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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 on, and here on Fanfiction Dot Net.

After surviving yet another beating from his cousin Dudley's gang, a not-quite-ten Harry Potter desperately wishes he could go somewhere safe. He gets transported to Equestria as a unicorn and is found by the Cutie Mark Crusaders. A year later, Harry receives his Hogwarts letter and decides to return to the British Isles to attend school... with Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo in tow. This choice leads to, among other assorted chaos, the ponies of Equestria making themselves known to Magical and Muggle Britain.

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.

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  • Abled in the Adaptation: In canon, Scootaloo is unable to fly because of her undersized wings. Discord fixes that issue early in the first book.
  • Adaptational Badass: Several Potterverse characters undergo this treatment in the stories thanks to the Equestrians' actions.
    • Harry gains a better grasp on magic and learns several spells early thanks to spending a year in Equestria before attending Hogwarts, along with getting a wand made from Celestia and Lunas' hair.
    • Hermione Granger learns several spells early; her first is Teleportation, which is safer and more energy-efficient than the Wizarding equivalent of Apparition. She also gains an Animagus form of an Equestrian unicorn and a different wand that uses Twilight's hair as a core.
    • Ron and his immediate family are granted various types of Equestrian ponies as Animagus forms before attending Hogwarts. The Weasleys also become wealthy due to their close relations with the Equestrian nobility, which by the time of the second book is putting them on-track to earning a seat on the Wizengamot.
    • The Gryffindor Quidditch team as a whole gain Animagus forms of Equestrian pegasi, which sharpens their eyesight and reaction times.
    • Muggle Prime Minister John Major and the British Government becomes this thanks to the Equestrians providing them with both the means to develop Magitek capable of regrowing lost limbs and curing Cancer, along with allowing for the Muggleborn officers in their ranks to finally cut loose with their Magic. Near the end of Book I they manage to capture Cornelius Fudge and Dolores Umbridge; the two most powerful members of the Ministry of Magic, before they tried to start an interplanetary incident by kidnapping the Equestrian Ambassador in John's own office.
  • 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 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 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 it was entirely possible 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, being able to transform into a Norwegian Dwarf-Goat.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Downplayed with Dumbledore; while he's still plenty intelligent, the fic portrays him as being so convinced of his own superiority that he frequently makes very serious tactical errors.
  • Adaptational Explanation: In the original book and movie, it's never explained why Dumbledore didn't sign his name when he gave Harry his father's invisibility cloak for Christmas (although he does later take credit for it). Here, it's implied Dumbledore doesn't sign it because Harry's only just started to forgive his Headmaster for leaving him with the Dursleys and Dumbledore himself has only just realized he screwed up, thus Harry wouldn't be happy about Dumbledore giving him his own father's belongings as a present.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Blueblood in canon is a crass Prince Charmless. In this story, despite his snooty nature, Blueblood is still a shrewd and tactical diplomat.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Dumbledore isn't intentionally causing problems, but he's so overly confident in himself that he doesn't always think things through. This tendency often causes problems for everyone else, most prominently in never checking in on Harry to make sure the Dursleys were treating him well. It doesn't help matters that Dumbledore declared himself Harry's mentor without the boy's consent, merchandised him via the approval of a series of books that Twilight declares libelous, and uses Harry's and the CMC's escapades at Hogwarts to further his own political ambitions. While his heart is in the right place, it takes Twilight calling him out several times before he finally realizes just how much damage he's done.
    • Harry is noticeably hostile to wizard/human adults, and either distrusts or mouths off to them unless they're from Equestria or have earned his trust. This is justified, however, in that Harry's abuse at the hands of the Durselys (and the fact that no one stepped in to help) has left him with an Adults Are Useless attitude. Aside from this, he largely acts like his canon counterpart.
  • A Degree in Useless: Muggleborns who are unable to find employment in the Wizarding World and thus return to the Muggle World can't make any practical use of their education at Hogwarts because the Muggles don't know it exists; since they have no provable education after age 11, the only jobs they can find are with the military. As time goes on, however, the Muggle government finds 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. Since Equestria doesn't care about blood status, they'll accept just about anyone who is willing and able to do the work required.
  • 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 their actual relationship very clear to everyone they meet.
  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated:
    • Due to Equestria being an entirely separate world from Earth, the ponies of Equestria as a whole find human culture enticing, 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.
    • Princesses Celestia and Luna quickly become fond of human cuisine (minus the meat, of course).
    • Quidditch quickly becomes popular with pegasi, to the point that their embassy has a Quidditch field.
  • Aliens Speaking English: 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.
  • 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.
  • Alternate Techline: The technology levels and magical understandings of the Wizarding World and Equestria are contrasted in the story to be about as different as The Dark Ages are from The Industrial Revolution respectively. The Statute of Secrecy has caused innovation in Wizarding magic to stagnate due to lack of interaction with Muggles, with wizards often continuing to use unconventional magical solutions as long as they work without trying to improve them. Meanwhile, Equestria's understanding of magic and worldwide acceptance of its principles has led to ponies viewing magic as another kind of science to study and improve upon. This is best seen with both societies' approaches to instantly transporting people across large distances: Wizarding Apparition has a strict age limit for even attempting to learn the technique due to it frequently causing Teleportation Sickness and Splinching being a consequence of not giving it one's full attention, while the Equestrian teleportation spell is well-researched and has safeguards in place to prevent serious harm befalling the user, allowing even untrained magic users to use it given proper instructions and tools.
  • 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 (Squibs become pegasi while wizards become unicorns). If Discord interferes, though, then all bets are off.
    • As in canon, animagi are capable of voluntarily assuming animal form. 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 event also leads to the discovery that Equestrians can use their magic to return to their pony forms while on Earth.
    • Twilight gives Myrtle a Pegasus form, which eventually reveals that Myrtle and anyone Discord gave a pony form to have become true ponies; their original human forms have become their Animagus forms.
  • The Archmage: Twilight is referred to as a master of magic, the likes of which Equestria hasn't seen in a thousand years.
  • Atlantis:
    • Since the Equestrians haven't been very forthcoming about 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; according to Wizarding mythology, Atlantis is a powerful island nation magically hidden from the rest of the world that's believed to be the cradle of Wizarding civilization. Dumbledore sticks with this assumption even after learning where the foreigners actually came from by altering his theory to assume that over the years Atlantis split into multiple nations, with Equestria simply being the most powerful among them.
    • Fred and George Weasley postulate that the Wizarding legends of Atlantis came from ancient wizards visiting Equestria through portals.
  • The Atoner: Discord is apologetic about indirectly condemning several Pegasi to death during Tirek's magic-stealing rampage, as he helped to create the first Pegasi long ago and their losing their magic left many of them grounded in perilous situations. It's implied that Discord manipulated the Portal in Little Whinging to transform any Squibs that pass through it into Pegasi when they arrive in Equestria, not only to provide them a life free of the burdens of the Wizarding World's blood caste system, but to also try and rebuild the Pegasus species.
    • In chapter 67, Dumbledore appears to be headed down this path.
    (Dumbledore) sighed tiredly. “I did put up spells to monitor the boy’s physical and mental health, as Minerva can tell you, but, unfortunately, I made a mistake and the spells failed to work as I had intended. Minerva has always said I should have personally checked on his welfare, but I trusted my spells to keep me apprised. That was a mistake — one I deeply regret. The spells I had so carefully built to protect him actually prevented me from noticing the things that would have warned me to take a closer look.”
    He looked into Princess Sparkle’s eyes. “I shall never forgive myself for that failing, and what it meant to Harry Potter. I don’t know how I can redress the grave wrong I have done. But I shall spend the rest of my life trying.”
  • Beyond the Impossible: Played With; Equestrian magic appears to have a tendency to do things that should be impossible given what the Wizarding World knows about magic, but the actual cause of this assumption is their ignorance of how and why it works.
  • Bigger on the Inside:
    • 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 spellwork 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 discuss the "technology" of impossibly large interiors and its potential military applications.
  • Big Good:
    • John Major, the sitting Prime Minister of Muggle Britain, proves to be a Reasonable Authority Figure towards the Equestrians. He quickly realizes the potential benefits of playing nice with the ponies and assists them in going public in a way that will cause minimum global disruption.
    • Albus Dumbledore is a respected Wizarding World leader with a number of high-ranking positions; as Equestria's only real contact within the Wizarding World, it's his responsibility to play diplomat with them, despite often being too smart for his own good.
    • Princess Twilight is in charge of Equestria’s foreign ventures with Earth and deals directly with Dumbledore and Major when necessary. She is also directly responsible for the Cutie Mark Crusaders, including Harry, while they are on Earth; the latter eventually becomes Twilight's adopted son.
    • Princesses Celestia and Luna are, as usual, the benevolent and beloved leaders of Equestria, and both give Harry and Twilight their full support throughout the story (with Celestia even taking the time to visit Harry in the hospital).
  • Break the Haughty:
    • Draco Malfoy is a lot less effective as a bully here, as he quickly learns that Harry is a much more powerful wizard that anyone predicted (capable of Animagi transformation and teleportation before coming to Hogwarts). He also realizes that his three girlfriends are as powerful as he is, Harry is the ward of a princess, and he's completely unaffected by anything Malfoy tries to say to get under his skin. This continues into the second book, where his family not only ends up broke courtesy of Sirius and Anne (with his father facing time in Azkaban for holding Dark Artifacts), but thanks to the influence of Tom Riddle from the diary, he's manipulated into taking part in an act of violence/terrorism that will likely follow him for the rest of his life.
    • Dolores Umbridge, in the first book, tries to manipulate Minister Fudge into taking Ambassador Blueblood hostage (believing that he's as smart as a wizarding world unicorn), liquidate the Equestrians' dealings with the UK government, and take all of Equestria's funds for the ministry. This plan fails spectacularly thanks to anti-magic charms installed throughout Major's office, leaving Fudge and Umbridge trapped and helpless, with only Dumbledore's interference preventing them from being imprisoned or shot. In the second book, Umbridge (due to the efforts of Sirius and Anne Starlight Glimmer in disguise), is finally exposed for her manipulation, deception, and bribery, losing her job, power, and prestige while gaining a prison sentence.
  • Cast Herd note : Because of the sheer amount of characters in both franchises, this naturally ensues.
  • Chick Magnet: Harry gains the affection of Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo, all of three of whom wish to share him; in addition, he's attracted the attention of Hermione and Ginny. 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".
  • Child Abuse Is a Special Kind of Evil: A belief shared by the Equestrians, the Muggles, and the wizards. Needless to say, the Durselys are the some of the most hated people in all three societies.
  • 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; they explain many of the more improbably aspects as being technology.
  • Classy Cane: Prince Blueblood sports a cane while on Earth to help him maintain his balance in human form, since he doesn't have time to spend learning how to walk upright. Harry suggests the cane 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, even among their friends.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • A greedy goblin tries to attack Applejack for exposing his fraud; Applejack sends him to the ground with a single kick.
    • Princess Luna vs the Basilisk. Dumbledore is terrified when he learns that the alicorn thought the whole thing was fun.
    • Later, when an outfit of Equestrian guards come to protect Hogwarts, the students (and teachers) realize that any one-on-one fight with an Equestrian (especially a team of three highly-trained guards) will result in the wizard's quick defeat.
    • Gilderoy Lockhart vs Goyle possessed by Tom Riddle. The inept teacher goes flying while the hall gets destroyed by a manipulated Malfoy and Crabbe.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In the Wizarding world, Dark magic is considered inherently evil and can only do harm (at the cost of both the victim and the user, which is why so many of Voldermort's followers aren't in the best mental states). In Equestria, Dark magic (namely, the type of magic used by Princess Luna and her Night ponies) is not inherently evil (having more to do with night and dreams rather than evil). Dumbledore, however, does not know this upon his first few meetings with the Equestrians, and is admittedly disturbed when he sees Harry's dual-alicorn hair wand emit both Light and Dark magic. He (slightly) drops his concerns once he actually meets Princess Luna.
  • Deconstruction: Of the Harry Potter books, specifically of the flaws inherent in the plot such as how pitifully easy it is to bypass most of the Philosopher's Stone protections, how easy it is for young children to get killed by them, and how no one thought to ask Moaning Myrtle how she died for half a century when doing so would have solved the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets. Dumbledore's policies and manipulations get called out, too, as his trying to make everyone do what he needs them to without making sure he has the correct information first causes his plans to backfire (i.e. He left Harry with an abusive family for eight years, which led to him coming to Equestria, being adopted by a member of the Equestrian royal family, exposed the existence of the Wizarding World to a portion of the UK's government, and Harry (once he graduates) wanting nothing to do with the Wizarding World ever again.)
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite having a semi-large presence in the first book, the Mane 6 (minus Twilight) make precious few appearances in the second book (which focuses more on Hogwarts than Equestria).
  • Doing In the Wizard: Equestria treats magic as a science and one of their motivations for making contact with Earth is to advance both disciplines, while the Wizarding World generally treats magic as a great art form and has long since stagnated. While Twilight, the greatest magical mind Equestria has to offer, sees herself as a scientist and has spent time working with Muggle physicists to develop theories about the universe, her Wizarding equivalent Dumbledore is a definite Wizard Classic who gets called out multiple times over his many 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.
  • Doorstopper:
    • Book 1 has 127 regular chapters, one interlude written by another author, and a grand total of 562,235 words.
    • While Book II is shorter than the first (46 chapters with two interludes, 265,621 words long), it's still longer than the longest Harry Potter book, Order of the Phoenix, by roughly ten thousand words.
  • The Dreaded: Discord is widely feared by Equestrians, which is 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 has the impression he knows things Dumbledore thought were only known to him. When Dumbledore returns to Hogwarts after the ball, he adds a school rule that threatens expulsion and a possible prison sentence if Discord is ever summoned anywhere near Hogwarts.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: With only very limited information about the Equestrians, Dumbledore has come to suspect that they may be from Atlantis, which he continues to believe even after being told otherwise. However, the Equestrians have given him no reason to suspect that they aren't from Earth, and the Wizarding World has long since come to the conclusion that extraterrestrial life does not exist; even when they do outright tell Dumbledore they're from another planet, he continues to deny it due to preconceived notions.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Harry and the Cutie Mark Crusaders' attempt to collect honey from a beehive not only results in them accidentally setting the Everfree Forest on fire (which takes three days to put out) but also results in Ponyville's town hall becoming infested with bees.
    • Any time Sweetie Belle tries to do anything in the kitchen or a potions lab inevitably results in a disaster.
  • 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 polygamy, referred to as "herding", is a common practice among ponies with several mares often sharing a single stallion. Prior to their first year at Hogwarts, Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo all get Harry to join a herd with them (with Hermione and Ginny eventually joining as well), though it takes him a while to figure out exactly what’s going on because he's only a preteen at the time.
  • Family of Choice: Harry eventually forms one of these with his adopted mother Twilight, his adopted brother Spike, the CMC, the other members of the Mane 6 (who show him just as much care and affection as Twilight does), and Myrtle, once she's taken in by Twilight.
  • Fantastic Caste System: The British Wizarding World has a heirarchy 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 control access to the portal on the British side.
  • Fix Fic: This series addresses several problems present in the HP books that fans have pointed out, such as why no one tried to remove Harry from what was clearly an abusive household, how the lack of logic in the wizarding world could lead to problems, how Dumbledore isn't as good as everyone says, along with numerous other problems.
  • 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 and 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 him placing Harry with the Dursleys and apparently never checking to see how he was doing (it takes a long time before Harry is willing to forgive Dumbledore, and even then it's clear he doesn't trust him).
    • While both of them are leaders, Dumbledore prefers to keep things close to his chest 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. 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 Twilight's ascent 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.
    • Both are incredibly skilled and powerful magic users seen as the best that their world has to offer. While Dumbledore is over a century old with a wealth of wisdom and experience, Twilight is around 20 years old; though lacking in experience, she makes up for it with raw talent, genius level intellect, and pure magical power due to being an alicorn. However, Dumbledore comes out ahead in skill and the variety of spells he knows.
  • Friend to All Children:
    • Princesses Celestia and Luna are very protective of kids, with Celestia going out of her way to visit Harry in the hospital (twice) to learn where he came from and who hurt him (actually tearing up when she learns that the Dursleys hurt him so bad). Luna also visits his dreams to see if there's anything she can do to help (unfortunately human dreams are so crazy that she can't do much about it). The two grant him citizenship and officiate his adoption by Twilight, thus accepting him into the royal family as well.
    • The Mane 6 are all pretty good with kids (Twilight is Harry's guardian/adoptive mother, Applejack and Rarity are the older sisters/guardians of Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle respectively, Rainbow Dash is the unofficial big sister of Scootaloo, Pinkie Pie loves nothing more than to make everyone smile, and Fluttershy loves to help kids and animals alike). Seeing any child (especially members of their families) in danger sets them all off.
    • Dumbledore tries to depict himself as this, but his government duties and arrogance have led to him making glaring errors in the school's rules and his own methods of dealing with problems in the school (which, as Twilight points out, endanger the children on a near daily basis). Twilight is so appalled by his disregard for the safety of the students that she nearly pulls Harry and the CMC from Hogwarts. The fact that he's generally condescending towards everyone, especially children, doesn't help.
  • Gender Flip: Hedwyg, Harry's pet snowy owl is a boy instead of a girl in the story.
  • 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 reasonable 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. Her adopting him becomes official on Hearth's Warming, to Harry's absolute joy. He's so happy that the twins can't even tease him about it, as any joke they make gets taken as a compliment.
  • 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 Original Character Castor Searle, who starts the story as a simple police officer and retired SAS paratrooper.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Equestrian ponies are known to substitute horse-themed words into common expressions (like "somepony" instead of "somebody"), while also tending to default to female pronouns due to Equestria being a matriarchal society. Harry, having come to see himself more as a pony then a human, begins to increasingly 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.
  • Holy Hand Grenade:
    • Harry Potter has a wand made with hair given to him by the alicorn princesses Celestia and Luna; according to Dumbledore, this wand is powerful enough to rival the Elder Wandnote .
    • Hermione Granger's wand is made from wood taken from the Golden Oaks' Library and a hair given by Twilight Sparkle: whom Ollivander believes 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: While Dumbledore is fond of engineering plans years in advance, they also frequently go wrong due to him making wildly incorrect assumptions about peoples' behavior. Among other things, Dumbledore's lack of ability to judge people has resulted in the following:
    • He fully believes the Malfoys have seen their error from supporting Voldemort, even if they still support some of his causes.
    • He's refused to even entertain the thought that one of his professors is responsible for cursing Harry's broom.
    • Dumbledore thinks the Equestrians are Atlanteans who left the wizarding world centuries before, even after being told they're actually magical ponies from another world.
    • He thinks that the Mane 6 are merely friends of Harry's, and that the boy is happy to be back in the wizarding world. It actually has to be spelled out to him that Twilight is Harry's adopted mother, and that Harry has lost practically all trust he had for wizards (only attending the school because Twilight wants him to learn about his wizarding heritage, and being ready to leave when Twilight suggests pulling him and the CMC).
  • 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.
    • While Changelings retain their shapeshifting powers and need to feed on love on the other side of the portal, their Shapeshifter Default Form becomes human.
    • Reversed with the Weasleys, Hermione, and the Griffyndor Quidditch Team in that Discord transformed them all completely into Ponies, with their original human form being considered as their Animagus Form.
  • Hot in Human Form: The ponies are often very attractive in their human forms. Twilight's human body catches the attention of a lot of men with her height and curves.
  • Humans Are Morons: With some exceptions (namely his human-born friends), Harry believes the Wizarding World as a whole is incredibly stupid. His Internal Monologue routinely questions the intelligence and common sense of Dumbledore and the wider community of wizards.
  • I Choose to Stay: Harry's early childhood leaves him with a lot of distrust towards humans, especially adults. When he comes to Equestria and forms loving relationships for the first time that he can remember, it's no surprise to anyone that Harry prefers living in Equestria, especially when the Wizarding World is full of people who either lack the ability to think logically or are bigoted towards non-magicals. Dumbledore is upset to hear this, as it throws a massive wrench in his plans for the wizarding world.
  • Interspecies Adoption:
    • Twilight takes care of Harry after he stumbles into Equestria, at the suggestion of Princess Celestia. Once formal diplomatic relations between Equestria and Muggle Great Britain begin, she asks to formally adopt the boy and is eventually approved to do so.
    • Spike the dragon sees Twilight as his mother and occasionally refers to her as such.
  • Irrational Hatred: Many of Voldemort's supporters 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're bluffing the muggles about being aliens, even though the Equestrians have directly told him they aren't from Earth. Since Dumbledore is a respected member of the Wizarding World, everyone accepts his interpretation of events; this sets up the wizards to look like fools when the truth comes out and has the potential to destroy Dumbledore's reputation in the process.
  • Kid Fic: While the story largely focuses on Harry, there's also a focus on Twilight becoming his parental figure, and how she manages to raise a child while also balancing being the Princess of Friendship, and Element Barer, and the numerous other jobs/duties she deals with on a daily basis. Luckily, her friends are all willing to look out for Harry when his mother isn't around.
  • Klingons Love Shakespeare:
    • The Pegasi quickly take a shining to Quidditch due to the airborne nature of the sport, with influential Pegasi like Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo's aunt Lofty planning to teach it to the Ponyville weather team after attending a game on Earth. By the time the winter holidays roll around, Quidditch has been successfully implemented into Pegasus culture, with stadiums for it quickly being built.
    • Book II reveals that Changelings love the sport of Rugby.
  • Lethal Chef: Sweetie Belle is absurdly bad at cooking; 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 has been forbidden from so much as getting a glass of water. Unfortunately for her Potions classmates and Professor Snape, her comically bad cooking skills also extend to brewing potions
  • Mama Bear: Do not threaten Harry in front of Twilight. Seriously. Do. Not.
  • Medieval Stasis: The technology in Wizarding England has barely progressed in centuries, with many influential wizards thinking that Muggles likewise haven't 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 states that Pinkie routinely breaks the laws of physics and magic. For example, Pinkie has baked a cake and claimed that it took her 45 minutes, despite being in the kitchen for a shorter amount of time; when the discrepancy is pointed out, her response is "I work fast".
  • Mistaken for Gay: The CMC eventually come to see Draco's friendship with Crabbe and Goyle as being romantic in nature, much to Draco's indignation.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Twilight only looks a few years older than Harry and she frequently feels the need to remind people that she's his adoptive mother rather than his older sister, despite the two not looking too much alike.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The Mane 6 and CMC are completely floored at things such as movie theaters, television, cars, and especially grocery stores (although none of them were pleased with the butcher section).
  • Nice Girl: Despite being an unreformed Changeling, Elly is actually rather good-natured and is sorted into Hufflepuff at 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: Ponies have issues with remembering to wear clothes while on the human side of the portal, as they only wear clothing to accent themselves. Harry struggles in the first story to get 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 Basilisk is one of the most dangerous creatures ever seen in the Wizarding World, as it possesses a stare that can kill with just a look and a venomous bite that can only be cured by phoenix tears. While most Wizards would flee or band together in large numbers to try slowing down the beast, Princess Luna is able to down the creature and contain it within a sphere of concentrated Magic long enough to deliver it to Tartarus.
    • Myrtle Warrens has spent the last half-century secretly observing the relationships of many Hogwarts Students, and is eager enough to try out several kinks after getting revived. Many students consider Myrtle to be outright lecherous (to the point that the Weasley Twins run multiple betting pools about when she'll finally get laid), and she has no biases against flirting with girls. Upon arriving in Equestria for the Winter Hols, Myrtle quickly discovers that the flirting she does at Hogwarts is considered tame by local standards and starts blushing furiously at the antics displayed by the residents of Ponyville.
    • Many Squibs, who lack magical powers entirely, and Muggleborns, who are frequently discriminated against by older wizarding families, find Equestria incredibly enticing due to the absence of the Blood Status system and the former group being automatically transformed into Pegasi when crossing the Portal. Additionally, Equestria wants them to stat careers there due to wanting to open new schools of magic and replenish the Pegasus population following Tirek's rampage. Argus Filch spends Summer 1992 in Equestria working a temporary job where he's courted by several mares who see him as a gracefully aged piece of eye-candy and is so reluctant to return to Hogwarts, Dumbledore has to give him a pay raise and a pair of assistants until he's allowed to retire.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: Once the Cutie Mark Crusaders show up at Hogwarts, the staff are quickly overwhelmed by having to add new rules and additions to rules in response to their exploits, having yet to grasp the futility of trying to keep the group under control. For just one example, a rule about not attempting spells found in books from home without permission is quickly expanded to include individually written spells. Then the rule is expanded to not trying any spells found outside of the Hogwarts library, which too gains an additional rule about not using spells found in books from said library's Restricted Section. Finally, the staff has to define a book as "anything with a spell written on it".
  • Obliviously Evil:
    • Elly is a sweet-natured changeling who is terrifed of ponies 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 has given up her anti-Cutie Mark crusade and is now focusing on making everyone equal. She's had several internal dialogues about why she dislikes anything that makes anyone better then another and why special talents are evil. She's snuck to Earth and is focusing on trying to get the wizards to get rid of the blood purity system, 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 two years before he would have found out about his being a wizard, The Stations of the Canon are almost completely avoided. In fact, several major plot points end up getting dealt with extremely early on, some during the first two weeks of Harry's first-year.
    • Harry and the CMC meet and befriend Hermione a month before their first year at Hogwarts, encountering each other at the Leaky Cauldron rather than the Hogwarts Express. Hermione also gets a different wand made from a hair from Twilight's mane and wood from the Golden Oaks' Library.
    • In the same chapter, Harry meets Professor Dumbledore and Arthur Weasley, and gets invited to the Burrow to meet the rest of the Weasley Family a year early. After arriving at the Burrow, Twilight Sparkle teaches Hermione how to teleport, designing a version of the spell that's usable by wands and is much safer than Apparating.
    • Due to Discord's antics at the Burrow, the Weasley Family (sans Arthur) are all transformed into ponies, which become their default Animagi forms. This also results in Ginny Weasley attending Hogwarts a year early.
    • Instead of being made from a feather from Dumbledore's phoenix, the core of Harry Potter's wand is made of hair from Princesses Celestia and Luna. According to Dumbledores' observations, the resulting wand is equal in raw power to the Elder Wand, which is rumored to have been made by Death itself.
    • Harry is informed of his godfather's supposed betrayal and jailing without a trial. After talking about the matter to Twilight, both agree that many of the facts don't add up and want a proper investigation into Sirius' arrest and sentencing done.
    • On the train ride to Hogwarts, Neville meets and befriends Harry and the others, and is given money to buy a wand of his own instead of using his father's wand. This wand is made of Equestrian-sourced materials and allows Neville to be more competent at spellwork prior to sixth year.
    • In their first class of the school year, Scootaloo manages to help Professor Binns realize he's been dead for a century, resulting in him Ascending to a Higher Plane of Existence. Remus Lupin is brought in as the replacement History of Magic professor, joining the Hogwarts staff three years early.
    • A few days after Binns moves on, the Cutie Mark Crusaders manage to revive Moaning Myrtle from the dead, which leads to even greater changes.
      • After the Crusaders tell Twilight about what they did, she decides to speak 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.
      • Twilight helps recover the Diadem of Ravenclaw and discovers the horcrux that lays within, which Dumbledore destroys with a Basilisk fang. However, he repairs the Diadem itself afterwards sans any enchantments it may have once had.
    • Dumbledore retrieves the ring horcrux during the winter holidays and avoids getting cursed by it thanks to Lupin. He waits until Twilight can examine it to destroy it.
    • After examining and destroying the ring, Twilight confronts Dumbledore about the lack of proper investigation or trial for Sirius Black's supposed betrayal of the Potters and murder of Peter Pettigrew. This leads to the discovery that the law was circumvented to implicate Sirius for Pettigrew's Death Eater connections and status as the Potters' true Secret Keeper. Sirius subsequently extricated from prison and sent to St. Mungo's Hospital to be treated for nearly a decades' worth of psychological trauma while Dumbledore forces a retrial. Meanwhile, Amelia Bones, Chief of Magical Law Enforcement, starts reviewing the cases of everyone currently incarcerated within Azkaban to see if any other innocents were sent there by mistake.
    • 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 trespassing.
    • Fred and George Weasley make immense profits off selling their Gender Bender candies on both sides of the portal, resulting in the Weasley family becoming incredibly wealthy.
    • Sirius and Starlight Glimmer (who's operating under a false identity) discover Slytherin's locket while cleaning the Black household. After Starlight realizes the locket is dangerous, Kreacher the house-elf explains the object's origins. Sirius takes it to Dumbledore to learn how to get rid of it, who summons Twilight to witness its destruction.
    • During her explorations of Hogwarts, Elly the changeling discovers a secret entrance to the Mirror of Erised's room and inadvertently recovers/steals the Philosopher's Stone.
    • Dumbledore and Twilight fight Voldemort together after he fails to get the stone. They manage to capture his spirit after his host's body finally gives out and he tries to escape.
    • Peter Pettigrew is discovered early after Scabbers is brought through the Portal and Pettigrew is transformed into a pony out of his Animagus form. Due to the only crime he's guilty of in Equestria being his status as an illegal alien, he serves out his sentence there and agrees to work with the country to track down any Death Eaters that may have evaded custody.
    • Voldemort is unable to make Nagini into his final horcrux due to his containment and Pettigrew's capture, meaning Frank Bryce is still alive.
    • Lupin visits Equestria during the summer holidays and experiences a full moon there. Due to his lycanthropy being unable to forcibly transform him out of his pony body, the conflicting magics attack one another and the werewolf curse destroys itself in the process. This cures Lupin of his lycanthropy and opens up the way for other reluctant werewolves to be cured and safely reaccepted into Wizarding society.
    • Due to Squibs transforming into Pegasi and gaining magic while in Equestria, the lack of a blood status-based Fantastic Caste System among ponies, and there being three mares for every stallion, Argus Filch has a very pleasant summer in Equestria and is courted by several mares while working a summer job. It takes three letters from Dumbledore and the promise of two assistants to persuade Filch to return to Hogwarts for two more years before retirement.
    • Equestria sends thirty-nine students to Hogwarts during Harry's second year; 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 causes Luna to meet Harry and company three years early and get sorted into Gryffindor instead of Ravenclaw.
    • Due to overwhelming support by the Equestrian government and reforms from the Wizengamot, Hogwarts is better staffed going into Harry's second year, with additional professors and teaching assistants being provided by both governments being present. Among them is Horace Slughorn, who teaches Potions for the first four years of students while Snape teaches the last three years. Zecora is also hired as Slughorn's TA.
    • During the 1992 winter holidays, Harry and company learn about what would have happened if they never got involved with the ponies from Sunset Shimmer, as Harry Potter exists as a work of fiction within the world of Canterlot High. Of note, Twilight finds out about the original fate of Frank Bryce and takes it upon herself to give him a better ending by sending him to live in a prepaid condominium in the Bahamas and pay for medical treatments to help fix his leg.
    • Due to being cleared of Tom Riddles' Frame-Up, Hagrid is given a new wand and makes a fortune selling Acromantula silk from Aragog to the Equestrians. The CMC propose he get his own bank vault at Gringotts and use his newfound wealth to become a role model for halfbreeds and giants everywhere.
    • The status of the Potter family seat on the Wizengamot is put into question due to Harry announcing his desire to abandon the Wizarding World entirely once he finishes his education. Dumbledore plans to give the seat to the Weasleys in the event that Harry goes through with the plan, as the family's newfound wealth and good standing with the Equestrians makes them prime candidates for the position.
    • Chapter 35 of Book II ends with Tom Riddle completing a soul-draining ritual on Goyle, returning him to life.
  • Only You Can Repopulate My Race: Due to the events of Tirek's Magic-Stealing Rampage, a large portion of the Pegasi population dies due to losing their ability to fly at inopportune times. 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. Starting a family in Equestria becomes a very appealing option to Squibs due to everyone being able to use some form of magic, a lack of discrimination based on blood status, and polygamy being widely accepted due to the gender ratio of ponies being skewed in favor of mares.
  • Otherworldly Technicolour Hair: The Mane 6 have to use a spell to dye their naturally bright-colored hair black or brown so they won't attract attention.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The ponies quickly baffle several parties due to being able to perform feats of magic thought to be impossible and the wizards thinking they're from Atlantis. From returning Myrtle to life using willing unicorns to easily defeating a basilisk, they just keep surprising the Wizarding World. They also throw several wrenches into Voldemort's plans, such as connecting Tom Riddle to Myrtle's murder and publicizing his status as a half-blood.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: Unlike the malicious pony magic-stealing Tirek of Equestria, the centaurs of Earth lack any interest in magic and care for their world's native Unicorn population. Physically, the Ccentaurs 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.
  • Parental Substitute: Twilight becomes Harry's legally adopted mother halfway through the first book. Rainbow Dash also acts as this for Scootaloo when neither her parents or aunts can act as her guardian.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Pinkie Pie is quick to whip out a box of popcorn whenever dramatic events she finds interesting occur.
  • Puppy Love: Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, Ginny and Hermione all have feelings for Harry despite the fact they're no older than 12 at the time. However, this is Justified for the born fillies since ponies are considered adults at 15 and start exploring romance a few years earlier than their human counterparts, and Ginny and Hermione's pony forms combined with the CMCs' influence may be influencing them to think more and more like ponies.
  • Rags to Riches: Fred and George quickly get contracts from wealthy families on both sides of the portal to produce their temporary Gender Bender candies, with Filthy Rich providing funds on the Equestrian side and the Malfoys on the Wizarding side. While disturbed by all the attention they're receiving for what they initially invented as a simple joke, the twins eventually tell their parents about how much money they're making in Equestria. The sheer amount astounds not only their family but Twilight's friends as well, causing Rarity and her sister Sweetie Belle to faint dramatically once they learn about Sweetie's cut of the profits for helping discover how to make the candies. By book two, the Weasley household is faring much better financialy and Dumbledore is considering them for a seat on the Wizengamot.
  • Riches to Rags: Thanks to the efforts of Sirius' lady friend Anne (aka Starlight Glimmer), many of the conservative, Voldemort-supporting Wizarding families end up going broke due to unpaid debts to the Black family that they all still owed. This includes the Malfoy family.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • Princesses Celestia and Luna, while they don't spend a large amount of time on Earth, are there whenever they are needed and take an active role in establishing relations with England. When Twilight tells them that Hogwarts has a basilisk in the basement, Luna comes to deal with it personally (and found the whole thing fun).
    • Twilight, despite not considering herself a royal, is the one in charge of learning about Earth (something she hardly considers a chore) and establishing relations with the humans. She is also Wizarding England's primary contact with Equestria, and is usually willing to aid them if they need Equestria's help (within reason).
    • Prince Shining Armor is there are the Basilik battle, providing shields for the Mane 6, and later for Hogsmeade. His actions earn him the attention of every single woman (and several men) at Hogwarts. He doesn't notice.
    • Prince Blueblood is usually a subversion of this trope, but here he proves himself to be a skilled politician and diplomat. It is so satisfying to see Umbridge's argument collapse thanks to what she thought was a dumb unicorn and a helpless Muggle.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The Malfoys are implied to use their great wealth to exert as much influence in the Wizarding world as they do, despite lacking a seat on the Wizengamot and their connections to Voldemort destroying many peoples' trust in the family.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Any Animagi who cross the portal through to Equestria are automatically transformed into a pony regardless of whether they were in their human or animal form beforehand. The pony body's resistance to being transfigured proves to be the cure to lycanthropy, as exposure to the Equestrian full moon destroys the curse due to being activated but unable to transform the host.
  • Shipper on Deck:
  • Shown Their Work: The author has done a lot of research to capture life in early 1990s England.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Because the Mane 6 and Princess Luna handled the Basilisk, they managed to defeat it without killing it. Princess Luna simply fought it to submission, shrunk it to the size of an average garden snake, and took it to Tartarus.
    • Gilderoy Lockhart is just as bad as he is in canon, but here, he's exposed as a fraud by Hermione's careful observations (though he barely notices when the students' looks of admiration become looks of disgust), does a demonstration that inadvertantly leads to an act of terrorism, and ruins his own reputation due to his failure to do anything to help the students during or after the incident. Here, however, he keeps his memory.
  • Stay with the Aliens:
    • Harry is leaning heavily towards living full-time in Equestria once he graduates from Hogwarts, as he not only sees himself as a pony but has had a far better life with them than humans. 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 likely that both Hermione and Ginny may choose to go with him.
    • Because house elves need a strong source of passive magic to survive, the four house elves that accidentally visit Equestria with Twilight during the basilisk incident decide to live there because Equestria has a much stronger magical field than Earth. Their only complaint is that the ponies are too nice and want them to do things as horrible as accept wages and take days off.
    • Post-revival, Myrtle chooses to live in Equestria due to the Gryffindor cohort being kind enough to allow her into their family (and also because her remaining biological family is either dead or doesn't know/remember her). By Book II, Myrtles' been given her own room in Twilight's castle and is treated like her daughter.
    • Many squibs choose to move to Equestria due to gaining the ability to perform magic while there and the lack of prejudice about their bloodlines. Argus Filch has to be bribed with the promise of receiving two work assistants and a pay raise before he considers returning to Hogwarts long enough to collect on his retirement, having spent the summer of 1992 in Equestria working a temp 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 lack the education necessary for a career in the Muggle world are enamored with the prospect of finding wealth and job opportunities in Equestria, many of them opting for teaching roles in newly-established magic schools.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While they are regularly depicted as incompetent, here the Equestrian guards are shown to be fairly competent (although they still get chewed out by Twilight for not noticing Harry and the CMC slipping into the Everfree for several months). They are capable of quickly learning to use firearms, work quickly to protect Hogwarts when they believe it's being threatened by Voldemort, and even outclass most Aurors in the wizarding world (a fact that shocks and unnerves several wizards).
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Prince Blueblood is still the pompous, self-obsessed aristocrat he is in the show. Here, however, he's written to be a bit nicer on the whole. He proves to be an excellent politician, seems to have a soft spot for Harry, and treats the non-magical humans with far more respect than most wizards do.
  • Trapped in Another World: Played straight at first, with Harry ending up as a unicorn colt in Equestria and having no idea how he got there. Due to the love and acceptance he's shown by the Equestrians, Harry doesn't want to go back even when he finds a way to do so, deciding to hide the portal's existence from Twilight out of fear that she'll make him return. The trope is ultimately averted when the portal between Earth and Equestria is found to be stable, permanent and traversable by anyone at any time.
  • Too Clever by Half: Dumbledore is still highly intelligent and fond of setting up long-term gambits, but his lack of ability to judge the character of others frequently causes his plans to backfire in ways that harm people.
    • He ignores McGonagall's warnings that the Dursleys are horrible people and won't care for Harry just because they're related, despite her observing them all day. When Dumbledore sets up the charms that are supposed to protect Harry while he's under custody of the Dursleys, the Fidelius Charm that makes Harry slip out of the minds of unknown adults/potential kidnappers prevents Muggles from noticing anything's wrong with how the Dursleys are treating him. Additionally, the reason Dumbledore never checks in with Harry in-person is because he's using tracking charms to monitor Harry that say he's doing fine... despite one of the enchantments he placed on Harry being a spell that makes tracking charms say Harry is doing fine.
    • Dumbledore allows Equestria to accidentally set up a Kansas City Shuffle against the Wizarding World because he holds true to the Wizarding belief that there's no intelligent life beyond Earth and dismisses Equestria's claims of being aliens. Since Dumbledore's opinion is highly respected among wizards, everyone believes his claims that the Equestrians are from Atlantis and he's primed Wizarding Britain (and himself) to look like fools once the truth becomes public.
  • Troll:
    • Discord has been thoroughly enjoying messing with everyone he encounters. He scares Dumbledore with how much he alludes to knowing and being capable of, such as implying to have given squibs animagi forms. He also pranks the Searle family and the Crystal Empire royalty by making the former's pony forms look like the latter, including giving Castor's daughter Thalia the appearance of Flurry Heart and addressing her as such despite Flurry Heart having yet to even be born. However, Discord is firmly on Equestria's side and his antics are occasionally helpful, as him turning everyone at the Weasley's home into ponies for an afternoon leads to Twilight discovering that ponies can assume their true forms.
    • 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 tasking Cadance with raising the Sun and Moon while she and Luna visit the UK without giving the Princess of Love any kind of advance warning. Discord even refers to her as Trollestia for the latter incident. Some of her antics while in the UK have Discord howling with laughter.
  • Undying Loyalty: Harry finds the "official" story of Sirius betraying 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:
    • Harry is grounded to the library after extensive Cutie Mark Crusader shenanigans. While he can't visit his new friends, he gets unrestricted access to all the library's books and the knowledge they have to offer. He even thanks Twilight, who comments on this in one of her letters to Princess Celestia.
    • In book 2, the first year pony students don't mind getting served with detentions as they get to spend highly focused study time with the various professors 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" while they ease the public into accepting the concept. 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's protective spells on Harry that make the child slip out of the minds of Muggles and obfuscate his status to tracking charms accidentally create an environment where the Dursleys can abuse Harry completely unopposed, as they prevent strangers from realizing anything's wrong and send Dumbledore bad information because he's only using tracking charms to monitor Harry.
    • After Rita Skeeter is released from detainment for trying to sneak into Equestria when she's forced out of her Animagus form, she writes one of her usual libelous articles attempting to stir up trouble for the Equestrians. Her article encourages Umbridge and Fudge to try asserting the superiority of wizards to the Equestrians and the Muggle government. After Umbridge's argument is torn to shreds by Ambassador Blueblood, she commits treason against the United Kingdom by attempting to attack Blueblood and Prime Minister John Major... while inside of Major's office. Thanks to new magical security in the Prime Minister's office, every magic user in the room not loyal to either Equestria or the Queen are stunned and left at the mercy of the Prime Minister. Though Dumbledore manages to break free of the Stunning Spell, he's held at both gunpoint and wandpoint, ensuring that the Prime Minister and Ambassador Blueblood maintain total control of the situation.
    • After spending a year living in Equestria due to stumbling across a magical portal leading to the place, Harry decides to return to the United Kingdom so he can attend Hogwarts. This causes Equestria to reveal the existence of magic and the Wizarding World to the British government, who take great interest in learning just what's been going on within their borders for centuries. So far, they've uncovered the location of both Hogwarts and the Leaky Cauldron, learned a great deal about how the Ministry of Magic works, discovered the lack of a paper trail for James Potter and that Lily's trail ended when she started attending Hogwarts, and 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 the cause of this chain of events 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 with Harry, Hermione, the Weasley family, and the Gryffindor Quidditch team, the Equestrians have figured out how to change from human form back into pony form while on Earth.
  • 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 freely ignore all known rules of magic, resulting in him being the source of 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. This means that while the CMC look and act like they're eleven or twelve in human form during their first year, Apple Bloom is ten years old and Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo are nine for most of the school year.

    Book I 
  • Abandonment-Induced Animosity:
    • After learning that the wizards (specifically Dumbledore) left him with the Dursleys for most of his life and never bothered to check on him (thus never helping him escape their abuse), Harry holds little to no love for the Wizarding world, only having anything to do with it at all because a) the Princesses asked him to attend so they could learn more about Earth's magic, and b) he likes a handful of wizards (namely the Weasleys, Hermoine, and Sirius), and likes spending time with them.
    • After the bigotry of the Wizarding World drives many Muggle-Born wizards back to the mundane world (where they couldn't form good careers due to having no proof of a secondary education), many of them are understandably ticked off at the Wizarding government. So when offered a chance to not only use the skills they'd been taught but to get a little revenge on the Ministry of Magic, many of them leap at the chance. It culminates in a glorious "The Reason You Suck" Speech given to Dumbledore by Castor, who reveals to the wizard just how screwed the Wizarding world is if they try to attack England or the Equestrians.
  • 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.
  • Accidental Hero: Tirek accidentally saved Harry's life when he stole magic from Equestria, as when he took Harry's magic, he also destroyed the Horcrux in his scar. Not only did this mean that he didn't suffer pain when Voldemort was nearby, but it also meant that he wouldn't need to be harmed in order to defeat Voldemort.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: When Harry and the Cutie Mark Crusaders are leading Twilight through the portal to Little Whinging, She admits that Harry (who was born in England) and the CMCs (who had repeatedly visited) were the actual experts on what to expect and what to do while exploring. Thus, a chapter is titled after this trope.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: In chapter 107, "Bright 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.
  • Adoptive Name Change: After Twilight tells Harry that she wants to legally adopt him, his name becomes Prince Harry James Potter-Sparkle (or Sparkle-Potter, depending on which side of the portal he's on). He insists on simply calling himself Harry Sparkle.
  • Adoptive Peer Parent: Twilight is only ten years older than Harry (at most), and sometimes acts more like an older sister to him than a mother. However, she clearly takes his health and well-being very seriously, and her love for her adoptive son is never questioned.
  • Adopting the Abused: What Twilight did for Harry. In a way, the CMC and the rest of the Mane 6 did this, too, as they know he's from another world and yet don't treat him any differently.
  • 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.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Harry, after reflecting on all of the times in his life where he wished he was more popular, has this moment after the Love Potion incident, when suddenly every First Year Gryffindor and Slytherin student is madly in love with him and chases him through the school. He especially feels this way after he hears Goyle declaring his eternal love for him.
  • 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:
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Fluttershy is one of the nicest, gentlest, shiest ponies in existence. But, after Harry and the CMC traumatize the skunks while attempting to make perfume, they learn what happens when nice people are pushed too far...
  • 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.
  • Break the Haughty: Dumbledore is visibly more arrogant and manipulative here than in canon (movies or books). So it's hard to say he doesn't deserve it when he gets humbled multiple times by Equestrians. First he learns that there's an entire society of magic users that has existed longer than England, and that even their weakest magic users are capable of what wizards consider highly advanced magic. Then he learns that he was completely wrong about leaving Harry with the Dursleys and that the boy wants nothing to do with him. Then Twilight dresses down his methods for running the school in front of his staff and numerous students. Then she, her brother, Princess Luna, and her friends take down a basilisk with no casualties. Then, at the Canterlot ball, his views on Muggles take a massive hit when Castor (a Squib) tells him that not only is the British government aware of the existence of the wizarding world, but they've discovered the locations of several important wizarding locations, including Hogwarts and the Ministry. By the end of Book 1, he seems to be a bit more humble and reasonable.
  • 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. And, right before he admits that he was wrong to place Harry with the Dursleys, it looks like Twilight and the entire Mane 6 are about to tear into him for leaving Harry with abusive guardians for eight years.
  • 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.
  • The Cavalry: Invoked — when Harry believes that a centaur like Tirek is in the Forbidden Forest, he calls for Philomena, who brings Twilight, who brings an armada. While there's no magic-stealing centaur, the guards manage to save the life of the unicorn targeted by Voldemort, as well as her foal. What's more, Twilight tears Dumbledore a new one for allowing her son to be put in a situation where he was scared enough to use Philomena to call for help.
  • Childish Pillow Fight: The Gryffindor first-year boys have one after Dean makes fun of Ron.
  • "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. The wizarding world could've been conquered by England and the Equestrians that day had cooler heads not prevailed.
  • 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. In Dumbledore's defense, he clearly had not expected someone to use a incorporeal spell.
  • 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.
  • Deconstruction Fic 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.
  • Department of Child Disservices: Alluded to, then ultimately subverted. Harry was clearly in an abusive home, but no one ever noticed the signs of abuse or did anything to help Harry. Once he got to Equestria and told the doctor, princess, and Mane 6 what he went through, they all instantly come to the conclusion that he is never going near the Dursleys again. It's later revealed that no one tried to take Harry somewhere safer because Dumbledore cast a charm that prevented Harry from being taken from the Dursely's custody (thinking that Harry was safe with them). Once Dumbledore removes the charm (leading to a My God, What Have I Done? moment), the authorities get to work and not only arrest the Dursleys, but make it so that Twilight is recognized in both England and Equestria as Harry's legal guardian.
  • Description Cut: After Dumbledore comments to Fudge that the resurrected Myrtle is "a friendless, dejected, lonely, lost little girl" the scene cuts to her flirting with a wizard and laughing.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Dumbledore and his hiding of Harry from the wizarding world. Among other errors in judgement, he’s been relying on a series of tracking charms that have told him everything is fine with Harry rather than ever checking on him in person to verify that their information is correct. He goes over them and what they do before internally congratulating himself on a final protection which is designed to thwart tracking charms by having them show everything is fine.
  • 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 reveal themselves and help the muggle government to keep an eye on the activities of the Ministry of Magic. This 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: where they alongside their fellow Muggle service agents manages to catch both Umbridge and Cornelius Fudge: the two people responsible for creating the many laws that makes it hard for Muggleborns to find or hold down jobs in the Wizarding World to begin with.
  • 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.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Happens for several characters in Book I.
    • Myrtle Warrens actually falls under the category of an "Earn Your Second Chance At Life" thanks to the Gryffindor First Years; who manage to use an Equestrian Resurrection Spell that manages to restore her body and afterwards allow her to continue her studies at Hogwarts School. After receiving acne treatment and finally getting out of her "Time Of The Month" that dispelled the many rumors of her time spent as "Moaning Myrtle" (Along with the fact that all of her former classmates that had tormented her more than half-a-century ago are now frail old hags while she's beautiful), along with forming an Intergenerational Friendship with the Firsties along with the promise of permanent residence in Ponyville where she'd feel very much at home at with the CMC: it is safe to say that Myrtle Warrens is now far more happier than ever before. By around Book II, Myrtle has been given a home within Twilights' Castle, and is more-or-less Twilights' teenage daughter at this point.
    • Connected with the above example, Rubeus Hagrid who was originally accused of having been the culprit behind Myrtles' death when Tom Riddle framed him and his pet Arragog; which caused Hagrid to be expelled from Hogwarts and have his wand broken. Due to a willing firsthand testimony by Myrtle overseen by Twilight Sparkle with Headmaster Dumbledore as a witness; it was revealed that Myrtle's death was caused by the Basilisk along with revealing the location of the Chamber of Secrets that it resided in. Several days after The Equestrians managed to remove the Basilisk and contain it in Tartarus, Dumbledore shares the information behind Myrtles' death with Fudge and Lucius. Hagrid is cleared of the original charges and is now allowed to own a wand again. By Book II, due to his friendship with Araggog and his brood, Hagrid has essentially become the single-greatest provider for Acromantula Silk for both the Wizarding World and for Equestria, allowing for him to become fabulously wealthy and turned to the idea of becoming a role model for other Half-Giants.
  • Easily Forgiven: Subverted, hard.
    • The Dursleys, thanks to Lin Yueshi's efforts, finally face justice for their years of abuse to Harry. They get no help from anyone (especially not Dumbledore), everyone agrees that they deserve punishment, and no one hides their utter disgust from them. It doesn't help that Vernon keeps insisting that Harry deserved punishment for being a "freak". To Petunia's credit, Dumbledore's "The Reason You Suck" Speech seemed to make her realize just how badly she and Vernon treated Harry, and she seems at least a little remorseful at her hearing (although that could've simply been due to the fact that she was going to prison and her life would never be the same).
    • Dumbledore is constantly reminded that it was because of his arrogance that led to Harry being abused until he was nine. When he finally realizes just how badly he messed up, he offers sincere apologies to Harry and Twilight. While they accept his apology, it's too little too late, as Harry wants as little to do with him or the wizarding world as possible (planning on returning to Equestria the second his education is complete) and McGonnagall (who told Dumbledore not to leave Harry with the Dursleys in the first place) spends weeks hexing him behind his back before she finally buries the hatchet. Even after he gives numerous sincere apologies, it still takes a long time before Twilight or Harry are willing to work with him.
    • Snape, as in canon, is not one to forgive people who cause distractions/accidents in his class, and thus doesn't have many good things to say about Neville or Sweetie Belle. To be fair, the accidents they caused had some pretty...interesting effects on him and the class. Then again, he's the one who refused to either watch them more carefully or give them different partners.
  • 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 Evil Has Loved Ones: Vernon Dursley at first fights any/all efforts to incarcerate him after he was accused of child abuse. The one thing that finally gets him to stop fighting it is Castor telling him that if the wizards find out about this, then not only will they punish Vernon, but Petunia and Dudley, too. Thus leading to him taking a majority of the blame for Harry's mistreatment.
    Vernon had a very quick temper, and tended not to keep it under control. Her husband had agreed to shoulder most of the blame for the boy’s treatment. He did love his wife and son, after all. It was just that freak that upset him so, didn’t he? If it would help her and his son, then he would gladly take the brunt of the sentencing. But he didn’t have to like the situation, did he now? It was, as he said, “All that freak’s fault!”
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Lucius Malfoy is one of Voldemort's most dedicated supporters...and yet the fact that the Dark Lord put a basilisk under the school and ordered it to kill children seems to startle him. After all, his son attends the school.
    • Everyone in the Wizengamot (even the people who hate the Black family) are horrified at the fact that an innocent man was locked up for ten years without a trial, which leads to Sirius finally being cleared of the charges against him and leaving Azkaban forever.
    • Snape, as in canon, is horrified and disgusted that Voldemort created horcruxes, and seems relieved when he learned that the one in Harry's scar was destroyed months before.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Dumbledore thinks this about Shining Armor when he shows up to help fight the basilisk. Considering how many people were watching him during the battle with the basilisk, he was right.
    • Hilariously this also happens to Harry temporarily as the result of Sweetie Belle's accidental Love Potion blowing up during first year Potions Class. Poor Harry ends up hiding in a closet!
    • The gender-swapped version happens to more than a few members of the Mane 6 whenever they visit, as both the wizards and a few witches will be caught Eating the Eye Candy.
  • Exact Words:
    • Discord of all beings gives this advice to Harry so he can talk about Ponyville and Equestria without revealing too much information. It makes sense that he'd give this advice, seeing as how he's a Literal Genie.
    • When Draco tries to steal Neville's Remembrall again, Scootaloo flies up to intercept his broom, leading to the two of them chasing each other through the air when Madam Hooch comes back. Draco gets in huge trouble, but Scootaloo is able to get out of it. Hooch specifically said she didn't want anyone flying around on brooms. As a pegasus, Scootaloo doesn't need a broom to fly. Thus, she's off the hook.
    • This is how Squeaker the house elf is able to weasel 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.
  • Face Death with Dignity: In the first chapter, when Harry is beaten nearly to death by Dudley, his gang and the stranger, he realizes that he's close to dying and chooses to just accept it. Luckily, he's saved by the CMC who get him to the hospital as fast as possible.
  • Fantastic Racism: Dolores Umbrige's utter hatred for anything pertaining to Muggles leads to her persuading Minister Fudge and Dumbledore to try and convince/force the Equestrians into abandoning their interactions with the Muggle government and instead dealing exclusively with the magical world. Due to the fact that the Equestrians are all ponies by default and have human Animagi, she believes that they are all dumb beasts...and is completely unprepared for the brutal (and cathartic) verbal beat down she gets from Prince Blueblood.
    • Several times, the Equestrians express disapproval at how wizards treat Muggles or even those who aren't of Pureblood or half-blood status. Dumbledore gets a verbal beatdown from Castor Searle (a Squib-turned-pegasus) on how the Muggles are nowhere near as weak or helpless as wizards seem to think.
  • Fatal Flaw: Dumbledore believes that he is the wisest and most capable wizard in the UK, if not the world. This leads to him making serious (and glaring) errors in judgement when he manipulates people into doing things that he believes will better set his plans in motion, usually without having all of the information first. Thus, his arrogance often leads to things not going the way he expected due to him not looking at all of the facts to make sure he was correct. The best example of this is how he was so certain that the Dursleys were the perfect home for Harry (ignoring Minerva's statement that said otherwise) that he never bothered to actually check on him. As a result, Harry was beaten and abused to the point that he was near death when he made it to Equestria. His pride also leads to him being caught off guard when people (namely Harry and anyone from Equestria) don't automatically trust him.
  • 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.
  • Gasshole: Serving tofu to some visiting Griffons instead of meat is a flatulent failure.
  • 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: In-Universe, it's more "Wizards Love Monopoly" — a couple of Muggleborn Gryffindor students had brought a copy of the board game, Monopoly note  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. Poor Harry has a very hard time convincing the Mane 6 and CMC to wear clothes.
  • Good Parents:
    • Like in canon, Mr. and Mrs. Weasely are excellent parents for their many children, and are willing to host five more (Harry, Hermione, and the CMC) during the day over the summer. Mr. and Mrs. Granger also apply, as they (despite knowing very little about the wizarding world or what their daughter is capable of) support Hermione fully and encourage her love of learning. They also handle most of the wizarding/pony shenanigans surprisingly well (although Pinkie Pie leaves them thoroughly confused).
    • Twilight, from the moment she becomes Harry's caretaker, is an excellent parent and teacher. She provides for all of his needs, does her best to help him adjust to Equestria and make friends, and is able to help him recover from the abuse he suffered at the hands of the Dursleys. Even after he begins school at Hogwarts, she is always there for him and is making sure he's safe (to the point that she ripped Dumbledore a new one for not acting reasonably about the Philosopher's Stone or the Basilisk in the basement). Their relationship only grows stronger after she officially adopts him, to the point that he never wants to leave her side (literally). Castor Searle even admits that they couldn't find a better foster parent for Harry if they tried. She's also very protective of him, which becomes clear after Harry calls for help in the Forbidden Forest. Twilight comes to rescue him with an armada of Equestrian soldiers. The Hogwarts faculty have a very healthy fear of the Princess of Friendship...
  • Good Samaritan: How Harry met the CMC; he (after being beaten nearly to death by Dudley's gang) was lying almost unconscious outside the Everfree forest when the fillies found him and took him to the hospital.
  • 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.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Twilight blushes when Discord reveals her secret fondness for human romance novels.
  • Heel Realization: Dumbledore when he realizes just how badly he messed up when he learns that he left Harry in an abusive home for almost a decade. He also gets this a few more times via lectures from Twilight.
  • Hero of Another Story: Dumbledore at one point thinks about the Obscurial incident in New York in 1926 and how the day had only been saved by Newt Scamander and Frank the Thunderbird (although neither are mentioned by name).
  • 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!
  • Humble Pie: Dumbledore is made to eat several pieces during the fic, as his arrogance and never thinking anything through come back to bite him. The same goes for Draco Malfoy, as absolutely nothing he does phases Harry, and he can't use his name or money as an advantage because Harry is the ward (later son) of a magical princess, is richer than half of the well-to-do families in the wizarding world, and is capable of things that even some of Hogwarts' professors can't do.
  • 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.
    John Major: That was monumentally stupid.
  • 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. He's also completely blown away at the fact that Twilight so easily taught Harry, Sweetie Belle, and Hermione teleportation (two of them in the same afternoon) and at the fact that Discord (who he wouldn't meet until Christmas) helped turn Harry, Hermione, the CMC, all seven Weasely children, and several members of Gryffindor's Quidditch team into pony Animagi.
  • 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. Leads to numerous moments of Eating the Eye Candy.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Twilight (a pony) adopts Harry (a human wizard).
  • 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: In chapter 94, Dumbledore thinks to himself that the wizards are safe from being exposed by Equestria working with the Muggle government, provided that "no one panicked. Or did anything monumentally stupid." fourteen chapters later, Umbridge insults the Equestrians and Muggles, then attempts to attack Prime Minister John Major and Ambassador Blueblood while inside the formal official's office. Once the dust settles, John Major's thought on the incident is that it "was monumentally stupid."
  • The Kindnapper: During a conversation with Castor, Dumbledore admits that there are those in the Wizengamot (himself included) who are trying to introduce a new law allowing for Aurors to monitor possible Muggle-Born wizarding children as soon as they're born, kidnap them as soon as they show signs of magic, Obliviate the parents, then place the child in the care of a wizarding family. The belief is that this will better protect the Statute of Secrecy and give Muggle-Born wizards more knowledge of the wizarding world. Castor immediately tells him all of the reasons why this is a bad idea, namely the fact that kidnapping children and Obliviating the parents is an immoral crime that he, as a British government worker and a father, cannot allow.
  • 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 brews and blows up a potion that makes everyone caught in the crossfire become immensely infatuated with Harry. Harry ends up getting chased around Hogwarts by his unexpected admirers and is eventually forced to hide in a closet to avoid them.
  • Mama Bear: Twilight is this to Harry. 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. After this, he and the rest of Hogwarts have a very reasonable fear of her.
  • 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, and due to the Wizarding World having no concepts of formal secondary education for higher learning like there is in the Muggle World, the Muggleborns had no other choice but to sign up with the military to make ends meet: being forced to shelve away their Wands else risk being found out. Needless to say after the Equestrians established First Contact, many of the now-revealed Muggleborns are overjoyed at being able to utilize their Magic once more and serve as informants for the Prime Minister and his Cabinet in-regards to magical goings-on: quite eager to help the government because of how they were treated by the Ministry of Magic. 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: the two most important members of Great Britains' Magical World responsible for treating Muggleborns like crap 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 been 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 More Holding Back" Speech: In chapter 64, Princess Luna gives the shortest possible version of this thanks to being outside the school.
  • 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. Every girl in the room is utterly horrified at the thought.
  • 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 which 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.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Twilight to Harry
    • Dumbledore tries to be this to Harry (having made himself Harry's magical guardian without asking the boy's permission), but doesn't realize for a while that the kid practically hates him for leaving him with the Dursleys. To his credit, he eventually realizes his mistakes and begins working to earn back Harry's trust.
    • Like in canon, Rainbow Dash is Scootaloo's hero and role model. This fic takes it a step further by having Rainbow act as Scoots' unofficial guardian whenever the two are in the Wizarding World. Dash even gives Scootaloo one of her hairs and a feather from her wings for her wand.
  • 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 Sweetie Belle's Potions mishaps is making some of the students sprout 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: Twilight gets Rita Skeeter to admit to being an unregistered Animagus by simply offering Rita some tea to calm her nerves. Rita believes the tea is laced with Truth Serum and she spills the beans out of her own free will, thinking she's being magically induced to tell the truth.
  • Properly Paranoid: Twilight charms the books she sends to the CMC with a sap-repellent spell, given how often they end up covered in the stuff.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Ponies are able to weaponize this trope and use it to maximum effect.
    • Deployed by the CMC in Chapter 18. Described In-Universe as diabetes-inducing.
    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.
  • Real Dreams are Weirder: While pony dreams (as seen in the series) tend to play (more or less) by real life rules, human dreams play this trope straight when Princess Luna visits Harry's dreams (shortly after he arrived in Ponyville) and the Searle family's dreams (where Castor explained to her that many humans have strange dreams, and that most of the time they're harmless).
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Prince Blueblood delivers a scathing rebuttal to all of the accusations that Cornelius Fudge and Umbridge lay out about how Equestria should be working solely with the Wizarding World and leave 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 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.
    • Twilight gets several, all of them directed at Dumbledore for his sheer incompetence at safely running a school.
  • 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, with Sweetie Belle choosing a Laughing Owl as her pet. As the Laughing Owl is a real owl species that reportedly went extinct by 1914, it's implied the Wizarding World managed to preserve the species.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: When Harry and Ron are given detention in the Forbidden Forest to help Hagrid hunt the creature killing unicorns, Harry panics when a centaur approaches because the only other centaur he's met was Tirek. He calls Philomena and tells her to get Twilight because there's a centaur near Hogwarts. Twilight arrives with over one hundred Equestrian soldiers, who not only find the centaur but chase off the creature hunting unicorns and save the injured one. While Harry is wrong to have panicked over the centaur because the Earth version of the species is peaceful, calling Twilight for help was still the right decision because the detention put the kids into danger by sending them into an off-limits area at night to hunt a creature that kills unicorns (which Harry is). Twilight tears into Dumbledore for this oversight, and has the soldiers guard the school until Voldemort's agent is apprehended.
  • Running Gag:
    • 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 Neville's tendency to accidentally create impossible potions in class.
    • Discord popping up and absolutely flooring humans with his abilities.
    • 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.
  • Seduction-Proof Marriage: Shining Armor's human form gets a lot of attention from the witches (and a few wizards), especially after he helped in the battle against the basilisk. He doesn't notice any of his admirers; after all, he's Happily Married to Princess Cadence.
  • Ship Tease: Between Harry and the CMC. However, because Harry's only eleven, he doesn't realize that some of the things he does with the fillies, Hermione, and Ginny could be seen as romantic. He finally realizes that he basically has five girlfriends at the very end of the first Book. He's the last person to know.
    • Sirius Black and Starlight Glimmer.
    • It's implied once or twice that Dumbledore might have a crush on Sunburst (though the two never seem to interact).
  • 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.
  • Sickeningly Sweet: Seeing ponies occasionally causes other characters to discuss this trope.
    ... watching Scootaloo and Ginny preen their feathers had made one wizard loudly proclaim that the ponies were going to give him diabetes.
  • 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.”
  • Sneeze Cut: A variation occurs when Vernon Dursley mentions that if he'd known how much trouble Harry was going to be, he'd have left the boy on the porch for the milkman. Cut to Colin and Dennis Creevey's milkman father having a sudden case of the shivers.
  • 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 adults (who might have been ''Imperious'd'' by Voldemorts' Followers seeking revenge on Harry) 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. Once the charm is canceled (and Dumbledore realizes how royally he messed up), the officials waste no time in making Twilight Sparkle Harry's legally-recognized guardian by both England and Equestria.
  • Someday This Will Come in Handy: Pinkie gives one of her hairs for a wand core, telling Mr. Olivander 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 the 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. Certainly a better fate than being stabbed through the roof of the mouth...
    • 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 Equestria 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. It's quickly shown how this way of thinking is better than the Wizarding World's, as to them magic is simply a way of making life easier and doesn't require a lot of thinking (hence why so many wizards have no logic whatsoever).
  • 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.
  • 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 Friendship: Celestia manages to earn Harry's trust by helping him eat his breakfast (as his hooves were both in casts). After this, he comes to realize that she doesn't mean him harm. He's still afraid of her, but this attitude fades the more time he spends in Equestria. By his second Hearth's Warming, he doesn't seem nervous in her presence at all (partially because she officiated Twilight's adoption of him).
  • 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!”
  • Thought-Aversion Failure:
    And no one knew where the twins were. Or what they were doing. It made Harry a bit nervous when he thought about that, so he tried not to think about it. It was a lot like trying not to think about an elephant.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Dumbledore, of a variety. While his motivations here are largely the same as they are in the books, and he truly doesn't mean any children at Hogwarts harm, his arrogance in this story is a bigger threat to his plans than anything any Death Eater ever did. His failure to check on Harry at any time when he was with the Durselys (relying on tracking charms that actually canceled each other out) led to the boy being beaten and abused for nearly eight years before he found his way to the portal shortly before his tenth birthday. Not only that, but even after meeting the Mane 6 and seeing the familial relationship Harry has with them, Dumbledore still doesn't realize what has happened until Twilight actually spells it out for him. To his credit, he clearly realizes his role in what happened and how he royally messed up his own plans, as Harry now seems to want nothing to do with Earth or the Wizarding World.
  • 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. Although Lin Yueshi happily takes care of the Durselys for them...
  • Trauma Button: Harry, when the Mane 6 and CMC move into the house in Little Whinging, seems to have a moment of this when he sees the door to the cupboard under the stairs. He knows he doesn't have to sleep there (he has his own bedroom in the house) but he still momentarily panics.
  • Troubled Child: Harry starts out as this, as the abuse he suffered was bad enough to leave him with a general fear/mistrust of adults, along with leaving him prone to panic attacks and giving him a few triggers. Luckily, fifteen months of unconditional love and support from Twilight, the Mane 6 and the CMC help him to become a happier, healthier individual.
  • 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.
    • Dumbledore, despite being a bit more open-minded than the average wizard, still underestimates Muggles and thinks them a little stupid. Cue Castor verbally slaying him at the ball.
  • 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?:
    • The guy who helps Dudley and his gang beat up Harry in chapter 1, despite being implied to have a large role in the story, hasn't been seen or heard of since.
    • Dudley disappears from the fic after his parents are arrested and he's taken by Child Services. It's mentioned during the Dursleys' trial, though, that Petunia will still be allowed to see Dudley while she's in prison.
    • Due to being Put on a Prison Bus, the Dursleys disappear after being found guilty at their trial.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: This most often happens to Dumbledore at points 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:
    • In chapter 9, Harry realizes that ponies see gemstones as merely shiny, crystalline rocks due to their abundance in Equestria.
    • Chapter 25 zigzags this by showcasing the importance of painite on both worlds to enhance certain magical effects for armor. While it's incredibly rare on Earth and the Goblins of Gringotts make high offers for the mineral so the Equestrians won't sell it to Muggle jewelers, it's quite commonplace in Equestria and Rarity rarely uses painite for her dresses since it can interfere with the wearer's spellcasting.
    • Aluminum is discovered to be incredibly rare in Equestria, with the small amount of the element present in Castor's daughter's fake jewelry being worth more than the family's yearly stipend from the Equestrian government. On Earth, aluminum is a commonly used and produced metal present in a wide variety of everyday goods.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!:
    • Word for word Harry's exact reaction to "Orchard Blossom".
    • Neville and Hermionie have this reaction to Harry referring to Cerberus, a scary guard dog, as cute.
    “Cute?” Hermione and Neville, echoed in patent disbelief. “Cute?” They looked as if they were afraid to ask if he was joking.
  • 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 managed to spread the story of Count Dracula of Wallachia to the Muggle world without breaking the Statute of Secrecy by publishing it as a work of fiction. The term "Renfield" is later appropriated by the Ministry of Magic to refer to individuals underneath the influence of vampires.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Umbridge hates 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: After everything he did for the Equestrians in Book 1, solicitor Lin Yueshi disappears in the first half of the story. He finally makes a reappearance in Chapter 28 of Book 2.
  • 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 spends the summer of 1992 as a Pegasus in Equestria, happily working a temporary job in a society without a blood purity system and being courted by several mares who think he's a Silver Fox. He and his cat Mrs. Norris have such a good time there, they want to stay there for the rest of their lives. After being treated like crap for most of his life for being unable to perform magic, it's hard to blame him. It takes Dumbledore 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 can retire.
    • Frank Bryce, the Riddle family's groundskeeper and World War II veteran who's falsely suspected to have murdered the Riddles years ago, is approached by Lin Yueshi and given a condominium in the Bahamas along with receiving payment for medical treatments 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 the diary horcrux.
    Harry, musing: Dark Magic wasn’t a nice toy. It felt dirty and, well, distasteful.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: When Harry finally learns that he had a piece of Voldemort's soul in his scar (which was destroyed by Tirek), he worries about how much of him is him and how much is a result of Tom Riddle's influence. He resolves to, from then on, never to do anything that feels/sounds like something the Dark Lord would do.
  • 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.
  • Happily Adopted: Due to her parents having died long ago and that her siblings never producing any Muggleborns for several generations, Myrtle Warrens has no connection with her original family. Because of her new friends the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Myrtle has effectively been adopted by Twilight Sparkle and is treated like her daughter.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Dolores Umbridge helped enforce and back laws that define a pureblood as someone with only pureblood parents or grandparents (meaning no muggles, muggle-borns, half-bloods, cursed beings, or non-humans going back two generations), and harshly punish anyone caught lying about their heritage. Thus, when it is revealed that Umbridge herself is a half-blood due to her mother being a Muggle, she is subject to the same penalties for lying about her parentage, meaning she's definitely going to Azkaban and will likely never regain anything approaching her previous position in the Ministry once she's released.
  • Irony: When Luna Lovegood gets turned into a pony her coat and hair are the blue and bronze of Ravenclaw. Her transformation leads to her getting sorted into Gryffindor instead, making the color combination unfitting.
  • Killed Off for Real: Gregory Goyle loses 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Gilderoy Lockhart accidentally outs himself when he tries to reveal Goyle as possessed, as Tom-in-Goyle's-body knew what he was doing and attacked Lockhart before using compulsive charms to make Malfoy and Crabbe cave in the ceiling. His lack of ability in the crisis (paired with what Hermione and Dumbledore had discovered about his books) utterly destroys his reputation. At least he kept his memories this time.
  • Light 'em Up: Luna Lovegood reveals that Crystal Ponies (who in Equestria lack a Unicorn 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: Voldemort is unaware that his status as a half-blood has been made public, he won't be able to acquire the funds he once had, and his support base is most likely gone.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • In chapter 12, several ponies want to have a closer look at the Great Hall's enchanted ceiling, but flying in that room is against the rules. They work around this by using levitation spells on the serving dishes to lift themselves up, as doing that's never been explicitly forbidden.
    • 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.
  • Noodle Incident: Mention is made of "The Great Toothpaste War".
  • Obvious Rule Patch: Chapter 9 introduces a rule that students must be fully clothed outside of the dorms. It is immediately followed by addendums that students must be wearing clothes when not in their dorms' bathrooms and that they can't attend class in Animagus form to get around it.
  • Oddly Small Organization: Celestia realizes there are too few Muggleborn students attending Hogwarts post-Wizarding War. She believes the cause is an undiscovered Voldemort supporter at the Ministry of Magic passing information about muggleborns accidentally using magic to free Death Eaters, which is found to have some truth when Death Eater robes that were worn within the last decade are discovered in the homes of several Ministry employees that either weren't previously known to have a connection to the organization or claimed they were under mind control during the war.
  • 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.
  • 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.