Hahaha! Hufflepuff Method! Voldemort in rehab! Bellatrix on a sugar high! Little old ladies poisoning people in order to go to funerals and reminisce over the good old days...
Ah my, this was a wonderful, wonderful story. I'm so glad you wrote this - I think now, after reading this, my life is finally complete, lol.
Of course it's AU, of course it's completely insane - but, you know, that's what I love about it. You're not trying to be serious or sensible or keep the characters normal and in line. The whole point is that it's a completely bizarre world where Harry Potter has now become a rap star and Hermione works for MI5 or something. So just on it's own, it's just... gah, the characters are all so perfect. They all have their own good/bad/ugly reasons for why they do what they do - not all of them have sob-stories, which is great - and they're all... relatively normal.
Also, I loved all the references to the things we know in the Potterverse, to keep it there: like the quotes at the end from Helga Hufflepuff, the mentions of the war and how he'd lost, the mentions of Narcissa and Draco and Harry Potter dolls Voldemort's instructed to fire curses at to stop him from killing the wildlife (ah, that did make me laugh). Plus, the whole rehab centre was really, really well done. I've never been to one myself (and don't ever plan on it), but from what I've seen on documentaries and the general ideas about it, it seemed fairly realistic and really good. Kinda like a wizarding version of AA. Just... for murderers.
I thought it was great how, even in this, you managed to show some kind of progression and character development. I loved how you made it so that Voldemort didn't even really know what crying was when it started, before the tears fell, but it was such a nod to his real character in the books that it really rounded him out. Also, somehow you made it feel... right and almost acceptable for him to start crying and talking about his childhood and his feelings. I dunno why, but it just did and it worked.
Maybe, you know, the Hufflepuff Method is something governments should try for real, lol...
Author's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it. =)
It was so fun write, since I didn't have to worry about believability. Because if there ever was an alternate universe, this probably would be right on the far side of it.
My knowledge of rehab is pretty much based on movies and such, so if it felt realistic, then I guess popcorn flicks are finally useful for something. I'm pretty sure that if I'd have to write a rehab story in more serious vein, it would fail so hard.
Yay for character development. Although, my Voldie is still pretty far from model citizen. =P
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