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Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures Past is a Harry Potter Peggy Sue fic written by S'TarKan / Viridian / Evil Author Lord.

The story opens with an adult Harry finally defeating Voldemort after fighting him and his Death Eaters for about thirteen years. The victory is extremely hollow, however; the war has directly or indirectly claimed the lives of virtually every named character in the series and Harry has lost everyone he ever loved and then some. As a potentially fatal case of depression begins to settle in, however, Harry uncovers theoretical texts in the ruins of Hogwarts that suggest a means by which to travel backwards in time.

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With literally nothing left to lose, Harry gambles his life on a second chance and hits the jackpot when his spirit merges with his younger self partway through the summer before his first year at Hogwarts. In classic Peggy Sue fashion, "young" Harry then begins subtly altering the timeline to make things better... with mixed results.

Harry's efforts to change the future create as many problems as they solve, and the multiple layers of conflict in the story prevent Harry's advanced skills and greater power from making things too easy for him.

The story has not been abandoned, though Viridian states that updates will likely be slow due to personal issues, both health- and job-related. After about a three-year hiatus, chapter 39 was released on October 19, 2012. After another three-year hiatus, chapter 40 was released on February 20, 2015, chapter 41 was released April 7, 2015, and chapter 42 was released September 8, 2015. The most recent update was that he fell into nearly fatal health problems, but is now recovering; he publicized the beta version of chapter 43 on March 22, 2019 and posted the final version on April 2, 2019.

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On May 13, 2019 the story disappeared from FanFiction.net, with the author clarifying on his website that this was due to an accusation of copyright infringement involving song lyrics, though it is still available at other locations and he is appealing to the site directors to undo their decision, The fic has since been made available on various other sites, including Sink Into Your Eyes here, FanficAuthors.net here, Phoenix Song here and recently restarted on Royal Road here.

Viridian maintains a blog and a forum where he posts occasional word count updates. Viridian Dreams Quests are run out of his forum.


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  • Abusive Parents: The Dursleys of course, but Vernon more so than usual thanks to the Butterfly of Doom.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Professor McGonagall sounds slightly amused at Harry's imitation of her when he apologizes.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Snape, for a start. Since Deathly Hallows hadn't been released when the fic started, the author obviously had to go their own way in regards to the greasy git. Not to mention Harry's behaviour in the new timeline rubs Snape entirely the wrong way, making him much, much worse than he was before.
    • Vernon. While the original version was undeniably a Jerkass of the highest order, here he winds up beating Harry half to death, then leaving him in his room. Some of this is implied to be the result of mind-charms, but still…
    • Marcus Flint, of the Slytherin Quidditch team. While in canon he was, like all Slytherins, a jerkass, here he's a willing murderer and attempted murderer, who fantasizes about painfully killing Harry and Ginny by Year 2.
    • Draco Malfoy. He was a first-degree Jerkass in the books, but little more than a nuisance. Here, he nearly kills Harry during Year 2 and conspires to get Ginny killed via Tom Riddle's diary. His stay in Durmstrang has only made him worse - such as brutally killing a nesting mother dragon using a flask of very corrosive acid, destroying all of its eggs, and grinning about it afterwards.
  • A Day in the Limelight: A lot of side characters from the original series get more attention, some even get half a chapter told from their perspective.
  • Adults Are Useless: Harry seems to have this opinion firmly in mind given what he saw unfolding in his future. However even when an adult figure does do something right, Harry is still prone to reluctantly awarding them a point in his mind and bitterly remarking to himself what a wonder it was.
  • Age-Down Romance: Played with. Harry is strongly tempted, but also considers it very unethical, and worries that with all his efforts to build Ginny up, he's engaged in Wife Husbandry. Ginny is not impressed by his concerns, especially when Charlie weighs in; she's just fine with how her crush has behaved, and wants Harry to have more faith in himself and her. As of chapter 43, they're not actually dating, but it's pretty clear that they're an unofficial item.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: When Harry and Hermione use legilimency on Luna, all they get is Psychic Static and a headache. Harry remarks that she is "either a genius or a functional schizophrenic."
  • Ambiguous Syntax: When Draco Malfoy finds out about Harry Potter and the Gryffindor Quidditch team doing a photo op with the broom manufacturers sponsoring them, he comes stomping over demanding, "Who the hell do you think you are, Potter?" Harry Potter takes advantage of the phrasing to do some Literalist Snarking, "I think you just answered your own question, Malfoy."
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Ginny threatens Colin Creevey's little brother after Colin enters Harry in the Triwizard Tournament. Harry is taken aback by her venom, but she was mostly bluffing.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Harry uses his inheritance to buy shares in his uncle's company in case he needs leverage at some point. It becomes moot when his uncle beats him within an inch of his life, and the Weasleys become Harry's guardians - so instead, once out of hospital, Harry uses his shares to have Vernon fired, prosecuted, and turned out of his home.
  • Anti-Villain: Dumbledore. In a refreshing twist, the Big D isn't portrayed as a Machiavellian Chessmaster or a cacklingly evil Magnificent Bastard, but as a fundamentally good person with the unfortunate flaw of thinking he knows what's best for people. He's not even a villain, really, more like a hero who could really mess things up if he tries to do what he believes is the right thing. Now Snape, on the other hand…
  • Arc Words: "Broken and battered body" comes up a lot whenever Harry thinks of the future.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: As Gryffindor Tower begins to celebrate Harry becoming the new champion, Hermione contributes to the effort to cool down the celebration by pointing out that, despite the talk of 'eternal glory' for winning the tournament, nobody there can name a past champion without looking the names up in a book.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: Percy Weasley, who, after being fired from his position at the Department of International Magical Cooperation for stunning Barty Crouch Sr. after the Quidditch World Cup Final, is hired by Madam Bones to become her assistant because of his ability to document anything and his intricate knowledge of the Ministry bureaucracy.
  • Bad Future: Er...Yes? To sum up, when the story begins, Harry has at last defeated Voldemort for good, and the rest of the Death Eaters died with him... but Hogwarts has been leveled, all his friends and family are dead, Diagon Alley is gone, and the Death Eaters had been committing purges of the British Isles at such a scale that the US Military had to step in.
  • Batman Gambit: The Gryffindor Six run one to capture Barty Crouch Jr, and it works, masterfully.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Downplayed with Ron. When he was younger, he might have wanted to surpass his brothers in something good, but time spent with Harry slowly eroded that. He realizes it's all not all it's cracked up to be when he becomes besieged by others following his killing of a Dementor with the Sword of Gryffindor.
  • Berserk Button: When a Boggart transforms into a succession of his friends' dead bodies, exactly as he saw them in the future, followed by a representation of Voldemort, Harry freaks out and reacts as if it was real. Which, in this case, means annihilating it with a spell that reduces half the classroom to kindling - and that was the half that was behind him. Everything it actually hit is just gone without a trace.
  • Best Served Cold: Invoked by Harry when Neville gets upset and wants to immediately pummel the boy who told Neville's grandmother that he's still spending time with Luna. Together they plan a more subtle and sophisticated revenge.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Neville is generally a quiet, polite, private person, very affected by the fate of his parents, who were tortured until their minds broke and they were reduced to Empty Shells. And then Draco, the nephew of the psychopath responsible, taunts Luna Lovegood, in front of Neville, by suggesting that she's not talking because she's lost her mind. Neville proceeds to leap over the table and pound Draco's face in.
    • In the Bad Future, captives of the Death Eaters could shout CONSTANT VIGILANCE! for an instant kill thanks to Moody's Dying Moment of Awesome.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Chapter 39, Dumbledore's Patronus and Fawkes.
  • Bring It: After he kills a Dementor with the Sword of Gryffindor, Ron taunts all the other Dementors, who decide to book it as fast as they can.
  • Butterfly of Doom: A refreshing change in the Peggy Sue genre, as Harry's efforts to rewrite history frequently have totally unintended consequences, both good and bad. He starts seeing the effects almost from day one, such as his conversation with Ginny causing Ron to approach him differently on the train.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • Arthur Weasley does this to Dumbledore after the Dursleys' abuse of Harry is discovered.
    • Neville calls out his grandmother for interfering in his developing relationship with Luna.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Harry doesn't want to risk the consequences of killing Wormtail on sight, but he certainly intends for the rat to face a reckoning eventually.
  • Care-Bear Stare: Harry uses this on Voldemort in the very first chapter. It even includes the associated light show.
  • Chess Master: Harry and Ron. Harry for the practical usage of the trope, and Ron for the literal usage; amusingly, Harry is rubbish at actual chess.
  • Chekhov's Gun / Dreaming of Things to Come:
    • Chapter 29's reference to a magical core exploding in nightmare form is ominous in the extreme. The accuracy of Harry's previous nightmares doesn't help, nor does the fact that the author pretty much states that it's foreshadowing.
    • Almost certainly a literal example in the Glock. It's an enchanted gun that Harry picks up fairly early in the story, and is referenced enough times that the only way it's not a Chekhov's Gun is if it's a Red Herring.
  • Clarke's Third Law: Pettigrew banks on this to convince some Provisional IRA terrorists to attack Hogwarts, passing off the Imperio Curse and other spells as advanced technology being developed by the British government.
  • Clock Roaches: The "agent-in-place", who is working behind the scenes to ensure that certain things happen as they did in the original timeline.
  • Common Law Marriage: Ron and Hermione did exchange vows in the future, but being on the run and with society collapsing, they didn't have a chance to be officially married.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: Harry pratfalls to break Ron and Neville's wands so he can get them replaced.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Discussed and averted; when Harry starts teaching his friends hand-to-hand combat, Hermione initially specialized in aikido, but after Luna joined their lessons and managed to outmanoeuvre Hermione in their training fights, Harry encouraged Hermione to branch out as her favoured combat strategy wouldn't work on Luna.
  • Dad the Veteran: Hermione's father is a former Royal Marine.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Harry, even more so than in canon.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable:
    • Harry uses the improved wards at the Burrow to destroy a bunch of Dementors.
    • Ron kills a Dementor in a mano-a-mano combat, using the Sword of Gryffindor.
  • Deconstruction Fic: Of the Peggy Sue genre. While Harry manages to use his future knowledge to make things better, his actions end up causing unintended changes, both for good and bad.
  • Dirty Coward: Draco Malfoy.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: In this work, Luna is revealed to be nearsighted and starts to wear glasses. In canon there are no mentions of her having any such issues.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Harry's confession in the Chamber of Secrets might seem similar to someone coming out to their family, with the fear and very real possibility of being rejected once the truth is out. Harry's resignation that his friends would automatically hate him right afterward would also hit close to home. The fact that his fears are proven wrong also may be similar to being accepted rather than rejected like one would fear.
  • Dope Slap: When Harry starts blaming himself for the changes to the timeline he made resulting in Melissa Bulstrode's untimely death, Sirius starts his lecture on how Harry is not responsible for the Butterfly of Doom by rapping his knuckles on Harry's head.
  • Dramatic Irony: Mrs Weasley, accustomed to tight finances, is uncomfortable with letting Harry help pay for groceries, and tells him that he needs to think about his future.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • After killing Voldemort, future!Harry started to feel the slip towards full depression and potential suicide. Only the possibility of going back in time and fixing things prevented it - and, in the end, he did kill himself to send his soul back to his 11-year-old self.
      Harry: I might as well make it possibly count for something.
    • Harry came close to this 13 years earlier, when Ginny died, but he threw himself into the war effort to stay focused.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Harry and Ron both went through some of this in the future.
  • Drunken Boxing: Luna picks this up from watching television at a friend's house once. One of the many reasons she's Crazy Awesome.
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: Ron pokes fun at Luna Lovegood for having an "imaginary creature" as her Patronus. Luna's Patronus was a duck-billed platypus. When Hermione tells Ron that the duck-billed platypus is a real animal, he flatly refuses to believe her.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: Invoked; Harry acknowledges that sending his memories back to his eleven-year-old self after he has defeated Voldemort will either create a new reality or destroy the one he exists in, but Harry is so broken after seeing virtually everyone else he ever knew die that he doesn't care and the only other person he can talk to (Dumbledore's portrait) accepts that he can either help Harry with this last plan that might save some people, or just wait until Harry becomes so depressed he kills himself.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: Much like the Ministry of Magic in-canon, the Ministry is presented this way here as well. When Harry has Peter Pettigrew arrested by ministry officials, providing unavoidable proof of Sirius' innocence, they completely change guards and wardens at Azkaban and deny visitation rights to them, trying to starve Sirius to death in his cell and pretend nothing has changed rather than admit that the Ministry made a mistake. Harry later lampshades this corruption in his interview with Rita.
    Harry: Those forgiven Death Eaters were all from wealthy and influential families, or were closely allied with them. Money and/or favors had to change hands for that many people to drop the ball and let them go free. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Look at my godfather, and the Ministry's complete failure to give him a trial while he rotted in Azkaban – for a crime he never committed. Look at the goblins, treated as second-class citizens, despite the vital role they play in the Wizarding economy. Look at house-elves, who are treated even worse. Sometimes I wonder if the Statute of Secrecy isn't maintained more to prevent the Ministry from being scrutinized too closely by the Muggle governments. By Muggle standards, I'm afraid the Wizarding world would be considered hopelessly backward and barbaric.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Fred and George do this constantly in the earlier chapters. It's hard to find a line that they don't split. Around year three, they turn to something more like collaborative interrupting, like the twins do in the books.
  • Flashback: Harry gets these all the time. Frequently he will meet someone and involuntarily recall watching them die, or in some cases, how they killed someone else. His nightmares are almost all flashbacks to scenes from the war.
  • For Want of a Nail: After Deathly Hallows was released, the author noted that the point of divergence from canon should be considered the fact that Voldemort made the Sorting Hat a horcrux on top of his canon horcruxes; fracturing his soul that many times made his soul so unstable that he embarked on the more violent campaign depicted in Harry's thoughts on his original timeline, rather than the more patient, behind-the-scenes conquest he attempted in canon.
  • From a Certain Point of View:
    • Harry's modus operandi. He did happen to overhear Draco boasting about a special room in his house full of illegal items, it just so happens that he did so in an alternate timeline.
    • The Sorting Hat learns of Harry's secret the moment it's placed on his head and decides to keep what it knows of Harry in confidence. When later asked if some "invading mental presences" were in Harry's mind, it coyly answers:
      Sorting Hat: Oh no, no invaders at all. Nothing between his ears but Harry James Potter.
  • Future Badass: While Bill is good at his job, he's still relatively new to the role, so he is understandably shocked to learn that, in Harry's future, he died when he sacrificed himself to destroy the wards around Durmstrang in a single night.

    G-L 
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Harry does a version of this when he uses magic to amplify his voice during Chapter 39. The windows facing him in Hogsmeade cracked. (And he ended up in the hospital wing with strained vocal cords.)
  • The Glomp: Ginny glomps Harry in the Chamber of Secrets, followed by his other four friends, after he tells them about travelling back from the Bad Future.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Dumbledore has a moment of this; after Harry makes it clear to him how much he hates being at the Dursleys, he "takes measures to ensure Harry's safety" - apparently by erasing parts of the Dursleys' memory. However, it has the precise opposite effect, resulting in Vernon beating Harry almost to death and leaving him to die in his room.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil:
    • Even before she starts Hogwarts, Ginny realises that part of the reason her mother has trouble believing that the Dursleys are as bad to Harry as she and Ron claim is that Molly can't imagine having a child and not loving it.
    • During the Triwizard Tournament, when the Gryffindor Six realise that Snape 'stacked the deck' to ensure that Draco Malfoy would be the Durmstrang champion while providing him with various tricks to ensure Malfoy's victory, Ron expresses incredulity that someone could be so foul, but Harry assures him that the lack of understanding from Ron is just because he was raised by good parents and so finds it hard to think that way, whereas Harry saw worse examples of humanity while growing up even before the time-travel.
  • Groin Attack: The first time Ron spars wth Ginny, he starts with some patronising remarks, until she gets past his guard and punches him in the gut.
    It was surely an accident that her punch landed, well, lower than she probably intended.
  • Grudging "Thank You": In Year 2, Snape gives Gryffindor 5 points due to Hermione's levitation charm saving a Slytherin from falling off of his broom at the Quidditch game.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: While it became a recurrent happening in the Bad future, mentions must go to:
    • Ron, who Polyjuiced himself as Harry during a trap and ended shredded/tortured;
    • Shacklebolt, facing Voldemort singlehandedly to gain time for the Order;
    • Above all, Mad-Eye Moody, who executed all the Death Eaters in Azkaban and rallied the guards to a Last Stand against Voldemort's forces, to the point that his catchphrase is a Death Eater Berserk Button from then on.
  • Hero Worship: Given Fred and George's use of the Marauder's Map, they're amazed to meet Padfoot and Moony in the flesh. Complete with groveling, in fact.
  • History Repeats: All obvious jokes aside, from Dumbledore's P.O.V., this is happening with Harry. A young boy, with both parents dead from a young age and raised in a loveless household, showing tremendous aptitude and skill, with a clique of devoted young friends, most of whom seem to have little regard for the rules. Professor McGonagall calls him on this view, by pointing out that Harry and his friends are True Companions, something the Death Eaters most assuredly aren't.
  • Hypocrite: Harry's friends call Snape out on this, as he gives Draco full marks for the first task in the Triwizard Tournament and then gives Harry an appallingly low score when they both damaged the dragon's eggs, Harry only breaking one egg (and even that was external sabotage), while Draco's actions damaged several as well as mortally wounding the dragon itself.
  • I'd Tell You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You: Harry jokingly tells a dorm mate this after he's been out past curfew. Being wizard-raised, the boy doesn't get the joke.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Charlie Weasley confronts Harry about his friendship with Ginny.
    Charlie: Look – I’ll say it just in case no one has spelled it out for you. You hurt her, I can hold a human-to-beef transfiguration long enough for a Horntail to digest the evidence.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Mr. Weasley proves the inefficiency of a magic gun to Harry... by putting the gun to his head and pulling the trigger. The worst part? It was loaded and the only reason it didn't fire is that Mr. Weasley wasn't pulling the trigger correctly. It takes Harry several minutes to stop shaking, and he confiscates the gun as soon as Mr Weasley's back is turned.
  • Innocent Innuendo: While talking about playing Wizard's Chess:
    Ron: Hermione went thirty five minutes once, but she always took a while to make her moves.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Despite Harry's very best efforts, Ginny is still nearly killed by the diary of Tom Riddle. Malfoy nearly killing him in a sneak attack, then breaking into his trunk to get the diary and Harry's cloak contributed, though.
    • Harry is still entered into the Triwizard Tournament, even with Barty Crouch having been arrested and taken off the board; in this case Colin did it 'on Harry's behalf'.
    • Enforced: There is a character known only as "the agent-in-place" who is working behind the scenes to ensure that certain things happen as they did in the original timeline.
  • I Resemble That Remark!:
    Ginny: What's not hard?
    Ron: Talking to you when you're mad about something, without getting hexed.
    Ginny: Ron, I do not go around — how could you say such a thing? <while reaching for her wand>
  • Irony:
    • Ron ends up becoming Crookshanks' owner after Pettigrew is revealed.
    Ron: Well, I'm not going to be a rat person after what happened, am I now?
    • When Harry leaves the future, Number Four looks exactly the same as the houses either side, which is something the Dursleys were always proud of. Except in this case, all the houses are ashes.
  • I Want My Friends To Be Happy: Harry is painfully aware for the first two years of the new timeline that his manipulation of his friends for the greater good makes him no better than Dumbledore, but he's prepared to accept their hatred if it means they'll survive the coming war. When he finally tells them, he finds out he shouldn't have worried.
  • It's All My Fault: Harry starts blaming himself for the changes to the timeline he made resulting in Melissa Bulstrode's untimely death. Sirius talks him out of it, starting with a Dope Slap.
  • Jerkass Realization: Harry has a minor one when he looks back on his interactions with Hagrid in the ‘original’ timeline and realises how often he, Ron and Hermione visited Hagrid just to interrogate him about the latest crisis rather than just dropping in to spend time with Hagrid as a friend.
  • Kick the Dog: Bullying Luna Lovegood is a nasty, nasty, thing to do. It doesn't end well for Draco.
  • Killed Off for Real: Melissa Bulstrode.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Harry was trained this way in the future, and passes it on to his friends. Justified, because children won't have the magical power to shield themselves from adults, and the Killing Curse can't be blocked at all, so dodging is often the best strategy.
  • Lawful Stupid: Percy Weasley starts this way, as in canon, although he does begin to thaw after learning just how seriously Draco provoked Neville.
  • Laugh Themselves Sick: When it turns out that Luna's Patronus is a duck-billed platypus, Ron believes Hermione is having him on when she says it actually exists. Harry breaks down laughing and does not stop until he sees black spots.
  • Literalist Snarking: When Draco Malfoy finds out about Harry Potter and the Gryffindor Quidditch team doing a photo op with the broom manufacturers sponsoring them, he comes stomping over demanding, "Who the hell do you think you are, Potter?" Harry Potter takes advantage of the Ambiguous Syntax to snark, "I think you just answered your own question, Malfoy."
  • The Lost Lenore: Ginny became this to Harry in the original timeline. The older Ginny slowly starts to slip from his mind in favor of her current self, but occasionally it still hits him (like when a boggart becomes her corpse).
  • Luminescent Blush: Pretty much all of the Gryffindor Six pass this at one point or another as they start 'pairing off''.

    M-S 
  • Magi Babble: Bill and Hermione discuss a magical survey of The Burrow. Harry understands about one word in three.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Harry again, though without the bastard part (although Harry does wonder sometimes).
  • Megaton Punch: Ginny punches the daylights out of Colin Creevey after he reveals he was the one that put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire, forcing him to participate in the Triwizard Tournament.
  • Mental Time Travel: The time travel spell can't transmit other spells nor anything with mass, so all Harry manages to send back is his soul. That gives his younger self his memories, and extra magical strength as a bonus.
  • Merger of Souls: The basis of Harry's time travel; his soul goes back 19 years and fuses with his eleven-year-old self. He eventually gets a medical scan that shows the two attached souls, although the doctor assumes it's related to his scar.
  • Mind Rape: Both played straight and subverted. Both Snape and Dumbledore use Legilimency to read students' minds, although Dumbledore is much more reserved about it than Snape. Once Harry catches on to this, he begins training the Weasleys, Hermione, Neville, and Luna in Occlumency, eventually getting everyone good enough that they can't be read, which drives Snape berserk.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Dumbledore under the Gone Horribly Wrong example above.
  • Mythology Gag: Harry cannot help but to laugh out loud when Hermione recriminates Ron for having less emotional depth than a teaspoon.
  • No-Sell: Barty Crouch Jr. tries to use the Killing Curse on Harry when the latter discovers him... but since he turns out to be holding one of the Twins' joke wands, it is a total failure.
  • Not So Similar: Dumbledore expresses concern that Harry is very like Tom Riddle, considering that both of them were unusually talented muggle-raised students who quickly formed a 'gang' of loyal followers and are skilled at defending themselves, but McGonagall counters that Harry never attacks first, and where Voldemort never shows any concern for the Death Eaters Harry makes it clear more than once that he is as loyal to his friends as they are to him.
  • Oh, Crap!: Harry awakens from his coma in Book 2 when he hears that Ginny has been writing in a diary and is now missing.
  • Out-of-Character Alert:
    • Luna isn't herself after Neville's grandmother keeps him from visiting in an attempt to break up their friendship.
    Ginny: Harry, she didn't mention a single imaginary creature today. She's really depressed.
    • Harry becomes worried when Ron refuses to leave the dormitory in the aftermath of his getting the Sword of Gryffindor and killing a Dementor, since Ron would require a "life-threatening illness" to be put off from eating.
    • After the first task of the Triwizard Tournament, Hagrid is notably more sullen and depressed than usual after witnessing the death of the Chinese Fireball due to Malfoy hitting it with a dangerous acid.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The IRA is able to damage the Hogwarts wards with a bomb because the school's defences against non-magical assault haven't been updated since the castle was built; Flitwick makes it clear that he will remedy that while repairing the wards.
  • Person as Verb: Ron makes fun of how poorly knitted Ginny's Christmas gift to Harry is, then apologizes for putting a damper on Harry's Christmas.
    Harry: Ron, remember when you asked me why I got so angry when Malfoy nicked my letter?note 
    (Ron nods)
    Harry: Remember when I told you how many Christmases I've celebrated before this one?note 
    Ron: Same thing, yeah?
    Harry: Spot on, mate.
    Ron: I wasn't trying to Malfoy your Christmas, Harry.
  • Phrase Catcher: People have a tendency to refer to Snape as "that greasy git".
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Let's test out mum's handiwork, shall we?"
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality:
    • Harry is very adamant about certain people being bad and/or wrong, and is quickly able to sway people into thinking along the same lines as himself. Understandable when it comes to someone like Professor Snape, since he's both a suspicious and deeply unlikable man, but not so much when it comes to Professor Dumbledore. Harry only has to throw out a few snotty rants and adults who have known him for all of a couple of years are suddenly ready to take his side over Dumbledore's, who they've known and fought alongside for decades.
    • To be fair, though, it was only after learning of the Dursleys' abuse to him, that Dumbledore had allowed that, and that the Dursleys almost killed Harry and Dumbledore still wanted to send him back there after he recovered that people began to question his judgement. Going along with that would just be blindly trusting someone, and as venerated as Dumbledore is, even those closest to him have limits, as seen with McGonagall.
  • Psychic Static: Luna's mind is a natural case of that.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Harry's Merger of Souls has overcharged his magic, leaving it less stable than normal. This is of course potentially useful for fighting Voldemort, but for a war veteran with PTSD, it means that he may wake from one of his frequent nightmares of the previous future to find his bed on fire, or the whole house shaking, for example. Professor Lupin briefly encourages him to explore just how far he can push it; focusing on anger resulted in channelling so much magic that he nearly set fire to his wand.
  • The Purge: In the bad future, the Death Eaters inflicted these on the Muggles, apparently just because they could. The Dursleys, along with the whole of Privet Drive, were among the first victims.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The premise that pushes Harry to go back in time. He defeated Voldemort, but not before Voldemort killed everyone Harry knows and loves.
  • Reality Ensues: Plenty of these.
    • Harry's change in behavior after the merge, particularly in the Dursley household, when he realizes that he can't expect everything to stay the way it was with the changes he's making.
    • Also happens early on regarding Malfoy and Snape. He tries dropping a not-so-subtle hint to Draco that his decisions will affect him negatively in the future should he stay on the path he is now, but did Harry really expect a spoiled, racist brat to take a good look at himself and have a Jerkass Realization? He tries making a better impression on Snape during the first Potions lesson, but Snape is an immature man who never let go of a grudge against Harry's dead father, and sees Harry answering all of the questions correctly as either cheating or cheek.
    • McGonagall is automatically appalled when she learns that Snape was using Legilimency on her students and that Dumbledore let him get away with it. Her relationship with the man sours afterwards.
    • Vernon beating up Harry struck readers the wrong way, who thought that Harry would have been able to kick the man's ass with his new fighting abilities. Word of God points out in the next chapter that Vernon got a few good hits in before Harry realised he was serious, and despite Taking a Level in Badass, Harry is still a scrawny kid against an adult.
    • While still holding feelings for Ginny from his original timeline, Harry in his 11-year-old self is hesitant to instigate a relationship since he is both mentally 30 and wants to know Ginny as a person, rather than an idea he has in his head. He spends his first year writing letters with her, getting to know her and bonding with Ginny overtime.
    • Ron and Hermione got together in the original timeline, but it took them years before Ron realized his feelings for Hermione and made his move. Harry, while wanting them to get together faster based on future!Ron's regrets over how long it took, doesn't know how to nudge them without creeping them out or being forceful. He purchases a psychology book to help him with this, since Harry has no idea how the mind works aside from his scarring experiences.
    • Dumbledore's portrait discourages Harry from telling his younger self about his time-travelling, since he knows that his younger self wouldn't be that helpful and might even stop Harry. Character Development is called that for a reason; it took portrait!Dumbledore time to realize his mistakes, and his younger self certainly wouldn't have experienced the same things yet.
    • Moody's first lesson involves hiding in the corner with a Disillusionment Charm and attacking when the bell rings. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville were caught off guard but still managed to stay conscious. When Luna and Ginny enter the classroom, Luna goes over to the place where Moody is hiding...and says hello. Camouflage is pointless if someone is able to pick up your scent, and Moody's breakfast that morning consisted of pickled herrings, something that Luna smelled right away.
    • Harry's attempts to clear Sirius' name don't go that well; either Dumbledore is reluctant to make accusations about the proceedings or the Ministry refuses to admit that they put an innocent man in prison.
    • Also, Harry has no doubts that using his knowledge of the future, while beneficial to his loved ones, makes him feel no better than Dumbledore. He's resigned to being rejected by his friends if he ever tells them he is from the future. However, that doesn't mean his friends will agree with that cynical view; they accept him after the secret is out, recognising that Harry did his best to make up for his 'advantage'.
    • When Moody observes Harry's lessons to the Defence Association, he is able to make a few observations about weaknesses in Harry's tactical abilities, which Harry acknowledges as valid as he was basically self-taught in the future and had to constantly improvise rather than get professional instruction.
  • Refuge in Audacity:
    • Part of the reason Harry starts taking 'risks' by using some of his future knowledge, such as Sirius's innocence or Rita's Animagus status; for anything where he has to make his knowledge public, most of the time people are too concerned with trying to stop him going too far (by their standards) to question how he learned that information in the first place.
    • Hermione convinces Harry that this applies when he starts worrying about others learning about his status as a time-traveller, such as when his lesson with Lupin on boggarts starts with a boggart appearing to him as the older Ginny's corpse; Lupin is distracted and misses seeing the other future corpses the boggart turns into, only witnessing Harry be confronted by an image of Voldemort at full strength, with Hermione arguing that Lupin will make the more logical assumption that the first briefly-glimpsed corpse of a red-haired young woman was the corpse of Harry's mother rather than Ginny.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: There are at least two brief spinoffs by other authors (and authorised by S'Tarkan), "G for Ginevra" and "A Night at the Burrow".
  • Revealing Cover Up: Harry teaching his friends Occlumency is basically announcing that they’ve worked out that Snape is using Legilimency on them. However, while Snape is correct in deducing that they are learning Occlumency to keep something from him, he can’t actually do anything to stop them learning it as that would be announcing that he and Dumbledore use Legilimency on the students in the first place, and Dumbledore is content that Harry and his friends wouldn’t do anything dangerous to other students. It does affect their training style, though; Harry doesn't bother trying to teach his friends any subtle Occlumency methods that can conceal thoughts without the attacker being aware, since Snape would read their minds before their training is complete and find out anyway.
  • A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma: Dumbledore ponders these exact words in regards to Harry.
  • Right Behind Me:
    • In Chapter 25, Draco really should have known better than to call Professor McGonagall an "old hag" in the middle of a meeting of the club she sponsored.
    • Harry does an Affectionate Parody of Professor McGonagall as the Professor herself walks in to bring the Gryffindor Six to the Headmaster's office.
      Harry: She walked up right behind me as I said that, didn't she?
      McGonagall: Your grasp of the obvious is as keen as your gift for imitations, Mr. Potter.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Ron almost makes one to save Hermione from the Dementors in chapter 39, since, if he dies, there's nothing preventing the Dementors from kissing her, but Fawkes' timely appearance with the Sorting Hat and the Sword of Gryffindor allows Ron to kill the Dementor and scare the others away.
  • Shout-Out:
    • A fairly subtle one to Gary Gygax in chapter 33.
    • To Spider-Man after Harry blows up not just a boggart but everything in the room along with it.
    • Discworld at the end of chapter 38.
  • Sleep Cute: Everybody in the Gryffindor Six gets one, all at the same time, in Chapter 22.
  • The Smart Guy: Harry presents the image of a bookworm to help explain any advanced skills he may let slip.
  • Spanner in the Works: The reason why Pettigrew's plan to cause chaos at Hogwarts (see Western Terrorists) fails is because the Gryffindor Six and some other students know how to use the Patronus Charm.
  • Spit Take: Luna makes a rather blunt and nonchalant declaration of how much she likes watching Neville.
    Harry dodged to the side as Neville sacrificed a mouthful of Pumpkin juice to the gods of the spit-take.
  • The Stations of the Canon: To Harry's periodic horror, certain specific events seem impossible to avert. Even when the only way a certain scene could happen is by a ludicrously specific chain of improbable events, those events will occur. Justified by the fact that there's a very smart and capable character working to ensure that those exact events happen, for Viridian alone knows what reason.
  • Sword Cane: Lucius Malfoy's cane contains a poisoned blade, which killed Mr Weasley in the past future.

    T-Z 
  • Taught by Television: Leave it to Luna to learn the basics of Drunken Boxing from watching television.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: After making the calculations for his time jump, Harry burns all his papers, because long-distance time travel is too dangerous to spread.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Harry loses his muscle tone because of getting knocked unconscious for more than a month. When he's reminded of how much conditioning he's lost, Harry spares a moment to think ruefully of how much next morning's sparring session is going to suck.
  • Token Good Teammate: Melissa Bulstrode for... pretty much all of Slytherin. So naturally, she dies.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • The Gryffindor Six, due mostly to Harry starting up the D.A. a few years early in the guise of a dueling club.
    • Neville benefits greatly from a few words of encouragement in just the right place.
    • Neville and Ron both get their wands "accidentally" broken by Harry at the end of first year, and replaced with wands that actually work for them.
    • Percy, who does not hesitate to stun his boss (Barty Crouch Sr) when he realizes he is acting way too strangely, and ends up getting a better role in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement as Amelia Bones' secretary.
  • True Companions: "The Golden Trio" are now "The Gryffindor Six" thanks to the additions of Luna, Neville, and Ginny into the core group, all of whom are so devoted to Harry that they swiftly forgive him for his time-travelling-inspired 'manipulations' as they recognise his motives were good.
  • Unishment: After Draco provokes Neville into attacking him, Professor Dumbledore questions him, and finding that Draco isn't willing to admit his own part, transfers Neville's detention from Professor Snape to Professor Sprout. Since Neville loves Herbology, the prospect of garden work isn't especially daunting.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Surprisingly, Snape becomes one for Draco (and, by proxy, Lucius) Malfoy. Snape unfairly punishes Harry so that Draco will be able to attack him from the back and sneak into Gryffindor Tower to steal Tom Riddle's Diary (which Malfoy sends to Ginny anonymously, saying Harry bought it for her) and Harry's Invisibility Cloak, which was the purported objective of the attack. When Snape learns about the events afterward, he's upset enough that he doesn't raise a word of objection towards Draco's expulsion.
  • War Is Hell: The alternative future war ended with the virtual destruction of Magical Britain, the death of every single named character, a "helpful" invasion by the US Military, and the high probability of the loss of The Masquerade.
  • Western Terrorists: Peter Pettigrew manipulates some Provisional IRA terrorists into blowing up the Hogwarts' gates right when the students are lounging outside the castle, so that the Dementors outside can run wild on the kids.
  • Wish Fulfillment:
    • One of the first things Harry does is to get leverage against the Dursleys, and then he goes on to avoid most of the uncomfortable things Snape originally did in the novels. This may end up being a subversion, as the much-increased defiance of Snape may turn out to have been a bad choice.
    • Everything about Snape starts in the first Potions class, where Harry attempts to show Snape he is good at Potions. Snape doesn't take it well, and despite Harry's efforts Snape ends up hating him even more than in canon.
  • You Answered Your Own Question: When Draco Malfoy finds out about Harry Potter and the Gryffindor Quidditch team doing a photo op with the broom manufacturers sponsoring them, he comes stomping over demanding, "Who the hell do you think you are, Potter?" Harry Potter takes advantage of the Ambiguous Syntax to do some Literalist Snarking, "I think you just answered your own question, Malfoy."
  • You Can't Fight Fate:
    • One of Harry's most pressing concerns. Some events seem determined to happen despite Harry actively attempting to avert them, which keeps the plot from going completely off the rails but also has Harry sweating bullets about his seeming inability to change history.
    • In book two, it turned out that there was an "agent-in-place" who acted to ensure that the events happened no matter what. They may have also been responsible for cursing Harry's broom causing him to fall during the third book's first Quidditch game.
    • Harry is still entered in the Triwizard Tournament through an ill-informed attempt by Colin to 'help' him achieve fame and glory.
    • In Book Four, Harry is well prepared to subdue his dragon efficiently and safely, until the agent interferes and makes the First Task dangerous again.
  • You Can Turn Back: Harry warns his friends that the Chamber of Secrets will be very dangerous, and assures them that he won't think less of them if they don't come. None of them agree, of course, but he does remind them as they proceed.
    Neville: A basilisk?
    Harry: Yes, and if you meet its gaze, it’ll kill you on the spot. What part of ‘really dangerous’ did you not understand?

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