i really love your writing! It's really good! i also enjoy that your chapters are long! i hate to read chapters that are so short you'd have sworn it ended just as it was beginning. I havn't written fan fiction, but i'm currently working on a young adult novel and i enjoy to write really long chapters so that the readers dont get agrivated. the story is top notch and i sinceraly hope you update soon!
Author's Response: Thank you! I have a very curious illness: I just *can't* write chapters under 4000 words. Weird, but quite useful in the end! Good luck with your novel -- and I'll try to update soon!
that was so good!! you wrote everything perfectly, and the sequence of events was exactly how i think j.k.r. would have written it. definitely a 10/10!!
Author's Response: Wow, thank you! I'm not sure JKR would agree with you, but it's still a huge compliment... many thanks again!
Very well done. I loved the way you portrayed James's house and the way he had to play the piano. The idea that Sirius had to bring Regulus was comical too. Very amusing and well written, I loved seeing the different ways each boy reacted to the Potter's home.
Author's Response: Thanks! I couldn't resist to the idea of bringing Regulus as well in the Potter house... I'm so eager to write about him -- even if it's only a few bits here and there -- that I can't wait for his coming to Hogwarts (not before the Marauders' third year, alas...)
"Remus laughed aloud at the memory of the look on Jamesí face when he had stood up, soaked to the bones and covered in vase up to the knees. Sirius had been imprudent enough to venture a smart comment, and James had lost no time in throwing at him a handful of vase. " Vase? What vase? Don't you mean water?...
Just when Professor McGonagall had dashed out of the castle, alarmed by the sight of a condor hovering in front of her window with a student hanging from it. UMmmmmmm... "Just then," Perhaps?... ...sorry if any of that was rude...
Author's Response: Nothing rude, that chapter isn't betaed, as my beta didn't give any sign of life since ch8 was submitted -- we both have weird computers, that must be the reason. "Vase"... well, I'm working with my dictionary within reach (a minor drawback of me being French and writing in English), and I was looking for "vase" (French word), which is the kind of greenish mud you find in lakes and rivers and such. And my dictionary told me "vase". I'll check it up again.
As for the other sentence... It was supposed to mean "At the exact moment when Professor McGonagall..." I know it's not technically correct, as it's a fragment, but I needed the stylistic effect. I'll work on it too if that feels weird.
Ah, the joys of doing scales. I didn't really have any piano teachers who made me do scales, thankfully. The Stuck hands bit, very nice. The comparisons of different mothers (sort of) was interesting.
Author's Response: I, on the other hand, had to do scales! Well, not exactly scales, but a similar exercise just as useless and just as boring called "Hannon", named after the dimwit that invented them. Thank God, it only lasted a couple of years. After that, my obvious lack of talent got the better of my piano teacher. As for the Stuck hands bit, it was just me having fun with Sirius' mother. She's the kind of character you can have fun with to no limits -- nobody will be shocked by whatever she invents to punish her son.
Ooh, their second year begins!!! I love this story!
Author's Response: I'm so happy to hear it!
I thought that was very good. I liked all of the descriptions of each person's family and stuff. You have quite a way with words :)
Author's Response: Thanks! Happy to see you're keeping up with the story :D I especially liked writing Mrs. Potter. And what about those piano lessons? (*sniggers evilly*) I have read fics where James is an amazing pianist and loves playing music... I'm kind of... clashing with all that lovely romantic ideal...
Awww, that was great. Remus's transformation was really very sad. I can't wait to find out what's the thing that James discovered. By the way, I really love the way you wrote Remus's parents and James's mother. Keep up the good work. :)
Author's Response: Thanks! I overdid the "pathos" a bit while describing Remus' first transformation, didn't I? And I'm glad you liked Remus' parents; in fanfiction, it's usually Peter who has overprotective parents. Remus is always written as having a perfect understanding with his parents. I ventured a (very slightly) different version here. And James' mother was very enjoyable to write. Don't know why exactly. Maybe because we share a characteristic: Mrs. Potter and I are both scandalously fond of James.
tell me more tell me more! excellent story the bit in the shrieking shack made me cry!
Author's Response: I'm sorry if you cried :( I was pretty much upset when I wrote that bit too, as silly as it sounds. Thanks for the review, and more will come!
I can't wait for the story to be posted!!! This is one of the absolute best Marauder era fics i have EVER read!! Yeah :)
Author's Response: I'm very happy you like the story! I hope you'll like part 2 just as much. Thanks for the comment!
Um... *scratches head* the story now says that it isn't completed.... I'm confused. Did you decide to put this and the sequel together or what? I'm easily confused. (On the main opening page when you see the story and it has you know, the date last updated, summary, etc.... it's marked as incomplete there.)
Author's Response: I had thought about marking it as "complete" and write a sequel, but it wouldn't make sense... The proper "Symphony for Quartet" has only just begun, I mean they've only just started to be a coherent group of friends. The "Symphony" they will play together (to quote Dumbledore's metaphore) really begins in their second year. So the title of the story wouldn't be reflecting what the story contains... Is that clear enough?
Anyway, speaking of updates... chapter nine (which is, in fact, the first chapter of Year Two) IS complete and has been sent to my Beta...
Well this is wonderful so far!
All of the characters are exactly like I imagined them, so I can't wait for the next part.
10/10 most definitely. =]
Author's Response: Well as I'm finally done with my exams... Next part should be started quite soon!
I love all of your stories! They are totally absorbing! But i think you should add just a pinch more of Lily/James...Otherwise it rocks!!! Keep it up!
Author's Response: There will be more L/J interaction in Year Two, even though the really romantic stuff doesn't begin before Year Four or Five... But I hope the "interaction" I've planned will help you to wait! Thanks for the review!
That was sweet. I am looking forward to the second part. Does that tell how the Marauders (excluding Remus) became Animagi? I'm looking forward to reading it!
Author's Response: Yes it does! (How could I have avoided that?) Thanks for reviewing!
This story is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You stay in canon so well, and the emotions and such are really believable. I love the bit where Remus tells Peter that he's a werewolf and Peter just responds, "Oh, well that's good to know....now, what about those socks?" I also really love how Malfoy and the rest are just portrayed as rude and obsessed about purity of blood, but not evil. They're normal kids who are snobbish and discriminate based upon heritage, but they aren't Lord V. quality. Kudos for a magnificent story. Can't wait for the next chapter!!!
Author's Response: Wow, thanks! I got a review for this story a few days ago, saying that some parts of it were a bit out of canon. I was really worried, as this story is trying to be as canon as possible!! You're right about the Slytherin students, they're not really evil--at that time, Voldemort has only begun to make himself known. Though we didn't see much of them. Yet. :)
Aww this is great! Hope you update soon!
Author's Response: I hope so, too... thanks for all the four reviews!
Wow this is really good....feel sorry for Remus though :(
Author's Response: Yeah, poor Remus... He'll cheer up, don't worry.
Aww how nice...and eww James and Narcissa?? lol
Author's Response: Yeaah, hum... if Harry had seen that memory in a Pensieve, I guess he would have had the same reaction...
I really like the ending of this chapter...sounds very 'Sirius'! I like the summary for this fic too, its what tempted me to read it so well done!
Not sure about the canonness of this, a bit unlikely for Sirius' father to be so kind or for the Potters to associate with dark wizards but I suppose its the only way for James and Sirius to meet...
Author's Response: You like the summary?? That's great, I always thought it was silly, but I can't muster the energy to srite another one...
We don't know much about Sirius' father, do we? What's more he's not being "kind", he's being realistic: he knows Sirius won't accept any advice from his older cousins, so... As for the Potters, they're a very ancient wizarding family,and their ancestors always were able to keep their rank (as explained in the chapter) in the high society. Thats' a tradition. Old families are keen on keeping up traditions. They don't really associate with dark wizards; really dark wizards can't go free, after all, they're either on the run or in Azkaban. The wizards they associate with are just people from their own social class.
So thats how they came up with the nickname Snivellus! Very creative. I love how you described their meeting with Remus. Peter the chubby boy, Sirius the tall one and James the bespectacled one. Very funny, off to the next chappie!
Author's Response: Thanks, enjoy yourself with the next chapters!