|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| Poknok chapter 25 . 6/14/2010
I wonder if the author knows which song Quirrell was whistling, and if it happens to be a song by four British fellows who might have been popular around the time you-know-who was tramping around the Muggle world.
I also wonder if there is a word for when a phrase appears to be metaphor, but is actually literal. I don't mean the phrase "literal metaphor", but some word that includes the connotation of obfuscated meaning. I feel like there should be, but if there is then I don't know it.
In any case, people like to see a man who enjoys his work, and I think that does double duty here with Quirrell. For it to be credible to us readers that Harry likes Quirrell, I think we have to kind of like him, too, and this little snippet helps us along that path. It certainly helped me like him more, and without compromising his character.
Act 6 is for everybody who ever rooted for H. Lecter.
Going back some chapters, I wonder if there was something useful in the foodstuffs left by Quirrell for the HP after the "how to lose" encounter. I mean magically useful to a Dark Lord, not chemically useful to HP's metabolism.
I also like the two notes that Harry has received so far, specifically because their author(s) are ambiguous to HP, as well as to us the readers. It lets us know that a twist is en route, without spoiling what the twist actually is.
Er, back to Chapter 25, it's a small thing, but shouldn't it be "the left sleeve of his robe" rather than "the sleeve of his left robe"? The latter sounds like he has a pair of robes with one sleeve each rather than one robe w/ two sleeves.
In any case, lovely stuff, look forward to the rest of it.
| Shally-wa chapter 25 . 6/14/2010
So there's a difference between Muggles and Squibs? I never really thought about it that way... only that Muggles were nonmagical people of nonmagical heritage, and Squibs were nonmagical people of magical heritage. My main personal views on the genetics and genomics of magic are that either there are more possible ways to become magical than not (read: more spontaneous mutations will occur in the direction of "magical" than the reverse) or that magic is a recessive trait (read: all wizards/witches carry two copies of the magical gene, Muggleborns can arise by a Mendelian cross of two nonmagical heterozygotes, spontaneous mutations, or a combination of the two; while Squibs can only arise by spontaneous mutations in the magical gene), but all of this is just working off a focus on the fact that Muggleborns are significantly more common than Squibs. The latter is probably more likely, now that I think about it, when one considers the low baseline numbers of the Wizarding population - if magic was a relatively easy to-induce and/or dominant trait, the Wizarding world would be a whole lot larger.
The Atlantean explanation of why spells are that complicated is ...interesting. I don't particularly like the idea of the magical world existing by design (plus, Atlantis is way overused), but it would explain some of the quirks about why the universe works just /that/ way.
Also, DAMN everyone is Machiavellian.
| Celestial Moonwalker chapter 25 . 6/14/2010
Act 3 isn't here yet and I'm looking forward to seeing what else you spring up at us.
More impossible than Harry Potter? Unlikely, but (probably) possible.
As impossible as Harry Potter? Give me a moment to appreciate the sheer magnitude of Chaos in their wake... Yes, quite. Absolutely wonderful. I hope they can manage.
I was suddenly seized by the thought of Harry meeting Luna. Yes, it's far off, if ever. But if they get on well enough... My brain refuses to formulate a comprehensive description to put into words. Let's just say a shiver of thrill and horror ran down my back. Things are only impossible until they are not, yes?
| Guyro chapter 8 . 6/14/2010
i loved your character interaction between harry and hermione
whats the ship in this story going to be? im hoping for harry/hermione (please)
i love all the elements in this and i like the magical things you are making up yourself - please continue (i mentioned earlier, this is my favourite thing in harry potter fanfiction reading teh authors own thought up magical items and spells etc.)
i like your story sooo much im begging you to go all seven years of hogwarts and maybe a bit after - and im hoping you will do as harry says and have him tear down/break the statute of secrecy - this is something i have wanted to read in a story for ages now but i havent seen it and this story has the potential
maybe i should make a challenge
| MrRobertsIII chapter 25 . 6/14/2010
Love your wonderfully weird fic.
"Ha! Yeah, like that would have worked.
-Made me laugh
| willedmina chapter 4 . 6/14/2010
Everyone needs a luggage, a trunk constructed of magical sapient pearwood.
Your sequence reminds me this particular and loveable character of the Pratchett's world.
I keep readind the rest.
| pixieVAMP393 chapter 1 . 6/14/2010
This story is way cool but at the same time real strange
| MiiRsEnd chapter 25 . 6/14/2010
I am itching to find out what the twins are going to do.
| Wolfric chapter 25 . 6/14/2010
Good chapter. Thanks for writing. W.
| phil chapter 17 . 6/13/2010
I am so very disappointed that there was only one rock.
Harry stared in horror at the desk that the Headmaster suggested he get his father's rocks off...
Much better you see.
| deloriantimewizard chapter 25 . 6/13/2010
loved the new chapter. can't wiat to see what the twins cook up
| TsuQ chapter 25 . 6/13/2010
excellent story so far... its interesting to see all the CS references. I like this Harry... Shame he didnt solve P vs. NP earlier... I really thought he was onto something ] I could read this for 7 books keep it coming
| rodrigo Black Potter chapter 25 . 6/13/2010
It's late and I have to go to sleep, sol I'll just say that the story remais awesome! and that harry is creating quite a bit of Orders, and groups and playing a lot of games and plots simultaniously, and altough many of them are just different approaches of the same problem, it's bound to tangle up, wether in the narration(it gets confusing for us) or in the story(it gets confusing for him[they]). Cheers for you!
| dogbertcarroll chapter 25 . 6/13/2010
| Qoheleth chapter 6 . 6/13/2010
Dear Less Wrong:
Okay, after 4,000 reviews and I don’t know how many favoritings, I’m sure you’re not about to rewrite this story based on what I say here. But I’ll say it anyway, because it ought to be on record somewhere.
As has been noted by many (including, if memory serves, myself), what makes this story good is the striking originality of its portrait of Harry as a sort of magical Jason Fox. So long as you stick with this idea (and occasionally add fascinating little twists on it, such as this chapter’s suggestion that the canon Harry is buried somewhere inside our little savant after all), the story is delightful, refreshing, and potentially even profound. Unfortunately, I can’t help noticing that you don’t always stick with it.
Let me explain. As anyone knows who has studied Harry Potter ff in some detail, there are certain traditions in the AU world – certain schools, one might almost call them. There are the Dumbledore Bashers, who delight in making Harry into a vengeful little creep so he can give the adults in his life what for; there’s the New Marauders Movement, for whom Harry and his friends are at their best as a troupe of merry pranksters, like James and his friends before them; and, of course, there are all the various schools built around non-canon romantic pairings (Dramione, Snarry, etc.). Now, it is the particular glory of *this* story to belong to none of these schools, since its most valuable characteristic is its utter uniqueness – yet the scene at Madam Malkin’s in chapter 5 could have fit quite comfortably into a New Marauders story, and the last few paragraphs of this chapter are a Dumbledore Basher’s dream come true. This is as depressing as anything I’ve seen on this site in a long time; it suggests that you yourself haven’t grasped what you have here, and are letting yourself be influenced by the tropes of the genre instead of reinventing it the way you ought to be doing.
Now, maybe I’m overreacting. I’ve only read six chapters, and you’ve written twenty-five so far; for all I know, you’ve long since seen this danger and steered away from it. But I wanted to get that off my chest, all the same.
P.S.: Oh, before I forget: Harry *is* going to end up in Slytherin, right? (Because, if he doesn’t, either I’m a poor judge of character or the Sorting Hat is.)