I have really enjoyed this! Please consider publishing the rest!
Oh no not again! How come i start reading a fic, get engrosed in it and the chapters run out?! I find it unbelievable that Nagini would be out in the middle of an attack, either it was an imposter, or she wasn't one of the horcruxes. Also, what did Ginny destroy the locket with, because that seemed too easy. I was wondering if drowning Snape in a cauldron in his dream was important, or was it a decoy? Has Harry been hit by a distraction jinx or something, because every time he thinks he's found something he gets lost off. Anyway, Please get the rest of the fic up soon, I'm going mad here.
They put on their dress robes in silence, and went downstairs. They could hear the girls giggling behind Ginny’s bedroom door, and Harry plainly heard Hermione’s voice saying, “He said what?”
I just have to say I loved that quote, it is so typical of the characters. I am only a couple of chapters into it and I have to say I am already entranced by your story. Everything fits in so neatly, the characters are realistic and the plot is subtule yet intresting, a feat that is hard to accomplish sometimes. I must say although I have read many book 7 fanfictions, this one seemed to stand out at me, mainly because of the excellent characterization. Keep up the good work.
Author's Response: Thanks for that. I hop you enjoy the end despite the fact that it was my first ever fanfiction and very hard to sustain. In fact, the whole thing took a year or so.
It was great to see this updated! I have to agree with Harry... it is too convient for Nagini to be killed in an attack where no one was killed or even hurt. hmmmm... The Lestranges have an item of Ravenclaws... very interesting. :)
Author's Response: At this point I had no idea how I was gonna make it work. It took a lot of time to figure it out, but in the end all these pieces will come together (look for a chapter conveniently titled "Missing Pieces")
The last two chapters were good, but I feel you're revealing the plot a little too fast. Many unexpected things happen, which work well for creating a suspense-filled atmosphere - like Snape's capture and the possibility of destroying Helga's cup - but I could hardly take a breath. Of course, my review is not a flame, and hopefully, you won't consider it as one. I'm eager to see what happens next. I have a small word of advice, though. The story will be more believable and gripping if the pace were to be slowed down just a little bit.
That apart, I like the little flaws you've maintained in the characters; without going overboard. One of them is really worrying - the fact that Harry hasn't perfected non-verbal spells yet could prove to be a weakness - while the other (Ron's undignified eating habits) is simply hilarious.
I didn't expect McGonagall to ask Harry, of all people, to use Legilimency on Snape. You're right; he isn't ready for that yet. And I'm glad he's got a little break from all that Horcrux hunting. Good luck with the rest of the story!
grat story. write more chapters soon.
Author's Response: It's actually done, I'm just adding one chapter at a time until it's all up.
That was a very exciting chapter. It is nice that Harry finally has a lead to one of the Horcruxes. I really like how you worked Susan Bones into the story. I would like to know how you will work Snape into the story. There has to be something there. I look forward to the next chapter. Cyns
Author's Response: We'll get to Snape. I regret that login errors and a few system reinstalls kept me away, but I'm back now so enjoy.
Once again, it is nice to see this story updated. It is sad to see so few students at Hogwarts, but at least there are a few. I noticed that many of them are original DA members. Very cool. Cyns
Author's Response: I'm glad you like it. For some reason, the school stuff is the hardest part for me. The lack of first years is because i couldn't invent a sorting hat song. Believe me, I tried.
Ah, nice chapter. I know that you took a really long time to update, but it was worth the wait!
The entire chapter was good, of course, but I was kind of surprised by your version of Harry. He seems somewhat cold and detached when he sees his parents' graves at first. That was an interesting twist. Harry's continuing loyalty to Dumbledore made me smile.
Nice use of symbolism on James and Lily's grave. The pair of antlers cradling a lily is not something that I've read about before: it was very unique!
But, there was one little mistake that I could spot ...
When it was time for Seamus Finnegan’s test, Professor Tofty looked nervous – however, Seamus passed easily.
If I'm correct, "Finnegan" should be "Finnigan".
Good luck with the next chapter!
Author's Response: My apologies. Have you ever considered being a beta?
Good to see you back, very nice chapter! Will see what it all leads to
Author's Response: We're getting there. Quickly. Oh, I'm so glad to be back!
It is nice to see this story updated! I'm glad that they were finally able to pass their Apparation tests, and the scene at the grave yard was nice. I love the Antlers and Lily symbolism!! :) I look forward to reading more!
Author's Response: It'll be over, very soon. I have finished!
love this fic please update soon
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I have updated. Sorry for the enforced hiatus - I have finished the story in the meantime.
love this fic please update soon
Author's Response: I know that the amount of time since I last posted is bordering on ridiculous, but I have a new computer, and it is allowing me to copy and paste once again, and therefore I will be continuing submissions on this site. You can read all completed chapters at www.fanfiction.net/~drtaylor, or you can just wait and enjoy as I post one at a time here.
I read just the whole story tonight its been in my favroites since before the upgrades and wish I read it sooner than latter and Bloody Briliant Job so far....
Interesting to say the least. I love how you've named the potion and worked the facts in and matured Harry's decission making abiltys.
Author's Response: Thanks for that. I always love kind feedback, and it happens so often. Please continue reading - it'll be updated even more soon!
this story is absolutly amazing! that last chapter, with the capturing potion, when i was reading it i was like oohhh wow this makes sense, then i had to remind myself that i wasnt reading book 7-lol... so good cant wait for the next chapter!!!
Author's Response: High praise indeed. The next chapter is being beta'd and will be up soon. I hope. Hurry up, Beta!
Interesting interpretation ... though I don't agree with it completely. I still don't want to think that Dumbledore actually asked Snape to kill him. :_( Great chapter nevertheless. Hoping for your next update soon!
Author's Response: Well, it's just one possibility among many. Only one woman knows for sure, and she hasn't even told her husband yet.
Interesting chapter indeed... It was a cool way to interpret Dumbledore's death. It was a bit short but nevertheless it was a good chapter!
Author's Response: Thanks for that. Dumbledore's death is such a touchy subject for everyone that it's a very scary thing to write. So far, however, I've only been flamed twice, and the first time wasn't too vehement, so I think it's going very well. I would like to say, however, that this is not my final interpretation of Dumbledore's death.
That was a very interesting potion to have Dumbledore drink. It would definitely explain a lot of what had occured. It could also mean that Snape was just trying to keep Dumbledore's knowledge from goingto Voldemort. My only question is, wouldn't Regulus have drunk the original potion, and not Dumbledore? Dumbledore had the fake locket, not the real one. That shows me that someone other then Voldemort would have been the one that captured him. Just my thoughts. I look forward to the next chapter!
Author's Response: The only think I can think is that if Regulus was doing intense research on the potion, he may have found a way around it (which he conveniently never had the chance to record in his little journal) Remember: Regulus's role in all this is really vague, I'm just providing one interpretation based on the information we have.
omg, how can u say he can't rely on adults?! that is SO UNTRUE!!! u make me sick- sick sick sick sick SICK
Author's Response: Okay, first of all, thanks for being honest. Second, I'm glad you are so defensive of Harry, 'cause, frankly, he could use someone on his side. The odds do seem kind of stacked against him. I have commented on this earlier, about why I think he might have some issues there, but I agree that it's entirely possible he doesn't either. For the record, here is my opinion on the subject, quoted from an earlier post: 1. Almost every adult he's ever been able to rely on has died in a way that was usually painful and directly related to his own survival (His parents, Sirius, and now Dumbledore all fall into this category). 2.He has been the longtime victim of both physical and emotional abuse at the hands of adults entrusted with his care and protection. (The Dursleys, Snape, and Umbridge) 3.The only people who have consistently listened to him when he has something important to say have been children, usually Ron and Hermione but also Neville, Ginny, and Luna. (Especially true in book 1, but look at who is paying attention when Sirius is found innocent, or when Voldemort returns. Dumbledore and his friends.) 4.Dumbledore did not entrust any adults, even in the Order of the Phoenix, with the mission. (I think he must have had some reason for that) 5. Dumbledore did trust two of Harry's peers with the mission. (Again, he must have had a reason.) There you go. Make of that what you will. And again, thank you for your opinion and I'm sorry I gave you barfy feelings.
LOL! That was a funny ending. They were in the Room of Requirement, of course what they needed was there!! That was funny with Ginny destroying it. I look forward to the next chapter!
Author's Response: Oh, thank God someone picked up on that! I've explained it to about twelve different people now...