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Doomed planet. Desperate scientists. Last hope. Prophecy. New family. New fate. The Last Mage of Krypton arises.

The Last Mage Of Krypton is a Superman / Harry Potter crossover written by TheBeardedOne, who also authored The Institute Saga, in which Harry is not just the Chosen One, he's also the last survivor of a doomed planet.

The sequel Rising From The Shadows covers his second year at Hogwarts while the follow-up story A Distant Storm covers the third year. The fourth year , A Challenge Unexpected, is also complete and marks the (current) end of the series.

Pictures and world-building information can be found on Deviant Art while extra one-shots and collected information is found in the Kryptonian Grimoire.

The entire series has been mirrored here.

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  • Alliterative Title: In multiple stories:
    • The Last Mage Of Krypton: Chapter 12, "Quidditch and Questing"
    • A Distant Storm: Chapter 10: "A Serious Session"

    The Last Mage Of Krypton 
  • Abusive Parents: Vernon and Petunia start tending towards this, only to be convinced otherwise by Harry's abilities.
  • Alliterative Title: Chapter 12, "Quidditch and Questing"
  • Because Destiny Says So: The canon prophecy is altered slightly so that Born (birthed) becomes Borne (transported). It's hinted that Dumbledore doesn't realize this.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Harry pulls this off quite spectacularly, saving Hermione from a troll. However, it does clue her in to the fact that he's more than he seems to be.
  • Big Fancy House: The rebuilt Pottery. The outer stone walls have been replaced with giant windows during the rebuild and the entire building has since been changed and expanded by Jor-El, the AI which was loaded into Harry's survival pod.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: How Harry ends up on Earth.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The Cerberus protecting the stone. Harry befriends it after he proves himself to be too tough to eat.
  • Flying Brick: Although he can't fly under his own power yet (although he is on the Quidditch Team), Harry has attained Super-Strength, Super-Speed and Super-Senses with hints of other abilities to come.
  • Genius Loci: Hogwarts (obviously) but also the rebuilt Pottery thanks to the integrated AI.
  • Happily Adopted: Harry (Kal-El) Potter, at least until Voldemort strikes.
  • I Was Never Here: After a failed attempt to break into the Pottery while trying to arrest Harry on suspicion of murdering his family, the entire effort is called off when Harry's innocence is publicly proven. Since no actual damage was done, Cornelius Fudge instructs everyone that the event didn't happen and there would be no reports about it.
  • Idiot Ball: Draco fails to follow his father's instructions on how to remove Hermione from Hogwarts and set the stage for his political move. Lucius is not happy about this...
  • Magic from Technology: An unusual case in that Kryptonian Tech is so advanced that it can be used to analyse, modify and duplicate magical spells and effects.
  • Myopic Architecture: When racing to stop Voldemort claiming the Stone for himself, Harry punches a locked door and finds it is indestructible (and punching it hurt his fist). However, the impact cracked the archway around the door and the door fell down a moment later, much to Harry's annoyance.
  • Mythology Gag: Kal-El's first job on Earth is still working in the newspaper business, although in this case Harry works as a newspaper boy for the local newsagents rather than actually at a great Metropolitan newspaper.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Draco, of all people, while following his father's instructions. He uses a pre-loaded wand to Obliviate Neville and Padma of that day's memories, thus unknowingly removing from them the knowledge that Harry is far more than merely human.
  • Noodle Incident: The Weasley Twins were responsible for the "Custard Incident" the year before Harry started. All the staff members still cringe at the mention of it, but no details are given.
  • Old Retainer: Despite being a computer program, Jor-El fulfills this perfectly.
  • Replacement Goldfish: A spell cast by a Death Eater causes Lily Potter to miscarry just as Kal-El's pod lands outside the house. James seizes the opportunity thus presented.
  • Stone Wall: Played with. As Keeper, Harry hasn't let a single Quaffle through the hoops, leading to his nickname of Protego Potter.

    Rising From The Shadows 
  • Anti-Magic: Harry has a spell (Zu Da Ur) that negates the ability to use magic.
  • Back from the Dead: Voldie (as expected).
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Harry gets kidnapped, his friends race to his rescue.
  • Beware the Superman: Having been raised by the Dursleys even if the abuse stopped early, Harry is much more ready to use lethal force compared to most versions of Superman who tend to be raised by peaceful farmers. That being said he does not go out of his way to kill and the first death he directly causes (Malfoy's) is clearly an accident, although the second (Voldemort) is done on purpose. This actually makes him closer to the original Superman from 1938 than most later portrayals.
  • Chekhov's Gun: One loaded in this story, but fired in the sequel. Harry mentions how he has an Order of Merlin (second class) while explaining how he knows Lockhart is a fraud. In A Distant Storm, Harry's Order of Merlin prevents a Ministry of Magic attempt to seize his company via an outdated bylaw.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Wizards rarely learn how to fight without magic. This hits certain characters very hard near the end.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Gilderoy Lockhart is on the receiving end of this.
  • Demonic Possession: How Voldie returns and, as a side-effect, becomes more sane than he was.
  • Expy: Draco is rapidly becoming a proto-Lex Luthor.. Also Hermione, who is Harry's smart female friend, who is (at the moment) not a love interest,learns his secret, aids him on his adventures and eventually develops superpowers of her own in an arc very similar to Chloe Sullivan from Smallville.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Neville uses Bellatrix Lestrange as a weapon in order to kill her, her husband and her brother-in-law.
  • Hero Worship: Ginny as always except in this timeline she gets over her crush on Harry very quickly (due to getting to know him as a person much earlier). Instead, it is Hermione she hero worships having been her penpal for a year before coming to Hogwarts and admiring her dedication and intelligence which she wants to emulate. It is implied that this (along with wanting to be with Luna and Harry) is part of the reason she ends up in Ravenclaw
  • Hope Spot: For a while it seems like Draco might be warming up to Harry and his friends, and trying to be a better person. Then Harry (accidentally) kills his father in the final battle and Draco decides to seek revenge.
  • Instant Runes: The basis of Kryptonian Magic.
  • Internal Reveal: Over the course of the year, Hermione, Neville, and Remus learn the truth about Harry. Ginny, Luna, Snape, Dumbledore and Flitwick find out most of the truth during the final battle. Sirius already knew how Harry came to be with James and Lily, as he was there when it happened, but he only finds out Harry is an alien after he gets out of prison. A large number of Death Eaters learn about Harry's powers but end up too dead to tell anyone (and it is implied both they and Voldemort still think it is some strange form of magic). At the end of the story Malfoy's dead body is discovered in full Death Eater regalia, outing him as a willing Death Eater.
  • Irony: In canon most of Harry's trouble in the fifth year comes from insisting Voldemort is back. Here he decides to cover it up, and make it look like Wormtail is using an impersonator to rally the Death Eaters. Harry notes that he can use this to keep Fudge onside (since he's less likely to panic and do something stupid if he thinks it's only Wormtail) and heads off a coup attempt by Bagnold since it makes the situation look less serious than it is. As it turns out Voldemort is no match for Harry anyway so there is no real need to mobilize the Ministry (although Fudge does increase the Auror budget quite a bit.)
  • Moral Myopia: Draco Malfoy swears to get revenge on Harry for killing his father, but Lucius' death was purely accidental from Harry's breaking the manacles binding him, and the man was involved in a clear attempt to murder Harry.
  • Moral Pragmatist: Narcissa Malfoy takes a job at Hogwarts and threatens divorce if Lucius does anything as stupid as using the diary again. However, when Voldemort returns she cannot avoid helping him, and it becomes clear that, as in the main timeline, her only concern is her family. She does reconcile with Andromeda however.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: How Neville using his Orang-utan animagus form takes out all three of the Lestrange family.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: After Jor-El creates a new method of becoming an Animagus that can be used by anyone and is very quick, Harry arranges one of these by offering Hermione, Neville and later Ginny and Luna the chance to gain their own animal form. The result is a Proto-Justice League.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Harry and his allies against Death Eaters who have had their ability to use magic removed.
  • One-Word Title: Multiple chapters:
    • Chapter 9: "Lockhart".
    • Chapter 13: "Oversight"
  • Outside-Context Problem: Many Wizards have this reaction to Harry's use of Kryptonian Magic.
  • Plausible Deniability: During a discussion about Jor-El's animagus creation technique Harry notes he got most of the information from a list of books Snape gave him. Hermione wonders if this means Snape is an Animagus as well, and Harry notes he has very carefully "not" asked. This is because not only would he know Snape is an unregistered Animagus (which is illegal) but it is highly unlikely Snape "wouldn't" realize Harry is now one as well. By not actually confirming their suspicions neither of them need to lie if asked, (especially if asked by Law enforcement). Snape actually is an Animagus with the form of a large black bird but Harry is not seen to learn this for certain during the story.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: When Harry turns the tables on Voldemort, Wormtail makes a rapid exit in Animagus form.
  • Self-Deprecation: Meta version by the author. When Jor-El reads all the books on Harry's "childhood adventures", he ranks them as "even below the writing of the amateur writer known as TheBeardedOne".
  • This Is Going to Suck: Harry has this thought process in his first class with Lockhart.
  • What Have I Done: In the final battle Harry, Hermione, Ginny and Neville kill several Death Eaters. Harry kills Lucius Malfoy by accident as when he breaks his chains a piece impales him in the head, Neville kills the Lestranges, Hermione some unnamed Death Eaters and Ginny severely injures Voldemort by mauling his host. While Harry's first kill was an accident and Neville is glad his family is avenged both girls have a bit of this after the battle as they realize they actually killed people.

    A Distant Storm 
  • Ambiguous Situation: Harry's blood status and whether his Use of it at his hearing is actually Blatant Lies. As an alien who is not the biological son of James Potter an argument can be made that he is actually a Muggleborn thus the "promotion" from his order of Merlin only makes him a half-blood. However as the descendant of Kryptonian's who routinely use magic Harry can make the claim he is actually a pure-blood, just not a human one.
  • A Tankard of Moose Urine: How Aberforth Dumbledore regards normal Butterbeer as compared to his own home-brewed product. He insists that the normal stuff should be poured back into the horse it came from.
  • Back from the Dead: Voldie's back again!
  • Bad Guy Bar: The Immaculate Line is a low-profile and exceedingly grimy bar in Hogsmeade where blood-purists go to whinge about how being from a long (inbred) line no longer garners servile respect from the uppity mudbloods.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Voldie's joined up with Gellert Grindlewald!
  • Brother–Sister Incest: There are strong hints that the Carrow siblings do more than just share a house...
  • Didn't See That Coming: Voldemort discovers that Harry was adopted, thus throwing most of his assumptions in doubt.
  • Dirty Coward: Somewhat subverted with Wormtail as Voldemort notes when he discusses the rats Screw This, I'm Out of Here! in the previous volume. As a spy Wormtail is not a combatant and since he will always leave the field when things go wrong, Voldemort is guaranteed one agent who can seek him out and restore him. Doesn't make Wormtail any less of a coward but it does show how Voldemort was smart enough to "weaponise" this trait.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: How the first Obscurial is recruited by a smooth-talking Gellert Grindlewald. There are definite shades of grooming... Word of God is that it was not originally intended that way, but it fit too well into the story to change.
  • Kryptonians Gave Us Wifi: Harry has set up a business called Evans Enterprises to leak Kryptonian tech into the Muggle world and from there, the Wizarding World (or occasionally, the other way round).
  • Foreshadowing: Harry mentions that any of the Obscurials on its own would be more than a challenge to him. When Voldemort, Grindlewald, Wormtail and Barty Crouch Jr use a potion to give themselves similar abilities to Harry's, the Obscurials return and turn the tide in the battle.
  • Magic Staff: When the Good Guys find that Voldie has set up an area where they cannot use wands, they break out alternate foci such as rings, shields, swords and the aforementioned Magic Staffs. Played with in that although the Staff allows spells of great power, actually casting said spells requires the user to be standing still, making them an easy target for Wand-users.
  • Mythology Gag: Someone mentions that people outght to do what is right over what is easy. Draco Malfoy twists this around, as he considers preserving a Pureblood supremacist society is the right thing.
  • No-Sell: When Umbridge attempts to take over Harry's company using an obscure pureblood supremacy law it takes Harry all of ten seconds to fire his Chekhov's gun and ruin her effort via Bothering by the Book. To add insult to injury he then gets the loophole she used closed so she can't do it again.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Due to a special potion, the Potterverse Werewolves now have the option to become Animagi.
  • Road Trip Plot Voldemort and Gellert Grindlewald spend a large part of the story travelling around America.
  • Shout-Out: To Snakes on a Plane ("Why did it have to be Merlin-loving snakes?) via Actor Allusion.
    • The Obscurials Voldemort and Grindlewald are recruiting are fans of DC comics. One of them renames himself James Kirk, another Peter Pan and one of the girls Diana Prince.
  • Smart Ball: Voldemort grabs this, as opposed to his canon self. He indicates that this is because of the Horcrux possessing another's body instead of restoring his as in canon. The Horcrux uses the victim's soul to "fill in" the missing bits of Voldemort resulting in him being much more stable and smart than he was in canon.
  • Starter Villain: Umbridge serves as this for part of the book while Voldemort is away recruiting. Her antics prove laughably easy for Harry to defeat.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: How Voldie introduces himself to his newest ally.
  • The Stinger: Undersecretary Umbridge has possession of Gellert Grindlewald's Horcrux!
  • Would Hurt a Child: Draco discovers that as a Death Eater, his father had fired a spell at Lily Potter designed to kill the baby she was carrying and induce permanent sterility. Lucius noted that the spell had obviously failed. Draco knows differently.
    A Challenge Unexpected 
  • Back from the Dead: Voldie's back again and he's brought Gellert Grindlewald back as well.
  • Big Damn Heroes: After Voldemort, Grindlewald, Wormtail and Barty Crouch Jr empower themselves and defeat the attacking mages (killing all of them save for Harry, Dumbledore, Sirius, Remus and Amelia Bones) the Obscurials come with one of Harry's drones to turn the tide and help Harry recover.
  • Big Fancy House: Lord Black's mansion is located in the rear wall of the Tegg's Nose cavern and is notable for how much larger it is than the next-largest dwelling.
  • Bigger on the Inside: The tent used by Harry Potter to host the summer Ball is ten feet high on the outside and three levels high inside.
  • Brick Joke: The Custard Incident is referenced again.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Goblet and the Dagger, used to bring back Voldemort and Grindlewald respectively.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Despite being up against over fifty battle-trained mages, half a dozen vampires, a full pack of former werewolves and Harry Potter himself, Voldemort and his allies manage to defeat them within minutes due to a special potion Grindlewald was making that enhanced them to adult Kryptonian levels.
  • Decomposite Character: Nuggets of information sprinkled into various conversations indicate that there were no less than three Merlins in the Potterverse, the one who made Cadelfwch for King Arthur, the one who taught the Founders and the one who was a student at Hogwarts in Slytherin. Due to the passage of time, all three are often regarded by modern witches and wizards as being the same person.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: After using a ritual to scry Harry's past, the Bad Guys discuss what they have seen and deduce that Harry must be the last son of Atlantis.
    • Harry decides to play along as it's less fantastic (and potentially troublesome) than the truth.
  • Expy: Draco Malfoy's conversion to a Lex Luthor-like person is almost complete as he has become far more cunning and has lost his hair
  • Godzilla Threshold: With little choice available to him, Harry has Jor-El implement a solution that has a 99.99% chance of depowering Harry as well.
  • Magic Staff: After the events of the previous story, the use of Magic Staffs is added as an optional lesson at Hogwarts.
    • It's specifically noted that an advantage over wands is that if the enemy is magic-proof, six foot of solid wood can be used to hit it until it goes away.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently Kingsley Shacklebolt had something to do with an incident involving a piano and some jelly when he was younger. It wasn't as bad as the Custard Incident, though.
  • Properly Paranoid: Barty Crouch Jr refuses to get the Wizarding version of a television as he doesn't know for certain that it cannot be used to spy on him. He also avoids buying a phone for the same reason.
    • Dolores Umbridge ensured that she had an escape route from her office into one of the Muggle Government departments, a route which also provided her with a safe place to keep her blackmail material.
  • Revenge Myopia: Umbridge is out to take revenge on Harry because he showed her up and prevented her from stealing his company off from him.
  • The Stinger: A short one showing Draco becoming even more like Lex Luthor and a longer one showing the main characters doing a Big Damn Heroes during the Chitauri invasion.
  • Third-Person Person: Viktor Krum.
  • Wham Line: Crosses over with Sequel Hook.
    " name is Pete Wisdom. Director of the Extraordinary Intelligence Service, also known as MI Thirteen and which includes what you know as the Department of Mysteries.
    "And I came here today to speak to you about becoming a consultant for a program that I am setting up, one designed to safeguard the United Kingdom and maybe even the whole world.
    "It is called the Excalibur Initiative…"