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Reviewer: Binka Fudge
Date: 06/26/08 23:13
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

P.S. I've read a couple of the other reviews for this fic and can't believe how many of them agreed with Lily's decision. There was also a comment made about how much better the future might have been if this fic were true. I'm afraid that if this was the case, Lily still might not have a long happy future ahead. Severus was a death eater, and at some point he'd have been tracked down, Lily along with him and being muggle born she'd be eliminated. Also, there mightn't have been a boy who lived, Voldemort would have continued strengthening in power and numbers and the world would be hell. Even if Neville Longbottom was the one who ended up with a scar, could he have succeeded as Harry did? Just a few points to consider.

Reviewer: Binka Fudge
Date: 06/26/08 22:56
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

I'm sorry, but that was an absolutely awful thing for Lily to do. However, it was very true to life and well written.

Reviewer: Spottedcat
Date: 06/18/08 23:50
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

I love this story.



I love this story, and I wish it were true.

Reviewer: Elmindreda
Date: 01/07/08 15:48
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

Re-reading this piece yet again, this time after having read all the In Profile series...

It remains just as boundlessly heartbreaking as before - just as all things that are so infinitely beautiful that you cry because they are not true.

I also picked up a notion upon re-reading: the 'being pushed' part in Lily's eyes. The 'dressing up the dolly', expectations, anticipation, excitement from everyone around, the friends, the family, the fiancee... On one side. And on the other - the quiet Severus and his twenty-two reasons... that become their twenty-two reasons...

Thank you for making me cry over this story yet again - and that's a heartfelt thanks.

Reviewer: KneazleWeazl
Date: 11/02/07 17:39
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

Aw, that was nice.

Reviewer: TheBlackSister
Date: 08/24/07 13:29
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

This is incredibly touching. As a Severus Sympathiser (shouldn't there be a club?), I almost cried. Thank you, this is beautiful, brandy and all.

Reviewer: Soccer_rocks_likeHP
Date: 08/15/07 11:42
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

That was brilliant! You characterized these people so well! I loved the conversation between Lily and Severus in her bedroom. The way you had Severus tell her that he didn't want her to marry James because Severus loved her, (although he didn't say it in those words which I thought was great) but he never tried to push her to leave James was superb. He was just going to let her marry James, if she wanted to, and be happy. That fact, that he wasn't forcing her to leave, shows just how good a friend Severus is.

James had three friends standing behind him now, and a full half the church pews full. James had everything, and always had. And James had taken enough from Severus over the years, too much, without taking her as well. She could not make the choice to leave the Prince so utterly alone.

I loved how you phrased that! I like that you acknowledge the fact that James was a little spoiled and Severus has had a very rough life. Then Lily called him "The Prince" referring to his nickname, of sorts, The Half-Blood Prince. Very well written. Keep up the great work!


Reviewer: Scaramouche0801
Date: 08/04/07 16:35
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

I really love this fic, not only because it's so beautifully written but because Severus deserved better. He really, really did, but Snape is such a tragic character. So thank you, Vindictus Veridian, for giving Severus his happy ending.

Reviewer: Kunoichi_008
Date: 06/29/07 18:41
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy


Reviewer: LaylaEarth
Date: 06/10/07 19:23
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

Um, well, this fanfic was OK, not my fav, but you definitley pulled it off. Oh, by the way, can you tell me what the upcoming contests are???Please, I don't get the messages or whatever, the announcement,

Author's Response: You have to be a Sorted member of the forums to get the contest announcements; that's the best I can do for you. Glad you thought the fic was okay.

Reviewer: mrsmcclnt
Date: 05/17/07 11:25
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

If only this were true! *sniff*
This is a lovely story. I love the Lily/Snape ship because I truly believe he loved her back then.

And for you to show her love for him in return just makes this even more enjoyable to read. It reminds me of how I'm still friendly with my Ex.

Author's Response: Thanks! This is actually a mother's-favorite fic, along with the first one I ever posted. I'm glad you liked it too!

Reviewer: C_A_Campbell
Date: 05/17/07 10:17
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

I am speechless--and that doesn't happen to me very often.

But let me say that I absolutely loved it! I believe with all my heart that it's how HP should have been.. I read this, expecting it to end sadly with Severus, but to have Lily leaving James at the altar (oh that is priceless. Imagine the look at that toerag's face!) and having her go to Severus. I feel like I'm going to cry, my word! This is incredible, the best Severus/Lily story I have read.

I do wish you'd write a sequel, because I truly want more. But, for now, I give you a thousand well-dones and a thousand thanks. You made this Severus/Lily shipper's day...week...heck, I can die happy now!

Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. This little AU sure would mess up the canon story line, though, wouldn't it? Oddly enough, I think it was bunnied by dear Slian's portrait of Severus with a brandy. Not to mention a lot of writing about both characters.

Author's Response: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. This little AU sure would mess up the canon story line, though, wouldn't it? Oddly enough, I think it was bunnied by dear Slian's portrait of Severus with a brandy. Not to mention a lot of writing about both characters.

Reviewer: A House Elf
Date: 12/13/06 20:35
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

Aww. Now, that would have repulsed me usually, but that was pretty good.

Author's Response: I peeked at your profile and found a J/L shipper -- so I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: Spottedcat
Date: 09/30/06 22:54
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

Snif... I love this story. The way you portray Severus always strikes me as so accurate. And I desperately want to see him rescued from the utter rejection in his life. And finally--in this story--it happened. Lily defined love in her own mind and went to the man who loved her. And she went to the man she loved. Phooey on James. He's nothing but a bullying toerag, anyway.

I don't suppose I ought to ask for more. But... just maybe... um... could you show us Severus's and Lily's children, if they have any? Any little boys with black hair, big noses, and really ougrageous laughs? Cheerful brown eyes shaped like Lily's?? Or... well, anyway, I love this story. Really.

Author's Response: Wow. What a sweet review! Thanks! Poor James. Rowling once said that Severus 'didn't deserve a Lily,' and it made me wonder -- who did? James had so much already; did he really deserve any more? Total plotrabbitry, there. Speaking of, it sounds like you may have a nice little plotbunny yourself about the little Snapes. On the other hand, if he saw all sorts of dreadful future occurrences after Lily had a son, they might just strive for daughters. ;)

Reviewer: fawkes_07
Date: 09/15/06 10:53
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

*melts into puddle*

Can I just say how much I adore every word you write??

*wonders where Harry's going to come from now...Petunia??*

Author's Response: By the way -- I like your bio. So very, very, true for so many of us! Thanks for reviewing, and melting, and making me giggle at the idea of HarryReplacement!Dudley out saving the Wizarding world.

Reviewer: MaiaMadness
Date: 09/13/06 1:45
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

Oh, if only it had been so... That would have been a story worth reading. That would have been a better life for everyone. Maybe she would have lived... Then again, there would never have been Harry Potter.

It's a good story, I really liked it. You describe Lily's doubts wonderfully. I love the thing with the brandy. So very Severus to brood like that. And then tea. Of course, then tea.

I'd say more, but I'm too tired and my tail bone hurts too much to let me think. However, your story made the pain go away for a bit. Thank you! Keep writing! :)


Author's Response: The brandy is with a hat-tip to Slian Martreb, who thought it was a Severus sort of drink. I could see him liking the ritual, but somehow I can't see him as a drinker -- too mind-fogging for him. And so there he sat, staring into it and wondering how much good it was going to do in the glass.

I have no idea what happens next for them, but that was some of the fun of writing it, for me. Lily stepping into the void and taking the chance was more interesting to me than what followed, which is probably the other reason the brandy panned out as it did.

Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: Phoenix3
Date: 09/13/06 0:23
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

My goodness but you never run out of ideas... and you execute them so beautifully. I feel like crying; taking the background of ItEoO, this is such a -----fulfilling story, I really don't even know how to explain my reaction. Which only further makes me dazzle at your prowess. lol k enough praise... but I really do love this little piece =)

Author's Response: Oooh, never enough praise... *bask* Thanks! This felt good to write, too. I can make James likeable, but I can't quite make him "deserve a Lily," as JKR said of Severus. Did anyone ever deserve Lily, and since when does deserving have anything to do with it?

Reviewer: BlondieFangurl
Date: 09/12/06 15:30
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

I love it when people say Antarctica. It can be so funny when the right people say it. Eccept when they can say it correctly. Hahahahahaha. I love this little fic :)

Author's Response: "Anardic?" Makes me chuckle, too. Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: sinbad
Date: 09/12/06 0:07
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

Wow, definately non canon. I like it so far let me know whn next chapter will be up

Author's Response: The what-ifs are fun now and then. I'm not sure if there's going to be a next chapter or not; there are a lot of things simmering away on the mind-stove right now. (And someday I really should beta-read for poor Slian, too.) Poor Severus; he's been avoiding tea all these years just to avoid bad news alongside the morning egg. I have to wonder a little what will happen next, too.

Reviewer: 90glassslippers
Date: 09/11/06 23:17
Chapter: Of Tea and Brandy

I liked it! I wanted all 22 reasons though.
I allways wonderd what it would have been like if Lily married Snape instead of James. If Harry didn't look almost Idenical to James, i would have even assumed Lily to have an affiar! Just kidding....

Author's Response: Wow, you are a serious Lily/Severus shipper, aren't you? I can't help but note that the Princes and Potters might have been related, but Rowling has (alas) assured us that Harry really is the son of James. Thanks for reviewing!

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