Story Title: Living With Danger
Author Name: whydoyouneedtoknow
Story Url: Story Link 1
Alternate Url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: Teen
Story Summary: First in the Danger series. What if Harry Potter had not just father figures, but mother figures as well? What if he had siblings? And what about Hermione Granger, or Draco Malfoy? Would they have been different with a different family? What if Sirius Black had a girlfriend named Aletha, his fellow Beater and constant verbal sparring partner? And what if Remus Lupin, one gray March day about five months after his world fell apart, met a woman named Danger who knew things that would change his life forever? Features Weasleys and Luna Lovegood in later chapters.
Let me be honest and say that most readers are going to either love this fic or hate it, but there isn’t much middle ground. The story is extremely well written from a technical standpoint. But because the fic goes dramatically AU within months of James and Lily’s deaths, because several of the principle characters are OCs, and because the fic is very focused on resolving all of canon’s problems almost before canon even starts, some readers may not like this.
Personally, what makes me love it is the fix-it nature of the story combined with a highly imaginative plot and new magics. The author delighted me with a very unique, though admittedly unlikely, method of rescuing infant Harry from the Dursleys and then righting many of the major injustices within the Harry Potter canon. The OCs are easy to relate to, but don’t feel Mary Sue-ish. The plot isn’t predictable and the resolutions aren’t easy. And although the epic-length fic and its sequels don’t attempt to follow canon to the letter, they trace Harry’s hero’s journey fairly closely. The big exception is that we now get to see what Harry’s adventures would have been like if he had a supportive family behind him.
My experience has been that a lot of AU fics sacrifice characterizations for dramatic plot developments. But you won’t find an evil Dumbledore, conniving Molly, or love potion-wielding Ginny in this tale. The characters may be on different paths, but their depictions feel very well-written. In the end, this is an easy fic to recommend and it certainly deserves all the praise it has garnered over the years.