I am designing a magical world for which I have plenty of ideas but I am worried if they are too much like Harry Potter.
Please look through this list and tell me which ideas are too much like Harry Potter, and what I can do with the ones that aren't so I can make them distinguishable, so it doesn't sound like I'm just copying.
Wands and brooms - I know wands are alright. I am going to give wands a base to be made from, and I am going to include a ritual to make them. but I want to add brooms as well.
Robes and old clothes - I want to add these clothes, because older style clothes and robes seem more fitting for magic.
Old houses - I want to have my sorcerers live in old houses and cottages from the early 20th century, Victorian era, or Tudor Era because it seems more fitting.
Paper - My sorcerers aren't going to have electronic equipment, no phones, no tv, no computers. So is using magical newspaper, letters and posters too much like Harry Potter?
Hidden buildings - I am not going to create an alley of shops, but I am going to make shops, pubs and villages in hidden locations throughout UK
Set in UK - My books are going to be set in the UK. I picked the UK because we have a wide variety of old buildings, houses and huts that I thought would be a good fit.
Magical system - I am going to create a magical democratic system of laws and rules. I am also going to create departments that deal with various things.
Racism - I would like to include racism towards, creatures, sorcerers with extra powers and those born from humans, or is that too much like Harry Potter.
Prison - I want to create a prison on a rocky cliff, but it is going to be different from Azkaban.
Dark army - My main villain is going to be female and I am going to brand her followers and I am going to give her a mark, but I am going to make it different and I am going to giver followers magical jewellery, that is branded with its symbol, to communicate
Spells - I am going to create some spells that do the same things, but I am also going to make different ones and I am going to give them all different names.
Vaults - I want to create a place of underground vaults, that are used to store precious and dangerous things, but I am not going to call it a bank.
Bigger on the inside - I am thinking of using, bags/structures that are bigger on the inside
Creatures - I am going to create beasts for my world, and I am going to make some of them ride-able, but I also want to create different species of dragons and I am going to make some creatures, pets.
Vehicles - I was thinking of using pirate like ships, and land vehicles (chariots, old cars etc.) that can fly and move on their own.
Potions - I am thinking having potions that do the same things they do in Harry Potter as well as my own, but I am going to give them all different names.
Portals/teleportation - My world needs some form of magical teleportation, but I am not going to call it vaporation. Can I include objects that can make portals?
Tournament - I am considering making one book about a magical tournament, but I am going to structure it differently and give it a different name.
Non sorcerers - I need a name to give to non magic people.
Memories - I am thinking of creating a way to see into people's memories, but if I can't use a pool, please give me an idea.
Sports - I want to create a magical sport for my world. Is that too much like Harry Potter? If it isn't then can you please give me a starting point?
Wraiths - I am going to create dark skeletal, cloaked creatures. They are going to be wraiths and they are going to feed on souls, not happiness, but can I put in the cold effect.
Animals - I am thinking of having witches/warlocks that turn into animals, but I need a different name for them.