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Review #1, by May Give Me a Sign

11th January 2018:
This is a lovely story really enjoyed it

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Review #2, by TreacleTart Give Me a Sign

29th June 2016:
Hey Paula,

I've been meaning to drop by your AP ever since you left me that stunning amount of reviews for my birthday. Seriously, that was so kind of you. I was just about in tears by the time I finished reading them all.

Anyway, work has been keeping me really busy as of late, so I apologize that it took me so long to get here. But now that I'm here, I'm going to try to leave you some reviews over the next few days.

I was immediately drawn to this story because it was about a deaf character and I don't think I've ever read a fic about deafness before. I actually took a semester of ASL once, although I only really remember how to sign a few basic things and fingerspell. I was really curious to see how you would describe the experience of being deaf and I'm so glad that you made the MC so confident. The handful of deaf people I know don't feel disabled at all, so I'm glad to see that you reflected that here.

At first when she mentioned her roommmates ditching her, I was really upset for her. I mean what a trivial reason to avoid someone. I know it could be hard sometimes to communicate since she and the other students speak different languages, but I have to imagine that some sort of spells exist to help and if not, just some good old fashioned patience works too.

But the ending made me really happy. I was touched by her friends effort even if they mixed up cheese and good. I think the fact that they put in the time to try is really the most important thing of all.

Thanks for a nice uplifting story!


Author's Response: Most of my story was based on my cousin who is deaf (and also an HP fan so I sent it her way). She's never felt disabled at all and because of her view point I was rather surprised when I discovered the rest of the world didn't feel the same way.

I'm so so glad you loved the ending. Cheese, good, close enough! ;)

Thank you so much for leaving me such a wonderful review!

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Review #3, by alicia and anne Give Me a Sign

22nd May 2016:
I love the line with a proper cat noone needs friends anyway. I feel like this needs to be on a poster somewhere so I can hang it up :D

I love the way that you've written this, about how they feel and the way that the world labels people who are deaf.

That's really mean of the other fifth years to keep things from her. I would be angry too!

I'll be your friend Dana! We'll have parties and Pow-Wows that noone else is invited to! I'll tell them all off!

Aww I love that Albus talks to her about random stuff :D That makes me happy.

They all learnt signlanguage to talk to her?! I'm going to cry with happiness! Especially Albus signing that he's not very cheese :D

They're all so adorable! This makes me so happy :D

Such a brilliant idea for a story and I am in love with it!

Author's Response: Hi!

I know, it's so true, isn't it? Cats are enough social interaction to get you by for years!

My cousin is deaf and she is very expressive of her opinion of the labels. I'm sure not everyone feels the same way, but it's fighting words for her.

I'm so very glad that you liked the story! I literally can't write anything but fluff. Albus is super adorable as a character so I couldn't help it. Thank you so much for the lovely review!

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Review #4, by adluvshp Give Me a Sign

18th May 2016:
omg can i cry? i want to cry. this is one of the most perfect stories that i've come across on the archives. and i absolutely love that the MC is a Slytherin and all her kind, thoughtful, wonderful friends are Slytherins. This dispels so many stereotypes for the 'deaf' and the house, and I loved it so much.

I am so so happy you linked me to this story so I could shower some review fairy sparkle on it. I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on reading this one-shot at all.

I am crying by the way.

This was beautiful. I absolutely loved your characterisation of Dana, the way you gave us a window to her thoughts ranging from her 'disability' (though I hate to call it that), to her loneliness, to how she felt at Hogwarts, to her crush on Albus Potter, to the ending bit where all friends have learned the sign language for her. Such brilliant and real portrayal of her as well as her emotions.

The plot/theme of this story was unique and wonderfully planned. The execution in the narrative was of course perfect. Your descriptions were great and really I don't know what else to say except that this story was so touching and deep and intense and lovely. Great job!!

(Lost Muse from the forums)

Author's Response: Angie!

Thank you so much for taking the time to review my story! You're such a lovely review fairy!

Slytherins always get the bad wrap but I think they really are such great friends when it comes down to it.

I'm so glad you liked Dana. I think as a teenager going through it she probably felt a bit out of place but it's so much easier to get on with those years with great people by your side.

Thank you so much for so much helpful feedback! I really, really appreciate it so much!

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Review #5, by Unicorn_Charm Give Me a Sign

14th May 2016:
Hiya! Here with your review!!

I adored this! Absolutely loved it! You did such an amazing job describing how it might feel to be a teenager in Hogwarts and not be able to hear. I loved her thoughts. I loved how she mentioned how and why she hated the phrase Hearing Impaired. I loved how she said that she was just experiencing life a little bit differently than her peers, but that didn't make her defective, because she's right, she's not.

"After all, with the proper cat no one really needs other humans anyway." Ha! Truer words were never written!

I can't imagine how lonely it would be, when you do have that communication barrier between you and your classmates. I really felt for her during this whole piece.

I think my favorite part of this was her describing music. How she can feel it and it fills up every part of her. Music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember, and even though I can hear it, I also understood what she meant about the vibrations and feeling it in your bones. There was something so magical and wonderful about that part of the story. I adored it.

Al was so sweet, talking to her about the Weird Sisters. He's such a little cutie! And I am so happy he was a Slytherin! :)

I was SO angry with her dorm mates. I couldn't believe that they would exclude her like that, AND say it right in front of her. I thought it was so awful for them to talk about her right in front of her, because they knew she couldn't hear them. How rude! And then she wandered around all alone and sad. My heart was broken. Then you hit us with that ending!

How sweet of her friends for trying to learn that so they can communicate with her better! I honestly had my eyes tear up at the end of this. It was so wonderful, thoughtful, sweet and heartwarming. And then Al with the "cheese" thing haha! Just such a wonderful ending. :)

This was fantastic! I love reading stories of diverse students, because he didn't get much of that in canon. It's so wonderful, because I'm sure that many people will read this who can relate, and find it so refreshing to read a character who is just like them. You did a wonderful thing and wrote a brilliant piece of work. I'm so glad I had the chance to read it!

Thank you for offering this story for me to read! I can't say this enough, I just loved it! ♥

xoxo Meg

Author's Response: Meg ♥

You're seriously the best reviewer of all time. Of all time. I was so unbelievably happy to read yours!

I really wanted to use her to dispel the idea that I think a lot of people have that having any sort of 'disability' somehow makes you lesser or less happy with your life. I think they don't mean it maliciously, but it still exists.

Albus is totally a little cutie and I can't imagine him anywhere but Slytherin.

Knowing you better now and knowing how music is such a huge part of your life makes me so happy that you liked the section about how she felt with music. That makes me so, so happy.

I'm so glad that you liked the ending! I really wish we had more diversity in canon too, but I think fanfic makes up for it in a lot of places!

Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a lovely review!

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Review #6, by The Justice League Give Me a Sign

14th May 2016:
As someone who happens to be deaf, I found this story absolutely adorable! And super accurate! Good job!

Author's Response: Thank you so very much for this lovely review! I really, really hoped this was an accurate portrayal! I can't thank you enough for taking the time to comment!

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