Ooh I get the 60th review on this story :D
I love the description of the neighbourhood, it sounds like one you could find anywhere in Britain. I think the part which clinched it for me was the neighbourhood watch sticker, theyíre always everywhere, yet I still donít even really know what they do.
Gilly made me laugh, she reminded me of Petunia the way she spied on her neighbours, and always wanted to know what they were up to.
Go Ginny! I just have the urge to yell out Ďyou go girlí at her, as she really took Harry down. I can understand why, the way he called her his wife, it sounded very possessive, and if she was an item which belonged to him. And honestly, if they have kids together, and thereís another one on the way, I think Harry should trust her a little more!
I love the mentions of Remus and Tonks and the map. Well the mention of Remus and Tonks nearly made me cry, knowing what happened to them. And the mention of the map did make Harry sound possessive but I know that he had the right intention in doing what he did.
I guess I can sympathise with Ginny, as she had a great career as a chaser, on a famous quidditch team, and then she has to give it all up, to become a stay at home mum, itís been of a downer, after having crowds chant your name.
Aw the mention of Dean was so nice. Itís nice to see he has a gallery, but honestly who would read a column on muggle sports, apart from Arthur? I mean Iím a muggle, and I still skip the pages about football! It was cool that you tied it in to how Ginny got her job, as I always wondered how she ended up being a reporter.
Ah Petunia phoned him! I always want to think that they made up. I know JK said that he and Dudley did, but I always wanted him and Petunia to as well, as sheís his aunt. And Vernonís dead, perhaps grief will bring them together?
You have to write the next chapter, now! You canít leave me on a cliff-hanger like that, itís just not fair!
Author's Response: Oh my God, I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to get back to your lovely reviews! Naughty Sarah.
So, yay for getting the 60th review! I cant believe The Blossoming has come so far :)
I'm glad that you felt the neighbourhood felt British to you - I wanted it to have that recognisable feel.
Yes, I did sort of think of Gilly as a benevolent Petunia! She's doing her curtain-twitching with a bit of a purpose. I doubt she ever gossips!
Hahaha... is it possible that I'm slowly changing your view of Ginny? Albeit by making Harry act like a total prat, but I don't think that's entirely out of character for him :P Unfortunately having kids together doesn't always make a couple secure in their relationship - but that's not the case here with Harry and Ginny. They're just taking their stress out on each other, and that takes form in Harry's case as petty jealousy.
Honestly, if I were in Harry's position when he was hunting the Horcruxes, I'd probably be sneaking a regular peek at the Map too, just to feel close to my love again! There's a story I read that reminds me of that bit, it's really good. 'Crushed Butterflies' by Academica.
Haha, Dean. Bless him. I wouldn't read his column either, but maybe there are some other Muggle-born wizards and witches who are still interested in football. Or maybe he's fighting a losing battle :P
I think the relationship between Petunia and Harry is much, much more painful than the one between him and Dudley, which is something this story is going to explore a bit more. We'll have to see what Vernon's death will bring!
Thanks for the review!