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Review:ayii says:
This was beautiful.

I don't have much to say about it, and it will be a short review. But that's not because there isn't much to say about the piece in general - it's the fact there is TOO much to say, so much to gush about, and I have no criticisms for it. It's just me, a squeeing idiot.

I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive at first because I didn't know if it would be a bit Harry/Hermione-centric - reading your author's note made me feel a lot better. Harry/Hermione tends to make me throw up in my mouth a little at just the thought, aha. So it was nice, for once, to be presented with the two only as a friendship. And what a beautiful portrayal it was, too. Absolutely stunning. You talked about the snow, and your writing was bleak and clean, so you could almost feel the bitter cold. But her words were full of warmth.

It really made me think about it for the first time - how hard it would be for the three of them if one of them died. They went through so much together. Not just like couples or friends going through any war - they were right at the centre of it. Nobody could understand how it was for them, save maybe Dumbledore being right in the middle of Grindelwald's war. You showed this so well, it made me feel so sad. To think about how it must be to lose this person who had become almost like a limb to them. I was happy to see Ron and Hermione still happily together, too, by the way.

I loved the way you began in such a chatty style too - it was refreshing and worked really well this way. You hold up Hermione's voice very strongly - especially the questioning of why she was even crying. All of that rung so true of Hermione. You work her very well. Utterly stunning piece!

Author's Response: Wow!

No, you're not being a squeeing idiot. You're being absolutely lovely and anyone's dream reviewer.

Yeah, I really did feel more comfortable putting the no Harry/Hermione note in there. I feel perfectly at ease with that pairing, but I know why others don't. And I also felt like anybody interpreting this as a Harry/Hermione completely took away from my original intention for this story - to show the depth of their friendship.

Yes, that really was what I was going for! To show that after all those years, they became dependent on each other. Bleak and cold and bare is good. :)
And after taking Harry away from Hermione, I don't think I could bear to take Ron away as well.

Really, thank you so much for this review! I'm so, so pleased that you liked the story and it will forever join all the very special reviews that made me smile a lot. :D


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