Date: 12/03/2008 06:05 AM Title: Chapter 1
Very interesting idea; but- can a beetle really change is creepy behavior?
Author's Response: Maybe not, I fully grant you, but it was fun to try and find a possible way for Rita to redeem herself without losing all of that ambition and drive for a story taht made her Rita.
Date: 01/10/2008 12:22 AM Title: Chapter 1
I'm cranky, because I've been following your LJ for more than a year, yet this is the first time I've read this. I would have thought you would have mentioned this back in May when you published it here? Since it's pre-HBP mabye it's an oldie.
Anyway, fun story! I like the "go get 'em" feel of the tale, with Hermione at the helm - well, her and Rita - doing their bit against Tom. Quite a difference compared with DH, which overall dragged so horribly slowly, with Harry largely *reactive* - for all their supposed planning, not doing much unless he was prodded by an image from Voldemort or the like.
And I was pleased to be reminded of the energetic, fervant Harry-supporting Hermione of OotP here in your story; the girl who'd organised the DA now organising Rita's anti-DE campaign.
Of course Rita's success is somewhat optimistic; I'm sure that the wizarding world would have umpteen wards and charms to detect magic, animaguses/animagi and the like. But it was nice to think that Rita could be coaxed into working for the good guys, even if it was still largely via self-interest.
Author's Response: Hehe, this is one of my older stories, although I did write it post-HBP, I believe. I'm glad you enjoyed it; it was fun to write a bit of the "old" Hermione and it was especially fun to try and see if I could find a way to make Rita use her despicable side in the name of good. And I agree it would have been hard to show Rita continuing to have unqualified successes, and that's one of the reasons I wanted to end the story where I did. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!
Date: 05/26/2007 05:33 PM Title: Chapter 1
Damn that was good. Did you HAVE to leave off there?
Author's Response: I'm sorry, I did have to. I'd always planned for it to be a one-shot and I haven't since had any new plot bunnies to take the story further. But thank you so much for taking a moment to let me know you enjoyed it!