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Review:CambAngst says:
First off, Happy Birthday! Sorry I didn't realize it in time for you to see this on your birthday proper, but hopefully one day late isn't too bad. :)

Poor Hermione! You did a brilliant job with the way she explained her feelings to Ginny. It was so well balanced between the things that she knows but can't remember and the things that she remembers but knows are not real. She and Ron wound up getting so much more than they bargained for on this journey of self-discovery. But while all of his discoveries have been wonderful, hers have been such a mixed bag. And Ginny seems to understand her so well. It was all really lovely.

Then Hermione drops the fiancee-bomb. It seems like Ginny nearly loses it right then and there, but she manages to reign herself back in. I felt something catch in my throat when I realized that she was going to show Hermione the engagement ring that Ron gave her. I liked the fact that she really can't think of anything deep or meaningful to say about her relationship with Jonathan. "[B]alanced and perceptive" doesn't really scream "true love". I sure hope that we're seeing the beginning of the end of Jonathan and Hermione.

The conversation between Harry and Ginny mirrored my own feelings almost exactly. I'm upset like Ginny and I'm mildly optimistic like Harry. I loved the way that Ginny has the same problem as Ron when it comes to remembering Jonathan's name. Hopefully this is something everyone will look back at and have a good laugh in years to come. Was that cruel? ;)

The way you described Ron's persistent but temporary flashes of recognition was neat. Everything seems to be right on the cusp of his mind, but maddeningly beyond his reach. This Memory Dust is such cruel stuff. If the memories were truly gone, there would be less torment. Gah! He encounters Fred's name for the first time and immediately he knows that something's wrong. I don't even want to think about that moment of reckoning…

Little Victoire is so sweet in this! I just want to scoop her up and squeeze her. I really liked the way you used her dialog to fill in some more of the details of Ron's old life for him. She brings a different and interesting perspective and really helped to keep things from getting dry or repetitive. It was really sad to see her tell him about Fred, though. And now Ron knows that he has a deceased brother that he can't even remember. It adds a new sense of urgency to his need to regain his memory, and I thought it was a great touch.

Oh, no! The Obliviator wasn't able to help them. :( In spite of my crushing disappointment, I liked the way you handled the structure of the Ministry and the memory magic involved in trying to reverse their condition. It all made complete sense and it had a familiar feeling to it from the books. It seems like it did give certain things back to Ron, though. His feelings for Hermione are stronger than ever, so I guess it wasn't a complete failure. Ginny's determination to do whatever was needed to keep Hermione from returning to Jonas or whatever his name is was perfect for her.

OK, I'll admit that this wasn't my favorite chapter so far. I'm rooting too hard for Ron and Hermione to remember their love for one another to really love any chapter that doesn't move that goal closer. But it was really well done, as usual. I love this story and I can't get enough!

Author's Response: Oh my, of course it isn't too late! This made me so happy. Thank you so much. And for the previous review too. I hit the Submit button way too soon before I had the chance to thank you. :)

Hermione is getting more and more confused, really. I don't even know why I keep putting her through so much misery, but serves her right for fetching herself such a dashing Johan or Jonas or Jonathan! The inability to remember his name will occur once or twice and I find it funny. Ron thinks so little of him that he simply can't put enough effort into remembering the name. And your later comment about Jonas or whatever totally cracked me up :D

It wasn't as much the spell of the Obliviator bringing back Ron's feelings. He really feels them, since he sort of fell in love with Hermione. He only thought it was a result of the spell and so he also thought the spell had worked. But it didn't and he was left with his feelings alone. -sigh-

I loved writing Victoire. It's one of my favorite scenes from this story. It seemed like a good way to break the news of him without it being too angsty. Victoire has the innocence of a child and isn't weighed down by the horrible grief of losing Fred, so she could tell him in a way that would be probably easier for him to wrap his head around it.

I know what you mean with this not being your favorite chapter. I don't like it too much either as it's a sad one that just builds another block for the characters. I hope you like some of the next ones, though. :) Thanks again for all these wonderful and amazing reviews. They made my week. :)


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