Characters: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
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Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres/The Boy-Who-Lived/General Chaos
- Ancient Tradition: Harry is shocked to find out that the motto of the Potter family is "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is Death," meaning the entire line has been trying to figure out resurrection/immortality since the Peverell brothers.Harry: [tearfully] How? Things like that can't just be, be genetic—
- Awesome by Analysis: Harry has a very strong tendency to explicitly look for flaws to exploit, thinking outside the box, taking the perspective no-one ever tried. His plans are both shameless and ridiculously audacious as a result.
- Badass Boast: To Lucius Malfoy.What kills Dark Lords, terrifies Dementors and owes you sixty thousand galleons?
- Badass Bookworm: Doubly so. A wizard AND a scientist.
- The Chessmaster: Unquestionably, but he's still too inexperienced to take it to the level of Dumbledore and Quirrell, and is often admonished for meddling without realizing the stakes involved. And when Quirrell finally shows his true colors, Harry is thoroughly out-gambitted, leading to the defeat of Dumbledore, Voldemort getting the Philosopher Stone necessary to get a new body, and allowing Voldemort to kill him whenever he wants.
- Child Prodigy: To the nth degree, although not in the sense of innate magical power as might have been expected - to Harry's own disappointment. He has managed to create two spells that do things the Wizarding world considers flatly impossible, though.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: As he put it, "When I hear a voice raised in desperate prayer it makes me feel guilty for not being god." Worse, absolutely everyone knows this about him.
- Confusion Fu: Harry isn't just gratuitously unpredictable, he is also very efficient about it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Harry is not very patient with what he perceives as stupidity, and will violently mock it, especially if it gets people hurt.
- Determinator: Heroic responsibility means you have to get the job done no matter what.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Harry is apparently the only wizard in history to have killed a Dementor.
- Ditzy Genius: Deconstructed. He's eleven years old, biologically immature and doesn't have the experience to make the best use of his intelligence socially.
- Encyclopaedic Knowledge: His (foster) father was an Oxford professor, his house is full of books, he is intensely curious and has the intelligence to assimilate the knowledge. Do the math.
- For Science!: Actually, for Humanity and/or for Truth, but Harry thinks Science is essential to serve the first and find the second.
- Freudian Excuse: Harry has a suspicious lack of one, bewildering McGonagall, as some of his behavior would imply an abusive childhood.
- Genre Savvy: When McGonagall tells Harry what really happened to his parents (Harry had been raised by his aunt and her husband with no explanation), Harry starts asking her which plot hooks might be left dangling, frequently making analogies to The Lord of the Rings.
- Grin of Audacity: He's usually represented with these in fanart. You can feel it in the text too, but they get much rarer after The Incident: Harry's gone grim.
- Guile Hero/Manipulative Bastard: The goals of a guile hero, the tactics of a magnificent bastard.
- Happily Adopted: Mostly.
- The Hero: At least that is how Dumbledore thinks of him.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Subverted, Deconstructed and ultimately played straight in his friendship with Quirell.
- Hypocrite: Harry explaining what cognitive biases others are falling for after demonstrating them gloriously and at great length himself is practically a Running Gag. For example he rather patronizingly explains to Neville that only Neville himself blames Neville for Hermione's death and he isn't responsible, after spending the preceding chapters blowing off all such reassurances from basically everyone in his life.
- Immortality Seeker: And not just for himself, for everyone.
- Innocence Lost: Harry becomes much more cynical after the Azkaban episode.And Harry just looked at the Defense Professor with cool eyes that would never flinch from anything; not even death, now. He was no longer in Azkaban, no longer fearful of the part of himself that was fearless; and the solid gemstone that was Harry had rotated to meet the stress, turning smoothly from one facet to another, from light to darkness, warm to cold.
- Innocently Insensitive: Towards Snape's past. He learned his lesson.
- Insufferable Genius: "I'm smarter and I know it. (*wiggles*)".
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Amongst muggle children, anyway. He's too involved with events in the Wizarding World for it to manifest at Hogwarts, and it never actually bothered him anyway. Hilariously invoked by himself to get rid of Ron."See? You have to be this smart to talk to me."
- Knight in Sour Armor: He realizes that the wizarding world is full of some really nasty people, but he still wants to do good and change it for the better. This is implied to be one of the ways that Dumbledore believes Voldemort to be his Dark Mirror; both Voldemort and Harry believe there aren't inherent moral principles, but Voldemort is a Nihilist who acts For the Evulz, while Harry is this trope.
- Large Ham: At age twelve, he talks like a book. And that's when he's being low key. When he tries to be a ham, it's spectacular.
- The Leader: He leads the Chaos Legion primarily as a type 1 with a bit of type 4.
- Mad Scientist: "I CAN DO MAGIC! FEAR ME, LAWS OF PHYSICS, I'M COMING TO VIOLATE YOU!"
- Master of the Mixed Message: Best exemplified in this ramble to Hermione:"I really didn't mean most of that the way it sounded! I'm sure that anyone taking the outside view of the whole situation and offering betting odds on who I finally married would assign a higher probability to you than anyone else I can think of --though not necessarily a probability higher than fifty percent, I mean, from the outside view there's a lot of other possibilities, and who I like before I hit puberty probably isn't all that strongly diagnostic of who I'll be with seven years later - I don't want to sound like I'm promising anything --and besides I've been reading about evolutionary psychology, and, well, there are all these suggestions that one man and one woman living together happily ever afterward may be more the exception rather than the rule, and in hunter-gatherer tribes it was more often just staying together for two or three years to raise a child during its most vulnerable stages - and, I mean, considering how many people end up horribly unhappy in traditional marriages, it seems like it might be the sort of thing that needs some clever reworking - especially if we actually do solve immortality -"
- Magnificent Bastard: In-universe. In chapter 4, Griphook is noted to be "favoring Harry with a gaze of frank respect, possibly even outright admiration" as Harry persuades McGonagall to let him withdraw more and more money.
- Memetic Badass: In-universe.
- Nerd-Cultured Badass
- One-Man Industrial Revolution: One of his many ambitions is to accomplish this by bringing tech to wizards and magic to Muggles.
- Overly Long Name: The natural consequence of taking on all possible applicable surnames. Possible an exaggerated way of demonstrating how modern and rational he and his family are (cf. The Maiden Name Debate).
- Patrick Stewart Speech: Uses them, most notably, as a prelude to invoke his Patronus. He's good at those.
- Sore Loser: First thing he thinks of after being shown up by Snape? How to destroy the potions professor.
- Spoiled Brat: More like homeschooled, but yeah, his parents were very doting.
- Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Harry is working on this, but Magic in the Potterverse acts according to narrativium and Rule of Funny, which makes no logical sense. He won't let that get him down, though.
- The Unfettered: He becomes this after Hermione's death.
- Tomato in the Mirror: The Reveal at the end of Chapter 104."Hello, Tom Riddle."
- Too Clever by Half: A quintessential example.
- You Keep Using That Word: As much as he talks up the philosophy, his approach isn't even similar to science beyond his first few experiments. To be expected, since he considers himself a rationalist first and foremost; the scientific method is empirical. He doesn't follow the scientific method so much as he thinks really hard about things until he gets an answer, which always works unless he missed something.
- Young Conqueror: Quirrell is trying to groom him into the darker sort. Harry himself hasn't decided if this is going to be necessary, and he'd rather revolutionize by example to avoid casualties.
Hermione Jean Granger
- Action Girl: After she starts her society for female heroes; but even before that she takes action whenever someone she cares about is in trouble.
- Back from the Dead
- Badass Bookworm: More of a classic example than Guile Hero Harry.Hermione Granger's bed was easy to identify; it was the one that had been attacked by a book monster.
- Beware the Nice Ones:Draco was beginning to realize, when he and Harry and Professor Quirrell had dismissed Miss Granger as having as much intent to kill as a bowl of wet grapes, they'd never seen her angry.
- Came Back Strong
- Child Prodigy: A more traditional sort than Harry, being exceptionally studious and driven to memorizing all her textbooks. Her determination towards academic excellence keeps her ahead of Harry in schoolwork and pleasing teachers, but has more difficulty with practical situations, especially at first.
- Distressed Damsel: While usually very capable, she finds herself unable to act when held on trial by the Wizengamot
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Her lower half was eaten by a troll.
- Friendly Rival: She and Harry have a bit of competition going on about who can earn more House Points and do better in class (hint: she tends to win), and this escalates even more when they're both generals of their student armies.
- Meta Girl: She's all to aware of how so many events around the school seemingly revolve around Harry, and takes efforts to not become merely a character in Harry's story.
- Genre Savvy: Hermione does frame events around her as if she were in a story, but she's more often seen trying to convince Harry that he isn't in a story, and that he should stop trying.
- Friendly Target: It is implied that twice, the villain goes after her to strike at Harry.
- The Leader: Type 2. She listens to the members of her Army and Society, and takes what they say into account when making decisions.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: She worries that she and Harry are growing apart, as she's still thinking about schoolwork and House points and he's got a war on his mind... so she decides to push herself harder to become an actual hero.
- Photographic Memory: Wishes she had this. At least she can remember exactly anything she reads five times.
- Sacrificial Lion: Just to show how evil the enemy is, he has a troll eat the legs of a twelve-year-old girl so she can bleed out through the stumps.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Early on, she intentionally tries to frame her relationship with Harry in romantic novel terms, because then it's perfectly natural for them to be bickering with each other and it doesn't mean she's at all evil or mean-spirited, right?
- Jewish and Nerdy: Like the author.
- Action Girl/Dark Action Girl: She's played up as Malfoy's most important lieutenant, and later joins SPHEW.
- Bastard Understudy: Possible Guile Hero understudy to Harry.
- The Dragon: By the end of the first term, she's replaced Crabbe and Goyle as this for Malfoy (in the Armies at least).
- Ship Tease: With Draco.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Invoked. She hates being too similar to her twin.
- Twin Switch: During the very complicated battle of traitors.
- Anti-Villain: His goal may be power, but at some point he realises he just has too much empathy to be the sadistic bastard he wants to be.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: All the time.
- Evil Chancellor: His family's dynasty basically revolves around this.
- A Father to His Men: Strange as it may seem, Dragon army is able to trust and rely on their Commander. When Crabbe and Goyle find their friendship with Draco getting into the way of following their orders from their parents, Draco tells them he won't get angry, no matter what they do.
- Genre Savvy: Draco likes to compare his own behaviour to the heroes in the opera/play performances that his father takes him to see.
- Heel-Face Turn: When Draco learns that wizards are not losing their powers because of interbreeding with muggles, he starts to come around to Harry's view even having a Rage Against the Mentor moment followed by a Heroic BSOD.
- Internal Reformist: Harry has been setting him up to be this.
- The Leader: Type 4, he really knows how to play his dignity as a noble for leadership.
- Missing Mom: Narcissa is dead in this continuity. According to Draco, Dumbledore burned her to death. It later turns out that Dumbledore faked her death and that she was actually Obliviated and hidden in Australia, in an interesting parallel with what Hermione did with her parents in canon.
- Only Sane Man: Often serves as a foil to the Slytherin's prejudice or to Harry's crazy awesome-ness.
- Overlord Jr.: Lucius has gone a long way to indoctrinate him on the value of blood purity and the notion that someone of his status can and should get away with anything.
- The Starscream: At least, in his own mind.
Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle
- Badass: Black belts by the time they are eleven.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Attempts to invoke this by dueling Neville, but it doesn't really take.
- Genre Savvy: Like most of the girls, she views events like a romance plot, and tries to invoke her own romance with Neville during one of the battles.
- Light Is Good: In Slytherin, no less!
- Only Sane Man: At least she thinks of herself that way. Though only up to a point."Well," Daphne whispered, keeping her voice as low as she could, "at least now I don't feel like the only sane person in Hogwarts any more."
"Because now you've got the rest of us as friends?" whispered Lavender Brown, who was tiptoeing along at her left side.
"I don't think that's what she means," General Granger murmured from Lavender's own left.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: quintuple, even. In a battle between only three armies.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: To remove the knowledge that he is a quintuple agent bringing him down to quadruple.
- Wild Card: Notable because he manages to pull this off amongst three armies of Wild Cards.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: 'The girl went on stalking through the corridor, like she had dramatic music accompanying her that only she could hear.' This may or may not be connected to her previous association in the Chaos Legion.
- Dark Magical Girl: After "sacrificing her soul" to Harry Potter.
- True Companions: One of the reasons why Harry promised her his protection.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Finds himself being forced to choose in Chapter 88. He chooses to be lawful and tries to keep Harry in the Great Hall where it's safe, and blames himself for Harry not arriving in time to save Hermione.
- True Companions: Even after Hermione dies and he blames himself he says:"I want to stay here and fight with you against - against whatever's happening."
- Doom Magnet: What Susan believes SPHEW to be.
- Masquerade: Suspected by the rest of SPHEW to be a "double witch", which is the magical world's version of someone who attends a super secret magic school.
- Only Sane Man: Probably the only one out of SPHEW, because she actually takes steps to prevent DOOM.
- Butt Monkey: Harry refuses to take him seriously.
- Demoted to Extra: He is one of the generals of Hermione's army and has a battle with Neville but is ultimately a minor character in this series.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: When Hermione is framed for the attempted murder of Draco, Ron sends his condolences and approval, but not because he thinks Hermione is innocent.
Fred and George Weasley
- Bash Brothers: They use their mental link to double-team enemies in battle, putting up a respectable fight against a troll.
- Beware the Silly Ones: While essentially figures of comedy not connected with the main plot they manage to pull off epic-scale pranks and are revealed as the heirs to Godric Griffindor when they pull his sword out of the sorting hat and double-team a magically-enhanced troll.
- Hive Mind: Wizard twins apparently form one, hence why in the past one of the pair was normally killed at birth. They can't actually transmit information, but they tend to think the same things given the same situation so the effect is similar. When they actually disagree they become extremely uncomfortable until they can come into agreement again.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manage to royally screw over Rita Skeeter by forging a betrothal contract between Harry and Ginny, manufacturing a lot of evidence that should have been impossible to forge, and did it all in a time frame of less than twelve hours and on a budget of forty galleonsnote
- Noodle Incident: ... And then Obliviated themselves so that if they got caught, they wouldn't be able to divulge the details. It's implied that this is a fairly common procedure for the twins whenever they achieve some kind of grand-scale prank.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: After Snape's apology speech...At the Gryffindor table, where a cake waited with fifty-one unlit candles, Fred whispered, "I think we may be out of our league here, George."note
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
- Because Destiny Says So: Many of his more bizarre actions are based on what he's learned from listening to prophecies - he doesn't understand why he has to do them, but he knows terrible things are going to happen if they don't.Dumbledore: [in a letter] When you were six years old I crushed a rock on your windowsill, and to this day I cannot imagine why.
- Cassandra Truth: He straight-up tells Harry that he's been behind everything bad that has ever happened to him in their first meeting; the absurdity of the conversation and the Chicken Incident prevent Harry from taking this seriously.
- Genre Savvy: He likes to frame himself as the wizard Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, and conversations between him and students are often framed in "young heroes" and "mysterious old wizard" terms.
- I Did What I Had to Do: According to Harry's inductions in chapter 46, after Dumbledore learned of Trelawney's prophecy, he had Snape push Voldemort into seeking out the Potters and killing them, in the hope that Voldemort's death would end the war. Harry notes that this trope was probably in play, but he's still pretty bothered that Dumbledore is seemingly directly responsible for his parents' deaths. Dumbledore admits it to have been the case in a much later chapter.
- Obfuscating Insanity: Maybe. He does set a chicken on fire to make Harry think he gets to see Fawkes's rebirth. Harry doesn't quite buy it.
- His plotting works like this too. He has a dozen or so plans going at any one time, all of which seem insane and only eight or nine have any actual deeper goal.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:“I have also been asked by Mr. Filch, the caretaker, to remind you all that no magic should be used between classes in the corridors. Alas, we all know that what should be, and what is, are two different things. Thank you for keeping this in mind.”
- Reverse Psychology: A favorite trick of his, most dramatically in the SPHEW arc. He also successfully pulled reverse-reverse psychology on Harry by being overly blatant about this trope.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Appears to be clinically depressed.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Used to believe this.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Has made his peace with death, and thinks everyone should do the same.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He tends to default to thinking he's in a much more straightforward story than he is. He also assumes that things revolve around Harry much more than they do, for instance S.P.H.E.W. was backed by at least four players over the course of the plotline (with Snape and Tonks being the main ones), but Dumbledore assumes that it was all Harry and Quirrell even though they only stepped in for the last battle.
- Animorphism: As in canon, she can turn into a cat.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She has this reaction when she realizes that Fred and George, being called to the front of an assembly to be recognized for their heroism, fully expect to be expelled for going against the letter of her orders to the students to stay put.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A sane, sensible teacher, and the reason Harry respects her so much. She starts with an unfortunate tendency to play the role little to seriously, but gets better as the story progresses.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: Watching her turn into a cat is what sets off Harry's first rant.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: He gets a few female students swooning for his dark-and-brooding persona every year. It seems to squick him out and annoy him more than anything.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Refuses to let his crush on Lily go, even a decade after her death, despite her being quite clear on having no interest in romance with him. Until a few students who don't know it's him he's talking about point out how pathetic this is, it totally dominates his life.
- Double Agent: Or so Quirrell thinks. He seems ready to assume that role, if and when Voldemort rises again.
- Evil Teacher: Or so Hermione thinks. Harry concludes it is part of his role. He himself is resigned to it, thinking his position means Dumbledore gave up hope of reforming Slytherin's House.
- Heel-Face Turn: Used to be a Death Eater, now protects first-year girls if he can.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Harry may have inadvertently shattered his loyalty to both Dumbledore and Lily's memory.
- Hidden Depths: Rianne Felthorne, for one, is taken aback by him turning out to have a quite complex inner life.
- I Have This Friend/… And That Boy Was Me: This is how he tells Harry he used to have a crush on Harry's mother.
- Internal Reformist: Implied to be the reason for his sabotage of some of Slytherin's more villainous efforts.
- Non-Player Character: Turned into one in chapter 105.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Hermione considers him to be this, making it all the more painful when he fails to defend her against Snape.
- Retired Badass: Was a dueling champion before he became a teacher.
- Special Attack: He invented a secret variation on the Stunning Hex that reorients when the target dodges; useless against shields, but a great finishing move. After he teaches it to Harry it proves decisive in several fights, especially since the very best fighters don't use shields at all.
Quirinus Quirrell/Tom Morfin Riddle/Lord Voldemort/David Monroe/Jeremy Jaffe
- Affably Evil: He's either this or a Byronic Hero.
- Animorphism: He's an unregistered snake animagus.
- Badass: Second best Warlock alive. Black belt, sixth dan.
- Byronic Hero: He's either this or Affably Evil. He does help some people, rescue others, and sometimes claims he does it for amusement.
- Crazy-Prepared: The steps taken by Quirrell to protect his plans led to the Space-Time Continuum telling Dumbledore that he was Too Late.
- Deadpan Snarker: Quirrell is very vocal about his opinions.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: See the horcrux in space for one example of this.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Even on the surface, he can only understand friendship and altruism in terms of power dynamics.
- Evil Mentor: Rather than try to kill Harry, he instead tries to bring him around to his point of view.
- Evil Sorcerer: Has dabbled in the Dark Arts, and even tells his class that it was his ambition when in school to become a Dark Wizard.
- Fallen Hero: Claims to be one to Hermione and Amelia Bones has identified him as one. It's not clear how this squares with him being Quirrelmort.
- Later we discover he was playing both sides as Monroe and Voldemort to manipulate everyone to fall in line to his plans.
- Genre Savvy: Quirrel and Harry often discuss the finer points of how to manipulate others and avoid being Hoist by His Own Petard, referencing stories and contrasting them with reality as they do so. "The role people play" is an element of Eliezer's writing that comes out frequently in this character.
- I Have Many Names: Says he can no longer keep track of them all.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: if you consider his canon character "historical". Quirrell goes from the one note, incompetent, card-carrying, borderline comical villain of whose background we know virtually nothing in The Philosopher's Stone into an extremely complex, supremely intelligent, mind blowingly dangerous person (because he's so complicated, it's hard to call him a full "antagonist").
- Internal Reformist: Stated by Quirrell to be his agenda towards Slytherin.
- Multilayer Façade: Started as Tom Riddle playing both Voldemort and Monroe. By the time of the series he's fully embraced the Voldemort persona, and Voldemort is possessing the real Quirrell and dropping hints that he's secretly Monroe in disguise. After his defeat, and Harry arranging the scene, everyone believes Monroe, pretending to be Quirrell, died heroically fighting Voldemort.
- Nineties Anti-Hero: What little we know of his "hero" days indicate that he was this type of hero.
- The Obi-Wan: The kind without an Obi-Wan Moment.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Second only to Minerva.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Harry notes that Quirrell is so ridiculously clever that he tends to arrive at the right deductions even if he's using the wrong evidence. He realizes in retrospect that that really should have set off some alarms.
- Self-Made Orphan: Took care of his own family issues long ago.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: When Harry objects to one of his speeches (promoting fascism no less), Quirrell claims that he only does this because he is very young.
- Springtime for Hitler: "Lord Voldemort" was supposed to be an over-the-top cliche villain who made stupid mistakes and was quickly defeated, intended to gain experience for the real run with the serious "evil genius" role he intended for his Monroe persona to beat, and just to get it out of his system. He ended up having to keep the character when he unexpectedly kept winning.
- Too Clever by Half: When he thinks he has people or a puzzle figured out, he will refuse to update his opinions until forced to do so. All of his major setbacks so far are results of systematically out-thinking himself. It eventually leads to his defeat.
- Villain Ball: In the last confrontation he makes a point of removing all of Harry's equipment, to the point that he's stripped naked. Then he lets Harry keep his wand while asking what the secret power Harry has that's prophesied to destroy him is. This results in Harry wiping out the Death Eaters and permanently vanquishing Voldy.
- Villainous Breakdown: He has a minor one after he realizes how affected Harry is by Hermione's death. He becomes obsessive and paranoid, to the point of ranting out a stream-of-consciousness version of his planning process in front of Professor McGonagall on the off chance she may be able to help him.
- Weapon of Choice: Avada Kedavra!
- You Are Too Late: Harry, my horcrux is in space! And if that fails I have hundreds more!
- Ignored Enamored Underling: To Voldemort.
- More Than Mind Control: Voldemort systemically tore her down and rebuilt her to love him, even knowing he did not love her in return. It was revealed later that he simply took advantage of mental damage that was already present when they met.
- Tragic Villain: Bella's had a tough life.
- Badass Grandma: She is old enough to be your grandma, tough enough to make everyone treat her with fear and respect.
- Da Chief: She leads the aurors.
- Good Is Not Nice: As we discover during the Azkaban Arc.
- Hero Antagonist: In the Azkaban Arc.
- Minor Major Character: Head of the Aurors and Dumbledore's chosen regent should he die before his real successor comes of age, but other than a single story arc where she leads the good guys she only has a few brief appearences. Her impact in the story is still so much that the reader might be surprised to realize that an important conversation with Harry in Chapter 119 is the first time they've met.
- Parental Substitute: To Susan Bones, her great niece.
- Badass: Hinted at by Harry's description of his appearance, has yet to be actually demonstrated.
- Big Bad: Dumbledore considers him to be this, with Voldemort as the Bigger Bad.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Quirrell considers him to be this.
- Crusading Widower: Promises to become one if anything happens to Draco.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While sharing secrets, Draco reveals that Lucius is supremely protective, even to the point of abandoning his political game to watch his son being taken care of at St. Mungo's.
- Evil Chancellor: To Fudge; somewhat subverted as by most measures that actually matter, Lucius is more powerful than Fudge in his own right.
- Fantastic Racism: As in canon, he is a notorious champion of blood purity.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Harry uses his (probably false) claim that he was placed under the imperius curse by Voldemort to insist on a blood debt from House Malfoy in return for killing Voldemort and "freeing" him.
- Papa Wolf: Don't mess with Draco.
- Would Hurt a Child: As evidenced by his willingness to send a twelve-year-old to Wizarding prison.
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
- Adaptational Badass: Moody was something of an Informed Badass in canon. In this fic his badassery is plain for all to see.
- Crazy-Prepared:(to Harry) "I'd say that's a little... paranoid... NOT PARANOID ENOUGH!"
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Tonks thinks so, but she is fond of him as a mentor.
- Good Is Not Soft: One of his defining character traits.
- Number Two: To Dumbledore.
- Properly Paranoid: His other defining character trait. Among other things, he figured out about "Monroe" being an imposter and a few more of Voldy's plans almost immediately, he just didn't manage to put them all together.
- Author Avatar: By Word of God.
- Retired Badass: In his heyday he was a war hero, but settled down to found Hogwarts and teach not Duel Magic, but Herbology.
- Too Clever by Half: According to Harry's deductions, he was clever enough to realize the true nature of Dementors, but not quite clever enough to figure out how to cast a true Patronus. The problem is, if you're stuck at this stage, you can't cast a Patronus at all.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Mildly deconstructed as Draco points out the disadvantages of being both the commander and the most powerful wizard: he needs to exhaust himself casting the powerful spells and risk himself in combat when he should be focusing on command.
- Badass Army: Draco tries to invoke this. He's still working on it until Chapter 78, where His army achieved a victory against Chaos and Sunshine, even managing to disabling Chaos's trump card against them. However, for Draco, being defeated by Hermione during the battle spoils everything.
- Enemy Mine: With Sunshine.
- Shout-Out: To Ender’s Game (Harry had attempted to claim the reference intentionally, but "Draco" threw a fit, and Quirrel allowed him the name instead).
- You Are in Command Now: Padma Patil has twice taken command of Dragon when Draco was taken down.
The Chaos Legion
- Catch Phrase: Seamus claims that Harry frequently says "I find your lack of skepticism disturbing" while doing the Vader-choke gesture.
- Chewing the Scenery: Are encouraged to do so.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Some members (especially Harry) are guilty of this.
- Crazy-Prepared: Do to Harry's extensive Science Fiction knowledge he already has general strategies for the exotic scenarios worked out. Lampshaded in the Lake battle, where it blows Malfoy's mind that the Chaos Legion had a plan for 3D fighting when Harry really just gave the "Why are you all upside down?" speech from Ender’s Game.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: Their theme song consists of nothing but the word Doom repeated over and over again to the tune of the Imperial Death March from Star Wars.
- Deus Exit Machina: Quirrel forces Harry to downsize Chaos after he curbstomps both other armies in the fourth battle. It works, they lose the next battle to Dragon.
- Game Breaker: In the Battles after Christmas break Harry starts using new or unexpected forms of magic in each battle to give himself an edge over the other armies.
- Handicapped Badass: Harry is forced to split up his army. However, he manages to do a good job at fighting with his remaining forces, and may have possibly won if the Dragon Army hadn't copied their trick.
- Mildly Military: Harry doesn't even attempt to impose any kind of military discipline. This turns out to be a cunning plan; by the time the other armies are crippled by all the traitors, the Chaos army has mostly got it out of their system and is the most reliable of the three.
- Obviously Evil: Rigorously enforced by General Chaos, just for Lulz.
- Only Sane Man: Seamus says that when you first join the Chaos Legion it seems like everyone in it is insane, then after a while you realize everyone else is insane. It turns out later that Harry had been training them in basic rationality, including anti-conformity drills.
- Shout-Out: Mainly to Warhammer, H.P. Lovecraft, Ender's Game, Starwars, and Monty Python.
The Sunshine Regiment
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Dragon Army's insignia is a flame. Chaos Legion's is a pair of fingers, poised to snap. Sunshine Regiment's is a smiley face.
- Enemy Mine: With Dragon.
- The Hero: Hermione Granger.
- Lethal Joke Character: Intentionally invoked both by themselves and Quirrell. On their part it's by embracing a Tastes Like Diabetes persona to make their opponents underestimate them, most dramatically in the first battle. On Quirrell's side he put Hermione in charge, even though he and the other captains agree she has no chance... and then also put every one of their suggestions for a third captain under her control, knowing that she would be smart enough to call on their tactical abilities to supplement her own.
- The Strategist: Ron Weasley
- Tastes Like Diabetes: Intentionally.