Hey Tanya! It's so wonderful to read something of yours! :)
AHH THIS WAS BRILLIANT! I'm just sitting here going... WOAH. I am severely impressed, not only by the epic, epic rhyming, but the way you managed to tell a story through the rhyming, and have such great characters and plot! But first, the rhyming!! Where do I start? I can't even fathom doing something like that, but it's just such a brilliant idea and amazing execution on your part. I found myself reading your story aloud to hear the rhymes! (This would make a fantastic podcast :P)
I also really enjoyed the plot - I definitely think that there are preconceived notions and stereotypes about Hufflepuffs being weak, unintelligent and generally the 'leftovers', but I completely agree with Susan that "I'm all three of your Houses". I haven't heard that before, but it really is a very interesting and great way to put it. I just loved the ending, where Susan goes back and helps Klyde up. That is definitely an action that embodies who Hufflepuffs really are. I also liked Professor Odment, he was a funny guy, but it was also great to see Klyde kinda apologising at the end - it made me dislike him just a little less.
Bruce the dragon was also fantastic, and it was clever of you/on Susan's part for the transforming rocks into birds. The whole plot just flowed really well from the class to the outside experience. This is a really, really clever one-shot. You also incorporated in all the prompts so easily! I enjoyed the plot and characters immensely, but seriously, THE RHYMING! ♥ I have so much admiration for you right now. Not only is it unique - this has to be the first time anyone has ever done it - but... IT'S A STORY THAT RHYMES! Argh, the fact that it rhymes is just so crazy and unbelievable and really, wonderful writing - you are so talented! I really enjoyed this - amazing work! :)
Author's Response: Charlotte!!! It's taken me way too long to reply to this AMAZING review, and for that I am truly very sorry! *sends many apologetic hugs and cookies*
Ugh, you're way too kind to me. haha It is so beyond amazing to hear from you that both the rhyming and the plot stood out together rather than cancelled each other out! I was SO nervous to post this because I was terrified of exactly that: the lines would rhyme, but did the story actually exist beneath that? Ah, thank you so much for all of your kind words, it's taken me to a whole other level with this fic! You're incredible. And a podcast you say? Hmm... Perhaps I shall invest some time into this idea... hehehe ^.^
It's so true what you've said about Hufflepuff. I've always felt that we get looked over and are constantly having to prove ourselves just to be noticed, which is sort of exactly why I gave Susan a something-to-prove air about her. And of course I needed to then actually have her prove herself! We must shake this Puff perception! haha Also, it's amazing how many little moments and side-characters stuck out to you! Thank you, thank you, thank you! That makes me grin from ear to ear! :-D
Ah, have I mentioned that you're the best yet? And that you're far too kind? hahaha This review is insanely amazing. I'm so happy that the whole interaction with Bruce and how Susan handled him worked well! That was the part I struggled the most with, so phew! Ah, I can't even process all of the wonderful things you're saying! haha I'm just sending you a limitless supply of thank you's! You're just the best, thank you so, so much!