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If Wishes were Ponies is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Harry Potter crossover fanfic written by tkepner which can be found here.

Harry Potter, after a beating by Dudley and friends wishes he had somewhere safe to go, and starts crawling home. He ends up in Equestria. The young Cutie Mark Crusaders find him. A year later, a Hogwarts owl unleashes the CMC and Harry upon Wizarding Britain! And adorably cute, magic-wielding ponies upon the rest of the world.


Updated on Mondays and Thursdays (and every 100 up-votes). Completed as of June 6, 2019 with a sequel in the works.

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Played for Laughs during the Love Potion incident, when Harry is hiding from pretty much every student that had been exposed to the potion, male and female, and it's topped off with Goyle having been exposed as well.
  • Accidentally Accurate: Rita Skeeter who is never concerned with the accuracy of her articles if it doesn't add to the story she wants to write suggests that Harry is in a "love quadrangle" with the original CMCs which is not exactly incorrect.
  • A Degree in Useless: This is what an education at Hogwarts becomes for Muggleborns who cannot find employment in the Wizarding World and are thus forced to return to the Muggle World; since they have no provable education from age 11, the only jobs they can find are with the military. By the end of the story however this is ultimately Averted as not only does the Muggle government find ways to make use of disillusioned muggleborns at the expense of the Wizarding World but Equestria starts looking to recruit wizards and witches for a variety of jobs and since Equestria doesn't care about blood status one bit they will accept just about anyone who is willing and able to do the work required.
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  • Adopted into Royalty: Upon his adoption by Twilight, Harry becomes an official member of the Equestrian royal family and even gains the title of "Prince".
  • Adoptive Peer Parent: Twilight is only about 8 to 10 years older then Harry which makes her young enough to pass as his sister if they didn't make the actual relationship very clear to everyone they meet.
  • Adult Fear: A lot of the exploits of the CMC result in this, from exploring dark forests filled with deadly predators and making nitroglycerin unsupervised in a wooden shed to secretly crossing a portal to another universe, they are even prone to run across this Trope without even trying like when they stumbled across and almost got eaten by Fluffy the giant three headed Cerberus.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Played straight as an arrow and somewhat exaggerated; Equestrians not only speak a language identical to English but some actually possess accents identical to ones found on Earth such as Applejack and Apple Bloom's southern accent; it has been suggested that this is a side effect of the portal.
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  • All Girls Like Ponies: Humans in general and girls in particular find Equestrian ponies to be incredibly cute with most girls under the age of 18 unable to resist cuddling and petting them at every opportunity.
  • Amazonian Beauty: When Princess Luna visits Hogwarts to help with the besilisk problem, Dumbledore views her this way.
  • And I Must Scream: Part of the reason Myrtle Warren was so miserable as a ghost was because she was killed during her "time of the month", and since ghosts are locked into the moment in time they are killed in, she had to deal with the emotional low she was in when the Basilisk killed her for 50 years! Her mood notably improves when she's resurrected and her body resumes it's natural cycle.
  • Animorphism: Any human who possesses any amount of magic will become a pony when they travel to Equestria with the tribe dependent upon the amount of magic a person has.
    • As in canon animagi are capable of a voluntary version of this and thanks to Discord having "fun", Harry, Hermione, most of the Weasleys and most of the Gryffindor Quidditch team have gained Equestrian ponies as their animagus forms, this also led to the discovery that Equestrians in general can use their magic to return to their pony forms while on Earth.
  • Atlantis: Since the Equestrians have not been very forthcoming when it comes to their origins with the Wizarding World on account of how their plans for contact with Earth involves the total destruction of the Statute of Secrecy, Dumbledore has been forced to work under the assumption that they are from Atlantis based on their idiosyncrasies and extremely powerful magic, and according to Wizarding mythology, Atlantis is a powerful island nation magically hidden from the rest of the world and is believed to be the cradle of Wizarding civilization. Dumbledore even sticks to this idea after learning that the foreigners actually come from a place called Equestria simply by altering his theory to assume that over the years Atlantis split into multiple nations with Equestria likely being the most powerful among them.
  • Back from the Dead: Using Ancient Equestrian magic, the first year Gryffindors manage to do this to “Moaning” Myrtle Warren off screen in Chapter 53 (later shown in flashback) to the shock and confusion of the Wizarding World as up until then, such a complete resurrection was thought to be impossible and the fact that the ritual required a willing unicorn participant goes against everything they believe about necromancy as British Unicorns are creatures of pure light and necromancy is seen as the most evil of dark magic.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: a throwaway line by Dumbledore reveals that in this story William Shakespeare was a wizard.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Played With; Equestrian magic appears to have a tendency to do this from the perspective of the Wizarding World who react as if this trope is in effect when it is really due to their ignorance for how and why it works. Played Straight as always with regards to Pinkie Pie and Discord.
  • Big Good: Multiple characters share this role due to the various factions involved.
    • John Major on account of being the sitting Prime Minister is this for Muggle Britain and proves to be quite a Reasonable Authority Figure to the Equestrians quickly realizing the potential benefits of playing nice with them and assisting them in going public in a way that would cause minimum global disruption.
    • As in canon Albus Dumbledore is this for the Wizarding World being a respected leader with a number of high ranking positions and with him being Equestria's only real contact within the Wizarding World it is his responsibility to play diplomat with them, despite often being too smart for his own good.
    • For Equestria and the story as a whole Princess Twilight easily fits as while Celestia and Luna are financing Equestria's foreign venture to Earth, occasionally get involved with the big stuff like catching the basilisk and even provided Harry with their own hairs for use in his wand, Twilight is the one who is calling all the shots with regards to Earth, deals directly with Dumbledore and Major when necessary and also is responsible for the Cutie Mark Crusaders including Harry while they are on Earth, the latter of whom ultimately ends up becoming Twilight's adopted son.
  • Big "YES!": Harry has one when he agrees to be adopted by Twilight. He ends up breaking out into song with how happy he is.
  • Bi the Way: After Myrtle Warren is resurrected, she's physically around 14-15, but mentally decades older, and has witnessed all manner of illicit romances at Hogwarts over the years. As a result, she flirts with pretty much every boy who's old enough... and a few of the girls.
  • Blood Knight: As the fight with the basilisk shows, Princess Luna really enjoys combat to the point that she is disappointed that the basilisk is the only monster Dumbledore needs her to deal with.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Twilight to Dumbledore in chapter 68. One call-out after another. She pretty much tears a strip off the old wizard's hide. She does it again in chapter 119 after the whole detention in the Forbidden Forest incident.
  • Catapult to Glory: Once Harry and the CMC finish building a larger trebuchet, some enterprising pegasi decide it would be great fun to use the flung ponies to play dodge-ball. Then an equally enterprising unicorn decided to make the dodging pagasi's jobs harder by firing off spells while they're still mid-flight. The pegasi in question just take it as a challenge.
  • Chick Magnet: Harry has become this having gained the affection of Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo all of three of whom wish to share him; in addition, he has attracted the attention of both Hermione and like in canon, Ginny, plus upon his return to Equestria for the holidays halfway into his first year, it turns out that his time away has made him quite fanciable among the older fillies with him being seen as "exotic" and his British accent being viewed as "dreamy".
  • Clarke's Third Law: Invoked by the British Muggle Government to hide the Sufficiently Analyzed Magic that Equestria actually uses in order to ease muggle world into the existence of magic.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Blueblood points this out to Fudge and Umbridge when they confront him and John Major in chapter 108. He lists off all the time they have had to contact them beyond the two times they have interacted with each other. Umbridge lets her contempt for muggles and her dislike of non humans get the better of her and she threatens both Blueblood and John Major which sets off the magical security allowing for the muggles to capture Fudge, Umbridge, Dumbledore, and several of the DMLE agents that had come along.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Downplayed as they technically don't crash into each other, but this is more or less how Harry meets Ginny; on his first visit to the Burrow, he came flying out of the Floo and ended up crashing into the couch that Ginny was sitting on, knocking over the couch and thus Ginny.
  • Cuddle Bug: Ponies in general are much more open to physical affection than humans tend to be even among their friends, though ponies have been known to unintentionally induce this in human girls via Cuteness Overload.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: This ends up happening to the basilisk courtesy of the Equestrians. It makes a hasty retreat after losing several fangs, getting sliced up by Luna, blasted by her and Twilight (and Pinkie in a roundabout way) and being thrown into the walls of the Chamber of Secrets by Applejack and Rainbow Dash; then when Luna catches up to it in the Forbidden Forest where she doesn't have to hold back, she takes it down and captures it by herself with no trouble at all.
  • Cuteness Overload: A common reaction humans and especially girls under 18 have around Equestrian ponies.
  • Cutting the Knot: Twilight effortlessly bypasses most of the obstacles leading to the Philosopher Stone.
  • Dark Is Evil: Dumbledore is concerned when he witnesses Harry use his wand for the first time and see dark and light sparks appear. He views it has having some dark tendencies not knowing at the time that Luna, who supplied the hair which produced the dark sparks, is not evil, at least not anymore.
  • Deconstruction: Of the Harry Potter books, specifically of the flaws inherent in the plot such as how pitifully easy most of the protections on Philosopher's Stone are to get through and how easy it is for young children to get killed by them as well as how no one thought to ask Myrtle how she died for half a century when doing so would have solved the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets, just to name a few examples.
  • Disappointed in You: Dumbledore more or less says this to Petunia after learning of the abuse that her family subjected Harry to. Dumbledore is upset that Petunia couldn't get past her rivalry with her dead sister enough to lovingly raise Harry. He chooses to leave her to her fate as she sits in jail for failing to report a missing Harry for over a year.
  • Doing In the Wizard: Played With while also being quite literal as Equestria treats magic as a science and one of their motivations for making contact with Earth is for the advancements of both worlds while the Wizarding World who with some exceptions generally treat magic as a great art form and has long since stagnated and while Twilight, the greatest magical mind Equestria has to offer sees herself as a scientist and has even spent some time working with Muggle physicists to combine their theories into a potential Theory of Everything, Dumbledore her Wizarding equivalent is a definite Wizard Classic who gets called out multiple times over his many egregious mistakes and oversights.
  • Doorstopper: With 127 regular chapters, 1 interlude written by another author and a grand total of 562,235 words this story definitely qualifies.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: This happens to the Basilisk as Princess Luna decides to take it to Tartarus upon its defeat and capture.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first two chapters are a bit more graphic than the rest of the story what with Harry being subjected to a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to the point that he wanted to die and results in him spending the next several chapters in the hospital.
  • End of an Age: Dumbledore muses that this is happening after talking to Castor. He knows many Purebloods will resist but not changing will only bring ruin. However he knows that this will lead to a whole new world.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: With only very limited information about the Equestrians, Dumbledore has come to suspect that they may be from Atlantis, which as stated above is a theory he sticks to even when he gets more detailed info, Justified since the Equestrians have given him no reason to suspect that they aren't from Earth especially since the Wizarding World have long since come to the conclusion that extraterrestrial life does not exist and even when they do outright tell him they are from another planet he continues to deny it due to preconceived notions.
  • Epic Fail: This is a recurring thing with the Crusaders.
    • Harry and the CMCs' attempt to collect honey from a bee hive not only resulted in them accidentally setting the Everfree Forest on fire (which took three days to put out) but also caused a bee infestation of the Ponyville town hall.
    • Any time Sweetie Belle tries to do anything in the kitchen results in this.
      • Or Neville Longbottom in Potions class.
    • Dumbledore's reaction to the Equestrians opening up an embassy in the Muggle World is setting one up that could very easily backfire on the entire Wizarding World big time, see Kansas City Shuffle below for details.
  • Equippable Ally: During the fight against the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets Pinkie and Twilight redo the visual gag of Pinkie using Twilight as a Gatling Gun somehow allowing Twilight to rapid fire spells faster then what likely should be possible.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Dumbledore thinks this about Shining Armor when he shows up to help fight the basilisk.
    • Hilariously this also happens to Harry temporarily as the result of Sweetie Belle's accidental Love Potion blowing up during first year Potions Class.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: While traditional marriage is known to exist in Equestria, the way the CMC are described as being very happy when Harry accepts their proposal to form a herd (with both Hermione and Ginny eventually joining as well), the way they all become rather protective of him and the way Twilight reacts to Harry asking what it meant to be part of a herd heavily implies this trope, though the fact that all four of them are no older then 10 years old when they initially agree to this raises a few questions about how legitimate this agreement is and how the practice of "herding" actually works. Further expanded upon when the Weasleys and Myrtle go to Equestria for Hearth's Warming. There they find out just what Harry is in and Percy, Fred, and George all get propositioned by groups of mares.
  • Fantastic Caste System: As in Canon the British Wizarding World has one with the Pure-bloods on top and Muggleborns near the bottom only being above muggles, non-humans, half-human hybrids, werewolves and squibs. It's so bad that dozens of Muggleborns have chosen to abandon the Wizarding World in favor of the muggle world despite having no provable secondary education. Ironically despite their wealth and pure-blood pedigree, the Malfoys don't have a seat in the British Wizarding legislature/supreme court known as the Wizengamot while less influential families like the Potters and the Longbottoms do.
  • Feed the Mole: The United Kingdom government is now aware of the extent of how the Ministry of Magic is spying on them by temporarily removing portraits and any that are returned the next day are moved to a more public location or have only non classified discussions near them.
  • First Contact: Equestria establishes a peaceful one with Muggle Britain as soon as they find the portal, which slowly breaks the Wizarding World’s International Statute of Secrecy because Equestria also uses magic.
  • Foil: Twilight and Dumbledore, in way too many ways to properly list but here are a few.
    • Both are mentors to Harry who teach him magic; Twilight is a direct mentor being his eventual adoptive mother while Dumbledore is an indirect mentor as the Headmaster of Harry's school. While Harry loves Twilight for all the love and support she has given him when she didn’t have to, he doesn’t really trust Dumbledore due to the what he did as Harry’s Magical Guardian, namely placing him with the Dursleys and apparently never checking to see how Harry was doing.
    • While both of them are leaders, Dumbledore prefers to keep things close to the vest and is very manipulative while Twilight is very open with her plans to her allies and likes to work with them as a first among equals rather than maneuver them around like pawns like the Princess she is. While both believe in second chances and in befriending others many would not, life has taught Dumbledore to be cautious about who to trust and how much to trust them, but with Twilight, her assent to be the Princess of Friendship has taught her again and again how placing her full trust in those who may not appear to deserve it can lead to great things despite the risks.
    • And both are incredibly skilled magic users seen as the best that their world has to offer who possess incredibly powerful magic, but while Dumbledore is over a century old with a wealth of wisdom and experience, Twilight is young being around 20 and thus lacks that experience but makes up for it with raw talent that far outclasses Dumbledore’s and a beyond genius level intellect plus Twilight’s status as an alicorn means she far outstrips Dumbledore with regards to power. However, while Dumbledore comes out ahead is skill and the variety of spells he knows with him likely to come out on top in a fair duel between them (fair as in both of them are told exactly what the other is capable of).
  • Gender Bender: Neville Longbottom and Sweetie Belle somehow manage to temporarily cause this to themselves and the entire potions class during their first lesson. When the Weasley twins find out about it they immediately grill the two about how they did it and set out to duplicate the results, scaring anyone who finds out about it with the pair finally succeeding in creating a short lived variant in time for the Halloween feast.
    • Especially humorously, it also affects Snape. It doesn't affect his/her glare one bit.
  • Ghostly Goals: Poor Professor Binns simply never realized that he had died, having simply sat down in a chair 100 years ago and never got back up again in the flesh, and no one ever thought to point it out to him. When Scootaloo innocently asked him what it was like to be dead, it lead to him realizing that he had in fact become a ghost, and finally passes on to the afterlife, enthusiastically declaring that school is out forever; for him at least.
  • God Guise: Ollivander thinks that Twilight and Pinkie are goddesses after they enter his shop when they are looking for wands for Harry and the Crusaders. After seeing the hairs of Celestia and Luna he thinks the same of them as well, seeing them as the goddess of the sun and moon respectively. Rarity later refutes this to Dumbledore, the Grangers, and Molly Weasley stating that alicorns are not deities and do not like worship, though that still doesn't explain Pinkie Pie.
    • The exact nature of Discord remains in dispute, as he doesn't specifically claim to be a God, but was heavily involved in the origins of Equestria, may be the creator of the Pegasi and the Unicorns, and implies that he might actually be Poseidon himself. Regardless, he's seen as the God of Chaos by the ponies and the sheer scale of his powers make this more then a fair assumption.
  • Going Native: After a year in Equestria, Harry sees himself more as a pony than a human. He keeps the location of the portal back to Earth a secret until he receives his Hogwarts letter, being scared that Twilight will send him back to live with the abusive Dursleys. Eventually he even starts using ponyisms like "hoof" instead of "hand" in his thought process.
  • Happily Adopted: Harry deeply loves Twilight for the loving home she has provided him and his greatest fear is her abandoning him. It becomes official on Hearths Warming to Harry's absolute joy.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Every named high ranking official in Britain's Muggle Government are the actual people who held those positions in the early 1990s, the only exception is the OC Castor Searle who starts the story as a simple police officer.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: As in canon Equestrian ponies are known to do this with things like "somepony" instead of "somebody", "hoof" instead of "hand", "stallion" instead of "man" and "mare" instead of "woman", while also tending to default to female pronouns instead of the male ones due to Equestria being a matriarchal society. Most notably Harry having come to see himself more as a pony then a human increasingly starts to ponify his language, even referring to Hermione and Ginny (the only two of his five love interests to have been born human) as "fillies" instead of "girls" by the end of the first story, though to be fair thanks to Discord they were both granted pony forms so the description is not entirely inaccurate.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Dumbledore is becoming this quickly and this is counter to is canon self. So far he has done the following:
    • He fully believes that the Malfoys have seen their error from supporting Voldermort, even if they still support some of his causes.
    • Dumbledore also refuses to even entertain the thought that one of his professors was responsible for cursing Harry's broom.
  • Humanity Ensues: Ponies who travel to Earth through the portal becomes human witches and wizards, but are able to return to their original form thanks to the portal turning them into animagi.
    • The same thing also happens to any Changelings who traverse the portal, while they retain their shapeshifting powers and need to feed on love their Shapeshifter Default Form becomes human.
  • Humans Are Morons: With some exceptions (namely his human-born friends, especially Hermione) Harry is a clear believer in this, at least when it comes to the Wizarding World. His Internal Monologue routinely questions the intelligence and common sense of Dumbledore and the Wizarding World as a whole.
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: This is how the twins tell the first years how to gain access to the Shrieking Shack.
    Fred: “There’s a spot in the fence where you can wriggle through.”
    George: “If you’re brave enough.”
    Fred: “We won’t tell you where it is, though.”
    George: “That would be what Percy calls irresponsible, right?”
    Fred: “That’s right, brother dear; we won’t tell them it’s in the back.”
    George: “Or that it’s on the south end of the property . . .”
    Fred: “. . . about three yards from the corner.”
    George: “Yes, that would be reckless of us, so our lips are sealed!”
  • Idiot Ball: Prime Minister Major Lampshades Umbridge grabbing this with both hands after her Fantastic Racism causes her to insult pretty much all of Equestria, effectively declare the Wizarding Government the rulers of Great Britain over the Queen and order the Aurors present to attack him and Ambassador Blueblood, and the Aurors also had the stupidity to try and carry out the order as each of these could easily be seen as an act of war and all while inside Major's office who obviously had the time and resources to set up the necessary defensive countermeasures.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Twilight uses a variant of this when Rita Skeeter is caught sneaking through the portal. With Dumbledore watching Twilight gets Rita to admit to being an unregistered anigimus and has been spying on others. All Twilight did was give her some tea to help calm her down, as she later revealed to Dumbledore. Rita only thought she had been administered the truth telling potion.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Since ponies don’t normally wear clothes, Equestria lacks any such taboo which often leads to some awkward situations when ponies forget to wear clothes while transformed into human form, as well as some strange looks when Harry absentmindedly admits to having bathed with the CMC.
  • Interspecies Adoption:
    • Ever since Harry stumbled onto Equestria 15 months before his first year at Hogwarts Twilight has been taking care of him at the suggestion of Princess Celestia. Once formal diplomatic relations between Equestria and Muggle Great Britain begin she even asked to formally adopt the boy. As stated above it becomes official on Hearths Warming to Harry's pure joy.
    • Unlike in Canon Spike also sees Twilight as his mother and occasionally refers to her as such.
  • Invented Invalid: This is how Starlight Glimmer plans on hiding her disappearance from her job under her fake identity. She even goes the extra mile and visits an unrelated terminally ill mare in a hospital to give her story more weight.
  • Ironic Echo: Between Dumbledore in Chapter 94 and Prime Minister John Major in Chapter 108.
    Albus Dumbledore (thinking about Equestria working with the Muggles): Wizardkind was safe from exposure as long as no one panicked. Or did anything monumentally stupid.
    John Major (on Umbridge's insults and attempted attack on him and Blueblood): “That was monumentally stupid.”
  • Kansas City Shuffle: The Equestrians set one up by accident against the wizards when Dumbledore thinks they are bluffing the muggles about being aliens, even though the Equestrians have directly told him they are not from Earth. Since Dumbledore is a respected member of the Wizarding World, everyone accepts his interpretation of events; this is setting up the wizards to look like fools when the truth comes out and could possibly destroy Dumbledore's reputation in the process.
  • Knighting: In chapter 94, for his services to Equestria in helping to establish the embassy and arranging a good relationship between Equestria and the United Kingdom Celestia and Luna presented Castor Searle with the title of "Honorary Knight of the Realm" which comes with a suite in the Canterlot Palace for him and his family and an annual stipend of 10,000 bits which in 1992 is about £2,000,000 or something like $3,600,000.
  • Lethal Chef: Sweetie Belle is this to an absurd degree; she apparently set the kitchen on fire while trying to get Ice Cream out of the Ice Box. It's to the point that Rarity has banned her from her kitchen and is forbidden from so much as getting a glass of water.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • The British muggle government manages to locate Hogwarts this way, unknowingly bypassing the anti-muggle charms on the school, simply by using seismometers to locate the disturbance caused by Luna's fight with the basilisk and taking photos of the place using ultra high altitude spy planes and satellites well out of range of those charms, as they were created well before muggles had the capability of doing so.
    • Equestria is located on an alien planet, and thus is not nor have ever been a member state of the International Confederation of Wizards and so they have never had the chance to sign on to the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy. As a result, the Ministry of Magic is unable to accuse them of breaking the Statute of Secrecy when Equestria makes First Contact with the Muggle World as the law simply doesn't account for such a scenario.
  • Love Potion: In chapter 74, Sweetie Belle accidentally makes one of these (type 2) in potions class. The results are predictable with the resulting scene where Apple Bloom, Scootaloo and Ginny chase Harry across Hogwarts only missing the usually obligatory Yakety Sax soundtrack.
  • Mama Bear: Twilight is this to Harry, and to a slightly lesser extent the CMC. Harry and the Cutie Mark Crusaders face this side of her when she finds out that they have been going into the Everfree Forest and through a portal to another world without telling anypony. Dumbledore faces the brunt of this once Twilight figures out his passive and reactionary attitude towards threats, especially how he initially wanted to put off dealing with the Basilisk until a more convenient time until Twilight threatened to pull Harry and the Cutie Mark Crusaders from the school for their own safety. It only gets worse for him when she finds out about the protections placed on the Philosopher Stone which while weak and easy to get past for the most part are potentially lethal to any curious or lost student who comes across them, a list which already includes Harry, the CMC and two of their new friends, all of whom barely escaped an encounter with Fluffy.
  • Mind Screw: Most of the things Pinkie Pie does count given that Twilight outright stated that Pinkie routinely breaks the laws of physics AND magic, for example she once baked a cake and claimed that it took her 45 minutes but when it was pointed out that she wasn't in the kitchen that long her response was "I work fast".
  • Miscarriage of Justice: As in canon Sirius Black is one. However Twilight talks to Dumbledore about the case and how things are not adding up and how evidence was not properly tested; he then goes to the Ministry of Magic and performs the required tests before a few witnesses. After confirming that Black's wand did not preform the act he was accused of, Dumbledore then goes to Azkaban. When there, he performs an interrogation and before witnesses, interviews Black. Afterwards he orders Black to be freed but in custody until a trial can be given because everything seems to show that Black is innocent. In chapter 103 he has received his trial and is exonerated. Only a few refute his innocence because of his family lineage or becuase they do not like Sirius himself.
  • Mistaken for Gay: The CMC eventually come to see Draco's friendship with Crabbe and Goyle this way, much to Draco's indignation.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: While looking for witches and wizards, the government finds dozens of Muggleborns in the military. Those that they could find all where unable to secure magical jobs due to their muggle origins and went into the muggle world to survive. Needless to say most are quite eager to help the government because of how they were treated.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Twilight is this with Harry despite not really looking to much alike simply due to Twilight being an Adoptive Peer Parent and while she hasn't been mistaken for Harry's sister it has been very subtly Lampshaded with the fact that Ginny and the three original CMC (4 of Harry's 5 love interests), actually do have older siblings Twilight's age, though Scootaloo's relationship with Rainbow Dash is strictly honorary.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Fancy Pants gets hit with this when he sees the common aluminum that Castor and his family has as simple jewelry. In Equestria aluminum is very rare and very expensive. After discussing it over with the family Fancy Pants pays what would be fair market value and insurers that both governments are aware of how rare aluminum is in Equestria.
  • Nice Girl: While the Mane 6, the CMC and the girls Harry made friends with at Hogwarts like Hermione and Ginny all qualify, the stand out example appears to be Elly. Despite being an unreformed Changeling she is actually rather good natured and was even sorted into Hufflepuff once she got to Hogwarts, a house known for a strong moral code. Her problem is that her anti-pony views come from a lifetime of psychological programming by Chrysalis, which she has yet to overcome.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: It appears that when Tirek stole Harry's magic, he also destroyed the soul fragment in Harry's scar, meaning he’s no longer a Horcrux.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Dudley, two of his lackies and some random Jerkass give Harry quite a brutal one in the first Chapter.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted, while none of the main characters are old enough for it to be a concern, it's revealed that Myrtle's misery as a ghost was partially because she was trapped in a menstrually-induced depression for 50 years because she was killed in the middle of one.
  • Oblivious to Love: Downplayed slightly as while it's implied that he is not completely oblivious to it, Harry still fails to truly grasp that Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo all have feelings for him; however in his less oblivious moments, he tends to get scared about favoring one over the others in the fear of hurting the other two's feelings, completely unaware that they want to share him even when this is accidentally pointed out by Rita Skeeter, also downplayed when he suspects Ginny and Hermione aren't being entirely truthful when they tell him that they consider him just a good friend, he even misidentifies the quintet's true intentions on the first Valentine's day at Hogwarts despite each of the five girl's kissing him on the cheek at least twice that day and further downplayed when the five appear alongside his adoptive family when he looks into the Mirror of Erised. It's likely that this is less out of obliviousness and more due to the fact that he is currently only an 11 year old boy. He finally figures it out in Chapter 126 when he overhears a Shipper on Deck conversation between Twilight and Sirius.
    • The Weasley twins also completely fail to grasp why their gender changing candy is getting so much attention.
  • Obliviously Evil: So far there has been two examples.
    • Seems to be the case with Elly, a changeling who despite her good nature has a negative opinion on ponies, being terrified of them and views Chrysalis as Mother Queen and a force for good despite all evidence to the contrary, almost certainly as a result of a lifetime exposed to Chrysalis' anti-pony propaganda.
    • Starlight Glimmer is one as well. She has given up her anti-Cutie Mark crusade and is now focusing on making everyone equal. She has had several internal dialogues about why she dislikes anything that makes anyone better then another and why special talents are evil. She has snuck to Earth and is focusing on trying to get the wizards to get rid of the whole blood purity angle. Hoping that she can one day get everyone to accept her point of view.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: Once this trope showed up, it quickly became a Running Gag as by the second day of classes at Hogwarts, the staff begun adding new rules due to the exploits of the CMC and have yet to grasp the futility of trying to keep them under control; the full list of rules can be found on the Quotes Page.
  • Oh, Crap!: There are several throughout the story.
    • The Dursleys get two in a row. Vernon has a small one when the police inform him that they have checked with the school they claim to have sent Harry to and they have no record of Harry being there or the Dursleys being in contact with them. Then while looking around the house the police find Harry's room under the stairs in the cupboard and now know that Harry is missing. At this point, Vernon and Petunia know that they are both in serious trouble.
    • Snape, McGonagall, and Flitwick all have one when they realize that Voldermort made horcruxes and that Harry was one of them!
    • Dumbledore has one when he sees an article in a muggle newspaper revealing Equestria to the world. He is able to find a way to explain away how they are not violating the Statute of Secrecy with his own previously held viewpoints.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The Equestrians are becoming this for several parties.
    • They are this for Dumbledore and everyone at Hogwarts. From returning Myrtle to life using willing unicorns to easily defeating a basilisk, they just keep surprising the Wizarding World. This is all while thinking they are from Atlantis.
    • They are also becoming this for Voldermort. They have defeated the basilisk and were able to help connect him to the murder of Myrtle. This has caused his real name to be revealed and the fact he is not a pure blood wizard like he claims. Harry has also blocked his plans on Halloween when he prevented the great hall from being evacuated so he could move undetected to the Philosopher's Stone.
  • Power Perversion Potential: One of the misshaps caused by Sweetie Bell in Potions Class is for Harry and some of the other students sprouting foot-long tentacles in place of their tongues, which they have perfect control over. Myrtle laments that they arent old enough to put them to "good use", so to speak. The kids dont get it, but several of the older female students do a Spit Take.
  • Placebo Effect: This is how Twilight gets Rita to admit to being an unregistered anigimus. All Twilight did was give her some tea to calm her down and Rita believed it to be a truth telling potion.
  • Properly Paranoid: Twilight had the books she sent to the CMC charmed with a sap-repellent spell given how often they end up covered in the stuff. Dumbledore also shows this when he bans any mention of Discord in Hogwarts or anywhere near it.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Ponies are able to weaponize this trope and use it to maximum effect.
    If there ever was a cue for the diabetes-inducing Cuteness of Doom look that the fillies had perfected, Harry thought that was it. The three fillies turned to their respective elders with their moist, wide-eyed faces, trembling lower lips, hopefully canted ears, with one hoof ever-so-slightly-lifted as if about to reach out, begging. Even that cold-hearted monster King Sombra would have caved to their cuteness.
    • Later, in Chapter 42 by Twilight. Castor muses on the trope's effectiveness.
    And, right there, Castor realized the human race was doomed. Only the most heartless, vicious criminals would be able to resist those puppy-dog eyes and posture. Humanity’s only hope was that the ponies never realized their hidden power.
  • Puppy Love: With Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, Ginny and Hermione all having feelings for Harry despite the fact that they are no older then 12 at the time. Seemingly Justified for the fillies since ponies are considered adults at 15 and often have families by then so it's likely that ponies start exploring romance a few years earlier then most humans, and for Ginny and Hermione, it's possible that their pony forms and the CMCs' constant influence could be causing them to start thinking more and more like ponies; however there is also Ginny's canon crush on Harry to consider.
  • Rags to Riches: Fred and George are heading in this direction. They have a contract from Filthy Rich for their gender changing candies of the hour variant. When returning to Hogwarts after the Holiday's the Malfoys are also interested in them with the possibility of a lot of money coming their way. They are now getting a little frightened by all the attention what they see as nothing more than a simple joke is getting. This comes to fruition in chapter 126 when the twins tell their parents about how much they are making in Equestria. The sheer amount astounds not only their family but Twilight's friends as well, causing Rarity to faint. There is so much money there that they could easily make some extravagant purchases. Once they tell Sweetie Belle what her cut is for helping discover the process she also faints (though without her sister's drama), which is noticeable given the amount of money the CMC have at Gringotts.
  • Reality Ensues: It happens a few times throughout the story so far.
    • The Dursleys are arrested because during a welfare check on Harry, it is revealed that he is missing and has not been seen for over a year. Even if the Dursleys didn't like him, they were his legal guardians and should have reported him as missing.
    • As stated above, dozens of Muggleborns have become disillusioned with the Wizarding World due to the general lack of job prospects for them and have left for the Muggle World just to survive; however due to their lack of any provable secondary education, they are unable to find any jobs outside the military.
    • In chapter 108 Umbridge attempts to stun Blueblood and wipe John Major's memories but is stopped by the security measures the Equestrians helped put in place as a goodwill gesture. This ends up stunning the wizards and placing the most important members of Wizarding Britain at the mercy of the muggle Prime Minister. All because Umbridge couldn't control her dislike of non human magical beings.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Humans consider ponies to be this, especially young girls. See All Girls Like Ponies above.
  • Running Gag: A few of them.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: This appears to be how the Malfoys have so much influence despite both not having a seat on the Wizengamot and their prior connection to Voldemort destroying a lot of peoples trust in the family.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: After Umbridge exposes her case to gain control over every single Equestrian magical creature (and just as importantly, all monetary assets thereof), Blueblood spends a good while tearing her arguments apart. Left with no other recourse, Umbridge and Fudge attempt to just stun Blueblood and the muggle dignitaries, and get curbstomped for their efforts.
  • Shipper on Deck: Several characters like Myrtle and Princess Cadance have been shown to be this in subtle ways to the idea of Harry being with Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, Ginny and Hermione. Twilight and Sirius being this is actually what causes Harry to stop being Oblivious to Love as they have a conversation about his obliviousness without knowing that he was in earshot.
  • Someday This Will Come in Handy: Pinkie gives one of her hairs for a wand core telling Mr. Ovillander he will know who it is for when they come for their wand. Based off the other hairs given so far in the story, there could be up to three possible wands that could come of this.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Equestria becomes this for the Wizarding World’s masquerade as a whole. Thanks to them meeting up with the Muggles first due to the Wizarding World's isolation, the Muggle World starts learning that magic exists. The Equestrians' willingness to establish a peaceful First Contact means that Muggles also recieve the resources and spy intellegence (especially from the Muggleborns in the British Military) that allow them to protect themselves from wizards and fight back against them for the first time ever, something that Chapter 108 explicitly demonstrates. The kicker is that since Equestria is located on an alien planet, it has never been a member of the International Confederation of Wizards and thus the Ministry of Magic can't accuse them of breaking the Statute of Secrecy.
    • Voldermort is getting hit by this, hard.
      • He is unaware that his plan of using multiple horcruxes has been identified by Twilight seeing the difference between two of them.
      • He has also been outed as not being a pure blood like he has claimed.
      • Harry prevented him from exploring the stuff protecting the Philosopher's Stone by having everyone stay in the Great Hall when the troll shows up.
      • Then Elly who had been exploring the castle stumbled across the hiding place for the mirror and recovered the stone.
  • Spared By Adaptation: The Basilisk is not killed when the heroes (in this case the Mane 6, Shining Armor, Princess Luna and the Hogwarts Professors) go to deal with it merely capturing it so they can bring it to Tartarus where it will never hurt anyone again.
  • Stay with the Aliens: Harry is leaning heavily in this direction as he not only sees himself as a pony but has had a far better life with them. Dumbledore on the other hand wants him to remain in the British Wizarding World and is seemingly unaware of Harry's general dislike of the Wizarding World.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Equestria is known to treat magic as a science and Twilight who sees herself as a scientist is able to help human physicists combine Equestria's understanding of magic and muggle science to create what is potentially the Theory of Everything.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: When Philomena unexpectedly teleports Twilight from Equestria to the Hogwarts Great Hall Dumbledore complements her on how fast she changed into her Alicorn form to save herself from a nasty fall given that she appeared in the air, while momentarily confused by this after a quick reminder by Harry she quickly decides to invoke this trope and play along since at that point the Equestrians were still trying to keep their origins a secret from the public.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Seeing ponies occasionally causes other characters to discuss this trope to some degree In-Universe.
    ... watching Scootaloo and Ginny preen their feathers had made one wizard loudly proclaim that the ponies were going to give him diabetes.
  • The Archmage: Dumbledore as always as well as Twilight who has been directly referred to as a master of magic the likes of which Equestria hasn't seen in a 1000 years.
  • The Dog Bites Back: As previously stated, dozens of disillusioned and mistreated Muggleborns who have joined the muggle military willingly help the muggle government keep an eye on the wizards and witches.
  • The Dreaded: Discord is this when he shows up to the ball in Chapter 100. The ponies are giving him plenty of room and many are looking for exits. Dumbledore who can sense magic is worried about how powerful Discord feels and that he knows things Dumbledore thought where only known to him. When Dumbledore returns to Hogwarts after the ball he adds another rule to the list. It threatens expulsion and possibly being sent to prison if Discord is ever summoned to Hogwarts or anywhere near the school itself!
  • The Stations of the Canon: Averted. As part of the Deconstruction of the plot of the books, several major plot points are getting dealt with extremely early on some during the first two weeks of Harry's first year.
    • Before Harry even goes to Hogwarts, he is informed of his godfather's supposed betrayal and jailing without a trial. Harry finds out about the lack of a trial and after talking about it to Twilight, both agree that many of the facts do not add up and want to have the entire incident looked into and a proper investigation to happen.
    • Thanks to telling Twilight about reviving Myrtle, she decides to talk to her about how she died. This leads to the discovery of the Chamber of Secrets and the capture of the basilisk which Princess Luna sends to Tartarus.
    • Then Twilight helped recover the Diadem of Ravenclaw and the horcrux that lays within, Dumbledore quickly destroys it with a Basilisk fang, though he does shortly thereafter repair the Diadem itself sans any enchantments it may have had.
    • Next Lupin has become a teacher at Hogwarts a full three years earlier then he did in the books, this time teaching History of Magic.
    • During Christmas, Dumbledore was able to retrieve the ring horcrux and thanks to Lupin, was able to avoid being cursed by it. He waits until Twilight can examine it to destroy it.
    • After examining and destroying the ring, Twilight confronts Dumbledore about Sirius Black and the lack of a trial and investigation. This leads to the uncovering that the law was circumvented and Dumbledore is going to force a trial. Meanwhile Sirius is going to be recovering at St. Mungo's and the current head of Magical Law Enforcement is also reviewing everyone who is currently incarcerated to see if any others have slipped through the cracks as well.
    • As Sirius and Starlight Glimmer, who is under a false identity, are cleaning the Black household they come across the locket. After Starlight realizes the danger of it they get the full story from the family's house elf. Sirius then takes it to Dumbledore to see how to get rid of it and he at once summons Twilight to witness its destruction.
    • Elly, mentioned below, has been exploring the castle extensively has found an unknown secret entrance to the room that has the mirror and inadvertently recovers the stone. She quickly hides it in a substance and sends it to her vault at the bank.
    • Dumbledore and Twilight both fight Voldermort after he fails to get the stone. They work together and manage to capture his spirit after he tries to escape because his hosts body finally gives out.
  • The Unmasqued World: Downplayed; while magic is slowly being introduced to the Muggle World via Equestria, the official policy of the Muggle British government is to publicly refer to it as "alien technology" for now to ease the public into it. Only a handful of people in the Muggle Government have learned about the Wizarding World so far, though what they do know is quite substantial.
  • Too Clever by Half: Dumbledore is almost the same as he is in canon except for this trope.
    • This time when setting up the protection around Harry at the Dursleys, he accidentally makes it so his monitoring spells prevent him from knowing that Harry is being abused by the Dursleys.
    • Unfortunately his intellect allows Equestria to accidentally set up a Kansas City Shuffle against the Wizarding World when he holds to the Wizarding belief that there is no intelligent life beyond Earth and dismissing Equestria's claims of being aliens.
  • Tranquil Fury: Princess Celestia, Twilight Sparkle, and one of Harry's doctors all slip into this when they find out how the Dursleys have treated Harry. The only things keeping Princess Celestia and Twilight from doing anything are initially the inability to find where the portal to where Harry is from and later so they can establish peaceful first contact with the British government.
  • Troll: Discord in the chapters he has appeared in has been thoroughly enjoying doing this to everyone. His appearance in Chapter 100 scares Dumbledore with how much he eludes to know and just how powerful he is, such as implying to have given squibs animagi forms. He also noticeably messed with the Searles and the royals of the Crystal Empire by making the former's pony forms look like the latter, including making Castor's daughter Thalia look like Flurry Heart who has yet to even be born, even refering to her as such.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Dumbledore underestimates just how capable Twilight and her group is when preparing to deal with the basilisk. He receives a shock when Twilight and company are far more effective then himself, Snape, Flitwick, and McGonagall, though admittedly he was intentionally holding back in order to observe the "Atlantians" but he was still very surprised by just how effective they are to the point where he realized that he might have been a liability if he was more involved.
    • The Students at Hogwarts do this towards the Equestrian Royal Guard when Twilight uses them to fortify Hogwarts, believing that only the unicorns can do magic with the Slytherins in particular assuming that the Unicorns are only capable of weak magic and that the Earth Ponies and Pegasi are less capable then even muggles. This gets dispelled the next day when the Royal Gaurd give a demonstration of what ponies can do leaving many of the students in complete awe and respect for the ponies.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Rita Skeeter by chapter 108. In one of her typical articles she attempts to stir up trouble for the Equestrians after her visit. Her article gets Umbridge and Fudge to try and move against the Equestrians and Prime Minister John Major in the latter's office. When Umbridge has her complete argument destroyed by Ambassador Blueblood she attempts what amounts to Treason against the United Kingdom by trying to attack Blueblood and John Major. Thanks to new magical security in John Major's office every magic user in the room not loyal to either Equestria or the Queen are stunned and now are at the mercy of the Prime Minister, and though Dumbledore does manage to break free of the stunner he is then held at both wand and gun point ensuring that the Prime Minister and Ambassador Blueblood maintain total control of the situation.
    • More generally Harry has become this thanks to his decision to return to the United Kingdom in order to attend Hogwarts after spending just over a year living in Equestria after having accidentally stumbled across a portal to get there. As a result the Equestria has revealed the existence of both magic and the Wizarding World to the British government who are of course taking an interest in just what is going on within their boarders. So far they have uncovered the location of both Hogwarts and the Leaky Cauldron having placed the later under constant surveillance, as well as having learned a great deal on how the Ministry of Magic works the fact that there is no paper trail for James Potter and that Lily's trail ends when she started attending Hogwarts, and have even found dozens of disillusioned Muggleborns serving in the muggle military all before the Ministry of Magic has any idea anything is going on. Harry being this is Lampshaded by Discord in Chapter 100.
    Discord: “Who knew that one little unicorn could create such chaos across two universes merely by existing.”
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Thanks to Discord deciding to have some fun, the Equestrians have figured out how to change from human form back into pony form while on Earth with Harry, Hermione, most of the Weasley family and the entire Gryffindor Quidditch team becoming pony.
  • Wham Line: An In-Universe example occurs in chapter 123 when Twilight reveals to the students and staff of Hogwarts that any squib who goes through the portal can use a wand. She reveals this so that any squibs that the students know of can not only find a magical job in Equestria but they can use magic!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It appeared that the guy who helped Dudley and his gang beat up on Harry in chapter 1 was to have a bigger role but he has not been seen or heard of since.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: This most often happens to Dumbledore at point in the story and some examples are:
    • Twilight spends several chapters calling out Dumbledore for his mistakes and oversights. Most of the Twilight / Dumbledore portions of chapter 68 are all about this trope.
    • In chapter 85 Lyra and Bonbon also chew out Dumbledore for several things, like not keeping an eye on Snape's dislike for the other houses and his poor teaching style. They also call out the fact he has the equivalent of three full-time jobs and Hogwarts looks like it is severely understaffed with them specifically pointing out that McGonagall also has three full time jobs which can interfere with each another and negatively impact her effectiveness at actually doing them properly.
  • What Were You Thinking?: This is often said to Dumbledore by several people in story.
    • Dumbledore is called out by Twilight for his plan on dealing with the basilisk this way.
    • Harry does this when the troll makes its appearance during Halloween when the students are sent back to their dorms when nobody knows where the troll currently is.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Harry's assessment of Equestrians' attitude toward gemstones in chapter 9, only beginning to realize that ponies see them simply as shiny, crystalline rocks. In chapter 102 it gets switched around when aluminum is discovered to be rare in Equestria and the small amount Castor and his family has is worth more then their yearly stipend from the Equestrian government.
  • You Are Number 6: Elly is a changeling whose real name is Drone Infiltrator Cadet 370,456LE.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Word for word Harry's exact reaction to "Orchard Blossom".
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: A rare heroic example, when Dumbledore learns of the abuse the Dursleys dealt Harry he outright tells Petunia this as he decides to leave her to her fate and rot in jail for her actions.
  • Younger Than They Look: Equestrian ponies are developmentally about two years ahead of humans so while the CMC look and act like they are 11 or 12 while in human form during their first year it turns out that when the topic of their ages actually comes up in February of that year Apple Bloom is revealed to be 10 while Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo are still only 9, albeit with them all having birthdays in the next few months, meanwhile Elly the changeling who is secretly going to school with them in the same year is actually just 8 at the time.


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