Yay! A new chappie! I also agree that Harry needs to include someone like Lupin. He'll be able to help in ways Ron and Hermione can't. Way to leave me hanging again. I was getting excited to see the third memory and the chapter ended on me (I was yelling at my scroll bar as it got towards the bottom of the page, "No, don't end yet!"). At least now I have something to look forward to reading during the holiday break. Great job as always!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! I'm glad you liked the idea of Harry confiding in Lupin. I seem to have a penchant for these cliffhangers, which really puts the pressure on for the next chapter. ;) Thank so much for reading this story, I appreciate all your reviews and kind words!! ~Gina :)
grrrrrrrrrr....y did u stop?!?!?!?!keep it comin.
Author's Response: Not to worry, I'll be submitting the next chapter soon! It's not over quite yet, just getting close. I'm glad you want to know more, thanks for reading! ~Gina :)
Awesome chapter! I think your theory on Snape works out really well. It explains Snape's behavior towards Harry all those years, being much more than some grudge against James during school. I bet Maura came across Snape's mind every time he even laid eyes on Harry. As for Voldemort, I believe he would have accepted Snape back. It must have been a tough decision, but we already saw Voldemort accept Wormtail back. Great work! I can't wait to read more!!
Author's Response: Hi! Thank you so much for the great review!! I am thrilled that you found this chapter believable, it was tough. You are right on with what you have said about Snape and how it has affected his relationship with Harry. As for Voldemort, I imagine he was tempted to just kill Snape after what he did here, but ultimately would see how useful having Snape as a spy in the Order would prove. Plus he would probably enjoy forcing Snape to continue working for the man who killed his wife. Thank you so much for following this story and the great reviews! I hope you enjoy the rest, it'll be wrapping up soon! ~Gina :)
"I'm glad you liked this chapter!"- I like (actually love) all your chapters, haha
About Snape being accepted back- I can see why word of the prophecy would entice Voldie to reaccept Snape, but now (in HBP) Snape is completely enfolded within Voldemort's ranks as Voldie's right hand man, sort of. But Snape completely flew off the wall here and attacked Voldie, so wouldn't Voldie be slightly wary of Snape and not really trust him anymore? Well, I suppose 15ish years lets trust build up- not that Voldie was around that whole time. It was more like 2ish years. Oh well. I suppose that my questions can fit under the "AU" bill for now :)
Author's Response: Hi again! It funny how not only did this not really occur to me - the issue of Voldemort taking Snape back - but it still doesn't seem like a big deal to me. Let me explain. :) I think Voldemort is a cruel, selfish, single-minded man. Yes, he will be very angry when Snape comes back to him. Snape will probably suffer quite a bit - he did not want to go back, since he knew this. But I think Voldemort would then quickly see the advantage of keeping Snape alive if Snape offers him an advantage - namely, Snape as a Death Eater placed close to the Order and Albus Dumbledore. Snape will definitely have to prove himself, though, and it will take a while. It may involve the Potters later, although this story won't get into that fateful night (alas!) I really have tried to think my way through this, and I do think Voldemort would take Snape back in spite of what he did, because Snape would be so much more valuable alive than dead. I can certainly see why you might disagree though - I'm glad this story is making you think about it! :) There is also this little part of me which is hoping that maybe, just maybe, Tom Riddle might understand the pain of a man who has just lost his wife. But that is probably wishful thinking, given it's Voldemort. So - does that make some sense? Feel free to email or PM anytime, I love chatting Harry Potter and will try to explain my thoughts as best I can! Thanks so much for the wonderful questions and comments, I always look forward to them! ~Gina :)
Incredible, per usual. I have a question though- why/how on earth did Voldemort accept Snape back after he attacked him (Voldemort, I mean). And why didn't Snape just kill James if he was only trying to side step killing the pregnant Lily Potter? Was it because he thought that pregnant women need protection/support from their husbands?
I can't wait for the next chapter =)
Author's Response: Hi! Thanks for the review, I'm glad you liked this chapter! About your questions . . . Voldemort accepts Snape back because Snape brings him word of the prophecy, as well as his plan to spy on Dumbledore (as per Chapter 9, when Dumbledore tells Snape he will feed him information.) I think if Snape couldn't kill Lily for whatever reason, he wouldn't kill her husband standing right there. I don't think it's because he felt a pregnant woman needed the support of a husband - although that is a very Snape-ish way to think, isn't it? I just think Snape would have hesitated - maybe married life mellowed him a bit. ;) I'm no Snape fan but I suppose I am an optimist. Thanks so much for your questions! And thank you for following the story, I hope you like the rest. There are about three or four chapters to go, with the next one coming along soon. Its a bit more reflective, as Harry takes on a new mentor, of sorts, before viewing the final memory. Thanks again! ~Gina :)
ouch thats gotta hurt
Author's Response: I assume you are refering to Snape losing his wife, and yes, I think it did hurt him very badly. He lost a wife and a child, all because of James and Lily and later Harry Potter. Imagine how that would color the rest of his life, particularly his relationship with Harry. Thanks for reading! ~Gina :)
Yet another riveting chapter in an intriguing and plausible story. I really enjoyed your take on Snape's past and an event that helped him become so...Snapeish. I can't wait for the next chapter! Best of luck and happy writing!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! I am so glad you enjoyed this chapter and the look into Snape's past. I think there is definitely something that made him so Snapeish (lovely word!) The next chapter is wrapping up, its a bit of a transition to the next. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story, thank you so much for reading it and leaving such a nice review! ~Gina :)
*coughs* Ignore that "I've seen" line. Review editing, you know...
Author's Response: Quite all right, dear, I've done it too. :) How I wish we could edit reviews! Thanks again, I'm so glad you read it and enjoyed it and left such a fabulous review! *happy dance* Gina :)
Hi Gina, here I am, at last. Your story is just great! I'm happy that I was able to help you and discover your story in the bargain. The entire concept of "a different reality" is intriguing, and I love how every idea that you present is unqiue but still makes a lot of sense in comparison to canon. I've seen. Snape taking Harry along with him is a very interesting idea. And this last chapter is just stunning; I'm in awe of you for thinking up such a wonderful idea as Maura. And Voldemort's line...*shivers* Superb work. =)
Author's Response: Oh my goodness, thank you for reading this story!! *squee* I'm so thrilled you decided to read it after going through all that stuff about Snape with me. Thankyouthankyouthankyou for your help, and for the lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed the story and am really happy this chapter turned out so well. I'm waiting for someone to call me on it - I am glad you enjoyed it. I think Voldemort's line is pretty creepy as well, he's just so cruel. Thank you so much for reading this and leaving such a great review, I'm so happy - what a great day!! Thanks again and see you around Ravenclaw!! ~Gina :)
An interesting, and quite believable, reason for Snape's turn against Voldemort. That part was stunningly well-written. Voldemort again proves why many fear and loathe him...
Snape, having always been dark and angry, but now bitter and hateful, seems to have a very good reason now for hating James Potter. Snape appears unable to have the very thing James had: LOVE. Ah, but I am chattering like a squirrel (and making as much sense too)!
I stand by my previous review; this story (and I do hope the next chapter[s] will be up soon) is nearly as good as JKRs! Congratulations for a (thus far) riveting and finely-spun alternate-ending to a great story! Have a fabulous weekend, Gina!
Author's Response: I say again - thank you so much for the flurry of reviews today. I can't tell you how exciting it was to keep finding new reviews as I checked my email today. It absolutely made my day, I'm thrilled. I'm flattered by your comments and just so happy that you enjoyed the story. I really appreciate that you took the time to leave a note for each chapter. So as for this chapter, it was just accepted yesterday and I'll be interested to see what others think. I felt like I was taking a risk giving Snape a background such as they one I presented here. I'm happy that you found it both interesting and believable. Yes, it is yet another reason for Snape to hate James Potter, and more importantly, Harry. I feel bad for Snape. I really do think there is a defining moment/reason for his turn. Well, that's assuming he is on the good side, which I also think - or maybe just hope. The next chapter is coming along, it's a bit more reflective, before plunging into the Pensieve for the final memory. I'm honored that you have marked it as a favorite and hope you enjoy the rest of the story. Thank you again for reading it today and leaving so many wonderful reviews. I will indeed have a fabulous weekend. Thank you!! ~Gina :)
Dumbledore: Only human, after all. We cannot blame him for not seeing everything.
Hermione: Intelligent, level-headed, and quite believeable; wonderfully written here.
Harry: It's troubling being the Chosen One, especially when you have doubts about the one you trusted most; convincingly written.
Another excellent chapter! :)
Author's Response: Oh, thank you for the comments! I'm glad I managed to do well by Hermione, I worked hard on her dialogue. This chapter seems dark to me, the idea that Dumbledore made this fateful decision, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for the great review!! ~Gina :)
Twist, turns and more questions, OH MY!
When I reached the end of this chapter, I was suddenly smacked with a realization: this WASN'T JKRs book I was reading! Apparently I'd been thinking it WAS! Jiminy Crickets!
Your writing mirrors hers--a SUPERB and FANTASTIC feat! I can't wait to read the ENTIRE STORY all the way through once it is complete. I've added you to and your story to my favorites.
Author's Response: *SQUEE!* What a compliment, now I am definitely blushing. :) I did want this to read like it was written by JKR , and I am thrilled to have pulled it off. Thank you so much! I hope you continue to enjoy the story! ~Gina :)
Many apologies for not leaving this next review right away; I have two kidlets who require my attention.. Anyway, on to the review, which may be jumbled, so I apologize for that too: ...
--A longer chapter, I see; very good. ...
--Harry's inner voice is trying to tell him something. Could it be that Harry may be on the egdes of breaking through the Memory Charm placed upon him? Hmm. ...
--Ginny's 'borrowing' suggestion and the subsequent "Accio Penseive"= LOL. ...
--The Room of Requirement becoming Dumbledore's Office was rather clever; I liked that idea immensely. ...
--I think Ginny simply heard "I need you," making her staying behind all the more worthwhile, yes? ...
--To 'see' Dumbledore again was fantastic, and the banter between Albus and Aberforth: CLASSIC. ...
--Trelawney's obliviousness after the prophecy was comical and the terrific cliffhanger at the end of this chapter has me clamoring for more! Pressing on, I am!
Author's Response: Oh my goodness, no apologies necessary! This is a lot of reading in one day (and a lot of reviewing as well!) Thank you, once more, for the wonderful review. As for the Memory Charm . . . well, I can't really say much, can I? It might come back. ;) As I said before, I gave Harry a Hermione moment and a Ron moment, and this was his Ginny moment - I am very glad you liked it. I loved writing the scene at the Hog's Head, so I'm thrilled with your comments! I hope Aberforth makes an appearance in Book Seven(and I sort of hope I'm close to the mark as well) I also loved leaving it as a cliffhanger - you are lucky that the next part is up! Thank you again for the review!! ~Gina :)
really good chapter.. Thats a good reason why snape betrayed the dark lord
Author's Response: Hi Kelpie! I'm glad you are still following the story! I'm also glad you liked this chapter, I felt like I was taking a bit of a risk with it. Thanks so much for always leaving a review, I really appreciate it! ~Gina :)
I enjoyed this chapter immensely. Whenever Harry and his friends brainstorm we get to see just how close they are, how their minds work and how much they trust one another. Very well-written and plausible. P.S. I liked the news article.
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked the news article, it was fun to write! Harry had his moment with Hermione in Chapter Six and I wanted him to have a moment with Ron in Chapter Seven. The news article actually came out of the blue and made me work a little harder to fit it in. You are making me blush with all these reviews! I really appreciate it - thank you for your kind words, and for reading this story. I am so glad you are enjoying it, thanks again!! ~Gina :)
I'm uncertain whose reaction to being in the Astronomy Tower struck me most, but the two friends desperately trying to cling to one another for comfort brought tears to my eyes. Adding Fawkes here was a poignant touch. I have no more words except to say, "Thank you for a hauntingly beautiful chapter".
Author's Response: You are most welcome! :) This is one of my favorites, particularly the last paragraph. Poor Harry! I'm glad you are still enjoying it, thank you for leaving me these little notes. You have totally made my day and my weekend!! ~Gina :)
Draco--gone from Hogwarts forever? How sad. Will he remember that moment or be forced to forget as well? I absolutely adored your Aberforth. He's a bit like Moody, yet not. I could just feel Harry's heart wrenching (or was that my own, because I miss Albus so much?) as he laid eyes on Dumbledore's brother--your writing that was THAT good. I think this is my favorite chapter thus far--and I have several more to go! :)
Author's Response: Hi again! You will probably get to see Draco again so I'm going to wait on your question. I'm glad you liked Aberforth, I do too. The part where he comes up the stairs was something I really enjoyed writing. I was a bit surprised by myself when Harry was Obliviated, so I'm glad you enjoyed this chapter! Thanks again for the great comments and review! ~Gina :)
Ah, I knew Harry wouldn't let Draco off so easy. But...where are Dumbledore's glasses? The two stories (yours and JKRs) meld together nicely here; visuals and conversations (and well as characterizations) flow well. A good chapter--kudos for closely following the book! :)
Author's Response: Thank you for the kudos! Yes, I figured Harry needed a good go at Draco, I loved writing that. ;) Thank you very much for the compliments, I've tried very hard to stay true to the book in this story. Thanks again for the lovely review!! ~Gina :)
Again, quite a nice surprise; who would have thought that Draco and Harry would willingly work together? Then again, this is Voldemort they are dealing with and both boys are fighting for their lives. An EXCELLENT chapter; GREAT JOB! :)
Author's Response: Wow, I respond to one review, and there is another! Thank you so much! I am glad I can surprise my readers, and yet keep things plausible and in character. Thank you for the lovely compliments, you are too kind. I am so happy you are enjoying this story, I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! Thanks so much for reading and leaving another wonderful review. Enjoy the rest! ~Gina :)
Wow. Of all people Voldemort could have done in, it was not HER I'd expected. If Voldemort's in a good mood now that Dumbledore is dead, I can't imagine what him being in a foul mood is like. Kudos on the bit where Harry feels for Draco. Also, Voldemort is well-written. :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much for another lovely review! Yes, I find the bit with Narcissa shocking as well, and I wrote it. ;) I'm glad I was able to write Voldemort well, since we haven't seen too much of him yet. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy the next chapter! And thank you again for the great review!! ~Gina :)