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Review:toomanycurls says:
The conversation between Albus and Minerva captures their relationship and core characteristics really well. Dumbledore has faith in people and the human spirit where Minerva (who has always seemed much less trusting and sure of others) expresses her very reasonable concerns about Sadie joining the school. It also showed how much Minerva cares for Sadie without breaking character (I think the doubt and concerns are how Minerva would show she cared).

I absolutely love Dumbledore's take on rule breaking (and Minerva's counter).

"Never felt an obligation to tell anyone anything" is a great summary of Dumbledore's character - especially in HBP and DH. I like having that bit of him weaved in here as he is usually portrayed at just the kindly professor.

I enjoyed Sadie's new clothes and the description. It fit very well with the idea that she had been living on the outskirts of society - getting a new outfit or wardrobe would be immense and lead to the in depth description given here. I can really relate to the combination of new and picked out by her - it really grounds her experiences in a touch of realism.

so... these glasses - will I learn more about them?

would she compare herself to a normal human being or a normal witch?

Dumbledore's interaction with Sadie is sweet. I can see him having great empathy for Sadie and perhaps seeing a bit of Ariana in her.

Sorry this took so long - I was out of town and didn't have time to focus on giving a decent review.

Author's Response: I really must go to bed, but I couldn't leave without giving you at least one response to your wonderful reviews you left me today. They really made me smile so much.

That is a very interesting observation about Minerva and Albus. That Albus is an optimist and Minerva tends toward the more realistic (I hesitate to say pessimistic but it's close) side of things. That doesn't mean that Albus doesn't have his moments of weakness, nor that Minerva doesn't care and hope for the best, just that it's how they initially approach things.

And I'm very glad that through her concern you could see how much Minerva does care for Sadie.

On thing I have always loved about Dumbledore is his almost childish approach to things at times. He gave them the timeturner in book 3 and turned his back so they could use it. Gave Harry the clues to get to the Stone in book 1. I figured he'd have a rather healthy nonchalance about rule breaking - at least for certain things.

Glad you enjoyed the part in front of the mirror. I just felt the need to show this young girl's awe at finally being among people who cared for her again, and new clothes just for her seemed a perfect way to convey it without a lot of words.

The glasses.erm...it's cliche of me to say keep reading, isn't it.

I'll be honest that I didn't even think of the human vs witch thing until you pointed it out, so it wasn't a conscious choice to use human instead of witch, but now that I've read this and thought about it, I think I still stand behind my word use here. Sadie has spent a good chunk of time in the last little while avoiding magic and being surrounded by Muggles. She's probably picked up some very Muggle habits. :D Thank you for a comment that really made me think, though! It was fun!

Love any opportunity I get to show Dumbledore as kind and caring. I get tired of people who scorn him as manipulative and cold.

No worries about the wait! I'm taking forever to read through your story because of real life obligations. I just will be happy for your reviews whenever they pop up.

Thanks again!
-Farmgirl



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