Reviews For Holly and Hope
Reviewer: coolcat456
Date: 06/22/07 13:16
Chapter: Holly and Hope

i loved your story.i'll stop sending you reviews, for i know i have sent many beyond my usual're such a fantastic writer. never cease to write you r amazing stories.

Author's Response: Oh, I don't mind the reviews! ;) Thanks so much for reading so many of my stories. I'm so happy you enjoyed them and I really appreciate all your kind words. I'm so flattered! I don't plan to stop writing stories anytime soon, although I'm slowing down a bit. Thanks again for all the wonderful reviews!! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: BringPadfootBack
Date: 04/25/07 16:00
Chapter: Holly and Hope

I loved this so much. So sweet.

Author's Response: Thank you for reading this story! I really appreciate it - its nice to know someone is reading my holiday stories in the spring. ;) I'm so glad you liked it, thanks again for the lovely review! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: crazy_purple_hp_freak
Date: 12/23/06 10:26
Chapter: Holly and Hope

Gina, that was LOVELY! I really liked the descriptions throughout, and the overall atmosphere that I felt reflected the ‘Christmas’ mood very well. The description at the beginning sets the scene clearly and the imagery is fantastic; I really saw the scene of the village in my head!

This is the first ‘Oh Christmas Tree’ entry I’ve read where there is sadness as well as hope and happiness, and I felt that you conveyed this very well. The introduction of Dumbledore bringing news of Regulus’ death was quite unexpected, but worked really well. On the other hand, I absolutely LOVE the jokey side of the story too! Well, you can’t have a marauder fic without pranks and stuff, can you? :p

“For my godson, may he be as good a flyer as his father, but smarter and prettier.”

*giggle* Loved this. It sounds like something Sirius would say…dunno if it turned out true though!

For my parents,” he said quietly. “I think I turned out okay, thanks to you.”

I felt that this line was very IC for James. The way that he said the line showed his sadness and sorrow really well, yet the little joke fits well in showing his hopefulness and general jokey character that shines through even in times like this.

Sirius looked up, his eyes shocked and sad. “Who told you?”
Dumbledore shook his head this time. “You know I cannot tell you, Sirius.”
…“Yet he died for what he believed, Sirius. He made the choice to leave Voldemort’s service, and he died a free man.”

Again, very in character. You’ve captured Sirius’ character well, in showing how much he’s care about his brother even if the two of them are still very different and havent’ spoken for a long time. Likewise, Dumbldore’s character is also exact, as he ‘secretive’ way of saying things matches exactly with parts in canon where he frustrates Harry. I love the line about choices…wow.

“Of course!” exclaimed Lily. “We’d be honored.” Being very Britpicky, ‘honored’ should be ‘honoured’ .

Lastly, the ornaments for the tree were so lovely, and really added to the emotional story! I like the way that you repeated ‘for the’… for each ornament; it made the actions quite sincere.

Oooh and *loves the Holly and the Ivy* Great story, well done and good luck in the challenge! ~Suzie

Author's Response: Wow! Thank you *so much* for the awesome review!! *squees* That is one of the best reviews I've received, you made my day! I'm so glad you enjoyed this story, and I really appreciate you pointing out the things that worked well, particularly with the characters. I shall endeavor to watch my British spellings. ;) From what I've read as well, it really is one of the only Christmas tree prompts with that touch of sadness, I'm not sure how that happened, except that I wanted to give the story an extra layer for depth, and that's how the bit with Sirius's brother came to be involved. Thank you so much for reading this story, and for leaving such a great review! I'm so excited! Thank you and good luck to you as well with all your stories!! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: mgle_teacher
Date: 12/08/06 20:12
Chapter: Holly and Hope

Oh Gina!
This is lovely!
I can't write my story now! It'll be dim next to yours. lol.
You have a great knack for writing stories that stay true to canon - I'm utterly amazed!
And you do such a great job at it too.
I love the fun parts at the beginning, and the serious parts with Sirius.
It was lovely.

Author's Response: Hi Ritta! Thanks for reading this story! I'm so glad you liked it, both the fun bits and the sadder ones as well. Yes, I like to stay close to canon, perhaps sickeningly so. ;) Of course, we know very little about the Marauders, so that's a bit more open! Thank you so much for the lovely review. I hope you write your story, I've really enjoyed reading other stories in this challenge and would love to read yours! Go Ravenclaw! Thanks again! *turnip hug* ~Gina :)

Reviewer: LoOnY_for_Harry
Date: 12/08/06 14:56
Chapter: Holly and Hope

As beautiful as the song referred to in the story.

Author's Response: Thank you very much for the compliment! I am glad you read this story, and I really appreciate the lovely review! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: Cheshlin
Date: 12/08/06 11:28
Chapter: Holly and Hope

That was a very touching story!! I love what all the ornaments were and how each person added what meant the most to them. (the rings did work wonderfully! :) I'm glad I could help a little!) My favorite was Dumbledore's line, “The smallest spark of light will chase away even the darkest shadows of night,” It was very fitting!! The carol fit in perfectly also!

Author's Response: Hi there! Thank you so much for reading this story and leaving a review! I'm glad you liked it, especially the ornaments - thanks for your help with Lily's ornament, it turned out well. I'm glad you liked Dumbledore's line, I may have to play with that a bit. So you can see how the carol fits? I'm so glad! Thanks again for the lovely review!! ~Gina :)

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