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Review:nott theodore says:
Hello! I'm here reviewing for Gryffindor on stories featuring Gryffindor/Slytherin unity!

I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I haven't left a review on this story before, despite that fact I have been reading it for quite a while. I do love this story though, and am kind of amazed and a bit sad that it's finally finished. Hopefully this review will make up for my lack of reviews before!

Your characterisation of all of these next generation characters has been brilliant, and I think you have done a fantastic job in writing about them for so long and staying true to their characters and yet not being afraid to show the development in their personalities either.

It's kind of hard to know what to say about this story; you know that it's brilliant and it's been successful on the archives, but I have really, really enjoyed reading it. What strikes me most is the fact that you created a story here that didn't fit into a lot of the next generation cliches, in spite of the fact that it was a James II/OC story. First of all, your main character was a Slytherin and not at all like the usual OCs that I have read about in the past, and because of that I think I've enjoyed this story even more. Your characters make mistakes and do stupid things, they hurt each other and can't work out what they should be doing properly, but that makes them real and believable because that is exactly what young people are like. Add to that the fact that there's been a really interesting plot and the main story hasn't just felt like a romance, and you've got a really great story.

I've loved reading the romance too, but mostly the friendship and the plot with a expertise. The way that the groups grew together and the end of the story showed Gryffindors and Slytherins really working together and cooperating to get things done was great. I think there are a lot of next generation stories which try and retain the house rivalries that existed in the books and in times of war, which I think is slightly unrealistic. I'm sure that the school and parents would have done as much as they could to ensure there would be more house unity and this story shows how well that actually works, that they can not only be friends but there can be happy relationships between the two houses without their housemates getting angry with them for it.

The plot with Vespertine was brilliant, extremely intriguing and exciting and it really did feel serious and tense - I couldn't be sure of the ending and I appreciated that, because I find a lot of stories can be predictable, so it was refreshing to find this one which wasn't at all; the constant twists and turns made sure that I kept coming back to the story, no matter how long it took before an update.

I was really pleased that Aggy and James ended up together, but also that you didn't write all of the couples living happily ever after in completely normal relationships, because I don't think that would have fitted in well with the rest of the story. Ah it is, I think you have created a lovely story about realistic and believable characters who your readers can relate to and care about, as well as writing a very gripping and exciting story. Thanks for letting us read this and really, really well done!

Sian :)

Gryffindor vs. Slytherin Battle 2014 (Gryffindor/Slytherin unity)

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