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Review:Jchrissy says:
I've been hearing about your Pansy centered fic from Dan, and I have to say I'm a sucker for a good Pansy story.

She's so sure of herself in this. Not only does she not think about the outcome if the Dark Lord wasn't to win, but she doesn't even deem it possible. She knows that if she's helpful, she'll be rewarded, and she's ready to live the life she thinks is perfect one.

I like that you showed her concern for Draco, and at first I thought it was simply because him dying would ruin her perfect world. Then I read through that part again and I felt that there was some genuine concern, something that showed (if even in a trophy wife sort of way) she did care about Draco.

I love watching as Slughorn turned back. He was that character that you never really knew what to expect of. He did good things, but mainly for himself. And Pansy seems to have also figured that out, and I have to say I think her mild surprise was very well placed.

You have made someone that's typically thought of as brainless into a very intelligent girl. She's not a good person right now by any means, she cares nothing of the people who may die (unless it's Draco) but she's still very smart and calculation. She even thinks in a plotting sort of manner. And it seems so logical from her viewpoint! There's no real reason to be there, her Lord will of course win, and her life will be a much better place in the morning.

She has the kind of naivety that is dangerous, because what she's clueless about is going to crumble her world very soon. Even when she told them to grab Potter, she didn't realize that no one would. Because no one wanted to watch others die. No one wanted to live in a world where they were going to be extinct if they had a drop of muggle blood. But she thought that their own need to get out of the fire would be enough to sacrifice Harry... ahh you are very wrong m'dear Pansy.

I've seen a lot of people try and take Pansy's prejudice away, which makes me dislike the fic instantly. This is who she is, and I'm excited to watch how what the outcome is forces her to think in a new light, if it ever does.

Very captivating first chapter, darling!!

Author's Response: First, let me just say THANK-YOU so much for stopping by to review this story! I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to get around to responding- I'm not quite sure what's happened to my time.

When I was writing this I found it quite fun to write from her perspective. For me, I felt that there could be no doubt on her part as to which side would win- after all, the Dark Lord is the more powerful one of the two.

Pansy did care for him, I do believe, in more than just a "if he dies it will ruin my plans" sort of way. For me, she's built her life around him for so long that he's rather become her life... And through that she's developped feelings for him. I'm not exactly sure though that I'd describe those feelings as "love".

What was really interesting for me about writing Slughorn's part in this chapter was that I'd already written a one-shot about him during the Battle of Hogwarts describing why he turned around and fought. I had a very clear image of how he should be acting and what he would be saying... And Pansy's reactions to it were very fun to write as well.

I'm so glad that you liked the way I portrayed Pansy here. Throughout the story I find it's a very fine balancing act between writing Pansy as intelligent/clever and remaining true to her portrayal in the books. I chose to view Pansy as a misguided person who doesn't relate to others in the proper manner...She's not the smartest of the bunch, that's for sure, but she's not stupid either- why else would the hat have placed her in Slytherin? (And don't mention Crabbe or Goyle here...)

I don't think that I could have written this without Pansy's prejudice because that's who she is. Without the prejudice, her reasons for acting the way she does is gone.

Anyway, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the first chapter- thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and review!

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