Well, since I'm the one writing it, it should be autobio. You know, at one point I thought that autobiography had something to do with cars.
Some very random facts about me
Frogs or elephants? Frogs because they're green? So they aren't all green, but if you imagine a frog, don't you imagine a green frog? But if those elephants are dancing, then I prefer them. Or if they're pink. You know, I just thought about something, if you put together a (grey) elephant and a (green) frog, you get Slytherin colours! :)
What makes you happy? A lot of things. Good books, chocolate, friends... and sunshine. I'm one of these people who kind of depends on weather - it's much easier for me to be happy when it's sunny outside.
What are you obsessed with/addicted to? Again, a lot of things. Green tea, for example. Then coffee, especially in the mornings. Chocolate, of course. Fanfiction (you never would have guessed that, would you?). Harry Potter. Terry Pratchett books. Agatha Christie books. Musical "Chess". Currently also with a game called "Dynomite" - it's about smashing dinosaur eggs... then with my Nightwish album "Once". And many, many other things I can't recall right now. :P
Great beginning - can't wait to read more. That's what I thought after reading the disclaimer. :P Oh, but the chapter was wonderful as well. :D I loved how the Sorting Hat announced "Hufflepuff! Most definitely Hufflepuff!" and how Clancy got her name from combining the names of her parents. ;)
Favourite quote: "Given Aunt Hilly's gift for hyperbole, Clancy imagined Severus Snape to be the most handsome, kind, intelligent boy ever to grace the earth." :P
Hihi. This was great. I found Hilly's letter most amusing. Especially - "Are you sitting down? Good. There's no point in beating about the bush any longer, so here it is: I am a witch, or rather I WAS a witch. Now that I'm dead, I don't really know what I am, but as soon as I find out, you'll be the first to hear." :P
And Clancy's ramblings, those were great, too. My favourites from that part were "the great Miss Brightman, whom everyone considers a better singer and teacher than I -- because she is, dammit!" and "On a scale of 1-10, a 7 at best; after a complete beauty makeover, 7.1"
I really like Hilly and Clancy, they feel like wonderful characters and wonderful people. :)
"Hillary and I shared a great love of music, and she was one of the few people who ever had the good sense to send me socks for Christmas."
Hehe. Lockhart was wonderful. :D
I suppose it was quite a shock for Clancy to find a whole new world of magic. Of course, I'm sure it's nothing compared to the surprise she will be getting when she finds out who that "hideous, hook-nosed man dressed in black robes" really is. :P
Hehe. Sneaky scheming Dumbledore.
What I liked most in this chapter were actually not words, but the absence of them - the pause when Clancy asked Dumbledore what Severus was like. I loved that pause. :P
Ooh, how I love to read about Snape being snarky like that. :P And that conversation he had with Flitwick - superb! :D
Well, this chapter kept me sniggering almost the whole time. :P Clancy's translation, Dumbledore limping the wrong leg.. Snape throwing eels at her... really, there is nothing more intimidating than throwing eels at people.. :P
I loved that passage of Snape describing Dumbledore - "With Dumbledore, one never supposes or assumes. He is a man of many mysteries, which he uses to his advantage. He has a peculiar way of getting people to do exactly what he wants them to do by convincing them it was their own idea in the first place."
And then my very, very, very favourite quote - "She turned on an eel..."
Ooh, this was hilarious. I had to close the door so that my laughter wouldn't wake up my nephew. One of Snape's better days... Dumbledore promising not to meddle - yeah right :P Lockhart... Snape in a plumed hat... Cornish pixies... Ooh, I loved that place when Snape complimented the colour of her hair in candlelight, and Lockhart answered. :D
It seems that Lockhart is quite useful for something.. in addition to being immensely amusing. ;) Ooh, Dumbledore does know what cards to play...
"Neither can I, Severus," Dumbledore said, slowly shaking his head. "To a large extent, that is the core of your problem."
' There was so much mystery to the man, the biggest mystery of all being what she saw in him.'
"It ... scanned quite well."
Ooh, someone should have really sent Snape a Valentine with a singing dwarf. That would have been priceless. Poor dwarf, though.
Hmm, Lockhart's poem wasn't that bad.. except for the last line. And speaking of Snape's poetry, the truthful one was a lot nicer than the flattering one.. But he did that on purpose.. :P
This is a wonderful story and I really enjoyed reading it. One of the best I've read so far. I loved how you always depicted people's innermost thoughts and deepest feelings. And I loved the ending - it was simply perfect. :)
Author's Response: Whoa... wow. DracosPunkGirl... SarcasticBookWorm... morimac... and of course, you, Infinity-- thanks, guys! I was simply stunned to see this story was still getting reviews! I hadn't checked for them in months. It's very, very heartwarming, I must say. I wrote this story such a long time ago, it seems. It's amazing that it's still getting hits. In all honestly, I'm a bit embarrassed by it; I have a difficult time even reading it. I poured a lot of time and emotion into it, but I feel it's not worthy of all your high praise. There's a lot I would have done differently, in retrospect, but I s'pose if it made you guys happy, it did its job! Not that I hate it, or that it's dreadful... who knows. Perhaps I'm just being too hard on myself. If you hadn't noticed, I soft of ventured into the H/Hr world. *dodges projectiles* I tend to choose the most complex ships, don't I? However, these new reviews have really inspired me to write another Hr/D. The Hr/D shippers were my best support and left the most consistent reviews. *ponders* I'll cook up a plot bunny for you guys, just to show my appreciation. : ) So I guess it's settled? I'll write another Hr/D! It'll take a few weeks, since I'm also writing a H/Hr, but it'll be here, and I promise it'll be even better than Civility. Thanks again!
I agree with Ron and Harry that it's much more reasonable to wait till Hermione shows up and ask her and spend that time thinking about all the wonderful ways Snape could get himself killed than bothering to stand up and look for yourself. (I admit that I'm lazy).
Also, I know some people sometimes wish glares could kill, but how many people would like it if glares could do homework? ;)
Dear Dumby probably got sick and tired of all the people always running to him for help, giving him no time for himself and doing things he likes.
Author's Response: Well, it certainly was more interesting than going up to look at the notice board themselves, I\'ll give them that! However, I would have been far too curious to merely sit there thinking about it, myself!
You know, that\'s an excellent point about the glares! But, unfortunately, they can only really make people slightly uncomfortable. Sometimes not even that.
*Lol* Well, you\'ll have to read on to find out whether that happened to Dumby or not!
All these letters and responses were funny, but my favourite is still Ron. It's so cute (and damn confusing) how he writes about his friend, and then of course forgets that he's writing about his friend. And also the part when he asks help for his, no, his friend's, no, his Potions homework. :P Ron's simply adorable. :)
Author's Response: My favourite was Ron\'s too! How can anyone not <3 Ron/Hermione?! And no one, and I mean no one can question Ron\'s adorability! *whispers* Although I found his letter a tad confusing too!
Oh, Ron, sweet Ron! :P I'd bang my head on the table as well if I were Harry; of course, I'd clean the plate away first.
Hehe, I love the way Ron reacted when Harry mentioned Hermione after he had finished his essay.
And Snape giving detention for “laughing and general merriment”, that's very Snape-ish indeed. :)
Author's Response: Well, you\'re more sensible than Harry then! But desperate times call for quick thinking! *Giggles* Yes - poor Ron! Thanks, I\'m glad you thought Snape sufficiently evil!
*tries to imagine Snape doing freestyle water skiing* :D He should really try it. They got a lake in Hogwarts, and everything, and Giant Squid might be able to help him out.
Hmm, you're right - there isn’t a dry cleaning service for 'other beings’. And what if he got bloody only because he... he... had a nosebleed!?
Author's Response: *Giggles at imagry* You have to wonder why he doesn\'t try it...okay, not really! Exactly! The wizarding world is prejuedice in more than one way - against other beings without dry cleaning services!!
Snape gave Draco only a P+? Wow, he must be in a really bad mood. Perhaps water skiing would help?
Hermione is really trying, isn't she? :P
And go Crabbe! :)
Author's Response: Oh, he was! Don\'t forget, he\'d been denied the DADA position once again - and the Giant Squid got peckish and chose Snapes undergarments (which it later regretted) when he went out for the water skiing. Shame.
Yes, bless Hermione - although I have to say I feel more sorry for Ron! Thanks for reviewing!
It was so sad and beautiful. I loved the way you portrayed Luna and her mother. My favourite part was that of Luna watching her mother collate the paper, thinking it better than magic.
Also, I liked her theories of why the balloon had burst, its real reason, and her reaction to finding out the truth.
And the last line was simply perfect. :)
That was so sweet! I really liked the part about snowflakes... also, very well written. :)
Author's Response: Well, snow is my favourite part of winter;)
This was great. 'It’s as if someone is just thinking up these new people each year – like characters in a story.' ~ Fabulous. And Luna's 'All I know, Hermione, is that I’ve worn an orchid in my hair everyday for the past five days and I haven’t encountered a single snigpot.' Hehe. Aww, poor Bella - oh, the pangs of dispriz'd love!
Oh my, this gets better and better. 'I didn’t mean it like that! Well… actually I did, but….' ~ Oh 'Mione, what in the name of jumping pink sheep are we going to do with you? On the other hand, it's time you had some fun. Only Ron might get a little jealous once he finishes whatever he was doing during this chapter and finds out. 'Bellatrix appeared taken aback and suspicious of the sudden considerate note in Snape’s voice.' ~ Good thinking, Bella, consideration from Snape is never a good omen. Hmm, it's rather nice to see Volly so unwickedly joyful - the poor guy did have an unhappy childhood, after all.
Poor Snape. He really didn't see that one coming. :P Great idea & story!