In continuation to the topic What to do with the [marvel-cinematic-universe]? I added the tag: but this one was deleted.

I think it should be added, and used when needed.

Just like other franchises, Fantastic Beasts are only part of the Harry Potter world, and should be treated the same.

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    We don't currently do that for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings either, though.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Nov 23, 2016 at 9:38
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    I believe the generic commonly used name is Potterverse over on SF&F and it's not a tag there either
    – Paulie_D
    Nov 23, 2016 at 12:29
  • based on the linked question, we should than. I don't see why someone keeps deleting the tag, if the community decided to use them.
    – Saariko
    Nov 23, 2016 at 12:33
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    The community decided nothing about that tag. This your question is gathering a community decision, but noone answered yet.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Nov 23, 2016 at 17:08

2 Answers 2


There are a few issues -

  1. While "Marvel Cinematic Universe" is the official term for this collection of Marvel film and television properties, it is not the case that "Harry Potter Universe" is an official term. The more generally accepted term would be "Potterverse" but, even then, my understanding is that it's a fan-created term, not an official one.

  2. There's no indication that we need this tag. The reality is, the tag is sort of already serving this purpose so I'm not sure that creating a "HP Universe" tag (regardless of the wording) is necessary. I think the easiest action (which requires no retagging of existing questions) is to slightly broaden this current tag definition to be inclusive of the now-broader collection of films.

Having a question require three tags simply to identify it as a Harry Potter question (, , seems like too much. I feel that is sufficient with the addition of the film's title tag.

Perhaps, sometime in the future, SE will see fit to extend the max length of tags so that the film tags can be .

Another possibility would be that if we opted for a different wording we could make merge with whatever wording we opted for whether that's or or whatever but I still strongly prefer that we not have both of these tags.

  • Neither is "X-Men Cinematic Universe" but that's what we went for meta.movies.stackexchange.com/questions/2276/…
    – cde
    Nov 24, 2016 at 22:00
  • @cde that was decided by community consciousness as there was not official name.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Nov 25, 2016 at 9:51
  • Pardon my ignorance, but how is the harry-potter tag used on this site? Is it for all on-topic Potterverse material, or just for the 8 original films? If the latter, then there should certainly be an overarching tag for the whole Potterverse franchise; if the former, then perhaps the tag could be renamed potterverse or similar? Nov 25, 2016 at 23:01
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    @randal'thor until now, we've only had the 8 films, right?
    – Catija
    Nov 25, 2016 at 23:05
  • @Catija Yes, so my question amounts to "how are Fantastic Beasts questions being tagged here on M&TV?" I guess I could just go and check ... Nov 25, 2016 at 23:07
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    @randal'thor That's sort of the entire point of my answer... I'm trying to propose that we use it as the former because there's no reason to have a tag for the original series and a tag for all HP content... that means every HP question about the original films would need at least three tags. My understanding is that the only reason we even have a HP tag is because all of the titles are too long with the tag length limits.
    – Catija
    Nov 25, 2016 at 23:09
  • You mean harry-potter-and-the-philosophers-stone of course.
    – SQB
    Dec 3, 2016 at 14:20
  • @SQB I doubt she does, since that doesn't seem to be the film's original title.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Dec 3, 2016 at 16:24
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    @NapoleonWilson It's the British title... "sorcerer" is the American one. One could argue that Philosopher is "more correct"... and that's reflected in the tag here.
    – Catija
    Dec 3, 2016 at 16:29
  • @Catija Then again IMDb calls "sorcerer" the "original title" (and "philosopher" the "world wide (English) title", urgh).
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Dec 3, 2016 at 16:33
  • @NapoleonWilson Well, the film is American-based, I suppose? Wikipedia defaults to "philosopher".
    – Catija
    Dec 3, 2016 at 16:36
  • That even inspired me to make the-sorcerers-stone synonym. But I think we should go with sorcerers, as we almost always go for US title and even many country had sorcerers in title.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Dec 6, 2016 at 7:16
  • @AnkitSharma we don't almost always go for US title, we almost always go for original title. That's not necessarily the same.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Dec 6, 2016 at 10:23
  • @Ankit Philosopher's Stone is more canonical, since the original author is British and the film was set, filmed, and produced in Britain. Dec 6, 2016 at 11:33
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    @randal'thor The book or its author has no bearing on the matter at all, we're not tagging the book here. Neither is it relevant where the film was set.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Dec 6, 2016 at 11:45

I honestly disagree with both the MCU tag and the Potterverse tag, unless the question is specifically asking about those things. Tags are supposed to be about the SUBJECT of the question, what's being asked about is using tags to identify tags.

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    The original plan of these tags was that they should only have been used when more than one property was being discussed... so if you were asking about Iron Man, you only use the iron-man tag... apparently that's not what the site decided based on the linked question above, so arguing it here isn't of much use.
    – Catija
    Dec 1, 2016 at 21:09

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