I really cannot even tell you how excited I got to see you'd linked me to one of your Voldemort stories -- which I am fully aware I'm behind on, and for that I heartily apologize. But I'm so glad to be returning now, because after a long school week, I can't think of anything that could have lifted my spirits more than this. This was fantastic!
You could not have chosen a better publicist for Voldemort than Rita Skeeter -- although really, she did quite well, all things considered. I sort of expected her to run amok and steal the limelight back for herself, but I was quite proud of her. Not, of course, that all her handiwork didn't go up in smoke, because it kind of did.
Monique greeted him with a very awkward hug, something he had become very adept at. -- YES. Oh, that was seriously just... I'm picturing it now, as it was on the movie, only he's hugging somebody that looks like a cross between Molly and Professor Sprout, and it is divine. I think one of my favorite things about these stories is all the little jokes and puns you slip in there, because for someone who knew nothing about Harry Potter, they wouldn't be funny at all. It's like a little private joke fest for the Potterverse!
All of Lee's jokes were absolutely brilliant -- by the time he reached the bit about the Hufflepuff joke in the bar, I had tears in my eyes from laughing. Not a lot of people include Lee in their stories, and I'm so happy you did here! Then again, not a lot of people can write humor like this, and you've proved yourself extremely capable in that capacity. I hardly ever laugh this much, reading fan fiction.
The crowd went wild as Sirius and Harry shared a congratulatory chest bump. -- I'm dying. I'm dead. That, with Harry in his finery and swagger, and Sirius just being serious, has got to be one of the funniest images my mind has ever had the great good fortune of imagining. How do you come up with this stuff?!
Oh my goodness, just... thank you so, so much for stopping by to request a review on this. I can't tell you how much better this made my night. You're hilarious, and please don't ever stop writing these stories! Already looking forward to whatever else you have in store for us as far as the fate of this poor dejected villain. :D
Author's Response: Thank you so much for such a great review!
You have to wonder what Rita would have done with herself once the war was over, and while canon Rita probably would've written a scandalous book about Snape or something, this just seems more fun.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who laughed out loud in the theater when Voldy hugged Draco, and that's the type of thing I love to give nods to, glad you recognized it!
I think Lee is one of the most underrated characters in the series, and I had to find a way to work him in, and this just seemed like the right spot.
I've been really flattered by the reception these stories have received, especially from writers of your caliber. I hope you enjoy the other two!