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Review:marauderfan says:
And here's your review #80 :) Unless someone posts while I'm writing this.

YAY Founders! I really love this period in history and having read two of your Founders one-shots it was only a matter of time before I started this one!

First off, I love how the beginning goes right along with "Guardian" (which I know was written later, but I read it first) - I feel like I already know the characters right from the beginning! Godric and Helga's friendship is so sweet.

I also really appreciate that it's in first person, because quite honestly I wasn't expecting that. At this point I don't quite know as much about Rowena, because she doesn't show up very much (in this chapter at least) but I feel as if I've known Helga for years! She seems like such a fun person and I absolutely love the background you've given her. The scene in the Hogwarts kitchen was great too - she's not one to underestimate, clearly! Haha I can only imagine how Salazar was feeling because he's always struck me as one who's really proud and dignified, and then to be turned into a cat would really not be dignified :P

I'm curious what made Salazar hate Muggles so much in the first place, but I'm hoping that'll be revealed later as they get to know each other better. And I love your foreshadowing, the "In hindsight, that was my first mistake" - I'm not sure why the idea of their doomed love is so appealing to me, but it's just beautiful.

Side note: I love the song you based the title on. And I think it fits the theme of the Founders really well!

This is a lovely first chapter and I'm looking forward to reading the rest! :)

Author's Response: Kristin. You are just awesome! :D I am PSYCHED that you came to read my story! It's my baby, if you can't tell :) And I knew you were a fellow Founders fan, so I really hoped you'd like this one!

I think it's cool that you read Guardian first. I'm writing all my Founders fics so that they're part of the sane world, but they can hopefully stand alone. It's great to hear that Guardian provides a good foundation for this, though!

First person is my favorite way to write, so I usually just fall into it. I like getting to close to one character (in this case, Helga.) And Rowena will get much more time in the spotlight as the story goes on, so you can look forward to seeing her in chapters to come :) And I'm glad you could connect with Helga so quickly! She's been such a pleasant narrator and I've grown to love her so much. I loved that kitchen scene, where she got to cut Salazar down to size just a little ;)

Salazar has some skeletons in his closet for sure. As Helga gets to know him better, so will you :) And I'm so glad you liked that line! I suppose I have a habit of giving too much away at the beginning of stories, but I wanted it to be clear that these two will have a some difficult times. I love a tragic romance too, so I get where you're coming from there.

I originally wrote this as an entry for a classic rock challenge, so that's where the Fleetwood Mac thing came from :). But I think it fits this story, so I'm glad it works for you too!

Thank you for a wonderful review! I can't wait to respond to your next one. I so appreciate you taking the time to read this!

--Maggie


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