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Review:nott theodore says:
What's this? I'm all caught up? That makes me happy but a little sad as well, because there isn't any more of this story waiting for me to read!

Witter's character is a very interesting one to me. Naturally Rowena has a much more important role in this story, but I would always have expected Witter to me more authoritative in his house than he is. I thought that his gesture at the beginning of this chapter was a really lovely thing to do. Although he wants to support his wife, he also wants to make his daughter happy and help to prepare her for future life as Venn's wife. This was a really nice way of doing that; giving her the pick of already familiar servants to take with her. I also loved the way that you chose the servants names appropriately for the time.

I feel so sorry for Helena at this point. Planning a wedding should be a happy time, and it is certainly one she has dreamed about for years, but nothing is living up to her expectations. She must feel so alone. Her mother - the one person who should be able to understand and support her - appears to have deserted her, and Edeline doesn't really care about her wishes. The families, while both magical and pureblood, are very different, with different ways of thinking, and that to me makes them seem more incompatible. I think that Helena's only friend from now on might be Helga, who seems to take her feelings into consideration, although she doesn't always offer the best advice.

Venn's gift to Helena was really sweet and thoughtful, and I can understand why it she felt so happy and touched by it. But I think that while it shows that he has study her behaviours so far, he still doesn't truly know her. Neither of them, though they profess to love the other, truly know their personality. Venn's condescending dismissal of Helena's request was proof enough of that.

I'd definitely be interested in reading something else in this era that you'd written! Perhaps something focusing on the other founders, or the inception of Hogwarts? I hope you update this soon, because I'm quite sad there's nothing left here for me to read!

nott theodore :)

Author's Response: I think Witter provides more of a supportive role for Rowena. Their household is somewhat non-traditional because Rowena does occupy a role of extreme prominence and power in the wizarding world, and this structure probably influenced Helena's non-traditional upbringing and her parents' unusual patience in allowing her to get this far in life without getting a husband and starting a family of her own. I'm pleased that you liked my little father-daughter moment and felt that Helena was getting help from at least one parent.

I do feel a lot for Helena. As you mentioned, most of the female figures in her life are currently failing her, and the one other person she should be able to depend on--her groom--is more interested in just about everything else than the wedding. Naturally, you can see how this situation might make her turn to more desperate measures to ensure that she has a happier future.

I don't currently have any bunnies for other Founders' stories, although I never rule anything out because you never know when the perfect idea will come to you. You will be pleased to know that I'm a little less than halfway through chapter fifteen and am hoping to post it soon. Keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks for another wonderful review :)


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