That sounded like a normal family dinner if you have a large family and choose to bring up politics.:D I'm halfway kidding of course. I anticipated that this would be the Christmas spent at Grimmauld Place before Sirius' death in OotP. I enjoyed this story.
I really enjoyed this. Thanks. :-)
Excellent fic!! Perfectly characterised, great writing, and well in keeping with canon :D I particularly liked the way you wrote Regulus - he and Sirius obviously don't hate each other's guts, but they're on two very different sides of a coin. It's interesting to read his words in terms of how his perspective on "My own personal thoughts don't matter" changed over time. :3
Author's Response: A belated thank you for the review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the Blacks in this story. Thank you for reading and reviewing! ~Gina :)
Beautiful! Your characterisation of Sirius was spot on - I can imagine him wanting to make the most of riling his family, particularly as he knows he won't be there to suffer the consequences.
His conversation with Regulus was sad - in a way I felt like hitting Regulus for so calmly accepting what his famil told him, but at the same time I sort of felt for him - the way you characterised him, it seemed that underneath he didn't agree with his family, but belonging somewhere was more important to him.
Bellatrix was deliciously cruel, though perhaps not quite as mad as we see her in canon. In fact, all the relatives were portrayed realistically - I liked the bit where Sirius sees his father raise an eyebrow the way he does. It was nice to see some similarity between Sirius and his family.
This is, in my humble opinion, the best line in this story: "Christmas at the Black house, he thought. It was like watching both a comedy and a tragedy at the same time." That's just so spot on, because the extreme lengths the Blacks go to and the way Sirius can rile them is comedic, yet it's tragic to know that this is his family.
So all in all, loved the fic :)
Author's Response: Wow, thank you so much for the review, Katrina! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. I'm especially glad you thought Sirius was okay, because at one point I lamented being able to write him. But I guess I just can't write that particularly story, since it's still unfinished on my laptop and this one was a quick and fun write. I'm not sure about Regulus, but I do like to think that they were brothers and that there would have been some sort of relationship between them. Hee hee, your favorite line is different than mine, but I'm glad that one stood out too! I wrote this story just so Sirius could say "Happy Christmas, b****." Isn't that crazy? One can only imagine what Azkaban did to Bellatrix in terms of really driving her over the edge. Thanks again for the review, I really appreciate it! ~Gina :)
fantastic! did you intentionally put the AVPM reference in? 'going back to hogwarts'?
Author's Response: Thank you for reading this! I'm glad you enjoyed it. No, I did not put in the reference...I'm ashamed to say I haven't sat down and watched AVPM yet. I really need to do that, since I love Darren Criss on Glee! Thanks so much for the lovely review! ~Gina :)
Hellooo, I like this. I love the different interractions between the characters, and all Sirius' horrible relations. I like Andromeda, very much. Although she doesn't feature much, you manage to give a very real sense of who she is by Sirius' thoughts about her, and the interest she has in his thoughts on marriage.
BUT,(sorry, I'm evil) I think (stresses the word think) there's a timeline error. If Narcissa had left Hogwarts the previous year - that would make this Christmas 1973 at the earliest. Tonks was born in 1973. Can you tweak this so you set it when Narcissa is still at Hogwarts?
The other issue I have is with the Dark Mark. I'm not sure about this ... but I don't think Sirius knew they existed. There's certainly some lines in GOF when Harry is talking about Snape and Karkarof which seem to suggest that Sirius has no idea about the Dark Mark's existence. I've always thought that it was little known outside of the Death Eater circle. That's just a theory of mine and it's been debated on the boards with differing opinions.
Right, that's the negative bits out the way. I did, I must say, really like the story. Sirius was great, Regulus was a pompous idiot, his parents horrible, Bellatrix evil, and Narcissa pale and colourless- dutifully towing the family line - but offering very few sentiments of her own. I think that's perfect Narcissa, who only comes into her own in the latter parts of the book when she wants only to protect Draco. ~Carole~
Author's Response: Hi Carole! Thanks so much for the review! I'm glad you liked the story, even if there are a few questionable moments. I did think about some of those things you addressed, though, so here goes. According to the HPWiki, Sirius was born in 1959, although that would have to be after September if he heads to Hogwarts in Sept. 1971 with the rest of the Marauders. HPL says 1959 or 1960. The Black family tree lists Narcissa as 1955, so she is about four-five years older than Sirius. Therefore, if she also had a late birthday, she could have started Hogwarts in1967, while Sirius started in 1971, which would put her out in June, 1974, which is about a year out when it comes to December 1975 -okay, a year and a half. ;) So that's how I figured my timeline. :) As for the Dark Mark - that one I had never thought about. I'll have to see if I can find some of those bits that point to SIrius not really knowing about it. It was used to mark a kill during the first war (according to Arthur Weasley) so people would have certainly recognized it. I suppose the tattoo might have been a secret, as it was just for his inner circle, but I can still see Bellatrix showing her family. They all support the Dark Lord, after all - everyone except Sirius. They might not have taken the Mark and thrown in their lot with Voldemort, but they did support him, and I have no doubt Bellatrix was proud of her Mark given both what it symbolized and how infatuated she was with Voldemort. So I think that one might just be a matter of opinion. I'll have to check out the discussion on the boards. I might change my mind, but I like SIrius's line about cattle too much to change it, lol! I'm glad you enjoyed the other characters. I had fun trying to get to that other special line, lol. And I wrote Sirius! I didn't think I could, lol. Thanks for reading and leaving a review, O Canon Queen! ~Gina :)
Gina, this is so good! Poor Sirius to have to put up with that miserable lot. I'm glad he got a good shot in at Bellatrix. Love it!
Author's Response: Lea! Thanks so much for reading this and leaving the first review! Haha, remember when we talked about this? Credit where credit is due - thanks for the idea! I loved writing it. I'm glad it turned out okay and you enjoyed it. Poor Sirius. I almost want to write him a sequel and give him some super nice Christmas present or something, lol. Thanks again! ~Gina :)