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Review:MargaretLane says:
The fact she thinks of him as an imaginary friend doesn't make it any more believable, does it? I mean, if she said there was a curse on her family, it MIGHT be believable in the wizarding world, though given her tendency to make up stories, they'd still probably be unlikely to believe her, but even in the wizarding world, "my imaginary friend is trying to kill me" sounds ridiculous.

That was a mean thing to let slip, about Seamus wetting the bed until he was seven.

Yeah, there's got to be more to the curse. Firstly WHY? It's a pretty extreme curse, every woman for 1,000 years dying in childbirth. There must be a pretty major reason. Or else the Benjamin Gaunt guy is completely psychopathic and would curse loads of people for any reason. Which is possible, from what we've seen of the Gaunts.

Also, there's the question of what the "imaginary friend" is needed to continue the curse. If each person were murdered by the imaginary friend, his involvement would be clear. But dying in childbirth seems like something that could happen anyway.

And the fact they each HAD a girl child. Is that part of the curse or just coincidence? I'm guessing part of the curse, because you'd think somebody would only have boys or remain childless.

Hmm, his concerned eyes surprised me. I thought he'd be obviously evil now he knows she knows. Maybe he really does sort of care about her in a strange sort of way, though his attitude in the last chapter really didn't seem that way. *ponders*

Benjamin appears to arrange who the father of each child will be. That MAY be his part in the whole thing - ensuring the girls don't remain single or anything. I still think there's more to it though, because even without remaining single, they could still remain childless. Maybe he does more to ensure they get pregnant. A lot of them DID seem to get pregnant quite young, though that may be just because a lot of them lived in the past when women often DID have their first child earlier and it's not like most of them are super-young. Weren't most of them in their 20s?

There should be a full stop after "Thanks. I think." and before "She yawned" because she doesn't actually yawn the sentence; she says it and then yawns.

Author's Response: Benjamin has been appearing as an imaginary friend for so many years, it's hard for her to think of him as anything else. And if she said it was a curse, everyone would direct her back to the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor anyway, and Sally-Anne is not eager to have another discussion with Lupin anytime soon after what just happened in the last chapter.

I'm not too inclined to completely believe that bed-wetting thing. How would Dean know about it anyway? I think that came around as an exaggeration (or played off as an exaggeration anyway). *shrugs*

You're right, there is more to the curse than what has been explained so far. Sally-Anne just hasn't had the opportunity to play 20-Questions with him yet. But Benjamin Gaunt had a logical reason why he targeted Sally-Anne's family. At least, it's as logical as a thousand-year-old curse can possibly get.

So many of your questions are answered in the prequel. I'm not telling you to go read them right now! And I don't want to spoil the fun by answering them all for you right here. What I'm saying is that your questions have helped me see what I haven't explained in this story yet. Thanks to you, I know what I need to cover when Sally-Anne and Benjamin have a decent conversation with each other!

I'm sorry if you feel like I haven't answered your questions adequately! But I think you want your answers to come in the form of Benjamin's words, not mine. Thank you so much for reviewing! (And I'm sorry again for taking a month and a half to respond!)


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