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Review:Roots in Water says:
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This was beautifully written- I really enjoyed reading it. I particularly enjoyed how you chose key moments in their lives to tell their story, not depending on one single moment to define them. The repetition of her age at the beginning of each section really helped to cement the flow of the story.

I really enjoyed how you showed their lives. It never occurred to me that Victoire wouldn't have met Teddy until they went to Hogwarts together or that she wouldn't have known that his father was a werewolf but I liked the way you framed those scenes. I also liked how you included the one canon reference to their relationship that we have- their kiss at the train station in Albus' first year.

I noticed that you said that the green colour of his eyes shows his father's eyes- for a moment as I was reading I interpreted it as a reference to Harry's role in Teddy's life but since the books never mentioned Remus' exact eye colouring, I suppose that his eyes could have been green as well. Did you mean anything special by the reference to green eyes?

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this and I think that you did a wonderful job with it. I'm glad that I chose this story to read.

Author's Response: Oh, I'm so happy you chose this one! For some reason, this piece doesn't seem to get as much exposure as some of my others, though I'm sort of proud of it, being next-gen and all. (I'm slightly reluctant to engage in next-gen because it's riddled with cliches, though I've come to appreciate it more since the time in which I wrote this.) To the point, though, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

Yes, I like to stick to canon for the most part, and so I wanted to include the train station scene as a way of anchoring the story. I also wanted to explore some possible "missing" moments. The graveyard scene was actually the inspiration for the entire story, because it kind of showed that they had the werewolf thing in common - Bill was attacked by one, but didn't turn into a full werewolf, and obviously we know the story of Remus. I'm also glad that the age worked well as a way of encouraging the flow of the story. That was entirely the point of that literary device.

It's interesting that the green eyes made you think of Harry. I think at the time I just chose a color, so that they could have been brown or green or blue or whatever. I only wanted the eyes to work as a sort of "mood ring" for Teddy, so that the gray was more significant than any other hue. It's always interesting when readers find things that you missed as an author, to echo one of your review responses :)

Thanks so much for coming by!

Amanda


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