Well, this chapter was good, but perhaps not your best one. That's not to say that I don't like this chapter; the emotions make the reader to connect with the story. Within the chapter, Harry's sorrow at seeing his parents' graves and Dumbledore's single word were the best parts. I liked the ending as well, it was a good mood-lifter!
Surprisingly, the angst in the chapter didn't bother me too much, as you'd given the explanation for it at the very beginning of the chapter.
Author's Response: Thanks for your review--I always love them. I also want to say 'thanks a whole big, ginormous, loving' bunch' for nominating this story for 'Best General Fiction.' I was so thrilled to see that I'm the first one up there, and that alone fulfilled my purpose as a fic writer. Okay, I'm being a LITTLE dramatic. But that really did make my day! :) I know this chapter's not my best; I knew it wouldn't be even before I wrote it. I just felt this filler/fluff necessary to the essence of the story. Glad it lifted your mood! --Christine
aww!!...he has soo much to deal with it isnt fairr!!!! :(....i miss ginny lol. u should make him write more to her. gd chapter..:D
Author's Response: I find letters to and from HP characters difficult to write many of. Unfortunately, the only letters included in this fic (as I have mapped out) are from Dumbledore to Harry, in that envelope he left to help Harry in his quest. Thanks for your review. --Christine
ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!! when will the next chapter come out???? i need to read this story!!!
Author's Response: As soon as it's written, I assure you. For the time being, patience is key. If you're looking for something else to read in the interim, I would love some feedback on my other fics. If they don't interest you, I'm sure you'll love the other wonderful (not saying that mine is) fan fics on this site. There are tons of awesome ones out there!!!! Your loyal author (don't give up on me!), Christine
I have to say that I was surprised when I read that you're just starting your junior year of high school. You're a very good writer, and I had somehow pictured you as being older. Congratulations.
This is a very interesting story, and I've enjoyed the twists and turns along the way. I must admit that my reaction to Aberforth having had the locket for so long was similar to many others who have reviewed: why wouldn't he have told Albus about it?
Upon further reflection, however, I realized that Dumbledore didn't know that the locket was the Horcrux in the cave by the sea. He could conceivably have known that his brother had the locket, but thought that something else (the cup, perhaps) was in the cave. Then, when he saw it was the locket, he didn't want to tell Harry it had been a waste until they were safely back at school, but he never got the chance. You'd still have to explain why he was waiting to destroy the locket (I'm not sure what to suggest here, as all that's required is tossing it into a fire), but it would at least explain why he bothered going to the cave. Just a suggestion; feel free to use it or not as you see fit.
Anyway, this is a great story, and I hope real life doesn't make the gaps between submissions too unbearably long.
Great chapter! And I just reread HBP and noticed that Aberforth was talking to Dung in Hogsmeade. And I totally think that it could have happened!
Hurray! Another one down! I'm eager to see how you'll have the trio find the next ones.
I'm very glad I got caught up on this story. Again, I think you're doing a good job of pacing in this story along with excellent characterization. So often people immediately make Harry some super wizard or something where he doesn't even need his friends anymore. But you're doing a great job of balancing the trio. Harry needs them, just as much as they need him. As always, great work and I look forward to the next chapter.
Author's Response: Thanks for your awesome reviews! I love them! And thanks, I've really been trying to work on characterization. It's not ALL about Harry, after all.
Awww, poor Dung. But then again, if you can't do the time, don't do the crime right? At least he was helpful. Let's hope that they can find the leather book and locate the horcrux.
I really like where you're going with this story. The characters are staying in character, and yet expanding. I loved the scene at Platform 9 3/4. I can just imagine how sad and lonely Ginny will be. The Muggle Net made me laugh out loud. Excellent work, and I'm off to the next...
I'm going to make the brief, because for some strange reason I had missed this update and the next two! How horrible!
Anyway, I rather enjoyed this chapter. I can't wait to see what you're going to do with the Lovegoods and how that storyline will fit in. And hurray! Harry and Ginny will get to see each other before she goes off to school.
I was a bit confused about the description of Kreecher's hovel. I thought is was a really cramped space in a closet. I wouldn't have imagined that there would be enough room for the 3 teens to fit inside...
Anyway, excellent chapter, and I'm right off to the next!
good luck with high school - youre a very talented writer :)
Author's Response: Thanks, that's so sweet of you!!!
ur explaination of how harry destroied the horocrux as easly as jus throwing it in the fire makes no sense what so ever an item that holds a part of voldemorts soul would not b so easily destroyed
Author's Response: I appreciate it when reviewers use English versus netspeak, for further notice, not that my preference matters to you. For my explanation of WHY I believe Horcruxes can be destroyed as they are in my latest chapter of In Nomine Amoris, read my response to Cheshlin's review.
I find the way you portray Dungs' living quarters very interesting. I would have pictured him in a wizarding neighborhood, but I can see why he was in a muggle one. I'm glad that Aberforth was so forthcoming and able to help them. I don't know about just placing the horcrux into a fire. I would think there would be more to it. Destroying the ring did take Albus's hand, after all. I look forward to reading more!
Author's Response: To my understanding, Dumbledore's hand was injured before he destroyed it. We see the ring in his office later, after his hand was hurt. So I theorize that his hand got that way through obtaining the Horcrux, rather than destroying it. And on JKR's most recent F.A.Q. Poll, an unanswered question was 'Does the destruction of a Horcrux involve more than the destruction of the object?' That gives me reason to believe her explanation would be something along the lines that 'No, the destruction of the object itself would suffice,' because she doesn't really put majorly revealing questions on the FAQ poll, but instead easier, not-so-significant questions. Well, that's just my impression of everything, so that's what I'm going to use. Thanks for your review!
I'm so happy you updated!!! (jr. year is the toughest in highschool- I'm sure you'll be relieved when you're done with it). I have two questions though:
1. why didn't aberforth tell albus he had the locket? it would have saved albus from, oh say, dying. lol
2. can a horcrux really be destroyed so simply? by just tossing it in the fire? albus (the greatest wizard who ever lived) seemed to have trouble destroying a horcrux, seeing as he lost use of his hand to it.
great job!!!! this is one of my favorite stories =)
Author's Response: If you'll see the explanation I give for Dumbledore's hand injury in Dumbledore Prince's review response, maybe your second question will become clearer. As for your other question, Aberforth doesn't/hadn't been communicate (-ing) with Albus. I guess (Confession Time) I hadn't really thought out why he wouldn't tell Albus about the supposed Horcrux. Sorry to disappoint! I'm so glad this is one of your favorite stories! Thanks for your review!
Wow! Great chapter! I hardly expected the trio to throw the locket into the fire. Ironically, the most complex of problems turn out to have the simplest of solutions. To give you a suggestion, you can have a few twists and turns for the other Horcruxes.
If you don't mind me saying this, I think it was a *little* predictable. Maybe that's because I'm reading more than three Book 7 fics right now. And the interaction with Aberforth seemed a little rushed, but it's not a big thing. I'm looking forward to seeing more of him!
I have a technical nit-pick:
He stepped carefully forward into the dank, dim, crammed apartment. I don't think 'crammed is commonly used in Britain. 'Cramped' would be a better susbstitute.
I'm sorry for not mentioning this earlier: thank you for adding my story Snape's Folly into your favourites and adding my name to your favourite authors' list! :D
P.S.: If you're wondering why this review is so long and I'm nit-picking so much; it's been a recent obession of mine. I'd like to apologise for the one-liners that I left you in the beginning; I agree that it was very foolish and stupid of me.
Author's Response: I'm used to one-liners, it's cool. Thanks for this nice, long review--you care so much as to leave one, that's great! I'm guilty of one-liners, too. I loved Snape's Folly, and unfortunately every time I try to read one of your other fics all the way through, something happens and I can't! I promise, I'm going to read the others soon, and spread the word when I can. You're SO right about the 'crammed' thing. I'll change it when I have the opportunity. Yeah, I figured it was predictable. That's why I wanted to skip the chapter in the first place, plus it was so difficult to write this chapter. I'm going to aim for more time with Aberforth, with another Horcrux...I think I know where to put him next. Um, earlier in this fic...the chapter called 'Progress' I do believe...I metnioned that Horcruxes could be destroyed by being thrown into fire. I was trying, at that point, to decide how to destroy a Horcrux. I was very, very nervous about how to do it, so I finally decided upon both a 'figurative and a literal' destruction. I go into more detail in that chapter it's mentioned in. Some people asked me about Dumbledore's injured hand, and didn't that happen when he destroyed the ring Horcrux? Well, Dumbledore's hand was injured from obtaining the ring, not destroying it, because Harry sees the ring in Dumbledore's office before he destroys it, and the Headmaster's hand is already hurt. Okay, a long-winded and possibly confusing explanation... Thanks for reviewing, hope you and yours are well, Christine
This is really great; I like the direction it's going in. I want more!! PLEASE UPDATE SOON!!! It's been over 1 month!!!
Author's Response: The next chapter is giving me major, MAJOR problems. What I've got so far is actually quite dull, and I can't seem to spice it up enough to where it's interesting. It will come; I'm sorry to everyone for the long wait without warning!
i think that this story has a great story line. well done.
great story, very well written and narrated, and i hope i'm not nit picking as this doesn't detract in any way from the story itself, but Ginny completed her owls in book 6 as she is only 1 year behind Harry, sorry I brought it up but I was wondering if you noticed...
this story is the best i have read in the whole site
when r u gonna write the next chapter
u can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform me
hmm whats ganna happen next plz update soon great story
Poor Dung. I feel bad for him. I know he is a good for nothing, but Sirius liked him for a reason. I'm glad that Harry is closer to finding the locket. I do find it funny that Percy is in charge at the ministry. I can also believe that Moody would hang out at the Auror's office, even when he is retired. hehe.
I was just able to read your new chapter and it was good. Luna's mum and the explanation was great. I am only sorry that I was unable to read it before now.
P.S. It was worth the wait