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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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It has been stated that the final goal for the storyline will pair Harry with Ginny, Hermione, Luna, Demelza Robbins, Susan Bones, Katie Bell, and Fleur Delacour (as of August 2019, only Fleur is not definitively being considered as part of the potential ‘harem’- although she was aware that Harry was having sex with multiple girls- while the other six have all had at least one sexual encounter with Harry and been informed of Harry's 'agenda').

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The Power of Seven contains examples of:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Played with; Harry isn’t bothered by Ginny’s lack in this department, but he definitely notices how many of the other girls have such attributes.
  • 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.
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  • Adorkable: Susan explicitly affectionately refers to Harry as a 'doofus' when he seems genuinely surprised at the idea that other girls would kill to be in her position.
  • All Women Are Prudes: Basically subverted for most 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.
    • 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.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Up until chapter 25, none of the girls showed an interest in doing anything with each other without Harry, but there were 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.
      • In chapter 25, Ginny 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. In Chapter 35, Ginny finally admits that she is at least somewhat bi 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.
    • 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.
    • Demelza is fully aware that Harry has sex with Ginny, 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 being sexually attracted to Ginny 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 sees the girls arrange an orgy before Hogwarts breaks up for the summer; when Harry arrives, Ginny and Luna are already naked and masturbating each other while the other four are still wearing their sleepwear.
  • 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: Katie muses that wizards don't have to worry about normal STDs, and magical ones are apparently extremely rare.
  • 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 to basically feeling like this, as 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.
  • 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 that she'd be willing to become one for Harry as an example of her devotion and submission to him.
  • Berserk Button: Invoked in chapter 33; the chapter ends with Ginny clearly enraged at Harry's willingness to sacrifice himself to save Dumbledore.
  • Bi the Way: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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, ranging from Ginny realising that she likes being watched and watching Harry with other witches to Demelza (after identifying Ginny's own kink) revealing that she has a certain submissive streak that she enjoys exploring with Harry, while Luna just seems to have a particular preference for giving Harry blowjobs.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 suggests that she could also be a Team Mom for the future 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.
  • 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.
    • Harry's past is so troubled that he 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Foil: Quite a few characters become foils to each other in terms of the impact their attitudes towards sex has on their relationships with others;
    • Ron and Ginny are a comparatively dark example of this 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 to each other in their initial attitudes towards sex, with Ginny embracing her high sex drive while Fleur tries to deny it.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Fleur appears to be set to assume this role to the harem at least at the start, particularly when circumstances result in Ron being scarred by Greyback rather than Bill and thus depriving Fleur of the chance to prove that she loves Bill for more than just his looks.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Harem Seeker: Harry, although this process is somewhat awkward for him early on, and justified as he needs the harem to save his life.
  • 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 subsequently 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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; he can marry at least two witches himself to continue the lines of the Houses of Potter and Black as he is the heir to both, and he can marry witches who are the last of their own family lines and let them keep their names so that their children will inherit their original houses (such as Susan being the last living Bones).
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: So far Luna, Hermione, Susan and Demelza have had these to varying extents (Ginny was obviously already dating him and Katie was already aware of an existing attraction that she hasn't defined as 'love' yet);
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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'.
  • 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.
  • Posthumous Character: Chapter 29 confirms that Dumbledore has been using the Resurrection Stone to various deceased characters, including Ariana, Lily, and Grindlewald.
  • The Power of Love: Explicitly identified as the reason Hermione believes that this ritual will negate the horcrux within Harry.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 35, 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.
  • 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, she 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- even calling him 'Master' in Chapters 28 and 37- and has even been told she has a safe word (although she's never used it to date).
  • Safe Word: Demelza's safe word is 'Treacle Tart', but so far she's never used it no matter how far Harry pushes her.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Susan wearing a full nightgown where the other girls were just in T-shirts and underwear.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 as in canon, Ron is the one who is attacked by the human Greyback during the attempted Death Eater invasion of Hogwarts.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 noting that she’s 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.
  • Team Mom: Katie seems set 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 he uses their new link to assure her of her place in his life.
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