|Reviews for The HalfBlood Prince|
| Isabella248 chapter 17 . 12/25/2012
Never more was I glad that I discovered you and your story-telling than I am right now. Bravo, with everything you accomplished in this chapter!
I have to say, there were a lot of emotions I was feeling as I read this, some I know that might change as the story evolves but others growing more concrete the more I read and reread the chapters. Let's just say that my emotions are erratic, constantly changing because of everything that happened, can happen and most likely will happen in the future. And now I don't know how to properly verbalize everything I felt and thought as I read this story.
First of all, I thought the beginning, where Severus interacted with Voldemort, was wonderful and intriguing: it greatly foreshadowed all the future interactions he will have with Voldemort where he gives up partial truths but still hide enough without endangering those he wants to protect. But it's also unsettling, for me at least, at how he felt about Voldemort's approval and his jealousy that James was called "talented." From his standpoint, I understand the draw of being praised by someone revered and powerful but that he would still choose this path, especially considering that he knows Lily would never approve...it brings to mind that quote from "Lily and the HalfBlood Prince", where Lily says that Severus loves her, but he loves magic -especially dark magic- even more.
On the one hand, I appreciate his dedication to protecting Lily from Voldemort and it says a lot about his strength that he could fool Voldemort. On the other hand, we know it won't go well in the long-run regarding their relationship to each other and I have to say that Snape bears a great deal of blame in that aspect.
For instance, in the second part of the chapter, where he returns to Hogwarts and interacts with Madam Pomfrey and James: his thoughts concerning James (completely understandable), his attitude toward how he hurt others using dark magic in fifth year, and regarding what he wants to do concerning Lily.
That one part where he only wants to protect Lily and was ready to leave Remus to Voldemort's mercy unsettled me; I felt torn because I know he hates the Marauders but I don't believe that should really be acceptable of him to be so willing to do such a thing (and I'm saying this knowing that Snape has absolute hatred for the quartet and therefore has no obligation to risk his life for one of them). It's just my feelings on the matter.
And while I admit that James isn't any better, their interactions in this chapter had me rooting for James more and more rather than Snape, and it's attributed to that part of Snape smiling about the damage he caused in fifth year and feeling no remorse for those actions. Stupid of me, I know, to think he should but I can't change how I feel and it's becoming more and more to empathize for Snape.
And then there's Lily. I'm just going to say that I like how, in the past chapters, you portrayed the relationship between the two. It certainly wasn't going to be as easy as JKR portrayed it for either of them to go their separate ways, not after everything they experienced, learned and shared together. So that you made them confront and interact like they did in the cave and after Voldemort's appearance was riveting, spectacularly written...and more tragic than I thought ever could be accomplished.
I have absolutely no idea on what's going to happen in the next chapter but I have a feeling that Snape is going to, again, be confronted with the knowledge that Lily would never approve of or agree with his choices and is going to stick to her principles, meaning that whatever may have happened in the cave will never happen again. It's this sort of theme that enchanted me so much about the relationship, even before I found your story: For them to meet and befriend each other, to learn magic and strengthen that relationship, to depend on each other and grow up from innocent children to adults of greater intelligence and strength...only to have everything crumble because political ideologies and prejudice force them against each other-everything about their story is tragic and when it comes down to it, Snape is at much fault for it than Lily or even James. Again, it's a personal opinion but this chapter proved more than ever that Snape still is basically a child: thinking he can have Lily but still maintain his goal of becoming a Death Eater, not realizing it's one or the other.
I can't wait for the next chapter. Keep up the good work, and have a Merry Christmas.
| Guest chapter 17 . 12/22/2012
Great! Please update ASAP and Happy Holidays! :D
| Saint Snape chapter 17 . 12/23/2012
Severus is going to have a hard time with Lily. I am already cringing.
| wild-life-lover chapter 17 . 12/23/2012
Another good chapter :)
| Amish4life chapter 17 . 12/21/2012
Love it when Severus gets uppity with people and doesn't just bend to their whims.
| Kadajclone100 chapter 17 . 12/21/2012
Best chapter yet. It's never a dull moment when Severus and James are in the same area eh.
| snickerdoodle10201 chapter 17 . 12/21/2012
I quite agree with your interpretation of Lily bending rules when it suits her; after all in canon her personality is often likened to Harry's and we all know he often opts to deal with situations that arise independently rather than leaving it up to the adults in charge. Very interesting chapter - looking forward to the Lily/Sev fallout that's coming next!
| ConsultingTimeLordIn221B chapter 17 . 12/21/2012
Nice chapter :D I like how you write Voldemort. Please update soon!
| CaroH99 chapter 17 . 12/21/2012
Ahhh how i dislike james! he may be a decent bloke, but the way he told Sev that Lily hated him just made my blood run hot! As always, Sev showed what a powerful clever young wizard he is, the way he keeps his thoughts private from voldy. you write it in a way that seems perfectly believable to understand how he managed to do that all his life. Nice moment there at the Hospital Wing. The rivalry, hatred and everything else between james and snape could be felt.
and of course i cannot wait to see what will happen between him and lily. Gods, don't know if it was a good thing that she came to see him early or not.. As always, keep up the amazing work! :)
| aphephobicfriend chapter 16 . 12/17/2012
in general, I have been a selfish reader, and I don't tend to leave comments. perhaps it's because I've never been in an authors place myself.
I have just read the entire story you created about Lily and Snape in a few days. I actually thought this (second) work was complete, but you cannot imagine the relief I feel in the knowledge that its still continuing.
I think any comments I have will not do justice to the brilliant work of literature you have shared with this community. It ensnared me, quickly and totally, and in many ways I think it a more interesting and captivating story in JK rowlings world than she herself created.
I wanted to write a review and tell you how much your story was a joy to read, and how excited I am to hear about how things continue. I accept your desire to stick to the cannon, as much as part of me wants to see you rebel. I'd love to tell you more about what my favorite parts were, my hopes for things going forward, the small critiques I have, or anything else you would find helpful, if you would like them. just ask.
Regardless, I have added your story to my favorites, and I will anxiously await the next installments of this wonderful story. thank you thank you thank you
| Mari83 chapter 16 . 12/17/2012
I love how neatly this ties into the prophecy, leaving Lily understanding more and less at the same time. Also, great tie between Lily getting to know James' other side and his other physical form.
Also love that she and James are able to have a halfway rational, non-accusative conversation about Severus, both inching a bit closer to the truth in how they see him.
'I thought you'd say that. I knew you'd go all heroic and take all the blame yourself. It's one of the main reasons I persuaded Remus to keep his mouth shut.'
Great bit – assumably turning around the usual pattern of who has a good influence on whom. So nice that Lily gets to see the side of James that thinks though consequences and takes responsibility.
She smothered a laugh. After the harrowing events on that wild mountainside, she was surprised she could still do something so light-hearted as laugh, but just as Severus had unlimited resources of bitterness and anger, James Potter seemed to have unlimited resources of cheerfulness and confidence – nothing seemed to get him down.
And how alluring that must be...
| Grown Up Ron chapter 15 . 12/4/2012
Since this is canon based you might want to write out Snape "saving" james. We know for a fact it didn't happen because we know for a fact Snape owed James a life debt not the other way around.
Also as a Prefect Lily has an obligation to tell Dumbledore everything that has happened.
It was awesome to see James's refusal to join Voldemort. It was a nice foil to Snape's eagerness to join.
| wild-life-lover chapter 16 . 12/2/2012
Another excellent chapter! Your really developing the story well! Cant wait for he next chapter! :D
| Guest chapter 16 . 11/29/2012
Yay! Nice James! I still wish she'd end up with Snape, but you are doing a good job of making the transition as painless as possible :D
| snickerdoodle10201 chapter 16 . 12/1/2012
Great chapter - I like the way the Lily/James relationship is evolving it feels very natural. Looking forward to finding out what happened to Sev in the next update!