Reviewer: technophobicgeek
Date: 07/07/07 9:19
Chapter: Discovering the Bible in the House of Gaunt

Lovely story, as usual. I do hope Draco has a somewhat redeeming role to play in DH. He is a powerful wizard in his own right, although seriously misguided. Keep writing!

Author's Response: Thanks! I'm still writing, and not just grocery lists.

Reviewer: Valentinia
Date: 05/27/07 7:51
Chapter: Discovering the Bible in the House of Gaunt

Interesting... I really enjoyed reading this! I'd actually wondered about how Draco would react to finding out about Hadrian and this brilliantly showed that as well as a change in Draco. Maybe there's hope yet, eh? One can hope... Though I must say that "lowly name Ron Wealsey" ... :D Great one-shot!

Author's Response: Thanks! This one's a little -- different, I guess is the word. Draco at a crisis point, having to sort things out.

Reviewer: Mikimoto
Date: 02/20/07 9:48
Chapter: Discovering the Bible in the House of Gaunt

Thank you for a well-written story. I notice that you take great care to have all of your stories form a cohesive and coherent whole. That is quite a feat in an invented world. Good job.
I think I was a little surprised in this story on bloodlines that your invention for Bill Weasley did not raise itself. Even if this is not the suitable time for Draco to find out that he indeed does have an older brother, it struck me as odd that the Prewett or Weasley line of descendents did not get a mention. Was this an oversight, intentional (in order to save the revelation for another time), or an indication that Bill Weasley may have the beauty and the grace of Lucius but none of his genetic material??
Personally, I think Bill Weasley's character lends a lot of ammuntion to the nurture side of the nurture vs. nature controversy. If he is indeed a Malfoy and yet turns out to be the good and brave hero, the credit goes to Molly and Arthur's upbringing and shows that we are not just a victim of our genetic material. (I guess this is another good reason to let the hat sort them out!)
Anyway, this is your universe, so I just thought I'd ask.

Author's Response: Well, one possible answer is that Lucius came from outside the family tree, what with his non-British last name and all, and so his descendants are only listed when they tie in properly -- and if Draco had followed the Weasley tie-ins instead, he might have learned something interesting, but he didn't. The other possibility is that I hadn't gotten the scuttlebut on Lucius and Molly yet. ;) I'll leave that to your imagination. Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: notabanana
Date: 06/03/06 15:35
Chapter: Discovering the Bible in the House of Gaunt

*cheers loudly* Awesome family tree, I want one! I was glad to see that I'm left with a teeny-tiny bit of hope for Draco at the end, a bright spot on a otherwise open-ended and rather frightening (for Draco) ending. As always, I loved your writing style...inserting bits of humor ("Goyle had learned respect for books") in an otherwise serious one-shot.

Author's Response: Thanks! For some reason I just can't separate the bits of humor from the dark stuff and vice versa. Ah well, anything you're stuck with is "style," right? Draco is an interesting character to play with -- he has every reason in the world to grow up awful, but he isn't finished yet, so there is a glimmer of hope. Whether he'd take a different path or not depends on so many little moments, and big ones. He probably will never be anything but arrogant and domineering, but he doesn't have to be evil, necessarily. Youngsters at branching points in their paths are interesting characters.

Reviewer: Briar_Rose
Date: 03/30/06 12:47
Chapter: Discovering the Bible in the House of Gaunt

Wow. Very, very nicely done. Living with these realities seems to already affect Draco differently than they may have affected his father. Unless, of course, Lucius was once as pragmatic as Draco before retreating to his illusory world of convenience (and his mechanism for domination over supposed inferiors.) Again I say it, very nicely done.

Author's Response: *savours pats on the back*

I think Lucius would probably claim that his illusory world and mechanism of domination are terribly practical. He only knows some of the realities, of course. And once you finish reading every word I have ever posted here (*wicked laugh*) you will know which ones he knows, and where Draco was wrong...

Reviewer: Starmaiden
Date: 03/15/06 11:37
Chapter: Discovering the Bible in the House of Gaunt

Wow. I'm impressed. Very convincing, and I loved Draco's reaction to Hadrian. For someone who used to have it all, he never really did. The family tree itself is a fascinating concept, the way it works and the fact that there is no longer any Pure Blood anywhere. 10/10.

Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing! I enjoyed writing this odd little story, and making all sorts of Slytherin-shocking conjectures. Was there ever such a thing as a Pureblood? I'm an only child myself, and know the temptation to wonder what siblings would have been like, especially if there is an almost-sibling somewhere in the past.

Reviewer: jlpforpotter
Date: 02/18/06 12:51
Chapter: Discovering the Bible in the House of Gaunt

Loved this little 'one-shot'. Hmmm..... I will anxiously await the arrival of Hadrian in "In the Eyes of Others" (my personal favorite). I thought Draco's reaction to what he learned in the Bible was right on target. Outwardly pompous, cruel individuals, like Draco, are often motivated my their hidden insecurities.

Author's Response: Hello, new member of MNFF! Thank you for reviewing and complimenting! Also for reviewing in a way that leaves ambiguous just what exactly Draco is reading in this Bible... This was a fun, if somewhat sinister, one-shot to write; I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

Reviewer: Blackpenny
Date: 02/13/06 19:35
Chapter: Discovering the Bible in the House of Gaunt

Ah, interesting! Would this story intersect in any way with "In The Eyes of Others"? Funnily enough, my review for the most recent chapter of that story makes reference to "black eyed cuckoos". It looks like I should have read this story first.

Author's Response: "Would this story intersect in any way with "In The Eyes of Others"? " *hands in pockets, whistling*

As always, thanks for reading and reviewing (and conjecturing!)

Reviewer: lilluthor
Date: 02/13/06 15:26
Chapter: Discovering the Bible in the House of Gaunt

*applause* I liked it, I wasn't sure I would, but I did! Very nice.

Author's Response: Thank you! I enjoy turning challenges and cliches on their heads -- and if there's a misleading title to stick on there as well, so much the better. Someday I have to write a Yule Ball.

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