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Review:Alopex says:
No, not too many branches to follow yet.

We got to "hear" the Minister's speech! I was hoping we would, after all the effort he put into it, and that nice scene where he was crumpling up different versions. He sure fixed up a pretty speech, didn't he? But as George and Fred pointed out, he didn't really say anything substantial. It's amazing that so many and such . . . ebullient and flowery words can say so little and mean so little.

Actually, his speech conveyed a lot, even while it was scanty on specific details. He basically told everyone the Ministry has been lying to them for their own good but not to be scared because the Ministry continue to do a great job. Oh yeah, and all is well in the world and there's nothing to worry about . . . and that statement is so credible, of course.

Anyway. Wow, that letter from Ginny (if it can be called a letter from her) was quite something. It was a brief but extremely effective way to give us a glimpse of the inside of Hogwarts.

What I found most interesting about this chapter was the theme you maintained throughout that communication (especially verbal/written) can't always be taken at face value. You showed us several different things: Erickson's letter to Lucius, Voldemort's desire to take over the Prophet, the Minister's speech, and Ginny's letter. You provided great examples of propaganda, censorship, and whatever the proper name is for illicit monitoring of correspondence. All of these things, of course, crop up, particularly during wars, and it adds a chillingly realistic edge to the story.

Author's Response: Hey, I'm so glad you caught the speech-within-the-speech. After putting poor Scrimgeour through all that, I figured I'd give him a speech that properly showed off his writing skills. =] At the same time, though, he didn't really have much to say. Other than the stuff that he didn't want to tell the wizarding world, of course.

Great point about the communication - I realize that I focus on that a lot in the story, but I didn't think about it in the context of a war. I figured that Voldemort would exercise control in that area because it seems like the kind of psychological evilness that he's partial to. =] Plus, it will serve his purpose well, as you'll see in about eight chapters. ;P

Thanks for the review. I'm glad you're still enjoying this.

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