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Review:Lululuna says:
Tag! :) I'm glad to get the chance to come and check out some of your work!

This was pure brilliance. I've never read something focusing on Lockhart before, he seems to get overlooked in fan fiction. I think you really brought him to life here: every word, thought and phrase just emanated his pompous and deluded essence. The use of present tense and the fact that he says "I" or mentions himself as many times as possible is just so perfect.

I love how well you tied in canon characters with Lockhart's sphere of Hogwarts. It was great to see Hogwarts during Marauders era from a totally unique and different perspective. The run-in with James and Sirius was excellent, and you managed to bring to life these canon characters even though they only played a minor part through Lockhart's lilac coloured view of the world. I love how James kept messing up his hair: of course Gildy (as I will call him from now on) would notice the hair. Offering James a scent with "Lily" in it was a nice touch.

I like how we already see hints of the crazy man Gildy will grow up to be, like how he makes up stories to glorify himself such as the first years and Acromantula- that was quite funny. And how he is already taking credit for other people's work, even as a student. I like how his hunger for fame could almost be traced back to not getting Head boy, and how he wants to get to a point where he'll be so famous everyone will believe whatever he says, so he can for all intents and purposes have been head boy.

Bertha was such a wonderful addition. We don't know much about her besides the fact she was a bit of a follower and a gossip, and when Lockhart was disinterested in the gossip that wasn't about him it really made me laugh. She was definitely one of my favourite characters.

Overall I think you emanated the canon Lockhart perfectly, and did a good job of creating a world in a few short words. Excellent job, and I really loved reading this! :D

Author's Response: !!! First of all, thank you so much for such a long, wonderful review! I was grinning the whole time as I read it.

Lilac-coloured view of the world - haha, I like it, that's brilliant.

I'm glad you liked James and Sirius' appearance in the story. I really enjoyed writing that scene, especially since Lockhart messed things up for Harry twenty years later, it just seemed fitting! (And yes, the first thing he notices about anyone is the hair!)

I'm glad you liked the inclusion of Bertha as well! Based on the little information we had about her, she seemed like an ideal friend for Lockhart.

I am so happy you enjoyed this story! As you might imagine, it was pretty fun to write, since Lockhart is such an absurdly conceited character. I saw him as someone who hadn't really changed much since he was a teenager, although he just got more famous.

Thanks so much for your review!!!


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