Nicely done, Mae! I liked this look into the generally vilified House, esp. during the final battle. Blaise in particular is a character who gets distressingly little attention. (Heck, even in my own Potter Games Endgame story he's not going to get the attention I wish I could afford him.) I like what you've done with him here: If Voldemort and his minions are on the "Dark Side," and Harry and his ilk represent the light, then Blaise is an interesting gray moral character.
I really loved the people freaking out and reacting in different ways all around him. My main criticism involves the timeline of how the battle unfolded in the book--I feel like you skipped over the lull in the battle when Harry sacrificed himself in the forest. This fic makes it seem like the fighting was non-stop from the time McGonagall cast the Slytherins into the dungeon to Voldemort's death. (Also, a slight thing, but most of them wouldn't use Voldemort's name--they'd call him "the Dark Lord" or maybe even "You-Know-Who".) But these are minor criticisms. Nice character study!Author's Response: Hey, that's a nice term for him! A character in the gray area character! :D Anyway, thanks for the review on the story! :D
Hmm, I think in my head the timeline ran more smoothly than I portrayed because I know exactly where the characters are. When the time came in the story where it was particularly quiet for a while is where I figured Harry would be in the Forrest. I try to make a point of that by saying by the end of the story a whole hour has passed. The part where the whole castle shook and it was the worst explosion yet is where I was hoping to key in that Harry and Voldemort had their big show-down. ;) Then, there is the waiting trial they had to do. They do three hours of it while everyone upstairs does a cleanup and gathers the bodies: a time in which I imagine the trio are up in Dumbledore's office by now and that's what everyone means by Harry is not back yet. It's really a lot of 'leave it to interpretation' in time to know exactly what is going on.
As for the Voldemort thing, I agree. This was brought up to me earlier today, actually. I don't think I'm completely used to having to write Dark Lord or any other name he has because I'm so used to writing after-war characters, or stronger ones ;). I will fix this on a later date though. :)
Thank you again for stopping by and reading! It was nice to see since you didn't have to and I thought you were going for Seven ;) (which that's not a plug! I swear! lol) Anyway, thanks for the review! Report Review
Your summary for this story caught my eye as I haven't read anything similar on this site, and I really enjoyed reading this.
I liked your characterisation of Blaise, and I thought you did a very good job of portraying his character. I've always thought that although Blaise made the right noises when it came to Voldemort so that he could have an easy life as far as his roommates were concerned, he didn't necessarily enter into the pureblood philosophy to the same extent. This really came through in this story; he dislikes blood traitors and muggle-borns, but he doesn't believe in killing them. He was quite hypocritical but I enjoyed the way you explored his character, and I actually ended up quite liking him.
I thought the inclusion of some more minor characters was really interesting. I thought you did a good job of portraying the whole of Slytherin house, rather than just the small section that we see through Harry's eyes in the books. They can't all be Voldemort supporters, and I liked the range of beliefs in this story.
Another thing I enjoyed was that you got across the fact that these were just children. It must have been terrifying for them to be stuck in the castle, not knowing who is winning the fight around them. I found myself completely believing the fact that these children would have gone to join their parents fighting, just because of the beliefs that had been drilled into them, or trying to find their parents and being hurt in the fight.
There were a few mistakes in this story, but they could be corrected quite easily and they don't really interrupt the flow of it. My main criticism would be that the students use the name 'Voldemort', and I don't think they would call him that. It was always a name used only by those who really opposed him, and there was a trace on it in the final year, so I think it unlikely that Slytherin students who would have been well-versed in the pureblood mantra would have used it too. Also, you misspell Colin (assuming you're referring to Colin Creevey) - there's only one l, not two.
Overall, an enjoyable insight into the emotions and thoughts of Slytherin house during the Battle of Hogwarts, and I'm glad I got the chance to read it.
nott theodore :)Author's Response: Oh wow! Thanks for the review! I'm glad the summary caught your eye. I normally can't help but think I'm absolutely awful at coming up with them. :)
I'm glad you liked the angle that I took with his character. I never quite thought he was as big of a fanatic on murder, and I ventured into that thought when he was in the slug club. It always sort of annoyed me when he replaced Crabbe in the movie because I didn't see him being the next one Malfoy would jump to. He's always been a strong character in my eye, setting his morals and beliefs straight so no one questioned him.
Hmm, I don't think I even noticed the Voldemort bit. That's a good observation though. I think it's because I'm so used to just saying his name I think everyone should be lol. Though I'm thoroughly embarrassed about the Colin ordeal. I'll have to go back and fix that as soon as I get the chance (This only recently came back from an edit. I would hate to make the validaters check it again so soon).
Thank you for stopping by to give it a read and review! :D It's made my day and I'm glad you enjoyed it! Report Review
Hey, THG here with your requested review
I really enjoyed this; it's nice to see things from the point of view of a Slytherin for a change. I haven't read any Blaise stories before so this also made for a lovely refreshing change. I have to say, you did an excellent job of characterising him so that he was both realistic and interesting. I particularly love that he has his own mind and he isn't prepared to allow other people from both sides of the spectrum to influence his views and opinions. You've actually made him likeable to me which is very strange because although I respect him for maintaining his own unique values I most definitely do not agree with them.
I think that you hit the nail on the head with his hypocritical tendencies. For example he detested Voldemort for killing muggleborns and yet he himself believe them to be an inferior species. I like that through doing this you stuck to what was revealed to us about him in the book by JK but still managed to put your own twist on him. I would find it believable that he to an extent bucked the typical Slytherin trend of being a pro-Voldemort person because of Pansy's hint in THBP that he had once held a certain fascination with Ginny Weasley. I really like the fact that you gave him more dimensions than the typical stereotype that he is generally perceived to be.
If I had to offer you any criticism then it would only be to truncate the length of this chapter. My reason for saying this is because at times sections of the story may have dragged on a little bit. it's not a major law but it was noticeable for me and I think that if you tried to focus on the more prominent points in your story it would read better. Your writing style was good. There were a few minor errors here and there but nothing that a beta wouldn't have a problem with sorting out. Over all a very well written and flowing piece!
I think you did a marvellous job of exploring the house of Slytherin as a whole. Their different reactions and reserved emotions were quite impressively fitting to the way I have always perceived them to be. I also like the fact that you created some good Slytherins within the mix; especially Millicent; I love the redeeming qualities you gave her in this story (even if I can't stand her in the books). It always makes me very happy when I see authors giving the minor characters interesting traits that we never would have expected them to have. Loyalty amongst Slytherin, who'd have thought it ey?
I really really enjoyed this and I'm very happy that you recommended it to me. See, this is why I love to randomly offer out reviews.
THGAuthor's Response: Aw, thank you for such a lovely review! :) I really had a lot of fun portraying to Slytherins, especially from Blaise. He has always been a questionable character to me and I wanted to delve further into him. :)
Writing the minor characters such as Millicent and a few other made up ones was a good thing for me to reflect on because I wanted to show that these are just children. Yes, some of them may have formed their opinions, but they're still very scared.
I'm very glad that you liked it, and came by so quickly to do so! :) This story needed some love and I'm glad you came by to do so. :) Thank you very much! Report Review
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