(#) Meteoricshipyards 2007-11-28Very enjoyable fic.
The bad: No scense of time or place. Harry gets a letter, and goes the next day - when did that happen? In cannon it occurred shortly before his 11th birthday, but here? Did he spend the month of August in France? Did one spell give him the ability to speak and read french? The magical street--this was (cannon) Harry's first encounter with magic, but here he's missing the sense of wonder, everything is accepted. I don't have a good feel for the french castle, either. And I didn't get a good feel for the eating hall or the ice.
Despite that (here comes the good:-) I am enjoying this story. The new characters seem interesting. The idea of the story is great. It puts a lot more pressure on you as an author, though, with new characters, and new plots. This is a great beginning.
I also like the idea of Hogwarts being light (yes there are dark people there, but overall....) and Durmstrang being dark, and Beauxbatons being neutral (and having "defense against the light arts - is he going to be learning Occlumancy in first year :-)
Also loved the snippets of Dumbledor's world.
However, without Harry there, I expect Hermione to die the first year, and (if by chance Voldemort doesn't get the stone and come back) then Ginny to die the second year, and Sirius to die the third, and the Triwizard to be at Beauxbatons the fourth year, and Dumbledore to get Harry to compete somehow :-)
Anyway, looking forward to your story. Thanks for creating it.
(#) Quackpotty 2009-08-05Hmm, this story has the potential to be fairly interesting. I would like to see more of Fleur and perhaps a few other canon characters, but I can understand why you can't exactly have Ron and Hermione dropping out of the sky. Oh well, it'd be nice to see more from this story.
(#) soul-of-the-phoenix 2013-08-05I think this is actually a pretty amazing story. I've been looking for a decent "Harry Goes To Beauxbatons" story for a while, and this is the best I've seen. It has a nice taste of humor, good logic, an original take on magical school structure, and nicely blossoming original characters (which are astoundingly rare).
I hope to see more of this someday, because it would be a shame to leave it unfinished.
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