FINALLY I AM HERE.
So throughout this story you’ve really kept Hermione giving, and almost making it so she doesn’t have enough time to think about what’s going on break down because of it. Like she’s on autopilot and just doing what has to get done next. But with this first scene, her shutting herself away and alone, you really got to explore her feelings. And they were so heartbreaking :(. Watching her tackle this almost impossible kind of battle, but also fight against not even recognizing herself because of her actions is just very sad, and you did such a good job making me feel it all. The line about wondering if she would ever again be the young mother that snuggled her children at night was just so simple but so serious. I think allowing us to see how broken she really is through this was such a perfect thing to do.
Oh she’s just like a young girl again scared and lost. Even more so than she ever was as a young girl... this conversation with Professor Flitwick was not something I’d have seen coming, but something I love so much and just added a whole new dimension. I really liked the tiny ounce of humor you slipped in with him wondering why she was never in Ravenclaw, just to lighten the mood. Not enough to make it actually funny, because that wouldn’t have fit here, but enough to make me smile.
Oh that whole section was really great, Ashley. I’m all feelsy now.
Teddy is so delicious when he’s all in control. I bet admitting what happened to him wouldn’t have been hard for Hermione, and it would have felt wrong for him to be angry with her because of it so I loved that you just had him stick to focusing on what to do. AND HARRY CAN APPARATE. I knew that already, hehehehe. But If I didn’t, I’d totally be going UH OH right now. Well I am anyway, but even more if I didn’t know. Apparating? Aint no body got time for that!
Ohh stop making me feel so bad for Draco ;(.
You managed to end this chapter on such a strong note. We’ve seen Hermione go through so much in this story, but this chapter was really the most focused on what’s going on inside of her, what she’s struggling against within her self and ugh I really, really loved that. Things have been so chaotic and busy, we needed a break to understand what was happening in our beloved Miss Granger-Weasley. I just want to hug her.
AND NOW I want to know what happens next!!!
Author's Response: Jami!!
Thank you so much for reviewing this chapter! Whoo!
I'm so glad someone has finally picked up on the fact that Hermione was kind of on autopilot through the first few chapters! I've been getting a lot of heat for not delving further into her feelings, but I really wanted to do that with this chapter because she's really had time to slow down and thing about things.
I know, to be perfectly honest I didn't plan the conversation with Flitwick, it just kind of happened. I was like, oh, he apparently wants to get a few words in, so why not? And there we have it :P
I have tried to continue to insert little bits of humor here and there, because this story should never take itself too seriously. AT the end of the day, it IS a story about zombies :P
I love Teddy, and every time you talk about him, he gets hotter and hotter in my mind!! I think that I will start writing him hotter and hotter too, pretty soon he's gonna be big and muscly and like...wait no. NO. This is not the right story for that.
Harry CAN apparate, and thus fixes one of the biggest plot holes in the story! YAY!
I'm glad that you enjoyed this chapter, I really am. It gladdens my heart that you still love and connect with the characters and it makes me totally want to write faster!!