The persona you built up around Rasima was really great! I liked the idea of a female being in power because we already have Helen going against the norm of the 1920s world and the status given to women, but now we come across another. It was an interesting twist to not make her soft to Helen, given they are in a similar situation with their gender and wanting to go against the norm.
The deal she offered Helen was interesting, almost too good to be true in a way. It was just the way Rasima knew so much (taking away the fact she was part of the Ministry and obviously had access to a lot of things). Iím still not sure whether I trust her or not because of that. She just had something about her which seemed suspicious. Perhaps Helen rebelling a lot has made me fear authoritarian figures. I suppose Iíll never really know.
Helenís reaction to this was interesting too. For a while I thought she enjoyed her wanderer status and that she could do whatever she wished, but here, when Rasima mentioned she could be a citizen of Egypt and belong somewhere I felt something different, as if Helen was yearning for this. I guess coupled with the fact she knew that her parents killed her off so she shouldnít have to fear them anymore, she can now settle and create a new identity for herself.
Yay, the truth about Moody is coming out now! Well, coming out slowly. I had always suspected that he really was English, mainly due to him being able to be related to the Moody that we know then, so I hope this suspicion of Helen is confirmed true. Or perhaps he is Moody. Iím not sure whether that will work out age wise. Or maybe sheís Moodyís mother. Hmm, all these theories now that the Moody here is slowly being unravelled. It is rather exciting!
Author's Response: You've read the whole story! Thank you for reading and reviewing it all - it's wonderful to hear your feedback. :D
I'm glad that you like Rasima - she was a late addition and went through a couple of different personas before I realized that what this story needed wasn't only more female characters, but also more from Egypt itself. It'd be exciting just to write a story about her and her rise to power. The war offered this kind of opportunity to women, and the timing almost perfectly coincides with the emergence of highly-educated women, now that universities were both accepting female students and permitting them to graduate with degrees. This is very much the other side of the coin from Downton Abbey, and also from Helen's world of pureblood society. Rasima is very ambitious, but also good at reading people - together, these traits are a major key to her success.
Like you said, she and Helen are in similar situations, even if they've arrived in this situation in completely different ways. Helen distrusts everyone, especially those in positions of authority because she's known too many who abuse that authority and take it for granted - her distrust and suspicion makes Rasima appear suspicious. It's fun to work with Helen's narration in this way because she skews everything. In a way, Rasima is too much like Helen - they both have strong personalities and two people like that in the same room almost always leads to conflict. And Rasima sees something in Helen that she likes, and being a good politician, she knows how to use people's skills to best serve her (and in this case the Ministry's) ends.
The deal is something I'm still uncertain about because, even for the Potterverse, it's a very dangerous one to make, either to offer or accept. A lot of it hinges on Rasima's assumption that Helen can 1) defeat or at least neutralize the demon and 2) be an acceptable candidate for a curse breaker. It's a big assumption, made entirely from Helen's activities in Egypt because she doesn't have the grades from Hogwarts. But she is ambitious and desperate for belonging, and Rasima is willing to take a calculated risk, using the tools available to her to remove this danger to the country.
Thank you again for reading and reviewing! I've babbled on enough, and just want you to know that I appreciate your reviews for this and all of my stories. ^_^