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Review:toomanycurls says:
Reading the warnings and titles I expected to see a chapter full of angst. I was thrilled to see that you opened this story a warm and light (with a touch of dark) introduction.

You've captured Ginny as a mum really well. I like the portrayal of her as a loving parent and as someone who is a tad unquenched by the task at hand. It seems like a very realistic of motherhood for a bright, ambitious, and energetic person like Ginny. I enjoyed the cadence of warm family narrative then a touch of darkness to break up the happy feelings. It does a great job of establishing that this is a happy person but there are dark times ahead.

I've always wondered what Ginny's take was on her childrens' names. I got a good chuckle out of her stipulation around letting Harry namded Albus.

It's nice to see that Ginny and Fleur are nice to one another if not friends. I really do see Ginny (and Mrs. Weasley for that matter) taking Fleur into the family whole-heartedly. Ginny's grocery trip managed to be hilarious and haunting. I like how you flow between lighthearted and scary - it's very smooth and kind of reminds me of clouds rolling in on a sunny day. The young man in the store was quite scary sounding. You described him enough to give me the chills but not so I felt like I was reading a wanted poster with excessive physical description. The eyes were a great area to focus on. Ginny's terror at seeing this guy fits in perfectly with how I'd imagine for her to feel if she did see Tom Riddle. There are some traumas that people just don't get over.

James is adorable with his painting. Ginny is clearly a very good mum. She's quite patient and educational with her son. I liked seeing the bit of worry about James going to play but also her decision to not be quite as strict as her mum. I think that's a challenge all parents go through and you captured it in just a few lines.

Of course Ginny misses quidditch. I do like her decision to take up sports writing as an activity to keep her mind busy. I really like that she's open to using her and Harry's connections to secure cool interviews. I don't see Harry doing that as much but it fits in with Ginny's character quite well. I really like the social commentary on the difficulty of being a mother after having been a professional at something. You've clearly depicted that Ginny enjoys motherhood and loves her kids but still wants to contribute to her field.

My math might by fuzzy here but I think Ginny should be a couple of years older here. Victoire was 17ish in the epilogue. That means she'd be born about 2 years after the end of DH. At her 5th birthday, Ginny would be 21/22. It's a small, small thing (and my math might be fuzzy).

I really liked reading this. I hope you post when you have your next chapter up.

Author's Response: Hey, thanks so much for the lovely review! Sorry this response is woefully overdue!!

I'm very happy to hear that you felt my portrayal of Ginny was realistic. On the one hand, I think she would really love her kids and want to be an active part of their lives, especially with such a great role model in her own mother. On the other, I do view her as ambitious and a bit tomboyish and I think she would miss the freedom and excitement of her former Quidditch career. I'm also pleased that you thought her feelings on Fleur seemed to fit; I think she would care about her sister-in-law but not be totally able to ignore the little differences in their personalities all the time. As for her trauma, I imagined her really being caught off guard by the man in the grocery store and feeling quite shaken by that encounter. It's great that the imagery worked well for you there :)

I sort of fudged the math a little here. I actually meant for Ginny to be around 24 at this time, though now I don't actually know why I focused on that age in particular. Anyway, hopefully it's not too off-putting.

Thanks again for your very kind review!

-Amanda


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