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James Potter Reborn/Time travel Challenge

Discussion in 'Challenges' started by saya4haji, Dec 3, 2021.

  1. saya4haji

    saya4haji Muggle

    Jun 20, 2020
    The fandom is drowning in time travel and rebirth fics of various characters: Harry, Hermione, Severus, Draco, SI and OCs. Yet when it comes to James Potter the man rarely gets a mention (The Lie I've Lived by jbern sort of) despite him being somone with a lot to fix and potentially a better foundation to start from if he was reborn or time travelled. So here is the challenge:

    Starting point:
    The last words James Potter heard were 'Avada Kedavra' in a hateful hiss before his vision was blinded with sickly green light and then there was darkness.

    Ressurection: You can choose how James is reborn:

    1) He meets a ROB who sends him back.
    2) The Pervelle line marrying into the Potters gives him a link to Death and so he meets Death who sends him back.
    3) Death doesn't like having a master so to prevent Harry getting the hallows He interferes with James death.
    4) The ritual Lilly performed affects James and interacts with Voldemorts death curse so he ends up with the lightning bolt scar and thrown back in time to his younger self.

    1) (Easy mode) James gets a preview or download of what might have been his son's future.
    2) (Hard Mode) James wakes up with only his knowledge to the point where he died.

    1)(Easy mode) James can either be sent back to his 6th or 7th Year in Hogwarts.
    2) (Hard mode) James can wake up or be reborn the day after his death.

    1) Deal with the rat
    2) Attack the Dark lord's base of power: his supporters, politics and finance.
    3) Save Harry, bonus points for saving Lily and Sirius too.
    4) Stay out from under Dumbledore's thumb.
    5) Prepare the marauders for War
    6) Kill Voldemort

    Optional side Missions:
    1) Keep the prophecy secret/Gag Sibil.
    2) Make allies of old enemies: Regulus or Severus
    3)Deal with Bella
    4) Save an appendage of your choice belonging to Moody (eye, part of nose or leg)
    5) Save Gideon and Fabian.

    James characteristics: Choose your buffs and debuffs wisely.
    1) Full knowledge only to date or beyond.
    2) Full Auror training under Moody which does or does not include muscle memory/reactions.
    3) Experience working during war time and fighting death eaters.
    4) Heir to the Potters. Full access to Potter knowledge, political power, allies and wealth. (Whatever you decide that is: a lot or very little.)
    5) Enhanced maturity/ war weary/ obsessive drive to protecthis future family.
    6) Transfiguration prodigy and the maturity to have the drive to make the most of this.
    7) PTSD from you know...months of exile under Fidelius, paranoia, being betrayed by one of his closest friends and then murdered almost casually, effortlessly by the Dark Lord.
    8) Hormones of younger self, lack of emotional control.
    9)Worry that he won't get Lily to love him again.
    10) He can or he cannot speak of his future knowledge. Geas lock?
    11) His full adult magic does or does not travel back with him.
    12) He did or did not get fully informed of the details of the war wile he was in exile under the fidelius.
  2. Republic

    Republic The Snow Queen –§ Prestigious §– DLP Supporter

    Sep 1, 2010
    Germany occupied Greece
    High Score:
    So where can we read your own execution of this challenge?
  3. Otters

    Otters Groundskeeper ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

    Jun 8, 2010
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  4. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter ⭐⭐

    Jan 6, 2009
    The South
    James Potter was an arse, and I've no desire to read about any version of canon him, but I can see the appeal in a time-travel version of James who goes back from his death to his childhood. There's a lot that someone could do with that.

    But here's the thing, doing it well? Would be really fucking hard. As in so hard that there are only a scant handful of authors in the fandom that could pull it off. And if they wanted to then they'd have either done it already or not need tips/advice on how to make it excellent.

    An adult James who is interesting to read about isn't going to be a prankster jackass bully with Sirius, for example, so you have to reinvent his entire canon that we DO know about. Will he hate kid!Peter or will he try to a 'real' friend to him this time? Hell does he even know Peter betrayed him instead of died off screen? Not to mention that his parents are alive - what are THEY like? What will James do differently as a child? I mean, the dude died at what, 20? 21? That's only so much room to work with - he's not going back in time as Lord Potter the political MVP and head auror, etc. Which could make things more interesting, since we have to discover answers to his questions along with him, but...

    There's a shit ton of worldbuilding and character building and other things that need to happen to make this right. It'd essentially be an original fic with the trappings of HP.

    That's fucking HARD mate.

    Do it yourself first. Maybe you'll inspire others to follow after you. But authors don't usually need other peoples ideas - we have too many of our own.

    Edit: Or go win the Competition and make TimeTravel!James a prompt option for one of the longer ones. Might inspire an even longer version from someone.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2021