Oh, Rachel, you have no idea how fast I am rolling down the hill to hug you right now.
I have a huge exam tomorrow, and it's philosophy which I hate, and I was really nervous but now I've read this and I feel so much better ♥
First, I got really excited about your title, because I'd been asking about Bathilda and here she is!
Next, baby Harry ♥ I don't know how you manage to write babies so well. Seriously. Baby Harry is now my headcannon in all his droolingness and chocolate stains. It makes me even sadder to think that soon he won't have his parents anymore, but I'll try not to be sad in such a happy moment.
Right so James. He's always perfect, of course, but here there was something about him that made me really imagine him very clearly, more clearly than before, and again it seems to fall straight into the Potterverse. We've seen him so tense, so nervous about everything, whereas here there was this child-like glee that is so, so welcome considering that it'll be the end soon.
And on the other hand, you've got Lily who's thinking that she has two boys to take care of instead of one, and I just wanted to snatch all you characters out of the computer to protect them but I can't.
THE VASE. I JUST CAN'T. I HAVE LOST THE ABILITY TO CAN.
At last, she slowly turned to face her husband. "I really, really hated that vase," she said at last, and all three of them burst out laughing. Once they had got going, too, it seemed extremely hard to stop; the more they looked at the smashed vase, the funnier it became. Harry was giggling and bouncing up and down in Lilyís arms, just to see the people around him so happy.
I don't know if this chapter makes me want to laugh or cry. Probably a mix of both.
Here, have some hearts because ily ♥ ♥ ♥
Author's Response: I'm so glad I was able to make you feel better! :) And I know about dreading exams, and certainly at this time of year, which makes me even happier to know that I was able to make you think of better things, if only for a short while.
I told you Bathilda would make an appearance! And of course where she is, wee Harry is sure to follow. ♥ I enjoyed writing him far, far too much in this story, as is probably apparent. The funny thing is that I rarely spend time around children in real life, and I've never had any younger brothers or sisters, so I'm sort of writing little children blind, as it were. It means loads to me that you and others have enjoyed it!
I think I love James and Lily in this chapter largely because they got to temporarily regress to past versions of themselves, if that makes any sense. James is so happy and devil-may-care, and Lily's wonderfully amused and exasperated by boyishness, and it made the war seem momentarily far away. I joke a lot about how much I enjoy writing dark, sad things, but then there are moments like this chapter that make me remember how nice it is to write happy things, too.
Laughing and crying are both perfectly acceptable and welcomed! :D Thank you for the hearts, and for such an awesome review, as you always give. I am very honored to have a steady reviewer like you still reading this story!