Reviewer: Alice Elizabeth Greenfield
Date: 07/20/11 9:21
Chapter: Stave Five: The End of It

I love it!! Especially the bit about the train at the end(: Bloody brillaint and exceptionally well done.

Reviewer: beautiful_mind08
Date: 11/24/10 19:39
Chapter: Stave Five: The End of It

This story was great!

Reviewer: neonpachyderm
Date: 09/26/10 23:10
Chapter: Stave Five: The End of It

VERY nice! I will definitely keep this one around and reread it at Christmas.

Reviewer: armagod679
Date: 12/22/09 9:34
Chapter: Stave Five: The End of It

I knew it was Dumbledore! I knew it!

I love the way you have preserved the message of Charles Dickens through a beloved, if semi-evil, literary character from our own time. Keep writing (especially on your Neville Longbottom series.)

Author's Response: It had to be Dumbledore, didn't it? Actually that came about by accident. When I wrote chapter 1, I had Snape (being a logical sort) ask who sent Myrtle. At the time, I didn't know myself, but when the question came up I realised it had to be Dumbledore, and all of a sudden I had a great ending I couldn't resist using. I do hope to return to the Neville story, but I also have another fic in the works which I hope to have up some time in the New Year. We'll see.

Reviewer: JustLikeHermione77
Date: 12/21/09 20:30
Chapter: Stave Five: The End of It

awww..that was very sweet. :) snape deserves a happy ending! great story!

Author's Response: Thanks! Snape does deserve a happy ending, but it's up to him to provide it. Dumbledore just had to give him an opportunity to change.

Reviewer: JustLikeHermione77
Date: 12/21/09 20:24
Chapter: Stave One: Myrtle's Ghost

haha Tiny Albus..
good story!! :)

Author's Response: Thank you!

Reviewer: moonstargazer
Date: 12/20/09 23:56
Chapter: Stave Five: The End of It

Awwww!! Now that's the ending I was hoping for!! Sorry for any confusion I may have caused in my last review.
I think this was absolutely brilliant!
Thank you for writing this and I'm glad that little Albus and SEverus are good pals now.

Author's Response: Ah, I see, you must have reviewed the previous chapter in between me submitting the last chapter and getting it validated. That'll teach me to mark a story finished before the last chapter's validated! I'm glad you liked the story, and thanks for all the great reviews!

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 12/20/09 20:05
Chapter: Stave Five: The End of It

That was wonderful, just wonderful. I did laugh when I read the part about the Ministry receiving all of the owls that someone was impersonating Severus Snape. I did not expect Severus to give Harry the torn picture of Lily. I kind of wish we knew a little more about what was wrong with Tiny Albus, but that wasn't the point of this story. This was a great holiday story. Thank you for writing this and getting it to us by Christmas. I will probably read this again as a tradition.

Author's Response: I didn't expect the torn picture of Lily to turn up either! Funny how these things happen: I was trying to think of a present for Snape to get Harry, and I came up with a photo album. That set me thinking about photographs, and then I remembered the torn picture in DH. It snuck in almost by accident. I love it when that happens.

Reviewer: moonstargazer
Date: 12/20/09 0:56
Chapter: Stave Four: The Last of the Spirits

Well, that was just as I expected. Although, I thought you would have Snape doing what Scrooge did in 'A Christmas Carol', buying a goose or turkey and sending it over to the Potters, and maybe spending the Christmas Day with them.
I loved the story, and obviously, the last chapter was sad...I kind of wished that you had more of Snape, being happy at the end and rejoicing the spirit of the day.
Thanks for a great story, though. The ending was meant to be simplistic, like Snape himself. Please forgive my slight critiques. ;0) I did truly enjoy it though.

Author's Response: Chapter Five did end up being a bit short (but the chapter it's based on is quite short too) . I didn't want Snape to go too over the top in his conversion; I'm not sure it would be in character. In fact, in the book, Scrooge doesn't spend Christmas with the Crachits, he spends it with his nephew and then visits Crachit the next day, so that's why I did it that way in the chapter, with Flitwick and Harry. Glad you enjoyed the story!

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 12/17/09 16:25
Chapter: Stave Four: The Last of the Spirits

Very nicely done. This is an old story but you've made it new. Of all people who should see his past, present, and future, Snape is the person. I also think he's the person most capable of change. I think I mentioned before that I love using the Hogwarts ghosts. I'm surprised someone hasn't done this before but I'm glad you did since you did such a good job. And thank you for getting this up for Christmas.

Author's Response: I don't know if Snape is the person most capable of change (he gets very stuck in his ways), but I think given a big enough shock, he could change. Using the Hogwarts ghosts was an obvious choice (particularly as the Bloody Baron makes an appropriately scary Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come), but I do feel sorry for the Fat Friar. Once again Hufflepuff gets left out! One chapter to come, which I'm just putting the finishing touches to, and the whole thing should be up by Christmas.

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 12/16/09 19:07
Chapter: Stave Three: The Second of the Three Spirits

I must confess I was a little misty eyed thinking of Tiny Albus and the Potters at Christmas. Sir Nicholas is gracious as always. It was interesting to hear what everyone said about Snape. What is the old saying--those who eavesdrop don't hear anything good about themselves (or something like that). This story is such a cool thing to do and I especially like using the Hogwarts ghosts. Great chapter.

Author's Response: The Christmas Present chapter is my favourite in Dickens' story, because it so wonderfully evokes the spirit of Christmas. There's a little less of that here (because I'm too busy making bad jokes!) but Iove the image of Harry's family sharing Christmas together - it's everything Harry ever wanted. Thanks for the review!

Reviewer: Minerva67
Date: 12/16/09 14:20
Chapter: Stave One: Myrtle's Ghost

Your story is going great. I have read a great deal of Dickens, as well as HP, and have always appreciated Dickens sly humor. I also usually re-read "Christmas Carol" or watch a video of it eery Christmas season. You have captured the essence of both Scrooge and Snape. I agree that it was a natural to combine the Hogwarts ghosts and the Dickens spirits of Christmas. Looking forward to the next installment----It will be fine if the last one doesn't get posted until after Christmas.

Author's Response: Well, this chapter got validated really quickly, so we might get them in before Christmas, we'll see. Thanks for your positive review. Writing this, I realised how remarkably similar Scrooge and Snape are, aside from Scrooge's love of money. Both lost the woman they loved as a young man. Both shut themselves off from other people. It actually makes me hope that one day we'll get an Alan Rickman-starring version of "A Christmas Carol"! Wouldn't that be great!

Reviewer: moonstargazer
Date: 12/16/09 1:05
Chapter: Stave Three: The Second of the Three Spirits

OKay, thanks for that info on 'Eastenders'. I've heard of it, but never seen it. It aired on the local PBS staions here in the States. (I assume you're in England..If not, forgive me)
Well, Snape got to see the happiness of having a family, to share Christmas with.
Loved your littlle inside jokes throughout the chapter! *grins*. Yeah, and if you're not careful, the humbugs will start eating the chestnuts and everything else!
It's sad that Albus is ill, also, there's still anomosity over Snape's role in the Potters' lives.
Can't wait for the next chapter...I'm sure it will shake Snape to his very soul.
Thanks for a great story!!

Author's Response: "East Enders" was a bit of a Brit-centric joke, I admit. Sorry about that. (Though this is Harry Potter: Brit-centric jokes are to be expected!) The next chapter is a dark one, with not much comedy, but that was unavoidable. Difficult to make jokes about what happens in the future section of the story.

Reviewer: moonstargazer
Date: 12/16/09 0:42
Chapter: Stave Two: The First of the Three Spirits

Snape can see what a sad child and teenager he was.Being more interested in books, rather tahn join Lily for a bit of winter play. It's no wonder he was picked on by James Potter and Co.
And for him to revisit these memories are very painful, because he knew he was a sad case anyway.
Thanks for a great story!

Author's Response: Chapter Two was the easiest to write, because "The Prince's Tale" from DH had already laid the groundwork for me. Short of Harry (and perhaps Voldemort) no character's past is more detailed than Snape. It was just a case of wondering what Snape would be doing at Christmas and combining that with what was in "A Christmas Carol" (Scrooge was quite like Snape at school).

Reviewer: OkiBlossom
Date: 12/14/09 22:15
Chapter: Stave Two: The First of the Three Spirits

I like this one as well.

Author's Response: Thanks! Hope you enjoy the rest of the story!

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 12/14/09 17:25
Chapter: Stave Two: The First of the Three Spirits

I wonder how many of us, when looking back on Christmases past, would feel regret and sorrow. I know I am one of them. There are so many times we can wish were different. Basically, all we can do is hope for the future. This was great, although thought provoking. Can't wait for more.

Author's Response: We all have regrets, though of course, Snape has a lot more to be regretful about than most. I tried to approach this chapter as a sort of companion piece to "The Prince's Tale" from DH, emphasising Snape's own take on his life. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewer: OkiBlossom
Date: 12/08/09 21:38
Chapter: Stave One: Myrtle's Ghost

Somebody threw Dickens into HP, seriously? I read Dickens every year around this time and I love it. And your parody thing? Well, I LOVE IT. I usually hate reading fanfiction and I'm often critical, but you are hilarious! The ghost characterization thing is spot on. And the whole Snape "damn the world" personality motif grabbed me. And Mrytle comes out of his toilet talking about sanitation? Do you write anything else like this? I'm going to check.... anyway, I hope you have more up by Christmas, well, a lot sooner than that. Keep writing and update soon! Humbug, my friend.

Author's Response: I'm afraid I've not written anything comic before, and aside from my massive Neville series, this is the first multi-chapter fic I've written (I hope to remedy that soon). The story's all written now (although the last chapter is a bit short and could do with some more work) and hopefully chapter 3 at least will be up before Christmas (Christmas Present is the most obviously Christmassy chapter).

Reviewer: Fynnsmom
Date: 12/08/09 21:24
Chapter: Stave One: Myrtle's Ghost

I was looking for something different and thought I'd try this. I got several well-needed chuckles, especially Tiny Albus--I don't know why. I loved Myrtle's attitude with Snape. This was very good. I can't wait for you to update and maybe I'll try some of your other writing.

Author's Response: Thank you! Tiny Albus is a funny idea to start with, I agree, although he does become more serious and tragic later, of course. Myrtle is always fun to write - you can just go completely over the top!

Reviewer: armagod679
Date: 12/06/09 8:18
Chapter: Stave One: Myrtle's Ghost

You have a wonderful satirical style, and you have certainly pinned down the characters well. I look forward to reading the rest of the story in the hopes that future chapters live up to Dickens' classic work as much as this one does.

Author's Response: Thank you! When I came up with the idea, I was surprised how easy it was to fit characters to the roles in the story. Harry as Bob Crachit, with Tiny Albus, fit prefectly. Next chapter is on its way!

Reviewer: dracois4ever
Date: 12/06/09 0:54
Chapter: Stave One: Myrtle's Ghost

Great start!! I can'twait to see how this comes together, I look forward to it!

Author's Response: Thanks! I hoe you like the rest of it!

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