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Review #1, by PolyJuice_ One

13th March 2014:
Blackout Battle~

Ooh, I've never read a story about James's parents! This'll be interesting! Away we go...

AH, I am so very very indignant on Andy's part! How dare Desmond be that much of an idiot. Come /on/ get with it. Andy better show him just how capable he is!

I absolutely loved this story, from the very first sentence. I loved the defiance in every word Andy says to Desmond. You've managed to make me a giant ball of stress and outrage. :p Which is a good thing, totally! You completely wrapped me up in this story and I was sad to let go at the end.

Added this to my currently reading list and I hope to see more chapters in the future!


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Review #2, by Lululuna One

7th March 2014:
Hello! :)

This is so intriguing! First of all, I love the way you described the office, with the former editions and especially the cigarettes. I could really picture it, and the references to smoking put me in mind of that era and what newsrooms must have been like, even for wizards.

I love Andy already. She's so feisty and determined, but I like how she's ready to take on the day and to appear the way she should, even if she doesn't always like it. She's clearly used to hard work, and I love the fact that she's the only female journalist. I also suspect that she's a lot nicer to Corinne than some of the male journalists would be to the secretary. Corinne's dismissal by Desmond really shows that as well.

Of course it was for women in Muggle London, who sashayed about in their unwitting freedom of their choice in clothing, but the wizarding world was rather slow on the uptake at the best of times. I love how you compared the wizarding and Muggle worlds, I really like reading people's historical head canons! I think this makes sense, how while Muggle women are experimenting with their role in society and with fashion, the witches might be a little behind, and any witch who wants to rise in a male-dominated career has to fight for her spot.

He liked it better when she played dumb, so she did just that. Ugh, Desmond is horrible already, but I did enjoy Andy's secret dream of cursing him. :P How he said that trousers were a crime against women just makes my blood boil, but I feel like that's exactly the reaction Andy has, and that you want me to have! :)

The comment about recognizing a gobstone from a pebble made me laugh. I like this new newspaper, and how they seem to be challenging the Prophet's market domination and traditions.

It's just so irritating how rude they all are to Andy, but I'm excited to see how she takes them on. She's just such a wonderful character so far and I really love her self-restraint and her determination. She's definitely worthy of being our beloved Harry's grandmother. :)

This was a great beginning to your story, and I'm looking forward to reading more! :D

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Review #3, by Maelody One

4th February 2014:
Beautiful banner by the way! ;)

I love journalism, but this story had me at "The story of James Potter's parents". I've never read anything like it before, and the time frame you've set it in makes it even more interesting to me! The slang, the smoke, sexism, and all around flutter of description at the Prophet made me smile! I love 50's movies, and reading about the time period is proving to be so much fun!

Oh, before I do forget, though it won't be particularly helpful, there were a couple of spots where I noticed some missing words, and the word 'work' replaced the word 'word' at one point. Nothing at all major, but I thought I'd let you know. :)

I like Andy. I think she's fitting her role perfectly. How she knows to play dumb to be noticed, but despises it, and hates how men treat women. I'm so ready to see what it is Glenn will do to get the girl, and see the spunk that James inherited.

How old are they around now? Twenties? Thirties? I know they had James when they were older than most parents, but I don't know how old, so I'd like to know their ages. :)

This was wonderfully written, and just as equally interesting! I do hope to see you continue this! I'd love to follow it to the end!


Author's Response: Hiya! Thank you, I'm so excited about it! :D

Aww I'm so pleased! This idea came to me really suddenly and James Potter's parents seemed to be the perfect couple for it. They're often characters in Marauder fics but I wanted to give them their own spotlight for once!

Thanks for pointing that out! I confess I kind of just posted this excitedly without fully reading it over, so I'll look over it soon :)

Oh man, writing Andy is so fun but also so frustrating at the same time because I really feel her and all women's frustration at the time. Feminism and history are my thing so I thought this story was the perfect way to combine the two things really :)

I will make this more clear in the next chapter. At one point I mention that Corinne is a 'younger girl' than Andy, but as you say the Potters had James fairly late. Currently Andy is in her mid thirties, Glenn maybe one or two years older. :)

I will definitely continue this is the plot is mostly planned out, so I hope you stick with it! :)

Thank you for reviewing Mae!

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Review #4, by Akussa One

2nd February 2014:
This is just wonderful! I've never read a story revolving around these characters and the idea is just brilliant!

It's easy to see as we read that you have a clear idea of who these people are and they come out full-fledge to the reader; it's like I've been reading about them for the last year so much that I feel confortable with them. I absolutly love, LOVE Andy she's so full of energy and determination.

I have to congratulate you on keeping the timeline with this. It's a periode of time that I don't really know too much of (especially not in Britain) but it'll be a lot of fun to read a story set in this time.

I enjoyed this so much that it's going on my favorite. Kudos!

Author's Response: Hiya!

Thanks! I love writing different from the norm things so that's a big compliment. :) I'm glad you think that about the characters! They're all so fun to write and giving them distinctive personalities is definitely something I love to try and do. Aww I'm glad you feel like you've known them forever too! That's so nice :)

Hopefully you'll learn more about it as I learn more myself from writing this. I study history so being historically accurate is a must for me!

Thank you, and thanks for reviewing!

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Review #5, by Violet Gryfindor One

2nd February 2014:
This is fantastic! There are a number of really cutting-edge stories being posted lately, and this is definitely one of the best - imagine writing about James's parents! As rival journalists! This is going to be a very fun story to follow, and it's going straight-away on my favourites list. :D

A lot of what makes this story work so well is the energy that radiates from every line, each of the characters emerging fully-formed. I could imagine the scene clearly in my head, though you never allowed the descriptions to overwhelm the story - you instead focus on the action, the sharp dialogue, and Andy's determination. The latter of these is another key point for this story. Andy is a brilliant character, and it's great to come across a story where the characterization of an OC comes across so strongly in the first chapter. Those first paragraphs bring her to life with all the little details you include about her and Corrine. I was reminded of Bel and Lix from "The Hour", fighting against misogyny and working hard to deliver the best news.

The dialogue in this story stands out. You've captured a mid-twentieth century feel quite effectively - I love that kind of attention to detail in a period piece. And it gives the characters that much more personality too.

I'm looking forward to seeing how you develop this story. It will be interesting to see what Glenn Potter is like, whether he'll be the same kind of newsman as Desmond and Turner, and if not, what will make him stand out from the crowd. What kind of scoop does he really have with that crazy headline? How will Andy react to him, and how will their relationship develop? Even more so, however, I look forward to seeing how Andy makes her place in this world and proves that she's the best journalist at the Prophet. Excellent work with this first chapter! :D

Author's Response: Hi Susan!

Wow, thank you! I'm really pleased you think so. This idea just popped into my head and James' parents just seemed like the perfect characters for the era I wanted to write.

I'm actually really pleased you think that because, to be honest, I just wrote this whole chapter in one sitting. The ideas just came to me, so I'm glad you think the characters are good so far. Attention to detail is always the best thing! I study history currently, so I'm a bit of a stickler for historical detail. So, I'm pleased you appreciated that.

Well, I hope I've kept you intrigued enough to see just how Glenn Potter will turn out and how the crazy headline they have will work!

Thanks very much and thank you for reviewing!

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Review #6, by marinahill One

2nd February 2014:
YES! Love a bit of girl power! I can tell I'm going to love this already, but I knew that anyway seeing as this story is written by the epic pen that is yours.

1. Love the concept. Rival newspapers? I love it! Can't wait to see what underhand tactics they all get up to.

2. Love Andy. She's ahead of her time and isn't letting any old men step on her dreams of being a top journalist.

3. Keep writing. This is going to be fabulous.


Author's Response: I LOVE YA. That is all. Chutters shall continue writing this!!

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Review #7, by MissesWeasley123 One

2nd February 2014:
Jenny, hey!

Aw, this story seems cool and while I am hoping it's rather fluffy, it probably won't be :P

I love love Andy so much! Her sarcasm really is great, and she's like those bombshell hardcore biker chicks lol and Desmond is hilarious. I love how much of a feminist she is, and I think that'll add to the story a whole lot.

From the beginning I love the plot idea you chose, to make them journalists, and then to have their companies be rivals! I think that whole outrage in the office was funny, especially since Andy was all *eyeroll these idiots*

For a first chapter you did great with the foundation of characterization, and I already like her and am rather annoyed of Desmond because gah, he's dumb.

Anyway, fantastic start! Do give a shout when chapter 2 is posted ♥

Author's Response: Hey Nadia!

Thanks :) haha I'm afraid it will definitely not be fluffy. There are too many deeper issues to deal with! I'm glad you like Andy, I really enjoy writing her and giving her such a strong personality in a 'man's world'.

Yep, that's definitely the tone of the women in the office ;) and yay, thanks so much lovely! I definitely will :)

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