The Legacy

Title: The Legacy
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings: James Potter/Lily Potter, Sirius Black/OFC, Frank Longbottom/Alice Longbottom
Rating: R (violence, language, adult themes)
Betas: Jilly James & Ladyholder
Word Count: 61,067 (Complete)
Author’s Note: Please be aware that the casting section might contain what you would consider spoilers as there is a non-canon character that makes a surprise appearance in the first five chapters of the story. I’d recommend waiting until you’re ready to read the sixth chapter before checking out the casting page if you want to be spoiler free.
Summary: James Potter took his family into hiding abroad when the prophecy was revealed. Hidden for nearly seven years, the Potters come home when it’s announced that Tom Riddle has been captured. Their return brings changes to magical Britain that no one is prepared for.

The Story

The Cast

I did some casting while I was writing. It’s not everyone in the story but I thought you might like to see what I envisioned for the characters as I wrote.  Special thanks to Jilly James who helped with the pictures of James and Lily to make their eyes match the characters 😉

James Potter
Actor: Matt Boomer

Lily Potter
Actress: Karen Gillan

Harry Potter
Actor: Daniel Radcliffe

King Arthur
Actor: Charlie Hunham

Sirius Black
Actor: Ben Barnes

Isobel Black
Actress: Saffron Burrows

Frank Longbottom
Actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Alice Longbottom
Actress: Claire Foy

Remus Lupin
Actor: Eric Szmanda

Henry Burke
Actor: Tom Ellis

Jonah McGregor
Actor: John Waters

Zale Wright
Actor: Tom Hiddleston

Thaddeus Banner
Actor: Richard Armitage

Piper Thorne
Actress: Keira Knightley

Armand Dearing
Actor: Charles Dance

Lucius Malfoy
Actor: Michael Fassbender




  1. This was totally worth the wait. Thank you for this story.

  2. Wow! I completely love your cast!

  3. I really don’t know what to say. You are amazing. I am in love with your imagination.
    I need to get into some of the other fandoms you write just so I can read your other fanfictions. I truly do enjoy your work.

    I thank J.K. Rowling for her universe but I swear it’s authors like you that have made it. Not only are you excellent at writing you really are great at not having so many plot holes that the original has.

    Please excuse me for my verbal diarrhea, I get so excited for a great story.

    • I transcend individual fandoms (flicks hair).

      Seriously, though, I write from an extremely “alternate universe” sort of place nearly all the time so you can read most of my other fan fiction as if it were original. Maybe you could read a wiki entry or two but not much more than that. And, of course, if you have questions about canon elements we can hook you up with links.

  4. Perfect casting, I love that you do that, it gives this extra layer of richness to the story to have that visual 🙂

  5. This is an amazing story and I love it. The relationship between James and Lily is a delight, their impact on each other, their friends, their whole society… excellent. Love to hate your Dumbledore. The privy council scenes were a lot of fun, the battle was awesome and nerve-wracking, and I adore Minerva McGonagall.
    Thank you so much for your story!

  6. I’m glad that you took the time away from Harry Potter, this return story was worth the wait. Excellent cast choices, though I still prefer Gary Oldman for Sirius Black. Just personal preference there.

    Still was a wonderful story and I look forward to more.

  7. Oh my god! The picture you have used to cast Daniel radcliffe as harry potter is super cute…

  8. OMG I love your take on ” What if the Potters left Britain before…” Also love the cast you put together and now I’m never going to be able to see other actors as most of these characters, lol. I also really like how you’ve written a Harry who grew up with both parents who have also been affected by the war and living in hiding since Hogwarts. I’m still deciding if I’m excited to see more Harry Potter from you or if I’m sad that it means there is more competition for your attention in the other fandoms you write. Of course it always makes my week when I find new posts from you no matter the fandom 🙂

  9. I really love your choices in casting.

  10. It is hard to find such an excellent James/Lily story. Your story is wonderful. Also, your casting is much better than the movie *in my opinion* not that the actors were bad or anything, but all of them, were far too old. Those who you have chosen, are closer to my ideas of them, especially Lily Potter, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. Thank you so much for sharing.

  11. I absolutely adore this. Thank you so much for this and all the stories you share.

  12. Hj Howe / Tentrees

    Excellent work and plotting. Agree with this version of Dumbledore and the damage he has done by omission or commission. Well thought out and plotted look forward to the sequel if any or with playing with the ideas represented.

  13. Frankly, I adore your writing. An alternate universe approach that shows thought, and not filled with fanfiction trope. The Legacy is a wonder to read. The relationships and the interactions are wonderful. I can see this growing to some size if it is continued. I have come to really, truly enjoy your work. I believe i have reread all the stories at least 5 times. I learn something new every time. I look forward to more from the Harry Potter universe.

  14. Are there more chapters for this fic

  15. Absolutely love your work! Thank you for sharing. I’m glad to know there will be more of “The Legacy”… one day…

  16. Rereading this for about the 10th time, and I adore it at least as much, if not more.

    I do have a question, though… this reread was triggered by a ‘storyworm’ of something I thought was one of your HP stories, but I’ve read everything that might possibly be it here, on Wild Hare, and on the EAD journal. I didn’t *think* it was a Rough Trade, since I’m pretty sure I read it multiple times, but I’m seriously wondering if I’ve lost my mind. It uses a *lot* of things I’ve seen in your work, so I was pretty sure it was one of yours, but I checked Jilly and Ladyholder’ sites, too, just in case. No dice.

    So, what I remember: Harry is young. Maybe quite young (not sure), but in Hogwarts. Stopped at Gringotts, got his heir or lordship rings, and suddenly, Godric ( the spirit of the ring, representation of the Family magic, something like that) is talking in his head, giving him advice, etc. He does have the Black ring too, but it was decided that Tristan (the Black ancestor) was a little too feral to be the point of first contact, though he will be introduced eventually.

    And that’s it. Other than the sense that the rest of the story was awesome, and and the back of my brain is obsessing over it.

    However, This is NOT a pls post kthxbye (because I’m not an asshole). I’m just hoping that if I get a title and a confirmation that it was a Rough Trade, that my brain will shut up. Because it’s really bugging me.

    On the other hand, it’s meant that I’ve just read a bunch of awesome HP fic, so that’s not actually a bad thing 😉

    Happy Rough Trade!

    • Honestly, I’ve never read a story like that with talking spirit rings. It’s certainly not something I wrote (not Jilly or Ladyholder either). It may have been a RT story but I don’t often get a chance to read everything on RT due to my schedule.

      • Ah well…it was worth a shot. And I’m loving the current Rough Trade offerings.

        I’m so glad you run this challenge!

  17. Tricia Campbell

    i was reading several of the post the last few days. Charles Dance as Armand Deering is a good choice. he has the voice of Tywin Lanister of Game of Thrones.

  18. This was a wonderful read, and I love snarky young Harry to bits. This made me yearn for more stories where James puts his family first and runs.

  19. That has been a lovely read 🙂
    Thank you, Keira.

    I am ‘vulnerable’ and as such have been locked down since March last year. Scotland’s winters are dark, cold and wet, and this one has dragged on and on.

    I finally gave in and read your HP stories. I think you are the only author whose prior works could have encouraged me to do so. HP was most definitely not in my wheelhouse.

    They have been a great pleasure, in all the richness of their myriad varieties, twists and turns and characterisations. Your world building makes for an engrossing read every single time.
    I have so enjoyed your young Harry, and a vibrantly alive James and Lily and co.
    I hope you had as much fun writing as I have had reading.

    More power to your muse, your keyboard, etc., Virtual offerings of hot chocolate, home made biscuits (cookies, I have recipes and will share ) cosy quilts and socks.

    Best regards,

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