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Review:nott theodore says:

I've been wanting to come back and read some more of your stories since I followed you in the review tag last time, so I'm glad I got the chance to come back and read this one-shot!

I thought this was a really well-written portrayal of Regulus and the last days of his life. The contrasting themes of light and darkness and what they represent came through brilliantly here. I like the fact that everything isn't black and white; Regulus has been taught to believe that the side his family support are the 'light' while those who oppose them are the darkness. I liked how that tied in with the colour black as well.

The motif of stars was also really effective, especially since both Sirius and Regulus are named after stars. I enjoyed the way you used phrases like 'burning bright' to reflect the title, but also to show the differences in their characters and personalities. I particularly liked the last couple of sentences: 'He was conceding defeat. The flicker faded. The star had fallen.' It's a really bittersweet way to end the story and I thought it was a fantastic conclusion, bringing the story full circle from the beginning.

Another strength here was the fact that you really managed to get across the complexity of Regulus' character in a short piece. He was only young and was trying to do what he had been told, but realising that isn't what is right he wants to make his brother proud. I love the idea of Regulus writing letters to Sirius before he died. I think you really get across the conflicting emotions Regulus feels about his decision, and some of the reasons that prompted his change of heart. It makes me feel quite sad that he came to such an awful end without Sirius knowing that he had done his best to bring down Voldemort.

Overall, I thought this was a really lovely piece and I'm glad I had a chance to read something else you've written. I'll definitely be reading some of your other stories when I get some more time!

nott theodore :)

Author's Response: I just answered this review, and then my cat pressed back! I guess I get the fun of doing it again :P I'm glad that I didn't scare you away with that one-shot, as I was worried people may think I was weird making the ghoul to be like that!

I'm glad that you liked the contrast of light and dark, as Regulus was always one of those grey characters in my opinion, so I wanted to reflected, and the confusion he must have felt by being trapped in the middle of it all.

I loved the star motif too, and I have to send a big thank you out to JK for giving them those names! I just thought it fitted both of them so well, so it made sense to use it. I'm glad that you liked the last line, as I really loved it too.

I think the reason Regulus interests me so much, is like you said, he's so complex and young you never really knew what he really thought. I would like to think that he tried to make it up with Sirius, as it makes sense in my head, even if it makes the situation even more tragic.

I'm so glad that you enjoyed it, and I would love to know what you thought about my other stuff too!

-Kiana :D

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