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Mi Aedijekit local_doom_void
The liquid flowed thickly down his throat. It tasted of tainted honey and carried the ineffable weight of centuries down with it, until they hung heavy beneath his ribs and drowned his lungs in ice crystals. Harry Potter and Voldemort, and the inevitable baggage of a millenium.

[Voldemort discovers that Harry is a Horcrux, forces the Living Draught down his throat, and puts him in a coffin. Harry wakes up way, way, way later in the future to a strange new world. Sci-fi elements and OCs. You know, it's interesting how it tackles that the English language would obviously not be the same as it is today. I'm no linguistics major, though, so have no idea how accurate it is.]
fandom:hp  pairing:hplv  trope:voldemortwins  trope:au  type:worldbuilding  wordcount:medium:10k-49k  progress:wip  trope:voldemortknows  trope:captivity 
june 2019 by kyrilu
The Problem With Soulmarks Is by LadyAramisGrey
The fiasco that is Harry's life could be summed up in two words — Avada Kedavra. Those words have haunted him for as long as he can remember, endangering him with their very existence. He'd resigned himself to a life without a soulmate, to pain and sorrow... but then the Blacks happened. Or, one Black in particular.

Whose idea was it to let a Black woman invent time travel, anyway?

[The one where Harry has Voldemort's soulmark, and he ends up going through a clock created by Morgana Black to end up in the 1970s. Some excellent world building with the Unspeakables training Harry and the Potter family. A very good read, though HPLV hasn't really factored in yet. Harry has this whole elaborate fake backstory about being kidnapped, traveling with curse breakers, knowing ASL and wordless magic, etc.]
pairing:hplv  trope:soulmates  trope:timetravel  era:marauders  trope:foundfamily  trope:identityporn  type:worldbuilding  progress:wip  wordcount:long:50k-99k  fandom:hp 
march 2019 by kyrilu
Treasure by Jamie Marie Rose
Dragons have always been well known for coveting treasure - gold, jewels, the occasional, priceless artifact - but sometimes, if they were desirable enough...the beasts would steal a person. This is a story of a possessive monster, a confused captive, and the bleeding walls of a castle that make up their world.

[A dragon named Obsidian takes an immortal teenager simply known as 'the Golden Child' captive. He makes Gold sleep and gives him dreams, and eventually, with the help of two rich kids from Leora, Gold escapes. Really neat worldbuilding; Gold's past with those damned priests is so sad; Obsidian's possessiveness over Gold is EVERYTHING, as well as Gold's Stockholm Syndrome.

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fandom:original  wordcount:epic:100k+  progress:wip  trope:captivity  trope:friendship  type:worldbuilding 
september 2017 by kyrilu
Reliquary by pushdragon
20,000 words of NC-17 post-DH Harry/Lucius.

[Post-DH, Muggles find out and it's a crapsack consumerist world where Dark magic is discriminated against and Fudge is the PM. Lucius is released on parole and he runs into Harry, who seems to have become rather fanatical. Lucius becomes Harry's adviser and tells him to run for PM to change things.]
dnf  fandom:hp  pairing:hplm  wordcount:medium:10k-49k  progress:complete  trope:au  trope:politician!harry  type:worldbuilding  trope:dark!harry  type:pwp  era:postwar 
august 2017 by kyrilu
Of a Linear Circle by flamethrower
In September of 1971, Severus Snape finds a forgotten portrait of the Slytherin family in a dark corner of the Slytherin Common Room. At the time, he has no idea that talking portrait will affect the rest of his life.

[Absolutely ridiculous fic where post-OOTP, Harry ends up back in the Founders era where he trains and learns and becomes the most badass, most cultured, most intelligent ~Nizar Slytherin~, adopted brother of Salazar Slytherin. He gets stuck in a Hogwarts portrait and that's how he eventually meets Snape. 'Nizar' trains Hogwarts students and plots to defeat Voldemort. Neat worldbuilding/culture stuff, and it definitely scratches an itch for powerful!Harry tropes. dnf because it got too much though haha]
fandom:hp  pairing:hpss  wordcount:epic:100k+  progress:wip  trope:timetravel  trope:timetraveler!harry  trope:super!harry  trope:lord!harry  era:founders  trope:magicalportrait  trope:mentor|professor!harry  type:worldbuilding  saved  dnf 
august 2017 by kyrilu
Rigel Black series by murkybluematter
Harriett Potter dreams of going to Hogwarts, but in an AU where the school only accepts purebloods, the only way to reach her goal is to switch places with her pureblood cousin—the only problem? Her cousin is a boy. Alanna the Lioness take on HP.

[It's an Alanna the Lioness/HP fusion where fem!Harry switches places with her cousin (Sirius' son Archie) to attend Hogwarts, since she's a half-blood and half-bloods and Muggleborns aren't allowed to attend Hogwarts. Rigel|Harry wants to become a renowned Potions Master by studying under Snape.

A lot of this is very origific-y in that it's definitely different from the HP verse (magical cores! but this author pulls it off) and Rigel|Harry is her own character, but this series is the right kind of iddy to me.

There's identity drama, solid worldbuilding and plot, and Rigel|Harry is such a neat mix of being determined and smart and powerful all at once. There's no romance at the moment, but damn, I ship her with Leo (this fic's equivalent of George/the Rogue).]
fandom:hp  pairing:hpssgen  wordcount:epic:100k+  progress:wip  trope:rule63  trope:super!harry  trope:identityporn  house:slytherin!harry  type:AU  type:worldbuilding  trope:friendship  favorite 
april 2017 by kyrilu
Collapse The Box pagination
When John Blake scribbles a quotation on a brick wall one winter morning, he's just trying to win a little luck. What he doesn't expect to get is a reply.
fandom:batman  wordcount:medium:10k-49k  progress:complete  type:epistolary  type:worldbuilding  trope:identityporn 
march 2017 by kyrilu
Bell Tolls by esama
The most severe change between past and future isn't the technology, Steve thinks. Its how people view Soulmates.

In the future they don't even call them Soulmates anymore.
fandom:mcu  pairing:frostiron  wordcount:short:<9k  progress:complete  trope:soulmates  type:worldbuilding  trope:mindfuck 
march 2017 by kyrilu
Shadows and Light series by not_poignant
Twenty two years have passed since the defeat of Pitch, and Jack lives alone, touch-starved, with only the company of a solitary Nightmare. One evening the Man in the Moon sets him on a path that will lead him to unexpected relationships, draw the attention of the Guardians to a new coalition of villains, and challenge Jack's every notion of what it is to be good, evil, and what it is to live in the shadows.
fandom:rotg  wordcount:epic:100k+  progress:complete  trope:whump  trope:forced!to!work!together  trope:ptsd  type:worldbuilding 
march 2017 by kyrilu
Imprimatur Closer
Mike was raised to believe Imprint was a life-changing event for those few lucky enough to experience it. Harvey was raised to believe it was a form of mental illness. When it actually happened, neither of them noticed.
fandom:suits  wordcount:medium:10k-49k  progress:complete  trope:soulmates  type:worldbuilding 
march 2017 by kyrilu
Eleven Up by ryfkah
In 1990, prominent Muggleborn research wizard Cromwell Albertson embarked on an ambitious project to interview six Muggle-born students – before and after their life-changing discovery of their wizarding talent. He continued these interviews over the next nine years, a period of time which spanned both the Chamber of Secrets attacks in 1992 and Voldemort’s second rise and subsequent persecution of Muggleborns in 1997.

[Very neat fic that follows Muggleborns, documentary-style. About culture clash and assimilation.]
fandom:hp  pairing:none  wordcount:short:<9k  type:worldbuilding  saved 
november 2016 by kyrilu
The Courtesan by Drops_of_Nightshade
In the prejudiced world where the Dark Lord won, Harry Potter is part of the servile caste, the lowest caste in the new society. Resigned to a life of servitude as a Courtesan, Harry is instead drawn under the wing of the Dark Lord himself. Between the scheming Order and his powerful benefactor, Harry finds himself steadily drawn deeper into the growing conflict. Eventual Lord Voldemort/Harry Potter. Minor Rabastan Lestrange/Harry Potter and OMC/Harry Potter.

[AU where Voldemort won and a caste system is set up in Wizarding Britain. The bottom classes include Menials, Courtesans, and Birthers. Harry, a Courtesan, has his contract bought by Rabastan Lestrange. But because of his magical potential, he catches Voldemort’s interest and Voldemort trains Harry in magic and has him attend Hogwarts. They eventually bond their magic cores. Order bashing.

Kushiel’s Legacy inspired, but very BL manga like. Possessive!seme Voldemort. Interesting set-up, but I couldn't help thinking of Damen telling Laurent helplessly, "Laurent, I am your slave." I guess I'm kinda ruined when it comes to slavefic because of how I imprinted on Captive Prince...it just seems difficult to make a dynamic like that work. I do understand the tropey attraction, though, and I am in general a fan of power imbalance. IDK about that ending. There is a sequel, but it seems to be abandoned.]
fandom:hp  pairing:hplv  wordcount:epic:100k+  progress:complete  trope:captivity  trope:mentor|professor!voldemort  trope:bond  trope:voldemortwins  trope:super!harry  trope:slavefic  type:worldbuilding 
november 2016 by kyrilu
Right Of Caste by strangeseraph
Harry Potter infiltrates a Dark Revel to destroy Lord Voldemort once and for all. But things go awry for Harry and he is forced to serve the man he despises. Or so he thought.

[Not DH compliant--an AU where Voldemort serves as part of an international governing alliance ala the EU. (The Federation is at odds with the Ministry and the Order. It's made up of Dark wizards and it's a ~awesomecool fair democracy.~) There's a Revel that celebrates Dark Arts & Harvest tradition. Harry infiltrates the Revel in disguise, but is eventually discovered and Voldemort takes him on as his apprentice. They form a soul mate bond. Harry joins the Federation and becomes headmaster of Hogwarts, which teaches Dark Arts now.

Nice!Voldemort who's human in appearance and looks like an older silver fox type (if that's anyone's thing). Out-of-the-box world building. Snape considers Voldemort as a mentor & father figure. Some typical 'Muggles and Muggleborns suck' justification infodumping. Premise is interesting, but there's ending fatigue & cheesiness.]
fandom:hp  pairing:hplv  wordcount:long:50k-99k  progress:complete  trope:dark!harry  trope:mentor|professor!voldemort  trope:politician!voldemort  trope:politician!harry  trope:soulmates  trope:voldemortwins  trope:bond  saved  type:worldbuilding 
october 2016 by kyrilu
into the arena with your head held high by LullabyKnell
Canon-compliant up to most of DH, more than 10 years later in a hyper-magical, post-apocalyptic Britain, a spectator sneaks into the empty Once-Ministry to watch Harry Potter and Voldemort's final duel.

Unfortunately, just as victory finally arrives, an unlikely escape triggers an unexpected beginning.

[In a future AU, Voldemort has Sealed off the United Kingdom from the rest of the world, unleashing Dark creatures across the country. Wizarding Britain manages to hang on, wandless magic being a common practice and Harry & co. surviving. Harry and Voldemort engage a duel to the death, and Teddy Lupin watches on the side lines. But a magical accident sends Harry and Teddy back to Harry's fourth year. Teddy in this fic is absolutely amazing, omg. He's a ten year old Metamorphorgus part-werewolf kid who had to live in an apocalyptic hellscape, and he's absolutely adorable and competent. He reminds me of future Trunks from DBZ for some reason--not as jaded, but still. /o\ I also really love the sense of world building in this fic.]
fandom:hp  pairing:none  progress:complete  trope:timetravel  trope:timetraveler!harry  trope:super!harry  trope:foundfamily  trope:mentor|professor!harry  trope:identityporn  saved  favorite  type:worldbuilding  wordcount:epic:100k+ 
october 2016 by kyrilu
Mirror of Maybe by Midnight Blue
28-year old War Mage Harry Potter, is returned to his 16-year-old body as a student at Hogwarts. *Slash*

[Not canon compliant with later books. While looking into a magical mirror, Harry experiences the life of his future self, a war mage. Under a new identity as DADA teacher, Harry prepares to take on Voldemort & reintroduce himself into Snape's life. Interesting world building & take on magic--I like the OC Robert & hints of Muggle abilities. A+ identity porn, though kinda infodumpy. So this is where Of Shadow, Shine and Shades got the concept from.]
fandom:hp  pairing:hpss  progress:abandoned  wordcount:epic:100k+  trope:super!harry  trope:identityporn  trope:timetravel  trope:timetraveler!harry  trope:dimensiontravel  saved  trope:mentor|professor!harry  type:worldbuilding 
october 2016 by kyrilu
The Spellmaker by SonnyGietzel
Latin; a dead language with no practical applications except perhaps the deciphering of old texts and as a particularly quaint party trick. Thankfully, as Harry finds out, Latin is not as dead as he was first taught when he decided to learn the language...

[Young Harry teaches himself Latin with the help of a librarian. He becomes talented at spell creation, and tries to adjust to the Wizarding World's type of magic. Sekkritly powerful Harry is always my jam. He is Sorted into Slytherin and aligns himself with dark Pureblood families.]
fandom:hp  pairing:hptr  pairing:hplv  progress:abandoned  wordcount:long:50k-99k  house:slytherin!harry  trope:dark!harry  trope:super!harry  trope:identityporn  saved  type:worldbuilding 
september 2016 by kyrilu
The Train to Nowhere by MayMarlow
In a world where Voldemort's victory brought forth the golden age of pureblood supremacy, young Harry - an average Durmstrang student - grows surrounded by the same propaganda that has become the gospel truth of the Wizarding World. Injustice is a norm and racism is not only accepted, but actively encouraged. Embracing the status quo becomes harder when Harry finds himself in a train station where the living should not dwell, and a dangerous friend who goes by the name "Tom".

[In a world where Voldemort won the war, Harry is a Durmstrang student. He has a strange ability to pass from the living world to death. Voldemort becomes curious about Harry's abilities. Meanwhile, Harry slowly realizes the horrible extent of pureblood supremacy and finds himself wanting to change Voldemort. Really interesting concept and worldbuilding. Grey!Harry.]
fandom:hp  pairing:hplv  trope:mentor|professor!voldemort  progress:wip  trope:voldemortwins  trope:au  wordcount:epic:100k+  saved  trope:alternatechildhood!harry  type:worldbuilding 
september 2016 by kyrilu
Of Shadow, Shine And Shades by dra6on
Attempting to erase his memory, Lord Harry James Potter-Black actually ends up sending himself through time and dimension into another world. What is a mage to do when he's offered a second chance? AU, dimension and time travel, slash, HPSS

[Mage!Harry from another dimension ends up in the canon world. He's super powerful but not without his flaws, and he's pretty traumatized from his past (fighting in wars, which includes another enemy who's not V). Used to have a relationship with AU!Snape who dies. Now he decides to adopt Harry and a genie girl named Zahra. Harry eventually becomes the Potions professor. This fic is so comforting and engrossing; it manages to hit my identity porn buttons & my found family buttons all at once.]
fandom:hp  pairing:hpss  progress:wip  trope:timetravel  trope:timetraveler!harry  trope:super!harry  trope:au  trope:dimensiontravel  trope:manipulative!dumbledore  trope:foundfamily  trope:identityporn  favorite  trope:mentor|professor!harry  trope:ptsd  wordcount:epic:100k+  saved  trope:lord!harry  trope:politician!harry  house:slytherin!harry  trope:harry!raises!harry  trope:alternatechildhood!harry  type:worldbuilding 
september 2016 by kyrilu
Stately Homes of Wiltshire - Chapter 1 - waspabi - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
Malfoy Manor has mould, dry rot and an infestation of unusually historical poltergeists. Harry Potter is on the case.

|| This is a new classic HP H/D fic that's everything you could want from that: repressed posh folks, a healthy dose of humor, and warmth seeping through it like sitting next to a fireplace. It also explicitly makes Harry and Hermione not-white, and references terrible 2000s fashion on the regular--really wonderful worldbuilding.
fandom:harrypotter  author:waspabi  pairing:harry/draco  type:ewe  type:workingitout  type:takeanideaandrun  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:characterization  type:humor  type:worldbuilding  type:longandsatisfying  type:makesmesmile  length:50-60k 
june 2016 by blottingtheink
Short Street to Kicklebury - notbecauseofvictories - Discworld - Terry Pratchett [Archive of Our Own]
Sam Vimes had sidled her way into the Watch on short-cropped hair, truth by omission, and a drunken swagger that passed for standard Adolescent Male Bravado in the right lighting. [...]

It had taken them until Grune to realize she was a she, and by that point they couldn’t be bothered. She drank like a Watchman and swore like one, and she had managed not to get knifed in an alley yet, which made her one of the more promising recruits.

|| Oh, this is a slip of a thing, but it is LOVELY. I love the way the Discworld books, as a stylistic and world-building model, give authors a blueprint for talking about and exploring the social implications of an action, in a way that feels easy as breathing and still grounded enough on a set of characters to build emotional ties. What would happen if Sam (Samantha) Vimes married Lady Sybil.
fandom:rare  fandom:discworld  author:notbecauseofvictories  pairing:sibyl/vimes  type:alternateuniverse  type:cisswap  type:takeanideaandrun  type:worldbuilding  length:1-5k 
february 2016 by blottingtheink

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