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Review:Roots in Water says:

I noticed this story a few days ago and I'm so glad that I've finally gotten the chance to review it! The summary was just so interesting... It immediately captured my attention.

And I was not disappointed in the least by this story! I loved your description here- the night seemed alive and I loved the way you placed it around her. The poetic descriptions helped this story to seem even more fantastical and dark.

As well, you also captured Bellatrix's personality beautifully. You gave her character depth and you truly showed her fascination and obsession with both the Dark Arts and the Dark Lord. It was interesting to read about how she married her husband so that she could be alone, about how, at Hogwarts, her family's expectations limited her ability to become friends with anyone (though friends is hardly the best word...). I never thought about how she might not have had anyone in Slytherin to talk about, how she might have preferred to stay in the dorms and explore magic, but it does fit in with what we know about her.

I was a little confused by who exactly had met her in the library- was it Tom Riddle? It seemed like it, from the way she said that this was when she first met him, but when she said that his looks weren't the best I became a little confused. Perhaps I misread the paragraph...

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this and I found it fascinating to watch as Tom manipulated her without her realizing it. The reasoning behind the idea to hide it in her Gringotts vault was well put and I found it interesting to watch Tom talk his way around Bellatrix's wish to make a Horcrux by appealing to her desire for pureblood supremacy. A beautiful job!

Author's Response: Hey there!

I'm happy to see that the summary made you want to come check this out. I struggled for a few days about what exactly I wanted to say, and I'm fairly proud of what I finally settled upon.

I'm so pleased that you liked the imagery and characterization. I was afraid that the imagery was too overpowering, but everyone seems to like it, so that's good to hear. The characterization is largely a result of the constraints of the Film Noir Challenge, and again I'm happy that you felt that I did both of them justice and kept things interesting with each. I always thought of Bellatrix as a loner because of her desire for power, and I wanted to showcase the twisted, manipulative relationship she has with Tom.

It was Rodolphus, actually. I tried to make that distinction by couching it in with the other parts about him and by emphasizing Tom's good looks, but maybe I need to go back and re-evaluate that if you missed it. Thanks for pointing that out!

Thanks for another very kind review! :)


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