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Review:WitnesstoitAll says:
JAMES.

James is such a beautiful character in canon and you did a remarkable job bringing that to life. He's passionate and talented and humanly flawed, and I think these are the things that make him such a great character. He doesn't need some shadowy, long seeded obsessed love story to tug at readers hearts. He is a boy -- seventeen is far, far from maturity for the male gender -- but he is so, so sure in his beliefe of right and wrong. An idealist to be sure, and though he may sometimes blur the line between black and white, he always has good intentions, other-centric intentions.

Okay, ending that character ramble, this was a brilliant chapter. I was so moved by Minerva's internal monologue -- thinking that she's already failed him. gah. There is so many great relationships and motivations to explore in this era of characters and this story, more than any other maurader ere story I've read, makes me wish I've read more fics from this era.

I find it very interesting that Minerva chose James first -- that she recognizes him as a natural born leader. Try as people may, that sort of vitality and magnetism can't be faked. Gah. So many emotions about all of this -- great chapter.

xoxo

Author's Response: B'aww, your love for James makes me so happy. You've described my James perfectly and I love that you /get/ him. You understand where he's coming from as this headstrong seventeen year old boy, eager to please but also so fierce in his loyalties and beliefs. I just love him to bits.

Minerva! She breaks my heart with every chapter. It's so hard to put her in this position, to hand them these pins and know she's responsible for whatever happens to him, and just knowing that whatever DOES happen, she's essentially ripped their young adult lives away from them and thrust them into war.

James does come across to me, at least, as a leader. Dumbledore saw it in him as Head Boy even when no one else did. I think that's what I had her choose him first, knowing that with him as the leader, the others would fall into place as they would.

Thank you for your sweet review. ;)


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