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Review:CambAngst says:
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Ooh, I really liked this. Everywhere you looked, there were dark, nasty edges to this story. Spooky situations and nasty children behaving badly and the mention of dark curses inflicting gruesome injuries upon their victims. Even the setting -- the musty, ancient shelves of the Hogwarts Library, filled with yellowed parchment bound between old leather -- had a sort of forbidding air to it. You did a terrific job of using every little detail of this scene to set a mood and reinforce it.

Scorpius the bookworm. Scorpius the loner. Scorpius the pureblood scion who's rejected by his own kind. This is always one of my favorite portrayals of the character. I love the idea of him being withdrawn and brooding. I think it fits very nicely with a childhood that was, in all likelihood, very isolated. After the war, his family would have been despised by both sides: traitors to the Dark Lord or Death Eaters who managed to avoid Azkaban, depending on who you're talking to. I liked the way that he takes refuge among the books. I like that the Library seems to be his home. It fits him, and makes me all the more eager to see what you're planning for him and Rose.

The other Slytherins, at least for my tastes, were a little on the immature side for 16 to 17-year-olds. They're in their N.E.W.T. year, after all. I'd imagine they'd have better things to do in the library than torment Scorpius. But I get the point of them and the role they fill. Reinforcing his sense of isolation and his anger toward a culture that rejects him.

I am almost giddy with excitement to see what comes of this book and ring that he finds in the restricted section. There's obviously some powerful dark magic at work here, and in Scorpius it's found either a target of opportunity or for some reason it's specifically drawn to him. I can't help but imagine that all of the research he was doing on vampires was a bit of foreshadowing. We shall see, I suppose.

Your writing really was fantastic in this. Everything was smooth and very well-paced. Your use of detail and description was breathtaking. It was a very engaging read and the next thing I knew I was at the end.

Great job! Can't wait to read chapter 2...

Author's Response: Hey there! I'm so sorry it has taken me such a long time to reply - I have become so embarrassingly slack when it comes to answering reviews!

I'm so, so happy that you enjoyed this first chapter! The idea came out of nowhere, really, so I'm glad that so far the response seems to be positive, haha.

I've mostly read Scorpius as a popular, life of the party type guy, and I really wanted to portray him as someone with a lot more darkness - and it turned out to be super fun to write!

Once again, I'm glad you enjoyed this first chapter! Thank you for the awesome review!

Courtney:)


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