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Review:nott theodore says:
Oh goodness, you're trying to break my heart with this chapter!

The beginning made me ask so many questions that I think have already been asked time and time again since the war. Is there something, anything that these people could have done to save themselves and their families? There were certain lines in the flashback as well that were so poignant: "The Nazis are violent, but they aren't monsters." and "We are French citizens, I fought for my country during the Great War, and nothing will happen to us" were some of the most touching. They're things that I know people at the time thought, and because of the propaganda around the time not many people realised what they were going to. I'm glad that you included those facts at the end in your AN as well, because I think they really helped to reinforce the context of this story.

And then, after seeing the poor family rounded up, we learn about how Simon's father died and that his little brother was born dead... it's just so heart-breaking. The rest of the family are in a concentration camp and there is probably much more tragedy to come. I just want them all to be able to get out of there, but I know that wouldn't be a real representation of what actually happened.

I'm still curious about where he lost his wand, and why he can't get it back. Are his family Muggles as well? I'm intrigued about why they hadn't been able to avoid capture if they were all magical, but I'm sure those questions will be answered in later chapters! Aw, his thoughts about Johanna as well... they were so sweet and touching, because he doesn't have any idea that she feels the same way about him. I'll be interested to see more about their back story.

It was nice to see some normality in the lives of the group as well, and what they are doing during the time they're not actually fighting in the war. Seeing that made me think that the others are actually alright at the moment because of the contrast between their lives and Simon's, but then the letter arrived and it all crumbled away. I definitely don't think that's what Jean was intending to happen when he said that Astrid was the best of the group.

I didn't want the group to be split up! I don't know how to feel about poor Astrid being sent off without the others to teach in a school led by a sympathiser. But at the same time, she's a Veela and probably a pretty powerful witch so I think she'll be okay. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing how she fares alone without the others, and how they fare without her. I've got a nasty feeling that they're all going to end up being split up eventually, and having to fight the war alone...

Sian :)

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