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Dumbledore's Army
Review(s): 9

Reviewer: AnyaDate: 2007-09-10
Reviewid: 149207Chapter: 1
Dogstar recc'd this and I'm immensely glad she did, this was a wonderful read, very satisfying but it does leave you wanting to know more (perfect if you ask me) Rita was drawn wonderfuly, she's every bit as horrible and careers minded as she always is but the plot and presentation are such that I actually felt for and cheered for her (absolutley KILLER last line, by the way!) The description of her Animagus transformation was fantastic, and the mention of her "insect" body and lucid thoughts in it. It's not often someone can pull off a phrase like "The sea’s roar had been replaced by the morbid gasps of a dying city." but it's gorgeous, it fits wonderfuly with your tone and style! Cheers on you prize as well :D

Reviewer: StarseaDate: 2007-04-28
Reviewid: 147869Chapter: 1
A short but very elegant story, well-structured. Your characterisation of Rita is spot on, which is especially important, because this situation is completely opposite to what we'd expect. The insertions of the imagined headlines at various points were good reminders of why she was doing this. The brief glimpses of Harry and Voldemort were also well done.

Best Line: It finally explained a word Rita had always written in the way an illiterate would speak of reading.

Ms. Skeeter, the beetle thought, makes the bravest decision of her life.


Reviewer: SnorkackCatcherDate: 2007-04-01
Reviewid: 147647Chapter: 1
Nice to see a Rita fic ... and one that shows her in a relatively good light too! Especially the way she narrates her life in a Mike Doonesbury sort of way. Nice use of charms etc too.

Reviewer: EmelyeDate: 2007-03-30
Reviewid: 147632Chapter: 1
Wow Stu, this was really a fantastic read! Completely creative and unexpected, and so well done.

Reviewer: AstridDate: 2007-03-23
Reviewid: 147578Chapter: 1
Excellent. I like the use of Rita's POV.

Reviewer: dogstarDate: 2007-03-17
Reviewid: 147515Chapter: 1
Stu, this is wonderful. such an original idea and it works wonderfully well. Rita Skeeter - the last character one would expect to have a Phoenix Moment. The atmosphere in this story is absolutely chilling and I love the way you write about how it feels to Transform, linking the emotional and the physical. Congratulations!

Reviewer: shimotsukiDate: 2007-03-16
Reviewid: 147490Chapter: 1
Congratulations on your award! This was a wonderful idea for a "phoenix moment" -- here's someone we know of only as a weak and self-serving character actually choosing, and even wanting, to do the right thing for once.

I particularly liked the contrast you set up between Rita's unvarnished "beetle thoughts" and her typical polished, packaged, audience-directed thoughts. Her longing for her Quick-Quotes Quill was also a nice touch, as was her habit of narrating her own actions, which seems like exactly the kind of thing a sensationalist journalist would tend to do. Very, very nice.

Reviewer: J ForiasDate: 2007-03-14
Reviewid: 147472Chapter: 1
Oh, Stu, this is really good! You've set yourself an awesome challenge and risen to it impressively!

Fantastic use of the beetle imagery. One often thinks of the beetle as too bulky to fly, but fly it can. I love the way your first line, combined with the title, shocks the reader into your story's message straight away. It's really effective.

Excellent descriptive writing throughout. Excellent voicing of Rita. And excellent story. *grins*

Nice work!

Reviewer: SaraDate: 2007-03-13
Reviewid: 147453Chapter: 1
Great, what a thrilling one-shot! And congratulations on winning a Phoenix prize!
Will you extend that piece? It offers so many possibilities since it's a wonderful idea to include Rita Skeeter in the hunt and it seems the adventure has just begun …
Yours, Sara

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