Ten cent review, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
(HPMOR). I'm not normally one for "fan fiction" but this was a fun read. The setup is that young Harry Potter, rather than growing up in a broomcloset, instead was adopted by loving academic parents, and self-educated as a prodigy of science and philosophy; he also developed a deep love of science fiction. The rest of the cast is largely the same. Hermione is still outrageously talented. The Weasley twins are still pranksters. But change up Potter and you've now got a scientific mind trying to experimentally understand wizardry.
I don't want to spoil the HPMOR plot progression, so I'll just say that Potter manages to pull some very impressive and decidedly unlikely rabbits from his hat. Also, there are many page-long digressions where Potter is explaining to some character or other what intellectual fallacy they happen to be suffering, really just a thin veneer over the author lecturing the reader, albeit on an interesting topic. Regardless, the story is enjoyable and throws many an in-joke at the reader of the real Rowling books, never mind groan-inducing references to Lord of the Rings
, Star Wars
, and even Ender's Game
HPMOR recently wrapped up after being released serially. There's all sorts of Internet chat around it, of which I've read exactly nothing. It's free
, and you can download MOBI / ePub files for your Kindle or equivalent. http://HPMOR.com