- Well, that was an original move on Harry's part. It will be a lot easier to deal with Voldemort if his lickspittles-in-chief were all busy trying to find a rock to hide under. Not that I expect Bellatrix to do so - she is far too fanatical to feel fear.
I really don't think that Harry will be able to keep his secret for much longer, given how he is continually using high-level spells and various other tricks that no second year could hope to know. He is either going to have to learn to be more circumspect or he is going to have to live with being extra notorious (maybe "The-Boy-Who-Lived-Again"? :p )
BenRG's Rating: 7/10
Author's responseYou're right, most of the little bootlickers are running for cover or to Volde for protection. Harry's power will be revealed to all, but not that he's from an alternate future.
(#) whatareyouevensaying 2006-06-29Very interesting. It's nice to see the "good guys" winning the media war for once. I don't remember ever seeing wanted posters in a fic before, so congratulations are in order. It's either a completely original idea (much like your softened version of Voldemort resurrected), or it's the first I've seen it.
I'm liking this story more and more with every chapter, keep it up!
Author's responseThanks! Other than canon PoA, I haven't seen it used like this, either, so I thought I'd try it.
(#) Lira_Snape 2006-06-29Wow! Brilliant chapter! Love what you did to Pansy!!!!
As it's obviously Harry behind the rewards, why are Dumbledore and Moody so convinced it couldn't have been him? And where did they really get the money from? And how did they get the whole thing past Moody?
And was Harry (or his friends) behind the attack on MacNair?
Grand chapter! Can't wait to see what's next! - Btw, why were you in so much of a hurry to post those two chapters early before going back to your usual schedule?
Author's responseHarry killed Mcnair and is, of course, behind the posters. They don't believe it's him in part because of the level of ruthlessness and in part because the money to so over the top. Where it came from is partially explained at the end of this chapter and in more detail in the next.
As for the other question, I suppose I just like this chapter a lot and wanted it out there!
(#) Cocoa_girl 2006-06-29Hot dog and damn. Great idea Harry. Just how much money does Harry Potter have? And I do hope he continues to use his future knowledge of future events to make money and to save the wizarding world. I can’t wait for when the first person that brings in their captured death eater dead or alive. What a shock and talk about that will be. And the fact that that person really did get paid the promised amount will have the wizarding world in a tizzy. Bet a lot of dueling champions will try for it.
Author's responseAll it will take is the goblins to confirm that the money is there, and that they don't care what the wizarding governments think of the idea to get the ball rolling. We will see one Death Eater (Nott) cornered.
- I like the unique use of harry useing the muggle worlds to fund his fight against voldie. This cancreate many interesting seneriosfor future actions of harrys from defeating voldie to pranking the whole of the wizzarding world into a better place while keeping harry in the background as he wants to be. That said are you going to get fred and george into the plot as I can see harry sending them into the muggle worlds school system to create more interesting pranks that when combined with magic would set them up in their shop orforthe takedown of voldie. Can't wait for the next chapter to see what happens next
Author's responseNo, no Fred & George, although that might make for an interesting short farce.
(#) Cocoa_girl 2006-06-30I have another question for you. Is that reward limited to only witches and wizards? Could a vampire or werewolf or even a goblin try for it? Cause I think one of them will have a better chance at succeeding in killing Bella than anyone else. I also do wonder if Bella just goes into the wrong muggle house and tries to kill a old retired paranoid muggle who always carries a gun and get shot right between the eyes does he get the money? In pounds of course.
Author's responseAnyone could claim it, but how would a Muggle know about the reward in the first place? Remember, the body has to be turned over to a Gringotts branch.
For those interested in the practice, read up on the Dictator Sulla and the idea of proscription
(#) Meteoricshipyards 2006-06-30What an idea! Brilliant!
And the happy elves! So right.
I assume it was Harry who beheaded the death eater?
Great job! Thanks for writing.
What is it about Dumbledore's pajamas?
Author's responseYep, Harry offed Macnair. And are Dumbledore's pj's really what much more outlandish than his robes? I just like picking on Dumbles.
- This was a rockin' chapter! Plot-wise I got quite a kick out of it; nothing like a gung-ho, take-charge, get-them-any-way-I-can clever Harry!
First up, enjoyed the Pansy bit ("on the day that Pansy turned back into what passed for human" - heh). I was quite angry/worried on Hermione's behalf that an attempt had been made on her life like this. It's funny, there's really been little made of the 'romance' or relationship between Harry & Hermione in this story; in stories by other authors, or even some of your earlier ones, there would have been passages of narrative text, or the reader would have read of Hermione's or Harry's thoughts, setting up their relationship. I'm thinking for the moment of your Dumbledore's Army, for example, one of the first stories of yours I read (and still a favourite) which got me firmly on Hermione's side because of the time you spent in examining her feelings and thoughts, or with dialogue Luna and co. uttered about her and her circumstances. Plus the more 'romantic' aligned fanfics by other authors.
In this story I feel there's been very little of that sort of thing; as we've noted you're rocketing ahead with the plot and there's only the barest skeleton of such impressions in the text. That's why I was surprised a couple of chapters ago by their overt pairing, as you know. Yet the framework of their relationship is there, and I find that I'm still getting that 'emotional' value out of the story, even if it's because I'm 'plugging in' H/Hr impressions and such from other stories and using them to fill the void, fleshing out your storyline. Does that make sense? If I was new on the scene and this was the first fan fiction story I'd ever read I probably wouldn't have the emotional investment in Harry & Hermione that I do actually possess. Anyway, I was quite angry on Hermione's behalf with this little scene here.
Surprised, too, given Slughorn's initial vehemence as to the severity of Parkinson's crime - and her anticipated punishment - that in the end she only got 24 hours of detention!??!
Macnair's death - great, although we don't know for sure that it was Harry. Dumbledore's adaption to a 'stricter sense of justice' was even more welcome.
But then the double-pronged media attack - excellent stuff. I was really surprised by this, but my gosh it all makes perfect sense, particularly piggy-backed on your equating the DEs to a terrorist organisation in the last chapter! Rollickin' closing half to the chapter, with the humourous element of Dumbledore being so 'popular before breakfast' and the fast pace of everything coming out.
Harry didn't offer a reward for Riddle himself? Because he knows he's too powerful to be taken on, that only Harry himself can take him down?
Very glad you put in Von Spitzbach, by the way. He certainly deserves to be remembered for his part in all this.
Dumbledore muses that he doesn't know the effect that this aggressive PR campaign may have ... hmmm, wondering if there may be negative repercussions for Harry coming up? No idea what, that comment of Albus just has me thinking. I guess one obvious counter-attack would be for Tom to issue a reward for Harry, and he's a sitting duck at one fixed location for three-quarters of the year.
Good chapter, thanks!
Author's responseGlad you liked Pansy, and yes, you can buy Nutria Gumbo here in N'Awlins. There was a huge campaign a few years ago, trying to get people to eat more nutria, but most people refuse to eat what look like huge fat rats with orange incisers. They are the mascot of our minor league baseball team, however.
Harry didn't offer the reward for Riddle exactly because he knows only he can do it. Why let bounty hunters die in the attempt?
Dumbledore's musings will connect with a later chapter, which will attempt to explain Dumbleodre's world view.
RE: Pansy's 24 hours of detention, well, it's pretty severe by Dumbledore's standards! ;)
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