|Reviews for When Sorrows Come|
| Guest chapter 55 . 6/22/2020
| nif-ravenpuff chapter 55 . 6/10/2020
What a satisfying story to read! Your handling of these characters was incredible! Perusing the inspiration notes ... Golden Girls episode? Love itYou win everything for that!
| nif-ravenpuff chapter 26 . 6/9/2020
Never commented on A/N before but... re Narcissa not being Mother of the Year for using Imperius?! RU kidding? Who among us wouldn’t love to have that spell handy when the kids completely fall out?!
| NoonaMaya chapter 55 . 6/6/2020
this is a beautiful epilogue. love love love your story. 55 chapter and perfect ending
| NoonaMaya chapter 48 . 6/5/2020
I regret Hermione doesn't spat enough on Ron Weasley.
| NoonaMaya chapter 46 . 6/5/2020
finally they say they love each other *clapsniff*
| NoonaMaya chapter 39 . 6/5/2020
Dang, Hermione! that's just cruel
| Lune-Bleue22 chapter 55 . 5/6/2020
Great story! I really love how you built Hermione and Snape’s relationship. Generally speaking, this is not one of my favorite ships, but I like some stories which depicts them together after the war, and I definitely liked yours. I found the nuances interesting – romance in fics often annoys me when the authors describe instant chemistry or everything feeling perfect, so I liked that not everything felt easy in your Sevmione relationship, for example with the somewhat forced first date at the restaurant.
I also loved your Narcissa and the facts that despite her flaws, we empathize with her after a while. I was so happy about her and Siobhan (when she speaks about it in a “let’s experiment” way, it made me cringe a bit though – it’s a thing sapphics hear too often and hey, there’s nothing wrong with being unexperienced with women but looking for a lesbian/ bi girl to use like a sort of sex-toy which will give you more XP, well… sapphic girls are persons, not experience tools of sort! – but I was glad to see some lesbian representation). I liked that you made Bellatrix a more nuanced character than she is often shown, and that we almost empathize with her at some point despite, well, her liking to torture people and all. I REALLY LOVED Delphini and everything about her bonding with Snape; it’s maybe what I liked best in your story, actually. And Snape actually being the girl’s father is not far from replacing the Cursed Child’s story in my head, because well, I just like your version better. I did not really enjoy the Cursed Child, and Delphini is therefore not a character I paid a lot of attention to, but now I like to picture her as Snape’s daughter. So congrats, you’ve sort of given me a new headcanon in a way haha.
I also liked Cho as DADA teacher; and Neville is not one of the main characters, but I really love how you wrote him. I was a bit more unsure about Helena’s character however, because although she made me laugh at some points (I believe her telling Snape to be careful in case the vegetables market collapses made me snigger out loud), I find it really sad that she is forced to be so mature at such a young age. The “let’s try to talk like an adult” part of her personality is cute, not sad, but the way she tries to help Hermione parenting her siblings is a bit sad, in my opinion. It’s a common attitude in children from divorced/ single parents – the eldest child tries to comfort their parent or to help them with parenting duties – but it’s not great for the child’s development, to be forced to mature before having the chance to truly be a child. It’s not a criticism about your story – Helena’s character and attitude are rather believable – but I was sort of sad for her, I suppose; I guess I would have like to see her more cared for.
On a totally different topic: I was angry at Snape for telling Draco no when he asked if Lucius had raped Hermione. Blackmailing someone into sex very much falls into rape; and although it’s understandable that a victim would have a hard time naming the act “rape”, Snape was not the victim here and I believe he should have named it that. Or, if he was afraid to imply physical violence, at least he could have said “he blackmailed her into sex by means of threats to her family” or something like, instead of answering that no, it was not rape. Blackmail or emotional violence leading to sex is no better than physical violence leading to sex – all those cases are rape.
Another thing which slightly annoyed me in this story: what is it with straight people and penetration? “No sex” and “no penetration” are totally different things! I know it sort of becomes a private joke between Hermione and Severus at some point, but still. I feel that the focus on the “penetration” part of sex is hurtful for basically everyone (for non-straight people, and also for straight people as it puts a lot of pressure on that part, and often prevents from focusing on other sexual acts which can be just as pleasurable, or more). So I don’t like finding such a emphasis on penetration in stories, and especially not in stories which take place in a fictional world where sexual norms could very well be totally different from our society’s.
Also I feel we might disagree on prostitution in general. While we probably agree that it is absolutely awful to be forced into it, there’s nothing inherently wrong with exchanging money for sex. A coal mine worker uses his body for money just like a sex-worker does; the difference is that society doesn’t see digging for coal as dirty whereas sex outside of a relationship is morally frowned upon. But well. The wizarding society you describe is very patriarchal, conservative and judgemental, so I suppose it’s believable that Hermione feels the way she does. Still, I dislike the implication that winning money from sex would have made her a lesser woman; as a brilliant, fierce lady who knows to unapologetically stands for what she believes in, she could have decided to do sex work and own it.
(Oh and side note but there were several moments throughout your story where I thought that for people who have magical powers, wizards and witches are all pretty terrible with contraception)
This has turned into a very long review; one last thing I liked a lot: the Shakespeare’s quotes. I don’t know that many of them – English is my second language; I have read/ seen some Shakespeare’s plays on stage, but only in French. I understand modern English just fine, but Shakespeare’s English, well, that’s something else already. I’d like to try someday though – maybe I can find some bilingual versions to make it easier, I feel your fic motivated me for that. And your chapters in verses were great!
Thank you for this story!
| thecrazybgirl chapter 31 . 4/28/2020
*sigh* Hermione is becoming to annoying. Aslo will they ever have sex?
| thecrazybgirl chapter 23 . 4/28/2020
Sometimes Hermione frustrates me in this story
| Kat chapter 55 . 4/14/2020
Well done! Great story, kept me reading all the way without a dull moment. Thanks for sharing:-)
| Sunshine011 chapter 55 . 2/22/2020
Wonderful story! I’m so glad I stumbled upon it.
| SkyRose16 chapter 8 . 2/14/2020
It has to do with the ministry, doesn’t it? Her nightmare?
| SkyRose16 chapter 7 . 2/14/2020
Oh snaps! The truth is revealed!
| SkyRose16 chapter 6 . 2/14/2020
Oh snaps! What did the Malfoy do to her?!