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Review:forsakenphoenix says:
I've been meaning to get around to this but have been hesitant because of my unfamiliarity with Jane Austen's work - please don't hold that against me as those novels are also ones I've been meaning to read as well.

I really enjoyed this first chapter and I can tell that I'm going to want to continue reading it right away. Your style is formal and elegant, reminiscent of the era that you're story is set in. It's fabulous.

Your characterizations are fantastic as well. I love the history of the Weasley family at the beginning, integrating the characters that we know and love into this new setting and doing so seamlessly! I love how Harry is the war-hero and Ron is a captain (my favorite line in this chapter is this: the war he still secretly wished for, if only because it gave him meaning), both having fought in the war. Charlie is still off in Romania and Fred is still a dead soldier. I really enjoyed that you brought in Hermione's house-elf campaign as well - very fitting.

I am really enjoying your characterization of Rose the most though. She's very...sensible, and intelligent, and she seems like the girl who can't be bothered with flirting with boys. I love how she wants to marry for love, but her parents see it as her having no other option. Lily, on the other hand, is the perfect contrast - girlish and giggly. It's amusing to watch them interact.

I can only imagine what sort of trouble Rose will get into at the ball. I can't wait to read more and to have you introduce Scorpius. :)

Author's Response: This story too!? I think I might faint from receiving these reviews from you, during your busy time at school, no less! It's amazing and you're amazing. Thank you, Missy! *hugs*

A familiarity with Austen's novels isn't really required for this story - it's based more on the time period, and the major Austen references will usually be jokes or plot points when I'm feeling particularly lazy. Some of the characters also seem to be veering in the Austen direction, but that's an unconscious thing - I wonder how many readers try to see the Austen characters in the ones from my story, even if I didn't purposely base the character on anyone in particular. For the most part, this story is a period piece - me having fun with history. :D

I'm really happy to hear that the style suits the era. I'm taking great pleasure in writing with this style (not to mention the way that it's helping me study 19th century literature in a roundabout backward sort of way :P). I've been trying to bring in as much of the Potterverse canon as I can, even if integrating some of it into this time period is challenging, but it's the kind of challenge that I enjoy. In many ways, Rowling's universe works very well with the Regency era - I suppose it's because Rowling herself loves Austen. :D

It's great to hear that you like Rose so far - she has her annoying aspects, too (just as Lily has her sympathetic and relatable points), but I've wanted her to be more like her mother than I've written her before. It's the nice part about writing fanfiction - one can take the same character and re-write them over and over again in all the different ways. With next-gens it's worse (or better?) because there is no set "canon" for any of them. ;)

Thank you again for reading and reviewing this story! It means a lot to hear from you! ^_^


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