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Review:MargaretLane says:
*laughs* The attitude about dragon pox epidemics always coming from France reminds me a little of the attitude towards foot-and-mouth in...was it 2001?

This is a really unusual story. It seems very true to the period and I like the detail of her not being allowed attend Hogwarts because her father wanted her to care for her younger sister and she could do that better at finishing school.

I think the question of what gender roles in the wizarding world would be like is an interesting one. It's possible they would be very different than in our world, because of the isolation for so long, the co-schooling and the fact that physical strength isn't as necessary in the wizarding world and women could accomplish most tasks as easily as men. On the other hand, it is possible that they were more integrated with Muggle society at a time when countries like England had stricter gender roles and they changed more slowly in this as in other things (such as using quills instead of biros). So it's interesting to read your interpretation.

Yikes, that's a scary vision.

I like the fact that you have Diane surviving the disease. Few diseases kill everybody who gets them and it often seems a bit overly dramatic when everybody in a story who has ever had a disease dies of it.

Author's Response: Ha, it's always France's fault. :P

I struggled a lot with how to portray gender roles, because of exactly what you're talking about. I ended up going with a more traditional view of it, though, based on some of the things that were alluded to by various purebloods. The fact that there were so few female death eaters and such an emphasis on marriage and preserving blood status makes me think that among certain circles, at least, there probably was a tendency to be a bit more rigid.

Thank you so much for this lovely review, and I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to respond to it. My life got kind of crazy, but I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kind words, *especially* when my life was stressful and crazy!

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