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Review:CambAngst says:
Hi, Sarah!

I was pretty surprised after this chapter. I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to see Vernon Dursley's funeral in a sentimental sort of way, but you pulled it off with style.

First off, I loved the contrast of getting the christening announcement for Percy's daughter as they prepared to go to the funeral. I vaguely -- I was 4 -- remember going to my great-grandfather's funeral. My younger brother was a little over a month old and I remember a few people talking about how Great-Grandpa Boothe's life had come to an end just as his was starting. Having Molly sign the invitation with her crayon was also a really cute touch.

All throughout this chapter, I felt like you matured Harry in a very realistic way relative to the impulsive, temperamental young man from the books. He's learned how to take a deep breath and appreciate things that other people try to do for him, even if he's still annoyed because he doesn't feel like he needs the help. He's more patient. The kind spot in his heart is also a bit more tempered. He helps Dudley out, but he doesn't make a big deal about it. He even manages to avoid any sort of confrontation with Aunt Marge.

Poor Petunia! I never thought I'd see the woman so out of sorts that she would take comfort in Harry's company. Even Dudley seems to have a bit of a kind streak in his heart. I guess blood truly is thicker than water. All that said, I liked the way you went about it. It wasn't overdone or soppy. There was a tentative, "should we or shouldn't we?" sort of quality to it that seemed very appropriate for the sort of relationship that exists between the two remaining branches of the star-crossed Evan lineage.

I really enjoy this story. You treat all of these characters with a realism and sensitivity that I don't see every day.

Author's Response: ARGH I just typed a huge great response to this and then clicked the wrong button. It was really good too! It encompassed a comprehensive apology for my tardiness in replying and an appreciation of the value of your reviews, it engaged with all of your points and was even funny every now and then! I talked at length about Harry's development as a man, particularly enjoying your point about the tempering of his goodness. And I was very happy that you feel I handled moments that could have been overly sentimental without making you feel sick. Realism is important to me! And then there was a great big thank you at the end. Here, have another: THANK YOU!

Sarah


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