"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:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Lucius and Hermione sort of see each other as this at first.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Deconstructed. Hermione hates Lucius with a passion. And the story goes to great lengths to show just how awful being in any kind of relationship with a man like him would be.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Hermione, Lucius, and Ron all get one.
- Armour Piercing Question: 'Why am I so abhorrent to you? What is wrong with me? What did I do?'
- Asshole Victim: Dolohov.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Heavily subverted. Hermione believes she can use her pregnancy to get Lucius to set her free and win her life back. But in the end, the fact that she's pregnant causes the death of Lucius which, due to the severity of her emotional dependence on him, leaves Hermione broken beyond repair and wishing more than anything she'd got rid of her baby when she had the chance.
- Beautiful Dreamer: Lucius watches Hermione sleep early on in the story. Not played completely straight, though, as Hermione finds it frightening more than anything.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Hermione spends a great deal of time and energy wishing for Lucius to die. When he eventually does die at the end of the story, his death breaks her completely, due to the severity of her Stockholm Syndrome.
- Beneath the Mask: Hermione wonders at how artfully Lucius keeps his true self hidden: 'It's as if he wears not only his Death Eater's mask, but also this pale mask of skin, concealing the real man beneath. What is he made of, this man I'm locked up with?'
- 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.
- Blood from the Mouth: Lucius's death.
- Break the Cutie: Hermione, oh so much.
- Break the Haughty: Having broken down Hermione both mentally and physically, Lucius is then broken down emotionally by Hermione.
- Bridal Carry: Lucius carries a severely injured and barely conscious Hermione like this. It's a confusing moment for both of them.
- 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.
- Child by Rape: Averted, many believe that Hermione's son is this. He was most likely conceived during Lucius and Hermione's secret relationship, long after his father raped his mother.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: And lots of it, very explicitly.
- 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.
- Death by Sex
- Despair Event Horizon: Hermione crosses it when she learns that her parents are dead.
- Destructive Romance: The premise of the story.
Tagline: An obsession that destroys everything it touches.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight
- Distressed Dude: Ron, who often owes his survival to Hermione's hold over Lucius.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Poor Ron…
- Domestic Abuse: Lucius is physically and emotionally abusive towards Hermione.
- 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.
- Eye Scream: Lucius casts a spell at one point which makes Hermione's eyes burn and weep blood.
- Fainting: Hermione faints in front of loads of Death Eaters. She's pregnant, and her fainting gives Avery an idea of the truth.
- Fingore: Lucius breaks Hermione's fingers and grinds them under his boot when trying to get her to give up information on Harry.
- First Name Basis: Lucius can't stand the fact that Hermione calls him by his first name. He makes a point of refusing to return the favour, referring to her only as 'mudblood'. Eventually he begins to accidentally call her by name, signalling a shift in his perception of her.
- 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: Lucius plants one too many on Hermione. Some moments though, the tables are turned and its Hermione who does it to Lucius.
- Foreshadowing: The chapter after being raped by Lucius, Hermione describes it as feeling like "something alive and unclean living, squirming and writhing" inside her. Several chapters and nights of consensual sex with Lucius later, she's pregnant.
- 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...
- Hypocrite: Lucius Malfoy. He gets called out for it several times about his pureblood status and beliefs and his relationship with Hermione.
- 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.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: After seeing what Avery and Bellatrix tried to do to Ron and Ginny, Lucius pours himself a drink, pushing one onto Hermione, too.
Lucius: I thought you might need a drink. God knows, I do.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: Hermione implies that Lucius often hits her before and after sleeping with her.
- Interrupted Suicide: Hermione tries to kill herself, but Lucius stops her from doing so.
- Intertwined Fingers: Lucius sometimes holds Hermione's hand this way.
- Ironic Echo: Lucius kisses Hermione and then carries her bridal style to her bed, where he rapes her. 3 chapters later, the same repeats, only this time it's consensual.
- 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.
- Love Dodecahedron: Lucius and Hermione are... involved in a relationship that is difficult to define. At the same time, Hermione and Ron are genuinely in love with each other, although not in a physical relationship. Meanwhile, Bellatrix pines after Lucius, whom she has been having an affair with behind Narcissa's back. And Dolohov lusts after Hermione. And it's implied that there is a small, weird sexual attraction between Bellatrix and Draco.
- Love Hurts: Yep.
- Love Is a Weakness: Lucius believes it to be one, a case of irony.
- Love Redeems: Lucius's growing feelings for Hermione make him start to reconsider his life.
- Love Triangle: Type 7 - Hermione and Ron are genuinely in love, but she and Lucius have an incredible emotional dependence on each other.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nightmare Sequence: Hermione has several. She believes that the reason Lucius sleeps so peacefully is that he has no conscience.
- No Name Given: The illegitimate son of Lucius Malfoy and Hermione Granger is never referred to by any name.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Lucius towards Hermione.
- No Sympathy: Avery.
- "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Lucius skirts very, very close to this when he attacks Hermione. 'Fall of Man' shows that he's aware, afterwards, of what he's done. Hermione herself is confused and disgusted by the whole thing, but never doubts that what Lucius did was straight-up rape.
- 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?
- Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Both Hermione and Ron call Lucius out for fixating his energies on destroying a teenage girl.
- Primal Fear: The dark for Hermione.
- Psychological Horror
- Pyrrhic Villainy: Lucius spends a lot of time trying to gain complete victory over Hermione. But he eventually admits both to Hermione and to himself that her terror of him has lost its appeal.
- 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: Hermione has Doholov attempting to rape her, and Lucius actually doing the deed later.
- 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.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Lucius offers Avery all the money he has to let him and Hermione go when they've been found out at the end of the story. Avery refuses.
Avery: I'm not in this for personal gain. That's where you and I differ, I think. I am able to keep the cause at the forefront of my mind, always. I see no need to abandon it for my own desires, unlike some I could mention.
- Separated by the Wall: After Lucius rapes Hermione, she sits with her back to her bedroom door, in tears, trailing her hand down the door. 'Fall of Man', which tells this chapter from Lucius's perspective, reveals that at the same time, Lucius is on the other side of the door, pressing his forehead to it, eaten up with self-loathing.
- 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.
- Ron gives one to Voldemort:
Ron: I'll tell you what - why don't you cut the melodramatic crap for a change? No one really wants to listen to a drama queen throwing a strop.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Taken to a horrifying extreme.
- The Sociopath: Avery.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Hermione gives birth to Lucius' son after his death.
- Spiteful Spit: Several. Hermione spits at Lucius when first captured. Ron spits at Bellatrix at one point. After Draco finds out about Hermione's relationship with his father, he spits at her.
- Stalking Is Love: Lucius towards Hermione.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Hermione develops this for Lucius despite the torture, racist comments, murder of her parents and being raped by him.
- Survivor Guilt: Hermione blames herself for Lucius's death.
- Tell Me About My Father: Averted. The epilogue states that, although Hermione's son has his own suspicions about his parentage, he never questions his mother about it, due to his love for her and fear of the truth.
- 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).
- That Thing is Not My Child!: Lucius refuses to accept the half-blood child that Hermione is carrying. Eventually, when he begins to admit his love for her, he stops calling his new son "it" and admits it to be their child.
- 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.
- Unreliable Narrator: Hermione's narrative, especially concerning her feelings, can often be misleading, due to her suffering from stockholm syndrome and the extreme emotional and mental pressure she's under.
- In 'Fall of Man', Lucius's narrative is extremely unreliable, due to his deteriorating mental state. He often paints Hermione as a stupid, villainous manipulator, despite all evidence to the contrary.
- 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: Lucius tries not to have one on Hermione, but it gets the better of him.
- Wall Bang Her: Implied in chapter 31.
- Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: After stabbing Hermione in the shoulder, Lucius fixes the wound he has created up for her. He suggests that she should be grateful to him for healing her. She just tells him to Get Out.
- What Beautiful Eyes: "Fall of Man" reveals that the thing Lucius admires about Hermione is her eyes.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Ron gives a big one to Hermione when he learns how she's sleeping with Lucius, the Death eater father of their high school nemesis, pureblood supremist and murderer of her parents.
- 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.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Subverted, Hermione thinks Lucius is going to rape her several times, but he doesn't because he claims to find sex with a muggle born disgusting, but he ends up doing the deed because he couldn't help it. Played straight when she also thinks she's in a story where one can Earn Your Happy Ending, where she can make her own future with Lucius and spend their lives together, but she's unable to save him from dying.