Excellent story, I even teared up a few times. I absolutely love McGonagall and hate to think how hard the months following Dumbledore's funeral will be for her. You did an awesome job expressing her lonliness and I love that Crookshanks became her confidant.
Author's Response: Thank you! I worked hard on this fic, it was my first one-shot. I am glad you liked it.
This is very sweet as long as Minerva and Crookshanks stay platonic. . .Good job!
Author's Response: hahaha...yeah, no mutant kitty/humans for me! Thank you!
I think this is a very sweet story that could very well happen. I loved it. 10/10
Author's Response: Thank you! *blushes*
I was intrigued when I saw the challenge issued in the Gryffindor Common Room, but I didn't have a chance to read your submission. I think that you did a fabulous job creating a believable relationship. I like how you used McGonagall's sense of humor to add a bit of tension to their 'relationship'. It is understandable for her to feel a connection with Crookshanks. I wonder if it has anything to do with her lack of partner in the books. I also really like how McGonagall shared her feelings with Crookshanks while she was in human form.
Author's Response: Thank you! I tried to keep the relationship...non-animal-y...yeah. If she had turned into a cat it would have changed everything, so I stayed away form that. That you so much for reading!
Aw! This fic demonstrates companionship beautifully! I remember someone mentioning the lack of this pairing quite a long time ago, and since then, I've been waiting patiently to read a character/Crookshanks fic (I myself would never be able to pull it off). I love the understanding that Crookshanks shows towards McGonagall, and how he helps her through a rough time when no one else is there for her, simply by listening. I'm also so glad that you showed her softer side. I do think, however, that you could have had a few more various actions that would have helped build up the understanding that Crookshanks had showed towards McGonagall, but I do know that it's difficult to show that with him being part cat. It was a fun read and demonstrated the need of a friend during a dark time perfectly. Excellent job overall... now I'm in love with this pairing!
Author's Response: Thank you very much! After I took this challenge I panicked a little about how to write this pairing...multiple people suggested romance...and I tried to steer clear of that... I'm glad you liked it! Thank you for reading and reviewing!
whittyleah - That was great! I really loved how you made it an understanding between the two instead of a typical 'romance' as written by most fanfic writers. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I can see now why Bethany gave you points for it! Well done!
Author's Response: Thank you! I loved your story as well! We are both just awesome! LOL!
I liked that. I'm really sad, I don't really like deaths.
Author's Response: I would rather no one die, but that is how JK wrote it... Thank you for reading!
When I first clicked this I wasn't sure what to expect. I read it though because I am such a fan of rairpairs and even more a fan of extremely unusual pairings which this is, even for shipping standards. I really liked your story. I felt that the understanding in Crookshanks eyes was alittle over done and that you could have had a few more actions that showed he cared but I understand that he is a cat and therefore it is rather difficult to portray emotions without the help of dialogue. I loved how you portrayed him though and I like how you showed McGonagall's struggle to cope with the burden left in Dumbledore's wake. I'm adding this to my favorites. Good job!
Author's Response: Thank you so very much! As it turns out cats are difficult to write... ;) I don't know if I'd say he cared...more like understood that she needed somebody at that moment. He is part kneazle...so he can see emotions.
What a beautiful story! It's interesting how you barely touched on the romance, which is VERY good! When I gave you this challenge, I imagined it to be quite difficult! It turns out it doesn't seem all that difficult after all!
The story of companionship was touching. I was especially happy to see the weaving of outside events into this fic. Many romance stories have a habit of leaving out the real world, completely ignoring the effect of the Death Eaters and Voldemort.
Related to that note, I loved seeing this tender side to Professor McGonagall. She's portrayed as a severe, strict lady, but behind closed doors, what does she do? And how proficient is this new Headmistress? These questions, and more, were answered splendidly with this story.
One thing that bothered me, only a tiny bit, was Hermione's slight out of characterness. It wasn't too big of a deal since you did address this when Professor McGonagall asked herself why Hermione would leave Crookshanks behind. Also, it seemed like it took a while for Hermione to realize and write to Professor McGonagall about her missing cat. But, I suppose it could be because of Crookshank's natural elusiveness.
Another thing I'm wondering is what did McGonagall say to Crookshanks? I'm assuming it's to do with Dumbledore and the current situation. But, what specifically?
As I write the review more things I simply most comment on keep popping up so the fluidity of this review is somewhat random :D
I enjoyed you expressing the depth of friendship between Minerva and Dumbledore. Obviously she held him in the utmost respect and her reaction to his death was not surprising. However, the length of her mourning time is surprising. Were they something more than friends?
I loved your portrayal of the stress McGonagall was in at the time of the story. I would've liked it even more if you went more into depth in this to emphasize on the pressure McGonagall has on her shoulders. I liked how you address the question on whether or not the school would be closed. It's something that was left hanging in the sixth book (somewhat). The concerns of parents are also an important factor, something that would weigh heavily on McGonagall's mind.
As you can see, McGonagall is a character I'm very fascinated with. It's interesting to see other people's take on her character and her reaction to the people (and animals) around her! Again, this was a lovely story that I will not forget! Thanks for the delightful read!
-Bethany (Marauder by Midnight)
Author's Response: *Blushes* Thank you Bethany! I think that review may have been longer then my one-shot...;) Hermione left Crookshanks there on purpose...I thought I made that clear... She responded to Minerva's letter as soon as she could. Hermione was in London (or that is where I envisioned her to be), and it takes a while for an owl to get from Hogwarts to London then back to Hogwarts. I left out what she said to Crookshanks so the reader could make that up for themselves, depending on whether they saw Minerva and Albus as more than friends... Thank you again for the review!
This is genius! When I saw that someone had taken Bethany's onorthodox challenge I freaked out. My first thoughts were, "Ew. Mutant witch/cat kittens!" But you pulled off a beautiful tale of friendship and companionship. I applaud you.
Author's Response: Thank you! I tried to keep romance and kittens out of it. Thank you for the nice review!
That was sooooo adorable and sad. I love Professor McGonagall stories.
Author's Response: Thank you! My first review for this story! yea... Thank you for reading and reviewing!