Reviewer: MollyandArthur Signed Date: 2016.04.12 - 05:56PM Title: Footsteps
Wow, excellent chapter. The scenes at Azkaban were truly wonderful. Old Mr Nott is a great character and oddly somewhat likable. He reminds me a bit of my gruff old retired military grandfather. I am glad that they are cautious of what could be impacting Teri and how to help her. I am still concerned about who her parents are.
Well, I'm sincerely gratified to hear that the chapter resonated! When I first wrote it, I was worried that it was 12K words with neither an amazing amount of action or humour, but for those readers who like character drama, I do believe the chapter qualifies well for that.
I'm glad that you enjoyed Nott! Ultimately, Rowling did, in a subtle way, convey that Nott Jr. did not toe Draco Malfoy's line, despite the fact that Nott Sr. was a Voldemort-contemporary Death Eater. I extrapolated this ambiguity to mean that Nott Sr. was conflicted in his role and did not relish the thought of his son following in his shameful footsteps. All that led me to paint him as inherently salvageable. He (like a good number of Slytherins) is coarse and has no intellectual gift, but he truly wants the best for his family and is prepared to embrace the side that can help him achieve that. Many of us can look back at people in our family tree with qualities like those, and many of us can see the core morality in that.
Anyway, you are correct -- there are a good number of people who are looking out for Teri's well being. She will need good people like that, in ways that Harry himself did not. After all, however precocious the girl's magic may be, she is still only nine years old and has attracted the imagination of some unpleasant people (Yes, in part because of who her parents might be).
Thank you for another wonderful review, MollyandArthur!
Reviewer: aimless Signed Date: 2016.04.12 - 08:09AM Title: Footsteps
Awwwww, update! Gotta read this one.
Well, very happy to make you happy! I hope you enjoy the latest post, Aimless!
Reviewer: skiutahnum1 Signed Date: 2016.04.04 - 07:35PM Title: Footsteps
Well when harry uses his head it make a big impact, but it takes a long time for the wiring to get the brain to work. Kutgw
Too true! Maybe they were all a bit tired out or something. Or perhaps the authour was using the exchange as a way to toss a number of thoughts out there for future stewing :)
Thank you for the review, Fred!
Reviewer: Aragorn Signed Date: 2016.04.04 - 03:40PM Title: Footsteps
Great to see someone happy to see a chapter posted -- definitely made my day! Thank you Gene!
Reviewer: RighT3rantZ Signed Date: 2016.04.04 - 12:18PM Title: Footsteps
Ginny's incoherent magic proved particularly useful for the investigation. The thumbs up Lumos created a visual of BB-8 giving Finn the flame up in Episode 7.
Interesting thought about the BB-8 visual. I hadn't really thought I might be channeling J.J. Abrams, but who knows what the subconscious might be doing when one isn't paying attention!
I have to admit that this version of Nott Sr. is an interpolation. There are no grounds for respecting him or humanising him in canon; one can glimpse his humanity in TPC, but there is no basis for respect. Later on in The Seeker Daughter, though, one can attribute both humanity and an earthy degree of respectability to him, so here in Trix one can start to see him developing a bit of integrity. In truth though, he isn't too far removed from groveling here -- everyone knows that Harry is his ticket out, and everyone is watching to see how Nott responds to that irony. As far as whether Ginny has been privy to more than we have been, the implication from her not giving the (foot-related) signal to terminate the chat is that she has gazed upon his soul and found it satisfactory. Her unexpected bit of deep Legilimency has not yet been (as you'll note) explained, other than to assure that it was accidental. And yes, that was definitely Ginny speaking. I assume you must have read (or grabbed your copy of) the chapter within a few hours of me posted; I went in later yesterday and made that final passage a little more clear. Always a tricky balance to make between being ambiguous and condescendingly stating the obvious. Ah well.
Good question about Nott's reaction. Speech had certainly failed him at the end of that segment, since he was unable to spit out the critical bit of information there. But then he was also unable to respond to Ginny's statement immediately thereafter, which may have the non-magical sensation of being struck speechless. It's occurring to me that your characterisation of Nott's response may also be referring to the not-quite-stable version of the chapter; I think I I tweaked the balance of that too.
Finally, you are definitely correct in asserting that powerful people are interested in Teri. Did they realise back in 1996 that she would prove to be so magically potent though, or did she simply just represent something to those powerful people?
Fetish experiments shall be discussed soon now.
Thank you for the review, Bleu!