Oh this chapter!!!
Loved the beginning part. It's so bitter sweet reading about James and Lily because there's this big, depressing plot line hanging over everything. And they're so happy and Harry is going to be in the world soon. And gah, I just want them to LIVE!!!
Oh god that letter. I would feel so much dread if I got a letter like that. Dumbledore can be a scary man sometimes (especially when played by Michael Gambon in a certain GoF scene). He's this brilliant wizard who defeated Grindelwald, you really wouldn't want to disappoint him. And I love the fact that you had him say that he could not help them. It just points out the fact that Dumbledore can't and won't always be there to rescue everyone.
And Snape. Well wasn't he quite the white knight in this. He was very certain of Beth when he was in front of Dumbledore. Making sure it looked like he'd instigated everything and the like. Probably didn't do him any favours in Dumbledore's eyes but Beth's probably swooning all over the place as he says those things.
But then he goes all weird after the meeting. He is just one big enigma is that man.
AND WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE SECRET KEEP THING?! HOW IS THAT GOING TO PLAY OUT?!?!? INTRIGUED!!!
Author's Response: I think one of the things I love most about writing Marauders -- and it really is one of my favorite eras -- is knowing all of these things that happen to these men and women in canon, and getting to examine their characters BEFORE all of that happens. So yes, there is a big depressing plot line, but right now they can be together, and play Exploding Snap, and make vaguely inappropriate jokes, and being lovely and wonderful. ♥
I know exactly what GoF scene you're talking about! That's probably as close as the Dumbledore in my head comes to being anything like movie-Dumbledore, really. :D He's a very flawed wizard, for all that people put him onto a pedestal in the books, even Harry and the Weasleys. Brilliant, yes, but very flawed.
And then, of course, we go to Snape, who has more flaws than I can either count or name! And yet I love him in spite of it. :) He is never going to be a white knight, no matter what. But forget Beth, there are times, when writing him, when even /I/ swoon -- and that's really no mean feat, knowing who I'm writing!
Ah, so many questions! I'll say what I did before: I promise you, everything you've asked so far gets answered in time. ♥ And I forgot to mention it in my other two responses to you, but I'm very sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you on these. It's the first week of the winter holiday for me, and I've been exceptionally lazy!
Thank you so, so much for doing this for me -- three reviews in a week is more than I can ever hope to ask of anyone. :) Seriously, I can't tell you enough!!