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Review:academica says:
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Your summary drew me here -- it's a very heartfelt way to look at how things turned out for the Malfoy family. I really like Draco as a character, with all of his complexities, and I figured I'd drop by and see what you'd done with him.

Lucius's whispering to Draco was really intriguing. It would be very easy to flip most of his comments around and make them the whisperings of a member of the Order to his child or a younger witch or wizard, perhaps a student like Harry. That is, I think it would be easy to make them sound like they were insulting those who followed Voldemort instead. That's kind of a powerful effect, I think, intentional or not.

I also like the part where Draco would walk through the Ministry's halls and hear people whispering about him. We know that their comments were meant to mock him and demean his family name, but it's so like Draco to wear them as a badge of pride and accomplishment. People are quick to dismiss him as a mere sheep, but it's kind of sweet how he wanted so badly to impress his father out of love and respect, and your piece does a good job of illustrating that, I think.

As usual, you've put a deeper spin on the characters we think we know, and I really like the theme of love and admiration that you've written here. It gives Draco a true human side, and the ending, where he was finally able to see his son's opinion in its real beauty, was the most touching part of all.

Wonderful, as always! :)


Author's Response: Thanks so much for reviewing! I think you've reviewed just about everything I've written at this point!

I originally planned to center this story around Harry and his children, but then I couldn't figure out a good angle for it- I couldn't see something good that Harry would frown on. Instead, I chose to center it around Draco (a choice I'm very glad I made), so it's very interesting that you thought that Lucius' whispers to Draco could easily be flipped to have the opposite effect.

I definitely think that Draco loved and admired his father, which is why he acted the way he did. I'm glad that you think that this piece did a good job of illustrating that because once I dove into it, that's the intent that I wanted it to have.

I'm glad that you think I gave Draco a human side, because that's what I enjoy most about writing in the HP universe. JK Rowling gave us so many grey characters- no one was perfect in her stories.

Thanks once again for reviewing!

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