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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 the sequel in the form of the appropriately titled If Wishes Were Ponies, Book II first published on December 8, 2020, a full 551 days after the final chapter of the original.

Book II has been completed as of September 28th, 2021.

Warning! Unmarked Spoilers!

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  • 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. As time goes on 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.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Sunburst appears as one of the ponies brought in to update Hogwarts' enchantments, when the story takes place roughly around season 4, a full season before he appeared in canon.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Many details from the Potterverse are expanded upon, deconstructed, or both.
    • House Elves in-particular require large amounts of Magic in order to survive, and can only receive that by bonding with a Magical Household or with a Magical Location like Hogwarts. They generally like to perform work, but it was likely due to social engineering by early wizards that had created the general outlook of House Elves being considered as little more than slaves.
    • Salazar Slytherin wasn't a bigot towards Muggleborns, he was a Properly Paranoid Well-Intentioned Extremist, believing that there would be a possibility that a Muggleborn would align with a Witch-Hunting Mob and reveal the location of Hogwarts and try to exterminate them all. His Basilisk was simply a means to try protecting Hogwarts from attack or as a means to invoke Better to Die than Be Killed. It was Voldemort that had turned the Basilisk from Salazar's intended purpose.
    • Dumbledore is revealed to be an Animagus much like McGonagall (his own transformation being a Norwegian Dwarf-Goat).
  • 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 than 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.
  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Due to the fact that (technically) Equestria is an entirely separate world altogether from Earth, this trope applies to how the ponies of Equestria such as Twilight, the Mane Six, and the CMC all are enticed by human culture, with Twilight showing her usual levels of enthusiasm for wanting to read their literature.
    Twilight Sparkle: The World Almanac Harry showed me says the British Library had over ten million books five years ago. It would take one-hundred and fourteen years, one month, twenty-six days, and sixteen hours to read every book if I read ten books an hour! And they’re adding tens of thousands more books every year!
    • In Book I, Chapter 61, Blueblood is shown to have developed a taste for Monopoly.
  • 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 and that they actually do speak different languages.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Twilight later gives Murtle a Pegasus form which eventually revealed that Murtle and anyone Discord gave a pony form to, has in fact become true ponies and that their original human forms are actually their animagus forms.
  • 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.
  • 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 simply being the most powerful among them.
    • And Fred and George more or less invert Dumbledore's theory, postulating that the Wizarding legends of Atlantis came from ancient wizards visiting Equestria through portals.
  • The Atoner: Discord of all beings is considered to be this, due to him actually having a role in creating the first Pegasi so long ago, and having indirectly condemned a fair number of them to death during Tirek's Magic-Stealing Rampage. It could be argued that Discord had probably manipulated the effects of the Portal in Little Whinging to transform any Squibs that passed through it into Pegasi when arriving in Equestria, not only to provide a better lifestyle for them free of the burdens of the Wizarding World's Blood Caste System; but to also try and rebuild the Pegasus species.
  • 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.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Several examples show up. Some get repeatedly lampshaded.
    • While shopping for trunks for Harry and the CMC, Rarity sees a "Deluxe Apartment Trunk" with undetectable expansion and featherweight charms applied. A stack of them are purchased and examinations of the spell work are quickly undertaken. Similar spell work is soon applied to the ponies' interim housing.
    • Mention of rooms expanding to accommodate large crowds happens routinely, including the Equestrians' new embassy building.
    • At one point, several British muggle government officials are discussing this new "technology" and its military implications. Both good and bad.
  • 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 despite Celestia's and Luna's direct involvement in many aspects of the plot, Twilight is the one in charge of Equestria’s foreign venture to Earth, deals directly with Dumbledore and Major when necessary and is also directly 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.
  • 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 the Muggle World into the existence of magic.
  • Classy Cane: Prince Blueblood sports one of these while on Earth to help him maintain his balance in Human form since he didn't have the time to spend learning how to walk upright. Harry Potter suggested this to not only help him keep balance, but to also help showcase his sophistication.
  • 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: A greedy goblin tries to attack Applejack for exposing his fraud; Applejack sends him to the ground with a single kick.
  • Cuteness Overload: A common reaction humans and especially girls under 18 have around Equestrian ponies.
  • 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.
  • 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, with no indication that this is going to stop anytime soon.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: The Cuteness of Doom that all ponies are such masters of. See Puppy-Dog Eyes, below.
  • Doorstopper: With 127 regular chapters, 1 interlude written by another author and a grand total of 562,235 words Book I definitely qualifies, and it’s likely Book II will be much the same.
  • The Dreaded: Discord is this as demonstrated when he shows up to the ball in Chapter 100 of Book I. The ponies give him plenty of room and many end up looking for exits. Dumbledore who can sense magic gets worried about how powerful Discord feels and that he knows things Dumbledore thought were 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! And that’s only one example.
  • 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 or a potions lab inevitably 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.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: While traditional marriage is known to exist in Equestria, the three to one female to male gender ratio among ponies means that poligamy, referred to as “herding” is a popular practice among ponies with several mares often sharing a single stallion. notably early on, prior to their first year at Hogwarts, Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo all get Harry to join a herd with them (with both Hermione and Ginny eventually joining as well), though it takes him a while to figure out exactly what’s going on (likely because at the time he was only 10 to 11). Further expanded upon when the Weasleys and Myrtle go to Equestria for the first time during 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/judiciary known as the Wizengamot while less influential families like the Potters and the Longbottoms do.
  • Fantasy Aliens: This is how the Ponies are viewed by the United Kingdom Government. They have a magical portal in the middle of a park. By the time that the government has become aware of that fact the ponies own most of the surrounding homes and are starting to be able to control access to the portal on this side.
  • 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 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, Dumbledore comes out ahead in 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 Flip: Hedwyg, Harrys' pet Snowy Owl is a boy instead of a girl in the story. (Doubles as a Mythology Gag due to the fact that male Snowy Owls portrayed the role of Hedwig in the films)
  • 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 from 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 than 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.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Dumbledore unwittingly condemned Harry to an abusive family because, when casting the spells that were supposed to keep Harry hidden, he never expected the Dursleys to be so cruel, and thus prevented the Dursleys from being detained.
  • 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 Hearth's 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 and retired SAS paratrooper.
  • 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.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Several Wands seen in the series are classified as this:
    • Harry Potter got a Wand made with hair given to him by Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, and according to an observation by Dumbledore; this wand is powerful enough to rival The Elder Wandnote .
    • To a lesser degree, Hermione Granger's wand was made from wood taken from The Golden Oaks' Library and a hair given by Twilight Sparkle; whom Ollivander was convinced is a burgeoning Goddess of Magic.
    • Pinkie Pie leaves behind a coil of her mane for Ollivander, citing that it'll be for a special wand for someone. In Book II, we find out that Ollivander made the Wand for Luna Lovegood.
  • 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 Voldemort, even if they still support some of his causes.
    • Refused 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 shape shifting powers and need to feed on love their Shapeshifter Default Form becomes human.
    • Reversed with the Weasleys, Hermione, and the Griffyndor Quidditch Team in that Discord had transformed them all completely into Ponies, with their original Human Form being considered as their Animagus Form.
  • 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.
  • 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 Hearth's Warming Day to Harry's pure joy.
    • Unlike in Canon Spike also sees Twilight as his mother and occasionally refers to her as such.
  • Irrational Hatred: Many of the supporters of Voldemort hate anyone who doesn’t agree with their policies or are of non magical birth.
  • 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.
  • Klingons Love Shakespeare: or rather Pegasi Love Quidditch, due to the airborne nature of the sport, Pegasi like Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo's aunt Lofty immediately fell in love with and planned to incorporate the sport with the Ponyville weather Team after attending a Quidditch game on Earth. By the time of the Winter Hols, Quidditch has been successfully implemented into Pegasus culture with even a Quidditch stadium located within the Equestrian Embassy complete with stands and bleachers to observe the games from.
    • Book II reveals that Changelings love the sport of Rugby.
  • 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.
  • Medieval Stasis: As in canon the Wizarding World in England is stuck in one and thinks that muggles have not changed since they went into hiding. This has blinded them to how far the muggles have advanced and how attitudes have changed. This also is why the Ministry of Magic and Dumbledore are perplexed by the Equestrians looking at non magical solutions to problems.
  • 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".
  • Mistaken for Gay: The CMC eventually come to see Draco's friendship with Crabbe and Goyle this way, much to Draco's indignation.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Twilight is this with Harry despite not really looking too 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.
  • 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.
  • No Nudity Taboo: Any pony from Equestria has this issue as they only wear clothing to accent themselves. Harry struggles in the first story to get not only Twilight, her friends, and the CMC to wear clothing when out and about. During their second year some of the new students from Equestria make it all the way to the great hall before they are forced back and into clothing.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond:
    • The dreaded Basilisk, known better as "The King of Serpents", is veritably one of the most dangerous creatures ever seen in the Wizarding World; known for its murderous stare that can kill with just a look and possessing a venomous bite that is lethal enough that the only cure for it is tears from a Phoenix. While most Wizards would run-and-hide or band together in large numbers to try slowing down the beast, Princess Luna was able to down the creature and contain it within a sphere of concentrated Magic long enough to deliver it to Tartarus; wondering if there were any other creatures on Earth that were just as if not more powerful than the Basilisk was.
    • Played straightly with Myrtle Warrens: who had spent the last half-century as a ghost secretly observing the relationships and courting of many Hogwarts Students, and had been eager enough to try out many a kink after she was revived. Aside from her appetite, many students had considered Myrtle to be outright leacherous (to the point that several betting pools were conducted by the Weasley Twins wondering when she would finally get laid), and that she has no biases against flirting with girls. However upon arriving in Equestria to spend the Winter Hols; Myrtle quickly discovered that the flirting she had displayed in Hogwarts was considered tame, and was in-turn the one who was blushing furiously at the antics displayed by the residents of Ponyville.
    • With the revelation about how Squibs are automatically transformed into Pegasi when crossing the Portal to Equestria, and the absence of Blood Status just proved to be too enticing for both Squibs and disillusioned Muggleborns; especially considering that Equestria is searching not only for Wizards and Witches to startup newer schools of Magic in Equestria, but to also replenish their diminished Pegasus populace that was inadvertently wiped out by Lord Tireks' rampage. By Book II, Argus Filch had to be persuaded by Albus to return to Hogwarts with the promise of two assistants and a higher pay raise until he could be allowed to retire several years later, since the former spent Summer 1992 in Equestria working a job and being courted by several other Mares who saw him as a gracefully aged eye-candy.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: See the quotes page for a full list.
    • 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.
    • Once the new Equestrian students start classes in Book II, more new rules quickly begin appearing.
  • Obliviously Evil: So far there have 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.
  • Off the Rails: Thanks to Harry finding his way to Equestria prior to his time at Hogwarts The Stations of the Canon gets Averted. In fact, as part of the Deconstruction of the plot of the books, several major plot points end up getting dealt with extremely early on, some during the first two weeks of Harry's first-year.
    • A month before Harry even goes to Hogwarts, he and the CMC meets Hermione in The Leaky Cauldron and after traveling through Diagon Alley, she quickly becomes friends with them, she even gets herself a different wand made from a hair from Twilight's mane and wood from the Golden Oaks' Library.
    • In the same chapter, Harry meets with both Professor Dumbledore and Arthur Weasley and gets invited to the Burrow to meet the rest of the Weasley Family.
    • After arriving at The Burrow, Hermione is taught by Twilight Sparkle her very first spell: how to Teleport, designing a version of the spell that can be used by Wands that is much safer than Apparating.
    • Due to Discords antics at The Burrow, The Weasley Family (sans Arthur) are all transformed into Ponies which becomes their default Animagi forms. And because of this, allows for Ginny Weasley to be able to attend Hogwarts a full year earlier, including receiving her wand.
    • Harry Potter's wand isn't made with Fawkes' tailfeather, instead it is made with hair given to him by both Celestia and Luna. And according to Dumbledores' observations, only has one other Wand ever been equal to it in raw power: The Elder Wand.
    • Ron Weasley in the same chapter also gets a wand, this one made with a Unicorn tail hair given to him by Rarity.
    • Harry 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.
    • On the train ride to Hogwarts, Neville meets and befriends Harry and the others; and is asked to get a new wand using money given to him, he winds up receiving a "Sister" Wand like Ron's, Ginny's, and Sweetie's own: Made from one of Rarity's hairs and wood from an Equestrian Cherry Tree.
    • In their first class of the school year, Scootaloo manages to help Professor Binns realize that he has been dead all this time, and goes off on his Last Great Adventure.
    • A few days later, the Cutie Mark Crusaders manage to bring Moaning Myrtle back to life again, which leads to even greater changes.
      • Thanks to telling Twilight about reviving Myrtle, she decides to talk to the recently revived Ravenclaw about how she originally died. This leads to the discovery of the Chamber of Secrets, the capture of the basilisk which Princess Luna sends to Tartarus, Pinkie Pie inadvertently revealing the nature of The Dark Mark being able to track down hiding Death Eaters, and Hagrid being exonerated of Tom Riddles' crime.
      • Then Twilight helped recover the Diadem of Ravenclaw and uncovers the existence of 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 once had.
    • Next Lupin has become a teacher at Hogwarts a full three years earlier than 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 proper trial or investigation into Sirius' actions that fateful night. This leads to the uncovering that the law was circumvented entirely to implicate Sirius for Peter Pettigrew's involvement with the Death Eaters as the Potters' true Secret Keeper. After leaving Azkaban, Dumbledore is going to force a trial. Meanwhile Sirius is going to be recovering at St. Mungo's Hospital for nearly a decades' worth of psychological trauma, and Amelia Bones Chief of Magical Law Enforcement is also reviewing everyone else who is currently incarcerated within Azkaban to see if any other entirely innocent Witches and Wizards like Sirius have slipped through the cracks of their government as well.
    • Rita Skeeter tries to get through the portal into Equestria using her Animagus Form, only to be transformed into a pony after crossing the portal and quarantined by the guards for tresspassing.
    • Because of Fred and George Weasleys sales of the Gender Bender candies in both Equestria from purchases made by Filthy Rich, and from purchased rights in the Wizarding World from Lucius Malfoy: The Weasley Family is now incredibly more wealthier than they could ever think possible.
    • 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 Kreacher. 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 and has found an unknown secret entrance to the room that has the Mirror of Erised and inadvertently recovers and steals the Philosopher's Stone.
    • Dumbledore and Twilight both fight Voldemort after he fails to get the stone. They work together and manage to capture his spirit after he tries to escape because his host's body finally gives out.
    • Peter Pettigrew ends up being discovered after Scabbers is brought through the Portal: the portal transforming him just like Rita Skeeter before into a Pony out of his Animagus Form, and is now serving out his sentence in Equestria; where while he is a criminal responsible for the murder of Lily and James Potter, the only crime he is guilty of in Equestria is being an illegal alien. He agrees to work with Equestria in helping to track down any more of the Death Eaters that have evaded custody in The Wizarding World.
    • As described below, During the Summer Hols, Remus Lupin ends up arriving in Equestria and is exposed to the Full Moon there, however due to the Werewolf Curse being unable to forcibly transform him out of his new pony body, it caused the conflicting Magics to attack one-another and the Werewolf Curse ended up destroying itself in the process, leading to Lupin being cured of his Lycanthropy and opening up the way for other reluctant Werewolves to finally be cured and safely reaccepted into Wizarding Society.
    • With the revelation that Squibs gain Magic and are transformed into Pegasi while in Equestria, and that there was no Fantastic Caste System regarding Blood Status among the Ponies, and that there were three mares for every stallion, Argus Filch had spent his summer in Equestria and was being courted by several Mares while working a summer job. It took Albus three letters and the promise of two working assistants to finally persuade Filch to return to Hogwarts for just two more years until he could finally retire.
    • Equestria ends up sending thirty-nine students to Hogwarts during Harry's second-year, and since none of said students are Crystal Ponies or Night Ponies, Discord decides to fix that by turning Luna Lovegood into a Crystal Night Pony, this results in her meeting Harry and company far earlier than in Canon and even ending up sorted into Gryffindor instead of Ravenclaw.
    • Due to overwhelming support by the Equestrian government and reforms that were passed down by the Wizengamot, Hogwarts is now better staffed with additional Teachers and Teaching-Assistants from both governments being present, notably is that Horace Slughorn now serves as a Potions Professor a full four years earlier than in canon. Albeit Slughorn serves as the Potions Professor for Years One through Four, while Severus Snape teaches The OWL and NEWT Students. Zecora is also attending the school, serving as Slughorn's Teaching Assistant.
    • Sunset Shimmer arrives in Equestria during the '92 Winter Hols and reveals that in her world, Harry Potter is a work of fiction and ends up sharing details of the books and movies with Harry, his Cohort, the Weasleys, and the Grangers of the events that would have happened normally.
    • Much like with the Weasleys, due to being cleared of Tom Riddles' Frame-Up, Hagrid has been given a new wand and has been providing a source of Acromantula Silk for the Equestrians to use due to his friendship with his pet Araggog. The CMC propose he get his own bank vault at Gringotts along with using his newfound wealth to become a role model for Halfbreeds and Giants everywhere.
    • With the revelation of Harry Potter apparently abandoning the Wizarding World, it puts the Potter Seat on the Wizengamot into question, Dumbledore is making plans on giving the Seat to the Weasley Family should this happen since they are becoming more affluent in the Wizarding World thanks in-part to their families good relations with Equestria.
    • Chapter 35 of Book II ends with Tom Riddle having completed a soul-draining ritual on Goyle, returning him to life again with the restored wizard planning on disposing of the poor boys corpse when he leaves.
  • Only You Can Repopulate My Race: Due to the events of Tirek's Magic-Stealing Rampage, a fair number of Pegasi were killed because of the loss of their flight. With the Portal open in Little Whinging, any Squibs (even Squibs that are born of Muggle parents) that cross through the portal are automatically transformed into Pegasi. On top of this, there is no Blood Caste system present in Equestria like there is on Earth since everypony there can use Magic on a fundamental level, the Mare-To-Stallion ratio of the population is 3:1, and that Herding is considered to be the norm for Ponies. it goes without saying that Argus Filch is fully-prepared to live out the rest of his days there after doing a parttime job in Equestria during Summer '92, being courted by several Pegasus mares who saw him not as a Grumpy Old Man but instead as a gracefully-aged exotic eyecandy.
  • 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 Voldemort. 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, and by the end of the year has allowed Dumbledore to capture his soul.
    • Discord to a minor extent is this to everyone besides the Equestrians who by this point are more or less used to his antics, or at least are fully aware of his personality and skillset, and even then no one outside the Mane 6 and Celestia have any idea how to deal with him, outside of going Screw This, I'm Out of Here!... if they can.
  • Our Monsters Are Different:
    • Our Centaurs Are Different: While it could be attributed to Tirek being an outlier and rabblerouser among his kin, the simple fact remains that unlike the Centaurs of Equestria: the ones on Earth aren't interested in Magic in the slightest and put more interest in Astrology and care towards their worlds native Unicorn populace. Physically, the Centaurs of Earth also lack any distinct horns like what Tirek has.
    • Our Dragons Are Different: Dragons from Earth are intelligent but non-sapient brutes, while Dragons from Equestria like Spike are sapient, capable of speech and conversation, and have their own Code which dictates their everyday actions in manners of honor.
  • Puppy Love: With Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, Ginny and Hermione all having feelings for Harry despite the fact that they are no older than 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 (though it’s eventually revealed that they are the equivalent to 11 year old 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, and by the start of book two the Weasley household has had some notable upgrades.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Humans consider ponies to be this, especially young girls. See All Girls Like Ponies above.
  • 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.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: While the practice of Animagi is well-known and documented on Earth, any Animagi crossing the portal through to Equestria are automatically transformed into a Pony regardless of whether they were in their human or animal form when crossing over. By Book II, this turns out to be the effective cure for the Werewolf Curse by exposing a Werewolf to Lunas' Full Moon in Equestria, the Curse would end up destroying itself since its' victim is unable to complete the transformation process.
  • Shipper on Deck:
  • Shown Their Work: The author has done a lot of research to capture life in early 1990s England.
  • 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, and given the herding situation it’s looking likely that both Hermione and Ginny may choose to do so as well.
    • Because of the nature of House Elves requiring strong passive magic from either a Magical Family or Magical location like Hogwarts to survive, it comes as no surprise that the four House Elves that had accidentally accompanied Twilight during the Basilisk incident and accidentally went through the portal to Equestria under orders from Dumbledore to obey them and haven't been commanded to come home have taken to life in Equestria: which has a much-stronger Magic field than on Earth.
    • Many squibs have chosen to move to Equestria due to them gaining the ability to perform magic while there. Argus Filch as mentioned before had to be persuaded by Dumbledore with three letters and the promise of two work assistants before he considered returning to Hogwarts long enough to collect on his retirement; having spent Summer 1992 in Equestria working a job as a Pegasus and being courted by several Mares.
    • A large number of Muggleborns who haven't been able to find work within the Wizarding World and lacked the education necessary for the Muggle World are also enamored with the prospect of finding wealth and job opportunities in Equestria, many of them opting for teaching roles in newly-established Magic Schools.
  • 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.
  • Troll:
    • Discord in the chapters he has appeared in has been thoroughly enjoying doing this to everyone. His appearance in Chapter 100 of Book I scares Dumbledore with how much he alludes 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 referring to her as such. At the same time, however, he is firmly on Equestria's side all things considered and his antics can occasionally be a little helpful, as him turning everyone at the Weasley household into ponies for an afternoon led to Twilight figuring out that ponies could resume their true forms while on Earth a lot sooner than she or any other Equestrian otherwise would have.
    • Celestia retains her trademark sense of humor, having been unable to resist adding "Biggest Egghead Ever" to the list of Twilight's official titles and giving Cadance the job of rising both the Sun and Moon while she and Luna conduct a Formal State Visit to the UK without giving the Princess of Love any kind of advance warning, Discord even refers to her as Trollestia for that.
  • Undying Loyalty: Harry finds the "official" story Sirius' betrayal of his father to be absurd since Sirius showed nothing but loyalty to both his father. For him to suddenly turn traitor seems oddly abrupt.
  • Unishment: Multiple punishments aren't viewed as particularly harsh.
    • After yet more CMC shenanigans, Harry is grounded to the library. Sure he might miss his 3 new friends, but he gets unrestricted access to all the books and all the knowledge they offer him. He even thanks Twilight, who comments on this in one of her letters to Princess Celestia.
    • In book 2, the first year pony students have no problems getting served with detentions as they get to spend periods of very focused time with the various instructors and are learning much more because of it.
    The professors were off-balance at the discovery, and clearly flummoxed at the realization that what they considered punishment, the first-years were looking on as rewards. The points lost to the detentions were always recovered in the classes with how quickly the ponies picked up the lessons and answered the questions.
  • 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.
  • Unicorn: Unicorns from Earth are animals, and cannot speak or channel magic, while the ones from Equestria are sapient, magic-using beings and one of the three primary tribes of ponies.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Dumbledore, due to his charms to protect Harry-namely ones to make Harry slip from the minds of muggles who meet him and prevent anyone from taking him away from the Dursleys-backfiring and creating an environment where the Dursleys could abuse Harry completely unopposed.
    • Rita Skeeter by chapter 108 of Book I. 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 borders. 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 ponies.
  • Wrong Context Magic: By his own admission, Discord's powers are as far beyond magic as the sun is beyond a lit match, as a result, he can feely ignore all known rules of magic resulting in a lot of exceptions to the established rules.
  • You Are Number 6: Elly is a changeling whose real name is Drone Infiltrator Cadet 370,456LE.
  • 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.

    Book I 
  • 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, (i.e. his potion class) it's topped off with Goyle having been exposed as well.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: In chapter 107, "Bight Star" (AKA) Starlight Glimmer, is fuming over her defeat by Twilight and Co.
    And this time Miss Prissy Prying Perfect Princess Twilight Sparkle would not get to interfere. Nor would her meddling friends.
  • Adults Are Useless: Before his arrival in Equestria, Harry Potter felt this way about most other Adults who had readily believed the lies and stories perpetuated by the Dursleys about him, it left mental scarring on him enough that he was afraid that when the portal was rediscovered to Earth again that the Ponies would just push him back through it to return him to his family. Turns out this was purely accidental due to a Fidelius that Dumbledore placed on Harry to try protecting him from Voldemort's followers, thinking that the Dursleys as family would try to keep their orphaned nephew safe from harm.
  • Amazonian Beauty:
    • Emerald Arrow, a pony Royal Guard who comes to Earth, has a tall and muscular physique while in human form.
    • When Princess Luna visits Hogwarts to help with the basilisk 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.
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: Justifed. Thanks to having lots of bits (which are gold coins) and oodles of gems, the Equestrians can amass a lot fo wealth. Which they use to buy houses, clothes, and books.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Lin Yueshi, the solicitor the Equestrians hire for their dealings with the Muggles.
  • 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.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Discord reveals that he was there to witness the creation of the first Pegasi; implying that he simply pushed out some chaotic Magic into a family of four ancient Earth Ponies to have them create wings to fly with. He was also said to have helped the first member of the Apple Family manifest his Earth Pony Magic to grow plants with.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: A throwaway line by Dumbledore reveals that in this story William Shakespeare was actually a wizard.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: The modus operandi behind Salazar Slytherins' inclusion of a Basilisk within the School stemmed not from bigotry towards Muggleborn Witches and Wizards, but from concern should any of those Muggleborns decide to turn against Hogwarts and reveal the location of the school to a mob of God-Fearing religious zealot Muggles. In the event that the school was indeed overrun by witch hunting Muggles and the students and faculty were trapped with no way out: peering into the eyes of a Basilisk is a better painless death than from being burned at the stake or drowned.
  • 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, which by his own admission is the first time he has ever been the lead in a song, despite living in Equestria.
  • 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.
  • Cassandra Truth: Defied. When Inspector Searle expresses disbelief at the idea of another world, Rainbow takes on her pony form to demonstrate she is indeed an alien.
  • Catapult to Glory: Harry and the CMC build a trebuchet and begin launching themselves. It quickly becomes popular. Once they finish building a larger one, 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. Eventually they even build one at Hogwarts, just because.
  • "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 the Wizards have had to contact them beyond the two times they have personally interacted with each other, only for the Ministry to not bother giving the Equestrians any way for getting into contact with them on both times, and their departments not bothering to try informing the Minister or any of the other branches of the new development with the Equestrians. 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.
  • 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 has the room needed to go all out, she takes it down and captures it alive by herself with no trouble at all.
  • Cutting the Knot: Twilight effortlessly bypasses most of the obstacles leading to the Philosopher Stone.
  • Dark Is Evil: Played With as 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.
  • 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.
  • The Dog Bites Back: 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. Reaches a boiling point several chapters later when Dolores Umbridge tries to start an international incident by an attempting to capture Equestrias' Ambassador Prince Blueblood.
  • 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.
  • Emotion Bomb: In chapter 67 Pinkie sends one to Voldemort through the dark mark. She does this to cheer him up after the capture of the basilisk.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: The Weasleys and the Griffindor Quidditch Team after having been transformed into Ponies and later gaining a mastery over their new Animagi forms noted that their eyesight had definitively improved due to having been turned into Pegasi; inheriting the species natural keen eyesight.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Exact Words: This is how Squeaker the House Elf is able to weasle his way into working for Twilight; during the mission to capture the Basilisk, Dumbledore instructed him to obey Twilight as though she were him. As Percy quickly deduces, he never said for how long, and since his order supercedes Twilight's, she can't order him back.
  • 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 but are not bound by that particular law.
  • Gatling Good: In chapter 117, Harry encounters a centaur in the Forbidden Forest and, in a panic, summons Twilight, who summons the guard. One of the guards is described thusly:
    ... And he was outfitted with one of the new gun-harness saddles, as were the other two, but his was one Harry had never seen. It seemed to be six barrels mounted in a circle really close together on one side instead of two barrels on either side. There was also a huge box on his other side, with another on his back. ...
    • A little later, we get more gatling gun word-play:
    Suddenly, from a distance in the forest, there came the sound of a saw ripping through wood. ...
    The ripping sound cut out, its echoes dying out quickly. There was a brief whine that suddenly stopped.
    • As stated above during the fight against the basilisk Pinkie once again uses Twilight as one.
  • 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, which eventually nets the Weasleys a fortune after Fred and George manage to become business partners with both Filthy Rich and Lucius Malfoy to sell the candy.
    • Especially humorously, it also affects Snape. It doesn't affect his/her glare one bit.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Or rather, "Wizards Love Monopoly" as was shown with a couple of Muggleborn Griffindor students had brought a board of Monopolynote  to Hogwarts that they used to wile away the time while waiting for a turn to pet the Pony Animagi students in the common room. Next time it is brought up, most of the locations on the board have been renamed into Wizarding Equivalents with the currency being altered and the pieces also being transfigured and enchanted.
  • 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 led to him realizing that he had in fact become a ghost, and finally passes on to the afterlife, enthusiastically declaring that school's out forever; for him at least.
  • Going Commando: Many ponies, due to them not understanding human clothing rituals, inadvertently do this in their human form, causing some awkward moments with the humans they interact with.
  • Grounded Forever: During chapter 16, when news of the portal slips out to the adult ponies, the CMC are pretty well convinced this is about to hit them.
  • Hold Up Your Score:
    • Harry Potters' arrival to the Burrow resulted in him being catapulted from the fireplace and slamming into the Couch causing it and the occupants to topple over. Pinkie Pie, Fred, and George Weasley end up holding scorecards: Pinkie giving him a "7", while the Weasley Twins both gave him "8". The twins were absolutely confused as to why they were holding the scorecards anyways.
    • Twilight's arrival resulted in her also slamming into the couch and knocking off the occupants, only to bounce off the couch and slam into the adjacent wall. Pinkie and the Weasley Twins gave her solid "10"s, while an equally just-as-confused Ron Weasley gave her a "9".
    • In the following chapter, Apple Bloom belts out Scootaloos' name in a loud scream to get her attention since she was flying on a broom, Pinkie pokes out of the shrubbery holding up a "7" scorecard.
  • Horrifying the Horror: After accidentally helping Professor Binns move on past his death followed later by helping Moaning Myrtle come back to life again, Peeves the Poltergeist is now absolutely terrified of what the Cutie Mark Crusaders could even do to HIM!
  • 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 to subdue the wizards in one fell swoop.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Invoked. Lin Yueshi offers Inspector Searle a cup of tea laced with whiskey after the latter sees the Equestrians in their pony forms.
  • 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 animagus 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.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: In-Universe, Dumbledore is taken aback by the powers the Mane 6 wield, since their power doesn't match their seeming age. Pinkie Pie downright perplexes him.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Since ponies don’t normally wear clothes, Equestria completely lacks a nudity 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 rest of the CMC.
  • 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.”
  • 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, about £2,205,000 in 1992 which in the publication year of 2019 would be over £4,525,000 or over $5,532,000.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    Harry Potter: Who leaves a baby in a basket on a doorstep? That sounds more like something in a fairy-tale, right? Or a badly written fantasy novel.
    Severus Snape: That’s preposterous! Magic doesn’t work that way! That sounds more like a Muggle cartoon show!
  • 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/or satellites well out of range of those charms, as they were created well before muggles had the capability of doing such things.
    • Equestria is located on an alien planet, and thus is not nor has it 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, luckily someone in the comments section supplied it.
  • 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.
  • Mirror Character: Twilight Sparkle and Hermione Granger, obviously. To the point that Harry begins to form a theory when they first met in Diagon Alley that Hermione was actually Twilight's secret twin because of how MUCH alike the pair of them are.
  • Miscarriage of Justice:
    • Hagrid as in canon. Due to the CMC bringing Myrtle back to life again and having her memories leading up to her death revealed by Twilight, it punches holes in the accusations by Headmaster Dippet that Hagrid and his escaped pet Acromantula Araggog were responsible for the events caused by Tom Riddle and the Basilisk. When bringing this up with both Fudge and Lucius Malfoy; Dumbledore had stipulated that to continuously insist that Hagrid; a Half-Giant would be a Parseltongue would inadvertently ruin the reputation of everything that the Death Eaters had stood for through their belief in Blood Purity. Hagrid was exonerated and allowed to regain ownership of a Wand once again.
    • 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 perform 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 because they do not like Sirius himself.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: While looking for witches and wizards, the muggle government finds dozens of Muggleborns in the military. Those that they could find were 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. A number of them were present alongside Muggle Agents to help subdue an already-restrained Dolores Umbridge and Cornelius Fudge when the former tried to start an international incident by capturing Equestrian Ambassador Prince Blueblood within Prime Minister John Majors' office: holding the Undersecretary and Minister of Magic at Wand-Point.
  • 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 insures that both governments are made aware of how rare aluminum is in Equestria and how common it is on Earth.
  • Never Had a Birthday Party: Harry has never had one or invited to one because of the abuse he was given. So of course Pinkie makes his first memorable.
  • 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 lackeys 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 and need to have it spelled out to them.
  • Oh, Crap!: Several
    • The Dursleys get two in a row. Vernon has a small one when the police inform him that they have checked with St. Brutus' School they claim to have sent Harry to and they have no record of Harry being there or the Dursleys ever 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 Voldemort 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.
  • Pass the Popcorn: This trope makes multiple appearances.
    • When Twilight is establishing an account at Gringotts and things start to go slightly pear-shaped, Pinkie starts handing out bags of popcorn. Which a few Goblins cautiously accept.
    • In chapter 66, Twilight begins telling the story of Tirek's rampage to Dumbledore and the top Professors.
    “And who was this Tirek? You mentioned him once before,” Dumbledore asked gently. He heard a crunching sound and looked over to see that Miss Pie and the other Atlanteans were sitting on lounge chairs, sharing a big bucket of popcorn.
  • Poor Communication Kills: While nobody or nopony is killed; the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office, the Floo Network Authority, the Magical Oversight Department branches of the Ministry of Magic, and many of the shops and businesses within Diagon Alley all were made aware of the presence of the Equestrians as wizards and witches living in Little Whinging; but didn't bother to report this bit of information to their superiors, to other departments, or up the chain-of-command to Cornelius Fudge.
    knowing they were on the Floo-network made Twilight wonder why (The Floo-Network Authority) hadn’t informed (the Magical Oversight Department) of the presence of wizards and witches in this location. Was the ministry truly that incompetent? Or was this merely an example of something falling through the inevitable cracks in communication that bedevilled every government?
  • Power Perversion Potential: One of the mishaps 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 aren't old enough to put them to "good use", so to speak. The kids don't 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 animagus. All Twilight did was give her some tea to calm her down and Rita believed it to have actually been laced with Veritaserum.
  • 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.
  • Rags to Riches: Since coming into contact with the Equestrians, The Weasley Family are slowly becoming more and more wealthier through a confluence of Fred and Georges' prank candies made with Sweetie Belle gaining popularity on both worlds, Ron digging up Gemstones in Equestria to resell them on Earth, the welcoming generosity of Rarity through gifts for the students. And Discord turning almost all of the family (sans Arthur Weasley) into Pony Animagi.
  • A Rare Sentence: In chapter 94, Castor Searle and family have just arrived in Equestria and have been assigned a pegasus to assist them.
    Lightning Streak stepped closer. “Before we do anything else, seeing as you are new to having wings . . . .” He stopped and shook his head frowning, “Never thought I’d ever say that,” he said as an aside.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Prince Blueblood delivers a scathing one towards all of the accusations that Cornelius Fudge and Umbridge laid out about how Equestria should be working solely with the Wizarding World and leaving the Muggle World completely alone, along with insulting the Laissez-Faire approach that the Ministry of Magic is guilty of by leaving the Muggle Government in the dark and having no feasible way or method for the British Government to contact the Wizarding Government when a situation comes up on their own end that the Ministry of Magic should be involved in. Sprinkling it with tons of Loophole Abuse regarding the fact that Equestria isn't one of the nations on Earth and never signed onto the ICW's Statute of Secrecy, but that the only time that the Equestrians brought up the subject of Magic was with the Muggle Prime Minister; who himself wasn't prevented from speaking about it to his chiefs of staff within the British Government so long as they do not try to harm the Wizarding World. And that the rest of the Muggles are simply told that what the Equestrians are doing is simply classified as "Alien Technology" and invoking Clarke's Third Law when doing so. All of which is completely and justly legal under the Wizarding World's own definitions of the Statute of Secrecy.
    Prince Blueblood: The Ministry of Magic has clearly known about us, and our magic, for at least six months. And ignored us completely. We assumed you were not interested in us at all. So, we concentrated our efforts on the non-magicals for trade. They, at least, were eager to know about our world. To now suggest that we have somehow impugned your honour by ignoring you, or your laws, is beyond the pale.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated:
    • Upon returning to Earth after spending a year living in Equestria, Dudley and his gang run across Harry Potter and says that he assumed Harry had died when he disappeared after beating him up.
    Harry: Any report of my death was an exaggeration.
    • Harry and co. visit Eeylops Owl Emporium to get their Owls, Sweetie Belle ends up choosing a Laughing Owl as her pet,note  implying that the Wizarding World managed to preserve the species.
  • Running Gag: A few of them.
    • Twilight's adorkableness causing her to get overexcited with either Harry or one of her friends having to yell out her name to get her to calm down.
    • The CMC and their tendency to attract and get covered in tree sap.
    • Equestrian magic's tendency to do things that the Wizarding World deems impossible.
    • Sweetie Belle and to a lesser extent her partner Neville's tendency to accidentally create impossible potions in class.
    • The "Attention All Gryffindors" List, see Obvious Rule Patch above.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: After Prince Blueblood gives his "The Reason You Suck" Speech about how the Ministry had accused the Equestrians of not coming into contact with them when they never even bothered to try contacting the Equestrians in the first place, and that the Equestrians aren't even from Earth and while they did not sign on to the Statute of Secrecy; they do respect its rules and have abided by them in their dealings with the Muggles by invoking Clarke's Third Law, Dolores reaffirms her stance with one of these.
    Dolores Umbridge: Oh, don’t be ridiculous! You are magical creatures, you are in England, and therefore you are under our jurisdiction. And he is a Muggle. You will do as you are told by the Ministry, or suffer the consequences.
  • Sincerity Mode: Oddly-enough, Discord pulls one off when he transforms all of the Weasleys (sans Arthur) into Pegasi, he calmly pulls Molly aside to tell her that they are all safe and that she herself deserves to have some fun before the school year would begin and her children would be away. Molly slowly agrees and flies off to go play Pegasus Quidditch with her family and the other transformed guests.
    Discord: “Take a little time for yourself. Be the little girl you used to be all those years ago, before the war, just for a little while.”
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: Averted, Social Services actually do exist, with a member of Child Services arriving in Chapter 44 to interview Harry. The reason why the Dursleys were able to get away with their abuse towards Harry Potter was unintentionally because of the Fidelius Charm that Albus had applied to Harry Potter to prevent adultsnote  from attempting to remove Harry from the Dursley's care; Albus believing that the Dursleys would take care of Harry since he was their nephew.
  • 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 on 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 receive the resources and spy intelligence (especially from the Muggle-borns 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.
    • Voldemort is getting hit by this, hard.
      • With the CMC reviving Myrtle Warrens, the former Ghost was able to reveal the truth behind her death and prove Hagrids' innocence, along with exposing the existence of the Basilisk to have The Mane Six and Luna attack the beast to remove it as a threat to the student body of Hogwarts.
      • 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: A few examples happen in the story.
    • 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.
    • While Voldemort managed to attack the one unicorn in the Dark Forest that Harry Potter in the main story had encountered, due to the intervention of The Equestrian Military it was airlifted out by Pegasi and tended to back in Hogwarts where it managed to safely give birth to a Unicorn foal.
  • 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.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: It happens a few times throughout the story.
    • 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.
    • The ponies buying up the properties around the Dursley's old neighborhood and its subsequent desolation attract the attention of the authorities.
    • 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.
    • The events following Tirek's rampage throughout Equestria are proven to be much more dire than was presented in the show. As it was stated that a large number of the Pegasi population ended up dying due to losing their flight magic and being left in critical condition or were eventually surrounded by predators when they were left ground-bound.
    • 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.
  • Take That!: To both "Harry Potter" and "Friendship is Magic".
    • When Harry mentions his Doorstep Baby origin to Celestia, he mentions how nonsensical it is (noting how, given the Dursley's cover story of Harry's parents dying in a drunken car crash, it's odd that the constabulary and child services would use such a round-a-bout method), saying it's something out of a fairy tale. "Or a badly written fantasy novel".
    • When he hears about what happened with Tirek, Snape says it 'sounds more like a muggle cartoon show'.
  • 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.
  • Tempting Fate: Scootaloo is concerned about invoking this trope in chapter 50.
    Bloom and the other two scowled. “Yeah. We’ve been lucky so far. We’ve gone an entire month without once getting covered in sap,” Sweetie said. Playing Quidditch with the Weasleys had kept them out of the both the Everfree beside Ponyville and the Weasley orchard.
    Scootaloo punched her softly in the arm, “Hay! Don’t go and jinx us!”
  • 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.
  • 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 than even muggles. This gets dispelled the next day when the Royal Guard give a demonstration of what ponies can do leaving many of the students in complete awe and respect for the ponies.
  • 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 is automatically transformed into a Pegasus and can use a wand there. She reveals this so that any Squibs that the students know of can not only find a magical job in Equestria but they can have a better life free of discrimination.
  • 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.
    • Twilight gives a massive combination of this and What Were You Thinking? to McGonagal, Hagrid, and Filch regarding the detention in the Forbidden Forest; the former for her knee-jerk Disproportionate Retribution, and the latter two for thinking that spending the night in a forest filled with dangerous animals (both mundane and magical) helping to hunt something that's been hunting unicorns is a good punishment for students, especially when one of said students for all intents and purposes actually is a unicorn.
  • 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.
  • Worth It: In chapter 44, Castor Searle has arrived at this conclusion regarding a potential jail sentence and fine for what he feels like inflicting upon the Dursleys, should he ever encounter them on the street after their release from their own prison sentences.
  • 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.
    • Chapter 25 zigzags this by showcasing the importance of Painite on both worlds to enhance certain magical effects for armor. While it is rare on Earth to that the Goblins of Gringotts that were trying to haggle for it raised their offer so the Equestrians would not go and sell it to a Muggle Jeweler, it is actually quite commonplace in Equestria: common enough that Rarity usually discards them since they actually interfere with customers' spellcasting on her dresses.
    • In chapter 102 it gets switched around when Aluminum is discovered to be rare in Equestria and the small amount Castors' daughter has in her fake jewelry is worth more than their yearly stipend from the Equestrian government.
  • 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.

    Book II 
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Much like with the William Shakespeare example in Book I, Book II reveals that Bram Stoker was a Half-Blood and that used Loophole Abuse to spread the story of Count Dracula of Wallachia to the Muggle World without actually revealing the existence of the Wizarding World by publishing it as a work of fiction. The term Renfield was later appropriated by the Ministry of Magic to refer to individuals underneath the influence of Vampires.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Umbridge is one as she is in canon, hating anyone who isn’t a pureblood. However the truth of her parentage is revealed under Veritaserum after Mundungus Fletcher accuses her of being a half-blood. Due to laws that she helped enforce and back, she is looking at some time in prison for her lies and being unable to get good employment after her release.
  • Bottomless Magazines: In Chapter 11, the Equestrians, as-per their Magitek, have managed to create a version of this by using a single round inside each of several conventional ammunition magazines that have duplication spells attached to them. They come in at least 5 flavors - standard 5.56mm NATO rifle rounds, .50BMG, 40mm grenades, 155mm artillery and a flamethrower version. The British Government is extremely worried about news of this development being accidentally leaked into the outside world due to the threat of it falling into the hands of criminal or terrorist organizations.
  • Cool Starship: The Buran gets referenced when England purchases it from Russia and after getting it modified with “Equestrian Technology” such as the expansion and featherweight charms and uses it to take a one day trip to the moon in order to bring back Moon rocks as a gift for Princess Luna. It is later modified and sent to Mars on a maned mission.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart:Fred Weasley sees exactly how he would have died if Harry Potter never went to Equestria due to Sunset Shimmer bringing over the Harry Potter DVDs during the Winter Hols.
  • Demonic Possession: It happened to Gregory Goyle and formerly a first year Huffelpuff student. Voldemort’s diary has allowed the soul fragment to possess Goyle as the young Voldemort tries to figure out what happened to cause his original downfall.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • Argus Filch of all people is on his way to receiving this when he spent his his summer as a Pegasus in Equestria; being courted by several mares at once while working a Summer job there because there was no Blood-Purity system and that even Squibs like him are transformed into Pegasi when they crossed over, and that the mares saw him not as a Grumpy Old Man, but as an exotic Silver Fox. The months that Filch and Mrs. Norris spent there were apparently so good to them that they wanted to stay there for the rest of their lives. After dealing with the crap treatment he faced most of his life for being a Squib, it's hard to blame him. It took Albus three letters and the promise of two working assistants to finally convince Filch to return to work at Hogwarts for at least two more years until he could retire.
    • Frank Bryce, The Riddle Family's groundskeeper and WWII Vet who was suspected to have murdered the Riddles years ago was approached by Lin Yueshi to give him a condominium in the Bahamas along with paying for medical treatment to fix up his bum leg from the war. Twilight Sparkle read about his fate in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and took it upon herself to give him a better outcome after what Tom Riddle indirectly did to him years ago.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Harry can't help but do this whenever he sees Luna Lovegood in her unique and beautiful pony form.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: In chapter 38, Harry starts contemplating learning dark magic so he can properly defend himself and his friends from Diary!Voldemort.
    Harry, musing: Dark Magic wasn’t a nice toy. It felt dirty and, well, distasteful.
  • Grand Theft Me: the spirit fragment of Tom Riddle possessing Gregory Goyle manages to steal the young boy and direct him towards escaping the school by Chapter 34, fleeing to the Goyle family estate to empty their wealth and possibly flee to France or Germany before finishing the soul-draining spell to grant Tom a body again.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Downplayed, as the CMC along with Ginny and Hermione are all a little jealous of Luna Lovegood with regards to her beauty as a Crystal Night Pony and especially with how Harry looks at her, though they or at least Apple Bloom hate feeling this way, particularly since they all like Luna with Ginny being long time friends with her.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Dolores Umbridge helped enforce and back laws that had state that a pureblood is defined as someone with only pureblood parents or grandparents (meaning no muggles, muggle-born, half-blood, cursed beings, or non-humans). Thus, when it is revealed that Umbridge herself is a half-blood (due to her nonmagical mother), she is subject to the same penalties for lying about her parentage, meaning that she is definitely going to Azkaban, and likely never going to reach her father's (who was a janitor) level in the Ministry once she leaves.
  • Irony: When Luna Lovegood gets turned into a pony she ends up with a blue coat and bronze-blonde mane and tail, i.e. Ravenclaw's colors, which wouldn't be a big deal if it wasn't for the fact that she ended up in Gryffindor in this setting.
  • Killed Off for Real: Gregory Goyle looses his life in chapter 35 after the younger Tom Riddle completes the ritual to return himself to life. Leaving his corpse inside of a hotel room to make it look like he was actually killed by a Vampire.
  • Light 'em Up: Luna Lovegood reveals that Crystal Ponies (who in Equestria lack a Unicron variant preventing the discovery) have a strong affinity for light magic, with it theorized that she could produce a Lumos Maxima powerful enough to light up a stadium. In addition, she has the ability to refract certain spells that hit her, causing them to hit those around her at a weakened state with a rainbow-like effect.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: A more villainous version is present here. Voldemort is not aware that his status as a half-blood has been revealed and he will not be able to acquire the funds he once had. Plus his support base is most likely gone.
  • Loophole Abuse: The Second group of Equestrian students seem determined to become Rules Lawyers with their shenanigans.
    • Chapter 12 gives us this pretzeled rule:
    There’s no way the pegasi wouldn’t fly up to the ceiling and look around. And the unicorns would want a much closer look at the interplay between the spells on the ceiling and those on the support beams below them. Using a spell, instead of flying, satisfied their curiosity and didn’t break the rules. No professor had ever forbidden the use of levitation spells to move the platters of food on the tables.
    • In chapter 13, some pegasi are upset that '(s)omeone had apparently been giving a long, snooty diatribe about how “inferior” ponies were to people in regards to magic.' Cue pegasus weather manipulation abilities and resulting related shenanigans.
    The professors were not amused.
    “No using spells in the corridors!” scolded Professor McGonagall, first on the scene.
    “I wasn’t using a spell,” said Cloud Dancer self-righteously, offended at the suggestion she had somehow cheated. “I was cloud-walking!” she said with a virtuous indignation.
    This necessitated a demonstration.
  • More Dakka: In chapter 11, the British Ministry of Defense is reviewing an SA80A2 rifle modified by the equestrians. It has the obligatory Bottomless Magazines, and lots of other enchantments, including enough rate of fire increase and recoil mitigation to let the user sign their name on a target at 400 yards at something like 1000 rounds per minute.
  • Oddly Small Organization: Celestia realizes that the number of incoming muggleborn students is too low. She believes that an undiscovered Voldemort supporter is in the ministry and is passing off muggleborn’s accidental magic to the free Death Eaters. This was later proven to have some truth when Death Eater robes are found in the homes of several either unknown or ones that claimed mind control are found to have been in use in the last ten years.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, as to be expected in a story like this with the presence of both Princess Luna and Luna Lovegood, Lampshaded when the two meet in Chapter 9.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Minerva explodes at Dumbledore in her native Gaelic dialect after the attack on the Great Hall in chapter 37, because Dumbledore was held up at the Wizengamot by Cornelius Fudge for two hours after she sent her message.
  • Oxymoronic Being: Thanks to Discord, Luna Lovegood becomes a unique Crystal Night Pony animagus, meaning that she literally sparkles in the light and has been called exceptionally beautiful, not exactly optimal for a Night Pony who are normally quite intimidating and presumably nocturnal and dark colored as well.
  • Pimp Duds: Chapter 37 gives us one of the Daily Prophet's newest recurring articles and columns. It focuses on wizards wearing completely inappropriate clothing, including one bright purple outfit that looks like a Pimp Suit. Dumbledore realizes he has something similar in his own wardrobe.
  • Rags to Riches: Much like with the Weasleys' last year, Hagrid got into a business arrangement with Filthy Rich: mainly to provide Acromantula Silk for Equestria due to his kinship with his pet Acromantula, Arragog and his children: giving them a freshly-killed cow in exchange for their silk. The CMC suggest he open a bank vault in Gringotts and to use his wealth to make a proper home and wardrobe for himself as a means of showing the world that a Half-Giant can indeed make it big in the Wizarding World so that way other Half-Giants could attend Hogwarts in the future too.
  • Riches to Rags: Although they are not there yet many of the former Death Eaters are going this direction thanks to Sirius calling in their unpaid loans to his father. Many of these loans had major penalties attached for non payment and those who could not make payments often where forced to sell off many of their possessions and severely downgraded their lifestyles afterwards. This also has reduced the amount of power that they can wield in the Ministry of Magic. Voldemort smugly derides his followers for not covering that loose end by either killing Sirius or finding a way to make sure the loans where only in friendly hands.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Lockhart as in canon is one. Harry sees him when he is picking up his school books and wants nothing to do with him.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: It happens twice with different outcomes:
    • When Harry and co. learn about Lockhart's lies, there isn't a lot they can do with this info since the method they acquired it ( it turns out that in the Equestria Girls 'verse, Harry Potter as a work of fiction exists) is too ludicrous, even in a world where magic exists. The most they can do is erode Lockheart's credibility among the Hogwarts student body by pointing out the holes and inconcistancies in his stories.
    • Twilight also informs Dumbeldore of what happened to Bertha. Dumbeldore checks in about his former student out of curiosity and not only notices a major change in appearance but a change in her personality by talking with her coworkers. After meeting with her and getting her permission he checks her for mind altering magic. After finding the signs of such, he decides to take her to Snape to see if it can be safely undone.
    • When Lockhart tries to subdue the possessed Goyle he does not inform any of the rest of the Hogwarts staff, because he fully believes in his own lies. Because Voldemort has been paranoid he has a plan in motion to make a scene and run if anything happens. This gets several students severely injured and allows the possessed Goyle to escape.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Sirius Black has been manipulated by Starlight Glimmer into getting her control of The Daily Prophet. She did this by having him go after any unpaid debts owed to his father and collecting them either from them being sold or taken from their owners. Sirius either gifts or sells her shares until she reaches a majority ownership just after Harry starts his second year.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The fragment of Tom Riddle possessing Gregory Goyle plans on finishing the soul-draining ritual on the young Slytherin to create a body of his own, at which point Tom plans on disposing of Goyle afterwards.