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Old 01-02-2007, 12:21 AM   #1
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Cult of Personality by tradiferis - K

Title: Cult of Personality
Author: tradiferis
Rating: K
Genre: Romance/General
DLP Category: Romance
Pairing: Harry/Padma
Words: 3,603
Published: December 28, 2006

Status: Complete
Summary: Gilderoy Lockhart had one, as did Grindelwald, and Voldemort. Now Harry Potter has one as well. HarryPadma. PostHBP. Oneshot.
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3313331/1/

Eh the story is pretty much decent but since I imagine there are quite a few of us who like the rairer pairings I thought I'd post this for the record. As a side note the author may be planning to flesh out the story('Not exactly sure how much enjoyment I'd get out of it but it might be decent').

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Old 01-02-2007, 12:30 AM   #2
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Didn't So Sue me by Lunakatrina give the idea of the Cult of Ravenclaw in the first place? This seems like a rip off.
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:36 AM   #3
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Old 01-02-2007, 02:02 AM   #4
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Nice little ficlet. Rostam, at least read the fic before you bash it. 4.5/5
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Old 01-02-2007, 02:14 AM   #5
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Yeah, that was a little stupid of me. I saw that he posted for the title Cult of Ravenclaw and immediately thought of So Sue me.

As for the story:

The beginning was a little annoying, and the whole time I felt something was off. As I got closer to the end, it got a lot better. Very nice job in finishing it off and showing his emotional problems.

3.5/5. The beginning need's some fixing. Just something about it rubs me the wrong way.
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Old 01-02-2007, 03:17 AM   #6
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For some reason, I really didn't want to like this, but I did anyway. 4/5, it's a nice little fic, and I like it for some reason.
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Old 01-02-2007, 05:48 AM   #7
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It was not bad... makes me happy that the author didn't decide to give up writing completely...
A pretty good re-entry back into FF.
Harry's facade is done fairly well...and those perceptive little Ravenclaws...


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Old 01-02-2007, 12:43 PM   #8
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Pretty good story, I suppose. Not my cup of tea, but decent enough. 3.5/5

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Old 01-02-2007, 02:37 PM   #9
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Very interesting. Crying bottled-up emotions Harry has never seemed so... palatable. Usually that's the easiest way to turn an average fic into crap. Didn't bother me too much here.

Though I must say, as I was reading it I was imagining the fic going in a completely different direction.

Considering the mystery of the defeat and Harry's miraculous turn into a super-wizard, I was hoping that Voldemort and Harry joined together in some form. A merging of personalities (title reference) and powers, and with the prophecy, the unified being arguably becoming immortal, Voldie's premiere goal. By keeping the Harry Potter persona, they have the world in the palm of their hand, and Harry's innate 'goodness' required or countered the 'evilness' of Voldemort into agreeing to not attempt forceful violent takeovers, saving their vicious streak exclusively for enemies expecting it. And they'd take over the world in a far more Slytherin way. First through PR work, then reforming society, influencing politics, becoming the immortal legend Voldemort wanted to be but utilizing Harry's conscience to get there.

It all seemed to fit so well the attitude and handling of things, not to mention opening up all sorts of fic directions... but that's what happens when your mind wanders in mid-scene.

The Padma 1st person POV was kinda annoying, especially that dern repeated phrase that has no... gumption. No panache. "I'm perceptive. I'm in Ravenclaw. Deal with it." It does nothing for me. That and the phrase/title "Cult of Personality" feels lacking. I keep picturing those wretched dreadlocks and neon clothes as "Living Colour" sings the song, but even without them, the phrase doesn't ring anything really resonate with me. The idea of associating Lockhart, Grindelwald, and Voldemort with Harry while leaving out Dumbledore seems odd too. It seems primarily to be about manufacturing the image people want from you to ensure you can get whatever you want from them, whether its to be liked or feared. And Albus did it as good as Voldemort. Lockhart fried his own brain, so he's a bit harder to take seriously.

Anyways, certainly an interesting idea and ficlet. 4/5
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:08 PM   #10
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It was... Different.

I don't know if I can fit 'Mr. Popularity' Harry Being perceptive enough to read that much about her from her look
He stopped for a moment, as if carefully considering his next words, “I noticed that you weren't giving me the same looks as everyone else were. You seemed to notice that there was more to me than Harry Potter.”
This seems a bit extreame considering that they had ONE class together.

Still, Not bad overall. 4/5

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Old 01-05-2007, 07:59 PM   #11
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Very nicely done oneshot, though I am surprised about Ron and Hermione accepting Harry that easily: Ron's jealousy should have been addressed somehow and Hermione seems to get a copout. Overall, very well done, even if the arrogance that Padma has is a bit overplayed and I have trouble with seeing Harry confess everything like that. 4/5
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Mushy, changes tense, and needs a beta. Interesting idea, however. This level of exposition with a larger than life character is reminiscent of Poe. I have to admit that I went into this story hoping that I wouldn't like it, and I wouldn't say that I didn't like it, but I wouldn't say that I liked it, either. It's mediocre at best. 2.5/5, I'll vote for a 3/5.
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Good, but not to good. 3.5
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Well, Its a fascinating read, but I see a problem. I don't really see how it is a pairing, I see Harry and Padma talking, as friends, but that really doesnt amount to a romantic relationship. What I see is a great amount of potential of a story that this could turn into. 3.5

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Old 01-10-2007, 04:35 AM   #15
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It's an interesting read, a good way to waist 5 minutes of your life, could have potential but it's too short and as BlackEaglejs mentioned it just doesn't seem like there could be any romance between the two.


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