nymphéa: French for water lily, because Lily is one of my favorite characters :)
and pronounced NAM-fay-AH
Yayy!!! A kiss!!!
And I'm feeling very clever: I was sure Jimmy was a wizard as soon as that paint drip was gone. e — ” Jimmy swallowed, dropping to the floor when his knees buckled and he lost feeling in his feet “ — a witch?” This part was so funny.
I have to tell you that I've put off reading this story because it looked really AU...but I'm SO glad I decided to read it! I had to drop everything and read all 11 chapters even though I really should study for AP US History :(
Anyway...I think this story is fantastic!!! It's funny in all the right places. I love James' spontaneity. One of my favorite parts was when he acted the scene with Lily in front of everyone after giving that speech. That was so so good. And you didn't make James shallow or stupid; he's intelligent and caring.
I love Lily's relationship with her dad; I think it's really sweet. Also, we haven't seen her mother yet; is Mr. Evans a single dad? That could be interesting.
I'm working (okay, thinking about working) on a fic right now where James is more involved in the arts than we see in canon, because I think that adds a good dimension to his personality....so I'm glad that someone agrees with me! I love that James cares so much about the play that he keeps coming back, even before he really likes Lily. I also love that he's a great dancer.
The scene where James is telling everyone about the medieval knights is one of my favorites too: he's so smart, so genuinely interested in the topic.
Your writing is beautiful; it made me "aww" and grin and laugh and shiver. I can't wait for the next chapter.
Wow--this is a long review. Think of it as 11 in one.
Author's Response: I\'m glad you figured out that Jimmy was a wizard! :) And, yes, a tad bit AU... but I also tried to keep everything as close to the book as I could! And, yes, I agree on the whole arts thing! I once wrote a story where Sirius was an artist... It\'s been a while since then, but I have explored the idea before! :D I really couldn\'t be more flattered, though - I\'m thrilled that you love my writing so much - thank you! And thanks for reviewing!\r\n\r\nYours truly,\r\nAmelia Bedelia
Thank you for finishing this story so beautifully. It's the best one I've ever read--I've already reread it several times and I know I'll continue to do so. You were absolutely accurate to how I think of the characters and I love the plot. I can't wait for the epilogue!
Idea you've probably already had and decided yes/no to but I want to say anyway: I think Peter should get sick or something on opening night so James can take his place in the play. He's definitely a better actor ;)
Author's Response: Well, I\'ve certainly thought about that aspect of the story... but you\'ll have to wait and see what decision I made when the time comes!\r\n\r\nThanks for reviewing!\r\n\r\nYours truly,\r\nAmelia Bedelia
I really hope Kirsty and Emma tell someone what happened. Too often sexual assault goes unreported.
Aww...it makes me feel really bad for Snape. Great story!
Author's Response: Haha, thank you. Just don\'t feel too sorry for Snape. :)
I really enjoy reading this story; however, I had hoped that there would be slight shift in tone as you changed pov. Bertram's voice is very formal, which I think fits perfectly in the story, but James I imagine as more playful. I love how you write, though...thank you for the story so far!
I thought it was James when I started reading, b/c I had just finished a James/Lily fic, but when I got to the line about Herbology I figured it out. Very Neville-esque (except for the fact that it's to ol' Millie) and funny!
Author's Response: Thank you, I\'m glad you thought it was funny. =)
I could ramble on and on with what Robert Frost calls "crude enthusiasm," but I'll try to be more specific. I love the way you developed James' character. I also love the epilogue that summarizes the rest of their lives; it brings so much humanity to Lily's last moments, knowing what thoughts ran through her mind. Her conclusion about Voldemort is fantastic--and that images of times with James run through her mind is especially powerful. Thank you for your accuracy according to DH. The characters are all very realistic, and I loved reading this story.
Author's Response: I love rambling reviews ;) -- so feel free to ramble, hehe! Anyway I\'m glad you liked the epilogue. Even though the whole story didn\'t completely regard DH (since it was written before book came out), I figured the death scene I could keep accurate. I had lots of fun with James\'s character and developing him, so I\'m glad you liked my take on James and the way he changed. Thanks so much for your comments and I\'ll be continuing writing other stories - so hopefully you can check those out when I\'ve posted them.
You're doing such a good job with the characterization! This could have come right out of "The Prince's Tale". It's so well thought-out and true to how I imagine the characters!
I LOVE the ending! My favorite part during the story was when the cab driver said "yup" several times--it had a really nice rhythm and flow to it. But when I got to the end-- OH MY GOODNESS I loved that it was Harry! Thank you for writing!
Author's Response: I have a strange sense of deja vu...but anyways, thanks for reviewing, and the other people who reviewed but didn\'t get a response because I was too lazy to.
The connection between Lily and Sirius makes sense here. Their relationship doesn't last beyond the kiss, but it was a kiss they both needed. I love the way you describe it:
It was a brief kiss, like one that is shared more between close friends than actual lovers, but it was enough for that night.
I was a little hesitant about reading a Sirius/Lily fic, but you wrote it exactly as it should be. This was beautiful.
more! more! more!
But I do think it's possible for Lily to notice that James is extremely good-looking and still think he's annoying...she would, I think, be confident enough in her own ability not to like people just based on their looks to acknowledge that James is handsome.
Can't wait for the next chapter!
hmmm... it seemed like Lily was a little dull not to pick up on what was going on... but I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for all your fics.
Author's Response: Haha, yeah. I guess I was hoping to make her less-dim by showing why she thinks the worst. Thank you!! :D
The sequel to this story is called To See Him Again
I love it. That chapter, "The Forest Again," was so powerful and made me cry. This was a beautiful continuation of JKR's idea.
I really like it! (But it reminded me that I'm sad about Fred...and I realize this is a Harry/Ginny fic, but if my brother had died that would be all I could think about.)
Wow, this was great...I never even thought that Sirius had acted out of jealousy--but it totally makes sense. It also highlights the difference between James and Sirius' love for her too, I think: James is willing to do anything for her and for those close to her; Sirius just wants her to himself. That makes Sirius sound worse than I mean him too...oh well. Thank you for such a great story!
Author's Response: I like to think that the fact that James is slightly oblivious of just how much Snape cares for Lily is another reason he\'s so willing to save Snape and such. I\'ve always seen Sirius as a bit more Slytherin—which I\'m really trying to bring through with this fic. Thanks for the review!!
more! more! more! I love your interpretation of why she said no originally; it's not strictly canon but it's a great story.
Author's Response: Thank you! A great story was what I wanted to create. I guess I succeeded.
This is great--it's lots of stories in one, the main story and all of Gemma's. I was kind of disappointed that James seemed unwilling to improvise in most of the plans, to get them back on track. But the last plan was the best; this was a great chapter!
Author's Response: Hmm, you\'ve got a point. Oh well, I\'m still glad that you liked the last chapter. And that you found it great. Thanks for the review, and thanks for sticking with this fic till the end! :D