Reviews For Thistles
Reviewer: DailyProphetEditor
Date: 03/23/07 11:41
Chapter: The Yule Ball

Severus and Minerva again.. ah, it's so good to read that pairing.

I am so glad you did not turn this into one of those sappy Snape-loves-Lily fics, I was afraid for a moment when I read that book scene. But it did turn out nicely.

And I can so see Snape and McGonagall taking points of each other's houses in one of their arguments.. indeed, I liked the end.

Author's Response: I figure if he does love Lily, he'll consider it nobody's business but his own. He and Minerva are fun to conjecture about; we have so little to go on, and so much of it is rich with interpretable actions. Thanks!

Reviewer: Valentinia
Date: 12/29/06 21:03
Chapter: The Yule Ball

I love how so many of the one-shots in this series show Snape's relationship with someone. His with Minerva is rather unusual, but very cleverly written. They are definately both smart and witty people, and both with a certain (though different) edge to them.
I really liked your portrayal of both of them! It was really a fun read, and everyone was IC! By the way, I really enjoyed the thistles, for some reason! :D

Author's Response: A thorny relationship, perhaps? The truth is, I just like seeing what any two people I can put together think of each other, and do it to my RL friends, too. Thanks for the review! This is officially my Yule Ball fic, partly to see if I could write an un-cliched one.

Reviewer: Spottedcat
Date: 08/20/06 23:59
Chapter: The Yule Ball

So now we know where Minerva's ugly ring of thistles around her hat brim really came from! Was Snape trying to show how he detested Christmas by putting a wreath of thistles--or is he secretly a Scotsman and showing his roots? (heh-heh-heh) But seriously, I'll join your other reviewers in saying how much I like the way you present McGonagall and Snape as friends. It's a cautious friendship, to be sure, as most friendships are when one party has been badly hurt in the past, but it's a friendship none the less. Nice details, too. Funny how greasy hair and wet hair look a lot the same.

Author's Response: Severus does seem to be hiding his roots for all he's worth, doesn't he? I think the thistles were merely meant to be a hostile hat-tip to the season, myself, but Minerva liked them. Severus and Minerva make some sense as friends, in a guarded and competitive sort of way -- mostly as Heads of the two most troublemaking Houses. For some reason when I come across remarks on Severus and his greasy hair, what I think of is Harry having had more haircuts than the rest of the boys at his school put together, and those haircuts doing no good at all. Wizards seem to either have good hair naturally or be stuck in a permanent bad-hair day.

Reviewer: HermioneDancr
Date: 07/23/06 23:01
Chapter: The Yule Ball

Hello again! Here I am, back for another Snape fix! As usual in your writing, the characterization was excellent. I don’t think I can decide which is better: your Minerva or your Snape. Frankly I adore them both. But since this wouldn’t be much of a review if I did nothing but squee at your characterizations, I will move on to what nitpicking I can manage.


You have: Minerva sighed. “Checkmated. I am. On the bright side, for you at least, I don’t think our Mr. Potter has learned to dance.” It’s a small point, and debatable, but I think a comma after ‘Checkmated’ would make more sense than a period.


I also noticed one small typo later on: It seemed he had washed and changed ot formal robes in his minutes, and it seemed he was right — without inside information, Minerva truly would not have known the difference. I believe you meant ‘changed to’ rather than ‘changed ot,’ though using the preposition ‘into’ would not be amiss.


Maybe I’m just exhausted (it’s happened before), but I can’t find anything else that needs fixing, either at the macro level or the micro level. I love the dry humor of the banter between Severus and Minerva. Their characters –– and their odd sort of friendship –– simply fly off the page. He is terse, dark, and guarded. She is brisk, observant, and a mix of gruffness and warmth. Their dry humor is what connects them.


I think my favorite part of the story was the discussion about the wreath. I literally laughed out loud at that, especially the bit about Minerva being tempted to leave the Devil’s Snare just for Draco. It was absolutely

Author's Response: Oops! *adds to typo-fix list* Thanks for spotting that! And for the review, of course, as well; I love getting them from you. Minerva and Severus just occasionally let a little of their complicated (with him around, what isn't?) collegiality show, and I have a blast writing it down.

Reviewer: Sly Severus
Date: 07/10/06 21:36
Chapter: The Yule Ball

Hehe! You write Severus and Minerva so well. I have a chapter to write about them, and I'm having a terrible time. The way you show their friendship is really well done. Great Job!

Author's Response: They are a tricky pair, aren't they? I think that's why I enjoy them so much. They've known each other for such a long time -- and quite possibly through several things he'd really rather she didn't remember -- and in public they're so formal with each other and almost everyone else. In private, a sort of civil rivalry makes some sense. In writing him, have you ever wondered who his favorite teacher might have been? Somehow I doubt it was Slughorn, but there's plenty of other possibilities.

Reviewer: Blackpenny
Date: 07/03/06 11:07
Chapter: The Yule Ball

Cute! I love the byplay of Minerva and Severus - glad to see them back.

" “Would you like a replacement? Leeks, perhaps?”"

Is your Severus Welsh?

Author's Response: Hah! Somebody caught me. I have my suspicions, among them that an author who would give us Diagon and Knockturn Alleys would not be above a horrible pun with the Prince either. Besides, we're surprisingly short of Welshmen. Everyone seems to want him to be from Yorkshire, though. Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: thisisfun
Date: 07/01/06 17:25
Chapter: The Yule Ball

Menivera and Serverus sitting in a tree k-i-s-s-i-n-g first comes love then comes marrisge then comes babies in a baby carrige. Drunk-teachers-are-us giong for the fun?

Author's Response: Hmm. You seem to have found some subtext in here I'd never intended, but that's all right. Sometimes characters surprise th author. Thanks for reviewing!

Reviewer: occlumens
Date: 06/29/06 10:27
Chapter: The Yule Ball

Oo, I love this! Minerva and non-evil Snape make such a good fic together. I loved the references to Lily and also his amusement at Harry making a fool of himself. Great job!

Author's Response: Here I am replying to reviews and another one pops in! Wow! I like writing the professors when the students aren't looking, and after reading for the dozenth time that all Yule Ball fics are cliche'd, well, suddenly this bunny came bouncing in... Thanks for reviewing! I think it's healthy to have a chuckle at Harry now and again.

Reviewer: BlondieFangurl
Date: 06/27/06 21:10
Chapter: The Yule Ball

A drunk Minerva? *snort* Funny. I read your other profile. Are you really 35 and live near rivers? Because Sev does too. Sorry, I like analizing people. Why do you think I love Sev?

Author's Response: He is fun to analyze, isn't he? I'm not so sure about me, but you're welcome to try. Minerva has become rather jolly on other festive occasions, so Severus feels entitled to tease her a little. Thanks for reviewing!

Reviewer: mcgonagallfan
Date: 06/27/06 15:47
Chapter: The Yule Ball

I loved this! Reading about the Professors is so entertaining, especially if it's Severus and Minerva. I wish you could add more chapters to this story, but alas, it's a one-shot!
10/10


Author's Response: Have you gotten to 'Resolution' yet? It isn't nearly so light, but it's the same two people. I like writing the professors in general and (surprise, surprise) Severus in particular. Thanks for reviewing!

Reviewer: Phoenix3
Date: 06/27/06 15:08
Chapter: The Yule Ball

How fun! The holiday season is a perfect setting to reveal the lighter side of normally austere characters. I particularly like Severus planning to prowl through the rose garden... in the end it was a rewarding night yes? Severus did get to take away house points-- but from Harry not Minerva, what a characteristic idea =P

Author's Response: Thanks for the review! A rewarding night, but he did indeed get caught by Karkaroff, so it could have been better. Poor Severus; he's the youngest professor there and seems to end up with all the most mature responsibilities...

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