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Hagrid: What is this about trusting the wrong man? Thought you're the secret-keeper?
Sirius: Originally, yes. However, I convinced James and Lily that someone totally unexpected would be better. I should have listened to them, but I thought myself so smart. I convinced them to switch the duty to Peter...
Hagrid: You say...?
Sirius: Hagrid, fly towards Hogwarts. I need to meet with Dumbledore as fast as possible. I have to tell him everything... I'll even insist on Aurors und under Veritaserum. No way I want Peter to get away with what he did. I want everyone to know of his crime.
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The Chosen Six is a Harry Potter fanfic by Tribun. It's written in the author's usual style of deconstructing and lampshading plot points of the original, while at the same time creating a believable alternate universe.

The story begins on the night that Harry's parents are killed. Sirius Black realizes that he has a responsibility towards Harry as Harry's godfather, and thus does not go after Peter Pettigrew. Besides the domino-effect of changes this causes, Pettigrew himself never becomes a rat living with the Weasleys, and instead knows he has to atone to Voldemort, or feel his wrath, thus setting out to find him. While these two events sound simple, they have far-reaching consequences, not even counting that something had to have changed many years earlier, considering, the non-magical government of the United Kingdom seems to be planning something.

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Harry over the following years grows up in a relatively normal childhood in a suburb of London, in the care of a couple that are an offshoot of the Evans family and with Sirius and Remus close by. However, in the middle of the ever-growing changes that happen in this universe compared to the one we know, a prophecy is made. The "Chosen Six" will rise one day, and take up the battle against Voldemort and defeat him once and for all.

The author has also written Going Another Way and No Chance for Fate.


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This fanfic provides examples of:

  • The '80s: Since the story starts in that decade and stays in it for quite a while, events and pop culture of that decade do appear.
  • Ace Custom: The father of Sirius's Muggle girlfriend is impressed to learn that Sirius custom-made his motorbike by himself.
  • Accidental Athlete: Invoked but basically defied; while Harry is still offered a position on the Gryffindor Quidditch team after the initial broomstick training session, he insists that other people get a chance to try out so that it doesn't look like he's being given special treatment.
  • Adaptation Deviation: As part of Dumbledore's reforms, Snape is required to teach Hogwarts NEWT students who score at least an E in their OWLs and becomes the school's unofficial Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher for fifth years and up.
  • Adaptation Species Change:
    • Dora's Patronus is a chameleon. In canon, it was a jackrabbit that later changed into a wolf.
    • Harry's Patronus takes the shape of a fox instead of a stag.
    • Ron has a bulldog Patronus instead of a Jack Russell terrier Patronus.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Unlike in canon, Snape isn't respected by the Slytherins, as pure-bloods tend to see him as a traitor and thus tell their children not to trust him. Additionally, due to only teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts to fifth years and up and Potions to NEWT students, he has limited contact with Harry and his friends during their first few years at Hogwarts, generally only observing them from afar. This, combined with having been called out by Dumbledore over his poor behavior as a teacher, ironically leads to him having a slightly less antagonistic relationship with them; though they still don't like each other, Snape is at least willing to concede that Harry is not James, and the Six have a higher opinion of Snape due to not having suffered from his unprofessionalism.
    • After a year-long apprenticeship, Trelawney begins acting more professionally and sheds her theatrical teaching methods, which are hinted to have focused on fraudulent forms of divination. As a result, she isn't at all close to Lavender Brown and Parvati Patil, as the latter two refuse to accept that the stereotypical divination practices they're familiar with are in fact phony.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • The Patronus Charm and by extension everyone capable of casting one. In canon, the only creatures that are confirmed to be affected by the Patronus Charm are Dementors and Lethifolds, and even then, the charm can only repel the creatures and is incapable of killing them. The Chosen Six has it so that the Patronus Charm is capable of killing Dementors and can seemingly harm any creature who has committed enough crimes to be considered "evil", including Fenrir and his pack for their numerous crimes.
    • Thanks to a Dementor attacking him and Harry earlier than in canon, Dudley's latent magic ends up being awoken, and he goes on to attend Hogwarts to learn to control it.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Many people appear much earlier than they do in the books.
    • In canon, Harry met Ron, Hermione, and Neville in his first year at Hogwarts; Ginny (properly) in his second; and Luna only in his fifth. Here, he meets all of them two years before entering Hogwarts, and they all have appearances in the story even earlier.
    • In canon, Sirius and Lupin were introduced in the third book, while here, they are important characters right from the very start.
    • Barty, Sr. makes his first appearance when the Lestranges and his son are being tried instead of in the fourth book. Soon afterwards, Winky is seen after Barty, Jr. is smuggled out of Azkaban, much earlier than her canonical first appearance during the Quidditch World Cup in the fourth book.
    • Rita Skeeter is mentioned, though not named, after the trial of the Lestranges and is mentioned again a couple of times near the end of second year. Her first actual appearance is during the re-opening ceremony of the Chamber of Secrets in third year instead of the Triwizard Tournament in fourth year.
    • Nymphadora Tonks (Dora here) in canon had her first appearance in book five, while here, her first appearance is right after the trial of the Lestranges. The same goes for her parents, who in canon were only seen in book seven.
    • Horace Slughorn does not appear until Harry's sixth year in canon, whereas here, after coming out of retirement, he is already a Head of House by Harry's first year.
    • Narcissa's first appearance is at the trial of the Lestranges instead of the Quidditch World Cup, which happened in book four. Similarly, Lucius made his first canon appearance in book two, whereas his first appearance here is immediately after the death of Walburga Black, when Sirius becomes the Head of the House of Black and informs Narcissa that she and Draco are cut off from any inheritance.
    • Many antagonists appear earlier here, though they then disappear again until later chapters for obvious reasons. Pettigrew, the Lestranges, the Carrows, and Barty, Jr. all appear in the first two chapters, while in canon, they were only introduced in later years.
    • Umbridge in canon shows up for the first time during Harry's fifth year as one of Fudge's minions. Here, she instead first appears in Harry's second year at the Ministry when Barty, Sr. is presenting his plans for the Triwizard Tournament to Fudge.
    • Fenrir Greyback is officially mentioned and introduced in the sixth book. Here, he is instead mentioned early on by Remus, appears at the end of Harry's second year, and takes on the role of main antagonist for his third year.
    • Fleur makes a slightly earlier appearance at the World Cup instead of shortly after the Beauxbatons delegation arrives at Hogwarts.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Downplayed for Bagman, who is still irresponsible and completely incompetent at his job. However, he's more careful about rigging the competition in favor of his preferred Champion, making sure to at least appear impartial as a judge by giving everyone fair scores like the rest of the judging panel, with the exception of Karkaroff. In canon, he gave Harry a perfect score in the First Task, despite Harry having gotten injured and making mistakes.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: It's implied that rather than just altering their memories so he can claim their accomplishments as his own, Lockhart instead put his victims in vegetative states with his Memory Charms, as he tries to do the same to Harry, Ron, Neville, and Dudley once they learn how he's been stealing credit from others.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Due to him being the Weasley who got attacked by Fenrir instead of Bill, Percy loses any opportunities to work for the Ministry post-graduation and is instead working at Hogwarts' administration.
  • Adaptational Karma:
    • Draco often encounters retribution for things he got away with in canon, including taking off on his broomstick during flying class while Madam Hooch was gone, stealing Neville's Remembrall, calling Hermione a slur, disobeying Hagrid's instructions in Care of Magical Creatures, and exaggerating an injury to get Hagrid in trouble.
    • Pansy tends to team up with Draco and thus gets punished alongside him, whereas her canon self rarely received comeuppance for her frequent bullying antics.
    • Downplayed for Lockhart. In canon, he's permanently hospitalized at St. Mungo's and soon forgotten by most of the public after getting his memory erased, though he's actually happier that way and never has his crimes revealed to the public. Here, he's reduced to a vegetative state and quickly becomes a pariah after everyone learns he's been stealing credit from others by wiping their memories.
    • Unlike her canon self, who ultimately remained a successful writer and never got properly punished for spying on countless people and ruining their reputations with lies, Rita Skeeter's been sued for defamation so many times that by third year, most newspapers refuse to publish her articles, limiting her to writing mainly for lifestyle magazines. She then gets caught trespassing on Hogwarts premises and is forced to pay a large fine, which, in addition to the various lawsuits she's lost, reduces her to living in a rented attic. This results in her missing out on seeing the Champions being selected for the Triwizard Tournament, something she considers the opportunity of a lifetime.
    • Ludo is shown facing more consequences for his unethical behavior and incompetence, such as getting called out for trying to collect sports bets from underage children and being in hot water with the Ministry over not reporting Bertha Jorkins's disappearance.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • In canon, Millicent Bulstrode is a fierce and brutish bully. Here, she is insecure, kind, and less prejudiced than the other Slytherins. She becomes friends with Daphne and Dudley and even acts pleasantly towards Hermione, Luna, and Neville.
    • Downplayed with Colin Creevey. He was never a jerk in canon, but he did often annoy Harry with his fanboy antics. Here, due to having met Harry at Remus's magical preschool, he knows that Harry doesn't enjoy being treated like a celebrity and is thus much more respectful of Harry's privacy.
    • Downplayed with Snape, who is fairer and more professional than his canon self, thanks in part due to Dumbledore calling him out on his previous behavior and in part of being happier with his lot on Hogwarts (finally getting the DADA teacher position he craved so much, even if it's unofficial to avoid the curse).
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. Canonically, it's never shown that Dementors can be killed, and the only known defense against them is the Patronus Charm. Here, the Patronus Charm is among a handful of ways Dementors can be killed, though they are otherwise just as dangerous.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Two Slytherin students bought a pair of werewolf disguises to prank some first years. Then, while drunk out of their gourds, they decided to also sabotage the Gryffindor-Ravenclaw Quidditch match. End result: over thirty injured students, and the two Slytherins who thought up the idea are expelled.
  • Alternate Universe: While the fic presents itself as a For Want of a Nail regarding Sirius deciding not to confront Peter Pettigrew, there are also many other changes totally unretaled to this divergence, such as the British Government (beyond the Prime Minister) being aware of the magical world and keeping a close eye to it, Petunia's cousin and his wife (both nonexistent in canon) moving to Surrey, Greyback's attack on Hogwarts in retaliation of Umbridge's anti-werewolf laws, Barty Crouch Sr. turning down Ludo Bagman's suggestions for the canon tasks of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, and Harry not being entered on said tournament since Barty Crouch Jr. convinced Voldemort to drop his original plan to get Harry for the sake of something less convoluted.
  • All Your Powers Combined: During the werewolf attack on Hogwarts, the Chosen Six learn that they can essentially combine their Patroni to create a single powerful form that is larger than any individual Patronus and thus more capable of fighting off evil werewolves.
  • Amazonian Beauty: What Millicent sees herself as when she looks in the Mirror of Erised. Given what the mirror does, it's clear this is how she wants to look when she grows up.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: The best description of the discovery that Dudley Dursley is a wizard.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Many students cheer when Snape blows Lockhart off the stage with a Disarming Charm during Duelling Club. Bear in mind that none of the students, not even the Slytherins, like Snape here.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Sirius unwittingly gives Kreacher one when he goes to examine the Black family tapestry, wondering out loud why, if his family valued it so much, they constantly vandalized it by blasting members off. Downplayed in that Kreacher seems to have already been aware of mental instability running in the Black family, though he refuses to outright say it and still struggles slightly to not react to Sirius's question.
    • When Dumbledore tries to help Moaning Myrtle, the ghost states that she returned so that she could torment Olive Hornby and make her pay for her bullying, which drove Myrtle to lock herself in the bathroom and ultimately led to her death. He then asks her if she truly blames Olive Hornby for her death and if Olive Hornby remained a bully after discovering Myrtle's corpse in the bathroom. Myrtle reluctantly admits that her death wasn't truly Olive Hornby's fault and that after coming across Myrtle's dead body, Olive became quiet and withdrawn, rather like Myrtle herself had been before her death. Realizing to her horror that she gave up her chance to rest in peace and condemned herself to her miserable existence just to terrorize someone who didn't deserve it, she becomes committed to bettering herself so as to not keep driving people away.
    • A minor but important one; Bill cuts off Fred and George teasing Ron about his relationship with Hermione by pointing out that the twins aren't in a position to tease Ron about a possible girlfriend when neither of them has had a serious relationship throughout their time at Hogwarts.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: How Draco's attempt to invoke Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! against Moody backfires:
    Draco: Do you even know who my father is?
    Moody: Oh yes, I do. After all, I'm the reason why a number of his buddies are cooling their heels in Azkaban.
  • Ascended Extra: Does happen in the story.
    • The biggest one is possibly Dudley Dursley. In canon, he only shows up at the beginning of each book and has a limited role. Here, a Dementor attack unlocks his latent magic, meaning that he goes to Hogwarts as well, taking up the role of a major supporting character. He becomes the first Muggle-born student to be sorted in Slytherin in decades and makes friends with Daphne Greengrass and Millicent Bulstrode.
    • Mark Evans was just a short mention in one of the books as one of Dudley's bullying targets. He's pretty much Harry's younger brother in anything but blood, here.
    • Pansy Parkinson in canon was just a background character that only appeared a handful of times. Here, she is Draco's equal as the student-antagonist from Slytherin.
    • Millicent Bulstrode was a very minor antagonist in the books. Here, she is one of Dudley's friends and a fellow Slytherin.
    • Daphne Greengrass is a very obscure character within canon, getting only a brief mention. Here, like with many fanfics featuring the character, her role is increased where she is friends with Millicent and Dudley.
  • Authority in Name Only: A minor example of this; the twins note that Charlie Weasley let Oliver Wood make the pre-game speeches the previous year as Charlie himself was a good player but bad at inspiring others.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • Diane makes it clear that she considers the Firebolt this, comparing purchasing it to the idea of buying a racecar for daily driving. Harry and his friends quickly agree with her and stop thinking about buying one.
    • When Ludo Bagman suggests using dragons in the Triwizard Tournament, Barty, Sr. immediately points out how dangerous that would be for both the Champions and the audience, citing how a cockatrice getting loose and going on a rampage in the last Tournament led to the event being cancelled for centuries.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: How Greyback discovers the tunnel connecting the Shrieking Shack to Hogwarts: after checking all the mentions of "hauntings", he realizes they fit with full moon days, and sends someone to check the place, figuring out that a werewolf attended Hogwarts and used the Shack to avoid attacking people.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: It appears that Binns only kept teaching after his death because he never realised he was dead; once Dumbledore has a chance to confront him about the issue, he passes on relatively peacefully.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Stefan spends most of his time at Hogwarts complaining about how he doesn't want to be there and wishing the Ministry would stop forcing him to attend. He finally gets his wish near the end of his third year, with Umbridge showing up to arrest him and other students who were infected by Fenrir Greyback's pack, though Dumbledore fortunately manages to whisk the students and their parents off to Germany for asylum before then.
  • Benevolent Boss: Surprisingly, Fenrir Greyback appears to be this; when one member of his pack questions his recent tactics by organising multiple random attacks, Greyback replies "No questions are stupid" and explains that his goal was to draw attention away from his main target.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • According to Theodore Nott, Slughorn is not someone a student would want to anger, so Draco might as well prepare for his own funeral if he intends to harm Dudley.
    • Andromeda Tonks and Sirius Black are considered to be the White Sheep of the Black family, both being very kind and lacking the rest of the family's views about blood purity. However, anger either one of them enough, and they quickly show they have as much power and determination as any Black. Hermione even remarks how scary Andromeda can be when reading the latter's condemnation of the Hogwarts Board of Governors' decision to not purchase Mandrake extract to revive the Petrified students.
    • Despite his typically easygoing nature, Dumbledore is capable of being utterly ruthless to those he feels deserves it, including Lockhart for wasting his students' time with his idiocy.
    • Diane is normally very kind, but nobody who knows her dares cross her when she enters police-mode. She's also more than capable of putting bigots like the Malfoys in their place.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Luna shuts Draco up with a well-deserved slap to the face when the latter insults Neville.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Dobby's attempt to keep Harry out of Hogwarts by sending a letter claiming that Harry's guardians are withdrawing him from Hogwarts is easily identified as a fake because Dobby has little experience of writing in proper English and the handwriting is an obvious forgery.
    • For obvious reasons, Remus and Sirius immediately recognize Lockhart's claims of how he fought a werewolf - body-slamming it, holding it down with one hand, and zapping it back to human form - as this.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality:
    • Invoked when Harry and his friends discuss a Deathday Party with Nick, prompting Nick to realise that a party designed for the dead wouldn't really be of particular interest for the living.
    • Taken even further when the Malfoys and Parkinsons show more objection to their children being punished for casting dangerous spells on Harry and Hermione, respectively, in second year than their "pranks" in first year, as they consider it acceptable to do something like that to a blood-traitor and a muggle-born, but the early pranks were just careless displays of power.
  • Boom, Headshot!: When Voldemort leaves Quirrell's body, he basically "explodes" out of the back of Quirrell's head in a manner comparable to a gunshot.
  • Born-Again Immortality: The ritual that gave Voldemort his initial "body" at the start of Goblet is presented as requiring him and his followers to sacrifice a pregnant woman so that Voldemort's spirit can possess and twist the baby to be his new host.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: When Quirrell uses the Cruciatus Curse on Hermione, she is described as briefly losing bladder control.
  • Broken Masquerade:
    • In chapter 7, Sirius tells Diane about magic. And she's mostly worried about the Parental Abuse he suffered as a child.
    • In Chapter 20, Mark Evans and Sirius's twins are first told about magic after witnessing Dobby.
  • Broken Pedestal: When the children learn that Lockhart is the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Molly and Hermione in particular lose their respect for Lockhart when Lupin draws their attention to the more blatant holes in Lockhart's claims, such as the impossibility of him holding his own against a werewolf with his bare hands.
  • The Bully: Due to being set in a school setting - even before Hogwarts - there are a number of them.
    • Dudley and his faithful gang of Piers, Dennis, Malcolm and Gordon of course are canon examples and also appear here, and it's shown what "Harry Hunting" involves - and worse. Once Dudley wises up, the gang is dissolved.
    • Hermione is bullied by several girls in primary school. Named is Eloise Greene, who spills ink over one of Hermione's books.
    • Draco of course is a canon example, but here he gets help from Pansy Parkinson, who pretty much becomes Draco's equal partner when it comes to antagonizing the Gryffindors.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: When Lucius pleads with Voldemort to forgive him for inadvertently destroying his diary and not seeking him out after his death, Voldemort gives it, citing this trope and finding death to be too light as a punishment as the main reasons for Lucius being spared.
  • Closest Thing We Got: Dumbledore makes it clear that he was basically forced to hire Lockhart because the already-low reputation of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher took a further knock after Quirrell's death, preventing them from even looking into their standard candidates for the role, meaning that Lockhart was Dumbledore's only choice unless he wanted to give the Ministry a chance to step in.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: It's never described what exactly Bellatrix, Rodolphus and Rabastan did to Frank and Alice Longbottom. However, judging from the aftermath - even after already intense medical help - it's perhaps best not to know.
  • Comically Small Bribe: Played for Drama when the Irish Quidditch Team's Leprechaun mascots shower the entire Quidditch World Cup Stadium with Leprechaun gold, which many know is fake and vanishes after a short while. A riot nearly breaks out due to anger at the Irish Team trying to bribe the audience for support.
  • Cranky Neighbor: The Dursleys to pretty much all of Privet Drive. The Dursleys themselves, contrary to all proof, believe Sirius and Remus to be this.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: During their defense of Gryffindor Tower, Harry has the weird idea of having Ginny touch her wand to his while his Patronus is out. The moment she does, the Patronus morphs into a fox/horse combo that becomes much stronger, so he prompts the other Chosen Six to do the same. The resulting Patronus combination quickly throws Greyback and the werewolves that are still alive through the common room's door and prevents them from entering.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In addition to drawing an Age Line around the Goblet, Dumbledore also arranges for two Aurors to stand guard inside the Age Line at all times and inspect every slip of paper before it's put into the Goblet to make sure it matches the name of the student submitting it. For further protection, he also makes sure the Goblet will not allow someone to submit a name other than their own.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Slytherin team soon realize that the Nimbus 2001s are only really useful as Seeker brooms, as they focus on speed above all else, whereas the other positions require more adaptable brooms (it's also noted that professional League brooms can be more easily adjusted for different roles).
  • Death by Adaptation: Barty Crouch, Sr. is murdered by Voldemort during Harry's third year, a year earlier than in canon. Winky is also killed in the same attack.
  • Death by Irony: Walburga Black probably would have survived her heart attack, if not for all the obstacles the Healers had to overcome to reach her - obstacles she herself installed in her paranoia. By the time they finally reach her, she's dead and can't be revived.
  • Demoted to Extra: Since Snape only teaches students from fifth year and up, Harry and his friends don't have to deal with him, so his presence in the story is much smaller.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Dudley is far too eager to go after Harry once he feels a suitable amount of time has passed since his last attempt to attack Harry, ignoring how he would still be the obvious suspect for any adults involved.
    • During the troll attack, Dumbledore, realizing the Slytherin and Hufflepuff dorms are too close to where the troll apparently is, tells those two Houses to stay in the Great Hall. Rather than just having all the students hunker down in the Great Hall until the troll has been dealt with, though, he still orders the Prefects to escort the Gryffindors and Ravenclaws back to their dorms. The result is that the Six's group ends up running into the troll while on their way to their tower.
    • It didn't seem to occur to Draco that Hagrid might try to get rid of the dragon he'd illegally hatched to avoid repercussions. Thus, rather than immediately reporting Hagrid after he discovers the dragon, Draco decides to wait a few days for the dragon to grow and thus give Hagrid more of a headache over trying to hide it, during which Hagrid succeeds in smuggling said dragon out of Hogwarts and disposing of any remaining evidence.
    • Draco and Lucius buy seven Nimbus 2001 brooms for the Slytherin Quidditch team simply because it's the newest, fastest non-professional model broom to have been manufactured. They, along with the rest of the Slytherin team, fail to consider that while a broom that prioritizes speed above everything else is ideal for a Seeker, other Quidditch positions require brooms that focus more on factors like reaction time for Keepers and maneuverability for Chasers. After their first match with their new Nimbus 2001s, the rest of the Slytherin team agree they were better off with their old brooms, and Marcus Flint chews Draco out for giving them such a bad deal.
    • Rita Skeeter decides to sneak into Hogwarts for the opening ceremony for the restored Chamber of Secrets and tries to get an interview with Harry, ignoring (or perhaps just not caring) how she would almost certainly quickly be caught and that Dumbledore would've likely taken extra measures to make sure Harry Potter doesn't get harassed due to his fame.
    • After Draco complains to Narcissa about getting attacked by a Niffler (because he ignored Hagrid's clear instructions on what to do), Narcissa pressures the Ministry to send an official to inspect Hagrid's classes, with the clear aim of getting him fired at the first excuse. Rather than let Hagrid wallow in his misery, Draco decides to deliberately ignore instructions again in the next class, on Kneazles, and when he is naturally attacked by the creature, he attempts to play up the small scratch like it were a grievous injury. The official manages to get Hagrid hauled before a judge, whereupon Hagrid's barrister quickly makes a fool out of Draco by proving that his injuries were trivial and caused by his own stupidity.
    • Ludo Bagman is prone to this:
      • During the planning stages of the Triwizard Tournament, Ludo proposes the canon tasks. His ideas are immediately shot down by Barty Crouch, Sr., who points out how holding the Second Task and Third Task in the Black Lake and a hedge maze, respectively, would prevent anyone from even seeing the Champions. Moreover, using dragons in the First Task would pose a serious safety risk to not just the Champions but also everyone else present, given the Tournament was originally discontinued after a cockatrice got loose and attacked the judges.
      • He's caught completely flat-footed when Sirius and Diane angrily call him out for trying to get the Weasley boys to gamble on the World Cup finals. Apparently, it never occurred to him that people might object to him soliciting sports bets from minors.
      • Ludo's poor planning leads to there not being enough translators present at the Quidditch World Cup finals. He also approves of the Veela and Leprechaun mascots and their respective pre-game displays, failing to foresee the riot potential of Veelas effortlessly seducing men and Leprechauns bribing the audience with fake gold.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • The werewolf/HIV analogy of the original series is made even more explicit when Lupin reveals his condition to a class and Hermione compares the initial reaction to the way people on her parents' street treated a man with a condition that is clearly intended to be HIV.
    • Greyback's intentions towards Harry are (per Word of God) meant to evoke a child molester.
  • Don't Create a Martyr: Sirius explicitly tells Greyback he won't kill him to avoid giving werewolves like him a martyr to rally behind.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Vernon and Petunia both assume that Millicent can't be a witch just because she called them on the telephone, incapable of considering that a witch could learn how to use one even with Lily as a precedent.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Grindelwald did some research into possible means of immortality, but even at his worst, he rejected the idea of using Horcruxes, finding it horrifying and being genuinely disturbed when his magic sensed Voldemort creating them. He's also repulsed by Dementors, their ability to suck out people's souls, as well as the British Ministry's use of them as Azkaban guards (Dementors are noticeably absent from Nurmengard, the prison Grindelwald built to hold his own enemies).
    • Lucius Malfoy of all people is the first to call out Fudge's plan to have Dementors guard Hogwarts from werewolves, telling him that it would just put the students in even more danger. In addition, even Lucius is disgusted by how sycophantic Umbridge is towards Fudge.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Snape favors Slytherin over the other Houses and dislikes Gryffindors in particular. Nevertheless, his biases do have their limits:
      • He begrudgingly praises Bill Weasley when the latter succeeds in brewing a potion perfectly. Moreover, a Slytherin student in the same class messes up her potion so badly that even Snape vanishes the entire thing for being an unsalvageable.
      • During the first Duelling Club meeting, Snape is quite angered when Pansy casts a spell during her duel with Hermione that causes the latter's teeth to grow out of control; he warns Pansy that Hermione could have died or been permanently injured. He's similarly outraged when Draco later summons a snake during a duel with Harry, as it causes a mass panic in the crowd due to the school still being on edge after the Basilisk attacked Colin.
    • The Marauders were bullies in their teenage years and pulled pranks that were sometimes downright cruel and even dangerous, but they drew the line at Muggle-baiting.
    • Despite Petunia's dislike of magic, after learning that Dudley has magic himself, she acknowledges that he does need to get an education in his magic so that he doesn't hurt himself or others.
    • Though he would never admit it, even Kreacher realizes how mentally unstable numerous members of the Black family were.
    • Slughorn recruits promising students into the Slug Club, hoping to reap the rewards of their future success by showing them favoritism during their Hogwarts years. Yet despite his calculating personality, there are red lines he won't cross.
      • He observes that while Draco is from a wealthy family, Draco himself isn't good at connecting with others and lacks the drive to achieve success on his own. This, combined with the fact that Draco shares his family's fanatical views, results in Slughorn deciding against recruiting him into the Slug Club.
      • Similarly, Slughorn later makes it clear that he never pursued Lockhart when he was at Hogwarts because Lockhart showed no talent or connections that would make him worth cultivating as a future contact, to the extent that Slughorn is legitimately puzzled at how he's done so well now.
      • When he learns about Lucius Malfoy endangering children to boost his own political standing, Slughorn expresses nothing but blatant disgust at such ruthlessness, as every connection Slughorn makes benefits both parties rather than just himself.
      • It is for similar reasons that he never sought Narcissa or Bellatrix, either: he could easily tell that the former was All Take and No Give and could sense the latter's incipient madness.
      • While he's committed to helping students learn, Crabbe and Goyle are so dense that even he gives up on them.
    • Luna often behaves strangely and tends to blurt out odd theories about magical creatures, though even she finds claims made in a book on the Bermuda Triangle to be outlandish and realizes that the generic daily horoscopes in newspapers are rubbish.
      • While she has a strong interest in unusual magical flora and fauna and doesn't even mind Bubotubers, she still finds Mandrakes unpleasant like everyone else does (with the exception of Neville, who excels at Herbology).
      • She's visibly shocked that Lockhart's first quiz consists entirely of questions about himself that don't have anything to do with Defense Against the Dark Arts, losing her typical aloofness and outright calling it a mockery.
      • She's also horrified by Lockhart's Valentine's Day decorations, which traumatize her so much that seeing Madam Puddifoot's a few months later causes her to relapse.
    • During the Gryffindor vs. Slytherin match in second year, Daphne and Millicent support Gryffindor rather than their own House because even Dudley doesn't approve of Malfoy's bribe to get on the team, despite the fact that his friends are now technically "against" him (with his blessing).
    • When Harry lends Dudley his invisibility cloak to help him spy on Draco, Harry notes that, even at his worst, Dudley has never been a thief, justifying why he isn't worried that Dudley will steal the cloak.
    • Dumbledore is explicitly noted as being a kind man unless someone truly earns his ire, with a cited example being Lockhart due to the sheer scale of his incompetence.
    • Flourish and Blotts is willing to put up with the hassle of selling animated, biting books that need to be regularly stroked to prevent them from ripping each other apart. However, the bookstore flat out refused to stock up on books that were invisible.
    • Even Hermione considers History of Magic to be a bit boring and repetitive. Moreover, she feels this way when the course is taught by Professor Rogers, who for all his faults is still agreed to be much less boring than Professor Binns was.
    • Rita Skeeter is so infamous for writing lie-filled stories that she's been virtually blacklisted by most newspapers, including The Daily Prophet, which is far from a paragon of journalistic integrity. This is more out of pragmatism, however, as it's mentioned that Rita has racked up numerous costly lawsuits with her libel.
      • Likewise, Xenophilius regularly publishes bizarre conspiracy theories and wild guesses in The Quibbler, but even he would never touch Rita's articles.
    • Conservative members of MI-X originally sympathized with some of the British Ministry's stances, particularly those towards non-human species. However, over time, even they grew disgusted by the growing fascism and Fantastic Racism in the Ministry.
    • Ravenclaws pride themselves on their intelligence, but many of them still get sick and tired of always having to solve a riddle just to enter their dorm.
    • Durmstrang Institute is very controversial due to its refusal to admit Muggle-borns and inclusion of the Dark Arts in its curriculum. Parents who are fine with these policies withdrawing their children from the school due to Igor Karkaroff being the headmaster thus speaks volumes about how unpleasant a person he is.
    • Pansy Parkinson's a bully, but even she sees Witch Weekly as a gossip rag full of useless drivel that's beneath her.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: While it may be a bit extreme to consider Petunia "evil," it is explicitly noted that she never realized that Lily didn't consider herself "better" than Petunia just because she and her son were magical and Petunia and Dudley weren't, to the extent that Petunia regards Dudley having magic as a sign that she's "beaten" her sister.
  • Evil Is Petty: Skeeter writes particularly lurid articles on Fenrir Greyback's attack on Hogwarts and to get back at Dumbledore for banning her from Hogwarts. She then writes similarly sensationalist articles about the Six, hoping to hurt both Dumbledore by defaming his students and the Six for criticizing her for her poor journalism.
  • Exact Words: Walburga Black orders Kreacher to "get help" when she experiences a heart attack. Since Kreacher is required to obey his masters' orders, he's forced to try and bring healers from St. Mungo's inside the house past all the wards meant to keep intruders out instead of just taking Walburga to St. Mungo's. By the time they finally reach her, it's too late for them to revive her.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Harry's use of Protego Maxima to reflect the Basilisk's gaze back on itself creates a feedback loop as the Basilisk is transfixed by its own gaze, culminating in its eyes exploding despite the Basilisk surviving the "attack".
    • Greyback loses his left eye to Remus during the former's attack on Hogwarts.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Rita Skeeter tried to be an honest journalist at first, only to abandon those ideals after becoming convinced that she had to be unscrupulous to succeed.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Because the Ministry only monitors people magically entering the United Kingdom, Fenrir Greyback and his pack are able to sneak into the country by taking a fishing trawler from the French coast after killing the crew. Likewise, they're later able to break into Hogwarts by using the hidden passageway connecting the Shrieking Shack and the Whomping Willow, which nobody thought to block off.
    • When Umbridge tries to arrest Remus for not informing the Ministry of his lycanthropy, Frank Longbottom informs her that Remus had registered his condition with the Ministry back in 1980, and that she can't arrest Remus simply because no one at the Ministry bothered to check his files.
  • Fair-Weather Friend: Many of Percy's friends and acquaintances begin avoiding him after he’s permanently scarred by an untransformed Fenrir Greyback.
  • False Confession: At one point during the First Wizarding War, another werewolf started claiming to be Fenrir Greyback when making his kills; Greyback was so outraged at his impostor that he hunted the other werewolf down and then sent his head to The Daily Prophet with a note telling them to check their facts.
  • False Reassurance: Dudley tells his parents that he was sent home early for Christmas break due to construction work, leaving out that said construction was for a new guest building that the students would move into until the Basilisk that had been attacking Muggle-born students was dealt with.
  • Fantastic Racism: Multiple examples.
    • Discussed; when Urqhardt meets with the goblins, he notes that he finds them discomforting, but his thoughts make it clear that this is because of cultural issues, such as the goblins adhering to otherwise antiquated laws and expecting the rest of the world to acknowledge those rules in turn, rather than him having any issue with the goblins just because they're goblins.
    • On the wizarding side of things, Margaret Thatcher and John Major have a low opinion of Fudge after meeting him, as they feel he treats them like idiots rather than respecting them as equals.
    • When Harry sees the Fountain of Magical Brethren for the first time, he's reminded of history lessons about colonialism.
    • Fenrir Greyback's werewolf pack have been able to hide from the wizarding authorities by focusing on blending into the muggle world, exploiting how most wizards assume werewolves are just feral animals who could never think that tactically.
    • When Umbridge appears in Book 3, she wastes little time in showing how horribly racist she is.
    • After Percy gets mangled by Greyback, it's made clear that he knows any chances of being hired by the Ministry are dust, and there's also a reference to several friends and acquaintances staying away from him, even though he's not actually suffering from lycanthropy.
  • First Day of School Episode: Played with. We are not shown the whole first day - mainly just the impressions of the child protagonists on this change in their lives.
  • Fix Fic: Sirius decides not to go after Peter Pettigrew and instead tell Dumbledore of the latter's betrayal, which triggers a series of far-ranging changes. The author also deconstructs and lampshades various plot points from canon to portray events more realistically, and Idiot Ball moments tend to be averted as well.
    • Sirius calls Dumbledore out on his plan to leave Harry to be raised by the Dursleys, leading to Dumbledore questioning himself and reflecting on his actions. As a result of this, Dumbledore learns to become less secretive of his plans and starts devoting more time to improving Hogwarts.
    • Harry has a happy childhood due to being raised by his mother's cousin's family instead of the Dursleys. Thus, as a teenager, he's more willing to turn to adults and authority figures for help.
    • The Hogwarts staff recognize that the House points system is worsening already tense rivalries between Houses and being misused by biased teachers. This leads to Dumbledore discontinuing the House Cup, as well as taking Snape to task on his unprofessional behavior.
    • Dumbledore talks to Myrtle and convinces her to change her attitude to stop driving people away. She also agrees to testify in court about the events surrounding her death, which end ups exonerating Hagrid and helping everyone realize that the monster in the Chamber of Secrets is a Basilisk years earlier than in canon.
    • Algernon Longbottom is ordered to stay away from Neville after his first attempt to force magic out of the latter nearly kills the boy. In canon, it's implied he was still allowed near Neville and continued to attempt to force magic out of him by putting him in dangerous situations, and that Neville's other relatives made little if any effort to stop him.
    • Age Lines are used to keep students out of the Forbidden Forest and the third-floor corridor that leads to the Philosopher's stone. Additionally, Dumbledore makes sure that Acromantulas are confined to a specific area of the forest.
    • Karma Houdini is generally averted for Draco and Pansy, who are regularly punished for their bullying antics.
    • The Hufflepuffs and Slytherins are told to remain in the Great Hall during the troll attack, as their dorms are located in the dungeons where the troll is believed to be.
    • Major events like the troll attack, Quirrell's death, and Basilisk Petrifications result in the authorities and concerned parents being notified and arriving at the school.
    • The detention in the Forbidden Forest never occurs, partly because the canon events leading up to it are rewritten. The author even points out how ridiculous it was for students to receive such a dangerous punishment simply for being out of bounds after curfew.
    • When the Gryffindor team notices when one of the Bludgers has been tampered with to only go after Harry, they do the sensible thing and immediately report it to Madam Hooch. Madam Hooch in turn quickly notices something's wrong and moves to stop the game and replace said Bludger to ensure a fair match, for all the good it does.
    • Rather than just deciding to spend months growing their own Mandrakes to prepare an antidote for the Petrified students, the staff lobbies the Board of Governors to buy some from a supplier. When that fails due to Lucius Malfoy's maneuvering, Sirius donates a large supply to the school instead, meaning the Petrified students don’t end up missing months of their education.
    • Dumbledore makes sure that a competent teacher leads Duelling Club instead of Lockhart. Additionally, the club isn't disbanded after its first meeting.
    • Lockhart is actually outed as a fraud to the public after Dumbledore collects enough evidence on him. Moreover, his fans in the school, including Hermione, grow disillusioned from him faster than in canon.
      • Harry, Hermione, and Ron aren't forced to get Lockhart's pixies back in their cage after Lockhart abandons them, nor does Neville fall after being dangled from the ceiling. Instead, the Six quickly flee the classroom once the pixies are released, with the rest of the students following suit, leading to Lockhart being the main victim of his incompetence.
      • When administering Skele-Gro to Harry, Madam Pomfrey directs her anger at Lockhart for performing healing magic that he wasn't professionally trained in instead of at Harry for not coming to her first.
    • After the Basilisk is killed, its corpse is harvested and sold off, and the Chamber is restored so it can be repurposed for educational uses, including Duelling Club meetings.
    • Fudge's plan to station Dementors around Hogwarts is quickly shot down due to how much it would endanger the students.
    • When Barty Crouch, Sr. plans out the tasks for the Triwizard Tournament, he shoots down the canon ones, arguing that the tasks are not supposed to be lethal and that the second and third would have ended up with the spectators not seeing anything at all.
    • Frank Bryce survives due to Voldemort hiding the Riddle House under a Fidelius Charm, preventing Frank from coming across the latter.
    • Fred and George do not lose their life savings to Ludo Bagman thanks to Sirius and Diane scaring Ludo off by calling him out on trying to solicit minors. Ludo is also shown facing more consequences for his incompetency.
    • Dumbledore is much more thorough in his precautions to prevent underage students from being entered in the Triwizard Tournament. It's rendered rather moot, though, when Voldemort decides against entering Harry into the Tournament as part of his plan for his resurrection.
    • Hagrid is more careful when he speaks with Madame Maxime, ensuring their relationship has a chance of working.
  • For Want of a Nail: Several.
    • Sirius's decision at that fateful night to stay with Harry causes a whole cascade effect of changes. Additionally, Sirius's presence has a profound effect on Dumbledore, as Sirius's harsh words make him question his own decisions.
    • One as of yet unknown event in the past caused the British government to be much more proactive concerning the magical world, instead of being effectively helpless.
    • Dumbledore, at one point, bothers to ask Moaning Myrtle about the circumstances of her death, giving him the means to exonerate Hagrid and get Hagrid's wand rights restored and allowing everyone to be better informed when the Chamber is opened a second time. It also results in Myrtle taking a level in kindness, leading to her attending Halloween feasts. As a result, Mrs. Norris doesn't get Petrified from seeing the Basilisk's reflection in the water on the floor, as Myrtle was entertaining students at the feast instead of flooding her bathroom, making Colin Creevey the Basilisk's first victim instead after the Chamber is opened again.
    • Due to Sirius being free when Walburga Black dies, he officially becomes the Head of the House of Black, which in turn has many further effects, like Andromeda Tonks regaining the birthright that had been taken from her.
    • Harry's run-in with a rogue Dementor at age 9 results in Voldemort's soul fragment in Harry's head being destroyed. Dumbledore is aware of it, thus the need for Harry to essentially become a Tyke Bomb is now gone. The same run-in also includes Dudley, which results not only him having his Heel Realization earlier, but also awakens his latent magical potential.
    • Harry has a happy family life with Veronica and Thomas Evans and thus goes home over Christmas break his first year at Hogwarts, meaning he never got the opportunity to discover the Mirror of Erised. Conversely, Dudley spends the same Christmas break at Hogwarts due to his parents being uncomfortable with his magic and ends up coming across said mirror while exploring the castle with Millicent Bulstrode.
    • Ginny and Luna join Hogwarts a year sooner after the Sorting Hat notices their connection to the others and enforces their presence.
    • While Gryffindor still loses the match against Ravenclaw in Harry's first year, Ginny's presence as a substitute Seeker lets the team achieve a better result that ends with Gryffindor winning the Quidditch tournament.
    • At the beginning of second year, the Weasleys meet up with the Grangers, Evanses, and Lovegoods at King's Cross with plenty of time to spare before the Hogwarts Express leaves instead of at the last minute, like in canon. Thus, when Dobby seals up the passage when Harry tries to enter the platform, dozens of students behind him are also unable to board the train. The scope of the problem leads to the Ministry being involved and the public floos being used to ferry the students over to the platform, a time-consuming process that requires delaying the train's departure, which hadn't been done since a German V-1 destroyed the tracks in 1944. Moreover, since repairing the barrier takes time and can't be done discreetly in a busy station, Fudge goes to Prime Minister John Major and demands that he find a way to clear out King's Cross station for a couple hours so the Ministry of Magic can do so. Understandably, the British government is outraged by Fudge acting as if he has authority over them, not to mention his general lack of communication with and condescension towards them. This prompts John Major to triple MI-X's efforts regarding wizarding Britain.
    • Thanks to Myrtle's testimony, soon after Colin gets Petrified, the entire school knows about the Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. As a result, when Draco summons a snake to attack Harry in Dueling Club, a huge panic ensues, and nobody other than Harry's friends notice him speaking Parseltongue. Since the rest of the school never learn Harry's a Parselmouth, they never turn on him for it or suspect him of being the heir (it helps that Myrtle's testimony had already identified Voldemort as the heir anyway). Harry in turn asks Dumbledore about his ability and learns he used to have a piece of Voldemort's soul inside him far earlier than in canon.
    • Harry is less impulsive due to having a more pleasant upbringing and sees Remus and Sirius as role models, as they were both around while he was growing up. Thus, his Patronus winds up being a fox, which is a canine Patronus like Remus's and Sirius's, instead of a stag.
    • With Percy's future ruined now that his face has been disfigured by Fenrir Greyback, he will not be working at the Ministry in the near future and thus will not turn his back on his family for his career.
    • Since it's Pettigrew and the Carrows helping him instead of just the former, Voldemort has an easier time achieving his objectives, such as killing Barty Crouch, Sr. to free Barty, Jr.
    • Dudley befriending Millicent and Daphne results in the two them and Daphne's sister Astoria having a more antagonistic relationship with Malfoy and Pansy. Word of God states that this prevented Millicent from falling in line with the latter two and becoming the bully she was in canon, and that Astoria will not wind up with Malfoy as a result of her and her sister being frequent targets of his and Pansy's bullying.
    • Sirius and Diane, both of whom are trained police officers, attend the World Cup with the Weasleys. Thus, when Ludo Bagman tries to entice the Weasley children into making bets about the outcome of the game, Sirius and Diane immediately recognize that he can't be trusted and call him out for trying to rope minors into gambling, forcing Ludo to back off. As a result, Fred and George don't end up getting swindled out of their life savings. Arthur even notes that he himself wouldn't have been able to call out Bagman if Sirius and Diane weren't present, as he still owes Bagman for getting his family Top Box tickets.
  • Former Teen Rebel:
    • As an adult and particularly after becoming a constable, Sirius realizes that he went overboard with many of his antics in school with his fellow Marauders and explicitly tells Harry to not be like his teenage self when Harry leaves for Hogwarts. He also feels slightly awkward when Fred and George tell him his teenage self is one of their role models.
    • Remus is a more downplayed example, as he was usually trying to keep his friends out of trouble, though he does still develop a newfound appreciation for their former teachers' patiences after dealing with difficult students as a private tutor.
    • This seems to apply to all of Harry, Ron, and Neville's parents, as the three are all quite shocked when Hagrid tells them of their parents' antics in school.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: As Sirius puts it, while it is true that Magical Britain's Fantastic Racism against werewolves is sickening, it does not excuse Fenrir Greyback and his pack's actions.
  • Gas Leak Cover-Up: John Major is not happy about Fudge demanding him to close down Kings Cross for a fake bomb threat so that the Ministry can remove the magic Dobby did to seal the barrier to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Suggested when Greyback muses that the creator of the Wolfsbane potion likely intended it as a purely humanitarian potion, never guessing that some werewolves would use it to retain control of themselves and still choose to attack people while transformed.
  • Good Feels Good: After undergoing her Jerk Ass Realization and taking a level in kindness, Myrtle finds that she quite enjoys being a greeter for new students and answering their questions.
  • Government Conspiracy: The MI-X, though its exact nature and goals are not yet explored. Their activities however seem to be quite far-reaching.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Luna suggests that the Headless Hunt are basically rejecting Nick for this reason, as there are countless headless ghosts but only Nick is Nearly Headless.
  • Hate Sink: Lockhart, full stop. The author made sure to show that Lockhart has no redeemable qualities whatsoever and the only thing funny about him are his failures. By the end of the second year, everyone hates his guts and after him suffering a well-deserved Fate Worse than Death, his legacy is torn down quickly.
  • Heel Realization:
    • While it was only hinted at in the books, The Chosen Six shows that Grindelwald did in fact have one during his imprisonment before being visited by Dumbledore. He acknowledges that he deserves his fate and believes that he will be punished in the afterlife for his crimes.
    • Dudley's Character Development kicks in a lot earlier in canon when he and Harry are attacked by a Dementor at the age of nine and saved by the Aurors with Dumbledore's assistance. As in canon, the Dementor shook Dudley up and he began realizing just how terrible he'd been. An additional side-effect is that his latent magic is awakened, and he ends up being accepted into Hogwarts.
    • Percy basically has one when he ends up fighting the troll and has to talk about his dislike of the chaos of the situation with his father, as Arthur helps him see that adhering to orders would just turn him into a 'Yes-Man' who would go along with any kind of authoritarian regime.
    • After seeing how badly her husband is treating Dudley, Petunia realizes how bad her behavior was towards her sister, as she can't help but notice the parallels with how she treated Lily after the latter started attending Hogwarts.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Percy fights Greyback and his werewolves to hold them off while Harry and Ginny escape. He survives the experience, but gets severly injured and suffers cursed scars that, due to Fantastic Racism, will basically ruin his job expectations.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: This actually is turned against the elder Dursleys. When Sirius and Remus move into the house next to them, the Dursleys are wrongly convinced that these two are gay (after all it's the early 80s), but can't do anything against it, since they are afraid of wizards.
  • Hidden Depths: When seeing that Dudley manages to hover on a broom right on the first try (even if a bit shaky), Harry can't help but to think there has to be more to Dudley.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: It's noted that any wizard looking for Sirius could easily find his name if they consulted a phone book, but Sirius is fully aware that no pure-blood would ever think to do such a thing.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Walburga Black's paranoid attempts to keep intruders out of her house, including disconnecting it from the Floo network and adding wards that make the furniture block people's way, end up causing her death when they prevent Healers from reaching her on time after she experiences a heart attack. The Head Healer even notes that they might've been able to revive her had they not been delayed so much.
    • Draco and Pansy's attempts to bully the Six, such as stealing and flying off with Neville's Remembrall as well as their antics during Dueling Club, often end up getting themselves in serious trouble.
    • Draco discovers that Hagrid is hiding a dragon in his hut and decides to wait before reporting it, hoping to give the dragon time to grow and create even more trouble for Hagrid when it's found. Unfortunately for Draco, this ends up giving Hagrid enough time to smuggle the dragon out of Hogwarts and dispose of any remaining evidence in his home, leading to Draco being punished for "lying" about a faculty member.
    • In their game against Gryffindor, the Slytherin Quidditch team uses the new Nimbus 2001 brooms that Draco donated, which is said to be the fastest non-professional broom model on the market. This ends up backfiring on them when it turns out the brooms aren't good for any position other than Seeker and thus handicaps instead of helps the rest of the team.
    • Dumbledore allows Lockhart to get away with such bad ideas as his planned Valentine's Day celebrations with the goal of basically ruining Lockhart's public reputation so that he'll expose himself as a fraud.
    • Pansy sneaks away from her class to cause trouble for Hermione, Luna, and Ginny and ends up getting Petrified along with the former two.
    • The Basilisk is seriously injured when Harry uses Protego Maxima to reflect its own gaze back on itself; while the creature is immune to the fatal effects of its own stare, the spell creates a "feedback loop" that destroys its eyes.
    • Lucius's plot to get Dumbledore sacked not only fails but results in Lucius being voted off the Hogwarts Board of Governors. Moreover, he also loses his house-elf Dobby, albeit because he freed him after learning Dobby tipped off Harry, and has to give his angry wife an explanation for his involvement in the scandal, all while Dumbledore emerges from it as a hero.
    • Draco's attempt to get Hagrid fired via a Wounded Gazelle Gambit explodes in his face, as not only do he and his friend Pansy get a demerit for not returning to class after seeing Madam Pomfrey for the minor scratches he got, but in the subsequent trial over Hagrid's competence, it only takes an hour for the barrister to prove Draco got injured because of his own stupidity. Following the trial, Draco's father also pulls him aside and scolds him for coming up with such an ill-conceived plan.
    • The punk werewolf that attacks Sirius dies when she pushes him off her while he's in his Padfoot form and biting into her neck, tearing her throat as she does.
    • Vernon finds himself facing loss of benefits at work because of health regulations he imposed, as he's currently so fat that he needs to lose weight or else risk losing his insurance.
    • After learning how the growing numbers of Muggle-born students will eventually make them the majority in Hogwarts, Harry points out the irony that the fanatic pure-bloods who joined Voldemort to preserve magical society as they saw it only accelerated its changing.
  • Holy Burns Evil: While normally it would not happen, Greyback and his werewolf minions are so steeped into their evil intentions that Harry's Patronus is able to hurt them quite grievously.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • Rufus Scrimgeour sees himself as this once he realizes Umbridge is not an honest Ministry official like he'd thought after she starts pushing various anti-werewolf laws, which only makes things harder for him and his department. He also reflects that he would be a terrible politician because of this, implying he will refuse the Minister of Magic position in the future.
    • Percy also seems think of himself as this to some degree, as after Barty Crouch, Sr.'s death, Percy remarks that the man was not who Percy had imagined he was.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson both endure this after stealing Neville's Remembrall to play midair catch while threatening to break it. Madam Hooch quickly arrives and is furious that the two of them deliberately disobeyed her orders to not take off on their broomsticks while she was gone. Their shock and embarrassment at being caught results in them actually breaking the Remembrall, which only adds to their punishment. In the end, Draco and Pansy are forced to each clean a filthy bathroom while being watched and taunted by Filch and Moaning Myrtle, respectively. Draco had hoped to get his parents' support, only to instead get reproached by them for his stupidity. To top it off, Draco is banned from Quidditch team tryouts when they're declared open to first years, while he and Pansy have to see numerous people they've antagonized (Harry, Ron, Ginny, and Dudley) succeed at their tryouts and even get new broomsticks. Millicent Bulstrode and Daphne Greengrass also note that Dudley is now under the Slytherin team captain's protection, making him much harder for Malfoy to bully.
    • Draco also undergoes one his second year. He manages to become the new Slytherin Seeker after getting everyone on the team new Nimbus 2001 brooms, only for Hermione to call him out in front of both the Slytherin and Gryffindor teams for relying on his father to bribe his way onto the team instead of earning the Seeker position fairly. He retaliates by calling her a Mudblood, which promptly results in Harry cursing him with the Slug-vomiting Charm. Though Harry is given detention for casting the charm, Malfoy also gets punished for using a slur. Colin Creevey managed to get several photos of Malfoy vomiting slugs too, which quickly appear throughout the school. Malfoy's bribe even backfires on the Slytherin team, as the Nimbus 2001s suffer from Crippling Overspecialization, hindering rather than helping all the non-Seeker players. The Slytherins also end up losing the match after Harry catches the Snitch that was right next to Malfoy's ear. Malfoy is understandably irritated by this, then becomes downright terrified after Marcus Flint gives him a long rant about making their team lose.
    • Lucius orchestrates the second opening of the Chamber of Secrets to discredit Arthur Weasley's Muggle Protection Act and get Dumbledore fired. His Humiliation Conga begins when he pressures the Hogwarts Board of Governors to not buy Mandrake extract to cure the Petrified students or take any further safety precautions. Sirius, who Lucius was already feuding with, reveals the Board's negligence to the press while donating the Mandrake extract himself, which prompts a flood of public outcry against the Board. It's implied that Lucius was forced to hide from the public eye and Fudge until the scandal was over to avoid answering uncomfortable questions, which drove Fudge to listen to Dumbledore's advice instead. Later, Lucius learns that his plan failed on both counts; Ginny never wrote in the diary, and Dumbledore outmaneuvered him by preventing him from coercing the Board to remove Dumbledore as Headmaster. Harry also reveals in front of numerous witnesses, some of whom hold political influence, that Lucius was behind everything, and that Lucius's own house-elf betrayed him, forcing Lucius to free said house-elf. Finally, he gets fired from the Board of Governors and has to explain his role in the entire ordeal to his outraged wife, as the final attack revealed that pure-bloods like Draco weren't safe from the Basilisk either.
    • After ignoring Hagrid's instructions to remove all shiny objects they have on them, Draco and Pansy get attacked by a Niffler in their first Care of Magical Creatures class, with Pansy's skirt flipped up and Draco's jacket getting destroyed during the attack. In a later class, Draco deliberately goads a Kneazle into attacking him; exaggerates the seriousness of the injury, which is really just a few scratches on his hand; and then goes to the hospital wing with Pansy and remains there with her long after his hand is healed, hoping to use the incident to get Hagrid fired. Not only are the two marked for an unexcused absence when they fail to immediately return to class, when Hagrid is later hauled off to court, his barrister swiftly exonerates Hagrid by proving that Draco's account is a complete lie, and that Draco is fully responsible for his own injuries, which were very minor and should never have been taken to court in the first place. Afterwards, Lucius rebukes Draco for humiliating their family with his desire for immediate gratification.
  • Hypocrite:
    • After his first year at Hogwarts, Dudley muses that Petunia's attitude towards feeding him makes little sense, as she goes to so much trouble to keep herself thin but fixates on feeding him and Vernon to the point of them both being overweight.
    • Draco mocks the Six and the entire Weasley family for being charity cases who didn't even buy their own Top Box tickets, even though Draco's family didn't buy their tickets either and instead attend the World Cup as Fudge's guests.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal:
    • Krum is only a Durmstrang student because the school essentially twisted the Bulgarian Ministry's arm and wishes that Karkaroff didn't give him preferential treatment (which he knows is only because Karkaroff is using him as a show piece).
    • Fleur dislikes her allure because it makes it hard to have a normal life, as men become too entranced and women hate her for something she cannot control.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Fleur begins to show interest in Bill when he proves highly resistant to her allure.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Unlike canon, Dumbledore orders the Hufflepuffs and Slytherins to stay in the Great Hall, realizing their dorms are in or near the dungeons where the troll was spotted. However, rather than just have everyone else stay in the Great Hall with them, he still tells the Prefects to escort the Gryffindors and Ravenclaws back to their towers, failing to consider that they may run into the troll while on their way to their dorms, which is of course exactly what happens
    • All the Champions end up holding it during the First Task when they're each given a boat and two oars and are tasked with getting to the other side of the Black Lake. They all attempt to row across manually, at least until Cedric realizes he could just use magic to move the boat over the water.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance:
    • Remus and Sirius had cut themselves off so completely from the wizarding world that they only learned that a publishing company has released a series of Harry Potter Adventure Books when Harry is eight years old.
    • For the villains, Greyback's planned assault on Hogwarts is thwarted when Harry is able to use the Marauders' Map to confirm what's happening after the Whomping Willow is set on fire, allowing the staff to respond faster than Greyback had anticipated.
    • While Hogwarts records can automatically update when a magical child is born, only teachers such as McGonagall are aware of how accurate that system is, with McGonagall musing that the system going public might lead to awkward situations if a wizarding family gave birth to a squib and learnt that their child's birth wasn't recorded on the register.
  • Ignored Aesop: The Malfoys have already been forced to acknowledge that their attitude towards Draco has left him with an inflated sense of his own importance and ability, but Malfoy continues to blame others for his inability to try out for a house team despite the new rules, and Narcissa also acknowledges that Lucius stepping in won't help Draco learn anything.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: In chapter 7, Vernon Dursley calls the cops because his neighbours are having loud sex at night. When the cops find out that it's their co-workers, they leave.
  • Inadequate Inheritor:
    • The main reason why Sirius reluctantly takes over as the head of the Black family is because he sees the only genuine alternative, Draco through his mother Narcissa, as this since it would mean Lucius would have more power and he finds the idea abhorrent.
    • It's noted that fear of being this is the reason there were no real applicants to try out for the new Gryffindor Seeker apart from Harry, as nobody wanted to try and measure up to Charlie Weasley's legacy.
  • Informed Attribute: It's noted that Draco Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle are mainly in Slytherin because it's expected of them; Zabini observes that the three are ambitious, but their lack of subtlety makes them a poor fit for what the house is meant to represent.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Prior to Harry attending Hogwarts, Dumbledore introduces various reforms, including helping Professor Binns pass on and hiring Professor Rogers as the new History of Magic teacher. Students tend to find the course boring all the same.
    • Harry never goes to live with the Dursleys and isn't present when they visit the zoo for Dudley's eleventh birthday, but accidental magic is still used during the trip to get revenge on a bully. Specifically, Dudley himself uses his magic to trap his former friend Piers Polkiss in the monkey exhibit, as the latter purposely pretended to still be Dudley's friend to enjoy a free trip to the zoo while giving Dudley a hard time.
    • Despite being much better at flying due to having practiced at Remus's magical preschool, Neville still has trouble controlling his broomstick during his first lesson at Hogwarts and ends up losing his Remembrall in the process. Here, however, Madam Hooch reassures him that it was caused solely by faulty school equipment and that he did nothing wrong.
      • Neville's Remembrall never hits the ground, but Draco still ends up stealing and then flying around with it; Pansy Parkinson just snatches it right out of Harry's hand and then tosses it to Draco.
      • Related to the above, Harry still becomes the Gryffindor Seeker after one of the teachers sees his natural talent at flying when he catches Neville's Remembrall. The difference here is that he catches it after it falls out of Neville's pocket when the latter was having trouble with his broomstick, whereas in canon, he catches it after Malfoy steals and drops it. Moreover, here, Harry insists on earning the position fairly by opening tryouts to all first years rather than just straight up accepting the offer.
    • Harry goes home over Christmas break his first year at Hogwarts, yet the Mirror of Erised still winds up being discovered by students who decided to stay at Hogwarts over break, one of whom did so due to his troubled family life.
    • Because they have trusted adults they can turn to here, Harry and his friends come up with a different plan for smuggling Norbert out of the school that won't involve any of them being out of bounds after curfew. Nevertheless, Draco still finds out about the dragon and gets into trouble after failing to convince a teacher of its existence, though his attempt to prove his accusation is naturally quite different.
    • Harry doesn't fall into a coma after the incident with Quirrell but ends up sitting out the final Quidditch match anyway due to being heavily traumatized by the encounter. Additionally, Harry's idea to introduce reserve teams at the beginning of the year means Gryffindor actually goes up against Ravenclaw with a full seven-member team, yet Ravenclaw still wins the match due to loss of morale from Harry sitting the game out.
    • Harry and Ron don't fly the latter's family's Ford Anglia to school their second year, though Harry still ends up having to help Lockhart with his fanmail during a detention he gets for a completely unrelated reason.
    • When the Gryffindor Quidditch team notices one of the Bludgers has been tampered with to only go after Harry, they immediately inform Madam Hooch, who in turn quickly moves to stop the game. Before she can, though, Harry gets his arm broken by the Bludger anyway while trying to catch the Snitch.
    • Despite it happening sooner and there being other reasons for him to flee the castle, Lockhart still has his memory wiped when he attempts to Obliviate Harry, Ron, Dudley, and Neville, unaware the four knew a powerful shield spell.
    • Although the circumstances were vastly different, Ginny still ends up in the Chamber of Secrets, even though she wasn't possessed by Riddle and did not have the diary; instead, she was kidnapped as part of a plan to trap Harry.
    • Harry still ends up facing Riddle in the Chamber without any adults despite sending Neville to go tell Dumbledore where the entrance was after discovering it, as Riddle seals the gate before any of the teachers can get inside.
    • Harry doesn't put Riddle's Diary in a sock when confronting Lucius, but Dobby still ends up being freed by Lucius afterwards.
    • Though he lives with a loving family and thus has no reason to run away from home, Harry still takes the Knight Bus to Diagon Alley the summer before his third year, with Sirius, Diane, and Mark all accompanying him as he shops for school supplies.
    • Sirius obviously doesn't break out of Azkaban in Harry's third year, as he was never sent there in the first place. Nevertheless, Fudge still comes up with the idea to send Dementors to guard Hogwarts that year, though to protect the school from Fenrir Greyback's pack instead. Additionally, here, the idea is quickly dismissed before it can be implemented.
    • Although Hagrid is a more experienced teacher who starts out with smaller animals, Malfoy is still attacked during his first Care of Magical Creatures class because he ignored Hagrid's instructions, except this time he's attacked by a Niffler seeking the shiny pocket watch he didn't hand over rather than an angry Hippogriff. Moreover, like in canon, Hagrid later ends up in court due to Draco getting attacked in class by a creature he insulted after ignoring Hagrid's explicit warnings against doing so. Here, however, Hagrid easily wins his case due to being represented by a professional barrister and to the creature being a Kneazle instead of a Hippogriff.
    • There aren't any Dementors occupying the Hogwarts grounds in Harry's third year. Nevertheless, some Slytherin students still try to sabotage the Gryffindor Quidditch team during their game against Ravenclaw by dressing up as monsters to scare them; they just disguise themselves as werewolves instead. Additionally, despite the absence of Dementors, Harry still takes Patronus lessons with Remus in his third year, though it's instead mainly to learn how they can be used to send messages. He also succeeds in casting a corporeal Patronus for the first time when he has to protect himself and a loved one as they are surrounded by dark creatures, though his loved one is Ginny instead of Sirius, and the creatures are Fenrir and his pack instead of a swarm of Dementors.
    • Harry and his friends still become the targets of a smear campaign by Rita Skeeter in his fourth year, even though Harry isn't one of the Triwizard Champions and Rita didn't set foot inside Hogwarts or speak to any of them the entire year.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: It's less the fact that Hermione is that smart than her attitude about it, which causes her social isolation at primary school. Worse, she is completely oblivious she's actually doing it.
  • Ironic Name: Sirius's daughter, Kathleen, has a name that means "pure". While Kathleen really is just an innocent little girl, most of her paternal family are pure-blood supremacists who would consider her a "filthy half-blood".
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: This clearly went through the head of Neville's Uncle Algie when doing his stunt at Blackpool Pier. The end results are a severely traumatized Neville and Algie being banished by the boy's angry parents.
  • It's All About Me:
    • A good description of Fudge's attitude when he "asks" the Prime Minister to find some way to close King's Cross just so that the Ministry can repair Dobby's damage to the barrier to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, as he's basically demanding to shut down a major transport hub just to help a small group who don't even need to use it right away (Sirius later speculates that someone put Fudge up to it as a show of power).
    • Gilderoy Lockhart immediately tries to set himself up as a 'mentor' to Harry on how to better use his celebrity status, but it is clear he's just trying to boost his own popularity.
  • It's All My Fault: Dumbledore feels entirely responsible for letting Millicent and Ginny get taken into the Chamber of Secrets, insisting that it wouldn't have happened if he had succeeded in finding the Chamber himself previously. He even decides he'll resign if serious harm comes to any of the students.
  • Jerk Jock: As in canon, Cormac McLaggen is this; while he performs better than Ron in tryouts, Wood observes that Ron is the better team player, whereas Cormac wouldn't be willing to work with the wider group.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Lucius and Narcissa are pure-blood supremacists with a grudge against Sirius for opposing those views. However, they aren't wrong that it was extremely callous of Sirius to suddenly disinherit Narcissa just days after her father's death and then notify her about it via letter rather than in person. Sirius himself more or less admits he was purposely trying to get on their nerves.
    • Vernon had good reason to be angry that his entire family, including his young son, was woken up in the middle of the night due to his neighbors having loud sex, especially since it happened because said neighbors had carelessly left a window open. The police don't argue when he tells them to take care of it, despite how rude Vernon was about everything.
    • Petunia's anger that she and Dudley had to stay after school with his classmates and their parents so they can all be questioned over his teacher's wig suddenly turning blue was more out of her hatred of magic and Selective Obliviousness towards Dudley's bad behavior. In this case, though, she was right that Dudley couldn't possibly have been the culprit and that the school handled the situation poorly. Veronica is similarly irritated when it's her and Harry's turn to meet with the headmaster and even calls the school out on how silly it is to suspect that one of the 8-year-old students somehow turned the teacher's wig blue in the middle of class while she was wearing it, all without anyone noticing. Of course, Harry and his accidental magic were in fact responsible, which both Veronica and Petunia realize. But since the school doesn't know about magic, they still failed to act rationally with the facts they were given.
    • Stefan Schuster isn't rude to any of the other students, but he's still typically cold, antisocial, and irritable, often complaining about having to attend Hogwarts against his will. However, most of his complaints are well-founded: he was denied the opportunity to be homeschooled in magic so he could continue attending non-magical school, apparently by xenophobic Ministry bureaucrats who looked down on his family for being foreigners; attending Hogwarts cuts him off from the non-magical world he grew up in due to wizarding UK being in Medieval Stasis; he'll now have a lot of catching up to do after Hogwarts if he wants to pursue a non-magical career like he originally planned; and he's not even learning much at Hogwarts due to being so far ahead of his peers or having downright incompetent teachers like Lockhart. His fellow Gryffindors don't hold his attitude against him and sympathize with him instead.
  • Jerkass Realization: It requires Dumbledore to basically lock himself in her bathroom and deal with her moans for a couple of hours, but eventually he's able to help Moaning Myrtle realize that her attitude towards her death has only been hurting herself.
  • Kangaroo Court: Discussed when Sirius tells the Evanses about the trial of the Lestranges and Barty Crouch, Jr. Thomas notes that the courtroom seems reminiscent of Bread and Circuses, and Veronica points out that Barty Sr. should have been recused from the trial, given one of the defendants is his own son. Sirius also mentions how many Death Eaters will be able to get off scot-free on the flimsy excuse of being mind-controlled due to their money and connections.
  • Killed Offscreen: In as much as he can be "killed", Peeves is banished when the reconstruction work at Hogwarts disrupted whatever magical knot bound him to the school in the first place.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Played with. The ghost-hunting muggles in New York City are instead "exposed" as frauds by the American obliviators.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Often ties in with Humiliation Conga and Hoist by His Own Petard.
    • After taking off on their broomsticks despite Madam Hooch outright telling them not to do so while she was gone and stealing and breaking Neville's Remembrall, Pansy Parkinson and Draco Malfoy are each forced to clean a bathroom while being taunted by a snarky supervisor. Malfoy, whose idea it was to take off on their broomsticks, is also banned from attending Quidditch team tryouts once they're opened to first years. Moreover, being used to throwing his father's name around, he anticipated having his family's support when they found out; instead, they scold him for his lack of subtlety.
    • Draco bribes his way onto the Slytherin team by getting his father to buy them new Nimbus 2001 brooms, then gets called out on this by Hermione in front of the Gryffindor and Slytherin teams and has his bribe backfire when the rest of the Slytherin team realize in the middle of their game against Gryffindor that they were better off with their old brooms due to the Nimbus 2001's Crippling Overspecialization. Moreover, when the former incident spurs him to call Hermione a Mudblood, he's promptly hit with the Slug-vomiting Charm, and pictures of him belching up slugs are quickly distributed throughout the school.
    • Pansy gets Petrified after sneaking off from her class to cause trouble for Hermione, Ginny, and Luna.
    • Lucius tries to discredit Arthur Weasley's Muggle Protection Act by secretly slipping Riddle's diary to Ginny; not only does his plan fail when Millicent ends up with the diary instead, but it also rallies Sirius, the Longbottoms, and the Weasleys to ally themselves as his political enemies. Meanwhile, his attempts to block funding for Mandrake extract to cure the Petrified students causes a PR nightmare for him and the rest of the Board of Governors when Sirius reveals their reckless decisions to the press and donates the Mandrake extract himself, and he ends up getting voted off the Board after trying to strong-arm everyone else into firing Dumbledore. He's also forced to set his house-elf Dobby free, vanish many of his illegal artifacts in case Dobby rats him out, and then give an explanation to his infuriated wife after the final attack reveals that pure-bloods like their son Draco weren't safe from the Basilisk either.
    • Lockhart tries to erase Dudley, Harry, Neville, and Ron's memories when they find out he's trying to escape Hogwarts. The reflected spell leaves him in a coma, and Dumbledore releases the evidence he has found of Lockhart's misdeeds, destroying his popularity.
    • Draco and Pansy's decision to ignore Hagrid's instructions results in them getting attacked by a Niffler in front of their entire class. Blaming Hagrid for this, Draco tries to get him fired by exaggerating the attack to his mother and provoking a second attack from a Kneazle in front of Umbridge, who soon takes Hagrid to court. At the trial, Hagrid's barrister reveals the truth of the events and conclusively proves that Draco's injuries were extremely minor and entirely his own fault, humiliating Draco before the entire courtroom. Additionally, Draco and Pansy's attempt to milk the second attack by overstaying their visit to the hospital wing results in them both being given an unexcused absence.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Two bobbies have this reaction when they realize the noise complaint they were told to take care of was actually two of their coworkers, Sirius and Diane, having sex, insisting to each other that they heard nothing and that the report was a false alarm.
  • Male Gaze: Harry catches himself taking a look at Ginny's butt during their fourth year.
  • Man Bites Man: When the Six confront Quirrell, Ginny ends up biting him on the wrist to make him drop his wand.
  • Meaningful Name: Diane Watson has a brother and has always struggled with her femininity. She is named after Diana, a tomboyish Roman goddess associated with the Moon and childbirth who is also the twin sister of Apollo. In addition, Diane later marries Sirius Black, whose family tends to name members after celestial bodies or figures from classical mythology, and the two of them have a twin boy and girl.
  • Meddlesome Patrolman: Sirius of all people becomes a Bobby, though he only meddles with people who deserve it and otherwise is highly regarded.
  • Misplaced Retribution:
    • The Parkinsons and many bigoted students blame Snape and the school for giving Pansy a month of detention and an entry in her file for casting a spell that destroyed Hermione's braces by making her teeth grow out of control, as they feel Snape is untrustworthy and that the school is being hypocritical by punishing Pansy for simply doing what was expected of her in a Dueling Club. The fact that Pansy brought everything on herself by casting a spell that severely injured and could have even killed a fellow student, which goes far beyond anything that would be allowed in a school-sponsored Dueling Club, seems to be lost on them.
    • Pansy's Petrification is a combination of this and Never My Fault, as she apparently wasn't the Basilisk's target and wouldn't have gotten Petrified if she'd just stayed with her class instead of purposely wandering off. She doesn't seem to blame Riddle, who controlled the Basilisk, or Lucius Malfoy, who was responsible for Riddle's diary being snuck into Hogwarts and thus allowing Riddle to open the Chamber again. Instead, Pansy lays the blame on Millicent, insisting that the attack happened because Millicent was trying to settle a personal grudge even while she was under Riddle's mind control. Millicent, of course, wasn't in control of her actions while possessed and barely even remembers what happened during that time.
    • Draco for unexplained reasons blames Harry for Pansy's Petrification, even though Harry wasn't even involved in the attack, aside from being friends with the other victims.
    • Draco knows that his father used underhanded methods to force the Board of Governors to remove Dumbledore as headmaster, which include orchestrating the opening of the Chamber of Secrets. This ultimately leads to Lucius being voted off the Board when his plan fails. Yet when Lucius's firing is brought up, Draco proclaims it was due to the Board engaging in foul play.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Sirius and Remus moving together into the house next door is enough for the Dursleys to be convinced these two men have to be gay - while in reality they aren't. Although not shown, this misunderstanding probably is only resolved once Remus moves out and Sirius marries his girlfriend Diane.
  • Moral Myopia:
    • Lucius is outraged that his allies didn't protest his removal from the Hogwarts Board of Governors due to being more concerned about protecting themselves, apparently not realizing that he regularly engages in similarly selfish behavior.
    • Draco declares that Lucius being fired from the Board of Governors is foul play, yet feels proud of his father's scheme of unleashing the basilisk on the school to get rid of Dumbledore.
    • When the students bitten by Greyback's pack are evacuated with their families to Germany for asylum from the British Ministry, Fudge's government issues a complaint because they were unable to arrest the victims.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Ron's reading ability improves because he becomes interested in Muggle comic books.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When hearing about the werewolf "prank", Draco and Pansy think it was a brain-dead move they would have expected of Crabbe and Goyle. In canon, Draco took part in a similar ploy and disguised himself, Crabbe, Goyle, and Flint as Dementors.
    • A Weasley son gets gravely injured by Greyback, and while he won't become a werewolf, he has cursed scars that affect him negatively. His girlfriend, however, does not care about it and makes it clear she will not abandon him. Instead of Bill, though, it's Percy.
    • The Dursleys go on a diet because one of their members has been warned about their being overweight. However, here, instead of Dudley (who can mostly avoid it due to his boxing training), it's Vernon.
    • The Triwizard Tournament has several of these:
      • Upon hearing that the Tournament was originally discontinued due to a cockatrice, Ginny wonders whether there'll be dragons in the upcoming tournament, with Ron responding that Charlie wouldn't like it if that happens to be the case. In canon, dragons were in fact part of the First Task, and Charlie helped transport them to Hogwarts.
      • Related to the above, when making his way through the obstacle course in the First Task, Krum muses that at least they aren't being forced to do something insane, like fight a dragon. Canonically, he was the only Champion to actually attempt to fight his dragon, with the rest focusing more on getting past their dragons without confronting them head-on.
      • The goal of the First Task is for each Champion to reach a golden sphere that contains a clue about the next task, with Luna initially theorizing the spheres may be dragon eggs. The canonical First Task did require the Champions to retrieve a golden replica of a dragon egg, which also held a hint for the Second Task.
      • The gauntlet in the First Task includes a logic game in which each Champion must use the clues given to them to correctly choose which of seven bottles will allow them to get past black flames blocking the path. This is almost identical to one of the tasks used to guard the Philosopher's Stone in canon (it's not known whether the same obstacle was used to protect the stone here). In both cases, Hermione managed to solve it almost immediately.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Pansy blames her Petrification on Millicent, convinced that the latter was trying to harm her even while possessed by Riddle. However, Pansy only got Petrified because she snuck away from her class to go cause trouble for Hermione, Luna, and Ginny, who were the actual targets of the attack.
    • When Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson are attacked by a Niffler during Hagrid's first lesson, they immediately decide to blame Hagrid for it, even though they ignored his warning to remove any shiny objects ahead of time since they would be working with creatures who are attracted to them (Malfoy had a pocket-watch and Parkinson a necklace).
    • In the Schuster Affair between the British and German Ministries of Magic, the former acts like it were the wronged party, ignoring how unfairly they'd treated the Schusters by refusing to let them homeschool their son, then trying to arrest the boy immediately after he'd been infected with lycanthropy.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: Rita Skeeter's Jerk Justification for her tabloid journalism.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Algernon's attempt to force Neville to manifest accidental magic traumatizes the latter so much that he is unable to do the less flashy accidental magic he had already made.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Draco decides to hold off on exposing Hagrid for illegally owning a dragon so that said dragon would grow bigger, be harder to hide, and get Hagrid in even more trouble. Unfortunately for him, this ends up giving Hagrid enough time to get rid of all evidence, and Draco instead gets punished for "lying" about a faculty member.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity:
    • Averted for Rita Skeeter. Her reputation as a sensationalistic journalist as well as the numerous lawsuits she's been hit with (and lost) have severely limited her career prospects.
    • Dumbledore explains that while lawsuits might stop regular newspapers that care about their good name from publishing libel, they're virtually useless against gossip rags that couldn't care less about their reputations. Said gossip rags just use the attention they get to increase circulation, which more than makes up for any fines they would have to pay.
  • No Sympathy:
    • Completely justified in Lockhart's case after he's turned into a human vegetable by his own Memory Charm, especially since said charm was meant for four students who'd just learned the truth about the fraudulent claims in his books. Not only that, but everyone is either already aware or learns soon afterwards that he's a fraud who took credit for other people's work by wiping their memory.
    • Also justified when Pansy and Draco get attacked by a Niffler during a Care of Magical Creatures class after ignoring instructions to remove all shiny objects they have on them. Hagrid scolds them for not following his instructions, the rest of the class laughs at them, and even Hermione feels that the entire incident couldn't have happened to nicer people.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Even after becoming Head of the House of Black and gaining nearly all of the family wealth, Sirius continues to work as a Muggle police officer, makes sure the money is wisely invested in both the magical and non-magical world, funds Remus's magical preschool and Mandrake extract to cure Petrified students during the Chamber of Secrets debacle, and eventually chooses to become more active in Wizarding England's politics.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The ghost invasion of New York in 1984 is mentioned by Dumbledore as the reason why the MACUSA was in hot water with the International Confederation of Wizards.
    • The last time the Hogwarts Express was delayed was in 1944, when a German rocket attack damaged the tracks so that it took hours to repair them.
    • At a past Quidditch World Cup game, one team brought mascots that made the whole pitch smell of a latrine.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: It's noted how the Dursleys' dislike of magic mirrors prejudice against Muggles and Muggle-borns in the wizarding community.
  • Nouveau Riche: The Parkinsons are viewed as this by the old conservative families, having come into wealth only two generations ago despite being pure-blood for many centuries (though they were once part of high society before going through severe social and financial decline after Perseus Parkinson was forced out of office for trying to ban marriages to Muggles). It doesn't help that the Parkinsons tend to try too hard to suck up to and imitate the old pure-blood families, often by ostentatiously flaunting their wealth. Lucius and Narcissa thus disapprove of Draco's friendship with Pansy.
  • Odd Friendship: Moaning Myrtle and the Grey Lady. Downplayed in that by the time they truly become friends, Myrtle is far less temperamental and unpleasant than she used to be.
  • Off with His Head!: Winky is killed when Voldemort and his followers attack Crouch's house when a Diffindo severs her neck.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: When the werewolves attack Hogwarts, Flitwick on his lonesome waits for those that attack Ravenclaw Tower with his jacket off, sleeves rolled up, and wand ready. He warns them to capitulate now, but they only laugh at him. He is later mentioned to have defeated all of them and only needs to sleep off his exhaustion.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Pettigrew's reaction when he realizes that he would spend years working with the Carrow siblings while trying to find Voldemort.
    • Agedius Brookman, head of Brookman Publishing, explicitly states this when he realizes that Sirius Black has hired Shark Solicitors & Barristers to sue the company for publishing the Harry Potter Adventure Books series without getting permission from Harry's legal guardians.
  • Old-Fashioned Copper: The other cops, who are that, mention to Sirius that it no longer is like it used to be - which is no wonder, since the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 happened during Sirius's probation period.
  • One-Man Army: The werewolves attacking Ravenclaw Tower find only Professor Flitwick prepared to defend his students. He is more than able to deal with the lot of them on his lonesome.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: A variation. Instead of using her last name, Nymphadora Tonks, after input from Sirius, uses the shortened "Dora", which is a fully acceptable name in its own right. Only her mother proves difficult about it.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Dumbledore and Snape speculate that there have been relatively few attempts on Harry's life to date because Voldemort wants to kill Harry himself, and there are only so many circumstances under which Voldemort can attack Harry directly in his current condition.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Luna dropping her typical indifference is often a sign of how serious a situation is. Instances include Malfoy bullying Neville; the troll attack on Halloween; facing Voldemort and the prospect of him reviving himself; and Lockhart's first quiz and over-the-top Valentine's Day decorations.
    • Lockhart's Valentine's Day decorations of the Great Hall are so disgusting that even Ron basically loses his appetite after seeing the scale of the subsequent display.
    • When Dumbledore catches wind of Harry and Dudley being attacked by a Dementor, it's noted by McGonagall that he's uncharacteristically freaking out.
  • Original Character: A few more prominent ones.
    • Thomas and Veronica Evans, who do become Harry's guardians, thus making Mark Evans related to Harry, which he wasn't in canon.
    • Diane Watson, a non-magical woman working in the same police station as Sirius, who first does become his girlfriend, before becoming his wife and mother of his children. Her family (her father, brother, and her own children) thus counts as well.
    • Steve and Kathleen Black, Sirius and Diane's twins. Both are friends with Mark and both are scheduled to attend Hogwarts.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: When Draco and Pansy DON'T bully everyone they dislike, Daphne, Dudley and Millicent realize something fishy is going on with them.
  • Parental Obliviousness: The Dursleys of course, but here it's showcased in all its irrational glory. They are at times even willfully oblivious.
  • Parents as People: Hagrid is able to tell most of the group (with the obvious exception of Hermione) about some of their parents' experiences at Hogwarts, taking care to tell Harry in particular about James's prior bullying history and his later personal growth.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss:
    • Much like in canon, Cornelius Fudge is this in all his "glory": incompetent, biased, corrupt, and more are the marks of his governance.
    • Same with Ludo Bagman, whom the author deconstructs to show how political appointments based on popularity aren't usually good ideas: without Bartemius Crouch Sr.'s help to shore up the problems, his organization of the Quidditch World Cup is quite bad, and his utter lack of care for Bertha Jorkins even though she has been missing for seven months further shows how out of his depth he is.
  • Post-Modern Magik: Hogwarts starts to show signs of this, such as Dumbledore's new secretary using a typewriter rather than making handwritten notes.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • Despite his usual attitude, Voldemort is relieved that nobody died during the troll's attack on Hogwarts on Halloween, as that would draw more attention to the current situation and might expose his own presence.
    • Though it's a stretch to call him a villain, Argus Filch misses the days when he could carry out corporal punishment on students and seems to still threaten to do so. However, he admits that he's only doing this to scare them, as following through on his threats wouldn't be worth the legal consequences he'd face.
    • While on the Hogwarts Express, Draco backs off from bullying Harry's friends when Percy shows up, not wanting to get into a fight with a Prefect before school even starts. Shortly afterwards, he retreats again after antagonizing Dudley, Millicent Bulstrode, and Daphne Greengrass, realizing it could end ugly for him due to the former two being in Crabbe and Goyle's weight class.
    • More moderate Slytherins could count as downplayed examples. They seem to be prejudiced against Muggle-borns, or at least have a less than positive view of them, based on the words of the Sorting Hat and the fact that only Millicent clapped when Dudley became the first Muggle-born Slytherin in decades. Despite this, they prefer to just stay out of any conflict to avoid consequences and dislike being pressured to pick a side. They also seem to disapprove of Draco and Pansy's lack of subtlety in their bullying in general, being less than impressed when the two steal Neville's Remembrall in plain sight of an entire class.
    • When Voldemort takes over the Riddle House as his hideout (as he actually owns it under a false identity), he uses a modified Fidelius Charm that makes everyone think the manor was torn down two weeks ago. He also pays Frank Bryce, an elderly injured veteran who'd otherwise have trouble finding work, to keep watch over the supposedly empty grounds and thus help keep the hideout secret. Voldemort later muses that he has too few followers now to make it worth killing anyone who might make a mistake, even if he will resort to "removal" when he has no other obvious choice.
    • Barty Crouch, Jr. muses that Voldemort will be disappointed by the Death Eaters' attack at the World Cup, as that kind of attack - with hundreds of people from countries all over the world being affected - will ensure that international attention will be brought to Britain precisely when Voldemort wants it to wane so other countries will only see his next attempt to take over Britain as a power struggle.
    • Barty Crouch, Jr. convinces Voldemort to discard his canon plan to enter Harry into the Triwizard Tournament so they can kidnap him for a resurrection ritual, since the Gambit Roulette Voldemort had planned for had very low chances of success and there are better ways to achieve his objective.
  • Promoted to Love Interest:
    • Neville and Luna, who were never more than True Companions in the books.
    • Dudley and Millicent, who canonically aren't even acquainted.
    • Inverted for Draco and Astoria, who in canon got married and had a son. Word of God has pretty much promised that nothing will ever happen between the two due to Draco and Pansy constantly bullying Astoria and her sister Daphne for being friends with Dudley.
  • Punishment Detail: Filch is in charge of doling these out to misbehaving students:
    • After Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson are caught and identified as being responsible for the destruction of Neville's Remembrall, Filch assigns them to personally clean the most unpleasant male and female toilets in the school, having first asked the house-elves to leave those particular bathrooms alone to make the punishment more appropriate (Myrtle supervises Parkinson while Filch is responsible for Malfoy).
    • Happens again the following year after Draco and Pansy cast dangerous spells in Dueling Club. This time, they're given a month of detentions, which consist of unpleasant menial tasks like shoveling Hippogriff dung and cleaning out Hagrid's chicken coops.
    • Fred and George recall that they stole the Marauder's Map when they were tasked with scrubbing Filch's fireplace with toothbrushes after one of their pranks went wrong.
    • After attacking Dudley and Millicent, Crabbe and Goyle are given a month of detentions with Filch, starting with cleaning the Grand Staircase with toothbrushes, which is said to be one of the more severe punishments.
  • Real Event, Fictional Cause: Played with. Sirius and Diane, along with Veronica and Thomas, watch live the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sirius suggest this will have deep repercursions in the magical world as well, due to the recent death of the Russian Dark Lord Kusnetsov which will eventually cause massive change is magical eastern Europe. Sadly, that in turn would only cause pure-bloods to see more change they dislike. So, this is a case of a real event being the potential cause of fictional events.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Diane delivers a brief but significant one to Narcissa Malfoy in their first meeting, making it clear to the other woman that she isn't intimidated just because Narcissa's a witch and she's a muggle and dismissing Narcissa as a "small-minded, insecure bigot" who's just terrified of losing what little she has.
    • Lucius gives Draco one after they get humiliated at Hagrid's trial, telling Draco he has no one to blame except himself for his own impulsiveness and shortsightedness and that he needs to learn to pick his battles.
  • Revenge Myopia:
    • Draco declares that the Board of Governors will pay for firing his father, an act that he insists is foul play. However, Lucius was fired because he tried to use underhanded methods to strong-arm the Board into getting rid of Dumbledore, something that Draco is aware of.
    • Greyback vows to make Harry pay for hurting him and foiling his plans, never mind that Harry was defending himself and Ginny from being captured.
    • Dumbledore bans Rita Skeeter from Hogwarts due to her habit of writing defamatory articles and harassing people for interviews. The Six likewise call her out for being a bad journalist. Her response? Get back at them by writing scandalous, sensationalist articles involving them.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Invoked when the six ask Hagrid about how the Chamber was opened last time, and Hagrid confirms that Tom Riddle looked completely normal when he was at school and nobody knows how he ended up looking like he does as Voldemort.
  • Rules Lawyer:
    • Dumbledore discusses this idea with some of the Hogwarts house-elves regarding why Kreacher's uniform doesn't qualify as him having received clothes, explaining that there is a complex grey area regarding when an item qualifies as clothing or just an object, including details such as the fact that Kreacher made his uniform himself rather than being given it.
    • After Harry insists that he not be singled out as the only first-year allowed to try out for a house team, Dumbledore agrees with a revised interpretation of the rules that permits first-years to try out for a team and then receive a broomstick while still accommodating the rules against first-years having their own.
    • Harry notes to his friends that while their Hogwarts letters required them to get evening wear and dress robes are the only kind of evening wear that exist in the wizarding world, the letter itself did not specify that they had to get dress robes, and that there are other forms of evening wear, even if the magical world isn't familiar with them. It's even implied that Dumbledore purposely worded the letter this way in the hopes of students invoking this trope.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!:
    • Defied for Draco in particular:
      • After he destroys Neville's Remembrall, he is banned from subsequent Quidditch tryouts and given a particularly unpleasant Punishment Detail. He had expected his parents to take his side, but they instead tell him the incident was his own fault, with his father adding he expected more subtlety.
      • Draco attempts to invoke this trope again by namedropping his father to intimidate Moody, who responds by making it clear he isn't afraid of Lucius one bit.
    • By contrast, Harry and his friends reject the idea that they should get special treatment, to the extent that Harry insists on taking part in actual Quidditch tryouts rather than just getting a position because he shows some talent for the game.
    • Played straight when Sirius uses his influence to expedite the process of removing Harry's warning for illegal use of underage magic from the latter's files. It's a rather justified example, though, seeing as the Ministry is stated to be extremely corrupt, and their incompetence resulted in Harry receiving a warning for something he didn't do without even getting a chance to explain himself first.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Sirius pulls one is regards to the magical world. He's so disgusted and disappointed with it, that he publicly leaves it behind, though he knows that it won't be forever.
    • As mentioned in The Immodest Orgasm and Let Us Never Speak of This Again, when two bobbies responding to a noise complaint realize it's from two of their coworkers, Sirius and Diane, having sex, they leave without even knocking on the door and plan to write it off as a false alarm.
    • After repeatedly getting stonewalled by the British Ministry when they try to pull Stefan out of Hogwarts, the Schusters are finally prompted by Fenrir Greyback's werewolf attacks to leave the UK and move back to Germany, regardless of what the Ministry says. Unfortunately, they are only able to leave after Stefan is infected with lycanthropy.
    • Draco and Pansy originally signed up for Care of Magical Creatures out of a combination of laziness and a desire to humiliate Hagrid. The two drop the course the following year after Draco's attempt to get Hagrid in trouble backfires.
  • Second American Civil War: The Magical United States underwent a short civil war in the late 1960s, which overthrew the political establishment supporting Rappaport's Law.
  • Selective Obliviousness:
    • The best description of the Dursleys' attitude towards their son early on; even after Dudley's been suspended from school for assaulting another student, they continue to blame everyone else for provoking him rather than just accept the criticism and try and help him improve.
    • At one point, Umbridge convinces herself that the "only" reason Dumbledore appointed Lupin to the Defence post is that he's basically running out of options, ignoring how Lupin was a genuinely good teacher even if her argument certainly applied to Lupin's predecessor Lockhart.
  • Shout-Out: So many that it got its own page.
  • Shown Their Work: The author does work hard to incorporate real-life events believeably into the story. He also always tries to make sure that real-life aspects are handled correctly.
    • The effects of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 on the police are shown.
    • Thatcher's bad mood with Fudge is also explained by the circumstances that would force her out of office a little later.
    • It's correctly shown how John Major got into office, while in the books this was not the case.
    • In general, important real-life events are correctly mentioned, as well as the various troubles John Major's government went through at the time. Considering these events took place 30 years ago, not an easy task.
    • When the leading politicians meet in Chapter 38, the author took pains to make sure that all of them actually were in power at the date when the chapter takes place - one is even mentioned to have recently lost his real-life election.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Fleur's Veela ability to effortlessly entrance almost anyone attracted to women earns her the jealousy and enmity of most girls, while most of her male schoolmates avoid her so as not to get accidentally brainwashed. It's also stated that many Veela have trouble finding someone who'll love them for who they are, as their magical allure nearly always casts doubt on whether any attraction someone feels towards them is genuine.
  • Spanner in the Works: Greyback's plan to attack Hogwarts was well-timed and prepared - but ends up getting royally screwed thanks to the Marauders' Map (which allows Harry to find out the werewolves are in the castle's ground) and the Patronus Charm (which allows Harry to warn Moody).
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • As a result of the new routine in her life caused by the new school, Luna saves her mother by drawing her away just before the potion Pandora is working on can "backfire" and kill her.
    • Neither Mrs. Norris, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Nearly-Headless Nick, nor Penelope Clearwater are Petrified. Sally-Anne Perks, Myrtle, Luna, and Pansy are instead Petrified in the latter three's place. Those who do get Petrified are also quickly cured thanks Sirius donating a large supply of Mandrake extract to the school, eliminating the school's need to grow their own Mandrakes.
    • Frank Bryce is not killed by Voldemort, as the latter hides the Riddle House from Muggles by casting an altered Fidelius Charm that makes everyone think the house was torn down, then has a wall built around the plot for good measure, preventing Frank from running into Voldemort.
  • Spoiled Brat: Dudley before his close encounter with a Dementor is an obvious example, but Remus abandons a tutoring job because the girl shows no interest in improving and blames him for her trouble.
  • Spotting the Thread: Invoked when Harry and the others overhear Malfoy talking about escaping muggles on helicopters; everyone in Harry's group expresses their doubts that such stories are true, because they doubt that Malfoy's even seen a helicopter, considering that Ron has had greater exposure to muggle culture than Malfoy and had to be explicitly told what one was.
  • Stating the Simple Solution:
    • Professor McGonagall laments that if Nicolas Flamel would just destroy the Philosopher's Stone, they wouldn't need to go to such great lengths to hide it to prevent Voldemort from using it to resurrect himself. Dumbledore agrees but reminds her that it's only expected of Flamel to be reluctant about destroying the one thing that's been keeping him and his wife alive all these centuries.
    • Deconstructed when the Basilisk attacks begin. Numerous safety measures are instituted, including having teachers escort students to classes, preparing antidotes for Petrification, and constructing a guest building as temporary housing for students until the Basilisk is found and destroyed. Many wonder why the school wasn't just shut down until the situation was resolved and are told that while that would be the smart and right thing to do regarding the Basilisk, the politics of the situation complicates things. Hogwarts is the only major wizarding school in the UK, and it's impossible to homeschool all the students or send them all to private institutions. Moreover, closing down the school would reflect badly on Dumbledore and give Lucius Malfoy an opening to remove him as Headmaster and install a reactionary in his place.
    • Likewise, Thomas and Veronica ask why they can't just pull Harry out of Hogwarts until the Basilisk has been dealt with. Sirius explains that doing so means they'd have to homeschool him and that the Ministry would thus learn everything about them and where they live, which would just put Harry in even more danger. He also points out that if Harry is no longer a Hogwarts student, they'll have less influence over the school board's decisions, which are currently being spearheaded by Lucius Malfoy.
    • Many people grow frustrated by Lockhart's incompetence and ask why Dumbledore doesn't just fire him. However, they generally understand when told that virtually nobody wants the Defense Against the Dark Arts post due to the jinx on the position and Quirrell dying on the job, and that leaving the position unfilled for the majority of the year risks the curse harming other teachers and forcing them to leave.
  • Straw Nihilist: Quirrell becomes this after Voldemort gives him the "no good or evil" speech.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: After becoming the Head of the House of Black after Walburga's death, Sirius remarks that he doesn't really need a house-elf. Kreacher immediately assumes this means Sirius was going to free him, which prompts Kreacher to throw away his pride and grovel in the hopes of avoiding the dishonor. However, Sirius really just planned on giving Kreacher to Narcissa, a “proper” pure-blood whom Kreacher had actually wanted to go serve. Nevertheless, Sirius decides pretend as if Kreacher's promise of loyalty convinced him to change his mind and let Kreacher continue serving the House of Black. This ultimately leads to Kreacher becoming genuinely loyal to Sirius, as well as Sirius growing much more appreciative of Kreacher.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • After learning that Sirius is the only remaining male Black of the main line and is thus set to inherit everything due to feodum talliatum, Walburga Black flies into a rage and swears to never let him get even a single Knut. Her anger immediately causes a fatal heart attack, which, combined with the recent death of her brother, spurs the executor of the Black estate to expedite making Sirius the Head of the House of Black.
    • While shopping for robes at Madam Malkin's, Draco makes disparaging comments about Harry and Hermione, wrongly assuming that they're both Muggle-borns. He then rudely states that he's relieved he'll be sorted into Slytherin, since that House hasn't had any Muggle-borns for decades. When the sorting actually takes place, Dudley ends up being placed in Slytherin. Not only that, but more Muggle-borns are sorted into Slytherin in the following years.
    • Ginny fears that Neville is invoking this trope when he suspects that something has already happened to Riddle's diary when they rush to Dudley's room to retrieve it.
    • Luna says the trope name verbatim in response to Ginny praying for a peaceful third year and reasoning that Greyback won't come anywhere near the school.
  • There Are No Global Consequences: Averted, though kept at a reduced impact due to the main characters being so young. It appears the end of the Cold War will potentially impact the wizarding politics in Eastern Europe, and a short civil war in the Magical United States that caused a massacre of the political establishment and also drove British pure-bloods to flock towards Voldemort.
  • Title Drop: Trelawney's second prophecy makes reference to Voldemort's return, but also mentions that "the Chosen Six" will rise up to fight him (even if she and Dumbledore don't know who the Chosen Six will be).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Comparatively, anyway.
    • Trelawney spends a year on sabbatical to get a better understanding of what is involved in Divination and subsequently tailors the course to more focus on giving people instruction in the details of the course, with the goal of eventually picking out true Seers.
    • Ron and Ginny are no longer intimidated and in fact retort back when their family's lack of money is made fun of due to the Weasleys being on more solid financial ground with Ron and Ginny's compensation from the Basilisk ordeal and Ron's Junior National Chess Tournament winnings.
    • Hagrid spends time working with Professor Kettleburn before his retirement so that he can get a better sense of what he needs to be as a teacher, allowing him to start his first lesson for Harry's year with Nifflers rather than going straight to Hippogriffs.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • After her earlier Jerkass Realization and subsequent talk with Dumbledore, Moaning Myrtle receives an updated version of the school uniform and basically becomes a greeter for the first-year students, answering some of their immediate questions before the sorting.
    • Initially, Kreacher is a pure-blood supremacist like the rest of the House of Black and hates Sirius for rejecting his family's beliefs. However, because Sirius doesn't micro-manage him after becoming the Head of the House of Black and is more patient with him due to only occasionally visiting 12 Grimmauld Place, their relationship gradually improves, and Kreacher is also later shown to be getting along better with the Hogwarts house-elves too. It gets to the point where Kreacher seems to have largely if not entirely abandoned his pure-blood supremacy views by the time Sirius marries and has children with Diane, a muggle. To be fair, this was ultimately caused by a misunderstanding on Kreacher's part that Sirius decided to capitalize on.
    • Dudley too, following the Dementor attack becomes a much kinder and more considerate person.
  • Token Minority: Dudley becomes the first Muggle-born Slytherin in thirty years.
  • True Companions: Invoked by Percy when he observes that some people stick by him despite his future being ruined due to Fenrir Greyback mauling him.
  • Unexpected Successor: What is left of the Black family did not expect Sirius's disinheritance being revoked and him being first in line to be Head of the House of Black after the deaths of Cygnus and Walburga.
  • Unishment: For trying to give Harry information about Lucius's plans, Dobby is given clothes in the form of a glove from the latter, which isn't a particular problem for Dobby, as he enjoys the possibility of being free.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Sirius and Diane become the parents of twins, Steve and Kathleen Black.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Like in the canon material, this happens multiple times, with the term "useful idiot" being used here.
    • Lucius Malfoy helps Fudge's campaign, so the man gets elected. He waits until Fudge is overwhelmed by his duties, then starts to offer his help, which Fudge of course accepts since he's thankful for Lucius's help in his campaign. Malfoy sees Fudge only as a tool with which he can re-shape Magical Britain to his liking in the long game.
    • Unlike with his Death Eaters, Voldemort sees Quirrell only as a useful idiot to help him come back to life. He plans to dispose of him as soon as possible, since the man's nihilism makes him a poor underling.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Sirius gives this to Dumbledore concerning his plans to send Harry to the Dursleys. Sirius's words have some positive consequences as well.
    • Dora gets a minor one from her parents when she asks if they are now rich after learning her mother's disinheritance and disownment have been reversed, the latter two making it clear that such a question was extremely insensitive, given Andromeda was already mourning her father's death and is now overwhelmed by this news.
    • Algernon Longbottom receives this response followed by a swift banishment from his nephew Frank after the former nearly kills Neville while trying to force magic out of him.
    • After Harry's teacher's wig suddenly turns blue in the middle of class, the school has each student stay behind after school with their parents and guardians so that the headmaster can speak with them to clear up the situation. When it's Harry's turn, Veronica calls out the headmaster on overreacting to the situation and points out how ridiculous it is to think that one of the eight-year-old students in the class turned the teacher's wig blue while it was on the teacher's head and without anyone noticing. To be fair, Harry was in fact the culprit and turned the wig blue with his accidental magic, but as the school isn't aware of magic, they had no plausible reason to suspect one of the students did it.
    • Sirius and Molly give Dumbledore separate ones when they learn he hid the Philosopher's Stone inside Hogwarts, though they mostly calm down after Dumbledore explains that there weren't any better options.
    • Lockhart gets this from the Gryffindors and Madam Pomfrey after he accidentally vanishes the bones in Harry's arm. Of course, he's only a "hero" in the sense that he isn't allies with Voldemort.
    • Downplayed after Harry, Ron, and Dudley run headfirst into the Chamber of Secrets without waiting for the teachers. The adults do gently scold them for their near-suicidal actions, but they also tell them that they understand why they did what they did and decide to hold off on punishments until they've had time to recover from the ordeal.
    • While the extent to which Fudge is a "hero" can be debated, he's at least ostensibly on the right side when he suggests posting Dementors as guards around Hogwarts, only for Dumbledore, Augusta Longbottom, and Lucius Malfoy to tell him that such an idea is too risky.
    • Similar to Lockhart and Fudge, Ludo isn't exactly a "hero," but Sirius and Diane nonetheless call him out for inviting underage children to gamble with him on the outcome of the World Cup finals, partly because they rightfully suspect he doesn't intend to uphold his side of the deal.
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing:
    • Sirius and Remus are a constant thorn in the side of the Dursleys... by simply moving in next door. They don't have to do anything else, since Vernon's and Petunia's bigotry backfiring on them, due to being too afraid to take steps against wizards, gives the Dursleys a constant self-inflicted punishment.
    • Diane soon invokes the scorn and hate of Petunia simply by being a better wife, mother, neighbor, and overall person than she is.
    • Draco and Pansy are continuously punished for their bullying antics, yet most of the time it is their own arrogance and stubbornness that dooms them.
  • With Us or Against Us: Nott and Zabini in particular feel that Slytherin is dominated by this kind of attitude, observing that they personally aren't that bothered by a Slytherin muggle-born and object to the idea that they're expected to automatically hate the student in question. Daphne also notes that her family weren't held in particularly high esteem during the first war because of their choice of neutrality and only did as well as they've done post-war because the conflict ended before anyone could put serious pressure on the Greengrasses to pick a side.
  • Wizarding School:
    • While of course the canon schools, including Hogwarts, do exist, Remus comes forward with introducing a magical preschool for Muggleborn children to attend over two years on weekends, so that they won't be disadvantaged.
    • Norway started a rival school to the Durmstrang Institute due to the latter's continued refusal to admit students born to non-magical parents.
  • Would Hurt a Child: At just mentioned to a minor degree; the Obliviators assigned to deal with accidental magic reports reflect that they would be willing to Obliviate children, but appreciate it when they don't have to. Later, another team recalls a situation where a muggle-born girl was killed by her own mother with a cleaver just a couple of days after receiving her Hogwarts letter.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Draco invokes this after he and Pansy are attacked by a Niffler, planning to exaggerate things to his mother to trick her into causing trouble for Hagrid. It works the first time, with a biased Ministry official getting sent to monitor and harass Hagrid until she can find any excuse to have him fired. It doesn't go as well when Draco tries to invoke this a second time by provoking a Kneazle into attacking him; Hagrid is taken to court, and his barrister quickly proves his innocence and Draco’s culpability in the attack, humiliating the latter in the process.
  • Written by the Winners: Invoked when Hermione's parents question how wizarding society can hold Salazar Slytherin in such high esteem after he became a racist madman, Hermione pointing out that his personal prejudices generally aren't a big deal and that various historical figures have equally controversial pasts despite their otherwise positive impacts.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race:
    • Sirius suspects this to be the reason behind Kreacher's apparent approval of Diane, Sirius's Muggle wife, and their half-blood twins, in that Kreacher's wish to see the Black line kept alive supersedes any prejudices about blood purity, not that he's complaining about Kreacher's improved behavior.
    • Marcus Flint, a bigot towards Muggles and Muggle-borns, is impressed enough by Dudley's Quidditch tryout to offer him a position as Slytherin's reserve Keeper. He then mentally insults Dudley's own parents, feeling that they're naturally stupid, given they have no magic.

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