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Review:ValWitch21 says:
It's a little ironic that of the two one-shots I chose off your page, both were inspired by fairytales and treated of love potions, don't you think?

Gah, I adore your take on Lavender. I've seen so many portrayals of her as stupid, giggly, unworthy of a Gryffindor, but never have I seen her so distinctly creepy -- because she really sent chills dow my spine here.

All the details about her painting over the stains under her nails, being warm even without the fur coat (which I find an interesting choice of words because I've always thought Lavender would be the type of girl to own an actual fur coat, yet here you refer to her lycanthropic state), and then your last line, well. As always, you say so much in so little space.

The use of the love potion here is sickening, I don't think there's any other way to describe it. Disturbing, maybe. You really manage to make Lavender sound like a bloodthirsty creature, even without this being too explicitly mentioned, and right now I'm trying to type a review without turning around all the time to make sure no one is standing behind me.

This was a wonderful one-shot to read, despite how downright terrifying I find Lavender.

I think I'll go reread The Middle Man to be able to fall asleep tonight though!

Author's Response: Hah, I write a lot about potions. I don't know if it's because I'm a scientist or because I like Snape so much as a character or what, but yeah. I think my favorite potions scene is the one I wrote in The Pensieve. It was quite dark.

Anyway, yeah, Lavender was tough to figure out. I wanted to write something with her being somewhat deranged and disillusioned, but I had to write a couple drafts of this before I could really figure it out. My original story actually had a much happier ending, one in which Lavender wasn't actually alone after all. I guess angst just comes easier to me. If you really want a creepy Lavender, go visit TenthWeasley's page and read Ad Venenum.

I did intend for her to come across as a bit monstrous, as a result of what she'd endured. The image of her drooling the remains of the potion and staring into the mirror is meant to creep you out and send chills up your spine. If your stomach is churning, that's a good thing!

Thanks for another fabulous review, and I hope you were able to get some sleep :)

-Amanda


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