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.
They say that just before you die, your life flashes before your eyes. But what does that really mean? How can a whole life be squashed into a few seconds?
Bellatrix Lestrange thinks she has lived a satisfying life. But it all comes back to earth when she's faced with her own mortality. She is forced to realise her wrongs, realise that she had never achieved what she had wanted as a child.
She is now faced with a question. The toughest one she has ever had to answer:
What could she have changed to make her life even better?
Her answer: everything.
Third place in the August Inter-House Co-Op!
Hmm. Intriguing! I've always been fascinated by Bellatrix as a character, and this story really did her justice. I liked how you tied so much back to the vivid green . . . the grass hill, the many spells . . . how it all linked together in her mind. And I think you did a good job too of showing her personality -- capturing both the insanity and the real human buried somewhere inside of her.
The only nit-pick I have is that I don't understand why some of the dialogue was in single quote marks, and some of it was in double quote marks. Most of it seemed to be in double, but the first scene was in single. Was this intentional, or a mistake? Just curious. It didn't dampen my reading experience or anything, but I was wondering about that.
So, kudos to both of you for a great read! :) And good luck in the competition too.
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked it! The thing with the quote marks was a mistake...that's the problem with having two people writing in the same story. I'll fix it up now!
Thanks so much for the review!
~~Azhure and Rhi~~
Maybe. I'm not sure.
Give me a straight anser, won't you?
Well, I said I'm not sure. If it involves dead people, is is a ghost story?
Yes. Yes, this is a ghost story.
Over one hundred reads! If you would leave a review, it would make my day.
Aww. That was so sad, but sweet at the same time. I don't suppose Harry would technically be able to touch/hold Ginny if she were really a ghost, but overlooking that, I really enjoyed this story. It was short and simple, but that just made it stronger. Though a part of me was curious to know how Ginny ended up dead, I'm glad you didn't tell us, it would've ruined the ambiguity of it all . . . I'm just babbling now. Anyway, thanks for a nice read, and good work. :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I was debating if I should put how she died in, but it just didn't fit. I glad it worked okay. Thanks again!
Elle! Not only have you returned to MNFF, but you're writing again! Gosh, you have no idea how hard I smiled when I got an e-mail saying that you had a new story posted. =D
And, well, what else can I say? This was fabulous. You write about all the Blacks so well. Poor Andromeda. I don't think she would have known that Bellatrix killed her daughter -- how would she have found out? It didn't seem like widespread knowledge to me. But, you wrote about the conflicting feelings that come with that situation beautifully, so I don't want to quibble too much over that.
I knew Cissy was going to be in the fic somehow! Actually, I thought she was going to show up at Andy's house with the whole family in tow, but I suppose that's too big of a step considering they haven't spoken in so long. And the letter feels more like what she would do. Subtle and cautious, but still loving.
Nit-pick. When you were describing Andy's thoughts about Ginny, you wrote: "Andromeda was sure she’d be a proper chief". I think you meant "chef", not "chief", correct? :P
Alright, I think I've rambled enough. Excellent fic, dear, and best of luck in the competition! =]
Author's Response: *tackle hugs* It's great to be back. I've missed everyone so much.
And thank you so much. I'm really glad you liked the fic. I'm worried about being a bit rusty. My canon, is rusty, you wouldn't believe some of the stupid things I've had to look up.
As for Bella killing Tonks. Yeah, good point. I honestly never thought about that. I just assumed that everyone knew what happened. Maybe not... I'm going to have to make a note for WIP to explain how that became common knowledge, somehow. See, I am out of practice. :p
And yes, I very much wanted Narcissa to show up with her family, but it didn't feel right. Like you said, too big of a step. But I'd still like to think it could happen one day. *mutters something about the WIP*
LoL. Although, I can see Molly as cheif, I did indeed mean chef. I'll fix that. Thanks for pointing it out.
Thanks again for lovely review. *huggles*
What a sweet fic! I've always been curious as to how Tonks and Remus started becoming closer; it seems completely natural, as you've made it out to be in this fic, that they would've come together out of the pain of Sirius' death. The parallels between the two smiles was cool, too . . . the line between love and pain can be thin sometimes. Anyway, nice work!
Author's Response: Aw thank you! Sorry for the late response, I've been busy. :( I've always thought that Sirius' death would be the catalyst for them getting together, I'm glad you think it seems natural. :D Thanks again for the review!