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Review #1, by EnigmaticEyes16 Greenhouse Seven

31st March 2015:
Hi! I'm here for the March Review Exchange!

This was a very interesting chapter. I really enjoyed the prologue with Neville asking about the Goat's beard seeds and her showing him when and where to find them. I especially like how you bring it full circle by ending with them as well.

I also really enojyed reading about the dynamic of Neville's Herbology class, focusing on researching plants and doing lots of tests and observations. Plus, it's neat how you include Neville with a different group of people than the usual Gryffindors, since we know others like Harry and Ron did not take Herbology after their fifth year. I especially like how you include Howe, a transfer students who's been homeschooled all his life. Sure, it was known that attendance to Hogwarts was made mandatory by the the Death Eaters but we never really see where that comes into play with students who were homeschooled because we only see the story through Harry's eyes in the books, and, unlike Neville, he doesn't attend his seventh year at Hogwarts, so it never really comes up.

I also like how you include a Slytherin, Tracey, albeit she's a bit unknown canonwise. I like how she's not stuck up or mean though towards her classmates even when her Slytherin housemates are constantly calling her out for being friends with them. It shows that not all Slytherins had it so easy either during the war. And I like that she was able to be someone Neville could care about and didn't want to see get hurt.

The ending definitely surprised me. I honestly wasn't quite sure where this story was headed until Neville asked Sprout about Greenhouse Seven being an arsenal. You definitely can't blame a teacher for using her students to build up resources that can be used against the Death Eaters in the oncoming war. They all know it's coming, and she clearly senses it will come to Hogwarts by choosing to have her students raise these plants so that when the time comes they'll be able to do some damage, while at the same time they'll know what they're doing well enough to hopefully not get hurt in the process. I love Neville's idea to drop barrels of hot cooking oil over the Astronomy Tower, it's funny but it's definitely something that would be effective in harming and scaring off anyone attempting to seize the castle.

All in all I thought this was a wonderful one-shot and so well written with such an eye for detail. I can honestly picture those Greenhouses and plants in my mind from your descriptions. Anyway, this was a great read and you did such a good job with it!


Author's Response: Hi, Nix. Thanks so much for selecting "Greenhouse Seven" to review. It doesn't get many reviews, but it's a significant piece of my headcanon. It developed from a class that I took at another site; the class was Missing Moments, focused on Hogwarts in the 1997-1998 school year. I centered my class exercises on the detail of the previously-homeschooled students affected by the compulsory attendance edict as reported by Remus in Chapter 11 of DH. My headcanon expanded greatly, and I had to select this one small episode for the one-shot that was the final exam of that class.

Since Hogwarts is a school, I enjoy reading stories that depict what actually goes on in the classrooms, as well as all the extracurricular sneaking around at night. :) I also enjoy exploring the personalities and activities of the professors, probably because I'm an older lady myself and I look at the world from the viewpoint of many years. Professor Sprout plays a major role also in "Renewal", and, with Professor Sinistra, in "Dark Enough To See The Stars", the final chapter of which is in the queue now.

I also like to depict some Slytherins as not being clones of Draco and his two goons. I'm sure there were some perfectly nice students (such as Andromeda) who were sorted into Slytherin because of their family history/tradition or their determination and drive, but who were not jerks with personality disorders. As you say, in the seven books we see everything through Harry's eyes, and Draco is the Slytherin with whom he interacts the most.

As you saw, it's not a super-plotty story. I meant it to depict what went on in the classroom, introduce a homeschooled student, and bring up the moral issue of whether it was right or wrong for Professor Sprout to use the students in this way without telling them what her secondary motive was. Would it have made a difference to them if they had known from the beginning?

I used this headcanon again for "The Crofter And The Snake", which suffered from being restricted by constraints of length and deadline for a February romance challenge on that other site. SunshineDaisies graciously responded to my request for help in improving it by giving me a review pointing out the work that needed to be done. Still, you may somewhat enjoy reading the flawed version which is posted on these archives; Chapter 2 is better than Chapter 1. I will rewrite and expand it when time allows.

It's been nice chatting with you. I'll enjoy reading some of your stories too!


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