Reviews For Fairytale Of Home
Do you know what I hate about fanfiction in progress? It is infuriating! The abandoned stories are almost easier to bear, as I mourn and accept the unsatisfactory end, but this! I read, starting to enjoy myself, and suddenly the chapter ends and I have to wait again! That's hard!
About the chapter, poor Harry - how awful it must be to be a child with such a weight bearing him down. He proved his bravery in going to Snape, a true Gryffindor! Snape, I suppose he was a bit better, but not much! In different circumstances, even the threat of spanking could be perceived as caring, and I expect Snape meant it in this way. Unfortunately, it can't work when Snape is so free with punishments, and often undeserved.
Author's Response: Thank you so much and welcome aboard! :D
I firmly believe that if Harry did actually tell the truth, he wouldn't be believed. Not by Snape and not by McKitty or DD. They might "investigate" but Aolife would deny and that would be that. They might "monitor" the situation but that doesn't help the kid when he's forced back. That's how it always happens in real life. Plus, the abuser will take care to hide further evidence and with magic, that's only too possible. Only after multiple reports and hospitalizations does anything happen. Nothing short of one of these people witnessing Harry being attacked would change anything. An adults word always has more weight than a child's word. Always. Most adults think that kids are liars anyway and tend to be dismissive.
Sorry: My real world experience is showing I know. Take my rant with a grain of salt. I realize this is just a story.
But, I will say that given the existence of Magic that there are ways to get to the truth without pressuring harry...it's just a matter of if they are used. My cynical side says: doubtful.
It's obvious Harry want's to talk to someone about it but he can't trust anything would change for the better. Poor kid. I just want to smoosh him.
It's also interesting that Harry refers to Lily as Lily instead of "mum". He wrote a letter to Lily, not to his mother or to mum. My heart breaks to see yet another way Snape has hurt Harry by preventing a mother/son relationship between them.
We can see a glimmer of Snape questioning what he thinks he knows. I think it's more a blow to his pride that he wasn't aware of this than any sort of regret or acknowledgement that his perceptions and treatment of Harry are wrong. He's so not there yet. He still thinks of Harry as a burden, a menace and a no-good child that is a liar and worthless. He unfairly put the fault of Lily's condition on Harry when Harry was just a baby and everything grew from there. (oh how I wish if Harry says anything, it's that Snape told him that harry was a fault for lily being the way she is and that he doesn't actually know how that happened or anything about his father at all) Harry is always guilty, always lying and deserves punishment in snape's eyes, no matter what he does.
And Snape is very free with physical punishment as well isn't he? It's his immediate go to punishment. He's not blameless in hurting harry and dishes it out at every opportunity. He enjoys hurting harry IMHO even if he would deny that. I've always maintained Corporal Punishment is the province of lazy parents that don't really care. Ie: Snape. He really needs a parenting class, a child development class as well as anger management counseling and what constitutes child abuse. *snort* He needs reprogramming.
I keep thinking about Harry's placement in the household: his room is in the attic...away from the good and deserving people. I can't remember if Lily is aware of where her son sleeps. But it's such a big sign of Harry's place and how he is thought of in that house and by Snape. Again, heartbreaking.
I'm insanely curious if the mystery man is Remus Lupin. I have quite a few speculations on this and cant' wait to see what happens.
As always, a wonderful chapter that really pulls on these old heartstrings. You are treating this topic with the seriousness and complexity it deserves. Which is so very rare in HP fanfiction. I check for an update every day, I'm so that into this story. I just love it!
Also, apologies for the long winded reviews. I just can't seem to help myself with this story.
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