Ooh Iíve nearly caught up with this story, yay!
I liked that there was a focus on Rowena and the four founders in this chapter. Though I have loved all of the Helena/Venn action, itís nice to know more about the running of the school, and how they interacted with one another, as they did cause Hogwarts to come into being, and made this series happen, so they are more important than people think they are.
I thought it was really interesting to see how the optional subjects came about. This may just be me being a history nerd, but it seems to give so much more to the story if we know these little facts about the school. Trust Helga to come up with Care of Magical Creatures though, it suited her perfectly! Then of course the subjects that Rowena and Godric suited them perfectly as well, and it was nice to see how it all tied into canon.
I can see how there were cracks in the four founders friendship. First of all, there was a mention about Salazarís lack of interest, and though itís probably minor, it does suggest that the others perhaps viewed him as less committed. Then there was obviously the part about the muggleborn students, and it was interesting to see that there was an immediate schism, and that Salazar was rational enough to wait and see how it would play out. I just have a quick question, I was wondering whether Salazarís hate of muggles was just due to his upbringing, or whether it had another reason behind it?
I liked the altercation between Edeline and Rowena. It showed how they both viewed their offspring rather differently, yet you could tell how powerful they loved their children, and that was rather touching to see. Then ending it with them both crying over their children, again showed how they loved them so much, and were similar in some aspects.
I thought it was nice that you chose to reveal that Venn loved Helena to Cepheus, rather in his thoughts. It seemed more effective this way, and it reminded me of how similar their friendship was to modern day ones, with the friend mocking the other about falling in love. It was also nice to see Venn in a more relaxed situation.
I loved the ending, it was just so powerful. It was rather sad to see that Helena had started to become more frivolous, and seemed to crave attention, by asking for compliments, and talking about how Venn loved her. I thought Rowenaís actions were completely understandable. I guess Helena doesnít view it like that as sheís confused by love, but Rowena can see that Venn will most likely end up like Salazar, and that would not be a good thing.
Another excellent chapter Amanda!
Author's Response: I'm really glad you've enjoyed getting to know the Founders little by little. I don't usually like stories directly about them, which is why I chose to focus this more on Venn and Helena, but I do think it's important for them to be a part of the plot. It's also great that you liked the meeting and the Founders working out elective classes. I was trying to figure out how they had chosen the electives that Harry and his friends would eventually take, given that there are so many different branches and areas of magic that could have been made into classes. I tried to make the choices make sense based on who came up with them here.
I actually haven't thought too much about why Salazar hates Muggles. I know a lot of people tie it up in romantic rejection or something of that sort, but I haven't explored it too much for myself. Maybe that's something I can try to incorporate into future chapters, since you're probably not the only one who's wondered about it. It's good that you can see the fallout between the Founders beginning to happen little by little already.
I think Edeline can come across sometimes as sort of soft and nurturing, but she's got a strong foundation and will definitely defend her son if needed. Rowena obviously comes across as strong on the surface, and that doesn't change when it comes to how she feels about her daughter. The tension must have been really thick between them in that scene.
I'm happy you thought Venn seemed relaxed in his scene with Cepheus. They're the best of friends and if Venn was going to confess his true feelings to anyone, he would pick Cepheus. Admitting that is a big step for him.
It's so funny that you're taking Rowena's side in that scene! Most people immediately jump to the idea that Venn isn't the same person as Salazar and Rowena shouldn't lump them together. But I'm glad you can see her side of things and understand why an alliance with Salazar's relatives would make her nervous.
Thanks for your wonderful review :)