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Review:_relative says:
I just love the character of Lavender because I think she has so much potential, especially after all she's suffered. I like playing with the idea that the main characters' perception of minor characters is biased because they're telling the story, and I feel like Lavender is a perfect example of that. She had her heart broken at a crucial time in her life, on top of people she knew and loved dying, and then the person that scorned her gets to be some big hero the world loves when she feels like she's suffered just as much too.

Or at least, that's how I see it :P I think it'd be enough to make anyone mad. And I love what you've done with Lavender here, how you introduced mental illness subtly but left the reader with no doubt it was there. I too think mental illness is fascinating, but I think most stories just don't handle it the way you have. And I think you've done it perfectly.

I really love this. I've been considering Lavender for a long time and reading fics about her to see if I get struck with an idea. I haven't yet, but this fic has been enlightening. It makes me think more about Lavender and all those affected by the war. Not everyone reacts in the same way. I think you show that well.

I love the language you use and the voice this story has. It all seems to mesh together nicely with your character development and plot as well. Basically I just think you're brilliant, and that probably sums it up pretty well.

Author's Response: I never much liked Lavender's character before writing this one-shot, but I do see where you're coming from about playing around with minor characters! And I think what you said about main character bias is interesting, too; it's what happened to Fleur in HBP after all, and Bill/Fleur is now one of my favorite HP pairings. Everybody has a different side to the story, and you never can paint everyone with the same brush.

But I originally wrote this story for a challenge that has since been taken down, and the idea of making Lavender go mad and kill Ron instantly popped into my head when I got the prompt for it. I've done mental illness before, both times working with Harry, and it was neat to get a chance to work with someone else's brain and motivations! I'm so glad you appreciate the way I've written it here; it's extremely fascinating, and I want to do it properly.

I'm so floored that you like my language and voice too, seriously. ♥ Those are HUGE compliments to me, and I appreciate them very much. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review on this story!! It very much made my day, and I hope to see you back before too long.


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