I am old. Older than Jo. Not quite as old as Voldemort.
In fact, I am exactly Marauder-aged. Which might be why I don't read much Marauder-era. Can't compete with Lily....
WILD the way you stuck Harry and Tonks in there! And it is such a good point that he had gone too long without friends...life has a way of wearing one down, after all...
Author's Response: Remus has had more then his share of problems in life, but still hasn\'t let it ruin him. I thought Tonks and Harry could give him the glimpse into the future that would me him realize his dreams. Cyns
And her hair turned pink!
Thank you for a nice story with very well conceived plot twists and points!
Author's Response: You are very welcome! I\'m glad you enjoyed it. Remus and Tonks are one of my favorite pairings, and I truly enjoyed writing this story. :) Cyns
OOH, nice! And I think Anne asked a very good question. I would also wonder just how her ... er--interesting...mother happened to snare her really really nice father.
I also think it is very nice, and very well handled, that there is a moment of unspoken sympathy for Snape (Which is, I am sure, the only kind he could stand) and that his day was not as awful as he expected. I also think you did a good job with Hermione.
It is very interesting, btw, to see her as a side character...
Author's Response: Well, thank you! I intend to make Anne\'s family situation clear in future stories. And Anne\'s questions would have to be different from Hermione\'s, owing to their very different backgrounds.
Very interesting questions - especialy her question about Dumbledore. They don't seem to be first years - why has Harry not noticed this person before, if they've been in double potions together for years? I await your update!
Oh, oh, oh....this is good. I can picture it. And where was he when we could have used Dolores turned into one, that is what I would like to know....
Author's Response: *passes bunny back to PP* You know, you\'re already responsible for making me wonder about Aberforth\'s goat. Happy Valentine\'s Day!
I think you've doen a good job of fleshing out their characters, and I have to laugh - hiding under Harry's cloak! I especially liked the part where Hedwig flew crazily around the room because she'd seen Pig doing that, right as he was thinking of doing it himself...
A very nice story indeed...
Author's Response: Thanks for reading :) Yeah, i had a lot of fun writing that part *grins*
VERY interesting. IThis really drew me in, and I am usually hopeless with anything that even refers to something like chess. I like the way you transmitted the information - we get a lot without being told. I find it interesting that they have a secret keeper for their plans, too. I think that is an innovation.
OH! Can't you be talked into it? Not necessarily a full Book Seven, but something about what happens to Draco when he ends up at the Burrow...
Or at the Diggory house, also in the neighborhood...the family who has lost a son of their own to the Dark Lord...
I like the potions bottle as a port key, I like that we are not certain Snape has been finished off, and how Snape Irritates Bella. I don't understand why they could not have taken the potoin with them, why they hesitated even a moment if they knew they had to leave, why they seemed to need any last minute ingredients other than hair...is it a longer-acting potion, considered dark for that reason? Could it be a potion that would cause a permanent change?
Very interesting, and a deserving winner of a first chapter, it delivers something substantial while setting up much more. Good job!
Author's Response: Hi there! Thank you so much for my first review!!You are too kind for reading this story, I really appreciate it. Now that you mention it, maybe I\'ll nip in and take out that \"last minute\" reference since you are right, the only last minute ingredient is hair. I had been thinking that since the potion needed to brew for a long time, they had been forced to abandon others as well. Potions-in-progress don\'t travel well with outlaws on the run, after all. I\'ll tweak it so others can\'t pick it apart.;) I really don\'t plan on continuing, although it certainly would be interesting to see what happens when Malfoy shows up at the Burrow. Hm. Thanks again for reading this, and for leaving a review! I really appreciate it and can\'t wait to read your Snape-goes-to-Ikea story! ~Gina :)
i had to read this because I just love Hagrid, and you don't see many fics about him. I had never thought of him having a girlfriend while he was in school.
I can well imagine Hagrid still loving someone forty years later. I'm glad you don't actually show them really getting together, because I think that would be a little OOC for Hagrid. I can't seem him breaking up someone's marriage. The way you leave it, it has not gotten to that point yet, so people can think what seems most likely to them. Good choice with that.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I appreciate the kind words.
Very nice. The dog bit especially. And now I am wondering what it is with James and Peter...not that you will write that. Still, I am allowed ot wonder if they each wanted to go home for Christmas, or if they wanted to let Remus and Sirius have this holiday together, alone. And what each of them did on their holiday, as I am sure it was not anything like this. There is a point past which I just can't willingly suspend disbelief.
Umm..is there a formatting error, or am I missing something?
Darn you. Now I want to go write James and Peter during Christmas. I give myself till...April 5th and if it\'s still bugging me I will write it for you and what comes after will be on your head.
Formatting and it\'s fixed now *grrargh
VERY nice. Very nice indeed. you covered why Ron couldn't change what happened to Harry nicely, and by choosing such a tiny thing, really, such a small moment that might be insignificant to most people, you demonstrate how much Ron does lover Hermione before he says it.
I also likethe way you handle the future - that it is always shifting, because of freewill. You got too relatively incompatible things to make sense together. Nice job!
Author's Response: Huzzah! I\'m so glad you enjoyed it. It\'s a plot bunny that I had to think about and work through in my head for quite a long time until it felt right enough to actually write. It\'s very different than the stuff I usually mull about with, but I really enjoyed it.
I have NEVER managed a sonnet. This is an awesome accomplishment! AND it makes sense. (One so often finds, in poems that have to rhyme, that something doesn't...)
Author's Response: Hi there! Thanks so much for reading this. I\'m so glad it all made sense - I do know what you mean about rhymes sometimes being forced, I\'m guilty of it myself at times. Thanks for the lovely review!! ~Gina :)
Very interesting, Slian.
Author's Response: I hid for a reason, you know. I really did write it months ago. I\'d love to know how you\'re psycho-analyzing me based on this, though...
What a very nice story! It really made me think. Why DOES Hermione need so badly to be first at everything? She comes up with marvelous spells - is she the one who figures out ho to use them (I thought she was, now I have to go look and think about it), or is that usually Harry? I hadn't thought she was lacking in critical thinking, at least in real life - I recall in particular the explanaiton she gave Harry about what Cho was feeling - but perhaps I missed something.
One thing is rather interesting - her contention that a Teacher's first duty is the welfare of his students... In 20 years of teaching no one ever said such a thing to me, and yet I think it was clearly how better people approached their teaching. I HAVE heard the saying that there are two kinds of teachers - those that teach their subject, and those that teach their students...I never would have put Snape in the second category, and yet that is where you have him, and very believably.
I would not normally nit-pick, but somehow I think you'd rather know - you seem to have left out a word. I think you mean "it is more important that your enemies..." but you have written "it is important."
A very nice story. I really enjoyed it.
Author's Response: Hi there! I\'m so flattered that you took the time to read and review this! I came up with the bunny for this story towards the end of November when I was feeling really overwhelmed by school and perfectionsim and starting to wonder if being perfect was really a laudable goal and think about what it cost me. The \"first duty of a teacher\" thing is probably because my dad always used to tell me that \"the first responsibility of a parent is to keep ther child safe\" when I was little.
Thanks for the nitpick –– there had been a \"more\" there, but was accidentally deleted during editing. Thanks for catching it (already changed). *hugs*
It made me cry.
Very interesting, because while I don't think it actually happened that way, I think it is a very good story. Would Lily have thought more about this, about what it meant and the ethics involved? Possibly, possibly not. "I do not take commands from evil."... nice line.
I didn't check if you marked it AU - I think it is very mildly non-compliant with Canon, in that I believe Jo has said the Potters were living off James' inherited money. That's not a criticism, just an observation. This is a truly original story, with a great deal in it. Nice job!
Author's Response: Thanks Thea :) It isn\'t marked AU, because, also if they did live off the inherted money, I can\'t see Lily not working... I didn\'t have Lily think more about it, because, at least in canon, it seems like a spontaneus act, so I continued that - only the act was spontaneus earlier on, when the idea started, Thanks for the review! ~Sunray
Seems he might have been a little better at magic than people generally gave him credit for....
Author's Response: Well, you know. Twelve Muggles in one explosion and all. And you just KNOW James and Sirius never thought anyone was as good at anything as they were. Thanks!
Oh, I like this! I like the idea that the House Elves originally came of their own free will...
Anothre nice job of transforming a story Muggles tell into a wizarding tale...
Stunned by the beauty of your prose.
Really makes me wish THIS was the start of everything...
Author's Response: Thanks! Yeah, it does have some appeal, and might just make an interesting person of James.