History Fanfic / HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality

29th Apr '17 12:40:03 PM nombretomado
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--->It said something, Hermione Granger thought, and it was something rather sad -- as the eight of them strolled back through the [[ColossalCave maze of twisty little passages]] that was Hogwarts, their time before the next class having run out without finding any bullies -- that she genuinely didn't know whether Harry Potter had been led around by the ghost of Salazar Slytherin or a phoenix or what. And whatever Harry had done, she hoped it didn't work for them. And most of all she hoped that the others didn't vote for Tracey's idea of stunning Harry Potter and carting his unconscious body around with them to attract Adventures. That couldn't possibly work in real life, or, if it did, she was giving up.

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--->It said something, Hermione Granger thought, and it was something rather sad -- as the eight of them strolled back through the [[ColossalCave [[VideoGame/ColossalCave maze of twisty little passages]] that was Hogwarts, their time before the next class having run out without finding any bullies -- that she genuinely didn't know whether Harry Potter had been led around by the ghost of Salazar Slytherin or a phoenix or what. And whatever Harry had done, she hoped it didn't work for them. And most of all she hoped that the others didn't vote for Tracey's idea of stunning Harry Potter and carting his unconscious body around with them to attract Adventures. That couldn't possibly work in real life, or, if it did, she was giving up.
25th Apr '17 1:38:22 AM Ymirsdaughter
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** Played straight with Dumbledore, who thinks you should keep as many ploys as possible alive, so all the ones that don't pan out can be diversions.
24th Apr '17 1:41:34 PM BillyMT
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* ComplexityAddiction: Lucius is definitely against this. According to his "RuleOfThree", any real-world diabolical scheme will only work if it depends on no more than three events happening, unlike in fiction (note that the lead-in to giving Draco this lecture was a play titled ''[[Manga/DeathNote The Tragedy of Light]]''). And since "only a fool would attempt a plot that was ''as complicated as possible'', the real limit was two."\\\

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* ComplexityAddiction: Lucius is definitely against this. According to his "RuleOfThree", any real-world diabolical scheme will only work if it depends on no more than three events happening, unlike in fiction (note that the lead-in to giving Draco this lecture was a play titled ''[[Manga/DeathNote The Tragedy of Light]]''). And since "only a fool would attempt a plot that was ''as complicated as possible'', the real limit was two."\\\"
22nd Apr '17 1:55:49 PM billybobfred
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* AccidentallyAccurate: Early in the story, a prophecy talks about "The ones who will tear apart the s-". Students guess that the final word was "sky" or "sun." [[spoiler: it's "stars."]]
10th Apr '17 7:17:30 PM Discar
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** The main reason why Voldemort turned evil. He actually tried out how it feels to be good, his original plan with his Voldemort personality was so that it could be publicly defeated by himself under a different alter-ego, but he just found out that he got much more respect and obedience from his followers as Voldemort than as the "good guy".

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** The main reason why Voldemort turned evil. He actually tried out how it feels to be good, his [[spoiler:his original plan with his Voldemort personality was so that it could be publicly defeated by himself under a different alter-ego, but he just found out that he got much more respect and obedience from his followers as Voldemort than as the "good guy".guy"]].
7th Apr '17 2:30:00 PM mantis
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* PopCulturedBadass: Harry has read a lot of literature and routinely quotes from fantasy and sci-fi. Dumbledore follows suit, and even others with no interest in muggle literature (like Malfoy or Quirrel) continually reference the [[AuthorAppeal author's preferred books and anime.]]

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* PopCulturedBadass: Harry has read a lot of literature and routinely quotes from fantasy and sci-fi. Dumbledore follows suit, and even others with no interest in muggle literature (like Malfoy or Quirrel) Quirrell) continually reference the [[AuthorAppeal author's preferred books and anime.]]
7th Apr '17 1:17:35 PM mantis
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* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In chapter 51, Harry uses the password "Sword fish [[LordOfTheRings melon friend]]". Though this is also possibly an inversion, as absent the shout-outs, this is an example of a very strong password generation algorithm.

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* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In chapter 51, Harry uses the password "Sword fish [[LordOfTheRings melon friend]]". Though this is also possibly an inversion, as absent the shout-outs, this is an example of the kind of password a [[http://correcthorsebatterystaple.net/ very strong password generation algorithm.algorithm]] would produce.
7th Apr '17 1:09:13 PM mantis
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--->'''Hermione:''' That's the least romantic thing I've ever heard.

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--->'''Hermione:''' That's -->Hermione considered this, a slow smile spreading over her face. "Why, Harry," she said. "That's the least romantic thing I've ever heard."



--->'''Quirrell:''' The Killing Curse is unblockable, unstoppable, and works every single time on anything with a brain. If, as an adult wizard, you find yourself incapable of using the Killing Curse, then you can simply Apparate away!

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--->'''Quirrell:''' -->'''Quirrell:''' The Killing Curse is unblockable, unstoppable, and works every single time on anything with a brain. If, as an adult wizard, you find yourself incapable of using the Killing Curse, then you can simply Apparate away!



--->"Most wizards," Professor Quirrell said, "do not bother much with what a Muggle would term martial arts. Is not a wand stronger than a fist? This attitude is stupid. Wands are held in fists."

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--->"Most -->"Most wizards," Professor Quirrell said, "do not bother much with what a Muggle would term martial arts. Is not a wand stronger than a fist? This attitude is stupid. Wands are held in fists."



--->"She [a Gryffindor girl] was gazing at him with one of those looks which Harry had firmly decided to just ignore until he was older."

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--->"She -->"She [a Gryffindor girl] was gazing at him with one of those looks which Harry had firmly decided to just ignore until he was older."



--->'''Harry:''' It would seem that one Mr. Arthur Weasley was placed under the Imperius Curse by a Death Eater whom my father killed, thus creating a debt to House Potter [...] Do people actually do that sort of thing around here?

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--->'''Harry:''' -->'''Harry:''' It would seem that one Mr. Arthur Weasley was placed under the Imperius Curse by a Death Eater whom my father killed, thus creating a debt to House Potter [...] Do people actually do that sort of thing around here?



--->'''Neville:''' Do you have to do literally ''anything'' anyone asks you?\\

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--->'''Neville:''' -->'''Neville:''' Do you have to do literally ''anything'' anyone asks you?\\



--->''"And you, Mum, your theory says that the professor should be able to do this, and if that doesn't happen, you'll admit you're mistaken. Nothing about how magic doesn't work when people are sceptical of it, or anything like that."''

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--->''"And -->''"And you, Mum, your theory says that the professor should be able to do this, and if that doesn't happen, you'll admit you're mistaken. Nothing about how magic doesn't work when people are sceptical of it, or anything like that."''



--->The only possible explanation for how this mode of humming came to exist is that it was deliberately designed by some unspeakably cruel genius who woke up one day, feeling bored with ordinary torture, who decided to handicap himself and find out whether he could break someone's sanity ''just by humming at them''.

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--->The -->The only possible explanation for how this mode of humming came to exist is that it was deliberately designed by some unspeakably cruel genius who woke up one day, feeling bored with ordinary torture, who decided to handicap himself and find out whether he could break someone's sanity ''just by humming at them''.



--->One case of true curiosity had the same sort of redeeming power in rationality that one case of [[ThePowerOfLove true love]] had in movies.

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--->One -->One case of true curiosity had the same sort of redeeming power in rationality that one case of [[ThePowerOfLove true love]] had in movies.



--->'''Snape:''' Should I teach him to brew Polyjuice, Headmaster? I ask only for the sake of completeness, in case you are not satisfied with the magnitude of your pet disaster.\\

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--->'''Snape:''' -->'''Snape:''' Should I teach him to brew Polyjuice, Headmaster? I ask only for the sake of completeness, in case you are not satisfied with the magnitude of your pet disaster.\\



---> '''[[spoiler:Tracey]]:''' "That's Darke Lady spelled D-A-R-K-E, with an E!"
---> '''[[spoiler:Snape]]:''' Seers are the pawns of time, Mr. Potter. Coincidence is beneath them, and they are above it.

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---> --> '''[[spoiler:Tracey]]:''' "That's Darke Lady spelled D-A-R-K-E, with an E!"
---> --> '''[[spoiler:Snape]]:''' Seers are the pawns of time, Mr. Potter. Coincidence is beneath them, and they are above it.



--->'''Harry:''' I'm wondering if there's a spell to make lightning flash in the background whenever I make an ominous resolution.

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--->'''Harry:''' -->'''Harry:''' I'm wondering if there's a spell to make lightning flash in the background whenever I make an ominous resolution.



--->'''Hermione''': I have a lot of Quirrell points, don't I?\\

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--->'''Hermione''': -->'''Hermione''': I have a lot of Quirrell points, don't I?\\



---> '''Harry Potter:''' ... and in any case you're asking the wrong question. The question is, did it do more good than harm, or more harm than good?

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---> --> '''Harry Potter:''' ... and in any case you're asking the wrong question. The question is, did it do more good than harm, or more harm than good?



--->'''Harry:''' I shall achieve my [[AGodAmI objectives]] through the power... ''of Science!''

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--->'''Harry:''' -->'''Harry:''' I shall achieve my [[AGodAmI objectives]] through the power... ''of Science!''



--->To understand everything important there is to know about the universe, apply that knowledge to become omnipotent, and use that power to rewrite reality because I have some objections to the way it works now.

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--->To -->To understand everything important there is to know about the universe, apply that knowledge to become omnipotent, and use that power to rewrite reality because I have some objections to the way it works now.



---> ''[I]t was [[ItsProbablyNothing probably nothing]], but procedure was procedure.''

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---> --> ''[I]t was [[ItsProbablyNothing probably nothing]], but procedure was procedure.''



--->'''Harry:''' Of course whatever Dark wizard who created them in the first place was evil beyond compare, but that was no reason to deny the poor creatures the servitude they were bred to enjoy.

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--->'''Harry:''' -->'''Harry:''' Of course whatever Dark wizard who created them in the first place was evil beyond compare, but that was no reason to deny the poor creatures the servitude they were bred to enjoy.



---> "It seems unlikely, Mr. Potter," Professor Quirrell said dryly. "The Sun is very large, after all; I doubt the Dementor would have much effect on it. But it is not a test I would like to try, Mr. Potter, just in case."

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---> --> "It seems unlikely, Mr. Potter," Professor Quirrell said dryly. "The Sun is very large, after all; I doubt the Dementor would have much effect on it. But it is not a test I would like to try, Mr. Potter, just in case."



--->So either Severus ''was'' in fact modeling Harry as a one-level player, which made Severus himself two-level, and Harry's three-level move had been successful; or Severus was a four-level player and wanted Harry to ''think'' the deception had been successful.

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--->So -->So either Severus ''was'' in fact modeling Harry as a one-level player, which made Severus himself two-level, and Harry's three-level move had been successful; or Severus was a four-level player and wanted Harry to ''think'' the deception had been successful.



--->"I do hope those five Galleons will be enough to last, since you counted them so carefully," said Professor Quirrell. "I doubt the Headmaster shall be so eager to entrust me with your vault key a second time, once he discovers I've been tricked."

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--->"I -->"I do hope those five Galleons will be enough to last, since you counted them so carefully," said Professor Quirrell. "I doubt the Headmaster shall be so eager to entrust me with your vault key a second time, once he discovers I've been tricked."



--->''Hermione's cheeks were going even redder. "You're really evil, did anyone ever tell you that?"\\

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--->''Hermione's -->''Hermione's cheeks were going even redder. "You're really evil, did anyone ever tell you that?"\\



--->Mere eyes could not have seen the invisible others: the eleven-year-old Boy-Who-Lived, and the living skeleton that was [[spoiler: Bellatrix Black]], and the Polyjuiced Defense Professor of Hogwarts, all traveling together through [[spoiler: Azkaban]]. If that was the beginning of a joke, Harry didn't know the punchline.

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--->Mere -->Mere eyes could not have seen the invisible others: the eleven-year-old Boy-Who-Lived, and the living skeleton that was [[spoiler: Bellatrix Black]], and the Polyjuiced Defense Professor of Hogwarts, all traveling together through [[spoiler: Azkaban]]. If that was the beginning of a joke, Harry didn't know the punchline.



---> Ch. 91: '''Harry''': Because I've wandered into a bloody stupid fantasy novel!\\

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---> --> Ch. 91: '''Harry''': Because I've wandered into a bloody stupid fantasy novel!\\



--->"Can I ask you never to repeat what I’m about to say?" said Harry.\\

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--->"Can -->"Can I ask you never to repeat what I’m about to say?" said Harry.\\



--->"I'm quite certain," said Hermione. "Why, my name practically spells out 'heroine' except for the extra 'm', I never noticed that until today."

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--->"I'm -->"I'm quite certain," said Hermione. "Why, my name practically spells out 'heroine' except for the extra 'm', I never noticed that until today."



--->Harry knew pi out to 3.141592 because accuracy to one part in a million was enough for most practical purposes. Hermione knew one hundred digits of pi because that was how many digits had been printed in the back of her math textbook.

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--->Harry -->Harry knew pi out to 3.141592 because accuracy to one part in a million was enough for most practical purposes. Hermione knew one hundred digits of pi because that was how many digits had been printed in the back of her math textbook.



---> "I was ''seven years old!'' How long are you going to keep on bringing that up?"\\

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---> --> "I was ''seven years old!'' How long are you going to keep on bringing that up?"\\



--->"You can't ''do'' that!"\\

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--->"You -->"You can't ''do'' that!"\\



---> '''Harry''': "Snape and Dumbledore!?". ''Then Harry heard the words that had just come out of his mouth, and hastily added,'' "Not that there's anything wrong with that -"

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---> --> '''Harry''': "Snape and Dumbledore!?". ''Then Harry heard the words that had just come out of his mouth, and hastily added,'' "Not that there's anything wrong with that -"



--->'''Harry:''' Just what kind of statistical summary do your "feelings" come from, anyway! Do they take into account that I come from an Enlightenment culture, or were these other potential Dark Lords the children of spoiled Dark Age nobility, who didn't know doodly-squat about the historical lessons of how Lenin and Hitler actually turned out, or about the evolutionary psychology of self-delusion, or the value of self-awareness and rationality, or--\\

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--->'''Harry:''' -->'''Harry:''' Just what kind of statistical summary do your "feelings" come from, anyway! Do they take into account that I come from an Enlightenment culture, or were these other potential Dark Lords the children of spoiled Dark Age nobility, who didn't know doodly-squat about the historical lessons of how Lenin and Hitler actually turned out, or about the evolutionary psychology of self-delusion, or the value of self-awareness and rationality, or--\\



--->"My goodness," said Penelope Clearwater. "I think that's the most overtly evil Defense Professor we've ever had."

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--->"My -->"My goodness," said Penelope Clearwater. "I think that's the most overtly evil Defense Professor we've ever had."



--->"Brilliant!" Harry whispered. "If everyone knows, [[SarcasmMode no one will suspect it's a secret]]!"

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--->"Brilliant!" -->"Brilliant!" Harry whispered. "If everyone knows, [[SarcasmMode no one will suspect it's a secret]]!"



--->... they dragged poor Bill Weasley off to St. Mungo's and it turned out to be a pretty standard schizophrenic break... Guy was convinced he was ninety-seven years old and had died and gone back in time.

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--->...-->... they dragged poor Bill Weasley off to St. Mungo's and it turned out to be a pretty standard schizophrenic break... Guy was convinced he was ninety-seven years old and had died and gone back in time.



--->It was also at this point that Hermione realised the other thing - well, one of the things - which was odd about [Harry]. Apparently people who were ''in'' books actually ''sounded'' like a book when they talked. This was quite the surprising discovery.

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--->It -->It was also at this point that Hermione realised the other thing - well, one of the things - which was odd about [Harry]. Apparently people who were ''in'' books actually ''sounded'' like a book when they talked. This was quite the surprising discovery.



---> "Why?" The centaur intoned.

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---> --> "Why?" The centaur intoned.



--->If you got too close to the Boy-Who-Lived, you became part of his story. You didn't get your own.

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--->If -->If you got too close to the Boy-Who-Lived, you became part of his story. You didn't get your own.



--->'''Snake!Quirrell:''' [[EvilOverlordList Thirty-sseven ruless, number thirty-four]]: Become Animaguss. All ssensible people do, if can. [[HumansAreMorons Thuss, very rare.]]

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--->'''Snake!Quirrell:''' -->'''Snake!Quirrell:''' [[EvilOverlordList Thirty-sseven ruless, number thirty-four]]: Become Animaguss. All ssensible people do, if can. [[HumansAreMorons Thuss, very rare.]]



--->'''Hermione:''' I'm getting tired of hearing people talk about the Boy-Who-Lived like you're -- like you're some kind of god or something.\\

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--->'''Hermione:''' -->'''Hermione:''' I'm getting tired of hearing people talk about the Boy-Who-Lived like you're -- like you're some kind of god or something.\\



--->"Yes, I'm very angry!" said Harry. "Grrr!"\\

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--->"Yes, -->"Yes, I'm very angry!" said Harry. "Grrr!"\\



--->'''Quirrell:''' In your future career, Mr. Zabini, I do not suggest trying any plots that complicated. They have [[GambitRoulette a tendency to fail]].\\

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--->'''Quirrell:''' -->'''Quirrell:''' In your future career, Mr. Zabini, I do not suggest trying any plots that complicated. They have [[GambitRoulette a tendency to fail]].\\



--->"Honestly, I expected my body to be hitting the ground with a thud about now."\\

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--->"Honestly, -->"Honestly, I expected my body to be hitting the ground with a thud about now."\\



--->'''Harry:''' If it's money that's the problem, I have some ideas for making large amounts of money quickly--\\

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--->'''Harry:''' -->'''Harry:''' If it's money that's the problem, I have some ideas for making large amounts of money quickly--\\



--->"When I’m writing HPMOR’s Death Eaters, I’m trying to pass the Ideological Turing Test for Death Eaters—-when I write Draco Malfoy’s viewpoint, I’m writing about Death Eaters the way that Draco Malfoy would see them. The goal is that a real Death Eater would read my Draco Malfoy viewpoint and not say, “Aha! This was clearly written not by the real Draco Malfoy, but by someone who wanted to make Death Eaters look bad.” ... Professor Quirrell is being written with a goal of making sure that the real Professor Quirrell wouldn’t be able to point to one of his lines and say, “What? I wouldn’t say that. There are much more persuasive arguments for a nation that stands strong under a strong ruler, like—-“"

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--->"When -->"When I’m writing HPMOR’s Death Eaters, I’m trying to pass the Ideological Turing Test for Death Eaters—-when I write Draco Malfoy’s viewpoint, I’m writing about Death Eaters the way that Draco Malfoy would see them. The goal is that a real Death Eater would read my Draco Malfoy viewpoint and not say, “Aha! This was clearly written not by the real Draco Malfoy, but by someone who wanted to make Death Eaters look bad.” ... Professor Quirrell is being written with a goal of making sure that the real Professor Quirrell wouldn’t be able to point to one of his lines and say, “What? I wouldn’t say that. There are much more persuasive arguments for a nation that stands strong under a strong ruler, like—-“"



--->'''Tracey Davis:''' We'll show him! We'll show them all!\\

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--->'''Tracey -->'''Tracey Davis:''' We'll show him! We'll show them all!\\



--->If you were Harry's enemy, his plots might be hard to see through at first, they might even be stupid, but his reasoning would make ''sense'' once you understood it, you would comprehend that he was trying to hurt you.\\

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--->If -->If you were Harry's enemy, his plots might be hard to see through at first, they might even be stupid, but his reasoning would make ''sense'' once you understood it, you would comprehend that he was trying to hurt you.\\



---> "Happy happy boom boom swamp swamp swamp. Thank you."

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---> --> "Happy happy boom boom swamp swamp swamp. Thank you."



--->And it was also clear that Potter was brilliant, and a whole lot more than just slightly mad, and playing a vast game that Potter himself mostly didn't understand, improvised at top speed with the subtlety of a rampaging nundu.

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--->And -->And it was also clear that Potter was brilliant, and a whole lot more than just slightly mad, and playing a vast game that Potter himself mostly didn't understand, improvised at top speed with the subtlety of a rampaging nundu.
7th Apr '17 12:32:20 PM mantis
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-->'''Harry:''' They, ah, I have to do dishes and wash math problems and they don't let me read a lot of books and—-

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-->'''Harry:''' --->'''Harry:''' They, ah, I have to do dishes and wash math problems and they don't let me read a lot of books and—-



-->'''Hermione:''' That's the least romantic thing I've ever heard.

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-->'''Hermione:''' --->'''Hermione:''' That's the least romantic thing I've ever heard.



--> Professor Quirrell's lips were set in a thin line. "I will reluctantly teach you enough trivia for a passing mark on the Ministry-mandated portions of your first-year finals. Since your exact mark on these sections will make no difference to your future life, anyone who wants more than a passing mark is welcome to waste their own time studying our pathetic excuse for a textbook. The title of this subject is not Defence Against Minor Pests. You are here to learn how to defend yourselves against the Dark Arts. Which means, let us be very clear on this, defending yourselves against Dark Wizards. People with wands who want to hurt you and who will likely succeed in doing so unless you hurt them first! There is no defence without offence! There is no defence without fighting! This reality is deemed too harsh for eleven-year-olds by the fat, overpaid, Auror-guarded politicians who mandated your curriculum. To the abyss with those fools! You are here for the subject that has been taught at Hogwarts for eight hundred years! Welcome to your first year of Battle Magic!"
--> Harry started applauding. He couldn't help himself, it was too inspiring.

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--> ---> Professor Quirrell's lips were set in a thin line. "I will reluctantly teach you enough trivia for a passing mark on the Ministry-mandated portions of your first-year finals. Since your exact mark on these sections will make no difference to your future life, anyone who wants more than a passing mark is welcome to waste their own time studying our pathetic excuse for a textbook. The title of this subject is not Defence Against Minor Pests. You are here to learn how to defend yourselves against the Dark Arts. Which means, let us be very clear on this, defending yourselves against Dark Wizards. People with wands who want to hurt you and who will likely succeed in doing so unless you hurt them first! There is no defence without offence! There is no defence without fighting! This reality is deemed too harsh for eleven-year-olds by the fat, overpaid, Auror-guarded politicians who mandated your curriculum. To the abyss with those fools! You are here for the subject that has been taught at Hogwarts for eight hundred years! Welcome to your first year of Battle Magic!"
--> ---> Harry started applauding. He couldn't help himself, it was too inspiring.



--> Professor Quirrell's voice was sympathetic and seemed to fill the whole room. "Knowing things isn't always enough, Miss Granger. If you cannot give and receive violence on the order of stubbing your toe, then you cannot defend yourself and you will not pass Defence. Please rejoin your classmates."
--> Hermione walked back towards the Ravenclaw cluster. Her face looked peaceful and Harry, for some odd reason, wanted to start clapping. Even though Professor Quirrell had been ''right''.

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--> ---> Professor Quirrell's voice was sympathetic and seemed to fill the whole room. "Knowing things isn't always enough, Miss Granger. If you cannot give and receive violence on the order of stubbing your toe, then you cannot defend yourself and you will not pass Defence. Please rejoin your classmates."
--> ---> Hermione walked back towards the Ravenclaw cluster. Her face looked peaceful and Harry, for some odd reason, wanted to start clapping. Even though Professor Quirrell had been ''right''.



-->'''Quirrell:''' The Killing Curse is unblockable, unstoppable, and works every single time on anything with a brain. If, as an adult wizard, you find yourself incapable of using the Killing Curse, then you can simply Apparate away!

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-->'''Quirrell:''' --->'''Quirrell:''' The Killing Curse is unblockable, unstoppable, and works every single time on anything with a brain. If, as an adult wizard, you find yourself incapable of using the Killing Curse, then you can simply Apparate away!



-->"Most wizards," Professor Quirrell said, "do not bother much with what a Muggle would term martial arts. Is not a wand stronger than a fist? This attitude is stupid. Wands are held in fists."

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-->"Most --->"Most wizards," Professor Quirrell said, "do not bother much with what a Muggle would term martial arts. Is not a wand stronger than a fist? This attitude is stupid. Wands are held in fists."



-->"She [a Gryffindor girl] was gazing at him with one of those looks which Harry had firmly decided to just ignore until he was older."

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-->"She --->"She [a Gryffindor girl] was gazing at him with one of those looks which Harry had firmly decided to just ignore until he was older."



-->'''Harry:''' It would seem that one Mr. Arthur Weasley was placed under the Imperius Curse by a Death Eater whom my father killed, thus creating a debt to House Potter [...] Do people actually do that sort of thing around here?

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-->'''Harry:''' --->'''Harry:''' It would seem that one Mr. Arthur Weasley was placed under the Imperius Curse by a Death Eater whom my father killed, thus creating a debt to House Potter [...] Do people actually do that sort of thing around here?



-->'''Neville:''' Do you have to do literally ''anything'' anyone asks you?\\

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-->'''Neville:''' --->'''Neville:''' Do you have to do literally ''anything'' anyone asks you?\\



-->''"And you, Mum, your theory says that the professor should be able to do this, and if that doesn't happen, you'll admit you're mistaken. Nothing about how magic doesn't work when people are sceptical of it, or anything like that."''

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-->''"And --->''"And you, Mum, your theory says that the professor should be able to do this, and if that doesn't happen, you'll admit you're mistaken. Nothing about how magic doesn't work when people are sceptical of it, or anything like that."''



-->The only possible explanation for how this mode of humming came to exist is that it was deliberately designed by some unspeakably cruel genius who woke up one day, feeling bored with ordinary torture, who decided to handicap himself and find out whether he could break someone's sanity ''just by humming at them''.

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-->The --->The only possible explanation for how this mode of humming came to exist is that it was deliberately designed by some unspeakably cruel genius who woke up one day, feeling bored with ordinary torture, who decided to handicap himself and find out whether he could break someone's sanity ''just by humming at them''.



-->One case of true curiosity had the same sort of redeeming power in rationality that one case of [[ThePowerOfLove true love]] had in movies.

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-->One --->One case of true curiosity had the same sort of redeeming power in rationality that one case of [[ThePowerOfLove true love]] had in movies.



-->'''Snape:''' Should I teach him to brew Polyjuice, Headmaster? I ask only for the sake of completeness, in case you are not satisfied with the magnitude of your pet disaster.\\

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-->'''Snape:''' --->'''Snape:''' Should I teach him to brew Polyjuice, Headmaster? I ask only for the sake of completeness, in case you are not satisfied with the magnitude of your pet disaster.\\



--> '''[[spoiler:Tracey]]:''' "That's Darke Lady spelled D-A-R-K-E, with an E!"
--> '''[[spoiler:Snape]]:''' Seers are the pawns of time, Mr. Potter. Coincidence is beneath them, and they are above it.

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--> ---> '''[[spoiler:Tracey]]:''' "That's Darke Lady spelled D-A-R-K-E, with an E!"
--> ---> '''[[spoiler:Snape]]:''' Seers are the pawns of time, Mr. Potter. Coincidence is beneath them, and they are above it.



-->'''Harry:''' I'm wondering if there's a spell to make lightning flash in the background whenever I make an ominous resolution.

to:

-->'''Harry:''' --->'''Harry:''' I'm wondering if there's a spell to make lightning flash in the background whenever I make an ominous resolution.



--> "Are you a Gryffindor or a Slytherin?" said Jugson. "Everyone's got a price. Everyone smart."

to:

--> ---> "Are you a Gryffindor or a Slytherin?" said Jugson. "Everyone's got a price. Everyone smart."



-->'''Hermione''': I have a lot of Quirrell points, don't I?\\

to:

-->'''Hermione''': --->'''Hermione''': I have a lot of Quirrell points, don't I?\\



--> '''Harry Potter:''' ... and in any case you're asking the wrong question. The question is, did it do more good than harm, or more harm than good?

to:

--> ---> '''Harry Potter:''' ... and in any case you're asking the wrong question. The question is, did it do more good than harm, or more harm than good?



-->'''Harry:''' I shall achieve my [[AGodAmI objectives]] through the power... ''of Science!''

to:

-->'''Harry:''' --->'''Harry:''' I shall achieve my [[AGodAmI objectives]] through the power... ''of Science!''



-->To understand everything important there is to know about the universe, apply that knowledge to become omnipotent, and use that power to rewrite reality because I have some objections to the way it works now.

to:

-->To --->To understand everything important there is to know about the universe, apply that knowledge to become omnipotent, and use that power to rewrite reality because I have some objections to the way it works now.



--> ''[I]t was [[ItsProbablyNothing probably nothing]], but procedure was procedure.''

to:

--> ---> ''[I]t was [[ItsProbablyNothing probably nothing]], but procedure was procedure.''



-->'''Harry:''' Of course whatever Dark wizard who created them in the first place was evil beyond compare, but that was no reason to deny the poor creatures the servitude they were bred to enjoy.

to:

-->'''Harry:''' --->'''Harry:''' Of course whatever Dark wizard who created them in the first place was evil beyond compare, but that was no reason to deny the poor creatures the servitude they were bred to enjoy.



--> "It seems unlikely, Mr. Potter," Professor Quirrell said dryly. "The Sun is very large, after all; I doubt the Dementor would have much effect on it. But it is not a test I would like to try, Mr. Potter, just in case."

to:

--> ---> "It seems unlikely, Mr. Potter," Professor Quirrell said dryly. "The Sun is very large, after all; I doubt the Dementor would have much effect on it. But it is not a test I would like to try, Mr. Potter, just in case."



-->So either Severus ''was'' in fact modeling Harry as a one-level player, which made Severus himself two-level, and Harry's three-level move had been successful; or Severus was a four-level player and wanted Harry to ''think'' the deception had been successful.

to:

-->So --->So either Severus ''was'' in fact modeling Harry as a one-level player, which made Severus himself two-level, and Harry's three-level move had been successful; or Severus was a four-level player and wanted Harry to ''think'' the deception had been successful.



-->"I do hope those five Galleons will be enough to last, since you counted them so carefully," said Professor Quirrell. "I doubt the Headmaster shall be so eager to entrust me with your vault key a second time, once he discovers I've been tricked."

to:

-->"I --->"I do hope those five Galleons will be enough to last, since you counted them so carefully," said Professor Quirrell. "I doubt the Headmaster shall be so eager to entrust me with your vault key a second time, once he discovers I've been tricked."



-->''Hermione's cheeks were going even redder. "You're really evil, did anyone ever tell you that?"\\

to:

-->''Hermione's --->''Hermione's cheeks were going even redder. "You're really evil, did anyone ever tell you that?"\\



-->Mere eyes could not have seen the invisible others: the eleven-year-old Boy-Who-Lived, and the living skeleton that was [[spoiler: Bellatrix Black]], and the Polyjuiced Defense Professor of Hogwarts, all traveling together through [[spoiler: Azkaban]]. If that was the beginning of a joke, Harry didn't know the punchline.

to:

-->Mere --->Mere eyes could not have seen the invisible others: the eleven-year-old Boy-Who-Lived, and the living skeleton that was [[spoiler: Bellatrix Black]], and the Polyjuiced Defense Professor of Hogwarts, all traveling together through [[spoiler: Azkaban]]. If that was the beginning of a joke, Harry didn't know the punchline.



-->"Can I ask you never to repeat what I’m about to say?" said Harry.\\

to:

-->"Can --->"Can I ask you never to repeat what I’m about to say?" said Harry.\\



-->"I'm quite certain," said Hermione. "Why, my name practically spells out 'heroine' except for the extra 'm', I never noticed that until today."

to:

-->"I'm --->"I'm quite certain," said Hermione. "Why, my name practically spells out 'heroine' except for the extra 'm', I never noticed that until today."



-->Harry knew pi out to 3.141592 because accuracy to one part in a million was enough for most practical purposes. Hermione knew one hundred digits of pi because that was how many digits had been printed in the back of her math textbook.

to:

-->Harry --->Harry knew pi out to 3.141592 because accuracy to one part in a million was enough for most practical purposes. Hermione knew one hundred digits of pi because that was how many digits had been printed in the back of her math textbook.



-->Then Harry Potter spat something that was probably an extremely bad word if you'd been raised by Muggles.

to:

-->Then --->Then Harry Potter spat something that was probably an extremely bad word if you'd been raised by Muggles.



-->She nodded, frightened and with a strange hope dawning in her heart (well, not exactly her heart).

to:

-->She --->She nodded, frightened and with a strange hope dawning in her heart (well, not exactly her heart).



--> "I was ''seven years old!'' How long are you going to keep on bringing that up?"\\

to:

--> ---> "I was ''seven years old!'' How long are you going to keep on bringing that up?"\\



-->"You can't ''do'' that!"\\

to:

-->"You --->"You can't ''do'' that!"\\



--> '''Harry''': "Snape and Dumbledore!?". ''Then Harry heard the words that had just come out of his mouth, and hastily added,'' "Not that there's anything wrong with that -"

to:

--> ---> '''Harry''': "Snape and Dumbledore!?". ''Then Harry heard the words that had just come out of his mouth, and hastily added,'' "Not that there's anything wrong with that -"



-->'''Harry:''' Just what kind of statistical summary do your "feelings" come from, anyway! Do they take into account that I come from an Enlightenment culture, or were these other potential Dark Lords the children of spoiled Dark Age nobility, who didn't know doodly-squat about the historical lessons of how Lenin and Hitler actually turned out, or about the evolutionary psychology of self-delusion, or the value of self-awareness and rationality, or--\\

to:

-->'''Harry:''' --->'''Harry:''' Just what kind of statistical summary do your "feelings" come from, anyway! Do they take into account that I come from an Enlightenment culture, or were these other potential Dark Lords the children of spoiled Dark Age nobility, who didn't know doodly-squat about the historical lessons of how Lenin and Hitler actually turned out, or about the evolutionary psychology of self-delusion, or the value of self-awareness and rationality, or--\\



-->"My goodness," said Penelope Clearwater. "I think that's the most overtly evil Defense Professor we've ever had."

to:

-->"My --->"My goodness," said Penelope Clearwater. "I think that's the most overtly evil Defense Professor we've ever had."



-->"Brilliant!" Harry whispered. "If everyone knows, [[SarcasmMode no one will suspect it's a secret]]!"

to:

-->"Brilliant!" --->"Brilliant!" Harry whispered. "If everyone knows, [[SarcasmMode no one will suspect it's a secret]]!"



-->... they dragged poor Bill Weasley off to St. Mungo's and it turned out to be a pretty standard schizophrenic break... Guy was convinced he was ninety-seven years old and had died and gone back in time.

to:

-->...--->... they dragged poor Bill Weasley off to St. Mungo's and it turned out to be a pretty standard schizophrenic break... Guy was convinced he was ninety-seven years old and had died and gone back in time.



-->It was also at this point that Hermione realised the other thing - well, one of the things - which was odd about [Harry]. Apparently people who were ''in'' books actually ''sounded'' like a book when they talked. This was quite the surprising discovery.

to:

-->It --->It was also at this point that Hermione realised the other thing - well, one of the things - which was odd about [Harry]. Apparently people who were ''in'' books actually ''sounded'' like a book when they talked. This was quite the surprising discovery.



--> "Why?" The centaur intoned.

to:

--> ---> "Why?" The centaur intoned.



-->If you got too close to the Boy-Who-Lived, you became part of his story. You didn't get your own.

to:

-->If --->If you got too close to the Boy-Who-Lived, you became part of his story. You didn't get your own.



-->'''Snake!Quirrell:''' [[EvilOverlordList Thirty-sseven ruless, number thirty-four]]: Become Animaguss. All ssensible people do, if can. [[HumansAreMorons Thuss, very rare.]]

to:

-->'''Snake!Quirrell:''' --->'''Snake!Quirrell:''' [[EvilOverlordList Thirty-sseven ruless, number thirty-four]]: Become Animaguss. All ssensible people do, if can. [[HumansAreMorons Thuss, very rare.]]



-->'''Hermione:''' I'm getting tired of hearing people talk about the Boy-Who-Lived like you're -- like you're some kind of god or something.\\

to:

-->'''Hermione:''' --->'''Hermione:''' I'm getting tired of hearing people talk about the Boy-Who-Lived like you're -- like you're some kind of god or something.\\



-->"Yes, I'm very angry!" said Harry. "Grrr!"\\

to:

-->"Yes, --->"Yes, I'm very angry!" said Harry. "Grrr!"\\



-->'''Quirrell:''' In your future career, Mr. Zabini, I do not suggest trying any plots that complicated. They have [[GambitRoulette a tendency to fail]].\\

to:

-->'''Quirrell:''' --->'''Quirrell:''' In your future career, Mr. Zabini, I do not suggest trying any plots that complicated. They have [[GambitRoulette a tendency to fail]].\\



-->"Honestly, I expected my body to be hitting the ground with a thud about now."\\

to:

-->"Honestly, --->"Honestly, I expected my body to be hitting the ground with a thud about now."\\



-->'''Harry:''' If it's money that's the problem, I have some ideas for making large amounts of money quickly--\\

to:

-->'''Harry:''' --->'''Harry:''' If it's money that's the problem, I have some ideas for making large amounts of money quickly--\\



-->"When I’m writing HPMOR’s Death Eaters, I’m trying to pass the Ideological Turing Test for Death Eaters—-when I write Draco Malfoy’s viewpoint, I’m writing about Death Eaters the way that Draco Malfoy would see them. The goal is that a real Death Eater would read my Draco Malfoy viewpoint and not say, “Aha! This was clearly written not by the real Draco Malfoy, but by someone who wanted to make Death Eaters look bad.” ... Professor Quirrell is being written with a goal of making sure that the real Professor Quirrell wouldn’t be able to point to one of his lines and say, “What? I wouldn’t say that. There are much more persuasive arguments for a nation that stands strong under a strong ruler, like—-“"

to:

-->"When --->"When I’m writing HPMOR’s Death Eaters, I’m trying to pass the Ideological Turing Test for Death Eaters—-when I write Draco Malfoy’s viewpoint, I’m writing about Death Eaters the way that Draco Malfoy would see them. The goal is that a real Death Eater would read my Draco Malfoy viewpoint and not say, “Aha! This was clearly written not by the real Draco Malfoy, but by someone who wanted to make Death Eaters look bad.” ... Professor Quirrell is being written with a goal of making sure that the real Professor Quirrell wouldn’t be able to point to one of his lines and say, “What? I wouldn’t say that. There are much more persuasive arguments for a nation that stands strong under a strong ruler, like—-“"



--> '''Harry:''' [[spoiler:Hello, Lord Voldemort.]]
--> '''Quirrell:''' [[spoiler:Hello, Tom Riddle.]]

to:

--> ---> '''Harry:''' [[spoiler:Hello, Lord Voldemort.]]
--> ---> '''Quirrell:''' [[spoiler:Hello, Tom Riddle.]]



-->'''Tracey Davis:''' We'll show him! We'll show them all!\\

to:

-->'''Tracey --->'''Tracey Davis:''' We'll show him! We'll show them all!\\



-->If you were Harry's enemy, his plots might be hard to see through at first, they might even be stupid, but his reasoning would make ''sense'' once you understood it, you would comprehend that he was trying to hurt you.\\

to:

-->If --->If you were Harry's enemy, his plots might be hard to see through at first, they might even be stupid, but his reasoning would make ''sense'' once you understood it, you would comprehend that he was trying to hurt you.\\



--> "Happy happy boom boom swamp swamp swamp. Thank you."

to:

--> ---> "Happy happy boom boom swamp swamp swamp. Thank you."



-->And it was also clear that Potter was brilliant, and a whole lot more than just slightly mad, and playing a vast game that Potter himself mostly didn't understand, improvised at top speed with the subtlety of a rampaging nundu.

to:

-->And --->And it was also clear that Potter was brilliant, and a whole lot more than just slightly mad, and playing a vast game that Potter himself mostly didn't understand, improvised at top speed with the subtlety of a rampaging nundu.
7th Apr '17 12:27:48 PM mantis
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** Notably, Quirrell at least believes that Dumbledore ''used'' to be using this, but proved so good at affecting false insanity that no one but Quirrell (and possibly [=McGonagall=]) noticed when it became senility pretending to be cunning pretending to be insanity.

to:

** Notably, Quirrell at least believes that Dumbledore ''used'' to be using this, but proved so good at affecting false insanity that no one but Quirrell (and possibly [=McGonagall=]) noticed when it [[BecomingTheMask became senility pretending to be cunning pretending to be insanity.insanity]].
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