History Fanfic / HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality

17th Sep '17 7:23:59 AM wingedcatgirl
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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Some of the ridiculous things ''The Quibbler'' prints turn out to have more than a grain of truth to them. [[spoiler: In Chapter 38, it says that Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew are the same person. It turns out that, in this continuity, Peter Pettigrew was a metamorphmagus instead of an animagus, and an actually guilty Sirius Black avoided being sent to Azkaban by arranging for a transformed and Confunded Peter to be arrested and imprisoned in his place.]]


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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Some of the ridiculous things ''The Quibbler'' prints turn out to have more than a grain of truth to them. [[spoiler: In Chapter 38, it says that Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew are the same person. It turns out that, in this continuity, Peter Pettigrew was a metamorphmagus instead of an animagus, and an actually guilty Sirius Black avoided being sent to Azkaban by arranging for a transformed and Confunded Peter to be arrested and imprisoned in his place.]]


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* CuttingTheKnot:
** How, on a budget of ''forty Galleons'', did the Weasley twins fake the massive amount of evidence needed to convince Rita Skeeter that Harry was betrothed to Ginny? [[spoiler:They didn't. They (and/or their contact) simply False Memory Charmed her into believing she had seen it.]]
** When it inevitably comes out that the above betrothal was faked, Skeeter's reputation will be destroyed. Quirrell knows this, but can't be bothered waiting, and simply [[spoiler:"accidentally" kills her while she's spying on him and Harry in her beetle Animagus form]].
1st Sep '17 1:40:20 PM XFllo
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* {{Expy}}:
** Rationalist!Harry shares quite a few similarities with [[Literature/EndersGame Ender]], such as his intent to kill, the mock battles, and his ingenuity. He explicitly embraces the comparison; in one of the battles he takes what he realizes is perhaps his only opportunity to say something he has always wanted to say: "Why are you all upside down?"
** He also shares many similarities with Literature/ArtemisFowl, probably because of a StrangeMindsThinkAlike kind of reason.
** The author has explicitly stated that part of his inspiration was "[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] goes to Hogwarts".
22nd Aug '17 1:18:08 AM MicoolTNT
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%%* ForHappiness:
%%-->'''Harry Potter:''' ... and in any case you're asking the wrong question. The question is, did it do more good than harm, or more harm than good?

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%%* ForHappiness:
%%-->'''Harry
** In perhaps the most blatant short-term example to ever go unnoticed on a first read:
--->...now and then passing statues of witches and dragons and even the occasional [[spoiler: wizard-knight in plate armor or chainmail]]...
*** [[spoiler: ...while Harry and Neville are ''wearing armour'' to block Sleep Hexes]] ''and'' [[spoiler: Harry even ''says'' in the dialogue that it doesn't count as "transfiguring a Muggle Artifact" since some wizards used to wear it ''as seen in statues'']].
* ForHappiness: A major component in Harry's (early) value system, though he later becomes more interested in [[spoiler: [[{{Immortality}} stopping death]]]].
-->'''Harry
Potter:''' ... and in any case you're asking the wrong question. The question is, did it do more good than harm, or more harm than good?
17th Aug '17 7:04:59 PM Qussow
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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: [[spoiler:Hermione]] has an aura to this effect after [[spoiler:she is resurrected]], [[MakesSenseInContext due to being made part-unicorn.]] She's a little embarrassed about it, although she quickly sees several upsides to having "Sparkling Unicorn Princess powers", as she puts it. [[spoiler:Harry finds it rather distracting and briefly wonders if he can pay anyone to invent an anti-purity potion.

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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: [[spoiler:Hermione]] has an aura to this effect after [[spoiler:she is resurrected]], [[MakesSenseInContext due to being made part-unicorn.]] She's a little embarrassed about it, although she quickly sees several upsides to having "Sparkling Unicorn Princess powers", as she puts it. [[spoiler:Harry finds it rather distracting and briefly wonders if he can pay anyone to invent an anti-purity potion.potion]].
16th Aug '17 5:07:02 PM Pastykake
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** One of the students gets the chance in an army battle to say, "[[Franchise/StarWars Red 5 standing by.]]"
** In the lake battle Harry gets the chance to say, "[[Literature/EndersGame Why are you upside down?]]"

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** One of In the students first army battle Dean Thomas, who's been waiting his whole life to say it, gets the chance in an army battle to say, "[[Franchise/StarWars Red 5 standing by.]]"
** In the lake battle Harry Harry, who's always wanted to say it and has looked for an opportunity that really felt right, gets the chance to say, "[[Literature/EndersGame Why are you upside down?]]"
14th Aug '17 8:16:17 PM Ymirsdaughter
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** {{Discussed|Trope}} in the Ch. 33-34 Author's Note: "[[AvertedTrope It is a general law of MoR that no one is ever holding the Idiot Ball.]]" However, Quirrell does explicitly break his own Evil Overlord rules when telling Harry about the Pioneer plaque, and Harry in turn seems to be trusting Quirrell to an unreasonable extent even given their burgeoning friendship.

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** {{Discussed|Trope}} in the Ch. 33-34 Author's Note: "[[AvertedTrope It is a general law of MoR that no one is ever holding the Idiot Ball.]]" However, Quirrell does explicitly break his own Evil Overlord rules when telling Harry about the Pioneer plaque, and Harry in turn seems to be trusting Quirrell to an unreasonable extent even given their burgeoning friendship. This trust is supposedly due to a special connection between them, and in the last chapters [[spoiler:it turns out they are, in a very real sense, the same person]]..



%%* ImprobableAge: ... Kinda goes without saying. %%No, it really doesn't. Who has an improbable age (not Really700YearsOld)? How old is he/is she/are they?

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%%* ImprobableAge: ... Kinda goes without saying. %%No, it really doesn't. Who has an improbable age (not Really700YearsOld)? How old * ImprobableAge: Due to certain events, [[spoiler:''Harry'' is he/is she/are they?almost seventy years old]].



* TrueLovesKiss: Mildly subverted. Hermione kissing Harry successfully snaps him out of his Empty Shell state (see above), but the reason it works is because he doesn't remotely think of her that way and reacts negatively to it.

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* TrueLovesKiss: Mildly subverted. Subverted. Hermione kissing Harry successfully snaps him out of his Empty Shell state (see above), but the reason it works is because he doesn't remotely think of her that way is surprised – and reacts negatively to it.a little grossed out – by it, and not because of any romantic love between him (an eleven-year-old boy) and Hermione (a twelve-year-old girl). None of this, not even Harry's loud objection, stops the rest of the student body from shipping them after that.
14th Aug '17 7:45:13 PM Pastykake
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---> '''Chapter 15:''' "My, I wonder how long it will take before Miss Granger does something deserving of a dinnertime announcement? I look forward to seeing it, whatever it may be."\\

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---> '''Chapter --->'''Chapter 15:''' "My, I wonder how long it will take before Miss Granger does something deserving of a dinnertime announcement? I look forward to seeing it, whatever it may be."\\



** Defied by Lucius. According to his "RuleOfThree", any real-world diabolical scheme will only work if it depends on no more than three events happening, unlike in fiction (note that the lead-in to giving Draco this lecture was a play titled ''[[Manga/DeathNote The Tragedy of Light]]''). And since "only a fool would attempt a plot that was ''as complicated as possible'', the real limit was two."
** Played straight with Dumbledore, who thinks you should keep as many ploys as possible alive, so all the ones that don't pan out can be diversions.
* CompositeCharacter: Hagrid and Dumbledore are still there, but Professor [=McGonagall=] takes most of their roles of concerned guardian and reasonable authority figure. This frees Dumbledore to play up his Chessmaster persona.

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** Defied by Lucius. According to his "RuleOfThree", any real-world diabolical scheme will only work if it depends on no more than three events happening, unlike in fiction (note that the lead-in to giving Draco this lecture was a play titled ''[[Manga/DeathNote The Tragedy of Light]]''). And Also, since "only a fool would attempt a plot that was ''as complicated as possible'', the real limit was two."
** Played straight with Dumbledore, who thinks you one should keep as many ploys as possible alive, so all the ones that don't pan out can be diversions.
* CompositeCharacter: Hagrid and Dumbledore are still there, but Professor [=McGonagall=] takes on most of their roles of concerned guardian and reasonable authority figure. This frees Dumbledore to play up his Chessmaster persona.



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Professor Quirrell seems to flip between narcoleptic weirdo and intensely passionate professor regularly. Apparently, he's also a sixth dan master in at least one martial art, and he completely outclasses a veteran auror in combat. Though, this is perhaps to be expected, given that [[spoiler:he's Voldemort]].

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Professor Quirrell seems to flip between narcoleptic weirdo and intensely passionate professor regularly. Apparently, he's also a sixth dan master in at least one martial art, and he completely outclasses a veteran auror in combat. Though, this is perhaps to be expected, expected given that [[spoiler:he's Voldemort]].



* CurseEscapeClause: Less of an escape clause and more a mix of [[RulesLawyer Rules Lawyering]] and ExactWords, but the solution to the curse on the Battle Magic teacher's position is to [[spoiler: have the 7th year class teach the younger classes, as they will be leaving at the end of the year in any case.]]

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* CurseEscapeClause: Less of an escape clause and more a mix of [[RulesLawyer Rules Lawyering]] and ExactWords, but the solution to the curse on the Battle Defense Against the Dark Arts/Battle Magic teacher's position is to [[spoiler: have the 7th year class teach the younger classes, as they will be leaving at the end of the year in any case.]]



* DullSurprise: The mutual reaction of Harry and his father when [=McGonagall=] uses ''Wingardium Leviosa'' on the latter. Harry himself is confused as to why his reaction was so low-key, being of the opinion that his entire world being turned on its head should merit at least a minor FreakOut.

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* DullSurprise: The mutual reaction of Harry and his father when [=McGonagall=] uses ''Wingardium Leviosa'' on the latter. Harry himself is confused as to why his reaction was is so low-key, being of the opinion that his entire world being turned on its head should merit at least a minor FreakOut.



** Quirrell's room in the infirmary has no natural light. It may be that the infirmary has a variety of rooms for different tastes, or Hogwarts alters rooms to suit patients.

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** Quirrell's room in the infirmary has no natural light. It may be that the infirmary has a variety of rooms for different tastes, or that Hogwarts alters rooms to suit patients.



* EveryManHasHisPrice: The aurors guarding Azkaban will overlook people sneaking in to give the prisoners chocolate or patronus time, for the right bribe. Auror Li, who hates Azkaban, will accept a Comically Small Bribe (see above). Auror Bahry, whose wife is ill and needs expensive treatments, demands a lot more.

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* EveryManHasHisPrice: EveryManHasHisPrice:
**
The aurors guarding Azkaban will overlook people sneaking in to give the prisoners chocolate or patronus time, for the right bribe. Auror Li, who hates Azkaban, will accept a Comically Small Bribe (see above). Auror Bahry, whose wife is ill and needs expensive treatments, demands a lot more.



%%--> '''Harry Potter:''' ... and in any case you're asking the wrong question. The question is, did it do more good than harm, or more harm than good?

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%%--> '''Harry %%-->'''Harry Potter:''' ... and in any case you're asking the wrong question. The question is, did it do more good than harm, or more harm than good?



** Chapter 119 reveals [[spoiler: Dumbledore has been playing a prophecy fueled gambit for the last few decades to empower Harry and save humanity from some nebulous future threat. An intricate part of this gambit involved [[BrickJoke killing Harry's pet rock]].]]

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** Chapter 119 reveals [[spoiler: Dumbledore has been playing a prophecy fueled prophecy-fueled gambit for the last few decades to empower Harry and save humanity from some nebulous future threat. An intricate part of this gambit involved [[BrickJoke killing Harry's pet rock]].]]



--> ''[I]t was [[ItsProbablyNothing probably nothing]], but procedure was procedure.''

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--> ''[I]t -->[I]t was [[ItsProbablyNothing probably nothing]], but procedure was procedure.''



** However, the Weasley twins are fairly prominent and important characters, as is the head of house, far more so than the other heads of house (save Snape).
** Godric Gryffindor is also held up as a noble example worth following; among other things, he had the courage to look past the obvious and comprehend [[spoiler: the true nature of Dementors]], which neither Dumbledore nor [[spoiler:Quirrellmort]] have worked out. (Harry speculates that Rowena might also have known, but Salazar and Helga definitely didn't, since both of them [[spoiler:could cast the standard Patronus Charm]].
* HumanSacrifice: It's strongly implied that Grindelwald was using [[spoiler: the ''Holocaust'']] to fuel some Dark ritual. Dumbledore mentioned that [[spoiler: he was literally invincible while his Muggle allies were still making blood sacrifices for him, and they had to be stopped before he could be defeated]]. So yes, in those months where the wizarding world claimed Dumbledore was "waiting for the most dramatic moment," he was actually [[spoiler: ''stopping the Holocaust'']].
* HumanSubspecies: Harry suspects that all of the intelligent races are magically altered human bloodlines, both because of their human features and because their mindset is at most like a different culture when you'd expect a completely alien perspective. The Goblins are definitely close enough to mainline human to mix, as in canon.
* HumansAreBastards: Quirrell believes this. Harry thinks while many may be people also have the potential to be good and that some (like Hermione) are able to act on it.
%% * HumansAreCthulhu: Draco's reaction to the moon landing.
* HumansAreMorons: The premise of the fic is that most humans do not bother to think deep enough.
* HumansAreSpecial: And our [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] is that of the ManipulativeBastard. Yay. Harry believing this gives him the power to [[BeyondTheImpossible destroy Dementors]]. So, yeah, definitely.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: Harry asks if this would destroy a Dementor. Quirrell, not content with giving a simple response, deliberately misinterprets the question:

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** However, the Weasley twins are fairly prominent and important characters, as is the head of Gryffindor house, far more so than the other heads of house (save Snape).
** Godric Gryffindor is also held up as a noble example worth following; among other things, he had the courage to look past the obvious and comprehend [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the true nature of Dementors]], dementors]], which neither Dumbledore nor [[spoiler:Quirrellmort]] have worked out. (Harry speculates that Rowena might also have known, but Salazar and Helga definitely didn't, since seeing as both of them [[spoiler:could cast the standard Patronus Charm]].
* HumanSacrifice: It's strongly implied that Grindelwald was using [[spoiler: the ''Holocaust'']] to fuel some Dark dark ritual. Dumbledore mentioned that [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:Grindelwald was literally invincible while his Muggle muggle allies were still making blood sacrifices for him, and they had to be stopped before he could be defeated]]. So So, yes, in those months where the wizarding world claimed Dumbledore was "waiting for the most dramatic moment," he was actually [[spoiler: ''stopping the Holocaust'']].
* HumanSubspecies: Harry suspects that all of the intelligent races are magically altered human bloodlines, both because of their human features and because their mindset is at most like a different culture when you'd compared to wizards' whereas one would expect a completely alien perspective. The Goblins goblins are definitely close enough to mainline human to mix, as in canon.
* HumansAreBastards: Quirrell believes this. Harry thinks while that although many may be so, people also have the potential to be good good, and that some (like Hermione) are able to act on it.
%% * HumansAreCthulhu: Draco's reaction to the moon Moon landing.
* HumansAreMorons: The premise A theme of the fic is that most humans do not bother to think deep deeply enough.
* HumansAreSpecial: And our [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] is that of the ManipulativeBastard. Yay. Harry believing this gives him the power to [[BeyondTheImpossible destroy Dementors]].dementors]]. So, yeah, definitely.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: Harry asks if this would destroy a Dementor.dementor. Quirrell, not content with giving a simple response, deliberately misinterprets the question:



** "[[Franchise/StarWars Red 5 standing by.]]"
** "''[[Literature/EndersGame Why are you upside down?]]''"

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** One of the students gets the chance in an army battle to say, "[[Franchise/StarWars Red 5 standing by.]]"
** "''[[Literature/EndersGame In the lake battle Harry gets the chance to say, "[[Literature/EndersGame Why are you upside down?]]''"down?]]"



* IceCreamKoan: When Dumbledore desperately asks him for some wisdom, Harry resorts to spouting fake profundity – and then is rather appalled at how easily Dumbledore buys it.
* IcyBlueEyes: Quirrell and Dumbledore (when angry) are described as having these.
* IdiotBall:
** {{Discussed|Trope}} in the Ch. 33-34 Author's Note: "[[AvertedTrope It is a general law of MoR that no one is ever holding the Idiot Ball.]]" However, Quirrell does explicitly break his own Evil Overlord rules when telling Harry about the Pioneer plaque, and Harry in turn seems to be trusting Quirrell to an unreasonable extent even given their burgeoning friendship.
*** In particular, Harry agreeing to [[spoiler: help rescue Bellatrix from Azkaban]] was really stupid, especially since Quirrell's argument that she was corrupted doesn't support his thesis that she's innocent now (and that's assuming he's telling the truth at all). It is in-character for Harry (given his extreme hatred of Dementors and cynicism about the Ministry) and he does call himself on it later when he has twenty-twenty hindsight, but ''still''. (And conveniently, the actual moment of decision happened off-screen.)
** Referenced among Madeye's list of precautions as "Bahl's Stupefaction", a highly addictive drug which hands you an Idiot Ball as a side effect.



* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Bellatrix to Voldemort.
* IHaveThisFriend: With a touch of AndThatLittleGirlWasMe. Harry learns it's dangerous to give advice unless he knows who his interlocutor is ''really'' talking about.

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* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Bellatrix to Voldemort.
* IHaveThisFriend: With a touch of AndThatLittleGirlWasMe. Harry learns it's dangerous to give advice unless he knows who whom his interlocutor is ''really'' talking about.



* INeedAFreakingDrink: [=McGonagall=] needs one desperately after shopping with Harry.
* IOweYouMyLife: Life debts in the wizarding world appear to be SeriousBusiness, as the Wizengamot (at least sometimes) makes official rulings about them.
* IShallTauntYou: Draco ''thinks'' Harry is trying to break up Draco's alliance with Hermione by teasing him about it mercilessly.
* IWasNeverHere: Harry says this to Professor Sprout when [[spoiler:setting up]] the Game, and it's implied in several other conversations.
* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: [[spoiler:Hermione]] tells [[spoiler:Draco]] to let go of her hand and let her fall so he can defeat [[spoiler:Harry]], rather than try to hold on and make them both lose.



* ImAHumanitarian: Once Harry realizes that Parsletounges are capable of speaking to snakes he starts to worry if this means snakes, and potentially any other thing he eats, my be sentient. While Harry hungrily wonders about the moral implications [[SplitPersonality Hufflepuff]] suggests he fix the problem by eating his fellow students. After all there is no debating whether ''they'' are sentient.
* ImagineSpot: [[spoiler: Hermione gets distracted by one in Chapter 122. It's implied to be based off of the actual Harry Potter books.]]

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* ImAHumanitarian: Once Harry realizes that Parsletounges parselmouths are capable of speaking to snakes he starts to worry if this means snakes, and potentially any other thing he eats, my be sentient. While Harry hungrily wonders about the moral implications [[SplitPersonality Hufflepuff]] implications, his Hufflepuff perspective (see Good Angel, Bad Angel above) suggests he fix the problem by eating his fellow students. After all all, there is no debating whether ''they'' are sentient.
* IceCreamKoan: When Dumbledore desperately asks him for some wisdom, Harry resorts to spouting fake profundity – and then is rather appalled at how easily Dumbledore buys it.
* IcyBlueEyes: Quirrell and Dumbledore (when angry) are described as having these.
* IdiotBall:
** {{Discussed|Trope}} in the Ch. 33-34 Author's Note: "[[AvertedTrope It is a general law of MoR that no one is ever holding the Idiot Ball.]]" However, Quirrell does explicitly break his own Evil Overlord rules when telling Harry about the Pioneer plaque, and Harry in turn seems to be trusting Quirrell to an unreasonable extent even given their burgeoning friendship.
*** In particular, Harry agreeing to [[spoiler: help rescue Bellatrix from Azkaban]] is really stupid of him, especially since Quirrell's argument that she was corrupted doesn't support his thesis that she's innocent now (and that's assuming he's telling the truth at all). It is in-character for Harry (given his extreme hatred of dementors and cynicism about the Ministry) and he does call himself on it later when he has twenty-twenty hindsight, but ''still''. (And conveniently, the actual moment of decision happens off-screen.)
** Referenced among Mad-Eye Moody's list of precautions as "Bahl's Stupefaction", a highly addictive drug which hands you an Idiot Ball as a side effect.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Bellatrix to Voldemort.
*
ImagineSpot: [[spoiler: Hermione [[spoiler:Hermione]] gets distracted by one in Chapter 122. It's implied to be based off of the actual Harry Potter ''Harry Potter'' books.]]



* ImprobableAge: ... Kinda goes without saying.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: [[spoiler: Hermione has an aura to this effect after she is resurrected, [[MakesSenseInContext due to being made part unicorn.]] She's a little embarrassed about it, although she quickly sees several upsides to having "Sparkling Unicorn Princess powers", as she puts it. Harry finds it rather distracting and briefly wonders if he can pay anyone to invent an anti-purity potion.]]

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* %%* ImprobableAge: ... Kinda goes without saying.
saying. %%No, it really doesn't. Who has an improbable age (not Really700YearsOld)? How old is he/is she/are they?
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: [[spoiler: Hermione [[spoiler:Hermione]] has an aura to this effect after she [[spoiler:she is resurrected, resurrected]], [[MakesSenseInContext due to being made part unicorn.part-unicorn.]] She's a little embarrassed about it, although she quickly sees several upsides to having "Sparkling Unicorn Princess powers", as she puts it. Harry [[spoiler:Harry finds it rather distracting and briefly wonders if he can pay anyone to invent an anti-purity potion.]]



** After Draco has dropped [[spoiler:Hermione]] off the roof of Hogwarts (ItMakesSenseInContext -- there was no real danger due to the aforementioned [[GravityMaster Feather Falling potion]]), it is speculated that his goal is to drop all the Muggleborns. That's right: he's the Heir of "Slipperin" and the next "Drop Lord".

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** After Draco has dropped [[spoiler:Hermione]] off the roof of Hogwarts (ItMakesSenseInContext -- there was no real danger due to the aforementioned [[GravityMaster Feather Falling potion]]), it is speculated that his goal is to drop all the Muggleborns.muggleborns. That's right: he's the Heir of "Slipperin" and the next "Drop Lord".



** Chapter 67, about the rules how Hogwarts changes its geometry:

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** Chapter 67, about the rules of how Hogwarts changes its geometry:



* INeedAFreakingDrink: [=McGonagall=] needs one ''desperately'' after shopping with Harry.



* InsultBackfire:

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* InsultBackfire:InsultBackfire: Invoked by Professor Quirrell.



* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Harry spells this out to [=McGonagall=].
* IntrinsicVow: Harry, even under [[spoiler:the Dementors' thrall in Azkaban]] ''will not'' kill [[spoiler: until the last extremity.]]

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* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Harry spells this out to [=McGonagall=].
[=McGonagall=] as the reason for his odd behavior.
* IntrinsicVow: IntrinsicVow:
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Harry, even under [[spoiler:the Dementors' dementors' thrall in Azkaban]] ''will not'' kill [[spoiler: until the last extremity.]]



* IOweYouMyLife: Life debts in the wizarding world appear to be SeriousBusiness, as the Wizengamot (at least sometimes) makes official rulings about them.



** Quirrell's comment, "You have just found out that the real world does not ''always'' work like your worst nightmares," echoes Harry's justification for pranking Neville.

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** Quirrell's comment, "You have just found out that the real world does not ''always'' work like your worst nightmares," echoes Harry's justification to himself for pranking Neville.



** Early on, when Harry is being shown around Diagon Alley by Professor [=McGonagall=], she repeatedly answers his direct questions on how the things he sees can possibly happen with a simple, "Magic". Later on, after Harry has pulled off something seemingly impossbile and [=McGonagall=] asks how he did it, his reply is, "Magic", to which she immediately responds, "That is no sort of answer!". Harry, realizing this trope had just come into play, [[LampshadeHanging only smiles at her.]]

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** Early on, when Harry is being shown around Diagon Alley by Professor [=McGonagall=], she repeatedly answers his direct questions on how the things he sees can possibly happen with a simple, "Magic". simply, "Magic." Later on, after Harry has pulled off something seemingly impossbile and [=McGonagall=] asks how he did it, his reply is, "Magic", "Magic," to which she immediately responds, "That is no sort of answer!". answer!" Harry, realizing this trope had just come into play, [[LampshadeHanging only smiles at her.]]



** When Harry tells Hermione about his inner personalities, represented as inner voices discussing with each other inside his mind, she briefly considers trying this approach before her Common Sense warns her it might be a dangerous thing to try.

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** When Harry tells Hermione about his inner personalities, method of examining all sides of a problem, represented as inner voices with different names and personalities discussing with each other inside his mind, she briefly considers trying this approach before her Common Sense warns her it might be a dangerous thing to try.



* IShallTauntYou: Draco ''thinks'' Harry is trying to break up his alliance with Hermione by teasing him about it mercilessly.
* IsThisAJoke:

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* IShallTauntYou: Draco ''thinks'' IsThisAJoke: Harry is trying to break up his alliance with Hermione by teasing him about it mercilessly.
* IsThisAJoke:
finds himself in an absurd situation:



* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: Dumbledore with great ceremony gives Harry... his father's rock. It's just a big rock which is not special at all. [[spoiler: The fact that it actually does come in useful, and the circumstances where it does, are seen as so suspicious in-universe that it completely changes the state of political alliances by bringing the Malfoys in under Harry's personal banner. Later it turns out that there was a prophesy and Dumbledore didn't actually know about the specific threat it stopped, only that it would be vital later.]]

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* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: Dumbledore Dumbledore, with great ceremony ceremony, gives Harry... his father's rock. It's just a big rock which is not special at all. [[spoiler: The fact that it actually does come in useful, and the circumstances where it does, are seen as so suspicious in-universe that it completely changes the state of political alliances by bringing the Malfoys in under Harry's personal banner. Later it turns out that there was a prophesy and Dumbledore didn't actually know about the specific threat it stopped, only that it would be vital later.]]



* IWasNeverHere: Harry says this to Professor Sprout when [[spoiler:setting up]] the Game, and it's implied in several other conversations.



* {{Jerkass}}: Harry can get a little bit... abrasive with people who do not meet his personal standards. Example: telling a friend's parents at their first meeting that history will only remember them ''as'' her parents.
** Or when, immediately following that, he says that the only reason history will know what their job ''was'' would be because they were her parents.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Harry can get a little bit... abrasive with people who do not meet his personal standards. Example: telling a friend's parents at their first meeting that history will only remember them ''as'' her parents.
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parents. Or when, immediately following that, he says that the only reason history will know what remember their job ''was'' would be profession existed is because they had that profession and were her parents.



** Subverted in Chapter 85 when Harry [[spoiler: decides to wait to get stronger before going to Azkaban because there are many people he wants to save and going now could result in his death, and in doing so misses out on ever having his own phoenix]].

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** Subverted in Chapter 85 when Harry [[spoiler: decides to wait to get stronger before going to Azkaban because there are many people he wants to save and going now could result in his death, and death--and in doing so making that decision, misses out on ever having his own phoenix]].



* KangarooCourt: Although the ''entire'' court is not on the prosecution's side and its highest-ranking member is leading the defense, [[spoiler:Hermione's trial]] was hardly what one would consider "fair".
* KilledOffForReal: Aberforth Dumbledore was taken hostage and killed when his brother refused to negotiate during the last Wizarding War. Narcissa Malfoy was also killed [[spoiler:by Dumbledore as both retaliation and to ensure neither side would engage in that tactic again]]. Later we discover that [[spoiler:Firenze really did die, Quirrelmort killed him and then made him an inferius so Harry wouldn't be suspicious of his intentions.]]By the end of the story [[spoiler: Quirrell is dead and so are 37 Death Eaters including Lucius Malfoy and Nott's, Crabbe's, Goyle's fathers and many more.]] However, [[spoiler:Narcissa Malfoy]] is actually ''not'' dead.
* [[spoiler:KilledMidSentence]]: Neville gets a little cocky in his first mock battle. [[spoiler:So does Harry.]]
* KingmakerScenario: At the end of the lake battle [[spoiler: Blaise Zabini, who had fought for [[DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent all three sides]] over the course of the battle, is the last man standing at the end with the scores so close he can choose the winner. He forces a three-way draw.]]

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* KangarooCourt: Although the ''entire'' court is not on the prosecution's side and its highest-ranking member is leading the defense, [[spoiler:Hermione's trial]] was is hardly what one would consider "fair".
* KilledOffForReal: Aberforth Dumbledore was taken hostage and killed when his brother refused to negotiate during the last Wizarding War. Narcissa Malfoy was also killed [[spoiler:by Dumbledore as both retaliation and to ensure neither side would engage in that tactic again]]. Later wizarding war. At the climax we discover that [[spoiler:Firenze really did die, Quirrelmort killed him and then made him an inferius so Harry wouldn't be suspicious of his intentions.]]By ]] By the end of the story [[spoiler: Quirrell is dead and so are 37 Death Eaters Eaters, including Lucius Malfoy and Nott's, Crabbe's, and Goyle's fathers fathers, and many more.]] However, Averted with [[spoiler:Narcissa Malfoy]] Malfoy]], who is actually ''not'' dead.
* [[spoiler:KilledMidSentence]]: KilledMidSentence: Neville gets a little cocky in his first mock battle. [[spoiler:So does Harry.]]
battle and is "killed" mid-sentence. The same happens to [[spoiler:Harry]].
* KingmakerScenario: At the end of In the lake battle battle, [[spoiler: Blaise Zabini, Zabini]], who had has fought for [[DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent all three sides]] sides over the course of the battle, is the last man standing at the end with the scores so close he can choose the winner. He [[spoiler:He forces a three-way draw.]]



* LanguageOfTruth: Parseltongue, the languages of snakes is revealed to have this effect as neither Harry, Professor Quirrell or Voldemort were able to express direct deception through that language. It becomes an often demanded method of communication between the parties capable of understanding it to avoid such deception.

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* LanguageOfTruth: Parseltongue, the languages of snakes snakes, is revealed to have this effect as neither Harry, Professor Quirrell or Quirrell, and Voldemort were are all unable able to express direct deception through that language. It becomes an often demanded method of communication between the parties capable of understanding it in order to avoid such deception.



--> Ch. 91: '''Harry''': Because I've wandered into a bloody stupid fantasy novel!\\
Ch. 94: Under standard literary convention... the enemy wasn't supposed to look over what you'd done...

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--> Ch. 91: [Ch. 91] '''Harry''': Because I've wandered into a bloody stupid fantasy novel!\\
Ch. 94: [Ch. 94] Under standard literary convention... the enemy wasn't supposed to look over what you'd done...



** Harry talks this way. Lampshaded frequently--most of the cast (including Harry himself) become aware that there is something very, very ''wrong'' with him. It's justified with the reveal that he [[spoiler:has an adult Tom Riddle's brain patterns imprinted on his mind]].

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** Harry talks this way. Lampshaded frequently--most of the cast (including Harry Harry, himself) become aware that there is something very, very ''wrong'' with him. It's justified with the reveal that he [[spoiler:has an adult Tom Riddle's brain patterns imprinted on his mind]].



* LoopholeAbuse: At Hogwarts, "invisibility cloaks aren't against the rules -- I suppose they're rare enough that no one ever got around to putting them on the list."

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* LoopholeAbuse: At Hogwarts, "invisibility invisibility cloaks aren't against the rules -- I suppose rules. Harry supposes they're rare enough that no one ever got around to putting them on the list."



* {{Magitek}}: It's coming, in a big way. Also, [[spoiler: Voldemort turned the Pioneer plaque into a Horcrux]], so one could argue that it's already there.

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* {{Magitek}}: It's coming, in a big way. Also, Harry wishes to accomplish this, among other things.
**
[[spoiler: Voldemort turned the Pioneer plaque into a Horcrux]], horcrux]], so one could argue that it's already there.



* MexicanStandoff: In chapter 17 during broomstick flight class, Goyle stealing Neville's dropped Remembrall and hopping on a broomstick leads to the Hufflepuffs pointing wands at Goyle, Slytherins pointing wands at Hufflepuffs, and Gryffindors pointing wands at Slytherins. The Ravenclaws take out their wands too; it's not stated whom ''they're'' pointing at, but it's presumably Slytherin.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Harry explains this to Hermione in chapter 48.

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* MexicanStandoff: In chapter 17 during broomstick flight class, Goyle stealing Neville's dropped Remembrall remembrall and hopping on a broomstick leads to the Hufflepuffs pointing wands at Goyle, Slytherins pointing wands at Hufflepuffs, and Gryffindors pointing wands at Slytherins. The Ravenclaws take out their wands wands, too; it's not stated whom ''they're'' they're pointing at, but it's presumably Slytherin.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Harry explains this trope to Hermione in chapter 48.



* MissedTheCall: Tracey Davis fears she was "supposed" to have kissed Harry.

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* MissedTheCall: Invoked by Tracey Davis Davis, who fears she was "supposed" to have kissed Harry.



* MisterXAndMisterY: Mr. Crabbe and Mr. Goyle.
* MoodRingEyes: Dumbledore's reflect his emotional state.

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* MisterXAndMisterY: Draco's bodyguards are Mr. Crabbe and Mr. Goyle.
* MoodRingEyes: Dumbledore's eyes reflect his emotional state.



* MostWritersAreAdults: One of the most persistent criticisms of the story is that a lot of the characters really don't feel like the prepubescent children they are. Given the story's premise of a rationalist Harry, and the fact that Yudkowsky deliberately boosted the intelligence, knowledge-base, and reasoning skills of most of the rest of the cast in order to avoid the MarySue effect, this was probably inevitable.
** Also inevitable given the story revolves around 3 of the most intelligent students in the year. Other students tend to act more normally.

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* MostWritersAreAdults: One of the most persistent criticisms of the story is that a lot of the characters really don't feel like the prepubescent children they are. Given the story's premise of a rationalist Harry, and the fact that Yudkowsky deliberately boosted the intelligence, knowledge-base, and reasoning skills of most of the rest of the cast in order to avoid the MarySue effect, this was probably inevitable.
** Also
inevitable. It was also perhaps inevitable given the story revolves around 3 three of the most intelligent students in the year. Other year; other students tend to act more normally.normally, usually.



* MugglesDoItBetter: A large part of the premise; Muggle ''technology'' isn't necessarily better than magic, but the wizarding world clearly could use a hearty dose of the scientific method. Even that caveat is clearly temporary; Muggles have only really just got the ball rolling on serious science in the last few centuries, while magic has been in serious decline far longer. At the same time, wizards don't even think about certain possibilities. For example, when Harry tries to point out how science can be, in some ways, superior to magic, he shows him a picture of the first Moon landing, shocking Malfoy that such a thing is even possible. In Draco's mind, the best way to travel is via Apparation, and you can't Apparete where you've never been (e.g. the Moon). Draco also initially assumes the spacesuits are strange creatures until Harry explains that there's no air on the Moon.

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* MugglesDoItBetter: A large part of the premise; Muggle muggle ''technology'' isn't necessarily better than magic, but the wizarding world clearly could use a hearty dose of the scientific method. Even that caveat is clearly temporary; Muggles muggles have only really just got gotten the ball rolling on serious science in the last few centuries, while whereas magic has been in serious decline far longer. At the same time, wizards don't even think about certain possibilities. For example, when Harry tries to point out to Draco how science can be, in some ways, ways be superior to magic, he shows him Draco a picture of the first Moon landing, shocking Malfoy landing. Draco is shocked that such a thing is even possible. In Draco's possible; in his mind, the best way to travel is via Apparation, apparation, and you can't Apparete apparete where you've never been (e.g. , the Moon). Draco also initially assumes the spacesuits are strange creatures until Harry explains that there's no air on the Moon.



* MysteriousPast: Dumbledore hires Quirrell without looking too deep into his history. Madam Bones thinks she has identified Quirrell as a hero figure from the previous war (not Tom Riddle; the author has changed his birth year to make this clear).

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* MysteriousPast: Dumbledore hires Quirrell without looking too deep deeply into his history. Madam Bones thinks she has identified Quirrell as a hero figure from the previous war (not Tom Riddle; the author has changed his birth year to make this clear).



** The newspaper headline engineered by the Weasley twins states that Harry is betrothed to Ginny.

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** The newspaper headline engineered by the Weasley twins states that Harry is betrothed to Ginny.Ginny, which happens in canon between the events of ''Deathly Hallows'' and the epilogue.
** Chapter 29: There are lots of conspiracy theories that Sirius Black was framed and someone else actually betrayed the Potters. One of the most popular ones is that [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Peter Pettigrew was the real traitor. He, Black, and James Potter became animagi while at Hogwarts, and Pettigrew's animagus form was something small that could scurry around unnoticed. When Black confronted him on the street after the Potters' murder, Pettigrew blew up the twelve muggles around them, faked his death, and escaped in his small animagus form.]] Bill Weasley one day got it into his head that [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban his brother Percy's pet rat was Peter Pettigrew in animagus form]], captured the rat, and sent out emergency owls, managing to gather Dumbledore, the Minister of Magic, and the head auror. They checked the rat, but it was just a rat. It turned out Bill was having a schizophrenic break and thought he had gone back in time [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows via train station after dying]].



--->"Casst Killing Cursse?" Harry hissed in incredulity. "At me? Again? Ssecond time? Nobody will believe Dark Lord could posssibly be that sstupid -"[[note]]Before the start of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Voldemort used the Killing Curse on Harry, which rebounded and destroyed Voldemort's body. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', he tries it again, and it's blocked by a rare magical interaction between his and Harry's wands. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', he tries a third and '''fourth''' time; the third time, Harry lives through it, and the fourth time, it rebounds and permanently kills him.[[/note]]

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--->"Casst Killing Cursse?" Harry hissed in incredulity. "At me? Again? Ssecond time? Nobody will believe Dark Lord could posssibly be that sstupid -"[[note]]Before the start of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Voldemort used the Killing Curse on Harry, which rebounded and destroyed Voldemort's body. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', he tries it again, and it's blocked by a rare magical interaction between his and Harry's wands. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', he tries a third and '''fourth''' time; the third time, Harry lives through it, and the fourth time, it rebounds and permanently kills him.Voldemort.[[/note]]



* NewsTravelsFast: In chapter 46, for example, the Hogwarts grapevine is shown to be remarkably efficient. It helps that some people have Time Turners (see MundaneUtility).
* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Morally Complicated Malefactor]]: In chapter 89 [[spoiler: killing Hermione was initially part of Quirrelmort's [[GainingTheWillToKill plan to toughen up Harry]], but it [[StarKilling goes just]] [[GoneHorriblyRight a little too right]].]] Which leads to...
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Near the end of the story [[spoiler: Quirrelmort goes to some extreme lengths to not only resurrect Hermione but also make her as perfectly immortal as he possibly can. He then magically binds Harry to never do anything which could conceivably endanger the world. This is implied later to be a vital part of the ultimate salvation of Humanity.]]

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* NewsTravelsFast: In chapter 46, for example, the Hogwarts grapevine is shown to be remarkably efficient. It helps that some people have Time Turners (see MundaneUtility).
Mundane Utility above).
* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Morally Complicated Malefactor]]: NiceJobBreakingItHero: The person in question is more "morally ambiguous" than a "hero." In chapter 89 [[spoiler: killing Hermione Hermione]] was initially part of Quirrelmort's Quirrell's plan to [[GainingTheWillToKill plan to toughen up Harry]], up]] Harry, but it [[StarKilling goes just]] [[GoneHorriblyRight a little too right]].]] right]]. Which leads to...
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: NiceJobFixingItVillain:
**
Near the end of the story [[spoiler: Quirrelmort goes to some extreme lengths to not only resurrect Hermione but also make her as perfectly immortal as he possibly can. He then magically binds Harry to never do anything which could conceivably endanger the world. This is implied later to be a vital part of the ultimate salvation of Humanity.]]



*** [[spoiler: This is later explained as part of Dumbledore's prophecy fueled GambitRoulette .]]

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*** [[spoiler: This is later explained as part [[spoiler:part of Dumbledore's prophecy fueled GambitRoulette .]]prophecy-fueled Gambit Roulette (see above)]].



** Somehow, the Weasley twins were able to falsify a betrothal contract between Harry and Ginny and get it published in the ''Daily Prophet''. They did this by ''somehow'' faking a lot of evidence that most would believe near-impossible to fake (and then changing it back to normal after the fact). The only thing we know about ''how'' they did it was that it was on a budget of ''forty Galleons.'' Even the ''Weasley'' twins don't know how they did it because they also got themselves [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Obliviated]] after the deed was done.

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** Somehow, the Weasley twins were able manage to falsify a betrothal contract between Harry and Ginny and get it published in the ''Daily Prophet''. They did do this by ''somehow'' faking a lot of evidence that most would believe near-impossible to fake (and then changing it back to normal after the fact). The only thing we know about ''how'' they did do it was is that it was on a budget of ''forty Galleons.galleons.'' Even the ''Weasley'' twins Weasley twins, themselves, don't know how they did it because they also got themselves [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Obliviated]] after the deed was done.



* NoOntologicalInertia: Harry's first Transfiguration class asserts that transfigurations are not permanent and need periodic maintenance to keep them from reversing themselves. [=McGonagall=] gives the example of someone drinking a block of wood transfigured into a glass of water and asks the class to consider the consequences given the above.

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* NoOntologicalInertia: NoOntologicalInertia:
**
Harry's first Transfiguration class asserts that transfigurations are not permanent and need periodic maintenance to keep them from reversing themselves. [=McGonagall=] gives the example of someone drinking a block of wood transfigured into a glass of water and asks the class to consider the consequences given the above.



* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Enforced by the Interdict of Merlin, which prevents the passage of powerful spells through text. They can only be spread directly by one wizard to another, and any notes or written instructions will be magically rendered impossible to read by anyone else. Harry is pretty sure this is why modern wizards are weaker than their predecessors-instead of building on previous knowledge it is slowly being lost. Quirrell hypothesizes that [[spoiler:averting this is the true reason for the Chamber of Secrets and the Basilisk--a centuries-old monster who could only speak with a Slytherin Parselmouth would be the best way to pass Salazar's magic on to an heir]].

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* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Enforced by the Interdict of Merlin, which prevents the passage of powerful spells through text. They can only be spread directly by one wizard to another, word of mouth, and any notes or written instructions will be magically rendered impossible to read by anyone else. Harry is pretty sure this is why modern wizards are weaker than their predecessors-instead of building on previous knowledge knowledge, it is slowly being lost. Quirrell hypothesizes that [[spoiler:averting this is the true reason for the Chamber of Secrets and the Basilisk--a basilisk--a centuries-old monster who could only speak with a Slytherin Parselmouth would be the best way to pass on Salazar's magic on to an heir]].



* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat: Harry's reaction after he briefly imagined... An ''odd'' pairing:
--> '''Harry''': "Snape and Dumbledore!?". ''Then Harry heard the words that had just come out of his mouth, and hastily added,'' "Not that there's anything wrong with that -"
* NoTrueScotsman: In-universe. Harry tries to convince the Sorting Hat that he's not like the other potential Dark Lords the hat has met:

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* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat: Harry's reaction after he briefly imagined... An imagines... an ''odd'' pairing:
--> '''Harry''': "Snape -->"Snape and Dumbledore!?". ''Then Dumbledore!?" Then Harry heard the words that had just come out of his mouth, and hastily added,'' added, "Not that there's anything wrong with that -"
* NoTrueScotsman: In-universe. Harry tries to convince the Sorting Hat that he's not like the other potential Dark Lords dark lords the hat has met:



** Harry and Snape, surprisingly. Although Snape doesn't have Harry's scientific background, his Muggle upbringing gives him a perspective on the wizarding world similar to Harry's own. Most obvious when they are trying to prevent [[spoiler:Hermione's]] trial, and Harry keeps getting dumbstruck at the ridiculously lax and corrupt legal procedures. Snape cynically notes that they're not in Muggle Britain anymore.
** Dumbledore knows that he was NotSoDifferent from Grindelwald and believes ([[spoiler:correctly]]) that Harry is NotSoDifferent from Voldemort, though he's not sure how since he was never able to understand Voldemort anyway.

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** Harry and Snape, surprisingly. Although Snape doesn't have Harry's scientific background, his Muggle muggle upbringing gives him a perspective on the wizarding world similar to Harry's own. Most It's most obvious when they are trying to prevent [[spoiler:Hermione's]] trial, and Harry keeps getting dumbstruck at the ridiculously lax and corrupt legal procedures. Snape cynically notes that they're not in Muggle muggle Britain anymore.
** Dumbledore knows that he was NotSoDifferent not so different from Grindelwald and believes ([[spoiler:correctly]]) that Harry is NotSoDifferent not so different from Voldemort, though he's not sure how since he was never able to understand Voldemort anyway.



** Dumbledore is widely believed to be using this. It's effective nevertheless, as it not only gives him an excuse to do whatever he wants, it's also impossible to tell the difference between when he's just keeping up the act and when he's executing some brilliant, secret plan right under your nose.

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** Dumbledore is widely believed to be using this. It's effective nevertheless, as it not only gives does it give him an excuse to do whatever he wants, it's also impossible to tell the difference between when he's just keeping up the act and when he's executing some brilliant, secret plan right under your nose.



** Recently, Harry has begun to suspect that Dumbledore really is sane (albeit extremely depressed and just waiting to die), ''pretending'' to be senile pretending to be cunning pretending to be insane.
** Capter 119 reveals [[spoiler: that Dumbledore wasn't really insane, he was just operating with the foreknowledge provided by several centuries worth of prophecies, leading him to do a lot of seemingly insane things. Such as killing Harry's pet rock, among several other examples.]]

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** Recently, Toward the end of the story, Harry has begun begins to suspect that Dumbledore really is sane (albeit extremely depressed and just waiting to die), ''pretending'' to be senile pretending to be cunning pretending to be insane.
** Capter 119 reveals [[spoiler: that Dumbledore resolves the question: [[spoiler:Dumbledore wasn't really insane, he insane. He was just operating with the foreknowledge provided by several centuries centuries' worth of prophecies, leading him to do a lot of seemingly insane things. Such things--such as killing Harry's pet rock, among several other examples.]]examples]].



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The Weasley Twins fake for the benefit of Rita Skeeter a prophecy, a betrothal contract, a Gringotts seal, and a session of the Wizengamot for a grand total of 40 galleons. How they do it isn't explained until 50+ chapters later.

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The Weasley Twins twins fake for the benefit of Rita Skeeter a prophecy, a betrothal contract, a Gringotts seal, and a session of the Wizengamot for a grand total of 40 galleons. How they do it isn't explained until 50+ chapters later.



* OldMaster: Quirrell recounts how he learned from one in chapter 19. The character is also implied to fulfill the MagicalAsian trope, which is ironic as he's noted to have been a Muggle in the literal sense.

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* OldMaster: Quirrell recounts how he learned from one in chapter 19. The character is also implied to fulfill the MagicalAsian trope, which is ironic as he's noted to have been a Muggle muggle in the literal sense.



* OneSteveLimit: In chapter 69, Michael Hopkins says, "there aren't any other Mikes in all of Hufflepuff this year, [[LampshadeHanging would you believe it?]]" The irony being that he's a subversion for this fanfic, as it already contains Professor Michael Verres-Evans ''and'' Michael Corner.
* OnlySaneMan: The entire premise. (It's worth pointing out that the author views ''himself'' [[http://lesswrong.com/lw/1mc/normal_cryonics/ in that way]].) As the story progresses, though, it's increasingly difficult to tell who's the sane one...
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: Harry guesses that the challenge of finding Platform Nine and Three-Quarters might be meant as an I.Q. test (and when you [[FridgeLogic think about it]], it's [[TrialAndErrorGameplay kind of ridiculous]] that in canon there doesn't seem to be any good reason why Muggleborn students aren't actually told how to find it).
** Well, we don't actually ''know'' that Muggleborn students aren't told how to find it in canon. All we know is that Hagrid didn't tell Harry and it's easy to assume that he was supposed to, but forgot.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Dumbledore asks Harry what Quirrell could be plotting that requires him to bring a Dementor into the castle, Harry argues that this is completely in-character for him, and naturally, [[InvertedTrope in-character is business as usual]]. But he realizes that something is wrong anyway, because even coming out of his own mouth it's a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial.

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* OneSteveLimit: In chapter 69, Michael Hopkins says, "there aren't any other Mikes in all of Hufflepuff this year, [[LampshadeHanging would you believe it?]]" The irony being that he's a subversion However, though it's played straight and lampshaded for this Hufflepuff House, it's averted for the fanfic, as it already contains Professor Michael Verres-Evans ''and'' Verres-Evans, Michael Corner.
Corner, and author Michael Sherner, who wrote ''The Skeptical Wizard''.
* OnlySaneMan: The entire premise. (It's Harry views himself and Hermione this way within the wizarding world. As the story progresses, though, it's increasingly difficult to tell who're the real sane ones...
** Out-of-universe, it's
worth pointing out that the author views ''himself'' [[http://lesswrong.com/lw/1mc/normal_cryonics/ in that way]].) As the story progresses, though, it's increasingly difficult to tell who's the sane one...
way]].
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: Harry guesses that the challenge of finding Platform Nine and Three-Quarters might be meant as an I.Q. test (and when you [[FridgeLogic think about it]], it's [[TrialAndErrorGameplay kind of ridiculous]] that in canon there doesn't seem to be any good reason why Muggleborn muggleborn students aren't actually told how to find it).
** Well, we don't actually ''know'' that Muggleborn muggleborn students aren't told how to find it in canon. All we know is that Hagrid didn't tell Harry and it's easy to assume that he was supposed to, but forgot.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Dumbledore asks Harry what Quirrell could be plotting that requires him to bring a Dementor dementor into the castle, Harry argues that this is completely in-character for him, and naturally, [[InvertedTrope in-character is business as usual]]. But he realizes that something is wrong anyway, because even coming out of his own mouth it's a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial.



* OvershadowedByAwesome: Hermione has this problem with regards to Harry.

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* OvershadowedByAwesome: Hermione has this problem with regards to Harry. If she weren't so closely associated with genius Harry Potter, she thinks, her academic achievements would be much more notable. Furthermore, because of her friendship with him, she's stuck in his shadow; any accomplishments she makes in life won't be recognized as made by "Hermione Granger" but as made by "Harry Potter's friend."



* ParrotPetPosition: Dumbledore frequently carries Fawkes ThePhoenix on his shoulder. Once, he has both Fawkes ''and'' his Phoenix Patronus on his shoulders. Then, [[spoiler:after one time when Fawkes gets especially upset at Dumbledore, the phoenix spends an entire evening riding on Harry Potter's shoulder]]. It is later discussed whether having a phoenix on your shoulder is a sign you're a "good" person or not.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In chapter 51, Harry uses the password "Sword fish [[LordOfTheRings melon friend]]". Though this is also possibly an inversion, as absent the shout-outs, this is an example of the kind of password a [[http://correcthorsebatterystaple.net/ very strong password generation algorithm]] would produce.

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* ParrotPetPosition: Dumbledore frequently carries Fawkes ThePhoenix the phoenix on his shoulder. Once, he has both Fawkes ''and'' and his Phoenix Patronus phoenix patronus on his shoulders. Then, [[spoiler:after one time when Fawkes gets especially upset at Dumbledore, the phoenix spends an entire evening riding on Harry Potter's shoulder]]. It is later discussed whether or not having a phoenix on your one's shoulder is a sign you're one is a "good" person or not.
person.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In chapter 51, Harry uses the password "Sword fish [[LordOfTheRings melon friend]]". Though Though, this is also possibly an inversion, as absent the shout-outs, this is an example of the kind of password a [[http://correcthorsebatterystaple.net/ very strong password generation algorithm]] would produce.



* PhotographicMemory: While Hermione doesn't have true photographic memory, she can remember exactly anything she reads five times. This is arguably better, since she actually learns it instead of having to mentally read it to get what she wants. She wishes it were photographic, though.
* PieInTheFace: Wielded by an invisible hand, no less.
* PlayingPossum: Sunshine's tactic for the first battle.

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* PhotographicMemory: While Although Hermione doesn't have true photographic memory, she can remember exactly anything she reads has read five times. This is arguably better, since she actually learns it instead of having to mentally read it to get what she wants. She wishes it were photographic, though.
* PieInTheFace: Wielded A Slytherin bully gets two pies in the face, wielded by an invisible hand, no less.
hand.
* PlayingPossum: Sunshine's Sunshine Regiment's tactic for the first battle.



* PopCulturedBadass: Harry has read a lot of literature and routinely quotes from fantasy and sci-fi. Dumbledore follows suit, and even others with no interest in muggle literature (like Malfoy or Quirrell) continually reference the [[AuthorAppeal author's preferred books and anime.]]
* ThePowerOfHate: As in canon, the power behind the ''Avada Kadavra'' curse. You have to really ''want'' your target dead. The thing is, using it multiple times in a single fight against the same opponent is excessively difficult: You have to want to slit their throat, then strangle the corpse, etc etc. "Very few can hate enough to kill someone five times. They would get bored." This is one of the reasons Voldemort was so terrifying, in that he used the Killing Curse as much as he wanted. Quirrell mentions that [[ShoutOut a witch called]] [[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima the Dark Evangel]] once used the Killing Curse ''twelve'' times in a single fight, and asks Harry if he can figure out the secret to the true form of the curse, like he figured out the true form of the Patronus Charm. [[spoiler:It's not hate, it's ''apathy''. Hate implies a kind of respect; you care about someone enough to want them dead. To cast the true Killing Curse, you have to completely and utterly not care about the life of your opponent. You're not killing them. You're just not bothering to allow them to live any more]].

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* PopCulturedBadass: Harry has read a lot of literature and routinely quotes from fantasy and sci-fi. Dumbledore follows suit, and even others with no interest in muggle literature (like Malfoy or Quirrell) continually reference the [[AuthorAppeal author's preferred books and anime.]]
anime]].
* ThePowerOfHate: As in canon, the power behind the ''Avada Kadavra'' curse. You have to really ''want'' your target dead. The thing is, using it multiple times in a single fight against the same opponent is excessively difficult: You have to want to slit their throat, then strangle the corpse, etc etc., etc. "Very few can hate enough to kill someone five times. They would get bored." This is one of the reasons Voldemort was so terrifying, in that he used the Killing Curse as much as he wanted. Quirrell mentions that [[ShoutOut a witch called]] [[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima the Dark Evangel]] once used the Killing Curse ''twelve'' times in a single fight, and asks Harry if he can figure out the secret to the true form of the curse, like he figured out the true form of the Patronus Charm. [[spoiler:It's not hate, it's ''apathy''. Hate implies a kind of respect; you care about someone enough to want them dead. To cast the true Killing Curse, you have to completely and utterly not care about the life of your opponent. You're not killing them. You're just not bothering to allow them to live any more]].



* ThePowerOfLove: Apparently, the true Patronus is powered by the love of life and humanity. That explains why it can [[spoiler:kill off Dementors and resurrect Hermione with help of the Philosopher's Stone.]]
* ProphecyTwist: This trope apparently has the strength of a law of physics in the Wizarding world, but we don't know what they are yet. Several characters have plans laid against what they expect it will be for the one from canon (for instance Dumbledore is arranging for Harry to be ready and surrounded by allies if it turns out the Dark Lord mentioned is Dumbledore turned evil).
* ProudToBeAGeek: Harry sprinkles science fiction and fantasy references liberally. None of his Muggleborn peers seem embarrassed to admit they understand them as well, in particular [[StarWars lightsabers and "Red Five, standing by."]]
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Harry to both Dumbledore and Quirrell.

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* ThePowerOfLove: Apparently, the true Patronus Charm is powered by the love of life and humanity. That explains why it can [[spoiler:kill off Dementors dementors and resurrect Hermione with help of the Philosopher's Stone.]]
* ProphecyTwist: This trope apparently has the strength of a law of physics in the Wizarding wizarding world, but we don't know what they the twists are yet. Several characters have plans laid against what they expect it will be for the one from canon (for instance canon. (For instance, Dumbledore is arranging for Harry to be ready and surrounded by allies if it turns out the Dark Lord dark lord mentioned is Dumbledore turned evil).
evil.)
* ProudToBeAGeek: Harry sprinkles science fiction science-fiction and fantasy references liberally. None of his Muggleborn muggleborn peers seem embarrassed to admit they understand them as well, in particular [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars lightsabers and "Red Five, standing by."]]
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Harry to rages at both Dumbledore and Quirrell.



* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Lampshaded.

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* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Lampshaded.Lampshaded regarding Harry's large vocabulary and precise diction.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Professor [=McGonagall=]. Also becoming something of a surrogate mother-figure to Harry.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Professor [=McGonagall=]. Also becoming [=McGonagall=] is often the most open-minded adult to considering Harry's point of view and least dismissive of him for being a child. She also gradually becomes something of a surrogate mother-figure to Harry.



* [[RecklessGunUsage Reckless Wand Usage]]: Harry points a wand at someone [[ChildrenAreInnocent accidentally-on-purpose]] when asked to hand it over.

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* [[RecklessGunUsage Reckless Wand Usage]]: RecklessGunUsage: Harry points a wand at someone [[ChildrenAreInnocent accidentally-on-purpose]] when asked to hand it over.



* RetiredMonster: Quirrell shows a startling commitment to actually teaching (as opposed to the canon version who simply wanted the Stone so he could get back in the game). Though it would follow with the pattern of the book that this is just another {{plan}}, there also seems to be a distinct possibility that he has given up on his ambitions, and has instead resigned himself to teaching his philosophy to the youth (especially Harry Potter, who he is overtly offering to help become the next Dark Lord). The upshot is that the motivation to make others think the same way you do is far more realistic than wanting to take over the world, and this fic is intent on adding as much realism as possible.
** His various side activities include [[spoiler:creating a Horcrux that has long left the Solar System, breaking Bellatrix Black out of Azkaban, framing Hermione for attempted murder, when that fails murdering her himself, sealing Dumbledore outside of time, and threatening to torture Harry's parents.]]

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* RetiredMonster: Quirrell shows a startling commitment to actually teaching (as opposed to the canon version who simply wanted the Stone so he could get back in the game). Though it would follow with the pattern of the book that this is just another {{plan}}, there also seems to be a distinct possibility that he has given up on his ambitions, and has instead resigned himself to teaching his philosophy to the youth (especially Harry Potter, who whom he is overtly offering to help become the next Dark Lord).dark lord). The upshot is that the motivation to make others think the same way you do is far more realistic than wanting to take over the world, and this fic is intent on adding as much realism as possible.
** His various side activities include [[spoiler:creating a Horcrux horcrux that has long left the Solar System, breaking Bellatrix Black out of Azkaban, framing Hermione for attempted murder, when that fails murdering her himself, when that fails, sealing Dumbledore outside of time, and threatening to torture Harry's parents.]]



* RetroactivePrecognition: Millicent Bulstrode uses a time-turner to spread gossip and knowledge of some upcoming S.P.H.E.W. fights.

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* RetroactivePrecognition: Millicent Bulstrode uses a time-turner Time-Turner to spread gossip and knowledge of some upcoming S.P.H.E.W. fights.



* TheReveal: At the climax, [[spoiler:Voldemort]] reveals his backstory and all of his plots enacted throughout the year that involved Harry. Also, at the end [[spoiler:Dumbledore]] posthumously reveals in a scroll to Harry everything he did to prepare for the events of the story.

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* TheReveal: TheReveal:
** Dementors are [[spoiler:rends in the fabric of reality, and shades of Death]].
**
At the climax, [[spoiler:Voldemort]] reveals his backstory and all of his plots enacted throughout the year that involved Harry. Harry in some way. Also, at the end [[spoiler:Dumbledore]] posthumously reveals in a scroll to Harry everything he did to prepare for the events of the story.story.
** Part of the revealed backstory, but of particular note: [[spoiler:Harry's "dark side" is actually adult Tom Riddle's thought patterns that were superimposed on his brain when he was one]].



** He also succeeds in using it on Hermione in "Self Actualization". While at first it seemed as if things would have gone the same way whether or not he had meddled, because of it Hermione gets a small group of fellow witches who also want to be heroes. [[GoneHorriblyRight Which wasn't actually part of Dumbledore's plan]].

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** He also succeeds in using it on Hermione in "Self Actualization". While Where at first it seemed as if things would have gone the same way whether or not he had meddled, because of it Hermione gets a small group of fellow witches who also want to be heroes. [[GoneHorriblyRight Which ([[GoneHorriblyRight That part wasn't actually part of Dumbledore's plan]].)



* RoofHopping: Briefly in chapter 41.

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* RoofHopping: Briefly An army battle briefly takes the commanders to the roofs of Hogwarts in chapter 41.



--> "Why?" The centaur intoned.

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--> "Why?" The the centaur intoned.



* SatelliteCharacter: Hermione eventually [[GenreSavvy sees]] that's she's becoming this in-universe, and struggles against it.

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* SatelliteCharacter: Hermione eventually [[GenreSavvy sees]] sees that's she's becoming this in-universe, and struggles against it.



* ScaledUp: Quirrell is an unregistered snake Animagus.

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* ScaledUp: Quirrell is an unregistered snake Animagus.animagus.



* ScienceDestroysMagic: A theory raised as to why none of the modern wizards are as good as the ancient ones. [[spoiler:Turns out to not be true.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Draco is confident not only that anyone from his family could legally get away with rape, but that the victim would have to pay them reparations for having dared to accuse them.
** Judging by how lopsided the vote is when Lucius Malfoy calls for [[spoiler:Hermione's]] head at a Wizengamot meeting, Draco's probably right, too.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Harry has no qualms at all about breaking the law if he thinks it would serve the greater good. Of course, he's planning on overthrowing the government enforcing those laws anyway.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In the very end [[spoiler: Voldemort gathers his Death Eaters and demands to know why they didn't keep up the fight without him. He punishes lame excuse after lame excuse, but the one he accepts and forgives is a simple "I saw which way the wind was blowing and legged it."]]

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* ScienceDestroysMagic: A theory raised as to why none of the modern wizards are as good as the ancient ones. [[spoiler:Turns [[spoiler:It turns out to not be true.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Draco Malfoy is confident not only that anyone from his family could legally get away with rape, but that the victim would have to pay them reparations for having dared to accuse them.
**
them. Judging by how lopsided the vote is when Lucius Malfoy his father calls for [[spoiler:Hermione's]] head at a Wizengamot meeting, Draco's he's probably right, too.
right.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Harry has no qualms at all about breaking the law if he thinks it would serve the greater good. Of course, he's planning on eventually overthrowing the government enforcing those laws laws, anyway.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In the very end [[spoiler: Voldemort gathers his Death Eaters and demands to know why they didn't keep up the fight without him. He punishes lame excuse after lame excuse, but the one he accepts and forgives is a simple simple, "I saw which way the wind was blowing and legged it."]]



** [[spoiler: It turns out that in this continuity the two were reversed; Sirius really was a death eater and Peter really was a good guy. Sirius used mind control on Peter to trick him into taking his form and becoming the fall guy.]]
* [[SecretPath Secret Passages]]: Hogwarts seems to be full of them, though a slight subversion in that everyone knows about all of them.
** Of particular note: the not-so-secret staircase from Ravenclaw Tower to the Slytherin Dungeons, which only witches can use. Hermione wonders why witches in particular would need a fast route between the two.
*** Consider that even Lucius Malfoy thinks that Ravenclaw is an acceptable House for Draco to find a wife in. Then consider that at least in canon, girls can go into the boys' dorms but not vice versa.

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** [[spoiler: It turns out that in [[spoiler:in this continuity the two were reversed; Sirius really was a death eater and Peter really was a good guy. Sirius used mind control on Peter to trick him into taking his form and becoming the fall guy.]]
* [[SecretPath Secret Passages]]: SecretPath: Hogwarts seems to be full of them, secret passages, though a slight subversion in that everyone knows about all of them.
** Of particular note: the not-so-secret staircase from Ravenclaw Tower to the Slytherin Dungeons, dungeons, which only witches can use. Hermione wonders why witches in particular would need a fast route between the two.
*** ** Consider that even Lucius Malfoy thinks that Ravenclaw is an acceptable House house for Draco to find a wife in. Then consider that at least in canon, girls can go into the boys' dorms but not vice versa.



* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Part of the reason Slytherin House has gone downhill: once your House develops a reputation for being full of bigots, only bigots and people who don't mind bigotry are willing to be sorted there if they have any other options.

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Part of the reason Slytherin House has gone downhill: once your House house develops a reputation for being full of bigots, only bigots and people who don't mind bigotry are willing to be sorted there if they have any other options.



* ShapedLikeItself: "First years should note that the forest on the grounds is forbidden to all pupils. That is why it is called the Forbidden Forest. If it were permitted it would be called the Permitted Forest." This actually becomes a RunningGag, with the narration consistently calling the non-forbidden parts The Permitted Forrest for the rest of the story.

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* ShapedLikeItself: "First years should note that the forest on the grounds is forbidden to all pupils. That is why it is called the Forbidden Forest. If it were permitted it would be called the Permitted Forest." This actually becomes a RunningGag, with the narration consistently calling the referring to permitted woodland areas as "the non-forbidden parts The Permitted Forrest forest" for the rest of the story.



** Hermione followed suit a few lines later.

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** Hermione followed follows suit a few lines later.



** And either [[YaoiFangirl Luna]] or [[CloudCuckooLander Xeno]] seems to ship [[HoYay Harry×Draco]].
** Later, the following conversation about Malfoy, Harry and Hermione occurs:

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** And either Either [[YaoiFangirl Luna]] or [[CloudCuckooLander Xeno]] Lovegood seems to ship [[HoYay Harry×Draco]].
** Later, the following conversation about Malfoy, Harry Draco, Harry, and Hermione occurs:



* SingleLineOfDescent: As in the original work, Harry's ownership of the invisibility cloak. Debatable whether there can be more than one Heir of Slytherin at a time.

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* SingleLineOfDescent: As in the original work, Harry's ownership of the invisibility cloak. Debatable It's debatable whether there can be more than one Heir of Slytherin at a time.



--->'''Harry:''' What could possibly be more important than plants turning out to be sentient?

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--->'''Harry:''' What could possibly be more important than [[ItMakesSenseInContext plants turning out to be sentient?sentient]]?



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The story features characters with extremely different views on life, Professor Quirrell being probably the most cynical, Hermione and Dumbledore being idealistic. Harry falls somewhere in between and at the moment seems to be on his way to becoming a KnightInSourArmor. As a whole, the fanfic is more cynical than the original books, but still manages to be rather idealistic.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The story features characters with extremely different views on life, life. Professor Quirrell being is probably the most cynical, cynical. Hermione and Dumbledore being are idealistic. Harry falls somewhere in between and at the moment seems to be on his way to becoming a KnightInSourArmor. As a whole, the fanfic is more cynical than the original books, but still manages to be rather idealistic.



* SlipperySkid: Transfigured bearing balls in the upper level battle. Ouch.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Averted. All the evil characters have carefully maintained images. Most Slytherin aim for a noble, dignified composure that would crush their enemies if necessary, with minions as part of that costume. When Quirrell goes into zombie mode, he doesn't do it to look cool, and most people write it off as something to do with the curse on the Defense position.
* SmallNameBigEgo: During the first 34 chapters it was implied that Lucius is one of the best Masterminds of Magical Britain, an excellent manipulator and a "beautiful killing machine" then [[spoiler: Professor Quirrell shot it to hell in one sentence in front of hundreds, stating that Lucius was incompetent enough to let the Death Eaters implode at the brink of victory and had to return with his tail between his legs]]. [[KickTheSonOfABitch That had to hurt]].

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* %%* SlipperySkid: Transfigured bearing balls in the upper level battle. Ouch.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Averted. All the evil characters have carefully maintained images. Most Slytherin Slytherins aim for a noble, dignified composure that would crush their enemies if necessary, with minions as part of that costume. When Quirrell goes into zombie mode, he doesn't do it to look cool, and most people write it off as something to do with the curse on the Defense position.
* SmallNameBigEgo: During the first 34 chapters it was is implied that Lucius is one of the best Masterminds masterminds of Magical magical Britain, an excellent manipulator and a "beautiful killing machine" then [[spoiler: Professor machine." Then, [[spoiler:Professor Quirrell shot shoots it to hell in one sentence in front of hundreds, stating that Lucius was incompetent enough to let the Death Eaters implode at the brink of victory and had to return with his tail between his legs]]. [[KickTheSonOfABitch That had to hurt]].



* SnowballLie: Discussed in Chapter 65, appropriately titled "Contagious Lies". Of particular note is that Harry thinks this is the primary reason having a phoenix is not considered a sign of being Good -- it benefits those without phoenixes, so they say whatever it takes to keep people from believing a phoenix's decision is made with sound reasoning.

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* SnowballLie: Discussed in Chapter 65, appropriately titled "Contagious Lies". Of particular note is that Harry thinks this is the primary reason having a phoenix is not considered a sign of being Good -- it benefits those without phoenixes, phoenixes to discredit them, so they those people say whatever it takes to keep people from believing a phoenix's decision is made with sound reasoning.



** The recurring Comed-Tea, which is advertised to cause ''something'' SpitTake-worthy to happen within moments of drinking it. Harry spends a brief but consequential period of time trying to game the rules of the drink to achieve omnipotence before realizing how it ''actually'' works. [[spoiler:It's at least one part Divination, and gives the would-be drinker a sudden urge to drink Comed-Tea prior to ridiculous events -- Harry resists the urge at one point and promptly chokes on his own spit a moment later.]] He doesn't know for ''sure'' that this is how it works, as he's been too busy to test it, but it seems likely.
** Harry also gets a coughing fit while trying to drink water when Prof. Quirrell guesses he's a Parselmouth. And then ''again'' when [[spoiler:the latter reveals that the Sorting Hat's secret message was likely in Parseltongue]].
* SplitPersonality: Harry thinks of his Dark side as something like a split personality, one that he can choose to allow to 'take over' temporarily but can't risk allowing to fully control him.

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** The recurring Comed-Tea, which is advertised to cause ''something'' SpitTake-worthy spit take-worthy to happen within moments of drinking it. Harry spends a brief but consequential period of time trying to game the rules of the drink to achieve omnipotence before realizing how it ''actually'' works. [[spoiler:It's at least one part Divination, divination, and gives the would-be drinker a sudden urge to drink Comed-Tea prior to ridiculous events -- Harry resists the urge at one point and promptly chokes on his own spit a moment later.]] He doesn't know for ''sure'' that this is how it works, as he's been too busy to test it, but it seems likely.
** Harry also gets a coughing fit while trying to drink water when Prof. Quirrell guesses he's a Parselmouth. And parselmouth, then ''again'' when [[spoiler:the latter reveals that the Sorting Hat's secret message was likely in Parseltongue]].
* SplitPersonality: Harry thinks of his Dark side "dark side" as something like a split personality, one that he can choose to allow to 'take over' temporarily but can't risk allowing to fully control him.



* ASpotOfTea: Quirrell likes ''expensive'' tea. Harry doesn't see the difference and wonders if it is a means of messing with people who feel they should appreciate it.

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* ASpotOfTea: ASpotOfTea:
**
Quirrell likes ''expensive'' tea. Harry doesn't see the difference and wonders if it is a means of messing with people who feel they should appreciate it.



* SpringtimeForHitler: In Quirrell's backstory. [[spoiler: "Lord Voldemort" was supposed to be practice for playing the villain that "David Monroe" would become a hero for defeating, but the government of Magical Britain was so incompetent that it couldn't even shut down a group of morons in masks.]]

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* SpringtimeForHitler: In Quirrell's backstory. [[spoiler: "Lord Voldemort" was supposed to be practice for playing the villain that "David Monroe" would become a hero for defeating, but the government of Magical magical Britain was so incompetent that it couldn't even shut down a group of morons in masks.]]



* StableTimeLoop: Time-Turners are ''only'' capable of producing these, in up-to-six hour increments every twenty-four hours. When Harry tries to test his in a way that would cause a TemporalParadox (see TrickedOutTime below), he receives a resounding "'''DO NOT MESS WITH TIME'''" from his future self for his troubles. Dumbledore later encounters a similar situation under different circumstances (with a simpler but no less poignant "'''NO'''"), but he knows through experience not to fiddle with paradoxes. Harry theorizes that it has to go around through different iterations a few times before it stabilizes into a loop (so there is a real cause at some point that gets erased from the timeline), but his one experiment scares him enough to just accept the rules as-is for the time being.

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* StableTimeLoop: Time-Turners are ''only'' capable of producing these, in up-to-six hour up to six increments of one hour every twenty-four hours. When Harry tries to test his in a way that would cause a TemporalParadox (see TrickedOutTime below), he receives a resounding "'''DO NOT MESS WITH TIME'''" from his future self for his troubles. Dumbledore later encounters a similar situation under different circumstances (with a simpler but no less poignant "'''NO'''"), but he knows through experience not to fiddle with paradoxes. Harry theorizes that it has to go around through different iterations a few times before it stabilizes into a loop (so there is a real cause at some point that gets erased from the timeline), but his one experiment scares him enough for him to just accept the rules as-is for the time being.



** In the later chapters, the troll makes an appearance, although not at Halloween [[spoiler:and with far worse consequences than the original]]. A little after that, the detention to find out who is attacking unicorns in the forbidden forest also takes place. Draco is the only one of the four involved in both versions but Harry still ends up alone with a centaur.
* StayInTheKitchen: The founding members of S.P.H.E.W. take offense that women are being dissuaded or prevented either by Dumbledore or by gender roles within the wizarding world from becoming heroines, seeing as heroes and Dark Lords are overwhelmingly male. Dumbledore sets the record straight that he neither encourages nor discourages any student, male or female, from the call.

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** In the later chapters, the troll makes an appearance, although not at Halloween [[spoiler:and with far worse consequences than the original]]. A little after that, the detention to find out who is attacking unicorns in the forbidden forest Forbidden Forest also takes place. Draco is the only one of the four involved in both versions versions, but Harry still ends up alone in the forest with a centaur.
centaur after encountering the predator.
* StayInTheKitchen: The founding members of S.P.H.E.W. take offense that women are being dissuaded or prevented either by Dumbledore or by gender roles within the wizarding world from becoming heroines, seeing as heroes and Dark Lords dark lords are overwhelmingly male. Dumbledore sets the record straight that he neither encourages nor discourages any student, male or female, from answering the call.



* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: Harry Potter is hoping to achieve this. So far, he hasn't had much success.
** He has been able to create partial transfigurations [[spoiler: which he uses to kill a troll by transfiguring part of its brain into acid]], and an improved form of the Patronus by applying various type of analysis to the issues.
* SummoningRitual: [[spoiler:Harry has Tracey do a mock version of this in chapter 74, which [[GoneHorriblyRight goes a bit too right]]. Shouldn't he know better from the Abracadabra stunt?]]

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* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: Harry Potter is hoping to achieve this. So far, In the events of the story, he hasn't had doesn't have much success.
** He has been is able to create freeform partial transfigurations [[spoiler: which transfigurations, [[spoiler:which he uses to kill a troll by transfiguring part of its brain into acid]], and an improved form of the Patronus Charm by applying various type of analysis to the issues.
* SummoningRitual: [[spoiler:Harry Harry has Tracey do a mock version of this in chapter 74, which [[GoneHorriblyRight goes a bit too right]]. Shouldn't he know better from the Abracadabra stunt?]]stunt?



* SurroundedByIdiots: Goes without saying. Special mention goes to Amelia Bones, who is not only afflicted with this trope, but is ''fully aware of it.'' As a result, she personally oversees her subordinates as a preventive measure.
* TacticalRockPaperScissors: Shields beat most spells, dedicated shield breakers beat shields, other attack spells do actual damage once shields are down and so trump shield breakers. That's how it works among most wizards, anyway; the Killing Curse is unblockable and must be dodged , plus the best fighting wizards can drop shields in an eyeblink and thus tend not to bother with shields themselves. [[spoiler: Harry is able to exploit this quirk a few times with a special reorienting stunner Flitwick created, which would be useless against most enemies but is devastating against an unshielded opponent who thinks he's dodged it.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Harry is trying to convince Dumbledore that his adoptive parents are abusive, he specifically tells him they don't let him read lots of books. Besides the fact that this wouldn't be regarded as abusive, perhaps except to Harry's subconscious mind, earlier chapers make it clear that they encourage his love of reading and even let him read pretty advanced books, making it this trope.
* TakeAThirdOption.
** [[spoiler:Blaise Zabini]] at the end of the pre-Christmas battle, although it's technically a [[spoiler:fourth option]]. He also gleefully refuses to take sides within his House after [[spoiler:Bellatrix is freed.]] He has a reputation to keep, after all.
** In general, Harry also doesn't agree with the Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry of Magic, or the Death Eater party lines either.
** And, in an earlier chapter, Harry was commanded by Quirrell to either hex a fellow student (bad), or lose House Points (bad). He hexed himself.
*** [[spoiler:Whereupon Quirrell deducted points ''anyways'', for being clever instead of actually learning.]]
* TakeMyHand: In chapter 41, shortly followed by an IWillOnlySlowYouDown.

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* SurroundedByIdiots: Goes This almost goes without saying. Special mention goes to Amelia Bones, who is not only afflicted with this trope, but is ''fully aware of it.'' As a result, she personally oversees her subordinates as a preventive measure.
* TacticalRockPaperScissors: Shields beat most spells, dedicated shield breakers beat shields, other attack spells do actual damage once shields are down and so trump shield breakers. That's how it works among most wizards, anyway; the Killing Curse is unblockable and must be dodged , dodged, plus the best fighting wizards can drop shields in an eyeblink and thus tend not to bother with shields themselves.of their own. [[spoiler: Harry is able to exploit this quirk a few times with a special reorienting stunner Flitwick created, which would be useless against most enemies but is devastating against an unshielded opponent who thinks he's dodged it.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Harry is trying to convince Dumbledore that his adoptive parents are abusive, he specifically tells him they don't let him read lots of books. Besides the fact that this wouldn't be regarded as abusive, perhaps except to Harry's subconscious mind, earlier chapers chapters make it clear that they encourage his love of reading and even let him read pretty advanced books, making it this trope.
* TakeAThirdOption.
TakeAThirdOption
** [[spoiler:Blaise Zabini]] at the end of the pre-Christmas battle, although it's technically a [[spoiler:fourth option]]. He also gleefully refuses to take sides within his House house after [[spoiler:Bellatrix is freed.]] He has a reputation to keep, after all.
** In general, Harry also doesn't agree with the Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry of Magic, or the Death Eater party lines either.
lines.
** And, in an earlier chapter, Subverted. In his first Battle Magic class, Harry was is commanded by Professor Quirrell to either hex a fellow student (bad), or lose House Points (bad). He hexed himself.
*** [[spoiler:Whereupon
hexes himself--and Quirrell deducted deducts points ''anyways'', anyways, for being clever instead of actually learning.]]
learning the intended lesson.
* TakeMyHand: In chapter 41, shortly followed by an IWillOnlySlowYouDown.[[spoiler:Draco]] grabs [[spoiler:Hermione]]'s hand as she's falling off a roof, which leaves her hanging over the edge. Overlaps with I Will Only Slow You Down above.



** Also, in that same chapter, Harry figures out that Black probably killed Pettigrew because [[spoiler: Black and Pettigrew were at one point lovers]]. Seems like a take that at [[spoiler: {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s]] because [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew hardly gets shipped.]]
** In chapter 91, the readers who shipped Harry/Hermione got one:
---> '''Harry:''' "I didn't like Hermione in that way. Why does everyone keep thinking it has to be about that? It's disrespectful to her, to think someone could only like her in that way."

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** Also, in that same chapter, Harry figures out that Black probably killed Pettigrew because [[spoiler: Black and Pettigrew were at one point lovers]]. Seems like a take that Take That at [[spoiler: {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s]] because [[spoiler:Peter Pettigrew hardly gets shipped.]]
** In chapter 91, the readers who shipped Harry/Hermione got get one:
---> '''Harry:''' "I --->'''Harry:''' I didn't like Hermione in that way. Why does everyone keep thinking it has to be about that? It's disrespectful to her, to think someone could only like her in that way."



---> '''Professor Quirrell:''' “Only a gibbering dullard with a skull full of flaming monkey vomit would think [that Harry is just an ordinary eleven-year-old].”

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---> '''Professor --->'''Professor Quirrell:''' “Only Only a gibbering dullard with a skull full of flaming monkey vomit would think [that Harry is just an ordinary eleven-year-old].



--> '''Albus Dumbledore:''' You see, Harry, after you've been through a few adventures you tend to catch the hang of these things. You start to see the pattern, hear the rhythm of the world. You begin to harbour suspicions before the moment of revelation.

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--> '''Albus -->'''Albus Dumbledore:''' You see, Harry, after you've been through a few adventures you tend to catch the hang of these things. You start to see the pattern, hear the rhythm of the world. You begin to harbour suspicions before the moment of revelation.



* TemptingFate: Happens a fair amount.

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* TemptingFate: Happens This happens a fair amount.



** According to Moody, there are three kinds of Dark Wizards in the world: the kind with [[SecretPublicIdentity one name]], the kind with [[SecretIdentity two names]], and the kind that [[IHaveManyNames change names like ordinary people change clothes]].
* TheyCalledMeMad: One of the official mottos of the Chaos Legion is revealed in chapter 70 to be "We'll show them! We'll show them all! EvilLaughter".

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** According to Moody, there are three kinds of Dark Wizards dark wizards in the world: the kind with [[SecretPublicIdentity one name]], the kind with [[SecretIdentity two names]], and the kind that [[IHaveManyNames change names like ordinary people change clothes]].
* TheyCalledMeMad: One of the official mottos of the Chaos Legion is revealed in chapter 70 to be "We'll show them! We'll show them all! EvilLaughter".''[EvilLaughter]''."



* ThinksLikeARomanceNovel: A lot of the Hogwart girls are very guilty of this. Even Hermione, a bit, at the beginning, though she gets over it.

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* ThinksLikeARomanceNovel: A lot of the Hogwart Hogwarts girls are very guilty of this. Even Hermione, Hermione is a bit, bit guilty at the beginning, though she gets over it.



* TitleDrop: In chapter 24.

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* TitleDrop: In chapter Multiple times sprinkled across the story, first in Chapter 24.



** In Chapter 88 this comes back to bite her when[[spoiler: her lawful reputation makes the other students too afraid to ignore her orders to stay put and help Harry save Hermione. Afterwards she decides her rule-biding attitude has crushed Griffindor's heroic spirit and attempts to resign as head of house.]]

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** In Chapter 88 this comes back to bite her when[[spoiler: her when [[spoiler:her lawful reputation makes the other students too afraid to ignore her orders to stay put and help Harry save Hermione. Hermione]]. Afterwards she decides her rule-biding rule-abiding attitude has crushed Griffindor's heroic spirit and attempts [[spoiler:attempts to resign as head of house.]]house]].



* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: [=McGonagall=] conjectures that Harry "triumphed over the Dark Lord by being more awful than he was, and survived the Killing Curse by being more terrible than Death."
** A recent chapter has revealed that it is entirely possible that Yog Sothoth was sacrificed to summon Harry. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Consider that carefully...]]
* TotalitarianUtilitarian: Harry as a "Dark Lord" would assuredly fall under this.

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* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: [=McGonagall=] conjectures that Harry "triumphed over the Dark Lord by being more awful than he was, and survived the Killing Curse by being more terrible than Death."
**
" A recent later chapter has revealed that it is entirely possible jokingly implies that Yog Sothoth was may have been sacrificed to summon Harry. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Consider that carefully...]]
Harry.
* TotalitarianUtilitarian: Harry as a "Dark Lord" "dark lord" would assuredly fall under this.



* TraumaCongaLine: Things have been getting worse and worse for Harry. He retains his optimism after [[spoiler: his harrowing visit to Azkaban]] but it's quickly followed by [[spoiler: losing Draco and almost losing Hermione in the trial, losing his chance to ever have a phoenix immediately afterwards and then, worst of all, seeing Hermione die in front of his eyes.]]

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* TraumaCongaLine: Things have been getting worse and worse for Harry. He retains his optimism after [[spoiler: his harrowing visit to Azkaban]] but it's quickly followed by [[spoiler: losing Draco and almost losing Hermione in the trial, losing his chance to ever have a phoenix immediately afterwards afterwards, and then, worst of all, seeing Hermione die in front of his eyes.]]



** Later, when [[spoiler: Hermione dies]], Harry begs Dumbledore to simply travel back in time, [[spoiler: save Hermione]] and fake everything, so that time never actually changes. Dumbledore explains that that doesn't tend to work out well.

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** Later, when [[spoiler: Hermione dies]], Harry begs Dumbledore to simply travel back in time, [[spoiler: save Hermione]] and fake everything, so that time never actually changes. Dumbledore explains that that doesn't tend to work out well.well; he's tried it before.



* TrueLovesKiss: Mildly subverted.

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* TrueLovesKiss: Mildly subverted. Hermione kissing Harry successfully snaps him out of his Empty Shell state (see above), but the reason it works is because he doesn't remotely think of her that way and reacts negatively to it.



* {{Tuckerization}}: Eliezer offers small cameos as a thank-you to all FanArt artists of his fic. He also gives them shout-outs in his Author Notes, [[http://hpmor.com/notes/chapter-79/ e.g. in his notes on chapter 79]].
* TurnCoat: Chapter 33 is full of these.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Harry ''himself'' is afraid he'll turn into a bully like James.

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* {{Tuckerization}}: Eliezer offers small cameos as a thank-you to all FanArt artists of his fic. He also gives them shout-outs in his Author Notes, Notes; [[http://hpmor.com/notes/chapter-79/ e.g. , in his notes on chapter 79]].
* TurnCoat: Chapter 33 is full of these.
these because Professor Quirrell decides to allow traitors in the class armies and all the kids want to be spies.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Harry ''himself'' Harry, himself, is afraid he'll turn into a bully like James.



* TheTysonZone: Defied, inverted played with, and deconstructed.
** Harry himself develops a reputation at Hogwarts for being able to do ''anything'' with his trademark finger snap, but that comes to bite him in the ass when [[spoiler:Lesath Lestrange, certain that he can do anything, ''went on his knees and begged Harry to release his mother Bellatrix Black from Azkaban'']]. He makes sure that The Daily Prophet releases absolutely ridiculous rumors about him, ''so that no one ever believes what the papers say about him anymore''. He [[spoiler:scares a Dementor in front of the Wizengamot]], and they take it in stride, because he's The Boy-Who-Lived and it fits story logic. Well, ''most'' of them do.

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* TheTysonZone: Defied, inverted inverted, played with, and deconstructed.
** Harry himself develops a reputation at Hogwarts for being able to do ''anything'' with by snapping his trademark finger snap, fingers, but that comes to bite him in the ass when [[spoiler:Lesath Lestrange, certain that he can do anything, ''went ''gets on his knees and begged begs Harry to release his mother Bellatrix Black from Azkaban'']]. He makes sure that The Daily Prophet the ''Daily Prophet'' releases absolutely ridiculous rumors about him, him ''so that no one ever believes what the papers say about him anymore''. He [[spoiler:scares a Dementor dementor in front of the Wizengamot]], and they take it in stride, stride because he's The the Boy-Who-Lived and it fits story logic. Well, ''most'' of them do.



** Dumbledore's ObfuscatingInsanity confuses people as to whether he's sane pretending to be insane, or insane pretending to be sane pretending to be insane. He may or may not have used Obfuscating Evil on the Death Eater faction to stop them from taking people's families hostage, but now they think Dumbledore isn't above stooping to any low. But people still have trouble believing that he's set fire to a chicken.
** Defense Professors have had such a terrible record over the last decades that ''any'' accusation against them is plausible... which is why the teachers ''don't'' want to hear them, because they don't want to have to fire the professors mid-year; this is for the sake of their students' education.

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** Dumbledore's ObfuscatingInsanity Obfuscating Insanity confuses people as to whether he's sane pretending to be insane, or insane pretending to be sane pretending to be insane. He may or may not have used Obfuscating Evil on the Death Eater faction to stop them from taking people's families hostage, but now they think Dumbledore isn't above stooping to any low. But But, people still have trouble believing that he's set fire to a chicken.
** Defense Professors professors have had such a terrible record over the last decades that ''any'' accusation against them is plausible... which is why the teachers ''don't'' want to hear them, because they don't want to have to fire the professors mid-year; this is for the sake of their students' education.



* {{Uberwald}}: It is hinted that places like this exist in the magical world. Mad Eye Moody, in pursuit of the Eye of Vance, hunted down one Dark Lord who ruled a small fiefdom. That left a power vacuum until another Dark Lord moved in a couple weeks later.

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* {{Uberwald}}: It is hinted that places like this exist in the magical world. Mad Eye Mad-Eye Moody, in pursuit of the Eye of Vance, hunted down one Dark Lord dark lord who ruled a small fiefdom. That left a power vacuum until another Dark Lord dark lord moved in a couple weeks later.



* TheUnfettered: In chapter 86, Harry tries--and fails--to explain to the adults that if Voldemort was as smart as Harry but evil, they would have all died in the first ''seconds'' of the war. Harry tries to think of a reason why someone like that might choose not to fight at full capacity, but is interrupted before he can think of anything. [[spoiler: We find out at the end that he was originally planning to ''lose'' to his other identity, but got so frustrated by the Ministry obstructing it's heroes that he gave up and just focused on prolonging his game with Dumbeldore because it was fun.]]
** Harry himself after [[spoiler: Hermione dies]]. Having previously considered the merits of trying to pursue a path where no-one dies and everyone is saved, Harry decides that from now on he will stop at nothing to [[spoiler: create a resurrection spell]], no matter what he has to do to achieve that.

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* TheUnfettered: TheUnfettered:
**
In chapter 86, Harry tries--and fails--to explain to the adults that if Voldemort was as smart as Harry but evil, they would have all died in the first ''seconds'' of the war. Harry tries to think of a reason why someone like that might choose not to fight at full capacity, but is interrupted before he can think of anything. [[spoiler: We find out at the end that he was originally planning to ''lose'' to his other identity, but got so frustrated by the Ministry obstructing it's its heroes that he gave up and just focused on prolonging his game with Dumbeldore because it was fun.]]
** Harry himself becomes this after [[spoiler: Hermione dies]]. Having previously considered the merits of trying to pursue a path where no-one no one dies and everyone is saved, Harry decides that from now on he will stop at nothing to [[spoiler: create a resurrection spell]], no matter what he has to do to achieve that.



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* UnnecessarilyLargeInterior: The generals' offices seem this way to Draco and Harry, with Draco unable to think of any reason for their size other than to show off the generals' status, and Harry not even thinking of that. It doesn't occur to either of them that they might be meant to use that space to meet with their advisors, because it doesn't occur to them that they might want to ''have'' advisors. Hermione, understanding their psychology, had her officers' chairs removed for her meeting with Draco.
* UnreliableExpositor: The narration mentions that the history of the magical world with Atlantis and Merlin that Harry learns is a different version of events than you'd hear elsewhere in magical Europe, and that in magical Asia they tell completely different stories altogether. It then cheerfully continues that this doesn't mean it's ''wrong''.

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* UnnecessarilyLargeInterior: The generals' offices seem this way to Draco and Harry, with Draco unable to think of any reason for their size other than to show off the generals' status, and Harry not even thinking of that. It doesn't occur to either of them that they might be meant to use that space to meet with their advisors, because it doesn't occur to them that they might want to ''have'' advisors. Hermione, understanding their psychology, had has her officers' chairs removed for her meeting with Draco.
* UnreliableExpositor: The narration mentions that the history of the magical world with Atlantis and Merlin that Harry learns is a different version of events than you'd one would hear elsewhere in magical Europe, and that in magical Asia they tell completely different stories altogether. It then cheerfully continues that this doesn't mean it's ''wrong''.



* VerbalBackspace: When Quirrell insists that Harry's Occlumency tutor be [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Obliviated]] after each session, Dumbledore wonders why such expensive services are necessary, but...

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* VerbalBackspace: When Quirrell insists that Harry's Occlumency occlumency tutor be [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Obliviated]] after each session, Dumbledore wonders why such expensive services are necessary, but...



* WallBang
** Harry gets an impression of the ''Sorting Hat'' doing this.
** [=McGonagall=] does it later.
** Harry does it himself after his first hour of magical research.

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* WallBang
WallBang: Characters occasionally bang their heads against a wall.
** Harry gets an impression of the ''Sorting Hat'' doing this.
**
this during his sorting.
%%**
[=McGonagall=] does it later.
** Harry does it himself after his first hour of magical research.



---> "[[spoiler:Hermione Granger]]," Auror Komodo said in a toneless voice, "you are under arrest for [[spoiler:the attempted murder of Draco Malfoy]]."

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---> "[[spoiler:Hermione --->"[[spoiler:Hermione Granger]]," Auror Komodo said in a toneless voice, "you are under arrest for [[spoiler:the attempted murder of Draco Malfoy]]."



---> "So -" Hermione's voice sounded strange in the night. "You left your friends behind where they'd be safe, and tried to attack the Dark Wizard all by yourself?"\\

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---> "So --->"So -" Hermione's voice sounded strange in the night. "You left your friends behind where they'd be safe, and tried to attack the Dark Wizard all by yourself?"\\



---> '''Trelawney:''' [[spoiler:'''''HE IS HERE. THE ONE WHO WILL TEAR APART THE VERY STARS IN HEAVEN. HE IS HERE. HE IS THE END OF THE WORLD.''''']]

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---> '''Trelawney:''' --->'''Trelawney:''' [[spoiler:'''''HE IS HERE. THE ONE WHO WILL TEAR APART THE VERY STARS IN HEAVEN. HE IS HERE. HE IS THE END OF THE WORLD.''''']]



---> '''Harry:''' [[spoiler:Hello, Lord Voldemort.]]
---> '''Quirrell:''' [[spoiler:Hello, Tom Riddle.]]

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---> '''Harry:''' --->'''Harry:''' [[spoiler:Hello, Lord Voldemort.]]
--->
]]\\
'''Quirrell:''' [[spoiler:Hello, Tom Riddle.]]



* WhatTheHellHero: Frequent, though the Sorting Hat's was probably the most memorable, borrowing Harry's own intelligence and using it to refute the boy's own plans and arguments.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Frequent, though the Sorting Hat's was is probably the most memorable, borrowing Harry's own intelligence and using it to refute the boy's own plans and arguments.



* [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Who Names Their Kid "Dud(l)e(y)"?]]: The reason Petunia didn't marry Vernon Dursley in this version of the story: she had this reaction when he told her what he was planning to name his firstborn.
* WhosLaughingNow:

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* [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Who Names Their Kid "Dud(l)e(y)"?]]: WhoNamesTheirKidDude: The reason Petunia didn't marry Vernon Dursley in this version of the story: story is that she had this reaction was appalled when he told her what he was planning to name his firstborn.
firstborn Dudley.
* WhosLaughingNow:WhosLaughingNow: When the members of S.P.H.E.W. are discouraged from trying to be heroines.



* WickedStepmother: Dumbledore appears to have thought Harry [[WrongGenreSavvy ought to have]] wicked stepparents, and seems disappointed to hear that they aren't even a little bit wicked. Though they don't take him seriously, and that frustrates Harry to no end.

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* WickedStepmother: Dumbledore appears to have thought Harry [[WrongGenreSavvy ought to have]] wicked stepparents, and seems disappointed to hear that they aren't even a little bit wicked. Though Though, they don't take him seriously, seriously and that frustrates Harry to no end.



** Dumbledore as well, to the point that when the Weasley twins tell him the only way to activate the Marauder's Map is by saying "I solemnly swear I am up to no good," he refuses to say it, but then makes the map work for him anyway.

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** Dumbledore Dumbledore, as well, to the point that when the Weasley twins tell him the only way to activate the Marauder's Map is by saying "I solemnly swear I am up to no good," he refuses to say it, but then makes the map work for him anyway.



** Draco recalls his father lecturing him about this after they saw a play.

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** Draco recalls his father lecturing him about this concept after they saw a play.



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--> "Happy happy boom boom swamp swamp swamp. Thank you."

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--> "Happy -->"Happy happy boom boom swamp swamp swamp. Thank you."



** One of the points Yudkowsky makes in his essay on "[[http://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/writing/realistic-viewpoints Realistic Villains and Viewpoints]]" is that in addition to being "the hero of their own story," every character with significant agency is, in their own view, the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Person]].
* WouldHurtAChild: One of Voldemort's Death Eaters asks if [[spoiler:the recently resurrected and still unconscious Hermione Granger]] is there for their "entertainment." In his defense, he does immediately suggest finding an older witch instead, but the fact that he thought of it at all doesn't speak well of him.

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** One of the points Yudkowsky makes in his essay on "[[http://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/writing/realistic-viewpoints Realistic Villains and Viewpoints]]" is that in addition to being "the hero of their own story," every character with significant agency is, in their own view, the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Person]].
Person.
* WouldHurtAChild: One of Voldemort's Death Eaters asks if [[spoiler:the recently resurrected and still unconscious Hermione Granger]] is there for their "entertainment." In his defense, he does immediately suggest suggests finding an older witch instead, but the fact that he thought of it at all doesn't speak well of him.



** The bullies are cast in a negative light through continual reminder that their opponents are first-year girls (though the ''first-year'' part was also important, putting this under WouldNotHurtAChild as well).

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** The bullies are cast in a negative light through continual reminder that their opponents are first-year girls (though the ''first-year'' part was is also important, putting this under WouldNotHurtAChild as well).



** As of chapter 21, it's pretty clear that Dumbledore believes they are in an epic fantasy (unless that's just part of his ObfuscatingInsanity), Harry is seeing it as science fiction or a computer RPG, and Hermione apparently thinks it's a romantic comedy. ''Somebody'' is mistaken about the genre they're in, but it's not quite clear ''who'' at this point.

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** As of chapter 21, it's pretty clear that Dumbledore believes they are in an epic fantasy (unless that's just part of his ObfuscatingInsanity), obfuscating insanity), Harry is seeing it as science fiction science-fiction or a computer RPG, and Hermione apparently thinks it's a romantic comedy. ''Somebody'' is mistaken about the genre they're in, but it's not quite clear ''who'' at this point.that point.



---> '''Lucius''': My son, truly, you have done well this day. However, this is not a play, we are not Aurors, and we do not put our trust in trials.
** It seems the girls of Slytherin House are enjoying a trashy romance novel, starring Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy as the competing love interests.

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---> '''Lucius''': --->'''Lucius''': My son, truly, you have done well this day. However, this is not a play, we are not Aurors, and we do not put our trust in trials.
** It seems the girls of Slytherin House are enjoying a trashy romance novel, starring Harry Potter, Hermione Granger Granger, and Draco Malfoy as the competing love interests.



** The basic premise of the Xanatos Gambit was described earlier, in Chapter 22, though the wording was slightly altered as a joke.
---> [[spoiler:[[Literature/TheVorGame The key to strategy is not to choose a path to J. K. Rowling, but to choose so that all paths lead to a J. K. Rowling]].]]

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** The basic premise of the Xanatos Gambit was is described earlier, in Chapter 22, though the wording was is slightly altered as a joke.
---> [[spoiler:[[Literature/TheVorGame --->[[Literature/TheVorGame The key to strategy is not to choose a path to J. K. Rowling, but to choose so that all paths lead to a J. K. Rowling]].]]



* YouAllMeetInAnInn: Harry meets Hermione, Neville, and Ron on the Hogwarts Express / Platform 9 3/4. In particular, [=McGonagall=] tells Harry to be on the look out for Hermione on the train, and Harry wonders whether she is a PC or NPC. Harry also has his first real conversation with Draco on the platform. Justified because on the train will be the first time most Hogwarts students meet each other.

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* YouAllMeetInAnInn: Harry meets Hermione, Neville, and Ron on the Hogwarts Express / Platform Express/Platform 9 3/4. In particular, [=McGonagall=] tells Harry to be on the look out for Hermione on the train, and Harry wonders whether she is a PC or an NPC. Harry also has his first real conversation with Draco on the platform. Justified because on the train will be the first time most Hogwarts students meet each other.



* [[YouAndWhatArmy You And What Other Army]]: This is what Harry says to Hermione in chapter 67 when he and Neville confront her and the entire Sunshine Regiment while the rest of the Chaos Legion deals with the Dragon Army.

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* [[YouAndWhatArmy You And What Other Army]]: This is what YouAndWhatArmy: Harry says says, "You and what other army?" to Hermione in chapter 67 when he and Neville confront her and the entire Sunshine Regiment while the rest of the Chaos Legion deals deal with the Dragon Army.



** Harry wants to access his Gringotts vault in order to go Christmas shopping, diversify his assets, and buy items he thinks he might have a use for later. Dumbledore says that he isn't ready, and Harry is less than cooperative. See IllPretendIDidntHearThat.

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** Harry wants to access his Gringotts vault in order to go Christmas shopping, diversify his assets, and buy items he thinks he might have a use for later. Dumbledore says that he isn't ready, and Harry is less than cooperative. See IllPretendIDidntHearThat.I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That above.



* YouGoGirl: Hermione leads an army and the S.P.H.E.W. girls fight bullies to show they can keep up with Harry Potter. However, people still view Hermione as being Harry's rival rather than a protagonist in her own right.

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* YouGoGirl: Hermione leads an army in Battle Magic, and the S.P.H.E.W. girls fight bullies to show they can keep up with Harry Potter. However, people still view Hermione as being Harry's rival rather than a protagonist in her own right.



** After learning Slytherin's secrets from [[spoiler:the Basilisk]], Voldemort didn't want to leave it around for anyone else to learn from. At least, that's what Quirrell assumes. [[spoiler: But he's only pretending to guess. Either Quirrell [[IHaveThisFriend is referring to his own actions]] or is lying to dissuade Harry from attempting to find it.]]
** Also, Madam Bones assumes this is what happened to whoever helped [[spoiler: Bellatrix]] escape.

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** After learning Slytherin's secrets from [[spoiler:the Basilisk]], basilisk]], Voldemort didn't want to leave it around for anyone else to learn from. At least, that's what Quirrell assumes. [[spoiler: But he's only pretending to guess. Either Quirrell [[IHaveThisFriend is referring to his own actions]] or he is lying to dissuade Harry from attempting to find it.]]
** Also, Madam Bones assumes this is what happened to whoever helped [[spoiler: Bellatrix]] escape.



** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in Chapter 18, when Harry says that he should have tried this on Dumbledore, [=McGonagall=], or Snape to try to get more details about Voldemort out of them. There's also a more subtle example earlier in that same chapter: Harry gives Dumbledore the excuse for keeping Snape around that Dumbledore then repeats back to him - that Hogwarts needs an evil Potions Master in order to be a proper magical school.

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** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in Chapter 18, when Harry says that he should have tried this on Dumbledore, [=McGonagall=], or Snape to try to get more details about Voldemort out of them. There's also a more subtle example earlier in that the same chapter: Harry gives Dumbledore the excuse for keeping Snape around that Dumbledore then repeats back to him - that Hogwarts needs an evil Potions Master in order to be a proper magical school.



** And [[BewareTheNiceOnes Neville]] wants revenge on Bellatrix.

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** And [[BewareTheNiceOnes Neville]] wants revenge on Bellatrix.Bellatrix Black for torturing his parents into insanity.
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** People will remind Harry about sharpening Hufflepuff bones into weapons.



** One of the Omakes for Harry's sorting scene ends with him declared Headmaster by the Sorting Hat. In chapter 117, [[spoiler: Professor [=McGonagall=] becomes replacement Headmistress by placing the Hat on her head and being confirmed by it.]]

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** One of the Omakes omakes for Harry's sorting scene ends with him declared Headmaster headmaster by the Sorting Hat. In chapter 117, [[spoiler: Professor [=McGonagall=] becomes replacement Headmistress headmistress by placing the Hat on her head and being confirmed by it.]]



* CatGirl: In something of a ContinuityNod to ''Chamber of Secrets'', it is revealed in chapter 78 that a Beauxbatons girl was accidentally stuck as one permanently after getting cat hair in Polyjuice potion and then not getting help immediately.

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* CatGirl: In something of a ContinuityNod Mythology Gag to ''Chamber of Secrets'', it is revealed in chapter 78 that a Beauxbatons girl was accidentally stuck as one permanently after getting cat hair in Polyjuice potion and then not getting help immediately.
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** After Harry finds out about Parseltongue he starts to wonder if any other animals are intelligent enough to communicate. Then he starts to wonder about plants. Then he starts to skip meals. Confounded by the fact that the next meal he has is [[Recap/SouthParkS5E4ScottTenormanMustDie Tenorman's family chili]], Harry makes sure that it contains no meat of snakes or squirrels, since those are the only (potentially)ssssaaaAaaaAaaAAaàq talking animals...

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** After Harry finds out about Parseltongue he starts to wonder if any other animals are intelligent enough to communicate. Then he starts to wonder about plants. Then he starts to skip meals. Confounded by the fact that the next meal he has is [[Recap/SouthParkS5E4ScottTenormanMustDie Tenorman's family chili]], Harry makes sure that it contains no meat of snakes or squirrels, since those are the only (potentially)ssssaaaAaaaAaaAAaàq (potentially) talking animals...



** Chapter 15, during [=McGonagall=]'s speech in their first Transfiguration class, she tosses out a throwaway line that [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban an animagus missing a limb would still be missing the limb in animal form]].

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** In Chapter 15, during [=McGonagall=]'s speech in their first Transfiguration class, she tosses out a throwaway line that [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban an animagus missing a limb would still be missing the limb in animal form]].



** In Chapter 26, Quirrell is absolutely livid about [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince a 6th year Gryffindor who hit one of his 6th year Slytherins with a Dark curse, of which the former knew only how to cast it and that it was "for enemies".]]
** Right after the incident between the 6th year Gryffindor and the 6th year Slytherin, Harry suggests to Quirrell that a safety lecture should be conducted for all Muggle-raised students, to tell them not to do certain things that wizard-raised children would not think of doing, including [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets brewing high-level potions without supervision in a bathroom]].
** The Headline engineered by the Weasley twins stated that Harry was betrothed to Ginny.

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** In Chapter 26, Quirrell is absolutely livid about [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince a 6th year sixth-year Gryffindor who hit one of his 6th year sixth-year Slytherins with a Dark dark curse, of which the former knew only how to cast it and that it was "for enemies".]]
** Right after discussing the incident between the 6th year sixth-year Gryffindor and the 6th year sixth-year Slytherin, Harry suggests to Quirrell that a safety lecture should be conducted for all Muggle-raised muggle-raised students, to tell them not to do certain things that wizard-raised children would not think of doing, including [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets brewing high-level potions without supervision in a bathroom]].
** The Headline newspaper headline engineered by the Weasley twins stated states that Harry was is betrothed to Ginny.



** Chapter 63: While Moody was working with a particular potion called [[IdiotBall Bahl's Stupefaction]], he recalls an anecdote that should sound very familiar to those who read ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'':

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** Chapter 63: While Moody was is working with a particular potion called [[IdiotBall Bahl's Stupefaction]], he recalls an anecdote that should sound very familiar to those who read ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'':



--->"Casst Killing Cursse?" Harry hissed in incredulity. "At me? Again? Ssecond time? Nobody will believe Dark Lord could posssibly be that sstupid -" (before the start of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Voldemort used the Killing Curse on Harry, which rebounded and destroyed Voldemort's body. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', he tried it again, and it failed again. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', he tries a third and '''fourth''' times, with the fourth time rebounding and permanently killing him).
** On a darker note in Chapter 70 Quirrell mentions how some witches give love potions to handsome Muggle men and then have sex with them, which is how Voldemort was conceived [[spoiler: who's possessing Quirrell at the time]].

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--->"Casst Killing Cursse?" Harry hissed in incredulity. "At me? Again? Ssecond time? Nobody will believe Dark Lord could posssibly be that sstupid -" (before -"[[note]]Before the start of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Voldemort used the Killing Curse on Harry, which rebounded and destroyed Voldemort's body. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', he tried tries it again, and it failed again. it's blocked by a rare magical interaction between his and Harry's wands. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', he tries a third and '''fourth''' times, with time; the third time, Harry lives through it, and the fourth time rebounding time, it rebounds and permanently killing him).
kills him.[[/note]]
** On a darker note in Chapter 70 70, Professor Quirrell mentions how some witches give love potions to handsome Muggle muggle men and then have sex with them, [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince which is how Voldemort was conceived [[spoiler: who's possessing Quirrell at the time]].conceived]].



---> Earlier in the year, Gryffindor's initial Quidditch lead had vanished after their new Seeker, Emmett Shear, [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone fell off a possibly malfunctioning broomstick]] during his second game. This had also [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban required some hasty rescheduling of the remaining games]].
** Chapter 119: [=McGonnagal=] says that diagnostic spells done on [[spoiler:Hermione]] report that she is a healthy unicorn whose mane needs combing.

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---> Earlier --->Earlier in the year, Gryffindor's initial Quidditch lead had vanished after their new Seeker, Emmett Shear, [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone fell off a possibly malfunctioning broomstick]] during his second game. This had also [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban required some hasty rescheduling of the remaining games]].
** Chapter 119: [=McGonnagal=] [=McGonagall=] says that diagnostic spells done on [[spoiler:Hermione]] report that she is a healthy unicorn whose mane needs combing.
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** At one point Harry is refuses to place a mokeskin bag into another, despite being assured it's safe, because he knows [[StuffBlowingUp what happens in D&D]] someone does that with a bag of holding

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** At one point Harry is refuses to place a mokeskin bag into another, despite being assured it's safe, because he knows [[StuffBlowingUp what happens in D&D]] when someone does that with a bag of holdingholding.
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