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Review:CornishPixie says:
What a sweet story!

Honestly, if I could replicate the Hufflepuff common room in my house, I would do it too. Maybe that's why I immediately felt like I could understand this woman, whoever she was. And when we do eventually meet her, she fits with Remus in a very real and probable way. Usually when you come across a story that mentions a marauder's girlfriend, she's very tight with the group and finds things out in very cliche ways. The way you've done it, and even though it only is a one-shot, does not seem very cliche at all. It just seems very possible.

I adored the mention of how the smell of food brings back her memories! Smell can definitely trigger memories—skunk smell reminds me of going to camp as a kid, which is gross, but oh well—and the Hufflepuff common room IS right by the kitchens, so that works very very well! I also really appreciated that you didn't turn it completely AU. It's VERY realistic that they grew apart because of different attitudes or whatever about the war. And I'm glad that Remus still married Tonks and stuff.

Basically, I appreciate the thought put into this story. You made it your own, but as close fitting as you could to something that might really have happened. Thank you for the sweet read!

Author's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I would replicate the Gryffindor common room in my house if I could. Actually, I know of someone who did that. They've got the other common rooms in their house as well. I've never met them, but I know people who have.

I've always wanted to write a Remus/OC story but I've always been afraid of stepping into the Marauder-girlfriend cliche. I wanted to write something that I would actually read, because I'm incredibly picky about Marauders era. I didn't want the girl to be tight with the group and I'm very glad it didn't seem that way! I was also really afraid of making her find out about Remus's lycanthropy in a cliched way because technically it never would have happened in canon. Very glad you think I did a good job with it!

I'm glad you liked the smell of food and memories thing. Smell really is the number one sense associated with memories (haha, my psychology majorness is showing). It just randomly occurred to me that the Hufflepuff common room would probably smell like the kitchens.

I didn't want to go AU because I'm such a stickler for canon. Nor did I want them to actually break up before graduation, so I decided to briefly mention how they grew apart. I adore Remus/Tonks, so I couldn't negate that! So glad that it's realistic!

I'm very happy that you enjoyed this. It's definitely something different from what I usually write. I'm actually going to continue it in a novel and chronicle what happens after graduation right up until James and Lily's deaths, if you're interested! Not sure when it'll be up, though. Thanks so much for reading and for this lovely review! :)


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