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Review:academica says:
Hey Maggie! I've been wanting to come by and check out your novel for a while, so here I am! Also, can I just say that I love your faceclaim choice for Helga? Jenna is so beautiful and yet so rarely used.

Okay, first of all, I love your version of how the four Founders came to be. I sort of automatically assumed they were all purebloods, but I really like the idea of Helga having to hide her magic and it being the catalyst in her friendship with Godric. I also like the way you made Helga and Godric the first pair of friends, because that seems a bit unorthodox as well. Finally, I realized that I never considered how wizards and witches would get wands before the establishment of Ollivander's and shops like it. Again, nice job with those little details.

I also love how they founded Hogwarts in an abandoned castle that some had deemed cursed. It seems like that story would be a great deterrent even apart from the many spells and enchantments guarding it. I do wish I could have heard more about your version of where the name "Hogwarts" came from, but otherwise, this is just delightful!

I really liked the first interaction you showed us between Helga and Salazar. I like her fiestiness and the way the two of them conversed. It's clear that she has defied his expectations, and hopefully he'll find her more curious as a result of it, despite his likely embarrassment at being Transfigured. As for Helga's part, I'm interested to read on and learn more about how she eventually falls for Salazar. I think I'll come back sometime soon :)

Great first chapter!

♥ Amanda

Author's Response: Amanda, hi! Wow, I'm a little star struck right now, as Diamonds Into Coal is pretty much the gold standard of Founders stories :). I'm so glad you came by!

Jenna is exactly how I imagined Helga to look at this age, and Carnal Spiral did such an amazing job bringing her to life with that chapter image :) And as for Helga herself, I just sort of knew she was Muggle born. Maybe she just didn't fit the image of purebloods I had in my mind. And some people have asked me why she and Godric didn't wind up falling in love, but I just always saw them as best friends.

I didn't explain the naming very well, did I? That was actually kind of a cop-out on my part, since I couldn't think of any logical reason to name it Hogwarts :P But I'm thrilled you like the other little details here and there.

That kitchen scene was so much fun to write. It's the catalyst for the rest of the story, because this is when Salazar begins to look at Helga in a new way. I so hope you'll come and check out where things go from here!

(And by the way, I've read the end of Diamonds Into Coal and loved it! I owe you a review on it...hopefully I'll get around to that very soon :))

Thank you so much for coming by, Amanda! It was such a thrill to see that you'd reviewed! It just makes my day every time I look at it :)

--Maggie


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