|Reviews for Harry Potter and the Final Straw|
| missgsmith51 chapter 35 . 3/5
Good story. Although most of the good guys seem to find happiness, ther is a somber undertone. I think Harry was damaged by the lives he had to take and the friends he lost.
I agree that Dumbledore and the Ministry were responsible for the point things had reached by the time Bill and the new Trio began to take over. If Dumbledore had allowed Snape to be questioned under Veritaserum much of what happened never would have happened. That, I think, is where the worst error lay. Why didn't he obliviate Snape of the prophecy knowledge? He sure obliviated anyone else who crossed him. If that prophecy had never been given to Voldy, none of this might have happened.
If Sirius had been given a trial, the issue of Peter Pettigrew would have been taken seriously. He probably would have been hunted down and executed. Voldy may or may not have been reborn if Peter hadn't been there to get him to that point.
If the Ministry had responded hard and heavy against all DEs named by Harry immediately after the "rebirth," there would have been, perhaps, 50 DEs to handle instead of 500. If they had been questioned under Veritaserum and either properly incarcerated or sent through the Veil where appropriate, the forces might never have been built up.
Dumbledore's errors, I think, set up the circumstances that allowed the other things to happen. Sad when someone has so much power and misuses it so badly.
| missgsmith51 chapter 32 . 3/5
Well, two more of Voldy's idiots down. I hope they send them through the Veil. Too bad it wasn't Malfoy ... although he might not have missed.
| missgsmith51 chapter 31 . 3/5
Well, this chapter was a bit more fun with the duels and weddings.
I have to say, the idea of a Voldemort, Jr. - aka Little Snakeface - totally creeps me out. The idea of a big Voldemort as a husband is even creepier. I could see Bella going this route, as she's pretty darn creepy herself; but Narcissa surprised me a little. I thought aesthetics (the groom really should have a nose) would be somewhat important to her.
| missgsmith51 chapter 29 . 3/5
Once again, that was an unpleasant chapter. It does seem as if the pro-dark students (mainly Slytherin) are managing to undermine their own numbers with their behavior. I just hope no innocents die while they're doing whatever it is they're doing.
I worry about Harry. I'm surprised, with his tendency to have nightmares, that he hasn't had some whoppers since Christmas. Killing Snape was a gruesome business. I can only assume he considered it to be justice for his parents, Sirius, and Remus. Still, I wish someone else had done the deed.
| missgsmith51 chapter 28 . 3/5
About the Marauders Map ... I remember reading that Harry saw Dumbledore pacing in his study, but I can't remember the book. (This could also be fanfic contamination.) I feel quite sure the Marauders "visited" DD frequently during their time at Hogwarts), so the part of his office that they could see would have been there. Having said that, the RoR is not on it (that's how Draco keeps disappearing in HBP), so it's possible that a "hidden" room in DD's office also might not show.
I thought perhaps Percy would decide killing innocent, unarmed people wasn't his thing. *sigh* I expect he will be required to kill family members next. :(
| missgsmith51 chapter 27 . 3/5
Perhaps Firenze would be willing to teach archery.
Well, I can't say I'm surprised about Percy. Disappointed, yes; surprised, no. I had thought he was smarter than that, but sometimes jealousy and wounded pride cloud one's thinking. I fear Percy will be a "throwaway," or expendable, servant to Voldemort. If something goes wrong with a plan or mission, it will all land on him. Draco, it seems, is almost sliding into a similar position. Voldemort seems well aware of Draco's shortcomings.
I wonder what Draco will say when he learns that his mother is slated to bear Voldy's heir ... that it won't be Draco himself? I wonder how many of his own family Percy will kill?
| missgsmith51 chapter 26 . 3/5
Well, Dumbledore shouldn't be surprised. He has violated just about every precept that a good steward of children should follow. How Hermione can still believe him is beyond me. Even if his intentions with regard to Harry were benign - which I do not concede, given his belief that Harry has to face Voldy and die - the road to hell is paved with good intentions ... or so "they" say, whoever the heck "they" are.
| missgsmith51 chapter 24 . 3/5
I can only speak for myself, but I think these events would probably turn Christmas into my least favorite time of the year for the rest of my life.
Hermione still doesn't seem to get it. Is she under some Lind of loyalty oath to Dumbledore?
| Guest chapter 12 . 3/3
"How was he going to deal with a forward thinking Harry Potter?"
Dumbledore should two AKs and drop dead.
| missgsmith51 chapter 23 . 3/5
Oh, man, that was an unpleasant chapter.
| missgsmith51 chapter 22 . 3/5
I hope Dumbledore is happy. I'm sure he will have a reason for Snape having murdered Remus, Molly and Arthur. After all, I'm sure it was for the "greater good" ... I wonder if Hermione will finally admit Dumbledore can be wrong. This is sad, as I love Remus. But it certainly should be interesting ...
| missgsmith51 chapter 21 . 3/5
JK Rowling stated in an interview that Death Eaters could not cast Patronuses, due to the nature of the spell. Snape was the one exception. Her words. - J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, , July 30, 2007 (2.00-3.00pm BST).
And we see yet again why it is useless to put DEs in Azkaban. If convicted of rapes, tortures, and murders, they need to be sent through the Veil. Any current means of incarceration for them are worthless. Sorry ... I'm hard core on DEs.
Narcissa and Voldemort? Bella will be jealous, not to mention it is totally disgusting.
| missgsmith51 chapter 19 . 3/4
I see Dumbledore as being more of a Richard II and Harry more like Bolingbroke - although neither is truly accurate.
I still don't get sending DEs to Azkaban. They keep being broken out, so hat is the point? Wizards need a more secure type of prison.
The kids who are being roughed up and obliviated ... Could their own wands have been used against them, or was that already checked?
| missgsmith51 chapter 18 . 3/4
Wow, the level of action and tension in this chapter has me expecting a decent explosion (Crisis? Meltdown? Attack?) in the next chapter.
| missgsmith51 chapter 17 . 3/4
Interesting to have Bill and the twins back in the castle. I wonder ... Does Dumbledore know? Those trunks, while convenient, are scary. Like the vanishing cabinet, they provide several awfully easy, unmonitored ways into the castle. I hope the kids are keeping them locked and warded.
I hate seeing Hermione - normally one of my favorite characters and one of Harry's staunchest supporters - in the role of what is essentially a traitor. Having said that, I don't believe that you are having her act out of character with her basic "Dumbledore knows best" mantra; she has simply reverted to her original way of doing business. Odd, though, because even McGonagall (her role model) seems a bit wary of DD this year.