aw! that was sad!! very good, but sad.
Such a lovely out take, aww...if only Ginny had really gone down and done something to comfort Harry in canon. Ah well...
aww that was so...wow. That was heartwarming and sweet and just....awwww! You can really see how Ginny is so understanding, but knows there is nothing she can do to help Harry. So...amazing.
That has to be my favourite one-shot on here...10/10
aww soo sad yet soo cute! i loved it
very nice i have liked your writing since huskers recommened it and have been reading and rereading both of your's stories. Maybe a co-write with you two? it would be great
Such a pretty title. I always love the though-provoking ones! This is an excellent little one-shot that does a great job examining how exactly Ginny percieves Harry. The last lines were absolutely inspired. This is now on my Favs! *cheers* Now I'm going to have to check out your other fics.
Fabulous. You wrote this piece so beautifully - the words flow so perfectly together and really give us a window into Ginny's mind (and heart!) It fitted very well with canon and shows us how much Ginny genuinely cares for Harry, but feels helpless when he shuts everyone out. Your last line was heart-wrenching and excuted impeccably. You have a real gift for writing. Excellent!
I would take the time to write one of my all-out, long and detailed reviews but I don't have the time. I wanted a quick read and I found yours. Though short, it was, indeed, poignant and beautiful. I really like the title because it gives an idea of looking closely to see someone truly as they are. I'd say more...but...can't. Thanks for writing this superb addition to an already remarkable book!
Wonderful story! You left me such detailed, thought-provoking reviews for my story that I figured your own stories must be incredible. So far, this is the only one I've read, and it's absolutely beautiful - I can't wait to read your others. What attracted me to this one first, as opposed to all the others, was the title. Evocative by itself, and filled with other meanings - it adds so much meaning to the story. Without the title, the story is a pretty one-shot, well written and thought provoking; with the title has so much more depth! First Corinthians 13:13-13: "For now we shall see through a glass darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood." Ginny, looking through the glass, cannot see clearly nor understand - yet it leaves hope that there is a future, a time in which the glass will be taken away, and she will see things as they really are. Beautiful imagery! You must know, from my story, that I’m fascinated with mirrors; there is so much in this story that I can relate to. Aside from the mirrors, I loved the recurring image of carrying other people’s burdens for them. Ginny struggles with the idea that she would like to help Harry, but she is afraid she is not big enough to handle them. When Hagrid cannot help Harry, she wonders if anyone is strong enough to do so. I found myself waiting for a conclusion which didn’t come. The one thing I thought could be improved was the ending, and that is merely a matter of personal preference. I would have liked to see Ginny realize that she can make a difference without trying to shoulder Harry’s entire load. Throughout the one-shot, you’ve managed a surprising amount of character growth for such a short amount of time, as Ginny realizes that even Hagrid, who seems so strong, cannot make things better. I felt as if this needed a conclusion in which Ginny found something she could do, some way in which she could help. She’s left almost hopeless, as if she has to wait for Harry to grow before she can help him – I’d like to see her help him grow. But then again, maybe that’s just me hoping for happy endings! Obviously the one-shot doesn’t take us to the end, and a respect for Harry’s need of solitude is important as well. All in all, I think it was a wonderful story, beautifully and poignantly written, and I can’t wait to read more of your work!
Author's Response: Wow, thanks for all the insight on my story. You're the first reviewer who's ever remarked on the title, and you got its source. As for the lack of conclusion, I'm afraid canon has restrained me there. This story was meant as a sort of an outtake, and we haven't seen enough canon development of Harry and Ginny's friendship for me to have taken things that far. I feel confident, though, that JKR herself will point us in that direction, hopefully in about a month or so. ;-)
Anne, this is beautiful. I'm not really a 'shipper', but I enjoyed Ginny's observations of Harry as he goes through his process of grieving Sirius. Before I get into the review, I noticed one minor editing thing: "had become a lot less importance to her". I'm guessing that should be "important." Right. Moving onward! What makes this one-shot so effective is it's almost dreamlike, soundless state. Ginny stands above the world of Hogwarts observing Harry's actions, but like an observer in a dream, she is separated from the action and unable to interfere. The use of the glass as a metaphor for this feeling of separation and helplessness is excellent. I also like how you mentioned her sudden lack of interest in Fred and George's swamp and who Michael Corner was with now. I know that all of us in the U.S., before 9-11, had things in our lives that seemed so important, but afterwards they didn't hold any interest. For me, it was soap operas. I used to watch them religiously, every day. Now, I couldn't care less. I think that following such an ordeal as the one in the Department of Mysteries, Ginny would naturally have this reaction. I was pleased that you included it. Another great element was the comparison of her preoccupied voice with that of Luna's dreamy one. Perhaps Luna isn't so looney after all - maybe she's just deep in thought. At any rate, this story was poignant, sad and well crafted to show the after-effects of trauma and loss. I enjoyed it greatly.
Author's Response: LOL, I used to be a soap addict too, but I managed to wean myself off them before 911. Still I know what you mean about a lot of things changing then. I also don't necessarily consider this piece a shippy fic (not like my long ones, anyway -- those are definite shipper fics). It's more a missing scene from canon, or at least the way I see canon. As you know, I am a H/G shipper, but that's partly because I really believe canon is going to work out that way. I wasn't trying to make it sound like Ginny still has a huge crush on Harry at this point though. I think she's moved past that, although I'm not convinced all her feelings are completely gone.
This was a wonderful one-shot. The way it's written, I can almost relate to Ginny, even though I'm not in her possition, the way she reacts to other people reminds me of something I would do. I like how the reader can tell exactly where in OotP this is taking place, and how Ginny reacts to Harry's actions. The one-line paragraphs are really good, because they help to state something strongly, and I'm always sure to pay close attention to them. It's one of the things I admire about your writing style. Great job!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. One thing I try very hard to do is make the characters as realistic as possible. If you could relate to Ginny here it means I've succeeded. Good to know!
ohh, so sad, yet so good.
That was a great story written in a different perspective. It's not often we actually think about what is going on in the heads of the other characters of the great book of Harry Potter. You portray Ginny great and I've really been hoping that you would take up writing again, your other stories are absolutley wonderful. Ginny's gift and the long road home were amazing. Like you, I'm an adult and are too into Harry Potter. I'm glad there are more like me out there. Sometimes you almost wish you were a part of the magical world.
I thought this was an excellent way to show how Ginny feels about Harry as well as showing how Harry feels about everything else. The words you use are hushed, distant, just as Ginny is from Harry. The tone your story holds is fantastic.
Author's Response: Thank you. :)
Beautifully written, as I knew it would be. You manage to take two people and place them so distinctly within the story, everything is going on around them and people are trying to interact with them but for us, the readers, only they matter, everything else seems superfluous. I loved the way Ginny thinks that her own small shoulders are not big enough for Harry's burden and she hopes that Hagrid's broad ones are. This is a great way of showing how physical strength is not enough under such a heavy emotional burden. I decided to begin my experience of your writing with just a taste and now I am ready for the whole banquet so bring on Ginny's Gift!
Author's Response: LOL, you're going to catch me here. A lot of things go into my writing that end up having meanings (that readers see, anyway) that I never thought of myself. The thing about Hagrid's shoulders is one of those. I just thought it made a good comparison. But it's always a bit cool, if I say so myself, when things I put down simply because they occur to me as sounding good, turn out to have a deeper meaning.
Nice story. As u can tell im one of the ppl wishing a Harry/Ginny pairing . Adds to ootp in a romantic sort of way....not jkr's style but who says different is bad ? Well written
I agree with Beci, it did seem like a missing scene. Another wonderful story
That was brilliant; it really did feel like a missing scene. Very touching.
That was very touching.