In my Harry Potter
next gen fic "The Four Witches Go to Hogwarts" and its sequels, there ended up being Fridge Horror
in the way that James (Harry's son, not his dad) treats Scorpius that I realized while writing the story and thus it affected the way I developed their relationship with each other. For background, James and Scorpius are both in Gryffindor in this story and Scorpius is basically like Sirius with traits such as Apologizes a Lot
and his Berserk Button
is basically anything that might even sort of sound like it's possibly saying he has a tiny similarity with Draco—he's almost an unintentional Deconstruction of Strong Family Resemblance
of sorts, or at least what happens when someone looks like an infamously criminal relative of theirs. I basically intended him to be the anti-Draco (since I absolutely despise Draco and Lucius and did NOT want Scorpius to act like them at all) and he highly admires and worships Harry (and does a lot of fanboy gushing over James early on in the story).
Basically, about halfway through the story, James invites Scorpius to stay over for the Christmas holidays with him (Draco disowned him for reasons that, surprisingly, aren't Draco's fault, if you want to know, PM me because explaining it would be a HUGE spoiler for things I have planned for the story). During this time, James gets the stupid idea that it would be fun to go mess around in Harry's office on Christmas Eve night and he drags Scorpius along with him. Scorpius sees Harry's pensieve (which Harry had put memories of Draco into because he wanted to make sure he didn't think about Draco too much while Scorpius was visiting) and asks James what it is. James, who actually doesn't know, lies and tells Scorpius it will make him "turn into the person he wants to be like" and basically pushes Scorpius into it. Even with the fact that Scorpius ends up getting traumatized by seeing kid!Draco in the pensieve since he thinks that's himself at first, the Fridge Horror
is that James basically was using his "friend" as a guinea pig to test an unknown substance and just assumed that since it came out of Harry's head, that it was safe. That and other similar incidents (such as James telling Scorpius to drink Polyjuice without telling him what it was or why) made me realize that James was being disturbingly manipulative and led me to have Scorpius break off the friendship after too many times of James trying to trick him into being a decoy for various pranks/rule-breaking behavior. Then there was double Fridge Horror
when James's behavior seemed like a fantasy version of The Aggressive Drug Dealer
with the way he'd tell Scorpius things like "you're not a real Gryffindor if you don't do what I say" in the context of telling him to drink body-altering substances and I realized later what a bad friend James was being and so I had Scorpius realize it too in the story.
So I guess this is a case where I realized the Fridge Horror
in the characters' relationship early on enough for me to break them out of the unhealthily unequal relationship (even more Fridge Horror
is that I was going to initially make them a romantic pairing, which then would make it be a disturbing Seme and Uke dynamic that I dislike).
edited 9th Dec '11 4:37:11 PM by Rainbow