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Review #1, by MalfoysCarolinaGirl2010 

31st March 2011:
Very interesting and great question does the use of an unforgivable make you no better than a death eater? Now off to the next chapter

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Review #2, by Singularity 

5th September 2010:
This is a really great take on a 'normal' Hogwarts student who is, primarily, uninvolved in the events of the books. Not a Death Eater, but not an Order member either. Just a student. I love how you wrote her indecision and the reasons for it. It made perfect sense.

I've always had a really hard time with Harry using the Cruciatus curse. Two years before, when Bellatrix had just killed Sirius, he was unable to properly use it; but now, when Carrow spits on McGonagall, he can? I guess it shows how much Harry has been through, but it still seemed a bad choice to me. I could definitely see how someone who doesn't know Harry could doubt him in that moment.

Brilliant :)

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Review #3, by Capella Black 

19th August 2010:
Ooh, great piece! This bit of canon (Harry using crucio) has always really bothered me, and this piece addresses that perfectly. Of course, there are extenuating circumstances that Mandy doesn't know about, but that doesn't change the fact that the saviour of all that is good just tortured someone without desperate cause. That is wrong, and it certainly changed how I saw him. I'm glad your character felt the same way.

I simply adore your ending too - leaving us uncertain as to whether she fought or fled, and leaving even herself uncertain as to what the right thing is when the world gets so turned upside down.

Intriguing story, and brilliant exploration of an often overlooked controversy.

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Review #4, by momotwins 

18th August 2010:
One of my favorite things about the Final Battle collab is getting to read all these chapters about obscure canon characters. A lot of the Claws have been writing about them. I have literally never even seen Mandy Brocklehurst appear in a story before, much less have one devoted to her. Excellent choice.

I like her uncertainty - in fanfic, characters are generally very polarized about this: either they agree with Harry or they don't. I think this is very realistic, that she just didn't feel like she knew. She doesn't know Harry really, doesn't know what happened - what's there to be certain of? All her reactions during this chapter are very realistic too, thinking how cool it was to see famous Harry Potter in Ravenclaw Tower, and how his Cruciating Carrow (deserved though it was, if not for disrespecting McGonagall, then for his actions toward the students that year), and that Mandy is still uncertain even after it's all over. Fascinating and well written. I really enjoyed it.

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Review #5, by propertyoftheHBP 

14th August 2010:
Wow, I loved seeing the perspective of a character who had an unsure opinion of Harry. His using the Unforgivable and confusing her opinion even more was just fantastic, in my opinion. It really would make someone second-guess the morals that any person might have and it's both nice and different to see Harry portrayed in a light other than heroic for doing what he did. I also love how you left the ending completely open-ended. I'm inclined to believe that she went back home when asked, but I also see how it could have gone the other way.

This was a terrifically original idea and extremely well-written at that. I loved it! :D

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Review #6, by Jenna822 

14th August 2010:
I gotta say, I was a bit back and forth on that one. At first, I liked it, because you really portrayed her as the type of student she should have been. She wasn't up in Harry's business, she didn't have any unreasonable knowledge, she was just proper. But then, she thought that she had lied and never thought Harry an enemy. Seemed a bit wishy-washy. --Jenna

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