*exhales breath* It's always hard coming back to realtiy at the end of each chapter, but this one's particulary hard. It makes you wanna glomp Snape - Who can stand all this without snapping? He's in for some serious therapy (should he get out of this alive).
Will we see him again before your story ends? Alive not in a memory I mean? :-)
Author's Response: Hi there! Well, that is a great question, isn't it? And you wouldn't really want me to answer that, would you? ;) Let's just say I'm having fun with his role - dead or alive - in wrapping up the final chapter. ;) You do have to feel bad for the choices he has been forced to make, or at least for the consequences of those choices. Perhaps he brought some on himself, but when it comes to straddling the fence as a spy for both Dumbledore and the Dark Lord, Snape has played a dangerous game and at least deserves some respect. Unless he turns into a total prat in the final book, of course - but I don't think he's *really* on Voldemort's side, nor even on his own. I do believe he is Dumbledore's man, through and through; and I hope JKR does as well! ;) Thanks for still reading and for leaving such lovely, fun reviews! I hope you enjoy the end of the story! ~Gina :)
The least he learns form this memeory is the spell to destroy the Horcruxes, a bit less of research for Hermione, hehe. So, what's Snape got to do there? I remember Dumbledore saying Snape helped him cure his arm, so I guess we'll witness that next, but what else? Harry (and Lupin) still need the answer for why Snape cast the killing curse in Dumbledore.
*claps hands* oh, I'm gald I can read on and see what your mind came up with
Author's Response: Hi! Yes, Harry now knows the spell to destroy a Horcrux. There must be a way, right? Really I just wanted him to know how Dumbledore injured his hand. I'm still wondering how JKR can make it so difficult for Albus Dumbledore to find and retrieve the ring and the locket and then expect Harry to be able to do it as a much younger, inexperienced wizard. At least here he knows a bit more about what to expect; plus he will have Ron and Hermione with him, won't he? Yes, you'll see Snape's role in all this in the next chapter. Thanks so much for reading and for the wonderful review! ~Gina :)
shoot, I hope this doesn't show double, but I was just kicked out, so here we go again:
Lupin is the perfect choice, always has been, always will. Nice one, gives us all some time to catch our breath before rushing inot the next memory.
Thanks for such a detailed answer, yes I agree with the friendship part and about the traumatic experience, I just dearly hope J.K. won't let us (eme) down on it. uhu, I'd love to read a Snape companion volume!
Author's Response: Hi there! Thanks so much for another review! I'm glad you liked Harry's scene with Lupin, it is kind of a breather, isn't it? You are quite welcome for the detailed answer, I enjoyed the questions! I really appreciate you leaving so many reviews on this story, I hope you continue to enjoy it! Thanks again! ~Gina :)
Horray! I don't want this story to end yet, so seeing another penultimate chapter really made my day! I love the reference to The Room of Rejection, including Harry tripping over Dumbledore's bowling pins. I can't wait to see how the potions book will come to play in the next chapter. Great Job!!
Author's Response: Hi there! Thanks so much for the wonderful review! I'm glad you liked this chapter - and caught the reference to Dumbledore's bowling pins! As for the potions book - that won't really be addressed in the next chapter, sorry. I just thought that given the events in this story, Harry should go back for it. The next chapter wraps things up at the funeral, just like the real Book Six. There are, however, one or two surprises left. I hope you enjoy the rest - thanks again for reading and for the lovely review!! ~Gina :)
Thank you! Thank you for not presenting a Lily/Snape solution. Thank you! Seriously. :-)
This gives such a reasonable explanation why Snape loathes Harry, his kido would be his age if he hadn't given in, though - I'm not sure if I missed it or am mixing sth up, but didn't he turn to the Order later? I mean after Voldy killed Maura?
Ok, Snape was friends with Lily, but she seems to be a bit suprised herself and it's probably already the third time he interfered with Voldy's plans. So. Why did he protect them by all means, risking his own life and more importantly that of his wife and unborn kid?
Sorry, if this is my brain confusing things... :-(
It's still an addicting chapter!
Author's Response: Hi Peach! I'm glad you are still reading - and you are quite welcome. ;) I'll try to answer your questions. . . in my mind, Snape was indeed friends with Lily but I think they would have drifted apart once he become more involved with the Death Eaters and she joined the Order of the Phoenix. It was not the first time Snape interfered in Voldemort's plans for the Potters, although it was the first time he did so blatantly. I think the other two times he was much more subtle about it. Perhaps it was his former friendship that moved him; later it was the fact that Lily was pregnant. I think with his own wife expecting a child he would have been even more likely to want to save Lily Potter. This third time he was sent himself, and I think actually seeing Lily really moved him to throw the attack. He may not have even realized he was putting his own family in danger; but of course he did, and the consequences were tragic. I think this hardened his heart and closed his mind, and sent him to Dumbledore. So - does that help? I just think something major and traumatic must have happened to push Snape away from the Dark and back toward the Light, and I do think it happened earlier than we are lead to believe in the books. Or, at least it's possible - who knows what JKR has in store for us! I do hope we learn much more about Snape in the last book. He could probably have a companion volume all his own, imagine that! I hope that answers your questions, thanks so much for asking! I'm glad you still enjoyed this chapter, and hope you enjoy the rest. Thank you so much for the wonderful reviews!! ~Gina :)
I love your story so much! Please update soon! Great job with this chapter and the story!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the compliment! I'm glad you enjoyed this chapter and hope you enjoy the rest of the story. I'm working on the next chapter, hopefully it won't take too long to update! Thanks again for reading this and leaving such a nice review!! ~Gina :)
*giggles* Don't worry about how you keep extending the length of the story...I doubt anyone here will complain! :P Good chapter, though it was a bit short.
Author's Response: Hi there! Thank you so much for the review! Yes, it was short - I even thought about combining it with the next chapter but I do like suspense. ;) I'm so glad you enjoyed it, I really appreciate the lovely review! It was also the 150th review for this story, which just blows me away. *tosses confetti* THANK YOU, EVERYONE!! ~Gina =)
nice solution, having Snape tell Dubmledore his reasons but we're still left on our knees...so, this also sounds a tiny bit like Black might possbily still be alive, and Dumbledore! You had it all planned out! You're the true evil here! What a lovely twist.
Author's Response: Except for the bits that have snuck in, yes it's all been planned out. I wanted to explore the answers to some of those big questions, like how and why did Snape turn spy? The Pensieve is such a lovely device for doing so. =) I'm glad you liked this chapter. There are some more twists coming, so enjoy! Thank you once again for leaving such wonderful reviews!! ~Gina :)
such an evil cliff, I'm hanging here - screaming for help! woah!
Question: I seem to notice a few Moody-like features in Aberforth, or are my senses betraying me?
Author's Response: I know, some of the chapters really leave you hanging, it's such fun. ;) As for Aberforth's Moody-like characteristics - I think they both have that gruff sort of personality, so no, your senses are not betraying you. From the tiniest bit we've seen I think they're somewhat similar, and so that's how my Aberforth turned out! Thanks for still reading, I hope you enjoy the rest. Thank you for leaving such nice reviews!! ~Gina :)
I can't wait to see what happens next!!
Author's Response: Thank you! I am so glad you liked this chapter, I was a bit unsure of it. I appreciate the wonderful compliment on the writing. *blushes* I'm working on the next chapter - Funeral - and hope you enjoy the rest of the story! Thank you again for the lovely review! ~Gina :)
oh you dont know how happy i am that this isnt the final chapter, again
its one of my favourite stories and i dont want it to end
i love it, i love it, i love it
x x x
Author's Response: Hi Emma! Yes, you get yet another extra chapter! =) Although I planned out this story months ago, one must always be ready to adapt, and three lovely chapters have now appeared from the mists of inspiration to wriggle their way into this tale. I'm glad you liked this short little bit - thank you so much for reading this story and leaving such nice reviews, I really appreciate it!! ~Gina :)
P.S. You were the 1st 1 on my favs list. For both the story and the author.
Author's Response: Aww, that's so nice.=) I'm thrilled that you enjoyed this story enough to add it to your list, and absolutely honored to be included among your favorite authors. *blushes* Thank you so much!! ~Gina :)
1sr reviewer!!!!! *does 1st reviewer dance* I loved it!!! Could have made it a bit longer thiough!! UPDATE SOON!!!
Author's Response: Nice moves! ;) Thanks for the first review on this chapter, that was quick! I'm glad you liked it. I agree it was short, but that's how they turn out sometimes - I don't want to force more words where they don't belong. The next chapter should be longer! Thanks so much for reading and reviewing!! ~Gina :)
Hope at last. I guess Aberforth had a very busy night back then :-)
now, what about the memories? *pokes Gina*
I'm starting to consider breaking my rule of only reading two chaps each time around...
Author's Response: So why do you think Aberforth had a busy night? ;) As for the memories, keep reading, because I've written them all now! I understand what you mean about reading a little bit at a time, it is hard to catch up on chaptered fics, I've found. I am glad you are still reading and enjoying this one. You will be the first to know that it looks like there will be yet another extra chapter! But you still have a while till that. ;) Thanks again for the wonderful reviews!! ~Gina :)
so many emotions in here, and it all just fits - amazing piece of work *sighs*
Author's Response: Thanks for the lovely compliment! This is one of my favorite chapters and I'm so happy to get such a nice review for it! I'm glad you are still reading - thanks again!! ~Gina :)
Aberforth is wonderful, you did a great job on him. Let's hope Harry can get some rest soon, or I'd start fearing for his sanity. I like McGonnagall in this chap, wanting to know it all, and not even getting piecesit must be hard, Dumbledore is gone, but he's still playing his games with them all.
...Ehm, I hope we'll find out about Snape's fate soon, though I refuse to believe he'd let someone like Voldy get the better of him, hihihi
Author's Response: Hi again! I'm glad you liked Aberforth, I hope we get to meet him in Book Seven! I loved introducing him as the Order's go-to man here. As for Snape . . . keep reading, but I agree that he wouldn't let Voldemort get the better of him so easily. ;) Thank you so much for the wonderful review!! ~Gina :)
wow, Harry. That's some development, but understandable, I can't even imagine how confused he must be.
But, hey you! A cliff is fine, but violently pushing me over the edge? excuse me? What happened to Snape? I guess I'm lucky the next chap is already waiting... ;-)
Author's Response: Yes, I'm sure Harry is confused and really it only gets worse for him as he goes. ;) Sorry to push you over the edge of the cliffhanger - this story seems to have a lot of them, large and small. There's lots more about Snape to come, although it may be a while before you find out what you want to know. Oh, how I love being cryptic in my responses! =)Thanks so much for continuing with the story, I hope you enjoy it! I really appreciate the lovely fun reviews!! ~Gina :)
Snape is not really dead, is he?Yor story is sooooo riveting and far from finished, right?
Author's Response: Hi there! I can't really say anything about Snape other than according to the Daily Prophet, he was killed in Spinner's Send. I can say you'll get more details, though. ;) I'm working on the final chapter, so I'm afraid it is just about wrapped up, sorry! I'd be thrilled if you read one of my other stories, though. Thanks so much for reading this one, and for the lovely review! I hope you enjoy the end! ~Gina :)
I loved it! You are obviously a very talented writer, and know where you are going! Keep up the good work!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! I'm so glad you liked it! I don't know about the talented writer part, but I do know where I'm going with it. It's been fun and it should wrap up soon. I hope you read more - thanks so much for finding this story and for the wonderful review! ~Gina :)
Read the whole thing in one go - fabulous. I was a little dismayed to discover that I'm so close -yet so far away from the 'final' chapter. I can't wait. I've always thought this was probably the way things approximately happened - possibly with the exception of the wife, maybe. I just adore Snape - he is surely a man of hidden depths...
Author's Response: Hi there! That's a lot of reading in one sitting, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I know the chapter with Snape's wife can be a bit jarring, I'm surprised I haven't gotten more yelps about it. I do think, however, that something very important moved Snape to change loyalties. I can't wait to see what JKR has in store for us! As for this final chapter, I do hope to wrap it up soon. Thank you so much for reading this story, and for the wonderful review!! ~Gina :)