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Review:teh tarik says:
Kiana! ♥ Merry Christmas, lovely!

FINALLY I'm here reading and reviewing your amazing fic! I started reading a few chapters of Acanthus during TGS Award nominations because I love the absolutely the idea of your story, and the plot, and so it's great to be reading this again and reviewing at last!

Gah, I just love the atmosphere you created in this opening chapter! You really gave such a good sense of the setting, of the aftermath of a hectic day at the Daily Prophet newsroom; I love the details of the exploding ink pots and condensation on windows - these make your story fit right into the usual chaos of the magical world, and exactly how I'd imagine the offices of the main wizarding newspaper.

And your characters! They're all so memorable from the start: Tabitha with her purple hair tottering about in her mile-high heels (she comes across as a bit of a party-goer) and Lorcan who is dwarfed by everyone, and who wants nothing to do with all his family's well-known eccentricities and interest in weird mythology and all. It will be great to read about more of those two! And Rose. Rose is so relatable. I love your interpretation of her character: she's not the fiery, brilliant girl I've read about in so many Next Gen fics - usually a mini version of Hermione. I love how your Rose struggles with making a name for herself among all her overachieving sibling and cousins (Hugo is the child genius! Such a refreshing detail.), and how she has to work much harder to prove herself worthy. I do feel that she's being judged a lot by her family, possibly being unfairly compared to everyone else. But ah, love her. And oh my gosh, Aunt Ginny! Playing drinking games with the younger generation! This has got to be the most fun-loving version of adult Ginny I've ever read. :P

Anyway, this is a really lovely start, Kiana! Merry Christmas again! I'm glad I finally got the chance to review this! I've favourited this and I'll definitely be reading on! ♥ Have a great day!


Author's Response: teh! Happy New Year as it's now the 28th in the UK :P

Yay, I'm so glad that you've liked it and it's great to see your thoughts on it because it means so much to me to have an author like you reading this :D

I'm really glad that you liked the atmosphere as it was based on when my school newspaper is running late which is an almost monthly occurrence :P Phew, it fitted in with the magical world! I always forget those little nuances which make it magical, so I've been working hard to try and merge them in!

I'm sorry that Tabitha made such an impression on you as she fails to reappear in the story again! Lorcan on the other hand appears throughout, so you're in luck that! I thought it would be fun to make Lorcan odd, but at the same time distanced from his family as I hadn't really seen that aspect of him explored before so seeing it here was fun! I'm so glad that you loved Rose, because she is one of the characters most dear to me out of them all. I think it's an issue that we've all had to relate to some point in our life, and it seemed natural for her to suffer from it given who her parents are. I think it's a mixture of her being judged and then imposing judgement on herself, which is natural for someone in a big family, and yeah she needs a hug with all her issues! Yay for Ginny, I always imagined her to be a bit of a party animal so it was fun to write her here!

Thank you for such an amazing review, teh, it was a wonderful Christmas treat! I can't wait to see what you make of the rest of it!


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