About a year ago (15 April 2010 if my Delicious bookmarks can be trusted), a friend told me about Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, a Harry Potter fanfic starring a Harry who tries to apply science and rationality to magic. Since then multiple people have told me about the fic, and I’ve told them that it’s on my to-read list. Today I started reading it, and I’m already nineteen chapters in.
There are some notable changes from the canon, but for the most part (so far) the basic storyline parallels Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Since Harry has a rationalist mind in the fic, there are lots of references to science and how the human mind works, which makes me wonder why I didn’t read it sooner. It also makes you wonder why no one ever pointed out some of the things that happened in the books or in real life.
Go read it. There are almost seventy chapters, so you’ll be reading for awhile. That’s why I started on Sunday (and on Super Bowl Sunday at that; I don’t care about the game or the commercials).