Hi! :) I'm so sorry, I've been slacking on reviews lately, but finally here!
I liked this chapter (as I like all your chapters!). I enjoyed how you carried on from the last chapter with Bri's reactions to the Dementors: in the last chapter, she was experiencing and feeling this instant grief, and then in this chapter she takes a step back and analyzes and addresses her feelings, which I think is very healthy. Her doubts, and almost trying to bargain and discuss with herself, is very poignant and realistic. I'm so glad she confided in Angelina, and how you described Angelina's reaction: how she felt a little awkward but also eager to comfort Brienne.
Speaking of, I really love Angelina as a character here. She's so sincere, but also really entertaining. I loved when she stormed into the common room shouting about Filch, and her dominance over the younger students, it's very funny and really gives her a great dimension to her character! She and Bri are opposites in some ways, but I really love their friendship and how they get along so well.
The fact that they're practicing Patronus charms is such a great detail, and makes a lot of sense in the context of what's going on with the Dementors.
I was a little surprised that Brienne seemed hesitant in asking her father if she could come home for Christmas, since (from his response and from the chapters I've read ahead) they seem so close especially in the wake of the tragedy. Unless she's just being unnecessarily hesitant. It's after Halloween, so Bri's already been at school for a couple months: have they really not written at all yet, and is there a reason for that? Just a thought that came to mind. :)
The mistakes about Brienne's names were funny, I love any mention of Trelawney and how she condescendingly corrected the boy. Other little details, like the fact that the school seemed oddly quiet during lessons, were great as well in setting the scene, giving an impression of Hogwarts and maybe even enhancing the idea of Brienne being a "hermit" and isolating herself from others.
I love how George lost concentration when Brienne looked at him, they are so cute with their obvious crushes on each other! :) And aw, the last sentence was so sweet, and a great conclusion to the chapter which began with Paisley and Angelina being good friends to Brienne. This was another wonderful chapter my dear, and I promise when you re-request I'll do my best to be more prompt about reviewing! :)
Author's Response: Hi! Don't you worry about that at all, I'm just happy I get to read your lovely review :)
I'm so glad you like her friendships with Angelina and Paisley- to me they are like the Ron and Neville to Brienne's Harry xD Except yeah, Brienne and Angelina are pretty opposite in their personalities :)
About her writing to her father, I think it was more about asking if he minded that she decided to stay with him rather than at school :) They have written before about Brienne's mother, plus some more general correspondance that I didn't want to bore people with xD
I'm so glad you liked this chapter so much, thank you very much for the stupendous review!