Updated: 22nd April 2018

‘Game of Thrones’ fans make an unlikely ‘Harry Potter’ connection because it’s nice to dream

'Harry Potter' fans might have seen a familiar face during last night's premiere of 'Game of Thrones.'
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Warning: This article contains Game of Thrones spoilers. If you’ve yet to watch episode one of Season 7, turn back now.

The highly anticipated Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones aired yesterday and fans were getting major Harry Potter vibes.

The audience was introduced to a new character, Archmaester Ebrose, for whom Sam Tarly is apprenticing in The Citadel. Archmaester Ebrose is played by the British actor Jim Broadbent who viewers might recognize for his role as Professor Slughorn in the Harry Potter films.

Jim Broadbent joined the cast of ‘Game of Thrones’ as Archmaester Ebrose.


In the new episode, Sam asks Archmaester Ebrose for access to the restricted section of the library in order to learn more about the accounts of people who have claimed to see the White Walkers. As Harry Potter fans will know, the restricted section of the Hogwarts library is a major part of Harry, Hermione, and Ron’s early antics. This reference set off the alarm bells.

Fans took to the /r/GameofThrones subreddit to discuss this possible easter egg.

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We can totally see the connection, but let’s be honest it’s a tenuous one. Fans of both universes can celebrate the beautiful randomness of two worlds colliding, but look no further than that.

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