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Review:nott theodore says:
You know, I find the idea of a child Bellatrix absolutely terrifying - even more terrifying than the adult version! I'm glad you didn't portray her as a 'fully' insane character at this point in her life, because it makes it seem much more realistic.

The beginnings of the character that we recognise so well as Bellatrix are already present here. The sense of entitlement which has been bred into her from the youngest age is really clear; the way she treats the servants and considers herself above the people whose house she visits, simply because the decorations aren't up to her standards. Her indignant thoughts about muggles and mudbloods are very one-dimensional: purebloods are better than everyone else, no questions asked.

Her desire for approval from her father really intrigued me. I've never thought of Bellatrix wanting the approval of anyone but Voldemort, although after reading this it's evident that the need for approval would have started earlier. She must be very selective about who she wants to please, since she doesn't care at all about her husband or any of the other Death Eaters.

I'm curious to know whether Bella's opinions will continue to be internalised thoughts that she is too quiet to express, or if she will become much more vocal at Hogwarts.

I noticed a few typos in this chapter: 'wizading' should be 'wizarding' and 'never exchanging a world' should be 'word', I think?

This was a brilliant chapter, though, and I'm looking forward to your next update!

nott theodore :)

Author's Response: I'm honestly surprised you continued on. A lot of people say they want to by don't... and you've just made my day!

That approval from her father is something I was really excited to include. I think think that Bellatrix's need to gain approval from her father (and never have that approval given) really started her off to the path she ends up on. We watch her sacrifice everything for Voldemort, caring more about him than her own life, so I love playing with the idea that she sort of had that trait thrust into her after always trying to gain that approval from Cygnus.

Okay, I hope this response is making sense, I tried to multitask and I'm not good at it. But the show I was watching is now OFF, haha.

I'm not sure exactly what times of her Hogwarts years I'm going to show yet... I'm excited how she acts as a student, too!

Thank you so much for pointing out that typo, and stopping back by ♥ You have me smiling like a goof over here :P!

♥ Jami


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