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Review:APerkins says:
oh. darkest chapter! Oh no.. Rose! that was hard to read - but in a good way (not a my brain cant handle too many euphemisms instead of names way).

I think what makes this chapter so dark is not the paragraphs that describe the pain Rose is feeling while she is being tortured, but rather the descriptions between times. Having her mouth dry, over hearing the others talking about her like she is not present - that stuff is all the more creepy causse as a reader, we can relate to it. It is hard to relate to the crucio curse, but crying/screaming till your mouth is dry? A lot of people have experience with that. (Admittedly usually at a football match or concert)

Aww I love Harry and Esme :) and the touch about the locket was beautiful.

Author's Response: This chapter gave me so many mixed feelings while I was writing it. I think -- and I hope this is only a small conceit -- that it's one of the best in the entire story. But a big part of that is the fact that it deals in such dark material. Aside from Gamp being Gamp, you have Draco using an Unforgivable Curse on Goyle, Harry and Esme finding Katerina Porcher's remains and then there's poor Rose retreating into her own mind. I was terrified that it wouldn't make it through validation, and also very worried that it would put some readers off with the sheer ugliness of it all.

I did try to focus on Rose's physical discomforts when she's in a more lucid state because I thought it made a nice contrast to the state of detachment she enters into to try to escape the pain. I've always wondered if something similar happened to Frank and Alice Longbottom in JKR's mind. Did they fight for as long as they were able and then essentially just retreat into their own minds, never to find their way out again? It's horribly sad to ponder.

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing!

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