|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| RainKrystal chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
I am beginning to thnk that the Holy Shit Quotient on this thing must be astronomical.
| Whome chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
Awesome, thanks so much for updating, I love the story, and I can actually follow the though process thinking, sort of xD O.o What's the second most reviewed Harry Potter fanfiction? Congrats on number 1 :D
| Captain Death chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
Felicitations on returning to your work after a long absence. That's often very difficult to do. The unheard tunes of the silent drummer can be most difficult to recapture, as I know from my own experience, and you did it.
Making Hermione a more solid character is a very powerful and effective change.
There are however a few anomalies and issues that you may want to consider.
First, the Hermione of the original first book has considerably more spells at hand than do any of her classmates. Well, she is very bright - you captured that well - and studies hard (and is annoyed that she is not easily beating Harry Potter).
However, Merlin's clever restriction if taken literally means that all that reading cannot be teaching her spells, can it? So where did she get them? Perhaps they are no longer there, like the plant-repelling sunlight spell. On the other hand, you have other options. Perhaps Merlin's rule after many centuries is weakening. Perhaps Merlin put in it a loophole for Nimue, for whom he had certain weaknesses. Perhaps Merlin put in it loopholes for the truly devoted student of magic, people who almost never come along, though one might suspect that Dumbledore was one and sees in Hermione another.
It might also be that one of the faculty is privately tutoring Hermione, either because she can benefit for it or because they have concluded that Harry might not beat YouKnowWho and a backup for Harry is needed in the next generation.
It's your story.
Having said that, I will offer a critique of one transition. Your transitions have gotten much better as you keep writing. However, at the point the misfortunate bully has his collision with Daphne, I keep expecting her to say "For the Honor of Greengrass!" Now, I am old enough that I only know the original line because friends of my generation had children, and you are likely too young to know it. Some readers may know it though.
You could use a paragraph in which one of the girls wakes up and revives the rest. You could use a sentence someplace after mien in which, e.g., one of the characters points out that X woke up and revived us and if she hadn't the misfortunate bully might have revived first, and we might have been beaten afterward. Your story, your call.
The possibility of a romantic clash between Harry and Draco for the hand of Hermione should not be overlooked. Draco does have the classic Victorian manner down well, and that may be effective.
| The Sovereign Lord of Darkness chapter 3 . 5/30/2011
this is a really good story i love it
| hermionesw chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
I am not gonna lie, I did not expect that. I thought for sure this was some kind of plot that harry might have come up with, some how involving Quirell who takes it up a notch... and so forth. Still loved the chappie can't wait to see what else your briliant mind will dream up, and I hope it won't be tooo long. Thoygh I know you can't rush genius.
| shusha chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
WOW you updated! Great! please keep this story, it is aweme!
| Ijoan chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
A lot of progress in this chapter. Things are really starting to move.
| Jessie chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
To be honest, I'm having some trouble telling the girls in this story apart. They seem like a sort of undifferentiated mass of... giggliness/frivolity, which is unappealing. The only ones that seem to have actual personalities are Hermione, Padma, and now Daphne somewhat. They seem to be so much /younger/ than the minor boy characters like Blaise and Anthony.
What frustrates me about this story arc is that it's called "Self Actualization" but Hermione never really *does anything*; despite Harry's admirable promises to stop patronizing her and protecting her, she is stuck in this cycle of dithering until something happens to her. She dithers about whether to mention the note, so Daphne (or Tracey?) ends up broaching the subject. She is understandably stunned when someone throws a pie in her face, but rather than composing herself and finding a powerful and strategic way to react (or even reacting in an ill-advised way because she's caught off guard!), Draco ends up speaking for her.
Sorry to be so critical, but I figure that the rest of your readers will have covered all of the awesome, funny, clever pieces of this chapter, of which there are many :)
| skeptic7 chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
This was a great chapter. It was very nice to have all 8 of the heroines beaten and defeated and the villian only laid low by a fluke. A troop of heroes can't expect to be victorious against all odds all the time.
I like the attack at the Great Hall. There was very nearly civil war in Hogwarts but it would have been hard to tell who was going to be in the fighting and on which side. Anti Slytherin, Anti First year twerps, pro Slytherin, Sunshine Army and supporters, Ravenclaw together. Hufflepuffs protecting Hannah Abbot, She - Heroes against Quidditch, Quidditch team sticking together. Chaos Legion, Dragon Army, First Year Sollidarity the place would have been chaos. Now what is Dumbles up to?
I felt sorry for Malfoy when everyone knows he is up to something evil and cunning and sneaky. Even when he is honest.
| Yanslana chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
I like this fic but the more I read into it the more it disturbs me, it makes me want to not read it until it's been complete, because the plots within plots goes right over my head and it's hard for me to keep tracking it over time. Also, the characters scares me to the point that if this had been a published book, I'd be reading the last chapter first to know what kind of ending it'll be.
| Lokistrong chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
I seriously love this story. I've even told a few of my friends about it. And I'm so glad I have it set to alert me when it updates so I don't have to keep checking for new chapters.:)
| Thomas chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
(Shortest review ever, I know)
| Yulerule chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
Well, I've read the entire thing, and my only complaint is that this should have been this third year by now not his first. (Speaking paseltongue second year, rescuing a Black third year). And as I understand it, Quirrel is NOT wearing a turban, correct? And I do hope that this will end, and that there will be a seqel, as it can only be so long... And of course, I'm as interested as the next person is in knowing whether Voldemort is gone, or poor Harry is only thinking that people don;t have souls.
| Froggie chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
Oh! What a dramatic ending, all the hairs on my legs were standing at attention. Loved the whole chapter really, including the snippets cut from scene to scene. Gives the chapter a rather "actiony" feeling, despite there not being much action.
| admiralskippy chapter 72 . 5/30/2011
To Eliezer: Awesome Chapter as always, you deserve the no. 1 spot.
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