I don't know if I've ever read anyone who is so consistent in their characterization of this era! And still manages to have a nice range to write in...if that makes sense. This story was a great read that had me chuckling at one point and feeling the sadness and frustration right along with the boys (and McGonagall!) in the next. I think McGonagall's point of view was spot on (and really fun to read, actually)…she seemed to genuinely like each boy, but was obviously frustrated and still…McGonagall, lol. Fair and stern and well-spoken.
Each interview was unique and helped to do several things at once. It illustrated the boys' relationship at that time, and through James' interview mainly, it helped to highlight the rough times in the world outside Hogwarts. It also served to develop each character; even though the interviews were fairly short, the boys were given enough time to reveal important things about their character at that age. And it had some foreshadowing without being hit-you-in-the-face with it.
Overall, your writing is always very enjoyable and this was no exception - it was a pleasure to read. I would have liked to see more Lily, but I know this was about the boys. She did have her place at the end. And…McGonagall has a picture of Dumbledore on her desk? ;)
Author's Response: Oh ha ha - no I'm not implying she loves Albus hee hee - just that she uses him for inspiration sometimes. Thank you so much for the review- I am pleased you liked it. I extremely pleased you liked McGonagall, I see her as someone who behind the stern front can be emotional (see her at Quidditch matches - LOL). Hmm, I was going to include Lily, but it was hard to slot her in with those troublesome Marauders (plus I still struggle with her - *blush*). Thanks again. Carole xxx
This story was such a good idea, and it didn't disappoint. Sirius was probably my least favorite interview, and it was still good. Peter's was great, and you absolutely nailed James's. Lupin's was the hardest to write, I'd imagine, and you did a great job with that too. all in all, marvelous stuff.
Author's Response: Actually, Remus was the first one I wrote because it was a drabble and it was the easiest - LOL. The hardest was probably Peter because it's very hard to write him without being heavy handed with the irony because he's a traitor. Thank you very much for the review. I do appreciate it.
that was really good and i liked that you showed what mcgonagall was thinking. poor remus... i always feel so bad for him! :( excellent job tho! it was a great story!
Author's Response: Thank you for that. I always feel so sorry for Remus too. Carole
I really love this story. It's great. It was so much fun to read. I didn't want it to end.
Author's Response: Hmmm, well I could have done Lily I suppose, but I didn't want to disrupt the Marauders too much. Anyway ... as I said ... it's kinda a prequel to The Lions of Gryffindor ... so ... (hint hint) Thanks for the review. I enjoyed writing the story. Carole xxx
I want to start off by saying that you did a wonderful job. I've always thought that Professor McGonagall had a special place for the Marauders and it was quite fitting to write a story on them from her POV. You kept her marvelously in character, while at the same time I saw different qualities in her, which made the story very enjoyable. Her advice was sound, and seemed perfect to whom she was speaking to at the time.
One of my favorite lines: Don’t be a follower all your life, Peter. You need to carve out your own niche – perhaps at the Ministry. After all, Potter and Black won’t be by your side for the rest of your life.”
I think this was perfect. It somewhat connects Peter with what he will do after Hogwarts, by becoming a Death Eater, while at the same time can be read and mean a different thing completley. I actually read the line twice, and the first time my mind jumped to the DE Peter, but the second time, it seemed like proper advice to give to someone like him which was perfect.
I think particularly, the interview with Remus was very well done. I know that I had tears in my eyes after reading it, and you captured the emotions, the pain, everything very well.
Now, one thing that I'm not to sure about is how quickly Professor McGonagall jumps down Sirius idea of becoming an Auror. I know that you provided good reasoning, and I'm glad that his surname wasn't the only reason for him not becoming an Auror, but from what I read, it seemed to me if McGonagall was trying to discourage him as much as possible. I know that this is not what you intended for him, and I really liked the bit about the Whomping Willow incident at the end, but to me, it seemed as if Professor McGonagall wasn't think along the lines of best interest, but rather turning his idea down because of his school behaviour (which I'm sure probably was not the best most of the time;)).
James' interview: This was very good. I actually thought he was serious about playing professional Quidditch, and thought this was good to go away from the 'Auror' idea all of his friends had presented. When McGonagall first got angry about this idea, I thought it was in character, but rather exxagerated. That is, until I found it out he was just stringing her along. I admit to having chuckled a bit there, but I still think a professional Quidditch career could be quite plausible.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this. You did a good job avoiding all the cliches and at the same time did a wonderful job describing each of the characters and their reactions. Great job!
Author's Response: Hey, Sarah, thanks for the review. I'm glad you liked the interviews and that little line about Peter. Remus makes me sad as well. I did giggle at James when I was writing it - he's a bad boy at times. I agree he would have loved to be a Quidditch player (I have his dad as an old pro in my fic) but I wanted to show that he's starting to mature and knows there are more important things to be thinking about. Okay, Sirius, well I think she is discouraging him simply because she doesn't feel he is right to be an Auror. I know Harry is moderately reckless in his time at Hogwarts, but he's not as irresponsible as Sirius was (or his dad). The main difference between James and Sirius is that supposed prank - it could have led to Snape's death and I wanted to show that it still had consequences for Sirius. I also think McGonagall is rather hoping her words will make him grow up - perhaps they do - but he still particpates in the SWM scene *sigh*.
Thank you for the review - it's much appreciated - and very welcome. Carole xxx
Another great Marauder era fic, I really enjoyed it.
Author's Response: Thank you for the review. I'm pleased you enjoyed it. Carole
I liked this a lot. It really conveyed each of the Marauders' different personalities so well. I'll have to add it to my favorites. Poor Remus...
P.S. I've been listening to your audiofic of A Little More Time and just wanted to let you know that you do a fantastic job. That is my all-time favorite story because it brings back my two favorite characters in the series and your characterizations are top-notch. Thanks for that.
Author's Response: Awww, thank you. Yes, I sigh a lot over poor Remus. So unfair. Thanks also for the audio fics review. I love that story so much and now firmly believe it to be canon because I thought their deaths were so unfair. Tonks and Remus are my favourite characters (along with Sirius who is just a god!) and my ultimate OTP.
I absolutely loved reading this - it was great to see the ways the Marauders would approach their careers, and the way you structured the whole thing made their scenarios and their conversations with McGonagall very believable. I felt rather bad for Remus :( Also Sirius, although temperament is rather more easily controlled than lycanthropy. I adored how you kept the story moving without falling prey to all the fearful cliches that lurk in Marauder Era fanfics :) All in all, great job!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the review, Apurva. I'm particularly pleased that you thought it free of cliches as that was the primary intention. I didn't envy Minerva's job in this story, although I'm hoping she eventually smiled at James and hopefully Lily made her proud. Poor Remus ... *hugs her werewolf*
Ah, this is brilliant. I absolutely love your style. You have created a beautifully melancholic tone. I love it!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the review --- wow, I don't think anyone's ever reviewed so quickly.