"Am I supposed to be moved by your pathetic pleas? How dare you ask me to pity you? I detest you!"
— Lucius Malfoy‘Eden’
by Obsessmuch is an AU Harry Potter fanfic centered on the unusual pairing of Hermione Granger and Lucius Malfoy. Hermione and Ron are held as hostages by the Death Eaters. Lucius Malfoy is given charge of the pair, but the muggle-born Hermione gets under the hardened bigot’s skin. Lucius is determined to break her before she breaks him. Hermione is determined to survive. Both are forced to confront the darkest corners of their souls in order to achieve their objectives.
‘Eden’ is notable for being not only extremely long (at 364,082 words and 50 chapters), but also relentlessly dark and disturbing. Its slow pacing and strong themes of psychological horror mean it’s not for everyone, but it’s adored by its fans, having spawned a lot of fan-art
, and even a song.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Hermione, Lucius, and Ron all get one.
- Asshole Victim: Dolohov, Bellatrix, and Lucius.
- Bad Liar: Hermione. Both Lucius and Ron point it out to her.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Hermione realizes this at the end of the story.
- Berserk Button: No one messes with Hermione except Lucius.
- Betty and Veronica: With Hermione as Archie, Betty is Ron with Veronica as Lucius.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Avery. He never so much as raises his voice, or displays any kinds of emotion, and he is the one who eventually blows the lid on Hermione and Lucius.
- Big Damn Kiss: Chapters 29 and 44.
- Bittersweet Ending: Hermione and Ron survive and go on to start a family, but Hermione is so damaged by what she went through she spends the rest of her life essentially broken. What's more, the pair of them are left raising Lucius's son, who serves as a reminder of his father due to the strong family resemblance. For some fans, who were rooting for Lucius's survival, his death gives the story a Downer Ending.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Or her heart, to be precise…
- Break the Cutie: Hermione, oh so much.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Toyed with when Ginny turns up in one chapter. See also Moral Event Horizon.
- But I Would Really Enjoy It: Death Eaters are forbidden from sleeping with muggle-borns. Which makes Lucius's attraction to Hermione very difficult for him to deal with.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Lucius. Dear god…
- Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Lucius openly despises Ron from the beginning, and uses any excuse to physically or mentally cause him pain. When he later finds him kissing Hermione, he tortures him into unconsciousness, not caring that in doing so he makes Hermione hate him all the more.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lucius at first. Avery later takes it Up to Eleven
Avery: Such charming language. You must be very proud of your son.
- Destructive Romance: The premise of the story.
Tagline: An obsession that destroys everything it touches.
- Distressed Dude: Ron, who often owes his survival to Hermione's hold over Lucius.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Poor Ron…
- Emotionally Tongue Tied: Lucius.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even Lucius thinks that Avery and Bellatrix's plans for Ginny were a bad idea, and calls Avery out on it.
- Five-Bad Band: The regular villains fit quite well.
- Forbidden Fruit: It's made explicit that Lucius becomes obsessed with Hermione because her muggle-born status makes her forbidden to him.
Lucius: Why? Draco, isn't it plain enough? Surely it should be obvious to you - a boy who has been so spoiled he's never been refused anything, even something he had no desire for in the first place.
- Forceful Kiss
- Guilt Complex: Hermione. Over everything.
- Her Heart Will Go On
- How Dare You Die on Me!
Hermione: WAKE UP! Bloody wake up! Don't you leave me! Don't you bloody... you bastard...
- If I Can't Have You: Bellatrix murders Lucius before he can escape with Hermione.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Doholov and Lucius to Hermione.
- Incest Subtext: Implied between Bellatrix and Draco.
- Bellatrix also seems to enjoy calling Lucius 'brother', even though they aren't really related.
- Killed Off for Real: Lucius, Bellatrix, Dolohov, and Avery. And Hermione's parents.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Lucius.
- Kill 'em All: Out of the regular characters, only Hermione, Ron and Draco survive.
- Knight Templar: Lucius and Avery.
- Love Hurts: Yep.
- Love Is a Weakness
- Love Martyr: Hermione. She still loves Lucius despite all the shit he puts her through.
- Love Redeems
- Love Triangle: Type 7
- The Masochism Tango: Hermione and Lucius never stop hating each other.
- May-December Romance: As Ron and Draco point out, Lucius is old enough to be Hermione's father. The squickiness of the situation is not overlooked.
- Mind Rape: Lucius to Hermione.
- Morality Pet: Hermione to Lucius. She is the only character who can bring out some good in him, and that good is negligible at best.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Bellatrix attempts this.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Lucius has this when he realizes he's gotten Hermione pregnant.
- "Fall of Man", a story by the same author, tells chapter 26 through Lucius's perspective. It shows him suffering this trope during his assault on Hermione, but keeps trying to ignore it. By the end, he goes through this when he realizes he has just raped an unwilling, defenseless, emotionally torn teenage girl who has lost her virginity.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Lucius.
- No Sympathy: Avery and Bellatrix.
- Only Sane Man: Ron. At times, even he thinks that Hermione's lost her mind. Hermione doesn't entirely disagree with him.
- Precision F-Strike: Ron gets a very satisfying one.
Ron: What now, Lucius FUCKING Malfoy? WHAT NOW?
- Primal Fear: The dark for Hermione.
- Psychological Horror
- Rage Against the Reflection: Lucius glares at his own reflection in a mirror before smashing it, though it's not clear whether his self-hatred is due to his sleeping with Hermione, his feelings for her, or his awareness of how terribly he has hurt her.
- Rape as Drama
- Redemption Equals Death: Lucius dies trying to get Hermione out.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: Lucius pretends to offer Hermione one of these to save her parents’ lives. It's just a power game of his: after she agrees, he refuses the offer, and kills her parents anyway.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Hermione pulls several of these on Lucius. Most notably when he attempts to victim-blame her:
Hermione: You won't blame me. How could you blame me? I was seventeen years old – I was a child. But you – you're a grown man, with a wife, a son my age, for god's sake. You should have known better.
- The Sociopath: Avery.
- Someone to Remember Him By
- Stalker with a Crush: Dolohov, Bellatrix and Lucius.
- Stalking Is Love
- Stockholm Syndrome
- Survivor Guilt: Hermione blames herself for Lucius's death.
- Tender Tears: Hermione cries more than anyone else in the story, somewhat understandably. In "Fall of Man", Lucius states that he hates to see her cry, as he can't stand the effect her tears have on him (that is, they make him feel pity for her).
- Terms of Endangerment: Dolohov calls Hermione 'My dear' on occasion.
- Together in Death: Hermione hopes for this after Lucius dies
Hermione: I can only hope that he's waiting for me. Even if it's only in oblivion.
- Traumatic Haircut: Lucius casts a spell to make Hermione lose her hair at one point. It grows back a short while later.
- Villainous Breakdown: Lucius, Bellatrix, Dolohov and Draco are all driven to one gradually. Draco's eventual breakdown is pretty spectacular:
Draco: Oh you're sorry? I'm sure you're fucking sorry, you bitch! Sorry? SORRY? LIKE HELL YOU ARE!
- Villainous BSOD: Lucius has one when Hermione tells him she's pregnant.
- Villainous Crush
- What You Are in the Dark
Lucius: It’s darkness that shows us what we truly are. In the dark, one can be whatever one wishes to be.