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A week before Alduin was due to return to Nirn, the True Dragonborn was killed by the hands of the Thalmor. This leads to Akatosh having to find someone else who he could turn into a Dragonborn with the help of the Daedric Princes and the other Divines. In the end, he settles on Mara's choice, one Harry James Potter - and they pull him out of his world during what would had been the start of Prisoner of Azkaban. Now, dumped into the world of Skyrim, with naught but his glasses, some rags and a pendant created by Akatosh, Harry will have to face the challenges of being a teenage Dragonborn, destined to save Nirn from the World Eater.


Rise of the Dragon Child is a Harry Potter and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim crossover by Elia41 which takes Harry and places him in the shoes of the Last Dragonborn, the one destined to defeat Aludin.

Tropes contained in Rise of the Dragon Child:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Dawnbreaker, Harry's primary weapon, is a Daedric Artifact and can thus cut through anything... including dragon scales.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Farkas fighting a dragon while naked and drunk to the point of blackout, on a dare. Even Akatosh was laughing his ass off from his dimension.
  • Adaptational Heroism: in the game, the mages of Morvunskar are hedonists who spend their time torturing people. In the story, they are still hedonists… and much friendlier, welcoming Farkas and Harry fondly during A Night to Remember. They end up teaching Harry a handful of spells, including Bound Bow, and nurse Skjor back to health after he loses his arm.
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  • Adults Are Useless: Averted, unlike on Earth. People do worry about Harry getting into dangerous situations and ensure he has someone with him whenever possible - and when a fight starts, whether Harry either deals the final blow or is actually active, the adults with him pull their weight as well.
  • Adult Fear: Your surrogate son leaves to another town for business... and is attacked by Thalmor on the way back. For Dumbledore, the fear of mysteriously losing a child under your care and there being nothing you can do about it.
  • Affectionate Nickname: The Companions call Harry "whelp".
  • An Arm and a Leg: Skjor ends up losing an arm to the Skinner, rather than his life.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Sissel, the little girl dreaming of the old, gray, not-scary dragon. Not only she gets to meet Paarthunax, she's scouted as having potential for the Way of the Voice and is apprenticed to the Greybeards.
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  • Awesome Mc Coolname, as well as Meaningful Name: as is custom with dragons, Krenmulqah and Kunovaak mean respectively Shatter Strength Defense and Light Trust Guide.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Due to his young age and inexperience, Harry is regularly paired with someone older such as housecarl-in-training Lydia or Farkas from the Companions.
  • The Berserker: Battle Frenzy, to an extent. The person under it cannot tell friend or foe and they think that the battle still rages on, even when it seems to be over, but is actually clear-headed enough to pull moves such as feints. Harry ends up suffering from it.
    • As a rule of thumb, whenever Harry gives in to his dovahsil, he becomes much more aggressive as his draconic instincts take over. Standing in his way when he is in this state is asking for a trouncing. Case in point: Sunderstone Gorge.
  • Berserk Button: Do not threaten anything which Harry holds dear, or his dovahsil - his dragon soul - will lash out. Ulfric learns this the hard way, but thanks to that, he agrees to leave Whiterun alone as long as the Empire does the same.
    • Harry's dovahsil, the draconic part of his soul, has the same urge to destroy and dominate as the other dragons. It is merely tempered by his human half. Getting significantly in his way, threatening what he holds dear or threatening his life will bring it out fast.
    Balgruuf: Don't threaten something a dragon treasures, even if he looks like a teenager.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As in the books, Harry is kind and caring, develops powerful Restoration magic and often acts as support during group fights. He is also the Dragonborn. Teenager or not, angering him is a bad idea, as Ulfric and the Skinner learn the hard way.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Farkas has this kind of relationship with Harry due to being his main teacher.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Rather than following Hadvar or Ralof, Harry is saved by Paarthurnax in Helgen. Later, he ends up pulling one on Dragon Bridge by stopping Krenmulqah.
  • Breather Episode:
    • The Interludes are this to a degree, as they are less action-oriented and more plot-driven.
    • The Home arc is also somewhat believed to be this, focusing on Harry finally building a home of his own in Nirn. Even though he still needs to raid barrows and the like just to fund the building process…
  • Chef of Iron: as the Dragonborn, Harry is naturally pretty tough. Several chapters also display him cooking for himself or others, while noting that the skill come from having to cook for the Dursleys.
  • The Chosen One: Well, more like The Unchosen One - The True Dragonborn was intended to be The Chosen One, but after they were killed in a Thalmor attack... Well, Harry is actually Akatosh's backup plan to stop Alduin, and he isn't too happy about it.
  • Cool Pet: Hedwig ends up following Harry in Skyrim and remains steadfastly loyal.
  • Combat and Support: The Companions and Harry, respectively. The Companions are among - if not the - best fighters in Tamriel but eschew magic. Harry isn't nearly as skilled as they are, but he is proficient in Restauration spells and so focuses on keeping them healthy during a fight, even saving Skjor at Gallows Rock.
  • Competence Zone: Discussed between Harry and Siddgeir. Both are quite young by their occupation's standards, but Harry rightfully notes that "[...] competence knows no age". Siddgeir agrees.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: There are a few of these, and, being the Dragonborn, Harry is often the one dishing out the stomping.
  • Cutting the Knot: Harry, knowing all too well how dangerous dragons are, does everything he can to establish an Enemy Mine between the Empire and the Stormcloaks. He finally succeeds in Tullius's Interlude, putting the Civil War questline on hold before it canonically happens in Season Unending.
  • Deal with the Devil: Nocturnal agrees to help Akatosh spirit Harry away into Mundus, as long as the God of Time lets her use the boy to clean the Thieves' Guild for her.
  • Defector from Decadence: We are told in-series that many of the Altmer disagree with the Thalmor. In the fic, we get to meet one such group, the disciples of the friendly dragon Kunovaak. One of the children is even chosen to become a Greybeard.
  • Did You Just Flip Off the World-Eater?: Harry ends up verbally challenging Alduin at Kynesgrove despite being scared of him. Alduin sics Sahloknir on him as a result.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: At the end of "A Daedra's Best Friend", Harry uses Clavicus Vile's weakened state to make off with the Rueful Axe and Barbas, effectively scamming the Vile out of his deal. Bonus point for Clavicus Vile being the Daedric Prince of Wishes and Bargains - Harry literally beat a Daedric Prince at his own game.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The made-up Shout GOL BEX AL (Earth Open Destroy), used by Paarthurnax and Krenmulqah, causes an earthquake.
  • Drunken Master: As it turns out, Farkas is one. How else would he be able to kill a dragon while stark naked?
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Aedra and Daedra hate each other with passion but neither actually wants to see Nirn destroyed. So they team up to find a replacement Dragonborn and screw over Alduin.
    • Enforced by Harry between the Empire and the Stormcloaks. His logic is that the dragons are enemies to both sides and incredibly dangerous, so Tullius and Ulfric have everything to gain focusing on them. His personal interest is that, while they are busy fighting dragons, they aren't busy threatening Whiterun (who's still neutral) and his Parental Substitute Balgruuf…
  • Eye Scream: Eyes being squishy even on dragons, Harry and anyone fighting with him at the moment will go right for them.
  • Faking Amnesia: Since he can't really say he comes from another world, Harry has to fake being amnesiac, "recovering" his past as he learns more about Tamriel. As of the start of the Home Arc, Harry seemingly is 'cured' of it as he finally comes up with a convincing backstory.
    • Mixed Ancestry: Part of it is that he is the son of a Breton and a Nord. It translates in Wizarding terms as being born of a Wizard and a Muggleborn. Harry notes how well it fits.
  • Fantastic Racism: Ulfric isn't fond of Altmer at all, even questioning Kunovaak's decision when he takes one of the Altmer boys to become a Greybeard. Harry has to remind him Skyrim is home to more than the Nords.
  • Fur Against Fang: anytime the Companions raid vampire dens.
  • Fusion Dance: Basically, when Martin ascended in the Oblivion Crisis, he became Akatosh himself.
  • Going Native: Hinted with Harry who basically let Balgruuf adopt him and build a house for him on Lakeview. Since he had a pretty raw deal on Earth, it's rather understandable.
  • Happily Adopted: Sofie, after revealing her Restoration magic, is adopted by Jora and Lortheim, the Talos priests. Harry is also Balgruuf's adoptive son in all but name.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Harry mostly wears a leather armour, one of the earliest available armours in-game.
  • Heroic Red Ring of Death: After the ambush at Valtheim, Harry suffers from "Battle Frenzy" and must spend a week in bed to recover.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Dawnbreaker is one in sword form. Also the made-up Shout Kun Shul Lok (Light Sun Sky)
  • Humanity Ensues: doubling with Voluntary Shapeshifting. At the end of The Blessings of Nature, Kynareth grants Hedwig the ability to transform into a "maidenowl", an owl-like hagraven, with the Added bonus that she can shift between the two forms.
  • Humble Hero: Harry, as per canon. However, it is even more pronounced here in that, more than on Earth, people actually reward Harry, something he isn't used to and so has trouble accepting.
    • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: In-keeping his status as the above, Harry doesn't believe himself worthy of being called the Dragonborn… At least, not yet.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: During the "Ill met by moonlight" quest, Harry sides with Sinding, thus fulfilling this trope. However, Hircine Invoques this by noting how this is the very definition of Harry's role as the Dragonborn... and gives him a bow to do just that, as the Bow of the Hunted fires stronger arrows the stronger the target is.
  • An Ice Person: Once Hedwig gains her maidenowl form, she has access to potent Ice Magic.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After the ceasefire at Dragonsreach, Ulfric decides one bottle of mead simply won't be enough.
  • Just a Kid: People in Skyrim never expected the Dragonborn could be a kid barely into his teenage years and appropriately freak or dismiss him.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: The Blades' trademark weapon. Harry ends up owning Rael's (The True Dragonborn) Blade... but Reality Ensues when he realises he has no idea how to use it and he refuses to make up his own technique - due to already not being on good terms with Delphine as she learns about Paarthurnax after the fight with Sahloknir, and Harry outright telling her he won't kill any dragons who won't do any harm to the world - choosing to stick to Dawnbreaker instead. By Home 4.3, Delphine has begun teaching him.
  • Light Is Good: Tullius's Interlude introduces Kunovaak, a friendly golden dragon and one of Paarthurnax's disciples. The first word of his name actually means light and he teaches Harry the Word KUN (Light).
  • Magic Knight and Mage Marksman: Harry is naturally magic-inclined and learns to use both the bow and the sword. Naturally, Bow and Sword, in Accord applies.
  • Multiple Narrative Modes: the story is usually told from Harry's P.O.V, but it switches to third person when he is unconscious or his mental state is altered. Also, every Interlude is in third person.
  • Mundane Utility: Harry uses his Akatosh-enchanted map to teleport to the hot springs south of Windhelm and get himself a warm bath. He also uses offensive spells like Fire and Ice to heal people by numbing a limb or cautherizing a wound, or even make water.
  • Noodle Incident: As of the end of the Companions arc, there has been two so far.
    • The first is whatever Farkas did during A Night to Remember - this one is actually Subverted in that we do learn what happened. And it's hilarious.
    • The second crosses with Offscreen Moment of Awesome and is Harry killing twenty-four Thalmor battlemages by himself at Valtheim Towers. We aren't shown the fight, but there's no doubt it was epic.
  • No Respect Guy: Harry when he's on Earth. For all his efforts and troubles fighting Voldemort, the Wizarding World only rewards him with a pat on the head before sending him back to his abusive relatives, or outright turns against him at a whim. That's why the boy was so shocked by Skyrim: people were giving him true gratitude over his exploits.
  • The Paladin: Harry is technically this to Akatosh. Between having been chosen by him, possessing a fragment of his soul in his head and furthering his cause of stopping Alduin and protecting Skyrim from the dragons and other threats while carrying his Amulet, at least one person asks him if he serves the God of Time - and Harry answers positively. On the other hand, between the abilities that come with being the Dragonborn, Akatosh has given Harry a certain number of boons. His Amulet doubles as a Warp Whistle, he always knows what time it is and, whenever he needs to know past events, he can trust his patron to show him. The two also directly communicate in dreams, and Akatosh demonstrates in Interlude: Hogwarts the ability to possess Harry at will, though Harry remains conscious.
  • Parental Substitute: Balgruuf becomes this for Harry, offering him a new home in Dragonsreach and taking care of his safety.
  • Poirot Speak: Dragons that regularly interact with humans tend to speak that way, using mostly human words but switching to dovalzul (the Dragon language) when they would understand.
  • The Power Of Music: The true version of One They Fear/Song of the Dragonborn (that is, the version which normally plays in Sovngarde in the game) is sung during Harry's solo fight with Krenmulqah by the Companions, the citizens and guards of Dragon Bridge and the Penitus Oculatus. While not a true Theme Music Power-Up, it does help Harry defeat the dragon. It also doubles as Source Music and In-Universe Soundtrack.
  • Reality Ensues: Balgruuf is not okay with thirteen-year-old Harry travelling alone and insists for him to have a bodyguard. He unwinds a bit when Harry starts Taking a Level in Badass, but still.
    • After being a No Respect Guy all his life, Harry struggles with Skyrim's people praising his achievements. He also starts Going Native as Tamriel is much more pleasant to him than Earth.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Akatosh delivers a particularly painful one to Dumbledore, Mc Gonagall and especially Snape during Interlude: Hogwarts, which doubles with Awful Truth. It is bad enough Snape doesn't say a word until the end of the chapter.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Ulfric and Tullius, even more so than in-game. Upon being presented with proof of how dangerous the dragons are and given the guarantee the other side will remain neutral, they immediately agree to a ceasefire. Tullius more than Ulfric, though - Ulfric had to be cowed by Harry first. Also, Balgruuf.
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: Justified when Akatosh picks thirteen-year-old Harry as his new Champion; he can't use a grown-up as infusing a mature soul with Dragon power would destroy it and a baby wouldn't have time to grow up before Alduin showed up, while Harry already has some experience with fighting evil.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Harry learns a new Shout, expect him to screw it up at least once.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During the quest "In my Time of Need", upon seeing the Companions are after Kematu, the bandits of Swindler's Den swiftly bail while saying the Alik'r don't pay them enough to fight them.
  • Ship Tease: Between Farkas and Ahlam, surprisingly enough.
  • Shout-Out: Mikhail's song Age of the Dragons. The title sounds a lot like one of BioWare's franchise, Dragon Age.
  • Tender Tears: Crossing with Cry into Chest. Harry cries in Lydia's arms after Balgruuf allows him to stay permanently in Dragonsreach - effectively making the fort his home.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: One of the reasons Harry likes Skyrim, aside from the adults actually caring for him. The land is gorgeous.
  • Truce Zone: Whiterun, as enforced by the Dragonborn. Teenager or not, he won't take losing the first home he knew with a smile.
  • True Companions: As in the game, the Companions are a close-knit group who readily take in Harry and teach him fighting.
  • The Unchosen One: Harry feels a bit of an impostor since he's only filling the hole intended for the True Dragonborn. However, Paarthunax tells him about Mantling — when someone manages to fool the universe into believing they're a Hero, and for all intents and matters become the Hero. So Harry's power being artificial and his status as a "substitute" don't matter: if he can fulfill the Last Dragonborn's prophesied duty by defeating Alduin, he is the Last Dragonborn.
  • Unreliable Narrator: the story is narrated from Harry's point of view. When his mental state is altered - like his dovahsil taking over, to name one - the narration is altered accordingly, and not particularly trustful.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Thalmor almost doomed the world by virtue of killing the True Dragonborn barely a week before Alduin's return. Needless to say, Akatosh is very much unhappy with them.
    • Considering it's Thalmor, it might have been entirely intentional move on their part.
  • Warp Whistle: Hary's map works as this, courtesy of Akatosh.
  • White Magician Girl: Sofie, the Innocent Flower Girl from Windhelm, turns to be a naturally powerful Restoration mage.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Chapter 19, based on the quest A Night to Remember, which itself is a homage to The Hangover - in fact, it was nicknamed "The Hangover - Skyrim Edition" by the author - even though in this case, it's Farkas who takes on the drinking challenge.
  • Willing Channeler: Harry can theoretically be this to Akatosh, now the Dragon-God demonstrated the ability to possess him. Sure, the first time, Akatosh acted by surprise but, given the two get along well, Harry would have probably agreed if Akatosh had taken the time to ask.

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