|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| Froggie chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
Hermione is beautiful, and yes the protesters are heroes, my thoughts are in Egypt tonight!
| Anna Paradox chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
Wow. I was worried about Hermione last chapter, because she was making the mistake of looking for someone to make her a hero. This chapter redeems that completely. Great character development, and of course, as someone who remembers chafing under the restrictions on girls when I was her age, I cheered to see Hermione take up the cause. The word "rationality" makes it sound like this story is about merely intellectual challenges. This chapter is another one that shows how much courage it takes to do the right thing, and stick by the truth - this story has heart as well as mind.
| Me chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
I'm so glad that Dumbledore redeemed himself. I was worried that you were so opposed to Dumbledore's ideology that you were just throwing him under the bus, but I'm glad to be wrong. Also Awesome chapter _
| Crazy Iemon chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
"There have been very minor retcons to Ch. 68 (you do not need to reread it) owing to the fact that I didn't realize what Dumbledore was up to until I wrote his Aftermath conversation with Minerva. I was reading the reviews, looking over what I'd written, and thinking, "Huh, why is Dumbledore being so insensitive?" and still didn't figure out why until later. Brains are scary things, aren't they?
Also, this thing with S.P.H.E.W.? You're thinking I've been working up to that for a while, right? You're wrong. It just happened, just now."
Oh no! The facade of brilliance is broken! I liked it better when I thought you had it all planned out :(
As for people not getting the hints: I think it has to do with update rates. The HP Books had large amounts of chapters with long periods of time between each book (years). This is plenty of time for fans to read and re-read until they've broken down every single little clue while they eagerly wait the sequel. Since readers can get their HP:MOR fix every couple of weeks, they have no need to scrutinize the text like the canon books.
Hope that doesn't discourage to update sooner though! Can't wait for the next chapter.
| FaeBreeze chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
My, my, you certainly have gotten Dumbledore's craftiness down to a fine art. Keep up the good work!
| Bob Bane chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
I *really* like what you're doing with all the characters outside of Harry. Your Hogwarts is a real school, complete with the usual popularity contest nonsense, but the students in general have individual personalities.
| Dakusan chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
Have been thoroughly enjoying Methods of Rationality since you started and wanted to thank you so much for it! I also wanted to mention that 'Severus Snape' does not exactly rearrange to 'Pursues Evans'.
| stone chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
amazing story. Very good chapter.
| urfan chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
I think we can all agree, that in general, this will only turn out to be a BAD thing.
| Pentecost chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
Heroes don't ask people if they want to be heroes themselves! They at the very least need to find a wise old person first! The entire bit after Hermione beat up the older students seems to have come straight out of the Discworld!
| ribarnica chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
I'm loving this fic. I eagerly await each chapter, to watch the changes propagate. I'm enjoying my rationalist education as much as the excellent story!
| Dain chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
McGonogall is spending alot of time being aghast and outmaneuvred in this fic. She always seems to be at least a step behind everyone else. Poor lady.
Duh, the counter to the Jellylegs Jinx is of course "Unjellyfy!". Everybody should know that by now. Or was Hermione just too winded to cast it? :)
It's good to see that Hermione has recovered from her breakdown and decided to mend fences with Harry instead of escalating things. Grimdark drama was thankfully avoided.
Is it supposed to mean something that Hermione first thinks that you don't wait for someone to offer permission/quests in order to become a hero - and then proceeds to go into the Slytherin dungeons and gives out the quest for heroship herself? XD
| chasing chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
... LOL, good work ;D
| Anonymous chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
Like a refreshing splash of water, it's nice to see a Harry Potter story such as yours take a unique approach to things. (Sifting through possibly hundreds, it is extremely hard to find one where the protagonist is nothing short but being omnipotent.)
To be honest, I've always been interested in the mechanics of fictional universes such as Harry Potter, (I never did enjoy the "Flick your wand and chant.")
What draws me in most though is Harry himself. Power through knowledge... something you see very little of in other fanfictions. (Actual comprehension, not, "OH, I KNOW EVERYTHING!") A genius, but still an eleven year old nonetheless.
Then we come to the protagonist's best friend; Hermione. I've always enjoyed her character in the books, being the fact she seems to be the only one appreciative of knowledge. The fact you placed her as a rival was a nice touch, helps establish the fact that Harry isn't always going to be at the top.
But the last few chapters, I must be honest, I couldn't help but brush off the feeling that Hermione has adopted a "Ron," sense of attitude. I won't use the word, "Jealousy," because it seems to strong at the moment, but the feeling is there nonetheless.
Ah, but I have forgotten the most important statement of all; thank you. For it weren't for writers like you, the writing world would be a lot duller.
| xxxHawke chapter 69 . 1/28/2011
Awesome as always. Lots of fun reading the last few chapter's battle scenes. One small thing...I believe Hermione should have been able to remove the "jellyfy" jinx herself, even in battle, just as you would be able to heal injuries or do self-transfiguration or invisibility spells. As you pointed out, during a battle you would innervate your stunned allies as fast as they fell, IF, you could think clearly. And wouldnt a simple "finite incantatem" have worked? just a thought. I love this story and the logical reasoning behind the arguments.