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Review:Cassius Alcinder says:
Here I am finally for the review swap!

The first thing I wanted to point out is that I really enjoyed the depth you've given Scorpius, a far cry from the typical Slytherin stud with quidditch toned abs we're all too familiar with. Without getting bogged down in background information, you managed to convey a good picture of everything he had been through, especially the grief of losing his mother. I think the Malfoys are pretty complex characters beneath their stereotypical exterior, and you captured that very well.

It was also very interesting to see the new status of the Malfoy family. In the books, they were basically aristocracy, but it seems highly unlikely that the familiar societal structure would still be in place after the war, and I could easily see the Malfoy's sort of fading into obscurity as the world around them changes. Also, Narcissa seemed to be able to bring out what little good there was in Lucius, and I imagine Astoria may have had something of a similar effect on Draco, so it is very interesting to see what a Malfoy Manor with no women will entail.

The relationship between Scorpius and Lily seemed delightfully complex as well, and I'm very interested to see how it develops from here. In a way it sort of reminded me of Snape's relationship with the original Lily, but I'm sure there's much more to come where they're involved.

This story is very intriguing so far, and I will definitely be back for more

Author's Response: Hi, Cassius. I'm so glad liked Scorpius. I really enjoy writing Next-Gen characters because you get the freedom to develop personalities, but still have something to draw on given what we know about the parents/grandparents. I'm happy you liked what you saw of him here.

Obscurity is pretty much exactly how I imagine the Malfoys 25+ years on. Whatever punishment they had for their part in the war is probably behind, but it's unlikely the name would carry much prestige anymore. It's just more their own internal dramas now.

Scorpius and Lily's relationship is meant to be complex (or as much as is possible for characters their age) but without being the main focus of the story. I love the idea that it reminds you a bit of Snape and Lily since Snape is part of this story, and Lily II's feelings for Scorpius will motivate her actions much the same way that Snape's did for him.

Thank you for this lovely review. I'm really glad we got paired up for the swap this time around.

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