Very touching. I think you really captured Luna. She's much deeper than just "Looney Lovegood." In many ways I think Luna is a much better match for Harry than Ginny. Nicely done. I can't add anything the previous reviewers haven't already said better. Well done. Thanks for sharing it.
This is my review to nominate this story for the RQSQ.
I have always love the Harry/Luna ship, and this is a story that reminds me why. Harry and Luna are just perfect for one another, chemistry wise, and you do an amazing job of showing it. Everyone is in character, Luna being the Luna that only Luna can be.
This is most certainly a story worthy of being nominated for Best Romance.
Mmmm. This was a very sweet little story. I feel rather like Goldilocks, but it wasn’t too heavy and it wasn’t too light – it was just perfect.
You did a marvelous job with the characterization of Luna. She is a terribly difficult character to pull off because she rather defies any sort of stereotype. She’s quirky and eccentric, yet she isn’t completely mad. You very carefully included her individuality while maintaining her actual character – she’s not just someone who spouts loads of useless and random information. JK Rowling has always used Luna as a tool for passing on various messages: thestrals are one excellent example. However, she also gives the reader (and the characters) important messages about the things in life that matter. When certain characters (Harry, mainly) loose sight of what’s important, Luna is always there to remind him. It is in this capacity that your Luna really stands out. Her actions in your story help give Harry some of the hope that he had lost. It was truly a beautiful moment at the very end when this happened.
The interactions between Harry and Luna were also very well done. She’s just as unflappable and he’s just as completely bewildered as we’ve all seen them in the books.
“But I can’t hear them,” Harry said helplessly. “Even when I close my eyes, or whatever it is you tell me to do.”
Luna smiled mysteriously at him. “Then, we just have to go a little bit closer.”
Those lines really stood out for me as the quintessential conversation between Harry and Luna. Harry’s not quite as confused as Ron is when he speaks with Luna, but he occasionally has absolutely no idea what Luna’s talking about. This was one of those perfect moments when both characters seemed absolutely real.
While I’m speaking about characterization, I have to comment about Harry. Having him walk outside after Remus’ death, thinking about him was both incredibly touching and incredibly in-character. Remus was really the last person whom Harry could physically connect his father to. Even though Remus was not as close to Harry as Sirius had been, they shared a very close relationship, especially after Teddy was born. Having what he probably considered an honorary uncle die, leaving his son behind, was a huge emotional blow for Harry. However, Harry has always had an issue about showing his weaknesses. If he was going to be upset or cry about Remus, although it would have been thoroughly understood by everyone, he would have gone outside. The actions that you have Harry taking are exactly what I would have expected from him. You did a wonderful job with his character. And, personally, it’s always the hardest to pull Harry’s characterization off because we’ve all seen so much of him throughout JK Rowling’s books.
I also enjoyed how you incorporated small details into this story to make it just that much more special. The one that really stood out for me was how Luna sat on her thestral. I very much enjoyed how you connected that to Order of the Phoenix and described how Luna had a graceful seat on hers.
”I’ve always wanted to try,” Luna admitted, “as my Mum used to tell me that they would whisper secrets. I could hear them trying to sing to me, but I could never hear the words. I think Mum was wrong, as they’re not really secrets, are they?” She contemplated her own question for a few moments before answering it, “It’s not really such a secret that even after they’re gone, our loved ones will still think of us.”
Due to an unfortunate circumstance in my own life recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the general concept of death. (That sounded somewhat morbid…>.>). This passage that Luna tells Harry was really quite interesting for me. I really liked how Luna describes those who have died as the ones thinking about those who remain on the earth. It really takes Luna to put such an idea in perspective – usually the phrase would be that those who are still alive think about those who have died. Luna phrases the fact that the dead never truly leave us in such an elegant way. I think that this was my favorite passage in your entire story because of how touching it is, both for me and for Harry. After all, Harry has spent so much of his life thinking about those who have died, that it must give him a sense of closure to know that the people that he thinks about are thinking about him in return.
Tash, this was a very moving story. Everything worked so well together: the stars, the characters, just everything. You did a fabulous job with two very difficult characters and a very heavy theme. In short, this was amazing.
wowwwww coool! right now i just started working on a harry/luna relationship, and its really, really fun to write. personally, i always thought that THEY should have gotten together!
One Word: Aawwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!
That was a really good short story. I think you have a similar writing style to me,but probably better! Please read my story, which is part Harry/Cho romance, if it gets published. You can find it by clicking on my username, when's/if it's accepted.
Author's Response: thanks for reading! :) ooh, I like Harry/Cho :D I'll keep an eye out for it. :)
Very well written.
Love this! It's really lovely and nice to read if you just want a hint of love...etc.
This is going on my faves!
that was beautiful please write more
*sniff* good story! i love how harry saw the faces of the people that had died in the stars! that's such a beautiful image!
This is probably the most interesting fic I've read. It's kind of hard to categorize. I love how you characterized Harry and Luna. Very realistic!
This was so beautiful. Luna was the perfect character for this story. Excellent job.