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Review:academica says:
Hello Susan :) Stopping by from tag this time!

She would always be on the watch for trouble. It would make her a good professor. It would have made her a great Auror.

^Love this! Way to characterize her perfectly.

Ugh, your Moody is glorious. I feel like you must have watched his film depiction and read and re-read his parts in the series over and over. You just seem so familiar with his every nuance. He's got this great attention to detail, which I noted when he was recounting Minerva's career journey, and also an immense respect for his profession. Yet there is the recognizable callousness with which he ponders the new recruits and the lazy state of the Ministry. He's got all these facets that make him so intriguing, and you're captured them very well.

Speaking of the Ministry, I love that, too. Again, you get the sense of bureaucracy that I remember from the canon series; it's clear that the employees barely know what to do with themselves now that the crisis of Grindlewald has been resolved. It's even better to get to view it through Moody's eyes.

The chemistry between Moody and Minerva is electric, and they aren't even in the same room! You've brought out their anti-hero/femme fatale dynamic beautifully, hinting at it without making it... erm... come on too strong? Yes. It's so neat to watch him read her so well, and to imagine her in turn leaving these little clues for him to find later. I'll be interested to watch them interact in person.

Oh, and I also liked how you folded the tale of Hokey into this. Your description screamed noir in its simplicity and darkness, and I thought it was the perfect venue for the Moody-Minerva dynamic.

Another lovely chapter, Susan! Glad I returned! :)


Author's Response: Amanda! Thank you for reading and reviewing this chapter - it was a great surprise, and I really appreciate it! :D

You know, I think I have analyzed Moody's character far too much. When I was researching for "Out of Time" and a couple of my one-shots, I went over his major scenes and haunted his Wiki page. It's an obsessive problem of mine to want to do things correctly. This is likely one reason why I love writing fanfiction - it's not about being too lazy to create my own characters, but the challenge of writing someone else's as good as they did, if not better. Wow, it's fabulous to hear that I've successfully portrayed him here - he fits well into the film noir style, as though it was made for his character, that hard-boiled detective, always on the rails (he's like the male wizarding version of Helen Mirren's "Prime Suspect" character). He has a very set idea of what it takes to be an Auror and how the job should be done. Unfortunately, in the Cold War era, there is too much modernization and bureaucracy getting in his way - he can't be that rouge cop any longer, and this is what eventually drives him out of the department after the First War.

It's too easy for me to ramble about Moody and these historical interpretations of the Wizarding World. :P

I'm glad that you like the electricity between Moody and McGonagall already! That scene was a last-minute addition, but it adds a lot to both of their characters (though we can't be 100% sure that it was actually McGonagall standing up there - Moody imagines that it must be her). She's somewhat of a femme fatale, but then again Moody is only somewhat of an anti-hero, too. Her character is one thing I still have to work out before I can properly write the next chapter.

Thank you again for this review! It's been a wonderful treat! ^_^

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