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* PublicDomainCharacter: KingArthur and his court make a cameo appearance.

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* PublicDomainCharacter: KingArthur Myth/KingArthur and his court make a cameo appearance.


* PublicDomainArtifact: The witches have seven-league boots, as well as [[UpToEleven forty-nine league boots]].


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* SevenLeagueBoots: The witches have seven-league boots, as well as [[UpToEleven forty-nine league boots]].

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* OrWasItADream: Played with all through the book. All the supernatural events end with Kay waking up, but the "mundane" adventure story (where he's definitely awake) only makes sense if the things he learns on these expeditions are true.

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* PublicDomainArtifact: The witches have seven-league boots, as well as [[UpToEleven forty-nine league boots]].


A sequel, ''The Box of Delights'', was published in 1935. The two books also have links, in terms of shared settings and characters, with a series of adventure stories for adults which began with ''Literature/SardHarker'' in 1925.

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A sequel, ''The Box of Delights'', ''Literature/TheBoxOfDelights'', was published in 1935. The two books also have links, in terms of shared settings and characters, with a series of adventure stories for adults which began with ''Literature/SardHarker'' in 1925.


A sequel, ''The Box of Delights'', was published in 1935. The two books also have links, in terms of shared settings and characters, with a series of adventure stories by adults which began with ''Literature/SardHarker'' in 1925.

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A sequel, ''The Box of Delights'', was published in 1935. The two books also have links, in terms of shared settings and characters, with a series of adventure stories by for adults which began with ''Literature/SardHarker'' in 1925.

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* DirectLineToTheAuthor: The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue includes a couple of lapses into first-person, indicating that the author lives in the neighbourhood where the novel is set and has met (or, in the case of the fox, had his poultry raided by) some of the characters.


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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Though not marked off as an epilogue (the book has no chapter divisions), the last couple of pages consist of a series of descriptions of what happened to various characters afterward.


* CharacterOverlap: Abner Brown's namesake grandfather, who had the treasure and then lost it, appears as a villain in ''Literature/SardHarker''. Sard Harker himself is perhaps a relative of Kay, although they're not explicitly connected (the details that are given are at least sufficient to establish that he's not a direct ancestor).

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* CharacterOverlap: Abner Brown's namesake grandfather, who had the treasure and then lost it, appears Brown previously appeared as a henchman of the villain (also a black magician) in ''Literature/SardHarker''. Sard Harker himself is perhaps a relative of Kay, although they're not explicitly connected (the details that are given are at least sufficient to establish that he's not a direct ancestor).


A sequel, ''The Box of Delights'', was published in 1935. The two books also have links, in terms of shared settings and characters, with a series of adventure stories by adults which began with ''Sard Harker'' in 1925.

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A sequel, ''The Box of Delights'', was published in 1935. The two books also have links, in terms of shared settings and characters, with a series of adventure stories by adults which began with ''Sard Harker'' ''Literature/SardHarker'' in 1925.



* CharacterOverlap: Abner Brown's grandfather, who had the treasure and then lost it, appears as a villain in ''Sard Harker''. Sard Harker himself is perhaps a relative of Kay, although they're not explicitly connected (the details that are given are at least sufficient to establish that he's not a direct ancestor).

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* CharacterOverlap: Abner Brown's namesake grandfather, who had the treasure and then lost it, appears as a villain in ''Sard Harker''.''Literature/SardHarker''. Sard Harker himself is perhaps a relative of Kay, although they're not explicitly connected (the details that are given are at least sufficient to establish that he's not a direct ancestor).

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* CharacterOverlap: Abner Brown's grandfather, who had the treasure and then lost it, appears as a villain in ''Sard Harker''. Sard Harker himself is perhaps a relative of Kay, although they're not explicitly connected (the details that are given are at least sufficient to establish that he's not a direct ancestor).

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A sequel, ''The Box of Delights'', was published in 1935. The two books also have links, in terms of shared settings and characters, with a series of adventure stories by adults which began with ''Sard Harker'' in 1925.

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Young Kay Harker has a variety of adventures in search of the truth about a famous treasure that his great-grandfather, a merchant captain, was given for safe-keeping then lost when his crew mutinied. He is aided in his quest by the Midnight Folk, an association of {{Talking Animal}}s, {{Living Toy}}s, and other fantastic creatures.

But not all the creatures that haunt the night are friendly: a coven of witches is also after the treasure, led by the scheming Abner Brown and the sinister Mrs Pouncer, and woe betide anyone who gets in their way.


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* BrickJoke: Kay's letter-writing style, which his governess scolds him about during a writing lesson early in the book, returns full-force near the end when he writes a letter to the authorities to let them know the treasure has been found.
* DesertedIsland: What with all the mutinies and maroonings, the history of the treasure includes several, each more bleak and inhospitable than the one before.


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* GossipyHens: Kay's governess's social circle includes a flock of them, with names like Mrs Gossip, Mrs Tattle, and Mrs Scatternews.


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* TheMutiny: Captain Harker's crew mutinied and marooned him so they could steal the treasure. The subsequent history of the treasure turns out to involve several more mutinies and maroonings with the same motivation.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Whenever Roper Bilges uses a profane verb, which he does often, it's obscured by verbing the nearest relevant noun.
-->'It sounded like a young jackdaw got down the chimney again.'\\
'I'll jackdaw them jackdaws one of these days,' he said, 'if they keep on jackdawing me.'


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* ParentalAbandonment: Kay's parents are both dead.
* PortraitPaintingPeephole: Kay uses one to spy on a meeting of the coven.


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* SpeciesSurname: Kay's toys include a dog named Dogg and another named P. Dogg (they're said to be cousins), as well as a bear named G. L. Brown Bear. Many of the wild animals he meets also seem to be named after their species, as Bat, Otter, Water Rat, etc.


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* WhenIWasYourAge: Kay's governess and Mrs Tattle have a session of complaining about what young people these days are coming to, and how none of them are "what we were when we were girls". "Which," the narrator drily notes, in the case of Kay "was very likely true."
* WickedWitch: Mrs Pouncer and her colleagues, complete with familiar felines, flying broomsticks, tall pointy hats, wrinkled faces, hooky noses, etc. [[spoiler:It turns out that the faces are cunningly-fashioned masks that come off with the hats when they return to their respectable daylight lives.]]
* YourSizeMayVary: The relative sizes of Kay and the various Midnight Folk is never nailed down, and seems to vary according to convenience. Whenever Kay is hanging out with animals, he's apparently about the same size as they are, and when his toys are out and about, they seem to be life-size. There is one occasion on which Kay explicitly shrinks, in order to go on a voyage in a model ship crewed by mice, but even then there are times in the voyage where Kay seems to be his normal size again and the ship and mice have implicitly grown to match.

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* AllWitchesHaveCats: Blackmalkin and Greymalkin serve the coven as familiars. Nibbins also used to be a familiar, but is now a household cat who sides with Kay.


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* OracularHead: The coven uses a Brazen Head that can see into the past in an attempt to locate the treasure.

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