Wooo! I love how you update soo quickly! And I very much agree that Sirius shouldn't be shown with too many good points, but I would like it if Lily dropped a few more comments about the Marauders, especially James, being good to her or something of the sort. I really loved how Severus was fair enough to tell Lily about James's intentions towards her. This chapter was very strong, and I liked to see Lily's adventurous side. Will we see the consequences when the boys realize that Lily and Snape really DID switch places, and will they ever realize that the two are friends? Great story that is just soo well written! Update again soon!
Author's Response: Hi! Thanks! Lily might comment more on the Marauders, but she's pretty sure Severus does not want to hear it. She and James will probably get their own fic later. Maybe. Sometime. Severus has first claim on my keyboard time.
Hello, um, I'm finding myself attached to the Severus Snape in your story, although I think in the jkr world he probably wouldn't still be friends with Lily after the "mudblood" incident, and the other thing is Sirius does not strike me as noble or charming at all, and thats the aura he gives off in the books. I never got the impression that he was gay either but JKR seems to make up for that with the amount of other minorities at Hogwarts. Well, cool, I really like your story, and please keep writing!!
Author's Response: Hello! You hit on two things I really had to ponder for some time in writing this. Whether or not Lily would forgive Severus was the big one, but from everything said of her, I thought she just might. His own side of it was the harder part.
And then there was Sirius Black. I tried him from several angles, and eventually settled on my knowledge of dogs as more useful than I'd first thought. He'd be noble and charming as anyone could want, if I had the point of view of someone he liked handy, but I've never stepped out of Severus -- so Sirius is one sharp-fanged fellow. Especially after that scanting incident. An anecdote: I did the MNFF thing and drew up character sheets on the Marauders in a notebook. With Severus firmly in my head, I could not give any sort of space to 'good points' on the Sirius Black character sheet. Just couldn't. My hand wouldn't do it. As for sexual orientation, well, that's just how that scene in the Grimmauld Place kitchen sounded to me. What can I say? As you observe, other minorities get their page space at Hogwarts.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Thanks for the review!
ah some very cunning ideas this chapter. Nice to see that snape can still outsmart the marauders even if they do have the map. look forward to more.
Author's Response: Some cunning ideas -- and a little of the luck that Severus insists on believing he does not have. Thanks for the review and read. More will follow!
Hee hee, excellent use of polyjuice potion and the Marauders' Map! Maybe it'll get their heads in a tizzy when they next try to hex him. And I like the thought of a staircase that takes you where you least want to be, sorta the opposite of the Room of Requirement.
Author's Response: Good to have you back, Gingerbread Man! And wow! did you pounce on that new chapter. I enjoyed this one too. Thanks for the review!
I love this story. So nice to read a fic that fits in with hbp canon, but still seems to understand snape. Enjoying it immensely.
Author's Response: Thank you! I always found that the interesting thing about Severus was that he could always be doing any particular thing for at least three reasons, at least one of them pretty good and at least one of them rather evil. For writing this, I generally tried to make ALL of those reasons the right one. It keeps him properly complicated. Also very very challenging...
How did you get so many chapters in over the weekend?!?!?!?! I'm going to have to pull out e-mails to pad these...
Author's Response: *shuffles to hide bloody mess of feathers on altar at Stonehenge*
Umm? Cause he has issues?
Author's Response: Can't possibly answer this in less than 20 chapters.
PadReviews? That's worse than WormStar. And now I want 25.
Author's Response: You greedy thing, you... No, now you want 28.
That you'll write more?
Author's Response: Just can't seem to stop myself.
I think we need to stop discussing this one now. *shivers* Truly spectacular writing for such a horrible event.
Author's Response: Thank you.
Author's Response: There is a falloff of about 1/3 of the reads count after this chapter. I can't blame anyone, but -- really, it isn't all like this. It was, however, very important to the character.
Ha. Your muse? In all the chapters until Ron gets to school in "Another Side of the Story" Mr. Weasley only makes ONE physical appearence. In SEVEN chapters. I think he says like...four lines. Maybe.
Author's Response: I assume that's Mr. Ron Weasley? In the first chapter he's got the rather good excuse of being preverbal, as I recall. But my muse can be remarkably close-mouthed at times, and it's nice when that works out for the better instead of leaving me with half a plot line.
woo hooo! I just found this story last night and read all 19 chapters in a row and completely lost track of everything I should've been doing! I adore your writing style and the way you portray Severus. I also am a Maruader's fan but I understand how you make them so cruel to prove a point, Im really interested to see how he feels when James and Lily go public with their love! And poor poor Snape will be devastated when he loses Cissy to Malfoy of all people! This story has done such an amazing job of capturing cannon, though I wouldnt mind overhearing McGonagall absolutely ripping into James and Sirius after a few of the more awful things they do. Excellent story, I'll be following closely and I hope you update again soon!
Author's Response: Thanks! I'm trying not to update faster than my beta (gee, who could that be?) and I can edit the thing. It's nice to know that you lost track of everything you should've been doing, as the same thing kept happening when I was writing. Just ask my professors...
You know, I don't think Severus ever did manage to hear a real McGonagall hide-stripping applied to the Marauders, and if he got a few firsthand (which would hardly be surprising) I haven't been hearing about it. She would have known how much he'd enjoy that first angle, I think, and would therefore have been circumspect. Sorry to disappoint on that front...
Answering anything else will probably ruin a surprise.
Oh *snort* Definitely. And it wasn't bad at beta-level, it just needed to be polished. The emotion was always there....
Author's Response: The emotion... You know, I think in some ways this one is right up there with "Black Feather" for me. One of those chapters that I know has to be there, but that I wish I could just undo. If memories can be taken out and stored in bottles, why do you suppose Severus keeps that one at all?
I wait, and I wait, and I wait. Do you have ANY idea of how patient I am?
Author's Response: And you have the long-awaited Petunia chapter. (In case anyone is wondering, PadReviews here is begging for Ch. 24. Chuckle.)
Well. I have a new favorite chapter of yours. Can't wait for you to post it so that it can become everyone else's too. Of course she's not OOC. I wouldn't have let this get by me if she were.
Author's Response: SBP alert. Shameless Beta-Promotion. Danger, Will Robinson.
Do you mind having the conversation here? *pad, pad* Regardless, I still say Harry is thick as a doorknob. And the dialogue between Snape and Poppy is, as always, a pleasure to read.
Author's Response: BEYOND double-D. I figured Poppy might like to have a bright, Potions-oriented kid in her care now and again (perhaps not quite this often.)
Well, I'd assume there'd be a lot of carnage and what not. Messy business, war is.
Author's Response: Invariably. Okay, this is getting to real double-D padding here...
Am waiting like a puppy-eagerly.
Author's Response: *evil chuckle* Actually it looks a little like the pillow fight in the Ravenclaw Common Room. Lily can have a rather madcap sense of humour. And the professor did make the mistake of saying "Do the unexpected."
Serves Malfoy right, the hamster. I really do hate him now, you know. The movie will just never be the same again...You have killed him for me forever. (The mamzer)
Author's Response: "Hamster"??? I think I won't ask where that came from. And yes, every good story has a villain to hiss. I like to kick Lucius whenever possible. Do you feel a parody of the Purim story coming on, I hope?
Brilliant action, as always. You are a wizard with a pen.
Author's Response: Quidditch rocks. What can I say?