Reviewer: MollyandArthur Signed Date: 2016.04.10 - 08:44AM Title: Momentary Lapse of Reason
Fascinating chapter. The possible plots are thickening. Zabini has an interesting idea for their development as Quidditch players. Poor Ron can't seem to stay out of trouble or in control of himself. Then, of course, is the big question. Who exactly is Asteria Lestrange? And, what is she capable of?
Poor Ron indeed! Played himself for a fool then (literally) got taken for a ride. He will not be the last to make a bit of a plonker of himself though -- this story is rife with regrettable behaviour whose ultimate blame is... difficult to assign.Who is Asteria Lestrange, and what is she capable of? A fine question -- fine enough to not get answered definitively for quite some time I fear!
Thank you most kindly for the reviews, MollyandArthur!
Reviewer: MisterBlack Signed Date: 2016.03.22 - 07:12AM Title: Momentary Lapse of Reason
Sometimes I think Harry is my spirit animal.
Another fine review, thank you MisterBlack!
I'm perfectly on board with your impression that Teri is analogous to a female Tom Riddle. Both have immense precocious powers, both are prickly and manipulative social misfits, and both had distinctly inadequate early-childhood upbringings. Some questions to bear in mind though -- could a child, vulnerable to descent into darkness, be rescued prior to that slippery slope? Need Riddle have gone that route? What if he had come under a stabilising influence a few years earlier? Dumbledore encountered Riddle as a ten year old boy, and treated him with cautious suspicion; what if Dumbledore had found Riddle as an eight or nine year old, and had mentored him for a year or two prior to bringing him to Hogwarts?
Draco's confinement in Dolwyddelan, and his enforced separation from an impenitent Lucius (unaccounted for 'public enemy number two'), has unquestionably moderated him. I can't imagine him ever liking Harry, but there is a path laid out for him for a normal place in a light society.
Finally Zabini... He and Daphne are reliably annoying, vaguely helpful (Daphne moreso than Zabini), and inherently provocative. Harry and Ginny have consistently tolerated them now for quite a while, though. Largely without complaint. One reason for this is that Zabini and Daphne were, for the longest time, the only two Slytherins in Harry's year to risk joining the HA and to support Harry. The second reason why Harry tolerates Zabini is because he knows that Zabini is really only blowing smoke. Harry knows that Zabini has to make a show of being a jerk (in part to appease his own ego; in part to sustain some standing with upper class Slytherins) and knows that Zabini would never risk his skin by actually trying anything too untoward. And finally, as rigourously as everyone tries to deny it, Zabini probably actually considers Harry to be a friend. And vice versa.
And finally yes, Harry and Ginny ultimately do surrender to the great illogic of joining Zabini's Quidditch squad :)
Reviewer: Gin110881 Signed Date: 2015.07.16 - 07:16AM Title: Momentary Lapse of Reason
Sorry, I didn't mean labelling but separation.
Reviewer: Gin110881 Signed Date: 2015.07.16 - 05:05AM Title: Momentary Lapse of Reason
Oi, Zabini. I dunno why, but I’m always a bit uncomfortable around him, always in the wand at ready position when I read his name, lol. With him, it's like with my bank account manager. He is always very nice and friendly. He just wants my best. He always makes tempting proposition to get my best, to get my money.
Very quick response to say that I've downloaded your two detailed reviews and will contemplate them today -- greatly appreciate, since the process of answering questions like these frequently solidifies (and sometimes inspires) plans for the rest of the story.
Thanks for catching the two transcription issues! Now when you were thinking of better ways of labeling scene changes, what did you have in mind? Date and location?
Indeed, Zabini (like many Slytherins in this AU) is pulled by two sets of instincts, of which one is fairly unhealthy. Like many conflicted people, he can be steered reasonably well by good characters, though. Both H&G seem to be able to foster the good side of Zabini, although his pride makes him maintain a constant state of abrasive irreverence.
Bad things are more likely to happen when H&G aren't together? True. Professional Quidditch would be likely to pull H&G apart? True. Problem? Perhaps.
Regarding Teri's true identity, yes, her name seems to make superficial sense given who her mother is, but... who is her father? Is Teri truly a 'Lestrange' by blood? If not, why would she sport that name? There is a piece of the puzzle that was not articulated in TSD. It hovers in the unspoken subconscious like a skeleton in the family's closet.
I think I have H&G come together for at least one chat in nearly every chapter -- I wholeheartedly agree that doing so is crucial to our protagonists remaining true to their ideals and to each other.
Thank you very much for your thoughts -- enjoyable for me to think through what and how to answer!
Reviewer: skiutahnum1 Signed Date: 2014.11.27 - 06:39AM Title: Momentary Lapse of Reason
Well now where is Teri roots and how will this change stuff....as for teri getting away with murder well we all know it never happens that way....as for Ron well he's an idiot....kutgw
Ah, well I can promise you more frustration when it comes to Teri's origin because our two beloved protagonists are going to round and round the mulberry bush a few more times with ever-shifting theories :)
But is Ron an idiot? He is certainly a bit thick at times, but could he have been played for a trick on this latest incident? If so, who's pulling the strings? Who will be the next victim?
As always, thank you for reading and reviewing Fred!
Reviewer: aimless Signed Date: 2014.11.26 - 05:11PM Title: Momentary Lapse of Reason
Well, I can see from where the Flying Circus coming. Although i think Ron would love the chance, didn't he want to be a pro? And why Zabini said Gryffindor playing bad if they can have Harry and Ginny? Also, didn't they do some interhouse games with scouts observing them? Doesn't look that bad, although exhibition team is a great idea.
Ah -- greatly appreciate your critical eye in catching things that weren't well explained.
One thing that I will get on there and clarify is that between Ron feeling a duty to his Gryffindor captainship, and not having any interest at all in playing on a team being organized by Zabini (i.e., an arrogant Slytherin), he would be unlikely to accept. I didn't think either Harry or Ginny would mention that latter part directly to Zabini's face, although it should get casually conveyed to readers :)
The other thing that I need to clarify is that the interhouse scrimmages weren't working out to be very evenly balanced competition. In the one scrimmage that was attended by pro scouts, things fell apart to the extent that Holyhead was the only club that stayed until the finish, and the only player throughout who appeared in an impressive light was Ginny.
As for the reason Gryffindor had such a poor team, the main factor was the loss of both Harry and Ginny -- both of whom sacrificed their eligibility by graduating early.
I'll get on there this weekend and hack around to try to make those points more transparent. Thank you again so much for reading and reviewing!
Reviewer: LysCsuri Signed Date: 2014.11.24 - 07:50AM Title: Momentary Lapse of Reason
That whole Ron thing was really fun. Well for a while though, until it got creepy. And speaking of creepy, I don't trust Draco. Ummm, but then again, who does, right?
Ah -- creepy! There's a good word. That can be my mantra as I write this story
No, I think it's fair to distrust Draco. If you've had the chance to read The Prevailing Counterpoint, you would have learned that Draco was theoretically intending to kill Hermione (Ron saved her) so unlike many of the reformed Slytherins in this AU, he is more resistant to redemption. And of course Lucius is on the run and, as far as we know, is as evil as ever. I think you can trust Narcissa though -- she burned her Death Eater bridges too thoroughly to expect much more than life as a recluse until the final remnants of Volddemort's followers are rounded up.
Reviewer: zorica Signed Date: 2014.11.22 - 11:03PM Title: Momentary Lapse of Reason
First things first. Dom Perignon will be fine and I'll have anything with that! Now what was Ron thinking and who are Teri's parents? I'll sip the Dom as I ponder these questions. You and Brennus are welcome to join me in my backyard on this pleasant Sunday arvo in Australia.
Well, as I stare out into the interminable grey, I must say that the bottle of 2000 vintage that I have currently chilling for you will be a small tribute to pay for a healthy dose of sunshine and warmth of an Oz springtime afternoon. Now all I have to do is work out the portkey schedule!
While you await our arrival, here are some things to consider:
Anyway, I hope that's just the right balance of intrigue and confusion to string you along :)