|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| He Who Comes With the Dusk chapter 21 . 5/16/2010
This chapter was fun as well, and as much as I enjoy some of the more humorous parts, I find myself missing the more serious interaction with Voldemort. Aside from that, the chapter was as good as usual, and I am seriously excited for Harry to learn occlumency. More accurately, I'm eager to see how you will structure its mechanics.
| Tengokujin chapter 21 . 5/16/2010
WHY DOES THIS STORY GET BETTER WITH EACH... um... "chapter" doesn't really fit. Some of the chapters seemed more expository and disturbing and not just plain awesome. But... uh... IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER. There.
| gwern chapter 21 . 5/16/2010
Kudos for *finally* giving Hermione some screentime. But a Hermione who instantly jumps to thoughts of Romance strikes me as a little too Genre Savvy.
The conversation with Draco is a little overly didactic. It's not like we didn't read those talking points in (several) previous chapters.
Kudos also for taking into account the time turner for Harry's birthday. (And averting my planned triumphant comment here. :(
The Santa Claus letter is interesting. The writer seems to be unaware of the bargain struck in the previous chapter, but it's easier to fake ignorance than knowledge, so my theory is still that it's Quirrellmort. If it's not, then I'm confused. The inducement to break rules seems to rule out McGonagall, Dumbledore hasn't benefited from the first letter and so wouldn't send another, Harry's parents are out of the question, Sirius is AFAIK still in prison, Snape wouldn't warn him against all of Slytherin & similarly for Lucius, a future Harry would be more knowledgeable, so... I'm kind of stuck thinking of anyone with such intimate access to Hogwarts, knew James, knows the Weasley reputation, and distrusts Dumbledore. Remus Lupin? I look forward to seeing who SC turns out to be.
Would the students *really* not guess that the word starting with an 's' might be 'school'?
And standing amid the dusty desks in an unused classroom in the dungeons of Hogwarts, the green-lit silhouette of Harry Potter spread his arms dramatically and said, "This day shall mark the dawn of... the Bayesian Conspiracy."
Oh my stars. Be appalled, be amused... the options are endless.
| Toki Mirage chapter 21 . 5/16/2010
WOOT! YOU UPDATED! XD Awesuum! I love how Hermione is kicking his a*s. Mweheheh
| Arkeus chapter 21 . 5/16/2010
Also, Harry is being really manipulated by Voldemort there.
Mmmh, i really wonder who is the letter sender. I guess it could be Harry, but...
| kitiem3000 chapter 21 . 5/16/2010
I love it when Harry talks science. Very passionate.
| Kadorienne chapter 11 . 5/16/2010
This whole series is wonderful and I shall anticipate new chapters eagerly. My favorite on this chapter was "Atreides!" However, it's too bad you didn't also include "Sparklypoo!"
| glassfragrance chapter 20 . 5/16/2010
"You are here," Severus said in a quiet voice which the students at back strained to hear, "to learn the subtle science and exact art of potionmaking. As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins," this in a rather caressing, gloating tone, "bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses," this was just getting creepier and creepier. "I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death - if you aren't as great a pack of fools as I usually have to teach."
This is amazing, bytheway 3 I love this Harry! :DD
| qslow chapter 20 . 5/16/2010
I've been enjoying this fic a lot, math jokes and all, but I am more a lurker than a reviewer in general, not having much to contribute that others haven't said.
I'm here to respond to your request for how to show that Quirrell is Smart!LV. Personally I found that one of the fun things about the last couple of chapters was the newfound ambiguity as to Quirrell's role and methods, and I was surprised by the author's notes indicating that this was unintended. Why you want to shut off such an amusing avenue of speculation is your affair, here are my suggestions ;)
PQ seemed more villainous in chapter 16, singling out Harry and leaving him confused. But in 19 and 20, Harry sees Quirrell as a fantastic teacher and now a mentor. If we read the author notes, we see that PQ is undermining Harry and molding him in ways intended to make him less of a threat to his own plans... but because of the subjective POV the reader is unlikely to be aware of it unless Harry is. Harry has had suspicions about PQ's motives. Those could be stronger or more frequent without changing the plot since he would discount them as being from his 'dark side': warm!Harry is mostly interested in impressing and learning from a highly intelligent and competent teacher.
Another way to bring LV to mind might be to give a bit more emphasis to descriptions, play up the physical manifestations of the 'possession'. If _this_ LV is not going to lose control of his mind, his temper, etc., weaken his control on the body. Yes, he was a drooling zombie, but that was a few chapters ago, and in 19 and 20 was only 'leaning harder on his desk'. Have Harry walk past the head table without paying attention and get a terrible pain in his scar, stereotypical HP stuff like that.
| Dan Kaminsky chapter 20 . 5/16/2010
You're doing something astonishing here. You have combined fiction and nonfiction, humor and sober reflection, fun and purpose, science and art.
There is a reason that all the great lessons are taught via parable. You are using Rowlings' framework in a truly remarkable and communicative way. Put simply, your message is understandable faster, better, and deeper this way than in traditional philosophical writing.
You must continue this experiment! You are genuinely writing one of the best supportive works on rationality I have ever seen. Let everyone else preach to the choir. You have found the language for the masses.
| VN chapter 20 . 5/16/2010
Coriolanus: Does this detail influence which answer is correct?
| sfreear chapter 20 . 5/16/2010
One word. Four syllables. IN-CRE-DI-BLE!
| Pathatlon chapter 20 . 5/16/2010
That was awesome. And Quirrel is pretty cool.
| Coriolanus chapter 20 . 5/16/2010
Question 1: (70 points): Which of these characters has crossed the Moral Event Horizon?
(A) An eleven-year-old who talks about rape.
(B) An adult who tortures to death an entire martial arts monastery.
- I would like to point out that your question should be "An eleven-year-old who talks about committing rape." to be more exact.
| Apricot chapter 7 . 5/15/2010
At first I was not going to review, I only tend to review when I truly do enjoy the story. Yours was simply a good story until I got to the bit about the snitch. Now all I have to say is thank you.