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Review:Rae says:
wow I just . . . wow
I decided to stop reading this at 2am when my laptop ran out of juice but then snuck downstairs after an hour to grab my charger - I just couldn't resist (incidentally it's now 4am and I'm probably going to regret this tomorrow but it was just too good!)

I realised about half way through that you were sticking too closely to the books and some of the dates were in 7th year so he was going to die - it was like someone had punched me in the stomach; I couldn't breathe.

You captured it so perfectly - life, school, the carefree nature that you don't realise until it comes up against such a sharp contrast. I absolutely love that you didn't feel the need to include her in the major events of the book, that it's strictly the book but with someone else as the main character, someone normal. A backstory of a character that really deserves one, whose death is somewhat glossed over in the books (possibly because it would just be too achingly painful if she had let anyone dwell on it).

It was beautiful. Thank you.

Author's Response: Thank you so much for that beautiful review. I am so, so pleased and so touched that you liked it so much. And I'm glad you didn't mind that Hollis wasn't someone more vital in the war, someone involved in the battle or a part of the DA, who had a bunch of important friends in the Harry Potter books. She was someone from the background, someone very normal who lived quite a different life than people like Harry, right at the center of things. She found herself crossing paths with Fred and things progressed naturally, but all the same, her life remained wonderfully ordinary up until the war. I was always so curious about the students like Dean who had to be on the run, who even though they weren't looking for horcruxes, were still in danger, still had lives of their own; and in Hollis's case, still in love. It had many sad moments, but for every sad moment there are many happier ones, and I loved writing all of them. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. :)

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