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Meghan posted a comment on Saturday 7th July 2007 5:53pm

why are you holding back the update?! gah

john17 posted a comment on Sunday 1st July 2007 2:44pm

Good Story. The thing with Dumbledore forcing the mating is a bit out of place and isn't as innocent or good as Gabby making a mistake for good reasons. But you explained why Dumbledore did what he did so that makes it okay.
Overall great story though, hopefully be finished soon.

busted posted a comment on Wednesday 27th June 2007 6:01pm

I loved this story and i am really looking forward to the epilogue :D

Thanks for the great story..

writer'sblock posted a comment on Tuesday 19th June 2007 3:50pm

I'm sad to see this end, but I'm happy with how it ended. It had the happy-goodness feeling that almost all your stories have.

rottenking posted a comment on Friday 15th June 2007 9:56pm

really liked hope, was a great fanfic, i read it a week or more ago and reread it last night, one thing i was confused about is the fact that dumbledore suggested gabby mate with harry for the sake of the war ( this was just after the second task)

but we know that voldamort didn't come back into play till after the third task...
now you may put it down to his dementia or such but i doubt that, because i don't really think their would be any way of him knowing that voldamort would be returning ( and thus with his logic needed France to win the war)

noylj posted a comment on Friday 15th June 2007 1:32am

Did I miss the epilogue?
Could you not only finish all your other stories, and write several more new ones, could you (at some point) come back to these two people? Their story can not be complete.

snuffles007 posted a comment on Thursday 14th June 2007 7:40pm

Excellent, as always! I must say that I was genuinely shocked when the Death Eater attack occurred. I can't wait for the grand finale.

Daily Prophet Reporting posted a comment on Monday 11th June 2007 11:09pm

Wow! That was one serious turn to the contentious. Obviously you'd made it clear that Harry was beginning to put the pieces together, but I didn't expect the revelations to be so sudden or explosive. Still, I must say I'm pleased and impressed.

It's obvious there's not going to be an easy romance now, and I find that encouraging. It seems you've set a stage where your characters are going to have to grow and develop trust to fit together and I think that's a nice change from your other novel-lengths. You've also set a stage where you could have gone dark just as easily as turn out a happy ending. If I didn't know this was a "fairytale", from this point I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this end with an honorable but miserable Harry or an insane Gabrielle.

I appreciated that the rest of the chapter was was set in a way that it let you give us a good close-up look at many of your secondary characters. It's interesting, for example, that Jean calls Harry a knight when he better fits the description himself. A war hero of obviously cultured taste who is a leader of men and lives in a castle? Doesn't get much more knightly than that.

Aimee is also an interesting character because, though she's half Veela and Gabrielle is envious of her looks, it's her intellect and intuition that stand out most. From their first meeting she reads Harry better than just about anyone else in the story, and she also knows exactly to catch his attention. The combination of her instruction to Gabrielle and her subsequent entrance to the pool-side scene might be the most clever -- and pleasantly vivid -- images you've given us so far. I also enjoyed the interplay between Harry and Bill. It helped lightened the mode, and I think it strengthened your connection to canon roots nice.

But my favorite character in this fic so far is probably Ron. I liked his resistance in Chapter 1 and I was really impressed by how easily you made him understand and accept the consequences of his actions in this chapter. It's obvious he wants what's best for Harry, and so far in this story that makes him pretty unique.

I wasn't a big fan of the flashback, though. Structurally, I think you would have been more natural to use first person and let Jean really tell his story if you needed to have a secondary flashback within the flashback. And I thought the idea of Harry systematically hexing all his allies over an extended period of time was a bit much to take, both on the Super!Harry scale and within the characterization of him as noble, inspiring scale. But maybe that's just me.

Either way, I'm very much looking forward to seeing where you go next. You've thrown your characters into quite the quagmire and It'll be fun watching them try to dig themselves out.

Thanks as always!
-KC

mashimaromadness posted a comment on Sunday 10th June 2007 9:46am

Wow, that was by far the most amazing story ever. I absolutely adore it. Nothing quite matches up to this story. I'm glad it ended the way I did but I'm absolutely heartbroken I'll never get to read anything new in this universe. Amazing, simply amazing. I commend you on your fabulous skills, this story blows my mind.

Sirius771 posted a comment on Sunday 10th June 2007 6:50am

A very great story. One of the best i've read. When will the epilouge come out?

Daily Prophet Reporting posted a comment on Sunday 10th June 2007 1:03am

Since I've already started, I've decided to keep going with this story. But don't think I've forgotten your recommendations. They're high on my (rapidly expanding) list of things to read.

First of all, I was happily surprised by the ending here. I appreciated seeing that Harry was wise enough to realize that his strings were being pulled. But I liked it even more that, rather than just getting mad or sulky, he needed to take an active approach to figure out why he was being manipulated. Of course, that advances your shipping plans nicely, but it also hints that there could be significant points of conflict between Harry and his allies down the line and that's only got me more intrigued.

Elsewhere, I realized as I was reading this that another thing you like to do in your stories is have Harry and his closes allies mold the environment around them to suit his needs or desires. You did it to a certain extent in WKGQ and TMW, but you're even more overt about it here. It certainly serves to show how powerful and respected Harry is that he can walk into a school for the first time and completely restructure the way the place runs the first week. And you obviously do need some sort of system of subdivision to do what you want with Quidditch, though with as little as we know about Beauxbatons, I'm not sure why you didn't just set the school up that way to begin with. Looking for extra reasons to make Harry and Gabrielle work together?

Anyway, back to Quidditch. I love the idea of an inter-school tournament. It's a really nice way of bringing fanon in line with what we see in the real sports world. It also gives you even more freedom with your setting (It'll be very interesting to see what you do with Durmstrang). But that it's such a tense subject is what's even more interesting. I can't say I'd ever considered the possibility of Harry's returning to Hogwarts for a Quidditch match being one of the biggest points of conflict in a fic. But if you're going to play up Quidditch in a story, you might as well play it up big time, right?

And that brings me to Dumbledore. I'm having a hard time wrapping my HBP-influenced mind (Dumbledore's man through and through) around the fact that he could have alienated Harry so much to make him avoid Hogwarts so vociferously. But I suppose it's a logical enough worst-case conclusion to have drawn from OotP, and like I said, it makes for a very thought-provoking point of contention. It also forces your Harry (both here and in WKGQ) to act more independently, which can only help develop Harry's character when you make him as powerful as you do.

Anyway, I know I'm rambling tonight, so I think I'd better leave it there. But Thanks as always for the interesting read!
-KC

Ezra'eil posted a comment on Friday 8th June 2007 1:08pm

I was listening to some tunes while reading this and i found te perfect song to explain Gabrielle's romance....Iris by the GooGoo Dolls....anyway this was pretty sweet so i'll end it off here cause i gotta go!

DAUFahnder posted a comment on Friday 8th June 2007 4:30am

Thank You :)

tomanak45 posted a comment on Thursday 7th June 2007 9:34pm

I started reading this story about when you hit ch. 7, and it's is by far one of if not the best story post hogwarts i have ever read. The deatail ,and emotions you put into each character was great, and the thought to make such a story is awe inspiring.
Loved the sotry.

Silo posted a comment on Thursday 7th June 2007 8:08pm

so when is the last part up adn when do we get the uther harry gabby fics like Happily Ever After

Daily Prophet Reporting posted a comment on Wednesday 6th June 2007 1:58am

Tim,

Here I am, taking another leap into the rough waters of a non-H/G fic, but in this case you knew exactly how to greet me. In the first segment I almost felt like I was reading a first-person perspective on The Season (may it rest in peace in the land of long-forgotten fics).

Jesting aside, though, Harry's spectacular injury and the media circus were pretty darn clever ways to start a story. They're the perfect excused to get Harry out of familiar places, giving you control over the setting as the as the action. And if it's one thing I've learned about your stories, it's that literary freedom is something you exploit well.

I definitely enjoyed Hermione and Ron's clever and manipulative efforts to convince Harry to go to France, and I was pleasantly amused to see Dobby show up in this like he did in WKGQ. I'm also intrigued by Gabrielle, especially in her incredibly organized approach to understanding Harry. It almost seems like you're mixing Fleur's attributes with Hermione's attention to detail, which is certainly a combination with a lot of potential.

I also rather appreciated Gabrielle listing Hermione alongside Cho as the major women in Harry's life. But if she's got every clipping from the Daily Prophet, what else is she going to think?

What didn't I like? Well, this is the third novel-length fic of yours that I've read, and in all three your female lead has committed herself to Harry before he even knows she's interested in him. Admittedly, that makes the most sense here, where you've got the freedom of working with a non-human character, but I would have been nice to see a little variation in the routine.

The secret bargaining before Harry even comes into the story is also something you've done before, and in this case I was somewhat put off by how readily Hermione joined in. I appreciated Ron's resistance and can even understand how eventually came to agree, but Hermione never even tried to stand up for Harry. Is she so perspective that she immediately concluded the plan would be in his best interest?

Really, though, those are pretty esoteric complaints. All in all, I think you've set a very interesting stage so far. I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

-KC

Meg posted a comment on Tuesday 5th June 2007 5:59pm

Well, I wanted to wait to review until the chapter sunk in...but it hasn't. :) So, rather than a point-by-point...

I loved that you took care of the match, the announcement, then the Dumbledore/Snape/Draco issues in one fell swoop.

I also loved that the fic came full circle.

Can't say much more other than this was awesome, the "obliteration" was more than I imagined (though wasn't it in Red & Yellow, not OLT? Or did it get edited out of OLT and I just can't remember the original?), and I look forward to the epilogue.

Thanks,

Meg

marcelhm posted a comment on Tuesday 5th June 2007 5:22pm

well I'll read the epilogue but already wanted to thank you for writing another great story for us lowly fans ;). the fact that I loved it should show in the fact that the time now is 3:30 here and this isn't a habit of mine. so thanks and good luck!

hubem posted a comment on Tuesday 5th June 2007 3:50am

Bah. Great chapter. When is the epilogue gonna be out?

warpwizard posted a comment on Monday 4th June 2007 9:00pm

Good chapter, very meaty. I prefer Quidditch as background material too, though it didn't bother me in this fic.