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Review:nott theodore says:
Hello! Here for the Gryffie review tag.

I'm actually really pleased I got a chance to come back and read the second part of this story, because I really like your writing style and the way that these stories focus on one short moment but explore much more than that.

This is a really different interpretation of Draco's character - I certainly haven't seen it before. I like the idea that most of his resentment of Harry comes from the fact that he feels constantly overshadowed by him rather than looking down on him, which is the impression that we always get in the books. I actually really like this idea, because I find it very believable. There is always constant pressure on Draco, especially from his family, to uphold the pureblood values and do his best because it reflects on the family name; being constantly eclipsed by Harry can't have been easy for him.

I also liked the fact that Draco felt humiliated and maybe even a little resentful towards Harry for saving him. I thought that was really great characterisation.

Another aspect of his characterisation I enjoyed was the way that Draco was scared and regretful, but that he couldn't deny the fact that at one point the had wanted to be part of the Death Eaters. I think the lure of the glory that his family promised him would come with signing up would have meant Draco wanted to join, but he realised his mistake and regretted the decision since then.

The ending was another element I really enjoyed. I got the impression that the resolution was the sort of grand promise people make to themselves, but never actually manage to keep. Still, it's nice to think that he realised what he'd done and did want to change and make the future better.

The only CC I'd have is that it does seem that Draco gets off a little too easily. Even with Harry's testimony, I find it a little hard to believe that there was no punishment at all, especially since the majority of the Wizengamot wouldn't have been privy to the sort of information that Kingsley probably had. Perhaps Draco could receive a minor punishment or Harry could go into more detail about things Draco had done to go against Voldemort?

I really enjoyed this instalment, and I hope I get a chance to come back and read the third soon!

Sian :)

Author's Response: Hi Sian!

I'm glad you liked the way I characterized Draco. Looking at life from his perspective, it always seems like he's overshadowed by Harry, so I tried to put that into writing here. Draco definitely seems like the type to be lured into the allure of the Death Eater lifestyle, but I never thought he was that evil of a character either.

I'm glad you saw that resolution of his for what it was. I feel like an essential part of human nature is that we make these grandiose promises to ourselves that we never actually fulfill, but they make us feel good to begin with - and that's what his resolution was intended to be.

As for him being let off, I definitely see that - I've actually had other people tell me the same! I wrote that scene at like 3 am, and I guess my brain wasn't at full-functioning level, because I've read over it, and it changes around really quickly. I definitely need to edit that soon!

I'm glad you enjoyed this, and thanks for the review!

-ShadowRose (Taylor)

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