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Review:Violet Gryfindor says:
Again, you've written a fantastic chapter! The depth of detail that you've provided makes your story stand out from about all other stories about McGonagall I've seen. The way that you explore the intersections of the magical and Muggle worlds is amazing to read, and your portrayal of the wizards' fear of Muggle science is highly believable. I wish that more authors would do something with it rather than continue following JKR's lead in the portrayal of Muggles - the technological advances of the mid-20th century were terrifying enough for Muggles, making it almost impossible to imagine how terrifying they must have been to wizards, whose world became more threatened as science and technology made detection almost inevitable.

I am rather curious about the fact that the McGonagalls and their contemporaries seem trapped in a Victorian universe. While the magical world is "behind" the Muggle one in many ways, I imagine that the Hogwarts Express would have already been in use before the late 1930s - trains having been used by Muggles for eighty years by that point. But that's just my opinion, and I'm glad enough to see an author exploiting the odd historical disconnect between the Muggle and magical worlds.

Author's Response: Thank you for the review. As for the Hogwarts Express, according to the Harry Potter wikia it was made in 1936 and was originally steam, not magical. The reason why I put McGonagall's generation in a Victorian setting is because there is this wide dichotomy between the old generation and the new. McGonagall, Dumbledore, the Malfoys, and other older purebloods still tend to dress in robes and exhibit manners typical of that time period whereas the younger pureblood generation (Ron and Sirius noteably although the latter's case the result of social rebellion) have absorbed quite a bit of Muggle culture. For example, in the fourth book Mr. Weasley doesn't know how to dress as a Muggle, but Ron apparently has a collection of denim jeans enough to where Hermione makes the mistake in grabbing an old pair in the 7th book. I imagine that McGonagall's generation was on the precipice of a cultural revolution that occurred in the mid-20th century where an influx of Muggle ideas were seeping into the Wizarding World (and thus allowing Voldemort to gain a foothold among the purebloods who recoiled from anything Muggle with a knee-jerk reaction)... Of course, I may be overthinking the entire thing.

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