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Review:ButterflyRogue says:
Hey Jules!!

I think you already know how much I love everything that you write and this is no exception... As I'm re-reading all the chapters from the collaboration, I can't help but to be amazed by the quality of authors we've assembled and it makes me so proud to be a part of this collaboration and a community full of wonderful people such as eHPF...

Anyway, to move away from the utterly sentimental introduction, this was such a poignant, insightful take on Petunia. She is a character most people love to hate, myself included, but you've given her the depth most writers don't even bother to try to understand. You've actually made me fell with her, feel the pain she felt over her parents favoring Lily, her bitterness over being neglected and always coming second in everything. In her behavior towards her own family I could see her repressed frustration - the way she jumps to comply Dudley's every whim, the way she always tries to please Vernon, the way she always tries to appear perfect in everyone's eyes seems as a way for her to make sure she will always be the most important to them and that they will always need her and love her above everyone else. I specifically liked how you've mentioned how she prided herself in having such a neat, spotless and perfect house - a reflection of her "perfect" self, but still she keeps cleaning it even though it's clean enough already - as if she knows she's not entirely perfect herself, but thinking that she maybe will be as long as her "facade" (her house, her appearance) looks perfect.
The very beginning was wonderful - the way she woke up thinking of Lily, and the memories were just so well placed. I loved how you managed to show the love the sisters felt for one another despite them growing more and more apart.
And finally, the reason you gave for Petunia's very treatment of Harry was perfectly logical and reasonable. Well, to her, anyway...
In her eyes, Harry and Dudley represented Lily and herself and a second chance for her to make right the wrong she had suffered while growing up. She didn't want to make the same mistake as her parents did with neglecting her child so she directed all of that pent up frustration and sorrow towards Harry, doubling the affection she showered Dudley with. In her eyes, it was the perfect revenge, but she didn't realize she would destroy more than just one child with such behavior.

Amazing story. I enjoyed it immensely...

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