This was a fun one-shot, and a good read. I especially liked Sirius' argument with the Hat, and how you started and ended with a bit of the four of them--almost like it was always going to be the Marauders, and Sirius' house was no more than a minor obstacle easily overcome.
Out of idle curiosity, is your title a play on Hairy Snout, Human Heart?
Author's Response: Thank you for reading this story! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it. The title wasn't a play on that story, no, but it sure seems like it could be. I haven't read that, I'll have to add it to my reading list! Thanks for leaving such a nice review, I really appreciate it!! ~Gina :)
I've been meaning to read this. As a story in its own right, it's excellent. I love the reluctance and the inner conflict it gives to Sirius about his house and his friendship with James, Remus, and Peter.
I think you also did a really good job on the characterisations, particularly Sirius, James, and Peter.
The only thing that seemed a little off is that when you tell the Sorting Hat "no", it listens... Even Dumbledore said as much. So, it insisting on Slytherin seems a bit out of character for the hat.
All in all, though, great story!
Author's Response: Hi Vorona! Thanks so much for reading this story! I appreciate the positive comments on characterization, since I'm hoping to start a MWPP story soon! You are not the first one to comment on the Sorting Hat, but I did need to get Sirius into Slytherin and wanted to do so at his initial Sorting; I suppose in hindsight avoiding the Sorting Hat might have been better, since it does come across as a bit OOC given what we know about how the hat Sorted Harry. Oh well! I don't see myself changing it, since it is AU after all, and I'm rather pleased with how Sirius turned out to be a Maruader after all in spite of being Sorted away from the others. I really appreciate you reading this, and the lovely comments. Thank you so much!! ~Gina :)
Gina, I loved it! You should be very proud. I'm proud of the wonderful job you did writing this story.
You have such detail in your story that I was immediately drawn into the plot.
You described all the characters so vividly, I could picture the scenes as I was reading along.
I enjoyed the discussion between the Sorting Hat and Sirius. Especially how you made sure that Sirius was sorted into Slytherin even after he made it quite clear to the Sorting Hat he preferred not to be there.
The ending was exceptional. One, because you worked inter-house relations into your fic. Two, because they were plotting their first prank. And, it was on Snape.
Author's Response: Lacey! Thanks so much for reading my challenge entry! I'm so glad you liked it. Thank you for the compliments *blushes* I'm really glad you enjoyed Sirius's turn with the Sorting Hat, since others found it a bit OOC. I'm glad to know the details and characterization are there, since the Maruaders are less well-known I think that can be tricky. Thanks again for the lovely review! *turnip hug* ~Gina :)
That was pretty entertaining, and well-written. I think you captured the Marauders very well. The hat, however, seemed very OOC. The scene with Sirius was almost identical to the one with Harry in Sorceror's Stone, but your hat reacted very differently. Still, I guess you could say that it was necessary to the plot, as you weren't portraying Sirius's pesonality as any different. Fun speculation!
Author's Response: Hi there! Thanks for the compliments! I understand what you mean about the hat - like I told my last reviewer, the prompt was to Sort someone into a different house, so I tried to come up with a good reason for the Sorting Hat to do that to Sirius, poor guy. And I deliberately tried to parallel Harry's Sorting, good catch! I'm glad it was still fun speculation, thank you for reading this story and leaving such a lovely review!! ~Gina :)
Great to see something new by you up! I guess you finally got inspired to write again! I think you handled Sirius very well, though I'm not sure the hat would have forced him somewhere he was begging not to go. I do love how you still have James and Remus wanting to be his friends. :) Good luck with the challenge!! :) Cyns
Author's Response: Hi Cyns! Thanks for coming to read my last two stories! I haven't been writing quite as much, but then I've done quite a bit in the last year so I don't mind slowing down a bit. This story popped out unbelievably fast! I agree the Sorting Hat wouldn't put Sirius in Slytherin - he certainly proved his Gryffindor worth in OotP - but that was the challenge, and it is AU after all. ;) I tried to give a good reason for him to go into Slytherin, and I really wanted him to still become a Marauder, so hopefully I've succeeded somewhat. Thanks much for the luck, and for the great first review! ~Gina :)