I enjoyed it very much, I have always thought Snape would appreciate work done well. Not just work performed to the norm.
Isn't that what Potion making would be. Any good chef knows that when you haven't got the correct ingrediaents, that you can always substitute for a meal.
God, how did you know how much I love reading great characterizations of both of those characters. You have nailed Snape and Luna so perfectly. I adored it. Her reactions were so genuinely her and Snapes inner monologue snide as always. absolutely wonderful job.
Author's Response: Wow, did you do a GW run today or what? I'm so glad you liked it, this one barely put me over for the win in the eHPF Last Drabble Writer Standing challenge. I added some to it for entry here, but I found that I really liked writing a frustrated and completely baffled Snape in the face of Luna being...Luna. Pookha challenged me to show her Ravenclaw intelligence, and this just showed the perfect opportunity. Thanks again for making my day! I'm so far behind in the reviews, but this makes me feel okay about it!
Well, that was just Bloody Friggin' Brilliant!
And the last line was the cherry on the top of this marvelous little confection of a story!
I can just see Severus freezing in mid-stride and a shiver going up his spine, rolling his eyes and clenching his jaw and his fists.
Luna, bless her, is really one of the best characters ever written as she has SO many hidden depths! We've just been granted a peek at one of them.
Thanks for this wonderful story.
Author's Response: Thanks so much! If anyone could ever crack that cold exterior of Snape and send him running like his hair was on fire, it's Luna. How ironic is it, do you think, that when Severus finally finds a potions prodigy, it's the one student he can't stand to be in the same room with for five minutes? That was fun to write. And after all, she WAS a Ravenclaw. "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure", but Rowena never said you had to be sane, as well. Thanks dear!~GW
I absolutely loved this. It's a nice insight into Luna that we haven't seen in canon -- that she may be in her own happy little universe, but she's extremely good at her work.
I always enjoy reading fics where Snape takes his teaching seriously... I always imagined that he would throw himself into his career as a means to dull the pain of his personal life, and drive his students to achieve. (though, using means some would not condone ;) )
Author's Response: Thanks so much! You got exactly what I was trying to convey. Luna was in Ravenclaw, which had to mean that although she was very odd, a great mind lurked in all the insanity. Snape, on the other hand, probably lived for students that he could find a shred of intelligence in. How ironic that it had to be Luna, of all people, to be the one to show great potential in potions! He finally finds a prodigy, and he can't stand to be in the same room with her. Thanks so much for the review!~GW
Your win was very well deserved and the way that you expanded it here was seamless. Your characterizations of both Luna and Snape are flawless.
I find it interesting that we both have the same idea that Luna's good at Potions, although as you will read in one of my many works in progress, we have different ideas about why. Great minds think in similar veins (hmm, that's not too humble on my part, Oh well).
I very much like the fact that Snape's perceptive enough to pick up on how perceptive Luna is. Luna's strange, but an excellent judge of character, and she sees Snape for what he is.
I should have set you a tougher challenge <joke>.
Author's Response: I thought the same thing after reading your entry! I always thought Luna had a way of seeing through all the falseness people put out there. She didn't participate or even see the reason for any of that, so she really just dismissed it and saw things for what they were. I'm so glad I didn't disappoint you in this. It was a bit nerve wracking writing someone's favorite character for them. Knowing how well you know the character puts the pressure on to really get her right. Thanks for the review! And thanks for a great competition. ~GW
Oh, Poor Snape! I laughed reading this, just imagining his face. I couldn't have captured him, or Luna, better! Masterful. 10/10
Author's Response: Hey stranger! Thanks for the great review! I love Luna's ability to get under anyone's skin, but the thought of her and Snape together was just too good to pass up. Her existence flies in the face of everything he works so hard to achieve. They balance each other well, due to the fact that they are polar opposites. Thanks again!
I should review here too, huh? LOL
What I will comment here, where do you get the names? Do you make them up, or research for them?
I'm hopeless at potion ingredients names and potion names, so I'm impressed. You make it so believable, I think.
I also think Snape is great in this. I like that you didn't make him nasty and deduct points for Luna not making the right potion. Perhaps he's impressed, even though he did wanna beat his head against a brick wall?
Author's Response: Above all, Snape values intelligence. Try as he may, he can't deny that Luna just displayed a bit of brilliance in his classroom. They are just such polar opposites that she makes him want to run screaming like his hair is on fire. I do some research for my spell and potion names. Mostly, I go online to a website that translates from English to Latin or some other language. I also search for real herbs and plants that are used for whatever I'm trying to do. Valerian root is really used for sleep aids. As for the magical creatures, I admit I conjured those out of thin air, trying to sound a bit like JK herself. I don't think I do as well as she does in that department. Thanks so much for the review! I love seeing those little numbers in the Unresponded column! :)