|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| Pointer3109 chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
"I make it that peculiar."
What a wonderful answer.
"I suppose," Harry Potter spat, "that finding some first-year's frog isn't heroic enough to be worthy of a Gryffindor prefect. "
I suspect someone will regret being lazy. Likely Perfect Prefect Percy?
| SomeGuyFawkes chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
Why do you even care what those total douche-nozzles at DLP say? That place *defines* the phrase, "95 percent of them make the other 5 percent look bad."
}} All fantasy novels can be improved by eliminating their prologues.
No, that's a cliché that kills most fantasy novels - the classic "Ugly duckling gradually discovers that he's a special fish out of water."
Rowling had epic success because she didn't play cheap tricks with the reader. She hinted and foreshadowed everything important (at least for the first few books). Her prologue was a masterful introduction of all the series' key elements - without giving the adventure away.
Nice characterization and "meet cute" of/with Hermione. It was charming and had a couple of LOL moments.
"Step 4: Make a cardboard display." - :)
Thanks for the update.
| yoyoente chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
YES! I can totally see Hermione NOT arguing with the Sorting Hat...getting into Ravenclaw and then shrieking wildly for a brief time when she realizes that Harry is sorted into the same house...Though I really would like to read what the various reactions McGonagall and Snape would have if he got into their repective houses...oh, oh, could you do little unrelated Omakes for those...especially if Snape DID meet Harry in the Potions shop and speak to him, but not know that he was Harry Potter...lol, that would be wonderful. :D
| Majin Hentai X chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
Rational Harry. Lo and behold he who he wields both magic and science but those are his minor tools. His true power is derived from Logic and Common Sense.
Please tell me Harry is going to rip the old bumbler a new one and when he does get to the sorting don't forget to make a decent Ghostbusters quote.
Now then keep up the good work.
| witowsmp chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
I'll bet Neville asked Percy, who was always more interested in having the position and bragging about it than doing the work it required.
It looks like this time Hermione won't be arguing with the hat, which I firmly believed wanted to place her in Ravenclaw, where she really belonged.
I've greatly enjoyed these past eight chapters and look forward to the next one.
| riayi chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
This chapter felt shorter than the rest (didn't actually do a word count), but it was filled with logical funny goodness. It looks like bothHarry and the rest (except Ron) are heading away from the gold and red, and considering their options. While this seems most obvious for Harry, who wants Ravenclaw (not having any kind of preference in canon before meeting a Slytherin), in this chapter we saw Hermione and Neville getting a dose of non-magical disillusionment, and I have to say I find it a bit confusing. Obviously, JKR played the Griffs as bold heroes with one or two defects (like James and his cronies being bullies), and Slytherin as opportunist bastards with one or two exceptions, while the other 2 houses where around to, I don't know, fill the gaps and contribute little overall to the plot. Anyway, while in previous chapters we had Ron acting mostly as stupid and pig-headed as usual, now we have an unnamed Griff prefect acting the bully for Neville's benefit, and while it's something that could certainly happen (can't truly imagine self-important Percy helping a First Year just because), I can't help but wonder if it's but a sign of partially unjustified Griff bashing. To be fair, no one is perfect, making any group inherently imperfect, and mob thinking will make it worse than any one person. To be clear, Slytherin are certainly cunning, not necessarily evil, and their medieval views on mudbloods and muggles are, if not justified, understandable (at least after you flawlessly explained away last chapter); Griffs are brave, not necessarily smart, and may be jackasses just like anybody else; Huffs are usually zeroes (you know it's true, Cedric was just a sacrificial lamb and had to look good), and Ravenclaws (with the exception of Luna), are pretty much unimportant (even Cho). So it boils down to JKR making Griffs protagonists to Slytherin antagonism, and fanfictions writers being given almost nothing to work for with the rest of the Houses. And then we have people writing fanfics that claim all Slytherins rule, or all Griffs, or whatever, and we ignore the fact that logically, no one House can possible be all bad, all good, or all useless. So there. Great fic, all of it, even if you actually do turn it into a Griff bashing fest.
| Akira Stridder chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
| shiro-wolfman-k chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
I needed to read this chapter two times before review, first, because I readed it just a few seconds after it appeared in my desk in hotmail, but, I was running late to the Job and well, it was too fast to give a good opinion of your job.
Now, that I have more time, I enjoyed even more what you put in there, OH if you are a teacher, how I envy those you teach.
Thank you for such a good story to read, AND for this chapter.
| Violet Shadows chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
Amusing, though it felt a little bit rushed - probably because there wasn't as much descriptive narrative you could include when two people were more or less simply sitting in a train compartment, resulting in a chapter formed mostly of diolouge and conversation.
| liareh chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
Liked the story as yet but this chapter left me cold. I hope it is a spoof or a 11-year old being a 11-yr old and trying to desensitize a fear/phobia and thinking doing what he did would help. It was bad of him actually.
| DarkHuntress01 chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
loved the new chapter - your writing is brilliant! i love the way you Harry thinks!
| rags007 chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
| aalens chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
. Great. Fascinating. Funny. Thank you.
| Edengrave chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
Couldn't resist and finished reading the chapter at work. I am a science student, graduating in Math, and I learned something major from a fanfic. Thank you for that insight. Very interesting dialogue. I enjoyed every word. Hopefuly this influence Hermione to he in the house she belongs in, Ravenclaw. Thank you again for this fascinating story.
| FuzzyBoots chapter 8 . 3/26/2010
_ OK, so that part led to me laughing in an evil manner, which admittedly spooked a few people at the bar I'm at (I'm here for the karaoke. I don't like to socialize in bars because I can't make out conversations among all of the background noise. Almost enough to drive a person to learn sign language just so that he can have rational conversation while doing his public singing). Anyhow, I'm enjoying all of this. Hm... in regards to what you said about the first law of fanfiction, I would like it if Harry saw more consequences to his actions. Arguably, he's facing some consequences in the people he's driving away, but since they're people he's not really all that interested in, it's not much of sacrifice. *shrug* I guess I just feel like he should be seen driving off at least some potential allies with his erratic behavior and realizing his error there. Of course, it could be that you're already building toward this...
Ah, anyhow, I will now add my standard codicil that I'm looking forward to you writing more and me reading more.