This was one of the best Harry/Snape stories I've ever read. And as a personal lover of this ship, I've definitely read more than a few. It's not often, either, that an author manages to remake a classic in such a way, and still have it remain a magnificent story to read. I'm ever so happy to have stumbled across it now.
I think, the best part would have been the scene with Harry in the future at Snape's grave, and what he decides to do. The fact that Harry still loves him so much after so many years, and that he'd die for him despite Snape's actions is undeniably heart-wrenching. Yes, I cried. I think that's only happened twice in my years of reading fanfiction. Very well done, i'm immensely impressed.
I decided to give this a try. I'm not really a slasher, but I really liked "Shifting" and was pleased that this was a kind of sequel. The way you took the characters and fit them with Dicken's story was brilliant. The Lupin-Tiny Tim thing was so original. It was really great. I'd like to see you write something that could post on other sites, I think you're really talented.
Author's Response: Thanks, Emmiebyrd, I'm glad you liked it. I do actually have some het stuff at a Harry/Ginny site called 'PhoenixSong'(under the same name), though, I have to say, my writing has improved a lot since I wrote them. I think anyway.
Wow, I was waiting for this story to be some tawdry takeoff of the original, but you managed it wonderfully. You also somehow took an amazingly marysue-ish way of getting Harry and Snape together and made it believable. I'm thinking that alone gets major kudos! Perhaps this seems like I'm just rattling of praises, but to continue the list, characterization--or rather, following canon: That was *very* well done. I can't compare this story with others on this particular site since I'm not yet familiar enough with it, but compared to most fanfics I have read this is exceptional in keeping characters, well, in character.
All in all, amazing story; I loved it!
Author's Response: Thank you, Dissen. What a very nice thing to find in my mailbox this morning. I'm glad you took a chance on it even though you clearly had some doubt going into it. This story is the one that I am most proud of, so it's really wonderful when other people appreciate it, and then tell me about it.
hehehe! I have seen this idea played out so many times, but I had to comment to tell you that this is the best I've seen. I like to give my favorite line when reviewing, but there are too many to pick from this time, so I'll just say that I loved it all! The end was especially nice. I liked the mention of Remus... has plot bunnies running wild in my head! Very very nice love!
As much as I was thinking to myself, 'oh no, not another christmas carol ripoff' but for some reason i read it anyways. I give you an 'E' for exceeds expectations. If it continued on maybe an 'O', but great work!
Aww, that was so beautiful!!
I love that ending, though Severus becomes really emotional - which is a little hard to get used to - you did lay the foundation for that in the previous chapters. So even that was good and worked. Keep thinking up stories and writing them for others to revel in!!
Author's Response: Thanks for sticking with the story VeeBee. I'm glad that you enjoyed it so much. About Severus and emotion--he is, above all else, human. He experiences the range of emotions, but has tight control over what he allows others to see or know of it. This experience just loosened that control a little, because the more important issue was, of course, Harry. Thanks!
I can't believe no one has reviewed this! I am not normally a fan of slash. I am actually a Hermione/Snape shipper, but I was curious about the "A Christmas Carol" elements of this story so I decided to read it. I'm still not a slash fan, but you so beautifully depicted the love between two people that their gender became unimportant. I truly enjoyed the emotions this story evoked. Thank you for sharing.
Author's Response: That is about the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. Thank you for that, and thank you for giving my story a try. It is too bad that I couldn't lure you to the slash side; I'll just have to try harder next time!
It keeps getting better and better!! I hope the next chapter is going to be up soon. I have to admit that i have never read Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol but I agree that Hagrid as an apparition fits in a huge sort of way ;-)
Wow! Excellent chapter. Hagrid fit the bill perfectly as the ghost of Christmas present and your descriptions were brilliant. Poor Remus! His injuries sound extremely painful, and I am so glad that he ripped up the portrait of Mrs. Black. Serves her right. It must have been overwhelming for Severus to hear Harry talk about how he loved him. It was also very touching. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment to find out what happens. Great job!
I hope you update soon! I usually turn my nose up at Snarry fices, but I am enjoying this greatly!
Author's Response: Wow! I'm glad you took a chance on my Snarry, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the story just a much, or more. Thanks for reading, and for taking the time to review.
The idea of a "converted" Severus merrily carrying a grown-up Ginny Weasley on his shoulder is hilarious!
I love this story!!
Author's Response: Thank you! I thought it was funny, I'm glad you did too. Hopefully, the rest will be up soon. The story is finished, it's just posting a chapter at a time. Thanks for reading!