Reviews For A Flash of Scarlet
Reviewer: ProfPosky
Date: 12/03/10 20:35
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So my last review of this gives me clear idea of just exactly WHEN I started reading here... And I am not sure I have ever EXACTLY gotten to read what Snape thinks of Harry, in so many words, even yet, have I? I think there is more than you ever said, but that may just be me.

Your first. Well, I wish my first were as good. I enjoyed it of course. You have no idea how much I miss reading you!

Reviewer: kumydabookworm
Date: 06/01/09 22:11
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Wow, this was such an interesting story, Erika. I've never read a story written about this particular moment in canon--and no one usually focuses on anything related to Quirrell; he's a forgotten villain in fanfiction! So kudos for being creative in the makes the story very special.

I particularly liked that Severus recollects promises that he made. I feel, from the Unbreakable vow to the promises you mention in your story, vows make up such a large component of Severus' actions and you bring that home in your story.

You just have such a great grasp of Snape's character--the scathing commentary on Potter's performance, the loathing of the broom, the grim accomplishment of duty--it's all there.

Hee. Every time I read one of your stories, I am inspired to keep working harder on my own. I can't think of a better compliment to give you!

Thanks for the wonderful read.

Author's Response: Aw, shucks! This was the first fanfic I posted, while still deep in the writing of In The Eyes Of Others, and it's still a thrill to get a review on it. You know, more people should write about Quirrell. He's really quite a promising character to play with, partly because we know so little of him. Thanks!

Author's Response: Aw, shucks! This was the first fanfic I posted, while still deep in the writing of In The Eyes Of Others, and it's still a thrill to get a review on it. You know, more people should write about Quirrell. He's really quite a promising character to play with, partly because we know so little of him. Thanks!

Reviewer: Starai
Date: 08/23/07 9:16
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I love this fanfic! The way you depict Snape's pov is so believable and totally in character. I like your other fics too but I think this will remain my favourite.

Reviewer: TheBlackSister
Date: 08/06/07 16:17
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Very good story, although it's hard to picture Snape playing Quidditch. He is more bookish. Still, thumbs up!

Reviewer: potterscouse
Date: 07/26/07 6:18
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great story. I loved seeing the match from Snape's perspective and his views on the game and his own background with the game :P

Reviewer: Chaser921
Date: 01/03/07 1:24
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Fantastic! And very creative of you to think of doing this story from Snape's perspective. Now we know why he was so grumpy during the game ;-)

Author's Response: Thanks! I did think, back the very first time I read the first book, that he seemed awfully ornery even for him. I suppose that may have been my first-ever plotbunny, though it took its time growing.

Reviewer: Valentinia
Date: 12/29/06 19:50
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Poor Severus, having to watch Harry doing so much so similarly to how he did it, and getting the recognition that Severus should have gotten years ago. It must be so hard for him to keep the Vow and watch over Harry like he promised.
This fic was very well-written! It really showed Severus' regrets and feelings in a realistic and understandable way. His feelings on Quidditch are especially profound, as one way he is connected to Harry. Great fic, as usual!

Author's Response: Thanks! I think he may have spent the next few years' matches safely in his study -- out of sight, out of mind. And no, that really can't be easy. Too bad Harry wasn't Sorted into Slytherin after all, eh? It would have made someone's life ever so much easier.

Reviewer: weasleybabe24
Date: 10/28/06 16:16
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God, I just love Snape... =D

Author's Response: Thanks for the review! This little one-shot can always use the lovins. (It was my first posted story, so still has a special spot in my heart.)

Reviewer: Marauder by Midnight
Date: 07/29/06 11:36
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Haha a highly amusing piece! There was another reason Snape hated Quirrell so much! How creative!

I don't remember when Snape refereed a Quidditch match. I'm sure he did sometime, but I don't quite remember it.

Your characterisation of Snape was hilarious. You showed the slightest bit of weakness he had, but you did so so discreetly, it didn't register for the longest time!

I loved your commentary on the Quidditch match. Action-packed verbs and descriptions. Makes me wish I could hop on a broom and fly as well.

Good job!


Author's Response: Ooh! A review from Bethany! *squee* It was in the first book, Harry's second match, that Severus showed a "sinister desire" to referee a Quidditch match. And so it occurred to me to wonder why he wanted the most dangerous job on the field which requires the best flying skills. Apparently he thought he could do a better job of protecting Harry up there, dodging the occasional errant Bludger, than he could from the stands. So -- hmm. Plotbunny.

Reviewer: fawkes_07
Date: 07/29/06 10:27
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What a great ride! :) I swear, I'm starting to think of FanFic as VVFic!

*cheers Snape's graceful landing*

Author's Response: Aw, shucks. There's certainly enough quantity-wise, isn't there? Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: Sly Severus
Date: 07/01/06 19:51
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Poor Sevy. He always seems to be in a situation he doesn't want to be in. I'm not a big Quiditch fan, but I am a huge Severus fan. I enjoyed this, and it fits in lovely with In The Eyes Of Others. Good Job!

Author's Response: "... A huge Severus fan." I never would have guessed. :) Sometimes I suspect a happy Severus, at least for more than minutes at a time, is probably an OOC Severus. Someone always comes along to mess things up, sooner or later -- often, in the series, Dumbledore. Perhaps an utterly solitary Severus is happy. Thanks for reviewing my little microscopic story!

Reviewer: Celticmuggle
Date: 05/08/06 15:17
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You do a great job writing Severus' POA. I read your longer fic first so I picked up on the subtle hints for why he was watching out for Harry. This fits in great with canon.
I hope you keep writing!

Author's Response: Oh hooray! This is a personal favourite often overlooked by the audience. Thanks for reviewing! And positively!

Reviewer: Madnessisme
Date: 02/04/06 7:18
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I managed to figure out that it was Snape! :is happy: The beginning is great; I could see everything in my mind's eye, Snape standing there, looking at the Cleansweep and thinking. The fact that Snape used to be Seeker is pretty original - I've never come across a fic with Seeker!Snape before. I congradulate you on adding some extra spice to a book-situation.

I only have one thing to criticise about this:

That loop would have made him hard to hit and given him a good view of the whole field.

The part of the sentence: 'hard to hit' doesn't seem to fit. Maybe something along the lines of:

That loop would have made him a harder target, as well as giving him a good view of the whole field.

Oh, and just another thing. I love the way you ended this; makes it open to all kinds of possibilities, since that you brought Quirrel into the picture. Good job!

Author's Response: Quite right about 'hard to hit" -- he sometimes slips into sounding young, especially in tense situations, but not quite that young. I'll ponder that line.

And thanks for reviewing! This was my first posted story and still one of my favorites. It made sense to me that if Severus was supposed to have been jealous of James' talent on the Quidditch field, and if he was bold enough to take on the rather risky job of referee, he probably needed to have been a Quidditch player as well. And if as small and scrawny as described in the flashes we've seen of his childhood, well, probably a Seeker.

Reviewer: ProfPosky
Date: 01/27/06 17:36
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Ok - I read all your stories here over the past few days, and now I'm reviewing them - odd way to do it, maybe, but it puts me in the position of being able to say that this fits in perfectly with your others, and also that I am PERISHING to read, some day, your Snape's actual thoughts on Harry.

Author's Response: Thanks for the review, and I'm happy to have another one for this story especially -- it's a favourite of mine. Hopefully you are not perishing too quickly; there's a long backlog of chapters before we get anywhere near Severus' "actual" and rather complicated thoughts on Harry -- but you may be able to guess a few by now.

Reviewer: Slian Martreb
Date: 11/30/05 22:37
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OH, VERY good. Really. Now I can't wait to find out what happened. Ah, the pleasures of being a good author's Beta. Heh heh heh.

Author's Response: Bow (and chuckle.) You will, you will...

Reviewer: Mudblood428
Date: 10/20/05 10:25
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Whoa! I totally did not see that coming!!! Absolutely love this one-shot - 10/10!

Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad to hear it was surprising. Somehow it seems to have passed into Fanon that Snape doesn't fly well, and it seemed to me that this SS/PS scene alone suggested that he, at least, thought he did. And we never do spot him at another Quidditch game in the books.

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