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Review:quixotic says:
Here from the Ravenclaw Review Battle! Wow. this is such an emotional story. It almost drove me to tears. Almost.

Regulus Black is one of the few Death Eaters that I actually pity, seeing that he died so young, but now that perhaps he had a friend up there (or wherever) it does not seem so bad.

Mary is a very interesting character. She comes across initially as a rebel, with her dyed hair and cigarettes. She seemed so strong. She loved to be the centre of attention, like you mentioned, and seemed to dream of a bright future. So why she would commit suicide initially puzzled me.

However, after rereading the story, I found the chinks in her armor. She wanted a more exotic name, she wanted to be unique which meant that she was never comfortable with being herself. She wanted everyone to love her because she couldn't bring herself to do so. It's not wrong, it's just who she is. Now her suicide seems more plausible. She was a very unhappy person, she just didn't show it too often.

And poor Regulus, my heart just goes out to him. He doesn't know whether he should be in denial or try to move on. At least now we know his true reasons behind destroying the horcrux.

This was a wonderfully detailed piece of writing that I could not resist breaking down. The characters are so well developed.

Amazing job :)

Author's Response: Yay, I'm so glad you liked it!

You really picked up on exactly how I was trying to portray Mary. She was powerful and chaotic and vibrant, but she wasn't perfect, in any way, and she really struggled with that. She didn't really know how to be happy with herself without an audience, which is actually why her relationship with Reg was especially sacred, as it was the only thing she felt comfortable enough with to not need other people's attention on it. The fact that she could keep it a secret really showed how much she loved him. However, unfortunately her love for him couldn't solve the issues she had with herself.

Regulus definitely has very complicated emotions about the whole thing, just as he's conflicted about the death eaters and what to do when he finds out about the horcruxes etc.

I'm so glad you liked it, and liked the characters! Thanks for the great review :)

~Maia


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