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:
— Andrew "Hoody" Hood (@AndrewHoody) July 17, 2017
— Angie Dahl (@dahlwrites) July 17, 2017
Sam literally just became Harry Potter… talking to Slughorn and trying to get into the restricted section of the library. #gameofthrones
— Katie Wirth (@llamadetective) July 17, 2017
— Lindsay Lackey (on hiatus for April👋) (@LindsayWrites) July 17, 2017
— Chris Rivera (@Slangin_Smilez) July 17, 2017
— Tara Ross (@rosstara) July 17, 2017
— Goin' Sizzler (@going_sizzler) July 17, 2017
— Caryn of Wakanda 👩💻 (@carrieanne07) July 17, 2017
— ami (@essence_me) July 17, 2017
— Hanuman (@D0wJ0nEs) July 17, 2017
Clearly no one left Sam an invisibility cloak to get into the restricted section of the library (you know you were thinking it) #GoTS7
— Allison Fennessy (@allisonfenn) July 17, 2017
Lol at Sam asking Professor Slughorn for access to the restricted section without bringing him crystallized pineapple. Idiot #GameOfThrones
— Mason (@MasonJar38) July 17, 2017
Imagine having a coveted role in two separate beloved series and you have lines about the restricted section of the library in both.
— Jessica Guard (@jessguard) July 17, 2017
SAM IS TALKING TO SLUGHORN ABOUT THE RESTRICTED SECTION #GameOfThones
— Lydia (@AUSquid) July 17, 2017
DONT OPEN THE BOOK FROM THE RESTRICTED SECTION IT's GOING TO SCREAM #gameofthrones
— Melissa Rosenberg (@melroseee) July 17, 2017