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Review:1917farmgirl says:
Wow. What a chapter!

This is so unique. I have never read a story that put the Trio as grandparents. Never been a big next-gen fan, but that's usually because they are written from the POV of the kids. This I like - because it's Harry.

Loved the idea of Harry teaching at school, and the grandkids showing their love for him. And love Headmaster Neville who is still nervous around Snape's portrait. That is a great detail.

I think about halfway through this chapter I started to see where it was going. It was the lack of response from Ginny that clued me in. But oh, it was still heartbreaking to read that name on the stone. 60 is WAY too young, especially for a witch. What happened? Why did you leave Harry alone? *sniffs*

Like the description of the house Harry and Ginny created for their children, and the glimpse you gave me of what those children had done with their lives. And it is refreshing to see the GRANDCHILDREN! Characters you have free-reign with. I'm not entirely sure how next-gen characters were ever able to become cliche since they only exist for 2 pages in the books, but it seems like that's all anyone ever can focus on anymore. So very excited to see a story from Harry's POV again (the reason I read Harry Potter to begin with) that looks beyond the expected.

Gonna have to stop for the night, but I'm here now and I'm working my way through this brilliant tale.

Author's Response: Hi!

This chapter is always hard for me to go back and read. I made the decision to not have Ginny be part of CoB when I was still at the planning stage, but once I wrote this chapter, it became real. She was dead, Harry was a grieving widower and everything was set in motion. It was a really emotional thing to write. You'll find out over the next two chapters what happened, although the exact details don't come out until very near the end.

I really enjoyed the freedom of writing the fourth generation (Molly and Arthur being the first). I was able to pick and choose a few personality traits to pass along, but overall it was a blank slate. Plus, writing these grief-stricken sexagenarians gets a bit tiresome after a while. The kids were a welcome relief!

You'll see a lot of different points of view in CoB. One of the things I enjoyed most was getting inside a lot of different characters' heads and seeing how the world looked through their eyes. I hope it doesn't end up being too jarring. Harry's PoV will always factor prominently into things.

So glad you're enjoying it so far! Thanks for reading and reviewing!


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