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Review:SilentConfession says:
Hey Academica! Sorry for the delay but it's been a bit hectic these past few days! I wanted to get to at least one of your reviews though before Christmas!

I really loved how you chose this moment to portray Ginny. A lot of people try to characterize her as this passionate woman who will do anything to fight against the Carrows but i really loved the raw emotion of this and that you stepped back to show something that people tend to glaze over. It's something that Ginny must have felt, to constantly be left out from the trio who've had seven years of friendship. It must have been hard to break into that bond. i think you did an excellent job with showing this gentler, more loving side of Ginny.

The only criticism i have to over about Ginny is the idea them spending the rest of their life together. I know that she spent most of her life sort of pinning after him. But we also know that she grew out of that and that they didn't get married right away after the war but there was a few years where Harry was still rounding up the remaining Death Eaters and Ginny was pursuing a career in Quidditch. I don't feel like she'd be thinking of marriage, it just seems incredibly early to be thinking of that and children. But maybe i'm wrong but i see that it might be more impactful if we saw Ginny herself not sure where their relationship might end up but desperatly wanting that chance to see if it would go anywhere. I don't think they ever really had that. I think it happens that a lot of authors, myself included, think that students find love at Hogwarts and it's ever after bit think of Neville and Luna for instance or George and Angelina. It takes time and i tend to think that they would all just want to take a step back and see what a normal relationship would look like. This is just my opinion though, feel free to disregard it :D

Other than that, you have a lovely writing tone a really nice narrative going on here that i really enjoyed reading. A lot of the words you chose to use really helped characterize this Ginny and i feel like it would have been these feelings of abandonment that would have pushed her to be on of the key leaders of the DA because she wanted to prove that she could do what Hermione could do.

I loved that you got all these emotions and the rawness in just a few short paragraphs too. Really wonderful job, i've never really liked Ginny, and i've always had a hard time believing in their relationship but i feel like i'm a step closer too after reading your many layered Ginny.

I also really liked how she percieved Hogwarts and how she could remember when she was happy but those events seemed so far off. I think that was my favourite imagery of the whole story as i think that year at Hogwarts must have been incredibly tough and such a contrast for the students who chose to go. A place that many people called home was now a prison.

Happy Holiday's! Or Happy Christmas if you celebrate it :D

Author's Response: Oh my, thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review! I really appreciate it! :)

I'm happy that you appreciated Ginny's vulnerability. It seems to me like all of the red-headed women in the series are painted in this light where they're fiery and tough, and while I can see that, I wanted to take this in a different direction and show that Ginny was left behind, perhaps a bit unfairly, and probably felt a hint of resentment about that.

I appreciate the criticism as well. To me, the point about the wedding and the house was coming from a place of innocence, as it seems like most little girls (me not included, really) dream about those things when imagining what is to come from time to time. It was meant to come across as wishful thinking, as Ginny's attempt to focus on the positive in the face of all of the uncertainly and dread that permeated her world at this time. As the chapter title suggests, she was "yearning" for a happier life, and I would think that she would at least consider Harry to be a part of that. I'm certainly old enough to understand what a "normal" relationship is like, and I wouldn't suggest that everyone finds love in school and life is just perfect after that. I only meant for Ginny to dream a little as another way of showing that youth and vulnerability.

I'm very happy that you liked how I did the emotions and the description of Hogwarts through Ginny's eyes. It must have been a difficult time for her, and I wanted to show that.

Thanks again for such a kind review! :)


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