Reviews For A Year Like None Other
I know how long ago this was posted, but I just felt like I had to tell you...
I have done nothing but read this wonderful story for the past four days. I loved it. It is my favorite fanfiction yet. Thank you both, this was truly brilliant, and I am going right now to read all the other ones in this series. :)
And you'd think with all the plotting going on in his head, he'd come to the conclusion that he needs to change his behaviour, if he wants respect and to be treated nicely. He really needs to learn that money means nothing and looking down your nose at other people will only alienate you.
It's so hard reading the chapters that are narrated by Draco. It someways, I see myself. Being a Slytherin, it is hard not to think *some* of the things that Draco seems to think, especially his way of appearing more confident than he really is. But, the difference, I think, between he and I is that no matter how confident or arrogant I may seem, I don't really think these things. I may appear arrogant if I see a group of my peers that seem to be a bit intimidating, but I do not believe myself to be completely superior to them, especially with not knowing them at all. Draco actually believes the nonsense he says. That's what makes his chapters so hard to get through...the sheer arrogance and his thinking that he knows more than everyone, and that he can plot his way out of anything.
Soooo very frustrating.
I think Snape should be a bit more...vocal...about Draco's behaviour. This last chapter, Draco said some pretty rude stuff, and Snape just gave a warning glare. If Draco can say three rude things in a row and ignore *Snape's* warning glare, then some other form of punishment should be implemented, despite his age. I know Draco hates being the 'bad son', but he doesn't seem to realise that he would not be the 'bad son' if he controlled his attitude and his mouth.
It was easier to accept that he had changed when we just had Harry's perspective, but now that we get to read Draco's own narrative about things, it seems like he's barely changed at all. Sure he loves Harry and Severus, but other than his change of whose side he has chosen, his views seem to have not changed.
It doesn't seem that Snape's parenting skills are as good as they were before the summer.
I am as surprised as Harry that he never really said much to Draco about his "special shampoo". I assumed that he did not say much, because he'd show Draco what it meant to be an adult. Meaning, I thought he'd let Draco tough out things and blame it on wanting to be an adult and the such. Give him more responsibilities around the house, like more chores and stuff, and again blame it on him wanting to be an adult. But no such thing happened. I do wonder what will occur during 7th year. Because Draco has already pulled the 'adult' card on Snape. I wonder how he'd react to Snape telling him to study or punishing him or something.
And this should go without saying, but your writing is truly amazing and I enjoy it a lot. I wish you could do nothing but writing amazing Sevitus/Severitus fics all day for my entertainment, but alas you have a life lol.
I couldn't imagine Voldemort strolling int a Muggle hospital for treatment, so it'd have been even better if he had 'Lucius' or one of his house elves help treat him. Because then Lupin could have made sure he was given way too much Muggle medicine so he'd be a squib for a bit longer.
I mean he's not like Harry, is he? Harry took so long to get his magic back because he did not know what the key was, but Voldemort has the key. He knows exactly what he is supposed to do to get his dark magic flowing. He knows that his magic will be stronger than ever and he's no Harry Potter. He'll be cruel and ruthless with his magic. I'm surprised Albus seriously did not attack him as soon as his Muggle treatment had finished, when he'd be at his weakest.
There's a difference between being cultured, prim and proper--and being an arse.
He is quite arrogant and seems to believe that everything should be about him.
He'd do well with a month in a Muggle group home. He needs to have his standards lowered so completely that the cottage in Devon and Severus' rooms at Hogwarts seem a lovely place to live.
Another reason Harry should not have given him that money. At least not until they left school and had graduated from Auror classes at least, so Draco would learn to live on his own and provide for himself instead of complaining and expecting things to be perfect.
He is so aggravating. I come more from a life like Harry's so Draco annoys me perhaps more than he should.
This was very well written. I was a bit nervous at the end of the last chapter. I had wondered how Snape would handle it, as he has been acting a bit...Gryffindorish lately. It was nice to see that he did not automatically jump into a lecture, but decided to heal and comfort Harry a bit first.
I must say I'm not sure I quite like that Harry gave Draco his vault. It may be because I am a Slytherin, but I don't think I could give that much wealth to someone that has harmed me like that before. I understand that Draco is his brother and they love each other, but I'm not sure I could have gotten over the past that easily. I did not think about how Ron would feel, until Harry thought about it. I do suppose Ron would have felt a bit angry that Draco was finally poor and able to learn to appreciate things for what they are, not what they're worth--and now he's rich again. Though honestly, I think Draco would be arrogant with or without money.
On to the duel...
I think the duel was a bit unfair. Snape knowingly challenged Aran without bothering to find out if he knew the traditions. He did some awful things, but at this point, he can't remember what he did and he has been humiliated enough. To issue him a duel that he did not know he was accepting and surely be irreversibly harmed (or killed) because of it...just doesn't seem on at all. In some ways, I understand. As a Slytherin, on principle, you give what was given to you in full and you do not hold back. Snape was merely repaying Aran for the bad he has done.
I do think Aran could have done with a warning though. After all, what fun is a duel if your opponent is so...incapable?
I have to mention *again* how much I enjoyed your writing of the self harm part of this story; from this chapter and before. I enjoyed your portrayal of how Harry first believed it to be helpful, making him brave. I also liked how dedicated he was to hiding it and the desperation he felt for a needle when he became nervous or afraid. It all seemed so dead on.
It was funny how after Draco was informed, he kept thinking Harry would break out something sharp at anytime haha. The way he acted reminds me of how many people act towards people that they know cut. They think you will go full mental right in front of them lool. Despite Draco's annoying worrying, I did like how he noticed what Harry was doing to himself under the table in the Great Hall, and how he placed a hand on his to stop him and recommended they find their father. It was so loving and so brotherly. So sweet! I love this story, though it does leave me a bitter, I must say. I wish I had what Harry and Draco have in a sibling and father. It really is beautiful.
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