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Fanfic / Those Gilded Chains We Wear

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Those Gilded Chains We Wear is a Harry Potter fanfiction by KuraiBites.

During the hour-long break in the Final Battle at Hogwarts, Bellatrix Lestrange approaches Hermione with a possibility that she cannot refuse - Bellatrix's non-participation in the rest of the battle, depriving Voldemort of his most dangerous soldier and likely saving many lives. The price? An Unbreakable Vow to keep Bellatrix out of Azkaban, with the stipulation that should one die, so would the other. Thus begins a very natural and realistic take on how a romance between a muggleborn and an insane Death Eater would develop.


Tropes in this Fanfiction:

  • Please Don't Leave Me: Bellatrix is near death after an attack, she tries to prevent Hermione from going to get help, as that would necessitate leaving her alone.
  • Queer Romance
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Bellatrix
  • Romantic Rain: Yes. This being the ship it is, though, it comes with a side of mutilation. Oddly, Bellatrix's addition to Hermione's arm is more romantic than the rain it takes place under.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Ron
  • Secret Relationship: For about a day. Still sort of counts, in that no one on the Light side knows about it yet.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Partially. Guess why Cygnus Black isn't around anymore?
  • Scary Teeth: Bellatrix has them from her time in Azkaban. Hermione, being the daughter of two dentists, takes it upon herself to fix them. It does not end well.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Hermione and Bellatrix, in vastly different ways.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Narcissa Malfoy
  • The Smart Guy: Surprisingly, both female leads. Bellatrix is just too insane to use it.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Bellatrix, if you replace "sour" with violently insane and take everything about the trope Up to Eleven.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever Hermione and Bellatrix must defend themselves against someone who wants one of them dead (as killing one would kill the other, due to the Vow.)
  • Trash Talk: Bellatrix. Constantly. To everyone.
  • Trauma Button: Hermione flashes back to her torture at Malfoy Manor whenever she is captured by someone. Bellatrix breaks down spectacularly (and violently) whenever someone manages to pass her occulumency barriers.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Bellatrix, after she recovers from Azkaban.
  • True Love Is Exceptional
  • The Unapologetic: Bellatrix is not sorry for all of the horrible things she has done, even after she gets together with Hermione.
  • Vain Sorceress: Bellatrix, so much so that she added a clause to the Unbreakable Vow that would allow her to receive a youth-restoring potion to undo the damage Azkaban did to her complexion.
  • Villainous BSoD: Hermione is gradually pushing Bellatrix into one.
  • Villainous Cheekbones


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