Fan Fic / 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 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 one or two dozen pairs 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 and Harry gets the yew wand). Then there’s the Para Bellum universe...
  • Appeal to Tradition:
    • Voldemort recruits some of his followers by telling the young, disenfranchised purebloods that sitting at the top of the magical world is their birthright, the muggleborn are trying to change their way of life, and he's there to stop the "invasion."
    • Harry claims that he came to Britain for the rich culture.
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: Harry gets one of these after Orion dies, leaving him the sole Lord Black, and Romulus leaves the Malfoy gold 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 will repel attackers especially violently and thus keep their protectorates especially safe, but they're dangerous to set up because they'll explode in the casting if the caster isn't careful enough.
  • Bad Future: In the future Harry is sent back from, 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.
  • Blood Magic: The Dark Arts often involve a blood sacrifice. Bellatrix's hairpin is activated by absorbing blood when stabbing someone. Bellatrix sets up blood wards over her and Harry's apartment building.
  • Body Double:
    • The image projection spell lets Harry make one for himself.
    • Harry sometimes acts as one for Bellatrix through the use of Polyjuice potion, and once makes a magical projection of her.
  • Bored with Insanity: Harry theorizes that the Bellatrix in his original timeline 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: 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 she'd microwave a meal and transfer it to a plate for them. 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 to Walburga 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.
  • 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 figuring out a trick to steal a person's wand from his or her hand and replace it without the person noticing.
    • Malfoy's family ring and the two rings connected to it.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The image projection spell and phoenix fire transportation are initially just difficult spells Harry learns for the sake of appeasing Bellatrix, but they become immensely useful later on.
  • 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 for Harry, 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Discussed in Chapter 7, where Harry says that the more completely he wins, the fewer losers there will be on the other side.
  • 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: The heroes defeat the dracolich in the lake bed using a bunch of cutting hexes on its wings and heating charms to melt the rock under it and slowly sink it.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Rodolphous Lestrange calls Harry a “treacherous blood traitor” at one point, which Harry lampshades.
  • Determinator: Harry is one, per usual.
  • 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 attracts all sorts of trouble, per usual.
  • The Dreaded:
    • 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.
    • "The Ghost of Ashworth" quickly becomes this for Voldemort and the Death Eaters.
  • Driven to Suicide: Walburga Black 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.
  • Eccentric Millionaire: Bellatrix, once she gains access to the Black fortune. She probably seems especially like this to the construction workers who make her storage room, but they're 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 Daily Prophet yet. He didn't tell her to tell the truth about it.
  • Fantastic Racism: Downplayed with the Blacks, who sometimes have business dealings with muggles, but still prevalent throughout the story.
  • 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 hired to teach Potions at Hogwarts, but he's not all that great at Potions; his forte is Defense Against the Dark Arts. He researches the potions on the syllabus the week before teaching them to the class.
    • Draco gets this when he's left to fend for himself while on house arrest in a muggle neighborhood.
  • Forceful Kiss: Bellatrix and Harry’s first kiss happens after a wandless fight where he’s holding back and, after she gets the upper hand, she pounces on him and kisses him. She wants to be his partner in everything (and marriage helps with that) and Harry thinks that romance is kind of important in a marriage, 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.
  • Genre Savvy: Voldemort wants to recruit Harry until he learns that Harry can keep secrets from him and will violently protect them; he sees the value in having Harry as an ally, but having Harry as an ally with free will is an unacceptable risk. He also says he's learned not to surround himself with intelligent people, because they tend to become The Starscream.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop:
    • Sirius and James try to use this against Bellatrix, knowing full well that she’d see through it. 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 his 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 Black in the '70s. James and Lily Potter, and Sirius and Cassie Black in the '90s. Leo and Rose Black, and Draco and Sidra Malfoy in the future.
  • Hero Secret Service: Orion appoints Harry, and later Sirius, to be this for Bellatrix.
  • Heroic Bystander: Two groups of kids start fighting and causing massive property damage in Diagon Alley, and Harry, who happens to be walking by, puts a stop to it. Later on, during a Hogsmeade visit he and Bellatrix save a man from a building that catches fire while they're in a shop across the street.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Romulus Malfoy holds off a group of Death Eaters to allow Harry to escape and take steps to hinder Voldemort's plans. He knows he's going to die, so he gives Harry the Malfoy family ring to use and sets a trap to activate upon his death.
  • Heroic Seductress: Bellatrix makes a long-term effort to seduce Harry for non-nefarious purposes.
  • Hidden Villain: Romulus Malfoy and Orion Black recognize that someone is manipulating young purebloods into unrest. Harry, of course, knows that it’s Voldemort.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Minister Prewitt dies of a heart attack after dramatically clutching his chest.
  • I Have No Son: Romulus Malfoy 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.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Despite the canon events that cause them not happening, Voldemort becomes inactive in the wizarding world for a time before returning and Riddle’s diary possesses 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 and faking his own death, just not on a street with Sirius, or even in the UK.
  • Insufferable Genius: Lily, which gets on Harry’s nerves sometimes.
  • Internal Reveal: Harry and Bellatrix eventually tell the Order about the time travel and Harry's machinations with the Blacks and Romulus Malfoy.
  • Involuntary Charity Donation: Harry, with Romulus's approval, takes the Malfoy gold away from Lucius to fund the war effort.
  • 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 Malfoy passes the torch to Harry when Cygnus and Orion have died and Romulus is about to die.
  • I Want Them Alive:
    • In the future, Voldemort wants Harry captured alive because Harry is "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.
  • Life Isn't Fair: Used by Harry against Bellatrix to justify him not telling her about his future.
  • 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: Averted but mentioned. Bellatrix considers withholding sex to get Harry to stop holding back during their duels, but decides against it because she enjoys their sex life too much to go through with it.
  • 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's murderer makes it look like he died in his sleep.
    • This is how Frank Longbottom is instructed to kill Barty Crouch, Jr.
  • 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. Somewhat justified in that as far as he knows, they'll end 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: Falschmann lampshades his own pseudonym as being meaningful in his native language.
  • Meaningful Rename:
    • Bellatrix decides Harry's fake last name will be Ashworth, because it's the name of a pureblood family that used to be prominent in Europe before moving to Australia and New Zealand, and there are enough of them that he won't be easily outed as a fake.
    • When Harry gets married to Bellatrix, he takes the name Harry Black because he's already Lord Black.
  • 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.
  • Neutrality Backlash: The ministry suffered from this the first time around. Harry helps put things in motion to prevent this from happening again.
  • Never Needs Sharpening: Wanda and Wendel claim to sell their wands on the basis that people change over time and are no longer compatible with their old wand. They also claim that most of their customers buy new wands every couple years with some replacing theirs every few months. This is because their wands are mass-produced crap that are liable to stop working within months. Compare Ollivander's wands, which are expected to (and usually do) last a lifetime.
  • Noodle Implements: Bellatrix threatens Draco that "Ivan" will use blood pudding and salt against him. How is left up to his imagination.
  • 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: After arriving in the past, 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 time reaches the point when he was originally born. Averted in the sequel when canon Harry is brought to the Delenda Est dimension.
  • Pair the Spares: Narcissa and Snape get together in the future.
  • Papa Wolf: Orion and Cygnus are both very protective of Bellatrix, but Orion has more teeth.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil:
    • Bellatrix (inadvertently) drives Walburga to suicide.
    • 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.
  • Peggy Sue: Harry gets sent back in time and uses his future knowledge to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
  • 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.
  • The Prankster: Bellatrix likes pranking the Dursleys. Harry gets in on the fun sometimes, too.
  • Precocious Crush: Lily has one on Harry, stemming from an instinctive connection to him she feels from the moment they meet. 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 goes to extensive measures to shake Voldemort off his trail and only just barely manages it.
  • 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." The pyrrhic victory is that Voldemort and his forces win the battle to seize Malfoy Manor and succeed in killing Minister Cygnus Black and Romulus Malfoy, but Voldemort loses much of his forces and takes heavy damage to his person in the process and they don't get access to the Malfoy family resources like they wanted.
  • 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.
  • Rousing Speech:
    • Harry tells Bella how much he loves and believes in her in order 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.
  • Secret Test of Character: Orion prodding Harry to reveal why he wants to fight Voldemort is this.
  • Self-Surgery: Harry arrives in the past with a dislocated shoulder and rams it back into the socket. This is not the first time he’s done this.
  • Set Right What Once Was Wrong: Once he's back in the past, Harry decides to sebotage Voldemort's rise to power or, if that fails, at least take him down.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: In-Universe; Cygnus Black isn't in office for very long, but he influences 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 a message to Bellatrix of how proud he is of her.
  • The Spock: Rose is an extremely logical person.
  • The Starscream:
    • Bellatrix in the initial timeline apparently is imprisoned because she became this to Voldemort.
    • In the new timeline, Voldemort defies this by making it a point to have his followers not be too smart because they could 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.
  • Taking You with Me: Romulus Malfoy sets a trap to go off when he dies, hoping to take out Voldemort with him.
  • 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 Travel: Harry gets sent 25 years back in time. He and Bellatrix later get sent 20 years forward in time.
  • Time Travel for Fun and Profit: The Gringotts goblins are very interested in exploiting Harry's future knowledge to make profitable investments.
  • Time Travelers Are Spies: People are suspicious that Harry shows up just in time to help with the growing civil unrest among young purebloods, has no legitimate background, and knows things he shouldn't know. Played with in that once he's at Hogwarts he actually is spying for the Black and Malfoy patriarchs.
  • 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 "the type that would shoot first, shoot some more, and then probably forget to ask questions afterwards."
  • 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 lack of skill when he’s dueling, having more of a background of some tactics training and a lot of battlefield experience. It's also shown with the Rubik's cube portkeys, where the previous timeline’s Hermione designed them to have finesse and Harry’s copies rely on his power to mimic certain functions.
  • Vigilante Man: Harry. James initially wants to grow up to be one, but he becomes an auror instead.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Harry Ashworth and Bellatrix Black, at first.
  • 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?: Harry asks this upon arriving in the past. Bellatrix takes a newspaper to check the year when she and Harry arrive in the future.
  • 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 in a Gringotts vault.
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