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Review #1, by jessicalorewrites Transylvanian Measles.

11th May 2015:
Hi! Here for the review swap. I hope you don't mind that I chose this one. It was mostly because I didn't want to get into AWL right now if I couldn't finish it soon-ish so since I have very little free time I found this oneshot to review, which drew me in because the summary made it sound like it was going to be rather humorous!

I get the feeling from the more darker side to many things on your author page that fluff and cutesy cute aren't genres you typically delve it, but I think you did a really wonderful job regardless! Although it may be lacking in gripping plot, it was a nice easy read which has left me with all sorts of fluffy warm feelings ^.^

One of my favourite elements was how you wrote Rose. We all know the slim fanon guidelines for such characters and although you took very typical tropes allocated to Rose (such as love of reading) you put your own spin on them and made them, well, your own. I loved how clinical and precise Rose spoke to Victoire and that she was afraid of not being in control, even with something as silly as an illness. It's funny but I think it's also very telling of the character and what she might be like as a teenager!

The Transylvanian Measles sound like a barrel of laughs ;) nah, I get the feeling they're like chicken pox maybe?? I'd make the presumption that they're like normal measles but I don't really know much about measles, hah! Something I would be interested in now that I think about it would be -- do wizarding children get vaccinations?? Sorry, this is a little off-topic now.

I have much love for your Victoire too! She's a very sporadic character with fan characterisation but one I don't see often enough, but completely adore, is doting caring cousin Victoire, like she is here. I love it! I love how down-to-earth she is and how calm and collected she is in response to Rose coming down with the illness too. She'd have handled it a lot better than I would've!

Great oneshot, it made me smile ^.^ and also thank you for the swap!

- jess, xo

Author's Response: Hi. Of course I don't mind your reviewing this. And yeah, a lot of my fics are spin-offs from my next generation series, which is currently heading towards year three, so I can see why you wouldn't want to take that on.

Yeah, fluff isn't my usual thing. I have a bit of a reputation for torturing characters. This was just one of those stories the characters insisted I write and wouldn't let me focus on anything else until I did. Rose...does not like being ignored and she tends to make her opinions felt.

I was actually debating whether or not to post it, as it has absolutely no plot. People seem to have enjoyed it though.

While this doesn't directly connect to my next gen series, Rose and Victoire are pretty much the same as they are in that. Rose, well, rather likes being in control of things. Victoire was one of those characters who seemed to just create her own personality. I've actually gotten kind of fond of her, as she's so caring towards everybody.

Yeah, I rather think Transylvanian Measles would be like chicken pox or German Measles. Nowhere near as severe as regular measles, which could sometimes cause death or disability.

Thanks so much for swapping also and glad you enjoyed the story.


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Review #2, by Helga Hufflepuff Transylvanian Measles.

19th March 2015:
Hello Dear!

This was such a lovely story! Victoire was such a darling caring for her sick cousins. Leave it to Hermione to have everything organized and ready for her. I am not surprised that Rose hates being sick because she has less control.

Before reading this story, I had a bad feeling that SOMETHING would go horribly wrong; but for Victoire's sake I am quite glad this was not the case. She's such a dear, caring cousin.

Love,
Helga

Author's Response: Thank you so so much for this lovely review, but then, from what I've heard, you were the kindest and most thoughtful of the Founders, so I should not be surprised.

And yeah, Rose does rather take after her mum, doesn't she? With the constant need to be in control and organising everything and everybody.

I do like Victoire. She sort of developed a personality in my stories and I got fonder of her than I'd expected. She's so kind to everybody, especially the younger ones. Actually, although I put her in Gryffindor, I bet the Sorting Hat pondered for a while over your house. It seems like she could fit there pretty well.


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Review #3, by alicia and anne Transylvanian Measles.

15th March 2015:
Victoire babysitting? Rose and Hugo being the ones looked after. This is going to be cute I can already tell! :D

Transylvanian measles sound like they'd be an annoying illness. I hope that Victoire can cope with Hugo ill with them.

Oh poor Hugo is itchy already and Rose is grumpy, this isn't going to go well is it? I wonder why Rose is in such a mood though? Is there more to what meets the eye?

Awww and there is, she's ill too! Bless her! She wanted to hide it.

Victoire done so well looking after them, and she was so cute with the kids, making sure that they were alright and giving them their potions to make them feel better.

This was absolutely adorable, hun! So very fluffy and cute and I just want to hug them all! I love that Hugo is easily bored and so different to Rose, who hates being looked after. I did love that she apologised afterwards for her behaviour. She's been raised so well!

Keep up writing these adorably cute one shots, they're perfect! :D

Author's Response: Thank you SO much for this review. You're awesome.

I actually don't usually write this kind of cute stuff, but it was just one of those things my characters refused to leave me alone until I wrote.

And yeah, Rose is basically working on the logic that maybe if she pretends it's not real, it won't be. And she dislikes people making a fuss and treating her like a kid anyway.

Yeah, I've gotten fond of Victoire. She doesn't appear much in my stories, but when she has, she's been so sweet.

Thanks again for the review.


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Review #4, by Ron Weasley Transylvanian Measles.

29th January 2015:
Hello, MargaretLane. I've been searching for a Ron Weasley Fanfiction website ever since I discovered this one but Hermione seems to be sure one doesn't exist, and that I should just read the stories here instead. Destined to live in Harry's shadow, eh?

Just kidding...obviously...

Poor Rosie and Hugo having Transylvanian measles. I remember when I first realised I had them and Fred convinced me I was bitten by an acromantula in my sleep and that I'd soon turn into one. *shudders* Mum was not happy.

Victoire is a nice girl, I feel sorry for her having to look after those two not at their best. Rosie is just as stubborn as Hermione (though she insists Rose gets it from me!) and worse so when she needs someone to look after her. Hugo at least doesn't mind being taken care of. I hope he beat Victoire at Wizard Chess though, I taught him everything I know! Hopefully Victoire won't be put off babysitting again.

I liked this story, at least it was a little closer to Ron Weasley Fanfiction...

Author's Response: Oh wow, I've been listening to people mention these reviews on the forums, and now I've actually got one. Thank you so much.

Aw, poor Ron. Harry gets all the credit, doesn't he? But sure, he couldn't have done it all without you and Hermione. We all know that.

And yes, Rose is just as stubborn as both her parents. Hardly surprising, considering how stubborn you both are.

And yeah, the more I write about Victoire, the more fond I get of her.

Thank you so much for the review.


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Review #5, 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 #6, 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 #7, 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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