Rita gets an exclusive interview. Neville's being a naughty boy. Harry's getting tired of just training...
(#) whatareyouevensaying 2007-03-06 04:18:03 PMDamn. Well played on Voldemort's part. Of course, you're one of the few writers that makes Voldemort seem like more than a fool who happens to be quite powerful. As always, I'm a huge fan of your Neville as well. Hopefully he and Harry will strike back (separately, of course) in the next chapter.
Author's responseThanks. I'm still catching up on my replies. The PR battle will continue.
- Gracious! Your Neville is an extremely bloodthirsty lad. At this rate, he will have Dumbledore kicked out of Hogwarts for a ton of dead kids (they might even close the school - although with dead kids of Death Eaters, it is very likely that people will suspect Harry and/or Dumbledore of malicious intent). Hope to see Rufus Scrimgeour's defence about Dolores' death - after all, he and Harry are going to be the first suspect in her death.
The interview was fantastic - I suppose that for once in her life, Rita published exactly what was said.
Hope to see some more soon.
- OUTSTANDING CHAPTER!!!! I love how Harry got so angry that he picked the table up 6 inchs and the snotrag the prophet burst into flames. I find it very ironic that Harry now owns the Malfoy family home. I can't wait to see what happens in the next chapter. Is Harry going to start taking the fight to Voldemort? I also loved how you had Voldemort use the press in an attempt to bring around the public opinion that he's doing that right thing, thats something a politican would do. DO keep up the outstanding work and update soon please:):):):)
Author's responseWell as you can see the next chapter is up and has been for awhile. Sorry for the delay in responding.~Jim
(#) Geovanni_Luciano 2007-03-08 10:22:15 AMThis was interesting, and the best part was the manifesto that Voldemort declared. Of course he would interview like that. This is nothing more than Propaganda in order to recruit more followers. I look forward to Harry's retort. If he does retort, I'd suggest providing the next two lines of the prophecy ending with: "And he will have power the dark lord knows not..." As long as Harry's retort is spot on and tears apart Tom's interview. It would also provide clarification that Tom chose Harry and made him the boy of the Prophecy. In addition, would take the heat off of Neville, or at least the spotlight. Just an idea I wanted to bounce off of you.
Author's responseThanks for the idea, I'll keep it in mind moving forward.~Jim
(#) animemonster 2007-03-22 04:58:20 PMExcellent story, it gave me something to distract myself with for several days (which was a good thing) now I can't wait to see it updated.
As for a critical assessment (because that's what a reviewer should be doing and not being fluffy "OMG THIS IS SO GOOD! UPDATE" which I have been doing to much lately): I find this really sad, which can be a good thing, but maybe add a little humor here and there, though I will admit I did find the last few lines of chapter 31 pretty funny and the whole idea of the Skeeter interview in the same chapter made me laugh a bit. I also enjoy your characterizations. When you said in the summary that it makes you rethink the Potterverse, I thought you were being a bit arrogant, but I find that you weren't really and this really does make me rethink the Potterverse. Also some of your Author's notes have left me thinking about the way that most fanfic author's depict certain scenes.
You've taken canon and fanon and turned them completely on their heads, spun them around a bit, and put them back together.
Congrats and keep up the good work.
Author's responseWell thank you for the review. I apologize for the delay in my response, I am glad you enjoy the story and its different take on the HP universe. Hoepfully, you were pleased by ch 32. More coming soon.~Jim
(#) animemonster 2007-03-22 05:03:14 PMOh, I forgot to mention something, that some previous chapters have made me think of (a piece of philosophy that I've cobbled together from many sources):
The problem with the world is it's belief in seeing things as black and white when the world is not black and white, but painted in shades of grey.
Harry's character can only be described, thus far, as grey, probably around 50-65 percent grey. While Dumbledore's is more 40-50 percent and Voldemort is more 85-95 percent. (Insane characters I paint pink in my head, for, in my opinion, no color is more insane than pink :) ).
As I said before, keep up the good work.
Author's responseMy daughter loves Pink. I think you're on to something!~Jim
(#) GryffindorDragon 2007-10-09 11:50:24 AMRita almost had me believing Voldie's tripe :). Harry buying Malfoy's manor at auction is too good. But Neville has to go after Little Miss Prissy Melissy. I didn't mention it before, but I think you've taken Dumbledore a little too far with her as Head Girl (under Snape in DH, perhaps she would be). I just don't see it. He's not quite that bumbling, is he? I'll have to wait and see what's up your sleeves doing that.
- I love the way you have portrayed Voldemort in this story. He isn't just some murdering psycho, he is a man with an agenda. Not to mention, that he's fucking gangsta. I can just picture him looking at someone saying, "What, you feeling froggy, then jump." He may be an evil bastard, but he does it with a smoothness that makes one pause. Even I was close to believing him, until I remembered something from an earlier chapter when he said he tells people what they need to hear to make them obey.