|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| Greytune chapter 2 . 5/11/2010
"Rest assured, Mr. Potter," replied McGonagall, "Hogwarts is quite capable of teaching the basics. And I suspect, Mr. Potter, that if I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a huge crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of giant zebras terrorizing the rest of England."
Oh my god! Just... THAT in itself is hilarity in its purest form! Dear God! And the biting thing!
I'm dying of laughter...
| Nargle Hunter chapter 20 . 5/11/2010
I was about to go on this thing about how I'm hoping that Quirrell isn't the Dark Lord, though I had my strong suspicions that he was. Well, more of a half wish that he wasn't Voldemort. That was, until I read your authors notes. I think the reason why it's not so blatantly obvious is because you're so subtle about it. But it's a good subtle. But anywho, I like this version of the Quirrellmort. One of the best I've read so far. Stutters are so last book. And moreover, I love this version of Science!Harry, and I'm hoping that he does become Dark. Wouldn't he make the entire universe surreal?
Have fun writing more good fanfictions and may you never get writer's block!
| bluewillow chapter 19 . 5/11/2010
I was thinking about this chapter last night, and how Q/V and Snape, in their own ways, sought to teach Harry a lesson about celebrity and leadership - and I'm wondering if Snape's wasn't more useful, in the end. It seems as though Q/V almost set up the entire exercise so that Harry could experience the adulation and admiration of the class for having survived and understood his experience - building him up as "a leader" in his own estimation and in the eyes of others. Perhaps he intends to manipulate Harry to his own ends, using the boy's vanity? Sounds a bit like Dale Carnegie, to me ;)
Whereas Snape, despite being perhaps only motived by the desire to wound and mock, could have taught Harry a powerful lesson about how being "known", while not yet having done anything to merit renown, is a tricky and precarious position in which to find oneself. Harry, being only 11 an a bit stubborn, allowed his anger and sense of pride to blind him to the potential of that lesson, but I think it still might have served him better, in the end...
| perfidiouspink chapter 6 . 5/11/2010
Harry creeps me out a bit.
| perfidiouspink chapter 5 . 5/11/2010
lol House Elf. Draco should totally be in Gryffindor. Funny chapter!
| perfidiouspink chapter 2 . 5/11/2010
cool. i love the thing about the Greeks. Our capacity for learning is AMAZING. WOAH DEEP lol
| perfidiouspink chapter 1 . 5/11/2010
wow this is sooo silly, summary shoud have SUPERNERD!HARRY in it. Rationality FAILS! GO NATURALISM! lol.. jokes. Ok reading on...
| Silblue09 chapter 7 . 5/11/2010
I Love this story. It's so funny and love the way Harry is so rational about everything. What a original story! More chapters please!
| Farsan chapter 19 . 5/11/2010
Let's check if this line of reasoning is sound:
5h) Talks about "pretending to lose", which he learned through a horribly humiliating experience in a martial arts monastery which was wiped out by Lord Voldemort shortly thereafter, except for one student who was a friend of his
2) canon!Quirrell is possessed by Voldemort.
3) It has been repeated within the fic that the Dark Lord has lost his last body but is somehow still alive.
4) The author has summarized the First Law of Fanfiction as "Frodo gets lightsaber, Sauron gets Death Star".
5h & 3 - 6) Voldemort razed the monastery before he lost his body
2 & 3 - 7) Voldemort posessed Quirrel after he lost his body
6 & 7 - 8) Voldemort didn't learn how to lose. Quirrel did, but he is just a drooling zombie when Voldemort is not in charge.
This contradicts the fact that Quirrelmort explained and demonstrated how to lose to Harry, proving that he actually knows how to lose. This means that at least one of the premises, or one of my steps is wrong.
For example, if Quirrel lied in 5h), the contradiction is avoided. He might have posessed Quirrel, infiltrated the monastery and learned its secrets, and afterwards destroyed it. I don't think this is the case, because then anyone who knows about the razing, or investigates about it, might discover that Quirrel was lying, and he seems too smart for that. (After all, Voldemort wasn't supposed to destroy anything after his demise in public, or else people would know he was still alive)
There are several possible explanations, but somehow I favor this one: Everything in Quirrel's story was coherent, but his depart and Voldemort's arrival are too close to be a coincidence: What if Quirrel was already posessed when he entered the monastery, learned everything he could, and then he left it and used his Dark Lord persona to raze it?
This would mean that Quirrel was horcruxed way before Voldemort's death, probably after his mind was destroyed by Cruciatus to ensure he wouldn't fight back, effectively creating a full powered backup for himself, a reasonable strategy for anyone who doesn't want to die nor become powerless if his main body dies.
And if he did it before, he can do it again (Now in Wild Mass Guessing mode)... but he now realizes the drawbacks of using posessed zombies as hosts, and wants a fully aware Wizard for that, who would be willing to accept and follow his ideals. After he accidentally horcruxed Harry, he wants to use this connection to his favor, grooming the perfect Dark Lord. He now just realized that this task is harder than it seemed...
| Farsan chapter 20 . 5/11/2010
Regardless of any subtle hints you give, readers will still doubt. In fact, we WANT to doubt, to be unsure of everything until the very last moment where the guilty party is revealed. Otherwise, it would be like reading the last page of a mystery novel to find out who the murderer is.
This is because this kind of Mysteries with Twist Endings a known trope of the Harry Potter novels, not much unlike Agatha Christie's novels. If they liked that trademark, they will forgive that there is no Twist Ending, but they won't forgive that a secret is 100% revealed with no chance to doubt the revelation in any way.
| 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.