Hello, I'm Hermione_Rocks, though you may call me Anna, or D.E, or Mrs. Snape . . . whatever flies your kite. I'm a high school student who is hopelessly obsessed with many things, such as Harry Potter, musicals (current favorite is Sweeney Todd), books/reading, various Internet web-sites, and food.
As you can probably tell, I have an incurable love for writing fan-fiction. Would I do better to be working on original fiction? Probably. But at the moment, I just want to have fun with writing. One day I hope to be published, but I'm really not in any rush. Right now, I just want to enjoy all this. :)
I hope you find something you'd like to read while you're here, and please leave a review to let me know your thoughts. I'm always looking for feedback, good or bad.
It's interesting how in love Bellatrix and Rodolphus were. Not that I read many stories involving them, but usually they don't seem to care about each other to that extent. But it's sweet, and certainly gives Bellatrix more history.
*giggles* Oh dear, this is going to be an -- interesting -- dinner party... ;D
Author's Response: Bellatrix and Rodolphus are actually one of the more interesting couples to read. Sometimes they written as being madly in love, sometimes they married out of duty, but get along all right, sometimes they plain out hate each other. I\'ve also written their relationship many different ways, but I usually get the best response from readers when they\'re in love.
*smiles* The dinner party. Well, there are no attempted murders or anything like that. No, actually, everyone is pretty well behaved. But you\'ll see for yourself, as soon as the next chapter appears. ;)
Anyway, thanks so much for the review. *huggles*
Another great chapter, as usual. :D I really don't know what else to write, just that I hope there are many more chapters coming. ;) Teehee.
Author's Response: *giggles* Actually, there are many more chapters coming. It twas a long fic. Thanks for the review. *huggles*
So I followed your *lovely* banner for this story and...wow. This fic is really good.
For some reason, I was convinced that Ella was Severus' daughter up until this chapter. >.< I guess it was the black hair, but lots of people have black hair....
Anyhow. Intriguing concept that some of the Death Eaters were sold as slaves...an alternative to Azkaban. I am wondering how her magic was taken away, though. I'm surprised at Harry's coldness towards his friends, with the letter. He was so...distant. I guess he's been through a lot, but it was a little hard for me to imagine him so cold towards them. Anyhow, great story!
Author's Response: *smiles* Suzie is such a great banner maker. :D
Severus\' daughter... I like that. I was little worried the hints were too strong. I always worry about that. Oddly enough, the one time I wrote about Severus having a daughter, she didn\'t even have black hair. :D
Yes, the Ministry saw certain advantages to the slave approach. And as you can imagine, if the Ministry thinks it\'s a good idea, it really isn\'t. Hmmm...you might be a tad disappointed in how they lose their powers, it\'s not very glamarous...
Harry\'s coldness in the letters was more from fear and concern than anything else. He was upset and not thinking about being friendly. However, he does have a temper, especially where Death Eaters are concerned and there will be some problems between him and some of his friends.
Anyway, thanks so much for the review. I\'m really glad that you enjoyed the story. :D
I liked this chapter. It was nice getting Lucus' character more fleshed out, and his relationship with Draco. But . . . I really have a hard time seeing Harry do some of these things.
I liked how Harry acted initially, just kind of giving Draco a frosty indifference, but at the same time being polite and saying his son would be welcome at the school. But some of his other comments . . . I don't know, I just don't think Harry is that biased or cruel. :s He's not my favorite character by any means, but he's always tried to be a good person.
Regardless, I still enjoyed this chapter, and like Draco I hope Lucus does well as a Slytherin. :D
Author's Response: Anna!
Thanks for the review.:D
And Harry. A lot of people do find him unbelievable. All I can say is that he has suffered a lot and it has changed him. He is currently so lost in his grief that he isn\'t really seeing things clearly.
However, he is still Harry. In the end, he will try to do the right thing. He just needs to see things in a different way.
*huggles for another lovely review*
Eee, I've been gone from this fic too long! Ah well, more to read at once. :D So anyway, I am really becoming too fond of Bellatrix because of you. This is not good. :P I still think she's too evil for Sevy though. Heh. However, I loved the bracelet he gave her. Very Slytheriny and cute. How did he pay for it though? Unless he already had it? That did confuse me. Anyhow, great job. :D
Author's Response: Hi Anna! *huggles* Thanks for the lovely review. It\'s nice to hear that you\'re softening towards Bella. And how Sevy paid for the bracelet will be revealed. He did buy it. *looks mysterious*
O.o With everything else going on in this story, I had totally forgotten that Tonks had lost her job! *blush* Anywho, it was sweet how everyone wants to help her out.
And Bellatrix at Rodolphus' grave! I think that was one of my favorite scenes in this whole fic so far. It was really . . . great *is too sleepy to think of another synonym :P*. I don't read many fics with Bellatrix and Rodolphus, but when I do they don't seem to have a very loving relationship, and I like how you've changed that and shown that they really loved each other. It's refreshing, and it's sweet. :)
Author's Response: *huggles Anna*
Thanks for another lovely review. I\'m glad you like my Rodolphus/Bella. I don\'t usually write their relationship as loving either, but I have to try new things. :D
Yay, Sevy has a chance at freedom too! *dances* :D
/a rather pointless review as Anna scurries off to the next chapter
Author's Response: Well, it really wouldn\'t have been very nice of me to leave him as a slave.
Thanks for the review. *hugs Anna*
Aww. Ya know, I don't know who to feel worse for in this chapter: Lucus and Cassie, or Frank. Obviously Frank is being a mean little git here, but at the same time he's obviously suffering as much as Cassie. Poor things.
And, is it wrong that I giggled at the last words of this chapter? :) I feel terrible for Cassie, but it just seemed like such a desperate and silly thing to do, starting a petition. It also seemed very much like a young Hermione, with her SPEW that ended up doing nothing much. :D
Author's Response: They\'re all suffering. *huggles little ones* And they\'re all too young to really do anything, so they\'re just in limbo, trying to cope.
And poor Cassie is desprete. But I\'ll tell you now, she has less sucess than Hermione did with SPEW. She doesn\'t even get to ask for a signature...
Anyway, thanks so much for the review. *hugs*
Aww. It's nice that Severus is so happy and in love, and the proposal was just . . . really cute. :D
(but I still say she's too evil for him :P)
Author's Response: Hey! Don\'t call Bella evil. *cries* *hugs Bella* She\'s really sensitive you know. :P
I would also like to point out that Sevy\'s slate isn\'t exactly clean either...
Anyway, now that I have defended Bella. Thanks so much for the review. *hugs Anna*
Aww, Harry really did come around. I'm glad we finally got a chapter from his PoV, it shows that he really does feel genuine regret and such. I am wondering if much of this was Hermione's influence, or if it had been building for a while. But either way (or a combination of both ways), I'm pleased he did. :)
Author's Response: *smiles* Yes, Harry really did come around. He struggled, but he finally let the better part of himself come through. And it was building all along, but without Hermione and all the events in the story, he may have never come to this conclusion.
Thanks for another lovely review.
No, I didn't abandon this story. *huggles* I just...um... *too lazy to think of an excuse :P* Honestly, I just kind of forgot, for some reason I thought I'd already read this chapter and then realized I hadn't...
Anyhow. So I really liked this chapter. Poor Remus. Sirius was like his brother. But it shows a lot for him that's he's able to trust his wife so much. Great chapter! :)
Author's Response: Yay! Anna! All my regular readers seem to resurfacing. You guys are really making my day. *huggles*
And yes, it is a lot to ask of Remus. Obviously, it is something that would be very hard on him. But he loves his wife and daughter. He wants them to be happy. And I truly believe that Remus is someone who would value the idea of second chances. Thanks so much for the review!
Heh...I guessed Narcissa in the first paragraph of this chapter. Not many HP characters would describe themselves as rich and beautiful. Although up until this chapter I'd been pretty clueless.
Interesting that Hermione made relationships with both Draco and Narcissa. What has Draco been doing all these years, then? Has he really just been sitting in the house for eleven years? Ouch. That's like Azkaban. Though, I guess he had company, but still.
Well, another great chapter. :) And, how do you pronounce Lucus? Is it like Lucas with more of an "uhh" sound (if that makes any sense :P)?
Author's Response: Yeah, Narcissa is pretty much the only character who would consider herself rich and beautiful. *giggles* She never seemed overly modest to me.
As for Draco, yes, he\'s pretty much been sitting around the house. He would risk going out occasionally, taking precautions, but he was pretty much restricted to the house. He was lucky to have Narcissa and Lucus.
As for Lucus, it is Lucas. I just don\'t spell it that way. I\'m not really sure why, but it is pronounced the same way, in my mind, at least.
Thanks so much for review. *huggles*
So Bellatrix is completley turned against the Dark Lord now? Hmm. I have a hard time seeing that. I agree that she didn't mean to kill Sirius, but most of her other actions don't seem like things she would regret.
However, you wrote her regret and pain very well. You could see very clearly how much she hated what she'd done, and how scared she was of losing Cassie's trust. And I still admire Remus for how he's handling everything. Well done. :)
Author's Response: See, I don\'t find it hard to believe that Bella could turn against the Dark Lord. Sometimes that causes problems in my fics because very few people agree with me. I hope this didn\'t make the story seem too unrealistic for you. To me, it makes sense for her to turn on him. He was the reason she accidently killed her cousin. He was the reason she was imprisioned and enslaved. He was the reason her husband was killed. Everything he believed in was proven false to her by her young niece. I don\'t see how she could continue to believe in him, but as I said, this is something that seems to cause me some trouble.
I\'m glad her regret, pain, and fear came out so well. And yes, Remus is handling the situation very well. But looking at canon, I find that he usually does. He has an air of acceptance about him that the other characters lack.
Thanks so much for the review. *huggles*
Yay, another chapter, and it's very good too. :) Poor Cassie, I hope Frank can trust her again, she didn't do anything to him.
A nitpick: “You’re mum is right; you really don’t seem like youself,” Bella told her.
It should be "your", not "you're". Otherwise, excellent! :D
Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Anna. I\'m glad you enjoyed the chapter. Thanks for pointing out the error.
So, I just read all the chapters I'd missed. Sorry for not leaving individual reviews on the chapters, but I'll try to make this one longer to make up for it. :)
Wow. Where to start? I'm glad to know that Bella got through her time in Azkaban all right, and it's nice that she's got her magic back. I personally don't think *I* would've gone through with that; Bellatrix is braver than I've given her credit for.
I like how you've brought Susan Bones into this fic. I've always liked her, and you've characterized her really well: she's got a definite sense of justice, and she's hard but sweet. The potential romance between her and Draco is interesting -- I'm not sure how you're going to make it work between them, they seem very different to me. But then again opposites attract, right? ;) Teehee.
And . . . I have to bring it up . . . Bellatrix's remorse in the part where she was talking to Susan. I really can't see her regretting some of the things that she's done. Sirius' death can be wavered, seeing as she didn't cast Avada Kedavra, but in canon Bella does genuinely seem to *like* causing pain to others. It just seems odd that she regrets torturing the Longbottoms and the others, this just seems to really go against what we know about her. I can see in this story that she has changed, and I could see her *possibly* regretting those things now. I just have a hard time thinking that she never wanted to torture the Longbottoms in the first place.
Overall though I'm still really enjoying this story, it's really interesting to see how all these characters have changed due to circumstances and time. :)
Author's Response: *hugs Anna* Thanks for the review. :D
*hugs Bella* Yes, she went through with the procedure. Prior to her time as Harry\'s slave, Bella was very proud and independent. She would like to get some of that back. She doesn\'t like having to depend on the Lupins and never being able to give them anything in return. She grew up knowing nothing but magic, and simply has no idea how to function like a normal person without it. She knows that it is the only way that she can be the person she wants to be, and the only way she can began to repay the Lupins. Bella has been through painful situations many times in her life, and assumed this would be no different.
Susan is fun to write in this fic. She has a tad more common sense than the rest of the characters so she\'s a nice contrast. As for her and Draco, they\'re budding relationship is really secondary in the story. It is known that they seem to be bonding, but whether it works out or not will not be revealed.
And Bella\'s remorse. I actually discussed this with Will on AIM. And I have to admitt, I didn\'t give the Longbottom scenerio a lot of thought as I wrote it. I don\'t know if you have ever heard my rants about that night, but I have trouble beleiving it happened the way it was portrayed. So I may not have handled it overly well because to include me theories in this story would have been needlessly complicated.
Anyway, as for Bella\'s remorse, she genuinly regrets what she did looking back on it. How much she regretted it at the time, is debateable. Remember that what she says may not be what she\'s thinking. Bella is not a bad person in this story, but she is not an idiot. She wants to be free. She wants to go home to her family. She may well decide to slightly hide some of her previous motivations. There is no need to make herself look any worse than necessary.
Anyway, thanks again for the lovely review, and I\'m glad you\'re still enjoying the story. *hugs again*
Okay, I have started the past two reviews with 'aww' and was determined not to do so again, but -- but -- AWW!! ^.^ I'm amazed that you could start with such a miserable setting for all these characters and make it into such a nice one, without causing the story to be unbelievable.
My favorite part of this chapter was definitely Bellatrix's dance with Harry. It was just so perfect, and great. These two people have both done horrid things to each other, and yet are both able to move beyond their past and -- though they won't forget -- they'll forgive. And that's just such an amazing and wonderful thing.
Definitely one of the better fan-fics I've read in a long time, and it's really a darn shame you can't be nominated for a QSQ. :D *applauds* Greatgreatgreat job, Elle.
Author's Response: Well, happy endings aren\'t really my specialty. Normally, my characters are worse off at the end, but I really felt they deserved to happy in this one. I couldn\'t bear to torture them anymore.
I enjoyed writing the dance, actually. It was a little weird to throw them together after all that has happened, but it had to be done. Their lives were going to collide regardless. And I really think at this point, they would be able to forgive. For once, my characters learned something. I\'m so proud of them. *hugs Bella and Harry*
And thanks so much for another lovely review. Also, thanks for sticking with this story all the way to the end, reviewing all the way. It really means a lot. *hugs Anna*
Another great chappie! Poor Narcissa, getting attacked like that. At least Draco got the pardon though, he deserves something good. . .
I have one nit-pick, right here:
“What is your purpose here?” he demanded, after ceasing their wands.
It should be seizing their wands. ;D Other than that, excellent work!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Anna. Yes, Narcissa had a rough day, but it was all worth it in the end. :D
Thanks for pointing out the error. I have fixed it. :D
Aw, that was cute! I liked it. Neville's characterization was really good, and it seemed like something he would wish for. Clever how you came up with the name Teutonians too. :) Good luck in the challenge!
Author's Response: Ahh, Anna... Thank you. I was worried about trying to write something with Neville as the main character because it was new territory and I will be honest when I say that I have not done a WHOLE lot of research on him prior to this. *breathes sigh of relief* I\'m glad you enjoyed it. *huggles* Nicole
*SQUEE* It's the sequel! I was honestly a little worried that it wouldn't be quite as good as the original...no worries anymore, teehee. ^.^ Awesome chappie!
Author's Response: Hehee, thanks! I\'m glad you liked it. I submitted Chapter 2 quite awhile ago, but it still hasn\'t been submitted.
Oh. That was excruciating to read. Not excruciating as in I didn't enjoy it, just excruciating in I felt so much emotion while reading . . . I definitely see why this story is featured. It's amazing. Your writing style -- the descriptions are just so vivid, without being overdone. A beautiful mix of horror, suspense, and tragedy. Great job.
Author's Response: I understand, I wrote it and I still have to read it as fast as I can to get to the end. (Like I need to see what happens even though I already know.)