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Review:CambAngst says:
Holy crap! That was intense!

I would love to know how you came up with the major plot twist for this story. It was brilliantly executed and even though I could sort of see it coming by about 2/3 of the way through, the italicized part at the end was still haunting.

I really loved your unconventional characterizations of Rose and Scorpius. For Rose, I thought you pulled the most interesting parts of her mother and father together to build her up. That intensely competitive streak and the need to define herself with an "arch-nemesis of her own" was Ron Weasley up one side and down the other. She obviously has her mother's intellect as well as a passionate fascination with her family's history. Her take-no-prisoners approach to, well, basically everything also reminded me a lot of Hermione, along with her crusade to put helmets on all the Quidditch players.

Scorpius Malfoy as a quiet, bookish, timid boy with glasses who gets ripped out of his element on his first day of school and thrown into Ravenclaw was a really refreshing take on him. At the same time, it was neat to see that there was still an essential strength inside somewhere. One that seemingly waited until Rose lost interest in being his arch-nemesis in order to come out.

The scene where Rose declares him her boyfriend was beyond cute. Also funny and mildly disturbing in the way that she sort of flagrantly abuses him. But he grows out of it and turns into such a confident guy. I guess surviving her abuse was probably good for him in the long run.

The tale of their son, and the way that the loop closes at the end of the story, was heart-breaking. I can completely sympathize with his plight, but the vengeful twist that made it apparent that he was the architect of his own downfall was fate at its cruelest. Again, where did you come up with this idea? It was brilliant!

Now it feels as though your challenge has truly drawn to a close. Once more, thanks so much for organizing it! It was an awesome experience.

Author's Response: Hi, Dan!

I'm not sure where the plot twist came from, honestly. Athene told me she wanted a ScoRose and when I started writing, this really dark picture formed in my head of Scorpius and Rose as adults, peacefully asleep with a baby between them, when their bedroom door unexpectedly bursts open. From there I got the idea that Scorpius would protect the child with Protego, which got me wondering if all of the rebounding spellwork might inflict damage on the baby; and then realized that the man in the doorway holding the weapon was the baby himself, many years later.

Something I loved about Ron was his loyalty and how he seemed to hate Draco as much as Harry did. When you're at a certain age it's almost fun to have an arch-nemesis, so Rose was keenly anticipating having someone to hate, no questions asked. XD Oh, Rose. Her disappointment in finding that this artfully-selected arch-nemesis was a scrawny, timid boy was probably wounding.

Confession: When I was in first or second grade, there was this boy who had asthma and I would chase him around the blacktop at recess until he begged for mercy and pulled out his inhaler. I was a really awful child. This may or may not have had a subconscious effect on this story. *hides*

Thank you so much for coming by to read and review this. :)


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