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Review:caoty says:
Well, here I am, since you asked. I keep saying that just in case you get sick of me constantly criticising you and get all, "Who the hell asked you for your opinion anyway?" and then I can reply, "YOU!" But anyway.

Okay. So. Snape is perfectly in character and relatable, which shouldn't be possible, but you've managed it. I've got no clue how. Honestly. Teach me your ways, Dan.

Crabbe is my favourite by far because I like my humour like I like my coffee/metal/chocolate/women, and "Mr. Crabbe, you donít have a sister," was funny as hell. Followed closely by Blaise, because that's just absurd and I would pay actual money to see that conversation happen IRL.
Snape's notes on each student were also pretty spot on.

I'm impressed by the range of humour you've managed through these little interviews: you've gone from black to snarky to LOLshallowpeople to LOLstupidpeople to Blaise to the sitcom-style ending. For someone who's known more for postwar action/angst fic, you've done alright.

I wouldn't say I was crying with laughter or anything - the only HP fic that could do that is The Shoebox Project, though, and that's like the Holy Grail of Marauder fic - but it did make me smile, so thank you, and good luck with your challenge. :)

Author's Response: I did! I did ask you for your opinion. Because it's important to me. I need to know precisely what you're thinking about this story, in case your thoughts happen to spur THE epiphany that leads me to write the Great American Novel. Then I'll retire to a palatial mountain estate and spend the rest of my days sipping fine wine from crystal goblets and surfing the Internet for amusing pictures of other people's pets. I'd probably even give you a shout-out in the preface. Do you prefer Mr. caoty, Ms. caoty or Dr. caoty? For the latter, please specify MD, PhD or witch doctor.

Why were we here again? Oh, yes, your review. I'm not sure I can teach anyone else to write Snape because I just hear his voice inside my head sometimes when I'm writing. That really comes in handy when I'm writing a story like this one or the first chapter of Marked. It's far less useful when I'm writing my morning market commentary at work. And it can be downright detrimental at times, like when I was writing our family Christmas letter last year. Grandma sure wasn't impressed...

Crabbe's story is one that I think we can all relate to because really, who hasn't accidentally killed a sibling with dark magic? It's as universal as putting gum in their hair or blurting out embarrassing bed-wetting stories during their high school graduation party. Conservatively, I would pay about $500 to see a video of Alan Rickman and Louis Cordice acting out that scene. Although maybe it's already up on youtube somewhere. Honestly, I haven't looked.

Range is crucial for a writer. It's what differentiates the good ones from Stephanie Meyer. I felt like every character needed their own spin. They're all unique. That's what makes them fun.

I'm glad you got a grin out of it. It was a load of fun to write and it carried an idea that I'd had for a while through to fruition. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing!


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