Summary: Draco's redemption after sixth year takes a lifetime to come full circle.
I've never read a story about Draco doing any soul-searching before, and this is so well done that I doubt that I go looking for another. Perhaps it is because I can relate to the feelings described for the baby upon his birth. Excellent read.
Author's Response: Wow! I'm flattered that you think my soul-searcing!Draco is worthy enough to not look for others. Thanks for your lovely review!
Summary: Scorpius Malfoy was brought up in the knowledge that he came from an old pure-blood family. Hogwarts is going to teach him a great deal more. Will he be able to rise above his family’s tainted past, or will history repeat itself?
First place in the 2007 Autumn Challenge’s New Beginnings prompt.
Nominated for Best History/Mystery in the 2008 QSQs!
Canon compliant with all seven books, however, not compliant with all interviews given by JKR.
It's a good start, and I like the dinner table banter. So far, it reads well and sets the stage for Scorpius well.
I think the change is needed from Pansy to Astoria, yes. Pansy married to Draco just doesn't work at all.
This is a very moving chapter and well done. I like your idea of backstory relating to DH, although I always assumed Draco went back to school.
The ending is strong, and just drips of ironic foreshadowing.
Great chapter, again!
A surprise of a sorting.
The only glitch I see is that nothing was ever mentioned about Scorpius getting cleaned up, either by magic or a bath, and no one seemed to comment on how dirty he was.
You're doing a fine job of making me feel sorry for him.
Another great chapter.
You've got me hoping that Bernard gets expelled - or at least seriously maimed.
Thought I should probably stop cluttering by reviewing every single chapter one by one! I've been reading this all day and can't seem to stop!
This chapter was just excellent! Draco is in top Slytherin form, as is Ron at his irrational best!
Wow, this is amazing. It just gets better and better!
In a word - smashing, as my friend in London would say!
Absolutely brilliant! I don't know even where to start.
This whole story is just brilliant! It makes me want to delete Word from my computer and give up! Excellent job.
His fears? Flying...his own wand...fitting in...sticking out! His best friends? A passionate fire-breathing cousin, and a cool, aloof Death Eater's son. His destiny? Anything but ordinary!
Join Albus as he experiances his first year at Hogwarts and begins the journey out from under his father's collosal shadow, if he can survive it of course!
Meet the new Tenacious Trio, Albus Potter, Scorpius Malfoy, and Rose Weasley
There was so much good stuff in this one, I don't know where to begin!
I'm a bit confused on the dream, though. It almost seems as if Charlie knows something about it?
All in all, good chapter. The scene with the kids and their near run-in with serious drug abuse was well handled.
Charlie things he was the only one in it. He doesnt realize that it was Albus' dream as well. The true question is, did Albus pull him into his dream or did Albus got into Charlies. The personal details that Charlie would know seems to indicate that Albus went into Charlies dream. I know it's confusing but hey...Albus has a mind of his own these days! Me and Mary Shelley have some things in common LOL!
This is a very interesting twist. I can't wait to see what's up with "communing with the wand not made by human hands." Very well done with the Badger allusion as to how Albus has been treated, or rather, perceives how he's been treated?
Thanks! This is my most controversal chapter because it opens up a lot of questions with no answers...the problem with that is in this format there is no way to check the format. You are the first and probably only review I might receive for this one LOL! Of course there might be the "What the heck are you doing?" review or two LOL!
Very well done, in fact, amazingly close to the way I'd always imagined this new Trio meeting up on the Express. I really liked the sarcasm that got them all to laughing. Looking forward to reading the rest of it.
The best part of this chapter was the decision - which is exactly what it was - that basically cements the new Trio's friendship when they ask Hagrid to put them all in the same boat. I sense a bit of metaphor here, as well?
Given the title, I figured this was going to happen; still, it didn't take the shock out of it at all! The Sorting is very well written. I never considered a fanfic using Hufflepuff as the House of choice, but this is just great.
The best line, I think: "...he had a chance to be his own boy for the first time in his life, same as Scorpius."
Indeed, turning everyone and everything "on its ear", as you wrote. Excellent!
Great description of the Hufflepuff Common Room and how to get there. I would never have seen it like this, but it makes perfect sense - badger tunnels.
There's so much good stuff in this chapter, I don't know where to start! Real excitement, and a totally believable climax.
I think I see where this is going, and I like it.
Can't wait to see how Lucius reacts to Scorpius' plan.
I see you've added a few more, and I'll have to stay up and read them! ;-)
Yes, I've sat here and read most of the whole story! I couldn't stop!
I loved the interplay with Andy and Cissy. Very well done. That Summoning could come in handy, couldn't it? Especially since it MIGHT work on a Weasley that was loyal to a Black, seeing as how Septimus Weasley did marry Cedrella Black way back when?
The issue of Cormac is also very intriguing. Will he only age at about a ratio of 3:1 then? When the Trio is 17, will Cormac be 13 or 14, depending on the calendar birthdays? Will he be a "7th Year little child?"
As I've said so far, very well done. I love it, even though Albus in Slytherin is my fanfic of choice. This one is just great!
I decided to respond to your last review...because Mugglenet's review response system is so unwieldy! Cormac only ages slower when he is in the land of the Leprechuan. To him our last 30years seems like just three of his. Glad you are enjoying this story. I love it when somebody is so hooked they have to read all I've posted it means I am doing something right! So thanks for all of the responses. And as for your question in Chapter 2 yes them making the choice to get into the boat with Scorpius was very symbolic...it was the same choice Harry Potter had when he went with Ron over Draco in reverse. I'm glad you understoon the significance! Oh and a lot of my discription of the Hufflepuff common room came from JK herself in one of her interviews. I elaborated on it. Glad you like The Cellar!