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The Seven and their 'counterpart' horcruxes (see Rule of Symbolism); artwork by Marcus S Lazarus
The Power of Seven by VelvetInferno is an AU Harry Potter tale, starting in the latter half of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where Harry learns that he is a horcrux while Dumbledore is still alive. Seeking a way to save her friend, Hermione discovers a ritual that could theoretically negate the horcrux in Harry’s head, but at the cost that Harry must use ritual sex magic to bond with seven witches. Already in a relationship with Ginny, Harry now finds himself seeking six other women to form such a bond with, all while various characters realise their own sexual kinks.
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The story pairs Harry with seven different girls; specifically, Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Demelza Robbins, Susan Bones, Katie Bell, and Fleur Delacour. Ginny, Hermione and Luna were obvious candidates for the ritual from the beginning, but while Harry began 'testing' his relationship with Susan and Demelza in chapter 6 and 7 respectively, Susan only learns the full details in chapter 19 while Demelza initially assumes it's just a sexual fetish from chapter 8 until chapter 29, which also sees Katie being officially 'brought into the loop' after being invited to a sexual relationship in chapter 23. Harry bonds with Ginny in chapter 10, Hermione in chapter 21, and Luna in chapter 38, and has an orgy with the existing six girls in chapters 31 and 39/40. As for Fleur, after realising that Harry is having sex with multiple girls in chapter 34, she spends the next few chapters learning the full details of the situation and being inadvertently 'teased' until she fully commits herself to aiding Harry in chapter 46. Harry subsequently bonds with Demelza in Chapter 58, and has a full orgy with all seven girls for his birthday in Chapter 63.

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  • A-Cup Angst: Played with; Harry isn’t bothered by Ginny’s lack in this department (Ginny explicitly has the smallest boobs of all the women), but Ginny is aware that Harry is definitely attracted to the breasts of some of his other partners.
  • Above Good and Evil: Voldemort appears to justify his actions with this philosophy, reasoning that all that truly matters is the fight to escape death as he prepares to meet Grindlewald.
  • Absolute Cleavage: It isn't a constant part of Harry's attraction to any of the girls, but chapter 48 explicitly acknowledges that his first serious sexual fantasy was about seeing Fleur in her bathing suit during the second Triwizard task.
  • Act of True Love: The fact that Ginny is willing to let Harry sleep with six other witches is presented as this at first, although downplayed as she realises that it’s not that great a sacrifice for her as she actually enjoys seeing Harry with other witches
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Initially just hinted at, as while Dumbledore says that he doesn’t want Harry to die, he has convinced himself that the only way to stop Voldemort with the prophecy linking him to Harry is for Harry to let Voldemort kill him so that Dumbledore or another experienced wizard can kill Voldemort afterwards.
    • This becomes more significant later when Dumbledore is shown making plans to deliberately isolate Harry from his friends during the summer to stop him performing the ritual, and the headmaster is also depicted as using the resurrection stone to talk to the recently-deceased Grindlewald about his plans; when Hermione views Dumbledore with her magic vision, she can actually see that his aura has become darker than it was.
    • Zig-Zagged with Ron. When Harry first tells Ron and Hermione about being a horcrux, Ron is as supportive as he can be. Once Hermione discovers the ritual, she and Ginny convince Harry not to tell Ron, convinced he'll react poorly and there's no guarantee it will work. Once they get their first success bonding Harry and Ginny, they still talk Harry out of telling Ron. Ron finds out when he sees Harry and Hermione having sex, and reacts about as well as you'd expect. Things get worse when Ron starts stumbling on Harry and other girls, watching them in secret until he gets caught, and finally he accidentally spills the beans to Lavender, believing that she's dumping him to be part of Harry's harem. Lavender being Lavender, the whole school knows within a day. This pretty effectively burns Ron's last bridge between him and Harry, though Ron does start trying to make amends, becoming Harry's spy in the Order of the Phoenix to see what Dumbledore may be planning against Harry. When Voldemort captures Demelza to lead Harry into a trap, it's Ron who plans out the rescue (though Lupin tweaked the plan a bit with his greater experience). Whether Ron will return as a good friend or remain a somewhat distant ally is still up in the air.
    • Chapter 46 sees Bill go so far as to attack Fleur when he learns that she's trying to help Harry, claiming that Harry is "going to get what's coming to him" and casting a spell that is verging on dark magic.
    • Fleur's mother seemed a decent gal from what we saw of her in canon. Here, she has no problem cheating on her husband, has him sufficiently cowed to simply let it happen, and tries to seduce Harry away from Fleur almost immediately (in front of her husband and both her daughters, no less!) When her allure doesn't work, she straight-up tries to blackmail Harry into giving her "just one night." Fleur (and Harry's other girls) are so incensed by this that Fleur, Harry and Gabrielle leave France that very day.
  • Adult Fear: Both Fleur and Daphne show concerns about their little sisters being left with unfit parents; Fleur is able to help Gabrielle, but Daphne has to live with the thought that Astoria has stayed with her parents and been taken to Voldemort.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Fleur in particular, as she takes to calling Harry "mon tresor".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Considered and defied in the context of Demelza's desire for dominance, as Katie muses that most of the 'alpha guys' at Hogwarts who could dominate Demelza in that way would be selfish in bed and generally just use their confidence to hide their insecurities, while she can see Harry as possessing the right balance of confidence and compassion to pull it off.
  • All Women Are Prudes: Defied for many of the girls;
    • Ginny quickly becomes passionate once she learns that Harry might die if the ritual doesn’t work and has become particularly sexually active, to the point that she is the first of the girls to initiate an encounter with one of the others (specifically Demelza) without Harry's involvement.
    • Luna is very eager to kiss him after the possibility is presented to her, and quickly becomes fond of giving Harry blowjobs.
    • Demelza already had a collection of pornographic novels and a couple of brief sexual flings, quickly settling into a Master/Submissive dynamic with Harry.
    • Katie is quick to agree to what she believed would be a purely sexual thing, and privately reflects that she's had a threesome with Fred and George.
    • By contrast, Hermione actually tried to arrange a schedule for her and Harry to have their first kiss before being encouraged to just go for it, and is still sometimes uncomfortable about her new sexual desire for Harry even if she has come to accept it to the point of masturbating with her wand at one point.
    • While Susan was willing and eager to go all the way with Harry once he explained the situation, she has experienced some hesitancy in initiating encounters on her own, to the point that she is the most conservatively dressed when the six girls arrange an orgy in chapter 39 before Hogwarts ends for the summer, and expresses some uncertainty about having sex in front of the other five even if she genuinely wants to participate before Harry helps her. Susan is the most shy and reserved, and takes to using some of Hermione's "special" potions to put such things behind her.
    • Ironically, Fleur herself at least tries to be one; as revealed in Chapter 35, she attempts to suppress her Veela instincts as she feels that her relationships will be tainted by her sexual appetites.
    • Played Straight with Pansy Parkinson. . . initially. Her relationship with Draco is simply her working to secure him as husband, and she's balancing "putting out" enough to keep him interested with maintaining her reputation and power over him. However, there appears to be a woman who does enjoy sex lurking underneath.
      Her mother had taught her how the world worked. Sex wasn’t about enjoyment for women, it was a way to get and keep a husband. Men were the lustful ones, and cunning women could use that to their advantage. Foolish women would give it away freely, in search of temporary validation.
  • All Your Powers Combined: In Chapter 54, Ginny, Hermione and Luna share their magic with Harry during a duel with Voldemort, boosting his power to the point that he manages to throw Voldemort back with a raw burst of magic.
  • Amazon Chaser: Harry is just as attracted to the athletic builds of Ginny, Demelza, and Katie (explicitly from their time playing quidditch) as he is the softer figures of Hermione, Luna, Susan, and Fleur, such as going out for a run with Demelza and Katie to get some exercise that ends with the three having sex in the showers. Of course, all of them are bona fide Action Girls, being witches in their final years of school (or actually graduated, in Fleur's case).
  • Ambiguously Bi: For the most part, only Ginny and Luna have shown an interest in doing anything with the others without Harry involved, but there are certain 'exceptional circumstances';
    • Ginny finds that she enjoys watching Harry with other girls, to the point that she gets turned on while looking at Luna naked and picturing Harry’s reaction to her, and makes sure that Hermione is watching when she and Harry are completing the first stage of the ritual. This becomes more explicit when Ginny's link to Harry allows her to 'observe' Harry's first time with Hermione from Harry's perspective, inspiring Ginny to fantasize about a threesome with herself, Harry and Hermione, which becomes reality the following chapter even if she and Hermione don't do much with each other directly.
      • For a time, Ginny tells herself that her enjoyment is just based on seeing other girls react to Harry; in chapter 25, she muses that while she hasn't explicitly 'inherited' Harry's attraction to girls, she derived emotional pleasure from helping Luna pleasure Harry, and gets peripherally turned on by sharing Harry's reaction to looking at Demelza naked, to the point that she makes Demelza eat her out when they're alone in the dorms. However, Chapter 35 sees Ginny finally admit that she is at least somewhat bi on her own when she acknowledges that she fell victim to Fleur's allure when she unintentionally witnessed an encounter between Bill and Fleur back at the Burrow long before she formed a bond with Harry. By Chapter 67, Ginny has basically acknowledged her attraction to women to the extent that Harry fulfils a fantasy of himself and a woman double-teaming Ginny as a reward for Ginny's recent efforts, with Fleur being the third partner.
    • Initially Luna just has no problem stripping down to engage in a mutual masturbation session with Ginny, but later she explicitly asks that Ginny be present the first time she and Harry have sex, although there was no sign that Luna was especially aroused by Ginny's presence in the room.
      • During a later conversation with Hermione, Luna explicitly (for her, anyway) states that she is turned on by looking at Hermione naked, and chapter 39 features the girls arranging an orgy to celebrate the end of the year, with Ginny and Luna already naked and masturbating each other by the time Harry arrives. As Fleur becomes part of the harem, Luna's observations make it clear that she's turned on by Fleur, and chapter 55 sees Luna kissing and stripping down Demelza to help console her after her parents' deaths while Katie just watches the others prepare after confirming that she'll be after Demelza.
    • Although Hermione has been kissed by Ginny at least twice, she does not appear to be independently aroused by the experience, and tells Luna that she isn't explicitly attracted to women on their own; Word of God affirms that Hermione is explicitly straight even if some of the other girls will be bi, which is reinforced in chapter 48 when she is the only one of Harry's existing bond-mates who can just acknowledge that Fleur is beautiful without feeling attracted to her, Ginny reflecting that Hermione is definitely straight in chapter 67.
    • Demelza was fully aware that Harry and Ginny were having sex before she learned about the ritual, and chapters 23-24 feature her watching Harry have sex with Ginny and Katie, but Demelza's thoughts were always focused on Harry's actions and reactions rather than being explicitly aroused by the other girls. In chapter 25, Demelza eats Ginny out while masturbating, but this is clearly demonstrated as an extension of her submission to Harry- Ginny essentially 'acting' as Harry's proxy- rather than Demelza showing any sign that she is sexually attracted to Ginny on her own. Although she shows an attraction to Fleur later, this only occurs after Demelza bonds with Harry, suggesting that she is more affected by Harry's own attraction to Fleur rather than having such feelings on her own.
    • While Katie shows no explicit sexual interest in girls, she does encourage Harry to release all over Ginny as she masturbates him herself, and briefly fantasises about licking Ginny's abdomen clean of his release before she decides to just have sex with Harry directly. Chapter 28 sees Katie watch as Demelza has sex with Harry, and even give Demelza advice on how to give a blowjob, but she shows no sign that she is aroused by Ginny and Demelza's own nudity.
    • Chapter 31 has all six of the girls currently active in the harem spend the night with Harry and then spend the morning pleasuring him, but it is made clear that the girls were all pleasuring Harry with none of them doing anything to one of the others even after they start removing their nightclothes. Chapter 39-40 feature another orgy, but apart from Ginny and Luna starting it off by masturbating each other until Harry arrives, the girls show no sign of being interested in doing anything to each other, focusing all their sexual desires on Harry.
    • Come Chapter 59, Fleur notes that she's at least curious about other women. Her Veela half doesn't react to them in the same primal way it does to males, but as a human, she can ponder and be curious and wonder how her allure affects them. She's learned — through Ginny and Luna — that it can, but only if they're interested, or at least curious, themselves.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: While most of the girls had affirmed their feelings for Harry, Chapter 34 sees all six of the then-'active' members of Harry's 'harem' affirm to him that they want him to stay alive because they care about him, rather than for the sake of the prophecy.
  • Artistic Licence – Biology: Chapter 48 reveals that, while Fleur and Gabrielle are 'officially' quarter-Veela as only their maternal grandmother was a Veela, Veela/wizard hybrids retain the same potential allure no matter how far down the bloodline they go, although all Veela will only be able to have daughters, and even then the number of daughters they can have depends on the magical strength of the bloodline they have mated with.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In chapter 49, Ginny cuts off any possibility that her mother will call her a 'scarlet woman' by explicitly asking Molly if she wants Harry to die just because she disapproves of his sex life.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Demelza Robbins, Susan Bones and Katie Bell go from peripheral acquaintances of Harry’s to part of his ‘harem’ (although the term 'coven' has also been used). In Chapter 29, Demelza admits that she would have been happy just being Harry's 'side chick' for the rest of her life before she learns about the ritual which guarantees that they'll be a permanent part of each other's lives.
    • In chapter 58, Daphne Greengrass is revealed to have become at least part-werewolf herself after an attack by Greyback.
  • Aura Vision: Hermione soon learns that she has the ability to sense and even 'see' magic, which is particularly poignant when she has sex, allowing her to be aware of the 'taste' of Harry's magic when they kiss or even 'see' others based on their magic.
  • Baby Factory:
    • Hasn't actually happened, but Demelza basically states during some of their 'sessions' that she'd be willing to become one for Harry as an example of her devotion and submission to him.
    • Fleur posits that Harry could give her many fine, powerful daughters (part-Veela are not terribly fertile). As with Demelza, the idea seems to substantially rev her motor.
    • Katie teases Harry about the prospect of being the male version of this, combined with House Husband.
  • Backwards-Firing Gun: In Chapter 53, Demelza is able to force Rudolphus Lestrange's wand to shoot its owner in the head, albeit letting out another blast that hits her in the shoulder.
  • Being Watched: In Chapter 64, the girls observe that any of them spying on Pansy during her time at Bones Manor is basically playing into Pansy's expectations, as even if she catches them spying on her it will simply reinforce the intended impression that Harry trusts and likes Pansy while the rest of them don't and are jealous.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The source of the friction between Ginny and Fleur. In the author's own words, "the reason Ginny hates Fleur is because she's gay for her."
  • Berserk Button:
    • Invoked in chapter 33; the chapter ends with Ginny clearly enraged at Harry's willingness to sacrifice himself to save Dumbledore.
    • Hermione makes it clear that she is disgusted at the wizarding world's apparently lax opinion on the definition of rape, as even Professor McGonagall doesn't acknowledge that Romilda Vane trying to have sex with Harry while he's under a love potion would amount to rape, and when Apolline Delacour tries to user her allure to seduce Harry in front of her husband and daughters Hermione wonders via the bond where these people got the idea that it's OK to take away someone's free will.
    • Fleur takes Harry home to Privet Drive, and Harry (with the support of his bondmates) opens up about his childhood. Fleur is absolutely enraged (though she keeps a tight lid on it) and openly threatens the Dursleys with To the Pain, although this isn't a threat to get them to stop abusing Harry, but planned payback for everything they've already done, while she plans to be a bit more hands-on about preventing anything unfortunate happening to Harry going forward. Later, Fleur's mother mashes it when she tries to seduce Harry with her allure, and then even harder when she tries to straight-up blackmail Harry into having sex with her. Fleur is so disgusted she leaves with Harry and Gabrielle immediately.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Chapter 33 shows that Draco Malfoy is basically one, taking his canon reluctance to kill Dumbledore to the point that he can't actually cast the Killing Curse even when Dumbledore is right in front of him. Later chapters present Pansy Parkinson as the other side of this, as she thinks she's successfully infiltrating Harry's harem but in reality the girls and Harry all know she's a spy for the Death Eaters and are just going to use her to trick their enemies.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When an attempt to use Ginny as bait to lure Death Eaters into a trap results in Ginny facing Lucius Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange, Ministry forces are delayed due to Death Eater infiltration, forcing Fleur, Katie, Fred and George to step in and help her.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The 'harem' may have their challenges, but at the end of the day all of the girls depicted are willing to support each other; in chapter 50, faced with the prospect that Fleur is pregnant after her first night with Harry, Ginny assures him that he'll be a good father and his child will have several aunts to help raise it, with Fleur recognising that the other seven are already a kind of family when they rally around Demelza to console her after the deaths of her parents.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed:
    • Averted; Katie Bell mentions that her having sex with the most well endowed guy she ever met had not been a good experience.
      Ryan Baldwin had been hung like a stallion, and it had hurt so much that Katie had to call it off at the first thrust.
    • Played straight with Harry, who is well above average. The first time Katie gets an eyeful of him, she's amazed Ginny is willing to share such a spectacular male specimen.
  • Birds of a Feather: Ginny muses at one point that she and Harry have a particularly fiery passion that makes them well-suited for each other.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Might be an exaggeration, but when so many of the girls' former friends reject them as sluts and whores for their relationship with Harry, Katie assures Demelza in particular that they can't have been real friends to turn on her that quickly.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality:
    • Evoked in Chapter 31, when McGonagall initially focuses more on punishing Ginny for attacking Romilda Vane than on Romilda's use of a love potion on Harry.
    • Features more explicitly in chapter 49; Veela are such sexual beings that Apolline Delacour had no problem discussing sexual matters with her ten-year-old daughter when Gabrielle experienced her sexual 'awakening' as a Veela after Harry saved her in the second Triwizard task.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: Suggested to apply to Bill and Dumbledore, as Chapter 57 strongly hints that Dumbledore is compelling Bill to agree with his current view that Harry 'needs' to die.
  • Break the Haughty: Katie muses that she enjoys taking arrogant boys down a peg or two during her past sexual encounters.
  • Breaking the Fellowship:
    • Ron swiftly distances himself from Harry and Hermione when he learns about Harry's new 'relationship' with Hermione and Luna, officially angry at Harry essentially 'cheating' on his sister even as part of it almost certainly involves his undisclosed feelings for Hermione. Ron seemingly permanently ruins his reputation with the others in Chapter 29 when they catch him spying on Harry having sex with Demelza, Ginny, and Katie in the changing rooms, although he takes steps to amend this after he is disfigured by Greyback.
    • Chapter 41 has the harem forced to split up for the summer holidays, although Harry muses that he, Ginny, Hermione and Luna will stay connected via their bond, and Hermione has also developed enchanted parchment that will let them communicate with each other. This particular division comes to an end after Chapter 54 when the group rescue Demelza from captivity and Harry and Fleur return from France.
  • Bridal Carry: Gender inverted, Fleur is fond of carrying Harry this way.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Hermione develops this view in particular when she realises that Dumbledore is actively discouraging her from pursuing the only option she’s found that might legitimately negate the horcrux in Harry.
    • In chapter 50, Gabrielle is shattered when she realises that her mother is attempting to seduce Harry even knowing how Gabrielle feels about him.
    • Ginny's relationship with Bill takes a serious knock when he starts working with Dumbledore against them, but after Dumbledore goes missing Bill starts to realise that he was wrong, although Ginny recognises that they can't get back their old relationship.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: NOT explicit, but chapter 28 confirms that Ron has briefly found himself fantasizing about how he saw Ginny having sex with Harry, even if he tries to focus more on the image of Harry with the other girls. Later on, chapter 49 sees Ginny end up masturbating in front of Ron when she gets caught up in Fleur and Harry's sexual encounter, but it is stated that Ron mainly watches because being partially infected by Greyback's attack has affected his mind.
  • Buxom Is Better: Downplayed. Harry loves all the girls no matter how they're built, reassuring Ginny she doesn't need to worry about her A-Cup Angst, but does enjoy Hermione and Fleur's much larger bosoms. Size focus is really only given to Ginny (explicitly the smallest) and Hermione and Fleur (implicitly the largest), implying the others are average, but Harry assures all of them that they're equally desirable to him.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Downplayed; with help from Ginny (particularly after they form the first bond), Harry becomes better at flirting with girls, but on his own he still makes mistakes, such as unintentionally making Susan think he's not interested in her when he was just judging her based on Ginny's greater sense of sexual confidence where Susan is a bit more shy.
  • Casual Kink: A few of these:
    • Ginny realizes that she likes being watched and watching Harry with other witches. After Fleur joins, Ginny comes to realize she has a gender-flipped cuckold fantasy combined with a humiliation kink. . . watching Harry with other women while they talk about how much better and sexier they are. Fleur stumbles on it and gives Ginny rather lavish fulfillment of that particular kink, leading to some deep conversations as Ginny becomes afraid this particular kink, and her want to have it fulfilled, actually makes her pathetic. She's quickly assured this is not the case.
    • Demelza (after identifying Ginny's own kink) reveals that she has a certain submissive streak that she enjoys exploring with Harry, to the extent that she calls him "Captain" and later "Master" during their sessions.
    • Hermione and Harry are switches (alternating who controls who in their encounters).
    • Katie is a bit of a domme towards Harry, but in a nurturing way. She also seems to enjoy playing a "sex coach" to the less experienced girls, and greatly enjoys engaging in humiliating dirty talk to Ginny during her first encounter with Harry as Ginny watches.
    • Aside from talking about the creatures featured in the Quibbler, the closest thing Luna has to a 'kink' so far is a preference for giving Harry blowjobs; she takes it a step further in Chapter 65 when she starts a bit of amateur roleplay comparing Harry to non-existent creatures such as high elves or incubi.
    • Susan's interests appear deeply suppressed, but under the influence of Hermione's experimental invigoration draught, she fantasizes about Harry overpowering her and taking her, essentially a rape fantasy. She also lets herself simply enjoy watching Harry and Hermione.
    • Fleur is presented as a more sexually aggressive domme than Katie, but she manages to maintain a balance where she is encouraging Harry to let her take charge without forcing him.
    • Demelza and Fleur also seem to have a pregnancy kink, Fleur talking about Harry has almost certainly gotten her pregnant while Demelza fantasizes about Harry filling her so completely as to impregnate her.
  • Character Development: As well as Harry becoming more emotionally available thanks to the influence of his lovers, he also learns better self-control, as shown when he takes more time to confirm that Voldemort has legitimately captured Demelza to set a trap for him as opposed to faking it like last time.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Hermione creates a revised invigoration draught, substituting a certain ingredient with samples of Harry's cum, that produces far more invigoration while making the subjects significantly more horny; the harem use it during Harry's birthday orgy in Chapter 63.
  • The Chessmaster: Dumbledore's private reflections suggest that he has various plans to 'ensure' that Harry will die in the confrontation with Voldemort, and he is also contemplating means of isolating Harry from his peers during his month at the Dursleys in summer.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: For Harry and Hermione in particular.
  • The Chosen One: Obviously Harry is one, but Bill appears to be convinced that he is basically this when he is working with Dumbledore against Harry and the harem, believing that nobody else recognises the 'danger' of Harry's current actions.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Discussed as the harem all agree that they can't ignore a letter from Bill where he blames his recent actions on Dark magic, even if there's a chance it's a trap.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Completely ignored; Cho Chang is rejected as part of the potential seven just because she and Harry had a bad past relationship, but Ginny soon realises that she actually gets turned on seeing Harry with other witches, Hermione understands that Harry loving her doesn't undermine his feelings for Ginny, and Luna, Demelza, Susan and Katie are each open to becoming involved with Harry when knowing he's with other women (and Demelza and Katie initially just believed that Ginny and Harry were simply exploring Ginny's voyeuristic kink until they learn about the ritual).
  • Clothing Damage: The Mending Charm must be getting quite a workout, as the characters frequently. . . lose their patience with buttons. At the extreme, someone in a great hurry to get busy might simply use a vanishing charm on their partner's clothing.
  • Coitus Interruptus: Ron discovers the new relationship dynamic when he walks in on Harry and Hermione having sex in chapter 15, and a session between Harry, Ginny, Katie and Demelza in the Quidditch changing rooms in Chapter 28 is interrupted when Hermione realises that Ron was watching under a Disillusionment Charm.
  • Continuity Snarl: Aside from the obvious detail of Harry learning about his status as a horcrux over a year in advance, all evidence suggests that Dumbledore is not currently dying from the curse that was killing him at this point in Half-Blood Prince in canon (later confirmed by Word of God, and stated more explicitly in-narrative). In chapter 37, Dumbledore reveals that he has already found Slytherin's locket, which was apparently not stolen and sold on by Mundungus Fletcher after Sirius's death as it was in canon, but remained in Kreacher's keeping until Dumbledore promised to destroy it.
  • Control Freak: Applies to Harry in a sense; he doesn't need to control everything, but his lack of control of his life is an essential aspect in his relationships with Katie and Demelza in particular, Katie teaching him that it's OK not to be in control on some occasions while Demelza's absolute surrender of control to him helps him feel like he can cope with the burdens placed on him.
  • Cool Big Sis: Hinted that Katie Bell has this relationship with the younger members of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, although her concern for their emotional well-being soon establishes her as a kind of Team Mom for the harem. Katie observes that she, Alicia and Angelina were all somewhat protective of Harry when he started out on the team, as they could all guess how many girls might try to slip him something as he got older.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: A lesser example for Fleur; while sex comes naturally to her via her allure, she has less experience with lesser expressions of affection, such as a simple friendly hug with Ginny.
  • Crying After Sex: Demelza does after one of her encounters with Harry (see I Just Want to Be Special). Harry is immediately concerned that something's wrong, but quite the opposite. The experience was so wonderful, so beautiful, so perfectly overwhelming for her that she's weeping in joy. For a similar reason, Susan also does this after her and Harry's first time.
  • Damsel in Distress: Chapter 52 ends with Demelza's house being attacked by Death Eaters during the summer holidays. Earlier, Harry comes running when he's alerted through the bond that Demelza is having a hard time, stating he's heard "there's a Demelza in distress."
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Harry shares some details of his childhood with Susan to establish the foundation for her as a potential partner. In addition, Ginny finds out about Harry's childhood and comforts him after they become bonded. At one point, Harry actually starts experiencing flashbacks of all the times the Dursleys treated him as worthless after he nearly falls victim to a love potion from Romilda Vane, requiring emotional support from Ginny, Hermione and Katie to be assured that they don't blame him for what almost happened.
    • Aside from Harry, Fleur also reveals that she had very few friends growing up as her allure made it hard for her to be friends with boys and girls were worried she'd try and seduce their boyfriends and crushes away from them.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Various examples, ranging from Ginny teaching Luna how to masturbate by stripping down to show her what to do to Harry seducing Demelza into a mutual session of it in the Quidditch changing rooms; Ginny and Luna even pleasure each other as a precursor to an end-of-term orgy in chapter 39, and Fleur pleasures Harry while feeding him before they have actual sex in chapter 48.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Harry shows this on a few occasions, but a particular moment is in chapter 48 when he blatantly lies that he's never thought about Fleur's breasts.
    • Fleur gets in on the action a time or two:
      Harry: (regarding the gorgeous dress robes Susan picked out for him) Are you suggesting I wouldn't have been able to dress myself properly?
      Fleur: Yes.
      Harem: Oooooohhhh.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Chapter 29 reveals that Grindlewald has died shortly before the story started, as Dumbledore is able to communicate with him via the Resurrection Stone when canon stated that Grindlewald was questioned and killed by Voldemort as part of his quest for the Elder Wand.
      • Chapter 57 subverts this when it's revealed that Grindlewald is alive, and Voldemort has been using the horcrux in the ring to manipulate Dumbledore.
    • Rudolphus Lestrange is killed by Demelza in Chapter 53.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Chapter 31 draws attention to the idea that the wizarding world has no issue with love potions, even though having sex with someone under the influence of a love potion basically amounts to rape.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Ron, as his current relationship with Lavender prompts Hermione to shift her romantic focus to Harry as part of her efforts to save his life, with Ron essentially breaking off his friendship with Harry and Hermione after he walks in on them having sex despite them explaining the situation.
    • Draco Malfoy; chapter 33 affirms that he continued his plans to get the Death Eaters into Hogwarts via the Vanishing Cabinet, with Harry not paying attention to Malfoy's actions as he was focused on his own situation.
  • Determinator: Bellatrix Lestrange deserves credit; when the harem are interrogating her under veritaserum, at one point she's so determined not to talk that they have to give Bellatrix another dose to make her talk.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: Fleur's sense of smell (thanks to her Veela heritage) is sensitive enough to pick up that Harry is having lots of sex with several different women. This leads her to the conclusion that he's cheating on poor Ginny, and Fleur will have to break the news.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In Chapter 57, Pansy realises she's done this as she is trying to seduce Harry and yet her planned cover story involved claiming that she refused to stab Draco because she loved him too much.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Invoked when Harry and Susan go to speak to Pansy to figure out what's up with her. Harry wears gorgeous dress robes (courtesy of Susan) to make Harry as attractive as possible and keep Pansy off-balance. Downplayed in that she's not too distracted to slip up on her story, but distracted enough to provide another data point for the harem to figure out she's lying.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Zig-Zagged. While Romilda gets a pretty mild punishment for dosing Harry with love potion, Harry's feelings afterward are of utter violation. . . even though Romilda didn't get farther physically than groping his butt and kissing him. But she raped him in mind, violated his consciousness and free will, and Harry feels violated. Despite Romilda's protests, it was no harmless prank, and every one of our heroes agree it was wrong.
  • The Dreaded: The idea that Dumbledore has been corrupted by dark magic is enough to make Scrimgeour apprehensive, as Dumbledore is too powerful for most wizards to face.

    E - L 
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Harry is often subject to this as he grows more sexually confident; he even uses this to force Pansy Parkinson to talk by stripping down in front of her to provoke her into an orgasm.
  • Entitled to Have You: Chapter 48 sees Apolline demonstrate this when she tries to seduce Harry after hearing about his past achievements, but Harry defies it when he rejects her in favour of Fleur. Also essentially Romilda's motive for slipping Love Potion in Harry's dinner; she believed the other girls were doing the same to get with him, and just wanted to "level the playing field."
  • Erotic Eating: In chapter 48, Harry's first sexual encounter with Fleur features him lying in Fleur's bed as she feeds him with one hand while masturbating him with her other; chapter 60 sees Luna giving him a blowjob so that she can use his cum as milk for her cereal.
  • Ethical Slut:
    • Demonstrated by Ginny in particular, as she has no problem with Harry having sex with any of the other girls whether or not she's present, but so far all participants in the harem have come across as this once they learn Harry's interested, expressing a disdain for the wizarding world's backward views on sexual relations in favour of enjoying themselves.
    • Chapter 28 confirms that Katie Bell is one, as she had a bad first sexual experience where it turned out her partner was cheating on his girlfriend with her and since then she prefers to be the one in control during her sexual encounters, only allowing a few cases such as Harry to get close to her emotionally. Even after she learns about the ritual, Katie only explicitly agrees to participate after Harry confirms that he isn't expecting monogamy, as she enjoys sex without emotional attachment. She does explicitly get off on exerting power over these boys, seducing them and knowing that she knows them in a way few others do, but she doesn't seem to be malicious about it.
    • Averted with Fleur's mother. Apolline Delacour's approach to sexuality left Fleur swearing to be nothing at all like her, to the point of actively suppressing her allure and even her own ability to let go and enjoy sex, even with a man she genuinely likes. It takes Harry and his "arrangement" to show her that there's something between the two extremes.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite becoming more comfortable 'showing off' for the rest of the girls, Harry is less comfortable deliberately putting on a show for Pansy Parkinson, even if he acknowledges that they're exaggerating to put her off-guard.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: During the holidays, the Death Eaters attempt to 'infiltrate' Harry's harem by setting up a scenario where Pansy Parkinson will be 'rescued' from an apparent torture session and then present her as willing to betray her family as they believe Harry is "dominated by his lusts for the flesh" and will be willing to screw her just because she's attractive. The harem observe that the Death Eaters are clearly incapable of even comprehending the idea that Harry is only having sex with girls he genuinely cares about rather than having sex with any willing girl, to the extent that they assume the only thing the harem are doing with each other is having sex rather than actually making plans.
  • Exact Words:
    • Used in particular when Harry is talking with Susan to ‘feel out’ her interest in him; when she mentions a rumour that Ginny and Demelza are planning a threesome with him, Harry just says that’s crazy without denying it. Susan is clever enough to pick up on Harry's dissembling.
    • Susan is described as using this in particular when questioning a captured Bellatrix Lestrange while she's under veritaserum, using exact words so that Bellatrix will give her the exact answers to the questions Susan's asking.
  • Exotic Equipment: Chapter 48 features a detailed description of the subtle differences between Veela sexual organs and humans by detailing the finer details of Fleur and Harry's first sexual encounter, with Fleur's vagina even having a few 'extra' compared to a human one.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: Susan notes that Harry could legally achieve this on his own, as his status as the sole heir to the Houses of Black and Potter means that he could marry two different witches to continue those family lines, and he could also marry witches who are the last surviving members of their families (such as Susan and Luna being the last Bones and Lovegood) and let them keep their names so that their children could continue their bloodlines.
  • The Face: Susan appears to be adopting this role for the harem, given her political experience and social status as the last heir to the Bones family, such as acting as the Rules Lawyer to find loopholes to justify Harry's actions to wizarding society beyond 'saving his life'.
  • Family of Choice: Harry and the girls come to consider themselves as having formed one of these by Chapter 35; as part of Harry's efforts to reassure Demelza of her value to him, he tells her that if she's just a normal girl, than he's just a lonely orphan who never had a family, and thanks her for becoming part of his, with Demelza looking around and realising that she's comfortable as part of this strange family Harry has created. In Chapter 54, Demelza loses her parents to Voldemort but finds comfort with the others.
  • Fantasy Contraception: There's a contraceptive charm ("Fertilis praesidium") the group knows and uses on a regular basis. Fleur knows a slightly different one, cast on the male instead of the female, because the regular one isn't entirely reliable for Veela.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In Chapter 69, Voldemort abducts Harry and reveals that Snape has prepared a version of the Draught of Living Death that has no antidote, with the result that the drinker will be left in a permanent coma.
  • Feed the Mole: In Chapter 57, Harry and Dumbledore each intend to use Pansy and McGonagall as this, the harem feeding Pansy information to pass on to Voldemort while Dumbledore intends to use McGonagall to try and lure Harry into a trap.
  • The Fettered: Fleur. Being part-Veela, she has to keep a tight reign on all her emotions, but especially anger and desire, lest she lose all control over her Playing with Fire and Living Aphrodisiac abilities respectively.
  • Foil:
    • Ron and Ginny are a comparatively dark foil to each other as they each find themselves aroused by watching others have sex, but for Ron it's all about perving over such a hot sight, where Ginny is primarily aroused by the emotional aspect of the act when watching Harry doing it, such as Harry's genuine dedication to making Luna feel good.
    • Katie and Demelza provide a fascinating contrast due to them helping Harry explore the extreme sides of his issues with control. After Harry has spent most of his life with the Dursleys belittling him and various factions of the wizarding world directing his destiny, he has come to resent feeling as though he has no control in a situation; Katie's subtle domination of him helps him accept that surrendering control doesn't always have to be a bad thing, while Demelza's submission to and trust in him empowers Harry and helps him gain confidence in himself.
    • Ginny and Fleur serve as an unexpected contrast in their initial attitudes towards sex, with Ginny embracing her high sex drive while Fleur tries to deny it.
    • Chapter 49 sets up Gabrielle Delacour as a contrast to Demelza Robbins; where both are superficially 'devoted' to Harry, Gabrielle is essentially attracted to Harry's celebrity image and fantasizes about having him to herself where Demelza was seduced by Harry rather than the 'Boy-Who-Lived' and only pursued a relationship with Ginny's permission.
  • Freud Was Right: Invoked when Hermione muses that Harry thinks about sex a great deal after their bond gives her insight into his mind.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Averted; Katie is shown initially living in a very small flat as she is only working as a teller at Quality Quidditch Supplies after leaving Hogwarts, prompting Susan to suggest Katie moves in with her as she has plenty of money and has no living relatives.
  • Gambit Pileup: One is brewing as of Chapter 57. Harry and the girls have tumbled to Pansy being sent to spy on them, and plan to Feed the Mole to take the initiative from Voldemort. Dumbledore and Bill are plotting to lure Harry into a trap and have Voldemort kill him, needing Voldemort to go along with this somehow. Voldemort has been looking for the Elder Wand, as he did in canon, and has been using the Ring Horcrux to make Dumbledore think the Resurrection Stone lets him talk to Grindlewald, thus manipulating Dumbledore towards... well, basically exactly what he's doing. And some of the Order members (mostly the Weasleys, Tonks, and Lupin) are aware of what Harry's doing and trying to help him against Dumbledore and the Order members still loyal to him.
  • Good Counterpart:
    • Essentially the ritual that Hermione discovers is this to the ritual that creates a horcrux; where horcruxes require the user to splinter the soul through an act of hate, Hermione determines that this ritual, if successful, should allow Harry to share his soul with his partners through an act of love.
    • It hasn't been explicitly observed, but Demelza appears to be developing into the 'good' counterpart of Bellatrix Lestrange; both of them are fanatically devoted to their respective 'masters' of Voldemort and Harry, to the point of referring to the men by their titles rather than their names, but where Bellatrix delights in murder in Voldemort's name, Demelza serves to inspire compassion and concern among others even if she proves that she can hold her own when she kills Rudolphus Lestrage.
  • Good with Numbers: Hermione’s development of the ritual to save Harry is explicitly attributed to her skill with Arithmancy (she also notes that it’s easier for muggle-borns to make sense of arithmancy based on grade-school algebra).
  • Groin Attack: Chapter 46 features a very unconventional one; after using her allure to interrogate Bill and learn that he and Dumbledore planned to basically shut down Harry's sex drive so that he couldn't complete the ritual, Fleur grabs Bill's testicles and squeezes, forcing Bill to experience a drawn-out and painful orgasm. She'd weaponized her allure to the point where any touch would push him over the edge, and bartered that desperation for information, so her action is payback on a few different levels.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Hermione uses Harry's semen in an experimental improved invigoration draught. It certainly invigorates. . . so well Hermione's test sip turns into chugging an overdose that temporarily drives her insane with lust. Harry and Susan coming to her aid likewise are infused with passion and have their inhibitions lowered simply by inhaling the potion's fumes.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Fleur's thoughts in chapter 48 reveal that she and Gabrielle have just as much Veela potential as her mother despite being 'officially' only a quarter Veela, with the result that they have equal amounts of potential allure.
  • Happiness in Slavery: As their sexual relationship deepens Demelza is shown to be particularly turned on at the idea of becoming Harry's, to the point that she explicitly calls him 'Master' during their first true sexual encounter, and later reflects that she's had fantasies about being given a collar or a tattoo to mark her as Harry's. These fantasies are reinforced in Chapter 58, when Demelza's bonding sees her wearing a collar (and nothing else) and serving the other seven with drinks and food as they discuss their next move before Harry actually bonds with her.
  • Harem Seeker: Harry, although this process is somewhat awkward for him early on, and justified as he needs the harem to save his life.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?:
    • Petunia's reaction to Fleur coming to Privet Drive in full allure and nothing else confirms that she's completely straight.
    • While the harem have no problem watching each other get Harry off, Hermione and Susan soon realise that they have no attraction to other women as they don't get aroused seeing the others do anything on their own; Ginny and Luna are at least strongly implied to be bi as they have been seen masturbating each other, while Demelza and Katie have no problem watching or engaging with the others without showing much interest in doing anything on their own initiative.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: In Chapter 67, Pansy Parkinson offers to become a spy for the harem in the Death Eaters, but they reject that offer as Pansy wouldn't make a good spy even if she was sincere, all aware she's only making that offer because she's been caught.
  • Henpecked Husband: Fleur's thoughts make it clear that her father is basically this, to the point that he shows little reaction to his wife attempting to seduce Harry when Harry is having dinner with the entire Delacour family.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Dumbledore apparently believes that this is all that Harry needs to do to defeat Voldemort, sacrificing himself out of the love he feels for others so that Voldemort can be killed.
    • A lesser example of this is shown when Harry first tells Susan, Demelza and Katie the truth about the current situation, as he assures the girls that they are all free to walk away if they want to, despite the risk that this will leave them short the necessary seven candidates for the ritual to work.
  • Heroic Willpower:
    • How Harry throws off Romilda's love potion. It's implied he was fighting it unconsciously the whole time (the narration points out his massive headache, stated to be an effect of fighting off the potion), but seeing Ginny while Romilda is groping him slams him out of it instantly. Madame Pomfrey is astonished when she's told that Harry fought free of the potion, rather than receiving an antidote or letting it wear off.
    • Harry demonstrates this later when he fights off the allure of Fleur's mother when she attempts to seduce him, but he needs a considerable effort to pull this off and afterwards lacks the energy to resist Fleur's seduction when he actually wants to be with her.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Chapter 30 sees Susan warning Dumbledore that he can't expose what Harry's doing with the girls without falling victim to this, as Dumbledore has no physical evidence that they've done anything, would actually get in trouble for using legilimancy on minors if he provided anything he read in their minds as proof, and can't let Harry go on trial without risking Harry revealing the truth about the horcruxes.
    • In Chapter 53, Demelza manages to escape captivity by grappling with Rudolphous Lestrange and forcing her magic into his own wand, causing the wand to fire out random spells that kill Lestrange and leave Demelza with a wound in her shoulder.
  • Honor Before Reason: Briefly suggested for Katie when she tries to reject what she believes to be Susan's offer to give her money to get a better place after she leaves Hogwarts, but when Susan clarifies that she was actually going to suggest Katie move in with her as Susan lives alone in the Bones household after the death of her aunt, Katie swiftly agrees to the offer.
  • House Husband: In chapter 39, Katie 'suggests' that Harry should just prepare to be this once the war's over, considering that he'll have seven women to satisfy and would probably prefer to take it easy at home rather than fight more Dark Wizards; Harry privately isn't sure if he would be able to respect himself if he wasn't providing for his family, but Hermione assures him that he has enough money to do that if he wants and doesn't need to worry about it at the moment anyway.
  • Hyper-Awareness: As Hermione becomes more aware of her ability to 'see' magic, she realises that she can actually see the magically-charged internal organs of her classmates, with that energy being focused around their sexual organs.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Chapter 12 reveals that Voldemort is basically this, as while he talks about the strength of blood purity, he privately acknowledges that the strongest wizards he knows outside of himself and Dumbledore are Snape and Harry, and while there is no sign Voldemort knows much about Dumbledore's past he is fully aware that himself, Snape and Harry are half-bloods who have been shaped by their difficult childhoods.
    • In Chapter 29, Harry concedes that it might be slightly hypocritical of him to admit that he'd be fine if Katie wants to be with other guys when he'd have more trouble if it was Hermione or Ginny making such a 'demand', but none of the other girls criticise him for this view.
    • Chapter 30 sees various male and female students either denouncing Harry and the girls as sluts and whores or trying to catch Harry on his own for a quick shag, although all members of the harem shoot them down; Katie explicitly notes that the males in particular are hypocrites denouncing them as slags while desperate to have sex themselves.
    • Chapter 36 has Fleur accusing Ginny of this, as Fleur feels that Ginny has been judging her for her attitude towards sex even when she just accused Fleur of doing that to Ginny. The other girls also wonder if it's hypocritical of Ginny not to want to ask Fleur to get involved in their relationship just because she's marrying Bill when Ginny has no problem letting them into her relationship with Harry, but Ginny clarifies that this is because Bill is "a one woman for all time kind of guy" who would be hurt if Fleur wanted such a relationship even if he'd try to understand it.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!:
    • Chapter 46 sees Fleur basically use this to interrogate Bill when she realises he's working with Dumbledore against Harry, although she is aided by her enhanced allure.
    • Subverted in Chapter 48 when Apolline attempts to seduce Harry using her allure in combination with this trope. She is not successful.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Chapter 36 sees Demelza express a desire for this as she feels as though she's the 'expendable' one of the six girls so far; Ginny was Harry's first girlfriend, Hermione has a long-standing history with him as well as being the most intellectual, Luna's creative, Susan's good with politics, and Katie's experienced enough to take care of Harry's other needs, but Demelza doesn't see where she fits in. While the other girls assure Demelza that Harry doesn't choose them based on what they bring to the harem but because he genuinely cares about them, they also clarify that Demelza is important as her faith and submission to Harry helps him gain confidence in himself after a decade of being emotionally undermined by the Dursleys and the lack of control he's faced since he came to Hogwarts.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Chapter 55 reveals Fleur never had many friends growing up, especially once puberty hit and her allure started coming out. Boys just lusted after her while girls were all jealous of her. Seeing Harry and his girls together, Fleur recognizes something she's wanted and missed her whole life.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: "Love" may be a strong term, but Apolline Delacour- Fleur and Gabrielle's mother- makes it clear that she wants to have at least one sexual encounter with Harry just because he's the first wizard to resist her advances. Similarly, Fleur's main initial attraction to Harry is his ability to shrug off her casual allure and treat her like any other girl, not an irresistible sex object.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Chapter 33 sees Harry do this to Bellatrix, teasing her about the idea that Voldemort just sent her on a 'baby-sitting' duty because he's still angry at how she failed him in the Department of Mysteries.
  • If I Can't Have You...: By Chapter 65, Pansy's Villainous Crush on Harry has basically reached this point, as she reflects that she would have liked to seduce Harry herself but now recognises that's impossible.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: A downplayed example of this in chapter 45, when Pansy Parkinson is ordered by Bellatrix Lestrange to stab Draco Malfoy in the heart for his failure on the mission to kill Dumbledore; Malfoy is protected by a ward, but the fact that Pansy was willing to do it is enough for Bellatrix.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance:
    • Basically applies to Snape in Chapter 32, as he has heard the reports of Harry's new relationships but doesn't mention it to Voldemort as he doesn't think it's relevant.
    • Until chapter 49, none of the girls' parents are shown to be aware of the nature of their new relationship, although it should be noted that the Grangers are now under memory charms, Susan's guardians are dead and Katie has almost certainly moved out. That said, the Robbins definitely don't know and Xenophilius's knowledge is unclear, but the Weasleys decided to accept it after some thought and Fleur's mother actively tries to have at least one sexual encounter with Harry just because he turned her down.
    • In chapter 50, Fleur is shown to be unaware of the existence of the Channel Tunnel until Harry suggests it as a way they could get back to Britain without magic.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite his growing distance from Harry, Dumbledore still investigates the cave to find a horcrux (albeit accompanied by Bill Weasley rather than Harry), and Word of God has confirmed that Tonks and Lupin are still involved and Tonks is now pregnant.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Fleur's thoughts on her past note that she often had to deal with this as her allure made her so attractive it made other girls jealous even if she didn't want them to be; Ginny has to reassure her that the bond with Harry helps the other girls be aware of his feelings and recognise that being attracted to Fleur doesn't mean he's not attracted to the other six.
  • Inspector Javert: Chapter 39 suggests that Dumbledore is setting Bill up as one, as Dumbledore tells Bill about Harry's new relationship while apparently presenting it as the horcrux corrupting Harry to lure Ginny and the other girls into sexual depravity, rather than making Bill aware of the wider reasons the girls are doing this with Harry in the first place.
  • Instant Turn-Off: Chapter 43 ends with Luna kissing Fleur and sharing Harry's release with her, only for Harry, Ginny and Luna to instantly regret that they just basically manipulated Fleur into cheating on Bill with them.
  • Intimate Open Shirt: Discounting cases where Harry and the girls were stripping down in full knowledge that they'd have sex, the first true example of this occurs after Harry explains the situation to Susan and they start removing each other's shirts, with Harry giving Susan the kind of genuine compliments she hadn't been expecting while assuring her that she doesn't need to take this any further than she's ready for.
  • Invisible Writing: Hermione comes up with a tool for the group to communicate easily, safely, and secretly. A blank piece of parchment, specially enchanted. Write on it, and the writing will appear on everyone else's parchment piece, or you can write to a specific person by writing their name first. The writing is only visible to the holder of the parchment. Using this, the group can easily coordinate meetings and discuss their progression without fear of someone catching wind of what they're up to. Harry comments that it's a very good thing for Hogwarts that Hermione (mostly) likes following the rules.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: In Chapter 32, Bill's thoughts identify Dumbledore and Voldemort as Archmages, who appear to be this to other wizards as Bill's train of thought suggest that Archmages have a good general knowledge of various magical arts without knowing the specific details of key fields. This plays a part in the reason why Bill was able to help Dumbledore penetrate Voldemort’s wards around the cave where he left the locket; Bill specialises in penetrating such cursed wards, while Voldemort created the defences all by himself because he didn’t trust any of his followers who might be more experienced in such matters to create something more difficult.
  • Jerkass Realization: Chapter 50 sees Gabrielle basically have one when she witnesses her mother's attempts to seduce Harry away from Fleur and realises that she'd basically be guilty of the same thing if she tried to go through with her original plans.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: After she threatens the Dursleys that someday someone will take everything from them, Fleur is grateful for the opportunity to volunteer for Privet Drive guard duty as it allows her to keep a closer eye on them to be sure they don't do anything she wouldn't approve of.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: When Harry rushes to offer some emotional comfort to Demelza, he does so by stating he heard "there's a Demelza in distress." Ginny in particular gives this reaction, only to receive one when Harry ribs her over a joke she told him that she then shares with the others.
    What's the Slytherin Quidditch team's favorite drink? Penal-tea.
  • Lampshaded Double Entendre: Ginny tells Hermione and Luna that Harry took Demelza for a broom ride — "A literal one." Luna wonders what other kind there is, Ginny says she'll explain later.
  • Les Collaborateurs: By the time of Harry's seventeenth birthday, it is all but explicitly confirmed that Death Eaters have infiltrated the Ministry, with unidentified forces delaying Auror support when the harem try to set a trap in Diagon Alley to capture various Death Eaters.
  • Limb-Sensation Fascination: After they bond with Harry, both Ginny and Hermione wonder how boys ever get anything done, as through the bond they are now acutely aware of the sensations of Harry's body, especially his "equipment," especially when it "awakes." They both marvel at the fact Harry can just ignore it and carry on.
  • Likes Older Men: Gabrielle Delacour is explicitly attracted to Harry, although she is too young for Harry to consider her as one of the girls he will bond with.
  • Likes Older Women: While around half the 'harem' are younger than Harry (Ginny, Luna and Demelza are in the year below Harry and Susan's exact age in relation to him has not been specified), Hermione has been established as one of the older students in Harry's year, Katie is in the year above him, and Fleur was the subject of Harry's first explicit sexual fantasy even before she became a consideration as part of the harem. Also, Harry's first crush was Cho Chang, but that is obviously less relevant as the 'relationship' never went anywhere.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: All the girls become this for Harry, as he greatly depends on them to give him hope for the future in various ways.
  • Loophole Abuse: Susan suggests a legal loophole that would make Harry taking multiple wives perfectly acceptable from the perspective of the wizarding world, due to him being the heir of two Houses, and also reveals how he could take other wives.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany:
    • So far Luna, Hermione, Susan and Demelza have had these to varying extents (Ginny was obviously already dating him, Katie was already aware of an existing attraction that she hasn't defined as 'love' yet, and Fleur has not defined her feelings for Harry in that regard);
      • Luna realises that she’s been attracted to Harry since she met him as Ginny helps teach her how to masturbate after they explain the situation to her.
      • Initially just volunteering herself as part of the ritual because she can't imagine life without Harry, Hermione becomes aware that she’s subconsciously thought of Harry as attractive for years before they finally admit that they love each other in Chapter 14.
      • Susan Bones has a few of these; initially, after Harry explains the situation to her, she admits that she's been attracted to Harry for a while and Harry apologises for not realising this by explaining that he's hopeless with girls. Chapter 27 reveals that Susan realised her own feelings for Harry when he was correcting her posture during a DA lesson the previous year, and Harry responds to her declaration of love with his own when he actually takes her virginity.
      • There is no clear such moment for Demelza, but Harry explicitly tells her that he loves her in Chapter 37 after a particularly intense session following Harry's efforts to assure Demelza of her value to him, and Demelza eagerly reciprocates.
  • Lust Object: Harry in particular becomes this as the story unfolds, with even girls outside his 'harem' seeing him as attractive, even if he's only interested in his 'chosen seven'.

    M - Q 
  • Mindlink Mates: Once the bond is formed between Harry and one of the witches, they become this, sharing thoughts, sensations, experiences, and so on. While Harry can communicate telepathically with those he's bonded with and vice versa, the girls can't do the same with each other. . . except once, under an extreme situation, when Ginny and Hermione heard what each other were sending to Harry. How this works, and if it can be developed, remains unexplored thus far.
  • Misery Builds Character: Voldemort at one point muses that he believes this is the case, as the pampered nature of most pure-bloods means that they don't actually have the same raw potential he feels true wizards should possess, with only Snape, Bellatrix and Harry (from Voldemort's perspective) having mastered the power that comes from pain.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Many characters, on realizing that Harry is getting close to, flirting with, or having sex with the others assume he is cheating on poor Ginny. Ginny has to explain "We have an arrangement," and even that doesn't always work. Some assume that she's so blinded by her desperate Hero Worship of Harry that she'd let him get away with anything in exchange for him giving her a fraction of his time and attention.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The girls might get most of the attention, but Harry still proves himself to be very attractive to them all, to the point that he creates an intimidating impression in a confrontation with Ron in Chapter 29 despite the 'handicap' of being completely naked in the changing rooms in front of the six girls he's 'recruited' so far. Later on, the bonding makes Demelza so turned on by him that she's swiftly horny just seeing him exercise.
  • Mrs. Robinson:
    • A minor example for Katie, who admits that she's had a slight crush on Harry since her third year when Harry was only twelve, imagining how she might help him out of his shell.
    • In chapter 48, Apolline Delacour, Fleur's mother, attempts to seduce Harry acting as this, but Harry rejects her.
  • Mundane Utility: Hermione finds the most common use of her ability to 'see' magic is that it helps her measure out potions ingredients.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: A good description of Fleur's reaction as she finds herself in a position where she is choosing to help Harry over helping Bill, but may arguably also apply to Ginny as she genuinely apologises for her prior treatment of Fleur.
  • My Parents Are Dead: Harry is an obvious example, but chapter 54 sees Voldemort kill Demelza's parents. Susan is also the last living Bones, her other relatives having been killed by Voldemort and his Death Eaters.
  • Naughty by Night: Discussed when Tonks notes that Remus's werewolf aspect makes him a "freak between the sheets".
  • Naughty Under the Table: Harry and Luna have a sexual encounter in the library, only escaping detection because Susan cast a concealing charm on them.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Voldemort reflects that he's breaking this rule, with one crucial difference: this time, the bait (Demelza) is real. It doesn't help, as Harry and his bondmates are savvy enough to confirm that the bait is real this time, and to have a more detailed plan than "run in wearing 'Rescue Mission' badges and hope for the best."
  • Nice Guy: Harry's qualifications in this department are of paramount importance. He has to be talked into going through with the ritual because he doesn't want to be selfish and bind seven women to him, needing to be assured that sometimes, it's okay to be selfish. The women he picks (and who pick him in turn) are all, at the most basic level, attracted to how kind, caring, and loving Harry is. As the relationships develop, Harry taking care of his girls and them taking care of him become equally important parts of the overall dynamic.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The best way to sum up Ron's mistake in chapter 26; he reveals to Lavender that Harry is having sex with Ginny, Hermione, Luna and Demelza because he believes that Lavender is dumping him for Harry, when in reality she dumped him for Seamus and had no idea about Harry's sexual activities before Ron brought it up, thus leaving that information to be exposed to the rest of the school.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: "Villain" might be a bit of stretch, but when Hermione figures out the ritual, she's clever enough to know it's risky but inexperienced enough to have no idea how risky (in manner or degree). So she lays it all out for Dumbledore, hoping he'll be able to help her. He tries his best to talk her out of it, which only convinces Hermione to go through with it.
  • No-Sell: In Chapter 64, Harry's invisibility cloak is able to deflect the Homenum revelo spell.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Basically applies to Katie; once she accepts Susan's offer to stay at her place, Susan often find Katie scantily dressed in random rooms of the house, the older girl getting herself off using a dildo Hermione created.
  • The Nondescript: When Susan participates in Pansy's interrogation, she wears plain black robes that Pansy notes are designed to make her fade into the background to the point that Pansy may forget she's even there.
  • Noodle Incident: Fleur's thoughts imply that her mother's Veela allure had negative consequences on her parents' marriage at some point, which prompts her to resist her own urges.
  • Non-Idle Rich: In chapter 39, Hermione observes that Harry has inherited enough money that he doesn't have to work after graduation unless he wants to.
  • Not So Different: Chapter 43 sees Fleur comparing herself and Ginny due to their current strong desire for sex.
  • The Nudifier:
    • Hermione knows a spell ("Vestimenta pertransibo") that removes a person's clothes into a heap at their feet. How she learned it is unexplained, though Ginny comments it's a good thing that she's probably the only one at Hogwarts who knows it.
    • Harry also knows one ("Exui vestes") that's slower and easier to counter.
    • To quickly gain access to layered Hermione to help her with the effects of an experimental potion, Harry simply vanishes her clothes.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In chapter 48, Luna shows uncharacteristic spite when Apolline Delacour tries to use her allure to seduce Harry right in front of her husband and daughters when Fleur has already basically staked her claim on him.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: Luna and Susan both have comparatively low opinions of their sex appeal, each considering themselves fairly plain at best, but Harry is quick to assure them each that he finds them attractive.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Bill Weasley refers to Dumbledore and Voldemort as ‘Archmages’ in a manner that suggests they are the magical equivalent of this, possessing a wide knowledge of various fields of magic at the cost of not possessing, for example, Bill's in-depth knowledge of wards.
  • Open Secret: To a degree; prior to Ron letting the cat out of the bag in chapter 26, Dumbledore was at first completely unaware that Harry had already completed the first stage of the ritual and was actively seeking out other girls to bond with, and Katie was taken by surprise when she learned at least some of what was going on, whereas Susan all-but-explicitly stated that she knew that Harry was currently having sex with at least Ginny already, even as he expressed interest in Katie's dating life and continued to flirt with Susan, a few chapters before she learnt about the 'coven'.
  • Orgasmically Delicious: To a degree in chapter 48; Fleur feeds Harry with one hand as they prepare to have sex while masturbating him with her other hand.
  • Out-of-Character Alert:
    • The harem realise that Pansy Parkinson is lying about how she ended up in 'prison' with Demelza because she would complain more often if her situation was genuine.
    • Basically applies when Harry meets an auror who doesn't immediately look at his scar; the reaction is so common that someone not doing that is a sign that the man's under the Imperius.
  • The Peeping Tom:
    • For the most part, the storyline focuses on a positive version of this, as Ginny realises that she actually gets turned on both seeing Harry with other witches and the knowledge that she’s being watched with him.
    • A more typical version occurs in chapter 24 when Ron unintentionally witnesses Harry in a foursome with Ginny, Katie and Demelza in the Quidditch changing rooms, although Ron is outside the room and disillusions himself so that nobody can see him. He takes it even further in chapter 28 when he uses the same charm to watch Harry having sex with the chasers again (even if Ron's disgusted with the idea that he ended up looking at Ginny in the process), although this ends with Ron being caught by Hermione and the other girls.
    • Susan does this herself when she sees Harry getting a blowjob from Luna in the library, albeit 'hidden' under a range of charms so not just anybody can see what Luna's doing to him.
  • People Puppets: Chapter 33 sees Ginny briefly use the bond to take control of Harry's body to force him out of the path of a curse.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: Unintentionally. When Harry and Ginny form the first bond, Voldemort wakes up screaming in agony. He feels some pain for a time later, implied to be the love bonds formed by the ritual traveling down his psychic link with Harry.
  • Porn with Plot: While the basic setup is clearly an excuse to get Harry having lots of sex with seven exceptionally beautiful women, the story is well-thought-out and grows organically, not just in the relationship between Harry and his chosen but with how others react, as well as the plans other characters have that are completely unrelated. While it indulges in things common in Harry Potter fanfic (hitting Dumbledore and Ron with Adaptational Villainy, for starters), it does so in a way that makes sense within the bounds of the story. There are chapters that are almost or entirely sex-free, dedicated to moving the story forward.
  • Posthumous Character: Chapter 29 confirms that Dumbledore has been using the Resurrection Stone to various deceased characters, including Ariana, Lily, and Grindlewald.
  • Power Incontinence: Fleur and her allure. In Chapter 55, she reflects how even a momentary twinge of jealousy can make her allure lash out, damaging her attempts to make friends and putting strain on budding romances around her.
  • Power Is Sexy: Demelza and Susan each seem to be attracted to power, which Harry possesses in great quantity, even as their attraction also focuses on his compassion, Demelza in particular often reflecting on how Harry could easily overpower her but would only ever use that strength to protect her.
  • Playing with Fire: Fleur often uses this as part of her Veela allure, most commonly channeling it to burn her clothes off as part of a seduction.
  • The Power of Love: Explicitly identified as the reason Hermione believes that this ritual will negate the horcrux within Harry.
  • Pragmatic Hero: After they learn that one of the horcruxes is in the Lestrange vault, Harry and Susan make arrangements with Scrimgeour to make a deal with the goblins to seize the contents of the vault in exchange for the goblins and the Wizengamot getting cuts of the money.
  • Pregnancy Scare: After Harry and Fleur's first encounter they realize they were both entirely too distracted to apply the appropriate charms. Fleur thinks the odds of conception after all they'd got up to are almost certain. Harry has a minor freak-out over not being ready, but Ginny calms him down, assuring him Fleur's child will have the six best aunts ever. It's still unknown if Fleur is actually pregnant or not.
  • Properly Paranoid: By summer, Harry and Susan apologise for not sharing all details with Scrimogeour because they are concerned that the Death Eaters have infiltrated the Ministry, which is proven to be correct when a trap they tried to set is interrupted due to other parties delaying auror support.
  • Property of Love: Particularly applies to Harry's dynamic with Demelza, as she soon finds herself blatantly fantasizing about how she would let Harry do anything to her if he would make her 'his' while Harry is drawn to her absolute devotion to him.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: To a degree; chapter 41 sees Ron make tentative efforts to reform his friendship with Harry and the girls, although they all acknowledge that it can't be what it was before.
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  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Technically invoked and defied in Chapter 31; Hermione and Professor McGonagall disagree about the punishment Romilda Vane should receive for using a love potion on Harry as McGonagall expresses doubt about whether Romilda's actions qualify as rape.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Susan in particular has fallen victim to the realities of their developing complex dynamic as she feels as though Harry hasn't shown that much interest in her after their initial encounter; Harry promises that he'll work on that and just made a mistake judging Susan's approach to their relationship by comparing her to Ginny's greater sexual 'aggression'.
    • Despite Demelza's submissive attitude and fantasies about being controlled and dominated, she acknowledges that certain fantasies like having sex in public or being ordered to walk around the school naked are too much, accepting 'lesser' orders like walking around without underwear.
    • After Demelza's parents are killed, she only seeks comfort from the six she already knew even after Fleur has become officially part of the group as she doesn't know Fleur that well.
    • Although Ginny is generally 'accepting' of her peeping tom kink, at one point she needs to ask the others (specifically Harry, Katie and Demelza) that nobody actually thinks she's "pathetic" for getting off like that.
    • While Ginny has had a few fantasies of herself and Harry with another woman, she acknowledges that her 'original' fantasy of doing something intimate with Hermione is impractical as Hermione genuinely isn't attracted to other women, with Ginny's fantasies 'evolving' to feature Harry and Fleur double-teaming her.
  • Relationship Upgrade: For Harry and Hermione in particular, although this can also be argued for Luna and Katie (Harry wasn’t especially close to or familiar with Demelza and Susan before he started pursuing them, and his association with Fleur was comparatively brief even if they had spent time together, so there wasn't much of a pre-existing relationship to 'upgrade', and he’s dating Ginny when the storyline begins)
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Chapter 29 has Lily Potter (via the Resurrection Stone) deliver one to Dumbledore about his treatment of Harry.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • In chapter 49, once Arthur and Molly learn about the reason for Harry's unconventional new relationship, they take some time to think over everything before they conclude that Harry and Ginny are each old enough to make their own choices and accept the consequences of such an unconventional relationship.
    • In Chapter 62, Rufus Scrimgeour listens to Harry and Susan's explanation that their intelligence about Voldemort could be dangerous if it gets out, so it is best that they not share the information even with the Minister.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons:
    • Suggested; when Pansy tries to taunt Harry about his relationships, Susan observes that Pansy is known to be involved with Draco and teases that Draco is very ‘small’, with Pansy later reflecting that this assumption is actually true but she believes that Susan found that information out from a specific source rather than realising that Susan was just teasing her.
    • Used on a more practical note in chapter 34; while Fleur's Veela senses make her aware that Harry is having sex with multiple girls, she initially assumes that he is cheating on Ginny rather than consider alternative explanations, although Ginny soon clarifies the truth of Harry's current sexual activities in chapter 36.
    • A lesser example in chapter 36, when Cho assumes that Harry never considered her for his new relationships because she 'didn't put out'; Cho is correct that Harry didn't consider her as one of his new partners, but that was actually because Harry didn't like the way Cho treated Luna rather than because she didn't want to have sex.
  • Rule of Symbolism: When analysed from a certain perspective, each member of the harem is in some way symbolically 'connected' to one of Voldemort's horcruxes;
    • Diary=Ginny. Her previous connection with it is brought up fairly often, most notably when Bill accuses Harry of manipulating her the same way the Diary had; Ginny fires back that, having actually been controlled by dark magic, she's in a position to know what she and Harry are doing is anything but. Harry forms his first bond with Ginny; the Diary was the first horcrux to be destroyed.
    • Diadem=Hermione. Both representing intellect. The Diadem is found in this story when Luna simply asks the Room if it can help them find a horcrux. Hermione and Luna are very yin-yang, both brilliant in opposite ways (Hermione being logical and methodical, Luna being, well, Luna). The Diadem is destroyed by Ginny with a basilisk fang, and Ginny has expressed. . . penetrative interest in Hermione. Harry forms his second bond with Hermione, the Diadem is the second horcrux to be destroyed by Harry's actions in this story.
    • Ring=Luna. Both seem innocuous but both hold hidden power, the Ring having a lethal curse and the Resurrection Stone, Luna being a shining example of The Cuckoolander Was Right and Beware the Silly Ones. The Ring has been destroyed before the fic even begins, and Luna was such an obvious candidate for the ritual that Harry, Hermione and Ginny approached her directly rather than taking the time to 'feel her out' as an option like with the other four. The Ring and Stone currently remain in Dumbledore's possession, reflecting Luna's outsider status, in general and within the harem. While the other girls like Luna well enough, they don't quite get her. Luna is also the only harem member not to have had least some time as a POV character.
    • Locket=Demelza. The Locket is kept safe under a potion that makes you relive your worst memories, Demelza submerges herself in the fantasy world of her romance novels. The Locket, when worn, exaggerates the wearer's worst qualities and defends itself by preying on its attacker's greatest fears; Demelza is The Heart who brings out the best in the people around her. The Locket was stolen from Voldemort's hiding place by Regulus Black who told Kreacher to destroy it, Demelza was "stolen" from Harry by Voldemort as bait in a trap to destroy Harry. Harry escaped Voldemort's trap and rescued Demelza, though her parents died in the process, Kreacher failed to destroy the Locket and suffered greatly for it. The Locket was finally destroyed by Bill and Dumbledore, who then turned their attention to "destroying" the harem.
    • Cup=Susan. Both connected to Hufflepuff. The Cup is safely locked in the Lestrange vault at Gringott's, while Susan is the most sexually guarded and repressed of the girls. The Lestrange vault is filled with treasures useless to anyone not hunting a horcrux, Susan is alone in a house filled with treasures she doesn't care about or are painful reminders for her. A Gringott's vault like the Lestrange's is supposed to be impenetrable; Hermione is investigating how to ward a place (such as Susan's home) to make it safe from Voldemort.
    • Nagini=Katie. Nagini is the only living horcrux Voldemort made (so far as he knows), Katie is the most independent and free-spirited of the girls. Voldemort uses Nagini as an Attack Animal bodyguard and to frighten his Death Eaters into submission, Katie is very protective and nurturing towards Harry and inspiring the others with her Team Mom tendencies.
    • Harry=Fleur. Harry is the horcrux Voldemort never meant to make, Fleur was brought up a few times but never considered for the ritual because of her engagement to Bill. Harry became a horcrux through a unique set of circumstances and an act of true love, Fleur became embroiled in the goings-on through a series of coincidences. Voldemort made Harry a horcrux by accident, Harry and Fleur have an "accident" of their own their first time together.
  • Rules Lawyer: Susan Bones essentially fills this role, telling Harry, Hermione, Ginny and Luna about an old pure-blood rule that would allow Harry to take multiple wives given his status as the last heir of two pure-blood families, as well as how Susan and Luna, as the last of their respective bloodlines, could marry a man and keep their names so that their children would continue their families rather than their husband's. In Chapter 30, Susan accompanies Harry to confront Dumbledore after Harry's multiple relationships go public, with Susan neatly dismantling every argument Dumbledore could use to prove that they're doing anything illegal by making it clear how much Dumbledore stands to lose if he takes legal action.
  • Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Important for Harry's dynamic with Demelza in particular, as she has a definite interest in tales of experienced men protecting/seducing lower-class women, prompting Harry to approach their dynamic in the manner of a team captain giving her guidance, to the point that Demelza refers to him as 'Captain' during their encounters- eventually 'promoting' the term to 'Master' after they first actually have sex rather than just Harry basically fondling her- and has even been told she has a safe word (although she's never used it to date). Harry also demonstrates another important facet of this trope: if he even thinks something's gone wrong, he asks Demelza to confirm she's okay, safe word or no. So far he's always misread it and Demelza is fine (or better than fine), but pausing and checking in to make sure is an important part of SSC. Thanks to Harry's genuinely caring nature, it's a part he understands intuitively.
    • In a lesser variation, the girls also refuse to engage in kink-shaming, assuring Ginny that her kinks may not be their kinks, but her kinks are okay.
  • Safe Word: Initially only Demelza had a safe word ('Treacle Tart') but after her bonding with Harry, 'Treacle Tart' becomes the safe word for the entire coven.
  • Sanity Slippage: Potentially suggested for Ron after he's scratched by Greyback; he hasn't actually gone 'insane', but the part-werewolf infection has increased his sex drive to the point where he even finds himself turned on while watching Ginny masturbate.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Taken far more literally than some cases; sex magic of the nature required to save Harry's life is technically illegal in magical Britain, but so far only Hermione, Susan and Dumbledore directly acknowledged this, and while Dumbledore believed this thus ensured nobody will use it, Hermione and Susan explicitly stated that they don't care about the legality of it so long as Harry's life is saved.
  • Secret Keeper: In Chapter 64, Demelza is chosen for this role regarding the harem's location on the grounds that outsiders would expect someone else, such as Ginny.
  • Secret Test of Character:
    • It wasn't exactly a 'secret' in the traditional sense, but in chapter 48, Harry basically proves himself to Fleur when he resists her mother's attempts to 'seduce' him with her allure, explicitly rejecting Apolline's offer to be her 'pet' in favour of a more genuine relationship with her daughter.
    • Chapter 57 sees Ron pass one when Tonks appears to be trying to seduce him and he tries to leave the room; in reality she and Lupin just wanted to confirm Ron's psychological condition after he was wounded by Greyback.
  • Secretly Wealthy: A good description of Harry and Susan, as they each have great wealth they inherited from their families but they don't commonly flaunt that wealth.
  • Sex Addiction: Ginny's attitude towards sex has basically become this by chapter 35, as she feels desperate for a release at least once every day but 'needs' to feel Harry having a climax as well before she can achieve it herself.
  • Sex for Solace: The harem often have sex with Harry to help him cope with the trauma of recent events, although chapter 55 has Demelza be the recipient after the deaths of her parents.
  • Sex Magic: The ritual used to save Harry's life is an example of this, which is complicated as Dumbledore muses that such magics are illegal in Britain.
  • Sexual Extortion:
    • After Harry shrugs off her attempt to win him with allure, Apolline tries to blackmail Harry into giving her "just one night." She has this lovely little vacation home in the Mediterranean, nice and safe, and it can be made even safer with some wards and a Fidelius Charm. . . Harry just has to do her this one, tiny little favor. At the urging of his bondmates, Harry tells her to stuff it.
    • Later Harry pretends to be willing to help Pansy Parkinson find release if she'll tell them what she knows, but the deal is presented in a manner that means Pansy has to tell them everything when she made herself orgasm.
  • Shameful Strip: Pansy Parkinson basically does this; in order to question her, the harem provoke her into becoming so turned on that she agrees to tell Harry everything if he'll help her find release, but just after Pansy's stripped down herself she orgasms just seeing Harry take his clothes off before he's even touched her.
  • Ship Tease: It is strongly implied that Neville Longbottom is in a relationship with Hannah Abbott (or at least attempting to start one), while it is more explicitly acknowledged that Ron is initially involved with Lavender Brown until she dumps him in Chapter 26.
  • Shipping Torpedo:
    • While considering candidates for the ritual, Ginny immediately dismisses Cho Chang as a possibility despite her past relationship with Harry. Later on, when Cho learns about Harry's multiple sex partners, she is implied to be seeking him out, but Harry muses that the tales he has heard about her treatment of Luna mean that, as far as he is concerned, Cho is dead to him.
    • Hermione explicitly disregards Ron as a potential romantic partner as she becomes more invested in the plan to save Harry and acknowledges that she is attracted to him over Ron.
    • In Chapter 26, Lavender dumps Ron for Seamus.
    • In Chapter 46, learning that Bill was planning to assist Dumbledore in a plan that would have basically killed Harry's sex drive to prevent him from completing the necessary ritual, Fleur breaks off her relationship with Bill and chooses to aid Harry.
    • In Chapter 51, Harry turns Gabrielle down as politely as he can, explaining that she's too young for a relationship with him even if he didn't have seven girlfriends already.
  • Shrinking Violet: Susan in particular comes across as this; even knowing that Harry is attracted to her and actively seeking sexual relationships with multiple women, she can't find the nerve to make her presence known when she walks in on Luna giving Harry a blowjob in the library, and is the most conservatively dressed when the six girls arrange a last night orgy for Harry.
  • Shout-Out: In Chapter 13, Ginny quips That's my secret, Harry. I'm always horny.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Harry gives a few of these to Hermione, usually when she starts embarrassedly babbling while discussing the. . . finer points of the ritual.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Chapter 49 establishes that Harry may become caught up in one as Gabrielle is attracted to him even as he's 'chosen' Fleur for his seventh partner, although they ultimately work to let Gabrielle down as gently as possible.
  • Side Bet: Remus and Tonks finally get around to discussing the situation (and the fracture it's causing in the Order of the Phoenix) with the Weasleys, specifically Ginny. When Remus notes that Ginny seems awfully calm for someone who's boyfriend is cheating on them, Ginny simply explains "we have an arrangement." Remus sighs, holds up a sickle, and Tonks triumphantly snatches it.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Chapter 49 reveals that this appears to apply to Gabrielle; even when her mother encourages her to explore her Veela sexuality, Gabrielle finds it hard to be sexually attracted to any boy other than Harry.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Susan in particular notes that she admires Harry for always trying to help others even before she realises that he’s explicitly looking at her as a potential romantic partner, although all of the girls are attracted to his good nature to a greater or lesser degree; in Chapter 50, Fleur muses that Harry has always treated her like a person rather than a sex object.
  • Slut-Shaming: In chapter 30, Harry and the six girls fall victim to various examples of this after the truth of their relationship comes out, ranging from girls protesting that they aren't interested in Harry when he hasn't shown any interest in them anyway to others trying to accuse his current partners of being sluts.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In Chapter 64 Pansy appears to genuinely believe that she can seduce Harry even when faced with his relationship with the seven members of the harem and the affection from Gabrielle.
  • So Crazy, It Must Be True: When Katie and Demelza are filled in on the details about the ritual, Katie's reaction. . . is to laugh.
    She'd have sworn that they were pulling a prank on her, except. . . it was Harry. Of course something like this would happen to him. "I swear, Harry," she managed "You are the luckiest unluckiest bloke alive."
  • Sour Prudes: Initially applies to Fleur, although she grows out of it as she learns more about Harry's situation and accepts her own feelings for him.
  • Speed Sex: Abusing the bond, Harry and his bondmates can climax in a single thrust. This is presented as satisfying and a benefit, their ability to work each other up to the point where minimal interaction is required to reach a peak.
  • Spousal Privilege: A wizarding example of this; with the declining rate of wizarding births, legally a wizard could take multiple wives in the name of preserving certain bloodlines. As a result, Harry could take at least two wives as he is the last heir of the Potter and Black families (with Ginny calling 'Dibs' on the title of Harry's 'Potter' wife), and as Susan is the last living member of the Bones family, if Harry permitted she could marry him and keep her current name so that her own children would be members of the Bones family, with a similar rule applying to Luna as the last Lovegood (Hermione could also keep her last name if she wanted, but the wizarding world wouldn't particularly bother about that as her parents are muggles and Harry assures Hermione he wouldn't expect that anyway).
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In chapter 40, the six girls and Harry find the diadem when Luna just asks the Room of Requirement if it could give them a horcrux.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Chapter 54 sees Harry's allies in the Order mount an assault on Malfoy Manor to rescue Demelza and her family that opens with the group using Fred and George's fireworks to create a distraction.
  • STD Immunity: Katie muses that wizards don't have to worry about normal STDs, and magical ones are apparently extremely rare.
  • Swapped Roles:
    • A minor example occurs in chapter 26, as Hermione impulsively takes Harry to a broom cupboard so they can have sex while Harry tries to present a rational argument against it.
    • A more brutal, physical example; rather than Bill being attacked by Greyback during the attempted Death Eater invasion of Hogwarts, Ron is the one who is attacked.
    • Chapter 35 essentially sets up Ginny and Fleur as acting the way the public would expect the other to act, with Ginny the sexually promiscuous one while Fleur is more of a prude as she tries to repress the strong sex drive of her Veela heritage.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Ginny briefly muses that she feels sorry for Pansy Parkinson after hearing about such events as her being ordered to kill Draco (staged as part of a test), but loses all sympathy when Pansy starts ranting about her obsession with Harry.
  • Synchronization: Part of the bond created by the ritual allows Harry to share his magic with his various bond-partners, and vice-versa, as well as being able to communicate with them telepathically.
  • Taking A Third Option: Faced with breaking into Gringotts to get the cup from the Lestrange vault or just asking the goblins for it, Susan instead suggests that they go to the Ministry and use a few old clauses so that they can legally confiscate the contents of that vault.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Romilda Vane's attempt to dose Harry with love potion works this time around... and somehow she got into his dinner in the Great Hall. With the help of his bonds, Harry throws it off, and Madame Pomfrey shows him a spell to detect potions in his food and drink to prevent this (or something worse) from happening again.
  • Teacher/Student Romance:
    • In a sense for at least two of the seven girls;
      • Harry starts trying to befriend Susan by offering her pointers in Defence Against the Dark Arts, with Susan offering to return the favour if he needs help with Charms; Harry notes later that Susan’s actually a better tutor than Hermione as she can break the subject down more easily.
      • Demelza has a certain ‘kink’ for this kind of relationship that Harry uses while giving her flying lessons at the start of their relationship, as well as subsequent post-training 'conversations', to the point that Demelza refers to Harry as 'Captain' and gets particularly turned on when he calls her a 'good girl' before they become sexually active.
      • Not a major part of their dynamic, but Luna comments at one point that she finds Harry to be a better teacher than Snape, as she asked both if there was such a thing as a sex-change potion and found Snape's answer inadequate while Harry observed that Polyjuice could be useful for such a desire.
  • The Team: It's more than a harem, its a group coming together to strike a decisive blow against You-Know-Who.
    • The Hero: Harry.
    • The Lancer: Ginny. While she's emotionally and physically closest to Harry, she's also the first one to call him on his bullshit and isn't afraid to verbally, psychically, or physically beat some sense into him.
    • The Smart Guy: Hermione, just as in canon. She's the one who figured this whole mess out. Once they're bonded, Harry quickly decides not to bother trying to actually follow Hermione's thoughts; when she gets her think on, she's on a level he can't even begin to understand.
    • The Chick: Luna, who in her own way is just as clever as Hermione and Susan, but displays it much more rarely (or in ways that take a while to grasp) and is the most open, warm, and sensitive of the girls.
    • The Generic Guy and The Heart: Demelza has fears of just being the former, and while she doesn't have any obviously unique characteristics to recommend her, she's still important to Harry and everyone else. She does manage to consistently bring out the best in everyone around her, inspiring the entire group to stage an attack on Malfoy Manor to rescue her after her abduction.
    • The Face and The Team Benefactor: Susan slips into this, being politically savvy, quite rich, and emancipated and living on her own in a large manor (since her parents died). She provides political know-how and a large house for everyone to meet in when not at Hogwarts.
    • Team Mom: Katie is growing into this, mostly towards Harry, but taking the other girls under her wing as well.
    • The Big Guy and Token Non-Human: Fleur, being a highly skilled and of-age witch and a Triwizard contender means she knows magic the others have no idea about. Also, being part-Veela gives her some Super Strength and Playing with Fire, so she's surprisingly dangerous when provoked, as well as making her the only member of the harem who isn't purely human (which has some ulterior benefits for Harry when he and Fleur have sex).
    • Tagalong Kid: Gabrielle. Fleur's younger sister, Fleur brought her along primarily to get her away from their mother (who's quite a piece of work in this fic). She wants to help, but Harry (and, presumably, the others) want to keep her safe from the dangers of confronting Voldemort and the Death Eaters. And Harry knows she's crushing on him hard, and wants to spare her the painful sight of him with. . . well, basically everyone but her.
    • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Pansy Parkinson, with the twist that the group knows she's The Mole and are planning to feed her.
  • Team Mom: Katie seems to take on this role for the group, showing concern for Harry and Ginny's physical and emotional well-being even before she becomes an active part of the relationship, later offering Demelza advice on how best to pleasure Harry during their first true sexual encounter and providing the girl with emotional support after some of Demelza's friends reject her as a slut once the relationship goes 'public'. When she spends time with Harry on their own, Katie finds herself musing that she simultaneously wants to wrap him up and tuck him in as much as she wants to strip him and ravish him, with chapter 35 depicting a sexual encounter between them that focuses on her offering him nurturing support as much as it is about them having sex.
  • The Team Normal: Basically applies to Demelza when she spends time with Susan and Katie in Muggle London, as Demelza is a half-blood who thus has better experience of muggle culture than the other two.
  • Teeny Weenie: Pansy muses at one point that Draco has a small penis, and wonders how Susan found out about it when she makes that accusation (in reality, Susan was just teasing Pansy).
  • Teleportation Rescue: Chapter 54 sees Dobby assist the group in rescuing Demelza from Malfoy Manor.
  • This Is Reality: When she finally gets her hands on Harry's "broomstick," Demelza notes it's a bit different than her erotic novels described, and Katie responds with what boils down to this trope.
  • To the Pain: When Fleur learns the full extent of Harry's home life, she threatens the Dursleys that, someday, they will lose everything they've ever come to have, and they'll know who did it (Fleur), and why (what they put Harry through), but will still experience only a fraction of what they've done to him over the years. She even states that she'd do more, but Harry, Nice Guy that he is, would not allow it.
  • Token Good Teammate: Despite the idea of him automatically distrusting Slytherins, Ron concedes that he would be willing to consider the idea that Daphne Greengrass or Tracy Davis wanted to join the Order as they never did anything particularly awful to anyone.
  • Token Non-Human: Fleur is the only member of the harem who isn't fully human, given her part-Veela heritage.
  • Token Wholesome: A good assessment of Susan's dynamic in the harem, as the one who dresses most modestly when the six girls come together for the end-of-year orgy, wearing a long nightgown where the other five were in T-shirts and underwear at most.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • By the end of the school year, the new 'coven' have become skilled enough that they quickly fall into a pattern to coordinate their defence against the latest attack at Hogwarts, while Harry's magic has increased to the point that he can fly on his own which was an ability only demonstrated by Voldemort and Snape in canon.
    • After dozens of chapters of "Ron-bashing," it's Ron who formulates the plan to rescue Demelza from Malfoy Manor, though Lupin tweaked it a bit with the benefit of greater experience. Said plan goes off nearly flawlessly.
  • Tranquil Fury: Fleur, when she learns the details of Harry's childhood. Being part-Veela, she has to keep a tight reign on all her emotions, lest her powers run rampant beyond her control. She muses that if she didn't keep her fury tranquil when confronting the Dursleys about their treatment of Harry, she'd burn the whole house down.
  • True Companions: Even before Hermione recognises her existing attraction to Harry, she realises that she can’t imagine life without him after over five years of him as her best friend.
  • True Love Is Exceptional: A sign of Fleur's commitment to Harry is shown when she gives him a series of 'coupons' that entitle him to make a series of demands that go against her usual nature, such as allowing Harry to tie her up and deny her.
  • Truth Serums: Initially just improvised as Hermione's invigoration serum is used to drive Pansy wild with lust so she'll talk, but Molly later provides Ginny with veritaserum so that the harem can interrogate Lucius and Bellatrix in depth.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy:
    • Chapter 28 reveals that Katie Bell once had a threesome with Fred and George Weasley, and she notes that the twins are now apparently 'sharing' Angelina and Alicia.
    • Downplayed, but Hermione's initial list of potential candidates included both Parvati and Padma Patil.
  • Underestimating Badassery: In Chapter 64, Demelza is chosen as the Secret Keeper and to spy on Pansy because she appears like the weak link on the surface but Harry knows he can trust her loyalty.
  • Undying Loyalty: Considering that the girls have agreed to be bonded to Harry on a spiritual level, this clearly applies to all of them, although special mention should go to Ginny, Hermione and Demelza, as Ginny and Hermione were so devoted to Harry that Ginny was willing to accept him with other women (before she learned that she likes to watch) and Hermione was willing to abandon the potential for other relationships before acknowledging the depth of her own feelings, to say nothing of Demelza's submissive streak being so strong that she would have accepted being Harry's 'side chick' even before she learned about the ritual.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: Hermione had to seriously dig to come up with the basic idea for the ritual, and even then had to do a lot of magical math to complete it. It's never actually been done, remains largely theoretical, and they have no idea if it will even work, what the side effects might be, how the bonds might change as more and more are added, what precisely the bonds are capable of doing. . . there are a lot of variables in play. Of course, the alternative is letting Harry Potter die, and none of our heroes are having that.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Snape compares Harry’s current relationships to James’s reputation when he was at school, but considering Snape’s views of James there is no way to be sure if he’s exaggerating just how many women James was actually involved with.
  • Villainous Crush: In Chapter 32, Pansy Parkinson realises that she has one on Harry, as she can't stop fantasizing about seducing Harry even when she's having sex with Draco. By Chapter 65, despite her official mission to infiltrate the coven, she recognises that such a relationship will never happen and 'contents' herself with the thought of ensuring that none of the other girls will get to keep Harry either.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: All of them. Ginny unleashes the magical equivalent of Extreme Mêlée Revenge on Romilda Vane after she successfully doses Harry with Love Potion, and the other girls respond by spending the rest of the year surrounding Harry like a protective detail. Tellingly, Fleur was violently protective of Harry before she officially became a "girlfriend," notably with the Dursleys and Bill. Apolline was probably very lucky none of Harry's other girls were in the same country when she tried her allure and blackmail tricks on him; even Luna reacted with uncharacteristically blunt rage.
  • With Due Respect: Dumbledore receives one in chapter 30 from Susan Bones of all people, as Susan makes it clear that he doesn't have a leg to stand on if he tries to stop the harem doing anything to save Harry's life.
  • Worthy Opponent: Voldemort’s musings in Chapter 32 affirm that he sees Dumbledore and Harry as this.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Harry needs this kind of support from the girls. He's very apprehensive about bonding to Ginny, partly because of the ritual's untested nature, but mostly out of worry of what Ginny will find in his head if they end up sharing thoughts. She finds what he was worried she'd find pretty quickly: years of Vernon Dursley telling Harry he was a useless pathetic freak undeserving of anyone's love or affection. Ginny (and the others, as they come to understand Harry) assure him that he is loved, and is worthy of being loved.
  • You Are Not Alone: Plays a key part in Harry's bonding moment with Luna, as he senses her desire to belong when they forge their bond and uses their new link to assure her of her place in his life.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Chapter 48 makes it clear that Apolline Delacour has no problem having multiple affairs due to her Veela nature, to the point that she tries to seduce Harry- who had already been 'claimed' by her own daughter- right in front of her daughters and husband.

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