Hello my dear! I actually read this a while ago and cheated you out of a review, but hopefully being back now will help make up for it! :)
I absolutely loved this story, really I feel like it's some of your best writing so far. There's something about the way you characterize Arthur is so complete and thorough and intricately entertaining, and I think you brought him to life as a teenager, emanating JK's portrayal while adding something all your own. I was just smiling the whole time when reading, and actually love it even more the second time around!
I really enjoyed the details of the Muggle Studies classroom, and it was a great way to begin the story. I had this mental image of this eclectic and not entirely logical collection, and it's just so funny to imagine how Muggle nuts like Arthur must view the Muggle world as a series of bizarre objects and miracles. The rubber ducks especially reminded me of a sort of shrine to the muggle world, and the description of them watching over the lesson (probably thinking how weird the wizards really are) was great and painted a vivid hodge podge of a picture.
Arthur is so hilarious, I loved how he of course sat attentively at the front of the classroom and took extensive notes. And is that even a real Muggle saying? Something tells me probably not. :P I also enjoyed how indignant he was at the insult towards Muggles being slow, it was just so Weasley-ish of him and so sweet.
The details about other students in the story were a really strong addition as well, like Diggory and Macmillian being the cool guys in the year. Judging from what we know of Amos as an adult and Macmillian's son, their attitude fits very well.
The talk about airplanes was just great, I really enjoyed Arthur and the rest of the class' excitement and pure wonder. When Professor Bumble said they were like giant flying carpets I laughed out loud, not to mention Arthur's disappointment and great lifetime curiosity for how airplanes stay up, that was the perfect tie in with canon along with the concluding, encompassing sentence about Molly which ties in the future to this little story in a lovely way.
Amazing job with this darling and I'm so sorry it took so long! :) I hope you're proud, stories like this which take a spin on a beloved canon character and do it so well remind me why I love fan fiction.
PS. To be fair, I don't think I could explain how airplanes stay up either!
Author's Response: Hi! Aw, I'm just pleased you got a chance to review at all! ♥
I definitely feel like my writing is improving as i go on, so thank you for the compliment! Arthur is actually a character I was quite worried about writing, even as a teenager, but I had a lot of fun writing about him! He's such a lovely character and I'm happy you liked my portrayal of him!
Haha the description of the Muggle Studies classroom was one of my favourite things about writing this story! It was great fun imagining the completely random mix of toys and objects that wizards had arranged into this collection.
"A stitch in time saves nine"? It's a saying where I come from, although I'm not entirely sure that I could tell you what it means! :P
I could definitely imagine Arthur getting indignant about people insulting Muggles! And I'm glad that you like the addition of Amos and Bertie, because I liked them too :)
I was quite amazed with us when I started writing about all the different forms of Muggle transport - we're pretty clever, inventing all these ways to get around! I thought that the flying carpet would be the closest magical comparison I could get to an aeroplane. I feel quite sorry for Arthur, not knowing how aeroplanes stay up, but I don't think I'd be able to explain it, even if I knew!
Thank you so much for this wonderful review! I have a massive grin on my face now!