Reviews For Surgery
I found this story to be amazing...and *surprising*: You caught me off-guard not only with *where* it went but also with the depths you --and your characters-- were willing to explore!
I was fully expecting, as this *was* a "challenge" piece, a somewhat "light" story about Severus aiding Harry during a surgical hospital stay while uncovering some truths about Harry's home life, and with these revelations, becoming a mentor towards Harry and a monitor to prevent excesses by the Dursleys...
I do like those stories --anything that shows that at least *ONE* adult gives a crap about *Harry*!-- because I despise canon and the series with a loathing that exceeds my dislike for any book or story that I've ever read in all of my 55 years of being a voracious Fantasy & Science Fiction reader and Children's Literature reviewer.
So, please understand just how much HPff means to me: It means that *I'm* not *alone* in my disgust at the hell that "Rowling" put Harry and her other characters through and my abhorrence at her *light-hearted* cavalier attitude towards unmitigated, unremedied, and ignored and/or dismissed *child abuse* and bullying of multiple CHILD characters! I fully understood and agreed with why *all* of the *reputable* publishing houses turned her down!
But I digress; I believe that I'm most impressed with the amount of thought you put into each of the main character's motivations and backstory and made them "real" people and not the 2-dimensional caricatures of canon; *these* people could easily be your neighbors!
But if the Dursleys lived on my street they'd have been thoroughly investigated, probably imprisoned, and Harry in a new living situation before his 1st year was out! And if I'd moved into the neighborhood anytime after that 1st year and even suspected anything untoward going on, the *neighbors* would have been up on charges along with the Dursleys as "co-conspirators" and/or "aiding & abetting"!
Rowling's BS turned the entire neighborhood and Harry's school admin into accomplices!
I don't care how much "clout" or money or "standing" a couple has: If two children from the same family come to school and one is well and appropriately dressed and the other in rags; one apparently over-fed and the other skinny as a rail along with the other tell-tale signs of gross disparity, I'm calling the cops!!
Anyhoo, I'm glad I found this story! It's truly memorable and I can only hope that you've cross-posted on other ff platforms; it definitely deserves a wider audience!
Well, I'm off (as you've undoubtedly noticed😁) to check out your other stories and see if you ever posted the "sequel" you hinted at writing!
Dear Henna, I hope you're well and having the greatest success at whatever you're doing! You have a real talent and I'd hate to think of it languishing.
I've seen too many amazing writers in the years I've been reading ff, fail to fulfill the promise shown in their works; mainly because they compare themselves to the success of "Rowling"!
DON'T! The woman is a Charleton; her writing is 3rd-rate at best and mainly due to TWO factors: One, she *stole* from the *best*. Much of "her" characters, scenes, and plots were plagiarized from many sources: Greek and Roman mythology and multiple *classics* from Fantasy and other Children's fiction! And the second: An excellent PR firm employed by Bloomsbury to *push* the books and BUY good reviews!
That's it! They pushed it onto a *non-reading* public by "hook and by crook"!
So, *don't* compare *your real* talent to that hack! There's a huge difference between a real gem and faux "paste and glass".
Thank you for sharing this "Gem" with us!
I love that bit! Very nice characterisation of Lily. Like Hermione, she'd see past the arguments of "but it's their choice", and to the heart of the matter, namely that nothing is truly a choice if someone never experienced another way of living (like house elves) or the "economic incitement [is] perhaps as compelling as a wand brandished in their face". It is sad that your version of Lily can never meet Hermione. They'd like each other.
As an adopted one, many of the talks and feelings hit very home in my heart.
Your insight about bond made me
stop and feel weak. So true.
Brava. Thank you for writing this.
Anyway, the way you made Vernon the (Ahem) 'good' one. Still, the abuse is not that much, and being the sadistic girl I am, I wanted it to be more.
Whatsoever, I like the story so far, and am I correct in assuming that the letter will get in the hands of Snape? Or will he be sent in charge of the surgery?
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