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Review:dirtydeedsdonedirtcheap says:
WOW! I'm a bit mad at myself that I've taken this long to read this. College is taking me away from reading amazing one-shots like this. You know how much I enjoy your story from my reviews. It seems anything you write I'll enjoy. I've never thought about what happened to Hagrid after the war and I didn't know what to expect when reading this. How did you come up with this anyway?

Oh. It was very clever. I really didn't think that they would allow Hagrid to do magic again or have a wand. I think...I don't know. I'm conflicted because this one-shot has brought up a lot of thoughts inside of me. I wonder if J.K. Rowling would have done something for Hagrid. She had him in the last book, he played a huge role but would she have granted something so huge? I just looked on HP wiki and it doesn't say anything, all it says is that he continued his gamekeeping duties.

That's so unfortunate. I wonder if J.K. Rowling would have thought of something like this. It was great how you incorporated the prejudice into this because let's face it, I'm sure after the war that there was still some to deal with. I don't think the wizards would have actually accepted the giants or any other creatures into their lives. I suppose accepting Muggleborns is different because the war was fought over Muggleborns and did lead to good Pureblood wizards to die to try and bring acceptance. I suppose that's why Hermione would have worked in the Magical Creatures Department.

I also found it interesting that you had Harry take the elder wand out. Do you think he would have had a pull towards the wand? I get that it's powerful and could make the purest person do awful things but do you think if Harry kept the wand and accepted it's power he would have gotten power hungry because of it? I think that would have been an interesting turn of events. I know J.K. Rowling wouldn't do that, none of the fans would want that but I think that would be an interesting AU fic to read.

One more thing. Above all, what I liked about this was how Harry had to get the vote swayed for Hagrid to win. Not because he wanted Hagrid to win and that guy was being prejudice but because of the way Harry thought about what he had said/did and how he was analyzing it. I think you brought up a good point. Kind of like a code of ethics within the world of Harry Potter and the way that Auror's would have operated. I know he was only a trainee and the focus wasn't on him in this but I wonder, if anyone found out what he did and put aside the fact that he's Harry Potter what they would do? Because it doesn't seem very ethical. It's obviously not but then again, the Aurors have done some things in the past that makes me question what exactly they follow as a 'code.'

As always this was excellent. You always manage to make me think beyond what you have written. Can't wait for the next update for 'Blood.'

Author's Response: Hello, dear!

I'm feeling pretty humbled about the number of deep thoughts this story was able to bring about. I did invest some time in trying to figure out whether anyone else had tackled this particular topic. I knew from the Lexicon that there was no canon version. For my part, I just couldn't see how Hagrid's friends *wouldn't* have tried to do this for him after the war. It made no sense that he should continue to suffer for what Tom Riddle did.

As far as JKR, maybe this will get addressed in Pottermore at some point. I'd really like to know her thoughts on the subject. I'd really, really like for her to write 5 or 6 more books. ;-) So many little stories left unfinished...

Personally, I don't see this being as much of an Auror dilemma as a Harry dilemma. As Doge rightly pointed out, Harry would have earned a certain level of influence from the war. How and when he chose to use that influence could have made a big difference in his life and the lives of many others. That was what I was trying to explore.

The Elder Wand was just an idea that came to me when I was writing the "meat" of the story. It was simply one more ethical dilemma for Harry to deal with. Personally, I like how he handled it. I don't think Dumbledore would have minded at all.

Thanks so much for your long and thoughtful review! The next chapter of Blood is in the final stages of editing, so I'm hoping it will be up by Monday if the queue stays short.

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