Reviews For Nostalgia
Reviewer: Skarlett
Date: 05/22/12 21:14
Chapter: One-shot

Of all the things I could have asked myself after reading Deathly Hallows, I thought, 'I wonder what happened to Hermione's parents..'.

So when I saw this story, I immediately wanted to read. I'm happy to say that I was pleased with the way you wrote Hermione's parents. I can see small parts of Hermione's personality in each of them, which makes the whole thing much more believable.

The Grangers are overlooked throughout the series far too often, and I'm glad you took the time to write about them. I think you did a great job of writing the parents of our favorite "insufferable know it all." ;)

Great story, I loved it. It's always nice to see some of the very minor characters in the spotlight. I really enjoyed this. :)

Reviewer: Aaicha
Date: 04/19/12 3:32
Chapter: One-shot

Alex,
I loved this story… I always thought that Hermione’s parents are not given enough coverage in HP books. And you have wrote them so well, their sense of loss, their relationship with each other, their individual characters… All this has come out very well in your short story. I love your writing.. you can pull off subtle emotions as well as graphic violence :)
This one is really one of your best stories.. :)
--- Aaicha

Reviewer: The_Real_Hermione
Date: 04/09/12 11:48
Chapter: One-shot

Yet another lovely story, Alex. Firstly I really liked how you did your research and brought Melbourne to life, especially including the trams (although to suggest that a Melbourne winter is as warm as a British summer is a little exaggerated) - bringing the setting in like that really enhances the story, especially in one like this where place is really important to the characters.

I love this concept - after all, as powerful as Hermione may be, completely erasing herself from her parents' life would have taken an awful lot of power and perhaps she didn't quite pull it off. The whole idea of feeling loss for something you can't remember is really interesting, and you show it really well here. There's an unresolved and unsettled feeling throughout the story - starting with the first line Beatrice was walking down the street, clinging her shawl tightly around her arms as protection against the evening breeze., which suggests subtly that something isn't quite right.

I also love the subtlety of this story - you don't always make the tension really obvious, and it is balanced by the enduring relationship between Beatrice and Stephen.

Just one thing - I thought Beatrice's memory of Stephen saying 'don't swear in front of the baby' was a bit obvious, and she didn't really seem to follow up on it - she acted to me like someone with memory loss, not someone who can't remember a specific thing... if that makes any sense? Anyway, it's just a small thing.

Otherwise I really loved this :).

~Katrina

Reviewer: xxbabewithbrainsxx
Date: 03/03/12 23:56
Chapter: One-shot

Alex, this was beautiful. Ahhhhhh. The Grangers' relationship is definitely one I find intriguing, and I think you wrote it excellently. I liked the idea of them meeting at uni, and how Bea stopped swearing because of Stephen (if only that could happen for me, lol).

And I never would have guessed that you haven't been to Melbourne before. The description of the scenery was very nicely done, and I liked the reaction Bea had to Australia's beaches and so on -- especially comparing it with Cornwall's. And I loved the ending, and how you brought out their emotions and how lost they both felt so well.

The only thing I can pull you up on, really, is that Hermione cast a charm convincing her parents that they would become Wendell and Monica Wilkins, so either those were their real first names or they were called something completely different and Hermione changed their names. I think the latter is more likely, for security purposes. Just something I thought I'd point out -- obviously you don;t have to change it.

Lovely story, Alex :D

Author's Response: Sorayaa!!! Thank you :) I was rather pleased with this story, and am so glad that you liked it. Ha, meet someone as sweet as Stephen or stop swearing :p

Hannah and Bob and google streetview helped :) I love embedding the setting into the story, so am glad you appreciated it/ enjoyed it.

I've already told you about Monica and Wendell--I made up an excuse, and put it in the AN, but thank you for pointing it out. This is one of my favourites of the stories I wrote, so I'm glad you liked it and thank you for your lovely review :) Alex

Reviewer: ginevra715
Date: 02/28/12 2:55
Chapter: One-shot

As I finished reading this, I was having trouble deciding which was more hauntingly beautiful, this story or the one I just read about Frank Longbottom. Then I realized they are both by you! You write emotions really well. Maybe I'll go see if you have a happier story, though :)

Author's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely words--I'm so glad you enjoyed them both :) I do have happier stories, but they are a bit of a rarity--"When The Weather Turns Fine" and "In The Heat Of The Morning" are probably my *most* happy ones, by usual standards, but I'd also put "Dark Was The Night" in there. Anyway thanks for reading--and it makes me so happy that you enjoyed them both enough to read my other stuff as well! Thank you for your review-Alex

Reviewer: The owl
Date: 02/25/12 19:53
Chapter: One-shot

I must say, that was a fantabulous little story, with an interesting premise :) I would have been surprised if even Hermione could have pulled off a completely flawless memory charm on such a large scale first time round. I wonder if every memory charm would leave that sense of loss though. I do feel rather sorry for Hermione having read your fic. Having to face her parents, after having sent them to Australia like that, would be tortuous.
I could see a lot of Hermione in Beatrice and Stephen, but at the same time it was subtly done. Neither of the Grangers became a caricature of Hermione “ rather, you could see how she became the person she did. You also made it very easy to empathise with Beatrice. There was a really poignant sense of longing throughout. I half expected the Grangers to start trying to have another child, so great was their feeling of loss.
I also liked the background to their relationship. There was a real sense of them having developed together as a couple, and you could see how in tune they were with each other. They could read each other like a book. The way that they reassured each other was very moving, as was their confusion over their unhappiness. To feel so unhappy when you should, in theory, have everything you could ask for must be quite overwhelming.
Overall, a really effective bit of writing. Two really lovely characters, consistently and effectively portrayed throughout. I think that this one will stay with me for quite a while. Well done :)

Author's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review! I really appreciate it--I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, and took the time to tell me you liked it/why you liked it afterwards. I do think the premise is better than my story, actually, but am not sure how to have made it better--but am glad you liked it as it is.

I've always thought that performing the memory charm took great strength on Hermione's part, and tbh I think her main feeling when fetching them back from Australia would be relief and joy. It would be her parents--realising what she's been through--who would suffer.

I'm glad the sense of loss was tangible throughout, and that neither parent seemed a copy of Hermione--that would be very unrealistic. I did think about them trying for another child--they are in their forties at this point, so it's not impossible, but I wanted to concentrate on their sense of loss, rather than possibly trying to get another one. What I did find hard, was keeping them together. I'm not good at that...but I'm delighted you thought they worked as a couple, and were able to support each other.

I apologise for this rambling author's response--thank you so much for your lovely words, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Alex

Reviewer: Trucker
Date: 02/25/12 4:48
Chapter: One-shot

You nearly scored an 11 out of 10 with Nostalgia!

Author's Response: Thank you!! Alex

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