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Review #1, by krazyboutharryginny Vengeance

14th April 2015:
Hello Grace! I'm leaving reviews for everyone on the Accio Attackers, as a thank you present for being so awesome!!

So, Sirius Black is my favourite character, and the events of Halloween 1981 are ones that I think about a lot. I always think about how things could have been so different if only Hagrid hadn't taken Harry, you know?

I really like what you've done here. I was super duper happy (while also super duper sad) when Sirius thought of James as his brother ("Harry was the last living trace of his brother and the woman he loved") - their close and brotherly relationship is one that I feel really strongly about.

Also, I enjoy your characterization of Wormtail here. A lot of people make him sort of snivelling and pathetic, and say he just joined the Death Eaters out of fear, etc. You showed us a different Pettigrew here, and one that I find a lot more believable. So, kudos to that!

I also adored the way that Sirius interacted with Harry. It broke my heart though... if only Hagrid hadn't taken Harry! Harry would have grown up loved and Sirius wouldn't have gone to Azkaban! *sniffles*

Anyways... great fic, Grace! It made me sad, but I enjoyed it nonetheless!

-Kayla, aka Oliver

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Review #2, by looneylizzie Vengeance

5th April 2015:
CTF - Round 2 - Jailbreak post

Oh man. Grace!! This is AMAZING!

I've always sort of wanted to know what happened to Sirius in that time, those moments between James and Lily's death and Peter's disappearance. MAN. This officially goes in my books as what happened. LOVE IT!

You wrote all of the characters so realistically. Sirius especially. The moment where he is torn between taking care of Harry and tracking down makes sense that he was willing to leave Harry in the hands of someone he trusted -- Hagrid and Dumbledore, in order to get his revenge on Pettigrew.

I think you're portrayal of Pettigrew was really interesting too. The fact that he was terrified (as to be expected) but had that moment where he was confident in his escape plan...that's the moment when you're reminded WHY Pettigrew was put in Gryffindor. I think a lot of people question that sorting, and THAT'S why I believe he was sorted there. For those tiny, tiny, moments when he is brave and defiant, even though he was doing something evil.

Anyway, REALLY good! Love this! Keep writing!!



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Review #3, by mymischiefmanaged Vengeance

5th April 2015:
~For the Capture the Flag Tournament, Round Two~

Hi Grace, here with an attack for the capture the flag :)

Okay, I loved this story. I don't think I've ever read anything about Sirius in the immediate aftermath of James and Lily's deaths, and now that I've read this I can't think why more people haven't explored it as a moment. You capture Sirius's desperation brilliantly, and it's very believable that this character would grow into the Sirius we know in the books.

There are so many little details here that are wonderful. Snape's hair - GENIUS. I think if Sirius hadn't been taken to Azkaban so quickly he would have been able to work out what that meant. (And the mention of its being greasy made me laugh). Hagrid is beautifully in character. His sorrow is painfully believable and the care him and Sirius show each other is lovely.

I really like that you've offered an explanation for why Sirius didn't fight harder for custody of Harry. It makes sense that he'd be more focussed on revenge in this moment. He's blinded by anger and grief, and obviously in his mind he has lots of time to make things right with Harry.

Finally, the scene with Pettigrew at the end is horrifying but wonderfully written. You've really captured how awful it all is, and I love the way you've written Sirius's disbelief at Peter's false accusations. You've managed to make it believable that Sirius would be laughing at the end as well - I kind of get the impression that it's laughter triggered by the sheer horror and shock of it all, and I suppose because after a lifetime of underestimating Peter he's managed to outwit him in a way Sirius didn't expect.

I often try to give some kind of constructive criticism but in this case I'm really not sure any changes are needed. I don't think you need to worry about whether you focussed on Harry for too long - Sirius's affection and worry about his godson are lovely to see, and I think the whole scene is really important. Also I quite like that the pace quickens in the scene with Peter: it captures the panic of the moment, and given that we know what will happen I'm not sure that anything more is needed.

Wonderful story, Grace. I'm glad to have come across it.

Emma xoxo

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Review #4, by The Basilisk Vengeance

6th January 2015:
I am simply in looove with missing moments. Every time I see one around the Archives I squeal with joy. I think that with every missing moment I read, a small part of the great puzzle that is Harry Potter is put into place, you know?

This was a very nice piece. To first answer your question, no, I don't think you focused too much on the first part because we needed to see that build-up emotion in Sirius before he went after Peter. It made much more sense to focus on that before passing to the second part of the story.

I especially liked the reasons you used for Peter's betrayal. From the little snippets we get from the books, he was indeed the child who was always pursuing James, Lupin and Sirius around, sticking to them. Not necessarily to be well-protected, or at least not later on, but because he had grown to care for them. Because as much as I dislike him, I simply can't imagine he didn't care for the other Marauders even just a bit. There's no way.

I also liked how raw Sirius's emotions felt. Having been through a crisis where I was worried for someone's well being, reading this story made me very emotional because truly, losing someone is the hardest thing there is. Especially someone who is so close to you that you'd give their life for them. My own emotions mixed with your great portrayal of Sirius's desperation, disbelief and anger and created a dangerous cocktail of emotions for just one night haha. I loved it! Write more stories like these :D

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Review #5, by marauderfan Vengeance

7th June 2014:
Hello, here for our review swap!

This is really great. I think you did an incredible job getting into Sirius's mind in such a dark, intense time. His emotions are all over the place, which I think is fitting given the kind of person he is and how all this horrific stuff happened in the last 24 hours that ir's just too much for him to process clearly. As soon as he's past the shock, and he no longer even has Harry, it's a pretty much instant decision that he'll go after Peter, and I like how you showed that really well in that his thoughts just jump from his concern for Harry directly to how he needs to find Peter, and then he focuses on nothing else.

Also I must say that scene in the middle where Hagrid finds Sirius and Harry, just, gahh so many feels. My heart is breaking.

I always enjoy seeing how different people write Peter, particularly his transfer to the dark side. And what I like most about your interpretation is that Peter thought joining the Death Eaters was the courageous path, and as a Gryffindor he wants to be courageous - I have never seen this explanation before and I love it! How misinformed he is... ugh I hate Peter. But that is why I find him such an interesting character haha. Anyway, I really liked how you wrote that bit from how he sees it. Also, I like the way you drew attention to their state of mind, how Sirius is just losing it, anger clouding his rationality, and Peter is calculating and rather collected, considering the circumstances. Very effective parallel there.

Great job with this oneshot and thanks so much for the swap!!

Author's Response: I have to say now that I never know what to say when responding to reviews, but thankyou so much for reviewing! I'm really glad you liked it - it took several goes for me to be happy with this. I love Sirius, he's practically my favourite character, but writing him in this state was so hard. I mean, I hardly had any similar experiences to go off of on this one ;)
Thankyou so much for reviewing, and I can only apologise that I took so long to respond and then you got this. But thankyou!


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Review #6, by Aphoride Vengeance

7th June 2014:
Hey there! Dropping by for our review swap! :)

I should probably mention that I adore Sirius-centric stories, particularly ones which are more serious (haha :P) and not about his romance with a girl who inevitably dies and is the reason he joins the Order, so when I saw you were putting this up, I really, really wanted to read it! It's so rare to see a story like this, and even more rare to find one which is as good as this!

The way you've characterised Sirius is amazing. I love how he's so emotional in this, and yet not overly so. I mean, he's just found his brother-in-all-but-blood and his wife dead, expecting their child to be dead too - of course he's going to be in shock and floods of tears and all. I liked how his grief was so present, but so quickly overtaken by his anger towards Pettigrew and his want for revenge. It's a very cruel and vindictive trait and I like how he has it - it fits well with his character, you know? His anger was so wonderfully shown as well - I loved how you described him as predatory when confronting Pettigrew. Makes him sound almost evil, and bloodthirsty... which sort of lends almost an extra irony to Peter's actions.

Peter was so good in this, too. I loved how in two paragraphs or so of writing you managed to explain convincingly why and how he joined the DEs and hint at bitterness, irritation, even perhaps almost hatred of his 'friends' for the way they treated him. And, of course, ambition. Always ambition ;) I also really liked how Sirius completely underestimated Pettigrew - how Sirius didn't expect him to try and run or betray him quite like that. It made it a lovely twist, even if I knew it was coming :P

Your writing in this was lovely, too - it's so clear and your description is great! I loved the way you used italics for emphasis, as well - it's not something I see all that often, but I liked it here. It seems to suit Sirius' character, I think.

Just a small formatting note: in the second half, the formatting is different to the top half (tab in at the start of paragraphs). It's not a problem, you just might want to make them match. (Me and my OCD... :P)

So yeah, I really enjoyed reading this! I'm glad I swapped with you - thanks so much for doing it with me! :)

Aph xx

Author's Response: Hi! Sorry it's taken me a whitle to respond, but here I am now!
Thanks! I, too, love Sirius stories, but I also find, like you, most of them are about love and romance, or his time in Azkaban. Whilst I confess I love a bit of Sirius romance, this is always a moment I wish JK Rowling had written herself. When the challenge came along, I'd never seen someone write this scene (although they may have, I don't know), so I decided to give it a go.
I did find it hard to choose the right level of anger for Sirius - like you said, had he been overly emotional, he'd never have gotten anything done! I had to physically try and put myself in his place to decide how he would be feeling (which, trust me, is not the sort of thing you want to be doing with other people around - my brother wouldn't look me in the eye for about a week afterwards!), and then write. Yeah, now you mention it, it is a little ironic, isn't it? Not intentional, I promise!
Aah, Peter. One of the hardest characters I've ever had to write. I actually did two versions of this piece - in the first, which was abandoned halfway trough due to the unfortunate circumstnce of it sucking, Peter was just as angry as Sirius. He was having a yelling match with Sirius, and once I re-read it, it was completely OOC. It was so hard to decide on Peter's words and actions, but in the end I decided he would probably be bitter, but still actually quite cowardly and trying to feign innocence (like he did in Prisoner of Azkaban. I do think, though, that he was capable of a lot more than his friends took him for - probably part of the reason why he joined Voldemort, because he felt he was underestimated. That's also why I think he doesn't just attack Sirius on sight, even though he must know Sirius knows of his betrayal - they never actually did anything malicious to deliberately hurt Peter, they just dodn't accept him completely as a best friend. That's why I think Peter can't completely turn against them and try and kill Sirius as soon as he sees him - he has no real reason to, no justification for revenge, like Sirius has.

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Review #7, by LightLeviosa5443 Vengeance

4th June 2014:

I'm going through all of the challenge entries and reviewing them before posting the results!! I really liked the way that you incorporated the song with this story. I thought it was really interesting and intense and it definitely fit the song really well. I could feel all of the intensity the whole time, which was something I really liked. Basically, amazing use of integrating the song into the story.

I also really liked the topic you chose to write about and the way you did it. I thought it was unique, and interesting and my heart broke for Sirius every paragraph. You did a really good job of conveying emotions and making me feel bad for him, and how broken he was. I wanted to just hug him and be there for him. I wish he could've held Harry and killed Peter and just ugh, so many things. Imagine how different it would've been.

Great job with the whole piece, this was a really great story to read. Thanks so much for entering and participating in the challenge! Good luck!!

xoxo Sarah ♥

Author's Response: Thanks for the review (and for third place!)

That was definitely one of my main focuses, trying to keep Sirius tense and the mood serious (pardon the pun) throughout. I was a little concerned about the way Sirius just seems to get really angry again all of a sudden once Hagrid left; whether that would seem unrealistic. I'm glad you don't seem to think so :)
This moment's always been on my list of scenes I wanted JK Rowling to write, but never did. It's always been a great fascination of mine, the parts of stories never written. It's fascinating to imagine how a character would deal under that emotional stress, and Sirius has always been a fabourite character of mine. Emotions in writing have never been my strong point, though, so I'm glad you liked that part!
I really wish it had gone differently, too, but I suppose this isn't an AU story... *sigh*

Thankyou for the really enjoyable challenge, and for third place!

awesomepotter xxx

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