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Old 06-17-2007, 01:15 AM   #1
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You're a Wizard, Potter by Amsuhl - K+

Title: You're a Wizard, Potter
Author: Amsuhl
Rating: K+
Genre: Humor/Parody
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Pairing: None Declared, None Likely
Status: WIP
Summary: Snape comes to get Harry instead of Hagrid. Harry, however, is not compliant, and Snape is in for hell as he takes Harry shopping and to Hogwarts... Features a very intelligent, and sarcastic, Harry, and a new circle of friends. Short story.
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3596798/1/
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This story could go either way, but at the moment I find it quite funny.

4/5, with rating withheld until further chapters.


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Old 06-17-2007, 01:22 AM   #2
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http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3596798/1/

^ Decent so far, I'm neutral right now though.

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Old 06-17-2007, 01:23 AM   #3
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Uh oh. This better not be a plagiarized version of Just After Midnight.

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EDIT: It's not, pretty good actually. 4/5 overall. 5/5 for this part:

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"And he was more mature!" Harry yelled. If he could get Snape angry enough, he might start making mistakes. Harry could move his neck around slightly. The stasis- body-bind, that was, was loosening slowly. "You watch the Magic School Bus!"

Snape went white. Most people went red when they were angry. Vernon went purple. But not Snape, he went white, white, and whiter until he looked even scarier. "I do not." he whispered emphatically.
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Old 06-17-2007, 01:45 AM   #4
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It seems different, very different, I can't believe you would even compare the two considering the drastically different characterizations of Harry.

It was alright, I thought Snape took more shit from Harry than how he is normally written and the Really Witty and Funny!Harry can get tired really quick if the author doesn't have a good wit themselves. This story seems too dependent on the development of the characters to rate this early.
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Old 06-17-2007, 02:19 AM   #5
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Oh my fucking god, I couldn't stop laughing!!!! That was friggen hilarious! 5/5 for me!

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Old 06-17-2007, 02:28 AM   #6
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Uh oh. This better not be a plagiarized version of Just After Midnight.

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Oh, God, that story! Just After Midnight pissed me off because it is just chapter after chapter of Snape abusing Harry with impunity while Dumbledore (in his omnipotent fucking wisdom) ignores the atrocious situation and Harry being a staggeringly cowardly wimp when compared to canon. I kept waiting for Harry to get some justice, if not revenge (or some balls, pleeease). Nope, nothing. It made me so angry that I couldn't stop grinding my teeth.

This story seems to be taking the 'Snape retrieves Harry instead of Hagrid' concept and going in the opposite direction with it. Harry is brave, flippant, smart, a fighter, proactive...
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Overnight, Harry has taken it upon himself to skip sleep in order to read a number of books on spells and concepts unique to Wizarding culture like Oaths and Vows. He stole Snape's wand, undetected, and has already performed a number of transfigurations, some sort of spell to make him look/sound like a girl (or actually turn himself into one. Eep!) and has successfully hexed Snape with the very spell the potions master originally threatened to use on him. All with a wand that, presumably, isn't even that well-suited to him!

Canon Harry would have just spent the night sleeping, picking his nose and enjoying how favorably the room, bed and food compared to his cupboard back on Privet Drive. Just After Midnight's Harry would have spent the night hiding under the bed in his urine-soaked hand-me-down clothes and poor, put-upon Hermione would've had to change his nappy in the morning.

After just one (short) chapter, this Harry could eat Just After Midnight's Harry for breakfast, if he were so inclined. More likely, he'd just feel sorry for the sniveling wretch.

I'll toss out a rating if it gets a few more chapters under its belt. I'll continue to enjoy it, just as long as Harry remains a clever, proactive kid, rather than turning into Mini-Merlin, The Boy Who Could Do Anything. I don't mind a high-powered 5th year Harry but from a 1st year it would be a bit much.
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Old 06-17-2007, 02:28 AM   #7
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Yeah, rather cool start. Kind of "Just after midnight" meets "So sue me". This guy has a good rep for completing stories, so we can almost certainly except relatively constant update rate.
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Old 06-17-2007, 07:27 AM   #8
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Frankly I don't understand your enthusiasm.

Sure it's kind of funny, but giving it a 5 stars rating when there is only a really short chapter seems a little bit excessive.

There is nothing really original and the cross gender business is: first, magically illogical for somebody who know nothing about magic and secondly just an utterly stupid idea.

But I admit than it can still turn in an enjoyable story.
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Old 06-17-2007, 01:01 PM   #9
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This had me grinning through the whole thing. I'll admit, it's a bit early for a definite rating, but I have high hopes for this fic.

Will watch and give rating later.
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Old 06-17-2007, 04:37 PM   #10
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Fucken lulz. Would be a 5 if but for the end.
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Old 06-18-2007, 10:56 AM   #11
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Kinda strange that he turned himself into a girl (or at least made him look like one) but otherwise quite amusing. At the minute its a 4/5, but I'll wait a few more chapters before giving it a proper rating.

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Old 06-18-2007, 12:28 PM   #12
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I dont see the hype in this. It wasnt BAD. It was decent but meh. Snape was too eager to curse, and while he may hate Harry, I doubt he is going to hex him for such idiotic reasons.

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Old 06-18-2007, 03:58 PM   #13
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Meh... 3.5 out of 5. The story was going okay for me up till the "magic School bus" shit. Once that appeared in a story... in BRITAIN... in 1991... I lost respect for the author.

This "loss of respect" was similar to the losses created when I see an author write about Hermione or some other character in the story toting around a motorola razor cellphone in 1991.

Yo, author, get your fucking timeline in order... MSB didn't come out until 1994. and didn't even show in the UK until after 1998,. 5 fucking minutes on Wikipedia would have told you this.

If fact, pop culture references should be kept to an absolute minimum.

Also, I dislike it when Snape isn't shown in character.

Initially he was spot on, but once Harry was around him for a while he just stopped acting like Snape. What the hell is wrong with you, author?

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Learn these points now while there is still hope for your story.
1. Snape does not cry! Years of hovering, batlike, over cauldrons with noxious vapours rising from them, have caused his tear ducts to achieve the approximate density, toughness, and moisture content of rawhide.
2. Severus Snape would never use the word "stuff"... ever. He is a master of elocution. A vivant of the vicious verbal vivisection.

I will not even speak of the Fem!Harry ending of chapter 1, other than to say that it cost you .5 of a star for that horror alone.

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Old 06-18-2007, 05:33 PM   #14
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I'm tired of stories that comment on things like, he didn't even know that he was using a wand that wasn't even suited to him! That's not how you do it. If he's doing something wierd, then either another character or a book has to tell him this.
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Old 06-18-2007, 05:47 PM   #15
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I'm tired of stories that comment on things like, he didn't even know that he was using a wand that wasn't even suited to him! That's not how you do it. If he's doing something wierd, then either another character or a book has to tell him this.
The word you're looking for is "exposition".

You hate it when an author uses exposition to explain that something is anomalous rather than just showing it in the story.

I agree.

Only bad writers use exposition... it's the lazy writer's crutch.

Once the story begins, the author's voice should NEVER be heard again unless it's to describe something physically.
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Yo, author, get your fucking timeline in order... MSB didn't come out until 1994. and didn't even show in the UK until after 1998,. 5 fucking minutes on Wikipedia would have told you this.

If fact, pop culture references should be kept to an absolute minimum.
Indeed, anachronisms can be infuriating. I wanted to curb stomp this one author that made references to Blink 182 being Harry's favorite group and how he listened to them on his mp3 player... Harry was about 5 years old in this fic when this horse shit was being mentioned. That would be 1985! Forget that this was a painfully obvious example of the author projecting his/her tastes onto a character, the members of Blink 182 probably weren't allowed to cut with real scissors back then, much less cut a record.

Christ Almighty, I wanted to brutalize someone. Still, I was too lazy to look up the Magic School Bus thing. I assumed it was an anachronism but I'm viewing this story as a farce, so it didn't bug me too much.

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1. Snape does not cry! Years of hovering, batlike, over cauldrons with noxious vapours rising from them, have caused his tear ducts to achieve the approximate density, toughness, and moisture content of rawhide.
LOL. To quote Sam & Max, "You crack me up, little buddy."

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Yes. Having Snape and Dumbledore talking like they just stumbled out of a mall in the Valley annoys the shit out of me. I read something with Dumbledore using the word 'stuff' a few days ago and a small part of me died. I don't care if you make the headmaster good, evil or whatever, just don't make him act like he rides the short train to Hogwarts. I don't even mind them acting a little out of character as long as they still speak in character.

Also, what the fuck is up with all the stories where Dumbledore doesn't recognize a firearm for what it is? He fought Grindelwald who was supposedly closely linked with the Third Reich. I'm not so good at history but I think some of 'them thar Nazi fellers' used guns. Even people in a wizard vs wizard fight during WWII should have seen some guns being used by muggles somewhere along the line.

And now back to the regularly scheduled topic...
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Pretty sure that's a completely fanon idea. I think all we know of Grindelwald is that he was defeated by Dumbledore in 1945 and that JKR confirmed he is dead. Everything else is speculation (according to the lexicon some speculate that Grindelwald was Hitler or was at least responsible for WWII).

And on another note, I think some people (I'm looking at you, Garret P.I.) are taking a self-proclaimed PARODY a little too seriously. If this were a fic treating canon ideals respectfully while aiming for some laughs I suppose arguing about Snape's OOC-ness would be a bit more justified but the author calls it a parody (judging by the genre classification of Humor/Parody). If it stayed true to canon, it wouldn't exactly be parodying anything.

Err... just saw a second chapter where the author begins with a note clarifying the story's parody-ness. So yeah. What the kid said.

As for my opinion on this fic? Meh... it does nothing for me. A couple of semi-funny moments that lost their luster by the end of the chapter. The second chapter even more so. Lunakatrina's fic has a similar tone and is much funnier in my opinion. I'd give this a 2.5/5. If the author just made a one-shot of the idea, it could be hilarious. But I don't need another attempt at creative Dursley torture (the-caitiff's evil Fluffy cat is probably the best of that around), or a shopping scene with a sarcastic Harry (even a sexually confused transgender!Harry) remarking on all aspects of wizarding society and calling Ollivander "Ollie". Was 3/5 for the first chapter but dropped it half a point for the second and the preemptive disappointment of future installments.
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Old 06-19-2007, 11:36 AM   #18
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And on another note, I think some people (I'm looking at you, Garret P.I.) are taking a self-proclaimed PARODY a little too seriously. If this were a fic treating canon ideals respectfully while aiming for some laughs I suppose arguing about Snape's OOC-ness would be a bit more justified but the author calls it a parody (judging by the genre classification of Humor/Parody). If it stayed true to canon, it wouldn't exactly be parodying anything.
I beg to differ nonjon. Sue me is a perfect example of an author doing a parody while keeping the other characters in character enough to maintain the illusion of them being the characters from the books. Harry is very much out of character with his sarcasm... while everyone else is kept more or less in character so as to draw attention to the differences in Harry's personality rather than draw attention to their own ooc moments. Besides, for the love of pete, it's not like I blasted the fic to pieces for the anachronistic ooc moments... I still gave is 3 stars.

As to Anachronisms in HP fics... sorry... they just drive me mad, that and authors screwing up the "voice"...

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I stand by my previous comment--the 'Exposition', if you will (thanks, Garret). That's the only problem I have. I was enjoying the story up until that point. I was more disappointed than anything else.
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I beg to differ nonjon. Sue me is a perfect example of an author doing a parody while keeping the other characters in character enough to maintain the illusion of them being the characters from the books.
Ahh... so we're just quibbling over the language. Because I'd consider So Sue Me a Humor-fic, but not a parody (and the author categorizes it as Humor/Drama, not parody either). Although it's the drama parts that detract from the fic in my opinion.

To me, a parody throws everything out the window. Nothing is off limits for the sake of mocking. For example, a movie comparison would be The 40 Year Old Virgin is a comedy while Scary Movie (or Epic Movie is newer) is a parody. And Talladega Nights is a comedy that parodies Nascar life.

So by my definition of a parody, you're being picky and missing the point. But by your definition of a parody, this fic's supporting cast is too far from canon for your tastes.

Anachronisms annoy me too, but not as much as the author injecting his own favorite bands, music, movies, and tastes into the story. But again, in a parody, I'm expecting anything, including anachronisms for the sake of a laugh or general laziness.

And I think I like the fic less than you, so you don't have to sell me on your 'fair and balanced' opinion.
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