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Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from ChaosLady
Review:
LOL!
Comments from author:
Thanks!

Sequel is in the works.
Review By [ChaosLady] • Date [12 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from (Current Donor)dogbertcarroll
Review:
LOL!
Comments from author:
Thanks!
Review By [(Current Donor)dogbertcarroll] • Date [5 Nov 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from Prometeus
Review:
If you want to write a sequel to explain the discrepancies, that's great. But the story as-is is short enough for that to not be a problem. I'm not even sure if it's the length of the story or the length of time elapsed inside the story. Or even the number of disconnected events in the story. At some point, the reader expects a random event to have landed smack inside the discrepancy. Or for a character to have asked for an explanation.
Comments from author:
You're right, it is short enough so the specific details don't really matter, although it would be fun to read about the Wardens decimating the Wizarding population...that could be a lot of fun.

Yeah, If I ever do a sequel, there will need to be some additional explanation. Or additional mystery. I'm not sure which at this point.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [Prometeus] • Date [22 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from Prometeus
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I've never read any Dresden Files stuff before. Reading these reviews for context makes me really, really wish to read the White Council vs Wizarding Britain scenario you alluded to.

The Muggle Way was pretty good but got abandoned just as the ass-kicking started. Plus, the Scoobies being competent completely violates canon.

Thinking about universe crosses, some universes cross easily because they have no metaphysical conflicts. Like Highlander, X-Files and Pretender.

Other crosses have big conflicts whose resolution is the point of the story. Like The Muggle Way where the British Crown is responsible. And this one BTVS x Forever Knight x Highlander story where BTVS vamps evolved into FK vamps after drinking Immortals' blood (which resolves the central problem of BTVS' "one girl" slayer myth).

And then there's all the other fics where the conflicts of the universes being crossed are handwaved away or resolved in a naive fashion.

I'm pretty sure metaphysical and geopolitical conflicts between crossed universes can be resolved satisfactorily only if that's the point of the story. Leaving gaping holes in the story's background context gets more irritating the longer the story goes on.
Comments from author:
The Dresden Files series is one of my favorites of all time. Imagine urban fantasy, horror, pulp noir, sarcasm and a whole bunch of bad luck wrapped into one package.

It has some incredible lines like: "The house was on fire and it wasn't my fault."

The Muggle way is something I've been meaning to read. Several people have mentioned it recently so I need to get into it.

As for Handwavium, it can be an important tool. When it comes to semi-conflicting magical systems, I tend to think of them as different magical traditions. Just as different educational systems can often reach the same end point, so can different ways to cast magic. It doesn't always work, but it can leap some hurdles.

As for the gaping holes, yeah, that can get annoying. There might be a sequel later on that will fill in a few of those holes, but the story was written for readers of both sets of books in mind.
Review By [Prometeus] • Date [20 Sep 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from KevinSchultz
Review:
Hey - first of all, fun story. You've managed to capture the narrative voice of the Dresden Files fairly well. But I was thinknig about this as well, and though I'd share my conclusions:

In thinking about crossover issues, you'd probably have to do some serious wonking with the metaphysics of one universe or the other. From what I understand of Dresdenverse, the While Council prohibitions exist because of a direct, casual relationship between those actions and the direct corruption of your soul: that is, performing those activities will CAUSE you to become a crazy, magic wielding loon. We see direct evidence of this in Harry's life, as he admits that he went half a step down that road (killing with magic), and he can still feel its effects to this day.

In contrast, the (sort-of eqivalent) Unforgivibles in the Harryverse are such because only someone who is already a crazy magic-wielding loon would use them. That is, using a Curio or Ava Kadavra won't cause you to go insane: you have to be insane (or at least boarderline sociopatic, in terms of the mindset required) in order to cast them. The former causes insanity; the latter is evidence of it.

So, the fact that an entire wizarding society exists where telepathy works and you can kill people with magic and doesn't drive you murdurously insane would be evidence that the White Council rules are seriously wrong - but they're NOT wrong, at least, not in the Dresdenverse; we see further evidence of it when Harry starts being a Warden, and watching the downward spiral that warlocks inevitably get themselves into. We also have Molly's experience with mind control, and I was under the impression that the later books reference the temptation she still has with it.

Of course, the White Council prohibitions are probably a bit (non-sarcastically) extreme: people are capable of killing with magic without going crazy - The Council-approved Blackstaff being the example. So as a guess, I'm thinking that it's someting like 99% of folks can't handle it, so it's better just to make it completely illegal and deal with the remaining 1% on a per-case basis.

Now, from a story perspective, the Dresdenverse rules actually make sense: for example, the prohibition against telepathy means that it's possible for Jim Butcher to write hard-boiled PI stories, whose tropes would end up being short-circuited by mind-reading. Similarly, it gives him justification for having gunfights (another PI trope) where otherwise people would be throwing fireballs at each other.

So, with that in mind? If you wanted both magic styles to exist in the same world, you'd probably have to have Potterverse magic be something almost completely removed, and working on a completely different metaphysic, than the Dresdenverse; they're probably aware of each other, but the magic styles (and those who practice them) have effectively nothing to do with each other, except in the end-result. (ie, fireballs do end up being created, but the process that get to that point is as different as both are from modern technology.) Or maybe Potterverse magic exists in the "1%" case that I describe above, but branched off and became culturally isolated from other magical communities due to its general wierdness.
Comments from author:
Wow, big review!

First of all, I'm not totally sure the two magic systems are mutually exclusive. If you really look at the people who are using those spells in HP books, are they really sane? It's psychologically easier to obliviate someone if you're an old hand at it, I expect. When you consider how a lot of the people who cast "dark" magic in both, most of them are nuts. The only one we really see on a pathway into darkness is Draco, who as he gets deeper and deeper, is less and less sane. Book 6 is a good example of this.

But that must have happened to the others at some point prior to when they appeared in the books. I seriously doubt Bellatrix was born a crazy killer. I suspect it's something she had to learn. The more she learned, the more she is nasty about it, and the crazier she gets.

When it comes to Aurors, from what I can see they are trained to subdue, not kill, so they aren't, for the most part, infringing on Thou Shalt Not Kill With Magic. I suspect the more they kill, the more nuts they go as well.

I agree that they seem like excessive extremes. The HP verse is laughably lax about their control of magic (keeping most of that control only on paper and not in practice). HD verse is the opposite, with any infraction, however slight, resulting in happy decapitation time.

I agree on most other points, however, I do like the kind of idea that the HP verse is so paranoid that they hide themselves even from other spellcasters.

Anyways, thanks for reading and reviewing!
Review By [KevinSchultz] • Date [26 Aug 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from vitruvian
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"But just think how many of the Laws of Magic Voldy has broken? Harry might not be the strictest Warden, but that's just going too far."

Actually, between wholesale Obliviation of Muggles who notice them, teaching Legilimency, occasionally using Transfiguration on others, having Divination classes (although maybe they get a pass if they're all as ineffective as Trelawney), and the use of Time Turners, isn't the entire Wizarding World, especially Aurors, in almost constant violation of three or four of the Laws of Magic, and therefore just a bunch of warlocks in the White Council's eyes?
Comments from author:
Yup.

That's something I've thought of frequently, and the way I see it, it's only a matter of time before the word gets out. I would be interesting to be a fly on the wall when that happens.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [vitruvian] • Date [19 Aug 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from Marcel
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I don't really fancy Harry Potter stories, and I've seen too little of the Dresden files... but this was great :) I can see Harry being all confused but just going with the flow 'cause it's the least effort... I think I'm in love with this idea :P

Looking forward to whenever you get the time to continue this story.
Comments from author:
I really recommend the Dresden Files books. They are great.

One of the books starts off with this line: "The house was on fire and it wasn't my fault." How can that not be a great book?

I'm glad you like it. It was a fun little idea and I might do a followup sometime soon, especially considering the response.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [Marcel] • Date [27 Jul 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from (Recent Donor)Hawklan
Review:
lol... had a good laugh about that one...you should add a bit more to it *g*
Comments from author:
I plan to eventually, however, I've got a number of projects that need to be finished first.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Hawklan] • Date [26 Jul 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from GundumM
Review:
this could be fun.
Comments from author:
I thought so.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [GundumM] • Date [25 Jul 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from sakuralisel
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*smacks forehead* Hagrid! *lol* I can't believe the big guy. Even HE must have realized at one point that the 'Harry' he picked up WASN'T the one he was supposed to get, especially seeing how old Dresden was compared to the other one who's supposed to be a CHILD celebrating his ELEVENTH birthday that day who needed to be fetched to get his first year school supplies. *lol*

Plus, what the heck did the big guy do to Dresden, if he simply 'woke up' on the Hogwarts Express when the last thing Dresden remembers was being home when Hagrid rudely woke him up? What happened to the trip to Diagon Alley to get Harry's school supplies? *lol* Or was Hagrid really late in picking the other Harry up and simply snatched Dresden, knocked him out, and put him on the Hogwarts Express without bothering to stop and get the school supplies, including a wand?

I hope you continue this fic. I'd LOVE to see what happens next. ;D
Comments from author:
As Bob said, Harry just snored in a bar while Hagrid got all of Harry's supplies. He probably figured he already had a wand since Harry Dresden carries around a blasting rod. Harry was just REALLY tired. It happens when dealing with Red Court vamps.

And in Hagrid's defense: he is a half-giant, everybody looks small to him.

I might continue, but not for a while. I've got other projects to finish first.
Review By [sakuralisel] • Date [25 Jul 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from cwolf
Review:
With that offer (why it changed offer to author earlier I have no idea) of help, it definitely needs a chapter where he does exactly that. Finding the horcruxes for example.
Comments from author:
He will show up eventually. I just don't have the time to write a follow up in the near future.

But just think how many of the Laws of Magic Voldy has broken? Harry might not be the strictest Warden, but that's just going too far.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [cwolf] • Date [25 Jul 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from Chikageko
Review:
*snort* funny; why not continue it? could go somewhere from what i saw. Well the concept could at least.
Comments from author:
I know it could, which is why I gave it that particular ending. Someday when I have more time...

Thanks for reading!
Review By [Chikageko] • Date [25 Jul 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from ShayneT
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This was a lot of fun. It has the potential to be expanded into a full length story too...Dresden's cynicism contrasted with the somewhat more innocent world of Harry Potter (only somewhat). Might be fun to see a version of "A Connecticutt (Chicagoan) Yankee in King Arthur's (Dumbledore's) Court (School for runts)."
Comments from author:
That's actually a good title for a sequel.

It would be fun to expand, but unfortunately, I'm already heavy into other projects. When I get a few done, I might add and expand.


Thanks for reading!
Review By [ShayneT] • Date [25 Jul 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from kalibex
Review:
Nice! I'll keep an eye out for any follow-ups!
Comments from author:
Well, this was meant as a one shot, but I might follow it up with another one some time in the future.

Thanks for reading!
Review By [kalibex] • Date [24 Jul 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Wrong Harry" from Bobboky
Review:
awesome
Comments from author:
Thanks!
Review By [Bobboky] • Date [24 Jul 10] • Not Rated
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