|Review:||Jess the Enthusiast says:|
Sarah, I would like to congratulate you for this wonderful story; it is truly a masterpiece and it deserves all of the praise and awards it has/will receive and so much more. I am, as always, in awe of your work, imagination, originality, and exquisite storytelling. It has been such a pleasure and an honor to read this phenomenal piece; I cannot tell you enough how incredible I think you are and how much I enjoy your writing. You have inspired me in so many ways and I feel like I have grown as a writer by reading your works. You deserve to be published; I would read anything by you over and over and over again.
This was the perfect conclusion to the perfect story; I have been so afraid and anxious of the ending but it was even more incredible than anything I could have imagined. I am truly blown away by your genius. You know, I've always been afraid of death (one quality I share with Voldemort) and I think the idea that there's never truly a "gone" is very comforting. I know that this isn't technically "real" but I love the idea that there's always a "somewhere" - even in the Wizarding World's afterlife.
And Witching sounds like the most beautiful place; I'm so glad that Colin and Orla went there and that even in death, they finally got to grow up. I think that's so beautiful. (Did they get together eventually? You know I'm dying to know haha). Also, since people can age in Witching, do they die? (I'm guessing that if they did, they would get to go to another alternate afterlife). Can they also reproduce? (I know they're technically dead and all but some Colin and Orla babies would make me very happy...I'm just gonna stop there before you think that I'm any weirder...I just really love how they're conductors of the Witching Underground Railroad and think theyshouldgetmarriedandhavekidsandlivehappilyeverafter). And why didn't James and Lily go to Witching? What are they waiting for? And did Lavender find the door to Witching when she died and came to Cliodna’s Clock? Or do some people just end up in Witching when they die? I'm very fascinated by the mystery of it all :D
And I love how Fred and George switched places for a year - that's both beautiful and heartbreaking. Maybe that's how George and Angelina ended up getting married ;) And I wonder if anyone noticed that George suddenly had an ear - or did they know that it was Fred?
I also loved how you ended this in Anne Marie's point of view; I don't know why, I just did. The ending felt good; it felt right. And I thank you for writing it. And for giving it to me. This will forever be one of my favorite stories (this and So Listen... are probably tied for the number 1 spot).
This is just a piece of art and I'm so sad to see it end, but so glad to have read it. It was a pleasure and a privilege and I have nothing but praise and thank yous for you.
Once again, wonderful job. Congratulations!
Author's Response: Oh my goodness, Jess. I do not know how I'm ever going to be able to respond to all of these amazing reviews you've left me!
I've always struggled with a fear of death, too. The finality of it, and the inevitability, is kind of overwhelming. I think this is one of the reasons why I wanted to write this story, and why I've always been interested in stories about the afterlife. While it scares me on a small level, I like that tangible visual image, to plumb all the corners of something unknown.
Questions! Yay! And I see that you're curious about Orla and Colin. :3 I left that open-ended so that readers could decide what they wanted, but in my own head canon, Orla and Colin do get together. Witching is a lot like earth in that people can age; so you can have children and all that, and when you eventually die you will just go on to some other place. It's possible that after Colin and Orla die in Witching, they'll pop back up in Cliodna's Clock! Or maybe they'll go somewhere else where they're young, and they can age and grow old all over again.
James and Lily didn't go to Witching because they're going to stay and wait for Harry. :)
Lavender popped into Witching, completely circumventing Cliodna's Clock. Cliodna tries to 'collect' magical people, shall we say, but sometimes people slip through the cracks.
lol, a couple of people have mentioned that maybe this is why George gets with Angelina. In my head, though, George and Angelina don't get married for a few years yet and Angelina was only ever romantically interested in George, not Fred. But Fred's family definitely knows that it's him, not George. He'll just have to lay low for a year.
I chose to end it in Anne Marie's point of view because she's outside of things, and is distant in perspective, so that makes this chapter a bit more epilogue-y, if that makes any sense.
This and So, Listen... are tied for your number one spot?! Brb, going to go pick my jaw up off the floor! ♥ Seriously, Jess, there is no way I can properly convey my massive appreciation for all the support and encouragement you've given me. I feel very honored that I wrote something you enjoyed. :)