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Review:MargaretLane says:
Could be a little more difficult than Claire realises for Emily to see a counsellor. *laughs* I wonder if there are wizarding counsellors. Considering what seems to happen in that world, you'd think they'd need them.

You wrote the conversation between Claire and Emily really well. Very emotive.

And you gave the answer for this story in practically the next sentence. Hmm, wonder how much this'll help Emily and what we'll learn about her.

I think blood status could be important in a lot of cases in the era this takes place in. Like Muggleborns may well have different issues from the war than purebloods. And halfbloods may have different issues again, due to the pressure there may have been on them to disavow Muggle or Muggleborn relatives. I think halfbloods would be particularly likely to have guilt issues if their Muggleborn parent was arrested or murdered. Not that all psychological issues are necessarily going to be war related and not all of those that are would be related to the person's blood status, but I can still see why a Healer specialising in emotional and psychological problems would want to know that. And it's not only things to do with the war it'd affect either.

Really like the flashback to Emily's youth. It really gives an impression of how much she's changed as a result of the war.

Author's Response: The whole 'wizard therapist' thing was something I grappled with for a long long long time! There's nothing about it in canon so I had to start from scratch and the small about we know about healing and magical medical care. I've seen the whole Hogwarts counsellor thing done so badly and I wanted this to work, so after a lot of thinking, I came up with Heather. Here's the head-canon I came up with in regads to this issue: I think that after the first wizarding war, there would have been a great need for grief counselling etc and a greater demand for things like calming draughts. Out of this, some healers would have begun exploring the need for psychological care in the magical community in greater depth, several of them looking to muggle practices for ideas and procedures. By the time of the second wizarding war this would have still been quite new and uncommon in the wizarding world, but the end of the war and the rather traumatic battle would have led to a sudden need in psychological care and certain healers would have decided to step up and meet the challenge. I really fell in love with the idea that magical folk were significantly behind muggles in this area of medicine...a bit of poetic irony :)

Claire was originally going to be a bigger character in this story, but it wasn't really working so she's just become this close cousin thing. But she still serves a good purpose :)

The blood status thing fascinates me and I'm so excited about exploring it in this story. JKR really only focussed on the aspects of blood status (particularly what it's like to be muggle born) that were relevant to the story she was telling, but I think there's so much more there. I actually think being a muggle born would be incredibly difficult and yet amazingly rewarding. Having access to both worlds so readily would be a real double edged sword.

I'm glad you liked the memory, I want the memories to flow in and out easily, like they would naturally. I hope that came across.

Thanks so much for another great review! :)

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