Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Iliekcoke chapter 1 . 20h
ok, ten out of 10, best ever
BerserkLittleCook chapter 1 . 7/17
I have only just noticed as I am rereading: the centaurs knew all along! If Lilly didn't give in to Petunia's wish, she would never marry Professor Verres and Harry would never be who he got to be and he would never tear apart the very stars in heaven! And the centaurs warned her not to! Great detail there!
Thor chapter 1 . 7/11

he's not selling it dipshit, that's someone else doing it
Nightress5 chapter 1 . 7/11
Ok, there's so much wrong with this fic (so much wrong I could write a very lengthy paper on this fic and submit it to my college for my senior research project). But one of my issues that I have is the profiting of this fic based on a work you hold no intellectual property of (that and the writing and behavior of 11 year old characters who don't act their age, not to mention a young 11-year-old Draco threatening to rape Hermionie?) but the fact that you feel it's okay to sell this work on Amazon for $80 (again, must I stress you hold no intellectual ownership over Harry Potter so why are you selling this work? I don't think JK would be ecstatic to find out). Or the fact that you ask your readers to donate to a nonprofit institute that you created just so you could update the work faster (which again is prioritizing off a work you hold no intellectual property of).
Michiman chapter 1 . 7/1
The last line on chapter one got me laughing
hi chapter 1 . 6/24
lionidus chapter 1 . 6/21
fiest stoey to male laugh so much im pretty sure my mum thinks im insane becouse of the amount of laughter
Irene Namikaze chapter 1 . 6/20
This story is amazing.
Wonderful plot and great humour plus good grammar.
Just amazing. Keep it up
H chapter 1 . 6/18
I'm reading the PDF version of HPMOR on my phone, currently on "Self Actualization". At first I thought this was gonna be another one of those cliché fanfics in which Harry was too overly perfect, but your fanfic turned out to be amazing. The plot is great, your writing style keeps getting better, and the science is conveyed successfully in the fiction. I'm really enjoying HPMOR.
JB chapter 1 . 6/11
As I am reading this for free the only request being reviews for each chapter, I will oblige. I like that the characters are believably rational, they still disagree, tension is created, and a story unfolds.
Guest chapter 1 . 5/21
Brilliant, I love it, the names, the story of Verneon - no drilling machines - and this lovely Harry.
MissyMockingjay chapter 1 . 5/14
The end of this chapter with Draco made ma actually cry from laughing too much...
TonyJC chapter 1 . 5/9
Did Jimmy Neutron replace Harry Potter or something? This ten year old has an IQ of 200 or something, it's unreal.
Guest chapter 1 . 4/24
i seriously like it.
Scientific and stuff
Totally digg how Petunia turns out, how did she end up with the professor though?
OneTwoThreeReactors chapter 1 . 4/16


methods of chapter 1 . 4/15
This fic is widely considered to have really hit its stride starting at around Chapter 5?
cateyerose chapter 1 . 4/13
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing.
M.R. Paulson chapter 1 . 4/13
I'd like to comment a little on this chapter. It was a lot of fun, and overall I liked it. I'd like to point out a single error in the chapter, in paragraph two. It reads: "This is the living room of the house occupied by the eminent Professor Michael Verres-Evans, and his wife, Mrs. Petunia Evans-Verres, and their adopted son, Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres". It is a minor mistake, if one may even consider it a mistake, but it bothered me when I read it as it uses 'and' twice before the next bit. "AND his wife... AND their adopted son". If you could possibly fix it so it reads "This is the living room of the house occupied by the eminent Professor Michael Verres-Evans, his wife; Mrs. Petunia Evans-Verres, and their adopted son, Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres" The change would be simple, getting rid of that first 'and' as well as adding a semicolon after wife. (A basic rule of grammar, to make sure that the reader does not interpret that he lived with Mrs. Petunia, His Wife, and their adopted son) Thank you and I hope you consider making this minor change
HowOddSheMustBeToBeMad chapter 1 . 4/12
gah I hate Dumbledore, I wish this story was dark!harry
el33ri chapter 1 . 4/8
HowOddSheMustBeToBeMad chapter 1 . 4/8
I already love this book and I've only read the first three paragraphs, I love how you kept their last names. I've always hated how when they got married the females took on the males last name, I love how you have kept it the same!
Gargi Kulkarni chapter 1 . 4/6
I was very, very impressed and intrigued with the concept. Looks interesting so far. Also, the parallel between Harry's old abused life with the Dursleys and here, its a stark contrast and very refreshing to read.
The writing style portrays rationality and maturity. Order, precision stand out in young Harry's thoughts.
Excited to read further!
Magic-tracy chapter 1 . 3/29
Fredrica chapter 1 . 3/23
I don’t understand the last sentence of Ch 1. Should it be something like “what the heck?” Or “and I thought she looked perfectly ordinary...”
Ty chapter 1 . 3/14
I can only imagine that you've gotten this exact comment a thousand times before, but "What." is the perfect, ridiculous-because-of-how-reasonable-it-is response. I love it, it made me laugh!

"Really hits its stride around chapter five" - pah. It's delightful from the get-go.
Lestrange3544 chapter 1 . 3/12
Oh god, I love the sorting hat so much, its so hilarious!
wwzp chapter 1 . 3/12
Guest chapter 1 . 3/5
Thanks for writing. I'm engrossed! An OKC cutie recommended hpmor and here I am. Loving the triangulation in the family, the biased disdain for the dismissive father - I'd forgotten why I like fiction: the author can do anything they want!
Rebel.jr chapter 1 . 3/1
this is beautiful first chapter and a neutral mood is instantly a good mood thank you for brightening my day and keep doing you
AlenDarkStar chapter 1 . 2/25
A good start. I like this change in Petunia and Harry.
sinor gamer chapter 1 . 2/25
my mind has been blown!
r.tidmore chapter 1 . 2/22
got thru ch. 3 but don't see any need to continue.
trsall chapter 1 . 2/20
jraeross chapter 1 . 2/7
Just caught the death note reference
TheBronzeLine chapter 1 . 2/6
Guest chapter 1 . 2/4
Great piece of prose!
I don’t like a prose much, but that one got me.

I feel some rationalist conclusions are a bit imposed, though. I mean these could be done not so obviously. But I hope that gets better in the next chapters!

All in all,
Amazing! Simply amazing!
Arrowman chapter 1 . 2/4
evergreen-icy chapter 1 . 1/20
This Harry is just… Amazing. To think a twelve years old boy went though all this and managed to get out unbroken. He is not perfectnot at all, I must added. He made so much trouble, although he couldn't help it.)but he stands on his own feet, face the consequences of killing and war. And I really hope he do love Draco and HermioneI think he does, despite all the manipulate he did).
AnnaCromwell chapter 1 . 1/19
Here I am, back at this masterpiece. I forgot it was still up here!
DarkLordFluffy chapter 1 . 1/9
haven't read much of this yet but I'm seriously giggling over the fact you basically have a Sheldon Harry Potter.
By Ireland cole chapter 1 . 1/6
The boys in the sella I will have this discussion girl to girl where's that boy supposed to be my son Hermione Granger says I didn't take a boat the evil black witch says I don't believe you and bites hamanis on and says I don't believe you and it says in my blood
RoyalBunny chapter 1 . 1/2
This is very interesting so far, and I like it! 3

beigedecore chapter 1 . 12/30/2017
My favourite part was, 'What.' Lolll :)
thedawnmouse chapter 1 . 12/15/2017
I read this story a long time ago but I would just like to tell you it reached number 14 on this list. 15-craziest-harry-potter-fan-fictions-of-all-time/
IamtheK chapter 1 . 11/27/2017
Awww, I love that Mrs. Figg was there to safe the day
RadiallyStranger chapter 1 . 11/15/2017
This. Is the ultimate Harry Potter FanFiction for me
Fiction is the Truth chapter 1 . 11/13/2017
Harry’s so confused.
kamastercutter chapter 1 . 11/5/2017
So great
Guest chapter 1 . 10/30/2017
The jargon was a bit much for me, but you got me with Mrs. Figg appearing.
spyinsecret007 chapter 1 . 10/27/2017
The most boring book I have ever read. Way to overrated. Not a fan of it at all
John Doe chapter 1 . 10/26/2017
Here from a comment left on minutephysics, after he did a video addressing Harry Potter's time travel interpretation... I'm so excited to read this; this is such a creative and amazing idea for a fic.
PheonixBJB chapter 1 . 10/25/2017
Well that was the greatest fix I’ve ever read...
silizar chapter 1 . 10/23/2017
I found this fic in the commentary section of 9gag; can't believe I hadn't read it yet.
Guest chapter 1 . 10/11/2017
I was recommended to this Fan Fiction by a friend. He told me I would love it and hate him (for tying up my valuable reading time for so long)
I fear he may be correct on both counts.

David Farrant
Queen of Fandoms 4Ever chapter 1 . 10/9/2017
This seems so cool!
Druid's Square chapter 1 . 9/29/2017
Hey, quick question: What would this Harry's thoughts be on Quodpot, the American Quidditch variant? To describe it, it's basically basketball on broomsticks, but replace the ball with a live time bomb. No bludgers, no snitch, just a ball that can explode at any moment. I imagine it would be something like:
"As a sport, it's not stupid like quidditch. In fact it's rules are straightforward and fair. But only the extremely stupid or criminally insane would want to play it."
RadFoxUK chapter 1 . 9/26/2017
Coquette chapter 1 . 9/21/2017
Love this Harry, very proper and cute!
Soundousse chapter 1 . 9/21/2017
Salut, je suis une lectrice française (sans blagues u_u) et je voulais juste saluer ton travail parce que j'ai lu la merveilleuse traduction d'AdrienH. Alors même si tu comprends pas cette review, je pense qu'il était important de laisser une trace dans l'histoire originale.

Thank you for this story !

Guy-In-The-Hoodie chapter 1 . 9/13/2017
Love the Author's style. Dear god, where do you get all of your scientific jargin from?
Chicwowwow chapter 1 . 9/7/2017
I think that where this function truly comes into its own as literature is that (unlike most fanfiction where they diverge from clichedom once or twice before being dragged back into the sea of mediocrity) you continue to surprise me again and again never once doing as expected. it's truly refreshing.
Ignis chapter 1 . 8/31/2017
Am I the only one who was reminded greatly of the Doctor by this Harry?

... Also, crossover with Doctor Who?
Saving Albus Dumbledore with the Tardis?
... Please? I KNOW you said you wouldn't do a sequal but...

Guest chapter 1 . 8/29/2017
Love this
Staggered Pichu chapter 1 . 8/28/2017
I haven't delved too deeply into the Harry Potter fandom before... so; if I am to test the waters, why not start strong and dive in with a story this large? It is obviously loved. Instead of just dipping my toes in and risk missing the full experience, I decided to give this a go.

So far you are a great writer. I have recognized no flaws in the first chapter. I am off to the second now.

(No less than one review per chapter, did you say? Or was it no more than one review per chapter? Regardless, I will leave them as I see fit. Lol.)
Guest chapter 1 . 8/27/2017
I love this book!
GreenThumbTarasova chapter 1 . 8/24/2017
My husband told me I would love this. I can't imagine what took me so long to pick it up, but it's a lovely start.
Bumbledorf chapter 1 . 8/12/2017
This is so good. I'm a fan of the novel, at least I used to be until i grew up and all the magic of the H.P books was gone for me. Thank you for this, now I can enjoy the world of J.K Rowling again.
wowo-trash chapter 1 . 7/28/2017
Twist and Shout doesn't have it's own webpage, damn props to this fic
n1k0g4m3r007 chapter 1 . 7/27/2017
OOOMMMGGG! This story is so funny, I couldn't stop laughing during the first 14 chapters (which is as far as I've read up until now).
Infinity128 chapter 1 . 7/26/2017
That was amazing!
Infinity128 chapter 1 . 7/26/2017
read the first chapter and I'm already loving it..Forget 5 chapter interest..I'm sticking with this till the end after the first chapter
Always wanted to look if there was any scientific side of magic in HP world..found the right fanfic I guess
Going to enjoy this chapter 1 . 7/25/2017
Yes I agree with if you can get to the first five chapters and are still interested ... then keep reading. If you get to chapter ten and you are ready to throw in the towel ... then what the heck ... are you guys reading what I'm reading?

I fully don't understand all the science speak throughout the story. I don't intended to grow and research the things that I don't understand. But I love the drama of the story. I love the message of the story. I love the humor of the story. That too me makes a good story.
Avatar Whitelighter chapter 1 . 7/25/2017
This Harry Potter is brilliant. Although he DOES have one MAJOR fault. At eleven years old he is much much to hard on the adults. He's down right rude to Professor Mongall several times in Dingon Alley.(I'm currently on chapter six). I don't care that he's a prolidge genius and a very rational human being. He is still eleven years old. He is still a child. He SHOULD still respect adults. But I can look past this fault in your Harry and finish this wonderfully brilliant plot you have going. (I'll review more I read. I just feel that this kind of review belonged in chapter one).
Guest chapter 1 . 7/24/2017
Very happy to be introduced to more Harry Potter in a very different perspective :)
Kimmytrainer chapter 1 . 7/23/2017
Oh, this is awesome! I love how you played out Petunia marrying Michael and not Vernon. This Petunia is cool XD also love that Harry calls them mum and dad
Guest chapter 1 . 7/22/2017
This is more pop psychology rather than any real science.
Guest chapter 1 . 7/17/2017
Awesome chapter 1 . 7/10/2017
I think this story is great I really want a storie where Albus Severus go back in time and fall in love with Hermione and there not related I looked everywhere someone please help
Guest chapter 1 . 7/8/2017
olisully chapter 1 . 7/4/2017
holy shit, it's good, thank you, it has been a pleasure reading this piece
Gillian Downie chapter 1 . 7/2/2017
Gripping already.
Tacitamura chapter 1 . 6/26/2017
Well... it was a really interesting experience to read this fic.
The epicness... Just waouh. Mind blowing I must say. Make me laugh a lot, fear for characters. I really loved this story. Amazing work
Pika5490 chapter 1 . 6/26/2017
"What." Almost made me start crying. Why, you ask? Well, because it's highly inappropriate to burst out laughing in the middle of a silent classroom, of course. Love it already.
A great start chapter 1 . 6/25/2017
I am intrigued. The intro seems to be well written with proper grammar. I look forward to the rest!
Vegard Beyer chapter 1 . 6/22/2017
Disclaimer: I've read a lot of Eliezer's writings on LessWrong already, I'm therefore more likely to grant this series more mistakes and weaknesses than I normally would. I also read Aaron Swartz's glowing review on his own site, which got me here. I had no idea this existed before, or that Eliezer wrote fiction (apart from explanatory diologues) at all.
That said, Swartz had mentioned that the warning about the first five chapters was accurate and that one should basically just get through those, as they're nice but not as great. I don't see how this is bad, and nobody really meant that it's bad, but if this is just nice in comparison, I immensely look forward to the rest of this and have no trouble with it at all. I consider this (along with "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" and others) one of the pieces of writing I'd love to have my own hypothetical children grow up with.
the readette chapter 1 . 6/21/2017
D f of QT chapter 1 . 6/10/2017
I am nitpicking out of respect only; I have not read the other reviews so apologies if these already flagged and/or you are past caring about such things

grammar edit: the letter itself is not putative

RE chapter title, I would say the day was of high probability; at least, I believe I have evidence that there is a high probability that tomorrow will come. Some of the events may have been of low probability, but there is no data about how many mudbloods each year get the standard letter
Carlie chapter 1 . 6/8/2017
A friend recommended this a while back, and I've finally started reading it. It's very well-written, and I have enjoyed it so far! It's really interesting to see how Harry's personality would have different had he not be abused. I look forward to see how the rest of the story plays out! :)
Ambrosius Amon chapter 1 . 6/6/2017
I think nox is a shortening of noctis. google translate says noctis means night, but is it probably wrong
averagefish chapter 1 . 6/3/2017
This is amazing, you're brilliant, and you know it. Nothing to say that hasn't been said before. I'm just miffed you lost your place as most favourited work, so I'm adding my drop to the ocean.
walkingspring chapter 1 . 5/29/2017
I like this so far :)
Codename-SN chapter 1 . 5/29/2017
Oh my god. I'm almost screaming! What an introduction!
Zyraxus The Light Eater chapter 1 . 5/27/2017
Thank you for this story,It was well written, funny, and touching. The only part I didn't like was when Harry gave Hermione his cloak, but that's just personal a great story. Thank you again.
somethingracist012 chapter 1 . 5/21/2017
what the fuck!?
yukaraii chapter 1 . 5/19/2017
My friend recommended me this story, and I must admit I am quite drawn in by the first chapter.
MoonxSpiritxWolf chapter 1 . 5/19/2017
That was hilarious! I already love how this story is turning out!
Jhuffy chapter 1 . 5/17/2017
I love this! Harry is adorable. And his life sounds much better without the Dursleys.
kookie potter chapter 1 . 5/14/2017
I read this chap yesterday and I cant wait to read the rest even though it will prob take years
love it though
surrexerunt chapter 1 . 4/28/2017
i only read a few chapters and i love this great job!
Fangirl101 chapter 1 . 4/26/2017
I'm loving your FanFic so far, you really are a great writer!
I am doing a project at the moment to do with fandoms and reading, and I was wondering if you could fill out this quick survey for me: r/LD8D2X2
Thanks so much!
Guest chapter 1 . 4/25/2017
I was totally prepared to hold my opinions for chapter five, but the last line of this chapter was enough to leave me in stitches. I can't wait for to read more, but know that the characters and dialogue read through fantasticly even in such an unique alternate universe. (So far? I have good expectations.)
Miggy Miggs chapter 1 . 4/21/2017

Hate saying well written as who am I to judge. Was very skeptical with the title to be honest, thought why not and have to admit from the second line I was quite hooked. Seeing the Dursleys being in a different light is really refreshing. Want to thank you in advance for this story

Reviewer note:
This is my first review(even after reading Harry Crow & a few others) you have made an impression
Scribble novice chapter 1 . 4/20/2017
the games he is referencing don't exist yet. except maybe table top games
Guest chapter 1 . 4/19/2017
Seriously, though... what...
HeyLittleTrainWaitForMe chapter 1 . 4/13/2017
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Emmett chapter 1 . 4/11/2017
This is such an awesome book!
trash tm chapter 1 . 4/10/2017
This is literally the best fanfiction I have ever read... very science-y and I cried with laughter!

Doom, doom, doom...
ack1308 chapter 1 . 4/6/2017
I've seen a lot of references to this fic. So far, it fails utterly to disappoint in any way.
Scarlet Firesong chapter 1 . 4/3/2017
My thoughts exactly!
FeMorgenstern11 chapter 1 . 4/2/2017
haha, I really loved the end!
Guest chapter 1 . 3/24/2017
Hi, I have no idea how I stumbled across this fic, but here I am. I really like it so far, (that's and understatement lol) but yeah awesome job! :)
WildNoa13474 chapter 1 . 3/24/2017
I'm starting to think the founders are in Harry's head..
ojdahiya chapter 1 . 3/16/2017
I love this already.
Guest chapter 1 . 3/10/2017
This is a brilliant beginning.
guest chapter 1 . 2/18/2017
I just started reading this (I know its late) and this story is one of the BEST books I've actually read for HP (and I've read a LOT of them)
BlackSymphonyIsTrash chapter 1 . 2/6/2017
You. Are. A. GENIUS!
reader chapter 1 . 1/29/2017
I don't usually read HP fanfiction, but I've heard such good things about this one. And it's looking good so far :)
kronoan chapter 1 . 1/27/2017
Ha ha ha! Great start! LOLWUT? Priceless!
Guest chapter 1 . 1/18/2017
Croatian girl chapter 1 . 1/16/2017
Hello! I'm writing this (my first ever) review and I would like to thank you for an amazing work! The moment I started reading, I was hooked! True, the characters are not absolutely the same as Rowlings, but that's the whole point of fanfiction in general. You took something childish and shaped it into philosophical questions about life and it's meaning! I can't imagine the amount of dedication and work you put into this, but for me, your work is on pair, if not even better than the original (and everyone who are against it can shove it). And I absolutely adore your Harry.
All in all, you blew my mind, you are awesome!
Aislynn Crowdaughter chapter 1 . 1/15/2017
Hi, there! I just found this fic by recommendation and I am very glad I did; it starts welland promises to be a great read! Just one question: I found the mirror site but you don't seem to have it published at AO3? That would be great,because they allow for fics to be posted in e-book format, too.
Anyway, I love the different start from the orgiginal book and how Petunia managed to avoid falling for Vernon Dursley and got to marry Michael instead. Also the different kind of abuse (dismissal) is interesting. But the best is Mrs. Figgs here; her matter-of-factly interference is just perfect and nicely to the point. Great start! Thank you for writing and sharing!
ivyriry chapter 1 . 12/31/2016
Well here I am, just starting to read... For the second time. Hope I finish this time...
Shadow Knight Destroyer chapter 1 . 12/30/2016
I have never seen a story so popular in my life...bravo.
Tch chapter 1 . 12/26/2016
I really liked the description of the father. It find it true that a lot of people telling themself scientific reject a lot of theories without actually testing them or even looking at them. Of course it is impossible to test everything and we finally have to believe in something (for example the people who write scientific publications!), but I find it important to stay humble in these cases and recognize our beliefs are beliefs.

It is also intersesting but one of the thing making it difficult is his image.
Willowsle chapter 1 . 12/8/2016
I am already in love with this. I usually stick to marauder era stories but omg, this is just too good already. I'm so glad this is finished so i can binge read it!
niewna chapter 1 . 11/26/2016
THIS MIGHT BE A SPOILER FOR SOMEONE who hasn't finished the fic yet and is reding through the reviews somehow:

I believe the italicised part is the part where Harry kills the death eaters and captures Voldemort. Awesome work!
Jatok chapter 1 . 11/13/2016
Lol. I've come back to read this because i stopped for some reason. I looked on the website a bit, and it's made me more curious. I hope i enjoy
Auto Cerebral Star chapter 1 . 11/9/2016
It's November 8th and I don't understand my country anymore, so I've decided to re-read this fic to make myself feel better.
It's nice to know that a few truly rational minds do exist out there, even if it's not here... in the same way that it's nice to know other planets exist, though I'll never actually visit them.
Comforting in an abstract way, but ultimately meaningless.
Saransh chapter 1 . 11/9/2016
Wow. Great starting point. Already hooked!
Guest chapter 1 . 11/6/2016
NotAMugwump chapter 1 . 11/6/2016
What, indeed. I'm loving this so far!
HecateMist chapter 1 . 11/5/2016
Yes, yes, YES! A fanfic with novel-quality writing! Yayyyy!
Anatia chapter 1 . 11/4/2016
I found interesting that Petunia looks bettr now due to Lily's help. The idea is funny and totally like "why not?" harry's psychologycal knowledge is intersting, I like how he sees his parents' behaviour, how he analises it. I know that I would find pleasure in reading this story. Harry's letter was also good. I am not native speaker, so nice and elegant expressions and wording gives me a positive feeling. There was a sentence ending with "then do it in/with style". i loved it and smiled at it. A ten years old boy testing a theory, a totally silly and irrational theory, and pays attention to stlye. :D:D hehehe.
boethius chapter 1 . 10/27/2016
Read this God-tier parody over the summer. I enjoyed it more than the source material. Rereading now with a better understanding of Bayesian probability theory.
Flamboyant Turtle chapter 1 . 10/15/2016
sequel pls
sfvsKJBNKJBN chapter 1 . 10/11/2016
x v xc
whitehound chapter 1 . 9/22/2016
Huh - I've always said, with reference to whether or not to believe in psychic experiences which I have actually had, that science begins with observation not theory, and "I'm a scientist - I believe in what works. Afterwards I'll worry about *why* it works." It's nice to know that Feynman agreed with me.
Rambling Drabble chapter 1 . 9/18/2016
Time for my review-through of HPMoR. My first read-through was as fast as possible, driven by insomnia and the need to know what happens next, but I'll take it a little slower this time. Don't know how long it will take, but I'll do it till it's done. I need to learn how to write in 3rd person, not just 1st, and I figured another session of HPMoR was just what I needed. In the meantime, I'll be commenting on anything new that I see. Here goes:

1. Verres Glasses (might be a description of the Professor having glasses, or it could be more).
2. A centaur told Lily not to make Petunia pretty because the world would end if she did. :)
3. Show Interest and Good Parent are capitalized? Guess that IS more important than taking children seriously, most of the time. Course, I'm half on the other of that, but I can relate to both sides.
4. Note to self for 3rd person grammarism: Sometimes (Time quantifier) Harry (character from whose POV the 3rd person is limited) wanted (intent/feeling verb) to scream at his father (intent/feeling result).
1st person version: Sometimes, I wanted to scream at my father.
5. Love this quote: "If he was going to descend into madness, he was going to do it in style."
HPMoR in a nutshell.
6. Damn, just realized something that will easily qualify as unoriginal within my own stuff, with how much that something parallels the ending to this chapter. I wish my brain wouldn't be so darn set on using things that I've already read WITHOUT my awareness. When I know about it, I can disclaim or avoid it, but this... damn.

Oh well, that's it for this chapter. #2, I'm coming for you.
Innarosn chapter 1 . 9/18/2016
Please sign this petition take-action/take-action-save-japan-dolphins/
Nicole chapter 1 . 9/17/2016
I don't have a review or a critique because I am not a writer...
I DO have a question, why do you think Harry would call Petunia and her husband mom and dad? Is that a significance of affection? What was your intention of making Harry so willing to call them mom and dad when he is supposed to be driven by logic? They aren't his mom and dad yet he calls his biological parents, such?
blood-doll-aishiteru chapter 1 . 9/14/2016
Michel is not being the brightest by refusing to even experiment on the subject of magic, after all science is in constant change, in the past many things we can do in the field of medicine today would be considered witchcraft, so even if magic exists it could simply mean phenomena that science cannot yet explain.
midnightsnapdragon chapter 1 . 9/13/2016
This is really, really good! Harry growing up as a Scientific Child? Yes, please. And his 'going down with style' into the madness - YES, way to go, Harry. Setting an example to the Stylishly Mad since forever. I also loved the bit where the withered old lady next door randomly turns out to be a sympathetic witch - or squib - who helps out and shakes her head in disappointment at the Stupid Mailing System.
Imma read on!
Guest chapter 1 . 9/11/2016
Huy cf
Guest chapter 1 . 9/8/2016
Awesome! This is the cutest fanfic I've ever read
Lady of the Sky chapter 1 . 9/7/2016
This is off to a good start.
TheTurtleWolf chapter 1 . 9/6/2016
Look, I checked out this fic a long while ago, and while there are some moments that made me laugh hysterically, there are others that made me clench my fist in in silence frustration and anger. I've since looked back at it, mostly through tv tropes, and there are some things things still tick me off, or just outright confuse me. So, some questions and comments:

Do you just not like the Gryffindor house or something? If this is just the opinion of Harry in the fic, where he refers to them as hero wannabes, then I felt that this fact, that is was just his opinion, wasn't conveyed well enough.

Can you please explain why the snitch needs to be eliminated from quidditch? I never got that. Also, the gold and silver thing for the bank left me scratching my head in confusion.

In regards to Voldemort's less than wise decisions, I've always found that pride is a fairly valid excuse for an oversight/flaw. I consider it a good story telling element if the characters are just as capable of making bad/idiotic decisions as they are good/smart decisions, just like how people are in real life. Intelligence / common sense. I hold that this applies no matter how many degrees someone has, nor how well educated they might be.

My sincerest apologies if I come across as ranting, but there are just some things I had to get off my chest.
SilentSnowLeopardNinja chapter 1 . 9/4/2016
Lol well then. Must suck to have a pompous dick for a dad. Oh wait...James is dead. That was crude. My bad. Anyways I hope I'm up to your challenge of reading this story past chapter ten. I'll probably only be able to read this whole thing if it's my cup of tea and like it very much.
sunset oasis chapter 1 . 9/2/2016
Interesting beginning andbi love the way Harry talks! And i quite like Petunia's characterization, too.
ArtemisKirara7 chapter 1 . 8/30/2016
So I started reading this after seeing a post in Buzzfeed which stated this as highly recommended and the extremely tantalizing description. I was initially apprehensive as a large portion of what shaped Harry to be who he is was his upbringing. If there's a drastic change in that, it would alter the essence of his character itself, a concept I haven't chanced upon in decently written fanfiction so far. But this first chapter is extremely intriguing. I'm hooked. Good job!
Just a Reader chapter 1 . 8/28/2016
Ahh, very interesting !
I can tell I'm going to love this work. Beautifully written, original plot line and not to mention the brilliant references that give every Harry Potter Fan a burst of joy.
Cannot wait to continue, I feel a all-nighter coming along... Better grab the snacks. c;
All that aside, great work ! I'll keep an eye out for more of your writing in the future.
RoseLilian chapter 1 . 8/27/2016
You probably have a lot of reviews about how great this chapter is, but here's another one anyway. I love how even if Harry is more rational and has a more comfortable existence, he still retains some of the emotional scarring of the original story. Great writing!
Robinh00d chapter 1 . 8/20/2016
This is such good quality writing. I could truly see this as a book, especially concerning the flow of the words, and again, the quality.
emilarate chapter 1 . 8/13/2016
I know this street is 6 years old, so you may not see this, but I had to comment.

When I started this story (which I found on a rec page) I appreciated your warning - I have read many stories like that. I am writing to say, though, it dying need the warning! I was hooked immediately! Thank you for writing this and strength so much time with these characters.

Good Luck!
Z 08.07.16 chapter 1 . 8/7/2016
Thank you for this amazing read. I LOVED the podcast and loved to trail along during the audible version as I read this. You have a great way with words. Loved it all! And ignore all the dumb haters. Criticism is nice, but when they break it down into hate, calling it "criticism", just ignore it all. You're a great enough writer to be able to tell the difference between people who truly offer a word of advice or suggestion vs hateful wannabe writers out there who just want to throw you under th ebus because they're jealous.
sindhuvasudev chapter 1 . 8/6/2016
Dear Mr. Yudkowsky ,

I started reading HPMOR a couple of years ago but due to logistical difficukties, discontinued; only to get back to it last week. To say that it has been unputdownable would be accurate. I am currently about to begin chapter 93 and Hermione's present condition (avoiding spoilers for those who haven't got there yet) has left me quite unsettled.. you could have been a tad bit more merciful. But that's just a hollow wish , since neither reality nor literature is merciful. :( I know that ,but I still wish it hadn't been this way.
I am letting my Kindle recharge as I write this.
Thank you, for writing HPMOR.. As you are aware, your talents and rationality are much appreciated.

Yours spellboundedly ,
Ruppert1862 chapter 1 . 8/4/2016
I wanted to add something I thought was notable; this completely ruined me on the regular Harry Potter books. In fact, it makes the third Harry Potter fanfiction I've read that completely outclassed the original books. Kudos to you.
Great Wordsmith chapter 1 . 7/31/2016
It turns out that the full extent of my review was not seen last time. I'll just post again. Here goes:

I was initially very dubious of the premise of this particular story. To be completely frank, I never really had much of an interest in reading this. Given the immense cesspool of trash that is the Harry Potter fanfiction archive, you can understand my initial hesitance to foray into this story. That said, I eventually gave in to my impulse and read this story on a whim. Maybe it was the statistics this story boasts (19000 favourites, 15000 follows and 32000 reviews) that enthralled me, but there was just something that tempted me to read this, so I did. Not a day goes by that I do not utterly regret that decision.

Eliezer Yudkowsky is a highly intelligent man and one that I respect for his prodigious intellect. This story (if it can be called such) does not at all reflect that prodigious intellect well. That you wrote this, Eliezer, is something that I find ridiculous. I may sound harsh, but that’s just my honest opinion and I don’t intend to be euphemistic about it. Forgive me for my brutal honesty and bluntness, but your story is amongst the most horrible I have ever read. I had assumed that it was a brilliant masterpiece (based solely on the aforementioned statistics) but I was wrong.

Admittedly, this actually made a superficially good first impression. By the time I got to chapter four, however, all my interest died a painful and horrible death. This story is nothing short of an utter travesty that should be reviewed with a fine-tooth comb to find all the errors. That said, I’m gonna deconstruct this story one step at a time.

You certainly have an interesting premise for your fanfiction, I'll give you that, but I find that the story completely lacks substance. The character interaction was, in my opinion, rather brief and somewhat stiff in a stilted, rudimentary manner. Additionally, their personal feelings remained largely unexplored (via some level of introspection) throughout the story and the way in which it was narrated just made it seem odd and awkward. The prose was good, given that you made good use of your grasp of the English language. That was the only good thing that I found. The humour was just ludicrous.

That’s just the précis of all of the errors that littered this story. It is fraught with so many errors I doubt that I’ll be able to adequately outline them all, but I’ll do my best. Let’s begin. _

Character Portrayal:

The one thing that consistently annoys me in fanfiction pertains to character portrayal. I can understand that fanfiction was designed to specifically engender writers to create a story based on events that annoyed them. However, having a character that is completely out of character is inexcusable. There must be some explanation and or plot detail that mandates that the character must be out of character, or else any sudden and inexplicable changes will just kill any form of immersion that I had with the story.

That is precisely what happened here. I will freely admit that I was engrossed in the first chapter based on the premise alone. It’s a rather interesting one that got me hooked, but once I reached chapter two my immersion was killed. I can accept that Harry is a child prodigy. Hell, I even endorse those types of stories where he’s not the dumbass he is in canon. This just killed any interest I had in such stories.

Your version of Harry is a highly intelligent and seemingly eminent one. I can stomach that. What I really despised was the fact that he’s a pretentious, arrogant snob. Seriously, what the fuck?! His ability to recite complex scientific theorems at a whim came across as being contrived initially and escalated to the point that it became detestable by chapter four. The gratuitous inclusion of his attempts at understanding magic by applying science to it was ridiculous and annoying at points. All that it succeeded in doing was making him go off on a tangent and unnecessarily complicating the story.

Frankly, Harry’s character was mangled so badly by this story that I just find it cringe-worthy. Canonically, he’s a bit on the timid side with more than a piquancy of self-doubts and diffidence. He has none of that here, however. He’s just an overconfident, acerbic and wholly unlikable brat, and he’s just eleven years old. I would not wish to see what he’s like at age twenty or so. I assume it would make my eyes bleed based on what I’ve seen thus far.

So, to sum it up, Harry Potter is pompous, snobbish and pretentious. Had you decided to stop there I would have swallowed my suspension of disbelief and accepted it. But you didn’t stop there. You proceeded to make your protagonist into the epitome of a Mary Sue. Based on Wikipedia’s definition, a Mary Sue is an idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character, a young or low-rank person who saves the day through unrealistic abilities. Often this character is recognized as an author insert or wish-fulfillment.

That is precisely what Harry is: a Mary Sue. It may not seem explicit, but it is definitely there. There is literally no-one in the entirety of the story who has a real conflict with him. Snape and Voldemort are both there only because it is an obligatory part of fiction nowadays. Even then, the conflict between them was not developed or explored in a satisfactory manner. Bloody fucking hell, man, that was just rubbish. That is just the tip of the iceberg here. I would like to continue, but I can’t use my entire review ranting about one thing, so I’ll move on to the other issues.

Hermione’s character was just utter and complete crap. I personally dislike the canonical Hermione quite a bit, so I may be biased in my judgment. However, if she is well-written and given character depth I will begrudgingly accept her. That did not at all happen here. She is a shallow and extremely annoying brat, one that I dislike immensely, even more so than in canon. Canonically, she’s a prissy bookworm that has an annoying tendency to go off on tangents when explaining things. Here, all of her negative traits are magnified to the nth degree. Seriously, I hated it.

You really ruined Draco Malfoy. He’s another character I’m not really fond of, but I’ll accept him is he’s well done. Canonically, he’s the typical conceited rich brat. Here, not only does he have all of the aforementioned vices, but he’s got some very malevolent intents. I don’t know about anyone else, but I think that rape is a pretty serious thing. That he’s contemplating rape makes him a horrible monster. That he’s eleven-fucking-years-old makes it even more of an egregious occurrence. Seriously, what the hell were you thinking writing this? You have a prepubescent boy discussing a serious infraction so cavalierly and you think it’s acceptable?! I would advise you to reevaluate that scene and try to see things from my perspective. Given your response to criticism before, I doubt that you will, but I recommend it nonetheless.

The characters aside from Harry, Hermione and Draco were just bland. Comparing them to cardboard cutouts is a disservice to the cardboard cutouts. Yes, IT WAS THAT BAD. You failed completely to flesh out anyone in a realistic manner, and I find that I just consider them all lifeless two-dimensional objects. Inert, disposable waste is a very accurate description of the characters in this story. The only reason that I analyzed Harry, Hermione and Draco separately is they were especially horrendous. Please take my advice and reevaluate it all.

Character Interactions:

This was God-awful in its execution. Like I said before, the characters were bland. Once again, the character interaction was, in my opinion, rather brief and somewhat stiff in a stilted, rudimentary manner. The dialogue was bland, the characters’ actions were disproportionate and I found that it was all completely boring. There was no real tension in the interactions, and there was no feeling at all. It just felt like someone was narrating a movie to me, and not doing a particularly good job at that. _

Prose/Story Telling:

Once again, this was rather underwhelming. Your ability to weave an engrossing tale is rudimentary at best, which led to boredom on my part when reading this story. Your story lacked any form of dramatic tension, legitimate conflict and feeling. There really was nothing at all that tethered my interest here. I only read through this story to see if it improved, and it did not.

I will freely concede that your grasp of the English language is good. Sadly, that is not something that translates to one being a good, compelling writer. If you wish to see an example of exemplary story-telling and prose, check stories written by S’TarKan (Team 8) and or HitokiriOTD (Tempered in Water). Those authors have a masterful grasp of the English language and you can learn a thing or two by following their example. _

All in all, this story was nothing like what I had anticipated. There were really no redeeming qualities at all, and I think that this is an utter and complete travesty. I did not enjoy it at all. Hell, the only reason I bothered to read through all 122 chapters and 661000 words is because I always try to finish a story once I start to read it.

What I recommend to you is that you revamp your writing style completely. Only then will you improve significantly. The last thing is that I do not intend for this to sound like a flame. I’m merely seeking to point out your flaws (and they are numerous) with some constructive criticism mixed in. The acerbic tone is something that I could not change, given that this s
The Pro chapter 1 . 7/30/2016
I was initially very dubious of the premise of this particular story. To be completely frank, I never really had much of an interest in reading this. Given the immense cesspool of trash that is the Harry Potter fanfiction archive, you can understand my initial hesitance to foray into this story. That said, I eventually gave in to my impulse and read this story on a whim. Maybe it was the statistics this story boasts (19000 favourites, 15000 follows and 32000 reviews) that enthralled me, but there was just something that tempted me to read this, so I did. Not a day goes by that I utterly regret that decision.

Eliezer Yudkowsky is a highly intelligent man and one that I respect for his prodigious intellect. This story (if it can be called such) does not at all reflect that prodigious intellect well. That you wrote this, Eliezer, is something that I find ridiculous. I may sound harsh, but that’s just my honest opinion and I don’t intend to be euphemistic about it. Forgive me for my brutal honesty and bluntness, but your story is amongst the most horrible I have ever read. I had assumed that it was a brilliant masterpiece (based solely on the aforementioned statistics) but I was wrong.

Admittedly, this actually made a superficially good first impression. By the time I got to chapter four, however, all my interest died a painful and horrible death. This story is nothing short of an utter travesty that should be reviewed with a fine-tooth comb to find all the errors. That said, I’m gonna deconstruct this story one step at a time.


You certainly have an interesting premise for your fanfiction, I'll give you that, but I find that the story completely lacks substance. The character interaction was, in my opinion, rather brief and somewhat stiff in a stilted, rudimentary manner. Additionally, their personal feelings remained largely unexplored (via some level of introspection) throughout the story and the way in which it was narrated just made it seem odd and awkward. The prose was good, given that you made good use of your grasp of the English language. That was the only good thing that I found. The humour was just ludicrous.

That’s just the précis of all of the errors that littered this story. It is fraught with so many errors I doubt that I’ll be able to adequately outline them all, but I’ll do my best. Let’s begin.


Character Portrayal:

The one thing that consistently annoys me in fanfiction pertains to character portrayal. I can understand that fanfiction was designed to specifically engender writers to create a story based on events that annoyed them. However, having a character that is completely out of character is inexcusable. There must be some explanation and or plot detail that mandates that the character must be out of character, or else any sudden and inexplicable changes will just kill any form of immersion that I had with the story.

That is precisely what happened here. I will freely admit that I was engrossed in the first chapter based on the premise alone. It’s a rather interesting one that got me hooked, but once I reached chapter two my immersion was killed. I can accept that Harry is a child prodigy. Hell, I even endorse those types of stories where he’s not the dumbass he is in canon. This just killed any interest I had in such stories.

Your version of Harry is a highly intelligent and seemingly eminent one. I can stomach that. What I really despised was the fact that he’s a pretentious, arrogant snob. Seriously, what the fuck?! His ability to recite complex scientific theorems at a whim came across as being contrived initially and escalated to the point that it became detestable by chapter four. The gratuitous inclusion of his attempts at understanding magic by applying science to it was ridiculous and annoying at points. All that it succeeded in doing was making him go off on a tangent and unnecessarily complicating the story.

Frankly, Harry’s character was mangled so badly by this story that I just find it cringe-worthy. Canonically, he’s a bit on the timid side with more than a piquancy of self-doubts and diffidence. He has none of that here, however. He’s just an overconfident, acerbic and wholly unlikable brat, and he’s just eleven years old. I would not wish to see what he’s like at age twenty or so. I assume it would make my eyes bleed based on what I’ve seen thus far.

So, to sum it up, Harry Potter is pompous, snobbish and pretentious. Had you decided to stop there I would have swallowed my suspension of disbelief and accepted it. But you didn’t stop there. You proceeded to make your protagonist into the epitome of a Mary Sue. Based on Wikipedia’s definition, a Mary Sue is an idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character, a young or low-rank person who saves the day through unrealistic abilities. Often this character is recognized as an author insert or wish-fulfillment.

That is precisely what Harry is: a Mary Sue. It may not seem explicit, but it is definitely there. There is literally no-one in the entirety of the story who has a real conflict with him. Snape and Voldemort are both there only because it is an obligatory part of fiction nowadays. Even then, the conflict between them was not developed or explored in a satisfactory manner. Bloody fucking hell, man, that was just rubbish. That is just the tip of the iceberg here. I would like to continue, but I can’t use my entire review ranting about one thing, so I’ll move on to the other issues.

Hermione’s character was just utter and complete crap. I personally dislike the canonical Hermione quite a bit, so I may be biased in my judgment. However, if she is well-written and given character depth I will begrudgingly accept her. That did not at all happen here. She is a shallow and extremely annoying brat, one that I dislike immensely, even more so than in canon. Canonically, she’s a prissy bookworm that has an annoying tendency to go off on tangents when explaining things. Here, all of her negative traits are magnified to the nth degree. Seriously, I hated it.

You really ruined Draco Malfoy. He’s another character I’m not really fond of, but I’ll accept him is he’s well done. Canonically, he’s the typical conceited rich brat. Here, not only does he have all of the aforementioned vices, but he’s got some very malevolent intents. I don’t know about anyone else, but I think that rape is a pretty serious thing. That he’s contemplating rape makes him a horrible monster. That he’s eleven-fucking-years-old makes it even more of an egregious occurrence. Seriously, what the hell were you thinking writing this? You have a prepubescent boy discussing a serious infraction so cavalierly and you think it’s acceptable?! I would advise you to reevaluate that scene and try to see things from my perspective. Given your response to criticism before, I doubt that you will, but I recommend it nonetheless.

The characters aside from Harry, Hermione and Draco were just bland. Comparing them to cardboard cutouts is a disservice to the cardboard cutouts. Yes, IT WAS THAT BAD. You failed completely to flesh out anyone in a realistic manner, and I find that I just consider them all lifeless two-dimensional objects. Inert, disposable waste is a very accurate description of the characters in this story. The only reason that I analyzed Harry, Hermione and Draco separately is they were especially horrendous. Please take my advice and reevaluate it all.


Character Interactions:

This was God-awful in its execution. Like I said before, the characters were bland. Once again, the
character interaction was, in my opinion, rather brief and somewhat stiff in a stilted, rudimentary manner. The dialogue was bland, the characters’ actions were disproportionate and I found that it was all completely boring. There was no real tension in the interactions, and there was no feeling at all. It just felt like someone was narrating a movie to me, and not doing a particularly good job at that.


Prose/Story Telling:

Once again, this was rather underwhelming. Your ability to weave an engrossing tale is rudimentary at best, which led to boredom on my part when reading this story. Your story lacked any form of dramatic tension, legitimate conflict and feeling. There really was nothing at all that tethered my interest here. I only read through this story to see if it improved, and it did not.

I will freely concede that your grasp of the English language is good. Sadly, that is not something that translates to one being a good, compelling writer. If you wish to see an example of exemplary story-telling and prose, check stories written by S’TarKan (Team 8) and or HitokiriOTD (Tempered in Water). Those authors have a masterful grasp of the English language and you can learn a thing or two by following their example.


All in all, this story was nothing like what I had anticipated. There were really no redeeming qualities at all, and I think that this is an utter and complete travesty. I did not enjoy it at all. Hell, the only reason I bothered to read through all 122 chapters and 661000 words is because I always try to finish a story once I start to read it.

What I recommend to you is that you revamp your writing style completely. Only then will you improve significantly. The last thing is that I do not intend for this to sound like a flame. I’m merely seeking to point out your flaws (and they are numerous) with some constructive criticism mixed in. The acerbic tone is something that I could not change, given that this story was just that
shirokonyan chapter 1 . 7/20/2016
that is the longest author note i have ever seen.
krostovikraven1 chapter 1 . 7/17/2016
Wow, that is a nice twist. I'm glad Harry did have a more living family that the original. Very captivating. The garden scene simply thrilling.
Guest chapter 1 . 7/12/2016
This is so bad.
TheSilentBlackbird chapter 1 . 7/9/2016
I can't get over how great this fic is! It's got to be at least my fourth time rereading it...
Lol chapter 1 . 7/8/2016
myafroatemydog chapter 1 . 6/23/2016
Interesting chapter.
GoingInside chapter 1 . 6/21/2016
I submit to you the following applicable excerpt from the TV show "Farscape" to explain how I feel about this:

Sikozu: Don't you see? No. No! This isn't happening because it is not possible.
Rygel: Your brain isn't functioning. Do you think this is all just a hallucination? Do you like that explanation better, hmm?
Sikozu: No, but I simply cannot comprehend-
Rygel: Neither can I. Who cares? We're here, they did it, and that's that. You consider yourself intelligent?
Sikozu: Yes, I do.
Rygel: Then stop behaving like a child.
Sikozu: I am not a child!
Rygel: No, you're an infant! You've studied but you haven't experienced. You know nothing of life!
Sikozu: And you do?
Rygel: I've been around long enough to know how ignorant I am. I don't assume the universe obeys my preconceptions. Huh! But I know a frelling fact when it hits me in the face!
cheesyboi chapter 1 . 6/11/2016
ugh god this fic its giving me cancer
Guest chapter 1 . 5/31/2016
Amylia chapter 1 . 5/28/2016
Ooh! I forgot that Harry's neighbor, , was a squib! The characters are so relatable and realistic. I like the story so far.
NostalgicTimes chapter 1 . 5/25/2016
Cheers to the god of Harry Potter fanfiction!
Happy chapter 1 . 5/20/2016
Super fun! I love "little genius" Harry! So confident and precocious
cherrishish chapter 1 . 5/17/2016
science, maths, history... hm and maybe a bit of big bang theory? :D
Professor Hyraxi chapter 1 . 5/15/2016
I've never seen so, so many reviews...!
Flutters Is Shy chapter 1 . 5/14/2016
If you don't like it by chapter 6...

Okay, what? I'm hooked from the first chapter, how could anyone dislike this? An anylitical Harry is best Harry! Or however that word is spelled. The biggest problem I had with the series is that Harry (and everyone around him) are SOOOO friggin stupid.
Guest chapter 1 . 5/13/2016
Guest chapter 1 . 5/12/2016
Thank you for the strong characters. It sounds very like my own family origins; strong religious faith battling/reasoning with scientific realism. Male female dynamics(Venus/Mars?) also noted as family style of passive/aggressive argumentation. Kid caught in the middle trying to figure out which, if any, representation of reality is real. I am wondering how your Harry will react. Your story has a strong pull on my interest. Again, thank you for making it interesting; what will happen next? jimp
TheLittleRoguex chapter 1 . 5/12/2016
Can't wait to read more
Mab's Mad Fiddler chapter 1 . 5/10/2016
I believe the correct term according to the internet is "wat", if I may.
Anonymous chapter 1 . 5/7/2016
I'm liking the story so far, and it's only the first chapter!
MountainLord-92 chapter 1 . 5/2/2016
Harry Potter but not as we know him. It is jarring at first to hear Harry talk in such a way, doesn't feel much like Harry at all but I guess that's the point, this is an entirely different take on the character and so far you have done well to establish who he is.

I find it slightly questionable that Lily gave Petunia a potion to make her pretty, it's almost saying that only pretty people can have friends. Comes across as a little shallow.

Not certain you have double barrelled the surnames correctly either. Would a man double barrel his surname upon marriage? I'm no expert but all the men I've known with double barrelled surnames are because of their mothers, not because they decided to take up their wives name.

All in all a good start, liked Harry's inner conflict about the whole situation, and his confusion at Mrs Figg apparently being in on it.
gi-freakazoid chapter 1 . 5/1/2016
I already like Harry's way of thinking.
Morgyn chapter 1 . 4/27/2016
I would just like to comment on how glad I am that you included the entirety of his initials for "Harry James Potter Evans-Verres" seeing as the initialism of Harry Potter Verres would have been most unfortunate. Thank you very much and I am enjoying the story thus far.
ClericalError chapter 1 . 4/26/2016
One of the fics that started me reading fanfiction. A lot of fascinating ideas in this one. A lot of the criticisms of this fic are accurate, but I can't really say I dislike it given that it helped to get me started.
Guestamazing chapter 1 . 4/10/2016
Ok, you've successfully captured my attention. Let's see how this plays out.
Alex chapter 1 . 4/8/2016
Whoa this is some reviews numbers there :D didnt even started to read and i already think that this is going to be pure art and epicness :D make more of these keep up :)
justaislinn chapter 1 . 4/7/2016
I'm so very VERY intruiged by this, I'm a scientist myself see and I deal with people very much like Harry's father on a daily basis. How anyone can contemplate the universe and all that it is to be alive, then turns around and writes off something as illogically logical as magic is beyond me.
I am a firm believer in magic. That is to say, in science we don't understand yet. All life is science, all science is art, all art is magic, and all magic is math. A balance of spirit and body, no? So things like invisibility cloaks, apparition, creating fire and water from nothing, they're all TOTALLY possible if we just understand how it works. Those who once could do but not understand simply coined it magic and continued practicing that which they didn't understand. We forgot and now call it myth, when it's just a long forgotten family secret kind of thing.
I'm really looking forward to you bringing science to magic and vice versa, and watching you unveil all the potential there is to be discovered here!
Ps- we have in fact created invisibility cloaks of a sort as well as teleportation guns, but like Willy Wonka said, it looses mass in transit. It's only about 18% smaller, but it's still transportation! That is as of mid 2016, who knows how much we can improve these over the next few years!
Write on:)
Guest chapter 1 . 4/4/2016
Hmmm... I wonder what difference it would make for Harry by Petunia looking different? Awsome start so far btw!
C.M.Alm chapter 1 . 4/3/2016
amazing start pretty good potential so far
Aiman Halim chapter 1 . 3/31/2016
Hello there! I have the PDF version of your awesome writing, and currently reading at page 392. I have to say that this is a very interesting story, very well elaborated. I personally prefer this version of Harry Potter. :-P
Thank you for sharing your awesome masterpiece. Have a great day! :-)
Guest chapter 1 . 3/31/2016
Its funny, altough scientific.
I like it.
Loland chapter 1 . 3/30/2016
When I read HP fanfictions, I do not compare them to Harry Potter. I compare them to Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres. It is no exaggeration to say that I find this story to far more enjoyable than Rowling's original.
TheVict0rian chapter 1 . 3/23/2016
After reading this story, I've come to the conclusion that one's enjoyment of it depends on how receptive one is to the ideas and philosophies of LessWrong. For those of a certain inclination, HPMOR will be a refreshing take on the Harry Potter universe.

If, however, you are like me and regard LessWrong is a crank-ish, transhumanist cult out of some bad cyberpunk novel, then you'll probably find this story to be insufferably preachy and self-indulgent. We've all heard of those "Harry Potter Turns to the Lord" stories where Harry Potter renounces his "demonic" practice of sorcery and embraces Christianity. Well, HPMOR is the same kind of drivel, only for internet atheists and self-proclaimed "rationalists."

HPMOR positively reeks of scientism. Not science, scientism. The belief that scientists are more correct and more authoritative than other people, even in areas outside their field of expertise (Richard Dawkins being the most odious example of this). The use of words like "rational" and "scientific" as generic terms of praise. The attitude that science is not just one method of learning about the world, but the ONLY valid method of learning about the world. The denigration of non-scientific endeavours, such as poetry or art. One gets the feeling that the author of HPMOR looked at the hated "midichlorians" from the Star Wars prequels and said "At last, the Force has a scientific basis!"

Harry Potter, as envisioned by this story, is neither relatable nor believable. He speaks and acts in a way no child of his age would. He comes across as unbearably didactic and smug (I'm reminded of Cubert from Futurama) and quite unlikable. How is one supposed take seriously lines like "What happened to me personally is only anecdotal evidence...It doesn't carry the same weight as a replicated, peer-reviewed journal article about a controlled study with random assignment, many subjects, large effect sizes and strong statistical significance." This reads like a parody of an insufferable know-it-all...the sort of person who can't watch Star Trek or Star Wars without pointing out how there wouldn't actually be sound in space, or who can't enjoy the beauty of a sunset without lecturing others on the proton-proton chain.

Harry Potter is, essentially, escapist fantasy. The last thing it needs is someone stamping his feet and petulantly demanding that it conform to some logical positivist balderdash.
em768 chapter 1 . 3/5/2016
I just love how much sense this chapter makes and how well thought out it is. It leaves very little (if any) room for wondering, "why didn't he do this instead...?" kinds of thoughts. I will definitely keep reading this.
AgasaR chapter 1 . 3/3/2016
not bad
i thought the first chapter would be extremely interesting, seeing how so many reviewers said the 1st chapter showed potential. but i don't see how.
ill keep on reading and see if they're right. (or maybe im just blind).
Guest chapter 1 . 3/2/2016
About to read this for the third time, and I finally feel obligated to let you know that it is quite possibly the best story I've ever read (and I have read a lot). If I had discovered it much earlier I would have written you a rave review on each chapter perhaps, but I hope you can be satisfied knowing there is one more devoted hpmor fan out there! Also hoping you are someday inspired to write more fanfiction! Thank you!
StoneTheLoner chapter 1 . 2/26/2016
You can be rational, without over-complicating the simple things. I don't know how this style of writing could be enjoyable even for a chapter or two, much less for over 660,000 words. The fact that it's labeled Drama certainly doesn't help either. But these are just my preferences, so whatever.
V chapter 1 . 2/24/2016
I just realized, I've never reviewed this story. Let me just say, I've learned so much for it. I've bookmarked it so I can read it again. Phenomenal. You should publish this for real as a parody under fair use. It would sell in droves.
Almalki chapter 1 . 2/23/2016
1st time reader chapter 1 . 2/22/2016
So this was recommended to me by BUZZFEED of all things. Already I love this logical, nerdy Harry and will accept anyone in place of Vernon. Mad old Mrs. Figg introducing Harry to the world of magic should be extremely interesting
knightzero chapter 1 . 2/19/2016
Quite a good start and really funny. It arouses my Interest to the rest of the book and i particulary like the style of using many passages leading to a comfortable reading. The passage about his certainty was hard for me to understand and i needed to read it more than 4 times untill i understood the whole sentence. But it can be reduced to myself that english isnt my first language.
Guest chapter 1 . 2/18/2016
Interesting start so far. Let's see how it goes
Winter Fox of Summer chapter 1 . 2/15/2016
I find this quite an amusing scenario for Harry to be placed in.
Guest chapter 1 . 2/9/2016
hahahahah hilarious
TheDezMaster chapter 1 . 2/7/2016
I just have to say, of all the stories to be last updated on pi day it is simply amazing that it was this one... also not only was it 3.14 it was even followed by 15 (3.1415) oh my freaking merlin I am fangirling so hard right now
mayingying chapter 1 . 2/5/2016
Harry 好可爱 very lively
mayingying chapter 1 . 2/4/2016
suddenly think,Hermione's parents must be very happy when knowing her bring back to life.
mayingying chapter 1 . 2/3/2016
I am a Chinese girl, 17years old.I have already read this book,it is very good,so I want to read it again in time I read this in Chinese,someone translated this book to Chinese,thank you and them.I am veryveryveryvery like this book ,although my English is bad,I still want to read it in English.
这本书超级无敌宇宙霹雳棒!倾尽太平洋的水也浇不灭我对你的书的爱!After my 高考 I will do something to make this book be known by more Chinese,though the effect will be small.I think everyone can think better after read your translator no misinformation,I think you support your book wide spread.英语不好,词不达意,以后不抱怨学英语了﹏
i create chaos chapter 1 . 1/30/2016
Omg... This is the most reviewed storie on ff, in ALL categories
TheSilentDarkAngel chapter 1 . 1/29/2016
I like this.
Trying to be logical in a situation that requires a leap of faith.
Being reasonable to showcase arguments.
Like it!
Ben Hischke chapter 1 . 1/29/2016
By and far, the most well thought-out and written story starts with a simple, "What."
My sides are past the Pioneer 11.
Excellent story, many of the esoteric info dumps were helpful in explaining a situation.
But for all the seriousness...

Dumbledore still killed Harry's pet rock.
Guest chapter 1 . 1/29/2016
A solid beginning, IMO. I'm intrigued by the possibilites here.
Nick chapter 1 . 1/22/2016
This is rad. I found this many moons ago, but after being linked here from the EY blog I am hooked.
dolphins9763 chapter 1 . 1/21/2016
I read this over Christmas break and love it as much as the Harry Potter novels. Thank you so much for expanding this universe and making things from the wizarding world make scientific sense!
Montara chapter 1 . 1/20/2016
Harry grew up in a very interesting environment.
ZathuraRoy chapter 1 . 1/19/2016
This was rec'ed to me, and I'm so happy I decided to give it a go! It sounds really cool, I'll be reading it a bit at a time. I currently don't have internet and so i'm using my data on my phone, so I won't be able to leave reviews on each chapter until next week. Can't wait to read the rest!
sy chapter 1 . 1/17/2016
this is incredible
Guest chapter 1 . 1/11/2016
correct me if im wrong, but ff user qbsmd is posting your works as their own
Bronze chapter 1 . 1/8/2016
I've started to read this story several times but every time something would result in my loosing the site. The last chapter that I remember getting to I think was four. Though truthfully, I'm not at all sure about that. From what I DO remember it was quite good. My only trouble is that I read sever stories at once and thus end up loosing one or two when I get computer trouble.
aleaxit chapter 1 . 1/7/2016
You, EY, caught me unawares with a printed book of chapters 1-17, several copies free for the taking at a cafeteria at my employer, Google - right after Christmas. I couldn't put it down, moved to hpmor for more chapters, meme-infected several others including my wife and (adult) elder son (turns out my also-adult younger daughter already was into it but hadn't bothered infecting us!-). You, sir, are responsible for a couple weeks' delay in my and my wife's future book ("Python in a Nutshell" 3rd ed), as we both spent spare hours reading your fanfic rather than writing and reviewing our own (non-fiction) forthcoming book...!-) I'll just have to take revenge by keeping on attempts to meme-infect yet others to your work...!
Rai No Kitsune chapter 1 . 12/29/2015
Wow 122 chapters that my friend is commitent. Keep it up :)
Fritha chapter 1 . 12/28/2015
I love the name of this chapter. The argument between the parents accurately reflects how arguments often seem to pan out between philosophers and those who insist that reason is not the only final arbiter, and that emotions and relationships should be taken into account in how an argument is conducted, and that philosophers are callous and arrogant, whereas philosophers (or at least some) stubbornly insist on finding the truth at all costs - it's a stale mate.
NerdfighterDFTBA chapter 1 . 12/26/2015
This story is one of the best I've ever read. I love it so much! You are a true genius in writing.
XxTealJadexX chapter 1 . 12/20/2015
XD a 'wat' got me lmao
rlsa chapter 1 . 12/19/2015
This is fantastic! Very funny. I love it!
The Doctor chapter 1 . 12/17/2015
I was wondering what the properties of spells were. They can be blocked by desks, and other spells, but not by clothes. How dense does an object have to be to block a spell? How does a stupefy charm work? Does it just make a person fall asleep? Does it trigger a reaction close to fainting? How many accidents have occurred from stupefying people and having them hit their heads?
morning sun chapter 1 . 12/16/2015
Welp. My first thought after reading this chapter is, "... Crap, now I'm not getting anything done." Seems as though I'll be reading this for a time. I'm intrigued, and it's obvious that you're a talented writer.
Guest chapter 1 . 12/16/2015
my1alias chapter 1 . 12/16/2015
Omg wow this is absolutely brilliant! So glad I started reading this! I wish I hadn't started reading this two days before my exams, but who the hell cares!
PeliikGrahSol chapter 1 . 12/14/2015
You forgot the '?' at the end.

It has been to long since I read this fic now. Going to reread it (got only a few chapters in before other shiny things distracted me and made me forget). It is still as good as I remember, the pacing is solid, the facts right, and, if I give you a pass for the slight bashing of an slightly unimportant and generally hated/disliked character I give you a full 9/10 for sheer enjoyment of fanfiction goodness.
Guest chapter 1 . 12/10/2015
Most famous HP fanfiction...and I've never read it before. Shame on me.
Guest chapter 1 . 12/8/2015
This book is the best book I have ever read.
Guest chapter 1 . 12/5/2015
Only the first chapter and I'm completely sold
WatchingTheWatchman chapter 1 . 12/4/2015
I want that living room in my future home! It's the best kind of room ever.

I can easily picture the not-quite argument that Harry's parents had; it doesn't sound like the greatest relationship dynamic. Growing up with that, and never being really listened to, would have been frustrating
Calista01 chapter 1 . 12/4/2015
This story is extremely well written which is a testament to your obvious intelligence and excellence as a writer, obvious also by the magnitude of your reviews and favorites. Did you know that you are the second highest favorited HP story? This story made me laugh quite a bit, and I did truly enjoy it. I've read through it before but didn't get very far, but I didn't have an account to review. The reason why I'm reviewing now is because I feel you deserve and would appreciate hearing this: the reason why I stopped reading was because, well, there's too much stuff. A lot of sentences and extra vocabulary that really isn't necessary. I found myself skimming through a good bit because while I'm rather bright, I'd like to think, it's still a hard read. Not Faulknee, obviously, but it became like reading a Biology textbook - too much science and it sort of lost me. But that's rather the point isn't it? To be a science based HP?

I will say this, however. You had me looking up so much, and I actually learned quite a bit so thank you. Also, your character development and structure is fantastic. Draco vs Hermione vs Harry is fsntastic. My favorite thing abut this novel is something you probably have heard quite a bit: Professor Quirrel. Finally, not a stuttering bafoon, but rather a devious character whose persona makes it plausible to believe Voldemort would possess him. Someone trained in martial arts, the art of war, and of superior intellect who wishes to push Harry. He replaced Snape for me as a Splooge-worthy character. (Too much? You wrote him.)

Anyways, there was only that one thing that detracted from the story. I'll give an example I can remember off the top of my head since it has been a while since I read this story - The Game the first day after Harry is sorted. Of course, it does make a wonderful leeway into Harry learning the valuable lesson of responsibility of a certain item. But that's a sort of example of something that made me skim through - sort of fluff that didn't really need to be there. Although, my point is moot since it actually was important. Buuuut whatever your story is amazing and...

I HIGHLY recommend. NOT for the idiots out there, but rather those who can appreciate the extremely hard work this author so obviously put into this story! Refreshingly original (for once on this site) with decent pacing, wonderful character portrayal and structure, great imagery, vague yet enticing plot. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is a story that is satirical and a joy to read. (Only negative is that sometimes it reads like a science textbook.)
Xidaer chapter 1 . 12/3/2015
A friend posted a link to this and I'm so glad she did. :D enjoying it immensely so far! Thank you for writing.
Peter Wiggin chapter 1 . 12/2/2015
Right, so I'm re-reading Ender's Game for the first time since getting to the end of THIS fanfiction... you totally ripped Quirrell/Voldemort/Tom Riddle's personality from Peter Wiggin in that story...

...and Wowzers did you do it with style!

I kinda wish I got to read the whole "bad guy wins" ending you threatened us all with back in March
Guest chapter 1 . 11/19/2015
Very well written! Good job.
Guest chapter 1 . 11/17/2015
Damn good about harry...must read it...
The Anguished One chapter 1 . 11/17/2015
At last, I begin reading what I have heard called the greatest Harry Potter fanfic written. The stage is set, with young Harry growing up surrounded in science and logic. I look forward to how this will shape his impression of the magic world, his classmates, and the dangers he will face.
Limousine chapter 1 . 11/16/2015
Oh my God I love it XD

Found a link for this story at a forum I visit - wasn't disappointed at all. Thinking of showing to my father, he's quite like Michael, he's going to love it :D
guest chapter 1 . 11/6/2015
so i think i will just read this because everyone else did. hopefully it lives up to the praise i've heard about it! i will let you know, i always review everything i read ;)
Guest chapter 1 . 11/4/2015
i love this
alrightpanda chapter 1 . 11/4/2015
I've read the entire thing, downloaded the pdf and even read some of your essays. Then I realized I didn't even leave a review. So here it is: Excellent. Wholly Entertaining and I've even learned a few Important things.
Error Code 401 chapter 1 . 10/29/2015
I'm writing a story that kind of got its roots from here. It has nothing to do with Harry Potter, but it does have to do with magic and science and the main character has an obsession with . . . I'm just going to generalize it down to math and science.
Is that okay with you?
shagunpandey12 chapter 1 . 10/24/2015
I'm grinning from ear to ear. I don't usually support fan fictions but I liked the first chapter of this one. I am going to read ahead.''What kind of parents name their child Dudley?" :D Though logical and rational, it had some things that I found a little offensive that is not the case with the real thing written by JK rowling. Like Petunia being repulsed by Vernon because he is fat, boring and weird; Petunia wanting to turn beautiful and Lilly actually doing that. But in all it's fun to read it. The part where Harry tries to make his seal on the letter made me laugh. Good work.
italeteller chapter 1 . 10/21/2015
A good start, though I'm not so fond of Harry calling Petunia "mom", and I wish the characters had descriptions of their looks - I have no idea what Harry's adopted father looks like. But I like the family dynamics, showing that it's not paradise just because it's a different family, and the addition of Mrs. Figg was great
Timeless number 1 chapter 1 . 10/19/2015
I'm a hopeless science nerd and potterhead and I think that this fic is simply perfect for me. I can't wait to read more! (although all I have to do is click on the next chapter) I especially liked 'If he was going to descend into this madness, he was going to do it with style.' It's the best line I've read in a while. Harry's step dad seems a bit too... well... rational. My uncle is a chemistry professor in Moscow State University, and he believes in vampires (or tries to scare me or something).
Anyway, good job!
Shruti jain chapter 1 . 10/18/2015
The 'new' Harry Potter is not at all like the original Harry Potter. He is smart, or a little oversmart for his age.
And really, you revealed Mrs. figg's identity just like that? And where the heck is Hagrid?
Well atlwSt I'm happy that Petunia marriwd Michael in this book. Cheers!
ShadowLDrago chapter 1 . 10/13/2015
Yeah, I'd probably have reacted the same way as Harry did.
httpkirby chapter 1 . 10/11/2015
This story is so amazingly written I feel like a dimwit. :D
Grayskys chapter 1 . 10/1/2015
Never read this in school/work/any public place. You may end up hurting yourself or other people, and your reputation will be ruined and you'll now be see as a deranged sociopath.
Guest chapter 1 . 9/24/2015
Ah Mrs. Figg!
Good chapter 1 . 9/24/2015
Starts off good.
Zenith Relaxation chapter 1 . 9/21/2015
Literally laughed at the opinionated review under mine.
Guest chapter 1 . 9/20/2015
Well, if your Harry Potter and White Squirrel's Hermione Granger (from her story 'The Arithmancer') combined into one fanfiction, Ron would feel completely left out (and stupid) but it would make an interesting story nonetheless.

Haven't read anything past this chapter yet, according to the summary he doesn't make friends with Ron, Hermione would love a smart person to get along with at least.
Ackamarackus chapter 1 . 9/20/2015
Poor confused Harry. Imagine telling Petunia... "your neighbor... i think she's a witch.
Guest chapter 1 . 9/18/2015
If you want to make a story as real as possible then a simple fact must be remembered that no way in the blue hell any eleven years kid can be as intelligent as shown in this fanfic.
P. P. P chapter 1 . 9/12/2015
This is really good so far, I'm hooked! I'm not good at critiquing stories, but I guess I can try. Just don't expect anything informative, helpful, intellectual, interesting, or original.
SomeoneKnew chapter 1 . 9/5/2015
LUV DIS FIC! :D :D :D :D U ROCK! I need to get my dad to read this, he luurves science etc. I only just found it on this site, before I was reading on HPMOR dot com. The way you do Quirrel is totally awesome!
Suicide Forest chapter 1 . 8/31/2015
Already this story has a very low chance of me puttingbit down. This is great! Im really gonna love reading it!
Question- how old is this fic?
Guest chapter 1 . 8/30/2015
omg this is awesome way to start the chapter
Someonewhoisdone chapter 1 . 8/23/2015
Your story has given me an aneurism do what you will with that information, but I need to go rethink my life (I only got to 24)
Madeline-chan09 chapter 1 . 8/23/2015
Well,this is adorable...
BananaSurprise0203 chapter 1 . 8/21/2015
Okay so I found this story a few days ago and today I decided to read it and I can't say I'm dissapointed. It was amazing. I loved how different it was from the original JKR book but there still was the cute, confused and funny Harry. I can't wait to read more and I don't think there will be time to sleep tonight.
bloodyvamp101 chapter 1 . 8/15/2015
fairly interesting. I like it so far
Juz chapter 1 . 8/15/2015
Great so far
basedinlondon chapter 1 . 8/12/2015
I just love the cover photo. That is all.
TweetyHope chapter 1 . 8/11/2015
Wow, I can already tell that I will love this story. This is also the first time I've read something here (in a long long time) that I thought could go straight to print. Maybe someday you'll consider tweaking the story and publishing it (like the 50 shades series but this time good). I look forward to reading this story. Thank you for taking the time to write it.
Jingylima chapter 1 . 8/11/2015
"Beneath the moonlight glints a tiny fragment of silver, a fraction of a line... (black robes, falling) ...blood spills out in litres, and someone screams a word."

If this was here before the final exam's conditions were posted, does that mean that you already planned out the ending? Because it seems so similar to that scene just before HP killed all of them. It all matches.

PM me about this, please?
Fanfiction.exe chapter 1 . 8/10/2015
Oh dear carly chapter 1 . 8/10/2015
"The Dark Lord is strong in this one"...
Zyxis chapter 1 . 8/9/2015
I am astounded. A few minutes ago, I was exhausted after having finished the entire book known as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and answering 200 questions on it in 2 days by working day and night. I had just finished, bathed, eaten, and gotten ready for bed before deciding that I wanted to read a Harry Potter Fanfic. So i mentioned that to a friend I was saying goodnight to, and she told me to find this fanfic. It took me a bit, because of how many fanfics of this fanfic there are, but I found it. I started reading. I loved it before it even started, and was at chapter three before I remembered to review. This is brilliant, and I can't wait to immerse myself in this story. I'll do my best to review once a chapter, but please forgive me if I forget.
1066wthec chapter 1 . 8/9/2015
Carly chapter 1 . 8/7/2015
I laughed so hard at that last line omg. The "Wat" meme would be appropriate here. That was just so absolutely perfect.
Petite Nat chapter 1 . 8/5/2015
Pretty surprising to see a loving Petunia, and a Harry who seems happy without the Dursley! Especially calling her Mum...
But curiosity is definitely there to see what will happen...
Jakublonski chapter 1 . 8/4/2015
I'm not good in giving feedpack, so I just want to say thank you for the new word 'jiffy' which I know now and which is so extremely suitable for Mrs Figg. I really like your style of writing, will continue reading and giving useless comments.

'Bye' a comment writer was breaking the virtual connection.
AfterTheEpilogue chapter 1 . 8/2/2015
Relicssk chapter 1 . 7/15/2015
The absolute only Harry Potter fanfic that I will accept as reading material level.
8734287934379342879erw87952587 chapter 1 . 7/11/2015
Oh. My. Goodness! I'm screaming, this is so perfectly written, the characterisation is on point, and the plot so far is descending into unearthly madness. I love it. I ilove/i it. This is just wonderful, and I thank the authour ever so kindly, for they have posted my new favourite epic. Thank whomever this may concern very much. It's just. Wonderful. I will be looking forward to finishing this (so far) superb story.

- Manny (Find me on tumblr at asexualtomriddle.)
Guest chapter 1 . 7/11/2015
lilacwaffles chapter 1 . 6/28/2015
hhhahaha! really what? ha a child's best question
hakon2feb chapter 1 . 6/28/2015
Ok, so people have been recommending this story, and so naturally i had to try it.
It sounds fairly interesting so far, as a science oriented wizard would probably do alot of cool stuff on Hogwarts. That you base it on real science is better in more ways than one.
Also, i love how you try to avoid getting into trouble by stating that dark characters might not give you the best advice, so it's fair to say you might have hit my funnybone with that one.
Keep up the good work :)

Saph chapter 1 . 6/27/2015
I remember the first time I read Harry Potter. This is somehow the perfect inverse of his situation. I can't properly explain what the very last line did to me, but I am in tears. I am very much looking forward to the next several hours.
seekeroftruths chapter 1 . 6/18/2015
*this is actually meant as a review of the entire fic*

This is the greatest thing I've read in a very long time. It's truly a story in its own right, a wonderful expansion of the Potter-verse. Just amazing and I can't thank you enough for creating this.
Guest chapter 1 . 6/16/2015
I love the idea of a rational Harry Potter chapter 1 . 6/14/2015
YAY! I must say, this idea is awfully endearing to me! :D I've always wanted Harry, well, to be quite smarter than the idiot he was in the real series. This parallel universe is very exciting, as Petunia is so different, and so much better, and so is Harry! Imagine the possibilities! :D OMG, I juts realized, maybe this means that Hermione will be Harry's true love! YAY! I never wanted Hermione to end up with Ron, or Harry to end up with Ginny, so please please let this work out the way it should!
kyle.hill.7965692 chapter 1 . 6/11/2015
I want to point out I tried reading a few chapters of this and while I like the idea beh8ind it and it does have it's merits the chapter organization or lack of is VERY disturbing. I don't know if it's simply you don't know how to organize chapter or if you don't know how to organize period which is a shame.

Well as the old saying goes just because something's popular doesn't make it right!
Yutah chapter 1 . 6/11/2015
this is all very well, but am I see a slight problem with this philosophy. I haven't finished reading yet (chapter 85), and it may all be referred to later (although it doesn't look it), but still, two facts about this '95% don't do a thing to stand up to Voldemort\whatever).
1) Harry is a typical Mary Sue with superpowers, super-artifacts and super-reputation. He can scare dementors, become invisible, go back in time, snap his fingers. He has wise mages to help him and councel him anytime. When he or people he cares for are threatened, he would wipe to dust morally everyone, including Snape, Wizengamot and Dumbledore.

People who were scared to stand up to danger, knew that THEIR loved ones WOULD be sent to Azkaban - or their skin would be nailed to a wall.

2) When Hermione gets threatened, Harry sends to hell all wars, society and strategies, all hopes of the nation. He just doesn't want her to suffer.
But he despises others exactly for this: for not caring about the nation because they are scared for themselves and their loved ones.
Xangel-15X chapter 1 . 6/8/2015
your fiction is just AWSOME! I read it in frensh and I found that it was just amazing ! I could'nt not leave a review for you! Too bad that you're not planning to continue... Anyway thanks for the big effort and for the sharing of this little masterpiece !
Lanky Nathan chapter 1 . 6/5/2015
Holy crap, I'm just reviewing because you got THIRTY THOUSAND of the damn things! My word! What an achievement!
ahsie chapter 1 . 5/31/2015
I have finally LOGGED ON to review! Hello there, currently reading at chapter 13.
IT HAS BEEN AN AWESOME JOURNEY reading thus far. Extremly entertaining and educational.
and I'm BACK from sick leave, so shall resume my reading of this AWESOMENESS if you'll excuse me :D
S Myron chapter 1 . 5/31/2015
interesting so far but with the Dursleys he inadvertently did magic, eg growing his hair, the snake in the zoo, so his step parents would be aware of 'difference'. In fact he had problems with his education so far?
hawkspiral chapter 1 . 5/30/2015
and so it begins
DaMugger chapter 1 . 5/27/2015
To those readers who are confused by how Harry manages to do what he does in Chapter 114:

Re-read the Quidditch scene in 104. It's revealed there how he does it.
Angelfirenze chapter 1 . 5/26/2015
So they still live in Privet Drive. Huh. I'm really curious as to how this will play out. I'm not sure if I like Michael, but it's only the first chapter. I'll give it some time before I decide whether his closed-mindedness about science bothers me enough to disregard him for the rest of the story.

Which - it's finished! I found this at just the right time, obviously! *glee*
Guest chapter 1 . 5/23/2015
Wow, 30,000 reviews now.
missmawwie chapter 1 . 5/23/2015
I'm going to review 20 times (:
PrincessAmythyst chapter 1 . 5/13/2015
So this is the famous HPMOR, huh? I'll say this much about it, it's very readable. I've been trying to get through the GOT books and it's been driving me mad. This is much more pleasant reading, similar to the books written by J.K. I look forward to reading the rest.
lena chapter 1 . 5/13/2015
To be honest, I didn't know what I was thinking when I started reading your story. The summary did not really interest me. I just sort of opened the story because it's on the top of the list, and then I was hooked. I couldn't stop reading and wanting to know what happened next. A big round of applause to you. And thank you for sharing this. You're awesome!
Ren chapter 1 . 5/4/2015
Hi, this isn't a review for this chapter (though I have really enjoyed this fanfic) but a heads up. I'm taking a college philosophy class this coming fall and in the class description it says that one of the required readings is this fic. So you might get some comments or such from people that aren't generally involved with fandom. If you'd like to see the class description, its here: . /cg/cg_ ?content2060PHIL154001&termArrayf_15_2060
entirelynew chapter 1 . 5/4/2015
Just to let you know, this fanfiction is responsible for me passing my psychology exam! Thank you so much for writing such an amazing story with so many interesing details. It's not only made me rethink Harry Potter, but it's also made me question the world around me.
theConfuzzled chapter 1 . 5/3/2015
You have turned my world on its head and I love it and am currently looking into areas of learning I had thought entirely unworthy of my interest. With that said, yours is the only fic I've ever read capable of bringing me to tears of both laughter and heart-wrenching sorrow. I'm still not sure how I feel about Quirrel/Voldie but I saw it coming from forever away and it -still- hurt like hell.

Also, because it's worth saying again, with emphasis:


At any rate, thank you for a most engrossing story and the most emotionally involved experience I've had with a book in quite a while. It took me all of about two days to finish (during which time both food and sleep were disregarded as entirely unnecessary) and I think I might have to read it again to go another level deeper. And maybe cry less this time...or not. What's the fun in that?
pgrabinEdward chapter 1 . 4/30/2015
Love this story! Why did it take me 5 years to find this?! The podcasts for this are awesome!
021448740041987 chapter 1 . 4/25/2015
i studied biochem at uni but i forgot ALOT of stuff.
Sora Tayuya chapter 1 . 4/23/2015
My gods.

I landed here simply to test a theory of my own. Rather, to compare the highest reviewed story in the most populated Books category and one of the highest reviewed stories in the Movies category. Needless today your review count blew the Movies entire category right out of the proverbial water. Not only that, but your story is not one of silly crudities such as many other high-ranking stories fall prey to, nor is it a ficlet collection. While ficlets are nice and collections of that sort are rather endearing to read at times, having a solid, plot driven story is so excellent to happen upon.

And my goodness what elegance you have put into this! Especially in a category so designed around improving Harry's life, this certainly adds a positive spin on the entire premise. This opening seems to solve nearly every problem canon Harry has, simply by the addition of a solid intellectual upbringing. I cannot express how proud I am that this fiction exists, or at how popular it is. As it is rather lengthy, I admit I will have to go through it rather slowly in order to properly address it chapter by chapter as I am prone to do, but this shall make for a delightful summer read along with another go over of some classical Greek works.

I adore the humor, wit, realism, and factual knowledge displayed here. It is like having all of what makes Harry a good character, and replacing all of his flaws with elements of Sherlock Holmes. Without removing the character from a less-than-ideal background, you have properly elevated him to a place where I can comfortably say I am happy with the character and how he adapts and reacts to situations. I cannot wait to continue reading this, and will try to maintain my head as I read so as I don't resort to crudely written and horribly short responses.

Thank you again for crafting this long piece, which I am sure will prove to be a thoroughly excellent read.
The Last Archivist chapter 1 . 4/21/2015
Beginning to read Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. As a graduate who loved to study methodology and in her free time, applies the concepts of epistemology to analyze how, in human society, common sense predetermines and shapes the average man's daily behaviour, my observation of Chapter 1's content allows me to predict with a probability of 50% that the fanfic shall make for quite an enriching and rewarding experience.
Septembers Oblivion chapter 1 . 4/17/2015
Okay, if I'm loving this story after just one chapter and as you say it gets better after chapter 5... I'm in for a treat! Yaay
My first time reading HP fan-fic and I just got a PDF book form for this story, looking lovely next to all the Johnlock fan-fics...
Anyway, easy word flow seasoned with light humor, really nice read this first chapter. :)
bleme chapter 1 . 4/16/2015
This story can be summed up in one word: BRILLIANT!

In a lot of ways, I like this story better than the original although you would have to read the original to see much of the humor. There are no spelling/grammar errors, giving it a thoroughly polished feel. It is packed with original ideas and surprises without getting bogged down. It also has perfect continuity from the first chapter to the last. I didn't see any of the contradictions that usually show up when you publish a chapter at a time. This is definitely a MUST READ!
Alphabetta chapter 1 . 4/15/2015
lol I like this Harry's style xD ·dad was reading a book to show how smart he was.
Guest chapter 1 . 4/5/2015
I only read the first chapter, but my friend recommended this to me. So intriguing, my friend! I like the twists and ending already intertwined in each paragraph. chapter 1 . 4/4/2015
Science fact: /chapter/1 This is the greatest thing I have ever read about Science and Wizards (but mostly Science) (but also Wizards). Please read.
Guest chapter 1 . 4/3/2015
First thing I saw was 122 chapters. I'm still mentally preparing to sink in.
Paul Lewis chapter 1 . 4/3/2015
Hilarious, expecting more in the next few chapters.
Theresa Jaes chapter 1 . 3/30/2015
This book was great and was a very fun ride until the very end where it became much more ludicrous than the original and right before the very end where it grew extraordinarily dark.
Village-Mystic chapter 1 . 3/21/2015
This is very cute... and probable enough, considering Harry was naturally bright and takes well to instruction and imagination. Certainly he has that Arthur C. Clarke quote ready or can have it soon to help make his father feel better about all of this.
charis-chan chapter 1 . 3/20/2015
Oh my freaking God.

I just read the first two chapters and I'm loving it more than I expected. Thank you so much.
mutecebu chapter 1 . 3/18/2015
"Further consideration led him to obtain a candle and drip wax onto the flap of the envelope, into which, using a penknife's tip, he impressed the initials H.J.P.E.V. If he was going to descend into this madness, he was going to do it with style."

And so it begins. This first chapter is so much funnier now with all the context.
lemon-rind chapter 1 . 3/17/2015
Hello, I thought I'd re-read this story one chapter at a time, until I finish it all over again. I want to really absorb the fullness of what you wrote, and so I'm going to try hard to write review this time around. Here goes:

I still don't full absorb the italicized text at the beginning. I assumed it was a reference to the night Harry was attacked, but what exactly is it trying to get across? I don't know.

I feel Professor Michael Verres-Evans is the typical scientific mind. There are many cases where some of the biggest discoveries were considered completely foolish and person suggesting it ends up being considered completely crazy. I'm sure some of the setting here comes from your own life experience. I know I can relate, what with the books being all over the place.

I'm surprised that someone at Hogwarts would overlook Harry being raised in a Muggle household, but then again, it seems like they did that in canon too. Wizarding Society must be the most unorganized bureaucratic structure I've ever had the pleasure to contemplate.

In fact you really call out Rowling a couple of times here. I always felt Rowling had a pretty good sense of humour though. But, you're right to mock the name Dudley Dursley, and in all seriousness naming the Evans sisters Lily and Petunia still gives me pause. Gives a different meaning to flower child.

I think foreshadowing is the biggest thing I'll be looking for as I re-read the story. Lily telling Petunia that a Centaur told her not to make her pretty? It's something that upon first read you look over, and then you're brought back around to. That's just good story planning. Wish I had that talent.

We get a good lay out of Harry's personality. Who he is as a protagonist in this story. How proactive he is, knowing that others are likely to dismiss things without careful thought or rational.

Still, him screaming out to the magic owls to see if he can get a letter to Hogwarts? That was gold. I'm glad we got to see Mrs. Figg again, because it gave Harry a moment to feel weird and caught off-guard instead of disappointed.

I'm sure there more, but I think that's enough for me.
Guest chapter 1 . 3/16/2015
SUCH A GOOD BEGINNING. I love that Harry has a far far better family now. He deserves a better childhood than the one he got stuck with. And yet, he still feels the need to prove himself to his Professor father. Adults so often treat children and teens this way, with little respect. I'm so intrigued already. And yeah! Dumbles should have sent someone to Harry. I'd like to hear JK's rationale behind that one. (ummm plot not logic) Also, if Harry was supposed to have been told about the wizarding world by Petunia, why did Ms Figg keep her squid status secret until book 5? She could have been helping him learn about the wizarding world for years!
Amazed Reader chapter 1 . 3/15/2015
This is fantastic, well written and funny with an amazing message. I just cannot get enough of this!
hisnhers chapter 1 . 3/14/2015
Wow! You finished the story! -clapclapclap- yay!

Now I get to read the fic my daughter has been raving about for years. She can handle a chapter here and there, my memory would never handle that. I like to wait until a fic is finished. I'm so excited it is!

Enjoyed the first chapter. Harry is a remarkably intelligent young man. I however am not. So my reviews may not even have complete sentences at times. I tend to express feelings with .. well, you saw my first paragraph... That's a more 'realistic' reaction from me.

I'm looking forward to reading this. Hope you don't mind odd reviews!

4everfictional chapter 1 . 3/12/2015
mab70 chapter 1 . 3/11/2015
Very intriguing premise. I like that though Harry's family life has changed, it's not artificially perfect.
Your writing is enjoyable to read, the vocabulary flows well and has good pacing.
Aditya A Prasad chapter 1 . 3/10/2015
An okay chapter,

some memorable quotes,
"those arguments, one where his mother tried to make his father feel guilty, and his father tried to make his mother feel stupid."
"joking, lying or being insane, in ascending order of awfulness."
"If he was going to descend into this madness, he was going to do it with style."

As far as I can see here we introduce Harry as typical prodigy who for some weird reason believes in magic.
Alissa chapter 1 . 3/9/2015
I have been encouraged to great lengths by my best friend, and I have long been procrastinating reading this... for no reason other than laziness and a weird little nagging voice, "Is it going to be too difficult for me to understand? Considering how precise she is when it comes to scientific accuracy, and how insane fandom writers can be with theories, is this going to be a giant lecture on physics hidden behind the mask of a nice fanfic?" No, that nagging voice was quite wrong, as far as I can tell. Fantastic reading a fic with proper grammar. I love the way you express Harry and Petunia, she's not often thought well of, I like that you've given her a different side and more of a backstory.
...I'm on Chapter One. I can't believe I've been procrastinating this so long. *facepalms until suffering severe brain damage and dies of blood loss* Thank you for writing, OP.
santamonica811 chapter 1 . 3/9/2015
Not totally sure of the point of the chapter. Not every chapter, of course, has to be full of drama or humor. But this one felt like it was written by a different author. I guess that this is indeed the sad ended we were warned about . . . reading it made me feel let down (and, dare I say it; sad about its lack of interest or content).
Phoebe Rosquist chapter 1 . 3/7/2015
Here, back at the beginning, reading a 3rd time because there won't be anything new until tomorrow's chapter release. Thank you so much for this book. I have looked high and low, but haven't yet found a Harry Potter Evans-Verres suggested/favorite scifi novel reading list. I am enjoying exploring the non-fiction on , but can't help craving the fiction titles, too.
Jillian A.K chapter 1 . 3/6/2015
Hello. I recently read Ch. 116, which is all you have up to right now, and decided to go back for a reread. Now I wonder if Lily weren't joking when she said if she helped Petunia be pretty the world would end, a centaur told her not to. After all, centaurs do give prophecies, and even Voldemort interpreted Trelawny's prophecy to mean Harry would end the world. Because Lily helped Petunia, she married a rational scientist. Harry was raised a rational scientist. Because Harry was thus raised, he goes on to fulfill the second prophecy. Hm. Or maybe it's just foreshadowing? Lol.

And I guess Harry is certain magic is real because he's... um, I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read ch. 105.
Berlin chapter 1 . 3/4/2015
Wow! Um, ok, awesome start!
((Sooo, while this fanfiction looks awesome and all that, I don't have too much time right now due to school. So, I'll probably read and review the story sporadically at best. But as soon as I get more time, I'll read this!))
Nibbled To Death chapter 1 . 3/4/2015
Either Voldemort took time out to see Star Trek 3 (when?!), this is all Harry's dream/CEV (how else would he not have noticed the ref/riff), or it's a Day of Very Very Low Probability.
Arime Setta chapter 1 . 3/3/2015
Came across the Vice article and giving this a shot as a longtime fanfic reader. I can't deny that I'm definitely intrigued by this. Congrats on the success!
Guest chapter 1 . 3/3/2015
I have seen this fic pop up a few times and finally decided to read it. I have only read the first chapter and thi k it's pretty amazing. Can't wait to read the rest.
fujisawa5 chapter 1 . 3/3/2015
that really did go better than expected, a bit more brutal than i might have expected harry capable of being, but then again its not like Batman ever had a positive effect on Gotham as a whole. I think this means we get the good end... unless the prophecy is actually viable still.
The interpretation is a bit vague as always but it should take more than a few chapters to come into play anyway.
so thank you for sorting through all the, and they were a flood, reviews for the final exam and picking some awesome ones.
Guest.indeed chapter 1 . 3/3/2015
A later version of Harry appears under the invisibility cloak. Puts a time turner on present version's neck and sends him back in time. Controlled explosives blow under the feet of all deatheaters and voldemort. The future version then calls upon a dementor to suck the soul of voldemort before he dies and the soul gets back to any horcrux of his.

No special powers used and voldemort disabled.

Now how a later version gets here, I have no idea.

Food for thought.
Guest chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
The challenge says that the goal is the not be killed immediately (which I take to mean more than 60 seconds). Any attempt to take out all the death Eaters and Voldemort simultaneously seems like such wishful thinking that it really isn't worth considering. The only thing Harry can do, other than talk (assuming any wand movement will get him killed, and recalling transfiguring gas into anything else failed when previously tried), would be to unstick his glasses by using point-of-contact 'finite', which he just learned. Unless his glasses are something else that has been transfigured into glasses, unsticking them would be useless. IF his glasses WERE, in fact, something else, I don't know what would help in a situation where one assumes portkeys and time turners aren't going to work, due to previously mentioned wards. Even on the VERY off chance that Harry's glasses are actually a bomb that goes off when in contact with the air, while that may delay Voldemorts plans and take out a few Death Eaters, it doesn't actually accomplish the goal of prolonging his life.

***On a sidenote, if anybody can think of a way to use Harry's glasses, which he still has and which are known to be enchanted, potentially hiding a different enchantment, please use it, as my imagination is unfortunately not up to the task.

It seems like, in this situation, Harry's best bet is to appeal to Voldemort's desire to take every precaution imaginable to prevent Harry from destroying the "world". While Harry does not know the exact wording, Harry can point out that, if it doesn't mention him by name, it may not be about him. That in and of itself will do nothing to prevent Voldemort from killing Harry, if only as a precaution, but then Harry can use the fact that they are both Tom Riddle to put doubt into Voldemort about how the prophecy could unfold. This could be done by hypothesizing that since Harry and Voldemort are magically recognized as the same person, the prophecy could be fulfilled using Voldemort as a catalyst instead of Harry. Harry can, and would, swear in parseltongue that he would tell Voldemort this for the sole purpose of ensuring that the world does not come to destruction, by his hands or otherwise, since the destruction of the world is something Harry sees as a BAD thing. Harry can also point out that his death may be what triggers the cataclysm, and he may safer is he was frozen, or time-locked, or in some other way removed from reality (which would probably take a little bit of time to orchestrate), especially since, while Harry cannot make any decision that would lead to the destruction of the world, due to the vow, since he is not making the choice to be murdered in the most thorough way possible, there is no guarantee that his death isn't the trigger. In fact, if Harry offers to choose to have himself killed, so that the vow backs up that decision, since he shouldn't be able to choose an option the results in the destruction of the world, in exchange for 5 more minutes of life, then while that may not help Harry actually survive the whole ordeal, if we're going with the victory condition "survive longer than the next 60 seconds", it qualifies. All this hinges on Voldemort seeing Harry make a vow-bound decision to do everything he can (ie embrace the most hated enemy that is Death) to help prevent the end of the world as worth the risk of keeping him alive another 5 minutes.

This is a technical victory at best, and doesn't have an extremely high chance of succeeding, but many of the solutions that have been posted/mentioned to me by fellow HPMOR fans seem to have low chances of success as well, so hopefully this helps cover one of the gaps that may lead to a possibility of succeeding.

I suppose Harry could mention that maybe, since they're the same person, or at least magically recognized as such, he might survive due to the horcruxes as well, but seeing as Voldemort knows significantly more about the horcruxes than Harry, it is likely that he will know whether or not that even makes sense, and will have taken the answer into account (regardless of what it is). Still, it is possibly worth throwing into the list of things Harry should say VERY quickly to Voldemort to sure that the Dark Lord takes more time to be even more thorough with his steps to prevent Harry from potentially destroying the world.

tl;dr Harry's glasses have potential, but convincing Voldemort to take even more secure steps to make sure that he doesn't bring about an end to the world (which none of the death eaters suggested, and voldemort showed displeasure at that fact) seems like the best bet to stall for time. Past that...good luck.
darkflagrance chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
After a moment of panic, it struck me. Carefully phrasing my words in Parseltongue, I asked a question. "What happens, Tom Riddle, when another Tom Riddle dies, enters the Horcrux network, and the dead Tom Riddle happens to be able to both control Dementors and cast an advanced form of Patronus that does not require a wand?"

I paused. "If you kill me, I win. If you don't kill me, you will eventually lose. You have been very careful to provide a bribe to me to let you live, so the threat of killing me is clearly misdirection. You know you cannot kill me without me destroying your Horcrux network, and you have provided me with a living Hermione to keep me attached to life."

A suggestion in Harry's voice, taken from a post on Reddit:

"However, now I am at a strange point. It makes a great deal of sense that I should kill myself now, and use the Patronus casting to consume the life energy within the Horcrux network until there is only one Horcrux left, and then get assistance in raising myself. I could do that easily enough with a Patronus."

"Perhaps, you might do something for me to prevent me from killing myself so I can end your threat? Confund yourself to learn to care about people. Then use the Philosopher's stone to make it permanent, and finally, vow to never attempt to alter the Confunding."
deactiv chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
At the end of the sixty seconds, through which Harry experienced the collective problem-solving of thousands of aspiring rationalists at a rate of one hour per second, he looked up.

"Prepare your anusss," he hissed.
nameless M chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
Love this!
taogaming chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
HPLV Shared victory via Aumann's Agreement Theorem and reconciliation of information

HP agrees with LV utility, that avoiding the end of the world has priority.

HP invokes Aumann's agreement theorem (AAT)

HP proposes they share information, so that he can bulletproof LV killing of him, if necessary. LV agrees to rationally consider it (AAT)

LV informs HP of full prophecy. ("He is Here...")

HP indicates that it may not refer to him, (ref "He is coming")

HP does not (thanks to vow) have ability to destroy the world.

(Step I forgot to type out) HP informs LV of full prophecy ("The one with the power...")

Prophecy unquestionably refers to HP.

LV informs him of Godric's Hollow, family motto.

Both prophecies refer to Death. Death is the Dark Lord that cannot exist in the same world as HP. Similarly, Death is "He" in LV's prophecy.

Therefore, destroying HJPEV is the wrong path, and the correct path is to allow HJPEV to survive and destroy death, thereby preventing the end of the world.

Quirell Erat Demonstratum.
Rich chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
Very well written and bizarrely funny.
Turgurth chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
With NickRoy's permission, I am submitting his solution, which I agree with, with additional evidence appended, just in case that is necessary; so consider this as superseding NickRoy's submission:

Harry hisses "You have missinterpreted prophecy, to your great peril, becausse of power I have, but you know not. Yess, you are sstudying sscience, but, honesstly, you are yearss behind me. It may be that thiss power you know not iss ssomething I have at thiss sspecific time, that you will not know for too many yearss hence.

Before I explain, remember my Vow, and know my honesst intention not to desstroy the world, Vow or no. Now, do you know why I would tear apart the very sstarss? Do you know how? Not to desstroy the world, but to ssave it from whatever threatss require more energy to extinguissh than exisstss in thiss entire ssolar ssystem. There are more thingss in heaven and earth, Dark Lord, than are dreamt of in your philossophy.

I would usse sstar lifting to do it ssafely. In a way, I really would end the world to ssave it, ssince once humanss are out of the cradle, sspread through... er, let uss ssay 'heaven' in Parsseltongue, to mean well beyond thiss planet, why not add the masss of the Earth itsself to the sstuff of the sstarss, to yield that much more energy? And sso, if you avert thiss prophecy, there iss sseriouss rissk you doom yoursself! Are you willing to take that chance?

And why were you the one to hear thiss prophecy, Dark Lord? Why are you the one to causse it or avert it? What iss your abssolute advantage? Not in killing. Killing is eassy. Thiss iss your blind sspot cossting you much more in expected value than lasst time if you do not lissten.

You are the one becausse you have come clossesst by far, ass far ass I know, to true immortality, though thiss project iss not yet complete, elsse prophecy would not concern you to degree it obvioussly doess. Usseful sstar lifting will take time; much more than ussual lifesspan.

Ssupposse you heard thiss prophecy becausse you are to sshare thiss advantage with me, and together we will tear apart the very sstarss in 'heaven' to prevent ssomething actually bad! Ssomething we both may know nothing of yet, though I already have guesssess; and you know thiss project iss likely to go fasster with me than without me. Your lack of complete immortality meanss time may not be on your sside.

All I have ssaid iss my honesst besst esstimate. If you do not trusst my viewss, let uss wake girl-child friend, ass sshe alsso knowss more of sscience than you. No offence. And becausse I have told you of sstar lifting, that you clearly knew not of, at thiss time when it matterss mosst - conssider the sserioussnesss of your error if I had tried esscaping - you will protect and honor deputy sschoolmissstresss, with the undersstanding that your reign hass already begun. Now what iss the resst of the prophecy?"


Harry does not know the full prophecy for certain, but he can guess it, based on: Harry's thought on star lifting in response to this prophecy in Ch. 21, Harry noticing Quirrelmort's interest in the same prophecy in Ch. 86, Quirrelmort's talk of the stars' vulnerability to "sufficiently intelligent idiocy" in Ch. 95, Firenze's comment on the stars and Harry's innocence in Ch. 101, Voldemort's "while the stars yet live" remark in Ch. 111, Voldemort's more explicit talk on the prophecy and his great fear of it in the next chapter, and how the Unbreakable Vow is framed in the most recent chapter. If Harry connects these dots, he'll have a good idea of what the full prophecy says.

As for how Harry connects these dots: he runs with the hypothesis (quickly, as he did in Ch. 104): "I am to destroy the world [I don't have to explain why this idea stands out to him] in some way that is not actually bad", since if he were to destroy the world in a way that really is bad, but this may be preventable, he probably should die immediately instead! My first thought on this line of thinking (since "Harry is allowed to solve this problem the way I would solve it") is: "well, someday Earth ought to be converted into computronium for hedonium purposes, though the Sun is much more massive, and then we have the nearby stars... Oh".

Also, on Voldemort's response: Voldemort would be skeptical, but he would also be interested, because "It is impossible to tell lies in Parseltongue" and because all this persuasion has to do is raise the risk enough that it makes more sense to stop and gather more information before killing Harry, thus it "allows Harry to evade immediate death".
Shadow of the kyuubi chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
First, Harry absolutely must stall for time. To do so, he will engage Voldemort in conversation. He will talk about some of the following subjects, with suggested order given:

1)Immediately announce that he has multiple secrets of interest, so that Voldemort will not kill him for wasting time.
2)Harry claims that he did not threaten Voldemort’s true immortality, so Voldemort cannot threaten to permamently kill him. Presumably Voldemort does not then let Harry go, but instead threatens to Obliviate him of all memories or something similar which is not really an improvement over death. Thus he continues stalling:
3)Begin by stating that the best chance of avoiding the prophecy is to leave him alive; this permits Harry a way to consciously respond to the prophecy in a way that minimizes the damage, whereas otherwise the prophecy will come true regardless (use Com-ed tea as an example of acyclic magic; the results are decided before the prophecy is known).
4)Harry discusses the secrets of his Patronus, with relevant discussion of dementors. This shows that he has actual secrets Voldemort will want to know.
5)Harry says that his life is Humanity’s best chance at avoiding death (via heat-death of the universe, etc).
6)Harry discusses his findings on genetics and the genetic source of magic.
7)Harry claims that Voldemort is an existential threat to the world, so he cannot share any further secrets of magic (partial transfiguration).

Presumably none of the above succeed in convincing Voldemort to let Harry live, although there is a nonzero chance that one of the above arguments will succeed.

While doing this, Harry is performing two transfigurations: one to transfigure the ground around him into a radioactive substance, and one to transfigure the ground directly below Voldemort into a high-concentration acid. Either the resonance between Voldemort and the transfigured substance will quickly kill Voldemort, or the acid will when he turns into a snake to avoid the resonance as he did in Azkaban. As Voldemort is dying, Harry will cast an Obliviate at Voldemort, seeking to remove –all- of his memories while Voldemort is at his weakest. If the initial transfiguration is successful and Voldemort is not somehow acid-proof (unlikely but possible given that he may know how Harry killed the troll) and immune to memory charms while nearly dying (uncertain), then Voldemort should be permamently defeated by this tactic.

As such, Harry will succeed in removing Voldemort, though he may need to drop his wand to avoid the resonance. Harry can now truthfully claim that he has lethally poisoned (radiation poisoning) all of the Death Eaters present, that he has a cure (human transfiguration into temporary, non-poisoned form the Stone to make it permament) known only to him, and that he will offer the cure if and only if the Death Eaters agree to a magical vow which (Among other things) forbids them from actively harming Harry and Hermione now or in the immediate future, allowing him to escape.
vettavetka chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
Guest chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
So a Harry that is appearing to lose will have three people that he most wants to protect posthumously. His parents and Hermione. Hermione may or may not take precedence over his parents, given not only their emotional connection but the fact that Voldemort has given her the capacity for potentially eternal suffering. In any case, Harry has only two secrets to offer in exchange for the protection of three people. Therefore, he will appear to try to think of a third thing to offer Voldemort.

Harry will attempt to teach Voldemort the principles behind the human patronus and partial transfiguration, though it’s likely that Voldemort will need some practice warping his mind to be able to establish the necessary mental processes, and therefore will not be able to replicate the spells on the spot. After this, following a show of brain-racking, Harry will say, in parseltongue, that he wishes to try to use his patronus to resurrect Quirrell. This is true because he actually intends to attempt it. This does not prevent him from doing thing in addition to casting his patronus. Voldemort will see the utility of such a spell, be it for the resurrection of trusted servants, or for the resurrection of loved ones of people against whom ‘nice’ leverage might be more effective than the usual threats or mind control.

Now Quirrell’s body is still a dead body, and Voldemort may transfigure it into a living body first to make the process more likely to work, or he may allow Harry to attempt the spell on a corpse just to see what will happen. Given that the killing curse causes no physical damage to the body, and the body is fresh, such a transfiguration may be unnecessary anyway. In any case, Harry will be allowed to approach Quirrell’s body or Quirrell’s body will be brought to him, no doubt with the Death Eaters maneuvering to maintain formation around him.

Harry will cast the patronus charm, and will put, if possible, more power into it than he did with Hermione. This will produce a light bright enough to blind Voldemort and the Death Eaters for a brief moment. During that moment Harry will lunge for Quirrell’s body and grab hold of it.

Now, if the spell didn’t work then there will be no consciousness to resist what Harry does next. If it did, then it is likely that Quirrell will be unconscious and also unable to resist. If he is alive and conscious, then he will be at first too disoriented to resist, and Harry can easily stupefy him after his initial escape.

Quirrell’s arm and leg bones have broomstick charms on them, and there is no reason to believe that those charms will have faded with his death. Given that Quirrell will be unable to put up a conscious resistance Harry (similar to if two people grabbed the same broomstick and tried to steer in different directions) will be able to cause his body to fly in the exact same way he causes a broom to fly. Given that Voldemort is unwilling to be overpowered by anybody if he can help it, it is likely that Quirrell’s bones are capable of moving at least as fast as the fastest racing broom, if not faster.

Harry will take off at full speed before Voldemort and the Death Eaters realize what’s happening. Now depending on what hold Harry has on Quirrell’s body, he may ride it like a flying sled, hands around the arms or legs, his own legs securing the position of he other limbs. Or he may have the body by one limb, with the rest of it trailing behind. The former would be easy to manage, if initially unfamiliar. The latter might be awkward due to the trailing weight, but if Quirrell is still dead then Harry could just keep his hold and sever the limb, keeping it as a morbid copy of a traditional broomstick.

Now it has been established that Harry is a very good flyer, so between this and the speed of his conveyance, he will likely survive the initial volley of avada kedavras. By this point, staying low, he may be able to break line of sight by hugging the top of the trees. Voldemort will no doubt pursue him, but it is unlikely that his own flight rods are any faster, and he has already demonstrated some clumsiness with flight rods that are not actually his bones, given the wobble described at an extremely low speed flight in chapter 111. The Dark Lord will likely be able to get off a few more shots at Harry, but given the distance, Harry’s superior maneuverability, and the fact that we’ve never been given any indication that Voldemort is a skilled long range sharp shooter, Harry has a chance of survival.

(Indeed, while the newer, wiser Voldemort likely recognizes the utility of long-range sharp shooting, it’s likely that younger Voldemort never practiced it, given that such tactics would negate the terror of his presence, and Voldemort’s modus operandi has always been about the terror of his presence. Also, the low speed of the avada kedavra bolt (slow enough to be dodged) may render long range use totally impractical, despite the unlimited range.)

Harry will likely make for Hogwarts, assuming he can remember the direction by his position relative to the underground passage he followed. Otherwise, he will just flee and try to lose Voldemort (though this may not work considering that Voldemort may be able to track him through their resonance.) In either case, it gets him out of the immediate danger of being murdered in the graveyard.
That said, this plan revolves around Voldemort conveniently forgetting that Quirrell’s body can be used as a flying machine, and conveniently not taking precautions against being blinded by a spell that can produce very bright light. However, it is possible that he will be blinded to Harry’s intentions by the fact that he thinks he knows Harry’s intentions (desperately needing a third secret to share/finally learning to lose when faced with such overwhelming odds.) The plan has problems, but it was the best I could come up with given the restraints of other responsibilities.
Guest chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
Perhaps I'm breaking the rules a bit here but I read through some of the solutions posted and I am adopting this one as my own:

"s has been said, there is a spell that can't be blocked and works on anything with a brain. As far as we know, Voldemort has a brain. It seems to me that Harry should:
1. Tell Voldemort about partial transfiguration. Partial transfiguration has been said to take a lot of concentration. This is an amazing distraction if Voldemort chooses to try to learn the technique before killing Harry. If not, it was worth a shot. Harry should also hesitate before he picks who he saves, feigning genuine distress, but definitively picking one person to save as to not earn Voldemorts ire. Harry should also NOT PICK HIMSELF. Voldemort said in his promise that he intended to keep his promise, that does not mean he us required to keep it at all. Especially since Voldemort expected Harry to name friends or family, not himself.
2. Kill Voldemort. Avada Kadavra. Whether the partial transfiguration ploy worked or not, this must be done. Harry should try to surprise Voldemort because Voldemort can cast the spell faster, and so can 36 death eaters.
3. Two things could happen here. One is where magical backlash between the Tom Riddles causes Harry to pass out. In this case it is entirely up to chance whether or not the death eaters try to kill Harry. The death eaters would be in dissarray due to Voldemort's untimely second death. In this situation, Harry will probably die. However, if the magical backlash does not knock Harry out cold, Harry could and should immediately address the death eaters. Something like "THE IMPOSTER IS DEAD.". Go for shock factor. If he could convince the death eaters the other Voldemort was faking and that he, Voldemort, had sealed himself inside his enemy's champion "the boy who lived," Harry gets away. In addition, if Harry can just manage to pacify or stun the death eaters for long enough with his words to grab the cloak of invisibility and his time turner, he can get away.

Side note: If one of either the cloak or time turner must be left behind, Harry should leave behind the time turner. Voldemort WILL be coming back, and he WILL hunt Harry down. If Harry wants to survive beyond the encounter in the graveyard he MUST GET THE CLOAKCLOAK."

To help support this solution I present the following facts:

1) Magic backlash has been shown not to effect Harry as much, he has a higher chance of not passing out

2) Harry may not have studied "avada kadavra," but with Voldemort being able to cast it so quickly the wand movements must be simple. In fact, I believe Mad-eye Moody stated it was extremely easy to cast aside from the required want for death.

3)I completely forget if Spells could be cast in parsel tongue, sounds like something Harry would test, but if spells could be cast in parsel tongue it would make it much easier to kill voldemort with avada kadavra if the death eaters didn't know what he was doing and harry wasn't breaking the rules by speaking outside of parsel tongue.
Ediguls again chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
These two are mostly for the lulz:

1. Since you can only speak the truth in parsertongue, start a code injection attack on the universe. Presuming the universe runs on python, say (in parsertongue):

"import magic
['Hermione Granger', 'Tom Riddle Jr.']"

Then wake Hermione and in the same moment use magic on the other Tom Riddle Jr., causing a resonance. Let Hermione sort out the rest.

2. Stall by telling Voldemort about partial transfiguration. Weave in the descriptions or names of items hidden in the mokeskin pouch, with the intention of retrieving them, from most useful to least useful one (e.g. a Potion of Instant Winning before a Potion of Luck before a Potion of Flashbang before Cedric before a loaded shotgun before a live nuke, if those items are in the pouch).

Overcome possible range limitations by overcoming the conceptual limitation that there should be such a limitation, if necessary. If an item ends up in your hands, use it immediately. If it ends up just outside the pouch, continue pulling forth more and more stuff, forming a heap of items. Hope that something useful happens (e.g. the heap topples and triggers the shotgun; the Potion of Flashbang is spilled) for a distraction or lethal effect.

Once the distraction is triggered, do the most clever thing proposed in any of the other reviews.
andrew chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
curious to see where this goes, so far so good
The Utilitaria chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
A complicated plot involving partial transfiguration of a lethal, non-magical substance to kill the Death Eaters and Voldemort doesn't seem like what HPMoR is all about. It doesn't seem all that rational.

However, the first three lines of the story make a violent solution to the problem seem much more likely. Chapter 1 is clearly a flash-forward directly to what happens after Chapter 113. This is the only situation where Harry is a) under the moonlight and b) surrounded by black robes.
Therefore, the solution must be; NOT primarily intellectual or based on arguing Voldemort out of murdering Harry (because that doesn’t involve blood spilling or black robes collapsing)
Must also cause the Death Eaters and/or Voldemort to collapse to the ground, disappear or discard their robes
Must also spill more than 1 litre of blood

Harry will need to hide whatever he’s doing from Voldemort and the Death Eaters; this may take longer than 1 minute. I am assuming they haven’t cast any magical shields or detection wards that notice or block transfiguration. If they have then there really is no hope.
Distract Voldemort for minutes if possible by describing how to turn dementors away via expectation (seems to be the least damaging secret), if necessary move on to the Patronus charm 2.0 as a manifestation of will to defeat death, as slowly as can be convincingly done.
Hope Voldemort doesn’t ask ‘are you trying to esscape?’ Or similar in parseltongue

If all else fails, turn to abstruse philosophical arguments – try to persuade Voldemort that the simulation argument is true, for example. Ask whether killing him might somehow fulfil the prophesy (obviously not, but might buy a few seconds). None of these will work, of course, but they might buy time for the real plan.

Harry shouldn’t look like he’s concentrating too hard, and should put up whatever Occulumency barriers he can should a Death Eater tries to read his mind

Then he must find a starting point for partial transfiguration. This is the only magic that can be done wordlessly and without wand motions by Harry, therefore only way he has of attacking Voldemort and the Death Eaters, therefore the only thing that could POSSIBLY be described by the first lines of the story. This is backwards reasoning that Harry couldn't do, but so what?
Options are;
The air; transfiguring gasses was said to be impossible before Harry’s discovery of partial transfiguration. However, Harry reflects in Ch 28 that the limitation on not transfiguring gas might actually make sense, in sharp contrast to the limit preventing partial transfiguration. Air transfiguration is also narratively a bit too simple, so probably isn’t possible and I’m going to discount it.

His own wand; Can he transfigure a subset of his own wand? Perhaps the magical core of the wand can channel the transfiguration magic to the outer part of the wand (which is ordinary wood) and begin transfiguring it.

His own flesh; either the hand holding the wand (it’s touching the wand, isn’t it?) or the flesh of his leg (assuming he can lower the wand to touch his leg safely.

Get a transfigured object close to the Death Eaters and Voldemort. Carbon nanotubes are the obvious candidate, and also fulfill the ‘fraction of a line’ criteria. Either from the wand tip, the tip of a finger that’s resting on the wand, or Harry’s leg, grow out a single filament of CNTs as thin as is practical (a few micrometers so it doesn't break and can be visualized, but is too small to see easily in the moonlight). The filament should drop to the ground and grow forward. Using Harry’s skill in shaping exercises (more foreshadowing), have the filament grow out in a straight line past the Death Eaters, who are still all facing Harry, ending a distance behind the backs of all of them.

When the filament tip is behind the backs of the Death Eaters and Voldemort, it must split into 36 separate filaments, travel back along the ground and reach the feet of the Death Eaters, climb vine-like up their legs and backs and reach the back of their heads.

Question: Is Harry capable of doing this in 60 seconds? Unknown, but again the first lines of the story make it seem more plausible.

‘Sustaining a Transfiguration is a constant drain on your magic which scales with the size of the target form’ (Ch 7) and transfiguring his father’s rock into a tiny gem is a ‘half-hour of work’ according to Ch 94. If ‘size’ means volume, then the complicated structure here could take a lot less time than the rock, if Harry is careful to keep the carbon nanotube structures smaller than a hair’s width.
On the other hand, if ‘size’ also includes qualities like total length then this whole scenario probably isn't possible in one minute; it may be possible in longer. Complexity isn't relevant (you can transfigure animals, after all); as long as Harry can clearly hold the form and the intention in his mind, then he can transfigure it as easily as any other complicated object.

In Ch 58, ‘He was using partial Transfiguration on a thin cylindrical shell of metal, two meters in diameter and half a millimeter thick, running all the way through the wall. He was Transfiguring that half-millimeter thickness of metal into motor oil.’

This apparently took minutes, but Harry’s transfiguration skills have certainly improved since then, as he transfigured Hermione’s corpse (Ch 111) and the Unicorn (Ch 102) in a reasonable amount of time (1 or 2 hours, as I recall)

I don’t believe anything in the story gives strong evidence that making a 36-branched nanotube structure in 1 minute with a tiny overall volume is impossible. If it is somewhat harder because of its length, it may still be possible

Once the filaments have reached the necks of the Death Eaters, Harry is spoiled for choice. He can transfigure unusual or rare non-magical substances (e.g. CNTs, Ch 28) but can’t transfigure objects that don’t exist (e.g. nanotechnology, Ch 28).
Options for attacking the Death Eaters;

Finish the transfiguration by making the very tips of the CNT filaments, just behind the Death Eaters heads, not carbon nanotubes but a few picograms of antilithium, which has been created in laboratories and so already exists. Explosions blow off the heads of every Death Eater simultaneously, and Harry’s shaping skill allows that to happen at the end of the process and all at once.
CNT filaments also end in CNTs, but at an extremely high temperature (say, 10,000K). Same explosion effect, and this might be simpler to transfigure
Finish as micro black-holes (stupid)

Make the filaments enter the skull and transfigure part of the Death Eaters brains into all manner of lethal substances;

Sulfuric Acid, which we already know Harry can do almost instantly (Ch 89)

Nerve Agents

Extremely hot [anything]

Radioactive substances

Uranium-236, which will instantly fission


White Phosphorous / Napalm

Micro black holes

Pure protons very close together (protons are known, aren't they?)

A tenth of a mole of carbon dioxide atoms in an excited state a few femtoseconds before they are all due to emit light photons directly towards Voldemort and the Death Eaters(excited CO2 is a known substance). The Laser blast is not the same ‘stuff’ that Harry has transfigured, so it should discorporate Voldemort without triggering the resonance, as well as decapitating the Death Eaters. This is very implausible but would be cool to see.

An interesting Variant; transfigure a Death Eater's brain into Harry's own, a moment before he expects his body to be destroyed. Harry will then have minutes to escape with the philosophers stone, but hopefully he can find some other way to avoid death. Possibly, combine the brain-transfiguration-clone solution with the attack solutions to create enough confusion to grab the stone.

; ‘…blood spills out in litres’ and ‘(black robes, falling)’, no mention of violent explosions. In any case, there’s no point in bothering with antimatter or nukes or pure protons or black holes; it’s all more complicated than necessary.
Instead, form a simple loop (significantly thicker than the rest of the transfiguration) of CNT razor wire around the necks of each Death Eater and end the partial transfiguration shaping by transfiguring the wire garrotes into smaller wire garrotes. Because you can transfigure under tension (Ch 28), you will decapitate every Death Eater simultaneously.

This is possibly within Harry’s ability to do within 60 seconds (although I could easily be proved wrong by another WOG), fulfills the chapter 1 criteria and is heavily foreshadowed by chapter 104 and lightly by chapter 28. This only deals with the Death Eaters, however. Voldemort can shoot harry in a fraction of a second and cannot be touched by Harry’s magic.

How to deal with Voldemort? Harry cannot touch him directly with something he has transfigured. I don’t have a convincing solution, just a few ideas. The partial transfiguration attack will alert Voldemort, and Harry will have at most a second to act after killing the Death Eaters.
None of these are an essential part of my proposal but they are ideas worth considering. They can all be done together or only one could be done.

Destroy the gun, Voldemort's only method of harming Harry, via transfigured filaments. They’d have to reach up into the air unsupported, but given the amount of tension carbon nanotubes can withstand, simply making a thin spiral to reach up, touch the gun and transfigure it into air would probably work. Harry can then cancel the transfiguration before any part of it touches Voldemort, leaving a mangled mess of metal in his hand instead of a working gun. The surprise and possible explosion this will cause, along with the immediate deaths of every other Death Eater, can plausibly give Harry enough time to reach the time-turner.
The CNT filament under Voldemort could be transfigured into something like ho
lyosha chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
Harry can use partial transfiguration, provided he completes it quickly. His wand is pointed to the ground, thus near his thigh, so he can unnoticably touch his thigh with the wand, and transfigure a tiny portion of his leg into powerful lazers, e.g. powered by nuclear reaction (the transfigured , of course, will be in a highly unstable state from the beginning. The lasers are directed at all enemies, and fire quickly. Harry loses his leg (in order not to get transfiguration sickness), but later restores it with the Stone.
asterix99 chapter 1 . 3/2/2015
So... I wanted to post this before reading any other review, but since my ffdn account is currently not working, I got delayed (and ended up having to post through my google account, which I dno't particularly like, but meh).

I skimmed a few pages of reviews, and found nothing of mentioning what follows.

I may not be a good rationalist for this, but it seems to me that "something Harry Potter would do" is simply another way of saying "something that would satisfy HP's utility function".

Harry just underwent a procedure that changes "whatHarry Potter would do" .

I must deduce that Unbreakable Vows *can change utility functions*.

EY did mention that "The Dark Lord's utility function cannot be changed by talking to him", but if I am correct he could be convinced to take an unbreakable vow, which could indeed change his utility function.

HP has two ways to achieve this, which are not mutually exclusive, and can even be used to reinforce each other if done properly:

1) HP knows that prophecies will fulfill themselves, and if LV kills him now, fulfilling the first prophecy to the letter, somebody else will then go on to fulfill the second prophecy. Because of his blind spot, LV is a good candidate - an extinction event waiting to happen. HP can mention this in Parseltongue, because he has reason to believe it probable. In order to avoid that, LV must swear an Unbreakable vow that will change eliminate this blind spot. He could conceivably swear the exact same vow as HP, but choosing to change his utility function would pave the way to method 2 below.

2) HP has the power, known to him but not to the Dark Lord, to control Dementors. In order to control Dementors, one's utility function must embody a rejection of Death as the natural order of things, not just for themselves, but for everybody. HP can offer this to LV, if he accepts an Unbreakable Vow designed to change his utility function. After that, LV will have the power to change the world (effectively "end" the old world and start a new one) in ways he literally cannot think of right now, because of his blind spot. This is also a true fact known to HP that he can mention in Parseltongue.

Accepting this vow must satisfy LV's *current* utility function.

The power to control dementors, fulfill all the prophecies in a safe way, and why not, to *keep this Tom Riddle around to have somebody smart to talk to*... May or may not be enough. Harry can also mention that being able to cast the True Patronus charm allows one to turn off other people's Patronuses with but a few words, anotehr true fact that the current Lord Voldemort might find valuable.

Anyway, while I do not know how LV would weigh these arguments, but I do believe that fighting is not the way out of this.
Koop chapter 1 . 3/1/2015
There's so much INCONSISTENCY. Why resurrect Hermione to act as a limiter on Harry, if he's just going to be horribly murdered 15 minutes later - in case he survives? What possible chance could he have of survival or escape? Why go to such lengths to murder him so brutally when you could just Obliviate his entire mind, transfigure him into an ice cube, make it permanent with the Stone, and then wait for it to melt? Why intend for Harry to rule Britain if you're just going to kill him in 3 months? Why turn into Voldemort the Fictional Character truly, when it does nothing but solidify Harry's own intuition that Voldemort was to be destroyed and it's already been established he doesn't really care about the role? Why would Voldemort be so happy about getting rid of Dumbledore when it was the game, the battle of wits, that was his whole reason for fighting?

It just doesn't feel REAL. It feels like it's all a nightmare, where the worst possible thing that could happen does happen. It doesn't feel like Harry's fighting a horror as smart as him, it feels like Harry's fighting his own expectation of what the worst thing that could happen next would be.

It sounds a lot like all of this is happening in Harry's mind. I'm thinking that there is no physical or magical way to escape this situation. I think he needs to reject utterly that this situation is happening at all. I think Harry's trapped in some kind of illusion, and a healthy dose of "There is no spoon" will get him out.

At least I hope so. I don't really have any other ideas. If there is a solution to this problem, it's either that this situation isn't actually happening, or Harry suddenly learns how to Obliviate people without a wand, and you already said no wandless magic. I DO think that is the only way to defeat Tom Riddle at this point, though. Obliviate him of everything.
Jackercracks chapter 1 . 3/1/2015
If partial transfiguration works through air, go for 2a, if not, 2b

1 Cry
2a partial transfigure 37 extremely tiny lines of nitroglycerin/acid/positrons through the surrounding air and either underneath the death eaters feet or into their brains. Also use to cut in half voldemorts wand, gun and ideally broomstick supports.
2b Touch wand to leg, partial transfigure 37 extremely tiny lines of nitroglycerin/acid/positrons through leg, ground and either underneath the death eaters feet or into their brains
3 Blubber about something or other while this is happening
4 Explode death eaters simultaneously, causing large plumes of smoke
5 Dodge left, use resonance to aim at Voldy, shout "obliviate"
6 Resonance (hopefully) disables Voldemort
7 Expecto Patronum.
7a If Voldemort not disabled, use patronus to block attack then send the thing to hug him, resonance disables Voldemort. Bullets take minutes to kill you, you have a philosphers stone. Magical healing will do the job. Proceed to 7b
7b Send Patronus to Mad Eye Moody, ask him to time turner back to this moment bringing a Dementor, a master memory charmer, a healer and anything else that might be useful
8 Finite incanteum the transfigured stuff.
9 Read mind, find where next copy of Voldemort will appear if current one destroyed
10 Set trap that would render next copy unconscious
11 Attempt brainwashing
12 Attempt to eat his soul via Dementor
13 Attempt to remove all his memories while keeping him alive
14 If none of that works, read mind, find all horcruxes that are likely to ever come in contact with a human and destroy them.
anon chapter 1 . 3/1/2015
use love and set voldermort on fire.
cesare.medri.1 chapter 1 . 3/1/2015
In my modest opinion Partial Transfigutation requires too much time to be done, more so if we are talking about stopping/killing 30something people; V is smart and will take no chanches allowing H to stall for time, waiting for help or letting him retrieve his stuff.

The scene in my head is as it follows. Harry try to explain partial transfiguration to Voldemort but, more often than not, words and terms don't come to him, so he frequently pauses.
The cold and dark night slowly but steadily become, if possible, even colder. The Deatheaters have no knowledge of the language, but Voldemort might notice an increasing in the tone of the boy. All this is suddently interrupted by a laughter. One of the Deatheater is yelling like a mental, another start puking. Few faint, then many, then all of them.
Voldemort stares at the boy, his once pale skin now strawberry red, his eyes flaming. "Avad..." He faints. Harry, who has not breathed in the last minute, runs to his pouch, looking for his red syringe.

POTIONS (the Cinderella of Hogwarts' lessons)
My hypothesis is: potions is the art of transforming a fluid in something else, using the energy it contains. Instead of transmuting (which is time cunsuming and suboptimal), we are fully degradating Oxygen into Carbon and Helium. After that, given the right ratio C/O, we'll have carbon monoxyde (colorless, odorless, tasteless).

PRO:Harry doesn't have to move or to do anything, beside using some (little) magic
CONS: I have no idea of the energy required or the ratio C/O.

If this doesn't work we can always go away with a big boom, transforming Oxygen in Hydrogen and igniting a spark, tranforming everything in Iron and producing tons of energy or whatelse.

(I apologize for stepping into the fields of Physics with only my highschool notions to help)
Mat chapter 1 . 3/1/2015
Maybe my answer is too simple, but I'll post it anyway: Harry coul simply propose to Voldemort, that he could be his enemy. Harry can't destroy the world because of the vow ans so Voldemort would have a true opponoent, which was the original idee of him in creating a second Tom Riddle.
forlucifer chapter 1 . 2/28/2015
As Harry and Voldemort are both Tom Riddle Harry's unbreakable vow does apply to Voldemort as well. By ordering someone to kill Harry Voldemort is "destroying the world"; Harry doesn't even have to die, Voldemort simply has to give the order.
mmavova chapter 1 . 2/28/2015
test shmest
flaming chicken chapter 1 . 2/28/2015
6. It is impossible to tell lies in Parseltongue.
As long as Harry believes that he would act the Most Rationally, I believe I have a solution.

Harry meets Riddle’s gaze.

“Killing me will result in a paradox that will dessstroy the universe – within the hour I am to travel backwards in time to relay my memoriesss of these events to an Ally. Prevention of my travel will result in the release of self-replicating grey goo, which will eat this planet.”

“Do not move. Elaborate.”

“You did not include my Time Turner recognition code in your message. Acting rationally and recognising an Ultimate Threat, Harry would immediately seek an Ally’s time turner to travel backwards and create a contingency an Ultimate Threat will not be able to counter – such as the bomb. Ally already informed and positioned by my current self to be where they needed to be, as were unexpected guests on third floor. An Ultimate Threat would be able to use Harry’s mind against himself, so after Harry created the Grey Goo Bomb, I had Ally cast false memory charm on Harry to act in a manner which would position us where we are now while maintaining my cover.”

“Do you have evidence that this bomb is not bluff?”

“No. However, I’m surprised that you did not miss the important clue hidden in the Mirror. The Headmaster in the mirror was an illusion, evidenced by his Out of Character behaviour.”

The sound of fingers clicking is heard. Dumbledore appears.

“Hello, Tom. Hello, Harry.”

Suddenly a flaming chicken appears on top of Hermione and the two disappear just as quickly. The Death Eaters shout and begin to cast curses. Voldemort aims his gun. Harry cancels the transfiguration on the ground below him and falls into the magically expanded pit. He summons his Time Turner and hopes for the best.
QueenMargosha chapter 1 . 2/28/2015
This is Harry's blood spilling out in liters in chapter one, isn't it? Liters make sense, if all four limbs are severed at the same time... And the glint of silver could be his glass frame or something like that.
christosn654 chapter 1 . 2/28/2015
Evade immediate death solution:

Harry untransfigures the tiny bit of non-biodegradable plastic under the skin near his left armpit. He stops the transfiguration wordlessly, by willing his magic to leave the object. The plastic was originally a thin layer of ice covering a minuscule Portkey to a safe location. Presently, the ice melts, the Portkey comes in direct contact with his body, and Harry feels that familiar hook behind his navel. When the world stops spinning and Harry opens his eyes he finds himself standing in an inconspicuous field in the outskirts of London.

Thank God he hadn't told Professor Quirrell or anyone of that backup plan when he thought about it after Hermione was framed. The toe-ring was useless really, if other people knew he had it. Its purpose was only to draw attention away from the real backup Portkey. (That's why he hadn't minded using the toe-ring to hide Hermione's transfigured body in in the first place.)

Oops, I just now realized that Voldemort has probably set up anti-Portkey wards around the place. On the other hand, Severus told Harry every inner circle Death Eater would certainly put up "anti-portkey, anti-phoenix, and anti-time-looping wards", and yet it seems you're allowing us to use the Time-Turner if only Harry can somehow access it.
thomas.07fr chapter 1 . 2/28/2015
He should say "I am lying" in parseltongue.
Sage of LWSH chapter 1 . 2/28/2015
[NOTE: This may be a double-post. FFnet tried to sign me in to a dead account of mine, and proceeded to not let me delete my own review. I'll remove it later, if it shows.]

Harry decides that after his time-turned self rescues him, he'll go back and rescue himself. He will have the means to decide the method later; he still has a full hour of time-turner time. If exact methods are required even though this helps Harry Potter to escape immediate death, then the time-turned Harry Potter can get his cloak that Voldy and the Death Eaters are pointedly not-looking at, throw this over HP2 to evade death, and portkey away if possible. Regardless, he should have a cavalry on the way, with his 1 hour of planning time. (He can use his Greater Patronus to bring them. I'd also suggest some Dementors. He may get someone else to time-turn for him after he is rescued by One Who Is Time-Turned, if I was mistaken about his hours available, though they will lack a true cloak.) This is my immediate solution given the 60 seconds it took to read The Rules. If I've missed something and this solution no longer seems viable, I'll sign in [sn:chtristyn] to give a different method to replace my first, within the 60 hour timeframe. (Though I don't know if you're saying One Review Only due to the site's rules or your Own, I'd rather not take chances.)
UltraRedSpectrum chapter 1 . 2/28/2015
Harry should explain partial transfiguration to Voldemort, beginning with how it's done and ending with what it's capable of doing - in the extreme detail necessary to actually use it, swearing up and down it's absolutely necessary to fully understand String Theory. In that time, he should transfigure a (very thin, very narrow) portion of his leg, the ground, Voldemort's brain, and all the Death Eaters' brains into acid (sulphuric, hydrochloric, lysergic, whatever), then use his new transfiguration technique to start with the brains - this should actually only take a few seconds, as it's already been established that volume is the relevant factor in brain to acid transfiguration. All the Death Eaters will die, and the resonance will trigger, disarming both Voldemort and Harry; Harry should then grab the Philosopher's Stone, run to his pouch and pull out either Cedric Diggory (if available) or his Time Turner (if not). He will then either kill Voldemort or Time Turn away, depending.

From there, he only needs to transfigure a desktop nanofactory/himself into someone smarter/Professor McGonagall into Dumbledore until he's powerful enough to crush Voldemort under his rationalist bootheel.
kizrock94 chapter 1 . 2/25/2015
First time reader here
I really like your story. Sorry my review isn't that long
I'm a man of few words
Rhea chapter 1 . 2/24/2015

Oh my god.

Well, off to read Sequences.
Khorale chapter 1 . 2/24/2015
Ah hell... I hope Dumbles won't be stuck there forever...
braindoll chapter 1 . 2/24/2015
"Beneath the moonlight glints a tiny fragment of silver, a fraction of a line.../(black robes, falling)/...blood spills out in litres, and someone screams a word."

We're coming to the end, and this hasn't happened yet. Unless it refers to the unicorn incident. Which would certainly be an anticlimax.


1. This will happen in the remaining chapters.

Issues: Where? Why? Seems like a stretch. There are not really any hints that lead to this.

2. This has happened sometime in the past.

Issues: Same.

3. Oopsie.

Issues: I don't buy it.

I notice I am confused.
irresoluteIdentity chapter 1 . 2/23/2015
I have never thought of applying rationalistic qualities to Harry. The setting of your lovely story is quite novel. I'm wondering which house Harry would get sorted into or maybe it's obviously Ravenclaw? I can't wait to catch up to your recently updated chapter.
me chapter 1 . 2/21/2015
Gleaxi chapter 1 . 2/20/2015
You seriously did it. You got the 'Particularly good finder' line in there and made it sound serious. I applaud you and your writing.
reply-to-Guest chapter 1 . 2/19/2015
The professor is Michael Verres-Evans, and his wife, Mrs. Petunia Evans-Verres. The professor was orignally Michael Verres and Petunia was Petunia Evans. They both changed their last names after marrriage, because why should just the woman do it.
Guest chapter 1 . 2/18/2015
are they Evans-Verres or Verres-Evans? A small thing but if you can't even proof read the first paragraph it doesn't bode too well for the rest of the story.
NGPhoenix chapter 1 . 2/17/2015
HAHAHAHA oh my god this look so funny !
the end with just "what" killed me, this fanfiction seem very interesting ! Very very interesting, i like the fact that Petunia didn't gave up to her name so that harry is called "evan" too, it's awesome ! Petunia background's story is quite impressive tbh and the why she didn't marry vernon .god ('Dudley' hahahah pooor vernon !) Harry is pretty cute when he try out his "theory"
Harry's father seem a little distant but look funny too, i think it's very mature the way harry take his adoption situation !
I like it, awesome chapter, awesome start !
vampwalker709 chapter 1 . 2/16/2015
Great start.
echo42 chapter 1 . 2/15/2015
Wow. That just happened.
bentown chapter 1 . 2/13/2015
I'm really loving this fic, but I've decided to only read fanfic that is completed. Mainly because of this fic. So I'll wait until the story is finished before I continue reading.
Thanks for everything :)
oros chapter 1 . 2/5/2015
I can hardly constrain myself, I have a terrible urge to go on in all caps about how this made me snort, giggle and swallow laughter (I'm at my desk job).
I found this linked on an xkcd forum years ago and only now am getting around to reading it. It's off to a great start! I didn't know what to expect regarding humour content.
Can't wait to keep reading :)
WilliamKiely chapter 1 . 2/4/2015
HPMOR is my favorite fiction book of all time. It is currently published through chapter 103. I've read every chapter but 103 twice. It's intelligent and hilarious. Any fan of Harry Potter who is a logical thinking type person is bound to love this book, I would think. My Myers-Briggs type is INTJ: Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging.
Arkinnon Phoenix chapter 1 . 2/3/2015
Hmm Damn time turner sent me back to 2015. Hey do you know where I can find the lost HOUSE OF PHOENIX?The Phoenix House is the most powerful house at Hogwarts.I need to find Flames, Fawkes Older
Ydream08 chapter 1 . 1/31/2015
Hahahahahhahahha... I'm curious to see Harry's other experiments if the owl one made me laugh this much! Amazing story, loved this chapter. It's nice to see Petunia having an enlightenment that saved her from Dursley, I bet the brick taht fell on her brain worth the weight of two planets xD
Awesome as Annabeth chapter 1 . 1/29/2015
Oh, I like this AU! Nicely written, good pace, and it's only the first chapter! Awesome job! :D
Shay McSudonim chapter 1 . 1/29/2015
Guys, the only grade lower than a D for 'Dreadful' is a T for 'Troll'.

Quirrell wanted to give Hermione a T in Defense Against the Dark Arts because she got eaten by a troll.


... either he saved her already and he's screwing with everyone, or he's completely beyond redemption.
MisguidedGhostWriter chapter 1 . 1/23/2015
Absolutely brilliant! I've heard a lot about this fic, thought I'd give it a read!
justme chapter 1 . 1/22/2015
Nice story!
m7mdfadel chapter 1 . 1/16/2015
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ylene chapter 1 . 1/15/2015
Hi! would you like to read my story? that would make me really happy :)
Ficlate chapter 1 . 1/13/2015
am rereading, again, and it struck meh : chapter 15, teh desk was transfigurated into teh pig, but prof then said dat nothin which cud create gas or smoke shud be made by trsnsfiguration, aaand what if teh pig farts? or breath. I mean, by breathing, wudnt it produce co2 into teh air, and then boom it's desk again, what wud happen wiz said co2?
same wiz liquidz.
TheAntZ chapter 1 . 1/12/2015
Though this fic teaches us to never cast aside doubt completely and never be too sure that you cannot be wrong, but even then I have to assert that this is in fact the best story on all of ff dot net.
Eresys chapter 1 . 1/7/2015
For God sake, what should I say...
First I'm french and discovered your story's translation only today, so it may miss some details, but most of the job seems perfectly well done. Thanks to that, I wanted to tell you how I love what you've done with the Harry Potter universe and, seriously, even if I'm not yet at the half of the fic, I find Harry incredible. I love his annoying character, and I can't help feeling stressed at any moment.
The science theories are amazingly complicated but particularly well explicated and even a neophyte as myself can grasp almost everything.
Oh, and the writing style is... Fascinating. I found myself totally absorbed for 5 good hours. So, in conclusion, I wanted to thank you for the job you've done on this story, and will do in the future ('cause you will, right ?).
Seriously I'm in love with what you write, may you continue for a reaaaaaally long time...
(By the way, please excuse me for any mistakes I could have made)
Guest chapter 1 . 1/5/2015
Using mum and dad so much doesn't do much except annoy the reader, please find a way to edit that. Even if it is supposed to be child literature, never did JK Rowling or Lemony Snicket (this sounds a lot like his style too) repeat themselves that much with those nouns.
TheButterflyComposer chapter 1 . 12/23/2014
Oh good lord...have I met some academics like Mr Verres in my time. Brilliant fellows usually, but the trouble with them is they never listen...
Ah well then, an interesting first chapter and I am quite glad that an owl just didn't appear out of nowhere for Harry's letter.
Everything has limits you know.
Guest chapter 1 . 12/18/2014
I've done little else but read for days. The best depiction of magic and research I've seen. Better than Larry Niven at his best. Wow
Tarvok chapter 1 . 12/10/2014
Absolutely brilliant. I like how the introduction of Harry's foster parents seems to mirror the introduction of the Darling parents in Peter Pan. And their last names are adorably presumptuous.

One thing about the last name. I presume Professor Michael Verres-Evens was born Michael Verres. I am reminded, from another fiction, Agent Edward Verres. Is this ironic link between a stubborn skeptic and a government paranormal cover-up artist intentional?
IV Legacy of Poseidon chapter 1 . 12/7/2014
Very interesting
Agent Frank Underwood chapter 1 . 12/6/2014
Interesting Start
RandomLogic13 chapter 1 . 12/5/2014
Oh God! This chapter was absolutely hilarious! I would say that I absolutely and completely love this story so far, but you have to understand that I have a rather profound dislike for Harry Potter as a character (the original J.K Rowling version, not yours). I've been having an internal battle for days deciding if I should read this story or not, honestly, I admit that it is incredibly biased but somehow I just can't seem to get over it. The only reason I even considered reading this is because of the summary ,which seemd incredibly interesting and well written. I have to say that don't regret my decision, so far it has been one of the best alternate universe fics I have read, oh hell, one of the best fics, period, that I have read. Now, if only the main character had a different name...Still, I love the ravenclaw/slytherin Harry, and the way the whole story is going. I'm really hoping we get a positive characterisation of Snape (who is one of my favourite characters, specially considering that he CORRECTED his school TEXTBOOK when he was only a teen). Anyway, sorry for rambling so much, I just want you to know that so far this has been an excellent story and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of it.
camlaus chapter 1 . 11/30/2014
so sciencey
Alexie Utopie chapter 1 . 11/23/2014
I'm reading the traduction of your fiction and I must say that I LOVE IT !
OrtyBortorty chapter 1 . 11/22/2014
This book helped me become an atheist!
smriti.tewari chapter 1 . 11/17/2014
This is one of the most intriguing beginnings I have ever read.
sophomoron chapter 1 . 11/14/2014
Would it annoy you if I sent a lot of reviews about how stupid some grownups are regarding juvenile intelligence? Because they are REALLY stupid. I legitimately saw a book review that insisted the book's vocabulary would be beyond a young child's comprehension. Others were like "oh, no child would possibly be interested in political intrigue! No teenager, either. They don't like that sort of stuff!" (What do they think teens do all day - rewatch mean girls?) I don't think I count as a young child anymore, but the sheer untruth of that statement offends me. It's hard to imagine what could be so wrong with certain adult brains that they don't think children are smarter than vegetables. I honestly think that grownups who think kids are stupid either were ridiculously stupid themselves as kids or have really stupid kids and are trying to make themselves feel better by convincing themselves that kids are all like that.
Guest chapter 1 . 11/10/2014
hey i have one sole 'problem' with the story which i otherwise have fallen head over heels for.. i fid it implausible that after the azkaban break-in harry does not ask quirrell about Bellatrix, her current state of recovery, whereabouts, anything really.. especially with this presumed destructive force around, which places false memories in the minds of people, and the albeit low probability of voldemort being related to the events. i know there's so much happening and the intensity of experience might drive him to omit this point, but it seems only natural from the way harry has been functioning up to now as a character; i'd expect that much of even a lesser character.
cheers otherwise amazing plot, characters and great everything else
N. E. Person chapter 1 . 11/8/2014
Oh my gosh... This is great. :)
Lycanthromancer chapter 1 . 11/4/2014
If you want a really good MLP rationality fic, look up Winning, and the Pitfalls Therein, on FIMfiction. Rational Twilight is the best Twilight.

Not so good for everypony else, though.
kimchi759 chapter 1 . 11/3/2014
Beautifying Potion? Really? Hrmm...think of the money that could make... That drooled over, I like your sense of humor! That quiet "what" was perfect. And Petunia marrying such a man instead of He-Who-Shall-Remain-Unmarried? Original, and her thoughts on Dudders were hilarious.
L.B.S chapter 1 . 11/1/2014
This is sooooooo amazing! I can't wait to read more! Congratulations, you got a fan :)
MagiKKal chapter 1 . 10/31/2014
Very intriguing. It's a well-written story and it actually makes sense!

I, for one, have read much of this story on another website (Hogwarts is Here) and know much of what happens. I do remember the first chapter being a bit longer, but who cares? Either way, this story is by far my favorite parallel universe fanfiction. 5/5!
DigitalHelix chapter 1 . 10/26/2014
Not much glowing praise I can offer to this story that hasn't been offered up already. (Rainbows! Silver bells! Mushroom clouds! Lightning bolts!) If you're looking for an endorsement, I'd point you at this story over my own halting efforts. It's funny, it's well-paced, it holds a story arc, it deals with real world issues, and it does all these things in spades. Tell all your friends about this story! Read it to them if they won't read it themselves! Send them the link relentlessly!
Guest chapter 1 . 10/21/2014
I found the pacing smooth. The character of Harry portrays the ability to not conform to the standard behaviors expected in his environment. This is an excellent trait and necessary if he is to survive what the future holds for him. I stumbled upon this site and your writing. I plan to continue reading your FANFICTION.
Pollex chapter 1 . 10/20/2014
must have creeped him out.
Kurt's Anatomy chapter 1 . 10/19/2014
Seems like a really interesting start!
Guest chapter 1 . 10/16/2014
Idrisil chapter 1 . 10/16/2014
Just by reading the first few chapters, I've gotten a slightly 'Artemis Fowl' vibe from this Harry. Aside from the fact that he tends to show emotion and excitement, Harry seems to act a lot like the twelve year old criminal mastermind.
Drithligh chapter 1 . 10/14/2014
So, Petunia seemingly did better in the husband department and still ended up with a jerk. Poor her.
Too Lazy to Logi chapter 1 . 10/6/2014
Nice opening chapter so far. Eager to go on.
spoonring chapter 1 . 10/4/2014
I've been curious about this fic for a long long long time... I've finally decided to read it. I'm already excited to read more just from reading the summary and this first chapter.
dude chapter 1 . 10/2/2014
Zera chapter 1 . 9/22/2014
Just great. Love this approach to the story, got big laughs out of it. "What."... Oh dear :D
Big Dick chapter 1 . 9/18/2014
This sucked. There's an obvious clue for you to decode.
Emily Meminger chapter 1 . 9/18/2014
Wow you have the most reviewed harry potter story ever written! And second in favourites!
An-chan95 chapter 1 . 9/15/2014

I read (somewhat) your AN at the beginning and checked-out the website you recommended. It's really good, it's easy to find everything :) I was quite shocked when I saw I could also read this fanfic there (as I wrote previously I just somewhat read your note)!

I understand you want a review as often as possible (1/chappy). I'm not a big reviewer and normally review only if I've already read the last updated chapter (and am of yourse satisfied), so don't expect much from me, please! I'm reviewing only because I thought you deserve it. Why? you ask. Well...

1) the story is VERY well-written and interesting

2) I can't complain of your grammar. There was a little hiccup at the beginning with the tenses but it got alright after a short while ;)
White Story chapter 1 . 9/14/2014
Makes you think.
Talonwalker chapter 1 . 9/7/2014
I am really enjoying the story, thanks for all the work you have put into it.
I hope to see it completed
Sue Clover chapter 1 . 9/3/2014
Wow. I am so impressed with this kid. How in the world do you do CALLIGRAPHY with a Mechanical Pencil? I'm simply in love. Not just with him but with the entire fic, and it's only the first chapter. Why have I not read this earlier?
theskycat chapter 1 . 9/2/2014
I is confus very very
Guest chapter 1 . 8/31/2014
So I read your author's note

and for the last 4 years i wouldn't have minded if you tried to eat your readers' souls because I discovered this as a freshman in high school (admittedly I didn't understand any of the hints, but for the record I did understand all the science; I went to a science school that'd probably impress Draco) and the last chapter was the one with Hat-and-Cloak encountering Hermione. But THIS year things have changed because I actually have finals. Yes, I'm expecting you to not follow through with your evil master plan just for me, because I'm awesome. Thanks.
wokanshutaiduo chapter 1 . 8/30/2014
Hi, I'm coming back to re-read this story from the beginning after a long hiatus... could you give me some tips/pointers on how to sync up reading these chapters and reading through your sequences?
alix33 chapter 1 . 8/26/2014
Those overflowing books sound like the inside of my third floor walk-up studio apartment.
Wow! at the level of vocabulary Harry used in his reply to professor McGonagall. I highly doubt I could use such words in even an official letter to some government agency, and I am decades older than the age Harry is in this fic.
That improvised wax seal is indeed stylish.
eriz chapter 1 . 8/25/2014
Still excellent.
jandh chapter 1 . 8/22/2014
who is mrs. figg? the boy that says what should be harry? why does what receive no ?

loved the sharp description of "guilt" and "stupid" and "smart" and "loving" role-playing. read out-loud to my friend.

Tassadarth chapter 1 . 8/21/2014
I love this story, I read it last year, and now I'm here again to reread it so I can update my memory and read the new chapters you have.
Lisa Barker chapter 1 . 8/19/2014
Intriguing. Great characterization and character development! I'm hooked and want to read more. And personally, I like these parents better than the Dursleys.
Guest chapter 1 . 8/19/2014
Great; enticing beginning.
Guest chapter 1 . 8/15/2014
Talkingbirdguy chapter 1 . 8/11/2014
With the first chapter, you have stolen my soul. You have earned a new follower :).
Cup chapter 1 . 8/10/2014
humanoidpatronus chapter 1 . 8/10/2014
A brilliant start of an unforgettable era.I'll always come back to read this chapter, to remind myself how it all began.
Wingsandvenom chapter 1 . 8/6/2014
Here I am, starting this fic again. It's lovely. I know this might be a useless review, but my compliments to your witty and amusing writing!
Elizabeth East chapter 1 . 8/6/2014
The story is interesting and I liked how you had the last sentence. It made me want to read more.
Vampire Princess 789 chapter 1 . 8/3/2014
Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres. Good luck getting that to fit on a check
exillion chapter 1 . 8/3/2014
this fic has such muggle wank it's not even funny. muggle beating up trained wizards is just... wow. yea, every time i try to read this fic I can't do it.
Sai Og Sus chapter 1 . 8/1/2014
I was hoping for more slow plot but this is good. I will be honored to follow and review this story as long as I can.
SakuraKoi chapter 1 . 7/31/2014
Guest chapter 1 . 7/31/2014
Oh it s nice!
thepkrmgc chapter 1 . 7/30/2014
Ive never been a big potter fan but when a fic has more reviews then all the dresden files fics combined I tend to take notice.

Im glad I did, this is very amusing and is covering a lot of the things that put me off the potter books with great aplomb
Guest chapter 1 . 7/28/2014
Good first chapter though i would have hoped that Harry would at least call the person who risked his life for him mother.
AACCOOUUNNTTKKIILLEERR chapter 1 . 7/25/2014
I had heard of this long ago but never got around to reading it. However from what I have read, I can understand why it is so popular already. For one thing, it seems as if it is one the rare Harry Potter Fanfiction, that is the the fact that it is actually pleasant to read. I look forward to reading the whole story.
Guest chapter 1 . 7/17/2014
Is Harry a 10 year old genius? I only ask because I find the way he talks and the language he uses to be ridiculously formal and his vocabulary better than alot of adults. An interesting way of approaching the story but I can't read on because I just don't find it believable.
Guest chapter 1 . 7/12/2014
Badly quoted source (Post regarding underage magic). wiki/Underage_magic
oneeyereader chapter 1 . 7/9/2014
Just a tad different.I love off canon stories should copy the writing.
Guest chapter 1 . 7/8/2014
Like it so far
Beliv chapter 1 . 7/7/2014
This is awesome! Harry's thoughts completely suit the mind of a brilliant 10 year old.
"Harry closed his eyes briefly. Hopeless. Both of his parents were just hopeless." Brilliant, just brilliant, I've just read the first chapter, can't wait to read the rest.
Foxy-Floof chapter 1 . 7/3/2014
I already like this. This is DEFINITELY interesting.
J00liag00lia chapter 1 . 6/30/2014
I love it! Thanks in advance I know this will be good! - to be super nitpicky the petunia wanting to be skinny and fresh faced is a good idea but it came accross a little unbelievable. Otherwise I am in love already :)
solitary vireo chapter 1 . 6/16/2014
Is it possible that this story might be the most popular Harry Potter fanfiction on the whole site?
Jo Reinhold chapter 1 . 6/12/2014
I liked the chapter, and I'm not usually a fan of fanfics because the bad writing usually overshadows any potential plot.
Firstly: The way it's been switched up is a good take on it, I liked that he has a different upbringing, and he doesn't seem as dimwitted as original Harry usually does.
Secondly: It was nice to see ! I wish she got more time in the series, so it was nice to see her here.
Thirdly: I enjoyed when Petunia said she felt better about Lily.
One word that confused me a little was 'conceived' in terms of being a good parent, I think it's supposed to be considered. Conceived is an odd word to use.
The last thing is important. I enjoyed the spacing of the sentences rather than long paragraphs however, the first part is in the present tense, with the characters speaking in past tense, and then about half way through it switches to past tense completely. I don't know if that was intentional, but switching tenses like that was annoying enough that I almost stopped reading. It's something that can be easily fixed though.
Dom-Loves-Kel chapter 1 . 6/11/2014
Ok, so I just started this.
This has been on my to-do list forever, considering it is the most reviewed Harry Potter fanfiction of all time!
Today I was doing some reading on rationalism, realism etc. and so when I reminded myself of this fanfiction, I justified procrastinating from studying for uni by reading this hehe.
I absolutely cannot wait to get into it! Thank you!
Jon Snow Storm chapter 1 . 6/10/2014
SpitKill chapter 1 . 6/9/2014
Oh snap review number 24000!
Rationality chapter 1 . 6/8/2014
If you're aiming to make an intelligent commentary on the books, why parrot its gender roles? If Petunia's attitudes and backstory are changed anyway, why does Harry's family life depend on the man she marries rather than herself? And if this is supposed to be a family revolving around intelligence and rationality- why are her looks so important? Why is all that is presented about her her looks and role as a housewife. Being educated doesn't improve her role from the books, it makes her a trophy rather than a regular housewife. And this husband of hers actually seems more shallow than Vernon when we learn that what made him marry her was her looks, not her personality. I'm hoping to see some serious adressing of this in later chapters. Otherwise would suggest that reason does not in fact extend to upending illogical and toxic societal structures and misogyny.
greenprisoner chapter 1 . 6/4/2014
00 Non C. Anon 00 chapter 1 . 6/3/2014
... I may have just found the holy grail. Either that, or it's your story. I can't really tell because I'm laughing so hard at that last one-liner.
Damesdale Gratia chapter 1 . 5/27/2014
I started to read this fic a few months ago and maybe did it until around the 15th chapter and i thought i could not read it any longer due to the length _ would just like you to know that it's an amazing story and i found it very funny and entertaining. If i have sometime in the near future, i'll come back reread it. Good luck for the writing!
Owls The Sailor chapter 1 . 5/27/2014
I find your take on Aunt Petunia very nice. You gave her a reason for her madness and it seems to me that Lily's one descion to make her sister beutiful is the whole reason the story is the way it is now with Petunia not being married to Veron. I rather like that, but wished that maybe she had more children ... but the potion could have stripped her of her fertility ... an eye for an eye they say.
Eric Allen chapter 1 . 5/27/2014
Eating the Elephant is :

Eric Allen chapter 1 . 5/27/2014
This is my second reading of this story. I found an easier method to tackle the project this time by using . I decide how much of the story I want delivered to my email every day and then I don't have to worry about keeping my place. I just read the email sections in order.

The story was good the first time through and even better with a second reading!
Pegueng chapter 1 . 5/23/2014
Nice start here. Must continue...
Crim chapter 1 . 5/19/2014
Psst, tell me I"m smart

so Quirrel said to Harry in the 19th chapter "You could be the best fighting wizard to come out of Hogwarts in 50 years." 50 years ago was when Voldemort was at Hogwarts. Was that a clue? That Quirrelmort couldn't resist bragging?

Would that be smart if I were Harry's age? Tonks' age?
LittleMissLunaa chapter 1 . 5/19/2014
Honestly, this great already. Awesome read!
A chapter 1 . 5/15/2014
Reading this is opening my mind to new possibilities. Enticing read.
Saberfox chapter 1 . 5/12/2014
Hi, won't let me log in so I can't sign in with my name :P (I'm 'The Wish Emporium' btw). I found your story on the net! www dot bustle dot com slash articles slash 12548-fan-fiction-has-a-bad-name-but-do-people-really-understand-what-it-is

Just thought you might like to know :) It links to your mirror, but that links to here so... :P
Guest chapter 1 . 5/12/2014
Oh. My. God.
"a centaur told her not to"
Second time reading this story, suddenly feel tons more worried.
PlusCandy chapter 1 . 5/2/2014
I love the world J. K. Rowling created, but I always had some trouble with how it was written. It seemed unreal and the world always seemed to revolve around Harry. I like how you changed his home life, making it less woe is Harry, really helps to create a believable story! I also love how he has to try and find a way to get someone to help him, instead of the school being surprisingly aggressive toward enrolling him... Again something that made the world revolve around him far to much

I'm looking forward to reading more already! I never did finish the original series due to the reasons I listed above, so it will be nice to read more set in this world, in a form I can enjoy much more, thank you:3
melkun chapter 1 . 4/27/2014
I really like the story. Is fun, inteligent and realistic (I think you know what I mean)
Really like what you've done with the characters, who they are and what they do
And of course are many points for real science and facts, and also for real lore reference
about that point, I like to ask for where to find lore reference
I really like lore and mithology, but for me is hard to find good sources
already waiting for the next chapter.
Ibbonray chapter 1 . 4/14/2014
I was introduced to the concept of this story earlier today by a boy in my year... and have to say, I am overly impressed by the writing and plot of the first chapter. I will continue to enjoy this and give the occasional feedback.
Guest chapter 1 . 4/8/2014
hahaha, good stuff :). I think that J.K. Rowling hates math too much to allow for such a bridge between science and magic (no math in Hogwarts, wtf ?). You could've mentioned the scar and the glasses, and not just assume we know the character. Or maybe you will do that later? Anyway, I am hooked :)
NOt signed in chapter 1 . 4/7/2014
I like it so far. Even a slightly cold and aloof father is better than Vernon, and this Petunia is a doll compared to Petunia Dursley. Go, Mrs Figg!
Silverrain chapter 1 . 4/3/2014
Love it. It is a little sad to think of a ten-year-old child being unable to believe in magic, so I loved that Harry intuitively believed magic was real when he got his Hogwarts letter, even though he is highly intelligent and rational.
CapDePardals chapter 1 . 3/31/2014
Doctor Who moment right there, that ending :3
piddle21 chapter 1 . 3/29/2014
Absolutely loved the last line. I must admit- this story is already making me feel quite stupid. I'm scared for what will come in the future.
Sensei200 chapter 1 . 3/26/2014
Wow. Such an amazing word. It can be used to express many things. It can be disgust- shock, and sometimes awe. But as I use it here, I express to you amazement. Amazement that such a beautiful thing could exist in our current world. It makes me want to abandon the seat that I sit in and go express the theory of greater magic to the world. Perhaps the term simply lifts our worries, but maybe it has a hidden scientific connotation. You simply lift that flat statement from the ground and up the sky for all to see. This truly brightened my day!
Tianhuayoucao chapter 1 . 3/22/2014
The problem with writing stories about very smart people, as readers of Ender's Game have noted before, is that it takes truly smart writers to make it believable. This is one of the few successful attempts I have read.
Stop SOPA chapter 1 . 3/16/2014
SOPA 2014 will remove all fanfiction, fanart online anime/movies from the internet. If you want to keep alive, the sign the stop SOPA 2014 petition here: .gov/petition/stop-sopa-2014/q0Vkk0Zr
MissSlytherpuff chapter 1 . 3/16/2014
Hey guys, PLEASE READ THIS. It has come to my attention that there is a SOPA being passed and therefor all fan-art will be deleted. There is a petition at .gov/petition/stop-sopa-2014/q0Vkk0Zr trying to stop it, but it still needs about 40,000 people to sign it. I can't, because well, I'm too young, but I thought that the least I could do is to spread it, if I can't sign it. So, thank-you if you read this.
Ryu-kanjin chapter 1 . 3/12/2014
love your story have been following it for a ling time! btw i seen a reference to this story on pubs idea channel! I was like no way! episode: does fiction exist? (ft harry potter)
SuperVegitoFAN chapter 1 . 3/10/2014
Im gonna read this story, or as much of it as i like (wont know until you try they say) on THIS site for ONE reason.

black background and white text... i like dark colors, feels safe...
so unless i can do the same on any other fanfiction site ill only read really good stories... but in this case that wasnt necessary.
pencuriLumba-Lumba chapter 1 . 3/10/2014
attractive,and interesting
Deathday Party Planner chapter 1 . 3/3/2014
Wonderful! Honestly, as soon as you try to elevate the Potterverse beyond a young childs fantasy, the problem of how you get someone responsible to send their child off for 10 months a year to a school the parents can't even see much less visit becomes manifest. I have never understood how you could convincingly motivate a muggleborn to Hogwarts short of confundis compulsion or outright kidnapping. A fanfiction friend recommended your story. Thank you, I am so looking forward to enjoying it.
20firebird chapter 1 . 3/1/2014
I love this already
Guest chapter 1 . 2/28/2014
Harlequin de Rustre chapter 1 . 2/22/2014
To keep with being polite, I really like your pacing thus far. It's a fairly standard introductory chapter, though.
Cjak chapter 1 . 2/21/2014
I've read all the chapters -all pub to date 2/18/14 and enjoyed them all immensely! Didn't see the note re: reviews till today and not being a member couldn't Fav before. Truly admire both your skill setting the story and how you manage the characters and the puzzles. I am a story collector and HPMoR is one of my favorites. Life obligations preclude my reading time lately...but I was up till 4AM the other day re-reading HPMoR, and saw your note saying not to stay up till 5AM! It made me laugh, then I took your advice and went to bed. Thank you for allowing us into your parallel universe, HPMoR is interesting, entertaining and thought provoking.

EricC chapter 1 . 2/18/2014
Wow what an awful story. You have no idea how children actually act or speak, and you also don't understand human reason nearly as well as you think you do. "Rationality" isn't some kind of magic black box which makes everything better instantly, nor are Harry Potter wizards so ignorant as you accuse them of.

Every person who disagrees with Harry in this story is just a blatant strawman for Harry to effortlessly destroy with the power of "Reason", and your Harry is obviously just a soapbox for you to trumpet your political and philosophical views. You bludgeon the reader over the head with your own opinion.

And really, do you have to make everyone who doesn't agree seem so stupid? You have wizards in TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITAIN who are ignorant of the moon landings? I mean really? And you have wizards who react to the idea of, shock and gasp, REASON, as if they were pre-Contact North American aboriginals seeing a European musket or galleon for the first time. It's stupid and lame and gets really annoying.

What an overrated piece of dogshit this fanfiction is.
Guest chapter 1 . 2/15/2014
Have read thru to 101
The update and finale can't come soon enough. Please don't make us wait a whole year !
It really good.
Guest chapter 1 . 2/15/2014
Sheesh. I already have a brand new baby keeping me up at all hours of the night - now back at Hogwarts too? "Put a shot of espresso in my chai tea, barista - long night with the rationalist and the staving whiner."
Rjalker chapter 1 . 2/15/2014
Somehow, between chapter one and however-many-there-are-at-this-point, your mind just gets caught up in the big picture and you lose sight of just how amazing every little piece of this story is. From Harry's irritation and reluctane to shout at the sky, to the imperfection of Petunia and Michael's marriage, this story was destined for greatness from the moment it began.
Sparkysbro chapter 1 . 2/10/2014
That may be the best last sentence I have ever read.
Shaman666 chapter 1 . 2/7/2014
Just finished the first 101 chapters. Quite a read and very entertaining!
IXAthenaeum chapter 1 . 2/7/2014
Oh gosh.. I'd always passed over this story whenever it came up through the filters in pursuit of alternative plots, but.. dang. Wish I'd clicked on the link so much earlier!

This Harry is certainly interesting - I can't wait to see what happens next! Definitely happy I've got a hundred more chapters to read through, hehe

Loved how you ended this chapter 3
12reids chapter 1 . 2/7/2014
Good start
Vampires2rocks chapter 1 . 2/5/2014
Got here because of far, I'm not regretting it. XD

I didn't read any of the spoilers though. Just to the fact that you actually KNOW what you're talking about got me interested - read too much medicine inclined Harry Potter stories. As someone who's in college and majors in medicine...I was quite disappointed to find that I already knew the stuff well before college.

I'm not good with English though - it's my...third? or fourth? I can't remember the order of which I learned the languages I know. Anyways, it's either my third or fourth language, so I'm sorry if I don't make sense sometimes. It's either because it's not my first language, or because I've watched one too many Doctor Who's and my speech pattern's starting to copy the Doctor's - if it's the latter, then don't worry, it usually goes away after a couple chapters.

I also get distracted a lot, so I'm sorry about that - this review should be proof enough.

What was I trying to say?

Oh yeah...I love it so far, and I'm gonna keep reading.

If I start failing some of my classes in the university, it's because of you and just how good your story is. I read the warning on top - after 5 chapters or whatever - and if that doesn't apply to me - which is likely - I'll probably have a love/hate relationship with your story.

Along with my sleep.


P.S. Sorry...I got distracted
AlexDnD chapter 1 . 2/4/2014
This is such an amazing story! The humor at the beginning sucks you in but the story keeps you around. Please update... PLEASE!
shoshanna benne hachochim chapter 1 . 2/3/2014
This is an awesome story!
HiJosh chapter 1 . 1/30/2014
The person below me is a scrub.
San Juanita Hernandez chapter 1 . 1/28/2014
Oh how adorable! C:
Rapey Lemons chapter 1 . 1/28/2014
I fucking love you and this fanfiction so freaking much. Holy crap.

Your writing is impeccable. You grammar is superb. Your vocabulary is amazing. You write in the most interesting style. Holy crap.

What makes it better is that you actually went over tons of psychology principles that I learned in AP Psych. Wow. This is basically my wet dream of Harry Potter fanfiction.

Thank you!
Talonis Wolf chapter 1 . 1/27/2014
Nice start!

I stumbled across this via TVTropes, and skimming through that convinced me to find and read this.

I skimmed for barely two seconds.

That is impressive, to me, because nothing else on TVTropes has! I look forward to reading your writing, and will try to weed out anything that stands out after the first five chapters via review.

Intrigued, Talonis Wolf
Guest chapter 1 . 1/25/2014
Love it. Love how Harry seems like such a spoiled brat (though that could be my own upbringing talking). Oh no, his parents AREN'T screaming at each other? Daddy doesn't wespect his opinions?

Can not stop laughing.

Seriously love this story.
Keiren-Kun89 chapter 1 . 1/18/2014
So... A centaur told her not to give the potion to Petunia hmm? I imagine he or she saw the utter catastrophe that is Harry Potter attending Hogwarts after being raised by the Eminent Professor Verres-Evans.
Grizzmon chapter 1 . 1/12/2014
Well yes, they expected someone raised by muggles to have an Owl... idiots!
Guest chapter 1 . 1/11/2014
Very good, but an intro would be nice!
Kyle chapter 1 . 1/8/2014
If there are any warnings in this will you please make an authors note to explain so people won't be caught surprised. That is very rude to readers who start liking the story only to have some major turn offs due to something like *gasp* moral values which I doubt you understand. Even if you don't give a fuck about moral values other people do and you need to respect that.
Kyle chapter 1 . 1/7/2014
I find scientists to have too much of an *us* vs *them* attitude and they make a religion or cult out of their views.

We need to have a Nuclear bomb to wipe out most of the world and start civilization over and do it right this time.
CMVreud chapter 1 . 12/28/2013
Re-reading them all is awesome.
Oh Eurydice chapter 1 . 12/27/2013
i'm hooked :D
SerpentineShadows chapter 1 . 12/23/2013
My brother recommended this story to me, and I've finally got around to reading it. I have to say that it might not have been the most interesting of chapters, but it was enough to convince me into reading more. I'm already liking your writing style, and from what I've read so far, it looks like this'll be an interesting story!
graceremains chapter 1 . 12/21/2013
A fantastic re-imagination of the Harry Potter universe!

The characters really feel three dimensional, and the explanations of some of the inconsistencies in Harry Potter are both interesting and unique. I am definitely impressed with the way the story provides a basic overview of rationality inside the funny and entertaining narrative.

I am definitely looking forward to reading the final chapter arc when it is published!
esoulix chapter 1 . 12/21/2013
So my sister recomended it. She doesn't read fanfiction AT ALL so I had to check it out. So far it's pretty interesting. I'll be honest and say that its not sparking any actual 'interest' in me. Say, it's interesting in a way, but more in that 'trainwreck' type. Where you don't really _Want_ to read it but something is _COMPELLING_ you to. I really hope all this hype isn't for nothing, because right now it's not really all that eye catching and I don't really want to read it. I've actually decided to read it until the tenth chapter to see if its worth it.
Renny379 chapter 1 . 12/20/2013
As a more standard review I love this story and having an amazing time reading it. All the stakes seemed raised across the board and it's so dang fun. Where can we go for speculation btw?

Harry mentions early that a smart Dark Lord would be an extinction event. So the question is, if he was Harry Smart before, why didn't he win? Has he gotten seriously smart now?

How? Why? I really wish they would give you 5 weeks off to write this full time so we could find out how it ends! I ended up reading Worm voraciously and finished that. So so good! Keep up the great writing and the great reccomendations!
AngelWitch chapter 1 . 12/16/2013
Well, I hear (ok, read) this fic is one of the most/the most popular on the HP fanfdom... hope I'm right, so here I go...

P.S. I admire how seem to be one of those authors that that updates quickly. :)

Pinker Belle chapter 1 . 12/11/2013
This is probably the most amazing thing I have ever read. I normally stick with the same filters but I saw something about your story online and now I can't stop reading. You have real talent.
Kwizzic chapter 1 . 12/10/2013
Wait. So if House Potter wasn't a noble house until after Harry killed the dark lord and avenged the house of Monroe, then how could McGonagall think: "they had never refused the friendship the huge, bluff man had offered them, for all that Lily was a budding Charms Mistress and James the last scion of a noble house". And for that matter, didn't they publish it in the Weasley betrothal article in the Daily Prophet?
Naja chapter 1 . 12/6/2013
I am going to try and review most/all of the chapters I read c: Here goes:
"There was a long silence in the garden.
Then a boy's voice said, calmly and quietly, "What.""
I am laughing so much and I do not even know why. I think that Harry is going to be a hilarious character and I cannot wait to read more! I love the way that you have made his family, a different family, and I already know that Harry gets put in Ravenclaw, so I am going to just say now that I love love love Ravenclaw Harry because it is DIFFERENT. I barely ever hear of Ravenclaw Harry! (The only bit I did not like was the mention of maths)
Starkid191 chapter 1 . 12/5/2013
Well Harry seems like a smart kid...seems like he might actually defeat voldemort now.
RealityEscape chapter 1 . 12/3/2013
I can't even comprehend the amount of ingenuity and intelligence this fic contains...really, I'm scared.
chaos-dark-lord chapter 1 . 11/29/2013
Sounds promising
onlytoask chapter 1 . 11/28/2013
When I first saw the summary I didn't think I would like this at all, but within the first few paragraphs I was already surprisingly interested.
SarahOlivier chapter 1 . 11/22/2013
This makes no sense and Harry is really arrogant
Karthick chapter 1 . 11/16/2013
In movies Mrs. Figg pops out when Harry and Duddley just escaped from Dementor's Kiss with Harry's Patronus Charm.

This one is reassuring a unison but rather in a skewed angle for variety.
js chapter 1 . 11/15/2013
everyone, GO READ HIDDEN HERITAGE BY HYENA CLUB, it's absolutely amazing, I highly recommend it, give it a try
Guest chapter 1 . 11/11/2013
I would love to read the entire HP series adapted into the HPMOR universe.
Guest chapter 1 . 11/10/2013
When I started to read this story I was very excited: a person with scientific uprising that confronts the existence of magic? Or a logic person that points out the many absurdities of the magic world? In a way this story deluded me. It's certainly well developed and very interesting but there is a point where the characters are simply not themselves anymore. One I cannot image why Harry would become such a person, often disrespectful, manipulative and downright mean to other persons. And the others characters as well.
The scene where he calls out Piton's abusive behavior toward his students? That was interesting. And it was him standing up to an unacceptable behavior. But the reactions of others characters make no sense, starting from that of Dumbledore. And Raptor that to teach him lets him be abused by other students? I'm sorry to say but there is a limit to the changes that a character can undergone, especially if we don't see the cause of this changes. I have not see a reason for Harry to be who he is. At this point you could change the names: it wouldn't make a difference.
Emilie Anderson chapter 1 . 11/4/2013
very interesting! love how the whole shift happened simply because Petunia was pretty. she had a large pool to fish in, marring and raising harry with an educated man creating a logical harry.
love it!
noname chapter 1 . 11/3/2013
a bunch of big words and long phrases with techno babble doesnt make a person smart, just geeky. if he knows that stuff, good for him, and when he finds someone like that he could talk all he wants with that person, but in day to day conversations, that kind of talk makes that person just a geek. and if that person knows when to talk big words and when not, then that person is smart
silverrain chapter 1 . 11/2/2013
Okay, I freakin' love this story. A HP fanfic logic and rationality! Not so into the alternate chapters re: the sorting... soooo into how Harry applies rationality to the inherent irrationality of magic. LOVE
567zoock67 chapter 1 . 11/1/2013
Interesting, you know, I was never going to read this fanfiction, but now I am seeing the reviews are so positive, and the first chapter certainly seems very interesting.

I like the chapter title, it's funny and ironic considering the actual events that happened in this chapter. I like Harry's new background in this, and his methods of thinking. I can already see the angle and theme of this story, and that's great!
mrcuddlesAVADAKEDAVRA chapter 1 . 10/30/2013
Read this like 10 ties. want sequel.
justaperson chapter 1 . 10/30/2013
you have some tense errors.
clarinetjo chapter 1 . 10/24/2013

Since i'm French, i hope you will not mind my mistakes. Your history ( as far as i've read until now) is hightly interesting especially because you don't primarily opposed magic and science as bad/stupid against good/smart way of thinking. To insist upon the scientific method seems to me the better way to succesfully develop your wonderful idea to write an alternative version of Harry Potter based on confrontation between the wizard's world and a scientific approach. Plus, every part of the first chapter is very coherent with both the "scientific narrative principle" and the original story's world and characters.

Thank you very much for your work !
willam and jack and jake chapter 1 . 10/22/2013
BookwormGirl16 chapter 1 . 10/14/2013
Hello there! I really like the story so far, but will it be H/Hr? Personally, it's my favorite ship, and also the only Harry Potter one I read.
Ethan chapter 1 . 10/10/2013
Guest chapter 1 . 10/10/2013
I don't like it when people develop fandoms because it makes it difficult to think objectively and critique writing. I did enjoy this the first time I read it, but rereading it I took objection to the author tracting. It would have been better if the events were spread out over a longer period of time, say the school wide battle occurring at the end of the first year, the trip to Azkaban and its fallout in second year and so on, so as to make Harry's behaviour somewhat more realistic. It is not reasonable for a child to act the way he does in your story. Don't think that I've misunderstood the intentions or explanations or any kind of strawman like that. I could understand a young Harry having an interest in rationality and learning over the years in his spare time certain theories and methods of analysis that he then applies to situations he's in and his past over five or six books (years). That could have been an interesting sequential way of developing his character and the story. It's just... rushed. And crammed jam-packed to the rafters full. There is no possible way of making up for it now nor would I ask you to, but do consider perhaps writing an original rational adventure story in which a person goes from zero to Methods of Rationality from a kindly old mentor(Jedi Master). Like Draco and Harry's lessons. Only a lot more. Also an adventure.
Iryerris chapter 1 . 10/6/2013
Okay, so I'm finally going into the fandom I really should've been a member of a long time ago. I will oblige by your rather polite request for a review each chapter.

...however with 94 chapters, I apologize in advance if I forget a chapter.
Pottergirl99 chapter 1 . 10/6/2013
It is really great to read your story. But I think the story is getting a bit bigger. You should end it and write a sequel.
Guest chapter 1 . 10/3/2013
Actually, HP Lover, it's a science class in the form of a Harry Potter story.

The author is trying to trick you into learning! RUN! RUUUN!
HP Lover chapter 1 . 10/2/2013
It's a Harry Potter story, not any science class. You don't need to show how clever you are.
Lasgalendil chapter 1 . 9/22/2013
Huh. I just noticed re-reading this that you've got Petunia Evans-Verres and Michael Verres-Evans. So subtle, but a very nice touch of 'equality', with both spouses taking the other's name. It's not overtly stated, but that's what makes it so wonderfully feminist: you've assumed a world where such a thing occurs and needs no further explanation. And-despite their differences and civil disagreement, it quite suits their characters.
Guest chapter 1 . 9/14/2013
I suspect Hermione fan logged off and posted that raft of negative reviews.

Beyond that, I do enjoy reading these reviews and seeing who's catching things I miss (I never read the books and only saw some of the movies, mostly while visiting family), and who's not catching things I have. (I HAVE reread this fic a few times while waiting for new chapters.)

Anyway, keep up the good work. I look forward to more of the story, and more fan speculation.
Trollslayer chapter 1 . 9/12/2013
Hermione Fan is too dumb to read critically. If s/he could, s/he would have realized that Hermione is held in higher regard by the text than Harry is.
wes chapter 1 . 9/9/2013
so i was talking with a friend and she corrected me because "minerva wasn't a headmistress until like dumbledore died" or something. perhaps this has already been addressed, perhaps because it says "or whomever this may concern", but whatevs. I love this fic
John chapter 1 . 9/7/2013
It's rare that I find a fanfic that rivals the original in length and quality, but this is the only time I have found one that easily surpasses it on both counts.
stayclearofnargles chapter 1 . 9/4/2013
It's really good so far!
rionelphoenix chapter 1 . 9/1/2013
A great fic. Mixture of science and magic. Must say, a new idea.
serenityscale chapter 1 . 8/30/2013
8D I'm loving this already.
AVoiceofSanity chapter 1 . 8/24/2013
New member. First Chapter read. Excellent reading.
Guest chapter 1 . 8/23/2013
Interesting and amusing!
unobtrusivescribe chapter 1 . 8/18/2013
Oh I love this Harry! He's so adorable, thoughtful and smart:) I can't wait to continue reading!
The letter was my favorite part! And then Mrs. Figg popping up over the fence was too funny!
Tyanilth chapter 1 . 8/17/2013
I've only read the first few chapters, but this is so far hilarious, very well written, and has drawn me to break my (almost) unbendable rule of never reading HP fanfiction. Kudos.
cross-over-lover232 chapter 1 . 8/14/2013
hm...first time reader. I do wonder what Minnie thought of Petunia and her new hubby, since she did't marry Dursly she can't have called them "The Worst Sort Of Muggles Ever" now can she?
QuidditchFlyer19 chapter 1 . 8/13/2013
Come here from the last podcast! :D
Guest chapter 1 . 8/12/2013
Guest: Good god.
At this point you're just trying to be nasty rather than attempting to critique a story. Assuming Harry to have detailed knowledge of history is retarded. Assuming magical countries are the same as non-magical ones?
Sheesh. Get out of the basement and get a life!
Rick Dagless chapter 1 . 8/11/2013
Can't wait for chapter 97! And since I can't wait, here's my Sunday guess for how it might go.

It took two days - or rather, two nights of sleep - for Harry to apply his own methods to Professor Quirrell's warning. The delay disturbed him. After all his self-training, his regular exercise in rational thinking, did it still need to take this long for something to go 'click' in the back of his head?

Especially when the insight was nothing other than a warning to his forebrain, the conscious Harry that thought in words, that he really ought to _consider the implications of Quirrell's fear_ instead of _preparing clever objections_.

Professor Quirrell had warned him that he risked unleashing a supernova's worth of destructive energy. The professor had warned him _twice_. He had dismissed it.

_How would I have objected if he'd told me I couldn't?_ Harry asked himself. He'd already given the answer months ago:

Professor McGonagall, did you know that time-reversed ordinary matter looks just like antimatter? Why yes it does! Did you know that one kilogram of antimatter encountering one kilogram of matter will annihilate in an explosion equivalent to 43 million tons of TNT? Do you realize that I myself weigh 41 kilograms and that the resulting blast would leave A GIANT SMOKING CRATER WHERE THERE USED TO BE SCOTLAND?

And had he not, in these last days, thought hard about widening the time turner's range to move all of England back to before the troll? Didn't he already have an experiment in mind to get around the 6 hour limit by keeping matter in a time-reversed space?

What had he written in a shaky hand on that piece of paper?


For a moment Harry's heart sank. He imagined everything he had known, everyone he had cared about, lost in the smoking ashen ruin of the wastelands of time.

_Paranoia_, the rebuttal-forming portion of his mind intruded. _I don't have the magical energy to cause that much damage._

But he'd already harnessed the sun's power, not his own, in potion form.

And had to keep the revelation secret even from Hermione, though she was surely smart enough to figure it out as well. Once he'd brought her back (as he still had no doubt at all he would), he'd still have to find a way to hint it to her.

Wait wait wait.

Suddenly Harry's mind was in full throttle. Why HAD that particular insight been a secret anyway? One thing it shows is the Interdict of Merlin *works*; the Muggle world could never have kept such a basic fact a secret, at least not for decades. But why that one? Surely that means there are others? Is there a general category of interdicted secrets, all about using leverage to work much greater power than your own magical strength?

Of COURSE the most important secrets to keep are power-amplification.

What EXACTLY had Quirrell said about nuclear weapons? "The fools who can't resist meddling are killed by the lesser perils early on, and the survivors know that there are secrets you _do not share_ with anyone who lacks the intelligence and discipline to discover them for themselves!"

The deductions were coming in too fast for Harry to keep track of what his brain was doing. It wasn't enough to have the intelligence, you had to discover it for yourself, but the Interdict had left a little wiggle room, hadn't it? Slytherin had his Monster. Quirrell wasn't going quite as far - "Do you expect me to tell you exactly what you must not do?" - but consciously or unconsciously he was dropping a hint.

No. Consciously. Quirrell wanted him to keep going; he had dropped exactly the kinds of warnings to keep him motivated. And this thought scared him more than the warnings themselves, but his rational mind, now finally engaged, was leaping ahead.

What was the hint?

If ordinary real-world problem solving, constrain the space of possible answers should make the problem harder - too many bounds and there might not be any solution at all. But when someone who knows the solution gives you a constraint, that's a powerful hint, it's reduced your search space.

Had Harry spent five minutes considering what in his power actually could destroy the Voyager probe?

If he knew where it was and had very good aim he'd need a lot less energy than a supernova, of course. But that was irrelevant; the danger was smashing Voyager _by accident_, which implied flinging energy in every direction, or at least that level of destructiveness - self-relicating nanomachines scattered just as far? What were "shambling bone men" again?

What in fact had happened to Magical Italy? That sounded like the nearest hint yet to What Happened to Atlantis, which in turn might just point to What's Up With This Magic Thing Anyway?

But actually, trying to get at the root of what "is" magic isn't good science. Sitting around wondering what "is" gravity at its heart is just speculation; pretending you know the answer is just nine tenths of philosophy and religion. Science works by measuring what gravity _does_, how it _behaves_; maybe eventually that gets to something's nature (we now have a darn good idea of what chemistry "is", for instance), but you generally don't get to skip ahead to the mystery at the bottom.

He hadn't needed to know the fundamental nature of potions to imbue them with the power of the Sun. He had figured this out because his observations of how potions work hadn't jibed with what he'd been told about them. Like if one day you happened to notice that a brick and a cricket ball actually fall at the same speed.

Where else, Harry's brain, asked Harry, have you observed such a mismatch?

Well, duh, complexity. It kept coming back to that. Spells _must_ be triggers in some form or another; no wand movement captures the complexity of even a bat-bogey hex, much less McGonagall turning into a cat.

Wait, what about that again? It _still_ bugged him: you really _should_ have to be a God to pull that off. Turning into a cat is literally much harder than raising the dead. Harry could imagine future Muggle science working out how to restore inert neurons, and if magic could reverse time surely science could do the same. The Muggle science that could do that would still be stumped at turning someone into a housecat. It still breaks the quantum Hamiltonian.

Which gets FTL signalling...

Just how was Quirrell able to get a live view from Voyager anyway? Harry hadn't thought to ask if the view was delayed by the speed of light; in a world of Time Turners it seemed a less important question.

Hold on, how did Quirrell say that trolls re-animate themselves? Continuously transfiguring into its own body; if you rip off its arm it grows a new one, which implies regrowing nerves and the muscle memory to use them. He'd killed a troll by killing its brain, but maybe that just disrupted the transfiguration - and here, apparently was a transfiguration that didn't wear off, since killing it hadn't caused that ragged stump of the jaw to disappear.

If he had Hermione's body, he could Transfigure her into herself...

...Had Voldemort anticipated this, and considered it too easy? At the moment, with his brain working like this, it sounded more likely than that the enemy wanted her body for an Inferi. In fact it provided a (weak) data point that he was on the right track, that restoring life to a frozen, recently deceased body should be a _lot_ easier than what he'd seen Minerva pull off already.

Voldemort wants me on the other track. He wants me to attack time. So does Quirrell. But neither of them, apparently, want me blowing up England. So now my search space is narrow indeed: there's a power they already know about which believe is within my grasp, but not theirs, which means it requires the scientific method, and they want me to avoid the risk of blowing it all up, and then they each hope to... what, take it from me? Which might explain why Voldemort has kept me alive, not to mention my professor's eagerness to teach me how to lose... perhaps with Hermione back as a consolation prize, which means resurrection even in the complete absence of her remains...

And then he had it. Right there. He didn't have to wait another minute, there was no preparation necessary, no fetch quest to go on first, no grand ritual. And in that realization it became so, so obvious who Quirrell and Voldemort were.

Which was good because Harry's sense of doom suddenly went off like a fire alarm, his hand went to his scar which began to bleed, and the walls of Hogwards shook and blurred with the time-impact of the choice he hadn't even made yet.
Rhasux chapter 1 . 8/10/2013
Why is every1 so critical of ey
braindoll chapter 1 . 8/7/2013
Someone should probably rescue Guest, who's obviously been kidnapped and forced to read this fanfic.
jonny123 chapter 1 . 8/6/2013
Just thought to let you know if you didnt all ready. You are the most reviewed Harry potter story writer.
DaftDruid chapter 1 . 8/5/2013
OMGOMGOMG! I'M LOVING THIS! HARRY SEEMS SO.. DIFFERENT! I hope he isn't going to be malnourished or anything... maybe he'll actually be TALL!
Senshi Sun aka Magic Ink chapter 1 . 8/4/2013
I discovered this story by discovering the TV Tropes page for it. I discovered the TV Tropes page on the "Ask A Stupid Question" trope. I read through the first few tropes on the HPMOR page to get an idea of what I was getting into, and the little plot points it showed sounded fascinating. The first chapter continues this fascination.

The biggest strength this story has at this point is the characters. They all act convincingly, realistically, and all the characters are there. You didn't just remove Vernon and replace him with a scientist- Petunia dated Vernon after she graduated from university. All the characters in this chapter appear to be unchanged, but different facets of their personalities are shown. Petunia is more subdued and honest than she was in the beginning of the original series. Mrs. Figg reveals she is a Squib long before she did in the original series (though rational Harry doesn't know that yet). Harry's father, Michael Verres, may not be in the original series, but you seem to know what you're doing with him. The only major deviation from the books character-wise is Harry doing well in school. This can probably be chalked up to Dudley no longer being in the story. Harry never needed to dumb himself down.

You set up an interesting world for the characters to interact with. So far, it's about the same as the world we were introduced to in the original books. There will undoubtedly be more tweaks and changes as the story goes on. Right now, I can imagine Harry talking with Mrs. Figg about magic.

This is normally the point where I would bring up things that need improvement. I say this because all of the things I would have noted in my review have been changed or rationalized out. You already changed the story to British English. The prose can be rationalized away by the fact the chapter is three to four years old. You have improved in that department, no doubt.

I encourage you to continue writing. Good work and farewell.
Bloody-Asphode11 chapter 1 . 8/2/2013

ah poor harry, nice start got me hooked let's see if it reels me in
Guest chapter 1 . 8/2/2013
CodyElvis: Yeah, you forgot to check to see if your calculations made sense by checking.
You got minutes and hours confused. 100wpm means 5400 minutes of typing, iow 90 hours.
Dave chapter 1 . 8/1/2013
What a splendid idea, I enjoyed reading this chapter; giving harry a chance to be someone with critical thinking skills is great, his being so dependent on his inherited scar and instinct were a bit tiresome in the original.
Kevin chapter 1 . 8/1/2013
Holy cow was this splendid. Can't wait to start reading more!
nihilsupernum chapter 1 . 8/1/2013
Someone (not me) made fanart for ch. 1.
post/56126028908 /a-day-of-very-low-probability
Netchka chapter 1 . 7/31/2013
Mrs. Figg is a dear lady. Very helpfull. :-) :-)
Queen Alexandera's Birdwing chapter 1 . 7/30/2013
So, I just read this fanfic, and I am here again, because you asked for reviews. I don't know if they matter to you anymore. Either way, I wanted to tell you that the characters are fleshed out and real, your wiring style is captivating, and your plot's exciting.
Just a fan chapter 1 . 7/29/2013
I find the 'release' that occurred upon Hermione's death to be extremely interesting. Assuming the others present also witnessed/experienced it, then it must not have been a unique occurence as no one reacted oddly to it. Based on this assumption, this means that all, or at least enough to make it unremarkable, wizards have this release upon death that seems to embody their personality and possibly contain a copy of their memories.
Hypothesis: If this release could be sensed, contained, preserved and channeled into a new object/body/recepticle, then this could be a possible avenue for defeating true death.
Possible applications: (1)Merlin's method of widespread monitoring for specific occurances could be used to detect body death throughout the country/world so as to contain and preserve that life. (2)A true patronus is dispatched to immediately materialize at site of death and preserves the wizards released life energy. (3)Energy is channeled into and bound to a new object/body using horcrux methods. If souls do not exist, then the murder required to create a horcrux may actually be doing something other than splitting one. It may simply be using the murdered subject as a template for copying ones own soul or something similar. Thus, the horcrux methods for soul/life binding may be able to be utilized to bind the released memories/ect. From dying wizards to new bodies.
ShannonKnox chapter 1 . 7/28/2013
Guest chapter 1 . 7/25/2013
I decided to re-read the story, and I can't stop laughing whenever I read the part that says what kind of name is Dudley. *Hilarious*
crimson dash chapter 1 . 7/22/2013
Well...huh, I am enjoying your story so far. I have been searching for a good story that would take more than an hour or two to read. With this Intellectual bit underway I'm confident that I'll have an interesting bit of intellectual stimulation ahead of me.
Megan chapter 1 . 7/19/2013
Seems awesome! Really Exited :)
Faust91x chapter 1 . 7/19/2013
This was AWESOME! BTW loved your shout outs to Madoka in chapter 95, I love that anime and its little things like that what makes me smile. Thanks for such a nice read!
sannipan chapter 1 . 7/17/2013
Dear old Mrs. Figg is one persistent woman, apparently wherever Harry lives, she's living close by and baby sitting. I like her style:)
argentorum chapter 1 . 7/15/2013
If this part of the story hasn't 'hit its stride' yet, then I can't wait to see what it reads like come chapter 5. You have a bit of humor, some good dialogue, some character development, all the background information you need, and a SERIOUS divergence from the books. This looks like it's gonna be a fun read.

For me, though, I'm still having trouble picturing Petunia as pretty...
SEETH chapter 1 . 7/14/2013
This has been least up to chapter 92, which is how far I read at this point.
Calorion chapter 1 . 7/13/2013
First and foremost: I have read though to the end at this point―Chapter 94―and I can say with confidence that this book has changed my life. I lost the path many years ago for reasons too complicated and personal to go into, and have lately been trying to find it again. This book has allowed me to do so. I've still got a lot of work to do, but I know where that path is again thanks to you.

As for the review, the book in general is exceptionally well done. The plot is so good, so involved, so well done and so free of holes that I fear you have spoiled me for other works. The one flaw is the actual writing. It gets much better as the chapters progress, but especially in the beginning it is mediocre. I strongly wish for a rewrite of the early chapters when the book is complete. Even the last line here is a good example. The boy's voice here is presumably Harry's, but that is not clear. And "What." Isn't really a sensible sentence. I realize you're trying to capture intonation by using a period instead of a question mark, but it doesn't work here; it's just confusing. That's just one example of the stylistic awkwardnesses that permeate the early chapters.

Also, please mark every point of departure clearly. If we don't see one marked, we presume it doesn't exist. Since his differing upbringing is clearly marked, I presumed that his genetics were the same as canon, and was fascinated to discover what canon Harry would be like with a very different stepfather. It took me quite some time to convince myself that this Harry is not just a trained rationalist; he is in fact an Ender-level (indeed, possibly Bean-level) genius, outstripping canon Harry in this aspect to a degree that simply cannot be explained by upbringing alone. This caused much unneeded confusion for me that some discussion of how amazingly intelligent Harry has been from a very young age or some such, even just internal dialog from Harry noting how much smarter he was than the other children of scientists he had known.

Also, there's no physical description of Harry here. It shouldn't be necessary to read the original or have seen the movies to form a picture of the characters (especially since the living room is so well depicted). Also, we are left unsure if there are any differences. Even after reading 94 chapters I'm not quite certain whether Harry has canon Harry's unmanageable hair.
ImpressedAnon chapter 1 . 7/10/2013
Did he take the body : No , he transfigured right where it was .
What about small internal changes , transfiguration sickness ?
Is the body in his possession : No.

Does he know where it is ? No. Because
subatomic " particles " don't have exactly knowable positions .
Dumbles should have asked if he knew the body ' s momentum.
Does he know who took it ? No - since no one took it , and he's never met " No one "

Obviously he transfigured her into a common subatomic particle with no internal structure- a good old fashioned electron . Of course , electrons are indistinguishable , so now every electron in the universe is hermione's transfigured corpse .

This story is actually a lot of fun to speculate about .
MissAwesomesauce chapter 1 . 7/9/2013
Request chapter 1 . 7/6/2013
I'd very much like to recommend this to as many people as possible, but feel ashamed doing so because of the writing. I think the writing improved over time, and now is simply excellent. The same can't be said for all of the earlier chapters. I know you went back an did some light edits a while back, and I had the impression you intended to finish polishing the earlier chapters when you had time.

In the interest of making the writing worthy of high-calibre people who prefer to read only well-written prose - people who often have the ability to make a large impact - would you consider readjusting your priorities to revising the writing quality of earlier chapters up to your current standard? I've been holding off on recommending, opting to wait until the story finished and you polished everything. I realise what benefit this tale can make upon lives is best had sooner rather than later, and thus the future version of You, the author who wrote this to better humanity, would prefer being made aware of this line of reasoning.

Thank you for your time.
Ganurath chapter 1 . 7/6/2013
Signed up just to comment on this current turn of events. First, I feel horrible and you are a fantastic writer for making that happen. Second, I can't help but be curious as to the viewpoints of the Darke Lady Tracey Davis and Head of House Ravenclaw Professor Flitwick on the matter. Third, I loved all the callbacks during the fight scene with the troll. Finally, I patiently await the day when somebody realizes that the purpose of Azkaban is not to contain Dark Wizards, but to contain Dementors.
anon chapter 1 . 7/5/2013
good stuff, keep it up
To the TARDIS chapter 1 . 7/5/2013
O.O *laughing* Oh Harry. :)
This looks to be a very good story that won't be abandoned anytime soon, so I hope you don't mind me joining in on this story. (That is wonderfully written by the way)

Anon chapter 1 . 7/5/2013
Guess: end of the world will be Harry discovering the source of magic and destroying/ cutting off the world from it.
Foreshadowingjust a stick of wood
Anon chapter 1 . 7/5/2013
Really glad you explained away Lestrange, and hope to see the same for maybe Diggory, and much more for Tonks. (Unless she was disguised as Granger, doubtful) Also, for what happened to Dumbledore's warding of Hermione he put on her after the trial.

Would love to see an "after" conversation with Mad-Eye.

Also, Harry's moment of stern resolution is Screaming for an overlay of "Rock You Like a Hurricane"

Is Quirelmort pushing Harry to the extremes as a way to get him to create a new way to defy death/create rebirth?
HowlNimbus189 chapter 1 . 7/4/2013
Reading this after 92 came out. "And Lily would tell me no, and make up the most ridiculous excuses, like the world would end if she were nice to her sister, or a centaur told her not to..." Foreshadowing of the Trelawney prophecy perhaps. o.O
LO chapter 1 . 7/2/2013
thanks for the update. I'm really not sure how Harry'll get back from here.
Anon chapter 1 . 7/2/2013
This is beautiful. Thank you so much for writing this, you wonderful person!
Guest chapter 1 . 7/2/2013
holy fuckballs I am so glad this story is still going
kingtransformo chapter 1 . 7/1/2013
What a great first chapter! I am a new reader and I am absolutely enthralled by this idea. And you know, I never actually thought before that Someone would doubt that Hogwarts existed but it definitely makes sense! I can't wait to read on!
Surprised reader chapter 1 . 7/1/2013
Um, I'm not sure this is the best xhapter of the story, actually I think it's the worst. Not because you killed off hermione (although that did it for me) but because it's illogical.
1.) the story must be ending soon because it's running out of likeable characters. Stories are written to be read and people won't read if they don't like it's people.
2.) Hermiones death was rather sudden, even with the foreshadowing with the med kit, and rather random, at least to me.
3.) Unless this was a hallucination/alternate reality or something, it was really... Nonsensical. Random, fairly minor characters are tossed in and the pace moves kind of awkwardly with a fight then character death that was quite possibly the least touching death I've read, and then... An insight into quirrel's thoughts? It seems like a distracting end to the chapter, almost like making us forget about the rather significant character death a paragraph before. I'm kind of unenthused for the next chapter, but I will wait in the hopes it was all a dream.
Guest chapter 1 . 6/30/2013
John Noe is talking about this at LeakyCon in the final PotterCast. :o
gone9765 chapter 1 . 6/30/2013
I love this! Seriously, it's an amazing divergence from canon.
Bread-Noodle Simplex chapter 1 . 6/30/2013
"the world would end if she were nice to her sister"

Welp, guess that happened.
Alissie chapter 1 . 6/30/2013
Wow! I stumbled across this story and was instantly intrigued. I write in the Next Gen universe (the canon characters' children) starting off directly after DH's epilogue. One of the favorite things I have been exploring, especially in Year Three (which I'm still working on- it's taking quite a while!), is magical theory. I think you'll be using more science than I am- so far, what I'm exploring is how much the incantation means as opposed to the thought and intent, and why you have to learn theory before practicing. My feeling is that if you know the incantation and the general application, things can go wrong because you're not clear on specifics. (Throwing someone across the room with a Stunning spell instead of just stunning them because you didn't think to limit it that way.) In the same way, you can change details of what a spell does by altering your intent.

I can't wait to keep reading! I'll try to review as I go, so long as I don't get terribly sucked in and forget. :) I love the style so far, and you clearly know what you're talking about! I wonder, was this all taken from knowledge you already had, or do you do copious amounts of research?
Guest chapter 1 . 6/30/2013
1. :(
2. I hope you will somehow bring this to a point where I can deal with a multi-month-long wait for the next update by the time you reach chapter 91 (that's the last you prepared right?)
ScroogeMcDuck5 chapter 1 . 6/29/2013
In the words of Spider Jerusalem fuck9,000
Good work I did not see that coming
craza2k chapter 1 . 6/29/2013
Decided to re-read this chapter after my brain just exploded over your last.

"And Lily would tell me no, and make up the most ridiculous excuses, like the WORLD WOULD END IF SHE WERE NICE TO HER SISTER, OR A CENTAUR TOLD HER NOT TO - the most ridiculous things, and I hated her for it."

Ilessthan3KH chapter 1 . 6/29/2013
lol! great start! my friend told me about this story, said it was amazing! so far so good :D
Guest chapter 1 . 6/29/2013
Omg teo more chapters yay
Vee Ji chapter 1 . 6/29/2013
Chapter 1 is quite nice. Its sort of like alternative history only for fiction. Excellent!
Guest chapter 1 . 6/28/2013
Chapter 64 was a complete, utter, stupid, god-awful waste of time.
sillysnarrylovinggirl chapter 1 . 6/27/2013
I think the first chapter is promising, and with so many reviews I can only hope for the best. I love how Mrs. Figg solved the owl issue, that's genius in this case and comedy gold too.
Calion chapter 1 . 6/25/2013
Is there...something missing between Chapters 1 and 2?
Robert ARNOLD chapter 1 . 6/25/2013
While paralleling the original story-line with suitable determination, it digresses to show an entertaining grasp of a rational outlook. But I can't see that counting for much unless (a) it sustains a sparkling refutation of magic, to the end, which would be an historic achievement, or (b) it satiates itself in the usual ignominy - crying how no-one could give a philosophical ph*ck about reason, in the long haul - of those innumerable authors who cannot conceive why reason must be immune to the decimation of a half-a***d effigy of itself. But good luck. I'd like to read something clever, for a change.
jerry.n.wesner chapter 1 . 6/23/2013
An interesting variation on the original; Petunia follows a different path, becomes beautiful, and marries a vastly more desirable man - but one with a stated belief in the scientific method, but an unwillingness to use it in circumstances where he has already drawn a conclusion. Nice that Mrs. Figg overheard Harry and took charge.
reddir chapter 1 . 6/22/2013
Heh, just read chapter 1, and its great :)

Nice to see the HP universe from a rational point of view.
betyplush chapter 1 . 6/21/2013
I was skeptical about fanfiction before. This is the first one I've ever gotten through a whole page of.

I have a feeling it's going to be awesome.
Janko chapter 1 . 6/20/2013
Yesterday I had an Idea that you might find useful or not.

The first chapters start with epigraphs that refer to a later point in the story. Maybe you can include an additional epigraph to reduce the thought that Harry is overpowered. E.g.:
"Have you ever made a mistake"
"I could list dozens I did in my first year at hogwarts, even if I include only those I am allowed to talk about"
(Or maybe just rewrite these lines so that he sounds even less arogant.)
Pandorawriter chapter 1 . 6/18/2013
I love it!
Guest chapter 1 . 6/17/2013
Type your review for this chapter here...
me chapter 1 . 6/16/2013
Noble Korhedron chapter 1 . 6/10/2013
L.O.L! Obviously he doesn't know who ol' Figgy really is! :-D
hecatoncheir-greater chapter 1 . 6/9/2013
A very interesting take on Harry Potter...definitely worth reading.
Dafydd chapter 1 . 6/8/2013
Well as you asked for a revew of each chapter I will try to comply.

Interesting start. I liked it - Will keep reading.
Amanda chapter 1 . 6/7/2013
As a biochemist myself, I'm really enjoying reliving harry potter through new eyes!
MooNOrchiD chapter 1 . 6/6/2013
Holy Crap! Holy Crap! You made me think a lot...stories rarely do this to me!
Guest chapter 1 . 6/5/2013
grr. I didn't even try to html it, I know that doesn't work in these pages. Trying again: .
xan avalon chapter 1 . 6/5/2013
this has nothing to do with Chapter 1 in particular but I was in a great rush to post this and it's the first bookmark I found: "What the Word "Derp" Has to Do with Bayesian Probability" and What Are The Odds I would Keep Running Into The Name "Bayesian" Which I had Not Previously Heard Of So Many Times After Starting to Read HPMOR? link: .
mel chapter 1 . 6/3/2013
amazing.. love it!
Peshomaro chapter 1 . 5/23/2013
By the way, there's been one thing bugging me, though many others probably pointed it out already. Why didn't anyone cast Prior Incantem (Incantum?...whatever) on Hermione's wand when they arrested her, or after that, to check if she had cast the Blood Freezing Hex with her own wand?
Guest chapter 1 . 5/23/2013
What a good plot! This will be a really good read! I read about this fan fiction somewhere and decided to read it. The first chapter is really funny :) Great! This will be awesome XD
fractalman chapter 1 . 5/20/2013
possible ending: voldemort feeling sorry for the creation of each and every horcrux...EXCEPT the one that happens to be where he wants to be.

while the mechanism by which horcruxes make you immortal is likely different, I see no reason that horcrux vulnerabilities will have changed for this fic.

and they are vulnerable to sorrow. lots and lots of it. you can kill yourself with the level of sorrow required, but...
But with the alternative occlumency method used in MOR, it's possible voldemort could fake the level of sorrow required.
flame7926 chapter 1 . 5/20/2013
This is probably the best fanfiction ever. I had never read fanfiction before and this is amazing. It is hilarious and genius and overall a work of brilliance.
AwkwardIdeasLeadToThis chapter 1 . 5/20/2013
I didn't know what I was expecting when I got the link to this story. You see a friend of mine sent your story to me to see if I could read 87 chapters containing 500,000 words in the span of 2 weeks. So I just saw Harry Potter, 87 chapters, and 500,000 words. Now it's not just those three things. It's a story with a good beginning. I hope to see what this story will be, it's off to a great start.
Mel chapter 1 . 5/19/2013
I enjoyed reading it very much. I'm too tired to ferret out any nuggets of amazingness.
Kradeiz chapter 1 . 5/19/2013
I'll be honest (and a little bit rude), I don't know how this story has become the most popular Harry Potter fic to date.
Putting aside the fact of how weird it is to hear Harry calling Petunia 'Mum' (although I get that she's not a total bitch in this timeline), this story kinda makes Harry look like Sheldon from 'Big Bang Theory'. And I didn't see the need to give him that odd sleeping disorder out of nowhere either.

It was funny to hear Harry rant about how an Animagus should be impossible, but that was pretty much the only high part I experienced while reading this story.
shootie shootie powpow desu ka chapter 1 . 5/12/2013
Read it, been there, but stopped because its straining to the eye.

But. It's amazing, funny at times, and utterly brilliant!

Please continue, adding this to my favorites!
Seth Tanner chapter 1 . 5/12/2013
Hilarious play on the absurdity of it all. I didn't follow Harry's argument regarding experimentation and observation - it seems to contradict his point. If that was the purpose, it wasn't successful. If I missed something (probable) I would think that others did too.
Robert C Roman chapter 1 . 5/6/2013
Oh, My...

You had me at "If he was going to descend into this madness, he was going to do it with style."

epsilon-sagittarii chapter 1 . 5/6/2013
Not sure if you still read these anymore but I've got to say, I tried reading this fic a couple of months ago and didn't really take to it but after the encouragement of a friend, decided to have another crack at it and boy am I glad you did! I've already read up to ch. 16 but then I remembered I probably should've reviewed all the previous chapters ahaha
So I like this new OOC Michael and Petunia, not sure about the whole 'patriarchal' thing going on there, but its refreshing to see Harry coming from a 'happy' household :D
Fave quote of the chapter: "... and that his first son would be named Dudley. And I thought to myself, what kind of parent names their child Dudley Dursley?"
arsehattery chapter 1 . 5/3/2013
So I've heard a LOT about thisfic, and I have to say, it is good. :-)
fannymjv chapter 1 . 5/1/2013
Your fanfiction reminds me a lot of "The social animal" by David Brook.
I love it !
I don't think rationality is the key to decide and resolve everything in life. But I like the way Harry is able to use both his mental/rationality and his heart/emotions/intuitions in his quest for a true humanity.
Thanks for the long reading hours, both entertaining and instructive :)
AvidReader chapter 1 . 4/30/2013
I've kept checking back but I have to say that I'm really disappointed at the lack of progress (already nearly six months since the last chapter). This story started out with GREAT POTENTIAL but, at this rate, it's extremely unlikely that I will live long enough to see the story finished.

At this point one is forced to wonder whether the authors will live long enough to see the project through to completion. :'-(
Shadow Bane chapter 1 . 4/27/2013
ok... well it's an interesting read so far. I never thought that Lilly Potter's sister would openly or willingly amitt anything could EVER be magical/. and the science dad, that was a good touch. Harry being smart though, hmm... that makes me wonder what Hermione and Ron will be like. well on to ch. 2
smilingcrescent chapter 1 . 4/24/2013
Delightful. Really fun. enjoyed it so much. ;)
Luna's Meow chapter 1 . 4/21/2013

Will you please log in, so that I can PM you or something? Leaving reviews on a person's story, just to converse, is rather rude, and I don't have any idea who you are so that I can debate this without doing so. But ince I am leaving this message I may as well respond to what you said so to continue this...

Guest 4/11/13 . chapter 87
Luna's Meow:
I apologise for the lateness of this reply, but:

1. Yes, the Interdict is ridiculously powerful magic, because:
"Merlin sacrificed his life, and his wizardry, and his time, to lay in force the Interdict of Merlin."


As soon as I got that far into the story to see that line about him sacrificing his time, I knew that it'd be used as a defense for that. However, it still doesn't work. Remember, the universe doesn't care. It doesn't recognize good or evil, only what is. As such, if Merlin sacrificed his time, he would only be able to sacrifice whatever time he had *left*, not whatever time he had already expended (the years between his birth and the time he cast the spell). He was no doubt already old, even by wizarding standards, so whatever time he had couldn't have been much. Going by equivalent exchange, his spell would then be powered by his "time" for however much time he sacrificed. All that does is kill him and keep the spell enforced instead of him havin gto power the spell for all of his life, 24 hours a day. So by that logic, his spell should wear off soon, after however many years he had left have passed. His magic *needed* to be sacrificed, simply because the spell had to be powered by something. It still doesn't fix things although it *appears* to, which is good enough for story purposes.

2. One can bypass the Interdict by describing a work of magic in detail sufficient that an intelligent reader can discover the magic for themselves - that was the whole point of the Interdict, not to kill off powerful magic but to stop Johnny Psychopath from blasting Earth to rubble.

Flaw one in that logic, Voldemort. Not every psychopath is unintelligent. Voldemort is supposed to be very intelligent, and figured out enough o do all kinds of things, nearly taking over the country. Harry thought Voldemort was an idiot, until he found out the details of the mark from Snape.

Flaw two, I'd be more worried about powerful spells only known by the smart than by everyone, simply because if something is known to a few, it is usually taken advantage of and held over all the common people. History shows that far too often. No group, can be trusted to be the guardians of anything, and certainly not just smart people, since smart people know the value of knowledge and power, and can more easily use power to rule over others than a stupid person, simply because a stupid person is easier to stop, again as shown by Harry and his talk of the Dark Mark. If Harry went evil, I'd fear for the world, even more so if he had Hermione with him. Much more than I'd fear say, Ronald Weasley going dark. Magic isn't like a nuke. We don't have shields for nukes yet, so giving everyone a nuke is insane. With magic however, every spell has it's counter, so if you give everyone a nuke, everyone also has a nuke nullifier. Like Zed said in the Sword of Truth series, in a war with wizards on both sides, it's down to the normal soldiers. Because if both sides have competent wizards, of equal power, they cancel each other out.

3. I disagree with regard to the heritability of magic in Methods not making sense. Following Harry's reasoning about the Source of Magic, it would appear that the Source tracks those with the Blood of Atlantis and responds to their invocation of magic. Making the amount of juice you can get from the Source dependent on your merits (intelligence, practice and hard work) rather than "blood purity" actually makes a great deal of sense if the Source was intelligently designed (which it likely was).

Another flawed argument. Flawed for multiple reasons actually:

1. You are assuming things you do not know about the source. Intelligent design for one. That it was made to be fair for two. That's bad science. Especially since those with power don't like to share. They like to keep power to themselves. Why else make the Source only for those of Atlantis? Why not make all humans mages? How do you know the people of Atlantis weren't racist? Blood purity would be even more so with them if they were. You can't assume *anything* or you inevitably cause your guesses to be both biased and flawed. Even if you get the right answer, sometimes that doesn't matter if you have the wrong *reasons* as depending on what you are trying to do, the reasons can matter.

2. If it does like you say, how does that explain magical creatures? Were they all created by Atlantis? Unknown, and not likely.

3. *If* the source works like you say, (which is a good guess based on what is provided, but still a guess) *how* is it tracking those born of Atlantis? How does it explain muggleborn? For that to work, their parents must both have half of what is required and they were lucky enough to gain the whole, unless it's a random mutation. Unfortunately, the author has decided that it's not "lots of pages" that make up a mage, but only one page. You're either a mage, or you're not. Remember that bit with Draco? If they were tracking those of Atlantis, there wouldn't *be* any muggleborn. Also, if it *was* tracking those born of Atlantis, blood purity would still be important. How long could you mate outside of Atlantean decent before there was no longer any trace of Atlantis in you? Obviously the gene for magic could be bred out, like any other. Saying that it tracks Atlanteans makes blood purity *more* important, not less.

4. No matter how the source tracks mages and what decides that you are a mage, it still makes more sense, and is more likely, that (with rare exception) the extremely powerful are that way due to being born with more talent than it *just* being hard work. Why? Even *if* the source was intelligently designed to access our minds, (evidenced by silent casting, parsel tongue which is spoken, and other skills like that of a metamorphagus that don't require words, well parsel tongue is words, but the gift starts in the mind when you know you are talking to a snake, not because you cast a spell first to do so) then it still doesn't matter. Every mind is different. We aren't all genetically the same. Therefore, even if it was made to access our minds, whatever connection there is between mages and the source, there are going to be those who are different in a way that gives them a slightly better connection, allowing them more power. There will be those with a slightly worse connection, allowing them less power. You can't become a metamorphagus by working hard, you have it or not. People learn various spells at different paces, and don't say it's about intelligence, because I'm talking about simple stuff like wingardium leviosa. Once you get the pronunciation down, it's just a simple swish and flick. A five year old could do it. Does no one work as hard as Hermione or Harry? Harry has no advantage in learning magic to anyone else. He has an advantage in *understanding* magic due to being able to think critically, and rationally like a scientist. This will make spell *creation* easier for him once he understands magic fully, but it doesn't make it any easier or harder in the meantime for him to learn pre-existing spells, because you don't need to understand magic to do that, you only need to follow instruction.

An example of differing minds and differing efforts:

I didn't put forth any effort in school, but I was the smartest in every class I ever took. I read books during math class, then proceeded to teach other students who had paid very close attention how to do the math differently because no matter how they tried, they couldn't pick up what the teacher taught. I only watched the example once, and ignored the teacher the rest of the class. I didn't try at all, but I was ahead of even the other smart people (those in the mentally gifted program) who did try at least somewhat. I didn't get as good grades, but that was because I was lazy, and the only schoolwork I did was my tests. No homework, no classwork, and no projects. I knew I could get 100 on every test with ease, and that would get me at least a C, usually a B, so I didn't care. Especially since the teachers told us at the beginning of the year what percentage our grades were made up by. So whenever a teacher did make tests not enough to pass, I'd calculate how much other work I actually had to do, do that, and then go back to doing nothing but tests. It never failed.

I didn't meet someone smarter than I was until I was 25. I knew they existed, but I hadn't met any. I'd met people with more *knowledge* than me in certain subjects, but not more intelligence until that point. And that is still only one person. There are undoubtedly more, but the point is that they are few and far between. I have an unfair advantage, but that's life. Life isn't fair. Not everyone can be what they want to be if they work hard enough, and there will always be others who can do the same or better with less effort. Why? Because *the universe doesn't care* that's why. It isn't fair, or good, or evil. The universe just is. So some people will always be born with more innate talent than others, due to slight differences in our genetic code. So believing that everyone can achieve greatness is just the new-age happy feet bullshit that society believes is polite, and tries to push on everyone in the name of "equality". Their mistake is this:

Equality isn't about everyone having equal ability, but rather equal chance to hone their ability (whatever ability they have) and make use of it without being held back due to prejudices, or petty disputes. If you are passed over for something, (like a job) it should be because of talent or skill, n
DaLintyMan chapter 1 . 4/21/2013
TVTropes: Flat What. Something too hard to process that you can't really put inflection on it.
Valentine Meikin chapter 1 . 4/19/2013
Before I even start this story, and give a honest opinion on it, I wish to give you two thumbs down for the author's diatribe.

You do not advertise your story's mirror with such a comprehensive list of reasons why you shouldn't use FFn. I almost want to report your story to the moderators for the fact that is actually probably a violation of several of the site rules.

Basically, either trim it or drop it.
seniorforayear07 chapter 1 . 4/18/2013
I don't think I've every read something like this (not that I've read every fanficiton out there). I found this story attached to a picture on DeviantArt. Hope it's as good as I think it may be. I'm really excited. :D
RussianDestruction chapter 1 . 4/18/2013
This is soooo amazing! I love this AU, with this different Petunia (the bit with her begging Lilly to change her appearance tugged at my heartstrings) and with this super smart Harry. What a nice change from canon. I'm finding myself wishing this WERE canon!
ladyowl chapter 1 . 4/17/2013
i used to have a dedicated hpmor morning every sunday to catch up on your updates. i miss your wit and brilliance, and hope that you'll be back soon.
Ysolde chapter 1 . 4/16/2013
quite a good read
Reader chapter 1 . 4/16/2013
Knowledge puffs up. (c)
sww11685 chapter 1 . 4/15/2013
Great story so far.
Brian chapter 1 . 4/13/2013
The best fanfic I have ever read.
stalker32 chapter 1 . 4/13/2013
Guest chapter 1 . 4/12/2013
"In chapter 80-ish, couldn't they have used that spell that shows the previous spells a wand has cast on Hermoine's spellstick?"

Yes, but any plotter worth their salt would've used Hermione's wand to cast the spell. Even if the wand showed that Hermione never cast the Blood-Cooling Charm, Malfoy would argue that she'd borrowed somebody else's wand, or that she'd cast spells to clear the wand's "memory", or that somebody doctored it etc.
Liu Xin chapter 1 . 4/10/2013
This might even be better than the original Harry Potter itself. Very good.
The Three March Hares chapter 1 . 4/9/2013
I think I just died and went to Heaven. A smart Harry Potter-I love it! "If he was going to descend into this madness, he was going to do it with style." Is now my favorite quote.
empressdawn chapter 1 . 4/6/2013
Harry reminds me of Artemis Fowl - have you read it? Very rational and all that. This looks like an awesome fic and I am definitely going to continue reading.
net chapter 1 . 4/3/2013
I like it.
Hannah chapter 1 . 4/2/2013
I like it so far. The change in Harry's family and living situation is interesting, and I'm jealous of all of those books...
olivm chapter 1 . 3/31/2013
This is a fun opening, I'm not sure if there's anything I'm supposed to have worked out in advance yet. My guess would be no, since Harry hasn't had any challenges to his knowledge, or met with enough mystery to work much of anything out about magic yet. I think I like it. I'm not sure why I'm writing reviews, perhaps they will serve as a journal, and looking back, as a log of my enjoyment and exercise of rationality in my reading
templebath chapter 1 . 3/28/2013
I'm very impressed with the humanity and humor injected. Very crisp and clear style. Excited to read the next chapter.
Guest chapter 1 . 3/28/2013
"The strange certainty was making no effort to guard itself against falsification - wasn't making excuses in advance for why there wouldn't be a professor, or the professor would only be able to bend spoons. Where do you come from, strange little prediction? Harry directed the thought at his brain. Why do I believe what I believe?"
And to think...if you had just transliterated this a little further you could have out-written Prof Dawkins. Then again, hyperbole is never a healthy form of procrastination.
Claire chapter 1 . 3/27/2013
Thank you for dedicating your time and talents to writing HP and the Methods of Rationality. I've only read the first chapter, but I like what you've written so far and am looking forward to the rest of the story. It's engaging. It's fantastic. I'm excited about reading again.

Sorry this comment isn't more constructive or critical.
Midna chapter 1 . 3/25/2013
I must say I am so excited to read this. I downloaded the PDF version, since I don't have Internet access on my iPod all the time. And it's made me grin stupidly whenever I sit down to read it.

I adore your description of their living room. From the beginning you've contrasted Michael from Vernon. And the interactions of Harry between his parents. The line "his father was sitting in the living room reading a book of higher math to show how smart he was, and his mother was in the kitchen preparing one of his father's favorite dishes to show how loving she was." is amazing. You have set up the dynamics between the couple clearly, and with a sprinkle of humor.

Well done.
Gemcatcher chapter 1 . 3/25/2013
Very intriguing first chapter. I am anxious to continue reading.
Awesome Guest P chapter 1 . 3/24/2013
I love you're story 'cause of all the humor. Plus you really know what you're doing. Although all the science-y stuff sounds complicated and fake, and makes Harry sounds like a prodigy, it's all true and I can understand it (it's simple really if you know you're stuff). It means you are not making random stuff up. And I checked out .com out already and I have to say, I'm really impressed. Is your book published? I'm only asking this because if your book is published, and if you wanted to sell it, why put all of this on fanfiction? It means less people buying your real novel. And it's like giving the book out for free for more than 20,000 people (you can tell by the reviews, you currently have 20,108 of them, for now) Or is it because you had put this story on fanfiction first then decided to publish it so people who don't go on fanfiction can read it? Anyway I can't wait to finish this. But I'm afraid that you need to make your summary more dramatic and interesting. I almost brushed this fanfic off as one of those fanfics that only got so popular because of it's long windy complicated plots (Though now thinking about this story might be one of those. Oh well.) and because it has soooo many chapters. But so far I stand corrected. (Look at me a simple 12-year old talking so much like an adult.) Good luck with this fanfic I look forward to finishing reading it. I love your grammar and fabulous style of writing by the way.
-Love Awesome Guest ;P
Ersatz Einstein chapter 1 . 3/22/2013
I've been reading this on another site. I had no idea it was here! I'd like to say that this is, without exception, the BEST piece of fanfiction I've ever read. It's simply flawless, not to mention hysterical and thought-provoking.
InARealPickle chapter 1 . 3/18/2013
Neverstatic chapter 1 . 3/9/2013
Hello! I'm a new reader for your fanfiction. It's a pleasure to be reading!

After a quick check of the highest review stories of the Harry Potter fanfiction world, and I found this first chapter to be catching, wonderfully quirky, and intriguing. It captured me at once and I look forward to reading more about this more scientifically-concerned Harry as my busy schedule permits! The "obscure hints" mentioned also interest me and I'll test my abilities and see how much I can discern within each chapter, although my knowledge of science has been neglected due to my choice of major in college (Japanese, which obviously has nothing to do with the sciences, haha). I'll try and post a review on each chapter as I go on, and I won't continue with the story unless I have done so. Thanks for posting what already seems to be a wonderful read!
Guest chapter 1 . 3/6/2013
Lil' Miss Ravenclaw chapter 1 . 3/6/2013
I love this, even though I'm being a bit biased, only having read the first chapter.
MoLAoS chapter 1 . 3/5/2013
There is really only one thing I can say that would take less than 1000 words to write and would also not come off as creepy, even though it wasn't intended to be creepy:

"I have been forced to update a long held belief because of the evidence provided by this story. I must now conclude that not all fan fiction deserves to be consigned to the depths of the deepest hells. Thank you for allowing me to see reality a little cleaner of bias."
TheOnlyMeThereIs chapter 1 . 3/4/2013
hahaha great idea for a story! Although would dumbledore really not realise harry didn't have an owl? hmmm
yoloswagmaster chapter 1 . 2/28/2013
Oh snap O_O
blewis61 chapter 1 . 2/27/2013
I actually saw this story mentioned on Reddit and decided to check it out. To be honest I am not quite sure what to think yet; it seems like you are making Harry into another version of Hermione...that said I also am already curious to see where it goes and wanting to read the next chapter. This is a major credit to your writing ability as I typically do not like alt universe stories, and especially not ones that severely change who the major characters are. Because the writing is good, however, I have decided to try and read it as it's own stories (forgetting my love of JK's world) and give it a shot on it's own merits. Great first chapter!
sky36488 chapter 1 . 2/27/2013
This is the best book! This fic more book than fic.
HarryXmas chapter 1 . 2/24/2013
With almost 20, 000 reviews so far, I don't want to scan through them to see if I reviewed it last time through. So I've made up a new name to escape the strictures of the PTB.
It looks as if I'll enjoy it at least as much this time. Well done.
KeepCalmLoveSeverus chapter 1 . 2/19/2013
This was recommended by someone who was recommended by someone whose stories I like, so hopefully I'll like it as well. We shall see. You seem reasonably intelligent, and pithy to boot. This could go several ways...
Bere1231 chapter 1 . 2/18/2013
Mythomagic101 chapter 1 . 2/17/2013
my brain just cant wrap around the fact that harry is being so logical. that has got to be impossible! every wizard's enemy is logic except for those muggle-borns (no offense).
Je vais oublier chapter 1 . 2/15/2013
I adore this already. There has not been a more well-written and excellently conceived fanfiction in my entire experience reading them (which has been the unfortunate majority of my life, I'll tell you what!) and I suspect it ranks very highly on my list of independent novels as well (cutting away from the fact that it is fanfiction). I must thank you profusely for writing this as it has given me a glimpse back into my perception of my childhood (which may or may not have differed from reality, I can't be sure).

I sincerely enjoy this portrayal and hope it continues to amuse as the chapters scroll past!

Gobsmacked and Impressed,
Archet chapter 1 . 2/15/2013
Hahahahahaha AWESOME.

Sorry, I suck at reviews. Poor Harry with his five names :). He's highly logical now though...that's gonna be interesting... :D
Lianne chapter 1 . 2/14/2013
fascinated already, must keep reading.

great metaphors, not at all superfluous
johnpual chapter 1 . 2/14/2013 readin the rest, will give a review at CH 5.
fumblclam chapter 1 . 2/13/2013
A chapter and a half in, and I've got a huge nerd boner. I could read this literally forever, holy crap. And apparently it doesn't even get good until chapter 5? I will not be sleeping tonight, that's for sure. So far, amazing job.
Skaz Wolfman chapter 1 . 2/12/2013
Already a favorite.
Guest chapter 1 . 2/12/2013
"If he was going to descend into this madness, he was going to do it with style."

Funniest line so far. Instant fav.
Natt chapter 1 . 2/10/2013
I've been reading Harry Potter fanfiction for over a decade, and finding my way to your story and then beginning to read your story has left me more thrilled than I've been since the day I discovered this stuff.

The quality of your writing is beyond almost all fanfiction - it's both clever and entertaining and lacking in anything extraneous. I don't know what you're on about - the story hits its stride around chapter five - because I was jaunting along with it from paragraph one. Of course, I'm a sucker for imagery, so using the descriptions of bookshelves as a means to set the tone for the scene and characters sat well with me.

To match your writing, the story itself is new and interesting to me. This is a rare combination. All I want right now is to have enough time to set and read the rest. Since I don't, I wanted to drop you an early review, and let you know how much I appreciate what I've read so far. Looking forward to consuming the rest.
mirrorrim chapter 1 . 2/7/2013
I wish I could give this story the review it deserves: Long, thorough and with loving attention given to detail.
Sadly however, I'm too far from where I was when I was when I first read this.

And really, I'm not actually sure what to say /about/ the story.

I'll split my review into 2 parts: Chapters 1-10ish (Setting setting), and the rest (i.e. Hogwarts).

Chapters 1-whatever were a lot (lot) of fun.
Chapter 5 in particular, definitely.

As to the rest, I have 2 problems.
I tend to go with the flow of a story I'm enjoying rather than try to anticipate the author. Further, although I'm a Rationalist by inclination, I am very much _not_ trained as such.

So once the story starts getting deep, I just get lost.
At various points, I thought I had a fair idea where I thought the story was going.
I discovered that I have less and less of one as it progresses.

The bottom line is:
It's a very interesting story, occasionally great fun and I'm anxious to see what you plan to do with it.

I'm going to assume that I'm correct and it's supposed to be obvious, so:
THANK YOU for doing something like the Pioneer's plaque.
It's one of the things that /really/ bothered me about Harry Potter.
Guest chapter 1 . 2/5/2013
I have no idea how to go about writing a review but I can tell you this,the first chapter is wonderfull and I can't wait to read the rest.
tiggerbone chapter 1 . 2/3/2013
So far this is interesting. I enjoy the Harry Potter books, but I have always been a bit annoyed by some of Harry's qualities. And as a physicist, I enjoy rational thought but have always been slightly chagrined by the fact that it is rarely applied well in books about fantasy. This is a very promising beginning! I look forward to reading more!
reader chapter 1 . 2/3/2013
clever and funny story, expecting great things to come ... brainy, yes, but great

"If he was going to descend into this madness, he was going to do it with style."
Enei Emmu chapter 1 . 2/2/2013
Now this is rather interesting... I found it on Tv Tropes, and read that it's the most popular HP fic ever, so here I am... I like it so far.
ThinkingSpeck chapter 1 . 1/31/2013
I discovered Methods about a year ago now, and was hooked almost immediately. I've read it from the start maybe half a dozen times since then, and reread later chapters as new material came out.

Quite apart from entertaining me very successfully, this story has changed me rather significantly. I've come to identify as a rationalist, which has entailed major changes in how I perceive and interact with the world, and in general I've become far more deliberate and practical in almost everything I do. My life has improved (not that it wasn't pretty good already), and I've improved. My girlfriend (now fiancee) was initially quite worried that I'd turn into an emotionless intelligence, but she changed her mind once she saw the positive practical results (and saw that I remained emotionally healthy).

Thank you, Eliezer. I know my benefits here aren't closely related to your primary goal, but your work (both in this fic and elsewhere) has changed my life significantly for the better.

danielgazizov chapter 1 . 1/31/2013
MiranDuranDa chapter 1 . 1/30/2013
Oh. My. God. You have a podcast. That's freaking fantastic. I wish I had the patience to wait to listen to it until the next time I have one of my awful 6hr drives to my parents' house, but sadly I want to read this now...alas.
Death2Ignorance chapter 1 . 1/26/2013
that was a hilarious start. I love harry's character!
Apollo Vengea chapter 1 . 1/26/2013
You have already received a lot of reviews so you know how awesome your story is.
But can you finish it a little faster?
I'm hanging on to every word here!
Guest chapter 1 . 1/25/2013
I like it already, a very different take.
Cariyaga chapter 1 . 1/25/2013
Hey, I just wanted to say that I absolutely enjoy this and have recommended it to several friends. It is so good, in fact, that it has inspired me to check out your other works (though I haven't /actually/ done so yet) and donate to the Center for Applied Rationality. I'm really looking forward to your future chapters here!
Jeni chapter 1 . 1/19/2013
Okay. SO you FORCED me to read the whole friggin' thing. It was delicious and now my family has had me committed. Apparently running off to the bedroom to read ALL week long made them worry and doubt my sanity. Thanks for that.
Anyway, it was a delight to read. Presentation, grammar, etc was flawless and that really does make reading a pleasure. Your ideas are wickedly funny and intelligent and made me feel a little inferior. I'll work on my self esteem later. I couldn't believe that it wasn't done yet. WHY ISN'T THIS DONE? You are a writing viking and I am enjoying it so much. I hope my fawning accolades help the writing process for you. Happy weekend!
Jeni Tomlinson (wrote Childish Things on under Chia the Cat)
Guest chapter 1 . 1/18/2013
ardeth hines chapter 1 . 1/16/2013
recovering English teacher; having read Harry Potter six or seven times, and having sent my first editions on to the next generation of readers, I am finding this delightful. It is a charming conceit and I don't need to get to the fifth or tenth chapter to enjoy it. . . . wit is rare and should be encouraged, and we won't even get into the joy of creativity. . . .
Guest chapter 1 . 1/15/2013
I love the ending. Reminds me of Tennant's reactions...
Mels chapter 1 . 1/13/2013
I dont know what to think about this actually. This is really different from the usual fanfics but i kinda like it. I mean its just the first chapter, there's a high chance that it gets better so i'll keep on reading!
Clarity Light chapter 1 . 1/12/2013
A friend of mine from high school recommended this to me when I was home for winter break, and I'm so glad she did! It is a truly enjoyable departure from the original story, and I'm loving it. I'm currently 80% of the way through according to my kindle (nice touch!), and am looking forward to hearing the progress update in Feb. Best of luck to you in your continued endeavors!
Heroine of the Valley chapter 1 . 1/10/2013
Wait, if Petunia married a Professor, would they still be living on the same street? I'd imagine they'd be somewhere well, nice.
AvidReader chapter 1 . 1/9/2013
-Then a boy's voice said, calmly and quietly, "What."-
This sentence makes the story worth reading!
Looking forward to further lulz.
Manga154 chapter 1 . 1/7/2013
Does everyone feel the need to include a creepy magical aware neighbor in there stories or is it only the ones I find?

There's my review, on to the next chapter!
Sardonic Irony chapter 1 . 1/7/2013
Read it before, but it has been awhile so I'm starting over again. I have to say that it is just as good as the last time I read it, possibly due to it being entirely unique.
illuminios chapter 1 . 1/6/2013
So, here it is! I've read all chapters on Russian and (finally!) discovered the original.
It looks like I won't get much (if any) sleep tonight. Hell yeah! _
Guest chapter 1 . 1/6/2013
better than the 'real' harry potter by far!
EpsilonBeta chapter 1 . 1/5/2013
Only just started reading this, and I really must say I've fallen in love with all the characters so far.
Biabara chapter 1 . 1/3/2013
You requested one comment per chapter- well, here we go! For now, I already find myself very interested in the story. Little chance of me dropping out on it. I like what you did with Petunia and I laughed really hard at the scene with Mrs Figg! I also like how analytical Harry is- I prefer ffs where he has a bit more brainpower than in canon. Sorry for any mistakea in my comments- english isn't my native language _
BiblioMatsuri chapter 1 . 1/3/2013
"What." Pretty much, yes.
Adellie chapter 1 . 1/2/2013
Different, I suppose.
A Drop of Starlight chapter 1 . 1/1/2013
This is so so funny! :D Made my day!
li chapter 1 . 1/1/2013
tttsess chapter 1 . 12/28/2012
Best thing I ever read.
MsFrizzle chapter 1 . 12/27/2012
Your story was recommended to me with the same caveat that you have at the head of this story. He needn't have worried. I as completely taken by the first chapter an howling with laughter by the second. I see that you have many many reviews and I doubt I have anything to add that hasn't been said repeatedly by others so I don't feel compelled to make many reviews. But I did want to tell you how much I appreciate the story even from the first chapter and I look forward to reading the rest. Thank you.
Myiou chapter 1 . 12/25/2012
Hi, I had the luck to discover your fiction thanks to someone who had the great idea to translate in french!

I wanted to say to you: congratulation! your story is amazing! A lot of interesting facts as psychological theories, sciences; a lot of humor (sometimes, it makes me laugh to tears!), and of course a great story getting darker and deeper!
So, thank you for your work and merry Christmas to you! :)

(and forgive me for the mistakes..)

Guest chapter 1 . 12/22/2012
Good start! I hope he continues his muggle studies as well as his magical ones? I doubt his professor father would want his son to just drop out of the muggle world to study magic.
shelwyn chapter 1 . 12/19/2012
As far as I can tell your fic started out great. The way it ended really caught my attention.
Susan M. M chapter 1 . 12/19/2012
Fascinating beginning to an intriguing AU.
Schizoid13 chapter 1 . 12/18/2012
well you said to,at least,give one reveiw per here it is and i already loved the story!1
zanaikin chapter 1 . 12/18/2012
(Decided to leave a fanfic review... for the first time).

LessWrong-sama (because that name is asking for it, and you clearly know enough JPN P):

It's a shame you're not a career author, really. English folks might nitpick on your grammar and sentence style some, but the content is too amazing. I've recommended this story to everyone I know who might either be interested in psychology (including an utterly-impressed doctorate), rationality, fanfics, or simply good creative writing. So far we've all wondered - how the heck are you going to pull yourself out of the mess you wrote yourself into after CH85? I saw the notes you left on HPMOR, but they didn't seem quite *real*, until your update now...

Although frankly, it almost feels a bit cheating the way you did it with the Chaotics. We watched you set fire to most of the character relationship web that you've built up in one event only to read that... those among the core cast you've picked were fireproof. But then, you're the person who actually teaches people rationality; clearly more experience to speak of the results than the rest of us ;)

I feel that anything else I may praise has probably been done, and any notable content I may criticize will just make me look like a smart ss to a smarter person which is a dumb move. Honestly, if there's one true 'fault' to this... it's clearly that your writing intelligence is a little too high which is depressing for creative writers like me (or worse: aspiring pro writers) who realizes they will never quite come to match XD

Although I do wonder why Harry never suspects Quirrel might have an alternate personality running downtime hours. The defense professor certain shows some of the signs of it being possible... and Voldie is smart enough to cover his tracks. In a world as magically-mechanically-abusable as HP's, motivation and behavior consistency really isn't enough to trust people \

Either way...

Don't ever stop before the conclusion of HPMOR P Otherwise rabid fans who lost their rationality would have to track you down and tie you to a word processor

It's also a shame you're not an story-editor either. I get the feeling you can probably pinpoint most plot issues within two glances. Heck, I would certainly pay to get your eyes one pass over my book, but I get the feeling you love your job too much (although since I was told there's no such thing as /shameless/ in authoring and it can't hurt to try, link is in my profile here xD).

Best of luck

- Aorii
Anon chapter 1 . 12/18/2012
Dalkon: It's not a mistake in the story, it's a matter of you not getting the reference. Try listening to Tom Lehrer.
The.Altered.E chapter 1 . 12/17/2012
Poor Harry I'm sure it must have been really confusing for him.
StrangeoneXD chapter 1 . 12/16/2012
So in this world they never had a son and only adopted Harry? Interesting
Guest chapter 1 . 12/16/2012
Jinny chapter 1 . 12/15/2012
I've only yet read the 1st chapter, and I think that its really good. Nothing like Harry Potter itself, but still at the same really alike. And I love its humor as well.
Mr Norrell chapter 1 . 12/13/2012
'Then a boy's voice said, calmly and quietly, "What."'

I know precisely how he feels for I'm feeling the same at this moment. At first I thought I knew what I was getting into, but now I'm not so sure.

I don't know if I'm going to like this for attempting to bring a bit of rationality to an otherwise whimsical magical world or lament the time I'm about to waste in reading a thoroughly boring work "with lifeless characters, and cold environments, and laboratory-conditioned schemes and plots" as StrikerReviews so eloquently suggests.
StrikerReviews chapter 1 . 12/12/2012
A Quick Review of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality:

The fic is unique, I will grant it this much. In many cases, I was enamored and pleased with the author’s humor, the fairly entertaining situations Harry gets into, and of the intricate plots he follows through on his quest for ultimate knowledge and world domination through absolute science. While characters from the original series make no semblance of an appearance whatsoever (only their names, and in poor disguise, as well), I find them somewhat endearing. I can see the passing shadows of character, somewhere, beneath their mechanical dialogue, and their uninspired emotions, and their lack of anything youthful that might remind the reader of the fact that they are merely eleven years-old.
That being said, I never once assumed that the conspiring, big-brained, overconfident, malicious, inquisitive, ostentatious boy living at number four, Privet Drive, was the character I knew and loved, and grew up with. Never. What I saw was not a character, but an author. Well, scratch that. What I saw was a pretentious, boring, insult-worthy, middle-aged professor who fancied himself an author, but in truth is far superior in science than in literature. I do not doubt the “science” of this fanfiction. I can not assert its validity either, for I am not a professor. I am an author, unlike the producer of this belligerent, ballistic bludgeoning of statistics and other mind-numbing jargon of probability.
But enough remarks on the “author”. The story of this fanfiction remains somewhat open-ended in its plot. Arcs fall in and out like the times, stories get told and finished at an unreasonably quick pace, and others glacially slow. Character development, I find, is at its worst with “Draco”, whose reasonings, emotions, and rapid bi-polar attitude that (appallingly often) always falls within Harry’s plans and expectations and is so over-the-top at times, I can hardly contain my eyes from rolling out of their sockets.
Yet, these complaints are but a trifle when compared to the real issue. Science. So much science, and all of it sickeningly preachy and ridiculous. Many will scoff at this assumption, and berate me, and scream at me, but I believe my assumptions are true, and founded on proper bias. Do not get me wrong. Again, the science, I believe, is true. It is all true, and yet, all very, very dumb.
What was once story, and character development, and giving the readers “room to breathe”, and emotional tension, and tone, and actual, redeeming literature, has been replaced with an overload of references, upon references, upon references, that beg the question: “Why? Why for God’s sake, why?”
Why does the reader need to learn these things? And so many things, too? Why the excessive demand for the reader to understand every aspect of probability, or AI difficulty, or genetics, or Italian theorists and their dissertations? Why? What is to be gained by force-feeding the reader this pretentious salad of scientific jargon? This over-dressed cake of cacophonous college criteria?
It’s enough to make a man go insane. All aesthetic, all natural flow, all decent semblance of artistic vision, and mastery over syntax and language, replaced, stripped, downgraded to mathematical nonsense, that only gives the appearance of intelligence without any meaningful depth whatsoever that can be attributed to the author. What the author has done is not intelligent. It is not “genius” as so many ill-instructed reviewers claim it to be, with their gullible, shit-eating grins, and wide, loving, so innocently unaware eyes drinking in every poisonous, pompous, purple word scribbled by this charlatan of a literary persona.
I do not consider this literature, for that is not the word for something such as this. It would be heresy, a soul-damning thing, to even fancy the thought of the idea entering one’s head. What this is, and what it is meant to be, is a fun, mildly interesting way to introduce interested, young boys and girls to the “excitement” of rational science and the many different, and wonderful things science can answer for us: like whether magic is vanishing or not, and how. There is nothing wrong with such a work. It is inspirational. Nice, even, but not literature.
This is not a work that has been crafted with love, with the intention of illustrating a prowess and heretofore unseen mastery over the english language, with the mindset of opening young minds to what a man with a pen may do to create a world, and to create life with the stroke of a key. I do not believe this man is an artist. He is a scientist, and it shows dreadfully, with lifeless characters, and cold environments, and laboratory-conditioned schemes and plots, that are so the tools of one in such a trade. Of this, I do not blame him, yet I believe he owes responsibility to you all, the readers. A responsibility to set you straight. That this type of work should not be emulated. That it should not be studied, or analyzed for copying, or examined for underlying themes and values and tones. An author-in-training would find his time much better suited to studying classical works, and other such novels of well-deserving fame and recognition.
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is nothing more than a man going through flashcards, every chapter an explanation of a concept dressed in “Harry Potter”, and every one as shameless as a television advert in its duplicity.
Dan Riddle chapter 1 . 12/11/2012
INGENIOUS! 80 That's what I can say about your story so far!
m1dnight217 chapter 1 . 12/11/2012
Just to be 19000. Good story
juicy club chapter 1 . 12/11/2012
Even though I am recounting the following compliment for the third time on a fanfiction review, I can assure you this IS the best fanfiction I've ever read.
Guest chapter 1 . 12/9/2012
Hey, I saw in the update at HPMOR that you're looking for new reading material. Have you considered trying Homestuck? It's a pretty good webcomic with a whole lot of time travel shenanigans and whatnot, but it's kind of long. I'd recommend reading the intermission first to see if you're interested in the humor and temporal mechanics. The intermission is a short and mostly self-contained part of the much larger story. I'm not sure what the rules are for posting a link in a review, but if you google "homestuck intermission" you should find it. The url is mspaintadventures.
Black Rose White Fire chapter 1 . 12/8/2012
I read this story somewhere a while ago, and I absolutely LOVED it. Didn't know it was on here too! I'll probably reread it soon, too. Cheers!

A reader chapter 1 . 12/5/2012
Hi I love the length and the depth but could you stop the science and give Harry and hermione a relationship it would make it alot better keep writeing ps your drarry is not working that well thanks xx
jonbeer1 chapter 1 . 12/5/2012
One of the best stories I've read, let alone best fan fics. This actually turned me on to fan fics - something I'd always considered rather weird before.
wildirishrose chapter 1 . 12/4/2012
So far, it's great.
Ranmaleopard chapter 1 . 11/29/2012
this is really awesome and interesting i cant wait to see what happens next please continue! is harry still a parselmouth?
summerful21 chapter 1 . 11/28/2012
I'm in the process of rereading this fic for the third or fourth time, and I just wanted to say that it is spectacular, hilarious, thought-provoking, haunting, perfect, totally awesome, and saying that it deserves to be published is the biggest understatement ever. Also, after rereading the first paragraph describing the Evans-Verres household and its books, I would like to say that I am extremely, extremely jealous of Harry. For so many reasons, but mostly because of the books. My parents are both educated people, blah blah blah, and they do read often, but if they do, it's usually the newspaper. They just don't have the same appreciation (*see note, obsession) with fiction that I do. And while with my meager allowance, I have managed to build up about five shelves of my favourite books, most of my books have to come from the library (because books are freaking expensive). Anyways, to the point of this review: you have so effectively captured my dream house with that first paragraph, it's scary. And when I grow up, my house is SO going to look like Harry's. Every time my parents visit, they're bound to yell at me for wasting all my money on books, but so be it.
Max chapter 1 . 11/28/2012
Excellent start to what I hope will be a great novel
Noradin chapter 1 . 11/27/2012
Why does everyone see the need to chain surnames together instead of just choosing one? That looks so horrible.
Rhudi chapter 1 . 11/25/2012
Kelnius chapter 1 . 11/21/2012
I want to start by saying, although I was at first surprised at the inclusion of Miss Figg's *reveal* in the first chapter here, I later realized that you wrote this AFTER Rowling had established that. So I commend you not on your premonition skills, but on your apt use of the source material. And in fact, for that being the perfect, possible way to end this chapter.

I want to continue, however, by saying (and bear with me here): I hate fanfiction. And I was expecting to hate this. But you have me very pleasantly surprised. Whereas some write this stuff to insert themselves into the story and perhaps even have sex with the characters, you've done so to insert LOGIC, which is marvelous fun.
But more than that, and the reason I write this review, is because as much as I enjoy your writing style, and the concept alone, I more enjoy your interpretation of the original story.
The concept that Petunia was once fat, pimply and ugly at one point, at first set off alarm bells. I thought "This guy's just making crap up to make his story work, just to better explain magic to Michael!"
But then I thought about it . . . Vernon was a horrible man. Self-important, ignorant and fat. It makes sense, firstly, that Petunia would originally be drawn to such a man for having similar interests, but also since he would consider her "In his league". And then, after settling down, Petunia would have spent most of her time taking care of Vernon and being bound to his "keep up appearances, dear!" mindset, it's conceivable that she'd lose weight and that her pimples would naturally disappear.
And having become "beautiful" while with Vernon, she would think it was HIM that caused her to become this way, and would be thankful to him for it, like a form of suburban Stockholm Syndrome. And also, the rapid weight loss would explain the freaky-looking skinny neck, and the fact that Dudley is so fat. Two fat parents, it's nature and nurture working against him.

My point is, your story got me thinking. And even if you didn't intend this interpretation . . . well, that's what fanfiction is all about, isn't it? But more than that, it shows that you've captured my imagination.
Beautifully written work, can't wait to continue on. Perhaps fanfiction has it's place in society, yet.

Yours sincerely, Kelnius
NO chapter 1 . 11/19/2012
Great Story! Very Interesting
NameYaoiLover98 chapter 1 . 11/17/2012
Ok you have 85 chapters and have been able to keep the story teen rated. im impressed. thats normally hard to do. *applause*
Emily Drennan chapter 1 . 11/10/2012
Oh my god, some weird sort of hysterical giggle just came out of me, i'm in for such a ride. Yes, just yes!
MissNikita chapter 1 . 11/10/2012
Oh my god, I was looking for an amzing fic that would just grab me and this first chapter certainly did.

I have vivid pictures in my head of Harry standing there in his garden feeling all stupid and silly and waving that letter lmao.
Fei chapter 1 . 11/9/2012
Well, I read the entire thing. I have to tell you I'm disappionted. WHAT THE HELL DID YOU STOP WRITING FOR?! I need more ;) It was amazing though I skipped all the um, "rationality" parts, which I think was the whole point of the book but I really wasn't interested. I'd actually take this book over the original any day- no offence to J.K Rowling. I'd gush and stuff but I'm sure you already know what a fan-fucking-tastic job you did, so I'll just say: For Gods sake write another one. I'll be looking forward to it, and oh try and get this one published if you haven't already, everyone should have the pleasure of reading and possibly obsessing about it.

Thanks :P
Subham Soni chapter 1 . 11/5/2012
The book does notable work whenever it deviates from the actual series. However, there are two major exceptions -
1 - The relation between Pettigrew and Black has been placed as a very awkward and unusual Chekov's gun; and was totally unforced. Were it to be worked upon in the later chapters, it might have been better. In any case, I believe that forcing a 'relationship' in them was so very unjust.
2 - Dumbledore has been unusually shallowed out. The Grand Old wizard whom everyone respects but no-one understands seems to have become sort of a mockery in this fanfic (where everybody knows that he does things seeing patterns - Lupin: 'Dumbledore thought you ought to have wicked stepparents' et al) and his character is very much undermined by Harry's and Quirrel's disagreements with him. His is very much a character that the story has been unjustified in undermining [unlike Ron or Voldermort or Sirius - All of which have been suitably balanced by other characters]. In Dumbledore's case; McGonagall has not been strengthened (plotwise) enough to become a true mentor, and Quirrell has easy pointable dark holes in him, which, along with Harry's own disagreements with him, make him unsuitable to fill in on that role. IMO Dumbledore needs to be reinstated to his original position of honour [If not fully, then partially] in the coming chapters to stop the fall of this story into a dark Quirrelly story
MMMMMMMA chapter 1 . 11/4/2012
I heard you're a "review whore"? If so, let me say, UPDATE please, I need moar moar moar. Thanks. And don't forget to update.
TophFan chapter 1 . 11/3/2012
woah this is really cool.
ksmurf chapter 1 . 11/2/2012
This fic was recommended to me by one of the developers at work. My word! This is the most amusing and intellectual piece I've read in a while. I can see this is going to be a page turner for me.

Highlight: Mrs. Figg doing EXACTLY what she does in the books (exposes that she is a witch without much ado), but perfectly within this paradigm!
blinkingharder chapter 1 . 11/1/2012
Frankly, I "may" have understood a maximum of 75% of the scientific-thinges. But still, it is the most awesome writing that I've read in a while.
I originally found the pdf version on .com, and I was like, 'lets try it'. I still don't regret it. It's a great inspiration for many.
Slice of Sky chapter 1 . 10/31/2012
Good beginning, well laid out, brisk pace.
Jean Le Flambeur chapter 1 . 10/30/2012
I have never read Harry potter. I have read excerpts and a the first chapter. However I cannot read the whole thing. As a child my father was very similar to Harry's adoptive father (your character, not he one from the regular potter books). He beated it into my head that fantasy was incredibly stupid and that I should stick to either non fiction or hard science fiction. Something which he really really loved. So when I would see books like Harry potter I would scoff and. Then brush them out of my mind. By the time I really got into fantasy I was in ninth grade, and the first fantasy book I ever read in its entirety was either the graveyard book or seven days of Luke. I can't recall I know tags I read one directlyaftercthe other however. By that time Harry potter was almost concluded I believe and I did t see the point I. Starting it now. I thought to myself I'll just wait til they're all done then I'll read them. The day I read Harry potter never came. So now reading this I at first thought I would be lost, but then I resolved I'll just read it as if. I were reading the actual Harry potter and be actually introduced to the characters. I had to say this one chapter has convinced me this book is worth reading. I love your Harry potter. I loved the quirkiness of the characters. And I loved the way you characterized Harry's adoptive father.
Guest chapter 1 . 10/30/2012
Wow, a very interesting alternate telling of Harry Potter.
Soni chapter 1 . 10/29/2012
Awesome! But the problem is that I cannot find anywhere to download it. It would be nice if we could find one mirror to download the entire book.
Muirgen Monet chapter 1 . 10/25/2012
Amazing story!
Joseph chapter 1 . 10/20/2012
Very well written. The back story was explained in a marvelous way and the characters (new and old) were introduced wonderfully. The only thing I had a little trouble accepting was his extra long name; Harry James Potter has such a nice ring to it and it seems a shame to drag it on like that...
craftygeek64 chapter 1 . 10/17/2012
Great story, embarking on a reread.

This story has inspired my first fanfic idea - in 2000, Nearly Headless Nick gives a rationalist 'tear-down' of the Harry Potter cannon, pointing out the errors of those Characters which we Revere.
Janeth H Bucio chapter 1 . 10/16/2012
I wasn't sure what exactly this website was when one of my friends introduced me to it. I have to say I am really impressed by the first page it self. You have captivated my attention and THAT is what matters most when it comes to writing a fan fiction that people like me, grew up reading.

The twist of Harry actually being treated as a son from the Verres is a nice twist to what J.K Rowling had for Harry Potter. It almost brings concern to what his adventures might become now that he doesn't have the obstacle of being an unloved orphan boy.

I look forward to reading the rest of your chapters and giving you my feedback _.
NM chapter 1 . 10/15/2012
I am generally skeptical of fanfics that showcase a parallel universe. But, this one has gotten me quite interested. I love the fact that there is no Dursely. The approach to the entire concept differs, which means what comes next is going to be more interesting!
Trev-Head chapter 1 . 10/11/2012
Princessdiana516 chapter 1 . 10/4/2012
Harry and hermione all the way!
Anon chapter 1 . 10/3/2012
This series is amazing, but I think the author is getting very distracted by its related projects. It's understandable that he's excited over the centers for applied rationality, and folks at Harvard getting together to discuss his fan fiction. Still, I'm disappointed- thinking more and more that he's too busy stroking his ego to continue the series. If that's true, he should tell the fan base. Does it really take 4 months to finish 5 edited chapters?
LordXeenTheGreat chapter 1 . 10/1/2012
Awesome beginning