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Review #1, by Kay_Black First Class

15th July 2015:
One of the most brilliant pieces of writing I've ever laid my eyes on! First McGonagal fic for me and you've now set the bar pretty high!
Absolutely wonderful. Beautifully written!

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Review #2, by Mira First Class

25th July 2014:
This was so beautifully written!

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Review #3, by LilyEvans613 First Class

6th November 2013:
Loved this story! Excellent characterization of the characters from the Marauder era - loved it :)

Author's Response: Thank you so much! :D

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Review #4, by MargaretLane First Class

4th November 2013:
Being a teacher at a time of crisis is difficult. You have to remain calm, remain in control. And being Headmistress is probably worse. It's her job to ensure everybody else is taken care of, which means she really can't afford to worry about her own feelings.

I actually laughed out loud at the idea of them swiping a sweet from the bowl. It's so in character for James and Sirius in particular.

I like the way you sum up the students she remembers. You give us an insight into their personalities without its feeling forced or labouring the point.

And I like the idea of Peter having an older sister he feels inferior to. That fits and helps to explain why he might feel inadequate.

The paragraph where she wishes she could see one of them as a child again in her office brought tears to my eyes.

The only thing I could criticise was the mention
of the boys throwing paper aeroplanes. I really don't think anybody'd DARE throw paper planes in McGonagall's class and later on you talk about her turning a blind eye to far more minor mischief, like doodling or daydreaming, which kind of implies that normally she wouldn't even let those things pass, let along throwing paper planes.

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

As a teacher myself, this is a story I found myself relating to a lot (and also hoping I'm never put in this situation) because what you said is true - regardless of what you feel, you've got to be strong for your students. I'm so happy to hear you got that from the story because it was one of the points I was trying to subtly get across: that teachers actually care a lot more than people give them credit for, and that students really do begin to feel like family after a while.

Regarding the paper planes - thank you for pointing that out. I should have made it clearer that the boys and girls she was thinking about in that paragraphs were those nine. The boys throwing the planes were James, Sirius, Remus, and Peter, so that's the only reason they got away with it. (Though in my head canon, she did tell them enough was enough quite often. :p)

Thanks again for the wonderful feedback!

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