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This sounded really cool from the summary, so I thought I'd drop in to check it out!
I really like this! Albus seems interesting, if only because he's so... normal. I think I forgot that normal characters can also be intriguing because everyone has a story to tell. I look forward to getting to know him more. Right now, he and seem to have insomnia cures in common - reading can solve almost all the evils of the universe!
Why does Albus hang out with Scorpius if he thinks that he's so annoying? Or is that just some sort of weird love? Or maybe he does it because he enjoys making black holes in the Great Hall. I can understand that - black holes are cool and all opportunities to make them should be seized!
Ooh! Mystery, mystery! Who is this wonderfully mysterious DLZ? And why does she think that there will be love happening... AGAIN? I look forward to finding out!
Thanks for taking the time to transfer your review!
I'm not sure if I responded to this review at "the other place" but I wanted to say a quick HOORAY that you are liking Albus so far. Another review described him as "normal" and I thought that was so perfect. He's a typical teenage boy, and I think that makes him the perfect hero for this story.
There's more backstory to the Albus/Scorpius friendship thing that will appear in later chapters. :)
I have some editing to do with this story, but hopefully I can have some new chapters up relatively soon. I know I've left some people hanging!
Hi Gina! Transferring a review over from the other place :)
Hi there! After a little detour on one of your other fics I'm here with your requested review. :p
So - first chapters. They are really hard, I have the same problem! But I like yours. I don't think EVERY story has to start out with some explosive action scene and mystery and drama. Real life isn't like that usually, and this felt to me like an average day in the life of Albus Potter, plus a mystery note. Long story short, it's an effective hook and I'm interested to read more.
What I think makes this opening chapter strong is your well thought-out characterisation of Albus. He's really normal. A little weird and meticulous, and has particular habits like pro/con lists about everything. But he seems like a real person. Not perfect, not boring. And that's the best type of character.
There were a couple of areas you might want to look back at, but they're quite minor things... With his fork, he fished the parchment from the sea of syrup and, frowning, began to peel it apart. Scorpius coughed impatiently. Unsatisfied with how slow the process was moving, he reached across the table to grab the parchment and tore it in half in his haste.
This paragraph changes subjects halfway through, so in the end when you said "he" I wasn't sure whether it was Albus or Scorpius you were referring to. Maybe just putting a paragraph separation in between the sentence about Albus and the one about Scorpius would clear that up!
It also says at one point that the pillows in Albus's secret room are from the Gryffindor common room - but isn't he a Slytherin?
Anyway, I do like your first chapter and I'm interested to see where the story goes! Feel free to re-request when you've got more chapters up!
Thank you for taking the time to transfer your review!
I'm not sure if I responded to it at "the other place" or not, but I wanted to say YOU'RE AWESOME for catching those minor things for me. I always appreciate an extra set of eyes because I inevitably miss things in every chapter.
Also, I'm thrilled that you like Albus. He has been a lot of fun to write. :)