Great chapter. Bits and pieces from both previous stories blend together to make this one all the more real. Your characters are as real as always and just as much fun to read about. There is no doubt I am going to enjoy this story very much.
Author's Response: So pleased that you like the light hearted mood in this chapter. The mini-Marauders are always good for some comic relief. Next chapter is in a similar vein and is already in queue.
I was so excited to see this was posted.
It is so late and I am so tired, but I have to tell you that this prologue eases my concerns about the epilogue of Hero's Lament. It helps paint the larger picture of this universe you've created. Does that make sense?
Dark Phoenix = ridiculously good name for a story. Just want to throw that out there.
This is a terrible review, and I'm so sorry for that. But I am very interested to see where this story goes, and I sincerely hope poor Harry finds healing. That was one of the joys of the end of DH (amidst the vagueness, lol) was that he was able to overcome and just live. I hope to see that journey here. But even if it doesn't necessarily turn out roses and doves, I have every confidence that the journey I'm about to take with you will be eloquent and beautiful and intensely wonderful.
Author's Response: So glad you like the title. It actually comes from a discussion that Dumbledore had with Tonks at her graduation from Hogwarts. (It's somewhere in a flashback in the middle of the Purgatory Section of Cruel Moon for the Misbegotten.) Energized that I was able to flesh out Harry inner struggle so that it made a bit more sense. Just remember that this is a tale of hope and redemption -- it just starts from a place where healing in call for. Am submitting next chapter today which introduces the major characters and is much more playful in tone.
That was too Dark. So Sad. I have a hard time seeing Harry wallowing in the guilt for so long. I do wish you luck in your story. This was well written and flowed smooth.
Author's Response: It's definitely a dark beginning. But, like the title, Harry's view of the world will rise from the ashes. Please don't give up on the story yet. Next chapter is much lighter in tone. Actually, all the following chapters are less bleak, with the possible exception of Snape's flashback to his childhood -- but that won't be for quite a few chapters yet.
Wonderful beginning. Very much like the way Teddy wants to do for Harry what Harry had done for him. Guessing I'm going to enjoy this as much as I have your other stories.
Thanks for being such a great story teller.
Author's Response: Thanks for the glowing words of encouragement. Am submitting the second chapter today which will launch us into the story within the story.