|Review:||Dark Whisper says:|
Oh my heavenly stars that shined bright and sparkly yesterday as I saw that familiar and beautiful haunted girl staring at me beside the likeness of Draco Malfoy that is your gorgeous banner for an equally gorgeous story that is "Roses Grow at Malfoy Manor."
Your story is poetry and one of the best on the Archive. There is plenty of mystery, tragedy, action, romance, which makes it an Epic. Your characters are wonderfully portrayed and your descriptions are beyond fantastic.
I am glad Hugo has found a friend... and since you kind-of, sort-of asked, I am hoping that she might be in the same situation... sort of 'hidden in plain sight' for her reason to not be with the Death Eaters at Hogwarts.
It was very kind of Lucius to let Hugo go into town and of course, give him that potions book. Wow! I feel so bad for Hugo, being so hungry and starved for knowledge.
I'm more than happy to see Scorpius finally kissing Rose properly. She is good girl to stop when she is still technically with Lys (that closet Slytherin). But his feelings are out, as they should be.
But please, I beg you, fix Hermione. Whatever it is, let it be fixable and let Draco have her. Let her find a will to live. Let her find that she can love Ron AND Draco and its okay. Please. (Your story of course, just merely a suggestion from a Dramione fan).
You have me so very intrigued at this Harry ghost. If it is not his voice, then who can it be? And what does he want? He obviously knew her last name. Hmm.
And the not-so-mad-man in the dungeon... it sounds a little of Snape... perhaps in your story, like Voldemort, he is not dead?
I think you portray the Potter family with very realistic feelings of growing tired of running, the poor dears. It certainly would be tiresome and they would yearn for a normal 'magical' life.
Well, anyway... an apology for time is never necessary in a story this amazing. I'm just happy to have another installment of this brilliantly composed work... this symphony of words on parchment page.
Author's Response: Oh my goodness, wow, ok, I did not expect this. Thank you so much for such an amazing review! I am at a loss for words!
I am flattered by your words, but you are too kind. It has been such a long time since I added a chapter to this story, that it felt almost strange when I sat down and wrote this chapter. I must confess, it felt a little too mechanical at first, which is why I was delayed in posting. Your encouraging words mean so much to me right now!
I am thrilled you liked the Hugo/Dawn scene. I can tell you now, that she is most definitely another pain struck character in a world full of Death Eaters. However, whether she is as "important" as Hugo and Rose who are, like you said, hidden in plain sight, is less relevant. I think it is a lot more important to question how important she will become to Hugo and why.
I couldn't resist not writing that little kiss between Scorpius and Rose. There is so much tension between the two, that it is almost impossible for such little outbursts not to occur every now and then. I wonder what you will have to say about Chapter 16, where everything will change between Scorpius and Rose perhaps for a very long time.
Hermione is broken. I guess it's now up to Draco more than anyone else. Let's see what happens. What I can promise for sure though, is that there will definitely be more interaction between these two very important characters.
More shall be revealed about Harry's ghost very soon.
As for the mad man...he shall have some very interesting discussions with Hugo in upcoming chapters that shall reveal more of his identity (as well as Hugo's).
There shall also be a lot more of the Potter family from now on, so I hope you will enjoy that.
Thank you again so, so, so much for such an amazing review. It seriously means a lot to receive such thoughtful feedback. Thanks for sticking with this story for so long.