WoWiE, WhAt A cHaPtEr!
Author's Response: I need to go start dinner soon, so you are getting a blanket response for several reviews. Thanks for all of them! I'm glad you're getting a good read out of this. And... "Snapie???" This is one of those times to show Severus the numbers but hide the nickname, I think. Otherwise he'll start muttering dark things about hip flasks and locator spells. *giggle*
James is such a JERK! AGHHHHH! Poor Snapie...
Uh, oh. What's wrong with Snapie?
Aw, nice Snapie...
Yay, Snape n' Lils are friends!
Lucius is a LOSER!! Haha.. Try to mess with Snape, and he messes you up, son! :D
Hahahaha, stupid Lucius! Green... heh heh heh... :D
Meanie Malfoy, ARGH!!!!! Poor Snapie. *sniff* :(
Snape can fly! YAY! :D
I love my Snapie!!! Great chap! :D
This was good so far. :D
Author's Response: Thanks!
My goodness, this was long!
I have read through the entire thing in the last few days, and now that I have had some time to process it, I must say that I am very impressed! Impressed to the point where I am a hair away from considering this canon. c(= Really great, great work. I'm rather stunned, really. It was very sad, and very touching, and also very funny at times (I laughed hard and the sinister/left-handed pun, partially because it was funny, and partially because I actually got it).
I think the way you portrayed Severus' personality was amazing. He is an infinitely complex character to fathom, but you somehow manage. I understand that you have studied him thoroughly and you really know your stuff. The only mistake is his birthday, which is January 9th, according to the Lexicon. Howeverm this is a trivial matter indeed, and not very important.
I love his wand! I assure you that it is a complete coincidence that your Severus and my OC in one of my fanfics both have rather long Ebony wands; I had not yet read your fic when I made that decision.
The Severus/Lily idea is intriguing, and something I'm sure many of us have concidered, though I have yet to come across anyone who writes it quite as well as you. You make it seem very realistic, and the bit about the Unbreakable Vow does make perfect sense in every way.
I did hear somebody suggest that it was Lily, and not Severus, who was the brains behind the Half-Blood Prince's notes, but I never really found the plausible. I have no problem imagining her to have helped, though.
Long review... It's one o-clock in the morning, so bedtime is in order. Really great fic, I loved and adored it, and the last paragraph took hold of my heart with a hook and pulled painfully, because I know that Harry did not show a talent for seeing as Lily would see. :'( Sad, sad, sad. But good!
Author's Response: The long review is indeed greatly appreciated! I couldn't find a single solitary word on his birthday when I was looking (last July) and made one up that worked with my plot. All I found was that Jan. 9 was St. Severinus' Day, which is not necessarily the same thing at all. Ah well.
He certainly does seem to have his own brains, and his complexity was part of the fun. I'm very flattered that you think I did them well, or that I took dictation well, or however it is that fiction really works...
Hello, Vindictus! I am new to mugglenet. I just thought I'd tell you I had a lot of ideas about Snape's past that are close to yours--don't you wish JKR would just tell us!!? I always imagined Lily as being nice to Snape in the early years too...look forward to reading more of your stuff. You write beautifully.
Author's Response: Welcome to MNFF! I do wish she'd just tell us, but she did drop a lot of hints. I could never write this sort of thing about, say, Flitwick. Happy reading, and thanks for the review!
Wow, what an ending. I had been suspecting that "Afterward" would include Harry at Hogwarts, and am very pleased that it did. The begining bit with the snake was a bit odd, though. The last line was great. The story was great. Like Kerian said, this story is a masterpeice and like you said much earlier, look what I got into by reading a little one-shot. This deserves a kajillion thumbs up (if that wasn't a number it is now, and a really big one at that). So, what story of yours do you reccomend that I read next? I'm not a big slash fan...so I'm a little hesitant about the "Blue Eyes AnotherWord" series, but I still love your writing!
Author's Response: *tries to remember where you started* Ah, yes, the birthday story. To go back in time, you would want "Eileen Loves Toby" and "Broken Silence." "Amazing and Adaptable..." has a Severus moment you might enjoy, and it's one for all those people who wonder what Severus was thinking when Harry was around, according to me. So is "Flash of Scarlet." More Marauder-era, nonslash, would be "Curse of the Toad." For the relationship of Severus to Draco, "Discovering the Bible..." and "Bedtime." [/shameless storypimping]
I agree about the snake scene -- for one thing, it's the only time we're outside the main point of view -- but it was a quick way to show the man that Severus had grown into without Lily, and that he'd never dealt with losing her, without wallowing in his own thoughts on the matter. About three seconds before I submitted the chapter, I realized it HAD to be there, so I backed out, wrote it, proofread it, and put it up.
Thank you for all the lovely reviews, especially this last. Happy reading! There's plenty there that isn't slash at all. The AnotherWord series is purely optional.
I love Chicago! The letters are fun and funny (the host family certainly sounds quirky). I especially enjoyed how you only used Snape's letters but still managed to let on what was up with Lily. Thumbs up.
Author's Response: Thanks! As you may have noted from the other reviews, there was some resistance to the trip from the readership. Ah well. He had to pick up "dream team" somewhere, and if ever there was a Hogwarts student who would want to spend a little time somewhere else, as far away as possible... Happy reading!
Just for the record, I think that Hawk was a sort of talent scout for the bad guys. I suppose speculation on a completed story isn't worth much but...
Author's Response: I think you're probably speculating correctly, though didn't try to get into Hawk's head if I could avoid it. And of course he was trying to get whatever the Dark Lord has been trying to get. Speculate if you like; he's elsewhere now. Thanks for the review!
Petunia seems okay. Actually, she seems quite a bit like me. I hope I never become as bitter as she does. Haha. On a separate note, I loved the blatant foreshadowing here.
Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing! I had fun trying to guess what Petunia might have been like pre-Vernon and pre-Dudley, dealing with witches and wizards popping in for tea at odd moments as they turned seventeen. That might be enough to make anyone a little neurotic. As for the blatant foreshadowing -- well, isn't that what tea leaves are for? It was the only thing Severus ever got out of the Divination class, though.
O.K., I have to review. (-: I don't read fics here much (this is only my second visit) as there is a much bigger and much more better sorted fanfiction site called www.fanfiction.net with probably already more than 240 000 fics on Harry Potter. However, even with this amount I was still not satisfated with post-HBP fics on my favorite, slightly sinister character there (oh, I have plenty favorite stories there, however mostly AU or one-shots about the fatheful night on the Astronomy Tower). People have recently started to publish there also some pieces about Snape's origins - but after THIS (-: I have to tell you that all of it is rubbish - and I have managed only to read the last third of your story today...
(-: It's really absolutely great and as well as it your New Year's Eve one shot. (((-:
O.K., my main reason to review are two questions, so I should come to them - I hope you are (as you fully deserve!!!!!) feeling flattered enough now. ((((-:
My first is merily a suggestion: publish this at fanfiction.net under main character Snape - and I guess you will have many addicted readers after a couple of chapters. (-:
And the second - now really a question: could you write Snape's and Dumbledore's point of view on the time of Harry's (and Draco's) education? With the backround we can't see in the books like Dumbledore (McGonagall, Poppy) and he dicussing Lupin's appointment, dueling club and the Parseltongue, judging quidditch matches, spying again... Could be short - but I would love to read it from your point of view. You write so DAMNED GOOD and have all my favorite characters (actually all your main characters here - McGonagall, Dumbledore, Snape, Poppy) so good in character (O.K., partly maybe only in my wishes, but that doesn't really matter (-:) that I have to ask for it. (((-:
Author's Response: Let's see, that's now three other sites that I've been told to post this on -- maybe I'll branch out a bit. fanfic.com scares me a little just by being SO huge, and rather -- permissive? MNFF has gotten to be home. Maybe I'll post some one-shots as lures and make the readers come here *evil laugh.*
I've dabbled a little in the Harry years ("Amazing and Adaptable..." for instance) but for some reason don't like writing them as much. Perhaps it feels too much like trespassing. If any of the other little prompts catch a whole story, I'll certainly post it. Meanwhile, explore around a little on this site. There are some good writers on here, and the search function will call up characters and whatnot (I haven't tried it, but I think it'll also find stories featuring "Every-Flavour Beans" and the like.) Plus everyone has to get past the moderators, so everything is pretty well edited. Welcome to Mugglenet Fanfiction, and thanks for reviewing!