Ordinary Bookclub: HPMOR Wrap-up

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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    One question: Does the wand work on a different algorithm than the horcrux?

    “Defeated” versus “Killed”?Report

  2. Avatar North
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    I am quite gratified that the Author showed up and clarified his intent in that comment. It made me feel considerably better about that portion of the fanfic and of HPMOR over all. I still think those chapters were the weakest part but since I don’t read Harry Potter fanfics it makes total sense that they’d fly over my head. The thing they’re mulling is not enormously familiar to me.

    I’m struggling with Tom Riddle’s improved Horcrux a bit. He indicated that the Horcrux acts like a snapshot save point so if you die you come back at your last save point with none of the knowledge or experience that you acquired after that point. Tom Riddle seemed to have been banished to his Horcrux on the spacecraft after trying to make a horcrux out of Baby Harry and getting killed but he clearly remembered the attempt. I’m puzzled by that. Or had he fixed that deficiency in the horcruxii by then?

    Over all I found this an very good read. Often interesting, sometimes quite funny but occasionally a tch preachy or flattering to the reader. Still I couldn’t write anything a tenth as good and it’s a remarkable chunk of work and deserves its plaudits.Report

    • Avatar dragonfrog in reply to North
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      My understanding was

      – The improved horcrux, which he had already put in place before Harry toasted him the first time, allowed him to come back with his memories intact right up until his death.
      – The practical flaw with his implementation of the improved horcruxim is that it still needed a host body to touch one for him to move in, and he had put them all in hidden places, which is why he was banished for the better part of eleven years.
      – After returning, he fixed that problem by putting further horcruxen on things that people touch all the time, which is why he was able to inform Harry in the final scene that if he was killed, he’d be back in a matter of hours to finish the fight.

      So, he upgraded the horcrux from a save point to a respawn point, basically.Report

      • Avatar North in reply to dragonfrog
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        Ok, yes thank you, now that I think about it I think he mentioned something about making one of the three Deathly Hallows a horcrux (with Harry’s unwitting help) as well which meant that he could just fly around as a spirit and posess whomever he wanted.Report

  3. Avatar dragonfrog
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    I really enjoyed this read through together.

    I know what you mean about Sirius Black – but at the same time, I liked how Yudkowsky kept a lot of pieces of canon, but you were still never really sure whether he would or not, precisely because he didn’t keep all of them.

    I imagine the theme of “the wizarding world is a totalitarian dystopia with torture jails and stuff” is a regular feature of the fan fic (I mean, how could it not be) – and I think it’s interesting slash frustrating how Rowling has all the kids not realize this well beyond when it ought to have been obvious and deeply shocking to anyone, especially anyone from a Muggle background. Which of course would make that aspect of the canon stories fertile ground for fan fiction.

    (This is based on my recollection and I haven’t read the whole series, so maybe that shoe drops later on, I don’t know)Report

    • Avatar James K in reply to dragonfrog
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      In partial defence of Azkaban, the dementors need to be fed. Feeding them terrible people is probably better than having unkillable soul-eating monsters running amok all over the place. The issue takes a stronger moral dimension in HPMOR because the dementors are not an inevitability.Report

  4. Avatar James K
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    Thanks again for organising this Jaybird. We should do this again sometime.Report

  5. Avatar Jaybird
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    A mini-epilogue found on Twitter:

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