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Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from EllandrahSylver
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
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
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 Pétard.

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
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from tosca
Excellent and interesting chapter. :-)
Comments from author:
Thank you, and Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [tosca] • Date [10 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from Wormbait
Very nice. I love these kind of chapters that cover so many different threads, answers so many questions and opens up so many more

Loved the bit with Sybil. Nice to see her not being the batty old fruitcake for once, just someone who has seen too much and is still seeing.

Well done and thanks for sharing.
Comments from author:
Thank you. I left a lot of loose threads and they needed to be sown down. Oh, she is a batty fruitcake, but she has very good reasons for being so. Poor thing.

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [Wormbait] • Date [9 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from (Current Donor)ayg
Well, of course Severus had to stop Hermione's crush. Considering the mess with that shithead Lockhart, the last thing she needs is a crush on another teacher. He did handle it a bit badly, yes, but he isn't there to be nice.

Is Hermione the one leaving the apples?

So Molly has the Mother Witch power. Certainly explains why she has so many children and is so fanatic about keeping them safe and under her watchful protection even when they are adults. It also explains why she latched onto Harry.

That thing with the cats was funny. It also makes me wonder exactly how the Accio spell deals with things like walls being in the way. Since they came flying through the air, it clearly isn't instant teleportation, so it must go around things. Hmmm... That explains how Harry got the Firebolt to come to him during the first task and also why it took a fem minutes for it to get there. Even a really fast broom will be slowed down if it has to avoid running into walls.

And Dumbledore clearly hasn't learned to stop his stupid plots and schemes. It's interesting to see that he realizes he made mistakes with Severus, but he still continues with the same behaviour, supporting Remus over Severus. Yes, in this case Remus didn't deliberately prank Severus (with the Boggart thing), but it will be very difficult to make Severus see that.

Also interesting to see your version of Sybil. Yes, a lot of people think being a real seer would be fun, but if you can't stop seeing the bad things you will go a bit crazy. No wonder she's drinking so much.
Comments from author:
Severus had to, for several reasons. Think about it in the grand scheme of things. Yes, Hermione left the Apples.

Yes, Molly is a Mother, one of the inspirations of the power actually.

It's not a true summoning in that it teleports items to the caster, its more long distance telekinesis.

Dumbledore has a weakness for Gryffindors. He may yet realize just how bad that is.

I'm very glad so many people consider my portrayal of Trelawney believable. Considering the impact of them on Phoebe and Cordelia and Cassandra, from three different verses mixed with this, I thought I'd give Sybil more depth too.

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [(Current Donor)ayg] • Date [8 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from ShalaDakiri

Huh. I wonder how many of the "mythical" creatures Luna talks about are actually creatures that people know about but call something different.
Comments from author:
Yes. How many? Well, some of them may get revealed...

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [ShalaDakiri] • Date [8 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from Mordare
I love all this series. It will be very interesting to see how you bring them all together. Keep up the excellent work.
Comments from author:
Thank you, I will do my utmost to keep it entertaining. Thanks and thanks for reviewing.
Review By [Mordare] • Date [8 Nov 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from kalibex
“Even the greatest Mediwitch can’t grow back eyeballs perfectly if you’ve clawed them from your face and let the sockets weep for a week or two.” NICE! >=) (Nasty, but Nicely done.)
Comments from author:
Thank you, I could see Dumbledore's face drain of colour as I wrote it.

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [kalibex] • Date [8 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from AllenPitt
Any chance that Trelawney is related to Drusilla, however distantly? It would make a lot of sense in a weird sort of way... I'm now trying to picture Dru as a guest lecturer...
One more incident and I will expect a Draco/Luna romance...
I'm really curious now on what anti-Dementor spell a certain portrait is trying to teach Luna. Trying to think if there's anything comparable to a Dementor in the Buffy-verse. Only thing I can think of is that thing Connor fought (soul-sucker) once.
Comments from author:
It's possible they are related, of course. But by quite a few degrees seperation then. Dru as a guest lecturer would play with her dollies and snack on the pupils.

Just one? Heh. Well, you may hope for one, certainly. As for the spell, actually there are three, and we will get to them. As soon as Luna thinks she knows enough Feline.

Thanks for reviewing.
Review By [AllenPitt] • Date [8 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from Bouquet
I love this story :)

...There's nothing more to say...;)
Comments from author:
Thank you, and thanks for reviewing and lettign me know.
Review By [Bouquet] • Date [8 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from war
Snape doesn't take affection very well does he? With Luna being nice to Draco I wonder how that will affect his future choices in regards to the Death Eaters?

Good story looking forward to your next chapter.
Comments from author:
Snape can't afford to take certain affection well. And he has difficulty with it as well. Draco will be changed, even if only from sheer bewilderment.

Thanks and thanks for reviewing
Review By [war] • Date [8 Nov 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from Eureka
So Molly is a "Mother" witch type?
Not gonna go on and on about the story, you know I love it so I just comment and let you know I am still happy with it. LOL
Have fun tomorrow
Comments from author:
Yes, she is. Thanks and glad you still like it. Thanks I did, and thanks for reviewing
Review By [Eureka] • Date [8 Nov 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Apples and Worms" from WolfWriter
I'm no purist; I love this little ditty.

Holy CRAP! Sybil put out her own eyes so she wouldn't have visions! That's.......really disturbing, and makes an even more disturbing amount of sense as to why she drinks so much. The poor thing.

Glad they got the Frunnelworm out of Malfoy. How long has he had it?
Comments from author:
Thank you, I actually expect very few purists read fanfic. ;-) I wanted to show how true Visions might affect a person. I must admit I feel very sorry for her, and I did it to her.

Malfoy had the Frunnelworm since the first Care lesson, so quite a bit. But it was caught soon enough that it left no permanent damage.

Thanks for reviewing
Review By [WolfWriter] • Date [8 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Mother to the power of two" from etienneofthewestwind
To CrystalBlaze:

In the Cannon Christmas you referred to, the twins dragged Percy away from *opening the rest of his Christmas presents*, not studying, to have breakfast. True, he didn't want to wear the jumper, but Ron wasn't thrilled with his either. Percy, in cannon, was the one who noticed *something* was wrong with Ginny in CoS and dragged her to the hospital wing for pepper-up. He also raced into the lake in GoF to make sure Ron hadn't been hurt in the second task, dignity of his substitute judging be damned. Even the letter he wrote Ron in OotP was an attempt to help, if rooted in mistaken beliefs.

You made an interesting point about the Weasleys having obsessive traits, and thinking on it, you are right. Personally, I always thought their shared flaw was stubbornness. This includes Molly Weasley. She may love her children, but has been at times overbearing and unreasonable in her desire to see as many of her children follow their father into the Ministry. And if you read the end of GoF carefully, you'll see that Percy's opinions on why Arthur's Ministry career has been lackluster come straight from her. Well, except for the part where Percy thought Arthur should cap his enthusiasm in front of Fudge and his ilk so he could rise to a position where he could do more good.

Whatever happened off-page that summer, both sides of the Weasley factions were nasty to each other. And while Percy did apologize for being wrong about Harry and Dumbledore, I don't recall anyone apologizing for being wrong about Percy's promotion. Granted, not speaking to his family for years while keeping the "spy position", is a shoot his own foot method of proving his father wrong about the position, even though it worked.

Well obsession and stubbornness can be a bad combo.

EDIT: Percy's method of proving Fudge did not just want a spy: that is it worked for the reader. With a family tending toward monomania and stubbornness, maybe it did squat for the Weasleys...
Comments from author:
Percy loves his family, trust me on this, loves them very much. And like many Weasley's he could do without the sweater, yes. ;-) 'The Percy problem' will be dealt with quite extensively, actually.

Thanks for reviewing and your opinions.
Review By [etienneofthewestwind] • Date [4 Nov 11] • Not Rated
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