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Review:Beeezie says:
Okay, I can now officially say that you write an excellent Minerva McGonagall. I hadn't read this one before, but if anything, I think I might like it better than Sharing Fire.

There was just so much in this that brought it to life for me. I loved the way you integrated the historical context of Minerva's life when she was a young girl - her brother dying in France in the war, for example, just feels so real to me and rooted in the time period this was supposed to be set in.

But you also included more personal struggles, and I really loved that. In this (as in Sharing Fire), you make me look at Minerva in a completely different light. I mean, it makes sense that she'd have lovers, and the miscarriage is such a plausible thing to have had happen. It was also completely heartbreaking, and as I read I found myself thinking about how her experiences with Grimm could have affected her personality in the books.

Your writing in this was also lovely and haunting, as always. Beautiful job.

Author's Response: *blushes* Thank you VERY much! It's wonderful to hear such a compliment!

This story does contain a more carefully drawn out portrayal of Minerva, one that I'd been working on for a longer period of time - it's also closer to canon. I'm really glad that you like the details of Minerva's backstory - the death of her brother during the war gives her a different perspective on death and war from a young age, and I saw this as having a major affect on how she works through both the first and second wizarding wars. It's even better to hear that her personal experiences tie in well with her personality in the books - that was what I really wanted to do with these stories, and it means a lot to hear that it worked. ^_^

Thank you again! It's fantastic to see that you enjoyed this story!

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