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Reading Reviews for Purple Houses
6 Reviews Found

Review #1, by dirtydeedsdonedirtcheap One

19th July 2015:
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Sybil isn't one of those characters that you read about often. She's definitely not someone I could write. I think most people write her as this extravagant character that is so out there it's hard to think of her as anything else. But who was the woman behind the grim speak and the crystal balls and tea leaves? She had a gift yes, but she's also a person and I'm sure she had other hobbies and other things about her. I thought this was really interesting and written well. You gave me a look into a character I normally don't think twice about. I enjoyed her characterization and her change over time. I like that she went back to her roots and opened up her trunk again and saw the purple houses.

This happens when you're a child and you grow up. The thing you once loved becomes a mere memory and then one day you pick it up again and it's like you never stopped. Sometimes anyway. I also liked her nanny. There wasn't too much background info on her or interaction besides what Sybil saw as a young girl but you could really feel how much she loved her, more than her own parents who sounded very absentee. So when Nanny dies it's sad and I think she carries that sadness with her. The ending was great because everything came full circle and I like to imagine she would go back to her hobby even though she has found her passion. Also, the fact that she ended up in her dream home (sort of) was a nice touch as well.

Great job!

Author's Response: Hello!
I'm so glad this story made you think about Sybil a little more than you previously had. Since JKR does write her as being so over-the-top, I always wondered what she was like before Hogwarts, and how she came to be that way.
Since I imagined Sybil growing up in a rich household, I thought that she'd be taken care of by a nanny rather than her own parents. It's really sad, but at least she knew that Nanny loved her, and they had such a special bond.
I'm a big fan of stories coming full circle, and I just couldn't resist writing this one that way, as well. I think it just fits.
Thank you so much for the review!
Cassie :)

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Review #2, by Gabriella Hunter One

27th March 2014:

Hey, there! I haven't forgotten about you or anything! So I was really happy while I was reading this one shot, mostly because Ms. T isn't the sort of character that's written about often and her background hasn't really been explored like this. I thought that what you did for her here was very well-done, I had never given her life much thought before this.
The subtle rifts in her relationship that she has with her parents was very smooth. I was able to get a sense that things weren't perfect between them all but it wasn't too heavy or dark to distract from the rest of the story.
Her relationship with her Nanny and the purple houses were so sweet, I could feel a lot of love coming from her on those flashbacks and how dear they had been to her. I thought that bringing up the purple houses and also shifting into what became a passion for Divination was very good! You could see that she was getting a bit older and her enthusiasm to prove herself was infectious, the little details you were able to bring in from the books was great as well. The only sad part was that her Nanny passed away but even with that sad knowledge, she was able to still think of her fondly. What struck out to me was that at the end, after the Battle was over, Sybil went back to her roots and discovered the purple houses again. It made me think that even after sadness, there can be happiness and I think you wrote that wonderfully.
So! This was a great one-shot, I'm glad that I finally had time to leave a review for you, I'd ready it but my internet connection was being very mean and died right when I was about to leave a review for you. How cruel...
Much love,

P.S.: Expect "Abandon" in a few days and after that we're going back to Audrey (There are two new chapters up if you're still interested in that) and of course, there's Albus. I'll be getting back to A Force of Blaise and Transparent soon too. Hope to hear from you soon!

Author's Response: Hi Gabbie!
I'm so sorry it took me so long to respond to this! Life has been a bit hectic, lately.
As you already know, I love writing minor characters, and Sybill was really fun for me to explore because she has almost no known backstory. I wanted to show a transition from Sybill as an innocent child to the kind of crazy teacher we know her to be thanks to JKR, but (because the moment in Deathly Hallows when she helps fight in the war stuck in my head) wanted to make sure I kept writing and figured out where she ended up after the war and everything happened.
Her relationship with Nanny is one of the driving forces behind that. She's the one who really raised Sybill, and encouraged her passions, which is why her death leads to the drinking and real obsession with Divination that JKR wrote for her.
I'm so thrilled you enjoyed this! Thank you so much for the sweet review, too :) I always look forward to hearing from you!
Cassie :)

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Review #3, by Panda Weasley  One

22nd March 2014:
I really liked this! I love your recurring theme and message. Keep writing! :)

Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed this!
Cassie :)

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Review #4, by marauderfan One

22nd March 2014:
Hello! I saw your status post and I never see stories about Sybill Trelawney so I had to stop by! :)

I liked this, it was cool how you gave Trelawney a bit of a back story and how she ended up where she did. I don't recall if Trelawney in Ravenclaw is canon but it fits so well, I could definitelg see her being the kind of aloof student who spends her time drawing or else looking at astrological drawings in a corner surrounded by books!

The part about her Nanny was really sweet, and then sad at the end :( But I like that it motivated her to go back to her childhood dream and the kind of innocence of before the war, and maybe loosen up on the Divination a little haha. I hope she did end up getting a purple house! :)

Author's Response: Hello!
I looked around for everything we know about Trelawney's backstory, and it's not much, so I really got to have fun with this. I was never going to put anywhere other than Ravenclaw. Since she spends so much time alone up in her tower as an adult, I wanted her to be the same way growing up, and being an only child with parents who aren't incredibly involved in her life followed by spending all her time up in her dormitory fit that.
I wanted to make sure I showed how hard her Nanny's passing was on Sybill because it would give her a reason to start drinking and become to cooky professor we know from JKR. I'm so glad you saw that relationship come through!
Thank you so much for such a wonderful review!
Cassie :)

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Review #5, by MEW One

22nd March 2014:
it's nicely written and trelawney is someone who's not written often about (so a good change), but where is the plot? Anyway, it's still a nice little story!

Author's Response: I'm so glad you thought this story was nicely written! As for the plot question, this story is a character study more than anything, and my goal with this was really exploring Trelawney's backstory and why she is the way she is. Thank you for reading and taking a moment to leave a review!
Cassie :)

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Review #6, by adluvshp One

17th March 2014:
Blackout battle 8/10

Aw this was a very sweet and sad little one-shot. I love that you wrote this about Sybill Trelawney. She is such a minor character and I enjoyed your insight into what her childhood and years at Hogwarts would have been like.

The whole concept of the purple houses was very sweet. I also liked how you wrote her relationship with her Nanny. I felt for Sybill deeply when her Nanny died. I also liked how you wrote Sybill's growing passion for Divination and how she convinced herself that she was a Seer too.

The way the ending was similar to the beginning, despite the passing of so many years and even the war, it was really a very sweet touch. All in all, I quite liked this. Good job =)


Author's Response: Hello!
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this one-shot! I love writing back stories for minor characters, and while Professor Trelawney has a bigger role in the series than some of JKR's other characters, we still don't know much about her. I wanted to explore how she might have grown up, and why she is the way she is.
I'm so glad you enjoyed this story! Thank you again for the sweet review!
Cassie :)

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