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This necklace was inspired by the following scene from "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality" by Eliezer Yudkowsky:

Within the room were pedestals of black metal, each bearing a moving picture, or an upright cylinder half-filled with some faintly shining silver liquid, or a lone small object; a scorched silver necklace, a crushed hat, an untouched golden wedding ring. Many pedestals bore all three, the moving picture and the silver liquid and the item. There seemed to be a good many wizards' wands upon those pedestals, and many of those wands were broken, or burned, or looked like the wood had somehow melted.

It took that long for Harry to realize what he was seeing, and then his throat suddenly choked; it was like the rage inside him had been hit a hammerblow, maybe the hardest hammerblow of his entire existence.

"These are not all the fallen of all my wars," Albus Dumbledore said. His back was to Harry, only his grey locks and yellowish robes showed. "Not even nearly all of them. Only my closest friends, and those who died of my worst decisions, there is something of them here. Those I regret most of all, this is their place."


From Memebase:
It’s rare, but every once in a while, a decent fanfic rises from the endless sea of bad fanfiction to surprise and delight. This is one of those fanfics. In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Harry is raised by an Oxford professor as a Bayesian rationalist. All those moments in which you yelled “Harry, WHY? What are you doing, you stupid ****?” are no more!

Read it here: [link]

I know you're probably doubting me. It can't be THAT good, can it? Trust me. It's that good.
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May 1, 2012, 3:34:21 PM
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Sabbrielle's avatar
This is lovely--full of melancholy. Imho, there should be something in the frame, maybe a black-and-white photograph. The blankness is distracting.
Starlit-Sorceress's avatar
Yeah, I agree. The white makes it look too bright, which draws the eye away from the necklace. Maybe cropping the photo would help.
TheOneButcher's avatar
These "Dafuq" moments are only due to the fact that most readers have read Harry Potter and Harry has not. It IS that good. Harry is highly intelligent, but he is not a Peggy and/or Mary Sue
whatifitwaspurple's avatar
There are actually many more Dafuq moments^^ But they're at least backed by some measure of thought, not just "He's Malfoy, why else would he be plotting?"
LadyAsher's avatar
a beautiful picture even without the story reference! I would love to see what this looks like in black and white =)
where did you get the necklace from? or how did you make it?
Starlit-Sorceress's avatar
I made the necklace by wire-wrapping a small scalemail scale. Then, once I worked up the courage, I destroyed it with wire-cutters and black nail polish.
LadyAsher's avatar
huh... neat! it looks extremely realistic. great job!
Sabbrielle's avatar
I agree; I never would have guessed it wasn't burned somehow.
Nightshade9802's avatar
it looks really cool and goes with the story part perfectly, i think!
SewingDiva142's avatar
All those moments in which you yelled “Harry, WHY? What are you doing, you stupid ****?” are no more!
OH REALLY!!! *opens window*
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