|Review:||Stag Night says:|
It is me, Bibbs, under the other penname. I told you I would get to this today :) It doesn't matter that it is technically tomorrow for you. It's been a long time since I reviewed anything, so I apologize if it's nothing like how it used to be.
I never would have considered the possibility of Draco, of all people, discovering the Mirror of Erised. Within the first sentence of the second paragraph, I was positive that what he was looking for was a solution for how to carry out his duty. So that was good, I suppose. Setting the background info, I mean. I liked his frustration with it, and how he seems to think it is teasing him. It probably is, and he's not the first one.
The part about his father was interesting. I won't go so far as to say touching, because I'm not a big fan of Draco, and I like Lucius even less. But an actual Draco fan would probably find the moment endearing :) It is well done anyway. I figure any young man would want most to make his father proud. I really enjoyed the part about "Malfoys dont do this, or do that, etc". It reminded me of the Blacks, who are the same way. It's all about the name, isn't it?
I also liked the part where he wanted to smash it, even after it gave him what he was looking for :) It reminded me that, even though he sat there looking all small in Lucius's eyes, he's still a bully, and a spoiled brat that has little respect for the property of others. Not that it has anything to do with anything. It just let me sit and look smug and say 'that's why I hate him.'
The odd part is when he sees Snape in the mirror, though he claims he doesn't so much want to see him. The thing is, obviously, we all know the mirror shows what you really DO want. So he can deny it all he wants. I find it interesting that he suspects Snape of offering help in a different way - a way out. It occurred to me then, that the Unbreakable Vow was taken to help Draco. Not to help him kill Dumbledore, but to watch over him as he attempts it, to protect him from harm in the process, and to carry out the deed should he fail. But never to specifically help Draco kill.
So I guess he was fulfilling the vow all along. From Harry's POV, and even ours as the reader, you automatically think that by taking the vow to help Draco, he vows to help Draco succeed. Your story made me realize that maybe it isn't so, maybe by taking the vow to help Draco, he vowed to literally "help" him. And that's something I never thought of.
That's why I like your stuff :) You always have such interesting insights that never occur to me, and they always revolve around the most secretive characters that really have you wondering in the first place.
Now, I know you haven't been on top of your review responses lately, but you better respond to this one :)
Author's Response: Yay bibbs, you konw I always love your reviews, no matter the penname (which is awesome, btw). And I am sure your reviews are still amazing - in fact, having read this one, I know they are =).
The idea for this actually came ages, as part of a 'Mirror of Erised' challenge. HBP had only just come out at the time, and Draco just came to mind as someone who really didn't know what he wanted during that book, and would probably have liked for someone to tell him.
So yes, he was looking for a solution. As we know in HBP, he was very anxious about it. At first it was supposed to give the idea that he wants the mirror to tell him how to do what he has to - but it won't. Because it mirrors that Draco doesn't even know what he wants to do, let alone how to do it.
I didn't think of the mirror as teasing myself. Draco see's it that way, certainly, but I wanted to convey it more as bluntly honest - to a point of being totally unhelpful. It can't know anymore than the person who sits in front of it, so that is all it can show. So I guess it is teasing, but only in that it is mocking Draco with is own lacking knowledge.
The part with his father wasn't all that important, except to highlight that Draco knows his father expects alot of him, and that he doesn't think he lives up to it. The most important part for Lucius is that Draco notices the shadows behind him, suggesting that Draco is more aware of his father's actions than he might otherwise admit to himself. Also to perhaps signify that, on a level, Draco knows what he has to do is wrong.
Hehe, I love that you picked up on the spoilt brat moment. You can feel sorry for him, but he is still a umped up little git at heart.
I always figured Snape's vow was to help Draco, not to kill Dumbledore, which is probably why that came across in the story =P. I never thought Snape spent the year trying to convert Malfoy in any way. Given Lucius position, trying to turn his son would have been tantamount to suicide. I think, instead, he perhaps tried to make Draco doubt for himself. Showed him the possibility of an alternative that Draco shows here he doesn't want to see.
This is why Ilove your reviews =) You get me rambling, even when you say you don't think they are any good.