I've always wondered about Tom Riddle and Minerva McGonagall and a possible relationship between the two. This story has pretty much strengthened my suspicions and I must admit I'm anxious to read more of this pairing. Your story was written with superb skill. A clever story with both Minerva and Tom in character and portrayed correctly; it is a sure favorite of mine, already. Keep up with the good work.
Author's Response: Thank you very much!
I've always been interested in reading something about a young Minerva. =) I thought that you did an exceptional job portraying her. Tom was depicted flawlessly too!
You really captured his true personality, sheathed beneath this cool exterior. At points, I was actually a little scared
and taken aback by his character. I suppose that's to say you did a very realistic job and I can definitely see the start of Voldemort in him. It's amazing how cruel and calculating he was.
I like how Minerva is so prim and proper and how she's susceptible to Tom. I can see certain character traits that we find later in Professor Minerva. I also enjoy the consistency. She doesn't become a huge softie after Tom kisses her. I do admire her innocence and the slow-moving romance, even though it was clearly not long-lasting.
The girl gave a little shriek and they both stared at Tom with honest terror in their eyes.
You did write him quite frighteningly.
But comfortable love, love between minds - that was something else entirely.
It's a shame Tom turned so.. well, evil, because I think their relationship could have been quite an interesting development. I feel horribly for Minerva, that she was used. I'm not sure everyone would have had the strength to refuse all that power but she didn't even seem intrigued by it, more repulsed by what Tom was saying. Definitely spot-on with her characterization.
The Legilimency was so unsettling. But I thought it was fantastic how Tom reacted to her thoughts and the confusion it caused Minerva. Actually, quite entertaining despite Tom's overall scariness.
I love how she used that spell against him. My favorite part, by far.
Right there, she resolved that falling for Tom Riddle and his believable fantasy would be her final act of innocence.
That ended it nicely. I do like the 'tag line.' =D
Author's Response: Hee, thank you! I've always thought that if Tom had stayed good, he and Minerva would have made the perfect couple. Not that they don't make a great pair when he's evil. >.> I really tried to write Tom as a psychologically scary character and I'm glad that you think I accomplished that. I tend not to write dark fics, so the dark overtones in this were a challenge for me. Again, thank you for the lovely review!
I can't say I've ever been a Tom/Minerva fan, but you wrote this entire fic very convincingly. I believed your version of Minerva when she was young. I personally think Minerva is a difficult character to write because we usually only see the side of her that is very strict. You managed to take that quality and expand upon it so that we get a fully realized character.
Author's Response: Oh, thank you! I'm glad that you liked what I did with Minerva. She's always been a favorite of mine and I'm glad that she came across well.
Wow- its a good take on the pairing, and you can see elements of Voldemort in TOm, but not too fully fledged. I also like the implication that is Tom had been less "slytherin" and sneaky, she might have joined him. And I liked her spellwork at the end!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad that you liked Tom's characterization.
that was a new pairing that i hadn't thought of... it was a very good portrayal of minerva (i love that name =) ) and the situation was very believable. another great story!
Author's Response: Thank you!
Do you know how much I love this one? I really like it. so belieave and characters IC. Really loved it agian, you have nice writing style.
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm SO glad that you liked it.