i think the story is brilliant so far
Author's Response: Thanks, I hope it stays so.
Wonderful chapter! I really like James's mother.I also liked the way you built Regulus into the story and that the Marauders weren't so mean to him after all. I can't wait for the next chapter. Keep up the great work! :)
Author's Response: Next chapter should come pretty soon -- tomorrow, maybe :) Regulus was a last-minute addition, due to the fact I'm too eager to write about him to wait until their third year. I love James' mother too!
awww! that was soo sweet! i wish my parents would have made me keep with piano lessons! we dont have a piano though, so it was hard to practice. i can play simple stuff, and i can read basic sheet music, but i suck really. i would love to have a piano and get back into lessons! but i want a guitar and guitar lessons even more, so I'm focusing on the guitar for now.
Author's Response: Mmh... I suffered 2 years of piano lessons myself... but I wasn't very gifted so I'm glad my parents didn't compel me to continue. Guitar is good. Have fun. And thanks for the review.
Great Chappie, and no obvious (to me) mistakes! OK, ok, I'm typing...
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! :D
Oh, My, Gawd!!! I have read a lot of fanfiction (and I mean A LOT) and this story is possibly the most ingaging, grammatically correct (and I mean that, you write wonderfully), heartfelt, real story I've ever read! I don't know if maybe they are a lot worse before, but you make literally one or two mistakes, I find. Definately not anything to feel bad about. This is one of the few (if not only) stories where I actually wouldn't be surprised if it got professionaly published! I'm sirius! I wish I could write as well as you! Thank you thank you thank you for giving me such a wonderful story to read! Keep up the marvelous work! Thanks
Author's Response: W-wow. Quite a lot of nice things in that review. I'm not sure I'll be able to give it the answer it deserves. I am so happy the few grammar mistakes didn't ruin your pleasure while reading the fic -- bad grammar is possibly the stupidest and most efficient way to make a fic unreadable.
I would be ASTOUNDED if this fic was professionally published, to tell you the truth :). Well anyway, seeing that it's a fanfiction, starring characters that are not, and will never be, mine, it can't be published at all. Unless I bribe JKR. (Yeah, right. I'm sure she needs the money I make out of my babysittings.)You're welcome. It is a pleasure to write this story; even more when I get such reviews! Thanks for your lovely comments!
Brilliant chapter once again! I really enjoy the way your write all the different relationships of the group. Its a very interesting dynamic. I like that they don't always get along perfectly it makes thier friendship much more realistic. Kepp up the good worka dn update soon!
Author's Response: Thanks a lot!! I'm really trying to make that story realistic, so that's great to get a review like yours. Chapter 11 is 70% done! :)
I love this story- it is my favorite Marauder-era fic (along with Moments of Bliss). I just have one issue- how can a symphony be played by a quartet?
Author's Response: *scratches head* How can a symphony be played by a quartet... What do quartet play? I have absolutely no idea; my knowledge in music is unfortunately not that extensive. But that title sounded nice, so I chose it. I'm afraid this is the only (stupid) explanation I can give you.
YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! It's another chapter!!! So, to the compliments:
I love the whole piano thing...that sounds exactly like something James would do. And the description of the transformation and aftermath was just like something JK would write...sorry for the late review, but, another great chapter!!! :D
Author's Response: "Mieux vaut tard que jamais!" (dunno if you have an equivalent in English... something like "better late than never"). I'm happy you like James' piano lessons! I'm not sure he likes them just as much, though :) Thanks for the nice compliments.
I forgive you for the ...er... lack of length. *ahem* Twice you have "tool" instead of "stool". Pianos have stools, or benches. The Portraits were funny. I don't think a twelve year-old would say "I'll soon be..." something more like "Soon I'll be...." or "I'll be....soon." Don't ask me why. I don't think I can explain it. It sounds very proper and little boys usually don't speak very properly, only on special occasions. I do like Mrs. Potter.
I love the way you slide in little phychologically telling tid bits that I actually understand. In this case it was Remus being upset with Sirius about Regulus. It's like how all my other female friends who don't have older brothers want them, and they won't believe me when I say that as much as I love mine, older brothers can be annoying.
Author's Response: Mistakes corrected! *smiles* I knew I could count on you... The "tool" instead of "stool" thing is one of my most frequent typos, I have NO IDEA why. It's extremely stupid, isn't it?... I like Mrs. Potter a lot, too.
I know what you mean about older brothers (though in my case, it's older sisters)... And I also know what Sirius means, as I also have a little sister who can be much more than annoying sometimes.Oh, and I almost forgot (almost!): thanks, I love your reviews! :D
That was another brilliant chapter!!! I'm really loving this! I like the interaction between James and his mother.
Author's Response: I loved writing the interaction between James and his mother as well. I'm very fond of 'my' Mrs. Potter. Thanks for the review! (and I'm a McGonagall fan too :D)
I really like this story. Since we see the Maruader's through their years, their characters later in life will be explained. I think you've characterized the characters perfectly. I can't wait to see LIly!
Author's Response: Ah... At least I'll TRY to explain their characters! As for Lily, we catch a glimpse of her in the next chapter... and we see quite a lot of her in the chapter after that... OK, now I let you read.
Just a bit confused about something. You mentioned that the Blacks thought that Quidditch was below them, but they have brooms and a semi-Quidditch pitch in the backyard, just wondering why.
Poor Sirius, I can just guess what's going to happen to him. [/cringe]
Author's Response: His mother thinks Quidditch is below them -- the competition is below them, at least -- but brooms being a major magical way to travel, Sirius is to know how to fly perfectly. Hence the brooms and the backyard. As for the hoops, they must have been there before Mrs. Black's time, and she was too infatuated with her beloved ancestors to dare remove them... maybe... I didn't give those hoops a lot of thought... Shame on me...
PS: Hundredth review! :D
I loved the intro. It really set the mood of the house which we soon after traveled into.
I really feel everything that Sirius is feeling. I'm telling you, I wanted to bash Mrs. Black's face in when she stole Sirius' letter, it made me so angry that she would do something like that. And with Regulas, I can totally relate. Blows to my brother's face usually get me in a spot of trouble, too.
I like the way you portrayed Sirius' dad. I pictured him a bit like that too. Not exactly loving towards Sirius, but hardly as horrid as his mother.
I liked the ending to the chapter, I'm assuming it might be Sirius?
Author's Response: Hooray, another reader!! And one who gives good long reviews, too!!... Yes, it's Sirius, as you may know it by now -- maybe you moved on to the next chapter already :) . I'm very happy you liked the way I wrote Mr. Black... I wasn't too sure about him, but I didn't want to make him all mean and cruel like his mother... a bit too easy...
Your review makes me really happy. It's great to have readers telling you that they could feel everything the characters were feeling! I hope you can still 'feel' them in the rest of the story. Thanks for the great review!
I am feeling so warm and fuzzy right now! And I meant that in a really good way. You are a brilliant author. I really loved this story. It captured the friendship of the Marauders so well. I am willing to bet that your story is what J.K. Rowling never managed to tell us. It was brilliant, wonderful, and captivating. And of course, it's the work of a genius.
Author's Response: Wow! Is it really all that... at the same time???
Sorry, I always tend to make extremely stupid remarks whenever I'm feeling all warm and fuzzy myself. And how could I not feel warm and fuzzy after receiving a review like yours? I'm not sure that story is the work of a genius, but still, a million thanks for your kind words.Now I'm going to walk around with a silly grin on my face for a week.
Hee hee, try to throw Regulus out of the first chimney he sees. That's awesome. It's so nice to have an update, finally. Can't wait for the next chapter!
Author's Response: I've finally started to write it, and I should have it ready by the end of the week-end... Then I'll send it to my Beta... Therefore, given our computer-related problems, count 7-10 days before reading it (err... I hope so anyway!)
Wow. The beginning of this chappie actually had me in tears-and I am not one to cry.
Scales. I almost feel sorry for James-no, wait, my bad, that's me bursting out with laughter!
I hope we wont have to wait too much longer for the next chappie!
Author's Response: I'm just starting to write it... turns out I'm even more busy on holidays that during school days. I'm happy you liked the chapter, though I'm sorry if I had you cry (but at the same time I'm very happy you cried; weird, isn't it?). Thanks for the review!
I love the differences between the Black and Potter family :)
Author's Response: Thanks! I hope you'll like the rest of the story.
*sigh* I'll have you know I spent half an hour writing you a long, in-depth review. But when my computer crashed and I lost it all, I also lost my will to re-write it. What this basically means is that I don't have a glorious review to present you. But still, I couldn't help but leave you a small one.:)
Another glorious chapter. Although it isn't as serious as some of your past ones, this one did have more dark than light at the beginning. I adored the bit with James's piano lessons, though. I think you're one of the few people who explores James enough for me to actually like him. This is definately a good way to show his personality towards his family and upbringing a bit better than we can normally see at Hogwarts.
I would write more, dear, but I have an English exam that just won't wait for me. Do hurry with the next chapter, though, so I can write you the long, in-depth review you deserve!
Author's Response: Oooh no! I love so much your long, in-depth reviews! Well, that will force me to hurry up with the next chapter... This chapter is one of my "let's give 'em some background" chapters. Someone once asked me if I could write about James' parents, which were quite a mystery... So this is how I see them. Or his mother, at least. I like her! (We share one characteristic: we're both scandalously fond of James)
As for the piano lessons... I had this idea a long time ago, when I read my umpteenth fic starring James as a wonderfully-gifted-pianist-who-had-learnt-all-alone-how-to-play-the-piano. In families such as his, there is often a lot of traditions: the kids will have to study ten years the piano because THAT'S WHAT THEY DO in the family... It sounded much more realistic than a James learning by himself how to play the piano (come on! this kid is plugged in on 220Volts!)Good luck with your English exam, and thanks for another excellent review...
oh, i love this story! update soon, please! i can't deal with cliffies =)
Author's Response: Trying, trying... thanks for the review!
what is it? WHAT IS IT??? i love this story! its so amazing and cute!!!!
Author's Response: Thanks! I still have to start writing chapter 10 (*dodges the rotten tomatoes and runs*), as I have to keep up a lot of stories and translations at the same time, but hopefully I'll start soon!