This is a thing, and I read it.
^^ Best review ever am I right?
Haha okay, so I was doing this thing where as I reviewed the Speed Dating entries and checking for responses I decided to go give another review to the person to respond the fastest. Why? Who knows, but anyway you were the winner which is super impressive since I just reviewed yours a short time ago! :D Yay! Besides I was really eager to get back here so this just worked perfectly.
Ah, I love this chapter so much! It's really interesting to learn more about Lavinia but I feel like this chapter also raises so many more questions which I'm dying to know. Who killed her? What was the information, and what is Astoria going to do with it? This is so very intriguing!
I really like Lavinia, despite her Death Eater habits. She seems like such a wonderful strong woman who is determined to forge her own way in the world, and definitely worthy of respect. I loved the way her husband saw her especially, and how he would worship her equally regardless of her accomplishments. For a strong woman, that would be immensely irritating and unfulfilling, and I actually found that really relatable. I love the hints at the bond between Lavinia and Astoria as well.
It's actually quite funny, because when I read the summary for some reason I assumed the spy was Astoria's father. What does that say about me/attitudes towards evil, hmm... So learning that the female characters are the powerful ones here was a great surprise.
The tie-ins to canon were really clever. I like the mentions of Harry vanquishing Voldy, and how that affected Lavinia and her work. Astoria's reasoning, such as the idea that the Order of the Phoenix didn't normally cast the Avada Kedavra curse, was fascinating as well.
I feel like I'm going to be a bit of a broken record with this but I really love Astoria. Her thoughts towards Muggles were so interesting, and fits with that mentality of caring for one's own interests above petty morals and prejudice. I'm excited to see how she grows throughout the story. Also, as a fellow Astoria writer I love how much control and agency you've given her - so often she seems pushed to the side to make room for Hermione to swoop in and take Draco, so I love how you've written her as this force of power.
I can't wait to read on and find out more about the secret, and how Astoria is going to use Draco to bring down the Death Eaters! It's just brilliant, and I love your writing style. Another wonderful chapter! :)
Author's Response: ^^ This is a review and I responded to it. ;)
Heeheehee. Best review/response combo in HPFF history, for sure!
Wow! I'm delighted that I won the secret speedy review response contest (that's what I'm calling it, anyway)! It's lovely to have you back!
:D Yay! Lavinia is one of my favorite characters, and I've been pleasantly surprised at the amount of love she's received. For a dead woman, she has a lot of influence in this story. If you keep reading, you'll definitely find out more about her, just as Astoria does. She's a very complicated woman. As for who killed her, and why...heeheeheeheehee. Perhaps you shall find that out, too? (Writing: the only time it's considered okay to laugh maniacally about murder).
This is my story where I give the Slytherins some love. Representin' my house, and all. They get such a bad rep, and the books don't really make much of their better qualities. I wanted to get a better picture of what makes a Snake a Snake, which qualities are redeemable and which are not. All the characters so far are definitely rough around the edges, but there's more to them than meets the eye.
Yup! Lots of lady power in here (though the gentlemen get their moments, as well.) That is interesting. Somehow, writing that summary, I never even considered the fact that people might think that her father would be the Death Eater. Silly of me. But how fascinating!
And thank you! The references are sort of where I get my fun with this one. Normally, I like to make silly jokes and puns, but that doesn't really fit the tone of this story (or not in these scenes), so instead I try put little shout-outs to canon in there. I'm glad you liked them!
And no complaints about any broken record-ness. You are so sweet! It's like a broken record of compliments. Like, that's a really awesome record. I would totally buy that and it would be my most played album! (Which is maybe really vain, but come on? Who wouldn't?!) Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that I really appreciate it :D
Oh my gosh, I would LOVE to see Hermione try to take Draco from Astoria (if she decides she wants him). I mean, I adore Hermione, and she's doubtless the best witch of her generation, but still, Astoria wouldn't be easy to beat. That would be a sight to see!
Thank you so much for your super-sweet comments. Your writing style is amazing, so I cannot tell you how much that means to me. Thanks again for reviewing!