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Review:Your Secret Santa says:
Hello there :)

Wow. I just had to say that first. This is so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. It's . . . I don't even have words. It's really good. My favourite story so far. It's . . . WOW. It's fantastic. And to think you managed to do this in 500 words! That's far better than some of the stories I have read that has over 30 chapters, and you did this in 500 words. I'm really impressed.

What I love the most is actually the characterization. You can tell that Lily is both scared and angry. She is afraid because she is after all a muggleborn. She knows the dark lord hates her just for that, and she knows he will likely attack and/or kill her at some point. That's why she hopes it's just a nightmare. At the same time, she hates them for thinking less of her because of her blood status. This makes her want to fight back. To, in some ways, prove that she is more than her blood status. That's just the way I saw though.

And then there is Snape. I think Lily and Snape are really good friends before this happened. It seems like Lily see him as the one person she can trust more than anything, and that's why she feels so betrayed when he calls her a mudblood. The one person she trusted, has suddenly turned into someone that she both fears and hates. All of a sudden, she is hated almost everywhere. Because by saying that one word, he basically said he thinks less of her because she is a muggleborn. It's really well-written.

Wow. I just loved the whole story. 10/10 (would give it more, but I doesn't go higher so . . .)

- Your Secret Santa

Author's Response: AHHH! Thank you for your lovely review! i'm so pleased you liked this story! I've always grappled with this moment and this was my way of trying to understand it. I'm blown away by some of your comments and i'm really pleased you felt that it captured them in a very real way. It couldn't have been easy for Lily. Not knowing her place in the world but also knowing that she's a muggleborn and for that reason she will be hated. She doesn't fit in very well though. Not with anyone. Not with the other Gryffindors (can you imagine what they think if she's been friends for so long with Snape!)

Yah, i've seen them as friends and I think that although perhaps they had been slipping before this this really was the icing on the cake where she realises that's he's fallen away from her. He has become someone she doesn't recognise and he says the one thing that reminds her of the kind of person she is, bringing all the doubt she has about herself to the front. She can't ignore it because suddenly she questions it because it came from someone she trusted and if they say it, could what they say be real? You've really hit the nail in your analysis of this and i'm so pleased you've enjoyed this so much!!

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