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YMMV tropes in the Fan Fiction Arc of Sacrifices:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: even for a series renowned for this trope, it still leaves a lot open for interpretation. For example, is Indigena Yaxley admirable for sticking to her rigid code of honour, or is she just weak for not taking death instead?
  • Ass Pull: A few such as the Justice Box, an artifact made of Holy Hand Grenade that can dish out punishment to people who did wrong or punish people who try to use the Justice Box for wicked ends. It appears out of nowhere in a Remember the New Guy? sort of way without foreshadowing. The same thing occurred with the Cincinnatus Ritual.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Connor, if the reviews on Fanfiction.net are anything to go by. The readership became generally more favorable to him post-Character Development, but in the earlier books most people seemed split between hating him for being an immature Unwitting Instigator of Doom who often hurt Harry, and recognizing that he's really just a kid, with all the flaws that entails. Plus, the favoritism of him over Harry made a lot of people unfavorably disposed to him simply on principle.
  • Catharsis Factor: Calibrid Opalline's breaking speech to Draco in the 93 chapter of A Song in Time of Revolution is extremely satisfying considering the childish and petty behavior that Draco had during the last two books.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Evan Rosier began as a normal Death Eater, but played a pivotal role in destroying the cup Horcrux in the seventh book.
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In Lightning on the Wave's overview of the story, on her author's page, she says that she will never write Ron/Hermione or Snape/anyone. While both are true, the latter is only such in a very painful manner.
  • Growing the Beard: The first three books and most of the fourth just read like a particularly good fanfic. It really hits its stride during the graveyard scene at the end of book four, and keeps on getting better from there.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Every Slytherin save Harry wants to be one. Harry doesn't like the idea, but he'll do it anyway if it will help with his duties as a vates.
    • Very many characters are trying for this, though they tend to fall slightly short by virtue of being unable to see all they can.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Henrietta Bulstrode.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Dumbledore creeps closer and closer to crossing it as time passes, until he casts Capto Horrifer, a spell that forces people to relive their worst memory and change it into worse and worse visions so that they aren't even allowed the assurance that they survived it once.
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  • Nightmare Fuel: Durmstrang in Book 5. Rosier was not lying when he said Bellatrix was making the students have sex with one another.
    Harry imagined days on days of this, trapped in the school with a madwoman, knowing she could cause you pain or death with the slightest whim, never knowing if rescue was coming, having hope die day by day...
  • Romantic Plot Tumour Harry and Draco, starting from the middle of the fifth book to the sixth book. Not everyone wants to know how their sexual relationship is going when there are more interesting plotlines o follow.
  • The Scrappy: Chances are you'll hate Indigena Yaxley by the end of the series. Plus, Lily and Dumbledore. God, those two are annoying.
  • The Woobie: Regulus. Oh, Regulus... Tortured by Voldemort, trapped in a wooden dog for thirteen years, stuck as a voice in Harry's head afterwards, and then finally resurrected only to find that he has a debilitating curse in his Dark Mark. He has to bind himself to Lady Death to cure it (and know that she will call upon him to die at any time), and spend two years in a portrait. Once he finally returns, he realises that he loves Snape, but just as Snape starts accepting the idea, he is called on to die. Poor guy...
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