Reviewer: awsomesnape
Date: 03/29/11 20:57
Chapter: Letters From a First Year

I love all of your stories and they are all awesomely fun to read. :)

Author's Response: Wow, I wrote this so long ago! Thank you so much for reading it! Please feel free to read something a bit more recent as well, lol. I'm glad you enjoyed it, I really appreciate the review! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: harry12393
Date: 02/27/08 12:20
Chapter: Letters From a First Year

Very good please make a sequal to it but no letters.

Author's Response: Thank you so much for reading this story! I had once hoped to write more about Emma, but I don't think that will happen anymore. I appreciate the thought, though, and the lovely review!! Thank you! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: atkarid
Date: 10/05/06 16:35
Chapter: Letters From a First Year

Hi! I really like how you have a whole different perspective of Harry's first year. I like how you have it as a letter form, rather than a diary, or even a narrative. Also, I like how you added some events that Harry didn't cover. =)

Only constructive crit. would be that you seem to have more plot than character. Now, that's not bad, but it would be nice to know a bit more about Emma, other than she loves her grandfather and is obssesed with Harry Potter (okay, maybe not.. but sort of =) )

And I can see her joining the Harry Potter Fan Club with the Creevy brothers. =D

Any plans for other stories revolving around Emma? Because I (and probably others) would love to read them. Anyways, great story!

Author's Response: Hi Atkarid! Thanks so much for reading this story and leaving such a great review! I am glad you liked it. You hit the nail on the head too - Emma was a bit obsessed with Harry her first year. I wanted that to come through, her first year fascination with the Boy Who Lived. But that does change as the years go by - I even left a few hints in this story. I have the next few years sketched out, and hope to write them someday so that you do get to know Emma's character a little bit better. I'm glad you think someone would like reading it! Thanks so much for the great review, I'm so glad you read this story and really appreciate that you took the time to leave such kind and encouraging words. Thanks again! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: lily_writes
Date: 09/23/06 11:10
Chapter: Letters From a First Year

This was a very cute story. Are you planning on going through the remaining years? I absolutely loved it.

Author's Response: Hi! Thanks for the review! Cute was pretty much what I was going for. ;) When I first started this story for the challenge, yes - I wanted to write more years, and enter them as well. But there was a deadline, and I wasn't able to. I do have other years sketched out, with a sort of overarching theme for each year. I hope to write more someday - but other plot bunnies keep showing up! ;) Thanks so much for reading this little piece, I'm glad you liked it!! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: Fly to Dawn
Date: 08/01/06 8:19
Chapter: Letters From a First Year

Aww, what a sweet collection of letters! I'm assuming Emma is Oliver Wood's younger sister? I like her a lot as a character - she obviously loved her Grandfather so much. I love the way she talks in the letters, she's curious about her Grandfather, and she's quite blunt about things that happened. They even found her ears and reattached them. I think she looks better now. This made me smile - it's so simple, and yet it's heart-warming...
It's refreshing to see the events of Harry's first year through another person's eyes. Also, it's nice that Emma is a Ravenclaw, since she adds in little details about her House - I had forgotten that Ravenclaw had won in Harry's first year! (Silly of me, I know)
I would really like to read more about Emma and her family, mostly her grandfather ;)
It was a great story - fun to read, and it made me smile.

Author's Response: Hi Dawn! Thanks for such a great review! I'm really glad this story made you smile, that is a fantastic compliment because that's just about all I wanted from it. I wanted it to be sweet and simple - ah, the innocence of first year. ;) I do hope to write more about Emma - if you read my note below I really did think about her a bit more and want to explore her other years at Hogwarts in a similar manner. I'm so glad you liked it - thanks for stopping by to read it and for leaving me such a nice note!! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: FaunaCaritas
Date: 07/28/06 17:12
Chapter: Letters From a First Year

Hello there! I think you have a really neat idea here. It is nice to see the world of Hogwarts through the letters of a student.

I would like to suggest two things. First, don't hesitate to develop Emma's character through her letters by letting us know a lot more about what she thinks and feels. There is a huge opportunity here to build up a lovable girl that your readers can identify with. Most, if not all, of your readers know about what happened to Harry his first year. I would suggest making Emma's letters do more then just relate those events. Have Emma really give a whole new perspective on Harry's life, or use your story to show 'missing moments' in his school years. Go wild with your imagination here. I LOVED what you did with Fred and George's hair color potion! Have more stuff like that; that was so awesome.

Second, have you though about showing Emma's letters to other people then just her grandfather? Her letters to her mother and cousins(?) might be a nifty thing to try your hand at...

I hope this review isn't overwhelming. I am probably offering a lot more then you need to hear.

Great work, and keep updating. This fic is ready to go places!

Pax.


Author's Response: Thank you for taking the time to leave such great suggestions! It really wasn't overwhelming, it's great to know someone is reading so carefully and thoughtful enough to leave such a nice note. Hopefully I won't sound defensive, but I really did think about both of your concerns as I worked on this story. So here's a bit of insight into the deepest recesses of my mind . . . As to Emma writing to other people beside her grandfather: again, I absolutely thought about it. But for this piece I wanted to keep it consistent: I felt like jumping around from a letter to her mom, to a letter to her dad, to a letter to her cousin would be too difficult to follow. This way she is telling a more continuous story to one person. But that said, I originally envisioned this character for a series of challenges, and had her writing a different set of letters for each challenge, each centered around a different theme, each from a different year of her schooling at Hogwarts. Without giving too much away, since I may continue with this someday, Emma does not write to her grandfather exclusively through the years. But for this challenge, she did, for the reasons above. :) As for your other suggestion about developing her personality and experiences a bit more - yes, you are absolutely right. I could definetly see how as a reader that would be highly desirable. Hopefully I can do more with that if and when I continue her letters through the years. But again - for this challenge I deliberately set out to detail her thoughts about Harry. She's got a small crush on him, although I left a hint at the end that that could be changing. But again - should I continue working with Emma, I know a bit more of her will reveal itself, because I've planned for some of it already. Can't tell, though. ;) So that's what was going through my mind as I worked on this. And like I said - should I follow Emma through her years at Hogwarts, I will definitely branch out a bit and hopefully incorporate your suggestions more. Thanks again for your wonderful note, I really appreciate it. Take care! ~Gina :)

Reviewer: Big_Kelpie
Date: 07/28/06 16:27
Chapter: Letters From a First Year

great!!! Please continue it!! i want to see her thoughts on the other events that happen in hogwarts to haary and to her..

Author's Response: Hi there, Thanks so much for the kind review. You know you've done a good job when someone wants to read more, and that feels great. I actually do have several ideas about Emma, so you might see her again. Thanks again for leaving a nice note! I am really glad you liked her and her letters. ~Gina :)

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