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"There exists a Muggle phrase I heard some years ago; I have come to despise it because of the truth it displays. 'Be careful what you wish for - you may get it.' Trite sounding, yes? The warning it carries is quite profound..."
Lucius Malfoy

Wish Carefully is a one-shot Harry Potter fanfic written by Ten Toes.

To avoid going to war after Albus Dumbledore's death, Harry Potter negotiated a deal to let Voldemort and the Death Eaters gain control of Wizarding England, exiling anyone not a pureblood supremacist, and coming to collect everyone who isn't born as such once a year. Also, the Dark can't interfere with the Muggle world, or risk losing their magic. While the Dark gleefully agreed to the idea at first, they hadn't counted on the long-term consequences.


Decades later, Lucius Malfoy is reminiscing on how much of a genius Harry Potter actually was. The fic is framed as the final days of Voldemort's reign come to an end, from all of the things that ended up causing his downfall.

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  • 100% Adoration Rating: According to Lucius, Harry Potter has earned this due to giving the Light Sided people a new home by buying several Pacific islands for them to live in after the Exodus. This increased after the utter failure of the Dark Wizarding Britain's society and the revelations of Voldemort's tyranny came to light.
  • Alone with the Psycho: With the muggleborns, Squibs, and Light Supporters gone and the Death Eaters magically bound from interacting with muggles in any capacity (lest they lose their powers), the only people left for Voldemort to turn his sadistic whims on were his own followers.
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  • Alternate Universe Fic: Diverges from canon after the end of Half-Blood Prince.
  • Arranged Marriage: Marriages are arranged according to the wealth and fertility of the family. Many of the descendants of the Cabal faced this.
  • Artistic License – Economics: Averted. When all the Light supporters were exiled from the Death Eaters' new magical Britain, most businesses saw their consumer bases and their producers go with them, cutting out a substantial portion of the workforce in the process. Most of the remaining Dark-supporting Purebloods deluded themselves that the economy would sort itself out into something smaller and more efficient. By the time Lucius is an elderly man, they still haven't recovered.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: Two specific points, on a countrywide scale: A) that Salazar Slytherin's family bloodline, the Gaunts, kept "pure" due to years of inbreeding, only flourished in Voldemort because of his muggle father's fresh blood; B) what happens if the crafty, ambitious and/or insane Purebloods are the only ones left in an organization that they don't actually know how to run correctly.
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  • Asshole Victim: The Death Eaters live in a society that is slowly dying out, and are subject to the sadistic whims of the Dark Lord. Then again, they are being taken at their word, so...
  • Ax-Crazy: Only when Voldemort came to rule all of Wizarding Britain, did the Death Eaters realize how unhinged he had become. His hobby of using the Cruciatus Curse on random people was only the beginning.
  • Baby Factory: Eight magically powerful girls between the ages of 13 to 25, collectively known as the Cabal, were kidnapped to be bred among the higher ranks of the Death Eaters. The girls are continuously impregnated until the end of their fertile years.
  • Bad Boss: Voldemort is even worse now than he ever was during his first rule, since there are no muggleborns, muggles or Light-aligned wizards around to torture, and the Death Eaters are magically prevented from even touching the muggles. This means that the only people Voldemort can enact his sadistic whims on are his followers.
  • Bad Future: For the Death Eaters. The economy is in shambles, their population is dying out, the international community locked them in their own country so they don't spread, and they live under the rule of a mad dictator. For the Light side, this is inverted, as their lives improved after they were exiled - they have a prosperous economy, a healthy population, a good government, and are ultimately seen in the right.
  • Batman Gambit: The premise is Harry setting up one for the Death Eaters with the Rites of Parley. Leonidas predicts he's set up another one targeted at Voldemort specifically - with the wizarding population in Britain dwindling to nothing, Voldemort will inevitably move onto terrorizing muggles and thus lose his magic, which will leave him easy pickings for the authorities and possibly cut him off from his Horcruxes as a bonus, or just kill him since his body was made by magic.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The whole point of the story. It's name-dropped by Lucius at the beginning, who hates every truth of the saying and calls it trite. The Death Eaters wished to have a world where they were in charge and that they would never have to deal with muggleborns, blood traitors, squibs or muggles ever again. They got what they wanted. It's just that they'd all been so eager to get rid of the Light supporters that the Death Eaters didn't think about the logical conclusions to what they wanted until it was too late to back out of the deal.
  • Being Evil Sucks: It most certainly does suck to be a Death Eater, especially now that all the muggleborns are gone and there is no one left to lord over.
  • Big Good: Harry became this after Dumbledore's death. He was the one who negotiated a deal with the Death Eaters that allowed for him and his allies to build a new flourishing magical community in the Pacific, all the while leaving the Death Eaters to slowly strangle themselves with their own twisted ideology.
  • Break the Haughty: It happens on a society wide scale, with the Death Eaters forced to see just how unsustainable and wrong their ideology was, all the while all Purebloods around the world saw what a load of bull pureblood superiority was.
  • Breeding Slave:
    • The Cabal, eight magically strong young women who were kidnapped from their homes to be used as baby factories for the Death Eaters. They are kept in healthy condition and are given an interval of two years between each pregnancy they have to ensure their pregnancies are carried to term. But they are forced to be continuously impregnated until they're past their childbearing years, it's implied that many of the women don't get to see their children if they're adopted by the family of their pureblood fathers unless the child wants to see them, and the girls who aren't adopted share their mothers' fate.
    • The male Death Eaters, while not slaves as such, are also forced to produce as many offspring as possible, to the point that they've been reduced to using stud books (records normally used for horse breeding) to keep track of who's had children with whom.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Any Dark supporter who violates the Rites of Parlay set down for them by the Light supporters will instantly and permanently lose their magic.
  • The Caligula: Voldemort uses the Dark Mark to torture random Death Eaters on a whim and is noted by Lucius to have killed people for wearing glasses, thinking they're mocking him with the image of Harry Potter.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Lucius's grandson, Leonidas, tells him there is nothing worth saving of Wizarding England and he wants nothing to do with his family. Leonidas especially takes issue with the fact that his father and grandfather treat him like a breeding stud.
  • The Cassandra: The clerk in charge of the Hogwarts List noticed that squibs don't show up on the list to get their Hogwarts Letter and fewer names were showing up on the List overall due to the Death Eaters' population decline. He kept trying to address the problem but ended up getting crucioed for his trouble.
  • Cassandra Truth: The aforementioned Hogwarts letter clerk tried to point out that their population is declining as fewer and fewer names show up in the Hogwarts letter listing. Many refused to listen to him until it's too late.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: No one is bothered anymore if someone drops to the ground screaming and clutching their arm - the Dark Lord finds it funny to torture people through their Dark Marks. The outside world was horrified, however, and as a result, Wizarding England could not get any immigrants to possibly fill out any gaps in the workforce.
  • The Conspiracy: The Death Eaters have been making very sure that Voldemort never finds out about their population decline and their attempts to avert it. They also conspire to attack Voldemort in an attempt to kill him or send him to Harry Potter for him to kill.
  • Control Freak: Lucius states that the expression does not even begin to describe Voldemort, who introduced a number of draconian laws to control every aspect of people's lives, such as making it mandatory to take the Dark Mark when one comes of age.
  • The Coup: Lucius and several other Death Eaters are secretly planning to overthrow Voldemort, having gotten sick of his rule.
  • Crapsack World: Wizarding England in a nutshell, after the exiles leave. So much of the population left that the economy is in shambles and inbreeding has became even more of a problem to the point that there are more squibs being born due to the lack of genetic diversity. The best the Death Eaters could do for the latter was to slap on a band-aid solution that managed to stave off total population collapse for a few more generations; they could do nothing about the former.
  • Darwinist Desire: The pureblood supremacists wanted to keep their magic strong and believed keeping their blood pure was the way to do it. But as a result of Wizarding England's inbred Death Eater population thoroughly discrediting Pureblood supremacist ideology, other pureblood families around the world have come to encourage their children to seek out a magically powerful muggleborn as a spouse to prevent their bloodlines from becoming "too pure".
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: The Death Eaters' society is falling apart slowly and thoroughly, piece by piece. They can see that their economy has been completely gutted and that year-by-year, inbreeding is gradually nibbling away at their descendants' magical potential, but there's nothing they can do to stop it unless they want to either swallow their pride or permanently lose their magic.
  • Deconstruction Fic: This fic takes the unsustainable models of pureblood methodology and Death Eater government to their logical conclusions, showing how completely untenable they'd be if they were ever put into place. By negotiating a peace where the Death Eaters get what they want, Harry Potter secures a victory for the Light by leaving the Dark Wizards to rot under their own hubris. It's continued to work with the Death of a Thousand Cuts method because the Death Eaters won't swallow their pride and admit they made a mistake.
  • Defector from Decadence: Leonidas Malfoy wants nothing to do with Lucius and Voldemort, and does what he can to help the worst-off of Wizarding Britain.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Of a fantasy type. Lucius doesn't understand the concept of close familial relationships, sees his own descendants as assets rather than people and only thinks that muggleborns are valuable to prevent inbreeding.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: The Death Eaters only took over for the sake of power, only to realize too late they have no one to lord over and they are now under the Dark Lord's "mercy".
  • Dirty Old Man: Lucius, though not by choice. He's forced to take several much younger women as concubines to produce more children for the Malfoy family line despite his advanced age, hoping to bolster the bloodline before he becomes too old to "perform".
  • Dying Race: The Dark purebloods are losing their magic as the result of decades' worth of continuous inbreeding, with each generation producing more Squibs than the last. In the year before the kidnapping of the Cabal girls, only four pureblood children with any magical ability were born in all of Britain, compared to the 27 British muggleborns born in the same time period. Lucius even admits that taking the Cabal was little more than a temporary solution to hold off the inevitable, predicting that the girls have only given them a few more generations at most. And since the ICW put up the Net around Britain after the Cabal were taken, preventing anyone from leaving or entering, kidnapping more girls is not an option.
  • Dystopia Is Hard: Wizarding England under the Dark Lord has no resources or economy, their laws are too draconian to attract any immigrants and their population is slowly dying out.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: No one in the Death Eater-controlled Magical England wants to talk about how their society is on the cusp of collapse with each generation being magically and intellectually weaker than the last and they're slowly dying off, especially not to their insane leader. The one exception was a lowly clerk who got tortured for his troubles, and even he gave up after a certain point.
  • Enemy Mine: It's a very good indicator of the sheer desperation Lucius and the other Death Eaters have when their plan is to actively seek the aid of Harry Potter in a desperate attempt to assassinate Voldemort and save their family bloodlines from the looming oblivion posed by their inbreeding.
  • Engagement Challenge: Lucius only permitted Leonidas's squib son to marry a daughter of a muggleborn Cabal concubine if they produced a magically strong child. Which they did, so they married. Although this has its own consequences.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Lucius ignored the fact that his grandson often visited his blood mother because he didn't want to deprive him of a genuine maternal experience when he and his step-mother never bonded.
    • Apparently, even parents willing to sell their daughters as Mail Order Brides balk at sending them to Death-Eater controlled England.
  • Everybody Lives: It's implied that all the people on the side of Light survived and had many, many descendants.
  • Everyone Is Related: The purebloods are so inbred that they have to use stud books (records used for horse breeding) to keep track of which wizards have had children together.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Grandparent in this case, as Lucius is proud of his grandson Leonidas, even though the latter wants nothing to do with him.
  • Exact Words:
    • Dark-sided Wizards cannot get involved with the muggle world in any way. The Death Eaters initially agreed with this out of a racist desire to preserve their cultural purity... until a couple of families that tried investing in the muggle world or open businesses there in order to bring money to the magical side of Britain ended up losing their magic. It's implied that Leonidas gets away with his smuggling of squib-born children into muggle orphanages by being a Light supporter.
    • The agreement stated that Hogwarts was to remain intact. The exiles from the Light took every valuable thing from Hogwarts, leaving the building intact but completely empty. They even took the Heart of Hogwarts, the part that made the school actually magical.
  • Family Theme Naming: In the original series, members of the House of Black are named after stars or constellations. Leonidas Malfoy, an Original Character descended from the Blacks through his father Draco and maternal grandmother Narcissa, is named after the Leonids, a meteor shower.
  • Fantastic Racism: It's present, but as science and Nazi Germany discredited eugenics, so did Voldemort's Wizarding England single-handedly discredit pureblood ideology and blood supremacy. As Lucius puts it:
    We believed that the magic of muggleborns was a mistake - as if magic would grant her gift in error... what hubris! We were happy, eager even, to agree to the removal of every muggleborn from Britain for as long as we, or our descendants, ruled. We didn't want them and were happy to have them take care of the problem for us. The mudbloods, halfbloods, and that worst of abominations - the squib-born; would be gone and we wouldn't have to lift a finger. They would sweep in yearly and gather them up, with their families. We eagerly agreed and signed, binding ourselves, and our descendants, to that travesty. The world now knows that muggleborns are magic's gift. They are created to strengthen and diversify the blood and keep magic alive and strong.
    • Lucius even mentions that he's heard reports from outside Britain about other pureblooded families seeking out Muggleborns for marriages and trying to make sure that their bloodlines don't become "too pure", and mentions that his own father Abraxias (who was an even bigger purist than him) would be spinning in his grave. In the end, Lucius is still a heartless, racist, classist jerk - the closest he comes to a Heel Realization is acknowledging that his idea didn't work.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: Not too long after the Light Exiles left Britain, the Death Eaters found out the hard way their society was tilted to the very top and very bottom due to the massive loss of the workforce and having nobody to produce goods or do the "dirty jobs" that kept society running smoothly. For example, when the magical lifts at the Ministry of Magic stopped working, they realized the maintenance clerk, the technician and the regular repair company were gone. In the end, they had to hire expensive goblin artificers because none of them had the skills or knowledge on how to fix the problem.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The Death Eaters are ultimately trapped in their country, unable to ever leave without being permanently de-powered, with their Ax-Crazy excuse of a leader prone to venting his murderous impulses on them, and slowly dying out from the inbreeding that's taking its toll.
  • Future Loser: While the Malfoys are nominally powerful and are still quite wealthy, they are forced to resort to desperate measures to continue their line.
  • Generational Magic Decline: Centuries of inbreeding are taking their toll on the Dark purebloods. More squibs are born every year, and even the few young wizards and witches in the current generation are so weak magically that they can no longer complete the traditional sixth year Hogwarts courses.
  • Genius Loci: They thought it was a myth but the Heart of Hogwarts also left in the Light's exodus, leaving Hogwarts a lifeless shell. Moreover, it's implied the Heart knew what was going on and chose to leave, doing some bending of its own rules to allow itself to be removed.
  • Gilded Cage: The women of the Cabal live in luxurious mansions, have their every whim granted, are given anything they want, and their children and grandchildren can even visit them with only minor discouragement in certain cases at worst... but they can't leave at risk of Voldemort finding out about them and were kidnapped from their families in the first place.
  • Give Him a Normal Life:
    • The Rites of Parlay ensures that muggleborns and their families and squib orphans are taken to the new Wizarding Society in the Light's islands in the Pacific so they won't be killed by Death Eaters.
    • The clerk in charge of the Hogwarts List disguised his grandson as an orphaned squib to get him out of England.
    • Leonidas takes pureblood squib children to muggle orphanages so that their own children, in turn, would be declared muggleborns and be taken out of England.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Kidnapping the Cabal girls was the Death Eaters' last resort to fix their lack of genetic variety, falling birth rates and population decline, even if it meant mixing their blood with a muggleborn, which at least two of the girls were. Moreover, everyone has become so desperate to fix things due to Voldemort's incompetence as a ruler leading to the ruination of Magical Britain that the Malfoys and several other high ranking Death Eaters are coming together with a plan to either kill Voldemort themselves or at least subdue him and deliver him to Harry Potter so he can kill Voldemort for them.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Death Eaters and Voldemort wanted to rule Wizarding England, without having to deal anymore with squibs, muggleborns, muggles, and anything else they hate. They got what they wanted. During the time of the fic, the logical conclusions of all of those things are playing out right before their eyes.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: After Dumbledore dies, Harry surrenders right away to be spared a war. It was thought that he was cowardly when really he brokered the best deal possible and left the Death Eaters to die out by digging their own graves while simultaneously teaching the rest of the magical world what a load of bunk Pureblood Supremacy was.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Lucius believes that Dumbledore would've been horrified by the deal as it's left dozens of people and families out to a slow death.
  • Guile Hero: Harry is called almost Slytherin-like in planning since he spares his people war with a treaty that crippled his enemies in both the short and long-term, and earns the adoration of the Light by buying several islands in the Pacific to inhabit after their Exodus.
  • Harbinger of Impending Doom: Crabbe and Goyle were the first signs of the Generational Magic Decline that became prevalent in the Dark Magicals' offspring.
  • Hated by All: By the time Lucius is an old man on his last legs, everyone has come to hate Voldemort so much that the Malfoys and other Death Eaters are gathering together to either kill Voldemort themselves or subdue him and deliver him to Harry Potter so that he can kill him for them.
  • Heel Realization: Averted. Lucius still doesn't think what he has done is wrong, he just accepts that it didn't work, and admits that clinging to Voldemort's insane agenda will doom Britain's purebloods. He's still a racist, classist bastard to the core that went the route of the Retired Monster rather than having a Heel Realization.
  • Heir Club for Men: Pansy and Draco initially had a difficult time conceiving due to her body reacting adversely to the male selection spells. She was only able to bear a daughter which resulted in Lucius buying a concubine for Draco. Both Malfoy men took concubines to sire more children to ensure the continuance of their line.
  • Heroic Bastard: Leonidas is born from the union of a pureblood concubine and Draco. He is also heavily implied to be a Light supporter, as evidenced by his retaining his magic after spiriting squib-borns away to muggle orphanages.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The unnamed Hogwarts clerk saved his grandchild from growing up in the horrific tyranny of Voldemort-led Wizarding Britain by disguising said grandchild as an orphaned squib. This means the clerk never saw said grandchild again.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Voldemort, much to his supporters' chagrin, who hadn't seen him after his return, and now discovered that their precious Dark Lord was an insane, hideous abomination.
  • Humiliation Conga: Nothing goes right for the Dark Magicals. They got exactly what they wanted, only to watch everything fall apart while the Light just sits back and lets their own prejudices do them in.
  • I Am Not My Father: Leonidas wants to be nothing like his father and grandfather, secretly supporting the Light and helping people get smuggled out of Britain.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Lucius reasons that getting a concubine for Draco and later kidnapping several women and forcing them into reproductive slavery was necessary to continue the lines of the Malfoys and several other prominent families.
  • I Want Grandkids: A dark example in that it's only for the continuation of the family line, and Lucius will ensure them in any way possible.
  • I Warned You: The Hogwarts clerk who tries to tell Voldemort of the declining pureblooded wizard birthing rate is crucioed until he stopped trying. Ultimately he's killed. At least he's able to get his squib grandson out of the country before he dies.
  • Implausible Deniability: Lucius and the other Death Eater deny that they kidnapped several women despite that there was a lot of evidence, although it helps that Voldemort was offended when he was asked and crucioed the ambassadors.
  • Industrialized Evil: The women of the Cabal are not to be harmed so as to keep them healthy for reproductive purposes. Also, they and their partners are given fertility potions to ensure a quick conception, and the girls are given a rest period of two years between each pregnancy.
  • Insistent Terminology: Death Eaters are reduced to using studbooks to keep track of who's related to who, but they don't call them that. They call them Family Genealogy books.
  • It Is Beyond Saving: Leonidas has this opinion of Wizarding England, after seeing how badly Voldemort's rule and the Death Eaters' ideology screwed everything up.
  • Know When to Fold Them: Instead of fighting the Death Eaters, Harry chose to surrender, which eliminated casualties for the Light side while having the Death Eaters dig their own graves.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Death Eaters have terrorized Britain for years, committing their acts of mass murder and terrorism with nothing but pride in their pureblood ideology. But when Harry gives them the world they want, not only has their arrogance made them woefully inept at running the now-abandoned Britain, it's also ensured that they're trapped in Britain, slowly dying out from inbreeding and with an increasingly Ax-Crazy Voldemort who has made them his new playthings.
  • Last of His Kind: Because of his immortality, Leonidas believes that eventually, Voldemort will be the only remaining Wizard in England, and with no followers left to torture, his sadism and insanity will drive him into attacking a muggle, at which point he will immediately lose his magic. This will either result in his body collapsing with no magic to sustain it, or the muggle authorities will believe him to be some sort of deformed madman and have him either imprisoned or committed.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Fewer and fewer Dark families are able to have children and even fewer are able to have children with magic. Inverted with the Light exiles, who have a very healthy and robust population.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Everyone is doing their best to keep Voldemort himself from finding out about the Squib problem and the existence of the Cabal girls, because he'll have the mother of all Villainous Breakdowns if he does, which will be very painful for everyone involved.
  • Long Game: Part of what makes Harry's defeat of the Death Eaters so terrifying is how slowly it's playing out, to the point that Lucius' grandchildren have grandchildren of their own. Lucius himself even curses their collective shortsightedness.
  • Loophole Abuse: No Dark-sided Wizards can get involved with the muggle world in any way. Leonidas Malfoy gets around this by being a Light supporter.
  • Magically Binding Contract: The Rites of Parlay set the terms for Light's surrender and exile. The terms were that no Light-sided witch or wizard will step foot in Wizarding England while the Dark is in control of England except for once a year. On said once a year, the Light will come to take the muggleborns, halfbloods, and squib-born to safer places. The Dark Wizards are not allowed to interfere with any muggles or muggleborns in any way; if they do, they'll lose their magic. The Dark Wizards happily signed this contract without thinking of the long-term consequences of their actions, resulting in a society that is slowly dying away.
  • Mail-Order Bride: A sign of Wizarding England growing worse is that the population initially had to increasingly resort to obtaining foreign brides. A bigger sign was that more and more people are refusing to give said foreign brides to them. Lucius recounts how Dolohov attempted to get a young Russian pureblood witch for himself, only for her family to back out when they heard about the state of Wizarding England.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: It is imperative for the remaining purebloods to breed, and this is especially true for the Cabal, seeing it was the reason they were kidnapped.
  • Mars Needs Women: When the Death Eaters realized that the inbreeding was rendering them incapable of bearing children (and even those they did get were squibs more often than not), they kidnapped several girls (at least two of whom were muggleborns) in a desperate attempt to get some fresh blood.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings:
    • The Light exiles celebrated their victory and good future by starting their own families and bearing many healthy children, with rumors spreading that Harry himself had a dozen.
    • Inverted with the Dark families, the majority of whom only have a single child and heir, compounding the Royal Inbreeding problem in their society. Most of the higher-class pureblood Death Eaters looked down on families like the Weasleys who had many children, having been taught that larger families belonged to the lower classes. In the first few years of Voldemort's reign, a pureblood family with more than two children was very rare.
  • Meaningful Name: Leonidas is descended from the Blacks through his grandmother and follows their Theme Naming of stars and constellations by being named after the Leonids, a meteor shower. His name also has "leo" in it, Latin for lion, the emblem of Gryffindor—and he embodies the values of one by being brave, just, and righteous.
  • The Migration: All the Light and their supporters moved to Indonesia and the surrounding tropical islands and reformed their society there, progressing socially and economically.
  • Missing Steps Plan: Voldemort and his followers never seemed to have any sort of long-term plans beyond "get rid of wizards and witches deemed undesirable", and "take over the wizarding world". As most of the Dark Lord's loyal supporters are generally on the higher end of the social hierarchy, they're completely clueless about how the day-to-day operations of Wizarding England work. As such, the whole society is perpetually on the verge of collapse due to a bunch of Sheltered Aristocrat families that never really thought about who kept things running before, and there's nobody left who knows how to do these things now. In short, the missing step in their plan was figuring out how to actually run things should they ever get what they want.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: By the time Lucius is an old man, the Death Eaters have become so sick of Voldemort's madness and cruelty that they're planning to attack him all at once to either kill him or deliver him to Harry Potter so Harry can kill Voldemort for them.
  • The Mistress: Many pureblood men took on concubines out of desperation to ensure the continuation of their bloodlines. There's also the girls of The Cabal.
  • Moral Myopia: Lucius's justifications for kidnapping the Cabal girls.
  • Muggle Born of Mages:
    • The squib-born were treated as an embarrassment at best and an abomination at worst. To the Death Eaters' horror, as the population becomes more inbred from their small gene pool, more and more squibs are born every year.
    • While not quite squibs, the pureblood children of the current generation are also severely inbred and their magic is so weak that they're not capable of completing the traditional Hogwarts seventh year courses.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Thanks to the Death Eaters' own haughtiness, they condemned themselves to a slow death with the whole world watching, discrediting their entire ideology. This trope is invoked by Lucius and the Death Eaters; they will attempt to neutralize the Dark Lord to kill him or deliver him to Potter.
  • No Cure for Evil: Magical healing is primarily a Light-aligned profession. After the mass Light exodus from Britain, very few healers remained. Those that did stay only remained out of a sense of duty, sending their families with the exiles.
  • No Delays for the Wicked: Averted. One of the first signals the Death Eaters have of how bad things are going to become is when the Ministry lifts break down, and they find out the maintenance clerk, the technician and the company that fixed them have left.
  • No Ending: The fic ends with Lucius describing his and his compatriots' plan to attack Voldemort all at once themselves in the hopes of either killing him or at least subduing him so they can deliver him to Harry to kill for them. It's left ambiguous as to whether it will succeed or not.
  • Offing the Offspring: Fatal magical accidents would increase if a child was proven to be a squib. If the child between a Cabal woman and a homeschooled squib is magical, the squib mysteriously dies after the child's first proof of magic.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Averted. The bulk of the Death Eaters belonged either to the criminal underclass or the aristocratic pureblood lines. The middle and working classes, those that produced complex goods or provided skilled services that kept everything behind the scenes running smoothly, were primarily Light-affiliated. With those people gone, Wizarding society in Britain rapidly begins to feel the pinch. To illustrate, Lucius specifically mentions the example of the day that the magical lifts in the Ministry stopped working. Not only had the clerk who was supposed to oversee the maintenance left, so had the artificer he had previously contracted. In the end, the Death Eaters had to hire expensive goblin artificers simply because none of them had the skills to fix the problem.
  • Original Character: Leonidas Malfoy, Draco's son and Lucius's grandson, an undercover Light-side supporter who smuggles pureblooded Squib children into Muggle orphanages.
  • Parental Favoritism: Lucius's favorite grandchild is Leonidas, but that's because he's magically strong and a male on top of that.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The kidnapped Cabal girls are well treated to reduce the possibility of miscarriages. Lucius even notes that the world being worried about them being horrifically abused was ridiculous as that would almost certainly cause miscarriages or other birth problems which defeats the whole purpose of kidnapping them in the first place.
  • Pure Is Not Good: Due to their obsession with blood purity, the Death Eaters' population is in decline and more squibs are born in each succeeding generation. With their ideology discredited, the rest of the magical world learned this lesson.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Lucius now realizes their victory over the light is this. While they may have gotten what they wanted, they condemned themselves to an insane ruler, a shambling economy and a slow death due to inbreeding.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: While the Death Eaters manage to temporarily stave off their decline by kidnapping the Cabal girls, kidnapping them in the first place ultimately caused the Net to be placed over England, effectively trapping them in the country.
  • Racist Grandpa: Lucius, especially now that he really is a grandfather and great-grandfather.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: What cements Lucius Malfoy as a Retired Monster is that he doesn't understand why the world made such a big deal about the Cabal girls' kidnappings and believes the women should be grateful to him for "rescuing" them from their impoverished backgrounds and letting them live in luxurious mansions with their every whim pampered to in exchange for popping out a kid every two years.
  • Redemption Equals Death: The unnamed Hogwarts clerk. He isn't entirely innocent, as wizards that remained in Britain were primarily Dark-sided unless they were Healers who stayed out of obligation, but eventually realizes the pitfalls of his chosen side. When his warnings go unheeded, the clerk ensures his grandchild's escape and is killed for it.
  • Released to Elsewhere: Subverted as the Rites of Parlay ensure that muggleborns and squib-born are taken to elsewhere (by elsewhere, they mean the new Hogwarts in Indonesia) so they won't be killed by Death Eaters.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: One cannot quit or refuse to become a Death Eater.
  • Retired Monster: Lucius has his regrets about the contract with Harry Potter and the Light. But Lucius only regrets how he did the things that led up to it, not that he did them. The closest he gets to a Heel Realization is admitting that his ideology isn't working at this particular juncture, but he doesn't think he's wrong about pureblood supremacy.
  • Royal Harem: Lucius styles the Cabal as one, despite the women being nothing more than reproductive slaves.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: The ICW agents, many of whom are former Aurors, will not be bribed.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The modus operandi of the Light Exodus - everyone that was Light-affiliated or plain didn't like the Death Eaters left England for good.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After the Dark wizards kidnap several women for reproductive slavery, the ICW puts a magical Net over England. They can't portkey, Floo, or apparate without getting automatically sent to an ICW warehouse for intensive questioning.
  • Secret Legacy: Harry is descended from Gryffindor, Hermione from Ravenclaw, and Neville from Hufflepuff. Harry also gets recognized as the Heir of Slytherin. This allows them to take the Heart of Hogwarts.
  • Selective Obliviousness: The "accidental deaths" of squib children or squib adults.
  • Sex Slave: Subverted with the women of the Cabal; they're not raped regularly, and Lucius even lampshades how ridiculous the rumors about sexual abuse and violence against the girls are, since the stress and mental trauma would assure a miscarriage or other birth problems.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Lucius notes Harry Potter hasn't appeared in public for years and could well have died of natural causes, further narrowing the desperate coup's chance of success.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: Harry knew that he couldn't beat Voldemort and the Death Eaters in battle (and even if he tried, it would cost the lives of many Light supporters), so instead he tricked them into the Parley agreement. Now the Death Eaters have to deal with a crippled and bleeding economy while inbreeding slowly strangles their magic.
  • Shoot the Messenger: The clerk and the ambassadors get crucioed when they confront Voldemort on particular issues.
  • Stupid Evil: Many of the Death Eaters' horrendous actions that crippled the country and set up their cause to die a slow and painful death were motivated by nothing more than racism at best and For the Evulz at worst.
  • Super Breeding Program: The Cabal women were a last-ditch effort for affluent purebloods to breed magically strong children.
  • Superhuman Trafficking: The Death Eaters, in a desperate attempt to get fresh new blood, kidnapped a number of young magically strong girls for reproductive slavery, resulting in the Cabal.
  • Super Registration Act: It is mandatory to take the Dark Mark when one comes of age in Voldemort's society.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Aside from the problems of most pureblooded families being related to each other, resulting in inbreeding (and thus causing future generations to become magically and intellectually weaker over time), the story also shows how the removal of a large group of people with specialized skills will cause the breakdown of society. Somebody's got to fix the pipes and the wires, after all; without those people, the Death Eaters' Wizarding Britain is barely holding together.
    • Lucius mentions that the more aristocratic Death Eaters had expected the Death Eaters in the lower social classes to fill some of the gaps caused by Light-aligned businesses closing. Unfortunately, it didn't occur to most of them that these minions had become criminals in the first place because they didn't have any useful skills. Even if they wanted to improve themselves, they'd need both training and capital to start a business, neither of which it occurred to the Death Eater nobility to provide.
    • Anyone with even a basic understanding of biology could tell you that there is no such thing as a superior bloodline, and what actually keeps a society strong is a diverse and healthy gene pool. The Death Eaters, being supremacists, wouldn't hear of it until it was too late. As a result, the constant inbreeding has been making them both intellectually and magically weaker with each passing generation.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: Nope. For all that he's been utterly humiliated and watching his society fall apart, Lucius is still horrible and irredeemable.
  • Tangled Family Tree:
    • Purebloods tend to be very closely related, and this works against them as the lack of genetic diversity has led to more squibs and fewer magically strong children being born.
    • As a last resort to continue the Malfoy family name, Draco bred five magical children with one of the Cabal girls, while Lucius bred two before he became too old to "perform". The latter two (whose genders are not specified) are therefore the aunts/uncles of Draco's children with the Cabal girl, despite being roughly the same age as them.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • "We don't need the muggles or the mudbloods."
    • Also, during their kidnapping operation (which resulted in the Cabal), the Death Eaters thought nobody would notice a few missing witches from poor families in backwater areas.
  • To Win Without Fighting: What Harry and the Light exiles achieve. Without getting any of their own people killed, they leave the Dark Wizards to wither on the vine, and got them to agree to it wholesale at the same time.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Wizarding England is dying out due to inbreeding and the remaining children are getting magically weaker and more mentally deficient with each succeeding generation.
  • Truth in Television: The problems facing Wizarding Britain post-Voldemort take over mirror real life issues when constructing ethnonationalist states: the loss of valuable human capital, a sclerotic and backward dictatorship, international isolation, and horrible decay.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Voldemort goes crazier the more he sees Potter and the Order of the Phoenix succeed. He even attacks people wearing glasses, because he thinks they're mocking him.
  • Villain Respect: Lucius grudgingly admits that Harry's deal was a stroke of genius on his part.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Lucius thinks the women of the Cabal should be grateful to him because he "took them from poverty" and gives them whatever they want in reward for them giving birth, and he lets them see their own children.
  • White Sheep: Leonidas possesses morals that Draco and Lucius simply don't. It's implied that they came from his birth mother. Tellingly, it's implied that he's involved with smuggling squibs to muggle orphanages, yet doesn't lose his magic despite involving himself with the muggle world, something only possible if he was Light-aligned.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Subverted in that Pansy and Leonidas never had much of a relationship with each other to begin with and Leonidas frequently visited his own mother.
  • Wife Husbandry: The younger women of the Cabal were groomed to get used to their reproductive slavery quicker.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Lucius lives long enough to live with several regrets and to see his great-grandchildren.
  • Wretched Hive: Magic Britain quickly became this under Death Eater rule, not just because of their evil, but also because the Dark-aligned wizards had little skill in the day-to-day matters of running society, being composed mostly of the absolute top or bottom of the social classes.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Lucius still believes purebloods are superior, but at least acknowledges that Harry Potter's deal with Voldemort was a stroke of genius on his part and that there is at least some benefit to genetic difference.


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