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Review:Singularity says:
Sorry, I've gotten a bit behind on this story. I'm hoping this weekend to catch up on reading/reviewing the chapters I've missed.

You know, for some reason, it never dawned on me that Umbridge taught all 7 years the exact same curiculum. As annoying as that must've been for Harry and the other 5th years, it must've been even worse for the 7th years who had already passed their OWLS and were studying for their NEWTS.

Amelia is really starting to grow on me. I admire her confidence and love the way she stood up to Umbridge in class. The appearance of Fred and George in class was a nice touch. It seemed quite in character for them to speak up on the matter.

The scene between Umbridge and Amelia at the end is great. Again, I love that Amelia stands up to her and can see through her overly sweet persona. At the same time, Amelia realizes that Umbridge really could be a threat.

The little details that you put in to tie it to canon (like Harry walking in for his detention at the end)are great. I always love when authors are able to set their story into the context of canon like that. It makes them seem much more realistic in the HP realm.

You're setting up the story and the tension really well. I'm sorry this story isn't getting more attention. Hopefully it will as it goes on. Regardless, I'm continuing to enjoy it and will be sticking with it, even if it takes me a bit to review, so I hope you keep writing!

Author's Response: That's fine! I'm thrilled you're taking the time to read and review in the first place - I always love receiving reviews from you!

I think there may have been subtle differences in the curriculum throughout the school, but she certainly had the 'going through the basics,' theory-based approach for all the year levels and considering this particular crop of seventh-years had Lupin for their OWL year, Umbridge's approach is definitely on the patronising side.

I'm glad you're starting to like Amelia, especially since at the beginning you weren't sure whether you would like her :P Mind you, I was the same when I started writing her, but she's surprised me with her guts and you'll see more examples of that in later chapters. She's by no means a Gryffindor, but she does have a certain amount of courage and it's fun discovering that. Fred and George pop up on occasion - everyone in Amelia's year group would know them and they're the kind of guys who just tend to appear everywhere.

I find Umbridge and Amelia a very interesting dynamic, especially because Umbridge understands exactly how to get to Amelia and uses that to her advantage. I'm very careful with canon details when I'm writing in the Hogwarts era, and I want Amelia to realistically and seamlessly fit into the established canon.

I'm glad you're enjoying it, and once again thank you for reviewing! I hope you enjoy the next few chapters!



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