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Review:patronus_charm says:
Hola, Rachel! I'm here for my part of the exchange!

As you know I am usually left in awe of your work and talent but this story really was just something else. Everything about it was so unique and wonderfully complex that it made for an amazing story! I think this may even be my favourite piece of your work. ♥

The one-shot had this brilliant supernatural air to it throughout which really highlighted Albus' inner turmoil and made me question what was really going on inside of his mind. As well as being that, it also had this almost creepy air to it which acted as a great prelude to the ending scene where everything merged together and was great rounding up to the story.

The choice of Albus being the one to face this was a great one because he always seemed a little odd to me, and that he would reflect more on the war and the past than the others. By having those ghosts too, made me wonder whether this could have actually happened to them all.

More on the ghosts! I really liked how they all appeared one by one because it was as if you were trying to say without one you couldn't have had the complete story and that was a really nice touch. I'm still mildly confused about why their burns one in those specific places but it was a good confusion and helped me understand what Albus was going through even more.

The minor things in this one-shot such as Rose and Scorpius the lesson and Albus' marks really made a subtle difference to the story. I guess the best way to describe it as that it kept it grounded and therefore relatable, making me believe it could happen even more.

Then the ending! I really didn't expect that. I mean, I had thought it might occur throughout the story as there we're lots of hints in regards to his sanity especially when the potion was brought up but I never expected something so powerful. That scene really was an excellent display of your talents. There was just something about it which made me sense it in its entirety.

I'm so glad I got paired with you so I had the chance to read this amazing piece of work! ♥

Author's Response: Kiana! ♥ Okay, it's been a shamefully long time since you left this review (and I've got another of yours to answer, too!), but what can I say? Your reviews intimidate me. You didn't just win a Best Reviewer Dobby for nothing! And while I'm at it, thank you so much for nominating this story for Featured One-Shot, too!

I'm so glad you enjoyed this, too. :) I love writing about dark, twisted things, but I like to think that I'm not necessarily a dark and twisted person, and so it's sometimes worrisome because stories are always taken to be reflective of their authors, no matter how true that is or not. But getting along with minor depression and a couple of different anxiety disorders means that writing becomes my outlet for those things. I think that's why I write so much mental illness into my work. But I don't think you wanted to know all that. :P I'm IMMENSELY flattered that you think this might be your favorite of my stories!

I think of any of the next gen kids, Albus would be the one with issues, and I don't know why. But you seem to agree! I don't make a habit of writing much next gen in the first place, and the one novella I have in this era is very light, so it's something of unbroken ground for me. I'd love to return to next gen like this, though -- I sort of understand the pull after writing this story.

There's no real reason why James Potter and Snape were burned in those specific places. They were just all supposed to connect up to Lily's, but hers is somewhat symbolic. She died for love; her love protected her son. She "gave up" her heart for him, and Albus's mind would have reckoned that in some way, because I'm of the impression Harry would have told him. I don't know if that makes any sense, but it's just a physical representation of Lily and her sacrifice, imprinted on her memory/ghost form.

Thank you so much for swapping with me this month! I'd missed the review exchange, and this made me remember how fun it was. ♥


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