What a wonderful chapter! :-)
The Harry-Sirius dynamic was heart warming. I love the transition - from Sirius's frustration at not being able to understand what was bothering Harry, to connecting the scar with Voldemort and finally joining the dots back to the memory of Halloween '81. When Harry finally curls up next to Sirius, it just broke my heart - how much pain can a nine year old go through? (He is nine, right? I lost count.) From Snape's point of view, we see everything's fine between them - more on Snape later - and the snatching of the ball was hilarious:-D
Lucius is terrible. I prefer Narcissa, so feel free to avoid Lucius's P.O.V. as much as you like:-)
Back to Snape. He's actually concerned for Harry - but only for Lily. All he ever does is for Lily. I don't know whether to hate him or love him. And why doesn't Dumbledore follow them?
I love Smoky - whoever she may be. Greyback is finally getting what he deserves. I always felt that it was missing in the books - Greyback should have had a painful death or something - so the torture Smoky has planned for him feels justified to me.
I'm concerned about something you mentioned in a reply to another review in the previous chapter - what in the name of Merlin's most baggy Y-fronts do you mean when you say 'no character is safe... not even Sirius'??? What are you planning for him? Please don't kill him.
As always, brilliant chapter. Would love an early update:-)
Author's Response: Yay! Thank you!
I thought they were in need of some reconciliation after last chapter. :S Yes, Harry'd never outright tell him something like that, but he was able to give Sirius the hints he needed to work it out, and it's better for both of them that they're on the same page again. :) Aww! Yes, he's nine (it's currently late April, so he'll be ten reasonably soon). I thought it was important to let Snape see that they'd reconciled, and I had a lot of fun fabricating werewolf symptoms for Snape to find; Sirius was upset after working out what Harry'd dreamed about so he didn't sleep and looked pale and tired the next morning... And of course, the ball. :P
I can't say I like Lucius all that much, but he is interesting to write about. Haha, it was his point of view, or Umbridge's, and I thought there was more to gain from using Lucius. It probably won't happen all that often. :P
Haha, ah, Snape. :P Yes, he's concerned for Harry (though mostly for Lily's sake). Not everything, but anything he does that requires moral often comes with a 'what would Lily do?' because she's a pretty good moral guide. I'm a bit the same - I don't hate Snape, but love is too strongly positive. I think I respect him more than anything else. :) Haha, do you really think Snape would have let him? :P I'm sure Dumbledore wanted to go, but he probably knew he wouldn't be allowed to and I think he's still feeling guilty enough about the Draco and Petunia requests that he was willing to stay out of it. I suspect he was also hoping Snape's also starting to see the Lily in Harry and thinks it's best to let Snape draw his own conclusions. :P
There were a lot of ways Smoky could have gone in this scene - for a while, I worried that she wouldn't be strong enough to go through with killing him, and that she'd either lose her conviction and leave, or that Greyback would overpower her and somehow get her wand and escape; she'd have been killed or kidnapped if that had happened, but Smoky managed to keep herself together. :) I agree that he needed something painful/more dramatic than what he got in the books. :S
Oh, well, this is AU (pointing out the obvious, sorry) so things will happen differently than they did in canon; some deaths will be the same, some deaths will be different and hardly any of them will happen at the same times as they did in the books. I don't have set plans for any characters yet, but I'm not going to limit my options by promising to keep characters alive. :S
Thank you! Haha, it'll depend on how quickly I can get the next chapter done. :P
Thank you so much for the review!