Reviews For Catharsis
Reviewer: WeasleyMom
Date: 06/01/12 3:25
Chapter: Chapter 1

Something about this pairing compels me. I really really like it, almost as much as Draco/Astoria. I think it makes sense that Katie would be such a painful reminder to Draco of who he had been on the road to becoming, and who he actually was for a while, that she makes the perfect partner in his redemption. There's a built-in darkness between them because of their past. This pairing just works for me.

The end was so sad, imagining her on the platform during that epilogue moment... is this your head canon for Katie? Or is she with Oliver? Just curious.

In case you're wondering, I'm treating myself to a little Jess-fic-fest this weekend in honor of your birthday. It's getting off to a wonderful start. Well done.

~Lori

Author's Response:

Not gonna lie...I went a little o.O when I saw this had a review. I figured it was long-forgotten, so cheers for picking this one. This is one of the handful of my older fics I still really like.

Draco/Katie is one of those ships that works for the very reasons it shouldn't. To me, Draco would need Katie's forgiveness more than even Harry or Hermione on his road to redemption. The trio had given back in kind to his past antics and they had carved out roles for one another already. However, Katie was far more of an innocent victim of Draco's - his first, I think. Sure, he probably picked on some younger students, but nothing like what happened with Katie. To me, Katie almost disassociates her attack from Draco because it was mere chance that led Rosmerta to give her the necklace, and Draco was doing what he thought he had to do for his family. Not many people could say they would never do such a thing no matter what and not be lying. Being in St Mungo's as long as she was, I think Katie would've had a lot of time to think and to adjust, and that was one of the conclusions I think she would've adopted.

I loved shoving that small canon event in there, just to show that there was that spark between them after all that time. I still don't think they would've ended up together in this universe, as it is far more in line with the VoJP universe than the In the Ashes one. In the Ashes has Katie end up with Oliver because she loves him; in VoJP, Katie ends up with Oliver because she settled for him when things with Draco would clearly never work out. This one is a weird mix of the two, because I don't know if they are together in this, but they have a bond of mutual honesty and understanding that is in ways more intimate than what a lot of married people have. But Draco had to choose between Katie and Astoria, because we know he couldn't have both.

Your lurkdom of my author page overjoys me, I can't lie. You seem to be picking things I love, with is yet more love. :D Thank youuuuuuu, and I am curious as to what you'll pick next.

~Jess

Reviewer: dahtonen
Date: 12/23/10 22:39
Chapter: Chapter 1

I think that this pairing is very plausible. Possibly not as bizarre as you may think. I also like how you show what I had always felt about Draco which is he has remorse and is not totally evil. I always love how your stories tend to fill in gaps and answer questions in detail about characters that were not fully developed in the Potter series. Well, I guess that is what fan fiction is for and of this you are a pro. If I havent said this before, thank you for all of you hard work! I've enjoyed every minute of reading yours and hope you will continue.

Author's Response:

Hehe, I try to specialise in breeding the strange and the unknown. There is just something innately satisfying in taking an idea that may be summarily dismissed and making one think twice about what they know or think they know about a certain character or event. Nobody knows what happened to Katie after the battle, and nothing is known of Draco outside of his marriage, his son, and his slight nod at Harry (or was it?) on the platform. Why not a strange symbiosis with someone who should hate him but doesn't.

I'm glad you enjoy my work. I have striven for a high standard since I joined the site and started writing fan fictions, and I will never be satisfied with the status quo, which means that each successive piece I write is meant to be better than the last. I hope that my work continues to bring enjoyment for you as well as everyone else. 'Tis my mission. :D

~Jess

Reviewer: abovelevel
Date: 12/23/10 18:20
Chapter: Chapter 1

Hello! I think the best part of this is the beginning...it read well and I could imagine it happening. I like the title a lot...I think it really brought together the main point of the piece. As you said it was like a 'dittany' on their should, but it could never have been. I don't honestly think they could have ended up together in the long term, though I wonder if they had any physical connection or if it was more of a mutual need thing.

The sections of text, so to speak, were short, and at some points it felt a little jumpy, but I think that's more of a personal opinion thing. Overall, I really enjoyed this - it brought together two unexpected characters in a way I could respect and even like.

Great work!!
-Claire
The Order of Ravenclaw House Elves

Author's Response:

Hello there, fellow Sprout!

Sometime, you should challenge yourself to put together two unlikely characters and make yourself believe in it. There's something gratifying in turning the impossible into the possible.

Were Draco and Katie ever a 'thing'? In this story, no. I would venture to say that they'd both considered it, but nothing ever came of it because they considered their standing relationship of more importance.

I know it was a bit jumpy, as it was written originally in drabble form. I've actually added to the prior format to alleviate as much of that as possible. What I really wanted, though, was for the beginning to paint a picture of possibilities and to show that idea slowly unravel over time, when that need for atonement and catharsis isn't enough to keep them going.

I'm glad you found the fic plausible. I wasn't going for shippiness so much as strange allies, so that went okay. :D

~Jess

Reviewer: thesmart1
Date: 12/18/10 12:59
Chapter: Chapter 1

Any pairing with Draco I tend to like but I really like this one. I'm utterly furious you didn't get them together at the end though! *tear* :)

Author's Response:

You know, I really don't think they could have ever worked as a pairing. Certainly, Draco marrying a friend of the wizard world's saviour would have bought his family a lot of good will, but I don't think the Malfoys would have ever allowed him to 'stoop that low'. Not that I think Katie's low, since she's one of my favourite characters, but that she fought on the other side woiuld really stick in their craw.

Thanks for the review, and I'm glad you liked it. :D

~Jess

Reviewer: nevilleherosnape
Date: 12/18/10 6:37
Chapter: Chapter 1

Brilliant!! He nodded at her not Harry and Ron!! Love it! Not so strange a pairing, it could've happened!! (^>^). Love it!

Author's Response:

Oh, I'm fairly certain that this pairing still qualifies as strange, especially considering Draco had nearly caused Katie's death and all. But I'm glad you think I did so plausibly, because I really wanted them to feel a connection that otherwise they would've never accepted or even acknowledged.

Thanks for reading and reviewing!

~Jess

Reviewer: The_Real_Hermione
Date: 12/18/10 2:48
Chapter: Chapter 1

I really loved this fic! It's an unlikely pairing, but I really loved how you wrote it and drew these two characters together. Initially forged out of mutual need, this thing of theirs, it had been like dittany on both their souls after a year in hell, but it had outlived its purpose long before. - This was really beautifully written and really summed it up for me. I loved your exploration of Draco post-war, and the line Without a word, they entered the only establishment in town that would have him. really showed that well. Somehow it really succinctly demonstrated the wizarding world's lack of acceptance of Draco. Also the beginning scene seemed very IC for Draco, I could imagine him doing that.

I don't really have any criticism - because I thought this was amazing - except that I would have liked more. Perhaps more of the interactions between Draco and Katie, also perhaps you could have dealt with the cursed necklace a bit more. Personally I would have liked to have seen more of Katie, eg why she never married - was it because of Draco, after all those years? Or maybe you could have shown her interacting with her friends or something... I don't know, because I can see that at the same time this fic is meant to be centred on Draco and Katie.

Anyway, I think I'm rambling here... I hope this made sense. I really loved this fic though :).

Author's Response:

'Ello mate!

I'm glad you liked the story and wasn't thinking, "That crazy bint... what's she on?" What I wanted from this story was the idea that sometimes, people can be not so much friends but more like allies. We all have that one person with whom we share a lot of our secrets, and that person isn't always our own best friend. I sort of wanted that here, in the context that this relationship was never going to go anywhere further and it had always had an expiration date. To me, Katie didn't marry because she somehow thought that some miracle could happen and Draco might consider her, if just for a second, so she had to be available. However, by the time he was off the market, she had moved on past her desire to be with anyone. It's a myth that everyone wants to be in a relationship, because I myself have seen otherwise. That's where Katie ended up.

As for more interaction... well, those are their secrets. They wouldn't tell them to anyone else, so why would they share them with complete strangers like us? ^_^

Thanks for the review, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

~Jess

Reviewer: Equinox Chick
Date: 12/18/10 2:00
Chapter: Chapter 1

It's plausible ... certainly more plausible than Dramione or Drinny, and I love their initial meeting.
,br> I think what you could have expanded on, though, is the fact that he was nearly responsible for her death (necklace in HBP) I'd have liked to see him squirm his way out of that, except I expect this Draco would have shown proper remorse, because he needs redemption (which is very much a theme of mine at the moment) Draco's rather an addictive little sh... beast. (Expand the fic, is what I'm saying)

Initially forged out of mutual need, this thing of theirs, it had been like dittany on both their souls after a year in hell, but it had outlived its purpose long before.

I love these lines. So simple. Their mutual need for each other laid bare.

~Carole~

Author's Response:

Hello there! Long time, no see. :D

I wasn't really lookiing to set up a ship of sorts, so to speak, so much as a mutual understanding borne out of need. I sort of brushed the necklace under the carpet as 'one of the things they talked about', because I sort of wanted to fix on the timeline more and encompass all that I wanted to without making this fic a mile long (as I'm wont to do). And this Draco had some remorse, but not as much as one might think. He's sorry that it had happened to Katie, but not entirely sorry he did it, if that makes any sense. He did what he had to do, but he'd sort of wished that the Imperius had ended up on someone else. He probably wouldn't flinched if it had happened to Leanne instead, though Katie might have been less inclined to forgive him for that.

I suppose it would never actually happen, but it didn't not happen, which is what I was going for.

*Disapparates*

~Jess

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