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Review #1, by rAvencLawcHaser The Christmas Haunting of Bellatrix Black

4th January 2011:
A very intresting twist on a classic. It was a very enjoyable to read though some detail could have been added.

Author's Response: The original version of this story was twice as long but the details I had didn't seem to add to the story. Or so my beta said, and I had to agree with her--she knows more than I do about writing. This one-shot was also a spin-off of my chaptered story--Bella Rosa. I'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to take a look at it. Thank you for your review. I had the most fun writing about the three who would visit Bella. I think I liked the angel the best:D

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Review #2, by Vermouth The Christmas Haunting of Bellatrix Black

23rd December 2010:
Lucky for you to have fitted this in before the queue closed.

The only thing predictable about Bella, I suppose, is her unpredictability. With a character like her, an ending of redemption or self-destruction would be equally good. Either way you win.

Now you've added the scene of a Midnight Frolicking to by mind, thanks a lot... lol

Author's Response: I am lucky indeed:P I didn't realize I had a win-win situation. We can say that Bella is a versatile character. I think that pictures we create in our minds are more powerful than pictures we actually see. We can embellish and imagine and change all sorts of things to make the picture suit us. So, you're welcome, Vermouth. Let's just say that the picture "Midnight Frolic" is my Christmas gift to you. :D

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Review #3, by Kerichi The Christmas Haunting of Bellatrix Black

23rd December 2010:
Happy Holidays to you! I think this story shows Bella's headstrong, unrepentant personality and how she never had a moral compass. The implied frustration of her visitors is shared by most readers, I think. Even though we know all "Scrooges" don't redeem themselves, we can't help wishing they would.

Author's Response: When I read your review, I asked myself how one develops a moral compass. I don't know if one just develops one in a vacuum--I don't think so. Are one's parents totally responsible for instilling morality? Other significant adults? How did Sirius develop one when Bella didn't? It's an interesting philosophical question that I sure don't have the answer to. We see that even at an early age, she enjoyed pulling mean pranks on people. We also see that her parents didn't pay a lot of attention except to appearances. I think there's always hope that even the "evil" people will change--that there's something inside of them that will come through so they can redeem themselves. Dang it--why are you asking me hard questions? :D Thanks for your review. And, Happy Holidays right back atcha!

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Review #4, by CheeringCharm The Christmas Haunting of Bellatrix Black

22nd December 2010:
Since this story had Bella in it and I'm a total fan of her I thought I'd read it... I've actually had the idea of doing something similair to this one! haha with the dickens christmas carols...

I liked your writing though I feel that Bella is not mean/ cruel enough... which makes it less good than it would've been if you'd only made her alittle bit more cruel

good storyline though and I really liked the beginning as it kind f gives a reason for her cruelty...


Author's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review. I'm sure there are many stories that rely on A Christmas Carol for their frame of reference but have a little different twist on them. What I'm trying to say is, don't give up on your own story idea. Now to your review. This story is a spin-off of my longer Bella-centric story entitled Bella Rosa. This Christmas in 1978 is the first Christmas Bella spends with her new lover, Gabe. It's a happier time in her life before she becomes a Death Eater and tries to describe the events that lead up to her becoming a Death Eater. She's not quite the cruel and evil witch she later becomes. So, at this point in her life, she's very arrogant and intent on having a good time but she's not that mean/cruel person we've become so "fond" of (lol). I'd like to invite you to check out Bella Rosa. There are five chapters up on this website and a sixth one ready to be published after the break. I'd love to hear your opinion on our dear Bella as I've portrayed her. Hope to see you again soon. Happy Christmas and have a great New Year.

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Review #5, by magicmuggle01 The Christmas Haunting of Bellatrix Black

22nd December 2010:
I loved this story. A christmas carol is one (if not) my most favourite christmas story of all time. Its a pity Bella did not learn a lesson from the visits, but then she is one crazy witch, 10/10 for a fantastic take on my most favourite stories of all time MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND ALL YOUR FAMILY. HOO HOO HOO.

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review. I've always loved the fan fiction Christmas stories and since I just started publishing my longer Bella-centric story this fall, I wanted to try a Christmas one also, one that tied in with the longer story. I told myself that if I had to force it I would just let it go, but I really got into writing it. Now you see the result. You know, I'm not sure if Bella even found the lessons relevant to her life. I had fun coming up with the ghosts. I'm so glad you enjoyed my take on A Christmas Carol. I'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to read my longer story, Bella Rosa. Hopefully I'll see you again soon. Happy Christmas and have a super New Year.

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