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This page lists tropes associated with Harry Thorson, the main character of Child of the Storm.

Harry Thorson né Potter a.k.a. Red Son a.k.a. Dark Phoenix

I never wanted power. I never wanted to be god. And I am done playing.

The Hero of the story, and for the most part, as sweet and kind-hearted as in canon... but also as temperamental. The discovery that his father wasn't just James Potter - he was Prince Thor of Asgard, member of the Avengers and all round awesome guy, and the often chaotic ramifications of this, shape the story. Increasingly, Harry's responses to those ramifications shape the story, and Harry himself takes centre stage in the great supernatural chess game as a player in his own right.

Needless to say, this also drastically affects his Character Development - not all of which is for the better. An increasingly snarky, increasingly confident and assertive individual, he's more proactive and thoroughly resigned to the absurdity of his life. However, he's also deeply traumatised, occasionally ruthless, with a darker side and a sometimes dangerous temper. Even with his struggles, however, he's still a hero at heart.

For tropes pertaining to the Red Son and the Dark Phoenix, see their respective entries here and here.

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  • Ace Pilot: He is a natural at flying, even with a Quinjet.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Harry is a Demi-God in this story as a result of James and Thor being the same person.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: A rare written version, since he's explicitly fancast as a young Tom Welling (Tall, Dark, and Handsome heart-throb) who's growing into a young Pierce Brosnan/Henry Cavill (ditto).
  • Adaptational Badass: Aside from the Combo Platter Powers, by Ghosts, he's lethal in close combat, and far more tactically adept. As in canon, initially he wanders into trouble and Indy Ployed his way out. After some brutal lessons and tutelage from Bucky, he upgrades to Xanatos Speed Chess, becoming good enough to run rings around some of the most accomplished schemers and commanders in the story.
  • Adaptational Muscles: Magical correction of stunted growth, a properly regulated diet (both courtesy of his grandmother), a son-of-Thor related growth spurt, and training with Sean Cassidy/Bucky Barnes all help. Thus, he's considerably taller and somewhat more muscular than his novel counterpart. The end result is that he's younger than he looks, even pre skunk stripe.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: At first. By Ghosts, it's a bit more nuanced - less fear of what could happen if he loses control, more fear of what he might do.
  • A God Am I: He veers into it briefly when he snaps and becomes the Dark Phoenix.
  • A God, I Am Not: Technically speaking, he's a demigod, but he's not entirely happy with the idea and is very uncomfortable with the idea of being worshipped. Cue the quote.
    "I never wanted power. I never wanted to be god. And I am done playing."
  • All Genes Are Codominant: Averted - he looks like his father (as James), eyes excepted, and he's got a developing Asgardian physique, but as noted by several people, he acts a lot like his mother and his Psychic Powers, which he has a greater natural affinity for, come from her. He even starts looking more like her as time goes on (though he still favours his dad).
  • All-Loving Hero: Mostly, even after his traumatic experiences result in his steady evolution into a Knight in Sour Armour. It becomes a plot point when the Avengers note that it would be just like him to befriend and basically adopt the possibly evil Living Weapon clone of his beloved cousin - she's not actually a clone, but that's another matter. Bucky discusses it in chapter 25, remarking how it can bring out the better natures of people who didn't actually know they had better natures.
  • Alternate Self: Spends most of chapter 41 of Ghosts talking to an older version of himself thanks to an enchantment malfunctioning under his powers' influence, and still present cracks in reality. The counterpart refers to himself as 'Nathan' for simplicity's sake, and comes from a timeline where Wanda adopted him after the events of his First Year, and ends up reappearing as Jean and Maddie's Phoenix teacher.
  • Amazon Chaser: Harry's magnetic attraction to danger extends to his taste in women. If he's interested, it's because the lady in question is somewhere between formidable and terrifying.
  • Ambiguously Human: He starts becoming this more and more as time goes by, particularly when he gets angry, at which point he starts shading into Humanoid Abomination territory. It scares him witless.
  • And This Is for...:
    • When ripping Gravemoss's heart out, he makes it clear it's for what he did to Sif under Paris.
    • Subverts it in chilling fashion in Ghosts, when dismembering Dudley, calmly explaining that this is not being done out of revenge, or rage, but because it must be done.
  • Animal Motifs: He's also repeatedly described as resembling a young bird of prey, often a falcon, fitting his lean physique, aerial talents, razor-sharp eyesight, frightening observation skills, tendency towards lightning-fast surprise attacks to compensate for a relative lack of physical power, and habit of working alone.
  • Animal Themed Super Being: Is increasingly associated with the Phoenix, pyrokinesis and all. Given that his mother merged with the Phoenix Force, this isn't entirely surprising. More generally, he's sometimes described as resembling a bird of prey, particularly a falcon.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Starts out as a textbook idealist, albeit with a cynical streak. After his more unpleasant experiences and rapidly expanded knowledge of just what makes the cosmos tick, plus a brief dabbling with Nihilism, he comes around to this idea in chapter 35 of Ghosts.
    If you took apart the universe down to its smallest bits, I’m willing to bet you wouldn’t find any justice, or any mercy. There’s no mercy in the universe. No justice. Just us. And what we do. [..] If the universe is a dark place, then I want to bring some light into it. If there’s no justice, then I’d like to bring some. And if there’s no mercy in the universe, then I’d like to try and show some.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Part and parcel for being connected to the Phoenix, which he underlines by nearly destroying the world as the Dark Phoenix.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: While his position as de facto leader of the younger generation owes more to personal loyalty, part of why he's increasingly taken seriously in the sequel is his phenomenal track record - something which Strange goes to some trouble to very publicly hammer home.
  • Astral Projection: Does this a couple of times - the second time, in the sequel, he manages to project an avatar across the Atlantic capable of going hand to hand with a Grey Court Master. Gorakhnath later notes that this was both impressive and like watching a child juggle hand-grenades.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: While he usually plays it smart, his strategy devolves into this in chapter 70 once Luna dies and Daken taunts him, so he quite understandably really loses his rag. He's powerful enough by this point that it almost works. Almost.
  • Back from the Dead: In chapter 71, via the Phoenix.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Carol in Chapter 76, and with his father later in the same chapter.
  • Badass Boast: He makes a few, much like his dad.
    • He makes a couple more in chapter 70 in the throes of Tranquil Fury that are truer than anyone, least of all him, realises. While he suffers a Disney Death at the end of chapter 70, the Phoenix instantly resurrects him and goes on a rampage.
    If there’s one thing I can guarantee, just one, it is this. You have never faced anything like me.
    Because Daken, there is no power on this Earth that can stop me now!
    • Again in chapter 74, in a similar mood combined with a short "No More Holding Back" Speech.
      You people and your guns. Did you really think that they would protect you from me? note 
    • And in chapter 28 of Ghosts, he gives this one to a surprised group of adults, including Crouch Senior, Bagman, Karkaroff, and Maxime, after being selected for the Triwizard and demonstrating his powers by levitating the Durmstrang ship, all 6,000 tons of it, while inspecting his fingernails when they're questioned.
      What? Surprised? Let me make it very simple. I don't know what you've heard, what you know, or what you think you know, but it boils down to this: you have limits. I don't.
  • Badass in Distress: In Forever Red, he's captured, then re-captured, by the Red Room, and tortured in an ultimately successful attempt to transform him in the Red Son. And that's the abridged version.
  • Badass Finger Snap: Develops a habit of signalling a telepathic or telekinetic manoeuvre with one of these, something picked up from his mother, at the end of Child of the Storm. Hermione disapprovingly notes that it's an unnecessary piece of theatrics, and Harry admits that she's right.
  • Badass Longcoat: Twice in Ghosts, first when adapting the Power Limiter the Red Room gave him, and secondly when pretending to be the Dark Phoenix to trick Dracula.
  • Battle Couple: In chapter 77, Thor teases him by saying that he and Carol (with whom Harry is Just Friends) make a very fine Battle Couple. Harry lets out a wail of teenage embarrassment, but doesn't exactly deny it. This gets a Call-Back in Ghosts when Harry brings up the battle, and Thor snarks that it wasn't a battle, it was a first date. Cue another wail of teenage embarrassment. Nevertheless, by Ghosts they're frequently seen fighting side-by-side, and their psychic connection means that they're much more in-tune with each other than would otherwise be possible - and after chapter 46, they're dating.
  • Battle-Halting Duel: Gets into one with Daken, which ends abruptly when Daken kills him. Then the Phoenix takes over.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind:
    • When Chthon possesses him, thanks to the machinations of Doctor Strange, and with some support from his parents, he's able to cast the Elder God out.
    • He has another epic one with Maddie Pryor. She's more powerful than him, but he's got cunning to spare, and he's intentionally avoiding a direct fight, allowing him to hold his own - though it's made clear that he's fighting a losing battle. Since winning the fight wasn't ever part of his actual plan, this suits him just fine.
    • He also manages to get away honours even from one with Surtur - though the latter was handicapped by reaching back through time, and a vision, and Harry's a Phoenix host, so inoculated.
    • Really, it's not surprising that his plan to deal with an Eldritch Abomination that specialises in Mind Rape is to lock it in his head and force it into a psychic cage-match.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Briefly, when he snaps and becomes the Dark Phoenix. More generally, compare the open-hearted impulse driven cutie of the first book, and the ruthless, thoughtful, and pragmatic manipulator of the sequel. The latter is an entirely different and much darker kettle of fish, even after his regained levels in kindness and maturity.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Gets hit with this hard when he darkly remarks in Ghosts that he hopes the telepath (Sinister) who intervened to keep him at Privet Drive to study him comes around and has a go. Cue Forever Red.
  • Because Doctor Strange Says So: Subverted. Harry gets understandably resentful of Strange's manipulations, claiming that he doesn't have a choice in anything he does. Strange's retort boils down to the fact that it's precisely because Harry chooses to be a hero, no matter what, that he focused on him to begin with.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He remembers kindnesses to himself very clearly. Conversely, people being unkind to his friends tends to bring out his more dangerous side.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: How he wound up as the Red Son, then the Dark Phoenix. He is, thankfully, talked down, but at the very least he is a much more ruthless and morally pragmatic individual afterwards.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't hurt or threaten the innocent in his presence. Ever. And that goes double for one of his friends.
    • Also, trying or even implicitly threatening to control him is a really, really bad idea post Forever Red.
    • Mind Rape in general sets him off, especially if someone asks him to do it - especially to a friend. It only gets worse after Forever Red, to the point where Steve quietly concedes that if Mr Danvers had asked him to alter Carol's mind after that arc rather than before, Harry wouldn't have just scared him with a "Reason You Suck" Speech and a few intimidating effects - he would have killed him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While the 'nice' is in doubt for a fair chunk of Ghosts, thanks to PTSD, he is caring and has a good heart. He will also not hesitate to earn those comparisons to Doctor Strange and Magneto if you threaten the innocent.
  • Beware the Superman: Comparisons are made to a young Magneto. Even Magneto himself notes the similarities - and with reason. Forever Red illustrates this from his fight with Dudley to his willing transformation into the Dark Phoenix.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Becomes increasingly prone to this, as he becomes one of the more senior members of the younger cast.
    • Uhtred and Diana after being kidnapped by the Disir, protecting them and shipping Uhtred/Jean-Paul and Diana/Ginny. When talking to Jean-Paul in Book 2, he mildly tells his friend that if he thought the latter were cheating on Uhtred, he would break Jean-Paul's leg and interrogate him. Bear in mind that Harry has previously stated that given how powerful and ruthless Jean-Paul is, he'd rather go another round with Dracula (who curbstomped him, twice, and nearly killed him both times) than fight him.
    • Luna Lovegood, becoming a Bully Hunter to try and protect her. It ends up backfiring.
    • Also towards Ginny Weasley, setting her up with Diana and firmly telling her that he's more than happy to intimidate anyone who has a problem with her sexuality - though he also acknowledges that she might not want this 'help' given how it backfired last time he tried it (with Luna).
    • He immediately takes Clark under his wing when they meet in Ghosts, offering the benefit of his experience to help him through his issues and ensure that he won't make the same mistakes. They can actually pass quite easily for brothers, and Harry's skunk stripe and demeanour make him seem notably older than Clark. Then, he finds Clark Strapped to an Operating Table. See Unstoppable Rage for what happens next.
  • Big Brother Mentor: As noted above, Harry is protective of Clark (who could easily pass for his younger brother), mentoring him, and teasing him, giving him advice on everything from espionage to romance.
  • Big Man on Campus: Played With, then Subverted. He's a skilled sportsman, handsome, and famous. However, his PTSD and secretive behaviour mean that he's seen as distant, dangerous, and unpredictable.
  • Blackmail: He's entirely willing to use it to achieve his ends if more conventional methods don't work.
  • Blessed with Suck: See Hybrid Power. Also more generally, his new-found family and rank, while awesome, attracts trouble like nobody's business and sparks the plot of the first book and most of the second.
  • Blood Knight: Reluctantly comes to realize that a large part of him enjoys being in life-or-death fights.
  • Blow You Away: What he's next best at, after fire magic, though again, he generally prefers his telekinesis. In chapter 58 of Ghosts, he proves capable of condensing a thunderstorm into something the size of a golf-ball.
  • Blue Blood:
    • Very much so, on his dad's side. He's in direct line to the throne of Asgard, his great-grandmother was Zeus's Aunt and, also through his dad, he may very distantly be related to the House of El - though that relation, in the latter case, is either non-existent or watered down to the point of homeopathy (though his adopted great-uncle was an ancestor of the House of El).
    • The sequel reveals that on his mother's side, via the Grey family, there was a solid amount of middle-ranking English nobility, though nothing really relevant in the present daay. He was even distantly related to Lady Jane Grey a.k.a. 'the Nine Days Queen'. However, it's implied that either the titles withered away or his ancestors were not in the line of inheritance for whatever titles there were.
  • Boring, but Practical: By the sequel, thanks to becoming a Combat Pragmatist. While he's creative, with a vast array of abilities and skills, he's got two primary battle-tactics: move fast and blow everything up, or an illusion-aided sneaky back-stab. Neither is particularly exciting, but with the raw power he can bring to bear, blowing things up usually works (as Alison notes, "fire is very hard to argue with"). When that doesn't work or isn't practical, stabbing someone in the back (or somewhere even more painful) tends to do the job. That being said, he can be very creative when going up against a sufficiently powerful opponent.
  • Born Lucky: While his general luck is probably the worst in the known multiverse (even Peter Parker is sympathetic), he'll usually get out of any situation, no matter how hairy, by the skin of his teeth. And even if he can't do it by himself, that's okay - Wanda's blessing boils down him always having back-up.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: He borrowed the Eleventh Doctor's "Geronimo!" when going into the Chamber of Secrets shortly after meeting his uncle, and later the Tenth Doctor's "Allons-y!". In a much darker example, when going up against Dracula, he gives the following Pre Ass Kicking One Liner, borrowed from his father:
    "Dracula, King of Corpses, Lord of Leeches. I, Harry Thorson, Prince of Asgard, would have words. Words, vampire, with thee."
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: He gets a broad selection of teachers from Sean Cassidy to Doctor Strange for this exact purpose, turning him a raw powerhouse into someone lethally dangerous with or without powers.
  • Brainy Brunette: He has his father's (mortal) black hair, white streak notwithstanding. No one mistakes him for stupid, but both Hermione and Jean-Paul note that he's far smarter than most people realise.
  • Break the Cutie: Chapters 60 through 74 of the first book - especially 70 to 74 - break him quite comprehensively, though chapters 76 and 77 put him back together again. Then, in the sequel, Forever Red breaks him all over again, and the repair process takes much longer.
  • Bring It: A couple of times in Ghosts, usually when he feels like making a show of his fight.
  • Bruiser With A Soft Centre: By chapter 70, he could blow up a reasonably sized mountain, and by chapter 40 of the sequel, he's estimated as being one of the most powerful people in Europe. He is also, for the most part, a total sweetie - though for a while in the sequel, that centre can be harder to find.
  • Brutal Honesty: Occasionally on display, especially in the second book, when confronting what he perceives as teenage stupidity (not that he ever displays such stupidity himself, of course), or more generally doesn't feel he has the time to waste by being polite.
  • Bullet Dodges You: In chapter 71 the Phoenix does in his body, with magic and energy bolts as well as bullets. In chapter 74, he does it himself, and in Ghosts he repeats the trick as the Red Son.
  • Bully Hunter: He is this, because he wants to protect people who can't protect themselves. However, it tends to do more harm than good.
  • Burning with Anger: After he develops a talent for Playing with Fire, this starts happening - and, after Forever Red, the smell of wood-smoke appears when he gets really hacked off. The latter in particular is generally a sign that you should start running. Preferably to another galaxy.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He's occasionally prone to forgetting how significant certain events were to other people. This is forgivable, considering how regularly epic scale horror shows up on his doorstep. He becomes aware of it in the sequel and starts pointing it out to illustrate a) how messed up his life is, b) why he is the way he is, c) why he doesn't want to drag the likes of Ron, Hermione, or Clark into it.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Dudley's Cain, though he ends up killing Dudley - who, admittedly, had become both a vampire and an absolute monster before he was turned.
  • Catchphrase: Burn. Fortunately, it only shows up when some supernatural monster has jumped up and down on his Berserk Button. Unfortunately, he's not always that discriminating once said button has been pressed.
  • The Call Put Me on Hold: His powers wait until chapter 60 of the first book to appear in earnest. They promptly prove more of a problem than a solution.
  • Chain Pain: During the fight with the Fallen Fortress' Spirit, he uses a magical chain to both hurt it and try to bind it, with varying effectiveness.
  • The Champion:
    • Platonically to Luna Lovegood (which explains why he went berserk after she was killed).
    • Later, not-so-platonically to Carol (though she has been known to flip the script). The positive aspect is that she's a very effective Morality Chain, because he'll always listen. However, the negative is that if something were to happen to her, his reaction would be downright horrifying. Like, return-of-the-Dark-Phoenix horrifying.
  • Character Development: In spades, in just a year. By the latter point, he's a morally flexible Action Hero, with talents as a liar, actor, and manipulator, who's Seen It All and is generally unimpressed. He's also Older and Wiser, being a Fiery Stoic rather than purely Hot-Blooded, and a philosophical Knight of Faith, and occasionally prone to Brutal Honesty. The dramatic nature of these changes is highlighted - sometimes to show how he Had to Be Sharp, sometimes to lament that he Used to Be a Sweet Kid.
  • Chest Insignia: The brief age-up netted him some rather nice armour as well, including a Phoenix symbol on his chest. It reappears when he's resurrected and possessed by the Phoenix in chapter 71 and when he taps into the Phoenix's power in chapter 2 of Ghosts, and later becomes the Dark Phoenix.
    • In chapter 32, he seems to explicitly choose a version of one used by his distant ancestor, Frey; a stylised Yggdrasil with seven stars over it, in gold on a silver-white background. It reappears in chapter 43 as part of Project Galahad.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In his first sparring match against Uhtred, he flips over his Uhtred's head to deliver a finishing blow, albeit hurting his ankle in the process. About a year later in Ghosts, he does this again to the mutated Dudley, this time landing gracefully.
  • Chick Magnet: Due to a combination of being a) The Chosen One, b) Tall, Dark, and Handsome, and c) a literal Knight in Shining Armor, even if he's sometimes rather short-tempered due to his PTSD. He finds it very irritating, and employs a variety of means to avoid female attention.
    • Ironically, as is pointed out, his attitude post-Forever Red actually makes him more attractive to a certain group - though as is also pointed out, it makes him less attractive to others.
  • The Chosen One: He is this, much to his irritation/resignation.
  • Chrome Champion: His 'Galahad' armour goes with this. It's silvery-white, and thanks to Asgardian input and no weapons system bar its repulsors (because, as is pointed out, Harry is the weapons system), much sleeker than most Iron Man suits. It's all finished with emerald green eye-lights and an entirely blank white mask, one often compared to 'the skull of an angel' for unnerving effect.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: This crossed with Leeroy Jenkins is identified as a Fatal Flaw in Ghosts when it reaches its apogee: having just escaped from the Red Room, he dives right back in, as they're vanishing to parts unknown, to try and save Maddie Pryor/Rachel Grey. The resultant brutal Trauma Conga Line strongly informs his Character Development, and by the next major arc he makes sure to have both a plan and where possible, back-up. That being said, his Chronic Hero Syndrome is still as strong as ever post-Character Development. He just plans better.
  • Clashing Cousins:
    • With Dudley, as per canon. They end up fighting when Dudley reappears as the Blob a.k.a. the Beast of the Red Room after several years under Sinister's influence, and Harry beats him to a pulp. Then, he reappears as a Grey Court Vampire, Voldemort having got hold of him and given him to Dracula as a new super-minion, nearly kills Uhtred, and promptly gets dismembered.
    • Also with Maddie, Jean's Separated at Birth twin - though in that case, she's a Punch-Clock Villain at worst thanks to her upbringing as a Sympathetic Sentient Weapon and deeply skewed moral education, and he spends most of his time trying to redeem her. He succeeds... eventually.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Has green eyes per canon. They fit his spitfire nature like a glove and they're even more significant than usual owing to the facts that Jean Grey is his second cousin (as is Maddie Pryor) and his mother merged with the Phoenix Force.
  • Color Motif: Initially, red and gold, representing his temper, royalty, and heroism. In the sequel, it shades into silver-white and gold, both because Gold and White Are Divine, and because it represents his increasingly colder, more controlled, and harder to read demeanour.
  • Combat Parkour: In the sequel, he mixes this with dance-style moves, his speed, reflexes and agility making him exceptionally hard to hit - and that's before he starts throwing out illusions.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: As the Ravenclaw Quidditch team found out (for their part in the bullying of Luna Lovegood), he has a proclivity for these.
  • Cool Big Bro: To Uhtred, Diana, and Clark, the latter two of whom he immediately takes under his wing after they meet (with Uhtred, there's some initial tension).
  • Cool Crown: Favours circlets for official occasions - initially a simple golden one with a triskelion design, then a silvery-gold one with a gem that resembles pure starlight set in the brow - with the usual connotations of Modest Royalty who do stuff.
  • Cool Helmet: His first 'Galahad' suit, silvery-white, has what resembles a futuristic Numenorean helm. The later version is more slimmed down, with an even blanker face mask than most Iron Man suits that's repeatedly described as 'the skull of an angel'.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: He's arguably the ultimate cool kid, on paper at least (he's often Endearingly Dorky in person), but tends to pick odd-balls and outcasts for friends - probably because underneath, he has more in common with them. The main exception is his cousin Jean, who's even cooler.
  • Cool Loser: He never precisely becomes a loser, but he definitely becomes an outsider at Hogwarts in the sequel, thanks to his differing experiences shaping his perceptions and forcing him to grow up much, much faster.
  • Cool Sword: The altered Second Prophecy, and Trelawney's unexpectedly accurate tarot reading, allude to one. In Ghosts, Uhtred personally forges, under Tony's guidance (with enchantments from Loki) a sword as a belated birthday gift. It's an almost perfectly balanced sabre. It later gets an upgrade.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When he's actually in a fight, he tends to be quick, brutal, and effective. His Guile Hero tendencies (as noted below) and his quick thinking, combined with his raw power, make him very dangerous when he's thinking clearly. However, he's still got Chronic Hero Syndrome, he's still impulsive, and suffers from a non-romantic version of The Dulcinea Effect. This has absolutely horrific consequences in the Forever Red arc.
    When it came to fighting creatures such as this, Harry left his scruples at the door.
  • Consummate Liar: In Ghosts. Hermione is disconcerted when she notices, noting that he never used to be that good at it, and he bluntly tells Ron that he's one of the best liars Ron will ever meet, and Ron can trust him on that. A blunt demonstration of this when the secret of Hermione's heritage comes out in chapter 66 causes a major rift between the trio.
  • Covert Pervert: He's a teenage telepath with an active imagination, and to his mortal embarrassment, an increasingly active sex drive. This leads to a few reasonably serious scenes being punctuated by him trying to focus and ignore his libido: e.g. when he's mulling over a vision of multiple universes and the implications of the fact that his subconscious selected them for him to view and learn a Very Important Lesson from, a large part of his mind is stuck on one universe where an older version of him and Carol were about to have a Shower of Love and comparing Naked!AU!Carol to Sleepwear!Carol. This is actually justified - the subconscious, after all, includes the libido.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: His plans are considered in-universe to be absolutely crazy, yet surprisingly effective (usually). It gets to the point where estimating how crazy something is tends to be considered a good way of figuring out whether or not it was one of his ideas.
  • Creepy Child: At times, particularly to those who don't know him so well. He acts far older than he is, he knows far too damn much, he's far too perceptive for anyone's comfort, and moves just a little too gracefully to be human.
  • Creepy Good: For many of the same reasons as Creepy Child, combined with the fact that even his armour borders on the Uncanny Valley.
  • Creepy Monotone: In the sequel while plumbing the depths of Tranquil Fury, to the point of bordering Soft-Spoken Sadist territory.
  • Crush Blush: Occasionally, usually around Carol. This happens even after he's gone Dark Phoenix and by all logic, should not be able to blush. A particularly prize-winning version pops up in chapter 33 of Ghosts after Carol kisses him on the cheek.
  • Cry into Chest: Several times in chapter 72, with good reason, first Wanda, then Thor, then Carol.
  • Cuddle Bug: He has evolved into this, now that affection is freely given.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Starts handing these out after chapter 50 of Book 1, particularly in Ghosts. Notable examples include both rounds with Dudley, as a Blob-type mutant and later, a mutant vampire and the Elder Wyrm). However, he's also on the receiving end in chapter 7 of Ghosts from Maddie Pryor and Dracula in chapters 32 and 33.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Though Dracula batters him from pillar to post, Harry gets several good strikes in, actually hurting the Vampire Monarch, and if he had been up against almost any other vampire, he probably would have won.
  • Cute and Psycho: Develops into this towards the end of the first book and at the start of the second, thanks to various Trauma Conga Lines (plural), and dialled Up to Eleven after Forever Red. The Magneto comparisons didn't come out of nowhere. Unusually, he spends much of the second book dialling down the 'Psycho' part, through therapy (though he gets much, much worse before he gets better).
  • The Cynic: After hints in the first book, he becomes this (and a Knight in Sour Armour) in Ghosts, after the Trauma Conga Line of Forever Red. However, by chapter 58, he notes that it's good for surviving, not living, and a reflex he's trying to overcome.
  • Dance Battler: While fast to begin with, by the later parts of Ghosts, he's a highly accomplished classical and Latin dancer (as he smugly explains, Asgardian muscle memory is good for more than just learning how to fight), and an exceptionally graceful fighter, being almost impossible to hit - on several occasions, he's described as "dancing" in a fight, whether between lightning bolts or away from chaos blasts.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: One made worse than canon by the addition of Sinister.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Obliquely hinted at via references to a Raging Stiffie.
  • Deadly Upgrade:
    • The Dark Phoenix usually functions as this, though the transformation is more a Fate Worse than Death.
    • In Ghosts, he gets a short-lived power boost from Jean and Maddie - short-lived because there's no way he can sustain it for more than a couple of minutes, and it leaves him drunk on power, but it serves its purpose by making Dracula think he's facing a Phoenix host.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's pretty mild to begin with, but rapidly becomes freer with his snark and evolves into a full-on Stepford Snarker in the sequel.
  • Death-Activated Superpower: In chapter 71, the Phoenix resurrects him and goes on a rampage.
  • Defense Mechanism Superpower: His mother's protection a.k.a. a fragment of the Phoenix Force, which activates whenever he's in mortal danger. The results are never, ever, pretty.
  • Defiant Captive: With the Red Room and especially Sinister, spitting in the latter's face.
  • Defiant to the End:
    • When being battered from pillar to post by the mutated Dudley, Harry refuses to give up, and his refusal to lay down and die gives him a Heroic Second Wind.
    • When Dracula considers killing him, Harry tells him to go ahead, as it can't be more painful than listening to him talk.
  • Deity of Human Origin: A complicated example, since his father was human when he was conceived, but he's now beginning to develop the usual godly powers. This is actually a minor plot point in Ghosts, since Doctor Milbury a.k.a. Sinister states that Harry's unique nature holds the key to the transformation from humanity to divinity.
  • Demonic Possession: Briefly possessed by Cthon during the Final Battle of Child of the Storm, but casts him out.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Downplayed. He's not clingy, per se, but given his lonely (and abusive) childhood, he's prone to getting very attached to very specific people (usually those who treat him as just Harry, without preconceptions), and doing so very quickly. It's not entirely surprising that a lot of his friends were as lonely as he was.
  • Destructive Saviour: A recurring habit, thanks to raw power, an explosive temper, a penchant for dramatics, and an inclination to just plough through everything in his way. Bucky, Coulson, Carol, and Natasha all lampshade this tendency in Ghosts, along with his habit of making big entrances. However, he can be subtle when he feels like it, to Coulson's surprise.
  • Detect Evil: As part of his Sensor Character shtick, primarily via his Telepathy, though Jean-Paul reminds him early in Ghosts that it's not always entirely reliable. After he studies under Magneto, it gets much better.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He goes mind to mind with Chthon (admittedly, a weakened fragment) in the finale of Book 1 and wins. This reaction is intentionally invoked by Doctor Strange in the sequel, who sets him up to face down and slay (with help) the Elder Wyrm, so Harry can very definitely and very publicly demonstrate how powerful he has become.
    • He also goes mind to mind with Surtur in chapter 51 of the sequel, and comes out honours even, resisting handily and getting under his skin with a good "Reason You Suck" Speech. He escapes with nothing more than burns to his face, temporarily impaired vision, and a nasty headache. While it was through the medium of a vision into the future and across time, Surtur's a vastly powerful Eldritch Abomination. Harry's reaction is But for Me, It Was Tuesday. Everyone else, up to and including Odin, thinks otherwise.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Like with water, it's not his thing and he prefers to use his telekinesis for anything he might use Earth Magic for, but in Ghosts he gets the basics under his belt, and becomes fairly proficient with brute force gravity magic and electromagnetism.
  • Disney Death: He's killed by Daken at the end of Chapter 70, only to then be immediately resurrected by the Phoenix at the start of Chapter 71.
  • Determinator: He is insanely stubborn, as underlined in Ghosts when he resists psychic attacks from Sinister, brainwashing from the Red Room, and torture for two whole days without sleep, food, or water, all while simultaneously keeping his Phoenix fragment locked away inside him, despite/because he knows it could get him out of there instantly, and obliterate everything in his way.
  • Didn't See That Coming: This is usually the root of his status as a Spanner in the Works. A lot of antagonists either dismiss him as a child or don't expect him to get involved. The more dangerous villains tend to be those who either plan specifically to deal with him or adapt to his involvement.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Like his canon counterpart, he tends to be disturbingly calm and relaxed in hideously dangerous situations. This, and the associated Casual Danger Dialogue (and, where Carol is concerned, Flirting Under Fire), is something that those around him - even his grandfather, who's got five millennia of adventures and cosmic warfare under his belt - tend to find disturbing. When he slips into Tranquil Fury, it becomes even more disturbing as it gives him a Creepy Monotone that borders on Soft-Spoken Sadist.
  • Divine Parentage: His father is Thor. Also, his mother became the White Phoenix of the Crown and conferred upon him a fragment of the Phoenix.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Initially, both with Super Strength and Psychic Powers. By Ghosts, he's got both under control.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Dislikes being reminded that he's a Prince in any formal capacity. Naturally, Uhtred sometimes does it to annoy him.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: He sometimes hands out warnings like these, especially earlier on. Later, if sufficiently angry, he doesn't bother.
  • Doom Magnet: A Justified Trope, as he's got vast amounts of potential personal and political power. As a result, a lot of mortal and supernatural beings and organizations would like to either control that power for their own ends, or to stop him before he grows into a significant/even more significant threat to them.
    • Furthermore, his Chronic Hero Syndrome means that even if monsters such as HYDRA or the Grey Court aren't explicitly interested in going after him, he's still going to get mixed up with them if they go after someone he's determined to protect, like Bobby Drake, his family, Maddie, or Carol.
  • Doting Grandparent: Has one in Frigga. Odin, too, to a lesser extent, though he's gruffer and more stand off-ish by nature, being instead more of an epic scale Papa Wolf.
  • Drama Queen: He's usually much more of a Deadpan Snarker than a Large Ham, with George Weasley noting in Ghosts that "understated sarcasm is his coping mechanism of choice." However, he can also occasionally be spectacularly histrionic - usually when particularly stressed out. Carol does not hesitate to point this out.
    Carol: Oh my god, you total fucking drama queen.
    • He sometimes plays up to it for effect, wryly admitting in chapter 44 of Ghosts that he was a bit dramatic when slaying the downed Elder Wyrm, stating that it was to get Surtur's attention, since Surtur is pretty dramatic himself.
  • The Dreaded: By the sequel, if only because of the Phoenix fragment within, though as more than one person points out, that he's repeatedly survived the outright impossible and left supposedly far more powerful, skilled, and experienced enemies in ruins behind him... and that was before he got high-end Person of Mass Destruction level powers and the skills/experience to properly use them. Doctor Strange taking him as his apprentice underlined it even further, as no one (bar those Strange has told) knows exactly why he's so interested in Harry - even Surtur is afraid of him.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: A potential Dark Phoenix related hazard.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Very, very prone to a non-romantic version of this due to his Chronic Hero Syndrome, and it frequently gets him into trouble, as the latter half of the Forever Red arc in Ghosts demonstrates.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Downplayed. He's a Hormone-Addled Teenager and a bit of a Covert Pervert who's certainly not blind to the way women look, but mostly considers his immediate reaction to be a bit embarrassing, and understands how this can embarrass and upset the recipient (e.g. Carol and the tankini in chapter 1 of Ghosts). Also, having learned the psychic basics from the gorgeous Betsy Braddock means that he's much better at controlling and hiding his feelings than most teenagers.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He has dark hair, pale skin, and from time to time is described as being 'fey', faintly unnerving, and vaguely inhuman. After Forever Red, he tends to give even the least psychically inclined Hogwarts students a case of the creeping horrors when he's in a bad mood - which is most of the time. He gets better, but he's generally considered to be more than a little unnerving.
  • Elemental Punch: Becomes capable of the fire variant, then demonstrates it again on the Beast a.k.a. Dudley with additional telekinetic topspin. This time, the results are more in the order of a Megaton Punch.
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: Regarding his feelings for Carol, in large part thanks to a life of having to repress his feelings. However, she gets the Princess Bride reference he resorts to instead.
  • Emotional Powers: See Psycho Active Powers. Even after he gets them under control, they tend to be that much more ferocious when he's angry.
  • Emotion Suppression: Life with the Dursleys taught him to do this, and a key part of his initial Character Development is discarding this, becoming more open with his emotions and more assertive. Considering that he's got some powerful and difficult to control Psycho Active Powers as well as a truly phenomenal amount of Suppressed Rage, this is a mixed blessing.
  • The Empath: As part of the psychic package - he's less refined than Diana, but it's one of the many things that makes him alarmingly perceptive.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Specifically, pettiness. He's always faintly irritated by it, but he gets considerably more annoyed by it (and generally tetchier) after Forever Red thanks to a nasty case of PTSD. While he mellows out somewhat, his increased impatience with standard teenage stupidity is one thing suggested to be separating him from his peers, as he just doesn't have the patience for them.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Visions of him as the Dark Phoenix put him on edge, at the very least.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Played With in the first book. On the one hand, he's already survived a wide variety of magical creatures and no less than three murder attempts from Voldemort, is experienced in pulling off the Indy Ploy, and has developed a surprisingly calm attitude towards danger. However, his reliance on the Indy Ploy and Attack! Attack! Attack! gets him into deep trouble multiple times during the first year of the story. By the end of that year (during the Bloody Hell arc of Ghosts), he plays it straight, having developed into a more cautious fighter and highly capable Guile Hero.
  • Expy: He's got a lot in common with several characters, which is sometimes lampshaded.
  • Eye Colour Change: His eyes flash or outright burn gold when he's seriously using his powers, pissed off, or just wants to make an impression. They also go solid white when he's possessed by the Phoenix or willingly becoming the Dark Phoenix and red when he's possessed by Chthon. Neither is a particularly good sign.
  • Eye Motifs: He has the same distinctive emerald green eyes as his mother and his Grey cousins, especially Jean and Maddie, indicating how much he takes after that side of the family underneath the obvious.
  • Eyes Never Lie: Subverted in the sequel - the fact that he can lie while looking people dead in the eyes is considered a sign of how alarmingly good he is at it.
  • Facial Markings: His scar.
  • Failure Knight: After Luna's death. He gets better.
  • Famed in Story: Much to his resigned irritation, through a combination of being "the Boy Who Lived" (even before the story started, he had Living Legends Doctor Strange as a paediatrician and the Scarlet Witch as a godmother), his deeds at Hogwarts, his Really Royalty Reveal giving him literally universal fame, association with the Avengers, and a growing reputation in the supernatural community for fighting and surviving everything from Chthon downwards.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: As per canon, he has his mother's eyes. These become more significant when it is revealed that Jean Grey is his second cousin and she shares the famous eyes, as does Maddie Pryor/Rachel Grey.
  • Famous Ancestor: A lot, mostly through his father, something he treats with increasing degrees of bemused apathy.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: By Ghosts, it takes something very unusual to surprise him, and something very, very bad indeed to genuinely faze him.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • His Chronic Hero Syndrome, flavoured with a martyr complex. While it's not quite as bad as canon (with Carol having browbeaten most of the Ineffectual Loner tendencies out of him), with his Impulsiveness it gets him into even more trouble. He's the Spanner in the Works for the bad guys, but also the good guys too (sometimes, he's even one to himself). Both are brutally exploited. Thor sadly notes in Ghosts, a lot of what Harry's gone through is the product of acting without thinking. Bucky moderates this significantly.
    • He's also got a badly damaged sense of self-esteem, meaning he sees himself as expendable and risks being a Martyr Without a Cause. However, this is mostly because he thinks that odds are pretty good that he'll survive whatever he's throwing himself into or come back anyway - and he has a point about that.
  • The Fettered: Tries very hard to be this once his Psychic Powers come in, as noted by Carol, mostly because he's downright terrified of what he'll become if he takes the other path. As Forever Red demonstrates, this is not without reason.
  • Fiction 500: Thanks to the Potter vaults which, thanks to some smart investments by Thor's mortal father, Charlus Potter, including in Stark Industries (he met Howard during WWII and was favourably impressed), are conservatively estimated at £1.5 billion. He only reveals it to Hermione after casually mentioning that he could buy her a new laptop if she wanted, and mentions in passing that he offered to replace the X-Men's SR-71 Blackbird note  after it got wrecked in the fight between the Red Son and Magneto in Ghosts. Otherwise, he doesn't talk about it and is mostly vaguely embarrassed by it whenever the subject comes up. Naturally, as Prince of Asgard, he also has access to an incredible amount of money, though so far he hasn't taken advantage of it.
  • Fiery Stoic: Starts becoming this in Ghosts after Forever Red, as part of a general drift away from his previous Hot-Blooded and impulsive nature, and trying to control his inner Phoenix, becoming wiser and more thoughtful as he recovers and mellows out. However, the temper hasn't gone away, and he sometimes veers back into the traumatised end of The Stoic.
  • Fighting the Lancer: In the sequel there's a slowly increasing tension between him and Ron, mostly related to two things.
    • First, Harry's unwillingness to involve Ron (and Hermione) in his more dangerous hijinks, especially when he has no compunction about involving Carol and others. The argument that he doesn't often have much choice about their involvement, and that they've got experience, while valid, doesn't cut too much ice, as it's very clear that Harry would keep the two of them at arm's length from that sort of thing anyway. As in canon, this desire to keep his friends safe rather rankles.
    • Second, his increasingly secretive and occasionally manipulative behaviour, again related to the fact that he shares these things with others, such as Carol. Again, both have logical reasons. Harry's trauma makes him unwilling to open up, especially to those who weren't there. Likewise, he's being entrusted with keeping those secrets. Carol (and others), gets him to open up because she's usually there and has a psychic connection - and it's generally accepted that thanks to said connection, what one of them finds out, the other will inevitably find out about shortly after. This is made worse by the fact that Harry has increasingly less compunction about keeping secrets from his friends, flat out admitting it, and the revelation in chapter 66 of Ghosts that one of those secrets was Hermione's true parentage.
  • Fighting Your God: Expresses a willingness to at least threaten this in Ghosts, if necessary (i.e. to resurrect Carol, should it come to it), something that would carry real impact with the threat of going Dark Phoenix, and flipping a metaphorical middle finger up to all of the Gods above. Considering that he's a demigod, worships none of them, and barely even likes any of them, this is not surprising - though both Jesus and Thor talk him through the practical reasons of why this would be a very, very bad idea.
  • Fights Like a Normal: This gets him killed by Daken - the rematch, fought at range, goes much better. He starts shifting back to this in Ghosts, after the Red Room trapping him in a Power Limiter suit forced him to think fast and channel his telekinesis through his body to simulate Flying Brick powers, but doesn't simply default to it.
  • Finger Snap Lighter: Masters this trick and mostly uses it to show off (to Hermione's disapproval), with the exception of a Badass Finger Snap at the end of Child of the Storm, which he uses to banish Chthon.
  • Fireballs: Capable of creating these, though he mostly just plays with them.
  • Fish out of Water: In Asgard, though he adjusts fairly quickly.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Usually by Voldemort, who knows him far too well for anyone's comfort. His Fatal Flaw is being compulsively heroic - usually, his problems come back to the fact that he Didn't Think This Through. Even after he starts planning better, he's still got some pretty reliable buttons.
  • Flying Brick: By the end of Forever Red arc in Ghosts, he's Made of Iron and can mimic this with his Psychic Powers.
  • Foil: Primarily to Clark, with the Mirror Image arc of the sequel highlighting the differences and similarities. In short: Clark's an instinctive idealist with fears and self-doubt, while Harry's reflexively cynical but trying to overcome it; Harry is a hyper-competent fighter and power-house who's Fantastically Indifferent, while Clark is untrained but resourceful and quick-thinking and unnerved by Harry's ruthlessness; Clark is a local hero quietly dealing with local problems as and when he stumbles across them, while Harry is a Doom Magnet without equal who is often forced to act on a global or even cosmic scale. They're also similar in a lot of ways, and get on like a house on fire.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Occasionally gets this reaction, thanks to his raw power and its initially uncontroled nature.
  • Forgiveness: He's noted as being very forgiving... when it comes to misdeeds committed against him (with certain exceptions). If they're committed against someone he cares for, he can and will hold an enormous grudge.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He starts as a short, skinny, and relatively shy child with little more than an above average magical talent for his age, courage, and a talent for improvising. A year later, he's battle-hardened, lethally skilled in armed and unarmed combat, inhumanly fast and strong, and between his vast magical and psychic powers, one of the most powerful people on the planet.
  • Gallows Humour: Becomes increasingly prone to this as time goes by, after a number of near-death and actual death experiences turn his snark darker - mainly as a coping mechanism.
  • Game Face:
    • His eyes flash or glow gold when he gets annoyed. When he's really angry, or wants to make a point, it's joined by a strange and compelling double voice. As Carol observes in the sequel, no one's exactly sure where this comes from.
    • And then there's what happens when he becomes the Dark Phoenix. The less said about that, the better.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: To Uhtred during the Disir incident, with a touch of Dare to Be Badass.
  • Generation Xerox: While there are the usual comments about his resemblance to his father appearance-wise, it becomes apparent that he's most startling in his resemblance to his mother, at least in personality. When Hermione encounters her in Ghosts, she observes several similarities - including that both are annoyingly secretive.
  • The Gift: His psychic abilities. While they don't really kick in until around two-thirds of the way through the first book, and he doesn't really get control of them until the finale, his very first act in the book is to instinctively reach out with them to call for help, and it's implied that he's been using them subconsciously for years (not all of his accidental magic may actually have been magic).
  • The Glasses Come Off: Harry gets a kind of Asgardian eye surgery leading to him ditch his glasses. The reactions are broadly along the lines of He Is All Grown Up, though Hermione inwardly notes that it, among other things, makes him look dangerous.
  • Glory Seeker: Inverted, like canon, though less so. Not because he's more interested in glory, but because he is much, much more vocal about objecting to it - notably, when he goes nuclear after he's picked for the Triwizard Tournament.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: From about halfway through the first book, usually when something is about to be burned to a crisp.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Mind Rape is this, initially. As Hermione explains to Ron, it's not that he can't do it, it's that he won't. Not unless he feels he absolutely has to.
    • The Dark Phoenix is several steps further.
    • Usually, he doesn't like Astral Projection, for very understandable reasons. However, he projects his mind and powers through Carol via their Psychic Link when she gets kidnapped. Gorakhnath, after commenting that his initial efforts were impressive, sets about teaching him how to do it properly because it was also like watching a child juggle live hand grenades.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's kind to most people, even during his Knight in Sour Armour periods. However, he's entirely capable of being ruthless, manipulative, and when driven far enough, absolutely vicious.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Veers into this after Forever Red, due to a nasty case of PTSD, and even months after he's stabilised, Hermione points out that while most of his fellow students see him as fundamentally decent, 'nice' went out the window sometime ago. Harry, reluctantly, acknowledges this as a fair point.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His canon scar is followed by two silvery scars over his heart (from Daken), and in Ghosts, a vampire bite on the arm, and a stab mark through the shoulder surrounded by fern-like scars resulting from a lightning strike. Martha Kent is understandably startled and not a little horrified when she sees all of them, especially given his striking resemblance to Clark.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Bludgeons one bully with another in Ghosts.
  • Guile Hero: As Jean-Paul notes in Ghosts, it's easy enough to forget that Harry's actually very, very clever. This is particularly apparent early on, as he doesn't have the raw power to just bulldoze his way through opponents. When he does have that level of power (and hits a Rage Breaking Point) he tries Attack! Attack! Attack!, and pays for it. As part of his Character Development in the sequel, he develops the wisdom to start using his head again - and promptly demonstrates his ability to run mental rings around some very clever opponents.
  • Guilt Complex: Somewhat, particularly related to the death of Luna Lovegood, though nowhere near as badly as in canon - getting therapy probably helped with this, as did having Carol, Jean, Wanda, and Thor (among others) around to alternately console him and verbally kick him up the arse if necessary.
  • Had to Be Sharp: Repeated epic level murder attempts force something of an 'evolve or die' scenario upon him.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: On his return to Hogwarts following the Forever Red arc in Ghosts, he has this for a little while, terrifying pretty much all his fellow students since they have no idea what's likely to make him go off like a claymore mine, until Cedric Diggory gives him a gentle What the Hell, Hero? and inspires a Jerkass Realization.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Naturally, as the son of Thor. Though, considering the somewhat ambiguous nature of his mother, he may not even be half human to begin with.
  • Hand Blast: Once he starts seriously Playing with Fire, it becomes his default form of attack until Ghosts.
  • Handicapped Badass: Briefly in Ghosts. Losing an arm and an eye didn't slow him down much.
  • Harmful to Minors: Oh so very frequently. He should be dead several times over (in fact, he has been dead at least once) and it's considered to be a legitimate miracle that he's not completely insane as a result of all he's been through. As it is, he's suffered serious Sanity Slippage at points, he's got horrible PTSD in the sequel, and almost the entire second book is about his Mental Health Recovery Arc - all while the danger ramps up.
  • Has a Type: And much like his dad, it's Action Girls, especially blondes. Carol fits both categories like a glove. Guess what happens next.
  • Hates Being Alone: Suffice to say that a disdainful upbringing by the Dursleys left some serious psychological scars.
  • Healing Hands: By Ghosts, he picks up some basic healing magic, though as he explains, Healing Magic Is the Hardest.
  • Heal the Cutie: After the comprehensive Break the Cutie that was Forever Red , he ends up slowly - very slowly - being healed through a combination of therapy, affection, and time, all of which evolve him through the Knight in Sour Armour to a more ruthless and cynical version of the Knight In Shining Armour that he used to be, who nevertheless believes in the Power of Trust and that Rousseau Was Right. Falling head over heels in reciprocated love with Carol, cemented in a Relationship Upgrade in chapter 46 doesn't hurt, either.
  • Heinz Hybrid: His father's an Asgardian who's one quarter Titan thanks to Bor marrying Theia, his mother was a witch and a latent mutant, and, to complicate matters further, while he was conceived his father was a human wizard, leaving him with three sets of biological grandparents and it's implied that the Asgardian side of the family intermarried with the House of El a very long way back (no one's quite sure). As it turns out, all this confluence of heritages really seems to succeed in doing is giving Harry a few Psycho Active Powers that, at best, he has limited control over (until chapter 70) and an absurdly complex family tree.
  • Held Gaze: Frequently, with Carol, or more generally when he's trying to make a point.
  • Heroic Lineage: He's the son of Thor, it kind of comes with the territory.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Like canon, he's prone to this, though Carol is just as prone to puncturing this as she is his bouts of melodrama.
  • The Hero: Only to be expected. Strange elaborates on this in Ghosts, stating that Harry is not this because of all the abilities, powerful friends and family, and cosmic protections that Strange has lined up for him - if that were all that was required, Strange could have picked anyone. What makes Harry special is that he is a hero in spite of them. He is not perfect, he is not The Paragon, which means that he understands the darkness he faces and bends rather than breaks under pressure, and in the end, he will always choose to do what is right over what is easy. Strange also adds that he's seen all the heroes come and go, and compares Harry favourably to the likes of Sir Lancelot and King Arthur themselves.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Zig-Zagged. While Harry finds Jean 'inconveniently attractive', ditto Maddie, his attraction is mostly just an awareness that they're gorgeous, and Word of God has it that while Harry was originally going to be with Ginny (the idea was discarded long before the story reached that point), at this point he is completely baffled by the revelation that in another world he might have got together with her. While he concedes that Ginny is pretty, and technically does have a lot of personality traits he finds attractive, he doesn't really see her that way - and his periodic psychic outbursts have, in any case, done her psychic trauma no good.
  • Heroic Resolve: A defining trait, and as the finale of Child of the Storm and Forever Red demonstrate, one that often gets him into trouble. Once he learns to balance it with some forethought in Bloody Hell, it becomes much more useful.
  • Heroic Willpower: Again, his stubbornness is legendary, allowing him to hold out under two days of physical and psychic torture - of course, this stubbornness is also revealed to have a number of downsides.
  • Heroism Motive Speech: Gives one in the sequel, though couched in the style of a Motive Rant, as he's both exhausted and infuriated at having been dragged into something completely unnecessary in the form of the Triwizard Tournament. It essentially boils down to the fact that he does what he does not because it is fun (which it frequently isn't) or because it is easy (which it almost never is), or because people are grateful (which they often aren't), but because it is right.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He gains a mixed reputation at Hogwarts in the sequel, thanks to a PTSD driven Hair-Trigger Temper. Since his attention is largely elsewhere, he rarely notices or cares - at least, once it's established that he's no longer actively terrifying his fellow students, which horrified him when it was brought home to him by Cedric Diggory.
  • Holding Hands: Usually with Carol. Three guesses why.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: When he whips out his fire magic, the Phoenix (and possibly his latent Asgardian heritage) tends to add a certain influence to it that's inimical to evil, even if he's not consciously using it. His blood is also apparently lethally dangerous to vampires, enough that some mingled blood and spit burns like acid, and a cup of it cures a part-turned Grey Court vampire.
  • Honor Before Reason: He will always, always do the dumb, noble thing to protect someone else, even if it means being possessed by an Elder God or chasing after Maddie and thereby putting himself at the mercy of the Red Room, who are now wise to his methods of escape. Even after he becomes more pragmatic, that usually just means putting a half-decent plan together, grabbing support and weapons before charging in. This often ends badly (the latter results in days of physical and psychic torture and his transformation into the Red Son), but he keeps doing it (even if he has got a bit savvier about it), because he tends to survive, and as Uhtred observes, this leads him to consider himself expendable. It's noted by more than one character that the crux of Doctor Strange's plan at the Battle of London hinged on this, with Harry intercepting Chthon's attempted possession of Wanda.
  • Hope Bringer: Specifically name checked as this. However, the flip side of this is that he could also become a terrifying Dark Messiah. After veering worryingly close to the latter, he starts becoming this in earnest in Ghosts.
  • Hot-Blooded: As per canon, though it's more obvious because he's now being freer with his emotions. Uhtred and Diana note that the Warrior's blood of the Asgardian royal line flows hot in him. And cold.
  • Hot for Teacher: Develops a little bit of a crush on Betsy Braddock, one that lingers into Ghosts.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Just a bit, every now and then, developing as time passes. Especially when Carol is around.
  • Humble Goal: As is occasionally noted, he's mostly just interested in a comparatively normal (by supernatural standards) life with his family - with a sidenote of adventure.
  • Humble Hero: Mostly, being somewhat embarrassed when people start treating him like royalty - which he is. However, he does become willing to pull rank as and when he finds it useful.
  • Hunk: He will grow up to be this. Unsurprising, since per Word of God, he's slowly growing into something like a mixture of Henry Cavill and Pierce Brosnan.
  • Hurting Hero: Gets put through the wringer frequently, suffers from Power Incontinence of varying kinds, gets physically and mentally tortured, and is terrified of losing control of the Phoenix within. Oh, and by Ghosts, he has a raging case of PTSD. This culminates in an explosion of bitter fury after he's dragged into the Triwizard Tournament.
  • Hybrid Power: On the face of it. Thanks to his parentage (James was Thor) not only will he have the advantage of being a living magical reactor, as all Asgardians are, and develop his father's Super Strength in the process, he's also related to Jean Grey on his mother's side and inherited the vast psychic powers which, on top of everything else, will be stronger in that he can channel more energy. While this seems set to drive him straight into Game-Breaker territory, this is Harry we're talking about. There are caveats.
    • Initially, the Super Strength appears completely at random, meaning that he lives in mortal fear of shaking someone's hand and squashing it or similar.
    • The Psychic Powers come through violently, are dangerously uncontrollable for a good while, nearly getting him, Ron and Hermione killed and leave him open for Voldemort to play Power Parasite, and Word of God says that he'll never be as strong as Jean is (or Maddie, for that matter), or as good as Xavier is (as Word of God also admits, this still means he's pretty damn powerful), and he lacks the skill and until chapter 74, the will, to use those powers effectively. After, though, he gets a very, very rapid grip on them.
      • Oh, and Doctor McCoy theorises that the steady altering of his body and brain chemistry by his Asgardian genes could mean that his Psychic Powers will eventually short circuit his brain.
    • And when he does learn to use them effectively in combat between chapters 70 and 74, it's largely as a result of an epic case of Break the Cutie.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Even without his Psychic Powers, he's disquietingly observant, something that's noted by Jean-Paul, an example in his own right, and Sirius. The latter indicates that he got it from Lily, who by all accounts was scarily observant in her own right, and when Hermione meets Lily and is in a position to compare, does so. In the sequel, this is one of many skills Bucky's training him in.

     Tropes I to Z 

  • I Am What I Am: In Ghosts, he comes to reconcile the various facets of his nature, and makes it clear to Ron - who's struggling to accept his changes.
  • Ice King: In the sequel, as he becomes more serious, emotionally guarded, and testy with less mature peers and adults. He doesn't have much time for pettiness in general, really, and he won't hesitate to make that clear. As this is a side-effet of the brutal Trauma Conga Line of Forever Red, he defrosts as time goes by
  • I Got Bigger: He quotes the trope to a puzzled Hulk after the Plot-Relevant Age-Up. It's temporary.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Or, 'I Just Want To Be A Normal Wizard-Mutant', anyway. This is played with, however, as while he resents his status as The Chosen One and the stresses it puts him under, he enjoys the kind of conflict it lands him in a bit more than is normal.
  • Immune to Mind Control: By the sequel, willpower, psychic scars, vast Psychic Powers, and his Phoenix fragment mean that it's almost impossible to control him - anyone getting inside his head is going to very quickly regret it.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Comes out with words to this effect once, which Carol affectionately mocks.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: This happens on a distressingly regular basis, as he sourly lampshades in the sequel.
  • Improvisational Ingenuity: Arguably his true superpower - he's used to being wildly outgunned, so he's learned to think sideways when it comes to solving problems, and using anything he can lay his hands on to do it. While he's increasingly powerful by the sequel, he's still often at a disadvantage, meaning that he needs to get creative. And does. Notable examples include using a penny and some magic to jury-rig a rail-gun.
  • Incest Subtext: Mixed with Kissing Cousins. He's uncomfortably attracted to Jean, his second cousin, before his emotions win the argument with his hormones (mostly). When it comes to Maddie (also a cousin) he tacitly admits that he's a bit attracted to her, too, after a dark duplicate suggests he was fantasising about her.
  • Inconvenient Attraction: His attraction to Jean and Maddie - the former he finds particularly awkward because she treats him as the baby brother she never had, which on an emotional level, he's perfectly comfortable with. Physically is a more difficult matter. Maddie is different, less awkward since they have a different dynamic, but still awkward.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness:
    • Played With. At first, it's Played Straight, until his temper starts emerging and he's put under greater strain, with several observations that he could turn into a new pre Heel–Face Turn Magneto. More than once, he comes very close to snapping entirely. However, it seems that the only thing capable of corrupting him is his own rage, as his reliable resistance to temptation proves.
    • As of Ghosts, however, this is increasingly called into question, with his dark side being brought up as something to watch out for, before the Trauma Conga Line of the Forever Red arc nearly drives him insane and does result in his briefly snapping and becoming the Dark Phoenix. While he manages to draw back from the edge, it's independently noted by several people that even ignoring the rampant PTSD, there's something of a shadow on him - he's more ruthless, temperamental, secretive, and manipulative.
  • Indy Ploy: His hallmark, where plans are concerned, along with Crazy Enough to Work.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Downplayed. He's increasingly capable of looking after himself, but when it comes to really serious situations, going it alone tends to end very badly.
  • In Harm's Way: Tends to find trouble and as he reluctantly admits to himself, a considerable part of him actually enjoys the life or death fights he finds himself in.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Increasingly in the second book - ironically for a psychic, he's really bad at considering the viewpoints of other people unless he's actively trying to manipulate them. This is implied to be thanks to a mixture of trauma-induced shutting people out and his obsessive attitude regarding Mind over Manners, meaning that he ignores empathic cues (both psychic and not) that he really should pay attention to. However, it's notable that the main incidents tend to pop up when something has aggravated one of those trauma scars, causing him to shut down and clam up. Some people (Cedric) take this behaviour better than others (Ron and Hermione), though everyone calls him out on it - and he usually cops to it. Usually.
  • Insecure Protagonist, Arrogant Antagonist: Most of his enemies are arrogant as they come (the really dangerous ones either aren't or don't let it get in the way of their thinking), while he's a riddled mess of insecurities under a facade of swagger.
  • Instant Costume Change: When the Phoenix is involved.
  • Instant Expert: Not quite instant, but thanks to a natural physical learning style and Asgardian muscle memory, he learns practical and intuitive skills exceptionally quickly.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Under the brooding, temper, and occasional manipulative tendencies, he's a sensitive and emotional character who enjoys snuggling with loved ones, digs into floriography to ask out the girl he likes, and after a talk with his dad, has no compunctions about crying if the situation merits it. Even his fighting style is more typically feminine in the sequel, with noted influences from Natasha.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • In the first book he insistently blames himself for Luna's death.
    • He also reserves a certain amount of blame for himself after becoming first the Red Son, then the Dark Phoenix, which happened because of an Indy Ploy gone horribly wrong.
  • It's Personal: He's fairly forgiving of offences to himself (Belova understandably excepted), but offences to/harming people he cares about tends to lead to his bitterest grudges and most savage responses.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Regarding the Red Room, he holds a significant grudge towards Yelena Belova and, to a lesser extent, Sinister. Considering what both of them did to him, especially Belova, this is not surprising.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: And doesn't he know it.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He doesn't top out the scale for power or skill as a Flying Brick, wielder of Psychic Powers, or sorcerer. However, he is damn close to the top end of each, and he's more than capable.
  • Jade-Coloured Glasses: He's still an All-Loving Hero and fairly idealistic when the story starts. The finale of the first book makes him both more and less cynical - it exposes him to brutal reality, but everything is wrapped up in a bow by Doctor Strange. Then Forever Red happens, and he gets spectacularly cynical, something he later implies to be both a mark of his longstanding PTSD and a coping mechanism, calling it "a good way to survive, but a bad way to live." Around that point, he seals his journey in the opposite direction and settles as a Knight of Faith.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Uses this and notes the Trope Namer in Ghosts. He later does it again to both Filch and Mrs Norris, quoting Obi-Wan Kenobi and lampshades it, claiming Carol force-fed him Star Wars. Twice.
  • Jerkass Ball:
    • In Ghosts, he picks this up after Forever Red and tapering off around the next big arc, Bloody Hell, because of an absolutely horrible case of PTSD. It gets better with his mental health, though he's still a bit grumpier than before, and Hermione notes that he's widely considered to be "decent, but not nice" afterwards.
    • Grabs it again while in Smallville, thanks to the situation triggering both his Big Brother Instinct and almost every single one of his Trauma Buttons. However, he softens pretty quickly, and he's a Cool Big Bro to Clark.
  • Jerkass Realization: In Ghosts, he has one when Cedric Diggory gently points out that while Harry's understandably a bit messed up and angry over what he's been through, the Hogwarts students don't deserve to have him taking his anger out on them. It then really hits home when Harry sees just how he looks in Cedric's eyes just when he's about to go nuclear on him for nothing.
  • Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot: Chapters 19 to 34 of Ghosts thanks to the brutal trauma of Forever Red, albeit remaining a Jerk with a Heart of Gold (though the 'heart of gold' is buried quite deep down), with the defining moment being a confrontation in chapter 22 with Cedric Diggory, whose gentle What the Hell, Hero? speech, Harry's reaction (and horror at that reaction).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Becomes this in Ghosts, following the Trauma Conga Line of Forever Red. He (mostly) gets better, with diminishing quantities of jerk as time goes on. He does sometimes get snappish under strain or dealing with teenage shenanigans, as the Smallville arc demonstrates - though in the latter case, he was also under significantly more stress than he let on, as the situation was jumping up and down on his Trauma Buttons.
  • Junior Counterpart: In terms of mannerisms and personality, he reminds people intensely of his mother - while this is usually positive, he also inherited her temper and secretive nature. The latter makes both great Secret Keepers, Hermione notes sourly that they enjoy it a little too much for their own good.
    • More disturbingly, his Tranquil Fury and willingness to use Cool And Unusual Punishments tends to remind people of a young Magneto. These people include Magneto himself, who is particularly disturbed.
    • In the sequel, he's acting very like Bucky. Since Bucky was the Winter Soldier, and Harry's imitations reflect that part of him, this tends to disturb both of them - though given that he was explicitly intended to be the Winter Soldier's Superior Successor, and Bucky is his Sensei for Scoundrels, it's not entirely surprising, either.
    • When he's just done something clever (especially if it's to make someone evil suffer), he gets a wicked smile that makes him look disturbingly like Doctor Strange. As the sequel goes on, he takes on more and more of Strange's mannerisms and tactics, to the point where one reviewer referred to him as 'Diet Doctor Strange'. Strange himself recognises it and tries to head it off, on the grounds that he regards his own actions and personality as Necessarily Evil rather than anything to imitate.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: In Ghosts, he starts favouring this as part of his various gambits, with more than one reviewer commenting on it in relation to his becoming something of a 'Diet Doctor Strange'. It doesn't always work, but when it does, it's spectacular.
  • Kill It with Fire: Burn. It's his standard tactic, really, and it usually works.
    • Then, at the end of Forever Red, he turns it up a notch, as the Dark Phoenix.
  • The Kirk: His default position in most the trios he occupies, particularly with Maddie and Jean. However, with Carol and Jean-Paul, he usually acts as The McCoy, and with Ron and Hermione, he has elements of The Spock (being more secretive, pragmatic, and manipulative).
  • Knight In Shining Armour: He's steadily growing into this trope, even down to charming ladies without deliberately seducing them (in this case, Carol, the accidental charming is mutual) and a certain susceptibility to the Dulcinea Effect. This is repeatedly lampshaded. However, by Ghosts, this has veered sharply into a smoothie of this and Knight in Sour Armour - basically, he's a Knight In Shining Armour with added cynicism.
    • In Ghosts, he winds up in a literal suit of this. It's silvery-white, with a gold Yggdrasil with seven stars on the chest, and a modified Corinthian helm with wings and a retracting visor. Surprisingly, it actually has a practical purpose, being transfigured by Sirius from pieces of damaged Iron Man suits and reinforced by Diana's gauntlet, so he can actually fight Dracula without his relative fragility screwing him over. Carol's somewhat dazed internal monologue refers to as looking like something from another age - which, since it was explicitly based on concept art of Numenorean armour, is unsurprising. He later gets a made-for-purpose replacement, called 'Project Galahad'.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: By Ghosts. While he's largely accepted the inevitability of new and interesting murder attempts, and will unwaveringly stand in protection of what is right and good, developing into a Knight of Faith, this does not mean that he'll necessarily be particularly happy about it. Nor will it stop him providing a snarky commentary on events.
  • Knight of Faith: His Mental Health Recovery Arc rebuilds his idealism into something more pragmatic, nuanced, but still hopeful - the universe may have no inherent sense of justice, so he'd best get about creating some.
  • Lady and Knight: He and Carol develop this dynamic in Ghosts, though more of the Action Duo/nascent Battle Couple variety, interwoven with a whopping great dose of Courtly Love.
  • The Leader: A classic combination of Charismatic and Headstrong (he's working on the Headstrong part).
  • Leave Him to Me!: Says this to his friends when encountering Daken - for the second time - in HYDRA's main base.
  • Le Parkour: He's got quick reflexes and great balance to begin with, and by the sequel, he's exceptionally fast and agile too. He often folds this into his combat style.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When matters get serious (usually around the point where he gets really angry), the chatter and mocking banter (plus totally not Flirting Under Fire, if Carol's around) all vanish. His voice gets cold, calm, and somehow dead and if he speaks at all, what he does say will be brutal and direct. He will then discard his usual morals and cut straight to the most efficient method of destroying his opponent, whether that is Mind Rape or straight up decapitation.
    • There's also the small matter of, from Ghosts onwards, the smell of wood-smoke. It appears when Harry's on the edge of his Rage Breaking Point and means the Dark Phoenix is on the point of emerging.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In the sequel thanks to slowly developing Asgardian powers and occasional psychic amplification over short distances he's the fastest character barring Jean-Paul, he's got the raw mystical/psychic power to contend with anyone who isn't on his dad's level, and similar raw physical power when telekinetic amplification kicks in.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Lobby from his hormones aside, he settles on this with Jean, who embraces the role of loving (and terrifyingly protective) big sister. With Maddie, it's a bit more ambiguous, and with Diana, who he plays the big sibling to.
    • He used to be like this with Hermione, though they start drifting apart a little in the second book. Even so, however, it's noted by Loki that he's "about as attracted to her as he is to mold."
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Played With.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: His courage, nobility and arch-protectiveness of his friends are reminiscent of his father, though most of his personality - his blazing temper, compassion, skill with fire, secretive nature, and Phoenix connection - tend to remind most very strongly of his mother. It gets to the point where people recognise some of Lily's specific mannerisms.
  • Likes Older Women: Examples include attraction to Darcy, conflict between hormones and emotions regarding Jean, a crush on Betsy Braddock, very complicated feelings towards Maddie, and technically speaking Carol (the technically part being that she's about a year older than him, at most, an age gap which pretty much vanishes entirely once he comes back from the Red Room).
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Played With. His paternal heritage and his relationship with his father are in heavy focus for most of the first book, but towards the end, and during the second, by far the greater emphasis is placed on his mother. She's where he gets his much favoured Psychic Powers from, as well as his inclination towards pyromancy, she's where he gets his signature eyes from, and as is repeatedly indicated, a surprising number of character traits too. Oh, and then there's the Phoenix. Heck, even though his features mostly come from his father, his expressions and body language tend to draw comparisons to his mother.
  • Living is More Than Surviving: Muses on this in the Smallville arc of the sequel, observing that his now reflexive cynicism has made him very good at surviving, but not so good at living.
  • Locked into Strangeness: After being possessed by Chthon, he develops a thick lock of white hair at the front of his head, much to his surprise. Mostly, it just attracts odd looks, but it takes on additional significance when it's revealed that Krum saw memories of the Red Son in a Pensieve, and despite a mask and goggles, the skunk stripe and raw power meant that he put two and two together when saw Harry at close quarters.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Less so than canon, as Thor doesn't really see much point in keeping his son uninformed, and Doctor Strange tends to add information when needed (though this is variable, with Harry at one point snarking in Ghosts that "Doctor Strange operates on a need to know basis: as in, he's the person who needs to know").
    • However, Harry is much more inclined to pull this on Ron and Hermione in Ghosts, albeit for fairly understandable reasons: it's indicated that given the choice, he would do this with most of his friends, but the others tend to be involved in whatever insanity has gone/is going down; he wants to preserve Ron and Hermione's relative innocence (being very aware of the psychic wear and tear his adventures cause); as he points out, a lot of the secrets he's learned aren't necessarily his to share; and after Forever Red in particular, he's not particularly willing to open up about just what has happened.
  • Love Redeems: The Power of Love is what keeps him from tipping over into the Dark Phoenix in Ghosts.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Develops both the ability and willingness to do this in Ghosts.
  • Made of Iron: You can knock him down, but it is next to impossible to keep him down - he will take supposedly lethal damage and keep on coming. Even being impaled with his own sword and struck by lightning after a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown only succeeds in slowing him down and pissing him off.
  • Madness Mantra: "Didn't want it" in the sequel, relating to Belova raping him and his unwilling physical arousal.
  • Magic Enhancement: Undergoes this twice, though it's temporary on both occasions, when visiting Asgard for the first time and when the Genius Loci of the Mountain gives him and a few others a Plot-Relevant Age-Up.
  • Magic Fire: All his fire magic is tinged with this thanks to the Phoenix, though it only usually has a basic Holy Burns Evil effect (and considering Harry's combat style, it isn't generally obvious). When he really taps into the Phoenix is another matter entirely.
  • Magic Knight: In Ghosts, having spent the previous book as a Squishy Wizard. Figuring out how to use his telekinesis to enhance his strength, speed, and durability during Forever Red helped, as did tapping into the knowledge of hand to hand and knife-fighting skills he got implanted as the Red Son.
  • Magnetic Hero: Partly natural, partly caused by Wanda's blessing.
  • Making a Splash: Learns a bit in Ghosts under Strange's tutelage, but he doesn't like it very much.
  • Male Gaze: Mostly downplayed and consciously resisted on his part, but he is a Hormone-Addled Teenager.
  • Manipulative Bastard: By the second book, he's an extremely adept manipulator. He doesn't necessarily like it, and he's usually just playing matchmaker or defusing tension with a well-timed guilt trip (which he's sometimes called on). Usually. The exceptions can be chilling, if only because he's good at it.
  • Man of Kryptonite: In several respects.
    • By blood to vampires, thanks to his protection, which proves crucial when curing Peter Parker of Grey Court vampirism before he turns in full.
    • Also thanks to the Phoenix protection, his mind and fire magic carry extra punch against dark magic and spirits.
    • More generally, Surtur fears he is this because he's a very unusual Phoenix host. He's indicated to be right.
  • Master of Illusion: He has a remarkable knack for this - enough to successfully fool Dracula by impersonating the Dark Phoenix. His uncle is Loki, after all.
  • The Matchmaker: Plays this for Lex and Sue and again for Ginny and Diana in Ghosts. It's a sign both that he's a Nice Guy, and that he's got a nascent gift as a manipulator.
  • Menacing Stroll: Sometimes in the sequel, usually manifesting as a predatory stalking movement when he's expecting trouble - one that tends to make people very aware that he is not entirely human.
  • Mercury's Wings: His later helmets incorporate this, like his dad.
  • Messianic Archetype: Zig-Zags the trope. Throughout Child of the Storm he's generally the All-Loving Hero of canon, and ultimately saves the world by rejecting The Final Temptation. However, in Ghosts, the traumatic experiences and PTSD pile up, and he risks veering into Dark Messiah territory. As of chapter 58 of the latter, he inclines towards it once more, giving Clark a Rousing Speech about how Rousseau Was Right when Clark was having a crisis of faith and dismissing cynicism as 'an unfortunate reflex' on his part, deeming it 'a good way to survive, but a bad way to live'.
  • Messiah Creep: Over the story, he undergoes this, even more than canon - though with the flip side that he could yet become a Dark Messiah and during Ghosts is something of an Apocalypse Maiden. He's not particularly happy about it, though as Jesus points out, he can either front up to it, or run from it - and the latter never works in the long term.
  • Messy Hair: As per usual.
  • Metaphorgotten: He sometimes loses track of what he's saying, with amusing results. It's also generally a good sign that he's in a good mood - if he's cold and precise, start running.
  • Mind over Manners: Is extremely scrupulous about this and initially squeamish about using anything more than passive telepathy, partly because of privacy, partly because of what Riddle's Diary did to Ginny, and partly because he's absolutely terrified (and not entirely without reason) that he could start on a slippery slope. It's pathological, to the point where it may be stunting his empathy. By Ghosts, however, he will violate it if he deems it necessary, though it's still his Godzilla Threshold - though he has absolutely no compunction about using it on vampires.
  • Mind over Matter: Develops this later in the first book. It quickly becomes his default power, to the point where it's occasionally noted that his teachers have to remind him to use magic rather than telekinesis, and in Ghosts, particularly after tuition from Magneto, he's absolutely lethal with it.
  • Mind Rape:
    • He violently objects to it on moral grounds, and is initially terrified of using his telepathy at all for fear of doing this accidentally. By Ghosts, Hermione corrects Ron, saying that it's something that he won't do. That's not the same as saying that he can't.
    • This happens to him at the hands of the Red Room. He is much, much touchier about it afterwards. However, if you make him properly mad... Harry's psychic attack on Reynolds is described as so vicious that the associated dismemberment was 'a mere courtesy detail'.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: In the sequel, at Hogwarts - no one knows what happened to him in Forever Red, and only a few, such as Cedric Diggory, have the background knowledge to guess that he's suffering from a horrible case of 'Curse Shock' and conclude that something horrible happened to him as a result. And even then, Cedric needs another chance clue from Krum to put together just what happened.
  • Modest Royalty: Very much so - he tends to get embarrassed if people even bring up his rank, and even more embarrassed about songs being sung about his deeds.
  • Moe Couplet:
    • As per canon, with Luna, for many of the same reasons.
    • He also develops one with Diana, who shares a number of Luna's personality traits.
    • Hermione, again, for the same reasons as in canon.
    • Maddie is a stoic and very controlled character with a vast technical understanding of her psychic powers, but next to no understanding of the more intuitive side. Or, indeed, of people. Harry's more Hot-Blooded, has a knack for getting under people's skin, and has very little technical instruction in his psychic abilities, but a great of intuitive talent and creativity. They spark off each other very well.
  • Moment of Weakness: In the sequel, he has a few, thanks to his struggles with his mental health and contradictory obligations.
    • Becoming the Dark Phoenix at the end of the Forever Red arc.
    • He almost fries Cedric Diggory when the latter confronts him about his PTSD derived Hair-Trigger Temper and its effects on other students, and is utterly horrified when he realises what he nearly did. It serves as a turning point in his Character Development and mental recovery, especially given Cedric's concerned reaction.
    • While he'd kept the secret of Bucky's identity as the Winter Soldier from Ron (whose father was Mercy Killed by the Winter Soldier) before, until the end of the Dungeons and Dragons arc he simply didn't say anything. Then, Ron confronted him with the possibility that the Winter Soldier survived, sparked by the Elder Wyrm's telepathic rhyme that implied that Harry had lied about it. Harry then used Exact Words to imply that it was actually referring to his stint as the Red Son, the Winter Soldier's successor, to stir up mistrust. He immediately bitterly regrets it, and the narration notes that it's a 'fateful decision.'
  • Momma's Boy: Is very close to both his grandmother and his godmother, and is noted to respond best to women for reasons that have very little to do with being a Hormone-Addled Teenager. In chapters 78 through 80, he also constantly clings to his temporarily returned mother.
    • This leads to significant friction between him and Hermione after the latter discovers the truth about her heritage, as he instinctively (and viciously) defends Wanda when Hermione lashes out at her. To make matters worse, it's implied that despite her resentment of Wanda, she also resents the lack of attention she got]. After all, Wanda stepped into Harry's life far earlier and visibly adores him, while she only intervened with Hermione after her hand was forced. Sure, she was trying to Give Her A Normal Life (which was never an option for Harry), and Hermione had loving parents whereas Harry's loving father having only recently reappeared, but...
  • Morality Chain Beyond the Grave: Luna, invoked by Thor when a traumatised, grieving, and angry Harry attempts to use his telepathy to torment the Ravenclaws he blames for Luna's death.
  • Morality Pet: He both serves as this to others and has a couple of his own.
    • He serves as one to most of the Avengers, who behave in more classically heroic fashion when he's around, and to Doctor Strange, who's nicer to him than he is to pretty much anyone else. Bucky specifically notes how his remarkable capacity for trust brings out the best in people (though it's dented for a while after Forever Red), revealing better natures in those who didn't know they had them. Later in Ghosts, he references the latter, lamenting how he's lost the ability to trust so easily.
    • In turn, as he becomes more of an Anti-Hero, he develops a few. Luna Lovegood, who gently points out how his Bully Hunter behaviour doesn't help and ends up as a Morality Chain Beyond the Grave; Carol Danvers, who's his usual Morality Chain and someone who he tries to be better for (which is one reason they put off dating, because - though he doesn't exactly put it that way - he recognises that it would be horribly co-dependent); and Clark Kent, who he treats like a little brother and sees as having the innocence that he's lost, and who also inspires better behaviour on his part to try and set a good example/live up to Clark's purer morals.
  • Motifs:
    • Fire. He's strongly associated with the Phoenix, for obvious reasons, he's got a gift for Playing with Fire passionate, temperamental, warm (literally and figuratively), and he's prone to leaving absolute devastation in his wake when he gets out of control.
    • Masks. In the sequel, after Forever Red, the number of secrets he's keeping and a general desire to keep his feelings under wraps (both because he doesn't want to talk about them and fear of the alternative) combined with his skills as a Master Actor and Consummate Liar mean that he's sometimes referred to as wearing many masks and being very hard to read. He also refers to multiple aspects of himself when explaining his Character Development to Ron, using illusions to demonstrate. And tellingly, his armour features a mask, its blank white helmet repeatedly being described as like "the skull of an angel."
  • Motor Mouth: A lot of the time he's relatively quiet, but when he does get going, it's usually quite hard to get him to stop, with Maddie in particular being rather startled by it. Particularly if he's about to do something spectacular.
  • Nerves of Steel: After everything he's been through, very little actually fazes him, short of his loved ones being threatened. Except, that is, for reminders of what Essex and Belova did to him. The one time this does happen, he nearly goes Dark Phoenix on the spot, and it's only the fact that Clark is in serious danger that snaps him out of it.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Harry is strict on this, no matter how far over the edge he seems to be about to go, and he spends a good chunk of the first book terrified of accidentally doing so with his newly emerged and unstable powers.
  • Nice Guy: Vies with Chronic Hero Syndrome for the position of his defining trait, veering at points into All-Loving Hero, though it takes a bit of a backseat to Good Is Not Nice in Ghosts, after the Forever Red arc. It starts becoming more prominent again after Bloody Hell, and particularly after chapter 46.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Of the Divine Protection kind, extending on at least one occasion to Resurrective Immortality. He's also heading towards the Made of Diamond kind due to his (very slowly) developing Super Toughness.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A Half-Asgardian Wizard who is also related to one of the most powerful telepaths in existence, is a conduit for the Phoenix Force, is distantly related to the House of El, was (for a time) a cyborg through the Transmode Virus as well as a murderous brainwashed agent of the Red Room.
  • "No More Holding Back" Speech: Delivers a short, chilling, one to some HYDRA Agents who horribly underestimated him.
    You people and your guns. Did you really think that they would protect you from me?
    • Delivers an even more chilling one in Ghosts.
    I AM LIFE. I AM FIRE. NOW AND FOREVER... I. AM. PHOENIX!
    • Later, while venting to Bucky, Ron, and Hermione, he paraphrases the original speech by saying that he lives in a "world of glass." However, he's trying to avoid breaking anything.
  • Noiseless Walker: By the second book, he's mastered the art of moving in complete silence, when he wants to - something usually accompanied by a predatory stalking movement that reminds whoever's watching that while half of him is human, the other half is definitely not.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Along with Royals Who Actually Do Something, what with Thor essentially giving him control of the Potter vault, which is revealed to total around £1.5 billion, he's probably the second richest character in the cast after Tony Stark in terms of actual disposable cash. It mostly just embarrasses him, and save when he's trying to help friends, he practically never talks about it.
  • Not Afraid Of You Any More:
    • Regarding Voldemort when he first reappears, though Voldemort quickly shows why that's a mistake - while Harry himself has very little to fear from Voldemort in a straight fight, his friends and loved ones are another matter entirely.
    • Has a break-through on this when facing down Dudley a.k.a. the Beast/the Blob in the sequel, noting just how stupid it is to have even a residue of fear for Dudley, even if he is now a Person of Mass Destruction. Their later rematch, when Dudley is a powerful vampire is brutally short.
  • Not So Above It All: While he's a Humble Hero and comes to detest pettiness and perceived immaturity by his peers, he's not above reminding people exactly what he's capable of when he's irritated. Usually, in the most unnecessarily dramatic fashion possible. Such as telekinetically flying the 6,000 ton Durmstrang ship in a neat figure of eight, from a windowless room in the middle of Hogwarts, while inspecting his fingernails, to make clear how annoyed he is by being selected for the Triwizard.
    • While he often gets frustrated by teenage idiocy, he's not above being rude and grouchy himself on occasion.
  • Not So Similar: Aside from the fact that unlike Voldemort, he has no shortage of empathy and instead of sacrificing others for his own sake, sacrifices himself for others without hesitation...
    • Unlike Strange and Magneto, however, he actively seeks out friends and family, and has very little in the way of grandiose ambitions, whether for himself or a cause. Likewise, while Strange's sense of drama is pretty much a constant, and he only tends to go cold and calm when he's either being very serious or in a very bad mood, Harry tends to only go in for major dramatics when under serious stress, in a very bad mood, or as a distraction. This is an Invoked Trope by Strange, who states to Gorakhnath that he's intentionally ensuring that Harry does not turn out too much like him.
  • Occult Detective: He's still got the aptitude and inclination, as the Mirror Image arc of Ghosts shows, when his deductive and profiling skills impress Agent Coulson.
  • Ominous Walk: By Ghosts, when trouble is brewing, he tends to slide into a stalk that is repeatedly noted as too graceful to be human. Notably, he pulls this on a helpless Dudley, a vampire, just before he's about to decapitate him. It underlines the power dynamic, and that he's indulging his darker side.
  • One True Love: While he is a Hormone-Addled Teenager and has a bit of a crush on Betsy Braddock, Carol is the only girl he ever shows any kind of romantic interest in.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • The general gist is that if he's angry and he's gone all calm and quiet then he's probably been pushed too far and running won't help unless you can get a long way away very quickly. Likewise, his personality shift following the Forever Red arc is meant to show that something is very, very wrong.
    • On a lighter note, after his First Kiss with Carol, he actually starts acting his age instead of like a Shell-Shocked Veteran. His fellow students are both surprised and, frankly, deeply relieved by this - as Seamus Finnegan points out, it makes him much easier to live with.
  • Oppose What You Suffered: His treatment by his abusive aunt and uncle, as in canon, leaves him with a significant degree of empathy for the downtrodden and outsiders. After Forever Red, he's also violently opposed to Mind Rape, medical experimentation, and the exploitation of others - while each infuriated him before, his experiences at the Red Room's hands made it personal.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Averted. While he bickers with 'Nathan', the two get along well, and Harry is later both glad and ruefully amused when he discovers that Nathan found his way back.
  • Part-Time Hero: Played Straight in the first book, and largely Averted in the sequel. Both are Justified by the fact that the heroes understandably want to keep him out of trouble, which shouldn't be his responsibility, and then by how everyone is more or less resigned to the fact that Harry's going to be heavily involved in what is to come, so he needs to be more prepared. This means that while he does have a semblance of a normal life, unlike canon he gets more tailored combat and espionage training to cope.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Steadily winds up Carol's father after the other man rubs him up the wrong way.
  • Past Experience Nightmare: Has an absolutely brutal one in chapter 60 of Ghosts regarding what Yelena Belova did to him, which leaves him an absolutely wreck.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He's got a taste for it. Case in point: what he does to Dudley in Ghosts. Namely, ripping out the other's voicebox, cutting off his arms, before decapitating him, while giving him a cold, savage lecture. It's well-deserved, and arguably a far quicker and more merciful death than Dudley, a vampire and a monster even before he was turned, deserved. But still... yeesh.
  • Personality Powers: Harry's preferred element is fire. Doesn't particularly enjoy the cold and wet? Check. Temperamental? Check. Impulsive? Big fat check. Assertive? After some Character Development, absolutely.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: By the end of the first book, he's well into this category, and rising fast.
  • Physical God: One day, obviously, as shown during a temporary Plot-Relevant Age-Up. Also to an even greater extent as the Dark Phoenix.
  • Pillars of Moral Character: Zig-Zagged. In the first book, his moral strength is a key plank in Strange's plan. In the second, one horrendously brutal Trauma Conga Line and a horrific case of PTSD later, his darker side becomes more prominent and his idealism is tarnished, while circumstances force him to make several hard choices. Even after his recovery, he becomes more ruthless and practical, a Consummate Liar and Manipulative Bastard with a truly frightening capacity for viciousness when loved ones/friends are threatened or harmed. However, his core morals - and vast capacity for kindness and compassion - remain intact, and indeed, are eventually enhanced (or made more nuanced) by his experiences, and the darker traits fade somewhat over time thanks to the influence of Morality Chains and Morality Pets.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Spends most of Child of the Storm as this, being only 13 and caught up in a conflict of far greater scope than canon, lacking the power or skill to be proactive - though that changes as the book goes on.
  • Playing with Fire: it's his signature, like his namesake, to the point of When All You Have is a Hammer…. Even after he expands his repertoire in the second book, fire is still usually his preferred option. As is noted, it makes him a little bit predictable (which he sometimes exploits).
  • Politeness Judo: Ghosts demonstrates that he's more than capable of this when he feels like it, thanks to observing Natasha at work. Mostly, though, he'll just plough straight through whoever and whatever is in his way.
  • Poor Communication Kills: He has a recurring tendency to make plans up on the spot or alter them on the fly, then fail to inform friends and family. While this unpredictability makes him a massive headache for villains to deal with, it is at least as much of a problem for the good guys - and it's even been known to screw up his own plans. It's implied to be why Bucky gets given a wrist-strap based teleporter linked to Harry, so he can catch up almost instantly if (when) his charge goes AWOL - though happens far less after Forever Red, when Harry learns the consequences the hard way.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Is an avowed fan of Doctor Who, and a more casual fan of The Lord of the Rings (partly because it's fiction based on reality, thanks to Loki taking a liking to Tolkien, who was apparently something of a Seer). Additionally, his plan for dealing with Gravemoss comes straight from Buffy the Vampire Slayer - as he admits, it's not a very good plan (and Hermione firmly agrees), but it worked.
    • In the latter case, it's mentioned that he watched it at Mrs Figg's when living with the Dursleys and spent years wishing for a Buffy of his own to come save him. Which, in hindsight, probably explains a lot about his taste in women. He also quotes Dark Willow to chilling effect, when facing down a speechifying vampire.
  • Popularity Cycle: As in canon, though for different reasons. By the sequel, he's long past caring, dismissing it as childish when he even notices it.
  • Power Copying: His frightening adaptability, flexible power-set, and active imagination sometimes allow him to do this. The most prominent example is in the sequel, when Maddie - a Living Weapon trained from infancy - infuses lightning with psychic energy and throws it at him. To her astonishment, all this achieves is Harry making a light-hearted quip thanking her for the "new trick" and copying it... with fire.
  • Power Glows: Frequently. It appears more and more when he uses his psychic powers, and usually when he's winding up to do something big.
  • Power High: Briefly thanks to a supercharge from Jean and Maddie. He manages to keep it on a leash, mostly - and when he does seem to go Laughing Mad, that just adds to his pretence that he's the Dark Phoenix.
  • Power Incontinence: Until his Super Strength stabilises at 'just under Super Soldier and growing' and he's persuaded to get lessons about his Psychic Powers. After that, if he breaks something, he usually means it.
  • The Power of Love: As per canon - though here, it conferred a fragment of the Phoenix on him as a defence mechanism. It also breaks the vicious cycle of the Dark Phoenix, calming him down.
  • Power of Trust: Bucky notes that he's very good at using this to encourage the better natures of people who didn't actually know that they had better natures, and encourages it. Several levels in cynicism later, he laments losing much of his capacity to do this, envying it in Clark.
  • Power Strain Black Out: A couple of times. He later notes to Clark, and about Hermione, that this happens the first few times you hit the wall - he's learned to push past it.
  • Powers via Possession: The Phoenix gives him Complete Immortality and turns him into a Reality Warper when She takes over, or when he fully embraces the fragment within him. The fragment of her power within him also acts as a Power Crutch in Ghosts, though not without... consequences.
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation: As the Dark Phoenix, he veers straight into the Uncanny Valley while turning into a low-grade Reality Warper.
  • Pretty Boy: He is this at the moment, to his surprise. Will still have elements of this as a Tall, Dark, and Handsome adult, from certain angles.
  • Pride: While he's a Humble Hero, by and large, he's got a bit of a prideful streak - though the stuffing gets kicked out of it by Forever Red.
    • Pride Before a Fall: On more than one occasion, he overestimates his ability to get out of trouble/pull off his latest mad caper alone, and usually gets smacked down for it. However, it happens most brutally in Forever Red, where his usual Indy Ploy is coming off nicely... then it hits a hiccup and he tries to Indy Ploy with his way through that, dancing back into trouble with a jaunty quip. Cue an utterly brutal Trauma Conga Line.
  • Prince Charming: Mostly of the Dork Knight variety, especially when Carol's around ("As you wish"). Betsy Braddock even name-drops the trope.
  • Princely Young Man: An Endearingly Dorky version of the Prince Charming type to begin with, albeit with the chessmaster streak underneath, and The Stoic, practical, and testy (especially when it comes to pettiness or immaturity, whether by peers or adults - though he's Not So Above It All) Ice King type for a long time in Ghosts after the traumatising experiences of Forever Red. Unlike most versions, however, he's rarely surrounded by retainers of any kind, save Bucky in the sequel, who's more like The Mentor and is more likely to order Harry rather than the other way around.
  • The Profiler: Thanks to his Hyper-Awareness, he's scarily good at reading people even without his powers, something Sirius implies comes from his mother. It helps in the Mirror Image arc, when his understanding of the relevant magic and the situation allows him to quickly build up a very accurate picture of the person that's attacking Clark, something that impresses Agent Coulson.
  • Pro Human Trans Human: Occasional frustrations notwithstanding, he's very pro human. However, it could very easily go the other way...
  • Protagonist Title: He is the titular Child of the Storm.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: It's one of the many reasons he's very wary of using his telepathy. In chapter 74, he nearly forces the leader of a HYDRA assault force to do this when finally pushed too far.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Being a Hormone-Addled Teenager with a very attractive young psychic tutor means that he develops a very good one, very quickly. His passive defences are noted on several occasions as being remarkably strong as a result, and with the psychic scar-tissue from past Mind Rape, it's very hard to get in his head. And considering what's in there, it's probably better that way.
  • Psychic Powers: Born with vast potential for them, being part of the Grey family. Until chapter 63, however, they're latent and usually misfire. By Ghosts, he's an almost fully fledged Omega Class psychic and as the Red Son, helped the Red Room take over about half a continent in a fortnight. Even partially trained, he's capable of Astral Projection (badly), Telepathy (warily), and enormously powerful Telekinesis (frequently and creatively).
  • Psychic Radar: Though as Jean-Paul notes in Ghosts, it's not always totally reliable. Magneto helps him expand this to sense other energies, and even objects, using a variant of his telekinesis.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Occasionally develops one, though only when in a very bad mood - or when he's becoming the Dark Phoenix, and has thus gone off the deep end. It's described as being eerily reminiscent of Doctor Strange.
  • Rage Breaking Point: PTSD aside, he's usually pretty even-tempered. But when he snaps...
    • Thor being shot makes him come very close to going full Magneto.
    • In Ghosts, regaining the memories of the Red Son has the same effect. Except that this time, he goes full Dark Phoenix.
  • Raging Stiffie: Occasionally alluded to. As the A/N's point out, Harry is a teenage boy and surrounded by a lot of extraordinarily attractive women (men, too, but he's straight) - this was inevitable. Specifically, in Ghosts, after sharing a Sleep Cute with Carol, he wakes up to a case of 'Morning Wood'. He then spends the rest of the scene carefully trying to edge out of bed without waking her up so he can go have a cold shower.
  • Rags to Royalty: Very literally, and it is patently obvious that he's having trouble adjusting.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: When he's briefly aged up and his Berserk Button has been thoroughly pressed, he unleashes a series of punches so fast that they generate their own sonic booms.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: As he gets Progressively Prettier (justified by a better diet, expert Asgardian medical treatment and a growth spurt), becoming Tall, Dark, and Handsome (or 'Tall, Dark, and Homicidal') in Ghosts.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: At the start of the fic.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Develops a knack for handing out these by Ghosts, usually when he's extremely angry and/or deeply embittered.
  • Red Baron: The classic 'Boy Who Lived', though in the sequel he acquires another, more ominous one: Dark Phoenix.
  • Red Is Violent: He wears a lot of red prior to Sirius transfiguring the prototype of his 'Project Galahad' armour in Ghosts, and he's explosively temperamental - it's probably no coincidence that he gets that suit around the time he starts to get his temper and impulses under a far tighter rein. Also, when he goes Phoenix, it's usually for combat reasons, even if he isn't about to go Dark Phoenix, meaning that it's dark red.
  • Reforged Blade: His sword undergoes this after Dracula skewered him with it and used it to electrocute him, and Harry had just shoved a massive amount of power through it, before Strange completes the job. After, the sword has a faintly golden-red sheen in the right light and a sense of power about it, and Loki suspects that if someone other than Harry tries to pick it up without permission, it might bite. At this point, no one's entirely sure what it does (though Loki suspects that it's now a Holy Hand Grenade). Harry winds up naming it Curtana, at which point it develops an inscription, likely courtesy of Strange.
    For Justice, take me up. In Mercy, cast me away. I am Curtana. Wield me wisely.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Thor’s son due to the Asgardian being James. Also applies to an incredible variety of other characters (all largely Strange's fault), which he eventually starts treating with a sort of bemused apathy.
  • Remember That You Trust Me: Thanks to Dursley related issues, he tends to feel that he has to go it alone. He starts getting over this after Forever Red teaches him a brutal lesson, but he still tends to default to trying to handle things by himself to protect people. As a result, he occasionally has to be clipped around the skull to remind him that he can rely on other people.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Chapter 71 amply displays the Phoenix's willingness to resurrect him, but no one's exactly sure how far that goes.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He goes absolutely berserk after Luna is killed, then again (mixed with Roaring Rampage of Rescue) in the finale of the first book, and then again at the end of Forever Red, the latter as the Dark Phoenix. Maintaining the self-control to avert this in Bloody Hell is noted as a significant step in in his Character Development.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Astonishingly, despite all he goes through and his briefly delving into a bitter nihilism, he reveals in chapter 58 of Ghosts during a Rousing Speech to a downcast Clark that not only is he a Knight of Faith, but he genuinely believes this at heart - even if he has trouble with his own reflexive cynicism.
  • Royal Blood: See Blue Blood.
  • Royalty Superpower: Along with the rest of the Asgardian Royal Family, though it's not immediately apparent.
  • Rugged Scar: Played straight and subverted with the scars he gets from Daken stabbing him in the heart - it fills the standard criteria being a claw mark, but its placement means that it's not usually visible and he avoids showing it off.
  • Scars Are Forever: His famous lightning bolt scar. Daken's claws also leave a permanent mark, as might Dracula's stabbing him in the shoulder and a vampire bite on his wrist. The stab wound and the related lightning scars are shown to last up to chapter 57 at least.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Harry tends to have a very dim view of rules, especially when they get in the way of helping or protecting someone. This sometimes gets deconstructed.
  • Secret-Keeper: Becomes this in Ghosts: being both smart and trustworthy, he tends to both discover and be entrusted with secrets. In the case of Bucky, regarding his past as the Winter Soldier/faked death, this becomes a problem as he's forced to be a Consummate Liar to deceive Ron who was on the warpath, having (correctly) been led to believe that the Soldier was still alive. He also deduces that Hermione's heritage, but promises Wanda that he'll keep it to himself for the moment, only telling Carol because she picked up on it through their link (something he warned Wanda would happen) - and when Hermione figures it out, it goes... badly.
  • Seen It All: After all he's been through, by chapter 20 or so of Ghosts, he's pretty much totally unfazed by whatever comes his way. Occasionally, however, some things are absurd enough to stun even him.
  • Sensor Character: As his telepathy develops into a Psychic Radar - though it's not always reliable, as Jean-Paul points out. Shortly after, Magneto starts training him expanding his senses as a telekinetic radar, sensing matter and energy he can't see. He uses it several times, and by the First Task, he's capable of (crudely) adapting the technique for magical use (though he notes that psychometry is more Maddie's thing).
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Starts displaying the symptoms of textbook PTSD towards the end of Child of the Storm, then more and more as time goes by - at first to a relatively limited extent after HYDRA's attack on Hogwarts, Luna's death, and his own brief death, then to a much, much greater extent after the Forever Red arc in Ghosts. He's recovering, aided by having an actual therapist, but it's a slow process.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: All but quotes this trope, annoyed, in respect to Diana when Sirius and Tony tease him. More frequently, he has to deal with such assumptions about him and Carol, which have a much stronger basis, to the point where it becomes a Running Gag, because literally Everyone Can See It. This vanishes when they get together and have The Big Damn Kiss in chapter 46 of Ghosts.
  • Shipper on Deck: Briefly for Lex and Sue in the first book, who then sort things out on their own. When he notices that Diana and Ginny have mutual crushes, he encourages it enthusiastically, even arranging for the former to attend the Yule Ball, nominally as Draco's date. He also serves as one for Ron and Hermione, contemplating locking them in a room together until they get over their Belligerent Sexual Tension, and teasing them about it.
  • Shock and Awe: Develops a gift for this, to absolutely no one's surprise - it's pretty close to fire, and of course, it's In the Blood.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: Despite expressing profound cynicism throughout most of the second book, he voices this opinion in chapter 58. As he explains, he developed it as a survival reflex, and while it's a good way to survive, it's not a good way to live.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Highly downplayed, but he does occasionally mutter a litany of multi-lingual cursewords when annoyed or embarrassed.
  • Sleep Cute: He is semi-frequently involved in this with friends and family, especially Thor, Wanda, Jean, and particularly in Ghosts, Carol Danvers.
  • Smarter Than You Look: No one mistakes him for stupid, but very few people realise just how clever he really is. He's highly observant, capable of Mega Manning moves on the fly, he's freakishly good at reading people even without his Psychic Powers, he's a surprisingly adept tactician, and per canon, he's got a sharp deductive mind. As Jean-Paul muses, it's very easy to forget what he's capable of.
  • Smug Super: Or more usually, Irritable Super - he's more prone to showing off the sheer extent of his powers when he's angry, and usually to make a point about how far the person who has irritated him is out of their depth.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Does this with most of his friends and adopted family, most especially Sirius, Tony, Diana, Hermione, and Carol. In the latter case, it's often combined with Casual Danger Dialogue and Flirting Under Fire.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: At first, as per canon. Some mentoring, encouragement, and generally increased confidence mean that he's less awkward... though still frequently adorable.
  • Soul Fragment: Used to have a piece of Voldemort's in him, though per Word of God, his brief death and resurrection via the Phoenix burnt it out.
  • Soul Jar: Previously was one to Voldemort, unwittingly on both counts. However, his brief death and resurrection removed the Soul Fragment.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: For a long while after Forever Red. He recovers, though he retains a cynical edge.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • He specialises in this, much to Lucius' annoyance, though it's not just a problem for the bad guys, as shown in Ghosts. His tendency to go off and do things without telling anyone else can be extremely problematic for the good guys too, even putting a hole in his own plans.
  • Squishy Wizard: In the first book. By Ghosts, he's Made of Iron, operating on Super Soldier level, and capable of amplifying it to Flying Brick levels.
  • Stepford Snarker: In the sequel George Weasely notes that 'understated sarcasm' is his 'coping mechanism of choice'.
  • The Stoic: Veers in to the Shell-Shocked Veteran part from time to time from chapter 72 onwards, even after he starts settling into Fiery Stoic territory - basically it's the 'Ice' side of his personality. Among other things, it makes him come off as cold, distant, and incredibly hard to read, which causes problems in his relationship with Ron and Hermione.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Increasingly at Hogwarts in Ghosts. He's a bit unhappy about it, and tries to keep Ron and Hermione as his 'normal' friends, also advising Clark to stay grounded, citing trouble relating to anyone not in the same weird circles, but he's mostly fine with it. He's also implied to be aware that Ron and Hermione are uneasy with it (and being kept Locked Out of the Loop), and to resent them for that in turn.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: Initially after his powers kick in, he's ludicrously powerful but very raw. After a brief period of Well-Trained, but Inexperienced, following Forever Red, he shifts into Talented, but Trained. However, there are limits, as Dracula brutally demonstrates.
  • Stubborn Hair: As per usual. Carol enjoys ruffling it and Wanda maternally cards her fingers through it.
  • Stunned Silence: When particularly shocked, he goes completely silent - usually by something that breaks even his tolerance for weirdness.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: While he's initially (almost) all sweetness and light, there's a colder streak in him that tends to appear when he gets really angry. It becomes dominant after Forever Red thanks to his PTSD, but after Bloody Hell, he becomes a Knight of Faith and the warmer side becomes the dominant side again. However, it's now a rather finer balance.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eyes occasionally glow/flash gold. It's generally a bad sign, as it usually signifies either a bad mood or him winding up for something big.
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: By the sequel, his mystical senses, trained by Magneto and Strange, are increasingly refined. He still defaults to psionics, however.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Neither is strictly a personality (as Carol points out), but he technically has two.
    • While not strictly more powerful than he is, Harry has a dark side that Carol characterises as the result of his repressing all the horrible experiences that should have driven him mad or dark, being Harry with his conscience switched off. This side of him is in charge, is far more ruthless and far more effective.
    • The Dark Phoenix, meanwhile, trades sanity and humanity for Reality Warper level powers.
  • Superpower Lottery: By chapter 70, he's won big time.
  • Super Power Melt Down: Everyone (particularly him) is initially worried that he'll lose control of his powers and go into one that, while it's not lethal to him, will probably be lethal to everyone around him. This abates somewhat after chapter 65 or so... then after the altered second prophecy and the start of Ghosts, the worry returns, specifically that he'll go Dark Phoenix. This worry is profoundly justified.
  • Super Soldier: The Red Room think that he's the key to the next generation of these. They were right. They regretted it.
  • Super Speed: He's alarmingly fast to begin with and only becomes more so. With a telekinetic boost, his Flash Steps are fast enough to surprise a young Superman.
  • Super Strength: He spends half the first book genuinely afraid he'll lose control of his strength at some point - not helped by its uneven development. It settles around Super Soldier level by Ghosts, reaching somewhere non-specific beyond that by the Bloody Hell arc.
  • Suppressed Rage: Considering his childhood, it's unsurprising that he has an absolute shedload of this, which he locked away for obvious reasons. This is a strategy he's suggested to have followed with just about all his other negative emotions, too. Unfortunately, as Carol notes, it's festered into a rather frightening dark side, one that he refers to as one of his 'inner demons', and fuels the Dark Phoenix.
  • Talented, but Trained: In Ghosts, particularly from Bloody Hell (chapter 28) onwards, thanks to a lot of tutoring and hard-earned experience.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: By Ghosts - Carol notes that he was short and "cute in a Hobbity sort of way" when they first met, but as time went by... see Hunk. In combination with his temper, this sometimes leads to him being referred to as "tall, dark, and homicidal."
  • Technician vs. Performer: He's most definitely a Performer - he makes his strategies up on the fly, a defining trait of said strategies is that they're Crazy Enough to Work, and by Ghosts, he's a Dance Battler.
  • Teens Are Short: Subverted. He's a Tiny School Boy at first, but by Ghosts, he's around Carol's height - 5'10'' - and still growing.
  • Terror Hero: Develops into The Dreaded towards at the start of Ghosts, thanks to his extraordinary exploits, fears that he'll become the Dark Phoenix again, and a PTSD-induced Hair-Trigger Temper. Dracula notes that he scares serious supernatural heavyweights, and that as one professional to another, he respects that. Harry doesn't like it very much, and he tries to ameliorate it, he's also willing to use it when it suits him, becoming The Intimidator after Forever Red, throwing in a little of The Master of Illusion. It even works when he's in disguise,
  • There Was a Door: He likes dramatic entrances, as is lampshaded in Ghosts. His lofty response is that it "makes an impression."
  • Thinking Up Portals: Via a Sling Ring in Ghosts.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: It does, on several occasions - though the first time, he was noticeably relieved when it did work. Later on, after his abilities develop, this becomes a much more effective, if still rarely used tactic of his.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Keeps/is kept to this, particularly after chapter 70, partly because he's psychologically unstable enough as it is from PTSD and Survivor's Guilt without adding more fuel to the fire. This is a large part of why his time as the Red Son left him so furious that he was willing to become the Dark Phoenix.
  • Took a Level in Badass: To cut a very long story short, at the start of the first book (in the November of his 3rd year), he's a moderately talented 13 year old wizard who's brave and resourceful, but way out of his depth and prone to making plans up as he goes along. By the following November, he's a high-end Magic Knight with espionage training who can take on armies, duel Physical Gods on equal footing, and - thanks to a mixture of pragmatism and guile - winning.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Takes a few throughout Child of the Storm, then takes a whopping great one in Ghosts, following the Forever Red arc, though mitigated when he Took a Level in Idealism after the Bloody Hell arc, developing into a Knight of Faith with shades of Rousseau Was Right deep down.
    • Played for Laughs in Ghosts, when his immediate reaction to Professor Bach a.k.a. Strange telling him to go in, have a big dinner and get some sleep is to assume that something horrible is going to happen the next day.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass/Took a Level in Kindness: Takes the former after the Forever Red arc in Ghosts leaves him a traumatised wreck with a Hair-Trigger Temper, and takes the latter after he has a Heel Realisation following Cedric Diggory calling him out and offering to help in chapter 22. He takes another level in kindness at the end of chapter 26, going out of his way to help someone else rather than being helped for the first time in a while, and getting together with Carol in chapter 46 does wonders for his general disposition (much to his classmates' relief). Even so, however, his baseline is still a bit grumpier than before.
  • Too Clever by Half: In Forever Red, where he manages to be the Spanner in the Works for his own plan, a mixture of glib pride, stubbornness, and the Dulcinea Effect meaning that he refuses to fold when he should. Needless to say, he learned a hard lesson.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: He has his canonical taste for treacle tart.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His mother's brooch.
  • Training from Hell: What the Red Room do to him in the sequel is horrific. It also makes him utterly lethal.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he's really lost it, he tends to get quiet. Magneto style. It's generally a good sign that he's about to do something scary. For instance, when a vampire annoys him...
  • Trauma Button:
    • In the sequel, Mind Rape becomes this after Forever Red. Before, it profoundly pisses him off. After, even the slightest implication sets him off, as Crouch Senior finds out. He gets better with time, but it's worth noting that his response to the suggested Mind Rape of Carol was originally anger at the person proposing. After, Alison notes that that if it had been put to him now, the person doing so would be dead.
    • Chapter 59 reveals that, following the return of his full Red Room memories, seeing Clark Strapped to an Operating Table is one - once the battle is over, he is shown to be at the very end of his coping ability and anticipating some very bad nightmares. He ends up reliving being raped by Belova.
  • Troubling Un Childlike Behaviour:
    • Increasingly, particularly after Forever Red in Ghosts, to the disturbance of McGonagall. Part of this is that after all he's been through, he's unfazed by weirdness and now somewhat numb to potential threats. It's particularly striking when he interacts with Clark - who, powers aside, is a fairly normal teenager - something which doesn't go unnoticed, least of all by Harry himself. It gets to the point where him actually acting his age is met with genuine astonishment (and relief) by his classmates.
  • True Sight: He can and has used this once or twice - though doesn't usually because you never forget what you see.
  • Twice Shy: With Carol. Unusually, they do figure it out by Ghosts, but as both acknowledge when they admit their feelings apart and to each other, they're riddled with issues that would make a relationship problematic (his horrible self-esteem and her twitchy nature, primarily, with PTSD) and the risks that any relationship would be a co-dependent mess. They eventually get over them enough to get together.
  • "Uh-Oh" Eyes: The colour his eyes are is an excellent barometer for how much trouble you're in. Green's the baseline, and means you're probably fine. If his eyes are glowing gold for more than, say, 5 seconds, you're in trouble. If they're glowing red, or red-gold, you're kind of screwed. If they're glowing white, there are no words to adequately describe how screwed you are.
  • Uncanny Valley: His Powered Armour, 'Project Galahad', tends to have this effect - it's far sleeker than most suits (Harry being Harry, it doesn't need weapons), it's all white save for the emerald green eye-lights, and the blank mask is usually compared to 'the skull of an angel'.
  • Underhanded Hero: Downplayed. While his methods in the sequel frequently include mass destruction and the rubble being set on fire, this tendency conceals the fact that he's a Guile Hero with a knack for manipulation, lying, and Flaw Exploitation. This allows him to get under Maddie's skin (and her Heel–Face Turn eventually brings down the Red Room and Sinister alike), and pull a flawless Batman Gambit at the second time of asking on Dracula in Bloody Hell.
  • The Unfettered: Briefly slips into this when he snaps and becomes the Dark Phoenix. It appears again from time to time when he's pushed over the edge - Tranquil Fury and utter brutality follow shortly after.
  • Unhappy Medium: From time to time, after his telepathic powers come in.
  • Unstable Powered Woman: A Rare Male Example - aside from his gender, he ticks pretty much every box in the sequel. Given his connections to the Phoenix and Wanda Maximoff, two famous examples, this is not entirely surprising.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Periodically prone to this.
    • The first time, he forgets he's a Glass Cannon. Against Daken. Who stops it.
    • At the end of Forever Red when he snaps and becomes the Dark Phoenix.
    • Briefly in Mirror, Mirror when he sees Clark Strapped to an Operating Table by the Arc Villain. This mashes a Trauma Button and he nearly goes Dark Phoenix in the process. Later, said Arc Villain tries to choke Clark by turning all the carbon dioxide in his mouth, throat, and lungs into carbonia glass and dry ice and beating him up with a chunk of Kryptonite. Cue a spectacularly brutal piece of Mind Rape (including forcible, permanent, opening of the villain's True Sight), dismemberment, and drop-kicking the still screaming monster into orbit.
  • Uptown Guy: Even more so after becoming royalty. It rather bemuses him, considering that he grew up kept in a cupboard and half-starved.
  • Use Your Head: Learns this from Sif, and uses it in chapter 7 of Ghosts.
  • Unwilling Roboticization: In Ghosts, thanks to Essex's Transmode Virus giving the Red Son a One-Winged Angel form and compounding his resemblance to Cable (or Earth X Nate Grey). It's temporary, but he's understandably extremely unhappy about it, and in chapter 54, it's shown that he's still got issues over it.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: He comes to realise that while vengeance feels good in the moment, it tends to feel empty at best after the initial euphoria wears off. This doesn't mean that he stops finding it tempting, however.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Jean-Paul, and with Carol - though in the latter case it's tempered by/combined with really-absolutely-definitely-not-flirting. After his return to Hogwarts in the second book, he goes back to this with Hermione as well, and Ron later on. He also almost immediately gets into this with Clark.
  • Warrior Prince: Develops into this in the latter part of Child of the Storm, and properly in Ghosts, like his father.
  • The Watson: Is usually the one to whom various things are explained, though he sometimes does the explaining instead, especially in the sequel.
  • Well-Trained, but Inexperienced: Between chapter 70 of the first book and the end of Forever Red/Bloody Hell. After that, he's got far more experience than anyone is comfortable with.
  • What If God Was One of Us?: Initially, he's primarily The Self-Denouncer, because while he's technically a demigod, he doesn't want to be elevated above others, before evolving into a mixture of The Saviour and The Reluctant Messiah in the sequel. Unlike the former, he's reluctant to bear the mantle of Messiah and would really prefer people didn't worship him. Unlike the latter, he believes that With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, so he very grudgingly puts up with it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: See Young Conqueror. As the second book makes clear, there is very little he is not willing to do for the people he loves, meaning that he is absolutely willing to go even to Dark Phoenix extremes if he feels the situation merits it.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Most definitely, which makes the Magnetic Hero thing very useful, especially before most of his powers kick in. He even lampshades it to Hank McCoy in the first book:
    The more powerful I get, actually or just potentially [...] the more people try and kill me in new and interesting ways. Don't get me wrong, I love having a family and the Avengers. I love being a wizard too. But I could do without the near-death experience every few months.
    • By Ghosts, he's more or less unfazed by it - though annoyed by and bitter about the Doom Magnet aspects.
  • When All You Have is a Hammer…: He starts as a Guile Hero, but becomes this towards end of the first book, with the power to demolish most opponents outright. As a result, he doesn't develop his offensive repertoire beyond Playing with Fire, energy blasts in general, and some martial arts. After a very painful Near-Death Experience ( or rather, Actual Death Experience, but the Phoenix/his mother resurrected him and went on a rampage), he becomes a highly creative Magic Knight in the sequel. That said, he still tends to default to fire magic or telekinesis - Ron speculates this is because he had to get very good in a very short space of time, so he focused on what came naturally to become at least a Master of One Magic.
  • When He Smiles: He has an absolutely lovely smile which a) makes him look very much like Jean, b) briefly wipes away all the cynicism and suffering, making him look like an ordinary teenager.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Painfully subverted. He starts out as one, and a Knight In Shining Armour to boot, one of whom Godric Gryffindor would be proud. However, he gets steadily more cynical as time goes on, though retains elements of this.... until the Forever Red arc, when the Dulcinea Effect and his Chronic Hero Syndrome finally get the better of him. He eventually settles on something like The Anti-Nihilist.
  • Willfully Weak: He starts off favouring standard fire blasts, telekinetic blasts, or even hand-to-hand combat over more efficient and effective uses of his powers, even to an extent in Ghosts after he becomes much more of a Combat Pragmatist. It gets to the point of Obfuscating Stupidity, where some characters (e.g. Ron) think that that's all he can do. More observant characters (Hermione) point out that just because he doesn't use them doesn't mean that he can't. As it happens, he is abundantly aware of what he can do, so usually holds back. When he's angry enough to stop playing nice, the results are brief and usually messy.
  • Willing Channeler:
    • Lets the Phoenix/his mother briefly possess him twice in the first book, allowing her to have a brief chat with Chthon and briefly sever his connection to Gravemoss.
    • Then, he does so for far darker purposes in Ghosts after finally being pushed too far: he embraces the Phoenix fragment within him to become the Dark Phoenix. The results are not half as pretty.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Usually ends up walking the line between this and Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour by the end of Child of the Storm. In Ghosts, it tilts sharply into the latter.
  • The Wise Prince: Steadily evolving into this trope, cynicism and struggles with his darker side notwithstanding.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The Red Room invoke this trope by forcing him into a Power Limiter so that he can't just beat Dudley into a pulp. Once he figures out a way around it, though, he does so anyway.
    • When Syrus kidnaps Carol, Harry would have blasted him to pieces if not for the fact that he had to project his astral form through her from the other side of the Atlantic.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Comes up with a clever one off the top of his head in Forever Red - he's locked into a psychic duel with Maddie/Rachel, and while he's got very little chance of winning, if he does, great. If he doesn't, though, something that's far more likely since she's way stronger and more skilled than he is, he's powerful enough and good enough to prolong the duel and make an awful lot of psychic noise, so the Avengers can home in. It works like a charm. His next plan, on the other hand, is not quite so well thought out.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Develops a knack for this by Ghosts - see Xanatos Gambit. Unfortunately, this tied in with his habit of not informing friends and allies of what he's going to do next, and an in-built knack for being the Spanner in the Works, means that he often derails everyone's plans - even his own.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Handles both Phoenix Fire and Chaos Magic at the end of the first book, using them to stitch reality back together - albeit somewhat imperfectly.
  • Young Conqueror: He has all the hallmarks of this, as noticed by much of the cast. All of them note that while he could be the next Captain America, a hero among heroes, he has the intelligence, charisma, experience of the dark side of humanity and hatred of injustice to become the next Magneto - and potentially far worse. Part of his character arc leads to him noticing this and rejecting it with a little help from his friends. Offers of We Can Rule Together in the sequel tend to be met with mocking laughter (though by that point, he has related, but different issues).
  • Younger Than They Look:
    • By the last part of the first book, at thirteen he can easily pass for fifteen or sixteen and that he's starting to attract the Female Gaze. In the sequel, he looks closer to 18 than 14 (and acts older, most of the time). The white streak in his fringe helps, as does the fact that his body spent six months working for the Red Room shortly after, meaning that his body aged while his mind didn't.
    • This is discussed in Ghosts, with both Betsy and Strange noting that for all Harry's maturity and appearance, in many ways he's still just a kid.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: This takes on a whole new meaning when an Omega class psychic is involved.

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