Reviews for Darkness & Light 1: The Potion Master's Apprentice
emma chapter 3 . 1/24/2014
Sam68 chapter 3 . 1/16/2014
Woah! This has to be my favorite story out of all the other stories on the web! Awesome. I like stories in which one character has an individual super power!
The Smoothest Criminal chapter 3 . 7/4/2012
Simply amazing. I loved it. :)
The Smoothest Criminal chapter 2 . 7/4/2012
The one thing I really love about this chapter is Alastor's little speech at the end. It's just so real and true to everything, even in the real world. You have everyone's characterization in perfect order, from the Weasley twins to Draco to Snape himself. I can only imagine that he's probably hurt by what he heard, and thus, cruel when the situation presented itself. Bravo. :)
The Smoothest Criminal chapter 1 . 7/4/2012
This is really, really good. Why the bloody hell do you not have more reviews for this? I love how you go back and forth, between the past and the present with it all spaced out at the perfect pace. It's riveting, and I am definitely hooked.
Nyah chapter 3 . 7/21/2011
There are so many things striking me on my read-through. I love the flashes of a younger Snape who seems a hair more innocent and yet still completely ignorant of the way most adults speak to young children. He meets the young Maud and talks to her just like a rational adult.

I'd forgotten how incredibly embarrassed I was for Maud in the library scene and how angry about her being left to wander the school in the dark. You've let your characters remain just flawed in the easy, typical sense but also you've let them be occasionally horrible and petty. Which is a brave move.

In this last part I was struck by the chess metaphor Maud accidentally botches. I have to say I find chess and storm metaphors completely tiresome but you managed to make this one self-aware and rather excellent.
Nyah chapter 1 . 7/21/2011
Like many people, I read this years ago. I grew up with Maud Moody as much as I grew up with Harry Potter. Currently it's serving as a nice, nostalgic break from grad school studies and is still the only Harry Potter fan fiction I've found not just tolerable but absorbing and refreshing.

You've written one of the many remarkable stories that must be occurring just off center stage to Harry Potter's own drama. You've created Maud, a young woman not easily fooled, persuaded, or frightened from her own convictions. Her story brings brilliant insight to the myriad hopes and betrayals amongst the adult's in Harry's world. Despite Maud's disability, we don't her as "blind" first and a young woman second. She's smart, she adapts, and she's quite capable of working within and around her limitations. I was ultimately very impressed with your handling of Maud's blindness. This is not a story about some fictional, narrow blind girl. This is a story about a girl who is a lot of things, one of those is blind. While "healing" a disabled character is tricky business, I appreciated that healing came to Maud through her own effort and dedication and was not conferred upon her as a reward.

I'll no doubt pop back in as I reread to pelt you with more of my opinions. But, at the outset, I wanted to say thanks.
D. M. Domini chapter 3 . 3/24/2011
First read this 10 years ago or so...which is scary because I think that means I'm a grown up now, ha! Your writing was good then, is still good now, and I've a copy of Rebel waiting on me to read. :D
magdilen chapter 3 . 9/12/2009
Good job.
FirstYear chapter 3 . 3/18/2009
bravo... well done.
FirstYear chapter 2 . 3/18/2009
again well done... when Snape takes her owl and tells her to report to Filch was very good. again... well written
FirstYear chapter 1 . 3/18/2009
very well done. I like the way you manage to go back and forth between the two time frames. I am also surprised this is so under reviewed, of course the reposting no doubt dropped some.
lil-baby-tash chapter 3 . 8/6/2008
what a beautiful story it's perfectly ended yet it makes me want more, now THAT is the sign of a good story, i want more but i can be satisfied with the way you ended it. BRAVO nicely done xx
Marion the Geek chapter 3 . 8/12/2007
Very nicely done. When my friend told me that her favorite writer of Holmes/Russel fan fiction had written a Snape story, I had to check it out. I was not disappointed.
emptyword chapter 3 . 3/27/2007
This is just... Wow. As brutal as it sounds, I truly thought I would hate it. Like most older HP fans (and some younger), I have very little tolerance for fanfictions where Snape is paired with an original character. More often than not, they turn out to be shallow, horribly-written Mary Sues. But, as this trilogy was recommended, I read on, and I am duly impressed.

This whole piece is solid, through and through, obviously researched and revised tediously (for instance, the trichotomy of titles you chose for Part One). Your characterization of Snape is incredibly in-depth and real. I can think of no better cliche than "you bring him to life" on the page, and the same, I am forced to admit, goes for your OC. As well as Dumbledore. :) Their dialogue and description are not only witty and entertaining but also true to character, sometimes revealing another layer. Snape and Maud seem to interact on a relatively equal level, both capable of holding their own and understanding the other, allowing for a good foundation to build on. This was very carefully crafted - an all-around success and a pleasure to read.

"As a reprimand, Severus, your detention-granting privileges are temporarily revoked." - Haha! This was a gem. Leave it to Dumbledore to find a punishment that would actually -punish- Snape.
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