I've wanted to check out your stories for a while, but I've just never had the time to do so until now. I'm really excited to read this story because I don't think I've ever seen this pairing before. I'm really curious to see how you've managed to pair the two of them together. Again, such a strange pairing, but I'm confident you'll manage to pull it off. So yeah, I'm just gonna stop talking now and get right to it.
Okay, so first of all. I was right. You did manage to pull of the pairing. Not in such a way that I'd ship them because that's not really the point of the story, but I definitely believe that this is Dolohov. It's interesting to see that he hasn't changed. When I saw the summary and the pairing, I imagined he would have to have had to have changed a great deal for him to feel this way about Hermione, so you really surprised me. It worked though. He is the same guy with the same views - he just feels differently about Hermione. It's almost makes him a little bit hypocritical, which I love because I believe a lot of villains are hypocrites. So yeah, I found that interesting and I really liked it.
What really stood out to me in this story though is just how creepy Dolohov is. I mean he was a little bit creepy in the movie too, but here it's like a weird obsession with Hermione. It's really, really creepy. Just the way he talks about her, and having a wedding photograph of her in his cell, ripping away Ron (I assume it's Ron? But you're a Dramione fan I think so it could be Draco too I guess) from the picture. I would be really scared if I was Hermione and I knew about this. It would be creepy if I he wasn't a criminal, but even more so here because he is.
So yeah, it was kind of creepy, but I liked it. I think you did a really good job with Dolohov. Villains are never easy to write, but your Dolohov was just very believable and well-written. And I loved the story. Thank you so much for sharing!
I've actually been avoiding reading this, because it's just such a weird pairing, and I didn't know what to think about it.
You pulled it off, though. I guess I shouldn't be surprised - you're very good at introducing some humanity and nuance to characters who have done some pretty terrible things.
What really made this for me was that you didn't really try to redeem Dolohov. He thought about wanting to change, but it didn't seem like he was really committed to the idea. His thoughts about Hermione actually speaks to that for me far more than anything else - it almost feels like he traded obsession with blood purity and Voldemort in for obsession with Hermione. I saw the same blind faith, the same pedestal, and even the same selfishness in his thoughts about her as I saw in the way a lot of death eaters approached Voldemort.
The picture creeped me out in particular, actually. The idea of him holding on a picture of her at her wedding and using that to fuel his fixation - cutting out any mention of Ron (right? well, regardless), of course - just feels wrong to me, and I think that it speaks volumes about his feelings and his attitude toward her. He's still not really seeing her as a human being - his entire thought process really is all about him and how he feels. He really was quite creepy, which is really what made this work.
One thing did stick out to me, though: you mentioned that he's already had four parole hearings. That seems odd to me; he's a Death Eater, and he acknowledges when he's thinking about Hermione that he's killed people. I'm surprised that he's had any parole hearings, let alone four.
Otherwise, though, this was wonderfully creepy and made my skin crawl in all the right ways. Amazing job with a really tough pairing. ♥
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Hello, my dear!
Thank you so much for reading this, despite its strangeness! I totally agree that this is a bizarre and uncomfortable pairing for all sorts of reasons. Dolohov definitely doesn't have a grasp of what "love" actually is. You're completely right to say he has an obsession, not a real understanding of and affection for Hermione. He's just infatuated with the IDEA of her, more than who she really is. And that's very creepy. As for the parole hearings, I tried to imagine that the justice system post-Second War would have changed to allow those who'd followed Voldemort a chance to improve their lives and atone for what they'd done. I imagine that some of the Death Eaters really were doing what they did out of fear rather than racism and loyalty, and I think maybe the government would try to root out those people with genuine desire to better themselves. Dolohov, however, isn't one of those people. He doesn't really feel bad for what he did. He just wishes that getting caught didn't separate him from his obsession. So yes, it's all very creepy.
Again, thank you. You leave such brilliant reviews.
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