Is/are there lists of instances of "borrowed" or "foreshadowed" ideas or details between Harry Potter fan-fiction and Harry Potter books 5, 6 or 7 that were released later?

This question as stated in the title is a bit too broad and might sound inflammatory, so let me clarify the details that didn't fit into already over-long title:

  1. This is not meant in any way to imply anything negative about J. K. Rowling. I'm interested in significant ideas or details that are identical or very similar, but not in speculation as to the cause (e.g. "brilliant insight by fanfic author" vs "Rowling read and subconsciously remembered" vs "Rowling stole the idea"). Having actual documented confirmation as to what was the cause (e.g. Rowling's acknowledgement) would be a neat addendum, but not a requirement.

  2. Just to spell it out, I'm looking for significant and non-obvious ideas, details or events that occured in fanfics released before the relevant 5th, 6th or 7th book was released (e.g. post-Goblet of Fire fanfics that were released before HP5).

    The idea/detail/event must be significant. E.g., the fact of an individual character dying is not really significant (including Dumbledore). Harry having to do the whole sacrificing himself thing is significant.

    It must be non-obvious. Who married whom at the end of book 7, or Dumbledore dying in general, or Neville ending up as a hero are pretty obvious from previous books or as possible plot twists. So is "a giant climactic battle at Hogwarts" - not predictable from previous books per se but way too obvious. Or "lots of characters dying in book 7".

    So if the list mostly consists of listing details like the examples above aren't what I'm looking for.

  3. I'm specifically interested in pre-compiled existing lists, NOT turning this into a list of one-per-answer examples. The list should contain at least 10 items which are significant and non-obvious.

  4. If you don't know of an existing list but know a lot of examples yourself, feel free to compile one off this site as a draft (e.g on Pastebin) and I would gladly verify if it contains enough valid entries; if so it would also constitute a valid acceptable answer.

NOTE: If the moderators feel that this last bullet is Bad Juju, i'll remove it from the question leaving only "Existing web lists only" #3.

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    Darn those / / / seriously hurt the readability of your question...
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 19:44
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    One thing that many people had predicted after book 5 was that there was a bit of Voldemort in Harry's soul.
    – apoorv020
    Commented Mar 27, 2011 at 17:21
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    "I'm specifically interested in pre-compiled existing list, NOT turning this into a list of one-per-answer examples. The list should contain at least 10 items" Err... why?
    – MGOwen
    Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 5:29
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    @Mgowen - to satisfy the moderators' immense level of hatred to any question that can possibly. theoretically, in a parallel universe, eventually turn into an "endless" list of answers. This was the ONLY way to not have the question closed by a moderator on the spot. Commented Jul 14, 2011 at 17:35
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    @DVK Well I guess they've left you with a choice between a closed question and an open one which will never get a single answer :( ... maybe just change it to something that might be answerable and see if you get anything? Then try and complain if they try to close it?
    – MGOwen
    Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 4:49

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Fan Fics With Canon Foreshadowing

I'll be honest -- this is a mixed list. Some of the foreshadowed events won't meet your criteria; some might. Also, you didn't specify any genre/pairings/ratings that you did NOT want to see, so I included everything I knew of or was recommended to me (I polled my f-list twice for fic recommendations). There are very well-written fics on the list, though (Textual Sphinx I like particularly.)

So, yeah. Giving this question the good old college try :)

UPDATE: So far, the best overall as far as foreshadowing seems to be Melindaleo's "The Seventh Horcrux". The Seventh Horcrux.

The fic was finished 2006-11-11 (well before HP7 publishing on 2007-07-21), yet it included (frequently, with correct reasoning based on details in prior books):

  • Obviously, Harry being the Seventh Horcrux

  • The Horcrux being a result of killing Lily.

  • Bill and Fleur's wedding

  • Scrimgrour coming to the Burrow to question Harry about Dumbledore's death

  • Death Eater attack at the end of that wedding

  • R.A.B. being Regulus.

  • Mundungus stole the locket Horcrux

  • Percy Weasley turning back into the Good Guy

  • Remus/Tonks being killed

  • One of the Weasleys being killed (different one though) and one of the Weasley twins losing a body part.

  • Dolores Umbridge being a big shot (though in the fic, she actually became the Minister of Magic).

  • Voldemort taking control of the Ministry

  • Harry meeting with Dumbledore in a combination of his mind and some sort of limbo.

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    I think I've read every HP-related trope imaginable by now. I rarely read fic anymore, though. I'm more into HP meta. :D Commented Jan 7, 2012 at 14:27
  • can I have a copy of that "good character study of Draco Malfoy" ?
    – n611x007
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 13:16
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    Heh, this is actually the one fanfic I've ever read. I read it before the seventh book came out, and I actually prefer it to the real thing.
    – SaintWacko
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 16:01
  • dead link on tsh :(
    – n611x007
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 6:19
  • A lot of these seem rather obvious to me. Like, anyone who takes the time to go through a list of characters introduced by that point is going to realize Regulus is a main candidate. And Percy was never bad, just an antagonist. There's a big difference. Commented Jan 17 at 3:20

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