Reviews For Figgy Christmas
Reviewer: ginevra715
Date: 03/12/13 19:17
Chapter: Chapter 1

I liked this! I loved your characterization of Mrs. Figg; I really felt part of her lonely little world.

Reviewer: 1000timesingoldenink
Date: 01/02/13 21:58
Chapter: Chapter 1

Oh my gosh, it's Mrs. Figg! Cat obsessed old lady and all. Ha! And the last line is interesting...you've done a great job at characterizing her.

Author's Response: Thank you so much for reading, reviewing, and telling me the last line is interesting. I love Mrs. Figg.. and I am even becoming fond of book!Mundungus!

Reviewer: Padfoot11333
Date: 12/15/12 16:08
Chapter: Chapter 1

Okay, I’ve never read anything of yours before now, so I wasn’t sure quite what to expect when I clicked on this. I was, I can now say, pleasantly surprised. I haven’t read much of anything on Mrs. Figg, and even less combining Mrs. Figg and Mundungus together.

Mrs. Figg, in that respect, was incredible. We only see her in the books as a bit of an oddity, if you will, and it was nice to see her having conversations with actual people--and her cats ;) Mundungus was also great. I was a bit nervous to see his first line of dialogue because it seemed like he was going to have way too heavy of an accent during the entire fic, but I wiped my brow when I realised that he was just really drunk! It seemed very in character for Mundungus to just crash with Mrs. Figg for a couple days and think nothing of it, and it also seemed right for Mrs. Figg to outwardly complain but really appreciate it.

Honestly, I’ve never really felt for Mrs. Figg along the fact that she can’t do magic. Really, when I think about it, it’s quite sad, but she always seemed very accepting of that fact which made it seem slightly less important. But, especially in that last line, I did feel for Mrs. Figg, and I think it’s quite an achievement to make me feel sorry for a character who’s always been in my peripheral vision.

I liked the way that you moved the story along. I’ve read a few too many fics that act like narrative is not important and dialogue is the only way to keep a story moving, but I think you were incredibly descriptive--especially within such a short fic--while at the same time keeping me intrigued.

I noticed a couple spelling and grammar issues--‘alright’ being my first pet peeve--but I do think it could be classified as slang in this instance, so I’ll let it slide. I did notice the canon error but as you did say not to mention it, I won’t--although I will say that you must have been saving this one for a long time!

I liked the ending as well. I say that because I absolutely loved the way that Mundungus left Mrs. Figg a present but promised that it was honestly bought. I think that Arabella’s main qualm with Mundungus was that he was a sneak thief--especially here, in this instance, where she’s struggling for every penny. So it was nice to see Mundungus proving otherwise, even just for one gift.

Overall, this was a lovely holiday fic. I need to check out more of your writing.

Lily :)

Author's Response: Thank you very much for this thoughtful review! I am glad the surprise was pleasant. I have not posted in a number of years, so unless people go looking for certain kinds of fics mine don't just pop up. I kept holding off on this one to post it near the holiday, and then forgetting and it would be January... I actually wrote it before DH came out, so yes, I hung on to it a very very long time! The narrative/dialog balance is a very difficult one sometimes - I do a lot of re-writing, once I have figured out what exactly is happening in a story, although I wrote this so long ago I can't recall exactly how this one went for me. Many of the peripheral characters fascinate me - and some who are not really peripheral, but who we only know in particular contexts as well. Dung, for example - for all that he's a thief, he's not particularly good at making money at it, as far as we can see. And Mrs. Figg - was there ever a Mr. Figg, or was she "Mrs." because that's what you call a respectable older woman, or because the Dursleys wouldn't have left Harry with her if she'd been single, rather than a Widow? How did Hagrid survive his stint in Azkaban? How did Arthur Weasley, father figure extraordinaire, marry Molly, the Mother-goddess of the Potterverse? Snape didn't want to have to kill Dumbledore - aside from arguing with the Headmaster, what did he do, or try to do, about it? These are things dealt with in some of my better fics, I think. The balance between narrative, dialog, etc can be very difficult and some of my things have faced extensive re-writing. Even when I feel I've done pretty well, a fresh eye often shows me where it could be better. Thank you very very much for the extensive and thoughtful review - I do hope I will be fortunate enough to have your read and comment on other of my stories.

Reviewer: Equinox Chick
Date: 12/13/12 4:45
Chapter: Chapter 1

This is lovely. You've really fleshed out both Arabella and Mundungus and kept their voices just perfectly.

I always feel rather sad for Mrs Figg because she's caught between two worlds, and that must be so frustrating. It's interesting that she still has her Hogwarts non-acceptance letter. Is this because she is still unhappy? Or maybe because it's her last connection with the magical world. Lovely touch, there.

Carole

Author's Response: Thank you for the review!!! I'm glad you say I fleshed them out, kept their voices - can I presume you feel I kept them in character? I was trying to. All these barely mentioned characters seem real to me, and I can't help but conjure up backstories for them in my mind, and reasons why they are the way they are. These two are particularly mysterious, aren't they, living on the fringes of Wizarding society for two different reasons. The notes are among her treasured possessions. I think at the time I wrote this I was thinking that the non-Hogwarts letter had been a major thing in her life, like her mother, and, and that she kept it for that reason, just like she kept the scrap of her mother, the list, that she found in the purse. Knowing now that Petunia wrote a letter to Dumbledore and got a response which was said to be kind (although Petunia did not seem to have taken it that way) I tend to think that Dumbledore, who was probably asst. head at the time, wrote Arabella a letter explaining why, unlike her cousins or whoever she knew, she would not be coming to Hogwarts. IT is the closest thing to a 'normal' Hogwarts letter she will ever have. It might even be the reason she knows Dumbledore personally. The difference between how she takes the letter, and how Petunia did, is probably telling, but a lucky accident. Thanks again for reading and reviewing! You know how precious reviews are...

Author's Response: Thank you for the review!!! I'm glad you say I fleshed them out, kept their voices - can I presume you feel I kept them in character? I was trying to. All these barely mentioned characters seem real to me, and I can't help but conjure up backstories for them in my mind, and reasons why they are the way they are. These two are particularly mysterious, aren't they, living on the fringes of Wizarding society for two different reasons. The notes are among her treasured possessions. I think at the time I wrote this I was thinking that the non-Hogwarts letter had been a major thing in her life, like her mother, and, and that she kept it for that reason, just like she kept the scrap of her mother, the list, that she found in the purse. Knowing now that Petunia wrote a letter to Dumbledore and got a response which was said to be kind (although Petunia did not seem to have taken it that way) I tend to think that Dumbledore, who was probably asst. head at the time, wrote Arabella a letter explaining why, unlike her cousins or whoever she knew, she would not be coming to Hogwarts. IT is the closest thing to a 'normal' Hogwarts letter she will ever have. It might even be the reason she knows Dumbledore personally. The difference between how she takes the letter, and how Petunia did, is probably telling, but a lucky accident. Thanks again for reading and reviewing! You know how precious reviews are...

Reviewer: Dad
Date: 12/12/12 11:21
Chapter: Chapter 1

I thought it rather nice how you made Mrs Figgs into a more real person. Wow! You are behind in your posting.

Author's Response: Thank you for reading and telling me you liked it! Yes, er, a bit behind... a frightening bit behind, if I intended to put up all of it, but a slightly scary amount all the same. Reviews, however, a great motivator, so thank you for the help at that!

Reviewer: Oregonian
Date: 12/12/12 9:53
Chapter: Chapter 1

Thank you for writing about Mrs. Figg. There is a lot of unexplored depth to this character, and you are correct in saying that her "batty old lady" persona was just a role that she was playing. I enjoyed this story, but what exactly is the reference to "that death" in the final paragraph? Her mother's death many years ago?

Author's Response: Thank you so much for reviewing! Yes, "that death,' was her mother's. I was trying to show how much that little gift, that little note, meant in a life with such purpose - but such isolation. You see it also in Dust, my other story about her, and, well, there may be more little bits coming...I like her, and I feel for her, having to make those visits of Harry's miserable so the Dursleys would use her as a babysitter... Thanks again for reviewing!

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