Another great story. You're brilliant!
Author's Response: Thank you. -N-
So I waited for my little gem to bear fruit, to become one of those climactic surprises we should have seen coming, but somehow overlooked. Only it never came to pass. The death count mounted to a staggering high, the epic moments came and went, Snape’s back story was finally revealed, and still nothing.
So it has lain, bereft and unwanted, among the detritus of a Diagon Alley the Death Eaters had turned into a bully’s playground. But in the intervening years, this rough diamond has become the inspiration for this story, spreading its tentacles into new and intriguing territories.
Although Harry mentions Chocolate Frog as the title of Mad-Eye Moody’s autobiography at the end of my previous tale, The Dark Phoenix, this version of the story goes beyond that. Nonetheless, the sections representing Moody’s memoirs are clearly labeled.
This story begins with events recounted in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and continues beyond the end of the series. I have attempted to conform to canon as much as possible, elaborating only where the circumstances are vague or passed over. It is an interpretation of the events that happened behind the scenes, so to speak.
I loved the memorial gallery. Beautiful chapter.
Author's Response: Glad you approve. I so wanted the victory celebration to have a more somber side, Otherwise, it felt too much as if they were dancing on the graves of others.
Thank you for the long and satisfactory chapter. Loved it.
I only felt- the way Abe spoke about Albus to Augusta- expressing regret that he couldn't save his reputation, that he considered going to court, even- was not like the man who was about to vent so much bitterness about his brother to Harry. In fact the way Aberforth speaks all the time is a bit too polished and measured, know what I mean? He's a more rough character in the book. This is just my opinion though. And I loved reading it all the same.
Cheers for Slughorn's unique perspective. Keep writing.
Author's Response: Very astute analysis. I’m so energized by careful readers who mull over the developments. No doubt about it, the Aberforth that Augusta meets is different from the one who confronts Harry. But they are two sides to the same person; recall that Aberforth claims that he is the one who could best soothe Ariana so there has to be a more gentle side to him, even if the doesn’t have much opportunity to display it.
The two conversations are actually intended to be reverse images of one another. In each case, it is the other person’s reaction to Rita’s book that sets the tone for Aberforth. Since Augusta dismisses it as intentionally scandalous, Aberforth responds in an amiable, more introspective manner with her; they bond over their other similarities as substitute caregivers as well. From the moment that Harry tells Aberforth that he really doesn’t want to hear what happened between him and his brother so many years ago, Aberforth can tell that the boy’s perspective has already been tarnished by Rita’s lies. Add to that Hermione’s pitying looks and it’s obvious that despite their denials, they have accepted Skeeter’s skewed recount. Past resentments well up in Aberforth as he sees Harry’s mission as nothing more than another case of Albus’ manipulation. Note that in spite of Aberforth’s dismissive tone to Harry, he still has not abandoned the fight and comes to Hogwarts’ aid during the battle. You could almost say that in his harsh words, he is testing Harry’s mettle.
Glad you liked how I made Slughorn a more palatable sort of Slytherin. It was an essential point to establish the camaraderie that we see between him and Dumbledore in HBP was not just Albus being the puppet master.
wow! I don't think I've ever read a fic that treated Sybil with so much insight and dignity. Good chapter.
Author's Response: So glad I was able to portray Sybill in a new way. I’ve always felt there was more to this character than just comic relief. Certainly, in retrospect, it’s clear that Dumbledore realizes she will be targeted by the Death Eaters and offers her a position at the school to keep her safe. Just look at how he defended her removal from school grounds after Umbridge’s performance review; he didn’t interfere in any of the toad woman’s other staff reductions. In light of what we ultimately learn of Umbridge’s true allegiances, I can’t help but think that she had ulterior motives all along. Consider that while the other Death Eaters were trying to find a way to retrieve the prophecy from the Department of Mysteries, Umbridge had a Plan B to procure the source of the prophecy instead. Perhaps she was deluded enough to hope that Sybill could provide her dark master with even more prophercies. Removing her from the protection of Hogwarts castle would’ve been the first step in torturing her for information.
Oh this is so cute- imagine Ron and Hermione actually spying on them- I didn't see this coming at all!!!
Author's Response: Glad you enjoyed! I couldn’t resist having Ron “double-cross” Harry while at the same time managing to surprise Hermione. Growing up amid the twins’ pranks, he can’t always be as hapless as others see him.
Little teddy is so dearly adorable!
Author's Response: So relieved you like Teddy! Small children are so difficult to write without making them seem unrealistically precocious. Notice that Victoire has stage presence but no dialog at this point.
I have to repeat this again: I have been getting update alerts for chapter 25 for at least the last two months, only to find the story still at chapter 24. Then today finally, chpter 25 opens, but reading it I realize I have already read this before. It was updated long before the fake alerts started coming. I only have this problem with the alerts for this particular story.
Author's Response: Hi, and apologies. I've been trying to upload chapter 25 for a very long time, and I've always been faced with a "Fatal MySQL" error, where this chapter didn't appear to upload properly. So far as I know, the problem isn't at my end, but I deleted the chapter and tried again several times. The alerts were probably triggered every time I tried to upload, although I'm no expert. We'll see what happenns when I delete the second chapter 25 and upload chapter 26. -N-
Oh finally. James clearly does not understand the concept of the statute of secrecy. :P
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. Of course he doesn't, because he's not even five. Of course it will still be giving him problems in sixteen years time. -N-
Such an aww moment- Henry kissing Annie. Great chapter again, keep up the good work.
Author's Response: Such an aww moment- Henry kissing Annie. Great chapter again, keep up the good work. Thanks, more soon, I hope.
I didn't get an update alert, but thanks for updating anyhow. I don't know how you manage so many characters and make them so distinct. Well done.
Author's Response: Thanks. This chapter was something of a logisticalnightmare, but the fact that I have their backgrounds plotted helps. -N-
This is brilliant. Updates urgently required.
Author's Response: Thanks. I hope to submit the next chapter very soon. -N-
Oh dear, I think Ginny just slipped there. Sweden, one hour? I don't know how long the flight takes but Jacqui will have an idea, and she will know about waiting for luggages and immigration queues...
Glad you updated.
Author's Response: From where they are (The Drake Stone is real, although Drakeshaugh is not) it would take almost an hour to reach the nearest Airport (Newcastle). More soon, but you’ll see more H&P first (plus some other stuff0. -N-
Henry and James are so adorable- it will break my heart if Henry doesn't get a Hogwarts letter. But you did say they have wizarding ancestors... Also, Teddy is missing from Potter family action- he is supposed to be close to them, right? James or Albus or Lily could mention him once or twice at least.
Author's Response: Hi
How many people are still close to the friends they made at age five? But this story will end long before James gets his letter (see Owl Post for that). In fact it will end before Christmas. Teddy is at Hogwarts, but he has not featured in many of my stories, and I need to remedy that omission.-N-
I think Neville's daughter is called Alice, according to JKR's family trees.
Author's Response: Not so far as I know.
Alice was Neville's mum, and while I've seen a lot of fics where Neville has a daughter named Alice it isn't, so far as I know, canon. In fact, I think JKR has been silent on whether or not Neville and Hannah had any children.-N-
Finally! I had to go and read the last chapter to remember what was going on- but well done! I love how you depict the "muggles mingling with wizards getting subtle hints" without overdoing it. Er, update soon?
Author's Response: Thanks. Yes this one took some time. I had a lot of problems with this chapter, all of my own making. I’m simply glad it’s finally done. I’m hoping to get another chapter completed before the end of the year. -N-
I love Ron reading Hermione's thoughts.
Author's Response: Thanks, Ron isn't a complete idiot (honest). :-) -N-
Which is the story where Bobbie meets the trio? Have you written it?
Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
The meeting takes place in what will be the sequel to Hunters and Prey (currently called End of an Era). I have written bits of the story, including the meeting, but you won't see it until I've finished Hunters and Prey, sorry.-N-
Lovely end. And I liked Stella.
Oh not Rita Skeeter again! That woman!
Brilliant writing, by the way. Please update soon.
Author's Response: Thanks so much! Rita Skeeter is a lot of fun to play with, and I can promise she'll cause lots of trouble... I am just about to submit the next chapter. Cheers :)
Is this the end? It's beautiful- although, really, I would have loved to see Vernon's face.