OMG! OMG! OMG! That was too cute! I've always thought Filius was the sweetest character in the books. Rowling should have given him a girlfriend herself. GOOD JOB!
so cute! and totally unexpected, great writing!
AWW! Thaht was cute! I always though they would be good for each other. I liked the way that you kept the secret admirer secret until the very last moment. I loved it!
Author's Response: Thank you! It was my first try at a mystery, and I had a lot of fun with it. :-D
Oh hurray! I was hoping it was Sprout! I have a rather soft spot in my heart for the pairing.
I loved how you included the internal banter as to which witch in the castle could be the adrirer. The books and Irma Pince, the conversations with Trelawney and Rolanda. Even the over excitement with Snape and Maeve (which I picked up on and laughed out loud about- you were obviously a fan of Jan's if you were including Maeve!).
I didn't quite understand your mention of the 'admirer' breaking the 'Twelve days of Christmas' theme. I may be missing somthing here (completely plausible) but I didn't see Flitwick recieveing any birds, golden rings, maids-a-milking or drummers. The fact that Sprout was sending a gift each day seemed to fit the theme. And quite honestly, I think the gifts she was sending were much nicer than any calling birds, turtle doves, geese-a-laying (think of all the noise and bird droppings) or Drummers drumming :)
The appearance of Harry, Hermione and Ron was a bit distracting. Only because it confused me slightly. I'm assuming that it means that Harry, Hermione and Ron have left school and came just for Christmas? The sentiment was nice though. And I guess it added to Flitwick's mounting anticipation. I guess he would assume Sprout would come through the front doors because she would come in from the greenhouses... Okay, I just convinced myself the scene is good. I guess I just needed to think it through.
The Susan Bones Book Club has been reading and discussing your fic this week and I'm very pleased to say that it was a wonderful read. You are welcome to look through our threads to see what the other readers have said. Congratulations for having your fic picked! Excellent work!
Author's Response: Why, thank you so much for all your thoughtful comments! It's been such a long while since I received a review, so I was especially pleased to see one with so much detail.
As to your question about the 12 days of Christmas theme, I only meant that, at first, he was getting one more item in his gift each day for a little while. As you say, I don't think Flitwick would have been too thrilled to have all that livestock show up in his quarters, lol! The appearance of the trio is even easier to answer: if I remember correctly, Jan actually requested them in her prompt for the Secret Spew gift. (At least that's how I remember it now....)
Thanks again for the review and for reading my fic; it's nice to know people are still running across it and liking it. :)
That was such a sweet story!!!
Everyone was totally in character and you displayed the emotions brilliantly!
Author's Response: Thanks so much!
I loved it. My favorite author has done it again! Throughout it the story made me smile and even tear up a number of times. The mere thought of Filius having a secret admirer is ... I don't know ... it just gives one such a happy, contented feeling and I do wonder why.
As he looked at the names that decorated the tags, names of students he had protected and others who had stood with him in the front lines as the battle raged around the castle last summer, he nodded in understanding. This part got me all teary--nice, but simple. I loved it!
Surrounded as he was by the chaos of first years attempting levitation on variously sized objects—which unhappily, though predictably, included the little teacher himself—it took a full five minutes for the owl to get his attention.Here I must say, I laughed aloud, reminded of how Flitwick always becomes the victim in his own lessons.
The parchment itself wouldn’t survive the process, she’d said with tears in her eyes. Such a true canon statement--I adored it!
when he came upon Irma and Argus enjoying a tête-à-tête outside the library. Now that's cringeworthy, but very well written. You seem to have a knack for writting the proffesors.
but then he saw her eyes light up at the sight of Firenze walking up and realized the real reason she’d been spending so much time on the first floor. You haven't forgetten a single one! I honestly cannot say when I've had such a great time reading a fic! It's brilliant!
I could go on like this for ages, but I won't. It was lovely. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face, especially now that I have the flu. Rating-10!
Author's Response: I'm sorry I haven't responded to this review until now, but I did appreciate all the wonderful comments--you really seem to pay attention and notice those details that I tried to get just right! Thanks so much for reviewing!
Ah, my lovely story!
This was just so perfect that I loved every word, so, as you can imagine, this will be a gushy little review! The opening set a lovely tone, relief and the sense of a world getting back to normal. I loved Filius setting aside Fred and George's gift, clever man! I enjoyed the characterisation of Filius, it was so accurate. A quiet, unassuming man with a deep underlying sense of fun, and a mounting sense of excitement at the continued presence of the presents. I love the way he tries to puzzle out who it is, and Irma and Filch! Even they get some Christmas cheer. Irma crying over the poor book made me smile.
And even Maeve made a sneaky appearence. That made me smile even wider as I imagined her protecting Severus from Filius' enthusiasm! Everything was so clever and funny that I just grinned my way through the whole story, incuding Filch belting out carols and Minerva hitting the sherry. This was a fabulous, heart-warming story and I couldn't have asked for more, so thank you again -- it was a real Christmas treat!
Author's Response: I've been meaning to respond to all my reviews for the longest time, but this one especially deserved a comment long ago. I'm just so glad you liked the story, and I appreciate that you took the time to let me know what affected you the most. Thanks, Maeve!
This was a delightful story about a man we know so little about. Thanks for opening a window into his life for us.
Author's Response: Thanks, Trucker, for the kind words here and for the suggestions via e-mail!
Very cute story. I liked how he knew it was Pomona because of the last gift, and she was also the first one he suspected, but then dismissed it . . . for some reason.
And you just had to add Maeve, didn't you? Oh, that made me smile more than the thought of Flitwick having a secret admirer.
Anyway, well done and all. Very sweet story, I loved it. Have a nice day! *D*
Author's Response: Thank you! I was trying to make the story a bit of a mystery per Magical Maeve's request, so I'm glad you liked the guessing involved. And, yes, it was fun adding Maeve in, especially since the story was for her author--lol. :-D Thanks for reading and reviewing!