I've read this before and almost reviewed it then, and I'm not sure why I didn't. So I'm going to review it no for our review swap. Going to start off by saying tha I quite like the younger Regulus and Sirius, and the way they aren't quite oblivious to what's happening around them with the breakup of the family and tensions, but that Regulus has a different objective, the opening of presents.
Andromeda's characterization as someone who's trying to reconnect rang very true to what we know aobut her from the books and Ted's defense of the confusion about his parents was terrific. I think this is very much how that meeting would have gone, with Bella being belligerent, Narcissa being happy to see her niece (but keeping her opinions about Ted quiet for at least a night), and Andromeda trying reconciliation.
What really drove this piece was the characterizations; you make them all believable and show their motivations through their actions and words.
I really enjoyed reading this (or re-reading this, really).
Hi, Pookha! Thank you for the swap! :)
I'm glad you liked Sirius and Regulus, I do love writing them as children. Why would Reg care about family drama when there are presents waiting for him under the Christmas tree? :P Glad you liked that, I thought it would be fun! :D
I'm glad you liked Andromeda trying to reconcile with her family and found her in character. And that you liked everyone else's characterization as well.
Thank you so much for the lovely review and for the swap, it's always so nice!
I'm just transferring reviews :)
Okay one more then I'll go to bed, I promise! :P But I found this little Black one tucked away, it called to me. I couldn't say no!
Bianca... Read me...
I luuurve the Black family (as I'm sure you well know *ahem*) and I think your characterisation of ALL of them was perfect! I must say though, that was pretty brave of Andromeda to turn up! And poor Ted must have been so nervous! Omg Regulus is so cute, pretending he knows what a metamorphmagus is when he doesn't! Ha ha! I love how Narcissa was instantly taken by baby Dora, I feel like she's one of those girls who just completely cooed over babies and wanted nothing more than to be a mother herself ♥
Ha ha and that last line! You should write Regulus more! Oh Chi this was such a great piece, I bet every family get together at the Black house went this way! Their bickering and judging was spot on, but the whole story was still quite lighthearted, I loved it!
Love B ♥
Thank you, B!
Greetings, Chiara. I am the Crumple-Horned Snorkack, and while I commonly dwell hidden in the forest far away from human eyes (particularly the Lovegoods), I have taken this day to venture out and read some fanfiction instead!
What a dysfunctional family Christmas! I can relate, as my family Christmases tend to involve all of us Snorkacks hiding from one another, so I can never tell who's even there at all because we all camouflage with the trees. But this one, with the Black Family, is about as messy as you can get. I did wonder how that would go over, with Andromeda bringing her Muggle-born husband to dinner with her uptight purist relatives, and I can't say I was surprised.
I like your characterisation of Sirius and Regulus in particular, how they kind of annoy each other just to be annoying - as any brother would do. One thing I also really liked was Narcissa - I LOVE the idea that she was really close with Andromeda (at least when they were growing up) and that scene when Narcissa was so happy to meet baby Nymphadora was just the cutest.
Walburga was much nicer than I expected she'd be, after all, she's most known for screeching about horrible Mudbloods from her picture frame in Grimmauld Place, but here was upset at Orion for driving Andromeda away in the end. I guess being proper and having fine etiquette was most important to her when she was alive, but by the time was just a dead portrait she didn't care anymore :p
I really enjoyed reading this one-shot! Lovely work! And now, I must depart to meet my best friend the Loch Ness Monster for tea.
Hello, Snorkack! It's so lovely to see you around here too!
Thank you so much for the lovely review, I'm glad you enjoyed reading this story. Give Nessie my greetings. :D
Lots of love!!!