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Review:celticbard says:
Hi Shiloh!
I agree with you, Bellatrix's cold madness is indeed fascinating and I think you did a good job portraying that madness here in this story. The vagueness of this piece worked very well. Insanity is not easy for writers to depict, putting something completely irrational down with rational words is quite a challenge and I think you really captured the tone of her particular madness. I was slightly confused at some points, but I really don't think that's a bad thing. Bellatrix's mind is one jumbled heap of confusion and her thought process wouldn't necessarily follow a recognizable pattern.

Also, I loved how you tried to avoid using names in this story. Names are clearly irrelevant to Bellatrix at this point and her inability to identify certain people and memories shows just how removed she is from reality.

The brief conversation between the Aurors and Sirius was nicely done. I love how Bellatrix was pulled back into the real world when she sees her cousin entering his cell. That final jab she delivers, asking him about Worm,y shows her potential to be just as dangerous and deadly outside the walls of Azkaban as she was before.

I really enjoyed this piece, Shiloh. I think you did a marvelous job handling Bellatrix's complex character. You should definitely consider writing her more often. ^_^

Best,
celticbard

Author's Response: Thank you! She was an obstacle I wanted to tackle and I'm so happy you thought I did it well! She's kind of a fascinating character, one I just love to hate. I'm not sure if I could do her justice again :)

I think that if, in reality, she saw Sirius being brought in she couldn't help herself but be cruel. It's her nature.

Thank you for such a great review!


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