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Review:MargaretLane says:
One thing immediately: you've said "with not prey". I presume it should be "with no prey."

LOVE the line "bound with magic she could neither wield nor understand". And I love the explanation that she has to obey when he speaks parseltongue. That's definitely implied in canon, that snakes obey parseltongues.

And this explains how Voldemort knew so much about his ancestry. I wondered how he figured out so much about it. If Slytherin has ordered her to tell him everything, that explains a lot.

I also like the description of the heir as a "hatchling".

And this also explains how the Basilisk survived so long without food.

The part where she eats Rafeek because he's no more use to her is...I'm not sure how to explain it. I guess it sort of shows her non-humanness, if that makes sense. She doesn't see friendship at all as a human would. She's fond of him, but if she can't have him as a friend, he makes a good meal. In a way, it's jolting, because it's so utterly disinterested and detached, but it makes sense because after all, she is a Basilisk.

Author's Response: Hello! Can't think who this review might be from... ;)

Sorted that :P - thanks for pointing it out.

Thank you! Rather pleased with it myself.

She has to obey HIM, not because of the parseltongue but because of some magic she doesn't understand (going back to her hatching). I think most snakes obey parselmouths because they choose to, but can you imagine a basilisk choosing to obey a person? Given the chance, she'd just eat him!

I think I got the idea of the basilisk telling Voldemort things from another fic I read, but I didn't note it down and I can't remember which. So I can't take all the credit for that.

Well, you don't expect her to respect him, do you? And the "suspended animation" idea is canon, although I only realised when I was researching ;P

She is, indeed, a basilisk. I had a few ideas for the ending - her not realising that he wouldn't be there when she woke up and thinking she'd see him again as she fell asleep, her looking at him and killing him like that, or asking Salazar to send him to sleep too and him refusing (jealousy that she actually speaks to someone other than him) and maybe killing Rafeek, but I decided that her eating him would have the best effect - and I'm pleased to hear it did show her personality well! (I don't like to go all cliché and give her a conscience!)

Thank you for yet another lovely review - I hope I didn't steal too much of your writing time...


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