Reviewer: walco
Date: 04/09/12 17:42
Chapter: An Epitaph - Bellatrix Black-Lestrange

I love these stories! Couls you do Ginny?

Author's Response: Ginny is an interesting idea, I'll have a think about it. If the muse appears I'll be sure to post on here for you (:

Reviewer: FwooperFeathers
Date: 10/17/11 2:24
Chapter: An Epitaph - Bellatrix Black-Lestrange

I never really thought about how Andromeda would feel about this. You opened up my eyes.

Author's Response: Thank you for the review, I'm glad you enjoyed reading this perspective of things.

Reviewer: Arkadius
Date: 09/03/11 8:56
Chapter: An Epitaph - Bellatrix Black-Lestrange

"What is Molly Weasley, to you really? A housewife, a mother-the things we were supposed to be. Your murderer, your executioner, the things that you turned into." Great line! Poignant, though I can never see Trixie as a housewife.
A touching tale, an enduring monument to the bonds of sibling love.

Author's Response: Thanks for the review, I'm glad you enjoyed this. I, too, can't see Bellatrix as a housewife... Crucio just doesn't get the dishes done, no matter how much you cast it!

Reviewer: The_Real_Hermione
Date: 06/07/11 0:21
Chapter: An Epitaph - Bellatrix Black-Lestrange

This was very different to your other Epitaph stories - after all, Harry is a hero and Snape is at least a hero of sorts. Whereas Bellatrix is a character I truly detest - as in, I would detest her if I ever met her (in literary terms, she's a fantastic character). Considering that hardly anyone really mourns her death, I thought you wrote this very well, and despite my dislike of her, I felt some sort of emotion at the end.

Just a few questions - why didn't Narcissa write the epitaph? You say she would have been Bellatrix's choice, but you don't say why she wasn't chosen. Also, has Rodolphus died? I can't remember his death being mentioned in canon, but I've just assumed that in this story, he is dead.

Anyway. I liked the way you drew similarities between Andromeda and Bella, rather than Bella and Narcissa. Because I think you're right, they both defied tradition in a way. Bella is the only female Death Eater we ever read about - Narcissa supported them, but never actually received the mark. Bella definitely shows the kind of strength Andromeda does when she leaves her family for Ted.

I loved this line. Isn’t it ironic that after all of the time he spent with her, assuming that you and I were the safe ones, the sensible girls who would do as they’re told, isn’t it ironic that we did nothing he told us to do?
That really demonstrates the relationship between Bella and Andromeda, but also all three sisters.

I loved how you used "sister" instead of the name Bellatrix, because a name is loaded with all of her crimes, whereas there is something sweet about 'sister'. It worked nicely with Narcissa too, and I got a clear sense that by writing those words on Bella's tomb, Andromeda was forgiving Narcissa.

It was interesting that you brought Molly into this story, although I think it unlikely that she was offered to write Bella's epitaph. Anyway, she provided an interesting comparison.

I think it's a little strange that you wrote "Bellatrix Black-Lestrange" - throughout canon, she is only referred to as "Bellatrix Lestrange". Although I suppose I see where you're coming from - she is a strong woman with a will - there is a part of her which loves a slavish kind of devotion to others. We see this in her response to Voldemort, and while I don't think she revered her husband in that way, I still think that she would only take his name.

Oh yeah, one more thing, I loved the "moons" and "insanity" in the first line - nice connection there.

This was excellently written and you were spot on with the characters. An enjoyable and thought-provoking read.

~Katrina

Author's Response: Wow, this is a massively long review. I'm gonna work through all of your questions in the order you typed them, but if I miss any, I apologise.

Narcissa didn't write the epitaph as I imagine her to be going through a trial process, and the Ministry would not want a (possible) criminal to 'host' a funeral. The same logic holds with Rodolphus - at this point he's either dead (you're right, his death isn't mentioned in canon), or in Azkaban, or had the Dementor's Kiss.

I brought Molly into the story, partly because I originally had Molly writing the entire epitaph - it read quite differently at that point, and there were some phrases and feelings that I just couldn't let go of.

I wrote her as Bellatrix Black-Lestrange partly to give her a more tangible connection to her sister, and partly to show that she wasn't defined by her husband (after all, who could define Bellatrix?).

Thank you for the review, I'm glad you enjoyed so much of it :)

Reviewer: nevilleherosnape
Date: 06/06/11 6:29
Chapter: An Epitaph - Bellatrix Black-Lestrange

Very good! Well done and very fitting! That's really all there is left here is forgiveness otherwise the alternate would kill them slowly!

Author's Response: I'm glad you've enjoyed reading this. I was very tempted to have Andromeda condemn Bellatrix and Narcissa, but it just felt wrong. Thank you for the review :)

Reviewer: swati4891
Date: 06/06/11 4:34
Chapter: An Epitaph - Bellatrix Black-Lestrange

Great story. Also looked up the other epitaphs.. loved Harry's!

Author's Response: Glad you liked it, thanks for the review :)

Reviewer: Kaiserin
Date: 06/05/11 15:20
Chapter: An Epitaph - Bellatrix Black-Lestrange

I really liked it! Enjoyed it very much.
But why on earth would anybody want his or her killer to write their own epithap? Is it a tradition somewhere?

Author's Response: I don't think it is a tradition, really, however I could just really see a smarmy Ministry official deciding that the winners of the war should write epitaphs, failing to check into Bellatrix's family for a suitable person. It just appeared in the recesses of my mind, and travelled down my fingers, through the keyboard and into the fic. I'm glad you enjoyed reading this, and thank you for the review!

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