oops. Well now she knows.
Your characterizations are spot on! Do you extensively research your characters befor you write them. You seem to make the most minor characters multi dementional
Author's Response: I try to! The Lexicon is a big help, and rereading is an even bigger one, because there are always these tantalizing little hints about even the most minor characters. Thanks!
Still here -- still enjoying.
One thing that I particularly like about this story is the way human nature comes into it -- even counsel and judges can be angry, or impatient, or cocksure, or curious, and the various characters are using those traits in each other to further their ends. It's like watching a chess game.
I hope DH bears out your interpretation of Severus, but even if it doesn't, your "corpus" will stand as a delightful and highly plausible AU to show us all what might have been. I've enjoyed your work very much in the year since I've discovered it and hope you will keep writing even after DH.
Author's Response: Well, the good news is, I can't imagine not writing. Thanks! I spent some time talking with lawyers for this story, and had a good time -- defence-attorney-ing and storytelling really have a lot in common.
Again, whenever a day threatens to be dull, I can excitedly dismiss it when and email says there is an update to this story.
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad the inside of Azkaban and the legal proceedings can still be a dullness antidote!
interesting...I am definitely intrigued. Oh and thanks for your efforts.
Author's Response: Thanks! Happy reading!
I'm working my way through this now. It's been a while since I've even read your stories... I suppose they're too heavy and I've been to busy and too tired to be able to do it properly.
I keep getting struck by this strange feeling, though, whenever I read your work. I'm still not entirely certain that you are not JK Rowling's alias, so that she can post angst and slash and whatever else she can't admit to loving in real life. Perhaps the faults in the timelines and slightly misspelled names I find once in a while are simply cleverly devised plans of hiding your true identity from us. Either way it is hard to believe that someone can write these characters this well. :P
I'll read on now, I just wanted to share those particular musings.
Author's Response: Oooh, you're back! And I'm terribly flattered, as always. My hubby probably wishes I was JKR, or at least that I had access to her bank account. Misspelled names as a device of cleverness -- *bonks dear unspellable Ernie* -- I like that theory. Sadly, though, it's just that I don't always catch me.
I must admit to being a Severus fan, as well as a fan of the logic that comes to bear when cross-examining witnesses at a trial. And I am a fan of Ginny, so it probably goes without saying that I read all 19 chapters this evening in one sitting. I eagerly await the next chapters. I absolutely adore the interactions between Severus and Ginny.
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad the logic is holding up. And they make a fun pair, don't they?
This is just excellant! Thank you for sharing!
Author's Response: Thanks!
The trial just drags on and on! Which, for the reader is much more pleasurable than for poor Severus! I love that he's - almost - admitting his feelings for Ginny, just in small things like needing her to be safe. I can't wait to see more on that front! Plus, the trial is just getting cooler and more suspenseful! Carrow was so different and so freaky! Poor Severus! I can't wait to find out what happens next! Update soon!
Author's Response: Thanks! Glad it's dragging for him but not for you! And that Carrow was appropriately freaky -- he's pretty awful in the end of book 6, too.
Oh! The mixture of dry humor and beautifully crafted argument is just delightful. Thank you for making me grin like an idiot. And I do, of course, look forward to reading more. As always.
Author's Response: Thanks! There's more up!
I loved Ginny's cross examination -- we should call her Atticus.
Author's Response: Thanks! I wonder how she'd respond to that?
Hmm. Very good point about the Weasleys - I wouldn't cross those four either.
Author's Response: *giggle* Thanks!
Author's Response: Thanks!
So, what happened in Carrow's first Transfiguration class?
Author's Response: Now there's a good question! Both of them do seem to have it in for McGonagall, and she doesn't seem to be pulling punches for them either -- that should be a story somewhere, shouldn't it?
I loves it--all of it.
Author's Response: Thanks!
I just can't begin to tell you how much I adore this story! Usually, I try to include something besides just "OMGSQUEESOGOOD," but for this story I can't think of anything else but complements!
It is definitely one of the most original stories on all of MNFF. I was so curious when I first started reading and pretty much devoured the rest of the story in a matter of days.
My absolute favorite line in this entire story is "No matter how petty the method, teaching the bushy-haired brat a little humility always felt like doing the world a favour. I can't tell you HOW hard I laughed when I read that!
Well, I just wanted to drop in and tell you how much I adore this story and I'll be reading obsessively! Update soon!
Author's Response: Yay! Thanks! I enjoyed that line, too -- it just popped in all dry and snarky and onto the screen it went. That's one of my favorite things about writing Severus, actually.
I like how you show Severus regaining his faculties. First he remembers chess, now he can recall Hermione's worst subject. Wonderful characterization, wonderful details.
Author's Response: Thanks! It was the interesting part about developing the storyline, actually.
The closing line is absolutely fabulous. As is everything before it.
Author's Response: *blush* Thanks!
I love that after all those years of blandness and lack of intellectual deprivation, Severus' analytical and calculating mind snaps back into action at the trial. Ooo it's all so good.
:D Hermione was so wonderfully IC... I just really got a kick out of that. And, knowing how connected all your fics are, do you have Hermione/Neville romance out there? :)
Anyway... this chapter was brilliant, as always! I hope they do have Luna testify, that would be hilarious! And I love your characterizations through Severus' thoughts of Ernie and all the others! I can't wait to find out how his trial will progress and what's up with the warden... Update sooooooon!
Author's Response: Thanks! I hope all is living up to your expectations. No Neville/Hermione bunnies yet; they strike me as the sort to have a sensible and therefore rather dull courtship, but if something comes up, I'll try to get it going.