History ChekhovsGun / HarryPotter

5th Apr '17 7:07:31 AM kuchiki222
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If the ChekhovsArmory in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' were an actual army, it would curbstomp everyone in a massive ZergRush. Also, there may be unmarked spoilers. Please list examples by book:

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If the ChekhovsArmory in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' were an actual army, it would curbstomp everyone in a massive ZergRush.ZergRush, and possibly hand the victory to our heroes without even trying. Also, there may be unmarked spoilers. Please list examples by book:



* [=McGonagall=] complains about witches and wizards throwing caution to the winds in their celebrations, indirectly referencing the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy which is relevant to the plot early in ''Order of the Phoenix'' and becomes critically important in the film ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem''.



* [=McGonagall=] mentions Godric's Hollow, which becomes a major location in ''Deathly Hallows'', [[spoiler:where we learn that it was named after Godric Gryffindor and that the Dumbledore family lived there for a time]], and ''[[Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild Cursed Child]]''.

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* [=McGonagall=] mentions Godric's Hollow, which becomes a major location in ''Deathly Hallows'', [[spoiler:where we learn that it was named after Godric Gryffindor and that the Dumbledore family lived there for a time]], and ''[[Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild Cursed Child]]''.time, also where Bathilda Bagshot lived. It will become crucial as Voldemort knows where to look]].



* Harry is left on the Dursleys' doorstep with nothing but a blanket and a letter. The letter is not referenced again until ''Order of the Phoenix'' and ''Half-Blood Prince'', while the blanket is of major importance in ''Cursed Child'', as it contains [[spoiler:, in an alternate timeline, a hidden message from Harry's son Albus and his friend Scorpius Malfoy who are trapped in the past]].

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* Harry is left on the Dursleys' doorstep with nothing but a blanket and a letter. The letter is not referenced again until ''Order of the Phoenix'' and ''Half-Blood Prince'', while the blanket is of major importance in ''Cursed Child'', as it contains [[spoiler:, in an alternate timeline, a hidden message from Harry's son Albus and his friend Scorpius Malfoy who are trapped in the past]].Prince''.



* Marjorie Dursley is mentioned several times. She makes an appearance in in ''Prisoner of Azkaban''.



* Harry remembers being given a pair of Vernon's old socks for his tenth birthday. He later uses these to muffle his sneakoscope in ''Prisoner of Azkaban'' before giving them to Dobby for Christmas in ''Goblet of Fire''.



* Harry's course books include ''A History of Magic'' by Bathilda Bagshot, who is important in ''Deathly Hallows'', and ''Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'' by Newt Scamander, the protagonist of the five-movie prequel series. The latter text is also greatly expanded in the [[Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem book of the same name]]
* There is a used book store right next to the Leaky Cauldron on Charing Cross Road. Muggle detective Cormoran Strike visits this store in ''Literature/TheSilkworm'' while investigating a murder.

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* Harry's course books include ''A History of Magic'' by Bathilda Bagshot, who is important in ''Deathly Hallows'', and ''Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'' by Newt Scamander, the protagonist of the five-movie prequel series. The latter text is also greatly expanded in the [[Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem book of the same name]]
* There is a used book store right next to the Leaky Cauldron on Charing Cross Road. Muggle detective Cormoran Strike visits this store in ''Literature/TheSilkworm'' while investigating a murder.
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* Molly and Ginny Weasley both have minor roles here but go on to be important characters starting with ''Chamber of Secrets''.



* Ron mentions his his father, Arthur, who becomes an important character from ''Chamber of Secrets'' on.
* Scabbers is merely Ron's pathetic pet rat. In ''Prisoner of Azkaban'', he becomes far more important when it is revealed that he is actually [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew]].

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* Ron mentions his his father, Arthur, who becomes an important character from ''Chamber of Secrets'' on.
* Scabbers is merely Ron's pathetic pet rat. In ''Prisoner of Azkaban'', he becomes far more important when it is revealed that he is actually [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew]].Pettigrew. FridgeHorror ensues]].



* When Snape is introduced, he is looking directly at Harry. Not at his scar, but his eyes. The reason why is revealed in ''Deathly Hallows''. Harry's scar begins hurting, but this is actually because Snape is explicitly looking past Quirrell's turban [[spoiler:under which Voldemort is sensing Harry.]]

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* When Snape is introduced, he is looking directly at Harry. Not at his scar, but his eyes. The reason why is revealed in ''Deathly Hallows''. [[spoiler: (In the movie), you... you... have...Lily's eyes.....]]
* In the very same scene,
Harry's scar begins hurting, but this is actually because Snape is explicitly looking past Quirrell's turban [[spoiler:under which Voldemort is sensing Harry.]]



* Snape is introduced here and is a major character, but here he's just the unpleasant Potions Master. His critical importance in the story continues to unfold across the rest of the series.



* The trophy room makes a brief appearance here before becoming much more important in ''Chamber of Secrets''.



* Hagrid mentions having won the dragon egg at the Hog's Head, which appears in every book from ''Prisoner of Azkaban'' on.



* Quirrell reveals that Snape's hatred of Harry is due to his father James. The full scope of the situation is revealed over the course of the series and is not fully understood until ''Deathly Hallows''.



* The trio expresses amazement that Gregory Goyle managed to pass his exams. In ''Deathly Hallows'', [[spoiler:he becomes quite adept at the Dark Arts.]]



* Harry hears Celestina Warbeck over the radio. One of her songs shows up in ''Half-Blood Prince''.



* Ron still has his unexceptional pet rat Scabbers, who is revealed to be [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew]] in ''Prisoner of Azkaban''.
20th Feb '17 8:51:27 PM KShah
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* During the Sorting, Harry asks Ron and Hermione if brothers and sisters end up in the same Hogwarts house; Hermione replies no and cites the Patil twins, Padma (Ravenclaw) and Parvati (Gryffindor). Another sibling pair in different houses is revealed later: Sirius Black in Gryffindor and his brother Regulus Black in Slytherin ([[spoiler:Due to his HeelFaceTurn when replacing Voldemort's Horcrux, maybe he should have been in Gryffindor after all]]).
20th Feb '17 1:26:34 AM KShah
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* Voldemort's true name is revealed to be Tom Marvolo Riddle. His namesakes, Tom Tiddle Sr. and Marvolo Gaunt, become important in ''Half-Blood Prince'' via memories.

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* Voldemort's true name is revealed to be Tom Marvolo Riddle. His namesakes, Tom Tiddle Riddle Sr. and Marvolo Gaunt, become important in ''Half-Blood Prince'' via memories.
20th Feb '17 1:18:20 AM KShah
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* Hermione can't believe that Lockhart is an inept teacher and wizard, she talks about the amazing things he has done. Ron retorts with "He says he's done." [[spoiler:Lockhart himself reveals that he's a fraud, going to the real people who have done the heroic deeds, listening to the exact details and then wiping their memories clean with his speciality, the Memory Loss Charm.]]

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* Hermione can't believe that Lockhart is an inept teacher and wizard, she talks about the amazing things he has done. Ron retorts with "He says ''says'' he's done." [[spoiler:Lockhart himself reveals that he's a fraud, going to the real people who have done the heroic deeds, listening to the exact details and then wiping their memories clean with his speciality, the Memory Loss Charm.]]
20th Feb '17 1:16:35 AM KShah
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* Hermione can't believe that Lockhart is an inept teacher and wizard, she talks about the amazing things he has done. Ron retorts with "He says he's done." [[spoiler:Lockhart himself reveals that he's a fraud, going to the real people who have done the heroic deeds, listening to the exact details and then wiping their memories clean with his speciality, the Memory Loss Charm.]]
12th Feb '17 6:54:24 PM DustSnitch
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* ChekhovsBoomerang: Felix Felicis. Harry acquires it from Slughorn during one of the Potions classes. [[spoiler:Hermione thinks Harry spiked Ron with it for one of the Quidditch matches - he hadn't, he just wished them to ''think'' he had - and then Harry uses it to get the true memory from Slughorn where Tom Riddle asked him about Horcruxes.]]
** [[spoiler: Harry gives the ''Order of the Phoenix'' the rest of the potion when he and Dumbledore leave Hogwarts, thinking that is when Malfoy is going to make his move. It gives ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy to the attacking Death Eaters]].



* ChekhovsBoomerang: Sirius's mirror.
29th Dec '16 9:04:29 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* One of the quotes of praises for ''Quidditch Through the Ages'' is from Bathilda Bagshot, who is important in ''Deathly Hallows''.

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* One of the quotes of praises praise for ''Quidditch Through the Ages'' is from Bathilda Bagshot, who is important in ''Deathly Hallows''.



* Harry mentions in passing that Dudley and his gang beat up a Muggle boy named Mark Evans. Because he shares a last name with Lily Potter (née Evans) and Petunia Dursley (née), many fans assumed that he would have some importance in the future. However, this is an aversion of ChekhokvsGunman, as, in the words of J.K. Rowling, "Mark Evans is... nobody. ... The car with false licence plates is at the door and I've got to glue on my goatee. Goodbye."

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* Harry mentions in passing that Dudley and his gang beat up a Muggle boy named Mark Evans. Because he shares a last name with Lily Potter (née Evans) and Petunia Dursley (née), many fans assumed that he would have some importance in the future. However, this is an aversion of ChekhokvsGunman, ChekhovsGunman, as, in the words of J.K. Rowling, "Mark Evans is... nobody. ... The car with false licence plates is at the door and I've got to glue on my goatee. Goodbye."
29th Dec '16 9:02:27 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* Harry sees Mrs. Figg walking down the street. [[spoiler:She is soon revealed to be a Squib and a member of the Order of the Phoenix.]]
* Harry hears a noise like a gunshot and assumes that it was Dobby apparating. It turns out that it was [[spoiler:Mundungus Fletcher.]]
* It is mentioned that Harry has been having dreams about locked doors and winding passages, which are located in [[spoiler:the Department of Mysteries.]]
* Harry mentions in passing that Dudley and his gang beat up a Muggle boy named Mark Evans. Because he shares a last name with Lily Potter (née Evans) and Petunia Dursley (née), many fans assumed that he would have some importance in the future. However, this is an aversion of ChekhokvsGunman, as, in the words of J.K. Rowling, "Mark Evans is... nobody. ... The car with false licence plates is at the door and I've got to glue on my goatee. Goodbye."
* The International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy is a minor plot point here and becomes much more important in the ''Fantastic Beasts'' film.
* Harry receives several official warnings from Mafalda Hopkirk. She appears in ''Deathly Hallows'' when [[spoiler:Hermione impersonates her to infiltrate the Ministry of Magic.]]
* Petunia says that she heard about dementors from "that awful boy." Harry assumes she means his father James, but ''Deathly Hallows'' reveals the boy was actually [[spoiler:Severus Snape.]]
* Petunia receives a mysterious howler commanding her to "remember my last." The sender is later revealed to be [[spoiler:Albus Dumbledore.]]
* Several members of the Order of the Phoenix first appear in the Advance Guard and then are not mentioned again until they are important to the plot. Elphias Doge is important in [[spoiler:revealing some of Dumbledore's backstory]] in ''Deathly Hallows'', Emmeline Vance [[spoiler:is murdered by Voldemort]] in ''Half-Blood Prince'', and Sturgis Podmore [[spoiler:is Imperiused by Lucius Malfoy as part of Voldemort's plot to steal the prophecy]] later in the book. Dedalus Diggle and Hestia Jones [[spoiler:protect the Dursleys]] in ''Deathly Hallows''.
* The parents of Nymphadora Tonks are mentioned several times. Ted and Andromeda Tonks appear in ''Deathly Hallows''.



* Harry begins having dreams early on in the story about locked doors and winding passages.



* ChekhovsGunman: Mrs Figg, introduced in Book 1 as Harry's baby-sitter, and then not mentioned again until briefly in ''Goblet'' and this book, which [[spoiler:reveals her to be a squib and is the witness at Harry's trial who gets him acquitted]].

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* ChekhovsGunman: Mrs Figg, introduced in Book 1 as Harry's baby-sitter, and then not mentioned again until briefly in ''Goblet'' and this book, which [[spoiler:reveals her to be a squib and is the witness at Harry's trial who gets him acquitted]].



** This book also contains an example of what happens when you overuse Chekhov's Gunmen. Harry refers in passing to a Mark Evans while speaking to Dudley. This is a throw-away character who is never mentioned again, but many assumed he would have some importance in the future because he shares a same last name with Lily Potter (née Evans) and Petunia Dursley (née Evans). JK Rowling ''publicly apologized'' for it.
26th Dec '16 8:32:29 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* Harry is left on the Dursleys' doorstep with nothing but a blanket and a letter. The letter is not referenced again until ''Order of the Phoenix'' and ''Half-Blood Prince'', while the blanket is of major importance in ''Cursed Child'', as it contains [[spoiler:a hidden message from Harry's son Albus and his friend Scorpius Malfoy who are trapped in the past]].

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* Harry is left on the Dursleys' doorstep with nothing but a blanket and a letter. The letter is not referenced again until ''Order of the Phoenix'' and ''Half-Blood Prince'', while the blanket is of major importance in ''Cursed Child'', as it contains [[spoiler:a [[spoiler:, in an alternate timeline, a hidden message from Harry's son Albus and his friend Scorpius Malfoy who are trapped in the past]].



* Kennilworthy Whisp writes that "no spell yet devised enables wizards to fly unaided in human form." In ''Deathly Hallows'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Voldemort figured out how several decades after the book was written.]]

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* One of the quotes of praises for ''Quidditch Through the Ages'' is from Bathilda Bagshot, who is important in ''Deathly Hallows''.
* Kennilworthy Whisp writes that "no spell yet devised enables wizards to fly unaided in human form." In ''Deathly Hallows'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Voldemort figured out how several decades after how.]]
* The International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy is mentioned. It becomes an important plot point in
the book was written.]]''Fantastic Beasts'' film.
* The inventor of the Golden Snitch lived in Godric's Hollow. The town is an important location in ''Deathly Hallows'' and ''Cursed Child''.
* The wizarding community of the United States is mentioned, along with "the great intensity of anti-wizarding feeling" and "the great cauton exercised by wizard settlers." All of this becomes important in the ''Fantastic Beasts'' film.
24th Dec '16 2:18:52 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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* Kennilworthy Whisp writes that "no spell yet devised enables wizards to fly unaided in human form." In ''Deathly Hallows'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Voldemort figured out how several decades after the book was written.]]
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