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Review:patronus_charm says:
Amanda! Iím going to gush a little now and probably again at the end so hereís your warning! I cannot say how glad I am that I tagged this story in Ravenclaw review tag aeons ago! I had heard about this story quite a lot on the forum but never headed over but Iím so glad that I have as itís one of the best Founders stories I have ever written. Not only did tagging you introduce me to this brilliant story, but I began reading all of your other work as well and Iíve loved every piece! Woah that was long! Iím going to get to the actual review now! ♥

Ah the quote, I loved how it links back to the first chapter because itís as if weíve finally made our full circle with this story! Then the whole structure of this chapter was really amazing with it being post-death, pre-death and in Hogwarts present day. Gah it was just so wonderful.

The conversation between Venn and Salazar was really wonderful. It covered so many complexities of their lives such as love and the basilisk and we still got a resolution to them with us knowing what happened in CoS and then the final section. Iím so glad that it was an accident though! I could just tell that Venn still loved her and the way he killed was still out of his love for her. Then the horror of it being a mistake just gah really.

The ending scene really was beautiful with both of them by the mirror. They were fuelled by desire for a large portion of this story so it makes sense to finish it here. Itís so tragic that Venn still loves and probably always will. I can really see why this won the most romantic fic with the idea of his dream being their wedding. It was just so aw worthy.

Helena hating him still made sense as she is inanely stubborn person, though it touched me a little to see that she still called him Venn. She could have referred to him with a different name if she hated him so much, but just that little thing gave me a lot of hope for the two of them!

I really, really loved this story so much and if Iím sad about the end of it, you definitely deserve a hug because I dread to think of how youíre feeling! Another perfect story from you and I canít wait to see what you come up with next! ♥

-Kiana

Author's Response: KIANA :)

It's so great that this story (and some others of mine) has made such an impression on you! I've had a blast writing it, but it wouldn't have been the same without loyal readers like you to keep me inspired (and on my toes).

I thought the quote would be appropriate in returning to the mirror and the present day. It's sort of a question of if Venn is truly deluded or if he's just full of hope at the end. That is, is the mirror a blessing or a curse?

I went into this knowing that I wanted to write a real love story between Venn and Helena, not just the one-sided version of events that Harry gets from the Grey Lady in DH. Venn as I wrote him wouldn't really be capable of cold-blooded murder, and I think I sort of always knew that Helena's tragic death would be an accident. Helena, of course, wouldn't be able to see it that way, which I obviously understand. It's a bad situation for anyone.

Thanks for the hug--it still hurts, in the best possible way, to have finished this at last. I really appreciate this and all of your wonderfully kind reviews. They always make me think and remind me why I write at times :)

-Amanda


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