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6th Mar '18 2:26:38 PM FiliasCupio
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* The UnChosenOne: Facing the prospect of going down in history as Harry's sidekick, Hermione sets out to make herself a hero.
1st Mar '18 4:31:27 PM grendelkhan
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** ''Additionally'', just about all of the plot twists are retained. [[spoiler: Quirrell is really Voldemort in disguise, the Philosopher's Stone really does provide eternal life and is hidden in the Mirror of Erised, behind a series of weird traps on the third-floor hallway starting with a three-headed dog.]]
27th Feb '18 2:44:53 PM urutapu
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* CastFromExperiencePoints: Several spells are powered by sacrifice, including Fiendfyre, which permanently decreases the caster's blood volume, and the Unbreakable Vow, which permanently decreases the oath binder's magic reserves (thus explaining why it's not routinely used to enforce business deals).
* CastFromHitPoints:
** Although most in-universe magic draws on a caster's magic reserves, so that people who exhaust their magic faint or are physically fatigued, and students' magic reserves grow year by year, [[spoiler: Harry's patronus charm]] draws on something besides that magic. In Chapter 54 it threatens to consume his life when he loses control over it. [[spoiler:Other patronuses are based on running from death, not combating it, so presumably do not have this issue.]]
** Quirrell claims that casting Fiendfyre will make the caster's body lighter by one drop of blood, each time it's cast. PERMANENTLY.
** After [[spoiler:Hermione's body is fixed]], Harry decides that the only thing ''wrong'' with it is that [[spoiler:it's dead and magicless]], so he [[spoiler:uses the True Patronus Charm to infuse her body with life force and magic]]. He notes that it costs him a significant chunk of his life and magic--not all of it, by any means, but enough to notice.

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* CastFromExperiencePoints: Several spells are powered by sacrifice, including Fiendfyre, which permanently decreases the caster's blood volume, volume by one drop, and the Unbreakable Vow, which permanently decreases the oath binder's magic reserves (thus explaining why it's not routinely used to enforce business deals).
* CastFromHitPoints:
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CastFromLifespan: Although most in-universe magic draws on a caster's magic reserves, so that people who exhaust their magic faint or are physically fatigued, and students' magic reserves grow year by year, [[spoiler: Harry's patronus charm]] draws on something besides that magic. In Chapter 54 it threatens to consume his life when he loses control over it. [[spoiler:Other patronuses are based on running from death, not combating it, so presumably do not have this issue.]]
** Quirrell claims that casting Fiendfyre will make the caster's body lighter by one drop of blood, each time it's cast. PERMANENTLY.
** After
]] Later on, after [[spoiler:Hermione's body is fixed]], Harry decides that the only thing ''wrong'' with it is that [[spoiler:it's dead and magicless]], so he [[spoiler:uses the True Patronus Charm to infuse her body with life force and magic]]. He notes that it costs him a significant chunk of his life and magic--not all of it, by any means, but enough to notice.
27th Feb '18 2:34:59 PM urutapu
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-->"When I’m writing HPMOR’s Death Eaters, I’m trying to pass the Ideological Turing Test for Death Eaters—-when I write Draco Malfoy’s viewpoint, I’m writing about Death Eaters the way that Draco Malfoy would see them. The goal is that a real Death Eater would read my Draco Malfoy viewpoint and not say, “Aha! This was clearly written not by the real Draco Malfoy, but by someone who wanted to make Death Eaters look bad.” ... Professor Quirrell is being written with a goal of making sure that the real Professor Quirrell wouldn’t be able to point to one of his lines and say, “What? I wouldn’t say that. There are much more persuasive arguments for a nation that stands strong under a strong ruler, like—-“"

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-->"When I’m writing HPMOR’s Death Eaters, I’m trying to pass the Ideological Turing Test for Death Eaters—-when I write Draco Malfoy’s viewpoint, I’m writing about Death Eaters the way that Draco Malfoy would see them. The goal is that a real Death Eater would read my Draco Malfoy viewpoint and not say, “Aha! 'Aha! This was clearly written not by the real Draco Malfoy, but by someone who wanted to make Death Eaters look bad.” ... ' ... Professor Quirrell is being written with a goal of making sure that the real Professor Quirrell wouldn’t be able to point to one of his lines and say, “What? 'What? I wouldn’t say that. There are much more persuasive arguments for a nation that stands strong under a strong ruler, like—-“"like—-' "
27th Feb '18 1:59:25 PM wingedcatgirl
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** For a specific example, at the end of the story, Voldemort has [[spoiler:placed Harry under an Unbreakable Vow not to destroy the world, or take any undue risk of destroying the world.]] Mere hours later, [[spoiler:Harry tries to repeal the Statute of Secrecy -- only ''after'' he is stopped by the vow does it occur to him that this could lead to, for example, someone trying to Transfigure a kilogram of up quarks ForScience, which is completely permitted by the laws of Transfiguration, but is such a violation of physics that he has ''absolutely no idea'' what would happen. Harry has absolutely no desire to destroy the world, and Voldemort was ''still'' right to fear the possibility.]]
23rd Feb '18 5:59:49 PM Cleric_Quarion
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* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: The Weasley twins think they are going to be expelled after [[spoiler: disobeying orders and helping Harry try and save Hermione.]] In fact they are commended for their actions.

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* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: The Weasley twins think they are going to be expelled after [[spoiler: disobeying orders and helping Harry try and to save Hermione.]] In fact they are commended for their actions.
5th Feb '18 3:05:37 PM thegreatfox
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** [[spoiler:Partial Transfiguration, especially applied to air to make, say, razor-sharp carbon nanotubes to behead your

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** [[spoiler:Partial Transfiguration, especially applied to air the tip of your wand to make, say, razor-sharp carbon nanotubes to behead youryour enemies.]]
5th Feb '18 8:21:41 AM thegreatfox
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* DoorStopper: The story's word count is 661,648--about as long as the first five ''Harry Potter'' books put together. When formatted like an actual ''Harry Potter'' book, the first 83 chapters exceed 1300 pages.

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* DoorStopper: The story's word count is 661,648--about 661,619--about as long as the first five ''Harry Potter'' books put together. When formatted like an actual ''Harry Potter'' book, the first 83 combined 122 chapters exceed 1300 1900 pages.
26th Jan '18 10:15:38 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** 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 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]].rock]] (even Dumbledore is confused by that one).]]
20th Jan '18 5:49:28 PM grendelkhan
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** [[spoiler:Partial Transfiguration, especially applied to air to make, say, razor-sharp carbon nanotubes to behead your enemies.]]

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** [[spoiler:Partial Transfiguration, especially applied to air to make, say, razor-sharp carbon nanotubes to behead your enemies.]]your


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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Voldemort]]'s plan to kill Harry.
-->[[spoiler: This is the order in which the next acts shall be done. First Harry Potter shall be stunned, then his limbs severed and the wounds cauterized. Mr. Friendly and Mr. Honor will examine him for any trace of unusual magics. One of you shall shoot the boy many times with my Muggle weapon, and then as many of you as can shall strike him with the Killing Curse. Only then will Mr. Grim crush his skull and brains with the mundane substance of a tombstone. I shall verify his corpse, then his corpse shall be burned with Fiendfyre, then we will exorcise the surrounding area in case he has left a ghost. I myself will guard this place until six hours have passed, for I do not fully trust the wards I have set against Time's looping; and four of you shall search the surroundings for signs of anything noteworthy.]]
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