|Reviews for Memorium|
| Fyreheart chapter 1 . 4/10/2013
This is an incredibly chilling read.
I remember being appalled originally when I first read about how the Ministry of Magic routinely destroyed the memories of non-magicals in Rowling's stories. After all, non-magicals are lesser beings unworthy of respect or consideration, right?
That is one of the reasons I have become a fan of the "Harry walks away" stories when the wholesale corruption, prejudice and callousness becomes too much.
| Covante chapter 1 . 4/8/2013
A very good and well written story. Successfully weaving multiple layers into a plot isn't something we get to see in fics very often.
I do have a question though. Why don't they take one of the blonde hairs they recovered and put it in some polyjuice then have an auror drink it and see if anybody recognizes the person he turns into? You'd have to keep a tight control of who was allowed in the room of course, but she had those select trusted aurors and could have let them take a look. They also aparently had some sort of wizarding mugbook if no one recognized him right off the bat. That seems like it should be a fairly standard procedure for situations like that, I think it works with other body parts as well not just hair so they could do it with a blood trail, or the scrapings from under an assault victims fingernail.
Actually that sounds much too effective for the Wizengamot to allow it to be legal and/or admissible. All it would take would be the first time some man Auror turns into someone important's wife and they'd be claming it was an unforgivable violations of Lady Someone's privacy; and "This deviant and aberrant practice must not be allowed to continue!"
| Ciekawa Osoba chapter 1 . 3/4/2013
Disturbing and thought-provoking in equal measure.
| twistyguru chapter 1 . 1/20/2013
A wonderfully morbid and twisted story, with an ambiguous ending that is extremely well done.
I did enjoy seeing things from the Muggle perspective, especially how mind-raping them and all the other shenanigans the wizards do (mostly from sheer ignorance) can wreck innocent lives beyond the ability of even magic to repair.
I'd be interested to see a follow-up, years later, when a vengeful Joanna comes back to raise complete and total hell on the wizarding world. It would take years and years to acquire the resources and build the organization, but knowing about the wizarding world she'd be able to begin looking for others whose lives were destroyed by stupid magicals.
You might even have a jaded, disgusted Harry Potter join her at some point, to drag the wizarding world into the light and impose some real accountability on it. Just a thought...
| Virginia I chapter 1 . 1/6/2013
I enjoyed the story. I also enjoyed: hating to read about Stillwell's predicament.
I read Harry Potter as a young teen and the older I get the more and more do I absolutely detest the universe it takes place in. It goes from a children's story to a horror story in the end...
I'm not favoriting this because I enjoyed the story. I am farvoriting this because I hated reading it. My morals will not let me think otherwise.
| Poet Wroet chapter 1 . 11/5/2012
Good piece of work.
| Orange Spiral 62 chapter 1 . 11/2/2012
Really deep dude.
This rocks. Keep it up :)
| CazPeak chapter 1 . 10/15/2012
I really liked this story... you manage to capture the sense of frustration and impotence very well, while keeping the characters trie to their respective heritages. Nicely done...
| Hillmorrr chapter 1 . 9/28/2012
Very well written and I loved the plot and main character. Thanks for sharing!
| The Dain chapter 1 . 8/28/2012
Outstanding. I always hate hate hate that aspect of Maskerade settings such as Harry Potter and you examined that corrupt shithole they call the Ministry of Magic quite well.
Though one thing puzzles me: How did Mrs. Bones manage to not break her Unbreakable Vow? I mean, at the very least she allowed her department to toss an innocent person into prison.
| Iskadrow chapter 1 . 8/21/2012
Ah, poor Miss Stillwell. I remember how horrified I was when the full impliciations of the wide-spread and apparently completely nonchalant use of the Obliviate on non-magicals in the Potterverse first hit me. In a way I told myself a number of stories not unlike yours, all of them beginning with a somehow botched memory modification and ending with the consequences of the same - none of them pretty. After all, there's no indication the Ministry of Magic would think it necessary to observe the recepients of their charms for any adverse reactions or resulting problems. And that still puts aside the more basic ethical problem of altering someone's memories in the first place; as well as the questionable nature of a society that rests on the assumption that such a violation of another human being is completely justified and not even worth consideration on a case to case basis.
I think realizations like the above are the reason for my strange pleasure in plots that skewer the more questionable aspects of the setting as created by Mrs. Rowling, and Memorium does that beautifully and with a good amount of power. 'Strange' because it has an element of masochism: I welcome these stories as a chastisement to my younger self for being so easily charmed and made blind by pretty baubles in the form of red trains, chocolate frogs, friendly ghosts, etc. pp.
That said: Thank you for a good read ;)
| AlsoKnownAsMatt chapter 1 . 8/13/2012
I just read this story and like what you've done with it, particularly with almost no "main" characters. You bring up important ethical questions though as the Minister says, how can they endanger an entire society for only one person. Even we don't do that.
Thanks for a very good and thought provoking read.
| Beyogi chapter 1 . 8/5/2012
Wizards are really fucked up. I wish their bloody obliviate would come and really bite them in their ass.
Will there be a sequel?
Anyway, thank you for writing this captivating story,
| traviswj chapter 1 . 7/30/2012
An interesting story, it had a real 'feel' to it, I don't really know how else to describe it. Great job.
| Zhor chapter 1 . 7/26/2012
That spell is honestly the most horrific one in the setting. To erase and rewrite memories, changing who a person is and their very experiences, personality, sense of self...and never even knowing? That is absolute pure 'Nightmare Fuel'.