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Review:momotwins says:
I have to say, I was really excited to see that this chapter is about James. I don't think I've ever read any Marauders from you, so I was very interested to see your take on it.

I can definitely see James as an autumn-y person. This period in his life is sort of the autumn, isn't it? Just before winter's death. I love your references to his age, where he's really still got a lot of the boy in him though he's really a man. It isn't at all in his nature to hide, really, it would have chafed at him a lot. Great job.

Definitely a perfect description of Valor/Heroism. Loved it.

Favorite line: And with a sickened feeling in his stomach, he realizes hes begun not to trust himself.

I love this. It seems like it helps explain how he could have let Sirius talk him into changing their Secret Keeper to Peter. Brilliant insight.

Author's Response: When I first started planning out this story, I wanted to write about only minor characters, or those that can be considered fairly minor - Helena, for example, and then later on I plan to do Percy and Neville. As for James, I don't know if I'd consider him a minor character because of how popular and overdone he is in fanon - but considering the loose theme I'm trying to go with in this collection of one-shots, I couldn't really think of a better character to use than James for the Marauders Era.

I would agree that this period of his life is the autumn of his life (with the added advantage of actually taking place in autumn - clever me, har har). And then I played around with the fact that, even though death is imminent at this point, for most of his life autumn has been a very lively time: friends to reconnect with, pranks to perform. I personally have always found something really invigorating about autumn, even more so than spring or summer.

I always think James and Lily's age is something that isn't played up enough. To me, it's kind of a big deal. They died when they were 21. That's about the age all my brothers are, and I still see them as kids. It always makes it seem so much more tragic to me.

Thanks for the great reviews!

Melanie


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