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Review:Lily says:
I loved this story. Plot, flow, originality, grammar, eloquence of language - it has it all. It was even successful in making me cry.
However, there is one element that is painfully out of character and frankly depressing: your insistent use of 'God'.
Allow me to beg you to desist. You could either follow JKR and replace it with 'Merlin' or you could omit it completely. It's more than jarring and ruins your piece.
I don't want to argue religion with you or anyone else, but I would greatly appreciate it not being shoved in my face.
Thank you for reading.

Author's Response: Lily,
Thank you for your many lovely compliments and for admitting that you cried while reading this. It is a very sad story and I appreciate your comments about it. That was very nice of you to say all of those things.

However, JKR has never replaced God with Merlin. She mentions Merlin as a Slytherin, not a wizard god. This is something that happens in fanfiction, not in JKR's 7 books.

This has actually been extensively researched and well documented in a blog on the HPFF Forum by the Archive Admin to clear up any questions on the subject of religion in the Harry Potter series. It is very insightful and comprehensive with cited page numbers.

You suggest changing my story to accommodate your non-belief. This is something that I am not willing to do in any of my stories.

It was never my intention to shove religion in your face. I simply wrote Draco as a believer and do not think this is out of character at all. He says "God" and "My God" in canon and his mother mentions Easter.

I could not imagine life without God and it is my choice to believe and incorporate that belief in my stories, as JKR did with hers.

Thanks for commenting,
Dark Whisper

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