|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| Shodatl chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
This chapter was organized strangely.
But it wasnt bad.
I've come to realize harry is arrogant... he just isnt arrogant in a bad way.
He Thinks he's smarter, more organized... just overall "Better" than anyone else near his age.
He doesnt talk down to them, he simply states what he feels to be true.
But in a sense, he is wrong.
He knows science, thats ALL he knows.
If someone solved every problem in a way that was completely illogical, had no order, and referenced things in a way that could be classed as insane...
And Got the problems solved correctly every Time.
He wouldn't understand the person at all.
This makes me wonder how he would receive luna, and makes me hope you keep her in character unlike everyone else in this story.
On another note-
You need to get the reactions of others correct.
As of now, you havent been able to give anyone a personality truely different than harry's.
In fact, you havent even had any conflict in the plot that helps a story move forward.
Get a beta or something to help with that, it would make this story feel much more intriguing if people reacted differently than than Harry would.
| jesusfreak100percent chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
Act 3? I'm guessing that was either last chapter or will be next one...
| Hayden Elrics chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
Lol, you know those wwjd (what would jesus do) wrist bands? You think the twins could get wwggd ones? (G. Gryffindor)
Anyway, awesome chappie, love the convolutedness of "da acts". Maybe more crabzi n goylie?
| PBrules chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
Oh wow, I cannot wait to see what Fred and George come up with... this is going to be very interesting :)
| phoebe turner chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
i loved it!
| Luiz4200 chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
Uh-oh. Fred and George are feeling challenged. Please update.
| jdboss1 chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
you are the god of fan fiction
I may not be able to follow the science but your story hos really encouraged me to relearn science I wished I'd had this story to motivate me when I was in school this explains concepts in ways that teachers could never do
( A no it wouldn't be out in the timeline you're working on but I would recommend somehow having your Harry Potter take inspiration from the BBC series hustle they were fantastic manipulators on it
| Violet Shadows chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
Nice, I almost expected a gurren Laggan moment at the end there.
| Ronfar chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
You should ship Draco and McGonagall if and only if the results will be iawesome/i. Isn't that the algorithm you're using to decide what to put into the story? ;)
And I can't help but wonder what happened in Act 3...
| Predicted Anomie chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
I'm trapped in a smug factory, send help.
| WaxWings chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
Thanks for the update.
After I read this chapter, I remained a little unsatisfied, and I believe I know why. Consider this bit of, hopefully, helpful criticism.
It seems that Harry's characterization has drifted unnaturally fast. In the begining he was a precocious child, but he was now where near the schemer and manipulator he is now. You previously referenced "Death Note." In the begining of the story I do not believe I would have been able to draw any parrallels between Harry and Light, now however, those parrallels are beginning to develop, and there was no prior indication that Harry might develop in that direction.
Make of that what you will, it was just an initial impression.
The anachronatic pacing of this chapter was an interesting effect and for me served a welcome change of pace.
The title of this chapter, "Hold off on Proposing Solutions," is this supposed to by advice directed at Harry as well? My frustration with Harry right now (and provoking an emotional response from the reader can be a good thing) is that he seems to be pulling his hypothesis about the nature of magic out of thin air. For all he preaches about the proper method of conducting science, he seems to be woefully ignorant of its application. There is not a single honest scientist in the world who, when intrigued by a problem, would not first learn all they could from the literature. Until that point, they would not what questions to ask.
For example, Harry's current theory about the origin of magic would not be valid if he learned that spell development was an active field, and what went into developing a spell. Or if he learned that incantation for the levitation charm was taught as "Wingardium Leviosa" at Hogwarts, but that it varied by region. He doesn't have enough background information yet.
Truly good science is based upon questioning the assumitions that others have made, but Harry still seems to be living in the fantasy that he will be able to swoop into this new world and instantly find success ... through science!
| anon chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
lol I keep thinking about those Chuck Norris sayings when the twins talk about making Harry impossible.
| TD Master chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
There are some problems with Harry's thought pattern in Act 2. He goes on about there not be multiple genes that make up magic, and this making it not complex, which isn't entirely true. After all, if EVERYONE has all the other genes and chromosomes required to do magic, and the one gene that is missing is just the final connection that turns otherwise useful, but not magical, circuitry into magical stuff, you can still have complex stuff, yet one chromosome/gen.
But that's not the real big one. He goes on about understanding magic and how difficult it is, because it's artificial. This doesn't make much rational sense. If magic is artificial, there's a machine or machines (the Earth is large and a sphere after all) that are the source of magic, scientifically trying to master magic is rather useless; because you won't be understanding the underlying laws of physics that govern it; you'd be trying to figure out some people's minds and how they set up their magic machines.
His real, rational goal, should be to find the source(s) of magic, and understand the actual underlying physics. In that case, Harry could build his own source of magic; and shut down the old one. That way, only he, and those he trusts, can wield magic, and everyone else is f'ed! :buwahahaha!:
PS: It would rather imply that any magical creature and plant, are (magically) genetically engineered, which would fit with there being no fossils of predecessors in the fossil record. Also, the fact that you would need certain plants and roots to make the machine(s) / source(S) of magic take notice and do your bidding; makes Magic the biggest and far reaching prank ever perpetrated by anyone of the human species. Hell, the creator, or however set the final settings, might even have been insane:
Person1: "Hey, so and so spell doesn't work anymore!"
Person2: "Yeah, what the hell happened."
Dr. Insano: "Oh, from now on, you need mandrake root to make it work!"
Person1: "Why would we need a funny shaped root to make the machine do the spell!"
Dr. Insano: "No, you need the living breathing with human face and mouth root that screams out its pain as you rip it out of the ground root."
Person2: "That's an old-wives tale, it doesn't actually exist."
Dr. Insano (brings forth pot: "Not anymore!" Yanks the plant out which starts screaming than tosses it to the people, and runs of cackling madly.
| fsdfasefe chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
Lol ! awesome
| Raw Power chapter 25 . 6/12/2010
I -challenge- you to ship Malfoygonnagall. DO IT! For the lulz! For great justice! For empiricism! DU MUSST!
Also, any dates for the next chapter, or do you plan to leave us on a horribly stressful cliffanger for a good while?