I haven’t finished reading this yet, but I’ve gotten several chapters in and wanted to jot down a few notes.
This is a pretty entertaining fanfic, if you don’t mind the typical Harry Potter characterization being burned in a fire and then stamped out by a jaded, dirty-mouthed, fairly arrogant depiction. It’s all justified though, which is why I don’t have a negative reaction to it. Sure, I could use with less cursing all around. I tend to believe that the more educated and wise you become, the less vulgarity really seems all that worth it. So for a character as experienced as this Harry Potter is, I find it odd he is so rude. But some of it is supported by the setting.
This story tells of a Harry Potter dozens of iterations through a Groundhog’s Day loop that is several decades long. Apparently in the ‘natural’ timeline, Voldemort was not defeated in book 7 and instead goes on to raze the planet. Harry Potter, one of the last survivors, discovers the ruins of Atlantis and uses magic to go back and ‘set things right.’ This results in him sling shotting back to the beginning of Book 6 over and over and over again every time he dies until he gets it right – whatever that means.
As a result, Harry is very fatigued, partly insane, and has gotten the early years of his life down to a science, right down to the minutes and seconds when important things happen. This would be a drag, ordinarily, giving a character enough meta-knowledge to be a god, and yet, at the start of the story, something ‘new’ happens which throws his plans out the window. He’s being attacked by time vermin and now has to watch his back and alter his plans to accommodate for the unexpected, something he hasn’t had to deal with in centuries.
It’s fun stuff, at least so far. Harry is way out of character, but it’s explained, so I don’t mind. He does, however, sling of at such a wild vector that he barely even mentions the cannon universe let alone hit any of the major events in books 6 or 7. This is almost a wholly original story, actually, featuring part of the setting of Harry Potter but mostly spinning whole new places out of whole cloth. But the writing is breezy, and the action fluid enough that it’s fun, distracting entertainment.
I’ve seen that the story has some good reviews so I’m hoping that the story will live up to them. It’s already complete (so I don’t have to worry about an abrupt ending) and a nicely long size so it should fulfill my need for epic tales.