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Review:water_lily43175 says:
Oh, poor old Cal! His father sounds absolutely awful...

The exchange with the Gryffindors made me feel more and more for the four, and really dislike the Gryffindors - not that I didn't already dislike McLaggen but that's beside the point - and none of the Gryffindors acted at all un-Gryffindorish throughout that entire exchange. I salute your writing skills for portraying the ugly side of Gryffindor so well.

It's interesting that of the four, Cal is the one who seems most open-minded and sensible and reasonable about everything - though admittedly Tanith isn't far behind now she's let her prejudices go. And I like that Gabriel is still kind of anti-Muggle, because it seems much more realistic than them all just going "everything I have ever known is wrong" in a heartbeat. And yet, at the same time, it definitely feels as though the possibility is there for Gabriel to have a change of heart, especially given his reaction to a lot of what Cal says...

Author's Response: McLaggen was originally not McLaggen. It was written pre-HPB, and he was a Pureblood Gryffindor OC, a burly, not-as-charismatic-as-he-thought-he-was guy who wanted to be in the Quidditch team with a different name I forget now. And then HPB came out, and FINALLY we had characters developed in the year above Harry (other than Katie Bell, who I later co-opt), including McLaggen. So that was just a case of Find and Replace, because there was NOTHING about this OC's characterisation which didn't match this new character (and then yay, I'm all clever and canon-compliant!). It's fun to view the Gryffindors from the Reasonable-Negative POV, because surely their mentality could lead to arrogance and self-righteousness. But equally I refuse to make anyone too black or white and they will have their turn to show their good points!

Cal has an advantage of a Muggle-born foster father. This gives him an advantage over Tobias' sometimes theoretical idealism and Tanith, still figuring out what she believes. Gabe? Yeah, Gabriel has no reason to change his ways, especially as he has a less strict self-image than Tanith does, but equally he's not an idiot, and these four live in the 'perfect' time to question their prejudices and beliefs. Then again, 'mass genocide' is a fairly polarising political standpoint for Voldemort to take. You can easily think Muggleborns don't belong in magic society and yet not want to KILL them all. And this shall come up!

Thanks for reviewing!


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