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Review:magnolia_magic says:
Hi! I remember reviewing a couple of the other stories in this collection (the Remus one still stands out in my mind--I loved it so much!), so I decided I'd continue with it.

I'm really amazed at how well you pull off McGonagall in this series. She is one of those characters that's just hard to get right; she's so stern, and yet there are moments where her soft side shines through. It's touch to strike a good balance there, but you do it flawlessly, I think :) Her affection for these students seems so natural; it never seems like you're trying to force anything out of her.

As for Lily, I thought you did a great job with her as well. Her determination is easy to see, but she isn't overbearing. She's soft-spoken (at least around her Head of House) and conscientious. She prides herself on her accomplishments. We don't know a whole lot about Lily from the books, but for some reason all of these qualities you've given her seem to fit very well. And McGonagall's sly little comment about James at the end! It made me smile, and I love that you showed that moment of hope even through pain.

Something I've noticed about your writing is that you just seem to know the simplest, most effective ways to express emotion. You don't overdo anything, and I think the straightforward feel to your style is just perfect for McGonagall's narration. She obviously doesn't like what the world has become, but she accepts that her students have to live in the world in its current state. There are no lofty metaphors, not a word out of place. These stories just feel effortless.

Thanks for the swap, and good luck with getting back into the swing of things :) I love reading your work!

--Maggie

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