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WIP Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin By The Sinister Man - T

Discussion in 'Almost Recommended' started by iamnotreal, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. Nevermind

    Nevermind Unspeakable

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    Just to add to the whole “plan” thing, I do believe it was said before, but I remain convinced that TSM has a very clear outline and a very clear end goal for this story. However, that is where we get back to them not being able to let go of certain ideas, or dragging them out ad nauseam.

    That being said, there was a lot of good stuff in this chapter, and with each passing scene I believe more and more that, separate of each other yet so deeply intertwined, we are seeing some of the best takes on Snape and Dumbledore in the fandom.

    Meanwhile, next to Lily, Pettigrew remains my favourite character in Year 3. He’s delightfully devilish, and I am intrigued as to his ultimate fate. The prologue is iffy on that particular point, but given that he’s not in Dumbledore’s office, the way the timeline closes in on the prologue, the reference to “trusting the wrong people” and the general animosity between the Potters and the Blacks, it seems that he’s being set up to, at least temporarily, fail at the end of the Death Eater Menace and be the key to Sirius’s redemption.

    All of that being said, with all of my musing about the prologue and the timeline, I have just stumbled upon an idea of which I cannot really believe it has not occurred to anyone else, so I’m extremely wary of it.

    Do we think the first Potter prophecy will ultimately end up unfulfilled?

    By the end of Year 4, Harry appears to no longer be a Potter, nor is he then, obviously, the “last one.” However, the prophecy specifies just that. Now, a lot can happen between now, Year 4 and the resolution of the story, but it would be a rather brilliant thing to do to just pull the rug out from under the reader like that. Of course, that would also imply a survival of the line beyond the current generation – which means Jim’s survival or James fathering another spawn. The latter in particular seems unlikely, at least with the current Lady Potter.

    Then again, I would be the first to admit that such a twist being telegraphed at the end of the first year would be weird, to say the least, so I don’t actually think it will come to that, going purely by genre conventions and by how much TSM likes their big reveals.
     
  2. PokeFlute

    PokeFlute Banned

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    I'm pretty certain that if TSM released each book in one chunk (vs. months between each chapter), then a lot of issues people have with PoS would be solved. The story's expansive plot and huge set of characters works much better if it's all fresh in your mind. When I go back and reread Book 3 in one go, it fits together really well. It's just waiting between each chapter makes it feel a lot more disjointed.

    Someone earlier asked for the overall plot of Book 3.

    The main plot centers on two storylines (1) freeing Sirius and (2) revisiting the Marauder's past. These plot points move up and down, and there's a bunch of sub plots (Hermione's sketchiness, the Wilkes vault, etc.) but they're all really in service of the two big storylines.

    TSM mentioned that he significantly reworked his plans for Book 3 because his initial drafts were more "Marauders reminisce about the past for 10 chapters" instead of an actual story. I think having freeing Sirius provides a nice through-line for the year and at least grounds the plot in the present day. Many seemingly disparate plot threads (Remus in Shamballa, Justin being the Prince heir, the Fidelius) have already merged back into the main storylines, so I'm confident that by the end of the year the plot will be largely cohesive.

    Maybe the only exception being the Student Clubs, but TSM has said "ask me again at the end of Book 3" so maybe even that.
     
  3. Zombie

    Zombie Lo-fi Snake Jazz Moderator DLP Supporter

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    Added spoilers cause I'm pretty sure that's spoilers, even if they asked. Thanks though.
     
  4. cucio

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    Just binged the whole thing from scratch. Antology sounds about right. Perhaps more precisely, a meta, parodic, loving tribute to 20 years of HP FF tropes. Not really a story, per se.

    Latest chapter is the inauguration of the indy!Peter genre: implausible reveal of a lofty heritage after an abused childhood, Gringotts' vault, mentor ancestor portrait, galleons galore, revenge on abuser, school buddy bashing, animagus, occlumens, alpha BAMF, veela!Narcissa banger...

    It definitely has its moments, if you have a few hundred fics under your belt and are able to trudge across all the bumps to enjoy the spot-the-parody game. As a story it doesn't flow: too many infodumps, asspullings, inconsistent characterizations, etc.
     
  5. Distended Destiny

    Distended Destiny Fifth Year

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    I'm still going through the story. Just thought
    it was a bit surprising he didn't subvert nukes and moon landing cliche (the author is American though, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ). Plot is all over the place, but character development is excellent. Pettigrew makes a surprisingly engaging villain. I haven't read any fic treating his character the way this fic does. His cliched origins could have been rewritten for something better. Really want it to be just a AU fic instead of WBWL fic.
    Cultural blindness was brought out well. Story merits a 4.5/5 for the character building. World building was pretty average though.
    I'd give a 3/5 or 2/5.
     
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  6. Xion

    Xion Robot Overlord Admin

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    Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin has been updated with a new chapter.

    Story Stats
    Chapters: 121
    Words: 885,353
    Updated: 2020-01-01 19:20:07 UTC
    Published: 2015-04-17 18:27:52 UTC
    Previously updated: about 2 months ago

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  7. Xion

    Xion Robot Overlord Admin

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    Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin has been updated with a new chapter.

    Story Stats
    Chapters: 122
    Words: 895,709
    Updated: 2020-01-22 19:19:19 UTC
    Published: 2015-04-17 18:27:52 UTC
    Previously updated: 21 days ago

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  8. Xion

    Xion Robot Overlord Admin

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    Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin has been updated with a new chapter.

    Story Stats
    Chapters: 123
    Words: 908,884
    Updated: 2020-01-31 18:31:05 UTC
    Published: 2015-04-17 18:27:52 UTC
    Previously updated: 9 days ago

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  9. JErosion

    JErosion DA Member

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    Two updates within two weeks, all I can say is that escalated quickly
     
  10. haphnepls

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    I'm reading a few chapters of this story every time I can't find something I like. It is good once you get through majority of first book and there are few intriguing and new ideas introduced every while or so. However, I just have a feeling that this is too similar to Sarcasm and Slytherin by sunmoonandstars and that one is more enjoyable for me so I'll just rate it with 3, and recommend it in case you have nothing else to read.
     
  11. Mordecai

    Mordecai Drunken Scotsman ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    Just recently finished reading this. I'd say the quality of the writing and the planning has improved substantially over the course of the fic. It definitely started out a 2 or 3/5, but I'd say its substantially improved from there up to high 4 or low 5/5.

    The author could do with a bit more thorough editing, to pair down his work slightly, but its not too bad. Its one of the rare fics these days that really kept me absorbed, all the way through 900k words.
     
  12. Xion

    Xion Robot Overlord Admin

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    Harry Potter and the Prince of Slytherin has been updated with a new chapter.

    Story Stats
    Chapters: 124
    Words: 917,861
    Updated: 2020-02-11 20:56:02 UTC
    Published: 2015-04-17 18:27:52 UTC
    Previously updated: 11 days ago

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