There was a niche Harry Potter nod in the GoT opener

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From Digital Spy

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season seven episode 'Dragonstone'.

Harry Potter and Game of Thrones – two of our favourite things ever. So naturally, the prospect of them overlapping would send us into a frenzy.

Well, the season seven premiere of Thrones gave us just that thanks to Jim Broadbent's new character, archmaester Ebrose, in a scene that harked back to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Be still our fanboy hearts.

In the episode 'Dragonstone', Samwell Tarly's (John Bradley) life at the Citadel is not going as planned, mainly as instead of fulfilling his dream of becoming a maester, he's doing the low-end job of cleaning up everyone's crap – literally – and filing books away.

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However, he eventually gets chatting to Ebrose about a "restricted area" in the grand library, which contains texts on how to defeat the White Walkers – his original purpose of training to become a maester.

His request is refused by Ebrose, leading him to eventually nick his keys to the area and steal the books for his own reading.

All the talk of libraries casts our minds back to Harry Potter and Hogwarts' famous "Restricted Section", where Harry and Lord Voldemort learn about Horcruxes.

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The scene that links it in particular, however, is the memory Harry views where Tom Riddle reveals to Professor Slughorn that he has looked into the Restricted Section of Hogwarts' library about Horcruxes.

The man who plays Slughorn? None other than Broadbent. Oh, you sly writers!

At least the Thrones library's restricted section will help to defeat evil rather than create it.

Fans quickly spotted the link during last night's (July 16) season premiere:

Game of Thrones season seven kicked off in style last night, and even featured a cameo from Ed Sheeran. Read Digital Spy's verdict on the episode here.

Game of Thrones airs on HBO in the US and on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK. Check out a teaser trailer for season 7 episode 2 'Stormborn' right here:

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