Hey Amanda! So as we got the challenge of reviewing stories about our ultimate OTP, I immediately thought about Snily because I love them best. After that, I started wondering what could be the 'mother' of Snily stories on the Archives and I thought about you, because I know you enjoy it too. So here I am :D
First of let me tell you that even if this story is from 2011 and without a doubt your writing style has changed and improved with the practice of writing, I still can't get over how much I love your descriptions. They're amazingly vivid and the scenes they portray play in my mind just like a movie, which has always been very important to me. To be able to fully immerse myself in the story, I need to visualise everything that's happening and you're giving me so much more than that!
I am simply amazed by the amount of detail you put into describing the process of sending the Hogwarts letters. This introduction really gives a lot of depth to the story because it makes us feel that both Snape and Lily were amongst the important ones who would be the first receiving their letters by owl. What I'm not certain about (and I might be wrong) is concerned with Lily's family. Wasn't she part of a Muggle family? Did you choose to portray her as the daughter of magical people for a purpose?
Severus! Love of my life! I am so happy you decided to have him share a good relationship with his parents. I know there are indications in the canon books that might lead us to believe that there were conflicts between his parents, but it's never confirmed and I've read too many stories with him being the son of an abusive father and whatnot. Also, it's been a true pleasure reading that his mother was so talented at Potions. I don't recall if it's canon, but it sets the ground to Snape's decision to name himself the Half Blood Prince, of all the names he could have chosen. It warmed my heart to imagine all the wonderful moments this family has lived until Severus had to go away for school.
I am eager to read on, see what happens next! On to the next chapter I say :D
Author's Response: Haha, thanks! I'm super flattered that your search for Snily brought you to my page. Maybe one day I'll write the actual "mother of all Snily stories," though that would be a challenge indeed! I do like this odd little story, though, so it makes me smile that you chose it to review :)
I'm happy the imagery worked here! I relied heavily upon it while trying to start us off with the owls' journey and the introduction of Lily and Severus's respective home lives. I would certainly hope my skills have improved in two years' time, of course!
I thought it was interesting to imagine what the letter process would be like. We know that magical students are recorded in a book and their letters come when they turn eleven, but we don't know much more than that, and so I took my turn at describing the process here.
Ah, yes, I definitely should have put my disclaimer in this chapter instead of the next. Sometimes we writers forget that readers don't automatically see things the way we do, since we have the answers and they don't. I'll have to go back and fix that if I ever go back and edit this (which I'm sure needs to be done).
Anyway, yes, in this AU certain things are switched around, and the families of our protagonists are one of them. Lily's got cruel magical parents and Severus has the happy family I wish he would have had in canon.
You know, I've been writing Snape-centric stuff for so long that I really don't know if Snape getting his potions book from his mother is real canon or just my head canon. Either way, him being close to Eileen is a big part of my head canon and I find it hard to write them otherwise. Both being magical, surely they would have stuck together in the face of whatever happened with his father, and I think him taking her name as a nickname was a bit of a tribute to that (as opposed to a mere comment on blood status).
Thanks for your very sweet review, Debra!