|Reviews for Regards, Harry|
| ButterflyMane chapter 45 . 12/30/2013
I've just re-read this story for the third time- I'm re-reading you entire series, and it just gets more gorgeous each time I do.
I think out of all of them, this one is my favourite. It shows the development of their relationship in such an ordinary, yet extraordinary way, and to use the written word, a method by which these two characters would realistically be able to tell each other how they felt about the other, is completely inspired and makes this part of the series so brilliant.
I've always cried the most when reading their messages to each other, and felt heart-warmed as they also realised how much they meant to one another.
Really, so beautifully done, and wonderfully written. I adored how you so are so clearly able to show Harry's character development and maturity, how you're able to weave little details of your own imagination in to the story to enrich the original tale, and move this one in to a work of art.
I became so engrossed in the desperate hope of it all, and this is, without doubt, one of my favourite ever stories. I'm actually a little sad that this didn't really happen, so brilliantly and poignantly have you shown just what Severus and Harry could have been for each other when given the chance.
Thanks so much for sharing your inspired talent. You write so, so wonderfully. I am eternally glad I stumbled upon this story earlier in the year, as I feel I always go on a journey too. Thanks again xxx
| missgsmith51 chapter 42 . 12/11/2013
My college dorm bathroom was hit by the "Saran Wrap trap" one Friday night when my friends were out carousing. Having stayed in my room to nurse a bad case of bronchitis, I was sober and, therefore, did not fall victim. Others were not so lucky.
| missgsmith51 chapter 41 . 12/11/2013
I'm on a reread and had already commented on chapter 40, so I couldn't suggest that Severus hit Petunia with a case of Shingles instead of a second round of chicken pox. Shingles can hit any adult who has had chicken pox- because the virus stays in the system - and it is painful, can last as long as a month, may cause lingering pain, and may well recur over one's lifetime. IMO, a Shingles curse would be right up Sev's alley. It is a totally Muggle disease, it is painful and can be debilitating, and no one would suspect a thing. I think Vernon could really do with a recurring case.
Thank you for making me blubber like a baby with Harry's eulogy for Snape and Snape's response to Harry. (Actually, I've been pretty teary for quite a few chapters.) I now have red eyes and a stuffy nose. I'm not sure what it is about your writing style, but you make it easy to "inhabit" the characters - well, Snape and Harry - and feel the emotions they are feeling ... which are becoming increasingly intense. BTW, that is definitely a compliment. :)
| missgsmith51 chapter 11 . 12/10/2013
Alice Longbottom was a Prewett? So was Molly Weasley. How were they related? Sisters? No, that couldn't be, because Ron had no, idea about the injuries they'd suffered when the kids saw Neville with them at St. Mungo's. I suppose they could be some sort of distant cousins.
| missgsmith51 chapter 10 . 12/10/2013
"... of late he was feeling oddly paternal toward one Harry James Potter." Of late? I think it's been happening a lot longer than "of late."
Poor Harry's "virtual inebriation" was hilarious. That strong a connection will probably make Snape think twice (if not ten times) about ever indulging in a one night stand - or even a long term relationship - before LV is dead and gone. Poor Snape!
| missgsmith51 chapter 4 . 12/10/2013
"Thanks again for coming last night. I know there's always the risk you'll be seen. Thanks for thinking I was worth it."
I keep thinking of all those years when Harry didn't feel "worth it" ... when he didn't feel worth anything. It must have caused a great, aching wound in his heart whenever he considered - now he had finally found someone who cared about whether he lived or died, who would stand quite literally in loco parentis - that they were not free to openly seek and offer the comfort both of them so desperately needed with what loomed on the horizon for each of them.
| missgsmith51 chapter 3 . 12/10/2013
LOL at King Tut & Freckle Bum!
| SSilverDoe chapter 25 . 11/10/2013
Alfie Boe was on BBC Radio 2 this morning and sang Bring Him Home… and I thought of you :)
www. bbc. /programmes /p01 lbr9h (without the spaces) about 18 minutes in.
| excessivelyperky chapter 44 . 9/2/2013
These are the best letters from Harry yet. At least he and Minerva understand what Snape had to do.
It's nice that Albus cared about Draco-or least was able to pretend to for a little while. But how long would it take for him to figure out how to use Draco the way used Harry and Snape?
"But what of my soul?" Snape is the only one in canon who asks that question.
Well, at least in your universe someone *does* care.
| excessivelyperky chapter 43 . 9/1/2013
Oh, My. How terrible for all this to happen. But we knew it would.
Couldn't Dumbledore come up with any better plan? I know I could. But everyone's hands were forced by the Death Eater invasion.
And yet, nobody remembers that Draco wouldn't have known about the Vanishing boxes without the Weasley twins nearly killing Montague by throwing him into a broken one.
Harry will someday remember that Draco is a person, too, with his mother at risk.
I just hope Snape lives long enough to see it.
| excessivelyperky chapter 42 . 8/28/2013
Severus nodded. "If those are your wishes, Albus.."
"They are, though I suspect someone will erect a white marble tomb instead." He sighed. "More's the pity."
-Though Albus could have prevented it by writing a will, naturally he didn't. Amazing how he got manipulated into stuff-that he actually wanted.
A lovely chapter-frivolous at the beginning ("Romans Go Home!") and quite deadly at the end.
Snape knows his sell-by date now, doesn't he? (I would feel more sorry for Dumbledore if he hadn't brought it on himself. What a pity he had to use his own demise to make sure that Snape never survived an Order victory).
And the worst part is that it will break Harry's heart, too, and destroy the bond the two had. But then, Albus was always one to wish his agents to unencumbered, as he's shown in this story, too.
It's bad of me, but I'm glad Snape had one last night out to be a human being in.
| missgsmith51 chapter 40 . 8/23/2013
I loved the description of the Minerva chewing-gum prank. Poor Hermione! Kids who are not perfectionists just don't get those who are. I often worried when I had those students, because excellence just wasn't good enough; it HAD to be perfection. I feared for some when they received their first ever A- ... or B.
As a teacher, I think the more clothes those kids wore under their robes, the better. A school full hormone-fueled adolescents "going commando" under their robes ... way too much opportunity for mischief. :-0
| missgsmith51 chapter 36 . 8/23/2013
For what it's worth, I thought it was a great chapter-another gut-puncher, yes, but great nonetheless. Severus did a great job of explaining his emotions and frustrations to Harry, and I confess to having been on the receiving end of similar "talks" in my youth ... and responding like Harry, opening the flood-gates. I thought it was very realistic, as was forgiving Harry but not shielding him from the consequences of his actions.
It's interesting that Severus says he did not understand the "trigger" of Harry's emotional dam-bursting. His simple statement-"Hard as it may be to believe, Harry, this is hurting me more than it's hurting you"-connected as it was in Harry's mind to parents who truly loved their kids, washed away any doubts Harry may have had about where he stood in their relationship: Severus considered him a son. Severus loved him.
| missgsmith51 chapter 34 . 8/23/2013
What an appropriate description of Severus Snape ... before he allowed Harry into his heart. I grew up singing this song, but I don't think I've ever really realized until now just how truly sad it is. It is interesting that you juxtapose it with the lines from the Donne poem, quoted several chapters back:
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
What a change has occurred within Severus Snape. What is amazing is that he is able to keep it hidden from the Dark Lord. But perhaps that is how Snape protects what is his ... by hiding it away. A poignant chapter ...
| missgsmith51 chapter 27 . 8/22/2013
Funny ... although I believe you were referring to Harry with this song, it has always reminded me of Dumbledore. Did you know that Peter O'Toole played Don Quixote in the film of Man of La Mancha, and that he sang this song, The Quest? I always thought O'Toole, with his voice and mannerisms, would have been a much better replacement for Richard Harris's Dumbledore.
I like your references to songs in this fiction ... although so many of them evoke such sad memories for me that I am frequently weepy throughout some of your chapters. Weepy or not, however, I still find this epistolary method of story-telling a very interesting way of revealing character. It's fascinating to see so much humor in Snape. I wonder if he truly realizes how much and in what ways he has changed since the start of his summer with Harry ...