So, I'll start this review out with a silly little thing. My brain works in various funny ways, and for some reason whenever I'm reading a chapter I like to watch the scroll bar on the right side of the screen, just to see how far along in the chapter I am. I don't really care how long a chapter is, in general, but it's just something I do -- estimating when I'm a fourth of the way done, halfway, etc. So while I was reading about Molly's declaration for the need of a council meeting, I glanced up -- and it was the very, very first time I can ever remember being so happy that the scroll bar hadn't yet made it halfway down the screen. I wouldn't blame you for rolling your eyes at that, but for me, that was pretty cool -- and yet another testament to how awesome this story is for me!
Hattie maintained you couldn't have a proper gathering without some form of chocolate. -- SHE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. You know, I'm really going fond of Hattie; she's a very loyal friend! :) I like all of Molly's friends -- and I love the way you've given them such distinct and individual personalities, too, not just one or two of them. You could easily have just focused on Hattie and Molly and sort of left the other three out, but you've gone on a more (dare I say it?) JKR approach, developing all the dormmates.
And I love the idea of the Gryffindor Girls Council! It sort of reminds me of that scene in the third movie, where Harry and all the other third-year Gryffindors are eating those weird sweet things that give them animal noises and whatever. But there's such camaraderie there, and it's replicated perfectly here. If I can find a group of girls exactly like that at some point in my life, and then find my own Arthur... well, what more do I need?
This story is like a return to the book-Hogwarts I've missed in reading fic lately. It makes me feel all warm inside, like I've found something that I didn't realize was lost until I'd rediscovered it. ♥ More people need to read this story, I swear -- it's BRILLIANT. Lovely chapter, as always, and I'm so eager to get home from work and continue on! :) They're in love!!
Author's Response: I look at the scroll bar too. Actually, when I'm validating the edits (where the word count doesn't necessarily correspond with the scroll bar), I always look over at it to see if I should groan in pain or not ;)
Hattie loves her chocolate. I'm glad you like Hattie, I feel like she doesn't get enough review love. The girls are all friends, but Hattie is definitely the Ron to Molly's Harry. The GGC is fun too - all those girls in a dormitory, there's bound to be slumber parties now and then. And it's good bonding time. All Hattie's idea, of course. She's a motherly sort of person, even at a young age.
I tried to keep the magic-school feeling of Hogwarts in this. They're not just teenagers at boarding school, they're at magic school, and that's a big difference. So even though the story focuses on love instead of on them learning to be witches and wizards, it's still there. I love stories that make you feel like you're really in the HP universe (RonsGirlFriday is great at that), and I'm glad you think mine manage it as well :)
Thank you so much for the review!