The What We Become Universe by Rumpelstiltskin
[Reviews - 56]

My universe of headcanon, fanon, and canon-benders (not necessarily AU) surrounding the First Wizarding War and beyond (as well as vignettes around characters affected by the First Wizarding War (before, during, and after the FWW).

Categories: Harry Potter Universe > Second Wizarding War (1995-1998), Harry Potter Universe, Harry Potter Universe > First Wizarding War (1950-1981), Harry Potter Universe > Between Wars (1981-1995)
Characters: Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody, Albus Dumbledore, Alecto Carrow, Alice Longbottom, Amycus Carrow, Bellatrix Black Lestrange, Evan Rosier, Fabian Prewett, Fenrir Greyback, Gideon Prewett, Goyle Sr., Igor Karkaroff, James Potter I, Lily Evans Potter, Lucius Malfoy, Marlene McKinnon, Mary Macdonald, Original Character, Original Female Character, Original Male Character, Orion Black, Peter Pettigrew, Pius Thicknesse, Rabastan Lestrange, Regulus Black, Remus Lupin, Severus Snape, Sirius Black, Theodore Nott, Tobias Snape, Unlisted Character, Vincent Crabbe Sr., Voldemort/Tom Marvolo Riddle, Walden Macnair, Wilkes, Yaxley
Advisories: Domestic Abuse, Hate Speech, Self-Harm, Sexual Content, Substance Abuse, Violence
HPFT Forum House: Slytherin
Genre: Angst, Dark/Horror, Drama, Romance
Inclusivity: PTSD
Pairings: James Potter I/Lily Evans (HP), Unlisted Pairing
Story Type: Novel (50,000+ words), One-Shot (any length), One-Shot/Short Story Collection (any length), Other (inc. plays, diaries, etc; any length), Short Story (under 10,000 words)
Themes: Breakups, Dying/Grieving, Friendship, Origin Story, Parenthood, Questioning Identity, Star-Crossed Romance, War
Parent Series: None
Stories: 10
Series Type: Open

Each Shining Light, Each Silver Bell by Rumpelstiltskin

Rated: Mature Audiences • 3 Reviews starstarstarstarstar Past Featured Story

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Character Vignette: Severus Snape


As he leaned over to pick up the coat hanger, an idea popped into his head. A wonderful, spectacular idea that would make his Mum smile -- he was sure of it.


2017 MFWHATA Winner (Most Pureblooded)

promise. by Rumpelstiltskin

Rated: All Audiences • 2 Reviews starstarstarstarstar

10-minute vignette.  Regulus has concerns about his impending future at a party celebrating Bellatrix and Rodolphus' union.  Narcissa comforts him. 

Grim Encounters by Rumpelstiltskin

Rated: Teen Audiences • 4 Reviews starstarstarstarstar Past Featured Story

"From that moment forward, the dog returned to witches and wizards and Muggles alike to bear warning. His spectral presence soon became known as the Grim, an omen of death. Pray we heed his warning, should he ever come to us."


Written for ImaRavenclaw's First Kiss Challenge

Character exploration: Mary MacDonald c. 1977

Sirus Black x Mary Macdonald

Blah, blah, blah, Moony! by Rumpelstiltskin

Rated: Teen Audiences • 7 Reviews starstarstarstarstar

Remus finds himself overwhelmed by the prospect of leaving Hogwarts and begins pushing his friends away. Sirius is determined to find out why.


Dialogue only. 

Spiral by Rumpelstiltskin

Rated: Mature Audiences • 9 Reviews starstarstarstarstar

Written for Dojh167's "The Totally Constraining Challenge".

Prompt: "Write a story where the first sentence starts with A, second starts with B, and so on."


A character exploration of Sirius Black, First Wizarding War Era. Completely experimental, completely short, and completely dark. 

What We Become by Rumpelstiltskin

Rated: Mature Audiences • 13 Reviews starstarstarstarstar Past Featured Story


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Leaving Hogwarts to leap into the cesspool of adulthood is hard. Leaving Hogwarts to leap into the cesspool of adulthood in the wake of a life-altering war and falling in love with a Death Eater is even harder.

When Spring Doesn't Return by Rumpelstiltskin

Rated: Teen Audiences • 3 Reviews starstarstarstarstar

An overlook at Karkaroff and Grace's developing relationship as represented by the seasons. 


*For StarFeather's Tanka Style Romance Poetry Challenge

Run Away With Me by Rumpelstiltskin

Rated: Mature Audiences • 7 Reviews starstarstarstarhalf-star

Alice's first happiest memory is on her wedding day--though, not for any of the reasons it probably should be.


Character Exploration: Alice Prewett


Written for MegGonagall's The Conjure Your Patronus Challenge


Pairing: Alice Prewitt x Lucinda Talkalot



Of Final Thoughts by Rumpelstiltskin

Rated: Mature Audiences • 5 Reviews starstarstarstarstar

I always knew you'd die trying to save the world.  I also knew I'd die first.  

Astoundingly Ordinary by Rumpelstiltskin

Rated: Mature Audiences • 3 Reviews starstarstarstarhalf-star

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Character Vignette: Igor Karkaroff

It's about finding light in the darkness, if by obscure means. Igor Karkaroff x OC