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Review:nott theodore says:
I have a confession to make; I actually read this when it was updated but I didn't have time to leave a review, so I'm coming back now that I have a bit of time :)

It must have been a massive facing for Emily to start teaching again after the incident before Christmas, and I thought you portrayed that really well. Especially with the way she was reminding herself of everything she was going to teach each class and talking herself through the day as a way of reassuring herself she could cope with it.

Andrew Newitt is fast becoming one of my favourite characters in this story. He's one of those kids that the teacher knows they should really tell off more but they're too likeable and they're making the teacher laugh too much...a loveable rogue sort of character. It's quite sweet that he was concerned about Emily and that he felt guilty for being the cause of her reaction.

One thing I really enjoy about this story is seeing a slightly different side to McGonagall's character. In the books she doesn't often slip out of the strict teacher persona that she uses with the pupils, but here it's almost like she's mentoring Emily, especially since they both teach the same subject. I quite like her idea of Emily becoming an animagus, and I'd be really interested to know what her animal for was! I also like your password for her office.

I noticed one mistake when Emily goes to visit the healer - you call her Helen Jensen at one point instead of Heather. But the discussion that they had about how much is Emily's responsibility as far as her pupils are concerned is really interesting. I know teachers feel a lot of responsibility towards their pupils, and often are blamed for bad results. But I think that it's important for Emily to realise that she can't take on responsibility for everything all the time, or always feel like it is her fault when someone in her care does something wrong. I like the idea of Emily getting herself a pet!

Ah, and Tim returns again! The pub name 'The Cackling Stump' really made me laugh. I think it's going to be really good for Emily to have someone paying attention to her as a person outside of her role as a teacher, and I really enjoy the insight that we get into Emily's past. It shows a real contrast between what she used to be like and the person she is after the war, and really emphasises how low she has come to be.

I'm looking forward to the next chapter already!

nott theodore :)

Author's Response: I didn't want to downplay how difficult Emily's return to work would be, but at the same time I didn't want to blow it out of proportion and have it be this huge deal either, so it was a bit of challenge to get the start of this chapter right.

I love Andrew...and he's a fictitious character of my own creating! lol! I realised that if Emily is ever going to believe in herself as a teacher, she needs to have a connection with at least one student - and Andrew is such a fun way to do that :)

It's been a challenge to write McGonagall in this setting, but I'm learning so much about her so it's worth it :) She sees a lot of herself in Emily and that's given her this soft spot for her. I think she also senses how much Emily is struggling and empathises. I'm not 100% sure where this animagus thing is going yet, I thought I knew but now I'm having some new ideas about where to go with it.

I called her Helen? Ha! how funny :P I'll go in and fix that, thanks for spotting it :) I think Emily's feelings of inadequacy as a teacher are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her problems but they've got to start somewhere :) I also think it's important that Heather was honest with Emily and told her the blunt truth - that she won't be happy if she's always blaming herself for everything. That's a theme that will be carried on through the rest of the story...hopefully.

Yep, Tim is back! :) I also have a soft sport for Tim, he's going to be a good distraction for Emily ;) I won't give too much away though :P

Thanks for yet another fabulous spoil me! :D

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