Sally-Anne Perks is sorted before Harry as in canon; in reference to this fic, she is described as "a pale waifish girl who looked oddly ethereal - like she might mysteriously disappear the moment you stopped looking at her, and never be seen again or even remembered." Sure enough, she makes no further appearances.
Quirrel channels Darth Vader when he addresses the students of Hogwarts with "Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate you."
“Trying to navigate the halls of Hogwarts was like... probably not quite as bad as wandering around inside an Escher painting, that was the sort of thing you said for rhetorical effect…" “A short time later, Harry was thinking that in fact an Escher painting would have both pluses and minuses compared to Hogwarts.”
One of the notes written to Harry by the Game Controller is a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "Ten out of ten for style, but minus several million for good thinking."
In reference to this fanfic, Harry says "And if someone bumps into me the Time-Turner will not break and will not trap the whole castle of Hogwarts in an endlessly repeating loop of Thursdays."
McGonagall discusses the recent disastrous employments of two Defense professors, Professor Blake (who was caught with THREE fifteen-year-olds in a broom closet) and Professor Summers (who failed to teach material correct in the Harry Potter universe).
We learn that mindflayers were exterminated by Harold Shea. This matches with the original making allusions with historical wizards.
Both the Tragedy of Light and Gargoyles appear to be children's stories in the Wizarding World, the latter of which is meant to teach young Slytherins about a cunning businessman (unnamed, but assumed to be Xanatos).
A reference to the founders of Hogwarts fighting Lord Foul.
Harry extinguishes his light with the word dulak; the typical word for extinguishing light is nox, Harry instead used the word the Raistlin Majere used to darken the Staff of Magius in the Dragonlance series.
Harry's password includes the Marx brothers' "Swordfish", "friend" from the Lord of the Rings, and "melon", the Elvish word for "friend".
"I am going to be in Ravenclaw. And if you really think that I'm planning to do something dangerous, then, with respect, you don't understand me at all. I don't like danger, it is scary. I am being prudent. I am being cautious. I am preparing for unforeseen contingencies. Like my parents used to sing to me: Be prepared! That's the Boy Scout's marching song! Be prepared! As through life you march along! Don't be nervous, don't be flustered, don't be scared — be prepared!" (Harry's parents had in fact only ever sung him those particular lines of that Tom Lehrer song, and Harry was blissfully unaware of the rest.)
Later edited to replace Miles with Lupe Cazaril. Yudkowsky says that this is because Miles Vorkosigan is already attending Hogwarts.note And because apparently some people complained about Sci-Fi references in a fantasy novel. Which makes one wonder if they even read the previous 69 chapters.
Harry yells "Tunafish!" before triggering the flashbombs the Chaos Army had created using the energy stored in acorns. This is drawn from Nick Pollota's "Bureau 13" novels, in which the protagonists, a team of troubleshooters belonging to a secret government agency created to counter paranormal threats, use the same signal when they set off the flashbombs in their wristwatches. This becomes such a signature move for them that they refer to themselves in the later books as 'Team Tunafish'.
There is also a character called Mad Drongo in this chapter, although he goes by Adrian Turnipseed.
Quirrell is suspected to be a man called David Monroe, an inspiring figure throughout the last war. But he's not Less Wrong's OC; the character shares a name and reputation with one from nonjon's fic A Black Comedy. This David Monroe turns out to be a Tom Riddle created when the Diary horcrux ate Neville Longbottom; Quirrell/Monroe is Voldemort in disguise, after coming back from Albania. Perhaps the Diary was there in the Methods-verse? Both Monroes are at one point called 'the next Albus Dumbledore', too.
Harry: "Sir Gareth, owner of a transportation company that won the 19th-century invokedshipping wars... monopoly on oh-tee-threes... I see".