|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| Poknok chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
One of the author's comments earlier, about not being sure how far to push information on people and needing to leave room for people to be surprised, echos in the comments to Chapter 26. Some readers were pretty sure by the end of Chapter 25 that Skeeter was going to die, and were pretty sure how that would happen, and as soon as PQ talks about having an outing, and humming a tune in Chapter 26, we're pretty sure it's going to happen in this chapter. Other people were apparently surprised by her death. I can see how trying to write for these two groups could be... odd? I can't think of a better word than "odd".
This chapter opens up a pile of plot! Draco knows that the HP was plotting to do SOMETHING to Rita, and by extension Lucius knows (or will soon enough). And I do not believe for a moment that Lucius will miss the fact that Skeeter is dead, PQ's pitch about "flee and start her life over" notwithstanding. Meanwhile, HP doesn't even know she's dead. So that could get interesting.
Also, PQ knows that Rita is Lucius's pawn, but apparently does not care. Where's the love?
It would be interesting, and quite plausible from where the fic currently stands, to see a scenario in which HP is saved from PQ by LM.
I, for one, do not think that this is a self-insert fic, and I am sorry if my last comment came out that way. Selective author identification can be totally useful. I stand by my comment that in order for us to believe that the HP likes PQ, and point to ByLanternLight's comment for a little validation there.
Finally, and since nobody else has mentioned it, I would like to be the first to appreciate the inclusion of Newton's First Law of Motion in this Chapter.
Ba weep gra na weep ninny bon.
| deloriantimewizard chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
what a crackin chapter, very excited about the name drop. thanks for the birthday update!
| KuMardagg chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
"You could toss this diary in a fireplace and it would emerge unscathed."
"...and I cast a lovely little spell on that lovely golden plaque which will make it last a lot longer than it otherwise would."
| VN chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
"And we might even make it a little outing, if you like. I've just had a pleasant thought."
Harry nodded, smiling back.
As Harry left the office, he heard Professor Quirrell humming a small tune.
The "pleasant thought" was about murdering a person, I gather.
| AoMythology chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
I laughed at the canon!Harry-bashing and overall canon-bashing you had in this chapter (Sectumsempra, high-level potions w/o supervision in the toilets).
But did you have to put Roger Bacon in there? There's no counting how many books, videogames etc. have had him entangled with the supernatural. But is it actually his diary or did Quirrellmort snatch his own (T. ) diary from Lucius and simply removed his name from it and changed its appearance?
Last but not least, I absolutely adore your take on Voldemort. You have actually made him mentally powerful in all ways, not just smarts. But is Quirrell's behavior all Voldy, or is Quirrell, unlike canon, badass instead of a wimp?
| MatsumotoXD chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
Oh MY GOD! YOU KILLED SKEETER! xD Bravo!
| Peter Woo chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
A Gringotts goblin gets Imperiused by Harry in book 7. Also, nonverbal spellcasting is significant in book 6. This comes to mind whenever I read a part about the ongoing pronunciation-must-be-just-so / Wingardium-Leviosa troubles.
| Arkh Cthuul chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
Some parts of this chapter were simply amazing, and the rest still very good.
Ins hort: Fantastic chapter, I can hardl wait for the next (while the last 2 chapters didnt inspire me to review, sorry, too much scinece with too little else ;) ).
| Animekitty47 chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
'Ancestral environment'? Er, home? Muggle-world, right?
lol Lampshading the 6th and 2nd book. XD
And speaking of hilarious lines- "If the bookstore burned down, Harry was going to stick around in the middle of the fire until Professor Quirrell got back."
And that little exchange about costs of tampering with things. XD
"To quote Douglas Adams, the impossible often has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks." Unfortunately, I do not see Harry's point. What does honor have to do with anything? Or do I just have a screwed up definition of 'integrity'?
Nice of you to give that hint about Mary's Room, but wow. No more Rita, huh? Wait! Act 6! Is that what Quirrelmort was doing when Harry was reading the paper?
Bacon. I'm guessing, as in a relative of the famous Bacon? XD
Oh, as interesting as Harry's theory about Atlantis is, how do new spells get invented then? How does...it...learn that to add a spell and effect to its...lexicon? Database? Oh, and because I must quote this now (and can't believe I forgot last time) "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." I have a feeling you agree with that idea. XD
| Ossindie chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
A villain. A true, real life villain. Are you sure we're still in the Harry Potter universe?
Side note: I would have fainted, too.
| Allen Pitt chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
still, you're veering off into fantasy-land. Nobody in the HP series would ever in their 6th year cast a sectumsempra and... hm. Ok, never mind.
Gee, poor Rita. And yet nobody will miss her. And, reporters will now think twice and yet again before printing anything about HP ...
So. Evil bankers charge interest. "What does 'diversify' mean?" Good grief. Once HP is old enough to manage his own money, Gringotts is doomed.
10,000 galleons for a noble wife? Hm...
| Syron13 chapter 14 . 6/16/2010
So it wasn't Dumbledore who had the cloak? Who then I wonder? Great story.
| stefan bertram chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
yay shes dead
| Morbious20 chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
Another awesome chapter keep'em coming.
| Guile chapter 26 . 6/16/2010
My goodness, Voldemort does not fuck around.
And we like him anyway. I wonder if that was what the charismatic canon Voldemort was supposed to be like, before his death and rebirth.