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The Black Queen Series, a Harry Potter fanfic consisting of Princess of the Blacks, Black Princess Ascendant, Coronation of the Black Queen and The Black Queen's War by Silently Watches. The series has been completed as of December 24th, 2018.

After successfully capturing Peter Pettigrew and exonerated for his crimes, Sirius is recovering in St. Mungo's when learns that his goddaughter Jennifer Potter was sent to the Dursely's as a baby. Mistaken for a Squib, he vows to find her and bring Jen into the Magical World. When Sirius does find her however he is shocked that young Jenny has had a less than stellar childhood and quickly offers home and family for the first time in her life.

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Named as Sirius's heir and niece Jen Black, the young witch arrives for the fourth school year at Hogwarts just in time for the re-emergence of a much feared Dark Lord. But Jen's past has afforded her a sharp mind, skill in magic, and massive ego all which helps blend in nicely with the new adopted family. Jen must deal with the politics of both the Wizarding World and academia, her much hated family who wishes for reconciliation, and her own budding skills in the Dark Arts. More importanlty, she must also face the challenges of normal life including people who actually care for her.

The first story in the series has a Reading the Book version, Who is Jen Black? written by Abyranss, which has sadly been discontinued.


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This fic contains examples of the following tropes, in addition to those already present in the source material:

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  • 108: The number of phoenixes that exist in the world. Baron Samedi openly states that there will never be 107 or 109, always 108. If attacked at the right time, namely, during the burning/rebirth cycle, they can be significantly weakened for a long period of time, but they cannot be permanently killed.
  • A Father to His Men: Mad-Eye Moody always did his best to make sure his trainees would survive once they got out of training. He's also noted as having looked the other way when his men had to do something shady to get the job done.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Jen compared to not only Voldemort and his Death Eaters but also fellow black wizards Priest and Menagerie.
  • A Rare Sentence: One occurs in the final book.
    Jen: *Thinking* Did killing someone who was already dead count as murder? And where did she go wrong in life that that question actually made sense?
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • Most transfigurations require a specific spell that's designed to turn one designated object into another designated object. However, there is a type known as "free transfiguration" which is a spell designed to turn anything into anything else, but requires in-depth knowledge of both the beginning and end materials. Jen finds out in fifth year she's been doing the latter her whole life.
    • Voldemort swore himself to Nyarlathotep and became a soul mage without any inkling of either, partly because Nyarlathotep is the only Power that doesn't inform his followers of what they've become. He had simply created horcruxes in an attempt to make himself immortal.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Augusta Longbottom is just starting to grey and noticeably muscular from her hobby of making bronze statuettes. Word of God states it made little sense for her to be a frail old woman when she's in her sixties and wizards easily live twice as long as muggles.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: While Harry's straight in canon, Jen, his Gender Flip self, is bisexual.
  • Adorkable: Luna of course. Jen even comments on it when she notices that Luna basically covered the ceiling of her living room in mistletoe for an excuse to kiss Jen.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Even knowing she was fine, Sirius admits to how terrified he is when he thinks of what would have happened to Jen when she was ambushed if she really did need a wand. She'd have been trapped in a building with ten others who hated her and wanted her dead.
    • "Albus, we need help! Hogwarts is under attack!"
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Averted with Tonks. She arrests "bad boys" for a living and was interested in Lupin because she liked his "nervous bookishness".
  • Alpha Bitch: Cho Chang was the leader of the bullies in Ravenclaw. At least until Jen put a stop to it.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Jen (temporarily) loses her left arm and leg fighting a White Wizard.
    • Danny loses his arm during his time as Voldemort's prisoner.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • Skeeter is forced into Undying Loyalty to Jen, but her mind is subconsciously fighting it. If you look closely at one article she publishes after that happens to her, there's a number of capitalized letters that shouldn't be. They spell out HELP ME.
    • Voldemort's ultimate fate is to be tortured by Baron Samedi for unknowingly insulting him.
  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me: How Jen tells her friends part of her backstory.
  • Apologetic Attacker: The white mage sent to kill Jen asks her if she'd simply surrender first, offering that her death would be painless and that he'd return her body to her family. When he first got his assignment, he'd hoped his task was to redeem her rather than kill her.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • The number of White and Black magic users has whittled down the centuries with each of the Powers having one to a handful of followers across the world; most flat out don't believe they exist..
    • Voldermort became a servant of Nyarlathotep without ever knowing until well after he had created the Horcruxes and Jen had destroyed them.
    • Dumbledore similarly believe that objects like the Deathly Hollows were created by skilled wizards as opposed to Death himself, a misconception The Baron corrects when Jen returns him the Resurrection Stone.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Dumbledore attempts to curse Moody for disagreeing with him in the final book, Moody reflects the spell and asks him a question that forces a Heel Realization upon the older wizard by reminding him of his fateful duel with Aberforth and Grindelwald that killed his sister.
    Moody: So who will die like Ariana tonight?
  • Armor-Piercing Response:
    • When Tracey was laughing at Jen's boggart (a young girl), Jen responds that it wasn't some brat crying over a scrapped knee. She was about to be ripped apart by four angry trolls.
    • After Lily tries to lecture Jen for using magic on a club's bouncer (thinking she did it because he was a muggle), Jen retorts that Lily shouldn't pretend like she cares about muggles. After all, a squib is just a muggle with magic parents and Lily never once checked in on her "squib" daughter once she was placed with the Dursleys.
  • Arranged Marriage:
    • Jen is likely to have one eventually, but Jen has openly admitted that arranging a marriage for a member of an Ancient and Noble House like the Blacks is a complicated process that can take years due to all the political and business implications, especially when the Heir is involved. So far, Jen and Sirius are just working through the list of proposed arrangements, without having agreed to anything beyond considering them.
    • Draco is trying to use the fact that the Potters are likely to seek one for Danny to recruit Ginny (Whose family has nothing to offer the Potters) to his side.
  • Arson, Murder, and Admiration:
    • When meeting Sirius for the first time, Jen's opinion of him improves upon learning he hadn't sought her out before due to being in prison for using dark magic. He thinks that it's just his luck that his goddaughter would want a murderer as a guardian.
    • In the second book, Danny notes that for all he dislikes Jen, seeing her ride a tornado is pretty awesome.
  • Art Attacker: Menagerie carries her chimeras around as tattoos on her body.
  • Artifact of Doom:
    • Each of the Deathly Hallows is one in a different way. The Elder Wand has no loyalty to anyone and an insatiable thirst for bloodshed. The Resurrection Stone produces only illusions that convince it's user to commit suicide. Finally, the Cloak of Invisibility causes Suicidal Overconfidence.
    • An artifact known only as the Crown allows one to control Dementors for as long as the wearer possesses it, while also granting immunity to their powers.
  • Artificial Limbs: James loses a leg to an ambush from Bellatrix and gets it replaced with a peg.
  • Asexuality: Due to a charm she put around her bed, Luna has absolutely no sexual thoughts or feelings. At least until Jen clues her in.
  • Asshole Victim: Jen tries to find criminals to serve as her sacrifices whenever possible.
  • Asteroids Monster: As Jen learns, killing a hellhound causes two to be born from it's remains, unfortunately for the Death Eaters being attacked by a pack of them.
  • Astral Projection: Jen can perform a ritual that lets her spirit enter Death's domain. Death warns her to be careful when doing so: the boundary between his domain and the afterlife is easy to miss if you're not careful, and once you cross it, you can't cross back.
  • At Least I Admit It: Deliberately invoked by Jen who makes her summary of the Wizarding World, Dumbledore, and the war seem more reasonable by admitting she's not unbiased when explaining things to Hermione's parents. Contrast their daughter who only ever sang Dumbledore's praises, never told them anything about the Wizarding World or the war, and constantly insisted Jen was an evil liar.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Jen quickly determines how Ginny was killed and by whom just by taking a look at the body.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Jen's invisibility works by bending light away from her, thus bypassing even Moody's eye. Unfortunately, this also leaves the user blind. Unless they have Jen's magic sonar...
    • Some Voodoo rituals can rewrite the laws of magic temporarily, however those are the same types of rituals that require hundreds of human sacrifices. Unless of course, Baron Samedi has allowed the practitioner three free rituals as part of a deal.
    • For the most part, Transfiguration consists of spells that only turn one specific material into another specific material (i.e. wood into granite). However, there's a spell known as Free Transfiguration that can turn any material into any other material, but it requires highly detailed knowledge of both the starting and end products.
  • Awful Truth: Ravenclaw's Diadem grants incredible amounts of information about anything you look at. Luna uses it and looks at Jen, seeing her covered in blood.
  • Babies Ever After: The Distant Finale shows that everyone who survived the war went on to have at least enough children to continue their line.
  • Badass Boast: Dumbledore gives one to Umbridge as a warning not to mess with him.
    Dumbledore: "I am Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts. I have run this school for fifty years, I have been an educator longer than you have been alive, and unlike you, I actually know a thing or two about administration... We are at war with Voldemort. Amelia and I both know - as would you, if you actually paid attention to anything but your own prejudices - that I have fought him and forced him to retreat before. Multiple times, which is a claim no one else alive or dead can make with any degree of sincerity. Some, in fact, have asserted that I am the only man You-Know-Who ever feared, which - while a bit exaggerated in my opinion - most certainly has a basis in fact. Perhaps he remembers that I fought my way through Grindewald's armies and then defeated the man in single combat. So, Delores, let us speak honestly. There is no point in you continuing Cornelius' foolish crusade against me, especially not when he no longer has the power to support you should you push too hard. You have too far to fall while I stand on solid ground. Surely you have not forgotten everything you learned here at Hogwarts. Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus, my dear, and I am a very old and powerful dragon indeed. Do not rouse me lest you be consumed by my wrath."
  • Badass Grandpa: In Voldemort's words, killing eight Hit Wizards in less than twenty seconds isn't too bad for someone turning seventy next year.
  • Badass Longcoat: Jen gets a duster made out of dragon-hide (specifically the one she killed in the first task) for Christmas. Though unlike the usual result, it doesn't function as an Armor of Invincibility as dragon-hide armor is illegal for civilians to own. It's just a very nice coat.
  • Badass Normal: For a given measure of "normal", Nicholas Flamel was one of the greatest magic users to ever live and had no ties to any of the "Powers" despite all of them wanting him as a champion.
    • Morgan Le Fay managed to enchant a sword to stand up to Excalibur which had been created by one of the Light Powers.
  • Bat Deduction: Hermione deduces that Jen murdered the Dursleys from the facts that 1) The Dursleys abused her as a child. 2) The Dursleys recently died in a fire. 3) She thinks Jen is an evil bitch. Hermione is correct, but she also has zero evidence.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Voldemort and Jen fight in Tonks' mind after he tries to possess her.
  • Becoming the Mask: Minor version. After Jen calls herself a priestess of Death in chapter one of Book Four, Death calls her to make an evangelizing pitch on the Winter Solstice in chapter twenty-one.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Jen wakes up the morning after the Yule Ball in 4th year in bed with all of the Hufflepuff seventh year boys.
  • Berserk Button: For Jen, all of the Potter family are this. Recently, she's come to tolerate Lily slightly because she's willing to follow Jen's wishes and essentially act like they're distantly related acquaintances.
    • Not to mention, being called 'Jenny'. As she puts it, 'Jenny' was the name of a helpless, powerless little girl. Jen is most definitely not helpless or powerless.
    • Tonks hates someone implying she can't do her job. Her interest in Lupin "died a fiery death" when he told her that as a werewolf, he was far too dangerous for her to be with.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Jen asks how Flitwick would feel if someone tried to force him out of the Wizarding World and make him live with goblins, he immediately states he would "kill every single person who thought they could get away with it."
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Tonks is one dangerous badass. Just ask Voldemort. Jen outright admits (to herself) that if Tonks is indicative of what she'd have to face if her crimes became known, she'd be in way over her head.
    • Luna may be a Cloud Cuckoolander and struggle with silent castingnote , but she's a master of point castingnote  and can cast fast enough that Jen can't keep track of what she's saying.
  • Bi the Way: Jen of course.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Jen likes to curse in Creole.
    • Menagerie fondly calls Priest an idiot in Greek.
  • Black and Gray Morality: While the villains are pretty much universally pure evil, the heroes range from Good Is Not Soft to Nominal Hero.
  • Black and White Insanity: As is common for the author, Dumbledore is quite insistent that either you're pure good and would never kill anyone, or you're evil and must be redeemed. He outright claims that it was "dark wizards" who tricked the ICW to allow dark magic to be practiced by licensed practitioners.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Jen's eyes turn almost entirely black while acting as an avatar for Death.
  • Blackmail Backfire: Jen gives Hermione a few reason why she shouldn't try blackmailing her over the Dursley's deaths. One: Hermione has no proof (Because Jen had long since disposed of all the evidence). Two: Even if she did, there was no way a Pureblood court would convict the heiress of a rich and ancient Pureblood family of killing some muggles on the word of a Muggleborn. Three: If Hermione is right about Jen being a murderess, that means she's trying to blackmail someone who can kill people in a truly horrific manner and leave no usable evidence behind.
  • Blind Obedience: Voldemort expects his followers to obey his orders regardless of whether they understand the reason for them. Though said followers do admit his orders almost always make sense in hindsight.
  • Blind Seer: Jen. She lost her sight at a young age after Dudley kicked a bucket of cleaning bleach in her face. She learned to "see" again by sensing the magic around her.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Narcissa has no problem admitting she's a pedophile but she was distraught to learn her favorite child prostitute was both magical and family. She insists that no children were harmed at a child brothel, because none of them were magical.
    • Jen can't understand why having sex with someone else is considered cheating on her girlfriend, nor why others are upset with her.
  • Book-Ends: The series starts and ends with Jen being a Blind Seer looked up to by those younger than her. In the beginning, she's the teenage manager of a child brothel. In the finale, she's the matriarch of the Black family and over a century and a half old.
  • Boring, but Practical: Voldemort acknowledges that schoolyard hexes such as the tripping spell can be quite useful on the battlefield. He also has a tendency to simply dodge spells instead of waste magic blocking them.
  • Boxed Crook: The Unspeakables have recordings of Jen's raid on the Hall of Prophecies, which they use as leverage to tell her that she is going to take a job with them once she graduates Hogwarts. That said, they also say that she's not the first person they've recruited this way, and they make a point of making said recruits' jobs as happy and fulfilling as possible, as that makes them more productive and less likely to blow something or someone up by accident.
  • Breather Episode: The third book has surprisingly little to do with the war. Jen spends the book focused on protecting herself from the Turk and dealing with her love life. The Order spends the entire book dealing with an internal dispute between Dumbledore and Moody. The Ministry and the Death Eaters spend the year in minor skirmishes which barely even get mentioned, and Voldemort himself spends the entire book on sabbatical trying to figure out what Jen hit him with in their last duel. The only thing that really impacts the course of the war in the book was Draco's ultimately successful plot to capture Danny Potter.
  • Broken Bird: Jen. Her boggart is even her six year old self, shortly before she was raped.
  • Broken Pedestal: At the start of the first story, Tonks flat out reveres Dumbledore. But over the course of the series, she continues to lose respect for him. By the start of the third story, she can barely tolerate the man.
  • Brought Down to Badass: In her second duel with Voldemort, Jen hits him with a binding spell that prevents him from calling on the power of his patron Dark God, reducing him from a Black Wizard to merely being a very powerful and highly experienced Dark Wizard. Also, destroying his horcruxes may have made Voldemort mortal, but he's still very hard to kill.
    • And in the fourth book, Voldemort gets his Black Magic back. He hasn't replaced his horcruxes, but that's only because he doesn't know that he needs to, not because he can't.
  • Brutal Honesty: Jen's a rather big fan of it, though she does know how to use tact when it suits her.
  • Bully Hunter: Due to her backstory, Jen can't stand bullies. When she sees three girls picking on Luna, she wraps two in razor wire and electrocutes the third.
  • Bullying a Dragon: After murdering the Dursleys, Jen reflects that they shouldn't have abused a child capable of violating physics on a whim.
    • The youngest of the Perevell brothers tried to order Death around. The only reason Baron Samedi didn't immediately kill the three is he found creating the Deathly Hallows to make them kill themselves more amusing.
  • Bystander Syndrome: In the final book, Narcissa explains that the reason most magicals don't take action regarding Voldemort and his Death Eaters is that it honestly doesn't affect them. If pureblood is defined as "No non-magical grandparents" then the almost overwhelming majority are pureblood and thus won't be targeted if they don't oppose Voldemort.
  • Call-Back:
    • In an early chapter, Narcissa is mentioned as having been caught making out with a First Year when she was a Sixth Year. In the sequel, it's revealed said First Year was Snape.
    • In the first book, Jen has to deal with a couple police officers looking too closely at Candyland. In the fourth book, she's shown to have put them under the same Undying Loyalty curse as Rita but sealed it away to make sure it doesn't drive them insane. She temporarily unseals it to use the muggleborn police officer to find areas with unusually high disappearances among muggles in order to locate the harpy nests and vampire dens of Voldemort's followers.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You:
    • Voldemort decides to accept Snape back into the Death Eaters despite not being sure of his loyalties because he doesn't have any other potion masters in his ranks. He does however send out feelers to find Slughorn who's an even better potion master.
    • Richard thinks he's indispensable to Jen because he "runs" Candyland (besides bringing in new children, he doesn't actually do anything). Unfortunately for him, Jen decides that while she needs him if she wants to keep Candyland running, she's more interested in protecting her kids.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Immediately after Jen saves him from a horde of giant spiders, Cedric calmly asks if her first name is Jennifer rather than Virginia. When she confirms it's Jennifer and asks why, Cedric responds that he wants to know what to name his firstborn.
    • Voldemort and Amelia Bones trade barbs while he stares down dozens of Hit Wizards and Aurors.
  • Category Traitor:
    • Dumbledore considers Tonks a "liar and traitor" for choosing to side with the Ministry over the Order of the Phoenix once she learns the latter intends to simply imprison Death Eaters and is completely against killing under any circumstances.
    • In the epilogue, it's noted that the Granger family has split due to one side claiming the other was corrupted by Jen Black.
  • Cessation of Existence: The ultimate fate of ghosts who lose their way.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Junior Champions get a portkey for the last task that will teleport them to the next room in the maze. Jen uses it to escape Voldemort.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In the first chapter of Princess of the Blacks, Sirius observes that Jen "has a musical voice, made for singing." In Chapter 11 of The Black Queen's War, Wendell Granger finds Jen by following her beautiful singing voice.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Nyaralthotep "can't lie eyes on someone without scheming how to betray them" and his followers, like Voldemort, are cut from the same cloth.
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: Jen's scar on her wrist acts as a brand declaring her claimed by Death.
  • Clingy Macguffin: Death decides to attach the Resurrection Stone to an indestructible leather collar that he places around Jen's neck.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Played with. Jen makes a bunch of random trinkets that she claims are wandless foci; in reality, she's been casting wandless magic for years.
  • Clueless Mystery: The identity of Jen's Stalker with a Crush in book three gets only one minor appearance directly in book two and another offhand mention earlier in book three. Not even Jen suspected, or had reason to suspect him before The Reveal.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Unlike the "Light fools" as she calls them, Jen will go immediately for lethal force in combat along with having no problems with "dirty" tactics like attacking from behind or while her opponent's guard is down.
  • Complexity Addiction: Part of Hermione's reasoning for choosing the immensely complex Fidelius charm for hers and Jen's project is a refusal to simply do a "decent project" rather than a great one.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • Despite what students are taught, the founders didn't all come together with the express purpose of making a school. They were instead four strangers who simply happened to meet at the same place and decide to live there. Actually creating a school came from their apprentices sharing their lessons with each other and the four deciding that their apprentices were better served learning from all of them instead of one.
    • Jen runs into Hermione's father after the latter hears her singing while working on a ritual. She thinks nothing of it at the time until she meets him and his wife again and they talk in one of Hogwarts' transient rooms. Then she notes the unlikelihood that he not only heard her rather soft singing from a corridor away but that they later talked in the perfect room, causing her to realize Hogwarts is influencing things.
    • Jen and Voldemort manage to kill Fawkes semi-permanently (he'll revive elsewhere with no memories of his past life) on accident because the relative speeds of their attacks caused it to die twice in quick succession.
  • Cool Big Sis: "Mama" Jen acts as one for the children at Candyland.
    • Later she becomes one for the younger Ravenclaws at Hogwarts.
  • Corruption of a Minor: Elsie teaching Jen black magic and helping Jen murder her rapists.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • The Turk can't use wanded magic while using his patron's gifts, nor can he use more than one element at a time. In the final book, Jen notes that his patron's gifts were almost entirely offensive with very little defensive ability.
    • Clarent was specifically enchanted to counter Excalibur, thus Jen warns that it's unlikely to be able to be more than a very well made magic sword against other Light Treasures.
    • Voldemort is a master of wizardry (magic with a wand) but is comparatively unskilled and unknowledgeable of witchcraft (magic without a wand)
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • On her 15th birthday, Jen inflicts one on each of the Dursleys. Dudley's organs are rearranged in alphabetical order. Vernon is disemboweled after being force-fed Dudley's organs. And Petunia is crucified, forced to watch, and then burned alive.
    • Jen's stalker has his tongue bitten out and swallowed by Jen then sacrificed as part of a Black ritual.
    • Danny is killed by a transmutation gone wrong that turns him into Ludicrous Gibs.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Luna's various imaginary creatures are revealed to be represent concepts and ideas, such as a Whibblestumper which leads Luna to friends who need her.
  • Cult of Personality: Hermione's parents come to the conclusion that that is the nature of the Order of the Phoenix, as dedicated to Dumbledore. Given how eager many of the order members are to ignore Dumbledore's faults and agree with his every decision (such as disapproving of Stan Shunpike's arrest simply because Dumbledore does), the Grangers aren't entirely wrong.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Several of Jen's duels during the tournament qualify, most notably the ones against her brother.
    • When they fight, Flitwick beats Jen in 15 seconds. Afterwards, he tells her that for how much he was holding back, 15 seconds is rather impressive.
  • Cutting the Knot: The final task of the tournament includes having to select the correct potion that will protect the imbiber from magical flames. Jen instead realizes that the flames take the same amount of time to burn through any material and simply covers herself in several layers then charges right through the flames.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Abused, blinded, abandoned, raped, and made to work as a prostitute. Yeah, Jen's childhood was pretty messed up.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dark magic is not necessarily evil, simply illegal. Black magic however, is always evil.
  • The Dead Have Names: Snape confesses to Jen that some time after he killed a family to earn the Dark Mark, he searched out their names and histories because he "did not have the right to remember them only as nameless faces."
  • Deader Than Dead: Professor Binns after Jen kills/banishes his ghost.
  • Deadly Prank: The Weasley twins nearly killed a Slytherin girl when they covered her in sneezing powder, not realizing she was asthmatic.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jen primarily but her friends and family are notable ones as well.
    • Krum gets a good one when Jen asks what it says about her that she found the Dark Arts exam both harder and more interesting than anything at Hogwarts.
    Krum: "It says you love a challenge. And that you are a terrible person."
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • Inverted when Death makes a deal with Jen, though he makes it very clear that refusing is not an option.
    • In the final book, Amelia makes a deal with Jen to wipe out Voldemort's harpy allies with the former referring to the trope by name.
  • Death by Adaptation: Lucius, Bill Weasley, Rita Skeeter, Ginny, Hagrid, and Kingsley all die over the course of the series.
  • Death Course: The Final Task of the tournament has each champion proceed through a series of rooms that are each devoted to a given subject (Potions, Charms, etc).
  • Death Glare: After their second battle, Voldemort gives Jen and Tonks "a glare that in it's wordless simplicity promised a horrible, agonizing death".
  • Death from Above: In her second battle with Voldemort, Jen tries to take him out with a massive lightning strike while falling from over a kilometer up. Unfortunately, Voldemort looks up in time and apparates out of the way.
  • Department of Child Disservices: Between some things that the Dursleys said and the bad experiences some of her employees at Candyland had with their foster homes, Jen honestly believes this, and so she sees running a child brothel as protecting her employees from the system.
  • Destroy the Abusive Home: After murdering the Dursleys, Jen sets fire to the house as she leaves.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Combines with Rhetorical Question Blunder when Flitwick wonders how the world isn't drowning in Blacks given how much they have sex.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • In "The Black Queen's War", Voldemort is shocked that Jen revealed to the Ministry that she's a dark witch and spends some time pondering why she'd do such a thing.
    • After wiping out a horde of undead using a staff she specifically made for that purpose, Jen is awestruck when it uses the pieces of Voldemort's soul animating the horde to grow into a large tree.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Jen gets past her dragon by enchanting, enlarging, and animating the model she was given to fight it. Then she realizes that she's trapped in an arena with two dueling dragons.
    • Dumbledore's only excuse for believing making Ron Weasley Jen's hostage would somehow lead to them becoming friends.
    • Mention is made of a prank pulled by the Weasley twins in their second year that falls under this - sneezing powder and asthmatics do not mix. The poor girl nearly died.
      • After Dumbledore is removed from Hogwarts, Fred and George set off several boxes worth of fireworks in the middle of dinner, leaving dozens of students injured.
    • Dumbledore's attempt to punish Jen for putting ten students in the hospital wing after they tried to kill her fails immediately when she informs everyone present of the attempted murder (only Dumbledore and James Potter knew). Then she threatens to bring the whole thing before the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, something that would destroy Dumbledore's reputation and strip him of all his political power given his efforts to "punish the victim and protect the perpetrators".
    • Jen flat out tells Hermione that voicing her accusations without proof (Which doesn't exist because Jen took care to destroy all the evidence) would get her in far more trouble than Jen, especially since Jen can prove that Hermione has committed at least one felony herself (Blackmailing Skeeter). She also points out that if you're going to blackmail someone for murder, you had better be wrong because there's no reason they wouldn't kill you to keep their secret.
    • Danny attempts to convince Scrimgeour that Stan Shunpike couldn't possibly be a Death Eater but unfortunately for him, he's basing it entirely off the single five minute conversation he ever had with Stan.
  • Disability Superpower: Jen's magic sonar.
  • Disappointed by the Motive:
    • Jen finds McLaggen's reason for helping ambush her (jealousy at not being made the Hogwarts Junior Champion the previous year) "pathetic".
    • Lily is both disappointed and horrified that Jen's reason for not wanting to become the next Dark Lady is simply because the minor increase in her political power wouldn't be worth the trouble.
  • Disappointed in You: Lily attempts this with Jen, saying she's "better than this" when the latter admits that "if [she] can only stay afloat by pushing someone else under, then that's just the way it goes." Unfortunately for her, not only does Jen not care, Lily called her Jenny.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: McLaggen's reason for helping a bunch of students ambush and potentially kill Jen is because she was the junior champion the previous year, not him. The other students at least had the excuse that her mother had killed family members.
  • Dissonant Serenity: While waltzing with Draco, Jen casually tells him she can think of at least thirty ways to kill him at that very moment that'd look like an accident at best and self-defense at worst.
  • Distant Finale: The epilogue takes place over a century after the Final Battle.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Jen does not like to be called Jenny. See That Man Is Dead below.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu:
    • Danny was foolish enough to perform a victory lap after retrieving his golden egg... with the Hungarian Horntail still in the arena. It breathes fire on him and badly burns his leg.
    • Baron Samedi plans to make Voldemort's afterlife very very unpleasant for both trying to cheat him and for using a name that claims death will never catch him.
    • Jen's mentor also learned this when she tried to make herself immortal (thereby defying death) after swearing herself to Death's service.
    • The Deathly Hallows exist because Death created them on a whim to punish the three brothers for summoning him (or more accurately, for believing that summoning him granted them any power over him).
    • Dumbledore invokes this when warning Umbridge not to trifle with him.
    Dumbledore: "Surely you have not forgotten everything you learned here at Hogwarts. Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus, my dear, and I am a very old and powerful dragon indeed. Do not rouse me lest you be consumed by my wrath."
  • Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: Jen and the prefects expect Death Eaters to ambush the Hogwarts Express. Jen apparates away to preemptively deal with some Death Eaters. When she apparates back to the train, the prefects nearly hex her.
    Abbott: Merlin, Black, don't surprise us like that!
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Jen can't stand pity from anyone, regardless of the reason.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: The restoration of Jen's immolated corpse still leaves her severely wounded, which better sells the story of her killing Voldemort after he killed Dumbledore than if she was perfectly healed.
  • Do Wrong, Right: The Ravenclaws were appalled at the attempt on Jen's life... because the attackers did not follow the traditional protocols for pursuing a blood feud.
  • Double Entendre: Jen regularly uses them, particularly when talking to Krum.
    • She also uses them when on a date with Cormac McLaggen as a hint that she's on to his plan. He never notices.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Junior champions (those 14-16) get a handicap in most of the events of the tournament (such as a flame proof cloak for facing the dragons).
  • Dramatically Missing the Point:
    • The Weasley twins react to Madam Marchbanks being made temporary headmistress the same way they took Umbridge being made headmistress in canon. Unfortunately for them, Dumbledore was under arrest for legitimate crimes rather than trumped up charges.
    • Lupin always assumed that Tonks was interested in him because he's a werewolf and All Girls Want Bad Boys. In reality, she liked his "bookish nervousness" but him claiming to be "too dangerous" for her killed her interest in him in a heartbeat.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Word of God states the reason Voldemort is so effective as a Dark Lord how well he inspires and utilizes fear, that he is an artist and terror is his medium.
    • In the epilogue, Jen is feared as the "Darkest witch alive".
  • Driven to Suicide: The purpose of the Resurrection Stone.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Lily takes to this at one point.
  • invokedDude, Not Funny!: Madam Marchbanks makes it very clear to Fred and George that she doesn't find the idea of setting off a store's worth of fireworks in the middle of dinner remotely funny. Dozens of students were injured and had to be sent to the infirmary due to their "prank".
  • Due to the Dead: Jen gives last rites to a child who was kidnapped and tortured to death for a divination ritual performed by her fellow Black Mages.
  • Dungeon Bypass:
    • During the Final Task, Jen is stumped by the charms placed on a door to the next room for several minutes before she thinks to turn the wall next to the door to mud and walk through.
    • In the fourth book, the seventh year prefects wonder how Death Eaters would most likely attack the Hogwarts Express as apparating onto a moving object is incredibly difficult. Jen correctly guesses they'll either wait at the train station in Hogsmeade and attack as they disembark, or blow up the tracks and kill anyone who survives the crash.
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  • Eating the Eye Candy: While scrying to see how the other champions did, Jen spends quite some time on Krum due to a burn on his backside requiring he strip to be treated.
  • The Empath: Luna's imaginary creatures are how she interprets her empathic ability.
  • End of an Age: After Richard becomes too greedy, Jen realizes that she can't keep him in line or bring someone else in to manage Candyland. As a result, she burns down Candyland and brings her kids to the local police station.
  • Enemy Mine: Jen and the Golden Trio against Voldemort.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: When Voldemort goes to retrieve the prophecy, his spells can't locate it. This leads him to assume Dumbledore brought Danny there to remove it. In reality, Jen had broken in to listen to it and destroyed it in a fit of rage.
    • Played for Drama when Jen, Priest, and Menagerie attack a wizarding home protected by White Magic under the assumption the Turk is hiding there. In reality, he was never there at all and while Jen is fine with wiping their minds and letting them go, Menagerie kills them all as a sacrifice to her patron Tiamat. Said family turns out to be Luna's maternal relatives.
  • Equivalent Exchange:
    • The strength of a voodoo ritual relies on (among other things) how much is sacrificed. A ritual to help Jen with one of the Triwizard Tasks required only a single human life, whereas rituals that can temporarily rewrite the laws of magic require hundreds.
    • Jen is quite insistent that what Charlus Potter did to protect her and Danny could never be replicated without someone dying. He functionally bargained with Death by sacrificing himself to save them.
    • The Philospher's Stone worked by draining life energy from one person and putting it in another. The Flamels avoided directly killing people by draining the already dying to prolong their own lives.
    • Because Marduk informed the Turk of Jen's existence before he knew, Baron Samedi was allowed to inform someone of the Turk. Rather than inform Jen, he chose to inform one of the other Dark Powers so she'd get some backup. However, once she knew there was a White Wizard after her, the Baron was free to tell her again.
    • Anyone who becomes a Power's Bridge (basically a combination of consort and high priest) is granted a boon, but said boon comes with a drawback as well. A thousand years prior to the story, a Black used the boon to give the entire family and their descendants a gift for self-transfiguration, at the cost of difficulty bringing pregnancies to term and a tendency to die younger than most wizards. In the final book, Jen becomes Baron Samedi's Bridge and asks for the removal of their problems bearing children in exchange for them dying even younger, leaving the Blacks with a lifespan roughly on par with a Muggle's rather than double that.
    • After Jen dies killing Voldemort, Baron Samedi offers to restore her body in exchange for one of the free rituals she earned from him.
  • Eureka Moment:
    • While wondering why Dumbledore constantly seems out to get her, Jen suddenly realizes that he's utterly convinced of the truth of the prophecy and that if Danny fails, he'd be forced to rely on her to exterminate Voldemort. If not for being in Dumbledore's office at the time, Jen notes she would have laughed herself sill
    • In the fourth book, Jen and her friends are discussing the strange virus going around, Jen suddenly notes the symptoms and asks her friends if they're having more erotic dreams than normal, specifically featuring Italian men and/or women. Turns out, it's a coven of succubi and incubi feeding on Hogwarts' inhabitants.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Jen does care for her family (the Blacks at any rate) as do all the Blacks. When Jen is forced to choose between killing Tonks or letting the Turk escape, she chooses the latter to her own surprise.
    • In the fourth book, Jen has to choose between keeping Candyland open or protecting the kids who work there. She declares it no contest, burns the place to the ground, and escorts them to the local police station.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Due to her upbringing, Narcissa is horrified that Lucius would hand Draco over to be killed if Voldemort demanded it.
    • Jen does her best to look after her employees and takes a very dim view of rapists.
    • Voldemort demands competence and obedience from his followers. As such, after the debacle at the Ministry Ball, he rejected Draco's request to join the Death Eaters due to incompetence and insubordination.
    • Jen chooses criminals such as robbers, rapists and drug dealers for her sacrifices whenever possible. Actual innocents are a rather small minority of her total kill count.
    • To her surprise, Jen comes to find herself disgusted with Priest and Menagerie, partially because while she has no problem killing innocents, she can't fathom keeping a stable of them around in case she needs them.
    • Even Voldemort finds a Dementor's Kiss too gruesome to watch.
  • Evil God: Despite worshiping him, Jen is terrified of Baron Samedi, with good reason. He is the personification of Death after all and she has seen what he's like when he's angry.
  • Evil Is Petty: Tracey's grandfather despises her for being a halfblood and threatens to kill her cat if she doesn't abdicate her position as heir.
  • Exact Words:
    • Many readers noted that one of the twins "knowing only darkness" could refer to Jen's blindness. Word of God confirms this.
    • Jen utilizes this when, after she asks why James Potter is there, Dumbledore insists that her "proper guardian" be present when she gets in trouble for hospitalizing ten students. When Dumbledore starts lecturing her, she asks why they aren't waiting for Sirius to arrive as he is her Head of House.
    • Jen quickly realizes that Baron Samedi offers three free rituals in return for her task, not three free sacrifices, meaning she could use rituals that require hundreds of sacrifices for free.
    • Utilized eons ago by Titania to functionally kill Enoch the Unending Wheel. She agreed to help change him into something else and send him to Earth so he could influence humanity in some unknown way. She got another Power to help butcher him into 108 pieces which she then bound and sent to Earth in the form of phoenixes.
    • When Luna wears Ravenclaw's Diadem and learns the Truth of anything she looks at, Jen has to be very careful with how she answers questions to make sure her lies aren't caught. As a result she emphasizes the horrible people she's killed while not mentioning the innocents who were simply inconvenient and says she doesn't enjoy killing (she doesn't but she doesn't mind it either).
    • It's referenced multiple times that Baron Samedi is the Gatekeeper of the dead, not the King. As such he can't actually revive the already dead; one has to deal with the Lord of the Wild Hunt for that.
    • Jen explains to Hermione's parents that while their daughter believes she's the child of Lily and James Potter, she has test results proving she isn't. Of course, that's because the Blacks used Blood Magic to change her mother.
    • In the fourth book, Jen grows tired of Hermione's attempted interference with her life and makes it so Hermione can't interfere with her again. Word of God explains that while Hermione is still suspicious of Jen, she literally can't even consider acting against her.
    • Dumbledore frequently gives his followers information that's true but not the complete picture.
    • In the finale, Baron Samedi brings up the tale that whoever gathers the three Deathly Hallows would be the Master of Death. Jen notes that technically she is his mistress, just not in the way the legend implies.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: A woman who ran a child brothel and whom all the workers looked up to and called "Mama"? The former prostitutes' new foster parents assume she's a grown woman who's either a pedophile herself or a sociopath who has no trouble pimping children. One who meets Jen is quite surprised to learn she's only seventeen and was actually a former child prostitute herself.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!:
    • Jen starts thinking about how attractive Blaise is before it strikes her that she's blind. After a moment she realizes he's an incubus.
    • Kenneth Towler starts talking about how upset his mother was over a Prank War when he stops and realizes that, for some reason, he never told her about it. In fact, he never told her about any of the unusual things that happened at Hogwarts.
    • McGonagall starts questioning how Jen can know there's werewolves among the forces attacking Hogsmeade when they're indistinguishable from normal wizards unless they're transformed, only to realize they are.
    • While trying to ambush the Turk, Jen notes all the muggles ignoring what's going on, including a man in a white suit with olive skin (the Turk). She has just enough time to dive away before lightning strikes the spot she was standing.
    • After fending off a harpy attack on the Hogwarts Express in the fourth book, the prefects note that though they're allied with Voldemort, it was too unorganized to be an attack by him. Then they realize that if Voldemort has a way to contact the harpies, the reverse must also be true.
      • As the prefects try to determine how the Death Eaters will attack the train, suggesting tactics like apparating onto it or attacking with brooms, Jen realizes the most likely method: Wait at the station at Hogsmeade and attack there.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Apparently, Sirius has several puppies with various dogs .
  • The Extremist Was Right: Stan Shunpike was the one who set off a bomb in Diagon Alley. Voldemort rewards his actions by making him a full member of the Death Eaters.
  • Eye Scream: Jen went blind after Dudley kicked a bucket of bleach into her eyes.
  • Face Palm: Krum and Jen pull a simultaneous one when they learn that another champion simply summoned their golden egg rather than face off against a nesting mother dragon.
  • Face Realization / Heel Realization: Jen discovers within the same day that she wasn't willing to sacrifice everything to achieve her goals when she refused to kill Tonks or let her die while pursuing the Turk, and that she actually doesn't want to become like Menagerie and Priest.
  • Faking the Dead: After the mind control spell causes Skeeter to suffer permanent brain damage, Jen tells her that she needs to do this in order to escape the people who are trying to figure out who her master is. She then provides Rita with poison, telling her that it's Draught of Living Death, which results in the reporter's death being not so faked.
  • False Friend:
    • Bellatrix was one to Luna's father, making him wary about Luna's relationship with Jen (Though he admits that there's not much he can do about that while he's in Ottery St. Catchpole and Luna's in Scotland ten months out of the year).
    • Draco is one to Ginny in order to use her to bait a trap to capture Danny.
  • False Reassurance: Inverted. When Jen deduces Snape is in a bad mood due to a poor evaluation from Umbridge, he snarkily asks if she expects praise for showing off "[her] Ravenclaw wit"...basically admitting she's correct.
  • Family of Choice:
    • The rest of the young staff at Candyland refer to Jennifer affectionately as "Mama Jen," and she reciprocates that affection to the nth degree.
    • While Jen was already related by blood to the Blacks, her Blood Adoption technically makes them even more this to her.
  • Fantastic Racism: Fleur ends up in sixth place out of seven after the first task despite a good showing due to racism on Crouch's and Bagman's parts.
  • Fatal Flaws: For Jen, Pride and Wrath. She's avoided the worst of the possible consequences thus far, but there are strong hints that she's going to be hit hard by them eventually.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • Four women are skinned alive and used to protect Priest's and Menagerie's location. To bind their spirits to their skins, Priest uses magic to remove the love from their husbands. As a result, they're fully aware despite being nothing more than skins and eyes nailed to a wall.
    • Voldemort tells a captive Danny Potter that he'd always disagreed with Dumbledore on whether or not such a thing was possible, but now that he had a test subject he didn't need to kill quickly, he was willing to experiment to see who was right on the issue. The next 6-7 months are very unpleasant for Voldemort's victim.
  • Faux Affably Evil: During their first meeting, Voldemort is quite civil with Jen and seems to enjoy discussing various matters with her. However, the moment she refuses to join him, he decides to kill her.
    • Death cheerfully talks to Jen about how he created the Deathly Hallows to punish the Perevell brothers for insulting him. He also allows Jen to look at him, which Elsie warned her to never do, but threatens Jen when she initially refuses to do so.
  • For the Evulz: Death's reason for creating the Deathly Hallows instead of simply killing the three brothers for their insult.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist:
    • Professor Binns refuses to believe in the afterlife, despite being a ghost teaching at a magic school and talking to a priestess of Death.
    • Dumbledore doesn't believe in Death as an entity and is certain the Deathly Hallows were made by mortal men. Baron Samedi finds the idea amusing.
  • Forced to Watch: Petunia is forced to watch her son's and husband's murders.
  • Freudian Trio: Jen is The Kirk to Priest's role as The Spock and Menagerie is The McCoy.
  • Friendto All Children: Whatever else you say about Jen, when it comes to her kids whether its the workers at Candyland or the younger Ravenclaw and Syltherin students: if you hurt or threaten them she will end you. Violently.
  • From Bad to Worse: Being attacked by a pack of hellhounds when you can't escape is bad enough. Learning that killing one just spawns two more from it's remains is horrifying.
  • Frontline General: Voldemort prefers to lead attacks personally when possible, largely because he enjoys being in the heat of battle himself.
  • Gender Flip: Jen Black is one for Harry Potter.
  • Genius Loci: Hogwarts, despite what some people claim.
  • Genre Blind: James thinks Jen keeping him as her father (after using a magical ritual to remove Lily as her mother) means she still wants to reconcile with her family. In reality, Jen hates her entire family, and only kept him because switching mothers resulted in a more plausible explanation of her parentage than switching fathers, and she couldn't change both.
  • Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter:
    Jen: You're only seven years older than I am. That's not enough of a difference to justify calling me a kid.
    Doranote : You're not of age yet, though. Besides, everyone knows it's not the years that matter, it's the experience.
    Jen: Experience? You really want to go there, sweetie?
    Dora: Get your head out of the gutter, kid, before your brain starts to rot.
  • Glass Cannon: Jen has incredible destructive power and functionally infinite magical reserves due to tapping into the Earth's magic directly. However, lacking a magical core of her own makes her far more vulnerable to magic than normal.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Subverted. The Prime Minister offers help dealing with Voldemort after the Ministry of Magic is taken over, but Amelia is too hesitant of potentially revealing the Wizarding World to the world at large.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Dumbledore cannot grasp the fact that even though Jen is a Black Witch, she has no interest in being an evil overlord and is capable of acting without sinister motives. He also fails to realize that her going dark in the first place was entirely his fault.
    • Hermione can't understand how a murderer like Jen could possibly care about anyone, particularly Luna.
  • Good Hurts Evil: Anything explicitly tied to White magic hurts Black magic users. Whereas most dark wizards find phoenix song uncomfortable, Jen finds it excruciating (More so than most Black magic users would because phoenixes are the surviving shards of the Light power diametrically opposed to her patron). Also the summer equinox (when White magic is strongest) leaves her practically comatose the entire day.
  • Good Is Dumb: Jen utilizes this when formally introduced to the Wizengamot as Heir Black by dressing in a white and gold dress which many Dark Families note is an otherwise exact copy of Morgan Le Fay's dress.
  • Grey and Black Morality: Jen is a rather terrible person, though one with standards and people she cares about; likewise, both the Ministry and the Order have done some morally questionable things, but all of them are better than Voldemort and his Death Eaters.
  • Handicapped Badass: Jen spends the first story blind but "sees" using magic as a form of sonar. She can even use magic to read books if she can touch them.
  • Happily Adopted: Jen after being adopted by Sirius.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Disturbingly, at least a few of the children at Candyland like working there.
  • Heel Realization: According to Snape, his came when Lily was threatened by Voldemort as it made him realize everyone he and the Death Eaters had killed had family and friends who mourned them.
  • Hesitation Equals Dishonesty: When Jen asks Lily if she had ever spared a moment to think about the magicless daughter she had dropped off with the Dursleys in the thirteen years between said abandonment and Jen being taken in by Sirius, Lily takes a little too long to say yes.
  • Hidden Depths: Jen's dress when she's formally introduced to the Wizengamot shows this. The Light families think she must be Light because it's white and gold. The Dark families think she must be Dark because it's a Palette Swap of Morgan Le Fay's dress. A few realize that it actually means she's More Than Meets the Eye.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: An in-universe example with the Perevell Brothers. The story goes that they bested Death who gave them magical artifacts to eventually kill them. According to Death, what actually happened was they killed every living thing in a village (people, animals, and crops) to summon him then demanded his power. This is especially true of the youngest brother who, rather than being wise enough to trick Death, was a Dirty Coward who wished to hide from his enemies.
  • Historical In-Joke: The Great Fire of London was caused when the Blacks blew up a bunch of their enemies and had trouble putting out the ensuing fire.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Salazar Slytherin is widely known for having hated muggleborns and wanted them cleansed from the world. In reality, he didn't trust them due to multiple murder attempts by muggle parents. Furthermore, the other founders didn't band together against him; it was strictly an argument between him and the muggleborn Gryffindor. Nor did they duel over it, merely argue. Lastly, the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets was intended as a security measure if Hogwarts was ever attacked.
  • Hive Mind: The Dementors are revealed in the last book to all share a single consciousness. Bad news if you're trying to control a single one of them. Good news if you manage to kill one as it kills all of them.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Jen beats Danny in the wandless duel by sending his potion-filled water balloons flying back at him.
    • Leroux, one of the French champions, is nearly killed after he's stabbed by his own poisoned rapier.
    • Voldemort strengthening his connection to Danny leaves him unable to close it again, causing Danny to get visions when Voldemort doesn't want him to. Subverted when it turns out Voldemort's been sending him fake visions.
  • Honor Among Thieves: According to Jen, Black witches and wizards have a "professional courtesy" to never interfere with each others' plots, try to kill each other, or rat each other out. If not for Voldemort trying to kill her, Jen wouldn't have bothered informing the Ministry of Magic of his return.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • Despite completing the first task the fastest and being one of the only ones to do so without injury, Leroux only ties for second place because he "didn't follow the spirit of the challenge" by simply using a summoning charm on the golden egg.
    • Averted. Jen specifically tells Fudge that she was kidnapped by "someone claiming to be Voldemort" because it'd be easier for him to buy that a pretender was trying to restart the war than Voldemort returning to life.
      • Played straight with Dumbledore who hates that Jen didn't insist it was Voldemort, claiming that "a little discomfort or ridicule now" would be worth people being ready.
    • One of Danny's grievances against Jen was that she "cowardly cursed him in the back instead of attacking honorably" during one of the tasks of the Triwizard Tournament. Later during the final task, he accuses her of cheating for attacking him while he's distracted.
      • Several other Light wizards have shown contempt for attacking someone with their back turned.
    • Averted with Scrimgeour when he hears Jen apparated without a license during her fight with Voldemort. He understands that in a situation like that, pretty much every rule goes out the window.
  • Horny Devils: Blaise Zabini is an incubus.
  • A House Divided: Dumbledore's obsessive need to control everything results in the Order of the Phoenix starting to splinter. Draco Malfoy lampshades that he didn't even have to do anything to succeed in his task of turning them against each other.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Baron Samedi insists the Dark Powers victory over the Light was assured the moment they chose to use humans to settle their war, claiming that humans will always indulge their base desires.
  • Humans Are Insects: Jen explains to several wizards that to Death, caring how worthy a leader someone is would be like a human caring which ant in an anthill is the best tracker. He's only interested in Voldemort's death because Voldemort's angered him.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Baron Samedi looks human but is described as being far too thin and lanky, among other things, to truly pass as such.
  • Hypocrite:
    • James Potter hates that the Ministry is passing several Decrees to interfere with Hogwarts but also dislikes Ravenclaws' tendency to question why particular spells are labeled "Dark Magic" (and thus illegal) instead of simply accepting that they are.
    • Jen calls out the Potters for abandoning her when they believed her a squib. Regardless of how they felt about it, that's exactly the sort of thing a blood purist would do.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: During the final duel between them, Voldemort, knowing of her penchant for having a large number of secondary foci on her person to back up her casting skills, makes a point of summoning every single item that could be a focus off of her. Too bad that all those secondary foci are just non-magical props she uses to conceal that she uses wandless magic for everything, so taking them away does nothing to reduce her power.
  • I Have No Son!: When they finally meet, Bellatrix disowns Jen for seemingly siding with Dumbledore. Jen laughs at the idea of her having "so little vision".
  • I Owe You My Life: Cedric owes Jen a life debt after she saves his life in the tournament.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: A very mild case: Jen was already interested in Luna, but once Luna turned down sleeping with her because she (Luna) wasn't ready for it yet, Jen finds herself even more intrigued by the quirky blonde.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • Lily drinks an entire bottle of wine when she realizes how little Jen wants to do with the Potter family.
    • According to Flitwick, most of the staff members are using something to get through each school year.
    • Thought almost verbatim by Jen after an evening of shocking revelations and outright creepiness.
  • I Want My Daughter To Be Happy: Lily realizes that Jen can't stand her and is willing to stay out of her life in the hopes they might one day reconcile.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Amelia worries this might occur with herself and Dumbledore. She might have to kill him to keep him from becoming a tyrannical dictator but worries it might cause her to become one herself.
  • Imagine Spot: Flitwick takes a moment to picture McGonagall painting herself in woad and chasing him with a claymore if he angers her.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Voldemort burning down the Potter's home has trapped them in an intermediate state. They still possess wealth, but they don't have enough to build or purchase a home that would be considered appropriate for their social class while being able to maintain the standard of living they are used to.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Kreacher becomes far more amicable to Jen after she threatens to cut out his tongue.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Voldemort was still defeated even though neither James nor Lily were home at the time. Instead, James' father Charlus is the one who sacrificed himself to save the twins.
    • He's later resurrected despite Pettigrew being in Azkaban because his wraith stayed in Britain instead fleeing to Albania, allowing him to discover Barty Crouch Jr.
    • Sirius still ends up in Azkaban for over a decade, though this time it's due to being accused of using dark magic to murder Pettigrew.
  • In the Blood: The Black family worries that Bellatrix's insanity might be genetic and thus passed to Jen after she's magically made Jen's mother.
  • Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: The idea of Death Eaters apparating onto the Hogwarts Express is discarded due to the fact they'd be gravely injured or killed from suddenly appearing onto a fast moving object after being motionless.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: Clarent. While an amazingly powerful enchanted sword, it was enchanted specifically to counter Excalibur and Jen warns Priest that it will likely be less useful against other Light treasures.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The Turk manages to find Excalibur, which is a Light treasure (magical object created by one of the Light Powers). Luckily, when it comes to swordplay, he's unskilled but strong, allowing Priest to defeat him once he gets a comparable sword.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Krum manages this a few times. Jen jokingly mocks him for it.
  • Insane Troll Logic: According to Dumbledore, Jen is worse than Voldemort and his Death Eaters because they chose to be evil and might one day choose to be good, but she was destined to be evil. His statement is so ridiculous, Jen's left speechless.
  • Insistent Terminology: While the average wizard, and especially members of the Light, don't understand, there is a very important difference between Dark Magic and Black Magic, likewise with Dark and Black wizards. Dark Magic is simply illegal magic while Black Magic is inherently evil. Dark wizards are evil/criminal wizards but Black wizards are servants of one of the seven Dark Powers.
    • Witchcraft and wizardry aren't just terms referring to magic by different names but rather wizardry is wanded magic (charms, transfiguration, etc) and witchcraft is magic that doesn't use wands (potions, divination, runes, etc). Hogwarts was originally called a school of witchcraft and wizardry to advertise that they taught both kinds of magic.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: When confronted by a fireproof inferius, Voldemort is in the middle of thinking how his minions will smartly use something else when they start spamming the Killing Curse, something all inferi are immune to as undead.
  • Insult Friendly Fire: When Dumbledore remarks on the dearth of non-corrupt Ministers in the last few decades, Amelia Bones (the current Minister) coldly tells him she's trying not to be insulted by that.
  • Insult of Endearment: The Baron calls Jen his little whore with amusement.
    • Menagerie fondly calls Priest an idiot at one point.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Jen and Narcissa are so close that Jen can functionally read Narcissa's mind through their use of Occlumency and Legilemency. Narcissa will probe Jen lightly then move the information she wants to share to the front of her thoughts. Though this is largely because Jen was Narcissa's favorite prostitute before Jen grew too old for her.
    • Jen and Snape to a certain extent due to them both being oathbound to keep each others secrets.
  • Internal Reveal: In the final book, McGonnagall mentions offhand that Jen used to be blind, to Dumbledore's shock.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Upon first meeting her, Jen simultaneously wants to brutally murder and utterly ravish Fleur due to being both a woman and attracted to women respectively.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Both James and Lily (to a lesser extent) are guilty of this. James simply cannot wrap his head around the fact that Jen is genuinely happy with the Blacks, and rationalizes that the Blacks (specifically Narcissa) are manipulating her into thinking the Potters are worse than what they really are. Lily on the other hand has a hard time accepting Jen's dark nature and keeps pushing forward the notion that Jen has to be a naturally kind person deep down inside.
  • Irony: In canon, Dumbledore tells Harry that the prophecy only holds any real power because Voldemort thinks it does. In Princess of the Blacks, Dumbledore's belief in the prophecy causes many of the problems he hoped to avoid.
    • The Light families abandoning the old ways as "Dark" insures none of them can use White Magic.
    • Lampshaded when Narcissa (a pedophile) admits to worshiping the Unseelie Queen, a protector of children. Of course, since Narcissa never once knowingly slept with magical children, she insists that this is perfectly alright, since Muggles aren't people.
    • Padma lampshades the irony that her sister liked Britain much more than her and had loads of friends there, but after being turned into a werewolf can never leave Asia again.
  • Is That What He Told You?: Voldemort laughs off the legend of the Boy-Who-Lived and instead explains to several Aurors, Hit-Wizards, and Amelia Bones that it was a bit of Dark Magic used by Charlus Potter that defeated him. However, he's actually lying through his teeth to destroy the hope of the people.
  • It Runs in the Family: Apparently, everyone in the Black family is some form of sexual deviant.
    • Likewise all Blacks have black hair.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Soul Mages like Voldemort can potentially perform every kind of Black Magic, however they can't do it as well as those who specialize in it (i.e. they can perform necromancy but not as well as an actual necromancer). Their real specialty is combining different forms of Black Magic, such combining flesh crafting with necromancy to create an army of chimeric zombies.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jen is generally not a nice person, but she honestly cares about her friends and family.
    • Moody makes a point of looking out for all of his cadets while they're still learning the ropes, a leftover from his time fighting Grindelwald's forces.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Snape's reasoning for making Draco and Pansy prefects is because all the other candidates are idiots, even more bigoted, dead, or would end up hospitalized by their housemates.
    • Umbridge regularly manages this. When Hagrid's brother breaks free and tries to attack Hogwarts, Dumbledore admits to himself that technically she did the right thing by calling the Aurors.
    • Vector's lecture to Hermione and Jen, that they'll have to work with people they don't like all the time as adults, rings of this.
    • After Dumbledore is sacked, the acting Headmistress (Who dislikes Umbridge personally) goes through her notes on the remaining Hogwarts staff and admits that most of her criticisms about them are quite accurate.
      • The following year she even wanted to keep Umbridge as the History professor as she actually was a fairly competent teacher.
    • When Ginny tries to use Lily Potter to disprove Draco's insistence that even the Potters tend to marry for political reasons, Draco asks if she really thinks it's a coincidence that the first muggleborn married into the family in generations is also the brightest and most powerful witch of her generation. While she won't say it aloud, Ginny admits to herself that he has a point.
    • Jen notes that Snape's attitude regarding potions, while scarring to young minds, is quite correct as brewing is more of an art than a science.
  • Jerkass Realization: Tracy is in the middle of freaking out over the presence of Threstrals when she demands to know why Luna can see them. She promptly apologizes when Luna explains she watched her mother die.
    • Jen's friends undergo this when Jen starts acting more withdrawn than normal. When they insist she not bottle up her problems and share with them, Jen shares some of her Dark and Troubled Past.
    • Tracey, who managed to avoid it the first time, really sticks her foot in it when she makes fun of Jen's boggart: a small crying child. Jen curses her out then reveals that her boggart isn't a random child crying over some minor scrape; it's herself shortly after being thrown out on the streets and not long before she was raped.
    • Luna has a moment in the fourth book when she sees the entity that represents her relationship with Jen and realizes it's afraid of her, meaning she's just as responsible for their damaged relationship as Jen is.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: In the final book, Voldemort thinks Jen's ploy was making him think Charlus Potter came back as a lich and taunts her as he removes the iron spike he believes to be animating it. The actual ploy is that said spike is the only thing keeping the magical bomb in the inferius's chest from going off.
  • Kangaroo Court: The Order of the Phoenix is entirely convinced that the Ministry's courts are rigged, with Lily say that Stan Shunpike getting a trial is proof the Ministry has already decided he's guilty.
  • Karma Houdini: Dumbledore seems to think that being seen fighting Voldemort's forces (rather ineffectively) will convince the Ministry to give him back all the authority he once had. Bones counters that since he refuses to address the charges brought against him by Umbridge, all this buys him is the Ministry not trying to arrest him while the war is going on - and that concession will disappear if he's caught performing any more questionable actions.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Dudley Dursley once kicked a bucket of bleach into Jen's eyes.
  • Kill It with Fire: The best method to deal with Inferi.
    • Jen kills several succubi and incubi in the final book by blocking the exits and burning their house down.
  • Killed Off for Real: Bill Weasley dies during the attack at the end of the second book.
    • Rita during the third book.
    • Ginny at the end of the third book.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Lily stops trying to force her way into Jen's life once she realizes it's only making Jen resent her more.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Jen is a morally grey and very powerful, beautiful witch.
  • Leave Me Alone!: Jen's attitude towards her birth family can be summed up as such.
  • Leave No Survivors: Despite what she tells the rest of the seventh year students, Amelia Bones makes clear to Jen that all of Voldemort's harpy allies needed to die. While they've broken off from him, if they survive an attack on their nests, the harpies will join right back up with Voldemort again.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Lampshaded by Amelia who tells Dumbledore that she might consider him the lesser evil, but she still thinks he's evil.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Voldemort's is not only incredibly dangerous offensively but can conjure shields to block nearly any spell (assuming he doesn't just dodge it) and is capable of using apparation in combat, even to counter someone else's apparation.
  • Like a Son to Me: Jen openly states in the final book that the younger workers at Candyland are her kids. They reciprocate and call her Mama.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: Most wizards gain a large boost of power when they reach adulthood. Jen's power is only limited to how much she can channel, which increases each year. As a result, Jen started off as functionally a squib but is on her way to being the most powerful witch ever.
    • While her classmates' power will grow more rapidly than her own during puberty, it will level off afterwards. Jen's power will never stop growing.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: None of the Potters (nor their allies) have any idea what Jen's childhood was actually like and she fully intends to keep it that way. As a result, people like Hermione brush off Jen's grudge against her parents as "nebulous and unsubstantiated".
    • This is actually invoked on Jen's part as she only ever gives a watered-down, if any, version of her Darkand Troubled Past, as a result any and all her actions are viewed differently by everyone. For example, her sometimes violent actions and explosive temper is seen as something inherited by Bellatrix rather the result of a screwed-up childhood which can be very inconvenient and forces her to act accordingly.
    • Dumbledore continues searching for Voldemort's horcruxes because he doesn't know Jen destroyed them the previous year.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Snape slipped a potion that does this permanently to Sirius. It's the reason Jen is his Heir rather than just a member of his house, he literally can't produce an heir himself. Because of the importance the magical world places on bloodlines, said potion is highly illegal, and would get Snape in a lot of trouble if anyone other than Jen figured out who was responsible.
  • Loop Hole Abuse:
    • Jen abuses them regularly during the tournament. For example, Flitwick wasn't helping her with the tournament, but with career advice; it's just a lucky coincidence that his help was useful for future tasks.
    • Jen gets past the Potions challenge in the final task without using any of the potions (which don't affect her). The Durmstrang potions master wants her disqualified but the Beauxbatons one is rather impressed with her lateral thinking.
    • In the sequel, Jen makes on oath on her magic knowing full well that such oath can't affect her due to not having any magic herself.
    • In the third book, Jen explains that she can't outright destroy Snape's Dark Mark without destroying his arm, but can move it to something else which she can destroy.
    • Even though her evocation was targeted for an plane nowhere near Death's, he can still hijack Jen's ritual because any magic she does involves traces of his own.
    • In the final book, Jen utilizes the fact that punishment for Evocation is under the jurisdiction of where it's performed, even if the summoned creatures are brought elsewhere. Since she did it in France, she only has to worry about a fine for performing a Dark Art before receiving her license (which she earned that very day).
    M-O 
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Narcissa and Andromeda use a ritual to make Jen Bellatrix's daughter biologically. They didn't use it to replace James as only one parent can be replaced and the idea of Lily being pregnant by two different men at once beggars belief.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Priest is only "irritated" at losing half his arm in a fight, but this is because he can replace it.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Jen kills Tracey's grandfather in such a way as to make it look like he died in his sleep.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Do not hurt the employees of Candyland or you will answer to Jen.
    • The spirit of Hogwarts will do anything to protect the students of Hogwarts.
  • Mêlée à Trois: In the final battle, Jen, Voldemort, and Dumbledore all end up in a duel against each other.
  • Mistaken Age: After Jen burns down Candyland and brings the child prostitutes to the police, the new foster parents think "Mama" is a woman at least in her twenties or thirties, probably either a pedophile or simply a sociopath who has no problem making of pimping out kids. They're shocked to learn she's only seventeen and is in fact a former prostitute herself.
  • The Mole: Danny is an unwitting and unwilling example in the final book, as Voldemort used a ritual to allow him to see anything Danny does, along with sending Danny fake visions.
  • More Expendable Than You: Shacklebolt's reasoning for him staying behind so Amelia could escape.
  • Motive Decay: By the epilogue, the Granger and Longbottom families hold a grudge against the Black family even though only one person in all three families is old enough to still remember why.
  • Mundane Solution:
    • Leroux, one of the junior champions, collects his golden egg by using a summoning charm on it.
    • Voldemort bypasses the security on the anteroom to the Department of Mysteries not with some clever magic, but by using the Ministry crest on the ceiling to orient himself with the door he needs, having asked Rookwood in advance.
    • To hide that she now has the Resurrection Stone on her neck, Jen puts a pendant on the opposite side of her collar and simply turns it around.
    • Professor Sinestra got Hermione to stop turning in essays two or three times the required length by threatening to giver her zeroes on all such essays.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Jen learns Bulgarian by using mind-reading to copy it from Krum's mind.
    • To the Bloody Baron's displeasure, Ravenclaw's Study (aka the Room of Requirement) sees little use beyond the House Elves using it as a storage room.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution:
    • Jen points out to Hermione that blackmailing someone for murder is a very bad idea as there's not much stopping them from killing their blackmailer.
    • Tracey's grandfather sets her up in an arranged marriage that'll allow her husband to kill her and become head of the family.
    • Jen counters the above plan by killing Tracey's grandfather.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Jen gets hit with this when she realizes that a household that her partners wiped out after she destroyed their home's defenses while in search of the Turk were Luna's mother's family.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: A large part of the Order thinks this of Dumbledore to a degree that Jen finds profoundly disturbing, which is a contributing factor in why she wants nothing to do with them. Many of them refuse to even consider the possibility that Albus could ever be wrong in the first place, even when confronted with hard evidence.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Ravenclaw's Diadem gives it's wearer massive amounts of information about anything they look at. If they look at too much at once, they start getting terrible headaches from learning too much information at once.
  • Nature vs. Nurture: Lily thinks that Jen having been born a Potter should have made her a kinder person. Jen countered that what she had to do in order to survive after being rejected by the Potters (Without going into the details) is what made her who she is.
    • Similarly, Dumbledore insists Jen was born evil and there was no chance of her ever being a good person. Once again, Jen states that if she's evil, it's because of her upbringing.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Danny blames Jen for him being burned by a dragon during the First Task because she wouldn't let him take the fire resistant cloak meant for her, ignoring that he was foolish enough to do a victory lap with said dragon still in the arena.
    • Dumbledore seems to be adopting this attitude to the goings on involving Hogwarts in the years leading up to the series, and his role in Jen's mistreatment.
  • Never Trust a Title:
    • The Arte of the Succubus is a primer on Dark Arts that virtually every member of the Black family has read under the mistaken impression that it was erotica.
    • While on their date, Jen and Luna come across a book entitled Deeper into the Burrow which turns out to be erotica.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Dumbledore's efforts to make sure Jen doesn't become a powerful dark witch ensure that she does.
    • Jen's actions against Ron and Hermione ruin Sirius' attempts to ally with the Light leaning neutral families.
    • A milder example comes from Hermione never telling her parents much of anything about Hogwarts and the Wizarding World. As a result, Jen's able to influence their opinions by giving her side of things.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Voldemort is surprisingly polite to his House Elf, but only because it causes him fewer headaches if the elf likes working for him.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis:
    • On Danny's 15th birthday Voldemort travels to the Potters house in the middle of the night, despite not being able to see it (due to a loophole he knows where it should be), sets up every anti-transportation ward he can and launches Fiendfire at the house. Afterwards, he even acknowledges that the Potters might survive, but they'll at least know he's not screwing around this time.
    • Unlike her husband and brother-in-law who toy with Ron and Neville during the final battle, Bellatrix immediately goes to the Hospital Wing to take out Hogwart's sole healer.
  • No Sympathy:
    • After Snape barely escapes being killed by Voldemort, James sneers at him for having outlived his usefulness.
    • A milder example but McGonnagall makes it clear she feels the Potters relationship with their daughter is their own fault and they need to live with it.
  • Noble Bigot:
    • James Potter is a good man. He also makes no secret of the fact he considers all Slytherins to be evil.
      • In the final book, he calls anyone who practices religion to be fools, especially muggles.
    • Hermione is likewise a homophobe.
  • Nominal Hero: While Jen is working to kill Voldemort, her reasons for doing so are largely selfish. First, he's after her. Second, he'll kill her friends and family. Third, Baron Samedi has ordered his death by her hands.
  • Noodle Implements: The retort that [Nymphadora Tonks] shot back... involved a pine cone, a traumatized squirrel, and truly bizarre forms of self-gratification...
  • Noodle Incident:
    • According to Tracy, all she knows about hedgehogs is they're painful to sit on and impossible to find in a haystack.
    • Luna once tells a story involving a vampire, gummy candy, and a hotel room that "would never be clean again".
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Danny is the only Triwizard champion to not intentionally cheat at any point.
    • While Jen is in detention, Snape asks why she was assigned detention and agrees with her answer that she "lost consciousness before [she] could get rid of the evidence".
  • Not Helping Your Case:
    • After receiving a review that claims he's overly critical and harsh with students, Snape's behavior worsens to the point he makes several students cry.
    • When confronted with an arrest warrant for legitimate crimes, Dumbledore flees instead of explaining himself. Bones holds this against him when he tries to later claim it's all a misunderstanding.
  • Not Hyperbole: After getting fed up with Hermione's attempts against her, Jen declares that when she's done with her, Hermione won't even think about acting against her again. It's later revealed the magic she used on Hermione made the girl literally incapable of thinking about acting against Jen, no matter how suspicious she is of the black witch.
  • Not Quite Flight: Jen used to "fly" by making a gravity well in a given location and "falling" towards it. This had the down side of making adjusting speed difficult and changing direction impossible.
  • Not So Different: Back in the early parts of the war against Voldemort, there was a muggleborn group called New Wizardkind. According to Andromeda, they were exactly like the Death Eaters except they targeted purebloods.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain:
    • Umbridge proves herself to be surprisingly competent when she gets proof of a meeting between Lily and Jen, including being quite skilled at Occlumency.
    • Draco successfully pulls of a several month long plan to capture Danny.
  • Not Worth Killing: Despite Hermione's fears, Jen decides that she's not worth the hassle of killing, regardless of how annoying Jen's starting to find her.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: Crosses with Noodle Incident but Jen is informed by the examiner for her Charms OWL (who tested Bellatrix) that "'accidentally' misaiming a Banishing Charm so you stab a quill through a fellow student's wand hand has since been made an automatic failure."
    • She gets quite annoyed when she hears nine such rules over the course of her exams.
  • Odd Friendship: Despite being near complete opposites in nearly every single way, Cedric and Jen get along quite well.
  • Official Couple: Jen and Luna eventually, though after they break up in third book, they never get back together.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Fleur's reaction verbatim to realizing there's a trail of water leading from her to Jen who's about to use a lightning spell.
    • Jen is notably worried when she learns a White Wizard is in Britain.
    • Jen has a mild one when she realizes the Turk is wielding Excalibur. The only thing that dulls it is that he doesn't have the scabbard.
    • Dumbledore gets this when he realizes that Jen is the prophecied twin who will be the one to confront Voldemort.
    • Jen gets one when Tonks confronts her about fighting the Turk.
  • Old Soldier: What makes Voldemort so dangerous isn't his power (Which while considerable is something Jen might be able to equal in a pure slugging match), but his experience. He's been dark wizarding for half a century, and not only knows a lot of tricks nobody else does, he knows how to use them effectively.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Dumbledore thinking he has one drives Jen's backstory and much of the series' plot.
  • Ominous Walk: Jen's duel with Hermione consisted of Jen casually tanking everything Hermione could throw at her while Jen calmly walked the length of the dueling platform, then banishing Hermione off the platform at a range of one foot.
  • Only in It for the Money: Richard, the muggle who manages Candyland, doesn't care about the kids there, only the money he can make off them.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The two Black Wizards sent to help Jen simply go by "Priest" and "Menagerie". She in turn tells them to call her "Queen".
  • Only Sane Man: Between the three, only Lily seems to realize that James's and Dumbledore's attempts at reaching out to Jen only makes their relationship with her worse.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Jen realizes how much she worried Narcissa while facing off against a dragon when the latter openly cries into her shoulder, as Narcissa would never lose her decorum in public.
    • Voldemort very rarely uses the Cruciatus on his followers, so when he does everyone knows he's truly enraged. Likewise outright praise of his minions is reserved for when they truly impress him.
    • Any time Tonks reverts to her natural black curly hair, she's truly furious.
    • Sirius sincerely thanks Snape after the latter saves Jen's life and tells him to call on the Blacks if he ever needs anything.
    • Upon learning that Draco hatched a plot that successfully capture Danny Potter, Voldemort admits he was wrong and that he'd judged him too soon.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Normal zombies can only be made from the corpse of a sentient creature and the body has to be mostly intact, with anything not attached prior to revival being permanently dead. Furthermore, all organs related to thought have to be intact and the corpse has to be from a single creature (i.e. no Frankenstein's monsters).
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Sirius realizes something's seriously wrong with Jen when he tries to wake her up by splashing her with water only for the girl to remain unresponsive. Of course, he doesn't know that as a Black Witch she's basically comatose during the summer solstice when the Light Powers are strongest.
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: James believes Wizards have done this by abandoning the Old Gods and looks down upon muggles for practicing religion. Moody is shown to be quietly disapproving of such thoughts.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Danny Potter is rather skilled for a fourth year student, but the tournament shows him to be far out of his league. Despite Barty rendering his Death Course painfully easy compared to the other champions, he's still third to reach the end and only seconds ahead of the fourth.
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    P-Q 
  • Parents as People: Lily has her problems (such as sending Jen to live with the Dursleys, believing her to be a squib), but she does honestly love her children and wants her family to reconcile.
    • James wants to reconcile as well, but refuses to listen to anyone, including Jen, telling him she wants nothing to do with the Potters.
  • Parental Substitute: Jen for the younger kids at Candyland; it's the reason they all call her "Mama".
  • Perpetual Smiler: Priest is noted as always having a polite smile on his face. He later reveals that this is because he has no emotions.
  • Pet the Dog: Umbridge reassures the panicking Professor Vector that she has nothing to worry about in her review.
    • Despite being a Black Witch, Jen frequently does this. Such as giving Ginny genuine relationship advice, though at Luna's request, and consoling those who had lost loved ones to Voldemort and the Death Eaters, though arguably that had an evangelical ulterior motive.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: While every Auror and Hitwizard was out dealing with multiple attacks by the Death Eaters, only a dozen Order members were out helping them, and none of them on Dumbledore's orders.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: People in universe and some readers of the story are worried about this trope in regards to Jen and Luna.
  • Plausible Deniability:
    • According to Narcissa, everyone knows the Black family blackmail, kill, or otherwise destroy anyone who opposes them. However, no one can prove it.
    • The plan to claim Bellatrix is Jen's mother relies heavily on this. Since the Potters never filed any sort of paperwork indicating Jen's existence, they can't prove to the public that Bellatrix didn't rape James then modify his memory.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Leroux uses a poisoned rapier during the wandless dueling tournament. Unfortunately for him, an opponent's counter caused him to be stabbed by it himself.
  • Politeness Judo: When called to Dumbledore's office for hospitalizing several students, Jen makes sure to maintain an air of civility so her attitude doesn't ruin her defense.
  • Power at a Price:
    • The thirteen Powers each have their own demands for their worshipers to use their powers. For example, Baron Samedi (aka the Gatekeeper) demands death and the Great Wyrm requires fear and pain.
    • Priest once healed a mortal injury by sacrificing all the love and affection anyone felt for him. His friends, family, and ex-fiance all feel nothing for him and never think of him.
    • The fourth book reveals that the reason the Blacks have trouble bearing children and rarely die of old age is due to Baron Samedi once taking a Black ancestor as his Bridge (something of an avatar or high priest) in exchange for the family gaining a talent for self-transfiguration (hence Sirius and James becoming animagi at such a young age and most Metamorphs being related to the Blacks). According to the Baron, no change is without consequence.
  • Power Fist: For the wandless dueling tournament, Krum makes a gauntlet with a built in banishing charm, allowing him to punch rocks at his opponents with force comparable to cannon fire.
  • The Power of Hate: Jen can empower spells by imbuing them with anger and hatred, creating dark variants. Notably, creating light variants also makes them stronger, but she's not capable of that.
  • Pragmatic Hero:
    • Titania allied with one of the Dark Powers to functionally kill another Light Power and prevent another war.
    • The spirit of Hogwarts (Portia Slytherin) asks Jen for help because she would do what's necessary to defeat the coming darkness. "Usher in winter so that spring may finally visit this land anew."
    • Moody is willing to work with Jen and even help her renew belief in Death if it helps kill Voldemort and end the war.
    • Amelia may hate the idea but she's willing to both use Seventh Year students as soldiers and make a deal with Jen to help kill Voldemort and his minions.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Early on Jen comments that "Respect is more profitable than fear."
    • Jen tries to find criminals to use as sacrifices for her voodoo rituals as their disappearances won't be investigated as closely as say, a married couple with children.
    • Narcissa's problem with Jen mind controlling Rita Skeeter is that Jen didn't consult anyone and thus might have overlooked a flaw in her plan.
    • Jen releases Cedric from a Life Debt after deciding that the potential ill-will from him and the rest of Hufflepuff aren't worth having the Head Boy at her beck and call. The goodwill she builds up by doing so also helps. She's extremely annoyed however to learn that, despite her beliefs, Cedric didn't expect her to release him from the debt.
    • After learning that Jen is Bellatrix's daughter, Voldemort decides to offer her one more chance to join him on the off chance that killing her turns Bellatrix against him.
    • Umbridge is less overtly evil than canon, instead coming across as someone genuinely trying to improve things at Hogwarts. She's still extremely bigoted, but she understands that she needs more reasons than that to make removing those she disapproves of for personal reasons acceptable to the public.
    • Jen is utterly pissed with the manager of Candyland for bringing a kidnapped kid there to work, because kidnappings bring more attention their way and cause problems. Runaways and children who want to work there cause far fewer problems for everyone involved.
    • Jen's lack of interest in becoming an Evil Overlord like Voldemort seeks to be stems from the fact that all forms of power she can think of are things she already has or can get without trying to launch a coup (Magical power: Already one of the strongest witches in the country, and still growing stronger. Political power: The Blacks have a lot of it, and she's next in line for head of the family. Economic power: Again, the Blacks have a lot of it already. Popularity power: Defeat Voldemort, and she'll get it in loads). As such, there's no point in waging a war that she could either lose, or win and have to spend the rest of her life looking over her shoulder for a possible overthrow, just to get a little more.
    • Narcissa dislikes having to kill Rita simply because she was rather useful.
    • Jen is rather disgusted by Menagerie slaughtering an entire family even after learning they weren't sheltering the Turk because it serves no purpose to her. Though for Menagerie, her patron demands tributes of fear and pain.
    • During the final book, Voldemort becomes exasperated with his more fanatical followers for creating the Department of Inquisition to round up and kill muggleborns, citing that if they'd only waited a couple years, it could have been done quietly and with minimal fuss.
  • Precision F-Strike: Luna gives a shocked "What the hell?" when Jen gives her Ravenclaw's Diadem for Christmas.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Jen gives one to Bellatrix just before cutting off her hands and letting her fall to her death during the final battle.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • Voldemort accepts Snape's return but demotes him out of the Inner Circle because he's unsure where the man's loyalties lie. Furthermore, he starts looking for Slughorn who's even better at brewing potions than Snape so he can kill the man without complications.
    • When Jen contacts him about an incredibly sappy love letter she thought he sent as a joke, Krum tells her he had nothing to do with it and she should keep an eye out as the sender might be an unbalanced stalker. He's proven right months later when said stalker tries to kill her.
    • Moody is incredibly suspicious about the lack of guards when the Order goes to attack a group of werewolves. Turns out the whole thing was a trap.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Karkaroff unintentionally keeps Jen from reading his mind because he thinks in Bulgarian, which she doesn't understand.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Jen has Purple Eyes after using a ritual to make Bellatrix her mother.
  • Put on a Bus:
    R-T 
  • Racist Grandpa: Specifically, Tracey's grandfather is racist against her for being a halfblood. It's bad enough that back before she knew the girl was magical Narcissa still liked Jen more than Tracey's grandfather likes her, and Narcissa doesn't even consider muggles to be human.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After she spent months of dancing around the subject, when Luna wants a confrontation about their damaged relationship, Jen is in no mood for any more games.
    Jen: Okay Luna, let's sit down and have a talk.
    Luna: I think I'd rather stand, thank you very much.
    Jen: Sit. Down! I am not in the mood for games. I am not in the mood for dancing around the subject. You wanted a confrontation, Luna? A chance to air all your grievances with me? Congratulations, you've got it. Sit.
  • Rape as Backstory: Jen
  • Rape as Drama: Subverted during Voldemort's resurrection. He ordered Barty to rape Jen then knocked her out and rescinded the order simply because he needed Jen to view him as an enemy for the ritual.
  • Reality Ensues: Has its own page.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Jen gives one to Draco about how he's nothing but a pathetic little peon and that if Voldemort really wants to send a message to her, he should send someone important or at least intimidating.
    • Voldemort gives Draco another one the following chapter on how all his followers obey his orders and prove themselves to the cause, something Draco has failed to do spectacularly.
    • Lily gives one to Hermione for "being almost an adult but still a stupid little girl" in her belief that Dumbledore could do no wrong. Hardly surprising given they were talking about Jen being sent to the Dursleys.
    • Sirius and Narcissa give one to Jen for completely ignoring Lily's warning about a bill being presented to the Wizengamot. As Sirius put it, it doesn't matter if Jen thought Lily was lying, the bill was plausible enough that she should have looked into it anyway.
    • Jen gives one to Danny for refusing to kill Voldemort during their fight.
    • Mad-Eye Moody rips Dumbledore a new one in the third story for trying to control everything at the cost of allies and effectiveness.
    • Jen gives one to Dumbledore about his control freak issues and how for all his scheming, plotting, and deceiving, she's become a powerful (politically and magically) Dark witch who's his only hope for killing Voldemort.
    • In the fourth book, Jen tells Hermione that the real reason the muggleborn has never told her parents anything is due to her need to be "the smartest person in the room" and that if she told the Older and Wiser adults about the situation, they'd upstage her. Hermione's excuse that her parents "could never understand" the situation is just an excuse (after all, what's so hard to understand about a race war?) that she uses to withhold information so she'll feel better about herself. Furthermore, Jen openly mocks Hermione for believing that everything is about her.
    • In the fourth and final book, Moody rips into Dumbledore for being willing to curse a friend simply because they disagree with him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Luna's father tells Jen about how Bellatrix was a False Friend to him in school, causing Jen to assume he's trying to tell her to stay away from Luna. Xeno corrects Jen that he isn't holding her parentage against her; he's simply informing her that he doesn't trust her.
    • Flitwick has been attempting to cultivate this image ever since Jen exposed the bullies in his House. He makes a point of no longer helping McGonagall with her duties as it kept him from helping his Ravenclaws.
      • Averted with McGonagall who (unlike every other Head of House) is actually shown to be less trusting of her prefects, frequently demanding they do more, such as set up a study session or supervise a club.
    • Madam Marchbanks gives Fred and George four weeks detention for a prank that left several students injured after they offer no defense beyond "It was funny."
      • She also allows Snape to hire a couple 7th year students to teach 1st and 2nd year potions, something Dumbledore flat out refused to do.
    • Scrimgeour is willing to overlook a few misdemeanors Jen committed while fighting Voldemort, though he does note a colleague of his wouldn't.
    • Amelia is willing to work with Dumbledore and has suspended his arrest warrant until Voldemort has been dealt with. Should he toe the line until then, she won't press charges. Otherwise, she'll arrest him in a heartbeat.
    • Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody refuses to act against Jen when it's obvious he doesn't have all the relevant information, citing that if it doesn't put you at risk to get more information, only an idiot thinks he knows enough. Moody compares doing otherwise to "sticking [his] head into a room before knowing if something's going to chop it off".
  • Red Herring Mole: In the fourth book, it's clear the Order has someone leaking information to Voldemort in their ranks. Moody initially thought it was Draco Malfoy, but when dosed with Veritaserum, the latter admits he is working for Voldemort but he had nothing to do with the leaked information.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Priest is calm, logical, and never acts emotionally. Meanwhile Menagerie is Hot-Blooded and prone to fits of rage.
  • Religion of Evil: Near the end of the fourth book, Jen lays the foundations to start a Cult of Death in England. In the epilogue, it's still going strong though under a new head priestess.
  • Resurrected for a Job: In a manner of speaking, Elsie is used to send Jen a message.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: When Narcissa asks if Lucius would be willing to give their son to Voldemort to make him understand why she won't hand over Jen, Lucius immediately states he would.
    • Flitwick wonders aloud why the world isn't "drowning in Blacks when they have sex like rabbits." Jen informs him it's because they have so many stillbirths and miscarriages (Andromeda had been pregnant eleven times but only has one child).
    • Due to his own disapproval of Tonks, Dumbledore asks Amelia and Marchbanks if the niece of Voldemort's most devout follower who comes from a Dark family and has Dark tendencies is someone they want teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts. Amelia immediately answers "Absolutely."
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons:
    • A muggleborn policeman believes the Blacks own a child brothel and reasons they must be doing it for the gold, not realizing that Jen runs the brothel and used to work there, and that the Blacks (aside from Narcissa, who still visits) have nothing to do with the business at all.
    • Cornelius Fudge thinks Dumbledore is senile and a danger to those around him because he believes Voldemort is back, and therefore should be removed from power. While Voldemort is back, Dumbledore is also shown to have broken several laws to keep the goings on at Hogwarts secret.
    • Lily deduces that Jen deliberately set their meeting during a Quidditch match at Hogwarts, believing Jen did it so Lily would have to choose between supporting her son or meeting her daughter as a Secret Test of Character. Jen admits that she actually did it because it was easier to sneak away during the match but if she had thought of that, she would have done so.
    • Moody believes Draco Malfoy is a spy because of a planned raid that turned out to be a trap. While Draco is a spy, he had nothing to do with the raid as it wasn't his assigned task.
  • Sacred Hospitality: Portia Slytherin aka Lady Hogwarts is only kept from personally killing Dumbledore because of the "laws of guest and host" as he was invited back to Hogwarts to teach.
  • Scars Are Forever: Justified in Jen's case as it's not her body but her very soul that's scarred which appears as a rather distinctive scar on her wrist. Even losing and replacing her arm doesn't get rid of it. Her new arm simply scars over immediately.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: A muggleborn policeman explains to his partner that this is why the Blacks would never be taken in for running a child brothel.
    • Jen notes that even if Hermione had proof of her killing the Dursleys, nothing would come of it because Hermione is a muggleborn, Jen is a rich pureblood, and the Dursleys are muggles.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Flitwick tries to talk to Jen after the latter flies into a rage over discovering Dumbledore's involvement in her childhood, but upon seeing the dueling room flooded with dark magic and the wards shrieking under the pressure, he decides to come back later.
  • Secret Test of Character:
    • Subverted. Lily thinks Jen sets a meeting during Danny's Quidditch match so Lily would be forced to choose between her two children. Jen actually wasn't even aware who was playing but admits that if she'd have done so if she had thought of it.
    • A straight example occurs later when Lily sets up a meeting with Jen in a muggle nightclub which Jen isn't old enough to be allowed into, to see how Jen would react when she realized this. Jen confounded the bouncer and walked in anyway.
    • When Jen collects all of the Deathly Hallows (by accident), Baron Samedi asks what she intends to do with them. Knowing that the objects don't give her any power of him, Jen promptly offers them up to Baron Samedi to do with as he pleases. The Baron admits it was a rather simple test since he'd given her the answer years prior, but that many would fail anyway.
  • Selective Obliviousness:
    • James simply refuses to acknowledge that Jen wants nothing to do with the Potters and gets extremely defensive when anyone brings it up.
    • Dumbledore always focuses on anything "wrong" that Jen does (such as hospitalizing several students) while ignoring any extenuating circumstances (said students trying to kill her).
    • The Order of the Phoenix distrusts Sirius because he spent over a decade in Azkaban and "proved to be just like his family", completely ignoring that not only was he later declared innocent, but that he fought alongside them in the previous war.
    • Hermione easily ignores the revelation that Jen was abused by the Dursleys as a child and instead focuses on the idea Jen might have murdered them (Which, to be fair, she did, though Hermione has no proof of this).
    • The various Light families refuse to believe that the perpetual chaos that Hogwarts is in is valid grounds to have Dumbledore sacked.
    • The Order of the Phoenix focuses on Dumbledore's disapproval of Stan Shunpike's arrest and trial to the point of never considering the idea that Stan might actually be connected to the Death Eaters. He is, and sets off a bomb in Diagon Alley which earns him full membership into the Death Eaters.
    • Several members of the Order worry about having to fight a three-way war with Voldemort and the Ministry if their relations with the Ministry continue to deteriorate, but ignore that they're the ones antagonizing the Department of Magical Law Enforcement by interfering with their operations.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy:
    • Dumbledore's actions to keep Jen from becoming the powerful dark witch mentioned in the prophecy ensure that she does.
    • Apparently King Arthur heard that a child born in May would be his downfall, so he took every child born in that month and put them on a ship with the intention of them dying of dehydration or starvation. The ship ran aground and a single child survived: Mordred. This is an actual part of the early versions of the Arthurian legend. (Later versions - after Arthur's role in legend shifted from the great defender of Britain in the Dark Ages to the ultimate paragon of chivalry - had Arthur instead have all the potential children of prophecy raised at court so they would grow up loving their king and not want to bring about his downfall, which again worked on everyone except Mordred.)
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Narcissa Malfoy refused to file for a full divorce from Lucius so that she could remain Draco's legal parent. So when Lucius dies under suspicious circumstances, Draco dissolved the marriage instead.
  • Shame If Something Happened: A joking version is used along with Implied Death Threat when Sirius starts getting on Jen's nerves about her time with Krum.
    • Amelia informs Fudge that he has a security detail that's prevented attempts on his life but if he refuses to do his job as Ambassador, she'll have to fire him and he'd lose his security detail.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Unlike most 5th year prefects, Jen isn't remotely bothered by communal baths for prefects. She also invokes this in her efforts to seduce Luna.
    • She later performs a ritual naked with an audience, noting that while she doesn't know that the ritual calls for nudity, it'll lessen the chances of it backfiring.
  • Shoot the Medic First: During the final battle, Bellatrix kills Madame Pomfrey first to make sure she can't heal up any of Hogwarts's defenders.
  • Shoot the Messenger: Surprisingly, Voldemort doesn't curse someone for giving him bad news. Instead he saves it for whoever screwed up in the first place.
  • Shout-Out: In the second book, Jen uses a ritual to create a talking skull, specifically one possessed by Tom Riddle.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!:
    • Jen's explanation for why a ban on "magical artifacts enchanted in a way to make them usable as weapons" is idiotic. Anything can be used as a weapon and if need be, someone will use it as a weapon because that's what humans do.
    • Furthermore, she openly mocks Lily's ideas of rehabilitating Death Eaters.
    • Narcissa mocks Dumbledore's naivety for believing that Draco has abandoned the Dark.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Snape initially hates Jen until she explains that Sirius is her cousin/Head of House, not her father.
    • A large number of people take a profound dislike to Jen after learning that her mother is Bellatrix Lestrange, because of the crimes she committed in the previous war. Some students even try to kill her for it.
    • Come the epilogue and the Longbottom family still has a grudge against the Black family despite a century and a half passing and Jen being the only one alive who still remembers the reason.
  • Slasher Smile: Jen sports one just before bringing down the Shrieking Shack on a group of students who attacked her.
  • Skewed Priorities: In the final book, James is glad when a bunch of drunk aurors and hitwizards get into a fight because it makes the Ministry look bad, not caring that it also hurts the war effort due to his belief that the Order of the Phoenix are the ones truly fighting the war against Voldemort.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • Draco makes this obvious when he declares Jen defeating ten other students at once doesn't make her a match for him. Jen compares it to a puppy barking at a bear; the puppy would be torn to shreds if the bear didn't find it more amusing than irritating.
    • Several members of the Order of the Phoenix not only think they could take the DMLE if it came down to it, despite being outnumbered five to one, but think they're the ones doing all the work in the war. In reality, they get in the way of the DMLE's investigations more often than they truly help and most are completely untrained in combat.
  • So Much for Stealth: When Jen, Priest and Menagerie prepare their winter solstice attack on the stronghold that they suspect the white mage sent to kill Jen is hiding in, they try to sneak up on the stronghold through the air, but Priest and Menagerie's flying carpet trips a ward.
    Priest: That does not look good. Menagerie? I do believe stealth has failed us.
  • Spanner in the Works: Voldemort's plan to lure several Aurors and students to a town full of active Dementors almost succeeds until Jen enters a Dementor's mind and channels Death's power to kill the hive mind they all share.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Lily and James Potter, Cedric Diggory, and Amelia Bones.
  • Speak of the Devil: One should avoid calling the various Powers by anything but specific titles unless they want to draw their attention. For example, referring to the Baron as the Gatekeeper to avoid his notice.
  • Spit Take: When she hears that some of the Order of the Phoenix think she plans to get rid of Voldemort only to replace him, Jen chokes on the cocktails she was sipping.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Jen apparently has one.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Jen suggests Snape have some of his better Seventh Years act as assistants while he teaches the First and Second Years. Snape explains that he's already tried that and Dumbledore refuses to let him. Madam Marchbanks on the other hand, allows it.
  • Stealth Insult:
    • Jen manages to use an insult to hide a worse insult when she suggests that if Danny dies during the First Task, she'll put snapdragons on his grave. Besides the obvious reference to the dragon he's about to face, snapdragons represent arrogance, so she's saying that it's his fault if he dies.
    • While giving an interview to the Daily Prophet, Jen gives a statement directed at the Potters about how they've made a life without her so she doesn't expect them to make room for her and she's happy with the Blacks. To most, it reads as her saying she doesn't expect anything of the Potters; to those who know her, Jen's telling them to stay out of her life.
    • Jen and Dumbledore exchange stealth insults during a conversation in the fourth book, such as Dumbledore remarking on her experience with lies and Jen assuring him that he has much greater experience than she.
  • Stripperific: Menagerie's combat garb consists of a sports bra and daisy dukes. Though this is because she fights by bringing her tattoos to life and dislikes having her clothing destroyed as a result.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Even before her blood adoption, Jen was nearly identical to Bellatrix at her age.
    • Averted with Danny who's noted as being a mix of each parent, including having hair that's darker than Lily's but lighter than James'.
  • Stupid Evil:
    • Blaise attacks Jen the moment she identifies him as an incubus rather than hear her out and attack if he must. It's not until she spells out the Fate Worse than Death awaiting his family, particularly his younger sister, if he's outed that he listens.
    • Some of Voldemort's minions create a Department of Inquisition after he takes over the Ministry, as a means to cull the muggleborns, which naturally galvanizes resistance against his forces. Voldemort even notes that if they'd waited a year or two, it could have been done quietly and with minimal fuss under the right circumstances.
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard:
    • Baron Samedi finds the idea of a Master of Death hilarious.
    • Jen is actually rendered speechless by Dumbledore's declaration that Voldemort and his Death Eaters might "choose to reject the dark and return to the light".
  • Surgeons Can Do Autopsies If They Want: Averted and lampshaded by Madam Pomfrey multiple times. In "Princess of the Blacks", she remarks that she's a school nurse and is trained to deal with minor injuries, not second degree burns from dragonfire. In "Black Queen's War" when Monica Granger insists she's too old to be pregnant, Pomfrey admits that she isn't an obstetrician, she does know that Monica's age would merely make a pregnancy difficult and unlikely, not impossible.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Voldemort in Chapter 24 of the last book has started to realize how idiotic some of his followers are when the ones running the Ministry start a blatant culling of muggleborns and ones confronted by a fireproof inferius use the Killing Curse instead of kinetic attacks like a blasting spell.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: The invisibility cloak made by Death curses it's wearer with this.
  • Take a Third Option: The Head Boy and Girl come up with an alternative to staying in Hogwarts or visiting the still rebuilding Hogsmeade and convince Madam Marchbanks that visiting other magical districts would be both safe and help students (especially 5th and 7th years) unwind.
  • Takes One to Kill One: According to Jen, magic involving humors can only be undone by the same.
  • Taking You with Me: When fatally injured during the final battle against Voldemort, Jen grabs him and forces her connection with the earth's magic as far open as possible to burn them both to ash.
  • The Tease: Professor Sinestra is known to flirt with students for her own amusement.
  • That Man Is Dead: After killing one of her rapists, Jen insists that "Jenny" is dead because she was weak and helpless.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: If Jen is to be believed, the last time Baron Samedi directly involved himself in mortal affairs to deal with someone who angered him, he suppressed all magical and mundane efforts to heal a disease that was invading Europe during the fourteenth century. In other words, Death killed as many as 200 million people to kill a single witch who earned his ire.
  • Thicker Than Water: The Black family in general values family over anything else.
    • Jen, on the other hand, believe blood relations don't mean a thing. Given her backstory, it's understandable.
  • Third-Person Person: Jen occasionally falls into this when speaking to Baron Samedi if she fears she's being impertinent.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Dragons are well known for being violently protective of both their treasure and their eggs, so when she learns she has to steal a ''golden egg' from a nesting mother dragon, Jen is understandably worried.
    • During her duel with Jen, Fleur realizes she's covered in water that's leading back to Jen just as sparks fly from Jens fingers. She has just enough time to mutter, "Ah, merde."
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman:
    • While highly competent all around, the second task is almost tailor made for Jen as it's a wandless dueling tournament.
    • The first room of the final task is also ludicrously easy for Jen. Champions are expected to find the North Star and use that to locate the exit underneath it. Jen uses her sonar to immediately head for the sole exit.
    • Jen finds and gives Priest the sword Clarent to fight the Turk who's armed with Excalibur as Clarent was specifically enchanted to fight
  • This Means War!: Amelia Bones makes it very clear that the Ministry will be fighting for keeps this time around.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill:
    • Like Dumbledore, the Potters subscribe to the belief of reforming the Death Eaters rather than killing them. Danny's outright aghast at the idea of killing Voldemort.
    • It's later revealed that nearly the entirety of the Order of the Phoenix agrees.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Despite Jen clearly having the upper hand from the moment he attacks, Blaise still thinks she's just food and has no chance against him.
    • One of the students that attempted to attack Jen tries to kill her again immediately after she displayed the power to create an earthquake and decided to spare them. She creates another earthquake and doesn't let it up until the entire building they were in collapsed.
    • Upon being confronted by an Inferius that's immune to fire, most of Voldemort's followers default to the Killing Curse, ignoring that they're trying to kill something that's already dead.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Coronation of the Black Queen", Voldemort goes on a sabbatical to learn why some of his magic isn't working any more. He comes back with proper knowledge of black magic and more dangerous than ever before.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Snape is considerably kinder (read: strictly professional instead of a Jerkass) to students in his NEWT class because they've shown themselves to be reasonably competent and he doesn't have to keep them from accidentally killing themselves.
  • Tranquil Fury: Upon learning that Dumbledore is responsible for her being sent to the Dursleys, Jen is described as being outwardly calm though mechanical. Her aura however badly burns Lily's hand when the latter tries to reach for her.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Jen's family are notably unsettled when Jen not only comes up with a plan to get the new Head Auror laid, but also mentions how it wouldn't be worth the trouble to recruit most students from Hogwarts to be prostitutes.
    U-Z 
  • Under the Mistletoe: Luna hangs up large amounts of mistletoe in her house before Jen visits over the Christmas holiday just to set this up. Jen doesn't mind.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Defied by Voldemort who not only knows better than to underestimate Dumbledore and Amelia Bones but outright refuses to underestimate Jen, citing that she's far too much like him in his youth.
  • Undying Loyalty: Jen uses black magic on Rita Skeeter to force this.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Jen has limitless magical reserves and can cast any spell she knows wandlessly. By the end of the second book, she realizes that even if she's facing enemies who aren't as powerful as her, she doesn't necessarily have the experience or skill to take them.
    • The Turk only does so well against Priest in a sword fight due to wielding Excalibur, which is a Light Treasure. Once Priest gets a sword that can stand up to Excalibur, he dominates the fight.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The DMLE member who first got the news of the attack on Hogsmeade brushed it off as a prank after hearing that werewolves were attacking when it wasn't the full moon, and took his time reporting it to his superior. Said wizard is investigated and fired due to his negligence resulting in several deaths.
  • Villain Respect:
    • Once Menagerie witnesses Jen performing a ritual that involves biting off and eating a man's tongue and gouging out another's eyes before killing them, she decides Jen isn't a brat playing at being a Black Witch after all.
    • Voldemort has various levels of respect for his main enemies. He respects Dumbledore's power (though disdains his lack of ruthlessness), Amelia's ruthlessness, and both Jen's power and ruthlessness. Though in Jen's case, it means that she has to die if she won't serve him. Voldemort used to respect Danny for always thwarting him, but after his poor showing in the Triwizard Tournament, he's decided that it was indeed mere luck that let Danny survive for so long.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: According to Jen, all members of the Black family have a talent for self-transfiguration.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The Ministry and Order simply can't work together effectively due to Dumbledore's With Us or Against Us attitude.
    • Later, the Order is struggling with it's own members given that many of them (accurately) believe that Dumbledore's methods aren't working.
  • Weather Manipulation: Followers of Marduk can utilize the power of a thunderstorm (wind, water, and lightning). However, they can't use any other form of magic at the same time.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Umbridge suggests Dumbledore might be "merely delusional rather than unrepentantly evil" and that he thinks his "many, many crimes were justified."
    • Nicolas Flamel drained the life energy of the dying to preserve his own life for centuries in an attempt to buy enough time to make the perfect panacea.
  • Well, This Is Not That Trope: Jen asks if Lily thought she was some lonely girl desperate for her parents love and they'd reconcile and live happily ever after. She then sets Lily straight that she doesn't need them and she sure as hell doesn't want them in her life.
  • Wham Episode: The penultimate chapter of "Coronation of the Black Queen" ends with Ginny being killed and Danny getting kidnapped by Death Eaters.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Jen has had plenty of bedmates over the years, but has never had an actual relationship before. This is making her attempts to seduce Luna, who is seeking something more than just physical partnership, turn into something Jen isn't quite prepared to handle.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Werewolves aren't allowed to cross the borders of ICW-affiliated countries.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Potters get a few of these, James in particular.
    • James and Lily get one when Sirius learns they haven't even checked on Jen since dumping her with the Dursleys.
    • James gets one from Sirius and Jen when he insists Jen is a squib and shouldn't be sent to Hogwarts, but instead sent back to the Dursleys (who abandoned her in London almost a decade prior).
    • James again when he tries to convince Jen to rejoin the family after she kills a dragon (according to Sirius, her bride price would be five times what it would have been before).
    • James gets one from the entire teaching staff of Hogwarts due to his curriculum not teaching any spells needed for students to pass their tests unless they come to after-class sessions.
    • Jen gives Danny one in the third book for not ending the war by cursing Voldemort in the back during their fight at the end of the second back when Jen gave him a perfect opening. She flat out states that every person Voldemort kills from now on is on him for not taking the shot.
    • In the fourth book, Snape calls out Dumbledore for not informing him Voldemort had captured Slughorn, despite Snape's potion skills being literally the only reason Voldemort hadn't killed him yet.
  • What You Are in the Dark: After Ingrid, one of the junior champions, is badly injured in the First Task, Jen visits to see how badly she's been hurt. Ingrid has been left paralyzed and because she physically can't compete, the Goblet will consider her in breach of contract and remove her magic. Jen considers that she could leave the girl there with no one ever knowing, but decides to heal her instead. Granted, she later uses Ingrid's gratitude to gain an advantage in the tournament, but she could have easily just let her be eliminated from the competition.
  • Whip It Good: When Inferi attack Hogwarts, Jen helps fight them off by using whips made of flames.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Tracey can't use explosive spells ever since she killed several baby foxes with accidental magic after they ate her pet rabbit.
  • Why Didn't I Think of That?: Hermione Granger tends to exasperate the teachers by turning in essays way longer than what was assigned. Only Aurora figured out how to get Hermione to tone it down.
    Filius: How did you force [Hermione] to stop?
    Aurora: I held her back after class and told her that if she did it again, I would give the assignment a zero because she refused to follow directions. If I ask for a one-foot essay, I want an essay that is one foot long, not two and definitely not three.
    Most of the teachers laugh. Minerva scowls.
    Severus: Why didn't I think of that?
  • Why Won't You Die?: Jen expresses this frustration when the Acromantula she fought was still alive and fighting after a lightning bolt, a fireball, and an explosive spell.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Danny, Ron, and Hermione all clearly believe the world is a much nicer place than it actually is. This is especially apparent when they try to find a way to get Hagrid exonerated after he admits to kidnapping and smuggling a giant across national borders (both very serious crimes) to an Auror.
    • The Order of the Phoenix in general and Dumbledore in particular are fully convinced the Death Eaters might redeem themselves and thus shouldn't be killed. Contrast Narcissa who openly laughs at the idea that Draco has made a Heel–Face Turn and claims Draco only told Dumbledore what he wanted to hear.
    • Luna is a milder example, noting how she always believed that evil people were only ever pure evil and that those who appeared to be anything else, would be Obviously Evil upon being unmasked. Unfortunately for her, she lives in a world of Grey and Black Morality and Jen wasn't pretending to be her friend or to love her.
  • Witch Doctor: Jen was taught voodoo by her caregiver as a child.
  • With Us or Against Us:
    • During his raid on Azkaban, Voldemort allows any convict to join him that wishes to. Those who refuse are Kissed by the Dementors.
    • Dumbledore's policy can be summed up "Anyone who doesn't follow me blindly is Dark". According to Moody, he had this attitude even in the war against Grindelwald, claiming that the other European countries should submit to England's leadership if they want help.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After her three-way duel with Dumbledore and Voldemort, Jen returns to Hogwarts severely injured rather than perfectly healthy because it sells her story better.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Narcissa utilizes Dumbledore accidentally undoing the magic on Jen's "alternate foci" to demand compensation for the "rare and exceedingly expensive Black heirlooms", even knowing they were just gloves with glass baubles on them, keeping Dumbledore from realizing the truth.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: After spending some time with Ted, Narcissa declares that if Andromeda had to marry a muggleborn, he was probably the best she'd find. Ted offers a questioning thank you in response.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: This is what Madame Hogwarts says to Jen in Chapter 14 of Book Three.
  • You Are Not My Mother: Jen undergoes a ritual to replace Lily as her mother with Bellatrix. She'd have done it a second time to replace her father if it had been possible. Since it isn't, she's forced to simply insist that she is a Black, not a Potter.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Dumbledore insists that the prophecy has to be true and thus, Jen was always destined to be evil.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: After the second book, Parvati Patil can no longer leave Asia due to having become a werewolf.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!:
    • Jen's reaction when she realizes her compass during the hostage task led her to Ron Weasley, whom she's spoken to once ever.
    • And again when she's given the lowest score in the task because she abandoned her hostage under the assumption that since she barely knew Ron, she must have been given the wrong compass.
    • Upon hearing that Dumbledore honestly believes the Death Eaters and Voldemort might redeem themselves, Jen's caught between laughing herself sick and gaping in incredulity.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Ginny is murdered once her role as an unwitting pawn to capture Danny is over.
    • In the fourth book, Snape is nearly killed when Voldemort decides his potion skills are no longer worth his uncertain loyalty. He barely escapes with his life.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It:
    • After killing a dragon, Jen claims its corpse.
    • After indirectly causing Blaise Zabini's death, she steals parts of the body to use for ritual components.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Shacklebolt buys time for Amelia Bones and the rest of her guards to escape the Ministry when Voldemort attacks.
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