Ron and Draco are two perfect examples of why the Methods of Rationality is a shitty fanfic that doesn’t work. Canon Ron is an insecure, self-loathing doofus who constantly compares himself to others and finds himself wanting and suffers poverty, and he’s the heart of Harry Potter. He’s the…
God, this fic. There are so many reasons why it didn’t work for me ( I actually didn’t make it more than about 5 chapters in), starting with the very basic setup. That is, the reason why Harry was raised the way he was. See, in this version of things, his Aunt Petunia married a rationalist instead of Vernon Dursley. Okay…why did that happen? In the source material, she married Vernon because they had compatible world views, and he made her happy. (And, yeah, it was also a way to get back at and further separate herself from her sister because issues, but the point is that there was every indication that she married Vernon cause she wanted to.)
In MoR, however, she only would have ended up with Vernon because she was too ugly to end up with anyone else.
But because Petunia begged Lily to give her something like a permanent magical makeover, she didn’t have to settle for Vernon! And that made her grateful enough to not treat her nephew like scum when it came time for her to take him in. And it generally made her a better and totally different person.
That’s right, folks…according to this fic, the only reason Petunia married Vernon was because her selfish sister refused to give her a magic face lift, and everyone knows that being prettier automatically makes you a better person.
Oh, also it gave Hagrid’s role to McGonagall, which is one of bigger HP AU pet peeves. Why would you want to reduce Hagrid’s role in the story, really?