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Review:academica says:
Hey, here for this month's review battle :)

I like how you made Rose and Albus pretty close because it indicates that the friendship suggested for them in the canon epilogue actually happened and ended up continuing into their adult lives. There's something comforting about that continuity to me, and I think it helps to ground this story despite the introduction of unfamiliar territory (next-gen adults, a depressing Krum, et cetera). Don't get me wrong, I like the edgy tone of this story, but even this tumultuous moment just made me feel more at ease with the story and I appreciated it especially since I haven't been by in a while.

I like your Albus a lot, too. I don't read a ton of next-gen but it seems like often Albus carries some childish qualities into his adulthood, especially if people like James are there to overshadow him. But your Albus seemed like a regular guy, and it was sort of nice in a weird way to see him struggling with independence just like Rose. He's been dating the same girl for years but is having trouble forming an adult relationship out of that, and Rose is having to face financial independence and avoiding having to move back in with her parents (if that's even an actual option for her).

Overall, the characterization is just very nice here, and it'll be neat to see what happens next with the book. I also liked Rose's very rude neighbor--she was sort of amusing in a Dursleyish way, but mostly she just made me feel really bad for Rose, who faces the additional obstacle of concealing her true self from her bewildered Muggle neighbors.

Nice work!

-Amanda

Author's Response: Hi, Amanda! Thanks so much for tagging me for the review battle.

I'm so glad you liked the introduction of Albus and Rose's friendship here. He isn't a main character in the story, but he does pop up every now and then, usually to point Rose in the right direction, even if he doesn't know he's doing it. I see them as having an almost brother/sister dynamic, both far from perfect but a good balance for each other.

I'm glad you liked Al as a character too. He really is meant to be an "everyman," just trying to figure life out, making that transition into full adulthood. They are both in that phase of life where they have left the nest but haven't really created nests of their own yet.

To me, Mrs. Larson is part Dursley, part Mrs. Figg... and not in a good way :P

Thank you so much for the review! I really appreciate the comments!!


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