Yeah... I've tried to keep track of this in a document but that's not really working. Mostly because my documents tend to be corrupt if I'm not careful.

Tropes A-C

  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: A house elf is freed from its master if it is given an article of clothing, which is actually sort of an inversion; the clothing itself isn't the reward (at least, not the only reward), but rather a symbol of the reward.
  • Animal Motifs: An Animagus's animal form generally fits their personality. J.K. Rowling has also stated that Animagi don't get to choose what animal they turn into.
  • Animorphism: Animagi.
  • Anonymous Benefactor:
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Luna Lovegood is constantly going on about the bizarre magical creatures her father writes about in his magazine. Even in a world where there's magic, dragons and the like, hardly anyone else believes they exist.
    • Which, in a way, is clever. Even in a world full of fantasy and magic, cryptozoological creatures and conspiracy theorists are still going to spring up, because human imagination is unlimited.
  • Arch-Enemy:
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: How the House "points" system at Hogwarts works. Later, we discover that this is how the Ministry of Magic treats "crime" in general.
    • To elaborate, there appears to be only one wizard jail for UK wizards to go to. The very act of just being there is severe psychological torture, as every happy, positive thought you've ever had is forcibly removed from you, leaving you with nothing but the worst memories of your life. You even forget that this might end. Basically, any crime that merits more than a fine warrants Azkaban. And it's even used for preventative detention of suspects.
  • Arson Murder And Life Saving
  • Artifact of Death: The Elder Wand, and Marvolo Gaunt's ring. The latter includes a literal Artifact of Death
  • Audience Shift:
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Animagus transformation is largely considered more trouble than it’s worth. To begin with, it’s a particularly difficult branch of the already particularly difficult art of Transfiguration, and the consequences of botching the job are said to be disastrous. Even when carried out successfully, one is instantly labelled a criminal unless they give full public disclosure of their skill and animal form to the government to prevent misuse, which rather jives with the fact that stealth and inconspicuousness are the skill’s main use. Even with all this, the form taken by the Animagus is fixed and determined by their personality, so they can easily end up with a useless conspicuous form for all their trouble. Cats, dogs and beetles? Useful and mundane-looking in any backdrop. Huge deer? Not so much.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: A couple stand out, but Kingsley Shacklebolt wins the prize.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Double subversion. Parseltongue is usually an ability only found in evil wizards. Harry is good and runs into trouble when people assume he's bad because he possesses it. It turns out in the last book that the reason Harry has it is because it belongs to Voldemort, who gave him the ability when he accidentally turned Harry into a seventh Horcrux. And when Harry loses the fragment of Voldemort's soul residing in his body, he supposedly loses the ability with it.
    • Perhaps played straight as well with Dumbledore. In the first book, McGonagall suggests that Dumbledore could do everything Voldemort was capable of if he were less noble. (Whether this means that Dumbledore can't do them, or simply wouldn't, is not answered.) For starters, Dumbledore knows Parseltongue; he can't speak it because he wasn't born with it, but he can understand it. Likewise, in the seventh book, Voldemort states that what he will achieve could have been Dumbledore's, implying that he could have been as "great" if he weren't such a sentimental old fool.
  • Badass Adorable:
    • Buckbeak, Ginny, and Luna.
    • Harry, Hermione, and Ron themselves arguably qualify as well in earlier installments. Especially Hermione.
  • Badass Bookworm: Albus.
  • Badass Crew:
  • Badass Grandpa: Hagrid and Flitwick.
  • Barred From The Afterlife: Ghosts are people who either refused or were too scared to accept death and move on. Apparently, there's no take-backs later on if you change your mind.
  • Battle Couple: Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, and Arthur and Molly.
  • Beam-O-War: Spells have been known to clash and cancel each other out, though there's at least one instance of two characters firing spells at each other where the beams hit each other and ricochet off at angles, each hitting the person standing right next to the intended target.
  • Because Destiny Says So:
  • Because You Were Nice to Me
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: The series upgrades a few historical characters to "real" wizards.
  • Big Bad:
  • Big Good.
  • Black and Grey Morality: Played with. The Ministry of Magic is definitely gray, as while they're much better than the Death Eaters, they have more than their share of Quislings, Fantastic Racists, and Obstructive Bureaucrats. Harry and his friends/family are more on the unblemished side, but not entirely.
    • Harry occasionally slips towards this in battle; when crossed or when his friends are threatened, Harry can become quite pitiless, instinctively resorting to the nastiest/most powerful curses he can think of (save Avada Kedavra). He even casts the Cruciatus Curse at a few points (though he never uses it very effectively; as Bellatrix explains after he tries it on her, in order to cast an Unforgivable Curse successfully, you have to really want to go through with it). Justified, as he is a teenage boy in way over his head.
  • Black Cloak: The Hogwarts school uniform.
  • Black Sheep: Percy is the only member of the Weasley family who is not friendly and outgoing.
  • The Board Game: Yes, and there's even been more than one.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity:
  • Book Dumb:
  • Boomerang Bigot:
  • Brain Bleach: The reason why Rowling has yet to reveal the exact method of creating a Horcrux. It supposedly made one of her editors vomit.
  • Broken Masquerade:
  • Building of Adventure
  • Bullying a Dragon:
  • By the Eyes of the Blind: Thestrals are only visible to people who have witnessed death first-hand.
  • Cain and Abel: Dudley and Harry, Petunia and Lily, Severus and Lily.
  • Captain Ersatz: While possibly coincidental, the Dementors have a certain resemblance to the Nazgul of Lord of the Rings. But they're both based on The Grim Reaper. Dementors are also an allegory for clinical depression—they suck the joy out of everything.
  • Cassandra Did It: Augeries.
  • Catchphrase: Several characters have one.
    • Ron: "Bloody hell!"
    • Hermione: "I read about it in Hogwarts: A History."
  • Category Traitor:
  • Cats Are Magic
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The darkness matures with the characters.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: The Dissillusionment Charm has this effect, and if done well enough can confer actual invisibility. Putting it on a garment is one way to make an Invisibility Cloak, though the charm fades over time.
  • Changeling Fantasy
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase
  • Chekhov's Armoury:
  • Chekhov's Boomerang
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
  • Chekhov's Skill:
  • Chew Toy:
  • The Chooser of The One:
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Harry does sort of have a... saving people... thing.
  • Colour-Coded For Your Convenience: In the films, the ties and lapels of Hogwarts uniforms are in the colours of the student's house. Red and gold for Gryffindor, Black and Gold for Hufflepuff, blue and silver for Ravenclaw, green and silver for Slytherin.
  • Coming of Age Story: Harry Potter is as much about growing up as it is about wizards.
  • Conveniently Coherent Thoughts: Averted and deconstructed with Legilimency, which reveals thoughts in a disjointed manner and requires much training to sort out which thoughts are important.
  • Cool, but Inefficient: So many of the things the wizards do.
    • Particularly that we repeatedly see Wizards are rendered helpless when they are disarmed, which in later books often leads to their death. For some reason, there seems to be an unwritten rule amongst wizards that you can't carry a spare wand.
      • Justified in story that wands are implied to be sentient on some level and choose their master. If you have a wand that's not yours you'll only be slightly better off than without one entirely.
    • Given that most Wizards are capable of Apparanting, possess cars such as the Knight Bus for those who can't, and possess the ability to carry large amounts of objects in a Bag of Holding, it often begs the question why they bother with the mess of using Owls to deliver their mail. Theoretically a single wizard could serve as the postman to the entire country.
      • Rule Of Cool?
      • It's because the owls can find ANYONE. Hedwig could find Sirius wherever he was hiding. If the Aurors had been on their game, they could have just handed an owl a postcard addressed to Sirius and then just followed it.
      • Not true.
  • Crapsaccharine WorldFantastic Racism of absurd extremes permeates every level of the wizarding world, and the government seems to be run by evil, scheming, political glory hounds (regardless of their allegiance to "good" or "bad"). The justice system is a Kangaroo Court, the regulations on dangerous magic are feeble at best, the very system of instruction in magic carries a high injury/mortality rate, the entire population as a whole seems to have crippling naiveté about the non-magical world (to the point you wonder how they've kept the masquerade going for so long), and the overall respect for human, sapient non-human, or animal life and sanity is appallingly low. The in-universe explanation is that this was a cultural reaction to Voldemort, and that it supposedly went away once he was defeated. Also, it's heavily implied that there's degradation of the "magical" ecosystem and natives, with species like the dragons and giants dying out and forced on to small reservations.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Luna "Loony" Lovegood may act like she ain't playing with a full deck, but when it comes down to an actual battle... She participates in several battles, but the only time she gets injured the entire series is when a door gets blown off its hinges into her face and she flies across the room.
    • And Neville Longbottom, Butt Monkey poster boy in the early years, becomes a seriously competent fighter in his own right from the latter parts of the fifth year and on. In the battle of the Department of Mysteries in Order of the Phoenix, he is the only other student besides Harry who stays fighting right up till the end, whereas everyone else gets incapacitated one way or another during it.
  • Cultural Posturing: Even the Muggle-born wizards are condescending toward Muggles.
  • Curse

Tropes D-F

Tropes G-I

Tropes J-L

  • Jerk Ass:
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot:
  • Join or Die:
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Cracked pointed out that asking the Muggles for help in taking down Voldemort would have solved a lot of problems. Note that a) at the higher levels of politics, Muggles and Wizards know of each other as vaguely allies, despite the widespread dismissal of Muggles as being weak and b) it's already confirmed by Rowling that some guy with a shotgun could kill even the mightiest wizard. We can shoot people with a thousand rockets... from space... with iPhones!
  • Karma Houdini: The Malfoys, who escape death and/or imprisonment due to their one redeeming quality—love and devotion to each other.
    • According to Word of God, narrowly averted by Umbridge, who ends up with a life sentence in Azkaban.
  • Kid Detective / Amateur Sleuth:
  • Kudzu Plot:
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The effect of Memory Charm on the recipient.
  • Letter Motif:
  • Literary Agent Hypothesis: Tales of Beedle the Bard includes mention of Rowling as the author of Harry's biography, I should try to include that somehow.
  • Living Labyrinth
  • Living Legend: Both Harry and Neville.
  • Loose Lips: Hagrid and Rita Skeeter.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: Magic wands.
  • Lucky Seven: Seven novels, to mimic the original story. Having education at Hogwarts last for seven years in the first place (though in this respect Hogwarts simply mirrors the Muggle education system in Britain).  In-universe, seven is stated to be a very powerful magical number.

Tropes M-O

Tropes P-R

Tropes S-U

Tropes V-Z

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