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Review:MyronWin says:
I've not read any Founders stories before this one as I wanted to start with an author I trusted to introduce me to the characters beyond what JKR had done, and there's no one better than you. I've been having fun with the Hogwarts and Post-Hogwarts stories fairly exclusively since joining the site. Still, I have to admit to a certain level of curiousity about how they created the school and all that.

This was a very nice introduction to them. Granted, it was only about Rowena (and her daughter) but it was quite well written and I loved the characterization of them both. Good to know that witches can have "normal" faults just like us Muggles. Her conceit was well done and she was still likeable, though a longer exposure might create more dislike of her. Then again, how many thought Hermione was conceited in the early books? Or the later ones, for that matter, and they still like her?

I have to agree with others that the ending was rather sudden. I understand the reasoning but sudden endings like that one usually mean a follow up and I don't know your plans on that possibility. I am almost always in favor of a follow up of stories I like (especially yours...like the one about the Muggle Studies teacher...).

My only other concern about this story was your use of "betany". While I may be wrong, and I don't have a reference book nearby to confirm, but I thought it was "bittany" or something like that. Assuming, that is, we're talking about the same thing.

As always, keep up the great work. Although I'm not around as much as I used to be, I aways come beck, and I always come back to your stories.

Thank you for your story.

Author's Response: The Founders era was one era I hadn't yet attempted, and the staff challenge was the perfect opportunity for me to have a dabble.

I'm glad you liked my characterisation, it is much more difficult trying to get inside the heads of characters we know so little about and who live in an era which is so different from our own.

I also did not like the way I ended it, it didn't sit comfortably with me at all, I wanted it to lead into the story we hear from Helena in DH, but it really does feel unfinished. I'm still not sure how I'm going to rectify it at this point. (I'd still like to come back to that story about the Muggle studies teacher and expand upon it, but I don't know if I'll ever get back to it now, I have too many other new ideas I want to explore.)

In regards to 'betany' I've made a spelling error, it should read 'betony' which is a type of herb that is supposed to have healing properties.

Oh, and just to let you know, I've also written another Founders one-shot about how the four Founders came up with the idea for Hogwarts, it is part of the HPFF United collaboration (just type HPFF United into the author search and it should come up). My story is the third one and is titled 'Croton Capitatus'. Or if you go to my author page you can just copy and paste the url code I've provided and go straight to it. That's if you want to read it of course.

Thank-you so much for reviewing.


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