This story was awesome; it kept me interested right to the end. I loved the look inside Tom's head. I thought it was great how it came full circle with Tom thinking about his B-day at the beginning and the end of the story. The descriptions were great. I felt like someone could make a good movie by expanding this plot a little. Keep up the good work:)
Author's Response: Thank you very much! :)
Wow. I had to read it two times to wrap my head around it all (poor Tom- the fuzzines IS annoying). Very well done, very well written, great description, imagery and continuity to the story (the snow and slush, and bitting cold add so much to the context)- the attention to detail was superb (Harry´s stick having a leaf, for example).
Despite what he sometimes says, it is apparent that Tom needs to communicate and relate to someone- although perhaps he cannot exactly relate to Harry´s optismistic and tranquil nature (by the way, I think the scene where Tom imagines Harry mimicking his emotions at his having killed Dennis was very well done and shows this point nicely).
The part at the end where Tom reflects on Harry´s effect on him, though... would a nine year old recnognize ¨evil¨ in himself? Well, anyway, it is clear that the boy Voldemort had some problems- had they been attended properly, would Lord Flight-from-death have existed?
The effect of the man from the alcove is very curious. Tom realized what he man´s kindness represented, yet in the end he was still added to the list of future fatalities.
I was left wondering, though... how did Harry appear? Is he the boy-who-lived whom we know and love?
What was the relationship between Harry and the man in the alcove, if there was any at all?
They weren´t just figments of Tom´s imagination, were they?
I really enjoyed the story. It definitely opened up several interesting trains of thought.
Please keep writting!
Author's Response: Thank you! This has definitely made my day. :) I really appreciate you taking the time to read this (twice!) and leave a lovely review!
I suppose the man and Harry’s natures are ambiguous. But here is how I saw it, while I was writing: Harry IS just a figment of Tom’s imagination. Tom was thinking about meeting a boy (like Harry) for a long time before he finally snapped and created one himself. I did model this Harry from our Boy-Who-Lived, but he isn’t the exact same; he’s more of Tom’s “goodness”, or child-ness. The man, however, is real; Tom also subconsciously modeled Harry after the man was kind to him. He was more of a father figure to Tom, but Tom in the end rejects it.
Hope that helps. I know that a lot of it is strange, but this story just wrote itself. I would sit down and just type up what came to mind, and this happened, haha.
Again, thank you so much! :)
This is an unusual story, and I mean that in a good way. I rarely come across fics that show sympathy for Voldemort. It was an interesting touch that Tom's 'friend' wasn't real.
Author's Response: Thanks! :) Glad you enjoyed it!
(You can tell I stalked your author page.)
I really, really loved this one-shot, and I am shocked that you haven't got more reviews than 2. Well, 3, counting mine. It seriously deserves more.
I don't even know where to begin this review. You nailed everything so well. I was hooked till the end. This story had suspense, humour, wit and drama. Can I also gush about how fluidly you write? I love your description and dialogues - they read so easily, and yet, beautifully.
But what I loved most was your characterisation of Tom. It was brilliant! I daresay I tend to think of Tom as being inherently evil, even though I am aware of how unfair such a conclusion is. But your fic made me rethink. Sure, he is still a morbid and violent kid, but I must remember that he was, after all, ostracised, too.
Can I ask you something? What inspired you to write this? Why Harry? This is the first time I am directly addressing an author in my review, but I am so impressed and intrigued.
Really fantastic story!
Author's Response: Hello Natalie! This is seriously one of the greatest reviews I’ve ever received – it made my day! So thank you very, very much for taking the time to read my monster of a one-shot, and leaving your thoughts! I’m glad it hooked you until the end – whenever I reread it (which I do often, just to nit-pick) I tend to worry that it drags on for ever, so it’s a relief that you didn’t get bored! To be honest, I don’t really know what inspired me. I keep a log of random ideas I have, and one of them was Tom having a friend who turns out to be his imagination (though as I was writing Seedling, I decided to leave that part ambiguous). I randomly became really interested in Tom – he is one of the most intriguing characters, in my opinion, and I just love stories involving him and Harry (slash or not). I just think they contrast each other well. Not to mention they are my two favourite characters. ;) The movie Donnie Darko might also have had something to do with it, but I can’t remember if I saw it before I wrote the story. Again, thank you very much for your lovely review! Kels
I loved this story - your descriptions were really great and detailed. I loved your interpretation of Tom's character and the way you brought Harry in... it was a great explanation for how Tom ended up as Voldemort. Usually I don't read dark fics... but I think I'll check out your other ones!
Author's Response: Thanks a lot! I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was really fun to write, and exploring Tom's character was an interesting journey. :) I hope you enjoy my other (and older, eek!) stories.
I'm so glad you've taken the time to add your own imagination to Tom Riddle. He is such a character with so little given, that I love to read what others think he was like. You tried giving Tom a friend, and I really liked how he coped with it but was ultimately unable to keep one. The only thing I would ask is to hear more about the absence of his mother that you mention toward the end of the story. I really liked that detail.
Well done, I highly enjoyed it! I'm also writing a story about Tom Riddle, but it takes place after the orphanage and hogwarts. Keep up the good stories!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my little story! I absolutely loved writing it, and I too really enjoy reading stories about Tom. I am fascinated with his character. At the moment I'm writing another story involving him and Harry, which has also been interesting so far. I'll make sure to check out your story!