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Review:Debra20 says:
Hello! I am back. I never thought the day would come when I'd say I am obsessed with a Draco story haha. It's not that there isn't the possibility that others could handle his character well, just that I haven't found them yet. In my opinion, he is a very daunting project, which makes me admire you even more for having plunged into the icy cold water that is a story focusing on Draco ;) In part because many people seem to have a fixed image of him and they're not willing to bend this image to give him more depth, to make him other than the ex silly, reckless, malicious Death Eater that now comes back with his tail between his legs. He is so much more than that, and it makes me incredibly happy to see you 'take him on' so to say :P

Wow. I am in complete shock. I mean, I expected Draco's return to Hogwarts to be rocky, but this is beyond even what I imagined. I actually felt really bad for him, and for the first time in history, I felt like punching some Gryffindors. When does that happen?? Never haha You're doing wonders with Draco, truly. I think my favourite part must have been Luna defending him. I think I even squealed in delight when I read that someone finally jumped to his aid *shy smile* It really felt like something Luna would do, because she doesn't forget a favour and she certainly doesn't sit back and let someone be bullied, even if her intervention is something mild and not hazardous like Harry's 'come to the rescue'

I LOOVED the moment when Draco jumped from his stool to follow Astoria. I am now giddy imagining their meeting in Hogsmeade.

Author's Response: Hi! Wow, you are threatening to make my head swell to unprecedented proportions. Seriously, I really appreciate all of the nice things you have to say. I agree that there's a lot more to Draco's character than the way that he's often written. I don't like stories that make him one-dimensional, whether he's cast as an evil, unrepentant Death Eater at one extreme or as a misunderstood story of redemption at the other. I think he's a lot more complicated.

I never thought for a moment that things were going to be easy when Draco decided to try to reintegrate into "normal" wizarding society. Hogwarts is a place that holds bad memories for Draco and bad memories of Draco. In my mind, I feel like there's a very fragile recovery taking root at Hogwarts, a return to something resembling pre-war normality for the students and staff. Draco's presence would certainly tend to disrupt that recovery and McGonagall doesn't want him in the castle. But the governors of the school have spoken, so she's limited to simply making his attendance as unpleasant for him as possible.

I was pleased with the way that Luna turned out. That's never a given. You just start writing her and hope for the best, because to me there's no "right" or "wrong" way to go about it. You just do it and then you go back and read what you wrote and it either sounds like her or it doesn't.

I'm glad you like Draco and Astoria together. You'll see more of that soon.

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing!

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