Hi Amanda! I was on a rant about the lack of love for Cho, and Jchrissy told me to check this out, so Iím here!
Wow! Is all I can really say! Iíve always loved stories which combine magic and muggle events, so just the fact that your story is based on this, has made me an immediate fan :D
I loved the glimpses of Cedricís home life, it just sounds lovely and blissful, and that contrasts nicely with the harsh brutality of the war. He seemed so cute chasing girls, and climbing trees, and by adding that in, it made Cedric appear so young, and childlike, and that shocked you even more, as he just seems so innocent.
You have a gift of being able to write description, and Iím very jealous of it! The two scenes which you describe, contrast so much and you make them so unique and vivid, it feels as if youíre in Cedricís mind, and youíre living through his thoughts!
I have to admit I donít generally like AU, as I tend to get confused very easily! But here youíve set up the story so well that itís really easy to follow, and it doesnít seem very Au at all!
I loved the idea that other Hogwarts students such as Dean and Seamus appear to help with the war effort, and it would be really cool of magical people did have some input into wars. After all, Dumbledore and Grindelwaldís famous duel was in 1945, and thatís when WWII ended, so it might not just be a coincidence!
Then one Cho appeared I was just yaying in my head, as I love Cho as I feel she gets an unjustified amount of hate, I mean she rivals Voldemort on the levels of hate! Yet here she just seems to give an aura of calm and hope, and Cedric seem to recognise that due to his Ďwelcoming breathí. Itís just so lovely seeing Cho in a positive light for once, even if it was a very brief mention!
I loved this first chapter, and you can expect to see me back soon! My only CC is for you to stop writing new awesome, as Iím not going to be able to catch up at the rate youíre going ;D
Author's Response: Well, I'm happy this story was recommended. No pressure, haha :D
I'm glad you liked taking Cedric's perspective and exploring his past through imagery. You're spot on in the fact that his innocence is highlighted. He, like so many other soldiers at this time, is so young and unprepared for war.
I'm pleased, too, that you felt like the AU was easy to follow. I basically took canon characters and fit them into a different time. You'll see a lot of familiar faces as the story develops, and some new ones as well.
You'll get to know Cho more starting in the next chapter, so please do give me your feedback on her. I don't run into a lot of serious Cho fans and I want to make sure I get her right. As for your CC, no worries, I have zero time to write right now! Haha. The stories will always be there for you to catch up on, and I'll never stop loving your reviews.
Thanks again! Hope to see you back soon!