Reviewer: MollyandArthur Signed Date: 2016.04.10 - 03:19PM Title: Cousin Capers
Greatly enjoying this story.
Great to hear that, MollyandArthur! I am greatly enjoying your comments. Thanks!
Reviewer: MisterBlack Signed Date: 2016.03.23 - 01:01PM Title: Cousin Capers
This is by far my favorite chapter. The Quidditch was great but honestly who can resist reading about Smith turning into a chicken? What a ponce. That was really funny.
Great to hear that you enjoyed the chapter and the Quidditch! The latter is a fairly regular fixture from this point onwards (a key subplot, if you will), and I apply a general recipe that I think will continue to work for you -- Quidditch action is a metaphor for character development, and the action that I explicitly provide is ultimately intended to advance the metaphor du jour. In other words, the time devoted to a Quidditch match, like any sporting contest, is probably going to be divided into a majority portion of bland filler, and a minority fraction of real action. The latter is typically what I'll aim to focus on.
Does Occlumency really help? By merely asking that question, you have basically answered (correctly) that no, it doesn't really. The only tangible benefit of Occlumency against the nasty esoteric magic that they're up against is that Occlumency instills a mental discipline that strengthens resistance against destructive compulsions. Harry has not quite reached this perspective yet, so bear with me, but you'll note (for a while) the mind-set that pursuing preparations that entail a remote chance of being helpful is better than doing nothing at all.
I would agree with you that Williamson is not stupid... but he is a by-the-book investigator with inadequate open-mindedness and he is no fan of Harry Potter. None of these attributes help him in this case, and none of this makes Harry any better disposed to DMLE. He probably wouldn't even try to involve them at all, if not for his respect for Kingsley, and his understanding (for now) that Tonks should be involved, and that her involvement is easier to secure if the Aurors are tolerated.
Oh, and your 'focus on the individual' admonition is (as you'll see soon enough) eerily apt!
Reviewer: Gin110881 Signed Date: 2015.07.20 - 03:56AM Title: Cousin Capers
Just a few additions regarding the attacks. After giving it another round of thinking, I believe that the loss of control at the end of an attack has several reasons. First, the Executor, i.e. Bella and maybe someone else in addition, is not very experienced. Second, the bloodline victims have refused to continue the attack at some point. (I'm assuming that the whiskey is a red herring. Perhaps it was poisoned, but it should not be the trigger for the incident with Remus. That's probably the Voodoo attack on Tonks). The third reason is the distance. When the end victim too far away from the possessed person, the control is lost.
Reviewer: Gin110881 Signed Date: 2015.07.19 - 04:34PM Title: Cousin Capers
Oops, what a surprise. My nickname is in the A/N. I did not expect this honour. Thanks a lot!
Ah yes, so another case of veiled but not explicit explanation. In the case briefing in chapter 6, it's said that Teri won't talk about serious stuff with anyone but Harry. It's an important plot point, and your questions point to the vague articulation not being clear enough. I should probably intervene in the text somewhat and explicitly mention that Ginny is voluntarily holding herself back from these meetings.
So my advocacy for Harry relates to the fact that in the end Harry is there for Ginny as they overcome a scenario that is brought about by a combination of circumstance, evil intent on the part of the antagonist, and a judicious smattering of mistakes on the part of both protagonists. This story differs from TPC in that, in this strange uncertain web, not all of H&G's judgments are unerring. They, like Bellatrix, are feeling their way through a complex caper that lacks any of the certainty or predestiny of the prophesy-dominated Voldemort confrontation. The salient difference between protagonists and antagonist (SPOILER ALERT!) is that the protagonists are first and foremost a team. In this sense, the Quidditch actually folds back around as a metaphor for how the parallel crime drama unfolds.
Reviewer: skiutahnum1 Signed Date: 2015.03.11 - 04:05PM Title: Cousin Capers
Oh no the trouble is just starting but I'm glad to see Harry is talking with Teri and getting to the heart of the matter but something tells me you are only just playing with them right now....kutgw (but one request, could you use a different font, I have a hard time reading it, and I can't are the screen work with your font.). Thank you
Ah! I will tip my hand a little and gently disabuse one notion. On one hand, you're correct that the trouble is just starting, but on the other hand, the positive developments that are beginning to occur with some key characters reflect more than just a just a brief intermission. Although the strength to avoid all future hardship will not be easy to develop, the strength is emerging to help render it less devastating.
Thanks for the comment about font! I may try changing everything to Garamond or Sabon, both of which poll very well as book text fonts. If you could get back to me with comments after the next chapter, it would be appreciated. And of course, other readers are encouraged to opine.
Reviewer: Aragorn Signed Date: 2015.03.10 - 10:29PM Title: Cousin Capers
Good to see Teri making progress.
Yes, thus commences the portion of the story where her magic begins to move toward becoming 'prodigiously precocious', and especially it is a time when she begins to develop as a 'person', freed from the stunting obstacles of her earlier childhood.
Thank you very much for continuing to follow the saga, and for offering your thoughts!
Reviewer: lunagranger Signed Date: 2015.03.07 - 05:02PM Title: Cousin Capers
Being friends with Slytherins is proving to be quite helpful for Harry solving this case. I love how Harry is respectful and careful with little Teri. Kutgw.
I'm glad you like that dynamic. Teri and Harry do innately understand each other, in a way that's different from how Harry and Ginny relate. Harry and Ginny found each other at a time when each was growing into strength and confidence; this of course is an ideal basis for forming an exceptionally strong bond. By contrast, when it comes to Teri, Harry connects with her because memories of his own trouble youth provide natural empathy and affinity. Because he is quick to grasp the girl's potential, you can already sense that his instinct will point him toward trying to foster in her the sort of personal growth that he himself has achieved. Unfortunately, there is a certain psychotic witch in the background who has her own opinions on what's best...
Between that premise, and Quidditch and a battle of wits with insidious villains, you can see how the rest of the story is shaping up.
Oh and yes -- the merry crew of neurotic Slytherins. Frustrating, funny and, surprisingly yes, rather useful!
Thank you for reading and reviewing, Silvia!