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Review #1, by TidalDragon Chapter 1

12th April 2016:
Howdy Lea! I've made it! You were part of the final pairing when I did the draw and so I'm a bit late making it for the R&R, but here I am!

This was an interesting piece about perhaps one of the least written canon characters that I know of. It's a tough challenge writing a story about a squib set in a magical universe, but you handled the challenge well, using the situation to both evoke emotion and to by implication make the fascinating Mrs. Figg's accomplishments all the more impressive. One wonders what her hateful mother and sister would say if they knew how integral she'd ultimately been to protecting the boy that ended up saving the wizarding world.

As far as more fine details, I thought the rhyme you came up with was excellent as a device and that you handled the moment of disconnection quite well.

Thanks for sharing and participating in the challenge!

Author's Response: Thankyou!!! When I saw what the challenge was and signed up, I didn't want to pick an obvious one, and I always liked Arabella.

As for the rhyme, I came up with it before anything else!

Thanks for setting the challenge, I will be keeping an eye out to read the future entries by the continuing participants.

Lea xx


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Review #2, by TreacleTart Chapter 1

6th March 2016:
For the HPFF Review-A-Thon!

Hey Lea!

I was skimming through the newly posted stories and saw this on the list. I don't think I've ever read a fic about Arabella Figg before, so this immediately caught my attention.

Wow. This was really depressing. What an awful family to abandon a child because she isn't capable of magic. It's truly hard for me to imagine a mother being so harsh and cold. In fact, to me the bluntness with which she tells Arabella that she'll never see any of them again is quite surprising.

Her sister is certainly a piece of work as well. I know that sisters don't always get along, but to see your sister crying after your parents have thrown her out and then to taunt her more is pretty horrific. To think that someone called her a loving sister. What a joke!

I'm glad that Arabella has created a decent life for herself, but I can't help but feel that some of that melancholy bittersweet feeling is because she had no family to share it with. It makes me glad that Dumbledore and the Order embraced her.

My only bit of CC is that this seemed a little rushed. I would've liked a bit more detail about how Arabella was feeling as her mother was telling her that she'd disgraced the family.

All in all, I thought this was a job well done!

~Kaitlin

Author's Response: Thanks Kaitlin, I appreciate the review.

Lea xx


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Review #3, by princesslily_36 Chapter 1

6th March 2016:
FOR THE HPFF REVIEW-A-THON

Hello Lea!

Ysh here from the forums for the review-a-thon.

You've given Arabella Figg a nice back story out here. So tragic. I can't believe that her own mother would do that to her? Goes to show how proud some of the wizarding community was at that time. Sending their own daughter away to live with some aunt while they celebrated their so-called gifted child?

I like how you've shown Arabella with some grit and pride here. How she says - But I'm not a dirty Squib. Squib yes, but never dirty - is very telling of how much she values herself. I like that you've shown so many faces of her in so few words: her pride, her resentment, her bitterness, her nostalgia and even envy. And then to read the announcement like some stranger, her parents really should be sent to Azkaban for abandonment!

My favorite part was at the end, when she hated herself for actually wanting to be a part of their lives. It's just such a wonderful characterization - sad, but really wonderfully done.

Good luck with the challenge!

XOXO
Ysh

Author's Response: Thanks for the review, Ysh!

Lea xx


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Review #4, by dirtydeedsdonedirtcheap Chapter 1

5th March 2016:
“For the HPFF Review-A-Thon”

Please remove yourself from my presence. You have brought shame upon this family.

Uh. Disgusting. I read this and I felt immediate anger. To talk to your child like that. Heck, to talk to anyone like that is disgusting. You know who the real disgrace is? Her mother and her sister as well. Granted her sister was young and probably didn’t understand she was being hurtful until years later. If she even cared years later but the absolute lunacy of it all. Heck, Arabella turned out to be an important person later on in life. Squib or not.

I thought this was a short and sweet take on Arabella. Not sweet in the sense that it was nice to read because it was nice to read but it was also harrowing to read. It hurt to know she hurt even as an older woman the pain still sat with her in the back of her mind.

If one thing you showed in this story is that it’s okay to be human. At least she was brave enough to reveal and accept her feelings and for that she’s better than the rest of her family.

Author's Response: Thanks for the review!

Lea xx


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