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Harry Potter : Potter Verse REDUX

Post by StabbyKobold » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:54 pm

There’s a certain thematic subgenre in fanfiction that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while now. It’s a particular concept that crops up across popular series, either as crossover fanfics or as fanfics derived from other writers being inspired by said crossovers. In this case, it’s the former, meaning we’ll get a closer look at the source of my particular gripe with this fanfic genre.

This is Harry Potter : Potter Verse REDUX by Kyrin Fireheart, a Harry Potter / The Gamer crossover. In case you’re not big on Korean manga, The Gamer is a story of your typical, generic, male high school protagonist, who one day realizes he has a super power. The power in question is to interact with the world as if he’s a videogame character – particularly one of a role playing game with stat-based character progression. You might already realize how rife for wish fulfillment this would make the manga, and any derived crossover of it, but if you don’t, you will soon enough. Enjoy.

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Chapter 1: A Wish Gone Awry

Kyrin's A/N : This story was originally written by Mateos a few years ago. I contacted him recently and we came to a decision that I would take over writing this story and he would collaborate with me regarding the plot and certain events.

Hot damn, I get to mock two authors for the price of one. It’s like pulling a tooth with two cavities.

As such I've gone back and edited all ten of his original chapters. With the exception of Chapter 6, which has some minor changes, and Chapter 10, which changes drastically from the original, most of the changes are cosmetic. Regardless I hope you enjoy the story and continue until my completely original chapter starting at Chapter 11. I will be leaving the original Author Notes as well but will put them in parentheses to show the difference.

I can appreciate that. It lets me know the source of the madness.

(AN

This story is inspired by the fics Harry Potter : Gaming Wizard Extraordinair by Dreetje, The Adventures Of Harry Potter, the Video Game Exploited by michelsuave, Harry Potter: The Roleplaying Game by Renrag, Harry Potter & The Game by Concept101.

A ripoff so nice they used it to death!

This is not a copy of those fics I repeat this is not a copy, but merely an inspired one.

Yet now it’s mostly a copy of itself due to the author takeover. How ironic.

Now the disclaimer: I don't own anything, not Harry Potter, The Gamer manga, Any and all Game references I may or may not have used.

I always liked those fics which say upfront about the romance or what not straight up, so for readers like me this is a Harry/Harem (And by Harem I mean a really big one).

It’s called shipping bait, and people tend to fall for it hook, line, and sinker. Using the harem label is like chumming the water for sharks. It’s clickbait which lures in frustrated readers ravenously trying to sate their appetite. And here I am, about to critique the quality of the bait, because something smells fishy about it, and it’s polluting the waters.

Harry's Harem also includes monster girls (I haven't got a way around those that are not exactly humanoid yet so they will appear later on).

You’re writing a Harry Potter fanfic, and the word ‘magic’ doesn’t immediately come to mind?

So if you don't like these factors sorry for wasting your time so far, everyone else please continue. Now in order for this to work, I have changed some things from canon - like Hogwarts starts at age 12 instead of 11. The rest I will tell you in later AN.

All suggestions, reviews, criticism, remarks are welcome. Let's get this thing going.)

Putting out a welcome mat for me, author? You shouldn’t have.

Chapter 1

Harry Potter was a very lonely child. At the mere age of five, he had to cook and serve for his family, if one could call the Dursley's that while being called a freak or boy.

Had this fanfic come out of Tumblr, the Dursleys would probably have been vilified by disrespecting his gender identity.

At age six he was made to do all the chores around the house. He tried to please his uncle and aunt by doing a good job, but recognition or compassion never came. He was starved and beaten if he did anything wrong or did his freakish things, though they never said what the thing was. Until going to school at age seven he thought his name was freak.

He then attempted to have it legally changed to avoid confusion.

Boy, that was one of the most humiliating days in his life and a painful one too. When his relatives heard of what happened he got beaten by his uncle with a belt for the first time and was starved for a week, which after going through so much he realized he will never be part of their family and he was unwanted and unloved. Suffice to say he learned his lesson and his self-preservation kicked in.

Yeah, I’m sure he learned his lesson and will never, ever learn his real name again.

At least he would be safe at school right? Guess again, his fat blob of a cousin Dudley and his gang bullied him, had quite the laugh at his expense and because of him Harry never made a friend. Anyone who talks to him was bullied by Dudley and his gang and everyone learned quickly - stay away from Harry Potter.

A lot of fanfic authors needs to learn the same.

Seeing the kids being picked up by parents after school had him wishing for someone, an old relative, a distant cousin anyone to rescue him from the Dursley's. He wished for it every day for an entire year and finally resigned himself of his foolish dreams. Why would he be with the Dursley's if he had anyone else?

Government clerical errors? Just a suggestion.

He never believed his relatives about what they said about his parents. That was the only thing going for him, to live his life through this hell to finally learn what happened to them.

He was eight years old when he stumbled upon Dudley and his friend Polkis playing a video game. An RPG from the snippets he was able to hear from his hiding spot. He watched as the hero in the game was awarded points, items, treasures as he saved the princess and slayed monsters by traveling through all sorts of places.

Places that would look like pixelated censorship filters, because that was eighties videogames for you.

Harry quickly became enamored with it, as he continued watching he learned how to play it. He didn't become a genius or something at it just enough to know how to play it decently. Of course, it didn't matter as he will never be able to play. That night he went to bed dreaming of his life being a video game and he, its central character. He would travel through all sorts of places, dungeons, forests, castles and then save many beautiful princesses, slay monsters and so on.

He would also glitch through walls, get massive lag spikes, and struggle with the unintuitive controls.

He slept with a smile on his face and a wonderful dream he hadn't had in a long time.

The next morning he half expected to wake up with a game window in front of him. But as usual dreams are dreams, reality is harsh and Harry by now has learned to expect the worse. He went on with his life. The only good thing that happened was on Dudley's eight birthday they left him in the house alone as Mrs. Figg was not available. This gave him an opportunity to play his cousin's video game without any repercussion after doing his chores for the day of course.

They Dursleys weren’t being terrible people by locking him in a cupboard? Are they going soft all of a sudden?

Another year has passed, Harry has become a true survivor. He was able to sneak some food into his cupboard when they tried to starve him, he was still skinny and underfed, but he managed. Wearing his cousin's old cast-offs which were one too many sizes bigger didn't help matters either.

He couldn’t eat them, you see.

Today was the day Harry was looking forward to. He was visiting the London Museum as a part of a school excursion. His first time visiting any place other than school or his hometown.

Harry walked with wide eyes and a huge grin on his face as he marveled at the different art pieces, fossils, artifacts of old and much more. He soaked in everything. Luckily his cousin and gang were nowhere to be seen and as such, it was becoming the best day of nine years of life. Walking around the museum along with his designated group something caught his eyes.

Ain’t that what all museum display pieces are meant to do?

It was a stone tablet with an ancient script written on it in some unknown language. What caught his attention was that unlike the rest of the exhibitions it was not encased in glass nor was it particularly guarded either.

In fact, it was lying on the floor, and would be removed as soon as the cleaners came through.

Curious Harry went near it to examine it. As soon as he touched the stone he felt something, some ancient power sleeping, waiting. Harry became more excited because of this and started examining it more closely, running his hands through the carved script.

Just so you know, Harry, radiation poisoning gives you about a few weeks to live, tops.

While doing it he started thinking about his life so far, all the bad and little to no good that happened in his life, he subconsciously thought whether this power he was feeling from the stone could grant him his wish of his life being a video game and he its central character and hero.

Because wishing to live with a nice family was the less believable of the two.

Suddenly he was hit on his back by something, he quickly turned around to see his cousin and gang coming towards him.

Harry panicked, now, because of the good time he was having so far he completely forgot about his bad lot in his life and so the always composed Harry was startled and his accidental magic kicked in.

The hitherto unmentioned phenomena that has been the cause of Harry’s abuse by the Dursleys, which has first now become a thing? I know this is a Harry Potter fanfic, but establishment is kind of important.

But instead of something weird happening to those around him as usual, this time his accidental magic triggered the ancient stone. The combination of his accidental magic, the magic in the stone and the power of the five ley lines beneath the London Museum triggered a world-changing super magic -The wish made by Harry was granted through these magical sources.

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Case in fucking point! I suppose the author felt that accidental magic and a rock with chicken scratch was a weak excuse for creating a miracle. So he threw in Ley lines conveniently converging underneath London Museum for credibility at the last minute, never to be mentioned again. Never mind that Ley lines is an explanation that needs an explanation by itself, but you might as well have said that the planets were aligning and the moon was full – an asspull is an asspull, dude.

There was a blinding light all around Harry. He opened his eyes and stared at the blue screen in front of him incredulously.

A quest has been created.

Quest Alert!

Harry Hunting: Escape bullying

Escape Dudley and his gang before they beat you up

Rewards,

20xp

Failure,

Gets beaten up and humiliated by Dudley and Gang

YES – NO

Welcome to every The Gamer inspired fanfic, where floating screens will appear in front of the protagonist’s face to display real world circumstances arbitrarily converted into videogame concepts. Random incidents are now quests with rewards, physical ability is now measured with stats in only numerical nuance, and anything the protagonist does now serves to make him stronger by levelling up through Exp grinding. As an avid player of videogames, I don’t particularly dislike this idea as a storytelling device. As someone who majored in game design, I think this is the most unsupportable, batshit crazy, bullshit wish fulfillment trope put into writing.

'What the hell?' Harry screamed in his mind. But instead of freaking out, with the help of his Gamer's Mind unknowingly, he quickly pushed yes and started running towards his group that has long since moved on while he was examining the stone.

And for those of you who didn’t bother reading twenty chapters of the manga in preparation for this, Gamer’s Mind is a skill that allows The Gamer to keep a level headed composure in any situation. Because we’re meant to interpret a game character’s stoic decision making as a disciplined mind, rather than the soulless apathy of a player avatar.

Harry expertly weaved through the masses and reached his group. His years of practice in escaping his cousin helped him. He moved further into the group of students to avoid any altercation.

Suddenly a new screen appeared, Harry read through it as no one was noticing him.

Quest Complete!

Harry Hunting

Rewards,

20xp

Harry tried to touch the screen but his hand went through it and the screen closed. Trying not to seem too shocked and surprised Harry kept quiet and moved along with his group. While his face was a picture of calm his mind was in a whirlwind of emotions. Surprise, shock, confusion, anger and finally determination. Harry always know something was different about him, what happened just before the blinding light that only he noticed was just another example of it.

He always knew, he just never thought about it until now. Makes total sense.

He started mentally going through what happened. 'I was examining the stone and was thinking about my life so far. No that's not it. What happened just before the light? I was hit by Dudley, no before that...' An epiphany hit him 'shit I was wishing my life was a video game. Is that what happened? My wish has been granted?' Harry thought incredulously 'Well only one way to find out'.

Eating mushrooms and jumping down pipes it is, then!

Harry quietly whispered "status" so as to not attract any attention. He didn't need to as everyone was occupied by what was around them. And sure enough, a screen appeared in front of him.

Name : Harry James Potter

Race : ?

Title : Elementary Student

Level : 1

Exp : 20/100

HP : 50/50

MP : 20/20

STR : 2

VIT : 2

DEX : 3

INT : 5

WIS : 2

LUC : 3

Status Points : 0

Status : ?

Unless this denotes his current confusion, it must be showing mine.

Money : 0 £/0ᶃ 0ᶊ 0ᶄ

Harry Potter is the son of Lily Potter nee Evans and James Charlus Potter. His family history and past are unknown to him as his parents died when he was just a baby. Harry Potter is a ? and he wants to learn about his past and his parents.

'So it's true, my life is now a video game' Harry thought 'I am currently level 1. There is an Exp bar so I can level up by gaining Exp, probably through quests like the one I had now. Wait if my life is now a video game does that mean everyone else is an NPC ?'

I sincerely hope Harry doesn’t adopt this way of thinking, because solipsistic and sociopathic thinking like that could create serial killers. If everyone is suddenly nothing but talking bags of Exp on legs, someone thinking they’re the main character of the entire universe could just decide the karma system is overrated.

He quickly looked around

Steve Wilson - Teacher - Lvl 18

Rick Thompson - Guide - Lvl 17

Mary Thomas - Elementary Student - Lvl 1

Matt Murdock - Elementary Student - Lvl 4

Sue Storm - Elementary Student - Lvl 3

Sam Winkle - Elementary Student - Lvl 1

'Ha, it sure does look like it. Now let's see if the game mechanics are the same as the one I played in Dudley's game station'

Harry tapped the STR stat and a new window popped up.

STR : Strength affects how much damage you can inflict physically and using weapons. It also determines the damage reduced from parrying attacks.

Game tooltips in 1988? Sure, whatever you say, author.

'Sweet' Harry thought 'So the higher the status the stronger I get, just like in the game'. He then looked at each, one by one.

VIT : Vitality impacts your total HP and endurance. The more vitality the more damage you can take and the longer you can fight.

DEX : Dexterity allows you to dodge attacks and also increases the accuracy of your attacks. It also determines the HP recovery rate.

INT : Intelligence impacts your total MP. This also impacts on your ability to learn and memorize and the amount of magical damage you cause.

WIS : Wisdom affects how smart you are and how well you can use what you know. It also determines the MP recovery rate.

LUC : Luck affects the ability to be lucky in life. It also determines the amount and quality of loot you obtain.

Right, another ability The Gamer has; obtaining loot from fallen enemies. This doesn’t imply that the enemy’s pockets will simply turn inside out on death, but rather that items will spawn ‘ex nihilo’ – out of nothing. This includes money, generic recovery items, and skill books that’ll teach new abilities, regardless if such a thing ever existed beforehand. It’s nonsensical as fuck.

Status : Throughout your life, you can acquire and unveil any number of status effect both temporary (ex: poisoned, sleepy, etc.) and permanent ones. Some permanent effects can only be gained through genetics or magical gifts while others are obtained through specific actions.

Title : You can obtain any number of titles but can actively use up to two titles at a time. Some titles gives you beneficial boons or status effects.

If you’re not quite catching on yet, the entire premise of The Gamer centered fanfics is to exploit every kind of videogame terminology available for power endowment, while ignoring those that would restrict them. Class restrictions on abilities and equipment? No such thing. Level cap? I fucking wish. Perma-death? Half the fanfics out there starts with the protagonist dying, only to have them wake up to a game over screen with high scores and a goddamn retry prompt. Some fanfics of this type are even shameless enough to inject cheat codes for the protagonist to use. It’s nothing but a wish fulfillment buffet crammed through an RPG filter, and the only causal explanations that are ever offered for these powers are either a clueless shrug or an appeal to God – and the manga does both!

Harry sighed at all the information. While he hadn't really played Dudley's game all that long, he had a firm grasp of the basics of it and that was enough to figure it out most of the mechanics. Some need further observation and testing, he would cross that bridge when he gets there.

As he walked along with his group he closed the status menu for now and started checking for other menus. He uttered the word 'skills' and sure enough, another blue screen popped up.

I hope he doesn’t pull up either an options or a save menu next.

Skills : The easiest way to obtain skills is through performing an action, you can also acquire it through skill books or by learning from a teacher or a master of that skill. You can learn an infinite number of skills. Skills vary in its complexity, but each one has to be leveled up separately, whether they be simple or hard, by using them often or through skill disk. Some skill will evolve into new/different skills as they are mastered.

In other words, he’ll be able to do all the cool shit he wants to just by trying. He might run into skill book stat requirements, but that would only be a temporary problem. This power is in serious need of beta testing.

Gamer's Mind - Passive - Max - Allows the user to calmly and logically think things through.

Gamer's Body - Passive - Max - Grants the user the body of a game character. After sleeping in a bed the user gets all HP, MP and all status effects restored.

And then comes the question, what counts as a bed? Could he just use the floor? Does he need to own the bed, or can he sleep in someone else’s for the same effect? I might be nit picking, but the mechanics of actual game rules would not allow for this kind of vagueness.

Cooking - Active - Lvl 5 - Gives the ability to cook food. The higher the level the more nourishing the cooked food and lower the wastage of raw ingredients will be.

Gardening - Active - Lvl 3 - Gives the ability to grow and maintain beautiful gardens. Higher the level, higher the ability to grow garden, use fertilizers effectively etc.

'Awesome, so Gamer's Mind is what's keeping me from being freaked out by all this' Harry realized and suddenly a new window popped up.

For arriving at a logical conclusion through facts observed you have gained +1 WIS.

'Really I can increase stats like that?'

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Whoa, whoa, whoa! A stat increase for the minor act of applying logic? Are you fucking kidding me?

Harry looked at the screen and there it was. He closed it. 'Let's check it out' and said 'Status' in his mind as he felt silly saying it aloud and thought that it didn't matter if you say it aloud or in the mind. Sure enough, the Status window appeared, but another window appeared before it.

For arriving at a logical conclusion through facts observed you have gained +1 WIS.

What’s next, plus one to strength for flexing?! Author, I know you’re doing this because it happened to the main character in The Gamer. But what happened there was that he got a +1 INT increase after a lengthy homework session. He was actually learning stuff. Here, Harry isn’t getting wiser from reaching conclusions, he’s applying the wisdom he already has. If the standards for self-improvement effort are this low, what couldn’t Harry do to get stronger? Hit the bullseye on a dart board? +1 DEX. Win a game of bingo? +1 LUC. Look up a random fact of the day? +1 INT every twenty four fucking hours. This shit was already broken to begin with, but you’ve actually gone and one-upped the manga, author!

'Double awesome' Harry quickly closed it and looked at his status to see whether his WIS has increased by 2 or not.

Name : Harry James Potter

Race : ?

Title : Elementary Student

Level : 1

Exp : 20/100

HP : 50/50

MP : 20/20

STR : 2

VIT : 2

DEX : 3

INT : 5

WIS : 4

LUC : 3

Status Points : 0

Status : ?

Money : 0 £/ 0ᶃ 0ᶊ 0ᶄ

Harry Potter is the son of Lily Potter nee Evans and James Charlus Potter. His family history and past are unknown to him as his parents died when he was just a baby. Harry Potter is a ? and he wants to learn about his past and his parents.

This repeated listing of stats is going to be tiring, but it happens in every The Gamer fanfic. Truth be told, it doesn’t appear to be as bad in this story as in so many others, and it’s one of the reasons I chose to mock this fanfic in particular. Every other story I find basically drowns in needless and irrelevant recital of user interfaces without much story to balance it out. You can’t really make ability scores funny the fifth time they are listed in the same chapter; I’ve tried.

Harry grinned looking at his status, his WIS has indeed increased by 2. His status was low but he didn't care one bit as he wanted to gain power by himself. Closing the status window again he thought 'So I have cooking and gardening as active skills. No surprise there. Now let's see if it has one more good thing and it may be the best thing considering the entire game scenario' with that Harry thought 'Inventory'. And to his delight, another screen opened.

Inventory : The pocket space with infinite capacity, but a limit of 100 per different item.

But what counts as a single item? Could you only carry one hundred grains of rice at once, or could you put them in a bag and have it count as one item? What if you used rice as currency, because coins don’t seem to have the same rules apply to them? The problem with these faux restrictions is that they’re contingent on vague definitions. An item in a videogame is an instance of a data-object for that item, thereby multiple ones can count as being the same. But the real world doesn’t operate by instance templates. If I had a collection of a hundred and one identically manufactured baseball bats, they could all be considered the same. But the moment I take a black marker and sign my name on one, I’ll overcome the inventory restriction. What I’m trying to say, author, is that poorly defined limitations are the same as none, so why even have them?

You can store all and any of your equipment in here - books, weapons, food, clothes, items etc. To put items into the inventory simply open it and drag the item into the inventory box. To pull things out of inventory just open inventory box and pull the item out. The inventory is a stasis pocket space, meaning anything put inside will be preserved as long as it stays there.

It already defies the laws of space, so why not time as well?

'Yes, this is super cool' Harry's grin grew wider as he thought 'Now I have a safe storage that no one but me can access'

And so he began to put his measly items that he considered priceless to him into the inventory and watched as it was stored away. Feeling more safe and secure Harry decided to thoroughly go through his gamer ability. Before doing it Harry watched his fellow classmates and teacher to see if they have found himself staring into space or something. As he continued to watch he saw Sue Storm about to trip.

On what? Did the museum have more unattended wishing rocks lying around or something?

He quickly grabbed her and prevented her falling. After she got steady he let go, Sue turned to him and was pensive for a moment "Thank you, for helping me" Harry smiled and replied, "No problem" with a nod she turned around to listen to the guide while Harry was staring at the new window that appeared.

Skill Created!

Socializing Lvl 1 (5%)

This is your ability to become Emo or Hero

I think you need to increase your own socializing skill, if this is how you define it, author.

2% chance of people interacting with you

˃ -2% due to poor clothing

Harry closed the window and realized that there are negative effects like in game as well. He gazed back at Sue storm and realized why she was pensive and didn't even smile at him. He really needed to change that, actually, he has a lot to do. Just then another window appeared.

Skill Created!

Observe Lvl 1 (10%)

By observing a target one gets information about said target

Max HP, MP and low info

Info-vision™, for when mind reading is too intrusive, but basic observation is not enough for you.

Harry put his new skill to use quickly. Looking at Sue he said 'Observe'

Sue Storm - Elementary Student - Lvl 3

HP : 135/135

MP : N/A

Mrs. Storm is in your class. She likes to study a lot.

'So even if I don't know anything about her this skill gave me some info on her. That means if I level this skill up I can gather more information about a person' with that thought in mind Harry started observing on all and every person as well as the exhibition items around him. By the time the tour came to an end he had leveled up the skill by 3.

At least he’s at a museum, where you basically pay to eye-fuck a bunch of things for a couple of hours.

[Observe]'s Level has risen

Observe Lvl 4 (14%)

By observing a target one gets information about said target

Max HP, MP and basic info

Harry decided to see what his observe skill can do now by using 'Observe' on Sue again

Sue Storm - Elementary Student - Lvl 3

HP : 135/135

MP : N/A

Mrs. Storm is in your class. She likes to study a lot. She loves science and mathematics and wants to become a scientist.

She’s also married, if you didn’t catch it the first time around. You might want to look up different kinds of honorifics, author.

'Ok let's put all that I learned together. I am now the main character of a game which is my life. The game mechanics are similar to the games I watched Dudley play and the one I played, but not all are the same. There are positive and negative effects to everything around you and what you do.'

For arriving at a logical conclusion through facts observed you have gained +1 WIS.

He’s not reaching conclusions, he’s restating observations and facts. Conclusions are drawn from those. He may as well have said that water is wet, and it would still have awarded him a stat increase. My WIS stat would be through the roof from saying how dumb all of this is!

Harry closed the window and started making a mental list of what to do as he heads back to his relatives along with the other students.

He had invited them all over for a slumber party.

This has been the best day of his life and because of today, every other day from now on will be as well. Looking at the sunset through the window of the bus he smiled to himself 'A day ends as a new life begins'

Philosophical introspection from a nine-year-old. Sure.

he quickly embraced the sweet calmness of sleep as the excitement and exhaustion of the day finally caught up to him.

Kyrin's A/N : So feel free to leave your reviews of the story, but remember that I said I only edited this part. If you don't like what we've done with this story feel free to not read it.

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Based on just this chapter, I would frankly have passed this story up for something more terrible to mock. Aside from the occasional slip up the writing isn’t overly flawed, and nothing majorly offensive has happened in the story yet. However, a later chapter of this story was caught by my search queries because it involves a sex scene, and as far as I know, at no point does this story progress past Harry’s first year at Hogwarts. Until that, this will probably be a more lighthearted mock, but you never know. The wish fulfillment has only just begun, after all.

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Re: Harry Potter : Potter Verse REDUX

Post by GorillaGamer » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:20 am

If the standards for self-improvement effort are this low, what couldn’t Harry do to get stronger? Hit the bullseye on a dart board? +1 DEX. Win a game of bingo? +1 LUC. Look up a random fact of the day? +1 INT every twenty four fucking hours.
I'm reminded of Fallout New Vegas upon reading this part, given that you have several opportunities to raise your SPECIAL stats. It worked there, since there wasn't an infinite supply of points to accumulate, forcing the player to think carefully about their stat distribution so far, whereas I doubt we'll see such limitations here.

Mock's looking good so far; it's always nice to tackle something lighthearted every now and then.
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Re: Harry Potter : Potter Verse REDUX

Post by StabbyKobold » Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:19 pm

I can see how you'd draw the comparison to Fallout: NV, the stat system in that game was pretty decent. It could however be exploited quite heavily, and at higher levels you'd be nigh unstoppable. DLC added level cap unlocks and mods didn't exactly balance that in the right direction either. But damn it was fun. Unfortunately, exploitative game mechanics does not make for riveting storytelling, as we're about to see here.

If character build planning and inventory management sounds like a good time, then you might just get something out of this chapter. I’m not saying that thing is going to be entertainment, but you’ll at least nod your head in acknowledgement of the existence of these concepts. Enjoy.

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Chapter 2: Getting Into the Groove

Kyrin's A/N : As I said before this is originally a story by Matteos. This chapter has just been edited and no major changes have been done.

Why bother with applying the rigors of a beta reading anyway?

(AN

DarkseidAlex asked me about the limit of Harry's harem. There is no limit, period. Harry can pair with whoever, how many it may be, as he wants and he will do just that.

If you’re going to objectify women, couldn’t you at least follow the inventory item limit rules?

This is a game world with Harry as hero/MC, so no morality codes about polygamy or something else. If Harry want to do it he will get as many girls as his skill allows.

Now you’re confusing game mechanics with game world, author. The mere fact that Harry is able to amass a harem should not dictate that the world around him should find it acceptable. The game world responding to player choice is the entire point of moral gameplay. Relieving Harry of any and all moral obligations simply because of his powers is psychotic!

Any one wants a particular girl to be in his Harrem PM me or say it in review, I will be sure to add it. It won't be sudden since it is a gradual process.

There will be a poll on who Harry's first Hogwarts female Harem member will be soon.

I will post a new chapter during Saturdays and Sundays. I will try to put at least 1 to 2 chapters a week.

All suggestions, remarks, criticism and reviews are welcome.)

Chapter 2

You have slept in your bed. HP & MP restored to 100%. All negative status effects and ailments have been cured.

In the dreary dark cupboard, Harry grinned widely seeing the blue screen. 'Yes, all that happened yesterday is true and not just a dream.'

“I don’t know how or why it happened, but who would care about such things anyway?”

Closing the screen he opened his status menu.

Name : Harry James Potter

Race : ?

Title : Elementary Student

Level : 1

Exp : 20/100

HP : 50/50

MP : 20/20

STR : 2

VIT : 2

DEX : 3

INT : 5

WIS : 5

LUC : 3

The brat has become a walking case of wish fulfillment, and you’re telling me that’s all the LUC it took?

Status Points : 0

Status : ?

Money : 0 £/ 0ᶃ 0ᶊ 0ᶄ

Harry Potter is the son of Lily Potter nee Evans and James Charlus Potter. His family history and past are unknown to him as his parents died when he was just a baby. Harry Potter is a ? and he wants to learn about his past and his parents.

By reaching 5 points in WIS you have gained a new skill!

Skill Created!

MP regeneration Lvl 10

Passive Skill. The ability to regenerate MP.

5% of total MP/min

It’s a new skill, but it’s already at tenth level? I’m going to assume it’s a typo for now, but I’ll be watching you closely, author.

His WIS has increased by 3 and his Observe skill has leveled up to 4 now. All around Harry was happy and ready for a new day. He read his status menu thoroughly and was confused by the ? in his race and description. When he tapped on race it just said 'unknown'. 'Hm, I need to find out who I am. This could be why my uncle and aunt calls me a freak'

Or it could be a character creation choice that has yet to be filled out. I’ve seen this shit happen in other stories, I’m not kidding.

A blue screen popped up.

A quest has been created.

Quest Alert!

Find your roots: Who are you?

Find who you are, your past and your abilities

Rewards,

450xp

A new title

Failure,

Become a nobody for the rest of your life

YES - NO

Here’s something I don’t like about The Gamer’s quest system. The failure section. It provides info for the detrimental outcome should the player fail to fulfill the quest. But this quest, and others like it, cannot fail, because at no point would Harry become incapable of fulfilling it. There’s no time limit, no external force to provide obstacles, nothing. I’ve never even seen any game that shows you the punishment for failing a quest rather than simply the failure parameters. I get that if Harry doesn’t accept the quest, he won’t learn about his awesome powers; but that doesn’t prevent him from changing his mind – so why even make the quest a choice?

He pressed yes intent on finding out exactly that. There was a loud knock on the door and his aunt yelling at him to wake up and start making breakfast.

A quest has been created.

Quest Alert!

Feeding your relatives: make breakfast

Make breakfast for your abusive relatives

Rewards,

150xp

Failure,

Beating from your uncle and starvation

YES - NO

Here’s what I’m trying to get across. In order for a player to fail a quest, they first have to accept it. That’s how it works. They can’t fail things they don’t attempt to do. And yet if Harry doesn’t choose to accept this new quest, it’s still beatings and starvation from him, because the Dursleys aren’t asking; they’re demanding. What I mean is, there is a difference between someone’s reaction to you refusing to do them a favor, and then their reaction to you accepting the favor and doing poorly at it – and neither The Gamer or its fanfics bothers to distinguish the two.

He sighed and pressed yes making his way to the kitchen to make breakfast. Becoming a hero will have to wait until he was away from his relatives. He started going through the motion of cooking when suddenly an idea occurred.

“Poison! Why didn’t I think of it sooner?”

While he made breakfast he started storing some of them in his inventory. He procured a bottle from kitchen filled it with orange juice and put it away as well.

Sometime later, he put the food on the table just as his relatives came. They started gorging themselves on the food without a second glance towards Harry. Harry used this time to eat what was left for him, while casually casting Observe on his relatives.

Looking at people funny, but casual-like.

Vernon Dursley - Director at Grunnings - Lvl 16

HP : 800/800

MP : N/A

Vernon loves his family especially his son little Dudders and loathes his nephew. He wants to be rich and normal.

He also wants to have his cake and eat it too.

Petunia Dursley - Housewife - Lvl 13

HP : 680/680

MP : 20/20

Petunia Dursley nee Evans is Harry Potter's only leaving blood relative. She hates her sister with a passion as she thinks Lily was abnormal. This hatred is extended to her nephew as well.

Boy, this observe skill is really good at psychoanalysis.

Dudley Dursley - Elementary Student - Lvl 3

HP : 150/150

MP : N/A

Dudley is a spoiled bully. He wants everything to be given to him and expects everyone to do just that. He thinks Harry as his personal punching bag.

While he contemplated what he read through observation a new screen appeared

Quest Complete!

Feeding your relatives

Rewards,

150xp

You have leveled up by one!

Harry closed all windows and opened his status menu.

Name : Harry James Potter

Race : ?

Title : Elementary Student

Level : 2

Exp : 70/200

HP : 100/100

MP : 40/40

STR : 2

VIT : 2

DEX : 3

INT : 5

WIS : 5

LUC : 3

Status Points : 5

Time for every stat-based RPG’s casual dismissal of cause and effect; deciding character growth in post. Did you just grind a level by doing nothing but backbreaking labor? Put the earned stat points towards intelligence! It doesn’t need to make sense!

Status : ?

Money : 0 £/ 0ᶃ 0ᶊ 0ᶄ

Harry Potter is the son of Lily Potter nee Evans and James Charlus Potter. His family history and past are unknown to him as his parents died when he was just a baby. Harry Potter is a ? and he wants to learn about his past and his parents.

'So every level gives me an additional 50 HP and 20 MP and 5 status point. I have to get my hands on that game guide Dudley used, it will tell me how to play better' Harry thought.

Exactly how will instruction manuals of the “Press B button to jump” era help you in real life?

'Oh what now?' he said tersely as another window came up

A quest has been created.

Quest Alert!

Play the Game: use a game guide

Find Dudley's game guide and learn more about how to play

Rewards,

150xp

Failure,

You will never reach your potential

YES - NO

Not every quest needs an all-or-nothing incentive, author. This is a game manual we’re talking about, not an ancient tome of wisdom that could be lost forever.

Harry pressed yes and moved on to getting ready for school. Harry started grinding his Observe skill at school. With the help of Gamer's Mind, he was able to listen in class without losing focus. This helped him a lot. Harry was no slouch, after getting a beating for doing better than Dudley in exams he underperformed in tests while learning as much as he could.

The point of a test is to apply what you’ve learned, not learn new things during it.

Adding his gamer ability increased his learning capability a bit more, small though the increase was. That's how by the end of a day's worth of class he got two new notifications.

By listening to the Teacher teaching in class you have gained +1 INT!

“You didn’t understand a single word, but it made you smarter anyway.”

[Observe]'s Level has risen!

Observe Lvl 5 (72%)

By observing a target one gets information about said target

Max HP, MP, status and basic info

That's not all Harry discovered. His usual sanctuary of the Library turned out to be a treasure trove. Every book he read increased his new skills as well as helped him gain some INT points.

Useless trivia, fiction, misprints, outdated or inconclusive research, be they thirty chapters or a single page pamphlet; all of it counts, I’m sure.

Skill Created!

Languages :

The higher the language skill is in any particular language, the easier it is to communicate in that language. Your language score also affects other skills like Socializing when you attempt to work with that language. You can improve this skill by speaking in that language or by reading works written in it.

English Lvl 75 (5%)

You have good English reading skills, can talk it and walk it

75% chance of learning more through reading.

French Lvl 42 (37%)

You have good French reading skills, can talk it and walk it

42% chance of learning more through reading.

I think you grossly overestimate this level thing, author. Almost as much as you overestimate the bilingual skills of a preteen, British boy who lives out of a cupboard.

By reading a book about another language you have gained +1 INT!

He learned French by reading a book for beginners. After that, he read a French to English Dictionary. It was also the first game exploit he did ever since he got his powers. The thing about learning a language is the one you talk to doesn't necessarily need to know it or even be human. As such Harry increased French by 32 levels just by saying "Bonjour" to an alley cat.

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And this perfectly illustrates why I hate The Gamer’s power. The exploiting. Because people going to this series for wish fulfillment don’t want the experience of their protagonist living life as if it was a videogame; they want them living life as if it was a poorly made videogame. Here’s the thing; the real world could be interpreted as a videogame. Stats could be clear indicators of physical abilities, skills could very well describe honed crafts, and even experience points and leveling could be indicators of growing competence. But the series’ fans wants it to be a two-way-street. They want to play the system. Instead of raising their stats through dedicated effort and self-improvement, they want to accumulate points to distribute at their leisure. Instead of practicing a skill that requires memorization, precise movements, or intense concentration, they want to hit a button that says “Perform Skill” and get the same effect. They want to utilize lazy game design, or rather the failure of videogames to properly simulate reality, as loopholes for reality itself! And if the author thinks that repeatedly greeting a cat in French will make Harry a competent speaker of the language, what will he fucking think of next?!

He continued reading and grinding as much as he can.

Using logical thinking to find an exploit in the game you have gained +1 INT!

Harry did something, stat increase! Fuck off, author! You’re cheapening the very thing that Harry should be struggling to get.

Skill Created!

Science :

The higher the science skill is in any particular science, the easier it is to understand that science. Your science score also affects how well you can apply science to your daily life. You can improve this skill by learning from a teacher or by reading works written about it.

Physics Lvl 16 (61%)

You have good grasp of physics and its basic applications of it in life

16% chance of using what you know in daily life.

If it’s anything like with the cat, then a bouncy ball and a wall will boost the crap out of this skill.

Chemistry Lvl 14 (32%)

You have good grasp of chemistry and its basic applications of it in life

14% chance of using what you know in daily life.

Biology Lvl 20 (93%)

You have good grasp of biology and its basic applications of it in life

20% chance of using what you know in daily life.

I’m not sure that, “mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell,” has as many day-to-day applications as you think it does.

By reading a book about another science you have gained +1 INT!

By reading a book about another science you have gained +1 INT!

By reading a book about another science you have gained +1 INT!

By reaching 10 points in INT you have gained +20 MP!

You will get +20 MP for every 10 points gained in INT

'Now that is cool. So if it's applicable for INT then it must also apply for VIT as well' Harry reasoned.

You haven’t been wrong about anything before, ever, so why start now?

Skill Created!

Mathematics :

The higher the math skill is the easier it is to understand the working of society and economy. Your math score also affects how well you can apply math to your daily life. You can improve this skill by learning from a teacher or by reading works written about it.

Basic Calculus Lvl 34 (72%)

You have good grasp of basic calculus and its basic applications of it in life

34% chance of using what you know in daily life.

How many levels can something have before it stops counting as basic?

Basic Geometry Lvl 37 (22%)

You have good grasp of basic geometry and its basic applications of it in life

37% chance of using what you know in daily life.

By reading a book about another math you have gained +1 INT!

By reading a book about another math you have gained +1 INT!

Raiding the library was not just a treasure trove of knowledge but a treasure trove in the literal sense.

Unless you’re trying to make a literature pun, this would imply piles of gold and jewelry, so I’m going to call bullshit.

While browsing the aisles in the library he used observe to quickly get the things he wanted. On one such round, he found a hidden cache in the lowest part of one aisle. Harry hastily opened it and put the whole thing into his inventory without looking in order to get it over with. He saw some pound notes among the items and was waiting when he was alone and safe to check out his loot.

He just stole someone’s illicitly stashed property. I guess it was only a matter of time before he’d start stealing everything not nailed to the floor, in typical RPG fashion.

Harry also learned that the higher your stat points are the harder it is to grind, but learning new things increases the status.

Walking back to the Dursley's gave him another surprise in the form of three new messages.

By walking continuously you have gained +1 STR!

By walking continuously you have gained +1 VIT!

By walking continuously you have gained +1 DEX!

I can feel my own stats dropping by reading this repetitive crap!

As night came Harry started mentally noting down what he learned about the world around him and his powers.

+ You can increase INT/WIS through acts of intellectual means

+ You can increase STR/VIT/DEX through acts of physical means

+ It will be harder to grind status points as it grows

Harry looked at his status menu to check his progress

What’s that, author? No stat increase for Harry thinking he’s clever? Did you finally put the lid back on the cookie jar?

Name : Harry James Potter

Race : ?

Title : Elementary Student

Level : 2

Exp : 70/200

HP : 100/100

MP : 60/60

STR : 3

VIT : 3

DEX : 4

INT : 13

WIS : 5

LUC : 3

Status Points : 5

Status : ?

Money : 143 £/ 0ᶃ 0ᶊ 0ᶄ

Harry Potter is the son of Lily Potter nee Evans and James Charlus Potter. His family history and past are unknown to him as his parents died when he was just a baby. Harry Potter is a ? and he wants to learn about his past and his parents.

He’s also a min-maxing little shit, who will go out of his way to acquire power through doing the most mundane of things.

Smiling he closed it and decided to call it a day.

You have slept in your bed. HP & MP restored to 100%. All negative status effects and ailments have been cured.

Harry woke up next morning to the yelling of his aunt to make breakfast as usual. He then realized no new quest came up. 'If quest are hard to come by then leveling up would be harder than I thought'. After going through the morning routine of feeding the Dursley's, getting ready he reached school with the hopes of gaining more stat points and skills.

Because making friends is somehow still impossible even when you have super powers.

Harry listened to class and came to the realization that he could perfectly understand what was being taught and in some cases how ahead he is in knowledge. Like the day before Harry started grinding in the library and eventually gained 3 more INT and 1 WIS along with increasing English to lvl 82 and French to lvl 53.

Today had the dreaded P.E. class and Harry wasn't looking forward to it. It wasn't because he disliked physical exertion, the reason was that he always got picked last for any game his fellow classmates choose to play.

Please, do go on about how Harry’s the grade school outcast, as if it wasn’t hammered in enough already. At least the other kids included him.

Lucky for Harry today they were made to run laps around the ground. After the exhausting P.E. class, he was aware of his poor physical capacity. His newfound power helped him in healing the years of malnutrition. The fact that STR, VIT, DEX all increased by 1 also was good news to him.

By reaching 5 points in DEX you have gained a new skill!

Skill Created!

HP regeneration Lvl 10

Passive Skill. The ability to regenerate HP.

5% of total HP/min

Again? A skill at level ten right from the get-go? I shouldn’t really have a reason to complain, since all of these numbers are arbitrary and will change based on the author’s whims. But you just don’t acquire an ability with prepackaged expertise in its use.

Harry has started storing fruits - mainly apples, oranges and bananas-, sandwiches, bottles of milk and juice into his inventory whenever he was in the cafeteria. Because of his inventory skill, no one suspected a thing.

Because I guess everyone is now NPCs that can’t figure out why things disappears whenever Harry walks into the room.

He used these to increase his physical capacity, slowly but surely, through eating a healthy and regular diet. By the end of the day, he was able to gain 1 more INT and WIS.

In the evening Harry reached Number 4 Privet Drive quicker than usual, several hours ahead of his fat cousin.

Exactly what does this imply? That their school is miles away, and that Dudley walks home? That classes and/or detention lasts well into the late hours of the day? That the author was too lazy to come up with a better excuse, such as Dudley hanging out with his friends? We may never know, but I’ll hazard a fucking guess.

Harry wanted to get that game guide from Dudley today. Dumping his bag inside his cupboard, Harry slowly and steadily reached Dudley's room. Entering it he searched in the dumpster that's called Dudley's room. After half an hour he found it, he was just about to give up too, under the TV stand in the room. He also found 25 pounds, some candies and another book about gaming.

But did he find a reason that Dudley wouldn’t notice those being gone, and thus not flog Harry as the first suspect of the theft.

Putting it all in his inventory he quickly got back to his cupboard just as quietly as he came.

When inside the cupboard Harry was greeted by a message.

Skill Created!

Sneaking Lvl 1 (18%)

The ability to sneak up on somebody or move around unnoticed

Sneaking, the ability to sneak. Don’t you just love descriptions that tell you nothing that wasn’t obvious already?

5% chance of not getting caught

5% chance of landing a critical strike

Grinning Harry closed it and picked out the game guide to learn more about gaming. After an hour, a new message appeared followed by another.

Through strategic reading, you have gained +1 WIS!

He read words in a sequential order, how strategic! But seriously, what did he read in that game manual, and how did it help him? Fucking tell us!

Quest Complete!

Play the Game

Rewards,

150xp

You have leveled up by 1

With a smile that threatened to split his face, Harry opened his status menu.

Name : Harry James Potter

Race : ?

Title : Elementary Student

Level : 3

Exp : 20/400

HP : 150/150

MP : 80/80

STR : 4

VIT : 4

DEX : 5

INT : 17

WIS : 8

LUC : 3

Status Points : 10

Status : ?

Money : 168 £/ 0ᶃ 0ᶊ 0ᶄ

Harry Potter is the son of Lily Potter nee Evans and James Charlus Potter. His family history and past are unknown to him as his parents died when he was just a baby. Harry Potter is a ? and he wants to learn about his past and his parents.

I know this is coming a bit late by now, but “Charlus”? What the hell is that about?

Harry thought back to what he just learned from the game guide. 'It is easier to grind levels at earlier levels and gets harder later on. So save status points until necessary or in case of an emergency like facing a Boss Battle or entering a Dungeon. Also, LUC can't be grinded, the only way to level it up is through status points. Alright then since there is no emergency I am going to save it for later'

By reaching a wise decision through logical thinking you have gained +2 WIS!

By continuing this idiotic farce of rewarding Harry for having the thoughts you put in his head, you’ve officially made it onto my shit-list, author!

As soon as that message appeared Harry had a shit eating grin on his face. "Yes, finally now I can use all those skill books I found in the school library" He exclaimed aloud.

By reaching 10 points in WIS you have gained an additional +5% to MP regeneration!

You will get +5% to MP regeneration for every 10 points gained in WIS

Brimming with excitement of what awaits tomorrow he started reading the second book he took from Dudley. It was the storyline of an RPG.

We call those “fantasy novels”, author.

The hero of the game grows up in a village unknowing of his past and heritage. One day the village is attacked by the evil king's army and only the hero survives. Vowing to defeat the evil king the Hero starts his journey to power. On the way he meets and allies with different powerful ladies - a priestess, a witch, a swordswoman and a noblewoman.

Gee, I wonder if this story will somehow resonate with the protagonist and possibly foreshadow future events. The suspense, the intrigue, the tired clichés of every harem anime in existence!

Travelling with them the hero conquers many monsters, saves villages and people, receives rewards for his good deeds and learns about himself. Near the end of the game, the hero comes to the knowledge that he was the son of the previous king, who was killed by the evil king, and the rightful heir to the throne. At the finish, the hero defeats the evil king and becomes king himself and rules the land with the ladies that accompanied him.

That certainly sounds like a storyline you’d market to children, right?

Finishing the story, Harry came to a conclusion. 'Every game has a hero and a villain. If that is so and I am the hero of this story then who is the villain? Does the villain have minions like in the story? Will I meet fair maidens like the hero in his story?' Harry went to sleep that day filled with thoughts of maidens, monsters and a red-eyed villain.

You have slept in your bed. HP & MP restored to 100%. All negative status effects and ailments have been cured.

Just because Harry will eventually be driven insane by reading this text, that doesn’t mean we have to do the same, author.

Harry went through his daily routine in a never before seen vigor, eager to get to school and use the various skill books he found during his grinding times, he barely registered the leveling up of his cooking skill.

Only with the help of Gamer's Mind was Harry able to remain calm and collected in class until he got to go to the library. His knowledge level was more than what was taught now, so no new status points were awarded to him.

Unless he decided to contemplate something, because then he’d just be drowning in stat increases.

As soon as he was capable, he reached the library and started collecting all the skill books there. Finally with all skill books in tow he reached a quiet corner and opened the first one.

Skill Created!

Sword Fighting Lvl 1 (18%)

The ability to handle and use a sword

Nah, this is how you fight swords, can’t you read?

5% additional damage when using a sword

2% chance of landing a critical strike

With a broad grin, Harry started going through all the skill books.

Skill Created!

Martial Arts Lvl 3 (47%)

The ability to use martial arts to defend and attack

15% additional damage using unarmed combat

5% chance of landing a critical strike

0% chance of seeing the point in this story format.

Skill Created!

Meditation Lvl 2 (96%)

The ability to meditate and find inner peace. Meditation helps in effective control of Mana, Mind and Spirit.

Skill Created!

Flirting Lvl 1 (25%)

The ability to make girls swoon

What kind of school library has pickup artist books?!

(Luc)% chance of the girl being enamored by you

[Sword Fighting]'s level has risen!

Sword Fighting Lvl 3 (63%)

The ability to handle and use a sword

15% additional damage when using a sword

6% chance of landing a critical strike when using a sword

[Cooking]'s level has risen!

Cooking Lvl 9 (23%)

Gives the ability to cook food. The higher the level the more nourishing the cooked food and lower the wastage of raw ingredients will be.

[Gardening]'s level has risen!

Gardening Lvl 7 (57%)

Gives the ability to grow and maintain beautiful gardens. Higher the level, higher the ability to grow a garden and use fertilizers effectively etc.

How many levels until he unlocks cannabis?

[Socializing]'s level has risen!

Socializing Lvl 4 (6%)

This is your ability to become Emo or Hero

8% chance of people interacting with you

˃ -2% due to poor clothing

You have gained +50 XP for using skill book for the first time!

After finishing all the skill books Harry returned to his normal grinding gaining +1 INT.

“See spot run” was conveniently within arm’s reach.

It seems luck does run out as a window opened up during recess.

A quest has been created.

Quest Alert!

Harry Hunting : Escape Bullying

Escape Dudley and his gang before they beat you up

Rewards,

60xp

A new skill

Because now he learns them straight out of the aether, I guess.

Failure,

Gets beaten up and humiliated by Dudley and Gang

YES - NO

Pressing yes Harry took off as fast as he could away from Dudley and gang. All too soon he ended up in the alley near the school without a way to escape. Harry could hear the shouting of his pursuers. Looking around he only saw the school roof as the only way to escape, but it was too high for his reach. As the shouting got nearer Harry's heart started pounding hard even though his mind was calm. Closing his eyes he wished he was up there on the school roof. CRACK. A loud cracking sound echoed and Harry's head started spinning. After a moment he cleared up and looked around to find himself on the school rooftop. His attention was drawn to the several windows that appeared one after the other.

Quest Complete!

Harry Hunting

Rewards,

60xp

New Skill : Apparition

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Harry did nothing more than focus a desire. Boom, desire manifested and he learned how to apparate in the process. He also proved the future is pre-determined, since his quest reward was a fucking prerequisite for completing it. Why don’t you just give Harry the power of wishing hard enough, author? That way you won’t have to waste time with all these skills you pad the story with.

Skill Created!

Apparition Lvl 1 (15%)

The ability to apparate from one location to another

(Luc)% chance of not being splinched/losing your body parts

Cost : 50 MP + 10 MP for every 4 miles

You have discovered your first magical talent, you gained +1 INT and +1 WIS!

At least we won’t have a stat increase for Harry realizing magic is real. I hope.

Harry sat down on the roof to steady his heart rate. Even though his adrenaline was high Harry's mind was working through the new information. 'Apparition is sort of like teleportation only this one is more dangerous if the losing your body part comment is anything to go by. Better to wait a bit more before going anywhere near this skill.' Then he looked at the last message. 'First magical talent? That's a new one. This probably means all the skills that uses a set amount of mana. Damn, I need to increase my MP a lot more if I want to be able to do more magical skills.

Maybe if you think about it some more, you’ll just magically get it. Merlin knows the author is only looking for an excuse.

Let's get out of here before others find out. Don't want my relatives to know more about my freakishness after all.' Harry didn't gain any more points or quest that day.

You have slept in your bed. HP & MP restored to 100%. All negative status effects and ailments have been cured.

The school year came to an end yesterday and today was the beginning of another summer. For Harry, this will be the first summer that he actually enjoys and the one he has been waiting for. The entire school year was used by Harry to grind as many skill points as he could.

Same for me, only it was my teeth.

During that time he only got one more Harry Hunting quest with a 20 XP reward again. He also found another 68 pounds hidden throughout the school. He was proud of all that he achieved. He gained +5 WIS, +4 INT, +12 STR, +14 VIT, +11 DEX and leveled up English to 92, French to 79, Socializing to 7, Cooking to 15 and gardening to 11. Harry reminisced all the new abilities he obtained during the course year.

No, really, you don’t need to, author. We just got the cliff notes version, we don’t need it in full. Please.

By reaching 10 points in VIT you have gained +50 HP!

You will get +50 HP for every 10 points gained in VIT

By reaching 10 points in DEX you have gained an additional +5% to HP regeneration!

You will get +5% to HP regeneration for every 10 points gained in DEX

By reaching another 10 points in INT you have gained +20 MP!

You will get +20 MP for every 10 points gained in INT

And I will get a migraine for each of them.

English Lvl 92 (2%)

You have good English reading skills, can talk it and walk it

92% chance of learning more through reading.

French Lvl 79 (11%)

You have good French reading skills, can talk it and walk it

79% chance of learning more through reading.

[Cooking]'s level has risen!

Cooking Lvl 15 (18%)

Couldn’t he have grinded this one more by, I don’t know, making toast by the loaf?

Gives the ability to cook food. The higher the level the more nourishing the cooked food and lower the wastage of raw ingredients will be.

[Gardening]'s level has risen!

Gardening Lvl 11 (87%)

Gives the ability to grow and maintain beautiful gardens. Higher the level, higher the ability to grow a garden, use fertilizers effectively, etc.

[Observe]'s Level has risen!

Observe Lvl 8 (83%)

By observing a target one gets information about said target

Max HP, MP, status and info

What they are wearing and what they look like might also be included in that.

[Sneaking]'s level has risen!

Sneaking Lvl 6(99%)

The ability to sneak up on somebody or move around unnoticed

25% chance of not getting caught

10% chance of landing a critical strike

[Meditation]'s level has risen!

Meditation Lvl 4 (76%)

The ability to meditate and find inner peace. Meditation helps in effective control of Mana, Mind and Spirit.

[Flirting]'s level has risen!

Flirting Lvl 2 (65%)

Ew! How would a nine-year-old acquire an entire level in flirting? It was the cat again, wasn’t it?

The ability to make girls swoon

(Luc)% chance of the girl being enamored by you

[Martial Arts]'s level has risen!

Martial Arts Lvl 4 (85%)

The ability to use martial arts to defend and attack

20% additional damage using unarmed combat

5% chance of landing a critical strike

[Socializing]'s level has risen!

And yet Harry’s friend pool remains stagnant. Which is weird, because he could exploit the hell out of having a friend to socialize with.

Socializing Lvl 7 (10%)

This is your ability to become Emo or Hero

14% chance of people interacting with you

˃ -2% due to poor clothing

Harry opened his status menu to inspect his status achievements.

Name : Harry James Potter

Race : ?

Title : Elementary Student

Level : 3

Exp : 150/400

HP : 200/200

Having your health measured in a finite number should really be more detrimental than fanfic authors think. Sure, you could probably tank the impact from an oncoming car, but if you could die from having your nose flicked two hundred times, you’d be terrified of something as insignificant as paper cuts.

MP : 100/100

STR : 16

VIT : 18

DEX : 16

INT : 24

WIS : 15

LUC : 3

Status Points : 10

Status : ?

Money : 236 £/ 0ᶃ 0ᶊ 0ᶄ

So, will Harry ever spend this money on anything, or does he just steal everything he wants?

Harry Potter is the son of Lily Potter nee Evans and James Charlus Potter. His family history and past are unknown to him as his parents died when he was just a baby. Harry Potter is a ? and he wants to learn about his past and his parents.

'Now that summer's here I can finally start learning new magical skills and start leveling up all that I do find. Also like last summer, I will have chores all around the neighborhood provided by my dear uncle, hopefully, some of them will turn out to be a quest and give me some exp to level up.'

Nothing makes you a productive member of society more than personal gain.

"Boy come here now" Vernon's voice rang through the house. Harry sighed thinking 'let's see what the whale wants.' "Coming uncle" he called out. Reaching the kitchen he saw his uncle already sitting at the table waiting for him. Not to cause a scene he quickly approached his uncle.

"Listen up boy, summer has started and I don't want to see you lazing around. You have to earn your keep here. I have talked to the neighbors and you will be doing chores for them like last year." Vernon rumbled " And you better do a good job because if I hear one complaint it will be your cupboard and no food for the rest of the summer. Am I clear?"

Wow, Harry surmises the likely outcome of his situation and it happens just as he predicted. Totally necessary for us to read that, it was.

"Yes Uncle Vernon" Harry replied quickly. In his mind, Harry was calculating how to time manage all the chores and his special training and also wondering if he will get any quests.

Okay, now you’re just starting to get repetitive without an excuse, author.

Whatever the case one thing was sure for Harry "It is going to be a long eventful summer this time"

(AN

Next chapter Harry's Summer Shenanigans :) )

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Pretty typical chapter of this kind of story. You can probably see now why I hate it. It can go for entire chapters like this, showing how wicked awesome and super cool the protagonist’s abilities are; whether he’ll ever use them or not. Summer Shenanigans at least sounds like something will be happening, as opposed to spending an entire chapter staring at repeated popup windows and having the author argue his way into giving his protagonist more stat points.

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Re: Harry Potter : Potter Verse REDUX

Post by StabbyKobold » Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:14 pm

This chapter is a grind. It’s pretty much what happens throughout, too. The author seemingly can’t get enough of it, and it wrecks pretty much all the established laws of reality while doing so. Enjoy.

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Chapter 3: Harry's Summer Shennanigans

Kyrin's A/N : Again, just cosmetic changes.

Again, you didn't care about improving the story's quality. You're either lazy or easy to please.

(AN

Thanks for the reviews guys. About Harry's Harem all the Harry Potter ladies will be on it first, I will add the other world girls later on as I don't have a good enough plot point to add them this early in the story. But rest assured all will be added.

Once this world has been stripped for all of its harem potential, he'll move on to the next.

About level cap of skills - Skills like language, science etc.. have a level cap of 100 ( I have no clue what the need of 110 level English is) but for other skills there is no level cap.

Because who would want to be limited by what's physically possible or supported by reality, am I right?

Once again all suggestions, remarks, criticism and reviews are welcome.)

Chapter 3

"BOY" His uncle's voice brought Harry out of his musings of what to do in the summer.

It was probably something stupid like saying, “¿Qué pasa?” to a sock puppet over and over again.

"Yes, Uncle Vernon" Harry replied.

"Listen here boy, I'll give you the list of chores for each day before I go to work and you better do them all" Vernon spat "Today you will be working at the Witsher's house; they need help with moving some junk to their shed"

Let me guess, some of this junk is going to be conveniently useful to Harry, right?

"Yes, Uncle Vernon" He replied again before leaving the house. The Witsher's lived some blocks further down the road. He never went there before but he did know their daughter, Jenny, who is few years older than him. She was okay, if being indifferent towards him can be said as okay.

Ringing the doorbell, a petite lady with brown hair and chocolate eyes opened the door and greeted him politely.

"You must be young Harry" Mrs. Witsher smiled "Come on in we have a few boxes to move"

The woman is a capable adult and she has a child of her own, so of course she'd hire the neighborhood delinquent to do the house chores.

"Thank you, Mrs. " Harry answered.

Mrs. Witsher smiled and led him to the several boxes in the living room "You need to move these boxes to the shed in the back, don't rush, take your time"

A quest has been created.

Quest Alert!

Summer Chore : Move those Boxes

Help with moving boxes to the shed

Rewards,

200xp

?

?

?

Failure,

Lose all Summer Quests

Get locked up in cupboard and be starved

YES – NO

Why are these failure outcomes always unnecessary, consequential extremes? And how the hell is moving boxes around worth two hundred xp?

Harry pressed yes and started moving the boxes to the shed he was shown to. After showing the shed, Mrs. Witsher left Harry alone. This allowed him to use Observe on each box. He was able to find several items of worth in those boxes. He got some clothes that fit him but instead of just taking it he decided to ask Mrs. Witsher whether he could take it or not. Other items like a 5 pound note, a treasure map, a skill disk, catnip and an old baseball bat he put it in his inventory without letting anyone know.

Hey, you know what should make you fail a quest? Stealing the property you've been tasked to handle, you kleptomaniac fool! Wait, what the hell is a skill disk? Is that like an audio-skillbook?

Just as he finished moving all boxes, Mrs. Witsher came with a pitcher of Lemonade and offered it to him.

"Thanks, Mrs. Witsher," Harry said thankfully.

"No need, you did good" Mrs. Witsher replied kindly.

Not by any standard I'm aware of.

"Mrs. Witsher in one of the boxes I couldn't help but notice some old clothes, some of them fits me perfectly. If you don't want them I could take it off your hands. You could save some space that way"

"Are you sure? They are Jenny's older brother Mark's old ones. Won't it be too old for you?"

"No worries ma'am, I am okay with it and besides it's wrong to waste things that can be used"

I'm currently reading over ninety thousand words that could have benefited from this advice.

"Alright, take what you like"

[Socializing]'s level has risen!

Socializing Lvl 8 (23%)

This is your ability to become Emo or Hero

16% chance of people interacting with you

Whether he likes it or not? Because that could almost be considered a drawback.

˃ -2% due to poor clothing

Skill Created!

Persuasion Lvl 1 (15%)

The ability to persuade others to your thinking

(5+luc)% chance of persuading others

It doesn't matter if he has good arguments or evidence, it's all luck based. Anyone else see the stupidity, or am I the only one with points in logic?

After taking three pairs of T-shirts and jeans that fit him much more perfectly than Dudley's old castoffs Harry said goodbye to Mrs. Witsher with the promise of helping her out with other chores as well later in the summer.

Quest Complete!

Summer Chore : Move those Boxes

Rewards,

200xp

5 £

Treasure Map

Skill Disk Lvl 2

Harry inspected what a skill disk was by clicking on it.

Skill Disk :

Skill disks are used to level any skill that you know by the amount of designated level of the disk.

Hold the fuck up, what?! What the he'll is this? Seriously, what - emphasis W-H-A-T - is this object that this woman had in her family belongings? The Gamer was able to have items spawn when killing monsters, but as far as I know, he did not have the ability to find randomized loot by going through other people's things. On top of that, the items he had spawn were analogous to real world objects; current legal tender, potions that matched highly expensive alchemical mixtures, and skill books that could presumably be read and understood by others. This thing however is an object solely for Harry's use. It has no purpose besides this, and this random family in Little Whinging definitely didn't have a use for it. Fuck, does this mean that the treasure map is an actual treasure map that he can use to get loot, instead of some kid's leftover arts and crafts?! This story just became a lot dumber.

With the day's chores over Harry went to the training spot he had planned, Little Whinging Public Park. After finding a secluded spot under a tree, Harry decided to meditate on what to try out first. He thought of all the different heroes he had seen Dudley and his friends played as - Warriors, Mages, Rouges and many more. For Harry throwing around fireballs and summoning, monsters looked cooler. So with that he decided to try creating fireballs.

For creating fireball, first he decided to get in touch with his mana so that he can easily understand and feel the flow of mana.

For making the right decision without having any prior experience, Harry can cram another +1 WIS up his ass.

With that Harry turned his meditation deeper. After an hour Harry was able to feel his mana. Something didn't feel right as he felt a block in his mana. Deciding to worry about it later he opened his eyes to start creating fireball.

Are we really going there? Are we really going to retread the fanfic cliché of "Dumbledore putting inhibitors on Harry's magic to control him better"? And here I thought you couldn't become more unoriginal, author.

Still sitting in his meditative state Harry opened his palm facing up and started channeling mana into it. The knowledge he acquired in science helped him in picturing the air compressing and generating heat, the oxygen in the air ready to burn and crackle - a bright orange red ball of fire was dancing in his open palm. Harry quickly threw it at a nearby stone and it fizzled out leaving a scorch mark on it.

And he instantly performed the feat without a hitch. Remember, kids; if at first you don't succeed, then you're not a Marty Stu.

Skill Created!

Fireball Lvl 1 (88%)

The ability to throw fireballs at a target

(50+INT) damage

Cost : 50 MP

Harry smiled at the blue screen even though he was feeling drained. Closing it he decided to meditate while his MP recharge and when its back to full create another fireball and then repeat the process again.

Sure, burn down the entire park while you're at it. I'm sure no one will notice the human flamethrower casually breaking the wizarding statute of secrecy.

Two hours of training later Harry decide to call it a day and head back home. He was able to level Fireball to 3 and meditation to 7. When he reached his relative's house he saw his aunt was once again in front of the TV. Seeing Harry she ordered him to start making dinner. It was fine for Harry as he was able to make more than necessary and store them all in his inventory. After finishing dinner he got to bed with a sense of accomplishment.

Every day for the rest of the week Harry received a list of chores to do, but unlike his first quest he didn't get any exp for doing them. Instead he got small monetary reward and a level up in Socializing skill making it to level 9. He was able to gather an amount of 75 pounds throughout the week.

Plus whatever the pilfering pyromaniac could help himself to while no one was looking, I'm sure.

Today was Sunday, with no chores to do today Harry hastily made it to his training spot to start grinding his fireball skill. He worked at it all day quickly leveling it up to level 5.

And no one spotted him during all this? In a public park? On a Sunday?!

[Fireball]'s level has risen!

Fireball Lvl 5 (47%)

The ability to throw fireballs at a target

(55+INT) damage

Cost : 45 MP

'It seems for every 5 levels I get an increase of 5 additional damage as well as a reduction of 5 MP cost'

I'm still a bit miffed by this skill progression. Not just that it's so easy for Harry, but that he can do it at all. Mind you, he hasn't learned Fireball; he essentially invented it. If he wanted to shoot lightning from his ass, all he would have to do is try, and it would become a new skill. How is this considered acceptable logic?!

Harry was walking back towards his relatives house when he saw the Sunday market closing up, this pulled a thought in his mind. 'I haven't checked what I have in my inventory. I might be able to sell all the unwanted junk in the Sunday market and also buy some things as well'.

Unwanted junk that he's been stealing from other people. What a nice kid Harry is.

Harry was immersed in his thoughts that he didn't see a distraught Mrs. Figg, or the cat lady as he dubbed her, in his path until he was about to collide with her. Luckily he didn't and seeing how distracted she was he decided to enquire about.

"Good evening Mrs. Figg. Is everything alright?"

"Oh, hello Harry " Mrs. Figg replied sadly "I am afraid not, Snoocky had a litter few days back, and this morning all the liters vanished into the blue.

Maybe they formed into gallons and that’s why you can't find them?

If you happen to come across them, would you please bring them back? I'd really appreciate it. They are quite vocal, so listen to find them. See you around Harry and you better get back home, it's getting quite late" With that Mrs. Figg turned back to her house.

A quest has been created.

Quest Alert!

Cat tamer : Catch those Kittens

Help Mrs. Figg to get her kittens back (10)

Rewards,

50 xp for each kitten captured

Failure,

A heartbroken Mrs. Figg

YES – NO

A fetch quest? Skip!

Seeing Mrs. Figg sad Harry felt sad as well. Even though he never liked all the cats that made their home at her house, she did agree to take him in whenever his relatives wanted to be rid of him for a few days. Besides she was always kind to him and taught him how to cook cookies and gave him some story books she had. Harry pressed yes, happy that he can repay her kindness in some way.

It totally wasn't that sweet, sweet xp that won him over, no siree.

Some more days went by and Harry hasn't found any kittens nor did he get any quest with exp reward. Today he was walking towards the Miltons house, something about planting a garden.

He rung the bell and the door was opened by a kind faced man.

"Welcome, you must be the young man who have been helping around the neighborhood eh?"

"The Dursleys' slave boy, right? They really know how to pick them."

Mr. Milton asked with a smile as he motioned him to come inside.

"Thank you sir, I just do what I can and besides some give me pocket money as well" Harry replied while entering the house. The house was very much more homely than the Dursley's.

"No need to thank me lad and an honest one too" Mr. Milton laughed

I’m rather tempted to laugh myself.

"I need the help of someone with a lot of energy that these old bones don't have any more," Mr. Milton said flexing his arms.

Harry had started wearing the clothes he got from Mrs. Witsher so his Socializing skill no longer had negative points.

Suddenly a screen popped up making Harry smile.

He does that a lot, actually. At what socializing level does he get more emotes?

A quest has been created.

Quest Alert!

Summer Chore : Green Thumbs

Help in planting a garden

Rewards,

500xp

?

Failure,

Get locked up in cupboard and be starved

By the Dursleys or by Mr. Milton? I feel that is a valid question.

YES - NO

Harry quickly pressed yes as he finally got a quest with exp reward. After giving Harry some instructions Mr. Milton left Harry to his own devices.

For the next few hours, Harry worked in the garden planting trees, shrubs, flowers and pruning them. The day was hot and it had Harry sweating bullets like crazy. The Miltons' were a nice bunch, they gave Harry water and let him take rest and provided sandwiches as lunch. Some of which he discreetly put in inventory.

Why not just pocket the silverware while you're at it?

It took Harry all day to finish the work in garden and complete the Quest. By doing this he gained +1 STR, VIT and DEX and his gardening leveled to 15.

"Good work Harry, thanks for helping out," Mr. Milton told him as Harry was leaving "I might have some more work for you, if you are interested that is?"

"Definitely Mr. Milton" Harry nodded "I'll be happy to help out"

"Excellent, here is something for your trouble," Mr. Milton said handing him 10 pounds "You earned it"

"Thank you sir" Harry replied happily "See you around"

Quest Complete!

Summer Chore : Green Thumbs

Rewards,

500xp

10 £

That's what needed to be a mystery reward? Money? Remind me not to get excited for the next one.

You have leveled up by 1

Harry quickly pulled his status menu

Name : Harry James Potter

Race : ?

Title : Elementary Student

Level : 4

Exp : 450/800

HP : 200/200

HP regen : 10%(200) = 20 HP/min

MP : 100/100

MP regen : 10%(100) = 10 MP/min

STR : 17

VIT : 19

DEX : 17

INT : 24

WIS : 15

LUC : 3

Status Points : 15

Status : ?

Money : 326 £/ 0ᶃ 0ᶊ 0ᶄ

Harry Potter is the son of Lily Potter nee Evans and James Charlus Potter. His family history and past are unknown to him as his parents died when he was just a baby. Harry Potter is a ? and he wants to learn about his past and his parents.

Seeing 15 status point he decided to put 7 in LUC, as it can't be grinded, making it 10.

So much for that wise decision of saving those points for emergencies.

Closing the status menu Harry walked back to his relative's house. On the way he heard some noise. Harry stopped and listened, 'There it is a mewling sound. It must be one of Mrs. Figg's.' Harry quickly moved towards the alley from which he heard the sound. And sure enough on one of the dumpsters was a mewling mess. Just as he was about to give chase Harry got an idea. Looking through his Inventory 'Yes, there it is' he took out the catnip and reached towards the kitten. The kitten jumped to Harry without much hesitation. As soon as Harry's hand wrapped around the kitten it vanished in a small white light. 'What the ... ?'

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Quest Item Obtained!

1/10 Kittens

"Of course, just as in a game it automatically put quest items in your inventory. SWEET!

Sweet?! A sentient creature was just vanished into limbo!

To get a quest item all I need is to touch the item in the least case or grab it in the worst case and bam it's in my inventory, this will be very useful" Harry said delightedly as he put the catnip back in his inventory. 'Wait, if I can store a cat in my inventory does that mean I can store any living thing in there? Even Humans?'

It entirely depends on what can be considered quest items. Usually, this would mean collectibles that could feasibly fit in your inventory. That would not include people. They are for escort missions. Terrible, terrible escort missions.

Harry stood there in amazement and realized the power he held was way more powerful than he first thought. Grabbing hold of his runaway mind Harry resumed his walk back. 'This needs to be checked out, but not today or tomorrow, might as well leave it now until I have more power and maneuverability before biting off more than I can chew' and on that note he went to sleep.

You have slept in your bed. HP & MP restored to 100%.

As if his ridiculous regen rate wouldn't fix that within ten minutes. Because it literally would.

All negative status effects and ailments have been cured.

Once again it was Sunday. Last few days went without getting any exp reward quest other than the one he got from Mr. Milton.

I would have asked what Harry then spent all that time on, but then I remembered that I don't care.

Today Harry planned to go to the Sunday Market to buy some clothes for himself and sell all his Dudley castoffs. He also wanted to see what all is there. After finishing his morning routine Harry went straight there.

In a few minutes time he reached the Sunday market.

Location Discovered : Surrey Sunday Shop

This would make a bit more sense if Harry had a map to mark the location on. Wait, please don't give him one, it’ll probably just allow him to fast travel!

Shops :

Shops are location where you can buy or sell goods. You can either do so in the traditional way of taking things off the shelf or by using the command 'Shop' inside the store. The 'Shop' command will bring a menu showing all the goods in the shop, which can be sorted criteria-wise. You can buy or sell in the 'Shop' menu as well.

'That's to be expected since it is a game world after all.' Harry though as he walked into a second hand shop.

But this is the real world, or what counts as it now! How much of reality was broken by that Ley lines crap? The Gamer still takes place in the real world, it's just the protagonist that interacts with it, as if it was a video game. But here Harry is basically the protagonist of reality, the world existing solely to be interacted with by him. To anyone who is now an NPC, this is a confusing, existential nightmare!

'Let's do it the traditional way and see if I can haggle the price as in the real world' With that in mind he started browsing the store.

Most of the items were furniture, toys, and other knick knacks. But soon he found dumbbells, weights and weight bands. They were priced at 35 pounds together. Harry wanted to buy it as he could use them to exercise daily and increase his status. So he engaged the shopkeeper about them.

Maybe you should engage in some actual human conversation, author.

"They are top notch," said the seller

"I'll give you 20 pounds for them," Harry said "They are a bit rusty and unclean"

"20? No deal" Seller replied angrily " 30 pounds"

"Look they are a bit rough around edges and you see it is quite old, 22" Harry countered.

"25 is my last offer" the man replied

"Deal" Harry bought it quickly before the man changed his mind.

At no point does the faceless and nameless seller question what a ten-year-old needs dumbbells for. Or realize he can just deny the haggling attempt. Will anything ever not go Harry's way?

He was happy to save 10 pounds. And his Persuasion skill has leveled up by two.

"That sure is a useful skill to have," Harry said putting what he bought into his inventory "I need to remember to level it up"

Ask random people on the street to tell you the time, you'll grind that effortlessly. You're welcome.

With the help of his skill Harry was able to buy a pair of sneakers, some clothes and a skill book on sword fighting and another on martial arts for a total of 185 pounds. He also sold all his possessions of Dudley castoffs at 32 pounds. Overall it was a nice haul and his Persuasion skill was now Level 5.

After finishing shopping, he used the skill books he bought to level those particular skills by 1 each and went to the park to train his Fireball skill. Leveling it up to 7 Harry called it a day and went back to his relative's house.

I feel like I'm grinding levels in trying not to get tired of this shit. Can we move on to the plot? The main quest, if you will?

The next few weeks of summer went pretty much the same for Harry. He received his daily quest from his uncle and completed them quickly so as to work on his own things. He managed to acquire another 120 pounds through his daily quests throughout the rest of the summer.

And since it's not mentioned, I guess he didn't bother to look for more kittens. How long is videogame logic going to let those cats survive in misery on the street?

After buying the training equipment, Harry had started to wear the weight bands all the time. He also incorporated working with the dumbbells and weights along with his Fireball training. This training regimen resulted in Harry gaining +6 in STR, +3 in VIT and +4 in DEX. Also his Fireball skill has become level 14 now.

By reaching 10 points in VIT you have gained +50 HP!

You will get +50 HP for every 10 points gained in VIT

By reaching 10 points in DEX you have gained an additional +5% to HP regeneration!

You will get +5% to HP regeneration for every 10 points gained in DEX

And by reaching 20 points in Apathy, I'm not going to give a fuck.

Harry was able to go to the Surrey Public library on one of his off days. He grinded his English and French skills to 100, Physics to 35, Chemistry to 30, Biology to 38, Basic Calculus to 63 and Basic Geometry to 58. Also found some more skill books on sword fighting and martial arts increasing them by two levels each. All this gave him +2 INT and +2 WIS.

By reaching 25 points in INT you have gained a perk!

Well Read : Gives you 25% boost in learning

Because he should have an easier time doing what he already does effortlessly.

Perks :

Perks gives you permanently enhanced abilities and access to abilities you would not normally have. You will get a perk at every 5 levels as well as for every 25 points in a status. You will also gain perks by completing certain objectives or actions. You can access it through 'Perks' menu.

Now Harry was able to read books and understand them faster than normal. It certainly gave him a little boost in grinding INT.

There were three things that happened in summer that can be considered as milestones or even turning points in Harry's life.

You mean aside from turning the entire world into his personal playground?

The first one was the day of his birthday were he woke up to an amazing birthday present, which truthfully was his first true birthday present in all the 10 years of his life.

You have slept in your bed. HP & MP restored to 100%. All negative status effects and ailments have been cured.

Congratulation! It's your Birthday!

You have gained 1 level up!

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Fucking hell, in how many ways is the author going to shoehorn in unearned stat boosts for his protagonist?! It's bad enough that the entire world has been turned into a solipsistic joyride, but actual videogames have challenges and limitations. This world the author has Harry beta testing is without any. Every rule and mechanic caters directly to pleasing or empowering Harry in some way. It's an endless parade of reward, the author tirelessly abusing every minor accomplishment as an excuse to vicariously improve upon his escapism avatar. Step by effortless step, Harry is becoming a super powered demi-god, and the only challenge he has had on this pedantic road of wish fulfillment is deciding on his stat distribution. Fuck this story!

You reached level 5! You get to choose a Perk!

Warriors Call : Gives you 20% additional STR

Mages Spirit : Gives you 20% additional INT

Rogues Will : Gives you 20% additional DEX

After some thought he decided to take Mages Spirit since it will increase his INT and thereby his MP.

By reaching 10 points in INT you have gained +20 MP!

You will get +20 MP for every 10 points gained in INT

Name : Harry James Potter

Race : ?

Title : Elementary Student

Level : 5

Exp : 450/1600

HP : 300/300

HP regen : 15% (300) = 45 HP/min

MP : 140/140

MP regen : 10%(140) = 14 MP/min

STR : 23

VIT : 22

DEX : 21

INT : 26 + (20%) = 30.2

WIS : 17

LUC : 10

Status Points : 13

Status : ?

Money : 268 £/ 0ᶃ 0ᶊ 0ᶄ

Harry Potter is the son of Lily Potter nee Evans and James Charlus Potter. His family history and past are unknown to him as his parents died when he was just a baby. Harry Potter is a ? and he wants to learn about his past and his parents.

The second one was when he completed his quest from Mrs. Figg and went to her to give her the kittens.

I appreciate that we didn't have to see him collect every single kitten. I hate that we weren't given the notion that Harry even paid attention to completing the quest. I loathe that the world now functions on videogame logic that would allow for Harry to have no urgency in rescuing lost, starving, and imperiled creatures.

Yes, he gained 500xp for the quest but that's not it. While she thanked him profusely Harry used Observe, which was level 12, on Mrs. Figg and one of the cats, which turned out to be something else, there.

Arabella Figg - Squib - Lvl 16

HP : 350/350

MP : 35/35

STR : 8

VIT : 12

DEX : 5

INT : 15

WIS : 32

LUC : 5

Arabella Figg is an old squib who loves her Kneazles. She is here to watch over Harry Potter on the order of Albus Dumbledore.

I vote to rename 'Observe' to 'Spoiler Vision'.

Snoocky - Half Kneazle - Lvl 2

HP : 65/65

MP : 4/4

STR : 4

VIT : 3

DEX : 18

INT : 1

WIS : 1

LUC : 9

Snokey is a Half-Kneazle. She loves Mrs. Figg, fish and cat nip.

'Squib, Kneazle what is all this?

Arbitrarily provided information, which might as well have been replaced with her favorite brand of tea or what she does in her spare time. The only reason Observe is giving this plot relevant information, is because the author wants it to.

If she is here to watch over me, then why hasn't she done anything? No that's not right she has helped me as much as she can. Who is this Albus Dumbledore? Is he the reason why I am stuck with my relatives?' Suffice to say Harry was left with a lot of questions and not a lot of answers. He realized that there are many secrets around him and so vowed to be more observant of his surroundings and people. Harry put it in the back of his mind for further investigation.

Why not do it now? Is asking Mrs. Figg about it not part of her dialog tree?

The third and last experience was one which he will never forget in his life. Even thinking about caused steam and a nosebleed to form in his mind.

Oh no. This soon? Really?!

Harry had finished his daily chores earlier than usual, as such he was taking a leisurely stroll to the park. That was when he stumbled upon weird noises coming from the Polkiss house. He was curious as to what it was since it was the house of one of his tormentors, Piers Polkiss. Then a weird quest with a lot of xp points appeared.

A quest has been created.

Quest Alert!

Summer Bonus : Peeping Tom

Sneak to the Polkiss house and find out what the weird noise is

Rewards,

500xp

500xp for not being caught

1000xp and new skills for watching the whole thing

Failure,

Get locked up in prison

Become a prude

YES – NO

Basically; live out the author's deviant fantasies, or else! And of course the effects of failure are so extreme, and the rewards so great, that he has no choice but to do it. Railroading at its finest.

Like any game addicted boy Harry quickly pressed yes and made his way to the back of the house where the kitchen was. His level 7 Sneaking helped him a lot in reaching his destination without being caught, which resulted in leveling his Sneaking skill to level 9.

Isn't this so much more exciting, than simply knowing Harry has had a lot of practice? Numbers and names makes everything better!

The moment he peeped inside to find out what was going on was the first time his Gamer's Mind ability worked over time. Inside Mrs. Polkis, a curvaceous blonde and blue eyed lady, was being rammed into by the milkman. This was the first act of fucking that Harry witnessed.

He's ten. No shit, you freaky creep.

Harry was stuck watching the whole thing partially because of the huge xp reward if he did so and partially because of the shock and other boat load of emotions that that particular act of passion invoked in him. Needless to say Harry didn't need to have 'The Talk' anymore.

Probably not ‘the talk’ but certainly ‘a talk with a psychiatrist’. How the hell would he know that sex makes babies, though?

You have leveled up by 1

Ignoring this and many other messages that appeared after completing the quest Harry stoically made his way to his tree in the park and tried to meditate. Tried being the key word. Because of his gamer ability all of what he watched was ingrained in him automatically. That day no training was done by a dazed Harry.

An actual setback for the protagonist? Say it isn't so! No, really, what benefit does he reap instead?

When he came back home Harry had come to terms with it and found it to be quite informative. He checked all the new skills he got due to it.

Skill Created!

Sex Lvl 6 (28%)

The ability to do various sexual actions and make your partner a mewling mess

Your libido - Half an hour for every 4 VIT

5% towards orgasm of partner

6% chance of partner wanting another go with you

Skill Created!

Fucking Lvl 5 (56%)

The ability to fuck someone

10% chance of orgasm

8% chance of finding the G-Spot

Skill Created!

Anal Lvl 2 (88%)

The ability to sodomize someone

12% chance of orgasm

Skill Created!

Oral sex Lvl 8 (61%)

The ability to please a women using your mouth

20% chance of orgasm

10% chance of finding the G-Spot

Are you fucking kidding me?! Harry plays voyeur for about ten minutes, hasn't even discovered what masturbation is yet, and now he's a fully capable sex partner with leveled skills?! Again, from simply thinking about it for a bit?! Author, I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but this isn't what counts as sexual experience.

Harry closed them all and went to sleep with only one thought "How the hell could she bend like that?" and a very detailed images of the encounter in his mind that night.

Thinking on all that he achieved this summer Harry checked his status menu.

Name : Harry James Potter

Race : ?

Title : Elementary Student

Level : 6

Exp : 1350/3000

HP : 350/350

HP regen : 15% (350) = 52.5 HP/min

MP : 160/160

MP regen : 10%(160) = 16 MP/min

STR : 23

VIT : 22

DEX : 21

INT : 26 + (20%) = 30.2

WIS : 17

LUC : 10

Status Points : 18

Status : ?

Money : 268 £/ 0ᶃ 0ᶊ 0ᶄ

Harry Potter is the son of Lily Potter nee Evans and James Charlus Potter. His family history and past are unknown to him as his parents died when he was just a baby. Harry Potter is a ? and he wants to learn about his past and his parents.

But he doesn't want it enough to be proactive about it.

'All things considered it was quite the eventful summer' Harry sighed 'And from tomorrow onwards back to school, that means back to basic grinding. Oh well one step at a time I guess' With hopes and thoughts filled about the future Harry went to sleep.

(AN

Next chapter Back to School will be posted by Saturday the latest. Oh I put the LUC of Snoocky as 9 to represent the nine lives of a cat :P)

You sacrificed the integrity of your already loosely defined stat system in order to make a pun, instead of increasing said stat in order to explain the nine lives thing. You never waste an opportunity to disappoint, do you?

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Not content with utilizing the wish fulfillment of the chosen crossover, the author is beginning to draw in other tired clichés into this mess. Suppressed powers, archetypical strength training of most anime series, and then suddenly sex is thrown into the mix. It’s going from bad to worse. It’s never the opposite, I’ve noticed.

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Re: Harry Potter : Potter Verse REDUX

Post by StabbyKobold » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:48 am

Yet another chapter, yet another long, meticulous grind of Harry amassing more power. Because that’s what it’s all about in the end, what the crossover facilitates through its injection of game mechanics meant to provide a positive feedback loop of enjoyment. Too bad that enjoyment is consumed by the author on writing it and doesn’t exist past that point. Enjoy.

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Chapter 4: Back To School

Kyrin's A/N : Again just cosmetic changes.

As in changing the font size, or as in changing actual elements of the story? The definitions in this fanfic are already vague as fuck, your nonsense isn’t helping.

(AN

This is my first time writing a fic, so Grammar mistakes, forced sentences etc. will be more common. Also I don't have a beta. So please forgive the inconvenience. Of course I will strive to be better but it will be a slow process.

I am just writing a story on an idea I got reading all the fics that I mentioned. There are even some parts that are influenced by those fics as well.

Cause leading to effect. Who would have imagined?

Hope you guys won't mind it too much. Thanks.

( I am actually wondering if even my AN has such mistakes :D )

Maybe you should spend less time wondering, and spend more time fixing the missing commas in your author’s note for the first chapter.

The sewer - rats idea was given to me by Calebros, thanks again mate.

All suggestions, remarks, criticism and reviews are welcome.)

Chapter 4

You have slept in your bed. HP & MP restored to 100%. All negative status effects and ailments have been cured.

Bored.

Oh, you too?

The first two to three months of Harry's school days can be accurately described in that one word. Grinding for INT and WIS has come to an all-time low as he only got +1 INT and +2 WIS. The classes taught are so far behind that only his Gamer's Mind ability kept him awake and acting normal in them. Thankfully not all the grinding was same. He was able to grind +4 STR, +3 VIT, and +4 DEX. The P.E. section helped in that regard.

I wonder how the author runs the math for these stat increases. You think he follows a progression formula, or that he’s trying to say that public education sucks?

After facing months of boredom Harry realized the cause - Dungeons. 'That's what I missed, this is a game and what better way is there to spend time other than defeating dungeons and gaining rewards? But where do I find one? It's not like there is a place with a sign saying Dungeon Here.'

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This is what happens, when you write a story set in a location you have no knowledge about.

Having got a goal, Harry started researching possible Dungeon locations.

In games, dungeons are usually in Forests, Castles, Mountains and Ruins. The only thing that's close to having a dungeon that he could check out immediately was the Surrey Forest, which was a quarter a day's trip from his relative's house.

As opposed to any of the dozen or so actual castles or ruins that are located in Surrey? Author, you are aware that this story takes place in England, right?!

'Well, at least I do have one possible dungeon location. Will have to find a way to go and check it out without raising the suspicion of my relatives.' Harry mused 'Hm isn't Dudley's birthday in summer. They always leave me alone to go do something for Dudley. Yes, that would be the perfect opportunity.'

With a course of action set Harry decided to check the History books and maps of London, specifically those around his immediate surroundings, that could double as a dungeon. The history books he mainly used to find out whether there were any ruins worthy of being a dungeon. Harry spent the entirety of his free time raiding the school library for this.

History books? These things are local tourist attractions. His history class should have been all over this already.

Harry picked five ruins that stood out as best to him:

1. The ruined 12th-century church at Reculver that lies on the Kent coast in southeast England.

2. The ruins of Ardvreck Castle in the far northwest of the Scottish Highland.

3. The 15th-century St Mary's Church which is in the middle of a small wood, in a forgotten part of Norfolk, in East England.

4. The 13th-century Kilchurn Castle which is surrounded by mountains in the West of Scotland, near Glasgow.

5. Raglan Castle, a large medieval castle located in southeast Wales, 15th-century ruin.

In other words, Harry will be travelling all over the continent, rather than explore readily available sites within the Surrey county. Has the author never been to a European country before? Not every historical ruin is in some remote, obscure location. Most of them just complicate urban development, really.

Of course, this didn't mean he could just grab a cab and go there to search for dungeons like a possessed kid. No, he noted these down and put it in his inventory so as to explore these when the chance arrived, which will probably take some years. That didn't mean Harry was out of options for dungeons for the foreseeable future. He took out the map of Surrey and went through it to find those ruins or dungeon possible places which are easily reached, within an hour or two from town, using a cab or otherwise in a trekking distance.

Oh, so now he looks for local ones? Why didn’t he do that to begin with, instead of setting himself goals he won’t reach for years?!

By checking through the maps Harry found eight ruins that are close to Surrey:

1. Waverly Abbey, a 12th-century ruin 2 miles southeast of the town center.

Castle also a 12th-century ruin, this was the farthest one.

Looking up the original story by Mateos, this was supposed to say Farnham Castle. Cosmetic changes, huh?

3. NewarkPriory, 2 miles east of town.

4. Guildford Castle in Guildford, Surrey.

5. Arbinger Castle which is in between Guildford and Dorking.

6. Betchworth Castle in Mole, Surrey. It was 1.2 miles from Dorking railway station.

7. Bletchingley Castle which was south of the village of Bletchingley in Surrey.

8. Reigate Castle in the town of Reigate, Surrey.

Harry promptly made a list of them as well and put it in his inventory for later perusal. 'I could do one or two dungeon checks during summer. Under the right conditions it won't be too much of a hassle' Harry mentally noted 'So much to do, can't wait for school to end and summer to start.

You mean the summer that ended last chapter? What the fuck kind of calendar does this world use now?

I need to level up more and create two or three magical attacks other than Fireball if I am going to brave the dungeons. Also, I totally forgot about defense. Better develop a good defensive skill as well'

The rest of the school days was spent by exploring the entire school compound trying to find a place where he could train without interruption. During these exploration, Harry received two more Harry Hunting quest giving him 40 XP. During the quest, he tripped and had a nasty fall. Luckily the Gamer's Body skill avoided any scars or bruises. He got a new skill Physical endurance for that little stunt. Also, he learned that eating foods and drinking water, juice or milk restores 50 HP and MP for each item eaten.

Because at no point up until now did he ever get so much as a bruise, I guess. And what a delightfully vague definition for restoratives – a flat recovery value for an unspecified volume of consumption. How wonderful for Harry to have yet another thing to assist his already absurd regen bonuses.

Skill Created!

Physical Endurance Lvl 1 (15%)

The ability to take less damage and increase your body durability

3% less damage from physical attack

Harry quickly realized that he can increase the level of physical endurance by taking some body damage. He grinded it to level 10 by being the target for dodgeball for P.E. and falling on the mat in the gym. Harry was really grateful that he had at least one defensive skill.

He should be more grateful that the author thinks pain is trivial.

By getting each STR, VIT, and DEX to 25, Harry got three new perks.

By reaching 25 points in STR you have gained a perk!

Force Punch : Gives you 50% additional STR for physical attacks.

By reaching 25 points in VIT you have gained a perk!

Iron Skin : Gives 20% additional HP and 5% to Physical Endurance.

By reaching 25 points in DEX you have gained a perk!

Shadows Embrace : Gives you the ability to blend into the shadows thereby removing your presence and hiding among them. Only enemies with 30 levels higher than you can detect you.

Are you for real? A perk that prevents anyone not thirty levels higher than you from spotting you in the dark at a measly 25 DEX? At least I hope darkness is needed for it to work, because otherwise this perk will be more broken than my suspension of disbelief.

During one of his explorations, Harry stumbled upon the boiler room where he promptly got a new quest. Harry was checking the room when he came upon the janitor, who triggered the quest.

"What are you doing here kid?" the janitor asked.

"Just checking the room out Mr. Why is there a problem?" Harry replied carefully.

You’re not supposed to be there, maybe?

"Problem? Of course, there is. Those stinking no good rats are the problem. No matter what I do they just come back again and again. It's like there is no end to them. You better stay away, kid, or they might swarm you" and with that, the janitor went out.

Hopefully to find some rat poison to deal with the school’s clear violation of health code. But then that would be a logical progression of events, and that was about the first thing that died when Harry wished for personal gratification.

But Harry wasn't looking at the door instead he was studying the new quest that appeared.

A quest has been created.

Quest Alert!

Raterminator : Exterminate those rats

Exterminate all the rats in the boiler room

Rewards,

500xp

+5xp for each rat killed

?

?

?

?

Failure,

Get rat poisoned and possible death

YES – NO

Never mind that Harry wasn’t asked to do anything about the rats. It’s something that he can exploit for personal gain, so I’m honestly wondering why the author still includes the choice.

Normally Harry would have easily jumped in, but he decided to be smart about it before accepting the quest and check whether he was ready to face a swarm of rats since it will be the first time he attacked something as part of a quest.

"My level is 6, I have 420 HP and 160 MP with 16 MP/min and 63 HP/min regen. My physical attack is 40.5 due to my new perk. Fireball is level 14 making its damage 92.4 with a cost of 40 MP. Alright let's do this thing" Harry said pressing yes.

Unless the entire gamification of reality has empowered regular animals to be as threatening as medieval fantasy vermin, I don’t think this requires a human flame thrower.

As soon as he pressed yes, an archway appeared before him leading to a sewer tunnel.

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Equipping the old baseball bat with 25 damage bonus Harry entered the tunnel.

The tunnel was like entering another world entirely than the one he just came from. Dark tiles lined the entirety of the tunnel. It was dim and grimy. There were splotches of water here and there. In the silence, Harry could hear the occasional splash of water drops.

What is this utter nonsense? Harry was tasked with removing the rats in the boiler room. The place he was already at. What the fuck does this spontaneously appearing sewer system have to do with any of this?! Harry is at school. A physical building of modern design. It doesn’t just materialize a sewer dungeon because a ten-year-old decided he wanted to play exterminator. The janitor undoubtedly has no association with it either, so it only exists because the author doesn’t have a clue of how logic works. The rats are causing problems in the real world, not some esoteric plane of existence conjured by Harry’s videogame abilities – so this random dungeon shit is just plain idiotic. Furthermore, why would Harry even need to go to ancient ruins to find dungeons, when they can just spontaneously materialize whenever the-powers-that-be decides to throw Harry a new quest?!

It seemed that the tunnel had four sections or outlets, each some meters apart. There was a low light, which Harry couldn't figure out where it came from, that covered the tunnel making it at least traversable.

Harry moved with grace provided by his DEX stat. Suddenly there was a muffled squeaking sound. He quickly moved to the edge of the turn he was coming upon and used his sneaking skill and Shadows Embrace to get rid of his presence from whatever was around the corner. He found a single rat and used Observe.

Rat - Pest - Lvl 2

HP : 10/10

MP : N/A

STR : 2

VIT : 2

DEX : 4

INT : 1

WIS : 1

Just a stupid rat, what more do you want?

Creative writing that would have made the previous eight lines more than wasted space.

Harry ignored the snarky tune of his Observe and quickly dispatched the rat, it was easy since one hit from him caused 65.5 damage. As he started moving further in, he encountered groups of 4-5 rats instead of the occasional single one. He started to get rid of the groups quickly as he didn't want to be swarmed by them, even if they were low-level monsters.

Rats. Monsters. Not animals. Yeah, I think the author has well and truly lost his brain in the nonsense department, and he’s never getting it back.

He was making a lot of progress this way, though there didn't seem to be an end to them.

Harry cleared three sewer outlets before entering the last one. He lost count of how many rats he killed up till now. The rats also got more and more aggressive and evasive as he worked towards the last room. In the room before he wasn't able to sneak up on any group of rats. They tried to outnumber him by joining with other groups of rats nearby. He used his speed to kill them before they had a chance. Even though it appeared that the commotion attracted the other groups of rat, Harry had the distinct feeling that they were signaling each other.

Because we can’t have the protagonist be so incompetent as to not know, when there is something fishy going on, even if he’s had no prior experience with anything in his current situation.

The last room was a bit bigger and darker than the rest, making it difficult see all the way to the end, Harry moved cautiously towards the far end. Suddenly he heard a large amount of squeaking from the front. He promptly threw a FireBall towards the sound. "Oh hell," Harry exclaimed. It was a large mischief of rats, possibly hundreds of them. Harry quickly started smashing his bat, THWACK, THWACK, THWACK, THWACK. Getting frustrated by the onslaught, which was more of a nuisance than anything,

Having them be a threat would make this less exciting, I guess.

"Ah to hell with it. Fireball" Harry said putting all his mana into the attack.

Putting such an amount of mana into the attack caused it to create a new skill. Harry ignored the new message that appeared as he torched the rats with a torrent of flame. The smell of burned flesh permeated the room as the onslaught ended after a few minutes. Harry leaned against the wall totally spent. Even though he didn't lose much HP it was truly exhausting as he lost almost all his MP.

Critical Damage!

-100 HP

"What the ..?" Harry quickly looked at the weight that suddenly attached to his leg. On his leg was a 4 foot long ugly dark brown rat with black beady eyes and whiskers.

Does Harry even feel pain anymore? At this point, I’m not sure if I’m to question the story’s reliance on game mechanics or the author’s failings as a writer – even if they are one and the same.

"Stupid THWACK mutant THWACK rat. THWACK Let THWACK the fuck THWACK go!" Harry screamed as he hit the thing with his baseball bat. Hitting it lose and kicking it to the other side he quickly used Observe on the monstrosity.

Rat - Boss of Sewer - Lvl 6

HP : 72.5/400

MP : N/A

STR : 15

VIT : 5

DEX : 8

INT : 2

WIS : 1

The Boss rat, also known as boss of the sewer. Boss rat was born from a normal stinky rat but due to is contact with biowaste and chemical X he grew in size and strength. After becoming the boss rat of all rats, he ruled the sewers with an iron fist from his Waste Throne. "No rat can play the Game of Sewers" is his motto.

This is what your story has become, author? Your boring imaginings of contrived game mechanics overlaid with forced pop culture references in a feeble attempt at humor? I know this is far too late for me to ask you this, but please stop.

Reward : 1500xp

"Seriously?"Harry said. Just then the Boss rat jumped towards Harry. He moved out of the way. Thus Harry and the Boss Rat started to fight, with Harry mainly avoiding its attacks and the boss rat jumping, scratching, and squeaking along the fight.

Harry was spent, he was low on MP and it will take some minutes for it to get to a level where he can use a magical attack.

Isn’t this exactly the time he would use some of the food from his inventory? Or is he going to violate Chekov’s Gun as well as my low expectations?

Suddenly he heard the angry squeak of the boss rat and looked up to see it jumping towards his head. Exhausted and frustrated instead of moving out of the way again, with the help of his DEX stat, Harry pulled a solid hit on its face with all his strength screaming loudly and breaking the baseball bat in the process.

I don’t recall you mentioning anything about an equipment durability system, author.

Skill Created!

Critical Strike Lvl 1 (23%)

The ability to do critical damage to an enemy

25% additional damage to attacks

27 + (50%) + 25 = 65.5

65.5 + (25%) = 81.875 Damage inflicted

With that attack, the boss rat disappeared. "Well that was anticlimactic," Harry said while he relaxed seeing the messages that appeared.

It’s your world now, Harry. If your kills don’t explode in confetti or gushes of blood, then it’s your own fault.

Quest Complete!

Raterminator : Exterminate those rats

Rewards,

500xp

5 x 500 = 2500 XP

1500xp

Skill Disk Lvl 3

Skill Book

50 £

You have leveled up by 1!

With the quest now over Harry started collecting the loot. There was a wooden chest at the end of the boss room at the foot of what appeared to be the boss rat's waste throne. "Seriously though, what the hell was up with that?" Harry half asked half stated to the empty room as he promptly opened the chest.

The author thinks lampshading a bad joke somehow makes it a funny one.

"At least the rewards are awesome" Harry stated as a number of items obtained flashed in front of him.

Items Obtained!

Japanese Katana - Kurobochi

Treasure Map

Lesser Healing Potion x 2

50 galleons

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A Japanese katana, hoarded by a giant rat, in a sewer, inside of a boiler room, in a school, located in fucking Surrey, England?! Author, are you insane or just stupidly shameless with your wish fulfillment? These item pools you’re having Harry receive his loot from are so obviously rigged by your personal preference, next I expect him to find porno mags that functions as skill books.

He also got 25 rat skulls, 87 rat tails and 123 pounds using 'Collect All Loot' option that appeared when he tried to pick one such loot up. That was a time saver and another one of the game world's quirks.

It totally wasn’t thought up at this very moment to line Harry’s pockets with more loot.

After finishing up scoping out the entire area for other chests or items Harry checked his status menu. It seems he gained another +2 STR, +1 VIT, and +1 DEX during his fight with the boss rat.

Name : Harry James Potter

Race : ?

Title : Elementary Student

Level : 7

Exp : 2890/6000

HP : 400/400 + 20% =480/480

HP regen : 15% (480) = 72 HP/min

MP : 180/180

MP regen : 10% (180) = 18 MP/min

STR : 29 + (50%) = 43.5

VIT : 26

DEX : 26

INT : 27 + (20%) = 32.4

WIS : 19

LUC : 10

Status Points : 23

Status : ?

Money : 441 £/ 50ᶃ 0ᶊ 0ᶄ

Harry isn’t even going to question how he has found a currency he’s never hear of before? Really?!

Harry Potter is the son of Lily Potter nee Evans and James Charlus Potter. His family history and past are unknown to him as his parents died when he was just a baby. Harry Potter is a ? and he wants to learn about his past and his parents.

Also, it seems his other skills have leveled up as well. Physical Endurance and Sneaking had gone up by 3, Observe by 1 and Fireball by 2. Harry decided to get out of the sewer and check the rest later as he was seriously spent and wanted to be out the sewers as quickly as possible.

Will it even continue to exist the moment he steps out of it? The entrance appeared out of thin air, unless the author somehow thinks that all school boiler rooms has one.

The remainder of the day was spent for relaxing by Harry. He also meditated to remove any lingering tension that he may have gotten from his previous quest. If Harry was being honest, he would admit that while it was an easy quest it really tested his patience and endurance.

I think it tested mine much more than yours, Harry.

He truly needed more experience if he was to do dungeons this coming summer. He got +1 WIS for that particular thought.

The next day Harry checked out the new skill he obtained during yesterday's quest.

Fire Cone Lvl 2 (11%)

The ability to create a cone of fire that envelops the enemy

(100 + INT ) damage

Range : 5 meter

5% chance of causing burn

Cost : 60 MP

A skill that Harry created by “putting all his mana into the attack” when casting Fireball. Granted, experimenting is how you learn new things – in the real world, that is. In what game has this skill-learning mechanic actually existed, ever, much less in the late nineteen-eighties?

"Now that's a cool skill. This one will be useful in facing a large number of foes like in the sewer." Harry noted."Let's see the items that I received. First, let's check out the skill book."He eagerly opened his new skill book.

Skill Created!

Lightning Bolt Lvl 1 (19%)

The ability to throw a bolt of lightning towards a target

(60 + INT ) damage

5% chance of stunning the enemy

Cost : 50 MP

"Sweet, now I have another elemental attack. Wait this means I can do water, air, and earth magical attacks or even defense.

Did those mages in Dudley’s game only throw fireballs, or did Harry really forget why he picked the mage class in the first place?!

Need to research more about them. Another job to add to the summer's to-do list." Harry said as he browsed his inventory "I am pretty sure I got a sword yesterday, ah there it is"

Japanese Katana - Kurobochi

40% additional physical damage

10% chance to cause bleeding damage

Requirement : 25 STR, 25 DEX

"Cool, now I have a proper weapon. And just at the right time too as I broke the baseball bat. It has nice stats as well" Harry said as he took it out. The katana was 3 feet long, slender and sleek with a wave-like design on the black and blue hilt. It gleamed in the sunlight. It had a black sheath in the same pattern as the hilt.

Finest neckbeard basement dweller swag money didn’t buy.

Putting it back Harry continued his inspection of the inventory.

"Damn there are a lot of stuff in here. I should have taken a look at it earlier." There was 28 apples,16 oranges, 37 bananas, 12 sandwiches, 58 waffles, a bottle of syrup, 8 bottles of milk, 14 bottles of juice, 25 rat skulls, 87 rat tails, all the clothes he bought, his training equipment, a completed treasure map, 2 lesser healing potions, two skill books - 'Kama Sutra' and 'The book of love', a pocket knife, a collection of Porn magazines, catnip, a baseball hat and a pack of gum.

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Porno mags and actual sex skill books. I was half right, but doubly so. This chapter has been nothing but a constant nosedive through bad humor, mind numbing logic, and the author’s personal gratification. Said gratification being to obnoxiously overshare his homemade character sheets and putting porn into the hands of a ten-year-old. What the fuck, author?!

Harry took out the two skill books causing his skills Sex, Fucking, Anal, Oral Sex, Flirting and Socializing to go up by 2. Next, Harry's attention was drawn to the treasure map in the inventory.

Treasure Maps :

Treasure maps are another way to get unique items, XP, money, and weapons. Each area may have one or more treasure map. In some cases, you need to collect parts of a treasure map to complete the set.

Sometimes a part of the map will be in some random family’s belongings, and the other will be in a mutated rat’s extra-dimensional lair. If that doesn’t make sense to you, congratulations, you understand that the world should not revolve around a single person.

Surrey Treasure Map (2/2)

Look under the stone on the twilight.

'It seems the map was a set of two parts. This points to the large stone near the entrance of the forest in Surrey. And I have to look there in the twilight to find the treasure. That's reasonable enough. This excursion can also be used to check whether or not there is a dungeon in the forest too.' Harry mused.

Everything is so convenient for Harry, isn’t it? If he was two dollars short, he’d find a single dollar bill on the ground and a second one underneath it.

The rest of the school year passed by quickly for Harry as he used his time to grind, research on dungeons and elemental skills and hunt down the occasional rat in the boiler room to improve the skills he already had.

Harry's gamer abilities were not the only development he had. Because of his increased Socializing skill and by wearing something that fits him, he was able to mingle more with his classmates. Sue Storm has become a constant debater for him as well as for her. She was a typical bookworm and had little to no friends. The fact that Harry was way ahead of the curriculum also helped that fact as well as he could hold an intelligent conversation with Sue.

Intelligent conversations between ten-year-olds? I don’t think we have the same definition of the term, author.

Also, Harry had started to grow taller moving out of the midget zone. He was about a little above average in height and had a much healthier body than a year ago thanks to the constant source of healthy food and his own exercise regimen.

Soon summer arrived and with it, Harry upped his own training.

Who would even think that Christmas or New Year would be notable events anyway?

He still had daily chores like the last summer but didn't get any XP reward quests. They still provided him with a small but steady income. Harry spent 60 pounds on buying new clothes as he outgrew his old ones, selling the old ones at 24 pounds. He also bought a wet stone for his blade, some more food items for storage and two skill books that increased his sword fighting skill, all for 169 pounds.

The increased training paid off quite nicely as Harry got +5 STR, +4 VIT, +4 DEX, +3 INT, +2 WIS and he improved most of his skills. Socializing was level 14, Persuasion 8, Fireball 20, Fire Cone 5, Lightning Bolt 10, Sneaking 15, Observe 10 which now showed the emotion of the target as well, Physical Endurance 15, Sword Fighting 10, Meditation 18, Cooking 20 and Gardening 18.

Exactly who would find this writing exciting other than accountants?

You have slept in your bed. HP & MP restored to 100%. All negative status effects and ailments have been cured.

Today was Dudley's birthday and his relatives were preparing to go to an amusement park.

"Boy, come here" Harry was shaken out of his planning for today's excursion by his uncle's loud voice.

Does Harry ever do anything else than grinding or planning for said activity?

"Yes, Uncle Vernon" replied Harry dutifully as he didn't want to cause any hitch in his plans.

"Alright boy, listen here. Today is Dudley's special day. We will be out all day enjoying the amusement park. Stay inside the house and don't make any noise." His uncle said to him harshly.

"Yes, Uncle Vernon" Harry replied as his relatives filed out of the house.

"And no funny business either BOY" Vernon yelled at him as they drove out of the porch.

Oh, you’ve heard his attempts at jokes, too?

Shutting the door Harry shouted in joy "Yes, finally I thought they would never leave" Harry quickly put everything he needed for his trip to the forest in his inventory. He put a shovel in the inventory for digging up the treasure, some water bottles and a towel for cleaning up. With the preparations complete, Harry set out towards the forest.

It took him less than 6 hours to reach the forest.

Meaning he’s banking on the Dursleys being out of the house for a full twelve hours of the day, if not more, and he didn’t think of paying for a cab, settling on walking even though he has the cash. I’m not sure which is the dumber of the two.

His improved stamina helped him a lot. Only then did Harry realize that his gaming powers have eased his everyday life very much and that he previously hadn't considered it. Walking a mile or two without even taking a break was no longer a problem for Harry.

It was still just past noon when Harry found the right stone pointed at in the map. But it was not twilight yet. So marking the stone Harry decided to venture into the forest and search for the dungeon that might be there.

Harry literally has to wait for dusk, and then he has to get home afterwards, all without the Dursleys making it back home and noticing he’s gone to not get in trouble. I’ve got to stop expecting even a modicum of logic from this mess.

Two hours and some wild dogs later Harry found the dungeon. It was an opening in the middle of two giant trees that curved onto each other so that it looked like an archway. As soon as Harry was near it, Harry was alerted to the presence of dungeon by a blue screen.

Dungeon Discovered!

If this is a dungeon, then what the fuck was the boiler room sewer?

Forest Of Surrey - Lvl 10

Mode : Above Normal

Player level recommended - Lvl 10

Enter dungeon?

YES - NO

Harry checked out the info on Dungeons.

Dungeons :

Dungeons are an integral part of the game where hordes of monsters reside guarding treasures and keeping prisoners.

Which would be missing persons sought by the local authorities, were it not that Harry is the only one who has agency in this world.

Braving a dungeon and clearing it will give you huge rewards, which include legendary items/weapons/armors, unique ingredients, large quantities of gold/jewels and other treasures. In dungeons where prisoners are kept freeing them will add them to your party. Beware as dungeons are not for the weak or the faint-hearted.

Harry decided that he was not ready for this. First, he was level 7, the dungeon recommended level ten. His power and skills may not be enough. Second, he had to return to his relative's house before they come back.

When the fuck do you think twilight takes place, then?!

And he had no idea how long will it take to clear this dungeon as it could take hours or even days. Third, he had no idea what he will face in the dungeon. While it's impossible to predict what monsters the dungeon will have, some idea can be formed due to the dungeon's location. Harry seriously doubted that a dragon will be in a forest where it could easily cause a forest fire.

For a guy this much into fantasy RPGs, he’s rather ignorant of the variety of dragons in those games.

So Harry went back to the stone where the treasure was hidden. Very soon twilight was upon Harry, as the sun went below the horizon the soft glowing light fell on the stone. The stone glowed brightly causing Harry to close his eyes. When he opened them he saw the stone moved aside revealing a small hole with a silver chest in it.

'Looks like the shovel was unnecessary' Harry thought as he picked the chest out of the hole. Harry opened it to find several new items as well as 500xp.

Items Obtained!

Mage's Gauntlets - Rubicon

Healing Potion x 5

100 Galleons

Skill Book

Skill Disk Lvl 5

Yet another easily obtained reward, with neither peril or morals to stand in his way. Harry might as well get all his loot from Santa Claus for all the effort he goes through.

Closing the screen Harry quickly started going through the new items.

The first one he checked was Mage's Gauntlets, it was a pair of silver clad gauntlets with a red Ruby, at least 5 cm in diameter on the top front face, encrusted on them. The rubies gleamed in the light giving the gauntlet a regal look. Harry fell in love with it the instant he laid his eyes upon them.

Mage's Gauntlets - Rubicon (Indestructible)

+20% to all magical attacks and defense

+20% less MP cost for all magical attacks and defense

+20% MP regeneration

Harry is lucky he’s doing this single player, because this item would be nerfed so fucking hard in every possible multiplayer.

"Its indestructible SWEET, with this I can tackle the dungeon earlier than I thought," Harry said gleefully.

"Now let's check the skill book, whatever it may be it would not be a waste" Harry mused opening the skill book.

Skill Created!

Fulmen Curre Lvl 10

The ability to move around at the speed of light

Range : 500 meter

Cost : 20 MP

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I’ve just about had it with this story. All fucking pretense of tension or difficulty has been fucking thrown to the winds, and Harry is once more endowed with an impossible skill that’s pulled from the author’s ass, all for the sake of molding him into the ultimate, overpowered, god-tier player character in the game he’s fashioned in his own head. Like an addict, he craves more and more gratification, pinning reward after fucking reward onto Harry, each one bigger than the previous, and the difficulty curve doesn’t even have the ambitions of a speed bump. Even within the game world this is unbelievable, since Harry is only level 7. What fucking skills will randomly drop into his lap at double or triple that number?!

Harry was over the moon as he heads back to his relatives' house that day. With a wide grin on his face, Harry planned his move on the dungeon.

"I will get a level up on my birthday. Then I can use the 20 status points from the 28 I will have on luck, that way I would be able to avoid getting into trouble. It will also reduce any blunders that I usually make. With that much luck, I might even be able to face a monster two times my level and escape without being seriously damaged.

I’m sure you would have found a way regardless.

And with my new skill getting away won't be a problem as well and I should be able to recover if anything goes awry. So, grind my skills until I get a chance to explore the dungeon without my relatives looking over my shoulder. Ha, easier said than done. Then with the gauntlets increasing my attack power while reducing cost at the same time and giving a boost in MP regeneration, I might just clear the dungeon with minimum problems."

Because that’s what your readers want, right, author? Minimum problems, minimum risks, minimum effort. All the satisfaction, none of the hardships. I hate that there are genuine consumers of this shlock.

Luck did strike Harry without him putting status points as he learned that the Dursley's won a trip to the Bahamas for a week starting from August 1. "Thanks for the small mercies" Harry exclaimed delightedly.

On his birthday Harry woke up in excitement, which grew larger as he saw the messages waiting for him.

Congratulation! It's your Birthday!

He should be one year closer to death, but I’m sure the author will fix that wonderful flaw at some point.

You have gained 1 level up!

You reached level 8!

Name : Harry James Potter

Race : ?

Title : Elementary Student

Level : 8

Exp : 3390/9000

HP : 500/500 + 20% =600/600

HP regen : 20% (600) = 120 HP/min

MP : 220/220

MP regen : 15% (220) = 33 MP/min

STR : 34 + (50%) = 51

VIT : 30

DEX : 30

INT : 30 + (20%) = 36

WIS : 22

LUC : 10

Status Points : 28

Status : ?

Money : 236 £/ 150ᶃ 0ᶊ 0ᶄ

Harry Potter is the son of Lily Potter nee Evans and James Charlus Potter. His family history and past are unknown to him as his parents died when he was just a baby. Harry Potter is a ? and he wants to learn about his past and his parents.

Harry wasted no time in putting 20 of his stat points in LUC making it 30.

Bold words, since you just wasted more than a hundred words worth of my time.

By reaching 25 points in LUC you have gained a perk!

Luck's Kiss : 25% more rewards from quests & dungeons, 20% more chance of finding party members from dungeons and 10% chance of avoiding trouble.

Are extra dungeon prisoners now just going to manifest based on his own luck? Doesn’t sound very lucky for them.

Harry had no clue about the party member bit but the 25% more rewards and 10% chance of avoiding trouble made putting all those stat points in LUC worth it.

You have slept in your bed. HP & MP restored to 100%. All negative status effects and ailments have been cured.

"HP check"

"MP check"

"Gauntlets on check"

"Food and drinks check"

"Katana check"

Increasing lack of faith in the author’s talents, check.

Harry checked each of his equipment and status as he prepared to enter the dungeon. It was close to noon on August first. Harry was decked in a black T-shirt and black jeans with his katana in his sheath on his back and the silver gauntlets with gleaming rubies on his arms. Harry had trekked his way to the forest and then to the dungeon entrance the same way he last came.

Harry was left on his own much like the day on Dudley's birthday by his relatives as they went on their trip.

"Boy, we are going to enjoy some family time without your disgusting presence and away from your abnormalities." His Uncle spat

How many times must this conversation take place before it goes without saying?

" When we come back there better be no problems with the house. And when I say no problems I mean no broken bulbs or lamps, blasted doors or any other freakishness, got it?" His Uncle screamed to his face at the end of an hour-long speech about being grateful for what they have done or some such things.

Naturally, Harry listened to the whole thing like a dutiful servant without any complaints. They still thought Harry was meek, 'The stupidity of them' Harry thought during the speech.

“Hurr durr, how stupid they are for not realizing I’m the main character, I’m so special and super awesome, and why does it sounds like an incompetent author is masturbating to my every move?”

With the usual "Yes, Uncle Vernon" wherever required along with nodding of his head Harry breezed through the spiel and left for the dungeon as soon as they were huddled into their car and out of the parkway and out of his view.

"Good riddance" Harry removed his thoughts on his relatives.

A small breeze caressed his face ruffling his hair as Harry stood stoically in front of the dungeon entrance, shuddering a bit as he looked at the blue screen in front of him.

Dungeon Discovered!

Forest Of Surrey - Lvl 10

Mode : Above Normal

Player level recommended - Lvl 10

Enter dungeon?

YES – NO

Say no and walk in anyways. Might as well test the programming of this shit game you’re living in.

"Well here goes nothing," Harry said as he pressed yes, mustering his courage. Harry was blinded by a bright light that surrounded the entire area.

Slowly he opened his eyes "Holy Shit!"

(AN

Next chapter - Dungeon Ahoy! will be posted on Saturday or Sunday.)

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I’m really starting to hate this story. The benefit of The Gamer setting itself in the real world means that the narrative is grounded by certain rules. We know how the world works, how people normally act, how space and time functions. With a protagonist overlaying game mechanics onto that, we know that it’s just a matter of translating real world phenomena to videogame logic. But in this story, the author has changed the entire world to run on videogame logic, which he makes up seemingly as he goes along. It turns the narrative from, “this is how it would happen in a videogame,” into, “this is how it would happen, were I the god of reality and only cared about this one person”. It’s unbearable.

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