It is distinctly odd to have finished reading this story, and to not have the option to click the little arrow to move forward to the next chapter! I sort of don't want to believe that I'm done.
But then again, you've got a lovely host of stories about these characters on your page, don't you? I do hope that it's not going to take me too long to get back to them, because I love this world. I love your Hogwarts, how you've managed to flesh it out and make it real, with so many creative characters and scenarios of your own imagination. That's still one of the most remarkable things about this story to me, just how real you made it (as far as the Potterverse goes, of course). I said it in an earlier review, but this is really one of the only fan fictions I can ever remember reading where I got that sense of reading the canon books, that magic aspect to everything. I can only imagine how hard you worked on this story, and it really, really shows. Just look at all the awards it's gotten!
And as far as the relationship goes, you have absolutely, completely, forever sold me on how wonderful Arthur/Molly is. ♥ I never really paid them too much consideration before, and just considered them one of those stable background ships -- but you brought them to life! Arthur is hands-down one of the best male main characters I've ever had the great fortune to read, and my goodness, I think every man in this world should be more like him. And Molly's so perfect for him, too; they really do complement each other very well. I love their personalities, and how you drew on canon facts to make them so wonderfully compliant, but also very much your own. And, of course, all their friends: Hattie's a dear, just a dear, and I can't help but love Reid, for all his cockiness. And Siobhan! Wonderful, sailor-mouthed Siobhan and her hundred boyfriends. :) These people feel almost like my friends. That is spectacular.
Very quickly -- another element I really liked that came into play in the last few chapters of the story was the war atmosphere that you were setting up. Often stories sort of like this one tend to remain content in their depiction of developing romance, but you reached out and extended yours beyond that. This was quite a tumultuous time in the wizarding world, and there's no getting around that; I have immense admiration for your balancing the two factors so aptly.
I'm very sorry that I couldn't end up leaving you a review on every chapter of this story. I know that you understand when life gets a bit busy, of course, although I still feel a bit guilty. But you should just know that I absolutely adored this story, and I'm so looking forward to diving back into this universe! I don't favorite a lot of stories; it takes a lot for me to add it to the list. This is one of those stories! ♥
Thank you for such a great read, and for taking me on this little journey. So, so glad I got the notion to read this! And I hope to be reviewing you again before too long, too!
Author's Response: I'm so sorry it took me so long to respond! I really have no good excuse, I just get bad about checking reviews during NaNo.
I am so glad that you liked this story! Thank you for sticking with the whole 39 chapters of this and for the beautiful reviews you left. I have adored reading all of them, and thank you so much for coming back and reviewing the last chapter.
I do have more stories on these characters! One-shots, and even a sequel novel. I hope you get a chance to read those and let me know what you think of them :)
Putting the stories really solidly into the Potterverse was one of the things I tried to do with this story, so I'm pleased to hear that you think I managed it. My obsession with canon accuracy is really well-known, I know, but there's not a lot of canon about this time period, so I had to extrapolate as best I could.
Yay another convert to the Arthur/Molly ship! I just adore them :) I'm always glad to sell someone else on them as a couple. They're just super awesome and sweet. I loved coming up with their circle of friends. I'm extremely fond of Hattie and Siobhan, so it makes me very happy when someone else loves them too ;) I have a soft spot for Reid too. And Petula and her Muggle horror/sci-fi books.
The atmosphere of the growing war with Voldy really develops in the sequel 7th year novel, "What It's Worth". It's a terrible time in the wizarding world in the late 60s and into the 70s, and it starts the set-up for Molly and Arthur's elopement. So I began it here, where they're getting older and becoming more aware of the world outside of school. It becomes inescapable in their next year.
It's totally fine, I understand - and your reviews are so amazing, I might be too overwhelmed to answer one on every chapter! Really, I greatly appreciate every review I receive :) They make me happy.
Thanks again for the review! It means a lot to me.