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Review:Roots in Water says:
Aha! I've finally come to a chapter that I haven't reviewed yet (though it's been quite some time since I last reviewed this story. Oops). And it looks like I stopped before just before the story really picked up (as so nicely described by the chapter's title, "Catalyst").

Once again I am amazed by your fabulous characterization. Snape in this chapter was transformed perfectly into a teenager. His comments about the simplicity of potions and how anybody should be able to figure out its problems strongly reminded me of his comments during Harry's potions classes. You mixed in adolescent clumsiness very well as well- he managed to wound himself... *sigh* Oh Severus...

The characterization of Lily and Regulus (along with all of the other characters) was fabulous as well. I agree with you that it makes sense that Lily was a Prefect (I even think that it's also a part of my own headcanon). Lily's outrage over James and Sirius' treatment of Snape worked so well and I like Regulus' continued thoughts about his superiority over muggle-borns. He wouldn't be him without those thoughts, however prejudiced they may be.

Just a quick note: in the potions scene, I didn't notice Regulus or Wilkes putting the blob of flobberworm mucus into the potion, though they were dismissed from class. I supposed it was implied, though, since Regulus mentioned it working in the next scene.

As well, your description was beautifully done. All of the settings were crystal clear in my mind and you portrayed the reactions of the characters very well.

All in all, I think that you did a great job with this chapter and I promise that I will continue on with the rest of the chapters. I will not leave them unread! :D

Author's Response: Hello, thanks for coming by! I'm sorry that this response has taken a while to get to you.

Oh, I'm so glad you liked Severus in this chapter! He has been such a challenge for me, in trying to flesh out all of his complexities, both the intriguing and the disturbing ones. It is interesting to note that on the one hand, he's got this fine, expert skill in the potions laboratory, and then on the other he can't even hold his own in a physical fight.

It's great that you liked Lily and Regulus, too. Regulus has been as much of a challenge as Severus, in terms of trying to contrast his Black family values with his continued growth and maturity and his confused feelings. I'm glad you feel like it makes sense for Lily to be a Prefect and that you liked how she reacted to the fight between Severus, James, and Sirius.

Yeah, I meant for that to be implied. Sorry if that was unclear--I might go back and look at it later.

I'm pleased to hear that you liked the descriptions and felt like the behavior was natural. I do hope you return sometime soon!

Thanks for your very kind review :)

-Amanda


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