Reviewer: DontSayImpossible
Date: 07/21/11 9:08
Chapter: Second Year -- War and Peace

That was hilariously brilliant!

'Rolling his eyes, Sirius muttered, “See? Completely hopeless.” More loudly, he added, “It wasn’t cold water!”

After a very long silence, there came a “Thanks” so frosty James thought it probably froze the bathwater to ice on its own.'

This bit made me laugh out loud. I love Severus. He so should have been a Gryffindor.

Reviewer: Evelynne_Pemanondis
Date: 11/15/09 23:41
Chapter: Second Year -- War and Peace

Pretty brilliant, as far as fanfiction goes. I would love to read more about what would have happened had Snape been in Gryffindor, care to enlighten me?

Reviewer: MorganRay
Date: 07/20/09 19:23
Chapter: Second Year -- War and Peace

The use of the real life alarm clock situation made a really cute plot point. I have to admit I’ve turned into one of those people whose alarm rings for half an hour before I get up. Once again, this entire fic seems very well put together. James seems very in character, and I like how you showed the conflicting sides of his personality. James feels the need to be loyal to Sirius, but yet Sirius can really be annoying, and I like how James can privately agree with Snape, but he never shows those feelings in public.

Reviewer: MorganRay
Date: 07/20/09 19:07
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

This is such a guilty pleasure story for me. I loved your description of how James viewed all of his roommates. I liked that you didn’t make James too mature at the beginning, but yet, he seems a bit wiser than his fellow roommates. I loved this line because it set up James’s POV well:

Splendid, James thought. Sirius afraid of his family, Remus afraid we won’t like him, Peter afraid of his shadow, and Snape afraid of us.

The breakfast conversation was so effortlessly cute and funny. It seems natural that Sirius would dominate the conversation. I’m not sure Sirius would punch his roommate – even if he did happen to be Snape – on the first morning, though. Other than that, I liked Sirius’s character in this fic. I liked how you also kept Snape in character.

Reviewer: BlondieFangurl
Date: 06/06/09 2:34
Chapter: Second Year -- War and Peace

Awww. I was looking at my old reviews and was pleasantly surprised to find you've written another chapter. This was a really cute addition to the first chapter. Although it did depress me 'cause Sev never got this good of treatment in canon.
Way to go :)

Reviewer: OliveOil_Med
Date: 03/18/09 14:58
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

This is my review to nominate this story for the RQSQ for Best Alternative Universe.

This has been one of my favorite for ages. Ever since the chapter in DH when Dumbledore suspected that students were Sorted to early (although this could also be taken as a bit of an insult). Reading this story also makes me think about how the rest of their lives would have played out because of this little change. I doubt the Death Eaters would have anything to do with Snape now.

Reviewer: sarcasticval
Date: 11/27/08 0:28
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

I confess, I'm kind of in love with this story. I know it was intended to be a one shot, but it's so wonderful that I can't help wanting more. Great job. I'll definitely be rereading this one a few times!

Reviewer: moony 4eva
Date: 10/26/07 8:50
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

weird, i always thought
James-Gryffindor
Sirius-Slytherin
Peter-Hufflepuff
Remus-Ravenclaw

Reviewer: HermioneDancr
Date: 07/04/07 22:10
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

An AU spin-off maintaining the opening of In The Eyes Of Others as well as canon, eh? Interesting concept. And really, Severus could have been a GryffindorĖĖand probably would have been, had he not been so set against Sirius and James. Perhaps I should add that I like this story in spite of its healthy does of Sirius, who I really despise. Perhaps itís because you donít try to make Sirius look kind or even nice, which always makes me sort of ill. You wrote him well.


Your Remus was just priceless. The werewolf comments were just Ö inspired. A beautiful plot device. Not the sneakiest thing youíve ever written into a story by any stretch of the imagination, but extremely effective. Youíve transplanted the adult Remus, bashfulness and all, beautifully into the character of a child. His characterization sticks out in this story for being so incredibly apt. Lily, of course, you always do extremely well (andÖ if the masses got plaintive enough, might you be convinced to spin this out into an AU Severus/Lily? Please?). Itís the Remus that has me staring.


I have one teeny quibble (surprise). Snape nodded, either too disinterested to ask or too determined not to give James the chance to explain. Itís a beautiful insight into Severusís character, but honestly I doubt that eleven-year-old James Potter would be thoughtful enough to realize how Severus protects himself by pretending disinterest. Since the story is told from Jamesís perspective, it gives the impression that James understands much more than I believe he actually does. But then again, the insight into Severusís world might be more important than a bit of OOC-ness in James.


I really, really enjoyed this, and now I canít help but think how much Iíd enjoy an AU story examining Severusís life and possible relationship with Harry (either as his father or as Lily Evans Potterís best friend) had he been sorted into Gryffindor. Not that Iím trying to feed you another chaptered bunny or anything, of course. *scampers away before she can get walloped with a turnip*

Reviewer: Valentinia
Date: 06/11/07 10:18
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

Cool. Severus Snape in Gryffindor... I wonder how things would've turned out? I hope they'd become friends, that would be pretty cool... :D Anyway... really an intriguing fic, well-thought out and very original! I really enjoyed reading it, as well as your characterization of Severus (though of course that is what, in my mind, you're famous for, so... :D)

Reviewer: mgle_teacher
Date: 06/09/07 0:26
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

This is interesting, V.V. I never thought of Snape in Gryffindor. You sure write him as a quirky little fellow. And rather full of snarkiness for one so young.
Great job with the characterization, and making it believable for Snape to be sorted into Gryffindor. XD

~Ritta/mugglemathdork/mgle_teacher

Reviewer: wrockfan
Date: 06/01/07 20:33
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

Wow, Snape as a Gryffindor. That must be hard to write! I thought you pulled it off quite nicely, though. I suppose he still acts the same as a Gryffindor, though. :)

Reviewer: BlondieFangurl
Date: 05/30/07 15:33
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

aw, sweet. this was cute.

Reviewer: modiste1000
Date: 05/21/07 12:50
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

As ever, Ms. VV, you have outdone everyone. You make these people live. Action verbs, grammar that only enhances the story (instead of hampering my reading by calling attention to itself), and not a "seems" or "seemingly" (banes of fanfic!) in sight. I LOVE your writing. Please Please Please write some of your own stuff so that I may SPEND MONEY ON IT and buy it for everyone I know!!!!!

Reviewer: Ravensgryff
Date: 05/21/07 7:04
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

You've done a wonderful job and the POV choice is perfect. I completely buy Snape as a Gryffindor, I love seeing James brought down a peg and your thoughts on courage are provocative as well. I could actually see a basis for Snape and James becoming something close to friendly, if not friends (although I wouldn't totally rule that out). If you should decide to expand on this concept, I'd certainly love to see it.

Reviewer: Gwinna
Date: 05/20/07 22:41
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

What an interesting idea! I always wondered about the fifth Gryffindor boy, and how original for it to be Snape! I definitely think he could have been in Gryffindor, since being a spy and double agent must have taken courage... Though, I thought when I started reading that somehow he would end up transferring out of Gryffindor or something, but now I see it's AU. I also really like the discussion about the meaning of courage and how James comes to understand more of what it really means to be a Gryffindor. And the parts about werewolves and the Slytherins eating Snape alive were amusing in their irony. So yeah, I enjoyed this a lot. It would make an interesting longer story, if you ever feel like writing more...

Reviewer: Spottedcat
Date: 05/19/07 22:06
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

Oh, I like this! For one thing, it's such an interesting thought. It's occurred to me many times that students would have had to have been nearly sorted somewhere else. And Snape is so interesting, no matter where he goes. And of course, as Snape himself attempted to point out to Harry in HBP, Snape is no coward.

Author's Response: The Sorting always seems like such an arbitrary thing, and "The Sorting Hat never makes a mistake" so entirely un-provable, that this was really fun to write. So much of the difference between Slytherin and Gryffindor seems to be just a matter of what the "ends" really are. Thanks!

Reviewer: sinbad
Date: 05/19/07 7:21
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

Nice story, but if Severus was sorted into Grifindore how did he wind up in Slytherine?

Author's Response: It was an AU challenge, so he didn't wind up in Slytherin at all. Glad you liked it!

Reviewer: I lovesmesomeHarry
Date: 05/19/07 0:30
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

aww. This made me smile a bit. Kinda pulled at my heart a little. I really like this!

Author's Response: Aw, shucks. Thanks!

Reviewer: ProfPosky
Date: 05/18/07 22:38
Chapter: First Year -- the Oddball

Really makes me wish THIS was the start of everything...

Author's Response: Thanks! Yeah, it does have some appeal, and might just make an interesting person of James.

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