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YMMV: Septimus Heap
  • Angst? What Angst?: Septimus seems pretty unconcerned about the disappearance of Nicko in Physik.
  • Awesome Art: Mark Zug's drawings of the characters and settings in the books.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: Applied by Word of God to many aspects of the setting.
  • Canon Fodder: Numerous details, places, and people across the series.
  • Ending Fatigue: The books have an habit of lasting a long time, and even after the climax there is usually still a bit of plot before the end.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Septimus/Jenna and Marcia/Silas, in spite of the fact that Septimus and Jenna are adopted siblings and that Silas is married and has seven kids.
  • First Installment Wins: If you read about Septimus Heap, chances are you will read mostly about the first book, Magyk.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The events leading up to the outbreak of the Darke Domaine in Darke bear an uncanny similarity to the Fukushima accident, namely the safety lapses in both cases.
  • Ho Yay: Between Septimus and Wolf Boy.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Played With in Darke. Sure, it was Merrin Meredith who unleashed the Darke Domaine, but it probably wouldn't have happened without Septimus's and Marcia's poor safety policy.
    • The escalation of the crisis was also hardly the paramount of good decision-making.
  • Informed Wrongness: Jenna is a Barrier Maiden and is told to go away in Syren rather than get into danger, notwithstanding the fact that she isn't outside of the Castle.
  • It Gets Better: A few people complained about the length of Queste's introduction, specifically the Merrin Meredith scenes.
  • It Was His Sled: Septimus wasn't actually dead in Magyk.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Tertius Fume. Between dragging Alther into the Darke Halls when he's Banished and sending Septimus on the Queste with a rigged Draw, he's definitively a magnificent antagonist, especially compared to his rather dull predecessors.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The Things' faces, as shown in Darke, look almost weird, rather than scary.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Septimus and Jenna, to the point where many readers thought they were going to be the Official Couple. The fumble is strong with this one.
  • Shipping. Many: Septimus/Jenna, Marcia/Milo, Marcia/Marcellus... the list goes on and on.
  • The Scrappy: Milo Banda is likely the only character in the series who is disliked by some fans due to him being constantly away on travels while his daughter Jenna and the Heap family are in trouble and being generally embarrassing for Jenna.
  • Uncanny Valley: Septimus's illustration in Darke can be a little disconcerting, what with the absent-minded and distanced look.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Merrin Meredith's image.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Marcia puts up Jenna for the Heaps to adopt in Magyk despite different eye-colors and Magykal powers making them a rather poor hiding place for the princess.
    • What did you intend when running back into the Palace when the Darke Domaine was spreading out, Sarah?
  • The Woobie: Sarah Heap. Between losing Septimus, Simon and Nicko at various times and rarely seeing any of them, there is not much happiness in her life.
    • Which makes Fyre all the more heartwarming, as all seven Heaps AND Jenna are attending Simon and Lucy's wedding. It even goes to show that Sarah is finally starting to let go of her life-long anxiety.

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