Hi! I'm here with that review you requested quite a while ago... I'm sorry it's taken me some time to actually sit down and write your review!
I really love this idea of Luna and Rolf meeting as a result of research. It's a fantastic way for two magical creature-loving people such as themselves to meet, and I think that you wrote their meeting excellently! I am also a fan of the Luna/Rolf ship, and because it doesn't get as much attention as I think it should, I get really excited when I come across them. :)
I definitely think that you should continue this as a short story or even a novel. It seems as though there are lots of places you could take this, and I really want to see where it can go! So, whenever you find the time and the inspiration, PLEASE do consider writing a few more chapters, if only to satisfy your poor readers' curiosities. :)
You mentioned in your request that you were a little unsure about Luna's characterization. Well, I'm here to tell you that you shouldn't worry about it! Luna does seem a little less "loony" than she did at Hogwarts, but there are factors to consider: 1) That you're actually telling the story from Luna's perspective, getting inside her head, where she might not completely realize that she's as ethereal and strange (and totally awesome!) as everyone else sees her. 2) This story seems to take place several years out of Hogwarts, and who knows what may have happened by then?! There was the Battle of Hogwarts, which might have given Luna a sense of reality, and then life in the Wizarding World as a young adult might have given her a more grounded perspective.
So, to your worries, doubts, and fears, I say, "Be gone!" If you feel that you need to add a bit more strangeness to Luna's character, then go right ahead. If not, then just write her how YOU see her. It's actually quite refreshing to see a fanfiction version of Luna never mention the Crumple-Horned Snorkacks within the first few paragraphs! :D
As always, beautiful writing, style, description, dialogue, et cetera! You're brilliant. :)
May your pen never run out of ink!
Author's Response: Hey, thanks for coming by!
I think Luna/Rolf is a really cute and under-written ship, so it was fun to explore them here. I'm in the post-grad phase of my education, too, so research was automatically on the brain :)
I do think I'll continue this at some point, never fear. It's not really my priority at this time, but keep an eye out for updates.
Your comments made me feel better about Luna's characterization, so thank you! Several reviewers have pointed out that she's more mature due to not being at Hogwarts anymore, but you're the first (I think) to suggest that the difference in characterization could be part of me operating from within her mind. I do think I could work a couple more quirks in if I continue this, but for now, it's comforting to know that she still feels right.
Thanks so much for your lovely review!