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Knowledge is Power by robst (author of In This World and the Next) follows the story of Harry Potter and Hermione Granger (but mostly the former) as they get sent back in time by the ghosts of Harry’s parents when the ceiling of the Ministry of Magic falls on them at the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Although it was undergoing a rewrite with the new version being called Taking the P I S S, the incomplete re-write has been deleted. A second rewrite, Proud Parents was started in 2018, a “re-imagining” according to the author. It starts at the same moment, but instead of time travel the ghosts of James and Lily appear to Harry and Hermione after the Dementor attack accidentally destroys the Horcrux in Harry’s head early.

Knowledge Is Power contains examples of:

  • Argentina Is Nazi-Land: The Death Eaters go into exile in Argentina, in possibly one of the strangest invocations of this trope ever.
  • Badass Normal: Hermione’s parents may be Muggles, but they’re deadly with firearms.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Many words are spent on how ugly the antagonists are (as well as how beautiful the male leads’ wives and girlfriends are). Notably, Millicent’s shift from rapist to love interest (in a “Humour/Romance” fic!) is accompanied by her working out and losing weight.
  • Blackmail: Apparently, this is how the young Tom Riddle got Slughorn to teach him Dark magic: he’d caught him molesting a second-year boy. Yes, in a “Humour/Romance” fic.
  • Card-Carrying Villain:
    • The Weasleys and Dumbledore, whose motivations are shallow at best and completely unexplored at worst.
    • Voldemort and the Death Eaters take this to a ludicrous extreme by actually Scoring Points based on how many captives they torture, although that may have been a metaphor.
  • Chickification:
    • Hermione doesn’t do a great deal in the fic. Hell, her own mother is actually a bigger Action Girl than she is, despite having crippling emotional problems and still being poorly written.
    • Luna gets very little dialogue and even less action, to the extent that one reviewer suggested she could be replaced with a desk lamp (a reference to this article on female characters in comics) and none of the readers would have noticed.
  • Covers Always Lie: The header says “Humour/Romance”, but there isn’t much of either.
  • Deus ex Machina: There isn’t really any other way to describe Harry and Hermione being sent into the past by the ghosts of James and Lily after a ceiling falls on them.
  • Exposition Intuition:
    • Harry and Hermione seem to know what Horcruxes are despite having gone back in time before the events of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In fact James and Lily explain it to them in the afterlife, but one could blink and miss it.
    • Also having gone back in time before HBP, Harry shouldn't know who Slughorn is nor his significance to Voldemort’s backstory. This is explained as him having access to Voldemort’s memories, which isn’t mentioned until that point.
  • Fat Bastard: Every overweight character (see Beauty Equals Goodness) but especially Slughorn and pre-redemption Millicent.
  • Forced Transformation: Voldemort gets turned into a squirrel, thanks to Lord Potter substituting a squirrel bone in the resurrection spell.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Harry starts a new wizarding school and calls it the “Potter Institute for Sorcery and Spells.
  • Gold Digger: The Weasleys here are only interested in Harry so they can get their hands on his Gringotts vault, despite being far too proud to take his money in canon even when he offers it freely.
  • Gorn: As in In This World and the Next, some of the death scenes fall into this, notably Gregory Goyle, Senior.
  • Gratuitous Rape: Apparently, it’s standard practice for Voldemort and the Death Eaters. Of course it is.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Absolutely everyone in the story flies off the handle at the slightest provocation. The only real difference between the heroes and the villains is that the former get away with it and the latter just shoot themselves in the foot by doing it.
  • Scoring Points: The Death Eaters apparently have “Death Eater points” earned from torturing people for the Dark Lord’s amusement. What form these take is never made clear.