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Review:Roots in Water says:
I suspect it won't come as a surprise if I say I've never read a Filch/Rosmerta story before but I really liked the way you wrote this story.

Though I'd always imagined Rosmerta to be very friendly and enthousiastic with her job, dealing with any flirting in a warm manner, the way you characterized her here also fit. I suppose that doing the same job year after year, decade after decade, would get boring, no matter who visits you, and I liked how you wrote that interest in Filch was based on his neutrelness to her.

I also really liked the way you wrote Filch. It's always very interesting to think about the stories of the lesser-known, lesser-explored characters and, though you never reached any conclusions, you brought up some interesting questions. I do wonder what it must have been like, surviving two wizarding wars when you don't have magic. Perhaps he was captured at some point during the first war, for being a squib- that might explain his awful temper. As well, I liked the way you wrote this rather one-sided romance. It would have been out of place for Filch to be romantic, to desire romance (at least from what we read in the books). Here, with his apathy towards everything and anything, he seemed very human.

In particular, I liked your ending. I imagine that, after years of dealing with children who hated you and co-workers who thought that you were simply angry and probably didn't respect you as you thought you should be respected, it would be very much a welcome thing to feel wanted.

All in all, I think that you did a great job with this story. It was a fascinating read and one that I truly enjoyed.

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