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The Interdict is an added plot device (though something like it must surely exist elsewhere in the vast reaches of already-written fantasy). I don't regard my own answers as canon when they haven't been recorded in the text itself, but Opinion of God is that the Interdict of Merlin applies to magical secrets that can directly or indirectly lead to wide-...


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Reversed stupidity is not intelligence. That said, see the disclaimer in chapter 1: All science mentioned is real science. But please keep in mind that, beyond the realm of science, the views of the characters may not be those of the author. Not everything the protagonist does is a lesson in wisdom, and advice offered by darker characters may be ...


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The note at the top of HPMOR Chapter 7 is probably the source of these comments: Whoa. A spokesman for Rowling's literary agent said that Rowling is okay with the existence of fanfiction as long as no one charges for it and everyone's clear that the original copyrights belong to her? That's really cool of her. So thank you, JKR, and thine is the ...


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I believe it's Harry Potter and the Psychic Serpent by Barb LP, which can be found on FanFiction.net, and also found following this tweet which also confirms that it's Harry Potter and the Psychic Serpent (Credit to SQB and ibid) The blurb is: Alternate Harry's 5th yr. He gets a snake who has the Sight. Romantic entanglements, Animagus training, house-...


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Rowling is on record as approving of HP-based fan works in general [BBC interview], but that does not mean she approves of HPMOR specifically. I think there are strong circumstantial reasons to believe that she has not and will not read HPMOR, and would not comment on it if she had. The statement Rowling's spokespeople made in the above-linked article — ...


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JKR approves of fan-fiction. The spokesman for the Christopher Little literary agency said: "JK Rowling's reaction is that she is very flattered by the fact there is such great interest in her Harry Potter series and that people take the time to write their own stories."- Rowling backs Potter fan fiction - BBC News It's said that she does have some ...


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The answer can be found on page 602, when Harry is talking to Draco. “So what did you wish the first time?” said Draco. [...] “It wasn’t really all that interesting,” Harry said with obviously artificial lightness. “Just, I wish Professor Quirrell would teach Battle Magic again next year.” Quirrel refuses this wish because of the curse on the ...


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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-...


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In the first chapter it says: This is not a strict single-point-of-departure fic - there exists a primary point of departure, at some point in the past, but also other alterations. The best term I've heard for this fic is "parallel universe". The text contains many clues... From the mysterious phrasing here, not to mention the following paragraph, ...


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Although I've not read Methods of Rationality, I can say with confidence that nothing like what is described appears in Rowling's original writings. I hesitate to post an answer without offering supporting evidence, but it's hard to prove a negative; the best I can do is: I've read the books many times, and have searched Pottermore, Accio-quote (which ...


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Voldemort's ultimate ambition was little more than to be less bored. The thing Voldemort fears most is death, so he sets out to avoid that possibility as his first priority. He quite handily deals with that little inconvenience through his use of Horcruxes, then sets out to figure out what he wants to do with his eternal life after that. He spends some ...


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Through some sleuth Googling, I did find this (although I'm kinda wishing I hadn't! :P). I found it by searching for "fanfiction harry potter 'safehaven' password", where it is the second result (this question is the first). The story is called Strengthening Wounds, and is written by user Louis IX on FanFiction.net. It started with Harry living with the ...


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Art of the Saber, available here for download. The Breton-Celtic music is Gortoz a ran ['I'm waiting'], from Denez Prigent. A light saber fight sequence with the flavor of a Hong Kong martial arts action movie. This short is set in a dense forest, where a young man, willing to leave his loved ones behind to help fight in ...


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No, this isn’t entirely accurate. According to this theory, the child of a witch and a wizard is always a witch or wizard themselves. There are at least Squibs in canon who were born to magical parents: Angus Buchanan, the Scottish rugby player Marius Black, part of the notoriously blood-supremacist Black family See my answer to Are there any non-magical ...


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TL&DR version: They had just met, but Harry's initial fun, coupled with Draco's sense of humor had resulted in them becoming tentative friends; they were playing together. Full Version It's not as complicated as it seems. Harry is getting tired of the response he keeps getting.. "Oh, my god! Is it REALLY Harry Potter!" and the like. He decides he'...


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Supershadow, I believe. You can view his old (now defunct) site here SuperShadow is the alias of a Star Wars fan who ran SuperShadow.com, a website that fabricated insider knowledge and claimed that SuperShadow was a close friend of George Lucas, and one of the leading Star Wars fan experts in history ... When the website was online, ...


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Assuming Eagle's Splendor works in the same way that it does in the Dungeons and Dragons game from which it was lifted, then the potion's effects are both limited and temporary, little more than a novelty. By adding Thestral blood (at Dumbledore's suggestion) Lily has apparently increased its permanence to the point that it's been active for decades. Her ...


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Some of the spells used are different languages, while others are references to other forms of media. Other languages Ma-ha-su (first appears pg 203) - The spell being called the Sumerian Simple Strike Hex implies the language is supposed to be Sumerian. Unfortunately, Google Translate's lack of support for ancient Mesopotamian languages makes this ...


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Per OP's edit to their own answer, this is Endurance by bgd_thrifty, originally published on Ao3. Harry becomes pregnant. “You… what?” Harry doesn’t reply, just watches Draco’s wand hand carefully. He knows how quick on the draw a Malfoy can be when enraged. But Draco seems to be folding in on himself. “Is that mine?” he asks, waving vaguely at ...


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Here's your link Destany Santana...enjoy. Loss and Pain by Lovell Luka


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I believe your confusion stems from the use of the term gremlin as part of the James Potter fan fiction books where it's used to describe a group of student troublemakers. Hogwarts’ current group of mischief makers and rascals, reminiscent of the Marauders; regarded as “scoundrels with honor” by Merlin. Known members include: Ted Lupin (leader) ...


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In the absence of an annotated picture, I am going to proceed upwards, by rows, in a zig-zag fashion (for reasons that become obvious given the row #1 to row #2 transition) starting from the bottom-right-hand corner. And Hurt counts, damnit! ☺ I, Martha, added this annotated picture and tried to put in the correspondences (in parentheses). Row #0, ...


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It would appear to be Fantastic Elves and where to find them by evansentranced, on fanfiction.net indeed. After the Dursleys abandon six year old Harry in a park in Kent, Harry comes to the realization that he is an elf. Not a house elf, though. A forest elf. Never mind wizards vs muggles; Harry has his own thing going on. Character study, pre-Hogwarts, ...


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Off the top of my head, I can think of a few examples of learning advanced magic from a written text. The first would be everything Harry learned from the HBP Potion book, for example Sectumsempra seems to be quite a powerful spell. The second is probably the most famous, the Horcruxes and how they are created. Other than gaining information about how the ...


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Original authors using fanfic is definitely a trend. It's a big enough thing that TV Tropes has a page on Ascended Fanon. It's not a new thing, but it's growing. And I think Flint is extending the integration of fanfic with canon. HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos may not fit precisely within your definition, but it oozes up to the outside wall and slithers ...


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Yes, there are a considerable number of different 'background events' that are different, but I'm hesitant to list them all as they are spoilers for anyone who hasn't spotted them yet. (Specifically, the kind that give you a satisfying 'Ah ha!' moment.. I really hate stealing those from people :) ) One obvious one, however, is Voldemort, and his method of ...


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Turned out I was correct that one of the girls was Hermione, but there's a reason that I couldn't recall who the other girl was: it was also Hermione. Then there's a third Hermione formed with the Malfoy thing (which was actually earlier than the middle). Not sure where the telepathic thing came from though. (Also, sorry for bothering you with something that ...


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This is most likely Blood Curses and Malfoys by Nebel Engel "Do you think you are the only one with problems, Granger?" Draco stood in front of her, anger written all over his face. DMHG Set after Voldermort's defeat, Hermione and Draco must face an arranged marriage, their families, and each other. Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama/Romance - ...


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It looks like this might be "The Salute" by cabepfr. It has a Snape with throat injuries, Hermione as a teacher, and the costumes. When Snape resurrects after Nagini's bite, he finds that his breathing has been seriously compromised. Healers and nurses fuss around him all day in St. Mungo's, performing spells on his mauled throat, chanting and wand-waving....


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