My reaction at the end was basically: Whaaaaaat.
No, but this story is wonderful. The best kind of humor - everyone's so well-characterized and the humor stems from their characters (especially Lockhart). I am all for further character assassination of Lockhart, so I enjoyed all the looks into his past that made him seem even more ridiculous. They also gave insight into his development, which was great! All in all, I'm really glad I stumbled across this fic. (And the title is genius).
Author's Response: Ohhhhh, thank you, minna. I shall make sure Gina sees this review because we had a lot of fun writing it. (Actually, she might be able to see it, but just can't respond to the review.) Glad you liked the story and Dick's character assassination (Gina's idea to call him Dick - ha ha - It suits him so well. I shall immodestly claim credit for the title because I was watching the Guy Ritchie film as I wrote -heh heh. Thanks gain, Carole and Gina
Hehehe *just sits laughing evily*
I'm so glad I read this after Gina's recommendation! But apart from that, I don't really know what to say!
Author's Response: This was a lot of fun to write, I have to say that. I think I giggled more over this when planning and writing than in anything else I've written, and I think Gina feels the same way. (She would reply, but unfortunately I have banned her from my thread - no, she can't reply as I'm first named author - I am so evil, that way). Anyway, this was a lot of fun. Gina did the intelligent bits with the plot and the herbolgy ingredients, I did Lockhart - heheheheheheh.
Thank youuu ~Carole~
Wooow. I was laughing through the whole thing! Seriously, the end just had me in stitches. Definitely cheered me up today :D
I don't know what to say! This was just so funny and I thought Lockhart's characterisation was spot on, as was Pomona's and Minerva's. Snape's, however... I was a bit confused at the end. Did he... you know... with Lockhart? LOL.
Excellently written, Carole and Gina. You guys need to collaborate more often XD
Author's Response: I consulted with my literary partner in fanfiction crime about our reply. She said I had to make it clever .... Um, no idea, I'm not a Claw - LOL. Ah, the end. The little twist in the tail. The love that dare not speak its name between a man with greasy locks and a buffoon who spends more on his hair products than Scabior on eye-liner. Snape basically fancied Lockhart - achingly so - and this was his only chance. ha ha ha. Thank youuuuuu ~Carole and Gina ~
Awesome! You've captured Gilderoy "Dick" Lockhart perfectly. What a tw@t! "My own sweet Sev..." HAHA! That Sprout is a spunky one. Nice humorous interaction amongst the professors.
Little bit of trivia: Reading "lovage" triggered a memory. I vaguely recalled seeing a play called "Lettice and Lovage" many years ago and thought that Dame Maggie Smith may have starred in it. I did a little digging and discovered that, yes, I had gone to New York in 1990 and seen Dame Maggie in that play. It's by Peter Shaffer who also wrote "Equus" which recently had a revival starring (everybody say it with me)...Dan Radcliffe. Small HP world, eh?
Thanks for the fun read, ladies.
Author's Response: Thank you for the review. Gina did all the research on the plants and herbs, so it's possible she's seen the play as well -LOL. I will ask her when she returns from her holiday. Glad you thought the story fun; we certainly had a blast writing it. ~Carole~
Author's Response: *takes bow with co-writer*
hahahahahahahaahaha-li-ri-ous! its just perfect the way Dick is so self obsessed! giving his reflection a "rougish wink" They were all so in character. especially at the end ;)
Author's Response: Thank you very much. Gina and I had a lot of fun with this story. Lockhart is such a twit and good old Pomona isn't as 'nice' as she appears. ~Carole~
bwhahaha this is so devilishly creative and hilarious XD I absolutely love it, you had Lockhart's arrogance so perfect, and the mental images that went through my head will keep me chuckling all day.
The ending is the funniest paragraph I've ever read. “I don’t think anyone will disturb us for at least an hour … Dick.”
Pure, naughty genius.
Author's Response: Thank you. Gina (Gmariam) and I had a lot of fun planning this over several AIM chats. ~Carole~
OH LOL. I... cannot stop laughing. Brilliant, as expected, from the two of you. I loved how it felt so fluid, the whole way through. It wasn't choppy and the style was consistent. Just... absolutely hilarious. SnapeHart all the way xDDD
Author's Response: Ohh, thank you for the comment on the flow and style. I think that's what we were most worried about. I think Snape!Hart is the only way to go ... ~Carole and Gina~
Sorry for the second review, but I'd forgotten to add that I love your title (and I got the reference to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).
Author's Response: We lubs the title, too.
Oh Prongs, I was laughing so hard last night when I read this. This is just amazing! SnapeHart, of course.
I really thought the story was brilliant because all of them were in character. I find Lockhart the most obnoxious character in the HP series, yet he provides me so much entertainment. No wonder I can't let go of my current banner.
The plot was genius! I love that you made it a Hufflepuff/Ravenclaw thing. Sprout's Hufflepuff nature showed in her hesitations, but even badgers have to be nasty once in a while. WE BITE if we have to!
Sevvy was rather fun. Haha! I love the camaraderie between the staff members; it's written in the way I imagine it to be. Although...er...what happened to him in the end? I mean, Lockhart is certainly not James Potter. *Snigger*
The sense of humour with which the story was written was fantastic. It had me laughing throughout, but when Lockhart jumps on Snape, dear Merlin, I nearly died.
Yes, it was seamlessly written - I couldn't tell which part was whose until I saw the end note. Fabulous work, guys! Good luck for the challenge.
P.S. Thank you for dedicating it to me. :D
Author's Response: Of course we had to dedicate it to you; it was the first thing we agreed on because we know you're a huge fan of this ship. *giggles and runs away*. Natalie, thank you very much for the review (and the impromptu beta work) Both Gina and I had a great time writing this (well, I hope she did), so it's good that you enjoyed it. ~Carole~
My first thought when I saw this was if both Gina and Carole have written it, it must be amazing. And I certainly wasn't disappointed. You're two of my favourite authors on Mugglenet, so I'm really glad you collaborated on something.
I loved the characterisation of both Pomona and Gilderoy (or Dick). It was fitting that Pomona got so upset about a plant being ruined, and I liked the idea that she had been his teacher and remembered what he had been like at school. The awkwardness of them once having had a student/teacher relationship and now beeing peers was interesting. On one hand I can't quite imagine Professor Sprout being as unprofessional as to shout at Lockhart in front of the whole school... but at the same time, it's about plants and Lockhart... so maybe she's allowed some room.
Gilderoy was written so well - particularly lines like He would get her back for this, or his name wasn’t ‘Gilderoy Lockhart.’ Just genius. His arrogance was hilarious and very in character. I loved the part when the potion worked on him and he was throwing himself at Severus...
The other teachers, particularly Minerva, were done so well (particularly her comments at the end). Although I wonder about Severus saying "Good Godric"...
Anyway, not only were your characterisations great, this was just a hilarious story, I couldn't stop laughing. Particularly at Gilderoy's attempts to recover some dignity, because he believes he has a reputation to maintain, when in fact he doesn't because everyone already dislikes him.
Good job with the Weasley twins, too. And that situation in class with Angelina and Alicia.
Throughout the story, I couldn't tell that this was written by two different authors - your really managed to mesh your styles together very well and the story was very fluid.
Author's Response: Thank you very much. Gina and I had a great time with this story and spent many a long email giggling over 'Dick' so I'm pleased you liked it too. As far as our styles go, Gina wrote the classy bits, I wrote the silliness. ~Carole~