|Reviews for A Necessary Gift: A Harry Potter Story|
| Rubberduck697 chapter 1 . 12/13/2011
Hi, I like it! You had me at "Dobby" lol... can't resist a fic with him in it, and time travel fics always interest me.
| Evon1222 chapter 16 . 12/13/2011
This is really well written. I think that you've managed to do the whole time/dimension travel thing justice. I like your new world and how it is so very different yet so very much the same. I also think you did a good job with the whole Harry/Orion thing. Harry is still in character, yet you can see Orion Black showing through.
Anyways, wonderful work so far. I'll be looking forward to more.
| purpurea chapter 16 . 12/13/2011
The pureblood politics... they are so deliciously awesome :)
| Black's Phoenix chapter 16 . 12/12/2011
After reading through the fic up to this point I had to take some time to read over what you covered. The way it seems to be going so far there seems like a fair chance that Harry ends up in a marriage contract with Daphne. It wouldn't be completely binding I'm sure but it definitely seems like a possibility. In any case I cannot say that I would be opposed to it if you chose to go that way as it would fit with how you are developing Harry so far in this fic.
Yes he is still Harry and I really like the idea of the magical gift being an assessor. You are right that changing him to Orion would be a huge risk that really is not needed in this fic.
The character development so far is excellent as you are not trying to bash anyone it seems. I do like how you are balancing out the screen time so far and it makes me wonder if things will change if you decide to have Sirius get married to help avoid Harry being pressed into an arranged marriage at his age. If that does happen I hope that you will at the least give Sirius some more screen time if only for a little bit of time.
| smexyforever chapter 16 . 12/12/2011
I rather like that he now really has the skill, so there wont be any problems with that...
| Wonderbee31 chapter 16 . 12/12/2011
Neat section there, and enjoyed the party, and seeing how Harry continues to work his way into his new life.
| Magesa chapter 16 . 12/12/2011
It is a bit convenient that he turns out to be a real assessor, but I think it's a good thing - I can't wait to see how it turns out. A good chapter.
| cookyc chapter 16 . 12/11/2011
i like that he has the ability and the way you have the name keep it I can understand who is who better that way just in case you talk about his grandfather
| Canisse chapter 1 . 12/11/2011
This is a really good read! I will be eagerly waiting for updates.
| Guest chapter 16 . 12/11/2011
Awesome! This story rocks
| Sonaris chapter 16 . 12/11/2011
I think it's wonderful that Harry turned out to be an Assessor! Also, the loss of voldemort's soul piece in Harry made him lose his parseltongue ability?
| Maethoriel Raina chapter 16 . 12/11/2011
I really like that Harry is an Assessor. With his knowledge being somewhat uncertain now, I like that he has a way of verifying the facts. Such as the different events might make a person change, and Harry would be able to see they weren't so bad/good/insane. Is Bellatrix really as bad as in canon? Loved the update, looking forward to more.
| gallandro-83 chapter 16 . 12/10/2011
I'm liked the new chapter but am confused as to why Harry is no longer a Parslemouth? When he picked up that first wand the serpent core was because of this trait I thought. (Also did he ever go to Ollivander for another wand?) I know you keep foreshadowing the fact that Harry Potter is no more, but the effect of the ritual was to adopt him into the Black family not destroy everything about HP.] I was kind of hoping the magical blending that occurred would allow something of both Voldemort and Black granted to Orion. I do find it interesting though that Harry isn't finding more traits of James, Lily, or Voldemort to be surprising him like the Black traits have. I mean you keep mentioning the ritual was a gradual process and now having another magical parent changed everything, but is Harry really not finding any further connection to his parents? Is something more at work to force-ably stop any iteration of Harry Potter appearing in this universe?
His Assessing abilities are interesting and it will be interesting to see how they interact with everything. (I'm especially wondering about how he perceives the magical creatures and characters like Hagrid and Fluer.) I do think the fact that Snape and his spying skills feels threatened by Orion is awesome. It means that you can still have him be a git and not be an important character to Orion's schooling. I do also think this could be important on Keeping Orion firmly grounded in this reality, the impressions he gets might let him differentiate between when someone is completly different allowing him to stop his initial reactions.
The family spells part is interesting are you saying that in addition to the family traits purebloods also keep family spells as well. Will Harry be learning any of the Potter Family magics as well as the Black's? You made Harry able to enter his family vault and yet we really haven't seen any reason for it yet is this a bit of foreshadowing will we see anything interesting come from such access?
I'm interested in seeing how the Headmaster in the story shapes up. You paint an interesting picture of him with added Assessor tidbits on to why Harry is keeping his distance. It also sounds like he might be trying something with Neville to complete his prophecy. (Is it even the same one because we know there are Horocrux's around now so Volde isn't dead yet Harry was killed.) Did Dumbledoor give Sirus the Hallow's cloak or another invisibility cloak? It sounds like its the proper one but without Harry I don't really see him giving away one of his artifacts like that.
I think Draco is coming along well but I do wonder about Hermione. Being friends with Daphne seems like it might make her more feminine but will this be a problem for Harry if both Daphne and her end up pursuing Orion. Also you mentioned that Harry would be comfortable in jeans and a t shirt in this chapter, will Orion freak out his Pureblood peers by just how comfortable he is with the Muggle world at any point. It seems like everyone is willing to listen to him and seems to be forgetting he supposedly grew up in France as a Muggle.
Also will Harry continue to practice his French since I assume the Triwizard tournament will happen, he will no doubt be questioned. (In addition if Hermione has the french vacation as well I can see her trying to get Harry to teach her some before she goes.) Now that I think on it Hermione lives closer to London will she see Harry during holidays now?
You mentioned Hermione hanging out with other muggleborn students , has any Slytherin prejudice been thrown at her or did Foorsworth and Harry's friendships throughout the first years lessen such behavior?
I do want to see more of Sirus's Aunt Cassie, I think I see her teaching Harry quite a bit throughout his new Black childhood. I do wonder you keep mentioning that Harry feels his magic is shaky does he ever practice his advanced skills? I know that when he helps the Weasley's he sometimes does difficult hexes but is he also trying to study additional magic he wasn't able to the first time. I can't imagine he is simply sitting through the classes only learning the beginning material.
hope to read more soon
| misteryman526 chapter 16 . 12/10/2011
Nice twist with the Assessor powers. Kind of a case of "be careful what you wish for, you might just get it". Regarding the Wolfsbane potion; what if Harry were to gain access to a Pensieve? He should be able to isolate a memory of the actual brewing instructions that way. Of course their current plans will get Snape more involved in the story which could be good too. Anyway keep up the good work!
| Isilarma chapter 16 . 12/10/2011
This story is amazing! I love the relationship you've developed between Harry and Sirius, and I like all the little differences in this world, like Fabian Prewett being attacked.
I also like Harry as an Assessor; that's an interesting ability and it'll be interesting to see how it affects everything.
Please update soon, I can't wait to see what happens next!