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Fanfic: Wish Carefully
Wish Carefully is a Harry Potter fanfic witten by Ten Toes. It opens with an elderly Lucius Malfoy reminiscing on the deal brokered at Dumbledore's death that lead to the deterioration of Wizarding England.
  • 0% Approval Rating: By the time Lucius is an old man on his last legs, everyone has come to hate Voldemort so much that the Malfoys and other Death Eaters are gathering together to either kill Voldemort themselves or to deliver him to Harry Potter so that he can kill him for them.
  • Alternate Universe Fic
  • Arranged Marriage: Marriages are arranged according to the wealth and fertility of the family. Many of the female descendants of the Cabal faced this.
  • Artistic License - Economics: When all the Light and their supporters were exiled, most businesses' consumer bases were gone and most of the producers left with them. Most of the remaining Purebloods deluded themselves that they would soon have a smaller, more efficient economy. By the time Lucius is an elderly man, they still haven't recovered.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror
  • Baby Factory: Eight magically powerful girls from ages 13 to 25 known as the Cabal were kidnapped to be bred among the higher ranks of the Death Eaters. The girls are continuously impregnated until the end of their fertile years, and it's implied that many of the women don't get to see their children unless the child wants to see them.
  • Bad Future: For the Death Eaters. The economy is in shambles, their population is dying out, the international community locked them in their own country so they don't spread, and they live under the rule of a mad dictator. For the Light side, this is averted as their lives improved after they were exiled - they have a prosperous economy, a stable population, a good government and are ultimately seen in the right.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Named dropped by Lucius, who hates the every truth of the saying and calls it trite. The Death Eaters wished for themselves a world were they were in charge and that they would never have to deal with muggleborns, blood traitors, squibs or muggles. They got it.
  • Being Evil Sucks: It most certainly does suck to be a Death Eater.
  • Break the Haughty: It happens on a society wide scale.
  • The Caligula: Voldemort, unsurprisingly. He uses the Dark Mark to torture random Death Eaters at anything and killed people for wearing glasses.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Lucius's grandson, Leonidas tells him there is nothing worth saving of Wizarding England and he wants nothing to do with them or have him being treated like a breeding stud.
  • The Cassandra: The clerk in charge of the Hogwarts List noticed that squibs don't show up on the list to get their Hogwarts Letter. He kept trying to address the problem but ended up getting crucioed for his trouble.
  • Cassandra Truth: The clerk points out that their population is declining as fewer and fewer names show up in the Hogwarts letter listing.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: No one is bothered anymore if someone drops to the ground screaming and clutching their arm. The Dark Lord finds it funny to torture people through their Dark Marks. Although the outside world was horrified and then Wizarding England could not get any immigrants.
  • The Conspiracy: The Death Eaters have been making very sure that Voldemort never finds out about their population decline and their attempts to avert it. They also conspire to attack Voldemort in an attempt to kill him or send him to Harry Potter for him to kill.
  • Control Freak: Lucius states that the expression does not even begin to describe Voldermort, who introduced a number of draconian laws to control every aspect of people's lives, such as making it mandatory to take the Dark Mark when one comes of age.
  • Crapsack World: Wizarding England in a nutshell, after the exiles leave.
  • Darwinist Desire: As a result of Wizarding England's inbred Death Eater population, internationally a magically powerful Muggleborn is sought out as a spouse for people to avoid becoming too "pureblooded".
  • Deconstruction Fic: This fic pretty much takes the pureblood methodology and Death Eater government to its logical conclusion.
  • Defector from Decadence: Leonidas Malfoy.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Lucius doesn't understand the concepts of close-familial relationships, sees his own descendants as assets rather than people and only thinks that muggleborns are valuable to prevent inbreeding.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: The Death Eaters only took over for the sake of power only to realize too late they have no one to lord over and they are now under the Dark Lord's mercy.
  • Dystopia Is Hard: Wizarding England under the Dark Lord has no resources nor economy, their laws are too draconian to attract any immigrants and their population is slowly dying out.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: No one wants to talk about how they are becoming too inbred and people are becoming magically weaker with each generation and that they're slowly dying off.
  • Engagement Challenge: Lucius only permitted Leonidas's squib son to marry a daughter of a muggleborn Cabal concubine if they produced a magically strong child. Which they did, so they married. Although this has its own consequences.
  • Everybody Lives: Implied that all the people on the side of Light survives and have many, many descendants.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Grandparent in this case, as Lucius is proud of his grandson Leonidas, even though the latter wants nothing to do with them.
  • Exact Words: They cannot get involved with the muggle world. A couple of families that tried to invest in the muggle world or open businesses there ended up losing their magic.
    • Also, the agreement stated Hogwarts (the school) was to remain intact. The exiles took every valuable thing from it, leaving just the building. They even take the Heart, the part that made the school actually magical.
  • Fantastic Racism: It's present, but as science and Nazi Germany discredited eugenics, so did Voldemort's Wizarding England single-handily discredit pureblood ideology and blood supremacy. As Lucius puts it:
    We believed that the magic of muggleborns was a mistake - as if magic would grant her gift in error... what hubris! We were happy, eager even, to agree to the removal of every muggleborn from Britain for as long as we, or our descendants, ruled. We didn't want them and were happy to have them take care of the problem for us. The mudbloods, halfbloods, and that worst of abominations - the squib-born; would be gone and we wouldn't have to lift a finger. They would sweep in yearly and gather them up, with their families. We eagerly agreed and signed, binding ourselves, and our descendants, to that travesty. The world now knows that muggleborns are magic's gift. They are created to strengthen and diversify the blood and keep magic alive and strong.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: The Death Eaters find out the hard way their society was tilted to the very top and very bottom when they have nobody to produce goods or take care of the things running behind the scenes. For example, when the lifts stopped working, they realized the maintenance clerk, the technician and the regular repair company were gone.
  • Future Loser: While the Malfoys are nominally powerful and are still quite wealthy, they are forced to resort to desperate measures to continue their line.
  • Genius Loci: They thought it was myth but the Heart of Hogwarts also left in the Light's exodus.
  • Gilded Cage: The women of Cabal live in luxurious mansions, have their every whim pampered to and given whatever they want... but they can't leave at risk of Voldemort finding out and can't see their own children if someone else adopted them.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: The Rites of Parlay ensures that muggleborns and their families and squib orphans are taken to the new Wizarding Society in their islands in the Pacific so they wouldn't be killed by Death Eaters.
    • The clerk in change of the Hogwarts List disguises his grandson as an orphaned squib-born to get him out of England.
    • Leonidas takes squib-born children to muggle orphanages so they would be declared muggle-born orphans and be taken out of England.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Death Eaters and Voldemort wanted to rule Wizarding England, without having to deal anymore with squibs, Muggle-borns, Muggles and anything else they hate. They got what they wanted, alright.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: After Dumbledore dies, Harry surrenders right away to be spared a war. It was thought that he was cowardly, when really he brokered the best deal possible and left the Death Eaters to die out by declining birth rates or Voldemort.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Lucius believes that Dumbledore would've been horrified by the deal as it leaves so many Death Eaters and Dark families out to die.
  • Guile Hero: Harry is called almost Slytherin-like in planning since he spares his people a war with a treaty that crippled his enemies short and long-term and earns the adoration of the Light by buying several islands in the Pacific to inhabit after their Exodus.
  • Heir Club for Men: Pansy and Draco had a difficult time conceiving due to the male selection spells. She was only able to bear a daughter which resulted in Lucius buying a concubine for Draco. Both Malfoy men took concubines to sire more children to ensure their continuance of their line.
  • Heroic Bastard: Leonidas is born from the union of a pureblood concubine and Draco.
  • Humiliation Conga: Nothing goes right for the Dark side.
  • I Am Not My Father: Leonidas wants to be nothing like his father and grandfather.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Lucius reasons that getting a concubine for Draco and later kidnapping several women and forcing them into reproductive slavery was necessary to continue the lines of the Malfoys and several other prominent families.
  • Implausible Deniability: Lucius and the other Death Eater deny that they kidnapped several women despite that there was a lot of evidence, although it helps that Voldemort was offended when he was asked and crucioed the ambassadors
  • Industrialized Evil: The women of the Cabal are not to be harmed so as to keep them healthy for reproductive purposes. Also, they and their partners are given fertility potions to ensure a quick conception, and the Cabal are given a rest period of two years between each pregnancy.
  • It Is Beyond Saving: Leonidas gave up on Wizarding England and refuses to have to do anything with it.
  • I Want Grandkids: A dark example in that it's only for the continuation of the family line, and Lucius will ensure them anyway possible.
  • Know When To Fold Them: Instead of fighting the Death Eaters, Harry chose to surrender which eliminated causalities for the Light side while having the Death Eaters dig their own graves.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Less and less Dark families are able to have children and less are able to have children with magic. Inverted with the Light exiles, who are a having a prosperity baby boom.
  • Magically Binding Contract: The Rites of Parlay set the terms for Light's surrender and exile. The terms were that no one Light-sided will step foot in Wizarding England while the Dark are in control of England. The Light will come every year to take the muggleborns and halfbloods along with any squib-born they can find to safer places. The Dark are not allowed to interfere with any muggles or muggleborns or risk losing their magic.
  • Mail Order Bride: A sign of Wizarding England growing worse is that more people are refusing to give foreign brides to them. Dolohov attempted to get a young Russian pureblood witch, only for her family to back out when they heard about the state of Wizarding England.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: It is imperative for the remaining purebloods to breed, and this is especially true for the Cabal, seeing it was the reason they were kidnapped.
  • The Migration: All the Light and their supports moved to Indonesia and other assorted tropical islands and reformed their society there and progressed socially and economically.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: All the Death Eaters are so sick of Voldemort's madness and cruelty that they're planning to attack him all at once to either kill him or deliver him to Harry Potter to kill.
  • The Mistress: Many pureblood men took on concubines to ensure the continuation of their bloodlines. There's also the girls of The Cabal.
  • Moral Myopia
  • Muggle Born of Mages: The squib-born were treated as an embarrassment at best, an abomination at worst.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Thanks to the Death Eaters' own haughtiness, they condemned themselves to a slow death with the whole world watching. This trope is invoked by Lucius and the Death Eaters; they will attempt to neutralize the Dark Lord to kill him or deliver him to Potter.
  • No Delays for the Wicked: Averted. One of the first signals the Death Eaters have of how bad things are going to become is when the Ministry lifts break down, and the maintenance clerk, the technician and the company that fixed them have left.
  • No Ending
  • Offing the Offspring: Fatal magical accidents would increase if a child was proven to be a squib. If the child between a Cabal woman and a homeschooled squib is magical, the squib mysteriously dies after the child's first proof of magic.
  • Parental Favoritism: Lucius' favorite grandchild is Leonidas, but that's because he's magically strong unlike his legitimate grandson.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Lucius now realizes their victory over the light is this. While they won, they condemned themselves to an insane ruler, a shambling economy and a slow death due to inbreeding.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: While the Death Eaters manage to temporarily stave off their decline by kidnapping the Cabal girls, kidnapping them in the first place ultimately caused The Net to be placed over England, effectively trapping them in their own country.
  • Racist Grandpa: Lucius, especially now that he really is a grandfather.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: What cements Lucius Malfoy as a Retired Monster is that he doesn't understand why the world made such a big deal about the Cabal girls' disappearance and believes the women should be grateful to him and that birthing and being pregnant isn't really that difficult.
  • Reality Ensues: Aside from the problems of most pureblooded families being related to each other, resulting in inbreeding (and thus causing future generations to become magically and intellectually weaker over time), the story also shows how the removal of a large group of people with specialized skills will cause the breakdown of society.
  • Released to Elsewhere: Subverted as the Rites of Parlay ensure that muggleborns and squib-born are taken to elsewhere (by elsewhere they mean the new Hogwarts in Indonesia) so they won't be killed by Death Eaters.
  • Resignations Not Accepted
  • Retired Monster: Lucius has his regrets, but he only regrets how he did them not that he did them
  • Royal Harem: Lucius styles the Cabal as one, despite the women being nothing more than reproductive slaves.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: The ICW agents, many former Aurors, will not be bribed.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The modus oprendi of the Light Exodus, everyone that was Light-affiliated or plain didn't like the Death Eaters left England for good.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After they kidnapped several women for reproductive slavery, the ICW puts a magical Net over England. They can't portkey, Floo or apparate without getting automatically sent to an ICW warehouse for intensive questioning.
  • Secret Legacy: Harry is descended from Gryffindor, Hermione from Ravenclaw and Neville from Hufflepuff.
  • Selective Obliviousness: The "accidental deaths" of squib children or squib adults.
  • Sex Slave: A strange subversion with the women of the Cabal - they're only around to give birth to as many kids as possible, but they're not raped regularly, are kept in healthy condition and are given a two year interval between each pregnancy they have to ensure the children they have are healthy and strong.
  • Shoot the Messenger: The clerk and the ambassadors get crucioed when they confront Voldemort on particular issues.
  • Super Breeding Program: The Cabal women were a last ditch effort for affluent purebloods to breed magically strong children.
  • Super Human Trafficking: The Death Eaters kidnap young magically strong girls for reproductive slavery in the Cabal.
  • Super Registration Act: It is not mandatory to take the Dark Mark when they come of age.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Purebloods tend to be very closely related, and this works against them as now they are too inbred.
  • Tempting Fate: "We don't need the muggles or the mudbloods."
    • Also, during their kidnapping operation (which resulted in the Cabal), the Death Eaters thought nobody would notice a few missing witches from poor families in backwater areas.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Wizarding England is dying out due to inbreeding and the remaining children are getting magically weaker and mentally deficient.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Voldemort goes more and more crazy the more he sees Potter and the Order of Phoenix succeed. He even attacks people wearing glasses, because he thinks they're mocking him.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Lucius thinks the women of the Cabal should be grateful to him because he gives them whatever they want in reward for them birthing and "took them from poverty". And he lets them see their own children.
  • Wicked Stepmother: While not wicked, Pansy and Leonidas never bonded with Leonidas frequently visiting his own mother.
  • Wife Husbandry: The younger women of the Cabal were groomed to get used to their reproductive slavery quicker
  • To Win Without Fighting: What Harry and the Light exiles achieve.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Long enough to live with several regrets.
  • Xanatos Gambit
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race
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