Yay first review! (Well hopefully, unless someone posts while Iím writing this!)
The beginning of this chapter just made me aw so much! It was just so adorable, the way Ginny was comforting Harry, then Harry feeling really bad about the argument, and Ginny stroking her bump. I donít think you could have made it anymore adorable, and I was just sitting in the cuteness of it all, so it definitely brightened my morning.
Then James wah so cute! I can just imagine him sitting there in his high chair, with jam smeared across his face! Then Ginny and Harry had made up! I canít deal with the cuteness of this chapter, and Iíve barely read the first ľ of it! Then them mooing together! I loved Ginnyís reaction to Petunia it just made me laugh so much, but I guess it wouldnít be fair for her to go, as Petuniaís husband just died, and if Ginny released her anger it might get a bit mad!
Now youíre making me worry about Mrs Figg, please donít say she died! What would happen to all the cats if she did, and she was just always there, and if she died, I think I may even cry!
I thought it was nice that Harry was reflecting over his purpose for coming here. As he is right, no one comforted him when Sirius and Cedric died, they just ignored him, and left him to deal with it, and get on in life. The way he was reflecting on his former life there, made you realise how bad it actually was. I think the most poignant part was when he saw his initials carved into the wall, and he compared it to a painted mural his son got.
Dudleyís a PE teacher? He must have to go on a serious dieting and fitness regime to become one of them! I thought it was lovely that there was a picture of James on the mantelpiece. I think it was because it gave me some hope that Petunia grew to love him over time, and wanted her great-nephew to be a part of her life.
Wow that chapter and Petunia I donít know what to say! At first I was angry that she asked him to come here, and then stuck up for Vernon, as he was a bully, and even if he did change, I doubt he changed that much, and it still doesnít excuse what he did to him. Then saying she missed Lily truly brought tears to my eyes. Then bam you find out she wanted him here as she couldnít deal with Marge by herself! Then a brief cameo of Dudley, it was just awesome and very angst and drama fuelled!
I think this was my favourite chapter so far, and I really do hope we get to see Dudley and Petunia again, as I really loved this chapter because of them. Also I need to know whether Mrs Figg is dead or alive, as I donít want to mourn for nothing!
Author's Response: Yay Kiana! Gosh you're fast. And I'm slow :P
Aw, that's such a lovely thing to say. I'm glad they made you feel all warm and fuzzy! They do really love each other. James is a cutie, but I don't think I'd want to babysit too often, haha! I actually squee'd a little over the mooing, and I wrote it myself. But I had to build up lots of cute, warm feelings to sustain you through what's a bit of a nasty chapter...
Oh, Mrs Figg. I have no comment right now, except to say whether she's alive or dead, her cats would be well cared-for :)
Yeah, I think you make an interesting point about Harry's changed perspective. I think he didn't spend too much time thinking about his upbringing when he was a kid, other than how much he hated the Dursleys - but now that he's an adult, with a child of his own, he can really see what his life was like.
Ha, we had some rather large PE teachers at school! But yes, I imagined that Dudley remained bulky and muscular as JKR described when he dropped the fat and became Big D.
Ahhh, you gotta love the angst and drama every now and then! I had fun writing it, although now that Richard Griffiths has died I feel pretty terrible for killing off Vernon!
The next chapter is definitely on the way, I've just been held up by night shifts and the flu.
Thanks so much for your reviews