I'm a little stunned right now. As in, I really don't know what to say.
Your characterisation of Luna? Is perfect. No, as in it is actually perfect. And I have only just now realised how to write Luna. Luna believes in Nargles. In Wrackspurts. But, to her, it is all normal. It is perfectly normal to think that they might be the cause of things to happen. It is only to us, to the outsider, that it seems strange. But, to her, it is all normal. That is what you wrote here. From Luna's point of view, she was just a normal teenage girl about to paint and having to worry about things like Nargles. OH MY GOD I am so excited! Seriously. There has always been something 'off' about every Luna characterisation I have read thus far. And that is because the writer forgets to really think about Luna from Luna's point of view. You didn't forget. And you totally nailed her character. I'm not just saying that. I mean it. This is gold. Absolutely gold.
I love the descriptions you had here about art and painting. I feel like I want to quote some of the back to you but I may well end up quoting most of the story back to you, so I won't. Just know that some of your descriptions are beautiful.
I love how you took such a simple idea of the book that we are inclined to forget and turned into something special. Obviously the painting must have meant a lot to Luna, but we don't really think too much of it. This story made me really love Luna all the more and I thank you for writing it so that I could!
This was such a lovely entry for the challenge, hope you had fun with it!
Author's Response: In response, I'm also a little stunned.
I've been writing Luna for a very, very long time, and I've NEVER been able to get her character right. It's a real struggle, because...because she's so LUNA. In one of my WIPs, I spent ages on the prologue trying to make sure I wrote Luna correctly, bearing in mind it was set when she was locked up in Malfoy Manor, yet one of the reviews mentioned how she was quite OOC. It's really, really tricky. And that's why your review is suddenly so special to me. I'm extremely flattered that you think it worked so well - thank you (: In a way, this has given me a bit of a confidence boost, now, Luna-wise. I feel like I've achieved something, ahha!
The descriptions just kind of came naturally for this one - I'm no painter myself, but I've studied art enough to know what it's like. I chose to write about this little scene because, well, I don't really know - it was a really minor detail in the last book which, obviously, Luna must have really cared about, for Harry to think that the paintings 'breathed' and to mistake the painting of himself as a mirror reflection. It was a fairly brief moment in the book - a lot of the attention of that little bit was drawn to the way her room was empty and dusty - but I felt it had much more significance. Also, it kind of fitted the whole no warnings requirement (:
Thank you so much for such a lovely (and prompt!) review (: also, I should thank you for the challenge - I don't even have another 12+ story on the archive, let alone one with no warnings, so this was a very welcome challenge for me. It was a good break (:
Once again - thank you very much. This sounds cliche, but this review actually did make my weekend.