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Review #1, by The_Crookshanks_Saga laughter like bells

3rd September 2014:
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{heart} Lady, you could write whatever the heck you want, be it iHATEthisPAIRING or incomprehensible plot or even Dramione, and I would read it because your writing's just awesome like that. Like, I could have it with my tea. And I don't have just anything with my tea.

Anyways. This piece? Beautiful. Somehow (I'm betting on dark sorcery) you managed to take Helena Ravenclaw, amazing Helena Ravenclaw, and transform her into pure stardust. Like, really, teh, share the stardust. You're hoarding it.

Somehow, you brought life/light into a character that I've never seen with it before. And the Friar: he was so very well-developed. The imagery had me closing my eyes at more than one point to imagine it, and your smarticle particles when you did that chapel thing? I can't even--

The day you stop writing on this site, teh, is the day I retreat into a burrito of sadness.

-Meena

(I just realized that I did nothing but spam in this review. Sowwy)

Author's Response: Awww, Meena, you're so awfully nice that I didn't want to respond to this review, just so I could look at it everyday. :) *hugs* Thank you for your lovely words! ♥ I want you to know that this review of yours made me very very happy and I can't say anything else except repeat myself over and over again, because really. Helena and the Friar were fun to write, so I'm so glad you like the way they're done here; I have such plans to write more of them, but I don't know if I'll ever have the time. I will try to stay on this site for as long as I can, my dear.

Thanks so much again, Meena! ♥

-teh


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Review #2, by CassiePotter laughter like bells

24th May 2014:
Hi teh!
I loved this one-shot! It was really unique, and I'd never read anything like it before. I really liked that you set it around Easter, and that religion was such a large part of the story. Even though the Hufflepuff ghost is the Fat Friar, we never really think about how religion would have a place at Hogwarts. The fact that it was such a large part of life at the school in this story was really interesting, and I really enjoyed it. I think Brother Tuck was my favorite character, just because he was so happy and found so much joy in the way he lived his life! It made me sad that Helena felt betrayed by him almost, and that she could find the same kind of happiness in her own life.
I thought this was a lovely story, and I'm so glad I read it! I just put up the first chapter of a new story called Risk if you want to check that out, and I'm updating The Fourth Daughter next. hopefully that chapter will go up soon! I'll keep you posted over on the forums. 10/10
Cassie :)

Author's Response: Hello Cassie!

Thanks for such a wonderful surprise review! ♥ This little fic of mine was written for the Easter Hufflepuff/Ravenclaw event on the forums, hence the theme. I thought about writing about the Easter celebration, but I wanted to do Founders Era, because I sort of had plunnies for the Fat Friar and Helena Ravenclaw. Plus, I always find it intriguing exploring religion of any kind. I guess back in the Middle Ages, things would have been a lot more centred around religion, and I hardly think the wizarding world would be exempt from that. So there was my chance to explore that aspect. I have plans to turn this into a short story collection between Helena and the Friar! ^.^

I really enjoyed writing Brother Tuck as well! He's truly such a fun character to write, a not-very-devoted monk who enjoys life a bit too much for a holy man of prayer and piety and whatnot. And I'm glad you liked him too!

I'll definitely check out your new story sometime soon. Thanks for letting me know. :D And can't wait for the next chapter of TFD.

Thanks again for such a lovely review, Cassie!

-teh


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Review #3, by Lululuna laughter like bells

5th May 2014:
Hi teh! :) I'm here for your 5th of 5 prize reviews - although of course I'll still come to review your stories! :) Sorry for taking so long to get here!

I really liked this and how you chose to focus on Helena! It was very clever to take the prompt for Easter and show a snippet in Helena's life and the relationships and pressures which will lead to her someday becoming the Grey Lady.

The religious emphasis at Hogwarts was great and fit with my head canon very well, since at the time it would make sense for wizards to comply with the Muggle religious standards of the time. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the disciplinary piety and the beginning section almost felt like Helena was in a monastery, not a castle, with the hymns and Latin echoing through the stones. It was also interesting how Helena was reprimanded for not participating, and how that caused others to look at her with suspicion as that feels quite authentic for the times and the importance of not only feeling pious, but showing it off to others.

The tie-ins with canon characters were so clever here! I remember seeing somebody on the forums talking about how barons didn't exist in the Founders era, so I like how you dodged around that by making the Baron's last name be his identifier. The dark flicker in his eyes and his attempt to threaten and almost master Helena - beneath the guise of courtly love, of course - was very chilling and really hinted at how he could be driven to kill her in the future. And the hints about her mother and the tension there were great as well and I especially appreciated how Rowena was friends with the Baron, which might lead to her trusting him to go after her daughter in the future. Helena's sense of being trapped and her unhappiness really sowed the hints for why she might crack and eventually run away, so this story did very well in hinting at what is to come and establishing the characters.

The Friar was so sweet! He fit very well with the character of the canon Friar and his jolliness, and I really liked his booming voice and how he was known for singing. He was a really lively character and I could see why Helena liked his friendship so much, since he could make her laugh and bring her out of the prison which Hogwarts has become for her. I also liked how he chose to leave the monks as from his character here he really wouldn't have fit well with the strict monastic order, so that was a really clever development to his character. It was sad at the end how even the Friar (I guess I should be calling him Tuck, ah well) forgot about Helena and didn't pay attention to her, not out of maliciousness but because he was so caught up in making merry. It's almost like Helena is already a ghost, and I feel so sad for her, that not only will she be trapped in Hogwarts in life, but also in death.

I saw from the AN that this was originally longer, and it's too bad about the word limit since I would have loved to read more of this and what might happen in the future for Helena! This was a lovely read, and I really enjoyed it - well done! :D

Author's Response: Hey Jenna!

Wah, thank you for this enormous review! ♥ Don't worry about how long it took; I'm just really happy that you came back to my AP! And I'm glad you chose this little story of mine; it needed a bit of love. :)

I did think Founders Era Hogwarts would be a lot more religious than how it is during the Trio Era, and since the prompt was Easter, I thought it would be interesting to explore a more religious atmosphere set in the Middle Ages. And I've always had a fascination for quiet, echoey places like monasteries and convents.

Yeah, about the Bloody Baron! :P I read that on the forums too, and remembered that while writing this fic. I believe it was Amanda/academica who wrote that, and since she also finished an entire novel on the Bloody Baron/Grey Lady with historical research and everything, I simply trusted her judgement and used that in my fic. I didn't have a lot of time to do much research of my own because of the time limit. And I was indeed trying to make the Baron come off as rather unsettling even before any trace of their relationship begins, though not too overwhelming, since this story isn't about him at all.

I enjoyed writing the Friar a lot. He is indeed such a fun, light-hearted character, very Hufflepuff-y, and I imagined him being immune to Helena's distance and that she quite warms up to him. I imagine him bringing a bit of cheer to her life, at least when they were still schooling together in Hogwarts. But I don't know how likely it is, in terms of canon compliance, that he was at school with Helena. I've always imagined him being in the 1400s, as there were more mendicant religious orders then compared to the tenth/eleventh century. I think. History is not my strong point eep.

And I absolutely love your comment about how Helena is almost like a ghost already. :( It's indeed true, and I do feel sad for her as well.

I still do have plans for expanding this into a short story! Which is why there were so many random references and details to things that were not especially relevant to the story. It would be fun to explore things from the Friar's perspective as well, and his jolly travels. And that short story will /definitely/ have a fluffier ending than this.

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! ♥ Thanks for leaving me so many wonderful reviews over the past few months; they've all been wonderfully detailed and encouraging and I pretty much squee every time I get one from you. *hugs*

teh


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Review #4, by lovegoodlooney laughter like bells

26th April 2014:
Wow! This is such a different and inspired idea! I love the description and use of adjectives! I am soon going to put on a story about Rowena and the founders, but I do love the idea of a Helena Ravenclaw story :) love it

Author's Response: Wow, thank you for reading and reviewing this! I'm glad you like the descriptive bits! I actually wrote this in response to a challenge on the forums, so it's a bit rushed. And I had a word limit as well, which explains why this fic feels a little bit short/suddenly cut off.

I'll keep an eye out for your Rowena and Founders story. I love a good Founder Era fic! ♥

-teh


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Review #5, by patronus_charm laughter like bells

19th April 2014:
Hai. Hai. Hai. teh. (fun fact, when I type reviews on word it always wants to call you the, and itís like no the nameís teh, well actually Nicole, but Iíve called you teh for so long now, I canít give up on teh). Woah, that was a long fun fact.

Ahahaha, Iím only half way through the one-shot but here are some things I love about it: Barabbas Ė such a fab name, Helena is so cool and a bit rebel and fab, the way it seemed almost ethereal with all the singing and Latin due to your fab description, it was historical Hogwarts which was so cool. Ok, I will continue reading and give more detailed thoughts and things later.

Question Ė is Thomas Tuck the same one from Robin Hood, because if he is thatís so cool and yeah, itís like a crossover, whoo! I loved Thomas he was so cool and like yeah I shouldnít be going to a tavern, but I am anyway. Minor thing, I loved the descriptions of Hogsmeade in that time period, it was so much more fun to read then as it was all so refreshing and new for me.

Anyhow, I adored this one-shot, I loved this Helena because usually sheís all moody/flighty/angry and even though I sensed a bit of a rebel side to your one she was a lot more grounded and real which made it so much more fun to read. In fact, I enjoyed her so much I really wish your NaNo novel could appear as you had such a good grasp of Founders characters here, I want to see moar of them!

Another thing I liked was how you made me enjoy reading all about the Easter celebrations even though Iím not religious, I was like ah it looks rather fun I want to join in. Like I said before, it has this ethereal air about it which I guess naturally comes when you combine religion and magic and that was just a really cool feeling. I think it was the ending line which really gave it this mystical sort of feel if that makes sense.

Ok, this was another fabulous one-shot, and I have another one of yours to read tomorrow so whoo!

-Kiana

(also, I just read your AN and if you ever extend it let me know, as I loved this!)

Author's Response: DO NOT GIVE UP ON TEH. I ♥ this name too! :P You're gonna have to train your autocorrect / Word spellchecker.

Hey, hey, thank you for another fab review on my newest oneshot, eep. I was ahem, rushing through this one so it's still a bit underdeveloped to me, and quite empty. I must definitely come back and work on this piece, possibly turn it into a short story or something.

Fun fact: Barabbas is a biblical name! He's a murderer, and there's not much about him that I know of...er, well, I didn't have time to do much research. :P But yeah, he's a name associated with Good Friday so I thought it would be fun to throw that in there.

Bahaha, yes, I'm not sure myself if Tuck ever turns out to be the same Tuck as the Robin Hood legends! I'd love to think so, even though the timelines wouldn't match, if we're going to be accurate. I'm pretty sure Robin Hood was somewhere in the 1400s, and the Hogwarts Founders Era is somewhere in the tenth or eleventh century. I heard there were no barons back then, or even friars - though there were monks. I'm glad you like this tavern-going monk. I had much fun writing him, and I want to write him a bit more as this sometimes-devout man who enjoys life a bit too much. :P

Ahh, I'm glad you like the descriptions of the places and stuff. I didn't have time to think things too carefully and in too much detail, but earlier on I'd borrowed a few children's books on the Middle Ages for my little boy, and so there was me doing very quick research through children's books instead of being overloaded by Google's excess of info.

I MEANT THIS TO HAVE A FLUFFY ENDING. Seriously, I did. Helena was SO MUCH MORE AWESOME in my fluffy-ended version, but unfortunately, I ran out of words, and so I had to revert to my default, which is not-fluff.

And aww, my NaNo novel. I'll probably be going back to it time to time...not to finish it but to snip more pieces out of it and make new stories! So you'll be reading fragments of it and the characters now and then. :D

I had a lot of trouble trying to think how Easter is celebrated in medieval times. I know people were religious, and they probably had to cut out a lot of food during Lent, including meat haha. And I love reading and writing fics which combine religion and magic - there's a mystical quality to these stories which I really like.

YAY, thank you for this wonderful review, Kiana! ♥ ♥

teeeh


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