As soon as I noticed the title of your story, it sparked a great interest since Luna is one of my favorite characters and I seldom get a chance to read a good Luna story. The summary was another thing that got me immensely interested since I've also been wondering of how Luna and Rolf got together --- regarding Luna's quite unique personality and all.
To cut to the point, the very beginning of the first chapter really got to me since I just graduated from high school last summer and I have to say you caught the nostalgia of that last day perfectly! It shed some light on how exactly was for Luna during her time in Hogwarts, on how she was so often avoided and laughed at, but also how she was accepted for who she was and gained a few real friends a million times more valuable than many false ones. It was told in a very Luna-like kind of way but also gave another dimension to the character --- showing a side of Luna that doesn't get shown often.
Also, you introduced a dimension of love as a source of comfort after the war and that's great since love and its importance is pretty much one of the main themes of all Harry Potter books.
"she was trying to get people into realizing that just because some things are not sustained by a proof, that doesn’t mean that they should be regarded as ludicrous." --- wonderfully said! This line pretty much summarizes Luna.
The reminiscences everyone had about their time in Hogwarts almost made me cry... Partially because I'm still not over Fred and partially because I remembered my time in high school and than reading DH as the final book of the series I grew up with reminded me of one part of my life closing, my childhood fading away and how scared of adulthood I was, I still am. You projected these feelings through this story wonderfully! Great job!
"The Thestrals were the living proof of their grief, of their incomplete heart and above all things of their unrelenting thankfulness to all those who had perished so bravely, fighting the experienced Death Eaters, in their quest for liberty… the liberty that they no longer enjoyed on earth, but the one they had granted to Harry and his friends.
“We’re always going to be friends, right?” Neville suddenly asked.
“Of course” Luna replied."
A very good way to conclude the chapter... Touching. A great story in all!!
Author's Response: Ok, this is just an awesome review ButterflyRogue! You're really wonderful for having taken the time to read the story and leave such an indepth feedback. A simple thank you just won't do!
Luna is also my favourite female character(Sirius being the male character I most enjoy in the series) and I felt like there was a great need for people to know her story with Rolf, at least what I think that happened really.
I'm graduating this year, as well, so in a way I was able to rend a plausible side of their feelings because graduating and saying goodbye to the place where you've basically grew up does takes its toll on people and all the more, for Harry and the rest because they've lived really intense moments there, within the walls of Hogwarts. They learnt valuable lessons there and saying goodbye, I thought, was even more difficult than it will be for me, then it was for you or any other person in their shoes.
I always said that one of the major motifs of the series is love and its healing power and I stand by to it, even in this fic, because I believe truly that it was the only way that Luna and her friends managed to move on after all the deaths. I'm happy that I've managed to give people an insight in a side of Luna we've not seen during the books.
I think that line suits Luna well, it's basically the impression she left one after reading the books and I've merely expressed it in this fic. I'm glad that you think it's the right impression.
Fearing of growing up, of changing, of leaving childhood behind is one of the major themes of this fic, along with romance of course and discovery and I've wanted people to distinguish that even from early chapters because both Rolf and Luna actually start a quest for maturity and a better understanding of their own feelings.
Again, I am thrilled that you found the ending appropriate because I really wanted it to symbolize their passing into the real world. The journey to Hogwarts begins with the Thestrals and therefore should end with them.
Many thanks for the reviews and I can't wait to see what you think of the next chapters. Thanks!