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Review of chapter "The Malfoy Ritual" from PATM
Review:
Very nice, all these people and magical interactions are why reading is so fun.
Comments from author:
Thank you, glad you're enjoying it. I like writing interactions. ;-)
Review By [PATM] • Date [16 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Malfoy Ritual" from AllenPitt
Review:
Malfoy ritual is quite interesting. Luna sending her owl off with a letter just to get it away from her was great. And hey, Luna hasn't even met the Shaggy Dog yet. That should be quite a meeting. Based on the actions of Augusta L & Molly W, the Dementor attack on HP at the Quidditch match should bring an explosive reaction. Hopefully they'll blame Fudge.
Comments from author:
Thank you. Dodger is just a little nipper. Hermione has a knack for choosing slightly off animals, it seems to me. ;-)

Nope, The Shaggy Dog, unlike the portrait, is more of a background character. Harry doesn't speek with him until very late in the book either, after all.

As for Dementors at the Quidditch match, wait and see. Who else is there to blame? Well Sirius of course...

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [AllenPitt] • Date [16 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Malfoy Ritual" from (Past Donor)pinkhairedharry
Review:
i really do love your luna.

i always thought she didn't get enough screen time in the books/movies.

i also like your penelope. i agree with an earlier reviewer that JK created a lot of characters with amazing potencial but truely failed to do anything with them.

can't wait for more
Comments from author:
Thank you. I always wondered what the story would have been like with more people from outside Gryffindor. JKR had a limit on her space, of course, but I do think soem characters deserved more than they got and a lot of things might have been shorter.

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [(Past Donor)pinkhairedharry] • Date [16 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Malfoy Ritual" from Wormbait
Review:
I must admit I really love the way you write Luna, you capture her personality and quirks perfectly.

Hmm both the Malfoys and the Kendell's reading from the great Bard, I wonder if it's the same bard?

Yet another excellent chapter, thanks for sharing.
Comments from author:
Thank you, I rather like Luna.

It might be. I did once write that nothing in my stories, with the exception of dumb typos and oversights, is in there by accident...

Thank you and thanks for reviewing.
Review By [Wormbait] • Date [16 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Malfoy Ritual" from LordSchmodder
Review:
Thank you very much for this chapter, I concur with my fore-reviewer...;-)
Comments from author:
Thank you, you can refer to my answer to said reviewer then. ;-)

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [LordSchmodder] • Date [16 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Malfoy Ritual" from TroyGuffey
Review:
I love this story almost better than the main-line story. Luna Rocks Forever!
Comments from author:
Heh, welll it is certainly more light hearted at the moment, though I hope to deal with that in LS quickly.

Glad you like it. Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [TroyGuffey] • Date [16 Nov 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Malfoy Ritual" from ChaosLady
Review:
Another wonderful chapter! I think I'll start tracking this now.
Comments from author:
Glad you like it, and thanks for the track.

oh, and thanks for reviewing.
Review By [ChaosLady] • Date [16 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Malfoy Ritual" from Meneldur
Review:
A very nice chapter. he chapters here are always very calming, especially in comparison with Lonely Souls, because the problems are usually emotional ones and those of schoolchildren.
The MAlfoy Ritual - waiting for a lost king, betrayed by them? Arthur (sword in a stone)? We shall see, I suppose. But if I recall correctly that the Charmed Ones childrens were the reincarnations of Arthur, Merlin and co... well, they might not have too long to wait.
Luna's right. The school is horrendously cruel to animals. I liked the way she tries to help Harry with his emotional problems, despite having it worse (in a way), because she actually knew her mother.
Can't wait for more, and for a reply to my last review of Lonely Souls. Until then.
Comments from author:
Yes, Lonely Souls is a bit hectic at the moment, mostly because Buffy was a weekly series and Potter describes about nine months or more per year. That means things are a lot more sedate, at least in the earlier books.

Piper is the Lady in the Lake in Canon, though officially Penelope would be right now in Waif-verse.

I'm not entirely sure Luna has it better or worse, at least she has a very loving, if slightly absentminded, but never absent, father. Harry needs all the help he can get.

Reply is up, hope it satisfied. (There were some problems with the site and I gave up.) Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [Meneldur] • Date [16 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Malfoy Ritual" from Arekanderu
Review:
This put a smile on my face. I really love your story
Comments from author:
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [Arekanderu] • Date [16 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Malfoy Ritual" from DofEire
Review:
...the Ushers..?
...of...*Death*?!
Wooohooohoohoo, the plot thickens like a fine custard...hee hee hee! =)
Comments from author:
Ayup. That it does. Or well prepared Sauce Hollandaise... ;-)

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [DofEire] • Date [16 Nov 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Malfoy Ritual" from war
Review:
Interesting ritual. I wonder if the sword belongs to who I think It does. That would make for a interesting twist on the Malfoys.

I see the kittens haven't forgiven Luna yet. Maybe she should try bribing them? I do wonder if Luna has ever seen Ron's pet rat and what she would make of him.

Good story looking forward to your next chapter.
Comments from author:
Thanks, as I said the earlier bit I nicked from Conan Doyle. For now the sword and the circlet are kept safely in the secret vault.

I've found cats have long memories... Bribery does tend to work however. Luna has seen Scabbers. He's an old, fat, rat. ;-)

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [war] • Date [16 Nov 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Malfoy Ritual" from Valandar
Review:
I should note that the Malfoy Ritual took me by surprise. As a former active duty US Marine, I was all set to take offense at assigning "Semper Fidelis" (what 'Semper Fi' is short for) to the Malfoys, until their little redemption-seeking ritual took place.
Comments from author:
Heh, glad I'm still able to surprise people. It's a motto used by several military units and towns and families. I hope the outcome of the ritual will please you.

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [Valandar] • Date [16 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from EllandrahSylver
Review:
This chapter was really cute. I agree with McGonagall, Severus handled Hermione's crush very badly, but I don't think he actually realised that's what it was until his nose was rubbed in it. Poor man.

Hermione developing a crush on him is entirely reasonable, considering he was the one to offer her the first comfort she received after the trauma she experienced at the hands of Lockhart, and while he was obligated to squash it, I feel bad for her anyway.

Luna happened to be RIGHT about Malfoy's parasitic worms... who knew? Well, she did, but... you know, people make much of her 'imaginary' magical creatures, because JKR sets her up for that, but I think the way you're handling it is interesting. The fact that she comes up with creatures that people have either never heard of, or are supposedly really rare, and so even wizards don't really believe in them, but she manages to prove they exist occasionally is entertaining. Much like her liking of the THestrals, in book five...

The flub with the cats does illustrate that, as smart as she is, Luna is still very much a kid, with all the desires of an adolescent girl, and just as prone to overenthusiasm as the next twelve-year-old.

Overall, this was a very entertaining chapter, and I have to say, Dumbledore's "tea" was funny, and the scene between Remus and Augusta Longbottom was inspired. Giving Trelawney more than the one dimension JKR saddled her with was a nice touch, too.

This update was a nice distraction from my sprained ankle. *sigh* for the next couple weeks, I'll be looking for more of those.

*gives you an apple, since you're watching your waist* ;-p


Edit: *snorts* there's just no pleasing you, is there? *gives you a stick of sugar-free gum* :D

The ankle is large and purple and hurts to walk on, so... better than Tuesday when it was momentarily at a right angle to my leg, yes. *wry smile*
Comments from author:
Oh no, Snape knew exactly what he was doing. I feel bad for Hermione too.

There's a simple reason for the confusion of names in my 'verse, well get to it later... Of course her love of Thestrals has just been revealed a bit earlier here.

Yes, despite her intelligence, Luna is very much still a little girl sometimes. I always wanted to write Augusta's reaction to that little scene with the Boggart, why would Snape be the only one to be offended?

Hope the ankle is a bit better now. Thanks for the apple, but the sugar content of those is outrageous. ;-)

Thanks for reviewing
Review By [EllandrahSylver] • Date [12 Nov 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from Blackett
Review:
You've got to love Snape!!! *smiles*
Comments from author:
Well Hermione tried, so how that went... Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [Blackett] • Date [12 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from etienneofthewestwind
Review:
JKR's dates tend not to work for any presumed year, anyway. The worst thing she did for the Pottervese was place a date on Nick's deathday cake. It would have been better if she allowed HP verse to have an undetermined time frame...

Yes, "I'm very, very, sorry" sounds like an excellent lesson for Luna to start off on after her summoning mishap. Followed by "I promise never to do it again". Honestly, even summoning one cat sounds like asking for trouble...

I wonder if some of the creatures Luna talks about are now more commonly known by other names, if she studies from family heirlooms. And I like the way Malfoy just doesn't know what to make of Luna.

You have a good take on Trelwaney. In the books, it is hinted she may be more accurate than commonly given credit for, and you give a credible explanation to way JKR portrays her.

Snape's reaction to Hermione's crush and the apples is actually kind of cute in a warped sort of "as long as he's not my guy" way.
Comments from author:
True. However as I did use a calendar, I am hoist by my own P├ętard.

It all sounds like 'Mrow' to me. Luna does indeed study from family heirlooms, both Lovegood and D'Albane. Nobosy knows what to make of Luna.

Trelawny is accurate, her prophecies are what nailed poor Harry after all. But I thought I'd make her more human and give reasons for her behaviour.

Severus Snape, as described in the books, is not very appealing. To paraphrase Gaiman and Pratchett, he might come out of a telephone booth looking like Alan Rickman.

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [etienneofthewestwind] • Date [10 Nov 11] • Not Rated
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