Wahhh. I wanna keep them in their safe Hogwarts bubble too! Where Dumbledore watches over everything and nothing hurts. I'm so worried for them...going out into the real world and having to deal with things. Now that they're about my age and thinking about what dangers they'll be going headfirst into...I have to say that they're very brave.
Far braver than I. For I am, unfortunately, kind of a coward. I would be terrified. I'm already terrified of growing up, I can only imagine having to grow up and then willingly go into battle and all of those scary things. I barely even want to drive and finish uni and go get a job and all of those things...
I can't even imagine. Which is another reason why I admire them so much, too. They've got such guts and even though they are scared (who wouldn't be?), they don't care. They'll go out and do it and it's okay with them...
I love the progression of your characters. Just within a year, they've grown so much. The most obvious one being James. No wonder Lily fell for him. Who wouldn't? With that demeanor, he's no longer just another immature little boy but growing into a really wise man. I admire you so much for being able to convey that in just 30 chapters. I bet I could write 100 and he'd still be the same with no growth. Sigh. This is why you are the best! :D
And LOL I laughed really hard when Bethy landed on the antler that turned into James' head. That, I imagine, would hurt quite a bit. :) Hehe. She's not called Talons for nothing. ;)
Sigh. I'm so scared for them, but at the same time, your plot propels me forward to the next chapter even though I want to keep them all in my nest like a mother hen and never let them go see the dangers that face them outside the walls of Hogwarts.
Though, I also have to say, Snape, too, has no idea what he's going to encounter. I'd say that both groups, Bethy's & Snape's -- they're all floating on idealistic clouds of romanticized versions of danger and such. They have no idea how scary it is and how dangerous it really can be. Gah.
I also don't even want to know what's going to happen when Snape and Bethy get into a confrontation about which side she's on. :( I don't want that just yet. I just want them to be happy and in love and sigh.
Author's Response: You know, this is going to sound really stupid -- but this is the part of the story that made loss of innocence one of the most real themes of this book. Call me crazy, but I legitimately did not want to send them outside Hogwarts. Not only would it be the first time I wrote a novel outside the Hogwarts scope (though I ended up finishing OF before this), but... it just felt unsafe.
I'm so, so happy (still!) at your comment on how much the five of them have grown, even in the short space of a year. Because looking back on what I wrote here, and evaluating how I'm writing these characters now, it's /so weird/ for me to see how much they really have changed. Even to my eyes, and, hopefully, to the eyes of my readers.
Lulz, I still love that antler/head bit. ♥ And no one else seemed to really appreciate it! That's just the funniest image, in my head -- but then, if I didn't laugh at my own jokes, who would?
Confrontationnn ~ I feel like I should address this, but then, you've finished the book by now, haven't you? You dear, dear girl. ♥ Thank you so much for being awesome enough to read this for me!!! :3