It broke my heart seeing Harry so old and his marriage falling apart! I have always really been a Harry fan and in my mind, Albus really represented what maybe Harry would have been like if he hadn't been "the Chosen One" and he'd grown up normally. Al was truly brilliant and you could really empathise with him as well as James, though I was surprised the wizarding world had no precedent on the issue of rape!
Also it was very interesting to see your portrayal of Draco! I truly thought it was a possible scenario for what could have happened and it my heart I hope it's real (even though I guess none of it is real).
And I'm terribly on edge hoping you'll say what happens with Harry and Katie!!
You did a wonderful job, this plot would go just as well outside of the HP world as in it and I loved reading it.
Ah, thanks for paying a visit to my little world that I've created. I really appreciate reader feedback so much!
Harry is, without a doubt, my favourite major character in the Potterverse, but he's also, in my mind, one of those men that are just not designed for marriage. He blindly accepts risk, keeps many secrets, and many times does things without thinking them out. This isn't who I built in this fic - Jo did that. I just extrapolated what could happen should these characteristics continue to manifest in his life, even after the Dark Lord's defeat. I truly do want him to be happy, but this course of events couldn't make any sense at all if he got a happy ending and Draco paid for it in blood.
Speaking of Draco, I really think that, with some proper characterisation and seeing canon events in a new light, could really be the man I made him to be. He's actually the subject of my next novel-length piece, which shows his road to redemption. It's halfway done, and when I'm finished editing and get to about 2/3 done, it will hit the queue. I, too, hold high hopes for this one.
My story is, above all, not a love story. Many of my reviewers forget that when they trash me for 'ruining' Harry and Ginny's marriage, but anyone with a couple of brain cells to rub together would realise that nobody would stay with Harry after what he had done in the course of their marriage, especially not someone as strong as Ginny. She's simply not that stupid, and to cast her to be that would be madly disingenuous.
Thanks again for reading, and the Epilogue is coming very soon!
I really loved this fic, I thought the plot and the relationships between the characters were brilliant, especially the Next Generation kids! Albus was amazing, I loved his gradual "awakening" type thing throughout the story as he took control and became this new man ... I liked that he had all of Harry's good points, but without the same faults that broke up him and Ginny (which, I'll admit, made me sad, but was also very realistic so I don't blame you for it, and thought it was a very daring and original choice). I also loved that even though things worked out in many ways (such as Goyle being arrested and James being cleared) they weren't perfect, because that's also a very realistic way of ending things.
Anyway, congratulations on writing and finishing this fic, because it was truly amazing, and doubly so considering it's your first time! I look forward to the epilogue, and anything else you do connected with the characters you created. =)
Ah, thank you so much for stopping by!
I'm glad you understood my plans for Albus, because I really wanted him to become someone real in this fic. He's a blank slate in JKR's world, but in mine, he's vibrant, multifaceted, and alive. At the moment, Anne is still a bit Mary-Sue, but I have plans for her in future works.
The ending couldn't ever be perfect. In no realistic way could every one of the protagonists come out with everything they wanted; that would be ridiculous. I just wanted justice to be served, which I believe was done. There are still loose ends to tie up with the Epilogue, which is still in the works (I've been waiting for response from readers to let me know what they want to see resolved in it), and I think it should tie up nicely.
There are several works in my brain connected with this series of events, starting from right after the Epilogue to all the way after Harry and company leave school (with much more Trio involvement). The next one in the immediate future is about Draco and how he came to be the man that appeared in this book. It was actually my NaNo piece, and it's not far off from being readable and is already half done.
Anyway, thank you for stopping by and reviewing. I adore every reader, even the ones that give me hell for breaking up Harry/Ginny. This isn't the last of my epically long stories, so if you're looking for them, they are in the works (if only in my mind at the moment).
i absolutly DETEST what you did to Harry and Ginny's relationship, truthfully, it seemed as though you were scavenging for an interesting twist but instead created a bloody worthless one. besides that well done!
Well, you are certainly allowed to give your opinion on my work as much as you like.
I didn't wreck Harry/Ginny fishing for a plotline, as you see it; why would I see the need to do that when there is everything else in this story going on? I did it, because no sane woman would putup with everything that Harry hadput her through and stayed married to him. No amount of loyalty is worth that. While Ginny isn't a favourite character of mine, I don't think she's stupid, but to let her simply accept all of this would have been disingenuous to her character. Harry is, as always, clueless about how women really work, and this was the root of it. If you don't like it - fine - but I'm not changing it. Not one word.
Thanks for the review, and have a great rest of the day!
You're welcome! Ah, well, here you are, at the 'near' end of the road. I'm glad the story is good enough that you'd want to read it all in two days' time. It is, after all, the equivalent to a 680 page book, so good for you. :)
I know there is a lot of violence in this book, but the cruelty of Goyle and what his son did to Lily could not be glossed over. I really wanted him to be a monster in your eyes, and judging by your response, I did that. It did, at times, become hard to write such abominable, inhuman behavior, but I knew that it had to be this way.
As much as I really didn't want to do it, I always knew that, before the book was over, Draco would have to die. It could never be Harry, because since this whole mess was all his fault, he had to live with the consequences of it, which included the death of a friend and his wife leaving him. The thing with Katie will be addressed in the epilogue, which is about 20% done. I sort of couldn't figure out what I wanted to address in it, but now that I know, it should be coming up within a week, so keep an eye out.
James breaking out of prison was just a whim of mine, mostly because I wanted to have the villain come off as arrogant. Barnaby mocking him while he was helpless was certainly that, and he paid for it. I didn't want to completely villainize Barnaby, though, because of what happened to his father. He was honestly doing what he thought was right, but it simply did not work out that way.
I caught a lot of crap from my readers for breaking up Harry and Ginny, but this is not, if anything, a love story. It's a story about angst, guilt, mystery, and the baseness of human nature that leads us to make all the wrong decisions. I'm glad that you understood that, because as one reviewer did point out, if she were in Ginny's shoes, she would have left Harry years before.
Well, thank you again for reading, and if you have any questions, feel free to leave another review and ask me. I will respond as soon as possible with the best answer I can give you. There will be future fics based upon the characters in this book, as well as some of the events, so if you're interested, it'll be a couple of months, but keep an eye on the Most Recent category.
Hope to see you soon!
If its got to be its got to be...
Great. I thoroughly approve.
Thank you, that did my heart a whole lot of good!
Hell & damnation! Just when there was a respite...
Curiouser & curiouser sez me....
very, very interesting;
It's getting too sick, the violence; something had better give now & soon.
Great reading, I hope justice is done
Right. I.d have killed him too.
Well, I couldn't have a man as decent as James go around killing people. Or Lily, for that matter. What I wanted to do here is make the reader empathize with them, but at the same time be slightly aghast at the violence of it.
Thanks for reading. I won't respond to each of your reviews, as there are so many, but I will respond to the last one with a more lengthy post. See you there.
Just kidding :-P
Wow Jess, that was AMAZING!!! I honestly can't believe that it's unbetad.
I love the way in which you wrote the court proceedings, and your scene setting and characterization is amazing.
Aw, thank you. :)
I'm glad you liked it, and I hope the rest is as enjoyable for you. I shall see you later on AIM, as usual.
Off to Azkaban. Yipee!
I suppose it goes to show that there are much, much worse things than prison. Later chapters will definitely prove that to be true.
Thanks for reading!
That swine Goyle deserved worse
Right you are...it sucked to write that chapter, because of its graphic nature. I really didn't want to make it too graphic, but I didn't want to make it too vague. This is the moment that I intended for the reader to loathe Goyle and hope James breaks out of jail and kills him again.
I'm glad you're reading, and I hope you continue to find this little yarn of mine so entertaining.
I really wanted this story to show a different Draco - one who learned a lot of hard lessons in life during and after the War. I think I did that both believable and truthfully, because Draco isn't as bad as some would like to think he is. True, he had a streak of smarminess and insolence that will never leave him, but I think that's why so many love him.
Haha, if that means what I think it means, I'm very flattered.
Thanks for reading!
No,I'm not enjoying myself precisely, instead I'm fiercely caught up in this deep dark story of yours . It is totally gripping.
I'm glad you find the tale gripping. I've read a few fics on this site that kept me up all night, in awe and totally enslaved by the story that the author had spun, and I really wanted to do that here.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you find the rest as grabbing.
Dear God, this is terrible, this chapter alone would vindicate James.
Chapter Nine is much more vindicating for James. I really wanted to build this sense of doubt about how someone as seemingly good as James could possibly be a murderer. Dark, dark facts shall be revealed henceforth.