Reviews for In All Things Balance
Anonym chapter 13 . 5/31
Ron is so utterly useless in this story (just like in canon but worse), I wonder why Harry even bothers with him. Talk about dead weight...
luffy1996 chapter 9 . 5/9
Every excuse is discounted by the fact Harry has an Apprentice bond with Nox that enables him the capability of talking to her any time and anywhere. Yet when harry knows he's over his head he ignores every teaching Nox gave and acted like canon harry which isa so ridiculously impossible, it's laughable.

This screams retconning in weaknesses because you made the protagonist too strong. You artificially made harry inept which is why you got hate. Not because he is an 11 year old that makes mistakes but because harry would curb stomp anything canon throws at him.
luffy1996 chapter 8 . 5/9
Congratulations, you just ruined your entire plan of keeping things on the down low with Dumbledore due to you being a Hermione fanboy... But it's not that bad, Harry just taught her his most OP foundational technique...

Wrong Dumbles and Snape now know it and depending on his loyalties Voldemort and Lucius know it now too, Depending on how they feel about it all the death eaters will learn the technique as well. This is bad for multiple reasons, but just consider that you made each Death eater Grindlewald level in theory. And who knows how dangerous Voldemort and Dumbledore could get with super learning. So the Ministry of Magic simply implodes on itself in capitulates due to being outmatched in any way blitzkrieg style as soon as voldemort revives.

Bear in mind you stated that this technique allowed Harry to read and comprehend practically the entire black library in 5 or so years and complete 20 years of muggle education (doctorate) in just 5 years as well. Meaning you can surpass even the most studious and experienced Unspeakable in less than 15 years(60 years normally) of study.
Kronos15 chapter 18 . 4/14
This is in the top 10 fanfictions I've ever read. you are an amazing author.
Appo1119 chapter 5 . 4/12
This story is interesting. I know it's completed and this doesn't matter, but there are a lot of mistakes. Spelling and over-using apostrophes being the biggest.
Guest chapter 20 . 3/25
Most of the time a gun will beat a wand

Is Harry The Hero and a genuine savior, or is he a trust-fund orphan (though he spent the first ten years of his life in abusive poverty and didn't understand he was famous in the Wizarding world or how to handle his new found wealth) whose deceased parents give him license to dismiss everyone else's problems as unimportant? Or is he a nice guy but just a poorly executed one? The first time he defeated Voldemort was through no action of his own, and the second time was mostly taking advantage of Voldemort's inability to understand love and he simply followed Dumbledore's plans. Some critics suggest that many of his victories were only based on luck (or Dumbledore's Batman Gambits) as opposed to great skill with magic. Interestingly, Harry himself believes the former, only for Ron and Hermione to insist that these events also showed a bravery and resourcefulness that others don't have.

Many also question if Harry actually is a good friend. Some have argued that Harry is a Hollywood Nerd who is fundamentally a jock, who likes sports and girls, coasts off Hermione for his homework yet refuses to listen to her and even dismisses her when he wishes to For instance, in Deathly Hallows, Harry privately concurs with Xenophilius Lovegood that Hermione is "narrow-minded," and while he agrees later that Hermione was right about the Hallows, he does not apologize to her and moreover has severe Moral Myopia when it comes to class and school discipline (i.e. his insensitivity to Ron, and his plagiarism of the Prince's notebook in Book 6, poor sportsmanship). Such fans also raise eyebrows to Harry/Hermione Shipping Goggles since Harry in the books does not really come across as a very good friend to her (taking Ron's side in Book 3, he got mad at her for reporting the Firebolt anonymously sent to him to McGonagall despite that it was a big red flag (To be fair, Hagrid did call him out for that), and generally getting very morose and depressed whenever he and Ron fight, but taking Hermione for granted and moreover not showing the slightest remorse or consideration about how his use of the Prince Textbook is unfairly giving him an advantage over Hermione's labor in class), while also criticizing him for Gaslighting Ron into the Sidekick Glass Ceiling Like after becoming Captain in Book 6, he doesn't defend Ron despite him more or less winning the Quidditch Cup the previous year, while Harry sat out of the final for his poor sportsmanship and then resorting to a cheap trick to make Ron feel like he won but still remain insecure, while Ron once again served on the winning team of the Quidditch tournament when he got himself suspended again.

Who are even the good guys? Many Death Eaters don't exactly share in Voldemort's fervor to Take Over the World. Some of them were high-ranking figures already, which suggests that they were attracted to the movement's ideology (which happens to be to exterminate everything that's not a pure-blooded wizard). Others suggest, though, that they're Not So Different from the good guys, who themselves want to keep magic a secret from the world at large (to the point where none of them bothered to break The Masquerade during the ten months Voldemort took over their government even though it was a threat would have ended both societies and despite how many muggles were being killed at the point), have a very harsh and sometimes disproportionate justice system, are fine with slavery, and have their own discriminatory viewpoints (Dumbledore is implied to be astonishingly progressive to give Lupin and Hagrid jobs at Hogwarts, and he still has to keep Lupin's lycanthropy a secret). One common fan interpretation is that Wizarding Britain is incredibly backwards, insular, and prejudiced compared to other magical communities.

Gryffindor is the house Harry belongs to, so naturally we see the most of it and it's painted in the best light. It's nominally the house of courage and chivalry, but some fans see it more as a house full of Jerk Jocks, Glory Hounds, and the Popular Is Dumb crowd. Ravenclaw is the house for smart people, but how smart are Ravenclaws really? Some paint them as rather boring, academic, and exclusionary. But when Order of the Phoenix introduced Luna Lovegood, now they also became associated with eccentrics, mystics, and creative types. Is Slytherin a house of Always Chaotic Evil Pureblood fanatics? Word of God says no, they're much more nuanced. However, we don't see much evidence of this in the books, but Harry is a Gryffindor, has a real rivalry with Slytherin, and might just not want to see any redeeming qualities. The most positively portrayed Slytherin, Horace Slughorn, is an Anti-Hero who still has subtle traces of Pureblood Supremacy. Officially, they're the house of ambition, but Ambition Is Evil in the story. Fan writers like to suggest that they're Not Evil, Just Misunderstood – a house that likes being edgy, sticking up for each other, and finding hidden potential. Pureblood fanaticism on that large a scale seems kind of impractical, anyway.

Its founder, Salazar Slytherin, is not painted well in the books – he was known to have built the Chamber of Secrets, which housed the Muggle-killing Basilisk, and he did have a falling out with the other founders over whether or not to accept Muggle-born students. This suggests that he really was a Pureblood supremacist, but one interpretation suggests that since the Burn the Witch! trope was alive and well at the time, he didn't have anything against Muggles per se, but was a pragmatist who didn't want to open the school up to attack by Muggles. Under this interpretation, the Chamber of Secrets was a defense against a possible attack.

Hogwarts appears to be founded in the 990s or so, the Burn the Witch! thing didn't get underway until the mid-1400s. There were isolated incidents in the Founder's time, but not the hundreds of thousands we see during the Early Modern Period. So it might have been the fear that the Muggle-borns would attract unwanted attention, as a pure- or half-blood would have parents who could mitigate the damage?
Hufflepuff is so often portrayed as "the House of All The Rest" that it named a trope. Fans naturally wanted to explore their positive traits, but they differ on what those are. Some suggest it's the House of goal-oriented hard workers, so much so that they'll eschew glory just to get stuff done. Others suggest it's the House of love, friendship, and community. Still others suggest they're just Lawful Stupid.

Much like Salazar Slytherin, Helga Hufflepuff has been reinterpreted in some works as the Only Sane Man. In this view Hufflepuff wasn't "all the rest" because she especially valued community, but because she knew children didn't have a firm grasp of their identity at age 11 and that dividing students up based on personality was a bad idea.

By the way, imagine what an eleven-year-old child would think when the Sorting Hat singing their song at the Sorting Ceremony DIRECTLY making Hufflepuff a "House of All The Rest" - somebody who isn't brave enough for Gryffindor, clever enough for Ravenclaw or pure enough for Slytherin, and making a very hard point that the hat isn't ever mistaken. No wonder why some consider Hufflepuff House as a dumping ground for students that the other founders wouldn't consider "worthy".

With a few exceptions, such as Dobby, the House-Elves find the prospect of not serving human wizards abhorrent. However, is this Happiness in Slavery attitude actually genuine? Are the House-Elves just saying they’re fine with being enslaved because they feel as if they can’t fight the Fantastic Caste System the Wizarding World has enforced on them? Or have they been enslaved by wizards for so long they don’t know what they would do if they weren’t serving wizards? note For this point, consider how Dobby's idea of freedom is "never serving the Malfoys again and being able to choose who he serves while he gets paid for it", not "never serving wizards again". Also, when Dumbledore offered Dobby ten Galleons a week and weekends off (which is the minimum wage in the Wizarding World) when hiring him to work in the Hogwarts kitchens, Dobby was uncomfortable with this because he felt it was too much, so he bargained down to one Galleon a week and a day off per month instead. Or are they just trying to avoid punishment from their human overseers by seeming to be grateful for the slave labor they’re forced to do note and most wizards, who aren't open-minded people just take these claims at face value so they don't have to bother themselves with the implication of having slaves?

At one point, Hermione speculates that the House-Elves are psychologically conditioned to like being enslaved, which is something that has happened to slaves in real life. When you read into it more, you realize that this assumption actually does have a lot of basis in fact; the House-Elves are psychologically conditioned to physically punish themselves severely if they fail a task or disobey their masters. If they're mentally compelled to do that to themselves, what other things are they mentally compelled to do to themselves?

The series also repeatedly demonstrates that the house-elves are fine with working for wizards as long as their masters treat them with kindness. With that in mind, it explains why the Hogwarts house-elves are upset when Hermione tries to trick them into being freed by leaving out hats and socks for them. Serving at Hogwarts under Dumbledore is the best job that a house-elf can get in Wizarding Britain, so being forced to leave would have forced them into an even worse enslavement, something that Hermione clearly doesn't consider at all
YaoiHellian chapter 20 . 3/1
It's been a long time since I've put anytime or effort into the SWU but this was very attention grabbing and hard to stop reading. Thank you for taking the time to write and post this story. Cheers.
Stormzy chapter 4 . 1/30
Ahhh if only I had waited till the next chapter.
Stormzy chapter 3 . 1/30
Very well written so far but the only problem I would say is Harry being in a newspaper. The Ministry are incompetent but not so much so that nobody in magical Britain wouldn't have noticed him in a newspaper.
Eragon135790 chapter 6 . 1/21
so far i really liked the ff, this chapter though... part of my dislike this chapter being the wand-scene, harry feeling like he found a missing piece of himself... partly my generell dislike for wands, partly the implication(from canon) that every wizard/witch has 1 wand that belongs to him/her and all the stuff that goes along with it. another thing being hedwig, thats more because the fandom soured her for me though because harry basically always gets hedwig, hell, quite oftne she evn seeks him out or he meets her even if he goes to diagon years earlier.
drducky chapter 6 . 1/10
why do people have 0 orignatily when getting him a wand, "holly and Phoenix feather" is so overused
Callum Runchman chapter 12 . 12/18/2021
Like the code but I'd personally have done it slightly differently:
There is no Dark nor a Light, there is only the Force. I shall do what I must to keep the balance, for the balance is what sustains me. There is no good without evil, but evil must not be allowed to flourish. There is passion, yet peace. Serenity, yet emotion. Chaos, yet order. I am the Wielder of the flame, Protector of balance. I am a guide holding the torch to light the way. A Keeper of the flame, Soldier of balance. I am a Watcher of the Force . I am a Guardian
That would have been my preferred code. Just sounds better but has the same principles of balance, restraint and freedom
thedude19859 chapter 19 . 12/6/2021
I absolutely loved this story
Adanor79 chapter 5 . 11/16/2021
heh autocorrect is funny.
We were HORNED to receive your invitation.
But the story is good so far.
EdTheBeast chapter 20 . 11/12/2021
Still interesting, but only thirteen right now!
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