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Lorelei of the Sea
08-19-2008, 10:48 AM
Title: Searching For Disaster
Author: Shadow Rebirth
Rating: T/PG-13
Genre: Adventure/Humor
DLP Category: Either General or Humor
Pairing: None
Chapters: 10
Words: 40,849
Updated: June 10, 2009
Published: July 12, 2008
Status: Abandoned
Summary: Owls, cauldrons, and pointed hats? Harry Potter was not amused. And he still wasn't entirely sure that his human trafficking theory had been wrong. Warning! Features a very cynical Harry. AU, no pairings.
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4390285/1/Searching_for_Disaster

Pretty funny fic, featuring a slightly more realistic Wizarding World and a Harry with actual preservation instincts. 3.5/5


Checked by Minion, February 6, 2013

Lincos
08-19-2008, 11:44 AM
The first chapter started off well, but it just got boring. 1/5

Synchro
08-19-2008, 12:23 PM
Better than many others I've read. The author's aim seems to be to get all the plot holes and poorly explained happenings in the series out through the cynicism of Harry. I'll be keeping an eye out for updates on this. 3.5/5.

Merrill II
08-19-2008, 01:05 PM
Lovin' the imaginary 3.5s guys. I can't find the dropdown for 3.5 however. Someone help me out?

I liked this story. A lot, actually, so I gave it a 5/5. Only because it's the only tolerable story in a month.

della_couer
08-19-2008, 01:13 PM
Meh, read through two chapters but couldn't continue as it seems the author has confused cynicism for whining. If you want a more cynical bent monologue check out Nullifier by Aedalena, that is an excellently done case of first person cynicism.

Harry's theory of human trafficking was perhaps the best and only amusing thing I found. (although the dead pet thing wasn't bad) And call me a snob but once he ended up in Hufflepuff I found myself loosing interest.

It isn't badly written, but as I say two chapters of Harry whining (whinging for you Brits.) is about all I can take. 2/5

Pyromaniac
08-19-2008, 01:20 PM
Eh, not half bad. Certainly better than most of the cynical!Harry drivel that abounds in fandom.

4/5

EDIT:And call me a snob but once he ended up in Hufflepuff I found myself loosing interest.

Don't forget: he ended up in Hufflepuff because it was the least horrid fit for him.

The DarIm
08-19-2008, 01:21 PM
I thought it was pretty amusing...in a kill-your-time sort of way. I give it a 3/5...might increase to 4/5 if the author gets a beta. By the third chapter, the number of mistakes were really getting on my nerves.

Orm Embar
08-19-2008, 01:41 PM
I can see how Harry's whining might irritate some of you, but, to me, it was just plain lulzy. The story gives what might be a more natural reaction to a giant bearded man showing up at your door, telling you you're a wizard, and offering to take you away. I'll give this a 4/5.

kalantha
08-19-2008, 01:48 PM
I found this pretty amusing, but highly unrealistic. Yes, J.K. Rowling's stories are unrealistic and this author is trying to correct all of the inconsistences, but an eleven year old is not going to notice all of these. Cynical Harry is interesting, but not likely to occur like this in real life. What eleven year old doesn't want any friends and analyzes everything that is happening in his life in such a manner? For that reason I give this story a 3/5 because it doesn't deserve to be deleted, even if it makes no logical sense.

JoJo23
08-19-2008, 02:53 PM
Some bits of this story are gold and I love the aloof!Harry, but sometimes it just seems to be a canon hating piece and I cant help but feel that Harry's views are the authors. 3/5

Dark Minion
08-19-2008, 04:00 PM
I have this in my favorites for quite some time, and I think it was posted somewhere in here.

The author seems to concentrate on canon plotholes but doesn't care for his own. The Dursleys hate Harry, nevertheless he has pets, just to include the plotelement which later kills Hedwig. He doesn't need to attend Potions as there is no rule forcing him to attend classes (I assume the author just was lazy and didn't want to describe further Harry vs. Snape dialogues). Malfoy is described as as dumb as Crabbe and Goyle which is just unbelievable. And so on.

There are a few - or even several similar fics on ff.net, and most become repetitive after some time. Once the character and his special characteristics are defined, similar or the same scenes are reappearing again and again. Just one funny idea isn't enough to write such a parody. A lack of variation and phantasy kills it soon.

Here the idea is Harry's cynical point of view regarding the plotholes, and that's certainly not enough to base a long story on it.

With most of these fics the author eventually got bored himself or realised he ran out of ideas, so the updates became more and more irregular, and finally the author stopped writing. I expect this story will be abandoned either with the conclusion of year one or somewhere during the second schoolyear.

Overall: Lunakatrina's "So Sue Me" was better - until she introduced the Cult of Ravenclaw. Compared with that I rate this 3.5/5

Memory King
08-19-2008, 08:30 PM
I posted this in the almost recommended thread a while back, knowing that one chapter wasn't enough to judge a story on. And you may wish to read the latest chapter on FicWad. (http://www.ficwad.com/story/105326)

I feel this deserves a solid 4/5. The problems mentioned above keep it from reaching full marks, but it has a lot of potential still.

azrael
08-19-2008, 08:56 PM
I like this so far, and give it 4/5 for what is currently posted. However, I think it highly likely that very soon the author will realize his premise is getting old, he has no more material, and that he needs a plot outside of canon-bashing. At that point the fic will either be abandoned or the overall quality will go way downhill.

EDIT: Posted this before reading chapter 6. It appears that this point has been reached already, and that we will be seeing where this story goes soon.

Dirk Diggory
08-19-2008, 09:19 PM
IMalfoy is described as as dumb as Crabbe and Goyle which is just unbelievable.

Sometimes DLP is quite repetitive, with people just repeating the same tired criticisms.

A complaint on here that adequate respect is not being paid to Malfoy's intelligence... well, that's novel.

Kensington
08-19-2008, 10:10 PM
I tried. I got through 3 chapters and discovered that I simply did not care. It may be more of a personal thing where I am simply sick of reading about 11 year old Harry.

To me Harry was more smug than cynical in what I read. It simply did not make for a pleasant read for me.

2/5 for me.

Illution
08-20-2008, 12:53 AM
It started off interesting, but got a bit repetitive later on. This piece of work reads a lot more like a crack fic and have a lot of unique ideas. I found the 10 year harry a bit too knowledgeable but no one likes reading about a whiny kid. Over all, I still enjoyed read it. 3.5/5 for me.

knothead
08-20-2008, 12:59 AM
Cynical first-year Harry has been done before; yet, the story is entertaining. The writer is doing a good enough job of keeping me interested.

I think it's too early to vote at the moment. That being said, if the story's quality remains the same, and I'm still interested in the story as it continues, I'll be voting 4 stars.

Goddessa39
08-20-2008, 05:49 AM
Well, I like it so far. And it really bugs me how Harry just accepts things in every single piece of fanfiction. I mean, I love Hagrid. But he isn't exactly the most agile cat stuck in the tree if you know what I mean. I like that Harry can snap out at people. And if Mcgonagall was there, then why didn't she stay around and look after him.

To quote Harry, "Lunatics, the lot of them."

There were some things I liked about it, like Harry pissing off all the teachers and sticking to himself. Even though he is confident in his self he isn't really a superman or anything. What I didn't like was how no one questioned why harry was such a bastard. He's no psychoTom or anything, but be sure that he is a little bastard to the teachers' faces.

It sort of remind me of that one fic where Mcgonagall goes to get Harry, gets pissed off and he convinces her he is a little sweetheart and then she sends him to a cousin who is a psychologist or something. In a good way. 4/5 because its trying and doesn't seem to be too annoying.

Aekiel
08-20-2008, 07:25 PM
You're thinking of So Sue Me (http://forums.darklordpotter.net/showthread.php?t=2668) by Lunakatrina, which is probably the best cynical!Harry fic I've ever read, not that there is an overwhelming abundance of it. This brought a chuckle out of me, though not so much in the later chapters, but it's good enough to warrant a 4/5 if I ignore the spelling/grammar errors.

So 3-4/5, depending one whether you want a light read or a real humour fic.

Dark Minion
08-21-2008, 04:37 AM
Eh - chapter six just killed it. With brute force the author bent his plotline to reach the canon climax and that just doesn't work.

Now I'd say 3/5.

Memory King
10-15-2008, 12:28 PM
Story was just updated, liked how Harry dealt with Dobby, and the fact that Malfoy is now on the run. Here bellow is also the author's latest joke.

"--Nasty little bastards," the jarvey was swearing violently, "Bloody, goat-fucking, toad licking, wart infested, sons of--"

With another wave of her wand, the sound was cut off again. The witch's face was twisted into a disgusted scowl, but Harry was absolutely delighted.

"I'll take him!" he exclaimed, to the woman's horror and Zacharias and Haemon's amusement.

"But-- You--" the woman spluttered. Harry easily waved off her protest. "Fine," she sulked.

Money passed hands and in only a few seconds Harry was holding the cage and peering interestedly at the jarvey. It had grown even more violent now that it was eye level with Harry and the young boy could practically hear it already.

"What are you going to name him?" Haemon asked through muffled chuckles.

Harry smirked, not taking his eyes away from his new pet. "I think I'll name him Voldemort."

Demons In The Night
10-15-2008, 05:41 PM
I like this story. It's not deep or anything, but it's very amusing and Harry's shtick has yet to get old.

For now I would rate it 4/5.

Jeez us
10-17-2008, 11:08 AM
This gets a 1/5 from me, the constant, blatent plagerism is ridiculous.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3003214/1/


^"So Sue Me", the fic he's stolen every decent idea from, and a much better fic than this piece of garbage.

Memory King
10-17-2008, 11:40 AM
What do you say of all those Power of Time clones, then?

I compared the beginnings of both stories, the writing styles are nothing alike. Disaster seemed much more down-to-earth, had a faster pace, and a more interesting plot. Not bashing the other story or anything, since I didn't read all the chapters, but it seemed a lot more over the top.

Novera
10-19-2008, 12:17 PM
Hum, it's okay. I liked the bit at the end of chapter six with Malfoy and the 'vampire', though if that particular gag goes on much longer it won't be funny any longer. Also, the way Harry says something to the effect of "[insert random wizard item]? That's insane! Wizards are crazy." almost constantly is annoying.

3/5 with the possibility of being higher.

Jeez us
10-20-2008, 09:05 AM
What do you say of all those Power of Time clones, then?

I compared the beginnings of both stories, the writing styles are nothing alike. Disaster seemed much more down-to-earth, had a faster pace, and a more interesting plot. Not bashing the other story or anything, since I didn't read all the chapters, but it seemed a lot more over the top.
Yeah, I'm sure him naming his pet Voldemort as well is just a coincidence, too.



Get real.

Memory King
10-20-2008, 11:36 AM
Jokes get rehashed all the time, not that big a deal.

I fully agree, however, that the author should have mentioned the fic in question in the disclaimer, if he intentionally borrowed the idea.

Jeez us
10-20-2008, 11:55 AM
There is a difference between thinking up the same joke, and plagerizing an exact joke when there are already various other examples of plagerizing from the exact same source.


Characterization is the same, plots the same, time frame is the same, and now even the jokes are the same.

Korisovra
10-20-2008, 08:38 PM
The spelling and grammatical errors quickly started driving me batshit, but other than that a decent plot-line that has potential.

I'm upgrading this to 4 just because the insane jarvey made me spit a piece of buffalo wing all over my screen.

AntiChrist
10-20-2008, 10:10 PM
Blah, it holds some similiarities sure, but it's not a big deal; it certainly doesn't approach the level of blatant plagarism you claim. I like it. It's a nice, read that doesn't go too philosiphical. Entertaining. 4/5

Dark Minion
10-21-2008, 02:43 PM
Yeah, I'm sure him naming his pet Voldemort as well is just a coincidence, too.


That's an element where he indeed might have borrowed from LunaKatrina, but even that's not as blatant as you claim it to be.

“Voldemrot… ‘I’m sorry,’” the boy mocked in a deep voice, “‘but you have The-Rot-That-Must-Not-Be-Named in your basement.’”



Half the parodies out there use the same cynic!, sarcastic! and/or annoying!Harry. It meanwhile is a standard cliché of this kind of fanfiction. The plot follows similar lines and uses similar ideas more often than not - think of Amsuhl's "You're a Wizard, Potter".


Get real.
Help yourself.

Peacemaker
10-21-2008, 05:42 PM
Not having read the other story this one supposedly is plagiarized off (yet), the Voldemort-named insult-spouting jarvey alone is pure win. Rest of the story is decent and made me chuckle/laugh quite a few times. I'll keep watching this one.

Right now 4/5.

Jeez us
10-21-2008, 05:58 PM
Lol @ blindly defending blatent theivery.


Whatever. At the very least this sort of trash should get rated down for a complete lack of originality, but if you want to continue to defend it that's your deal, not mine. I've said my piece and linked the other fic.

This is @ Dark Minion and Memory King.