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Review:marauderfan says:
Oooh, Laurel's POV!

Stratigraphic layers of rubbish -- haha, this just made the geology nerd in me very happy. Aw, sounds like Laurel's parents have been more suffocating than supportive. (Parents? Or is it just her mum?) I can certainly understand why her mum feels the need to keep an eye on her after everything that went down, but she's not doing it in a very supportive way.

Also this kind of makes me think about how all four kids turned out in the light of how their families are. Isobel and Laurel don't seem to have much from their families apart from scrutiny, and as a result they're both pretty messed up with destructive behaviours. Emily's family is wonderful and I think she is the one with the fewest problems at this point. And Tristan... I think he has the support he needs from his parents, because they really try, but nothing will get through his thick skull when he's so intent on blaming himself for his real heritage - again a family problem, a secret, which is destroying him. Gah!

There you go again with the "R". Okay, here's my guess, the R stands for Rookwood, which was his original last name before he was adopted.

Ah ok, it is just Laurel's mum. I love Sprout's POV, by the way. She really is trying. Maybe she will end up being the support Laurel never got from her mum or from the Healers in St Mungos - or even from her best friends sometimes. Aw, Laurel - I want to give her a hug :( I'm glad Isobel did.

It does seem like Laurel is going to succumb to depression at some point, I can already tell by the things she's thinking and her completely hopeless outlook on life. The scene in the corridor also really pointed out how much has changed since the beginning of the year too, how rather than sitting there to enjoy each others company as they used to do, now they are immersed in their own problems.

Um, I'm not sure I like where this is going with Tristan and Laurel. Is she trying to get with him? She can't be that oblivious to Emily's feelings, or that selfish... or maybe she is. Oh dear, I smell drama. The plot thickens. Perhaps I spoke too soon about Emily having the fewest problems.

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Author's Response: The "stratigraphic layers of rubbish" bit was an idea I had, that was never addressed in the Potter series, about how it must be weird to go to boarding school. Harry lives at Hogwarts, and hardly thinks of Privet Drive as his home, so that wouldn't be an issue for him. But to spend so little time in your own bedroom, and have it be a kind of flophouse during school breaks must be a weird experience. I based a lot of that off my friends who went to college, but whose parents kept their rooms intact. Then, after a few years, their rooms aren't their rooms anymore--but the room of someone much younger, and poorly maintained.

Yes! Isobel and Laurel's parents can be VERY harsh. I think that has a lot to do with their being Ravenclaws. A lot of pressure. Laurel's name was very intentional--Laurels are symbols of achievement.

I definitely wanted Tristan to be, well, someone readers kind of want to slap. But, at the same time, the more than comes out about him, the harder it is to be angry at him.

I'm glad you like Sprout, too! It's interesting for me writing the adult POVs, and seeing their maturity contrast with the kids' immaturity. Some of the bits I wrote about Sprout were inspired by Tessa Wall in the Casual Vacancy.

I think Laurel is just really vulnerable right now, and needs a lot of affection and reassurance. After everything she's been through, she just doesn't have the space to consider other people as much as she should.

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