|Reviews for Harry's Un-Birthday Gift|
| Books85 chapter 3 . 9/18
This is a truly memorable tale. I believe that I will enjoy re-reading it every so often.
It helps is that I really like Luna. I think she could inspire a series of books all by herself.
| Books85 chapter 2 . 9/18
Mr Greengrass appears to be an exemplary Headmaster for Hogwarts and an excellent ally for Harry. I find myself worried that Mr Weasley will have no assistance if/when he is attacked by Nagini while guarding the Hall of Prophecy.
Interesting use of the Jane Austen speech patterns to reflect the difference in mindset of the purebloods. Not all purebloods are evil or think themselves innately superior to non-magicals, even though they respect and follow pureblood manners.
A most welcome contrast; an amusing and mostly non-violent fanfiction that also makes me think. Bravo!
| r2k-in-the-vortex chapter 3 . 9/12
Thumbs up, a good example of a story that is as long as it needs to be, no longer - no shorter. Good writing quality, well thought out story and properly written to conclusion. Very nice piece of reading.
| GBTtown chapter 1 . 8/27
Taking the age of this story, it hardly seems fair to complain but, it really never reached a conclusion. It seems more like an extended plot bunny, and a very interesting bunny it is, than a story.
| BorviX chapter 3 . 6/27
| Bobboky chapter 3 . 6/16
very nice work
| Beburos chapter 3 . 5/23
I literally made an account to make a review. After lurking on this site for four years I hope you see that as an accomplishment.
Based upon the title I was worried this would be another smut fic but I was pleasantly surprised. The ending hurt in the chest. Outstanding work.
| Svenion chapter 2 . 4/10
How does Ron warrant being involved after his behavior thus far in the story?
| Hobbyfarmer chapter 3 . 11/26/2015
Thanks for the fun story.
| Dawn Dagworth chapter 3 . 10/29/2015
D'awwww, the ending! I'm in tears!
| Penny is wise chapter 3 . 10/25/2015
Awesome story. Loved the idea and the concept was great.
| excessivelyperky chapter 3 . 10/8/2015
What a lovely story! I enjoyed this very much, especially knowing that Luna is beginning to heal and knows that she is loved. Flitwick always had what he needed to shut down the bullies in Ravenclaw (he threw Marietta Edgecombe to the wolves, as well), and so I sort of doubt his loyalty to Ravenclaw students, myself.
Was he ever able to shut down bullies from Gryffindor? Oh, wait, of course there are none, just young men with hilarious plans for pranks. Silly of me to ask.
But I do love how things worked out.
| SilentSnowLeopardNinja chapter 3 . 9/21/2015
So what happened to Sirius?
| Guest chapter 1 . 9/15/2015
Harry was forced into the tournament and he was forced into the ball. As you say, he wanted neither. Since he was forced into going I don't see why he owed Parvati anything or why she should have been dumb enough to expect he would be a good date.
| Covante chapter 1 . 5/28/2015
I'm assuming the point of giving the origin story in the A/N was to prevent people from complaining about how Lassie was mostly an American show and wouldn't have been a cultural icon in 1980's England like it is in America? Harry knowing about Lassie from that having read/heard that origin story doesn't explain why he sees a border-collie and recognises it as 'a Lassie' though. That's something you'd expect if he'd seen the t.v. show or a movie, something visual. Having him seem mostly ignorant of the breed of the dog but remembering that they should have brown eyes was kind of odd as well. Something like, 'Oh, I guess it isn't Lassie after all; Lassie's eyes are brown, not grey.' might work but making it a bit more vaguely remembered and uncertain would probably be better. Or just have him not questioning it at all because he's only got one point of reference and it's a poorly remembered one.
With the right of first refusal, that doesn't mean that Harry has to give her back to Parvati if she asks does it? Just that if Harry tries to give her to anyone else without Parvati's permission then ownership defaults back to Parvati. So is there anything to actually serve as a safeguard if Harry decides to start being an asshole?
Doesn't Dumbledore getting sacked as a result of the investigation started by a complaint about how Luna was being treated kind of make the whole enslaving herself thing pointless? Or at lest pointless to continue with since it was used as the catalyst/justification to assign someone to follow Padma around who could then, as an impartial observer, report to the ICW Education Council or whoever about the deficient education on offer at Hogwarts. Though the complaint Mr. Patil notified Dumbledore he was filing with the International the same day that minder was set to arrive was already a justification for the Observers to show up and do their own investigation.
Is the whole 'lose an honour duel become a slave/pet' thing a commonly accepted practice globally? If not, then why aren't the International Observers doing something to get Luna transferred back to Padma and freed, or just annulling the whole thing? If so, then why would they agree that Padma needs someone watching her to make sure she doesn't enslave anyone else or whatever? The minder was assumedly going to have to be forced in over Dumbledore's protestations and if the Supreme Mugwump (even if recently removed due to national level political posturing) of the ICW says that it's unnecessary and unwarranted who is going to force his hand? Maybe if you described how that part of the treaty was meant to hurt the NAMC or what it said or was meant to do or what part of it applies in this case it would make more sense. As it is, 'Dumbledore won't... [let a student have some random bodyguard/babysitter in the castle?]' 'He's got no choice. It's part of the treaty about standardising the OWLs and NEWTs at the international level. And the best part is that Britain included that bit in the treaty just to screw over the NAMC somehow and now it's coming back and biting them in their own ass. Haha.' is entirely too vague. Give an actual, clearly stated, justification for why Dumbledore needs to allow access to the castle to some random outside person with no ability to vet/screen them beforehand or veto anyone he doesn't agree should be allowed in. As it sits there is nothing stopping Lucius from hiring a Mister Tom Riddle to go be Draco's minder. He's even got some decent credentials as a former Slytherin Head Boy himself back in 1944-45 and an award for Special Services to the School so what reason could Dumbledore possibly have to refuse to let someone like that into the castle to watch over a student? Will the International force him to accept that assignment and let Voldemort in?
If Mr. Patil is in a position to be able to wield such a huge amount of political clout and influence then how did he end up needing lessons on local customs from Xeno (the oddest of ducks) Lovegood? He's obviously either some form of diplomat or extremely prominent businessman or something. Probably a diplomat because his daughters seem quite well versed on international law, knowing the writers/sponsors of specific sections of an international treaty as well as what their motivations were in including that bit of language. You don't succeed in those kinds of careers by being unfamiliar with the local practices and a recent immigrant. Ambassadorships aren't handed out to people fresh off the boat and wet behind the ears. People don't emigrate unless they have a reason either, so either the Patils were young and poor on arrival and Mr. Patil has been massively successful and now enjoys a huge amount of influence (which would indeed be a reason to feel indebted to a mentor) or arrived as some sort of political refugees or something (e.g. former aristocrat/royal exiled by some new regime that was taking over in India) and arrived with some fame attached to their name and accustomed to dealing with the societal elites but needing to learn about the local idioms, expectations, particularities and customs of magical British high society. I mean if he was taken under someone's wing and shown the ropes it would have been by someone like Mr. Greengrass not the extremely eccentric Editor/Publisher of a tabloid/magizoological journal. If Mr. Patil would have been raining hell on Dumbledore 'if even half the things you've had to suffer through had been done to me [Padma]' then why the hell couldn't Xeno do the same thing for his daughter himself? He was Mr. Patil's mentor in how to move about and get things done in British magical society after all. If you want to give Padma extra incentive to help Luna then just have her feel guilty about not having stood up for her before. Or have briefly/half-heartedly joined in on harassing her. If their parents are so familiar then Padma/Parvati should at least friendly with Luna shouldn't they? (Or at least familiar, they wouldn't necessarily get along but that would present a whole new obstacle) Why wait until it's already been happening for 4 years before stepping in?