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Review:WeasleyTwins says:
Hello Amanda!

Good gracious, such a good read, Amanda. You really have a talent for this genre and era. I think it's the way the dialogue and description compliment each other. I've always admired you for your wonderful style and voice as a writer - I'm really starting to adore your dialogue. I don't know if I told you in one of the other reviews, but I LOVE anything historical with good dialogue. I love that noble air, sentence structure, and vocabulary that accompanies pieces like this. It is making me fall in love with this story so fast, soon my reviews are just going to be fangirl squees over how wonderful everything is (but wait, that's what they are already!).

And your mention of "The Canterbury Tales" - to die for! I took a class specifically dedicated to Chaucer and he's one of my favorites. Speaking of Chaucer, I love that she reads but that she's also this closet girly-girl who draws and wishes for a perfect wedding and perfect dress. God, that is so me, it's crazy. She's so refined and so unlike my headcanon. I guess I always pictured her as bitter and haughty - I love your take on Helena though. She's so realistic. And how you're tying in Salazar! It's so genius!

I really don't have more for you other than I love coming to this story. It's going to be an HPFF classic - it already is, in my opinion. Can't wait until next time, Amanda!

Shelby

Author's Response: Hi Shelby :)

The dialogue can be challenging at points. When I started, I struggled between making it too high-sounding and letting it be too casual. Now and then I slip and accidentally use a contraction and then go back and spell it out. But yeah, I'm glad the final product works! It's nice to be able to return to this story after writing, say, a next-gen piece, because I really get to play with the elegance of the period.

I wanted my Helena to be normal, a girl to whom I could actually relate. She's clearly got a rebellious streak--and who wouldn't, when her mother is one of the Founders of a wizarding school in a time when most women weren't really allowed to do much at all--but she's still girly and curious and hard to pin down. The world is her oyster and she has a lot of interests. I guess you could say that I'm trying to normalize both Venn and Helena, and in doing so, I want to expose the good and bad parts of each of their characters.

Oh, and I'm pleased that you like Salazar :) He's definitely going to continue being a big part of the story, as will Rowena. Helga and Godric will also make appearances later on.

Thank you so much for this loveliness!!

-Amanda


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