I'm so happy to be able to follow Stand Tall on this site! Thanks so much for letting me know where to find you. :) And, now I know why Alba is waiting in the wings - you have been crazy busy! I'm glad that you are planning to come back to this story, and I will wait patiently for your next update. In the meantime, I may have to re-re-re-read the first twelve chapters! Thank you for creating Alba and her world.
I’m glad you found it!
I saw on the forums that you'd finished transferring what you had of this story so I thought I'd come check it out!
This is a really interesting concept for a story and I'm so intrigued. (And the STAIRS! Poor Alba! You'd think magic would be able to help somehow - maybe she can zoom up bannisters like Mary Poppins?) I can already see she's a strong character, and I'm excited to begin this journey with her.
I love this: His perfect hand was warm in hers, unlike the cool metal bar of the crutch. The support of another human being can't compare to the support of a crutch. The whole interaction with James is very sweet! I like how we see the Potters straight away.
Also this must be the first story I've ever read where James isn't on a Quidditch team :P I love the easy banter between Alba and James. Their dialogue comes naturally and believably. I'm really excited to see what happens with the Triwizard Tournament too. This is fantastic, I'm really enjoying this story!!!
I’m glad you like it! I really wanted to characters to be down to earth and relatable.
For our review swap!
I am so glad this reminded me to come back to this story as I really loved reading the first two chapters.
I still feel terrible for Alba every time I remember that she has to go up and down all these absurdly tall tower stairs to get to and from the Ravenclaw common room/dormitories. Come on Hogwarts, it's the twenty first century and I think they should work on accessibility. Like what if there were a student who didn't have the use of their legs at all? As is, there's only one way to get into those tall towers and that's stairs. Gah! /rant.
A single thread in a tapestry cannot know it’s worth, -- ooh, I love that!
I can also instantly relate to Alba as 'the cat lady'. We gotta stand together, us cat ladies. Ben does seem really sweet though! I hope she gives him a chance.
Ah, I love that Alba wants to be a healer. Given her background and her personality it's a perfect fit - then she can help others stand tall. :)
I like Maude, even though Alba seems convinced they're not friends past academic acquaintances, Maude does seem to genuinely like her and it's nice to see Alba having friends.
just a note, you say Alba is studying for Astrology, but I believe the one you're talking about here is Astronomy. (which is the study of the stars and planets, versus Astrology which is like how sun signs affect people's personality)
I liked that we got a bit more info about Chandra at the end of this chapter (even though Alba was eavesdropping... tsk tsk! :P ) and their discussion about the Triwizard cup. Also.. ahh! the Triwizard tournament is returning! Well that should be interesting.
Can't wait to find out what James is up to, because he's obviously up to something haha. Awesome chapter and thanks for the swap!
Hello :) I read the first chapter of this a few weeks ago, so now I'm back for another chapter!
This was just as good as your first chapter! I felt so badly for Alba in the beginning - of course James is just trying to do what's right, and Alba does need help for her leg, but poor thing to have to regress so far with her treatment. :( Her analysis of feeling like a number/a list of injuries instead of a person was really moving, too.
I loved the feast though, particularly the fact that Hagrid is still there, along with Grawp! Haahaha I can't even imagine Grawp 20 years later, like does he actually talk to people now, or just grunt and say 'Hermy'? haha /tangent
I'm also impressed with your writing of Chandra so far. I was really hoping she wouldn't be so one-dimensional as she appeared in the first chapter, so it was really nice to see that she does indeed have redeeming qualities - she might speak before she thinks sometimes (like in the first chapter) but she does care. A much more complex character that way ;)
The scene with Ben and Alba: adorable. Loved it so much. And ooh, James is jealous ;) Sidenote, what is he doing at the top of Ravenclaw tower with desserts? he went all the way up there just to see Alba? aw, that's cute.
Hey, welcome to HPFT! It's great to see you and this story showing up here! (I was marauderfan on the old site). I'm transferring a few reviews over to this story's new home ;)
Sorry about the delay! Omg your review for me was amazing, thank you. I hope mine will be that good (but, really, I just ramble a lot in my reviews, so sorry in advance)
Oh wow I love this already, from the very beginning description of Alba's disability. (Ps - there are so many staircases at Hogwarts, how on earth is that disability-accessible? I hope for her sake that she is either a Puff or a Slytherin because seriously the amount of stairs to the towers would be so cruel.)
Aw, and that's so true about kids versus adults. Kids are just curious and ask uncomfortable questions because they're curious, they don't know they're rude. Adults try to pretend they don't see. Alba's perspective is so refreshing here - I haven't seen another character like her in fanfiction like ever. And I think you treat the condition with a lot of care and respect - I feel like you either did your research very well or have some knowledge of it.
Bahahaa I love the idea of James showing of his prefect/head boy badge like Percy haha. Not the mischief maker but the arrogant goody two shoes, I kind of love your interpretation of James :D
Oh wait. Alba is the woman behind the curtain pulling all the strings, haha - James is a mischief maker and still made Head Boy. Alba must have had a hard time of it!
Eeep she is in Ravenclaw. Poor thing. Isn't that the tallest tower? O_o You'd think Hogwarts would have installed elevators. What would be really cool is elevators like the one in the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you know the elevator that can go up and down and sideways. It'd fit right in at Hogwarts.
Ooh, Alba is so sassy to Chandra :p When you were describing Chandra before, she sounded fine, but when we actually meet her there in the carriage she didn't impress me. I hope the comment Chandra made about her being disgusting was about the mud and not some insult about her disability - that'd be the lowest of the low and I would hate her. I am already not a big fan of her. Alba is way cooler.
Awesome start to this story and I will definitely be reading more!!