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Review #1, by TreacleTart Learning to Give

25th January 2016:
Hey Lizzie!

Back for another Gryffindor Review Battle Review! Go Team Red!

Ah another story about families! Am I sensing a theme here?

This was incredibly sweet and left me full of all sorts of warm fuzzies.

After the first section of the story, I found myself really annoyed with James. He seemed like such a spoiled brat stomping around in a bad mood because he didn't get everything he wanted. (and that's coming from an only child. LOL) I just couldn't imagine acting that way and it made me want to shake him to see him like that.

I'm so glad that Mrs. Weasley gave him a firm talking to. Her words were very true and very important. There is absolutely so much more joy in giving than in receiving. Putting in the time and effort to find out what someone really likes and then seeing the joy on their faces when they receive it is so rewarding. And of course, spending time with family is the most important part of all. Nothing can replace the memories one makes.

The shift in James was fantastic and he became a hundred times more likable when he stopped acting so spoiled. I love that he put so much care and thought into his different family members which I imagine would be very difficult in a really large family. I'm sure it means a great deal to all of them.

And I thought the ending of this was just perfect. James passing on what matters most to his own children one day down the road. (Haha see what I did there?)

Anyway, I always think you're at your best when you're writing these fluffy, happy, feel good stories!

Off to try and sneak one more story in.


Author's Response: Kaitlin!!

Haha! Touche, touche. I guess I do write about families a lot, huh? I guess I'll just have to blame it on my job. That's what I get for working with kids. I enjoy writing them too much, I guess. :P

Don't worry, I was super annoyed with James too (I kinda wanted to smack him upside the head, really. I probably would've if... you know... he was real). I think there's a certain degree to which all kids are spoiled brats at some point in time in their lives, and that's okay, as long as they eventually come to realize that it's not all about them and what they want. Which is what I wanted to show in this story, obviously. ;)

Molly is such a grounded person, that it seemed just perfect for her to be the one to talk to him. I figured she'd do it in a way that wasn't really angry or upset, but still firm enough that even a dense and stubborn ten-year-old could get the message.

I'll be honest, this story is very similar to something that I went through when I was that age (or maybe a bit older). There was a point in time where I was told to look to give more than to take, and when I followed that advice I found myself a LOT happier around the holidays.

Of course, James is sort of an idyllic version of that, but whatever. It's fluff. :P

Haha! Very nice! Totally see what you did there. ;)

Gah! Thank you! I've worried often that I write too much fluff or that the fluff I write is just too cheesy, so I'm glad to hear that you like it! It makes me feel a lot better about churning out so many ridiculously cheesy stories. :D

Thanks so much for all of your amazing reviews, Kaitlin!! They never fail to leave a smile on my face!!

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Review #2, by Marshal Learning to Give

15th December 2015:

I wanted to drop by and give you that promised review for entering my challenge. I'm glad you did enter it because this story was really cute. I liked it a lot and I truly enjoyed the little quirks you added in such as "but they are both nouns".

Really fantastic idea and a great way to capture the essence of Christmas. I look forward to taking the time to read your second entry into my challenge as well!

Author's Response: Marshal!

Awe! Thanks! This story is a personal favorite because my sister is the one who added "but they're both still nouns" to that phrase when she was little, and we STILL use it in our family.

I'm so glad you liked this story, and THANK YOU so much for giving this an Honorable Mention in your challenge!!

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Review #3, by Owlpost68 Learning to Give

13th December 2015:
Gryffindor Tag!!

So, I was submitting my Christmas story for Marshal's challenge when I saw that one of your submissions was called "What Matters Most" It was so close to the title of my WIP I HAD to read it, I knew it'd be adorable and I was right!

Really, this was so entirely sweet, I loved the interaction between James and Molly in the beginning, he was the epitome of 10 year old boy. I also loved that he loved Comic books, for that reason and many others I want my boyfriend to read this story too. The quotes from both the proverb and especially your little sister were perfect and also completely something Rose would have said.

I cannot explain how much I love this story :D

Author's Response: Heather!!

Haha! I remember thinking about the title when I was posting this, and wondering if it was a bad thing that the title was so close to the title of yours... I'm glad that you like it though!

Hehehe, thank you! I had a lot of fun writing James in this story. He's such a funny and sweet kid, and I love getting to show that side of kids in stories. It always cracks me up!

Oh, the comic books! Aren't they just perfect! I totally stole it from Tammi, but it's too good NOT to add in, you know?

I do hope you showed this to Lord Nerdalotte! I'd love to hear what he thought of it. :P

Hehehe, Rose and Rubidium are cut from the same cloth in my mind. For some reason when I decided to add the noun bit, I knew that no one else could say it except for Rose. :P

Thank you SO much for your amazing review, Heather! You're fantastic!!

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Review #4, by princesslily_36 Learning to Give

12th December 2015:
James Sirius Potter II - Yay! He's my favorite next gen :D

You've captured the mind of a ten year old perfectly. He stayed true to his middle name when he wanted a dragon ROTFL! And his disregard for rules! Sulking so cutely sitting under the tree. You know, this is exactly what I had pictured for James Potter (I) in my fic. It's become my headcanon for JP II thanks to you! His reflecting on his year wondering if he was naughty or nice, indignant about the cookies - so cute!! I was grinning ear to ear throughout the fic! I loved the conversation between Molly and James. James saying he would save Lily was so sincere.

How James got inspired by Molly and started sending gifts to everyone is so so so sweet!Especially his gift to Molly. I wonder what Molly gave him!!!

Have I told you enough how much I love this, because I feel I haven't! I've favorited this story because it's so super cute!

Author's Response: Ysh!

James II is one of my favorite next gens as well! He's so much fun to read and write!

GAH! Thank you!! I think I have this bizarre ability to write like a kid because I kinda *am* one on a maturity level. :P

Of course James wanted a dragon! What ten year old boy wouldn't?

This is your headcanon now? *faints* AHH!! THANK YOU!!

Oooh, I actually have no idea what Molly gave James. :P I couldn't come up with anything good enough, so I wrote around it... lame, I know.

But it kinda adds to the story, don't you think? ;)

You are SO sweet Ysh! Thank you so much for this AMAZING review and for favoriting this story! It's totally made my day!!

Keep being wonderful!

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Review #5, by ScorpiusRose17 Learning to Give

18th November 2015:

So I am finally getting around to reading and reviewing all of the wonderful challenge entries I received!

I really enjoyed this. I liked how you used the proverb and I liked that you based it on a time when all of us could really use some perspective on what the holidays really mean with all the craziness that is happening in the world today! It really hit home and I love seeing this change in James as the year progressed! This was truly wonderful!

Good Luck in the Challenge!! :)


Author's Response: Hey Jenn!

First of all, thank you for giving this story an honorable mention! It made me SO happy to see that when you posted the results. :D

Secondly, I'm really glad that you enjoyed this! I really liked the way that this all came together around the holidays because it's certainly something that I think about every Christmas. :P

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing and for issuing such a wonderful challenge!

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Review #6, by alicia and anne Learning to Give

9th November 2015:
I am so happy I feel like crying! You are amazing! And to hear that I've inspired you just feels me with such joy! *hugs you so tightly*

Ahhh! Muggle Man is in there!!! Hehehe I'm so excited about that! haha :D

Awww poor James, not getting the gifts that he wanted. Dont' worry, James! You'll get them all one day! (Is it bad that I want to have a scene in my story where he gets all of these gifts? :P)

James is just so dammn adorable! I love him! I understand how hard it is to wait for presents when all you wanna do is open them. I'm awake first every christmas and everyone else takes forever to get up, and then when they do they just stroll around doing nothing until like noon and it frustrates me! haha

I just want to keep saying how adorable James is, because he is! Haha


Hahaha oh my god! The Uncles all fought over the cookies James left out! This is brilliant! I can just imagine them all elbowing each other and pushing each other hahahaah.

Nouns! hahaha

Go on Mrs. Weasley! You tell James the importance of Christmas (although we totally know that the presents are a major plus :P)

Oh my! Just when I think that James can't get any more awesome he makes it his mission to not forget any birthdays! GAH! I LOVE HIM!

Hahahahah yes! Chuck! Brilliant name for that cat haha, although how is James going through so many socks?


YAY! He finally got the gifts that he wanted! I'm so happy :D WHAT DID SHE GET HIM?! Hahaa

I absolutely love this! Thank you so much for this, it's brilliant and you are amazing and I want to keep reading it over and over! You are such a brilliant author and your stories make me so happy!

Keep up the amazing work! You are fantastic! :D

Author's Response: TAMMI!!


I would LOVE to see you write him getting all of those presents in your story! I mean, I know that I write him basically getting them all here - except for the dragon (for obvious reasons), but I'd love to see how James would react to all of these gifts in your story! It'd be SO AWESOME.

Hehehe, when I was little I had a huge problem with waiting, and even now I get antsy after a while... but thankfully I have a lot more patience these days. I'm a bit more like James at the end of the story... I just want to see people open the gifts I got them! :P

WOULDN'T SHE?!?! I have no idea where it came from, but I always figured Molly would be the epitome of a Mrs. Claus, hahaha! :D

Of course, they fought over the cookies! They're Weasleys!! ;)

Hehehehe, the nouns bit is all Rubidium.

Oh yeah, the presents are obviously the best part. :P

Perhaps it's a bit ambitious to have a 10/11 year old want to be giving gifts like that, but I don't even care, it's SO ADORABLE.

Mr. Chuck Norris is like my FAVORITE thing to mention in my stories in passing. It's just one of those things that doesn't need a lot of explaining and is really hilarious every time. :P

Colin Deacon is AMAZING! Love him so much! And you, for writing him of course! :)

Hehehehehe, well, as for what Molly got him... I'll be honest, I have NO clue. I couldn't come up with a present that was good enough, so I just wrote around it. Because I'm super lame/lazy (Shhh, don't tell anyone, it's a secret!) like that.

I'm so glad that this story made you happy!! *hugs* You really have inspired me in so many ways, Tammi, and I hope you know how incredibly amazing you are!! THANK YOU for being such a wonderful friend, and for this fantastic review!


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