Heartwarming / Child of the Storm

     Book I: Child of the Storm 
  • Harry and Thor hugging after getting past a few issues (predominantly, the Disappeared Dad thing).
    • Then both going to sleep, Harry on Thor's lap.
  • The numerous Sleep Cute scenes.
  • Darcy's methods of giving Harry a dose of normality - overlaps with Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • Darcy being sweet to Harry.
    “Everything you’ve said about Harry’s mom makes her sound fucking awesome,” she said. She ruffled Harry’s hair. “Hell, just look at her kid. He’s all the evidence you need.”
  • Thor and Loki bickering in Gringotts, while primarily a Crowning Moment of Funny, is also this, as it really shows how the two of them have reconciled and are perhaps now closer than they ever were before.
  • The Avengers, Darcy, Jane, Sirius, and Pepper sitting with Thor and Harry to look at the latter's baby pictures. Sure, there's some teasing and bickering, but it really shows their family dynamic.
  • Likewise, Harry, Thor, and Loki cuddling up together on the couch to watch Doctor Who, and then falling asleep together. Tony draws fake mustaches on them, Steve tucks a blanket over them and draws a sketch, and everyone else smiles at the adorable sight.
  • When Loki thanks Clint for helping him against the veirdrdraugr, Clint's simple yet meaningful response?
  • The Pepper/Tony shipping.
  • Professor Xavier helping Harry through a few of his unresolved issues, with a brief reappearance of his younger self.
    • And quoting Oogway in the process:
    We cannot change the past, and the future is often murky and unclear. But the present is ours to decide. That is why it is called the present.
  • Harry taking Diana, though she's a couple of years younger than him, seriously, treating her as an equal and simply being nice to her despite the fact he barely knows her. Sif points out how rare that is.
  • Odin relates how he came to find Loki: Frigga, naturally, fell in love with him at first sight, while Odin, who for most of the story is The Stoic, a rough, gruff warrior king, describes his son as beautiful. It's really sweet to see the softer side of Odin's personality, and highlights just how much he loves both his sons.
    • And at the same time, it's sweet to see the way he plays the gruffly kind grandpa to his wide-eyed grandson.
  • Several times, when Thor makes comments about Lily, whether he thinks them or says them aloud, he gets a whispery half-heard answer that is clearly Lily, in some shape or form.
  • Harry Dresden saved Thomas and Martha Wayne from the robber that would have killed them. In exchange, the two of them help to repair his house, restock his pantry and icebox, pay his rent for several years and give him money so that he is not always on the edge of starving.
  • Pretty much every face to face interaction between Harry and Wanda. Special note must go to this simple, yet incredibly powerful exchange from chapter 61:
    Wanda: I'm sorry. I am so, so sorry.
    Harry: I know. I forgive you.
  • Professor Xavier gives Harry something to explain why he has not met his cousin Jean yet: a letter from future Harry, who proceeds to raise present Harry's spirits by telling him that things will get better, to stop fearing his powers and instead embrace them, and also gives him small messages for the Avengers, hinting at good things for (at least most of) them.
  • Betsy's teaching of Harry and counselling of Ginny, mixing kindness and compassion with a wicked (but not cruel) wit.
  • Wanda cuddling Harry in chapter 72 and Thor comforting him.
    Daddy's here, Harry. Daddy's here.
  • Carol's 'not your fault' speech in chapter 72 and, immediately afterwards, hugging Harry.
  • President Ellis' gentle handling of the Winter Soldier. That is a good man, as well as a great one.
  • Before he sends them off in what is a quite dangerous mission, Doctor Strange has quite a few kind words for Harry, Carol, Diana, Jean-Paul and Uhtred, telling Jean-Paul not to be afraid of power and giving Harry several pointers on how to deal with his current anger and his growing powers.
    • When Carol heard about what happened in Chapter 74, she immediately called up Jean-Paul and had him run them both over to Harry's side to support him.
    • In chapter 75, also an Awesome Moment, she went nose to nose with Sif simply to ensure that he wouldn't be alone. Fandral remarks, impressed, that that's the longest he's seen anyone stare down Sif in centuries. Subverted somewhat in that Sif had actually been about to extend the offer of travelling to Asgard to Carol and any other of Harry's friends who wished to come on the grounds that they'd be under threat too, but still.
  • Upon seeing Harry on TV, which breaks the telepathic block on her memories of him, Jean immediately rushes to try and find him, with Scott right away going along to help her.
  • Several examples in chapter 77:
    • Stephen Strange doing his best to rid the Winter Soldier of his brainwashing and giving Jason Todd (right hand to Baron Zemo, and now beset by doubts over what to do) the chance to redeem himself by allowing him to handle the Sword of Faith, which he takes.
    • Thor and Harry bonding after the former's almost death. Of course, in this case, it means tag-teaming to destroy demons and dragons by droves.
    • Diana jumping into her father's (Hercules) arms, who she has not seen in years, and the latter loudly praising her abilities.
    • Harry and Thor save a British Army detachment from being overrun by demons, and its captain thanks them, saying that Harry is a boy to be proud of, which Thor agrees with.
    • Thor teasing Harry over his attraction to Carol.
    • Tony, after asking JARVIS to send Pepper a message to tell her he intends to have Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex with her, he adds to tell her that he loves her. JARVIS gently points out that she already knows that, but Tony insists.
    • Tony praises JARVIS when he forces Zola to back off, and JARVIS says, basically, that he learned it from him.
    • Sif and Loki kissing in the middle of the battlefield, prompted by the Warriors Three, who protect them as they do so. And Volstagg encourages them not to do like they did after New Year and to continue their romantic relationship.
    • The Hogwarts staff (even Snape) risking their lives to save a number of innocents from HYDRA, protecting them from a quinjet attack, while Hagrid covers the innocents with his body.
      • Hagrid's faith that Dumbledore will see the group through, and Dumbledore's pride of Hagrid, thinking that there is no doubt Hagrid is one of the finest products of Gryffindor House.
    • Steve, Sanya, Michael Carpenter and Dane Whitman fighting to protect a group of people that were not able to escape in time, not letting a single demon past them.
    • Strange's 'faith can be something someone has in you' speech to Jason Todd while offering him the temporary use of Fidelacchius.
    • The interaction between Loki and the Voice of London.
    • Arthur Weasley's ghost forgiving the Winter Soldier for killing him, noting that it was a Mercy Kill and that the Winter Soldier did what he could to prevent HYDRA's victory, saving as many people as he killed (perhaps more), and finally pushing him to do something to begin the path to redemption.
    • Steve meeting once more with Colonel Philips, Howard Stark and the Howling Commandos, seventy years after he saw them last, and getting to lead them again into battle.
    • Young Bobby Drake fighting demons, because he doesn't want anyone to get hurt protecting him like Harry and his friends did in the Rocky Mountains.
    • Nick Fury being uncharacteristically polite to the Flamels, thanking them for their hard work. As he remarks, it is their due.
  • In chapter 78, the event no one (save for Strange) expected: Lily Evans Potter, vessel for the Phoenix, fully manifests in reality. She soothes Wanda, reveals that she was the one whispering to Thor and Harry whenever they thought of her, tells Thor that, as much as she would love to be completely back, she does not hold his relationship with Jane against him, convinces Harry to kick Chthon out while telling him how much she loves him, gives Nick Fury a hug and stays for the post-battle party.
    • Earlier, Jane and Darcy accidentally teleport right into the middle of the battle, not to far from Thor. He and Jane immediately embrace.
  • The party is full of heartwarming moments: Harry gets to cuddle up to his mum, Sirius has a conversation with Regulus, and Magneto explains to Natasha that he intervened because the world is everyone's, and everyone has the responsibility of protecting it; for the sake of the mutants; for the sake of his daughter; and because many decades before, Steve Rogers had liberated him from Auschwitz. After an entire book full of everyone treating him with wary respect, if not outright fear, it's nice to have Magneto get a Pet the Dog moment.
    • After this, he gets another when he sincerely apologises to Wanda for having to give her up, and while bridges are certainly not mended, the two come to an understanding.
    • Harry Dresden shares a sweet moment with Wanda, where she assures him that she'll protect him (if her dad ever comes after him), and he listens to her problems with Constantine, offering his genuine support.
  • As the story winds down, Carol teases Harry about basically being Luke Skywalker.
    Harry: "You've got lots of these jokes, don't you?"
    Carol: "A million and one of 'em."
    Harry: "And you're going to use them for how long?"
    Carol: "Hmm... how does basically forever sound?"
  • It ends with her promising to sit him down in front of the TV with a box set of the films and some popcorn. Harry gives his first genuinely carefree smile for a very long time, and says that he can live with that.

     Book II: Ghosts of the Past 
  • Harry giving Carol some psychic counselling to help with her PTSD from the first book, and then the two having a Sleep Cute moment.
  • When Harry reveals to his friends that he can't swim, he expects — due to lingering fears from all the time he was bullied when younger — that they'll make fun of him for it. They reassure him that they never will, and then teach him to swim.
  • In chapter 2, after Harry telepathically crushes the Death Eaters and drives off Voldemort and saves his friends and family who had been banished across the camp after undergoing a "Freaky Friday" Flip - meaning that he separately saved Pepper's mind and her pregnant body Tony silently gives him a tight hug. As the narration notes, by his standards, it's an especially momentous gesture.
  • Thor giving Harry a gentle talk to help him deal with his guilt over being forced to Mind Rape five Death Eaters into oblivion to save his friends, explaining that he made the right choice - the hard choice - and while he will have to live it, he made the right call under the circumstances because the morally unimpeachable route of tracking each person down one by one and defeating the Death Eaters individually would risk something unspeakable happening to his loved ones.
  • Chapter 3 is full of this, after everything that happened in Chapter 2:
    • Everyone's reactions to the birth of Ada Stark. Especially once Tony and Pepper name Steve, Harry, and Natasha as godparents.
    • Harry, Carol, Diana, and Uhtred all cuddle together in the same bed as comfort after the events of Chapter 2.
    • Diana meeting Happy, and comforting him on his feelings of low self-worth in light of being the only non-superhero in Tony's life.
    • Steve finally accepting Carol as his family, embracing her in relief after the events of the previous chapter.
    • Jean-Paul fulfills his promise to go visit Clark, who is elated to finally be able to talk with another superpowered teen.
  • Chapter 4 opens with Harry having a Sleep Cute moment with Wanda as she comforts him over the events of Chapter 2, and later he receives further comfort from Jean.
  • Chapter 6 has several of them:
    • Harry meets with Jean's parents, and they not only express their worry for him as if they were his parents, but also indicate their feelings of guilt over not getting him out of the Dursleys when he was younger, and Harry pointedly tells them it's not their fault.
    • Tony presents his daughter to "Aunt Ali", who turns out to be Alison Carter, Steve's daughter with Peggy. Alison also gets to hug her father after nearly 70 years.
    • When Harry meets Carol's family, the conversation turns to Stevie (Carol's brother) and his love of painting and drawing. Carol's other brother, Joe, states that art is for girls (obviously something he "learned" from his father), but Harry promptly disabuses him of the notion by pointing out that Captain America himself loves drawing and painting, that Tony Stark also draws, and that Harry himself is learning as well. He then suggests, when Joe declares that he wants to learn art (being nine and therefore as impressionable as butter), that he ask Stevie to teach him.
      • Carol's father asks Harry if he can use his powers to "make her take the right path", insulting Jean-Paul and Lex Luthor as an afterthought. Harry nearly explodes with rage, drops a brutal Calling the Old Man Out/"The Reason You Suck" Speech on the man, telling him exactly how stupid he is and threatening to make him regret it for the rest of his life.
      • Afterwards Harry talks with Carol, explaining what happened, then makes her father fall asleep so he won't take his anger out on the rest of her family and offers for her to come stay at Avengers Mansion.
  • It's pretty small, but the fact that Draco Malfoy has come far enough away from his canon counterpart that he can hold a civil, maybe even downright friendly conversation, with Hermione and a couple of Muggles really shows how much he's grown.
  • Carol, after being kidnapped and taken to the Red Room chooses to trust Gambit, and tells him You Are Better Than You Think You Are. Afraid, alone, and unsure if she can trust him, she nevertheless offers him the hand of friendship. In return, he slips her a key card and subtly informs Harry of where the prisoners are being held, before taking a telekinetic blast from the latter so that he can rescue Carol and the others.
  • Similarly, despite all she's done, one of the first things Harry does after his and Maddie's fight stops is to shake her hand and having a friendly, kindly and gently probing chat with her. It shows a lot about how he's grown up.
    • Naturally, he leaves his family's embrace and shoots after Maddie, so that she won't be alone wherever she ends up.
  • Harry having been captured again, Carol feels guilty and heartbroken. Her mom, uncle, and grandmom all console her, with the latter giving her a hug after Carol's (sorta kinda) Anguished Declaration of Love.
  • Carol's mom also explains why she Refused the Call, but despite that, is very proud of and loves Carol unconditionally.
  • Harry's sheer faith in Maddie, and the way she comes to realize that she is more than a living weapon, is incredibly sweet.
  • When a curious Maddie asks Mjolnir what "being worthy" entails, the hammer doesn't rebuff her, but shows her its previous wielders to explain what it means. Then it makes her remember how she spoke against Sinister for the first time, making the point that she can be Worthy too.
  • The budding friendship, and possible Ship Tease, between Maddie and Jono is very sweet indeed.
  • Harry Dresden considers taking the Winter Knight mantle and exchanging favors with some of his darker contacts to get his namesake back. Dumbledore, who's been where he is, tells him some of his own life story and encourages Harry to stay strong.
  • Wanda goes head-to-head with Mab when the latter has the audacity to refer to her boyfriend as "wizard mine."
    Wizard mine, I think you'll find, Queen Mab.
  • Maddie almost cries when she realizes that she's actually free of Sinister's control, and gives him a brief but effective "Reason You Suck" Speech, while quoting poetry.
    Maddie: "'If I'm design'd yon lordling's slave, By Nature's law design'd, Why was an independent wish, E'er planted in my mind?' I am no longer your experiment, your weapon, or your slave. I and I alone am the Mistress of my fate, the Captain of my soul. You have no power over me, Doctor Essex. Not any more."
  • Naturally, Dresden engages his Sight, forever imprinting his namesake's tortured body and psyche into his memory, just to see if he can help.
  • Duelling the Red Son, Magneto goes out of his way to minimize collateral damage. He's come a long way from the man who once would've used civilians as human shields himself.
  • Strange explains to Wanda that he could've allowed events to happen a different way, but does his best for Maddie, in large part because he feels guilty for failing to save her from Sinister.
  • The Avengers's reaction when they see she wields Mjolnir: they trust her, no reserve, no hesitation. She says she came to help and so they will believe her.
  • When Harry temporarily becomes the Dark Phoenix, his friends and family remind him that he is loved, that he is better than this, and that they know how he feels, and are there for him. The Power of Love triumphs over pain and anger, and a galactic-scale disaster is averted.
  • Gambit, Jono, and above all, Jean, reassuring Maddie before she meets her parents for the first time that she is a good person and that they aren't going to hate her.
    • Jean's sisterly hug is also rather sweet.
  • Many of Odin's peers freak out after Harry temporarily becomes the Dark Phoenix, and call a meeting of the Council Elite. Odin's response? Protect his grandson at any cost. If it comes down to taking on all of them at once and be killed in the process, he will do that.
  • Jesus shows up to give the above tormented person a long and patient talk in order to help him recover from his latest ordeal, as well as providing a long list of gods who, like him, believe in Harry, and a bit of mental healing on the sly.
  • Following their talk, it also looks as if Harry Dresden and Ebenezar will be able to more or less mend their bridges, and despite his reputation as the Black Sheep of the White Council, Dresden is treated with respect by both Captain Luccio and Listens-to-Wind as well.
  • In a rather Meta example some of the fans of the story, who are openly religious, praised the author on how Jesus was portrayed.
  • When Maddie finally meets her parents, the emotional outpouring is so strong that it literally bowls her over.
  • While quite funny at times, Maddie and Jean's discussion of Scott and Remy is also incredibly heartwarming because it's two sisters hanging out and talking about cute guys, just like any pair of heterosexual sisters would.
    Jean: You're my sister, Maddie. I'd take on the universe for you.
  • Xavier, Magneto, Jean, and Maddie all go with Lorna to Australia to find her mother and remove Sinister's psychic meddling. Xavier also gives her the choice to refuse their own telepathy, even though it's to reunite her with her daughter.
    • By implication, Nezhno, Kurt, Noriko, and Jono's parents will probably also have their mental blocks removed.
  • When Strange relates his Dark and Troubled Past, the first one to react is Diana. By hugging him. Because he really, really looks like he needs one. Wanda follows it up, and for once Strange wears a true smile, instead of a Grin of Audacity.
  • Ron and Hermione, though obviously Locked Out of the Loop and befuddled by the many changes that have taken place in Harry's life, still try to help and be there for him after he returns to Hogwarts.
  • Harry also receives counseling from a long list of people, some of whom are close friends and family and some of whom he doesn't know too well, but all of whom are glad to try and help him through his latest crisis by listening and sharing their own experiences.