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Name: sam1 (Signed) · Date: 02/07/11 12:27 · For: Wednesday: 9 January 1985 Thursday 9 January 1986
love it alot hope u update soon

Author's Response: Thank you so much for your message; I will do my best to update as soon as I can. Sadly work, my real life, gets in the way of my writing.

Name: nevilleherosnape (Signed) · Date: 02/06/11 15:51 · For: Wednesday: 9 January 1985 Thursday 9 January 1986
Love it! Very Good!

Author's Response: Thank you so much; I wasn't certain if it would be well received or not.

Name: haydensnape (Signed) · Date: 05/16/10 19:59 · For: Sunday, 9 January 1983

Okay, I don't know why, but I just kind of assumed this was a one shot. It was a nice surprise to see this go on!

Good chapter, I'm really liking this story. I can really understand Severus' frustration, especially since its his birthday.

Author's Response: I am so sorry not to have noticed that you sent in two reviews. Thank you so much. I hope to include all the years that Snape was at Hogwarts in a teaching and headmaster capacity.

Name: haydensnape (Signed) · Date: 05/16/10 19:55 · For: Saturday, January 9, 1982
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!You captured Snape's character perfectly, and didn't surgar coat anything. It was nice to read a fanfic during the period in between the Potter's murders and Harry's return to Hogwarts. In case you haven't picked up on it, I loved it. :D

Author's Response: Your words are most kind, and I greatly appreciate you making them. I hope not to disappoint you.

Name: hestiajones (Signed) · Date: 04/13/10 1:50 · For: Chapter 3

I don’t know why I didn’t read this earlier. This really is an interesting, well-planned chaptered fic on Severus Snape. I am no fan of him, but I won’t deny that he is one of the most intense and intriguing characters of the fandom.

Now, what was Snape doing all those years? I have briefly wondered about this, and I’m happy someone is taking the time to show us that history. I love how you are keeping the theme of his birthday to show us the “growth” of the infamous Potions master. Each birthday, something happens to make him, and mar him as well. However, you have managed to keep him in character by keeping him from mulling over the occasion. He just doesn’t seem the type to look forward to birthdays, does he?

As I read through the three chapters, I couldn’t help but feel how spot on your characterization was. Snape, Dumbledore, McGonagall – all written well without sugar-coating. You managed to show Dumbledore’s Machiavellian nature without overdoing/underdoing it; the unexpected mentioning of Lily’s names, the ignoring of Snape’s anger and accusations, the caution with which he handles the young professor, as though he were a ticking bomb – superb. The relationship between these two men is one of the more fascinating ones in the book, and you examined it really well.

I also liked how you wrote Snape from such an objective angle. There is no hero-worshipping there, no turning him into a pitiable martyr. Instead, you explored his bitterness and grief the way he would have felt them. Yes, he is very young, so how couldn’t he feel the sting of house-rivalry? Why wouldn’t he want to teach a subject that would grab the students’ attention? Why would he want to be stuck with something which no one appreciated, or cared enough about? We know Snape hadn’t been particularly popular at school in spite of his talents; it’s no wonder he would wish to get away from Potions, and do something else.

I am, however, in two minds about why, in your fic, Snape wants DADA. While it is certainly in character for him to be impatient to teach “dunderheads” a subject he excelled at as a student, and he wants to do DADA just to show he could do sparkly magic as well, I still feel that he is personally very fascinated with the subject. He tried that for years, and though I must consider that DADA could be his only other option if he wanted to switch subjects (we don’t hear of any other openings in the books), he seems to revere the subject when he finally takes it in HBP. I would like to hear your thoughts on this.

Apart from that, there were a few typos – minor ones which can be easily changed. All in all, I am enjoying your fic, and eagerly waiting for the next chapter.


Author's Response: I'm really sorry that my work has gone pear shaped, and I haven't the time to respond to you right now. Do know I intend to write you. I am also on LJ under talloakslady. I will write you there. I really appreciated you very considerate review. noelle

Name: steph0421 (Signed) · Date: 04/10/10 13:04 · For: Saturday, January 9, 1982
Fabulous story! I can't wait to read more!

Name: nevilleherosnape (Signed) · Date: 04/09/10 22:22 · For: Chapter 3
Hot toddies? LOL I love it! Good job on this chapter! Looking forward to the rest!

Author's Response: Oh, thank you so much for reading and liking what I've done. Of course, I must thank JK Rowling for creating a gem of a character for me to play with.

Name: Virgil (Signed) · Date: 04/04/10 13:36 · For: Saturday, January 9, 1982
I really like this (of course, I'm a sucker for anything Sev/Lily related). I also like your comparison of Snape to Sisyphus, who (if I remember my Edith Hamilton correctly) was condemned to push a rock up a mountain in Tartarus, only for it to roll back down and he would have to start over, pushing that boulder for all eternity. Gotta love mythology. And "those damnable words" - I believe you're referring to him calling Lily a Mudblood? ~Virgil

Author's Response: Thank you for takiing the time to leave me your comments; they are greatly appreciated. Yes, you gotta love the mythology, and using it in writing is so much fun. You are correct; the damnable words were Snape's own in speaking to Lily. He deeply regretted saying them, because they cost him the one person he really and truly loved.

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