Reviews For Chasing the Scoop!
Reviewer: OtterMoone
Date: 07/22/11 8:54
Chapter: Chapter 1 Chasing the Scoop

Too bad you didn't finish this one.... it had an interesting start! And the Mime ghost nade me giggle :D haha!

Author's Response: ha ha - yes, I liked the mime ghost. One day, maybe, but Lavender's too entrenched with Blaise now for me to pair her up with Lee which was the intention. Thank you.

Reviewer: SimpleMinds
Date: 04/05/11 12:30
Chapter: Chapter 1 Chasing the Scoop

Perhaps contrarily to some of the other reviews, i reckon Lee Jordan stole the show. You give him a really authentic radio voice which seems a pretty natural progression from his canon Quidditch commentating and Potterwatch!

Otherwise, my only bugbear was that i didn't really see why Mcgonagall (i've just had an absolute brainfade on spelling that name, forgive me if i've committed such a sin!) was ill, didn't seem to add anything other than giving us the presence of a pretty inconsequential character we've never really met. And i think there'd have been interesting places to go with her having chastised Lee's commentary and stuff like that.

Did really enjoy it though!

Author's Response: Thank you. Yeah I like Lee as well. Hmm, McGonagall. Okay the point about her is that the story was going to continue and she would have turned up for a later round, but I doubt I'll finish this now. Also. JKR said that McGonagall wasn't Headmistress at the time of the epilogue, but was Headmistress when she wrote Beedle the Bard. This was going to be her shift to retirement. Thanks for reviewing. ~Carole~

Reviewer: DogLover4Life
Date: 12/08/10 0:41
Chapter: Chapter 1 Chasing the Scoop

Oh! I also loved this. I love many of the things you write. It seems you've stopped writing this story, but if you ever decide to start up again you'll have one very excited reader! There are so many routes this fic could take, with the contenders you've chosen and the journalists covering it.

Author's Response: OH, hmm, yes I should continue, really., Trouble is, I have Lavender paired up with someone totally different in another story, so I'm not sure I could continue. ~Carole~

Reviewer: mzap
Date: 05/02/09 8:09
Chapter: Chapter 1 Chasing the Scoop

I had been meaning to review this story. I think you did a fantastic job with the prompt and I really enjoyed the fact that both Lee and Lavender are "competing" for the story. I also loved, like BB mentioned, that the story made it seem that it would be Lee/Lavender, but it ends up that she was crushing on Oliver Wood. I think you did a great job bringing back more minor characters and making them central to the story and I liked the twist with Victoire as the one of the champions.

I think you captured each of the characters very accurately; each of them acted just as I thought they would. Like I said before, you did a really great job with the prompt and I really enjoyed reading your story. You should write another chapter for this; I'd like to see what happens.

Author's Response: Thanks, Mercy. Slowly, ever so slowly, I'm being drawn to post Hogwarts and Next Gen. I wasn't totally sure which Hogwarts Student it would be ... I nearly set it a year earlier and had Teddy, but I wanted Victoire because of Fleur. Ahhhh, Oliver Wood, well who wouldn't crush on him? *adds to list*

There will be one other chapter at least(half written ... sort of ... eeek) but knowing me, the fic will take on a life of its own and become an epic. Carole xxx

Reviewer: Sainyn Swiftfoot
Date: 05/01/09 5:42
Chapter: Chapter 1 Chasing the Scoop

Carole, this story is truly magnificient. Or should I say... magnifique? No, I suppose I shouldn't.

However, what actually made me particularly take a liking to this story was the little touches that you added here and there-- the Kneazle, the ample chest, the the mime... They aren't anywhere near central to the story and are little things here and there, but all together, they really made an impact on me-- a good impact.

The character of Digby is absolutely amazing, I like how he is commanding and loud, and indifferent to Jordan, who is after all, just an employee. He definitely fits the bill of a newspaper editor, and I would love to see some thing starring him.

The “... story continued on pages 3, 5 and 9)” was one of those little touches I was talking about, they convince you, and make the story more believable. In fact, I found the entire article written exactly how I imagined the Daily Prophet's articles being.

And now, live from Beauxbatons Ecole de Magic, Sorcery Sounds Radio brings you a special report from our very own Lee Jordan. According to Google Translations (which I know is not a very reliable source, but it was the best I had), Ecole apparently means “school”. However it's actually Beauxbatons Academy... And, accoring to Google again, Academy is Académie in French. Now you don't have to use that either, because according to HPL, the Beauxbatons Academy's building is called the Palace of Beauxbatons... Like Hogwarts Castle.

I’m here in the Banqueting Hall of Beauxbatons awaiting the arrival of the Hogwarts students.
According to HPL again (and supposedly chapter twenty-three of the Goblet of Fire), the Beauxbatons equivalent of the Great Hall is a “Dining Chamber”.

Hogwarts is sending its team via flying train. It’s the Hogwarts Express in the air! I somehow get the feeling that the first sentence stops rather abruptly, or jerkily. I think you could try merging the two sentences with a dash, or maybe adding an exclamation mark at the end of the first sentence. However, this is a very nice idea-- what else would Hogwarts do?

I liked Lee talking to Fred-- once again, this is a very good touch. They were best friends, and I suppose Lee would do that...

Olympe Maxime is still in charge and she’s keeping things close to her very ample chest. Haha! As I said before this was an amazing line. You did a very good job of sprkinling humour through out the story.

Lavender giggled; she’d forgotten how amusing Lee could be. Would she really even know how amusing he is in the first place? Jordan being two (?) years above her would hardly have conversed with her... and that time, I don't think Jordan would have paid her much attention because of her giggly, girly nature...

She’s looking forward to reporting on every aspect of the Tournament – especially when a former crush appears. says the summary. You've nicely set it up, leading us to believe that it's going to be some sort of Brown/Jordan ship, when you suddenly introduce Wood, surprising the heck out of all of us. Wonderful.

In GoF, we see no reporters anywhere. I suppose that could be because GoF was from Harry's point of view and it isn't possible to show every single thing in a book. However, I'm sure there would have been a remark somewhere if there were reporters during the choosing of the Champions... I suppose you can write that off as modernisation, but from what we've seen of the Wizarding World, I somehow doubt it.

Grindlewald? Now that's a nice idea. I like the addition of Alexei-- Grindlewald is some one we know, and it gives a nod to that.

Ah, Maxime would obviously be pleased with the decision-- Victoire is partially French. Victoire Weasley was once again a good idea, it's some one we know.

There are no glaring time-line issues (and believe me, I checked), nor are there any problems with grammar, or tense, or spelling. My nitpicks are incredibly small, and well, nitpicky-- I really, really enjoyed this fic.

Author's Response: WOWZERS! What a lovely review, thank you, BB. I'm pleased you enjoyed the story. I really should have employed you as my technical adviser on all things Beauxbatons, though. I didn't think about the name, to be honest. I shall keep Banqueting Hall - because I like it *grins* but shall change Academie and Ecole.

I am pleased you liked the mime ghost - I think that's the bit that made me giggle the most because I really hate mimes.

As for Lavender not knowing Lee that well. I agree they wouldn't have had a lot to do with each other at Hogwarts (although two years isn't that big a gap - especially as he was by himself after Gred and Forge did a bunk *I digress*) but she had heard his Quidditch commentaries and probably listened avidly to Potterwatch as a girl.

I am pleased you liked the Prophet articles. I was trying to get a different type of writing into them (I think it's called journalese) which means it's often littered with cliches because newspaper articles usually are (as well as BOLD writing (must get that in the next one).

Thank you again for the review ... and I must get on with Chapter 2! Carole xxx

Reviewer: Windy Silvermist
Date: 04/30/09 18:57
Chapter: Chapter 1 Chasing the Scoop

Nice nice loved it good start can't seew where this is going yet, but it looks good. Victore Weasly Tri Wizard Touramant. Sounds exciting. Thanks for the reminder I've been planning to write a story with the triwizard tournament and I forgot that they could be at diffrent places.

Author's Response: I need to get back to this fic, don't I. Lavender is becoming a bit of an obsession - LOL. Thanks for the review. Carole xxx

Reviewer: Hormiga
Date: 04/27/09 22:36
Chapter: Chapter 1 Chasing the Scoop

Loved it!

Author's Response: Cool!

Reviewer: delirioustk
Date: 04/27/09 21:14
Chapter: Chapter 1 Chasing the Scoop

woo! I love this fic! Why is it that you always write the most intriguing stories?? =) I get RSS feeds on mnff updates everyday and your summary totally reeled me in! Do update asap! :)))

Author's Response: Ill have to now, won't I! Thank you so much for the review. Actually this was intended as a oneshot but it seems to be developing legs and wings of its own. Carole xxx

Reviewer: finchley
Date: 04/27/09 7:44
Chapter: Chapter 1 Chasing the Scoop

Ah, a fresh story line, and nicely set up! I really enjoy "secondary character" fics - looking forward to more!

Author's Response: OOH, thank you for that. I rather like writing minor characters because there's so much more I can make up about them. Glad you enjoyed it. Carole xxx

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