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Araytigre posted a comment on Monday 22nd October 2012 3:19am for 12 - London(2)

Excellent! Both Fun and Exciting. Without Hope, most people would just give up, and be resigned to whatever fate awaits them. That "meddling old fool" strikes again, if Gabby hadn't had her "deja vu" moment, he would have gotten away with it, and all because he wanted to control Harry, never mind the consequences, and all for the "Greater Good". Sadly some of what he has done could be attributed to the dementia, and the rest of it lays in Snapes greasy hands. This also gives us a little more insight of Albus' actions, you've got to concider that his dementia started kicking in officially around Harry's First Year at Hogwarts, which makes you wonder when it really started, as it starts very gradualy and it can be several years before any noticable symptoms occur. Poor Harry. Thank You. TTFN

Aiwendil posted a comment on Thursday 2nd August 2012 3:26pm for 12 - London(2)

Hello,

I've read this years ago (about 8 if I remember correctly) and I remember that I loved it, as I loved every single story that you wrote. It's somehow entrancing that, especially Hope, doesn't even have a major villain, but still manages to catch me so throughly that, instead of writing my thesis as I am supposed to do, I spent the last two days reading this. Your stories were amongst my first favourites in HP fanfiction and are the only ones that have remained favourites even now. I love the way you write and your characters. Yes, it does come close to being a fairytale, but maybe this wonderful light feeling is exactly what makes me feel good after I read one of your stories. I certainly don't dislike the fairytale qualities.

I have to admit that I'm quite happy that you decided to remove the epilogue. As much as I like the light nd romantic feeling your stories have, I remember that I found the epilogue to be a bit too much so. This seems a perfect ending without overdoing it. (Although I'm pretty sure that I do have the original version somewhere on my computer and will read it through just to figure out if I didn't prefer the epilogue after all...)

This story somehow makes me want to read more Harry/Veela stories, be it Fleur or Gabrielle. Sadly, most creature fics apart from this one use the creatures' abilites as shortcuts to get two characters together or whatever else and I just don't like that. I adore the way you used the Veela bond as an inital hindrance for their relationship, at least from Harry's point of view since he was trying to figure out which parts of his feelings were his and which were induced by the bond. By the way, a huge compliment on the idea to let them see each other without the bond's interference and its execution.

Since I enjoyed this so much, I'll probably have to reread This means war, too... We'll see if I need more distractions from writing my thesis...

Thank you so much for writing.

ai

E. C. Scrubb posted a comment on Wednesday 1st August 2012 4:52am for 12 - London(2)

There is one major problem with this story - well, the ending.

You tell us that there was an epilogue - and then erased it! That's just far beyond cruel. A story this good, with that many little stories that could be discussed in the epilogue... and you tease?

Cruel, cruel, cruel.

Other than that, a wonderful story. It's the second time I've read it.

sisyphus1967 posted a comment on Monday 23rd July 2012 12:01pm for 12 - London(2)

Excellent story. As time goes on I find myself more and more liking Gabrielle. Thank you.

Katsuhito posted a comment on Sunday 13th May 2012 5:43am for 12 - London(2)

I just finished reading this for the 5th (or is it 6th?) time. I thought you'd appreciate knowing that.

However, I'm a little disapointed to see the epilogue is gone. I saw your a/n, and while I obviously don't know what your goals or thoughts were for that ending, I thought it was a neat way to close the story while retaining the same emotional content(?) that preceeded it. Oh well.

Rexnos posted a comment on Thursday 3rd May 2012 7:29am for 12 - London(2)

It's funny you know. I've been reading fan fiction since I was 13 or 14. I'm 24 now. My tastes have matured signifcantly and the stories I've loved have changed just as dramatically. Quite a few of the stories I once thought were better than canon have since dimmed significantly in my changing view points.

I wish I could remember the first time that I read Hope, but I can't say that I do. I do remember that I liked it a great deal, just as I've liked this site a great deal over the years.

Since the first time I finished your story, I've graduated from college with a degree in creative writing. This helped me notice the many flaws present in a number of the stories I once thought were impressive. This includes Hope of course (as everyone knows Jeconais does DO realistic, threatening villains).

But over the years, I've found myself returning here time and time again. I've read hope beginning to end more than any real book or any other piece of fan fiction ever. Regardless of its flaws, Hope might be my personal favorite piece of literature.

I even have a rant on it in my fanfiction dot net profile. I simply can't understand how a story with so little real conflict or tension can be so enjoyable to read. Every time I come back here I fall in love with Gabrielle all over again and feel Harry's disconnect with the rest of the world. Even though I know how it ends, I'm entranced as Gabrielle drags Harry back from the brink and makes him a happier, more complete person.

I've reviewed this story several times I'm sure, but I just felt like something else needed to be said. Thank you for writing this story. I've drawn more enjoyment from this story over the years than from anything else I've ever read.

Thanks,

Rex

(P.S. I'm glad you scrapped the epilogue. I remember reading it one of the times I read the story, but I deliberately skipped it every other time. I've always prefered ...and they lived happily ever after... to ...and the died after a long happy life. Shakespeare had it right. End it with a wedding if it's happy and a funeral if it's sad.)

quaziemoto posted a comment on Thursday 22nd March 2012 11:56pm for 12 - London(2)

I have always enjoyed this story over the years, being an old fart I forget bit and pieces of it so every 6 months or so I re-read it with as much joy as before. One thing that I do miss about this story is the removal of the epilogue, but other than that this is truly one of the greats

kyoshi posted a comment on Tuesday 20th March 2012 3:14pm for 12 - London(2)

A truly wonderful story. You are among the greats as an author. I bow to your genius!

The Seeker posted a comment on Tuesday 13th March 2012 8:15pm for 12 - London(2)

Before I comment on your story, thanks for explaining where the epilogue went and why. Despite your lack of comfort with it, Gabrielle's journey down the path to 'Merlin's Cave' is one of the strongest memories I have from the many fan fic stories I have read. Now on to this story.

I've read Hope so many times that I'm not sure if I've left an overall, end of the story review or not. In case I have, I'll keep this one short.

Hope is by far the best HP fic I've ever read, and I've read more stories than I'd ever admit to. Thanks for elevating HP fan fiction through your storytelling brilliance and your ability to create memorable, sometimes iconic, characters, as you did in this story with Gabrielle. Bon chance for whatever you do in the future, hoping (pun intended) that it includes some HP fan fiction.

The Seeker

(Please allow me to make one editing/beta related comment: In Hope , and if memory serves in your two current HP fics, I noticed you use what I call 'dangling adverbs.' Let me give you an obvious example - 'The boy went over the hill and through the dale to his grandmother's house quickly.' The reader has an easier time following what's happening when the adverb is close to the verb it's modifying, so we get, "The boy quickly went over the hill . . .' These 'dangling adverbs' are something I fight with in my own writing, so please excuse me for bringing it up here. Anyhow, blame should go to Kokopelli for letting these through. :-))

Kendra A. Brown posted a comment on Monday 7th November 2011 1:33am for 12 - London(2)

I relly enjoyed this story. I laughed at several situations so much that i got some very wierd looks from my family. A very good jod indeed!

TheWickedTruth posted a comment on Wednesday 5th October 2011 7:11am for 12 - London(2)

That was utterly beautiful

Mark Awesome posted a comment on Friday 16th September 2011 4:03pm for 12 - London(2)

Awesome, shame it took me so long to find and read it.

gustavia posted a comment on Tuesday 6th September 2011 6:55pm for 12 - London(2)

What a wonderful yarn that left a real feel good factor.

This had me enthralled and there was no Veela in sight at my home LOL.

Thank you so much for sharing your time and your work.

Joe Ritter posted a comment on Thursday 25th August 2011 5:41pm for 12 - London(2)

I still have the epilogue. Unfortunately, Tim hold's the copyright which makes it unlawful and immoral for me to post it. Anyway, this inspired me to create a loosely based version of haiku. It's a pitiful attempt but should be seen as praise for the author of this most awesome piece of fiction.

Hope strives to complete
Enters after-life struggle
Join's great adventure

KennethRose posted a comment on Thursday 21st July 2011 5:13pm for 12 - London(2)

Truly a fantastic story. It's funny; normally I frequent fanfiction.net, and yet every single story that I read on this site is significantly better than any I have found there.
I really don't know where to start in regards complimenting you on this story; I really don't. The relationship between Gabrielle and Harry was something very special to watch develop and grow, and when Harry finally said those three magic words it was really something. We all knew it was coming, but for it to finally arrive was fantastic.
I could say so much more, but I've just spent five hours straight...from midnight 'till morning reading this fic, and so quite frankly my eyes feel like they've grown hairs, and so I believe that now would be a good time for me to fall asleep. Thank you so much for a satisfying read; I doubt I'll forget it in a hurry.

I look forward to any future stories you author,

Kenneth

Children-of-Bodom posted a comment on Wednesday 6th July 2011 6:40am for 12 - London(2)

One of the best HP-Fics ever.

I don't ned to say anything else, it simply is!

Jacqueline posted a comment on Friday 24th June 2011 5:20pm for 12 - London(2)

I just wanted to mention that I disagree with removing the epilogue. I always felt it fit the story perfectly and did live up to the premise of the story. Also as much as I like the last sentence, I think the story has an unfinished feel without the epilogue. Either way I've loved your writing for a long time and that's just my take.

Davidjanetamplen posted a comment on Thursday 2nd June 2011 8:42pm for 12 - London(2)

I wish you had kept the epilogue in - I rather enjoyed it!

Andrius posted a comment on Tuesday 31st May 2011 12:41am for 12 - London(2)

Great story, cheers.

Asad posted a comment on Wednesday 25th May 2011 9:03pm for 12 - London(2)

Tim, just reread this fic again till this point and enjoyed it as much as I did on first reading it. Not reading the epilogue this time made the ending even better. :)

Thank you, yet again, for sharing this wonderful fic.