Wow. If I didn't wish I could come up with stuff like that, I would really be an idiot. This is amazing. Not only is your idea grand, but the language you use is so different, so poetic, that I can't think how you did it. I may never know, but for now I am content simply to read and to love.
Awww! that Is the single most sweetest thing I have ever read!
aww... that is a beautiful dress. wonderful descriptions. poor snape. i like this! but you're right- the james we know now would've killed snape for that.
Author's Response: Many thanks to all of you for writing such postive reviews - and to Mugglenet staff for flagging it up in 'featured stories'. Keep writing, everyone.
I liked it. I didn't understand it very well, but thought that you did a wonderful job with it. Keep up the good work.
I've read many HP stories for years - and this must be the most artful one. The idea of a dress made out of the lining of a cloud is incredibly poetic, as is the notion that beautifying magic can only be done by ugly people (That, I think is really the spirit of Wilde's fairy tales, so quoting him is very appropriate!) While your characterisation of Lily might be a bit off, in this case it doesn't matter, because she is described wonderfully, in a way that maes you completely understand Snape's adoration for her.
Well crafted piece, really great story. Such a lovely combination of fantasy about Snape and Rowling's characterization of him. You should write more. I love the literary and social references.
ubelievable. there are no words that give you enough credit for your accomplishments. beautiful job.
i believe that being redured speechless in this sense is an amazing compliment to an author... but when typing on a computer, one cannot really communicate speechlessness. So i will just tell you- I am speechless. well done.
Wow...that was amazing. Tragic and beautiful, written really well. Usually I'm not a fan of the whole Snape-loves-Lily idea, but this just broke my heart. You have a great talent for writing.
It was so beautiful, I am in absolute awe of your amazing skill as a writer. That was one of the best stories I have ever read, and I'm not just talking about fanfics. I now look upon my own work with shame. You are fantastic, thank you for such a wonderful experience.
Oh my gosh. This was one of the best written peices of fan fiction I have ever had the honor to read. I intended only to take a quick look at your story, but after the first few sentences, I couldn't stop. Before I knew it, and much too soon, it was over! I actually felt bad for Snape which is rare, belive me). You are an amzing writer, sorry for babbling on like this, but I am in shock. I won't be surprised when you come out with your own work, and have it published.
Absolutely amazingly well done. The entire concept of sewing a dress from a cloud lining, having James discover it and in the end having Lily wear it even though Severus will never know. I thought the story was soo brilliant and I hope you right more soon!
Very nice, very differently written story. Almost a serious Hans Christen Anderson or the like. Well done.
What can I say: this story was not a thread short of beautiful. "Beautiful" is quite often an overused, unappreciated word, but I quite feel that your story, "To Sever the Lining from a Cloud", merits beauty in its unaltered, true form: "The quality that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is associated with such properties as harmony of form or color, excellence of artistry, truthfulness, and originality. " I was truly, truly amazed while reading this -- and more. This story will live on in my heart and mind for years to come. I commend you -- you truly are an excellent writer!
Good gravy, I thought I had put a review in. I thought this story was gracefully done; the characters were perfect, and it was endearing without being, ah, mushy. Loved it. :D
I think you've submitted this to more than one place - i've read this on another website (can't remember which) and it had really nice illustrations with it. I really really liked this story - i've long suspected something like this to be the source of snape's anger and hatred toward Harry - it was quite moving to think he knew she'd never love him but was willing to go through all of that to make her the perfect gift - very good!
Author's Response: Thank you Hedwigthegreat! That would be JOdel's website you're thinking of, at http://www.redhen-publications.com It's a lovely site with very interesting essays by JOdel herself on all things Harry Potter, as well as her 'graphical treatments' of stories she chooses to feature. It was fun working with her on it because she totally understood the need for a late-19th century 'decadent art nouveau' Aubrey Beardsley style. She's just finished another one of mine, 'Letter from Exile One Merciful Morning', in a very different style - a deliberate blend of modern and renaissance, because the style references are from a very different period of literature. The site takes an age to load though - more than it used to, for some reason.
Anyone reading this?