Great story! The plot with Maldemort is really inventive and Harry being the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is both realistic and compelling. You've put Harry in almost the same situation as Snape was in Philosopher's Stone and it'll be fascinating to see how that turns out. Great work!
Well done first chapter! The intro was particularly classy. I liked your portrayal of Snape (it's so easy to mischaracterize him as too mean or too nice) and the resumed Occlumency lessons is a good way to explore teen angst. Keep it up!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for your insightful review!! Really means a lot to me! The intro just sort of... happened. But I'm glad you liked it! I was so nervous about writing Snape. He's a complex character to portray. I'm pleased you thought it was alright. Thanks again!
Loved it! Other random thoughts ahead. The fluff warning wasn't necessary; there was just enough fluff for a good romance story. Loved the Harry angst, but then again I'm a fan of angsty stories in general. I don't normally like stories set after Voldemort is defeated, but that's because some authors use the fact that the main characters are now adults to virtually ignore character development; you do not, which makes this story all the richer. Easily the best romance/angsty fic/treatise on the nature of fighting evil I've read. Oh yeah, and the ending was great, too. Magnificent work!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for the review! I put the fluff warning out of nerves, really... believe it or not, that's actually as "fluffy" as I've gotten so far in a fan fic, so needless to say I saw scared about how it turned out. Thanks for your lovely compliments... they mean a lot to me- truly. Especially since I'm such a die-hard fan of your fiction!
Nice spin on an old classic romantic storyline: the love potion! You've got the characterization of Harry and Hermione down pat, so this story definitely has potential. Write more!