|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| Tangshou chapter 29 . 1/4/2011
This is a terrific lead up to the battles. Many well-done details. Hermoine being known as 'Harry's rival.' Hermoine knowing Quirrell is evil but not knowing how to put it into words. Draco being confused about Harry's intentions when talking to Quirrell about Hermoine being a general. The story of Pettigrew and the rat. And then Harry Potter Day, and Harry's reaction to it.
| fotherington chapter 65 . 1/4/2011
God! I hadn't realised how much I was missing intelligent fan fiction until you posted again. Thank you! I love the point about phoenixes as well - in canon (and this work?) it seems as if getting one should prove your character to everyone. And now, I shall have to tie my mind in knots wondering which things Quirrelldemort says are true, and which are false...
| Ham Nox chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
I couldn't help but take special note of the Witch and the Wardrobe. I've always heard that C.S. Lewis's books are allegorical with Christian themes. I find it kind of funny that you just removed Jesus/God from the universe and judged it as a literary improvement.
I'll probably be having spontaneous giggle fits about it all day.
*heheh... heheheheh.. heheheheheheh..*
| Tangshou chapter 28 . 1/4/2011
This is just great. I love the mixture of science and magic here. The discovery went well: possible but not easy. You picked a great discovery to start with. It even shows the contrast between quantum and classical thinking.
I want to make a correction about one line though:
'Atoms were held together by a quantum mist of shared electrons, for covalent bonds, or sometimes just magnetism at close ranges, for ionic bonds or van der Waals forces.'
1. You left out metallic bonds, which could also be described as a quantum mist of shared electrons.
2. Ionic and van der Walls forces are not magnetic, they are electric. They could also be called electro-magnetic but that's just using a more general label. Ionic bonds are electro-static, so magnetic fields are not involved at all. van der Waals forces are due to electric dipoles. Some of those dipoles can be fluctuating, making them electrodynamic. This would mean magnetic forces could be present but they would be tiny compared to the electric forces. It would be like saying gravity helps hold molecules together.
| Tangshou chapter 27 . 1/4/2011
Weasley twins 'making a quick trip to the magic mirror and back.' Nice.
I like Snape's reason for using Quidditch scores in the house cup contest. I don't think I would have ever thought of that.
I very much approve of how this sub-plot with Snape turned out. Though I don't buy that Severus would care that much about Harry's opinion on the matter. Not nearly enough to almost kill him for insulting Lily.
Also, Neville is acting a little too much as Harry's puppet. Will he do everything Harry says? Why?
| Tangshou chapter 26 . 1/4/2011
Nice dig on sectumsempra from cannon. Quirrell showing interest in the prophesy is more evidence that he is Quirrellmort.
Q figured out that it was the Weasleys that did the prank on Rita right when they arrived at Gringotts. I wonder if that was coincidence or if there is some magical residue that he detected. The Great Seal of Gringotts may have been involved in the prank. However, if there was such a residue it seems others would have found it, or will find it. So it's probably just coincidence. Anyway, Dumbledore probably did all the work.
Rita's death makes a great story.
| Gogolu chapter 65 . 1/4/2011
| Tangshou chapter 25 . 1/4/2011
Nice re-ordering of the acts. It works well here. From reading the comments it seems some readers didn't notice that act 3 is the previous chapter and think it is just missing.
| Tangshou chapter 24 . 1/4/2011
I like this chapter. It has a great theme and many nice details. More chapters like this please.
| Tangshou chapter 23 . 1/4/2011
The experiment was quite rushed, and evidence a little weak to come to such a certain conclusion. There may be nothing wrong with that story-wise though. Harry thought about this before and got the answer he expected. Draco doesn't really know any better.
I like the magic in this world better than in cannon. I'm always annoyed by magical systems that don't seem to have any rules. It feels like anything can happen at any time because there is so much unknown and the author can make anything happen. The attempts that Harry makes to open the door, and the explanations that go along with it are a good example of a magical system should be though about.
| Tangshou chapter 22 . 1/4/2011
The experiments with Hermoine were great, and so was her conclusion.
| Kutta chapter 65 . 1/4/2011
| Kutta chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
Typo: tengen TOPPA instead of TOPPEN.
| Rohan Bernett chapter 64 . 1/4/2011
I definitely liked these ideas for alternate stories which could have been tackled. Personally, I'm most interested in the takes on The Lord Of The Rings and The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe. If you don't take them up, I really hope someone else does. While I don't think I could pull it off myself, I would love to read them.
By the way, nice Shout Out to Fermat's Last Theorem.
| Raineh Daze chapter 65 . 1/4/2011
Huge, unwieldy webs of deceit are still hilarious to watch unravel.