I really enjoyed reading this. It was very impressive the way you thought of Snape's argument - the line about Dark Magic being the thing that really separates Muggles from Wizards has been haunting me for some time now. Is that true? It could be ... but I don't know ...
I actually thought Snape was very well represented and that this is very similar (although perhaps not what Jo had in mind) to what I always sort of thought this interview would consist of. The introduction of the sherbet lemon was especially enjoyable and perfect for Dumbledore.
Thanks for a great read!
Author's Response: Thank you! The Dark Magic thing is of course debatable; it's Snape's opinion, and there is something to be said for it - but I wouldn't claim that Snape is always right ;).
To be honest, I'm at once curious about what Jo has in mind and dreading it at the same time... I'm so afraid the canon truth might be love-related :(...
Glad you liked my Dumbledore! He's an adorable character and I strive to write him well :). -S
A delightful fic. I really liked your characterization of Snape, and although I thought he could have been less open I think your justitication is convincing enough.
I absolutely loved the way you wrote the Sherbert Lemon thing in. It was hilarious and the detail added a really nice touch, while contributing to Dumbledore's characterization at the same time.
Another thing that struck me is how well this goes with HBP canon even though you wrote it before HBP.
Anyways thank you for a wonderful read...=)
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I realise that the openness is unusual; I deliberated it for a long time. My arguments in favour are that 1) Snape is still pretty young here, and 2) his life depends on Dumbledore's trust. He isn't comfortable with the situation, but it is a necessity. It's a decision I had to make; I just wanted something different from the suicidal and in-love-with-Lily Snape I had read in so many other stories that treat this subject. He has to be convincing in some way, and this is mine. It's debatable, but it made sense to me :)...
I love Dumbledore and his oddities; I always try to add a little (twisted?) humour to even the darkest of tales, and Dumbledore is great for that... As for the canon complicity - yeah, I'm secretly proud of that ;). -S
You know, I'm not a huge Snape fan, but I really liked this. I love your writing style. It flows really nicely and the mechanics were great. The only thing that jumped out at me was the long paragraphs. There were a few places that I felt like the paragraph could be split up, but that's a very minor thing.
I also really liked the characterization. At first I thought that maybe Snape was being a little too open, but then I decided that that was exactly how he needed to be for Dumbledore to trust him. And the insight into Dumbledore's character was great. I loved reading what was going through his mind as he was trying to decide what to do.
And on a side note, I thought it was cool that you mentioned Regulus having died because he wouldn't kill a Muggle child. That's what I did in my Regulus fic. ;-) Neato.
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing! This was my very first story; it has quite a few beginners' flaws, I think :)... It is true that Snape is more open than you'd expect from canon, but I did think this over and my reasoning was, as you say, that he'd have to do something special in order to win Dumbledore's trust. Dumbledore is no idiot, and we have seen how he mistrusted young Tom Riddle... I tried to make clear how Snape loathes opening up like that, but he does it because his life is at stake. He's also quite a bit younger than when we first meet him in canon. I hope that makes sense :).
Hah, Regulus... I'll have to check your story out! -S.
I quite admire your writing style and characterization. What struck me the most was the drive behind Severus, his social skills (or lack thereof) and his obsession. Quite honestly it reminds me of Asberger's Syndrome. And that is quite a compliment actually, it shows that you can characterize a known person and give him personality traits that aren't out of character but put peices of a puzzle together. In college I had to write a paper for my abnormal psychology class. The point of the work was to diagnose a known fictional character with some form is disorder. If I could do the paper again, I would go back and diagnose Snape, based on your observations. I think you did a great job, and even though the details of his past are now AU, I think they are realistic and well thought out. Good job!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for your review! I'm not a student of psychology myself, and I don't know Asberger's Syndrome - I just wrote Snape in a way that makes sense to me based on canon. How interesting that you see this disorder in him... (Psychology is fascinating. I love to highlight it in my own lay way ::grins::.) -S.
That was good! It makes sense that Snape was so fascinated by knowledge.. he speaks about the Dark arts exactly as he does in JKR's books.. but different. I think you've done a great job. 10/10.
Author's Response: Wow, thank you :-)... That one was my very first fanfic; I'm glad it still works, even if in some details HBP has quite overtaken it. -S
Really good. You showed Snape well, giving him a convincing story and portraying him in character. Great work!
Author's Response: Thank you! -S.
Very well-written. I love the way you've portrayed Snape, he seems very sure of himself and confident, and highly intelligent as well. The only part I didn't like was how you made him religious. Somehow, I think Snape is too logical and scientifically-minded to become a religious person, and he seems to put his faith in facts and knowledge rather than in God. Other than that, fantastic job, and soon I'll get around to reading your other Snape fics.
Author's Response: Glad you liked it! I know you can debate the religious thing, but to me it seems quite natural. Religious sentiments and logic/science are not mutually exclusive, IMHO; they operate on a different plane. Logic hasn't brought Snape the tools to distinguish between good and evil; I thought he might go looking for them in religion, which is a system in itself - I thought he might like it. But that's just a personal view you may or may not agree with. Thanks for reviewing! -S.
Very nice! I loved the way Severus was portrayed...that's how I would have pictured him (of course, that's just me). The only thing I didn't really like, was that there was a lot of talking. More detail would be nice. ;) Anyway, very good!
Author's Response: Well, it's a job interview he's doing, so it's quite natural that there is a lot of talking :-). But you are free to like or dislike it, of course. Thanks for reviewing! -S.