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Game of Thrones and Harry Potter fans were in for a treat when the season 7 premiere of the hit HBO fantasy show seemed to reference an important moment from Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. In the episode, Sam asks Archmaester Ebrose (Jim Broadbent) if he could have access to the ‘restricted area of the library’ which would give him access to the books that will help defeat the white walkers. The request was denied by Ebrose as the section is only accessible to Maesters.

Harry Potter fans were quickly reminded of the ‘restricted section’ in Hogwarts Library that had dangerous books on dark magic. In The Half-Blood Prince, it was revealed that Professor Horace Slughorn (also played by Jim Broadbent) was approached by teenage Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle, who had been reading about Horcruxes in the restricted section of the library. Riddle then asks Slughorn a ‘theoretical’ question about splitting a man’s soul into multiple pieces. As both archmaester and the professor are portrayed by Broadbent, the two scenes pose a striking similarity.

Here are some of the fan reactions to the scene:

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