Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
WhiteDragonWarrior chapter 18 . 9/19
You're really making me hate Dumbledore. He's "needs an evil potions master for the story"? Sounds like he READ the HP books and decided to go along with them. It's weird as hell. More annoying, still, that Minerva could hear all of this and go along with it. Can Harry go take over the world now, please?
Beyond Hope chapter 18 . 9/18
Good thing I read this chapter when no-one was home, because I was laughing so hard xD ok honestly I first thought Harry put on the cloak when he went to the closet... It would be cooler than going back in time (and he could listen to the rest of the lesson)
myafroatemydog chapter 18 . 9/14
This was an excellent chapter
P chapter 18 . 9/7
This fic utterly amazes me. It is absolutely hilarious at times i burst out laughing, but despite its humor it really hits you hard sometimes. Between Harry's conflicts with his own morality and just. everything else... wow. Just the dark humor thats honestly is mildly terrifying at points, like the amount of times i'll say What The Fuck out loud while reading... This chapter really cut me deep because the situation is basically my worst fears, from when I was a younger kid to now it makes me very upset. Of course most of the fic is humor and its what you expect so when something like this slips in there I just have to say something like DAMN. Oh and I have to mention I love that even though Harry is a genius he still makes rash decisions and acts like a relatively believable 11 year old which is not something you see often in fanfics like these. AND ALSO I love how you've expanded on how magic works like you've really thought of the mechanics of this world and its so gosh darn cool. This review is not structured at all but I don't care. I honestly could go on for much longer so I think i'll stop now. I loved the Comed-Tea. I just want to applaud you for the brilliance of this whole fic and I can't wait to read more of it. This already is one of my favorites.
Doomspark Deathfire chapter 18 . 9/1
Mechanically sound, with an interesting hypothesis. That said, this isn't my cup of tea.

I don't like your Harry. He's rude, and a know-it-all. He's also very much of a Mary Sue - he's super smart, gets special treatment, etc. And he's got too many last names. I don't care what happens to him. As he's central to the story, it's time to bow out.
Guest chapter 18 . 8/21
Your Harry is annoying
Kimmytrainer chapter 18 . 7/23
Well that was crazy. Harry can be really rude. I don't like his obsession with control. I hope he's still a good guy at the end of this story.
Tiffany Smithi chapter 18 . 7/17
Quietus is merely the counter-spell to Sonorus. the actualy Silencing spell is Silencio. Same for warding an area.
Cl0ud-0 chapter 18 . 7/3
what... the fuck... is happening...
ack1308 chapter 18 . 4/6
Zabriskan Fontema.

I see what you did there.

Also, wow. Trust Snape to know Muggle chemistry. :p
Nice chapter 18 . 3/16
Dumbledore, the master of compromise. Insane or not, this headmaster certainly knows how to keep his team in order.
WildRosa13474 chapter 18 . 3/15
He's forgotten his previous life as Canon Harry Potter! AAAAAHHHHHHHH ALL MY DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE
WildRosa13474 chapter 18 . 3/15
... This should be called 'If Harry Potter Was Realistic'. It has a disturbing likeness to 'If Undertale Was Realistic'.
Jatok chapter 18 . 11/13/2016
I need to sleep dammit
Guest chapter 18 . 11/6/2016
thats it! Thats the limit man! I will die of laughter!
angeltrin1 chapter 18 . 10/7/2016
Ok, 2, I have bronchitis. D, I laughed so hard at that last sentence I started coughing really hard. Loved the laughing, hate the coughing. Enjoyed it none the less! Thanks!
Rambling Drabble chapter 18 . 9/22/2016
1. Nice jab at history professors. I completely agree. Of course, History was never my strong suit, so the often double whammy didn't help.
2. Again I come to the problem of not wanting to write a review for a wonderful chapter. The great parts are just so distracting from the details.
blood-doll-aishiteru chapter 18 . 9/17/2016
This was great, Harry is starting to really worry me too.
sunset oasis chapter 18 . 9/2/2016
The angst and bitterness and anger in Harry ... my heart felt for him. I do admire his compassion ... but McGongall does have her point. It's a very interesting chapter and gave me a lot to think about.
Guest chapter 18 . 6/19/2016
why is Dumbledore insane? How could he let harry talk to him like that?
Happy chapter 18 . 5/25/2016
So satisfying to see Snape and Dumble get their come-uppance and with such style. A master negotiator at age 11! :)
Guestamazing chapter 18 . 4/15/2016
OMG! Blackmailing Harry! I love it!
Luvd007 chapter 18 . 2/29/2016
Harry is a complete and utter twat. Who dafuq does he really think he is?!
KzintiKiller chapter 18 . 2/4/2016
I have to admit that your Douglas Adams style prose had me on the ropes a few times, but your drop in use of the Zabriskan Fontema was priceless. For me it's like a bucket of tasty chum in the water. I'll be hoping to see Harry get his hands on a DeLameter and VanBuskirk's axe before the end of the story. ;-) This is both intriguing and entertaining. Well done so far.
Guest chapter 18 . 1/29/2016
This thing is NSFW! I may have to restrict my reading of it (as extremely difficult as that would be) to my at-home hours in order to spare my coworkers from my random loud bursts of laughter...
Montara chapter 18 . 1/21/2016
Having to turn to his dark side to gain a little bit of peace for him and his colleagues seems unfair to Harry since he's still a child, no matter how smart he is. My daughter is 12 years old and she likes school a lot (like, I'm telling her to go play and she'll say that she wants to get a 10 so she'll learn some more) yet she's still a child with a sensitive heart.

Everything that's happening to Harry, from my perspective as a parent, is like a horror movie, and he has to stay strong, alone...not fair, poor little guy :((
The Anguished One chapter 18 . 12/11/2015
What an eventful first Potions Class. I wonder how Harry will react once he knows more about Snape. Also, very happy seeing Fred and George continuing their efforts to be nice to Harry. The growing rumor that Harry can do anything with a snap of his fingers is cool as well. Nicely done.
WatchingTheWatchman chapter 18 . 12/6/2015
Lack of self-control and forethought is becoming a theme for Harry. I love the increasing character development and the reminders that he really is only 11, though he often acts much older. I can't wait to find out what allows him to slip into his cold side, whether that's a magical effect in some way or a form of something (maybe disassociative identity disorder?) internal to him.
EmeraldSeaGamer chapter 18 . 11/6/2015
No fanfiction has made me happier than this one
ShadowLDrago chapter 18 . 10/15/2015
Well, this, just, happened. But, yeah, Harry was WAY out of line, and Snape does have a point, screwing around with Potions can have some really detrimental effects, so it's normal that he has to be strict and almost cold so as to make sure that if they DO screw up, it's a screw up that can be fixed before ti spirals out of control.
httpkirby chapter 18 . 10/13/2015
I feel cold.
ScribblesinDirt chapter 18 . 10/9/2015
you know... that is a great idea. a great legend. This should be a thing. I don't care if its a dnd game, or a book, or even just continued throughout this fanfiction... but this is one of those terribly wonderful and magical ideas that we are lucky enough to come into contact with. And for that I thank you.
So damn good chapter 18 . 10/2/2015
Good enough for me.
P. P. P chapter 18 . 9/13/2015
This was AWESOME! I love that Snape now has to stop being mean to the younger stuents! And lol at Fred's remark to George! XD
Jaycie Victory chapter 18 . 9/4/2015
What a roller coaster of a chapter. Harry is so fascinating. So many different elements to his psyche - it almost gives you emotional whiplash. But in an exhilarating way. Like I said, roller coaster :)

Also, your Dumbledore reminds me quite a lot of King Joyse from Mordant's Need. The warmth and insanity. The bouts of laughter. Your Dumbledore's scarier, though. Have you read them?
Zyxis chapter 18 . 8/12/2015
THE FINGER SNAPPING IS GENIUS. XD You have created a... I'm not even sure what to call it, it's so amazing and hilarious. I love this fanfic.
Ria0207 chapter 18 . 8/7/2015
This chapter was such an emotional rollercoaster.
Crayon chapter 18 . 7/22/2015
I haven't finished this chapter yet, and am only 15% through the book, but I wanted to pause and say how much I'm enjoying this. It's the funniest thing I've read in ages, and I keep laughing and then looking around to see if anyone has noticed. I have some ideas of what may be happening in the plot, but only very vague ones. At this point it doesn't matter - I'm just liking the heck out of it and am glad there is much more to look forward to. Thank you! chapter 18 . 6/14/2015
Oh my gosh. You are truly an unabashed genius. You manage to evoke FEELINGS out of me, and not just psychotic laughter. AMAZING.
Lanky Nathan chapter 18 . 6/7/2015
This has to be easily one of the most BOSS chapters of all time from anything I have ever read, ever. That ending was... I don't even have enough words it was that good. Oh my goodness I can completely understand why this masterpiece holds over 30'000 reviews. The best part I'm imagining is that there is sooo much left to discover in the rest of the story.

You, good sir, are an absolute master craftsman. Congratulations at your perfected art.

DesperateReader chapter 18 . 6/6/2015
What. Just. Happened?
Why. Did. That. Happen?
I'm not happy! You broke my heart! Does the story continue on like this?! Why?! Why did you make Harry so heartless?!
PA chapter 18 . 5/17/2015
Damn,this was a good chapter. I mean, they're all good, but ... oof. This one was a doozy.
Guest chapter 18 . 5/16/2015
I must say I am disappointing to see a big difference of characters of this
Guest chapter 18 . 5/14/2015
I'm only at chapter 18, but Hermione is really irritating me.
Callian31 chapter 18 . 4/29/2015
"Common sense is usually mistaken for Legillimency." (did I spell that right?) THAT WAS HILARIOUS! I love Dumbledore.
Aliendel chapter 18 . 4/7/2015
I have to stop here for today. I've just read the first 18 chapters back to back and I can feel my brain melting. It’s definitely an interesting read; can't say if I like it or not though. I'll try to continue it when I can think coherently again.

If nothing else, I had a few good laughs. Thank you.
Jason Eldritch chapter 18 . 3/30/2015
An editorial note of inconsistency:
When Snape casts "quietus", it should really be "silencio".
Concolor44 chapter 18 . 3/28/2015
The Zabriskan Fontema?
The Zabriskan Fontema!
You, sir, have gladdened my withered, old nerd's heart more than you can know with that reference! May you forever bask in the approbation of Arisia, and may your Lens be ever bright!

Oh, my.

My, oh, my, oh, my. Now THAT was a Harry Potter I can believe in. Snape is going to hate him so very much, and may even go slightly mad in his lust for revenge. It will be ever so very amusing to watch, I am certain.

This story has graduated to a place in the Top Ten of All Time in my library.
Guest chapter 18 . 3/16/2015
I cried. This was the most beautiful, thank you so much for this.
hisnhers chapter 18 . 3/15/2015
I truly have no words to desribe how I feel about this chapter... perhaps stunned? I'm gaping at my tablet. I look like a fool with my mouth hanging open. lol! 'Legend of Hogwarts' indeed.

4everfictional chapter 18 . 3/13/2015
Oh snap. ;)
Berlin chapter 18 . 3/5/2015
Ok, so, for a few moments I kinda wanted to cry, then laugh, and then I finished the chapter and started giggling.
CRAAAAAB PEOPLE chapter 18 . 3/4/2015
There sure are very few people acknowledging how much of an entitled asshole Harry came across as this chapter.
The unchecked arrogance in general is starting to make him unlikeable.
jegraves chapter 18 . 2/6/2015
Yeah, I am extremely disappointed at this point. This is the first chapter I have reviewed, but for the most part, I have been really enjoying this fic until now. I can't deny that the quality of the writing is pretty good in general.

This version of Harry is a pompous, arrogant, insufferable *asshole* and I want him to explode into a thousand pieces and never be heard from again. I say this as a Ravenclaw, as a pro-science, skeptical person, and also as someone who, when I was a kid, often got upset at having my ideas dismissed because of my youth. For all those reasons, you'd think I would be giving this version of Harry a standing ovation, right?

Well, I tried. I really tried. I was really excited in the beginning, when it became clear where this story was going. I figured (a vain hope, it would now seem) that Harry's initial assholishness would be part of his character development arc, would be something that he learned the hard way that he had to fix. That he would at some point develop the slightest smidgen of humility. You'd think that Socratic Ignorance would be something a character who purports to be an intellectual in the tradition of Socrates would eventually have to learn.

But alas, apparently not. I can handle it as long as it's just asshole-Harry wallowing in his own self-satisfaction - thinking to myself that the author must be playing the long game in eventually teaching him a lesson. But in this chapter, the character of Minerva McGonagall is grotesquely assassinated as she stares in wonder and delight at this little asshole, seeming to just wish that she can one day be as smart as this perfect character!

I didn't realize until now that you're serious. That asshole-Harry is apparently just the author personified. That it's not some masterful depiction of a character who doesn't see the prickishness of his own ways, it's actual prickishness spilling through when the author tries to write the Perfect Harry. I'm really disappointed.

The agonizing part, and the only reason I'm spilling so much ink over a damn fanfic, is that you came so close. You put effort into this and it shows. This Harry's curiosity was so refreshing. You're funny, the story is entertaining. If it had been what I thought it was - an incredibly well-done depiction of an intelligent but self-absorbed person's blindness to their own flaws - it would have been, I think, The Perfect Fic in my mind. Those illusions were shattered in this chapter.

But now I'll make myself look fairly silly and admit that I'm going to keep reading anyway. Here's why. There are 80 chapters and some 5ish years left (as of now) for me to read. I'm willing to bet that, over that span of time, the author himself/herself is going to learn and grow and change. McGonagall's simpering here, in betraying that the author actually finds no fault with asshole-Harry, betrays that the author is actually no further ahead in the process of gaining humility than the Harry that s/he is writing. I think it might actually be even more fun to see the story change in response to the author changing, than to watch a preprogrammed character arc. I hope my predictions are right. Maybe I'm being too hopeful again. We'll see.
00 Non C. Anon 00 chapter 18 . 1/31/2015
I love you for this chapter, especially the ending.
Schnuff chapter 18 . 1/30/2015
This is my second time reading (or trying to read) this story.
And yes i did know what was up next in the last chapter...still i was in stitches after: "This," Dumbledore said, "was your father's rock."

For that line alone this story is rightly on my fav list ;-)
Guest chapter 18 . 1/29/2015
Harry Potter, being British, doesn't have a "button" with anything written on it. He has a badge.
Alaislana chapter 18 . 1/16/2015
I have a love-hate relationship with this story. Things that I truly love are Neville and Hermione being in their rightful houses (though I understand how bravery won out knowledge for Hermione, I only ever saw Neville as Hufflepuff), the ridiculousness of Quidditch, awareness of the insanity of keeping two truly horrible teachers employed or at the very least giving them free reign to be so horrible, and the other logical and scientific things being applied to a magical world with so many unanswered questions. This is beautifully written and fun to read (when it isn't just hurting my head being insane), but it's still incredibly hard to wrap my head around a Harry Potter who is so cold, calculated, and so very prone to becoming evil. And the whole thing with Dumbledore and the invisibility cloak is still throwing me off. However, I will carry on reading.
TheButterflyComposer chapter 18 . 12/24/2014
If he's capable of being his manipulative now, how the heck are we going to see him in future years when he has everyone over a barrel the entire time.
An epic dressing down of Snape there, and Harry will probably go further than that at some point.
Good stuff.
Anon chapter 18 . 12/23/2014
this is a parody. It annoys me. Greatly.
Tarvok chapter 18 . 12/10/2014
Probably already been said, but I'm sorry. At Hogwarts, bad teachers are not fired. They are sacked.
RandomLogic13 chapter 18 . 12/7/2014
OOOH boy, ok...relax...its fine...just ignore the anger and move on... I actually completely unerstand your portrayal of Snape, I dont like it, but I understan it. It is definitely supported by the books, but still...I think my best tactic here would be to focus on everything I like about this story and ignore Snape...
humanoidpatronus chapter 18 . 12/6/2014
Trichinobezoar! Oh,my you've done A LOT of researching! I looked up trichinobezoar in wikipedia and found it! Bezoar is alo there
Yami chapter 18 . 12/3/2014
This chapter emotionally moved me, time for another review.

I'm not nearly as good with words as the author is but Harry's character is just so much BETTER in this fic than in the canon books. It's very different, for one - so much so that I can barely envision Harry Potter as I did reading the books, and I can't hear his movie voice at all. But, ultimately, this change is for the better. HPMoR's Harry has so much more personality. He's smart in a different, advanced way - and he's also a little kid, an eleven-year-old who hasn't really seen much of life. That really shows through in this chapter, and I love the author for it.

Keep writing - I'm greatly looking forward to the other 80 chapters.
N. E. Person chapter 18 . 11/10/2014
51 candles? Really, Harry?
I'm loving this story. :D
Emmy chapter 18 . 10/24/2014
Because of this story, I now need a time-turner to fix my sleep schedule. I have stayed up one hour later every night for a week because I can't stop reading it. I never imagined I'd read any fan fiction, and now I seem to be completely addicted to this one. It is now 8AM and I'm going to get some sleep.
guitarlover56784 chapter 18 . 9/14/2014
dude, your dumbledore is weird. How did you get so many reviews
qlory chapter 18 . 9/8/2014
This gives me too much emotional overload and I end up just unable to do anything.
wokanshutaiduo chapter 18 . 9/5/2014
I've been reading a few of your reviews as I've been going, and I feel like the reaction to your story is excessive :{
It's a good premise, it's very amusing and a lot of fun to read, and I like the references to rationality and science interspersed throughout. But I agree with many of your reviewers that this story should just be called 'Humour" and not "Drama/Humour." And I've read 80 chapters of this already so it's not just a question of it being too early to tell.
Midan no Hatake chapter 18 . 9/3/2014
Now I want a cupcake. I can't tell if this is a parody, fairy tale or some odd collection that I happened to stumble across on the internet.
alix33 chapter 18 . 8/29/2014
Harry's "one little bottomless abyss" internal rant made me laugh.
Yay! for how Harry got Snape away from the younger students.
thepkrmgc chapter 18 . 8/1/2014
as much as I enjoy time travel shenanigans, its probalby for the best that harry's time turner usage was restricted...

another funny chapter as always but with some nice character insights as well
Only a Guest chapter 18 . 7/25/2014
(I'm a tad lazy to log in, but other than that I do have reasons not to).
HOLLY SNICKERING BAGPIPES THIS IS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL HARRY POTTER BOOKS! My parents believe I have gone BONKERS from randomly bursting out with laughter or smiling all the time! I even got a look when I yelled,"Why yes! So true! So true!"

I was a smidgen sad that Harry actually didn't end up in Slytherin, yet satisfied. I have... Eh, a little ways to go! Geez, with my slow reading, I'll NEVER get to chapter 101! Anywho, continue being made out of Awesomesauce -unless you prefer being a type of stew. Keep updating, stay creative! -OaG
Zen323 chapter 18 . 7/21/2014
im glad harry got the time turner limited. time travel is such a overused concept and can ruin a good story really fast. not sure how i feel about harry on one hand he is certainty impressive on the other he is a arrogant asshat. i hope he doent always get his way otherwise this turns into a really bad fanfic fast
Foxy-Floof chapter 18 . 7/3/2014
Oh Harry... that temper. But then... when your mom's a fire-cracker, and your dad is a hot-tempered berk until he grows up and falls in serious love with said fire-cracker...
Well there you go.
Jesper chapter 18 . 7/3/2014
From this chapter on and form the previous chapter on, it is very hard to take the story serious anymore xD Anyhow, when there is science again I will be happy.
DalfgantheBlue chapter 18 . 6/28/2014
InArduisFidelis-RAMC chapter 18 . 6/15/2014
Harry is seriously good at manipulation
Guest chapter 18 . 6/2/2014
Wow. Harry is such a little asshole. Like seriously, what a little prick. I almost can't stand reading this anymore because of how annoying he is. To be honest, I'm only in this for Hermione and Draco, and they've been showing up less and less frequently.
silverrain-shiningsun chapter 18 . 5/17/2014
Haha, love it. A bully should never be in charge of children.
Guest chapter 18 . 3/28/2014
Sailor Saturn fan chapter 18 . 3/8/2014
Harry has some anger issues! But I like his dark side. It's very amusing. I was surprised that Harry started crying when Professor McGonagall said he was sufficed. I liked that part the most. What also shocked me was that Harry was talking back at Dumbledore and called him a FOOL! I love your representation of this Harry you created. I'm in awe! ;)

Guest chapter 18 . 3/2/2014
Zabriskan Fontema

Kimball Kinnison loves you, and so do I ;-).
Codename Jellybean chapter 18 . 2/28/2014
Nice . .
Likedit U
Wolf V Bunny chapter 18 . 2/27/2014
Awesomely written!
Harlequin de Rustre chapter 18 . 2/23/2014
now the emotional tangent comes full circle. At least Harry is no longer omnipotent, but, sheesh, was the wait for that ever increasingly dull.

Time Travel is only ever a good plot device if used with emotional formality and with a certain amount of limitation. Otherwise, it becomes yet another mystical prop of convenience that quickly loses any specialness it might have had in theory.
Mediosthenes chapter 18 . 2/12/2014
I am absolutely terrified. Everybody in this blasted school is possessed or something! I almost miss the happy, cheerful version in canon where some psychopath was coming back from the dead, and deus ex machina kept Harry alive! THIS antagonist is actually evil, not some family friendly flanderized evil! O.0
Sparkysbro chapter 18 . 2/10/2014
That was a harsh chapter.
Grizzmon chapter 18 . 1/13/2014
And so a legend was born, but can Harry live up to it?
Makokam chapter 18 . 1/7/2014
Dat ending line.
CMVreud chapter 18 . 12/29/2013
Only fifty one candles?
what I counted where ten, ten, ten, ten, ten and fifty.
TheDeductionist chapter 18 . 11/27/2013
Doctorobscure chapter 18 . 11/23/2013
Have I mentioned this is the best thing ever?...It is.
567zoock67 chapter 18 . 11/16/2013
Nice chapter :D
I felt Snape got what he deserved in this one. All throughout the Harry Potter books, I've always thought Snape's behaviour was a little mean, but excusable seeing his past and Harry's tolerable reaction to it, but it seems in a story where the characters react a little differently to things, it changes the intensity of that action, and makes it seem a whole lot worse. Harry's premise to get rid of Professor Snape, and his downright no-tolerance towards his antics really makes Snape seem bad, and I think I just understood today how mean his behaviour really was. I also felt that you wrote this change in Snape's behaviour very well, and the characterization of Dumbledore, Harry, Mcgonagal and Snape in the meeting were written perfectly. If this were to take place in the original series, I would imagine it exactly like that, and it just makes this story more realistic :D Good job overall, and keep updating!
eileenKelli chapter 18 . 11/14/2013
I want to keep lurking, but that was the best ending line to a chapter. ever.
Sparty chapter 18 . 9/28/2013
This is insanity exploded snape
addikhabbo chapter 18 . 8/14/2013
Love it!
The Prime Cronos chapter 18 . 8/11/2013
With every chapter i read from this story i get more and more brainfucked!
And i love it! XD
BarbaraKaterina chapter 18 . 8/7/2013
I think that if the Borg tried to assimilate your Harry, he would have destroyed the collective within seconds. Or, alternatively, the Borg would rule the whole galaxy AND species 8472 within weeks. I'm not sure which is more likely.
I'm a bit thrown off balance by this story descending into pure crackfic periodically, but then, I've always been pretty lawful, so don't mind me. (I wonder what your Harry would be. He fights classification, I think, but chaotic neutral would probably be the most likely alignment in the end.)
Jim tDM chapter 18 . 7/21/2013
I don't have the wherewithal at the moment to write a deep or meaningful review.
Just to say, simply and quite straightforwardly, that I absolutely love this piece of fiction. It has given me a few moments of trepidation and, I'll say, confusion as to its integrity, but has unilaterally remedied every such situation. I am only a fifth into the currently published parts, and I look forward eagerly and excitedly to those many parts that remain.

Jim the Delivery Man
Ilessthan3KH chapter 18 . 7/18/2013
SO cute and hilarious XD
Cemalidor chapter 18 . 7/3/2013
Oh dear, i think my mind just exploded there. :) Nicely written.
Anon chapter 18 . 7/3/2013
The whole conversation with Harry and Heh... Just... I don't even know, but it was awesome!
Scathing reviewer chapter 18 . 7/2/2013
This is the best, the most funniest, and the most original Harry potter fic I have read in a long time. I won't go on, you've enough reviews as it is ;)
Alissie chapter 18 . 6/30/2013
Hmmm... not a favorite of mine. Some of the conversations bordered on...I'm not sure what the proper word is. Forced? Not in a stylistic way, but content-wise, like it was just the means to the end, no matter how it went or if it fit. Nothing drastically wrong, but like I said, not a favorite. (Except for the secret finger-snapping towards the end. That's cool.)
reddir chapter 18 . 6/23/2013
Ch 18: Things got real serious, and very darkly depressing. Are you sure the maturity rating should not be higher? Even Ender's Game didn't go this far.
Laugh Counter chapter 18 . 5/29/2013
The laugh count for this chapter is 12
Whitewater Alchemist chapter 18 . 5/12/2013
Fawkes is a chicken which Dumbledore routinely sets fire to, replacing it with a new one...
Fawkes. Is. A. Chicken.
I have officially read everything.
12neo chapter 18 . 4/25/2013
Epic, words can't appreciate it enough
sww11685 chapter 18 . 4/17/2013
Interesting take on the first interactions between Harry and Severus.
loneliest baby chapter 18 . 4/10/2013
[And from that day onward, no matter what Hermione tried to tell anyone, it would be an accepted legend of Hogwarts that Harry Potter could make absolutely anything happen by snapping his fingers.]
Hilarious. Just hilarious. I love this line.

Even if it isn't the funniest, I still love it.
dragoon109 chapter 18 . 3/26/2013
groan...whats up with this hate towards snape? dose no one know exactly how dangerous potions are? they explode with the force of dynamite if they failed at the very least, they melt, turn toxic exc exc. even when he was 'mean' he did tell people the right way to make them each time.

as for harry. no one and i mean no one is always right. harry never read the class book which was the 100 herbs and fungi text that was assigned for his class. to really master a class such as potions you cant just go through the motions like in the other classes. it requires hands on real life hard work.

than he dose pay attention to every student so that they dont blow them self up!

personaly i see that harry is wrong. what the profesor had requested wasnt outside of his position.
YlvaThorgalsdottir chapter 18 . 3/21/2013
Fifty-one? He lost at least ninety points for Ravenclaw.

Although he deserves a huge amount of points for putting an end to (half of) the bullying.
Balagor chapter 18 . 3/17/2013
Quite interesting. Although I am still wondering how the alien lifeforms made their way into Prof. Snapes lab.
Owl344 chapter 18 . 3/13/2013
You know what would be both awesome and ridiculous? A BtVS/er, EY crossover. The Scooby Gang hears rumours of a story that's sweeping the world, or at least the fic-reading world, causing adults and teenagers alike to skip meals and sleep in favour of it. At first, it doesn't seem like too much a cause for concern; it's probably just a very good story. But then they hear other rumours-rumours of promises of immortality... They manage to track down the warlock (because he must be a warlock, right) who wrote the fic to, um, wherever it is you live. They confront you. And you?...
hervissa chapter 18 . 2/28/2013
Harry took Severus down HARD.
But okay, it was fair. At least a little.
And Minerva brought the end to Harry's magical time adventures! After all, he IS just an ordinary student ;)
This was one of the...not strangest, not most interesting, but one of the deepest? chapters in this story. ..I wonder what is awaiting me in the next 69 ones... ;)
And I still love this story! :D

hervissa :)
Enei Emmu chapter 18 . 2/3/2013
Harry Potter, at the age of eleven, has soundly outwitted Snape, McGonagall AND Dumbledore? EPIC WIN.
Anna Rider chapter 18 . 2/1/2013
I really like how Harry's OOC is portrayed, but I thought that all the other characters would stay in character as well. Theory proven wrong by Quirrell and Dumbledore.

I love Quirrell here, I really do - probably because I hate the real blubbering one. Dumbledore, on the other hand, is far more insane than in the books. Which is a good thing; it keeps the story interesting. His coldness, however, is what I'm uncertain about. I can't imagine Dumbledore's eyes staring icily cold at an eleven-year-old boy, no matter how obnoxious he is.

Well, it's your story after all, so I have no say in this. I'm just leaving a review on my opinion. Nevertheless, I love this. I feel like I'm reading a novel myself, that's how brilliant it is. Great job; you deserve a pat on the back.
petalene chapter 18 . 1/26/2013
This is absolutely delightful. I'm enjoying how manipulative Harry is in this. His single minded determination is impressive and scary.
Writing bunny chapter 18 . 1/6/2013
Good chapter. Though I can't imagine Snapa actually apologizing for anything.
Susan M. M chapter 18 . 12/20/2012
"Mr. Potter, you underestimate the importance of discipline because you are not in need of it yourself -" She paused. That hadn't come out right, and Severus, Dumbledore, and even Harry were giving her strange looks. "To learn, I mean. Not every child can learn in the absence of authority. And it is the other children who will be hurt, Mr. Potter, if they see your example as one to be followed." Harry most certainly IS in need of discipline (possibly in need of a good spanking - do they still cane at British schools?), but Minerva is correct that he will learn without the presence of authority. She's also correct that if the other students will be hurt if they attempt to follow in his footsteps. I very much liked Snape being amused at being compared to a Nazgul.** "There are some students who cannot be entrusted with Time-Turners, Mr. Potter. You are one of them. I am sorry." She's quite right. Harry has fallen into the fallacy, common to very clever children, that because they are clever and know they are clever, that they think they are both cleverer and more important than other people.
WildCard-Yes Man chapter 18 . 12/18/2012
Harry in this story is one of the BIGGEST Gary- Stues I've ever seen... AND I'M LOVING IT! Because it's being done right!
StrangeoneXD chapter 18 . 12/16/2012
Ron's brother's seem to be getting more mention then Ron himself, interesting. Headmaster is really interesting. I like that one last line a lot though
Karen1216 chapter 18 . 12/16/2012
May I say I just fall in love with the Snape who correctly answer the carbon question more than any other version of him. I can see his smile of victory. And this Harry and Snape have so much in common. That curl the lip and twisted smile thing is totally Severus. And I like that similarity a lot!.
Dan Riddle chapter 18 . 12/15/2012
That was great, awesome, wonderful! 8O

...but I hope in the future for more interaction between H/H please! 8)
Mr Norrell chapter 18 . 12/15/2012
I just checked, this story has more reviews than any other Harry Potter fanfic on this site by almost 6,000 reviews.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality: 1.
1000Nachts chapter 18 . 11/7/2012
House elves seem to cast their magic by snapping their fingers. Make of this what you will. You did joke that he might be sorted as "house elf".
gseryakov chapter 18 . 10/20/2012
The outmost orbital of a Carbon atom (which is a p-orbital) contains two electrons. See the electron configuration of C from, say, wikipedia: 1s2 2s2 2p2.
kaiyotic chapter 18 . 9/28/2012
WOW, just WOW, I can really relate to this part, when I feel injuste is being brought onto me or my peers by superiors it also gets my blood boiling and makes my thoughts so much clearer and to read one of these stories in which the injustice actually loses after a rational debate is so unbelievably wonderful. I would give anything to see this scene being played out by some half-decent actors. Gotta say I love your story so far.
Henk chapter 18 . 9/9/2012
Just and had one of those low-bloodsugar, completely disappearing inside the book moments I save for the best, most engrossing books. My hat of to you sir.
Guest chapter 18 . 9/7/2012
I wish I could snap.
voodooqueen126 chapter 18 . 8/1/2012
I don't think it would be good for a Professor to apologise publicly, merely change his behaviour.
Poetheather1 chapter 18 . 7/28/2012
When Harry loses his cool he really doesn't do it by halves. The punishment was just and the taming of Snape was a good idea. But the snapping finger thing is hysterical... I love it.
Satirica chapter 18 . 7/16/2012
This was a dramatic chapter, wasn't it? Or at least I think it was. The incident with Snape was more painful to read than it was the way J.K. Rowling wrote it, that's for sure. There's also a sense of vulnerability in the air, like Harry has some control over Hogwarts, regardless of what the adults have to say...must be a traumatic time to be a teacher.
Fudgecicles chapter 18 . 7/14/2012
soooo...not really sure how i feel about this dumbledore...i definitely like minerva though.
and harry manages to strike a victory of sorts against snape, and even managed to increase himself to legend status.
all in all, rather well done.
landofmyth chapter 18 . 7/8/2012
You have managed to create a character who is at once a genius and a fool, powerful and weak, light and dark - Your Harry is one of the most intricate charactes I have ever come across in all of fiction. And I am beginning to feel as though I have not a snowball's chance in Hell of understanding him in full. Of course, this will not stop me from trying, and I do look forward to being proved wrong yet again.
NightHerald chapter 18 . 6/15/2012
Oh good god. The fame has really gone to harry's head. I mean I'm all for standing up against abuse, but the way Harry went about it was infuriating. I thought it was very satisfying when Minerva took away his time turner privileges, she should have done that from the beginning. There is no plausible reason to trust that an eleven year old won't abuse time travel. (while I do feel Harry's pain, he deserved it) I do think that harry should gotten some detention for his blackmail though. (or a slap in the face)

And I don't really like Dumbledore's characterization in this. I mean it's amusing and all, but 'Hogwarts needs a evil potions master'? Really? And the way he just let's a little kid tell him what to do. I hope to god it's just a very good act.

I love Harry's struggle against his dark side, and how he realized he could have taken a different approach, but his anger gets in the way. It's very interesting. And I'm curious where this anger comes from, since he seems to have had a basically happy childhood.
cherapin chapter 18 . 6/2/2012
Ah, the infinte power of error to teach the humble - those willing and able to learn. And leave us not forget the quiet power of publicly apologizing so the truth is out and the issue is done.
HerGoldenHair chapter 18 . 5/23/2012
"I decline to recognize your authority as a teacher and I will not serve any detention you give." Feeling like this sentence just freed me from life. Yeah, alright, it doesn't really work that way, but it's still rather nice to hear, just this once.

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. LotR metaphors to get a point across!

"Bwah ha ha!" said Dumbledore.


[Love] the cake with fifty-one candles. Wish I could do the less than three symbol in these reviews... I'd probably be overusing it a lot.
Reply chapter 18 . 5/11/2012
He wasn't talking; he wrote it down.
Randomperson chapter 18 . 5/11/2012
How is Harry able to talk after being silencioed by Snape?
GSYH chapter 18 . 4/30/2012
I'm always surprised that Snape didn't have had his arse kicked by angry PARENTS yet.
GJMEGA chapter 18 . 4/26/2012
Why exactly does Harry just accept "But Hogwarts does need an evil Potions Master, or it just wouldn't be a proper magical school, now would it?" as a reasonable statement and move on? Because Hogwarts most certainly does /not/ need an evil Potions Master, and if someone said something as absurd as that to me I would immediately call them on it and denounce them as insane. The whole reason Harry is in this situation is that he recognizes that Snape is unfit to teach and needs to be removed.

Also, verbally abusing 15-18 year-old students might not be as bad as verbally abusing 11-14 year-olds, but it is still quite unacceptable behavior.

One final thing; Aside from using his time-turner Harry acted in a perfectly reasonable manner considering the provocation Snape was providing. He should be actively /encouraging/ students to emulate him and stand up for themselves when faced with abuse from an authority figure.
Hidden Lines chapter 18 . 4/8/2012
This chapter was seemed like filler, but that's fine. It's the kind of filler that gets all the important stuff sorted out so we're not leaping from one explosion to the next.

I like your view on Dumbledore. Personally I don't think he's actually insane, just Harry being a ten year old and not seeing past the facade. Makes sense.

"No! Dumbledore called me up there and he gave me this big rock and said it was my father's and I should carry it everywhere!" That was...and amazingly simple way to put it.
Aubrette chapter 18 . 4/4/2012
So I got this thing from Nanowrimo where I can print off 5 copies of my craptastic book using Createspace. This is not publication. I was going to use it for my meandering and turgid Bella Swan is Fat and Ugly Book I novel, but I would rather have a book in hand which is actually awesome.

I shall also personally message you, but I would love, even if no exchange of money may be allowed, to possess this fan fiction in book form. Will voicing this desire be met with hellfire?
biblioholic chapter 18 . 3/25/2012
I think I'm choking on laughter. It's (dare I say) too funny!

I love the signature "snap and something will happen". Looking forward to reading more of that. Harry the revolutionary!

Rate 8.69/10
Lololol chapter 18 . 2/27/2012
I dont think that i have ever laughed so hard while reading a fanfic. This is the funniest writing i have read in a loooong time. Thanks for that :)
Pinxit-SlyClaw chapter 18 . 2/26/2012
"One of my most treasured possessions is a button which reads..."

Is that a Callahan quote?

If so

'Go lemmings Go'
The Blind One chapter 18 . 2/22/2012
Hey, Spock is actually the reason I know how to raise one eyebrow.

Fred'n'George seem, even more than Draco, like the kind who could really go a long way with some good science and/or rationality training. They're already innovative and clearly pretty intelligent, and they quickly grow to admire Harry's power for informed chaos.

"Where Lucius would kill you with flawless elegance, this man would simply kill you." Now that is a fine description of both of them.

Huh, Harry's POV uses the name "Severus," in contrast to "Dumbledore" and "Professor McGonagall" and "Professor Quirrell." If that's meant to signal his degrees of respect for them, it's *brilliant.*

"Four." Whereupon, in my first read-through, I stopped, grinned, and thought, "Hey, an author who can make Snape competent while still acknowledging that yeah, he's a bastard." That's positively a rarity, that is.

"As ignorant as him." That - did he just make a grammar error in the middle of disparaging someone else's knowledge? *giggle*

Harry's confidence is entertaining to read, in a train-wreck sort of way.

Ha, the adult half-blood knows Tolkien too!

Dumbledore's idea for explaining the compromise is positively Slytherin of him.

"I think we may be out of our league here, George." Yep, you two just wait and see.

I reiterate - Harry's going to snap his fingers and do something in the future, I'm quite sure.
Ansa88 chapter 18 . 2/8/2012
oh. my. gods. this is pure brilliance.
Hedgehog chapter 18 . 2/6/2012
Dumbledore is _exceedingly_ odd, and I can't help wondering whether it's all an act. What about this ominous rock, for example? And while his genresavviness is amusing, it's also really disconcertening. Also, what's up with Quirrell? (I know I asked that before.)

That was quite a feat of Harry's. And to think it's only his first week...

Good on McGonagall to restrict the time turner. It's surprising she actually lets him keep it, what with his penchant for using it for spectacular actions that would have had much simpler solutions.
The Shadows Will chapter 18 . 2/5/2012
i enjoyed the beginning, but after the sorting i felt that the story started to lose its way. the insane dumbldore came out of left field and messed with the story. im sorry that i couldnt read further.
Person In Awe chapter 18 . 1/8/2012
This is the most wonderful,hilarious,serious,longest story I have every read the entire time I have been reading I'm only on the EIGHTEENTH CHAPTER!I applaud you!
xoxo Sweetie chapter 18 . 11/12/2011
Oh Lord, I freaking love Minerva and Harry's conversation!

Asparagus chapter 18 . 10/15/2011
I'm crying.

There are tears running down my face.

Holy crap.

Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! That was awesome!

That is all.
Juliette Schack chapter 18 . 9/24/2011
You have asked to please leave a review per chapter which is all too fair but I have been too engrossed (and slightly too lazy) so far do so, but here, really I felt gladly compelled to do so !

You write briliantly, you definitly know how to play with the feelings of the reader throughout the plot and dialogues.

One last compliment (for now): Long live the knowledge and ability to beautifully handle sarcasm and absurdity.

Many thank yous (and a bit of love)
AR chapter 18 . 9/21/2011
This story just keeps getting better and better.

I absolutely love how you're are developing his character. And his internal struggle against his "dark side".

And I also love how you are able to end the chapter by making me smile instead of the general sadness that was maintained throughout the conflict of hierarchies.

I believe his flaw is not so much in his intelligence but in his methods of manipulating that intelligence. Simply put..he doesn't grasp the consequences of his actions. And as much as I sympathize with how difficult it must have been for her to do as she did...Minerva was right.

Amazing chapter.
ElektrikRage chapter 18 . 9/5/2011
So, basically, a time turner is like a miniature One Ring, it offers great powers, possibly in exchange to one's dependence on it, and takes great willpower to resist the addiction. Interesting and well played!
narutonejii chapter 18 . 8/28/2011
Fingers. Snap. Oh my fucking god.

That's right motherfucker!

"Bwah ha ha!" said Dumbledore and so say I.

That's right motherfucker! Stand up, Harry Potter. Make that bastard apologize. Yes.

And the remorse Harry had. Shit. True hero dealing with his inner turbulence.

Thank you. I love you for writing this.
Fenrir666 chapter 18 . 8/25/2011
*Snap!* Keep writing this. I must read it all.
anonymous chapter 18 . 8/20/2011
There goes Potter's innocence!
vampireweekday chapter 18 . 8/6/2011
I love how whenever Harry's emerging evilness begins to freak me out he does feel a teeny tiny bit of regret haha ]
vampireweekday chapter 18 . 8/6/2011
I love how whenever Harry's emerging evilness begins to freak me out he does feel a teeny tiny bit of regret haha ]
lizoftheinfinite chapter 18 . 7/30/2011
Um. Forget what I said about worrying about this story not having much heart. Because it totally just did. And if my reviews are getting less and less coherent, it's because I have to get up in four hours to go swim at the state champs, and it's all your fault I'm still awake. GAH.
Xan015 chapter 18 . 7/29/2011
Wow, what a chapter - very well written indeed. While I agree with Harry, it was nice to see that he is still reacting as a child in some instances, and not how an adult would, and that there are consequences for his actions.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the story!
Tim chapter 18 . 7/27/2011
This has to be one of my most favorite parts of this fanfic so far. As someone who was bullied throughout grade school, I cheered for Harry during this entire reading. It really hit me where it counts, and thank you for doing so.

And in addendum, thank you for putting so much humor into the book. I've been laughing at least once per chapter.
rampantwolfhound chapter 18 . 7/23/2011
I'm enjoying this fic; it's well-written and interesting.
pulsifer chapter 18 . 7/22/2011

The thought that Harry allowed himself to think was that if getting angry had gotten him into all this trouble, then maybe when he was angry he'd think of a way out, things seemed clearer somehow when he was angry.

And the thought that Harry didn't let himself think was that he just couldn't face this future if he wasn't angry.


this is another favorite chapter of mine. keep up the good work, Less. I think you're doing every bit as much good with this work as you imagine.
m chapter 18 . 7/15/2011
One question one might ask is: if the answers were NOT in the textbook, how could Hermione know them? Surely, she couldn't have had acces to the Hogwards Library before the school year, so how could she learn concepts that were not even mentioned in passing in their syllabus?
Isa Knightwalker chapter 18 . 7/10/2011
Interesting chapter! I feel like Harry can be brash and immature at times, but I like that because I think it reflects his canon personality very well since he has those moments there too. Can't wait to see Snape being nice-ish (or at least not mean).
T chapter 18 . 6/30/2011
This chapter is one of the many flawless, seamless climaxes of the story, and I love it. I wonder how you will use PotterMore as a reference in the story.

I remain, as always, enraptured,

rbackwards chapter 18 . 6/11/2011
So here I was wondering if the bracelet in the Headmaster's office next to the Maltese Falcon could have possibly been a Lens, and then lo and behold - there's a Fontema in Snape's classroom. I think I'm even further committed to this story than I had been.

Thanks for making Dumbledore appear, for once, sufficiently creepy.
Mezzavia chapter 18 . 6/8/2011
Need.. more..air.. to.. breath. This whole chapter was too funny for my lungs capacity.

"And from that day onward, no matter what Hermione tried to tell

anyone, it would be an accepted legend of Hogwarts that Harry Potter

could make absolutely anything happen by snapping his fingers."

15 pages of Lols, rofls and the kind wouldn't even begin to express my feelings. XD
Clownwithachainsaw chapter 18 . 6/6/2011
Well wow.

This is taking a strange turn or two. Harry's experiment with time is one of the scariest things I've ever read.

Dumbledore's characterization is way off, and what's with the rock and the book? He's insane! He is well and truly insane!

And I thought this version of Harry was supposed to be smart. His antagonization of Snape struck me as the opposite of smart.
forsecondlife chapter 18 . 6/5/2011

I. Love. The. Snap.

Seriously, I'm a big nerd. I've been reading fanfiction for at least ten years. Where have you been my whole life?

Great blackmail scenario. Something I always wished to happen in canon-I love when Snape is put in his place. It makes my heart happy.
Guest chapter 18 . 5/10/2011
Snape's methods may be unsavory but he is apparently a highly successful teacher of a discipline in which the slightest mistake can be fatal. Possibly keeping his students keyed up with adrenaline in fear of him is not entirely a Bad Thing.
Lexyann chapter 18 . 5/5/2011
Err that was an awkward part, the part in Potions class and I really felt very very uncomfortable. And then the part in Dumbledore's office which was, too, very very awkward. I think I don't like how arrogant Harry was in that chapter.

And... do you write using the movies or the books actually? Because it seemed like the scene in the movie, not the one in the book, which, I think (I don't actually have my books with me) is not really the same. BUT you use an Alternate Universe, which actually allows you to do pretty everything you want.

That removes nothing to your writing style actually, which is very fun to read and everything. Even if, yes I admit it, I read only in diagonal some of the scenes in this chapter because of the reasons I set first.

Oh ! I just remembered something about a scene two chapters ago. In DADA class. You should have talked about Milgram experiment, shouldn't you? You know, and I'm actually 100% sure you do, the one about authority...? Because I don't really agree with Professor Quirrel (or Voldemort?) when he says that Harry is the most dangerous wizard in the classroom. I think that the most dangerous wizards are the one that would have blindly obeyed to Professor Quirrel without even hesitating because he is the leader. And THAT is pretty scary, I think. Because more than half of the population would have obeyed without asking any questions, even if it would have killed the other subject. An intelligent wizard or witch with an intent to kill is not so dangerous if he or she's not able to convert followers to his or her cause.

What do you think about that? :-) (I pretty like Social Psychology too.)

See ya soon !:-)
Gedusa chapter 18 . 4/25/2011
Obviously I just have to compliment the fic, it's FANTASTIC! This is my second run-through, it's a LOT easier to understand this time, and I think I'm getting some of the hints! Yay!

I'm also just going to assume that Snape is reading Harry's mind in this chapter, e.g. by knowing the number of electrons in the outer shell of a carbon atom. How dare he cheat!
TehWarsmith chapter 18 . 4/12/2011
I was brought here by TVtropes.

I'm currently 18 chapters in, and I still have no idea what I'm reading. I don't know how to describe this story. I thought I did at one point but I've been thoroughly proven wrong, so I'll just recommend it to everyone I know and tell them that it's fantastic.

I can say that this is the single greatest fanfiction I've ever read. This isn't just a story, it's an idea, a huge and amazing and wonderful idea, and we all know what you can't do to ideas. And such fanciful language aside, your characterization is superb, your descriptions are simple and elegant, and your prose is as good or better than any published fiction author I've ever read. This is one of those stories that makes me wish fan fiction could just be published so that I could read this in hardcover everywhere I go.

I can say little more until I get farther in the story, other than that I'm incredibly impressed with what you've done with Draco, but I would like to share an anecdote.

When I first started reading the story, I kept remembering the one negative review of MoR on TVtropes - the one that found Harry insufferable and unrealistic, and I wanted to respond to that by saying, "I agree wholeheartedly, and I love it." I decided I would just assume that Harry was Artemis Fowl and probably enjoy the story even more.

Then I got a little farther and realized that he was acting extremely similar to a friend's character who a humongous nerd, and thinks purely rationally while having to deal with magic on a daily basis, and I decided to proceed under the assumption that Harry was, in fact, Andre Nelson if he was born in Britain.

This happened a number of times, and is still happening.

Defining things by other things is a habit of mine, because I think it's funny and because it often makes explaining the many strange things I like to other people. But as I was reading Chapter 18, watching Harry hold three incredibly powerful people who don't take shit from anyone totally spellbound, I was feeling rather similar to McGonagall. "What... who ... how is he doing this? Who is this kid?" I thought.

And then I remembered your philosophy of fanfiction, the one you describe in your profile.

Creativity means creating a good, original work.

And I realized, this boy I've been trying to quantify is not Artemis Fowl, he's not Andre Nelson, he's not the Joker or whoever else I've been trying to describe him as.

He's not even Harry Potter.

He is someone new, someone completely and totally new, who will never be reproduced. The phrase "original character" is a dirty word in fanfiction these days, but that is what Harry is. He's Original. Creating something truly original is very difficult. Creating something truly original in fanfiction is an amazing achievement, and as a writer I congratulate you on it. As a reader, I thank you for writing this, and look forward to reading further.

-David Kligman, TehWarsmith
acruducks chapter 18 . 4/10/2011
Even as an AU, Dumbledore and Harry's characterisation is way OOC. This chapter is the straw that broke the camel's back.
Kitty O chapter 18 . 4/8/2011
I love this running (I'm trying to think of the word; it's not gag) of Harry snapping his fingers.
Jasper Bluesummers chapter 18 . 4/5/2011
The Revenge of the Sith parallels continue, to my delight, and to my further delight, they are complemented by a thoroughly enjoyable and well-written original plot. Loving it!
logan chapter 18 . 3/11/2011
You know, I have some mixed feelings here. I started reading this story very impressed by a fresh approach to retelling the Harry Potter Story and a well done divergence from cannon "what would have happened if Petunia wasn't jealous of her sister." You impressed me further with some of the earlier touches like how one, using Muggle economics and the scientific method, could revolutionize a fabulous, but fabulously backwards society like that which we are shown of the magical community.

You had some very clever ideas and obviously are either well researched or very well educated yourself. I especially liked how you treated the Harry and Draco relationship, and how you've interestingly used a lust for power as the method by which Draco could be redeemed of his slightly less socially acceptable traits. The part with the text book and the photo of the earth from space was a little moving for me and as I said before, it was a very clever new direction. There are other elements I have thoroughly enjoyed and so please take no offense to the forthcoming issues I have. I hope you take the criticism as constructive as that is as I meant it and truthfully if I didn't see so many things I liked I wouldn't have taken the time to voice the problems I have.

Well first and far from foremost is the minor literary sin of letting the plot steer the characters as opposed to the other way around. For example, I thought the sleep disorder was a little out of left field but then you introduced the time turner which i suspect (I am only on chapter 19) is the reasoning behind the sleep disorder. If there is no deeper reasoning behind the disorder than the time turner then that was fairly poor writing just for the sake of adding a gimmick by which Harry can later be clever and appear to be able to conjure with a snap of the fingers. If I am mistaken, then I apologize for speaking without all the facts of course. Either way it isn't a ship sinking offense.

The next issue is how you are writing your geniuses as of late. The more we see Harry and recently Dumbledore the more it seems like you are falling into the odd quirk of writing genius as less eccentric and more insane. I know a few people who would be called geniuses in certain fields and yes, in some telling ways they are a little off, but you've been writing them so far over the cookoo's nest these last few chapters that it's starting to cross my eyes as I read it. I do know that this story is partially listed as humor but it's starting to clash pretty epically with the previously established tone and take me out of the story.

My Final and most serious issue with this story is Harry Himself. I know you foreshadowed that harry was a little ADD with the whole biting joke but my God, I've fantasized about smacking the crap out of him more than five times in this story. I realize that many children with savant(not sure that Harry would absolutely qualify here as he seems pretty competent in a lot of areas) talent get a bit bratty and egocentric, but by having him righteously blackmail McGonagall in the beginning and then threaten everyone from Dumbledore to Hogwarts itself if his demand that Snape be fired is not met has made your main character unsympathetic which is a hard trick to pull off in a story unless you're either Dickens or your character is named Scarlett. But Fine, Harry is egocentric and has not yet learned even a smidgen of humility, that's your call and in theory could be part of a greater arc that I simply do not yet see. Heck for all I know having him be an ass is prt of the greater conflict over whether or not he goes darkside or not. Guess we'll wait and see.

However the final straw is that after he orders around wizards considerably more than decades his senior, he gets pretty close to his way. That is where suspension of disbelief snapped like a piano wire for me. Assuming that Dumbledore is not unironically insane and that the other teachers are not so impotent that they could miss out on the fact that a student of 11 just threatened faculty, had a tantrum and proceeded to lecture them, there is no way they could allow it for the fact that the precedence it creates undermines any authority they could ever hope to have with students again. I can believe a lot, but I could not believe that for virtue of Harry potter being the "hero" of both the world and the story he gets to come out of that in any way other than with his ass handed to him as possible. Sorry if that sounded cruel, but by this chapter I am not really rooting for the hero and really having a hard time believing the story.

Aside from those areas I do feel this story has a lot of potential. If for nothing other than the fact that it is clever in premise and has some legitimately good moments of storytelling. I know that the issues I had are past where you are at now and that it won't be retconned in any way. But as I said before, I felt this story was good enough for honest critique.

Thank you for sharing your work.

Goldrune09 chapter 18 . 2/27/2011
...My brain has officially turned into a pretzel now...
Kerr Avonsen chapter 18 . 2/27/2011
Harry really is so very much like Miles Vorkosigan.
ARMH chapter 18 . 2/20/2011
Wow, Harry sure went overboard. He really ends up losing in the grand scheme of things for most of the beginning of the story. He gets a lot better at winning though, so it's fine.
Andrew chapter 18 . 2/14/2011
This is my second read-through. I have to write a bloody thesis!

Even knowing everything that would happen, the final line still made me catch my breath. This is making me rethink the way I deal with people. Very important fiction.
Amphlosion chapter 18 . 1/17/2011
Please please please tell me that this is just a bad parody.
MaxManuka chapter 18 . 1/15/2011
I. Dont. Even.


I'm gonna stop for now as I'm told chapter 19 is quite high on the WTF-Scale.

But boy is it hard to put this story down.

If anything, I like how unpredictable it is.

I don't know if I can make it through to the end, but for now I'm glad to have read to here. It's been a fascinating ride :). And I hope I'll enjoy future chapters as well, we'll see :D.
DukeAtreides22 chapter 18 . 1/6/2011
There are a few plot points from LOTR which are wrong, but still serve your story, if I misinterperet what you wrote I am sorry.

Boromir was neccesary to the fellowship, yes Faramir was supposed to go as called by the Valar, but his fall allowed for the moving of so much more.

Frodo took on the Ring without influence from any one but Illuvatar, yet it was the natural choice for him.

Sorry, as a Tolkien Scholar I sometimes feel the need to show off knowledge. At any rate that was not as expanded as I could have made it. But you get the gist
Tangshou chapter 18 . 1/4/2011
Nice use of finger-snapping. I wouldn't have though of Snape's speech as a time to do that, but it is.

I like the complexity of Harry's dark side: anger, helping people, thinking clearly, not facing the future if not angry,...
Noritama Koa chapter 18 . 1/1/2011
Harry seems to have been possessed by Lelouch's spirit. Scary.
PoorboyShuffle chapter 18 . 12/18/2010
The number of reviews is what made me originally want to read this story. I was glad I did. This story was funny, well thought out, and well-written. But I have noticed, as have other reviewers, that this story is slowly starting to decline. It is not as funny as it once was, and just things have turned me off about it. At first, I thought your characterizations of all the people was just a more in-depth viewing of their personality; now I see it as changing them completely. These characters have become out of character, and this is one of the times where I find I cannot just accept it as part of a story, and that it must be classified as being OOC. To me, this story had enormous potential, but I see that it instead "burnt-out", and I will only remember it as being one of those stories where it was fabulous the first ten-fifteen or so chapters, but lost it's spark.
Kamen Rider Gaim chapter 18 . 12/13/2010
Sorry have to stop reading here. Harry is a pussy in your story and overtly boring. Omake was good but the rest slowly declined more and more.
Gelacacine chapter 18 . 12/13/2010
Well done.
w chapter 18 . 12/11/2010
Good things:


"He'd tried asking Hermione, but she hadn't seemed very interested in looking anywhere near where he was pointing." . You really shine in these little gems.

"Harry was looking at a large dust ball with eyes and feet " is it userfriendly? My, Mr. LessWrong, have we been reading the same books?

where Lucius would kill you with flawless elegance, this man would simply kill you.



"Oh, so we are a Slytherin, then,"

""Does he need to take his medication or something?"" This does not sound like the dark side.

"Please continue with the blackmail" - D rocks here. With his resolution too.

". "Mr. Potter, you underestimate the importance of discipline because you are not in need of it yourself -" She paused. That hadn't come out right, and Severus, Dumbledore, and even Harry were giving her strange looks."
ApoorvD chapter 18 . 11/27/2010
Hey awesome chapter. I loved how harry's dark side is so efficient. Snapping his fingers made it even better. U have shown Dumbledore 2 be crazy. Lets see what that means 4 harry.
Alwendil chapter 18 . 11/24/2010
Second complaint revoked, Fawkes really is a Phoenix and Harry was fooled! Yay!

Character development is moving along splendidly, and in this chapter Dumbledore was tolerably insane. But still no mysteries resolved. Also, this story is moving at an astonishingly slow pace, so I have a question...

Exactly how long is this planned to be?


How much of a plan do you have?
twilliams1797 chapter 18 . 11/7/2010
I have read 18 chapters so far, and I have one conclusion:

you are extremely intelligent as well as (&**&nuts!

ok, that's two things,I suppose I have to read the rest of this story because I can't stop now, can I?.

let's just say, this defines just how uneducated I am(G)

Arturo Vandorien chapter 18 . 11/6/2010
haha man this is the greatest Harry Potter fanfiction I can remember reading and I've reading fanfiction for a little under 5 years. I started laughing at the part of Harry raising his hand to his chest and snapping his fingers and didn't stop till the end of the chapter which made me laugh more. I'm really enjoying this story.
AspergianStoryteller chapter 18 . 11/2/2010
Oh goodness. Wow. You know, this is starting to feel like one of the really real fics, like, the emotional stuff is impacting and realistic. I'm not really sure to describe it. But it's good.
Indigo Ziona chapter 18 . 10/17/2010
And continuing to amaze me...

"I wasn't going to ask this after Professor Binns, I really wasn't, but if Professor Snape is that awful why hasn't he been fired?"

This was the first bit of the chapter that made me go YES but the rest earned a few too :) I love the lampshading, but I also love the genius that goes with the lampshading... from potions lesson where Harry finally says all the things that every child who's been picked on by a teacher wishes they had said, to the fact that he can do anything by clicking his fingers...
Kutta chapter 18 . 10/9/2010
Great chapter
Ilovepi chapter 18 . 10/7/2010
Hey!I just want you to know that I absolutely love this story. I've been reading it faithfully for a couple of months, and I'm incredibly impressed. I like it more than canon. The humanism chapters, particularly the one with the homo sapiens patronus, were positively inspiring. Not only does it bring up ethical and scientific problems I had mostly never thought of, it's funny. Keep up the marvelous work!
LunaSlashSea chapter 18 . 10/6/2010
Really excellent chapter.
Nakedkali chapter 18 . 10/5/2010
Harry lost a lot more than 51 points, the cake should be positively festooned with candles, in all sorts of colors and sizes, as part of the Weasley joke
dinosaurusgede chapter 18 . 10/5/2010
Woow, the fight between Harry & Snape is pure awesome. The battle between The Professors & Harry is pure EPIC, especially when Harry publicly apologize and ...ohmyGod.. snap his almighty snap.
Ofunu chapter 18 . 9/26/2010
Damn, I wanted to give this story another shot, but after reading the last chapter again I remembered why I stopped, it's so blatantly ridiculous that I just had to stop, it raises too many stupid questions for my liking.
Rebel Goddess chapter 18 . 9/20/2010
Never seen Snape being dealt with quite so ruthlessly. Loved all the LotR references. The best bit, however, is Harry's finger snap. Superb.
twistyguru chapter 18 . 9/7/2010
Bravo! Magnificent!Harry in the basement. You have now completely redeemed yourself for the time experiment fudge, and then some.
Adonish chapter 18 . 9/3/2010
I wish Harry would stop crying all the time and suck it up like a man. Though I am not far enough in the story to reach a point where I can critic it properly. So I'll do that later.

Great job though!
Nightcrawlerfw chapter 18 . 8/27/2010
Ok, so i've read some more and rolled on the ground laughing some more and i decided that you deserve another review, although it pains me to stop reading the story to do so, i will do it for you though. Thanks so much for this story, it issoooooo good! I love the humor!

Cant wait to read more, Well i'm off to read and laugh..:)

Lanthanum chapter 18 . 7/14/2010
Here's some fan art for you:

Catamount chapter 18 . 7/7/2010
There is an issue that is either a minor conflict with canon _or_ an error on the part of McGonagall: She claims no student has died at Hogwarts Castle for fifty years. Moaning Myrtle was murdered in 1943, which would be 48 years prior to the conversation in question (taking place in 1991).
Solitary Sanctuary chapter 18 . 7/5/2010
What goes up, must come down. Such is the fate, and consequences of Harry Potter. A hell lot of seriousness as constrasted to earlier chapters.


I like it. Balanced story, where the hero is NOT always winning. (Well looking at some point, some may say Harry won this one, but he lost a lot of things. So comparing for what he lost and what he won... it's a loss. Bye bye, Time-Turner, but I wouldn't be surprised if Harry find some way to find a way to abuse it, even if there's a limiter on.)
Zarunak chapter 18 . 7/1/2010
i think that this was the best story start i have ever read, but once you go into the whole crazy Dumbledore scene your work got too out there.

i feel like you are trying to push our sense of disbelief too far.

this story is hilarious, but you have got to keep the parts between jokes serious or the jokes just won't have the same punch.

its starting to seem like harry got slipped some Acid or something.

now don't get me wrong, i love this story. its great, but i just feel as though these last couple of chapters aren't up to the level of the previous ones.
HellsMaji chapter 18 . 6/30/2010
I'm pretty sure Harry is bi-polar. Maybe he should refuse to use the time-turner at all, and make Hogwarts deal with his sleeping pattern?
James Birdsong chapter 18 . 6/24/2010
*mad laughter* Adorable
AlchemistofSilver chapter 18 . 6/18/2010
Wow. I am amazed.
Shally-wa chapter 18 . 6/13/2010

Consider my brain thoroughly broken. chapter 18 . 6/13/2010
...I am beginning to think I would be much better off if I stopped reading the reviews because they are giving me headaches.

I mean Harry almost completely became Voldemort in that office, calculating, cold, in control, and completely insane. I think Snape recognized that as did Dumbledore.

Firstly, Harry is dramatically overestimating how much of a negative influence Snape is, with the exception of Neville, most people just thing Snape's a git instead of being traumatized by him. I mean if Severus Snape is the worst thing to happen to you at Hogwarts in a month, let alone the entire year... You are remarkably fortunate. That's not even considering that Potions is by far one of the most dangerous classes and Severus Snape is probably the most unquestionably brilliant Potions professor in decades if not centuries, and probably the closest thing Hogwarts has to a scientist.

On some level, Dumbledore 'yields' not because Harry is correct in any fashion, but because he knows that given how irrational Harry is being there is no way of reaching him, so he settles for turning Harry's world upside-down.
dogbertcarroll chapter 18 . 6/13/2010
The insanity is clearly caused by trying to use logic in the HP universe.

My head hurts.
Arkh Cthuul chapter 18 . 6/7/2010
I am awed.

This was in my opinion your best chapter yet, but as you seem to keep them plopping up (shall I say by snapping your fingers? ...) I am still looking forward to the next chapter(s).

And let me say it out loud: Thanks for this great fic so far, and especially for the fact t is not one of these slowly growing, half-abandoned ones, like so many great fics.
Khadon chapter 18 . 6/5/2010
"And from that day onward, no matter what Hermione tried to tell anyone, it would be an accepted legend of Hogwarts that Harry Potter could make absolutely anything happen by snapping his fingers."

Okay, I just managed to get my laughter under control after two minutes of uncontrolled laughter. Seriously, people were staring and asking if I was ok.

Even rereading that line now makes me start to chuckle again. It's lines like that which elevate a fic from Exceeds Expectations to Outstanding.

I'm going to continue reading the rest now and let it be a forgone conclusion that I'll be eagerly awaiting updates.

P.S. I love how so many characters seem to ACTUALLY be insane.
Naosj chapter 18 . 5/30/2010
No unique magical powers, no advance knowledge gleamed from time traveling, no connections to powerful people, and no flowery friendships; There's just pure tooth and nail verbal battering. Very well-done and suspenseful.
ShineX chapter 18 . 5/21/2010
Love the last line, lol
Mr.Destructo chapter 18 . 5/21/2010
omg a review!
Greytune chapter 18 . 5/17/2010
Oh, and I forgot to mention this:

Wouldn't the constant use of a timeturner eventually make Harry older? I mean, if he is living through 30-hour days, then he gains a few more weeks to his age eventually, and so on and so forth...

A story which brings a great view of this is called Out of Time and one who relie heavily on the idea is Shattered Moments, the sequel to OoT. They're really good stories, but have a very excellent idea about time, timeturners and how they work. You should look through them, if you want to see a fasinating view on everything.
CeilingFan chapter 18 . 5/15/2010

Except McGonagall, but I don't know how to lure her over.
Loonynamelass chapter 18 . 5/13/2010
Dumbledore is far scarier in his insanitized state than in JKR's books!

The whole thing is quite beautiful. I feel as though I'm reading a novel.
edwin evans chapter 18 . 5/9/2010

Harry lips curved into a twisted smile

Harry's lips...
PinaPoe chapter 18 . 5/7/2010
What an excellent story so far I am anxiously awaiting more.
Lady Dragonryder chapter 18 . 5/7/2010
This story is amazing. I don't remember last time I laughed so hard. Please update soon, as I can't wait to see what happens next. _
OjM chapter 18 . 5/7/2010
This is the best fanfic ever. Someone should make a video based on this. I'm not a fan of Potter books/movies, but someone told me about your fic, and it's just awesome. If you just could buy publishing rights for this. :)

Had to sign up to give this review...
Promenius chapter 18 . 5/7/2010
Okay, this story is awesome. Just plain awesome.

By the way, it wouldn't surprise me if Harry's father's rock plays a funny part later on in the story.

Like, oh I don't know, Voldemort asking for the stone (meaning philosopher's stone) and Harry pulls out his father's stone.
Schuikichiro chapter 18 . 5/7/2010
fantastic fic...
are all those theories that he cited real? how did you get so much info oO
i rly liked dumbledore... it looks like what he would do to me lol... even though its humor story...
it always seem kinda sad to me that at soem fics harry goes and slander dumbledores on papers... specially since it helps voldermort so much whos intent in killing him...
Gillian Lu chapter 18 . 5/7/2010
Wow, i was close to going 'Accio Severus Snape' into this fanfic...glad to see him at last:)
furybolt chapter 18 . 5/7/2010
this chapter was awe inspiring ,keep up the good work.
Rick C chapter 18 . 5/7/2010
I am thoroughly enjoying this story. Harry asks all the questions that I have been asking since the beginning of the series, and that no one else seems to care about. Thanks!

(I hope that if a certain stone makes an appearance, it turns out to be the legendary Philosophers' stone, and not some random sorcerer's stone.)
Slight typo in chapter 18? The line:

Harry's gaze grew uncertain. His face turned toward her, addressing her for the first time. "Excuse me," Harry said. His voice seemed to be wavering. "Does he need to take his medication or something?"

Should perhaps read

Harry's gaze grew uncertain. His face turned toward Professor McGonagall, addressing her for the first time. "Excuse me," Harry said. His voice seemed to be wavering. "Does he need to take his medication or something?"
darksidhe42 chapter 18 . 5/6/2010
Oh no! I'm all caught up! What now?
Speaker-to-Customers chapter 18 . 5/6/2010
I came upon this story in the comments to a blog post about the latest anti-fanfic rant by an obscure, but published, author. It was very highly recommended and so I searched it out.

I'm afraid that I'm extremely disappointed. It started off very well, highlighting the absurdities of Rowling's mediocre worldbuilding and cardboard characters, but deteriorated into sheer silliness. From about Chapter 5 onwards every successive chapter was worse than the one before.

It's still readable, by Chapter 18, but if the deterioration continues it won't be for much longer. And the pace is so slow that, by the time it's finished, it will make 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' look like a drabble.
simi chapter 18 . 5/6/2010
i really did enjoy this story! although my brain was working to keep up with the twists and turns within it i came away feeling a bit dazed at the plot uve woven!it was unexpected but all the more enjoyable because of that! may ur pen never dry! awaiting the next chap eagerly!
Pathatlon chapter 18 . 5/6/2010
Haha! I love it so much! So funny!
Kitty Smith chapter 18 . 5/6/2010
You are a magnificent writer and I kiss the brim of your robes in adoration. *mwah mwah* That is all.
embirsiphonelilathia chapter 18 . 5/6/2010
I really do adore this story.. you can never tell where the plot will go even though it skims over cannon so nicely.. but there are so many twists and turns.. I seemed to have missed the part about who Boromir was.. maybe that was Draco? I'm not to sure.. but I did love the mentions and use of LOTR stuff _ I'm also sort of wondering since Harry doesn't like quidditch if maybe he won't go to the world cup.. Though I expect he still will.. Anyways this story has me wondering about how many plot twists and changes will happen through out and I have to say to write this you MUST me quite an intelligent person soo good for you as well. great great story though.. :D
Lerris chapter 18 . 5/5/2010
Good chapter. I hate to see him lose the time turner, but it was becoming a crutch. Now he will have to get good enough to handle things without it. Also, in the whole discussion in the headmasters office, one major, and quite vital point was overlooked. Harry was eleven while Severus was an adult. Severus started a fight with a kid, and got mad when the kid fought back with everything he had. Still, any victory at all there is better than none, and given how early it was in the year, it is very likely that that victory will keep them from losing more points later than they lost then. Of course, as soon as the Headmaster started his nonsense about only being blatantly unfair to fifth year and above it was the time to get the heck out of Dodge. After all, if he is going to prepare to fight a Dark Lord, he needs the best environment for learning, which would have been elsewhere, and also included private tutors. Then again, to a rational mind being so special that he has to be the one to kill the Dark Lord should be utter nonsense, although to the sheep of the wizarding world such a prophecy would tend to be almost self fulfilling. Heck, one could cause serious damage to death eaters simply by arming muggleborn families with shotguns and teaching them how to use them.
KrisTerms chapter 18 . 5/5/2010
This was... heart warming and heart wrenching. You're a very talented writer. I love how sometimes Harry can still clearly be the eleven year old even when he is so smart.

Update soon!
sausageman1997 chapter 18 . 5/5/2010
beautiful story - ranks in the top 10 of everything I have ever read
xyvortex chapter 18 . 5/5/2010
Beautiful... even without the time turner, Harry will get himself out of (and into) all kinds of trouble. It's Harry's logic in the face of the unexplainable that makes him so interesting in your stories. write on, good sir... Write on.
notenchi chapter 18 . 5/5/2010
I'm not normally one to read Harry Potter fanfiction, but the name of this one piqued my interest. Wow. Just WOW. I have not laughed this hard in a while! Thank you for such marvelous story, and I can't wait for the next chapter :)
Dreylin chapter 18 . 5/5/2010
I love this story. I don't think there's a single chapter yet that has not inspired me to laugh out loud. I've been urging all of my friends to read it, and they don't even read fan fiction. It's changed the way I perceive other works, and although I haven't (yet) written any myself, I know that if I did, the "First Law of Fanfiction" would be very much in my mind. Your story is only as interesting as the challenges you give your protagonist. In this case, the challenge seems to be making sense of the Harry Potter 'verse.

When I first found your story several chapters ago (by following the favorites of another author, who's story I had enjoyed), I read it straight through to the point it had been written. I recall being so amazed I could barely blink, for I would lose a moment in which I could be reading more of it. Of course, soon I was laughing so hard my eyes where watering. After I'd gotten to the end of what you had written, I immediately checked to see what else you had written, and recall being very disappointed there was no more to read. Then I noticed that this story had been recently updated, and seemed likely to be updated again soon, and I smiled again.

Sorry for the overly long review. I don't review very often, and when I do, sometimes I tend to ramble on.
kail chapter 18 . 5/5/2010
bit confusing and very emotional.
LoireLoa chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
Harry's "Dark Side" is less selfish than his "Light Side". How intresting!
red neo ranger chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
oh my god! my brain is fried from reading this you are a god keep it up
TheFutureEmpress chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
Do you know how awesome you are?
I've never read, nor do I expect to again, read such an awesome fic. It's hilarious, it's eye-opening. I'm freaking learning stuff! Not to mention the fact that, all the while, THE PLOT MAKES PERFECT SENSE. So thank you. Please, for the love of fanfiction, never abandon this story. I wish more authors were more like you.
yoyoente chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
*wide grin*'ve officially shown me that I cannot possibly guess what will come next. I've seen many stories in which Harry goes up against Snape but they've always been unrealistic in their ending result (Snape being carted off, Dumbledore going under review for NOT firing him, etc.), this one, I have to say, balances out quite nicely in the need for Snape to be there (both because of his status as a spy, and the necessity of having an "evil" professor) and the need for it to appear that he is not a god above rules and punishments.
I almost cried right along with Harry when McGonagall took his time-turner, though understandable, it was really sad.
Fawkes...*snorts* That was awesome. I'm actually surprised that Harry hadn't gotten into a full explanation of his screamed remark at the end of the previous chapter ("The Headmaster set fire to a chicken!") to Professor McGonagall, resulting in her understanding of Harry's reaction the presense of the actual Pheonix...but I guess they didn't get around to it.
I actually like Harry's Dark Side. I'd totally be interested in reading a fic surrounding him in his conquest to "right the wrongs of the world". :)
Deritine chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
Wow. When your story went viral I felt sure that it would get crappy. But no! It is freaking awesome! I feel like my mind is exploding or at the very least twisting. This chapter was so great. I especially like how you are ripping on all the characters basically, but somehow manage to make them all sympathetic.

Also- when Dumbledore went 'buah ha ha' I cracked up so loud my roommate screamed. No joke. I LOVE your Dumbledore. Love, love. Basically all your characterization, but him the best.
Legion in a Box chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
I er, don't quite know what to say about this chapter; I guess Harry's treatment of Snape slightly snapped my willing suspension of disbelief. I love the idea behind your story, I love rational!Harry, and it's been entertaining reading various theories that Harry cites, and canon Snape IS an abusive bastard who shouldn't be allowed to teach children, young or not, but Harry just feels too...invincible and too much like he's the only character who ever gets anything done.

As someone who spent a lot of time in gifted education, Harry's interactions with Snape just don't strike me as realistic at all; similar incidents happened in my classes all the time, and the boys in question usually lost controlled and started crying and throwing temper tantrums, occasionally needing to be hauled off to the nurse's room. Young children don't have the sort of emotional maturity and control to engage in that level of confrontation about something they care about SO MUCH and emerge unscathed. And I get the sense that Harry does care, which is a very positive thing. Still, even if Harry did have practice enough to regularly confront people in such a way and still get away with it, seems unlikely that he'd have many/any friends, because people would see him as a confrontational and unpleasant person to be around, unless they were much like him themselves, and that's not what I see in the narrative.

If you're subtly building up to show how Voldemort's Horcrux mentally screws with Harry and gives him dark powers, I think you're doing a great job, but I think in that case people are more likely to react with mortification at Harry's actions. And perhaps more of a possession vibe when Harry loses control would be apt. Kids don't tend to get away with threatening adults, people tend to see that as symptoms of hostility/violence/emotional disturbance and throw these children into counselling. Unless these children are brilliantly emotionally manipulative to the point where they come out on top in power games with notedly powerful adults, in which case you've got something of a child with a personality disorder on their way to psychopathy.

It'd just be... nice to see some character - any character - who isn't Harry developed as his equal; Fred and George Weasley feel as if they've lost several levels in Awesome since I've seen them in canon, and the same goes for Hermione as well.

I hope you do see this as concrit; I'm not bashing your story (well, except the Harry-always-comes-out-on-top-in-his-confrontations-with-the-powers-of-rationality bit I guess, because that doesn't happen in real life), I'm just kind of bewildered by why Harry acts in such a way in such an otherwise well-written fic and hope that more...exposition or whatever can be thrown in there to show me why this behaviour makes sense. I'm a bit hesitant to post this since I do like the rest of your story very much, especially the way that you explore Hogwarts, add to the Potterverse, especially with your explanations of Transfiguration and so on, but I hear authors like concrit so here it is. Some thoughts on characterisation.

Apologies for this insanely tl;dr comment, and I do hope your next chapter comes up shortly!
Little Lion chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
Utter brilliance. This story is a pleasure to read.
afroman chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
well done, plz update soon
Dunesque chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
I love your story. :)
E.F.Devereaux chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
I love this story.
I have been waiting for a story in which Harry redily embraces his muggle upbringing, and your writing style is the perfect mix of magic, science and logic; the last two being things the wizarding world sorely needs.
Guest chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
I'd wavered a bit on chapter 17 - I really wasn't sold on Dumbledore and wasn't sure about the much mroe serious angle you were going for, but DAMN did this chapter win me right back! I absolutely adore angry Harry, and emphasize with him a lot. The walkout in Snape's class was perfect, as was the repercussions - and Harry's entire conversation with Dumbledore was spot on. the final scene had me in stitches and I absolutely can't wait to read more. I really am not much a fan of the HP books or fanfiction, but I've been pimping this story to EVERYONE I know, because it seriously deserves to be read and shared.

And, based on your author's note: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE POST MORE ASAP!1OMGBBQ
jdboss1 chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
another brilliant update it makes my day when I see you updated unfortunately I was a bit slow on reviewing until now for this chapter so here it goes

Extracts from other people's reviews and I fully support
"There was nothing unreasonable or unacceptable about how Harry acted in Potions class."
Harry Potter and should not be embarrassed for opposing an evil teacher my only criticism is how he used his Time Turner I believe it's about time your Harry Potter gets some weapons and stores them in his Magic Bag
"The debate with Dumbledore was simply a work of art"
that was a interesting read my greatest flaw when writing my own stories is that I cannot picture what the characters would say but when reading I can easily spot and non- canon type character it's weird but that's how it is for me I can rant away from my calendar's point of view but I can never imagine the comebacks when writing my stories

"I really liked how logical Harry was in his insolence (absolutely what canon Harry should have done"

ps I cannot understand how Harry Potter can expect to put up with this I cannot imagine Snape remain in neutral for ever and even so he doesn't excuse his bad teaching performance getting a tutor for potions should still be a viable solution he should just take a small chat with the headmaster to compromise his education and least he should study other schools just to threaten them with the knowledge that he could leave

If they wanted me to stand up and apologise to the school I would have smiled but understanding up I would have done my ultimatum removed Snape or me and then walked out or something of equivalent

from your shopping scene I was under the impression that this Harry Potter was not going to tolerate their backward society and be pushed around by adults a teacher that is nice can still be useless my art teacher was one of the most friendliest people in the world but completely useless
will1707 chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
Amazing fic.

weird as hell, but amazing
shenmi meiren chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
oh yes... snapping his fingers indeed :D
SomeGuyFawkes chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
Good chapter; thanks for the update.
Lemur chapter 18 . 5/4/2010
Ah, Harry, your reckless pragmatism twists my heart and memory at once.

Eliezer, while I've enjoyed your story so far, with this chapter your Harry Potter has a place at that large council I call a thought process. Thank you.

Some small nitpicks:
- I see that we need to know that Harry did not share a table with Hermoine. The paragraph that begins with "Harry and a few other children..." could be improved by omitting all the other sentences.
- Aberforth is dead? Isn't that another deviation? Necessary, I presume, but unexpected.
- If "simple animals" like a phoenix cannot speak with humans, how is it that parselmouths can speak to snakes?
- While I don't have anything specific to suggest, the last paragraph is simply not up to the standards of the rest of the second half of the story. I like knowing that the legend is born. Could you spell it out a bit less heavy-handedly?

Oh, and I have lots of favorite bits from this chapter, but here's the sentence that made me laugh out loud:

"Bwah ha ha!" said Dumbledore.


More soon?
maaldas chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
I really enjoy the scene at the headmaster office.
Harry was really scary but cool.
I like it!
Jiece Reno chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Cadeyrn Lux chapter 18 . 5/3/2010

I LOVE THIS CHAPTER! IT'S PERFECT, ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! Honestly, it's almost poetic to me - the ending I mean.

The snapping bit - pure genius. I really can't even begin to express how much I like that, and the showdown between Snape and Dumbledore! Merlin...!

And of course, the office meeting was very well done. I like it quite a bit. The Lord of the Rings references all played in perfectly.

I really, really, really, really, really love it. Well done, bravo!
notBald chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Saw your AN. There's a lot in the wizarding world that make no mathematical sense. Value of money, number of students compared to the population, size of the ministry, etc, the point system is pretty minor contra that.

Not that it matters, just put it on ignore and no one will complain.

Can't say I agree with your "first law of fanfiction" as some of the best fics I've read have spit that notion in the face. Knife edge drama is often a bloody bore, just as extreme wanking of one side can ruin any suspense and kill a story that depends on that to keep readers interested.

Anyway, enjoying your rationalist Harry. Thanks for writing him down.
Chaoslover43 chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
I'll just repeat what I said to my sister who is also reading your fic, albeit a bit slower.

"Okay. Best thing ever.
You need to get to the latest chappy of the fic."

That about sums it up.

My personal favorite of all the chapters so far.
TrowGundam chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
There is only one thing I must say in this review and that is:
Your story makes my brain hurt at times.
Now that is over I must say I love the humor of your story, and I can't wait to read more.
matrice chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Harry has uncovered his cards a little too early... were those questions really impossible? I doubt it: after all, Hermione would have been able to answer them without great difficulty, and despite being a brilliant student (brewing Polijuice in second year) she was by no mean a potions geek like the Half Blood Prince had been (and how would she have learned those informations if they had not been in their years' course work? She had no access to the library's books during the summer, only to the school books that she had bought in the Alley...). I was kinda hoping for a more sober confrontation: Snape has been unreasonable and rude, but not really abusive at this particular point (considering the fact that later in the year, as a punishment he will be sent in the forest, a notoriously dangerous area, during the night and without supervision, I would say that he would have been better off saving his rant for that eventuality). All in all, with all the problems he would have to deal with, thanks to being forced to reveal that he knows of the master plan that would see him as the hero fighting the big villain at some point in the future, I really can't see the merit of what would in substance be only a nominal victory, shallow and inconsequential at best. I truly fear that by acting so rashly he might have uncovered his hand prematurely -he is only eleven, after all, so his ability to manipulate and control the 'adult' world is still limited.
Ijoan chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
This is a great fic. One of the things I really love about it is that Harry has his faults,too. He's not perfect and superpowered.
Just noticed chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
I just noticed a problem here. You know how lack of understanding is a really big problem in the real world? How many sentences people say to each other will literally NOT be understood, ESPECIALLY when people are being taken out of their normal frame(s) (borrowing the word from George Lakoff)? Well there hasn't been a single instance of that in this fic so far, everyone is understanding everyone else perfectly (even when the readers can't even follow!).
I should note that this is pretty much the rule in fiction (though they do occasionally use Misunderstandings (the trope)), at this point it's too late to change anything and you probably consciously decided to up everyone's comprehension to the stratosphere (or magically give them all Harry's logic frames) so... forget I said anything. _

In terms of feel: 9/10
In terms of percentile of all stories read by me: top 2%
Gabo 1602 chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Eternal Raine chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Oh dear lord. My favorite chapter! Awesome Lord of the Rings references! Snape shot down! Harry wins!
Lunatic chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Yay! to Harry for standing up to Snape. About time -someone- said -something- about his abusive viciousness. I like how Snape admits that he "finds it increasingly unlikely that you [Harry] were [was] not Sorted into Slytherin." xD Epic.

The mentioning of these 'patterns' (usually visible to the reader but not to the characters involved) was intriguing, as was Dumbledore's mad cackling over Harry blackmailing him for selfless reasons.

"This conversation grows private," Harry said. His hand flicked in Severus's direction. "Send him away." Best line.

Brilliant chapter! It seems like an obscenely short time since your last update to start begging for another but since you said it works... *shrug* please, please, please update soon? - I'm seriously looking forward to it; even if I'm not sure I really follow all the intelligent rationalist/math stuff, this fic is fun, original, interesting and a great read.
cheekylildevil chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Never before has the world been ruled by the clicking of fingers, well done Harry, well done.
I'm not sure that I quite believed the headmaster in this, nor the Professor Snape would stay silent so long, but overall, not bad.
Your thirteenth reviewer,
Jonathan Gatewood chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Absolutely amazing. Never stop writing!
Elem chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
You're crazy.

Or a genius.

Or both.

Maybe it's the same thing.

It's the first time I review a fanfiction on that site, I think it tells how much I enjoy it xD

All I can say is thank you for that really good time :-D
(By the way, I'm french, so pardon my possible mistakes.)
Packbat chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres is desperately broken. Somehow, somewhere, he needs to learn how to act *without* going full Dark Lord. It *is* a shame the Hat couldn't put him in Hufflepuff or Gryffindor - yes, he would run into other problems there, but he would also learn how to act openly and directly.

That said, as a reader, it's almost a pity he's not in Slytherin, because he's a natural at epic plots. Snapping his fingers indeed.
TBooki chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Hehe, I couldn't stop laughing. It was hilarious!

I've always loved a very snarky Snape and you portrayed him perfectly!

humpolec chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Awesome. I'm always reading this with a stupid happy smile stuck on my face.

Looking forward to next chapters!
WolfKeeper989 chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
That was good.
stickzx chapter 18 . 5/3/2010

Just brilliant, a wonderfully original and well crafted piece of fanfiction. I very much enjoyed your story so far and will continue to be an avid fan. Please continue, it is very nice to see an author who understands conflict, character personality, and the laws of fanfiction.

Some criticism however, it took you 40,0 or 8 chapters to get Harry to Hogwarts. Although some of the scenes were quite enjoyable the pacing just got really really slow and it just felt really bogged down. However, it picked right back up once he arrived at Hogwarts and it's been great since.

Another criticism is although your humor is great, some scenes are just straight out of crack. If there was anything I would say improve upon it would be that.

Otherwise great work! I absolutely adore it, your characterization of Harry is amazing. The go between of good or evil, never really knowing which side he's on and walking the line portrayed very well.

Please continue your splendid work.
Enelen chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Best chapter ever! :D Am I right to notice that a) Severus has read the Lord of the Rings and b) starts to like Harry, even though he would kill him on the spot if he could?

Poor Harry, I can't imagine what troubles he will get himself into without his time-turner. He needs to get a grip and start *learning* anyway, so maybe this will help him, he really was becoming rather addicted.
Jaxtopher chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Dark. But I like it. It really does paint the necessary implications of Snape being the potions master after so long. The loss of the time-turner was expected, but very well done. I felt like there were good reasons for it's restriction, rather then just, "You can't run around with a toy like that!" and the plot taking it away. Harry's reaction seemed a bit strong at first, for someone his age, but he recovered it very well in the later bits and the whole thing felt good.

He is, after all, Dark Lord material.
Nancy Lebovitz chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
That chapter is spectacular. Harry can't just push the adults around any more (though those bits were hysterically funny), but he's not out of his depth, either.

I appreciated the bit where, even though Harry won to a large extent, Dumbledore keeps negotiating. Most more realistic than a simple victory fantasy.

Harry's wealth gives him quite a large, simple tool for outstrengthing people. Do you suppose it might go the way of free use of the Time Turner?

In other words, I'm hoping to see the next chapter.
bananacupcakes chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Please continue :]
Animagiman chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
just finished reading this fic. definitely one of the most original out there. i hope you can keep the high quality going.

If i may offer any criticism, it would be that the storyline itself has kind of slowed. while its fun to see harry's logical confrontations with the world, the pace you've set is impossibly slow. it would take hundreds of chapters to finish the first year. and i personally hope you expand this into a series stretching his entire hogwarts stay.

However now that you've had Harry introduced to all main profs, i suspect time to pick up in speed. I'm curious to see how you have harry perform when the main plot conflict arises.

either way, keep up the good work. even if you keep a slower more detailed look at his first year, this story has been added to my favorite list. i eagerly anticipate your next installment
DoubleC chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
I've been looking forward to the first Severus chapter with an expectation to savour it thoroughly and exquisitely, and I have not been disappointed. This chapter is epic and seems like a story in and of itself, pretty much able to be read as a standalone. Severus appears to be mysteriously multi-dementional, too; Dumbledore continues to be dangerously barmy, and Harry deeply amazing. Oh, and a sympathecit Minerva is a nice warm treat. Again, this was EPIC.
hjcallipygian chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
You could not have ended this chapter more perfectly.
Pommyth chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Oh my god, oh my god... That's all i have to say... I don't think I have retained the capacity to think more clearly yet.
Celestial Moonwalker chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Bravo! Let Harry's legend live on forever!
scotherns chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Another superb chapter. Looking forward with great anticipation to the next!
PBrules chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Your writing is pure poetry.

I loved the description of what Harry was thinking went he went to the dungeons/basement. And then 'the assassin swept into the room.'

Simply fabulous stuff.

The finger clicking at the end was wonderful.

This is one of my favourite chapters of the whole story so far:)
themysterioustickingnoise chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
This story is undeniably one of the best I've ever read. Following the link I started to read the sequences, but I haven't gotten beyond the first essay on belief yet, but I am curious about where this might lead me.

Keep up the great work,
MatsumotoXD chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Bwahahahah xD Epic! WOnderful!~ Absolutely awesome~~! I was all jumping in my chair over here! 3 I wonder if it's the Horcrux influencing little Harry's emotions and ablilities... He's just unique like that. Pf... his dark side. I like it that he likes it. His dark side, that is. He realises that it augments his own abilities and isn't the pus sy the canon one is.

I really enjoyed his showdown with Dumbledore. And the LOTR refereces - PRICELESS xD

Can't wait for your next chapter!
Sarah chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
The last line of this chapter was perfect.
I'm going to miss the cloak. But, you had a good way of taking it out. Very impressed by that.

I'm not too sure I liked the actual discussion during the meeting, but it fit your Harry's personality. I'm kind of curious about your Snape. Is he just filling a role? I had been annoyed with your Dumbledore, but this chapter made him more believable.
paxton chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
still .total greatness...
Adelaide 'Adell' Peirce chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
No words can describe how much I truly love this chapter. XD
jonh73 chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
I liked the newest chapter. It was funny, it was sad and it had some action, too. The last senttence of the chapter was the best conclusion for a chapter I've ever read and one of the best sentences ever. Keep it up.
ultra dragon chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
you are killing me here! Dumbledore was interesting to read, and what the hell is going on with Harry's temper? it causes a lot of trouble, although it's kinda interesting to read. you really do like that snapping fingers don't you? i can already see death eaters running terrified from Harry...after all, one snap and you won't know what hit you. nice job on the chapter!

why did you write that Dumbledore brother died? it was his sister...(unless of course you are planning on putting his sister inside the story instead of his brother)
and are you planning on romance in your story?
GhostInTheSteak chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
My Immortal, you say?
Come on. Sure, your fanfic is good too, but it doesn't even come close to the masterpiece which is My Immortal. I mean - it doesn't even have vampires in it, and hardly any characters are "goffic".

Nice point from this chapter, a good observation:
"Hermione's hand was dropping slowly back down. Well, that wasn't surprising. She might be his rival, but she wasn't the sort of girl who would play along after it became clear that the professor was deliberately trying to humiliate him."

I was ashamed to find out that I had forgoten how many electrons were there in the outermost orbital of carbon, and I used to know chemistry quite well. This little bit of knowledge came back to me though, but still.

Harry's line about Snape being a nazgul was funny, but Harry shouldn't have said it in front of Snape - not because he might get angry, but because he might take it as a complement: nazguls are evil, but in a way they are awesome as well. Never ever give the people you hate that pleasure, Harry. If you must make an insulting Tolkien reference, compare Snape to someone pathetic, to Grima Wormtongue, for example.

Also, I now want a phoenix too. Where *do* you buy one?
G chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
That's...kinda sad. That's the only way I can say this about this chapter and the way the story is handing into. Sure, people love it and such,but for other, it seem ...sad and want me to skim over the contents because it's not like it was in previous chapters.
Pointer3109 chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
"it would be an accepted legend of Hogwarts that Harry Potter could make absolutely anything happen by snapping his fingers."

I wonder why...

Enjoyed it.
boo23 chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
sheer brilliance!
Guest chapter 18 . 5/3/2010
Well that has t be one of the most eventful potions lessons ever. the way your dealing with this Harry, making him a very gray character, is something that I really like.
what are you even saying chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
This update made me smile. I'm either too sleep-deprived or too awestruck to say anything else.
Rodrigo Black Potter chapter 18 . 5/2/2010

I just can't stop laughing! I mean, serioulsy! I was reading the story, it is 3:39 in the morning here, and I had a laughing attack! I couldn't stop! he snapped his fingers! heaheaheahheahaah

great chapter, you Minerva is great, your dumbledore is crazy, and you Flitwick is extremelly and anormaly absent for a Head of House... Isn't he?

And what is that fic with 11k reviws? couldn't find it... must be good. Post the link please?

Anyway, love your story, And I always review... but since you saided it... UPDATE PLEASE! hahahahha. seriouly... haha
phoebe turner chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
i loved it!
OctoberThirtyFirst chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Haha the snapping fingers thing would come in handy later. And be very hilarious, too, i think. I would LOVE to see more about Quirrel/voldy and how he handles harry. I like mcgonagall's characterisation - it's very different from many others. Fawkes looks to be becoming very important. Great update
purpledinosaur7 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
This is the best fanfic I've ever read, hands down. Just... yeah. I have one paper left in my undergrad, and instead of finishing it I just spend hours reading all 18 chapters of pure, unadulterated brilliance. Please keep updating. I will seriously send you cookies. Not even joking.

Seriously, AWESOME.
uo-chou chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Interesting. I wonder, though... Will this Harry be able to pick up the skills to back up his words eventually, or is he just a more complex pawn to Dumbledore's machinations? Keep up the excellent work! Seriously, yours is the best HP fic on the site right now, IMO.
j hellfire chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Evil Harry GOOD!
Great chapter
AStatine11 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Brilliant. Every new chapter is better than the earlier.
Just great stuff. And i absolutely loved the ending line of this chapter. And i also think that this story is one of the top five most humorous stories i have ever read.
Just one think though, why didn't harry think about the fact that snape answered his muggle question correctly?
oh and i would love to see more harry hermione interaction. its just too good.
Keep up the GREAT work and Thank You!
witowsmp chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
There was nothing unreasonable or unacceptable about how Harry acted in Potions class. In fact, that's what everyone should've been doing for the past 10 years. Snape's behaviour is completely unacceptable, and the excuse of being a spy doesn't explain why it's accepted. All the free Death Eaters beside Snape were acting like nice people publicly. The fact Snape acted as he did and got away with it proved that he was a spy, not a Death Eater. Also, Harry is much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much more important than Snape in the war against Voldemort, and that war is the only reason Snape works at Hogwarts.

Anyway, I greatly enjoyed the chapter. I loved Harry putting Snape in his place.
Kathleen chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Awesome. What an endIng to that chapter! AWESOME!
fontgoddess chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I love you.

Here is where your story becomes not just amusing, not just incredibly hilarious, but genuinely deeper and better and infinitely more complex than the original. I find your vision of Harry as both a genius and emotionally still a child one of the loveliest portrayals of this archetypal character I have yet run into.

While Rowling's universe is rich, complex, and full of potential, I wished that it didn't contradict itself so much and allowed the characters more depth and complexity than they were actually granted. Your re-write is exactly what I had hoped for, and yet more interesting and challenging than I could have imagined myself.

My hope is in your story we get to know your version of Ron and some of the big players in Rowling's books, while still seeing your expanded and more thoughtful portrayal of the parts of Hogwarts that were glossed-over or left out of Rowling's stories. I have to saw that I am incredibly excited for your Harry to meet Mr. Weasley and Professor Trelawney, among others.
everetza chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I honestly think this is the best (or at least equal best) chapter yet. Brilliant! Keep up the great updates!

(I also like that you took the time-turner out of the equation, it was too powerful.)
TardisIsTheOnlyWayToTravel chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Then Harry drew himself upright and raised his right hand in one terrible motion, fingers poised to snap.
Neville screamed and dived under his desk. Other children shrank back or instinctively raised their arms to shield themselves.
"Harry don't!" shrieked Hermione. "Whatever you were going to do to him, don't do it!"
"Have you all gone mad?" barked Severus's voice.
Slowly, Harry lowered his hand. "I wasn't going to hurt him, Hermione," Harry said, his voice a little lower. "I was just going to blow up the door."
-Some students were weeping openly. So was Professor Sprout.
At the Gryffindor table, where a cake waited with fifty-one unlit candles, Fred whispered, "I think we may be out of our league here, George."
And from that day onward, no matter what Hermione tried to tell anyone, it would be an accepted legend of Hogwarts that Harry Potter could make absolutely anything happen by snapping his fingers.
*hysterical laughter*

*feels wrung out* I was so appalled at what he'd done and didn't know what would happen next - and then he WINS! And is a hero! It was emotionally exhausting, I tell you. But awesome.
Anonymous chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
This story is friggin brilliant! I have NEVER enjoyed a fanfiction as much as this one! Please continue!
Alo Amicus chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
HO-ley SHIT! That was awesome! You might also be interested to know that my brother, my father and I all had a wonderful evening reading that wikipedia blog on rationality that you are named for. Thank you for this, most dearly and truly.
ServantofShadows chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
OH my god, this story just cracks me up! My brother has been shouting at me to stfu for the last 3 hours. It's bloody epic, so I pay my respects to you. Keep it up!
P.S. Does the story have any pairings?
Harriverse chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
What an amazing roller coaster of a chapter! I'm going to go back and reread it, it was just that good. I figured Harry was just being who your Harry is when he answered Snape back in class. After all, as the son of college professors, he would know quite a bit about teacher politics. Then his performance in the office was officially scary, but then again so was Dumbledore's. I'm guessing that Dumbles was reassured that Harry was doing all that not for himself, but for the other students. I swear, I thought those two were talking in a code that was just beyond my grasp (hence, the reread). You had me worried by the jump in the level and scope of that conversation, that Harry was too smart to make an interesting story: that he would solve the problem of Voldy seemingly easily. Then the shift with Minerva into a child again was like a drop off a cliff. I felt bad for both of them, as I'm sure you wanted us to feel. It was a good idea to take the time turner as a continuous plot device out of service. If I understand it correctly, he can still have his extra time, but just at set hours and not willy-nilly. Now he will stop playing games with himself and develop some real relationships? What was that about his dark side and Fawkes?
Mastigo chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
By the way, why was Harry spelling things out to no-one in the closet?
Aealket chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I have to all so say. "What just happened?"

Followed by; "WOW!".

That says it best I think. Wow!

norickayer chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
“His eyes were as cold as anything Minerva had seen from him since the day his brother died.”

Wait- Aberforth is dead?

Also, that whole “Harry is the irreplaceable hero character” freaks me out for some reason. I don’t like that he thinks he’s so important, although it of course works for the character and the plot. It just irks me. I guess that’s part of his “dark side”.

"Now what?" Dumbledore echoed. "Why, now the hero wins, of course."
Because it’s part of the pattern, right.

"Harry," Minerva said, "will you continue to submit to school discipline, or are you to be above the law now, as Severus was?"

I love McGonagall for that line.

Ok, Fawkes calming Harry down makes me think the anger means he's tapping into Voldie’s soul fragment/horcrux. I really like Harry’s fit about the Time-Turner. He IS eleven years old, after all.
deitarionSSokolow chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I still think making a habit out of confusing the readers (time-turner prank, set fire to a chicken) is a mistake if, as it appears, doing so correctly it's one of your weaknesses as an author... but aside from that, this is an excellent chapter.

Sadly, when I went to discuss it with one of my more insightful author friends, he said he'd given up on it and hadn't read your new chapter. More specifically, "Make Harry not compacent? Good idea. Make Voldemort actually competent? Even better. Make Dumbledore into a dangerous nutter? Suspension of disbelief has officially been overloaded."

That's the kind of readership loss I've been trying to warn you about all along. If you want to beat out My Immortal, it's not very smart to alienate your smarter readers and confuse the rest.

As for more trivial elements, ironically, I just realized about a month ago that I CAN raise just one eyebrow like Spock... but it has to be my right.
erik chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Another great update, thanks.
Mastigo chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Incredible as always.

I have to say though, as one who is so aware of the Patterns, Dumbledore has crafted an interesting method of suicide. What I mean is that he must be aware of the Mentor Occupational Hazard. (defined and discussed here: /Main/MentorOccupationalHazard)

I wonder how hard he'd laugh at the existance of TvTropes.
Me chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I enjoyed most elements of this chapter. The interaction with Dumbledore, McGonagall, Harry and Snape was great, except for my nagging feeling that Harry was being a bit too whiny, brattish and annoying. I think your Harry is one of the more unlikeable ones I have read in fanfiction. However, he does have his redeeming qualities, much to Dumbledore's amusement and delight, so that's ok I suppose. I still think that for a supposed rational Harry, he had a bit of an over-reaction to Snape and his taunting.
SensiblyTainted chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I adored this chapter. It was real and gritty and delt with some very interesting issues. I liked that victory isn't clear cut, that in battle, even a mental one, there are more likely a loser and a worse loser. And I think I'll smile every time I hear "with a snap of his fingers" fromt his day forth. I'm so proud of Harry.
A Bibliophile chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I'm wondering what is to become of James' rock. I am assuming this is an instance of Chekhov's gun, and shall play it's role accordingly.
I look forward to seeing how this shall continue to play out.
Peanuckle chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
There are old legends of people called sword masters, who could pick up any blade and know how best to wield it, as though they had done so their entire life.

You are a writing master. This chapter was so compelling and so real, that I can reach no other conclusion. You weave Harry's anxiety about an abusive system with his inner conflict beautifully. The debate with Dumbledore was simply a work of art. And Harry's little trick at the end was an amazing wrap-up to the chapter.

I'm a little afraid that you might have written your best before the end of the story, but I'm also hopeful that you will continue to produce work of superior quality.
Luiz4200 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Hehehehehehehehehehehehehe. Bravo! Please update.
ejhawman chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Not particularly original. Confrontations with Snape like this have been done. But this was necessary and plausible.

Too bad Harry didn't last long enough in class to see Neville or somebody else get an explosion in the face. Next week: "Where is the safety equipment in this class? There should at least be goggles! Better yet, HAZMAT suits!"

Odd thing is, Binns' lesson plans might actually be good. It's just that his delivery is as dead as he is...

Usually Dumbledore is either outright evil, or well-meaning but a bit senile. You've made him WAAY senile. Good for regular laughs.

The Time Turner has about outlived its narrative usefulness. Reasonable to see it restricted.

Harry's dark side continues to gain strength. Best he wise up at some point and learn to take whatever unfairness the magical world throws at him until he learns enough magic to not have to put up with it anymore.

Liked the references. If you have to work on something else at the same time as this, I'll forgive the slow updates. At least you're getting more overall output, so there is some benefit.
Kalisko chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
That? That was amazing. Holy crap, that was awesome!
Nongarak chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Oh lawdy, this was the best chapter yet. Best writing, best action, best everything. Wow. Great job, man. I totally did not see that coming. Just wow. Continue!
Dormant Account 24 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Words fail me. That was simply brilliant.
Sorcyress chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Man, what is there to say? That last line of chapter eighteen was just lovely storytelling -it really is unfair of you to have this wonderful clever idea, and know how to properly get it out into words as well!

I have been linking this around to all my friends. I've started telling them that I started reading it because the first seven or eight chapters were delightfully fun, and have continued reading it because I honestly want to know what happens next to your interpretations of the characters.

This is my favourite Harry Potter fanfic that I've ever read, and I'm counting the extremely good "Naked Quidditch Match" by Anya and the *extremely* bad "My Immortal", which makes for an entertaining evening if you've as much fun with the "So Bad It's Good" trope as I do.

At any rate, thank you, very much!

Ichitoko chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I cackled. For the first half of the chapter, I cackled in glee. As for the second half, I had a very large grin that wanted to split my face. Bravo. Awesome chapter.
Wolfric chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Great chapter. Thanks for writing. W.
Sable Rose chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Another hilarous chapter :P

I really liked how logical Harry was in his insolence (absolutely what canon Harry should have done, or anyone over the age of 14 at Hogwarts!), and how he gets away with it!

Hope you update soon!
Ralyn Longs chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
You sure as hell beefed up the humour in the past couple of chapters. Thanks for writing awesome chapters

The only leftover grievance for me, now, is the lack of pace. I do so wonder how you'll ever reach the end of the school year, heh. Ah well.
jojobevco chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Good Chapter, although, had I been in Harry's place, I probably would have been tempted to snap out a Moriarty gun and shoot dumbledore
stonegnome1 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
A truly unique story. I do wonder why Harry did not counter with sixth and seventh year since fifth are required to take potions and anyone studying NEWTS deserves what thy get.
Memories-of-the-Shadows chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I think that Harry is on a good path, no matter what he thinks. He may have gotten angry, and gone cold-but he did it to protect everyone. Not every hero is nice.
BigRickT chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I do think Harry, at 11, is a bit young to posess this much knowledge. But I can tell you that I truly enjoy reading your work. I find your writing style brilliant, and every chapter possesses a new mind bending experience. Thank you for this story and keep up the good work.
AngelForm chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Excellently done.
The time-turner is a bit of a deus ex isn’t it?

Loved the LOTR refs.

When is Harry going to question whether points are important or not?
JamesTKent chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I am continually amazed at the variations you throw in, here. Your characterizations are wonderful, and the plot line positively Machiavellian.

One thing, though. You have revealed yourself as a true SF Geek. ZABRISKAN FONTEMA? Come ON! Are we next going to find the Grey Lensman prowling the hallways?
istari chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
"Harry was trying not to smile, because if he smiled, he would start laughing, and if he started laughing, he wouldn't stop until the nice people in white jackets came to haul him away."

Reading this in the library, had to stifle my own laughter.

Please update soon. I check for updates around 5 times every day, such is my addiction.
GreekGoddessHestia chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Is it a bad thing that I cried in this chapter?

Well done, my darling, well done.

*Standing ovation*

Tashie xo
agouraki chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
This is to much canon for such different harry, this is classic mistake authors make smart harry but still canon in reality.

to boring.
Awesome chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
That was excellent. I love how the faculty is being quite reasonable with the insolent Harry. :D
MinhaPessoa chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Since I first feasted on your words, I had this urge to hit my head, stay in coma for a few years, and when I woke up, I would have tons of chapters to read. An endless feast. But as much as I enjoy reading this story, I have other plans and I can't afford to wait several years in coma. One of those plans consists in motivating you to write more by writing reviews.

Thank you for writing and sharing "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality".
Kwisatz Haderach chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Brilliant chapter. Looking forward to the next chapter!
Pusakuronu chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I loved this confrontation. Well done.
Aries The Ram chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I can only say that I am confused, quite so to be honest.

To clear that up I am confused over the Time Turner Restriction, and to further clear that up I must ask how the HELL do you put a restriction on a time turner that is keyed to certain hours when you can simply use it to go back three hours, sleep for 2 and a half hours, wake yourself and repeat as necessary. You could conceivably still have an infinite amount of time at your disposal if you were liberal in your room positioning.

However this does cut down on his ability to play the interesting pranks and experiments, however this is still a pseudo punishment and I would hope Minerva knows this.

He can still catch up to Hermione using the 3 hours if needed, or he could barter with Lucius for a second time turner. In the only real sacrifice made was however many points Ravenclaw lost (which according to Cannon, Ravenclaw usually never has a chance at winning the house cup anyway so it seems the house point system itself is inconceivably broken.) And perhaps Harry has lost the ability to perform some of his escapades.

However, Albus was right when he said that the Hero won, because this in the end was still a huge win in both reputation and honor and I cannot see how Harry would lose any faith in his "Dark Side" for this when he in simplest forms got what he wished and did it nearly without consequence.

T3Ko chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Great chapter. I liked how Harry snap fingers at end of his speech and after that Snape comes and apologize of whole school.
Mana's Cinder chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Wonderful. I love how manipulative Harry is. Insane Dumbledore is kinda creepy. I am in love with you for bringing lesswrong to my attention. Update soon. *snap*
tatewaki2000 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Brought me to tears.
Melodramatic, much?

But still. Well done. And thank you for raising the bar for Fanfiction.

You still got it. ;)
jesusfreak100percent chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I'm just going to laugh.
Heidinanookie chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
omg, Harry'S first encounter with Snape didn't go quite the way I imagined it. I would have expected Snape to at least recognize Harry's intelligence though Harry is more than a bit arrogant in thinking he really has power. But we had that issue already. I wonder how long it will take for Harry to be brought back down to earth.

"I will make it simple. Either this man goes, or I do." - wow, what an ultimatum! Harry is leaning too far out of the window here. This can't end well for him.

Ah, there it is. Strangely enough, McGonagall seems to be the one with control over Harry. Somehow he responds to her emotionally .
ROFL, the ending was priceless. The last sentence, I mean. Can't wait to read more!
ImUpToNoGood chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I adore how you give us the differing perspectives. Even though it is Harry POV, I can hear Minerva, Dumbledore, even Severus, and their reactions. The Canon story acts as a backdrop, a couterpoint, so to speak. While this story is not the same as canon, we can see the choices the Dumbledore makes, but we also know the justifications, whether real or contrived, that Dumbledore and Snape have for their actions. No, it is not a good idea to have a spy who has to maintain a harsh exterior, teaching 11 year olds. I love the compromise. I love the snap! I love the 51 candles. I ADORE the last two paragraphs.
potterinu chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I love the last line about snapping his fingers. If Harry is clever as hes shown himmself to be I bet he can find a way around his timeturners new limitations if truly needed. I love this story.
Theodosia chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
This story just keeps getting better & better!
Wittgen chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
That was quite excellent. To the point of being moving, actually. Thank you for writing and sharing this story.
Shodatl chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
You know... after reading this story again, i realized something.

Its horrible.

I mean, the plot is non-existent, amd all the story has going for it is an occasional rant and some delving into the psychological mind.
He Who Comes With the Dusk chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Another excellent chapter. I loved how you handled Snape's character.

I'm a little saddened to see the time-turner go, but I wouldn't doubt that either (a) it's a serious pain to write, or (b) Harry'll find a way around it.

Can't wait for the next chapter!
nonwritten chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
That is indeed horseshit. Snape should be gone. He was not punished at all for being a total prick and a horrible teacher. Why doesn't Harry do his campaign anyway and get rid of all three of the worst teachers the school has, Snape, Binns and Dumbledore? Or say fuck it and leave anyway, that is one of the worst schools on earth.
faithaholic chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
holy crap. wow... i can't seem to put into words how freaking awesome that chapter (and your story as a whole) was. you have definitely made my day.
Sofia Ottoman chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Oh that is brilliant. Utterly brilliant. I was worried Harry might go too far, but I'm glad Dumbledore and McGonagall could handle him.
Yvain01 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I've been reading this for a while and didn't bother to review since I've only told you how brilliant I think you are about a jillion times, but if "that thing where you write reviews begging the author to update...totally works on me" consider yourself begged.

My favorite part was the attempts to game magic items, like "ascending to godhood via clever use of soda pop". I'm surprised Harry hasn't experimentally tested his new theory about backward causation by, say, generating a random number, drinking the pop after that many minutes, and seeing if he spits it out. And I'm surprised he hasn't thought any other ways to game an item which basically informs you (through urge to drink) of when a surprising event is going to happen several minutes beforehand, *especially* if he's right about there being spells to magically alter your sense of surprise.

Oh, and you never should have mentioned that it's the pair-writing that's standing between you and faster chapter production. Next stop - bribing and/or assassinating Kaj!
Pennilyn Novus chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Oh, I really enjoyed this chapter. I felt for Harry, in his brief conversation with Fawkes, and I cheered for him with that last line of the chapter. I always look forward to your updates. This nifty little AU still has the edge of farce to it, and is a pleasure to read. I can't wait to see which of JK's conventions Harry shatters next.
Vilkath chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Not bad though I have say Mcgongal's arguement that 'every other student gets along just fine without a time turner' was a bit weak. Every other student doesn't have the enemies Harry does, not to mention he came totaly unprepared for the magical world and the enemies within on purpose. Then again she always was a rather naive idiot, telling people run for a teacher when being attack by a troll or 'keep your head down' when Umbridge is assigning unfair detentions with a blood quill.

The comparison between Mcgongal and Hermonie is often an apt one, both are naive in their beliefs that just because they would not do something no one would. Absoulte trust in authority and a strict need to enforce the rules.. no matter how corrupt they are, because breaking the rules is 'bad'.
Lady-Silvanas chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
My “precious” what more can I say. OMG you have reignite the embers of Harry Potter fanfiction. I thought all the good and original authors have gone one. Thank you, thank you. Your story is truly an inspiration to us all. From the development of the plot, to the methods of implementation there is simply no words to convey your ingenuity. Please continue the work that you are doing.
Thenchick chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
he snapped his fingers before snape apologized didnt he...
Majin Hentai X chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Janus stalks Hogwarts. This Harry is one of the five true humans of fiction.

Glad to see your ditching the time turner crutch. It was making Harry predictable.
UndeniablyBritish chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
BobSquirrelKing chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Congratulations on yet another amazing chapter. This story switches more seamlessly between seriousness and hilarity than any other story I have read. I particularly like Harry snapping his fingers before Snape stands to give his own apology.

I feel a need to correct something in your authors note though. Snape is friends with Lily in his fifth year, they are not dating (at any point in canon).
DarkHeart81 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
LOL! Loved this chapter! Though I was hoping that Harry wouldn't get in trouble for what he did. Sure he disrupted the class, but what Snape was doing was unfair and unjust. Can't wait for more!
aaarrr chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Oh man,

This chapter is one of the best so far. Not funny most of the time but gripping and tense. I had to remember my school days when I had a couple of moments when I was humiliated and angered to a degree that I could barely keep myself from doing unfitting things. At those times I ended up being inept and silent, although afterwards I rehashed the events many times, trying to come up with adequate replies that should have been given. In slightly poetic terms, your Harry here was a bit like a patron saint to all kids who end up having no fun quite early in life.

Moments like this I find myself longing intensely for a Nice Place To Live.

Keep up with the good work.
MrRobertsIII chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
That was a great chapter. Love Insane!Dumbles and the ending was perfect.
lord Martiya chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I don't know. Was there a need to defend Snape's knowledge of atoms? After all, he's a potion master, the one kind of wizard who actually do scientist's work. And knowing him, I expected him to have an ENORMOUS knowledge of chemistry plus other random trivia, specially trivia that could be helpful in creating spells (I wouldn't be surprised if he knew how to produce a fission bomb. Alchemy is advanced potion's work, and he may be able to produce U235 from gold and use basic magic to make it explode. No, scratch that, Severus Snape with nuclear weapons is just too scary)...
By the way, don't worry of the reviews: they're indicator of how many people read it, not quality or even popularity.
theodora.pyrene chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Unbelievable chapter. I snorted my tea across my desk during the whole Frodo/Gandalf/Nazgul scene. Poor Minerva! I really love how their relationship is developing. And I think the Harry & Dumbledore relationship is probably the most interesting one I've ever read.
force42 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
You know, the snapping fingers bit reminds me of an episode of Burn Notice where Michael uses theatrics, liberally applied explosives, and remote detonators to a similar effect.

You are taking your readers on an insane ride, and I can't wait to see where you go next.
Zealot chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
What I can say about this story is that it is certainly ORIGINAL. I have NEVER read anything even remotely similiar.
Concerning the negative points, I think that it becomes increasingly difficult to follow your story. It all started with the Sorting, when you made Quirrel actually competent and all the other divergences from canon. The story starts to remind me of some bad crack-fics I've stumbled upon. In my opinion the best thing you could do is go back to this point and rework everything that happened afterwards, because after this point the characters became incoherent, it became increasingly impossible to understand who was doing what for what reason...
Shining Ducky chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
That was brilliant! There're too many awesome things for me to describe without getting long-winded. Genius.
Lord Dragon Claw chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
That is the most plausible dressing-down of Snape I have seen.

Still... I did laugh at the fact that Dumbledore set fire to a chicken last chapter.

Anyway, good luck on your book - if I have the money when it is published, I'll be sure to buy it. If for no other reason than the fact that everyone should have a book on rationality in their personal libraries, despite, or perhaps because of, their religious affiliations.
For example: me. I'm a Christian (specifically LDS) but I find that people who think in a rationalist fashion are much more companionable than most other "science-minded" people out there.

I like people who are willing to admit that they are wrong or that they could be wrong, due to insufficent data one way or the other.

Anyway, back to the chapter.

"What is this Nazgul doing in my Fellowship!"
Best. Line. In. This. Chapter.

... hm... Seems that's all I have to say. Have fun, good luck, I'll try to buy your book. :D
badkidoh chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
that's just really amusing & great.
I'm looking forward to your next update.
Xuenay chapter 18 . 5/2/2010

This chapter was sheer, utter brilliance. Chapter 7 was previously my favorite, but this takes the top. More of these drama-focused chapters, please!
kara chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
this chapter is absolutely epic
thesehearts.theyrace chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I can't help but wonder what kind of future would have been laid out for Harry had he not attended Hogwarts. He is, after all, a child prodigy of sorts. Funny, how for many, the discovery that one is magical is often a glorious revelation, but for Harry, it only introduced a world in which his logic and common sense held little ground.
Entropic Specter chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Thank you. Such a beautiful "battle". Once again, a pleasure to read. Just how did Dust Puppy get there...

Anyway, please write more soon.
Runic Patronus chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
So, wait...what did Harry's last snap do, anyway? I'm assuming that it is connected to the later food issue...
Baughn chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I was actually planning to get down on my knees and beg you for another chapter, but in antespect it seems undignified.

Therefore, I shall instead perform a short ritual designed to take away your free will by altering your goal system so you will see writing this story as your highest priority. I will take the release of the next chapter as evidence that it succeeded.
So. Amusing as this is - I was laughing through most of the chapter - fundamentally, it is not progressing the cause of Harry taking over the world through SCIENCE. Nor are his various failures in hacking magic, amusing as they might be. I realize he's still a first-year, but it would be nice if he had some small success.

This would probably require getting out of the first week. Well, I believe you've covered all the teachers now, so it should be doable within a reasonable amount of time.
theonlyliverpoolninja chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
you continue to amaze me with you well thought out, well written, ballenced chapters. your story continues to find moments to boost harry but also bring him low. please continue to story in this fashion as it will keep a lot of people happy and comming back for more.
p.s. me and my freinds would love to see a comedy version of the dungion scene. sort of like what you did with the sourting scene.
darrena chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
LOL! Absolutely brilliant :) Fantastis ending to this chapter! I'm sorry for the restrictions on the Time-Turner :
cyiusblack chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
update soon
PeanutTree chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Wow, what a rollercoaster! Harry's anger is so real, as is his sudden shock of "what did I just do?" in the aftermath. The ending was a little confusing-I didn't quite get what happened. Was there actually a prank, or did everyone just speak and spit-take at the same time?
evelsaint93 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
dunno why but as smart as he is, i feel like harry is acting like a spoiled brat. Everything has to conform to his logic and beliefs. It makes me want to drop kick him in the face. But he's still a kid and will learn from his mistakes. i WILL dropkick him again in the face if he doesn't anything stupid again.
lilyoftheval5 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
'And from that day onward, no matter what Hermione tried to tell anyone, it would be an accepted legend of Hogwarts that Harry Potter could make absolutely anything happen by snapping his fingers.'

*delighted hugs and kisses*
Thank you very much. It's such a pleasure reading it all.
Errrrr chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Liked it a lot. The show-down of sorts between Snape and Harry was totally Harry-esque. Do update soon.
ray chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
your fic is awesome.
MisterTabi chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Dumbledore's laugh did it for me. Sometimes, I think, its the simple bits of detail that remain unimportant in the scheme of things that make us laugh.
Raven3182 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Good chapter. That was definately intense. I really love how you can write Harry being so smart and still an eleven year-old child at the same time. Most fanfic authors simply cannot pull that off. Well done! I anxiously wait for more. Thanks for writing!
Garrelt chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
i dont know what you do to your storyes or HOW you do it but the dam way you write the story just makes it so... FUNNY!

your'e a freaking geinus!

love this story so keep it up and make my day :P
DarkPencil chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
i love how this is one of the more rational fics i've read, yet also the only one where harry can accomplish anything by snapping his fingers :-p
Thekilleregglord chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
The Snape scene was a terrible cliche, but it was well written and inescapable with you Harry.

The Dark Side grows stronger, and I'm happy that the lecture was less obvious this time. Remember Atlas Shrugged is bad because its a lecture disguised as a story, please don't make the same mistake.
Key the Metal Idol chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Just finished catching up with this fic. It's so different from everything else I really love it. I was burned out on HP fic for a long time but it was totally worth starting again with something like this!
Katamabob chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Oh my god. It is hilarious if they think he made Professor Snape apologise (sort of) by snapping his fingers. He's going to be a Hogwarts legend for all time. And I'm glad Fawkes is still really a phoenix and not an extremely flammable chicken.

I love McGonagall. And Dumbledore is hilarious, and very insane. But actually seemed more sane this time than last time, so that's a plus.

I liked it _ Can't wait to see where we go next!

Kumoatsu chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
heh, Harry Potter god of mischief. Has a nice ring to it. Thanks for the laugh!

Oh, and what do you think Draco thinks of this?
Tiky3000 chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Unbelievable. I was sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time till I read the last sentence. Then I couldn't stop laughing.
graynavarre chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Wow, what a clash of the titan? While I wanted them to be friends, I guess this is as close as it gets for now - respected haters.

Although, it did my Severus loving heart good to see him smile at Harry calling him a Nazgul.

Looking forward to more.
poloport chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Hilarious as always! XD
Allen Pitt chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I liked the Zabriskan fontema reference, always nice to find a "Doc" Smith fan. Really enjoyed those books when I was a kid. Nobody could do space opera like he could.
Minerva did the right thing with the time turner, HP was definitely abusing it. And wow, this HP has a bigger temper than the one in the books. Effect of being raised by non-Dursleys (who it now appears crushed his spirit a bit). Now he's got the self confidence James P. had.
The twins might as well surrender and give him the Marauders Map right now. Heh. Though that would expose "peter pettigrew" 2 years earlier, I suppose.
Am now wondering what a boggart would show HP. A vision of the universe as being bereft of logic or underlying rules and structure?
gwern chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Severus Snape had a Muggle education up to the age of ten and was enough of a genius to be inventing his own spells by his fifth year at Hogwarts, at which time he was dating Lily Evans.

Yeah, but unless he's an earlier Harry, is he really going to know the # of electrons in each orbital for all the elements? (As funny as that rejoinder was.)


Dungeon-wise: I think they *are* stony and torch-light, if the movies are anything to go by. In _Chamber of Secrets_, they seemed dungeony-enough.


Fred & George's incomprehension is incomprehensible. Teachers are quite fireable - look at the outside attempts to get Remus or Hagrid sacked. Or Dumbledore himself. We see no unions in the Potterverse...


I think Binns is relatively sentient. In _Chamber of Secrets_, Binns engages in sensible discussion of the eponymous location, and dismisses it in a context-appropriate way. Likewise, in the last book, the ghosts Harry interacts with are all a bit beyond chatbot levels of intelligence. Are they *as* intelligent? No, probably not. You can hardly fault ghosts for not making major discoveries when they are, well, *immaterial*. And we can't argue from silence about ghost authors and thinkers since Rowling tells us little to nothing about Wizarding authors & thinkers! The Potterverse is not well fleshed out in that sense - it's no _Book of the New Sun_ or _Dune_, that's for sure.


Severus's smile vanished. "Then you will be -" his voice stopped short.

Not especially consistent with canon. Severus freely threatens expulsion, and seems genuinely puzzled & angry each time he fails to get someone expelled.


Though now that Harry remembered it, you weren't supposed to Transfigure things that were to be burned, which meant that going back in time afterward and getting Fred or George to Transfigure some carefully measured amount of explosives might not actually have been such a good idea...

Surely Harry knows how to make some thermite?


The boy was still for a long moment.

A line like 'I judge people by their actions, not their professed alignment' would not have been amiss.


Harry seems a bit petulant and childish when his time-turner is taken away, especially coming right after his maturity wrangling with Dumbledore & Snape, but I guess narrative needs drive that.


Overall, a satisfying chapter, and a good followup to the lesson with Riddle about killer instinct, wherein we see that killer instincts have their downsides.
firedraygon chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
You really know how to build suspense and make every word count. The entire time the argument was going, I was practically edge-of-my-seat waiting for the fall-out. Fantastic work. Please write more soon!

And haha, Snape as an assassin.

WaxWings chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I am not sure why, but this might be the most enjoyable update to date. I was hooked from the beginning when Harry reflects that he would like to be able to raise a single eyebrow and has practiced doing so, and with the many people who felt they needed to warn Harry about Snape.

Upon reflection, I am not sure why Harry has decided to remain at Hogwarts. He has had private tutors before, and would do well with them again. I guess that just shows that he really is motivated by concern for his fellow school mates, as only by remaining at Hogwarts was he able to negociate concessions for the benefit of everyone else.

Its too bad about the Time Turner, but the restrictions placed on it are very reasonable consequences to his actions, and at the same time removed a potentially plot busting device.
Count Napula chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
That was a remarkably emotional chapter. I really appreciate how you don't have to kill off or abuse a character to make something touching.
FuzzyBoots chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Excellent. Most excellent. I heartily approve of Harry losing use of the Time Turner. If nothing else, it's just too powerful a device when combined with his mind. The humor of the pieces was very well done, had me laughing quite loudly at several points. And it's good to have Harry taken down a few pegs periodically like when he tried to catch Snape with the electron question, or when he found that Fawkes really was a phoenix. I'm very much enjoying this and I look forward to the next part with bated breath.
Carumati chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
Dumbledore is surely on the brink of insanity here, why does it seem like Snape is already accustomed to this side of the Headmaster and McGonagall isn't? Nice chapter.
NicNacs chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
I love Rationalist!Harry!
greywizard-dumblemort chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
My word... I'm almost inclined to believe that you too can make anything happen at the snap of a finger. Entertainment at its best- you're proving to be in a league of your own within this particular genre.
pouf chapter 18 . 5/2/2010
A bundle of 'lovely'!
I love-nay, I worship-your sense of humour and wit.