Okay, I kind of hate you right now.
That was a harsh statement so I should probably explain. I have ALWAYS felt so bad that Hagrid's fate was left hanging the way it was, and that wrong never righted. So, I figured I'd do something about it in Healing, eventually.
But, in the meantime, I decided I'd better do something about being a rather lousy friend first and not making time in my life to read all these wonderful stories my friends have posted. I've been slowing working my way through my friend's archive pages, and figured the best place to start on each was at the bottom.
Which is where I found this...this amazing story.
And I don't really hate you. I just know I can't write that scene I had planned now, LOL.
Not sure I could have ever written it anyway, as writing Hagrid is HARD, although you make it look so easy.
But it's actually a lot deeper than that. My little scene would have been simple, easy...blink and you miss it. And reading this story has made me see how wrong that is. Because, this issue is neither simple nor easy.
I'm having a really hard time here, putting into words the thoughts reading this story gave me. I was so impressed (and simultaneously horrified) at the path you lead Harry down in this story. Your grasp of the political aspects of this tale. And the way you absolutely refused to pull your punches.
And then there were your characters. AMAZINGLY spot on, so spot on it almost hurt because I knew I would have to think of a way to tell you how good they were and I couldn't put the words together.
Harry and the Elderwand, him taking Ron because he knew Ron could make him put it back, Hagrid's pure joy at having his wand back. Pure great writing.
And, on a lighter note - I grinned a lot at the idea of McGonagall tipsy enough to allow a party by the lake, one that went past curfew.
Thanks for sharing this great story, and your amazing talent with us. I promise I will be back, working my way up your page. I might not be the speediest or promptest friend alive, but I'm stubborn. :D
Author's Response: Holy cow... I think you're the first person who's even read this story in a year, let alone reviewed it. I actually had to go back and re-read parts of it to be able to respond intelligently. Blast from the past!
And I know you don't really hate me. I'm sure you hate the feeling of having a good idea and then realizing that somebody else has already taken it and ran with it. I hate that feeling, too. Happens to me more often than I'd like to admit. And don't you go calling yourself a lousy friend! You're here, aren't you? Stop that silliness right now!
Writing Hagrid is definitely not easy. I agree with you that the way his story is treated in the books is very unsatisfying. The guy is there at so many pivotal moments in Harry's life, but Deathly Hallows just sort of leaves him dangling. I needed closure. So I wrote this. Now I'm just waiting for JKR to come along and write something for Pottermore that blows my premise to bits and the circle will be complete. ;)
I really love delving into wizarding politics when a story gives me the opportunity. There's something really entertaining about how seriously these people take themselves, considering the way that they dress and act.
The last section with the Elder Wand is something that I'm still not sure about. At times I reread this and it seems like it fits. Other times, it seems kind of excessive. Never quite enough to go back and edit it, though. I'll just continue agonizing...
I'm really glad that you enjoyed it. This one-shot was the first "break" that I took while writing Conspiracy of Blood, and I've never felt like I did quite as good of a job as I could have. It's really good to know that it works for somebody! Thanks!