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Review:Courtney Dark says:
I really love that Harry, Ron, Hermione and Esme are in hiding in the Gaunt House! And I think it's kinda awesome that Harry 'inherited' it after defeating Voldemort - it seems like it is going to make a perfect hiding place, although I guess I'll have to wait to see how the events of the rest of this novel play out! As Hermione said, it seems a lot more comfortable than a tend, anyway. And it is very lucky Harry has been expecting something bad to happen for a long time, and is prepared for this situation, even if Ginny's death was what resulted in his preparation. Poor Harry:( I still feel horrible for him that Ginny died!

Wow, the Minister's speech was really, really well written - how on earth did you write that so well?! I would've really struggled. In fact I would probably have had a tantrum, thrown my laptop on the ground and stomped on it. I'm not good in high-pressure situations. Anyway, while the Minister was talking, this feeling of dread was sort of seeping through my body, as melodramatic as that sounds - I'm pretty sure things are just going to get worse from here!

I really don't like Arabela. I think she's up to something, telling Percy that he should aim for Minister of Magic. I really hope Percy doesn't take her advice, because I reckon it would have disastrous circumstances, but Percy has always been quite ambition.

I loved the humour the conversation between Al, Hugo and Teddy brought to the chapter - although as I was reading it, try as I might, I just couldn't imagine them as grown men, I just kept picturing them as teenagers. Which is funny, because I can quite easily see Harry, Ron and Hermione as being in their sixties.

I really like Susan - she has grown on me so much, and I don't even mind that she used an unforgivable curse (is that bad of me?)

I am looking forward to seeing what happens next!
Courtney:)

Author's Response: Hi, Courtney!

The Gaunt Shack is one of those rare things that was part of my original bullet-point draft that actually survived all the way to chapter 19. Many, many other things fell by the wayside as the story progressed. Ideas that, in retrospect, seem almost too stupid to believe that I ever considered them. Such is the process of writing a serialized story.

Thanks so much for your words of praise on the Minister's speech! It wasn't easy to write. I was trying hard to walk that line between saying things that would make the purebloods happy without saying anything that would send the progressives completely over the edge. Good to know that I did alright.

Arabela isn't easy to like, is she? She's definitely a king-maker. As to what she's up to... we shall see.

I think I've said it a time or two before: you need some humor in a story like this to keep the reader from getting depressed and jumping out the nearest window. It is a little hard to put them in middle-age. I tend to think that even then, they regress a bit to their teenage form when they're around one another.

I adore Susan. She quickly became one of my favorite characters. You can expect much more of her.

Oh, how I love reading and responding to your reviews! Always makes my day. :)


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