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Review #1, by Freda_and_Georgina Transylvanian Measles.

28th November 2014:
Babysitting two children all day, that sounds exhausting! I love how you made Rose similar to, but not exactly like Hermione. As for Hugo, goodness, you accurately depicted a babysitter trying to do the right thing without making the child hate them. I love this story, and am terribly sorry I can't give a review like one of yours because this story deserves more. Alas, that I cannot give.

Brilliant and adorable story, wish there was a little bit more to read.
--Georgina

Author's Response: Don't worry, I wouldn't expect detailed reviews on this story. It's sort of...plotless and not one I'd imagine many people having much to say about. I just wrote it because it wouldn't let me alone until I did, but people seem to like it. I'm actually surprised.

Anyway, thanks so much for reviewing and I'm really glad you enjoyed it.


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Review #2, by nott theodore Transylvanian Measles.

3rd September 2014:
Hi Margaret! I'm here for our review swap.

This was a really enjoyable story! I've noticed it before in your writing and I think the thing that I like the most about your stories is the way that you manage to capture the realities of people's lives. This piece isn't about something dramatic or life-changing, but it illustrates a day that's probably happened to a lot of people at some point or other, whether as parents or children or, like poor Victoire, as a babysitter!

I think your characterisation is another great strength. I'm always apprehensive about tackling major characters from the series but you did a brilliant job of Hermione's portrayal in particular. The way that she was meant to be in a rush off to work and getting Victoire to babysit, but then she didn't stop talking and telling her all about the different aspects of the illness. I can imagine her researching every little detail and then trying to offload that information onto her niece to make sure that she's prepared. It's so like Hermione to find everything out like that and then try and relay it - information being the best way to combat anything, of course.

You also did a really good job of writing both Rose and Hugo when they're sick - I liked the fact that they're so different in reacting to their illness. I can imagine Hugo being a really active kid and not dealing with being sick at all well, wanting to do something to relieve his boredom, while Rose is cranky but can occupy herself if she's got a book. Both of the children are captured really well and how I imagine them to be as well.

The 'Transylvanian Measles' was a lovely touch too - is that an illness in canon, or something that you've made up? I really liked it though, because it sounded so real and magical at the same time.

I found myself feeling quite sorry for Victoire! Looking after sick children is never exactly fun, but I could imagine her ending up having to do that sort of thing quite a bit because she's the oldest cousin. I don't think I've read Victoire in a story like this beofre either - she normally seems to just appear in romances, so it was interesting to see her in a much more down-to-earth situation!

I really enjoyed reading this and thank you for the swap!

Sian :)

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review and for offering the swap. I was a little wary when I saw the story you had reviewed as it's not exactly my best. It's just one of these things that was going to annoy me until I wrote it and doesn't really have a plot or much of a point. I was actually debating whether or not to even post it.

The Transylvanian Measles are a complete invention. I was just thinking how in canon, illnesses and injuries appear to fit into two categories: either they are cured within minutes, or at most hours, with a potion or something or else they are life-threatening or long-term. I kind of figured they must have some illnesses that fall between those two extremes and just leave people unwell for a few days and apart from a couple of references to flu, there is little evidence of it.

Characterisation is probably the part of writing I find easiest. Stuff like description, I'm not so good at.

I actually kind of got fond of Victoire from writing both this and a scene from my current novel length. I think I have portrayed her differently from a lot of people. She's very much the caring older cousin in my work. I think a lot of people portray her as the successful, popular Head Girl typed character whereas she's rather more ordinary in my stories.


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Review #3, by lumos_knox Transylvanian Measles.

16th May 2014:
Hello, it's me from the review swap!
This is a really good story, I love it, because the reality of everything is spot on. Sick kids always get "cranky". I'm chuckling, because it's such an informal word but it works quite well as Victoire is talking to Rose. I haven't really read any Victoire, so this was good for me.

A little extra description wouldn't go amiss, but otherwise it's great! The plot line flows well, and you have Hermione all sorted, knowledgeable about all these illnesses and lecturing Victoire on what to do. It sounds a lot like her old self. You've kept great canon with the series here.

Great story. Thanks for sharing!
-lumos_knox

Author's Response: Thanks so much for reviewing and especially for choosing a story with no reviews so far. Glad you liked it. I was actually debating whether to post it or not, since there's no real plot or anything; it was just one of these things that was playing on my mind and was going to annoy me until I wrote it.

I've actually gotten kind of fond of Victoire after this and a short scene she appeared in in my next gen. series. I never thought of her much before, but I reckon she'd be kind, having so many little cousins and all, she'd probably be used to being a confident for all the problems and little secrets they didn't want to bring to their parents.

You're probably right about the description. Really not my strong point.

And I'm glad Hermione came across as in character. I don't write the Trio much. I tend to focus on minor characters, OCs or near OCs. By the last, I mean people like Victoire or others that were only mention in the series or in interviews with J.K. Rowling, but who we never actually met.


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