Wow, this was very well done, Beth! I’ve always sympathized with Helena Ravenclaw and I liked that this fic seemed to portray her in a positive light and evoke the sympathy that she deserves. At first I thought that this fic would center around Helena telling Tom Riddle about the diadem; I’m glad that towards the end, it shifted to Helena telling Harry instead.
The one thing I liked most about this fic was the portrayal of Helena’s relationship with Rowena. I think I’ve always imagined that Rowena would be really angry with Helena, and this felt sort of like Helena’s redemption—which she deserved. I liked the line about Helena always feeling like a small child in front of her mother—that was tragically true about their dynamic.
All in all, I loved this. Ravenclaw representation all the way! <3
I can't even express how much I enjoyed this. (I mean, obviously I'm going to try, but it's very difficult! :P)
You pack so, so much into such a short one-shot. I love what you've done with Helena here - she's really a fairly dark character, when you think about it. While all we know about her is that she stole the diadem, the way she approaches being a ghost even in canon is so removed and even resentful that I have to feel like there was more to the story than that. You built on that beautifully; the shadows of that resentment were still there, but the apathy shone through, even then, even as she's talking to her mother. She clearly wants so badly for something, anything to fill that void, and it's heartbreaking.
And your description - ughhhh Beth your description is always so utterly on point and I love it. I could see the scene, but more importantly, I could see the scene from her eyes - you really did make the world feel so wholly other, so the reader is genuinely experiencing it as a ghost. I could start to make sense of her anger and resentment, then - both because she couldn't access the world of the living, not really, and because she wanted to so badly.
This is so, so good. I loved it.