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Review #1, by SiriuslyPeeved A Hebridean Rose

15th August 2011:
This was heartbreaking, and I've always seen a place for Tom/Minerva even if it was a schoolgirl crush situation. The little details really pulled the story together. I wonder what Ron and Harry will say to their supervisor, knowing that Professor McGonagall is so well-respected. Nice job.

Author's Response: Thanks so much for the 'tag' of this review. Tomerva's one of those things that I see sort of in the same way that I saw Voldy/Bella. I don't think he ever cared for anyone and if he sought affection it would be just to use someone.

But, on the other hand, I think Bella would do anything for him and it's possible that a younger Minerva might have found him charming.

Personally, I think they would say that it was Minerva and not someone to worry about. She'd be well-known to them.

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Review #2, by Alopex A Hebridean Rose

14th August 2011:
I just wanted you to know that I just read the Tonks/Charlie/Luna story, and I was astonished to reach the end and see I couldn't review because I'd left a review already. Any memory of that story had utterly left my mind. Anyway, I found I had a somewhat different impression of the story this time around than when I left my first comments. I'm still not a fan of flashbacks (probably never will be), but I found the time changes less confusing, and I believe I found myself more impressed by the emotionality of the story.

Now on to this story. I do generally like reading about Harry and Ron as grown-ups, and I think I've told you before that you do a good job with adult Harry. Ron too. I got a kick out of his tea mug and how he stashed it in his pocket again. I'm surprised he didn't have a little cracker or something to munch on. :P

This was an interesting premise for a story. I'd never put much thought into what might have been done with Voldemort's body. In hindsight, I wonder why I never wondered. Anyway, I can see why it would be of concern that someone is leaving flowers at the site. I knew it would turn out to be McGonagall as soon as you described the tabby, though, so I was wondering how you'd play it out.

This was an interesting, subtle hint at Tom/Minerva, although I did think McGonagall's explanation about remembering him as this seemingly normal person sounded a bit weak . . . but what else could she say, really? What could anyone have said in that situation? Of all people, Harry realy woule be the closest to understanding.

I liked the symbolism of the final line, with the rose blowing out to sea, a fitting second end to Voldemort--or memories of him, more precisely, showing that whatever good, pure nature he might have had was swallowed by the bad so long ago.

Alopex, Ravenclaw

Author's Response: I must admit that I really like 'Tugging the Dragon's Heartstring' after re-reading it. I don't often say that about my own work. Glad you thought the emotionality came through more on a second reading.

I really think that a lot of their job would be boring, but the parts that are interesting would be really interesting.

Ah, Voldy's body. I actually have 2 half-written stories about this, but neither is very good and I've not been able to shape them into what I want. I really, really think they would be traditional with him and burn him and either scatter the ashes to the winds, to moving water or a crossroads.

As for Tomerva. I really picture it as a crush. She was attracted to the perfect boy, but in hindsight, she saw that he never cared about anyone else, ever, ever, really ever.

I felt the rose blowing away could be trite, so I'm glad you didn't think it pushed it too much that way.

Thanks again for the very nice review.

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Review #3, by Violet Gryfindor A Hebridean Rose

4th December 2010:
This was an unexpected find on the recently added list, but I'm very glad that I stopped in to read it. I haven't seen anything like this before: a story taking place after DH that hints at Tom/Minerva and includes Harry and Ron. Very creative, and yet very canon in that it's entirely plausible, especially in how you describe both it and the backstory.

What I liked most about this story was the setting and the detail that you included, even in such a short story. The scathing and chilly wind blew through the room as I read this, and the image of the rose blowing through it was powerful - purity and beauty being handled roughly by the wind's violent hand.

One critique that I have, and it's a minor one, probably based on taste more than anything, was that your dialogue at the end felt chunky and awkward, not natural enough in its rhythm. Otherwise, this was a great read!

Author's Response: I see what you mean about the dialogue at the end. It does sound a bit forced for Harry, in particular.

I'm super pleased that you've read some of my work. I admire you and your craft, so your opinion holds water with me. I try to have original plotlines, but with so many HP fanfics out there, it can be hard, and I like that you haven't come across anything like this before.

I wasn't really trying to be canon here, but not AU, either. That's really how most of my work is.

Thanks so much for the CC on the setting and detail. I worried that it was actually too much detail for such a short story. I have this image of Voldemort's ashes being spread by the sea, to prevent further resurrection attempts, so the Hebrides seems like a good place to me. It's also where I have Harry living in one of my stories.

Again, thank you so much for the kind words, but also for the CC. Good CC is often hard to come by.

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Review #4, by spencefa A Hebridean Rose

4th December 2010:
well written, pretty interesting.

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the nice review.

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