Hi again. I enjoyed this chapter also.
I was so proud of Ron. I love your version of Ron.
So? What happens next? :-)
Great job.Author's Response: Another chapter will be in the queue soon, have no fear! Only two more to go. Ron is, indeed, awesome and I'm glad he comes across as awesome in this.
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Nice chapter. Thanks for updating.Author's Response: Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reviewing. Report Review
I really like your characterization of Ron here. He's respected, competent, and intelligent, but still the Ron we remember. His lack of shaving and his relief at not having to teach certain subject matter, was spot on. Even more, the way you've written McGonagall is simply perfect. She's aged, but she's still strong and determined to do what's right for Hogwarts. I am intrigued with the mystery of the Hat, and can't wait to see how this plot develops. And of course, I'm dying to know why Hermione is at the bottom of his list. Something isn't quite right there, is it. Very interesting. I can't wait to read more. Good beginning!~GWAuthor's Response: Thank you! Yes, I like a Ron who's competent and capable in his own right while still being RON, so I'm glad that's come across properly. McGonagall is a hoot to write, too. The mysteries - of the Hat, and of Hermione - will continue to unravel along with the story, so read on!
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I LOVED this chapter. Seriously, the thought and originality put into this is incredible. I loved the talking door. That was great. It actually even had a personality. And since you mentioned it was Scottish, I couldn't help reading his lines in Sean Connery's voice. Also, the mental image of Harry screaming at a chair is highly amusing, but not more than the conversation Ron had with the Sean Connery Door.
Ron's voice in this story so far is amazing. I like how slightly grumpy he is, but able to chuckle to himself. You made him interesting and new, which is something really great in fanfiction. He's got this edge that I really like.
Also, adding Phineas was golden. I liked his appearances in DH because he's just so insufferable, isn't he? Great, great job.
I started reading this story because of Ron and Hermione, but I'm hardly focusing on that now, because the mystery premise, dialogues and Ron the Investigator are so captivating.Author's Response: Yeah, I did have Sean Connery's voice in my head when I was writing Door's dialogue. But it's made of Scottish wood! It'd be Scottish! I do enjoy playing with expanding bits of magical canon, though I try to keep it logical and consistent.
I'm glad Ron's working out. He doesn't often get to be a leading man, and especially not a leading man using his brain. I think he'd barrel through it with humour, but his wits cannot be underestimated.
And why on Earth would I pass up on an opportunity to use Phineas to snark at people? Got to love Phineas. Thanks for the reviews! Report Review
I am not going to like Malcolm, am I? If he plans to steal Hermione, then yes, I won't like him!
You did a great job with the Unspeakables. They were just like FBI agents in films, mysterious and really annoying with all their smugness and classified information. It was nice to read about Hermione and her job and dedication. It's canon and so in character and you've written it well.
This story is going so well. It's really interesting and I can't wait to see what happens next. I'm really excited for Ron and Hermione meeting. Also new info about the Sorting Hat and perhaps a connection with the Unspeakables. I'm thinking they have the Sorting Hat? I'm not good at guessing, so I'll just read, me thinks. I haven't read a mystery in so long, though and this is awesome. :)Author's Response: Malcolm does have his eye on the girl, but this doesn't make him evil. Yet. Just wait and see. I did want to make the Unspeakables kind of Mysterious Government Agents, and I figured having them run in to Hermione, she of the rampant curiosity, would only prove amusing.
I hope the mystery proves worthwhile! There's a good few twists and turns yet. I'm glad you're enjoying it, and the characters, so far, however! Report Review
Stubbs was a wonderful OC. Also, your descriptions are really painting the picture for me, it's amazing. I'm liking this story more and more. And whoa, a break-up through an interview? Really, Hermione? Now I want to snuggle Ron.Author's Response: I'm glad you like Stubbs! Yeah, Hermione doesn't come across too well in the first bit of the story, it takes a while before we find out what's going on with her. But equally Ron should ALWAYS get a good snuggle. Report Review
I favorited this story years ago and never got around to reading it. Now that I'm back, and full of new strong love for the Ronmione, I finally started. This first chapter is really impressing. I liked McGonagall a lot, she was very in character. Although I guess they would speak less officialy, maybe, but that's just me. Maybe with Harry, she would. Anyway, the flow is amazing, it read so easily and swiftly. Also, I praise the originality of the idea. Yay for that!
And oh no, are they broken up or something? Off to read another chapter, I'm really excited for this!Author's Response: I'm glad you've got into this after all this time! I do love me some Romione, as you might indeed guess. I did debate how Ron and McGonagall might talk, but I figured they don't have a personal relationship like she and Harry did - I don't think it's her condescending him so much as they've not yet LEARNED how to talk as adults together. With time, that could change, but when in doubt they relapse to default.
All is explained if you read on. :D Thanks for reviewing! Report Review
HI. Love it, love it! You write very well and present a interesting and thought-provoking exploration of the G. Trio when they end up working separatly. And like the others say, you get the characters perfect and show us how they feel about the several situations they find themselves in. -- Did you understand that? Sometimes I don't express myself well---
I am really enjoying this story.
Please, please, please finish it. (read where you said you weren't going to finish it)
Great job.Author's Response: Thank you! It's been fun writing the Trio like this, and I'm glad that it's come across as compelling and new, while still remaining believably them.
Don't worry, the story will be finished. There's a chapter in the queue right now and I HAVE finished writing, I just need to upload it. Thanks for reviewing! Report Review
Love to see another update. This was a pretty awesome story.Author's Response: There will be updates, I promise. Hopefully in a week. The story is finished and just needs posting; I just found myself playing the validation queue juggling trick! But now one story is done, Renaissance will be back in the cycle. So hopefully within the next week or so there should be another.
Thanks for the review and hope you stick around to the end! Report Review
Love the story!! Please continue.Author's Response: I'm glad you're enjoying it! I shall try to get the last 3 chapters posted up in the next couple of weeks, but it's all written, and it will be finished!
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"She had to admit, he'd got better in fights over the past few years. She wouldn't have thought of that."
WOW she doesn't think much of him, does she? She so doesn't deserve him!
I really do love Burke in this chapter. He's nice when they're all understanding each other and fighting on the same side!
I love the chat Hermione has with Trev, about her and Ron. I mainly like the bit about how the boundaries changed between them when they went from being friends to being in a relationship. It's almost as though they forgot that a bit, when things started to go wrong...
I really do feel sorry for Trev. Because he's LOVELY (when his department aren't trying to kill Hermione and Ron, that is). But ... he's not Ron. Poor thing.
Love how the Hat twitches his moustache. Yes for moustache times!Author's Response: There's going to be a special sort of punishment for you for this, you know. :P
Yeah, Burke's kind of a dude. He doesn't really act much differently throughout, he's just one of those guys who's much better to have as your ally than as your enemy!
Trev is a bit doomed. And all the guy did wrong was not be Ron. And not be a good enough project leader to stop his colleagues from stalking and attacking her. That kind of put a dampener on relationship prospects, too. But mostly, it was Not Being Ron. Report Review
Great chapter and another cliff hanger! Can't wait to read the rest. How many chapters are there left?Author's Response: I am horrid for cliffhangers, I know. There are 17 chapters in Renaissance in total, so only another 3 to go! Thanks for reviewing! Report Review
Awesome! Nice cliff hanger! Keep up the great writing!!Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reviewing. Report Review
Thanks for the quick update. A good chapter with a big cliffhanger. I wonder what happens?
For some reason I don't really trust Malcolm and it seems like he might be hiding something.. but I dont know what. Nice to see some interaction between Ron and Hermione. If I have to make a quick guess I'd say that they're probably gonna end up together in the end.. :) Keep up the good work and update soon!Author's Response: Expect updates, oh, every two to three days. As often as is physically possible. The Department of Mysteries and its Unspeakables are, indeed, mysterious. That's sort of their gig, and they're not very good at appearing trustworthy even IF they are.
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Hello. I am Here. And very 12+ compliant.
Tsk, Hermione CLEARLY underestimating Ron by not letting him be in his flat by himself...
I'M SORRY I COULDN'T HELP IT.
It's SO cute how Hermione has a massive go at Ron for not cleaning the kitchen and then discovers it's because he's done the rest of the house first. RON IS SO ADORABLE.
I know I said this before. But I love love love the Romione moment at the end of the chapter. It's so sweet, and touching, and PASSIONATE, and so well written ... Serious squee moment!
Until the window smashes inwards...Author's Response: Yes, Hermione is evil and Ron is stupid. That is indeed the hidden subtext under the actual text which may or may not be what I actually wrote.
I do like letting Ron be unexpectedly adorable with things like that. Of COURSE he would have fussed over where she'd have stayed, and to be honest a good portion of cleaning time was probably spent panicking about her coming over at all...
And their scene at the end is definitely one of my favourites in the story. So of COURSE I had to interrupt it with Action and Drama and Woe. YAY and thanks for more reviews! Report Review
I just read all 12 chapters. This is one of the best stories I've seen on this site in a long time. Please don't abandon it.. :) Also, update soon!Author's Response: I assure you, I won't abandon this fic - it's actually finished, it just needs posting! I finished the last chapter this week. I shall be updating it as often as validation allows.
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This story is really addictive!
I don't really trust Malcom, he seems too nice, he gives me the impression that he is going to reveal his real face at the end of the story.
Anyway nice job!Author's Response: Ahh, poor Trevelyan, nobody trusts the guy, do they? I guess that's what he gets for having been a manipulative liar to try to get his own way professionally and personally, even if he can come across as equally decent, nice, and moral. He made his own bed.
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Oh, Ron. DEAD. You cool, cool kid.
Please review faster!Author's Response: Clearly our complacency as time went along shows.
I do think Ron got some good lines in this chapter. Report Review
Love McGonagall and Stubbs. LOVE THEM.
You know, it's really nice that FINALLY people other than Hermione (and Harry, I guess) recognise House Elves as more than just servants. I mean, the DoM clearly know what they're dealing with here.
Ah, the birth of Roger. Yes.
The moustache still makes me chuckle.
I REALLY don't see why Trev didn't just go to Harry in the first place with his worry about the relics. I know he doesn't know him from Adam but Harry's one of the people who knows most about the relics, and is loyal to a fault. Then again, I suppose Trev might not necessarily know just how much Harry knows about the relics. Either way, if you can't go to Harry Potter...Author's Response: McGonagall and Stubbs continue to be just as entertaining in later chapters, I think.
Trevelyan was operating from a position of extreme paranoia, believing he couldn't even trust people in the DoM. Most of the people in his team he trusts he's just FORCED to trust, because they were assigned and he had to take the plunge. This is also an aspect of him being a former ex-pat - although he intellectually recognises the heroism of Harry, he didn't live in Britain during Harry Potter Fever, so to speak, didn't have his name drummed into him in his youth, so not knowing the guy at all personally isn't countered by unshakable faith in the Myth of Harry. It's not a GOOD choice, but being backed up to a wall, he's not made some great choices. The guy IS a researcher, after all. Even trusting Hermione was a matter of necessity and, a bit, a failure of professionalism.
But certainly Renaissance is one of those stories where if people made less hasty errors the plot could have been over sooner. I just hope those errors prove believable! Report Review
UNGH another one. WE ARE POTTYMOUTHS.
I have this hilarious image of a load of rampant House Elves chasing Godric Gryffindor across the moors with a bowl of trifle each. This could be another plot thread for Roger's story! I WILL NOT REST UNTIL THIS IS WRITTEN.
I seriously love the image of a load of House Elves charging out of the cave to help Hermione. It's probably up there with Kreacher and co charging out of the kitchens in DH. It doesn't beat the above though. Sorry.
Fair play, Burke really should have gone about things differently...Author's Response: *hangs head in shame*
A lot of these ideas about the relics date back to when this was a flashback fic with Ron having visions of the life of Godric Gryffindor, and in the end I removed those and almost wrote a Founders' fic using them - but I consequently did a lot of work fleshing out the pre-Hogwarts wizarding world, and 'what exactly were House Elves like before their subjugation' was a matter of curiosity. Feral little blighters was the conclusion.
Burke could have gone about things differently. But being all secretive by nature doesn't do him much good. Don't RECRUIT people you don't have to involve in the conspiracy... Report Review
Whoa, another one bites the dust. OHKAY.
I don't actually think I commented on this before, but the whole thing with Ron wanting to continue hunting Dark wizards until they're all dealt with, whereas Hermione would rather not? Yeah. I likey. Ron WOULD be the kind of person to want to carry on, whereas Hermione never WAS a dueller and so it seems more likely that she'd want to take a backward step.
AH. I believe I've found the issue with the first review! Quoting you was my downfall, I believe. Either way, still outrage that THEY BROKE HARRY'S FAVOURITE MUG. There's something about you and mugs. Hmm.
I know I've said this before, but I really love the HRH dynamics in this chapter. The way that the relationships between the three of them all work differently, and at the same time the three of them gel so well together. Whenever I tried to write the trio at about this age, I failed. It's easier when they're older again because you can get away with them being slightly different to how they are in the books. YES I CHEAT. But you GET all three of them, which is Very Good.Author's Response: I admit that the attitudes to continuing fighting was a decision which needed to be made for the story. I could very easily see it go the other way around, or for both of them to keep up the fight, but equally I decided this Hermione is very caught up in rebuilding - which requires a certain amount of moving on. And, yes, even if Hermione was brilliant and capable, and could hold her own routinely in a fight, I don't think of her as a duellist by nature, so her moving into different things (realistically, things where she can put her magnificent brain to better use) seemed logical.
I don't think I mention mugs often! Just when I do, it's memorable. It's possible I write these bits when drinking coffee. Like I write my references to the weather when IT'S RAINING.
The chapters with the trio in this, which are few and far between, do make me wish I did more with them. Harry in particular is a hoot to write, perhaps because I get plenty of writing of Ron and Hermione and so he makes me wish I'd written him more. But chilled, nothing-fazes-him-since-Voldemort Harry is rather amusing. So it's good they work as a Trio! Report Review
Wow, I think the details about Hermione's work are really excellent. And now there are more mysteries ... what is the object that she's going to help repair? Does it have anything to do with the sorting hat? What happened to Brucie?
Another great chapter. :)Author's Response: I did enjoy fleshing out Hermione's workplace when she's here at the bottom of the ladder, so to speak. Brilliant, but not in charge of very much yet. I'm glad it, and the further questions and mysteries, were enjoyed!
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Really enjoying this story keep up the great work!!Author's Response: I'm glad you're enjoying it! Thanks for the review! Report Review
I thought that the description of the headmistress' office was a little vague at first, but then I realized that it would be just like Ron to not really take in any of the details until McGonagall told him that something was missing.
I love that you don't bring up the state of Ron and Hermione's relationship right away, and also leave it very open-ended at the end of the chapter ... now I have to keep reading if I want to know what happened ;)Author's Response: Thanks! Yeah, Ron would especially not pay that much attention to the Office - if nothing else, he's been in there before, so he wouldn't sit down and analyse the place unless he was prompted to, again, analyse the place!
Yes, I am completely gratuitous in being vague about the relationship status. I do hope it encourages you to read, and I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for reviewing! Report Review
Wow, this is incredibly creative - definitely a fresh story with a clever plot. You writing is very beautiful, not choppy nor too over the top. I like the idea of a missing sorting hat; I'm interested to see how this unravels.Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed! This chapter's a few years old, too, so there may be a point where my writing style ABRUPTLY changes (I think only at the latest), but I hope it continues to satisfy. I'm quite pleased with the Mystery Plot, myself, I did start this out to be more Romance with a dash of Mystery but it's wound up being rather the other way around!
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