I'm back. :)
Oh dear, where'd Fern go? That's certainly not good. Stop ending these chapters on cliffies, GAH, because I have to wait until I finish writing the review to go on to the next chapter and figure out what on earth is going on. I'm just kidding, though, because I love cliff-hangers, and these are just dramatic enough to create interest, but not overly so either.
I love how you're managing to weave both interactions with the Potter/Weasley family and interactions with Autumn's own family into this. It's a really nice balance, and refreshing from stories that totally and completely center on just the Wotter (gosh I love that word...) family.
Another thing you manage to combine really excellently in this story is the main humour element and some very serious topics as well, like Bill and Fleur's divorce, the Seasons girls runaway father, and Emily and Newton's inability to have children.
I love how Professor Clearwater and Chang have kind of switched places since their Hogwarts days, because back then it would seem that Penelope would be the more structured one. But hey, that just shows how much people can change after their school days.
I love that Summer just strolled into the Ravenclaw common room. It kind of shows how similar she is to Autumn in that they both have that Ravenclaw trait in them, yet different at the same time, as seen in her inability to keep track of her shoes, and her little gambling problem.
That egg-thing that Autumn found in her closet was strange... I wonder if that has anything to do with where Fern is, considering she was inside of it? Oh well, I guess I'll find out soon enough. :)
This chapter flowed really well through the different scenes too. The one little thing I saw was the jump from the flashback at the start to Summer sitting in the common room. It felt a little bit jarring right there, although that could easily be fixed with a little sentence of transition or something of the sort. :)
I like that you included actual lessons in this, because I think the lessons are some of the most fascinating parts of Hogwarts (why yes, I am being very Hermione-esque right now), so it's fun to see other writers' takes on them. Turning a turtle into a pillow? What? Hahahah that has no real life application, but hey, it's Hogwarts. :P
"It's not because you're as slow as a fat kid on crutches that I have to be as well."
OH MY GOSH I actually laughed out loud at this line. It's so Summer, and completely unexpected.
"Stop looking like the receptionist of a funeral parlour."
Well, that's always a good way to cheer someone up. But I like this line because it shows that Summer and Autumn have the same odd sense of humour.
I have one little canon-ness comment. When you're talking about people asking if Fred had a tattoo of a hippogriff, I think Ginny said that Harry had the Hungarian Horntail, and Ron was the one who had a tattoo of a Pygmy Puff. I don't even know why I remember that...
Anyways, another really great chapter!
Author's Response: I am a disgrace, it has been almost two months.
Sorry about the cliffhanger (actually no, cue evil cackling). I cannot say about Fern, as tempted as I am...
I prefer Peasterly to Wotter, but any combination is fun! Writing them is turning out to be a lot more difficult than I thought, as they're a huge group, but it's good to hear you think it's working out well.
I don't think Clearwater lacks structure, I just see her as the more motherly type -- I had a bit of an issue with Cho until not so long ago, which has influenced my writing and made her the strict teacher.
Summer and Autumn are very similar, yes, except that the latter is more sensible than the former. I think Summer would have made an excellent Gryffindor, except that that house is overrated and I didn't want to stick any OCs in there.
I get so annoyed with Next Gen fics that ignore classes. What do.people thknk Hogwarts is, a dating platform? Plus it's actually fun to invent what people might study. And turning turtles into pillows is VERY USEFUL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I use it every day. :P
I'll correct the tatoo mix-up as soon as I can.
Thank you for the review :)