What would the Harry Potter universe look like if the protagonist had been raised by an Oxford Professor of Chemistry instead of the Evil StepTropes? More generally, what would fiction look like if some characters were actually intelligent?
Harry Potter and The Methods of Rationality by AI Safety Researcher / Decision Theorist / Fascinating Oddball Eliezer Yudkowsky answers these questions. It’s a great story if you like great stories, and you’ll enjoy it even more if you’re interested in the author’s non-Potterverse work on machine learning, intelligence, consciousness, and the long-term impacts of disruptive technology.
My favourite aspect of the book is the author’s creation of Intelligent characters. HPMOR has several Level 3 Characters. They usually make good decisions, they’re genre-savvy, and even when they make mistakes, they make the sort of mistakes that are common and realistic for smart people to make. The non-genius characters still make good decisions and behave rationally in complex situations.