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All theories are to be placed in the relevant folder. Beware, for unmarked spoilers for Child of the Storm, Chaos Reigns and Ghosts of the Past abound.

Wanda and Magneto will have a discussion about parenting.
I know this is unlikely but with Wanda and Magneto both being absentee parents... There could be an interesting conversation to be had here about who was the better parent or had the better reason.
  • Confirmed in chapter 80, though the conversation is more along the lines of mutual regret at their failings as parents.

Barty Crouch Jr. will serve as Voldemort's Dragon
If the story keeps to this bit of canon, then he'll have already been smuggled out of Azkaban by his father, which means he wouldn't have been present for Gravemoss's breakout of the Death Eaters and subsequent purge of all Voldemort die-hards. And with the new boost to his telepathy courtesy of the power stolen from Harry, Voldemort could easily track him down and reassert his control over him.
  • Chapter 2 of Ghosts of the Past confirms this, though Crouch seems to have his own free will.

The events of Dead Beat will happen soon, and Dresden will ask for SHIELD or Avengers support.
And things will go even further Off the Rails when Voldemort and Selene show up to claim the Word of Kemmler as per their alliance.
  • Happens in Ghosts of the Past, though SHIELD and the Avengers are unable to assist thanks to the Red Court's Batman Gambit.

Doctor Strange is Faking the Dead
The man is one of the most powerful beings in the universe. He can time travel, can do magic people barely even dream about and can see the future. Something like faking his own death should be easy.How did he do it? He didn't. He decided that, when he was to actually die in a gajillion years, he would time travel to the right point, so that, upon his death, Wanda would take the position of Sorceress Supreme.Why did he do it? Two reasons. The first is that he needs to carry out several missions that require certain degree of stealth, which would be a bit hard if people know he's around: with Wanda at the helm, people will think he's not around anymore, and Strange will have free hands to plan and act from the shadows. The second is that he knows people are relying a bit too much on his almost-omniscience and -omnipotency to solve the big problems, so, by stepping back, he forces people to step up and stand on their own, while he remains hidden, only acting if it is really needed.
  • Mostly confirmed, but the specific method laid out here is Jossed, as is the second reason, as he is very explicitly not the Sorceror Supreme anymore (in fact, one of the missions/errands he pulled off while presumed dead was only possible because of that) and he openly revealed his survival to the Avengers, et al, as well as Dumbledore, McGonagall, Ron, and Hermione just four days later.

Peter Parker will still become some kind of hero in this 'verse
Judging by how much the author has stated he enjoys Peter and ships Peter/MJ hard, it's hard to imagine that he won't keep Peter around. Sure, Peter could potentially stay alive and not become a hero... but we're talking about the Trope Namer for With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility. Additionally, my guess is that he will receive some kind of Super Empowering beyond the Grey Court bite that will kick-start his abilities.
  • Confirmed in Unfinished Business: he gets bitten by one or several of the spiders that Doctor Lake a.k.a. Nimue is keeping in her cottage, implied to be magic-based super soldier experiments from Project Pegasus. This reawakens some of the vampire traits and gives him most of the classic powers, making him a mix between classic Peter Parker and Miguel O'Hara.

The mysterious Lady Knight is...
  • Carol
  • Diana
  • Ginny
  • Sif
  • The equally mysterious Spitfire I.
    • Especially since they Never Found the Body and there's also a throwaway line in chapter 21 that says that "she was close to unstoppable with a sword," and according to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it line in chapter 40, she was a time traveller. Hmmm...
  • Peggy Carter, who disappeared in the 60s. And according to Doctor Strange, it's "wibbly wobbly timey wimey".
  • Saber, from Fate/stay night, since it was said that the Lady Knight is trapped on her endless quest.
    • Jossed by Word of God, who isn't much of an anime fan.

Magneto will speak with Harry Dresden about the latter's relationship with Wanda.
In chapter 76, when told that Magneto is Wanda's father, Dresden reflects on the fact that he had imagined Nicodemus Archleone dropping by to learn what he was doing with his (other) daughter. Magneto appears in battle in the next chapter. More Foreshadowing? Impossible.
  • In chapter 78, he seems about to do exactly that, while Dresden tries to hide behind Wanda (which, since he's over a foot taller than her, is an enterprise doomed to failure), but Wanda just glares at him and says, 'Father, don't you dare', whereupon he backs down.

The Harrys (Potter and Dresden) will have to combine their fire power to deal with a certain threat.
And much Snark-to-Snark Combat will ensue.

Magneto could end up being a recurring character
Since it's revealed that Voldemort got a power upgrade, courtesy of Selene and Magneto has been developed as an enemy to the Hellfire Club then I see both Voldemort and Selene joining forces to take down the Avengers. Which also means the Hellfire Club could play a huge part in this arc and Magneto could serve as an ally of the Avengers to bring forth revenge against the Hellfire Club and Selene.
  • Though while Magneto has been established as despising the Hellfire Club and frequently purging its members, Voldemort seems to have ruled out direct confrontation with the Avengers for the time being.
  • He's certainly become a secondary character, and does indeed ally with Wanda and Dresden to fight Riddle and Selene. So, kinda confirmed.

Bruce Wayne might join Harry and his group later in the story
And the interactions between Harry and Bruce will be hilarious. Also, the team could use a tech guy.

Carol will either keep the ring or gain a power near that of the Green Lantern.
While she is the strategist of the group and a super soldier like Steve and Bucky, she may need a boost in order to continue to punch above her weight class.
  • Well, she got the blood transfusion from Harry at the end of Bloody Hell, so we'll have to see if that does anything.
  • In Unfinished Business her energy-absorbing shield turns out to be a Morph Weapon that can turn into armour much like her canon Captain Marvel suit, which also allows her to use absorbed energy for low-level Flying Brick and Flying Fire Power, then after the original Lantern is broken, she's able to substitute her suit for the Lantern to directly mainline Earth's magic. It's implied that the magical blood allows her to channel this power without burning out.

One of the reasons Strange was so interested in Harry is preventing the Civil War arc.
Harry's presence seems to have strengthened the bonds of the Avengers so it's entirely possible that this will cause them to peacefully talk out their issues until they come to a solution instead of splintering.

Doctor Strange will end up becoming a Big Bad in future instalments.
Given the way he threw his weight around towards the Gods in Chapter 17 of Ghosts Of The Past, even some of the reviewers commented that was Strange's Jumping Off the Slippery Slope moment.
  • Afterwards, he seems to have pulled himself back from the edge, but it's indicated that he's still not entirely all there.

The third child of Trelawney's prophecy is Billy Kaplan
My reasoning for this is patchy at best, but I think Wiccan would be one of the few characters who could fit thematically, and could fit into the description of "a memory in a cocoon of frozen time" without stretching his canon backstory too far.

We know Wanda struggled with her powers when she was younger, so it's possible she caused something M-Day-esque resulting in the 'births' of Tommy and Billy. If this event was then undone, possibly involving reverting the timeline Wanda created, then the description could fit. At the very least, the Young Avengers program has been mentioned, so there's a connection to Billy implied already.

Billy has a very, very similar story to both canon and COS Harry; a seemingly ordinary boy who was actually born under extraordinary circumstances and given incredible supernatural abilities. In canon he's a future Sorcerer Supreme, and his powers as the Demiurge are at least enough to put him in the same power ranking as Harry, Clark and Maddie.

Aside from that, Harry effectively has three power sets. His physical abilities, his psychic abilities and his magical abilities. Clark and Maddie both outclass Harry in one aspect of his powers, so it would make sense for the third child to be his superior magically.

Also I just really, really want it to be Billy.

  • Could also be Kara Zor-El. I don't know too much about her comics incarnation, but I believe that she could be "a memory of Krypton," with her rocket trapped "in a cocoon of frozen time."

Aziraphale and Crowley will make an appearance.
Given the references to Good Omens and the fact that Nimbus is a Gaiman and Pratchett fan, it's entirely possible that this could happen, even if they'll be limited to cameos.
  • Especially since the Jesus appearance seems to have gone down pretty well. Thor and Loki also mentioned being friends with them back in CoS.

Nimbus is using Exact Words when he says that Bruce Wayne won't become Batman.
Bruce is going to become a Crazy-Prepared Badass Normal superhero who relies on intelligence, tech, and martial arts, he just won't become Batman. And that's because Batman was very thoroughly shaped by the murder of his parents - which, in the CoS 'verse, was prevented by the intervention of Harry Dresden.

  • Doctor Strange - he made Wanda memorise it; and it would be in character for him to think it funny.
  • Even funnier would be someone else going: "oh, I know it wasn't Strange, because it was me" sometime:
    • Loki of course is a candidate
    • Toni Stark isn't impossible, either
    • or Jesus (come on: you have to justify that "bad influence on Loki" thing somehow)

Peggy Carter will enter the story as a recurring character when Harry returns from the time-traveling jaunt he takes when he's 17.
  • Peggy disappeared around the same time as the Angel of Cuba incident (and is not confirmed to be dead).
  • It's been outright stated that the First Class of X-Men know who or what the Angel of Cuba was.
  • It's been very strongly implied that the First Class of X-Men know exactly what happened to Peggy - especially since Alison Carter, her daughter, was one of their number.
  • It's also been very strongly implied that Harry was the Angel of Cuba.
  • According to Doctor Strange, what happened to Peggy is "wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey"
  • Put all of that together and it seems pretty likely that when Harry returned to his present, Peggy ended up joining him.

Dumbledore wielding the Elder Wand is going to be a Chekhov's Gun
Bucky and Ollivander imply that at least part of the reason Strange held back from defeating Grindelwald entirely was that he wanted Dumbledore to take mastery over the Wand. And it's not as if Strange couldn't have gone all the way if he'd wanted to, which means that he probably left the wand for Dumbledore to take so that Dumbledore could use it sometime in the future. Yes, Strange tells Dumbledore that the reason he needs to do it is a case of Create Your Own Villain, but this is Strange we're talking about.
  • Furthermore, Ollivander's description of its abilities makes it sound even more powerful than its canon counterpart. Hard to imagine that's not intentionally foreshadowing something, especially with Nimbus' Signature Style.
  • It's used in chapter 69 to repair a wand that would otherwise be considered beyond repair, further cementing its powerful status.

Barty Crouch Junior is impersonating his father
The events at the Quidditch World Cup confirm that he's still playing a role as Voldemort's agent in his current scheme, but he hasn't shown up since, and the absence of Mad-Eye Moody suggests that he's not impersonating him like in canon. Meanwhile, at the Yule Ball, Percy mentions how Crouch Senior hasn't been much the same since the World Cup, which he puts down to stress, but what if it really is a case of Not Himself? Plus, one can easily imagine Junior taking great joy out of impersonating his hated father to further his beloved Dark Lord's agenda.

Annihilus will play a major antagonistic role in a future volume.
I mean, come on. I really want it to happen and it's a possibility anyways.He's implied to be the reason the Phoenix exists and chooses hosts(not Destruction of the Endless herself, but the Phoenix part of her) when Doctor Strange says "Of course, sometimes, a threat is so great that the universe has to solve its own problems. In this case… cue the Phoenix." If that is the case, then he would simply be too great a threat to simply ignore. If he was merely a one-mention character he wouldn't ever appear, but he continues to appear afterwards, most notably in Harry's first past vision. And if you remember the author's use of foreshadowing, that could mean he could appear in a future volume. Most likely not Ghosts of the Past, but the volumes after it.
  • Word of God has stated that Annihilus is far from the only one reason the Phoenix has hosts (as in, threats like him are part of why, but he's not the only reason). However, he has also hinted at a reappearance.

Harry's blood burning Grey Court vampires is due to ...?
Just like White Court vampires being hurt by love goes both ways (i.e. the person being protected by it has to either truly love someone else or someone has to love them), Grey Court vampires being hurt by faith could also be a two way rule? So for it to work, it would also be enough if someone believed in Harry; not nescessarily required that Harry be the one believing in anything/anyone else. Well - after the Dark Phoenix incident, there is quite a long list of (some very impressive) people who are said to believe in Harry... so this could be what burns Dracula et al?
  • It's pretty heavily implied to be the Phoenix protection.
    • It's all but stated that Harry, from whose point of view this is written and who comes up with a plan to use it to his advantage, thinks it's the Phoenix protection. That doesn't exclude the author still throwing a curve ball by having it be caused by something else entirely, though. Something that neither Harry suspects in universe nor we suspect here. Or it could be a little bit of both.
  • In favor of the belief-as-grey-vamps-weak-point theory: support from Amanterasu, Anahita, Anansi, Athena, Brighid, Ganesha, Guan-Yin, Hades, Hestia, Isis, Jesus, Laozi, Mother Summer, Odin, Osiris, Thoth, Vishnu, and the Zoryas would certainly not be something to be sneezed at.
    • From a meta perspective: explicitly phrasing someone expressing their support of Harry in the words "I believe in you" (about five times, no less) in order to use that for something later would be a master troll chekhov's gun.
    • There's also all of the mortals who have faith in Harry: Not just his many friends and family members, but if you think about it, there's everyone across the Nine Realms who knows what he did stitching the universe back together after Chthon. Plus, it was mentioned that many more people began worshiping the Norse pantheon after Thor and Loki showed up. Which means there is presumably now a fair amount of people worshiping Harry.
    • Word of God says it's the Phoenix protection, which Dracula smells in his blood.

Plot predictions involving Gambit
  • In the future, we might see at least one creator deity react to Gambit being a clone the way it's predicted for someone in the pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Freefall universe who discovers one of their creations has created sentient life of their own - as a Doting Grandparent :
    When they find out they've become grand-creator[...], they'll spoil [the] kid rotten.
  • There might still be a Chekhov's Gun waiting to go off after Gambit's talk with Jesus - just as Harry's talk with said person had other effects on the sly that were completely unnoticeable and only discovered later. Since Gambit did a lot for Maddie, who's their extended family (as both of them are Harry's cousins, albeit on different sides); they might have left him a thank you present. This could be something relating either to the fact that Gambit's being a clone was causing him problems, or related to Gambit's powers (which Gambit seems to have exceptional control over later in the fic, very unlike his brother). Being who they are, they might have done it in any case, but the "thank you for helping my baby cousin out" adds a nice touch of Karmic Jackpot.

How the issue of lying to Ron about the Winter Soldier will be resolved
  • As one reviewer put it: "Obviously, the best course of action would be to sit Ron down, explain the whole situation, let him talk to Bucky, get him some serious therapy, and find some way to move forward without violence. This being Harry, that clearly won’t happen, but there will need to be a reason why Harry doesn’t at least consider it. He generally learns from his mistakes, so if he doesn’t this time, that requires an explanation."
  • Another possibility would be to talk to Ginny first. It's her father, too; and she knows what it's like to be mind controlled into doing things she really wouldn't have on her own, so won't seek revenge on the Winter Soldier for things beyond his control. Essentially, she'd know all the right things to say to Ron about the issue itself. Then, take her along when coming clean to Ron. Explain that lying to him was more or less a panic reaction out of fear that either someone would overhear who'd further harm Bucky for things he had no control over, or that Ron would lash out out of grief for his father in a reflex before understanding. Tell him that Harry has been looking for a way to properly explain ever since: because Ron is Harry's best friend and he wants to do this right, half assing something just wouldn't do. Tell him that Ginny can explain it much better because of the diary incident, then let her do so.
  • Or, alternatively, it won't be - because Harry's drama queen tendencies to show off what a good liar he is will get the better of him even in apologising; and he'll only make things worse by accident.
    • Harry more or less humble bragged to Clint about how really really bad he can do and how well he can lie and how he can tell Ron what he's doing, have Ron buy it anyway, and chose to follow through etc. - if he does the same to Ron in lieu of a sincere apology; does anyone think that will go over well? Or will Ron rather catch on that Harry is making him look ridiculous (by accident, as it's an unintended effect of Harry beating himself up so bad; but Ron can't know that) and say thanks, but no thanks?
  • Possibly, Harry will have Ron speak to Xavier. Not only will this help give Ron some closure, but Xavier can also help him with psychic shields to ensure nothing like what happened with Voldemort will ever happen again (plus, it'd be helpful so that no other telepaths discover the truth about the Winter Soldier from Ron). Magneto's talk with Ron could also be foreshadowing.
    • From a purely Doylist perspective, Xavier is as close as it gets to a Deus ex Machina without Harry actually going to one of his family - most likely Frigga - and asking something like: "Grandma, could you help me out? There's this jerkass sorcerer that scrambled my best friend's mind to get to me. Can't you unmess my bestie's mind and kick the sorcerer's butt real hard, pretty please with cherries on top?" After all the divine interfering that's been going on lately, it'll be hard to come up with an in story reason why she'd say no.
    • Given that Voldemort's way in is implied to be a little bit of blood magic, those defences might not work - certainly, given Voldemort's knowledge of Harry's associates garnered via his Mind Control at the World Cup, it's pretty unlikely he didn't think of either Xavier or Frigga intervening. As for telling Ron, the summary is that all the Weasleys get told when they're of age (and the Twins know because they worked it out). Harry's just resigned to it going horribly wrong.

What happened to the Celestials' non-interference clause?
At this point after all the weird stuff that's been going on with gods openly messing in it left and right, it's hardly worth the piece of firmament it's written on. And will we see them enforce it?
  • I believe it was stated that the non-interference clause was only meant to be for a millennium, until humanity could stand up on its own. It was passed around 1000 CE, so it's run its course by now.

Harry Dresden getting the cool lightsaber instead of Butters
... means he'll maybe also get some of the other things Dresden Files Butters gets.Like getting to keep Bob the skull (no brainer, really), or briefly taking up the fancy mythological sword currently sitting in his umbrella stand.Though considering we are talking about Harry Dresden, most magical foci are currently shot to __, and it is a sword cane - Harry will probably use it as an impromptu staff at one point, and be surprised it actually lets him.Because why not?

The next crisis will involve
  • Carol facing some sort of repercussion for assaulting her father, and Harry going absolutely berserk (maybe even borderline Dark Phoenix) over whatever fallout happens to her while trying to help.
    • Come on: it's definitely going to be worse than just something like starting the next (as yet unwritten) Chapter with lines in the vein of
    "Carol Susan Jane Danvers. You've really done it to yourself this time, haven't you?"
    • and then having everyone guess what "it" is (the incident or its fallout) and who said that (Harry? Marie Danvers? Cpt. America Steve? ...?) until the chapter after that. She beat him up really badly - not that he didn't deserve it, but...
  • Also, her father, being the self-centered bastard he is, will absolutely use this to blackmail her in any way he can. It'll be interesting to see how much of it he can get away with, and how he manages to do it.
    • Doubtful that he'd be able to get away with anything, his mother-in-law being who she is. Plus, the thing about Joe Sr is that he never wants to hurt his children. He just has very old-fashioned ideas about gender roles, absolutely no idea of how wrong his request to Harry was, and no comprehension of how much he's hurt Carol and Stevie. No one ever bothered to explain because they were too busy punishing him for his ignorance.
      • No? He's got several cracked/bruised ribs, a bitten tongue, maybe internal injuries - what do you think he'll do about it: go to his room and drink himself senseless? Of course not: go to a doctor or hospital. Who will be kinda interested how he got those injuries. The poor dear, she didn't mean to ... not herself ... mentally unstable ... danger to herself and others ... in retrospect, always had a tendency for uncharacteristic violence ... doesn't know what she's doing, after all ... parents' divorce was the last straw that broke her ... didn't mean to, after all: had a nervous breakdown directly afterwards ... should be locked up and/or drugged to the gills before something even worse happens ... for her own good ... if she's so unstable now that a mere argument will result in serious injury ... only temporarily, of course, until she's better ... hope she gets well soon ... beloved daughter ... mental illness is such a tragedy, for me as much as for her ... my goodness: you can say that takes decades?! ... How horrible for the poor dear!
      • Unless she does exactly what her father wants her to. No one but the two of them saw what happened. Try to counter that sort of blackmail.
      • Small problem:
      • 1. How's he going to explain that to the emergency room without looking stupid? "My teenage daughter is superhumanly strong, lifted me over her head, and dropped me from ceiling height"? How's that going to sound? The wounds aren't a typical beating, either - he was dropped. That just means that they can simply say, "he fell", and not only will it be completely true (technically speaking), the injuries will apparently bear that out. Given that the divorce is already in progress, it'll look like a deranged attempt to derail the court process or get revenge - throwing a dead cat on the table.
      • 2. He'd be admitting that he was beaten up by a girl. Worse, his daughter. Who is supposedly under his authority, and not only defied that authority, but bossed him around and put him in his place. In his eyes, he'd make himself a laughing-stock. If he's going to re-establish his authority, he's going to have to do it himself.
      • 3. She's a teenage girl, he's a grown man being divorced for reasons that include emotional abuse, bullying, and if the psychic aspect is brought into it... some very unpleasant coercion charges. He confronted her. She could easily claim self-defence, and he'd get slaughtered in the court of public opinion.
    • No, that's a good point. However, two words: Alison Carter. Even if Joe does try to pull something, Alison will shut him down faster than you can say "Mama Bear." IMO, she made it very clear in chapter 20 that if he tries anything, she'll take it out on him. Was Carol out of line (admittedly, not without provocation)? Sure. But he's stubborn, not stupid, and he's not gonna cross the Deputy Director of SHIELD.
      • What if he simply believes it? Not as in "trying to pull anything", but just "thinking this is the truth"? He already thinks something very similar of Carol in general for her tomboyish character and "unladylike" Lady of War behavior: no "sane" woman hands out hard knocks, in his view. Think the train of thought outlined above through about twice with that mindframe, and you're there. Now: we both know he couldn't come up with this as a scheme on his own - he's quite frankly not bright enough, and doing this insincerely is a typical female form of violence (ironic, I know, but certainly grounds for him to reject it being who he is); but what about sincerely thinking it? That he is helping Carol, who's in a bad shape mentally? And that he is starting to be a good father again by caring more about her wellbeing, which he had sadly neglected as of late - as his wife and mother in law were quite right to remind him (although he wouldn't admit it).
      • Someone who is bright enough to think of it and wants to get at Harry through Carol (of which there are no lack of candidates) thinking of it for him and giving him a nudge is purely optional at this point.
      • That would be pretty in-character for someone like Voldemort, come to think of it...
      • While Voldemort would almost certainly consider such a strategy, he doesn't seem to be following her particularly closely. For one thing, he's avoiding the Avengers, and any direct confrontation with Harry. There are softer targets he can exploit, as he's shown with Ron (and, indirectly, Hermione). It's also a pretty low percentage plan. Alison's almost certainly watching Joe very closely, and would shut him down before he got going. Do you really think someone who went up against the Red Room for thirty years, who kept HYDRA at arm's length, and who effectively controlled SHIELD despite HYDRA-within-SHIELD and the World Security Council trying to contain her influence and ultimately forcing her out, would really not be able to take out such an attempt at the knees? Or discredit him entirely? It would be easy to wheel out specialist after specialist to talk about his controlling tendencies and abusive behaviour, or to whisper in the ear of a few friendly journalists. Add in the psychological horror of the Mind Rape aspect, and the baying mob of public opinion would be calling for his head - it wouldn't care about how he got a few bruises. In fact, it'd probably roar its approval.
      • So would the audience to see all that, probably. And for Voldemort's purposes it needn't work forever, or even for long - just long enough to really get to Harry; maybe to distract him from something, maybe to traumatise and destabilise him, or maybe just because. If ruining Joe Sr. along with that is colateral damage - so freaking what: it's not as if Voldemort (or others that could try this) care about their impact on individual average people.
        • The last time he got that close to Harry or the Avengers, they nearly took his head off - Harry at the World Cup, and Wanda in Chicago. He's generally taken great pains to ensure that their wrath is pointed elsewhere and that he's a ways down their priorities list. Even when toying with Ron and Hermione, his purpose was to keep Harry and the Avengers occupied while he robbed the Department of Mysteries (not that he needed to, as it turned out, but whatever). While he'd probably find Harry going nuclear absolutely hilarious, he'd also probably consider it a bit too risky. He doesn't care about anyone else, sure, and sacrifices minions like it's going out of style, but he cares very much about himself. Casually murdering Joe Senior and leaving his corpse on the doorstep like a cat with a mouse, or transforming him into a demon-Hulk and setting him on the family, sure, but only if he was a very long way away by the time it was discovered - and even that probably entails more risk than he'd like, because it would give them much, much more incentive to actually find him.

"Nimbus Llewelyn" is actually a fourth-wall-breaking Doctor Strange.
There are a lot of similarities between the two, and it would explain how Strange got onto the The Omniscient Council Of Vagueness and Time Lord pages. Besides, let's face it—do we really think a little thing like the fourth wall would or could stop Doctor Strange?


Bucky will, while not as quickly, soon be looked upon in the same light as Loki by the general populace.
Just a guess based on the Christmas chapter.
  • Jossed. A passing mention in Ghosts of the Past notes that he's being passed off as having been kept on ice by HYDRA and experimented on as a mixture of trophy and guinea-pig. He's well regarded, but the general public doesn't know about the Winter Soldier aspect of his past.

Carol's mother
Carol's mom is such an Extreme Doormat because she's got the same abilities as the rest of her bloodline, and is utterly terrified of them.
  • Jossed. She is not, in fact, the Extreme Doormat Carol sees her as, and her motivations for wanting to stay away from combat are less fear, more a desire to make good rather than fight evil. Equally, as she explains, she wants to keep her daughter away from that world for the entirely understandable reason that she's seen how it can destroy people - but once she realises that that is impossible, she instead resolves to support her and be proud of her.

Jean-Paul will help to rescue Harry and Carol.
Bucky's off on a hunt, which means that it's possible Jean-Paul will return to Little Whinging and find them gone before Bucky notices. Where was Jean-Paul? "Off on an errand," which could mean that he was visiting Clark, especially since he seemed to understand the "red star above the field of wheat." They could come back, find some link to the Red Room among the papers Sinister left, and pull off a Big Damn Heroes, which would allow Harry and Clark to meet for the first time. Alternatively, Jean-Paul will call in the Avengers and much Papa Wolf curb-stomping will ensue.
  • Jossed. While Jean-Paul and Clark teaming up would've been awesome, Clark isn't directly involved in the arc beyond that visit, and Jean-Paul's involvement is also relatively brief.

Maddie placed a trigger in Harry's mind, just as Sinister did for her.
My guess is that inspired by what Sinister did to her, she put some kind of trigger in his mind so that, to all intents and purposes, he would appear broken and would murder all those people (because he'd never do that of his own free will), but could be brought back to consciousness with a passphrase.
  • Jossed. She removed it and hid it in the phoenix feather Harry wears.

Strange is Harry from the future.
And he's carrying out a massive Stable Time Loop.
  • While this would explain a number of things (the sense of humour, the fondness for Wanda, his utter disdain for authority, the monomaniacal obsession with making his failure over Maddie/Rachel right, and the raging hatred for Essex), this isn't the case. However, Word of God has it that this actually was the original plan, but it became too complicated (which for Nimbus is really saying something) and depressing, so it was cut in the grand raft of offscreen changes some time back.

Voldemort will ally with the Black Council
As shown in Dresden-verse canon, the Black Council contains members from just about any organization it can get its claws in. And a restored Voldemort, combined with the power taken from Harry, would be a massive asset. Plus, in this universe, Kemmler and Grindelwald were allies, so there's a precedent for dark wizards of the wanded and wandless varieties to work together.
  • As yet unconfirmed, but as of chapter 80, he has linked up with Selene. Considering that he later dumps her as soon as he's got what he wanted, and only allies with others, such as Dracula, to use them for his own interests, it seems most likely that he's acting on his own.
  • Jossed as of chapter 61 of Ghosts, where Strange mentions that he's disposed of the Black Council—they're either being cured of Nemesis by Mab, or else being dealt with by Wanda and Dresden.