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Review:Cassius Alcinder says:
I have to say that between this story and what I've read of Portraits of Courage that you really seem to have a knack for writing Minerva. She's an underrated character in my opinion and you really did her justice, capturing the different layers of her personality.

On the outside, she seems tough, being a strict disciplinarian and an order member, but undrneath that, we can tell how much sh really cares about protecting the students and looking out for their best interests. Since she never had kids herself, they must have seemed like the children she never had, and we can only imagine the pain she must have felt at losing them at such a young age, especially when she must have felt somewhat responsible for dragging them into the war in the first place.

It was also great the way you worked in Sirius' situation. Given the Sirius w know from the books, it's a little harder to picture the sense of betrayal they must hav felt at the time, but you wrote it very effectively.

This story managed to pack so much raw feeling and emotion into a small space, and it made for a great read.

Author's Response: It's funny because Minerva is a notoriously difficult character for me to write. I really enjoy writing her, though, so I guess I find a challenge fun.

I love the idea of McGonagall thinking about all her students as children. As I've said before, she's watched them grow up, there has to be some sense of responsibility for their well-being, and if you take into account that this is a bit of an outtake from Portraits of Courage, it's obvious how much guilt Minerva feels for pushing her students into this war and being responsible for their deaths.

It is difficult to remember how Sirius and Peter were portrayed prior to PoA. Because we know the truth, we know who's actually guilty, it was hard at first to make it seem how wholly they believed in Sirius's guilt.

I'm really glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reviewing!

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