Reviewer: MollyandArthur Signed Date: 2016.04.10 - 11:41AM Title: Black and Blue
Voodoo magic. I really should have seen that coming since you were kind enough to give us a few clues. It is a shame they don't have any friends from the Deep South to call upon for information. Louisiana, for example, is a home to such magic. Teri really needs help quickly. They should talk to her about everything, as I sure she knows more than they realize about the situation. She probably knows a great deal that she simply does not understand.
I find it interesting that among all of the magical/mystical traditions that the HP universe offers nods to, one of the richest, most enduring and (to westerners) most grippingly frightening is left out entirely. In any case, you have hit the plot device on the nose here -- Harry & co. have nobody to whom they can turn to tap into a even the simpler aspects of a very deep and mysterious magical culture. The best that they have is an old 'Heart of Darkness' like account from some obscure Belgian wizard who ventured up one of the dark, malarial rivers on the African west coast. That would seem like a major disadvantage, but the discriminating reader may ask, well what about Bellatrix? She's closed-minded and notoriously nonintellectual, so what would she know about O Bo? Probably very little... unless she has a friend...?
So Louisiana does certainly, as you suggest, remain a hotbed of the Voudoun culture. Might circumstances also scan a little further south?
Very true: Teri is host to a great array of (decidedly not great) experiences that might prove valuable to the investigation. I think Harry is approaching her with a great deal of caution, though. He doesn't want to expose her to the worst repercussions of what may end up as a very dicey situation and, perhaps, he may somewhat be guilty of a Dumbledore-esque fear that she is a conduit through which the dark side is attempting to spy or lash out. So will he manage this balancing act any better than his first mentor did?
Reviewer: MisterBlack Signed Date: 2016.03.23 - 11:08AM Title: Black and Blue
So it is not possession in the traditional sense. The victim would still be concious and aware of what it is that is happening. It is almost like torture in a sense?
Very true -- there is no diary-like possession, and no Imperius-like clouding of mind. When done properly, the magic can theoretically permit the victim's body to be compelled, independently of mind. Needless to say, this can indeed be a nightmarish scenario. When things are more imperfect, the victim can be confused, although I would not classify the experience as a hallucination. Harry has a ghastly vision, but that is because he has developed a preternatural sensitivity to magical aura, and what he experiences his an appalling violation of his magical being. A lesser wizard might instead experience some physical and mental discomfort along with the sense of failing magical reserve.
Demon possession? In as much as this is common parlance for Loa possession, that is exactly the issue at stake here. The Vodun do frequently use this magic for benign purposes, including protection, so it would absolutely be possible to develop ways to counteract an evil intent using the same toolkit as the perpetrators, but the problem is that such magic is not taught anywhere in Britain -- even by Death Eaters. So there is a 'learning curve' problem. Nonetheless, very astute observation!
Evil and disturbing? Hoo yes...
Yes, I like the assertion that Harry and Ginny have become equals. Their skills are similar in many respects since they learned a lot together, but they each have their own distinct specialisations. Their current professional roles actually favour Ginny's magical development above Harry's -- she is not a big fan of spending long hours in the library, but it's less stultifying than grading essays. Which, of course, brings me to another very valid point which is to question why Harry remains in his faculty position. The joy of that particular life has clearly faded, and (emerging Bellatrix threat notwithstanding) Hogwarts has moved on from the seige mentality of the prior year, but there is one key benefit that Harry continues to derive from his role -- the fact that all of his best acolytes (except, arguably, the twins) are still students. In his current position, Harry can continue to mentor some very talented supporters and procure useful resources for them. Beyond that, though, you're right -- no real point.
Should Harry wrap us this case and take a year off? Sounds like a cracking idea. However, one must still ask whether life will avail itself on his behalf?
Reviewer: Gin110881 Signed Date: 2015.07.17 - 01:11PM Title: Black and Blue
Hui, fortunately nothing happened to the two of them, although they were separated. It always sets on the alarm bells inside me.
Possession? Sort of, yes, although clearly it's not the sort of absolute control that possession conveys. Good point that Ginny could (should) have discussed the issue with her. She always seems to have very little direct interaction with Teri, though. Subtle plot point?
So obviously you have caught onto the clothing / control motif. Yes, one might well wonder what could happen with that jumper?
Bad idea to leave Teri at Dolwyddelan? Good question. You will soon encounter some answers (and hopefully some reassurance) regarding what I think you may fear the most, but are there any other pitfalls to the situation at the safe house?
Methinks you are a bit harsh on poor old Harry. It is definitely true that H&G are magically at their most vulnerable when they are apart, but I believe that they can both retain wisdom and good judgment. While they are both at their best when together, their ability to overcome separation may prove very important.
Thanks as always for your thoughts and for making me think!
Reviewer: skiutahnum1 Signed Date: 2015.03.07 - 01:11PM Title: Black and Blue
Ah ha ray and Teri have had a time now but now Bella has seen what she is going to have to do and soon she will have to be careful or she will see the ground fast....kutgw
Yes, a fun bit of comeuppance for the unlovable Madame Lestrange! However, incisive readers such as yourself can likely see that not only are there weaknesses in the techniques Bellatrix is using for the attacks, but also a critical flaw in what Harry and Ginny did to repel the attack. Their defence was brutally effective this time, but one can envision scenarios in which it wouldn't work...
Thank you very much for reading and reviewing, Fred!
Reviewer: lunagranger Signed Date: 2015.03.06 - 11:04PM Title: Black and Blue
Very intriguing!And well written as your stories always are.
Ah, tres bien! Very glad to hear that you enjoyed it and that my obsessive editing continues to pay off :)
Thank you as always for reading and reviewing!
Reviewer: sdourse Signed Date: 2015.03.05 - 01:57PM Title: Black and Blue
There's a lot to like in this chapter! The scene in the meadow rocks, and the trick Harry plays on Ginny (actually I think it's *you* playing the trick on the *reader*) is fun, but my favorite is the awkward conversation between Hermione and Ryan. I can just imagine her rolling her eyes at the same time as being intrigued. It almost makes me wonder (shiver) if there's romantic potential there?
Heh heh. Yes, I have to it's probably more authour trying to trick reader than Harry tweaking Ginny. However, you might be a bit deranged if you suggest Hermione + Ryan. 'Shiver' indeed.
Thank you for passing along your esteemed thoughts!
Reviewer: aimless Signed Date: 2015.03.05 - 07:24AM Title: Black and Blue
Interesting development here of a few hints from first chapter. "smouldering reed fetishes " is the result of Ginny's intervention, I guess?
Yes indeed -- don't mess with Ginny's man!
And also yes -- this chapter and the next (undergoing edits) do tend to shed light on some of the earlier mysteries, but of course some new ones are cropping up. Also, with the early imminent peril pushed back, Quidditch starts to come to the fore for a while.
Thank you for reading and reviewing, Aimless!