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Review:ladymontgomery says:
I think this chapter alone just exemplifies all of the characters SOOO WELL. I completely understood, even before you stated it, that Rose was treating Scorpius so that she could avoid the fact that Albus might be seriously hurt. You could tell she was trying to sidestep the fact by blaming Scorpius for being stupid. And poor poor Scorpius always being blamed and being called useless. But we have to have one of those characters to exemplify the amazingness of the other characters right?

Btw, I adore the way you wrote Scorpius's character in this novel. He's not some good guy because he's different from his dad or doesn't believe in blood purity. He's a good guy because he's a good guy...it has nothing to do with how different he is from his father, it's the fact that he's willing to sacrafice his own safety and time because he ultimately wants everything back to normalcy. And of course you can attribute his wanting to go back to normalcy as the root of his attempts to get things solved, but deep down I think he really wants to feel a sense of accomplishment and that he's done something that helps other people just because. It does kind of go along with the main summary I think.

I love reading about the antics in this novel, everything just seems so based in reality...I mean these characters are clearly not perfect. Their flaws make them...enjoyable to read about though.

Author's Response: Thank you! I never reflected so deeply on this chapter myself, but with you pointing it out, you're right, everyone gets a good shot at showing what they're all about. Except for Scorpius getting called useless, which no, he really doesn't deserve! And some day, perhaps, people will recognise his worth, or at least ALLOW themselves to recognise his worth (as in Rose's case). You're rather on the nose with your assessment of him; he IS different to his father but it's less in ideology and more, as we will continue to explore, in his human essentials. There's a lot to come on Scorpius, Draco, their relationship, and the ways in which they're different.

I'm glad you've enjoyed this chapter and the story. I do worry sometimes when I have characters showing their flaws in full throttle that it'll put people off; Rose, for instance, has been showing her worse side more than Albus or Scorpius and I'd be sad if she were judged just on that, so this chapter counts as both a 'calling out' on her more unpleasant traits AND a chance to see things from her perspective.

Thanks for reviewing!


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