- Yea, what stealacandy said.
Untill he began teaching, he could get away with it.
Would (again) give Dumbeldore(?) some bad press.
And best of all, blow Lockharts hero bubble. :p
Harry can/could start with giving away a copy of his book list. ;7
Hope you can give Sirius a real trail or atleast giving the press the clues needed to start digging.
ps: JKR's main press could just be the biggest since it's gets goverment money to spread their words.
The Lovegood's their paper could be also handeling muggle things in a wizarding way. :D
- First off I would like to say that I have really enjoyed your story so far. It has really cracked me up at times. There are very few cynical!Harry stories out there.
I also like the way that Harry inadvertandly discovered the stone and stuff. I like both options one and two. I would like to see Lockhart really put in his place but I also enjoy AU stories as well.
In the end it's up to you to decide as the author obviously. I can't wait to read more so keep up the good work.
(#) greenegret 2008-08-11 04:19:11 PMI much prefer option two - the best thing about this story is that people are acting as "real" people might, and not just in a way that supports a story.
Nobody knows what Lockhart is - you could still hire him. He just wouldn't stay so long.
As for the conjured snake killing someone - I don't see that the parseltongue reveal thing has to happen at all, at least that way. Would this Harry go to a dueling demonstration by someone as obviously incompetent as Lockhart? Incompetent fighters can be a lot more dangerous when sparring than skilled ones because they're unpredictable.
(#) pyrodaemon_87 2008-08-11 04:20:13 PMWell it was the Stone but I loved how Harry made Q-mort look like a fool. ""...I seriously have no idea what you're talking about." It always annoyed me that Q-mort instantly knew that Harry was there to stop him. Why couldn't Harry be there to get the Stone for himself? I know I'd want it.
And oh man you have to have Lockhart! You can do whatever else you want with second year but Lockhart is just too much fun to have a (good) author tear apart. Besides Lockharts a Order of Merlin blah blah blah. Surely Dumbledore would think it a good idea to have him. Even if he is a fraud. The 'good' press he'll get from it would make up for anything. Supposedly.
I really, really, really, really can't wait to see what Harry tells Johns. Can show what Johns writes? Pretty please.
Dumbledore is so going to get his arse torn to shreds. I mean really I can see it now. 'You expected that crap to keep out Voldemort? The same Voldemort who got pureblood to bow down and kiss the hem of his robe" etc. I really can't wait for the next update. - pyrodaemon
- Hah, excellent! I wasn't sure how you were gonna deal with the whole Philosopher's Stone thing, but Harry (more or less) accidentally getting through all the defenses was just perfect, and completely in line with the rest of the story, so it worked out great! I can't wait to see Harry reaming out Dumbledore in the next chapter! :D
Since you mentioned two possible options for the "future", my opinion (for what it's worth) is that you should stick with option 2. As fun as it is to read a little canon-bashing once in a while, once it becomes gratuitous, I tend to get sick of it really fast, and I'm afraid that you'd cross that line if you decide to stick with canon (while ignoring the logical consequences of the differences you've introduced), so I hope you decide against that. Also, there are already way too many stories that simply rehash canon, and if I wanted to read that, I'd pick up the books again, instead.
But one thing worth considering (if you actually want to include him), is that Lockhart had (most of?) the Wizarding World completely fooled, so it's not too unlikely that he'd still be hired. Of course, how long he'd actually last once his incompetence became clear, is another matter entirely... ;)
Perhaps he could pour some kind of potion that tasted like an easily recognizable poison into Snape's drink and cause the man to have a mental breakdown.
YES, please! I'd almost pay money to see Harry do something like this in a later chapter, so I hope it was more than just a random thought! :D Of course, actually poisoning him would be even better, but since he probably carries around 362 different poison-cures all the time (with his personality, you just know that people try to poison him on a weekly basis...), messing with his mind would definitely be a better solution, not to mention a lot funnier.
Oh, and as far as the last part of your rant is concerned (Harry burning Quirrelmort), I hope you don't mind me sharing my own thoughts and conclusions, again. Because as far as I can tell, that was actually adequately explained in Deathly Hallows.
When Lily Potter sacrificed her life for Harry, she gave him the same kind of "shield" or protection that he gave the entire Wizarding World at the end of DH; namely one that protected him from Voldemort. It gave him protection from any directly harmful actions, and thus, the AK rebounded (and other harmful spells would also be less effective), and any physical attacks would hurt (while the jinx on the broom worked just fine, since it didn't directly affect Harry).
So, in a way, the whole "it was your mother's love"-thing isn't entirely accurate, since it was Lily's self-sacrifice that actually protected him (until Voldemort bypassed that protection by using Harry's blood for his rebirth), but it's not completely inaccurate either, since that kind of selflessness almost necessarily requires some kind of love; in this specific case, a mother's love for her child, leading to her putting his life ahead of her own.
So if you want to criticize anything, I'd focus more on the in-character acts of Dumbledore, actually, since he was speaking in riddles as usual, and using flowery words to cover up his unwillingness to actually explain anything (also known as "bullshit").
(#) whatareyouevensaying 2008-08-11 08:16:16 PMReally strong update. Was that spell at the end that struck the mirror fired by Dumbledore? I would think that only Snape would take that kind of risk in a fight against Voldemort. Well actually, Snape wouldn't have the guts to fight Voldemort.
Looking forward to more.
(#) DaphneGreengrass 2008-08-12 07:16:35 AMthink Hagrid needs to be dismissed for year two and beyond.
also disagree with reviewer kaerion's assesment of blood protection.
Harry survived initial AK in Godric's Hollow because of the prophecy stating he would be marked. since Voldie in his arrogance went for an AK instead of any other spell in his arsenal marked him, rebounding the spell.
out of all of Voldemort and DE attacks... Harry could not be the only one to ever have someone sacrifice themselves to protect him/her giving them that kind of protection.
Harry's burning of Quirrelmort could have been his unknown power spoken of in the prophecy, which was later negated unknowingly by Voldie.
also the supposed blood wards on Privet would have nothing to do with Lily's sacrifice either, they are a protection ward used on homes to keep out others based on blood unless keyed in... the supposed explanation that he had to be at Privet to protect him for a whole nother year was ludicrous, unless the wards were on his person, which culd have been the effect of burning Quirrelmort also, but then unless Dumbles keyed in practicly all of wizarding world, Harry would have burned many other ppl to death throughout the story.