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Harry Is A Dragon, And That's Okay is a Harry Potter fanfic by Saphroneth, the author of Ashes of the Past, Vulpine and Saruman of Many Devices.

Harry Potter is a dragon. He's been a dragon for several years, and frankly he's quite used to the idea - after all, in his experience nobody ever comments about it, so presumably it's just what happens sometimes. Magic, though, THAT is something entirely new. Comedy fic, leading on from the consequences of one... admittedly quite large... change.

Can also be found on Spacebattles.


This Fanfiction contains examples of:

  • Accidental Unfortunate Gesture: Variation not involving language: during a flying lesson where Harry successfully flies with two brooms stuck to his wings, he waves back to Dean - and starting only one of the brooms strapped to him. It ends with him upside-down against a grass bank.
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • After Harry and Co.'s first foray down the third-floor corridor to find the Mirror of Erised, Harry notices an odd red stone in his pocket. He decides to put it with his snacks. Turns out that the fact that Harry likes to hoard 'valuable things' meant that he met the criteria to retrieve it.
    • Harry and Co. come up with a book translation spell "Xenographia", while figuring out a book-copying spell "Xerographia".
    • Harry was merely conversing about The Lord of the Rings, comparing Kreacher to Gollum, and talking about his role with the evil relic ring, but that inadvertently gains him Kreacher's trust and convinces the house elf to tell him about Regulus, Voldemort and the locket.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Draco falls over laughing when Moody tries to give Hermione an Imperius order he thinks is impossible, and she succeeds; specifically, turn into a dinosaur.
    • Everyone can't help but get the giggles when the Durmstrang students arrive, see the Hogwarts students Wreathed in Flames (Cold Technicolor Fire), and Karkaroff makes a Black Comedy joke.
      Karkaroff: It seems your old Salazar Slytherin was right. The policy on Muggleborn students did lead to witch burnings.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • First year introduces: Charlie Weasley (flew over to see Ron's new dragon friend), Sturgis Podmore ( Quirrel's replacement as DADA professor), Remus Lupin (got in contact with Harry over the summer), Dolores Umbridge (present at Harry's Wizengamot hearing).
    • Second year introduces: Cormac McLaggen (mentioned last year as the Gryffindor seeker, only conversed with Harry this year), Peter Pettigrew (discovered by accident), Sirius Black (released as a result), Kreacher (upon being invited to Grimmauld Place), Nymphadora Tonks (incognito as Sue D. Nym as Lockhart's DADA replacement), Andromeda Tonks and her family (invited over by Sirius for the summer).
  • Adaptational Intelligence: While not exactly duffers in canon, Ron and Neville are a lot more involved in their studies, Ron because he's motivated to learn more about space, and Neville because he's going with the flow.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Snape's view towards Harry is much less antagonistic, since he looks like a dragon and not a Generation Xerox of his father with his mother's eyes that is much easier for Snape to loathe. Also, Harry can at least appreciate the seriousness Snape delivers to something as dangerous as potion-making.
      • After being the one to discover Peter Pettigrew and the one to capture him, Snape is in relatively higher spirits, as he thinks that by getting Sirius out of jail, Sirius now owes him. As another consequence, Snape is distinctly more mellow to the students as compared to canon, though still caustically critical.
    • Similarly, Harry isn't as antagonistic towards the Slytherins as a whole. He is fairly friendly with Daphne Greengrass (who is his partner in Potions), Tracey Davis and Blaise Zabini, doesn't have a problem with talking to the Slytherin students Tyler and Anne Smith, and addresses Draco Malfoy by his first name (even if Draco still has an axe to grind with him).
    • Kreacher undergoes a complete about-face with his relationship to Harry and Sirius after Harry accidentally promises to help Kreacher with Slytherin's locket and Regulus's last request.
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted. When Hagrid receives his dragon egg, Harry and co. convince him to get Professors Dumbledore and Kettleburn's help, the latter of whom is fully qualified to hatch dragons. The newborn Nora even ends up becoming Hogwarts's new mascot.
  • A Kind of One: Averted. It's made clear in a few conversations that the proper name for some beast species are "three-headed dog" and "winged horse", and Cerberus and Pegasus are just famous members of said species. And Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail Barlos would know, since they're a three-headed dog themselves.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Empress the basilisk counts. How? "Empress" is the English translation of her Greek name, "βασίλισσα", pronounced "basílissa".
  • Alliterative Name: Applies, along with Species Surname, to the three baby dragons now staying in Hogwarts for Empress the basilisk to teach Parseltongue to see if they grow up sapient: Sarah the Swedish Short-Snout, Gareth the Welsh Green, and Oliver the Antipodan Opaleye.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Comes up In-Universe in a bit of History of Magic homework, where the group takes historical Magical figures and tries to come up with alternate explanations for their depictions. One example is Wendelin the Weird who was burned as a witch many times because it was said she enjoyed the sensation, but alternatively imagined as a martyr who came forward as a witch to protect mistakenly-accused Muggles, and who gave that excuse because other wizards would scorn that motivation.
  • Animorphism: Animagi. Though the ritual to become one is long and involved, doing it becomes a lot easier after Sirius is released and offers his advice, and Hermione devises a more efficient schedule to do so.
    • In Harry's second year, Percy achieves his Animagus form of a heron. Harry immediately thinks of Issola, which becomes his Marauder/Animagus name. As Harry puts it, herons are all about being polite, courtly and respectful, while reminding everyone of their very sharp beak.
    • Later that same year, Fred and George achieve their forms of mustelids (a mink and a pine marten, though it's not said which twin is what). They are named Trouble and Strife.
    • In their third year, all four of Harry's friends attain Animagus forms before Halloween. Neville becomes a panther (Lapcat), Ron becomes a squirrel (Nutkin), Dean becomes a crow (Upstart), and Hermione becomes a deinonychus (Clever Girl).
    • In Harry's fourth year, Ginny attains her Animagus form. Fittingly, she's a peregrine falcon, nicknamed Perry.
  • Anti-Climax: Harry's second-year Quidditch match against Hufflepuff ends with Harry catching the Snitch within a few seconds.
  • Apron Matron: Granny Longbottom, as in canon. Even after Neville demonstrates his new panther Animagus form to his family (and to shut up his condescending Great Uncle Algie), all she's concerned about is making sure her grandson eats his vegetables.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Discussed after Harry watched The Empire Strikes Back when he saw its iconic scene, as he wonders if Tom Riddle might be his father. Hermione rebukes that idea quickly: his father James Potter is a well-known man, and Tom Riddle is too old.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Dean Thomas is part of Harry's inner circle of friends, since he was the first Hogwarts student that met Harry while traveling to King's Cross and saw him in his true dragon form.
    • Neville Longbottom is also one of Harry's close friends, having met him in Madam Malkin's.
    • The Ravenclaw prefect Penelope Clearwater shows up a few times, especially whenever Harry drops into Ravenclaw's library. When Percy is otherwise occupied, she is the prefect Harry approaches for help.
    • Nora, Hagrid's dragon hatchling turned Hogwarts mascot.
  • A Wizard Did It: Even in this universe, this happens a few times:
    • When Harry gets his Invisibility Cloak and Percy points out that something that old shouldn't still be perfectly transparent.
      Harry: Maybe it's magic?
      Ron: ...that shouldn't be an explanation. But somehow, I know it's the best one we're going to get.
    • When Hermione hears about how heavy Bludgers are and how strong Beaters have to be to hold them off, Dean just tells her to remember it's magic.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: At least as far as Harry's Slytherin friends goes, they take offense when someone calls them trustworthy, since that's not Slytherin-like in any way.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The Triwizard selection is underway, the three champions from each school has been chosen, then the Goblet of Fire spits out a fourth piece of parchment that reads "I had to see if I could do it. Your move, headmaster". Sadly, it's typewritten, so Alastor Moody can't participate.
  • Berserk Button: Neville's is pressed during Professor Lupin's first Boggart lesson, when it turns into Bellatrix Lestrange. Instead of being scared however, Neville goes ballistic, grabs the iron bar he was carrying for sword exercise and cracks the Boggart about the head - which when coupled with Lupin's Riddikulus spell, causes Circling Birdies.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Lupin comes up with the idea for a tail-holster for Harry's wand, so that he can cast spells but still walk comfortably on all fours.
  • Bigger on the Inside: With his book collection ever-expanding, Harry buys a magical tent with the intent to use it as a portable library.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Maybe not sister, but the sphinx Tanisis takes her Ravenclaw year-mate Luna being bullied and having someone try to steal her belongings very badly, with the latter prompting her to frighten the offender quite a bit.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Harry is a bit puzzled when he notices someone named "βασίλισσα" hanging around Nora's room on the Marauder's Map, and translating it from Greek just gives "Empress", which is no-one Harry knows. However, transliterate it, and you get "basílissa".
  • Black Dude Dies First: Conversed after Dean's first Divination lesson, when Professor Trelawney predicted that he'd die.
  • Bookworm: Harry loves to read. Even when he was young he would often fly to London and spend the day in the library there. And if he's not reading books, he's sleeping on them like a literary Dragon Hoard.
    • When he got lost in Hogwarts, he found the Ravenclaw common room, got accidentally let in by the doorknocker, and ended up falling asleep in their library.
    • Harry even gets permission from Professor Dumbledore to fly all the way from Hogwarts to a nearby Muggle town to buy more Muggle literature.
  • Breath Weapon: As a dragon, Harry can breathe fire, though it isn't particularly strong due to his young age. He has even managed to cast some flame-based spells with his breath, like the harmless Bluebell Flames, the fire whip spell, and even Fiendfyre.
    • In his second year, he even learns how to cast Aguamenti to breathe water.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: When the house elves decide to have a pizza dinner night at Hogwarts, Fred and George wonder out loud who had the wonderful idea of getting them Muggle cookbooks.
  • Bullying a Dragon: A literal example when Draco tries to get Harry in trouble for an illegal after-hours duel. See Hoist by His Own Petard for how it turned out.
  • Call-Back:
    • Dean had had plenty of suggestions for Dumbledore to make the obstacle course to the Mirror of Erised not only challenging, but practically Unwinnable by Design. Dumbledore consults with him for protection ideas while setting up the Goblet of Fire.
  • Calling Me a Logarithm: Hermione gets briefly offended when Ron exclaims "Merlin's lugholes!" until she remembers that a lughole is an ear.
  • Captain Crash: Harry can fly with his wings, he can at least manage on a broom, but this is the result if he tries flying with both at once. Even when Madam Hooch works out another method with a broom affixed to each wing, it is a lot better but still has teething problems.
    • He manages to improve enough to be part of the Gryffindor Quidditch team during second year.
  • Chekhov's Gun: As is natural for a Harry Potter story.
    • The spare set of communication mirrors that Harry bought (and didn't need because Sirius gave Harry the Marauders' old set) becomes important in Harry's plan in finding out Empress's identity. He gives the set to Hagrid and Nora the dragon, asks to borrow Hagrid's during the Easter holidays, then uses it to eavesdrop when Nora is visited by Empress during the night, which is how he confirms that Empress is indeed Slytherin's basilisk and that the language that he and Nora were speaking is not Dragonish, but Parseltongue.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After Kreacher tells the story of Regulus, Sirius wonders whether his actions were more worthy of Slytherin or Gryffindor.
  • Condescending Compassion: Neville's Great Uncle Algie acts like this towards him, viewing him as too idiotic. At the Longbottom Christmas dinner, he says that Neville's friends are good for helping out his less-fortunate grandnephew, and that Neville is brave for overcoming his disadvantages. It takes Neville demonstrating his new Animagus transformation to shut his uncle up.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Everyone in the crowd is elated when Fleur's turn during the Triwizard's first task turns into a fiery game of keep-away between transformed Veela and young dragon.
  • Cliffhanger: In-Universe example during Harry's D&D club campaign based on Tolkien's Legendarium - just as the party finds Eärendil's boat and makes it fly, Harry ends the session, which is the last one before the end-of-year exams.
  • Critical Research Failure: Lockhart is guilty of some of these In-Universe when writing his books - such as that the real-life Wagga Wagga is a lot bigger than a village.
  • Crossover: One chapter with Sunset Isekai.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Remember that random, extremely complex Homorphus Charm that Lockhart claimed to use to cure the Wagga Wagga Werewolf, and which he decided to teach to Harry on a lark? Turns out, it actually works.
  • Destination Defenestration: A rumor going around Hogwarts one morning was that the sixth-year Percy got so frustrated at Lockhart's non-Defense Defense lessons that he finally snapped and blasted Lockhart out a window.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • Not even Hermione could've predicted that conducting the Animagus sensitization ritual for a month while constantly using a Time-Turner during the same period would give you a dinosaur for an Animagus form.
    • Judging by his reaction, Moody definitely didn't expect for there to be not one, not two, but four Animagi in his DADA class. And certainly not one who can turn into a dinosaur!
      Moody: I didn't think any witches had even heard of those...
  • Didn't Think This Through: Lockhart, maybe you should have actually done more concrete research and travelled to the locations of your books before you wrote and published them, beyond just tracking down the real heroes and copying their memories. After all, there might be other people in those locations that do remember how things actually went down.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: According to Professors Flitwick and Babbling, Ancient Runes and rune-carving when making magical objects is this compared to simply enchanting an object. Wand-casting is much quicker and more versatile and convenient as compared to precisely carving in runes into a craft (which could take weeks or months) and the runic language interacts with itself in potentially unexpected ways, but the runic object retains its magic permanently and its effects can last for centuries.
  • Disapproving Look: Hedwig gives Harry one when he asks her to send a letter from Sirius's house in Hogsmeade to Dumbledore's office up at Hogwarts, feeling insulted at such an easy job. She's very good at looks.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Discussed and averted. When "Mad-Eye" Moody made his entrance into the Great Hall at the start of 4th year, Harry thinks it would've been better for his entrance if it was a thunderstorm night instead of a breezy summer night (and the author actually looked up the weather on September, 1994!).
  • Does Not Like Spam: Tanisis the sphinx, while able to eat most human food, doesn't like broccoli. At all.
  • Down to the Last Play: The Quidditch World Cup victory has the last Quaffle goal scored while the Seekers are in mid-dive for the Snitch - just enough to edge the scorer's team's final point total past the other's.
  • Dissimile: Harry's first impression of Floo travel.
    After thinking it over for a bit as they went to Ollivanders' and got Ron his wand, Harry decided that Floo was sort of like if you had to use a waterslide to get somewhere, except that there was fire instead of water and you didn't land in a swimming pool.
  • Epic Fail: Draco's attempts to get Harry and Hagrid in trouble by tattling about Norberta/Nora the dragon falls flat when he is told that Dumbledore already knows about it.
  • Epic Hail: Midway through the Acromantula attack, Harry suddenly remembers what he'd been learning and sends a Patronus message to Dumbledore. Dumbledore arrives in quick order and everything stops.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Watching Jurassic Park is one thing, but as Hermione finds out, doing the Animagus sensitization ritual while making constant use of a Time-Turner will give you a very prehistoric animal form.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Harry's greatest fear turns out to be this, as his Boggart turns into a future version of him that had succumbed to his dragon Greed and gone all Smaug.
  • Exact Words:
    • According to Percy, Harry is free to explore Hogwarts and any doors he isn't supposed to go through will either be password-locked or just plain locked. Well, a lot of people have been secretly exploring the third-floor corridor and finding Fluffy, and they didn't exactly lock the door behind them... the trapdoor that Fluffy is guarding isn't locked... and it's not really a locked door if the key is right there flying above your head...
    • While Percy is working with Mr. Crouch, he gets his boss to sign an approval for "cross-language classes for below-age foreign visitors to Hogwarts". Once Mr. Crouch leaves, Percy hands the forms to Charlie saying that everything's been approved - and later, Dumbledore requests Harry to ask Empress the basilisk to teach Parseltongue to baby dragons to see if they grow up sapient, like Nora.
    • When Moody (who hasn't been replaced by Barty Crouch Jr. due to Luna exposing him during the Quidditch World Cup) is demonstrating the Imperius Curse during DADA, he tells Neville to 'act like a cat'. Neville promptly shifts into Lapcat, his Animagus form - which happens to be a panther!
      • He then tells Dean to jump as high as he can. Dean promptly turns into a crow and flies towards the ceiling.
      • The same happens with Ron and Hermione - both of them shift into their Animagus forms shortly after being hit by Imperio. Professor Moody reacts to Ron with exasperation, and his reaction to Hermione's transformation sets off laughter from everyone - even Draco.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Harry hasn't found anything he hasn't been able to eat and digest in some way. He eats food packaging and hedge trimmings, often eats his cutlery if distracted, and Snape has had to tell him off for eating leftover potion ingredients.
    • Fred and George even used him to dispose of a Howler from their mother, lightly peppered. Though he had to keep his mouth shut while digesting it, lest he start involuntarily yelling in Molly Weasley's voice.
    • The one exception turns out to be Dumbledore's sherbet lemons - the fizz gives him a fiery sneezing fit.
    • As the house-elves get more creative with their cooking, they start serving Harry-only dishes, marked with dragon flags. Examples include a glazed ham with steel shavings, a metal cleaver covered in tomato sauce, with the mix of metals in the cleaver providing an unusual taste, and even a solid steel croissant with molten brass as filling.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • When Draco Malfoy comes into Harry's train carriage looking for him as a dragon, he doesn't notice said dragon lying in the luggage racks above his heads.
    • Charlie Weasley was so excited to meet Ron's new dragon classmate, that after he flew straight from Romania to Hogwarts, he didn't notice said dragon watching him, nor did he realize that the dragon is Harry Potter.
    • Harry overhears a conversation between Warrington and Pucey of Slytherin, where Pucey is complaining about how all the other houses have non-human students but Slytherin doesn't, and that he wouldn't mind some non-human students in Slytherin if they could pass for human. An exasperated Warrington comments that he'll let Taira and Anna educate him, much to Pucey's confusion.
  • Fanservice: Quite a bit during the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament. The girls are enthused at Cedric discarding his robes after Nora sets them on fire (wearing jeans and a shirt underneath), and the boys are enthused at Fleur wetting down her clothes to protect herself from the fire. There's also visible disappointment when Krum doesn't get burned enough to discard his robes, even from Hermione.
  • Fat and Proud: The Fat Lady of Gryffindor. When she introduces herself to Harry, she says that to be plump was a compliment for centuries, and that she enjoys hearing everyone call her beautiful.
  • Feet of Clay: Gilderoy Lockhart is eventually exposed as a fraud like in canon, but it's downplayed in this fic since not only did he mind-wipe the original wizards and witches of their feats, but he also copied their memories for additional accuracy, so that he actually did have their skills and could teach Harry the Homorphus Charm; he just never practiced with them and thus proved to be a complete incompetent.
  • First Snow: Not quite first snow, but Harry's first Christmas at Hogwarts is his first snow that's more than an inch deep, and he loves it.
  • Flat "What": A Beauxbatons student gives the French equivalent when they see all the non-human Hogwarts students.
    C'est un loup. Pourquoi. Translation 
  • Food Porn: Quite a number of feasts have the food described in loving detail, which contrasts well with Harry's tendency to eat anything. Just as an example from Harry's second-year Halloween feast, one dessert is a brownie and sponge layer cake, cemented with caramel, covered in a chocolate shell and shaped into a full-sized pumpkin! With lemon aftertaste!
    • And then the Hogwarts house elves are gifted Muggle cookbooks by the Weasley Twins and more modern food starts showing up, like pizza and paella.
  • Foreshadowing: During the third year, June Forrester the warg notes that her family in the Forbidden Forest is having trouble finding food this year, and the centaurs are also shown to be stepping up patrols when Harry meets them one time. Right after the final exams, a group of the more hot-headed Acromantula, agitated by rumors of the basilisk's activity, stage an attack on Hogwarts.
  • Foreign-Language Tirade: During the Triwizard Tournament's first task, Fleur gets a little too annoyed at Bagman's emceeing and amplifies her voice to tell him to shut up - making Hermione squeak at the amount of swearing in it.
  • Forgot About His Powers: It's only midway through the Acromantula's assault that Harry remembers that he has a way to call for help, and he uses his Patronus to send a message. Dumbledore shows up in prompt order.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Harry saves Neville during his first flying lesson with his wings and doesn't involve him catching his Remembrall, so Harry doesn't become part of the Gryffindor Quidditch team that year. Cormac McLaggen becomes the Seeker instead... and lets just say Gryffindor's losing streak doesn't end any time soon.
      • Since Harry doesn't play in the Quidditch game, Quirrel doesn't try and kill him during it, instead using the distraction to try and get past Fluffy. That's what the later troll is for.
    • Harry and his friends find their way into the secret corridor midway through the second term.
    • A debate in the Daily Prophet about Harry's humanity during his first year leads to a discussion in the Wizengamot and Dumbledore allowing non-human sapients to learn magic in Hogwarts the following year.
      • During the debate in the Prophet, Harry finds out about Lupin early, and gets in contact with him via letter. And they meet during the summer holidays before Harry's second year.
      • Fred and George hear about Lupin and the Marauders that year from Harry, and they decide to pass him the Marauder's Map.
      • Two of said new non-human students, the kitsunes Tyler and Anne Smith, inform Snape about something odd in Gryffindor's common room, and Snape ends up finding Scabbers, or rather, Peter Pettigrew. This leads to an investigation and Sirius's release before Christmas that year.
      • The Wizengamot debate has Dumbledore neatly torpedo Dolores Umbridge's blood status and standing in the council. As a result of her reduced influence, her anti-werewolf laws don't get nearly as much traction, which when coupled with Hogwarts' new inclusion of non-human magical sapients, has Remus Lupin become an openly-werewolf professor at Hogwarts with hardly any fanfare.
    • Harry convinces Hagrid to get Dumbledore's help with Norberta's egg, and Norberta/Nora is allowed to stay around as Hogwarts's mascot. She even gets to take part in the Triwizard Tournament's first task!
    • Tom Riddle's diary ends up with Harry Potter instead of Ginny Weasley. Having learned Voldemort's true name last year, Harry decides to give it to Dumbledore as soon as he is able to.
      • As a result, the Chamber of Secrets never comes up at all that year. That means Hagrid's case never comes up, and Professor Kettleburn is still the Care of Magical Creatures professor in Harry's third year.
    • At the start of second-year, Harry arrives at King's Cross station early, and when Dobby seals the portal into Platform 9 3/4, enough of a crowd builds up that Magical Maintenance arrives and unblocks it.
    • Harry only joins the Quidditch team in his second year. He also decides to not stay on beyond that year despite a perfect catch record, because he has so much more he wants to do, like book club. This eventually leads to Ginny becoming Seeker the following year.
      • Similarly, Ron becomes the reserve Seeker for Gryffindor in his third year, and even manages to play in one game after Wood takes a Bludger in a very unfortunate place.
    • With an inadvertent comment, Harry manages to gain Kreacher's trust and is told of Slytherin's locket and Regulus's request. This, coupled with the diary, puts Dumbledore on the trail of Voldemort's Horcruxes a lot earlier, and he advises Harry to learn to use Fiendfyre to destroy them.
      • Once Harry learns Fiendfyre to a suitable level during the summer between third and fourth year, the diary, locket and ring are destroyed in quick succession. Moreover, since Harry is present when Dumbledore finds the ring in the Gaunt shack, he is able to knock it out of Dumbledore's hands before he is tempted to put it on, meaning Dumbledore is not cursed.
    • Harry doesn't take Divination as a third-year elective; he takes Ancient Runes, Care of Magical Creatures and Arithmancy. The rest of Harry's friends take a mixture of other subjects, with Hermione being her usual sign-up-for-everything self.
      • As a result, in third year, the boys all notice when Hermione is in the same class as all of them, despite each of them having different classes at the same time. This eventually leads to Hermione coming clean about her time-turner when the topic arises later in the year.
    • Dobby doesn't get released by Harry at the end of second year. He does however petition to the Ministry's Office of House-Elf Relocation at Hermione's prompting, manages to win his case, and ends up with the Weasleys as a 'volunteer' House Elf.
    • Harry's friends all learn to be Animagi in their third year, thanks to Sirius's help. By a mixture of animal senses, Luna's eccentricity and raw bad luck, Crouch Jr. runs into them at the Quidditch World Cup after casting the Dark Mark, and is subsequently captured and unmasked in front of everyone, including his father.
      • As such, the real Alastor Moody becomes the 4th year DADA professor, and subsequently, there is no plot to get Harry's name into the Goblet of Fire. Harry still takes part however, as one of Nora's minders.
  • Friendly Fireproof: Utilized when a troll crashes Harry's book club; Harry gets into grappling range with the brute and tells everyone else to start launching spells, knowing his draconic spell resistance is stronger than the troll's.
  • Genre Savvy: Due to Harry being a Book-Wyrm, he often applies what he reads to his new life as a dragon learning to be a wizard.
    • When Draco tries challenging him to a duel, he applies what he was just reading about duels, and makes into a public, supervised affair.
    • When he learns about the existence of Horcruxes by means of Kreacher and Slytherin's locket, he asks Dumbledore if they'd be dropping it into Mount Etna to destroy it. Dumbledore humorously disagrees on account that if they were wrong, it'd be very hard to get it back out.
      • From the same source, Harry knows that putting on a ring that's known to be cursed is a Very Bad Idea, which is why he knocks the Gaunt Ring out of Dumbledore's hands and sets it on Fiendfyre before the headmaster can put it on.
  • Gentle Giant:
    • Fluffy the three-headed-dog turns out to be this. Even better, he can speak!
    • Nora, the 25-foot-long dragon mascot of Hogwarts.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: This seems to be Neville's backup strategy if his magic doesn't work and he panics. After seeing himself wielding a sword in the Mirror of Erised he decides to start an exercise regime, his second-year DADA sparring exam ends with him punching his opponent in the nose, and Harry wonders if his default magic strategy should just be conjuring up some weapons to use.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Draco's ploy to lure Harry out of bounds for an illegal duel backfires when Harry looks up the rules and decides to make the duel official, with Professor Flitwick presiding.
    • In a roundabout way, Lockhart brought his exposure as a fraud on himself. After teaching Harry the Homorphus Charm to get out of not teaching them any practical magic in class, Harry tested it on Lupin and found out that it worked for real. Lupin then decided to investigate the other werewolves Lockhart supposedly used it on and tracked down the real Wagga Wagga Werewolf, who does remember how he was cured and by who, and it wasn't Lockhart.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Downplayed; when the Hogwarts ghosts fly in for their first meetings of the new First-years, they are the ones dumbfounded by the fact that there's a talking dragon amongst them.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Premise of this fic aside, during Harry's first visit to Diagon Alley, he bought up every piece of Wizarding literature he could find that included dragons on the cover. The results were mixed, from Detective Fiction to Chick Lit.
  • Irony: Dean has a chuckle when a boy named Draco comes into his train carriage looking for a dragon.
  • Insult Backfire:
    • A lot of Draco Malfoy's gloats turns into these on account of Harry simply taking the most positive interpretation of them (knowingly or not) and thoroughly befuddling Draco who's looking for subtext that doesn't exist.
      • When Draco gloats at Harry by saying that he and all the other animals will be expelled soon due to his father and the board of governors, Harry ends up thanking him. Harry reasons that since Draco is a Slytherin, if he wanted Harry to be expelled he wouldn't tell him outright, so the only reason he would have for gloating at Harry is to warn him about the expulsion without actually warning him. Draco is left in sputtering disbelief at the logic.
      • After Dobby leaves the Malfoy's service to volunteer with the Weasleys, Draco sneers to Harry that their new house-elf works much better than Dobby, which Harry is pleased by since now everyone's happy.
    • When Lucius Malfoy tries bringing up the warg June Forrester's exam results as a pretext for expelling her, Dumbledore points out that she was a little less than halfway up the class rankings, and if he had to expel everyone who was as bad or worse than her, they'd lose half of Hogwarts, including Malfoy's son Draco. Similarly, trying to paint the sphinx Tanisis Sanura as a vicious beast (specifically describing the following incident as "unprovoked") fails badly because she only "attacked" her housemate when she caught them stealing from Luna, only really shoved and scared the offender and has promised to never do such a thing again.
  • Interspecies Friendship:
    • All of Harry's friendships, naturally.
    • Luna and the sphinx Tanisis Sanura, being Ravenclaws in the same year. This leads to Luna being less bullied than in canon, since Tanisis doesn't take kindly to people stealing her friend's belongings.
      • The following year, Luna befriends the new mer-boy student Tiobald MacUalraig, being one of the few students who can speak Mermish and sign language.
    • After making contact, Harry often chats to Empress the basilisk through a mirror, and reads her stories.
  • It Can Think: This is the twins Tyler and Anne's reaction when they sneak into the Gryffindor dormitories to play a prank on the Weasley twins, only to get the dormitory wrong and find Ron's pet rat Scabbers reading Redwall. This is what leads them to accost the rat and the uncovering of his true identity.
  • I Warned You: The Quibbler has this moment after Barty Crouch Jr. is discovered and both him and his father are arrested. It reprints all its previous articles about Crouch in a special issue with the headline, "TOLD YOU SO". Harry thinks that although it's not professional, it's very funny.
  • Jaw Drop: Professor Moody gets this when Hermione succeeds in his Imperius order that he thought was impossible: transform into a dinosaur.
  • Joke Name Tag: The badge-giving telephone box at the Ministry often has some fun with the reasons for being at the Ministry. When Harry was there to discuss his humanity and his eligibility to hold a wand, the badge was titled "Philosophical Conundrum". Dumbledore has an entire collection of these badges; one visit about a magical accident had his badge saying, "Albus Dumbledore, Probably Responsible".
  • Lame Pun Reaction:
    • George gives his twin a Dope Slap when he tries to define mad magic, as opposed to mad science, as "Madic".
    • When the twins name Ginny's peregrine falcon Animagus form Perry, as in "Perry, Gin, Falcon", they have to skedaddle before their sister starts cursing (magically, not verbally).
  • Lampshade Hanging: Harry and his friends do a lot of this, mostly about certain turns of phrase or whatever strange idea has come up.
    • In Harry's first year, Fred and George are moaning that they haven't won since Charlie left, only for to Ron to point out that Charlie left last year. Fred admits that Wood's been so zealous that he'd actually forgot.
  • Liar Revealed: What happens when Lockhart is confronted by Michael Freeman a.k.a. the real Wagga Wagga werewolf. Lupin tracked him down to find out if the Homorphus Charm also worked on him, and Michael does remember the warlock who helped stop him, and it wasn't "no poncy blond pom".
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Used as a joke on the 4th year train ride to Hogwarts, referencing a joke that Ron made a while ago. Anyone looking into the cabin are stunned at the sight of regular human students, a panther playing chess, a wolf(warg) practicing sheet music, a sphinx solving puzzles, and many other animals (including a dinosaur) reading books all in the same room.
  • Literal Metaphor:
    • Used as the reason why the Ravenclaw prefect Penelope didn't wake Harry up after he fell asleep in the Ravenclaw library - it's in the school motto: "Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus" note .
    • Also, Hogwarts's new Dungeons & Dragons club is Exactly What It Says on the Tin (if in singular form) - given that it's run by Harry in the first basement of the castle.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • So, a new Obvious Rule Patch says that the only non-human sapients that are allowed to carry wands are those with accredited magical education or are learning (obviously made for the boy/dragon-who-lived)? Well, now Dumbledore has the perfect excuse to invite more magical non-human sapients to learn at Hogwarts, like wargs and sphinxes!
    • Percy runs an allowance form for dangerous animals into Britain and an allowance form for cross-language classes for below-age foreign students past his boss Mr. Crouch, thus allowing Charlie to bring baby dragons into Hogwarts to be taught Parseltongue by Empress the basilisk, to see if they become sapient like Nora. His brothers are amazed.
      Charlie: Blimey, Percy, what happened to you over the last few years? You're scary now?
    • Harry points out a third-year could take a third-year date to the Yule Ball (which is normally only for fourth-years and above), by getting two fourth-years to take them as their dates and then swapping around once inside.
  • Loose Lips: Hermione lets slip about her time-turner to her friends before Halloween after realizing that using it throughout the Animagus sensitization ritual (carrying a Mandrake leaf in her mouth for a month) has caused her Animagus form to be a deinonychus.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": When Harry first walks into the owl emporium, nearly every bird in the place panics at the sight of a dragon so close. Except for one snowy exception - and it's pretty obvious who it is.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Percy's response to Fred and George as to if his initial obliviousness to Sirius being an Animagus was because he being obtuse, deadpan, or honestly didn't know? "Yes, actually."
  • Morton's Fork: Draco ends up stuck in one of these when his illegal past-curfew duel with Harry becomes a presided, official duel, leaving him torn between backing out and losing face, or agreeing to a duel with a dragon. His best option at that point was to agree and fight dirty, which didn't impress Professor Flitwick one bit.
  • Multiple Head Case:
    • As a magical being and thus sapient, Fluffy the three-headed-dog counts. His right head is gruff, his middle head is formal, and his left is cheerful.
    • His niece(s) Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail also count when they enroll in Hogwarts in Harry's third year.
  • Mundane Solution: What's the solution for unusually-shaped Hogwarts students like the sphinx Tanisis or the warg June to finish their exams on time when their paws aren't built for writing? A normal Muggle typewriter!
  • Mundane Utility: The Hogwarts mascot Nora uses the Whomping Willow as a massager. Then again, it helps to be a 25-foot-long dragon.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Invoked by name when, during a New Year's party with the Forbidden Forest wargs, the Weasley Twins slip the Smith Twins some doctored Translation Toffee, causing Tyler to keep saying the trope name without knowing what's happening.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: This is a topic that comes up in the Unusually Shaped Club, Harry's new Hogwarts club for non-human magical sapients. Examples include Harry's own experiences suppressing his Dragon Hoard behaviour, and Tanisis repressing her normal sphinx reaction to a wrongly-answered riddle.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The centaurs of the Forbidden Forest on balance would prefer keeping to themselves away from wizards and are more or less ambivalent on the subject, though there are hardline human-hating isolationists like Bane and the more liberal like Firenze. The Acromantula attack and the Hogwarts denizens assisting them have swayed them more to the wizard-appreciative end, and by Harry's 4th year, Conal, Ronan's son and Firenze's nephew, had decided to register as a student.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The capture of the Snitch at the Quidditch World Cup has one Seeker bail during a dive race to the ground, while the other (Krum) gets his arm busted by a Bludger, crash-lands, and nabs the Snitch anyway - a very similar parallel to how canon Harry caught the Snitch in his second-year game with the rogue Bludger.
    • A fourth piece of parchment comes out of the Goblet of Fire that was written by Professor Moody. Only in this case, the note is typewritten and just says "I had to see if I could do it", so nothing comes of it.
  • Naked Freak-Out: When the Homorphus Charm used to untransform a werewolf actually works, Remus just manages to duck under a bedsheet, before asking for some clothes.
  • Never Heard That One Before: A variation - by the end of Harry's first Hogwarts express ride, so many people have asked him the same five questions note  that Harry's friends can answer them by rote for him.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Blaise Zabini often casually converses about his many stepfathers and his mother's bizarre tastes in cooking that may have brought them about. Harry, who can digest even hemlock, doesn't notice anything wrong.
  • Non-Answer: As Harry is unable to Portkey to the Quidditch World Cup, he has to fly there himself. Unfortunately for Sirius, who is trying to help him via mirror, the officials don't exactly know either.
    Sirius: If I walked ten miles... that way, where would I be?
    Official: Lost.
  • Non-Indicative Name: After a day at the Ministry, Dumbledore suggests to Harry that they have a bite to eat at a nearby Muggle restaurant with a Scottish chef. The name of that chef? McDonald's!
  • No-Sell: Harry is a dragon, and being magic-resistant/immune and exceedingly tough comes with the territory.
    • When Harry was being Sorted, he found that the Sorting Hat couldn't feel or communicate with him if he closed his eyes.
    • Dumbledore used side-along Apparition to get himself and Harry from the Ministry to Hogwarts. Harry found himself left behind.
      • Similarly, when the Weasleys were using a Portkey to get to the Quidditch World Cup, Harry was again left behind.
    • In second-year, Dobby's rogue Bludger does nothing more than annoy Harry during the game.
    • An attempt to poison Harry (by Dobby; intended to be non-fatal) runs right into Harry's Extreme Omnivore nature. He only realizes somebody might have tried to harm him when the Hogwarts Elves serve him a dinner seasoned with hemlock a few weeks later and he mentions the first incident. His friends agree the first lot was probably intended to hurt him.
    • Harry can ward off a lot of manipulation spells by blinking: Legilimency, a Veela's glamor, the Imperius Curse...
      • The last is downplayed when Moody explains that someone only has to make their first Imperius order to Harry "not blink".
    • Legal one, Dumbledore demolishes Umbridge's attempt to have Harry thrown out of Hogwarts in about five seconds flat. To add insult to injury he's able to use the resulting Obvious Rule Patch to bring in even more non-human students and he also casually reveals Umbridge's true blood status which demolishes any influence she has left with the pure blood lobby.
  • Not a Date: Harry's date to the Yule Ball is Tanisis the sphinx, since as a third-year at the time, she wouldn't be able to come normally and wanted to see what the party is all about. Harry finds it hard to call it a date since they both made it clear to each other what's going on.
  • Not So Above It All: Alastor Moody is a paranoid old Auror, but he's not above putting a piece of parchment into the Goblet of Fire with the message "I had to see if I could do it. Your move, headmaster", just to test its protections.
  • Now You Tell Me: Mid-way through Dean's third-year Divination exam, Professor Trelawney receives a prophecy about an Acromantula attack. Said attack occurs on the other side of Hogwarts moments later.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: To resolve a dispute as to whether Harry counts as human and thus is allowed a wand, Dumbledore proposes a law amendment that says that non-human creatures are allowed to carry wands if they are taking or have completed an accredited magical education. Of course, Harry is the only non-human doing anything of the sort... at least, until the following year.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: During Harry's third-fourth year summer, Remus Lupin is attacked by Fenrir Greyback, but successfully kills the mass murderer.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Downplayed; Snape is very briefly mortified (but conceals it quickly) when he learns that he sent his doe Patronus with a message to Dumbledore... in front of Harry.
  • Only One Name: Conal the centaur, like other centaurs. During his house Sorting, someone asks what his first name is, and Professor McGonagall replies that that is his first name.
  • Only Smart People May Pass: Applies to Ravenclaw's riddling doorknocker as in canon, but when it asks Harry, "Are you a dragon?" in amazement, you can figure out what happens next.
  • Out-Gambitted: When the Goblet of Fire stands ready to receive applicants, Fred and George ask Dean if he has any suggestions for getting past Dumbledore's protections. Dean replies that he has loads of ideas... problem is, Dumbledore asked him first. That doesn't stop the twins from trying, of course.
    • Then Dean himself is out-gambitted when Professor Moody manages to circumvent the protections anyway on a lark.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: When Sirius shows up to help Professor Lupin with the DADA third-year final exam obstacle course, he allows Seamus Finnegan a couple of questions, and Seamus's second question is if he bribed his way out of Azkaban according to his mum. Sirius isn't impressed, and on an unrelated note, Seamus is going first.
  • Parental Substitute: When Harry describes to Nora that Sirius is to him what Hagrid is to her, Nora calls Hagrid "Dad". Hagrid gives her a Bear Hug for that.
  • Pig Latin: What Hermione makes her Boggart of Professor McGonagall start saying.
  • The Pollyanna: Downplayed. The Dursley's treatment of Harry during his childhood wasn't any less abusive or neglectful as in canon, but Harry is arguably more at ease with his lot in life, since he's able to shrug off most of it due to being a dragon. This is exemplified when Remus starts teaching him the Patronus Charm.
    Harry: It's hard to concentrate on one thing, and it's hard to pick which memory is the happiest. I've got a lot.
  • Pooled Funds: What does Harry do the first time he sees his vault at Gringotts a.k.a. piles and piles of gold? Dive headlong into it! It takes 20 minutes and eight goblins to get him back out.
  • Pull the Thread: Umbridge is present at Harry's hearing to determine whether he is a human or a dragon and thus if he is allowed to hold a wand, and is already pressing the point that Harry isn't human and thus stole his wand from somewhere, only for Dumbledore to puncture her tirade by asking about her family, which clearly shows her not being as pure-blooded as she claims to be.
  • Punny Name:
    • Harry's official dragon species name, according to Charlie Weasley? The Black-Backed Bookwyrm.
    • Sirius's second house in Hogsmeade is named Dogwarts.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Harry can see perfectly well without his glasses; he just likes wearing them. Except when they fly off because his ears prick up when interested.
  • Put on a Bus: At least as far as Professor Lupin teaching at Hogwarts after Harry's third year is concerned - over the summer, he is attacked by Fenrir Greyback, and his injuries ( and stewardship of Fenrir's old "pack" as their new alpha) mean that he'll be unavailable as DADA teacher.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Averted. Dumbledore's pre-feast speech rarely gets longer than a few words. One time, it is exactly "A few words."
  • Riddling Sphinx: Tanisis Sanura, a sphinx student that enrolls in Harry's second year thanks to the new law passed in the Wizengamot. On her first night at Hogwarts, she and Ravenclaw's doorknocker end up spending ages asking each other riddles while the rest of their house are stuck outside!
  • Running Gag:
    • Harry not being able to tell Fred and George apart. At least until he uses his nose.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: The main reason how Lupin wins over Fenrir Greyback. They're both in werewolf form, but Lupin had taken Wolfsbane Potion and kept his mind against the more feral Greyback, and had managed to grab his wand and use a Reductor Curse on him.
  • Sempai/Kohai: In his third year, Harry seems to take this upperclassman position to the other non-human Hogwarts students, as they usually come to him with issues about difficulties with unusual body types or other quirks fitting into school life (like using wands without hands). It's why he forms the Unusually Shaped Club to discuss those problems and come up with solutions.
  • Shout-Out: With all the books that Harry reads, there's plenty.
    • The The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are the most-often referenced series, with Harry and Hermione often pestering their friends to read the series for themselves.
    • Harry's Marauder name is technically Puff, but he rarely uses it.
    • Harry thinks of Issola when he sees Percy's heron Animagus.
    • Fluffy's niece(s), a three-headed-dog named Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail Barlos (left-to-right) becomes a student in Harry's third-year. All of them are fans of Beatrix Potter, especially Cottontail, who asks if Harry is related to her.
      • Talking to the Barloses is also why Ron's siblings decide that his squirrel Animagus form should be named Nutkin.
    • Why is Dean's Boggart fear a severed hand? He watched The Addams Family as a kid and Thing freaked him out.
    • Hermione's Animagus form turns out to be a deinonychus on account of all the Time-Turning she was doing. Well, she is a "Clever Girl".
    • When discussing how Animagus forms work with clothes, Ron suggests that Neville could wear a glove to go with his panther form, a Shout-Out to Michael Jackson and his single white glove and how he transformed from a panther in his Black or White music video.
    • Harry's Christmas gift from Sirius in his third year is a Game Boy (that curiously works in Hogwarts) with the game The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
    • While doing homework, Neville muses about making Sting, and Dean mentions his mother listening to Sting. Naturally, there's a little confusion there.
    • Harry's Patronus is a small white dragon whom he names Ruth.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Lord Ridley the dragon-slaying ghost to Harry the dragon.
  • Skewed Priorities: What has Hermione most in a tizzy after her Animagus form turns out to be a deinonychus due to all the time-turner usage is that she now has definite proof that dinosaurs had feathers, but she can't show it to anyone. Neville comments that the freakout is very Hermione.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Nora the Norwegian Ridgeback is an unusual case. She is sapient enough to communicate with Harry in a dragon language (but obviously cannot speak human), but only for her; other dragons cannot speak that language. It turns out that she is actually speaking Parseltongue, taught by Slytherin's basilisk Empress while growing up, the very act of which seems to have made her sapient. After getting in contact with Empress, Dumbledore prepares an experiment to see if Empress teaching other baby dragons Parseltongue will make them sapient as well.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Smith twins Tyler and Anne sometimes have their names spelt as "Taira" and "Anna" throughout the story, referencing their Japanese ancestry and how Harry himself is unsure how they're spelt.
  • Stating the Simple Solution:
    • During Snape's first potions lesson with Harry, when he starts asking Harry his questions, Harry just opens the textbook and looks it up.
    • After Quirrel is out of the picture, Harry wonders why Dumbledore didn't just use the Fidelius Charm to hide the Philosopher's Stone. Dumbledore just chalks it up to his growing senility.
  • Stunned Silence: Snape is rendered speechless when Harry approaches him for advice on how not to be noticed after he first appears in the Prophet, which is a far cry from the Attention Whore he always though Potter was. He even has to grab a headache-reliever potion.
  • Suicidal "Gotcha!": Quite a few people let out cries of shock the first time they see Harry jump off a high landing and down Hogwarts' huge stairwell, until they remember that he's a dragon with wings.
  • Super Prototype: Lupin reverse-engineers the Marauder's Map into lesser Hogwarts Maps that are given out to younger students to help find their way around the school, without any of the tracking function. The activation phrase is "I'm lost".
  • Super Wheelchair: Tiobald MacUalraig, a Ravenclaw mer-boy student, uses a magical one to get around, which can go up stairs without trouble.
  • Super Window Jump: When he is exposed as a fake, Lockhart tries making a break for it by flying out his office window on a Firebolt. Shame Harry is right behind him.
  • Take That!: One chapter has Dumbledore take a slight dig at the Philosopher's Stone being changed into the Sorcerer's Stone for American readers.
    Harry: What's a Sorcerer's Stone?
    Dumbledore: I don't have the faintest idea. I believe that our cousins across the Atlantic may know, but I would not care to guess – that is surely for them to tell.
  • Talking Animal:
    • Turns out, three-headed dogs like Fluffy are sapient and can talk. Why? Well, they're not included in Fantastic Beasts, which means they are Beings!
    • The 'werewolves' that live in the Forbidden Forest are actually the offspring of a wolf and a transformed magical werewolf, resulting in wolves with magic called wargs. As a result, a few of them can talk, and Harry ends up meeting one named June Forrester, whom Fluffy is teaching how to speak, so she can enroll in Hogwarts later.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: According to Dumbledore, Fawkes does this.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Between 3rd and 4th year, when Dudley's diet begins, Harry offers to cook food that's both tasty and filling, as well as offering suggestions for exercise, and Dudley invites him to play video games with him afterward.
  • Tempting Fate: Going to Platform 9 3/4 at the start of 4th year, Harry thinks about his experience up to then and muses that people could see he's a dragon, and they just didn't care about that fact. Cue the Creevy brothers (specifically Dennis) gushing about him.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • For Harry's first Christmas, his gift to Ron is him and Professor McGonagall taking him to Ollivander's and replacing his hand-me-down wand with a new one.
    • Later on, Ron notes a similar problem with Neville's wand (which belonged to his father), and he finds that his mother's wand is a better fit for him.
  • Token Human: Luna Lovegood is this to the Unusually Shaped Club, with all its other members comprising of the other non-human Hogwarts students from all houses. She's usually present as the mer-boy Tiobald's Translator Buddy, as he only knows how to communicate in Mermish or British Sign Language.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Subverted. Despite being Kitsune, only one of the Smith twins likes inarisushi; the other doesn't.
  • Translation Convention: Harry doesn't notice that he's speaking a different language when he talks to Nora the dragon, if they talk directly it sounds to him like she's speaking English, but to everyone else, Harry just started speaking dragon. However, things start to get strange when it turns out no other dragon speaks the language that the two of them do, and Nora reveals the next year that she hears the words in her sleep. It turns out that Nora was actually being taught Parseltongue by Slytherin's basilisk Empress in her sleep, and Harry as a Parselmouth could naturally understand her.
  • Trickster Twins: Aside from the usual Weasley twins, two new twins named Tyler and Anne Smith show up in Harry's second year, are sorted into Slytherin, and quickly build up a pranking rivalry with the other set of twins. Fitting, since they're Kitsune.
  • Unknown Rival: Draco Malfoy still has an axe to grind with Harry and goes out of his way to cause trouble - and mostly falling flat. For Harry's part, he just shrugs off Draco's attempts and finds him rather strange.
    Hermione: Don't let him get to you. He's always trying to wind you up.
    Harry: He is? He's not very good at it.
    • He seems to have given up in 4th year, after Harry sends Krum his way to get some advice.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: As Harry's first year goes on, most of the Hogwarts denizens soon become used to the talking dragon amongst them, even when he does things like eat cutlery or jump out a window.
    • Things quickly get more unusual and then normal again, as Dumbledore opens Hogwarts' doors to non-human magical sapients the following year. After a whole year of dragon, sphinx, and warg students, a werewolf professor the year after that barely rates a mention, even when he's sitting at the staff table in wolf-form during the opening feast.
  • Unwinnable by Design: After Harry and Co. make it all the way past the Mirror of Erised's protections on the third-floor corridor, Dean makes a few suggestions to Dumbledore that turn the obstacles into this. Aside from putting a password on the first door, there's also filling all the potion bottles with the Draught of Living Death (since there's nothing that says the instructions must lead to the right bottle), and even if an intruder gets past everything, they'd still be stuck because the Mirror would have been moved to Dumbledore's office - and even knowing that would be useless thanks to Harry unknowingly removing the Stone from the Mirror! Quirrel falls afoul of the potions trick, and his possessor is not happy one bit.
  • Walking Techbane: Zigzagged. When the topic of magic interfering with Muggle technology comes up (which is why Hermione bought an old-fashioned clockwork watch), Dean points out that his cheap quartz watch still works even at Hogwarts. And then later, Sirius sends Harry a Nintendo Game Boy as a snack, and everyone is astonished when it actually works on campus. Even Dumbledore doesn't know the reason at first, relating an incident about a World War 2 era pilot landing near Hogwarts, who had none of his gear nor his plane work until they got it far enough away.
    • Further experimentation finds that torches and radios work fine, but televisions only produce sound, not pictures.
  • Weirdness Censor: Harry is a dragon, yet Muggles don't notice due to magical creatures being rendered Invisible to Normals. All they see when they look at Harry is a perfectly ordinary human boy, not noticing even when he does stuff like fly or eat rocks. It's the main reason why Harry doesn't find becoming a dragon weird; no-one else seemed to find it weird, so he quickly came to terms with it. Hagrid is the first person to see Harry's dragon form other than himself.
    • The mechanics are explored when Harry visits the Grangers during the summer between first and second year. Mr. Granger is a little befuddled when Harry moves his wings and his forelegs separately (his human glamor deciding whether his wing or his foreleg should equate to his arm) and when he is videotaped while flying, all Mr. Granger can see in the recording is a boy jumping and then suddenly becoming unimportant.
  • Wham Line: To Mr. Crouch at the Quidditch World Cup, when after the fiasco with the Death Eaters and the Dark Mark, Luna Lovegood says four words he absolutely did not want to hear.
    Luna: Besides, we caught him.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Becomes a topic of several chapters when Umbridge publishes an editorial in the Prophet that says Harry shouldn't be allowed a wand due to being a dragon and not human. For his part, Harry is puzzled since there's so many magical ways humans can turn into other things and other things can be turned into humans. The debate eventually culminates in a discussion at the Wizengamot, upon which it is agreed that non-humans will only be allowed wands if they are doing or have completed an accredited magical education.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sirius says as much when he, Harry and Dumbledore go to track down a cursed ring that is one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, only for Dumbledore to try and put it on when he sees it, and would have if not for Harry's reflexes.
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: The outcome of Harry's first duel with Draco, supervised by Professor Flitwick. Between Harry's draconic spell resistance, his wings and Draco's limited spell knowledge, the best Draco could hope for was to hit Harry in the eyes during the count-off and at least try and save face with his house by being cunning, which of course led to Professor Flitwick disqualifying him. And even that didn't work when Harry closed his eyes while bowing.
  • Wizards from Outer Space: After reading a Muggle book about space and humans reaching the moon, Ron becomes really interested in space, and the Mirror of Erised even shows him in a spacesuit on the moon. He even starts taking an interest in Astronomy, and introducing Muggle discoveries about space into the class.
  • Wreathed in Flames: In fourth year, while waiting for the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students to arrive, Ron gets the idea to cast Bluebell Flames on himself to keep warm in the chilly Scottish October. Dumbledore runs with the idea, and as a result, the foreign students are all nonplussed to see the Hogwarts delegation all on fire (in their house colors, no less).
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: After Remus kills Fenrir Greyback, he finds himself as his old pack's new "alpha". There's some debate as to whether it means "leader" and/or "dad"..
  • You Meddling Kids: Luna gives the full quote when Barty Crouch Jr. is captured at the Quidditch World Cup, complete with Invisibility Cloak unmasking. Dean and Hermione find it hilarious.


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