No Dean, no! Yeah, this chapter was some dark stuff. I don't remember when last I've read something so depressing. But it's a dark story, so I say this in a positive manner. I can't wait to see things get better. Even the reader clings to hope for these characters!
Charlie's section was extremely powerful as far as writing goes. I am envious of your writing style, because it's vivid and flawless. It really just runs very smoothly, and it's a delight to read. You have a great balance of description and the inner world of the character. I liked how he thought about Hogwarts as a home, giving us a picture what a symbol that school was, even to people who didn't consider it to their primary place of happiness. It was also a good move on your part to add him, as we've moved out of the dungeons for at least a little while. The thing with Harry's body being displayed...well, I guess it's obvious they would do that, but still nothing short of painful.
Bellatrix needs someone to slap her. I hope Molly still fries her in the end. It's maddening reading about her torturing Hermione, playing the Dark Lord's queen. Agh, so many emotions running high while reading this story. It's so good!
Author's Response: This story really is quite dark, and I'm not sure if I intended it to be that way when I set out writing it. But now that I know it is, comments to that end are definitely taken as complimentary!
Charlie's section is one of my favorite things in this story thus far. You're envious of my writing style?! Honestly one of the best things I've heard all week -- I can't tell you how much that makes me smile. :) My writing style is something that's been in development really for... wow, I suppose it's ten or twelve years now. I've only recently become very pleased with it, though.
Charlie serves an interesting purpose in this story, though -- like you said, he takes us out of the dungeons, and at the same time, he's got a distinct perspective on what's going on. His family's close to Harry, but he's not being shut up, and that in itself is strange. Harry's body, though... Ergh. I got that image in my head, and I knew I'd have to write it, but that is a very, very difficult mental picture.
I've run off into a semi-nonsensical tangent again, I think. Bellatrix's fate is... well, it's shown, so I'm really excited to see your reaction to what I've done with her! Thank you so much yet again for all these reviews -- I honestly cannot tell you what it means to me to have them!