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Review:quixotic says:
I'm here with your second review!

I love love love stories about the Black Family. They are so under developed in the books that a fanfiction author has so much freedom when writing a story about them.

In the books, Walburga is presented as a vilely pureblood witch (er, portrait) who screamed insults at the muggleborns. You've given her a more human side, which I like. In my opinion, a person is never born evil, it is the circumstances under which they are brought up which influences their character.

In your story Walburga sounds like a perfectly normal girl, someone who I wouldn't mind being friends with. She's scared of what her family will think of her if she breaks the rules and hence keeps all her thoughts bottled within her. Perhaps if she had been casted out of the family, she would have been a much better person. One would never know, I suppose.

One thing that really interested me was the fact that wizards were a bit behind the muggles when it came to clothing. What do you think was the reason for that? How did Walburga know how muggles dressed before her time? I always imagined that pureblood families, especially their children, rarely had any interaction with muggles (unless it was for-ahem- the occasional killing spree).

Walburga seems to really care for her brothers and is scared when Alphard's behavior was becoming less 'Black'. If I remember correctly, Alphard was the one who funded Sirius' escape from home and Walburga cast him out of the family. Imagine her emotions then.

Your ending of the chapter was rather haunting. How did Walburga really die? Did she really hang herself? Was the pressure of being a paragon of purebloodedness (which isn't a word, unfortunately) too much for her to handle?

Author's Response: Hi!

I'm glad you liked this story. It's actually a novel, not a one-shot, so she didn't really want to die. It was a thought. Haha. And Walburga obviously grows into a horrible woman who was one of Voldemorts followers, of course. This story will reflect what she goes through. Alphard is indeed the one that left Sirius' a large amount of gold in his will. All of Alphard's fortunes went to Sirius, because Alphard was much like Sirius.

Again, I'm glad you enjoyed the first chapter! There's PLENTY more to come!

-Janelle


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