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Review:brad says:
Oh, and I forgot to add for the previous chapter - well done also on the little bit of revisionism, that of Harry sneaking down to visit the petrified Hermione in second year. That's lovely.

There was a story on www dot harmonyforever dot com called 'Hermione Granger, Captive at Hogwarts' which retold the early years from Hermione's perspective and with a H/Hr bias. Brilliant story, inserting varous tidbits of H/Hr value into the canon. This notion of Harry visiting Hermione evoked exactly the same warmth/emotion from me. It was good stuff.

Again, I'm enjoying the adult Grangers' involvement in (a) their daughter's romantic life (or lack of same), and (b) the wizarding world in general. You even address this with Helen's gratitude for Flaubert.

> This half-life you’ve created is too comfortable for both of you.”

Very astute, pushing the story above the pedestrian 'they both discover they're in love" thing.

> this called for overt action

You mean 'covert', right?

Had to laugh with Helen cleaing up on the bets. Good story, thank you!

Author's Response: I think we're both correct on the overt / covert issue, but you might be a bit more correct. I was using 'overt' in the sense of Helen and Harry actually doing something, even though it was covert, rather than simply waiting for the two of them (Hermione and Harry) to grab enough gumption and straighten themselves out.

I always thought that the Australia events were a wake-up call for the Granger parents that they needed to reclaim their place in their daughter's life. Too many stories have them almost out of the picture in her life, and it seemed to me that once they were reestablished in their memories, they would want to ensure they didn't 'forget' their daughter again.

Also, while Helen (at least in the stories I've written thus far with her in it) will shamelessly meddle in their lives, I've tried to cast her as a bit less manipulative than Molly, and much more willing to look at what the two of them actually want.

Eh, no where does it explicitly state he didn't do that. Anything not expressly forbidden by canon is permitted to make a better story (and if you can find a way to explain away something expressly forbidden, it might work also)

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