Reviewer: Miri (Anonymous)
06/05/2007 09:13 pm
I am so delighted to find this story here as I have been looking for it for some time and through several web-sites. I first read it on SIYE ( and re-read it ) and was going through it again when it was removed from that site. Now, not only have I found it again, but to put fudge-cream icing on the chocolate cake, it has several new-to-me chapters that were fairly recently published ( I was afraid the story had been abandoned).
Now, I intend to re-read this story which was one of the first Harry-takes-control-of-his-life-after-OotP that I read and it is still one of the best. I also plan to review evey chapter, even the ones I've already read and reviewed some time ago. Now, on to chapter 1.
One of the things I enjoy about this fic, is the long chapters and this one covers a lot of territory. It's good to see Harry start to pull himself out of his despondency, and start to pull a few fast ones on Dudley. I think the letters from his friends are quite in character and a good beginning for where they are going to fit in in this story, especially Ginny. I'm not as sure about Harry's letter to Dumbledore, but it does seem to fit Harry's character in this story. Time will tell. But, I was touched by Dumbledore's reaction to the letter.
I like the OC, Harry's new martial arts teacher. He sounds like he's going to be a very good influence on Harry.
Hooray, for the downfall of Fudge and even more of Umbridge. I was astonished to see in HBP that not only was Umbridge not in Azkaban where she belonged for several of her actions, but she was still working for the Ministry. And then to have the gall to show up for Dumbledore's funeral was the height of hypocrisy. I hope we see something happen to Umbridge in DH that is at least somewhat similar to what happens here. We probably won't but it would be nice.
One of the most important things about any story for me is the writing skill: good grammar, correct spelling, good word choice and usage. All are to be found here as it is obvious that Ham has a very good grasp of the writing essentials. His work is easy on the eye and mind. Kudos to him and his betas. Now, on to the next loop of his "rollercoaster".
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