That was one of the shortest, simplest, yet most effective one-shots I've read in a while. It was a nice pair of scenes.
I sort of thought of this fic as an excuse for Harry to make Draco pay just a little for all the crap that had transpired between them, yet not screw him over completely. Harry said all the things that people tend to forget about post-war Draco or give him a pass on, and he enjoyed doing it oh-so much, loi. I really do think that Draco and Harry understood one another after all was said and done, and this was my little portrayal of that.
Thanks for reading. Next review, hehe.
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SBBC stands for Susan Bones Book Club, found on the Beta Forums (link to the left), an organisation that discusses fan fictions from these archives. Each month, we pick three stories to discuss and invite the author to answer questions if at all possible. It's a neat way to read things you otherwise might not have liked.
Anywho... I hope you liked the story. :)
Hahaha! This was another engaging read from you. Actually, the entire thing was fun and didn't have a single moment where the sense of urgency slowed down. I found Harry's testimony was a great thing to experience, a real treat. Although this is a complete story by itself, you could take it further. *wink wink* The only thing which I thought could have been there was that moment at Malfoy Manor where Draco refuses - more or less - to recognise Harry. No doubt you had a good reason for not bringing that up.
Keep writing, and see you soon on the list!
This was just good, old-fashioned fun at Draco's expense. It's a moment I'd planned to incorporate into my giant Draco fic, but seeing as what I have written of it is complete shit, I've decided to piece together the story in a series of one-shots or maybe a shorter chaptered fic at some point.
I know what you mean about the Malfoy Manor thing, and I thought hard about that before deciding to leave it out. I sort of think that Harry mentally gives Draco a pass for anything that happened after Dumbledore's death, because he knows Draco isn't a killer and is in a really crap situation, so it really isn't his fault. Since Draco's also a bit spineless, he never could have brought himself to sell out Harry, since reality hath already made him less naive about what would come of that and what death looked like. I think Charity Burbage's death changed everything for Draco and how he perceived his own lot.
That's enough ramble. I'm glad you enjoyed the story, and thanks for being a great e-bestie. :D
I think this is an excellent piece of work.
"You know, Potter, we’re not so different, you and me." I like how you used this and how you let Draco be the one to draw the comparisons. This, to me, made it more realistic in some strange way (if that makes sense). Once again, thank you for another great story! You are the best!!
Lol, I had Draco say that because he's trying to get Harry to feel bad for him so he is more favourable toward him in the hearing. If only he knew...
I'm glad you liked this. I write this in about an hour from an old drabble, because I just felt like knowing how Draco got off the hook, even if I have to make it up myself. Plus, I wanted Harry to throw seven years of douchebaggery right back into Draco's face. Muahahahaha!
Thanks as always for reading. I'm disappearing to do some chaptered writing now. :D
Hey Twin. I'm making my way through the Recents list tonight and quite liked your piece. You chose a really interesting moment to touch on, and I think you hit on exactly the right thing: that Draco finally started to question right and wrong that night on the Tower. What's interesting is that Harry--and as we know from canon, the Wizengamot--decided that Draco should not be punished for what he did in order to continue the change that began that night. That's a fascinating way to look at the justice system. I don't think I would have voted for Draco if I was on the Wizengamot. Consequences are consequences. They should have all gone to prison. I liked that your broke Draco a little--arrogant little twit--and kept Harry's edge. I wouldn't want Harry to go all soft in this moment, because like he pointed out, Draco was NOT a good person. He did loads of bad stuff besides join the Dark Lord.
Anyway - that's rambly. Like I said, I think you did a very good job with this moment. My only concrit would be that at times it felt a bit unfocused. It seemed to float between an omniscient point of view to being more focused on Draco at the beginning and Harry at the end. I would only suggest sticking to one point of view to make it more effective.
All right, time to keep reading and writing. And an unofficial welcome to the prolific list! ~Gina :)
I'm so not surprised that it felt unfocused, considering the time of day itw as when I wrote it (i.e. 2am). I took an old drabble and expanded it, which was originally omnisient, which is probably how that happened. I would go back and re-read it, but I cba at the moment, lol.
I really wanted Harry to get his measure of revenge on Draco, because we KNOW that he has it in him to be just as petty, but he's disguising it as doing something nice. It's almost like the boardroom scene in teh movie Liar, Liar where Jim Carrey's character insults his boss very crassly and they all laughed. Well, I laughed. Oh, I laughed ebilly.
Lovely visit, Twin, and great review!
Great story! I think that what Harry said about Draco was very accurate.
It's hard to exaggerate Draco's shortcomings, and Harry would not, at least in this point of his life, feel the inclination to do so. I felt the need to wind Draco up. :)
Thanks for reading and reviewing, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
This was ludicrously well-written as per usual. I really like how you pointed out their similarities and everything because I've never noticed these similarities myself. What I thought was most effective was the fact that Draco and Harry didn't become best friends, which is one of those fanfiction cliches that I really hate. Harry is quite the speech-maker, isn't he? Nice one, Jess!
Well, when Harry ditched the dry, boring speech he'd memorised, he did far better, lol. Then again, it wasn't hard for him to list the things he hated about Draco Malfoy, since it's a long list.
I really think that Draco and Harry could find points of commonality and become more than civil some day, but not this quickly. Harry would still feel entitled to a bit of vengeance for seven years of douchebaggery on Draco's part, but he also felt like he owed Draco to keep him out of prison.
Thanks for reading and reviewing, and I'm glad you appreciated its irony. :)
I did enjoy your story very much! One thing I particularly liked about it is that in stories when Draco and Harry become something approaching friends it's always Harry who says "we're not so different". The way Draco said that here fitted in so seamlessly. And I love the way Draco thinks Potter is going to try and help him, and then does but not by revealing his schoolboy misdemeanours! The characterisation was so spot on, down to Harry snapping when Draco insulted Weasley, to the narrator (though as Draco I think) calling Harry a "sympathetic sot" and right at the end Draco not thanking Potter but acknowledging his influence. And the ending, with Harry giving the Prince Of Smirkers a smirk was just perfect.
One minor nitpicks:You see, he’d been aware of the Draco’s plots against him- the 'the' can be deleted.
Overall great story, thank you! Alex x
What? He can't be 'THE' Draco? A pity... (and yes, I'll fix that, lol)
I had all sorts of problems deciding whether I wanted Harry to be truly sympathetic or giving Draco a taste of his own medicine, but in the end, I thought I'd give Harry a nice little bright spot in his day, and pissing in Draco's cornflakes and making him look like a jerk in public was oh so satisfying.
Thanks for the visit. I'm glad you enjoyed my story. :)