(#) PerfesserN 2007-11-06Does Albus even realize he's responsible for the creation of Dark Lord Voldemort; is he trying to re-create his "great experiment" with Harry?
Inquiring minds want to know. . .
Author's responseHe knows he's responsible for Tom, he believed he corrected for the mistakes to create a new weapon that wouldn't rebel, wrong again.
- -wicked chuckle- My, Dumbles and Snivellus are not having good days, are they? I loved the entrance and announcements followed by artfully knocking down every sally Dumbles made. The treatment of Snivvy was rather earned, he'd better learn quickly, or Slytherin -will- need a new Head of House and Dumbles a new potion master.
The varied reactions at the feast were fascinating, the cheerful one on Luna's part (that must be some event tree she's tracking) and the less joyful ones on the part of the minor Weaseleys; I think the last two had best be very, very careful as Albus can't protect them nor carry out his promises near as well as they think.
The discussion at the Hufflepuff table was fascinating and I think that "You dug your own grave Mate, all I did was point you out to the undertakers." was an absolutely classic line.
The later discussions 'tween the wives and their friends was quite illuminating. I'll admit, I do wonder who Harry was talking with, or what he was doing, during this time.
Finally, the flashback to Tom Riddle's Hogwarts situation was educational. I suspect we've just seen the tip of the iceberg regarding his side of the story.
You do have to wonder about Albus, since one definition of insanity is "Doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results." You rather get the impression he wants the glory without having to do the really messy work to -really- earn it. Tsk, that's backfired big on him once and it bids fair to do again, here. It will be interesting to see his reaction to Harry & his wives since Harry took a rather different path out of hte situation than Tom did; it also silently rebukes Tom for the path he took and I daresay he'll not appreciate that.
Author's responseLuna hasn't made her abilities public. Who would? I mean having everyone bugging you constantly about what is going to happen? The loonie personae is a mask she uses to defend her privacy.
During the ladies discussion, Harry was checking the various paintings in their rooms for monitoring charms. When he finished he saw the hen party in progress and in a fairly standard display of male courage, got the hell out of range of the gossip, and courageously hid in his room.
There will be more of Tom, and his reaction to Albus and his machinations.
Tom has a sufficiently developed sense of self that any path that Harry takes that Tom did not will be seen (by Tom) as an example of weakness.
- I rather figured Tom would act that way. I can't help but think, though, that such an attitude will lead him into trouble in the long run as he underestimates Harry yet again.
I can't blame Harry for a paranoid outlook on what Dumbles might do/try (I suspect he may could give Moody a run for "most paranoid" at the moment, though in his case "they" really -are- out to get him).
I can't blame Luna a bit and the cheerful note I referred to was her private musings, not her public utterances.
I wonder if, now that he's "lost" Harry, Dumbles will try and use Neville in the role he was originally grooming Harry for. I suspect that, after seeing what happened to Harry, Neville is going to be rather more careful himself, as well as Harry et al. watching out for their good friend. I can see where this could develop into s very interesting situation.
- Hmmmmmm.......so Dumbles and Snape just attempted their first shots and ended up being dropkicked with style! I think that Draco and Ron must be reading the same playbook..... something along the line that Cardinal Richelieu quoted in Disney's version of the Three Musketeers " all for one, and more for me! " It seems that the dweebs known as Ron, Ginny, and Draco think that they should have whatever and whomever they want because they say so.... so the well deservered smackdowns will be painful at best and deadly at worst. Dumbledore was a fool to think that they'd separate at that stage, and I wonder if he's intelligent enough to cut his painful losses and not try any other idiocy or attempt to either rein them in (fat chance!) or go after Neville. That could be equally suicidal on his part. Neville's come into his own, and the Potter/Black family considers him a friend and firm ally so reprisals on his behalf would be swift and nasty. I loved the dinner with the 'Puffs, and Harry has definately learned one of the first rules of married life........ make sure that you don't get between the wives and their target(s)! That undertaker line was priceless! It looks as though they'll have support from the 'Puffs and Griffyndor, and at least contacts in Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Harry and company may have also gained a potential ally in Flitwick. I wonder if Ron and Ginny have even considered what McGonagall might do to them? Ticking off one's head of house can be unwise, and unlike Daphne they don't have a leg to stand on or backup and Dumbles will drop them if they're usless to his plans. Hope Dumbles has Slughorn or someone on call, 'cause Snape's going to be history soon.....maybe even before the end of the first potions class. If so, three houses will rejoice and the fourth can start worrying about payback. I can't wait to see what the twins are up to, and that last section dealing with Voldy was good. As always, thanks for an excellent chapter and I look forward to the next! (crosses fingers, hoping for more Snape and Weasley torture!)
Author's responseActually I don't intend for Harry to kill anyone (including and perhaps most specifically Tom) in this fic at all. Violence will be kept to a minimum. Ok, he's gonna lay a Muggle type smack down on Ron next chapter (or maybe the one after next) but that's about it.
Dumbles is going to approach Neville, but if he thinks Harry's pissed at him, he ain't seen nothing yet.
I've been married 27 years come April, so I'm imparting some marital advice to young Harry. So far he's listening to me. He has still to learn the most important bit of marital truth that a man could know. In the unlikely event the man turns out to be right following a disagreement, he should apologize immediately...
Thanks for the review
- Chuckle Having been married a bit over 30 years myself, I'll agree with that advice. smile It should be interesting to see how -he- learns that.
I suspect that Hogwarts is in for a more interesting Fall semester than they've seen in a while, Tournament, troll, et al. not withstanding.
Harry doesn't have to -kill- Tom, vanquishing him can be done in many ways. I suspect he's going to demonstrate that there are worse things than dying to a number of deserving parties. And I rather doubt he'll be alone in that.
snicker I can just see Daphne and Hermione sitting down to have a "talk" with Ginny. I daresay that the treatment Ron and Ginny will shortly be "enjoying" will bring Molly in for a real smackdown. It should make for fascinating watching.
Author's responseOf course Harry is still unaware of the riddle that has puzzled married men since the beginning of time: If a man is speaking in the woods, and not woman hears him, is he still wrong?
- One more thought, between the discussions Hermione and Daphne had with their friends after the Feast and what McGonagall's likely to find out from their discussion the next day, how bad are things going to get in Gryffindor for Ron and Ginny? I -know- the girls are going to make life "interesting" for Ginny and, if Neville can find a way to talk to his roommates when Ron's not around (alternatively, Ron loses it and they get into an arguement), I can see Ron getting less than friendly treatment from the guys. I'm going to be -real- interested in seeing what happens with Draco, he's really upset to find out the world -doesn't- revolve around him and his wants and needs.
(#) sparky40sw 2007-11-10I was referred to the story from the Sisters_of_thewritestuff yahoo group
and read the existing chapters this afternoon - quite interesting story - I like that there is magic that will allow the bonded family to share each others feelings - this should prevent or minimize the hurts that happen as people come to know each other.
I am really looking forward to what will happen after moldieshorts and Harry's stories become public knowledge, with irrefutable proof behind them.
thanks fro sharing your talent
Author's responseThanks for letting me know where you heard of the story, I looked up the group and it seems interesting...
Re: The bonding. I wanted the characters to be a realistic as possible. To my mind that meant that the girls would NOT be looking to jump each other, and a bit of jealousy would be rearing it's head. That however would take the story in a direction I didn't really want to explore (soap operas bore me), so I used the bonding ritual that I made up on the spot (as a plus it exposes the girls to the Greek Chorus in Harry's head)
While originality is rare in a story line that literally has thousands of people pecking away at it like the proverbial monkeys at typewriters coming up with classical Literature, I believe (and it's only a belief having read only a minor fraction of the available Fics out there) I've come up with a relatively original way of disposing with Tom and his boys...
Thanks for your interest.
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