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Review:GingeredTea says:
It took me MUCH longer than I thought, but I am here and you are my 100th review. :) Now I just have to see if I can leave as great a review as you do (probably not - you have hundreds more under your belt than me).

I always enjoy Severus, but I don't usually enjoy Peter. To be honest I probably only enjoyed him here because Snape was torturing him (whether he understood that or not).

So let me just start by saying I love stories where the beginning and ending are full circle like this one! This reminded me just a tiny bit of the fanfic "Eternal Return" by Silver Pard with the beautifully meshed beginning and ending. On subject matter, there was no similarity, however. LOL.

You bring Snape to life realistically and wonderfully. He is as caustic as ever and we see how willing he is to use his power over Peter - his abilities - to hurt the man.

Making Peter relive the death of the Potter's - was yet another reason I was rooting for Snape here, but to some extent I felt sorry for Snape, because I wondered if he wasn't just entering Peter's mind to torture the man (and clean up afterwards) but to relive Lily's last moments over and over again. Does that mean Peter is a bit like a USB drive with his deepest darkest secret? I feel this vicious cycle that he sees Lily, becomes enraged, tortures, and cleans up, see's Lily in the process, and the cycle repeats.

This story was hauntingly enticing, recklessness mixed with careful calculation, repetition surely building certainty that he can do it again without being caught, and throughout you manage to maintain 'Snape' which is hard when any emotions are involved!

Thank you for such a great read! Perhaps when I come around midway through 200 reviews I will be able to write one as wonderful as yours! :)

Author's Response: Hi, there! What a pleasant surprise! I'm honored.

I don't usually like Peter, either, which I think is because too many authors keep him closer to his movie characterization (fawning and simpering almost to the point of being a physical comedy routine) than the way I imagined him from the books. There had to be more to the character than the rather laughable way he was portrayed in the films. Peter was cunning and brave enough to have been part of the Marauders through 7 years of schooling. He made the decision that he was safer betraying his friends to the Death Eaters than remaining loyal. It was the wrong decision, in the final analysis, but the point is that he chose. Nobody did that for him. So to portray Peter as a completely cowardly follower isn't accurate in my mind.

Which is not to say that the guy is admirable in any way. I also enjoyed imagining Snape toying with him.

One of my inspirations for this was actually the movie Groundhog Day, although the subject matter is obviously far lighter in the movie. I wanted to leave it up to the reader to decide how many times Snape indulges his desire for vengeance.

I really like writing Snape, so long as it doesn't involve a romantic pairing with Lily. I guess I have a thing for tortured souls.

I think there were a lot of reasons that Snape keeps returning to Peter's memory of the night the Potters died. Some would say -- and I wouldn't disagree -- that Snape never stopped living in that moment when he found Lily dead on the floor of Harry's nursery. That moment defined the rest of his life. He never got over her death, never moved beyond it. And seeing the moment again refuels his anger and makes him want to hurt Peter even more.

I'm glad you saw the story like that. I wanted to "unbalance" Snape, to take away his unshakeable mask of discipline and control for a brief time. But there were other things about him that I didn't want to change. He's still meticulous about cleaning up his mess each time.

I'm glad that you enjoyed it, and thank you for the inspiration on how to write Snape's use of legilimency!


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