History Literature / HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince

20th Sep '17 6:38:34 PM Draconianwrath
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* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:When Dumbledore sees Snape rearing to kill him, Dumbledore can do little but beg Snape not to carry through with the act, at least from Harry's point of view. In the next book it's revealed that Dumbledore had asked for Snape's word that he would kill him should said situation arise. He was actually pleading for Snape to keep his word kill him so that Malfoy would not have to be the one to do it.]]

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* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:When Dumbledore sees Snape rearing to kill him, Dumbledore can do little but beg Snape not to carry through with the act, at least from Harry's point of view. In the next book it's revealed that Dumbledore had asked for Snape's word that he would kill him should said situation arise. He was actually pleading for Snape to keep his word and kill him so that Malfoy would not have to be the one to do it.]]
20th Sep '17 6:37:41 PM Draconianwrath
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* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:When Dumbledore sees Snape rearing to kill him, Dumbledore can do little but beg Snape not to carry through with the act.]]

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* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler:When Dumbledore sees Snape rearing to kill him, Dumbledore can do little but beg Snape not to carry through with the act.act, at least from Harry's point of view. In the next book it's revealed that Dumbledore had asked for Snape's word that he would kill him should said situation arise. He was actually pleading for Snape to keep his word kill him so that Malfoy would not have to be the one to do it.]]
17th Sep '17 1:41:27 PM JJHIL325
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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Although Harry doesn't say this trope word-for-word, this is his reaction when he learns that Cornelius Fudge had tried to gain his support, despite having spent a year covering up Voldemort's return and smearing anybody who spoke the truth, including Harry himself.
16th Sep '17 8:22:20 PM BananaPancakes
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* TwentyOneGunSalute: The centaurs of the Dark Forest fire off a volley of arrows in honor of [[spoiler:Dumbledore, at his funeral.]]



* AcquittedTooLate:
** [[spoiler: Sirius Black]] is finally found innocent, as Fudge states to the British Prime Minister during the first chapter. Too bad he's already dead at this point.

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* AcquittedTooLate:
AcquittedTooLate
** [[spoiler: Sirius [[spoiler:Sirius Black]] is finally found innocent, innocent of the mass murder every wizard thought he committed, as Fudge states to tells the British Prime Minister during the first chapter. Too bad he's already dead at this point.



* ArbitrarySkepticism: Hermione and Ron outright reject Harry's assertion that Draco is now working for Voldemort and it becomes a point of contention between them. This despite the fact that a) Draco is bragging to his fellow Slytherins about it, b) his father and other family members are Death Eaters, c) Voldemort recruited the original Death Eaters from among his Hogwart's classmates, and d) Voldemort himself committed his first murders while he was still a student at Hogwart's.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Hermione and Ron outright reject Harry's assertion that Draco is now working for Voldemort and it becomes a point of contention between them. This despite the fact that a) following facts: Draco is bragging to his fellow Slytherins about it, b) it; his father parents and other family members are Death Eaters, c) Eaters; Voldemort recruited the original Death Eaters from among his Hogwart's classmates, and d) Hogwarts classmates; and, Voldemort himself committed his first murders while he was still a student at Hogwart's.
Hogwarts.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: ArmorPiercingQuestion



** When Harry calls Snape a coward during their duel at the end, Snape hisses back: "Your father would never attack me unless it was four on one, what would you call him, I wonder?"

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** When Harry calls Snape a coward during their duel at the end, Snape hisses back: retorts: "Your father would never attack me unless it was four on one, what would you call him, I wonder?"



* TheBGrade: When the trio gets their O.W.L.S. results, Hermione is disappointed by the fact she got nine "Outstandings" and an "Exceeds Expectations" in Defense Against the Dark Arts, much to Ron's amusement.
* BattleInterruptingShout: Harry does this in an attempt to stop an argument between Ron and Ginny over Ginny's love life, by trying to reason with Ginny ("He doesn't mean anything", says Harry; Ginny retorts with "Oh yes he does!") before placing himself between them. The argument escalates despite Harry's attempt at curtailing it, culminating in Ron firing a jinx at Ginny that misses when she taunts Ron once too many, Harry pinning Ron to the wall to stop him, and Ginny telling Ron off before walking away, finally ending the argument.

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* TheBGrade: When the trio gets their O.W.L.S. results, Hermione is disappointed by the fact she got nine ten "Outstandings" and an "Exceeds Expectations" in Defense Against the Dark Arts, much to Ron's amusement.
amusement.
* BattleInterruptingShout: Harry does this in an attempt to stop an argument between Ron and Ginny over Ginny's love life, by trying to reason with Ginny ("He doesn't mean anything", anything," says Harry; Ginny retorts with "Oh yes he does!") before placing himself between them. The argument escalates despite Harry's attempt at curtailing it, culminating in Ron firing a jinx at Ginny that misses when she taunts Ron once too many, Harry pinning Ron to the wall to stop him, and Ginny telling Ron off before walking away, finally ending the argument.



* BigNo: Harry throws an epic one when it's announced that [[spoiler: Snape is the new Defense Against Dark Arts teacher.]]

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* BigNo: Harry throws an epic one when it's announced that [[spoiler: Snape [[spoiler:Snape is the new Defense Against Dark Arts teacher.]]



* BloodMagic:

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* BloodMagic:BloodMagic



* BrainlessBeauty: Hermione and the Weasley women seem to have this opinion of Fleur, and Harry has to remind them all that she was competent enough to be a Triwizard champion.
* BreatherEpisode:

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* BrainlessBeauty: Hermione and the Weasley women seem to have this opinion of Fleur, and Fleur. Harry has to remind them all that she was competent enough to be a Triwizard champion.
* BreatherEpisode:BreatherEpisode



* BrickJoke:
** "Roonil Wazlib", Ron's misspelled name due to his Spell-Checking Quill malfunctioning. After Snape demands to see Harry's Potions book due to suspicion that he's cheating, Harry borrows Ron's copy, only to discover to his horror the misspelled name inside. [[BadLiar He unsuccessfully tries to pass it off as his nickname]].

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* BrickJoke:
BrickJoke
** "Roonil Wazlib", Ron's misspelled name due to his Spell-Checking Quill malfunctioning. After Snape demands to see Harry's Potions book due to suspicion that he's cheating, Harry borrows Ron's copy, only to discover to his horror the misspelled name inside. [[BadLiar He tries unsuccessfully tries to pass it off as his nickname]].nickname.]]



* BrutalHonesty: Harry dismisses Romilda on the Hogwarts Express by noting that he's with his friends Neville and Luna. Luna gives us this by noting, "People expect you to have cooler friends than us," but Harry reinforces his sentiment by reminding her that she is a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.

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* BrutalHonesty: Harry dismisses Romilda on the Hogwarts Express this way by noting that he's with his friends Neville and Luna. Luna gives us this immediately thereafter by noting, "People expect you to have cooler friends than us," but Harry reinforces his sentiment by reminding her that she is a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.



--->"You said it once before," said Hermione quickly, "that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We've had time, haven't we? We're with you whatever happens.”

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--->"You said it once before," said Hermione quickly, "that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We've had time, haven't we? We're with you whatever happens."



* CaptainObvious:
** Harry saying "Ghosts are transparent." (Why he said it made sense in context but still got him told "Ah, I see six years of magical education have not been wasted on you.")

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* CaptainObvious:
CaptainObvious
** Harry saying "Ghosts are transparent." (Why he said it made sense in context but still got him told "Ah, I see six years of magical education have not been wasted on you.") ")



*** Probably an attempt to prevent what happened following the initial english release which was some people wrote to J.K. Rowling to tell her she got Ron's name wrong. *Facepalm*

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*** Probably an attempt to prevent what happened following the initial english English release which was some people wrote to J.K. Rowling to tell her she got Ron's name wrong. *Facepalm*



** The first is when Hermione uses a ''Confundus'' charm on Cormac to make him miss his last block, ensuring Ron gets the position of Gryffindor Quidditch Team keeper.

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** The first is when Hermione uses a ''Confundus'' charm on Cormac to make him miss his last block, ensuring Ron gets the position of Gryffindor Quidditch Team keeper.Keeper.



* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: From the events at Knockturn Alley onward, Harry is convinced that Draco Malfoy has become a Death Eater. Ron and Hermione are skeptical initially, then get more and more annoyed as the story goes on at Harry's conviction of it, not helped that the teachers and Dumbledore all are dismissive of his theory which fuels Ron and Hermoine's annoyance at Harry for not letting it go. [[spoiler:But averted when it turns out Harry was right all along. Dumbledore and teachers with the Order of the Pheonix knew, but didn't think it was really Harry's business going after a fellow student.]]

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* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: From the events at Knockturn Alley onward, Harry is convinced that Draco Malfoy has become a Death Eater. Ron and Hermione are skeptical initially, then get more and more annoyed as the story goes on at Harry's conviction of it, not helped that the teachers and Dumbledore all are dismissive of his theory theory, which fuels Ron and Hermoine's Hermione's annoyance at Harry for not letting it go. [[spoiler:But averted when it turns out Harry was right all along. Dumbledore and teachers with the Order of the Pheonix Phoenix knew, but didn't think it was really Harry's business going after a fellow student.]]



* ContinuityLockout: Formally takes effect, Rowling dispenses of the -- rather tedious -- recap chapter that all of the other volumes start with. This is also the book that finally discards the simplistic 'Gryffindor good, Slytherin bad' mantra of the series up to then; we get a slightly-obnoxious but not evil Slytherin, and then a Gryffindor in whom Gryffindor courage manifests itself mainly as arrogance.

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* ContinuityLockout: Formally takes effect, Rowling dispenses of with the -- rather tedious -- recap chapter that all of the other volumes start with. This is also the book that finally discards the simplistic 'Gryffindor good, Slytherin bad' mantra of the series up to then; we get a slightly-obnoxious but not evil Slytherin, and then a Gryffindor in whom Gryffindor courage 'courage' manifests itself mainly as arrogance.



* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Besides Snape's bouts with Lockhart in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', Harry versus Snape is quite possibly the single most one-sided duel in the series. The fact that Snape is using Legilimency to see what spells Harry is going to cast ''before he casts them'' just makes it even more pathetic. Made worse still in that Snape kept telling Harry to clear his mind if he wanted any chance on beating him; i.e. attempting to teach him a lesson while kicking his ass.]]
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The creation of a horcrux is so forbidden that there's virtually no information on how to do it besides 'kill somebody in cold blood'. Hermione searches the immense Hogwarts library, and finds only a single mention of them, which gives no information other than that there's something out there with this name, and it's really bad (implied to be a MoralEventHorizon, or nearly so). It's even dangerous to the reader: J.K. Rowling once described the process of making one to her publisher, who vomited after reading it. A rare meta example.

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* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Besides Snape's bouts bout with Lockhart in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber ''Chamber of Secrets]]'', Secrets'', Harry versus Snape is quite possibly the single most one-sided duel in the series. The fact that Snape is using Legilimency to see what spells Harry is going to cast ''before he casts them'' just makes it even more pathetic. Made worse still in that Snape kept telling Harry to clear his mind if he wanted any chance on beating him; i.e. attempting to teach him a lesson while kicking his ass.]]
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The creation of a horcrux Horcrux is so forbidden that there's virtually no information on how to do it besides 'kill somebody in cold blood'. Hermione searches the immense Hogwarts library, and finds only a single mention of them, which gives no information other than that there's something out there with this name, and it's really bad (implied to be a MoralEventHorizon, or nearly so). It's even dangerous to the reader: J.K. Rowling once described the process of making one to her publisher, who vomited after reading it. A rare meta example.



* DeadAnimalWarning: A flashback shows Dumbledore visiting the orphanage where [[BigBad Tom Riddle]] was raised, and the matron discusses an incident in which he was accused of hanging another child's pet rabbit from the rafters after the rabbit's owner annoyed him. The accusations had to be dropped because they couldn't prove that he climbed into the rafters to do it, not realizing he was a wizard.

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* DeadAnimalWarning: A flashback shows Dumbledore visiting the orphanage where [[BigBad Tom Riddle]] was raised, and the matron discusses an incident in which he was accused of hanging another child's pet rabbit from the rafters after the rabbit's owner annoyed him. [[OffOnATechnicality The accusations had to be dropped because they couldn't prove that he climbed into the rafters to do it, it]], not realizing he was a wizard.wizard.
* DeadManWriting: The mysterious R.A.B. writes a letter to Voldemort which begins with R.A.B. musing that he's probably been killed by the time the Dark Lord has read the letter. In a twist, Voldemort never reads the letter, since Harry finds it before the Dark Lord can.



* DeadManWriting: The mysterious R.A.B. writes a letter to Voldemort which begins with R.A.B. musing that he's probably been killed by the time the Dark Lord has read the letter. In a twist, Voldemort never reads the letter, since Harry finds it before the Dark Lord can.



* DisproportionateRetribution:

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* DisproportionateRetribution: DisproportionateRetribution



** In response to Fred's taunts about Lavender, Ron ''throws a knife at him''. Luckily Fred has quick reflexes and a good grasp of transfiguration skills, and instantly turns it into a paper aeroplane.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:

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** In response to Fred's taunts about Lavender, Ron ''throws a knife at him''. Luckily Luckily, Fred has quick reflexes and a good grasp of transfiguration Transfiguration skills, and instantly turns it into a paper aeroplane.
aeroplane.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything



* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale:
** The love potions. They're basically the magic world equivalent of date rape drugs. Yet, using them is portrayed as sweet and innocent because it's the girls using them on the boys. Just imagine the uproar of the MoralGuardians if any of [[DoubleStandard the boys were shown using them on the girls]].

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale:
DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale
** The love potions. They're basically the magic world equivalent of date rape drugs. Yet, using them is portrayed as sweet and innocent because it's the girls using them on the boys. Just imagine the uproar of the MoralGuardians if any of [[DoubleStandard the boys were shown using them on the girls]].



* EasilyForgiven:

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* EasilyForgiven:EasilyForgiven



* EnlightenedSelfInterest: Practiced by Professor Slughorn. Being a NiceGuy from the otherwise unsavory and self-interested Slytherin House, he'll often help people he thinks would have potential to become great (like Harry) so that he will gain some benefit some way or another later. This backfired with [[BigBad Tom "Lord Voldemort" Riddle]], to whom he provided information on unspeakable dark magic, which he regards as MyGreatestFailure.
* EntertaininglyWrong: The Weasley kids know that Mrs. Weasley disapproves of Fleur and Bill's engagement. They also know that Mrs. Weasley has been inviting Tonks over more frequently than usual. They come to the conclusion that Mrs. Weasley is trying to get Bill to fall for Tonks and marry her instead of Fleur. [[spoiler:The truth is Mrs. Weasley has been trying to cheer up Tonks and help her with her relationship with Lupin who has started pushing her away due to his hangups about being a werewolf. She does still disapprove of Bill and Fleur's relationship, though she comes to accept it at the end of the book.]]

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* EnlightenedSelfInterest: Practiced by Professor Slughorn. Being a NiceGuy from the otherwise unsavory and self-interested Slytherin House, he'll often help people he thinks would have potential to become great (like Harry) so that he will gain some benefit some way or another later. This backfired with [[BigBad Tom "Lord Voldemort" Riddle]], to whom he provided information on unspeakable dark magic, DarkMagic, which he regards as MyGreatestFailure.
* EntertaininglyWrong: The Weasley kids know that Mrs. Weasley disapproves of Fleur and Bill's engagement. They also know that Mrs. Weasley has been inviting Tonks over more frequently than usual. They come to the conclusion that Mrs. Weasley is trying to get Bill to fall for Tonks and marry her instead of Fleur. [[spoiler:The truth is Mrs. Weasley has been trying to cheer up Tonks and help her with her relationship with Lupin Lupin, who has started pushing her away due to his hangups about being a werewolf. She does still disapprove of Bill and Fleur's relationship, though she comes to accept it at the end of the book.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}:

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* {{Foreshadowing}}:{{Foreshadowing}}



* ForWantOfANail: If Marvolo and Morfin Gaunt hadn't attacked Bob Ogden, they never would've been arrested by the Ministry, which led to Merope being free from their abuse and deciding to drug Tom Riddle Sr. with a love potion that eventually resulted in Voldemort being conceived.

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* ForWantOfANail: If Marvolo and Morfin Gaunt hadn't attacked Bob Ogden, they never would've would have been arrested by the Ministry, which led to Merope being free from their abuse and deciding to drug Tom Riddle Sr. with a love potion that eventually resulted in Voldemort being conceived.



* FriendVersusLover: Hermione vs. Lavender and Ginny vs. Ron.

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* FriendVersusLover: Hermione vs. versus Lavender and Ginny vs. versus Ron.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: GettingCrapPastTheRadar



* HopeSpot:
** Arguably Scrimgeour succeeding Fudge as Minister of Magic. As the former Head of the Auror Office, he's a veteran of fighting Dark Wizards and seems the perfect choice for a wartime leader. Then he continues or resurrects policies of Fudge and Barty Crouch Sr. It ends up making things worse.
** [[spoiler:Dumbledore]]'s portrait appears in the headmaster's office at the end, giving hope that he may still be around in some form.
* HypocriticalHumor: Hermione is indignant when she thinks Harry spiked Ron's drink with Felix Felicis before the Quidditch game, even though she put a ''confundus'' charm on Ron's main rival for Gryffindor keeper so he would win in the trials. Harry even points this out.

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* HopeSpot:
HopeSpot
** Arguably Scrimgeour succeeding Fudge as Minister of for Magic. As the former Head of the Auror Office, he's a veteran of fighting Dark Wizards and seems the perfect choice for a wartime leader. Then he continues or resurrects policies of Fudge and Barty Crouch Crouch, Sr. It ends up making things worse.
worse.
** [[spoiler:Dumbledore]]'s portrait appears in the headmaster's Headmaster's office at the end, giving hope that he may still be around in some form.
form.
* HypocriticalHumor: Hermione is indignant when she thinks Harry spiked Ron's drink with Felix Felicis before the Quidditch game, even though she put a ''confundus'' charm ''Confundus'' Charm on Ron's main rival for Gryffindor keeper Keeper so he would win in the trials. Harry even points this out. out.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Dumbledore uses this method to leave Harry alone with Professor Slughorn so as to persuade him to return to Hogwarts -- specifically, by asking to use the loo. The fact he returns afterwards with a magazine he wants to keep "for the knitting patterns" just highlights his eccentricity and hilarious kookiness. It was still a nice bit of obfuscation.



* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Dumbledore uses this method to leave Harry alone with Professor Slughorn so as to persuade him to return to Hogwarts -- specifically, by asking to use the loo. The fact he returns afterwards with a magazine he wants to keep "for the knitting patterns" just highlights his eccentricity and hilarious kookiness. It was still a nice bit of obfuscation.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: {{Justified|Trope}} via Felix Felicis.
* ImpossibleTask: [[spoiler:Draco's mission from Voldemort to kill Dumbledore]]. His chances of succeeding are almost nil. Voldemort himself doesn't expect him to succeed, and intends to use it as an excuse to punish [[spoiler:the Malfoys]] for failing him. It is even suggested that he is hoping [[spoiler:Dumbledore]] will kill [[spoiler:Draco]] in self-defence.

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* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Dumbledore uses this method to leave Harry alone with Professor Slughorn so as to persuade him to return to Hogwarts -- specifically, by asking to use the loo. The fact he returns afterwards with a magazine he wants to keep "for the knitting patterns" just highlights his eccentricity and hilarious kookiness. It was still a nice bit of obfuscation.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The Slytherin Quidditch team has this against Gryffindor. {{Justified|Trope}} via Felix Felicis.
* ImpossibleTask: [[spoiler:Draco's mission from Voldemort to kill Dumbledore]]. His chances of succeeding are almost nil. Voldemort himself doesn't expect him to succeed, and intends to use it as an excuse to punish [[spoiler:the Malfoys]] for failing him. It is even suggested that he is hoping [[spoiler:Dumbledore]] will kill [[spoiler:Draco]] in self-defence.



* InvertedTrope: In the previous book, Harry was wrong and everyone else was right that Voldemort was trying to lure Harry into the Department of Mysteries - Harry's being mislead resulted in the death of Sirius. [[spoiler:This is switched around in this book, as Harry is right and everyone else is wrong, and again resulting in the death of a major character]].
* InvisiblePresident: The Muggle Prime Minister is not named during the first chapter. Going by the book's timeline, it's UsefulNotes/JohnMajor.

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* InvertedTrope: In the previous book, Harry was wrong and everyone else was right that Voldemort was trying to lure Harry into the Department of Mysteries - Mysteries: Harry's being mislead misled resulted in the death of Sirius. [[spoiler:This is switched around in this book, as Harry is right and everyone else is wrong, and again resulting in the death of a major character]].
character.]]
* InvisiblePresident: The Muggle Prime Minister is not named during the first chapter. Going by the book's timeline, it's UsefulNotes/JohnMajor.



--> '''Hermione''': Oh, be quiet.
* {{Irony}}: Previously Potions was Harry's least favourite subject because Snape was such a jerk to him. In his first class this year he finds a secondhand book labelled as "property of the Half-Blood Prince". Inside the book are copious hints that help Harry in his Potions classes, making it his best subject. At one point, Harry even thinks to himself that the Prince has been a much better teacher than Snape. Snape also comments that he struggled to teach Harry anything in five years of potions classes. Then the big reveal is that [[spoiler:Snape is the Half-Blood Prince.]] A slightly tragic twist to the irony here is the implication that Snape would have found Harry to be a highly competent and willing student if only he had been able to see past his loathing of Harry's father.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Dumbledore's dynamic with Harry throughout the novels mostly dispenses with the Headmaster-Student dynamic. He comes to meet Harry personally at Privet Drive, gives him private lessons, openly asks his opinions about his appointees (such as Slughorn) and even [[BrutalHonesty confesses to Harry that one of his teachers]], Trelawney is indeed a hack that Dumbledore hired because parents insisted and demanded Divination as a subject at Hogwarts, and also for her own good (to protect her from Voldemort finding the prophecy). Before Book 6, Dumbledore at least made a show of upholding teacher-student divides as an academic norm.

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--> '''Hermione''': -->'''Hermione''': Oh, be quiet.
* {{Irony}}: Previously Potions was Harry's least favourite subject because Snape was such a jerk to him. In his first class this year he finds a secondhand book labelled as "property of the Half-Blood Prince". Inside the book are copious hints that help Harry in his Potions classes, making it his best subject. At one point, Harry even thinks to himself that the Prince has been a much better teacher than Snape. Snape also comments that he struggled to teach Harry anything in five years of potions Potions classes. Then the big reveal is that [[spoiler:Snape is the Half-Blood Prince.]] A slightly tragic twist to the irony here is the implication that Snape would have found Harry to be a highly competent and willing student if only he had been able to see past his loathing of Harry's father.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Dumbledore's dynamic with Harry throughout the novels mostly dispenses with the Headmaster-Student dynamic. He comes to meet Harry personally at Privet Drive, gives him private lessons, openly asks his opinions about his appointees (such as Slughorn) and even [[BrutalHonesty confesses to Harry that one of his teachers]], Trelawney namely Trelawney, is indeed a hack that whom Dumbledore hired because parents insisted and demanded Divination as a subject at Hogwarts, and also for her own good (to protect her from Voldemort finding the prophecy). Before Book 6, Dumbledore at least made a show of upholding teacher-student divides as an academic norm.



* LineageComesFromTheFather: A young Tom Riddle is (mistakenly) convinced this is the case, and that his father was the one who was magical, not his mother, though this is not due to any sort of sexism on his part, but rather his inability to understand how his mother could have possibly died the way she did if she had been magical.
* LockedRoomMystery: Amelia Bones' body is found by the Muggle police in a room that was locked from the inside. The wizard authorities know it was the Death Eaters - likely Voldemort himself.
* LoopholeAbuse: {{Defied|Trope}} when Harry orders Kreacher to spy on Draco. Mindful of what happened in Book Five, Harry makes sure to close every potential loophole that would allow Kreacher to tip off Draco. Kreacher does this later when Harry asks him what Malfoy has been doing and he just tells him about the mundane everyday stuff like eating meals and going to class. Luckily for Harry, Dobby is happy to tell him that Malfoy has also been sneaking off to the Room of Requirement.

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* LineageComesFromTheFather: A young Tom Riddle is (mistakenly) convinced this is the case, and that his father was the one who was magical, not his mother, though this is not due to any sort of sexism on his part, but rather his inability to understand how conviction that his mother could never have possibly died the way she did if she had been magical.
* LockedRoomMystery: Amelia Bones' body is found by the Muggle police in a room that was locked from the inside. The wizard authorities know it was the Death Eaters - -- likely Voldemort himself.
* LoopholeAbuse: {{Defied|Trope}} when Harry orders Kreacher to spy on Draco. Mindful of what happened in Book Five, Harry makes sure to close every potential loophole that would allow Kreacher to tip off Draco. Kreacher does this later when Harry asks him what Malfoy has been doing and he just tells him about the mundane everyday stuff like eating meals and going to class. Luckily for Harry, Dobby is happy to tell him that Malfoy has also been sneaking off to the Room of Requirement.



* LoveHungry: Merope Gaunt for Tom Riddle Sr. See above entry for LovePotion.
* LovePotion:

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* LoveHungry: Merope Gaunt for Tom Riddle Sr. See above below entry for LovePotion.
* LovePotion:LovePotion



** [[spoiler:In addition, this seems to be the entire reason that Lord Voldemort exists in the first place, as his mother had used a Love Potion on a snobbish Muggle, Tom Riddle Senior]].

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** [[spoiler:In addition, this seems to be the entire reason that Lord Voldemort exists in the first place, as his mother had used a Love Potion on a snobbish Muggle, Tom Riddle Senior]].Riddle, Sr.]]



* MagicFeather: Harry pretends to give Ron a luck potion to give him confidence. A double subversion in that the potion would have actually worked if added for real, but its use in contests is of course banned.



* MagicFeather: Harry pretends to give Ron a luck potion to give him confidence. A slight subversion in that the potion would have actually worked if added for real, but its use in contests is of course banned.



* MilitariesAreUseless: The Aurors may qualify, depending on whether you consider them an army. Herein, they fail to kill or capture any Death Eater, imprison innocent people ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero where they are captured]] and {{Brainwashed}} by said Death Eaters) instead, and do nothing to prevent the ministry from being infiltrated by Voldemort.

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* MilitariesAreUseless: The Aurors may qualify, depending on whether you consider them an army. Herein, they fail to kill or capture any Death Eater, imprison innocent people ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero where they are captured]] and {{Brainwashed}} by said Death Eaters) instead, and do nothing to prevent the ministry Ministry from being infiltrated by Voldemort.



* MoralEventHorizon: InUniverse, Harry reveals that he believed that Cornelius Fudge crossed it by setting Umbridge on the school in ''Order of the Phoenix.'' He is outraged when Dumbledore tells him that Fudge wanted Harry to serve as a pep coach for the wizardry public, giving Rufus Scrimgeour the idea, and Harry cannot believe that Fudge would think Harry would forget all the things Umbridge did.

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* MoralEventHorizon: InUniverse, Harry reveals that he believed that Cornelius Fudge crossed it by setting Umbridge on the school in ''Order of the Phoenix.'' Phoenix''. He is outraged when Dumbledore tells him that Fudge wanted Harry to serve as a pep coach for the wizardry public, giving Rufus Scrimgeour the idea, and Harry cannot believe that Fudge would think Harry would forget all the things Dolores Umbridge did. did.



-->'''Molly''': I know why it's happened, of course. It's all this uncertainty with You-Know-Who coming back, people think they might be dead tomorrow, so they're rushing all sorts of decisions they'd normally take time over. It was the same last time he was powerful, people eloping left, right, and center --"\\
'''Ginny''': (slyly) -- Including you and Dad.\\

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-->'''Molly''': I know why it's happened, of course. It's all this uncertainty with You-Know-Who coming back, people think they might be dead tomorrow, so they're rushing all sorts of decisions they'd normally take time over. It was the same last time he was powerful, people eloping left, right, and center --"\\
--\\
'''Ginny''': (slyly) [''Slyly''] -- Including you and Dad.\\



* MyGreatestFailure:

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* MyGreatestFailure:MyGreatestFailure



* NeverMyFault: During the meeting at Spinner's End, Snape sarcastically asks Bellatrix if the Dark Lord still considers her a confidante after the fiasco in the Department of Mysteries. Bellatrix responds that it was all Lucius' fault. However, it was her getting trigger happy which derailed the entire operation, got all the operatives except herself thrown into Azkaban, ''and'' exposed Voldemort's return to the Wizarding world at large. Even better, Narcissa gets ''pissed'' that she's trying to shift the blame to her husband and calls her sister out on it.

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* NeverMyFault: During the meeting at Spinner's End, Snape sarcastically asks Bellatrix if the Dark Lord still considers her a confidante after the fiasco in the Department of Mysteries. Bellatrix responds that it was all Lucius' fault. However, it was her getting trigger happy trigger-happy which derailed the entire operation, got all the operatives except herself thrown into Azkaban, ''and'' exposed Voldemort's return to the Wizarding world at large. Even better, Narcissa gets ''pissed'' that she's trying to shift the blame to her husband and calls her sister out on it.



* NoMatterHowMuchIBeg: Harry, Dumbledore and the Horcrux-containing potion. Harry keeps his word, but only barely.
* NoNameGiven: Two prominent Death Eaters at the end of the novel are unnamed but referred to constantly, the first one is only referred to as "The Brutal-Faced Death Eater" and then later we see "The Big Blond Death Eater". Both of these individuals are identified early on in the next book as Yaxley and Thorfinn Rowle.
* NoOntologicalInertia: [[spoiler:Dumbledore's body-bind spell.]] There are hints throughout the books that this is a common and expected phenomenon: magic dies along with the wizard who performed it.

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* NoMatterHowMuchIBeg: Harry, Dumbledore Dumbledore, and the Horcrux-containing potion. Harry keeps his word, but only barely.
* NoNameGiven: Two prominent Death Eaters at the end of the novel are unnamed but referred to constantly, the first one is only referred to as "The Brutal-Faced Death Eater" Eater", and then later we see "The Big Blond Death Eater". Both of these individuals are identified early on in the next book book, respectively as Yaxley and Thorfinn Rowle.
* NoOntologicalInertia: [[spoiler:Dumbledore's body-bind spell.Body-Bind Spell.]] There are hints throughout the books that this is a common and expected phenomenon: magic dies along with the wizard who performed it.



* NotAnAct: When suspected of being a DoubleAgent by Bellatrix, Snape has a long speech where he patiently takes apart her arguments, including one where he belittles Harry as a mediocre wizard who needs his friends' help to get anywhere. [[spoiler:As we see in the last book, most of what he told Bellatrix was a lie and he was always against Voldemort,]] but his contempt for Harry was genuine, using very similar terms when speaking to Dumbledore about him.

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* NotAnAct: When suspected of being a DoubleAgent by Bellatrix, Snape has a long speech where he patiently takes apart deconstructs her arguments, including one where he belittles Harry as a mediocre wizard who needs his friends' help to get anywhere. [[spoiler:As we see in the last book, most of what he told Bellatrix was a lie and he was always against Voldemort,]] but his contempt for Harry was genuine, using very similar terms when speaking to Dumbledore about him.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: One of the biggest clues that Malfoy is up to something is that he skips the Gryffindor-Slytherin Quidditch match. Remember that this is the same person who got the entire match rescheduled three years earlier just because of a scratch he got from a hippogriff.
* OhCrap: Harry when he realizes what ''exactly'' the Sectumsempra spell does. [[spoiler:It rips open huge, bloody wounds in whoever the caster shoots it at.]]

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: One of the biggest clues that Malfoy is up to something is that he skips the Gryffindor-Slytherin Quidditch match. Remember that this is the same person who got the entire match rescheduled three years earlier just because of a scratch he got from a hippogriff.
Hippogriff.
* OhCrap: Harry when he realizes what ''exactly'' the Sectumsempra spell does. [[spoiler:It rips open huge, bloody wounds in whoever the caster shoots it at.caster's target.]]



* PerpetualPoverty: Finally averted by the Weasley Twins, who take Harry's Triwizard winnings as seed money and build a very lucrative business in Diagon Alley.

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* PerpetualPoverty: Finally averted by the Weasley Twins, Fred and George Weasley, who take Harry's Triwizard winnings as seed money and [[SelfMadeMan build a very lucrative business in Diagon Alley.]]



* TheProfiler: The main plot of this book is Dumbledore and Harry constructing a profile of Voldemort's background, his motives, and his behavior, so they [[spoiler:can figure out how many Horcruxes Voldemort made and where he would have kept them]].

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* TheProfiler: The main plot of this book is Dumbledore and Harry constructing a profile of Voldemort's background, his motives, and his behavior, so they [[spoiler:can figure out how many Horcruxes Voldemort made made, what they were, and where he would have kept them]].



* PsychosomaticSuperpowerOutage: Tonks loses control of her metamorphmagus powers in her depression over Lupin rejecting her.
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:Dumbledore. Let's see: He gets an arm nearly burned off from a curse -- a curse that proceeds to slowly drain his life force away. Later he has to slice open his arm [[BloodMagic for a blood tribute]]. He drinks all that poison to retrieve the fake Horcrux. Then he gets a Killing Curse right in his chest and tumbles off the balcony of the tallest tower in Hogwarts.]]
* RealityEnsues: At the end of Book 4, Fudge was informed of the return of the most dangerous terrorist in Wizarding Britain. The Minister of Magic responded by not only covering it up, but also wasting valuable time and resources persecuting and harassing the very people who tried to warn him. When Voldemort’s return is confirmed beyond any doubt, it ignites a scandal of epic proportions. Quite understandably, Fudge loses all public and political support and is forced to resign in disgrace.

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* PsychosomaticSuperpowerOutage: Tonks loses control of her metamorphmagus Metamorphmagus powers in her depression over Lupin rejecting her.
her.
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:Dumbledore. Let's see: He gets an arm nearly burned off from a curse -- a curse that proceeds to then slowly drain depletes his life force away. Later Later, he has to slice open his arm [[BloodMagic for a blood tribute]]. He drinks all that poison to retrieve the fake Horcrux. Then he gets a Killing Curse right in his chest and tumbles off the balcony of the tallest tower in Hogwarts.]]
* RealityEnsues: At the end of Book 4, Fudge was informed of the return of the most dangerous terrorist in Wizarding Britain. The Minister of Magic responded by not only covering it up, but also wasting valuable time and resources persecuting and harassing the very people who tried to warn him. When Voldemort’s return is confirmed beyond any doubt, it ignites a scandal of epic proportions. Quite understandably, Fudge loses all public and political support and is forced to resign in disgrace.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:TheReasonYouSuckSpeech



* TheReveal:

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* TheReveal: TheReveal



* RightForTheWrongReasons:

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* RightForTheWrongReasons: RightForTheWrongReasons



** After Harry encounters Tonks inside Hogwarts, he speculates to Ron and Hermione that Tonks might have been in love with Sirius, the reasons being that: a) Tonks was nearly in tears after Harry mentioned Sirius' name, and b) her Patronus resembles a four-legged entity nowadays. Near the end of the year, Tonks confesses her love to [[spoiler: Lupin]], prompting Harry to realize that he was right about Tonks being in love; he was mistaken only about whom she's in love with.

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** After Harry encounters Tonks inside Hogwarts, he speculates to Ron and Hermione that Tonks might have been in love with Sirius, the reasons being that: a) (A) Tonks was nearly in tears after Harry mentioned Sirius' name, and b) (B) her Patronus resembles a four-legged entity nowadays. Near the end of the year, Tonks confesses her love to [[spoiler: Lupin]], prompting Harry to realize that he was right about Tonks being in love; he was mistaken only about with whom she's in love with.love.
* RuleOfSeven: Invoked and lampshaded by Riddle in his and Slughorn's discussion of Horcruxes. He questions the value of having only one break in one's soul and asks (seemingly rhetorically), "Isn't seven the most powerfully magical number?", which naturally appalls Slughorn. It also scares Harry, thinking this means Voldemort would have made seven Horcruxes, but Dumbledore corrects him that the seventh part of Voldemort's soul will remain within him until and unless somebody destroyed the others. (This aspect gets a double subversion, as we learn in Book Seven[[spoiler: that Harry became the BigBad's accidental seventh Horcrux the night of Lily and James' murder]].)



* SequelHook: Harry's decision at the end [[spoiler:not to go back to Hogwarts in favor of focusing solely on destroying Voldemort]] signals a radical departure for the final installment.
* ShaggyDogStory: Did you hear the one about how the Horcrux Harry and Dumbledore nearly killed themselves trying to retrieve from the cave [[spoiler:turned out to be a fake, planted by someone else to buy the resistance some time for when Voldemort came back to get it?]]

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* SequelHook: Harry's decision at the end [[spoiler:not to go back to Hogwarts in favor of focusing solely on destroying Voldemort]] signals [[LaterInstallmentWeirdness a radical departure for the final installment.
installment.]]
* ShaggyDogStory: Did you hear the one about how the Horcrux Harry and Dumbledore nearly killed themselves trying to retrieve from the cave [[spoiler:turned cave[[spoiler: turned out to be a fake, planted by someone else to buy the resistance some time for when Voldemort came back to get it?]]it]]?



* ShipTease: Harry and Luna get some moments, such as him telling her she's cool, refuting his thoughts about her from [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5]], and when he takes her to Slughorn's Christmas Ball. After he asks her to go with him, Peeves also becomes a Ship Tease and starts singing, "Potty loves Loony!"
* ShotgunWedding: Merope was hoping to have one of these with Tom Riddle Sr., or at least have him stay with her due to her pregnancy.
* ShoutOut:

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* ShipTease: Harry and Luna get some moments, such as him telling her she's cool, refuting his thoughts about her from [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5]], 5, and when he takes her to Slughorn's Christmas Ball. After he asks her to go with him, Peeves also becomes a Ship Tease and starts singing, "Potty loves Loony!"
* ShotgunWedding: Merope was hoping to have one of these with Tom Riddle Riddle, Sr., or at least have him stay with her due to her pregnancy.
* ShoutOut: ShoutOut



*** TheDragon to the BigBad reveals that he is someone that TheHero admired ([[ActuallyIAmHim Snape is the Half-Blood Prince]], [[LukeIAmYourFather Vader is Luke's father]]).
*** TheDragon somehow sends one of the main characters out of the picture (Snape kills Dumbledore, Vader freezes Han in carbonite and hands him over to Boba Fett).

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*** TheDragon to the BigBad reveals that he is someone that TheHero admired ([[ActuallyIAmHim ([[spoiler:[[ActuallyIAmHim Snape is the Half-Blood Prince]], [[LukeIAmYourFather Vader is Luke's father]]).
father]]]]).
*** TheDragon somehow sends one of the main characters out of the picture (Snape ([[spoiler:Snape kills Dumbledore, Vader freezes Han Solo in carbonite and hands him over to Boba Fett).Fett]]).



* SkewedPriorities: Dumbledore has to gently chastise Harry for this. He needs him to recover a crucial memory from Professor Slughorn that could confirm some important things about Voldemort. But Harry gets distracted by Quidditch, his feelings for Ginny and assorted other mundane stuff.

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* SkewedPriorities: Dumbledore has to gently chastise Harry gently for this. He needs him to recover a crucial memory from Professor Slughorn that could confirm some important things about Voldemort. But Harry gets distracted by Quidditch, his feelings for Ginny Ginny, and assorted other mundane stuff. stuff.



* SoulJar: [[spoiler:Horcruxes are objects meant to hold a piece of someone's soul away from their body. The only way to rip out a part of one's soul is to commit murder in cold-blood, so even creating a single Horcrux is a terrible thing. Voldemort made ''six'' of them.]]

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* SoulJar: [[spoiler:Horcruxes are objects meant to hold a piece of someone's soul away from their body. The only way to rip out a part of one's soul is to commit murder in cold-blood, cold blood, so even creating a single Horcrux is a terrible thing. Voldemort made ''six'' of them.them, and that's '''wilfully'''.]]



* StalkerWithACrush: Romilda Vane for Harry Potter and Merope Gaunt for Tom Riddle Sr. In the film, Cormac and Lavender are clearly shown to be this for Hermione and Ron.

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* StalkerWithACrush: Romilda Vane for Harry Potter and Merope Gaunt for Tom Riddle Riddle, Sr. In the film, Cormac and Lavender are clearly shown to be this for Hermione and Ron.Ron respectively.



* TeensAreShort: Averted - Harry's hit a growth spurt over the summer and is now as tall as Malfoy's mother (meaning Ron must be taller than either of them).

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* TeensAreShort: Averted - -- Harry's hit a growth spurt over the summer and is now as tall as Malfoy's mother Narcissa Malfoy (meaning Ron must be taller than either of them).



* ThanatosGambit:

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* ThanatosGambit:ThanatosGambit



* TwentyOneGunSalute: The centaurs of the dark forest fire off a volley of arrows in honor of [[spoiler:Dumbledore, at his funeral.]]
* UglyGuyHotWife:
** [[spoiler:After Bill is mauled by Fenrir Greyback the werewolf, Fleur still loves him. This is what finally convinces Ginny and Molly Weasley to accept her.]]
** Inverted with [[spoiler:Merope Gaunt and Tom Riddle.]]

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* TwentyOneGunSalute: The centaurs of the dark forest fire off a volley of arrows in honor of [[spoiler:Dumbledore, at his funeral.]]
* UglyGuyHotWife:
UglyGuyHotWife
** [[spoiler:After Bill is mauled by the Death Eater-aligned werewolf Fenrir Greyback the werewolf, Greyback, Fleur still loves him. This is what finally convinces Ginny and Molly Weasley to accept her.]]
** Inverted [[HotGuyUglyWife Inverted]] with [[spoiler:Merope Gaunt and Tom Riddle.]]



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Morfin Gaunt hexing Tom Riddle Sr. This simple act sets off a chain of events that not only ends up destroying both of their families, but also gives rise to the most dangerous Dark Wizard of all time.
* UriahGambit: [[spoiler:Voldemort doesn't actually think Draco will successfully assassinate Dumbledore, so the whole thing is an exercise in futility to punish Lucius for his failure in the previous book. EvilCannotComprehendGood, so it is likely that Voldemort assumes Dumbledore will kill Draco in self-defense. Furthermore, when Draco fixes the vanishing cabinet, Voldemort dispatches a B-team to accompany him. The incompetent Carrows, the [[FantasticRacism supposedly inferior]] werewolf Fenrir Greyback, and accidental TeamKiller Thorfinn Rowle certainly won't win awards for Death Eater of the Month compared to, say, Bellatrix Lestrange or Antonin Dolohov, who Voldemort could have chosen to send instead. He still wants Dumbledore dead, which is why he orders Snape to finish the job, but he certainly does not believe that Draco Malfoy has even the slightest chance to kill the only one he ever feared.]]

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Morfin Gaunt hexing Tom Riddle Riddle, Sr. This simple act sets off a chain of events that not only ends up destroying both of their families, but also gives rise to the most dangerous Dark Wizard of all time.
* UriahGambit: [[spoiler:Voldemort doesn't actually think Draco will successfully assassinate kill Dumbledore, so the whole thing is an exercise in futility to punish Lucius for his failure in the previous book. EvilCannotComprehendGood, so it is likely that Voldemort assumes Dumbledore will kill Draco in self-defense. Furthermore, when Draco fixes the vanishing cabinet, Vanishing Cabinet, Voldemort dispatches a B-team to accompany him. The incompetent Carrows, the [[FantasticRacism supposedly inferior]] werewolf Fenrir Greyback, and accidental TeamKiller Thorfinn Rowle certainly won't win awards for Death Eater of the Month compared to, say, Bellatrix Lestrange or Antonin Dolohov, who Voldemort could have chosen to send instead. He still wants Dumbledore dead, which is why he orders Snape to finish the job, but he certainly does not believe that Draco Malfoy has even the slightest chance to kill the only one he ever feared.]]



** The revelation on who the Half-Blood Prince really is.
-->[[spoiler:'''Snape:''']] "You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them — I, the Half-Blood Prince! And you'd turn them on me like your filthy father, would you? I don't think so...''No''!"

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** The revelation on of who the Half-Blood Prince really is.
-->[[spoiler:'''Snape:''']] "You -->[[spoiler:'''Snape''': ]]You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them — I, the Half-Blood Prince! And you'd turn them on me like your filthy father, would you? I don't think so...''No''!"''No''!



-->'''Trelawney:''' "...But then we were rudely interrupted by [[spoiler:Severus Snape!]]"

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-->'''Trelawney:''' --->'''Trelawney''': "...But then we were rudely interrupted by [[spoiler:Severus Snape!]]"



* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: "So, when the Prophecy says, that I'll have 'power the Dark Lord knows not' it just means love?" asked Harry, feeling a little let down. "Yes, just love," said Dumbledore.
* WhatTheHellHero:

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* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: "So, WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway
-->"So,
when the Prophecy says, that I'll have 'power the Dark Lord knows not' it just means love?" asked Harry, feeling a little let down. down.\\
"Yes, just love," said Dumbledore.
* WhatTheHellHero: WhatTheHellHero



** Harry [[spoiler: using an unfamiliar spell, the effects of which were unknown, on Draco, resulting in Draco being severely injured. Fortunately Snape was able to heal him, being that he invented the spell, but Harry feels appropriately guilty for the incident. Somewhat justified in that Draco attempted to hurt him first. Regardless, the fact that Harry could well have killed Draco makes it a pretty morally questionable move.]] Possibly justified in that Malfoy had been about to use the ''Cruciatus Curse'' on Harry, though this makes no sense, as that would have earned Malfoy a one-way ticket to Azkaban. [[FridgeBrilliance Then again,]] it's abundantly clear that Draco is no longer thinking things through by this point.

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** Harry [[spoiler: using [[spoiler:using an unfamiliar spell, the effects of which were unknown, on Draco, resulting in Draco being severely injured. Fortunately Fortunately, Snape was able knew how to heal him, being that he invented the spell, but Harry feels appropriately guilty for the incident. Somewhat justified in that Draco attempted to hurt him first. Regardless, the fact that Harry could well have killed Draco makes it a pretty morally questionable move.]] Possibly justified in that Malfoy had been about to use the ''Cruciatus Curse'' Cruciatus Curse on Harry, though this makes no sense, as that would have earned Malfoy a one-way ticket to Azkaban. [[FridgeBrilliance Then again,]] again]], it's abundantly clear that Draco is no longer thinking things through by this point.



* WritingLines: Seamus accidentally knocks Flitwick off his desk with a spell, and has to write "I am a wizard, not a baboon brandishing a stick."
* XanatosGambit:
** Voldemort's plan. The plan is to give Draco an impossible, likely-suicide mission in order to punish Draco's father, Lucius, for his failures. But, hey, if Draco succeeds, all the better.
** Speaking of Voldemort, his job interview with Dumbledore during one of the flashbacks. [[spoiler:If the Headmaster hires him, then it gives him access to potential Hogwarts relics for Horcruxes, a recruiting ground for young Death Eaters, and stores of ancient magic to tap. If Dumbledore ''doesn’t'' give him the job, that’s fine too, since he’s using the brief access to the castle to hide one of his Horcruxes in the Room of Requirement.]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Dumbledore and Harry go on a dangerous mission to find a Horcrux. [[spoiler: They find it … and it's a fake.]]

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* WritingLines: Seamus accidentally knocks Flitwick off his desk with a spell, and has to write [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "I am a wizard, not a baboon brandishing a stick."
"]]
* XanatosGambit:
XanatosGambit
** Voldemort's plan. The plan is to give Draco an impossible, likely-suicide mission in order [[IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure to punish Draco's father, Lucius, for his failures. failure.]] But, hey, if Draco succeeds, all the better.
** Speaking of Voldemort, his job interview with Dumbledore during one of the flashbacks. [[spoiler:If [[spoiler: If the Headmaster hires him, then it gives him access to potential Hogwarts relics for Horcruxes, a recruiting ground for young Death Eaters, and stores of ancient magic to tap. If Dumbledore ''doesn’t'' give him the job, hire him, that’s fine too, since he’s using the he can still use his brief access to the castle to hide one of his Horcruxes in the Room of Requirement.]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Dumbledore and Harry go on a dangerous mission to find a Horcrux. [[spoiler: They find it … and it's a fake.]]
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** Harry ''almost'' starts [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix another temper tantrum in Dumbledore's office]] (this time, upon learning that [[spoiler:Snape was the Death Eater who overheard the prophecy that led to Harry's parents' murders]]). This time around, as a sign of Harry's CharacterDevelopment, he only yells for a few seconds before keeping his cool and listening to Dumbledore's side of the story, as opposed to the last book, where it took considerably longer (and smashing several of the headmaster's prized possessions) before he would even consider listening.

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** Harry ''almost'' starts [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix another temper tantrum once again finds himself in Dumbledore's office]] office after a personal bombshell (this time, upon learning that [[spoiler:Snape was the Death Eater who overheard the prophecy that led to Harry's parents' murders]]). This time around, as a sign of Harry's CharacterDevelopment, he only yells for a few seconds before keeping he's able to keep his cool and listening to Dumbledore's side of the story, as opposed to the last book, where it took considerably longer (and smashing several of the headmaster's prized possessions) before emotions much more under control, which takes some effort, given what he would even consider listening.just learned.
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* ChocolateOfRomance: Romilda Vane attempts to give love potion infused chocolates to Harry. He gives them to Ron, who promptly falls in love with her.

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* ChocolateOfRomance: Romilda Vane attempts to give love potion infused chocolates to Harry. He gives puts them to in his trunk and are later found by Ron, who promptly falls in love with her.
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** Shockingly averted in Morfin's comments about his sister to his nephew.

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** Shockingly averted in Morfin's comments about Morphin explicitly calls his sister to a slut when confronted by his nephew.
3rd Sep '17 5:16:57 PM JulianLapostat
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Added DiffLines:

* IntergenerationalFriendship: Dumbledore's dynamic with Harry throughout the novels mostly dispenses with the Headmaster-Student dynamic. He comes to meet Harry personally at Privet Drive, gives him private lessons, openly asks his opinions about his appointees (such as Slughorn) and even [[BrutalHonesty confesses to Harry that one of his teachers]], Trelawney is indeed a hack that Dumbledore hired because parents insisted and demanded Divination as a subject at Hogwarts, and also for her own good (to protect her from Voldemort finding the prophecy). Before Book 6, Dumbledore at least made a show of upholding teacher-student divides as an academic norm.
31st Aug '17 10:45:34 PM theknack101
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* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: From the events at Knockturn Alley onward, Harry is convinced that Draco Malfoy has become a Death Eater. Ron and Hermione are skeptical initially, then get more and more annoyed as the story goes on at Harry's conviction of it, not helped that the teachers and Dumbledore all are dismissive of his theory which fuels Ron and Hermoine's annoyance at Harry for not letting it go. [[spoiler:But averted when it turns out Harry was right all along. Dumbledore and teachers with the Order of the Pheonix knew, but didn't think it was really Harry's business going after a fellow student.]]
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* EntertaininglyWrong: The Weasley kids know that Mrs. Weasley disapproves of Fleur and Bill's engagement. They also know that Mrs. Weasley has been inviting Tonks over more frequently than usual. They come to the conclusion that Mrs. Weasley is trying to get Bill to fall for Tonks and marry her instead of Fleur. [[spoiler:The truth is Mrs. Weasley has been trying to cheer up Fleur and help her with her relationship with Lupin who has started pushing her away due to his hangups about being a werewolf. She does still disapprove of Bill and Fleur's relationship, though she comes to accept it at the end of the book.]]

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* EntertaininglyWrong: The Weasley kids know that Mrs. Weasley disapproves of Fleur and Bill's engagement. They also know that Mrs. Weasley has been inviting Tonks over more frequently than usual. They come to the conclusion that Mrs. Weasley is trying to get Bill to fall for Tonks and marry her instead of Fleur. [[spoiler:The truth is Mrs. Weasley has been trying to cheer up Fleur Tonks and help her with her relationship with Lupin who has started pushing her away due to his hangups about being a werewolf. She does still disapprove of Bill and Fleur's relationship, though she comes to accept it at the end of the book.]]



* ForWantOfANail: If Caractacus Burke hadn't been such a greedy bastard and gave Merope Riddle even a fraction of her priceless antique's true worth, she could have afforded healthcare and wouldn't have died from childbirth in a slum orphanage and could have raised Voldemort to be a better person. Or at least AWAY from the constant WWII bombing sites, which are implied to be the cause of his sociopathic tendencies. The death eaters would have likely rallied behind some other upcoming dark lord, but given how close-minded and relatively stupid the aristocratic gits are, they would likely elect a relatively harmless moron.

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* ForWantOfANail: If Caractacus Burke Marvolo and Morfin Gaunt hadn't attacked Bob Ogden, they never would've been such a greedy bastard and gave arrested by the Ministry, which led to Merope being free from their abuse and deciding to drug Tom Riddle even Sr. with a fraction of her priceless antique's true worth, she could have afforded healthcare and wouldn't have died from childbirth love potion that eventually resulted in a slum orphanage and could have raised Voldemort to be a better person. Or at least AWAY from the constant WWII bombing sites, which are implied to be the cause of his sociopathic tendencies. The death eaters would have likely rallied behind some other upcoming dark lord, but given how close-minded and relatively stupid the aristocratic gits are, they would likely elect a relatively harmless moron.being conceived.
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