History Fanfic / HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality

20th Jan '16 3:09:25 PM val
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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 David Munroe.
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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 David Munroe.Monroe.
20th Jan '16 3:08:20 PM val
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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 David Munroe.
26th Dec '15 6:06:15 PM PomRania
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* AlienGeometries: Hogwarts has corridors which can change when you aren't looking. The number of stairs you climb has only a passing correlation to your actual elevation when you look out the window. At least one corridor is tiled in pentagons (whch, if you're talking about regular pentagons, is mathematically impossible).
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* AlienGeometries: Hogwarts has corridors which can change when you aren't looking. The number of stairs you climb has only a passing correlation to your actual elevation when you look out the window. At least one corridor is tiled in pentagons (whch, (which, if you're talking about regular pentagons, is mathematically impossible).

* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: [[spoiler:Subverted. In the final confrontation with Voldemort, he offers to spare the life of a single person Harry cares about for every secret Harry gives him. However, Hermione is ''not'' on this list, as Voldemort has given his followers orders that she should not be harmed under any circumstances, explicitly including should she somehow escape. Plus, since she's now a troll unicorn with a Horcrux, there's very little that anyone could do to permanently harm her anyway. As Harry explains to Hermione, he was fighting to save everyone he cared about ''except'' her]].
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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: [[spoiler:Subverted. In Subverted. [[spoiler:In the final confrontation with Voldemort, he offers to spare the life of a single person Harry cares about for every secret Harry gives him. However, Hermione is ''not'' on this list, as Voldemort has given his followers orders that she should not be harmed under any circumstances, explicitly including should she somehow escape. Plus, since she's now a troll unicorn with a Horcrux, there's very little that anyone could do to permanently harm her anyway. ]] As Harry explains to Hermione, he was fighting to save everyone he cared about ''except'' her]].her.

** In chapter 6, when Harry is trying to convince McGonagall to let him buy the Emergency Healing Pack Plus
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** In chapter 6, when Harry is trying to convince McGonagall [=McGonagall=] to let him buy the Emergency Healing Pack Plus

* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Morally Complicated Malefactor]]: In chapter 89 [[spoiler: killing Hermione was initially part of Qirrelmort's [[GainingTheWillToKill plan to toughen up Harry]], but it [[StarKilling goes just]] [[GoneHorriblyRight a little too right]].]] Which leads to... * NiceJobFixingItVillain: Near the end of the story [[spoiler: Qirrelmort goes to some extreme lengths to not only ressurect Hermione but also make her as perfectly immortal as he possibly can. He then magically binds Harry to never do anything which could conceivably endanger the world. This is implied later to be a vital part of the ultimate salvation of Humanity.]]
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* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Morally Complicated Malefactor]]: In chapter 89 [[spoiler: killing Hermione was initially part of Qirrelmort's Quirrelmort's [[GainingTheWillToKill plan to toughen up Harry]], but it [[StarKilling goes just]] [[GoneHorriblyRight a little too right]].]] Which leads to... * NiceJobFixingItVillain: Near the end of the story [[spoiler: Qirrelmort Quirrelmort goes to some extreme lengths to not only ressurect resurrect Hermione but also make her as perfectly immortal as he possibly can. He then magically binds Harry to never do anything which could conceivably endanger the world. This is implied later to be a vital part of the ultimate salvation of Humanity.]]

** Others include Harry's [[ChronicPetKiller pet rock dieing]].
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** Others include Harry's [[ChronicPetKiller pet rock dieing]].dying]].
8th Dec '15 8:13:28 PM Qussow
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* CurseEscapeClause: Less of an escape clause and more a mix of [[RulesLawyer Rules Lawyering]] and ExactWords, but the solution to the curse on the Battle Magic teacher's position is to [[spoiler: have the 7th year class teach the younger classes, as they will be leaving at the end of the year in any case.]]
5th Dec '15 11:50:46 AM Qussow
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* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Villain]]: In chapter 89 [[spoiler: killing Hermione was initially part of Qirrelmort's [[GainingTheWillToKill plan to toughen up Harry]], but it [[StarKilling goes just]] [[GoneHorriblyRight a little too right]].]] Which leads to...
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* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Villain]]: Morally Complicated Malefactor]]: In chapter 89 [[spoiler: killing Hermione was initially part of Qirrelmort's [[GainingTheWillToKill plan to toughen up Harry]], but it [[StarKilling goes just]] [[GoneHorriblyRight a little too right]].]] Which leads to...
30th Nov '15 11:26:50 PM Qussow
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* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Villain]]: [[spoiler: Killing Hermione was initially part of Qirrelmort's plan to toughen up Harry, but it goes just a little too right.]] Which leads to...
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* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Villain]]: In chapter 89 [[spoiler: Killing killing Hermione was initially part of Qirrelmort's [[GainingTheWillToKill plan to toughen up Harry, Harry]], but it [[StarKilling goes just just]] [[GoneHorriblyRight a little too right.right]].]] Which leads to...

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* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Villain]]: ** Of course, immediately after that, [[spoiler: Killing Hermione was initially part of Qirrelmort's plan he tries to toughen up Harry, but it goes kill Harry anyway, just a little too right.to make super duper sure the world doesn't get destroyed.]] Which leads to...In any other situation that might seem like overkill, but it's [[GenreSavvy par for the course]], story-wise.
30th Nov '15 9:53:19 PM Qussow
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* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Villain]]: [[spoiler: Killing Hermione was initially part of Qirrelmort's plan to toughen up Harry, but it goes just a little too right.]] Which leads to... * NiceJobFixingItVillain: Near the end of the story [[spoiler: Qirrelmort goes to some extreme lengths to not only ressurect Hermione but also make her as perfectly immortal as he possibly can. He then magically binds Harry to never do anything which could conceivably endanger the world. This is implied later to be a vital part of the ultimate salvation of Humanity.]]
24th Nov '15 10:40:38 PM CoreDumpError
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-->'''Harry''': They, ah, I have to do dishes and wash problems and they don't let me read a lot of books andó-
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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 andó-
8th Nov '15 3:23:35 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Harry remarks in a later chapter that getting used to this kind of multi-level game the way Slytherins play it makes it quite hard to lie to normal people, since the precise phrasing involved comes off as suspicious in itself.
8th Nov '15 3:12:40 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* StableTimeLoop: Time-Turners are ''only'' capable of producing these, in up-to-six hour increments every twenty-four hours. When Harry tries to test his in a way that would cause a TemporalParadox (see TrickedOutTime below), he receives a resounding "'''DO NOT MESS WITH TIME'''" from his future self for his troubles. Dumbledore later encounters a similar situation under different circumstances (with a simpler but no less poignant "'''NO'''"), but he knows through experience not to fiddle with paradoxes.
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* StableTimeLoop: Time-Turners are ''only'' capable of producing these, in up-to-six hour increments every twenty-four hours. When Harry tries to test his in a way that would cause a TemporalParadox (see TrickedOutTime below), he receives a resounding "'''DO NOT MESS WITH TIME'''" from his future self for his troubles. Dumbledore later encounters a similar situation under different circumstances (with a simpler but no less poignant "'''NO'''"), but he knows through experience not to fiddle with paradoxes. Harry theorizes that it has to go around through different iterations a few times before it stabilizes into a loop (so there is a real cause at some point that gets erased from the timeline), but his one experiment scares him enough to just accept the rules as-is for the time being.

** Azkaban is subject to its own, immutable timeline. Dumbledore [[spoiler:stumbles on a paradox]] and consults with Snape later. They find it impossible to work out the problem without drawing diagrams.
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** Azkaban is subject to its own, immutable timeline. Dumbledore [[spoiler:stumbles on a paradox]] and consults with Snape later. They find it impossible to work out the problem without drawing diagrams.diagrams, and all the diagrams accomplish is a more precise version of not knowing anything.
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