Hmm... for one, I definetly must say this is one of my favourite stories on this site.
I typed in 'Bellatrix Black' on search for my own story, and I found yours. I loved the discription of Bella, it suited her perfectly. It also really helped me think more of her character for my own story, haha you know, dwell more on character capture, etc. and all that fun stuff. I should thank you, since I know how to really get my story fixed right now, so thanks!
I have to say, it's nice to find another story about our favourite little Bellatrix, I've always kind of looked down on the whole 'Ooooooh I HATE Bellatrix Black -insert story on how Bella killed this/did this here- she's eeeevvvvvvil.' I understand the terrible things she does, and don't feel a need to glorify or justify her, but I do get annoyed by the 'evil' phrase. I mean can anyone really say she's evil when even if she's the epitome or darkness or hate personified or w/e, it's obvious she wasn't born that way right? I just wish people would concentrate on why she was made that way more, or at least that she's only doing what she is because it's what she feels is right, regardless of what others think.
Even though your story didn't tend to be in her favor in someways like mines kinda turning out, it shows present Bella perfectly in my opinion, and I liked how you showed how deeply her Nanny had affected her. I could easily see her roam through the school sas if she owned it, walking like a queen, and Rodulphus was shown nicely as well, perfect for Bella to marry. I especially think that you fitted the characters amazingly, I don't think I can really find anything wrong with them.
I have to say, it seems we both have entirely different views on her childhood: I take more on the sort of 'hurt' (in a way) child who was insecure and all that fun stuff, and a series of tramautizing affects create her like so, as apposed to your look on the more peculiar side who was affected with harshness on others at a young age. I keep comparing Bella stories to Thw Wicked: The Life And Times Of The Wicked Witch Of The West by Gregory Maguire, and if someone wrote a fanfic like it, it would be kind of the in the middle of both our stories I think, seeing as it's a bit more leveled.
All in all, it's (or was) a GREAT story and was written amazingly! I really can't wait to read more-- ugh. it's a one shot.
There are so many more things I want to say: comment on events and such, but I have to get started on an essay for school ;-), and am probably gonna reivew again like a loser.... Haha, I really do adore this story!
So how do I close up this review if I can't say 'update soon?'
Author's Response: How lovely, SnowyBella, you've left such a nice long review! And my reply will hardly give it justice, I'm afraid. Bella is such a strange creature -- we are shown only her resultive actions and re-actions, not their beginnings. It's rather a nice aspect of fanfiction to try to 'fill in the blanks'. I imagined her as perhaps a socio-path, perhaps not truly responsible for her actions because she's missing a vital cog in her brain to help her define right from wrong, good from evil. Perhaps she is missing a soul -- I don't know what you would say about someone who enjoys the pain of others. Fun to speculate, eh?? Again, thanks so much for your lovely review.