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Review of chapter "Friends and Foes" from pureevil
Review:
wow. wonder what snape's up to and who was that giant that kicked buffy's butt? hope she's going to be ok.

update soon!
Comments from author:
Snape is being his usual sneaky self... we'll just have to wait and see what comes of it. As for who the giant is and how Buffy is... well that is all explained (somewhat) in the next chapter.
Review By [pureevil] • Date [12 Dec 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Friends and Foes" from eisa
Review:
I've just discovered this story and spent a wonderful evening reading it. I love how you've meshed the two backgrounds, they really work together. And Buffy as a Ravenclaw, I love it. I'm really looking forward to more.
Comments from author:
Thanks you. I've really enjoyed figuring out my own mythology which brings together the ones we begin with in btvs and hp and hope that this continues to work as we begin to uncover more about the connections.
Review By [eisa] • Date [24 Nov 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Friends and Foes" from (Current Donor)MaxGSandeman
Review:
"Friends and Foes" or Lessons Learnt

What does it take for Buffy to realise, that she needs to be ready for any battle?
She weakens herself, by making it easier for Snape to discover some of her secrets yet she's afraid that he will learn about them.
It's not very smart for her to charge into battle, against an unknown. Perhaps Camilla will beat some sense into her. This is the second time that she is lucky enough to escape from death.
It must be hard for her, to not be able to talk to anyone about the slayer aspect of her life. What she needs is an epiphany.
Comments from author:
An epiphany... hmm... unfortunately they can be hard to come by. She does need to be more careful, and I think has found out how easy it is to be lulled into a false sense of security.
Review By [(Current Donor)MaxGSandeman] • Date [24 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Friends and Foes" from nightshadowlife
Review:
wow awesome chapter!!!! Hope to see more soon, and if you should ever need someone to proof read just shoot it to me at jessica.burt@cox.net I'd be happy to look at it for you
Comments from author:
Thank you! I might have to take you up on that... more sets of eyes to catch my failings are always good.
Review By [nightshadowlife] • Date [23 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Friends and Foes" from Taisy
Review:
Loved Buffy and Sev's interaction in this one. It was great to see another chapter go up and I'm looking forward to the next installment.

Thanks for the entertaining read.
Comments from author:
Thank you. Oddly, considering in other chapters I found writing their dialogue difficult, the conversation between Buffy and Snape was about the easiest part of the chapter to write.
Review By [Taisy] • Date [22 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Friends and Foes" from daveykins
Review:
Inspired story - keep up the good work!
Comments from author:
Thank you! Let's just hope the inspiration keeps on coming so that I can.
Review By [daveykins] • Date [22 Nov 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Friends and Foes" from Millaros
Review:
I just bake some cherry and chocolate cookies.

Want one for your great update?
Comments from author:
Cherry and Chocolate? oooh yum. Thank you for the thought! I'm thrilled that you liked the update.
Review By [Millaros] • Date [22 Nov 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Friends and Foes" from exqurere
Review:
Just discovered this and loving it. Great to have Buffy in a house other than Griffyndor for once! Looking forward to finding out who her real parents were.
Comments from author:
She does tend to end up with the trio allot... well either that or a Slytherin. As for her parents... that will come in time. I know where/how it will be revealed, we just have to get there.
Review By [exqurere] • Date [21 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Beside Cleanliness" from (Recent Donor)ConstanceTruggle
Review:
Interesting update. Looking forward to more. Can't wait to see what happens with Buffy's training, and Severus' anger, and Harry's 'hallucinations'. Keep up the good work!

CT.
Comments from author:
And where those three things collide... trouble cannot be far away. Thank you for letting me know you're enjoying it.
Review By [(Recent Donor)ConstanceTruggle] • Date [19 Oct 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Beside Cleanliness" from nightshadowlife
Review:
amazing chapter as usual!!!
Comments from author:
aww thank you! that's very sweet of you to say.
Review By [nightshadowlife] • Date [20 Sep 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Beside Cleanliness" from (Current Donor)MaxGSandeman
Review:
I wondered when The Map would appear.
Is it Buffy's name or her original name that appeared? It was shear luck that Harry was too tired to notice. It also makes sense that Rowena's study is outside of the map's boundary, since the boys knew nothing of it when the map was made.

I wonder what the impact will be, that Buffy knows about borrowed magic.

I was wondering about the silencing charm, that Lucius Malfoy used when he spoke to Draco.
The barrier created by the charm would have some interesting characteristics. It allows light to pass through it, probably allows the exchange of gases like oxygen and carbon dioxide, and I suspect it would have to absorb all the energy in the sound waves created when someone speaks, for it to have the effect for which it was created. I doubt it would be anything like “Get Smart's Cone of Silence”, what with all its echos. The result would be that the complex web of magical spells that form the barrier, would react with the sound waves and emit small waves of magical energy.
Since Buffy could sense its presence and structure, I think that only her sensors would be sensitive enough to detect the waves, realize that they are a result of people speaking within the barrier and reconstruct the conversation.
She didn't do it because of her lack of experience and not realizing all that is possible between herself and her slayer aspect.
It would be a neat capability.

It's good to see that Buffy is making some more tentative friendship, although some happen when she saves another student.
Buffy's instinct was to use a physical means to solve two problems; something that the HP world would not expect, although Hermione did pop Draco on the mouth. She will need to learn whether magic or physical intervention is the best method to solve a problem. Unfortunately, there is no one to teach her other than herself.

Imagine a scene where Draco is using Crabbe and Goyle to bully some students, and then Buffy shows up. The two bullies reactions would be priceless.

Buffy should always remember the method she used to defeat Amy's mother.
Comments from author:
Ahh the map... I'm glad you agree that Rowena's study would be outside it's boundaries - I've always been more of the cartographer school of thought about the thing as a pose to believing that it had some connection with the castle itself as I think it has in some stories. I don't think there's really any cannon about this (in the first five books that I'm using as my cannon anyway, I haven't read the last two enough or recently enough to be certain). And yes it was lucky that Harry was too busy focusing on Cho to pay any attention to Buffy's dot. As to what her dot is labeled... well that one and the reasons for it will come out in time.

Buffy already knew to some degree about borrowed magic - that's what every spell we've seen in Sunnydale in the first two seasons was after all (and yes I did skim through them all to check that all the spells call on 'higher beings' for power - hopefully I caught them all). She still doesn't know any more about how this type of magic works than she did when she left Sunnydale... and... well... why tempt fate by borrowing power you have yourself? I'll try to fit in some deeper ramblings on my views of borrowed magic at some point, I just don't like to overload the story more than necessary with my theories.

Interesting comments on Lucius' silencing charm (that was also used to a lesser complexity by Hermione). I cannot help but think that if there was some way for Buffy to magnify distortions in the spell to figure out the wording used, some other wizard would have develop an eavesdropping spell that could do just that. In fact that is part of the reason I mentioned the complexity of Malfoys spell in comparison to the similar one Hermione used with Anthony - the added layers would prevent any magical tampering that might enable someone to get around the magic. hmm... sorry that's just my initial reaction - this is definitely something I'll have to think on more - thanks for bringing it up!

You're right that Buffy's current instinct to react physically will need to be addressed at some point. To be fair at the moment without any proper DADA lessons on defensive/offensive magic she doesn't have many if any forms of magical intervention to use. This will, obviously change... I'm not about to give Buffy magic without her learning to use it as a weapon. And yes... reflective surfaces are useful in oh so many ways...

Thank you for your thoughtful comments, as ever they help me consolidate ideas of where this is going (and why).
Review By [(Current Donor)MaxGSandeman] • Date [19 Sep 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Beside Cleanliness" from winnie
Review:
keep going with the story, looking forward to more, the characters are well drawn.
Comments from author:
No plans to stop so far! And thans, I'm glad you like my characterisation.
Review By [winnie] • Date [18 Sep 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Beside Cleanliness" from jezaeiri
Review:
First off this is probably the only HP story I've bothered to track in the last year because it is by far the best one currently in progress. Very well done. Second, and it might not matter to you, but I noticed something as I was rereading the whole story just now. You mention that it's November when Remus is supposed to meet Buffy in Hogsmede in an earlier chapter and in this one you say it's October. I doubt anyone will really notice (I've done similar things in my stories and not had anyone spot it) but I thought you might want to know if you're even a tenth as nitpicky about details as I am.

Again, this story is wonderfully done. Complex and all the characters are well in character. You've taken then old 'Buffy goes to Hogwarts' and breathed a new life into it by taking a path that no one else has really be able to pull off.

Good luck and good writing.
Comments from author:
Thank you for your wonderful comments... I'm all chuffed and (as usual) unsure how to react to the praise except by saying 'thanks'. I've never been able to properly say how much the kind comments of my readers mean to me.

Unfortunately I'm also now all annoyed that I checked my email at my sisters... so I don't have access to my time line... which is going to bug me all evening. I really want to take a look at it to confirm that the Hogsmeade weekend was meant to be the first sat in October not November... I get slightly ridiculous about the details being right (that's why this has turned out so long after all).

Please let me know if you spot anything else! I'm more than happy to admit that I don't catch everything in my self editing... something that is only exasperated by the fact that I keep leaving year long gaps between posting. Hopefully those at least will not continue... although I suspect that the errors will.
Review By [jezaeiri] • Date [18 Sep 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Beside Cleanliness" from SassyFrass
Review:
I was so excited to see another update for this story. I liked the confrontation that Buffy stopped.
Looking forward to more!
Comments from author:
thank you! I'll try to make sure the wait isn't too long.
Review By [SassyFrass] • Date [18 Sep 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Beside Cleanliness" from (Recent Donor)JanessaRavenwood
Review:
Always good to see updates for this one.
Comments from author:
and it's always wonderful for me to hear that people enjoy it! thanks for the review.
Review By [(Recent Donor)JanessaRavenwood] • Date [16 Sep 09] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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