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Remind me never to read your stories when sharing a room with my poor sister revising for her GCSEs. I was laughing my socks off
Author's Response: Haha, thank you! Tell your sister that I apologize but that at least your laughter wasn't as irritating as Bob!
Wow. This is really good. In the first two chapters I wasn't really sure about Dacia (which is a very cool name) but I love her line " At least Ravenna was damned, that gave Dacia a boost even though it shouldn’t have". Ravenna and Dacia have much stronger personalities than Dante- I'm not sure what to make of him just yet. Are you continuing this fic, because I'm really enjoying it so far and want to hear about them doing something rather than just running! They are going to do something aren't they? Anyway great story and looking forward to the next chapter!!
Wow. That was really well written. I love how formal his voice is, but you know he's speaking to someone. The fact that it's his ex and that he's so far removed from his past that he talks about her in the third person just helps emphasise how detached he is, and how he is really 'nothing'. That's a great last line. I also like the way Isabella just can't get that he's not really human anymore when she says "you must forgive". I like how quick and clinical her death was, and his complete lack of regret. But you still feel sorry for him, which is a hard trick to pull off. Really enjoyed this (Jess pointed me to it on the forums) - thank you!
That was hilarious!! Trust Fred at the end to break the third wall and say Immortalized in this spoof through song.
I know think Voldemort must have a very, very good singing voice. Loved the fact Bella IS Helena Bonham Carter so much- and although its a spoof, I thought Snape singing about Lily was quite sad and moving.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I personally like this spoof the best of all of mine. And I had to use Bellatrix for the "By The Sea" song, didn't I? And yeah, Voldemort sings so much in all of my parodies, he MUST have a great voice!
Wow. THat was really gently, beautifully written- not telling us too much, but just enough, kind of teasing but really good. Also when I saw it was based on THe Great Gatsby I was so terrified it would all end badly- so thank you for giving this a happy ending!
It started with a Christmas visit and his father's question. "If you patrol during the day, who takes the night watch?" Charlie's search for an answer leads to his discovery of a nocturnal keeper named Nadia...and a thirteenth use for dragons' blood.
Thank you so much for telling me to read this! It was really beautiful the way Nadia and Charlie got closer. I've always liked Charlie but never really any of the women he gets paired with But I like Nadia. It fits in with canon really well- this is Harry's first year isn't it? I loved the author's notes and the detail of the folklore you used. I also liked the references to the gypsies and the communists. Have you read "The Historian"? That book made me want to travel round Eastern Europe, and your story has just confirmed that desire. I'm sorry this review is not very incisive- I just wanted to say how much I loved your characterisation. And I liked Emil- for a character who has relatively little space you made him very realistic, as you did with all the characters working with the Dragons. Thank you for a great story : )
Thank you so much for taking the suggestion! :D Yes, it's set Harry's first year, and no, I haven't read The Historian, but if it'll make me feel like travelling . . . ;) I'm so happy you liked Emil! He's a bit Snape-ish (although he's only related to the Prince side of the family, heh) which is probably why I have a soft spot for him.
Thanks again for reading!
That was adorable! I kindof guessed Snape might be doing it on purpose but the pillow fight at the end had me grinning! VEry sweet
Author's Response: Thanks so much-- I'm glad you enjoyed it! :) I thought it was the kind of joke that the Half-Blood Prince who came up with "Levicorpus" could invent.
That was really sweet! I loved Sirius' sense of humour, and, of course he wouldn't have written a speech in advance. But I especially loved the ending, because just as everything seemed perfect, the reminder of what will happen, especially between the Marauders (particularly since Lily is a Marauder by marriage- I loved that part) was very poignant and sad.
Author's Response: Thank you for you review. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Sirius is my favourite character and most of the time, the one I write. Thanks again. Terri
I love the way you use flashbacks, and the relationship between ROdolphus and Evan Rosier- looking forward to the rest of the story!
At age fifteen, Regulus Black became sole heir to the largest fortune in Wizarding London. At sixteen, his abnormal intelligence won him entry into the most notorious cult of Dark wizards on earth. At seventeen he made a mistake – one that he would never be able to take back – and his entire world came crashing down.
Enter London, 1979. The story of a boy who managed to defy Voldemort at the height of his regime. But what price did he have to pay?
I'm sorry I'm not up to the lovely long reviews other people have given- I found this through the restricted section and think it is the most interesting characterisation of both Sirius and Regulus, as well as James. Its beautifully written, as well as avoiding all cliches- I particularly loved Sirius' defence of his family. And I think Ootp mentions Sirius had been drinking- so his alcoholism in response to a difficult situation is not Ooc at all.
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you agree with my depiction of Sirius and alcoholism; a lot of people write that off as a fanon cliche, but I actually think it's one of the more believable ones, due to evidence for it in OotP, as you mentioned. Sirius was a great person, impossibly flawless and good-natured despite the way he was brought up in an abusive home, and to me I think alcoholism would be the remnant of that abuse. There has to be some sign that he's not entirely emotionally stable, and to me alcoholism makes the most sense, because I think his mother was also a raging alcoholc. Thanks again for the review, it was lovely and I hope you enjoy the rest. :)
I'm in a hurry to read the rest of this but I just had to leave a review for this chapter. In a way most of it feels like a dream/ the beginning of the end. His leaving Adele was beautiful, as was Sirius' destruction of the letter, which in a way he knows he deserves. I love the use of the word "cannibalistic" to describe the flames. This chapter was beautiful, intelligent and full of emotion. Thank you!
Wow. This is by far and away the best story I have ever read on MNFF. By far. As a physics nerd myself (although the sort who reads a book then asks my clever engineer friend what the hell that meant) I loved the way you used the ideas of quantum mechanics to structure the story without overly imposing themselves upon it. Also the wave-particle duality idea is a stroke of genius.
But not only is your characterisation spot on/ dialogue accurate/ canon- compliance amazing but amongst this there are things said about morality and redemption that are original and interesting in their own right, aside from being tied to someone else's world. That may not make sense.
I also loved how you did not shy away from what you'd want. Like it would be so nice to think that someone before Harry figured out that Regulus was working against Voldemort (before I forget I loved Regulus' characterization of Harry) but of course Sirius by now despises Regulus so would not read it, but burn it.
Basically I'm in love with this story. I'm about to read it again from the beginning. Thank you so much for writing it so we can all read and enjoy it!
PS Which e.e cummings poem/s are you quoting from at the end of the penultimate chapter, and the beginning of the last one? Just wondering- I've only just started reading him- also the one in the penultimate poem is it in any way a response/ paraphrase of the Emily Dickinson poem with the line "If I can stop one heart from breaking/ I shall not live in vain? If you don't know I'll try and find out/ not interested don't worry- I'm just curious :)
I've been meaning to read this for ages and am glad I finally got round to it. I love how quickly you keep the story moving- in the first chapter showing Lavender going from feeling like she owes her father to keep safe, and then realising she can help just as much as the rest. I like your characterisation of Lavender- and the comment (I think it was in the last chapter) that just because she's had one boyfriend doesn't make her "the Hogwarts broom". I like the way she can stand up for herself, even to the point of drawing her wand to Lily, and accepts the change in her ideals within the first chapter.
The first chapter was very fast, covering a lot of time, so it was nice to have a chapter covering one evening in detail. I liked the moment where Gryffindor nobility (not attacking Blaise) encountered Slytherin cynicism and they both accepted each other's positions. Although it was rather quick the way they opened up to each other the dialogue was really realistic, and the movement from that to making out very well done.
I also liked Blaise losing control and breaking the glass. Blaise, to have been made Head Boy (despite being half-blood which is brilliant, and proves how stupid the pureblood ideology is), must usually show a lot, but he obviously doesn't like being tricked (even though he was not). I loved Lavender's last line, and will read the next chapter as soon as possible. Alex
Author's Response: Thank you very much for the lovely review. The reason this first chapter was so fast was that it was written as a oneshot for a characterisation class. I decided to extend it because I'd left a lot of things up in the air. No one actually knows that Blaise is a half-blood (well, Dumbledore might because he's Dumbledore but the others think he's Mr Zabini's son) Glad you're enjoying the story and hope you like the rest of it. ~Carole~
I think this is my favourite chapter so far (yes I am staying up reading this). I love the way you go from Lavender nearly getting raped, to the Gryffindor girls playing silly games in the Room Of Requirement. The way you show the teachers, and some of the Slytherins, trying to do their best for the students is really clever, as well as Blaise growing to realise that Snape is not what he seems. I also liked the argument Blaise and Draco had- it was brief, but a way of showing how badly the war is affecting him. His realisation that he is in love with Lavender in a time of crisis was really well done as well. It was very sweet of Seamus to offer to pretend the child was his. I'm sorry this review is so rambling- I'm looking forward to the next chapter! Alex
Author's Response: I liked writing this chapter. I didn't want it to be all doom and gloom in the RoR, I wanted to show the camaraderie that must have developed between them all, so I'm glad you picked up on that. Seamus is a sweetie ... poor boy. I really must find him a nice a girl - ha ha. Thanks for the review ~Carole~
I'll leave a rambling incoherent review for this chapter, because I need to sleep before reading the next one. This chapter was so perfectly done- I love the last part where everything that had happened, told through their friends, was related but they missed it, although they were together. This chapter read so smoothly, and flowed even though huge events were happening. Blaise and Daphne were heroic. I'll look forward to reading the last chapter first thing in the morning!
Author's Response: I found this chapter hard to write because of the canon events. I needed to find a way or rewriting them because I couldn;t just ignore them, hence the reported action. I actually cried when I wrote this. Ha - I'm so wet. Thank you for reading and reviewing ~Carole~
That was such a lovely ending. I particularly liked Blaise's conversation with his mother- it felt very realistic, and it fits that what his step-father did to his mother made him feel duty bounded initially and he and Lavender fell in love from there. They are a lovely couple. One thing I didn't mention earlier- I love Snape's reaction to a Gryffindor/ Slytherin entanglement. We know exactly why he's like that, but Blaise does not, which is interesting. Thank you for such a well-written story! Alex
Author's Response: Thank you very much, Alex. I was sorry to say goodbye to the story, but then again, they keep popping up in other things. Thank you for all your reviews this weekend. ~Carole~
Wow- its a good take on the pairing, and you can see elements of Voldemort in TOm, but not too fully fledged. I also like the implication that is Tom had been less "slytherin" and sneaky, she might have joined him. And I liked her spellwork at the end!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad that you liked Tom's characterization.
This story made me feel warm and fuzzy! I love the way a small random meeting helps Hermione through things, and that Astoria is nice, and Draco seems to be a good husband. I also add my voice to those wanting the story to continue
Author's Response: Thank you for reviewing. It seems I'll have to write something else to accompany this one shot. I shall have a proper think and perhaps ask my wonderful beta - Laura - who set the prompt after all. Carole xxx
This is pretty dark- I love the way a childhood memory is linked to an adult experience, but with the tables' turned. It might be nice to know more about why GEllert thinks Lucy is a "lucky catch"- but great story
Author's Response: Thank you. Maybe I'll write more about Lucy when I get inspired.
This is amazing- I think it works really well as one story. I love the idea of colours, and how from the, I think, darkest first part where there isn't a trace of optimism, the colours get brighter and more hopeful, with a quiet insistence. I also like the way its not chronological, so that it feels as if somewhere all the characters feel this at teh same time (sorry if that doesn't make sense- can't think how to explain it). Anyway I really loved it, and it is different but definitely interesting different.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. I'm very glad you enjoyed it :) I was a little discouraged at first when I started writing, because it ended up darker than I originally wanted it to be, but after looking back over it, I think it really works well how it is. I actually got the inspiration from a "Colors of Christmas" card where it listed all six of the colors and how they fit into the holiday. It was an interesting piece for me to write. Anyhoo, thanks again for reading and reviewing!