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Review:Female_Warrior says:
This is such an intriguing and original idea! The Sorting Hat's ability make decisions for itself has always made it a curious object, and I love the fact that you explain that by making it a Horcrux. It just fits perfectly, and the hat giving Riddle the same advice that Godric Gryffindor would almost surely have given as well is a really lovely touch. The song was a cool thing to see as well, it was creative but still stuck to the format of, "describe the houses and the task of sorting," and overall I felt that it worked quite nicely. :)

I thought that your characterization of Riddle was very believable. He wasn't curious at all about the end of the story that the hat told, only the portion he needed to use. The clarity with which that came through was excellent, and it brought greater depth to the clear lack of sympathy that he shows while he forces information out of the hat. That aspect of him, and the way you subtly expressed his separation from his peers really brought his character together for me.

I also thought it was interesting how Riddle almost seems to be reminding himself that he is Lord Voldemort sometimes. Is he still building his confidence, or is that just part of his sense of superiority?

Anyway, I also loved the tale of the Founders. You painted such an intimate portrait of the friendship between Slytherin and Gryffindor, and when that all went up in flames, a part of that intimacy still survived. It was great how parallel their relationship was with the splitting of a soul and how Gryffindor's despair shows that doing so is such a destructive act. I have to wonder if that other piece of Gryffindor is still floating around somewhere, maybe as something like the eagle knocker on the Ravenclaw common room door, or maybe mixing up the staircases when he gets bored. ;)

This story was beautifully written and definitely a pleasure to read. I'd definitely like to see another one like it in the future!

Cheers,
-Warrior

Author's Response: Hello! :)

I'm very thrilled that you enjoyed the story! It's great to hear you liked the idea of the hat as a Horcrux, and that it was well characterized with some aspects of Gryffindor.

Haha, I'm very happy you liked the song! :) It flowed surprisingly easy, and I liked coming up with the often rather poor rhymes. I even tried singing it in my head! :P

I'm also pleased you enjoyed the characterization of Riddle! He's such a creepy character, and I liked getting into his head. Hearing you thought I did him justice was wonderful!

That's such an interesting point about him trying to remind himself that he's Voldy, I never thought of it that way! But in this story, he isn't quite Voldy yet, and is more human and could still be feeling doubt and a need to re-affirm himself. I'm so happy you picked up on that, and I think it's a little of both building his confidence and his sense of personal greatness.

I'm so happy you liked the Founders as well! :) This story was kind of a three-in-one, and it's good to know the pieces fit together alright and were interesting in their own right. A couple other reviewers suggested that Gryffindor could be the giant squid... so maybe he still is lurking about! :)

Thank you for this really lovely review, it was such a pleasure to receive! :D


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