Ugh Emma this is SO SO SO good. I literally love it so much. Your characterizations of all four Marauders are absolutely SPOT ON even though you've turned them into ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SPECIES. OF ALIENS. Honestly that's really impressive, some people can't even characterize them right as humans! :')
(Also I don't know how it literally just clicked right now that Pigfarts is a reference to AVPM. What is wrong with me)
Oh btw I'm here for the menagerie.
POOR REMUS. You've really mirrored canon so well while also making the specifics of his condition so unique and in-line with the rest of the universe you've created. I said this already but his characterization is spot on. The way that he tries to make himself smaller and be passive/non-confrontational/accommodating is exactly how I imagine him at Hogwarts in canon. It made me sad though :(
And then obviously I LOVED Sirius. He was a little thoughtless right at the beginning but SO SO SWEET at the end, omg. I Love My Alien Son.
There's only one thing I'd note (and I apologize in advance for not noting this in the google doc) which is that it'd be nice if the others (James in particular) joined in on defending Remus or at least praised Sirius's actions or something once he sat back down, just to make it seem more balanced/tie everything together more neatly. But aside from that this was literally PERFECT and I love it so much.
Emma! Here for Gryffindor's January RvG (Go Gold!) and for the Magical Menagerie. And the space opera!!!
Can I just say that my heart has opened even wider for Remus Lupin? He is absolutely adorable in this fic!!! You write his anxiety at being at school extremely well; I can totally see him acting this way in canon, too. I want to wrap him in a giant hug and never let go. Okay, I would let go so he could become better friends with James, Sirius, and Peter.
Speaking of them, they are utterly fascinating aliens!!! I love the way you incorporate their Animagus forms into their other worldly species. James's appetite is absolutely hysterical! Actually, all of their plates of food are wildly appropriate for their kind... what kind of food does Remus eat? I am soooo curious!
Also, come on, Sirius, you know better than to take a picture to prove your brother wrong (okay, this comment is out of order, but I have so many thoughts about this piece!). That scene where they introduce themselves to Remus is so cute! I can feel the protections Remus uses to shield himself from attention and alien interactions melt away as the other boys carry on as if there is nothing too strange or too unusual about Remus.
Furtermore, in this universe, is Pigfarts a magic school? A space academy? If so, what is their focus? Flying ships? I love Grybbinports. What are the other Houses called? I have so many detail-orientated questions. You don't have to answer them, by any means, this is just me showing you how intrigued I am by your incredibly awesome space opera AU! Great job, Emma!!!
Emma! I’ve returned! I know I said after the last review that I was going straight to this one next, but truth be told I completely forgot how to write reviews yesterday (it took me SEVEN hours to write a review…. zoinks) so I was a bit delayed in making it over here.
Anyways, once again, I LOVE all these headcanon alien forms you’ve come up with for the Marauders gang - I love that you’ve incorporated their Animagus forms into it, and how you were able to so seamlessly fit their descriptions into the story. James just casually munching on a wood chip is incredible.
But like, even amongst all the silliness that is their alien forms and the slightly adjusted canon names (idk why I actually giggled out loud at ‘Grybbinport,’ but I did), you’ve still managed to also capture really genuine emotions as well? Like, Remus has just very clearly accepted that his condition means he won’t have any friends and everyone’s going to be afraid of him, so he shuts himself off from the get-go? And is just like, completely surprised that James and Sirius (and sort of Peter, once he stops being scared) are being nice to him? That’s such a good representation of canon and still felt very real in the midst of all the weirdness of the space-opera-part of this.
And I love that Sirius’ first reaction was like ‘I’m gonna touch your hair to beat Regulus in a bet’ because honestly? Spot-on Sirius characterization right there. And then he stands up for Remus in the Great Hall the next morning and it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship (that’s going to become more than a friendship if I’ve interpreted the title of the next piece correctly, lol).
Anyways, the worldbuilding in this mini-series is fantastic and I continue to be in awe of it. Hopefully it won't take me two days to review the next one now, lol.
-Written for the Magical Menagerie event and January RvG