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Review:CambAngst says:
Hi, Sarah!

Wow. I'm hardly even sure where to start. That was in incredibly emotional chapter. And not in the conventional tear-jerker sort of way, either. I've read lots of stories that deal with loss and grief. The emotions that Harry confronts in this chapter are different and even more powerful in a way. The conflict that Harry's grappling with in this chapter really pits his humanity against the scars that he carries from his long, miserable childhood. The "good person" inside his head, the one he's given Hermione's voice to, is telling him that he should feel badly for the miserable, lost, broken woman in front of him. But the wounded little boy who grew up without comfort or compassion or love can't bear to look at her any longer.

I got a bit ahead of myself there, so I did want to mention that the first part of the chapter was really heart-warming. It's so awesome to me to see Harry in the place where he's truly happy. I loved the cute little touches, like Ginny being embarrassed by her morning breath or James winding up covered in jam. The idea of Harry mooing like a cow to amuse his son made me happy. It's one of those really simply, silly things that he takes joy in doing because nobody ever did that for him.

Petunia was haunting in this. The leftover medical supplies were a fantastic way to set the scene, I thought. I felt like she was in that stage of grief where she was having a hard time sorting out all of the various regrets of her life. Suddenly the person that she's clung to for nearly 30 years while studiously avoiding the memories of her sister is gone, and she's adrift. It definitely made a strange sort of sense that she would seek out Harry and try to reconnect with him. He's all that she has left of her birth family. I did chuckle a bit at the notion that she also thinks Marge is a horrible person.

Your writing was really lovely in this. Everything flowed beautifully and I didn't see a single typo.

You keep finding interesting and moving new directions to take this story in. I'm not at all sure whether you have an endpoint in mind that brings all of your various plot threads together, but even if you don't, I don't think it's going to bother me very much. I love what you do with these characters!

Author's Response: Sarah is a bad, bad elf. I'm so sorry it's taken me this long to get back to your wonderful reviews. It's not just yours, I promise! So, now that I'm here, how on earth do I respond to your sensitive, intelligent, amazing reviews? You really just *get* what I'm trying to show in Harry. You *get* Harry.

And whilst I'm glad the turbulent, stressful, confusing part of Harry's life came across, I'm also very happy that you enjoyed the Potter family life. But then you point out that Harry takes joy in such silliness because nobody ever did it for him, and you make me wonder HOW do you write REVIEWS that can make me feel this way?! You're so right. It's so bittersweet, too.

Petunia was fascinating and exciting to write. She'll be back! It's really horribly interesting to watch her facade crumble.

I do have an endpoint in mind! And I intend getting there in the next decade! Thanks so much for the wonderful and encouraging review. It means a lot to me that you've taken the time to read the chapter and to write so thoughtfully about it.

Sarah xo


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