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Review:academica says:

I love the dynamic between the boys in Scene I. It's neat that James can do magic, or at least put up a convincing act - after having been away from this for a while, I almost forgot that the boys are still young, and it's interesting to watch them trip over themselves and each other as they grow up. Sirius's sense of entitlement - "I like my silk pajamas" - is incredibly endearing, and I sense he especially has a lot of growing up to do, although I see lots of maturity in his concern for Regulus. (Gosh, what are you going to do with that? Okay, enough Black family rambling.) I also really liked the exchange between Remus and Sirius - I can see the underpinnings of a friendship there, and I like that Remus is confident and yet very delicate about his scars and his troubled past. I feel even worse for him as a child than as an adult!

Oh, Narcissa. You're so vile in your naivety! Haha. I do like the way she parades herself about, despite knowing that she must look ridiculous being escorted by a boy so much younger than she. Lucius, however, seems more her speed, and I'm interested to see where you'll take that. I wonder if Bellatrix will step up and get in her way?

I love how Sirius and Remus both embrace death in different ways and for different reasons. I can also see early signs of Gryffindor bravery in Sirius - it must have been hard to listen to the accusations against you while trying to get news of your family. At least he got a little bit of relief out of it.

I love getting Molly's perspective on developments at the castle since the funeral. It's still kind of bizarre to imagine the Blacks hiring Molly Weasley to watch their sons, but it definitely works here. I thought her judgment of Bella was funny as well. Poor Regulus, though - it must be hard to sleep :(

I think it's neat how the James/Sirius relationship is different from the Remus/Sirius relationship, even in subtle ways. I would have made them different, too. (The age difference is also interesting.) I'm so proud of Sirius, waiting until he couldn't stand it anymore to cry and open up about his fears, waiting until he knew (at least sort of) that he could trust his new band of comrades. I bet they'll be integral to his eventual return home.

Lovely, as always, and very much worth the wait!


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