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Review:Galawen says:
I have a really random thing to say first. You know Pirates of the Carribean 2? The one with Will's dad; Bootstraps Bill? Thats what originally came to my mind when I read your title and in a strange way there are similarities in that he also suffered memory problems.
Anyway pointless observation aside I have to say I really liked this! The emotions expressed were very honest especially when you describe how her feelings towards her mother changed briefly upon learning about her father. Alzheimers is a terrible diease, not just for its sufferers but also for their loved ones. I'd imagine when her perception of her mother changed for that split second she felt like she was being trapped or caged in by this revelation. Caring for her father would be time-consuming and hard and it would be perfectly natural for her to feel fear at that possibility. But then again that might just be what I thought she felt.
The moment when he reveals the broom is very poignant and highlights the helplessness that she would feel very often from now on and I thought you expressed that very well in a simple and honest way. So overall I really liked this and congratulations on writing such an excellant piece especially when it isn't your usual style! :)

Author's Response: Hi Galawen!
You know, I couldn't help but think the same thing about Bootstrap Bill while writing this story. Haha, I thought it was quite strange that my mind kept referencing it, but perhaps I'm not so peculiar after all. ;)

Thank you so much for the lovely review! I honestly had no idea how this story would turn out. Even though I love writing OCs, I always worry that readers won't be able to connect them to HP canon. Also, the subject matter was slightly emotional for me. My maternal grandmother happened to suffer from Alzheimer's and although I was a bit too young to understand it exactly, I was still struck but the drastic changes that effected her personality and temperament.

And I'm so glad you liked the broomstick scene. It was actually quite different in the first draft of this story, more subtle, less obvious, but I decided to change it around while revising.

Again, thank you so much for taking the time to read and review, Galawen! It was really wonderful hearing from you. Take care and be well!

Best,
celticbard


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