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Review:MargaretLane says:
Oh, *laughs*, I've been there with the bright students who finish the work you've planned for the class in about 10 minutes, leaving you wondering what to do for the rest of the period.

Oh, yikes, it is really scary when kids get hurt in class, but it's obvious that's not what's worrying Emily. Forgot it wouldn't be such a concern when you've magical powers.

And the students must have gotten some fright at her reaction. That'd be scary to witness when you are only 14 or 15 and expect adults to be able to deal with most things.

Sounds like some kind of flashback, possibly a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder.

I think your characterisation of McGonagall is spot on. While she's stern, she's really compassionate underneath.

And there really are some weird similarities between this and what I've planned for Year 2 of my next gen series. What happens is completely different, but some of the reactions and interactions between staff members are very similar.

That hadn't even occurred to me - that Scotland would be so much darker than Wales. My own country is so small, I tend to forget others are rather larger.

Really loving this story so far.

Author's Response: Oh my goodness, yes! I hate those students! Drives you crazy, doesn't it?

I'm actually amazed there aren't more accidents in Hogwarts classes, what with teenagers with magical abilities walking around and living in a castle together! But I think the teachers would have a good knowledge of how to deal with most accidents, I always imagined it was part of the ministry teaching course Emily had to do the summer before she started teaching!

I haven't gone too in depth in to the students' reactions in this instance, because it's really Emily's story and she is being protected in a way by McGonagall from having to discuss it with the kids. Also, I sort of imagine a lot of these kids, well the older ones at least, as being a bit more resilient because most of them are old enough to remember the war, even if they were quite young (although the sixth and seventh years would have been at Hogwarts during the battle...now there's a thought!).

Thank you so much for that comment on McGonagall...I am so afraid of screwing her up, I think the most research I've done for this story besides the mental illness stuff is on McGonagall...she's a very interesting lady!

Thanks again for the awesome review, I really appreciate the time you take to write such great reviews for every chapter. They are so helpful and encouraging too! Thanks :)


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