Reviews for Time is the Fire
Guest chapter 8 . 2/19
Guest chapter 8 . 2/19
Far313 chapter 19 . 1/3
That was fantastic. There are so many highly-rated fics here and on Ao3 that don't live up to their popularity at all, your fic on the other hand is well thought out and beautifully written. It's really in a class of its own.

I know it's been nearly 14 years, but maybe you'll still read this. :)

Ps.: Btw, did you really only write this masterpiece and then never touched fanfiction again or do you have a new account?
kubitzbrandon1917 chapter 1 . 12/31/2023
One of the most incredible fics I’ve ever read. Wow.
thaizy chapter 19 . 12/24/2023
Excellent story, good writing, thank you for reading! How difficult it is to find well-told stories like this! I go through many before I find them and actually stop to read them. I hope to see more of your work. Happy 2024!
Guest chapter 19 . 8/31/2023
so good!
KingSayan chapter 19 . 8/18/2023
To The Writer,
I don't know if you will read this, but I want you to know that this is most favourite time travel fanfiction if not Harry Potter fanfiction. Your story telling, character interaction, plot everything is just fantastic. Whenever I feel bored, I reread this story, which I don't do with any other story. I wish you had continued writing.
StarSift chapter 1 . 7/28/2023
I just realized that you have no other works and would like to say it is a shame. I hope someday you see this and get back into writing on this site, but I realize that this is unlikely. Hello to those who see this in future, I hope your days are going well.
StarSift chapter 19 . 7/28/2023
Hey, I know that you're probably not still reading these reviews after 13 years, but I just finished the story and decided that this story was good enough to earn a review from me anyways. As I was reading this story, it came to me that this was written as if this had been an official novella written over many months by a professional full time author. It was very well done and as each mystery was slowly unwrapped I felt myself feeling satisfied at every conclusion. Every character seemed to perfectly act how they should, and as a side note, I was pleased that you valued all the characters enough to not fall to the common Weasley/Dumbledore bashing that is unfortunately in a lot of H/Hr focused fanfiction. You seemed to follow most of the Harry Potter lore and rules, except for the time travel rules which you changed slightly so the story to work out. I am extremely pleased that I chose to read this fic, and would recommend anyone reading this review to do the same. I hope that you continued to write long after this was posted as you are a brilliant writer and Potter fan(presumably of course). I hope your life goes well and will enjoy reading more of your work in future.
falco5 chapter 19 . 6/12/2023
One of the best "epilogue compliant" H/Hr stories ever written, at least in its highlights. The opening half of the story is exceptionally good, with a clever mystery that is no less satisfying for being fully guessable. I can quibble somewhat with the second half for staying a bit too close to canon and to fanon, but even at its most formulaic plotting there is enough vigor in the writing and the characterization (Hermione's paen to ornithology, for example) to carry the narrative to its conclusion. The rules of time travel are probably a bit wishy-washy but I can't find it in myself to truly care, because they give a satisfying structure to the beginning and a satisfying closure to the loop by the ending. Excellent work, highly recommended.
falco5 chapter 18 . 6/12/2023
The second revision is Hermione's fate. The plotting is elegant in its simplicity, although of course time travel requires its usual handwaving. Personally, I try not to think too much about the exact rigorous details. The intent is clear: future-Harry's sacrifice to Bellatrix at Malfoy Manor instates the same anti-AK love magic within Hermione that his mother protected him with as a child. Again, the canon beats (especially Neville's incredible last stand) provide useful scaffolding – and when it's used to support the obviously right ending, the reunion of Harry and Hermione, it's all the better.
falco5 chapter 17 . 6/12/2023
Pettigrew is the first of two notable plot revisions in this climax. Even if it's realistically a bit cheap and a bit unearned, it's a simple pleasure to see the Marauders reunited. Peter is served quite badly by canon and almost all fan fiction, so despite whatever shortcuts and handwaves are taken here, it's still satisfying to see this chosen arc play out. JKR didn't really know how to get there, but her ending really is quite powerful. A few well chosen changes such as these only make it better.
falco5 chapter 11 . 6/12/2023
I adore this story for many reasons but I think there is a strange divergence between the early chapters and the reunited chapters with respect to Harry's feelings. Here, the line "He'd put his arm around Hermione loads of times, but not in what seemed like ages. Not since he'd come to recognize the true depth of his feelings for her." corresponds with the more or less obligatory "sudden dawning of realization" version of Harry's romantic interest in Hermione. I say "more or less obligatory" in the sense of what has to be the case for a story to be consistent with canon through HBP and into DH (where the hints of *Harry's* interest in Hermione are faint and/or overtaken by the romances that JKR actually chose).

But what's ill-fitting here is the combination with Hermione's trip through the Hogwarts years, where we're shown off-screen moments of Harry's explicit romantic intention toward her. So it feels as if this tent scene is skimming over this internally established basis of interest in favor of more traditional canon characterization. There is little clear payoff for this move, which instead introduces a variety of ignored complications (why does Harry pursue Cho and Ginny? why say nothing to Hermione?) and confuses the emotional stakes of these crucial moments in the tent.

I find it's easy to read these chapters in the "traditionally canon adjacent" scenario, which perfectly serves these moments of desperate confession – which in turn are written exceptionally well. I suppose this is mostly reader preference, but I personally prefer to reduce deviations to canon when possible, and I think the story would be more solidly constructed if these romantic inklings had been removed. I recognize there is appeal in the red herring esque "what you think is canon is the narrative of the memory charmed Harry" going all the way down to second year – but for me I don't think the tradeoff is worth it.
RightWrong chapter 10 . 6/8/2023
This is killing ’s so painful to read. My stomach hurts, i want to smack Harry. I want to smack (a little) Hermione.

I want to cry for the poor abused boy with no sense of self worth. For the poor girl who only had two friends and one of them constantly put her down to feel a little better about his worth-questionable lazy mediocre self, and the other friend who never stood up for her.

I really, truly wish I could claim this writing was wrong, but it’s exactly how they would think and behave without serious external influences.

RightWrong chapter 9 . 6/8/2023
Omg my heart shattered in a million pieces.

Excellent work
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