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Review:patronus_charm says:
Dan, how did I let this update slip past me? Oh well, I'm here now :D

The aftermath of the wedding was really great! I loved seeing the contrast between Astoria and her parents because it made for a really great read. I know it should have been a serious moment, but I couldn't help but laugh at how they both viewed it so differently.

There was Astoria almost breaking down, unable to rationalise the complexity of the situation, and then there were her parents who thought they could have solved it easily. There was some really nice writing in those parts because even though the situation was different to most teenagers and the parents it was nice to see the problem of mis-communication tackled.

The scene with Draco and Madam Bilshwick was really interesting. It was strange to see Draco react in such an averse way. I mean, I knew that he wouldn't want to cast it after all that he had gone through in the war but I just hadn't expected it to be like that really. I really loved your characterisation of him in that scene.

Madam Bilshwick is still confusing me. I'm not really sure whether you're meaning for me to like her or not. I'm aiming for the latter with her small fascination with Bellatrix and how she almost said it was a good thing Draco could have seen her in action. I guess the only thing I can do is keep my eye on her.

I almost thought that Draco was going to resort to throwing up in gutters like he was doing in the first chapter with him drinking again, then that standoff with Lucius did actually bring some good about. I really loved seeing him stand up for himself and that he was now brave. I have to admit, I was squealing away like a five year old in front of Justin Bieber, but it was a needed action!

I'm really glad we got to see Lucius as he's so intriguing and I hope he gets to pop more in the story. Learning more about the effects of Azkaban was great too, because writers rarely seem to dwell on that. I can't wait to see how Lucius' memory effects the story.

A great chapter!

-Kiana

Author's Response: Hi, Kiana! With your busy travel schedule, I'm surprised you find the time to read anything. I feel like of honored that you made time for this. :)

The differences in how Astoria's parents think about her and her life started to surface a bit in this chapter. Her mother is, of course, too proper to openly challenge her father, but she still has subtle ways of getting her point across. One of the things I've really enjoyed about this story is trying to get my head around all of these subtle little games that purebloods play in order to get what they want without having to compromise their principles or dignity. It's not easy being wealthy and aristocratic. ;)

Draco had no intention of putting on a show for Madam Blishwick and Penhallow. His temper once again got the best of him, and the results were mixed, I guess. In Madam Blishwick's mind, he's even more of a rock star now, but for all the wrong reasons. I actually don't really have a bias on how I want people to feel about Madam Blishwick. I'm interested to see what people make of her. Draco is exactly right about her: she's one of these very pure academics who struggles to think of her research in a broader social context. She isn't dangerous in the sense that she's likely to turn dark and use all of the things she's discovered to try and take over the world, she's dangerous in the sense that she can't understand why some things are better left undiscovered.

Ah, Lucius. He's been one of the more difficult characters for me to figure out, so I'm glad you like where his character seems to be heading. Narcissa is propping him up so that he can maintain appearances, but he's a shell of his former self. Between the Dementors and Voldemort's harsh treatment during the war, his mind was nearly broken. You'll see him again just a bit before the story ends.

I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for reading and reviewing!


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