|Review:||Gabriella Hunter says:|
This is Gabbie from the forums with your review! I didn't forget about you or anything! I shall be more prompt with my swaps in the future though!
So, I don't read much Drarry and to be honest, I think that the pairing doesn't really come off as genuine. I suppose I'm just kind of stuck on how much of a jerk Draco is in the HP books to not give it much thought. BUT, I like the direction that you went with this, you didn't focus so much on the whole aspect of their relationship being this sinful thing.
Instead, you showed that the love was always there from the beginning but neither of them were able to express it. I felt like that was a very sad aspect to this story, I thought you wrote their emotions so well. Draco especially came across as tortured, romantic and hopeful but at the same time, you know that things aren't going to work out the way that he wants them to. He wants the world to be different and yet he won't do the right thing, he has his honor and fear working against him here. I like the characterization that you used for Harry too, I like this anxiously in love version of him, that impish little smile.
With that in mind, I can completely see the two of them as a couple. Harry is far more understanding and trusting while Draco is hesitant and uncertain of his own potential. I would love to have read more about this but I was too busy gasping at the fact that they actually broke up!
I know that Draco only wants to protect Harry before things go wrong--especially with what happens later on in the Astronomy Tower (The irony of them meeting in this place was just so poignant) just shows how much he does love him.
Ah, but the ending. Painfully beautiful and filled with so much depth! I really loved what you did here, don't be shy about requesting for your stories again with our next swap!
Author's Response: Hello! Thank you so much for this review, it really made me smile! I was nervous about posting this when I first finished it, but I'm really proud of it now after getting such amazing feedback.
I know Drarry isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it's been something I've been meaning to write for at least a year now and I finally succeeded with this. Although a prequel and some sequels may be to come...
I didn't want this relationship to seem in anyway sinful. I really wanted to keep them in character as much as possible even though the story itself is very AU.
As much as I love your oh so evil and sinister Draco, I love writing this Draco who's hopeful yet tortured and doesn't see his world getting any better, while wanting the world for everybody else to be better. It's very tragic. And you describe them almost exactly really. Harry is that overly trusting person, he wants to see good in people, and Draco is so unsure of himself and afraid of failure.
I love that even though you're not the biggest fan of the pairing, that you could see them as a couple and gasped at the fact that they broke up. Well... on Draco's end they broke up. Harry's gonna take another night to get the hint sadly. Yes, the Astronomy Tower was planned on purpose to be ironic in a way. And at this point, Draco doesn't know that Harry's going to be there when things go down in the Astronomy Tower the next night either. Tammi actually wants me to write this particular scene from Harry's POV as a sequel, which if I succeed at doing so, might be even more heartbreaking than this one-shot. Oh dear...
I'm glad you liked the ending! I really wanted it to stand out and sum up Draco's character. Along with really emphasizing the lyrics that went with the story. Draco's already burdened with the events that haven't happened yet and Harry won't be able to save him, and he doesn't want him to either because he knows Harry has to forget about him and save the Wizarding World.
It's very sad. I hated breaking them. I do want to write more of this. The prequel will be how they ended up together. That's been really tricky though. And then a sequel of the next evening, and maybe a second sequel further down the line, post-war. We'll see.
Thank you again for this lovely review! I don't even know what of mine you have and haven't read anymore! Hopefully I'll have something new up before we do another swap!