harry ran?! just like that?! ran?!?! *sigh* poor poor harry...
Author's Response: Yup, he ran. You have to kind of understand, this story was intended to make up for something I think Rowling hinted at but would not address, and to a degree I was right. He never fully addressed the feelings of pity he had for Voldemort. In the end, I believed those feelings of pity would turn to guilt and that's where this story came from. Thanks.
Wow. I don't even know what to say. Those last two chapter especially...Wow. You're an extremely talented writer!
Author's Response: Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed the last two chapters, especially considering all the effort that went into writing them. Don't worry, we'll eventually get back to that old place... Though, perhaps not in the way you are thinking.
I read on one of the other reviews that you almost cut this chapter and I am truly glad you didn't. I've read this before but it is just as good the second time (...or seventh) Amazing! Poignant! Which is a very good thing.
Author's Response: Seven? Really? Wow. No, I'm glad I didn't cut this chapter, it really does frame everything quite well, now that I think about it. Thanks for the review.
That made me cry! I know, I'm very emotional. That was an awesome fanfic. I cant wait to read the next chapter!
Author's Response: Well, if it makes you feel better, I do try very hard to get people to cry when I write. Anyway, thank you very much again.
amazing story keep it up!!!!
Author's Response: I intend to, for a little while longer anyway.
aww i wanted them to get married poor harry... ='[
o well i still love how u keep rons humor even when hes in a nerve racking situation..
im glad u didnt just make harry and ginny look into eachothers eyes and fall in love again... hate stories like that
Author's Response: Something a little funny about that; the original ending was very similar to what you are talking about. Thanks to a couple of betas, however, I changed it to what you see here, and I am utter glad about that. Thanks and hopefully will see ya for hte next one.
ps: though i expected ginny to be more.... public abt her feelings u kno. i kinda imagined ginny kickin the life out of him right in the middle of the dance floor... but gues dis was good too....
PS: another thing.... i never thought slaps are heard as "WHAM"... hee heehe
Author's Response: I think for Ginny it was a matter of not ruining her brother's wedding (after all, according to the Epilogues arc, one Weasley wedding has already been ruined for a similar reason). The other thing to consider is that everyone else was welcoming Harry back with open arms, and I think Ginny might have avoided playing the bad guy in this instance. Finally, let's not forget that hse might have just been taken a little off guard. As for the poor choice of onomotopeia... oops.
that was just amazin!! one of the best fics here!! u kno if i wer u i'd have tried to go professional about my writin!! think about it.. cuz i'd definitely buy the book written by u!!
Author's Response: I've thought about it, and in fact (as you'll no doubt read in further author's notes) I'm trying to do just that with politics. Unfortunately, for fiction, it's a little more difficult in that I have to come up with stuff wholely my own. For now, my fictional wrting is going to focus on finishing the Epilogues trilogy, and then from there I'm going to sit down and try and work on something of my own. Thank you so much though.
Once again you did very well!
Loved the wedding part, how ever did you get the idea for Ron and Hermione's robes?
Author's Response: First, thank you so much. Second, wow, that was so long ago, I'm not exactly sure how I came across that idea. I know it was internal, that I was the one that came up with it.... Ah, I think I remember. I was thinking in my head how Hermione would look, okay? And I had all these things going on in my head, and I don't remember if I used it in the story or not, I think I did, but I remember distinctly wanting the imagery to be such that she looked like something that walked right out of a fairy tale. That's where the vines came from, anyway. Eventually I kinda got this notion in my head that she would look like some woodland elf princess or something, so her dress would have to have this kind of organic vinelike design running all throughout, and there was something about the visual of that pattern running on her dress but also on her bare skin that struck me as being so very classically wedding, while at the same time showing the nature of the magic that is about them. From there, I had Ron's robe's match for continuity, and then I remembered I was dealing with a magical world, and so I kept on with the vine idea until... voila... we have their robes as we see them in the scene. Again, thank you so much, and terribly sorry for how long it took to get back to you!
Even brought a tear to my eye
Author's Response: That was kinda what I was shooting for. Thank you.
I really enjoyed this. I had just finished the 7th book and was pining for some more Harry, I think you have hit most of the characters right on the head. The story was really cool, I kept thinking I'll finish this page and go to sleep. Well I finished the whole story in one afternoon. Great stuff mate, I am probably 2 years to late to review but I am looking forward to part 2 on the bus home tonight. Keep writing for you have talent.
Author's Response: Thank you so much. Yeah, I wrote this long before the seventh book came out, and now that it has come out and much of what I have written is now out of canon, that is something of a disappointment, but what are we to do? Anyway, I'm glad I could keep things going for you, and I do intend to keep writing, at least until the end of Part III at which point I think I shall leave this forum for good. Thank you so much again.
Fluff + Angsty Yelling = Spectacular
Yeah... I think that about sums it up for me.
Onto part 2!
Author's Response: Yup, pretty much. Thank you very much, and good luck with Part II, it'll take a bit.
How could I have forgotten to mention the song I listened to????
During this chapter I listened to "Oh My My My" by Taylor Swift. I'm not the biggest fan of romantic fluff songs, but that one is PERFECT for this chapter.
Author's Response: Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I was able to listen to that song, and I'll say, typically not my cuppa, but a decent choice. Then I got sucked into atching a couple Flyleaf videos, but, yeah, nevermind. Again, thank you
That was absolutely beautiful. I'm crying again, but then, I always cry at weddings. *rolls eyes*
I loved the detailed descriptions of Hermione and Ron's attire, specifically the concept of the "vines."
And Ron's vows were amazing. They were just so... Ron.
Same with Hermione's. It would figure that she would go into a big ol' speech for a wedding vow -- that's the Hermione we all know and love.
Author's Response: Thank you so much, yeah, I really struggled with those vows, I kinda had the shape of it, but it took some time to pin down. Again, thank you very much.
OK, now my keyboard's just sopping wet. If it short-circuits, I blame you. ;)
Gah. I never expected Simon to be a Squib... nor did I expect Harry to apologise to Voldemort. I love the way you're portraying him, I love that he's going home, and I love this fic.
You're an amazingly talented writer.
Author's Response: Thank you so much. Don't worry, I've had lots of similar keyboard complaints, and to this day not received any receipt for new ones, so apparently the keyboards are holding up! Simon a Squib, yes, and, I think you'll be happy to know that there's more of him to come here and later on. As for Harry and Voldemort, that stems from a single part in HBP where Dumbledore asks harry if he feels sorry for Voldemort. This was my answer to that, this guilt that he would eventually have to feel upon killing Voldemort. I know it's out of canon by now, but that's just how I saw it. I really liked that scene, it just really struck me as particularly peaceful and calm and I just really loved it. Thank you so much again!
I thought the scene with the grave would be the saddest thing in this chapter.
I thought wrong.
Harry looking in on the scene at the Burrow just made me cry harder, and by the time we saw Ginny and her "Happy Birthday, Harry!" episode, I was sobbing as hard as she was. My family thought I was dying.
I listened to "Hate Me" during this chapter, and it does fit perfectly. I also listened to "Hurt" by Johnny Cash, and though the lyrics don't fit as much, the overall tone of the song was a perfect fit.
I'll be sure to keep reading, and I'll be sure to keep reviewing, too.
Author's Response: Yeah, Hate Me was absolutely perfect for this chapter. absolutely. Thank you so much, I really am glad you got an emotional reaction to this, it means a lot, particularly this chapter which was intended to be heartbreaking. It's kind of funny because you're not the only one that has touched on trying to explain your reaction to family members or something similar, and well, I put up warnings in Parts II and III for sexual content, and violent content, but now I'm wondering if maybe I shouldn't put up a warning for some of these stories kinda like, WARNING: You may have to explain to your family why you are crying at the computer screen. sigh. Anyway, thank you again, sorry it took so long to get around to this, but I've been trying to keep up with the reviews for the latest chapter of Part III, so there you go. Thank you!
This was a sad story that made me drink alot while reading it. I enjoyed it though. Off to part II but I might have to work first.
Author's Response: Thank you, and yeah, you'll probably have to work first, Part II is very long! Thank you again!
Wonderful! I loved the story! Simply brilliant! I am hurriedly typing this so I can go and read your next story! I loved the part when Harry realises he was home. Some parts were very sad. The whole graveyard scenes were heart wrenching. I commend you on a job well done.
Author's Response: Since you seem to be doing a hard charge through them all, I'll wait until your done before I respond, but thank you so much.
I don't usually review fanfics, just because I don't feel like I have anything useful to add, but I felt compelled to review this one. I laughed, I cried, I cried... It's excellent. Fantastic. I can't wait to read the rest of the Epilogue arc. Thanks for filling the HP void since DH came out. :)
Author's Response: Thank you for reading and reviewing, I greatly appreciate it. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I'm incredibly honored and pleased you were able to feel an emotional connection with the story; something I always aim for when I sit down to write. As for filling the void since DH came out... heh... I've been writing this arc for a year now, so it was more like filling the void before, and now after. But in truth, and I think this is what makes the difference, this is not me trying to fill any void. This is just me trying to tell good and interesting stories. That's what really drives me in writing these stories. Telling good stories. Thank you so much.
Author's Response: No thank you!