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Hagrid: "What is this about trusting the wrong man? Thought you're the secret-keeper?"
Sirius: "Originally, yes. However, I convinced James and Lily that someone totally unexpected would be better. I should have listened to them, but I thought myself so smart. I convinced them to switch the duty to Peter..."
Hagrid: "You say...?"
Sirius: "Hagrid, fly towards Hogwarts. I need to meet with Dumbledore as fast as possible. I have to tell him everything... I'll even insist on Aurors und under Veritaserum. No way I want Peter to get away with what he did. I want everyone to know of his crime."
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The Chosen Six is a Harry Potter fanfic by Tribun. It's written in the author's usual style of deconstructing and lampshading plot points of the original, while at the same time creating a believable alternate universe.

The story begins on the night that Harry's parents are killed. Sirius Black realizes that he has a responsibility towards Harry as Harry's godfather, and thus does not go after Peter Pettigrew. Besides the domino-effect of changes this causes, Pettigrew himself never becomes a rat living with the Weasleys, and instead knows he has to atone to Voldemort, or feel his wrath, thus setting out to find him. While these two events sound simple, they have far-reaching consequences, not even counting that something had to have changed many years earlier, considering, the non-magical government of the United Kingdom seems to be planning something.

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Harry over the following years grows up in a relatively normal childhood in a suburb of London, in the care of a couple that are an offshoot of the Evans family and with Sirius and Remus close by. However, in the middle of the ever-growing changes that happen in this universe compared to the one we know, a prophecy is made. The "Chosen Six" will rise one day, and take up the battle against Voldemort and defeat him once and for all.

The author has also written Going Another Way and No Chance for Fate.


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This fanfic provides examples of:

  • The '80s: Since the story starts in that decade and stays in it for quite a while, events and pop culture of that decade do appear.
  • Ace Custom: The father of Sirius's muggle girlfriend is impressed to learn that Sirius custom-made his motorbike by himself.
  • Accidental Athlete: Invoked but basically defied; while Harry is still offered a position on the Gryffindor Quidditch team after the initial broomstick training session, he insists that other people get a chance to try out so that it doesn't look like he's being given special treatment.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the canon, Millicent Bulstrode is a fierce and brutish bully. Here, she is insecure, kind, and less prejudiced than the other Slytherins. She becomes friends with Daphne and Dudley and even acts pleasantly towards Hermione, Luna, and Neville.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Many people appear much earlier than they do in the books.
    • In canon, Harry met Ron, Hermione and Neville in his first year at Hogwarts, Ginny (properly) in his second and Luna only in his fifth. Here he meets all of them two years before entering Hogwarts, and they do have appearances in the story even earlier.
    • In canon Sirius and Lupin were introduced in the third book, while here they are important characters right from the very start.
    • Nymphadora Tonks (Dora here) in canon had her first appearance in book five, while here her first appearance is right after the trial of the Lestranges. The same goes for her parents, who in canon only were seen in book seven.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: The best description of the discovery that Dudley Dursley is a wizard.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Sirius unwittingly gives Kreacher one when he goes to examine the Black family tapestry, wondering out loud why, if his family valued it so much, they constantly vandalized it by blasting members off. Downplayed in that Kreacher seems to have already been aware of mental instability running in the Black family, though he refuses to outright say it and still struggles slightly to not react to Sirius’s question.
    • When Dumbledore tries to help Moaning Myrtle, the ghost states that she returned so that she could torment Olive Hornby and make her pay for her bullying, which drove Myrtle to lock herself in the bathroom and ultimately led to her death. He then asks her if she truly blames Olive Hornby for her death and if Olive Hornby remained a bully after discovering Myrtle’s corpse in the bathroom. Myrtle reluctantly admits that her death wasn’t truly Olive Hornby’s fault and that after coming across Myrtle’s dead body, Olive became quiet and withdrawn, rather like Myrtle herself had been before her death. Realizing to her horror that she gave up her chance to rest in peace and condemned herself to her miserable existence just to terrorize someone who didn’t deserve it, she becomes committed to bettering herself so as to not keep driving people away.
  • Ascended Extra: Does happen in the story.
    • Mark Evans was just a short mention in one of the books. Here he pretty much is Harry's younger brother in anything but blood.
    • Pansy Parkinson in canon was just a background character that only appeared a handful of times. Here she is next to Draco the equal student-antagonist from Slytherin.
    • Millicent Bulstrode was a very minor antagonist in the books. Here she is one of Dudley's friends and a fellow Slytherin.
    • Daphne Greengrass is a very obscure character within the canon, getting only a brief mention. Here, like with many fan fictions featuring the character, her role is increased where she is friends with Millicent and Dudley.
  • Authority in Name Only: A minor example of this; the twins note that Charlie Weasley let Oliver Wood make the pre-game speeches the previous year as Charlie himself was a good player but bad at inspiring others.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: It appears that Binns only kept teaching after his death because he never realised he was dead; once Dumbledore has a chance to confront him about the issue, he passes on relatively peacefully.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Andromeda Tonks is very kindhearted and considered along with Sirius to be one of the White Sheep of the Black family. However, anger her enough, and her body language alone will show she has as much power and determination as any Black. Hermione even remarks how scary Andromeda can be when reading the latter’s condemnation of the Hogwarts Board of Governors refusing to purchase mandrake extract to use in an antidote for the petrified students. Harry also feels this applies to Sirius.
  • Blatant Lies: Dobby's attempt to keep Harry out of Hogwarts by sending a letter claiming that Harry's guardians are withdrawing him from Hogwarts is easily identified as a forgery because Dobby has little experience of writing in proper English and the handwriting is an obvious forgery.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Invoked when Harry and his friends discuss a Deathday Party with Nick, prompting Nick to realise that a party designed for the dead wouldn't really be of particular interest for the living.
  • Boom, Headshot!: When Voldemort leaves Quirrell's body, he basically 'explodes' out of the back of Quirrell's head in a manner comparable to a gunshot.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: When Quirrell uses the Cruciatus Curse on Hermione, she is described as briefly losing bladder control.
  • Broken Masquerade:
    • In chapter 7, Sirius tells Diane about magic. And she's mostly worried about the Parental Abuse he suffered as child.
    • In Chapter 20, Mark Evans and Sirius's twins are first told about magic after witnessing Dobby.
  • Broken Pedestal: When the children learn that Lockhart is the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Molly and Hermione in particular lose their respect for Lockhart when Lupin draws their attention to the more blatant holes in Lockhart's claims, such as the impossibility of him holding his own against a werewolf with his bare hands.
  • The Bully: Due to being set in a school setting - even before Hogwarts - there are a number of them.
    • Dudley and his faithful gang of Piers, Dennis, Malcolm and Gordon of course are canon examples and also appear here, and it's shown what "Harry Hunting" involves - and worse. Once Dudley does wise up, the gang is dissolved.
    • Hermione is bullied by several girls in primary school. Named is Eloise Greene, who spills ink over one of Hermione's books.
    • Draco of course is a canon example, but here he gets help from Pansy Parkinson, who pretty much becomes Draco's equal partner when it comes to antagonizing the Gryffindors.
  • Closest Thing We Got: Dumbledore makes it clear that he was basically forced to hire Lockhart because the already-low reputation of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher took a further knock after Quirrell's death, preventing them from even looking into their standard candidates for the role, meaning that Lockhart was Dumbledore's only choice unless he wanted to give the Ministry a chance to step in.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: It's never described what exactly Bellatrix, Rodolphus and Rabastan did to Frank and Alice Longbottom. However, judging from the aftermath - even after already intense medical help - it's perhaps best not to know.
  • Cranky Neighbor: The Dursleys to pretty much all of Privet Drive. The Dursleys themselves, contrary to all proof, believe Sirius and Remus to be this.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Slytherin team soon realize that the Nimbus 2001s are only really useful as Seeker brooms, as they focus on speed above all else, whereas the other positions require more adaptable brooms (it's also noted that professional League brooms can be more easily adjusted).
  • Death by Irony: Walburga Black probably would have survived her heart attack, if not for all the obstacles the Healers had to overcome to reach her - obstacles she herself installed in her paranoia. By the time they finally reach her, she's dead and can't be revived.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Dudley is far too eager to go after Harry once he feels a suitable amount of time has passed since his last attempt to attack Harry, ignoring how he would still be the obvious suspect for any adults involved.
    • It didn’t seem to occur to Draco that Hagrid might try to get rid of the dragon he’d illegally hatched to avoid repercussions. Thus, rather than immediately reporting Hagrid, he decided to wait a few days for the dragon to grow and thus give Hagrid more of a headache over trying to hide it, during which Hagrid succeeds in smuggling said dragon out of Hogwarts and disposing any remaining evidence.
    • Draco and Lucius buy seven Nimbus 2001 brooms for the Slytherin quidditch team simply because it's the newest, fastest model broom to have been manufactured. They, along with the rest of the Slytherin team, failed to consider that while a broom that prioritizes speed above everything else is ideal for a seeker, other quidditch positions require brooms that focus more on factors like reaction time for keepers and maneuverability for chasers. After their first match with their new Nimbus 2001s, the rest of the Slytherin team agree they were better off with their old brooms, and Marcus Flint chews Draco out for giving them such a bad deal.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The werewolf/HIV analogy of the original series is made even more explicit when Lupin reveals his condition to a class and Hermione compares the initial reaction to the way people on her parents' street treated a man with a condition that is clearly intended to be HIV.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Grindlewald did some research into possible means of immortality, but even at his worst he rejected the idea of using horcruxes, finding it horrifying.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • The Marauders were bullies in their teenage years and pulled pranks that were sometimes downright cruel and even dangerous, but they drew the line at muggle-baiting.
    • Despite Petunia's dislike of magic, after learning that Dudley has magic himself, she acknowledges that he does need to get an education in his magic so that he doesn't hurt himself or others.
    • Though he would never admit it, even Kreacher realizes how mentally unstable numerous members of the Black family were.
    • Slughorn makes it clear that he never pursued Lockhart when he was at Hogwarts, because Lockhart showed no talent or connections that would make him worth cultivating as a future contact, to the extent that Slughorn is legitimately puzzled at how he's done so well now. Slughorn also expresses blatant disgust at the idea of Malfoy endangering children to boost his own political standing, as every connection Slughorn makes benefits both parties rather than just himself.
    • Luna has a strong interest in unusual magical creatures, though she still finds mandrakes unpleasant like everyone else does (with the exception of Neville, who excels at herbology). Also, despite her own quirky behavior, she’s visibly shocked that Lockhart’s first quiz consists entirely of questions about himself that don’t have anything to do with Defense Against the Dark Arts, outright calling it a mockery and losing her typical aloofness.
    • During the Gryffindor vs. Slytherin match in second year, Daphne and Millicent support Gryffindor rather than their own house, because even Dudley doesn't approve of Malfoy's bribe to get on the team, despite the fact that his friends are now technically 'against' him (with his blessing).
    • Snape favors Slytherin over the other Houses and dislikes Gryffindors in particular. Nevertheless, he’s quite angry when Pansy Parkinson casts a spell during her duel with Hermione that causes the latter’s teeth to grow out of control, thus destroying her braces and injuring the inside of her mouth; he even warns Pansy that Hermione could have died or suffered permanent harm. He’s similarly outraged and has to control himself so he wouldn’t do something he’d regret when Draco later summons a snake during a duel with Harry, as it causes a mass panic in the crowd due to school still being on edge after the basilisk attacked Colin.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: While it may be a bit extreme to consider Petunia "evil," it is explicitly noted that she never realised that Lily didn't consider herself "better" than Petunia just because she and her son were magical and Petunia and Dudley weren't, to the extent that Petunia regards Dudley having magic as a sign that she's "beaten" her sister.
  • Fantastic Racism: Multiple examples.
    • Discussed; when Urqhardt meets with the goblins, he notes that he finds them discomforting, but his thoughts make it clear that this is because of cultural issues, such as the goblins adhering to otherwise antiquated laws and expecting the rest of the world to acknowledge those rules in turn, rather than him having any issue with the goblins just because they're goblins.
    • On the wizarding side of things, Margaret Thatcher and John Major have a low opinion of Fudge after meeting him, as they feel he treats them like idiots rather than respecting them as equals.
    • When Harry sees the Fountain of Magical Brethren for the first time, he's reminded of history lessons about colonialism.
  • First Day of School Episode: Played with. We are not shown the whole first day - mainly just the impressions of the child protagonists on this change in their lives.
  • Foil: Reflecting on the "Boy Who Lived" adventure books when comparing them to Lockhart's works, Harry notes that the difference in this scenario is that Lockhart deliberately set out to create a certain image of himself with his books, whereas Harry never asked for such attention himself.
  • For Want of a Nail: Several.
    • Sirius's decision at that fateful night to stay with Harry causes a whole cascade effect of changes. Additionally, Sirius's presence has a profound effect on Dumbledore, as Sirius's harsh words make him question his own decisions.
    • One as of yet unknown event in the past caused the British government to be much more proactive concerning the magical world, instead of being effectively helpless.
    • Dumbledore at one point bothers to ask Moaning Myrtle about the circumstances of her death, giving him the means to exonerate Hagrid and get Hagrid's wand rights restored and allowing everyone to be better informed when the Chamber is opened a second time. It also results in Myrtle taking a level in kindness, leading to her attending the Halloween feast during Harry’s second year at Hogwarts rather than sulking in her bathroom and making it flood. As a result, Mrs. Norris doesn’t get petrified from seeing the Basilisk’s reflection in the water on the floor, making Colin Creevey the Basilisk's first victim instead after the second time the Chamber is opened.
    • Due to Sirius being free when Walburga Black dies, he officially becomes the Head of the House of Black, which in turn has many further effects, like Andromeda Tonks regaining the birthright that had been taken from her.
    • Harry's run-in with a rogue Dementor at age 9 results in Voldemort's soul fragment in Harry's head being destroyed. Dumbledore is aware of it, thus the need for Harry to essentially become a Tyke Bomb is now gone.
    • Harry has a happy family life with Veronica and Thomas Evans and thus goes home over Christmas break his first year at Hogwarts, meaning he never got the opportunity to discover the Mirror of Erised. Conversely, Dudley spends the same Christmas break at Hogwarts due to his parents being uncomfortable with his magic and ends up coming across said mirror while exploring the castle with Millicent Bulstrode.
    • The Weasleys meet up with the Grangers, Evanses, and Lovegoods at King’s Cross with plenty of time to spare before the Hogwarts Express leaves instead of at the last minute like in canon. Thus, when Dobby seals up the passage when Harry tries to enter the platform, dozens of students behind him also become unable to board the train. The Ministry ends up being involved and decide to use public floos to ferry the students over to the platform, a time-consuming process that requires delaying the train’s departure, which hadn’t been done since a German V-1 destroyed the tracks in 1944. Moreover, since repairing the barrier takes time and can’t be done discreetly in a busy station, Fudge goes to Prime Minister John Major and demands that he find a way to clear out King’s Cross station for a couple hours so the Ministry of Magic can do so. Understandably, the British government is outraged by Fudge acting as if he has authority over them, not to mention his general lack of communication with and condescension towards them. This prompts John Major to triple MI-X’s efforts regarding wizarding Britain.
    • Thanks to Myrtle’s testimony, the entire school soon knows that Colin was attacked and petrified by the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. As a result, when Draco summons a snake during his duel with Harry in Duelling Club, a huge panic ensues, which prevents everyone except Harry’s friends, who were standing right next to him, from hearing him speak Parseltongue. Thus, the school never turns on him due to suspecting him of being the heir. Harry in turn asks Dumbledore about his ability and learns he used to have a piece of Voldemort’s soul inside him far earlier than in canon.
  • Former Teen Rebel: As an adult and particularly after becoming a constable, Sirius realizes that he went overboard with many of his antics in school with his fellow Marauders and explicitly tells Harry to not be like his teenage self when Harry leaves for Hogwarts. Remus is a more downplayed example, as he was usually trying to keep his friends out of trouble, though he does still develop a newfound appreciation for their former teachers’ patiences after dealing with difficult students as a private tutor.
  • Gas Leak Cover-Up: John Major is not happy about Fudge demanding him to close down Kings Cross for a fake bomb threat so that the Ministry can remove the magic Dobby did to seal the barrier to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.
  • Good Feels Good: After undergoing her Jerk Ass Realization and taking a level in kindness, Myrtle finds that she quite enjoys being a greeter for new students and answering their questions.
  • Government Conspiracy: The MI-X, though it's exact nature and goals are not yet explored. Their activities however seem to be quite far-reaching.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Luna suggests that the Headless Hunt are basically rejecting Nick for this reason, as there are countless headless ghosts but only Nick is Nearly Headless.
  • Heel Realization:
    • Dudley's Character Development kicks in a lot earlier in canon when he and Harry are attacked by a Dementor at the age of nine and saved by the Aurors with Dumbledore's assistance. As in canon, the Dementor shook Dudley up and he began realizing just how terrible he'd been. An additional side-effect is that his latent magic is awakened, and he ends up being accepted into Hogwarts.
    • Percy basically has one when he ends up fighting the troll and has to talk about his dislike of the chaos of the situation with his father, as Arthur helps him see that adhering to orders would just turn him into a 'Yes-Man' who would go along with any kind of authoritarian regime.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: This actually is turned against the elder Dursleys. When Sirius and Remus move into the house next to them, the Dursleys are wrongly convinced that these two are gay (after all it's the early 80s), but can't do anything against it, since they are afraid of wizards.
  • Hidden Depths: When seeing that Dudley manages to hover on a broom right on the first try (even if a bit shaky), Harry can't help but to think there has to be more to Dudley.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: It's noted that any wizard looking for Sirius could easily find his name if they consulted a phone book, but Sirius is fully aware that no pure-blood would ever think to do such a thing.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson both endure this after stealing Neville’s Remembrall and playing midair catch with it while threatening to break it. Madam Hooch quickly arrives and is furious that the two of them deliberately disobeyed her orders to not take off on their broomsticks while she was gone. Their shock and embarrassment at being caught results in them actually breaking the Remembrall, which only adds to their punishment. In the end, Draco and Pansy are forced to each clean a filthy bathroom while being watched and taunted by Filch and Moaning Myrtle, respectively. Draco had hoped to get his parents’ support, only to instead get reproached by them for his stupidity. To top it off, Draco is banned from Quidditch team tryouts when they’re declared open to first years, while he and Pansy have to see numerous people they’ve antagonized (Harry, Ron, Ginny, and Dudley) succeed at their tryouts and even get new broomsticks. Millicent Bulstrode and Daphne Greengrass also note that Dudley is now under the Slytherin team captain’s protection, making him much harder for Malfoy to bully.
    • Draco also undergoes one his second year. He manages to become the new Slytherin seeker after getting everyone on the team new Nimbus 2001 brooms, only for Hermione to call him out in front of both the Slytherin and Gryffindor teams for relying on his father to bribe his way onto the team instead of earning the seeker position fairly. He retaliates by calling her a mudblood, which promptly results in Harry cursing him with the slug-vomiting charm. Though Harry is given detention for casting the curse, Malfoy also gets punished for using a slur. Colin Creevey managed to get several photos of Malfoy vomiting slugs too, which quickly appear throughout the school. Malfoy’s bribe even backfires on the Slytherin team, as the Nimbus 2001s suffer from Crippling Overspecialization and hinder rather than help all the non-seeker players, and the Slytherins end up losing the match after Harry catches the snitch that was right next to Malfoy’s ear. Malfoy is understandably irritated by this, then becomes downright terrified after Marcus Flint gives him a long rant about making their team lose.
  • Hypocrite: After his first year at Hogwarts, Dudley muses that Petunia's attitude towards feeding him makes little sense, as she goes to so much trouble to keep herself thin but fixates on feeding him and Vernon to the point of them both being overweight.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: Remus and Sirius had cut themselves off so completely from the wizarding world that they only learned that a publishing company has released a series of Harry Potter Adventure Books when Harry is eight years old.
  • Ignored Aesop: The Malfoys have already been forced to acknowledge that their attitude towards Draco has left him with an inflated sense of his own importance and ability, but Malfoy continues to blame others for his inability to try out for a house team despite the new rules, and Narcissa also acknowledges that Lucius stepping in won't help Draco learn anything.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: In chapter 7, Vernon Dursley calls the cops because his neighbours are having loud sex at night. When the cops find out that it's their co-workers, they leave.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: It's noted that fear of being this is the reason there were no real applicants to try out for the new Gryffindor seeker apart from Harry, as nobody wanted to try and measure up to Charlie Weasley's legacy.
  • Informed Attribute: It's noted that Draco Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle are mainly in Slytherin because it's expected of them; Zabini notes that the three are ambitious, but their lack of subtlety makes them a poor fit for what the house is meant to represent.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Prior to Harry attending Hogwarts, Dumbledore introduces various reforms, including helping Professor Binns pass on and hiring Professor Rogers as the new History of Magic teacher. Students tend to find the course boring all the same.
    • Accidental magic is still used to get revenge on a bully during Dudley’s trip to the zoo for his eleventh birthday. Specifically, Dudley himself uses his magic to trap his former friend Piers Polkiss in the monkey exhibit, as the latter purposely pretended to still be Dudley’s friend to enjoy a free trip to the zoo while giving Dudley a hard time.
    • Despite being much better at flying due to having practiced at Remus’s magical preschool, Neville still has trouble controlling his broomstick during his first lesson at Hogwarts and ends up losing his Remembrall in the process. Here, however, Madam Hooch reassures him that it was caused solely by faulty school equipment and that he did nothing wrong.
    • Related to the above, Harry still becomes the Gryffindor seeker after one of the teachers sees his natural talent at flying when he catches Neville’s Remembrall. The difference here is that he catches it after it falls out of Neville’s pocket when the latter was having trouble with his broomstick, whereas in canon, he catches it after Malfoy steals and drops it. Moreover, here, Harry insists on earning the position fairly by opening tryouts to all first years rather than just straight up accepting the offer.
    • Like in canon, the Mirror of Erised is discovered by students who decided to stay at Hogwarts over break, one of whom did so due to his troubled family life.
    • Draco gets into trouble after failing to convince a teacher that Hagrid has a dragon just like in canon. His attempt to prove his accusation is quite different, however.
    • Harry doesn’t fall into a coma after the incident with Quirrell but ends up sitting out the final Quidditch match anyway due to being heavily traumatized by the encounter. Additionally, Harry’s idea to introduce reserve teams at the beginning of the year means Gryffindor actually goes up against Ravenclaw with a full seven-member team, yet Ravenclaw still wins the match due to loss of morale from Harry sitting the game out.
    • Harry and Ron don’t fly the latter’s family’s Ford Anglia to school their second year, yet Harry still ends up having to help Lockhart with his fanmail during a detention he gets for a completely unrelated reason.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: It's less the fact that Hermione is that smart than her attitude about it, which causes her social isolation at primary school. Worse, she is completely oblivious she's actually doing it.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: This clearly went through the head of Neville's Uncle Algie when doing his stunt at Blackpool Pier. The end results are a severely traumatized Neville and Algie being banished by the boy's angry parents.
  • It's All About Me:
    • A good description of Fudge's attitude when he "asks" the Prime Minister to find some way to close King's Cross just so that the Ministry can repair Dobby's damage to the barrier to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, as he's basically demanding to shut down a major transport hub just to help a small group who don't even need to use it right away (Sirius later speculates that someone put Fudge up to it as a show of power).
    • Gilderoy Lockhart immediately tries to set himself up as a 'mentor' to Harry on how to better use his celebrity status.
  • Jerk Jock: As in canon, Cormac McLaggen is this; while he performs better than Ron in tryouts, Wood observes that Ron is the better team player, whereas Cormac wouldn't be willing to work with the wider group.
  • Jerkass Realization: It requires Dumbledore to basically lock himself in her bathroom and deal with her moans for a couple of hours, but eventually he's able to help Moaning Myrtle realize that her attitude towards her death has only been hurting herself.
  • Killed Offscreen: In as much as he can be "killed," Peeves is banished when the reconstruction work at Hogwarts disrupted whatever magical knot bound him to the school in the first place.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Played with. The ghost-hunting muggles in New York City are instead "exposed" as frauds by the American obliviators.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Ties in with Humiliation Conga. After flying on their broomsticks despite Madam Hooch outright telling them not to do so while she was gone and stealing and breaking Neville’s Remembrall, Pansy Parkinson and Draco Malfoy are each forced to clean a bathroom while being taunted by a snarky supervisor. Malfoy, whose idea it was to take off on their broomsticks, is also banned from attending Quidditch team tryouts once they’re opened to first years. Moreover, being used to throwing his father’s name around, he anticipated having his family’s support when they found out; instead, they scold him for his lack of subtlety.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Two bobbies have this reaction when they realize the noise complaint they were told to take care of was actually two of their coworkers, Sirius and Diane, having sex, insisting to each other that they heard nothing and that the report was a false alarm.
  • Man Bites Man: When the Six confront Quirrell, Ginny ends up biting him on the wrist to make him drop his wand.
  • Meddlesome Patrolman: Sirius of all people becomes a Bobby, though he only meddles with people who deserve it and otherwise is highly regarded.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Sirius and Remus moving together into the house next door is enough for the Dursleys to be convinced these two man have to be gay - while in reality they aren't. Although not shown, this misunderstanding probably is only resolved once Remus moves out and Sirius marries his love Diane.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Ron's reading ability improves because he becomes interested in muggle comic books; reference is made to him reading Zatanna, The Flash and Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Draco decides to hold off on exposing Hagrid for illegally owning a dragon so that said dragon would grow bigger, be harder to hide, and get Hagrid in even more trouble. Unfortunately for him, this ends up giving Hagrid enough time to get rid of all evidence, and Draco instead gets punished for "lying" about a faculty member.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The ghost invasion of New York in 1984 is mentioned by Dumbledore as the reason why the MACUSA was in hot water with the International Confederation of Wizards.
    • The last time the Hogwarts Express was delayed was in 1944, when a German rocket attack damaged the tracks so that it took hours to repair them.
  • Not So Different: It's noted how the Dursleys' dislike of magic mirrors prejudice against muggles and muggle-borns in the wizarding community.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Pettigrew's reaction when he realizes that he would spend years working with the Carrow siblings while trying to find Voldemort.
    • Agedius Brookman, head of Brookman Publishing, explicitly states this when he realizes that Sirius Black has hired Shark Solicitors & Barristers to sue the company for publishing the Harry Potter Adventure Books series without getting permission from Harry's legal guardians.
  • Old-Fashioned Copper: The other cops, who are that, mention to Sirius that it no longer is like it used to be - which is no wonder, since the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 happened during Sirius's probation period.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: A variation. Instead of using her last name, Nymphadora Tonks, after input from Sirius, uses the shortened "Dora," which is a fully acceptable name in its own right. Only her mother proves difficult about it.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Dumbledore and Snape speculate that there have been relatively few attempts on Harry's life to date because Voldemort wants to kill Harry himself, and there are only so many circumstances under which Voldemort can attack Harry directly in his current condition.
  • Original Character: A few more prominent ones.
    • Thomas and Veronica Evans, who do become Harry's guardians, thus making Mark Evans related to Harry, which he wasn't in canon.
    • Diane Watson, a non-magical woman working in the same police station as Sirius, who first does become his girlfriend, before becoming his wife and mother of his children. Her family (her father, brother, and her own children) thus counts as well.
    • Steve and Kathleen Black, Sirius and Diane's twins. Both are friends with Mark and both are scheduled to attend Hogwarts.
  • Parental Obliviousness: The Dursleys of course, but here it's showcased in all its irrational glory. They are at times even willfully oblivious.
  • Parents as People: Hagrid is able to tell most of the group (with the obvious exception of Hermione) about some of their parents' experiences at Hogwarts, taking care to tell Harry in particular about James's prior bullying history and his later personal growth.
  • Post-Modern Magik: Hogwarts starts to show signs of this, such as Dumbledore's new secretary using a typewriter rather than making handwritten notes.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Despite his usual attitude, Voldemort is relieved that nobody died during the troll's attack on Hogwarts on Halloween as that would draw more attention to the current situation and might expose his own presence.
    • Though it's a stretch to call him a villain, Argus Filch misses the days when he could carry out corporal punishment on students and seems to still threaten to do so. However, he admits that he’s only doing this to scare them, as following through on his threats wouldn’t be worth the legal consequences he’d face.
    • While on the Hogwarts Express, Draco backs off from bullying Harry’s friends when Percy shows up, not wanting to get into a fight with a Prefect before school even starts. Shortly afterwards, he retreats again after antagonizing Dudley, Millicent Bulstrode, and Daphne Greengrass, realizing it could end ugly for him due to the former two being in Crabbe and Goyle’s weight class.
    • A number of Slytherins could count as downplayed examples. They seem to be heavily prejudiced against muggle-borns, based on the words of the Sorting Hat and the fact that only Millicent clapped when Dudley became the first muggle-born Slytherin in decades. Despite this, Draco and Pansy are the only ones who actually try to bully Dudley and his friends, as the rest prefer to just stay out of any conflict to avoid consequences. They also seem to disapprove of Draco and Pansy’s lack of subtlety in their bullying in general, being less than impressed when the two steal Neville’s Remembrall in plain sight of an entire class.
  • Punishment Detail: After Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson are caught and identified as being responsible for the destruction of Neville's Remembrall, Filch assigns them to personally clean the most unpleasant male and female toilets in the school, having first asked the house-elves to leave those particular bathrooms alone to make the punishment more appropriate (Myrtle supervises Parkinson while Filch is responsible for Malfoy).
  • Real Event, Fictional Cause: Played with. Sirius and Diane, along with Veronica and Thomas, watch live the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sirius suggest this will have deep repercursions in the magical world as well, due to the recent death of the Russian Dark Lord Kusnetsov which will eventually cause massive change is magical eastern Europe. Sadly, that in turn would only cause pure-bloods to see more change they dislike. So this is a case of a real event being the potential cause of fictional events.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Invoked when the six ask Hagrid about how the Chamber was opened last time, and Hagrid confirms that Tom Riddle looked completely normal when he was at school and nobody knows how he ended up looking like he does as Voldemort.
  • Rules Lawyer:
    • Dumbledore discusses this idea with some of the Hogwarts house-elves regarding why Kreacher's uniform doesn't qualify as him having received clothes, explaining that there is a complex grey area regarding when an item qualifies as clothing or just an object, including details such as the fact that Kreacher made his uniform himself rather than being given it.
    • After Harry insists that he not be singled out as the only first-year allowed to try out for a house team, Dumbledore agrees with a revised interpretation of the rules that permits first-years to try out for a team and then receive a broomstick while still accommodating the rules against first-years having their own.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!:
    • Defied for Malfoy in particular; after he destroys Neville's Remembrall, he is banned from subsequent Quidditch tryouts and given a particularly unpleasant Punishment Detail, and receives a letter from his father that he expected more subtlety.
    • By contrast, Harry and his friends reject the idea that they should get special treatment, to the extent that Harry insists on taking part in actual quidditch tryouts rather than just getting a position because he shows some talent for the game.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Sirius pulls one is regards to the magical world. He's so disgusted and disappointed with it, that he publicly leaves it behind. Though he knows that won't be forever.
  • Second American Civil War: The Magical United States underwent a short civil war in the late 1960s, which overthrew the political establishment supporting Rappaport's Law.
  • Selective Obliviousness: The best description of the Dursleys' attitude towards their son; even after Dudley's been suspended from school for assaulting another student, they continue to blame everyone else for provoking him rather than just accept the criticism and try and help him improve.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spared by the Adaptation: As a result of the new routine in her life caused by the new school, Luna saves her mother by drawing her away just before the potion Pandora is working on can "backfire" and kill her.
  • Spoiled Brat: Dudley is an obvious example, but Remus abandons a tutoring job because the girl shows no interest in improving and blames him for her trouble.
  • Spotting the Thread: Invoked when Harry and the others overhear Malfoy talking about escaping muggles on helicopters; everyone in Harry's group expresses their doubts that such stories are true, because they doubt that Malfoy's even seen a helicopter, considering that Ron has had greater exposure to muggle culture than Malfoy and had to be explicitly told what one was.
  • Straw Nihilist: Quirrell becomes this after Voldemort gives him the "no good or evil" speech.
  • Tempting Fate: While shopping for robes at Madam Malkin's, Draco makes disparaging comments about Harry and Hermione while under the assumption that they're both muggle-borns. He then rudely states that he's relieved he'll be sorted into Slytherin, since that house hasn't had any muggle-borns for decades. When the sorting actually takes place, Dudley ends up being placed in Slytherin. Not only that, but two more muggle-borns are sorted into Slytherin the following year.
  • There Are No Global Consequences: Averted, though kept at a reduced impact due to the main characters being so young. The end of the Cold War seems to potentially impact the wizarding politics in Eastern Europe. In the background, a short civil war in the Magical United States caused a massacre of the political establishment, and this had the effect of causing British purebloods to flock towards Voldemort.
  • Title Drop: Trelawney's second prophecy makes reference to Voldemort's return, but also mentions that "the Chosen Six" will rise up to fight him (even if she and Dumbledore don't know who the Chosen Six will be).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Comparatively, anyway; Trelawney spends a year on sabbatical to get a better understanding of what is involved in Divination, and subsequently tailors the course to more focus on giving people instruction in the details of the course with the goal of eventually picking out true Seers.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • After her earlier Jerkass Realization and subsequent talk with Dumbledore, Moaning Myrtle receives an updated version of the school uniform and basically becomes a greeter for the first-year students, answering some of their immediate questions before the sorting.¨
    • Initially, Kreacher is a pure-blood supremacist like the rest of the Black family and hates Sirius for rejecting his family’s beliefs. However, because Sirius doesn’t micro-manage him after becoming the Head of the House of Black and is more patient with him due to only occasionally visiting 12 Grimmauld Place, their relationship gradually improves, and Kreacher is also later shown to be getting along better with the Hogwarts house elves too. It gets to the point where Kreacher seems to have largely if not entirely abandoned his pure-blood supremacy views by the time Sirius marries and has children with Diane, a muggle. To be fair, this was ultimately caused by a misunderstanding on Kreacher’s part that Sirius decided to capitalize on. Kreacher thought Sirius was going to free him (he really just planned on giving him to Narcissa, a “proper” pure-blood whom Kreacher had actually wanted to go serve), prompting Kreacher to throw away his pride, grovel, and start showing Sirius proper respect in the hopes of avoiding the dishonor. Sirius even suspects that Kreacher’s happiness regarding Diane and the twins is more due to Kreacher prioritizing the continuation of the Black line over any prejudices.
    • Dudley too, following the Dementor attack becomes a much kinder and more considerate person.
  • Token Minority: Dudley becomes the first muggle-born Slytherin in thirty years.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Sirius and Diane become the parents of twins, Steve and Kathleen Black.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Like in the canon material, this happens multiple times, with the term "useful idiot" being used here.
    • Lucius Malfoy helps Fudge's campaign, so the man gets elected. He waits until Fudge is overwhelmed by his duties, then starts to offer his help, which Fudge of course accepts since he's thankful for Lucius's help in his campaign. Malfoy sees Fudge only as a tool with which he can re-shape Magical Britain to his liking in the long game.
    • Unlike with his Death Eaters, Voldemort sees Quirrell only as a useful idiot to help him come back to life. He plans to dispose of him as soon as possible, since the man's nihilism makes him a poor underling.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sirius gives this to Dumbledore concerning his plans to send Harry to the Dursleys. Sirius's words have some positive consequences as well.
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing:
    • Sirius and Remus are a constant thorn in the side of the Dursleys... by simply moving in next door. They don't have to do anything else, since Vernon's and Petunia's bigotry backfiring on them, due to being too afraid to take steps against wizards, gives the Dursleys a constant self-inflicted punishment.
    • Diane soon invokes the scorn and hate of Petunia simply by being a better wife, mother, neighbor, and overall person than she is.
  • Wizarding School: While of course the canon schools, including Hogwarts, do exist, Remus comes forward with introducing a magical preschool for muggleborn children to attend over two years on weekends, so that they won't be disadvantaged.
  • Would Hurt a Child: At just mentioned to a minor degree; the obliviators assigned to deal with accidental magic reports reflect that they would be willing to obliviate children, but appreciate it when they don't have to. Later, another team recalls a situation where a muggle-born girl was killed by her own mother with a cleaver just a couple of days after receiving her Hogwarts letter.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race:
    • Sirius suspects this to be the reason behind Kreacher’s apparent approval of Diane, Sirius’s muggle wife, and their half-blood twins, in that Kreacher’s wish to see the Black line kept alive supersedes any prejudices about blood purity, not that he’s complaining about Kreacher’s improved behavior.
    • Marcus Flint, a noted bigot towards muggles and muggle-borns, is impressed enough by Dudley’s Quidditch tryout to offer him a position as Slytherin’s reserve keeper. This doesn’t change his overall negative view of muggle-borns and muggles, including Dudley’s own parents.

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