- RE: Curse breaking
It was my first HP story, which never saw the light of day (although various scenes have been used in my other stories). A pair of twins and a cousin emerged from the Old Believers of North America to drive Death Eaters from North America during the first war with Voldemort (one twin died). The two powerful survivers arrive to teach in Harry's Fifth year. Much of the story line/personailty of the the two went over to Dr. Pwy in my first uploaded story (HP & the Old Believers). Anyway, the cousins (teaching Defense and Runes) taught Curse Breaking to Harry and other interested students, but most of those scenes didn't work. I've always enjoyed good scenes showing how to do it right, like yours in chapter 8
Author's responseStrange thing, I thought I had already responded to this review and several others below it. I am pleased that you enjoy the practical side of cursebreaking as I present it. Jim
(#) foolishwandwaver 2006-10-30I am enjoying the hell out of this story. It is quite original. I am only sorry that I have been totally lax in reviewing up until now.
Harry/ Luna? Hurray! No H/Hr, or even worst H/G. Gah! What would he really see in these two besides the obvious? harry and Luna's interactions are refreshing, and also quite funny. harry has abilities, but he has to achieve them, instead of the usual over night power trip. Looking forward to reading about chapter 1...and maybe beyond?
Author's responseThank you for your kind words. We are almost back to chapter 1 just a few loose ends like Karina to tie up. ~Jim
- I just finished reading the last chapter and I have to say, this is a masterpiece. I had my reservations at first - first person narrative isn't one of my favorites, since it is usually done poorly. You however, have tapped into "The Voice" and made Harry's mental monologue smooth and believable.
Voldemort is a much more deadly (and intelligent foe - the explanation of how Tom Riddle learned to perfect his Horcruxes and learned Blood Magic was awesome) and the exploration of the other magical communities in the world is always a plus. The focus on British wizards in HP has become stale.
The only thing that seemed a bit hokey to me was the Daemon; but, at the same time, you put enough weaknesses in to make its presence more believable. The fact that Riddle needed help summoning and binding it makes it a plot device with purpose. He's not going to be able to do it again easily (if at all), which keeps the power balance in check.
Harry's slow progression in Curse Breaking rocks. I love Uber!Harry stories, but by having our hero gradually grow into his power is so much more real. Likewise, I love the banter back and forth between Harry and Luna - very adolescent, yet maturing.
9.85 out of 10 - I can't wait to read the sequel.
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