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Review #1, by PaulaTheProkaryote Welcome to Janus Thickey

9th December 2016:
Hello lovely!

Hands down one of the best St. Mungo's stories I've ever read. TBH I can't think of a better one so go ahead and mark it as the best one I've ever read.

I relate to Felicity on so many levels. The running early in the beginning was so, so, so me. I arrived on my first day of work at my last job an hour and a half early (just in case) and the entire building wasn't even open yet and the main floor of it was a bank and the security guard kept asking me aggressive questions about why I was there so early.

You've seriously captured the job interview process so wonderfully. I really relate to the families forgetting about the patients portion. I feel like you've drawn a lot of this from your own experiences in your field and I love that so much.

Felicity herself is a treasure. That's the only word for her! She's vivacious, but shy. She's realistic and a smidge forgetful in her nervousness. She's fierce, but also thoughtful. I just love her so much. I'd read an entire series based on her character alone in a heartbeat. She reminds me of so many people I love and I seriously can't stress enough how amazing she is as a character. GIVE ME MORE.

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Review #2, by dreamgazer220 Welcome to Janus Thickey

8th September 2016:
Hello my dear! I'm here for the Hufflepuff September Review Swap!♥

Now, truth be told, I've been eyeing this story for a little bit so I got excited that we got paired together! I haven't read anything of yours yet, but I really loved this. This story has some great potential - don't even apologize for being self-indulgent - and I'm excited to see where you take it.

Felicity seems like a great character, and not just because she's a Hufflepuff. She's very confident, and that's absolutely necessary as a Healer, but there was a line about something making her "inexplicably uncomfortable", and I really liked that.

And I love the way you started this; with her heading off through London. It sets up intrigue immediately, wanting to know where she's going and what's happening. It was really smart to start this off with the interview; it felt like a natural introduction to the story so that later on you can venture off to different parts of the ward without it being confusing or anything like that.

Felicity sounds like she's going to make a wonderful Healer and I love that you've chosen to write a story about a ward that a lot of people forget. And that that's why Felicity wants the job, because she wants to be able to help people and remember them.

Your writing is also very clean, and the dialogue felt natural to me. Confident and not quite tense, but professional as an interview should be; sometimes they're open-ended like that and I loved the seeds of doubt you planted in Felicity's mind with her second-guessing herself at times or just her inner thoughts separated with the parenthesis added a nice unique touch to Felicity's character.

And you have such an array of characters here already with the patients; from the fur faced lady down to the giggling man to the unblinking man in the lounge. I'm curious if we're going to see their stories and find out what happened to them?? I can definitely see Felicity getting attached to some of the people here.

Really well done on this, Katie! I hope you update it soon and let me know when you do. I can't wait to see what you do with this.


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Review #3, by celticbard Welcome to Janus Thickey

24th August 2016:
Hi Katie,
Oh, this is a very, very promising beginning. Very promising. I just adore stories about magical medicine, healers, their patients, etc. In fact, I'm writing a novel that is set solely in a wizarding TB hospital. So yes, this piece is right up my alley and already you have me wanting more, more, more!

I think an interview with a new healer is a great way to start a story. Like Felicity, we are being introduced to the ward in a way that shows us what is going on rather than tells us, which is awesome. Great idea! I also love how you tried to humanize the situation as much as possible. I can imagine, in a ward for mentally challenged witches and wizards, it can be easy to unintentionally err on the wacky side of things, but you didn't do that here. You made the patients real and incredibly sympathetic (in fact, I can already see Felicity is the type of person to form strong attachments with her charges), which is a very thoughtful thing to do. It's obvious that despite their impairments, these witches and wizards are still treated with respect, something that I find very touching and genuine.

Furthermore, your writing is solid, the dialogue realistic and your descriptions well-done. I also particularly loved the interview scene in Miriam's office. I think we can all relate to Felicity being in a high-pressured situation in which she flounders about, looking for the correct words (although in my mind, she did a good.).

Again, I really enjoyed your first chapter, Katie and I cannot wait to see how this story unfolds and meet some of the residents/other healers on the ward. Excellent job!

Lee Anne

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Review #4, by MuggleMaybe Welcome to Janus Thickey

21st August 2016:

I couldn't let the day go by without leaving you a birthday review! Only, it seems I've missed the mark because this is such a cool story, it feels more like a gift for me than a gift for you. :P

I absolutely LOVE the premise! I've never seen this done before. You always have the most original ideas.

It's fun to meet some OCs. Miriam seems like a force to be reckoned with. She's very East Coast in my head, I'm not sure why, but I love that she has a strong presence. And I love that she's giving Felicity a chance :)

Felicity reads like the MC in this chapter, but according to your note that's not really the case. Still, if she was the MC I'd be happy about it. First of all, she's a Puff. YAY! She's sort of anxious and persevering at the same time and that's a really interesting combination. (Also, very relateable.) She did so well in school but now it's Real Life and that's pretty intimidating. I love how you've shown that. Oh, and personally, I think she can handle this job, but I also think it's going to be a lot harder than she might realize. Of course, that's often the case with jobs that are about people. You know?

The dialogue for the interview was spot on, and even more so the stilted internal processing from Felicity. Like this:
Felicity pondered for a minute. You were supposed to ask questions, right? Shoot. She didnít have any.
--> SO TRUE!!! (this is basically me at every interview ever)

And the patients, oh my! I was laughing at the crazy scenarios you used for them, but at the same time it's kind of sad. I hope we get to learn about these characters in future chapters.

I also want to comment on something you said in your author's note, about this being self-indulgent and for you, and that being unusual. MORE POWER TO YOU! I mean, this is fanfiction. It SHOULD be self-indulgent, and it SHOULD be largely for you! I'm so so glad you're writing this if it makes you excited, and also because it's amazing and I'm selfish and I want to read more.

Happy Birthday, Sunshine! ♥ ♥ ♥

much love,

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Review #5, by Dojh167 Welcome to Janus Thickey

1st April 2016:
First off, do not apologize for being self indulgent because this is wonderful and I'm so glad you're writing it.

Though I have to say, from looking at the story shell I'm not sure I would know enough about what the story was about to be drawn in (because I haven't studied up on y trivia in too long)+. On the other hand, I think "Welcome to the Janus Thickey Ward" does a good job of that.

I think the beginning of your chapter is very effective, as it shows a character we don't know anything about trying to fit it, which seems like a good metaphor for what we'll see in this story (I think).

Oh yay, always good to see Miriam used!

Your parentheticals during the interview are great

Oh, a student volunteering for Madame Pomfrey to learn about Healing also sounds like a story I'd like to read(/maybe write)

I think you do a good job with the interview. Strout is very direct and does not sugar coat anything. Felicity is quick to answer, which definitely shows her eagerness to please, but I think I could also feel her getting intimidated.

omg, Strout saying it's important to inspect gifts carefully. Nice one.

I feel like the "you get attached" warning is meant for me. I'll have to prepare to have feelings.

Felicity definitely seems very eager to please and to prove herself, and I can't help but want to see her fail at times. Not because I don't like her, but because I thinks she's a very well rounded character in the making, and I look forward to seeing her get fleshed out when tries, more than just the side she tries to present interviewing.

So glad that you wrote this - I can't wait for more!


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Review #6, by marauderfan Welcome to Janus Thickey

29th March 2016:
Katie! I love this so far, and we're only two chapters in. I just really appreciate the approach you took to this fic. There are a few fics out there about St Mungos, but I think most often they focus on the lives of the Healers. But there are other people there and you've really made me think about them. Agnes the fur faced lady is kind of just written off in the book, but she has her own story that no one would ever think about. And I'm so glad you did.

I'm also so glad it's you specifically, because I know some of this is drawn from your personal experience and that makes the story 100% richer and more real. You're able to add the details, the particular beautiful moments and difficult moments, that an author without that kind of prior experience wouldn't think to include. Basically I have really high hopes for this story and I know it will live up to my expectations because your writing always does, so don't worry :)

Also, a good chunk of this chapter is an interview and I can relate so much to Felicity's thought process throughout, the whole "I wrote some questions down in a notebook where did I put the notebook" or "I forgot my good qualities that I was going to talk about" - this was literally me this week and oh man. Felicity, I feel ya.

The cameo from Alice and Frank! Ahh! I am really interested in seeing them from a pov of someone who doesn't know who they are already. And all those different people who were mentioned in the books but we never found out how they got that way or what their story is. I bet some of them have really powerful stories. After all, just looking at Frank and Alice, Felicity probably sees this sweet old couple, not a couple of previously badass Aurors who stood up to Voldemort three times and were just totally epic people. And I'm just so excited for how you're going to share all these people's stories and with the personal touch you're putting on it, it is so far nothing short of amazing. I really can't wait to read more of this.


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Review #7, by TreacleTart Welcome to Janus Thickey

28th March 2016:
Hello my dear!

Thought I'd drop by and check out your new story after seeing Dee's wonderful comments on it earlier. I'm happy to say that it didn't disappoint.

This is by far the most unique start to a story about St. Mungo's that I've seen. I've never really seen a whole ton written about the closed ward unless it has to do specifically with The Longbottoms or Professor Lockhart. Otherwise, it's exactly as you point out, sort of forgotten.

I thought your introduction of the hospital through Felicity. We get a chance to have the layout explained to us as she sees it for the first time. That worked really well. You also did a great job of explaining it so that it was easy to visualize everything.

I'm guessing the couple at the table was Frank and Alice. *cries*

Anyway, I could go on for days about how much I liked this. The plot, the characters, the pace, the sentence structure, the description. It was all brilliant. But then again, you are a brilliant writer and I would expect nothing less from you.

I will be adding this to my currently reading list so I can keep up with the newly posted chapters. I can't wait to read more!

And good for you for doing something self indulgent. I think everyone needs that once in awhile!

Keep up the good work!


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