My Golly... It's done...
I remember feeling this way once, when I exited the cinema after watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two with all of my friends, wearing my homemade Hogwarts robes and makeshift wand - the bubble of joy waiting to burst in my heart, and the dawning realisation that it's over... genuinely over... I will keep my lower lip stalwart; it shall not tremble!!!
My, to document the literary journey you've taken me on in these seventeen chapters... It is now 12:41AM, I've read approximately 60 000 words in the past few hours, and I've never felt more exhilarated. I feel this sense of urgency to try to put into words how brilliant and amazing you are as a writer - from the overall plot unfurling and character-moulding to that wondrous, subtle touch; your gorgeously original imagery that always describes the situation so perfectly (as though I could have been searching the whole world for it, and there you come with a heavy-duty Lumos charm to illuminate it for me).
It's strange but I've learned so much from this small wonder of a fan fic, both literary-wise and ... life in general, which is all the more beautiful because it's so difficult to find anything - whether it's novels or music or art, even - in which the content is just as on par with the form. You make me a better reader, and a better writer too.
There couldn't have been a better way to end this story! From the beginning of the end, with the ultra-snog-fest (which was a lot more romantic than what I just said suggests...), the quirky betting game Percy, Hannah and the lot partake in, the little addition of Wood's wonderful line from Prisoner of Azkaban (Eek!)... Everything's just perfect!
I don't think I can thank you enough for the fic - I've had more fun than I can remember having this whole year and my hope in the artistic world (from literature to film) has been restored thanks to you. Of course, this does mean I'll be raiding your page for any bit of lit I can get my digital hands on (including the sequel, for which I am uber-excited about!!!).
I hope to god that you are either working on a novel of your own (which I would literally MAKE galleons to pay for - were that the mandatory fee) or in the process of publishing one, because your writing is just breathtaking.
My dream used to be being part of the wizarding community in the Harry Potter world (with Hogwarts as an obvious home), but now I do believe I'd much rather found a cafe where all the phenomenal HPFF writers can just bundle together, have a few rounds of Butterbeer (or Firewhiskey; however you like them) and be communally awesome.
Well, with that wonderful image brewing in my mind, I think I'll be saying goodbye now (BUT NOT FOR LONG!!!)
P.S. I'm not too sure if you created your own chapter images, but I think the choices for the characters were spot-on! I completley imagined a strapping, young Tom Hardy (manly name for a manly man, no?) as Wood. :) Hope you have a good one.
Author's Response: Aaah, I'm seriously not worthy of the things you say :3 Firstly - sort of randomly - but this review is also really well written xD Like, YOU HAVE A WAY WITH WORDS IN YOUR REVIEWS, IT'S SO POETIC! And I like to reread them because I'm imagining you standing on a soap box with a poet's hat, reciting your review eloquently. Usually the reviewer goes on a journey with the story; I also feel like I went on a journey reading your reviews xD I can /see/ you reading them (in only a slightly creepy way).
And now I shall stop reviewing your review.
But like SERIOUSLY, I am beside myself. Just. I mean, restoring hope in artistic world asglhdkgn. SO not worthy. (Bahah the sequel's just me writing fun little stories PLEASE DO NOT GET EXCITED, but I am very excited for you to see my other stories, because they're a lot of fun, and they're born from the things I learned from Game.)
I'm actually in Computer Science, which I think you've learned now. But I think I would like to try to write a novel one day. I don't want to feel pressured to, because I don't think I could get it done if that were the case.
Shawarma and firewhiskey with HPFF writers! You have put this in my mind and I now demand this to be reality.
I do create my own chapter images; these were the first real set I ever made :D My beta had an obsession with Tom Hardy and thus! Best decision ever.
THANK YOU SO MUCH ♥ LIKE SO SO MUCH ♥ ♥ ♥