Ello there! Not sure if I've stopped by before, but I really love this story! There's so many about the Next Gen kids once they're all teenager, etc. and how they all fall in love, blah blah blah, but this is so original showing them as children, with the focus not on them as such but on their parents, as well.
I love the mention of so many canon characters and pairings - little Victoire and Dominique, Audrey and Percy, baby Freddie... and that reference to Fred, when Molly was making the cake... gah, that was so beautiful.
Anyway, I love how you characterise them all - particularly Harry and Ginny and Ron and Hermione. I've always been scared about writing them myself because they're such established characters in canon it would be so easy and horrible to get them wrong. You, on the other hand, have pulled them off so well - they're so similar to their canon counterparts it's unreal. You're brilliant - I don't know how you've done it.
Vernon's dead! Wow... I don't really feel sorry that he's dead, I more feel sorry for Petunia. Really, the only person she has left now is Dudley and she's been through quite a bit in her life, despite not being the nicest of people throughout it. Still, I love the fact that you brought her and Dudley into it, instead of forgetting about them or pretending they want nothing to do with each other. They are family, after all, and some of JK's strongest messages are about family.
And Ginny and Harry argued and then made up... I love that. Couples don't 'never argue'. It's just not possible - even couples who never saw each other would find a way to argue, I bet. Plus, Harry has always had a hot temper and Ginny's not the kind of person to take that lying down. I loved his conversation with Aunt Petunia as well - the way he blew up was so true to his character and I imagine a few people would do the same when faced with that kind of conversation from Aunt Petunia. I do hope she, Harry and Dudley have some kind of reconciliation, though, since I think there is some kind of understanding to be reached... but maybe that's a bit too fairytale-like...
Also, baby!James is just too cute...
The details you put in this are wonderful - the idea of a Neighbourhood Witch, her cat, the information we have about the trio's jobs after the war, the appearance of Dean... it's just fabulous.
So yeah, in case you couldn't tell, I really, really enjoyed this. It will go and sit in my favourites and I will wait impatiently for updates ;)
Author's Response: It's actually unforgivable how long I've left my reviews without any response - I'm so sorry! Please know that I read and appreciated this review greatly!
Yeah, honestly, whenever I try to write teenagers I get a bit nervous and think I'm doing it all wrong (even though it's not *that* long since I was a teen myself!)... and I was really interested/befuddled by the idea that so many of our HP heroes had children at a relatively young age. So I wanted to spend a bit of time with them and see how it might come about! (I mean, in terms of emotional growth, life, careers... not the birds and the bees :P )
Thank you so much for the comment on the characterisation - that really means a lot to me, as I work hard on making these characters feel like the ones we know, albeit older and perhaps slightly wiser. Perhaps not!
And yes! Goodbye old Vernon! I felt pretty awful doing that at around the time poor Richard Griffiths died, but I'd had Vernon's demise planned for some time! I'm glad you feel sorry for Petunia - I really wanted some of the desperation of her situation to come across. And I love the point you made about family, that's a really good observation.
You're right about couples arguing! When my boyfriend and I lived 200 miles apart, we definitely found things to argue about - and now that we're living together, we only bicker every now and then. I do have plans for the Dursleys - watch this space! I'm sorry updates are taking such a long time at the moment... They'll get rolling again soon! Chapter 10 will be up soon.
THANKS SO MUCH! I'm sorry I've taken so long to get back to you.