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Review:Iloenchen says:
I don't think I've ever read any Tom/Minerva stories before. Maybe I should seek them out more often - at least, if all of them are as great as this one.

I love how you play with shadow and light in this one-shot. The descriptions are very beautiful and it's a great theme that you manage to follow up upon for the whole time. That's very well done!

What fascinated me was that Minerva knew what was going to become of Tom and yet, she could not fully resist him. In the books, we just know her as the head of Gryffindor who does of course know what she wants and who'd never be on the wrong side. But I never thought about how she got there and that there must have been more to her. You explore her so well! Great job!

Author's Response: As great as this one? O_O Better, they are - much better. Thank you for such an amazing compliment! Oh my gosh, it's wonderful to hear these wonderful things from you! ^_^

I'm glad that you liked the use of shadows and light in this story. It partially plays off of Tom and Minerva's characters - he shadow, and she light - but then there's that switch at the end, how he is able, during his Hogwarts years at least, take on the appearance of light and be that perfect prefect who saved Hogwarts. And Minerva remains in the shadows to protect herself from him and also because she has that potential within her to become one of the shadows, a Death Eater, but she rejects that and never regrets it. The light and shadow are so meaning-filled (as opposed to meaningful) to this story - calling them a theme is exactly how I was hoping readers would see them. :D

Minerva's a very interesting character to examine - I mean, if Dumbledore could have that darker side, then so could she. I know that Pottermore changes this to a large degree, and while I do like what JKR had for Minerva's backstory, I still take too much enjoyment out of writing my own versions of her story. ;)


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