Hey Jennifer! I would like to say that you killed me tonight. In a very pleasant and sad way though. This story is surreal. I have honestly been left totally speechless. I have no beginning and no end for a coherent review that could match up to the brilliancy of this little one shot. I will try my best to just express my feelings and thoughts about it.
Overall: heart wrenching. It's the kind of story I've been looking all over this Archives for. I always crave for missing moments and finding a story that explores what at least part of the characters felt when they were told Harry died was one of my most ardent desires. I can truly die happy now.
The length of the little snap shots incorporated are not too long and not too short. They are wisely chosen for each character in part. Even though this one shot is comprised of 9 different characters thoughts, there is a general flow about the story that runs very smoothly. I particularly loved how each and every single one of them ended their trail of introspection with the resolve to carry on. Continue fighting. It's not easy. When you've lost so much and think that there is no reason left to continue fighting, finding the needed strength to do so is not common for many. Thus, when we do encounter examples of this force of life, we should appreciate it at it's best.
Mrs Weasley. I think this one is the saddest of all. At least for me. I'm not a mother yet but I sincerely cannot imagine how hard it is to lose a child. As she says, Harry wasn't her son but she loved him so much that in the end, he might as well could call her mother. She has been a mother figure for him, and we have witnessed countless instants when she almost seems to care more for Him than her own children. Maybe because Harry was carrying the heaviest burden of them all on his shoulders. This is one of the reasons I find Molly's story heartbreaking.
Ron and Hermione. I couldn't expect less from them. Loyal friends until the end. I wished they wouldn't blame themselves but in a way I understand. You always blame yourself when a tragedy happens and you think you could have done something to prevent it. Yes, they had to see it coming but also, who can stop Harry when he makes up his mind about something? I really enjoyed that they searched for comfort in each other. Support is always the best in these kind of moments. "a relatively terrible student with a proclivity for moodiness and getting into trouble" - this line is SO much like Hermione that it made me smile amidst the tears prickling down.
McGonagall: In terms of the intensity of feelings transmitted McGonagall must be my second top, after Molly. I have always enjoyed reading the interactions between Minerva and Harry. I have had teachers like her that taught me more than I could ever thank them. A really tight bond is created when you share the same passion (and we could say one of the passions they shared was Quidditch - albeit, for different reasons clearly). When I read Deathly Hallows the first time and saw that it was she who yelled 'NO' with such distress, I couldn't go on reading. I am immensely grateful that you portrayed her as well. A spot on characterisation. Tear jerking all the way through.
Ginny. I don't now what I could say about Ginny really. Even though they shared very sweet movements, I have always felt their relationship just bloomed out of thin air. Nonetheless, he was her love interest so seeing her hurt this way was very painful for the reader as well. Again, well done!
Draco. Well, Draco was plain Draco. I ADORED how you portrayed him. You couldn't have stayed truer to the way JK wrote him. A bit cowardly, but who's to say everyone that points a finger at the coward ones from the books (Peter) wouldn't do the same if they were put in the same extreme situations. It's very easy to point fingers and accuse someone of different acts but everyone seems to be forgetting that we all react differently to events in our lives. And courage in the Harry Potter series is very much romanticised. I can't believe there are many people around that would do what the characters have been capable of doing.
Neville. My baaaby! I'm sorry for this reaction but I have grown to care so much for this boy. The first time I read the series I didn't pay that much attention to him, but re-reading them I had time to pay attention to other things than the general plot line and Harry. And I have grown to love Neville. We all know that he was the first to stand up to Voldemort after the moment he had announced the boy's death, and having had the opportunity to read about what he might have felt in those previous moments is simply incredible.
Luna. Luna is a very difficult character to get a good grasp on, but you make it seem effortlessly. I don't know if it's true, but she comes very natural and in character to you. I couldn't have imagined a better person to have a suspicion that Harry was not really dead and follow her instincts until proving Voldemort differently.
Hagrid. I missed him earlier. Tried to write everyone in order but I got messed up. Hagrid's little snap shot is indeed heart wrenching because he was the only one who was there when it all happened. He had to sit and watch a friend being murdered. I can't fathom how hard that must have been. I could never be sane again if I had to watch a scene like that. The guilt would churn my insides for the rest of my life. I couldn't live with myself knowing that I was helpless. That he had been a few yards away from me and yet I was useless. This sole reason made Hagrid's tale much harder to read.
I can't really express in words how I loved this story. There is something in the way you word your images, how it seems you always choose the words with most impact. Your style resembles JK's a whole lot.
Thanks for reading my rambling
Author's Response: Wow, thank you so much for the absolutely amazing review! I'm sorry that it's taken me so long to respond.
I can't even tell you how much this review means to me. It's so amazingly sweet. :* I'm so glad that you enjoyed this story so much and took the time to leave such a long and heartfelt review. You are absolutely fantastic!
I love Molly as a character. She's so complex and real. On one hand, she's this weepy mother who spends most of her time in the kitchen, fretting over her family, while on the other, she's this incredibly strong pillar of support and a very talented and powerful witch. Her relationship with Harry was also really interesting, and I really enjoy writing it.
Ron and Hermione are the two povs that I started out writing. I'm so glad that you liked that line. I really like it myself and I love when reviewers pick out their favorite lines :)
It really caught me off guard when it was McGonagall who first yelled in DH. I, like Harry, had really overlooked how much she obviously cared for him. She's another character (like Molly) who has this wonderful hard and soft to her. Her section might actually be my favorite. I have never written her before, so I'm glad you found her to be in character.
I'm in the minority, but I always really liked Harry and Ginny's relationship. I thought it made sense and worked well in the books.
Thank you so much for the compliments about Draco. I had never written him before either, and was really concerned over the reaction this section would receive. You make a really good point. Draco was put into an extremely difficult situation, and in that situation, I can't guarantee that I would make any better decisions than he did. I definitley do not have Gryffindor courage, that's for sure.
Neville is my very favorite character. I've loved him since the beginning and was so excited when he finally got the recognition he deserved in DH. I'm glad that you like him as well.
Luna is a very difficult character, indeed. I shied away from writing her for awhile because I like her so much and was very much afraid of ruining her. So thank you very much for the compliments. I'm glad she seemed natural and in character.
Hagrid is really in the worst situation here (with the possible exception of Harry himself). I can't imagine how horrible that would be.
Thank you again for taking the time to read this story and leave such an incredible review. It means the world to me :)