Reviews for The Prisoner's Cipher
Gwydion chapter 9 . 7/18/2017
So, I finished this and had to take a step back, aimlessly browse the internet a bit and just breathe, before trying to write this review. It's a wonderfully complex and emotional story, and I feel anything less from me would be doing it an injustice. I do feel like I lack the ability to fully accomplish that, but please bear with me as I try.

I was instantly drawn into this world by the tempting breadcrumbs you laid down at the very beginning. That is always a wonderful sign when trying to find something - anything - to read. The overall universe was familiar - Harry Potter - but it was very quickly obvious that you had expended it with your own ideas, delving very deeply into magic and runes and souls. It was, however, done in such a way that it never felt foreign and instead a piece of the world we had simply never gone into in the books. Your dialogue about the theories and practicalities of these things was never boring, instead being presented in interesting ways that left me craving to learn more.

And learn more I certainly did. The inconsistencies in Harry's behavior and words were slowly revealed to be more than intentional but important, all leading to the final conclusion as to what exactly Harry had done rather than how he had explained it to Hermione. It was not simply a matter of good vs evil but something much, much deeper, and Dumbledore trying to explain the idea to Hermione, citing Harry's "safe space" as his old cupboard under the stairs rather than a happy place, revealed a lot, but, more importantly, felt right. Upon being given all the answers, it felt not like being told by a writer what they want us to know and think, but instead the writer turning on a light, revealing things as they actually, truly were. Never once did anyone or anything feel odd or out of place save when they were supposed to, and even then by the end the whole of it felt right. I suppose that's a very long-winded way of saying "everyone and everything felt true to their original book counterparts", but it did go beyond that as well, with you expertly molding and shaping them into their current forms without any sense of disconnect.

And I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much emotion really came out of this. It was there early on, but the more we learned about Harry, the more we saw through Hermione's eyes, the harder everything hit. Guessing that Harry had somehow split his soul when resurrecting Dumbledore and had lost the ever important duality he talked about so much was obvious, but that doesn't mean that the scene where he finally revealed that fact lost any of its impact as it happened through an emotional Hermione's point of view. And the growing understanding of what it really meant for Harry to live with his soul as it was - we weren't given his emotional thoughts on it until the very end, but that didn't mean a reader couldn't deduce such things for themselves earlier, giving them time to stew on how horrible it must be for him, making the moment of his breaking down over his past deeds all the more potent. The ultimate ending was not a surprise, but that doesn't mean it wasn't heartbreaking or incapable of making me truly feel something - just the opposite, in fact, as it was like an oncoming train that I knew I couldn't avoid being hit by, that sense of foreboding and dread building until the unavoidable climax.

I loved the plot. I loved the characters. I loved the emotion, the thought, the care, the suspense, the mystery... everything. I really, truly loved this story, and I'm hesitant to try and move on to another work as I feel that nothing else would be able to match up right now. Excellent work. I really hope that you continue writing, fanfiction or otherwise. You're a great storyteller.
Gwydion chapter 5 . 7/18/2017
Well, my goodness... if that wasn't anything less than exhilarating! Excellent job on the battle scene - I could practically see and hear everything. Pretty sure I was holding my breath near the end. Figured now was a good time to stop and catch my breath for a moment, relax the tight muscles in my face from concentrating to tell you how much I really am enjoying this. I'll get up, walk around, and get a drink, but come right back afterwards, because I simply have to know where this is all headed. Thank goodness for a day off so I can enjoy it to its fullest.
Gwydion chapter 3 . 7/17/2017
Of course I would find a story this interesting and unique so late at night - that is how it always goes with fanfiction, isn't it? Well, you have me thoroughly hooked! I am very anxious to find out more details of the past and present, what led everyone to be as they are. The writing is great, the characters are engaging, and the plot is highly intriguing. I do hate to go to bed after only three chapters, but I look forward to continuing it tomorrow. Absolutely loving it so far!
BetaBot chapter 9 . 6/20/2017
Clap clap clap. Well done.
Ashes Ascending chapter 9 . 6/14/2017
Wow - this story was an amazing, thought-provoking ride!
Deathday Party Planner chapter 9 . 6/14/2017
A truly marvelous AU Harry Potter fan fiction story, I have added it to my all too few favorite. You are a wonderful story teller, with empathy and power your muse wove an enthralling tale! Thank you for sharing your delightful talents.
RandomShtScinceWhenever chapter 9 . 6/4/2017
Dear god, this was an emotional roller coaster. It was amazing. Great job. I wish I could write half as well as this.
jon reeve chapter 9 . 5/26/2017

/Except, why did you have Harry tell Hermione that he thought Dumbledore had killed himself? Did he lie or did he really believe that? Later on he says he always knew that Dumbledore was alive, so with that in mind, I don't see how lying to Hermione about it served his plan.

/It was when he said that, though, that I realized what the ending would be. He couldn't, wouldn't, kill himself when his soul was broken, but after it was healed? It seems to me the whole point of this was that he wanted to die before he became something worse than ole Voldie. He also probably knew what his reaction would be when he had his duality fully restored. He did say "almost" all his good was given to Dumbledore, after all. Harry's residual "good" was powerful enough to see this through to the end. Bravo to him; Bravo to you.

Thanks for writing.

P.S.: I wasn't going to review because you had exactly five-hundred reviews, but I forgot that with my previous review. So, here's #502.
jon reeve chapter 8 . 5/26/2017
"Prongs, who had lied dormant for so many, many years, came bounding with inexorable majestic pride, loping elegantly out of his wand and careening gracefully after the otter, his long lost friend."

/Shuddup! I'm not crying! I was eating some spicy food.
flyster chapter 9 . 5/23/2017
but... but why?
Why all of this? Just to die like he was before..
Goddammit, this was awesome.
nightwind21 chapter 9 . 5/22/2017
pls report Arsene Wenger if you guys like this story because he is a plaigarising peice of crap.
nightwind21 chapter 1 . 5/22/2017
if you love this story pls report arsene wenger for plagarising this story and many others. pls and thank you.
carick of hunter moon chapter 9 . 5/19/2017
Story rec
A Crime Fitting the Punishment or Dumbledore's Monster (Posion use)
By: Diresquirrel - id: 8854828

review: this is all in all a very diffrent story idea, (well done) which is well thought out and as it develops holds the reader intrest, which to me new idea and holding intrest is the key to writting a good story
HeartsGlow chapter 6 . 5/17/2017
I had been thinking that Harry's constant talk of Duality, and shadows, meant that there was Harry and a "shadow Harry" that was evil and maybe couldn't function while Harry was behind the DoM wards. Turned out to be quite different to my thoughts on the matter.
HeartsGlow chapter 5 . 5/17/2017
BLOOPERS! "dried blood at that spot, the only thing remaining of her old Head of House" is that when it was McGonagall who called the Aurors when Harry turned himself in? Then, in this chapter you say Hermione was deep in the castle with others holding the Wards and did not see what happened in the courtyard, but in an earlier chapter she described in her thoughts, the look on Harry's face when Dumbledore fell. So, how is it that she was in two places at the same time?
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