anyway.
    • Harry and Bellatrix ship Rose and Leo and are willing to make it easier for them to spend time together
  • Meaningful Name: Harry Potter becomes Harry ‘’Ashworth’’, which happens to be a pureblood family in Australia and New Zealand.
    • Falschmann lampshades his own pseudonym as being meaningful in his native language
  • Meaningful Rename: When Harry gets married to Bellatrix, he takes the name Harry Black, though he’s still frequently called Ashworth.
  • The Meddling Kids Are Useless: Played with. Rose, Leo, et. al. do provide help to Harry and Bellatrix from time to time, but they usually only do so because they’re the only other people who know the truth about the Ghost of Ashworth. And maybe (as Dumbledore speculates) because they are easier to manipulate than adults are.
  • Misery Builds Character: Harry thinks this about giving James and Sirius detention by cleaning the floors without magic
  • Mr. Smith: Subverted—Harry suggests Smith and Jones as possible pseudonyms, but Bellatrix rejects them.
  • Neutral Good: Harry
  • Neutrality Backlash: The ministry suffered from this the first time around. Harry helps put things in motion to prevent this from happening again.
  • Not Bad For An X: Romulus Malfoy has to give Muggles respect for all they’ve been able to accomplish without magic—particularly their ability to destroy things.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Even though Harry claims to be Australian, he just keeps his natural British accent under the pretense that he moved too much as a kid to pick one up
  • Obvious Rule Patch: The Potters have realized that managing their assets like the other ancient houses do is stupid, and thus Harry can’t touch their money—unlike with the Blacks, as any Lord Black has full access, even one from the future.
  • Only Friend: In Chapter 16, Harry realizes that Bellatrix is his only real friend, and he thinks about expanding that number.
  • Only in It for the Money: Originally, Bellatrix's reason for helping Harry. She eventually gets other reasons, though.
    • People at the Ministry think Bellatrix is only fighting Voldemort for the money. Well, that and power and prestige.
  • Only One Me Allowed Right Now: Harry doesn’t have a counterpart after he jumps forward in time.
  • Pair the Spares: Narcissa and Snape
  • Papa Wolf: Orion and Cygnus are both ‘’very’’ protective of Bellatrix, but Orion has more teeth.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Bellatrix gets her revenge on Walburga
    • Hermione has some doubts about whether a certain dark-haired kid deserves to be put under the Imperius Curse and forced to drink from the basin in the cave, but Bellatrix assures her that he more than deserves it.
  • Plausible Deniability: Bellatrix seeks the assistance of a former mediwitch and they talk in hypotheticals because of this.
  • The Power of Friendship: The Order tries to get Bellatrix to become a more helpful ally with this. She sees right through it.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Harry and Bellatrix
  • The Prankster: Bellatrix likes pranking the Dursleys. Harry gets in on the fun sometimes too.
  • Precocious Crush: Lily has one on Harry, stemming an instinctive connection to him she felt from the time they met. He’s a bit squicked out by it, as she’s his mum, and is relieved once Lily starts paying attention to James instead.
  • Precognition: Rose has this, though it is tempered by her logical mind to the point that some think she’s making up her psychic abilities.
    • It should be noted that she has made up prophecies to get what she wants, like her and Leo skipping a year of Divination.
  • Properly Paranoid: Harry, which is especially apparent when Voldemort is chasing him and Harry apparates and uses improvised portkeys repeatedly to get away. Not to mention all of his caches...
  • Prophecy Twist: Dumbledore gets to hear a new prophecy this time around and assumes that it’s about Sidra Potter and Leo Black when, in actuality, it refers to Bellatrix and Harry.
  • Purple Eyes: Bellatrix has them.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Chapter 24 is entitled “A Pyrrhic Victory, of Sorts”
  • Real Men Cook: Harry, having grown up cooking for the Dursleys, is a much better cook than Bellatrix
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Andrew Foxe is “voluntarily reassigned” as an ambassador to America when he realizes a war is coming and he doesn’t want to deal with it.
  • Retroactive Precognition: Harry uses his future knowledge to appear smarter than he is
  • Right Under Their Noses: How Harry steals wands
  • Rousing Speech: Harry tells Bellatrix how much he loves and believes in her to help her cast a corporeal patronus.
    • He gives another one right before he leads an attack against Voldemort directly
  • Rules Lawyer: Bellatrix is a bit of one
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Bellatrix
  • Secret Test of Character: Orion prodding Harry to reveal why he wants to fight Voldemort.
  • Self-Surgery: Harry arrives in the past with a dislocated arm and pops the socket back in. This is not the first time he’s done this.
  • Set Right What Once Was Wrong: Hey, as long as Harry's not in a Stable Time Loop, he might as well make things better for him, and Bellatrix too.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: Variation. Cygnus wasn’t in office for very long, but he influenced the rest of the Wizarding War.
  • Shout Out: Harry tries to use a Jedi Mind Trick, but it doesn't work.
    • Bellatrix’s description of where she’s been the last 20 years sounds a lot like Disneyland.
  • Sliding Scale of Proactiveness: Bellatrix was more reactionary in the original timeline. This time around, she’s following Harry’s lead of being more proactive.
  • So Proud of You: Cygnus tells Harry to pass on to Bellatrix how proud he is of her
  • The Spock: Rose
  • The Starscream: Future!Bellatrix becomes this to Voldemort. It does not end well for her.
    • Except for the above case (which doesn't really count, as it is an alternate timeline) Voldemort defies this by making it a point to have his followers not be ‘’too’’ smart since they would always eventually turn on him.
  • Start X to Stop X: Harry and Bellatrix literally fight fire with fire, when they spread bluebell flames to prevent the dark magic fire consuming a shop.
  • Stealth Pun: The Dursleys’ roast chicken escapes and crosses the road.
  • Sue Donym: Bellatrix Black becomes Trixie White while living at #2 Privet Drive
  • Suicide by Cop: For a loose interpretation of “cop,” Future!Bellatrix forces Harry to kill her.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: Bellatrix makes one for Pettigrew and later uses it for diary!Riddle.
    • Draco also gets his own that’s more of a “stay within this radius or you’ll die” type.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Played with. While Harry is a teacher, he has an alliance with Bellatrix that many of the other students and professors mistake for romance. The fact that Orion seems to think that they should have an Arranged Marriage only makes matters more complicated. After Slughorn returns and Harry loses his job, Bellatrix moves in with him, but he considers her only a roommate. Harry and Bellatrix eventually end up married, though this is more due to ensuring that Bellatrix can be Lady Black if he dies of his injuries. It’s only after they marry that they start doing romantic things together.
  • Technicolor Fire: Bellatrix makes a blood dagger that creates purple fire while fleeing Malfoy, the Lestranges, and other Death Eater students after they figure out she’s a spy.
  • Time Skip: Happens in Chapter 24.
  • Time Travelers Are Spies
  • Time Travel for Fun and Profit: The Gringotts goblins are very interested in knowing what to invest in so they get rich in the future.
  • Too Good To Be True: Orion and Romulus initially think this of Ashworth, but they’d rather use him since sticking close will be more helpful than staying away.
    • This is actually the case of Harry getting the Potions position in the first place, as Slughorn’s accident was arranged by Black and Malfoy.
  • Trigger Happy: Rodolphus Lestrange is described as, "the type that would shoot first, shoot some more, and then probably forget to ask questions afterwards."
  • Trolling Creator:
    "On the next Delenda Est . . . . The Potters egg Bellatrix's house after they discover she bought Harry's coffin from Costco, Draco launches a neighborhood lemonade cartel, and Harry has a reunion with certain characters that died in earlier chapters."
  • True Companions: Two groups: Ron, Hermione, and Sidra and Leo, Rose, and Ginny. Harry considers them all family, to Leo’s astonishment because, as far as he knows, he’s the only actual relative among them.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Harry lets his magical power compensate for his skills when he’s dueling, having more of a background of some basic training and a lot of experience.
    • Also shown with the Rubiks cube portkeys, where the previous timeline’s Hermione designed them to have finesse and Harry’s copies rely on his power to override certain functions.
  • Vigilante Man: Harry. James used to wish he’d grow up to be one, but he became an auror instead
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Harry and Bellatrix, of course.
  • Waiting for a Break: At one point, Harry disguises himself as an author waiting for his big break while looking for Pettigrew
  • Walking the Earth: Harry's passport says he is.
  • Weapon of Choice: Voldemort’s Death Eaters start to feel that he’s getting paranoid that Ashworth must be alive because he thinks fiendfyre is Harry’s trademark.
    • Harry actually tends more towards using the projection spell than fiendfyre.
  • We Need to Get Proof: Harry might know what the dark lord is doing, but he can’t tell Orion and Cygnus about it until he’s got proof.
  • What Year Is This?
  • Who Are You?: The first thing Bellatrix asks when Harry is sent back in time is “Who are you and how did you get here?”
  • Witness Protection: Bellatrix offers Narcissa to protect Draco from Voldemort.
    “Tom Riddle cannot kill someone he cannot find”
  • You All Meet in a Cell: The story starts off with Harry and Bellatrix in a cell...then she kills herself and Harry is sent back in time to meet a younger Bellatrix at Gringotts.

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