Reviewer: rosemerta
Date: 04/17/13 5:36
Chapter: The Truth Will Set You Free

Wow. I read your piece on Albus and James and now reading this piece about James, I can see the contrast. I can see the differences in personality and the ways they cope with things. Albus just wants more information and he goes in search of it and he is introspective. James is very compassionate and sympathetic and thinks about not just what his parents and Aunt Hermione and Uncle Ron experienced but about how is cousins would react. I absolutely love both of these one-shots! Both your version of Albus and of James are the most deep, three dimensional depictions I have read.

Author's Response: Thank you! I see a lot of characterizations of all the Next Gen kids, and most of them seem very one-dimensional based solely on the sliver of Epilogue JKR gives us in DH, so I'm delighted you like how I treated the boys' personalities. ~ Megan

Reviewer: iLuna17
Date: 08/15/12 15:30
Chapter: The Truth Will Set You Free

Hello, Megan. :D

I really liked this piece. It made me think a lot about James as a character, and how he would cope with learning about the history of his family. But even though this was really only about James, it made me think a lot about the other characters, simply from the little bit you mentioned about them.

But first, I have to say that the piece fit Jess’s drawing perfectly, especially at the end. I could just feel James’s need for escape, and how flying fit that need. It also brought a sense of closure to the piece; with the writing alone, I felt that James was still angry, but with the picture, it made James seem more accepting of his father and the history more, to me.

I wasn’t sure about the way James, and all of the others, found out about their history, though. Other children at Hogwarts would know, and they would probably find out before their seventh year, either from strangers or from their own older cousins who had to listen to the lecture. Also, it didn’t really seem likely that Harry could hide it from his children until they are seventeen. As you said, he has odd scars, and wouldn’t they, as children, ask about them? And all of the Potter children are named after people who were very famous in the war; I think they might ask about them, too. I also believe that their parents would want to tell them themselves. It would hurt more to have to hear about it from someone else, as Teddy showed in the fic.

While I wasn’t sure about that, one thing that was undoubtedly amazing about this piece was the characterization. James had so many layers; he wasn’t just the slightly obnoxious boy from the epilogue. He was thoughtful, intelligent, caring, and still managed to bear resemblance to the short glimpse we have of him. I believe you said it perfectly when you said his siblings expected him to be the bully and the hero. More often than not, in fics we see James not having really matured from when he was twelve or thirteen, only the bully. But here, he is a real person. He could be loud like the Weasleys are known for, but he was also quiet and withdrawn sometimes. He could taunt and tease his siblings but also show that he really cared about them. Also, even in the very short glimpses, we can see a lot about the other characters, and how they dealt with things. Teddy especially, and how he sent Harry a howler after learning about his parents.

All in all, this was a great piece. It was unique both in the idea and the characterization, and very well executed. The ending had a great sense of closure, and it fit the picture brilliantly. If you ever write more of James Sirius, let me know. :) Great job!

Ellie

Author's Response: Thank you so much for that lovely review! I'm glad you liked the story. I see too many pieces about James where he's just a mini-Marauder (and not the matured father we see of James I but the berk we see of James I when he hangs Snape upside-down). I feel like there's so much more to him than that. I've seen a lot of different takes on how the Next-Gen kids find out about the roles their parents played in the war, and I'm not sure there is a right take on that. My dad fought in Vietnam, but while I knew he served, I was in my late 20s before he talked about his experience. I see Harry, in particular, that way. He never wanted to take credit for what he did, he never really liked it or gloated about it, so while I think his kids would know he was in the war, they don't know how big his role was. We see this in the epilogue where the kids wonder why everyone on the platform is staring at Harry, and Ron chimes in that it's him they stare at because he's famous. I just extended that a bit; if Harry lets his kids learn about the war, and their family's role, from others and at school, then he can clear any misconceptions up and sort of take off the "rose-colored glasses" view that outsiders most certainly have. I hadn't considered more James Sirius stories, but it's something to think about. There's something about the Next-Gen kids that's intriguing. Thanks again for the wonderful, insightful review. ~ Megan

Reviewer: Sapphires At Sunset
Date: 08/11/12 22:04
Chapter: The Truth Will Set You Free

You misspelled Hermione twice. Apart from that, I loved your story.

Author's Response: Thanks for finding that. Her name always gets me; I think I'm sydlexic about it. ~ Megan

Reviewer: Gmariam
Date: 06/12/12 0:18
Chapter: The Truth Will Set You Free

That was really quite good! You have a lovely style of writing and really covered everything in terms of all the things that may have shaped James's personality in terms of his family and friends, etc. etc. Although I think his family would have certainly told him about the second war, I'm sure hearing about it in class made it that much more real and would affect him quite differently. You did a nice job setting it up at the beginning and bringing it back at the end, and I could totally see this going with the illustration. Great job!
~Gina :)

Author's Response: Wow, thank you for the lovely review! I'm quite honored that you enjoyed my writing. I'm glad that James's influences come across well; I know I rolled them all together quickly. As for the war, I do think James was told about the war, but I can see his parents seriously downplaying things. I'm delighted you like the story. ~ Megan

Reviewer: Hermione Jean Weasley
Date: 06/11/12 16:42
Chapter: The Truth Will Set You Free

I loved this! I've always wondered how Harry's kids would react when they found out who he was. Thank you for writing this!

Author's Response: Thank you for reading it! I always felt from the epilogue that Harry and the others kept the kids as in the dark as possible, so I thought, what would it be like to suddenly have all this information people have kept from you revealed, that things you thought you knew you didn't really know at all, and I realized it would seem like information overload. The image of James flying - arms akimbo - gave me the opportunity to have one of the Next Gen kids attempt to process all that new information. I'm glad you enjoyed it. ~ Megan

Reviewer: GinevraPotter00
Date: 06/11/12 13:26
Chapter: The Truth Will Set You Free

Brilliant Fic! You put me to shame, because I haven't even started to write my fic for the illustration for inspiration challenge.

Author's Response: Thank you for the review. This was a hard piece for me to write because while I was inspired by the image, I found it hard to write James S. Potter as we know very little about him. I'm glad you enjoyed the piece.

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