Categories: Hallowed Halls > Golden Trio
Characters: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley
Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery, Romance, Trio
Time Period: None
Chapters: 33 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 164021 Read Count: 40103
Date: 08/20/2010 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21 - Dreams, Screams & Expectations
Loved Ron and Hermione's reaction to the pregnancy. You can really see the devotion Ron has to his family, and it ws great to see the conviction both had regarding wanting the baby.
Date: 08/20/2010 Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 23 - A House Guest
I can empathize with Hermione wanting to make sure that Ron’s proposal comes from love, not obligation. But I’m disappointed that she didn’t voice her concerns to him. Where’s her trust in him, the trust she asked of him when she was at Malfoy’s apartment earlier?
Which, by the way, she’s gone to again. I know she’s pregnant and feels as if she failed herself and Ron, but Merlin, it’s hard to empathize with someone who makes the same mistakes over, and over, and over again. Especially when those actions are so hurtful to the one she claims to love and the one who is so devoted to her. She has the complete devotion of a wonderful, handsome, and capable man; she has a love that people spend their whole lives looking for. The callousness with which she treats this treasure is staggering. I feel guilty about saying this, but sometimes it’s even hard for me to see why Ron should stay with her. She treats him like dirt, walks all over him, and hides things from him (even before the pregnancy) instead of being honest about the things that are bothering her.
Once again, we get to see the chivalrous Draco Malfoy: “Draco knew he could simply reveal the truth and his father would be absolutely delighted, but there were no assurances that he wouldn’t just take Hermione from Draco’s flat and that just wasn’t something he was prepared to deal with. It had taken him months to get to where they were and his father wasn’t going to take her from him, not now.” What great concern he has for Hermione, hiding her from his father so that his father can’t take away something that’s his. Can’t let her get away before he can bed her, right?
Date: 08/20/2010 Title: Chapter 20: Chapter 20 - Discoveries
This chapter reminded me of the times I read people’s reviews and the spot-on predictions they had regarding guardians and intercepted owls, while I had no theories of my own. It made me feel kind of stoo-ped, lol! That’s the beauty of reading a completed fic, though—the answers are already put to paper.Loved Protective-Older-Brother!Bill.
Date: 08/20/2010 Title: Chapter 19: Chapter 19 - Distractions and Discussions
“All those times he turned on the charm, touched her, kissed her and each time with the clear intent to earn her trust for Voldemort’s gain, instead became earning her trust for Draco Malfoy’s gain. He wanted her and it was becoming more important to him than fulfilling some task for the Dark Lord. It was becoming personal.” This quote is, as you’ve noticed, why I hate Malfoy. Everything he does is for himself. He doesn’t love Hermione; he loves himself and his happiness and he sees her as a commodity that will make his life better. He doesn’t love Hermione; he loves himself and his pride and he can’t stand the thought of anything choosing “the Weasel” over himself. He hasn’t truly chosen a side in the war because he can’t figure out who the winning team is yet.The last paragraph kills me: “It was chock full of all the right things to say: apologetic, friendly, and emotional. When he finished, he smiled as he read it through, sure it would pull on all of her heart strings just as planned. With his quill poised to sign the letter, he paused and let out a deep breath. Despite his instructions, he still held on to a spot within him that was only meant for her and it told him to add something to this letter – something that would be from the real and true Draco Malfoy, not the manipulative, contriving louse he had become and so he closed it.” Is he listening to himself? The whole letter is manipulative.
Date: 08/19/2010 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11 Rons Birthday Present
The banter between Ron and Hermione in the hospital was great. And finally some snogging. Yay for snogging!
Date: 08/19/2010 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 12 - Acting
Again. yay for snogging!
Date: 08/19/2010 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 Decisions and Regrets
Ooh, Harry was such a badass!
Date: 08/20/2010 Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 15 - An Unlikely Friendship
It was nice to see Hermione addressing Ron’s insecurities in this chapter; she was aware of how her actions were making him feel. Too often in this story it seems she ignores the consequences her actions have on him.“It was the ‘don’t you start something now’ look that Ron had seen many times before.” This line illustrates that point nicely. I think that eventually Ron would accept Draco and Hermione’s friendship if Hermione would stop putting herself in situations where it’s likely that Malfoy would make a move on her. She’s incredibly naïve regarding Malfoy’s behavior around her, much to Ron’s disadvantage.
Date: 08/20/2010 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14 - Apart and Together
This pushes it over 100 reviews!Seeing Ginny’s devotion to Harry in this chapter was excellent.
Date: 08/19/2010 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 13 - Constellations and Confessions
So let me get this straight... Ron's in Egypt putting his life on the line for the Order and Hermione's kissing his biggest enemy behind his back when he's away? Even if she wasn't totally into it, she almost gave in until the last second, and tells Draco of this fact. How much does she actually care for Ron? Then after it happens, she still lets Draco be close to her, touch her, and kiss her on the cheek. If Ron pulled this junk with Pansy Parkinson, Hermione would never speak to him again, Harry would beat him to a pulp, and Ginny would hex his bits off and feed them to the giant squid.
On top of all that, she never tells Ron that she kissed Draco, saw him naked, or about the repeated advances that he makes towards her, let alone the feelings of attraction she feels towards Draco. Instead, she belittles Ron for "overreacting" when he accuses Draco of things that are actually happening. Ron deserves better than what Hermione is showing him.
PS: thanks for reading one of the rants I warned you about, lol! I felt like I had to say these things or my head would explode.
Author's Response: Hey - rant away! I don't mind rants. I means that I've written something that really makes you feel passionate. It's about the best compliment you can give!! Glad to see you're reading another one!! Can't wait for the rest of the reviews. I do read every single one.
Date: 08/19/2010 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter One A New Spy Is Born
I've done my usual and read ahead a few chapters before reviewing. This story tears at me-- I can't stop reading it but often Hermione's actions infuriate me! You'll be glad to know I plan on venting in several chapters in the future, ha ha.
Also, I hate Malfoy. He's a slithering, cowardly narcissist and a liar. I realize he was brought up in a bad family and in a bad situation, so I'll give him a bit of a pass of a pass. But not a pass for everything. Eventually you are responsible for the consequences of your actions. And almost all his actions center around getting what is best for him (even in those instances where it seems like he is acting for the good of another person). And the image of Hermione with him, after all the garbage he's heaped upon her, gives me a perverse shudder.
Finally, to put a bow on my hatred of Draco, I will describe the process my mind goes through whenever I see his name. First, my brain sees the letters m-a-l-f-o-y. An image is formed in my mind. Then my mind makes a fist and beats the shite out of him. Then I keep reading, ha ha! Anyway, thanks for the rant. I don't usually do it, only for stories that greatly affect me (so congrats on that!). I hope I don't annoy you to much in the future chapters with rants, lol.
Date: 08/20/2010 Title: Chapter 17: Chapter 17 - Plush and Inviting
*feels rant coming on*
“He always put Hermione first, helping her look at flats, bringing her lunch at her office, taking her for walks. Having an official steady girlfriend had turned him into a new person.” I’m trying hard to see why Ron keeps putting up with Hermione’s actions. She knows that when she sees Draco it pains Ron. So her solution is to meet up with Draco in his apartment behind Ron’s back. She also decides to do this Saturday night, because that’s such an obvious meeting time for platonic friends, right? Then she goes into Malfoy’s bedroom and is surprised when he comes on to her again. And why wouldn’t she be surprised, it’s the first time that’s happened, right? …. Oh, I guess not. How many times is she going to let this happen? How naïve can she possibly be? It’s like she’s five years old. She’s more concerned with Draco’s feelings than Ron’s; her concern for letting Draco down easily this time—again—is unfathomable to me. She’d rather let Draco touch and kiss her while letting him down easy than stand up forcefully for her relationship with Ron, the person who she supposedly values the most. She could take care of things once and for all if she would be forceful and stop this my-lips-say-no-but-my-eyes-say-yes “we’re just friends…for now” junk. It’s clear that Ron puts her first in his life; it’s clear that she doesn’t do the same. Ron’s a better person than I am for forgiving her so quickly considering her actions, and considering the fact that when Ron called her a slut—for circumstances she seems to repeat over and over—she held a grudge against him for months. I suppose it’s not surprising that Ron would forgive her; he loves her and he is very loyal. It’d be nice to see Hermione stop taking advantage of that loyalty.
“If you can’t trust me, then we can’t have an honest relationship.” Who is the one going behind the other’s back? It’s almost outrageous that after what happened, Hermione doesn’t admit even an iota of a mistake and instead lays a guilt trip on Ron’s reaction, posing the situation as a referendum on his trust in her.
PS: Whew, I feel like Vesuvius.
Author's Response: Well, you did "spew" a lot of hot stuff there! Yikes. You really hate Draco, don't you?! I usually hate him, too, but I think underneath it all there might be some redeaming qualities and perhaps Hermione's actions will, although confusing to Ron, will bring about some good. Do you think? Krakatoa is waiting right after Mount St. Helens. Just say when!
Date: 08/20/2010 Title: Chapter 16: Chapter 16 - His One and Only
I’ve mentioned this before, but I love how you’ve made Ron into a poet! Very original.
I’ll give Draco credit for throwing his father off of Hermione’s trail, but I don’t buy that he did it only out of compassion or altruism (I hope I haven’t started the apocalypse by using “Draco” and “altruism” in the same sentence, even if it is in a negative relationship). His attitude strikes me as that of a child who hides his toy so that no one else can play with it.
Date: 08/19/2010 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4 Friends and Enemies
Ugh, why couldn't someone just "accidentally" push Malfoy in front of the train? Probably not very conducive to the plot, though.
Date: 08/19/2010 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6 His First Mission
What is the deal with Draco and this spell he puts over everyone? He can do whatever he wants for years, and then say "I'm sorry" in a breathy voice and Hermione gets hypnotized by him?
It's also annoying how arrogant she is. She thinks everything she does is right and no one else has any valid objections. She jumps down Ron's throat without even bothering to try to understand why he might be upset about what happened in Draco's room. If this happened with Ron and Lavendar Brown what would have happened? And people say Ron is insenstive...
...and they'd also be right. I've dumped on Draco and Hermione, lol, now it's Ron's turn. Calling her a slut? What is he thinking... oh. I'm shocked that Ron would ever do or say something without thinking, ha ha.