|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| WaxWings 3/25/10 . chapter 7
Thank you for this update. I look forward to the Rational Lord Potter and his flunky Draco taking over the world :) Surely, Harry posseses a power that neither Voldemort nor the rest of the wizarding world knows.
I have enjoyed this story so far. The premise has a humor of its own.
I like how wonderfully frustrated Harry gets. He expects that there exists rational rules that govern the world. I wonder if such rules actually exist, or if it will, in the end, turn out to be "magic" after all.
| Pointer3109 3/25/10 . chapter 5
Not nice. Not nice at ALL.
This chapter should come with a warning label. " Hazardous to you Health" " Breath before reading" "Remove all objects from hands before perusal"
Some kind of help would have been appreciated.
| the true elec 3/25/10 . chapter 7
I love this story, it contains one of the best Harry's I've ever read. It's absolutely hilarious. The interactions with Draco this chapter were both enlightening and humourous. My favourite scene though has to be Draco and Harry first meeting.
| PeanutTree 3/25/10 . chapter 7
Wah. My brain is fried. This is-this is better than chocolate. This is better than chocolate AND peanut butter, together. I'm going to have to go lie down. Maybe by the time the next chapter rolls out, I'll be more coherent.
Liked: McGonagall's influence; Harry's displays of youth; hilarity; Draco's independence
Disliked: let me get back to you on that
| Tess 3/25/10 . chapter 7
Sometimes in life, you find a piece of writing that causes you to spew coffee all over your monitor. And instead of cursing that person, you gasp aloud to a silent house "It hurts...hurts.." while you stumble into the kitchen to find some microfiber wipes.
For every word.
You may want to warn readers, however. It is possible to laugh so hard as to (nearly, very nearly) piss yourself.
| Lord Sia 3/25/10 . chapter 7
Brilliant, so brilliant that I'm still shivering. That last part was a tad bit confusing though; the meaning could have been clearer - but then, thet would take away the fun, wouldn't it?
| greengirl6 3/25/10 . chapter 7
I can't wait to see how you're going to present Snape but so far I'm loving Harry. Usually I don't like genius's in stories, though I enjoy the idea of geniuses, but you're managing to not just say that Harry's a genius, but you're making us believ it as well. I also happen to love how he doesn't just sudenly because the super-powerful elven mage warrior dude.
Can't wait to read more.
| Mel72000 3/25/10 . chapter 7
Mix rationality and humour and you obtain a fantastic fanfic !
i love your story and I thank you for this incredible chapter !
| krachum 3/25/10 . chapter 7
So far, Harry with a rational attitude had been done right! Keep it up!
| KuMardagg 3/25/10 . chapter 5
My goodness. It has been some time since a fanfic has caused me to laugh out loud. The situation in Malkin's shop was absolutely amazing.
| KuMardagg 3/25/10 . chapter 4
You have a skilled grasp on humor. VERY nice!
Good to see that while HP might have advanced logic skillz, McGonagall can still counter it with a heavy application of Adult Authoritah.
Very enjoyable story!
| Waspy 3/25/10 . chapter 1
For the sake of irony, I can picture Prof. Michael Verres getting Harry books on the d20 RPG “Dungeons and Dragons” as a guide to quantify magic as the spells in D&D follow systematic rules and finite limitations.
Arthur Weasley and the Twins would get a kick out of how muggles regard magic in popular fiction, although they’d need a ‘one wizard per party’ policy or else everyone would play as a wizard.
Professor Filius Flitwick would make an awesome Dungeon Master given his openmindedness and background as a dueling champion.
If/when the Twins open their own joke shop, they could sell “Dungeons and Dragons” alongside mundane tricks and pranks. Gaming stores usually have a high rate of repeat consumers.
| J. Egbert 3/25/10 . chapter 7
The fan explanation I like the best for the oddness of Quidditch point scoring is that the rules are set up such that the team which most recently scored has a significant advantage at scoring the next point as well. Combining that with a point-based league system could result in an interesting strategic metagame, and prevent the snitch from dominating the field on the professional level.
The assumption, of course, is that at low levels of skill the game is only a degenerate form.
The point-based league system, then, obviously devolved into the House Point system that is present in canon - docking points in the sports league from the house for minor infractions eventually turned into using the points system for more and more minor incentives or punishments. Eventually they became completely uncoupled, and the house cup and Quidditch cup were made separate prizes. (presumably students became outraged that even though their team had won all the Quidditch games they didn't get the house cup)
| Cinnamon Selkie 3/25/10 . chapter 7
And then his father had asked him: Do you think I bought you enough books? It was very clear what answer Dad was looking for.
Harry's throat was hoarse, for some reason. "You can never have enough books," he recited the Verres family motto, and his father knelt down and gave him a quick, firm embrace. "But you certainly tried," Harry said, and felt himself choking up again. "It was a really, really, really good try."
Aw, that's so sweet. All things considered, I think Michael is rather a good father to Harry. He's just not quite sure how to deal with the magical aspect.
His mother had a hand over her face. "How bad was it?"
"I, ah," I can't talk about that for reasons of National Security, "about half as bad as the Incident with the Science Fair Project?"
*Snorts with laughter* Do I even want to ask?...No, actually, I don't think I do. If it was about twice as bad as what he did to McGonagall I might not survive the laughter.
Okay, so either (a) I just teleported somewhere else entirely (b) they can fold space like no one's business or (c) they are simply ignoring the rules.
Hmm...my guess would be b...but a and c are both quite plausible too :)
I just had a thought...Is Harry's luggage in any way related to Rincewind's luggage? You know, Terry Pratchett, the Discworld, all that?
As much as I adore Ron, I can completely understand how this version of Harry might not take to him so well. And I loved Harry's take on Quidditch. I have frequently thought the same, although NOT the bit about the king's idiot son...
Harry nodded again. "If you don't mind my asking, how did you recognize me?"
"Mister Bronze," Draco drawled, "I have met you, remember. I met you very well indeed. I saw someone going around with a scarf wrapped around his head, looking absolutely ridiculous. So I took a wild guess."
Already, Draco understands him so well. Draco's explanation of how he survived Lucius's wrath was rather amazing, although it does prove that Lucius does retain soem level of humanity.
Harry looked at the vendor, who was watching them benevolently.
All right, if this guy just took advantage of a natural accident to sell me twenty-four cans of green soda pop, I'm going to applaud his creative entrepreneurial spirit and then kill him.
I love the way your Harry thinks. He is a little bit insane himself, I'm thinking.
Ok, getting raised by dark wizards is officially not good for normal interpersonal relations.
So Snape and Harry share a similar view of Lucius Malfoy then? It's going to be very interesting to see how they react to each other. Cinnamon.
| notBald 3/25/10 . chapter 7
Brilliant story. Enjoyed it all the way.