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Review:academica says:
Hey Branwen! I thought I'd pop by and leave a very belated review for the last chapter of this story :)

I thought this was super cute. I often feel like James gets lost in cliche land (read: Harry's little clone) whenever I read him, and I felt like I sort of got to know him for the first time here. I think it was getting to examine his doubts that did it for me, because it gave him more of a human feel. I also thought Roxanne was cute, with her sassy little blue sparks.

In addition, I liked your OC and getting to have a fresh glimpse at the wand selection process. I think you portrayed it very well, and I think canon would agree with how you showed things working at Ollivander's. Overall, this was short, but excellent.

I'll admit, at first I was a little confused about why you chose to end the story this way. Now I see it, though -- James has a chance here to live up to his own destiny, not merely a copy of Harry's or anyone else's, and to prove that he's something special with that thestral wand. It was really quite a neat and charming way to end an interesting piece.

Nicely done! :)

-Amanda
Recenseo 2012

Author's Response: Oh, thank you! :) I wasn't quite sure about ending with this, either, to tell you the truth - I didn't really want to make it its own little story, but I couldn't bump it to the first chapter, either. I am glad that you felt like it worked on the whole, though. I might try to change it up a bit to smooth it over a bit more. Hmm.

I'm glad that you enjoyed this - I had a lot of fun writing it.

Thank you so much! :)


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