|Reviews for Art of War|
| ChaoticInscriber chapter 4 . 9/23
An element of comedy to the in-school chaos is very beneficial to undermining any expectation of more serious action being attributed to the students. If it looks like an avalanche of pranking, why would the Adults consider that some of the kids are already primed to commit homicide outside the wards (and even in it, if it won't bite them)? They function as if children Don't Think, not for themselves. And if the Serious Business outside the school has a solid dearth of comedy to it, it will read as a completely different MO, and therefore a different set of culprits.
Meanwhile, the kids are getting some practical experience in a lot of useful areas, all while boosting their own morale. Both vitally important! They need to take the threats seriously, but not drown. And they are working on their discretion, stealth, coordination, tactics, trapping...
Being forced to dance until they collapse in exhaustion, can be rewired to force other actions upon the targets. Being webbed to the ceiling for hours until freed by someone else, proves the webbing method can restrain very effectively. Enchantments to remote-control paintball guns could work with much more dangerous ammo. Successfully concealing severe bruises as "paint" implies options to conceal other things under "harmless paint ammo", depending on how they did it.
However they projected Ballroom Blitz could be used to project other things - from speeches, recorded confessions, a "bugged" conversation happening live, or even just unbearable overwhelming noise to drive someone to their knees. Could the giant Pacman mow down something or someone else if reprogrammed? Capture unit, reinforced bubble interior?
Also, it's a lot harder for Umbridge to complain to outsiders about the Prank Chaos - most people would see her outrage as an overreaction to slime, fireworks, toads, shiny things, random dance-offs... At most they might question the delinquency of the students doing that kind of stuff during class hours, or Umbridge's inability to cope with "juvenile pranks".
Describing that kind of day would sound unbelievable and exaggerated to anyone who hasn't experienced it.
Focusing it on her and a few main Problems most makes sense, and deliberately /not/ keeping the other staff out of it does too - not only is it useful to muddy up any efforts to figure out The Plan (if there was only one) but they have every right to be rather irritated by the Staff anyway, making all collateral damages there a positive rather than just a tactical benefit.
| MissyMoeDoe chapter 7 . 9/15
I have to wonder why Harry didn't go take the inheritance test or ask about his accounts after learning of the others. It's not a far jump for him to want to know if he had any other properties other than Godricks Hollow to use for the cause, ya know?
| theultimatenerd04 chapter 20 . 8/3
so so so so good i cannot describe
| SoSoLazy chapter 4 . 6/25
| LongingforSweetness chapter 3 . 5/26
Good song choice for this chapter. I've been listening to it in the background since the first chapter... I'm gonna laugh about it for a bit
| Haydoge chapter 7 . 4/11
Oh shit mudbloods don't exist here? That's pretty cool.
| the scorpion commander chapter 20 . 1/27
| morgannac64 chapter 20 . 11/9/2021
| keht.jelicho chapter 9 . 11/1/2021
hey just realized you forgot to have Tom (Gaunt) Riddle
| keht.jelicho chapter 9 . 11/1/2021
you had fun with a number of names on those Bastard Lists
| keht.jelicho chapter 7 . 11/1/2021
soo... the "burn it down, burn it down, burn I down" chant in this chapter has the song Burn it Down by AWOLNATION playing through my head, and it's manic energy just Fits the scene so well.
So burn it down (burn it down baby, burn it, burn it down)
| keht.jelicho chapter 1 . 10/30/2021
I am sure it's been said by now ... but RoR on the third floor? what?
| GreenTea4062 chapter 14 . 10/19/2021
BBecauusee thiisis hhahashas Reegegullus I love this.
SSorrrrry my keyboard is actingg uup now.
| sparkeredhut chapter 20 . 9/14/2021
Good book only regret is that Ron died
| FriendlyFire59 chapter 20 . 9/11/2021
That was a good Harry and friends stop taking shit and go for broke. (She really should have shot Dumbass in the gut, would have hurt more)
Thanks for posting