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Review:Roots in Water says:
Hello! I've now moved on to the last of your new stories (and it's complete too!).

Wow. Just wow. I think that you did an absolutely fantastic job with this chapter. It's tense and suspenseful and packed full of emotion- everything that's needed to make us feel Hermione's panic about the situation.

You've done a great job of writing another future-story and you've picked a topic that I've never seen explored before, though of course it probably would have happened: Death Eaters being released on parole. I find it very interesting that Hermione was the only one who appeared at the parole meeting to protest his release; I would have thought that there would be more protestors to the release of such a dangerous and twisted man. However, since the war ended many years ago, perhaps most people had tried (and mostly succeeded) in putting the war behind them. After all, many witches and wizards did the same thing during the war.

I'm very curious to see exactly what evidence Hermione will collect. Or, more specifically, what memories she will collect. She only has one hour... And yet she will have to collect solid proof that Greyback is still dangerous... That his mindset is still the same. I'm rooting for her!

On a slight side note, I will say that I'm surprised that Greyback had the self-control to restrain himself for however many years it's been (over twenty, I'm guessing). He's probably revealed himself in some small ways... And I wonder if that's what Hermione will find.

As well, I liked the opening section of this chapter. It set up Hermione's role and suitability in the proceedings quite nicely and it was interesting to see her continue her quest for social justice. I also thought that she was actually in court until Albus revealed himself... Very cleverly done and it's a very smart idea!

All in all, I think that you've done a fantastic job with this chapter. I almost continued on to the next chapter before I realized that I was supposed to review this one. I'm very eager to read the next chapter! It promises to be just as exciting as this one was! Great work! :D

Author's Response: Gah! What happened to me, Roots? Here I am taking two days to respond. Two days! I feel like I need a shower...

Anyway, I'm really glad that you enjoyed this. I started writing this story when I was probably 15 chapters into CoB, and it sort of languished in my unfinished ideas directory until recently.

I have to imagine that, sooner or later, some of the Death Eaters who could make a case that they weren't part of Voldemort's inner circle or could claim any sort of mitigating circumstances were going to come up for parole. Greyback is able to take advantage of a law that Hermione herself drafted in her younger years, which definitely hurts more from her point of view.

Greyback has grown very cagey with age. He's been in prison for a long, long time and he desperately wants out. So he's willing to do what it takes to control himself. The evidence that Hermione presents will directly challenge this.

I'm really glad that you enjoyed it and again, apologies for taking so long. Thanks so much and Happy Holidays!

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