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Review:patronus_charm says:
Amanda! I'm so annoyed that I'm still away so this is going to be another phone review! First of all, a massive congratulations on finishing yet another brilliant novel! I really hope you have another project lined up soon because I need to carry on reading your amazing work!

I really liked this chapter because I thought it brought an excellent sense of conclusion to the story as a whole. With them being at the Hogwarts express and Lily with James it made me realise how much these characters had changed over the year. You really showed their progression in such a natural way that I really feel this could have happened.

The resolution regarding Celestine and Sirius was great too. I really loved how you showed it through a conversation with Lily as it felt a lot more natural. You're really making me want a sequel now so I can find out what happens next year!

The boys banter over the Marauders map was great! With that and the hints about Lily being head girl it really makes me want a sequels so I can see the transition even more.

I'm a little sad that the pact between Lily and Regulus didn't work. I guess it was only natural that it didn't work out but I'm still with that awful empty feeling of what if. I think Regulus looking at Sirius, Lily thinking about Snape and Regulus seeing Lily really enhanced that feeling. Even if it wasn't a particularly nice feeling it was really cleverly done and wrapped up the plot really well.

The mentions and fears with Regulus regarding the death eaters scared me a little. They all ended really well with that chilling sensation of knowing what happens to him but really hoping it might go against canon just this once.

A fantastic chapter to end a fantastic novel! ♥

-Kiana

Author's Response: Kiana! Endless apologies for not getting to this response sooner. I got review-bombed, which is not something to complain about, but I do feel bad for taking a while to get the responses out.

Anyway, thanks! It's a big relief to get this story finished because I definitely experienced that sense of being in the middle and thinking, "Hmm, where is this going, exactly?" Haha. It's been so sweet of you to follow it faithfully, and I really feel like I've taken a journey through both of my novels--and other stories, of course--with you. It's quite special to me :)

Oh, it's so awesome to hear that you feel like I achieved a good resolution for everyone! I definitely wanted things to settle up on the train ride home, to really symbolize the end of the year and the passage of time in the story. I'm glad you can see how everyone has changed since the beginning of the story--the lines have been drawn and much of that ambiguity is beginning to ebb away at last.

Sadly, no plans for a sequel to this story, at least for right now. I never say never, but I'm a bit burnt out on Marauders era and I'm excited to concentrate on my new project. I definitely appreciate the enthusiasm, though!

In a way, I think the Regulus-Lily pact was doomed from the start, just because it would have required an unfair share of effort from them both and a lot of moving parts that weren't really in either of their controls. I think of it like something you want to believe in because you're young and idealistic and then you grow up and find out it's not so easy. I do think that my characters learned some important lessons from having been part of it, and I'm glad you felt like it was wrapped up nicely. Of course, I wish it had worked, too.

Yeah, I wanted to end this with more of a vague sense of possibility and hope, almost in a naive way--we know what's going to happen to these characters, but they have no idea in this moment. It's sort of sad to consider.

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and all of your fabulous support, my dear! Finishing this would not have been the same without you, and I hope it's been half as fun for you as it was for me.

-Amanda


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