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Review #1, by Tonks1247 Despite It All

16th July 2013:
Ahhh! I am such a sucker for Tonks/Remus stories, which may make my opinion a wee bit biased, but this story was really great! Remus seemed much like himself, really aware of what he was and worrying that he wouldn’t be good enough. He seemed really on par with what his character is in the book, which was great. I also have to say, his interaction with the mirror was hysterical. I loved how the mirror was interested in his dating life and how he actually thought over the mirror telling him he had to get out more. That, and the line “When the most intelligent conversation I’ve had all evening is with my mirror.” AHAHAHAHAHA! It was just the greatest thing ever!

As for the date. That was amazing. I love how Tonk’s bag started spewing smoke. I knew in an instant that it had to do something with the Weasley twins. If she had pulled everything out and couldn’t figure out what was going on, it had to be some invention. And the fact that it was really what broke the ice with Tonks and Remus, was just a little bit more funny…

Anyways, fantastic job with this story! I absolutely adored it!


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Review #2, by adluvshp Despite It All

5th May 2013:
Here for review number four (of the swap).

Aww this was such a sweet little one-shot. I absolutely love Remus/Tonks stories and I was pleased to see you did them justice. I enjoyed their first date immensely, the way things were going wrong and yet it was indeed perfect.

You characterised both Remus and Tonks really well. I liked the added touch of the mirror too. It'd be nice to have a talking mirror to keep company haha. The whole scene played out quite well and I really enjoyed the story.

Great job as always!

P.S. I look forward to your reviews on the four chapters of my short story =) Thanks for swapping!

Author's Response: Hello there! So sorry for the late response!

Aww I'm so glad that you enjoyed this! I've never written Remus/Tonks before, so I'm glad I managed to do them justice! It's good that the balance between disastrous actually quite nice went okay!

I always get nervous about characterising people we see a lot of in the books, so your comments are wonderful to hear! Haha yeah, I came up with the mirror to break up Lupin's thoughts a bit at the beginning, but ended up getting quite fond of it! :P

Thankyou for this, and all your other reviews! It was a great swap :)


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Review #3, by patronus_charm Despite It All

19th April 2013:
I saw you had a Remus/Tonks one-shot and it seemed a great place to leave the second review!

I really liked the idea of the talking mirror. It fits in perfectly with the magical world, and it created a rather humorous part compared to how nervous Remus was. His frayed robes reminded me of Ron at the Yule Ball when he had frayed robes, hopefully this has a better ending.

I felt so bad for him, as you could tell how badly he wanted everything to go well, and then he can’t find a way to get there. Then he tries and finds other ways, in the end flying. That would make a pretty cool entrance then, as I don’t think many people can say they flew to their first date.

I guess the date did start off ok, with Remus being all cute and nervous, and them being able to talk. I liked the inclusion of the werewolf activist, as it made sense that there would be one. It was nice to see Remus being excited about something as he doesn’t always seem like it, but then there was Tonks’ annoyance to deal with about whether it seemed as if he was ditching her or not.

Then that bit about Remus asking to borrow a pen from Tonks, and to find out that her bag was smoking! It just seem to be going downhill from there, and I wanted to run away and hide. Then Tom coming along and chucking them out, I thought it was all over. Well, I knew they would end up together but I thought that date would be a disaster.

I liked the mention of Fred, George and Molly. It was nice to include them, as they always seemed close to them in the books. Of course, they would have to disrupt Remus and Tonks’ first date, however. At least the ending made up for it, with that lovely kiss, which was just the perfect touch to a very sweet one-shot!

-Kiana :D

Author's Response: Hey there, Kiana!

Remus/Tonks was quite an adventure for me as I'd never written them before, and pairing was given to me randomly.

I admit I did enjoy writing the talking mirror- I'm so glad you say it fitted in with the magical world, because that's exactly the impression I was hoping for! Ahaha- I hadn't thought of poor Ron and his frayed robes, but I can see what you mean, now!

I always imagined that Remus would be kind of stressy about the relationship, seeing as it started off a bit uncomfortably. I think being able to say you flew to your first date is one of the perks of the magical world :P

I'm glad that the reference to the Weasleys didn't feel too forced. Like you say, they do seem close in the books, so hopefully it feels realistic.

And it's great to hear that you liked the kiss- I seem to like writing happy endings :P Thankyou once again for a really great review!

-Bethany :)

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Review #4, by CherryBoom Despite It All

9th January 2013:
Well, that was quite a helpful mirror. =) I'd love to quote Arthur Weasley's advice about never trusting things without brains, but this particular mirror feels like it could be a Lupin family heirloom. It certainly knows Remus very well. Only thing that I'm not quite sure is that how the mirror could know how Tonks feels about Remus. Of course it could have heard something when someone from the order visits him, but since it's in his bedroom, that's pretty unlikely. =/

Ah well, it's pretty unfortunate to leave a wand at home, if you're a wizard. Apparently he doesn't have keys even though all his neighbours are muggles? How does he go in when there is a neighbour standing near by? It sounds bit risky all things considering.

I quite like that you threw all these hurdles at them, before they could enjoy their date. It feels bit unlikely that they would talk about the order in middle of the pub, because it's a secret organization. I really like the werewolf activist part of the story, I could read more about her since she sounds like a very interesting character. Maybe you could write a story about her in the future?

I'm glad that they had a good time after all the little bumps on the road. A kiss is always a good way to end the story. And that mirror sure is a nosy one. =)

As you can see, there were some loopholes in your story, but otherwise it was well plotted and easy to read. The descriptions were particularly good and helped to set the tone and livened up the characters.

It was fun to read, and very fluffy and cute. I quite enjoyed it. =)

Author's Response: Hello there!

The mirror was one of my favourite bits of this story to write, although you're right that it's knowledge on Lupin's personal life is maybe a bit extensive :/ I see what you mean about the keys as well... I was sort of counting on wizarding ignorance of Muggles to explain that, but it is a little thin. Plotting is something I find difficult, so thanks for pointing those inconsistencies out!

Well I wouldn't want to make it too easy for them :P I'm glad you liked the werewolf activist- hmmm yeah she would be an interesting character... you've got me thinking about her now!

I do see what you mean about the loopholes. This was written for a deadline, and I can see that it could have been rather better thought through... Thankyou for picking up on some of the flaws, and for taking the time to leave such a helpful review :)

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Review #5, by the_cauliflower_in_neverland Despite It All

1st January 2013:
Hi! So basically, I'm here because one of my new year's resolutions was to do something nice for someone every day, and since I'm not great with real life people I have decided that it would probably be easier doing this over the internet. So, on day one, I decided that I would head on back to HPFF and find a really unappreciated story which doesn't get enough credit for how good it is and tell the author why they deserve so much more praise than they get! I decided that today's category would be Remus/Tonks stories and I stumbled across yours quite quickly.
In short, it's gorgeous. I haven't read such a cute, lovely, fluffy story in so long and this is so perfect. I mean wow, that was really, really sweet. I am literally cuddling a cushion right now because that was just so lovely and fluffy and perfect!
Ok, fangirling over, moving on to some actual technical writing stuff; I love your style. It's very down to earth, nothing floral or pretentious or fancy, you just tell the story and give us all the emotions and details we need with just the right words. It's the perfect balance between great descriptions and an excellent use of the English language and the plot and characters just doing what they need to in order to entertain us. And your style is actually very amusing. The humour, when it appears, is subtle and dry and usually in the form of understatement, which suits the mood of the piece perfectly and just brings that extra bit of glitter to it, if you know what I mean, it's the metaphorical hundreds and thousands ont he top of the fairy cake! I adored awkward, insecure Remus at the start, and the mirror which talked was perfect for the dry, understated humour I mentioned earlier and also gave Remus something to bounce his thoughts back off, which separated up what would have otherwise been a massive block of text. Basically, whether you meant it to work in the ways it did or not, it's a great addition to the story and it works, so well done! I also adored how much of the wizarding worl yo brought into this, because I so often find myself groaning at the screen after reading yet another fic that had nothing to do with the Potterverse at all and could well have been an original story instead! I don't know if you ever feel the same, but you've certainly done a favour for those of us who do! I hugely admire the way you brought Remus's lycanthropy into the equation in a way that added to the plot and made the story more interesting instead of simply appearing to be some kind of annoying tag along which you just can't get rid of! And the whole smoking bag incident with Weasley's Wizard WHeezes was perfect because it gave us links back to the main story, which we know so well, as well as building on the idea of your characters as flawed human beings who are embarassed from time to time! Basically, I love that when I'm reading this story, it really feels like I'm reading a misisng moment from the actual Potter books, rather than something that is seperate and distant from them. And thank you so much for the line about Harry Potter and 'Expelliarmus', that really made me grin!
Another thing I have to praise you on is your impeccable grammar, it make such a nice change to read something that has been properly edited and doesn't have horrid typos and grammatical errors that detract from what I'm reading!
Thank you for writing this and putting it out in the world because I know it's weird and frightening, it really brightened my evening (night now really!) and keep on writing, if I see anything of yours again, I'll pop back to have a look!
-Livi x

Author's Response: I know it's taken me simply ages to reply to this review, but that's could I've basically just been bowled over by the awesomeness of it! Seriously- every time I read it I end up smiling like some kind of clown :P Your New Year's Resolution sounds pretty awesome to me :)

I was given Remus/Tonks as a pairing from the challenge this was written for- they're not a couple I've thought about overmuch before so it was interesting trying to get into Lupin's head for an evening!

It's so wonderful, because a lot of the stuff you've picked up on is exactly the kind of stuff I was trying to do when I wrote this- the kind of dry humour, and the believability of the characters. This is actually one of my stories which I'm least confident about, so to have all your lovely words is so encouraging and makes me so happy! Humour isn't something I've attempted so much before, so it's fantastic to hear that it came off alright!

Haha you're a very perceptive reader :P you picked up on the exact purpose of the mirror, and the inclusion of typically wizarding world-y items is something I try really hard to do. Like you, I think that it's always good to incoporate proper JKR style magic into stories! :)

I can't say how pleased it makes me to hear that this brightened up an evening for you- this review has certainly brightened up a few evenings for me! Thankyou so SO much for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. It means so much.

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Review #6, by Siriusgirl Despite It All

4th September 2012:
Hi, I'm finally reviewing.
This was a great story. Remus and Tonks are such a tragic pairing and get flack, but they were a nice couple. The conversation with Lupin's mirror was a nice touch, very telling. You really showed Lupin's inner doubts and how Tonks had no doubts about him. Great job! Results will be posted soon.

Author's Response: Aww thankyou. Yes, it is sad to think that they only have two years left :'(
Haha that was one of my favourite bits to write! I'm glad you enjoyed it too, and that his insecurity and her confidence came across :)
Thankyou very much for the review!

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Review #7, by AriPotter Despite It All

24th August 2012:
That was sweet. :) I enjoyed it.

Author's Response: Aww thankyou- I'm glad you did! :)

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