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The Accidental Animagus by White Squirrel (who also wrote The Arithmancer series) is a Harry Potter Fanfic in which Harry Potter flees the Dursleys and is eventually adopted by the Grangers.

The first fic, detailing years 1 through 4, is complete, while the sequel, detailing years 5 to 7 and the Second War is called Animagus at War. There's also a series of one-shots detailing the worldwide magical world called The World of The Accidental Animagus which is complete.


Unmarked spoilers below.

This Work Has Examples Of The Following Tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: As usual, the Dursleys. However the Dursleys abuse is worse than canon, as here Vernon actually engages in physical abuse as well.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Quirrel, because Voldemort doesn't want to bring unwanted attention by acting so unusually.
  • Ambadassador: Edward Grayson, who is the Australian Ambassador to the ICW and is equal power to Dumbledore.
  • Animal Stampede: Kinani Ngeze conjures up one during his Wizard Duel against Grayson and Dumbledore.
  • Backhanded Apology: Charles Nott gives one of these after calling Andromeda Tonks a common whore and is then forced to apologize when she points her wand at him.
  • Bait-and-Switch: During the Yule Ball, it looks like Ginny Weasley was about to make a scene regarding Luna being Harry's secret date but instead she just chides Luna for nothing enjoying of Bragging Rights Reward.
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  • Bash Siblings: Harry and Hermione to some extent.
  • Beta Couple: Hermione/Neville
  • Boring, but Practical: The Grangers' home is heavily protected, both magically and legally, making it nearly impossible for wizards to find by spells or paperwork. However Dobby merely follows Harry to his home and even Hermione is surprised that it worked.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Mezli's pyramid is only a hundred feet high but at the top there's a hidden palace inside due to extensive use of expansion charms.
  • Broken Masquerade: The Queen is aware of the existence of the Wizarding World.
  • Burn the Witch!: Subverted. Lord Draben, a ghost wizard cavalier from the mid 1600s, says that Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, actually hanged his victims rather than burn them alive.
  • Cassandra Truth: Madam Pomfrey decides to keep Parvati in the hospital wing after she fainted and started saying that Snape gave two points to Gryffindor.
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  • Chekhov's Gun: During their first visit to the Potter vault, Hermione finds jewelry and a green dress that used to belong to Lily Potter which Hermione later wears to the Yule Ball.
  • Chummy Commies: Democratic socialism seems to be pretty popular amongst Latino Wizards, which might be a Historical In-Joke due that Harry Potter is set in The '90s when the Pink tide was at its strongest in Latin America.
  • Condescending Compassion: Quirrel teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts, teaching many useful things like magical pest control, anti-theft measures and other information that are useful for Muggleborns, but he acts in an arrogant way towards Muggles.
  • Court Mage: The Royal Court Magician, a holdover from before The Masquerade that is not officially affiliated with the Ministry or the muggle government. Amongst its duty, the Royal Court Magician informs the Queen of affairs going on in the wizarding world and teaches them and their closest relatives Occlumency. Sirius convinces the current Court Magician, Maxwell Barnett, to teach Occlumency to Harry, Hermione and Daniel and Emma Granger.
  • Creator Provincialism: Averted. The fic dedicates a lot of time to an extensive worldbuilding, describing the various magical communities and cultures of the wizarding world. One consequence is that Dumbledore is not considered the most powerful wizard in the world, having many people as his equal such as the former Australian Minister of Magic Edward Grayson, while Voldemort is not the only dark wizard to have claimed the title of Dark Lord.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During a dueling tournament in Third Year, Harry makes it to the fifth year tournament but he's ultimately beaten by Cedric Diggory in seconds.
  • Doing In the Wizard: Daniel Granger explains to his parents that what wizards call magic is simply a natural phenomenon that science has not yet explained.
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: Private toilet, in this case. The toilet located off the kitchen at Grimmauld Place is filled with so many fungus, some of them carnivorous and is gunked up with disgusting stuff.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Artemis, a werewolf member of Greyback's pack, is able to hear Harry discussing the Shrieking Shack's secret tunnel when he's trying to impress Cho.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: The existence of Blood Wards (or warding in general) over the Dursleys' home which does not exist in canon.
    • Subverted with the Evil!Dumbledore cliché, as the old wizard has an epiphany regarding the Dursleys horrible treatment of Harry and decides to let him stay with the Grangers.
  • Flower Motifs: The Language of Flowers, which is a series of codes and meanings assigned to flowers which when combined can give a message.
  • Flying Broomstick: Because Draco became the Slytherin seeker a year earlier, his father purchases Nimbus 2000 brooms for the whole team.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Amycus and Alecto Carrow.
  • For Want of a Nail: In spite of changes, Harry and Hermione still find out about the three-headed dog but mostly because all upper years decided to investigate the third floor corridor.
    • Draco, taking advantage of school rules, becomes the Slytherin seeker a year earlier. This also results in Slytherins having Nimbus 2000 broomsticks, rather Nimbus 2001
    • The cleaning crew that Sirius hired to clean up Grimmauld Place finds the Slytherin locket. This allows Dumbledore to know about Horcruxes and by the end of the first fic, most horcruxes are destroyed
    • Mad Eye Moody is not impersonated by Barty Crouch Jr, who instead kidnaps and impersonates David Monroe and goes to teach Defense at Hogwarts.
  • The Fundamentalist: Discussed. Metzli Ocelotl says that Voldemort's followers would have been more loyal if the Death Eaters had been a religious movement rather than a political one, as religious zealots do not go astray when things start to fall apart.
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: After Voldemort's defeat in 1981, there was a lot of celebration going on in Britain. The result is that in Harry's fourth year the number of first year more than triples after having half-full classrooms for years.
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: Robert and Vera Granger, the former especially. They initially think that Harry and Hermione's magic is Hollywood Satanism although they eventually come around, and Dan refers to his parents as traditionalists.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Dumbledore and Grayson cross this when Ngeze summons a Nundu, the most dangerous magical beast in the Potterverse. A Killing Curse will just cause a loss of fur while most equally darker spells will merely bounce off.
  • Government Procedural: A lot of the first fic focus on political affairs going on wizarding Britain, especially in the Wizengamot. In fact, Harry and Sirius become political allies and seek to reform the country. Some of their policies become law, while other have to be watered down or are even rejected because entrenched interests oppose them. Much like it happens real world governments.
  • Great Politics Mess Up: Robert Granger gleefully celebrates Gorbachev's resignation and the fall of communism in December 1991.´
  • Gun Safety: Quirrel brings on unloaded shotgun to DADA class and waves it around, causing Muggleborns and Muggle-raised students to panic, as he explains the deadliness of Muggle weaponry.
  • Heel Realization: Dumbledore realizes how manipulative and ruthless he has become early on, too willing to sacrifice people for The Needs of the Many.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The first Lucius Malfoy cursing Queen Elizabeth lead to the rise of James I, who viciously persecuted witches and wizards and Wrote the Book on witch hunting.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Lucius Malfoy when Draco sends a letter informing him that Harry is a Parselmouth.
  • Ironic Echo: Alecto sarcastically says that her brother Amycus is not a total idiot and later on Barty Crouch Jr says that the Carrow siblings are not total idiots to their face.
  • Kill It with Fire: Sirius says this word for word when sees the state of the Grimmauld Place's toilet room.
  • King Arthur: Sir Arthur Pendragon, a Muggle Born of Mages half-brother to Lady of Black Magic Morgana and Sovereign of the Round Table, a chivalric order of wizards and muggles that had taken upon themselves to unite the wizards of Great Britain under one banner.
  • Kissing Cousins: Barty Crouch Jr and his cousin, Artemis Crouch.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: The Grangers decide to teach martial arts to Harry and Hermione, something Dumbledore supports because it will increase their agility and ability to dodge curses.
  • Loophole Abuse: Realizing that Potter and Dumbledore had a way to track people, Barty Crouch Jr legally changed his name to David Monroe
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Hermione thinks that this was Snape's plan when he allegedly jinxed Harry's broom.
    • Later on Barty Crouch Jr and the Carrow siblings make it look like Crouch Sr. died in a robbery gone wrong, to cover up their trail.
  • Malicious Slander: After Harry's animagus abilities are exposed at the end of the Tetrawizard Tournament, many students and especially Slytherins spread rumors that Harry was neutered.
  • More Than Mind Control: The Imperiatus Curse cannot force someone to cast the Cruciatus Curse because they have to mean it and the Imperiatus cannot make the target feel that kind of hatred.
  • Muggles Do It Better: Quirrell explains to DADA students how dangerous guns are.
    Quirrel: Yes, guns. Muggles have quite the fondness for guns. Mind you, when it comes to weapons of war, this only scratches the surface. Over the past century, muggles have become very, very adapt at killing each other... There are things called "cannons", which are guns so large that they can blast through buildings, "machine guns", which can mow down an entire line of enemies in seconds, poison gas, which condemns the victim to a painful death as it eats away their lungs, "tanks"- rolling instruments of death with armour tougher than dragon hide that crush everything in their path, "blockbuster bombs" dropped from aeroplanes, powerful enough to destroy an entire street full of buildings, "missiles"- like fireworks, but with huge bombs attached to them, and of course, "atomic bombs", which are so powerful that they can destroy an entire city in one blast! Yes, muggles are so fond of killing each other that they invent new and better ways of doing it every year, and it is too often we who get caught in the crossfire!
    • Wizards do have a few spells that defend against guns specifically, but there is nothing they can do against heavy armaments, especially nukes. The Cold War was just as terrifying for the wizards as it was for the muggles, as a nuclear war would have wiped them out along with everything else.
    • While magic medicine is far superior in most cases, there are a few fields where muggle medicine is better, most notably with brain damage and other neural issues. The wizarding world lacks an equivalent of MRI machines, and have no way of diagnosing different types of brain damage, which is the reason for why Neville's parents never recovered. While they'll never be completely the same, muggle treatment (while slow and with side-effects) allows them to regain a semblance of their former selves, rather than the empty shells they had been left as by Bellatrix's torture.
    • This trope is brought up a few times throughout the fic, and it's pointed out to be a numbers issue, as muggles outnumber wizards 5000 to 1 and end up with solutions wizards never even considered just through the law of averages and having to fix their problems without magic one way or another.
  • Noodle Incident: Once Augusta Longbottom snapped a mousetrap on Gilderoy Lockhart's nose when he tried to take a photo with her.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Because of Harry's use of Flower Motifs, Snape gives two points to Gryffindor. The effect is such that it causes Parvati to faint.
  • Oddly Small Organization: The Ministry of Magic, due that the total British wizarding population numbers ten thousand. Dan Granger called it small town politics.
  • Open Secret: The Ministry cannot track all magic, only spells.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The green dress that used to belong to Lily Potter that Hermione wears to the Yule Ball. Also the pretty but outdated Renaissance dress that Luna Lovegood wears, also to the Yule Ball.
  • Politically Correct History: Wizarding history books written after the implementation of The Masquerade in the 1600s completely whitewash or diminish the wizard-muggle relations and how certain wizarding families like the Malfoys integrated themselves into the muggle aristocracy. Draco is shocked to find out that Armond Malfoy helped William the Conquerer in his invasion of England and that discovery leads him to seek answers in the Restricted Section.
  • Power at a Price:
    • All powerful magic comes at a price, according to Andromeda Tonks. The Knight Bus, for example, has the price of being really uncomfortable.
    • The Philosopher's Stone: Only a finite number of stones, more specifically seven, can exist at the same time. Also the Elixir of Life displaces the water in the drinkers' body, meaning that the immortal will have to continuously drink the Elixir or die of dehydration.
  • Power Incontinence: A bout of accidental magic is what triggers the plot.
  • Power Tattoo: Kinani Ngeze is "tattooed from head to toe", with many of the pictographs being of animals, both magical and mundane.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: While still being a Politically Incorrect Jerkass, Draco starts to develop a more pragmatic view of wizarding politics, being willing to question his father's views on how politics are done, and starts questioning pureblood supremacy. All this happens because he wants to increase the power and prestige of his family.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Fenrir Greyback gives an epic one to the Wizengamot, accusing wizards of being The Hypocrite, Not So Different and Humans Are the Real Monsters.
  • Reality Ensues: Purebloods' obsession with blood purity has lead to inbreeding and the decline of pureblood birth rates. Purebloods from twelve families that founded to Wizards' Council to six by The '90s and according to Andi, there will be only two pureblood families in a hundred years.
    • Also the basilisk's attacks cause Sally-Anne's parents to move to Canada and have her transferred to a magical academy there.
  • Real Wizards Love Jesus: Wizards, especially the American ones, have their own interpretation of the Bible. Sequoyah Proctor, a professor at the Long River School of Arcana, himself is an ordained Southern Baptist.
  • Ridiculous Exchange Rates: One galleon is equivalent to fifty one pounds and twenty-five cents. Or ten sickles being equivalent to thirty pounds.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Enforced. A lot of wizards, including Voldemort, see symbols as Serious Business which is why he tried to kill the Potters in Halloween because that's when Black Magic is at its strongest. This trope is also the reason why something awful happens to Harry in Halloween.
  • Schmuck Bait: The forbidden third floor corridors. Before Christmas most students know there's a three headed dog at Hogwarts because all the upper years decided to investigate it.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Luna Lovegood, who wears a pretty but outdated Renaissance dress for the Yule Ball, as Harry's date
  • Shout-Out: Several to Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, which the author has named as his gateway fanfic. For example, a major Original Character is named David Monroe.
  • Sleazy Politician: The Ministry, and especially the Wizengamot whose seats are hereditary amongst wealthy pureblood families.
  • Summon Magic: Ngeze summons a Nundu during the Wizard Duel.
  • There Are No Global Consequences: Subverted; the International Confederation of Wizards plays a significant role in the first fic and intervenes in the Second Wizarding War, because of Voldemort's alliance with Meztli Ocelotl. Also the series of one-shots, the The World of The Accidental Animagus is dedicated to show the worldwide reactions to Voldemort's return.
  • Three-Point Landing: Ngeze does one during the siege of Zaire, and he lands hard enough that the cobblestones are shattered in a ten foot radius.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Voldemort is not the only dark wizard to claim Dark Lordship. In East Africa there's Kinani Ngeze, whose attempts at seizing power results in an international crisis (the Rwandan genocide). And then there's Meztli Ocelotl, the Dark Lady of Veracruz, who becomes Voldemort's ally.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Professor Binns, who was the History of Magic professor while alive and he's been teaching for so long that there's no one qualified enough to replace him. Neville even makes a Lampshade Hanging about this trope.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Animagus form, of course, though Harry's is the result of accidental magic. His form is a cat, while Hermione is an otter; Grayson is a Tasmanian tiger (whom are not extinct but hidden in the wizarding world) and Meztli Ocelotl's is a jaguar.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: The Dark Lord Ngese flees while Grayson and Dumbledore are occupied fightin a Nundu.
  • War is Hell: When entering the Great Hall for the first time, Harry and Hermione noticed that a third of the seats are empty. According to Andi, the birth rate in wizarding Britain fell by half by 1979 and that Harry's class is the smallest in centuries.
  • A Wizard Did It: When Hermione, during a visit to a pensieve memory, how can they see what's behind a the source of the memory, Dumbledore says its magic. After she glares viciously he explains that the pensieve can tap into anything the person saw at any point in the memory and reconstruct from that.
  • Wizard Duel: At the end of the East African War, there's a duel between the Dark Lord Ngeze against Dumbledore and Grayson.
  • Wizarding School: Unlike canon, there are over 50 wizarding schools worldwide.

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