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Dementors End Up Being Analogous To CryonicsThe Dementors were made by some precursor wizards and they have the kiss to preserve people after death, so they could be resurrected in the case of a magical singularity. Since they were so important, they were made very sturdy, almost but not quite impossible to destroy.
Harry's Odd sleep Cycle Means somethingPerhaps it is a clue about his dark side. Maybe it has something to do with Quirrells zombie mode.
The Horcruxes are lost in the four elements and in space.In Chapter 46, Quirrell asks Harry "if you wanted to lose something where no one would ever find it again, where would you put it ?". Harry suggests putting it in the molten core of Earth, one kilometer in the ground, at the bottom of the ocean, in the stratosphere or in space. As we already know Pioneer is Horcruxed, it seems Quirrell did the same with the four other suggestions, which makes sense with the end of the dialogue.
Lucius Malfoy thinks Harry is Voldemort.Reread the conversation in chapter 38 particularly this part: "When I read your response to Professor Quirrell's little speech," said the white-haired man, and chuckled grimly. "I was puzzled, at first, for it seemed not in your own interest; it took me days to understand whose interest was being served, and then it all finally became clear. And it is also obvious that you are weak, in some ways if not others."
Harry is Voldemort.
Quirrell is a basilisk.
Dumbledore is the antagonist.
Dumbledore is NOT the antagonist.
Dumbledore WAS evil, but went insane/good after fighting Voldemort.
Harry is betrothed.
Magic in MoR-verse comes from Spiral Power.Yudkowsky definitely knows about the show ("Breaking Drill Hex" has the incantation *Lagann!*), and something like Spiral Power would integrate well with Muggle science while still throwing everything Harry knows about the universe for a complete loop. It would also explain how Hermione won battles: being someone who makes friends and fights for them, she has access to more Spiral Power than Manipulative Bastard Draco or Chaotic Neutral Harry.
Harry will create a superintelligent friendly AI using magic or magical objects.Since Eliezer Yudkowsky is writing this fic, it seems highly probable that artificial intelligence will pop up sooner or later. Plus, we already saw early on that magic can create conscious, friendly intelligences (the Sorting Hat). Harry's goal — to discover the secret structure of magic so he can reorganize the universe — may be beyond him as a child, but creating a magical superintelligence to do it for him may not be.
Harry will create a superintelligent, seemingly friendly but actually horribly broken AI using magic or magical objects. It eats everyone.Because Eliezer's thoughts on the subject mostly run to how consistently hard it is to make a safe AI, despite making an AI at all getting easier with every passing year. Harry wouldn't have a prayer, and Eliezer knows it. Harry does not.
The Pioneer Plaque isn't really the most secure place to put a Horcrux.If wizards can Apparate anywhere, they can Apparate into outer space, too; they just need to wear a spacesuit or its magical equivalentnote , and to know where they're going. Apparition being limited to the speed of light (Quirrell regrets not being able to go to the stars) could be a nuisance, but it shouldn't stop them from getting there.
The Pioneer Plaque is no longer viable as a Horcrux for Voldemort.As has been stated, at the start of Harry's first year the thing was already 280 light-minutes away. If magic in the Potter-verse is, as apparation limits seem to suggest, Slower Than Light, then the Horcruxes ability to tether a soul to the mortal world must also be Slower Than Light. Furthermore, there could be any number of space objects to block the signal somehow, even if the Horcruxes are somehow all on a Subspace Ansible style setup. Long story short? Whatever maximum range of effectiveness the Horcruxes have, the Plaque has long since left it. Alternatively, the Pioneer horucrux still works correctly, but after all the other horucux have been destroyed, and Voldemort is killed, his disembodied spirit is drawn to his last remaining horucrux. He will spend the next several millenia wandering in interstellar space with the pioneer probe. Arguably, Voldemort might not consider this a bad fate.
Canon!Harry would have been this smart if his aunt and uncle hadn't abused him.Child abuse isn't good for your brain development, but canon!Harry doesn't show too many signs of it. This is because instead of starting out normal and ending up with big problems, he started out as a genius and ended up Brought Down to Normal.
Quirrellmort isn't trying to kill Harry because he already tried it, and it didn't work. That, and he figured out that he accidentally turned Harry into a Horcrux.
The rock that Dumbledore gave Harry is actually the Philosopher's Stone.The heavily guarded hallway is just a decoy. This Dumbledore is hiding it where nobody would think to look.
The rock is a perfectly ordinary rockDumbledore wanted Harry's efforts diverted from wreaking chaos. He may have anticipated Harry's transfiguration plans, and believed that this would be an excellent exercise to improve Harry's magical prowess.
The rock that Dumbledore gave Harry is in fact the Resurrection StoneDumbledore tells Harry it is his father's, i.e. James Potter's, rock. And the Peverell brothers were brothers. The third brother explicitly was the last to die. Most inheritance laws anywhere ever have given possessions of the deceased to relatives, especially men. Why wouldn't Deathly Hallows run in the family?
"One killing curse will bring it down!"A critical scene in the first book is that of the trio taking down the troll in the girl's restroom. As Draco has largely supplanted Ron's role in this fic, his method for surviving such an encounter may provide an interesting twist in the future narrative. What's an Avada Kedavra amongst friends, after all? "There is a time and a place for taking your enemy alive, and inside a Hogwarts classroom is usually one of those places." If Draco leaves her be, there's no reason for Hermione to get cornered in a bathroom this time, after all...
Mr. Hat and Cloak is...
The Incident with the Science Fair Project involved showing up with a nuclear bomb.Not only would this be an appropriate pop-culture reference to allude to for a Child Prodigy, it would also actually be about twice as severe as what he inflicted upon poor Deputy Headmistress McGonagall. And Harry's crazy enough to do it.
The diary Quirrellmort gives Harry isn't really Roger Bacon's.It's Tom Riddle's. (or both)
How Rita Skeeter was fooled
Fred and George used PolyjuiceRita Skeeter was never fooled at all. Fred and George pretended to be Rita Skeeter and published the article in her name using poly-juice potion and a few other things, taking advantage of the fact that Rita Skeeter had gone undercover to follow Quirrel after his plot to get her into Mary's room. It's obvious when you look at it. They never 'warmed' the top of the plate. They just flipped the plate over! They never fooled Rita, they fooled the other people in the newspaper company!
Quirrel did itHis confusion was an act, Fred and George's conclusion that they agreed to be Obliviated was incorrect, he had more reason to believe Skeeter was in the room than simply knowing her secret and deducing that was a place she was likely to hang out.
Rita's was shown doctored memoriesAs Quirrel explains, changing the actual records that Rita cited in her report, and then changing them back, should have been impossible. Therefore, the records weren't changed. Rita came to be convinced of their contents without ever having seen them. One way that I can think of to do this would be for the Weasley twins to mess with their own memories, Obliviated themselves (so they forgot that the fake memories were fake), used a Pensive to extract the fake ones, gave them to Rita, and then Obliviated themselves again (so they forgot the fake memories completely). Or something like that. Rita, because she didn't really care about accuracy, never bothered to check that the actual records matched the memories.
Dumbledore did itDumbledore is mentioned in the fic as being extremely skilled at transfiguration. He has legitimate access to the Wizengamot proceedings, and so could have transfigured the relevant transcript to alter its text. It would have reverted on its own some hours or days later. Likewise, the wedding contract could have been transfigured from something tiny, or from thin air, and reverted within the vault after it had served its purpose (just because Harry couldn't transfigure air on his first try doesn't mean it's impossible). Dumbledore has excellent motivation for this; he's presently playing the game against Lucius Malfoy, and Rita Skeeter is Lucius's pawn. This would also explain Dumbledore's later "accidental" gift to the Weasley twins (it's pretty clear from their explorations of the forbidden corridor that he's been grooming them as useful pawns).
Rita Skeeter did itThe twins told Rita that they had the scoop of a lifetime, and gave her some of the highlights of the insane theory they were peddling, then told her they had evidence to back it up but it was all highly sensitive and they'd have to obliviate her after she saw it, so she wouldn't know who they were or how they'd found the information. After being allowed to write down that plan, she agreed. The twins first asked her write down all the details before providing evidence, so she would know what the evidence was supposed to spport. After this, when they were supposed to give her evidence, they obliviated her. Rita awoke thinking she must've had one hell of a reason to write all that down so, rather than second guessing herself, she assumed she must've been shown the evidence as promised.
This timeline is a result of one or more peggy sueIn chapter 29 Bill is likely to be one, he might be a test subject with this information we can assume that the influence of one or more peggy sue is possible, one that is very likely might be Voldemort himself, much more genre savvy than he former version
Quirrel isn't Voldemort hostWhy he doesn't cause headaches or any pain when near Harry? The answer: someone else is the host. Quirell, however, still has a deep connection with Voldemort.
Bill Weasley isn't a Peggy SueHis delusions are actually caused by Peter Pettigrew, possible because Bill find out his secret or something similar, so Peter altered his mind to make him look crazy and faked his own death afterwards, not many people would take time to exam a rat's corpse when a family member went crazy.
Bill is a Peggy Sue from a universe similar to canonIn the universe that Bill is from, the rat really was Pettigrew, so Bill isn't insane, but in this universe the rat is just a rat (and a bunch of other things are also different), so Bill looks completely insane to everyone else.
Someone will turn out to use the Imperius Curse oddly for fun and profitMore specifically, at least one savvy individual will turn out to habitually use the Imperius Curse on themselves and/or consenting others as a substitute for normal willpower (to help overcome/override fears, addictions, apathy etc.). Just because the fact that nobody in the books even considered peaceful and self-directed/consensual uses of mind control always bugged me. Plus it'll cleverly highlight the discrepancy between what intelligent, sane people know to be rational and what they actually do.
Harry Potter is Shinji IkariLets go over the signs:
Quirrelmort is only as smart as he is because Harry's horcrux redirects some of Harry's I.Q. to Voldemort.And this competency explains every other discrepancy in the fanfic. Except Dumbledore's silliness. That was always there.
Harry's father's rock is actually Harry's father.James, either mortally wounded or otherwise doomed, transfigured himself into a rock.
Luna can see beyond the fourth wallThink about it. She tells her father what she sees, events that are happening in a relative 'future', in other Harry Potter fanfics. Being a girl on the cusp of puberty, her sight naturally gravitates towards yaoi in her early attempts to control the ability. Her father takes her visions to be that of a Seer, and publishes them front page every time she shares one.
Harry kills Voldemort, but allows him to 'inhabit' his Horcrux.This has been so heavily foreshadowed, in my opinion, that it may not count as wild. The prophecy in this verse is altered specifically to allow a "remnant" to remain outside of this world...in the absence of an afterlife, what else could that mean? And numerous comments from PresumablyVoldemort!Quirrell suggest that he'd consider this a happy ending—sleeping for millenia surrounded by the beauty of space, away from the world he'd dearly wish to leave.
Quirrell's master plan is to set up a recursive HorcruxingTo elaborate: Quirrell is aware that Harry is a Horcrux. He wants to somehow get Harry to use HIM as a horcrux. Then it will be logically impossible for either of them to die. So he gets eternity to enjoy torturing and/or ruling the world with the boy who lived.
Harry is going to discover a way to mass-produce Philosopher's StonesBeing the only source of non-evil life extension in canon, the Philosopher's Stone is exactly the kind of thing that MoR!Harry would be desperate to get his hands on and then give to everyone else.
Harry isn't going to be able to get the stone like in the first bookThe spell that Dumbledore used, had the restriction that it should be someone that didn't want to use the Philosopher's Stone. Harry would every much like the idea of using one.
Harry's father's rock is just a rockI can easily see James setting up a situation that would make his son carry around an ordinary rock for the rest of his life.
The pattern of the horcruxesWe know where one horcrux is: in space. We know Quirrell found Harry's ideas of where to imprison a Dementor to be suspiciously interesting: in the earth's core; in solid rock; sunk in the Marianas Trench; floating in the stratosphere; and shot into space. Now, in canon, four of the horcruxes are in artifacts belonging to the Founders, whose Houses correspond to the classic alchemical elements: Gryffindor is fire, Ravenclaw air, Slytherin water, and Hufflepuff earth. Quirrell, as a wizard, saw the same alchemical pattern in Harry's suggestions: fire (earth's molten core), earth (solid rock), water (Marianas Trench), air (stratosphere), and aether (space). Harry, on the other hand, still hasn't read his Roger Bacon!
Why Harry and Hermione can't cast an animal Patronus, but can't tell anyone whyDementors represent Death and its power to inspire fear, hopelessness, and despair. Animal Patronuses represent irrational faith in life after death; they are symbols of the wizard or witch's self-image of their immortal soul. (For comparison, see the Egyptian depictions of the soul as a bird.)
Lily didn't use a potion to help Petunia.When Lily said that there wasn't a potion that could help Petunia lose weight and become more beautiful, she was pretty much on the mark. When Petunia got to the point of saying risking death was worth it... Lily brewed up a potion that was generally placebo... and applied a self-improvement Imperius.
Vold!Quirrell is HarryVold!Quirrell is actually an old Harry, who has removed the limitations on the Time Turner. He attempts to kill himself as a kid (perhaps some kind of crisis of consciousness, knowing he's failed at becoming a god/attempting to unify the Muggle and Magic worlds) to break the Stable Time Loop but fails because, well, it's stable. He's now showed up to Hogwarts at the same time as his kid self in an attempt to mentor himself and, in a kinder-gentler-subtler fashion, break the Stable Time Loop, or perhaps he realizes he must fulfill it. Explains why he's always so dang curious about what Harry thinks about things, especially off the top of his head; relates to Harry's horror at watching himself pull Neville out of the ring of bullies. Or, yeah, I'm seeing how time travel is so stupidly powerful that it lets you explain anything however you like. It's limited by Stable Time Loops, but barring attempting to do things the Author hasn't made up his mind on yet (P = NP) you get to do anything you want to the world. - AF802CAA
Voldemort voluntarily retired from Dark Lord status, with Dumbledore's knowing assistancePer early chapters, Quirrelmort realized early on that he didn't want to be a dark lord (the requirements for being a successful, rational one made it pointless). The description of Voldemort's final attack in "Humanism" very carefully avoids confirming that he tried using the Killing Curse on Harry, and in fact suggests that a different spell was used (the "strange word" unknown to Harry that Harry hears in the memory). Forming a horcrux requires sacrificing a living person. Voldemort's original form was almost completely annihilated during his attack. This could have been due to him using himself as the life-force to create a horcrux in Harry (or possibly elsewhere), and incidentally fulfilling a prophecy at the same time (destroying all but a remnant of himself). More mundane forms of destruction (not forming a horcrux) would also work, given that he had horcruxes already in place to prevent true death. Per "Humanism" part 4, Harry knows that Dumbledore thought that setting up the attack on Harry's family will immediately end the war. The most direct way for that to be the case would be for Dumbledore to have formed an agreement with Voldemort for exactly that to occur, per Voldemort's desire to retire. Retiring with the knowing assistance of Dumbledore is consistent with Dumbledore offering Quirrelmort sanctuary when threatened by Dementors in "humanism". It is also consistent with Dumbledore carefully not investigating the Aura of Doom around Quirrelmort. It at first appears inconsistent with Dumbledore's strong opposition to Dark Lord Voldemort's dark-lording, but it becomes consistent if providing sanctuary and setting up Voldemort's apparent death is seen as part of the "sacrificing everything" that Dumbledore mentions doing when describing the war to Harry. Dumbledore wanted to stop Voldemort's terror campaign at any cost - even if the cost was helping him retire. How Quirrel ended up as the host for Voldemort's consciousness is left as an exercise, but as this happened in canon too, it's assumed to be a solvable puzzle. How Voldemort convinced Dumbledore that he'd uphold his end of the deal is also left as an exercise.
Quirrellmort is hedging his bets, both recruiting and trying to eliminate Harry.
Quirellmort knows about the resurrection stone.
Dumbledore broke up Lily and Severus.Lilly used to date Severus, but Dumbledore deliberately broke them up by writing helpful notes in her potions textbook.
"Lily thought her boyfriend was the one writing them and they had the most amazing fights."
The "hint" in chapter 45 is...
Harry can't hear dementors
the "important task" McGonagall got called away from
How come the Dementor knows and singles out Quirell for hunting him?
What happened to Fawkes?
The story behind Narcissa Malfoy's death is...
Quirrelmort is intelligent not because of some complex Peggy Sue or leeching of IQ...But because like pretty much everyone else he was upgraded significantly. This isn't a For Want of a Nail fic, this is a fullblown AU. Harry is not the only character changed from Canon, and it clearly does not all originate from harry himself. If Voldemort was as incompetent as Rowling wrote him, then Improved!Dumbledor would've beaten him the first time around, and if not, Harry would've already defeated him. Similarly, this is why many other parts of The Sorcerers Stone are no longer applicable: they're incredibly stupid and don't fit with the message, theme, or modified characters of MoR.
The "quote" right before chapter 1 is about...
Voldemort is a Dark General.Thus handily explaining Harry's dark side: his Yamiko got awakened and re-fused with him as part of some plan to make him more sympathetic to Voldemort. This also explains why he did something stupid like massacring the only dojo teaching the martial art he wanted to learn: being Yamiko, he has very limited self-control at best and being refused pushed it to its limit.
The difference divergence points and it's consequencesJust wanted to group the general know points where this universe is diferent from Canon, or at least inferred to be different. And speculate how it got this way.
Most witches are Yaoi Fan GirlsCause: Unknown/Unexplained
Narcissa died, Dumbledore claims to be the killer.Consequences: This might be the reason why Lucius is a more caring father. It is a point agaisnt Harry trusting dumbledore
The reason everyone is so much smarter in this fanfic than they are in canon is that their ancestors were all exposed to the Wold Newton meteorite from Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton family storiesIt would handily reduce the points of divergence to one without contradicting anything.
Harry Potter is in fact Doctor HorribleDoctor Horrible: The world is a mess and I just need to rule it. Rational!Harry: I don't want to rule the universe. I just think it could be more sensibly organized. Close enough, don't you think?
The prophecy by Prof. Trelawny in chapter 21"He is coming, the one who will tear apart the very-" is all we get to hear of it. It isn't about Harry or Voldemort, as they've both already arrived at Hogwarts. This leaves:
In this universe, the prophecy actually applies to Neville LongbottomIn the chapter where Harry asks Minerva about the prophecy, it is strongly implied that at the very least, the author has heard of this theory.
Quirrell is a self-aware, defective backup of Voldemort.A Horcrux is not a soul fragment or a ghost. It is a backup of the brain-state of the caster, stored on some physical medium. (Think Joss's Doll House or Charles Stross's Glasshouse here, among other sources.) Restoring from this backup, however, requires a target to restore onto; with current levels of magic technology, that means a living human being's brain, which is overwritten with the restored brain-state. Thus, it isn't creating a Horcrux that requires committing murder, but rather restoring from it: you have to overwrite some poor schlub's brain with the recorded personality. The reason that creating Horcruxes is still considered Dark is that creating one implies a prior commitment to kill someone (or have your followers kill someone) later on. MoR!Quirrell is not Voldemort, as such. He's a damaged restore of Tom Riddle's backed-up brain-state, from early enough on that Riddle wasn't yet a Dark Lord; he was a Dark-leaning wizard who wanted to teach at Hogwarts but wasn't allowed to (possibly because Dumbledore's schizophrenia was still being successfully treated back then). But the restore is defective, in two ways: First, the restore process didn't work right; it left Quirrellmort spending much of his time catatonic, and possibly left some fragments of Quirrell's original personality. And second, Quirrellmort knows he's a backup, specifically of a guy who got himself killed while trying to kill a baby. He's pretty appalled by that, for both the moral failings and the utter lack of style, and he's resolved to do a little better this time.
Quirrelmort's consciousness is at the Pioneer probe when he's in zombie-mode.If horcruxing in this fic lets you transfer your consciousness between the host entities that are horcruxes, Quirrelmort's zombie phases are explainable by his consciousness mostly being elsewhere (either leaving a residual amount moving the body, or handing the body back to whatever vestige of its original mind is left). Quirrelmort seems to very much enjoy the view from the Pioneer probe, so that's arguably where he spends most of his off-hours (explaining the frequent zombie-quirrel periods). If that was true, why would he let people see him that way? Better do 'zombie out' in private.
Quirrelmort encourages Harry's occlumency lessons because it would invalidate testimony from Harry.Testimony under veritaserum is invalid if the person testifying is an occlumens. It's considerably safer for Quirrelmort to give Harry potentially incriminating information if he knows that Harry would be unable to testify usefully about it.
Dumbledore wasn't fooled by Harry's false wisdom, but was playing him for his own purposes.Per the author's notes, nobody in this fic ever holds the idiot ball. Dumbledore has demonstrated that he is skilled at spotting manipulation, skilled at performing manipulation, and capable of holding his own while playing the Game with experienced Slytherins. Therefore, in the discussion with Harry about death and the afterlife, Dumbledore didn't buy Harry's pattern-matched platitude wisdom, but pretended to do so for his own reasons (steering Harry's perception of him, steering the conversation, or some other reason entirely).
Lucius Malfoy really was (at least initially) imperiused into joining the Death Eaters.Lucius is really the sort of person who benefits from a corrupt government, since he knows how to manipulate the levers of power.
Quirrell is using the Elder Wand.In the duel in Chapter 54, Quirrell is protected by a nigh-invulnerable shield that intercepts and holds any magic sent towards him. The effect persists when he's incapacitated, and goes away when he discards his wand. In canon, the Elder Wand makes its master nigh-undefeatable in a duel; this is consistent with the effects described in Chapter 54.
Bellatrix Black is a horcrux.For Harry to undertake the Azkaban trip is understandable: it's already been established that he thinks it's a ridiculously inhumane institution, he's heard an argument from someone he trusts that an innocent (by some definitions) person is imprisoned there, he's had a person he trusts assure him that the rescue mission will very likely succeed, and he's idealistic enough to believe that the whole undertaking is worthwhile. Quirrell, on the other hand, is neither idealistic nor altruistic. His scheme relied on someone he knew to be erratic (Harry), and he'd have known how badly it could go wrong (probably several ways in which it could do so). Quirrelmort wants to live forever, so taking this kind of risk would require a very strong reason to do so. Quirrell doesn't seem the type to care about Bellatrix's alleged domination, especially if Quirrell is indeed Voldemort (the one who imposed it in the first place). Therefore his motivation is something that hasn't been explicitly mentioned but that's overwhelmingly important to him (important enough to go on this hare-brained trip the instant he had access to someone whose patronus made it feasible, rather than waiting a couple of decades for Harry to gain more self-control). The risk makes sense if Bellatrix was a Voldemort horcrux. If he still retains a link to her while she's stuck in Azkaban, it explains why Quirrell displays many of the personality traits Harry did when partly-Demented, and why he's especially vulnerable to Dementors (he's already under constant exposure through the quiescent link; direct exposure makes it far worse). As a horcrux, she can't easily be killed (and he likely wouldn't want to, as she'd contain a part of his mind-state even if it was inactive). Rescuing her becomes the preferred, and urgent, option.
Bellatrix's dummy's potion is a Harry PolyjuiceQuirrell left a flask with bits of golden fluid in Bellatrix's cell. Polyjuice of Harry is one notable golden fluid in canon, so this might be some sort of clue purposely left to confuse the investigation: Was it Harry or was it Memorex?
Quirrell was not Voldemort; he was the man behind VoldemortThe story he tells of the Martial Artists sounds a lot like a teacher sending an apprentice to learn something from a fellow master... and the student failing utterly.
When Voldemort "died", what was left of his soul and memories merged with Harry. Look at the following quotes:
I had the strangest feeling that I knew him...Like meeting someone who had been a friend, once, before something went drastically wrong.
"Harry, I've seen a lot of abused children in my time at Hogwarts, it would break your heart to know how many. And, when you're happy, you don't behave like one of those children, not at all. You smile at strangers, you hug people, I put my hand on your shoulder and you didn't flinch. But sometimes, only sometimes, you say or do something that seems very much like... someone who spent his first eleven years locked in a basement. Not the loving family that I saw."
Sirius "escaped" from Azkaban by never going there.When Harry asks if it's possible Sirius escaped from Azkaban, Minerva answers that nobody ever has. Harry speculates that a wizard prison might really be nearly 100% inescapable, and "The best way to get out would be to not go there in the first place." That line stood out to me at the time for some reason. But now, we have the prisoner in Azkaban who's constantly saying to himself "I'm not Sirius, I'm not Sirius." If we assume that's a prisoner who Sirius sent to Azkaban in his stead, we can deduce a little more from that. "I'm not Sirius" is not a happy thought, or the dementors would have eaten it. That implies that the person there knows he deserves to be there more than Sirius does. That points to Peter Pettigrew. How did Sirius make the switch? Perhaps in this universe, Peter and Sirius's animagus forms were each other? Seems like the wizard version of matching tattoos. Finally, I'm guessing that Sirius is still an inveterate prankster with a complexity addiction, and he's Mr. Hat and Cloak as well as Harry's guardian angel.
Bellatrix will be used in the restoration ritual from Goblet of FireProbably why Voldemort wanted her so badly, plus she was his most powerful warrior.
Quirrell was Voldemort's "seduction victim"In Chapter 61, Dumbledore describes three ways Voldemort could return to life:
The Pioneer anomaly......was caused by the Quirrell's spell.
The author REALLY wants to introduce Luna
Sybill Trelawney isn't a fraud
Gilderoy Lockhart isn't a fraud
Gilderoy Lockheart is a fraud...
The fic will not extend past Harry's first year.Because Harry is just that awesome.
Quirrel's "Plot" to grant all three wishes...Is to wait until just before the Ravenclaw vs Slytherin game, then convince both teams' seekers to agree not to go after the snitch until both teams have earned at least a thousand points, or better yet until they've both earned whatever the record number of points any house has earned in a year was. This ensures that one or the other will be guaranteed to win the house cup, and the other will still shatter historical records. It also guarantees the rules of Hogwarts Quidditch will be changed, since the exploit will become very obvious and nobody (least of all the other players who have to go at it for hours and hours) will want it used again. It's exactly the kind of plan Harry would come up with, so I won't put it past Quirrel either. It was even foreshadowed when Harry incredulously learned that Quidditch Points translate directly to House points. This ties up all three wishes so neatly, and fits the tone of the story in so many ways, that I am putting my name on it just so I can say I called it later.
Harry's Superpowered Evil Side is Voldermort's "Darkness"Quirrellmort knows that Harry holds a piece of his soul when Harry tells him about his dark side, and he has correctly assumed that it's mostly the part that held the madness from all of his dark rituals and that's what makes Quirrellmort's goals change/take a different approach than Voldemort's.
Because Quirrelmort is Voldemort, he will be allowed to stay beyond the usual one year as Defense ProfessorBet you Voldemort added a loophole when he cursed the job, just in case he ever did get it; he wouldn't want to be forced out of the Defense job by his own curse. Also, I just can't imagine this fic without the Magnificent Bastard that is Quirrelmort.
Voldemort is hiding in Quirell's wandThis explains why Harry's sense of doom decreases when Quirell snakifies (his wand is now merged with him, and no longer in Harry's immediate presence). It also explains why he throws away his wand when the killing curse and patronus interfere.
Harry's dark side is a very cynical adult wizardBut all the adult's personal memories have been obliviated. This explains the rememberall, McGonagall's observation, Harry's expectation that magic is real before he sees any, Harry's familiarity with the turn-left/go-down rule and the fact that Harry's dark side is not remotely childlike.
There are at least two Patroni 2.0. The normal one is powered by forcing oneself to think about something other than death, and thus holds Death at bay. Harry's is based on the absolute rejection of death as a part of the natural order, and thus is able to kill Death. Dumbledore, though, actually thinks of death as a part of nature, and does not fear it. Since he accepts death, and does not force himself to think of anything else, that could itself easily lead to an alternate version that controls Death.
Voldemort didn't learn to make Horcruxes from a book.
The story will end in absolute disasterThe centaurs warned Lily that "the world would end if she were nice to her sister." They tend to be right. Desperate, with enemies on all sides, Harry will miscalculate the yield when conjuring an antimatter bomb or similar weapon.
Quirrelmort is the only one able to cast the "Star Light" spellThe view from the spell is of space with no major objects impeeding it is. no Sun, no planets. Since the Pioneer probe is a Horcruxe and at the time of the story in remote space with no major objects within range then its logical to assume that the view of the "Star Light" spell is of what the HorcruxePioneer probe can "see". The unfortunate implication would be that Harry will never be able to learn the spell.
The following Quibbler articles are misinterpreted visions
Harry will at some point bite a professor who has bitten him first, probably Quirrel in snake mode.
There will be a plot-significant Malfoy-Nott friendship.Check out the parallels in chapter 67: Daphne duels Neville while planning to start a Romance with him, Hermione duels her best friend Harry, and Nott duels Malfoy. According to Word of Rowling, Malfoy respects Nott as equally noble and slightly cleverer—similar to how he thinks of Potter in Mo R. Nott might be Malfoy's pick to initiate into the Bayesian Conspiracy and start reforming Slytherin House.
The entire wizarding war was just a setup by Voldemort to take over the world in the body of Harry Potter.Whether or not Quirrel is Voldemort, it seems clear that Quirrel (or maybe Q's wand) and Harry share some "essence". It seems unlikely that Quirrel is a Peggy Sue of future Harry (if so, where does Harry's dark side come from, and what disaster is he going back to avert? Fails Occam's razor). Therefore, the best theory is that both Quirrel and Harry's dark side are (fragments of) Voldemort. It is clear that Quirrel himself is aware of the "doom" involved in physically or magically touching Harry, and Q hasn't shown any curiosity about that effect, so we can imagine that Quirrel has a (probably correct) theory about the cause. If Quirrel is Voldemort, he is already extremely powerful and engaged in the real world, and his drooling/pass-out Quirrel periods seem to be a manageable nuisance. So he is probably angling for something more than simple reincarnation. The wizard war seems to contain many idiot balls. Rather than just excusing these as being grandfathered in from canon, we could wonder if there's a deeper plot. Who benefits? The people who got hero status. Specifically, Harry Potter, or anyone who is believed by the wizarding world to be Harry Potter. (Also Dumbledore, but it seems clear that Dumbledore and Quirrel are enemies.) So if Voldemort could use the horcrux to move from Quirrel's body to Harry's, that would explain a lot. Not everything, though. For instance, why does Quirrel apparently care about Harry's education (unless he expects the "Harry" personality to survive as a subordinate, which would create a whole series of problems)? I guess that Voldemort might just want someone to optimize the world, and trust Harry to do a good job - but that also seems very out of character. So there are still problems with this theory, but since I've just found this page, I thought I'd put the out there.
A Horcrux is a sentient ghost.It's very unlikely that souls exist in the MOR universe, so if Horcruxes are real in this story there must be some other explanation of how they cheat death. We've already seen one form of "life" after death in the form of ghosts. However, these are shallow copies with little to no awareness and only a superficial ability to understand and interact with their surroundings. But this might be a result of the haphazard and accidental nature of their creation. A deliberately created ghost might be the equal of the person they were copied from. Violent deaths are said to be one of the ways that ghosts are created, and one of the defining characteristics of a Horcrux is that they require a murder to create. It seems likely that a MOR Horcrux is created by killing someone in such a way as to produce a ghost, but then piggyback onto that process to imprint a copy of their own mental state. From there, the spell might also provide some way to do realtime syncing with the living creator. Or perhaps forming a redundant distributed consciousness with the brain of the creator and any other Horcruxes, to avoid having multiple copies of the creator running around.
Rescuing Bellatrix will turn out to be a giant mistakebecause she's *evil*. Very evil. How she got that way doesn't matter. (Or so Less Wrong believes) If wizarding society had the ability to make people nonevil by mind magic they would use it instead of Azkaban. It's never actually said that the origins of her psychosis will make it any easier to treat. Quirell doubtless has a plan to protect himself from her, and likely to protect Harry, but not to protect the general public, because he doesn't value them.
Harry will become an animagius of an immortal creatureHarry will eventually decide to become an animagus but will rationally choose one with specific advantages. The animagus he chooses might be an immortal animal (like the basilisk) or it could be a future evolution of humanity to further increase his intelligence and power. He might have to be careful when explaining his reasoning to others since an evil rationalist wizard could animagus himself into Cthulhu.
Dumbledore delayed fighting Grindelwald because Grindelwald would have stopped HitlerWhat better proof could there be that muggles were unworthy to rule themselves than the election of Adolf Hitler? Fanon usually holds that Hitler was Grindelwald's pawn, but here Dumbledore says Voldemort's atrocities were worse than Grindelwald's, and they certainly aren't on Hitler's scale. Once the allies took out Hitler without Grindelwald, and Grindelwald kept killing, Dumbledore knew he had to stop him.
Harry will devise a standard metric unit of magic, for quantitative analysis purposesWe know that magic interferes with electricity - using this, it would be easy to devise a unit of magic defined as "the amount of magic it takes to disrupt a 1-volt circuit at a distance of one-meter". The "Merlin", perhaps.
The point of divergence from canon is the Words Of Power And Madness being lost.The Words Of Power And Madness ("Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!") cause the listeners to have a contagious Genre Blind and science/rationality blind affliction. Though the affliction is still quite common in MOR!verse, it's much weaker and effects less people to a lesser extent, because the words themselves cannot be repeated ever again.
Quirrel is a self-made orphan."It was long ago, and I resolved my parental issues to my own satisfaction." (Chapter 20) "Go home, and enjoy your time with your families, or what's left of them, while they still live. My own family is long since dead at the Dark Lord's hand. I shall see you all when classes resume." (Chapter 34)
Harry has been plotting to steal the philosopher's stone all year.It was mentioned to him before he even made it to Hogwarts. In canon, at least, it's public knowledge that Nicholas Flamel created one and that he's friends with Dumbledore. Harry tried to use transfiguration to cure Alzheimer's...would he really not have looked up life-extension wizardry? He knows Dumbledore's not on his side, so he's playing his cards close to his chest. It wouldn't be too surprising if the fic ended like this:
Harry: Well, with my quest out of the way, the next six years at Hogwarts are going to be even more fun!
Minerva: What about your quest to take over the world?
Harry: That got a bit less urgent two weeks ago, when Muggle scientists announced they'd figured out how to synthesize the Elixir of Life.
Minerva stared at him like he'd just turned a cat into her.
Harry: You really should take The Guardian.
The button Quirrell threw Hermione does something.
Hermione is the enemy Voldemort will use in his resurrection...See above re: button as portkey. It's not clear that Harry is Quirrellmort's enemy in this continuity, and the plot is making an awfully big point about Hermione being a hero for good in her own right, not merely a sidekick. It would make sense to use her blood for the resurrection, along with Bellatrix's flesh, to get the best possible combination of resurrection ingredients.
...which will result in female!Voldemort(e), after using his mother's bone in the ritualAfter all Moody's and Snape's clever fuss about the 'bone of the father', when there's another equally close relative's decayed corpse available. She was Riddle's magical parent, anyway.
Something really bad will happen to the students at Hogwarts, most likely involving Harry, and possibly involving Quirrel and Trelawny's Prophecy we only heard a part of."Everyone knows that nothing really bad ever happens to students in Hogwarts." This phrase or a variation thereof has been uttered by three different characters so far. If that's not Tempting Fate and Foreshadowing then I don't know what is. Quirrel's willingness to bring Bellatrix into the open, putting innocent bystanders, Aurors and Harry in danger, just for the sake of a political scheme convinces me further of this. (Unless that was a Secret Test of Character for Harry, because it sounded too much like the Idiot Ball for him to actually carry it out after all the difficulties in breaking Bella out of Azkaban, and the possibility that he might use her in the Resurrection Ritual.)
Harry's Dark Side is a realistic portrayal of someone who suffered canon!Harry's childhood.I'm stealing the Adult Cynic explanation, because that's what made me think of this. But all the adult's personal memories have been obliviated. This explains the rememberall, McGonagall's observation, and Harry's expectation that magic is real before he sees any.
The Dementor's Kiss is just ordinary death.The Dementor's Kiss is said to destroy a person's soul. Souls are not observable in MoR, and there is no observable afterlife (if there is one, nobody has ever looked into it or received communications from it). Thus, there's no way to tell the difference between somebody's soul being destroyed and the person simply dying. Since a Dementor is just a bit of self-propelled death, it makes sense that the thing that a Dementor does to someone is simply the thing that happens when they die.
The Marauder's Map malfunctions are due to Time Turners and Voldemort.
The lack of Voldemort's face on the back of Quirrel's head is because Voldmemort is always off in spaceby himself.
Sirius is inside of Hogwarts, or has some way of seeing inside it, and is aware of most of what goes on inside it.This is in accordance with a couple other WMGs. After Peter Pettigrew betrayed the Potters, Sirius Black went after him, and then was framed for the crimes Peter actually committed. However, James had given Sirius the Cloak of Invisibility before he died, and Sirius was able to use this to make a Clever Plan to switch him and Peter's positions; Peter ended up in Azkaban with the Wizengamot being convinced that he's Sirius (hence "I'm not serious...") and Sirius walked somewhat free. He then told Dumbledore everything that had happened, and Dumbledore helped set up Sirius in 12 Grimmauld Place. Later, when Harry started at Hogwarts, Sirius came back and is hiding somewhere in the castle or the grounds, under Dumbledore's protection, probably as the big black dog. Sirius was then able to pass along the Invisibility Cloak to Harry as Santa Claus, and then also gave Harry the card Portkey that takes the user to somewhere in London (according to Quirrel.) Also, James' Rock is some kind of surveillance device that allows Sirius to keep tabs on Harry. As well as this, Sirius is the one who sent Hermione the note in Chapter 72; he overheard Harry and Hermione talking about the bullies because the Rock was with Harry.
Harry can't become an animagus.His "inner animal" is simply a human being, making the process redundant. He'd wibble a bit and look the same.
Dumbledore, Quirrel, Voldemort, Santa Claus, and Mr. Hat and Cloak are all the same person.I'm already assuming that Quirrel == Voldemort == Mr. Hat and Cloak; those seem reasonably well-supported. Zabini thinks H&C is trying to stir up trouble between Quirrel and Dumbledore, but it seems likely that he IS Quirrel, so that's impossible; Even if H&C isn't Quirrel, Quirrel would never be tricked by H&C's shenanigans with Zabini, so H&C's actions are to trick Harry, not Quirrel. And what better motive for making Harry think Dumbledore and Quirrel are at odds than to hide the fact that Dumbledore and Quirrel are the same person?! Sure, we see them together, but we already know they have a time machine.
S.P.H.E.W, will, by the end of Hermione's tenure, evolve into Hogwarts' Absurdly Powerful Student CouncilThis is how these things get started.
Roger Bacon's Diary is a HorcruxAnd Rita Skeeter was the sacrifice necessary to turn it into the same. Yes, I think Quirrellmort is enough of a Magnificent Bastard to actually surreptitiously make a horcrux onscreen. He's certainly clever enough to make it from an object that has emotional weight to Harry rather than to himself.
Snape will switch back over to Voldemort's side.In canon, Snape is on Harry's side because he's still in love with Lily. After Harry's "advice" conversation with Snape, Snape tells Harry "what your mother saw in him was something I never did understand until this day." If Snape does accept Harry's answer — that Lily was shallow and unworthy of Snape's affection — as the truth, he may get over his love for Lily, and when that happens, he may decide that he was happier being a Death Eater after all.
Dementors are the cure to entropyThe Dementors existence and the lack of immortality of the decedents of the late-Atlantis are both necessary evils. The source-of-magic is always being used and would be used up (law of conservation of energy) except for the dementors who break down and absorb all adjacent magic-matter-and-energy. The collected energy from the magic-matter-and-energy absorbed is returned to the source-of-magic. The reason no Atlantean is immortal is because making someone immortal will break the law governing the artificial source of magic. (The law is probably related to how harry's happy thought destroyed a dementor) Harry will likely find a way around this loophole, and will send the dementors into areas of high entroopy to absorb enough energy for Harry's future reorganization or "godhood" via Harry's wand. In fact, Harry may create more dementors after he realizes this to help him in his attempt to rewrite the rules of the universe/source-of-magic. Now this makes the hypothesis that magic is diminishing very real if harry continues to kill "death" or rather the "disorganization and absorbtion vehicle" of the source-of-magic. Disorganization is just as chilling as death to an atheist.
Voldemort's bones will be impregnated with potionsSnape remarks to Moody that he thinks bones impregnated with a certain muggle substance, LSD, will have permanent effects. Voldemort will find a way to get a bottle of Felix felicitus to do the same thing to satisfy the first law of fanfiction. If the protagonist is a Jedi, then the villan gets a deathstar.
Harry will discover the afterlife, conquer it, and establish free travel and trade between it and EarthIt's been established that an afterlife exists in the Harry Potter universe, even though it is very well hidden. Perhaps even intentionally hidden. It would make sense that whatever created the Source of Magic also created the afterlife at the same time. Perhaps Atlantis itself is both the Source of Magic and the afterlife, and it was deliberately "erased" from Time as part of the process that established its function. Whatever the mechanics, it would be a HUGE deal to mor!Harry for the same reason he was freaking out about parsletongue. The population of the afterlife would be FAR FAR greater than the population of Earth. In his ultimate quest for immortality, it would be a drastically unconventional resolution for him to realize that everyone is already effectively immortal, but trapped in a previously undetected elsewhere. So Harry's mission becomes the liberation of the afterlife, and devising a way for people to travel both directions, hopefully without destroying a body in the process.
The Source of Magic / Afterlife 2.0If there is a physical construct afterlife, I would posit that it only functions for Wizards for the same reasons magic does. Muggles don't get magic, ghosts, souls, resurrection or any metaphysical analog benefits at all. The Source of Magic, already has to somehow have absolute knowledge of all Wizard's mental states in order to activate magic for them, so it's trivial to make a copy at the time of death of a Wizard. Similarly, that constant use of magic strengthens the Wizard's "signal" to the Source, increasing their magical power with practice. When a Wizard dies and there's a magical outpouring, that's only because the Source has decided they're dead and is removing the signalling energies. Horcruxes keep the signal energies bound up in the material world, inverting the direction of information. Prophecies are a self defense mechanism of the Source in order to maintain its own existence.
Quirrel's "Plot" to grant all three wishes... another view.We don't know exactly what Draco's and Hermione's wish really were. " 'Mr. Malfoy,' said Professor Quirrell, 'your wish is for... Slytherin to win the House Cup.' " and " 'And for Miss Granger...' said Professor Quirrell. There was the sound of a tearing envelope. 'Your wish is for... Ravenclaw to win the House Cup?' " if instead of those exactly words Quirrell is tell the audience their simple joint wish of " I wish my house would win the house cup." So to solve the three wishes he somehow forces the creation of a new house and both Draco and Hermione get sent there along with Harry of course. This forces the current Quidditch Cup holder to play against the new house to maintain the title during which the new house plays keep the snitch away from all the other teams players. Making the match go for days forcing the rule change at Hogworts. Together Harry, Hermione, and Draco plus the points from winning the Quidditch Cup and of course whatever point Dumbledore awards them at end of are enough to take the house cup. This is will hurt Harry's plans to redeem house Slytherin but he can figure out a different way.
Harry will become god by using the Comed-Tea and his evil side..He states in chapter 12 that the Comed-Tea makes you do a spit-take. He thinks that if he could use a spell to change his sense of humor so that only becoming omnipotent would be worthy of a spit-take. Note that such a spell (probably) does not exist. We later learn that Comed-Tea works slightly differently, but the premise is the same (drink tea -> spit take). We also saw his evil side in Chapter 44. It appears utterly emotionless, with no sense of humor, and responds in no way other than "you should die". There are a few things he could respond emotionally to, but there are few of them. Assuming he drinks the tea in this state, he will be forced to do a spit-take, which will lead to something insane happening, possibly propelling him to godhood. Alternatively, it will cause a paradox and destroy the universe.
Aberforth has married a satyr.Jossed. Aberforth was kidnapped by death eaters and tortured to death.
This story is secretly a Massive Multiplayer CrossoverThere are quite a few spells and magical items that are closer to Dungeons & Dragons than regular Harry Potter. The Comed-Tea is probably from Xanth, Mr. Hat and Cloak is a Sidereal, and there are clearly more people from other universes running around.
Rather than stealing fame from the unwilling by magic, Gilderoy Lockheart will steal it from the willing by reputation.Anyone who carries an Idiot Ball in canon has to have their intelligence upgraded here, and canon Lockheart's living is pretty shaky. So what if instead of relying on memory charms and deception he just relied on people already wanting him to take the credit? Like in canon he makes a point of traveling to meet upstart heroes before word gets out, but he doesn't have to hide it because this is in fact a regular thing he does—many of these interviews end up transcribed in his books without serious alteration. But if he detects that the person would really rather not have their fame, he offers them the chance to get rid of it. A willing hero can easily help him find and obliviate and/or swear to secrecy all loose ends who know the truth (the latter arguably much better since there are canonically spells to make such a promise unbreakable which won't leave behind as much suspicious residue as memory charms, but with obliviate for the truly unwilling), along with themself. I'd expect that after a point he'd also start getting approached by undercover aurors and other people who want it getting out that such and such a thing has been done but can't afford to have their name on it. Either way, everybody wins and noone's been harmed (except the occasional obliviated witness, but he'll claim it's for the greater good). He'd probably have considerably better book knowledge of any magic involved in any of his "exploits", both since he's less of an idiot and because he can properly ask the heroes for help, but he wouldn't be as proficient with Obliviate since he wouldn't be using it as a first resort. The interesting part is how he reacts to Harry. He wouldn't be stupid enough to dream of inserting himself into a story about canon Harry MOR Harry's exploits, since it just wouldn't fit. If he met canon Harry he'd have one set of interesting interactions since the "encourage him to embrace his fame" thing would have to be reevaluated by the author—but he'll have an entirely different dynamic with MOR Harry who is already exploiting his fame for more mileage than both Lockharts combined. Unfortunately any lesson he could likely give Harry would be about a year too late, and Harry might teach him a thing or two. Ultimately I'd imagine MOR Harry agreeing to keep his secret should it get out.
About the Hermionie tip in chapter six:As his hand touched the back door’s handle, he heard a last whisper from behind him.
There was no answer, and when Harry turned around, Mc Gonagall was gone. The person who told Harry to look for Hermionie was:
The ritual in Chapter 74 completely did work that way.It actually did permanently sacrifice Yog-Sothoth to briefly summon Harry Potter — or, to be specific, to briefly summon Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres. The ritual retroactively turned the canon-verse into the MoR-verse. And the life of a mortal is pretty brief, in the grand scheme of things, even if he does live long enough to do all the things he listed in chapter 39.
Harry's intelligence is the result of accidental, underage magicIt is stated in Harry Potter canon that Muggleborns routinely endure incidents with uncontrolled, accidental magic before they'd receive the Hogwarts enrollment letter — to the point that some Muggle families are relieved to receive it, since it finally explain what has been going on. However, no such history of incidents is mentioned for Harry in The Methods of Rationality at all, to the point that McGonagall has to make a demonstration to the Verres. The explanation for this is, since Harry was raised at as rationalist and that magic is so unscientific, he unconsciously suppressed such instinctive magic manifestations and internalized them. Thus, this increased his intelligence to child genius levels, way beyond that of Canon Harry, and also explain why he inherited some traits of his adoptive father, like the ability to always retrieve the right book he's searching. This had some unknown side effects, though, like his non-24-hours sleeping pattern, and maybe his fractioned personnality too.
How the animagus transformation might work.Harry freaks out over the animagus transformation violating a lot of things he knows about physics, but ever since reading about the teacher that warmed one side of a metal plate and turned it around, I've been thinking that maybe Harry was making a related sort of mistake. Maybe it doesn't violate Conservation of Mass afterall. I think a critical piece of evidence here is what does the animagus transformation feel like? Have you ever woken from a dream in which, at the point of waking, your dream-body is in a very different position than your actual body? It's a very interesting experience, there's no sensation of movement or recalibration of your motor functions; indeed it doesn't feel like anything and your brain doesn't update on the position of your limbs until you actually try to move and get new feedback that overwrites that from your dream. Would an animagus transformation feel the same way? I think it would, because the only way I can conceive of mass-variable shapeshifting is if all the matter of both states exists simultaneously as a single unchanging structure in 4 spacial dimensions. Imagine for a moment that our universe expressed only 2 spacial dimensions instead of three. Now imagine that, living in this universe we encounter a three-dimensional object, such as a sphere, intersecting our 2-dimensional universe. If the sphere moved in the 3rd dimension, from our perspective in the 2-dimensional universe what we would perceive as an ordinary circle would appear to change size in violation of Conservation. (Note: The theoretical 4th dimension I'm referring to here is NOT Time any more than the 3rd dimension is Time in that 2-dimensional universe; I'm conceptualizing purely in the idea-realm of spacial dimensions, here.) This rather neatly explains the animagus transformation: a 4-dimensional object is merely MOVING so a different CROSS-SECTION happens to intersect our 3-dimensional universe; it's not changing shape or mass at all, and the animagus can go on thinking like a human because the human brain is still there, no less a part of the 4-dimensional physical structure than it is when the human-shaped part of the animagus is intersecting our universe. This doesn't explain TRANSFIGURATION, in this specific case of the creation of the 4-dimensional object in the first place, or in general, but it may explain mass-changing shapeshifting like animagi (or the Wolves in Luminosity for that matter).
Azkaban Island is the last remaining chunk of AtlantisDumbledore implies that a temporal-engineering disaster destroyed Atlantis. Azkaban is a time-travel anomaly. It would be neat. Would be Jossed if that property of Azkaban was created by modern wizards as a part of constructing the prison. (I also don't have much confidence in it because I think I recall Eliezer saying he added the Atlantis reference to make an unrelated point. But he's not above retconning.)
The Timeturner limit of six hours is enforced by a time policeThey force anyone who would cause a paradox to Trick out Time, and thus prevent their own paradox, and the limit is enforced to make the job of policing time easier. Thus Harry's Worries about time being consistent despite time travel is explained as being and artificial condition created using multiple worlds theory and branching time lines, anytime time you use a time turner you create another timeline, this time police keep every not internally consistent, Tricked out Time timeline from interacting with the alpha timeline, It is possible that this is done by atlanteans, Their civilization was removed from time either by these police for mass time crime, or they removed themselves from the timeline when they created time travel and not they treat it as their responsibilty to police time, as they exposed it to tampering.
This version of the Potterverse it's actually the Stargate VerseWe have several mentions of Atlantis, which would be THE City-ship of Atlantis, Also Harry discovered that a wizard is some one with a specific Gene, IE. the ATA Gene. Magic would be thus some Advanced Technology left by the Ancients in Earth OR After They ascended they played with the laws of physics so humans could some day beat Entropy. in the end when harry starts contacting the Scientific community to get help on Magic research he will be contacted by Stargate Command wich would make the connection of the ATA Gene.
Voldemort was Raised By Albert EinsteinIf Harry had a happy family life, and was raised by nice Muggles, then the concept of Harry and Voldemort being foils for each other no longer works. In order to maintain the concept of Harry and Voldemort having a similar starting point, but ending up at completely different points, Voldemort must then have been adopted by a good Muggle or good Muggle family (or else been in an orphanage where he wasn't mistreated). This could also work as a nice Start of Darkness, since Quirrell's horror at the muggle invention of use of nuclear weapons it very much like Einstein's own.
Harry will find out about the Philosopher's Stone and then flip the *** out.If Harry really hates death with a tenth of the fervor Eliezer does, he will lose all composure when he finds out that the cure for death exists and is in use by just two people in the whole world. He will first flip out on Dumbledore for conspiring to keep it hidden. In a rage he'll ask Dumbledore how many doses of the Elixir of Life he's had, and will maybe cool off a little when Dumbledore assures Harry that the answer is zero. Harry will be calmer, but colder, as he demands an audience with Nicolas Flamel. Then, either Dumbledore will talk to Harry about how no one should have the power to decide who lives and who dies, and how it's better for no one to have the elixir than for Voldemort to have it, or he will take Harry to see Flamel and the same sort of conversation will happen.
James Potter killed Voldemort with the Potter Family RockAccio meteorite!
Quirrell will have Hermione killed as Harry watches.Quirrell's goal is to make Harry go permanently over to his dark side. He tried once already with the Dementor. Harry's light side would have been history then, had Hermione not saved him. Okay, so if Hermione is one of the only things that can bring Harry out of his dark side, what would happen to Harry if he watched her die slowly and painfully? Especially if it were made to look like Dumbledore's doing? Or maybe it will merely look like Dumbledore refused to help. The story's trigger warnings are next going to be updated when a chapter called The Bystander Effect is published. Perhaps what the bystanders in question witness will be Hermione's torture and/or death. Confirmed. (Mostly, anyway.) Goodbye, Hermione. Although it's not absolutely certain that Quirrell was the one responsible.
Lucius Malfoy will learn about Draco's Patronus when Draco uses it in an emergency to summon Lucius to save Draco and Harry.Draco doesn't want Lucius to know he can cast a Patronus, but sometimes, ET just has to phone home.
Harry will become a phoenix animagusFrom chapter 42, when asked what his patronus will be: "Peregrine falcon," Harry said without hesitation. "It can dive faster than three hundred kilometers per hour, it's the fastest living creature there is." The peregrine falcon had been Harry's favorite animal since forever. Harry was determined to become an Animagus someday, just to get that as his form, and fly by the strength of his own wings, and see the land below with sharper eyes... The phoenix is faster (instant teleport!), immortal (resurrection?), and important emotionally to Harry (Fawkes). It can fly, and even seems somewhat sentient. Anthony Goldstein got the peregrine falcon first, and there appears to be an unexplained limit of one character per animal, so it's likely Harry can't have it. Rethinking his choice will lead to the only logical conclusion consistent with his desires in a spirit animal. Phoenix!
The prophecy Dumbledore told Snape was ENTIRELY made up.Why wouldn't it be? Dumbledore and Minerva heard a real prophecy, which made it clear that Harry and Voldemort would be enemies for life, the dark lord would mark Harry as an equal and Harry would discover "a magic of which he knows not". A sufficiently cautious dark lord would recognize that the trope coming and avoid that kid like the plague, sending a minion to do it and preparing for his failure. But since Dumbledore was leaking this prophecy anyways, might as well hedge his bets and give him a prophecy that clearly implies that striking Harry while young will work. And he'd HAVE to do this for the same plan to work had it mentioned Harry by name, since otherwise Snape would never have just handed over the prophecy. For that matter, have we heard the full prophecy in MOR-verse?
Mr. Hat and Cloak is a time traveller.My first WMG, and I post this only out of sheer, stupid, blind confidence in it. When asked, "Just what do you think you know, and how do you think you know it, anyway?" Mr. Hat and Cloak responds, "Time -" [The voice seemed to catch itself] "Time enough for that later." Sounds like he was stumbling over the word time travel, huh? It would explain a lot. And it opens up a whole range of possibilities of who it could be. And it explains why Hermione recognized him. And . . . wow. This one's exciting.
Mr. Hat and Cloak is Ms. Hat and Cloak.It's strongly implied that M Ha C is a time traveller (see WMG directly above). Also, Millicent said that she was feeding Millicent hints. Also, the confrontation with Hermione takes place on a witches-only staircase. It's a pretty damn strong case. Ms. Hat and Cloak is Hermione from the future. The only reason Hat and Cloak took so long to convince Hermione is that she eventually recovered her own memory of the whole incident and did things the same way to avoid a paradox. Ms. Hat and Cloak is Voldemort, who has resurrected himself in the body of a woman, because he used bone of the mother instead of bone of the father in the resurrection potion, because his father's bones were contaminated by Snape and Moody. She travels back in time.
Harry is going to become the next Dark Lord.If Quirell is Voldermort, then Harry is going to be terribly conflicted durring their battle, since he was his true mentor. But Harry is likely only going to be conflicted for about a fraction of a second. By then it's likely that Harry would have heard the prophecy, and knowing that he could never stand by Voldermort's side since they were destined to kill eachother, Harry will be forced to kill Voldermort.Plus, Voldermort killed his true parents. But Voldermort's ideals of immortallity will live on in Harry, who will replace him as the Next Dark Lord, beleiving himself to be a Light Lord. "I'm sorry it had to end this way, Tom. You were absolutely right. But you killed my parents, and for that you'll have to die."
Voldemort is a RavenclawVoldemort is smarter than Harry. Harry is far more ambitious than Voldemort. (Harry is trying to become God. Voldemort is trying not to die.) Harry is a Ravenclaw. Voldemort can't possibly be a Slytherin.
Bellatrix Black is actually Narcissa MalfoyAs a corollary,the person burned to death in Narcissa's bedroom was the real Bellatrix.
Fawkes killed Narcissa(or whoever that was)Phoenix=Fire.
The story is rock-solid hard SFThe story, rather than taking place in the recent past the way the canonical stories do, actually takes place several decades into the future. Like The Matrix, it takes place inside a computer simulation. Unlike The Matrix, the characters aren't flesh and blood humans plugged in to the computer simulation, they're all AIs. Different AIs in the story were deliberately designed with significantly different levels of sophistication and/or constraints on their behavior, which explains Harry's observations about PCs and NPCs and heroic supervision in chapter 75. The purpose of the simulation is an experiment to determine whether Harry is Friendly (i.e. whether he is safe to release from the simulation into the real world.)
H+C in ch 76 is BellatrixEvidence: he/she seems to be sure that Harry, once fully powerful, will crush Hermione. Inside knowledge of death-eaters - Snape and Lucius. High giggle. Though the encounter is not on the witch's staircase, she is obviously aware of the witch's staircase, which favors his/her witchiness - and I doubt that staircase would be a happy memory for Bellatrix. Bellatrix certainly has the power and ruthlessness for such an attack, which pretty much guarantees that Hermione will have at least some PTSD symptoms later. Motive is unclear, but if Bellatrix is loose and able to get into Hogwarts despite Dumbledore and the Marauder's Map, then Quirrel certainly has something to do with it. Also, "recognition sent a jolt of terrified adrenaline bursting through her." Even Quirrel or Snape wouldn't trigger reflex terror before there was time to understand the implications. But Hermione has unquestionably seen pictures of Bellatrix, and who could be more terrifying?
Harry is going to end up screaming at Dumbledore and mugging Nicholas Flamel for the Stone when he finds out about it.Rational!Harry isn't going to take NF keeping the Stone to himself lying down, and Dumbledore arguing that the Stone is a curse will only make him angrier. He'll probably find out about the Stone in Flamel's presence, attack DD and NF from behind, take the Stone, make tons of Elixir and magically pour it into the sea, possibly with Quirrel's help... then Quirrelmort regains full form, but can't kill anyone and rule Britain/the world until he destroys the Elixir, making Harry completely turn against Quirrel.
Wizards' lengthened lifespan is the result of diluted Elixir of LifeThere's only one Philosopher's Stone (or at least very few), and they simply can't make enough Elixir of Life to make more than a few people actually immortal. However, they do have enough to make "everyone" (meaning Wizards) age more slowly, which they accomplish by putting what they do make into the water supply. This is probably the only way I can see Harry learning about the Philosopher's Stone (that it exists, and that someone is using it) and NOT immediately going into an Unstoppable Rage.
Greg Weisman is either a wizard or just knows about the wizarding worldBasically, the shout out to Gargoyles isn't just a shout out. Greg Weisman created the series based on the opera, since no one in the Muggle world had ever seen it (and the few that have can't really call him out on it, lest their local ministry "detain" them), and the wizard's don't know/don't care since the magic in the series doesn't work the same way as real magic does.
Harry's dark side and Quirrel's non-catatonic side are both part of something or things far older than Tom RiddleThis thing has something to do with Atlantis. For instance, it could be a human Atlantean who managed to self-improve their intelligence and was on the way to godhood when somehow they were thwarted (by the magic-causing AI? In a titanic struggle which resulted in deleting Atlantis from time?), and ever "since" has been trying to fully resurrect themselves and resume the path to godhood. Whatever-it-is is obviously not very human anymore; perhaps it never was, perhaps it was originally an AI, although that would make it harder to explain why immortality is such a struggle for it. Voldemort was a failed attempt, perhaps thwarted by Riddle's irrationality (that is to say, Voldemort had a separate "dark side" like Harry's, but unlike Harry his human side also happened to extremely evil). Bacon's diary could be a horcrux of this whatever-it-is, and perhaps Bacon himself was a previous vehicle. (If only "by Francis Bacon's mysterious dark side!" scanned a little better, it would be a pretty awesome oath.) The fundamental nature of prophecy might have to do with this entity's struggle with the force that thwarts it - since the force that thwarts it almost certainly has godlike power, including power over time, but is probably usually less than self-aware, somewhat like the hat. One bit of evidence against this theory is that there were no such hints from the Sorting Hat, which by its own word would have been able to notice such things. But since the hat itself (unlike the author) has nothing to gain by honestly dropping such hints, that is not conclusive.
People are reading too much into the shout-outsYes, the author has in some cases been careful to explain his shout-outs – for instance, the somewhat-implausible reference to Harry having seen the Army of Darkness "preview", even though his parents had managed to keep the naughtier Tom Lehrer lyrics from him, and it's not as if he saw it on youtube when his parents weren't around. But there are other shout-outs to things which already existed at the time which aren't explained, and the answer is not some crazy theory, just the author having fun. For instance, "squeamish ossifrage" had already been encoded, but not decoded, at the time; yet I doubt Dumbledore had used legilimens on the relevant cryptographers. So this is not some massive crossover story, they're just shout-outs.
Two wizards can have a squib child because of quantum mechanicsThis isn't so much a real WMG as post-hoc technobabble, but I leave it here in case any other readers (or perhaps even the author) want to embrace it. The idea is that the Source of Magic has to constantly check people's DNA to see if magical things should be happening around them. This extra "attention" is an observer in a quantum mechanical sense, and so affects the observed. That is to say, just as constantly shining x-rays on that DNA locus would tend to lead to it mutating into a nonmagical version, the same happens with whatever means the Source of Magic uses to check. Thus, magical genes mutating into nonmagical genes is a particularly common mutation. Since the Source of Magic (magically) goes straight to the correct locus, other genes are not affected. When this mutation happens in living wizards, it affects only certain cell lineages, so they retain their magic talent; but if by chance it affects their gametes, then their offspring can be squibs. However, once the gene is in a squib (including later-generation squibs who don't know any more than Muggles) it is no longer the subject of so much attention from the Source of Magic, so the extra mutations cease. Of course, other squibs could simply be the result of illicit liaisons with Muggles. But if all squibs were such, then someone would have noticed. If you want to stretch this idea a bit, you can explain the mystery of the (canon) frequency of half-blood wizards. Since recessive wizard genes are not common in the Muggle genepool, why aren't half-blood wizards vanishingly rare? Well, inside the mother, the Source of Magic still considers the fetus as part of the mother, and so it's checking for magical genes. The precise locus where the muggle allele differs from the magic allele is therefore subject to extra "magical radiation", and sometimes this leads to a reverse mutation, causing a cell lineage in the fetus which has two copies of the magic gene instead of just one. The baby, once born, then has mostly non-magic cells, but the few magic-lineage cells are enough for the Source of Magic to class him or her as a wizard. (In this theory, the Source of Magic decides magic-or-no on a binary basis, and relative magical strength comes from other factors.) So if both parts of this theory were correct, you'd expect that (halfblood wizards with wizardly mother)/(all halfbloods with wizardly mothers) = ((fullblood squibs) * (fudgeably age factor) / (all fullbloods)) + sqrt((mudblood wizards) / (all muggleborn)) , while ((halfblood wizards with muggle mother)/(all halfbloods with muggle mother)) = sqrt((mudblood wizards) / (all muggleborn)). That is still a somewhat lower-than-canon fraction of halfblood wizards, but plausible. (And testable! Not that I expect Harry and Draco to actually try to test it, but ... let's just say I would if I were Harry. Too bad that fanfics don't have large "begat" sections, or I could attempt to test it myself from outside the fanfic. That is NOT a hint to the author; I'd have fun testing it, but it's not worth the WT Fs from other readers.) Oh, another testable prediction: the chances of a squib child (legitimately) coming from two wizard parents would be about proportional to the total age of the two parents (or perhaps to the total number of spells they've cast, which should be approximately the same thing).
Narcissa is only dead to Lucius some of the time. When he does to sleep at night, he's in another world where Draco died and Narcissa lives.Actor Allusion.
Magic is actually sufficiently advanced technologyIt's a supercomputer system with holographic/replicator capabilities a la Star Trek. When it predicts the future during a Divination function call, it actually calculates all the particles that are currently within its system and all their interactions frame by frame (in other words, the universe is a deterministic system). However, it loses accuracy the further into the future it tries to calculate (perhaps due to the system being open—-read: doesn't cover the whole universe—-and thus susceptible to outside influences), and so it could predict a showdown between Harry and Voldemort but could not predict the final victor since it would be years before the actual outcome comes to pass. On the other hand, as long as it's within a few hours, the predictions can be accurate enough to support the Time Turner. That's right, Divination is the basis of the Time Turner. How, you ask? Well, Magic isn't actually capable of manipulating time/changing the past: It simply predicts a future version of you that will use the Time Turner and then copies that version into the current time frame. And when the current version of you uses the Time Turner, the current version is simply erased from existence, leaving behind a future version that's so accurate in composition and behavior that nobody in the world can tell the difference. That's right, Harry has already cloned/killed himself hundreds—-perhaps thousands—-of times without even being aware of it. By the way, since Harry couldn't prove P=NP using the Time Turner, that means:
Quirrel's plan is to frame Harry as VoldemortQuirrel has made several public statements hinting that he thinks Harry should be/will be the next Dark Lord. Lucius Malfoy (may) believe Harry is Voldemort, and Bellatrix Black definitely believes that Harry is Voldemort, and Quirrel is literally tutoring Harry to become more like him.
Quirrel lied about why Voldie killed the dojo.Quirrel is Voldemort, so why would he reveal his Fatal Flaw to everyone? He didn't—he created a fake flaw in order to (1) create yet another tenative Harry/Voldemort connection (see above), and if that plan doesn't work to (2) make sure everyone's misinformed about his weaknesses. He probably did kill the dojo, however; as Quirrel says, you don't leave the source of your power lying around...
Salazar's Basilisk was behind everything.Because Salazar Slytherin wasn't stupid enough not to have planned for the "heir of Slytherin" deciding to Avada Kadavra the basilisk once it's outlived its usefulness. Obviously, everything that's happened since Tom Riddle found the basilisk has been one giant Gambit Roulette. ;)
Professor Quirrell is actually Peter PettigrewCrazy, I know, but stay with me. In canon, Quirrell speaks with a stutter to make himself seem weak, right? He can speak normally, he just doesn't. This means that in order for that to be a valid plan, nobody at Hogwarts must have met Quirrell before he got seduced by Voldemort. This applies to Mo R as well. Nobody at Hogwarts knows who Quirrell is, he's a complete mystery. He could be anyone. There are two ways the Pettigrew/Black debacle can be resolved in Mo Rverse: either Black is really guilty and Pettigrew is dead, which REALLY conflicts with canon, or Pettigrew is guilty and escaped like in canon, he's just not hiding with the Weasley family. It could go either way, but think about this: canon!Quirrell had Voldemort as a separate entity than himself, which isn't the case in Mo R. In Mo R, Voldemort and Quirrell are fused together. This means that Quirrell's completely accepted Voldemort's personality and fused it with his own. I can only think of two people who would be willing to do this: Bellatrix and Pettigrew. If Pettigrew is guilty, he wouldn't be wasting time in hiding like in canon, he'd have found Voldemort by now. I'm pretty sure this is the case, there've been a lot of hints toward it. Voldemort needed a body, and Pettigrew would be readily available. Pay attention to the descriptions of Quirrell. A man in his late thirties, short and balding. That could EASILY be Pettigrew. Everybody thinks he's dead, and it's been 10 years since he was last seen, so most people aren't going to recognize him. Lupin knows who he is of course, but he's protecting him because he believes Sirius was guilty, and if Pettigrew was found alive then it would cause too much trouble for his friend. Snape also knows it's Pettigrew, they were Death Eaters together and Snape knows that Pettigrew is alive and working for Voldemort. Read the scene with them in the woods again, that scene confused me at first. Why would Snape have to pretend he's not working for Dumbledore for Quirrell? Because he believes that Snape's still working for Voldemort as a spy. There're other hints as well. Quirrell tries to teach Harry humility, and the ability to 'lose'. Pettigrew's always been humble, and he 'lost' when he fought Sirius. In Azkaban, look at how Quirrell acts around Harry. He's acting like Pettigrew, the humble servant. It makes perfect sense that small, timid Pettigrew would learn martial arts, the story with the dojo was true. Voldemort's synthesized himself with Pettigrew and learned humbleness and caution as a result. Pettigrew's animagus changed from a rat to a snake because of Voldemort's influence. It all fits, it explains the changes in Voldemort's behaviour as well as what happened to Pettigrew, and ties up those weird scenes with Snape and Lupin. Nobody's ever heard of Quirrell because Quirrell doesn't exist, he's an invention of Voldemort and Pettigrew. I'm not saying this is definitely true, but it would be a great twist, and the evidence seems to support it. It's exactly the kind of thing both Yudkowsky and Rowling would do.
Peter Pettigrew isn't serious...After their violent confrontation, Sirius realized how bad things would look for him. So he arranged for Pettigrew to be thrown in Azkaban without trial, while thinking it was him. I would guess the method included the initial use of Polyjuice, followed by selective False Memory Charms to make the right people "remember" that Sirius looked liked Pettigrew really does looks. This would rely on there being only a few people who ever see Pettigrew who should otherwise be able to identify him from before.
Dumbledore was tricked into identifying a secret antagonist to Hogwarts as a ProfessorWhen being interrogated Quirrell says that Dumbledore identified him to Hogwarts by drawing a circle around him and using that as the reference for "Defense Professor". There's no saying who ELSE was in that circle. They could have been invisible (time travelling Harry?), tiny (animagus), possessing (Voldemort's soul), or just really high up.
Harry will generalize potions theory, rediscovering a lost form of magicAfter deducing the theory behind all potions in chapter 78—that the ingredients store magical power which can be reforged into a desired outcome by ritualized spells—Harry applies the concept to other 'ingredients', such as the surrounding landscape. The founders knew this theory and exploited the hell out of it when they created Hogwarts, its location in Scotland being no mere coincidence. Scotland is historically geologically active, and the millions of years of tectonic activity in that region would provide ample power for both the construction of the castle and the creation and maintenance of its many wards and enchantments. The logical conclusion of all this—neatly packing away all the WMG for Harry's reaction to learning about the Philosopher's Stone—is that it is made of humans. Alternatively, as the work-in-work-out potionmaking principle is about capturing the work through something which has been changed by the work, an ingredient would have to be altered by something else's immortality. For example, someone killed by an idea that just won't die.
Merope never stopped dosing Tom Riddle Sr.(A consequence of the no Idiot Ball rule). Which means he didn't abandon her,and Voldemort wasn't raised in an orphanage...since by the time Merope died (even if it was still shortly after his birth),Senior wouldn't have been able to dump junior in an orphanage without wrecking his own social standing.
Harry is an escaped Atlantean.That's what he's forgotten.The real Harry Potter, of course, was simply killed by Voldemort. There was a guess to this effect here, but it seems to have mysteriously vanished. Oh wow, there's actually forshadowing for this: "Harry considered the question. Was he really Harry Potter? "I only know what other people have told me," Harry said. "It's not like I remember being born." His hand brushed his forehead. "I've had this scar as long as I remember, and I've been told my name was Harry Potter as long as I remember. But..."
Harry will create a potion or ritual to give immortality by using a Dementor.A potion reshapes the magic to create an effect. The Dementors are immortal. In a potion they could give the drinker immortality. If Harry can make more Dementors then he can give everyone immortality. With a ritual if you sacrifice Death, logically, you should be able to get immunity from Death.
Anyone Harry tells the truth about Dementors to will Obliviate themselves if they can't cast the True Patronus so he won't use it to threaten people.This is the logical thing to do if that happens. The writer is not stupid and so by extension Harry is not stupid and will realize that this is a stupid idea. Plus they'd probably charge him with some crime and Quirrell at least would realize that that would happen.
The plan was never to kill Draco.Harry assumes that the plan was to kill Draco and to make Lucius too burdened with rage and loss to think clearly, but things don't really add up that way. Assuming ourselves that Harry was correct and Voldermort was behind the plan, then it makes far more sense to have Draco be found badly injured/dying (and of course Draco was found by Quirrell). If Draco was dead there would be no one to actively accuse Hermione and for the plan to work at all she would have needed to become so burdened by guilt she turned herself in, something that there was no sign of happening before she was arrested. But with Draco still alive, his father finds out about how he'd been getting influenced by Harry, who will keep a closer eye on him and try to steer him towards being a proper Blood Purist/Death Eater once again to insure the blood purists have the financial backing of House Malfoy to rally around for another generation. Meanwhile Hermione would be shipped off to Azkaban which would so enrage Harry that he would be willing to tear down the obviously corrupt Wizard Society by becoming the next Dark Lord thus insuring Voldermort gains a powerful ally/enemy against Dumbledor/ someone to follow in his footsteps.
McGonagall is Hermione's maternal relative (grandmother or grand-aunt).
Harry's animagus form will be that of a phoenix but he will not get any of their abilitiesThe form of a phoenix would very much fit his personality, while not getting any of a phoenix's magical abilities would be an extremely interesting twist on a tired Harry Potter fanfic cliche. Harry would, of course, still find ways to use it to his advantage such as using tricks to make people think that he has a phoenix's abilities.
Harry will have two animagus formsIf one's animagus form is a reflection of your inner self, then it would make sense for Harry to have two forms, one for his normal self and one for his dark side since as it has been hinted at multiple times, the dark side is Voldemort's Horcrux. His dark side's animagus form would likely be a snake as a result.
Only Harry's dark side will be able to cast the Killing CurseWhen Quirrel teaches the curse to students (he earned the right in his bet with Dumbledore about students casting the Patronus Charm), Harry's ideology, which allows him to destroy Dementors, will prevent him from casting the curse. Only Harry's dark side will be able to cast it, driving a wedge between Harry and his darkness. Light-side Harry will then develop a new version of the Killing Curse, possibly to heal or resurrect.
The Interdict Of Merlin is the point of divergenceIn this world Merlin laid down his own life to create the Interdict. In the canon world, he didn't and used it to continue his work instead. As a result spells can be learned from books no matter how powerful they are, unethical use of spells is relatively rare, and magical nobility have lost all their legal privileges, even if they retain a lot of economic and political power.
Voldemort's behind it all!
Blaise is right, Quirrell isn't Hat & CloakQuirrell is smart, and someone else framed Hermoine, or has a bigger plan that's interfering with Quirrell's. It could be one of the good guys, like Dumbledore, but despite being insane, he's not likely to harm a student. Snape, perhaps?
Gilderoy Lockhart is a front for Alastor Moody.Moody undoubtably prefers that Dark Wizards not know he exists at all, but he still needs some sort of contact person/face for dealing with people. Lockhart is that face(or one of them), playing the Inspector Gadget (high profile,high reputation distraction) to Moody's Penny (low profile,high effectiveness).
Gilderoy Lockhart is famous for his skill with memory charms.Lockhart runs a professional memory modification business, obliviating people like Mr. Bester or removing painful memories for people who can't bear them. Under the table, he handle some shady jobs, like memory charming Rita Skeeter. However, his job also gives him access to a lot of secret/private information, so he also acts as information broker.
Nobody knows TMR's middle nameThis is just a simple consequence of the no-idiot-ball rule.
The Hero who QQ is suspected of being is not TMRTMR is the obvious suspect, but the birthdays don't match, nor does the grandmother. So, there was a Most Ancient scion who was a classmate to TMR. Possibilities then include:
Quirrel's catatonic rest is not just a symptom of being dead, but is when his soul is running some other bodyThere's almost no question that the author would allow a single intelligence to split into two clones, but it's plausible that he wouldn't allow them to re-merge after that. Quirrel has lots of plots, so he goes and does those other things while catatonic. The supposed "increased frequency" is because he's has to deal with Bellatrix somehow. Note that the prohibition on re-merging intelligences would mean that his ultimate plot with Harry could not be to re-merge with Harry's dark side.
Roger Bacon damaged the Source of Magic.No one was as good as Merlin, and supposedly afterward no one was as good as the Founders-but all 5 of those wizards are British, and that trivia comes from a British wizard,so should be regarded with skepticism. There may well have been other notable powerful (comparable to the founders) foreign wizards in between. This is the reason this story's Hogwarts founders are from the late 12th/early 13th century-to move the date of the founding to just before Bacon broke magic.
Harry is the next Dark Lord. Draco is the one in the prophesy.Harry is teaching Draco his methods, thus marking him as his equal. Draco is gradually treating people better and thinking for himself, while Harry does Dark Things and ignores warnings about turning into a Dark Lord.
Voldemort never died. Not even a little bit.A charred body was found next to baby Harry, and suddenly Voldemort wasn't doing stuff anymore. Everyone assumes this is because Voldemort is dead, but he may simply have faked his death and gone into hiding. Voldemort seemed to be winning the war, but the prophesy was out there, and the Order of the Phoenix was getting closer to being able to attack him directly, not to mention having spies like Snape in the Death Eaters. Voldemort's number one priority is not to die, regardless of his other plans. He attacked Godric's Hollow in order to make Harry into a Horcrux (which he did deliberately) and make it look like he had died, to take the heat off him. "Quirinus Quirrell" is simply Tom Riddle, as Amelia Bones suspects.
Time-Turners ARE Turing computableAs "Two wizards can have a squib child because of quantum mechanics" this is more like theory about how world in Mo R runs, but I beleive it belongs to here. In chapter 14 Harry says that magic could be explained if the Universe is a computer model, but for not being Turing computable, Time-Turners are breaking even this theory. But under certain conditions they actually are computable. Fisrt, let's define a Very Simple Time-Turner Problem:
Popular things in Muggle culture is remade for WizardsLike The Tragedy of Light, which is actually Death Note. People are capable of getting away with blatant plagiarism because: 1) Most wizards don't know anything about the Muggle world and truly believe that it was created for wizards, 2) Muggle wizards get to watch the real deal, so they don't really care, and 3) Who would beleive that you're being plagiarized by wizards?
There will be a version of Dumbledore's Army in MOR-verseBut it will be led by Dumbledore, Harry and/or McGonagall after Quirrell leaves. And Harry, Hermione and Draco will become a Power Trio of some sort and utterly steamroll Voldemort, which is why Quirrell wanted to turn them against each other.
Taboo Tradeoffs went all according to planIt is obviously a plot by Voldemort to weaken Harry by splitting up his band of trusty companions. The one-level play is that the goal was to kill Draco and frame Hermione. This would deprive Harry of Draco, neutralize Hermione, and make Lucius wreck his own game for vengeance. The two-level play is that Quirrell saves Draco. This does the same except instead of killing Draco, Draco is whisked to safety by Lucius. However, Harry gives up his fortune and swears Hermione to his service to save her from Lucius. The three-level play is that Draco is still removed from the picture, Hermione's reputation is still dirt, Harry has no warchest, and Hermione is sworn to Harry in a light mirror to how Bellatrix served Voldemort. Quirrelmort totally won this one.
Harry will sacrifice himself and use his love for Mankind as fuel to cast a MASSIVE version of the Sacrificial Protection spell for EVERYONE ON EARTH, saving EVERYONE from deathOr at least Sacrifice his dark side, the Horcrux. And I don't doubt that he would be able to find a way to do so. The crux (hee hee) is that Harry will have to willfully accept death, but that doesn't seem TOO out there as a plot point. Or, if he actually dies, he can just undergo cryonics. It's not like that was never NOT an option. Hell, you have to be legally dead to undergo it now, right?
If Dumbledore knew about the Pioneer Plate, he would just use the Elder Wand to summon it towards himBecause the Elder Wand has monumental power, and Quirrelmort's power is as far away from it as a Googolplex is from infinity. Well... ish. ALSO, the only specific requirement for the Summoning Charm is that you have to have the object clearly in your mind, and that range doesn't matter. Harry could just... show him a picture, right? He has BOOKS. HOWEVER, there are spells that prevent summoning. But then AGAIN, it's the friggin' Elder Wand.
Whoever manipulated Hermione into trying to kill Draco wanted to make a HorcruxDumbledore: "There is a murder, committed in coldest blood". Hermione hit Draco with a Blood-Chilling Charm. Significant?
The prophesy will be solved by Quirrel leaving Earth.The prophesy states the two spirits of Harry and Voldemort can't exist in the same world, Quirrel is Voldemort and Quirrel has stated he wouldn't be on Earth if he knew of anywhere better.
QQ is jeremy wibble (the guy that spoke out against voldie and his family was killed for it and he was flayed).the "nurse" waiting for them after azkaban called him jeremy, the detective person interrogating him thought he was jeremy, and it would explain why he is so peeved about no one standing up against voldie and why he wants to help harry "optimize" the world. i was super shocked to see no one had guessed this.
QQ is not really Voldy and Eliezer is just jerking us around.The above actually seems quite likely, especially since nothing has really happened in the story to make us assume QQ is Voldy apart from freeing Bellatrix, and even than she could easily be innocent of whatever she was imprisoned for since this is AU. QQ iis harsh in his teaching methods, yes, and sometimes even acts slightly cruel. But he always meant well. I really think he is trying to train Harry, Draco, and Hermione to fight Voldy, and he isn't really Voldy himself. Yes Eliezer has said that he is Voldemort, but really he could just be trying to lead us down another path, Red Herring style.
Quirrelmort is setting Harry up as the next Dark LordAnd the students in the armies have the skills to overthrow him, leaving Voldemort unopposed.
Lesath Lestrange is actually Lesath Riddle.That is to say that Lesath is actually Voldemort's son.
Lesath Lestrange's begging was an act,or at least prompted by Quirrelmort.He was actually put up to it by Quirrelmort (aka Daddy-see above), and was acting in concert with Quirrelmort to get Bellatrix out of prison.
The rock is Dumbledore's Horcrux.Because,seriously, Dumbles is insane.
The Incident with the Pet Rock...Harry's accidental magic animated the rock,and it injured/killed one or more of his childhood friends. This is the trauma that caused him to become dissociative.Whatever he actually remembers about it is a false memory.
Lucius [spoiler below]'d Draco to keep him from being able to rescind the debt Harry owes to House Malfoy.If Draco hadn't been transferred out of Hogwarts, Harry (or, now, Hermione) could have saved his life and had Draco formally renounce the debt of sixty thousand galleons. If Draco isn't just being kept in the dark about the details, it could perhaps even be done without the lifesaving.
Harry's Next YearWord of God says that Methods of Rationality is the account of Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres' first year at Hogwarts and will resolve at least as much as the seven canon Harry Potter novels. This means that he will destroy all of the Horcruxes and kill Quirrellmort. The first 85 chapters of Mo R have a greater word count than the entire first four canon HP books. So, what's Harry going to do after Mo R? My hypothesese: he'll find and root the Atlantean Magic Server and kill Death. Thoughts?
The pet rock incident was Harry having a nervous breakdown because he took "treat it like a living creature" too far.It wasn't eating its food, it wasn't drinking its water... It wouldn't even move when he was near it... When he took it out of its box to roam around, it just did nothing. What was wrong with it? What did Harry do wrong? Remember, the part of a person that "knows" things and the part of the same person that "feels" things don't quite work in tandem. Harry pretended too well, and set off his infamous pessimism at full force before he had the mental shields set up to handle it.
Dumbledore knows about the Pet Rock incident.That's why he gave Harry what was said to be his father's rock. Either he didn't understand the situation and wants to "heal" Harry or he did it because it seemed funny to him. Fortunately, Harry didn't get the "joke".
Dementors' cloaks are provided by the ministry to reduce their visibility and make it obvious that they're dementors.When Harry kills the dementor after the patronus-casting class, its cloak is left behind. Perhaps only ministry-affiliated or captured dementors such as the ones that work at Azkaban have cloaks, and if a wizard met a dementor in the wild, they would see it for the unknowable Eldritch Horror that it is instead of the unpleasant corpse-like creature their minds expect it to be, which would be very, very dangerous.
The diary isn't actually Bacon'sThink about it; how would Quirrellmort get his hands on the Diary of Sir Francis Roger Bacon? Highly improbable. He would, however, have a good idea of where Riddle's Diary was because, well, he is Tom Riddle; meaning that, if Harry wasn't procrastinating on learning Latin, we would all be very, very screwed.
"Blood spills out in litres, and someone screams a word"Harry hangs Quirrelmort after winning his battle against him, kills Bellatrix with a sword, and uses them to summon Death, whom he then kills.
The person muttering "I'm not serious/Sirius" in Azkaban is Peter Pettigrew."In Methods, to make a double ruse, Pettigrew and Sirius Polyjuiced as each other and Pettigrew-disguised-as-Sirius went undercover. When PDAS betrayed Lily and James, he framed Sirius, and when the two met Sirius-as-Pettigrew Disapparated just as Pettigrew-as-Sirius, trying to further implicate Sirius, cast a Blasting Curse at a gas mains. Pettigrew-as-Sirius, since he doesn't get a trial, is thrown into Azkaban before the Polyjuice wears off. Pettigrew's worst memory is betraying his friends and being taken to Azkaban, hence he mourns not actually being the real Sirius.
Dumbledore, when Hermione (temporarily) loses the hundred points for fighting bullying, is under influence of a potion of stupidity.Think about it: official!Dumbledore isn't stupid enough to do such a thing, and while he's eccentric, this totally isn't his style. Maybe HPMOR!Dumbledore is simply different... or maybe potions of stupidity are not merely a rant against the Goblet of Fire plot, but also a Chekhov's Gun.
The timeline of HPMOR is the product of the actions of Canon!HarryMore specifically: something happened to Canon!Harry, after the "19 years later" epilogue (possibly, when he was alrady an old man) that caused him to travel back in time to before he was born. In the past, he used a spell which, as a side effect, caused many characters to have a dramatic IQ increase, which led them to make many different choices in life. The effect was hereditary. Thus, Old!Canon!Harry caused Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres to exist. Also, note that HJPEV discovers that the universe is not Turing-computable and can make use of information that have not yet happened. This is why, upon meeting Quirrell, Harry had the feeling he had already met him. This is why, in the words of McGonagall, Harry sometimes acts like someone who spent his first eleven years locked in a basement. This is why the Remembrall lit up like a sun when Harry caught it. Because HJPEV did forget a lifetime of memories... his entire life as Canon!Harry!
Animagi do *not* violate Conservation of EnergyThere are forms of magic (like the mokeskin pouch, Harry's luggage) that work by folding space and connecting the outside of a container, that exists in normal space, to an "inside" which exists outside of it. Animagi are just one more instance of it, and whatever mass they need to gain or lose, they just take it or deposit it into one such extra-spatial locale.
Neither the universe nor anything in it runs time travel.It's run by a higher-order being (or a conglomerate of such beings, or if reality is just a game or a war multiple opposing beings, hereafter referred to as "you") using the following simple rules: Someone can arbitrarily appear in the past, generally following a condition involving a reasonably high probability of a time machine passing into or already existing in the person's life. You have six hours to make their past self conform to that of their time-traveling self, including the capability and the decision to go back in time. If you succeed, all affected memories are edited for consistency. If you fail, the time traveler's universe is destroyed. The reason nobody ever succeeds in breaking time travel is not because it's impossible, it's because of a form of quantum immortality: In any universe that exists, time travel has never been broken, because any universe in which time travel has been broken no longer exists.
The author lied: this is going to be an HPDM bottom!Draco mpreg ficIt's all been building towards this.
Quirrel is Nicholas Flamel.No one in this world is holding the idiot ball. Nicholas Flamel is the only wizard of record that has an actual immortality device neatly wrapped up. It is fairly obvious that Flamel’s Philosopher’s Stone is at Hogwarts. If a wizard is both not holding the idiot ball and owns the Philosopher’s Stone, then why would you let it leave your own protection? What other wizard has had enough life to learn how to literally sneeze at powerful spells to dispel them? Quirrel claimed his family was killed by the Dark Lord. Of course Voldemort would try to do everything in his power to gain the Stone, including kill Flamel’s likely extended family. It also explains why Quirrel hasn't hunted down Flamel as Harry Potter states would happen. Being six centuries old would also explain why the Dementors, under the influence of normal people, are actively seeking to hunt Quirrel down. To stay alive as long as he has, Flamel would have had to have the cunning displayed by Quirrel at the very least. It might also explaine zombie mode, as he is off his Elixer of Life for the year. He is also mentioned several times as looking older and older as the year continues. Flamel is acclaimed to be six centuries old, old enough to have attended school during the tenure of the "quote, unquote undying Baba Yaga" which is directly referenced by Quirrel in his opening speech. He has also mentioned his personal history being largely absent from any media, and we saw the prejudice with which he treated those who investigate his personal history with Rita Skeeter. Nicholas Flamel, aka "Crozier", would certainly have enough money to pay for everything Quirrel has paid for. Someone has claimed Word of God says that Quirrel is Voldemort. I haven’t seen the Word, so I am not going to destroy my theory until I see the evidence myself. Even if it were true, who is to say that Voldemort wasn't just another mask of Nicholas Flamel? It certainly seems like Nicholas Flamel has been receiving more name-checks as the story continues.
The world ends because of the jinx to stop "opposite reaction" from working around Azkaban.In real life, things don't always happen for big important reasons. Removing "opposite reaction" would undermine such a fundamental law of physics that it might be impossible to predict what would happen to any particles in the jinx's area of effect. Perhaps it will cause all the matter in Azkaban's vicinity to disintegrate at a subatomic level, thus becoming the world's biggest-ever nuclear detonation. A bright light, cities and people on fire, and maybe in Trelawney's Sunday prophecy, the word that started with an 'S' was "substance." As long as the phrase, "He is coming," need not be interpreted literally. In prophecy-speak, "coming" could easily refer to a person growing into "the one who will tear apart the very substance". Then again, if the prophecy doesn't give Harry credit for that, maybe Arthur Weasley or someone else in the Ministry "is coming" to cast the jinx. Considering that prophecies are usually announced only to those closely linked, and this prophecy tried to spill itself before the entire Hogwarts population, it may well involve the end of the world entire.
Quirrell's battle magic class is an allegory for the Cold War.The Chaos Legion is the United States (individualist), Dragon Army is the Soviet Union (conformist), and the Sunshine Regiment is China (the third, underestimated power). Alternatively, the Sunshine Regiment is the United States (democratic) and the Chaos Legion is Maoist China (the leader orchestrates a state of perpetual revolution while maintaining de facto absolute power for himself).
Hermione has Asperger's syndromeShe loves to read, she is unusually interested in the things she finds interesting, she is socially awkward and finds it easier to interact with books than people, she basks in praise, she is extremely sensitive It is practically canon. (Fanon-canon)
Quirrell is QuirrellBut he is possessed by Voldemort. Voldemort is pretending to be David Monroe pretending to be Quirinus Quirrell.
Quirrell can cast a PatronusHe has figured out the secret, just like Godric and Rowena before him and Harry after him. He just doesn't want anyone to find out.
The burning of the chicken is related to the burning of Narcissa MalfoyPerhaps Dumbledore did not actually burn Narcissa alive, but rather something transfigured and contained etc etc (the same explanation McGonagall gave Harry for the chicken). Doing so was an attempt to hint to Harry that he shouldn't take that story too seriously. Alternatively, one can imagine that Dumbles is a crazy pyromaniac, and McGonagall's explanation is why clever good people have not so far jumped him.
Quirrel, Harry's dark side, Mr. Hat and Cloak, and Santa are all separate and incomplete copies of Voldermort.Much like how the canon!diary was a copy of younger Voldermort. They are not all aware of each other, and some are working towards separate and mutually exclusive goals.
Harry's Sense of Doom is in fact…
Lucius Malfoy knows that science works, and plans to use it.We know that Lucius knows everything Draco knows. Draco believed that Harry was planning to use Muggle science and magic to take over the world. Lucius might realize that the things Harry said seem to hang together logically, and decide to investigate. If Lucius does believe that Muggle science is as powerful as Harry claims, he might decide to use it himself, in secret. It wouldn't even occur to other wizards to use Muggle ideas, because that idea is just too alien to them. Lucius's next steps will be to go into the Muggle world, strip a good library to the bare shelves, walk out with all the scientific, engineering, and technological knowledge Harry said Draco wasn't ready for yet. It's true that in chapter 80 Lucius says that Harry lied to Draco (presumably about Muggle science and the blood purity test), but this is just to make Harry think that Lucius had rejected his ideas.
Lily somehow tricked Voldemort into accidentally making an Unbreakable VowAs we saw, the confrontation between Lily Potter and Voldemort didn't go down quite the way that it did in canon. but Voldemort did, indeed, say "I accept your bargain" after Lily offered her life for her son's. And when you break an Unbreakable Vow, you die. It's possible that, instead of saving Harry with The Power of Love, Voldemort ended up sticking himself with a Magically-Binding Contract of some sort when he (dishonestly) agreed not to kill Harry; when he went on to ignore this, the contract went off and killed him. Lily knew darn well that Voldemort wasn't going to keep his word, so she set up a ritual (arranging for her own life to be the sacrifice) which would ensure Harry's safety.
Quirrell attacked Draco and Hermione because Harry revealed way too much information in chapters 65 and 66.Harry revealed two important facts. First, Dumbledore believes Voldemort to be still alive. Second, Harry's ability to stay in Hogwarts for six years is contingent on his friendships ("If necesssary - sstay at sschool ssix yearss and sstudy. Hogwartss sseemss fine place to dwell. Bookss, friendss, sstrange but tassty food."). If Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix are active, Quirrellmort needs to accelerate his plans. He decides to give up on the Philosopher's Stone, and instead conduct the resurrection ritual as soon as possible. He cannot forcibly remove Harry from Hogwarts, so he must convince Harry to leave. Quirrell primes Harry for impatience and wanderlust, telling him that they are alike in their inability to tolerate confinement. Once Harry refuses to leave Hogwarts, the boy makes the mistake of pointing out to Quirrell that his friendships will help him to endure. He literally pointed out his greatest vulnerability to the man in whom he'd just lost faith, the man who was already blatantly trying to convince him to leave. Quirrell spins a plan to destroy Harry's alliance with Draco and to remove Hermione from Hogwarts, and potentially driving Harry to immediately run to Azkaban to save her, and maybe even ask Quirrell to provide the necessary portkeys, et cetera. Whether all the details come together or not, the core plan is solid: Damage Harry's friendships. Plan of action: Reduce Harry's army and thus disband Dramione's Sungon Argiment. Whenever either Draco or Hermione outperforms the other, point this out to both of them. Give Hermione a forged S.P.H.E.W Badge, which you've enchanted to allow yourself to track her. Find her when she's all alone and use Obliviation to instill a sourceless paranoia against Draco. Wait until Draco and Hermione clash. Realize your incredible stroke of luck when they clash climactically in full view of the school, and when later that very same night your tracking spell reveals Hermione sneaking out after curfew. In the quiet of night, strike.
The real reason magic is "getting weaker" is to do with the training methods, not magic itself.Before the founding of Hogwarts or wizarding schools in general, people with magical ability were trained as apprentices to experienced witches and wizards. As with Muggles, mainstreaming education ends up turning everyone average; instead of having them invest all their energy in learning things they'd actually be good at and have passion for instead of practicing a set of standard spells and being primarily motivated by grades. This works with the next WMG.
The Muggle witch trials persecuted Muggleborns.Of course, Muggles in Medieval times burned lots of other Muggles as witches; however, many of them may easily have been untrained Muggleborns.
Lily had figured out what the prophecy meant.Either that or she was just really good at thinking on her feet.
Quirrell took the DADA teacher position specifically in order to be above criticism.After all, Mc Gonnagall would personally kill anyone who tried. To find out who has power over you, find out who you are not allowed to criticise (~Voltaire), and Quirrell is effectively the most powerful person in Hogwarts. Even Dumbledore can't question him, and Mc Gonnagall refuses to do so. Quirrell can conduct his investigations in relative peace.
The Deathly Hallows are made from a cloak of a dementor.the cloak has been shown to be black in the HPMOR-verse, and this allows the 'three brothers actually met death' theory and the 'the three brothers made the Hallows themselves' theory to be simultaneously true. The hallows are not made by a quasi-deity and they can thus be defeated, e.g. Moody's eye in ch 86.
When Quirrell does that in-the-stars thing
Sirius is a villain…And did a body-swap, exchanging bodies with Peter, albeit without Peter's consent.
The one telling Millicent about the S.P.H.E.W. battles…
Harry's comparison of Lucius Malfoy to Darth Vader will be significant.
Hermione is still alive.
Hermione is dead
Harry's two-minute goodbye to Hermione was more like a six-hour goodbye. And she was awake.
The body in the storage room is a death doll
Quirrell is David Monroe is Tom Riddle is not Lord Voldemort
Voldemort was David Monroe's lackeyDavid Monroe orchestrated Voldemort's rise to power and funded his terrorism in an attempt to commit a false flag takeover of Magical Britain. Think the Star Wars prequels with David Monroe as Palpatine and Voldemort as Count Dooku, Magical Britain as the Republic and the Death Eaters as the Separatists. However, he quickly became disillusioned with the whole plan when he realized that instead of rallying behind a strong leader (himself) the population was instead content to cower and do nothing while he dealt with the problem virtually alone. Realizing this, he went into seclusion to formulate a new plan that didn't rely on people being rational and left Voldemort to do what he would, only occasionally assisting to maintain the balance of the war.
the real Hermione will be revived
Harry's father's rock now contains Hermione's brain.While Harry was paying his respects to Hermione's body, he used his Time-Turner and the Invisibility Cloak to go back to the fight with the troll, extract Hermione's brain while she was dying, hollow out the rock and place the brain inside it, along with a Cooling Charm and some insulating material. He then keeps the entire rock and brain transfigured into a gem, which nobody questions because he's always done it. While transfigured, Hermione's brain only degrades very slowly, and so this is Harry's best chance of preserving it for long enough to bring her back to life. There are clues in the fight scene - Harry transfigures part of the troll's brain into sulphuric acid, and Hermione's death scream sounds a lot like she's having her entire mental state extracted magically. Makes more sense than the above guess, anyway.
Hermione's body is the ring itself
Hermione's body is missing because she's aliveHarry already succeeded in resurrecting her, or thinks he did. He's keeping it secret to keep her safe. However, he still needs to keep looking for a way to bring her back, because...
Harry is maintaining a transfiguration of dead Hermione to living HermioneInanimate object to living creature transfiguration can be done with charms. So it stands to reason Harry can figure out a way to do inanimate to living free transfiguration, and sees no theoretical problem as to why it can't be used to heal someone. However, he needs to maintain the transfiguration, which is harder than with the rock, and needs to keep her someplace where he can control the environment, in case there's any issues when the transfiguration reverts. In the meantime, he's looking for a permanent solution.
Everyone gets patroni 2.0And are thus shielded from Dementors and therefore Death.
Voldemort is the Heir of Slytherin in truth, not just in name, because he's using Slytherin's ring.First, think back to after the lake battle in December. Blaise Zabini comments to Mr. Hat and Cloak that 'nothing really bad ever happens to students in Hogwarts'; to which H&C replies, "With the murder of one student five decades ago being the exception that proves the rule, since Salazar Slytherin would have keyed his monster into the ancient wards at a higher level than the Headmaster himself." (Chapter 35, Aftermath: Blaise Zabini.) Dumbledore never felt the troll enter, and wasn't able to tell where it was (unlike with Harry's potential phoenix). The troll, like the last creature to have killed a student within Hogwarts, outranked the Headmaster as far as the wards were concerned. So far, so obvious. Now for the WMG bit. Less Wrong has clearly read nonjon's A Black Comedy, as shown by the appearance of David Monroe. Towards the end of that fic, Harry is recognised by Slytherin's ring (no longer a horcrux) as Lord Slytherin, and finds himself able to do things like apparate within the grounds, open the main doors, and turn all of Hogwarts green. Back with MoR and thinking about who might be motivated to go after that particular object there (although it may or may not be a horcrux), the reason Voldemort was able to attack using the troll was because he 1) has Slytherin's ring and 2) is genuinely the Heir of Slytherin, or possibly Lord Slytherin. A further guess - the attempt on Draco's life was not Voldemort. If it were, the slow-acting blood-cooling charm to bypass the wards would have been unnecessary; Voldemort could have simply killed Draco himself at a higher Hogwarts User Level than the Headmaster, which would have been a more certain method (not foiled by a random teacher or prefect out for a stroll) and only a potential giveaway if someone were to know about the ring and that Voldemort is the Heir, in which case all they know is that he has some mysterious ability to murder Hogwarts students even behind the wards: perfect for creating the terror he wants. So, I think some other culprit is framing Voldemort, without the knowledge that he's the Heir.
The attempt on Draco's life was not an attempt on Draco's life.Pertaining to the above guess. As has been said, Voldemort can hack the wards. If he wanted to kill Draco, he would simply have done so; the whole affair was probably just to frame Hermione. The most likely culprit is of course Quirrell.
Harry will use partial transmutation to make large amounts of money.By mass producing abundant but difficult to refine materials. The process goes like this: starting with a raw material (e.g. titanium dioxide) he selectively transmutes only the oxygen atoms into a nonreactive element (e.g. helium), the covalent bonds break and the elements separate, then when he reverts the transmutation all that's left is pure titanium which he can then process further or sell. Even though it breaks one of McGonagall's cardinal rules of transmutation since both the subject and target are harmless gasses, and he would undoubtedly test the process with her and Dumbledore's supervision, it would be permissible.
If Dumbledore was responsible for the troll, then a third party knew about the plot and sabotaged it.Chapter 97 has the characters consider (and begin acting off of) the possibility that Dumbledore was behind both murder attempts and both were meant to be foiled. The chain of logic holds up as far as they took it... but even if you account for sabotaging Hermione's emergency items by saying he wanted to play into the narrative of Harry rescuing her, nothing accounts for the map being taken from the twins. Dumbledore knew they had it, and if they had been able to use it that day Harry could have found her in a very short span of time and saved her easily. It wouldn't even look odd that the perpetrator to overlooked it, since Harry would just assume the guy was watching him and Hermione. So Dumbledore would have no reason to sabotage the map, but would have reason to expect Harry to find her in time if the twins had the map. But it would make perfect sense if a third party who actually wanted her dead (possibly Quirrel), somehow having learned about the plot in advance, performed all the necessary acts of sabotage to get her killed. The only question is how someone could possibly see this coming since he would have told noone. The map almost certainly was taken very shortly before the incident since the longer they spent without it the likelier they were to notice and go to the teachers.
Quirrell brought the troll into Hogwarts. The wards are speaking the truth.Everything speaks for Quirrell doing it. He notices stuff, like Margaret Bulstrode having a Time Turner. He would have noticed that the Weasley twins somehow knew when to hide and where to go – maybe already when helping them with Skeeter, which he most likely did – and he would have found out how. And memory charmed them again, since they obviously didn't remember that it was a map they had. He must have been hoping that Harry would shed his restraints when Hermione was dead.
Quirrel is a troll animagus.We see his body become a snake for the same reason he can speak Parseltongue; he's one person's soul in another person's everything. Voldemort's soul-fragment is a snake animagus. Not his host, whose few irreproducable talents (such as his personal animagus form) allow him to be used as a tool and perhaps aimed at a vulnerable student. Quirrelmort clearly has a thing about trolls- or hey, maybe the Battle Magic professor who cursed the DADA position fifty years ago is a troll animagus, and his host is the snake animagus. It would certainly jive with what we've seen of Voldemort's personality that he'd cover up being a troll animagus (covering up being a half-blood, because half-bloods and trolls are stupid) and/or hype trolls after discovering that he is a troll animagus (the way he insisted that being a descendent of Slytherin meant you were inherently awesome despite all evidence to the contrary, simply because he was a descendent of Slytherin). Maybe Voldemort chose Quirrel in this continuity not because he was the former Muggle Studies professor and was trusted by Hogwarts (as in canon), or because he was a convenient nearby person, but because it would let him turn into a snake.
Regardless of which of them is the snake and which is the troll, we don't actually hear about the disposal or disappearance of the corpse of a certain suspicious troll after it got acid in the face or rather, the brain; all we know is that acid retards or prevents their healing, and that acid and fire are the only things that can kill a troll, not that acid actually did kill it in this particular case. It would certainly give Harry means to re-evaluate the possibility of wizardly souls existing independent of the brain.
Lily doomed the World.A Centaur made a very clear prophecy to her. If she used Magic to make her sister pretty, the world would end. Because then Harry would meet Michael Verres and thus become who he is today. It's in the first Chapter!
Prophecy is Malicious.Who the hell are the Fates? What if they don't want immortality? They want Epic campaigns of Heroics, not boring Utopias where nobody needs them. They Sniped Atlantis off the maps and when Merlin brought a new Golden Age they told him the World would end until he killed himself and banned Epic Spellbooks.
What Dumbledore signed from the terrace, and to whom he signed itGiven that it happened immediately after Harry told him about the Transfiguration rule he broke, it was most likely some kind of secret warning sign to Minerva.
The list Harry gave the Weasley twins contains…
Renaming it Battle Magic is enough to lift the Curse.The curse was cast on the position of Defense Professor. Quirrell is holding the position of Professor in Battle Magic.
The ending of the fic will be determined by TV Tropes.Eliezer already mentioned in discussions about chapter 98 that he included the student council based on a WMG. Since the focus of the story is creativity almost as much as rationality, and it is possible we'll be required to do something to get a True Ending, his unspoken plan is to use the most creative and workable solutions produced here to finish the book more easily. It is therefore in our best interests to come up with as many ways for Harry to save Hermione as we can, possibly even thinking about it for 5 minutes beforehand.
The Verres family is somehow related to the Verres family from El Goonish Shive.Harry and Tedd are both named Verres, and they both try to categorize magic in a scientific context. Since they most probably don't exist in the same universe, we have to assume that they're both personifications of attempts to introduce order into chaos. Or something like that.
Quirrell is lying about not speaking ParseltongueHe knew it would seem too suspicious if he could speak it, too. Harry would have figured him out in no time. Probably snake Animagi can't even speak that unless they know it as humans.
Hermione is now released from her Oath and servitude to House PotterShe swore servitude "until the day I die". Specifically April 16 1992, nine days after taking the oath. There was nothing in there about resuming if she ever got revived.
Lucius thought Hermione might be Narcissa reincarnateWhen he thought Harry was Voldemort, he referred to her bloodlust and power. You'd think he meant she might be Bellatrix, but Bellatrix is still alive. Maybe he was inadvertently confessing that his wife wasn't such an innocent person after all.
Nah, he thought she was BellatrixHe would perhaps have been friendlier to Narcissa reincarnated. Still doesn't explain why he thought she would kill his son/her nephew though.
There will be a sequel in which adult Harry fights intergalactic Voldemort and his assembled army of Aliens.Duh.
How Harry Brings Hermione Back To LifeThis guess is based on two pieces of information about how magic works in-universe that we are given. First, ghosts are not sentient in as much as they are aware that they are aware. Instead they act as mind-uploads that are impressed upon the environment when a wizard suffers a sudden and violent death. Given the manner in which she died and the huge outpouring of magical energy at the time, it seems likely that Harry will encounter a Hermione ghost in Hogwarts in the near future. Second, the Killing Curse acts as the magically manifest desire of the caster to see the target cease to exist. The caster must want them dead "as an terminal goal of their utility function." Going off of a WMG above, Harry will eventually learn the polar opposite of the Killing Curse, which will use his desire to see Life prevail in much the same way as his patronus does. Harry's utility function has this as an terminal goal already. Combining these two premises, Harry will cast Raise Dead on Hermione's body, which is mostly likely transfigured into his ring to prevent decay. Besides the body he will also use the Hermione-ghost as a restore point for her mental state. From Hermione's point of view she will have been attacked by the troll, blacked out from her wounds, and then will wake up healthy and whole.
In the end, Harry will kill Death via a magical ritualThe ritual will probably involve Summoning Death (via the ritual Quirrel mentioned, that has a forgotten Banish-Death counterpart). Then, using all three Deathly Hallows, Harry will cast the True Patronus to Heal Death. After that, it's anyone's guess what happens, but I'm going for "retroactively create an afterlife (which, to prevent paradoxes, is only detectable insofar as it does not change the past of the physical world)." Anyone else know an acceptable (non-tragic) ending?
The remembrall lit up because it got confused by Harry's time turner.Harry would have been in existence as two copies at the same time, but the other copy had memories further into the time line, so the rememballs magic could have been "confused".
Harry will discover that he can transfigure matter into antimatter.Magic can create a big boom, but evidently not one that can compare to WWII-era nuclear weapons. Total conversion would make even the most efficient nuke look like a firecracker in comparison, pound for pound. Of course, the problem with an antimatter bomb is designing a mechanism to propel the matter and antimatter together in such a way as to create one large explosion. ...Unless, of course, you can just use partial transfiguration to ask every other proton to please become an antiproton* . This is what Quirrell fears will happen to the Earth, or perhaps the Sun. Can a few antiparticles unmake a horcrux? He doesn't know.
Professor Sinistra will be legilimisedIt's practically been foreshadowed twice.
The Elder Wand can fight off old age, and maybe even reverse death.There have been several instances of Dumbledore's age appearing to change in tandem with changes in his mood. It may well be that Harry is incorrect in Chapter 97 in supposing that the Elder Wand can't fight old age. Perhaps it only takes the right mood, and Dumbledore, being a Deathist, fails to harness the Elder Wand's full power. And if the Elder Wand truly can reverse aging, perhaps the right sort of mind can drive it to reverse other processes as well, such as death itself.
Next will be a dragon.As per Quirrell's List of Most Dangerous Creatures Alive, backwards. Harry has already fought and won against the Top 3 in descending order.
The next will be a basilisk.Which is kind of a dragon and not in any way less dangerous.
The Prophecies didn't speak of Harry at all.The first, canonical one may have been about Snape, who was marked by Voldemort not long after hearing it prophesised that "the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal". You might say the Dark Mark is in fact the mark of a subordinate… until you remember that Voldemort has it too. In the case of the newer, fanonical prophecy, it could have been about Quirrell or his alter ego. Or his tertiary ego.
Harry's mysterious dark side is a fragment of Voldemort's soul that is capable of independent thought.He was not detected by the Sorting Hat because he was an Occlumens.
Dementors originated on Atlantis.That's why it sank. They forgot to turn off their Dementor-producing volcano in the panic and rush of getting off the sinking island, though, and now another one pops up every once in a while, presumably from below the sea.
A shot of liquid fire is what you should get after getting bitten by an inferius.
Turning Harry into a horcrux was not an accident.On October 31, 1981, Voldemort entered the Potter residence with a plan. He had no use for James Potter, so he just killed him. Lily Potter assumed that he wanted to kill little Harry, so she begged him to take her instead. But Harry's death had no part in Voldemort's plan. Voldemort wanted one more piece on the chessboard to manipulate, so he started the ritual for the creation of a horcrux. For that, he killed Lily and implanted a shred of his own soul into Harry, whose scar was a side effect of the procedure. Then, he used a death doll to make a duplicate of his own body, set it on fire and Apparated away. The goal of this was to create the legend of the Boy-Who-Lived. Authorities would discover James's and Lily's corpses, as well as charred remains they would assume to be Voldemort's. They would add two and two together... and get five, coming to the wrong conclusion that Voldemort was killed by his own Killing Curse, which rebounded against Harry. This would make sure that Harry would grow up to be Voldemort's nemesis. But as long as Voldemort's enemies protect Harry, he (Voldemort) would not die, because of Harry's nature as a horcrux. But Voldemort's plan went further than that. He knew that, less than ten years later, Harry would receive a letter from Hogwarts, so (some time between 1981 and 1991) he kidnapped the real David Monroe and Polyjuiced himself into a lookalike, periodically plucking one of his hair from his skull to keep up the deception. As David Monroe, Voldemort created the identity of Quirinus Quirrell and applied for a Defense teaching post at Hogwarts, which he got. The goal of this was to persuade Harry to join his side. This would make Voldemort capable of controlling not only his associates, but his enemies too, thereby assuring that every outcome in the subsequent war would lead to his victory.
Quirrell isn't polyjuiced.He is transfigured.
Elizier is going to take a 100-year break from writing Methods of Rationality......in order to encourage readers to sign up for cryonics so they can eventually see where the story goes. Every reader who signs up is another life potentially saved. When faced with a choice between conventional story completion and a life-saving cliffhanger, what would a rational humanist do?
Harry's Dad being a biochemist is a hint about the nature of Magic."I read somewhere that if you string out all the veins in one human body, you can wrap it around the Earth a few times."
Next will be an army of inferi.More specifically the one Lavender mentions in chapter 70.
The centaur is now brain dead.That was an Avada Kedavra and Quirrell just temporarily reanimated the corpse.
Atlantis was a highly advanced technological society.
Narcissa lives.She is kept in a state of coma with the Draught of the Living Dead.
Harry will try to piece together Voldemort's soul.He has a friend in Quirrell, a mentor. He wouldn't want to let that go.
Quirrell is David Monroe, and is not Voldemort, yet.You-Know-Who turned Monroe into a Horcrux. That is why Monroe quit being a hero, he realized he couldn't win. That is also why he can connect to Harry (end of chap 89). And either the Pioneer Probe is Monroe's Horcrux, or it is Voldemort's and he can connect to it to. The reason he goes into zombie mode is that You-Know-Who is trying to take over his body, and he doesn't have Harry's protection. That is also why he became the teacher and is so desperate to make the students improve, and unite Britain under Harry, he is preparing the forces to defeat him once he is turned.
The Animagus potion flask contained the potion Quirrell used to become a snake Animagus.To keep up appearances. It would have been too suspicious if he just happened to speak Parseltongue too.
Eliezer only made the respective amounts of Galleons "100 000" and "40 000" to confuse us about whether a Galleon is worth twenty pounds or fifty.Harry keeps referring to the amount as "two million pounds sterling".
"Abracadabra" will be the reversal-spell to Avada Kedavra.
The pyramids were conjured, not built.Like Hogwarts.
There will be at least one gratuitous House elf scene.In a shout-out to Pet Project. At least one.
The entire story is the novelization of a role-playing session.Specifically, a session of a Harry Potter role-playing game (Wizards and Wands?) where Eliezer Yudkowsky's player character is Harry Potter. The existence of in-universe items with statistics ("Knives +3! Forks +2! Spoons with a +4 bonus!") is a clue. All references Harry Potter makes about player characters or non-player characters are just Eliezer Yudkowsky meta-gaming. Besides, a comment Eliezer Yudkowsky made about midichlorians and why he is allegedly against them, could be rewritten to be about Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. He wrote: "So trying to explain the Force with little mindochondria is futile" and "In the world where midichlorians are needed to explain the Force, the Force simply doesn't exist in the first place.", which could be rewritten as "So trying to explain magic with a genetic marker is futile" and "In the world where a genetic marker is needed to explain magic, magic simply doesn't exist in the first place." Since magic exists in the Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, then Harry will eventually discover that a genetic marker is not needed for it to work, and the reason why magic exists in the first place is that Harry himself, and all that surrounds him, is fictional.
Trolls are remote-controlled biological drones.Let's start from the assumption that everything "magical" in this story is controlled by the Source of Magic, an Atlantean artificial intelligence equipped with molecular nanotechnology. Then an apparently absurd property of trolls starts making sense. If they can regenerate because "they continuously transform into themselves", wouldn't that mean that they cannot have a functional brain? After all, whenever a brain acquires any information, its neural connections change, and any such change would be impossible in a being that "transforms into itself". The answer is that they don't have a brain, they only have sensory and motor organs. Every information processing is not done inside their bodies, it's done remotely by the Source of Magic. They are possibly made out of nanobots, or by organic material held together by nanobots, and whenever a troll gets damaged, its nanobots just reorganize themselves, synthesizing the missing material (or even missing nanobots) by manipulating whatever substances they come in contact with at a timeless physics level. The answer to the further question of why they are vulnerable to fire and acid, is that those are intentional vulnerabilities implemented as safeguards by the creators of the Source of Magic.
Voldemort already took Harry's blood by force, for use in the Resurrection Ritual.From Chapter 26: "Give me that," said Professor Quirrell, and the newspaper leaped out of Harry's hand so fast that he got a paper cut. ... Harry watched, gaping in open awe.... It was like the man had cast off a pretense of mortality. While it's extremely unlikely that Harry bled much onto the paper, we don't know how much blood the ritual requires. While it's extremely unlikely that the blood could be taken far in advance of the ritual, we don't know how long the ritual is allowed to last. Months? Years? Decades? Could Voldemort have already moved his father's bones long ago? It could work as long as "during the ritual" is as arbitrary as it sounds.
Other people have cast Patronus 2.0There's a semi-canon historical figure named Andros the Invincible who could cast a Patronus "of giant size", commonly interpreted to be an actual giant. Which is just a big human, for all visual purposes. His name "Andros" is a form of the Greek Andras, meaning "man". Also, being able to destroy death is a pretty good requisite for being considered "Invincible".
Harry won't create the canon universeBut will be tempted to as a way of returning Hermione from the dead. He'll figure out some limited type of time travel that exceeds time turners, and be given the choice to negate his own reality in favor of the canon one where Hermione lives. This is the END OF THE WORLD, in Trelawney's latest prophecy, since it would be the unraveling of their own reality. Contrary to expectation, he won't choose this, since he is rational and will realize how much vaster the potential for him to do good is in this reality.
The Interdict of Merlin isn't a rule of magic.It has to do with powerful magic being hard to describe to someone who hasn't experienced it for himself. People have just attributed this effect to Merlin, and Slytherin himself believed it enough to create an immortal monster to contain his knowledge (or he didn't).
At the end of the story, Hermione really will come back as an alicorn princess.Because of word of God. Eliezer wants us to hope that he lied, so that in the end, when that is actually what happens, his trolling will have been much more effective.
The secret to Transfiguration is that you have to know the material.Maybe not the exact molecular structure, but you have to know what it's made of. This, Hermione could Transfigure buckytubes, but not an Alzheimer cure. It has nothing to do with whether or not it already exists.
Souls have no molecular structure.They are just a bunch of quarks, held together by something like a point of gravity.
Harry's going to start a galactic civilization that harvests stars for energy, or he'll harvest them instantaneously by magical accident.From chapter 21: '"If someone's going to tear apart the Sun we're really in trouble!" 'That seemed rather unlikely to Harry, unless the world contained scary things which had heard of David Criswell's ideas about star lifting.' Harry qualifies as a scary thing which has heard of star lifting.
Quirrell is lying about how horcruxes works.In Chapter 102, Quirrell says that horcruxes work in such a way that they are useless. However, the Chapter 20 Author's Note implies very heavily that Quirrell is Voldemort, and that he has made the Pioneer Plaque his horcrux. Furthermore, the horcrux described by Quirrell would require the horcrux to be present for resurrection, something not seen in the canon series and something that would make the Pioneer Plaque horcrux pointless.
Nicholas Flamell is Merlin.And so not six hundred years old after all.
Voldemort never used the killing curse on HarryThe core question of rationality is: "What do we know, and how do we know we know it?" So, let's apply this to the evening of Voldemort's "death". We know of most of those events because we saw them in Harry's memory (though given the unreliable nature of memory, especially in this setting, and the fact that it was recalled in a way that's probably not been tested for accuracy, even that is weak evidence). However, those memories end before Voldemort casts the killing spell on Harry himself. The only evidence given for that is Voldemort's corpse being found next to Harry crib, which other characters surmise happened because the killing curse somehow rebounded. However, as we see during the raid on Azkaban, there is a spell known to Voldemort that allows you to create a fake corpse. Hence, there is no reliable evidence to support the 'rebound spell killing Voldemort' hypothesis.
Rather than use the killing curse, Voldemort gave Harry his dark sideBased on the premise of the above. If Voldemort never used the killing curse on Harry, the question becomes why he didn't do so. Based on a few hints in the text, we can establish another possibility. Point one: Harry's dark side implicitly trusts Quirrel. Indeed, when Harry falls under the influence of the Dementor, Quirrel is the only person who Harry doesn't see as insignificant/annoying. Point two: Harry trusts Quirrel way, way more than he logically should. Whether it is breaking into his home at night, arguing for the implementation of a fascist regime or getting an insane murderer out of prison, Harry keeps trusting the guy even when all logic says he should be far, far more wary of Quirrel. Point three: Harry seems to keep getting manipulated into situations where losing himself in the dark side would be a logical outcome. There's the time the defence class beat him up, there's the time he was exposed to a dementor, there was the time Quirrel took him to Azkaban, there's the time Hermione was framed for murder and there was the time that Hermione was killed. Of these traumatic situations, Quirrel was directly responsible for setting three of them up, and is a suspect in the matter of the other two. The first two points suggest the possibility that Quirrelmort has placed Harry under some kind of spell to make him more controllable. Voldemort possessed the opportunity and ability to implement such control during his attack on the Potter Home, as the flashback ended with him looking Harry straight in the eyes, and Voldemort is capable of manipulating minds through legilimency. The first and third point together suggest the possibility that Quirrelmort is trying to permanently place Harry in a state where he'd be willing to kill anyone except Quirrelmort. Incidentally, having Harry placed in such a state would probably count as 'destroying all but a remnant' of him, fulfilling the prophecy.
How the troll got into Hogwarts without notice.It must have been transfigured. Not sure how it didn't set off the wards when it got untransfigured, but Occam's razor says the Q is lying. If it's already there when it becomes itself, it won't register as "strange creature".
The Fat Friar is Roger Bacon.
Magical power is zero-sum gameThe reason it seems like it is fading is because there's a limited quantity of total magical energies available at any given time. As time passes, the number of magic users is increasing, distributing the total wider. Also, any magical energy that is bound up in a magic item is removed from the total until that item is destroyed. Raising Hogwarts probably consumed a signficant portion of the total, as did the other works of historical Wizards, such as the Interdict of Merlin. This is why it always seems like power fades greatly after these figure's lives. They're the cause.
Magic isn't fading at all.It's just that present-day wizards are comparing themselves to legends. Fine, Hogwarts is a piece of evidence, but when did anyone test whether a team of four powerful present-day wizards could do something equivalent? Additionally, they are drawing comparisons to the most powerful wizards of hyperbolic legend, not to averages.
Wizards are losing power over the generations because magic distribution is a zero-sum game.The amount of total magic is consistent, but the available ambient magic fluctuates. The examples of Merlin and the founders of Hogwarts being superior to anyone that came after seem telling. If there's only so much magic in the world to go around at any given time, you'd see the existence of impressive works followed by a sharp decline. Specifically because all of the magic has been permanently bound up in artifacts they created. Hogwarts itself is hoarding an enormous amount of the world's magical potential, all being used to power moving staircases and power magical rooms. Additionally, population growth will spread the remaining magic around more thinly, assuming that Wizarding populations have followed Muggle trends.