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Review:forsakenphoenix says:
I have a hard time reading fanfics about Ginny because most authors don't do her justice. I guess I shouldn't have been worried when it came to your writing.

I really, really liked this. The repetition of the prison, first being Hogwarts, and then being Ginny's mind was very effective and it helped the reader feel how imprisoned Ginny felt in those long months without word from her family and friends.

I love how upset she gets, desperate for Harry to remember that it was his duty to protect her, that he left her behind to save her, and now she's still suffering from an unknown fate. Having her contemplate this in the place where Dumbledore died was fitting - and I love how you described Snape as an executioner.

Imagining her future with Harry is a dream that Ginny struggles to hold onto, but I'm glad she has that, at least as something to use as an escape. The little bits about her professors daring to challenge the Headmaster made me smile, because it's little things like that that mean a lot in a war like the one they lived through. Being brave doesn't take a huge act of courage.

This was really well-written and I'm excited to read the next chapter from Hermione's POV.

Author's Response: You know, I usually don't like Ginny much either. This piece was kind of a personal challenge for me to try writing Golden Trio ships because I'm unfamiliar with them. It was interesting getting inside of Ginny's head, as well as Hermione's.

You got right to the point - I wanted to emphasize her vulnerability, because I get sick of the constant onslaught of "fiery redhead" stories. I imagined that she would be in a cold, frightening place and would feel quite alone, and that she would wonder why the hero of the wizarding world couldn't be her personal hero just this once and save her. I'm happy that you liked my choice of settings and how I described everything and set the scene. That's great to hear, of course. I definitely wanted to put her in the place where the world (as she knows it) changed forever.

Again, the vulnerability - she's still a girl, full of feminine fantasies and clinging to her dreams. I'm glad you liked my mentions of the Hogwarts staff. It was my little tribute to the fact that all was not lost at the school :)

Thanks so much! I hope you like the Ron/Hermione chapter, whenever you get to check it out :)

Amanda


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