Reviews for A Capacity for Love
vonHardenberg chapter 23 . 12/15/2013
Great story, real depth and empathy. Disturbing at this point. Wonder if you will resolve this by some deep communication between Severus and Hermione.
Suffermysolipsism chapter 5 . 6/21/2013
An eidetic memory is not the same as a photographic memory. Look them up.
Amasha chapter 34 . 5/11/2013
I loved this story. Good job.
W.S.C. Magica De Spell chapter 34 . 4/30/2013
Wow, powerful story with an appropriate finish.
Aisha04 chapter 34 . 3/4/2013
Great story!
uwishuwerecool chapter 34 . 1/18/2013
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i feel no resolution i am still angry over everyones treatment of hermione gahhhh- this is not saying story is not good it is it has made me feel a lot of things but with anger being the strongest
uwishuwerecool chapter 32 . 1/18/2013
stop friken doing their homework and seriously grow a back bone and stand against H and R why are the boys sooooooo anoying and they never listen to hermione

uwishuwerecool chapter 28 . 1/18/2013
just slap him slap him! make him feel pain
uwishuwerecool chapter 27 . 1/18/2013
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRRr hermione needs a nice person and should dsmembetr all mean people snap dumbledoore harry nd ron
uwishuwerecool chapter 19 . 1/18/2013
i have a bad cold so im grumpy and this story is so not helping GAHHHHHHH! why r ron and harry so anoying and never listen to her. she should be mean and not friends with them
toomuchchampagne chapter 34 . 8/24/2012
A very interesting take on the Snape-is-forced-to-rape-Hermione story. Much more realistic and canonical than any other. Well-written, very interesting.
saevio semper 394 chapter 34 . 8/14/2012
While I loathe the stories that make Snape out as this instant good guy who was only acting as he did as part of his role as a spy...I also do not think he would be this unable to grasp the trauma of rape on a child. Even when sneering at Harry, telling him life was not fair and almost mocking his losses and struggles of the pre HBP years, Snape relied internally on pushing erroneous prejudices upon Harry to maintain that hate. Even then you can find doubts in his words, and movie wise, guilt and conflict in his face. No, I don't think he would dismiss rape this lightly.
Smerby chapter 34 . 5/1/2012
So, I don't usually read HG/SS outside of "specific" archives for the ship (Ashwinder, Petulant Poetess, Digital Quill, etc.). I was looking for a story I had long forgotten about and saw the title of this, which looked familiar. I read it all in one day. I'm not quite sure how to articulate the emotions I felt while reading it, particularly with my own experiences on the topic, but the story was gripping. Hermione's thoughts were very real; the way she dealt with the things, hell, even the way she thought admitting her secret would make others understand in the future (the scene where Ron and Hermione talk, and she essentially thinks, "Why isn't he getting why I'm acting like this?" without speaking it was very, very relatable)-everything was very real, none of that "torture porn" I often find in "Hermione gets raped" fics. That being said, I think the most gripping parts of this story were everything to do with Snape in the last two chapters; Snape's letter to Hermione was very heartbreaking, coming from a love of Snape in Canon, and feeling sadness at the lack of "resolution" between Hermione and Snape. Was I hoping for some actual shipping here? Yes, when I see "Hermione G. & Severus S.," that's usually what I'm looking for (especially with the title this story had). Nonetheless, I can't possibly think of how it would have been real to include it in this story, and I'm glad to have read it.
Duck chapter 34 . 2/15/2012
What an absolutely astoundingly brilliant read. Tears running down my cheeks at the end. Thank you for writing.
christev chapter 34 . 12/24/2011

I'm reeling, bowled over at the power and angst of the last chapter, with tears rolling down my face. You made a lot of difficult choices with this fic, and I think they paid off in spades. I'm really glad you never tried to steer this sshg in the direction of romance. That made her emotion and her dysfunction, a lot more valid. You also didn't try to pretty up Snape in looks or in character. And even though there were times when I seriously wanted to jump into my computer and kill him myself, he was very in canon, very believable, and ultimately becomes very sympathetic.

How long does it take for one to "get over", "move on" or heal from a rape? It's been not even three full years for Hermione, a good portion of which she spent in daily contact with her rapist. Add to it the enforced cover up of the crime committed against her and the other girls, and it's a wonder she's functioning at all.

This was a hard fic to read. It's hard to watch Hermione struggling with everything, alienating her friends, questioning herself. And I kept wanting Severus to show the tiniest bit of compassion, to somehow open up to her, something that would potentially ease both of their pain. But then again, I'm used to fanon Severus - canon Snape would never have done that.

I think we are used to think of both Severus and Hermione as powerful, he in many ways, especially, being an adult wizard, but Hermione also, in mind and in the things she and her friends are able to accomplish. You've skillfully written them both as a combination of powerful and powerless.

In the end, there is hope for Hermione. True, she wasn't able to forgive Severus in person, but before she knew his true loyalties, how could she have? In the end - and now I'm crying again - while there is finally peace for Severus, there is the incredible sadness of a life that was almost never his own, a person who would never be able to live up to his incredible potential because he was forever being defined by and punished for the mistakes of his youth.
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