Hello, Amanda! I know I still need to get back to you on Spies, Memoirs of an Object and Post Scriptum, but this story deserves to be christened.
First of all, allow me a moment to fangirl over the fact that I have a new novella of yours to follow. I'm not quite on the PS train yet, because I've been so sporadic in my reading of it, and DiC is over, so I feel like me properly following your stories hasn't been as important these past few weeks as it used to be, which makes me sad. However, now there is this, and I am ridiculously excited about it!
What makes it even better is that it's potential canon. I've flailed time and time again about how canon your writing is, and how perfect your characterisations are, so this makes me love this story even more. The internet has made me appreciate Ginny slightly less than I did before, but I can't wait to see you explore her character, precisely because it's you.
The possibility of Ginny being mentally ill is one I don't think I've ever seen before. It's so easy to forget that she was possessed at the age of eleven because of the fact that it barely seems to have affected her afterwards, but I love (for lack of a better verb) that you've made it such an important part of her life as an adult, because it makes a lot more sense than her moving on entirely. The part about her having memory loss made me worry about the way this will affect her as a mother.
Randomly throwing thoughts on the screen (because I'm not doing a run-on review), I find it interesting that James is being home-schooled. I know that it's apparently quite common in the wizarding world, but again, I'm not sure I've ever seen a story where the scene is actually written out.
I hope that was a hallucination. It can't be Voldemort, can it? Knowing you, I'm going to stand my guard because otherwise I'll probably end up in the same state of panic and incapacity to distinguish reality from illusions as Ginny, and that wouldn't be a good thing.
Congratulations on such a fabulous first chapter, I'm already on the edge of my seat waiting for your next update!
Author's Response: Hi Val! Thanks for stopping by :)
I'm excited that you're excited! I always love your reviews, sporadic or otherwise, and I'm thrilled to see what you think of this story as it continues--as well as feeling serious pressure to produce really good work now!
I'm only three chapters in so far and I already find myself rethinking how I feel about Ginny. I think there is a lot of unexplored territory with her characterization, and I hope to investigate those aspects, including the ones in her past with the possession and her current state as a slightly disgruntled housewife.
I totally agree that it seems like Ginny's possession was really minimized and forgotten about in the canon plot. I can't imagine just heading back to school the next year after having endured something like that, and all because of power plays between adults that I couldn't really understand. We'll have to see as the story unfolds just how much damage Tom Riddle has done to her.
I don't know a whole lot about home-schooling, so I just gave it my best shot with James. I did want to explore those mundane parts of motherhood and the notion that Ginny really does love her kids despite what becoming a mother has cost her professionally.
Hah, I'd keep that guard up if I were you! The scares are only just beginning...
Thanks for your truly wonderful review!