Hi! I've come to review your story!!
Okay, so I've never seen this one on the archives or anything (sometimes I just don't pay attention...) but when I saw that it had won a Kecker award, I knew it would be worth reading.
How did you come up with this insane awesomeness?! Every description was so... Descriptive. (I'm losing my words, I guess.) The characters all stand out so distinctly, and I like that you've used your boundless imagination and creativity to validate their origins. That Hufflepuff was a member of a traveling band comes as a surprise, but it really fits now that you've shown me. And I never envisioned her being great friends with Gryffindor, but this... Just... Works. I love it.
You know, there's really not a lot about the Founders that's in the style of how I envision the era to be. I've wanted to write a Founders story, but it's such a daunting task that I haven't taken it up. Thankfully, your story has granted my every wish in the way of style and artistry. Your voice seems very folkish and almost legend-like, while also being slightly whimsical (without being overly ridiculous). You tell this story as if you are right there inside all of the characters' minds. It takes a really skilled author to do that, so I'm just going to assume that you know what you're doing when it comes to the fanfiction scene. :)
The only thing that didn't rest well with me was when Ravenclaw named the school Hogwarts in a "rare burst of creativity." Maybe it's just personal preference, but I don't think Ravenclaw ever had "rare" creativity or intellect. For her, wit was a common thing. Perhaps I'm taking the phrase to mean something different than you intended, and if this is the case I apologize most sincerely. It's such a trivial thing, anyways, and it definitely doesn't take away from the rest of the story at all.
I can't quite express how much I love this story right now. It's just way too good. I'm rather surprised that it doesn't have more reviews than it does, but sometimes the best stories are undiscovered. I don't have a lot of time right now, but if you'd like to request another review on my thread, I'd be more than happy to read and review as many chapters as you can write. If you like gushy, praise-filled reviews, then I can definitely help with that. You deserve praise!!!
I'll stop gushing for now...
Author's Response: Hi! Wow, this review is so wonderful! Thank you so much for your awesome feedback, it made my day!
I'm glad the characters came to life for you. I admit I didn't really do a whole lot of planning before I started writing them; their backgrounds just sort of came as I was starting this first chapter. And I was inspired by the medieval-era fiction I've read, using it as sort of a guide for what might be realistic. (Or as realistic as fanficiton can be, anwyay.) And I love Helga and Godric's relationship too! They have sort of a brother-sister thing going, which you will see more of in the next chapters.
If you want to write Founders, I think you should go for it! It's a lot of fun once you get into it, and you've really got a lot of freedom. And I'm so happy you like the tone of this chapter, because I worked really hard on that aspect. Folkish and legend-like are just what I was going for with the narrative voice, so it's such an honor to hear that you think I've achieved it :)
I completely get what you mean about Rowena's creativity. I wrote that thinking she should be rigid in her thought processes, but then I read on JK's website that she was known for her creativity. Thanks for pointing that out! I'll definitely keep it in mind when I edit this chapter.
Yes, I would love to re-request! I'm so happy you enjoyed this chapter, and I hope it only gets better as the story goes on :) Your review was so wonderful, I can't thank you enough!