Renacerá - She will be reborn.
Harry Potter fanfiction author since 2006.
Reader. Writer. Cat lady.
He and I, we were infinitesimal.
For Connor & Tanya
So, this is the first James/Regulus story I've ever read, and it made me desperately want to search out others. This was so incredibly well written. It was stunning and beautiful, and I really, really loved it. There are so many wonderful lines that you crafted, but this one stood out: "I felt something in my stomach clench and thud, like a stone falling off a window-ledge." I literally know that feeling precisely, and that you put it into words is so amazing. So that's my first compliment: the writing in this story is STUNNING.
Secondly, the characterization that you portray for both James and Regulus (as well as Lily from James's point of view) is wonderful. I love that you captured James's mix of guilt and acceptance over what he had done to Lily. I love Regulus's uncertainty and loneliness and desperation. I really wish I could've read Regulus's letter to James at the end. I feel like I would love to see how he thought of their relationship. Lily was also wonderful. James knew she would be so hurt to learn the truth, but I feel like she also has so much compassion that I would love to see her own reaction to this.
The epistolary style was such a great way to portray this truth that James lived. I think it was really important for readers to see him looking back and justifying why he did what he did and how it's affected his life. I definitely don't think what he did was RIGHT -- cheating is definitely not okay! -- but I think a story like this needed his explanation in his own words.
Overall, I think this story was wonderful, and I'm so glad I found it. I think it will be the first I add to my Favorites list! Thanks for writing this so I had the pleasure to read it!
Five months after the death of his love, Draco Malfoy spends Valentine's day with an old muggle camera and reliving his lost relationship.
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For the Throw Down the Gauntlet challenge.
I am so incredibly happy that I found this story. I can't wait to read the next chapter. Honestly, this was so lovely. You hit every high and low emotion there is, and I have to applaud you.
Your characterization of Harry and Draco is spot on, and I loved that you had Draco's Slytherin friends at the beginning and the compassion they showed for him. I loved the evolution of Draco and Harry as individuals and how they came to see each other differently to the point where they could be together.
The writing here is fabulous. I was smiling at Draco's antics and then holding back tears from line to line. I fell in love with this funny, happy Draco who likes to joke and flirt and be a better person than he was as a teenager. And the way you portrayed his grief was so potent and realistic. It tugged at my heart to see his desperation over losing Harry. I don't blame him in the slightest for his grief still being so powerful five months later -- in my own experience, it can last much longer than that.
I also loved the parallelism with Valentine's Day and its importance to their friendship and subsequent relationship. It made me want to see their life closer up, rather than just the lens after Harry's passed away.
Overall, this has been amazing so far, and I'm so glad I found it. Thanks for writing this so I had the pleasure of reading it! On to the next chapter!
Oh! Harry's alive! Oh my gosh! That's definitely not what I expected. The style of this second chapter was so different from the first that I read it twice just to check that I understood what was happening. I'm so happy that Harry is back with Draco, but I also really thought he'd died, so I'm super thrown off!
I think you did a good job with this chapter showing the guilt that Harry felt for leaving Draco, but I was still a little unclear on why he did it. It seemed like it was part of a work assignment? But what sort of Auror job would make you break up with your boyfriend? Was he pretending to be dead? I'm unsure.
I do wish this story went on longer! I think you really do show a great relationship between Draco and Harry, and I would love to read more. Thanks for writing!
McGonagall hosts a Cat Fight Club in the Room of Requirement. Inspired by a tumblr post by ababelofprose.
This is Renacerá from the forums (previously DarkRose/DracoFerret11 on HPFF!), here to review for you for the MAGIC House Cup activity! This time's challenge is to write a rhyming review, so I apologize if this sounds ridiculous, but I promise it's sincere! Here we go!
A fight club of more than one cat:
Now where's the story in that?
Well, I'll say that I, for one, loved this!
It's funny and wasn't a miss!
McGonagall's character was flawless.
The kitties weren't hurt and fought clawless.
At times I laughed out loud,
and think that you def should be proud.
My own kitty, Gumbo, loves napping,
or else maybe he'd win by trapping
the other cats under his belly
which is weighty and wiggles like jelly.
So, as for advice, I have one thing.
It's minor, but to you help may bring:
The last line of the story says "severely,"
then two words later says, "severely."
Overall, I found joy in this story.
I'm so happy that it wasn't gory.
I love cats more than I can say,
So this honestly made my day.
Phew! Well, I hope that was a helpful (and somewhat entertaining) review! I really do think this story was both funny and very cute. Your characterization, though humorous, was believable, and the description of the Room of Requirement, as decked out for kitties, was wonderful! So vivid, and I know that Gumbo would have loved to hang out in there. The story was great. It's very unique; I enjoyed it a lot; and I'm glad I found it. Thanks again!
Oh, I'm going to go fix the double severely thing right now. I hate being redundant and repetitive and repetitive and redundant. Thanks for this nice review. I saw the tumblr post about this and knew I had to write the story, as I love kitties and love writing about them.
I really like the poetry and the review. I showed it to my wife and she got a kick out of it, too.
Scorpius wasn't sure if he was living life or drifting through it aimlessly.