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Review:academica says:
Hey Zayne, here for the TGS Review Exchange :)

Wow, I really liked this. I think you characterized Ginny in a fantastic way, making her not only relatable but pitiable, which may be hard for a lot of the fandom to grasp given their general dislike of her. She really is "the girl who waited" all those long days and nights at Hogwarts while Harry was off on his Horcrux hunt; before that, she waited for him to even really notice her, biding her time with other boys. I really love the point about how Hermione makes him feel better instead of her; the jealousy makes a lot of sense, especially given that Hermione is Harry's age and Ginny is a bit younger. Hermione also stayed with Harry on the Horcrux hunt, so she was really privy to a lot of intimate moments that Ginny would have missed.

Of course, this story wasn't just about Ginny dealing with Harry. It was also about her coming to terms with her own post-war identity and accepting the residual pain she felt from the war. I liked how you explored that in depth and discussed her career choice as a way to escape; it makes her being a Quidditch player seem somewhat less... random? (Maybe it's not really.) I also liked how she clung to memories and specific objects that brought her comfort--almost in place of Harry, because he wouldn't let her comfort him and so she couldn't seek comfort from him, either.

I also really loved the ending--I was sort of expecting Harry to have left her or for her to leave him, but I liked that you left us with a sense that they might work it out, if only they can bring themselves to voice their true feelings, like Ginny has begun to do here.

Great work, of course! :)

-Amanda

Author's Response: Hey Amanda! Sorry it's taken me just as long to respond to this as it did for me to leave a review for you!!!

I agree with mostly everything you've said about this. It would be hard to deal with that jealousy when you see your boyfriend, someone you've waited for, for ages it seems turn to someone else who understands his scars better than her. Only because Harry hasn't opened up to her completely and he holds back and closes down like he does. There is so much she is missing and she still has, as you said, her own identity to deal with and it would be hard to understand someone else's pain if you dealing with your own still.

I've never been a massive fan of Ginny. Writing this though helped me come to terms a little with her character and understand some of her choices (like being a Quidditch player!) and her pain. She clings and soldiers on because it's what she's done her whole life. I think she also learned in her last year to become more of a dooer, to get things she wants rather than wait for the sidelines like she's done as well.

Thank you so much for your review!!


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