Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 5

- This thread has run its course. You will find newer threads in the dis­cus­sion sec­tion.

Another dis­cus­sion thread—the fourth—has reached the (ar­bi­trary?) 500 com­ments thresh­old, so it’s time for a new thread for Eliezer Yud­kowsky’s widely-praised Harry Pot­ter fan­fic.

Most of the para­text and fan-made re­sources are listed on Mr. LessWrong’s au­thor page. There is also Ade­leneDawner’s col­lec­tion of most of the pre­vi­ously-pub­lished Author’s Notes.

Older threads: one, two, three, four. By tag.

Newer threads are in the Dis­cus­sion sec­tion, start­ing from Part 6.

Spoiler policy as sug­gested by Un­named and ap­proved by Eliezer, me, and at least three other up­mod­ders:

You do not need to rot13 any­thing about HP:MoR or the origi­nal Harry Pot­ter se­ries un­less you are post­ing in­sider in­for­ma­tion from Eliezer Yud­kowsky which is not sup­posed to be pub­li­cly available (which in­cludes pub­lic state­ments by Eliezer that have been re­tracted).

If there is ev­i­dence for X in MOR and/​or canon then it’s fine to post about X with­out rot13, even if you also have heard pri­vately from Eliezer that X is true. But you should not post that “Eliezer said X is true” un­less you use rot13.

It would also be quite sen­si­ble and wel­come to con­tinue the prac­tice of declar­ing at the top of your post which chap­ters you are about to dis­cuss, es­pe­cially for newly-pub­lished ones, so that peo­ple who haven’t yet seen them can stop read­ing in time.