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The New Dark Lord, Same As The Old Dark Lord

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Review of chapter "Chapter One" from kdakmmt
Review:
Is it bad that I'm rooting for tom in this fic? lol
Comments from author:
I kinda felt that way, too, when my muse came up with the idea. ;-)
Review By [kdakmmt] • Date [1 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from eriktheviking
Review:
A well written opportunistic and intelligent plan by Tom.
Comments from author:
Thanks. I try to have my villains act intelligently, as opposed simply tossing the idiot ball from hand to hand.
Review By [eriktheviking] • Date [4 Jul 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from GundumM
Review:
was reading enjoying, but having read harry fleas Britain after falsely being accused of being a dark lord fics before i think this one might have gone off script somewhere. (seriously good fic, but i really was surprised by the ending)
Comments from author:
My muse decided that throwing in such a significant twist at the end was what she wanted to do, so I just shrugged, nodded and wrote what she told me. ;-)
Review By [GundumM] • Date [30 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Cateagle
Review:
Ouch!! Kinda sucks to be Harry (spiritually) after all this. It's something of a downer of an ending, but a very plausible possibility. I have to wonder if Tom's really not guilty of what's going on back in Britain and is as annoyed by it as everyone else is. You have to wonder how Albus will take entering his "next great adventure" and finding Harry's spirit waiting for him with all sorts of recompense for all he put Harry through, and then ending with a note about what's really going on in regards to Tom. From this point, I reckon Tom's got all he needs to come to power legally and, if he's careful, retire as a much honored statesman.
Comments from author:
Well, I look the situation as Harry finally being with the people he missed being with in life - his parents - and not having to deal with Dumbledore's various machinations anymore, so he's fairly content with how things are.

He's not happy that his friends are still in danger form Riddle - although Riddle's new plans don't call for widespread violence and mayhem, so that's a plus - but he also realizes that there's nothing he can do about it.

And if things all do eventually balance out, then Dumbledore is going to end up being punished mercilessly for the rest of eternity when he dies, while also having to suffer by knowing that *he* is partially responsible for the majority of Riddle's depredations because he refused to tell anyone about what he suspected/knew about Riddle.

And Riddle is happy, because he can accomplish pretty much everything he desired now, and do it *legally*. ;-)
Review By [Cateagle] • Date [27 Jun 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from FireWolfe
Review:
Great story
Comments from author:
Thanks. My muse is a little twisted, at times. ;-)
Review By [FireWolfe] • Date [26 Jun 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from baduqwa
Review:
Really fun story here. The twist at the end with Tom was rather well played.
Comments from author:
Thanks. My muse can be rather twisted, at times. ;-)
Review By [baduqwa] • Date [21 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Karis
Review:
okay this was scary, because until "tom" started talking I was sure that harry was right and DD was cracked.
well, truth to tell DD is cracked, but not the way I thought.
The one problem for me in this is I can see how the "shared memorys" coudl dragharry dark and drag tom light. Perhaps the anger tom felt might be mutted, or perhaps harry woudl see nearly all mundanes as not worth caring about (or even see the majority of them as monsters)
Tom/harry taking over the minsity, not that bad in this case. Given what JKR had the ministry doing woudl it be all that much worse? (one man, no matter who, cannot make a country evil, unless he has many people helping him, and th populis allowing it)
Comments from author:
Yeah, you're completely correct about the memories affecting Tom, since they are just as valid to him as the ones he experienced himself.

I can see either of the two possibilities you suggest as happening, depending upon exactly how his actions are received by Harry's former friends and the various Order members.
Review By [Karis] • Date [21 Jun 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Elleria
Review:
Love it! Nice twist.
Comments from author:
Thanks, my muse decided that this story needed a nasty twist at the end.
Review By [Elleria] • Date [21 Jun 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Rune
Review:
Because I hate Tom.

Die!
Comments from author:
Gee, thanks. ;-)
Review By [Rune] • Date [20 Jun 12] • Rating [1 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Gladius
Review:
You bastard! Here I was thinking this was one of your normal 'Harry oursmarts the villainous Dumbledore', then you go and pull the rug out from under us all! Should I be pissed or impressed?

I'll go with impressed. Brilliant!
Comments from author:
Thanks. My muse can be quite sneaky at times. ;-)
Review By [Gladius] • Date [20 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from VillageOrchid
Review:
I can't if I should be satisfied. If he's only interested in ruling and not killing, then not so bad. But if he's like Harry Saxon or The Master from Doctor Who, then folks are in for a boat-load of trouble... that they may not even see coming.
Comments from author:
Well, it's said that people usually get the government they deserve, so it looks like the Wizarding World is well and truly screwed.

So long as Tom can control his baser instincts, he's gold. Once he starts acting as he did in JKR's stories, he's going to start circling the bowl.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [20 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from draconis
Review:
A supremely excellent example of the ultimate political tactic,

"I'm willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends."

Well played, Mr. Riddle. Well played.
Comments from author:
Subtlety was *supposed* to be one of the primary Slytherin traits, but we never really saw it displayed by any of the characters.

*This* Riddle finally decided to use that supposed aspect of his House, together with some patience, and he ultimately succeeded.
Review By [draconis] • Date [20 Jun 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Ironfelix
Review:
Shame Shame Shame, there's a special place in Hell waiting for you. OK that's out of the way. Great story like everyone else had me until the great reveal. I have never scene a story like this. A good follow up would be where after he has done his thing and took over he tells everyone what fools they have been. Hope you write it.
Comments from author:
I would hope that there's a place being saved for me, since I'd miss seeing my family and friends, otherwise. ;-)

And the only time I could see Riddle telling anyone would be immediately prior to their death, to preclude any chance of them organizing a successful opposition, and to make their last moments as unpleasant as possible.
Review By [Ironfelix] • Date [20 Jun 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from MrPowell
Review:
Very nice work here. Wonderfully played reversal that moved what seemed to be a plot hole to a pivotal moment... Excellently done.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed the story.

And the whole reversal concept was one my muse immediately decided on, as soon as I read the original plot bunny.
Review By [MrPowell] • Date [19 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Wolfkin
Review:
Very nicely done. You had me fooled too, right up til the right moment, then the reveal, which was very well done. and I agree with cmdruhura, to a certain point. If Tommy-boy can curb those murderous, "my way or die" impulses, who knows?
Comments from author:
Thanks.

My muse decided that sneaky and underhanded would be successful in this particular instance, and I wasn't about to argue with her. ;-)

And as long as he's not blatant about it and makes it look like accidents or natural causes, Riddle could still kill the people who piss him off or oppose him. Subtlety was supposed to be one of the major Slytherin traits, wasn't it?
Review By [Wolfkin] • Date [19 Jun 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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