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* ValuesDissonance: One of the Ogre's few kind acts was the day he met the family where he found Gwinny when she was lost, drove her to the library, took her for ice cream then drove her home. He'd be MistakenForPedophile these days.


* ValuesDisonance: One of the Ogre's few kind acts was the day he met the family where he found Gwinny when she was lost, drove her to the library, took her for ice cream then drove her home. He'd be MistakenForPedophile these days.

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* ValuesDisonance: ValuesDissonance: One of the Ogre's few kind acts was the day he met the family where he found Gwinny when she was lost, drove her to the library, took her for ice cream then drove her home. He'd be MistakenForPedophile these days.

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* ValuesDisonance: One of the Ogre's few kind acts was the day he met the family where he found Gwinny when she was lost, drove her to the library, took her for ice cream then drove her home. He'd be MistakenForPedophile these days.

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* GoldMakesEverythingShiny: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when the children start transmuting the ugliest household rubbish into gold -- a hideous cow-shaped jug is hideous, but a ''golden'' cow-shaped jug is a ''curio'' and therefore tremendously valuable to the [[EccentricMillionaire eccentrically wealthy]].

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* CorporalPunishment: The Ogre spanks Johnny and Malcolm with a backbrush.


''The Ogre Downstairs'' novel by Creator/DianaWynneJones.

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''The Ogre Downstairs'' is a children's fantasy novel by Creator/DianaWynneJones.


A novel by Creator/DianaWynneJones. As a peace offering, the protagonists' stepfather buys them a chemistry set, which turns out to be magical. HilarityEnsues.

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A ''The Ogre Downstairs'' novel by Creator/DianaWynneJones. Creator/DianaWynneJones.

Caspar, Johnny, and Gwinny's mother has remarried, and they don't get on with their new stepfather, who they privately refer to as "the Ogre", or his two sons, Malcolm and Donald.
As a peace offering, the protagonists' stepfather Ogre buys them a chemistry set, which turns out to be magical. HilarityEnsues.
HilarityEnsues.

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* AntiVillain: The Ogre isn't necessarily a bad guy, but he is a grump. He gets better after talking with Gwinny and having a JerkassRealization.
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Averted. When the family uses the Philosopher's Stone flakes to turn random items in the house into gold, they make sure to only choose a small amount and only the ugliest items they don't want. While they sell for a high price at the auction, they don't cause any economic disruption precisely because of the objects' scarcity.. When Sally returns, she points out several other things they could use.


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* JerkassRealization: The Ogre gets this after Sally leaves and Gwinny confesses that [[spoiler:she baked a poisonous cake for him. Fortunately he didn't eat it thanks to Johnny tossing it away.]] This allows the family to mend.


* AdultsAreUseless: Both parents remain woefully ignorant of the magic going on around them for most of the book (the Ogre even prevents two of the children from finding the antidote to one of the chemicals at one point), but find out at the end, whereupon the Ogre proves to be very useful.



* AdultsAreUseless: Both parents remain woefully ignorant of the magic going on around them for most of the book (the Ogre even prevents two of the children from finding the antidote to one of the chemicals at one point), but find out at the end, whereupon the Ogre proves to be very useful.


* GoneHorriblyWrong: The Toffee bars. Oh, lord, the toffee bars.

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: The Toffee bars. Oh, Oh lord, the toffee bars.bars cause more trouble than anything else in the book.


* ShoutOut: [[spoiler: In the end the family transmutes ugly household objects into gold]]. One of them is a horrendous [[PGWodehouse Cow-shaped jug]].

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* ShoutOut: [[spoiler: In the end the family transmutes a scene involving a collection of ugly household objects into gold]]. One objects, one of them is a horrendous [[PGWodehouse Cow-shaped [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster cow-shaped jug]].

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* ShoutOut: [[spoiler: In the end the family transmutes ugly household objects into gold]]. One of them is a horrendous [[PGWodehouse Cow-shaped jug]].


* DesignatedVillain: The Ogre is treated as a villain by the main characters, even when he tries to be nice to them.

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* DesignatedVillain: The Ogre is treated as a villain by the main characters, even when he tries to be nice to them. [[invoked]]

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* DesignatedVillain: The Ogre is treated as a villain by the main characters, even when he tries to be nice to them.

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A novel by Creator/DianaWynneJones. As a peace offering, the protagonists' stepfather buys them a chemistry set, which turns out to be magical. HilarityEnsues.

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* AxCrazy: Johnny when he turns invisible ([[spoiler: apparently, turning invisible and slowly fading from existence while already in a bad frame of mind can cause one to go a bit loopy]]) and Gwinny, to a lesser extent. [[spoiler: She baked the Ogre a foul cake mixed with a little bit of everything poisonous after he hit Johnny and Malcolm. It turned out all right though.]]
* AdultsAreUseless: Both parents remain woefully ignorant of the magic going on around them for most of the book (the Ogre even prevents two of the children from finding the antidote to one of the chemicals at one point), but find out at the end, whereupon the Ogre proves to be very useful.
* CarryingACake: Gwinny
* FreakyFridayFlip: Malcolm and Caspar
* FreakLabAccident: Happens quite a bit.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The Toffee bars. Oh, lord, the toffee bars.
* HiddenDepths: The Ogre, Malcolm.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Malcolm
* InvisibleJerkass: Johnny
* InvisibilityCloak: Johnny
* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: The shop they buy the chemistry sets from, which, though it doesn't appear or disappear ''inexplicably'', is demolished at the end (once its work is done).
* LivingToys: Including - among other things - toffee bars, dust bunnies, and dolls.
* MissingMom: Sally leaves after a particularly nasty row with the Ogre.
* OffToBoardingSchool: The Ogre threatens Caspar and Johnny with this.
* ProfessorGuineaPig: The kids often test the potions this way.
* PsychoSerum: Toned down, but all the experiments wind up having some bad side-effects when used incorrectly.
* TechnicolorScience
* WickedStepmother: Played with: the Ogre ''appears'' to be an evil step''father'', but turns out to be fairly sympathetic, if grouchy. Also with quite a dry sense of humour, Casper realises that they have probably been taking his jokes as serious statements.
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