What is this?! No, Dan! What the heck -You just can't leave us with a cliffhanger like that. Oh My Gosh. You know I was planning on reviewing the next chapter tomorrow, but you think I can wait that long? Hell no.
The whole 'stone, parchment, wand' twist was really nice. And the fact that harry knew exactly what Hermione was going too choose was a bit mind-blowing. (To me anyways.)
Hermione can be really almost as frustrating as Harry in a sense, can't she? I get the whole fight and all, but it just...ugh, frustrated me so much. But the kiss scene was just absolutely sweet! It remind me a lot of their first kiss in DHp2!
Speaking of kisses, Rose/Scorpius cameo-ish moment there! I nearly died, Dan. It was just so sweet and they weren't even kissing. Dan, you must write more stories that have romance in them. Fluff! I seriously think you'll do well in them.
And Astoria, man she gave me the chills. She's so cold and just scary, she reminds me a lot of my other aunty who is just like her. But yeah, I like the fact that you didn't make her the super-kind Astoria other authors portray her as. Not that I don't mind or anything, but I just...I don't know, its just a bit 'out there'.
Harry's revelation was a bit of a shocker to me, but I processed it all fine. I never thought Herodonthus would want to live again, but it all makes sense anyway. Plus, he's been playing such a big role in the story, I suppose he's got to have his share. :P
Arabela, I don't even know what the hell you're going to do with her. Give her a chance or kill her off? I think she needs to be killed, I mean the things she wants to do...even if she's given another chance in life, who says she won't do something like this again? I'm imagining three scenes in which she finally gets killed. 1) Draco's curse. 2) Percy shows some Gryffindor spirit and kills her with the sword. 3) She gets Avada Kedavra-ed or something. Meh. In all honesty, I don't really care, I just want her to die (I'm so mean).
At this point, I don't know whether Harry will die or not. Maybe he'll have that King Cross station moment again, and this time...he'll be with Ginny, not Dumbledore. I don't know. I also have a sick feeling that someone will get killed. Perhaps one of the trio, but whoever it is...I'm getting a towel ready each time before I read you story to wipe my tears up. :P
This is a bit of a short chapter, or maybe it's just me. Either way, the suspense was awesome. The cliffhanger wasn't though. But lucky for me, chapter 38 is just a click away! Muahahahha. I am so pumped to reading it. I should really end this review right now.
You're so awesome, it hurts,
Author's Response: Hello, dear!
Apologies, but I have left you in a bit of a quandary, haven't I? Read on or be left wondering. Why am I such an evil guy? ^_^
I'm relieved that you liked stone, parchment, wand. I needed some way to keep Hermione outside of the cave for just a bit longer, but I *knew* that she wasn't going to stay willingly. Not after all she's been through. She is stubborn that way, although I think it makes some sense when you think about what's at stake here.
Whew! I was afraid that the section in the middle with Rose, Scorpius and Astoria was going to come off a lot more like what it really is: filler. Without it, the chapter was *so* short. So I thought I'd throw in just a peek at what was happening back at the Burrow and how the Malfoys are coping with not knowing where Draco and the others are.
Harry finally puts the last piece together. Arabela, while still pretty much an awful person, is also being manipulated and has been all along. The ancient, dark sorcerer inside the book wants to return to the mortal world. And he's found the perfect tool to do his work for him.
Well, you'll know very soon what becomes of Arabela. It's certainly tempting to let her live, since she is, in a certain way, also a victim here. But she's also done a lot of terrible, ghastly things. Hard to decide...
Wow. You have no idea how good your guess was. You'll know soon, though...
Thanks so much for reading and sharing all of your thoughts and reactions and ideas with me! I love seeing the story through your eyes. It's inspiring! -Dan