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Review:TidalDragon says:
Howdy! I enjoyed reading an "atypical" character's reflections after the Battle of Hogwarts. I too have always thought Slughorn is a character who is ripe for exploration and I thought you did a good job of probing his oft-hidden reflective side, while still staying true to his capacity for optimism and fixation on his impact on students.

I also thought it was an excellent choice to make the students Slughorn reflects upon those who are not heavily featured in canon as well. It seemed to add some depth to his realization about students in his house that I think might have been lost if his thoughts meandered to some of the series' "bigger" fish.

One thing that was interesting to me was the title as compared to the quote you used at the beginning that seemed to inspire it. I like the quote about the very thin line between madness and greatness, though ambition versus power didn't quite work for me. I thought both words certainly worked for Riddle/Voldemort, who was skillfully woven in without being excessively focused on, but they seem more naturally connected than the dichotomy in perception between madness and greatness.

In any event, I still really liked the overall story and your writing, especially your use of objects and descriptions as well as thoughts to convey the tone you wanted and the path of Slughorn's thinking. Using descriptions effectively is something I struggle with when I write so I always appreciate when someone can do it well.

Looking forward to reading more of your work!

Author's Response: Hey, thanks for coming by!

Yeah, I'm big into minor characters, so I often choose to bring in lesser-known characters into my stories, even if the main characters are typical series favorites. It was fun to imagine the small interactions Slughorn might have shared with these lesser known Slytherins and to explore his definitions of success and prominence.

I thought the quote was appropriate, and I kept coming back to it when I was working on this story. I think you kind of have to know more about the storyline the quote comes from to really understand how thin the line between madness and greatness was in that scenario. I guess I don't really understand from your comment which one you thought worked better, sorry! Anyway, you provided an interesting reflection, which I appreciate.

Thanks so much for your kind review!

-Amanda


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