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Review:theblacksisters says:
I'm not quite clear on one thing: is Lucius' death related in any way to what happened at the start of the story?

Author's Response: Hey! I hope I can answer this review well, but the answer isn't really a yes or a no (I love making things difficult for myself). Really, this story was a character exploration into the grey of a man that other's usually see as 'black and white'. Every scene highlights the good points and bad points of Lucius - in particular, the introduction, where it talks about redemption. Lucius didn't seek redemption - a problem, really, because he *should* have. He killed people. He tortured them, for no other reason than they had different blood and someone (Voldemort) told him to. Really, he should have attoned for his mistakes, after both the first war and the second, but he didn't. Though, in saying this, he wasn't a bad person, and in the other scenes I tried to highlight this. Everything he did was for his family - does that really make him bad? That though he did not seek redemption, he worked hard at trying to keep his family safe? (which obviously didn't work very well).
I think a lot of the time, there is a stigma around seeking forgiveness and redemption when a bad act is committed, but I really don't think that Lucius would have done this even if he knew he was in the wrong, mainly due to his pride. So, how I've highlighted his acceptance that he did something wrong, and his realisation that he did something wrong, was by viewing it through the lengths he went to to make sure that Draco and Narcissa were safe, even after his death.
So the beginning does play a part in the end. Redemption, through Lucius's mind, was achieved through loving his son - protecting his son. It was his ultimate goal - one that Rodolphus did not understand. He let those other Death Eaters die for his family - because in the end, war and a fight about bloodline is not nearly as important to him as the ones he loves. And though others are quick to label him as 'bad' because he did not seek forgivness, his son knows better, and that is why when he goes to see his father's grave, he sees that Lucius is redeemed - in his own eye (the only eye that mattered to Lucius).

Thank you for reviewing! I really hope that rambling answered your question okay :) - Mahalia

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