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Review:patronus_charm says:
Ah I have a theory sort of forming, though Iím probably wrong. Myrtle found Grimmís notebook in the toilets, she died in the toilets due Tom Riddle letting the basilisk free, and his diary kept on reappearing in the toilets, therefore, Grimmís notebook is Riddleís diary. Iím not completely sure how it works, but I may be right.

I really like your characterisation of Myrtle, sheís simply adorable. The way she has a crush (Iím guessing from the blushing) on Grimm, and then how scared she was. I really do feel for her, and I can understand why Olive Hornby ended up getting haunted when she died. I really hope that Minerva does something about her.

As perfect as Minerva and Grimm may be for each other, their respective tempers arenít going to do each other any favours. I have to agree with Minerva, that Myrtle is Grimmís responsibility and that he should do something about the bullying. Though I donít want them to be broken up, I can see itís the only course of action. Theyíre so complex I think they donít even understand themselves let alone the other.

I liked how Minerva instinctively knew what her animagus form would be, and Dumbledore seemed to be agreeing with her with that chuckle. Itís so nice to see how theyíre close bond formed, with her staying behind after lessons to ask question, and you could tell that she wanted hide her thoughts from him at the beginning, because, no doubt, he would know what they would be about.

Grimm reminded of Harry in the scene when they went to visit Dippet. He seemed to view him with disdain and not able to do anything which could improve the situation. I think it was the line from Dumbledore telling him to call him professor which made him most Harry like. Then again, I can see why Grimm wouldnít like Dippet, because from what we know about Riddle, he was close to the headmaster, and therefore, that would create a natural dislike on Grimmís front.

I liked the confrontation Grimm and Minerva had at the end of the chapter, it was just so them. This change in Grimm is worrying though. I donít think heís possessed by Voldemort, but there must be a reason behind. Itís probably just something simple such as worry over the events which have been happening. I guess weíll find out soon.

Another excellent chapter!


Author's Response: I'm sorry to say that, as interesting as your theory is, it is not correct. To try and explain it will make me reveal spoilers, so I'll just leave it there. :P

Myrtle was surprisingly hard to write in this story because, while alive, she's a very different person than she appears in CoS. She's shy and terrified of the world, and although for a while, she looked up to Grimm as a protector, as she hits puberty, that changes. Minerva sees it long before Grimm does, and it's sad that he brushes it off so easily. For him, there's only ever one person he could bring himself to admire - even love - and that's Minerva. She in turn is disgusted by his treatment of Myrtle, how he helps her only to a point and doesn't actually solve the bullying problem.

It's true that Grimm and Minerva don't yet understand themselves, and this impedes their ability to understand each other. They're still undergoing identity development, and until they break free of Hogwarts, they're kept in these boxes created by the social sphere there. As Head Boy and Girl, they're in the spotlight and expected to be a certain kind of person to fill that role. Even when they look at each other, how much do they assume - how much do they actually know one another? That's a question many romance stories don't ask, or perhaps don't like to ask because it shatters the illusion - however strong the connection between two people is, does it mean that they can have a successful relationship? Does it mean that they will be happy together? With Grimm and Minerva, one can always hope that this will be the case, but it can't be just yet because they still have a lot of other things to work through first.

You know, I'd never thought of comparing Grimm's behaviour toward Dippet to Harry's, but you're right. It's a sure sign of Grimm's inability to respect the Headmaster, just as, for Harry, it was a sign that he didn't respect Snape (or Umbridge, or lots of other adults - Harry has issues with authority). I believe that I made Grimm act this way, even to the Headmaster, because it was hard to imagine anyone respecting a person like Dippet. Even Dumbledore with his eccentricities has a presence about him, but Dippet lacks that presence. He's unlike the other known Headmasters of Hogwarts, and in CoS, one can see how Dippet's weakness lead him to be easily manipulated by Riddle.

Grimm is breaking down under pressure. It may be interesting to note that while Minerva rises throughout the story, gaining strength and finding who she wants to be, Grimm falls. He begins as the popular, charming Head Boy, and at the end, he's alienated and disillusioned, his hope lost, his future consumed by things outside of his control. It's depressing. But it's Grimm - everything in "Fires" stems from this disillusionment, this desire to change a flawed and unsatisfying past. It's also disturbing in its realism, and I'm wondering why I made Grimm in this way. My male OCs are troubled, with sad lives that are cut off too soon. :/

Thank you again for reading and reviewing this story! It's been a treat to receive reviews for every chapter, and I hope that you continue to enjoy the story! :D

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