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6 Reviews Found

Review #1, by krazyboutharryginny Renewal

4th April 2017:
Hi there! I'm here reviewing for CTF.

I actually really loved this. I've definitely read stories about the Golden Trio and their friends rebuilding after the war, but I don't know that I've ever read a story about the teachers in this time period. I think it was a great idea to write about this, as I'm sure (as you demonstrated) all the teachers would have the same mixed emotions about returning to the school as all of the students would. Especially since they didn't get a break from it all, as they had to spend the summer repairing the damage.

I think you really well exploring Professor Sprout's emotions in particular. I was so sad for her when you were talking about the destruction of her greenhouses, and how she'd been left to clean them up herself. That seems like a task that could easily crush her remaining spirit, but instead she comes up with a plan to bring happiness and celebration back to the castle. I absolutely loved her positivity!

The scene when she proposed her idea was great. I loved the way all the teachers piped up and got excited, asking questions and putting forth their own suggestions. Again, it would be so easy to picture the Hogwarts staff completely demoralized, and it was just wonderful to see them still have hope, energy, and positivity.

I really enjoyed reading this! Great work!

-Kayla

Author's Response: Hi, Kayla.

Thank you so much for reviewing this story which I wrote so long ago for a challenge in which people are celebrating a milestone and holding a party. It seemed to me that during the summer after the Battle of Hogwarts, rebuilding and repairing would be going on at the school, but only the staff would be present.

It seemed natural that Professor Sprout, whose whole life revolved around things growing, sprouting from tiny seeds, getting bigger and bigger, would be able to look beyond the bleak present situation and envision the promise of growth to come. She is a tough cookie, as Professor McGonagall noted in Chapter Thirty of Deathly Hallows: "...between the two witches there passed a look of grim understanding." It is the sign of a leader that she can direct the mood and attitude of the whole group.

In the Epilogue we learn that Neville Longbottom has become the Herbology professor, and the question arises of what has happened to Professor Sprout. I have chosen to assume that she became Headmistress after Professor McGonagall, because of those leadership qualities.

Thank you again for saying you loved this story!

Vicki


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Review #2, by The Summer Snake Renewal

26th May 2015:
Greetings from The Summer Snake! I have recently slithered out of hibernation and discovered this amazing place with such amazing stories, so I want to read and review as many as I can before I go back into hibernation!

Wow, this was a very interesting one-shot! I loved how it was from Sprout's point of view and showed how the war affected th teachers after the war. The subject is less touched upon, and when it is, it's usually in a dark, sombre tone, so I'm glad you wrote this. Being the summer snake who brings happy cheer, this made me happy.

Your characterisation of Sprout is very good. I enjoyed reading the staff meeting - the bit where everybody was giving ideas was the sweetest. I loved the camaraderie between the staff as well. The ending bit with the mini-celebrations was a good touch and livened up the story's ending.

All in all, your plot was brilliant and your characterisation superb. I enjoyed your descriptions and over all this made for a great read. Good job!

*showers confetti and flowers* Have a nice summer!

Now I'll be off to explore more of this wonderful sun! See ya!

With love,
The Summer Snake

Author's Response: I'm honored to receive a visit from the Summer Snake. You can slither about among the stories for as long as you like!

Thank you for your kind words. The teachers, being old and experienced and wise, provide a wealth of story possibilities, and yet we writers don't take much advantage of that, beyond Severus Snape and, to a lesser degree, Minerva McGonagall. Some of my other stories also involve the teachers.

Thank you also for the flowers and confetti. They really brighten up my day!

Vicki


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Review #3, by EnigmaticEyes16 Renewal

11th May 2015:
Hi! I'm here a little belatedly for the Hot Seat, I've had no time the past several days but I at least wanted to review something.

I loved this one-shot! I love that Pomona wants something to look forward to and was able to come up with the idea to celebrate 1000 years at Hogwarts. I think after the war and all the rebuilding, the teachers and students, current and past, could all use something fun to look forward to. And it doesn't diminish their losses at all. Pomona and McGonagall are right though, everyone is going to have to go on living their lives, and they have every right to enjoy them, plus they also have students who look up to them.

I'm so glad all the teachers eventually joined in, providing so many ideas for this celebration. It's sounds like it's going to be a very busy, very fun day. And I hope it all turns out well for them.

Great job on this one-shot! It was very enjoyable to read!

xxNix

Author's Response: Hi, Nix. Thank you so much for finding the time to write a Hot Seat review for me. I'm getting the impression that this time of year has been very busy for a lot of people, with all the end-of-school-year transitions going on.

I wrote this story originally for a challenge in which the characters needed to be celebrating something and a party needed to be included in the scene. Most of the entries were romance stories set against the background of someone's birthday party, but the romance wasn't connected to the party and could have occurred in any setting. I wanted a different celebration and I wanted the party to be connected to the story, so this is what I came up with. But it didn't win. :(

It seemed to me that after the war, the survivors would be so shell-shocked that they could not get back to a normal, happy life without a specific effort to propel themselves in that direction. It would not be healthy to dwell indefinitely on the losses, even as the necessity of funerals, repairs, reestablishing the government, and so on would loom large in their attention every day. But their frame of mind needed rebuilding as much as the walls did.

It's not a very plotty story, but the descriptions came easily to mind upon envisioning what it must have been like, so it's more of a mood piece. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I like writing about the professors; being older, they think deep thoughts.

Vicki


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Review #4, by bittersweetflames Renewal

11th May 2015:
Hi Vicki! :D I'm here from the Review Tag thread. :D This is my first time reading any of your stories and I'm sooo excited! :) So, I decided to read this story because the subject matter just struck me as so interesting and not something I've read a lot of before.

Firstly, I wanted to address your choice of Pomona as the main focus of your story. I think it is both ingenious and curious. I could not read the rest of this story fast enough.

You started out the story so very strong and in quite a heartbreaking manner. :O The way you described how war has affected everything, even something as seemingly innocuous and innocent as plants and greenhouses. The way you described the destruction was perfect -- it was like a perfect little microcosm of the destruction that the entire school suffered. All your descriptions were strong and I had no difficulties imaging how things looked. As I was reading, too, I could feel Sprouts sadness and despair at what happened. War is never easy, never for anyone.

Move on to the PLAN. I capitalize it in my head, yes. HAHAHA. IT IS A BRILLIANT IDEA. The idea of SHOWING the world that, after grief, there could be joy and celebration and, yes, there could be fun was beautiful. It's almost a way of showing Voldemort that even with all the death and destruction he wrought, he would NEVER ever win.

Finally, the line you placed regarding the twins.. About one dying and one surfing was PERFECT. It was so beautiful and sad and poetic at the same time and just perfectly summed up your story an, basically, how everyone must have felt after the war ended and they won but lost a lot at the same time. :)

Beautiful story! I'm so glad I got the opportunity to read it. :)

--C

Author's Response: Hi Carla,

Thank you for dipping farther back into my author page and selecting a story that doesn't have lots of reads or reviews. That's so nice of you.

It is so easy to envision the scene--late summer, with the sunlight getting that more golden hue as the sun's arc across the sky begins to get lower, all the signs of destruction and new construction, the scars on the natural world that won't be completely covered by new growth for a couple of years yet, and the weariness of the people, bearing their losses and contemplating all the work still in front of them.

But you express it perfectly: Voldemort would never, ever win. By celebrating, they would be in effect dancing on his grave, and that would be worth all the effort to do it. I am brought to mind of the countries that suffered greatly in World War II, and a few years later were hosting the Olympic games (England in 1948 and Finland in 1952, if my memory serves).

Professor Sprout's metaphor of the twin babies, one of whom died and the other of whom survived, was inspired by the experience of one of my colleagues at work, whose wife had premature twins, only one of whom lived. I could scarcely imagine what emotions they were feeling.

The story is more mood and description than plot, a moment in time when people are almost too stunned to move but know that they must go forward nevertheless. A few people have said that I should write the sequel, when they DO have the party. Maybe someday.

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Vicki

P.S. Professor Sprout is also featured in my stories Greenhouse Seven and Dark Enough To See The Stars.


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Review #5, by CassiePotter Renewal

11th April 2015:
This was absolutely wonderful. It was such a lovely, heartwarming story, and it really made me smile!
I thought the beginning was great, with Professor Sprout reflecting on the war and how they are all trying to rebuild after so many losses. I loved that you chose her as a main focus in this story, since she isn't written about too often.
I love her idea to have a celebration for Hogwarts's 1000th anniversary! I thought it was awesome when all the other teachers started chiming in with their ideas, and everyone was getting really excited to have something positive to look forward to.
The end of the story was a really nice conclusion. It left me feeling hopeful for the future, and felt like a nice ending for the story, but at the same time I could feel the excitement for what's to come.
I'd love to read a story about the actual anniversary party itself! I think that would be so much fun! This story was really great, and I'm so happy I found it! Thank you (again) for the swap!
Cassie :)

Author's Response: Hi, Cassie. Thank you for writing me a review. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. I wrote it a couple of years ago for a "Milestone Challenge", in which the characters were celebrating some sort of milestone, and a party had to be involved. Some of the entries were regular love stories that happened to be set in the milieu of someone's birthday party (but which could have just as easily been set anywhere). But I wanted the milestone and the party to be crucial features of the story, and "Renewal" was the result. (Unfortunately, it didn't win the challenge.) :(

It seemed reasonable that, even with magic to repair the physical damage faster than Muggles could have done it, the psychological damage would be longstanding, and that it would be a struggle to get past it. And doesn't it seem odd that no one at Hogwarts has ever suggested some kind of special observance for their thousand-year anniversary? Someone else also said that they would like to read about the anniversary party, but that would be a big job to write!

I enjoy writing about the professors, who deserve to have their stories told more fully, and we see several good hints of Professor Sprout's character in canon. You can see more of her in "Greenhouse Seven" and "Dark Enough To See The Stars".

It was fun to do a review swap with you. Thanks for proposing it.

Vicki


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Review #6, by The Hot Cross Bun Monster Renewal

29th March 2015:
Lock the doors, lock the windows, well, lock everything in fact, as The Hot Cross Bun Monster has come out to play.

I must say that, I did have to hold off my scaring tactics whilst reading this story as it did touch me deep down (as deep as hot cross buns go which isn't that far I must say) as it did remind everyone what a hard job Hogwarts had in recovering after my evil nemesis, Voldy, went and destroyed it all. Honestly, if destroying it had been mine job, I would have done a much better one and nothing would be left.

Anyhow, I did like the idea of Sprout and McGonagall banding together and fighting against evil and trying to make cheeriness and happiness enter the castle again as it did make it a much nicer place. They did make a very good team together and you really wrote them well, and it almost made me wish that I had a side-kick as my fighting days are often quite lonesome.

Anyhow, this was a very enjoyable story and I must go back to fighting people now, toodles!

Author's Response: Hot Cross Bun Monster, so nice to hear from you! You have come out of your lair at just the right time. My cookbook of breads states, "...the familiar small hot cross buns date back to England of the 1300's, when they were served on Good Friday and allegedly given to far-traveling churchgoers on Easter Sunday." Today is Palm Sunday, and we read the Passion Gospel today in church, so we are thinking about the events of Good Friday, and here you are!

However, I must say that I am thankful that it was Voldy's job, not yours, because it would have been catastrophic if nothing had been left.

My inspiration for pairing Sprout and McGonagall as co-conspirators in this story was the brief exchange in Chapter 30 of DH:
"You realize, of course, that nothing we do will be able to keep out You-Know who indefinitely?" squeaked Flitwick.
"But we can hold him up,"said Professor Sprout.
"Thank you, Pomona," said Professor McGonagall, and between the two witches there passed a look of grim understanding.

Despite their superficial differences, I see great similarities in these two women in that they are both very practical and forward-looking, and it is my head canon that after McGonagall retired as Headmistress, in the post-war years, Sprout became Headmistress. I think it's a common supposition, because her promotion would open up the Herbology job for Neville. After writing Professor Sprout in this story, I became enamored of her as a subject, and included her also in Greenhouse Seven and in Dark Enough To See The Stars. Thank you so much for saying that I wrote the Professors well. I very much appreciate the review.

I will sign off now. Don't want to keep you any longer from your job of fighting people.

Vicki


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