Awww, this was just heartwarming. Poor Minerva. I do feel for her, really I do. I mean, it must be trying to try to issue orders to a giant who really has no idea what he's supposed to be doing - and quite possibly has comparatively poor motor skills, to be honest. We know from Order of the Phoenix that Grawp doesn't know his own strength. The fate of Gryffindor and Ravenclaw Towers seems to confirm it.
This is such a real scene, Beth. I can totally see McGonagall trying to get everything ready for term in September, and Hagrid offering Grawp's services, which are in truth a lot like a child "helping" make dinner. It's much easier to just do it all yourself than to allow them to help, as they tend to do more damage than good. Such is Grawp. I do think Charlie's offer is perfect for him, but I feel for Hagrid, just wanting "a few more days" with his brother. His only family. It can't be easy.
One thing that jumped up at me was the reference to the fall semester. It just struck me as an Americanism; in the UK they call it autumn, and Hogwarts seems to run over three terms rather than being semester-based. But that's really my only issue with it and by all means feel free to write that off as a canon pedant getting her nose out of joint.
Oh, and the ending! Grawp can stay for a bit because he's managing to redeem himself by retrieving Gryffindor Tower from the lake. Hopefully the Giant Squid will help him find Ravenclaw Tower as well. If he can at least make up for the damage he's caused, well that's something, isn't it?
I just have to say a couple of words on characterisation as well. I think you got both McGonagall and Hagrid absolutely down pat. I loved that Minerva was losing her voice from yelling at Grawp, and I loved Hagrid tearing up at the end. That was just beautiful. Brilliant job.
I enjoyed this little interlude immensely. Well done, Beth!
Omg this is hilarious. Type A McGonagall trying to manage Grawp is pure comedy gold.
Earnest helpful grawp is so adorable. Him wanting to eat in the Great Hall with everyone else is so adorable. Let’s hope the reconstruction of that room was not complete yet.
I think it’s so sad that Grawp has to leave altogether. Why can’t he go on living in the forest? I know there were problems with the centaurs, but so long as he’s not helping/hurting the castle, I don’t see why McGonagall would have a problem with that.That was a lovely offer from Charlie though. I imagine he would love the dragons in Romania, but I wish he didn’t have to go so far away from Hagrid.
I’m glad that Grawp finds a way to help. It doesn’t seem random that he got the towers right after McGonagall talked about him, which makes it seem to me that he was worried about having to leave and trying really hard to be able to help.
Hopefully he keeps finding ways to help, and/or McGonagall allows him more flexibility.
A couple little errors:
Your italics tags around “in the way” and “Rubeus” don’t work
The word him is missing in “you must take away from here.”
This was a lovely little piece, and quite unlike other things I’ve read!
Hey there, this was a great piece! I really enjoyed it, and it's definitely a bit of light relief.
Poor Hagrid, he only wanted his brother around and he does only have good intentions but sometimes that just isn't enough. I think McGonagall was probably right to try and send him away, her priority has to be to the school and she can't ensure things get fixed with Grawp ruining things quicker then they can be repaired, even with such a large team of people working on it. It must have been hard for her to make that decision though, and I think you brought that emotion across really well.
I'm glad things worked out in the end though, and that they managed to find Grawp a job to do that was actually helpful, I felt such relief for Hagrid. He only wanted to keep his brother around, even if Dragons does sound rather cool, and at least he managed that. In times like that, when they’re rebuilding the castle after people have died there, it must have been a fairly sollom occasion and so I think Grawp would have also provided a bit of light relief to the students who were helping out to.
I think you've did a great job with this fic, and it was fun to read!
- Shaza :)
It's been a while since I visited your AP, and as it's Staff Appreciation Weekend, what could be a more perfect time to drop by?
I was immediately grabbed by this story; it's not every day that one comes across a story with Grawp as the central character. You had me intrigued, and kept me guessing as to what Grawp's starring role could be in this story? I had to laugh at the opening lines detailing how Grawp had inadvertently managed to destroy the newly-built pieces of castle. Poor Grawp - and poor Hagrid, who wants to be supportive of his younger half-brother, but obviously doesn't want to ruin the rebuilding efforts of the team! Hagrid was superbly in character here with your use of dialogue and the way he defended Grawp. I really felt for Professor McGonagall as well; it's clear she really didn't want to offend Hagrid by telling him that Grawp was no longer welcome, but at the same time, she doesn't want to hamper the reconstruction process either!
When Grawp got into the lake, I did wonder what would be coming next (and a tsunami was top of that list), but I was pleasantly surprised by how well he demonstrated his usefulness, to retrieve fallen pieces of masonry from the Great Lake. I only hope the Giant Squid survived the experience.
This was soooo cute and comical, I loved it! <3
Thank you for everything you do for HPFT :)