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Review:lia_2390 says:
Hey Zayne!

I'm not the biggest of Harry/Ginny fans, but I still enjoyed this story. Maybe one of the things people hated about JKR's epilogue was that it was too happy even if nineteen years had passed, even though it was a shout out to us that things weren't really over. Some people tend to run with that too. Maybe the concept of 'they've just been through a war' is too much to tackle so writers leave it alone.

I do love that you've brought two prolific characters from the series and showed how the war truly affected them. I never considered them as separate entities in this because they were still Harry and Ginny - a heartbreaking aspect of their post-war experience.

Ginny's characterisation was good in this. You've managed to incorporate a whole lot about her life and what, as you've said, she's trying to gain. I like that you've included how left out she feels because it's like things haven't changed much since their school days. She may be with him now, but she's still not /with/ him, if that makes sense.

Honestly, there's a lot about this that really makes me sit back and think about how they see one another. For example, the trio have been off searching for Horcruxes while Ginny and the rest of the students have had to bear the horrors at Hogwarts alone. Her gripe with Hermione about not understanding the Cruciatus makes me wonder if she knew about what Mrs. Lestrange did. I think they're all lost in their own experiences to fully understand what was going on with anyone else. Yes, of course they've witnessed horrors, but they have yet to understand others' perception of their own.

You've reinforced a lot of truths in this little one-shot. Some which people tend to forget. Poor Harry never really wanted all of this, now it's like he's stuck. Ginny's frustration is understood because it's hard to be in a relationship with someone who barely talks to you, and chooses to talk to someone else. That's another truth you brought to forward from the books. It's something I always wondered about as well.

In the end, I'm relieved that she didn't sink further into her despair. I imagine this story might have ended differently if she did, and I agree with you, that isn't who she is. Many people would have walked away by now, honestly having no idea how the rift got there in the first place.


Author's Response: Thank you so much Lia for your thoughts on this! It was a difficult story for me to write because i've never been a massive fan of Harry/Ginny or even writing main pairings. So, the writing of this was just hard to get my head around this was just odd and weird.

I do get you. They aren't really 'with' each other at the moment. They are separate and unable to connect. They know what they feel for one another but there is a gap there that has to be breached first. I think it would have been hard to integrate them together. I don't think it would have happened immediately either. They each had their own scars to deal with and I sort of imagine that it was hard for them to understand the pain of others because, perhaps, their own pain overpowered there senses so much. Also, Ginny may not know everything that transpired in their year out. She's so wrapped up in her own pain she doesn't ask or pry into what was a painful time for the three of them and the Trio doesn't want to continue ruminating on all that anymore. So something gets lost in translation and Ginny is also angry and frustrated in here and she doesn't see things clearly. I can also imagine Harry not opening up. He likes to keep things locked inside and perhaps he's just trying to be strong and in the meantime, Ginny is hurting from what she doesn't understand. Harry thinks he's protecting her or saving her from truths because he doesn't want to burden her any more. He's also just being selfish and doesn't want to reopen his own wounds and turns to Hermione because she already knows it all. It's a mixture of all that and i agree with you that it isn't in her to give up or sink into despair. I think she learned a lot in the last year of Hogwarts to become a dooer and if she wants something she'll get it rather than waiting on the sidelines like she's done for so long.

Thanks again for the review!

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