|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality|
| w0if chapter 2 . 1/5
god! I had a feeling I was in the right place
| w0if chapter 2 . 1/5
god! I had a feeling I was in the right place
| ivyriry chapter 2 . 12/31/2016
Uuuui un include al principio. Muy práctico. Este capítulo tuvo algunas palabras difíciles de pronunciar. Fue muy cómico también. Al siguiente...
| rebellious dreamer dawning chapter 2 . 12/20/2016
| Kuba Ober chapter 2 . 12/20/2016
It's hilarious. Best thing I've read in a while.
| TeaGrannymcmlx3 chapter 2 . 12/13/2016
LOL! Oh, that's adorable! So funny! I suppose biting the Maths Teacher was better than other choices that could have been made, but the logic behind it is priceless!
| d.matthews2000 chapter 2 . 12/9/2016
BIG WORDS! MAKE IT STOP!
| Minerva chapter 2 . 12/7/2016
I LOVE this fanfic so far! Maybe because I like genii.
| Guest chapter 2 . 12/2/2016
Late to the party, but this is amazing. I'm hooked.
| cheesyperfection chapter 2 . 11/28/2016
This is great. We have to read this for our Geometry homework (don't ask), so thank you for so inspiring my teacher to assign this. You are a genius that hath manipulated the mind of my teacher of the maths, befuddled it with amusement and awe, and twisted his brain wires to give your stories forth to the children, so they might read it and be graded. So thank you.
| Nyx Ro chapter 2 . 11/17/2016
| Jatok chapter 2 . 11/13/2016
Having read, more like tried to, more HP fanfics since trying to read this one i have to say i appreciate this one much more now
| William Wallace chapter 2 . 11/9/2016
This is at least 9 and a half times better than the actual Harry Potter books, kudos.
| NotAMugwump chapter 2 . 11/6/2016
*nods in agreement*
| HecateMist chapter 2 . 11/5/2016
| Guest chapter 2 . 11/5/2016
I loved your disclaimer style! Different, unique and completely in keeping with the theme! Lol...good work with the story!
| Anatia chapter 2 . 11/4/2016
Fantastic! I was laughing, evn if i had to read one-two sentences again to fully understand it. Biting a teacher for not knowing logarithms:DD that conversation.. well, this whole conversation was sooo funny! I love this clever Harry:DD
| rambkowalczyk chapter 2 . 11/2/2016
This is not a story that can be read quickly. I tried, got confused and realized I was starting to skip parts and that's not a good idea. Harry as an intellectual is kind of odd. He has always been clever figuring out that it was unlikely that a man selling dragon eggs should be in the vicinity of Hagrid. In this story, he is downright arrogant. Professor Snape is going to have a field day putting Harry in his place.
I like how you define your point of departure: where Lily gives Petunia a potion to make her pretty. One wonders what the significance of Harry's 26 hour sleep cycle is.
| Lycanthromancer chapter 2 . 10/30/2016
You're well known for your love of rationality (as is evidenced very well by this 'fic). Would you like some Rational Twilight Sparkle? Go look up "Winning and the Pitfalls Therein" over on , by RandomNPC. I'd link it, but, y'know, it's .
| ForgotmyLogin chapter 2 . 10/17/2016
This was a funny chapter, think I'm going to enjoy this fanfiction a lot!
Also read Three Worlds Collide from the author and just now made the connection through TvTropes (although I apparently had this bookmarked already...funny thing).
| kbhujkbyv chapter 2 . 10/11/2016
| whitehound chapter 2 . 9/22/2016
When the professor can turn into a cat, getting bitten by the professor is a real possibility. But wouldn't she use Mobilicorpus, not Wingardium Leviosa?
I know that two hours out-of-phase thing is real: the late great Patrick Campbell suffered from it, although in his case iirc he was four hours out.
| Gojin1990 chapter 2 . 9/20/2016
o.o O.O . , . , LOL! I'm dying XD AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA all those technical terms. just come out and say it. your teachers were to stupid to teach you correctly XD AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHA hey I think i may have bit a teacher in kindergarten O.O does that make me some untapped genius too? :D AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH XD oh god if this is just the first two chapters this is gonna be a RIOT XD
| Guest chapter 2 . 9/19/2016
I love this so much!
| Rambling Drabble chapter 2 . 9/18/2016
1. Finding solutions in time, eh?
2. Harry's right. Modern schools, especially underfunded elementary schools, underfunded high schools, and pretty much all colleges (with a few exceptions, like Harvard) really are "disintegrating" as far as educational standards go. I wish there was something I could do to get out of it, or do about it, but, like most people, I'll just have to keep my head down and take the right classes instead.
3. Keeping the books from him was a very effective plot device. One could only imagine what a rational Harry could do with a two-months head start.
| blood-doll-aishiteru chapter 2 . 9/14/2016
| SilentSnowLeopardNinja chapter 2 . 9/4/2016
Well damn Minerva.
| sunset oasis chapter 2 . 9/2/2016
Oh my god, I love your Harry so much. His smartness and snark and everything.
| Stalyon chapter 2 . 8/30/2016
OK, that was hilarious! I actually burst out laughing several times in this chapter.
| ArtemisKirara7 chapter 2 . 8/30/2016
Well written. I LOVE your style and the thought you must have put into every sentence.
| himalay1729 chapter 2 . 8/25/2016
| Robinh00d chapter 2 . 8/20/2016
The whole thing with the cat was amazing. Truly spectacular. Love this
| Guest chapter 2 . 8/14/2016
Harry is so sassy
| Ugnep2000 chapter 2 . 7/27/2016
Ha ha ha! Plague of flaming zebras indeed. And to think I've got 120 chapters to go! I can't wait to finish them all.
| Jim White chapter 2 . 7/21/2016
Laugh out loud funny.
| uhhno chapter 2 . 6/26/2016
I'm giving this fic a try, it's pretty good, but there's one thing that bothers me. I thought children goes through performing at least a teensy bit of magic whether accidental or not. So Harry should have experienced it in his 11 years of childhood, which would have him think and believe that maybe magic or whatever it is that he did is real. but in this fic, it looks like Harry had never experienced accidental magic in his entire life... so I'm a bit confused... Either way, I'm hooked so whatev
| myafroatemydog chapter 2 . 6/23/2016
This was an excellent chapter
| Yura chapter 2 . 6/18/2016
You know, for someone who claims to study science, or at least read about it, I'm surprised he didn't know the name of the spell came from Latin. But then again, he's 10-11 in here.
| JulianJacobs chapter 2 . 6/18/2016
["Magic isn't enough to do that! You'd have to be a god!"]
How could you possibly say that? You have no idea of the mechanics of magic. I guess it's intellectual stubbornness? But how then would being a God be enough explaination? He knows exactly as about magic as he does about the abilities of a deity.
| TuftsOfCotton chapter 2 . 6/16/2016
Plague of flaming zebras. Now I can see I've seen everything written in fanfiction.
| sabba5600 chapter 2 . 5/30/2016
and then she turned into a cat.
wave goodbye to the last several century's of human understanding of the universe.
| Happy chapter 2 . 5/20/2016
I love it!
| BeholdTheMetatron1946 chapter 2 . 5/19/2016
this story is too intelligent for a dunderhead like me
| Guest chapter 2 . 5/12/2016
Thank you for the levity and for also understanding human curiosity. jimp
| TheLittleRoguex chapter 2 . 5/12/2016
| Anonymous chapter 2 . 5/7/2016
Funny ending, favorite part, looking forwad to Diagon Alley!
| vaselinemene chapter 2 . 5/1/2016
[ I suspect, Mr. Potter, that if I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorising what remains of England.]
Please tell me there is a fan art drawing of this somewhere out there.
| gi-freakazoid chapter 2 . 5/1/2016
I never thought Professor McGonagall could be this amusing.
| Guest chapter 2 . 4/30/2016
this story is starting out great!
| Irie27 chapter 2 . 4/8/2016
I'm seriously getting a ggod laugh out of this*wipes tears*
| justaislinn chapter 2 . 4/7/2016
Bro. Harry. Dude. Friend. Bro man. Friendo. Homeslice. Buddy, homeskillet, homepal. Buddy bro, why does that cat thing bother you so much?
Law of conservation of energy only states that it can't be created or destroyed, nothing here is proven to have been destroyed or created! It's just transfigured! Think of it like the atoms making up extra mass turned into excess heat and energy and chemicals of the change, instead of a hat she got horomones, and anything after that could just have been sent to 'the void' as I've termed it. Another dimension that few people, like mediums and ghosts themselves, have access to that parallels ours, the fourth and maybe fifth dimmenions.
You can't see it because it's no longer on your plane of existence, rather in the 'spirit realm', but nothing was destroyed nor created in all actuality. That's why it's called TRANSFIGUREation. To change shape or form..
You know this, I am lecturing to someone who is already well aware, ah yes good, I'll be on my way then. Afraid I just can't stop the old teaching train, I feel the need to enlighten all those who are misinformed or just generally wrong. Jolly good day! *tips metaphysical hat*
| Verisimilitude chapter 2 . 4/6/2016
I like that you specifically state that this prodigy-Harry is NOT the product of the public education system. Makes his excessive braininess more believable.
| Guest chapter 2 . 4/4/2016
All I have to say for this is: LOL! Ill be reviewing EVERY chapter.
| C.M.Alm chapter 2 . 4/3/2016
| G the Headmaster chapter 2 . 4/1/2016
It's not fair to make me laugh when my back hurts!
| Guest chapter 2 . 3/31/2016
Yes, and this lack of physics in "Harry Potter" makes my friend not to like it.
Maybe shell read this.
| Guest chapter 2 . 3/28/2016
Zoya1416,not logging on. This is the funnest thing I've read in years. It had been a horrible day, and then someone rec'd this chapters in and I'm laughing so hard I'm crying.
| Gnom3y chapter 2 . 3/28/2016
I don't normally write reviews this early in a piece, since I find that it often takes the first few chapters just to get a feel for the Author's writing style and a handle on the direction and prose of the piece itself. In just this chapter (Chapter 2) alone, I have personally emitted a rather loud guffaw at the very much appreciated disclaimer and the quite descriptive ending of the chapter. If the author was able to bookend such an early chapter with an expulsion like that, I have no doubt that this story will quickly become a favorite, and I am eagerly looking forward to consuming the tale in its entirety.
| Adamant39 chapter 2 . 3/25/2016
Type your review for this chapter here...
| PrinceMittens chapter 2 . 3/12/2016
Something I didn't notice the first time I read through this chapter (last year):
Harry notes not having all his beliefs shattered in that moment of anti-climax after McGonagall levitates his father.
And then he goes ahead and lets his mind do exactly that (shatter its beliefs) after she transforms into a cat.
Clever setup.. And funny; it had me chuckling even unto the end of the chapter.
| Loner Kid chapter 2 . 3/3/2016
this harry is gonna be the death of me.
i dont think i can stand over 100 chapters of this science talk.
what profession are you if u don't mind me asking?
| 4Dragons chapter 2 . 2/29/2016
This is absolutely brilliant! It was witty, well written, intelligent, engaging and no less than hilarious! It's such a shame nobody I know persoanlly seems to understand why it's so very funny.
In short this story has been amazing so far and I have very high hopes.
| knightzero chapter 2 . 2/24/2016
I was a bit disappointed of harry's father's reaction seeing magic for the first time, especially because he was flying above the ground, totally out of control in this situation. But on the otherside the missing reaction of the father leads the main focus on Harry's feelings and thoughts about magic.
The rest of story is amusing and good.
| Guest chapter 2 . 2/18/2016
O, I've just started the chapter. Had to leave off and comment on the fact that a young boy, a 10 year old no less, is talkign like he attended a couple classes at college. I know his dad is a - bio chemist, is it- but c'mon now
| Ramrikai chapter 2 . 2/14/2016
I feel as if I need dig out my cap and gown to reassure myself that I did indeed graduate with honors. A humorous fan fiction with scientific prerequisites. I never thought I'd see the day. This promises to be a VERY interesting read.
| Guest chapter 2 . 2/13/2016
Oh dear Glob.
1 chapter in and I'm already cackling into my pillow (because it's queer to be laughing at ones phone, or so I've been told)
I applause this magnificent work of art and literature
| Guest chapter 2 . 2/9/2016
oh that harry!
| SarducarKahn chapter 2 . 2/6/2016
I don't leave reviews, but this may be the best first chapter for a fanfic I have ever read, I am very excited to see where this goes.
| mayingying chapter 2 . 2/5/2016
| mayingying chapter 2 . 2/3/2016
PS:many people think highly of this book in like you!
| 6Lisa9 chapter 2 . 2/1/2016
I made a mistake. I started reading this story in class... keeping a neutral face and not laugh is super hard! And because I don't learn from my mistakes, I'm going to continue reading
| bagofpopcorn chapter 2 . 1/31/2016
I freaking love this story.
| TheSilentDarkAngel chapter 2 . 1/29/2016
Reading about how Harry's brain crashed and the argument to support his biting incident is funny.
His parents reactions, also.
| Guest chapter 2 . 1/29/2016
Good lord, he's going to be worse than Hermione. Can't wait until he meets her! But is he still going to end up in Gryffindor, I wonder...
| xXxZEPHYRAxXxDIAMONDZxXx chapter 2 . 1/29/2016
LOL!1 Dis stury is gr8!
| Montara chapter 2 . 1/20/2016
| Bronze chapter 2 . 1/8/2016
I kept remembering that last paragraph wrong. I kept thinking McGonagall said " Flaming PURPLE zebras terrorizing the remains of England." Of course the best part of my error was IMAGINING muggles seeing them! The next was the wizards trying to erase all those memories. You just know they'd miss enough people to make the government start asking questions. I am hopeful that this time I can finally finish this wonderful story.
| Minty chapter 2 . 1/2/2016
I am extremely tempted to make a Ktekyo Hitman Reborn reference right now due to Harry's biting incident but I'm not going to because this fanfiction is far too interesting
| Secre chapter 2 . 12/31/2015
You've got McGonagall spot on!
| wombat chapter 2 . 12/27/2015
"You turned into a cat! A SMALL cat! You violated Conservation of Energy!..."
Actually, there was no way of knowing if the conservation of energy was violated. For example, the mass of the cat could have been the same as the humans (i.e. high density), then it would've been OK. Or another possibility is that the wizards/witches have some kind of a very high capacity energy battery hidden somewhere (maybe even unknowingly to them), which they can use as a buffer (e.g.. when turning into a cat - lower mass - very high amounts of energy should be released; but it is instead stored in the battery, which then is used upon returning to human state). The battery could also used to power levitation. In both cases, the energy would be conserved.
| PhantomBookworm chapter 2 . 12/26/2015
'You'd have to be a God'
Liking it so far! :D
| LiteratureGirl12 chapter 2 . 12/25/2015
. MY. FUCKING. ASS. OFF. THIS IS TO FUNNY XD AND ITS ONLY CHAPTER TWO!
| reinforced hell chapter 2 . 12/22/2015
I absolutely love this; it is simply too hilarious to be legal!
| XxTealJadexX chapter 2 . 12/20/2015
omf FLAMING ZEBRAS!? two chapters into this i'm already done with you XD
| Grissina chapter 2 . 12/9/2015
So far I'm loving it! Thanks for sharing it!
| WatchingTheWatchman chapter 2 . 12/4/2015
Harry as a little kid sounds like a terror! He may think he has a difficult life dealing with his parents, but his parents must find him challenging too. I wonder how long his promise is going to last...
I can't wait to see how you handle the conservation of energy issue, since it underlies basically all of physics. Do you have new physical laws in place that magic obeys?
Also, an 11-year-old understand Hamiltonians is insanely impressive, they're challenging to get when you're in college
| lusus naturae chapter 2 . 12/3/2015
| Xidaer chapter 2 . 12/3/2015
3 Harry is adorable! Thank you for writing!
| VanriddleZ chapter 2 . 11/20/2015
I like Harry seems a kind of mad genius. It is fun!
| aurtrina chapter 2 . 11/19/2015
This chapter made me laugh. hehe.
| zappyzor chapter 2 . 11/17/2015
I like flaming zebra. you ,sir, know how to bring an audience in.
| The Anguished One chapter 2 . 11/17/2015
So Harry has an unusual sleep pattern and an intolerance for teachers who know less than he does. I can tell he doesn't like people underestimating him just because he is young, considering he has probably studied more than they have their entire life. His reaction to Professor McGonagall breaking the Conservation of Energy is quite funny; I can't wait to see what he thinks of other spells.
| Limousine chapter 2 . 11/16/2015
I'm dying so hard
This is awesome
I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight
| Tarix chapter 2 . 11/8/2015
Simply brilliant so far.
| Crack-jouchan chapter 2 . 11/7/2015
HAHAHAHAHA! For a scientist Michael has a really good sense of humor. They seem like good parents to Harry, good for him!
Poor Harry, being embarrassed by his parents xD It's downright hilarious though!
| justqjane chapter 2 . 11/5/2015
It's like Harry on Hermione's shoes. Hilarious.
| italeteller chapter 2 . 10/21/2015
Ok, I'm sold. Harry's reaction and backstory are great, though I wish his dad had had some sort of freakout, too. On the topic of his parents, I really liked seeing them be... cheerful. It's a good thing
| vani chapter 2 . 10/19/2015
i think we are forgetting the basic thing... that harry potter is just 11 years old. the fact that he is familiar to so many theories makes one wonder if he may be a genius, which he is not . thus the amount of knowledge he is applying at times is quite absurd . the story started with great optimism but we , as readers are forced to compare the same with the original book. and the book was far from great, it was a brilliant creation. this (hpmor) is just plain average, and not that interesting
| ShadowLDrago chapter 2 . 10/13/2015
OK, I friggin' love McGonagall, but yeah, I doubt she's ever been called a god before. That last line is GENIUS!
| Gleas chapter 2 . 10/13/2015
| httpkirby chapter 2 . 10/11/2015
"... I will return to this house only to find a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorising what remains of England."
Oh my goodness gravy.
| Cherri202 chapter 2 . 10/5/2015
Finally rereading this story again. I can't believe how much it changed as it went on. Harry is such a painfully arrogant moron back here. I almost want to strangle him.
'But the books I've read said it can't be so and science is never refined or corrected over time rendering these things obsolete! There totally aren't any other potential explanations other than that she has a cat-sized-brain in a cat-sized body!' He's terribly uninventive for someone supposed to be able to create hypotheses.
Still quite humorous though.
| Annalynn Roe chapter 2 . 10/1/2015
Not sure if there are any "mysteries" to be solved yet, but I'm formulating a hypothesis that McGonagall is going to give him a time turner as a temporary solution to his sleeping problem. I am curious about the cause, though.
Was a bit skeptical about this story to start, but now I can see I'll be enjoying it quite thoroughly. And to think most people had to wait who knows how long for the entire story!~
| Yunrii chapter 2 . 9/27/2015
OH MY GOSH THIS IS ABSOLUTE GOLD! Never have I read such a well-written fanfiction. I love this and I'll probably pull an all-nighter trying to finish all 122 chapters.
kudos x100 to you! stay awesome!
| Good chapter 2 . 9/24/2015
| P. P. P chapter 2 . 9/12/2015
This is hilarious! I like this intellectual version of Harry even better than I would have thought! I have a feeling though that he and Hermione might become bitter rivals competing to show which one of them is the smarter of the two. XD Though Professor McGonagall could have at least given him a copy of the book required for Potions class, so that Snape won't be able to embarrass him.
| Hiyoshi Ren chapter 2 . 9/9/2015
Hahaha... This is so amusing. You know your making me cause a scene in my office
| wildtrance chapter 2 . 9/8/2015
this chapter nearly made me pass out from laughing
| SomeoneKnew chapter 2 . 9/5/2015
A plague of flaming zebras...It's a wonder I can type with how I'm laughing!
| Liusa-The-Wandering-Maniac chapter 2 . 9/5/2015
This is brilliant. I'm DEFINITELY looking forward to the rest...
| CybeastFalzar chapter 2 . 9/5/2015
Oh MY GOD, THIS IS GLORIOUS. I LOVE IT.
| BananaSurprise0203 chapter 2 . 8/21/2015
Haha McGonagall is amazing. She is the best teacher at Hogwarts (in my opinion of course).
| bloodyvamp101 chapter 2 . 8/15/2015
Hahahaha that's great. this is a good story
| TweetyHope chapter 2 . 8/11/2015
Wow! Your characters! They are so, like able, sincere, and nuanced. Also, I love your use of science.
| JJoseph chapter 2 . 8/11/2015
Buahahaha, I am loving this so far.
Fun note (for me, anyway, others might find it tedious), Harry's sleep disorder is called a non-24 sleep wake cycle, and the majority of people who have it are blind or suffering from Intellectual disability, though it's not usually that rigorous or consistent. I know because I have it, despite not being caused by blindness or intellectual disability.
Harry, you and I are therefore brothers in atypical disability.
| Fanfiction.exe chapter 2 . 8/10/2015
This sounds amazing
| Zyxis chapter 2 . 8/9/2015
I truly wish I had had this Harry's childhood, as one of the things I have always wanted is a good education and he seems to have gotten one far better than I. This is looking to be an amazing story, and I'm glad I found it.
| Carly chapter 2 . 8/7/2015
Chapter 2 and I'm laughing a lot already this is great.
| Jakublonski chapter 2 . 8/4/2015
The scene of Harry reminded me extremely of the Zoo scene from the original. Harry is Dudley and McGonagall the snake.
| AfterTheEpilogue chapter 2 . 8/2/2015
This is really great holy crap I can't stop giggling.
| xAmazonWarriorx chapter 2 . 7/13/2015
:) This is great so far, and the last bit made me laugh: "...a plague of flaming zebras terrorising what remains of England." The mental image was great :) Love the story.
| 8734287934379342879erw87952587 chapter 2 . 7/11/2015
My heart is swelling with the absolute perfection that is this epic.
"Oh, is that why you bit a maths teacher in third year."
when I read that, I'm howling with laughter, tears of mirth escape my eyes. Once again, I give my most sincere thanks to the lovely authour of this amazing epic. Thank you.
- Manny (You can find me on tumblr at asexualtomriddle.)
| Guest chapter 2 . 7/3/2015
This is incredibly stupid. Who the fuck teaches an 11 year old about these laws? And he should know that nothing is impossible. What was impossible 500 years ago is possible know, what is impossible now might not be in 500 years from now. That is why people shouldn't try the whole science thing with Harry Potter, it does not work.
| Nachtvogel chapter 2 . 6/29/2015
Hi. I really love the setting. I'm thrilled to read the rest and find out how everything turnes out in this version. Really really good story and I really like your style of writing too. Sorry for my English, I'm not a native speaker
| Miro Azuma Kara chapter 2 . 6/29/2015
Alright I'm going to be semi-bold here. After only two chapters, I hypothesize that this is going to be the best thing since Douglas Adams!
| hakon2feb chapter 2 . 6/28/2015
Great chapter, and please, continue with the plague of flaming zebras.
Anyways... Isn't Hermione's case something similar to this Harry? I mean, she buys the new books early, studies them all summer, then comes back knowing everything before everyone else, right? I'm sure that's how she does it, because being that good just doesn't happen. If nothing else, they should become great friends, so there's that :)
Keep up the good work :)
| KidMidas chapter 2 . 6/21/2015
I've read 2 chapters, Just 2 and its on my faves List. I Don't think that's ever happened before. Can't wait to read the rest.
| deathless.smile chapter 2 . 6/14/2015
This is so funny! I found myself laughing crazily like, well, a crazed psychopath with your sense of humor! Truly spectacular! :D And such a word count too. You should seriously consier becoming an author. I would just love to have your books!
| Alyksandrei chapter 2 . 6/5/2015
Wait until chapter 5 to see if I like it? Chapter 1 had me hooked, and chapter 2 is hilarious! Now I have to finish reading the story (ok, book(s)), and that is a Bad Thing when you have time-management issues...major time sink, here. Excellent job!
| LadyBadass chapter 2 . 5/26/2015
The sass in this chapter, oh god, I am seriously dying! xD
Although I think you've developed Harry very well (so far anyways) I am not entirely sure how I feel about his new persona, just yet. However the story is interesting and different from any other fanfiction I have ever read before. I definitely enjoy reading something well written and fascinating (?) and I already love this quite a lot.
Looking forward to reading the rest! :D
| Angelfirenze chapter 2 . 5/26/2015
Ah, so Michael has a sense of humor, then! Maybe I like him more than I did before now. And Harry's hilarious, so I'll definitely give him and Petunia a break about the biting history. *excitedly dives back into this fantastic story with well-thought-out secondary original characters and overall histories*
| asaf chapter 2 . 5/22/2015
"All right, *I* saw the Hogwarts Professor wave her wand and make *your* father rise into the air, now what?"
It should be you or my, I and your can't be like this in a sentence.
| Zire-7 chapter 2 . 5/18/2015
This is fucking beautiful and I love it so far especially McGonagall's bit at the end with the flaming zebras.
| MaidMarian17 chapter 2 . 5/18/2015
This chapter was basically awesome!
| PrinessAmythyst chapter 2 . 5/13/2015
Right, one review per chapter. All I can think of is how much I'm looking forward to the next chapter, or at least the chapter when our hero is introduced to another brainy child, Hermione. You've got me hooked now, so good job.
| EpilogueLover chapter 2 . 5/2/2015
This is so funny! The funniest i have read in all hpdom!
| iluvjellybeans01 chapter 2 . 4/29/2015
you are one fine author, my friend ;D
| Sora Tayuya chapter 2 . 4/26/2015
I enjoyed the general reaction to magic, as well as the interesting additional factors you have added into the narrative. By now Harry is using quite complex mathematics/laws and it is a tad difficult to follow just by a quick read through, so I will have to resort to researching such laws a little earlier than expected. Nonetheless, this is still exceedingly excellent so far.
His father's reaction was adequate, and I am pleased there wasn't anything silly or over the top regarding reactions.
And goodness it is good that Hagrid didn't come to fetch Harry this time.
| cindylili chapter 2 . 4/19/2015
This story seems fairly popular, and I can already tell why. I was in a bad mood, but this still made me smile. I've always been interested in science and magic, also, and it feels like those questions will be answered here :)
| Alphabetta chapter 2 . 4/15/2015
Someone make a fanfic of Harry creating a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorising what remains of England with his first year schoolbooks please I need to read that.
| Relicssk chapter 2 . 4/8/2015
This is awesome! Even if I don't particularly like Harry Potter fanfics, this is funny!
| MPChess chapter 2 . 4/2/2015
... Unsure why I first coined this story as "boring"... Then again, didn't bother reading till the end of chapter 2 the first time "_
But that last comment from Minerva is pure gold _
| Guest chapter 2 . 3/31/2015
annnnd im hocked fucking awesome work! D
Cant wait to read the rest of it D
thank you for sharing your passion D
| Guest chapter 2 . 3/29/2015
If you want proper coding in chapter 2 header, in c its #include stddisclaimer.h
| Arabella Lee Smith chapter 2 . 3/27/2015
Wonderful beginning. Love McGonagall and the laughing parents.
| Avana92 chapter 2 . 3/22/2015
So far I really like this story, it is terribly amusing, though you already managed to make me feel slightly stupid.
| Village-Mystic chapter 2 . 3/21/2015
Wow - talk about willful conception of reality. He has the self-centeredness of genius without a morality system to along with it that others can survive. Hopefully, he'll learn to get by with others.
| carowren chapter 2 . 3/16/2015
"Fine, I won't bite anyone who doesn't bite me first." So cute. He's going to end up biting a ton of DADA teachers.
| hisnhers chapter 2 . 3/14/2015
That sound you hear is me laughing hysterically...
| 4everfictional chapter 2 . 3/12/2015
So true. ;)
| mab70 chapter 2 . 3/11/2015
If Harry thinks a cat is bad, wait until he finds out about Peter's rat and Rita's beetle. If someone came and did real magic right in front of me, I would probably fall over on the floor too.
"...and a plague of a flaming zebras terrorizing what remains of England." - ROFLOL!
| aditya8795 chapter 2 . 3/11/2015
I notice it started from chapter 2, the clues?
"Of course it was my fault. There's no one else here who could be responsible for anything."
This is one of the small things which I couldn't really piece together on my first read of this fanfic.
of course I don't want to spoil the coming chapters so I cant elaborate further..
Cool then, some favorite quotes from this chapter..
"... Nothing about how magic doesn't work when people are skeptical of it, or anything like that."
this really reminded me about how I have been told that this prayer/ritual etc wont work if you don't believe in it!
"Sufficient? Probably not," Harry said. "But at least it will help. Go ahead, Deputy Headmistress."
when I started to realize to a small extent how I might actually like this book..
Initially (first couple of chapters or so, was it?) I was kinda feeling this "strange feeling" harry had
MADE no sense. and it didn't seem like it would be explained...
"You turned into a cat! A SMALL cat! You violated Conservation of Energy! That's not just an arbitrary rule, it's implied by the form of the quantum Hamiltonian! Rejecting it destroys unitarity and then you get FTL signalling! And cats are COMPLICATED! A human mind can't just visualize a whole cat's anatomy and, and all the cat biochemistry, and what about the neurology? How can you go on thinking using a cat-sized brain?"
Thus the point at which I can say I was sure this book wouldn't disappoint me, I was super impressed, and was like "omg I don't understand a word of that!" so that was until I did some fact checking and encountered this post/109296741502/chapter-2-in-which-i-remember-why-i-hated-this
Still, I love physics, so... yeah moving on.
yeah his sleep "condition", I guess it must be Delayed sleep phase disorder.
yeah so... I don't think I can write large reviews like this for each chapter.
| DefiantFreedom chapter 2 . 3/10/2015
I laughed so loudly at the last bit. I think my parents think I've gone mad. You should really be a comedian :)
| banteringduo chapter 2 . 3/9/2015
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Bless you. I worship you. Thank you so much for writing this.
| Manuel chapter 2 . 3/9/2015
This is not a review... I'm puzzled... I thought "wingardium leviosa" did not work with levitating people, only objects. I also remember that some exceptions included small children or animals, but not people. That would be "levicorpus"... Is it on purpose? Does this "parallel universe" also apply to the normal rules of magic?
| Maddie chapter 2 . 3/9/2015
| Person chapter 2 . 3/8/2015
McGonagall is so specific in that last paragraph.
| Jillian A.K chapter 2 . 3/6/2015
"Cat's are complicated! A human mind can't just visualize a whole cat's anatomy..." What about the font half of a cat's anatomy? Lol. I think you meant, "a cat's whole anatomy". But actually, the reason I started writing that quote wasn't to poke fun or nitpick, but to ask if you were poking fun at some fanfic writers' idea of how the Animagus works?
I wish I knew what quantum Hamiltonian, unitarity, and FTL signaling are.
I love the lines, "You'd have to be a God" and "And then a woman turned into cat, so much for all that." The latter makes me think of Dr. Seuss.
"I'll find a solution in time" or actually, "I'll find a solution in Time". I had wondered the first read through. It's great you put in these little touches.
| Mermaid's Magic chapter 2 . 3/6/2015
I can imagine harry biteing Snape. Its funny...
| Berlin chapter 2 . 3/5/2015
| Calorion chapter 2 . 3/3/2015
I'm going to be griping about the writing (read: "scripting," as the plotting is superb and the characterization is good-to-excellent) throughout these reviews, but it's frustrating because it's often hard to point out examples—it's more of a general style, or lack thereof. Here's one example, though:
"Just Professor will do," said she, and then, "Wingardium Leviosa."
Harry looked at his father.
"Huh," Harry said.
His father looked back at him. "Huh," his father echoed.
Then Professor Verres-Evans looked back at Professor McGonagall. "All right, you can put me down now."
His father was lowered carefully to the ground."
I see what you're trying to do there, but it doesn't work. The lack of description doesn't really speak for itself, it just seems spare to the point of amateurishness. Read some Asimov again, perhaps, to see how he does it, as you seem to want to do more-or-less what he did with writing style. Or if not Asimov, someone. The story is just too damn good to be dragged down by amateur scripting.
"You can't DO that!"
I don't know if it's deliberate, but there's a Calvin and Hobbes with that exact punchline, which *also* sent me into apoplectic fits of laughter. Well done. I like how you have Harry make perfect sense in his head, and yet *still* know something about his own mind that he does not: Why he didn't react strongly to the levitation.
"A blur was coming over Harry's vision, as his brain started to comprehend what had just broken. The whole idea of a unified universe with mathematically regular laws, that was what had been flushed down the toilet; the whole notion of physics. Three thousand years of resolving big complicated things into smaller pieces, discovering that the music of the planets was the same tune as a falling apple, finding that the true laws were perfectly universal and had no exceptions anywhere and took the form of simple maths governing the smallest parts,
that the mind was the brain and the brain was made of neurons, a brain was what a person was -
And then a woman turned into a cat, so much for all that."
| HelenaHermione chapter 2 . 3/1/2015
Oh, this is very funny! I really wish I had discovered this fanfic years earlier. I read about it on io9, probably won't vote on the finale, but I'm still interested in reading this through to the end!
| Alexandra June chapter 2 . 3/1/2015
okay, so a friend just recommended this to me and I actually seem to like it. I know you gave a disclaimer and all, but is this story really yours? I mean, I'm just used to people writing their own stuff and I'd hate to think that you just copied and pasted this from somewhere. But it must be your own original work, right?
I mean has that term and condition that it must be your own. So, wow...this is just really nice...Thanks.
| Kay chapter 2 . 2/24/2015
It's interesting, to say the least, but I don't understand half of what it says and I'm not all that into it. The style of writing and stuff just doesn't appeal to me. I don't understand it. I'm just not feeling it.
| irresoluteIdentity chapter 2 . 2/23/2015
I'm a little confused with Harry "[biting] a maths teacher in third year." Did Harry literally bite the teacher or is it stated metaphorically? I find it absurd to imagine Harry biting someone... Other than that, I love both Harry and his adoptive father 's reactions to Professor McGonagall's magic.
| NuggetPhoenix chapter 2 . 2/17/2015
Oh my god i could die of laughing reading this ! This is so interesting ! Harry is so funny oh my god and i thought that was his dad the worst holy shit how wrong i was ! Harry must have had an awesome childhood with those two !
| UntiedHeartbeat chapter 2 . 2/17/2015
I'm stupid and English is not my first language but what has child conscription to do with biting a teacher? I know he apparently was not happy with the school system and he's a prodigy and was too smart for the school he attended. However, I searched for child conscription and translated it in my language but it said that it had something to do with signing up children for the military. Anyone, who sees my comment, please help. Because I feel incredibly stupid.
And, btw, I love this story.
| yeekmantis chapter 2 . 2/16/2015
biting a .
| vampwalker709 chapter 2 . 2/16/2015
Ok i really don't like the whole no school supplies because basically he is smart and she wants him to be behind it is stupid other then that great chapter love the humor.
| oros chapter 2 . 2/5/2015
Still at work.
All of this suppressed laughing is hurting my chest.
Keep it up.
| Ydream08 chapter 2 . 1/31/2015
A-MA-ZING. This Harry is so interesting and so different from the original. I wonder how he and Hermione will converse without getting into fights-or should I say bites? :D Great chapter, now 101 to go. I think I'm the luckiest person on earth
| PyroET chapter 2 . 1/17/2015
"You turned into a cat! A SMALL! You violated Conservation of Energy!" It actually would have been the Conservation of Matter and Energy (Conservation of Matter if you wished to shorten it to what was relevant), which is irrelevant because Harry has no way of knowing whether it was violated or not seeing he can not tell merely by looking that the seemingly lost matter wasn't simply changed to a gaseous state, converted to energy, or just displaced. So his reaction of immediately jumping to a conclusion and protesting the event on basis of violating his understanding of specific principles when he knows nothing about the mechanism by which it occurred or really anything about the occurrence beyond what is immediately obvious is a bit ludicrous in ways that I don't believe that it this meant to be. The way he speaks implies that he's thought about the implications of it some length (relative to the time period) and speaking about it what I suppose is meant to be complex terms, when what he says demonstrates a lack of actual comprehension and genuinely intelligent critical thought on the matter.* He also seems to believe that his immediate conclusions on the matter are the final word on the matter of the accuracy of what is known of physics for all of science, at least as far as he is concerned (because, no, the fact that you have encountered some that conflicts with iyour/i understanding of the science does not invalidate all of physics ever, and everywhere).
. He claims to be a student of science, yet he make assumptions and comes to extreme conclusions based on little rational evidence and full well iknowing/i that he doesn't understand what little he has observed without managing to consider more than a single theory, showing an impressive lack of creativity, and generally displays more knowledge than iintelligence/i. He's not trying to understand ihow/i it idoes/i work or how and whether it functions with/in terms of what is already known/theorized, just straight up deciding that because it, to him, on the surface seems to contradict one portion of his knowledge that iall of known science/i(or at least physics) is iwrong/i about every thing ever, despite the fact the nothing has actually been disproven, except, perhaps, the assumption of it being impossible for a woman to spontaneously transform into a cat. In short he would be a rather poor scientist (based on what has been shown so far)(and is rather arrogant/presumptuous).
But it is rather funny.
* Also I don't think that McGonagall said anything about (extensive) visualization being required for transformation, and, even, then the complaint of her not being able to visualize all of a cat's biology is a. not necessarily true, and b. something that extends (can extend into infinitely) beyond that, as in she can't (accurately) visualize all of the quantum particles the make up a cats' atoms and probably is not thinking of the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons in every element of every atom in a cat's body either, but she does think of that anyways for her human body, and yet somehow manages to continue in her existence (a chef does not need to know the chemical composition of every ingredient, the weight of every atom in every ingredient, and the arrangement of every quark in every particle in order to cook (just the relatively basic qualitative descriptions and reactions)).
| TheButterflyComposer chapter 2 . 12/23/2014
Well I suppose when you put it that way, magic does seem to break the universe a bit.
A bit? Why did I just say that?
Never mind, there has to be an explanation (unless the point of this work is to punish us for thinking literally, in which case I can go REALLY outside of the box) for this 'magic'.
So...perhaps magic isn't energy manipulation or playing god but a way to perform astonishingly difficult calculations very quickly before implementing your findings in such a short amount of time to seem simultaneous? Or it could be a broadcast to some really powerful computing device (other than the mind) that does this stuff for the magical user before sending back it's findings, making the wizard or witch think that what they are doing is instinctual but actually entirely out of their hands?
I guess if we went with that, the less powerful wizards wold have a worse connection to the computer than the others...
And wait. Are Harry and his parents located in a city? McGonagal seems to think so and yet why would they be when they are a fairly rich middle class family who has to by default be close(ish) to a university?
Going well so far though. I'm liking this.
| GingerHannah chapter 2 . 12/21/2014
I can't say that I've warmed to Harry yet, but I can say that I am absolutely fascinated by this story. This is excellent.
| Elizabeth A.A chapter 2 . 12/14/2014
oh my gosh, this second page is absolutely hilarious!
| IV Legacy of Poseidon chapter 2 . 12/7/2014
biting a teacher. Classic
| Agent Frank Underwood chapter 2 . 12/6/2014
An okay chapter
| Ryszard chapter 2 . 12/6/2014
Are you sure the family aren't the Grangers(or that you messed the characters(Harry is similar to Hermione(TOO much learning))) Now seriously, good fanfic
| camlaus chapter 2 . 11/30/2014
According to Stefan Salvatore "everyone loves a biter" lol lmaof
| miss evangelista chapter 2 . 11/30/2014
only on chapter two, and already harry is so unlikeable and pompous that i'm considering giving the endeavor up. maybe smarter isn't always better.
| N. E. Person chapter 2 . 11/8/2014
| kimchi759 chapter 2 . 11/3/2014
First of all, I feel stoopid. Secondly, this Petunia I could definitely see getting along with Lily, and maybe even the Marauders. Maybe. On second thought... Okay, never mind. On to the next chapter!
| MagiKKal chapter 2 . 10/31/2014
That was a GREAT way to end the chapter. 5/5!
| maximusrexmundi chapter 2 . 10/22/2014
Just gotta say, a friend recommend I give this a read, and you got me hooked the second you made a CS reference with the #include. Mega brownie points for you
| Pollex chapter 2 . 10/20/2014
I can see it
| Guest chapter 2 . 10/19/2014
Didn't review the first one, but I was really into the story, so... do I get an excuse? No? Okay, then. Well, love this!
| Guest chapter 2 . 10/18/2014
Hi! I 'm your bigggg fan from korea.
Your writing is very popular in our country, too.
It's translate into our language and uploaded in by '송장의간장' .
Even I cannot understand allmost of your article, I am enjoy to read it.
I cannot sure my grammer and spelling is right, I hope that you can understand me.
| The Lost Playwright chapter 2 . 10/11/2014
'...And I suspect, Mr. Potter, that if I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorizing what remains of England."...'
OMG that is hilarious. I died of laughter right there, and it's just the second chapter. *sighs*
| Daniel6 chapter 2 . 10/4/2014
I think this Michael dude is the anti-Egon Spengler!
Hey! That gives me an idea! What if the Dursleys were killed the same night the Potters were? And Harry had to be sent to America where Lily's cousin lives. She's a secretary to a group of paranormal investigators & eliminators. Housed in New York.
| Guest chapter 2 . 10/3/2014
| Calmzone1 chapter 2 . 9/30/2014
LMAO... oh my god, I can't wait to keep reading. I love McGonagall's response at the end, so true.
| An-chan95 chapter 2 . 9/15/2014
Sorry, wrong button.
So I'll continue my review here :,)
Lastly, 3) SOU'RE STILL UPDATING!
On to the next point of my review; do you know what it reminded me of when I read the title and your first AN? Dr Bones. I REALLY love her!
P.S.: I didn't really understood all this single-point-of/primary point of departure thingy... Is this some kind of american expression?
| ArtemisCarolineSnow chapter 2 . 9/12/2014
| HighTreason25 chapter 2 . 9/12/2014
McGonagall's reasoning for not getting Harry his supplies sounds like a good excuse for any muggle-born student.
| alix33 chapter 2 . 8/26/2014
Hehehe at Harry's "You'd have to be a god" and especially professor McGonagall's reaction to it.
I approve hugely of Harry's biting teachers in his past: a couple of them in my own childhood and or school years could have done with being (and or have earned the right to be) bitten savagely.
McGonagall's reaction to Harry's biting teachers in his past is very funny.
I wonder if McGonagall perhaps is not a natural seer, having read her prediction of what Harry would get up to if he were to acquire his Hogwarts supplies sooner than two days before the new Hogwarts year is to start.
| Doug chapter 2 . 8/21/2014
I'm so glad I found this story!
That last bit form McGonagall was brilliant!;;
| Lisa Barker chapter 2 . 8/19/2014
This Harry reminds me of Bill Waterson's Calvin. :)
| Guest chapter 2 . 8/19/2014
Not bad but not riveting.
| scotty26 chapter 2 . 8/13/2014
oh dear god...a female Hermione by all accounts but all the same rather amusing
| Talkingbirdguy chapter 2 . 8/11/2014
Hilarious chapter, "you bite one teacher and they never let it go", very funny.
| humanoidpatronus chapter 2 . 8/10/2014
| Guest chapter 2 . 8/6/2014
I like it! It's really funny.
| May a Chance chapter 2 . 8/4/2014
I'm sorry if this offends you, but I feel that this story is practically designed to make those of us with average intelligence feel stupid, and that's how I feel. Please, can you try to avoid that sort of thing because it hurts.
| Sai Og Sus chapter 2 . 8/1/2014
Poor Harry. Must be hurt when you know the Truth but keep getting denied.
About the ending: Oh my god, Harry will do that? That's a total chaos.
| SakuraKoi chapter 2 . 7/31/2014
| Guest chapter 2 . 7/31/2014
I have to day I love your header file. but where is the main file so i can link them for compilation?
| Guest chapter 2 . 7/31/2014
Haha Harry is really cute :)
| thepkrmgc chapter 2 . 7/30/2014
yay for smart!harry! and good on you for calling out all the physical impossibilities about the animagus
| drarry lover12 chapter 2 . 7/26/2014
This is Hilarious!
| Neo-Devil chapter 2 . 7/18/2014
the music I have on right now: Pacific Rim theme!
| 0118999881999119725.3 chapter 2 . 7/15/2014
Words cannot describe the level of epicness in this story.
| Foxy-Floof chapter 2 . 7/3/2014
I almost woke up my neighbors with this one.
| mattymo153 chapter 2 . 7/1/2014
hahaha wow a plague of flaming zebras terrorising what remains of England this is stupendous
| Dizzy And Dead chapter 2 . 6/25/2014
Oh. My. God. This is hilarious. I love it. This is the first story I've read that actually has intellectual dialogue. Love it.
| Fire Shadow Dragon chapter 2 . 6/25/2014
This was hilarious.
| Tallman7 chapter 2 . 6/13/2014
That's great. Two months, huh? Haven't laughed like that in a while.
| Owls The Sailor chapter 2 . 5/27/2014
Poor, Harry no one believes him.
I also feel that his uncanny intelligence might have something to do with magic as well ... the irony!
| Bumblebee Madness chapter 2 . 5/17/2014
Oh. My god. Harry's sleep condition is like, like, the same as mine O_o
| Fluffy Dream chapter 2 . 5/14/2014
Wow! It's amazing! I love the smart Harry! XD
| JJSlay chapter 2 . 5/3/2014
THIS ISNT OK A STORY SHOULDNT BE ABLE TO MAKE YOU LOVE IT THIS MUCH IN TWO CHAPTERS NO IT JUST IS NOT OK
| julesdap chapter 2 . 4/14/2014
It's brilliant! Why the hell didn't I check this out before? Great idea, really funny, wondering where this will go... Sorta reminds me of a young Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory.
| ArcanePracti-cat chapter 2 . 4/12/2014
...this is... Amusing. Hahahaha xD
| Silverrain chapter 2 . 4/9/2014
Hahahaha! Love it!
| still not signed chapter 2 . 4/7/2014
Oh, how cute! Harry is even smarter than I was as a child. And that is saying something. Very funny.
| Tianhuayoucao chapter 2 . 3/16/2014
This is hands down the best HP fanfiction I have ever read, and top 5 in the best things I have ever read, period. I am putting a copy of the epub on some popular ebook downloading sites and will update accordingly. Also I have made an epub copy that contains the Author's Notes, on epub bud if anyone is interested. Does anyone have the Notes from the very early chapters (pre-Ch 12?)
| CuriousGuest chapter 2 . 3/11/2014
A promising chapter. Hope the rest is as good :)
| SuperVegitoFAN chapter 2 . 3/10/2014
I can give several defenses for anamagi but on my smartphone? No too complex
| pencuriLumba-Lumba chapter 2 . 3/10/2014
| zissy chapter 2 . 3/9/2014
i really like the idea of a non broken family, but I got troubles to see a 11 year old muggel boy to know about algorithms in 3rd grade...
hope Snape is making his life a hell, cos I really am not sympathetic to this Harry Potter ;)
and another thing: JKRs Potter is good at lots of magical things, cos no one ever told him that things aren't possible. your Harry has a whole muggel knowledge, preventing him from making the impossible possible.
let's see how this logic number is going on
| Harlequin de Rustre chapter 2 . 2/22/2014
I guffawed a little at some of the punchlines. It wasn't anything that dramatic, but that your writing is relatable enough to garner such a reaction is a good indication for the things to come (as far as my selfish desires for a non-boring HP fan fic go...)
| the other witch chapter 2 . 2/21/2014
Funny. Kinda overdone, but still funny. Reminds of Big Bang Theory.
| IXAthenaeum chapter 2 . 2/7/2014
-rolls on floor laughing- I'd never questioned what happened to an Animagus' mind when they transformed, but /dang/. McGonagall's a god..! -tries to smother another laugh- You're a genius, dear author 3
...And then the biting- Ahaha, you're wonderful xD
| Vampires2rocks chapter 2 . 2/5/2014
Huh...my fiancee had a similar notion about me when I asked him what would happen if I had magic.
Except...his theory was between "pigs would finally learn how to fly" or "We'd skip WW3 and head to WW4 because of you".
That latter one didn't make sense, but it was my fiancee - he tends not to make sense when half asleep and I asked him that question around 3:30AM - I have the same problem as Harry, except my clock is about 26-8 hours. Well, I think. I
I slept at 6 earlier, it's 10, and I've been awake for 3 hours.
I'm in a lecture, and I have coffee at my side along with my lap top.
...this isn't gonna go well for me.
| Guest chapter 2 . 2/3/2014
| Forrestib chapter 2 . 2/2/2014
That quote at the top about responsibility is from after the troll incident! How are the two chapters even connected? How far ahead did you plan all this?
Also, I love the fullmetal alchemist references you made at some point in a later chapter.
This story is better than a great many published novels I have read. Warner bros would be morons if they never tried to make a trilogy out of this considering they technically own the rights already.
I've been trying my best to get people to read this but everyone is stubborn and most remain unable to take any fanfic seriously )
| ml12622 chapter 2 . 1/16/2014
Fantastic story so far, just read the first 2 chapters and I was very pleased to get to the bottom of the page and find out that there are no less than 101 chapters which I look forward to reading.
| So funny chapter 2 . 1/13/2014
I laughed and kept on re-reading the final paragraphs. Beautiful!
| Grizzmon chapter 2 . 1/12/2014
I fear she is quite right!
| Kyle chapter 2 . 1/7/2014
And the media blaming Russia for it.
| Makokam chapter 2 . 1/4/2014
One of my major concerns about starting this is that I wonder if there's going to be an actual plot or if it's just going to be Harry studying magic, and studying studying magic, from the point of view of someone at the very high end of various scientific fields.
Basically, a lot of scenes like where McGonagall turned into a cat and Harry flipped and started ranting about how that shouldn't be possible.
However, after "flaming zebras" I think I'll be able to deal with it if it is.
And since I'm reviewing I might as well ask if there was a point to him... being awake for 18 hours after sleeping 8 hours and not being able to break from this? Is it simply a set up for sleeping potions working?
I also called Ms. Fig hearing Harry calling out for an owl and arranging for it to be sent. not that that's an accomplishment or anything.
And why did Harry not exhibit any accidental magic? You'd think he'd have accidentally turned his teacher into a radish instead of biting her, or similar to his father if he frustrates him that much.
Or is his knowledge of all this stuff a result of magic turning his brain into well...Hermione's x12?
Okay I'm done.
| CMVreud chapter 2 . 12/28/2013
FLAMIG ZEBRAS FTW!
| mipk90 chapter 2 . 12/24/2013
Is the two hour sleep condition real?
| Hippothestrowl chapter 2 . 12/19/2013
I didn't like the present tense start to Chapter 1 which reads like a text adventure: You are in a room. There is a table. On the table is a letter.
I didn't like the end where a voice says, "what." I assume that's Harry but my mind expects an exclamation mark or a question mark. Just saying 'what,' sounds odd.
But the main story in-between was nicely written and comfortable to read having strangely switched to normal past tense so it began to sound okay and quite involving.
This continued into Chapter 2 where the only oddity was the 'disappearance into a void' of Harry's parents - most especially, Dad - after McGonagall transforms into a cat. I mean, we don't hear from them again until Dad casually cautions Harry about Hogwarts. We get Harry's shock, but Harry half-believed in the first place, whereas his dad should have blown a fuse at the transformation. Other than that, very good chapter! :)
| Guest chapter 2 . 12/16/2013
This story is completely ridiculous. Harry is not a child prodigy... nor is he this annoying.
| AngelWitch chapter 2 . 12/16/2013
Biting a teacher... Can you imagine how McGonagall or, better yet, Snape would react to that?
| Naja chapter 2 . 12/6/2013
I definitely prefer this Harry to the other Harry in the actual books. I was always annoyed at the other Harry, because he came to a new world, he did not seem particularly shocked, and he did not want to learn the magic! I thought it did not seem too right, but this reaction seems more believable. I do not understand much of the science, except the bits about hypotheses because of psychology, but I get enough to carry on. I like it!
| FireInLife chapter 2 . 11/29/2013
Oh my god, the laughter! The dialogue in this story is just fantastic! XD
| thad.smith chapter 2 . 11/26/2013
I love this fan fiction. Best one ever!
| Guest chapter 2 . 11/26/2013
| Karthick chapter 2 . 11/18/2013
Harry Potter, compared to the movie parts seems to be very ingenious in here.
I remember the scene when Professor Snape asks Harry questions from his potions subject, and Harry would reply "I don't know, sir".
But all roads lead to Rome!
| SteveC chapter 2 . 11/17/2013
Oh, this story is going to be a gut-buster.
My poor wife (not scientifically inclinded other then in self-defence) is listing to me cackle from the other room and probably shaking her head very slowly and sadly.
I've loved science since watching Mr. Green jeans having a guest on the Captain Kangaroo show demonstrate how to freeze flowers with LN2 back in the early 1960's.
I enjoy a good story with a long/involved plot. I'm and literally bouncing in my desk chair thinking about the wonderful time your work is going to give me. Thank you so very much in advance.
Very best regards
| unobtrusivescribe chapter 2 . 11/13/2013
Wonderful chapter! I could not stop laughing about Harry biting his teaching because he didn't know logarithms:)
It's so neat to see this type of interaction between muggles and wizards/witches. Great job with McGonagall- I think you hit her character right on the nose!
| emilie anderson chapter 2 . 11/4/2013
Magic QUANTUM PHYSICS, BABY!
That's a bit of an anticlimax," Harry said. "You'd think there'd be some kind of more dramatic mental event associated with updating on an observation of infinitesimal probability -" Harry stopped himself. Mum, the witch, and even his Dad were giving him that look again. "I mean, with finding out that everything I believe is false."
Seriously, it should have been more dramatic. His brain ought to have been flushing its entire current stock of hypotheses about the universe, none of which allowed this to happen.
very interesting, how theres no a spark or whatever. if there is a global consciousness that human beings have the ability to tap into, whether we use it or not, are these ideas literally only in our brains? idk. that's kool
your a really good writer! thank you for doing this, total HP fan and seriously appreciating the philosophical insight/assesment
| Guest chapter 2 . 11/4/2013
Woah... This is genius!
| Nameless5387 chapter 2 . 11/1/2013
Lol, the last paragraph was funny. Gosh I'm loving this story already. And I love how it mentioned Harry biting this third grade maths teacher!
| Guest chapter 2 . 10/25/2013
This is amazing
| Guest chapter 2 . 10/24/2013
Haha xD It's okay Harry! I bit a dentist three times :)
| willam and jack and jake chapter 2 . 10/22/2013
| Bleuwolf13 chapter 2 . 10/20/2013
*giggles madly at little scientist-type Harry *
Flaming. Zebras. Purple. Smoke. Teehee.
I think I'll be enjoying this fanfiction quite a bit...and I think you had way too much fun writing certain parts of it. Just saying.
| McVitie chapter 2 . 10/15/2013
official funniest fanfic i have EVER read well done!
| Iryerris chapter 2 . 10/6/2013
Okay, this is pretty freaking funny. I enjoy that biting bit.
| Kutasan chapter 2 . 9/19/2013
The foreshadowing of that quote before the chapter starts... Dear God, the foreshadowing.
| Quiet Purple chapter 2 . 8/25/2013
"You'd think there'd be some kind of more dramatic mental event associated with updating on an observation of infinitesimal probability -"
Very amusing! This was the chapter that had me hooked.
| AAA chapter 2 . 8/24/2013
Very well written. Wonderful premise. Enjoying your writing from the very first chapter; especially the realistic dialog.
| S28 chapter 2 . 8/24/2013
Quite funny. Good story so far.
| AVoiceofSanity chapter 2 . 8/24/2013
Second Chapter read. Even better.
| The 10th Wand chapter 2 . 8/8/2013
ok now I understand why this story has so many reviews.
| Dave chapter 2 . 8/1/2013
Hahahah, your funny. I look forward to the next chapter.
| Netchka chapter 2 . 7/31/2013
O! I still can't see the keyboard to well, my eyes are all bleary. God that was funny. Almost p'd myself I was laughing so hard. I could almost see this Harry doing what McGonagall discribed. ;) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
| Ash-Bookworm113 chapter 2 . 7/31/2013
ha ha ha ha ha AWESOME :) great first couple of chapters :)
| Kallios the Scholar chapter 2 . 7/30/2013
Oh, I laughed SO HARD when I was reading this.
"a plague of flaming zebras" HA.
Good one. I shall continue reading with interest.
| Kenny Deheart chapter 2 . 7/28/2013
Usually I don't comment on the first couple chapters, but wow, this is awesome!
This whole scene is well written, clever and funny.
I have to thank you for causing me to actually laugh out loud and causing my roommate to look at me like I was loosing my mind. :)
| Guest chapter 2 . 7/25/2013
I love the part where Harry reacts to McGonagall turning into a cat
| Kasamira chapter 2 . 7/24/2013
You must be a genius because this is bloody brilliant! I can honestly say that I've never read a single fanfic as unique as this, they simply weren't out there, and you've addressed real life problems in a children's book that has never had to uphold itself outside of a magical world. At least a magical world where any "muggle" laws apply. The work of a genius... I wonder what would happen if Harry met Artemis Fowl :)
| Dayjor chapter 2 . 7/9/2013
Wow, I'm enjoying this story already, love the humor.
| DizzyZina chapter 2 . 7/8/2013
I love this story already. It refreshing for Harry to be raised in a somewhat stable environment with a supportive family. Your portrayal of Petunia was interesting and had me in tears when she had to leave the room to laugh in the backyard. Off to the next chapter ...
| whenithitsthefan chapter 2 . 7/6/2013
This is bloody BRILLIANT.
| To the TARDIS chapter 2 . 7/6/2013
I know kind of how you feel harry. Rereading the books after science class is torture. (excuse the spelling please)
| Ava-Keep777 chapter 2 . 7/5/2013
Holy...I just felt my mind melt and got reactivated. This is awesome! 'You can't learn anything reading fanfiction.' Take that world!
| blakekeane chapter 2 . 7/4/2013
Oh god that was hilarious! I was laughing like a loon for five whole minutes by the time the chapter ended!
| Devil Reader chapter 2 . 7/2/2013
I just read the latest chapter (#90) and I started rereading this fan fic for the sheer pleasure of reading your works. I rarely reread many stories, yet this is the third time I am doing so. Amazing...
You have a way to make a fortune if you needed to do so. I swear that people would actually pay you to put this story in print and then BUY the print copies from you...even if you still left all of the exact same text online for free. Not many other people can say that they have an easy way to make money. Once again, amazing...
| ladyowl chapter 2 . 7/2/2013
Re-reading from the beginning while I wait for my code to compile... And, I hadn't realized that the statements at the top of the pages are previews of the future; I thought it was just you being funny. Now I'm back to being horrified that Hermione is dead and Harry is evil...
Thanks again for the update. Catch you friday, LO
| Anon chapter 2 . 7/2/2013
I love this so much. It's only chapter two, and it's amazing.
| jedimaster080 chapter 2 . 7/1/2013
I just wanted to say. You sir/madam, have by far my favorite sassy disclaimer in this chapter, I laughed legitimately out loud. I just want to say thank you for existing
| BrandiAlyssa chapter 2 . 6/30/2013
I'm already very much enjoying your fic, but I feel I must tell you it has high expectations (which so far it is living up to). It was highly recommended by PotterCast at LeakyCon 2013 Closing Ceremonies.
| sillysnarrylovinggirl chapter 2 . 6/27/2013
The reasons for the delayed shopping trip are priceless! Talk about a precocious kid! He's putting canon Hermione to shame.
| jerry.n.wesner chapter 2 . 6/23/2013
So different, but with consistencies. Professor McGonagall spoke in her own voice, of course. Things develop in a different manner, but Harry will still be going to Hogwarts. I can hardly wait.
| codellmarie chapter 2 . 6/21/2013
Harry isn't he backward kid we know and love, he is CRAZY. lol
| dragonprincess3 chapter 2 . 6/19/2013
an interesting first chapter... lets see how this pans out...
| PutMoneyInThyPurse chapter 2 . 6/11/2013
"Rest assured, Mr. Potter," replied Professor McGonagall, "Hogwarts is quite capable of teaching the basics. And I suspect, Mr. Potter, that if I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorising what remains of England."
OMG! Oh oh oh oh oh - I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! OH! What remains of England! Oh!
| Dafydd chapter 2 . 6/8/2013
LOL - I don't think the results of Harry experimenting / Reading the books would have been that bad! Although I recon Surry would have been a right off! LOL
So far I like what I have read.
| Oaktree1998 chapter 2 . 6/7/2013
This is HYSTERICAL! Great job so far.
| Zora chapter 2 . 6/1/2013
An interestimg concept for a Harry Potter fic, so far it is well written with nothing that stands out in a bad way. I look forwards to reading the next chapters.
| sketched-daydreams chapter 2 . 5/27/2013
I love the humor in this chapter.
| Guest chapter 2 . 5/23/2013
Omg this is turning better and better! Im actually studying science and its soooo funny! XD Im like laughing all the timeee XD
| kevluv93 chapter 2 . 5/18/2013
I believe that everything in the Harry Potter universe is logically possible, and it is logical to try and justify it scientifically. Have you ever reads Popper's thesis paper on falsifiability? You see, almost all theories we have about the universe are incorrect in one certain way or another and sometimes it takes a whole revision of a theory in order to update it and make it more "correct".
Example: Back in the day people noticed Uranus didn't orbit the solar system in accordance to Newtonian physics.
O-kay, there must be another planet around it that affects its orbit.
-There was, Neptune. But then people observed that Mercury didn't orbit around the sun as newtonian physics says it would.
- Maybe there's another planet around it, scientists called this theoretical planet "Vulcan". There isn't a planet vulcan, Mercury didn't follow Newtonian physics.
-Then Einstein came around with his new theories of physics that explained everything that newtonian physics did as well as the quirks that were incorrect with it. Newtonian physics were just wrong, Einstein's theory was more correct. It explained all of the planet orbits and even the quirky ones like Mercury.
So in the end maybe our knowledge of physics is completely incorrect and the existence of magic can be used to revise or create a totally new theory on the laws of nature. What do wizard physicists state about the nature of magic? What forces or postulates do they have about magic that makes it behave in the way it does?
| MissMalfoy77 chapter 2 . 5/6/2013
This is good. Like I don't know what else to say, Especially the bit about biting teachers.
Fave quotes: the one about the cat violating conservation of energy and the last one about leaving Harry alone with his books. Priceless.
| Ross chapter 2 . 5/1/2013
Mother of- was that a Pigfarts joke? Mars. You rotter. I love this. Thank you.
plague of flaming- yeah 1 reader.
| Shadow Bane chapter 2 . 4/27/2013
ok, so Minerva's the headmistress, am I missing something? when does Albus come in? is he portrayed in this thing as a teacher or a guidance counsular? and what about Hagrid? I know this is merely a fan fic and so far a really good one, but it's idk how to put it. ahh... strange. I mean albus and Hagrid both always seem to play an important part in Harry's wizarding life... will it not be the case here? I hope so. well on to ch.3
| Ryvaken Lucius Tadrya chapter 2 . 4/27/2013
Ok, this is making me laugh. Two criticisms worth noting, though.
First, as a simple fact of biology a child's brain is not an adult's brain. In the same way McGonagall's animagus state should prevent her from thinking as a human, Harry's youth should prevent him from thinking as an adult. Of course one of the chief indicators of immature thought processes is an egocentric perspective, so Harry's inability to note his own hypocrisy on that matter is entirely reasonable. I'm not sure what I'm criticizing anymore, but I have a sinus thing screwing up my brain so MOVING ON.
Second, there are some early warning signs that this family is less scientifically minded than it is...I'm not sure there's a word for it. A perspective that believes itself to be scientific but is more inclined to play lip service to the concepts of science in order to assault the beliefs of others. That would be a very bad perspective to have.
| smilingcrescent chapter 2 . 4/24/2013
hahaha! You mix reason and humor so well. Lovely.
| psychicshipping chapter 2 . 4/24/2013
You get my Favorite just for the flaming zebras!
| Luna's Meow chapter 2 . 4/21/2013
Guest: My review got cut off for being too long, here is the rest of it:
An example of differing minds and differing efforts:
I didn't put forth any effort in school, but I was the smartest in every class I ever took. I read books during math class, then proceeded to teach other students who had paid very close attention how to do the math differently because no matter how they tried, they couldn't pick up what the teacher taught. I only watched the example once, and ignored the teacher the rest of the class. I didn't try at all, but I was ahead of even the other smart people (those in the mentally gifted program) who did try at least somewhat. I didn't get as good grades, but that was because I was lazy, and the only schoolwork I did was my tests. No homework, no classwork, and no projects. I knew I could get 100 on every test with ease, and that would get me at least a C, usually a B, so I didn't care. Especially since the teachers told us at the beginning of the year what percentage our grades were made up by. So whenever a teacher did make tests not enough to pass, I'd calculate how much other work I actually had to do, do that, and then go back to doing nothing but tests. It never failed.
I didn't meet someone smarter than I was until I was 25. I knew they existed, but I hadn't met any. I'd met people with more *knowledge* than me in certain subjects, but not more intelligence until that point. And that is still only one person. There are undoubtedly more, but the point is that they are few and far between. I have an unfair advantage, but that's life. Life isn't fair. Not everyone can be what they want to be if they work hard enough, and there will always be others who can do the same or better with less effort. Why? Because *the universe doesn't care* that's why. It isn't fair, or good, or evil. The universe just is. So some people will always be born with more innate talent than others, due to slight differences in our genetic code. So believing that everyone can achieve greatness is just the new-age happy feet bullshit that society believes is polite, and tries to push on everyone in the name of "equality". Their mistake is this:
Equality isn't about everyone having equal ability, but rather equal chance to hone their ability (whatever ability they have) and make use of it without being held back due to prejudices, or petty disputes. If you are passed over for something, (like a job) it should be because of talent or skill, not color, creed, race, sexuality, or some other random detail unless it directly affects what the employer is trying to accomplish. *That* is equality. Not just saying that everyone is equal, and that you can be whatever you want if you try. Those are just nice words. It is really refusing to see reality as it is. It's delusional. It's good to tell children, so that they don't get discouraged the first time they fail, or when they are told they aren't good enough and so they learn to persevere until they accomplish their goals, but there comes a time when you have to grow up, and realize that it was useful then, but not now. Because not everyone can be Michael Jordan, even if they practice more than he ever did.
| seniorforayear07 chapter 2 . 4/18/2013
There's just something about a smart Harry. I always knew he had it in him.. of course who his parents are certainly helps.
| RussianDestruction chapter 2 . 4/18/2013
"A choked laugh escaped Professor McGonagall, as if extracted from her by tweezers." LOL!
I love Harry's way of speaking. It's just entirely too funny. And biting the math teacher for not knowing what a logarithm was? Bad Harry! I didn't even know what one was till seventh grade!
"If I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorising what remains of England." HOW DO YOU THINK OF THESE THINGS!? I died!
| sww11685 chapter 2 . 4/15/2013
Loved this chapter, especially Harry's reactions to the magic, biting his teacher, and McGonagall's line at the end.
| Anonia chapter 2 . 4/13/2013
"...implied by the form of the quantum Hamiltonian"
I read that, and had to pause for a moment as my brain frantically scrambled away from dealing with what that meant, and horrible memories of someone improperly teaching what a Hamiltonian was by using the Schrödinger equation. So, I don't think I'm going to have to wait until chapter 5 to continue reading this, at all (Hermione and Harry are going to get along *so* well in this aren't they?).
I'm liking the points of divergence that I've noticed already in relation to Petunia and Lily. Harry's uncle is also a nice change from Vernon in that he isn't cruel, but perhaps just as unable to relate to Harry on an emotional level (or perhaps maybe Vernon related to Harry *only* on an emotional level...?).
Anyway, great story so far, and I can't wait to see how it turns out.
| GelibeanH20 chapter 2 . 4/11/2013
So awesome! I love this to bits! :D
| TenebrisCor chapter 2 . 4/6/2013
Oh my goodness! I believe this chapter is well deserving of a true LOL. I couldn't stop laughing!
The thought of an eleven year old speaking like this is extraordinary, but it would be amazing to meet someone like this. I would not be able to understand anything that they were saying, but one could learn so much!
I cannot wait to read more.. off I go!
| Originality-Report chapter 2 . 4/4/2013
This story has just made my life... OH MY GOODNESH! :3
| lastcrazyhorn chapter 2 . 4/3/2013
"Excuse me," said Petunia, and fled through the backdoor into the garden, from which her screams of laughter were clearly audible.
*cackles with laughter*
| Ari chapter 2 . 4/2/2013
I thought that this was a hilarious chapter. I love how Harry tries to rationalize McGonagall's Animagnus ability to change into a cat. I will continue to read this and follow along as Harry learns magic.
| Hannah chapter 2 . 4/2/2013
I don't know much about math or science, so the stuff about physics was confusing. Anyway, it's interesting to see how different Harry is because of the changes to his environment. It's like he's a different person.
| Fuyutaro son chapter 2 . 4/1/2013
you really, really have to explain why you had them keep the evans name.
| olivm chapter 2 . 3/31/2013
Also a fun chapter, but I'm finding these short. I like them, I love the portrayal of young Mr. Potter ...L-V as an extremely intelligent young man, and like imagining that the mention of so many aspects of physics and derived assumptions about the universe, matter, and what constitutes a person in essence are specifically mentioned and successively checked off as negated by magical demonstrations and not True.
| Trym Alsaker chapter 2 . 3/27/2013
So I just finished reading this chapter and I must say I love this. This is most likely the best fan fiction I have ever read and it's just so well done. And I read the part about giving up on this if you don't like it after chapter 10, well, I already love. Great work!
| Kyrianae Narii chapter 2 . 3/18/2013
I donb't know why people think this don't belive this doesn't pick up until about ch 5. This is flipping hilarious at point; on par with A Black Comedy at points, but then agian this may be early days.
| yoloswagmaster chapter 2 . 2/28/2013
| blewis61 chapter 2 . 2/27/2013
Another good chapter. I am curious to find out what this sleep cycle thing is. I am already having to fight against my brain saying that Prof. McGonagall wouldn't act certain ways, let alone Harry, but I must say I actually like the somewhat less stern Professor (though stern when the time came). Looking forward to reading more, though I will warn you that I might not review every chapter if they are all this short because I will be shotgunning through a lot of them at once.
| k9angel chapter 2 . 2/27/2013
OMG. The end of this chapter had me laughing like a loon. Probably one of the funniest things I've read in months.
| HarryXmas chapter 2 . 2/24/2013
I'm not going to keep turning back to fill in the forgotten comment. I'm too old for that. If the ending wasn't so exciting I woudn't rush to press the NEXT- hyperlink so precipitously.
| Queen Alexandera's Birdwing chapter 2 . 2/24/2013
You're a hilarious human being. :D
(Assuming you're a human being and not part goblin, for example.)
| Mythomagic101 chapter 2 . 2/17/2013
wow, you have a HELL LOT OF REVIEWS!
| Macilnar chapter 2 . 2/16/2013
This story might be the death of me...well done.
| Archet chapter 2 . 2/15/2013
Can't...stop...laughing...Oh geez Harry why are you so funny?
I'm hooked, it's only chapter two.
| Lianne chapter 2 . 2/14/2013
*smile* the right mix of humour and plot forwarding
shortness of chapter invites/ensures reading of ch. 3
| Skaz Wolfman chapter 2 . 2/12/2013
McGonagall's last paragraph knocked me off my seat!
| tiggerbone chapter 2 . 2/3/2013
Fascinating! This is quite enjoyable. Harry's practicality does not disappoint, and I love the fact that he bit his math teacher when he was younger. It keeps him rooted as a kid despite his intelligence and practicality.
In some ways, he reminds me of me as a boy ... but he has a much more level head than I did and a better grasp of physics.
| reader chapter 2 . 2/3/2013
| Enei Emmu chapter 2 . 2/2/2013
You turned into a cat! A SMALL cat! You violated Conservation of Energy! That's not just an arbitrary rule, it's implied by the form of the quantum Hamiltonian! Rejecting it destroys unitarity and then you get FTL signalling! And cats are COMPLICATED! A human mind can't just visualise a whole cat's anatomy and, and all the cat biochemistry, and what about the neurology?
This is the quote that led me to this fic, and it is freaking glorious. I am now hooked.
| Ardwolf chapter 2 . 1/29/2013
"a plague of flaming zebras terrorising what remains of England"
You sir, are my new hero!
| Guest chapter 2 . 1/25/2013
I love this version of Professor McGonagall, it's her just a bit more awesome
| Shaydrall chapter 2 . 1/19/2013
And then a woman turned into a cat.
"Oh, oh and THERE'S the GG!"
"Wonderful play by M&MWitch. Absolutely brilliant."
"Yes HJPEV was doing exceptionally well in the early and mid game but utterly crushed in the end game."
"I personally can't wait to see them battle again."
"Now we come to our next match between TLO and WhiteRa..."
| Ardeth Hines chapter 2 . 1/16/2013
Ok, so now I'm weepy. Ms Rowling, writing for children, leaves out vast amounts of detail that her characters will learn bit by bit through all the chapters and books. You (pl? sing?) writing for adults - ah. well, sort of? - do not play down the tough parts but rather hit hard on the tender parts. If this keeps up, I'll have to read very slowly and it is so good and so rich I want to go thru it as fast as I did the originals :)
| Ardeth Hines chapter 2 . 1/16/2013
This is a new computer and I'm not yet familiar with the [expletive] keyboard so it's tricky to talk to you, but let it be said it would be easier if I weren't laughing so hard. . . .
| Heroine of the Valley chapter 2 . 1/10/2013
| Obscured Angel chapter 2 . 1/8/2013
This story is amazing! I love the way Harry talks and his intelligence. The fact that you changed his familly life was well done to.
This story is hilarious and I've been laughing so much my ribs hurt.
Thanks for writing and posting.
| Manga154 chapter 2 . 1/7/2013
I can only think their weapon of chose will be "Combustible Lemons"
| Writing bunny chapter 2 . 1/6/2013
Great chapter. I already love your version of Harry. McGonnagal's prediction at the end was priceless and accurate.
| Biabara chapter 2 . 1/3/2013
"I am a conscientious objector to child conscription, on grounds that I should not have to suffer for a disintegrating school system's failure to provide teachers or study materials of even minimally adequate quality."
This sentence is.. mind-boggling. I certainly will expand my vocabulary. I mean, reading the HP books in english is no challenge at all, the language is very easy. But this? Umph. On the bright side, even if it takes a bit longer for me to understand everything, it's still so funny that it doesn't get frustrating.
| BiblioMatsuri chapter 2 . 1/3/2013
I can't stop laughing. Plague of flaming zebras...
| Guest chapter 2 . 1/2/2013
This is just laugh out loud funny! I can't wait to read the next 85 chapters!
Also, I'm thinking timeturners, mayby?
| A Drop of Starlight chapter 2 . 1/1/2013
ROFL Harry's humor is EPIC I will love this story FOREVAH
| The One Who Reads Too Much chapter 2 . 12/22/2012
"I'll find a solution in time"
Re-reading this story, I find that pun horribly hilarious.
| LadyFreak chapter 2 . 12/21/2012
Brilliant and hillarious. love this chapter!
| Killmekos chapter 2 . 12/20/2012
Man, I haven't laughed as hard as I did at the last part of this chapter in over two weeks. Even my roommates started asking me why I'm laughing so hard for. :))
| Susan M. M chapter 2 . 12/19/2012
I read the last few paragraphs of this chapter aloud to my husband and son, and had both of them howling with laughter.
| PBBandit chapter 2 . 12/19/2012
Okay... I was recommended to this story by a friend. I started reading and was immediately drawn in. Your writing style is extremely clear and concise. I'm actually having trouble not bursting into laughter at your wit. I wanted to let you know how awesome the story is before I go thank my friend. That "next" button is looking very tempting right now. Please continue writing... not even just this story.
| Messer Blood chapter 2 . 12/18/2012
When she turned into a cat I was just thinking that harry was talking like Joel from roosterteeth about dyy
| StrangeoneXD chapter 2 . 12/16/2012
This seems rather light hearted, it's supposed to get darker though yes?
| Dan Riddle chapter 2 . 12/11/2012
If this story continues like that, it'll be the best fanfiction I've ever read!
| wildirishrose chapter 2 . 12/4/2012
Getting even better...
| lvnfld chapter 2 . 11/26/2012
Seems to be moving along well, interested to see where we end up.
| bkaddictjk chapter 2 . 11/23/2012
Oh Merlin... Harry sounds a bit like Artemis Fowl... a more childish Artemis Fowl... and I love it :D
| WriteWhenICan chapter 2 . 11/20/2012
Okay. I would say that this caught my attention. I will continue reading.
| Diavo chapter 2 . 11/11/2012
i am reading this story again for the second time. last time was a while back. and i still cant help but lol at these chapters.
| sadistic dreamkiller chapter 2 . 11/10/2012
xD I stumbled upon this story outside of the website. Apparently based on your review count alone, I could deduce this will be one hell of a fun time reading this. :D Harry is... lol. He's very funny. At this first chapter, I'm betting he and Hermione are gonna be going head to head.
| MissNikita chapter 2 . 11/10/2012
I snorted tea through my knows, I did NOT appreciate that, if the entiore story is gonna be like that I will refrain from eating and drinking till I am finished reading it.
| fractalman chapter 2 . 11/3/2012
OHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH! *falls of chair*
| Muirgen Monet chapter 2 . 10/25/2012
This was an amazing chapter! I love Harry's reaction to McGonagall's Transfiguration.
"And I suspect, Mr. Potter, that if I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorising what remains of England." Best line ever. I just about died.
| MoonRose91 chapter 2 . 10/16/2012
Oh, that is beautiful.
THEY AGREED WITH HER!
| Aynessa chapter 2 . 10/9/2012
This was quite possibly the most ridiculous and hilarious thing I've ever read.
| Princessdiana516 chapter 2 . 10/4/2012
Like it .like it .love it.
| Kim S chapter 2 . 10/2/2012
I have to say, even though you did mention that it only picked up at around ch. 5 this story is, so far, brilliant, and exactly what i have been looking for, not to mention so many correlations I have found (broken sleeping cycle...yeah :p) also currently studying computer science and someone who loves to understand, i am really enjoying the intelligence level of this story, thank you for what i am sure will be a marvelous piece of writing, and i look forward to reading much, much more
| LordXeenTheGreat chapter 2 . 10/1/2012
| Tofs chapter 2 . 9/29/2012
I'm loving this. I adore the way that Harry talks! How do you find all these names? O_O
| Paul-Sebastian chapter 2 . 9/26/2012
I think Harry's father wasn't as shocked as he should have been. Actually, he should have been more shocked than Harry. I think you should mention how his father settled with the thought that Harry's mother was telling the truth.
| Magickal chapter 2 . 9/26/2012
Wow. I don't review this early, I only review in the end, but when I started Chapter 1, I was hooked! Now I'll continue and read. I now know why this is so popular. They even have a Sims version of this in YouTube!
| Zephyr chapter 2 . 9/25/2012
"Fine, I won't bite anyone who doesn't bite me first"
After saying that you have to have a werewolf teacher.
| Mr H. Potter chapter 2 . 9/25/2012
"I'll find a solution in time"
Was this a very bad pun or was it completely unintentional?
| Mr H. Potter chapter 2 . 9/25/2012
I wouldn't say that appearing to turn into a cat would necessarily violate the law of the conservation of mass. It would most likely have to violate some laws of physics but not necessarily that one. The mass could be teleported somewhere temporarily and the rest made to look like a cat. Has anyone ever dissected an Animagus?
| Light Under My Skin chapter 2 . 9/23/2012
This. Is. Really. Good. I know you get a lot of reviews, but I just wanted to say that I really enjoy this story :)
| Ashley chapter 2 . 9/13/2012
When Minerva says is that sufficient, and Harry says probably not but at least it will help, he should have said not sufficient, but necessary.
| Rebecca Slytherin chapter 2 . 9/13/2012
This story seems to be the funniest fanfiction I ever read. And that will mean a lot, because I read a lot of fanfictions in my life.
I really like your story. The idea is great and it's well written too.
Thank you very much. :)
| Twistedmind365 chapter 2 . 9/8/2012
Hmm, is anyone else thinking that the rest of her body- you know, the bits that don't get turned into a cat- could have expelled in some way? It doesn't seem as if there was a release of heat or light or even a sonic boom, so it would have to be gaseous particles... Then again, no breeze either. Do Animagi even still have a magical core when in animal form? They must, because Muggles don't transform into animals and if they had no power, they'd be stuck in an animal form forever...
Unless the remaining matter transformed into magical energy? That would mean that she would be much more magically powerful as a cat, though, and that doesn't make much sense.
Gah, my brain hurts now. Perhaps I should just leave it as McGonagall did, by saying that it's simply 'magic'? ... No, that's not going to happen. Note to self, must find advanced Physics textbooks at earliest opportunity.
| Guest chapter 2 . 9/6/2012
Funny, funny stuff. And the science is perfectly legit and relevant, I never thought of it that way. It's like combination Harry Potter-Artemis Fowl-Garfield Comic.
| Omegakishan chapter 2 . 9/4/2012
BRILLIANT, I love this story already.
| tcganimefan chapter 2 . 9/3/2012
Yet again, I am in love with your characters and sens of humor. I like the idea of a hero coming from a functional family.
| MrsChurch chapter 2 . 9/1/2012
Oh, goodness! I really wish I didn't have to go to work right now. This is hilarious! I'll be back, I promise!
| SpesialK1 chapter 2 . 8/31/2012
I am intrigued! It is the really interesting beginning) I like this Harry :3
| DZAuthor AKA DZMom chapter 2 . 8/16/2012
Harry is an odd child. I suppose oddness should be expected for an Everyman in a rational treatise. After all, people rarely ACT rationally. I suppose a lucky few may be born with the ability (or disability) to ignore ethical information signals and only act based on logic. Perhaps Harry, as a child, found it effectual to bite when frustrated. His preteen assertion that biting is legitimate if first bitten by another does seem like the wisdom of an eleven-year-old boy.
Okay, since you've had Brit pickers helping you out, I expect you'll accept nitpickers, too. Case in point: since when did Harry see MY father levitated? Or was I, the reader, not the target of the "your" in his thoughts about the levitation episode? Perhaps he was becoming Everyman, and so the text switched mid-sentence to the common "you" - just to be inclusive. ;)
The anti-climactic reaction of Harry is par for the course. We readers wouldn't experience his shock, even if he had felt it. We already know that magic exists in the HP universe. Poor Harry. Little does he know, he's just the pawn of an author of fiction in a universe of quanta of information strung together to convey meaning to readers. Had he known, he would have spent much more effort to marvel at the probability that words created him, a concept who exists beyond the screen, the page, the interwebz.
| ImmortalSolace chapter 2 . 8/15/2012
What professor McGonagall violated was the Law of Conservation of Mass, not Energy
| DeathBySugarCube chapter 2 . 8/9/2012
Love that last bit of dialogue from mcgonogal!
| Lorima chapter 2 . 8/5/2012
Amazing! I don't understand a single word of the complex sciency stuff but that makes it even better. :D
| Kingnick chapter 2 . 8/2/2012
It's perfect, been sititng in my favs for a while, this will be a good adventure.
| Livixx chapter 2 . 8/1/2012
I laughed so much when I read this chapter
| voodooqueen126 chapter 2 . 8/1/2012
"I am a conscientious objector to child conscription, on grounds that I should not have to suffer for a disintegrating school system's failure to provide teachers or study materials of even minimally adequate quality"
the purpose of schools is of course learning to socialise with people who are stupid, mean and one learn inspite of them
| Guest chapter 2 . 7/30/2012
Wow, this is the first time I've written a review like this! I must say that the chapters are fairly short, but that's not bad. I've heard so many good things about this. It's the #1 most reviewed thing on the website! It's certainly better than "My Immortal". The story looks good so far.
| JemsnJewels chapter 2 . 7/30/2012
Amazing, love you're writing style, the plot, everything. You know you're fanfic made it in the newspaper here in Malaysia? It's number two in the top ten fanfictions in the Niexter section of the NewStraitsTimes. Congrats!
niexter -that's their facebook page.
| Poetheather1 chapter 2 . 7/28/2012
So funny. Professor McGonagall owned that whole scene. Awesome. Completely awesome. And her last line... priceless.
| Assymetric chapter 2 . 7/27/2012
"You turned into a cat! A SMALL cat! You violated Conservation of Energy!
| AnimationNut chapter 2 . 7/25/2012
"...I will return to this house only to find a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorising what remains of England."
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
| Prettyrad chapter 2 . 7/25/2012
OMG! Just discovered this! I love this, I'm in middle school, learning about physics and stuff, and this really struck a chord with me. I personally thought that the Latin root word of the spell would be in relation to the elements used, and not just four, I'm talking whole periodic table. But really it's kinda malarkey, the spells not your work. I mean if each corresponded to an element it would make sense, but no, it's just mindless memorization, I like this so much.
| PretendingToWrite chapter 2 . 7/24/2012
Laughed so hard at the log part- once my sister needed help on her math homework so I did it all in logs and her teacher told her she had to redo it because OBVIOUSLY she had done it wrong
| Guest chapter 2 . 7/22/2012
How does Harry know that McGonigall must visualize a cat's physiology in order to transfigure herself?
| noiha chapter 2 . 7/20/2012
this is probably the most frustrating fanfic as i reread some pharagraphs more than once, including using google help to find things i couldn't understand. it took twice time to read, why bother reading it? simply because it's too intriguing to ignore. xD idk if i'm able to read the following chapters, but indeed this fanfic is deserved the hype it's getting.
off to read more!
| Gravity Cat chapter 2 . 7/18/2012
He's basically saying that he strongly objects being required by law to attend school, because in doing so his overall intellectual development and education are forcefully lowered down to the average level of public schools students and teachers.
Harry in this story is some sort of child prodigy/genius/older mind stuck in a body of a child - either way, he likely perceives school as a complete waste of his time, maybe even as a punishment. He's 11 and is quite comfortable with such things as calculus mathematics and many more advanced concepts - for comparison, I know for a fact that 3/4 of my graduating class of high school could not even apply trigonometry properly, and it was like this for pretty much all other subjects too.
I can sympathize with him because before I moved to LA and was forced into that joke of the school system that it has, I actually went to a decent school in a different country, and I have something to compare against. I may not be up to Harry's level, but in my 9th grade I was already past the 12th grade material in at least half of the subjects they offered (and no, I'm not a nerd and did not spend all my time studying, this sort of progress was NORMAL where I used to live, you just learned over time how to study new material quickly and efficiently). Its just sad really, the worst part is that you cannot NOT go to school and just pass the exams, attendance is mandatory or you get a visit from local police to your parents, every day you are forced to get up at 6 to be in time for the bus, and then waste your entire day until 3:30 by sitting in classrooms being either bored to death or suffering from the newest bright ideas of their teachers (I was 17 and in my 12th grade when my current English teacher thought it was a good idea to make a class play and dress the students up as fast food menu offerings, I shit you not. And it was REQUIRED as part of the passing grade to participate. And no, this wasnt made as a joke, it was a serious attempt to teach local latino kids about healthy food practices. Not that anyone cared).
This sort of system is destructive because it caters to average or lower end of the spectrum, you stick someone who's ahead of the curve in it and by the time they spend 4 years doing this every day they are very likely to dislike anything to do with school with a passion or be brought down to the level of the masses. No offense JoLuna, but the fact you could not understand that sentence likely makes you a victim of just such a system.
| JoLuna chapter 2 . 7/18/2012
"I am a conscientious objector to child conscription, on grounds that I should not have to suffer for a disintegrating school system's failure to provide teachers or study materials of even minimally adequate quality."
I'm sorry, what?
I laughed quite hard at myself when I read that four times and still couldn't understand a thing. I felt really dumb...
But well, the point is I'm enjoying reading this, even though I feel stupid, sometimes.
| Guest chapter 2 . 7/17/2012
Ok, now this is something else. a flaming zebras terrorising a depopulated city? You, my man, crossed the boundaries of awesomeness.
| Satirica chapter 2 . 7/16/2012
I am beginning to see the alterations the parallel universe has made to the characters...which is perfectly reasonable, of course, seeing as it's a different world. I always wonder things like that...like if Harry had been raised by his actual parents, would he be more arrogant, like his father? But anyway, this Harry seems to be more assertive, and well-informed on the ways of life. I like this version of him, though.
| Cortana49 chapter 2 . 7/14/2012
This is very cute. That cat scene makes me laugh a lot. He reacts to the transformation a lot more seriously than is often seen in such magical fiction.
| Fudgecicles chapter 2 . 7/12/2012
wow, harry must have a lot of brain power...he's like a genius or something...
lol at professor mcgonagall. nice to see her having a sense of humor. but flaming zebras? really? where did that come from?
| inkbender chapter 2 . 6/29/2012
Okay, this chapter reveals a bit more of the innate immaturity of a young yet savant-ly brilliant child.
Oh, the thousands of years of Science trashed within a simple act of transfiguration...
| treena-ivy-carter chapter 2 . 6/28/2012
This chapter never fails to amuse - even though this is my third read and I already know every line...
| Did chapter 2 . 6/27/2012
I have to admit, this is the absolute last place on the internet I expected to find a reference to non 24 hour sleep-wake syndrome. My sleep pattern is exactly the same as your Harry's.
| Jaol chapter 2 . 6/19/2012
I actually understand some of the terms Harry used! So proud of myself! Can't wait to see what happens when Harry gets to Hogwarts.
| The Real Batgirl chapter 2 . 6/17/2012
Ok this story is hilarious I already love it.
| Pope-Man chapter 2 . 6/8/2012
You seem to have gotten a really good sense of your own style of writing while still maintaining that style that J.K. Rowling wrote with. It's really well written. But with that, certain things bother me a bit. It's been said before that you add unnecessary detail, which I'm not going to go into for the exact reason that someone has said it before.
But the other thing is that Harry is eleven years old at this point or close to it. He complains when they talk about him biting his teacher saying that he was seven years old. Not a big gap there and yet he's reached a very heightened level of maturity at that point and has been able to rattle off about FTL signaling and quantum physics and ideas that I can't wrap my head around at the age of 23. In addition to that, this takes place around the time of 1991-1992. These concepts aren't really widespread in schools or tutors just yet. Once you get into higher levels of education they would start discussing it but for someone who's supposed to be in the sixth grade, probably not.
Then again, this is all situational given that you may have placed it in modern times, Harry may be a savant in this, or you may have just wanted to create a different Harry Potter in contrast to J.K. Rowling's and that is one of the methods by which you achieved this. You've technically created a new world within the HP universe, so it's hard to say. But it's something to consider in the future.
| Kendra chapter 2 . 6/6/2012
I think your POV is a little wobbly, here and probably throughout the story. Each section follows an individual's POV as though it were limited third-person but not quite, and then occasionally steps out, as it were, for a moment of omniscient third-person. I accept that you're telling a story that needs this - apart from neat background asides, you occasionally need to convey things (like a certain squished bug) that limited POV wouldn't convey. Still, it's occasionally quite awkward to read, and could be reminiscent of many amateurs' extremely shaky handling of POV.
The excessive science AuthorTract-ing is another thing I can't quite bring myself to criticize. In the first place, I kinda love it, and in the second place I know it's not really out of character for the Harry of this story.
That this Harry could be derived from the canon creature at all, even with this upbringing, is something I'm not so sure of. I'm sure you've got some brilliant explanation, involving Riddle and Harry's "dark side," but until then I remain unconvinced.
| benthor chapter 2 . 6/3/2012
This is probably one of my least favourite chapters of the entire fic. While the first third of it is quite fine, I find much to complain about after the point where McG turns into a cat:
- The entire thing about Harry not bracing his fall properly is weird and unnecessary. ("[...]there was a warning twinge in his shoulder as the weight came down unbraced." - if you know anything about the (martial) arts of falling, you know that you _shouldn't_ brace yourself with your hands anyway. If anything it should say something like "there was a warning twinge in his shoulder as he instinctively tried to break his fall" but why bother with that kind of detail at all?)
- Harry speaks about "FTL signaling". Is it too much of a stretch to just write "faster than light"? I mean, I personally use the abbreviation in informal writing but not in speech.
- Harry's parents don't react at all to McG's cat transfiguration. I would have thought that the professor at least shows some reaction similar to Harry's. But no, the parents are perfectly fine with taking that in stride and then worry about Harry's sleeping habits.
- Speaking of sleeping habits: I was always wondering if this should simply tell the reader that Harry spent more of his life awake than normal kids of the same age, accounting for his incredibly high level of education when compared to other children? (It is still a bit too high for my tastes but I can overlook that. A friend of mine however decided he couldn't continue reading HPMOR at this point because of this.)
- It's fine that Harry apparently get's cranky around "incompetent authorities", but again, it is a weird thing to be mentioned by his parents as a concern and then bursting out laughing at Harry's justification attempts. Come on people, you have Minerva McG standing in your living room having just turned to and from a cat before your own eyes, for all you know your son is having the shock of his life but you still burst out laughing at his expense? You'd think there would be other stuff on your minds. And then going as far as running out of the room to have a good private laugh...
| M chapter 2 . 6/1/2012
You are brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. This is an amazing story, and I'm honestly glad that I have immediate access to an online dictionary.
| PyroTalons chapter 2 . 5/29/2012
He BIT his teacher? XD
'OHMIGOD, SHE TURNED INTO A CAT OAO;;;' xD
Flaming zebras. ... Absolutly terrifying, now you've gone and given me a new phobia. -3-
| HerGoldenHair chapter 2 . 5/23/2012
Two chapters into this story and I already love you! ;) I was hesitant to start reading b/c it looks addicting and isn't finished yet, so I thought I'd just glance over the first chapter... bad idea, I got hooked. Hehehehe. But from what I've read so far, it's totally worth it! Thanks for the awesome story and I'm sure there's still more awesomeness yet to come.
| To die upon a kiss chapter 2 . 5/19/2012
This story has inspired me to think outside of the "box" of society and tradition. Reading this has helped me to overcome my eating disorder, because with the help of rationality I have realized that I don't have to be thin to be a worthy person. Now that I have mostly written over the prejudices I had towards myself, I am working on doing the same regarding other people.
I have also become agnostic upon reading the passages about the brain; it was a long time coming, but I finally stopped telling people that I was a nondenominational Christian.
Something that resounded particularly well was your passage in one of the later chapters about politicians' need to find a scapegoat. I will use that in one of my own stories.I was also happy to read the sequence about truth on Less Wrong; about how things don't need to be so complicated and we can just believe what is, without any frills or stigma involved. I especially liked the part about Josef Stalin, if you remember what I'm talking about.
Thank you for presenting philosophy in an easy-to-swallow, entertaining way.
| Pajaro Negro chapter 2 . 5/13/2012
Amazing anecdotes. Lovely!
| starlightshimmer chapter 2 . 5/12/2012
I LOVE this story! And this is only chapter two! Full marks for ingenuity, creative thinking and grammar and punctuation. I can see now why this story has so many reviews - it definitely deserves them!
| MzMilo chapter 2 . 5/8/2012
| Mon937 chapter 2 . 5/3/2012
Ouch! My ribs! Oh man, this thing is rare: comedy gold while also making ya think, consider the theories and ideas being brought up and how magic turns it all upside down. I'll definitely be reading further real soon.
| Afterwards chapter 2 . 4/24/2012
Actually, most of the magic words in Harry Potter come from Latin, a very old and respected language. So quit making fun of it!
| cherapin chapter 2 . 4/22/2012
Question after reading the second chapter: do many others compare magic to religion as they read this? The question never occurred to me while reading Ms. Rowling's first book, although it did come up during casual conversation with acquaintances. Those conversations dealt mainly with the religious community's distaste of the Harry Potter series and their fervent but futile efforts to persuade the general population to boycott the books and movies. Hopefully, this is a significant reason for the series' (both books and movies) success.
Of course, religion offers no proof of the existence of deity, having already covered that contingency by requiring faith - suspension of disbelief. All entertainment, including magic, requires such of its audience to assure enjoyment and the escape from reality that most humans seek in religion and entertainment. One of the biggest differences between magic and religion is that when a skeptic demands proof of religious concepts, the preacher (magician) immediately labels the skeptic as wicked and adulterous (Matthew 12:39 and 16:4).
In Britain, apparently it's okay to question magic as long as one offers even feigned respect to adults, upper classes and authority figures. It's apparently also okay to request proof in the form of a magic act like levitation without suffering opprobrium. This would be similar to requesting of a preacher that she perform a miracle or other sign without fear of suffering through accusations of wickedness and adultery even if one is only eleven years old and pre-pubescent.
One reason this version is much more enjoyable than Ms. Rowling's books is precisely because it highlights the juxtaposition of science and magic, and, by association, religion.
| pagad chapter 2 . 4/21/2012
Just a heads-up: The British refer to mathematics as "maths" rather than "math".
| Finariona chapter 2 . 4/19/2012
The atmosphere in the Verres-Evans household is a breath of fresh air after reading all these stories about a miserable, abused Harry in the Dursley household. Thank you for doing away with what I've always thought was a sore point of canon. I will keep on reading the next chapters!
I wonder if Snape and Harry will hit it off, due to their shared disdain for most of their fellow human's abilities to act intelligently. Now that would be interesting.
Harry is very OOC, obviously, but the different upbringing justifies it and in any case that's what fanfic is about : exploring the possibilities!
| I Read For the Content chapter 2 . 4/16/2012
"Rest assured, Mr. Potter," replied Professor McGonagall, "Hogwarts is quite capable of teaching the basics. And I suspect, Mr. Potter, that if I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorizing what remains of England."
Harry's mother and father nodded in perfect unison.
Wait...a WHAT? *Insert ROFLMAO*
| Seventhsword2 chapter 2 . 4/11/2012
did you base the biting the teacher thing on a personal experience?
| Draquia chapter 2 . 4/11/2012
Okay. I laughed a great deal through this one.
Harry's dialogue is still rining false, mostly because of his age. Especially this line: ""I am a conscientious objector to the child draft, on the grounds that I should not have to suffer for a continually disintegrating school system's abject failure to provide teachers or study materials of even minimally adequate quality."
I can imagine a child saying this, not because they thought of it on the spot but because they're puppeting their parents. I laughed anyway, and McGonagall seems to fit right into this scene. She's always excellent.
| Bdelium chapter 2 . 4/10/2012
Oh, oh OH, IT'S A JACKPOT. Such an addictive plot..I can't wait to see Harry in Hogwarts. Wonder if he'll still have his friends in canon. Hermione might like him. Seriously, logarithim at seven? Genii here! Loving it already, wondering why I only found this today.
| rebekka malten chapter 2 . 4/10/2012
great. gorgious. I'm a huge hp fan, musician and mathematician and LOVE this [second chapter and the one before, and hope they all will continue in an equal style]! simply wondering why I never came across...
| Hidden Lines chapter 2 . 4/7/2012
I like this Harry. He's seems a lot like an innocent version of Artemis Fowl, but still I like it. A perfect addition to Hogwarts what with his rationality and all.
I also like how McGonagall was savvy enough to anticipate Harry prereading his textbooks. Which brings to mind, why didn't Hermione wreck her house? Not to sound sexist, but the only reason I can think of is that she's a girl, and less likely to try the first spell she learns off a textbook at home. Still, anyone who suddenly discovers magic should be itching to try out a spell.
Thank god I'm not a wizard...
| George Heichelheim chapter 2 . 4/4/2012
Not purple, orange. And not zebras, bunny rabbits. Otherwise JK should be taking pointers from you.
| Faerie of Tara chapter 2 . 4/1/2012
McGonagall blinked. "That's the first time I've ever been called that."
I burst out laughing.
Then I read the rest of the chapter, and I almost fell on the floor in laughter.
| Isis Aurora Tomoe chapter 2 . 4/1/2012
This is different, but quite enjoyable. I like it.
| Laetitia2712 chapter 2 . 3/30/2012
This was absolutely hillarious!
| Hello chapter 2 . 3/29/2012
Such a happy family!
Did it take you a while to decide how Harry would react? The anti-climax and then the slap up side the head with something he was drastically unprepared for?
I don't remember but, you haven't followed up on anamagi yet have you?
You have said more than once that Harry was "expecting it" is this due to forgotten childhood memories or because of the soul fragment inside of him?
Furthermore, I see no mention of accidental magic. Does this mean he had none? I can't see this Harry dismissing an event like that...but maybe he wasn't fully indoctrinated at that point.
| HeartsGlow chapter 2 . 3/26/2012
Never read anything quite like this. Love your Harry!
| Maran Zelde chapter 2 . 3/25/2012
It was funny how Harry wasn't phased when McGonagall levitated his adoptive father, but he flew off the handle when she turned into a cat.
Harry's precocity has the potential to become annoying, but I think that as long as the other characters keep him humble, he'll stay likeable.
| selquist chapter 2 . 3/24/2012
Something I've just realized-there are many cases where you refer to characters laughing. This makes sense from a cinematic/realistic perspective of what is actually happening. However, it sometimes leaves me wondering "was I supposed to laugh here?" and seems like a laugh track.
As always, I still love your story. I think next time I'll look for something that you do especially well that isn't obvious.
| Mavarax chapter 2 . 3/24/2012
I have to say, your first few chapters are some of the funniest in the entire story. Some of these lines were pure genius. I hope you include some more appearances by Harry's parents visiting him at Hogwarts over Summer and Easter if Harry doesn't stage a fake Voldemort defeat like Quirell suggested.
| Kitti chapter 2 . 3/19/2012
After reading the second chapter of MoR I was rather impressed. They way magic and scientific reasoning exploded in Harry's mind made me laugh hysterically. The only question I have is, if Harry's so incredibly intelligent, how come he doesn't know that the incantations spoken are made from latin derivatives? Does he just specialize in Math and Science?
| Kitti chapter 2 . 3/19/2012
As far as the movement and aesthetics of the first chapter go, it was very similar to JK Rowling's original chapter one, with a few major detail changes that astounded me. I adore the concept of a beautiful Petunia and someone who ISN'T a Dursley. While there are a few mistakes grammar-wise and some sentences are a little clumsy, I found myself intrigued for the next chapter. Reading on!
| Pave chapter 2 . 3/16/2012
This chapter delighted me and made me laugh.
But how is it that Harry knows that one would need to visualize a cat's anatomy to transfigure oneself into one? Is the author making a mistake, or giving us a very odd clue? Or is Harry jumping to conclusions? (Surely not *this* Harry!)
| NexusNebulous chapter 2 . 3/16/2012
You, sir or madam, are a genius. This is brilliant in the most hilarious way!
| RobinL chapter 2 . 3/16/2012
I really didn't want to like this. More than 400K words and still not finished? Too big of a commitment.
But I started reading it anyway and by the time I got to the end of the second chapter, I was laughing hard enough to inhale my cough drop.
After a near-fatal hilarity-induced choking episode, I find myself hooked.
I blame you for the multitude of tasks which will go undone in the next few days as I devote my life to reading the rest. Damn you, Author.
| KusajishiFukutaicho chapter 2 . 3/12/2012
God. Gaaaaawd. Harry's so cute in a hilarious way! *giggle* This is quite possibly the best AU I've read at this point in time. Good job! I liked it(;
| SqrlLrd chapter 2 . 3/11/2012
Of course the zebras would be rainbow striped, if your going to break the laws of the universe you don't do it small.
| earlyable chapter 2 . 3/8/2012
*hysterical laughter* Funniest chapter EVER! I'm already hooked on your story!
| scorpioneldar chapter 2 . 2/29/2012
just recomended this story to a friend so i am re reading it
those arguments sound very familiar to me
ahh there is the mind shatering(punny no?) magic you were asking for
i alwase assumed the soul was what a person was but im more religious than he is so...
and i loved the last paragraph of this chapter
| anonymous chapter 2 . 2/19/2012
hmmm... so he is unschooled.
this is quite interesting.
| Robbie the Phoenix chapter 2 . 2/18/2012
I said in my previous review that I found this take on Harry Potter interesting. I'd like to amend that statement: I think it's brilliant. Especially Harry himself; he's so analytical, and I'm not surprised Petunia and Michael had to leave the room. I was having a hard time not bursting out laughing myself.
| Not my real name chapter 2 . 2/17/2012
"Of course it was my fault. There's no one else here who could be responsible for anything."
Sooooo... it IS a time travel or a tangled universe story, right?
| The Blind One chapter 2 . 2/15/2012
Your disclaimers are hilarious, even though I don't recognize most of the quotes you added JKR to on the upcoming chapters. How come you stopped disclaiming?
In light of something on the WMG page, the "FTL signaling" bit makes me wonder how seriously that detail was meant. That is an innocuous detail that ties far too closely to... that spoilery thing with Pioneer.
Harry's circadian rhythm likewise makes me suspicious. Speculation I picked up from somewhere suggests that canon!Harry may have had the same thing and repressed it, but I'm not sure I buy that, and no point-of-departure I can think of would change that. Grr.
I suspect I'm getting this point also from others' speculation. That line about Harry biting someone who bites him first is such a beautiful call-back hook that I can't imagine you'll pass it up. Especially considering we've got a certain professor with an animagus form suited for biting.
| Ansa88 chapter 2 . 2/7/2012
OH. MY. GODS. MY POOR STOMACH! he bit a teacher? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA! OH MY GOODNESS...heh, big crater...
love the reactions and the whole thing with the "huhs" and harry going completely ballistic when McG went amaigus on them.
AHAHAHAHAHHAAA! i think this will actually be quite educational...HOW can a 10 year old be like that already? its...not right. he ought to be riding a bike outside and getting into scrapes and talking about girl cooties (tho that is VERY annoying...) and doing boy-scouty things.
oh well. glad there's someone who's been raised to be smart. just hope he's not a wimp who hates going outside. i abhore those people.
| LadyReno chapter 2 . 1/29/2012
Your Harry is too cute. Seriously. I want to pinch his little cheeks. Ha ha.
I like this Smart Harry...it's new. And I like how magic is questioned instead of accepted automatically. Lol.
-tries to review every chapter-
| dashboardgecko chapter 2 . 1/26/2012
I found out about this on TVtropes. Two chapters in and I already love it to death.
| MarabouChocolate chapter 2 . 1/24/2012
I just died of laughter when they said Harry had bitten a teacher XD Also I just realized that you must ether be super smart or search like crazy for help on the internet or that you have someone who helps you with this, ether way I like this
| Postmodern Prometheus chapter 2 . 1/21/2012
I hate the actor who played Quirrell. I tried to imagine Ralph Fiennes as Quirrell, but it didn't work. I finally got Edward Norton to play him in my mind.
| admiralskippy chapter 2 . 1/21/2012
Sorry about the whole implied forced sodomy and assault thing. That's actually the kind of tone that I and my friends use quite allot, in a jokey way obviously, and I sort of forgot that the whole anonymity of the internet would make it hard to judge.
My last review was kind of an over the top joke, sort of parodying the other people complaining about the next chapters... But in retrospect, you had basically no way to know that. Perversely my tone was sort of a mark of respect- I only take that one with people I feel more relaxed with. Lesson learned- do not review when drunk.
Please make sure to have fun finishing the next block of chapters, and I'm sure they'll be incredible when you think they're "cooked". :)
| The Babel Fish chapter 2 . 12/29/2011
Dear Less Wrong,
I've read this fanfic over at least three times, and it never fails to amuse and educate me simultaneously, which I rather like.
There is something rather lovely about laughing yourself to death and learning about the diffusion of responsibility at the same time.
First, I must congratulate you on the stupendous length of the story - and Harry's still in his first year.
Second, on the number of reviews. I can only say that they are well-deserved.
This chapter is one of my favourites, because I quite like Mrs. Petunia Evans-Verres, as you have made her. It's funny, and Professor McGonagall treats eleven-year-old Harry exactly as I imagined she would.
I shall review chapters that I especially like, because 77 chapters is rather a lot.
The Babel Fish
| nitpicker chapter 2 . 12/28/2011
The witch-lady was smiling upon them and looking quite amused.
"Would you like a futher demonstration, Mr. Potter?"
"futher" should be "further"
| Auseptcyne chapter 2 . 12/23/2011
Interesting. Very Interesting.
This chapter cunningly shows the true nature of the Boy-Who-Lived, a person with the ability to perform an act of dessication on the brain. Essentially it demonstrates what happens when a child naturally posses the tendencies of introversion, isolationism and high intelligence. And it appears I forgot to mention books.
While the Super Intelligent!Harry has been done before, no one has EVER done it like this. Congratulations.
| rioluaura chapter 2 . 12/21/2011
Well written. true-to-character people. AWESOME
| alljuststories chapter 2 . 12/20/2011
I'm just about dying from laughter. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I understand now why you have the most reviewed fanfic on the entire website.
| ZeldaTheSwordsman chapter 2 . 12/11/2011
I'm sorry if anyone else has already done this joke, but I can't help myself.
Everything you know is wrong!
Black is white, up is down, and short is long!
| Corwin Croft chapter 2 . 11/30/2011
Not as good as the last chapter. Still amazing however! Could've been better without Harry's aunt and uncle having to walk out of the room to start laughing. That was a bit much lol. But fantastic job yet again!
| Novi Zemog chapter 2 . 11/25/2011
Now I fail to see what's wrong with a flaming zebra apocalypse. Granted I only prepared for a zombie apocalypes and flaming zebras would just throw me off, it seems like a perfectly plausible way for the world to end. Okay not really, but I can agree with Harry on the school system. Though I never went as far as biting a teacher, just thorough critisism on their knowledge on a subject of my interest. I haven't made anyone cry my mother seems to have developed an inferiority compex. I don't have on myself but I'm a hypocrite who can't take as much critisism as they give. It takes everything I have not to throttle my computer when I spell check.
| Maria chapter 2 . 11/25/2011
Great idea for a plot and well-written
| The-Godish-Child chapter 2 . 11/11/2011
This is great, I cant believe I haven't found this until now, cant wait to read more.
| EpitomyofShyness chapter 2 . 11/9/2011
Lol! Oh god Harry is just the little genius isn't he? I love this you keep putting a smile on my face.
| Asherit chapter 2 . 11/8/2011
| irat chapter 2 . 11/6/2011
rofl. thats hilarious. stumbled over your story in a blog. hope the rest of your story is as good as i hope it is at the moment.
will report ;)
| ShadowDragon010 chapter 2 . 11/2/2011
This was a very funny chap. I feel Harry's gonna see a lot of things that make no sense.
| Moriwen1 chapter 2 . 10/29/2011
Of /course/ he bit a teacher. :P That little anecdote is just so hilarious. And it's funny how many people, even people who are generally quite good at math, just don't get logarithms.
And, y'know, maybe she's just a very /dense/ cat. It's not like he tried to pick her up. And why is he so sure that she had to fully understand the form of a cat to become one? That does seem to be how transfiguration works, but he doesn't know that yet. But Harry's freak-out was hilarious. Also the general annoyance at his parents treating him like a little kid. Because bright or not, he still acts like a bright /little kid./ What with being one and all. So it's quite amusing how he insists on being treated as an adult all the time.
| Pearl Bramble of Willowbottom chapter 2 . 10/26/2011
Dear Less Wrong,
I'm glad to see some humor in this chapter, it made me laugh in delight when you described through a memory how bright Harry was for a seven year old in such an amusing way. I look forward to reading your other examples of humor throughout this story.
Pearl Bramble of Willowbottom
| CrimsonAsh28 chapter 2 . 10/24/2011
Congratulations. You have me hooked.
| Spottedpool chapter 2 . 10/20/2011
a plague of flaming zebras attacking England. lol
|Popcorn Life chapter 2 . 10/16/2011|
| David DeLaney chapter 2 . 10/15/2011
Abigail: "You should write a fic with a rational Voldemort sometime!"
... snickers to self about what's in store for Abigail.
-Dave, I proselytized this fic to a Barnes & Noble employee to-day
| Abigail chapter 2 . 10/15/2011
Everything about this chapter made me laugh.
This was the moment that made me realize that this story was going to be awesome. Well, the first chapter gave me a pretty good idea, but that was the moment I knew.
Also this: ""I am a conscientious objector to the child draft, on the grounds that I should not have to suffer for a continually disintegrating school system's abject failure to provide teachers or study materials of even minimally adequate quality."
Permission to use this as a comeback sometime?
And this: "And I suspect, Mr. Potter, that if I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorizing what remains of England."
I love you already.
For a little bit I worried that you were going to fall into the trap many authors fall into when they try to write smart characters, which is to just make them say lots of big words, but when I look closely at your big words they all make perfect sense, so granting that Harry Potter is somehow a child prodigy I will concede that you write convincing bright characters. (You should write a fic with a rational Voldemort sometime! The fandom needs that lots more than a rational Harry.)
With 13,000 reviews, I doubt you'll read this. But nice work!
| anon chapter 2 . 10/15/2011
an annoyed reader: There are many valid criticisms that can be (and have been) made about this fanfic. You didn't manage to include even one in your review.
| an annoyed reader chapter 2 . 10/14/2011
Soo... in your opinion, to have his aunt Petunia (the sister of teh cleverest and most ingenious witch before the dawn of Hermione) marry an OC “scientist” is the only possible way to get a Harry who grew up in an “academic environment“? For serious? I have to tell you, mister, that your fan fiction (does the term even apply?) is just as hopelessly clichéd as the original, only in slightly different ways, and certainly not “less wrong”, not by any means.
Let me give you an example of how (and how much) you fail:
“The Professor and his wife [thus establishing the woman as her husband's fashionable accessory] are speaking sharply at each other, but they are not shouting [and just because of that, are so much more deserving than their Dursley counterparts]. The Professor considers shouting to be uncivilized. [The woman perhaps does not (we all know how much of a primitive the second X chromosome can make you), but what the hell – long since she had learned not to question The Professor's infinite betterness, and to submit in every way as well she should.]”
For an attempt to cure the worst diseases of Rowling's famously narrow writing (why else would you put in the Mary Sue of a professor in the first place?), it doesn't seem like a very successful one, does it?
And in a similar way, we continue through the ages old cliché of a struggle between the (by comparison) uneducated female prone to all spiritual, and the condescending, sceptic male labeled “professor”. Truth be told, in the regard of offensive gender stereotypes you make me want to vomit EVEN MORE than JKR does. The part about Petunia who would rather kill herself than live the life of an “unattractive woman” is seriously sick and I wonder what was your point there? Particularly, would you care to explain to me why “nobody would talk to her”? (Trust me, dear author, at school you aren't _that_ unpopular because of your looks. Dig deeper.)
On intelligence: I am quite surprised by your belief that an intelligent child is a child who has had more tutoring and encouragement than his peers, and that an intelligent adult is an adult who considers unfamiliarity with mathematics a valid reason to physically attack another person. (Not to mention I have not met a _kindergarten_ teacher who wouldn't know about logarithms, a part of high school curriculum where I live.) Let us not forget that in true tradition of sexist writing your seven-year-old male hero has more knowledge than any woman (but not man) in his vicinity, it is a woman who plays the part of The Stupid, and it is a woman who introduces us to the anti-scientific world of magic.
There are many, many, many other things I could criticize about this piece of you-know-what, but my time is too precious to waste any more of it. Just two last notes – before you ask stupidly, my review focuses on sexism and stereotypes because so do these first two chapters of your story, albeit in a much more sneaky manner. You have not made Harry Potter any better. You have added a couple of would-be rational trinkets, but all in all, it remains just as shallow, cliché-ridden, pointless and philosophically abject as it always was.
| Jonakhensu chapter 2 . 10/12/2011
I only had one problem with the chapter and spent most of the rest of it laughing. I'm fairly sure Wingardium Leviosa is NOT supposed to be used on humans. Why else would they have Mobius Corpus. And, no, I'm not checking those spellings.
| Mercia Dragonslayer chapter 2 . 10/7/2011
"You'd have to be /god/!"
Oh my. I died here. XD
Just so you know, I don't really like stories that are so AU like this, but I love yours. It's so hilarious... XD
| Aurora Ispissimus chapter 2 . 10/6/2011
Fucking awesome, dude. I love this.
| animarune chapter 2 . 10/4/2011
I am so hooked!
But seriously! Fucking parents never believe anything their kids say! Mine are the same way! I try to have a conversation explaining just exactly why my teacher shouldn't be teaching and all I get is, "Are you sure you don't misunderstand the situation?" or "Aw just give her another chance!" or "As long as you keep your grades up" yadda yadda yadda. How can I when my teacher glosses over everything yet expects us to know what we're meant to do?
*coughcough* Anyway... I like this Harry, I just completely dislike his 'father'. I can't stand people who've lived so long with their noses up in the air they've had to adapt by growing eyes in their nostrals. (I think that's JKR :D Love her)
~Saiai Angel Alchemist
| Huh chapter 2 . 9/29/2011
Harry sounds like a genius level IQ with ADD or ADHD.
| Guest chapter 2 . 9/28/2011
I love the line about being a "conscientious objector to the child draft"!
| Some Moron chapter 2 . 9/27/2011
Thought the first chapter was cool.
Started Chapter 2.
Saw the preprocessor symbol.
THIS IS EPIC.
| AchvfreeC1 chapter 2 . 9/21/2011
Plague of flaming zebras reminds me of the bunnies made of fire in NGE: Nobody Dies.
| AR chapter 2 . 9/20/2011
You said itll hit the stride after chapter 5. I'm at the 2nd chapter and already highly intrigued. Love physics and love what appears to be effortless writing.
Great job...still have a way to but I'll review as I go. Hope you'll continue to write.
| James Hiwatari chapter 2 . 9/20/2011
That was the most awesome introduction-to-Hogwarts chapter ever! D
And I like your reasons for Petunia having ended up with Vernon. They sound sadly plausible...
| Weave the Magic chapter 2 . 9/6/2011
Just started reading this, I was at first overwhelmed with the number of chapters posted already but the volume of reviews peaked my curiosity at last. Wow! This is a very interesting parallel universe of Harry, he's the female version of Hermione with a twist of lemon and loads of chili. This boy can sting! Hehehe.. Very interesting how Harry will take on Snape, I don't think it will be sitting down. But I am getting ahead of myself, there might not even be a Snape problem seeing your HP world have some noteable differences. But still, this early, I can see myself getting hook. :)
| marauder17245 chapter 2 . 9/6/2011
You definitely got the humor part. I'm still laughing.
| Hatsuharu Miku chapter 2 . 8/31/2011
I love how Harry's smart in this. Lol. And from a normal family. Then again this is coming from a girl who watched the social network and now has a thing for nerds who can outwit anyone. Hahahaha.
| youxcan'txstop chapter 2 . 8/30/2011
They make such a cute family (as long as you ignore their quirks)
| couragetcd chapter 2 . 8/29/2011
At first I was afraid the professor was as bad as dursely in his own way, but this chapter made me feel better about that and looking forward to the other chapters. I can definitely see harry and hermione getting along happily. Plus, I like the anti physics vibe,
| Zera Silver chapter 2 . 8/29/2011
Poor Minerva instinctively knew Harry is trouble incarnate... Too bad she didn't realise exactly how much trouble... It's kinda funny that a blatant defiance of the laws of gravity isn't enough to bring the world crashing down around Harry's ears, but a violation of the law of conservation of mass is...
Biting a maths teacher who doesn't know about Logs is definitely worth the teasing you'll receive from your parents for the rest of your life...
| madeyemarauder chapter 2 . 8/28/2011
I'm glad your sense of humour synchs so perfectly with mine. I hope he doesn't bite Hermione, or the immutable forces of physics would introduce him to a broken jaw.
| alliekiwi chapter 2 . 8/28/2011
Hee, brilliant start! I love this Harry. I think I need this story on my Kindle (high praise for only having read one chapter so far).
| ironhair chapter 2 . 8/27/2011
I love the way this story is going and the characterizations.
I might not be able to leave a review after every chapter as I'm going to be greedy right now and want to read all the chapters as fast as my eyes can go, but I will try my best.
Please don't be the same as me and copy it as an author :p
oh btw.. #include "stddisclaimer.h"
LOL ! Nice one.
| Kjrs chapter 2 . 8/24/2011
Who exactly does he expect him to bite first?
| Fenrir666 chapter 2 . 8/24/2011
Okay, you seriously need a medal. "Bite one math teacher?" Priceless!
| Pelahnar chapter 2 . 8/17/2011
What? If MY third grade teacher hadn't known what a logarithm was (and I, too, had known what it was to ask her) then I would've bitten her too!
| Tavi chapter 2 . 8/16/2011
hmmmm... again, quite interesting. The part about McGonagall commenting on how harry would ruin the city made me laugh, It's pretty good so far!
| AuthorOfDreamsXVII chapter 2 . 8/14/2011
This is funny! I didn't think I'd find laughs in this one, just big words and inteligence. I can't wait to see what happens next! I like how Harry flipped out when He saw McGonagall turn into a cat, though I would probably react like that too if I was brought up scientifically. But I wonder what else you got in store for us. One Love.
| Taayluur chapter 2 . 8/13/2011
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
| mrsProbie chapter 2 . 8/11/2011
"I am a conscientious objector to the child draft, on the grounds that I should not have to suffer for a continually disintegrating school system's abject failure to provide teachers or study materials of even minimally adequate quality."
I have that bit memorized and have managed to use it in several discussions regarding school. Thank you for it.
| Guest chapter 2 . 8/10/2011
Just entering the review fray here. Your little Harry seems a stickler for the rules of nature, so im gonna try and keep to the one youve set of one-review-per-chapter. But I can already tell that is gonna be HARD because you've written such a page turner i've already forgotten to review chapter one. And I've been chuckling all the way through two :). Then I cheered when I saw how long this story already is! yay!
Gonna make me a cuppa, get me some chocolat and set me down in anticipation- be 'seeing' ya.
| Silverdragonstar chapter 2 . 8/8/2011
crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorizing what remains of England? Just too funny! Love the premise of this fiction and I really want the bookcases described in the first chapter.
| Osma77 chapter 2 . 8/7/2011
I don't like reviewing every chapter of a story (with only 1 exception so far), especially when i am coming into it so late. However if the rest of the story is this funny, i might have problems holding on to that.
"Oh, ok. She waved a stick and my dad floated. Guess things will be changing around here.
Wait, WTF! A CAT!" (faint).
I was rolling on the floor and demanded my dad start reading this as well.
| Siriusly Sirius Black chapter 2 . 8/3/2011
Wow. I've always been skeptical of the quality of this story, and now finaaly read it and are pleasantly suprised. And amused. VERY amused.
| Justin chapter 2 . 7/31/2011
Y'know, the opening of this chapter has me curious.
Have any wizards in this universe attempted to win the $1,000,000 challenge from the Randi foundation?
All they would have to do is be able to perform their magic under scientifically verifiable and testable conditions and be able to repeat it.
| hessan chapter 2 . 7/29/2011
Dear Less Wrong,
You are a genius. I have only made it to the second chapter and I have not only enjoyed Harry's scientific struggles with magic, but laughed myself literally to tears at his precociousness. Finally, someone who approaches the vagaries of magic with hard logic, yet can cope (well, I think his reaction is mild for such a mind-shattering experience) when their current logic fails.
I Salute You,
| M chapter 2 . 7/27/2011
Oh, it is fantastic!
| Jessica Ailes chapter 2 . 7/25/2011
| benthor chapter 2 . 7/24/2011
Typo: quote: "10PM, 12AM, 2AM, 4AM, until it goes around the clock." Shouldn't it say "12 PM"?
| Hrr chapter 2 . 7/22/2011
You know them flaming zebras are a real hazard...
| MarvinKitFox chapter 2 . 7/19/2011
re: "And I suspect, Mr. Potter, that if I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorizing what remains of England"
Did you know one can crack a rib by laughing?
And that laughing some more, with a cracked rib, is very very painful?
Well, neither did I. Now I do. ow.
| Incog chapter 2 . 7/17/2011
See, the beginning is more author's mouthpiece, but done in a perfectly reasonable and in-character way. It makes sense for harry to be belaboring the point in this context.
Your description of McGonagall is excellent.
""You turned into a cat! A SMALL cat! You violated Conservation of Energy! That's not just an arbitrary rule, it's implied by the form of the quantum Hamiltonian! Rejecting it destroys unitarity and then you get FTL signaling! And cats are COMPLICATED! A human mind can't just visualize a whole cat's anatomy and, and all the cat biochemistry, and what about the neurology? How can you go on thinking using a cat-sized brain?""
This was the exact point in the story where I started smiling and realized that I was going to /enjoy/ this.
""Harry sent his parents a glare. "I am a conscientious objector to the child draft, on the grounds that I should not have to suffer for a continually disintegrating school system's abject failure to provide teachers or study materials of even minimally adequate quality."""
This sounds word for word like my brother at age eleven.
I've seen other people say that the parents' hilarity at the teacher-biting incident is a bit of a stretch. I think it makes sense, if you think of it as one of those family teases that refuses to die after years and is hilarious less because the incident itself was funny than because of the abject humiliation of the subject of the story, each and every time. Based on Harry's reaction, it seems to qualify.
""Fine, I won't bite anyone who doesn't bite me first."""
I join the chorus of people who sincerely hope this line was foreshadowing, please please please. If you can use the word "crush" literally in the most disturbing way, you should also use bite.
Cute chapter, no real gripes, it's fun reading through the banter.
| Isa Knightwalker chapter 2 . 7/9/2011
Interesting to see how Harry acts, I loved the cat part haha.
| Onuey chapter 2 . 7/6/2011
McGonagall Is Amazing! Love it.
| Sarcasm Dragon chapter 2 . 7/5/2011
The story really starts hitting its stride around chapter 5? This is chapter two and I'm already thinking this is freaking awesome. I love this Harry and I love the tone of the narration. If it gets any better after chapter 5 I will probably explode.
| Guest chapter 2 . 7/5/2011
Hilarious chapter. Speaking seriously about such absurd situations as biting a teacher who didn't know logarithms is excellent.
| Nadejsda chapter 2 . 7/5/2011
Amazing. You have HUMOR ! And harry may be a bit different from the real one, but I think it suits him well.
| partner555 chapter 2 . 7/3/2011
2nd chapter in and i love this story already.
| Guest chapter 2 . 7/2/2011
Love this. :)
| curry chapter 2 . 6/27/2011
Funny and far better than the original. I want more.
| Diz chapter 2 . 6/25/2011
Biting a teacher. I feel like this has happened to you personally. Your life story officially interests me now.
I like how the two tease Harry. He seems less emo, with less of a chip on his shoulder, than Rowling portrays. But Harry's so analytical. Does he have the makings of being a hero?
| Darth Sheldon chapter 2 . 6/22/2011
Had me laughing for hours!
| pennilee chapter 2 . 6/17/2011
This story is great! XD
| chronodekar chapter 2 . 6/16/2011
I was originally planning to read more before coming to any conclusions or review, but I have to say I feel in love with the following,
Simply brilliant ! (in that geeky way)
| ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWQYZ1234 chapter 2 . 6/15/2011
This is a really good fic, even though I have no idea what Harry is talking about most of the time... I think I am going to read those 'sequences' you have a link to on your author page... so I can understand what Harry is talking about.
| Slayer End chapter 2 . 6/5/2011
Rereading this story, I am once again amazed at how far you've come...
Forever Signed in Blood,
| Death by manga chapter 2 . 6/5/2011
OK! I know I should read plenty more before giving a review but this is great!
Though I am disappointed that Harry is OOC, I am simply going to believe that he is just another person named Harry Potter, and not the real one.
I must say though, YOUR Harry has asked every question and reacted in every manner, that I would have in this very situation. I look forward to seeing a scientific attention towards the world of magic. I wonder how he's gonna react to a Hippogriff or one of those decaying horses that can only be seen by those who have seen death.
brava! Now if you'll excuse me, I have 75 more chapters to read.
| Nomsterli chapter 2 . 6/5/2011
Very very funny:)
| Sara chapter 2 . 5/31/2011
Egads! I also forgot to mention how I find it utterly ridiculous that a child so seemingly mature could bite a teacher... at age seven! You'd think a wunderkind would know how inappropriate that is. I think you were aiming for comedic effect and to demonstrate that, though Harry is well versed in all aspects of academia... he is still a child. However, a reaction like that just makes Harry seem unstable.
I wonder if this is how Harry will be depicted in the entirety of this fic?
| Sara chapter 2 . 5/31/2011
I can't help but roll my eyes at Harry's overly pretentious (not to mention precocious) replies. I think you overdid it a bit.
| TheAzreal chapter 2 . 5/28/2011
'The March of Reason went on:' that's really uplifting somehow. And I really don't doubt that Harry would get around that pesky wand problem in pursuit of Science!
| raven2103 chapter 2 . 5/25/2011
This is brilliant. I love the last bit McGonagall leaves Harry with. I nearly burst a blood vessel laughing!
| FmaFan10 chapter 2 . 5/23/2011
excellent. very good
| Yuki Minamoto chapter 2 . 5/22/2011
Damn, Harry's such a smart ass kid! XD
| MechaBlastoise chapter 2 . 5/20/2011
| Ali Sara Card chapter 2 . 5/18/2011
So, I usually wait until I've read everything available of a particular story before reviewing, but I am laughing so hard that I felt you deserved to be honored for the chapter (chapter 2) that I have before me (and perhaps worshiped a little just for good measure). I love fantasy, but I've always wished that some character wouldn't just nod their head and accept that everything they've ever been taught (a slight exaggeration, but not much) is wrong! I'd give you criticism if I had it, but sadly, none yet.
| Lily Winterwood chapter 2 . 5/16/2011
Ffff, even if the entire idea of Harry being a genius takes a lot of belief to swallow, I still like the premise. Maybe it's all of the scientific/rational things being interspersed as a reaction to magic, but I found myself laughing at this.
| Omry chapter 2 . 5/16/2011
Great story, I can barley stop reading it, I've got to chapter 26 before I've thought to stop and review. this is just a bit of what's in my brain, you really got me thinking. thank you.
1)Why Aren't Harry & his dad looking for books with interpretations of Quantum mechanics that doesn't exclude Magic, like the "holographic universe",in that theory/model whatever spells would be just another pattern in the hologram of the universe.
2)NOT RELEVANT: J.K said that any not magical child of a wizard is a skib(and they are rare) and it was demonstrated that they are indistinguishable from muggls.(different universe, but still) it would make more sense if magic needs that both parents to be aware that they are the parents. in this way of thought the legitimate child of two skibs will be closer to magic than both parents.
this is not an attempt to tell you what to write, just an emotional response to your story.
| Omry chapter 2 . 5/16/2011
| I've been reading your story chapter 2 . 5/10/2011
This story is absolute genius. I applaud you good sir/madam! I almost cannot contain my glee.
| Morwen Tindomerel chapter 2 . 5/10/2011
Okay, this is hilarious.
| Coffee and Twinkies chapter 2 . 5/6/2011
*after managing to compose herself of laughing* Oh wow this is amazing so far. Someone from a forum I hang around posted a link up to this story and warning me not to eat or drink anything while reading or I would be investing in a new keyboard. (And possibly having coughing fits if I consume anything going down the wrong tube)
I like writing stories too (I wont beg you to read them, they're quite terrible in a 'unicorns and rainbows' sense) but I hope to become better. So hopefully, while I read this, I wont be so afraid to make waves in my own fanstories.
| Not-A-Spy chapter 2 . 4/28/2011
Love the story. Changed my nickname.
Just though of something, but it's an idle idea that is probably wrong and I don't know how to do the math about it either. My idea was, perhaps Harry's messed-up sleep schedule has something to do with the implied Horcrux attached to Voyager and time dilation. In Canon, Harry is also a Horcrux, with some sort of subspace ansible type effect (another long shot) something like this might happen.
Of course, this is wrong P0.95, but once I thought of it I couldn't help but share it.
| Nanchih chapter 2 . 4/25/2011
Oh I'm glad to find this! I neeeded a good laugh! The ULTIMATE reason to homeschool! Flaming Zebras! I know a homesechooled young man like this, and it's a good thing he only had computers!
| MouetteHeartsErik chapter 2 . 4/12/2011
*snicker* I think The Anecdote about Harry biting the teacher is my favorite part of this chapter... that, or perhaps 'huh' and 'huh'. Giggles all around. Though I do wish Harry's adoptive last name was somewhat less of a mouthful, but that's a minute complaint in an epically awesome story.
| Kitty O chapter 2 . 4/7/2011
This chapter made me snort.
"Of course," seconded Harry's mother. "Biting her was a very mature response to that."
I love it!
| Draenator chapter 2 . 4/7/2011
Best. Concept. EVER.
| Dalxein chapter 2 . 4/1/2011
Okay, this is pretty brilliant.
Harry's reactions after seeing the animagus transformation, juxtaposed to his prior reaction of simple levitation was hilarious.
And the ending of it...
| GammaRaye chapter 2 . 3/30/2011
This fanfic has managed to cover the largest range of positive feeling I have experienced from a single work.
Hilarity, nerdiness, righteousness, courage, integrity, inspiration, and awe for the whole universe and the goodness of humanity.
I could go on, but the point has been made. Thank you for what you have given us.
| sshhiippeerr chapter 2 . 3/27/2011
A plague of flaming zebras :)
| RandomFanX chapter 2 . 3/27/2011
McGonagall's lips were twitching harder now. "Magic."
"Magic isn't enough to do that! You'd have to be a god!"
McGonagall blinked. "That's the first time I've ever been called that."
harry is great in this story
| LetTheMusicFlow chapter 2 . 3/15/2011
| Daygruk chapter 2 . 3/12/2011
OMG! The mental pictures evoked by Professor M's last paragraph had me laughing loud enough to wake the neighbors. The plague of flaming zebras is going to be my new personal phrase for anything horrible. Thanks, can't wait to read more of this lovely story.
| Aweomsenesisrandomeness chapter 2 . 3/9/2011
Remember Harry its bends the laws of physics.a lot.
(My Favourite Part)
And I suspect, Mr. Potter, that if I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorizing what remains of England."
| Smooth Trooper chapter 2 . 2/28/2011
And here's your second review. Still interesting so far, so on with the reading!
| Goldrune09 chapter 2 . 2/27/2011
Cool part at the end there!
| facelessman chapter 2 . 2/24/2011
"Harry was breathing in short pants"
now i imagine harry in short pants.
| dvnmss3 chapter 2 . 2/23/2011
You make me want to learn all about the quantum Hamiltonian.
| jessj chapter 2 . 2/23/2011
what is preschoolish about wingardium leviosa? I like the name
| Allison Short 'n Sweet chapter 2 . 2/22/2011
Jolly good show.
| Will Parry chapter 2 . 2/21/2011
Sounds to me like Harry had a very old fashioned base in physics. hats really cool about physics is that all of those apparently absolute laws are being proven to be changing over time and space.
| Tashie chapter 2 . 2/19/2011
Have you ever snorted pie out of your nose? It's not very pleasent I'll tell you that. Here I am eating my dinner, read one paragraph and, SNOOF! Humph, bloody mess it was.
Very funny chapter, I'm beggining to remember why I liked this story so much.
BTW: I haven't logged in because I've already reviewed these chapters, my name is GreekGoddessHestia.
| ARMH chapter 2 . 2/19/2011
Another great chapter! I cant wait until he gets to Hogwarts
| ButterSnickety BaybeBum chapter 2 . 2/15/2011
I already know I am going to love your story. You have given me so much to think about, for one, and second, I haven't read a single story like this one. Your Harry Potter fanfiction is patently amusing and I thank you. Kudos to you.
| The Lonely Ant chapter 2 . 2/12/2011
Oh wow, I love this story! Only the second chapter, and I couldn't stop laughing! And an intelligent, inquisitive Harry is always a good thing.
| Foster chapter 2 . 2/10/2011
| YES chapter 2 . 2/10/2011
Good so far, I'm definitely going to keep reading.
| SinnersPride chapter 2 . 2/9/2011
*choking from repressed laughter*
Oh, this is great! An uber-nerd Harry Potter! Absolutely fantastic, I love it. Oh you have no idea; I feel like I'm bursting from the seems with glee - or maybe caffeine - but either way this seems like the start of the world's best fanfic. Ever.
| Markus Ramikin chapter 2 . 2/8/2011
I'm re-reading this a second time, because the first time I just sped through the whole thing in pure joy. This time I hope to actually stop and ponder the rationality lessons more thoroughly.
Except right now I am stuck laughing my buttocks off instead of learning something. I have a feeling I'm going to miss that McGonagall wit a little bit later on, where she seems more intimidated by events and Harry, and doesn't joke around as much.
I'm definitely telling everyone I know to read this. I said it before, but it won't hurt saying it again: sir Author, this story is amazing and I thank you.
| DrBlue2K chapter 2 . 2/6/2011
This line stuck out in my mind on a rereading:
"Magic isn't enough to do that! You'd have to be a god!"
Are you setting up whatever ordered source of magic hinted later in the story as something entirely outside the universe, perhaps following Nick Bostrom's ideas (a.k.a. your FHI fellow in arms)?
| Zak McKracken chapter 2 . 2/6/2011
OK, so Harry struggles with the concept of magic quite a bit, but his father has nothing to say aexcept to laugh at his boy? About stuff that he has probably not said for the first time? Hmm... I'd expected some more about how he deals with the shock.
Still fun to read though, please do go on :)
I like Harry's behaviour here, just wish his father was similarly well described.
| assyla silver chapter 2 . 2/5/2011
this is an insane story haha, in a good way, though. i can't wait to read more.
| H0licist chapter 2 . 2/2/2011
How...fun. No, seriously. I look forward towards the long reading. Rarely does the science aspect get that much incorporate...well, thoughts of interference and "HOW CAN THAT BE?" and even if there was I doubt I could find a good enough writer and story. Thus I look very much forward to your story.
| KawaiiCherryStar chapter 2 . 1/25/2011
This story is just genius, you had me in tears through most of the chapter and I just love the way you've wrote harry.
| atymer chapter 2 . 1/24/2011
I just got here and I'm already in tears. ROTFLOL!
Who woulda thunk I'd be outside howling with Petunia. LOL!
| cross-over-lover232 chapter 2 . 1/15/2011
oh gosh...purple smoke, plage of flameing sebras?::blink and snickers::man i will review any chapter that makes me laugh like that again!
| dementedumlauts chapter 2 . 1/11/2011
Just letting you know I'm laughing so hard I'm crying.
| Higashiyama Sayuri's Devout chapter 2 . 1/7/2011
That last bit of chapter was pure genius.
Flaming zebras...? maybe some kind of Night Mare hybrid.
| jada951 chapter 2 . 1/6/2011
, I will return to this house only to find a crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of flaming zebras terrorizing what remains of England."
Who knew minerva could joke?
| LaughingLast chapter 2 . 1/5/2011
Bwaaaahaahaa! Flaming -snicker- zebras... gasp! Ow. I think I strained something there.
This is *hysterical*. I can't wait to see how it goes! Back to reading, now!
| sjm95x chapter 2 . 1/5/2011
This is hilarious!
"You bit her?"
"She didn't know what a logarithm was!"
Can't wait to read more. This is great!
| Lanali chapter 2 . 1/5/2011
I am giggling rather hard at this. I totally love biting a teacher for not knowing about logrithms. (She totally had it coming...)
| DukeAtreides22 chapter 2 . 1/4/2011
Still good, the conciiencious objector, though? Was that a political point or a joke?
| Rue chapter 2 . 1/4/2011
I have nothing useful to say on the story, but I want to share that I got into a fight with my first grade teacher since she didn't know what a negative number was. She just insisted 5-6 couldn't be done. Not only to me, but to my parents. *shakes head*
| OctopusByStarlight chapter 2 . 1/3/2011
HAhA the cat part is awesome.
Heck, I love this entire chapter. (Haha, big surprise there.)
Awesome awesome awesome. I especially love all of the little details you put in (for example, how the parents have to leave in order to laugh).
| Steph chapter 2 . 1/2/2011
hey this wouldn't be one of your scientific experiments to see when the film of courtesy is peeled away and impatience and anger takes over? Cuz u promised a new chapter a loong time ago, n the 'i've started' update is just tantalizing n increases the frequency with which readers check this site. The reviewers are still quite polite n nice, but, as another fanfic called Match can attest to, they get quite nasty/grovelly at the end.
Ok,i'm rambling. Just write, ok, n soon.
N to all who dismiss me as a retard just due to da shortened words,i'm on a phone n lazy. Not necessarily stupid.
| writers block chapter 2 . 1/1/2011
i think you should overcome this writer's block n write..whatever u want..dont move further into the darkness
| nevermindthis chapter 2 . 12/31/2010
I am relieved to find a fiction written by someone with a brain.
Thank you for an excuse to look up new words. My dictionary is three inches from my keyboard and I have a grin on my face that would put the Cheshire Cat to shame.
| anish chapter 2 . 12/21/2010
| Draeconin chapter 2 . 12/18/2010
LOL Hilarious! You had me laughing out loud - not easy to do. :D
| Jim chapter 2 . 12/17/2010
I don't think I can keep reviewing every chapter - let alone keep reading today! This is great, I don't want to put it down.
| Joarib chapter 2 . 12/16/2010
Oh I'm certainly beginning to like this story. You have almost perfectly found Rowling's style of writing, with the suitable amount of humorous aspects of the story.
I find that the way you have made Harry much more realistic in his scepticism of believing implicitly in magic without a proof, very interesting, and I'm certainly looking forward to read the next chapters.
| Gelacacine chapter 2 . 12/13/2010
I loved this chapter with a couple of exceptions:
First, after all of his objections, Professor Michael Verres-Evans could have said something more than "huh", it seemed as if Harry's parents disappeared from the end of the flying to the word 'tweezers'. I also kept wanting to hear a "I told you so" from Petunia, although I guess the fact that I expected it means that the character was already sufficiently in place.
Second, who is 'they' in the following?: ' "I know," said his mother sympathetically, "you bite one math teacher and they never let you forget it, do they?" ' : shouldn't it be 'we'
| Southern Amateur chapter 2 . 12/12/2010
Haha. Very amusing!
| koipen chapter 2 . 12/12/2010
Shows some bit of technobabble. It sets me off quite the bit here. The chapter itself is actually quite funny. McGonagall is brilliant already, making her quite the bit whiter character.
| AtCogRod chapter 2 . 12/8/2010
Admittedly, I'm only a chapter and a half into your very long story, but I'm finding it very difficult to continue on. Harry just doesn't sound like a ten year old boy, and that bothers me. If the character was fifteen or above I'd find it easier to believe, but his comprehensive, encyclopaediac knowledge of things very, very few children concern themselves with bugs me. Yes, there is that tiny minority of incomprehensibly smart children who are mentally years ahead of their peers, but this is Harry Potter, not one of those children. He has the knowledge and lucidity of a greying professor who has spent his entire adult life studying a single subject, and in fact his thoughts and speech would belong more to the stereotype I described. Perhaps that's why I don't like it - every bit about your character of Harry is more in tune with that stereotype of a professor, a scientist or book worm than with the character elements normally associated with a child.
Thousands of people seem to like it, but I personally feel that you didn't properly frame your drastically different characterisation of Harry within the narrative. You spent no time establishing this new Harry Potter to the reader. You gave some clues with the overflowing books and the professor father, but for such a different characterisation of such a well established character, I feel that it should have been far less subtle. Perhaps you could've shown a day in the life of boy-genius Harry Potter, much as JKRowling dedicated the first few chapters of Philosopher's Stone to show the mundane life he had with the Dursleys. Instead of easing the reader into this 'new' Harry, you basically went "This is how it is, deal with it."
People seem to like it, so I'll keep reading on, because maybe it gets better... The story thus far just seems to be a massive mouthpiece for every point of the method of rationality. It feels shoehorned to me. I'd much rather be reading your book on the method of rationality than this fanfic. Maybe this reaction is just from shock. I admittedly didn't know what I was reading at first - someone on just linked to the first chapter saying it's an impressive take. This wasn't what I expected, as you can see.
You've got over 9000 (meme not intended) reviews. I don't know if you read all of them, and I certainly imagine you don't reply to all of them, but I'd genuinely be interested to hearing back from you about this.
| Los Grotos chapter 2 . 12/4/2010
My niece would have petted her.
| Tangshou chapter 2 . 12/3/2010
Another good chapter. Actually, all of your early chapters are excellent. I've re-read through chapter 22, and the writing starts to get a little 'loose' (for lack of a better word) around Ch. 17 and stays that way, at least through Ch. 22. Still very good, but it doesn't feel as well crafted as the beginning.
I really LOVE your McGonagall. She's actually not much different from cannon but the way she reacts to new Harry is wonderful.
*** lite spoiler ***
Through Ch. 63, Harry is still not any closer to understanding animagus transformation. Wonder when he'll get around to that...
| WisteriaAndHoneysuckle chapter 2 . 12/3/2010
Well done! It's been ages since I've seen a Bayesian updating reference outside of academia and your "plague of giant zebras" made me laugh out loud. An interesting premise so far.
| Raw Power chapter 2 . 12/1/2010
Is she really "bemused"? I do not think this word means what you think it means...
That said, I'd like it if you would refer to my translation with my pen name rather than my TV Tropes/Lesswrong handle. It's just e trying to compartimentalize.
| R3aper chapter 2 . 11/28/2010
o_O So many complicated/smart people words... My brain hurts
| Guest chapter 2 . 11/27/2010
| Sandyeka chapter 2 . 11/26/2010
oh my ... where have you been all my life...
| Mind's III chapter 2 . 11/21/2010
A good chapter overall. I was led to HPMOR from the LessWrong sequences, not the other way round, but I remember on first reading "executing a Bayesian update on an observation of infinitesimal probability", I automatically skipped over them. I would've expected you to explain them.
I found the march of Reason speech quite poetic. And again you deal with some of the more irksome stuff from the original books, i.e. the absurdity of the incantation 'wingardium leviosa'.
Harry's exclamation of "There! You see what I have to deal with?" seems kind of clunky, as if it should have followed on from some complaint of his made to McGonagall about his parents. However, the rest of the text here is hilarious.
| TapTiger chapter 2 . 11/20/2010
I was a bit sceptical about reading this story, but I must say that it is GOLD. I wont say anything about how much i like your writing or plot devices and stuff like that until I catch up. What I will say is that I am mega proud that I knew what a quark was without looking it up, and that im glad I know about the orbital precession of Mercury now that I have looked it up. I love the way you have real quotes and scientific knowledge in here, I hope this keeps up through the story as I read along C:
| Melverne chapter 2 . 11/17/2010
I enjoyed the first chapter but the second was much better. Having Minerva come in for a demonstration was fun. Harry must be exceptionally intelligent. His issues for not attending a regular school should be good for a few laughs. I can see right away that his interest will be in a certain bushy red haired girl whom can challenge him intellectualy.
| A Common Hero chapter 2 . 11/15/2010
I have only just begun to read your story, but already it is one of my favorites. The entire premise, as I understand it so far, is one I have seen less explicitly elsewhere, yet always loved, and the execution, again so far as I have seen, is remarkable. I certainly intend to finish reading this tale.
On a different note, I loved your C disclaimer t the top of this chapter. As a student who has just started on a computer science degree, I found it to be one of the funniest jokes I have read in a fanfic in a month.
| Kay chapter 2 . 11/14/2010
This is the most hilarious story I've ever read. I can't wait to keep reading! Thank you!
| Ephemeral-Nightboy chapter 2 . 11/6/2010
Reading through MoR for the third time now, I still find myself stopping to laugh for a good minute at the biting-a-math-teacher part.
I can't help but relate to the incident. When I was in seventh grade in junior high, I had a science teacher who didn't understand how buoyancy worked.
When he started to explain it incorrectly-not just a little incorrectly, mind you, but horrendously blatantly WRONG-I put my hand up (the only student out of a class of 30 that noticed anything wrong with the explanation, by the way) and attempted to explain that, no, an object's volume, NOT its mass, correlated to how much matter it displaces, and that no, a larger object displaces MORE matter, not less (seriously, how could I be the only person in the room to notice THAT?).
Then, this worthless excuse for a science teacher proceeded to write off my objections as childish confusion, and spends the next several minutes explaining why I'm wrong, until he gets to the part of his lecture notes that he copied out of the textbook and they agree with me and contradict him! He stood in silence for a few moments, and then KEPT GOING LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED.
I didn't bite him, but I sure as hell wanted to. That not a single other student in the class of 30 seemed to have a problem with the teacher's explanation made me want to scream "NOTICE THAT YOU ARE CONFUSED YOU OBLIVIOUS IMBECILES!", and all but destroyed the last vestiges of my faith in the school system. (He was considered one of the more competent teachers in the school.)
... Well, I went off on a bit of a rant there didn't I.
Oh, I did want to express my wondering about just how stupid Harry is going to feel the first time his wand get's knocked out of his hand and he's left helpless because he didn't think to attach a wrist-strap. Seems even more obvious than a protective shell around a fragile Time-Turner.
| 101BoOkWoRm101 chapter 2 . 11/3/2010
You have a very clear use of words and bring in things that people can relate to (I, personaly have been annoyed to the pont of bitting someone before, and can relate to people not letting it go.).
| JA chapter 2 . 11/2/2010
This is positively outstanding thus far. Your use of the world, as well as the original characters (Harry included) is a masterwork exercise in changing the lens through which the very same world is viewed and getting a dramatically different result. I strongly commend your well learned dedication to all kinds of science and epistemology.
Only one flaw stands out to me, and it's rather large. Harry's father showed no reaction to being proven wrong. You set him up as a man operating on gut instinct, and led us to believe there would be some significant reaction here. Even if he acted true to the character you have in mind for him, the way you presented him to us made this kind of a let down, and I feel a violation of Chekhov's Gun. As it stands, I find it difficult that such a man of science could take this -literally- sitting down, even if he was the irrational foolish sort of scientist (the picture you have painted of which is very very believable).
The degree to which you've integrated both academic and scientific literacy into this creative enterprise is, however cliche it must sound, an inspiration to me. It represents everything I've spent my college career trying to achieve, and I think your work is top notch.
| satismagic chapter 2 . 10/28/2010
I'm laughing tears at this chapter. Biting a teacher because she didn't know what a logarithm is. The threat of giant zebras rampaging all over England. What a funny and unique twist to spin off into a parallel storyverse.
| t-shirt chapter 2 . 10/27/2010
Yay! I loved all that maths and science jabber! I've always had such an issue with that and I'm so glad you've addressed it :)
| PrincessofDucttapeLand chapter 2 . 10/25/2010
I was a bit off-put by the overall feel of this piece at first (and I am a science-fiction reading biology undergrad), but you hooked me with the conversation about the math teacher that didn't know what a logarithm was. Well played. I'm continuing.
| Ergoemos chapter 2 . 10/23/2010
Chapter 2 Review:
This is really where the true laughs of the series begins. I feel it much better sets the tone for the rest of the series than the first one ever does, showing Harry as a rationalist in practice, not just in comments between his mother and father.
It also shows the first moment of instant grin or even true laughter that is a true hallmark of this story. The second Harry starts to tell her that she can't have become cat, the audience is (or should be) gripped by the instant humor of a scientist stuck in the magical world. But the first thing he says after learning all Hamiltonian or even Einstein-ian thought was nigh proved false? "Wingardium Leviosa? Really?"
Its great great writing and any reader of the Harry Potter series (or at least myself, maybe not the entire audience) who has considered the absurdities of the magical world feels coming sense of where the author is going, and can't wait to see what else in the magical world is questioned, examined, or otherwise tested by the author. I was excited about the rest of this story before I even finished this chapter.
And the humor snowballs down hill growing bigger and bigger until the end. And we are left waiting for more. Fortunately, that takes but a click away, for the story to continue.
In fact, the only thing I think is less than superb about this chapter, is that I can't imagine Professor McGonagall to ever even mention a plague of giant zebras. It seems a little too silly for her rigid sensibilities. But aside from that minor note, a great great chapter.
So much fun, and so thank you Mr. Yudkowsky for such a great story.
| Lord Lugos chapter 2 . 10/23/2010
Most definitely, a delightful beginning. :) I have often seen this story mentioned on favourite lists, as well as a search for a fic now and again, but never thought of reading it. Petunia and a professor, only almost caught my fancy. Since the last time I saw mention of this fic, I've thought about seeking it out for a read, and then with a refresh of a current authors fav list, it turns up, and I say, Gotta try it now. Glad I did.
I love physics, and magic,ck,k. I feel the magic are just laws, rules, and energy forms that have yet to be defined. The Tides were caused by magic, until we reasoned that lunar gravity was the cause.
I was fascinated by the 26 hour sleep cycle, as I have often thought that I myself would be best served by a longer day, though 28 hours would be apt for me. Of course, with 28, a seven day week would be come a six day week, nice and neat. :)
Now I must get back to this awesome fic, as I have quite a few chapters to read to get caught up.
| Amazed chapter 2 . 10/23/2010
Absolutely wonderful, first chapter and I just had to reveiw, whcich never happens...
Excellent prose, really excelent.
P.S I am guessing you are not 'English', the 'correct' spelling is litres
| Matthew Fallshaw chapter 2 . 10/23/2010
Excellent. Always excellent.
| WestWard101 chapter 2 . 10/20/2010
Good strong early chapters!
| silentlysnowing chapter 2 . 10/16/2010
Oh. My. Gosh. I love you for putting #include "stddisclaimer.h" at the top. Seriously. Words can not describe.
Anyway, this is pretty amazing, never mind how unlikely it is that a ten-year-old would have such a sophisticated vocabulary and view on life, no matter how well-educated they are. But, you know, humor category, so all's well. Nicely thought out so far, I'm going to enjoy reading this!
| Denny chapter 2 . 10/10/2010
I once borrowed the Harry Potter books from a girlfriend, and returned the whole set after reading the first three. I wish they'd been even a quarter as good as this series.
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| John chapter 2 . 10/6/2010
I'm two chapters in and already I honestly can't remember the last time fiction had made me so happy. Thank you.
| Kutta chapter 2 . 10/6/2010
I thought before about using up my review quota with insubstantial review snippets but I believed it to be unfitting. Now reading your most recent notes I decided to do it anyway. I will nevertheless have opportunities to make content-rich reviews on future chapters. Umm, and I just managed to use up one slot, although it is up to debate whether this review itself is substantial or not.
| Vampyromaniac chapter 2 . 10/6/2010
Can't remember what chapter it was that had me dying to (and then forgetting to) comment on Occlumency. Is Occlumency as a defence against not only Legilimency but also Veritaserum an invention of your own, or another thing that you consider to not even be a departure from canon? This is the first place I have encountered that idea and I found it surprising and novel. It would explain why Voldemort relied on Legilimency and thus was defeated by Snape, an accomplished Occlumens, rather than on Veritaserum if this had no antidote.
I forget - was canon Parseltongue an ancient, inborn, inherited (presumably through genes) magical ability or a (wordless, wandless) spell invented by Salazar Slytherin? Harry is a Parseltongue because Voldemort is a Parseltongue, but this does not tell us whether Voldemort's smearing a part of himself on Harry gave Harry unconscious knowledge of the spell or soul-transmitted innate ability. In MoR, is Parseltongue the passive ability to understand a language that all snakes are using all the time anyway, or the active ability to command snakes (and confer upon them the intelligence needed to obey)?
fotherington: Harry does not know about Unbreakable Vows, and would probably be horrified to learn of them, much like Azkaban and dementors. I suppose a not-as-harsh kind of magical vow could be created for this fanfic but it seems more likely that he'd rather bind with honour than magic, as he has with Draco.
Speaking of Azkaban's horrors, now that Harry has actually discovered a way to stop the cruel and unusual punishments of happiness-draining and soul-sucking visited upon its inmates, how long will it take him to actually do something about it? Will he find alternative ways to guard magical prisoners before he destroys Azkaban/its wardens?
I smiled at DigiEmissary's comment "an emergent...phenomenon" because I found the Less Wrong blog before I found this fanfic.
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| SeaChange chapter 2 . 10/4/2010
This chapter is a nice setup for the next muggle chapter during Christmas, establishing a character study of just how parents handle having a child a lot smarter than themselves. Only Kim Possible deals with this subject nearly as well.
| w chapter 2 . 10/3/2010
Good: ""You'd think there'd be some kind of more dramatic mental event associated with executing a Bayesian update on an observation of infinitesimal probability"
Nice demonstration of experimental science. And nice description of physics.
" He couldn't help himself. Actually, under the circumstances, he shouldn't be helping himself. "
"You turned into a cat (...) brain". Beautiful. Breathing in short pants, though, really? Given that he's much more composed later on.
"Who invents the words to these spells, preschool children?" :) The overall science-magic interaction never ceases to amuse.
26 hours must be significant. But the hypothesis the house of Potter comes from a different planet is hardly plausible.
"howled with laughter" - no. An Oxford professor howling with laughter? A bit too much leaving the room afterwards too, I mean, why would they? It's not that funny.
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| E.A.V chapter 2 . 9/26/2010
Truly great chapter! Thank you for writing!
| Graypdrink chapter 2 . 9/25/2010
Rolf, pretty funny stuff.
| Sarshi chapter 2 . 9/25/2010
So, you want to beat that Twilight fanfiction as far as reviews are concerned? I'm in!
Because you were mentioning Rowling's tendency to have crazy fans looking through all the books for clues in the notes to chapter 47, I will say this: but of course. She leaves clues. Just like you do. Unlike you, however, she published the books once every few years - and the fans eventually gathered on sites to discuss their crazy theories.
...don't you dare start uploading on a yearly basis so we'd search for clues. We would have to kidnap you and bribe/threaten/blackmail/beg our way into new chapters - and we're sure your friends, family and fellow researchers do not want you gone.
About chapter 2:
Maybe Harry was nearly sorted to Slytherin because of the logarithm incident? After all, the Sorting Hat may have noticed his no-nonsense dealing with Muggles and his strong superior attitude towards those inferior to him and thought it would work well with the house's current politics?
| MonkeyAxman1302 chapter 2 . 9/20/2010
I read the first chapter on my Girlfriends recommendation and enjoyed it, but this second one was a real hoot!
Love Harry's reaction to the animagus.
Almost fell over laughing (which isn't wise when reading at wor!) at the teacher biting when he was seven! Especially when his parents went outside to laugh so hard.
I also, don't think I have read a better FanFic based sentance in a long time:
"And I suspect, Mr. Potter, that if I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a huge crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of giant zebras terrorizing the rest of England."
Love the giant zebras! lol
Thanks for writing.
PS - I haven't read more than one or two stories of FanFic since Deathly Hallows came out so thank you for making me enjoy HP fanfic again!
| Serpent In Red chapter 2 . 9/11/2010
The part where Harry thought of it as being anticlimatic when McGonagall levitated his father - well, if he wants climatic, McGonagall will give him climatic. Loved the little outburst Harry gave when she turns herself into a cat, his whole logical statement of why she shouldn't have been able to Transfigure herself into a cat, and him calling her god.
Ahahahaha! Harry bit the math teacher? *is amused* Well, I have to admit that I understand where he's coming from. When teachers teach a subject, one would think that they actually know their subjects well. And then they prove you wrong. I mean, fine, don't know about logarithms, but then don't call yourself a math teacher.
*giggles* Though I doubt McGonagall would have to worry about herself. She's not going to be bitten any time soon - she knows her subject. Lockhart, on the other hand ...
LMAO! I think I can safely say that I like your Harry more than Rowling's so far. ;)
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| Visitkarte chapter 2 . 9/7/2010
I can't beleave I've just discovered this FF. It's the most refreshing, funny and logical AU I've ever read... Until now, that is. LOVE IT!
'Biting the math teacher', 'Who in the world would ever name his son Dudley Dursley'! ROTFL
| Maki-P chapter 2 . 9/6/2010
What? I mean what? I think I understood less than 5% of what he said! What kind of kid this is? Not only does he has a ridiuolously long name (seriously, 3 lastnames?) he's a fraking Genius?
| gemclaw chapter 2 . 9/6/2010
oh that was hilarious. thank you :)
| living.this.lie chapter 2 . 9/5/2010
You, my dear writer, are a genius. This made me laugh. I think the idea is so creative. I can't wait to read more of this. :)
| Warhawk Talon chapter 2 . 8/26/2010
Wow, I'm only on chapter 2 and I'm already cracking up! Great job!
| Evil Genius II chapter 2 . 8/23/2010
I love the ending.
| furyosa chapter 2 . 8/22/2010
absolutely brilliant at the end! i was biting my cheek so hard i swear it almost spilt blood when i read the joke. (not good to laugh when im in a math tutorial... ;) )
| Crumplette chapter 2 . 8/15/2010
Love your disclaimer! #include "stddisclaimer.h"
Professor McGonagall says "there is to be no biting of teachers at Hogwarts, is that very clear, Mr. Potter?" and Harry's parents have to go outside because they are getting laugh attacks...
She won't leave Harry alone with his schoolbooks for two months because ... "I will return to this house only to find a huge crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of giant zebras terrorizing the rest of England."
and Harry's parents nod in perfect unison.
I love your story. There are countless little and big priceless gems in there. Please please please don't abandon it. We readers are hanging in total suspense at your every word, and wouldn't know what to do without your witty, intelligent, intellectual, and scientifically laced writing!
| rekrula chapter 2 . 8/12/2010
very cute! love your harry. thanks for sharing.
| Ellen Kuhfeld chapter 2 . 8/9/2010
I can't say I've ever bitten a math teacher. I did, however, once bite a dentist.
| fifespice chapter 2 . 8/7/2010
lol your harry is a rather interesting child
| excentrykemuse chapter 2 . 8/1/2010
I simply adore your Harry ;D
| FangDust99 chapter 2 . 7/30/2010
This chapter was very funny. You know, I sort of imagine that this would be like Hermione's introduction to magic. Lots of long words and "That's impossible!"s.
| t chapter 2 . 7/29/2010
Holy shit this story too good to be legal. Seriously. This is better than Harry Potter, you know it, I know it, no exageration... it's a pity you can't make a fortune off of it.
| insert meaningful phrase here chapter 2 . 7/26/2010
The weirdest part? I actually understood what he was saying there.
Except doesn't the cat thing violate the Law of Conservation of Mass, not Energy? Because the cat wouldn't have the same mass as a human, unless there was an excess of oxygen or something else created that would also be taken back when she changes back into a human. I just don't see exactly where energy would play into it. If you can explain it to me, I'd be extremely grateful.
| YetAnotherAnon chapter 2 . 7/25/2010
Of course, I would have enjoyed it more if I had knowledge of physics, but I do concur about cat biochemistry... Even their requirements for essential amino acids differ from humans!
And biting teachers for not knowing logarithms? How in the world did you come up with such a gem?
McGonagall's response to all the objections was also entirely believable. The only "trouble" I have is that it almost sounds like Harry isn't, at the core of his being, Harry from the books. I personally don't mind -to me he could be a completely original character on whom you've slapped Harry Potter's history and I could still enjoy it. I just felt obligated to point this out to you as I can't really offer anything else.
| tsuj chapter 2 . 7/21/2010
"A hundred questions fought for priority over Harry's lips and the winner poured out: "
| jdboss1 chapter 2 . 7/18/2010
that's good I have just found a chapter I of and reviewed before
I just had this idea just as I submitted my last review
that superduper strong metal string you had harry make i red about it on Wikipedia after you mentioned it it seems incredibly strong unlike other magical users conjuring temporary steel items harry could be God by conjuring an unknown element to all but a couple of the magical population
I know Transfiguration is temporary but to discover a way of locking or at least slowing the process down of unwind in should be one of Harry's number one priority freeze it?
transfigure and then make it to double in size
transfigure something along smaller and then wrapping it in a super duper strong metal put it in a time loop with the Time Turner it seems like a very old bucket with loads of holes in when you fill it it leaks there must be a way to halt the process
transfigure In my opinion is the greatest and most powerful and useful thing you can get in the Harry Potter universe ( can harry transfigure life Magic (Draco's shield)?
) I know I known items cannot be made that enough people might believe in stuff or heard of it for magic to get the memo?
a 2 cm miniature sun
top of the range laptop just for an hour or two we could work
transfigure no gravity ( when falling)
The possibilities are end lesss
if you transfigure foos don't like the taste of into something delicious then eat it when it transfigure will it still hurt you like if I eat a banana transfigured to a an Apple? because I don't have the taste of bananas and I'm stranded on a banana Island
| TenchiSaWaDa chapter 2 . 7/7/2010
This is AMAZING!
| Solitary Sanctuary chapter 2 . 7/4/2010
One word: Awesome.
| FictionA chapter 2 . 7/4/2010
Oh my god.
I laughed so hard, and enjoyed your logic so much...!
Sarcasm that sits at the edge of rationality. Well done!
| Tinsnail chapter 2 . 6/28/2010
This story is absolutely hilarious. Science!Harry makes me laugh.
| Dugleik chapter 2 . 6/26/2010
I have to stop reading now. I'll continue when my parents aren't at home and come ask me why I'm laughing so hard and trying to read over my shoulder.
| James Birdsong chapter 2 . 6/23/2010
| hollyivy7 chapter 2 . 6/22/2010
fuck. i'm going to need a dictionary for this. thank god for wikipedia. listen, man, fanfiction is not meant to EDUCATE people for god's sake.
| Plumbum chapter 2 . 6/16/2010
| Wrin chapter 2 . 6/13/2010
You know, for some reason I never decided to read this based on the description. Now I'm howling with laughter loud enough that I'll have to moderate myself before the neighbors call the police. Oh! And you missed #include cstdio or #include iostream. How are you getting all this text with only a disclaimer header? Bad form. Maybe you simply forgot to open a block comment?
| Syron13 chapter 2 . 6/13/2010
This is great. So funny.
| Arkh Cthuul chapter 2 . 6/6/2010
This was a VERY funny chapter.
| PrincessLillia chapter 2 . 6/1/2010
Haha, I knew that your story sounded interesting when I first saw it, but this was hilarious. Sorry, I must go read more of it now!
| Mother of Tears chapter 2 . 6/1/2010
I couldn't resist. I had to read one more!
He bit the math teacher? Because she didn't know what a logarithm was? Ha! Poor McGonagall! I'm sure she's envisioning some frightening scenarios!
Oh yes, keep the books away from him until he can be supervised. What fun! Wait until Snape gets a run in with him... Sparks will fly- even if Snape is one of thore intelectual of the Hogwqarts Teachers.
| Viridian chapter 2 . 5/31/2010
Oh ... just ... awesome! I loved Harry setting up the conditions for the "experiment" and making sure beforehand that both his parents accept the results. And the bit with Harry thinking about the history of physical and natural science - only for all of that to be flushed down the train by McGonagall's transformation (and his reaction to it ... the law of conservation of energy!) Ahhh, that was just priceless!
| Lielac chapter 2 . 5/27/2010
1. LOL at your 'disclaimer'
2. My only complaint is a plaintive wail of 'the chapters are so shoooort'.
3. I forsee pain in my future due to falling off my chair from laughing.
| Animekitty47 chapter 2 . 5/25/2010
lol McGonagall's last line was awesome! XD I can see why this story is so highly recommended. XD *keeps reading*
| ShineX chapter 2 . 5/21/2010
Oh that was awesome! lol
| Psilontech chapter 2 . 5/19/2010
Aha, oh wow.
I normally shy away from HP fics, I was pointed this way by a friend though and I am happy to say this is quite well done so far and an understatement to say it is quite amusing.
Keep up the good work. *thumbs up*
| Bookwyrm chapter 2 . 5/17/2010
"I know," said his mother sympathetically, "you bite one math teacher and they never let you forget it, do they?"
I've read other reviewers criticising, "For all the talk about Harry is genius, he is kind of a sore loser here with big mouth and big words here." One thing that I truly areciate here is the accurate portrayal of the often-frustrating asynchrony of truly gifted children.
Harry is brilliant and as well-read as most university students, he can analyse his own mental processes and identify things that are incongruous in his world-view, but his emotional development is that of an eleven-year-old who has never been able to interact with true peers because there are none. He may think this is because of his intelligence, but your portrayal does seem to accurately show the reality that, because one's knowledge base affects how one perceives the world, he is in a real way not living in the same culture as either the children around him or the adults he encounters. I don't get the impression that he is aware of this, but I'd have expected your readers to be able to recognise it easily enough.
Alternately, I may be bringing too much of my own background knowledge to the story and seeing things you didn't actually put there. If so, sorry; I'll stop rambling now and leave you to your other comments of well-deserved praise.
| Tangerine-Alert chapter 2 . 5/13/2010
"McGonagall turned into a cat."
Quite possibly the best sequence I've read thus far, the thought processes that went along with that...I'm awed at just that.
This is brilliant, fantastically enjoyable.
| Loonynamelass chapter 2 . 5/12/2010
This story is magnificent! Some notable parts:
"a huge crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of giant zebras terrorizing the rest of England."
"A blur was coming over Harry's vision. Three thousand years, more or less, that was how long humanity had been investigating the natural world. In the beginning the ancient Greeks had thought that there were different rules in different places, a law for the heavens and a different law for the Earth. For hundreds of years the march of Reason had progressed steadily away from that starting point. Humanity had descended beneath the surface of the world, finding tissues beneath bodies, cells beneath tissues, chemistry beneath cells, quarks beneath atoms. The simple things, the eternally stable and unvarying things, the things of pure causality and math, beneath the world of surface appearances forever in flux. The laws of gravity that Newton had laid down, that seemed in retrospect to have governed every piece of the solar system since forever; and even when the orbital precession of Mercury had been discovered, an exception to Newton's laws, Einstein had come along and discovered the new theory, the new universal, the new rule that was revealed to have always governed since the beginning. The true rules were the same everywhere and everywhen for every part of the universe, you didn't have special cases for different surface appearances and exceptions whenever it was convenient, that was what humanity had learned over the last three thousand years, not to mention that the mind was the brain and the brain was made of neurons and if you damaged the brain the mind lost the corresponding ability, destroy the hippocampus and the person lost the ability to form new memories, a brain was what a person was -
And then a woman turned into a cat, so much for all that."
"I know," said his mother sympathetically, "you bite one math teacher and they never let you forget it, do they?"
| Greytune chapter 2 . 5/11/2010
"Rest assured, Mr. Potter," replied McGonagall, "Hogwarts is quite capable of teaching the basics. And I suspect, Mr. Potter, that if I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a huge crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of giant zebras terrorizing the rest of England."
Oh my god! Just... THAT in itself is hilarity in its purest form! Dear God! And the biting thing!
I'm dying of laughter...
| perfidiouspink chapter 2 . 5/11/2010
cool. i love the thing about the Greeks. Our capacity for learning is AMAZING. WOAH DEEP lol
| Hohohohoi chapter 2 . 5/10/2010
Just reviewing to say that I agree completely with ChuckDaTruck.
| Dureth chapter 2 . 5/10/2010
I love you. That's all. I would have your mind-babies.
| wdango chapter 2 . 5/8/2010
Wow. That disclaimer is genius. I've got to try that one.
| Alotua chapter 2 . 5/7/2010
Does Harry have Asperger's syndrome in this story? His intelligence and obsession with rationalism, his odd behavior/language use for a ten year old, and the fact that he bit a teacher all seem to indicate that he has AS or a similar disorder (it's really the obsession with rationalism that makes me think it's AS and not something else). Also there have been studies that suggest an increased likelihood of sleep disorders in children with AS. Just curious.
| fontgoddess chapter 2 . 5/6/2010
Will you make this the Sophie's World of Rationality? Please?
| deloriantimewizard chapter 2 . 5/3/2010
love the science, pretty unique fic so far.
I will say, in the interest of reviewing, that people don't often leave rooms cause they're laughing so hard (shrooms would be the only real life example I've witnessed), and this falls into the same category as ffauthors who write, "they cried in laughter, rolling around on the floor, for 5 minutes".
if it's a realist story, keep the humor/laughing/crying appropriate length plz
| physics chick chapter 2 . 5/3/2010
oh. my. gosh!
this is so much better than petunia marrying vernon!
| backslash symph chapter 2 . 5/2/2010
COOL! the stddisclaimer header locked me to the screen for a couple of minutes, i completely adore you for that, and will look into Less Wrong when i have more time - for now, i'll simply enjoy this cute harry.
| MegaB chapter 2 . 4/26/2010
*Gasps for breath*
Sorry about that! Can I just say what a breath of fresh air this story brings to the Harry Potter Section? 'Cause it does that. In heaps. Sure there are quite a few amazing HP fics, but this is a formula that has never been tested successfully before...and to such aplomb! Your writing style is literally PERFECT for this sort of plot and dialogue! And props for writing an actual REALISTICALLY depicted 10 year old who's been stuck in books too long!
THAT's something NOBODY has done so far! Anywhere!
So well done, congrats and all that. I have another...15 chapters to read of this, and I fully intend to do just that!
PS: I see you've been learning C. I was about to crack a joke on how std could mean Sexually Transmitted Disease but meh...forget it. xD
| BeLlIxiEs chapter 2 . 4/25/2010
ok...SO i am dying of laughter here...is that even possible?
this is awesome! and oh so original!
i must keep going now...
| HMC chapter 2 . 4/24/2010
LOVE THE STORY. And I find the sequences veery interesting as well, so thank you that :D
| islandy15 chapter 2 . 4/24/2010
"'Fine, I won't bite anyone who doesn't bite me first.'"
I love you.
I also love saying Harry's name over and over; Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres, Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres. D
| TxA-GunFighter chapter 2 . 4/19/2010
Very good chapter.
| Shad chapter 2 . 4/17/2010
Harry sent his parents a glare. "I am a conscientious objector to the child draft, on the grounds that I should not have to suffer for a continually disintegrating school system's abject failure to provide teachers or study materials of even minimally adequate quality."
| Malfoie chapter 2 . 4/17/2010
Okay its funny I'll give you that but omg I'm getting a headach from all the big words Hell I think Hermione might just have to go say what! I look forward to reading more.
| hi chapter 2 . 4/13/2010
| blah blah blah chapter 2 . 4/12/2010
FYI The spells from Harry Potter are not simply 'invented,' they're derived from classical and ancient languages, mainly Latin. -though they are not grammaticaly correct they mainly resmeble Latin words (they're not proper Latin)
The levitation charm, Wingardium Leviosa is thought to come from a deformation of teh english word "wing" meaning "fly", and the latin 'arduus' meaing 'tall' and the latin 'levis' meaing 'light' -so fly: floating objects tall: being able to float the objects high and light: well its hard to float heavey things, so make them light.
| Makurayami Ookami chapter 2 . 4/11/2010
hahaha, well written.
| He Who Comes With the Dusk chapter 2 . 4/10/2010
Once again, an excellent chapter. Written well, and McGonagall seems very in character. Fine work once again.
And the back story you're forming for Harry is excellent as well! He *bit* a teacher! And "**She didn't know what a logarithm was!**" Priceless. In his defense, I'd have been rather upset too.
Once again, anxious to finish this review and get to the next chapter.
| RebeccaRoy chapter 2 . 4/9/2010
Oh wow, rational Harry indeed!
| Renart chapter 2 . 4/8/2010
so if anything Harry reminds me of Rodney McKay from Stargate.
| chiva1989 chapter 2 . 4/8/2010
Uhm hi. Not to spoil anything but as I remember it you cannot cast Wingardium Leviosa on... well a living beeing, which would make chapter 2 impossible. But very good work on the rest. I have seldomly laughed as hard as with this story while still getting the feeling that it was worth my time to read it.
| Wordlurker chapter 2 . 4/6/2010
TO MY FAVORITES. NOW.
Funniest HP fic I've read for months. Seriously.
| NarutosBrat chapter 2 . 4/5/2010
I know I'm making an ass of meself, but I'm assuming that Harry will be paired with either Luna or Hermione if there is one. They seem to be the only two people I can think of that would naturally be mentally strong enough to keep up with him.
| Bob Dole chapter 2 . 4/3/2010
I am officially ecstatic to have found this story.
I've been laughing aloud for parts of it and almost squeeling with glee (in a very manly manner of course) over the discussions of proper observation and such. Rationality, curiosity... such WONDERFUL traits of ours, aren't they?
| roshane chapter 2 . 4/2/2010
this fic is really interesting.
| tatewaki2000 chapter 2 . 4/2/2010
Loved the cat response. :)
| orange chapter 2 . 4/2/2010
The whole dialogue at the end had very bad flow. Particularly the parts where Harry's parents flew out of the room laughing - this action seemed really forced.
I really dislike this sentence: "Excuse me," said Petunia, and fled through the screen door onto the outside porch, from which her screams of laughter were quite clearly audible.
I never realized she was leaving the room from laughter until the end of the sentence at which point it was totally jarring to me.
The whole scene was very forced to me. I think you could've left out EVERY single reference to laughter and it would have flowed a lot better. If necessary, I would simply say Petunia covers her mouth or that Prof M chuckled, maybe guffawed - anything more subtle than leaving the room.
The very last line is also quite cheesy. But whatever.
Writing humor is very difficult. But you gave it a shot. I think a lot of other reviewers found it hilarious. But I think there are definitely quality control issues.
| Orchamus chapter 2 . 4/1/2010
There hasn't been this much arm pounding since I read that Evangelion fic with a drunk Shinji. So much rofling.
| heal thy self chapter 2 . 3/27/2010
Harry’s odd sleep cycle got me thinking: Pomfrey could ask Snape to adjust a Dreamless Sleep Potion so that it’d induce controlled lucid dreaming to help Harry better retain information from his waking hours and organize his mind, which would also result in crude Occlumency shields.
In Norse witchcraft, a tincture of Mugwort was useful in lucid dreaming, clarity of thought, and astral projection. In the Harry Potter book series, Armadillo Bile and Jobberknoll feathers are used in thought-enhancing potions, while Moonstone helps a person gain emotional balance and is used in the Draught of Peace.
| liareh chapter 2 . 3/27/2010
Ch 2 Review:
Loved the chapter specially because I had actually found myself wondering about the magical transformation ( animagi) when I had first read it. What happens to mind? WHat happens to mass? Is mass convertible to magic like energy? I have had questions on each magical gift - fidelity charm, repairing charms always bring to my mind entropy and chaos, apparition ( well, who is not intrigued by and wonders and wishes for teleportation).
I have tried to rationalise in vague scientific terms so many of the magical things seen here and ultimately realised that I had become used to think along existing theories that the imagination required to sometimes spur new inventions has been curbed. Education has spoiled me.
I have since tried to decouple myself from thinking of everything in terms of cold scientific logic. I remember once I was in my Germany office with these little ( larger than a coin, plastic) badge like world cup discs which would shout out something when pressed and immediately I started thinking - oh, a microprocessor that... and stopped myself - wait! let me think for a moment this is magic, dont wish to think anymore but my colleagues around me started on it. I was like, hey, I just stopped myself from doing that, leave my badge alone - it is magic! I dont wish to know what happens inside.
But engineering is fun ( yeah, I am an engineer).
| Gemcraft chapter 2 . 3/26/2010
Lol! Btw you can't review your own story! Thats cheating the review count hahahaha.
| LonelyAura chapter 2 . 3/26/2010
X...D... I laughed for five minutes straight! Oh my god, you are an amazing author! Though I didn't get many of your words being below the eighth grade...
| yoyoente chapter 2 . 3/20/2010
*snorts* A woman turning into a cat...hm, I wonder what he'll think of Rita Skeeter.
| CeilingFan chapter 2 . 3/19/2010
Wow. I wish Harry grew up with parents like these. Adorable.
| uo-chou chapter 2 . 3/19/2010
Heh, I like your Harry. I look forward to the explanation for his sleep condition. Yes, I agree. A math teacher really should know what a logarithm is.
| hordac85 chapter 2 . 3/17/2010
| happylady chapter 2 . 3/14/2010
I love post, that so very funny even the Professor had a hard
time keeping herself from laughing. If the rest of the story
is like this... count me in for the long haul
Until next time
| Alphamatic Replacement chapter 2 . 3/14/2010
This story is perfect! Harry being smart without being shy/having to hide it, good family, but still slightly emotionally starved, ect, and, overall, you've acutally update reuglarly! Hope you keep on writing! It's so fun to see Hary babbling on about something no one else really understands. Poor Harry. :)
| SweetestDisarray chapter 2 . 3/13/2010
Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention that I think here in chapter two, Harry would be more concerned by the fact that McGonagall had very seriously violated Conservation of Matter. It strikes me as the more pressing issue, as opposed to Conservation of Energy. But it was a great line anyway!
| Cassandra30 chapter 2 . 3/13/2010
hee hee Terrific!
| Hedwig's Owl chapter 2 . 3/11/2010
OK, it's only chapter 2 but I have to review right now because I'm laughing so hard I've got tears in my eyes. This is *perfect*. I love the concept and you write science!Harry so very well, plus his parents are great and I *love* that he bit the teacher and that McGonagall's got his measure so quickly. I love this fic!
| excessivelyperky chapter 2 . 3/11/2010
I don't blame McGonagall at all for wanting to limit Harry's exposure to magical things till the day before school. I can see the zebras and and the mushroom cloud, too (one wonders what happened at the Granger household when Hermione tried experimenting with her wand, whereas at the Burrow they're probably used to it). And I love Harry's reaction to having his parents know him rather too well.
| whitehound chapter 2 . 3/10/2010
Hmm - that's a real condition, although I don't know if anybody has ever put a name to it. The late great Anglo-Irish essayist Patrick Campbell suffered from it, although iirc he was four hours out - but he used to get up hours later each night and then find himself going to bed in the middle of the afternoon and wide awake at 3am.
Presumably Animagi only have to think about the fine structure of the Animagus form once, while they're setting it up, and that's why it takes so long to learn. Once they've done it they've got a sort of unconscious programme for it and they don't need to think about how it works anymore than they ahve to think about how the human body works.
Minor canon point btw - Minerva's Animagus form is a tabby cat, not a black cat. Also very small Britpick - we would say second year, not second grade - assuming that that's what second grade *is*. It's not a term we use here and I'm not entirely sure what it means.
Great fun, anyway.
| duj chapter 2 . 3/10/2010
Hmm, a lot of rationalists would have reacted to the cat demonstration with certainty that their observation was wrong, ergo they must be mad or deceived. (After all, he only "saw" it; he didn't hold the cat or weigh it or do further tests to show that it was a real cat and not an optical illusion of some kind. And he must know that brains are capable of deceiving themselves about what they saw.) But I love his perspective: what the ancients knew about fingers, school as child draft and his outgrown "well-considered policy" for combating it.
| bellashade chapter 2 . 3/10/2010
wow i'm impressed not only do you know how to make harry very very smart but this is the first time i've ever seen non-24 ever mentioned in a piece of fiction not only mentioned but the the main charactor has it. It's going to be intresting whether he's going to have to deal with it during hogwarts or if your going to have Madame Pomfrey magic up a cure for him.
on another note chapter 5 is absolutly hilarious! XD
| blue artemis chapter 2 . 3/10/2010
I love this McGonnagal.
| BellaDrogo chapter 2 . 3/10/2010
This is amazing! You must be really smart or really good at faking it! I honestly can not wait to see where it goes!
| Orochigin chapter 2 . 3/9/2010
oh my god dude that was awesome. i couldn't stop laughing for about 5 min.
| SomeGuyFawkes chapter 2 . 3/9/2010
| Meteoricshipyards chapter 2 . 3/9/2010
Harry's response to why he didn't go to school had me laughing out loud. That was excellent!
Biting Snape would probably be very unhealthy, though, so I'm glad he's over that.
Thanks for the story.
| Zayde chapter 2 . 3/9/2010
Love your Harry.
| red-jacobson chapter 2 . 3/9/2010
This is unique! I like it already!
| ImUpToNoGood chapter 2 . 3/9/2010
he he he he. he hee he hee! He he HOWL, he he he!
I can't breathe!
"...And I suspect, Mr. Potter, that if I leave you alone for two months with your schoolbooks, even without a wand, I will return to this house only to find a huge crater billowing purple smoke, a depopulated city surrounding it and a plague of giant zebras terrorizing the rest of England."
CHORTLE! Giggle! Guffaw!
Click Favorites. Snicker.
| raindancer08 chapter 2 . 3/9/2010
awesome hilarious story
| Madame Norberta chapter 2 . 3/9/2010
Is Harry channeling Hermione? ;~)
Yet, he is bizarrely somehow still recognizably Harry! How do you do that?
| Aries The Ram chapter 2 . 3/5/2010
"Fine, I won't bite anyone who doesn't bite me first."
That about sums up my attitude as well...God that was hilarious, and the Zebras was a nice one too.
| DarkHeart81 chapter 2 . 3/2/2010
LMAO! Loved this chapter. I feel so stupid now... lol I could have done logarithms in my sleep back in high school... But now, I look at them and go that's a math problem? lol Loved the story about Harry biting the teacher. And the sleep cycle thing is and interesting twist. Can't wait to see what it's like for him at Hogwarts.
| Jarno chapter 2 . 3/2/2010
Nice story, it has to be one of the most interesting as well as one of the most refreshing plots I've read in the last year or so. I do hope you are going to continue this story.
There is one thing I'd like to comment on, and that is the science though.
Changing into a cat does not violate the law of energy. While energy can not be destroyed, it can however be changed. There is nothing that doesn't say that the energy isn't put into another form during transfiguration.
| wetterwaxs chapter 2 . 3/1/2010
Yay! McGonagall is the best!
| Sakura Lisel chapter 2 . 3/1/2010
I like it so far, but I don't see why Harry, along with Petunia and Michael, don't demand that the professor call Harry by his PROPER surname. There's a REASON why the 'Verres-Evans' is added to the FRONT of the Potter name isn't it? Besides, after all these years I think Harry should be more used to answering Verres-Evans than Potter. I mean saying all three names has to be a mouthful, not to mention way too long. He should insist on going by his adopted surname instead of his birth one. *lol*
| HarmoniousPie chapter 2 . 3/1/2010
I'm hooked. This is amazing and hilarious and I loved McGonagalls line at end.
Plase update soon.
| anonnatymousMARTIN chapter 2 . 3/1/2010
This is hilarious! I love all the technical slangs and the reactions Harry has towards McGonagall's visit and Magic defying the laws of Science.
| HJP265 chapter 2 . 3/1/2010
xD xD xD
I truly love this Harry...I can see it coming...Harry tries to find out how magic works and the whole castle blows up...hahahahahahaha
Just loved this chapter...especially the fast update...you should try that again (*hint, hint*)
| omegahurricane chapter 2 . 2/28/2010
I just have this to say, -HAHAHAHAHA... (This continues for a while) Alright. Now that I'm calm again, Truely a wonderful job. Better than I imagined. Now to watch... erm, read as Harry dives headfirst into madness to find reason. Hope he says hi to Albert. Hehe, The leader of the Order of the Half-Baked Duck is going to be in for a shock, eh?
| StoryTagger chapter 2 . 2/28/2010
You know...I can actually imagine this scientifically-thinking Harry pulling a stunt like that...he kind of comes off as a blend of Lily and the Marauders raised by, well, a scientist...he'd probably go nuts and rip a whole in time and space...or try and figure out how magic works...course by proving how magic works one would probably neutralize it's ability to work...nah, but it reminded me of this book I read (fiction book) that had one of the characters saying that magic only works when you believe it works...
| cheekylildevil chapter 2 . 2/28/2010
Finally! A writer who has more than one chapter prepared! Please excuse my outburst there, I got a little exited... It's lovely to see that this chapter not only lives up to the previous chapter but is quite possibly better than it.
I loved the conversation at the beginning, stating the grounds on which the experiment was to be attempted, and the line on his biting the maths teacher, not to mention the ground on which he agreed to be a student. Just out of curiousity, how exactly does his sleep pattern work, I found it confused me slightly.
Thank you for another excellent chapter,