I've read quite a few fics very similar to this, and I don't mind saying I got very boared of visiting those same rooms. I did however find this version quite deep in places, especially Snape's self-character analysis. I particularly liked the thought of the chair, never starting anything again, because I imagine Snape has felt like that more than once. And his sarcasm while talking to his mother was very IC, particularly the thought of agreeing to not use dark magic on his father and hitting him with a spade instead. Voldemort would perhaps not appreciate the irony though. The twist at the end, transfiguring the cup horcrux into a prophecy sphere was very good, I didn't see that coming. The best of these fics I've come across.
Author's Response: Haha, yeah, I got a little bored of these rooms too. ;) But I'm glad you liked this fic. Writing the scene between Severus and Eileen was probably my favorite part of the Gauntlet, to be frank. And I'm glad you liked how Sevy hid a Horcrux for Voldemort -- it turned out my theory was wrong, but hey, it made sense at the time. ;D Thank you for your awesome review!
Oh my gosh... this is... truly breathtaking. It's incredible, really. I've never seen such amazing characterization of Snape, and your interpretation of the prompts was great. I had trouble writing a cohesive story, but yours really flows.
The part about his mother was truly heartbreaking. This was a unique and very realistic portrayal of Eileen Prince, and it brought tears to my eyes. It was especially poignant where Snape said that he'd never understood love, but he'd tried.
The choice between staying in the room and leaving... wow, I didn't know which he was going to choose. There was quite an air of urgency about it.
You have a fantastic writing style, and I can't wait to read more from you! Three thumbs up! (Don't even ask how that's possible.)
Author's Response: Oh, Schmergo, thank you!! I actually struggled quite a bit with the prompts, so I'm glad you thought it flowed well!
The scene with Eileen was most certainly my favorite to write. That was the first prompt I felt like I really connected with, and it encouraged me to plow ahead with the rest of the Gauntlet. :D
Again, thank you so much for everything you said. I've never gotten a three thumbs up before! ;) Teehee.
Ohh Anna! This is so good! What a good idea you had! Snape who hides a Horcrux without even knowing it! Brilliant! I liked all the parts of your Gauntlet, you handled the obstacles very well! The veil room was my favorite one, with Eileen. I can see Snape get emotional like that with his mother, he must have loved her for sure. But wasn't Snape's father a Muggle? Because Eileen said that Tobias would know dark spells too... but he can't do magic... Or maybe it's me who's confused. It just made me wonder. Also, I want to say that I think you have a nice writting style, it's refined and it felt to me like I was reading one of JKR's books! Really, you did a great job dear! :)
Author's Response: Wow, thanks so much! :D The veil room was my favorite to write, I'm glad you liked it. And you're absolutely right, Tobias is a Muggle. When Eileen said that line, she meant that Tobias knew Severus could perform dark spells. Not that Tobias himself could perform them. Sorry that that wasn't made clear, I had thought it was. :l Anyway, thanks for such a lovely review, Viv! *huggles*