Hey there! Here with your review :)
Okay, so I LOVED this. LOVED it. You chose a difficult subject to tackle but I really think you executed it quite well. You successfully turned fiery, capable Ginny Weasley into a vulnerable shade of a woman. The Harry/Ginny relationship is definitely the most tangible one here, even if they aren't married anymore. Your writing flowed beautifully and I loved the way you described the progression of Ginny's illness. I also didn't notice any technical errors, which is great.
As for the Alzheimer's, I think you did it quite well. In addition to my training in psychology, my grandfather also succumbed to Alzheimer's disease after a series of strokes. Many of the behaviors you described are familiar to me -- the lapses in memory, the frustration, the discomfort with change. I also think you wrote the reactions of Harry, Daphne and the others quite appropriately. All you can really do is try to ease the person back into a peaceful state and gently jog his or her memory. It doesn't always work, and it hurts. You conveyed all of this quite well, in my clinical and personal opinion.
I also didn't see any problems in the relationships portrayed. It's entirely possible that Harry and Ginny wouldn't work out. You're not the first to suggest that a couple might disintegrate once the event that really brought them together (like the war) comes to an end and life changes too abruptly. I also thought your portrayal of Harry's marriage to Daphne was pretty accurate, and I'm pleased to see Daphne be so understanding of Ginny's difficulties. I certainly don't think there would be any jealousy present, and it's unrealistic to think Harry wouldn't move on after a divorce. I am curious as to why you chose Daphne, though; Harry is the "good" character who would probably be most comfortable settling down with a Slytherin, but I think the story would work just as well if he'd married a minor character from one of the other three houses. Do you mind explaining your decision?
In short, I totally loved it. Thanks so much for requesting a review, and you know you can always re-request from me in the future (especially since you were kind enough to pay attention to my rules, but also because I love your work). I hope my feedback is helpful to you :)
Author's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to review- and so quickly too! Your first line definitely put a smile on my face!
I'm so happy that Ginny's characterization was realistic, as well as her illness. I was worried about that, as I didn't want it to seem as though it had come out of the blue. I've never known a person personally who has succumbed to this illness, but I did do a lot of research on this subject to try and convey it realistically. I'm glad it came through. I wrote their reactions as best I could, as best I could imagine they would react when faced with this situation.
And thank goodness you think so about the relationships. I was becoming quite insecure about those... I agree (of course I do- I wrote it) that it was entirely realistic of them to fall apart. I'm also glad you liked Harry and Daphne's relationship. I haven't had much experience writing relationships/romance, so this is very good news.
As for choosing Daphne, hmmm. I remember wanting to have him move on, but I didn't want to have to write a whole backstory if I used a more major character or used a minor character who had already married. I was thinking about Luna at one point (and I know she's already married), but then I didn't think I could write her very well, nor her relationship with Harry. Daphne came to mind- she would have been in his year at Hogwarts and she wasn't that well known (not as a supporter of the Dark Arts nor just as a character) so I had more room to "play" with her. Once I thought of her, I was stuck. I couldn't think of anything else- has that ever happened to you? As well, I began to "see" her background and how well she could fit in with Harry's life. Finally, it's been many years since they graduated from Hogwarts, so I thought that they would have been able to forget their old prejudices.
I'm so glad I've requested a review from you. When I was first browsing your review thread, I followed it immediately when I noticed your note about mental illnesses- I already had this story in mind, but it wasn't written at that point. Thanks so much for the compliment about my stories!
Your feedback was definitely helpful- it was very kind and helped me to gain back some confidence in this story (especially in the pairings).
Thanks once again for your amazing review!