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Review:Bobby Dazzler says:
Hey Amanda!

First off I would like to kick off this review with a huge SORRY for not reading and reviewing this sooner, particularly before the challenge actually ended - feel incredibly slack for that but unfortunately I have had endless problems with my laptop and been unable to use it, which unfortunately meant unable to read this too, so I am very, very sorry about that :(

It was a wonderful read, and definitely not what I was expecting in regards to the love potion. I thought it was a unique spin, which I am greatful for. I love originality :)

Now for my "Der Kate" moment... Until I was reading the reviews already left for your story, I actually didn't make the connection that it was Lavender Brown... It's been a while since I've read DH, as in a few years and I did only read it the once (shocking I know!!!) but I feel like a real moron for not making that connection, and now that I have, I actually appreciate this story more and filled in the questions I had for it by doing that. So clever lol.

Now, with that revelation in mind, I love how you portrayed Lav Lav's character in this, and it's made her character more interesting and deeper. You wrote this very skillfully! I love, in a way, her vanity for needing to be the "beautiful" person she once was and can only do it by use of a potion to convince herself she's beautiful on a daily basis. It's a sad existence really, but it's also poetic.

I really, really enjoyed this one shot, you've done a wonderful job interpreting the use of a potion (and nailed the challenge guidelines, thank you!!! :)) and your writing style is beautiful, very much enjoyed it. I know the challenge has ended, but I have one more story to read now and I will get back to you on the forums how you went ok :) But thank you very, very much for taking the time to enter this challenge, and I am very sorry that I was unable to judge it on time due to technical difficulties. It was great, thank you :) Kate xx

Author's Response: Hi Kate, thanks for stopping by (and issuing a fantastic challenge)!

No worries, several other people didn't pick up on the main character being Lavender. And don't tell anybody, but I think I've only read DH once too--horror of horrors! :) Anyway, it's great that you felt like the story became more meaningful once you put a name to it.

Lavender's story here is meant to be really tragic. She lives all alone and isn't even able to accept herself without the aid of her potion. It's funny, because my original idea for this one-shot was to make it have more of a happy, self-acceptance theme, but the prompt from the challenge totally changed it (and made it much better, in my opinion).

Thanks for your lovely review!

-Amanda


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