|Review:||The Quill and Sofa Shop says:|
Hey Hey Hey!
I started reading this a while ago, and then I decided to revisit upon a re-venture into the land of Harry Potter fanfiction. I thought that HPFF was a desolate world, but your fics bring such a smile to my face I can't help thinking that.
I love this one so much! While I must admit, I am a bigger fan of Etc. Etc. (who can resist Sexy Albus?!), this is one of my favorite fics-nay, works of literature, of all time. Whenever I read this, I'm constantly laughing aloud and smiling, something that's not that common for me. I think that for the most part, you captured the ridiculous and fun spirit of the earlier pre-Voldy's-going-to-kill-us-all spirit of Hogwarts. I remember when I first picked up the books about reading a review comparing Rowling to Roald Dahl, a spirit that got lost in the series (which was unfortunate but necessary), and ever so much in the fandom. So I'm glad you made it your mission to revive it! There are of course, holes which isn't quite Hogwarts, like your femme fatale, but the person flavor you add to this just makes it that much more delicious.
I just had to review since you mentioned George. I generally read exclusively Next Gen (with some Marauders thrown in), because I hate people screwing with canon and canon characters. Frankly, I was terrified when I saw the setup for George, because the twins are so horribly misconstrued in fanfiction.
And you hit the nail on the head! Your George was absolutely perfect. The only thing was is that I felt sad that Fred wasn't there to finish his sentences. :'( I also was a little surprised that George was open to Bea working with Malfoy, considering he treats Bea like one of his own kids and the Weasleys have had so many bad experiences with the Malfoys. I know they're supposed to be all open-hearted and good and all that stuff, but from what we saw in the series, the Malfoys and the Weasleys were pretty set against each other for centuries. Especially since George and Draco are both business owners, you'd think George would have overheard the shady dealings of the Malfoys and given at least a light warning to Bea. That's my interpretation anyways, but each reader sees the characters in their own light!
Thank you for bringing such a large smile to my face!
Author's Response: Sorry about taking so long to respond! Thank you so much for the review, it really brought a smile to my face as I've been struggling with this current chapter. I don't ever aim to write like JKR, but her world has been undoubtedly very inspirational, and that magical feeling is what stays with me through the years. There's a quaintness and innocence and thirst for adventure - who didn't wish at some point, to be a part of that castle and run around with a wand? Hah, funny you mention the femme fatale - the other inspirations I had for Capers was Oceans' 11 and Inception :D Which you can mostly see in Fred and Anjali.
Eee I'm glad you like my George (I nearly typed Fred, and then I was sad). I like to think of George as the ~cool uncle~ to everyone. After losing Fred, he adopts a more laidback lifestyle, and just wants enough to live comfortably so he can spend as much time with his family as he can; he's not into holding grudges with anyone, including Malfoy. Very zen. That's just my take!
Thank you very much again! c: