Brilliant! And you know what? I didn't even mind the scholar-academic style at all. This has to be the most original way to tell what happened at Hogwarts and with the ttrio after the books. I really have nothing to say that the other reviewers haven't said already...just, an amazing, creative piece of work. So I'm off to read your other stories!
I loved this fic. It was such an interesting take on how to describe the future of the trio.
The fic was so interesting, even though it was in textbook form. It's great that you can read into the words on the page, to find deeper meaning in them. It's not something you read a lot; it was a great change to read something like that. It added something to the reading experience; I don’t think that I would have enjoyed it as much if it were in a different format.
The curse on the DADA job was brilliant. It sounded exactly like something Voldemort would think about doing. I would have never come up with an idea like that. I also really enjoyed that Bill was the one to discover it. You would never think that Bill would be the one to discover, but it makes sense. He was a curse breaker, after all. (And a demiwolf!)
I loved the idea of the Donec Mors Charm. It really described the power of love well. Living on without your true love has to be hard; I love the idea of dying minutes after your husband or wife does. It makes perfect sense that Harry would cast a spell like this. Harry relies on love; it is probably his defining feature, more so over courage. The spell sounds exactly like Harry. I love that Hermione used it too. It really showed how much Ron and Hermione loved each other.
“I have a well-ordered mind” - one of my favorite lines from any fic I've ever read. It's such a Hermione-ish phrase. Only someone really near to her would be able to understand it. It also reflects Dumbledore's idea that death is the next great adventure. I think it's Hermione's way of recognizing Dumbledore, though I could be completely off here.
Just one minor little nit-picks. The dates in parentheses after everyone’s name were a bit confusing. I know it's a big history book thing, but I think it would have been a little clearer if it were only birth date-death date. It's not a huge thing, though.
Also, I love that Binns was the major contributor of all the knowledge. He's probably the only person who was alive though everything, so it would make sense that he would write it. Also, we know how much he loves history. The only thing is that I'm not sure how Binns would have known all this, like how Ron and Hermione died within minutes of each other. Was all of this publicly known, or did Binns just have happen to know all these obscure facts from overhearing conversations?
Great job, though. I love most of your fics, and this one is just as great.
Author's Response: Thank you, Teresa. What a wonderful, detailed review!
I'm glad you liked my use of the "textbook" form. This was actually the first fic I ever wrote, back in August-September of 2006; it was on SIYE for a few months before I started posting on MNFF. I'm an academic by profession, and so using this "dry" voice was a way for me to "ease" myself into fiction writing. (Sorry about the excessive dates, by the way -- I was trying to make the voice as dry as I could, and I thought they dried it out quite a bit. ;))
I'm not sure how Binns found these things out. The dates and times of Ron & Hermione's deaths were probably matters of public record; he is, after all, an historian. As for Hermione's last words, there must have been some document in which they were recorded. (I doubt that Binns would stoop to actually interviewing a witness!)
I'm so glad you liked the DADA curse. I'm rather proud of it. Keep your eyes peeled on my other fics, and you may see it again...
love the idea, and your scholarly style is lovely. Not enough Snape, though... :)
Author's Response: Thanks! "Not enough Snape?" Oy. I'm assuming you're reading "Returning Were As Tedious" too? ~Ken
Bravo. (And you can write muggle history textbooks for my classes any time.)
Author's Response: Thank you. You're very kind. (And here I was trying to make it really dry... :)) ~Ken
Wow! What an original, insightful, and well planned out story. The tone was just perfect for a textbook, and the details fabulous.
It's very intriguing, but also chilling, to think of a "312th Edition." Interesting to see what was included, what was excluded, and how events that we are familiar with could be percieved in a fictional future. It's so sad to think of what the characters we are familiar with hold so dear would be lost to the sands of time.
Great work, keep it up!
Author's Response: I was certain that I'd responded to this flattering review. I apologize for not having done so sooner.
Thank you so much for your kind words! You saw what I was hoping you would see.
An excellent story! You have presented refreshing and original ideas in a manner that seems authentic to the Wizarding world. I was very impressed by the way you managed to weave a moving story in-between the lines. The organisation and planning that you must have done clearly shows.
I really liked the final line, in which it's revealed that Professor Binns is the primary contributor to the text. Somehow, it made the events feel less distant, and explains quite a bit about the style of the text. ;)
Author's Response: Thanks for that praise. The weaving of the "other story" between the lines was what the piece ultimately was really about. I wanted to show that, dead as Binns may be and dead as his view of history is, the passionate truth still can be seek peeking through the cracks in his manuscript. Thanks again!
I was very impressed with this. It strikes the right tone for the History of Hogwarts and is an excellent format to tell us what we always want to know: "what happened next?"
Thanks so much for a stimulating read.
Keep up the good work!
Author's Response: Thank you so much. I'm glad you liked it. ~Ken
Author's Response: Thanks!
Wow. That is... different. Very different. But altogether an interesting read, and not a bad fic at all! Actually, I rather enjoyed it! At first, the references to a "second war" confused me, as I've always seen the Voldemort-centric times (both) as one war, but I did eventually figure that out.
Anyway... I really like this passage. It sounds like something I would expect to be in Hogwarts A History, and was, though, perhaps not exciting, an insightful read. It speculated, not only on the outcome of the war, but also on how this outcome would be viewed by future generations.
Really, I don't know how to best describe this fic. But I definately enjoyed it very much!
Author's Response: Many thanks, Elizabeth. Truly I wanted the reader to become increasingly impatient with the narrative voice of the story, because so much is missed, so much is neglected, so much is forgotten -- I wanted the quotation at the end of the story to be as if Hermione were pounding her fists on the borders of the text, shouting, "But it wasn't like that! There was so much more than that!" ...and that's the idea that made me write "On the Headmaster's Wall." ~Ken
Wonderfully different take of the Epilogue. Great job, and very scholarly!
Author's Response: Thank you, Chris. I'm honored. I figured this was my one chance to sound like the academic I am...
this is brilliant, and i can see how much work you put into it. i especially loved the subtle humor in the sections on the astronomy tower and the DADA curse. i've never read history text that i've found so fascinating! amazing.
Author's Response: Many thanks for the praise. I enjoyed writing those sections...
Okay, I just have to add a few more things. :)
I love all the references to magical theory in this piece! It's amazing, the thought and meticulous detail that went into some of this. Is theory an interest of yours?
I also love the reason you gave for the DADA job being cursed, what a great and original idea. Wonderful job!
And finally, I think the last paragraph of Hermione's work is brilliant. You have summed up what JKR is writing about when it comes to love in one sweep, and it's just fantastic.
I just recommended your story to a friend. I hope you get a lot of reads and some deservedly fantastic reviews. It's quite different compared to other stories around here, but so well worth the read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you!
Author's Response: Thanks again, Gina; I'm honored. I tend to be a theoryhead in the areas I work in, so yes, I'm into theory. But I especially thought that "Hogwarts: A History" would tend to focus on theory rather than any other area of magic.
Fantastic! This was just so incredibly unique, I loved it. I am fascinated by the myriad details you put into this - are there stories being written to go with this history? I particularly want to know more about Snape and how he saved Harry, about Hagrid and how he died, and about Harry's ILE that destroyed Voldemort. The Donec Mors Nos Separaverit is fascinating, what is the translation exactly?
I am just so amazed at how concisely and yet how thoroughly you have written our favorite characters' history and interwoven it into a textbook on Hogwarts. Hermione, especially, was well done. What did Ron do, after the Third War?
Wonderful job, I really enjoyed this story! You are a very talented writer, very original. Good luck with your future works! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: Thank you so very much for that praise, Gina. I don't actually *have* too many more details on the questions you posed -- I just wanted to suggest that some things might have happened. "donec mors nos separavit" means "Till death us do part." I hadn't decided what Ron did after the war, only that he married Hermione and died just before she did. I hope you like my other story, "On the Headmaster's Wall."