|Reviews for Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness|
| How To Munch Death 101 chapter 25 . 5/20/2013
I found this story two days ago, and I'm done with it. I am currently too emotional to write a proper review, but I'll say this: bravo, sir, there are no words that would be enough to describe this masterpiece.
| Brent chapter 25 . 5/13/2013
With few exeptions, the style of writing would have had me think (if not for a different name under the title) that Rowling herself had written this story. At several points during the chapters, I felt the same suspension and apprehension waiting for key events in the story to unfold that I felt following Harry's story in the Deathly Hallows.
At first I thought it was a short story, perhaps covering a few weeks at Hohwarts, perhaps highlighting the important parts of year 7, but I was pleasantly surprised the further I read that I had a full length book to look forward to reading, and I was astonished with the quality and accuracy to the potter-verse which the writing contained.
The story itself is quite true to the Harry potter lore, down to the order of events in the deathly hallows, subtle and not so subtle references to events which happen in Harry's perspective, and even the year, which is explicitly stated about halfway though the story, is accurate. In summary, this is an excellently written story which is fiercely loyal and excellently accurate to Rowling's universe. Furthermore, the story offers a fresh, and honestly disturbing (not that this is a negative attribute) to the story. I found myself shocked and enthralled by the details written concerning the deaths of many characters (who in the Deathly Hallows are merely mentioned).
My only disappointment is that Rowling herself has not seen this, and if she has, that the two of you have not been able to publish it (to my knowledge).
Also what was the Celtic tatoo the "roommate" received to ensure the death of the "false antagonist?" I never understand that reference.
| Guest chapter 1 . 5/11/2013
I read this whole thing in one go and I'm sorry for not taking the time to review each chapter, but I just wanted to say I think this is the most wonderful story I've come across. Mike and Terry's friendship breaks my heart. If you're ever lost for something to write I'd love a full story about their time at Hogwarts. Thankyou for writing something so beautiful
| PhoenixFireFourteen chapter 25 . 5/12/2013
I just finished reading this story as I only discovered it a few days ago. I have to say it was fantastic. The characters were excellent, the plot and story well-written. I loved all the little ideas such as Seamus doing he little piece of magic to ensure Snape would die at the hands of whom he betrayed, even if it wasn't as he expected it would be. I like your pairings, and the idea of Ernie and Susan's love story, especially Ernie sacrificing his life. I presume that was possible because Susan wasn't fully dead? The only slight improvements I would add would be; I would've liked to see a DA lesson where it went into further detail of ancient magic from the different cultures as it was explained but not in lots of detail. I also liked how you showed characters deaths, only I think perhaps a lot more of the DA died than in the books? But these are only minor things and otherwise well done. :)
| M chapter 16 . 5/9/2013
I didn't like the heaviness of Victor's accent. In GoF, his English isn't that broken. Apart from that, great chapter!
| ladymirth chapter 6 . 4/27/2013
This is really good as a purely fanon AU sort of fic where Snape is as evil as they come. In canon he was a petty miserable git but also a tragic anti-hero. I understand he's a polarizing character, but I wish you'd post a disclaimer saying "For the purposes of this fic, I will bash Snape with a sledgehammer". I say this as a long-time Neville fan who feels like going after Snape with a Beater bat for the way he treats him in the books. There's such a thing as over-the-top villainy, you know. I can shrug past it but a lot of others will just find themselves disappointed just as they start getting invested in the fic. I can only facepalm at your other reviewers who think this can in any way be considered a companion to the actual books.
| too much OOC chapter 1 . 4/23/2013
Snape is way to OOC. From what we know in DH and the previous books, all of this bashing, villainizing and playing him up as some psychopath, is just way off kilter.
| AceOfSpades chapter 25 . 4/10/2013
That was brilliant man, just brilliant. I loved how you made this as cannon as possible while still keeping your own style. This is the first book that has ever made me cry. Not even Rowling could do that. So good job mate, and I can't wait to see you write an original novel.
| magdilen chapter 25 . 4/6/2013
Wow, I just finished reading through this, it was amazing. I loved seeing Neville's development, especially his friendship with Seamus. I also loved how they were preparing to die at the end of the year and how that affected how they lived. My one critique is that Neville being relieved from command was too abrupt. I would have liked to see some interactions between Neville and the army or officers between the kid being taken to Azcaban and Neville being relieved to show us more specifically what was going wrong with Neville.
| ktlovesbooks chapter 25 . 4/6/2013
This is an amazing FanFiction story. You are spot on about the mental and emotional pain soldiers go through and PTSD. This is truly amazing! Thank you for writing it for us to enjoy!
| Divinely Ethereal chapter 1 . 4/6/2013
Your Snape!wank is utterly flawed.
a) Snape attempted to save Lupin (in the "Seven Potters" saga at the beginning of DH) from a Death Eater poised to kill him from behind. It was a risky move that could have potentially exposed Snape as a traitor to the DE's and Voldemort. He still tried, though clearly there was no love lost between the two.
b) An extremely relevant conversation from Prince's Tale:
Dumbledore *cynically*-"How many men and women have you watched die?”
Snape-"LATELY, ONLY THOSE WHOM I COULD NOT SAVE" I don't understand how you can get any more telling than that.
Look, I can wank too: If canon!Snape was a sadistic bastard who gave no fucks like you maintain in your LJ, he would have allowed the Carrows to-say-hand pretty, rebellious, blood traitor Ginny over to Greyback to become his personal plaything, and we know from canon references how much Greyback liked his pretty little things. Instead of molestation, Ginny got away with detention. With Hagrid.
I don't get how Snape threatening to poison Neville's toad if he were to fail that one potion in third year makes him especially "sadistic". This is the same Neville, who, as a much younger, more vulnerable child, was not THREATENED but ACTIVELY PUSHED, off the end of Blackpool Pier, by his great UNCLE Algie, nearly drowning him. Said uncle also dropped him from a window when he was eight, all in the hopes of awakening any potential dormant magical talent in the boy.
So tell me, which was more sadistic/threatening: a verbal threat by a nasty teacher when you are thirteen, or being physically endangered, when you are eight, by your own damn family?
The Wizarding World is rather Victorian, so accept the Value Dissonance and stop resorting to cheap Flanderization.
| Claire chapter 25 . 4/1/2013
Absolutely Brilliant :) You should become an author, if you're not already one! I LOVED this, the thing that bothered me about the last Harry Potter book is that they didn't actually do into detail about what really happened at Hogwarts. This made even made me cry a bit, surprisingly ( I don't tend to cry very often) and it was really beautifully written! It would be awesome if you could do a story with their kids as well :)
| the whole world is watching chapter 25 . 4/2/2013
This was recommended on one of the forums and I am so glad it was. Its a gripping story and I loved every word of it.
| Jerden chapter 25 . 3/31/2013
I've got say thankyou to the author for writing such a gripping story, and I really enjoyed reading it. It's a very good focus on the minor characters. characters. A lovely happy ending, with a hint of sadness. Perfect for this story.
| Jerden chapter 24 . 3/31/2013
A good story. Nice for Neville and Ron to just talk. This chapter's good because it's both happy and sad, getting across a good bit of victory but also the tragedy.