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Review:patronus_charm says:
Yay, Iíve been really excited to read this ever since Iíve seen the story synopsis on your page, and now itís finally here :D

It may sound strange but reading the monotony of Ginnyís life was really great in my opinion. She had to look after the children, stay at home and then bam you throw in the mention about Riddle. It really reminded me of such a key event which so many people forget about it. It was rather like in the OotP when Harry forgot that she had been possessed, and I almost had too. So the fact that this is all about what happened and the effects of that is really, really great.

The recurring nightmares are really interesting because I honestly thought in my naÔve mind that after Harry saved her from the Chamber of Secrets that was it, but it wasnít as this will haunt her forever. Gah, I just canít express my excitement about how youíre already making me change my views about Ginny and how I feel I judged her too harshly. I mean, she was only 11ish when this all happened which is an incredibly young age.

The amount of background you provided in this chapter was also really great as I really have a feel for how all the Weasleys interact with one another and how their post-Hogwarts life is. I was almost getting lulled into a false sense of security until you burst that almost sighting of Voldemort on us and that was an excellent touch. It really showed me how he caught Ginny unaware and post-death was still continuing to do so.

Her mood at the moment is very strange. I can sense she wants to solve this issue with Riddle, then sheís sad about Quidditch, almost jealous of the Hilary girl who took her spot and then perhaps a little bored with the trivial things of life. I canít wait for you to explore this mix of emotions and see how this leads her to becoming a reporter at The Prophet.

This was a really intriguing first chapter, Amanda, and I canít wait to read on! ♥

-Kiana

Author's Response: It's here, yay! Now if I can only find time to keep writing so the chapters can be posted on a regular basis...

I was actually really inspired by that line in OOTP where Ginny just sort of drops the reminder of her possession into the conversation. I feel like she should have been affected more than it seemed she was in canon--it was like her trauma was totally forgotten about. It was also interesting to set the story against the backdrop of her seemingly humdrum, normal adult life.

There is a lot of Ginny hate out there, and I admit that I used to find her boring and sort of forced, but just working on this story has made me really want to get to know her and explore all of the possibilities with her characterization. I really hope I do a good job with her.

The Weasleys will obviously feature as a big part of this story, which is also a new and exciting development for me. It's great that you felt like the appearance of the Voldemort-like man was appropriately shocking, too. I wanted to catch the reader off guard as much as I caught Ginny off guard!

Ginny's emotions are going to be critical in this story, I think. She's dealing with a lot and there is a lot threatening the simplicity of her adult life. It's hard for her to understand how Tom Riddle could impact her so much even after his death. And yes, her journey toward her post-motherhood career is going to be a part of the story :)

Thanks so much for your amazing review!

-Amanda


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