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Swords and Sorcery is a crossover between Harry Potter and Fate/stay night by Susanoh13. While not quite a Fusion Fic, it manages to near-seamlessly include aspects of the Fate/Stay Night universe into the mythos of Harry Potter, while creating clear distinctions between the two styles of magic.

When an accident leaves him flung from his home dimension and into an unfamiliar London, Shirou finds himself de-aged back to an eleven year-old and enrolled as a student of Hogwarts. If that wasn't enough, he somehow gets himself entangled with the Girl-Who-Lived, Iris Potter, and cannot help but try to save her. Hilarity and hi-jinks ensue. With the occasional sword or arrow.

It is rather slow-paced, but a wide fan base, and Apocrypha added on a semi-regular basis, it is very much alive.

Book I of this fic can be currently found at Spacebattles and Fanfiction.net.

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Swords and Sorcery contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Abusive Relatives: The Dursleys, as per the norm. Until Shirou abducts Iris, though with the latter's consent.
  • Achievement In Ignorance: The false Philosopher's Stone was created by a wizard of astounding power who knew impressively little about Alchemy. While his creation does have some serious drawbacks, it is still an incredible magical achievement.
  • Action Girl: Iris develops into this under the tutelage of Shirou.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Many Magi families from the Nasuverse have Harry Potter counterparts in this fic, and they are modified to keep with the lighter tone.
    • The Einzberns are at worst Anti Villains whose only goal is to lift the curse that plagues their family, and don't mean ill to anyone.
    • The Matou/Makiri are nothing like the monsters they were in canon. Long story short, in this world they backed the Russian Revolution at its initial stages without having any idea just how bad it would get, and their current situation (including the deal with the Tohsakas) is the result of the situation backfiring on them.
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    • Likewise, the Tohsakas, instead of just going along with it, are trying to find a way to save Sakura from the contract.
    • Averted with the Emiyas, who are shown to be just as obsessed with their - extremely dangerous - research as any typical Magus family, even with occasional horrific consequences. HP Kiritsugu is every tiny bit as dangerous as in canon.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Norbert is called Otr in this story thanks to Iris being the one to name her.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Nicholas Flamel. While a neutral character in the source material, here he is a ruthless conman who attempted to assassinate an entire house of mages, women and children all, and is determined to keep his deception a secret from the rest of the world.
      • To elaborate: the real Nicolas Flamel died in 1418 of old age. The conman took up his identity in the 16th century because he needed a relatively known name in order to sell his con with the Stone. Since then, his real personality has been destroyed by the Elixir, leaving only the "Flamel Mask".
    • Gildroy Lockhart was little more than a conning coward in Chamber of Secrets who proclaimed the accomplishments of other talented wizards and witches as his own and would run at the first sight of trouble. He's still very much a coward and blowhard in the fanfic, but at least he never tried to charm a girl into becoming his groupie or try to make her out to be a villain when he's forced out of Hogwarts.
  • All-Loving Hero: Shirou is intensely devoted to ensuring everyone's happiness and will readily forgive any wrongdoings so long as the perpetrator is remorseful.
  • Anti-Villain: The Einzberns. While some of their methods are unsavory, their goals are entirely benign.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Iris' response to the Minister of Magic when he enters Hagrid's hut with the intent of taking him to Azkaban is so viciously effective that it leaves him a momentarily sputtering mess.
    "Well," she said, trying to make her tone as frosty as possible. "I certainly didn't vote for you."
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Shirou is highly proficient with Structural Analysis. This allows him to discover the piece of Voldemort's soul clinging to Iris, the invisibility cloak's nature as a Deathly Hallow, and the fact that the Philosopher's Stone kept at Hogwarts is a fake.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: If they're a part of the main group, beware them. What with Shirou "Bone of his Sword" Emiya, Iris "Dark Lady Kickface" Potter, Hermione "Cursed Fire" Granger, and more on their side.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Shirou to Iris, particularly after discovering the amount of abuse Iris suffered after scanning her with Structural Analysis.
    • Rin to Sakura, especially in regards to the latter's Arranged Marriage.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shirou, Iris, and Illya are able to arrive at Hagrid's hut in time to provide evidence that he is not the one responsible for the attacks performed by the Heir of Slytherin and see to it that he is able to stay at Castle Einzbern instead of Azkaban till the date of his trial.
  • Big Entrance: Shirou and Iris' entrance into Hagrid's hut when the Minister and Aurors are there to escort him to Azkaban involves them going from Olympic sprinter speeds into clearing the heads of several adult men while performing a series of flips and turns to land feet-first against the cottage's inside wall before dropping gently to the ground.
    Dumbledore: "Mister Emiya, that was perhaps one of the most impressive, non-magical entrances I have ever seen."
  • Big Fancy Castle: Hogwarts, as per canon. Also, Einzbern Castle.
  • Bonus Material: There are many, many omakes under the "Apocrypha" threadmark, written both by the author and by fans, with some even becoming entire series. Notable ones include "The Grail of Fire" (4th year AU), "the Black Family Business", and "Destined Meeting". Many of those omakes are also loosely-connected Isekai stories.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Instead of merely being the MacGuffin that it was in canon, the Philosopher's Stone has some use in Iris' Second Year. Despite being a fake, its Elixir will likely save Irisviel and the other members of the Einzbern family.
  • The Chosen One: Word of God is that the prophecy is still in play, regarding Iris and Voldemort.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Shirou by default. Becomes apparent during the Troll Incident. Also, when he shoots blunted arrows at Snape and Quirrell during the Cursed Broom Incident.
  • Cool Pet:
    • Hedwig, of course.
    • Both Fluffy and Otr bond with Iris.
  • Crossover: It's Harry Potter and Fate/stay night. Duh.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Most of the narration is from Shirou and Iris's point of view, but the interludes switch it to other people such as Kiritsugu or Voldemort.
  • Death of Personality: What continuous consumption of the fake Philosopher's Stone's elixir eventually causes, reducing its user to a mere shadow of their former selves that can only mimic their former actions with no true will of their own.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the books, Draco Malfoy lives all the way until the ending. In Swords and Sorcery, he's undergone Death of Personality and is now Voldemort's personal meat puppet.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ron decided not to sit with Iris on the Hogwart's Express after finding Shirou in the same compartment. He ends up as a bit-part character and only really shows up whenever the Weasley Clan are needed en masse. Lampshaded in an omake series.
  • Determinator: A trait apparently shared by the entire Emiya family in Iris' world. The author has stated that each of them is incredibly single-minded and, if you actually manage to upset one of them to the point that they stop obsessing over their goal, they will devote their entire existence to your complete obliteration. A famous letter found in the main manor reads thusly:
    Doing this may erase me from all of time, but I will be content so long as I can take you with me.
  • Door Stopper: At 210,000 words, this story is only halfway through Iris' Second Year. Fortunately, there's never a dull moment.
  • Dramatic Irony: Shirou thinks that Sakura Tohsaka and Illya Emiya were just then being born into different families as a quirk of Kaleidoscope. He also has no idea that his father in his own world was the Magus Killer.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Luna, who goes on to join the group of friends, though not without a slight hiccup.
  • Familiar: Shirou instructs Iris on how to form a familiar bond, something she uses to bond with not only living beings such as Hedwig and Fluffy, but also a pet rock and the Philosopher's Stone.
  • Fan Art: There's quite a bit. Cute ones, too.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Despite having a better start on the Express, it still takes the Troll Incident for Iris and Hermione to become close friends.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • News of the attempted theft of the Philosopher's Stone reaches a certain castle in Germany.
    • Shows up repeatedly in Iris' dreams.
  • Gender Flip: Where once there was Harry, now exists Iris. The author's stated purpose for such a change is that they felt having two male leads, one of whom had already gone through a whole series' worth of character development, would lead to one being overshadowed, as well as it being more acceptable for female characters to regularly contemplate and explore their emotions.
  • Goal in Life:
    • The goal of every Einzbern is to find a way to cure their condition so that future generations would not have to suffer.
    • Iris' main goal is score one hit on Shirou when they train. Because she knows that winning is next to impossible. She actually manages that in "A Shocking Progression".
  • Golem: The Einzbern family makes use of seven Guardian Golems based on the seven Servant classes: Saber (Siegfried), Lancer (Cú Chulainn), Archer (Karna), Rider (Lü Bu), Assassin (Brutus), Caster (Medea), and Berserker (Heracles). An eighth Golem also exists, Avenger, the culmination of generations of Einzbern's rage, hatred, and bitterness at their state in life.
  • I Owe You My Life: All of the Einzberns have this attitude towards Iris after she delivers them the Philosopher's Stone.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Despite not being friends with Ron, Iris and Hermione still get tangled with a troll. Fortunately, they're saved by a different redheaded boy.
    • Despite Quirrell fleeing the castle relatively early in the year, Iris and Shirou still have to chase after him once he tries again to steal the Philosopher's stone.
    • The Chamber of Secrets is still opened, though victims are different.
  • Invisibility Cloak: Like canon, Iris receives her father's Cloak of Invisibility as a Christmas present. Unlike canon, Shirou is able to immediately discern that the cloak is actually a Deathly Hallow and instructs her on how to bond with it in order to unlock the rest of its abilities.
  • Item Crafting:
    • Shirou is a rather capable smith. He has forged presents for several of his friends, including a moon-blessed dagger for Iris.
    • Illya can craft various animated figurines, which are probably based on Einzbern Golems.
  • Light 'em Up: Thanks to Shirou removing the Horcrux, Iris' protections seem to be this in combination with Playing with Fire. As Riddle's Diary found out the hard way.
  • Lost in Translation: In-Universe, Illya tries to tell some jokes to Iris, only to realize that they don't work in English for whatever reason.
  • Master Swordsman: Shirou. And he's training Iris to be one.
  • Mundane Solution: Problem: There is a basilisk, a highly lethal and incredibly durable monster, hidden somewhere in Hogwarts that is frequently targeting muggleborns. Solution: Fill the school with Roosters.
  • My Greatest Failure: The death of Shirou's Illya and his inability to stop it is something that continues to haunt him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Iris and Shirou chase after Quirrell when he takes a hostage with him while he tries to steal the Philosopher's Stone. They have to pass the various tests to do so, which allows an invisible Quirrell to follow them instead as they complete each task for him.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Shirou once wrestled the lake squid into submission. How that happened is unknown, but Grabe ended up injured, and Malfoy was there to watch it.
    • During the prank wars with Wendy, Fred and George pull off a prank which forces the teacher to step in and end the war. Bonus points for it actually being called "The Noodle Incident".
  • Omniglot: Rin, Sakura, and Shirou are able to speak a respectable three to four languages (English, Japanese, and German, with Shirou also speaking Arabic), but Illya has them beat with nine (German, Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, and Bulgarian).
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In All Ore Nothing, the fanfic's version of Chamber of Secrets, Draco acts uncharacteristically nice towards Iris and the others and doesn't needlessly antagonize her. It takes until the third epilogue chapter to reveal why: Voldemort's possessing his body.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Iris, via Shirou, discovers that her parents had sex under the Invisibility Cloak. It ends up thoroughly washed before she even begins to use it.
  • Philosopher's Stone: Like canon, the titular stone is kept at Hogwarts for safekeeping. This stone, however, is actually a fake.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Technically, everyone in Hogwarts is one due to magic, but Shirou's skills and Wrong Context Magic make him a particularly appropriate example.
  • The Power of Hate:
    • A horcrux is formed by splitting one's soul, a violation of everything that they are, and can therefore only be created by someone who hates themselves utterly.
    • Avenger, the eighth Einzbern Golem, is fueled by the hatred, rage, and despair of past Einzberns. Should the family ever die, it would become a walking malediction upon the Earth, eternally seeking revenge against those who laid its family low.
  • Running Gag: "What is up with Flitwick and keys?"
  • Secret Keeper: Iris ends up this, with regards to Shirou's origins. Though the Einzberns figure it out, due to Iris requesting them for books about dimensional travel.
  • Shared Family Quirks: A pretty ironic case with Shirou and HP Kiritsugu; they both are the exact same type of Combat Pragmatist with incredibly similar approaches to problem-solving, despite the fact that Shirou has no idea of his own father was an assassin, and that this Kiritsugu is from another universe. They're so similar that many people, including Kiritsugu, are wondering if they're actually related.
  • Ship Tease: Despite constant attempts at aversion, Shirou/Iris is something of a popular ship due to their frequent interactions, and the way Shirou selflessly helps and supports Iris. It's easy to see why people pair them, despite the fact that Shirou has his Rin waiting for him in his home dimension (though the fact that Rin is canonically bisexual and open to a ménage à trois probably helps). The author sinks the ship by having Iris describe Shirou as her big brother figure, and the two finding the concept of the girls in their class being attracted to him disgusting.
  • Soul Jar:
    • Voldemort's horcruxes.
    • Castle Einzbern acts as one for Jubstacheit. As long as he is not separated from it, he shall never die.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: When the gang finds out about Hagrid's illegal dragon egg and his refusal to be parted with it, they convince him to just go to Dumbledore, someone licensed to raise dragons from his research into the many uses of their blood, and have him use said dragon as another layer of defense for the Philosopher's Stone.
  • Trapped in Another World: Shirou's imperfect tracing of the Jeweled Sword of Zelretch causes a dimensional anomaly within Unlimited Blade Works that drags him into the world of Hogwarts.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: A cock's crow is fatal to a Basilisk.
  • Wham Episode: Illya, Sella, and Leysritt's betrayal. They are forced to hold Hagrid hostage to get Iris to comply with Jubstacheit's demands for the Philosopher's Stone.
  • Wham Line:
    "Turns lead into gold." He pressed the stone to the darker blade, and the stone started to glow. Slowly, the entire blade transformed into gold. He pressed the stone against the steel blade, and nothing happened. "Over a thousand years old."
    "A very interesting fake."
  • Wrong Context Magic: Shirou, being from another world, has access to an entirely separate magic system, allowing him to perform feats no one else could even hope of matching such as creating a copy of the Philosopher's Stone.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Shirou hypothesizes that this is the nature of the universe he has found himself in, with regards to his own universe. His reasoning is that his Rin would have already mastered the Second Magic to such an extent that she would have already retrieved him, had she had two years to do so.
  • Your Heart's Desire: The Mirror of Erised, a powerful magical artifact that was created to punish a greedy man, shows the deepest desire of the user's heart.
    • Iris, at first, sees a reflection of the parents she never knew, loving people who want what's best for her. The reflection later changes to include them and the other friends she made at Hogwarts as spectators watching a spar between her and Shirou in which she scores a single hit.
    • Shirou sees his twenty-year-old self smiling the same smile that Kiritsugu wore the day he saved him from the fire.


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