Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

The other day, someone wanting to make a point about a particular cognitive bias posted a link to this:

There is something about the phrase "Harry Potter Fan Fiction" that strikes terror into the heart. I didn't like the actual books much, even after making allowances for the fact that they're for children.

And yet... It is a work of genius.

The first book I have ever managed to read cover to cover on a computer screen.

I don't know how much of the real thing you'd need to have read to understand it. Not much, certainly. Probably the first half of the first book would do.


  1. In case it isn't obvious, it isn't finished yet, so you've read it only cover to ... um ... infuriating wodge of blank paper where an ending should (and perhaps some day will) be.

    And yes, it's magnificent.

  2. Yes, I was a bit gutted when it just ended on a cliffhanger. But the last chapter was only posted three days ago. With any luck the author is hard at work on the next.