Hello! Just dropping a review before moving on to Weather for Ducks...
I LOVE this story!! I'm a hard-core Scorpious/Rose shipper, but I really enjoyed this story (: Lucy was very well portrayed and the humor was, well humorous! Thank you for the awesomeness that is this story, and I look forward to reading the companion one-shots and sequel!
KEEP WRITING :D
Shay_GryffAuthor's Response: Glad you liked it! Just a warning, I'm only halfway through the Weather for Ducks rewrite, so you may want to hang fire for a bit until it's all fixed up - I think I've edited as far as chapter eleven!
Thank you very much for your review, and I'm glad I managed to convince a diehard Scorose shipper! :3 ♥ Report Review
So, I just finished this story and I LOVED it. It was nice and kind of refreshing to see one of Percy's daughters being portrayed as a human, instead of some Mini Percy that you feel like murdering after hearing them say, like, two sentences.
... Basically is what I'm trying to say is, I LOVED Lucy. Because I may or may not share her name and I may or may not now be completely inspired to go to art school and elope to Gretna Green with a mopey fellow student who happens to be incredible and one of the best characters I've ever read.
In fact, ALL of the characters - Obscure Henry, Brooding Nameless Barry, Raven, Tarquin- were great. It was nice to see a story that was completely focused on the protagonist (hehe posh word) AFTER Hogwarts that wasn't a sequel. The whole story was just a breath of fresh air.
So now I'm going off to read the sequel... Which hopefull contains more hilarious analogies. I have no idea how (well, yeah, I do, but it's artistic license) Lucy got such poor results when she so creative, but the don't exactly do English at Hogwarts so now I sound really weird...
Thanks for writing such an amazing story!
Miss Moneypenny ~ 10/10Author's Response: Thank you so much! Aw, I'm glad you liked Lucy! I actually rather liked Percy in the books (I can identify with him, being a bit of a pompous intellectual bighead myself) but I was adamant I wanted his daughters to be different. I imagine he would have had fun raising this Lucy...
Do it! Run off to art school! Elope to Gretna Green! Fun fact: since writing this, I've actually gone to art school myself, and all the targeted ads I get on google are for Gretna Green weddings. I think google's trying to tell me something.
Lucy's creativity shows in her one good result - an Outstanding in Divination. (or I might have forgotten to edit that factoid in)
Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review! :3 ♥ Report Review
Omgg I can't believe this story is actually finished! I loved it so much and thank god Scorp and Lucy ended up together...I sort of thought at the start that Lucy liked or had a thing for Scorp, but then when she thought of the Operation Hippogriff thing, I was like..."Nah! She doesn't like him! She totally wants him to be with Rose". And it's sort of true too I guess, coz she didnt really like him then...but then she realised she like Scorp and I was like "AGHH! OMG! LUCY LIKES SCORPIUS!" Yeh, so I sort of freaked out haha;) but I loved the story so much and I think you did very well on writing this story:) The whole plot was very interesting and the twist (Lucy crushing on Scorp) was so smart:))
Anyway, I'm going to go read Weather for Ducks now:)
Good job! And keep writing!
-iatevoldysnoseAuthor's Response: Awh, thank you! Hee, I'm glad the ship wasn't too obvious from the beginning! Lucy/Scorp is my next-gen OTP and I feel like the next-gen fics I write are very predictable for that reason :P
Thank you for much for the review, really glad you enjoyed it! ♥ Report Review
hi again Julia,
aww, man I'm getting feels all over again about the Scorp/Lucy relationship. THIS WAS SO LOVELY. I mean, I just like how it's all extended metaphor and ridiculous existentialism and artiness and loveliness (definitely reminds me of how I told to my coursemates) and yup, you have another whole host of cracking lines ('screw the door' has to be one of my favourites) and I really love how, basically, a lot of the drama in this was just a big fat misunderstanding.
I think that's often the way with relationships and it's nice to actually have that pinned down in fanficiton form. I mean, if everyone was just honest about their intentions then wouldn't that be so much better for everyone? Even if that honesty is like... oh, you ruin my internal filing system (I have one of those and I feel Lucy's pain).
Well, I love this story and loved every inch and every word of it. So congratulations on finishing it (years late with that one, but there we go) and congrats on your well deserved Dobby and enjoy your nice new round number :)
ACAuthor's Response: Aloha!
Eee, thank you! My life is just one big bundle of ridiculous existentialism and artiness, minus the loveliness, so this fic was a piece of cake to write in places. I wish I'd started it now, though, seeing as I'm an actual art student these days and I have plenty of inspiration.
Awh, thank you! I know, all my experiences of relationships have been fairly awkward, plagued with misunderstandings, and mildly ridiculous. So I do like to write about that a lot. It just...feels more real?
Ah, thank you so much! You are wonderful ♥ ♥ ♥ Report Review
So, I admit that I am a bad person who read and loved this story and never left any reviews even though I read and love (although I believe I did review most of Weather for ducks, so I'm hoping that you'll forgive me a bit) so I have decided that I will definitely join you in the aim to get this to a nice round 500 (because I feel the pain of the unround number too)
And this chapter has such a great chapter title who could resist? (I hate chapter titles, they are the worst things eevvverrr).
So this is the most romantic line of all time
"Lucy, I'm a vegetarianů"
But, see, I kind of think this story was written for me because THIS IS MY IDEA OF ROMANCE I'm so bad at all that... spouting purple prose and talking lots of rubbish about feelings and what not. I LIKE relationships being condensed down to really obscure metaphors because well... at that point I can deal with it.
Ohmygosh, I read about this cutest proposal ever the other day. This guy and his girlfriend were both physicists so he proposed to her VIA an academic paper (it was so adorbs. there was like a 'happiness' 'time' graph with a prediction of future happiness... google it) and I was flailing about my flat being like MY VERSION OF ROMANCE EXISTS IN THE REAL WORLD and everyone else told me that it was really sad and a bit weird (it was not) but this really reminds me of that.
And I LOVED the Quidditch stuff. Man.
I may have to reread this whole story at some point very soon :)
ACAuthor's Response: HELLEEEN I am chuffed to see you :3
Baww, thank you! Being so close to 500 was just too annoying, so I felt I had to go on the forums and beg...you are my Sir Luckless in shining armour~
OH NO IT IS MY IDEA OF ROMANCE TOO. Funny story, this: when I was 13 and held torch for a certain boy in my group of friends, awkward courting ensued, things progressed, and after he kissed me for the first time he looked at me all serious-like and said 'I love you.' And you know what I said in return? 'Right back atcha, pal!!!'. I shouldn't be allowed to leave the house.
That IS the cutest proposal! :3
Feel free - I've edited it to hell and back, so it's almost acceptable now!
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This was a very interesting chapter haha its nice to see Scorp as a not-so-confident person, as in most stories he's up himself and very confident:) i like the story so far:)
-iatevoldysnoseAuthor's Response: Thank you! Hee, I am rather attached to my wee pathetic Scorp. Glad you like it, thank you for reviewing! ♥ Report Review
I really like this story:)
Its interesting :)
-iatevoldysnoseAuthor's Response: Thank you, happy to hear that! :) Report Review
Absolutely brilliant! Siriusly, this is probably my favourite next gen fic EVER - if not my favourite fic in general. I can't wait to read the sequel and the prequel and the other stuff because I love love love love love your writing style. Great job!! :DAuthor's Response: Thank you so much! Really glad you enjoyed it :D ♥ Report Review
I love this! I've never really been too keen on Next Gen fics, but this is so refreshing and well written. Well Done! :DAuthor's Response: Thank you so much! ♥ Report Review
aww, i'm slightly sad this is over. Literally not stopped reading since I found it. Loved it too pieces you are such a good writer.
Need to read some of your other stuff now :DAuthor's Response: awwh, thank you so much! :3 ♥ Report Review
I feel like it's nothing short of fate that I happen to be watching Community and reading this story at the same time. I'm not sure if you did this on purpose -- in fact, I don't think you'd started that show before starting to write this -- or did you? I know you had by the time of Operation: Rescue Raven. NOW I'M MIXED UP. What I am trying to say is that both this story and that show have very similar senses of humor, and what's more, both of them are splendid and know exactly the right things to say to keep me laughing. Even though "saying" doesn't work here so much as "writing".
I'm mixed up again.
One of the things I've come to enjoy most about this story so far is that, through all the antics and whatnot, your characters read more like real people than I can remember in any other next generation story I've ever read. One of the reasons I try to, in general, stay away from next gen is that I am sick to death of how overdone all the characters seem to be in those stories, and I'm pretty sure you know what I'm talking about. But the way you write this generation of the Potterverse, nobody seems fake or drawn-up; they just are. Even through bad poetry and dark eyeliner and brooding, they are very much people, and I think that's one of the reasons this story got to be so popular. People can tell that sort of thing, even subconsciously, and it's a breath of fresh air.
I am now sincerely hoping that Scorpius has to be around when Lucy develops these photographs, and has a miniature panic attack when he gets to the ones containing Rose. He's dug himself a hole, poor boy. Although you know, I can't really blame him, because Rose is... well. And here's the thing: I don't see my extended family a lot, because we're all spread out across the country, and I've never had a big family gathering like the one here, but I just feel like it would be awkward. I don't know how that's relevant, but I thought I'd throw that out there anyway.
I feel like these reviews are just getting worse and worse as I go. Sorryyy. ♥ Another excellent chapter, though, as always! I can't think of the last time reading a fan fiction has been so genuinely enjoyable. :) I'll be returning to chapter 5 before too long, I'm sure!Author's Response: I hadn't started community, actually! I think I'd finished this story by the time the study group entered my life - so Operation: Rescue Raven is a kind of retcon, inserting all the community references into the story at a later stage.
Ahh, thank you! Well, a lot of this is taken from real life, so I'd hope it wouldn't read as being fake, hehe! Besides, I had fun coming up with the characters and really grew to love them during the process of writing this fic - they felt so very real in my head. Because I have no life and compensate with...this.
As for Scorpius seeing the photographs...yeah, just you wait. And, yep, he's good at digging himself into a hole.
No, they're wonderful reviews! thank you so much :3 ♥ Report Review
I absolutely, fully, hands-down adore this story. And it's only chapter three. ♥
I think that one of the things I like best about it is the fact that, in reading it, I can just tell that you were having a load of fun writing it, and when that comes across in writing it makes the paragraphs fly by effortlessly. I'm already on tenterhooks, anxious to read more about Lucy and Scorpius and all of the rest of the art school bunch (I can't remember precisely from your one-shot, but please tell me the brooding boy makes more appearances). This is so unlike anything else I've ever read, in the best way possible, and I am really regretting the fact that I chose to start reading it during the busiest school semester I can remember having in ages.
Scorpius is a poet! And really not a bad one, either, although apparently his handwriting leaves something to be desired. I actually loved the last line of the poem, though, which means all the more credit is due you. I am racking my brain to try and come up with more examples for how enjoyable this story is, but it really all is coming together so splendidly in a mesh of fic that makes me want to read more and then read some more and basically not stop reading until the end.
I am extremely sorry for the rambling. This is a shoddy review, to be sure. But thank you so much for this enjoyable chapter, and as soon as I can (and my eyes aren't aching with overexposure to reading, which happens when I read fic after reading my textbooks), I am going to return for chapter 4. Rest assured! This is brilliant, Julia, and I very much mean that. Can't wait!Author's Response: Rochol!!!
Baww! Yep, I definitely had fun writing this. Although there is a smidge of angst later on (and let's not get started on the angst of the sequel), this was a hoot to write. Brooding Boy definitely makes more appearances. His name may be revealed at some point. Gasp.
/Not/ a bad poet? Are we thinking of the same Scorpius?!? Baha. He's a melodramatic poet, fo sho. Rose is fantastic inspiration for him.
It's not a shoddy review at all! Thank you very much for being so lovely :3 ♥ Report Review
Fun fact: I actually read half of this chapter late on a Friday night, and then in all the hustle of returning to uni and unpacking and doing the obligatory social things that comes with returning after a month away, I actually completely forgot I'd started it at all. Imagine my delight at returning and realizing I was already halfway through!
I feel you should know that Scorpius is, in this story, a perfect carbon copy of Andrew Garfield, which is probably in thanks to the banner. ♥ He makes for lovely reading. Call me crazy, but I actually kind of ate up the whole dark room scene, because doing film-to-development photography is something I totally want to do at least one time in my life. (Digital. Gross.) When I sail to England I'll make you teach me. But I also really liked that you are the first person I've ever come across to actually explain how wizarding photos move, and the way you did it is so canon that I'm pretty sure that's exactly what Rowling had in mind, anyway. Please surrender all skills now.
I don't know what it is about this story -- or maybe just your writing -- but I feel like you could write anything, and I'd still just be sitting here soaking it up with my eyes.
I liked all the backstory here, too! All about Scorpius's reasons (or not-so-reasons) for going to art school, and now all of his little quirks are coming to light, and Lucy's blue hair, and I am just having a lot of fun with this. There is a very distinct reason that this won Best Next Generation in two awards, I'm seeing now, and I wish very much that I had read it sooner.
Looking forward to forging on and meeting more art students and progressing with Lucy in her journeys through wizarding photography! And with Scorpius, of course. :3 Another great chapter!!Author's Response: fun fact: I actually read this review at midday on Sunday when I was unpacking, and then in the hustle of unpacking and going to my friend's flat for a HP marathon, I only got around to responding to it now. COINCIDENCE, I THINK...YES.
heee. funnily enough, when I cast him for the banner, I'd only seen him in a (relatively minor) role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. but approximately a week after the casting I went and saw Never Let Me Go and I was like. what. he /is/ Scorpius. then he proved that even further with his interpretation of Peter Parker in spiderman. FATE.
*holds skills tightly to chest* I don't have many, please don't take them from me!
thank you so much for reviewing! :D ♥ Report Review
I felt so incredibly guilty when I reached the end of this chapter and sat here, prepping to write a review, and realized that this has been on my to-read list for over a year. And it's not like I really do anything with my time, is it? I don't know where 2012 went, but I'd kind of like to demand a refund. So anyway, I found myself lounging on my bed today avoiding packing for driving back to uni tomorrow, and it just sort of hit me that I wanted to read this story right now (well, start this story, but you get my drift). So here I am!
I love the premise already -- although to be fair, I loved the premise anyway. Just the concept of a magical art school! And there is, of course, no one better to write about it. There is loads of Julia in this story already, which makes it that much more fun to read, and I love Lucy's character. I'm really not huge on next gen except when it's written very well, and this is absolutely one of those times. Lucy isn't an obnoxious, overdone, annoying caricature, but she actually seems like a real person -- more than almost any other fic character I've read recently. She is a breath of fresh air. :)
I SMELL SCORPIUS SCANDAL. Ah, Rose. Giving Albus a black eye is a bit over the top, in just the telling of it, but then we meet her and she's a perfect combination of her parents and it makes loads more sense. Although Albus still seems to have been on the rough end of that encounter, no doubt. I am already demanding Scorpius/Lucy snogging before the end is up. He's a photographer, she chose photography because it's cheap... If that's not a match made in heaven, I don't know what is.
Tarquin and Gwendolyn/Raven are familiar! And now I'm remembering that last January during Skypelandageddon (or whatever horridly wonderful name we came up with) I read a SA spin-off one-shot of yours and WHY DID I NOT PRESS ON WITH THIS STORY THEN, but I remember really enjoying it. I'll probably have to go back and read that again soon, come to think of it. You're really good at humor! Not a lot of writing even warrants my smiling, even if I think something's funny, but that one-shot did it for me. I've no doubt this story will do it too.
One chapter down... several more to go! I'm seriously so excited about getting on with the rest of this now, and I still really can't explain why it took me so long in the first place. I definitely plan on reviewing each chapter for you, too; if this review's anything to go by, they'll probably be less than desirable, but do forgive me in advance. ♥ It might take me a while, I might disappear for weeks at a time, but it's going to be all nice and reviewed at some point. And that's a promise!
Brilliant first chapter! ♥Author's Response: ROCHOL ♥ I am most delighted to see you!
all good fics should be marathoned before returning to uni; that's how I read Run...
baww, thank you! well, it's a premise that means a wee bit to me. I'm a little hurt that there's no art at Hogwarts or anything considering it's my ultimate dream to be a witch and go to Hogwarts and such. sucks that the only things I'm good at aren't on the curriculum! also, I'm glad you like Lucy~
believe it or not, it was toned down from Rose /hospitalising/ Albus. And I think it needs further toning down but, hey ho, I've already edited this five thousand times and I don't want overkill or anything.
spoiler alert: the endgame ship is Scorpius/Lettuce. I really hope you like Lettuce when he turns up.
thank you so much for coming to review! this was so nice to log on and ind ♥ ♥ ♥ Report Review
This is an awesome story. I can't stop reading it, which is why I'm awake at one in the morning.Author's Response: it was mostly written at one in the morning, so I'm glad to hear you're carrying on the tradition ;D ♥ Report Review
Scorpius needs glasses for distance, too... I HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH A MALFOY! :O
Also, this is really interesting!
(Disregard my number/number rating, I'm bad at that, and it's all relative to what I have read recently.)Author's Response: I also have this thing in common, both with Scorpius and with you! :O
thank you for reviewing! (and don't worry, I don't get to see the number ratings anyway) ♥ Report Review
I decided to pass your fanfic to my kindle so that I could read it over my grandmother's (I had this Christmas dinner-meeting we have EVERY year) an you saved me from six hours of utter boredom. I have been having so much fun reading your story up to now, I couldn't stop laughing while I read. I am positive my cousin thinks I'm going crazy, because every time she entered the room where I was reading I was either grinning stupidly, laughing or making weird faces not to laugh.
I'm so glad you posted this story and so glad I find it, because I think I've never laughed so much reading a fanfic. Your creativeness really impresses me, I had never pictured non-muggles attending to an art school, specially not Scorpius Malfoy, and I love your characters and all the extravagant things they do. : )Author's Response: ooh, wow, glad to hear it! :D ah, happens to me all the time when I'm reading fanfiction - it gets hard to explain to people...
thank you so much and I'm so happy you enjoyed it ♥ Report Review
OMG. CUTEST. STORY. EVER. i didn't think i'd ever ship a scorpius/lucy but you actually made me love this couple and want them to be together forever. and ever. you totally deserve your dobby fifty times over because your idea was amazing, your writing is amazing, your taste of music is amazing (SOME OF MY FRIENDS DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO THE SMITHS ARE. AND I WAS LIKE KILL. ME. NOW) and lucy and scorpius are cliche and cute and amazing. great story. i loved it. loved it. seriously. it was awesome. aweeesomee.Author's Response: awh, thank you so much! they are a bit of an OTP for me, despite them both being total blank canvases. thank you for saying that and, yes, I will admit that my taste in music is amazing ;D
thank you! ♥ Report Review
Wow. It's over... It's difficult to find the right words, and although most of my reviews of these twenty-two amazing, AMAZING! chapters were quick pop-ins to shout something vaguely nonsensical before moving onto the next, I've enjoyed this SO MUCH.
I've laughed aloud (much to the chagrin of my lovely sister), cried in private, felt that god-awful pit of tension and suspense, and that cheerful fuzzy feeling on the other end of the spectrum... I've had a phenomenal emotional (and existential?) journey, and to have had that opportunity drafted, edited and published here on HPFF by you, oh Glorious Scottish God(dess!)... I can't thank you enough.
I found this just passing by, literally browsing through the HPFF archives, and doing so, I feel like I sort of stumbled upon more than just a fan fic (although... no HPFF is JUST a fan fic... which is why it's so wonderfully beautiful!). It's really contributed to my creativity, technique, artistic lives, etc... I'm absolutely inspired by you!
Thanks a ton... :)Author's Response: finishing this felt a bit like throwing the one ring into mount doom. IT'S OVER. IT'S DONE.
eee, eee, eee! I'm glad to hear I provoked such an intense variety of emotions within you (a selection box of emotion, if you will).
thank you x one thousand hundred million (that's a lot!)
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I don't even think I want to know how you even known who commented on the 1966 world cup final... Anyway; by golly - what a juicy chapter! And I am on my knees, kissing the wireless network in hope that it will reach your toes~ Your side salad metaphor was intensely ingenious and the Quidditch? ALL THE QUIDDITCH? Absolutely... spectacular... By Golly, what an amazing chapter.Author's Response: you know how I know? I'm clever (jokes; I googled it).
all the quidditch indeed! ♥ Report Review
Awww... WHY AREN'T THESE TWO TOGETHER? Well... you know... Other than the obvious. Awesome chapter! Really enjoyed it (and cracked myself laughing at the Brown and Sticky joke! XD). I believe, thanks to you, I will always find myself picturing the almightiest of mullets whenever I hear of Merlin. :)
Thanks for the AMAZING read, and am totally onto the next chapter!Author's Response: they're like magnets, and they're running at each other with their north poles forward so they keep getting thrown apart again.
thank you for the review! ♥ Report Review
I'm starting to run out of words of appraisal!!! Which should be rare for an arteeste, but what can I say? You have this wonderful tendency of stealing the words from my mouth... throat... brain... Anyway, I'm really indulging myself in this Rose/Lucy WAR - Time to get the shoe polish out, and paint my face like a wariorrr~ I'm ready to take sides~~~Author's Response: would a thesaurus perhaps help? paint yourself with woad, the true battle armour of the scottish ♥ Report Review
Damn you... Just... Damn you for being so brilliant... *sniffle* You made me do it again. You made me a sobbing mess AGAIN. I have decided that I have fallen head over heels in love with you, no doubt.Author's Response: ooh, thank you! ;D ♥ Report Review
Oh, I am so lucky I am reading this as a completed fic; If I had ending this with only this chapter to go on for the next few weeks, I would honestly hunt you down, empty my savings in order to buy a plane ticket, some ducttape and a black hoodie, and physically shake the next chapter out of you! (Remember "Misery"? Well... Your fic has made me into the garish figure of the beautiful Kathy Bates)
Anyway, I'm loving the subtleties! And gar, Rose is scary... Whew, that little photograph at the end... You know she means business.Author's Response: I know that feeling so well - it's a rare feeling, but a glorious one. And the opposite is the heartbreaking but more common feeling of finding a perfect story that's abandoned.
I actually only read Misery a month or so ago and the memory of it is still fresh so PLEASE DON'T DO THAT OH GOD
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Congratulations, Most Hallowed Creator (of Awesomeness, with a sideplate of freakin' Genius); You have somehow squeezed my usually dormant tear ducts, and reduced me to a quivering, wet bundle of delirious sobbing. Touche... Tou...che.
Really, amazing chapter~ I think I might have scared my cat (who was attempting to sleep at the edge of my bed)! Just the right blend of slapstick and tearjerker(ness)!
By the end, when I saw (or rather read about) BACNB(BAVMB)L, I felt a wave of strength, vitality and a teensy good measure of "Hell yeah, Get What Thou Dost Deserve!"... I like this new BACNB(BAVMB)L (although, I'll always love Wibbly (or not Wibbly) Lucy. :))Author's Response: *bows, loses balance, topples over, sprawls into audience*
erm...would you like a tissue?
haha! yes, she does summon the spirit of the spice girls in this chapter to achieve maximum GIRL POWER! but, of course, I like writing wibbly lucy more :3
thank you! ♥ Report Review
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