Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 8

Up­date: Dis­cus­sion has moved on to a new thread.

The hi­a­tus is over with to­day’s pub­li­ca­tion of chap­ter 73, and the pre­vi­ous thread is ap­proach­ing the 500-com­ment thresh­old, so let’s start a new Harry Pot­ter and the Meth­ods of Ra­tion­al­ity dis­cus­sion thread. This is the place to dis­cuss Eliezer Yud­kowsky’s Harry Pot­ter fan­fic and any­thing re­lated to it.

The first 5 dis­cus­sion threads are on the main page un­der the harry_pot­ter tag. Threads 6 and on (in­clud­ing this one) are in the dis­cus­sion sec­tion us­ing its sep­a­rate tag sys­tem. Also: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. The fan­fic­tion.net au­thor page is the cen­tral lo­ca­tion for in­for­ma­tion about up­dates and links to HPMOR-re­lated good­ies, and Ade­leneDawner has kept an archive of Author’s Notes.

As a re­minder, it’s of­ten use­ful to start your com­ment by in­di­cat­ing which chap­ter you are com­ment­ing on.

Spoiler Warn­ing: this thread is full of spoilers. With few ex­cep­tions, spoilers for MOR and canon are fair game to post, with­out warn­ing or rot13. More speci­fi­cally:

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.