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Review:SilentConfession says:
Hi Roots!

This has taken a while but i wanted to thank you so much for all your work in the HC and especially with all the podcast reviews! You were such a star!

I really like how you've done this story and the perspective you chose to write it from is unique for me because i rarely venture into Pansy tales. I love how you've chosen to tell it from the moment she was escorted out of Hogwarts. I've always wondered about it and i think you did an excellent job at portraying the Pansy we all know from the books. I find that some authors when they write characters that were pretty jerkish in the books try to make them nicer around the edges (like Draco for instance) because they want readers to relate to them better. You didn't do that and were able to just show her for what she was. Sure, i can't really relate to her but i appreciate that she's stayed in canon.

You did a great job with writing in a bunch of little details, like how she was listening for the animal grunts and the cries of terror to Milly holding the edges of her pillowcase. It almost seemed to show how Pansy related to house elves and expected them to have a certain stance or something. Anyway, it was really nice because i love when authors pay such close attention to details like that! It also just showed her really pureblood attitude toward the whole war and although it really irritated me you really dug into who she was as a person at that time.

I particularly liked her never fading belief that her side would win. She leaves no other option and her steadfastness makes me almost believe it along with her. I liked how she showed her belief as well by being the one to take care of all the young purebloods and thinking she'll be rewarded for it later. You really made her unlikeable in some of her shallow thinking and one-sidedness. But through this chapter i couldn't help but think how fleshed out as a character she seems to be. You've taken a generally unlikeable character and made her just as unlikeable and yet i'm still interested in her story so great job with that!

The ending was really nice as well because you just see that she's just a reflection of what she's grown up with. She's mirroring her mother with exactly how she deals with issues, she ignores them and waits for the outcome. It makes me think of how may other things in her life she's simply mirroring. It makes her a very shallow character but there is so much you can build on.

Great job with this, i loved reading it and i'm definitely going to try and continue on with it.

Author's Response: Hey! You were just as brilliant with the HC and don't worry about the time- look at how long it took me to respond to this review (in my defense, I was on vacation...). :)

I'm so glad that you enjoyed the manner in which I started off this story. You're not alone in finding Pansy-stories unusual... I think I've only read one or two myself. And I'm glad that you think I did a good job portraying her. We didn't see a lot of her in the books but we did see enough to get a sense of what is or isn't canon for her.

I don't think that Pansy would be Pansy anymore if she wasn't so prejudiced and narrow-minded. It certainly is harder, but I do think it is possible to make a character "human" without removing their rough spots. Not all humans are good and I think that it's possible to even get to like those characters if you understand why they're doing what they're doing.

I'm glad that you liked the details I included! I find that sometimes I focus too much on one thing and then forget to describe the whole... And I don't think that happened in this chapter, which I'm happy about. And yes, as irritating as her pureblood thoughts can be, I don't think that she would have been thinking anything else that night. What reason would she have to believe that Voldemort would lose?

As I mentionned before, I'm glad that you liked how I portrayed Pansy here. It's how I pictured her reacting in those scenes and I truly believe that she held no doubts that Voldemort would win. Yes, she can be unlikeable... But I hope that she grows on you as you follow her in her story.

I'm glad that you liked the ending (and how many times have I said "I'm glad" in this response?). Pansy truly is a reflection of her upbringing, as you said, and her family will continue to play a pivotal role in her life.

I look forward to seeing your thoughts on the future chapters! Thanks for reviewing! :)


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