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Review:Singularity says:
You do such a brilliant job of writing Molly and Arthur as teenagers. People's personalities don't just change when they become parents, so it's super realistic for Molly to have so many of those maternal instincts already. And Arthur...oh how I love Arthur. The bit where he decided that he was doing Molly and their relationship a favor by not telling her about his Quidditch tryouts was hilarious. He definitely seems to take that attitude in canon as well :P

I've never really thought of Molly as being so...Hermione-esque about schoolwork, but now that you mention it, I can definitely see that fitting in well.

And I love all of the little side characters. In this chapter, Dunstan was especially endearing. I love the idea that he shows up for tryouts every year on the off chance that he somehow got good :P

Also, I love the introduction of Atalanta. The idea of a pureblood Gryffindor who might end up being a Voldemort supporter (probably getting ahead of myself) would be great. I've always had a hard time with Hagrid's pronouncement that there wasn't a witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin. Of course, we know now that he was wrong (Barty Crouch Jr., Peter Pettigrew, etc) but I think there were probably several sympathizers in other houses as well. Just like not all Slytherins are evil, not all evil is Slytherin.

Sorry, that got off topic, but this was a fun chapter. I loved reading about Quidditch tryouts and look forward (with apprehension) to Arthur telling Molly :)


Author's Response: Parenthood changes you in some ways, but sometimes it just amplifies qualities you already had. I think Molly in canon shows a big emphasis on her children's success at school, so I think she would have valued it in herself (and tried to push it on Arthur, who isn't as studious). She's so proud of Bill and Percy being Head Boy in their years, and Ron being a prefect, I just thought it would really fit if she was into studying as well - but was never a prefect herself.

Poor Dunstan - he's the Petula of the boys, really, which is why he and Petula wind up best friends. Someone's got to be the duffer. ha. The poor boy is really not cut out to be a Quidditch star.

Atalanta is a pureblood snob. I think they'd be bound to show up in other houses now and then. She's also sort of cold and standoff-ish, but that would have been her personality whether she was pureblood or not. I agree that some of the "bad guys" must've come from other Houses. I think Hagrid was maybe using a bit of hyperbole there.

Thank you so much for reviewing!

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