Reviewer: Nagini Riddle
Date: 06/17/12 20:53
Chapter: Mere Memories

Oh Natalie....
I don't know how I keep being surprised by your writing, but I am, and it always puts me in awe! I wish, wish, wish I could write as much and as exquisitely as you do! I have to agree that sometimes memories aren't enough, although it is sometimes all we have. It's too bad and somewhat depressing that we can't get those things back, but that's life, and I for one think that perhaps its not as bad as I may feel about it at times.
I want to say that memories, while not tangible, are still sometimes the fuel that keeps me going, so of course, the topic is a little in the gray area, don't you think?
Anyways, great poem! You once again captured those emotions so flawlessly!
Keep writing!!!!
Nagini :)

Reviewer: Equinox Chick
Date: 08/10/11 6:20
Chapter: Mere Memories

I can't remember the music you used here (sorry, I do fail at music), but this is a very evocative piece. Poor Harry, he so badly wants his family back - not a new one - but his mum and dad. Just so sad.

This is a powerful poem and touching, just as that scene was in the film and the book :( ~Carole~ (8?)

Author's Response: I can't remember either. D: I think it was called Harry and Hermione, or something like that. It's been ages ... Thanks for the review! I'm happy you liked it. :) <33

Reviewer: FawkesToTheRescue
Date: 09/24/10 17:19
Chapter: Mere Memories

Natalie!

I'm sorry! I bet I'm annoying the heck out of you because I review like every single thing you have! But I'm sorry!! *Hold hands up in denial* I can't resist it!

I love this poem. And it's so, so true! Everyone seems to think that memories are like all wonderful and they will get you through anything, but for someone with a past like Harry they are not enought! And he wants more! He's not trying to be greedy or anything, but he wants to know his parents.

AND MEMORIES ARE NOT ENOUGH!!!!

Haha, I'm a little crazy/hyper/super rambunctious right now . . . . . tehehehe.

*Hugs!!!*

-Megan

Author's Response: Megan, you are the love of my fanficcing life now. Hehehe!



I do feel bad for Harry, because the memory of his parents' death is all he has. :( I have always thought of writing something around it, but it took a Poetry Challenge to get me started. :D



I am loving your reviews! Thank you so, so much.



~Natalie.

Reviewer: Gmariam
Date: 04/26/10 19:46
Chapter: Mere Memories

I like it! It's very touching and fits the subject very well (and it's been a while since I listened to the soundtrack, but I imagine the music goes nicely with it.)
I love the way you repeated certain phrases/ideas, that always gives a poem more depth for me - maybe because the repetition knocks me over the head so if I don't get it the first time, hopefully I'll get it by the third. ;) I'm tempted to suggest a bit more (ie, All I can see/All I can hear), but I worry it would make the poem too redundant, too repetitive, and the single lines and non-repeating phrases break it up nicely. So maybe a tweak here or there in the punctuation to lend the form a more cohesive feeling?
I love the line "There is nothing I wouldn't do" after the rest of that stanza: very powerful. However, I might take out "mere" at the very end so that the "memories" in the last line mirrors the "memories" from the first line.
Very nice poem, Natalie! Is it a challenge? If so, good luck! ~Gina :)

Author's Response: Hello!



I suck at poetry-punctuation. :-( Perhaps, that's why the poem doesn't read nicely? I shall look into it. MMmm...I added "mere" in the last line so as to give more significance to Harry's resentment. The memories he has, for instance, are not enough. Where are the good times and carefree moments? I imagine he would feel a great longing for his parents' presence. So, I had to sacrifice the parallel there.



Thanks for the review, Gina! I am happy you enjoyed my poem. I am always anxious about my poetry, and it's a pleasant surprise when someone tells me they liked it. :)



Natalie.

Reviewer: ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Date: 04/23/10 21:04
Chapter: Mere Memories

I freaking fail at reviewing poetry, but I will endeavour to articulate myself in an adequate fashion. :D

The imagery and the emotion in this poem are so powerful, and it really makes me feel for Harry that he can kind of remember being there, but it's just never enough. It was the happiest time of his life, and he can't even freaking remember it. It's almost twisted how it works, and the pure feeling you've poured into it is so poignant. 

Very well done, my friend. I can't remember how you placed in this (you should modify your summary to say so), but it is seriously awesometastic.

I heart you, as usua;, 

Jess



Author's Response: Hey you!



I do feel a lot for Harry. That scene was one of the saddest in the series. How would it be, going to your home and not remembering enough? :-(



Thanks for the review.



Natalie.

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