|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| j hellfire chapter 20 . 5/11/2010
And so the world ends with a whisper
| Guile chapter 17 . 5/11/2010
This story is so, so hilarious.
It was enjoyable at the beginning (and I really do like Rationalist!Harry), and then just jumped off the rails around the time Harry got his Time Turner and soared off into brand new vistas of awesome.
Wow, that prank Harry played on himself? Beautifully done. I had no idea what was going on. And Harry and Dumbledore's exchange just about had me in stitches. So weird. Hell, even the disclaimers often garner a chuckle from me.
Eagerly awaiting more.
| Poliphilus chapter 7 . 5/10/2010
Just to be clear, the "as soon as I'm old enough to get an erection" thing is a bit of ignorance on Draco's part, not yours, right? There's no age limit (at least no -lower- limit).
| Lilith-Fey chapter 20 . 5/10/2010
I don't usually leave reviews (more of shady lurker) but I wanted to add this to story alerts and it didn't seem right to do so and not review.
So I just read through all 20 chapters in one sitting (ok so I got up to eat-barely) and I'm exhausted. My brain hurts, my eyes are itchy and I've gone through more(sudden, quick to change from one extreme to another) mood swings than when I'm on my period w/o meds (Is that TMI?). I'm still in "my brain has just exploded, multiple times" phase and cannot really string together coherent thoughts yet.
I did read your AN for this chapter- at this point I don't know honestly. I don't know if I want Harry to be young Anakin or not.
The whole time with Quirrell- from the moment he stood at the beginning I thought "Holy crap, Voldemort is doing a full possession and he's pre- crazy obsessed with little boys. He's Riddle not Orchimaru." This was very disturbing since he's charismatic and *insert other sociopath's charming characteristic*. Then as I read it I started to doubt: would he tell a story that would broadcast a weakness of his? But wait not losing, but he's not crazy impulsive Voldemort and just when considering it might not be him because if he was then oh so screwed. Yeah. Wow. He did that to P11.
Oh and that sound right now? Yes that blue screen of death sound is my mind blipping. I vaguely thought 'what could he have done to P11? Did he somehow link to it so he can get pic... Wait link, no but' then reading the AN and having it spelled out in such a way that can't deny or ignore. Yeah forget doing any more critical thinking for the rest of the night that's for sure.
That's just a sample of how I felt reading this story. I've laughed long and hard and half way through the same chapter cried and couldn't stop. You've made me want to read your reference page for everything Harry has quoted. It's easy to identify and empathize with almost all the characters. Harry is a flawed, intelligent i/child/.
There's a lot more I want to say especially on Draco. Hermione and Neville. Order of Chaos. The note giver. And the fact that this is the only the first week...
But I'm going off to digest what I've read and later reread this over and over again. This wins my vote for Best WIP.
| not someone else chapter 20 . 5/10/2010
iHow can I make it clearer without it being disruptive? If you have ideas, please share them./i
I don't think pointing out he's Lord Voldemort is the problem. I think the problem is that he's become a very important character over the last several chapters, much more so than he was in canon, and that he's manipulative enough to come across as very sympathetic despite the crazy stuff he says. Eventually, you're going to have to do to him what you did to Draco- and you're probably going to have to brace yourself in case you've accidentally made him *too* sympathetic. This happens with villains.
For the time being... maybe focus on some of the other characters? Maybe cast a worse light on him by proxy, via showing the reactions of some of the other students to what happened, or drawing parallels between some of the subtle-creepy stuff he did/implied and other bad stuff that happened to other kids? The main thing is, you probably need to play it off a blind spot of Harry's, though you might get a twofer there by pointing out some other weakness the boy has.
| delorian time wizard chapter 20 . 5/10/2010
damn, this was my favorite chapter yet. can't WAIT until you update. I can't believe i'm getting all my schoolwork done either, having read this story twice. help me slack off!
| QuodPot chapter 20 . 5/10/2010
What an amazing story! It's always really refreshing to not have to read your average run-of-the-mill fanfiction every single day! You start to see the pattern that starts running in with every story...sort of eerie. Good on you, mate!
| Kalaras chapter 20 . 5/10/2010
My personal feeling about this is that every time we see Quirrell talking, it's been Voldemort. Voldemort who had a small interest in rationality, and a fascination with space travel, but otherwise was as his canon self right up until he got slapped down by the prophecy and a 16 month old. He then spent the last 10 years brooding about it, and deciding that maybe this whole dark lord gig is not for him.
Then, when Quirrell shows up, he offers the defense prof a deal - Tom gives Quirrell a lot of practical instruction on the dark arts (and by proxy) how to defeat them, while Tom gets a body to use now and again. They agree, but the first time that Tom does his possession thing, he ends damaging his host rather severely, leading to Quirrell being the zombie like state that is his default.
Thus, Tom has no real ulterior motive for what he's doing - he just wants to help out someone who he sees as like the younger version of himself, no matter what the path he chooses.
| Vision Flavored chapter 20 . 5/10/2010
Very nice, you've left me wanting more and I hope you don't take too long to deliver.
| Ayame89 chapter 20 . 5/10/2010
This whole story is absolutely awesome! When you said that it was something new, I thought you were simply bragging, but damn, you were right. I'll definitely be back for more.
| me chapter 19 . 5/10/2010
Should it be disturbing that I actually *like* Professor Quirrell, even though I know that he's Voldiemort?
| crocket chapter 5 . 5/10/2010
a friend said read this story and i so glad she did. i had tears in my eyes by the time draco wanted to be in grfindor
| Kitty Smith chapter 20 . 5/10/2010
Your Voldemort is SMART. But- even though he says he'll help Harry become a Dark Lord, it seems like he's actually helping him stay off that path... He's doing that on accident, right?
| badkidoh chapter 20 . 5/10/2010
Great work on chapter 19 & 20.
Well there be any Harry & Hermione stuff soon?
| VN chapter 20 . 5/10/2010
The phrase starting with "That seemed a little sad..." at the end is duplicated.