I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE !
Winky is one of MY favorite characters and this story was just BLODDY BRILLIANT!
You've filled in some gaping sections of the original story and made a very satisfying connection between all of the elements of DH and made all WInky fans out there proud!
Recommend list for certain!
P.S. read MY story for an AU of Winky's life - she weilds a fry pan! Seems to be the weapon of choice!
I went through a house-elf period for a while, not sure why. I always felt sorry for poor Winky. I know that Dumbledore had to know about her, but I'm still puzzled as to why he didn't help her more; maybe fear of driving her farther into grief? I'm glad that you liked this and I will have to check out your Winky story.
I said in a previous review response that this is as close to a canon story as I'm ever likely to write. I really wanted it fill in a space that I thought was missing.
Yay for frying pans!
Winky's story! I loved how it fit so perfectly with the canon story, and how you showed Winky's changes throughout. At the end, she agreed with Dobby's reasoning that she once felt was so wrong for an elf. Pothos was a great addition, leading the HOgwarts elves to follow behind Kreacher and Winky in the Battle of Hogwarts. Neither of them were trusted members of the house-elves of Hogwarts, so he would be needed to convince the others to join. Brilliant. This is a very well written piece of work. Nicely done.
Hey, thanks again for another very nice review. This is probably as close as I will ever get to writing a canon story. I never believed that Molly could out-duel Bellatrix, not even with rage fueling her, so that's a bit AU, but everything else fits pretty well.
I knew that there was no way that the Hogwarts elves would follow Winky, or Kreacher without having Dobby present, so I needed a sort of 'chief elf' and Pothos filled that position nicely.
I'm glad that people like this story, as I had troubles fitting it within the required small number of words (originally written for a writer's duel at HPFF). I really wanted to add a section with Winky serving Snape and DE acquaintances to subtly give intel to Winky, but my Snape was horrible, so I had to get rid of that part. I might try re-writing his piece at some point, but I have no plans to do so right now.
Thanks again for the very nice review.
I have to say, I think you probably have the most imaginative and original plots that I've read. I honestly never gave the house elves much thought, but their rallying cry, "For Dobby!" at the end of your story was quite moving. It took me a while to get into the story completely, but it flowed quite nicely towards the end. Good story.
Ginny, thanks for the review. I originally wrote this for the writer's duel on HPFF. I really, really wanted to add some Snape interaction with him allowing Winky to overhear conversations with other DE's to help her cause surreptitiously, but all the Snape characterisastions that I wrote sounded wrong. I wrote two house-elf stories in a row, with this one right after "A Stocking for Dobby". I'm grateful to hear that my plots are original. I think that might be my strength as a writer so far, with flow being my weakness.
Aww.. I really liked this. I love how you wrote a story about Winky and you made her character so interesting and better than she was when we last saw her. I'm glad to have gotten sort of a final word on Winky and what she did when she found out that Dobby died. I loved the part where Kreacher didn't accept that Harry was dead because he felt him. That makes a lot of sense because Kreacher is Harry's elf, and I love that you added that detail in. I loved the ending as well, where Winky was able to avenge Dobby. Wonderful story!
Author's Response: Thank you for the kind review. It always makes my day to get any reviews. I originally wrote this story for the writer's duel on HPFF, otherwise it actually would have been longer. I'm really glad that you liked how I wrote Winky in this story. I always thought that a House Elf would know for sure if his master was dead, especially in a case like Kreacher's where Harry would have died intestate. Suddenly, Kreacher would have been freed and I think he would know that. I never accepted in DH that Molly could have defeated Bellatrix in a straight up duel, and I don't buy the rage makes her stronger angle...Rage only distracts you. Thank you again for the kind review.
I really like the way you think of lesser-applauded characters and give them a story. I really like your character-development of Winky. It's very original and something I would never have thought to do. I like how she becomes motivated to change and to fight the Death Eaters.
Author's Response: Thanks, Jessi. I wrote two stories in a row about house elves, I think I might have been obsessed for a while. I'm glad that you enjoyed Winky's development. I didn't want it to seem too sudden, but I wanted her to have an epiphany about what Dobby had been talking about. I think she needed something to shock her system. I like the little utilised characters. My next story will be from Percy's POV, and that's causing me some trouble, getting into Percy's mind.