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Review:Athene Goodstrength says:
Ho ho ho! Here’s a Holiday Review for you!

I wasn’t going to read another humorous fic this evening, having reviewed a couple recently, but then I clicked on this and... Oh, CherryBoom. You had me at ‘Lord Gurdyroot’.

I write notes as I’m reading something I plan to review, and I’m not lying when I say that most of the paper is covered with “Ahahahaha!” -s. So I apologise if this review isn’t particularly coherent. It’s basically going to be a list of things that made me laugh most.

I love the idea that Voldemort wasn’t necessarily *evil* - he was an addict! He was ill! That said, I can see how the power rush you’d get with using an Unforgiveable Curse might be a bit of a thrillseeker’s delight.

The image of the Dark Lord ruefully rubbing his nose slits was just brilliant. And the fact that he’s trying to wean himself off killing by using Collectors Edition Potter dolls... haha! I wonder what Harry would think of someone making a doll of him :P

The Hufflepuff Method! I was wondering what that was, and you didn’t disappoint. Group hugs and talking about your feelings... just brilliant. I feel sorry for Voldemort, that meeting sounds hellish, haha! Probably worse than Azkaban as far as he’s concerned.

I was thinking that it was odd and dangerous that Voldemort is still allowed his wand! So I’m glad the counsellor deals with that quickly. I truly laughed *heartily* when Voldemort was handed a little unicorn. And again when he was hugging it.

I’d really like to see a remake of DH2 just so that I can see glitter cannons and Hufflepuffs smiting their foe with tummy rainbows.

Your take on what would happen if you gave Bellatrix sugar was great! I’m definitely thinking of Helena Bonham-Carter’s Bellatrix here.

The two elderly poisoners were hilarious - the bit about ‘liking flower arrangements’ cracked me up. That bit of humour seemed quite JKR-ish, actually!

And then... it all got a bit real! If Voldemort was actually capable of introspection, much less talking to a counsellor, this may well be his tale of woe. The line, “I feel like I never had a chance to be good. Like I was damaged from the start.” was actually quite touching.

And then you made me laugh again with Helga’s cookie proverb.

Can you tell I enjoyed this? :) It’s silly and funny and even a bit sad. Well done!

Athene xo

Author's Response: Yay, so glad you liked it.

I had so much fun showing people the other side of Voldie. After all, he's just another weirdo (with murderous tendencies) if you strip off his fancy name, take his wand away and he has no followers. After that, he's pretty harmless, and noseless.

I've been thinking that Hufflepuffs rarely get enough credit, even though they have very nice qualities. So this is kind of tongue in cheek ode to Hufflepuffs. It would be epic movie ending, if there were glitter cannons and Hufflepuffs were the ones saving the day. Badgers are quite fierce animals after all. =)

It's interesting how some people laugh really hard when Voldy cries and others see it as touching. Well, clearly it has something for everyone. =)

Thank you for the review. Happy holidays!

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