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Review:MargaretLane says:
*grins* My favourite classes tend to be 1st years (Hogwarts' 2nd years) and 6th years (Hogwarts' 7th years). 6th years tend to be easy, because they are focussed on their exams and do a lot of the work themselves, so at least you don't usually have to stand over them.

Love Emily's comments on the various groups. They fit so well with my own experiences. 7th years being punctual would be expected.

I hadn't thought about the fact Andrew might feel guilty for having upset her so much by being an idiot. Really like him actually. He's just the kind of kid you know you SHOULD give out to, but you can't, 'cause you're too busy trying not to laugh.

And again, Emily's comments about her responsibility to get students good grades reminds me a lot of discussions I've heard among teachers. I know people who feel like she does - that it's their responsibility completely and that they should be able to make every single student take an interest in their subject and perform to their best. So this seems totally realistic to me (and I guess that's hardly surprising considering your were a teacher), especially considering Emily's state of mind. And a teacher DOES have some responsibility, because as Emily says, she should intervene if a student is becoming disengaged, but as Heather says, no matter what she does, there'll always be some students who, for whatever reason, DON'T succeed.

I love the insights into what Emily was like as a teenager and how different a person she seemed to the person she is now. And I can totally imagine that happening at a boarding school

Author's Response: Yes, I figured if you're a seventh year doing N.E.W.T level transfiguration, then you're not there to slack off, you actually want to do well. And we pick up from canon that the sixth and seventh year classes are pretty intense, so I think the student's would be pretty focussed at those year levels.

Andrew is someone very special. He wasn't a planned character, but just appeared in my head one day while I was writing and he is going to inadvertently have a little bit of a role in Emily's recovery. He's sort of a combination of a few student's I've had over the years :) I also think the way Emily treats him shows more about her character as a teacher than she realises. She totally doesn't get it when McGonagall says "He thinks very highly of you".

The conversation that Emily has with Heather about her responsibilities as a teacher may be based somewhat on my own feelings as a teacher. That sense of responsibility that is so strong it's ridiculous, where you think you're to blame if something goes wrong - even if it's out of your control! I don't know why, but I love the bit in this where she's going on and on about the jobs that require a Transfiguration N.E.W.T. It's like she's researched it all just to torture herself! It took me ages to work out what Heather's response to this revelation was going to be because I wanted it to be truthful and realistic, but also something that didn't change Emily's whole perception straight away. It just gives her something to think about.

Yeah, I thought a bit more insight into Emily would be good at this point. I also wanted to show that, like Michelle and as a link to her old life, Tim is able to draw Emily's former self out a little bit. He reminds her what it was like to be happy and carefree.

Thanks for another fabulous review, I really love and appreciate all your thoughts :)

Bec


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