This is by far one of the most original one-shots I've ever read! It took me a few moments, after finishing, to decide my opinion on it, but I really have to give you kudos for writing from this particular point of view. The walls of the Hufflepuff common room -- how did you ever think of that?
But you really made it work! I kind of like the idea that the walls watch the students grow up, and you captured a warm, homey atmosphere that I always like to think would have been present in the common rooms (with, perhaps, the exception of Slytherin's). Knowing everything that these walls see, I think you've captured it very aptly. And your writing is very good! You have a lot of talent, particularly with descriptions, and really have the hang of writing mechanics, spelling and grammar and the like.
I enjoyed this very much, and am so glad I clicked on this to read! I'm still grinning at the whole idea; this is so original. :) Please do keep on writing, because you've got loads of promise!
Author's Response: Thank you, Rachel! Coming from such a talented author as yourself, that kind of compliment is amazing! Long story short, someone mentioned "walls have ears" and I started thinking, what if walls have not just ears, but eyes and senses and feelings? From there, The Badger's Den developed.
I like that idea too! To be honest, I was worried that it was quite short, but your positive comments have banished those worries! I had to do some research on what the Hufflepuff common room looked like to ensure my descriptions were canon, and I'm so pleased that you like the result and those hours staring at the computer screen were worth it!
Credit for my writing skill goes to my mother. She has something similar to dyslexia, but caused by a head injury, so she finds it frustrating not being able to phrase her written sentences as well as she used to. As a result, she spent hours with me as a child teaching me how to write and encouraged me to do it as much as I could so that I could improve. ♥
You're still grinning at my one-shot?! Well, I'm still grinning at your reviews! So it looks like we're both grinning happily! (or in my case, like a lunatic)
"Please do keep on writing, because you've got loads of promise!" < You have no idea how much this means to me. Thank you so much! ♥
PS: Why, oh why, did you mention the Slytherin common room?! I was about to say that I thought the Slytherin common room would be snooty, Malfoy-esque and focused on the pure-blood matches of its students rather than watching them grow up, much like I consider their founders / creators to be, and simply leave it at that. Now I have the overwhelming urge to write from the Slytherin common room's POV... and the Ravenclaw and Gryffindor common rooms' too.
Oh, Rachel. You're killing me. ;)