Hi. I spent two days reading this story, and now I'm leaving a review on the chapter that is the loneliest.
I discovered your story on the "Quality Stories" page on the forums, and I was intrigued by the description, so I started to read it immediately.
It is an excellent story. Your voice is strong and the plot is so original. I love how you write Minerva, especially her interactions with Tiberius... It is obvious that romance is not supposed to be in the foreground of the story, and that's why when you put the two together, there is so much more meaning. This story is different from the mundane "I hate him, ooh, he's cute" fluff that I see sometimes on the archives. You made your characters mean something; you gave them the basics and let them become who they are now. I don't often find such great development in fanfiction, but I couldn't stop reading this one because of its superb quality.
The setting is perfect. I never thought of Minerva going to school with Riddle, and especially not during World War II, but now it all makes sense. The way you tied everything in: Grindelwald, the Ministry, Riddle, Myrtle... It seems like the events you invented were the REAL story.
Here and there you had a few spelling and grammar slips, but nothing that would take away from the story. I've never seen such flawlessness in fanfiction as yours.
You, VioletGryfindor, are a brilliant writer, and I can tell by the amount of stories you've written that you're very busy. But what happened to this story? Why did you stop writing it? You left me with Tiberius and Minerva, waiting for something to happen, for everything to tie together, but alas, there was nothing. I know that I will never forget this story, and the day that I see Chapter 18 up on the archives is the day that I'll be a very happy reader. If you find time in your busy schedule (because I'm sure that you have so many stories to tell), PLEASE finish this up. I need to know your version of what happened to all of the characters. I'm sure it would be an awe-inspiring ending.
Thank you so much for writing this story. The tone and descriptions were amazing, and I can only hope that you'll continue to write more things like this.
Author's Response: This review has been a wonder to receive - a great gift that's been very inspiring. I'm sorry to have taken so long to respond to it - it deserves much better. Thank you for taking the time to not only read what's posted of the story (so far), but to also leave a review, especially a detailed review. Last year, I lost heart for this story because it seemed like no one else cared about it anymore. It may not be the case, but that's what it felt like, and I could not go on. Even before I received your review, however, I thought about coming back to just finish this story - it was all planned out; all that needed to be done was to sit down and physically write it. The "review problem" is still there, but at least the story will be done, and I can move on.
Novel-writing is a task of unceasing drama. :P
Wow! Your compliments are just what I needed to hear - thank you! I wanted to write a seventh-year story that included the romantic element without it being the primary focus - it is instead about the two characters maturing and developing into adults. Grimm's maturation is perhaps more obvious, but McGonagall also undergoes a transformation, more silent and subtle, but still of great significance. To me, they've become very real people - a danger, of course, but it's helped me push the story forward. The plot relies so much on them, the choices they make, and the consequences of those choices. It's wonderful that you thought this story of such high quality because of the characters!
It's not entirely canon anymore for her to have attended school with Riddle, but there was a time when that was believed to be the case. It produces an interesting dynamic to have been able to include all of these different characters from the series - from Voldemort and Dumbledore to Moody and Umbridge - and show how it could have been if they had all been in Hogwarts at the same time.
When I have time, I will try to smooth out the prose and seek out any typos - five years is a long time to write a story, and I've certainly changed since beginning it. I am, however, pleased to hear that you found this story flawless! Cue much cheering and dancing on this end. :D
There are at most five, more likely 4 chapters left for me to write. I've planned out the ending with great exactitude, but there is still some that I've leaving up to chance. My goal is to finish it this year, and it will be my main story project. I hope to have that 18th chapter up soon! Thank you so much for your compliments and support! ^_^