Good ending. I like the way you brought Helena's father into it. As a follow up, have you thought about telling how Helena met the Baron and what happened?
Author's Response: Thanks! It's probably my favourite of the fic.
It's very interesting to see how Rowena's mind works.
Author's Response: Writing a really smart person is tricky, but mainly I tried to do it with language, to give her an eloquent and sophisticated way of speaking. I hope that comes off. Also, I tried to keep giving her puzzles to solve, so she gets a chance to show her skills.
I can't wait to read more. I love seeing how they've just discovered the Veil Room in the Department of Mysteries.
Author's Response: The idea that the Veil came before anything else was an old one I had for a fic about the Department of Mysteries. That fic came to nothing (it had no plot) but I loved the idea and it transferred neatly here.
A lot off things coming together here.
Author's Response: Yes, this is where the story really kicks off.
This is great fun to read, especially the historical bits (nice to find out where JK Rowling got her idea for the "Wizengamot"!!) I don't know that much about early English history (not being English) so I am finding this very interesting. I hope you will be updating soon - I'm looking forward to when they finally get down to founding Hogwarts!
Author's Response: Yeah, seeing as the setting is a thousand years ago, the origins of the word Wizengamot was an obvious thing to bring up. It's nice when these details come together. The founding of Hogwarts is the culmination of the story, this is the tale of how they got there.
Different and intriguing.
Author's Response: There's a couple of surprises in store in the next chapter!
I don't often read historical fics, but your summary intrigued me and I clicked. So glad I did, I've thoroughly enjoyed this. There is so much depth to the wider world here, with the vivid descriptions. The way you tie in historical events is nicely subtle; they don't overpower the story but just add that lovely little bit of extra realness. Once or twice the dialogue has been a little jarringly 'modern' but I understand it is difficult to strike that balance between ease of understanding and sense of period.
I also love your characterisation. Even the minor characters feel human and well rounded, with good differences set up in just short passages. Your interpretation of Rowena and Helena is very interesting. I don't think I've ever come across their relationship as teacher/former student before, but it fits quite naturally here. And the way they earned their surnames is very clever! It seems a much better explanation of the founders having alliterated names than just from their families. I can't wait to see what you do with Godric and Salazar (they do show up, I presume).
Author's Response: I went back and forth on making the language historical, and eventually decided to write it normally as anything else would run the risk of looking ridiculous (after all, technically everyone should be speaking Anglo-Saxon and Gaelic!) My first draft of chapter 1 had the shepherds speaking in a very stereotypically Scottish manner, and it just looked silly. One big influence on why I wrote this was wondering where the Founders got their names - on the whole people didn't have surnames in the tenth century, that was a tradition that came later. That and wondering how they came to be famous in the first place. The canon descriptions of the Founders tend to emphasise Rowena as young and beautiful, with Helga as middle-aged and matronly, so I just took that and ran with it. I have them pegged at 24 and 40 respectively at this point in the story.
Author's Response: Thanks!
So far I am enjoying your story. It is nicely written, and I like how you link actual history and canon artifacts. Looking forward to reading the rest of the tale.
Author's Response: Part of the reason I wrote this was the challenge of plausibly linking the Founders into real history, so I'm glad you like that. There's so much diverse background detail on the Founders, and it's fun to throw in these little hints and references.
Very interesting and different sort of story.
Author's Response: Glad you like it, and I hope you enjoy the rest of it!