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Review:CambAngst says:
This was really original, I thought. I could definitely feel elements of A Christmas Carol, albeit with Jacob Marley and all three spirits sort of rolled together into Sirius's character. Based on the way that you set him up, Harry made an excellent Scrooge. You could pick any number of characters to fill the role of Tiny Tim. Sorry, I'm overthinking this by a wide margin. ;)

The characterization of Harry as angry, guilt-ridden and pushing the others away was very believable for me. A lot of my favorite post-war fics start off with Harry in a similar mindset. The length of this piece being what it is, you obviously don't have time to do much more than present it to the reader as est quod est, but I definitely didn't have any problems getting my head around it. The reactions of the others felt perfectly normal, as well. Mrs. Weasley was trying to draw him out of his shell, Ron and Hermione were sort of accepting it as "Harry being Harry" and Ginny was getting outright angry with him.

The scenes that the Guardian Angel shows Harry were a good selection of very realistic things that almost certainly would have happened had Harry not been born. With nothing to stand in the way of Voldemort's first rise to power, all of the scenarios you presented made perfect sense. I found Neville's death and Lily being "kept" by Snape particularly sad.

Sirius was a perfect choice for the Guarding Angel, as well. He took such a liking to Harry and treated him like family.

This was clever and fun and brought something new and interesting to the HP universe for me. Well done!

Author's Response: Hi! I'm glad you thought this was an interesting one-shot! :) You're right, my inspiration did come from a few Christmas movies I was watching. :P

I'm glad you liked Harry's characterization! And of course, Ron and Hermione are used to this behavior, but Ginny isn't. :P

I was starting to get worried that the scenes were a bit too over-exaggerated in this but I'm relieved to hear that you didn't think they were. :)

Again, thanks so much for the lovely review! And I'm glad you thought it was unique, since writing this literally made my fingers hurt! (Uh, not complaining...totally not complaining. :P)

~Rosie


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