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Review:TheHeirOfSlytherin says:
There aren't actually that many students at Hogwarts, when you think about it. Not like you'd see in a Muggle school. So, reading this, reading how few students there are, had me envision a ghost town of sorts. A castle would just look even bigger than usual. It really puts this year into focus, I think. How afraid some people must be to not show up at all. You really made me see that. I thought that was awesome.

Learning the Dark Arts instead of Defense; that would be horrible. Especially as we know what will happen when students don't do as the Carrows want. I'd be kinda scared if I knew we had Death Eaters for teachers.

I understand Neville's suspicion of Seamus. As Seamus is in the RoR at the end of DH, I think it's safe to say he earns his trust back, but I never really thought of how it would be in the beginning. But it makes sense and I'm glad you included it. :)

This was a really great chapter. I look forward to more.

Sam.

Author's Response: Yes, the Hogwarts population isn't really that large - though JKR herself used to get confused on that point. But yeah, if there are about 40 kids per year, then that would make the school have about 280 students (let's say 300 to round things off), and to take out all the Muggle borns you're probably losing at least 100 of those. Include people who just aren't coming back and that's an extra 50 or so, which means that you've got about half your regular students, or 150. Which, as you say, would really echo in a castle the size of Hogwarts.

The Seamus thing actually took me by surprise when it started, but it fit and I liked it so I kept it. It's going to be developed during the year and there is some canon which I say backs me up (kind of) so it's staying. Glad you like it! :)

As for the DADA lessons, well that may or may not have been a slip of the tongue by Snape there. We'll see how that progresses.

thanks, Mel


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