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Review:Renfair says:
Hey! Well, I stumbled onto this short story collection in my wanderings through your author page (I was VERY tempted by the story with the title from "The Riddle of Strider," having actually used the first half of that poem as my yearbook quote forever ago, but I'm just not a Sirius fan, unfortunately). I'm very much in an "Order" frame of mind at the moment with one of my two stories I'm working on, so this is just great! I've also heard lots of rave reviews about this collection, so no pressure or anything ;)

I really like your opening, especially, "A phoenix is immortal. Men are not." I never thought about just why the Order of the Phoenix is called what it is. I guess when I first read the books, I just thought, "Oh, Dumbledore has a phoenix, so that's why." But it's really more than that, isn't it? It's almost like a threat to the Dark forces out there: you may kill our members, but the Order will always rise again to stand against you.

"(it feels heavy in her hand, like the weight of the world, like the lives of her students)." --I really like that as well. I already know from reading your Minverva one-shot that you have the same sort of feeling about her as I do, like her students were all her children in a way (or at least her favorite students were...) It must have been excruciating for her to ask them to fight. However, she knew it had to be done because the war was coming, whether they were ready or not.

Again, you amaze me with your ability to put so much feeling and information into only a thousand or so words. I'm really looking forward to reading each portrait! ~Renny

Author's Response: I'm sorry you're not a Sirius fan. He's one of my favorite characters and it's unfortunate that most of my stories star him. That's an abandoned WIP anyway so it would've been disappointing to start only to realize it would never get finished.

I really wanted this first chapter to make an impact and the quote from JFK and that line about phoenix being immortal while men are not really stuck in my head and sort of spurred me on to writing this. I had never thought about the name either before I wrote this, but I love the idea of rebirth and like you said, it will always rise again.

Gah, that's one of my favorite lines that you pulled out. Just, poor McGonagall. It breaks my heart. I definitely focus on that relationship she has with each character in later chapters and the guilt she feels at dragging them into this war. Though I suppose they all would have been a part of the war whether she recruited them or not.

Thank you so much for your reviews. You have no idea how relieved I am that you enjoy my writing so much. I've been meaning to come back and finish up the last two chapters of Southanger Abbey and I hope to get to it soon.


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