Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
DialM chapter 122 . 10/13
This has to be one of the best works of fan fiction I have ever read. I mean this sincerely when I say that the worst part of this is when it ended; I feel somewhat empty at the thought of having read everything of this series. I sincerely thank you for writing this story.
Timeseer chapter 122 . 10/10
Overall the story is fantastic and a brilliant book simply on its own had you replaced character names and locations mixed up the magic system into something new this would be a fantastic novel you should consider publishing. However in sorry to say this but I detested your ending of it im not sure particularly which parts of it made me so incredibly annoyed that you ended it like you did but if you do ever publish this in my opinion rewrite the entire ending 2-3 chapters
Guest chapter 122 . 10/5
Wow. That was cool. I need to read all the real books again now! Thanks for a great story, it was loads of fun. I must admit I got a bit worried in the middle there that it was getting a bit too dark and unrealistic, but I really appreciate a good ending. That was a nice way to sum it up. Thanks again!
Evelhundrege chapter 122 . 9/24
Can you write an actual book, please? This fanfiction is better than almost any fantasy book I've ever read, and I've read... well, a lot of fantasy.

Please become a real author. It would be a loss to the world if you don't.
D.Mentia chapter 122 . 9/23
This may well be the best book I've ever read. Bravo, I love you
Trustworthy chapter 122 . 9/22
I've read a little over a 100 different Harry Potter Fanfiction stories and out of them all this is by far the most EXTRAORDINARY one out there! This story is a bloody masterpiece! Any story that leaves you walking away with more knowledge about the world around you, like this one, is completely worth reading! I can't tell you how many fics I have read that make absolutely no sense or are disgusting idiotic. If your an individual that needs properly satisfying conclusions where all the frayed ends match up and an amazing plot fused with intellectual humor, READ THIS! NOW! ;)
Nytefyre chapter 122 . 9/19
Finally had the chance to finish the last fifteen or so chapters.

The characters are my favorite aspect of this story. Motivations were well fleshed out and actions sprang from them. Quirrell was exceedingly well written as an enigma. When he revealed as Voldemort his subsequent actions were truly difficult to predict as a result.

This was also probably the least cliché ridden fanfic I've read. The application of logic to the practice of magic was better carried out than I've seen to date, as well.

Thanks for writing and sharing.
The Four Eyes chapter 122 . 9/6
i'm not entirely sure what to say about this except
wow
and
thank you
Thalimus chapter 122 . 8/29
I must offer you my sincerest gratitude for the creation of this story. I feel as though it has changed my life within the capacity of mental capacity and opened up my perspective to wisdom and knowledge that I knew not before. It may be crazy to suggest, but I dare say that this fiction is even better than the original, from my perspective. Your ability to create layers upon layers of plot, mixed with a vast variety of character personalities of differing perspectives, is beyond most if not all of what I have read before in my life.

I am amazed.

Amazed at the magnitude of your intelligence, amazed at the talent for writing that you possess, amazed at your apparent commitment and adherence to timely updates, amazed at the sheer volume and depth of your story telling.

To me, you are of celebrity status - in league with Rowling herself. I intend to hunt down whatever information I can find about you and I hope to find an abundance of original fiction books that I can spend my money on to support your endeavors as an author and further expand my mind. I can't possibly imagine that you have naught published, for the level of writing that you have presented screams years of experience and dedication to the art.

Anyways, thank you again. So, SO much. You are a gift upon this world.

~Matthew
Guest chapter 122 . 8/28
This was a wonderful book. You are a eloquent writer, and your type of writing is seen rarely in this time period. Keep up the amazing work.
Avatar Whitelighter chapter 122 . 8/27
1 month and 2 days.

4 weeks and 2 days.

33 days.

792 hours.

47,520 minutes.

1,568,160 seconds.

Time well spent.
Angel Dario Bahena Farina chapter 122 . 8/24
hermoso, is all i need to say. pd: please contact Netflix
Guest chapter 122 . 8/23
This was honestly one of the greatest work of literature I have ever read, and it has been a pleasure to do so. Thank you
Glumski chapter 122 . 8/23
So... this is it. About four days of near-constant reading and becoming so immersed in this story that it'll actually take some effort to adjust back to the real life. It was... intense.

I originally just wanted my first review to only consist of "What." but since FF only grants one review per chapter, well, both you and this story deserve far more.

HPMoR is possibly the greatest work of fiction I've read so far, and I don't say that lightly. I've learned more about the methods of rationality and the scientific endeavour than in our university's introductory class to scientific workings, which is not something I expected to happen in any work of fiction, especially not one about the stereotypical young boy fighting the stereotypical evil wizard (both who end up not being stereotypical at all). The style of writing is superb, the characters are precise (which is not an adjective I've used in this context ever before), the plot is... I don't even know.

Which is the biggest reason why I originally just wanted to write "What.", because that's the exact thing that went to my head many times in the course of this story. There were a lot of decisions which were completely unexpected and still (more or less) obvious in hindsight, and my internal sense of reasoning just whited out when Harry suddenly went to break Bellatrix out of Azkaban or Hermione appeared to have murdered Draco or Hermione got eaten by a troll. Though admittedly, it wasn't "What." that went through my head after that special scene but instead a number of rather vicious expletives.

The characters... yeah. Harry, Hermione and Draco were absolutely great, of course, and Quirrel might be the most interesting almost-OC that I've seen so far, and I really wasn't sure if Dumbledore was sane or not till quite late in the story. Who really surprised me was Daphne Greengrass, probably my favourite character in this work, and Tracey Davis who somehow evoked protective emotions inside me. But, really, all the characters are great.

There were a lot of scenes that were far more hilarious than any comedy I've yet watched or read (though I admittedly don't watch or read many of those) and I could barely keep myself from crying in that scene where Quirrel first shows Harry his vision of space spell.

I'm not entirely sure what to think about Unicorn Princess Hermione. The little boy inside of me really likes the idea of the powers of Hermione, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Deadpool combined but from a literary standpoint it sounds like the composition of the absolute Mary Sue. Which actually might be intentional, now that I think about it. I would love to see her in action though, in the event of an epilogue or sidestory or even a non-official sequel, though I'd of course love to see any kind of epilogue, sidestory or sequel.

What I didn't like - in the sense of "Meh" and not disappointment - was you killing of the non-sentient versions of Twilight Sparkle and Rarity. I felt to me like having pop-culture references for the sake of pop-culture references.

Also, what astounds me though it only came to mind after the last chapter, is that the whole story didn't make use of any kind of love plot. Sure, established relationships were mentioned and even made for interesting motivations, and yeah, there was the usual talk of eleven or twelve year old girls, but there was no big love interest, no erotic or sexual encounters. I didn't miss them at all but I can't recall any story with more than 200 pages that had no love plot.
But then again, the main characters are eleven or twelve years old; a love plot would at best be kind of icky and at worst, well, I don't need to mention it, I think.

So... yeah. That's it. Thank you very much for writing and sharing this story!
MashiroAzuki chapter 122 . 8/18
it started off incredibly interesting and funny and so mind-blowing i couldnt stop thinking about it. the story helped me to understand more abt the world of harry potter and i am grateful for all the retrospective insights you've given me. although i was quite devastated in the middle bc it was so sad (esp when hermione died) towards the end i kept getting angry at harry bc he trusted quirrell too much. but then the day was saved anyway so yay i guess. the ending felt a little lonely though. as if it was harry and hermione (and others, but mainly them) against the whole world. i dunno it just felt tht way. great now im feeling empty inside. i do want to see harry take over the world though tht would be hilarious
ThePurityofChaos chapter 122 . 8/15
To be totally honest, this should be required reading. If humanity could become even half what Harry is in intelligence and morality, the world would be so much better for it. There are few things that can have such a profound effect as this... masterpiece of a novel has, and at the moment I can think of none. This is truly a work of art.

-The Purity of Chaos
KuramaTheSage chapter 122 . 8/12
This story is amazing. I just finished it and I can say that it is completely insane but lovely. Some would call how different it is from cannon as you hating the original HP but I only see improvements. This story was wonderful from beginning to end and has definitely changed me in significant ways that I am only thankful. If you wrote a story half as good as this one then it would be in my top 5 favorite stories of all time I am certain.

On the off chance that you are a new reader and are looking at the reviews to see if they are positive, then I can tell you that this story is amazing from beginning to end. I strongly encourage you to read it.
Guest chapter 122 . 8/12
I wish there was more closure to the other characters.
Guest chapter 122 . 8/12
Well, this has been a wild ride. I can't say I like the ending very much but it fits the story. Maybe it's because of Hermione? For some reason I don't like your Hermione. I wouldn't call her a Mary Sue because she does have flaws. Perhaps it is because she's way too nice compared to canon? For some reason, I can't wrap my head around a nice Hermione. I wish you could have focused more on Draco, though. I hope he and Harry can be friends again in the future.
Mysts of Time chapter 122 . 8/11
...this started out as hilarious, became sad, and ended amazingly. This has been one hell of a ride, and i am certainly holding on to this gem.
Julia C chapter 122 . 8/10
Wonderfuly written, smart, enourmously funny. Thank you for this awesome story. Hope there comes future fics to further explore this universe.
Emerald Rose nee Potter chapter 122 . 8/7
Some four years ago I tried to read this story, I got to about chapter 30 before for some reason I couldn't go any further. I now know the reason for that is because I was not mature or intelligent enough to understand and appreciate the complexity and beauty of your story. This story inspired moments of great joy and laughter and immense amounts of fear and sadness. This story is incredible well written and if it wasn't for the fact that all the characters and places are from hp I would recommend publishing this. The bitter sweet ending is brilliant and fitting for this story. Congratulations on an amazing story and another loyal reader I look forward to your next big work.
The One Who Reads Too Much chapter 122 . 8/6
"Oh..." Hermione said. "It was two months ago for you... I guess you don't recall, then."
And Harry remembered."
And then Harry jumped.

Good thing he had a nice convenient roof to jump off.
Guest chapter 122 . 7/11
Way better than the original.
Cl0ud-0 chapter 122 . 7/7
I can't be asked to speak eloquently when this 122 chapter book I just read finished so well but
Cl0ud-0 chapter 122 . 7/7
that pledge at the end by hermione was nice, and I liked it
AlphaDomain chapter 122 . 6/27
Ah I kinda wish you introduced luna. She was so funny in this one.. Always thought she was a doll to.. Also why didn't Harry ever study house elf magic or runes..
a homeslizzle chapter 122 . 6/20
wow. You are an exceptional writer. It is very rare for a story, Especially fanfic, to be so well thought-out, detailed, clever, and just brilliantly written. I can't even tell you how much I feel like I've grown as a writer just from reading the dialogue alone in this story, and the way you brought everything pretty much full-circle from first year and even a lot of characters and most plot devices from the entire series, and managed to wrap it all into Harry's first year in increasingly creative and inventive ways was exceptional. I feel improved for having read this. Thank you.
EowynMalfoy chapter 122 . 6/11
This was exceptional. I LOVED it. And I thank you so much for writing it.
Ryoji Mochizuki chapter 122 . 6/10
Wow, just wow, amazing, simply amazing. I have no words
Amber chapter 122 . 6/9
Dear Writer,

I would like to expressmy gratitude to you. I have absolutely enjoyed this version of Harry Potter and just couldn't stop reading. Thank you for providing this very satisfying alternate HP universe.

For Science!
ahhrreader chapter 122 . 5/31
How the hell can you put 7-years worth of plots in the first year!?
That considered it is a masterpiece in the fanfiction world. I hope you start with some new fic someday.
FiveofDiamonds chapter 122 . 5/21
May I compliment you on achieving what fanfiction was intended to be? True to most characters, yet taken in own direction. More intelligent. Darker. Perhaps it is blasphemous to say, but I may like it more than the original.

I really like this incarnation of Quirrell and Dumbledore. And I like the illustration of Hermione's frustration, feeling trapped in friendship. Also, the characterization of Harry as a “do-er,” but has flaws of his own, such as arrogance and his tendency to see others as NPCs. It was interesting to read a fiction through the eyes of a character who views life through the filter of fiction. And I like how in the end, Harry is not a hero as he imagined but a young mysterious old man.

I appreciate the clever turns of phrase interspersed and the cognitive science taught. Coincidentally, I came across “Rationality: From AI to Zombies previously and independent of this fic and had been reading it prior to reading HPMoR. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I like your writing style. Thank you for sharing your work with us.
Thistle chapter 122 . 5/16
I've read your story four times through in the past two years, but I don't think I've thanked you personally for it yet. (Or as "personally" as one can do through a review...) It's such a wonderful, amazing story, I've gotten so much enjoyment from it! Thanks so much for writing it and sharing it with the world. I can't wait for reading #5. :)
Bele chapter 122 . 5/15
aehm...yeah...well... what did i just read? holy moly, what an awesome absolutely brilliant confusing complicated story... i gonna have to read it again (and again i think) to get all the hints and clues and riddles (good one!)... what an imagination! PS: loved your reference to nobbs and colon, how about a night watch/hp crossover?
huchamabacha chapter 122 . 4/24
This was both brilliant and slightly terrifying as well as overall a wonderful read. Thank you for sharing it with us!
MarkedPariah chapter 122 . 4/22
I realized that after reading 122 chapters that I've only written a single review for your wonderful work. It was exceedingly clever and intelligent throughout the story. At times the long monologues explaining Harry's thought processes got well... I can't say anything particularly negative about them, but it definitely added quite a bit of length to the overall story. Also good show on the whole Harry Killing 3 dozen death eaters and disabling Voldermort with nothing but first year magic. I really did enjoy the story you wrote.

Thank you
Guest chapter 122 . 4/22
Frickin' AWESOME.
BeingAnonymous chapter 122 . 4/21
I've read through this entire story without commenting once. I'd like to say now that this is probably the best fan-fiction I have ever read, and I thank you so much for writing this and giving everyone the pleasure of reading it.
Guest chapter 122 . 4/21
Four days later and I can say this has been an immensely enjoyable and thought-provoking experience, and thank you very, very much for sharing this with us. I'm excited to do some new kinds of learning this summer.
Scarlet Firesong chapter 122 . 4/19
Holy crap what a story this was
EspirituDelMar chapter 122 . 4/19
Beautiful. A work of art, was this story. Perfect combination of drama, humor and mystery. Characters that were multidimensional and LEARNED. An ending that spoke of hope but wasn't an 'everybody lived happily ever after' or an 'everybody died', just PERFECT. The friendships and hates and hurts... The incredible PLOT TWIST FORM HELL (Or at least it was for me, I've no idea if the Quirrel think was something everyone else saw coming). The laughs and the tears.
All I can say is that I tip my metaphorical hat to you and hope you write more, be it fanfics or original stories so I can enjoy them (selfish, I know, but some would say it's your fault for writing this marvelous work that makes me hunger for more from you ;p)
rlsa chapter 122 . 4/10
This is one of my most favorite books ever! Everything you wrote was completely enthralling. Your characters were excellent. Your plot was phenomenal. Your reasonings were astounding and a lot of your dialogue was completely hilarious! I haven't laughed as hard as I did in a very long time. ("Professor Snape! Tracey ate my soul!"). Your portrayal of 11-12 year olds was fantastic. Thanks for sharing your incredible work. It was completely enjoyable!
Thaecrasis chapter 122 . 3/27
I absolutely loved this story from start to finish. You did a fantastic job of writing, from science, to magic, to complex plots; it must have taken ages to plan and write this, including any and all research you needed to do as well.

10/10 - I will definitely recommend this to anyone I know who's read the original Harry Potter
Talonwalker chapter 122 . 3/26
Great story, it was very enjoyable reading.
Thanks!
Flametusk chapter 122 . 3/26
Wow. That's all I can say. Wow. That... is a really fitting ending.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/22
Hi I'm the Guest who came from reddit on march 3rd. I just wanted to say that I loved this book and it had been a while since I was so inmersed in a book, so thanks. And I think it's the first time I read something of this length in English which is not my language and I had to put a bit of extra effort in reading this book, but it's totally worth it. And it was nice enjoying again reading Harry Potter and I want to read more about this universe you created.

Besides of the enjoyed time I think I may have learned something from this book (or at least I know about the existence of some things I didn't know that existed and that's cool too). I now have the desire to become a more rational person and try to spread rationality to those who are around me.

I hope you have a happy life and if you publish something again I hope to read it.
Have a good day!
Red hot ice cube chapter 122 . 3/11
This book of yours, this wonderful thing, is worth reading. Many things that are read are not worth the time they take, but this is. Well done.
Reaper8439979 chapter 122 . 3/2
I- you- what the fuck did I just read.
Tinufer chapter 122 . 2/28
Finished this fic breathlessly right as it came out (I was one of those people frantically refreshing the page to see if the update had loaded yet). I've raved about it to other readers ever since, and have come back occasionally to reread. Rereading parts just now made me realise how stealthily this book has taught me all sorts of rational ideas, ethical concepts, tactical ideas. Like the difference between filling a role and actually trying to reach a goal, to name just one that has repeatedly struck a chord with me, in my job as civil servant. And so many more. The book is now a voice in my head.
SeraphinArgento chapter 122 . 2/26
It's impossible to explain my reaction to this story. The relationship between Harry and McGonagall is fantastic. The interactions between Harry and Quirrell are chilling. You have created a true original, and that is HARD to do with over 1 million other HP fanfics floating around.

Thank you for giving this to us, and well wishes in all future endeavors.

~*~SeraphinArgento
Aislynn Crowdaughter chapter 122 . 2/26
So, this is the end; and I fear, as great a read as the story was and is (Quirrel/Voldemort is awsome! , Rational!Harry is great, the pacing is great, the climax highly dramatical, the confrontation chapter with Amelia Bones quite satisfying, and the heartbreak about Harry forced to learn the truth about Quirrel and confront him was heartbreaking, too) - I fear this end is quite less satisfying than I had hoped.

So, this version of Harry does conclude to give himself time to grow up (psychically and emotionally),to be a child somewhat longer and let his parents and other adults take over again until he has reached some kind of true internal maturity; instead he decides that he must grow up *more quickly* and to take the OWLS prematuredly. Really? all he knows so far is some kind of very advanced transfiguration, some battle spells and oblivation, and the vasics of potioneering. That he should perhaps take the time to learn all the other kinds of magic Hogwarts has to offer for second- to fifth year students does not occur to him, nor that he perhaps could actually profit from being a child/ student among the other students physically in his age.
He is in fact what Amelia Bones state so astutely in chapter 119:
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"The problem," Amelia Bones said, her voice perfectly even, "is that you are a bubbling, unstable blend of a Hogwarts first-year and You-Know-Who." She paused, as though waiting for something.
(unquote)
...but instead of giving himself the time of really merging that bubbling mixture into an adult the normal way, by growing up the way any child his physical age would,and by allowing himself to be loved and supported by his parents - Noooooooooooo, he is different! But how emotionally inept he really is shows his treatment of Draco, whom he gives half of an hour to knoew the truth of what happened and decide if he wants to be friends with Harry in the fture, before being obliviated again - what kind of inept, idiotic, abusive choice is that supposed to be?

He is really, really, really not there yet.

As for Draco, he is the big looser og this fic. True, he gets his mother back, but she barely knows him,he barely knows her, he has lost his father who made him happy and grounded him, and he has just the option to scramble and get his power back. And if this fic has any of the same back story as Canon, there is still a level-one-Horcrux of Voldemort among his fathers things, Tom Riddles Diary; which means that the trap is set for him to become the next Riddle-possessed person around. And a level-one-horcrux should still work, even though the others were nottriggered yet, should it not?

Which means, Draco has both the motivation and the means (and probably very little other choice than) to become the next DarkLord, even if he escapes the trap and does not end up as the next host of Lord Voldemort.
Unfortunately, this Draco, other than Canon!Draco, did not have time to learn first hand how foolish it was for his family to put their fortunes in with Voldemort, and he has just Harrys (the enemies) word that it was Voldemort who killed his father. If he ever learns thgat this is a lie (as he is bound to do one day), then all bets are I see no good ending there, either.

was a great story and a greatb ride, and I have loved the experience, even though I am troubled by the ending. Great work! Thank you for writing and sharing!
Guest chapter 122 . 2/26
Is it strange how I don't really like Hermione in this story? I mean, she just seems so good... too good... perfect even... yeah, SPHEW IS characteristic of Hermione but, well. She kind of fits the definition of a mary-Sue, right?
pikupstix chapter 122 . 2/21
Interesting resolution. Not one I would have expected. I'll try to leave a few comments on things that stuck out over the course of my reading. Recency bias will be in full effect.

The high point of the story was the SPE arc, I maintain. Things built continually until that point-and then dipped, when you did nothing with Quirrell or Bellatrix and instead confined Harry to the castle as a bystander in his own tale. A resurgence came with Hermione's death, and from Harry's heartfelt attempt to save his dear Professor Quirrell from his fatal illness. I'm not completely satisfied with the ending, but I suppose it rounds off the story in a symmetrical fashion.

I loved how Harry's determination and free-thinking ways led him unwittingly down the path of darkness. I liked less when Voldemort became the centrepiece of the story, replacing Quirrell as this 'perfect', logical, machine-like construct. I suppose I really just didn't like Voldemort at all, no two ways around it. The first hundred chapters built up the character (a mask though it may have been) of Professor Quirrell, and at the end, that character was casually discarded and never heard from again; Voldemort was what we got instead, and it was a paltry replacement at best. As a reader, I formed no attachment to Lord Voldemort, and felt no sympathy nor empathy nor any emotion beyond mild irritation at any stage for his interaction with the plot. It was a unique take on the character, admittedly, but not a particularly enthralling one.

My thoughts on solving the Final Exam went along the lines of riding the time turner back to the point where Harry and Quirrell were trapped inside the Mirror's domain. Harry could have, at that point, used the killing curse on his past self to remove Dumbledore's incentive to sacrifice himself to time and allow Voldemort to escape. This presumably rends reality or some such, which could (at a stretch, perhaps) be construed as the meaning of the second prophecy, to 'tear apart the very stars in heaven', or bring about 'the end of the world'. There are a number of problems with this, of course, not the least of which is that the time turner might not have had enough hours (if any; I wasn't completely clear on that and didn't go back to clarify) to reach that point in the past. Another obvious issue is that Voldemort isn't going to let Harry activate the time turner; some kind of trickery or persuasion would have had to be employed to achieve this. Thirdly, unravelling time like that invalidates Hermione's resurrection and thus makes for ugly storytelling. (None of this is rational thinking, but rather, mere speculation on what would have brought about the most interesting situations/resolution.)

On the note of the 'exam', and your consequent, chosen solution... I'm not sure I can appreciate it for what it is. Was it clever? Of course. Plausible? Yes, I would say so, given the boundaries of magic you have thus far defined. But it smelled of contrivance, and all the more so given the way it was framed to the audience as a solvable puzzle. I feel almost cheated having now seen your solution. A bit of silent, motionless (albeit, his special brand of partial) transfiguration? Harry being able to manipulate the wand-thread through the air with his mind without looking away from Voldemort and maintaining a fast-paced, high-stakes argument with one of the most intelligent, observant, and untrusting people in the world? The wand-thread not snapping even once when contracted, but instead perfectly executing every one of the thirty-six living Death Eaters? I was expecting, rationally, that it would be some kind of argument that would take place between the two, which Harry would sufficiently fail to lose, enabling him to survive and later pull of a tricksy heist. We got halfway there, but not all the way.

I won't say the ending felt rushed, or that you painted yourself into something of a corner by making Voldemort so impeccably clever and thorough, but I will assert that it seemed like the ending was there simply for the sake of having an ending. You were having so much fun building the characters throughout the year, only to realise, wait, hang on, by June this whole thing needs to be wrapped up, time to call on the canon stone-in-mirror plot and see how an overly logical Harry and a neurotic Voldemort would deal with it. Forgive the sardonicism.
UnshapenElf chapter 122 . 2/17
... I am just sitting here thinking how to possibly express my gratitude to you for writing this. It is far and away hands down the best story I have ever read. I have always known myself to be an intelligent being, but reading this felt like looking through the eyes of a true genius. I have always scorned religion, but this book is now my bible. You have positively influenced my life and probably significantly changed my future. I can't thank you enough for writing this. Scrolling to the bottom of chapter 122 and seeing no next button was the most horrifying thing I have ever laid eyes upon so far in my young life, and will probably remain so throughout it. You sir, are a true genius, and deserved to be much more widely recognized. The original HP novels fade away in contrast to this intricate and beautiful work of art known as Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

I am distraught that there is no epilogue or sequel, as I finished this quite awhile after it was finished. After writing Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card managed to produce many sequels. Although they were not quite as good as the first book, they were still definitely worth reading, and I hope that you will do the same. The Ender's Game references with Chaos Legion were plainly hilarious.

I almost always root for the evil or more intelligent characters in stories, and though your version of Harry was not the stereotypical evil, he was a genius among geniuses, such as Ender and Bean. His dark side was an appealing character attribute. I was rooting for Professor Quirrell/Voldemort, but I suppose the ending was acceptable.

I realize that with so many reviews, there is a low chance you will read this particular entry, but one can only hope. Again, thank you so much for opening my mind. Blood for the blood god! Skulls for the skull throne! The enemies gate is sideways!
Lord Sanguine chapter 122 . 2/16
This is definitely a great, and rather unique story. But most impressively, it's the first story I've read which made me like Voldemort and hate Hermione. In fact I was hoping Voldemort would win. I have no idea if this was your intention or not, but nevertheless it occurred.

I've always believed it's natural to root for the most intelligent character in any story, and perhaps that's why I liked your version of Voldemort so much. So often he's turned into a charicature of evil incarnate, and his many flaws and failings make him a cartoonish villain. This was the first time, I've seen him as something greater, a genius striving for the impossible.

Overall, a great job.
Lauren0kiy chapter 122 . 2/15
The story wrapped up really well but I'm still sad there was never a sequel. I'm just going to start from the beginning again.
Guest chapter 122 . 2/14
That was the best fanfic ever! Now to catch up on all the homework I've put off..
sondrex76 chapter 122 . 2/13
Awesome.
The best fanfic I have ever read.
It was fun to read, it was amazingly written, and I read the entire thing in...emm...6 days...hmm...so that's why that physics test went so badly, oh well.
Anyway I hope you have an amazing [Insert time of day here], and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing this.

PS: Pretty much all of my predictions(excluding the time turner[and who Voldemort was], I did manage to predict that one) were wrong, witch was nice, I like surprises(I mean as in predictions forty or so chapter in advance...through I did think there were a high probability of Hermione being resurrected).
PPS: I rate this fanfic 12/12 on everything, it is better then most books I have ever read.
TinySheep chapter 122 . 2/11
I have finished this novel, for the 3rd time since my first completion in May 2015. It never ceases to make me laugh so hard I have tears in my eyes, bewitch me so I can't put it down, sadden me beyond consolation. It's brilliantly written, the scientific parts amazingly thought through, and the possibilities endless. The end is a happysad moment, sadness for the epic adventure is over, yet happiness that it happened at all.

Thank you.
Guest chapter 122 . 2/5
This is one of the most remarkable novels I have ever read. I know that it is a long time since it has been completed but this is a marvel of a literary work. Your grasp of science is extraordinary in and of itself and you manage to weave it into the wizarding world in ways that few have even attempted. Your writing style perfectly reflects the themes and ideas expressed in your story. On a more personal note, this book made me drop my phone and or get up and walk away many many times either in astonishment or just because I was laughing so damn hard. You have brought me so much genuine joy through your words and i have to thank you for that. I find it had to express in words the depth of emotion and the entirety of the expierence this gave me. I know that I will always think of this as I approach Harry Potter and as it now influences my own thought process. Thank you for writing something so momentous. Thank you.
GypsumLilac chapter 122 . 2/4
Thanks for writing this really epic and awesome fanfiction story :)!
Kudos to you for sticking with it for years despite the naysayers :) it's really good.
I... can't believe I just finished reading it. There's always a peaceful yet empty sort of feeling when you finish a good story. The same feeling left after reading the canon books by the HP author herself, so good work. All the characters were marvelously portrayed. It was thought-provoking and tear-jerking and comedic and suspenseful and painful in differing parts. You are really good at writing. And really smart, too.
The common themes of defeating death once and for all, and friends and the value of life, and the dangers of conformity and the SEP field, and using logic to reason things out, bettering oneself, all that, are very interesting.
No one likes to think that they would conform or do something bad, but... I know it would be extremely unlikely that I'd ever be brave enough in that kind of situation to not conform. And I have the capacity to justify any action or inaction based on my circumstances, every human does. It hurts a bit, knowing that I'd be only a NPC in that world, but seeing it, maybe I can change it. So thank you for making us think about these things, thank you for making us see that it doesn't have to be that way. Even if we feel like we are helpless and can't do anything- but that's why we don't do anything, because we believe we can't. If I had to make up a name for it, it would be the fallacy of inevitability. Events feel inevitable, our own choices feel out of our control, so we sit back and let it happen. It isn't right at all, but now I know about it. And knowing is half the battle, isn't it. I'm not particularly smart or brave, but anyone can change if they try.
Also can I say I love how you did Harry's relationships with Hermione and Draco. All the relationships, actually, they were all splendid.
Thank you for writing! I'm going to go cry now.
Omar Qatanani chapter 122 . 1/25
Hey so I just finished chapter 122 and I'm having trouble finding the next button that's usually on the bottom of the page

*input David Chappelle's crack addict*
"You got any more of these hpmor?"
Soumyabrata chapter 122 . 1/23
Beautifully Written.
MorganaOfAvalon chapter 122 . 1/20
Today a new era begins. I’m scared for what will happen to the world, so I came here to take refuge from all the insanity. This story gives me hope, because I know that there are people out there who are not only mentally sound but also willing to fight for what is right.

I just reread “Empathy”, where Harry solidifies his resolution to protect the earth and its inhabitants. I, however, feel shamefully more aligned with Quirrell’s desire to escape all this. I am mostly powerless against a force stronger than mine. Try as I might, for now what is winning is the sense of dread of losing everything. I wonder, what words would a post-HPMOR Tom Riddle say if he were witnessing all this? Would he have any insight for those who are regrettably ordinary?

Most probably he would not have an answer. Perhaps I should ask this to Harry or Hermione or Dumbledore, but they have already found their phoenixes, their resolve, and so I ask him.

I hope we’ll be okay, but I’m a cynic too. I really would have loved to visit the stars.
Flo chapter 122 . 1/19
I have no words but gratitude for this story.
brokenstrings001 chapter 122 . 1/17
The MC is too talkative.
Paragraph blocks are 3/4th of every chapter/ most of it are insignificant
The plot was forgotten along the way until the very end.
Mary Sue
w0if chapter 122 . 1/11
okay so I tried to find a story to read but I found that after reading this, its always a step down. Careful, future readers. You may permanently damage your expectations...
w0if chapter 122 . 1/8
Well, thank you, kindly. Back to pretending to have a life now.
Anon chapter 122 . 1/5
Absolutely amazing. I simultaneously feel more knowledgeable due to learning about what Harry knows, and less knowledgeable, as there is so much more to know. I can't believe the story is over.
L chapter 122 . 1/3
It was amazing.
KoiAndJelly chapter 122 . 1/2
Whoa... Without a doubt, this is one of the best fanfics I've ever read.
Guest chapter 122 . 12/31/2016
I read this whole thing and felt I had to say something. So amazing story. Thank you
dcdomain6 chapter 122 . 12/28/2016
Absolutely loved the story! I'm so happy I heard of it. And I definitely like it better than the bad fan fiction known to all as The Cursed Child. One tiny question: did Harry consider that the human population would no longer be sustainable if everyone lived forever? I mean, that's assuming a portion of the population still wants to have children. That or everyone also needs to be sterilized after being given immortality. Or a willing group needs to die equal to the number of children being born otherwise humanity, and every other species, will run out of space at some point. Or there will be awkward moments, like meeting a cute, young guy who turns out to be your greatnth grandfather.
setokayba2n chapter 122 . 12/22/2016
Well, very good story congratulations, not sure if you are still around but I liked it... Just a couple of "Notes" and questions I got as I was reading the fic. Mainly for the final chapters...

1- in chapter 79 I have a tought, Dumbledore could only travel 24 hours to the past but exist other students with a time turner why not ask someone to go another 24 hours? Also the question is from where could she learned that spell? There could be no notes because "Merlin Intervention"

(Now after reaching the final, that could very well be argued for the memory manipulation, if she don't remember where did she got the spell)

2- A theory for chapter 113 use voldemort horcrux connection versus him as he is equal to voldemort to recognize him as voldemort or as part to be resurrected or swear to serve Voldemort as a death eater as long as his friends are okay, he could win the power of "the boy who lived" and make it easy.

3- any chance of sequel detailing about "Gilderoy Lockhart" or Peter Pettigrew? Maybe the Tri-Wizard cup or how Harry fight the ministry and Umbridge?

4-About Hermione new body? Is she forced to stay as a 12 year old girl forever? just like a pseudo-vampire?

Very good story... I have to say it again.
datnebnnii23 chapter 122 . 12/20/2016
Thank you for writing this. It has severed a lot of assumptions and bad habits I didn't realise I had, in the only format I think would have done so. I hope you're proud and I hope you write more. Best wishes.
Meerhawk chapter 122 . 12/20/2016
This amazing story has led me on a hilarious and mind blowing journey through the depths of the human consciousness and the high skies of society. This is a beautiful work.
Colin chapter 122 . 12/16/2016
This is honestly one of the best fan-fictions I have ever read. I what I loved about this is just that Harry did all the things that he should of tried when he found out he had magic. I mean if any 10 year old had liked science and went to Hogwarts they would have found so much they could do with magic, with so many rules that they could just outright break has to have a loop hole some where. I also really liked that way he dealt with all the death eater's and Voldemort. It was very well written and is one of the best ideas that I have seen. Top five fanfic's I've read at least.
Tombert chapter 122 . 12/14/2016
How does it feel to have the most reviewed/followed/favorited fanfic in all of the Harry Potter section. I mean that's just astounding.
HecateMist chapter 122 . 12/10/2016
Okay, I do regret that. I hadn't read all the way to the end. Bazookas and Sparkling Unicorn Princesses? Hell yeah!
But, all the same, I don't think that makes my previous opinion less valid, that'd be ad hominem tu quoque-ing myself (I looked it up when Harry mentioned it, and found this lovely website, .net). It was an act of hubris on your part, I believe, that you did not try and find someone else who said the same thing in different words but instead promoted yourself.
Still, I hope that if we ever met IRL, we would be friends.
Unless I was at that time a mercenary contracted to kill you... Nah, your friendship would only make that easier.

Thank you for writing this. It was frabjous.

Sincerely,
Hecate
HecateMist chapter 122 . 12/10/2016
Quoting yourself, Mr. Yudkowsky? Really? That's... well, it's very human. But it could also be the actions of less-than-Friendly AI that has somehow developed hubris, perhaps through the mimicking of humanity's more unsavory characteristics. But I digress. It seems a little desperate to quote yourself and specifically leave out your name, not unlike when Harry was bargaining with Lucius and *didn't* mention Dumbledore until pressed. You did it before, in your words for Mr. Prachett, but I forgive you that. Who knows, maybe your name will be remembered by the historians who ponder the mysteries of half-forgotten Ancient Earth. I hope mine will be.
Sincerely,
Hecate,
a fourteen year old who's probably going to regret this.
capncarroll chapter 122 . 12/9/2016
After reading this 4 times I feel obligated to put how much I love it into a review. I laughed, I cried, I fell back on clichés because I'm not actually sure how to put into words how good of a read this story is. Thank you, though.
Coyn1206 chapter 122 . 11/30/2016
I have no idea what to say. I think I'm shell shocked. the quality of this masterpiece surpasses any other piece of literature, both fanfiction and professional, I have ever read. this is absolutely, amazingly magnificent. just...Wow.
Aurelia chapter 122 . 11/29/2016
Amazing book. Incredibly touching, intelligent and thoughtful. Thank you.
Amrao chapter 122 . 11/26/2016
Dammit. You made me read 122 chapters in 2 days. I stayed up until 2am to finish this. I usually go to sleep by 10. Thank you sincerely for writing this, Mr. or Mrs. Wrong.
Silver1226 chapter 122 . 11/26/2016
Well that was fantastic 3
Jatok chapter 122 . 11/26/2016
Fantastic. One of the few HP fanfics I've actually been able to finish. I look forward to reading random stuff on lesswrong
SamintraZoldyck chapter 122 . 11/21/2016
I love this story! I would love to read a continuatiin aswell, but if you are not up to it I will just go and bury myself under some rock and die from suffocatiin while weeping...
Well nothing can be done and thats clearly not how the mind of a rationalist works. Good jop none the less!
Keep it up.
Guest chapter 122 . 11/16/2016
excellent story
Questionz chapter 122 . 11/13/2016
Absolutely fucking amazing, the best story I have ever read. Extremely logical with a strong a concise plot. If only all stories were as good as this!
Robin Ackerman chapter 122 . 11/7/2016
these six hundred sixty-one thousand six hundred and nineteen words were the most beautiful words ive ever read the world should be forever grateful that you had the consideration to pen them
Mr Gaming chapter 122 . 11/2/2016
This story is... just, beautiful. It just feels real, I'll take romance for example, to be honest, Harry and Hermione not getting together in the end was, dissapointing, but it's real. This story has a happily realistic ending, I love it.
G the Headmaster chapter 122 . 11/1/2016
It took a while and a couple of tries but I finished reading this story. I'm glad I stuck it out and very glad you wrote it.

Thank you.
Tony Samuels chapter 122 . 10/29/2016
I definitely won't be the first but well it's worth a try. If no one has ever told you that you are a genius and an artist, let me be the first.
Guest chapter 122 . 10/28/2016
The book has a slow start, but for all future readers that are smart enough to read the reviews, I would like to tell you this is a top quality book. Do not judge within the first 10, or even 20 chapters. The work is complete at 122 chapters and I highly recommend finishing 25% of it before judging. Meaning at least 30 chapters. I hope you all enjoy this book as I have.
Guest chapter 122 . 10/28/2016
One of the best books I've ever read.
Emmeebee chapter 122 . 10/22/2016
I've been reading this almost nonstop for the past week. My eyes are so tired, and my thoughts are a little scrambled, but it was so worth it. Thank you for writing it.
Guest chapter 122 . 10/18/2016
Me gusta. Mucho
SirJaymie chapter 122 . 10/11/2016
Truly amazing work of art. I thank you for this wonderful read.

It was a rollercoaster full of emotions.

Thank you.
Guest chapter 122 . 10/11/2016
Beautiful. Just, beautiful.
niewna chapter 122 . 10/7/2016
Thank you for this very satisfying world. Expecto Patronum to you too. :)
ps. I am far more enthusiastic and emotional than I let you on that one line.
L. Wolf123 chapter 122 . 10/6/2016
Truly amazing. I have thought of a dozen ways to change the they time crunch things but you did as you thought was best. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and I am glad I didn't read this till late 2016 else I'd have gone mad figuring out all the little details of the world you made. I wish it had ended in a more sappy or tragic way. In my opinion you ended the story and left very little for a real in depth story to be created. Harry falling in love while researching and destroying dementors. There are few very few plot lines to expand upon I wish you had done an epilogue or something and ended all plot lines.
Guest chapter 122 . 10/6/2016
I read it all in about a week. I don't really know what to say. One of the best pieces of fan fiction, and high up on my overall reading rankings, that I've ever read. Bravo! I thank you, and wait with baited breath until (read: IF) you write more fan fiction. If you haven't already, I suggest you write something that you can copyright.
Dialbrie chapter 122 . 10/4/2016
Excellent story. Best ending ive seen to a saga for a long time . you are worthy of praise of the highest order and I just want to say your awesome, super awesome for taking the time to write this.

Regards

Dialbrie
Ecomadness chapter 122 . 10/3/2016
God I loved this story so much iv been reading it nonstop since I decided to finally read it. I hope u continue to make new fics in the future.
Heavenian chapter 122 . 10/2/2016
Holy shiit I've just read this story over the course of two days. Its crazy.

Can't get a proper response right now, my brain is trembling.

Will come back later
Mind of Ink and Feathers chapter 122 . 10/2/2016
I just want to say that it was fantastic. Every second of it. Perhaps some would say that Harry was a Mary Sue (I'd say that most fantasy caracters are in one way or another Mary Sue... not all authors can be George RR Martin, although Yudkowsky with (SPOILERS) nearly killing off Hermione and all that). The story for me isn't about its story, but about its ideas. And they're some great ideas. My cold nerdy heart is filled with warmth.
The Anguished One chapter 122 . 9/28/2016
And with that, I have reached the end of this incredible story. I have enjoyed this from beginning to end, and I'm truly happy I read this. Thank you for this thought-provoking journey. Whatever your next novel is, I'll be along for that as well. Other readers have declared themselves your friend, and I will do the same. Thank you again, my friend.
odkut chapter 122 . 9/26/2016
This story is phenomenal. I don't think I can level any praise higher without being a suck up. I unfortunately only found this after it was all done so I didn't get to participate but it was a new aspect that I love about this story. It takes this from highly developed plot to a lesson IN Rationality. It guides minds to think beyond what they are accustomed and brings forth true intelligence. Not the memorization of facts and figures but the true art of utilizing data and actual thought. This was the absolute best HP fic I've ever read and probably top 3 of ANY fic, not just of what I already read but will most likely ever. If this story contained no previous fiction and was all based on a separate world I would say this would beat the Harry Potter series hands down. I thank you for making this and sharing it freely with myself and others.
sillivan chapter 122 . 9/22/2016
Harry ex machina. Well, that doesn't really work.

I survived the whole fic! I enjoyed a great deal of it, caught a lot of references to some of my other favorite stories. Smiled, laughed, hissed. Smiled a bit more. Metaphorically banged my head against the wall a few times in moderate exasperation. At any rate, what a marvelous, long work! I love that about it!
IncandescentOne chapter 122 . 9/12/2016
That was beautiful.
zack chapter 122 . 9/11/2016
I really can't say anything other than holy shit, I'm floored
Guest chapter 122 . 9/11/2016
PS (I wrote the last review)

While several of your characters were less believable, I found your take on Voldemort much more insideous, threatening, intelligent, and scary than the 'real' Voldemort. A very impressive villain. He had a strong Moriarty vibe going.
Guest chapter 122 . 9/11/2016
I wrote a fairly nasty review around chapter ten or so, expressing my distaste for the characters sudden superiority and jerkish behavior. I stand by that statement, it was a jarring and unpleasent shift. But I said I'd give it a few mire chapters, and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the deeply intricate plot, and seeing Harry's growth from a smug jerk to a more mature person.

The craftsmanship of the game going on between Harry, Voldemort, and Dumbledore (and occassionally other characters), was definitely the highlight for me. I was wrapped up enough that I tried my best to take the Final Exam honestly, but could only wait 48 hours instead of 60. I got it half right, thinking what he used for the threat was going to be his actual play. I give myself a D-. The point is, I really liked anytime I found myself thinking, "Oh boy, how's he going to get out if THIS one?"

I don't want to leave without dropping some constructive criticism, though. There is no getting around the fact that this story is super self-indulgent. Most chapeters are twice as long as they should be, and there are twice as many chapters as need be. While you definitely have a gift for good descriptice imagery and setting a photo-like scene, there are long chunks of story that just...don't need to be there. The entire subplot of Hermoine chasing down bullies jumps to mind. It was hard to accept and non-essential anyway.

There was also a big departure from the initial plot, which was Harry using science to uncover the secret laws of magic. I loved thise early parts, as Harry introduced scientific principles to the world of magic, and was really excited to see where else he would go with that. Unfortunately, about halfway through the plot shifts to defeating Voldemort and Harry, understandably, shifts his focus. Still, I was disappointed that element of the story went away.

Characters also felt very flat and cartoonishly one dimensional. It seemed like Dumbledore and McConnagal were unable to keep from crying for more than a full chapter. However, the extra layer of humanity on the Malfoys was a nice touch.

At any rate, thank you for writing this, as it was a cool revisionist take on a familiar universe.
Epicweaver chapter 122 . 9/2/2016
Very entertaining read. Do think some of the introspections could have been shorter with a little more character interaction and dialogue. But you wrote a lot and finished your tale so mad props all around. Also I do think Harry could have told her he loved her by the end, even if he couldn't describe it further to know if it was romantic. He literally choose HER over everything else by the end, regardless of what he told her. He can't have possibly have thought Hermione surviving alone and watching the rest of the world burn would have made it any better. It's the only other thing I feel slightly miffed about in the end. Meh, maybe I need to check for epilogue... Anyways still an awesome read. Thanks for your contribution.
NothingExistence chapter 122 . 9/1/2016
I binge read this.
And there is only one singular sentence that I can say to you.
Oh my god that was amazing.
That sounded better in my head than when I typed it but it works well enough and hopefully you will understand no matter how umlikely you are to read this.
I won't leave a long review simply because I don't know what to say.
So well thank you.
NE- An Aspiring Rationalist
Vlad the Inhaler chapter 122 . 8/31/2016
Bravo. 661,619 words and you end up producing a fic on the same level as My Immortal. Bullshit science (I mean, I'd really love to meet the teachers that allowed you to graduate), fishing for funding for what is essentially a scam research institute, Harry Potter as the most unlikable little shit I've ever read and a self-insert to boot, a universe that responds to the first bullshit "scientific hypothesis" Harry (you) come up with in spite of no research, EVER, being conducted and a host of other crap.

This was painful to read; it was nothing but a nerd wanking to the thought of wielding real power due to his nerdiness. The most overrated piece of crap I've ever read, that I kept reading in the hope it would actually become good and that it would end up justifying all the hype it generated.

P.S. Bayesian "logic" and "reasoning". Lol. Just LOL. Troll science ftw, bro.
himalay1729 chapter 122 . 8/27/2016
An awesome end..
jockey8794 chapter 122 . 8/23/2016
This is absolutely phenomenal work! I loved the plot and your descriptions of everything with attention to the finest detail made this an absolute pleasure to read! Thank you so so much!
Gizmo598 chapter 122 . 8/23/2016
you must have had quite a few reviews like this.. this is hands down the best fanfic i have read till now! as a scientist myself i loved the way you wrote about scientific thinking! thank you!
coccinellee chapter 122 . 8/18/2016
This story was really good and I really really liked it but I really want to say one thing.

It would have been nice if you had addressed the squib problem better. If being a wizard is recessive and you need a wizard gene from both your parents, it means that wizards can't have any squibs and you didn't explain that in your world, wizard can't have any squib. I only had the canon explanation to fill the void and it clashed. Thanks!
The Hope Lions chapter 122 . 8/17/2016
This was, undoubtedly, the longest story I have ever read. I will not say it was the best ever, because I've read thousands of stories, but it was beyond amazing. More importantly, however, is that it is one of those stories that rewrite you. I am a different person than I was four days ago when I begun this story. I truly believe my whole way of thinking has changed. For this I am grateful, and I do hope it does not disappear with time (as so many things do.)
Duncan0Idaho chapter 122 . 8/7/2016
I am going to be blunt and I hope sir won't take any offence.

I didn't enjoy this fic. Even at 122 chapters I often felt like glossing over and here is the first criticism. Infodumps. If you are even familiar with Gabriel Blessing work In Flight you should understand this. In case you don't however:

Info dumping is fine when handed in small dosages, but every other chapter and very much so early on you kept info dumping constantly and this is bad because it makes for a boring tale. While you did so in a show, don't tell way... I think you should've instead had Harry direct the people to those books instead of dumping in the middle of the chapter something or another. There is a point where mass infodumps really do not help your tale.

My next criticism is a bit on Voldemor't/Riddle changes. While interesting, you never quite explained *where* did these changes popped (or if you did, then I apologize because I must've missed them) it feels like an OC wearing Tom Riddle's flesh and not genuily Thomas Marvolo Riddle. Not sure if I am explaining myself well.

Continuing with this line of thought some of the aspects you ignored of the HP verse are rather... concerning. Voldemort wished to split his soul into 7 fragments because the importance of the number. 7 is one of the most powerful numbers alongside the 3. So him having hundreds of horrocruxi doesn't makes sense. In fact you assume that the soul *can* be slpit into so many pieces when the consecuences of such an act were implied in the fourth book/movie Voldemort while he might've have comeback he didn't do so entireley human.

The changes to Sirius black make frown deeply as I liked the character quite a bit, but I won't poke around it anymore because its a subjective point.

Finally Tom molding Baby!Harry into another clone of himself is rather... terrible while obvious in hindsight... it still doesn't means its a good idea, it sort of kicks down part of the love of Petunia and her OC husband. Sure he didn't became by any means, but that a good chunk of his personality was created as a duplicate of your Riddle? It sorta makes them feel less important.

You do have a knack for crafting interesting tales, and this was one. I came in with reservations (in some places this fic is very much so Like it or Hate it) and didn't exactly left behind those as I write the story. Your ideas are interesting, but I think they also suffer of your own personal tastes. The fic is not bad by any means.

My final piece is towards the seemingly random changes you've made. Adding extra rules to transfiguration, mantaining a transfiguration and exhaustion via magic. Potter Wizards as far as I recall don't have any upper limits in terms of magic, in fact there is no "core" mentioned. I think it would be easier to say that their magic is simply part of themselves and there is no visible or known upper limit.

I think I would've enjoyed more the tale if it wasn't so heavy handed, Harry while being a catalyst for change sounded more interesting than the shadow war that kept going throught the entire fic. I was excited to see what ideas or hypothesis harry could come up with in terms of how magic funcioned.

Finally I'd like to say its good to see a somewhat benevolent manipulative Dumbledore rather than of the many badly written versions that prowl the website, kudos on that.
dandelion chapter 122 . 8/3/2016
That was a great story to read and I want to say thank you for it. Keep on your fantastic writing.
Rndmprsnlily chapter 122 . 7/23/2016
I notice you have a Tied for Last by speechwriter in your list of favorite fics; may I suggest you read Ultima Ratio by Winterblume?
Guest chapter 122 . 7/22/2016
My, oh, my.

What words could I possibly use to describe this masterpiece?

I simply cannot think of them.

The one thing I can say: as of this moment, marking the end of this incredible book that is also a fanfiction, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is probably the best fanfiction I have ever read... and I can confidently say that it's better than the original series in a myriad of ways.

I will try hard to find a fic that is better... but I'm not sure I will be able to, at least not for a good, long time.

I realize it's been well over a year since this was finished, but I do look forward to anymore literary works Less Wrong might come up with next. I will begin my search.

Thank you, and have a wonderful day.
Turn-Of-Fate chapter 122 . 7/17/2016
Absolutely spellbinding.
Harry Potter and the methods of rationality is the most intriguing fan fiction I have read in ten years a lurking around fan .

All characters were very well developed and written perfectly, my only gripe being that this universe is set In Harry's first year of school; it seemed strange to me that the story is his beginning and now I want to know more.

Thank you for gifting us this spectacular story.
harby chapter 122 . 7/14/2016
Thank you for writing this. This story is well written, well plotted, characterization is very good. And you definitely have a twisted sense of humor. Keep going !
StormBringer278 chapter 122 . 7/12/2016
Love story. Love the end of the story, or I guess this story. I hope to see more fascinating fanfic's from you.
NewCliches chapter 122 . 7/11/2016
The physical powers of the body of the Girl-Who-Revived, not to mention the speed and precision of her nervous system, seem to have been improved considerably, to judge from the last chapter.

Has it occured to anyone that her brain is a part of her body, especially a part of her nervous system? It would seem that we should expect a similar magnitude of improvement in the properties of that brain.

Given what Hermione was like before, someone seems to have created an immortal, uninjurable, magical superintelligence. What next?
silver chapter 122 . 7/7/2016
I shall attempt to write a review summarizing my thoughts on this story, and a bit of other things. This isn't a super in depth analysis of clues, I never really tried to find them, it's more of an exploration what this story meant to me personally.

First let me say that I do consider this a masterpiece, all-together better and more interesting than the original. Although its appeal is radically different. Nothing of what makes the original good makes MoR good, and vice verse. They are, not just different, but opposites in many ways.

A lot of the appeal of MoR, particularly early on, was seeing rationality applied to a world that was absolutely not constructed with that in mind. That is a really unique thing to get from a story, and really only probably to happen because it is fanfiction. It seems very unlikely for someone to do this as an original work. And original harry is, uh, one of my least favorite persons in that universe, I hate how he lies to his friends, I don't like his sense of ethics, I disagree with him on every decision he makes. And this harry is someone I look up to in many ways. Aside from the rationality, I also love and relate to his loyalty and honesty.

Back to the applied rationality, here, it was particularly satisfying because it mirrored a lot of thoughts that I had myself (though there more things I hadn't thought of), such as the snitch, ah, such a stupid thing, and why isn't harry doing more to improve hogwarts, and lots of other things.

Early on I thought, okay harry is this eleven year old who knows science, that's sort of cute, but he's still a kid and... which of course misses the point entirely. No, no, he's just right about stuff, he's not right on some level but immature; he's just right, period. I got to that conclusion pretty early, later you spelled it out more explicitly.

Well, mostly. I think the only things that can be attributed to immaturity are his trust of Quirrel, and maybe a bit of lacking subtlety with girls, though, even there, he was just being what would be responsible if the other person really was rational (referring to his talk with Hermione before she died).

If I do have kids some day, I'm going to teach them this stuff when they're young (referring vaguely to rationality, biases, you know, how the universe actually works, logically). Which, well, is a decision I actually made due to reading this. But it's not like that's a decision, I mean, of course I should do that, the only reason I haven't decided it earlier is because it hasn't really occurred to me.

And, ah, that brings me to the big thing, or at least one of the big things, that this story taught me. There is this section where harry basically declares most people are, well, although he hasn't said it like that I think what it comes down to is, unsurprisingly, not rational. I mean, that's what it means. There's this troll, and they do not make a calculation in their head as to, what is actually the smartest thing to do right now and then examine that in a rational way, they just go by their roles. They feel, in an unfair-to-say and not really correct way, just feel, sometimes, not really FREE. Not actually aware and capable of making the decisions that would make you feel as if they are real players.

I am not like that. If I was in that situation, I would, at the very least, have tried to think of it all rationally, and take actual responsibility. That I know.

But what I'm getting here is, I am almost the only person I know who is really like that. Or, at least, almost. There's very few, sort of, persons I would really trust to have figured out the basics of the universe (referring to utilitarianism and the realization that there is always an answer to every problem, as long as you ask a DISTINCTLY defined question, and similar things).

So the mistake is that I implicitly assumed that I was, well, not alone with that, but that there was no way to find other people. Which, of course, is nonsense. Of course, of course there is a rationalist community out there, all I had to do was google it, if it had once occurred to me to THINK about it. Asking myself, what are the thing that I have never thought about but would really be helpful to think about, like I have done before, did not solve it. It's, uh. And it makes me a bit sad because I had to figure this out all by myself, I could be farther progressed by now if I had read up on it sooner.

Thank you.

Back to the story. What I like in writing, really, really like, is if a story completely surprises me. I don't mean that in terms of plot, but if it suddenly goes places I just didn't think it had in it. This one, it did that. From being sort of funny to, oh, this is actually teaching me new things and also applying things I know and find important, to moments of immense unforeseen satisfaction such as Harry shutting down Snape's bullying, or the weirdness of the talking hat scene, or the talk with dumbledore, or hermione dying, even.

The only disappointment that comes to mind right now is that the snakes-are-sentient line was never concluded. Vegetarianism is something I care strongly about, I thought the story might go there, didn't really.

I was humbled by the tangents (not meaning that in any negative way whatsoever) you went into in describing harry's decision making. See, this is why I'm frustrated, if I felt that more people did that I'd feel compelled to be better at it instead of just thinking, I'm already better than everyone else I know, and having no motivation. Because that's a stupid character trait I have, my capabilities of will depend on how good other people are.

Other things I liked, the whole commentary on the nature of bullying and true responsibility, that was amazing, I appreciated it a lot. Not much point to explaining why, needless to say it's such a unique thing to read.

A bit meta, so I haven't made it a priority to analyze the criticism you got and still get from sites, but I've come in contact with some. I stepped onto the DLP forum coincidentally while reading this (actually coincidentally, the reasons had nothing to do with each other), and read a lot of nasty stuff. Though I am quite biased to feeling sympathetic towards you, I'd be perfectly willing to throw it all overboard once I see actual evidence of jerky stuff you've done. So far I have not, I've seen a lot of talk about how you've done jerky stuff without specifying what, and some instances of things that were supposed to be that which I didn't find immoral at all, such as advertising your foundation and promising earlier published stories for donations.

I don't know much about that foundation, but... what harry says about death, here, it strongly assume that reflects what you think, also because it's the only thing that makes sense to think, and the foundation you're part of, at least that's what I thought when looking it up, it ultimately pursues that goal. That's what it's about. I mean, why would you really want to accelerate developing intelligent AI to create a circle of creation that honestly frightens me for no rational reasons, if not for that. There are no shortage of good reasons, but paling in comparison to that reason. And of course you would use the publicity you have to collect funds. Criticizing you for that seems to miss a lot of points, unless what you did actually harms anyone, which as far as I have gathered, isn't the case. Ah, I might have just said some really stupid things if I am wrong.

I've also seen lots of claims that you're not doing real science, or that it's basic, or something. There is a thing which people do, they see this, treat it as a world view, and then call it you pushing your world view onto others, which, well, this is how things work, unless you believe in god or otherwise don't accept logic, it's not really disputable, at least not that which I suspect people are bothered by. Ad claims that this isn't a real story, those are inherently dumb, because they are meaningless, because they are based on the definition of the term story, which does not have direct influence on the world, only indirect influence by way of making claims such as that.

Back to the fic, I also really like that you redeemed Malfoy, and also explained why his behavior was never that unusually bad considering the circumstances, which I agree with. Still, if I had to choose a character that I think you didn't get right, I'd say it's him, just because he's too intelligent. I don't think he's above Ron in the actual story, here he clearly is. Not that it particularly bothers me.

I haven't read a lot of other reviews, I don't know if it was obvious to others, but I did think that Quirrel was meant to slowly make you believe he's not voldemort after all, and to have the twist be that, no, he was in the end. Because, you did show us the key scene. He killed Rita Skeeter. It was completely not commented upon and given on significance in the story, leading us underrate its importance when not thinking rationally, but it was there, that's more telling than the trip to Azkaban, because it seems much less probable for there to be a real excuse. And overall, Quirrel goes around doing all those things and harry and we know it all, and we know he's voldermort in the alternate universe, and yet we're still tempted to believe he's not, at least I was. Which is why it makes me kind of happy that at least I assigned it over fifty percent chance when I actually made my prediction (the greater than sign vanished in that post), which was because of Rita Skeeter. Well, anyway.

The challenge in the end, hah, of course, it makes so much sense for you to have done that, because it ensures that the solution is REAL, since you literally made it dependent on others coming up with it. Although, I would assume that you thought it highly probably that someone would, it does not seem that hard, to be honest, if you know physics and get the idea of transfiguring s
Thingamajig chapter 122 . 6/27/2016
After days and days, and nights, of binge-reading, I am done, and I want to thank you very much for this story. For all its layers, that I'll probably only be able to really appreciate after I'll have read it for the second time, someday. For the fantastic characters, some of whom I didn't like, but who were all so real (and I don't /care/, I fucking /love/ Quirrell). For the canon analogies, because what I like the most about FFs is when authors wink at me this way - and the canon mockery in particular. I laughed so hard that Rowling, watching me from her Rowling heaven, must have condemned me to at least five Wizarding lifetimes of Nurmengard for this. And even tho I spent way too much time on this site (for Merlin's sake, I've some life to live), it was actually a great way to brush up my rusty English, which is not my mother tongue - so I'm going to claim it was entirely for educational purposes.

Definitely waiting for your next works. May there be people around you who would always hop on that broomstick to rescue Hermione from the troll.

Greetings,
Thingamajig.
lauren.loveless5 chapter 122 . 6/27/2016
This was amazing. I cant even describe how amazing. Thank you so much for writing this.
philip chapter 122 . 6/20/2016
Great read...
Wish I knew how to nominate the author for an award.
This is the best fiction I have read in a long time.
I wish Terry Goodkind had the literary chops this guy has...
To the author:
Publish your stories and I will buy them...
Finariona chapter 122 . 6/18/2016
I have just read HPMOR in its entirety for the second time and it was no less spellbinding than the first.

After days of binge-reading I came to feel dazzled by the insanity of conversations around me whenever I'd emerge in Real Life. And then I'd go back in the fic and read Harry or a Chaotic describing exactly what I'd been feeling.. that was almost as funny as some of the best moments in the fic.

Thank you, Eliezer, for you work. I find that your enthusiasm about life, about bettering oneself and the world through rationality is moving me to change and to consider new mental horizons. That is possibly the greatest gift anyone could give anyone, and for this you have my gratitude.

Your brain's natural bias for scope insensitivity may be preventing you from fully appreciating the sheer magnitude of all the good times you have wrought by your writing for so many of your fellow humans... but I hope that you feel enough of it that your wand would glow gold!
360noscoper chapter 122 . 6/17/2016
This is the best story ever told.
Happy chapter 122 . 6/12/2016
Wow, what an amazing work. Thank you and kudos. LOVE the Sparkling Unicorn Princess... And great job avoiding a trite romance.
Stella Purple chapter 122 . 6/9/2016
I have never quite read anything like this before. My interest in reading a story has never been so high, either in fanfiction or original books. Even though I personally don't learn much about scientific methods, the way the author applied them to the story made it unraveled to a much better version that can match up to the intellegence I need from a story. If the author ever decide to write another fanfiction involving around methods of rationality, (and I know the author will not write another HP) I would rather the author write a hunger games fanfiction. That would have been a blast.
JulietHalperin chapter 122 . 6/2/2016
I have read a ridiculous amount of fanfiction. I have found stories that I thought were brilliant, that made me laugh and cry and fall in love with the HP universe all over again... but I have never read such a well thought out, suspense-filled, interesting, and awe-inspiring work
work such as this. everything about this is wonderful, and I use the word wonderful while knowing that no word could really convey just how good this is. HPMOR shows the definition of three-dimensional characters, humor, brilliant storytelling and world building. I loved this. I have that heartbroken feeling of knowing that I'll never get to read this for the first time again, and I envy you all who just found this and started it. you're in for the best read since JKR.
Emperor Celoaxium chapter 122 . 5/30/2016
This was easily one of the best fan-fics I've ever read. I just spent around five days binge reading it, and words fail to express my current thoughts and emotions. I will no doubt spend an extended period of time contemplating on this.

Bravo.
10/10
luke visocnik chapter 122 . 5/30/2016
i have no skill in writing

so write yourself a letter, as flattering as you can make, wax poetic about your literary cleverness and skill in bed and crushing intellect

make it the nicest thing anyone has ever or could ever express about you

then add my name at the bottom and send it to yourself, then find it slightly creepy because who is this guy to say such nice things out of nowhere?

but it would still not be enough to describe how amazing and how much this series has impacted me, its as if you went into my head and wrote the story i would most enjoy, it hits every single button i have, the rationalism, the ethics, the good grounding in philosophy plus the amazing storytelling and engaging characters

with a cleverer hero than kvothe kingkiller, more plots and subterfuge than game of thrones, a hero more devious than miles vorkosigan, cooler than han solo, more epic than the foundation saga

and none of this comes even close to being enough praise
StarSerpent chapter 122 . 5/28/2016
Bingeg-read the whole story in 3 days. Worth every single minute. An excellent read, one that I wish I found much earlier.
Chris Wesling chapter 122 . 5/27/2016
Wow.
Jane.dark chapter 122 . 5/27/2016
Thank you very much for your story, I had a wonderfull time reading it... even though I must admit I'm left hanging. I anderstand your reasons for stoping at that point with the following of Harry's life, but I would have loved for you to developp more about magic, in it's original form, before Merlin's "curse" and the Atalante civilization...
I haven't checked your entiere website, but I will and maybe (hopefully) find some answers there, and I started to read the sequences for lesswrong. Another thing I am gratefull to you for !
I wish you the best, would love to read an original work from you, and, well... EXPECCTO PATRONUM to you too ! :D

(Mistakes I may have written, for english isn't my first language, for that I apologize. And I didn't take the time to post a review per chapter, but in my defence I created an account just for your story)
ilya39 chapter 122 . 5/27/2016
That was freaking incredibly goddamn great story, i give you that. I've never seen 30k reviews at any other directory here on , and you totally deserve each and every single part of it. I can't fing a proper words to describe it, i've been reading it for last three days straight and it was, like, 90% of all the time reading and 10% of the time trying to do ANYTHING else but reading. That was a new level of a reading addiction or whatever. Anyway. You are awesome. That was awesome. Thank you a countless billions of times for creating such a great fic. I'm officially speechless.
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GREAT WORK!
Fliggy chapter 122 . 5/18/2016
Good stuff.
teaddicted chapter 122 . 5/17/2016
Well done! Thank you for sharing
Pancakes chapter 122 . 4/29/2016
Marvelous
Draco chapter 122 . 4/27/2016
wow, just... wow...
I don't have words to describe this fic, except maybe these ones: This is a masterpiece
A chapter 122 . 4/12/2016
My mark for HPMOR: exceeds expectations.

Also, don't remember the exact quote, but when Harry introduces Draco to scientific method, he says something along the lines that Draco should think it over as he can never go back.
Well, thank you, HPMOR totally ruined me.
Oz chapter 122 . 4/8/2016
I started reading this because of a link on a forum. I think there were about eighty chapters at that point, I don't remember.

I think I will, at some point, have to read this in a more coherent manner than a great big whack and then intermittent further chapters. That would, I feel, allow a fairer review.

Ultimately, Harry's view of death became the reverse extreme of the view of the society of Brave New World. I grew to dislike this aspect of HPMOR: my philosophical disagreement with Harry (yes, death is bad, but it is eminently necessary). This probably influenced my overall impression of the end of the story.

I think, in some sense, HPMOR flew all the higher with the Chaos Legion and its rivals. The humour of HPMOR in these points seemed the real spirit of it. Yet, how could that ever be resolved? I don't know. Certainly, I think the effort required to balance the inherent tension would be unfair to expect of a non-full time author, as is the case here.
fernedakki chapter 122 . 4/8/2016
Upon my life and sanity I swear followership to Eliezer Yudkowsky,
To read his blog and other relevant works,
To worship him and, um, learn from him,
And apply the methods of rationality to everyday life,
Because my way of thinking was fallacious, most of ours, I mean,
And now I realized that before I read this masterpiece, I knew nothing.

*10-minute standing ovation*
HarryKittyGranger chapter 122 . 4/6/2016
This is the best fan fiction I've ever read. In fact it is better than the original one. I really don't think that I'll be able to read the original books again.
All the characters are awesome. I love Voldemort. He is so smart. The Voldemort in canon was just stupid and insane.
Harry. OMG! He is genius and does not rely on luck to get things done.

Another thing that I love about the fiction is how the characters have developed. It is done very nicely.

I loved Harmony friendship. 33

The story ended so beautifully.

I'll give this story 10/10.
SeanHicks4 chapter 122 . 4/2/2016
Interesting if not ultimately to my taste
thegrangermalfoy chapter 122 . 3/28/2016
Oh God! I'm SO stupid. I just read the last chapter thinking it was the first. When I was reading I didn't know why it was so confuse but then I thought that could be explained on the next ones. But when tried go to second chapter and couldn't I just realize my BIG mistake. So yeah, you can laugh of me. It's the life. I guess I am going to the first, the real first, even knowing the final. And sorry any grammatical error 'cause I don't speak English. Not good enough been a brazilian.
Sliver of Profundity chapter 122 . 3/28/2016
Great story. Absolutely loved it. Took a while to get through, and I had to take breaks during some of the longer-winded ramblings, but it was definitely worth the read. Thank you.
AD Lewis chapter 122 . 3/22/2016
There are no words I can think of to describe this story. Epic is closest to what I want to express yet is still completely inadequate for the purpose.

This is truly one of the greatest stories on this site, if not the greatest. I'm glad I took the opportunity to start reading it - I see now why so many of my friends have recommended it.

I eagerly await any future stories you produce.
Awdas chapter 122 . 3/20/2016
I really enjoy your work, but I simply have to ask, i visited the page hpmor dot com and it donsent mention anything about an epilogue, it has alredy been realised and i missed it?. Either way it was a great read.
jeronimo196 chapter 122 . 3/15/2016
Disclaimer - I wrote in previous review that HPMOR is the best HP fanfic - obviously I've not read them all, but HPMOR is the most popular. I would say it's my favorite by far, if it wasn't for the one shipping together the Giant Squid and the Hogwarts Castle. There are things one doesn't even know one wants, until one finds them. There are also things, that once read, cannot be unread...

Anyway, I'm sure HPMOR would be my favorite, if I could only read the damn EPILOGUE!

Thanks again for a great journey.
jeronimo196 chapter 122 . 3/15/2016
Everything I'm looking for in Science Fiction I find in a HP fanfic. Surprising plot, intelligent characters, fascinating new scientific facts and ideas, and even humor... I was left needing more, and so I followed this with the sequences on LessWrong, Cialdini's book on influence and everything I found from Greg Egan (thanks for the recommendations).

What I don't usually expect from a sci-fi book is to leave me less cynical after reading it - but that's what happened nonetheless. I've been recommending HPMOR to all my friends and family. I could not thank you enough, and since it's unlikely even EY could keep up with all 30000 comments, I am not sure I have thanked you at all.

That being said, WHERE IS THE EPILOGUE?

I would like to urge other commenters to ask this question too - a year ago an epilogue was promised:

"There is an epilogue to Methods. I plan not to publish for at least another year, so as to allow other fanfiction authors to write their own continuations of HPMOR first. And HPMOR’s epilogue was written years ago, and would need to be rewritten now; I didn’t think you would want me to delay the final chapters even longer while I did that. These are both sufficient reasons not to publish the epilogue right away… but the much more serious problem is that the epilogue takes place during the protagonists’ seventh year of Hogwarts, which means that there are now exciting new minefields that my writing automatically stomps in."

And please stop worrying how it could affect MIRI - you've written the best HP fanfic, people either already think less of you for this, or they don't. Adding the epilogue is not gonna change that.

I'VE DONE MY WAITING! 366 DAYS OF IT!
Oneofmany chapter 122 . 3/14/2016
Happy anniversary! I can't believe it has been an entire year already. This story has helped me so much and it will be an inspiration for new authors. Take all the time you need for the epilogue, in any case this story will never be forgotten by those who had the luck to read it.
Bumblebee chapter 122 . 3/13/2016
I am sobbing I cannot even—I love this story so so much I can't even log in right now but I just wanted to say this story has captivated me and made me read through it in three straight days and I am so grateful that someone like you has blessed this world and created this masterpiece and FINISHED IT.

I think I'm done.
DragonLadyRachael chapter 122 . 3/6/2016
I actually had to bring my laptop to another room, several times, because I was laughing so much my husband couldn't watch his show. I think we read a lot of the same books, because I got most of the literary references, (Falconsbane and Cazaril, really? Was Caz in Ravenclaw?). I did finish reading this in two days, and enjoyed it very much. Thank you.
Nictis chapter 122 . 3/1/2016
This story is just too amazing for me to describe, mostly because I know that I'm not even capable of understanding it like some must. Thank you.

There were many comments that I wanted to make while reading this, but I had chosen to press the button to continue instead. Now I paste whatever I copied last and remember what I thought

"I... see," murmured the Boy-Who-Lived. You can't want the person dead as an instrumental value on the way to some positive future consequence, you can't cast it if you believe it's a necessary evil, you have to actually want them dead for the sake of being dead, as a terminal value in your utility function. "A magically embodied preference for death over life, striking within the plane of pure life force... that does sound like a difficult spell to block."

He just blocked a killing curse with a Patronus. I can't even imagine what that would mean if he had a standard Patronus, but with his it is simply astounding. Does the defiance of death block a curse that targets the soul? Other wizards simply think of what they have to live for, would that be enough? Could Potter even be killed with such a curse, given that his life force is also invested in the Patronus, but the energy to cast it was not lost as with Hermione?

And finally, I love my phone's shuffle, at the start of a big fight (I believe it was against the Seventh year bully, could have been at another point near that though) my phone started to play Megalovania.

Finally, thank you again, this was amazing and now I'm going to go thank the one who put this on his page (NotAHat, Fimfiction) and then I'm going to sleep and finally I will make sure that everyone I already told about this story is going to start reading it.
Jayson Hood chapter 122 . 2/25/2016
I weep as the author finishes their story and steps down from the podium. I have read non-stop since I found this story and as it has ended I cry. Nothing will ever succeed this story I will always think back on it. I truly regret reading, because now that it is finished all I feel is sadness. A heart wrenching feeling that shows no fanfiction ill fill the void. I have NEVER reviewed using my real name but today I do. I am PROUD to say this story moved me and no story not even rowling herself has matched yours. May your live forever in your words. As you float into the final resting place of the story let us hope you continue in your career to write...
Guest chapter 122 . 2/25/2016
Finished! 98/100 I rate it. Could we please have a few follow up snippets: Harry and Hermione in Years 2-7, The Tri Wizard, leaving Hogwart's, Harry designing magic powered spacecraft and far future of them crossing the galaxy and other stuff? Please
Guest chapter 122 . 2/24/2016
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Shay McSudonim chapter 122 . 2/21/2016
I enjoyed this fic immensely, and it's certainly one of my favorite Harry Potter fanfics... but I also can't help but feel as though we got the bad ending.

It could simply be that I got attached to my own solution of Harry realizing that he was trapped in the Mirror of Noitilov, but it does rather seem as though Quirrelmort's motivations and rationality went steeply downhill starting the instant that Harry identified him as a villain. If Quirrellmort had been trying to get Harry into a specific mental state of enmity and determination before showing him the mirror as a test of character, I could have bought it. But as is? I'm left wanting.

The final straw for me was when Harry killed all the Death Eaters and then left them dead. He saved Voldemort, for crying out loud. There's no way to justify not saving the Death Eaters, if you're saving Voldemort of all people. If you need to cut off their heads, then cut off their heads and then freeze them. With the philosophers stone, new bodies are a mere transfiguration away. If you need them to stay out of the political arena, then leave them frozen for fifty years until things have settled down to a more peaceful equilibrium. But don't try to justify death when it's blatantly unnecessary.

Then there are Voldemort's motivations. He wants to kill people because it's amusing, but there isn't anything in life that truly makes him happy? I don't buy it. The guy has too many virtues and is too intelligent to fall into that blatant of a trap. Part of me is still convinced that the Voldemort we saw isn't actually the original, but an early horcrux that overwrote a rationalist.

But, anyway, the fic as it stands is what it is. And it certainly is something. For all that I may disagree with parts of it, I can appreciate the effort and craft that went into it. It made me laugh, it made me think, and I'll definitely re-read it again in the future. Thanks, Less Wrong, for sharing this with us.
Guest chapter 122 . 2/20/2016
London Knight .
FINISHED . A bloody good read ( despite the Americanisms - RailCARRIAGES it should be in the last chapter , NOT Railcars ... ) . I wonder if they'll ever rescue the schoolmaster ? Only character I truly missed was Luna , but you can't everything . I shall pop back time to time to read favourite bits . LK signing out .
Manu chapter 122 . 2/18/2016
One of the best stories ever :)
A great way to start teaching rationality ;)
NewWorldFiction chapter 122 . 2/18/2016
Truly one of the best fanfictions I've read. I'm kinda sad there's no epilogue into the future or a sequel, but I'm also glad for it because it leaves the readers to Imagine the future.

One of the best 10/10
And it's going down my top favorite Fanfiction list for sure.
ThePredicate chapter 122 . 2/14/2016
Wow, just wow o.o

So, a few questions: first, you said something about a 'separate' epilogue. Is that not gonna be on ffn? o_O

Second, I don't recall anything in the books stating a year the first book took place. Any particular reason you chose 1992?

I might've had another question but i forgot it if i did...
WalkingInTalaria chapter 122 . 2/14/2016
I know one review out of 30,000 is a single drop in a 1.5-liter bucket (which actually makes this analogy somewhat ineffective, when one looks at it in the cold hard light of reason), but I wasn't going to let bystander effect stop me.

You wrote a story that made sense, held my interest over the several days of near-non-stop reading that were required to finish it, did its characterization perfectly, put what seems like infinite care into the smallest of details (most of which I'm sure I've missed, thankfully giving me an excuse to reread), and did what several trusted friends have never been able to do - get me interested in the wizarding world.

Which actually brings me to my one complaint with this book - I read this fanfiction before I had so much as read fifty pages of the canon. And, like Harry confronted with the reality of ghosts, I was shocked and disappointed. Quirrell isn't a genius? Harry likes Quidditch? Draco actually is a spoiled bully? I can't even begin to count the number of times I stopped myself short of saying, "But that's not how it really happened!" or "That can't be the real Harry/Draco/Quirrell/Hermione!" From a certain point of view, you ruined my childhood.

Except, of course, this was worth so much more than the dubious pleasure of not flinching when I read about Harry's constant Quidditch success. Now I know that the flinch means that my brain is at least slightly improved from it was before I started reading, and in my book that is a very good thing.
Guest chapter 122 . 2/10/2016
You win.
Thank you.
Guest chapter 122 . 2/8/2016
great stuff! thanks
Guest chapter 122 . 2/6/2016
Miles - Quibbler headline Death Eaters killed by Potato is fracking genius
Guest chapter 122 . 2/5/2016
FINISHED! I will definitely be reading this again... someday. I have to recover first, and I suspect THAT is going to take a while.
HappyBunny2377 chapter 122 . 1/30/2016
Read this in 24hrs. One of the best fanfiction I've ever read. Seriously.
Looking forward to reading more of your work.
Kyralian chapter 122 . 1/29/2016
I hardly know what to say about this book. The complexity of the theories was staggering and astounding. The plot was unique and predictably I had some doubts who is the master mind, stupid I know. By chapter 104 I was convinced you were planning to give us a bad ending. I'm glad I was wrong. I really enjoyed this! Is there an epilogue?
Little Doctor chapter 122 . 1/27/2016
This was the best fanfiction I have ever read. Seriously, I loved it! It was the most fantastic story ever. Thank you thank you thank you thank you for writing this!
Montara chapter 122 . 1/27/2016
I love a really good story, with a good plot, with twists and turns and something to learn from, and your story has it all!

Usually, I don't like a very young Harry who can do everything an adult can, plus something extra, but I accepted your Harry because I realized he's like a little genius so he could talk and act like he acted.

Your story kept me guessing and I love a good challenge :D

Thank you so much for sharing your story!
arg914 chapter 122 . 1/25/2016
Wow. A great story. Thank you
TKrause chapter 122 . 1/24/2016
After two tries - the first one five years ago - I finally managed to finish it all. I always liked, but reading as a working in progress was too much of a bother, so I waited for it to end. Afterwards, I was too busy with RL (meaning getting a Ph.D and a tenure-track job) to give it a go. I liked it a lot, it made laugh out loud many times (which is quite rare), the criticisms of Rowling's story were quite funny... Nevertheless, I felt you should have made more changes to the story, as you had already done amore than a few. It was ridiculous for everything to happen in first year, while they were eleven. You should have spaced it out, maybe getting Quirrell to appear only in 7th year. Harry (and, at the end, Hermione) should have been less super... But hey, that's only the tradition of the reviewer bashing the writer for not writing what I would have liked to write. All in all, it's a very enjoying and fascinating read. Thank you, as it may very well have been the last fanfic I'll ever read.
Black sigma chapter 122 . 1/24/2016
Magnificent read and I daresay, you rivaled the original HP with this literal work of art. I thought 122 chapters would be a staggering read for me to try, but alas I was wrong on so many counts apparently. It was totally worth the time I put into enjoying your work(maybe more) and I'd readily recommend this to the entire fandom.
*Also, your appreciation for anime and other literature, sided by your amazing science powers, further confirmed my hypothesis that you were indeed the next... (yes, as tgey say the fic chooses the author)hem hem
Expecto Patronum right back at you
Toodamnmanyfandoms chapter 122 . 1/16/2016
To:The Author
Well. That was an emotional rollercoaster. I think I'm a little bit in love with you. That was, hands down, the beat thing I have ever read. Ever. Please keep writing. One of my dreams in life is to create something that people will see, and love, and remember, and you seem to have done that here. So, if you take anything from this little shout into the void-this one comment among thousands- just know that I aspire to one day do something like what you've accomplished here, and if I ever manage to do half as well, I will be the happiest person alive. And I'm sorry about the rambling but I am just incredibly emotional right now, and what's more it is entirely your fault. So, really, you only have yourself to blame. Thank you, so, so much.
scout360pyro chapter 122 . 1/13/2016
Amazingly crafted, to the point where it barely resembles fanfiction due to its originality, without using any crossovers or notable OCs in prominent roles.
UltraFomi chapter 122 . 1/10/2016
Wow. I . . . don't even know where to begin. There is but one phrase that accurately describes what I'm feeling:

"Oh, dear. This has never happened before."

For the record, in as long as I remember, I've never stayed up to read a story before, so that's got to be worth something. Honestly, I really would try to congratulate you if I knew my words wouldn't fall apart the moment I tried. I'm serious. Any attempt at some sort of elaborate amazingness will end up with me blabbering on like some idiot. So, uh, good job. Really good job. I'll leave it at that.

You've taught me things about stories that I wouldn't have dreamed were possible. There are those "story rules" that authors say shouldn't be broken, but you went ahead and smashed those rules until they were nothing left but shattered fragments the size of snowflakes. Extra points for that. Just, ah, I'm really impressed. Yup.

-Another random admirer from a random place at a random time
anand891996 chapter 122 . 1/5/2016
Brilliant story, especially the parts about the chaos legion!
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OriksGaming chapter 122 . 12/31/2015
Just finishing an epic like this is remarkable, and I'm happy to have read it. I'd like to advise anyone prematurely looking at reviews of the last chapter that this story was very worth it, to me at least, to read all the way through. I actually took many breaks from reading this, which I generally don't do with most other stories, but most other stories don't make me think so much, or so deeply, or so philosophically(if I'm even using this word correctly). I actually read the first ten chapters of the story and then took a break to sleep and completely forgot about this story for about two months, and then skipped about five chapters/probably thirty thousand words. Then I came back to the story and read it in about twenty four hours, and I'm deeply regretful that I didn't come back to it earlier. This story -with only minor differences to the events of pre Harry Potter's Hogwarts years- explained the entire Harry Potter universe scientifically with plausible explanations for practically everything, more so than any other Harry Potter fan fiction that I've ever read, so thank you for that too. Also, this must have taken a lot of time and effort to edit, along with writing it so beautifully and well and comprehensively. I know that with the stories I attempt to write, it doesn't start out anything near clean, and there are always a number of spelling errors, grammatical errors, or just poor word choice that I catch and change when I edit each chapter. I generally edit each chapter three times or so and still end up with the occasional missed word or extra letter or poor grammar somewhere. Yet in your story I think I found one spelling error in the whole thing, and can't even remember where that was. I admit I wasn't really searching for errors, but I find more than that in the average chapter of most stories I read online, so I'm more inclined to think you're excellent at editing or have an excellent editor. I'd like to reiterate that this story is amazing and I loved it and I'd definitely give it a great recommendation with anyone choosing to read this story, or anyone considering reading this story, or even people who haven't heard of this story at all. So I'm definitely favoriting this and sharing it on twitter, facebook, etc. Thank you for putting so much time and effort into this wonderful novel.
wish we could delete accounts chapter 122 . 12/31/2015
I... wow. This fic was amazing. Disregarding the liberal use of suspension of disbelief, as well as the godmod Harry and Hermione (and Voldemort, to an extent), this was one of the best HP fanfics I have ever read. MoR shifted my thinking-not a lot, but just enough-to something different, opening my mind to previously unseen possibilities. This was honestly a gift to read, and I don't believe I'll ever forget it. My paltry words can't really convey my thanks, but thank you so much for a story that has impacted me in such a lasting manner.
Serp chapter 122 . 12/30/2015
This story was already changing my life a pretty significant amount of time before I finished it.

It is still changing my life.

I hope it continues changing my life.

I would like to meet other people who think close enough to this way that I have some common ground to understand them on; I think they would make exceptional allies, friends and advisers.

I wonder where I should.
Pitlord chapter 122 . 12/30/2015
What hit me more than the story itself is your thoughts on rationality. They are amazing. Now I have started reading your other work Rationality: From Al to Zombies and learning a lot from every second of reading it. You are a legend man and my hero. i have made a new resolution to make every effort to become a rationalist. And man you made Harry Potter finish off Voldemort in first year itself and at the same time left a lot o scope for a lot more. Like Hermione's new powers and the things harry could do next armed with the philosophers stone. The possibilities are potentially limitless. I just might attempt an continuation myself because I just can't get enough of your version of Harry Potter. But first I will try to learn from all your articles on rationality to get the mindset of this harry potter before even making an attempt.
Guest chapter 122 . 12/30/2015
I have no words for how much I enjoyed this story - it was joyous and tragic and so emotionally intense that it was just beautiful. So I wanted to say thank you, for writing it.

Just... Thank you.
15bubbles chapter 122 . 12/30/2015
Thank you for writing this, and the amount of effort, time, and research you must have had to put into such a monumental project.

Although you were the cause of several late-nighters, I would be a complete ingrate to leave a comment yelling at you for that.

But thank you for creating a "genius" character who actually does seem intelligent. Most of the other fictional "geniuses" I've read about just seem to display their supposed intellect by blathering random facts, rather than actually creating plots that work.
Guest chapter 122 . 12/27/2015
i have read harry potter continuously since i was a child. I refused to read any fan fiction because the characters were so very precious to me, in my mind. Rereading the series last week, i felt a need to pursue the realm in another way. Having seen HPMOR as the clear favorite to make this leap with, i began reading two days ago and have not stopped since. This book is everything to me. It opened my eyes, not only to change for my precious characters, but acceptance of possibility. I enjoyed reading this more than the original and cannot wait to reread it, remarking in the subtle details i missed the first time by reading much too hastily. Thank you.
Gabi1994 chapter 122 . 12/23/2015
Wow. I have been riveted, mostly unable to do much more than blink and rapidly consume text for most of 3 days. 3 days of what has been the most entertaining and unexpectedly lunatic read yet enthralling read. This is certainly the most engrossing read of the last 5 years of my life. I began reading this a full 4 years ago or more and either came to the end of what had been written, or due to life conflicts had to put it aside, I cannot remember, however having been suddenly handed a great deal of free time, and coincidentally finding that a pdf kindle compatible version of the magnificent story was available I decided it was time again. Of all the things I feel like gushing wildly about, it seems most important to say this: There were moments I felt true fear, not only for the characters but for how in the all possible realms of possibilities you were going to write yourself out of the pits your characters fell into. I don't believe I have ever before read a story wherein I could not forsee precisely what the character must do to escape their fate and had them do just that or a similar theme. I had feared upon seeing the depths that harry fell to, as dramatically satisfying as it was, there could be no resolution that would not leave us all stranded upon the literary cliffs of dissatisfaction or deux ex machina, and yet I was wholly rewarded. As engrossing as the story was I had a moment of desiring to applaud you personally as the writer just for saving us all. So thank you. This has been a wonderful mental exercise in exploring all your literary options no matter how "unthinkable" or writing yourself into the ground it might seem.
Qwerty chapter 122 . 12/20/2015
I just read the whole fricking thing!

AND IT WAS AMAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!

I like the subtle references an lampshading in this story, almost as if it is self-aware. BWAHAHAHAHA.

Now that it's over, I don't know what to do with my life. . .
SteelBlackwing chapter 122 . 12/19/2015
Considering you have over thirty-one thousand reviews, I doubt one more will truly have any meaning to you, but I wish to thank you for creating such a masterpiece. You have quite possibly written the best fanfiction to ever exist, and have changed the way I look at fanfiction. This piece of literature has affected me more than some of my favorite books, and I believe it to be superior to the Harry Potter series. I merely wish to add my most sincere thanks to the heaping piles of gratitude your fans share.
Thank you.
WatchingTheWatchman chapter 122 . 12/13/2015
This is an incredible story. On the level of The Name of the Wind and the other amazing fantasy stories that inspire, teach, and encourage readers. You're one of the authors that I wish I could write like - not mimic the style of, but put the same power, creativity, and magic into my stories that you put in this one. Thank you for writing this.

As an aside, also thank you for writing some of your published papers on AI; they've been invaluable sources for multiple classes now.
Tyrannitor chapter 122 . 12/7/2015
Congratulations on a marvelously rationally magical story!
Guest chapter 122 . 12/3/2015
You made me buy three books- the rise and fall of the third reich, Influence, and I'm awaiting Daniel Kahneman's Thinking. ..
Thank you for writing this story. You certainly over-stepped your boundaries of realism someti
Saudade chapter 122 . 12/3/2015
I want to mix your DNA with mine and create a child that will help me the over the world.
EnlightenedOne chapter 122 . 12/2/2015
Thank you for a great story that changed how I look at the world- I'll always strive to be a better rationalist from this day forward.
Guest chapter 122 . 11/29/2015
You have ruined all fan fictions I shall ever read, for I shall compare them to this masterpiece and think about how it isn't a perfect representation of what could of happened, with all the plot twists and humor you have incorporated into this story. The world has become a better place seen you have created this story
LordGraygem chapter 122 . 11/27/2015
I'm not generally a fan of HP fanfics, but this is a rare exception. Superb writing from start to finish, engaging, believable characters, a plot that was engrossing and kept me guessing about the motives of the cast to the very end, and even some very inventive references to other fiction (the unicorns in particular got a chuckle when I twigged to their origin).

I would love to see more fanfic from you, if you ever get the urge to write some.
Good chapter 122 . 11/21/2015
This, was my second read through of the only true parallel universe to Harry Potter. In some ways, this 100 chapter-ed piece of fiction is more to me even than the original stories written by JK Row herself. The heroes seem truly heroic, the villains villainous, each having something to teach. This being said, I REALLY wish this fic simply continued on on and on, to the last hogwarts year and all the way up until Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres visited every known star, discovering every known magical lore there is to be discovered; All the way to the top of the power ladder. However, I shall be content with the immediate discovery of immortality and imminent passing of destiny to a unicorn. Thank you for this incredible piece of scientific literature.

P.s. I tried, upon my second reading, to leave one review per chapter. This stopped around chapter thirty, as i could not make myself stop reading long enough to do so. Do forgive me. Thank you.
Corvus chapter 122 . 11/11/2015
I just wanted to say thank you...it was a truly engaging and captivating story. There were moments and words were a dictionary was a must. It took me three days to finish it since I had to attend my uni classes but it was worth the sleepless nights. Only words after reading it were 'Mind Blow'. So thank you.
jackalopian chapter 122 . 11/8/2015
Okay. So I've finished it. Thank you so very very much. I cannot tell you how well you have fed my reading addiction, and you finished the story in the past year? Fantastic! Plus all of the references to various other "muggle" stories... well I'm sure I only caught a fraction of them due to my speeding through but I surely enjoyed those treats!
Okay, so I think the only part of the plot that could be consistently guessable was Quirrel's connection to Voldemort. This is not a flaw of course since with the entire world being encased in a confusing mind-screw it at times seemed best to just go along for the ride. I am most impressed by your ability to wrap up a story such as this one satisfactorily, on the other hand what I enjoyed the most was Harry leading and growing into his position as the head of Chaos. It was simply the most fun.
Carly chapter 122 . 11/6/2015
After having to take a several-month-long break to stitch my heart back together after Hermoine died, I read the rest of the fiction in one night. AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.
outside the crayon box chapter 122 . 11/6/2015
so so so fantastic. i loved this and will continue to love it and thank you so goddamn much for writing it.
Guest chapter 122 . 10/28/2015
I read all of this.

I dont see what the hype is about

Its the most overrated piece of garbage Ive ever read.
Siera-Knightwalker chapter 122 . 10/19/2015
Awesome work... and any more will sound fake to me, so I'm gonna skip that part 'cause you have enough praises already. So I was thinking that you consider the Sun to be an almost unlimited source of energy, right? So what do you think about the energies in the Earth. Is it possible to tame them? Tell me what you think and I'll tell you what I think..
And about the invisibility cloak, is it possible that the cloak returns his eyes to the perfect condition and so he doesn't actually need glasses when he has it on , and so if the cloak makes the glasses disappear along with the rest of him. Or it could be that the user's intention defined its use...
And I have no damn idea how knowing that your best friend thinks so clearly when everyone but you, in his life, is in danger. It doesn't actually say how much harry cared for her. Also, would Hermione truly have tried to revive Harry if he had died?
That's all i thought of.. I might have missed asking questions from the previous chapters, but if i remember I'l ask.
NhaTrang chapter 122 . 10/16/2015
Brilliant, and beautiful, and perfect. Thank you.
flowerhone chapter 122 . 10/14/2015
This story was quite frankly amazing. It kept me on my toes and it was so interesting to see how completely different Harry was having had a different childhood. Thank you for writing such a great story, I love it!
Cherri202 chapter 122 . 10/11/2015
I try not to judge a long before before its end, and you have come a long way from where you started. True, at the beginning of the story you were not the greatest storyteller, with awkward changing characters, forgotten storylines and force-fed science dumps, but you have really made it all come together well at the end.

Like a lot of stories of this length that have taken a fair amount of time to create, I would love to see you rewrite the earlier portions to better suit the style of the end. Not change the comedy, even though there was a genre shift, but the flow, so that newcomers may better know the story they are reading, and won't reject it before it improves.

Obviously you still get a lot of reviews, even daily, but I do wonder how many more would be drawn in if the start matched the finish.

And I must admit, I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't get to see the Dementors destroyed or the secrets of magic discovered after all that.

Thanks for the ride. I hope you learned as much about writing as we did about rationality.
Saprophyte chapter 122 . 10/9/2015
I greatly enjoyed the fanfic, but what happened to Hermione just strikes me as a wish-fulfillment fantasy. Seriously, magical unicornness and regeneration were stretching it a bit (poor girl won't have much fun with that regeneration minding that she's still a virgin, unless Harry steps up his humanitarian studies - linguistics, primarily); but making Granger a noble house for the very same thing Potter had been made one - that's taking it well over the top.
Jake chapter 122 . 10/6/2015
Thank you for writing this. I wish that you could receive some sort of compensation besides our praise, because if you wrote something of this caliber that was published and sold for profit, you'd be a billionaire.

Although, that reminds me of a part of this story from back in the quirky-awesomecool-humor days of it, where Harry talks about how any writer who could write a super-duper smart character is at least as smart as that character themselves, and I believe there is a corollary here. You are an amazing and gifted writer, and I think you should view this effort as your own origin story. You've accomplished much and now your heroic story is that you MUST write original fiction. Use the lessons you've learned and the publicity you've *earned* to create your own worlds, whatever shape they might take.
2323 23 chapter 122 . 10/4/2015
Your archaic concept of gender roles is an insult to reason.
Vonavy15 chapter 122 . 10/3/2015
thanks a lot for this book. I learned some things from it. And I dont know how to finish this comment, so i would just say it is a pleasure and thanks again
Coures chapter 122 . 10/2/2015
Welp, if you're not gonna write a sequel, what about a prequel?
bearrain chapter 122 . 9/30/2015
Hi,
I just finished reading this story, and I have to say that I absolutely loved it. I loved it. I was entranced by it. I adored it.
That's all I have to say really; thank you so much for writing this story.
Guest chapter 122 . 9/28/2015
Kami!
This story's power is over 9000!
Mad Elf chapter 122 . 9/26/2015
I started reading this story when the first chapter came out, and enjoyed it immensely. I can't stress just how incredibly entertaining it was.

When I got to somewhere around Chapter 20, I realised that I was spoiling the story by reading it one chapter every week or so, so I decided to stop and monitor the updates as they came through, watching for the "Completed" flag.

Unfortunately, I missed the final chapter coming out, and it was only when I was reading someone else's Favourites list that I noticed HPMOR was marked as finished.

Upon finding that, I immediately stopped looking for new fics to read, and embarked on this one. And all I can say is...

Thank you for an incredibly entertaining, beautifully-written, *awesome* piece of fiction.

I'm off to tell everyone I know about it now.
TheGamePOLSKA chapter 122 . 9/25/2015
It's one of the best things that happened to humanity.
SpawnofAnarion chapter 122 . 9/23/2015
I don't think there will ever be a fanfiction of its equal.
This is truly a masterful work, and the best thing I've ever read on this site. Thank you so much, for taking the time and dedication and effort to share this amazing thing with us!
May the force be with You.
-SpawnofAnarion
Curly Irene chapter 122 . 9/20/2015
The best piece of fanfiction I have ever read, wow.
Reading HPMOR has been a fascinating adventure, and very inspiring too.
Thank you so much!
Guest chapter 122 . 9/17/2015
Too stunned to say anything .
Guest chapter 122 . 9/17/2015
Bravo...that's all I can say...this is the most brilliant piece of art that I have ever had the privilege to read. You've probably heard this many times by now, but honestly, this was really, really, REALLY good. If a fan made sequel or your next major story is published, can you add it's name to the final chapter so that I and others can find it?
Guest chapter 122 . 9/6/2015
finally... all that action to be done by 11-12 year olds
Guest chapter 122 . 9/2/2015
This was a good story, I would have liked for it to continue, do they destroy Azkaban? Does he bring voldy back out of his ring? Can the philosophers stone cure the Longbottoms? I really wish there were more
flairina chapter 122 . 8/29/2015
Well, I HAD a big review written out that would cover most of my thoughts on the last 4th/5th of this book... but then I noticed that they all had a running "praise" theme, and so I could easily just use a blanket statement of "this was good", which would give you the exact same information in the end. So instead I erased all that, and thought "what should my final review for this story contain if I get rid of all the obvious?"

Well, first of all, I realized I'm probably not experienced enough to really judge this story to see if it holds to its rational standards. I've never been one of the people who asks "why not just do this?" unless it's blatantly obvious a character is being stupid, for any piece of media. So I can't say I'd have noticed if something doesn't hold up on that end, not without specifically going back and looking for it. So I'll focus on the story as a whole instead of individual events.

Actually, I will remark on ONE specific story event, that being Dumbledore's overarching plan. First, when I initially read it I had one of those moments where I just had to lean back and go "Oh WOW" in astonishment. Second, I DO have to wonder now that I think on it just how precisely Dumbledore could know what he needed to do solely from prophecies, even ALL of them, given their usual cryptic wording. Perhaps when measured against each other five times, presumably worded differently, the end "clue" becomes more clear. Or perhaps some prophecies are slightly LESS cryptic than the ones we actually know of. I suppose we cannot truly know. Third, I appreciate how it make this AU slightly less of an "AU", and at least partially a "departure/For Want of a Nail" story. Yes, intelligences have been raised for Hermione/Draco/Voldemort/etc and there are differing events prior to Dumbledore doing anything as well, like the Peter Pettigrew thing. But half of the other differences can now be traced back to a single decision, which I found very clever, as I doubt I could have easily thought of a believable way to cause all those with a single point of change. Well done.

The scientific references... you know, you probably just taught a good portion of this generation some things they'll not forget? Fiction that makes real world concepts enjoyable or funny tends to make them ACTUALLY memorable, unlike most attempts at educational media. There needs to be more of this sort of "teaching", just in general. I'll stop there so as to save room.

Surprisingly, at least to me, the references to the other works of fiction were actually quite fitting most of the time. I was impressed how well you managed to bring those up and actually enhance the story with them, instead of having them become incredibly distracting. It did occasionally fail on this point, such as with the unicorns- the mention of both their off coloring and their marks was slightly too much I think, it likely would have been fine with just one or the other as it feels rather too blatant as it stands- but otherwise they added quite a lot to the world and history of this universe. Similarly, the cameos you added were surprisingly enjoyable. Most people shy away from using characters outside of canon, but due to the variety of the roles you let the (usually student) cameos play, they were all quite believable, and it was nice to see things happening outside of first year for once.

I very much enjoyed seeing the "copycat" works of fiction that popped up because of this fiction. While this normally isn't really considered a good thing, save the complement that other people liked a story well enough to imitate it, in this case I'd consider it so, as they generally weren't copying the idea, but the THEMES, and applying them to other works of fiction. I'm not sure if there have been stories like this one before, but I think I can safely say if there are, you've (at minimum) helped popularize a style of fiction I really want to see more of in the future, which is admirable on its own. If there aren't, you've just created a new style altogether. In which case, holy sh**.

On the whole, this is a story unlike any other I've read. I applaud you in doing something so different and interesting, and making even things one would not normally think would work, work. It is only the review size limit that keeps me from rambling on and on and on about this, which perhaps you are grateful for. I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors- hopefully at least one of them will be another fantastic piece of fiction like this one.

Thank you.
lordibau chapter 122 . 8/29/2015
Over 30 000 reviews, can't say mine will add anything, but I still really wished to say thank you for this really rationally good story. From so many Harry Potter fanfics, I got so much feeling that things were fucked up in original story's wizardland, but this one really takes the cake. I won't be ever able to read a Harry Potter fanfic the same way, nor the original story without thinking how utterly stupid they are, and to top it off, I'm glad of it.
I may have to upgrade my level of thinking too, reading this made me feel like I let my brain rust and it should use a powerful updating back to efficiency.
About time someone took the dementor problem seriously.

Thank you
Checkered Brooke chapter 122 . 8/24/2015
This is honestly the best fanwork I've ever seen.
mikaelf77 chapter 122 . 8/24/2015
Wow. Just... Wow
XFlare chapter 122 . 8/22/2015
That was beautiful.

Utterly, absolutely, beautiful.

~XFlare
Harrypottersmystry chapter 122 . 8/22/2015
This story taught me more about human thinking and rationality than sherlock. Thank you so much for making my week and so many other's. You are an amazing writer.
Sun S. Li chapter 122 . 8/19/2015
Easily will go down in every top fanfic list of all genres and sources
Mary Sue Lover chapter 122 . 8/18/2015
Wow. This was absolutely amazing. One of the best stories on FFnet that I have yet read. It has been quite some time since I was last hooked on a story to such an extent that I significantly neglected my proper sleep schedule, but this tale certainly did it.

Only thing that irritated me was Hermione. It seemed like she was TRYING to be difficult. Like she was TRYING to interpret every little thing Harry did in the most condescending (towards her) light possible. And despite your MENTIONING her gratitude a couple times, it didn't feel very genuine. I'm not saying she SHOULD have been some slavishly loyal, jibbering minion, like Lesath Lestrange, but jeezum crow, she should have had SOMETHING (and not necessarily love) going on.
To put it in terms that this story used a lot, her "role" seemed somewhat heavy-handed. She was "the counter to Harry", or something along those lines. You put a lot of implications of weight/importance on her, and it reminded me a lot of what Terry Goodkind did with Kahlan in the Sword of Truth series (my favorite series of published books; I greatly dislike Kahlan, a lot of the time).

It would have been amusing to read a scene where Harry contemplates devising a Potion to give one half of the "wizard-gene" to... let's say the gametes of the drinker, and eventually (FAR in the future, to avoid the whole end-of-the-world thing) putting it into the Muggle water supply. Just make everybody a witch/wizard, on a delay. If he worded it right, it might have been a good lure for Draco and/or Lucius, since I imagine a lot of their hatred comes from the fact that, despite them being "superior" to muggles, they are forced to hide in fear of their enormously greater numbers.
write-notright chapter 122 . 8/16/2015
I felt it rude to read such an amazing book and not leave you my thanks. I spent many hours reading this and they were NOT wasted.

a question, though: the plot, all the twists and turns, were they planned from the very beginning, or wrapped up at the end?
beserkerbeast chapter 122 . 8/16/2015
Wow Amazing story
loved it
will check out some other stuff.
Friend told me about podcast but caught up to it and couldn't wait.
BB
ThisIsLightful chapter 122 . 8/8/2015
Ohhhhh~ I love this! It's so different from other fanfictions- it could be another story of it's own! I often didn't understand a lot of what Harry was saying, but he would usually explain it so others understood and things made much more sense. I thank you for making something this awesome because I was left momentarily soeechless(and then full on fangirling) after I finsihed reading this. You are a great author, and a smart one too. Thank you for writing this!
Dan chapter 122 . 8/5/2015
Beautiful.
the froggy ninja chapter 122 . 8/2/2015
[9:55:08 AM] The Froggy Ninja: Well crap.
[9:55:14 AM] The Froggy Ninja: Just finished HPMOR.
[9:55:30 AM] The Froggy Ninja: That was perhaps the best thing I've ever read.
-Transcribed from a skype conversation with my best friend/GM after finishing this chapter. Then pasted here when I remembered to show my support.
sophia.shi chapter 122 . 7/30/2015
I am a reader from China and it is really really my favourate story, an amazing story.(sorry for if any spell or grammatical error ). The Chinese version only updated to chapter 101 and I can not wait for that long time to know what happened next. So I just read EN version using dictionary. Even though I could not completely understand what exactly every sentence said, I could also appreciate this story the best I have seen in recent 3 years.
Aneeta Potter chapter 122 . 7/17/2015
you so much for this.
PrinceMittens chapter 122 . 7/15/2015
EXPECTO PATRONUM.
You really know how to make a reader tingle. It's almost as if you believe the very same words that you make Harry speak. Such wonderful faith in both humanity and technology! It's inspiring to say the least. You are one of the most intelligent authors on this site (and you probably know it), and Jesus I can't praise you enough.
I can't believe this ended, and yet I wouldn't have had it any other way.
I hope this review touches your heart. I know many of these do.
This story was a wonderful journey and I thank you, Eliezor, for writing it.
-Mittens
Kabs chapter 122 . 7/15/2015
I forgot to include this in my previous review, because I was in a state of nirvana from this book, as I still am, but here it is
This has by far surpassed the original.
Thank you once again.
Kabs chapter 122 . 7/15/2015
Thank you very much for writing and posting this book.
It has changed the way I think, for the better, and most likely my life. Thank you.
Live long and prosper( it's okay for me to say that despite not having seen star wars right?)
Concolor44 chapter 122 . 7/15/2015
There aren't that many books out there that really get me to THINK, as in "examine my life"-level thinking. Mostly I read for diversion, to enjoy a good plot or some scintillating dialogue or some nice, deep character development. But a story that has to be digested ... one that, upon completion, becomes a significant part of what makes me ME ... that story is rare.

I got ALL of that with this amazing piece of literary rhodium.

The last time that a book sent me on several journeys through "the stacks" (or, given certain advances, the internet) was when I first read John Myers Myers's "Silverlock". But those were primarily allusive references. Through YOUR work, I have come to know some amazing real people and have incorporated some clear insights into my worldview, and for that you have my deep and heartfelt thanks. (Also, I thank you just as deeply for giving us a master-work that is as completely free of technical errors as any story I have ever read. If there was one, I missed it ... and I don't typically miss such things. Your grammar and spelling are pristine.)

I truly enjoyed getting to know Harry, and seeing you flesh out a COMPETENT Dark Lord. This is Voldemort as he should have been.

This whole epic was Delight in the form of words. I am officially jealous of your incredible talent. Thank you again and again for sharing your vision.
MeepNaysh chapter 122 . 7/13/2015
And so ends the greatest novel in existence.
Thank you for this wonderful experience and if I was old enough to I would nominate and vote for HPMOR to win the best novel of 2016 Hugo award
Sybaen chapter 122 . 7/13/2015
That was a great ending. From the lead in I was actually expecting Harry to "have Hermione choose the heroes path" then teach her to cast the true Patronus and tell her that she must destroy Azkaban as the "dangerous mission", so that a Phoenix would appear and she would have the bravery to continue. The phoenix would be truly symbolic after bonding with Hermione.

This way was still great, too. )
Ecoreader chapter 122 . 7/12/2015
Fantastic work. I followed it from about halfway through the Stanford Prison Experiment arc to the end. I can't think of any other story that had such a radical influence on my thinking. Though it just occurred to me: Harry's solution for godhood was right in front of him the whole time. If he thought he could use the Comed-Tea to shape reality by changing what he found funny, then he could probably use the same curse that Voldemort put on the Defense Professor's position to similar effect.
Thank you chapter 122 . 7/9/2015
This was a wonderful journey, the best mix of my favorite stories. Thank you
srp2120 chapter 122 . 7/8/2015
I would never have thought that fan fiction would be this enjoyable. I'm not much of a reader. I prefer listening and watching, but especially listening on the go. I owe great thanks to the volunteers of the HPMOR podcast. I now do everything I can to spread my newfound love of reason as a genre of art. Reason as an artform by itself is like a Force that I always understood to be there but couldn't put my finger on until I heard someone else describe it.

The inherant integrity of reasoned thought is what gives me dignity when I have it and shame of any potential of myself being without it. When I could just as soon think that I am right and truely be right as I can think that I am right and truely be wrong, it helps to have rules that are verified of their usefulness and people to help me interpret those rules on a case by case basis.

Moreover, it helps to have other human beings who would celebrate the changing of my mind when I discover that I am wrong and celebrate the admission of what is truely unknown. HPMOR is the first of many novels that I hope to read which will guide me in my own development and self-discovery as I thrive to hold true to the 12 virtues and to pass on my knowledge and hope for the future to every fellow human being who would listen.
Guest chapter 122 . 7/6/2015
Holy shit! This was mindblowingly amazing!
Thanks for writing :))
Martisz chapter 122 . 7/3/2015
Wonderfull fanfiction. You used many great ideas, not only for plot, but also for form of this fanfic (like one sentence chapter or the brilliant idea of planing Harry's win). Reading this was a lot of fun.
Guest chapter 122 . 6/24/2015
I like how you're encouraging readers to try their hand at HPJEV/rationalist fic before posting the epilogue. It's amazing how this project is continuing to impact people!
Lara chapter 122 . 6/22/2015
Thank you so much for this experience.

Also, I couldn't BELIEVE you made that sunscreen reference in the last chapter, hahahaha.
WittyRasberry22 chapter 122 . 6/20/2015
I really love this
Anna chapter 122 . 6/19/2015
Thank you for the wonderful book! It has been a true pleasure to read it, and it also opened a whole world of rational thinking for me.
dragoon109 chapter 122 . 6/17/2015
okay am a little lost can you give me a break down on what has happened here in the story and end?

why was it a bad thing for muggles to get magical healing? exc.
deathless.smile chapter 122 . 6/16/2015
AMAZINGGGGGG YOU BROKE MY MIND AND I JUST CANNOT PROCESS THIS I WILL SEND THIS TO ALL MY FRIENDS UNTIL EVERYBODY KNOWS WHO YOU ARE AND - I LOVE THIS STORY SO SO MUCH!
VerySatisfied chapter 122 . 6/15/2015
.. Seeing as I broke my sleeping curfew consecutively for the last five days.. I regret nothing! EXPECTO PATRONUM!
VerySatisfied chapter 122 . 6/15/2015
-And-No-Longer-All-That-Desperate-For-A-Good-Story-Reader since you have given me a good story and more.. I read this last chapter while listening to Sibelius in D.. It made the last scene so real.. Thank you for writing this story.. You made my week and your story may very well be the last story I'll ever read in
Anon chapter 122 . 6/12/2015
"I am happy to have written this book..."

Yeah, no. It's not a book; it's fanfiction, meaning that to call it a book is theft and plagiarism.
Yitiantulong chapter 122 . 6/9/2015
Thank you very very much LessWrong, I consider myself widely read and this is up there in my list of works I love to read. (I know you are trying to get away from the burden of thinking of this as high art, but in the spirit of "We read so we know we're not alone" this is, for me, exactly that.)

This story has been uplifting and amazing by referencing and bringing together all the stories, ideas, theories, characters, in science-fiction and fantasy that I've loved over the years and made me laugh and cry at the memories and glad that others loved them as much as I did.

I think you are yourself a fighter of death by giving us a little hope that in the midst of what Voldemort correctly thinks of as an unbelievably, insanely irrational world there's occasional pockets of rational. And even more touching that that, you imply, with a little help from books and science, that rational can lead you to good answers (and good can lead you to rational answers). An inspiring message for writers/readers and scientists (and everyone with a little bit of both in them) everywhere!

I'm very glad that you're younger than I am, because that means that I have a decent chance of being able to enjoy your works for the rest of my life-time. :)

I'm hoping very hard to all the gods-that-be that you live long and prosper!
Tsamwan chapter 122 . 6/9/2015
Though it breaks my heart to know you will not be writing a sequel, you can rest assured that this book will forever have its place on my bookshelf, sat next to the original works. As far as I'm concerned, your story is an inextricable part of the world J.K. Rowling created and by god: I will make everyone who's a fan know it.

By the way, If you haven't read it already there's a book called 'name of the wind' by Patrick Rothfuss. Masterful story-telling. I think that the book you've created ranks right up there with his. Might want to try it out if you haven't already.

Finally, I'd like to thank you and J.K. Rowling from the bottom of my heart for this amazing, decade-long adventure.
Anonymouse chapter 122 . 6/7/2015
Well, now I'm crying...

That was just wonderful. Thank you for writing this: you have transcended fanfiction, and written a wonderful version of one of our most recent myths.

Thank you!
Guest chapter 122 . 6/3/2015
OMG my birthday is on Pi Day! Unfortunately, I'm reading this on 6/3/15 because I didn't even know about this until a few weeks ago. That would have been the BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER.

Also, is the author who write this Jewish? I noticed quite a few subtle references.
PA chapter 122 . 5/25/2015
SUP ... I'm okay with this.
wassname chapter 122 . 5/24/2015
I loved this story so much and you really delivered a great ending! I shared this with my friends but a few got annoyed at HP's lack of social skills and social awareness, so if you decide to write for a wider audience this might be something to keep in mind. However they would probably say the same about Miles Vorkosigan. Thanks for the fun this gave me and the things it taught me, very inspiring! I only wish there was more.
Duesal Bladesinger chapter 122 . 5/24/2015
This story has brought me great enjoyment over the past few weeks.

Many thanks for taking the time to write it.

Regards,

Duesal Bladesinger
missmawwie chapter 122 . 5/23/2015
I'm going to review 20 times
Musubi Kazesaru chapter 122 . 5/23/2015
Excellent story. It had it's ups and downs (I kind of miss the charm of the early humor), but had trouble taking breaks and once I got to the last 20~ chapters or so I couldn't stop reading at all.
A Bookworm chapter 122 . 5/22/2015
This has, by far, been the best fanfiction I have read. I'm afraid I am not very good at congratulating, so this will be a very awkward review.

...

Yes, this is a truly epic piece of fanfiction; have you ever considered like, making arrangements with J.K. Rowling herself to make this an official companion novel or something?
Guest chapter 122 . 5/21/2015
umm...i've read some chapters translated into Chinese but others are not contained so i come here and can't wait to read the end!so interesting the story is,especially the greek harry...like the mix of sheldon and leonard...lolbtw it's also popular in CHina
lynzigraye chapter 122 . 5/20/2015
I only just discovered this book a few days ago... to say that I enjoyed it thoroughly would be an understatement. Thank you for writing this, and I look forward both to your next work, whatever it may be, and to perusing the recommended reading list for aspiring Rationalists.
Nanchih chapter 122 . 5/19/2015
Impressive. Thank you for allowing me to read over your shoulder. I look forward to the day you begin another.
dksamuri chapter 122 . 5/14/2015
Great story, ending kinda fuzzy, but overall, amazingly done.
Blue Jay's Feather chapter 122 . 5/12/2015
I could say a lot of things here- from "What." to "But what was the Science Project?!"
But that would require brain functions that I don't have right now... Thank you. Thank you for such a world you've created.
ColdEyes5 chapter 122 . 5/11/2015
I had 1 week for finished this fanfic! YEAH! this story is so cool!
Partsu chapter 122 . 5/11/2015
hot damn, good one!
Guest chapter 122 . 5/8/2015
I got hooked to your book for days. True that I like JKR's HP better but your ideas have been brilliant! Kudos!
Kathleen Hudson chapter 122 . 5/8/2015
"...and they all lived happily ever after." You do not need to have that at the end of any story if you end it correctly, and you did. Thank you for writing HARRY POTTER AND THE METHODS OF RATIONALITY. It gave me much pleasure and many things to think about. And especially, thanks for being nice to Draco.
Tim Adema chapter 122 . 5/6/2015
A wonderfull read! I learned much from your alternative telling of a familiar tale. Many times I was shocked by revelations or plottwists; stunned with moments of self discovery when some obscure psychological titbit or way of reasoning was explained; or thrilled when you put the protagonist in a situation where I would have made the same moral decision but was uncertain how he/I would get out of that mess (especially loved the escape from Askaban!).
Here's to hoping to reconsider writing more than just an epilogue. Thank you for one of the best written fanfics (and educational material) I've ever had the pleasure of reading!

With many thanks,
Tim
A.An.R chapter 122 . 5/5/2015
My apologies for posting the previous review anonymously (as "Guest") - it was an accident.
To be specific: The review I am talking about starts with:
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Short Version Review:
Q.: How do you completely destroy a 122 chapter book about the importance of rational thinking?
A.: "Upon my life and magic I swear friendship to Harry Potter,
To help him and trust in him..."
Because the proper offer of friendship would be "to question him and his decisions always - in hopes that our analytical powers would yield better results when combined."
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However, my reason to post again is not just to sign the review.

Given the immediate reaction it received, I decided to clarify some things:

1) The fact that the scene lends itself to the gender-roles-related interpretation does not mean that I choose to interpret it that way. I stated a plain fact: the interpretation is a possibility given the context, and could also be seen as indirectly substantiated by a direct reference to gender roles in the previous paragraphs. Personally, I hold the author in too high esteem to suspect such interpretation as being the author's intent. But my personal opinions and beliefs do not change the fact that the text allows for it.

2) There are 2 major reasons why I find the specific wording of the oath counter-productive to a friendship between rationalists: 1 - there is no promise of positive action in providing each other analytical support or even understanding; and 2 - there are no boundaries set on either trust or following of one by the other (not just to "trust in him", either, but also "to stand with him and[, um,] stand by him") . No conditions specified, no contingencies accounted for. To always stand with and by somebody even when he or she is heading into trouble is also called "enabling". Not good at all. Not between rational friends.

As far as my personal opinion goes: I think this promise would be equally as anti-rational coming from *any* character in the book with a possible exception of characters like Lesath and Vincent, for whom establishing such a friendship would be a step up from automatic and complete servitude, thereby signifying at least some movement in the positive direction.

In fact, Harry doesn't need people to trust in him that much. At the end of the book he is dealing with people who either don't trust in him enough (i.e. most adults, strangers and foes) or trust in him all too much (like many of his fellow students who honestly believe he could do anything or almost anything by snapping his fingers). Neither of those attitudes is helpful. And I doubt he needs any more people who trust in him unconditionally. If anything, he needs a friend who would try to understand him with some sufficient degree of success, rather than just trust or follow.

There are plenty of small alterations to the current wording, which would make this oath less about blind following and more about honest friendship. Readers may comfort themselves thinking that "trust in him" is limited to "trust in good intentions", but that's not what the text actually says - right there, in italic font.
It could have been "to trust in our friendship", "to trust in his intentions", "to trust in his good will", to name just a few possibilities. But instead it's "to trust in him" and "to stand with him and, um, stand by him".

Wording in oaths, promises and other binding contracts are important. That's why we have lawyers, who think magic world lawyers are cute. The author appears to know this, which leads me to ask, same as Harry did with respect to other questionable choices: "why? why? why?"

And this brings me to a lighter note (meaning I am not really serious in what I am about to say. I am afraid it needs to be spelled out for some people.): I figured out a possible use for the wording in Hermione's oath, which would not negate the the previous narrative entirely. However, it is contingent on availability of additional material.

It has occurred to me, that the author might not intend this ending to be as happily "new dawn"/"better tomorrow" as all the sparkles and unicorns would make it seem.
If this is the critical moment which undermines Voldemort's best efforts with the Unbreakable Vow by effectively removing Hemione's council in case of potential disaster, then I suspect we might learn in the epilogue that this is the moment where it all started to go wrong: The new hero swore to trust and follow Harry Potter, who ended up destroying the world, as prophesied. In this cruel twist, Harry ends up responsible for the apocalypse, because he was the one who insisted on resurrecting her in the first place. Everybody dies. The end. Of the world. And a completely different book...

Such epilogue would indeed reinforce the importance of rational thinking, but since as of now such epilogue does not exist (nor do I wish for its existence), I would deem this hypothesis far-fetched, even though the author did pull some questionable tricks on the audience before, giving this possibility a tiny bit of probabilistic weight.

I still hold some hope for the epilogue - for a very different epilogue than the one I just imagined. Who knows, maybe the real epilogue will start with Harry expressing as abject a horror at Hermione's promise, as I felt when reading it. :)
Satanic Induceme chapter 122 . 5/4/2015
To the reviewer 'Guest' below me:

The "trust" line means "I trust Harry to have good intentions", not "I will never, ever question if he is doing the right thing". Really, if you're "interpreting [it] as kindly and as open-mindedly as you can", and the latter was the best you could come up with, you've got a seriously bad imagination.

...Ah, but I dissemble. My real beef with your review, is the utterly disgusting feminist bias it displays. Let's look at the exquisite pearl of wisdom you've managed to extract from the final lines:

"If a boy gets a chance to become a hero he needs to think carefully, weigh his trusts, loyalties and allegiances and continuously sharpen his knowledge and analytical skills. While if a girl get a chance to become a hero, all she needs to do is find a (highly questionably trustworthy) boy, swear her trust in him and just go do whatever he tells her."

Not only is the above paragraph based on an absurdly erroneous interpretation of the final lines, it also makes the confounding mistake of introducing political bias. Ah, politics is indeed the mind-killer! Let's take your interpretation as assumed accurate for now (though, as I've already pointed out, it really, really isn't). Since your whole beef with is that the one swearing the vow is a *girl*, I suppose that if, by some twist of fate, *Draco* were the one swearing the vow and not Hermione, it'd be alright, then?

Really, your idiocy is marvelous. I'm just greatful stupidity isn't contagious - or, at least, not contagious over the Internet.
Guest chapter 122 . 5/4/2015
Short Version Review:
Q.: How do you completely destroy a 122 chapter book about the importance of rational thinking?
A.: "Upon my life and magic I swear friendship to Harry Potter,
To help him and trust in him..."
Because the proper offer of friendship would be "to question him and his decisions always - in hopes that our analytical powers would yield better results when combined."

Long Version Review:
While I enjoyed the book overall (although I believe it would benefit tremendously from severe editing and shortening), I believe that the last lines completely negate the spirit of the preceding narrative. And that is the conclusion I can draw by interpreting those lines as kindly and as open-mindedly as I can. Which might just reflect my own limitations, yet, if not, might be useful to others, which is the only reason why I am writing this review.

To swear blind trust in anything or anybody is to effectively abandon one's own right to think! The entire purpose of Hermione's resurrection is to provide Harry with a respected and capable friend who could always question his judgement and decisions in hopes of saving him from disastrous mistakes. Especially since she has proven herself to have a stronger sense of ethical alignment.

Somebody, please tell me that I am reading this wrong. (And prove it based on what the text actually says.)

Because if I try to read deeper into it, it only gets worse:
"though it does now occur to me that it's unhealthy if girls don't know any way of expressing gratitude to boys besides kissing them" - however unhealthy that might be, it absolutely pales and fades in comparison to expressing the same sentiment by swearing blind trust to said boys...

Not to mention, that the whole thing yields itself to an even more disgusting interpretation of:
If a boy gets a chance to become a hero he needs to think carefully, weigh his trusts, loyalties and allegiances and continuously sharpen his knowledge and analytical skills. While if a girl get a chance to become a hero, all she needs to do is find a (highly questionably trustworthy) boy, swear her trust in him and just go do whatever he tells her.

Seriously, WTF?

I would like to believe that this is just sloppy wording on behalf of the author, but, unfortunately, prior evidence of painstakingly crafted wordings throughout the book lead me to evaluate the probability of such explanation being true as "slim".
Adamant39 chapter 122 . 5/2/2015
Holy poop.
That was...
Quite possibly...
The best book I have ever read.
At least the best fan fiction.
It was hilarious, it was intelligent, and it was positively addicting.
No seriously, I'm meant to be doing homework right now.
Can't think of any constructive criticism, except...
Write more? Plz?
phantom00 chapter 122 . 4/30/2015
This story has the most reviews I've seen on a story!
Dave210 chapter 122 . 4/26/2015
(whole story review) Unless you have a lot of excess time on your hands, I cannot recommend this story for reading. This story could probably be edited down to a tight 175k words instead of the almost 662k that it is. I should have been warned when I saw that this author’s only story here was so huge. But I saw a lot of reviews and that it had a lot of followers. I am glad that I did not follow this story as it was written – waiting for a new chapter to be posted and waiting and waiting for something of substance to happen. Yes there are good chapters in here. Not enough of them for me, though.

The first 8 chapters contain a lot of mind-numbing rhetoric. The sorting doesn't happen until Chapter 9 and drones on through Chapter 12. And the real heart of any HP story, Voldemort, doesn't even start until Chapter 105. I found myself skipping paragraph after paragraph of dialog drivel throughout the story.

(Caution - minor spoilers in this paragraph) Characters - Like many other stories, Harry is super smart and wields unique magic. Also, he is 11 but acts 25. (You would think that if wizards easily live to past 100 years of age, they would take a longer time to mature, not less) Hermione seems to have been a challenge for the author to write, almost like they didn't want to but had to. The Draco sub-plot takes far too long to establish yet never really comes to fruition. Quirrell is the only character in this story given a unique twist. Totally confusing to me is that Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew are all but completely ignored here. And the Bellatrix sub-plot had a good start (once again taking much longer than it could have), yet poof, it was immediately and completely abandoned.

Numerous sub-plots and plot devices are never vetted or brought to conclusion. And any story that has to include what is Chapter 108 here, explaining in narrative so much of what happened beforehand is a weakness to me. Sadly, I feel that I wasted my time reading this story. I take it that this author has written FF on other sites. If this is supposed to be a good example of their work, I will not be looking for more.
Amalthia chapter 122 . 4/24/2015
I had a blast reading your story! I loved the plotting, the character voices, and I was kind of left guessing up till the end.
Guest chapter 122 . 4/24/2015
Best story on all of this site! Amazing
Anderfail chapter 122 . 4/24/2015
For as pretentious as this story was at times, this was a beautiful final chapter. While it didn't end in romantic love, that final scene was one of the purest expressions of unconditional love that I've seen in fiction. Absolutely amazing vow by Hermione to Harry at the end. It was enough to reduce me to literal tears as a strong feeling of hope and a promise for a better future were put down in words. As I sit here crying, I can't help but think the world would be a better place were there more Harrys and Hermiones from this story in the real world.

Regardless, a fantastic end to one of the more epic HP stories that I've seen. While I don't care much for the original books, it's a testament to JKR's world building skills that she crafted a universe that was so open to interpretation, modification, etc. and still retain the essence of the universe. It's no surprise Harry Potter is by far and away the most popular fanfiction universe.
NoToLogins chapter 122 . 4/17/2015
Thank you very much for writing this. I loved and will keep loving this story.
aurorpotter chapter 122 . 4/17/2015
I read this in three days. It was such a pleasure to read and I kind of feel awful right now because I kind of maybe enjoy your universe better than the original. Out of all the stories I have read I love your Harry the most. I can say that without hesitation. Thank you so much for sharing this it was just...amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you! It was just...perfect.
Tobalerone chapter 122 . 4/17/2015
This story is amazing! I love how you changed things so much, that I was surprised by events that were cannon. You took Harry Potter and you made it your own. I was bummed when Voldemort betrayed (?) Harry. I loved Professor Quirrel, and Harry's relationship with him so the ending was a bummer. At least he can be untransfigured one day. Hermoine's back, on the bright side. I was so surprised when Harry turned out to be Tom on the map. You're a fantastic planner by the way! I love how everything came together at the end! My favorite thing about this story was how there would be random conversations having hypothetical scenarios (often being made fun of) that relate to the actual Harry Potter books (like the one I just read about if Harry was in Gryffindor, or the dumb choices Dark Wizards on drugs make that Voldemort actually made in the Goblet of Fire).
Arthurdent chapter 122 . 4/15/2015
Potter being a scientist and the majority of the characters thinking rationally is probably the best AU concept IMHO. It simply makes sense and corrects canon's biggest failing. Combined with grammar and spelling and a lot of imagination, which puts this way ahead of most fanfics, makes this an unforgettable story. Congratulations and thanks to the author for an excellent story.
Dr Stranger chapter 122 . 4/15/2015
Definitely a triumph. Congratulations.
shepbad chapter 122 . 4/14/2015
Epic
I am humbled
Lightimus chapter 122 . 4/14/2015
I just binged read the last sixty chapters of this fic in the past fifteen hours. Well done, and thank you for the immense enjoyment I found.
cztelnik chapter 122 . 4/12/2015
Your story is impressive for a lot of reasons; not the least the artistic layout -on top of an intelligent tale with hidden logic riddle like qualities. Thanks for writing it. At the end, it was difficult, I couldn't understand how Harry didn't tip to Quirrell's evil but after much thought; perhaps Harry is so very comfortable in his science world and hasn't read enough fantasy.? He doesn't understand about the inevitability of million-to-one chances :-/. I'm a bit envious of your Harry, his confidence in his choice of universe (science vs. popular). He is brilliant and has the power to overwhelm...he doesn't really have peers so no matter his flaws, they'll always be accepted on some level. He'll never dread shame at being found wanting - to himself yes but not to others. Hats off to Harry!
Sarcasm Dragon chapter 122 . 4/12/2015
Satisfying conclusion, though I'm a bit miffed that Harry hasn't made more effort to rescue Dumbledore from the mirror.
Guest chapter 122 . 4/10/2015
I enjoyed the story very much, many thanks. My favorite part is still Harry "tricking" Draco into sacrificing his false belief in blood purity; the antics of SPHEW were quite funny too.

I am still quite confused by the toe ring being transfigured Hermione (despite Dumbledore having checked the type of magic), and by voldemort letting Harry keep his wand after taking the Vow. But those have been discussed in many other comments so I will just have to keep an eye out for answers.

One thing I have grown suspicious of over the past few days: Voldemort casts a spell "hyakuju montauk" at Snape. Another comment (i thought in a review of 111, but I can't find it now) pointed out that hyakuju is Japanese for 100, and I recognized Montauk as the magic-storing rings in Ra (which I read after EY mentioned it in an author note). In Ra, the montauk rings are typically used as "batteries" to store magical energy, but a useful side effect is that they can rapidly drain or stop magic in progress (several that story have a magical experiment halted quickly with such a ring).

So "hakuju montauk" would seem to translate as "100 drain-magic", or glossing, "destroy 100 [%] of target's magic [permanently]". The bits in square brackets are my ungrounded speculation, but we never see Snape use magic again in the story, and his having lost it might contribute to his decision, if not to leave, then not to allow himself to be talked out of leaving.

Thanks again for a very enjoyable story.
Magus1108 chapter 122 . 4/10/2015
I have to say, this was a brilliant end to this fanfic.

Started reading this very late into the game, but overall, I've enjoyed this fanfic from beginning to end. It's the best HP Fanfic I've ever really read, I do believe. You did so much in just Year 1, and that's really amazing, in my opinion.

Bravo, good sir! Sad to see this fic over with, but all good things must come to an end, I suppose.
Schtroumpf grognon chapter 122 . 4/9/2015
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
And so it end.
Alors voilà, c'est fini.

What a beautiful adventure.
Quelle magnifique aventure, inoubliable.

Thanks you very much, for every bits of magic that you shared with us.
Merci infiniment, pour tous ces petits moments magique que vous nous avez fait partager.

And for that, sir, I wish you all the love and happiness of the world.
Et pour cela, monsieur, je vous souhaite tout l'amour et le bonheur du monde.

(OH MY FUCKING GOD, THIS FANFICTION WAS INCREDIBLE, PLEASE MARRY MEEEE)

Je vous souhaite une excellente soirée, m'sieur. Et merci encore.
surprise mofo chapter 122 . 4/8/2015
I have no idea where I lost the rational plot that was/is this story..as such I've deleted it from my followings so I'll no longer get the email to tell me there's a new chapter! Random as ever..
tH1s chapter 122 . 4/8/2015
What a story...
Satchit chapter 122 . 4/7/2015
I love this fic, and I can wax long about it, but one point I realised is that the resolution of the story is essentially the Changeling Hypothesis proposed by JOdel, aka Red Hen, down to the manner in which Harry defeats Voldemort.
RudyHenkel chapter 122 . 4/6/2015
Thank you.

The ending here, with Harry and Hermione, is so bright and beautiful, so hopeful. I've never been as deeply moved by a work of fanfiction as this one, and I can count on one hand the number of times *any* writing has matched it.

I'll be re-reading the entire work at some point, but I know that this last chapter is one I'll be returning to, when I feel that shadow of despair on my mind.

Thank you.
HgSpartan chapter 122 . 4/3/2015
There's a bunch of stuff you can still wrap up in this story. But if you're done, I guess you're done. Thanks for writing this! Even if it's not conducive to sleep.
Hippothestrowl chapter 122 . 4/2/2015
Great story with tons of outrageous, thought-provoking interest (which is the most important thing in any story.) Flawed by quite a few obscure passages (mainly caused by pronouns without antecedents) which break the flow, but otherwise well-written. Some weak stories get loads of hits and follows, and some decent stories don't get their fair share, so it's good to see the one with the most hits really deserves it! Thanks for this. :)
shaina.lipsy chapter 122 . 4/1/2015
Wow. I've never been the biggest Harry Potter fan (though a fan I was), in part because of the numerous plot holes and unexplained character flaws that I just couldn't ignore. About two weeks ago I heard about this story, and in the past week I've read the entire thing. (In fact, I'm considering just restarting from the beginning and giving myself another week of this hellish pleasure.) It addresses almost every issue I had with the Harry Potter universe, and a couple that I hadn't thought of. There is nothing quite so exciting as reading a book that makes you think, and that makes you want to keep thinking long after you've turned the final page. This one has done both. And while the final thirty chapters or so were read all at once-I couldn't just stop for the night after Hermione's gruesome death, I had to be sure she would come back in some way-I enjoyed every minute of it. (Except, perhaps, Hermione getting eaten. That was a little too gory for my cinematic book-reading experience.) This story was everything I wish I had gotten out of all those terrible psychology courses I took as an undergrad, and better, because it satisfied the part of me that can never stop asking "but what if?"

I'm sure, after writing this story, that you already have a core group of editors, beta readers, and helpful sidekicks. However, if not, or if you would like another, this editor and writing instructor would like to volunteer herself. Working with you would be enlightening in a way that would surely make me bang my head against a wall repeatedly. It sounds absolutely lovely.
BajaB chapter 122 . 4/1/2015
Congratulations on completing this story - quite a noteworthy feat.
GingerHannah chapter 122 . 4/1/2015
I actually stopped halfway through this chapter for a couple of days, because I so feared reaching the end of this story! This has been the best fanfiction I have ever read by far. I found the story exciting, intellectually stimulating, humorous and intriguing. I want to thank you for all the time and thought you put in to this. I would also like to thank you for sharing it.

If you ever write a novel with your own original characters let me know. I would love to read it.

Hannah.
w chapter 122 . 4/1/2015
Thank you for finishing. It's been a good read and you wrote certain characters (Quirrell, Draco) really really well. For the things-that-could-be-better - the story is, sadly, not about Harry Potter and Methods of Rationaliy but about Harry Potter and How To Win as a Boy Genius. Chekhov guns should be fired, and in quite a few cases weren't - Harry's shopping via Wesley brothers, Quirrell being able to show on Ravenclaw stairs available only for girls, Heir of Gryffindor, Peverell brothers, parents. And certain characters lacked closure - Neville, Daphne and Lesath in particular. Nonetheless, it's been fun, thank you.
LadyEnigma chapter 122 . 3/31/2015
Wow, what a great read! It was fun, clever, emotional, mysterious - everything a good book should be. Thank you so much for your hard work!
riptocs chapter 122 . 3/31/2015
Absolutely loved your story, spent a few days reading it when you were around chapter 65 and left it alone for a while and all of a sudden completed! Thank you so much for the experience and I hope you win at the con!
EXPECTO PATRONUM
John Perry chapter 122 . 3/30/2015
Wow and that's a wrap... it's kinda sad in a way I remember reading this story a while back it wasn't done yet but everyone has their favorites and this one was definitely one of mine. I think I read through all 122 chapters in 4 days .I have to say I'm glad you have had so much success with this story and I look forward to getting immersed in the real rationality such you have left available. Thank you so much for putting your heart mind and soul into this long journey. I'll PM you with a question I had regarding chapter 122 so as not to spoil it for anyone who reads your review's.

Thanks again for everything
Your Fan:John Perry.
Deidara chapter 122 . 3/29/2015
Quite amazing - thank you for writing this wonderful story! I will make sure to reread it some day, so I can try to understand it better. It is totally worth it, please never take it down.
Fireblade57 chapter 122 . 3/29/2015
I absolutely LOVED this fic, and I understand you not writing a sequel (though I am sad about that). I have one question: Who was MrHatAndCloak? I was thinking it was Quirrel... But I can't think of a motive he would have to deceive Zabini. A reddit thread I Was reading said Lockhart, and that sounds probable but I still don't know... Who is it?
Karen A. Wyle chapter 122 . 3/29/2015
I strongly recommend that those who've enjoyed this fanfic go back and reread it now that you know the truth about "Professor Quirrell." There are a great many passages that mean more and/or contain more layers when read with that knowledge.
TwentyRings chapter 122 . 3/29/2015
Absolutely brilliant.
Really, I've been following this story for some time now, and I have no doubt in my mind that it is the greatest Fanfic ever written. I can't express enough how well it was written, how clever the plot was, how intricate the characters were. All I can say is thank you.
KT chapter 122 . 3/28/2015
Thank you for this great story!
Rav3n Owl chapter 122 . 3/28/2015
It has taken me many years, and many attempts, to read this story. I first found out about it from a friend of mine when the story only had 40-odd chapters. I tried reading it, got up to the first Battle between the armies and stopped. It's always been in the back of my mind, and part of me has always wondered exactly what happens in this. The science, which I will freely admit, mostly went in one ear and out the other. I'm not degrading my intelligence too much by saying that, but I have come to believe that my brain simply isn't wired the way it needs to be to absolutely accept/realize/discover/understand the concepts and theories and rarionalizations put forth in this work of art. In fact, I mostly failed science in high school, being interested in writing and reading as much as I could and only certain parts of astronomy, physics, biology and chemistry have stuck with me from my high school years. This fic has opened my eyes and minds to concepts that previously were not part of my everyday thinking. I do believe that I have learnt a significant amount of... "things" isn't truly a word that is adequate to describe them, but failing to find the right word at this time I think ought to be understandable given reasons that I shall state later in my review.
It wasn't until earlier this week that I went through my emails and saw that I had an update for this fic, and that after all this time it had been marked complete. I decided, that now I was 21 and no longer had high school in my way and that I had no foreseeable plans for the next week, it was time to embark on the extravagant exploration of the MOR universe. I told myself to heed your warning at the beginning of this story, and that if I wasn't interested by the time chapter 15 came around, I would leave a polite review about how ingenious this story is and that I believe it to be one of the best I've read although I wasn't able to read any further. Before I knew it, the very night I started reading this novel, I had surpassed chapter 15 and it was at the end of chapter 20 that I decided that because it was daylight, I ought to sleep. On Monday 23rd March 2015 at 12:00am I began reading this story with two goals in mind: a) I started reading it, got a grasp on some things but others didn't make sense to me and I gave up. Or b) I start reading it, and I don't stop until I have finished the entire thing. As I write this, it is Sunday, 29th March 2015 at 2:30am. I finished this story about 20 minutes ago and it was with much reluctance, yet a certain amount of curiosity and trepidation, that I read the final chapter.
(Something I wish to point out before I forget it again: a couple of chapters back Quirrellmort was saying "..Snape! Snape! Severus Snape!" And I'm unsure whether that is a happy coincidence or not, but it provided many giggles for me as I remembered the Puppet Pals video of The Mysterious Ticking Noise.)
If I were to mark this book on wizardry standards, I would award you an Order of Merlin: First Class. No 'Outstanding' would be good enough for this fic, nor the Hogwarts House Cup. But an O.M. would be. You are a truly superb writer. I have learnt a great deal many things from this story, and I know that others will as well. Not just about science or magic, but morals and ethics and friendship and knowledge, and a great deal more.
A few questions do remain however: Who Obliviated Narcissa Malfoy? Why was she sent to live as a Muggle for 10 years? What happens to Draco, now that he has his mother back but his mind is that of a rationalist/burgeoning scientist? Will he ever find out the truth about what Harry did and forgive him, or will he be Harry's sworn enemy, or is he destined to have those memories locked away forever? How will Hermione live now, will she be content to go back to studying, or will she revolutionize Earth along with Harry? What does Headmistress McGonagall do next? Does Professor Flitwick ever go back to being a duelist and use his creation? Does House Unity survive the summer break in Hogwarts and the loss of their Defense Teacher? What exactly happened to Gildory Lockhart? What happens to Hermione's parents and Harry's parents? To the twins? To Peter and Remus? What happens to Harry and Earth?
I few questions that I can't fill in the blanks for myself, but if I were to guess, I'd say that instead of Azkaban, wrong-doers get sent to Jupitor or Saturn since it's obvious that Hermione and Harry would introduce space travel to wizards and that somehow Gryffindors get hold of a rocket and launch it into space where they find Dumbledore on a planet and bring him back to Earth. (Or that could just be my extremely sleep-deprived brain coming up with hypotheses)

All in all, I completely and utterly loved the story. Hermione's death made me cry, as did her reunion with Harry. This story had just the right mix of everything it needs to get an O.M. and I'm truly aorry that it is done with and you're not writing a sequel. It is totally understandable, yet still somewhat of a disappointment. I would love to know what happens when Harry and Hermione turn 18 at least.
But I digress. This novel is an utter masterpiece. The amount of thought and edit and depth of characters for pretty much every single character just adds to the marvelousness that's in this story. I'm recommending it to most of my friends whom I think would be extremely happy to read this and would (and have) have/had discussions based on the science and other parts of this story.
This story truly needs to go on every HP fan's bucket list if they have one. It is far too good an opportunity to miss out on reading and is quite a mysterious yet juicy read.
It is now 3am and I'm going to end my review with this: EXPEXTO PATRONUM!
delphinous chapter 122 . 3/26/2015
i liked this story. i honestly cannot say why, but i started reading this story once in the past, and made it some 3050 chapters in before stopping, and i don't know why. maybe i got tired. maybe that was as far as the story was and i never turned on update notifications. but i have now read it through in its completed form, and i love how went and how it turned out. and i love how in the end, hermione is going to continue on as the hero and harry as the wise old wizard. and i love how you laid the foundation for them to truly love each other throughout their lives, whether as true friends and partners, or as more. this is now one of my favorite stories, so thank you for writing it for me to read.
and just so you know, i spent most of the story constantly flip flopping between thinking quirell was evil and quirell was simply old-tired-gray.
oh, and one of my most favorite scenes ever is when voldemort is ranting and complaining about how hermione was so totally resistant to being talked into going with his plans, no matter how he tried to talk her into it. even though we only saw a very small part of it, it was hilarious to think about him standing there talking to her repeatedly and getting nowhere.
MrSir17 chapter 122 . 3/26/2015
I am a Christian. So as this story progressed I, at first, due to mostly childish stupidity, got a little uncomfortable with the themes in this story. Fighting death is something I can honestly understand. My biggest terror is dieing and ceasing to exist. my bogart would probably show my death.
Anyway In the later years, I tried taking this story from the perspective of a rationalist and read the story simply to enjoy it. And I'm glad I did. Without worrying about what happens after I die, I can simply sit back and be astonished by the many thoughtful twists and turns this story took.
Minor Spoilors ahead if you haven't read beware.
Finally I wish I had been here for the final exam. I missed it by only a little while it seems, but I wish I had had the oppurtunity to try. I never would have come up with THAT solution, but I commend whoever did.
Side note you mentioned Fuyuki and Blodd fort so I can only beg you to write a rationalist Fate story.
Finally, I want to say thank you. This has been an amazing read and I love the universe you created. I personally do believe In "The Next Great Adventure" but for this great story, I can appreciate a different opinion. Once more. Thank you for the experience. I'll see you next time.
Your Friend
-Justin
darthas chapter 122 . 3/26/2015
Beautiful, this story is the best and longuest harry potter fanfiction i've ever read. Your characters are realist and well- developped i can only say: Bravo!
Hagbard Celine chapter 122 . 3/25/2015
The best thing I've read since the Illuminatus Trilogy. I'll have to go back and read that again to be sure that I don't like this more. Thank you. Thank you. [fnord] Thank you.
Sofia Batalha chapter 122 . 3/25/2015
...
You left me gasping for words.
In all honesty, I cannot begin to think of a proper way of congratulating you on this masterpiece.
I suppose all I can say right now is: Thank You. Thank you so very much for bringing this story to us, for all the laughter, all the crying and all the thinking throughout... For writing a story that so strongly resembles life in my perspective.
It is both a far better and a worse story than the original, but I suppose you know that. Although I'd say it's mostly better since what we lose in fairy-tale-happy-endings, hurting our inner child, we gain in sound and realistic "moral lessons" more adequate to the adult mind that will keep on seeking knowledge forever.
On a personal level, I thought I should let you know that reading HPMOR has made me feel so proud of being a thinking being that aspires to become a real rationalist - I think you've built a home for many of us nerds out here. HPMOR became my favourite book/work of written fiction and it will be very diffficult to be uncrowned.
There are a million other things I should like to include in this little (but very meaningful) thank you note but I'm afraid I don't have the talent some people have to create magic out of ink and symbols, so I'll leave it like this.
I wish you all the best,
Sofia (from Portugal)
Guest chapter 122 . 3/24/2015
What a ride. Thank you.
yclui chapter 122 . 3/24/2015
Three days ago, a friend of mine prodded me towards this work, and i don't mind admitting I started with some apprehension, given that Sturgeon's law apply to in a more stringent manner than most other places.

Thank you for writing this incredibly well thought out and engaging story. I hope to read whatever you write in the future. I loved the several nods towards other franchises, from the more obvious such as the lensman and 40k universes, to the subtle such as Madoka or Rimworld. Have a great time, I hope Rowling gets in touch with you.
Denis chapter 122 . 3/23/2015
Thank you for the book. It is one of the best things I have read so far. I hope you will keep writing.
terrapurus chapter 122 . 3/23/2015
Thanyou for an enjoyable literary journey.

Now with that said, since you created a hero Hermione, are you atleast tempted to write some crack fic titled something like "The Lone Granger"? Perhaps some 10K standalones? Hmmm? Hmmm?
wdlwbt chapter 122 . 3/22/2015
Thank You. I had heard so many different opinions on this story I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I do. I just wanted you to know I started the story on Thursday evening, and it is now Sunday evening, and it was truly difficult to stop reading. Whether that was for sleep, bathroom breaks, food or work. I will be recommending this story to friends, as well as favoriting it.

:)
Guest chapter 122 . 3/22/2015
I have a few words that I feel will,not only express how I feel,but how I'm sure several others feel.I feel two strong emotions towards you.I think you are an absolutely amazing person and you have produced one of my favourite pieces of literature,up there with "The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy" and just slightly below "The lord of the rings".But alas I have one huge problem that can no longer be rectified,and that is that after reading your work and learning so much from it,I can't read any story,or watch any movie without immediately seeing all the plot holes,big or small,and having that stuck on my mind for the remainder of the time I spend on that story or that is all I have to say,thank you for taking time to read this through and good luck.
Dia chapter 122 . 3/22/2015
Thank you for writing this.
The Epitome of Eccentricity chapter 122 . 3/22/2015
Thought provoking.
okkai chapter 122 . 3/21/2015
I have a question for the author, but of course, if anyone else knows a convincing response, they are welcome to tell it.
Hello.
I have a question concerning your opinion on humans, which I find internally contradictory. I assumed that in the "HPMOR" Harry's opinion, as a rule, coincides with yours. When showing Draco the light of his Patronus, Harry says that humanity will someday meet completely different beings who will differ from them very strongly, but these differences will not be an obstruction to their friendship. Harry says that one should not hate someone different from us, or consider them bad.

However, in your short story "Three worlds collide" humans choose death just so they don't have to change. Why is becoming different so bad for humans? Why can't they accept another way of thought without considering it bad? Why do these changes seem to them (and to you, as the author) worse than death? (I read through the story several times, but could not find the answers myself).

The moment Harry finds out the details of his biological parents' death, he excuses Lily's irrational choice by saying that people cannot act differently. So maybe it is better to stop being human if being one does not bring any good into the world? And yet, Harry thinks that remaining human is important above all, and condemns inhuman actions.

I could not understand the reasons for that condemnation. Why did the characters of "Three worlds collide" take him with them to the stars? Why did they die for him? Please explain, what reason do you have to think the way you do?
Guest chapter 122 . 3/20/2015
This is one of the best fanfics of all time. Thank you for this utterly amazing story. This story has kept me up way too late at night. God bless and expecto patronem
PrinceSilk chapter 122 . 3/19/2015
Amazing. Just Amazing.
Mcat9905 chapter 122 . 3/19/2015
It took me eleven days to read this from start to finish upon discovery. I just barely missed catching up with the final updates. And while to some extent I regret not finding this in time for the 60 hour final exam, I have to say that I'm not sure I would be able to handle waiting for chapters, even with such quick updates at the end.

You have accomplished something absolutely amazing. I've seen some really great fics out there, especially for the Harry Potter series. This takes the cake. You rekindled my love of psychology, and you had so many nerdy references in there that I couldn't help but grin like an idiot. In public.

Thank you. I wish you all the best.
Yung Warrior chapter 122 . 3/19/2015
It must have felt awesome to put that "Complete" tag on the story. Thank you for sharing your talents, and congratulations for writing what may be the most well-known piece of Fanfiction ever written! I look forward to whatever you choose to do in the future!
Guest chapter 122 . 3/19/2015
I started reading this story during the hiatus after chapter 102. Given what we have learned recently I highly recommend rereading at least the major events in it. I find it very hard to believe that I did not find out about this story much sooner especially with all my time spent reading. I am still wondering what the "shorter and sadder" version of the ending was and will be sure to recommend this to others. However many people seem be turned off it by the parts where Diagon Alley is deconstructed and the reviewer below just seems angry about it not being exactly the same world.
Hello Kitty chapter 122 . 3/18/2015
Horrible. Just horrible.
A complete wastage of time, and a *horrible* depiction of JK Rowlings' world.
h-x chapter 122 . 3/18/2015
Ooops. No links allowed, or so it seems to me.
The link was to a picture of Flonne holding a bazooka, and not a chewing gum one, no matter how you look at it.
Since the picture itself is not that easy to google... it is taken from disgaea anime, episode 1, somewhere around 4:20.
That is how an angelic girl should operate a bazooka, yep.
h-x chapter 122 . 3/18/2015
Wow. While reading this:
"Say, can you get me a bazooka? The rocket launcher, I mean, not the chewing gum? I bet they won't be expecting that from a young girl, especially if I'm radiating an aura of innocence and purity."

...I can't just NOT mention THIS one girl
. .
(that's Flonne from disgaea anime). I wonder why nobody mentioned her earlier. ...Or was this merely a coincidence?

I mean, when I read the line quoted above, I can't help but imagine Hermione holding something similar, wearing similar expression on her face. All while radiating an aura of innocence, purity and, perhaps, some other buff... (INT5, anyone?).

All of that aside, good story. Even though you will probably never notice this review, as there are tons of reviews already, I thank you. For both a good, heartwarming ending, and for the joy you delivered us with the first half of the book to anyone who values parodies and scientific humour.

PS. The whole "ultimate test" thing was unfair to many of your loyal readers. In case you forgot, not everyone understands English, therefore many people only read the translations of your story. I never checked, but I'm 99% sure the "ultimate test" chapter was not translated by the deadline you specified.
CMVreud chapter 122 . 3/18/2015
Now I know what was wrong!
There was something missing!
HE DIDN'T SNAP HIS FINGERS !

No, really, awesome story. It's nearly tragic to see other good stories not being finished. But you did see this one through, all 122 chapters, for the first year in Hogwards, and well, and some chapters who/which/when were before that.
I also wanted to congratulate you further, but english is not my native language so...
Cheerio
Major Diarr chapter 122 . 3/18/2015
I have to say, this is an amazing piece of writing for all the changes and thoughts which are introduced. Great changes to the premise, and fantastic ending.

I can't help wonder why Harry never thought of coming up with experiments to generate, manipulate, or detect magic using mundane technology, even as a far off future project. Maybe he subconsciously decided there isn't enough information to go on so it never occurred to him, especially in the case of generation and manipulation. Those two have nothing to go on, but once he gets a general theory of magic then he might have a basis. After all, if he truly believes the human mind and body are non-magical, and that magic sense is purely genetic then there should be some non-wizarding way to affect magic. Well, it could be interesting sequel fodder.

Kudos!
Cheesefondue chapter 122 . 3/18/2015
What you were doing looks clear and easy after the fact, and intricate and complex while it was happening. Impressive in both cases.

Bravo.
Stuart
Beabop chapter 122 . 3/18/2015
In the first 17 chapters of this story, Harry displays qualities that both he and the story as a whole seem to recognize as flaws:
(1) He refuses to go into Hufflepuff, in spite of the Sorting Hat’s plea that this is the choice that will maximize not only his happiness but also his moral growth – this is the choice that will make him warmer rather than colder, the choice that will minimize the very real risk of him becoming a Dark Lord. Harry refuses in part due to his own ambition (hence the Sorting Hat’s decision to place him in Slytherin), but also in part because he has a strong but entirely irrational belief that he must maximize his own potential because failure for him will be catastrophic. This belief is problematic both on moral grounds and on rational grounds – it expresses an inflated sense of self-worth (and is related to his more general failure to consider how other people may in fact have genuine contributions to make – his default assumption is always that it is up to him, and him alone, to save the day) AND it is a belief for which he can provide no rational explanation. There is no way to explain how he knows that he, unlike the rest of the human race, cannot risk failure.
(2) He is characterized by his intent to kill. When Professor Quirrell asks him to consider how to use ordinary items in battle, Harry does not even consider alternatives to murder. This, again, is both a moral failure and a failure of rational thought: it’s not that he considers measures that fall short of deadly force and then rejects those options on rational grounds – he doesn’t even think of them (much less consider the moral and ethical implications of defaulting to kill rather than maim/disable/capture).
(3) He is characterized by his intent to win. As Professor McGonagall points out, when his objective is to (a) get Gregory Goyle back on the ground, and (b) get everybody to put away their wands, he automatically rejects the arm-wrestling option because he fails to notice that it will achieve both his real objectives. All he notices about that strategy is that it requires him to lose, which is related to flaw #1 – his irrational fear that if he loses, catastrophe ensues.
Over the course of the story, it seems as if Harry is recognizing these flaws and facing situations that allow him to revise his strategies and recognize his intellectual and moral errors. Quirrell teaches him that he needs to learn how to lose; Hermione teaches him the value of working collaboratively rather than alone; his ability to produce a Patronus 2.0 seems grounded in his opposition to death – his utter rejection of the idea that death is necessary or inevitable (much less valuable as a way of eliminating an enemy!).
But the “Final Exam” in Chapter 113 requires Harry to abandon everything he’s learned over the course of the year and instead default to his earlier, Dark-Lord tendencies. He is (conveniently) placed in a situation in which he is entirely alone – it is, as he anticipated all along, up to him to save the day, and no one is coming to help him, no one is there to provide advice or assistance. His irrational belief that failure will be catastrophic turns out to be true (it is, as it turns out, a true belief, though not a justified true belief) – if he fails this test, not only will he die an exceptionally hideous death, but everyone he loves will be tortured and killed AND the entire world will come to an end. In order to prevent all that from happening he is not only justified by also required to act alone, kill 37 people, and win at all costs. What helps him in the end are exactly those qualities that have been identified all along with his dark side – he goes for the kill without even considering alternatives; he relies upon his intellect while forgetting/ignoring about the human cost of his actions (it doesn’t even cross his mind that Lucius Malfoy is among the victims; the harm he is doing to Draco doesn’t enter into his calculations).
I appreciate the “Something to Protect” arc to the extent that it registers a sense of grief and remorse for the cost of Harry’s victory. At the same time, though, I wonder what the point is of crafting a story in which the protagonist is carefully placed in circumstances where his worst traits prove to be necessary and where terrible actions can be justified as serving the greater good.
In the final chapter, Harry identifies the fact that he had “Something to Protect” as the “remnant” in him of Rowling’s Harry Potter, the person he would have been had Voldemort not imprinted his own personality upon him as an infant. His capacity for warmth and attachment proves to be the “power the Dark Lord knows not” (just like in canon), but with a subtle reversal: Harry values his attachments because he believes that they improved his power to think clearly during his final exam, rather than valuing his intellect because it allowed him to protect those he cares about. Thinking clearly is the goal; people are just a tool to help him maximize his own intellectual capacity. Given that it’s up to him to figure out how to prevent the world from ending, he has again been placed in circumstances where that mindset seems justifiable. It is unlikely, though, that any readers of this story are in a comparable position. Nobody in real life is the child of prophecy whose ability to reason clearly is the only thing standing between the world and destruction. For actual people in the world, it IS better to prioritize relationships and people over personal ambition; it IS better to lack the intent to kill, to recognize the value of working with others, to treat tasks with a problem-solving mindset rather than regarding them as games where the goal is to win.
Perhaps the point here is that all stories do this: the author crafts a climax that requires and rewards the moral qualities that the story is meant to inculcate. Rowling values love, altruism, and purity of heart, so she creates a hero who exemplifies those attributes, creates a climax where those prove to be the attributes needed for success, and provides a resolution that allows the hero to have it both ways (he can sacrifice himself AND live happily ever after, even though that requires a kind of deus-ex-machina magical intervention). In real life, one cannot always maintain the moral high ground and protect one’s moral innocence AND defeat real enemies who are unconstrained by ethics. The Dumbledore in this story demonstrates that – if he refuses to make exceptions to his moral principles, then he simply loses and Voldemort wins. I’m not convinced, though, that this principle has much practical value. While people CAN be cornered into situations where lying, betrayal, or murder are the only options available in order to avert catastrophe, surely people are far more often (on a daily basis, in fact) faced with ordinary moral choices that involve investing in self or investing in others, where the value we place on people and relationships promotes ethical behaviour and moral growth, and where the obstacle we face isn’t that we’re being manipulated by an arch-villain but rather that we are subject to very ordinary selfish impulses. Egotism, competitiveness, ruthlessness – these qualities, which Harry needs in order to pass the final exam set for him by Voldemort, are the very qualities that even for him promote morally undesirable qualities like detachment, insensitivity, and violence.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/18/2015
I set out to write a review, but now that I am here, I hardly know what to say, except for "Bravo! Well done."

Anything else seems presumptuous.

I wish you good fortune.

-Sreedevi
(From Bangalore, India)
Guest chapter 122 . 3/18/2015
Amazing story. I especially love the hints at actual canon in the last chapter.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/18/2015
Now that was a fun ride.
Summer Leah chapter 122 . 3/17/2015
Bravissimo. A true Epic Story with the full Heroic Cycle, done very well. It reads like you wrote the whole thing & went over it thoroughly before posting any of it, so kudos on that as well. Just reading this story is a massive undertaking, and I can't even imagine what you went through writing it, with no (material) reward. Thank you for taking the time and effort to write this story. I enjoyed it a lot. I learned some new things, but more than that, it made me think. There's a lot to this story from many perspectives. Scientific of course, but both hard science like physics and the "softer" fields of psychology and sociology. It uses a lot of literary devices and archetypes very well. It crossed many genres, and I probably have more to say, but am too tired to be coherent any more right now. Just, thank you, and well done.
Dianetics chapter 122 . 3/17/2015
*sigh* Well, I suppose it could have been worse.

As others have pointed out, this ending is essentially the complete antithesis of the alleged agenda of the author. "Because magic" is an anti-storytelling device that allows authors to cheat and cut corners not write _real people_ and simultaneously discourages and disconnects readers from emotionally investing in a universe that is effectively pseudo-random, but that this story was supposed to be different because if the reader was "smart enough" they would be able to deduce the unseen actions of the non-main-characters which were still being modelled by the author. Yet over time the story instead started getting lazier and tropier, the author relied more and more on "because a wizard did it" excuses in direct contrast to the alleged rationality the story was supposed to have as well as deliberately breaking the rules by skipping turns for the Order of the Phoenix characters just to manufacture an artificially constructed irrational climax which itself didn't seem to follow it's own rules (so the aurors can't time-turn to witness the event because of wards which prevent time-turned people from being there which for some reason conveniently don't work on HP? clearly Hogwarts doesn't have such wards since they use TTs, so why Moody couldn't time-turn and just watch at least the initial steps from the other side of the world using the Eye, because... uh... a wizard did it? AND WHY WOULD V LET H KEEP HIS WAND knowing he has discovered amazing spells like P2.0?!), failing to resolve almost all of the outlandish claims of foreshadowing and cleverness that were supposed to demonstrate author's brilliance for understanding immortality, and sadly making it eventually indistinguishable from any other random fanfiction on the web, especially once it was revealed this entire thing was really just an mary-sue piece about how some Übermensch are just more important to destiny than you are and only _they_ can save the future of mankind! Holy. Crap. Shrug much?

I'm gonna call it now: we just found the next L. Ron Hubbard.

Observations:
The cult of personality being marketed around an admittedly engaging story-teller who has built an entire organisation based on the belief they posses a higher understanding of reality and powers of reasoning that ended up evaporating completely when the story came to a climax, combined with the almost delusional notion that they have a magically unseen insight into multiple complex fields that would allow them to suddenly out-compete buildings full of people who have been working in these areas for decades, but somehow needing other people's money to make success happen despite their organisation having enough money that a true Übermensch could already be accumulating wealth if they really did know something the rest of the market did not.

Predictions for the next decade:
Any failures will be "someone else's fault", while any successes will be touted as "proof of genius" (doesn't God have the copyright on that trick?). Refusal to demonstrate any "good faith" show of magic power, eg. such as by making public predictions in advance of which companies will succeed/failure to prove bona fides (at which point banks would literally be begging to give you money), presumably based on the claim that gosh-darnit but they would have succeeded if only the author's special secret sauce had been allowed on their board! Ability to explain failures rather than predict success will result in market success from non-scam* ventures not being statistically distinct when compared to a random pool of semi-reputable investors without said secret sauce. Despite continuing to produce prolific communications regarding the importance of their magic ability they will increasingly resist any attempts of open/peer-review of their magic ability that would establish whether or not it was statistically significant (eg. in the field of science what do 99% of ventures that begin with "I refuse to tell you how I did it, but I totally did do it because I'M AMAZING" have in common?).

* Bonus Round:
Clear indications that the author believes it's the public/governments fault that "humanity is not advancing fast enough", and their personal hero being someone who appears to have collaborated with the most corrupt financial institutions in the melt down to rip people off even more, combined with a sociopathic "exam" based on the belief that it's the audience who needs to prove their worth to the author. I'm predicting better-than-likely odds that at some point in the next two decades said person will be caught up in a completely not-humanity-advancing money-making scandal involving shady financial dealings/regulation-dodging (eg. using their fame to encourage the public to buy into the latest dogecoin ponzi scheme by saying "but *this* one solves all the problems of the other ones and will help free the world!" but only _after_ they have already taken a massive stake at its original intrinsically worthless price).
Guest chapter 122 . 3/17/2015
Simply amazing
Asviloka chapter 122 . 3/17/2015
Wow. My brother told me about this story last week, and reaching the end I can hardly believe how strongly it sucked me in. There were beautiful highs (Azkaban, Draco), crushing lows (losing the phoenix, Draco), and it was all so well done!

While some parts were far less interesting than others, on the whole I couldn't get the story out of my head. (I'm sure I irritated all my acquaintances to no end with my constant theorizing and spontaneous outbursts of laughter or frustration.)

I had such high hopes for the Malfoy/Potter alliance, I wish there were more of a resolution as far as poor Draco is concerned. Hopefully, the promised epilogues will reveal more of their fate.

I was incredibly intrigued by the way you simultaneously provided evidence that Quirrel was and was-not Voldemort, and that uncertainty provided throughout led to the final revelation being incredibly impactful. I'm impressed by the foreshadowing throughout, and can think of little else to say than 'Thank you' for providing such an entertaining week. :D

I would also be curious to see the alternate ending you would have cruelly forced upon us had those present at the time been less clever than you wished.

Thank you again, and I look forward to your future writings!
W. H. Stoddard chapter 122 . 3/17/2015
Over on livejournal (whswhs), I put my review of this behind a cut to avoid spoiling it; but I don't think I need to do that here:

In many ways, the conclusion of Methods of Rationality fulfills the promises of the early chapters. It has some irresistibly funny lines and plot twists, even in the epilogue following a grim battle. Its characterization is perceptive and consistent. It plays fair with the reader. There aren't any obvious new principles of methodology in the final chapters, but it seems to remain true to the earlier ideas, and also to its hero's humanistic aspiration to apocatastasis, the redemption of everyone and everything. And we realize in the final chapter that the entire work has been, among other things, the origin story for Hermione Granger as a superhero.

I enjoyed reading the final chapters, and I expect I'll want to go back and reread the whole thing when I have time to spare to give it serious attention.

But at this point, I have to say that in some important ways, this dénouement has failed to fulfill the expectations set up by the initial premises. It could even be described as an example of narrative bait and switch.

In the first place, it changes the reader's understanding of the nature of its hero. Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres is presented from the outset as "Harry Potter raised by scientists"—his aunt Petunia and the man she married in this timeline instead of Dudley Dursley, Professor Michael Verres-Evans. He comes to Hogwarts with exceptionally high intelligence and a rational outlook as Yudkowsky defines "rationality," and he reacts to it accordingly; for example, his immediate reaction to quidditch is to criticism its absurd game rules and call for abolition of the Snitch and the Seeker. His talents may be exceptional, but the reader is invited to suppose that anyone with that much intelligence and that training could do what he does, in the same way that Batman fans can suppose that anyone with Bruce Wayn'e extraordinary will and singular motive could make himself into a master combatant and brilliant detective. The apparent theme of the story is precisely the methods of rationality and what they can enable us to do.

By the story's end, though, the reader learns that Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres is not simply a boy, not even an extraordinarily intelligent and well educated boy. His encounter with the Lord Voldemort of this timeline changed him, in ways more radical than in Rowling's story; in fact, this Harry Potter is a second Tom Riddle, one created by extraordinary magic for which James and Lily Potter's infant son was only the raw material. If he's to be compared to superheroes, he's more like Spider-man or the Hulk or even Superman than he is like Batman: A being outside the normal human spectrum. And that decenters the "methods of rationality" in the narrative; it makes them an attribute of a superbeing rather than a tool or weapon of a human being. Yudkowsky has undercut his own premise.

In the second place, the climactic struggle between Harry and the now revealed Tom Riddle isn't really satisfying as drama. Certainly it involves danger and the threat and use of deadly force. But that's essentially an external, physical conflict. An effective dramatic climax needs the protagonist to experience internal conflict, and overcome it; it needs him or her to have a motive for surrendering to the antagonist, accepting defeat—so that he has to change himself in the process of achieving victory. I didn't get that from Harry's final battle with the original Tom Riddle. I saw him find a way to kill Tom and his 37 servitors, without warning and without mercy, and use it; but I didn't see him struggle with himself to do so. In the last analysis, this wasn't even so much a story of deadly conflict as a magical analog of oldstyle "wiring diagram" science fiction, based on the technical implications of Harry's knowledge of partial transmutation. It was clever, even ingenious; but it wasn't as exciting as Harry's earlier escape from Azkaban. There really should be more to this kind of story than a clever application of a new technical achievement in thaumaturgy.

And in fact, Yudkowsky gave the reader several earlier storylines that could have contributed to such a resolution. He showed Harry learning to acknowledge defeat from a superior power; he showed him learning that Hermione Granger could defeat him in magical wargames by recruiting several other people to help her plan, instead of trying to figure everything out herself; he showed him gaining his own victories through unpredictability and improvisation; above all, he showed his loyalty to Hermione, which was certainly a power that the Dark Lord didn't know and couldn't understand. A final struggle where one or more of these was crucial would have been more interesting, and more dramatically satisfying, than one that turned on an ingenious technical trick.

In the last analysis, I feel at the end of this story rather as I did at the end of Watchmen. It was really brilliant and interesting, and it changed the way I looked at its genre; but after the beginning and the development, I was hoping for something more from the conclusion.
GH chapter 122 . 3/17/2015
There are two positive things I can say about HPMOR:

First, it's actually not a boring thing to read.
Second, it's probably the best piece of cheesy/nerdy scientistic/neo-gnostic fiction for young-adults I've read. Not that I've read many of those.
Difdi chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
I spotted two boxes that Harry is still imposing on himself and thinking within in the last chapter.

The first is needing electricity to make a laser. Muggles need electricity (or other technology) for that, because they cannot generate a bright enough light without it. But a wizard is not so limited. Lumos spells could be used to make one of the components of a laser quite effectively.

The other box is that even with enough proof that souls exist to take action on, Harry is still effectively an Atheist. He believes that death is the end of existence, despite knowing that souls and pieces thereof can exist separately from a living body. Atheism is just as much a religion as any other belief set, much as Atheists strenuously deny it - subjective proof and faith are what drive religions, not objective proof - and Harry is quite devoted to his religion. He has very strong faith in it.
Ferm chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
this fic is gonna cross the 30 000 mark soon.
Wow.
Nice work of done :)
topazwolf chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
First of all. Good job on finishing this story. It was always at least moderately enjoyable throughout (and highly enjoyable in places) and stands as one of the better pieces of fiction for the Harry Potter universe.

However, I must admit to being profoundly disappointed with the ending. You see I am very found of villains in stories and what you did to Tom was just pointless. You rushed him out and struck him down without any real sense of accomplishment. It felt like stupidity killed him much more surely than any action on Harry's behalf. Which is sad since he had all the appearances of being the most intelligent character in the cast.
Natasha chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
Thank you, Eliezer, for the subtle and really fascinating piece of fanfiction.
I feel so grateful for the deep warmth and love that you managed to render through these pages. I'll try my best to share them with other people.
Just so you know, I'm always be your friend and you always be mine,well, at least like the author of hpmor (though know it's not real you, not all of you).

Good luck with your "major work of fiction". Looking forward to reading it.
I'll always be there to read and support you
Azrael38 chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
Eh it was good but I just feel like Harry learned absolutely nothing the entire story. Meddling in everyone's affairs like the headmaster and thinking he knows everything. I'd like to read about Harry ending the world through some colossal mistake he made using reasoning and logic, things that we should know have no place in Rowling's world. Very good writing but the premise is too hard to believe.
Carlos chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
Thank you so very much for all 122 chapters.
Hexist chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
While it's not perfect, MoR is still easily one of the best fanfics out there and is far better than the original series in both character depth, intelligence, plot and, in some ways, creativity. In the original series, Hermione and Neville were the only characters I left having any respect for both intellectually and morally. Hermione still figured everything out and Neville led a successful resistance. Voldemort was an impulsive idiot who is called smart, but rarely demonstrates it. His plans rely on luck and the fact he is the one-eyed man in a world of, not of the blind, but of idiots. Dumbledore was, in the end, a manipulative old man who can't navigate politics, lead a war effort, or even run a school safely or competently. In this story, they are geniuses constantly matching wits with each other in an endgame only the two of them can even come close to understanding; their efforts only hindered by the stubbornness of two other geniuses of the next generation.

I especially liked the strong biblical undertones you put into the story that only became apparent in the very satisfying final chapter. I'm an atheist, but even I can appreciate the way you weaved the story of Jesus' last days and resurrection into Hermione and Harry's story. Harry was tempted by the devil but never succumbed, ultimately being betrayed by someone close. Hermione was put on trial where the ruler reluctantly condemned her, and was destroyed by the worst element of a society she was ultimately too good for. She is then resurrected, moments before evil's defeat at the hands of good. Both of them undergo a sort of apotheosis. Hermione will become a legend in the minds of the people, complete with an otherworldly goodness. Harry, in his tower overlooking the world, has become the god he predicted he would become at the beginning of the story. Only now is he realizing the magnitude of the task ahead of him, especially when considering he has yet to master himself.
In Like Vin chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
Congratulations on an excellent story. And thanks :)
badkidoh chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
Well 5 years and 122 chapters later and I love this story and when I have time I'll reread all 122 chapters of it.

Also nice work on Harry and Hermione in this chapter, so I going to go ahead assume they get together anyway because I choose too.
OishiK chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
Hermione: Thanks for bringing me back from the dead.
Harry : There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead.
Hermione: I'm not sure I still want to be a hero.
Harry: As you wish.
Hermione: How did you kill Voldemort?
Harry: Never go in against a rationalist when death is on the line.
Hermione: Are we in love?
Harry: You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.
Hermione: If you keep quoting The Princess Bride, you'll be sorry.
Draco: You killed my father, prepare to die.
Hermione: I told you so.
xHawke chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
Thanks for the great ride/read. From the day you started, this has been my favorite fanfic.
s-david-m chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
Very nice ending. I didn't find it entirely clear why Harry had such trouble declaring his next steps in previous chapters, but this chapter cleared that up.

It seems Harry has a history of undervaluing unknown unknowns, despite numerous examples to the contrary as he reviews here. Voldemort shared the same flaw. Good to see he's learned a bit of humility and caution.

I'd love to read an epilogue one day, where Hermione learns the truth, or perhaps when the statute of secrecy is finally repealed.
klhes chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
Death of Sir Terry and the end of hpmor so short after...
Will there be anything new worth reading?
Helgi of Lipetsk chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
Actually, Hermione's taking an Unbreakable Vow not to do anything that might destroy the world jeopardizes Harry's ability to consult with her on matters where his Vow seems to lead to the destruction of the world so that he must consult her on putting his Vow aside. Thus, his original Vow seems to *prohibit* him binding her that way.
anonymous chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
Eh, the making sirius evil and that dick pettigrew good kinda soured the ending for me a bit
and Dumbledores not dead but harry gives no thoughts about rescuing him srsly

other than thta it was good
Greg chapter 122 . 3/16/2015
WTFs:
1: You started messing with canon WRT Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew back in chapter 7. It's been a point brought up multiple times since then, as late as chapter 119. And no resolution? No "Something to Protect, Sirius Black"? No paragraph of thought by Harry on the things he got wrong on that one, and the fact that "makes sense" ! "true"?

2: What was the destruction of the pet rock about? Why in the world did you make that up, only to have it not mean anything?

3: Having Hermione swear an Unbreakable Oath is a really bad idea, and nothing Harry swore requires him to have her do that (no obligation for positive action). He is bound. Having her not bound leaves her as a free actor, available when necessary.

Egoboo
1: Other than your decision to not fire a bunch of the guns you placed on the wall, and your hideously bad decision to post that "final exam threat", this was a good story. I enjoyed reading it, and now that it's over, and Hermione is back, I will recommend it to other people.

Thank you
Lord Tangerine chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
That was awesome! Thanks for your hard work and bringing enjoyment to so many readers.

You should totally write another story with a Rationalist! main character - it's be hugely successful. Maybe try a different fandom this time... maybe Buffyverse, Fate/Stay Night, or Bleach perhaps?
Spidey-phd chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Death is not an event in life. We do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
Ragez chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Amazing work!
donnieZizzle chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
So, this story was very powerful for me, and reading a few of the chapters were the first time I've cried reading a book in a long time. That said, this ending was weak, and felt like a cop out. I felt very personally connected to the story and the character's struggle to bring structure to his world, to battle back death, and in the end there was no resolution, only the promise that it would, maybe, even probably, be resolved soon. The story had me until literally this last chapter, and I'll remember it fondly even if it didn't end in a satisfying resolution.
Aaron Dixon chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
This is...one of the best things I have ever read in my life. This story has put me through so many emotions, it has kept me going at hard times, it has introduced a new way of thinking to me. Everyone and everything that has gone into this story has my utmost and everlasting respect and thanks. Mr. Yudkowsky, I will follow your works for the rest of my days.
Now excuse me, I'm going to go read it all over again, from chapter one.
C chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Overall: Most of it was very good, but not nearly as great as some people (including the author) seem to think. (The author noted at some point that your model of a smart person can't be smarter than you - and perhaps he ran into this difficulty when attempting to portray multiple super-intelligent characters.) Very, very long, which some people will think is good and some people will think is bad. It was probably at its best in the middle chapters with the day-to-day life at Hogwarts and the armies, and at its worst, unfortunately, at the last 20% or so.

Negative points for the author's solution being simultaneously obvious, impossible, and needlessly fatal. (Although maybe that last point is just HJPEV's "killing intent" manifesting itself again.) Also negative points for changing the way an Unbreakable Vow works at the last second - in canon it doesn't force you to do anything, it just kills you if you break it. (I won't even ask why or how, in this story, sustaining the vow is a permanent magical drain on the caster, yet it continues after the caster is dead.)

Negative infinity points for insisting on reviews in order to even deign to show us the last chapters - seriously, that's not acceptable on multiple levels (it's not just the arrogance that the author would purposely give a bad ending if he deemed the readership unworthy, it's also artificially inflating the review count with things that are by no means reviews) and I will very likely never read anything by this author again because of that. And I likely otherwise would have.
Cat at Dusk chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Amazing.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
That. Was. Awesome.

Start to finish.
Kawaii-e chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Thank you for this inspiring and wonderfull piece of fiction.
tenchifew chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
It was a beautiful ending to an incredible story.
Thank you very much for writing it.
EvilVampireDucky chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
I feel like I've just completed a journey and now I don't know what to do with myself. Its actually worse than when I finished Harry Potter and the deathly hallows; I can honestly say I never thought I'd have such a connection with a fanfiction, let alone any work of fiction -published or otherwise- but thank you for writing it, for putting so much work into it.

I just can't believe its over.
Ancestor's Dragon chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Thank you so much for sharing this story, I very much enjoyed reading it. I was hoping you'd do the other years when I got through about half of this, but I figured this would be a hard act to follow towards the end. And after reading the end, it does seem to close fairly nicely, so it feels pretty complete. The whole last arc was amazing. I liked how you took the "obvious" sort of conclusions, like "quirrel is voldemort" and "harry beats voldemort" and would hint at it pretty strongly, but the process of getting to those "obvious" points were anything but. That was a pretty incredible Voldemort, haha. Great job with this story, I thank you again for sharing it and I look forward to reading the next.
Reader-anonymous-writer chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Thank you for the story. You were kind to write it, but I think that life as course of obstacles to pass, to reach an unknown goal, as a conflict between two over-powered characters... is dull. I do thank you for the fact that you chose, so far, to give Harry magical over-power in Transfiguration only, and that's through scientific understanding of substances, and not in all branches of magic - like runes and wards, arithmancy and potions, blood magic and wandless magic...
Even though prophecies are not recorded, they still are spoken by Seers, and can be overheard... Besides, there are centaurs speaking in riddles about the future... How certain are you that the knowledge of future will not reach Harry?..
I wonder, will Voldemort be ever released from the emerald?..
I wish the best to Draco and Narcissa.
Thank you. Good day, good night, and good luck.
Jack Monteith chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
*sniff sniff*
That was... Beautiful. :'(
guest chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
what happens to dumbledore lol
Guest chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
I can't believe this story is over. It's so massive and so original. Excellent work. Thank you for sharing this with us.
WildCard-Yes Man chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Well. What a wonderful end to a great adventure. Its been one hell of a wild ride!
Zakeraz chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
It's been quite a journey getting to this point. Thanks for all the experiences that lead to it. It's been a long and wild ride. Now, when to start my journey exploring what it means to be a rationalist?
hemerocallis chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
This was a very entertaining and thought-provoking story. Rationality won. At the end we see that Harry has combined rationality with warmth and the need for friendship, although he was quite cool, if not cold, in preparing for and achieving his victory. In the canon series, the cold rationality of Voldemort lost. The Dumbledore and star trio of canon were more emotion than reason and Harry's survival kept being due to the raw emotion of motherly love and sacrifice. So, canon is stood on its head.

This last chapter gives explanation for why such a young Harry chosen for such adult thinking and plotting. He can be as purely rational as he is, because he hasn't known parental love and has passed puberty to experience love of a girl. He is starting to break out of the Voldemort pattern in the recent chapters as he is at least pulled by the tug of friendship.
IGIAs3QGi7 chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Congratulations on completing an outstanding and already-cherished narrative!

There is a truism: "The teacher learns more then the students; the story-teller hears more than the listeners." Now that the story has ended:

• What did the author learn, and how did the author change?

Similarly for the *next* story...

• What does the author *hope* to learn, and how does the author *hope* to change?

Thanks again for a fine story, and thanks especially for authorizing and encouraging readers to learn-and-change by writing their *own* stories.
Diverball chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Out of interest, is your Dumbledore an homage to Leto II Atriedes? There seem to be a lot of parallels with God Emperor of Dune.

Elaborate manipulations to guide events down the single narrow path necessary for humanity to avoid its destruction...

Creating a special kind of human to bring events about after he is gone...

Eradicating the influence of prescient vision upon the course of events...

Even his relationship with his colleagues is reminiscent of the way Leto treated Duncan.
Shell chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
I have followed HPMOR for around three years, and yesterday I quite literally found myself in tears at the fact that it is over now.

Thank you.
marqueewinq chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Thank you. From the deepest abyss to sky-piercing heights of my very consciousness, i am exceptionally grateful to you. Your book will forever be an outstanding piece in my collection. Thank you, oh, immensely large thanks to you...
LeighaGreene chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
I can't decide if I had the best luck to find such a compelling story that /just finished/ as I was reading it, or the worst luck that all the wrap parties happened...about 8 hours before I finished reading.

Thank you, and I can't wait for the epilogue.
Grey Noise chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Of all the stories I expected to see finished, in my lifetime or beyond; well, this was not quite the last, but it was well down the list. Not that you're the sort of person not to finish your work, but that it seemed too large a story for one person to ever tell in its entirety.

I see now that you never intended to tell the entire story which I thought you were telling, of the life and times of Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres, but merely the first chapter. The rest is left as an exercise to the reader.

(Perhaps this is not yet a world where the rest of such a story could be written. Perhaps you are creating that world every day with your work at the Institute. Perhaps.)

Like I am sure a good quarter-to-half of the reviews are imploring you to, I too would greatly enjoy seeing the rest of that story. But it is not the story you want to tell. You finished that story, I am commenting on its last chapter right now, and it wouldn't really be the same story in the end. That story would be about Harry Potter the Wise Old Wizard (who is not yet either wise or old) and Hermione Granger the Hero (who would contest that title is asked), while this is the story of a boy whose thoughts are both too rational and not enough, and what became of him. You finished that story. It's themes are concluded. All is well.

Thank you for writing this story. It was not a perfect story, nothing worth doing is, but it has given me thoughts I would not have had otherwise, and I'm not sure if there is any higher praise which could be given a story.

May you live long, may your work be progressed, and may you never stop creating.
synkarius chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Thank you.
Work Designer chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
A sweet, sweet end to a great epic. There are some threads still not in place, but honestly, after escaping voldemort, that doesn't count for as much. Great work. Hopefully the inspiration set out by this will lead to other great works, fanfics and originals.
Anan-mouse chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
For some reason I can't help but picture Hermione as Amelia the Hero from "The Devil is a Part-Timer" in this chapter.
Kyrial Halcoryn chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
On behalf of all the various assorted lurkers, I feel obliged to say: Thank you. It's been a hell of a ride following rationalist!HJPEV along the colourful path of logic, magic, Old Ones, rockets, science and SUP!Hermione.

I feel morally obligated to ask if the Bad End will possibly get released in the near future.
CJT chapter 122 . 3/15/2015
Kudos for reminding us that Hermione is _smart_.

She figured out very quickly that she's _literally_ part unicorn, and she was also able to figure out where Harry was going with at least half of his thoughts ("model his thought processes") before they happened. That last bit takes quite a bit of empathy and insight even when you've known someone for a while.

Suspicion for the near term future: Hermione quite sensibly suggests, or Harry belatedly realizes, that it would be a really good idea to give _all_ Auror teams firearms training. "Chap with wings, five rounds rapid" should actually work much of the time here.

Quite a number of fascinating hooks for future world-building. Well done.
Zim the Fox chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you very much for your work. I have learnt a lot from it in the two years I have been reading it. The only thing that makes me sad is not knowing what happened next between Harry and his parents.

I hope to follow you on your next enterprise!
Desmo360 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
My friend introduced me to this around the time that Hermione was being killed off. This story has brought me much joy and excitement, and I have gone on to share the text - as well as Eneasz Brodski's podcast - with more of my friends. Together, our own, unofficial HPMOR reading club has had our doubts about this story ever being able to achieve a satisfying ending that tied all ends. But Eliezer has cleverly delivered more than our least-pessimistic expectations could have bore.

As a novelist, I have already begun to toy with the mechanics of pumping more intelligence into some of my characters, and I'll admit that Eliezer's influence had a lot to do with it. As a rationalist - by which I do publicly identify myself occasionally - I can only try to apply what I've learned. My focus is not all there, and there are so many cognitive glitches to overcome, but as Hermione has promised, I will TRY.

Nevertheless, I have gained a huge respect for the author who - I too - would accept as a friend. You've made significant sacrifices to bring this story and this call-to-cognitive-action to pass. Though EXTREMELY UNLIKELY, if I were ever to obtain something comparable to a philosopher's stone, I would not hide it's blessings from you.

Keep writing, my friend. And please do try to find an alternate, effortless medium for those days when you have that unceasing drive to write, but don't care for word-choice or complex plot development. I've found such to be increasingly important.
jim.farley.777 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Excellent, excellent book. Great ending. Don't listen to the haters, as they are the necessary background noise for great works to manifest.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
nice!
cragarrows chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thanks for the story, but the ending seems rushed. There needed (needs) to be more Aftermath with all of Harry and Hermione's friends, more with Draco, and Harry and Hermione's parents. Much too abrupt. Maybe some of the followups will cure this.
anon chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
thank you for an amazing story, you are incredible and i will forever be grateful for your story. This fiction made me laugh and cry and think in numerous ways. you are a genius and i am so glad i had the chance to read your work. Also i would like to thank you for explaining the pet rock. that really confused me for the entirety of the fiction. so anyways i love you and your work
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
i love you and this was an amazing experience. Thank you for writing this story, i am incredibly grateful, you brilliant and sneaky genius.
Duellist chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Have definitely enjoyed the ride. Thank you!
Tom chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I vaguely recall you were "British-ifying" HPMOR a while back, and I feel I should mention Bazooka bubble gum doesn't exist in the UK. In the UK, the closest joke you could make there would be the anti-verruca cream (although I'm not sure if it was around in 1992, and it's probably not something a 12 year old girl would make a joke about either).
Rago Dragovian chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Okay, I hated the previous chapters but this was definitely a wonderful finish.

I apologize if my comments seemed too snarky; I just didn't like the annoying melodrama of the previous stories.

Oh, and brilliant ending for those who caught the implications. Voldemort's unbreakable vow is wholly undone by Hermione's vow of loyalty. In the end, Hermione defeated Voldemort's last magical action through her loyalty to Harry.

Your story was pretty good; I give it a 9/10. I just didn't like the last few chapters. But, overall, it was phenomenal; it was superior to 99% of the stories I read both here and in actual fantasy books. It's mostly superior to Tolkiens, GRRM, and superior in certain cases to the Harry Potter series.

I don't understand why you don't simply write ebooks since you have a massive following and would make more money that way; but whatever.

Good luck in all your future endeavors.
Schlepian chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you a million times for writing this story.

It is my favorite group of words I have ever read.

I feel more hopeful knowing there exists a Rational Harry who is trying to save our meager existences.
Lokistrong chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
It's been a little over 5 years since the start of this story and I've enjoyed every bit of it. Much respect to you for not only sticking to this story when so many others have quit writing in the same timeframe, but for completing it with a gratifying ending as well. Thanks for the ride!
bahamutrocks chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Wow. I can't remember when I first saw this story but I'm glad I did. It really is an amazing work. So complex and serious yet also containing so much humour and over the top hilarity. Hell, even this last chapter, the discussion between Harry and Hermione about their relationship and their destiny, almost made me laugh so many times. Harry just dropped bombshell after bombshell and I honestly have trouble deciding if Hermione is sufficiently used to Harry that she can more or less take them in stride or if she's just going into shock.

Generally I dislike open endings like this but you pulled it off well. I think I actually would have been disappointed if you had announced plans to write a sequel. Partly because, although being a fascinating tale, this was also somewhat exhausting to read and covering Harry's destiny would be a thousand times worse but mainly because this genuinely seems like a good stopping point.

Anyway, thank you for your dedication to this story. It has been a delight to read, even at the times when I began to despair of ever making heads or tails of it, and I would like to convey my respect to your writing skill.
Khyron42 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I'm not really sure why this story NEEDED a big reveal that Harry's entire life had been carefully orchestrated in order to create exactly this outcome. From a dramatic sense, it has no payoff, and doesn't change our perspective on previous events except to add the unnecessary rider "...because A Wizard Did It" to any discussion about events in Harry's past. Furthermore, it wildly undermines Harry's character as a whole; what did he learn? What did he accomplish? How did he change? He's left with the vague sense that he SHOULD change, but he doesn't actually accomplish that change. And although he succeeded through his own ingenuity, this is undercut by then immediately explaining how someone ELSE specifically made him that way.

If the purpose was to "explain" all of the changes to the original canon, that's again unnecessary; and also silly, because you're just explaining them with another change to canon.

If you don't want to tell that story, why did you cram such a vast implication into the last couple chapters of the story? It seems like there would be simpler ways to imply "The Adventure Continues" than turning the protagonist's life into a Rube Goldberg machine.

It adds nothing to the story, besides justifying Voldemort's behavior at the graveyard - and the prophecy could have been tied up in any number of ways or set up as to not require such a bizarre lack-of-payoff.

Harry's pet rock 'dying' didn't NEED an explanation. Adding one should serve to advance the story, not create a wild, last-minute tangent that goes nowhere and has no impact on what we've already seen. Ask yourself: if Dumbledore HADN'T been revealed to be behind Harry's whole life, what would be different about out ending? And why did we waste all this time on who should be head of the Wizengamot and all that whatnot about the Line of Merlin?

The piled-up pointlessness of this ending is very disappointing; the story ends with Voldemort's defeat, and should have had an epilogue, not the abortive half-start of another story which immediately sputters out into an awkward conversation about heroics and friendship, then The End.

This story began very amateurishly, but came into its own as it continued, and - a few diversions aside - managed to overcome that initial amateurishness. It's a shame to see it descend back into such a muddled mess at its ending, and it makes me wonder if perhaps this part was planned much earlier in the process, before the author had quite so strong a grasp of his craft.
Asterfobulongus chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
This was a wonderful read. Thankyou.
Tabasc0 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Well done sir!

I've followed this story for the better part of two years now, and while I'm sad to see it end, I'm glad that it did so on your terms. I'll be happy to follow any of your future projects.
Jason chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Best thing I've ever read. I've been reading a couple of books a week for the last 45 years. This is the best thing I've ever read. I've read every Hugo winner, every Nebula winner. This is the best thing I've ever read. Thank you so much.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I was never annoyed about her dying, until she came back and I remembered how awesome these two were together. This version of Hermione is just fantastic.

Also props for putting in something as quotable as "can I have a bazooka?"
Janus Darko chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you.

For the past 5 years and 14 days, this story has educated and delighted those of us who enjoy Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, and all Fiction in general.

This has been a book that has captured, dissected, revived, and ridiculed the 'Harry Potter'* mythos with the greatest amount of love a fan can present.

It has allowed those who grew up with the series, as well as those just coming into it to a lesser extent, to revisit a world they fell in love with with a new perspective and appreciation.

Thank you for the journey, and I hope to embark on any future events with you as my guide.

And it was 1,840 nights, and it was 1,841 days.

3.14(15){9AM}, the last day is done.

*I really wish Rowling had given the books a better alternate title as having your books titled after the main character becomes very tedious in later searches
Lloyd Richter chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
This is my epic.

Thank you.
Alec T chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Fuck yeah. This book was hands down better than the Sorcerer's Stone. Thank you, Mr Yudkowski, for writing this. I'm a better person now, after reading it, and smarter too. I actually started learning math, which is new for me, und ich habe ein neues System für das Lernen von Sprachen, which I believe I developed using Harry's methods of rationality.

But this book did something more important for me. If it does come, I have already promised myself to not ignore my metaphorical phoenix.

Anyway, thanks.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
"You can only arrive at mastery by practicing the techniques you have learned, facing challenges and apprehending them, using to the fullest the tools you have been taught, until they shatter in your hands and you are left in the midst of wreckage absolute... I cannot create masters. I have never known how to create masters. Go, then, and fail... You have been shaped into something that may emerge from the wreckage, determined to remake your Art. I cannot create masters, but if you had not been taught, your chances would be less. The higher road begins after the Art seems to fail you; though the reality will be that it was you who failed your Art."
Where is this from? my google efforts bring up this site /lw/cl/final_words/ a story also written by this author but i am sure i read this somewhere else as well.
madbrad chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Bravo!

I acknowledge that there is so much more to this epic than the Harry/Hermione friendship, but the H/Hr pairing is what attracted me the most by far in the HP fandom, so I've got to start there ... and you *did* make it a cornerstone of your novel ... I'm so pleased, so happy, after wondering (and worrying) where you would go on those grounds ever since I commenced my perusal of MoR years ago, that you closed your novel with this chapter. A perfect ending. Their friendship matured as a real partnership of equals; Hermione as Harry's paladin, contemplating a future of fighting the good fight with his support and guidance (and vice versa), both committed to a common goal of mankind advancing to a breathtaking future. Just wonderful. You've left me aching to witness how they will work together, in public and in private, as they grow up.

One of the most vivid images I retain of MoR is that of Harry striding through the dungeons of Azkaban, slaying the dementors. You depicted their evil essences, and Harry's absolute horror of same, so effectively, I couldn't rid myself of the vision. And it was only a guesswork potential vision of a possible future scene at that!

Now I'm seeing Hermione Granger as the one striding those halls and ridding the wizarding world of such evil, with Harry at her side/back. And that takes my breath away even more.

I'm so pleased that you're considering an epilogue. I hope you'll show us a mature partnership of these two, as the equals that Rowling never dared to write in her simplistic little tale, where the two share a love that's as profound as the friendship that you chose to so beautifully serve as the final chapter/paragraph of your story proper. (And that maybe the sacking of Azkaban might be a flashback scene of that epilogue, as their first major achievement?)

Regarding more practical matters re Hermione Granger ... if she is slain, she would be reincarnated/restored into a brand-new body, right? One that will likely NOT have the super-powers of a Sparkling Unicorn Princess? Hopefully I have it wrong; I *want* Hermione to be a Sparkling Unicorn Princess forever! :-)

Of course there are huge plot lines that would have to be detailed in any epilogue, issues *almost* as important as the Harry/Hermione romance :-) ... like how the advent of immortality/healing through the utility of the Stone affects the wizarding world. And how Harry manages to achieve his ultimate aim of extending such beneficence to the rest of humanity; such a huge change which would typically ferment chaos and destruction in every conceivable eventuality. And how mankind might claim the stars. So exciting to wonder what you might write along those lines.

But on the purely personal/character level I do ache to see how Harry and Hermione will function as adults on the world stage; when Harry has had time to take a breath, stabilise, map out his course; and how Hermione - once she's privy to all his secrets (so pleased Harry didn't even hesitate in offering to go 'shields down' with/for her, after she learns Occlumency) - helps him do it. Just as importantly, how they relate to each other, see each other, as adults. This concluding chapter is perfect for them as children - "no kissing!" - but it just makes me want to see what they'll find and see in each other in their maturity when such a proscriptions are no longer forbidden. :-) Growing old - or maybe not growing old - together.

Thank you very much for your hard work in writing this novel. It's things like this that make the HP fandom so unique, and so provably worthy as an adult hobby/pursuit/obsession. :-) Thank you!
Will Write chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
This tale is misnamed. The Harry Potter of this tale failed to
would rather take in appearances than dig for the deeper truth.
Also, the Harry Potter presented here would rationalize
and disown errors, rather than admit that previous mistakes justify present caution. This story should be Titled:
"Harry Potter and the ways of rationalization."
wawa chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Long time ago, somewhere around chapter 102, I remember thinking; "I *can* make a patronus just by imagining this fic."

And in the same time, I feels like reading a horcrux, just like when Ginny (in canon) unknowingly devoted her soul to Tom's diary. This fic begin to crept in my heart, makes a comfortable nest in there, and the next thing I know, I burst with *feeling* everytime I see an update.

...wow. I hope I didn't scare you.

But really, this fic is amazing for me. It's simply complicated. Layer upon layer in each chapter, with hints here and there, makes this fic a fantastic ride. I'm sad to know that this comes to an end, you can't believe how speechless I am when I see the 'Complete' sign in description. So let me celebrate this day by become irrational (Since this day is the end of HPMOR [which is about rationality], and also Pi Day [which is an irrational number], I believe I had to *do* something.)

Thank you, EY, or whoever you are. Thanks heaven for you.
Linus Alvarsson chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you, for a great story. I enjoyed it.
Good luck with the rest of your life.
Lorem chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Solid ending - I enjoyed it. I could've done with a little less Harry getting flustered, but I can see the intent there, and maybe others enjoyed it.
Paradox Dreams chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you for the story. Wherever life takes you, may your mind always be your own, and life never grow boring.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you for the excellent story. :)
anon chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Wow, this fic was a hell of a read, and I am actually kind of sad that the journey is (finally) at an end. I hope any 'sequels' to this get added to your authors page in some way so I can try and find what others believe should've happened next, but if they don't then whatever, this fic is incredible in its capacity to stand on its own merits. If you are writing an epilogue, then I hope to see it posted at some point. If not, then congratulations on finishing one of the best, and most interesting, non-crossover stories on this site that I've seen in all my years of reading on fanfiction-dot-net.
Grabix chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
1. Thank you for that story. It's the best book i have ever read.

2. However: I am not fully content :/ This doesn't feel like full ending. There is that prophecy and i have no idea how it can fulfill without killing all people. And we still don't know how does magic work. It feel kinda like cheating on your side :/

3. Make a Omake where Harry decided to find and destroy all Voldie's horcruxes. One that will contain phrase "Accio Pioneer 11!" and a lot of waiting :D

4. In the occasion of Wrap Party in Krakow Poland, owner of facebook-event made interesting photomontage: . ?fbid1058757477484155 it's pretty good done and it's funny reference to one (particularly third) of Harry Potter Movies. Original looks like this: post/40747073337/feferipixies-the-fandoms-are-cool (That post also contains request which i guess you fulfilled :D )
Pave chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I loved reading this story, and this chapter makes a fabulous finale. I've nothing but praise for this chapter, though I will toss in some questions about the story as a whole below, since this is my last chance.

Harry has enthusiastically adopted the wizards' attitude toward secrecy. Maybe I am just being conventional, but I am not convinced that this is either practical or desirable. Secrecy subverts the enterprise of science. If ordinary humans make scientific knowledge dangerous, I am more inclined to try to change humanity than to erect a department of mysteries. If humanity can't change, secrecy is at best a delaying tactic.

I am disappointed that the story says so little about the mirror. I have the impression that it was Dumbledore's secret weapon, or one of them, and that Harry will seek to master it, or delegate that to someone he trusts highly. I am curious about it.

The major characters received rationality upgrades, but wizarding society and particularly the ministry seem to be holding an even larger idiot ball than in canon. I enjoyed this aspect of the story, but does it really make sense?

In retrospect, time turners and the combination of obliviation and memory charms seem like the sort of thing that should have been more widely known as means of plotting. No bad guys thought of this before, or it was always kept secret? It works in the story (for me) because I was careless and did not really think about it. So it works, but it doesn't really work well.

Another mystery we will not see solved is the theory of spell invention and the related background of Atlantis/Merlin/Peverell brothers/the thing that makes magic work, which we are tempted to interpret as all part of a mechanism set in motion to create HJPEV so that he can fulfill the destiny of humanity. Is that the hero pattern, or the deification pattern?

Harry seems set on the course of making himself smarter and more powerful, less likely to be wrong in any instance, moving from experiment to experiment with superhuman speed. But why choose sequential processing and perfectionism, when parallel processing and evolutionism are so much more concrete, feasible, and ultimately powerful? At least Harry looks like he will delegate some of his projects to superHermione and Draco, but shouldn't he be reforming magical Britain into one enormous win-cluster, and let the win-cluster accomplish the impossible, rather than trying to do everything almost by himself? Human brains may have a bit of room for optimization that has not been exploited. At least, let's hope so. But human institutions, governments, firms, charities, foundations, families, etc. seem to have much more unexploited potential for optimization. A rationality revolution needs to provide better tools and environments, rather than methods of thinking. The important mental trick we need to learn is how to align our emotional/heuristic/system 1 thinking with such tools and frameworks. Our brains are hard to change, our tools are easy. Our social context is difficult to change, but has a lot of potential.

Along the way, I've seen various criticisms of HPMoR here and there. It's funny how many of the criticisms that seemed possibly to apply actually ended up aligning with the apparent purpose of the author. That is, yes, HJPEV the character is far from perfect, especially at the beginning of the story, and yes, killing Hermione offstage etc. etc. seemed in danger of wandering off into hokum or ordinary fanfic. But nearly all these tropes were used to confundus the readers until the moment of the shocking revelation. (Actually, I still think we need a more satisfying reason for Dumbledore's failure to see through the Voldy/Q disguise. Or maybe it should be hinted at that Dumbledore knew it all had to happen this way? Was he just pretending to be surprised when he saw Quirrell from the mirror? Would he really take that sort of risk? Did some prophesy trick him?) Anyhow, I loved it.
Tal from israel chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you so much for sharing this part of your soul with us (me).

Your book is the best one i have ever read and i am going to cherish it for as long as i live.

i have to say that i am partially sad that i could not read the next chapters of harry and hermione adventures together. Her learning the patronus charm, destroying the dementors and my favorite chapter to be "harry's pheonix".

i laughed i cried and i LEARNED.

Thank you again for this book.

"we're not worthy!"

Tal.
Topol chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Loved the story! I was a huge fan of the orignial, but I don't think I will be able to read it again after this. It was exactly what was missing from the original, the part where someone actually looks at the whole "magic-is-lose-in-the-world" and tries to understand it instead of excepting it like a bloody medieval serf. Although I loved the ending (if I feel unconsolingly melancholic it must have hit the spot) I wish you gave closure to more characters (especially Lesath and Belatrix), but more importantly I would love to see [I am a scientist :)]:
1: magic researched. Where does it come from, what are the rules? How can we expand on it?
2: how a society of immortals comes to be. Seriously, "death is the last enemy that shall be defeated" is such an inspiring saying!

Anyway, thanks for the story!
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I know I'm not up to it but Harry needs to meet Spock.
A guy chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
"I thought of incendiary grenades when I was fighting the troll, but I knew I couldn't Transfigure them fast enough, even after I stopped caring about obeying the rules."
Uh... Hermione? Don't you recall a rule saying to not transfigure anything that can burn or release particles into the air? Because that'll KILL EVERYONE IN HOGWARTS? :/
LAEJ chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I picked up the PDF version of this FanFiction at a coffee shop, about half a mile from my house, at three in the morning after a long walk with my sister in the early days of this challenging winter. I had planned to do a re-read of the Harry Potter books, and downloaded HPMOR on a whim, thinking that it would be a minibook of some sort discussing HP using some sort of reasoning. Of course I was only half-right, and I am glad for that.

Now I believe, with a bittersweet enjoyment, that I will never be able to read or watch HP the same way. Never can I imagine Harry, Ron and Hermoine fighting through Dumbledore's corridor without thinking of QuirrelMort's crushing betrayl, which I felt myself to some degree. Never can I think of Draco, who was kept controlled like a puppet, without thinking of the boy who I saw here, someone empowered with choice of thought. Never can I think of Snape's death and not remember the man who, I hope, will find solace within these chapters. Although the list can go on for quite a long time, I 'll leave it at that.

Thank you, Less Wrong. You have created something truly magical. Though there are many AU stories out there, I doubt there are few who have given the level of thought I see in this one. I am thoroughly glad to have been able to foit to it's completion. I also thank you for your sequences, which I have been reading since I found them. Your dedication to intelligence has inspired me greatly. I am of the opinion that the greatest of all achievements is to better one's own mind, and I am glad to have been able to better mine by following your writings.

Live long, and prosper - EXPECTO PATRONUM!
Erised chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Wow, not sure if it was a shout out or just coincidence, but EY seems to have referenced my alternate ending where Voldemort erased himself from time to prevent the grey goo/unfriendly ASI scenario.

Glad it happened since I came in late to the series, after all the cameos were given out.

Truly an excellent fiction. It's my go-to for introducing people to Rationality. Even the old fogeys who gave it a chance liked it.
some guy chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thankyou thankyou thankyou for this wonderful ride.
Iryelb chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
This was everything I was hoping for without being anything that I expected, I enjoyed the ending but it leaves so much open that I feel like this whole story was just a prologue to the epic saga of how Harry Potter and the immortal Hermione Granger are going to change the world. I wish you would reconsider writing sequels to this yourself but understand that you've set yourself a limit and are now done, even if I don't like it. All in all I give this story a ten out of ten.
Sunasylean chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I don't know how to properly express my wonder, but I suppose it would be remiss of me not to try. This story, this adventure has taken me to new places in my own head. Some scary, some alien. I just want to say I really appreciate all the work you've done. This is one of the best books I've read. Admittedly the bar isn't too high, but hey! it's a more or less anonymous review, so I guess that's what you get. Thanks so much for the best perspective on the Harry Potter universe that I've encountered. And congratulations on finishing it, what a haul.
GrumpyGrue chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Aww...Harry didn't troll Hermione (hehe, troll). It became one of the "promises" wrap-ups. So saccharine and priceless, that it is just begging to have the moment ruined by an out of place fart. My inner troll wanted Harry to show levity, and be a dick/trickster to Hermione despite all that has happened. Nicely done.
starla81 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thankyou for finishing this story in an open ended way. I think as much as I wanted to know how every little detail would pan out, it was nice to be left to imagine what will happen next. I suppose the epilogue could potentially deal with these future events anyway. I have thoroughly enjoyed this story, thanks again for taking the time to write it. :-)
sokpuppette chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
A beautiful story. Thank you.
Chris Phoenix chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
So... Harry can't have adventures anymore because he's carrying around a Transfigured Voldemort, who wouldn't be safe to let out even though he was Obliviated.

But... Harry also has the Philosopher's Stone, which makes Transfiguration permanent.

Voldemort is already Transfigured; making it permanent shouldn't activate his horcruxes.

Balancing the possible benefits of the future life of one memory-wiped Bad Wizard, vs. the possible risks of said future life, _and_ the possible benefits of a Harry who is allowed to Do Stuff again...

The answer seems obvious. Seal Voldemort into that gem forever. Then put the gem somewhere it is _very_ unlikely to be destroyed. Then Harry can go questing _with_ Hermione, and accomplish far more good.

Even if Harry is incapable of realizing this, Mad-Eye Moody should have realized it instantly, a couple of chapters ago. When he was all "Let me put a bunch of warnings on that gem, and by the way you can never go questing again" he should have just said "Give me that ring, and the Philosopher's Stone, for five seconds. ... Problem solved. Go have fun."
BrazeRancor chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
One hell of a ride. Thank you for everything.
Jillian A.K chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I'm glad you let us know there would be no sequel. I think it ends well, and is emotionally satisfying. At some point, I want to go back and reread it. Did you have any specific ideas on what was meant by tearing the stars apart and/or how Harry and Hermione would thread the needle on keeping life going?

I would have liked to have seen up to Hermione killing all the Dementors, because it would have been fun. But it wasn't necessary to the story or the themes you wanted to tell.

Thanks for all of your hard work on this story. I don't agree with everything, but I still enjoyed everything.
nillafog chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Wow. This is it. I'm still trying to come to terms with the fact that HPMOR is over.

But even if HPMOR is over, Harry and Hermione and everyone else's story isn't. This conclusion is perfect because it's a beginning and not just an ending. You took us on a long ride filled with laughter and tears and munchkining and rationality, and you finished it not with finality but with hope.

So, I guess what I would like to say is...Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for bringing us along on this epic journey, and I look forward to seeing your next one.
kzal chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you so much for writing this - and I'm sure it feels good to be done after so long! I love the way everything came together so that no one is perfect but everything is hopeful.
Sage chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you so much. I can't imagine a more beautiful ending. Thank you for the whole thing, thank you for making this.
Happytears chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Loved the ending. Especially loved that Severus gets to be free. Thank you SO much for sharing your work.
thepkrmgc chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
yay for happy endings!
Sage of Wind Dragons chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
well. Thank you for the interesting story. and a wonderful ending point which is nice way of ending your world story right now.

Mad props on COMPLETING this by the way... well done.
Elentarry chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Dear Author!
Thank you so much for this wonderful story! It changed the way i think and look at the reality, gave me innumerable moments of laugh, joy, amusement and so many other strong emotions. I wish you to succeed in all future projects and bring more brightness into the world!
Elelith chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I'm going to have to let this sink in but I can say now this was a wonderful story so thank you for sharing it with us. The ending was teetering on too-super but somehow you made it work and I could nearly see this as a prequel to the rest of the Potter-Granger adventures they are sure to have. I look forward to any future writing, be it fiction or non-fiction.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Crying happy years here. I can't brlive this journey is over. Thank you. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us!
Entraya Crosshil chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I expected this to end with a Phoenix coming for Hermione, as she accepts her new role and destiny. It just seemed to fit so well with the rising sun, and since Harry's moment with a phoenix was so special and dear. But it's the same feelings anyway, regardless of what imagery I would add to it.
I stayed up too late to read this, so i cant really think of coherent ways to express this moment, so i will just sleep now, and thank you writing this. Thank you ever so very much, for those pure little moments of not being entirely too misanthropic. Being able to imbue that sort of emotion with such clarity requires nothing short of a masterpiece.. It's quite dear to me. It appeals to some small tired part of me who is frankly just happy that that's still a thing that can happen. what sort of wizard are you anyway
semi-coherent rambling officially over.
Mike S chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is a genuinely fun story that I couldn't wait to read, and am already missing. The author might have changed Harry into a scientist, this is fan fiction. But more importantly, they understood that by changing Harry everyone else is changed too. If you take the time to read it, I can only hope you laugh as much as I did.

P.S: Go Chaos!
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Krazyfanfiction1 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
AMAZING ending to an AMAZING fic.
i hope all your future projects become just s great as this one.
keep up the incredible work as always
Daphne Whitlock-Potter chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
HolyCow it's done? I have yet to read the chapter cause the only way I see for this to be a proper send off is to read this in its entirety. So here goes the re-read of this thing that transcends the idea of what fan-fiction should be. I can only hope that someone else out there can live up to the standards that have been set of what an actually "good" fic is.
Zicou chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
excellent story!
Z.
ronald.lambert.503 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
This has been a very entertaining and mind-exercising story. Compared to the many excellent fanfiction stories produced in the Star Trek and Star Wars universes, this story is right up there with the best of them. Many of those fanfics received official approval of the original publishers and holders of the copyrights, who allowed them to be published for profit. I hope the same may be true of HPMOR.

This story is especially entertaining to those who go back and read it from the beginning. I did that, and found you had changed a number of things, plus there were many things I had forgotten, so it was almost like reading a new story.

Have you considered e-publishing? I have gone this route. currently is the largest e-publisher, with over half a million titles. The genius of e-publishing is that it only costs 1/4 what a regular printed book costs, so more people can afford to purchase e-books, but still both publisher and author can make a decent financial gain. Amazon gives writers a 70% royalty. So even if you only charge $5.00 for the book, you still wind up getting as much (or more) in royalties as if you had print-published a book for $20 (with a 15% royalty).

E-book publishing also provides an ideal market for short stories, which previously were only obtainable by readers in magazines or anthologies.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Dear Eliezer,
thank you very much!
I have so much fun
and this book just have changed my view of characters. Now I understand how great intelligence the character can and should be.
I've learned much new about rationality and discover peoples that thinks in similiar ways.
It was one of the best way to sacriface some my time.
See you... and your books)
Jalen Strix chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Mmmmm...what an utterly glorious ride. Thank you for every last piece of it. (And now that the final chapters are out, I must commence my rereading in one uninterrupted burst of HPMOR.) Huzzah!
Mariann chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you so much for this.
I loved it and am actually a little emotional after this last chapter. Not sure if it's the content or the fact that it's the end.
Hope to see you on the cover of a paperback someday and if through that rationality makes it big, I say I hope you'll be a miljonair.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Am I the only one who wants to know what has happened to dear Bella?
Final-Fan chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
A very strong ending. One little thing:
"So long as the Sun was in the sky, things were still all right on some level, e.g., his having not yet destroyed the Sun."
As of eight minutes ago, you mean.
YlvaThorgalsdottir chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you for that ending. Not the other one, in which Harry gets brutally murdered and Voldemort takes over the world. This one, in which Hermione came back as an Alicorn Princess and is implied to be about to destroy the Dementors of Azkaban.

Seriously, though. No matter where in Scotland you are, London is not to the east. The girl was looking towards Aberdeen, or at most Stockholm depending on how far north she was. Or is this another "sat down on a chair, stood up from a bench" joke?

Thank you so much for this story.
Endfall chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Magnificent.
Proponent of EVO chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I'm genuinely sad this has ended. I regarded this fic as something that I never wanted to end. I wanted this fic to outlive me, for heaven's sake. And now its over! I hope dearly you do write another great work like this, but for now, all I can say is that you've done an amazing thing here, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Loonynamelass chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I have a lot of thoughts, but I would rather wait on them and let them germinate a little. I think it's likely that I will see this story many times, sometimes when I close my eyes or just hear certain words or maybe even when I finally get around to rereading the original Harry Potter (I've read the series several times through, but it's been a few years since the last time, so I've been waiting for a good time).

I'm a little shy to say this, but I will anyway: I am one of those "Dumbledores" who is accustomed to view death as "natural" - so it will be interesting to see how I can resolve my thoughts about it with this story so eloquently expressed.
Abdullahsaurus chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Amazing Story ! Pi Day ! Unicorn Princesses ! Mysterious Old-Young People ! Newton's Flaming Laser Sword !
Leonon chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
And now for the sequel, "Hermione Granger and the Power of Friendship and Magic"
Dur'id the Druid chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
And so, all things must eventually come to an end.

I was really looking forward to the Dementors actually getting killed though.
Luna Bass chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Wait, what happened to Voldemort? Harry wiped his memories! Isn't he going to do something with him? And what mission was Hermione supposed to complete in Azkaban?! At least write an epilogue!
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
By the way, the internet teaches book-binding. It's surprisingly easy and looks sufficiently good if you invest some time. Plus it's fun. :) (However, I think you'll need to make several here.. I really need latex files.. hm.)
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Jeeze people sure skeptic and critical. Even if I have some problems with the story I'm grateful you shared this with everyone and it was a huge project! So many years and hours and words and effort. It was an enjoyable read and it really affected a lot of people in big and small ways, you made a dent in humanity. Despite the reviews you should feel good about your contribution and I recognise this.
Ben chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Congrats on such an enormous accomplishment. I have read this story since I first stumbled upon it in 2011, and I've only grown more excited over the years to see delivery notifications of new chapters.

I wish you the best!
nandbo chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Dear Eliezer,

My heartfelt thanks for this sublime work. It has touched the lives of so many, and accomplished much more than I thought realistically possible when I learned you were working on a Harry Potter fanfiction.

I've been an admirer since SL4 about a decade ago, and I continue to be surprised and inspired and improved by your creations.

Looking forward to whatever you set your mind to next,

A fellow seeker and fan for life
Landi Elliot chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you for the wonderful story. It's been very thought-provoking, and I am certainly going to reread it to see what new thoughts may be yet provoked.

At the moment, I'm rethinking what I used to believe about Death vs. Immortality conflict that is central to fantasy fiction (it was also central to my PhD thesis which I wrote on Tolkien).

I don't see any wrap up parties planned in Ukraine, but just to let you know: there are some devoted readers of HPMOR in this part of the world. Probably, there will be a bit more of them, when I include it into my course on fantasy that I am currrently teaching at my university.

May you always have enough happiness in you to generate a True Patronus!
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I really enjoyed the story, rather I enjoyed Harry and Voldemort's interactions, the twist and turns in plot and little rationalist mind games you set up, but I have problems with Harry and Hermione's relationship. I suppose I just don't care about my friends enough to try and bring them back from the dead and implement measures to prevent them from dying again and that's my problem. Maybe if Harry made everyone on the planet unicorn-troll hybrids I could feel better but I think the unfairness of favoritism is weighing on me. In the end the characters god-modifiers just went berserk there.
BackwardsHazard chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Well crap, you've went down the middle with my praise and complaints finding a middle where I can't criticize but also cant praise... now it's this lukewarm feeling in my guts that's accompanied by the butterflies of a rousing speech from Hermione.

These friendship feels. TT_TT
Anon Amos chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
HIMTU: Hermione the Immortal Magical Troll Unicorn. Could be awesome.
Wandering the Arid Sea chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
...beautiful.
Kyndyll chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I want to thank you for this fic. It has truly been a journey, and I'm almost sad to see it end. I think that what I appreciated most was that you made me forget that Quirrel was Voldemort. Many fanfictions will change things, and up until the big reveal, I wasn't sure whether you had changed that or not. In that sense, when you revealed Quirrel/Monroe as Voldemort, I was genuinely surprised, and I was ecstatic at that. Many fanfics, those that don't change Quirrelmort, don't work to make it a surprise. Everyone knows that Quirrel was possessed by Voldemort, so they don't work to make it a surprising reveal. Harry, in his various incarnations, is surprised (or not), depending on the fic, but the reader rarely is. But you surprised me, and I want to thank you for that.

Best wishes in all your endeavors,
Cyllaenoi
Shadowfang chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Well, as frustrating as it has been to wait for the final arc to appear, I have to say that I'm going to miss this story and will wait for the epilogue with some interest. I hope that Eliezer will indeed be able get permission to publish HPMOR in book form, and ditto on making the podcast into an audiobook. Auror Brodsky has done a great job with it so far and I'm sure will finish it with style.

I like that a lot of the story has been left open - maybe some of the readers will have the time, talent and motivation to follow up possible paths for Snape, Draco, Hermione, the transfigured and mindwiped Voldemort, the Weasley boys and even Hogwarts itself. I also liked that Harry realized at the end that as smart as he is, he still has some learning and some maturing to do and he had indeed better not be one of those prodigies that fizzles out in middle school. I'm sure there are interesting stories to be told about him as well.

I have a couple of questions that maybe somebody can answer for me.
1. Why was the sneakoscope in Dumbledore's office going off in Chapter 86?
2. Where did Voldemort find the Resurrection Stone? Something that Harry said in Chapter 40 sent him off after it, but I could never figure out where it actually was.

Eliezer, I think you have sent your Patronus out to us with every chapter of this amazing book.
WRoosterdf chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Awesome, but the ending was frankly a bit boring
V A-S chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Weak ending. Bumpy story. Horrible characterization of the children, even with Tom's pass. Don't know what retards find this funny or interesting, but got sick of hearing about it all the time and wanted to see what's the fuss. Voldemort was a very weak villain, insofar as he almost never appeared as himself and being beaten in a few hours after his reveal. Gary and Mary, by the end, are boring as hell. I rate this piece of crap as a C-.
Bevillia chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Wow...

This was a journey...

I can't remember exactly when I started reading this, only that it was one of three stories that started my interest (obsession) with FanFiction. And now, however long it's been, and (for me), millions of words of FanFic, this has come to an end.

It feels surreal.

For as long as I have been reading, I have always known that, sooner or later, I could come back and find a new chapter of HPMoR waiting. And now I cannot. But I cannot complain. It is said that all good things must come to an end, and this was most definitely a good thing.

Thankyou.
- Bevillia
Stone.Wolf.80 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Having never met you, I hesitate to classify you as a friend, however, I loved this story & have adopted several thought processes modeled by Harry. I look forward to purchasing your original fiction & being able to contribute to your ability to profit from your work which I so enjoyed. Thank you for all your words which created such a moving & poienient story. I will miss reading it, but much like Breaking Bad, I only rejoice to have shared in an experience that was both unexpected & fulfilling in how fitting & well crafted the ending uplifted the entire moral story.

If ever our lives ever overlap enough for us to count each other friends I would be most gratified. But for now you have my appreciation & admiration.
Mu chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
You
Win
Tom M. Riddle chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Eliezer Yudkowsky, you are an excellent writer. Your only problem is that you don't know when to stop. Why should you introduce all this Rowling-style love-friendship-bubblegum nonsense? Why? Why could not you just stop at some point, leaving us some hope that Harry didn't become the manipulative arrogant piece of wizard *** he became? I honestly hoped that a muggle-thinker would never became yet another Perenelle. I was wrong. The whole wizard world is fundamentally rotten and there is no place for a sane person there.
Biotite chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I don't think I'm quite capable of putting my feelings into words, right now. I will however say, that I think the ending was touching and thank you for this epic piece of work. As HPMoR was the first fanfiction I ever read I don't know if I would ever have discovered the fascinating and multifaceted universe(s) of Harry Potter without you. So even though this does not do my thoughts or feelings justice: Thank you!
Jeffery Mewtamer chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I've read several fanfics for HP and others that I deem vastly superior to canon, but this surpasses them all. If this ever gets published in physical format, I will not resist the irrational urge to own a book I cannot read(I am blind and as such, the printed word is beyond my reach and I was only able to enjoy this story thanks to the existence of screen reader software). I also thank you for all the great literature recommendations(both fanfic and web original) you've posted on the HPMOR Blog and await future writings from you.

Now, any chance we could get fanfiction dot net to give HPMOR it's own category so we don't have to siff through all the canon-based fanfics for the HPMOR meta-fanfics?
joha4270 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I'm currently feeling a deep sadness. I'm feeling a deep sadness as this fantastic ride is over. It have brought tears to my eyes and smiles to my lips.

I'm not sad because it is a sad story. I'm sad because a fantastic ride has ended. But that sadness is nothing in the face of the joy i have felt reading it.

Thanks for a fantastic story.
Rusty Weasley chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Many thanks for this work. I hope you get to meet JK one day.
Blazen chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Well, alright, good story. Even though giving Hermione all this superpowers was just tacky. Almost as bad as resurrecting her. But still, good story, going to read it all now, from the start
Arekanderu chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
This was excellent! A great story that I truly enjoyed. You are a wonderful writers

And while I know you said you wouldn't write a sequel is there a chance of you writing a one shot of Harry meeting Luna? Because I would love to see your twist on it
Vlx chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Well.. I must say, disregarding that I don't know how will your future writings turn out, how will you handle independent, non-fanfiction writing and so on, that this was as close to perfection as ever possible.
It is usual for me when reading or watching some piece of art to take amusement from some aspect of it, just accepting everything I don't agree with or what seems not logical or forcefully pulled. And this writing was not such case. Almost everything, with slight cosmetical exceptions was exactly the way I’d like it to be, I’d like to think and to do. Even the moral part of story, which is usually too-idealistic, or too-cynical, or any other way imperfect was just wine here. Voldemort's character is amazing as well as his end. Harry's character and ethics are amazing.
The only major drawback was my brain strongly refusing to think about heroes as of 11-years-old children. Well, I guess that's a tribute to canon, nothing to do about this. But it was even better this way than writing another story about typical children growing up.
I wish you luck in your future writings, though now you REALLY have pretty damn high standards to keep up to. Maybe it's really worth it to take a pause in serious writing for a while because I can’t even imagine something better than this right now.
Thank you thousand times for this great experience. I'm not afraid to say it influenced my whole life a bit.
CoreDumpError chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I'm tearing up here, man...
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Amazing story much enjoyed. Thank you very much!
Popthepuff chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I was expecting you to write a bit more, about a Phoenix coming to Hermione, or the destruction of Azkaban, etc.
But nah, this, this works perfectly as conclusion to a brilliant fanfic. I do hope they don't just forget about poor Dumbledore still stuck in the mirror without even getting to die like he'd be fine with though XD

Yeah, anyway, pretty much all your characters were great and well written, clever references, strong writing that could often make me laugh and just slightly less often make me emotional, etc.

This is the best fic I've ever read, and I shall miss it.
I'll be looking forward to whatever this epilogue thingy is, your possible side stories and your next work.
nlspeednl chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Even though the ending has disappointed me a bit, this was an excellent read, and I do like the whole rationality angle. What Harry describes in this last chapter, about his personality, is something I can really identify with. I always take the cold, logical, rational approach, and my emotions / feelings, as far as they exist, have only come to exist about 3.5 years ago (plus, everyone, both classmates and teachers, always say I'm smart / the smartest - though I take that with a pinch of salt). I could expand upon this for ages, but it'd sound way too arrogant, and it's probably too private.

But, thank you for writing this. 'T was nice!
LordRahl80 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Wow that was an epic and wild ride. There is just one thing I had wanted to see before the end, Harry and Hermione casting their patronus in the images of a man and woman together. Maybe I might get the chances in the separate epilogue or the side stories.
L.E chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
This is awesome.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Amen.
1wpc1 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
This is easily the best fanfiction I have ever read. Unfortunately, I'm going to have a hard time reading any others now. I look forward to anything else you write.
Mercy Of Baal chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I went to your blog and saw "erotic fanfiction" somewhere and now the idea is stuck in my head. I'm going to kid nap you and make you write it. Somehow. I haven't made any plans on how I will go about it yet. I have to channel Harry Potter to make it feasible. Anyway, I have enjoyed reading this immensely and I'm sad it's the end. I'm glad Hermione is back. I actually thought that was not going to happen. Ever. I was surprised.
Siggimondo chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
It's been a pleasure reading your book. I will miss you... friend.
EriEka127 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
What an incredible story! One of the best I have ever read. Well done.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I can't find the correct words to express how truly exquisite this story is. Thank you for your contribution.
Riniko22 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
We have lost so many shinning stars this year so far, may the day soon arrive that no brain grows warm again. I have enjoyed your story and laughed and cried at times, so thank you for this gift. And one last thought, “…Ron Weasley, the second-smartest boy in Gryffindor…” oh, the bar is not set too high here.
Stormstrider chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
As with every great storys ending, there is a strange emptiness feeling inside. Thank you for the long journey.
Have to say that from somewhere in the middle of the chapter I expected the story to end on a phoenix coming from the blazing radiance of the rising sun for Hermione. Well that may have happened a bit after the oath.
S.L chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you, Eliezer, for opening the door.
Dimensional Roamer chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you for finishing a wonderful story! DR
Emma Emerson chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Bravo

...Magnificent

Stay HUMBLE... yet please know you made so many people full of Joy with your Gift of Storytelling...

I'll be 54 next month and last year when found this I let a friend, a very articulate, intelligent, well-read man who just turn 70 read this.. He loved it too.. (well until you took Hermione away.. ) :((... but hey now she is baaaack) :)

Thank you again.

emma
White Ivy chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
The perfect ending!
CEB1970 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Less Wrong saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
The Sinister Man chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
122 Chapters. 661,646 Words. And all of it just the prologue to the adventures of Hermione Jean Granger, the Girl Who Revived, who walked away from being a hero in favor of the much nobler goal of just always trying to do the right thing. Perfection.
Nikolai Safronov chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
EXPECTO PATRONUM!
Live long, and prosper my friend.
ezo.dev chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
s/I wish for you to live long/I wish for you to live forever
Fagaceae chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I just wanted to say that a few days ago I read your email correspondence regarding your brother and I found myself crying. Because suddenly I knew that Harrys defiance of death wasnt fiction.

Best regards, this is the most powerful thing I have read in 8 years.
Mattie-Liz chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Mr Yudkowsky, you have a great gift, thank you for sharing it with us. It is rare that I enjoy reading a book as much as I have enjoyed reading this one. Not only has it provided me with many hours of entertainment, it has also challenged me to question the way I think. It led me to read the Sequences with have helped me to understand the way I think and how I can do so more rationally, and I am trying to apply this to my everyday life. I have already recommended HPMOR to several friends and I plan to introduce more to it. Thank you.
Flashx11 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
This has been an experience. I'm glad to have read this, and gotten to this point. It's a happy reunion, but not like one I've ever read before. It's so funny and so bittersweet at the same time.

For example: Hermione wakes up in this strange scenario, immediately realizes Harry was responsible. Then she and Harry each acknowledge the other was right. Hermine was just 12% more right.

Alicorn princess confirmed. We should have never doubted you.

We never did hear about the Heirs of Gryffindor, did we? I guess that's exactly the sort of thing left to continuations. Or the epilogue.

Then Harry hands over the true Cloak. Wow. An excellent counterpart to the lending so many chapters ago. There's sort of a tradition that it, of the three Hallows, stays with Harry. It isn't a trouble-magnet like the Elder Wand, and the Resurrection Stone (at least in canon) isn't very general-purpose. Naturally we're getting a little teary-eyed.

This might just be me, but telling Hermione about Time-Turners in general seemed more important than actually giving her one. Usually getting a powerful artefact doesn't work out like that. And then you surprise us again by having Granger already made a Noble House and giving her two months to prepare for exams.

Harry doesn't nest bags of holding. I respect that. We get closure on the oath between Hermione and House Potter, which is nice.
I'm glad he's willing to tell her the entire story about what happened.

There are looks that Dumbledore can understand, and that Harry can understand, but would be terribly confusing to the other. Nice bit of symmetry.

Hermione is so /active/ in this chapter, lively. Testing out the new superpowers.

I can't help but marvel that the two of them had a conversation that was a month ago in the story, a day ago for Hermione, and almost two years ago for us. (Not a complaint about the update rate, I know how things can get in the way.)
They continue the discussion from then, and I love how it dovetails with the question of the prophecy and the power Voldemort knows not. It was right there in the title of the arc: having something to protect.

I like that Hermione and Harry have the awareness that Hermione shouldn't have the responsibility of being Harry's only friend. Then the mood switches, and Harry reveals how he had to protect everyone except Hermione. It's great.

The alternate Harry Potter isn't quite Rowling's, since his parents were still attacked, but it's a nice nod of acknowledgement to canon.

I can't help but ship these two. They're adorable. Perhaps that means /I'm/ the one trying to impose a pattern. Maybe that's why people can disagree about ships so strongly. If intentional, it's subtle.

The closing bit of narration, the zoom out as it were, is a beautiful end to the story. The train is a parallel to canon symbolism.

And now Hermione is the hero, and also Harry's friend. Her promise is excellently written. That last line, that they'll deal with it together, just ... wow.
Grant Molnar chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
This story is one of the most incredible things that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It has made me laugh, it has made me cry, it has made me think. And right now, it makes me glow. Thank you so much for taking the time and the energy to craft such a masterwork.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Yeessss, GCM OR is finally finished...and on Pi Day too,
signing off GoldenCanonMaster (GCM)
summerful21 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you so much for writing this. I'm very sad it's over, and I love it a lot. The ride has been amazing (I've been following for three years or so). This story introduced me to a lot of science and ways of thinking that I never would have encountered otherwise, and changed the way I lived my life. It's also one of the best things I've ever read - and I've read a great deal. Please, don't take too long in writing the epilogue (and I know it's in year 7, but to be honest, I'd be happier if there wasn't any shipping). Keep writing please! (In addition to doing all that other stuff involving the future of humanity and AI)
Hutsche chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you for this story.
imho this is the best HP fanfic to date.
Argothair chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you very much for the book! HPMOR has been one of my favorite books in any genre, even though I have been reading voraciously for 27 years now. Your plot is twisty but sensible, your characters are radically different from each other but still very believable, and the stakes the characters played for are cosmic without being abstract. Reading the book has helped me apply Internal Family Systems therapy, and has helped me notice and care and stop when I am ignoring an important thought. I plan to re-read the book soon, and expect to gain more valuable skills, as well as enjoying every chapter of it again. I am donating $100 to CFAR in your honor. Be strong and persistent and of good courage! Knowing that you are fighting for our future helps inspire me to do the same.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Excellent
Aotrs Commander chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Well, the end at last. It has been an entertaining ride! I wasn't sure about rhe last couple of arcs - but I think this chapter actually made up for that and gave it a grand - and hopeful - conclusion. (Because I am a monstrous peasant and find the Funny Bits more enjoyable than the other oftentimes, a Sparkling Unicorn Princess Herminone is hilariously awesome.)

I think I can say this has almost certainly been the most intellectual work of fiction I have ever partaken in, fanfiction or not. Thank you for you considerable diligence and effort over the years in writing this.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
It's one of the best books I've ever read. The only thing I'm sorry about is that our beloved author is not going to write any sequels. I can't imagine anyone trying to fit in your shoes and succeeding.
One last time I want to thank you for this outstanding book. You are brilliant. All the possible best to you, dear LessWrong.
PerennialChild chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
THIS WAS THE BEST ENDING THANK YOU.
Jonas chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you! I really love Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. It is the best book I've ever read. Thank you for writing such an awesome work of fiction! Also I started to be more aware of biases and rationality. Thank you for making me a more rational being! Lastly, the ending was very nice even though I would have loved it if they had kissed in that beautiful scenery, but I guess you're right and they are to young for that sort of think. Thank you for an nice ending without a toren apart world!
This book was awesoem and I'm awaiting your next piece of fiction (I really hope it won't turn out to be a erotic romance, but even in that case I'm going to read it).
Karen A. Wyle chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
What a fitting, beautiful, satisfying end to a marvelous work. I agree with the many who say you surpassed the original series - and hope that such sentiments from your readers don't prevent J.K. Rowling from authorizing your publication of the complete work in book form for payment. I'd buy it in a hot second.

Thank you so much.
Fellow Sentient chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Upon my life and magic I swear friendship to Eliezer Yudkowsky,
To help him and trust in him,
To stand with him and, um, stand by him,
And sometimes go where he can't go,
'Till the day that death takes me for real, if it ever does, I mean,
And if the world or its magic ends, we'll deal with that together.
The Defense Professor chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Finally we can get off this wild ride. Amazing ending, though I'm disappointed Lesath, Bellatrix, Cedric and some other characters got no closure at all.
ott chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
OK, that ending satisfactorily resolved most of the things that I was worried about after Chapter 115. Thank you for the effort you put into this work! HPMOR is certainly the most interesting version of the HP universe, and your handling of the material is excellent. I am eagerly awaiting your next venture into fiction writing, and will also keep an eye on your non-fiction and academic research.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
This is an excellent place for starting a fanfic of hpmor involving SuperHermione. :D
Voeful chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
[Every inch of wall space is covered by a bookcase. .. And if the world or its magic ends, we'll deal with that together.]

I am better for having read the words between.
Astrographer chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I feel so... sad. HPMOR is absolutely brilliant, thank you for writing this, Eliezer.
And this last chapter with Amnesia: TDD Back Hall music... no words to describe it.
I hope that from this day on I won't break a promise which I made to myself while reading this fanfic - that I'll learn the true art, science. And I'll learn to not make unworthy decisions.
This was beautiful journey, honors to you and greetings to all other readers!

"The ending has not yet been written"
narakhan chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
HPMOR was my entry point into less-wrong and rationalism in general. It has helped to shape who I am over these past two years. Eliezer you have done an amazing job.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I don't know if you're still looking to get ahold of JKR, but of you are, you can easily contact her on her twitter. /jk_rowling
ChibiCritique chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Wow, what a way to end one's first year at Hogwarts i guess haha
Chloe.at.Eleusis chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I cannot be your friend, knowing only this piece of you; and so I do not know if you and I could be friends if we met in truth. But the warmth and brightness and truth you have given me will shine warmly beside both my best-loved stories and my best-loved science, and will go on shining as tales and knowledge burnish them both; and so I think that if we met, those parts of us would recognize their kindred in each other.

My thanks to you, Storyteller.
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
You have made HP yours. This story took me a while too catch up to and when I did waiting for the chapters hurt. Your story is a masterpiece and one of the reasons was made for and if there was someway I could pay for your story I would and since I can't I will donate. Whatever you decide to write about next you can count on me as a fan already and if you decide to publish a book I will buy and/or pre-order it as soon as I humanly can
Guest chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Bazooka Chewing Gum is an American gum, as a UK citizen I have never heard of it before the (random?) mention. I'd be surprised if she had much chewing gum.
FriendlyCurse chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you for a fantastic story that has been an absolute thrill to follow. As much as I like the original books I much prefer your version!
tammage chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you so very much for this epic story.

My husband and I stayed up to read the final chapter, it's now 4am on the 15th (we live in Victoria, Australia).

I can't believe it's over.. but I look forward to others posting their own HPMOR fan fics about the years to come.
Gremlin Jack chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Now that its over, a few things to say. Before coming across HPMOR, I never read fanfiction, in fact I had a low opinion of the concept even though I'd never tried it. So one might say, simply by existing, this story helped remove a misconception from my brain.

And since first coming across HPMOR, I have read hundreds of fics across several fandoms, and yet none have I found quite so moving, and intellectually challenging. This work is against which I judge all other HP fics. To paraphrase Jack Nicholson's character in "As Good As It Gets", reading this fic made me want to be a better person.

So thank you, Eliezer, for being a great writer, and a fine all-round human being.
anashkina chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
The best book I've ever the experience of reading the book while it was unfinished, is absolutely unique.
Thank you so much.
Andrew chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I didn't get to see many scenes I wanted to see, in the end, and yet, I do not find myself disappointed, as the story draws to a close, with beauty and grace.
clipsterman chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you very much for making (in my opinion at least) the best piece of fanfiction in history, outdoing not only its' hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of competitors, but also its original source material. I sincerely thank you for writing the work of fiction that reminded me of how good literature can be and that got me back into reading for the first time in years. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, whether they be in writing or in research, and I hope you will have an enjoyable rest-of-your-life.
TimeShifter chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
While your understanding of rationality was untold levels beyond mine, I thoroughly enjoyed your take on a blending of JKR's magical world fitting with the rationality that the Muggle world had come to understand while magicians clung to the mindset of the Middle Ages. Thanks so much for a wonderful journey! Please excuse me while I sign up for notifications right now.
Curly chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thanks for writing, Eliezer. See you next time.
AroAce chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Congratulations, you did it! Err, Harry did it! Or maybe Hermione, I guess?

Happy Pi Day, and much thanks for a rather complicated piece of fiction being grilled into my head forever.
Eli Bar-Yahalom chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
I won't elaborate on the grandeur, vividness and, well, rationality of your majestic work. I'll just ask again: WHAT ABOUT MR. HAT AND CLOAK? Noexplanation has been offered. He is obviously a time traveler, most probably a Hogwarts professor in some sense - but who? Not APWBD, nor MMG, probably not SS and certainly not TMR/QQ. So: a future HJPEV? A future HJG? The plotline is left dangling and it mustn't be.
Ersatz Einstein chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Well, I'm sorry to see what is possibly the greatest work of fanfiction (and certainly the greatest work of rationalist fanfiction) end, but thank you for not dragging it on interminably. I would note that there were a couple of things that might be grammatical errors ("aren't you."), but most of them could be explained stylistically.
Plot-wise, while I understand that Hermione's new abilities make her capable of regenerating from most ailments, wouldn't her ability to feel normal emotions and corresponding tendency to experience discomfort and pain (as when she stares at the sun) indicate nervous responses enabling her to faint? On a similar note, while she's become used to a certain level of strangeness, and undoubtedly would expect said strangeness to increase after the events with Voldemort, her calm seems somewhat exaggerated.
However, on the whole, this chapter wrapped up the entire tale beautifully, complete with the necessary role reversal implied by Dumbledore's words about young heroes not running Hogwarts. The snide half-correct descriptions of the original universe and Harry's lingering distrust of the magical pouch were well-placed to add a bit of lightness.
Best of luck in your future writing, and happy Pi Day!
Unformal Sorrelle chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Interesting ending... Not what I was expecting but ok. I was really hoping to see the takedown of Askaban at least, or Hermione learning everything, or more of a sum up with the other characters. But I suppose this worked. I do like that they get to be friends and that they aren't worrying about the romance yet. Happy I suppose.
meja9201 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Awesome.
Thank you.
Come back some day if you are able.
Tallman7 chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
That was easily the best piece of literature I've read in the Potter-verse, including the actual books.

Well done, and godspeed on your future endeavors.

(Though I was originally holding out hope for a sequel. C'est la vie.)
wallops chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Thank you.
FesteringInsanity chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
But... But... What happens next? How does Harry not destroy the world? How will he 'fix' Voldemort? What happens to Hermione? Who will destroy the Dementors? Will Harry manage to make everyone immortal?
Anon chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
My mother once told me that I wasn't old enough to have the life experience that would let me empathize, so that's why I wouldn't cry over books and movies.

I cried over this.
graynavarre chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
Oh sad that it is ended. I will let my mind's eye put in more (like Hermione wiping out the dementors) and, maybe 10,000 years from now, Harry and family find a way to bring a young man back and let him see that he can be happy and that their good friends, Draco Malfoy and potion master Tobias Espan help them with that, etc, etc.

Thank you for creating the sandbox in which my imagination will play.
coralsky chapter 122 . 3/14/2015
THANK YOU.

Posting this before even reading, but oh god, thank you so much.