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Review #1, by BKL8008 XV.

25th January 2014:
Sorry it's taken me so long.
A great ending to a great AU story,and as I usually run from AU's, I am glad I didn't on this one. Well crafted, excellent work!

Author's Response: I'm really very excited to see you returned to finish the story at all, especially knowing it's an AU.

Thank you very much for giving this one a shot -- I loved writing it, and it's even better knowing how much you enjoyed it! ♥

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Review #2, by Han Alister XV.

29th October 2013:
Okay. This is one of the very few fanfictions that have actually gotten me it tears. Great writing and great plot!

Author's Response: Thank you so much! That really does mean so much, knowing that I was able to evoke such emotion in you -- and knowing that it apparently doesn't happen often makes it that much more gratifying. I'm just so happy right now!

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review -- it seriously means the world to me that you thought it was good. :) I hope to see you back very soon, too!

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Review #3, by theblacksisters XV.

11th October 2013:
Please write an alternate ending?

Author's Response: I find it lovely that you're asking for an alternate ending to what is, essentially, an alternate ending! That's awesome to me somehow. :) I don't think I'll be returning to this story to write any more of it, alternate or note, but if you wanted to write your own and credit my story, I'd be interested to see how you did it!

Glad you enjoyed the story -- thank you for this review, and the others too! ♥

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Review #4, by theblacksisters XIII.

11th October 2013:
why'd Bellatrix have to die?

Author's Response: Harry Potter is, to me, a good-triumphs-over-evil story at its core, and even in this story, that core won out. Many people died before Bellatrix, of course, on the "good" side, but it was her due to die in a way as horrible as they did.

I hope you enjoyed this chapter anyway! ♥

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Review #5, by theblacksisters VIII.

11th October 2013:
Does this HAVE to have a happy ending? And if it does could you, like, write an alternate ending?

Author's Response: A happy ending was definitely not guaranteed, and in general, it was fairly grim. But I am glad someone out there prefers sad endings to happy ones! I'm the same way. The more likely something is to make me cry, chances are better that I'll like it.

Thank you for leaving your opinion!

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Review #6, by theblacksisters IV.

11th October 2013:
I don't blame you for enjoying writing this chapter-I probably would too. It's a good one.

Author's Response: I'm happy you liked it! ♥ Thank you for taking the time to leave me a review!

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Review #7, by theblacksisters I.

11th October 2013:
Great idea-looking forward to more.

Author's Response: I'm glad you're enjoying the story so far! :) This was one of my favorite things I put on this page -- it was the sort of thing I always wanted to write, and am so glad I did.

Thank you for reviewing!

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Review #8, by Larry Hotter XV.

22nd July 2013:
Perfect ending.

All is well and they can live in peace.
Wonder what happens to Ginny in this AU. No James, Albus or Lily.

Weird, when you think of it.

Great job. Loved this story. Just a shame it was so short! :P

Author's Response: Even through all the deaths, there is peace at last in the epilogue -- and after all, what else is an epilogue for? I sort of like to think that Ginny might have tried dating Dean again, or she might have found someone completely new. I don't have a definite ending in mind for her, but definitely no James or Albus or Lily, like you said. Very weird!

Thanks for all your reviews, even the more honest ones. Again, I'm so glad you loved the story, and it really does mean a lot to me to have someone read what I write! I look forward to hearing more from you in the future. :)

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Review #9, by Larry Hotter XIV.

22nd July 2013:
I'm a bit sad after reading this chapter, knowing it will be over soon. :(

What happened to Charlie, did Bellatrix kill her?

Still curious to how things will wrap up in the last chapter.

Well written, will definitely check out your other stories.

Author's Response: Charlie did die at the hands of the Death Eaters, yes -- he died so that Draco, Oliver, and Hermione could escape, and I'm very proud of him for laying his life down for them like that (even though, you know, I wrote it).

Thank you for reviewing! I'm so glad you thought this was well-written, and that you did end up enjoying the story and seeing it through. I'd love it if you checked out my other stories!

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Review #10, by Larry Hotter XI.

21st July 2013:
Loving these late chapters.
Hermione being transformed to a now dead Lavender was kinda macabre. Also, Dean's potion is kept as well? What are the deatheaters planning on?

Author's Response: I'm very glad you're enjoying these chapters! As for what the Death Eaters were planning, storing up the Polyjuice of those they'd killed -- it isn't clear in the books, but I imagine them as being used as scare tactics, or to confuse and trick the survivors. If Dean Thomas, for example, walked into Shell Cottage claiming to have escaped the Death Eaters, the people who already were at Shell Cottage wouldn't necessarily know right away that he wasn't really Dean.

Does that make any sense? Probably not -- but it's my rationale anyway. ;) Thank you for continuing to review, and I hope you continue to enjoy as we build toward the climax of the story!

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Review #11, by Larry Hotter X.

21st July 2013:
My last review seems to have glitched a bit! :p

Last chapter was a bit disappointing, but by no means is it gonna stop me from finishing this story! :)

I loved the start of it, but was just left with a sour taste at the end. 4 DE's wouldn't be such a big deal for the party IMO.

Anyway, this new plot twist is just awesome!
I love how you managed to use that one detail from book 4 and use it as something major. (Who would have thought of that!?)

You are a genius. :)

Author's Response: They have a tendency to do that sometimes. :) I am glad to hear that you're sticking it out to the end! You do only have five chapters to go (four, I think, after your last review), and I'm anxious to hear how you'll find the ending.

Again -- so glad you like the twist! I tried coming up with as plausible an explanation as possible, if the canon ending was thrown out the window, and I worked very hard on it and the rest of the story. Genius? Maybe not, but I appreciate the sentiment all the same!

Thank you for reviewing!

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Review #12, by Larry Hotter X.

21st July 2013:
WOW! In true JKR fasion did you reveal a key point of the story.
We.. thought out!
Ofcourse Harry's blood went through his veins... You are a GENIUS! :)

Author's Response: That's an awesome thing to say -- thank you! I can't pretend to be even half the writer J.K. Rowling is, but I wanted to build up to the revelation of the mystery behind Voldemort's blood and why he's dying, and it really makes me happy that you enjoyed it in the end.

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Review #13, by Larry Hotter IX.

21st July 2013:
This chapter was 10/10 from the start, until the end when all they did was lay an egg. This chapter quickly turned to a waste of time, unfortunately...

I have to disagree with your interpretation of the characters here. The Weasleys would NEVER let Charlie be and just walk back home. I found it completely wrong.

Also, McGonagall should not be afraid of someone, but rather afraid that someone gets hurt. Again, IMO, that was wrong.

Rememeber she attacked Snape even though he was headmaster and Hogwarths was under DE control. She was there just because of the order, not because she was afraid.

Author's Response: I'm very sorry that you didn't like this chapter and that you thought it was a waste of time. I actually must disagree with you (which I'm sure you expected, since I wrote it): Even if their mission wasn't successful, any mission at all is progress. You have to remember that with Harry gone, the survivors of the battle have no way to guarantee their victory, no safeguard against losing. As far as they're concerned, their only hope is gone.

As for letting Charlie be, they certainly didn't. It's not that they just gave up on him at all. But there is a very real risk of danger at play in this chapter and how beneficial would it be for Ron to throw himself at his brother's captors, only to get himself captured and killed to? The answer's simple: It wouldn't be beneficial at all. The Weasleys aren't sitting idly by. They're working as hard as they can, but all the survivors also happen to be pragmatic and sensible about their situation.

I don't really understand why you think McGonagall shouldn't feel fear, either. Certainly it's not something she feels often -- Ron even makes note in the chapter that he'd never heard her sound scared before, but that absolutely does NOT mean that she isn't. She stood up to, and attacked, Snape, but who's to say she wasn't afraid while doing it?

I'm very sad that you didn't like this chapter, but I hope you will continue to read on. Thanks for reviewing!

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Review #14, by Larry Hotter VIII.

21st July 2013:
I had to skip reviewing the last chapter because I just had to read on! :)

I am kinda glad this chapter is over, because damn, it was dark and depressing.

Luckily I've read your note at the end of the chapter, telling me that this is rock bottom.

Hopefully it will get better from here for out heroes.

The scene with Harry hanging high made a impression on me. The way you convey the feelings of prisoners are like they are real.

I've read some WW2 books by prisoners in camps, and Hermione's and Charlies parts really reminded me of them. You got the feeling right.

Author's Response: This story has the tendency to get dark and depressing -- that's largely what I like writing, when it comes down to it -- but I hope you'll stick it out anyway. :) It's not a light subject at all, because Harry's death really cast a shadow over the entire war. It was for a reason, as I hope you've seen from the first chapter, and they're working on a plan, of course.

Harry in the air was a very vivid spooky image I had while writing this story, but that's a good example of what I'm talking about -- one thing I absolutely did not want to do in writing this novella was sugarcoat things and make them seem less horrible than they actually are. Horrible is a weak word to use for how I see things, too; they're indescribably bad, and that's the nature of the story.

I'm glad you thought Hermione's and Charlie's parts reflected that feeling! I studied WWII and the Holocaust in depth my last year of high school and did draw on what I learned. Thank you for reviewing!

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Review #15, by Larry hotter V.

20th July 2013:

First off, allow me to humbly apologise for believing that you would turn Draco to an unselfish hero.
*humble bow*

You've actually nailed the character of Draco, and that is VERY rare. :)

I am suddenly no longer worried about Draco-Hermione pairings etc.

I can finally breathe out and relax and just enjoy this amazing story.

The plot thickens... This is the first 10/10 chapter, and my guess is there are many to come! ;)

Author's Response: No apologies necessary. :) But see? If you'd abandoned the story on the suspicion it was a Draco/Hermione, you'd never have known it actually wasn't! I'm glad you thought Draco was so in character, too; he was surprisingly tricky to write, but I went back and read some portrayals of him in the canon books to try and nail him down here.

The plot thickens indeed! More is definitely to come, and I'm very glad you've made it a third of the way into the story and appear to be keeping with it still. That really does make me so happy, and I truly mean that!

Thanks, as always, for reviewing!! I'm trying to keep up with your reviews as they come in, mostly because I have a bit of a backlog, but also because it's neat to sort of "read" the story alongside you. I hope to see you back for more before too much longer!

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Review #16, by Larry Hotter IV.

20th July 2013:
I just loved the first half of the chapter.
I felt so sorry for Hermione...
It was truly gruesome, you really nailed the emotions.

The second part got me worried. As I said in my last review, that I was scared of screw-ups. Well, I feel a Draco-Hermione ship in the making.

If true, I WILL abandon this story! >:(
The LAST person on earth Hermione will hook up with is Draco. I truly despise that pairing.

Only one story made it work, and that was "Regretfully Yours"

Author's Response: It's good that you found Hermione's emotions so realistic! They were definitely intended to be so -- I try always to make my stories as real as HPFF can be, and hearing I've accomplished that is always very gratifying.

I myself am not a huge Draco/Hermione shipper, mostly because I find it to be an essentially unrealistic pairing, but I've been pleasantly surprised to find a couple I enjoyed over the years, and even took on the challenge of writing a canon-compliant Draco/Hermione one-shot. Rest assured, though, that "Break Out" is never, ever a Draco/Hermione, and it's not listed in the pairings, either. Ron and Hermione are firmly together at the beginning, and whatever happens throughout the course of the book, she won't go running after a Malfoy.

Thanks again for reviewing!

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Review #17, by Larry Hotter III.

20th July 2013:
I must admit, that a HP fanfic hasn't actually got me so... involved in the story.

Usually when stories goes too far AU, I drop them like a bad habit.

This one is so well-written, that I can't let it go.

After reading all the good stories on fanfiction-net, I was left with the not so good ones, and finally got bored of HP fanfics(only FF I read).

Now after an incident that gave me some sick-leave and free time, I tried again here.

I have to say, I have really got my hopes up for this story.

I really, REALLY hope now, that you suddenly don't do something weird and ruin the story for me! :P
Sorry for the pessimism, but that has happened too many times in fanfics.

Did I mention that this is freakishly well written with rich text and grammar? :)

Keep it up!

Author's Response: I'm very pleased that you're getting so into my story! That really is awesome to hear. :) I love AU stories and that may be why I chose to write one that's so explicitly AU, because it was something I'd never done before. Trying something out of your comfort zone is often a good way to find something you really like, and I'm very pleased that my story could be that for you.

I hope this story won't be ruined for you, either -- but I am personally very proud of it, and it's exactly the way I wanted to write it. :)

Thank you for reviewing, and for telling me how well-written it is! I work hard at maintaining top grammar and technicalities. Hoping to see you back soon!

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Review #18, by Larry Hotter II.

20th July 2013:
I have to say that I really, REALLY dislike everybody dying. Even Hermione is left for dead.

Had it been any other story, I would have quit reading after this, but somehow, your story is keeping me reading.

Again, extremely well written. The reason I'm keeping on reading.

Just hope it doesn't go too far...

Author's Response: I didn't necessarily like all the deaths, either, although I've got a penchant for writing darker stories -- but in such an alternate scenario, I did think it would happen. I am pleased you're choosing to continue on! And I hope you won't let the dying scare you away from the rest of the story.

Again -- thank you for reviewing! At the risk of sounding false, it truly does mean so much to me. And your review name is great, by the way. ;) Hope to see you back before long!

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Review #19, by Larry hotter I.

20th July 2013:
Great start!
Scaringly well-written!

I wonder what will go on with the world now that Harry chose to leave?

You got my attention!

Author's Response: Thank you very much for reviewing! It's been a while since this story's seen any reviews, and I'm so pleased someone's still out there to click on it. :) I'm excited you thought it was well-written, too!

The idea of having Harry die and choose to go on was one that swirled around in my brain a lot before I chose to sit down and actually write it. Cobbling together an alternate ending to the entire series was a challenge, but immensely fun to write! I hope you like where I took things, and continue to read on.

Thank you for your review!

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Review #20, by True Author XV.

12th March 2013:
Oh this was so sad, yet happy. Sad because the trio is not THE TRIO without Harry and happy because Hogwarts has seen the sun. So many emotions flooding over me! =[ =]
I've been planning to read this for ages, but then I had exams and other priorities in my non HPFF life and then there I was- addicted to In the Black!
Anyway, I really liked this. =] Perfect.
Oh and didn't you start this story with "On" too? That was a really great idea.


Author's Response: There are definite bittersweet tones to the ending of this story, but I love what you said about Hogwarts seeing the sun. That's a pretty way to put it! :3

I'm so glad that you read this at all, even with everything else you've got going on -- something I definitely understand well -- and moreover, that you enjoyed it! I did start the story with "On." I didn't always intend to end the story that way, too, but when I got the idea while writing the last chapter, it was too good not to use!

Thank you so much for yet another of your truly lovely reviews, Ashwini! ♥ I'm thrilled to pieces you're enjoying my writing so much!!

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Review #21, by MissMdsty XV.

10th February 2013:
I guess I should give you a proper review now that it's all said and done? Right, on with it!

First, I really liked how you started and ended this with the one word. That word can mean so many things to different people. For Harry it was his ticket home, to see his parents at last. For Ron, it was the rest of his life, with the girl he loves, rebuilding their lives together.

I guess at first I was shocked that this would be a story about Hogwarts with no Harry. But I can see that it was very good, even without him. The absence of the classic hero gave room to so many others to expand and be the men they knew they should be.

Bill, struggling to get his family to safety, Charlie, throwing himself in front of a wand for friendship and justice, even Draco, who in the end was just a child wanting his family and was willing to do anything for them. Even walk back into the lion's cage to ensure their safety.

Ron was really the central character of this story and I loved how conflicted he was, how focused he was, putting everything aside and concentrating on getting his last best friend to safety before anything else. Percy was a big surprise, playing a part in the death of the Dark Lord and showing at long last that he was indeed as brave as his family.

There are some characters that I would've liked to see more or see more talking about them, but I didn't, which is a shame. I'm talking about Ginny, or about people not really mentioning Neville's death.

This was a very interesting exercise of imagination and you pulled it off beautifully. The pace was just right, the pieces of the puzzle came together at the right moments and as for grammar and spelling, flawless as usual.

Congratulations to you for writting such an amazing story and I'm looking forward to reading more from you!


Author's Response: Never fear, your other reviews were proper enough. :3 And I know I've said it time and again, but I really am so, so pleased to have them. It thrills me to bits that you read the full story and left reviews on every single chapter, all in one go!

I liked that I got to end with "on" just as I started -- things seemed to come full circle that way. :) Writing a story where Harry dies is something I've wanted to do for a long time, and somehow I just... started writing it one night. The reaction I've got to Break Out has been absolutely tremendous. I couldn't have been more pleased for the world. ♥ (And just so you know, I love your analysis of the word, too!)

Ron was very much the central character of this story, and I adored writing him. He is brilliant, and you know, we owe J.K. Rowling so, so much for leaving these characters behind for us to explore! Even ones like Percy -- the sort that can jump up and surprise us at given moments. :)

I'm so happy you enjoyed this! I loved writing this story, and I do miss it sometimes. This was the first time I tried writing a mystery story where it WAS necessary for pieces to come together, and hearing that you thought I did it well it encouraging like you wouldn't believe. I've got vague swimming ideas for a mystery short story, and more than ideas for a murder mystery novel, so knowing that someone thinks I can handle the genre -- well, it's tops!

Thank you for being such a lovely and dedicated reviewer, and please know I truly, truly appreciate it. ♥ Looking forward to hopefully hearing more from you in the future!

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Review #22, by MissMdsty XIV.

10th February 2013:
I kind of expected Ron and Hermione in the final showdown, but Percy? Percy?? Well played, m'dear, well played...

So now he's dead and the war is over! Right? I hope so! I'm curious how Ron and Hermione will patch things up. So much has been lost in this absurd battle and nothing can ever bring the dead back. That makes me sad, thinking of how unfair it all is.

Author's Response: Oh, Percy. ♥ Somewhat like Charlie, and somewhat not, he's another Weasley that I feel gets overlooked more in fan fiction than he should -- although with Percy, he's having a bit of a turnaround at last, at least on this site. He is one of my very favorite Potterverse characters, actually! I knew very early on in the story that he'd be making a more significant appearance in the end. :)

Now Voldemort's dead, the war is over (minus the still-living Death Eaters), and Ron and Hermione are DEFINITELY going to patch things up! ♥ The end of a war is, I think, a very bittersweet thing, but if one focuses on the sweet, the bitter stings less.

Only one more response to leave for you! :D

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Review #23, by MissMdsty XIII.

10th February 2013:
Oh how I wished it was still Molly that got to kill her! I get an odd sense of satisfaction when I see that, because even though Molly was a homemaker, she proved to be one of the strongest fighters. And years from now, when her children look at her, they'll see more than just "mom".

Poor Charlie though, I kinda wish he didn't have to die!

Voldemort is still ignorant of things he cannot understand and I applaud you for keeping him so in character. I always find the people who had major roles in the series to be most difficult to write!

Author's Response: Of course! I couldn't have anyone but Molly kill Bellatrix -- I really do think that was a brilliant move on JK's part. It shows how strong and tough she was, and I can't think of a character who deserved it more. The Weasleys are some of my favorite characters ever. ♥ Although poor Charlie indeed... it slayed me, killing so many people, even when I thought it was what was best for the story.

I'm so glad that you found Voldemort to be in character! He and Bellatrix were probably the hardest to write out of everyone; they have such distinctive voices, you know?

Thank you so much for this review, too! ♥ You are seriously so incredible!!

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Review #24, by MissMdsty XII.

10th February 2013:
Doesn't that woman ever sleep? Honestly! Maybe a good 8 or 12 hours would satisfy some of that blood thirst!

I knew it was too good to be true, them getting out so fast. And Hermione having to witness Harry's body. That must feel awful, seeing somebody that was like a brother to you, dead and their body on display.

Charlie is a true Gryffindor! He stepped up and helped them at great personal risk and that is courage like I've never seen. I do hope he'll be alright! Only three more chapters to go! Oh my God!

Author's Response: Hahaha! Maybe her insanity is just due to her tiredness? :3 That is a very interesting theory there.

Harry's dead bodyyy. Ugh, that image just creeps me out, but I wrote it in there all the more for that. You know? It's like I just said to you in another review about powerful images, and my having felt the need to include them. I can't even imagine how Hermione must have felt, looking like that.

Charlie's shining moment! He never really gets them in fic; I felt it only proper he should have one here. :3 Thank you for reviewing! ♥

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Review #25, by MissMdsty XI.

10th February 2013:
They made Polyjuice using the dead? That is so sick! Horrible. Though it will make for a nice reaction from Ron to see Lavender of all people running up to him when she exits the castle.

So far Draco's been a good boy and done his part but like he said, not much was going on at that time of night. Perhaps nobody will see them? I don't think so, not likely.

I'm kind of sad to see this story nearing its end but at the same time I'm excited to see how it will end. Make sense? Doesn't for me either, really.

Author's Response: They did indeed make Polyjuice from the dead! I completely agree with you -- it's very horrible, but it was a powerful image, and there was a lot of power I wanted to put into this story.

Ah, your hunches... well, you know by now if they were correct or not! I did like writing Draco in this, though; there was a complexity to him I discovered that I'd never really thought about before.

Makes perfect sense to me! ♥ Gah, and I am so late responding to these reviews. I truly, truly apologize. I'm going to sit down and respond to the rest of yours tonight, just because you deserve it! Thank you so much!!

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