Hey! I just wanted to let you know I read this a while ago, I've just been a bit busy running around on the computer trying to get some last minute things done! Anyway!
Wow! You really, really, and I mean REALLY captured the essence of the sorting hat really well. Even while we are viewing memories, you can still tell they are memories of the sorting hat because of the way it is worded. I've never seen a fic in which the sorting hat is a horcrux, but when you started heading toward the Chamber of Secrets, I knew what you were up to! It's really creative! Though, it makes me wonder where Godric is then if he has a part of his soul still alive. Wouldn't that mean that he himself would still be alive? If so, I think that would make an VERY interesting one-shot sequel ;).
By the way, I thought I would mention that I really loved the song. You did a good job at portraying what the hat would say, especially fifty years ago when not much has happened in history for him to sing about.
I have a question about turning things into Horcruxes though. Doesn't the person you kill have to be present in order to turn an item into a Horcrux? I may be wrong, but that's how I thought it happened. And if that is the case, didn't Tom turn the ring into a Horcrux due to his father's death? This may just be me and my lack of book knowledge since I haven't read them in a good few years, but this was something that swam across my mind.
You really have Tom's character down, and I even like how you described a couple of names that we recognize from the series. It really makes it more believable. It's interesting that you mentioned the hat shouted Slytherin as soon as it touched his head, because it would really make sense as to why he would try to continue to find it. It really is something that is intriguing and I've never thought of the magic behind the hat before. Then again, I'm not an epitome of pure evil either ;).
I really liked this, and it's easily going into my favorites. It's a fresh idea, and you did a very good job at owning it. I'll definitely come back and read it again just for enjoyment purposes. Great job! :)
Author's Response: Hola! Thank you so much, I'm really happy that you thought the sorting hat was well portrayed! I've never really written from the perspective of an object, but then again this is no ordinary object!
A couple other reviewers have informed me that JKR once said that were Godric still alive, he would be the giant squid!! So who knows, maybe I will have to come back and write a sequel!! :P
I'm so happy you liked the song!! It was a little intimidating, but fun to write, and I couldn't imagine writing this piece without it.
Honestly, I'm a little confused about how exactly Horcrux lore works, so I just kind of made it up off what is included in the HP books. Plus, I probably do need to check my facts about which deaths made which Horcruxes! :P I kind of imagined bits of split souls like Pensieve memories, and pictured the split part of Voldy's soul floating around in his head until he was ready to create a Horcrux: it's all a bit dodgy, haha.
Thank you so much for this lovely review, I really enjoyed reading it, and I'm very honoured that you liked this story!! :)