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Review #1, by EnigmaticEyes16 White Poppies

14th March 2016:
Hello again, Ellie! I'm here again for another Hot Seat review!

I had to read through this story a couple times to grasp what was being said (probably because I'm tired) but this was a really intriguing read!

I'm very interested in the way Helena describes being a ghost, like a murky prison, and in another prison at that because she's always viewed Hogwarts as a prison, a place where she grew up yet has constantly been overlooked and overshadowed by her mother. And as a ghost she's bound to this place she's hated so much, forever trapped and unable to entertain herself without the help of the living it seems.

Of course, it would make sense that when a charming young boy came along who was finally interested in her and not her mother, because she is the only one left who could know where the diadem is, that she would be more than willing to befriend him and tell him her secrets that she's been keeping for centuries.

The ending is a little strange though... she says she doesn't care about the future, but she did help in playing a role in saving it, by helping Harry defeat Voldemort by telling him where to find the diadem. The most confusing bit though is where she says "This is who I am now, who I was foreseen to be." Was she foreseen to be a ghost? Did someone know that she would become this prisoner in her own home? It's a very curious thing to say.

But all in all this was a great little one-shot and I really enjoyed the extra insight into Helena's mind.


Author's Response: Hi again, and thanks again!

Yup - it's a grey sad place for Helena. I think I meant this piece to be written before she helped Harry? Idk tho, it's so old, I'm not sure what I was trying to sort out. I just think her character is so interesting! And I wanted to explore this side of the afterlife. Hmm I always imagined Rowena/Helena to be seers of some sort, so I think there's where I got that last line from? Again, I have no idea ;)

Thanks for the review, I think you grasped the piece perfectly btw, hope you got some sleep haha


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Review #2, by nott theodore White Poppies

10th July 2014:
Hi there!

Wow, what a powerful one-shot, especially for something that's written in just 500 words for the every word counts challenge! I'm so impressed with the theme and character that you managed to explore in such a short amount of words!

I loved your choice of character in this story - the fact that you don't include any dialogue or directly state who the character is was great because I like the ambiguity in stories like this, and the way that it makes the reader think and guess who the story is written about. I thought your portrayal of Helena Ravenclaw was great in this story and I found it really interesting. I've never seen a story before when she doesn't regret sharing her secrets with Voldemort/Tom Riddle. It's something unusual that I really found myself enjoying! And I also loved the way that you opened the story with the talk of death and life and the limbo in between that the ghosts inhabit.

Sian :)
Gryffindor House Cup 2014 Review

Author's Response: Hello there, a year later!

Thanks for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed the unique take on Helena, and felt that I conveyed so much in 500 words.

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Review #3, by Pretense Of Perfection White Poppies

9th July 2014:

What a sad and melancholy story. I always love anything written about the Founders, and by extension, Helena, and this story was no exception. I think you came up with a beautiful title, which tied in nicely with the rest of the story. You really managed to set the dark and sort of bleak scene with Helen's words and thoughts. I love steam of conscious stories, as I feel they let us get so much deeper into a character's mind than any other form or style of writing.

I think you did a splendid job with keeping her in character as well. I get the impression that she is just sad and lonely, but rather accepting of it. Of course, Tom comes along and sort of changes that, but it seems like she doesn't even really care when it turns out he was never really her friend at all. I obviously can't sure, but you managed to fully capture what the life of some ghosts, her in particular would be like. I imagine after so much time has passed that everything would start to look the same, and eventually you'd stop noticing all together.

I didn't notice any spelling or grammar errors, and the plot and flow both progressed nicely. Beautiful and haunting story.

---house Cup 2014 Review---
pretense of perfection, gryffindor

Author's Response: Hello again!

Thanks for reviewing another one-shot of mine :) I'm glad you got the full breadth of the story, and the (potential) loneliness and mundane aspects of ghost life. Very bleak indeed.

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Review #4, by LadyL8 White Poppies

7th July 2014:
Hello There.

This was definitely different from anything I've ever read. I usually stay clear of stories with character's from earlier than the marauders era (and Helena wasn't alive then, so she goes under the category of older). But this was really good. I was pleasantly surprised.

I liked how you explored the relationship between Helena and Tom Riddle. I imagine it must feel lonely being a ghost and having everyone judge you for your past choices, and Tom Riddle was smart so he probably realised that, especially since he had experienced loneliness himself. But I liked that although Helena knows she was being used, she still doesn't regret it because she finally had someone who listened to her. It just shows how lonely she is.

Your description is flawless, and I could see Helena in my head. I also loved the flow of the story.

I really enjoyed reading a story from a ghost's perspective. It was certainly different, but - like I said - I was pleasantly surprised.

- Lotte

House Cup 2014 Review

Author's Response: Hi Lotte, double review, thanks for dropping by on another one-shot of mine!

Glad I could surprise you and that you enjoyed this ghost perspective. Yup, Helena's main problem in my eye is that she believes she has no regrets. But that cannot be entirely true, because, why did she not "pass on" ? Just my thoughts. Thanks again, I wish this loneliness on no one :)

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Review #5, by slytherinchica08 White Poppies

20th January 2013:
A very interesting look into Ravenclaw! I love how you describe everything about her and how it no longer carries the brillience that it once held, it is no longer this gem. The ending was wonderful as well. It really tied into what you were talking about, going from how she was kind of over looked and then suddenly there came a boy (Tom Riddle) who was very interested, only for his own selfish reasons. But she couldn't see that and did she really care, I dont think she really does until she finds out what he did to it. And the ending kind of hints to that, that she doesn't care about the future, only the past. The description was beautiful and the flow and pacing were just wonderful. I found myself really enjoying this look into her life and how it must be to be a ghost, not part of the living nor really a part of the dead, they are in this limbo as you say. Great Job!


Author's Response: Hey Slytherinchicha!

Ohh thanks! I'm glad you felt like I captured the "ghost" realm effectively. I think she cares and cared at one point, but those sort of human emotions only resonate with ghosts occasionally, especially given their human personalities before death. I mean Nearly Headless Nick is a very different ghost entirely and I think they all have their moments of being a part of the past, present and future.

Anyways, I'm glad you enjoyed this very short look at Helena Ravenclaw. I always wanted to explore the dynamic between her and Tom Riddle. Everyone seems to cower or be wooed by him, and she fell prey to his charm too. *plunny potential*

Thanks again hun!

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Review #6, by TenthWeasley White Poppies

26th December 2012:
I didn't even see that you'd written another Every Word Counts entry until now! It's a bit sad, how quickly I clicked on it once I realized what it was. I'm not sure why I like these stories so much, but they're fascinating, somehow -- I love how stories can be fit into such a small amount of words. I'll never get tired of reading these, I think.

I actually really enjoyed the sort of mysterious air that this one-shot had at the onset -- I had to continue on reading before realizing that it was about the Grey Lady, and I enjoyed the sort of suspense that came before it. And more credit to you, again, because this is such a short story! That's difficult to do in three-thousand-word one-shots, and you managed it in five hundred.

I've never seen the Grey Lady's personality being written quite like this, but I think it fits her. Even before finding out that she was Helena Ravenclaw, she was known to be quiet and tragic and melancholy, and those are all personality traits you've written here. I do wonder why she might have chosen to remain behind as a ghost; JKR's stated in Pottermore information that it's got to do with a choice, with unfinished business. I can't imagine what hers would be, but then, that's a bit off-topic!

Bottom line: I really enjoyed this, and your writing style in this story in particular was very lovely. :) It was enjoyed thoroughly! As all your stories were -- I've said it before, but I liked having an excuse to come by here and read a few stories for you. I hope you have a very happy rest of your holiday season! ♥

Author's Response: I suppose I have a penchant for writing shorter stories :P

hmm, yes, I haven't seen much about the Grey Lady in general besides academia's Diamonds into Coal. I don't think questioning with reasons to stay behind is off-topic at all haha. My guesses would be (to be canon compliant and not what I propose in my ficlet here) guilt to her mother's memory. She might also have wished to stay behind because she felt incomplete in some manner, whether in knowledge gained or prestige or duty. She's such a dynamic character, endless possibilities here!

Thanks so much for the review and glad you enjoyed the feel of this piece :)

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Review #7, by Cavell White Poppies

19th March 2012:
Your writing here is beautiful, and oddly poetic in a way. I love how you describe everything with a sense of purpose, and your sentences are short in the way where it still gives out enough description to be satisfying. I love the way you portrayed Ravenclaw, and this was such an enjoyable read, and I really wonder why it doesn't have more reviews.
- Linn

Author's Response: Hi Cavell/Linn! First of all, thanks for reviewing! Never can get enough reviews haha.

Aw, thank you, your review is very sweet and I appreciate it a lot. Glad you got the sense of purpose and powerful characterization in such a short amount of prose!

Thanks again hun!

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Review #8, by Cirque Du Freak White Poppies

23rd December 2011:
I found this really very poetic in its style. Its a very mellowing sort of feeling that comes attached to this when reading it. Your imagery is beautiful and powerful and your descriptions are intricate, but simplistic.

I love the shortness of your sentences because they really emphasise the message of the character's, sort of, monologue.

I adore the start, where the description of your character comes in and where you've set the limitations and intertwined the past knowledge of what came to be this person now.

Its such a beautiful and ethereal piece of writing - and its so short, which makes you savour the words that are there.

This really reminded me of Dickens' Mrs. Havisham - in my mind's eye this was the exact portrait I had and you did it so well, that even when you mentioned Salazar's name it didn't break the spell.

This is, honestly, a beautiful piece of writing.

Author's Response: Wow, that's quite a powerful literary reference you made there! I never thought of Mrs. Havisham before, but now that you mention it I can see the bitter sentiment as a similarity. And Mrs. Havisham really did haunt the entire novel and all the characters. Hmm, I like this connection you've made! I'm floored by it really.

I'm glad you enjoyed this piece and found it to be beautiful. It is very short, but I feel like that's all that needed to be said on the matter.

Thank you so much, Cirque!

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Review #9, by Indigo Seas White Poppies

2nd March 2011:
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This is lovely. And I mean really lovely. Your imagery here is just... wonderful. There are several really well-written sentences here, and I can see that you've crafted them really carefully. Most of them are just the right length and just add to the overall lovely-ness of the flow.

This line, especially, is just... wow:
"I would run my fingers to brush them out, only if I could."

I can't say why I like it so much, other than the fact that it's sort of... refreshing? A unique way to say things, I suppose. Anyway, it's lovely.

This whole thing is lovely. Lovely lovely lovely.

xx Rin

Author's Response: Hi Rin! :)

Thanks for reviewing! I love the review swap. Anywho *beams & blushes* thanks SO much! I'm glad you find this to be so lovely, lovely, lovely haha. I was going to make it much longer, but the idea of the 500 word challenge really helped me to prune back unnecessary words. And refreshing?? I am beyond happy you think so! I always think everything's been done before, so thanks for the compliments they have boosted my writing spirits up!


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Review #10, by LadyMalfoy23 White Poppies

4th February 2011:
Hello fellow slytherin! :) hehe, as a fan of the whole Ravenclaw Tom Riddle story i couldnt pass up a story with her as the main character (because i two have wrote one) hehe This was amazing, the word choice you used made it seem eerie as if it were truly a ghost from the founders era reading it to me in my head. The flow was just as gret, at times i had to reread and reform and image because i wasnt sure how well the descriptive words flowed, but then after re reading it i understood.

White poppies, i love the title, but im not sure how it ties into your story? Care to explain?

"We were one in the same. His lineage was intrinsically connected to mine. I taught him more about his history than he could have imagined and he gobbled up my fancies and whims as he did with all that passed my lips." This was my favorite line in your story purely for the fact that it is the exact reason that they were so much alike that got Riddle to get information from her. I am glad i got time to stop by and read some of your work it is great! Congrats.

Author's Response: Hi hi fellow snake pit-er :) Thanks so much for reading & reviewing one of my stories, I appreciate it a lot! I did notice that you wrote a Helena one-shot, hopefully I'll check it out soon!

Hmm I'm not sure what you mean by "how well the descriptive words flow" and wish I could understand that better so I could improve something in particular :/ But I'm glad it made sense in the end and that you enjoyed that line. I agree that they were very similar, ambitious characters.

As far as "White Poppies" is concerned. White poppies signify peace and I used them in a rather ironic/comical sense (or, rather, funny to me) because clearly Helena isn't at peace. I thought the contrast was funny :P And originally, I had included a part about Rowena having a garden and Helena remembering it...but later on, I nixed the idea.

Thanks again for the review!

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Review #11, by maskedmuggle White Poppies

23rd January 2011:
Hello! :)
Wow. That was definitely something special. It's such a short intriguing piece that leaves me wondering... The words you used were very descriptive, very well written, and gave me quite a unique look at, (I hope I'm right), the Grey Lady?

What strikes me is really the writing. Such strong, powerful sentences. I guess that's the point of the 500 word challenge, and you've definitely achieved it, I think. Loved it, a completely different to style to what I read, and also to what is usually written. :)

Author's Response: Hi hi! First of all thanks for reviewing my story, maskedmuggle! Your reviews are also so sweet and I love reading them! And secondly, thanks for letting me know that you thought this was perfectly done for the 500 word challenge :D I'm glad the piece really seemed to work for you and that you found everything about the piece to be so striking and excellent! These things make me happy!!

Yes, it was the Grey Lady ;) Go you!


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Review #12, by albus22  White Poppies

23rd January 2011:
ooh, your writing here is rather beautiful! I love the descriptions...I had an english professor who told us to "show, not tell", which you did wonderfully. bravo!

Author's Response: Aw, thanks albus22 for the unexpected and lovely review! I appreciate that you took the time to review this story and *blushes* thanks for the compliment. I glad you felt that I was able to show and that you found my language to be beautiful (geek outs). This review is such a confidence booster, thanks again!


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