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Review:Violet Gryfindor says:
This is a lovely addition to the House Cup stories! It's a fantastic idea to have Ron and Hermione travel so often - it's not something I've seen in any other stories that refer to their adult lives, but you make it sound so natural, something perfectly suited to their characters. Certainly Hermione is curious and studious - hence why she frequents locations with historical significance - but you also take into account Ron's love of adventure and the freedom travel offers. It's even more exciting to see the kind of places they visit, all "off the beaten path," as you put it. They're the kind of places that would be interesting and exciting for both Ron and Hermione.

What makes this story stand out is how you tell the story of their life together through the pictures in the photo album. I especially loved how every trip was marked by undercurrents depending on whom they went with or what was going on in their lives at the time. It was a very important thing to include, making the story feel that much more real - not every trip was a success, but they always marked a change in their lives, pushing their story forward.

But then that ending! Oh, I had a feeling that it would be the case, but I hoped that it wouldn't - she remembered everything so vividly, so fondly that one could imagine Ron sitting over her shoulder, pointing out the funny things that had happened or other such remarks. Yet even though there is that absence, Hermione has all of those memories of a life together, a full life, a love that lasted until the end. It's not a depressing ending, but it still brings tears to my eyes. Seeing a story that places Ron and Hermione's relationship in such a positive - yet still realistic - light is a wonderful treat. I'm very glad that I took the time to read this story - it was beautifully done.

Author's Response: Hi Susan!

Yes, I think travel on the whole is a generally unexplored area which was why I found the prompt such a good idea. I'm pleased you thought I managed to capture their personalities through their preferred destinations!

Goodness, thank you so much! Realism was definitely the key here, hence the trip with Scorp and Rose. I thought about keeping Ron alive but I thought it would make the memories even more special and have more resonance if he had passed on. Still, I'm really pleased you thought so highly of it! Thank you!

Thanks for reviewing :)


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