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Name: Ryan the Wizard (Signed) · Date: 08/24/07 19:12 · For: Chapter 1
It's great to read about Hagrid it really is. There should be more Hagrid stories about, and you took a rarely touched upon subject and made it, so to say, bloom.

Name: HermioneDancr (Signed) · Date: 03/24/07 13:31 · For: Chapter 1
You know, it’s quite refreshing to read a one-shot about one of the less written-about characters. I can’t think of the last time when I read a story where Hagrid played a major role, probably because he’s such a difficult character to write well. It’s not just his speech patterns –– although they’re enough to give most writers headaches –– it’s his rather odd mixture of wisdom, lack of (much) formal education, and a startling lack of common sense. And although I have a couple of quibbles, I think you’ve captured his character quite well.

One of the things that didn’t quite work for me was Hagrid’s thoughts on Scrimgeour. While Hagrid is quite perceptive at reading people, I don’t think he’d think about it quite in that way. Rufus, nah, he’s more like Fudge, a stinking politician. Scrimgeour’s thinking of goin' higher. I could see it in the fake way he pretended to be nice, pretended to care when he brought me over here. While I agree that Hagrid would have picked up on these things and understood them for what they were, I don’t think he would have outright drawn the conclusion that Scrimgeour was trying to go higher. For the most part, Hagrid doesn’t tend to draw conclusions about what people are trying to do or what their goals are; he’s more likely to draw conclusions about people’s motives and trustworthiness. There is, I think, a distinguishable difference.

The other thing that didn’t really strike me as in character for Hagrid was his conclusion about what really happened between Black and Pettigrew. I don’t think a bit that Pettigrew was after Black, either. No, Black went after him, and killed him, and no loss there. I shouldn’t think like that, really. I don’t see Hagrid arriving at a different sequence of events, though it would be in character for him to think that the official version doesn’t make sense. There’s a big leap from “I don’t believe a bit that Pettigrew went after Black, neither. Don’ know what happened, but what they say don’ make sense” to concluding that Black must have gone after Pettigrew. Is it possible that Hagrid could have made that leap? Yes. And arguably he did.

However, taken in the context of the story, it all seems to add up to Hagrid having figured out far too much, far too conveniently, all before the fact. And that… bothers me. It’s more the totality of the conclusions, taken in context, than any one observation on Hagrid’s part. The two I mentioned are the two most far-fetched, at least to my mind. Modifying them both slightly might make the story fit all the more seamlessly with canon.

That bit of quibbling aside, this really is a lovely little story. I very much enjoyed the set of Hagrid’s memories which you conjured up –– they evoked a picture of his life very much in keeping with what we know of him. I’d never really noticed before just how patient Hagrid is, but the way you describe his patience is excellent. Understated yet overwhelming, if that makes any sense. There is something to be said for the ability to stare at the wall.

My favorite section was definitely the ending. The snowdrops were just so utterly natural, yet also the perfect transition out of Azkaban and back to Hogwarts. Hagrid’s concern about harvesting the snowdrops is perfectly in character as well as wonderfully touching. Really, how could the ending not make me smile?

Name: Cheshlin (Signed) · Date: 03/21/07 14:06 · For: Chapter 1
Poor Hagrid! I like the lists idea... that is truly something one can do with out raising one's emotions. I can really see Hagrid's mind working this way! Great Story!! ;) Cyns

Name: BeautyInTheBreakdown (Signed) · Date: 02/25/07 20:04 · For: Chapter 1
This was a wonderfully written story. It was truly interesting and I couldn't stop reading it. It's such a new way of thinking. You never really see stories about Hagrid, much less a story that is about his time in Azkaban. I love the lists, which is basically saying that I love the whole story because it was mostly lists. It's so creative. There's not much more I can say other than that I loved the story and it was wonderfully written and I'm glad to have read it. And that I'm adding to my favourites.

Author's Response: So glad you liked it! I was inspired by a challenge and a story about soldiers in Vietnam and what they carried in their packs. I worked very hard on this, it was my first story on MNFF and I think it might be my best. There might be another one or two with him coming...I won a drabble challenge and I am trying to figure out if it I can make it into a fic. That one is over in the Three Broomsticks Scrapbook challenge thread. Thank you so much for the review!

Name: SnorkackCatcher (Signed) · Date: 02/15/07 5:17 · For: Chapter 1
Nice little Missing Moment (although I thought Hagrid was supposed to be a bit more despairing by the end?). But it's good to see a Hagrid fic that treats him seriously!

Name: Barnabus_the_Barmy7 (Signed) · Date: 12/23/06 8:45 · For: Chapter 1
wow. that's all i can say. wow

Name: Valentinia (Signed) · Date: 12/16/06 15:26 · For: Chapter 1
I read this story a long time ago, but I didn't review! Shame on me!
Anyway... it's really a great character study of Hagrid as well as (in my mind) an accurate description of what being in Azkaban is like. I'm glad to see Hagird so hopeful, as that's a huge part of his character, as is his love of nature and spring.
I'm not sure what else to say, but, great story!

Name: Malika Potter (Signed) · Date: 12/13/06 13:37 · For: Chapter 1
I really like your story! It is very well written

Name: mock_turtle (Signed) · Date: 05/15/06 0:04 · For: Chapter 1
Beautiful. Very contemplated and profound. My favorite line was "There are plenty of things that could make you want to die, but most of them can’t kill you, and only one ever will, anyway.”
It made me really think, and that's not something that often happens when I'm reading fanfiction!

Author's Response: I am thrilled that you would say this made you think. I have to say I like this line, too. Thank you for letting me know what you think of this!

Name: hufflepuffgal (Signed) · Date: 05/14/06 19:05 · For: Chapter 1
I enjoyed your story. It was believable.
I got a little confused, though, since you skipped around from idea to idea. But it's a style.

Author's Response: I was just trying to follow his thoughts in Azkaban, I had not even thought of it being a style...Thanks for reading and reviewing!

Name: Vorona (Signed) · Date: 05/02/06 21:34 · For: Chapter 1
I really enjoyed this story! I wish I had more useful things to add, here, but to be honest, I'm not very good at reviewing... Anyway, I liked it - it showed a side of Hagrid that isn't usually apparent.

Author's Response: Thanks for just letting me know you enjoyed the story - that alone is useful! Besides, it is always nice to know people have read it...

Name: wishiwereaweasley (Signed) · Date: 04/27/06 17:15 · For: Chapter 1
Wow. I started reading this because I lost a bet in the Great Hall :), but I'm reviewing not because I have to but because I want to. This was an absolutely amazing fic. I've never read anything like it! Hagrid fics in and of themselves are rare (I've never read one besides this, come to that), but I'm willing to bet that none of them are as great as this.

I should probably mention that I'm not really a big fan of Hagrid. I know his heart is in the right place, and he can't really help being the way he is because he's half giant, and he's had a rough life, and so on, but he generally annoys me. Let me tell you, he didn't annoy me here. This is a look into his head like nothing I would have ever done on my own. You've really pulled everything good about Hagrid (especially his patience, which I hadn't noticed much before either) into this, and used it so well! Everything flows really perfectly, despite the fact that it's his mostly random thoughts...there's always a little connecting thread.

So. I'll just mention a few of my favorite parts, if you don't mind! What’s life if yer never happy? But ye have to keep goin’. If you don’t keep goin’, then you’ll never be happy again. This is so profound! It really hit me, I guess, when I read it. I can see Hagrid saying it, too.

And: In fact, he was a spectacular failure at moving the twig, but he was very patient. This made me laugh out loud! What a way to pass the time!

Finally, all of his lists were great! I won't re-list them here, but they were all very well done!

Hmm. I've gushed on, haven't I. Well, my little tiny nitpick is that the former Headmaster is Armando Dippet, not Dippit. Seriously, that was the only thing I could find. Wonderful, fabulous, outstanding job!

Author's Response: What a fantastic review! I am extremely pleased that someone who wasn't even predisposed to like a Hagrid story liked it. Thank you for pointing out lines that worked really well for you. I have to say those are two I especially enjoy having written. You can probably tell from the story that I am rather fond of Hagrid himself, and it is very gratifying to know that I managed to convey the things I love about him in this story. Thank you so much for your review!

Name: MithrilQuill (Signed) · Date: 04/27/06 16:36 · For: Chapter 1
Wow, this was a lovely piece about a very interesting charaer. I've always liked Haggers, but never really seen him in fanfic. Congrats on winning, you really deserved it with this excellent fic.

Ok, so I noticed a couple of things in there that made me smile and I thought I'd mention them:

What’s life if yer never happy? But ye have to keep goin’. If you don’t keep goin’, then you’ll never be happy again.”

Another list he was making was people who had believed in him the last time. “Dumbledore.” Well, that was a short list.

Poor Hagrid.

“Well, it ain’t a very long list, after all. No point not likin’ people you have to see all the time, even if you’d rather not - like Filch - and less point in not likin’ people you never had to see anyway”

And the next was one I especially liked,

No one asked Hagrid what he was being patient about. Patience was something of which the Dementors were entirely ignorant; terrified, hysterical people were not generally known for it.

I really love how you make Hagrid say some really wise things that some very intelligent people might not come up with. Also I'd like to commend you on such a job well-done with Hagrid's accent. You did it well and it was alernaed nicely with narrative so that it didn't get irritating. Anyways before I write a book, thanks for a great read! ...

PS: *grabs The Things They Carried off of desk*...still haven't read it, but I think I will now...

Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing! You can probably tell I'm pretty fond of Hagrid myself... I do think he has a deep wisdom of the sort that resides in a place more fundamental than the conscious mind. I worked on the accent - I was so worried that it would come out cheesy. The article that comes with the Hagridizer helped - I didn't use the little Device on that website, but I did use the information. Did you actually have a copy of The Things they Carried lying around? I was going on memory and got the title wrong, I suppose. I've read it once, perhaps twice, but for some reason it has stuck with me. I would love to read your reaction to it, and thank you for telling me my story has influenced you towards reading it - I couldn't ask for a better response!

Name: Magical Maeve (Signed) · Date: 04/27/06 10:18 · For: Chapter 1
Well, now that the contest is done and dusted I can finally leave a review to say how much I enjoyed this piece of writing. It is not often you can get so comprehensively inside a character's head, but you managed this brilliantly. You made Hagrid so human, so much more than the bumbling half-giant we sometimes see. Here you brought to the fore his patience, his ferocious faith in the fact that everything passes, nothing is forever. Which is one of the main reasons it did so well in the challenge. It portrayed perfectly what had been asked, and with such flair. I love your Hagrid, I love your writing, I honestly can't wait to read more from you. Well done!

Author's Response: Whew, what a wonderful review! I'm blushing, but enjoying it. I worked very hard at showing what was going on in his mind. There were several possible ways to do it, and I think I tried all of them before I was done. I'm glad to know that in the end I made the right choice. In Kidnapped, David Balfour says of Alan Breck Stewart that his flaws were all on his face. I think it's that way with Hagrid. He bumbles, he's a horrible cook, he adores these horrendous monsters, and yet, here is someone who CAN adore Fluffy and Norbert and the Blast Ended Screwts. To the Blast-ednde Screwt in me, this is a very endearing quality. The question is, do I dare to ever post anything again, and run the risk of disappointing...

Name: KenTuck (Signed) · Date: 04/24/06 14:21 · For: Chapter 1
This is amazing! You are so creative. At first I was like, wow this is going to be all about looking at a wall, but it was really interesting. It made me just want to keep reading. That was really cool, and slightly bizarre. Good work.

Author's Response: Thanks for the review! It never occured to me that this title could be off-putting. Hmmm, maybe I have to think about renaming it. I'm so happy to have produced something you found "really cool, and slightly bizarre." Thanks again for letting me know how it worked for you!

Name: KenTuck (Signed) · Date: 04/24/06 14:20 · For: Chapter 1
This is amazing! You are so creative. At first I was like, wow this is going to be all about looking at a wall, but it was really interesting. It made me just want to keep reading. That was really cool, and slightly bizarre. Good work.

Name: Vindictus Viridian (Signed) · Date: 04/24/06 11:53 · For: Chapter 1
VERY nice. I'll write you some real comments later, honest, but I wanted you to know I'd been here. You probably mean to say the deer have faWns, unless some rather odd things have been going on in the forest, and there's my mandatory nitpick. Otherwise, I think you've done a nice job of getting into Hagrid's head and life. He's a much-underdone character with a lot of potential -- will we see any more of him from you?

Author's Response: LOL! No, I was not thinking of any - er - unusual forest shipping going on. It was just my faulty spelling gene... We might see more of him. I adore Hagrid. I adored him before I knew him - for years I have been thinking that one of the less pleasant aspects of being a grown up is that, well, you are the grown up, there is no bigger person to make you feel safe and taken care of - and then in walks Hagrid, wielding a pink umbrella... To me, Hagrid is the closest thing I can imagine to a talking unicorn. He has his faults, but they are really so forgiveable(I never had to walk or feed a screwt, after all...) and he is so dependable in his virtues. Seeing more of him depends on his sending me a plot bunny that does him justice.. Or one jsut popping up saying "Psst, you know the guy with the atrocious rock cakes... well...

Name: Auror_Girl9894 (Signed) · Date: 04/23/06 21:59 · For: Chapter 1
Great story! Its not really the kind of story that I would read, but I really liked it. Keep writing!

Author's Response: Thanks for the review. I was wondering - what kind of story would you say it is, if it isn't the kind of story you would read? Don't get me wrong, I know exactly what you mean - there are some stories with certain ships, for example, and they could be fantastic stories, but I probably wouldn't bother reading them, and it is no judgement against them as stories--what sort of story would you call this? I was so busy writing it I never thought about that.

Name: stareyed_in_LA (Signed) · Date: 04/22/06 18:35 · For: Chapter 1
DUDE! This has gotta be one of the most strangest and most interesting stories I have ever read. It is really weird and interesting to get into Hagrids mind and read what he is thinking. Cheers!

Author's Response: Oh, Thank you, thank you, I now know that at least one person whom I did not beg on my hands and knees to read it has looked at this story, and, even better, liked it. You made my weekend! I started out by thinking about a story called "What They Carried." That story was about all the things the guys in this platoon, I guess, carried in their packs in Vietnam. In talking about what they carried with them, it told you a lot about each person, how they were coping, etc. At the same time I was also thinking about Sirius, and how he said he survived Azkaban by thinking about his innocence, which was not a happy thought, so they couldn't take it away from him. Like Sirius, the only thing Hagrid carried into Azkaban was the stuff in his head, and I tried to figure out what that was. I had to do a lot of re-writing on it, and it was rejected once for punctuation, so it was not just "Write it down and send it in..." Thanks for reading and responding!

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