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Harry Potter and the Natural 20

Author

'Sir Poley'

Publication date

2012-2013

Genre

Fantasy, fanfiction

Series

Harry Potter and the Natural 20

Followed by

Harry Potter and the Confirmed Critical

Began publication in July 2012, finally finished the first year in April 2013. Available online.

LengthEdit

465 standard pages long.

First read (October - November 2012)Edit

FormatEdit

Kindle, from 04/10/12 FF.net version.

JournalEdit

Chapters 1-25 (October 11th-18th 2012)

12 10 18 Harry Potter and the Natural 20

Finished, October 18th 2012.

12 10 18 Harry Potter and the Natural 20

Progress graph, generated by Goodreads.

747733 characters, or 388 standard pages.

Mentioned by Eliezer Yudkowsky on LessWrong, on October 4th 2012. I looked it up and, as a D&D/Harry Potter crossover, thought it sounded awesome.

Started it on October 11th, after finishing The Ego Trick, and read up to the current chapter, 25, by the 18th.

Certainly readable and I'll enjoy reading the next chapters as they come out. Apparently the author intends to cover the whole series which would be a bit of a feat, and anyway I'm not sure I'd want to read it for quite that long.

Some gripes include a sometimes not-masterful employment of jokes and intended humour, although there're certainly funny parts aplenty, and a bit of inconsistency or not-quite-thought-through comments or events, which in a work of parody is a bit hypocritical, in some way, even though it's tongue-in-cheek. I'm just saying it stands out. Obviously the author is no master, so with that in mind it's a great read. It has at least managed to avoid offending me so much that I'm driven away, anyway, so thumbs up!

Chapter 26 (November 2012)

23609 characters or 12 pages.

Came out after a few weeks, which it turns out is unusual (funny that - the next chapter should also be out by now and isn't, getting HPMOR flashbacks). Read it on the 1st of November at work. Milo is in the custody of Lucius Malfoy while Quirrell has to deal with Harry and Hermione's questions. It was fairly short - but good!

I give this chapter a 2.

Update March 2013

The author got writer's block and stopped updating altogether for some time, and when the odd chapter started trickling out I didn't bother reading them, fearing it wouldn't be worth getting back into it. But on the 1st of March 2013 someone posted to r/HPMOR that the most recent chapter, 32, finished the first book! So I'm quite likely to reread it from the beginning some time soon.

RatingEdit

2

Reading recordEdit

Previous book: Julian Baggini, The Ego Trick

Next book: Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic

Second read (May 2013)Edit

13 05 17 Harry Potter and the Natural 20

Reading progress.

FormatEdit

The FF.net version, on my phone.

JournalEdit

Started reading it on my phone on the 7th of May 2013, after reading the introduction to The Tale of the Body Thief and not really fancying carrying on just then (having just read a lot of Anne Rice). Read the first two chapters that day.

On the 16th of May I reached the first new chapter, 27 and read it without realising I hadn't read it before. I now embark upon the finale of book one, I presume!

Finished it off on the 17th. It is really good overall, I wasn't really amazed by the ending, it was a bit simple, and the epilogue did not really justify to me why things should just carry on as they are (why would Dumbledore allow, or even want, Milo to stay? he can't learn their magic, what is he possibly supposed to do with his time there that's appropriate?), but I'm certainly going to read on.

RatingEdit

2

Reading RecordEdit

Previous book: Anne Rice, The Queen of the Damned

Next book: 'Sir Poley', Harry Potter and the Confirmed Critical, Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

Second read (18th August - 12th September 2014)Edit

14 09 12 Harry Potter and the Natural 20

Reading progress.

FormatEdit

The FF.net version, on my phone.

JournalEdit

I think it was because the third book was being published and kept coming up on r/rational, that it made me realise I hadn't ever read the second book. I don't know when I decided I would reread it or why, but between the 18th of August and the 12th of September (during a weekend at Centre Parcs) I read through it and made a start on Harry Potter and the Confirmed Critical.

Actually it was probably because I'd been getting into DnD a bit, with the 5th Edition coming out.

Anyway, it was good as usual. Funny, interesting, well written, fresh. I like it!

RatingEdit

2

Reading RecordEdit

Previous book: George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

Next book: 'Sir Poley', Harry Potter and the Confirmed Critical

Ratings, awards, mentions and recommendationsEdit

Links and referencesEdit

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