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Review:SilentConfession says:
I love this! I'm such a fan of gritty post war stories that shows how hard it must have been for the students of Hogwarts to cope. I think you've done an excellent job of showing how hard it must have been and captured the haunting feeling of desperation and pain. Everything you wrote, the imagery, metaphors were negative and it really got across the terror that must have been occurring at Hogwarts during that year. I especially liked the image of kids screaming at nights in their bed because it just seems so poignant that it wasn't just the DA that were experiencing the harsh rule but everyone.

Neville's nightmare, oh my, it was just so real and emotional. I think it really highlights what Neville must have been feeling too when Harry hails Snape as one of the 'greatest' of war hero's. That would be a hard pill to swallow for Neville and for the students of Hogwarts because he turned his eyes when they needed someone to protect them the most. It doesn't help that Snape has always had that kind of bullying personality and has scared Neville into submission for years prior. It would be his worst nightmare to see his biggest fear hailed as a hero, as if everything he did was okay.

I loved that he didn't hate Harry for it though, just saw that their opinions would always be different and i have to say, i probably agree with him. Although Snape was Dumbledore's man i can't see it excusing his actions, especially prior to the last year especially for someone like Neville. Which is why i think choosing Neville as the narrator was such a good choice!

The ending was perfect because all people really need sometimes is someone who understands, who listens, and accepts. It tells them they are not alone in their troubles. It was great to see them connect like that and be able to then heal together. Really lovely work here!

Author's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review! I actually had a lovely time writing this story. I think you're spot on about your thoughts between Snape and Neville. One thing I wish I would have done a little more of in this story is bring up the fears that Neville had had about Snape, have that play more of a part and its still something I might edit someday.

I don't think that Neville could ever hate Harry. I mean I think he is growing by not following everything Harry does anymore, but I don't think he could openly dislike Harry. I think it just shows how much he has matured as a person.

I am so very glad that you enjoyed my story, thank you so much for reading and reviewing I really appreciate it!


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