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Reviews for What I've Tasted of Erised

Hawaii 2005.08.29 - 11:47AM 1: n/a Anonymous
I like it. Great imaging and terrific insights to a posssibly evil Snape.

Author's Response: Alas, Half-Blood Prince seems to have proven beyond all doubt (in my mind, at least) that Snape is an evil traitor. I did like Snape before this, and hoped my suspicions about him were wrong.

Lady Whitehart 2005.08.23 - 10:27AM 1: n/a Signed
Beautifully written! Love it, love it, love it!! A broken Severus/Lily connection would have left him so very bitter to the son of his enemy. Dumbledore's view in the mirror nearly brought tears to my eyes.

Author's Response: Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! The Snape/Lily connection is nothing new, but I have to admit, it's one of my pet theories. It's the reason I thought Snape was so enraged w/Sirius at the Shrieking Shack, and later, at Grimmauld Place (he had been knocked unconscious and missed Peter's confession, and so he continued to blame Sirius for Lily's death). Later, though, I began to wonder if Peter had set up James and Lily all by himself, or if someone else (like Snape) was giving him ideas. Since HBP has established that Snape has no problem with Peter living in his house, and Snape was the one who overheard Trelawney's prophecy, it now seems likely that Peter and Snape were working together from the start, and Snape was the one who arranged everything. Alas, I wanted to be wrong about Snape... Dumbledore's view in the mirror was originally going to be the subject of the story, but then I thought...wouldn't it be neat to contrast what Dumbledore sees with what Snape (as unequivocal villain) sees? Dumbledore's view and his passion are broad enough to encompass everyone who ever lived, past, present, and future. And Snape, alas, poor Snape can only see himself and his narrow, unfulfilling goals. Kudos belong to JKR alone, who wrote such wonderful characters for us to pine over and speculate about.

greenwood 2005.08.22 - 11:37PM 1: n/a Anonymous
very well done. Your story takes on one of the alternate lines of thinking for what our dear Snape is/has been up to since the cannon story started. I think it is refreshing to see him as a possible bad guy (which may in the end win out though I hope note). It makes us see him in more than one dimention.

Author's Response: Thank you. I actually wrote this between OotP and HBP, when I began to think that Snape was a very clever villain, and always had been. I wanted to speculate on why he was that way, and what he secretly hoped to attain. I was so hoping I would be wrong about Snape and that he would turn out okay in the end. Alas, HBP seems to have proven some of my suspicions, and even trumped them. I'm still in shock over Snape's most heinous betrayal...

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