Hi Dan! :D :hides:
Okay, so finally get the time to review this super awesome chapter. I did mean to review it yesterday, but the Olympics...it was just so fun to watch...
I really liked this chapter, like I'm going to be honest, it's not my favourite. I think it's still awesome, but I don't think anything can ever beat Ginny's story. So yeah, I'm really looking forward to the epilogue though! :P
I'll admit, I was a bit confused at the start because I was expecting it to be Harry's point of view. I was all like "What? Why is he getting controlled?", then I realised that you wrote this in Percy's POV. I'm just so slow at times.
I must admit, Percy's POV was pretty awesome to read. I found it really fascinating on what he thought about being controlled and how hard he was trying to fight it. You go, Percy! I can only imagine how hard it must have been for him, to know that you're being controlled to do someone's dirty work and not be able to do anything about it. You were really creative with the way you described about Percy getting possessed, how did you manage? (Not that I'm doubting you or anything. Just curious.)
Oh, and the sword scene! Oh my gosh. That was really amazing. To see his little sister in the CoS definitely gave him that power he needed. It's one of those moments when you think everything is just going to go bad, then a tiny sliver of hope appears out of nowhere. That was just awesome.
You know after all this, I'm kind of really looking forward to reading about Percy's reunion with the Wotter clan. I would really love to see how they react to Percy coming back after all that has happened. All I can do is hope! :)
I love the way Ginny's love for Octavia made Arabela's curse rebound. Though still, even though Harry gave us the security that nothing that Arabela does will really hurt or kill Octavia, I couldn't help but bite my nails when Arabela cast the Cruciatus curse. That scared me to death.
I wonder how Octavia will feel after all of this? In a sense she's almost like Harry, only she won't have an evil villain chasing her for 7 years. But there will certainly be scars, physically and emotionally. Oh gosh. Poor Octavia. I'm just so happy that she's done suffering, she's just an innocent child caught in the middle of the war and she suffered so much from it. Gah.
And finally, I'm going to talk/ramble about Arabela's death. From what I recall, I said that I thought she deserved to die, in less or more words. Okay, so I'll admit...I might have been too biased and unfair about that. But I don't even think she deserves to live too. I don't want her to die or live. I'm neutral on this one, Dan. I'm kind of sad that she's dead though, it's been such a long journey and even though she's been evil the whole way through and most times I want to just slap some sense into her, she is still one of my favourite villains. She's creative in a way and smart, but towards the end she just lost it. She lost control over herself because she couldn't believe what Harry was telling her. She might have not been too scared of Death, but she doesn't really know when to accept defeat which is why she is evil. Okay, ramble over.
So yeah, two more chapters to go and goodbye CoB. I'll save my million thank yous for the very last chapter. But Dan, it's been an amazing journey! I'll definitely miss this story, but all things has to end.
Until next time,
Author's Response: What on earth are you hiding from? You know it makes my day every time I see one of your reviews!
You know, that's OK. I like Ginny's chapter better, too. I think that one will always be hard to top. But I'm going to keep trying. ;)
Hmmnn... I thought I had set up Percy as the PoV adequately, but now that you bring it up, I'll go back and take another look. I'm glad you liked what I did with it. I really tried hard to imagine what it might be like to be controlled by another person. The blankets analogy seemed to work well, the idea being that his mind was being smothered by Arabela's.
The sword scene was an idea that came to me a while back, and one that I've been looking forward to writing even since. The sword is such a powerful magical object, and it has only grown more powerful over time. In this case, it's able to shield Percy from the influence of Arabela and Herodonthus and destroy the book. You will get at least some idea of how Percy is making amends in the next chapter.
Octavia is such a brave little girl, isn't she? And Harry obviously believed very strongly in the sacrifice that Ginny made to protect her. In the end, it saved them all. I definitely think that Octavia will need some help to make sense of all the things that have happened, just as Rose will need a lot of help to recover from her injuries. I like to think that the two of them will walk that path together.
I really thought a lot about what to do with Arabela. At one point, my plan was to have her live. Percy would help her find a way to reject Herodonthus's dark power and she would have been sent to Azkaban for her crimes. Somehow, redeeming her just didn't feel right. She has done terrible things, and it wasn't just because the book was influencing her. By the end of the story, she was so twisted and evil. The way that she dies, I think, was the best way to handle things.
So one more chapter is posted already and I'm putting the final touches on chapter 41, the epilogue, as we speak. I don't know when I'll actually post it. That's going to be a fairly emotional moment. I may give it a day or two, just to say goodbye. :'(
Thanks so much for being such an amazing, supportive reviewer! I appreciate it more than you'll ever know.