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Review:nott theodore says:
Hi Amanda! I'm sorry it's taken me a couple of days to get around to reviewing this update!

It struck me as I was reading this that this is the first story I've read that's focused mainly on Ginny, and now I'm amazed by that fact. I really like your characterisation of her so far, because you're adding real depth to her character whilst still keeping her consistent with the girl we see in the books. She's grown up and is experiencing new things, but she's still Ginny.

I liked the way that you portrayed Harry, Ron and Hermione in this chapter. I'm actually in awe of you for tackling all of them in the same chapter, because I don't think I could ever do that, but I liked the way that you wrote them - as with Ginny, they've grown up a bit but are still recognisable as the characters from the books. There were litle details that you included in the chapter that helped make it seem more believable and lighten the atmosphere a little, since the main focus of this story is quite dark. I can definitely imagine Ron getting a sports car!

The opening with Harry and Ginny made me smile, because I felt like you'd captured their relationship as I imagine it to be. Although I'd hope that Ginny could have told Harry, I can understand why she hasn't. He's always had so much to deal with himself that it makes sense she didn't used to want to put her own problems onto him, and now when he seems to be dealing with things better, she doesn't want to show that she's weak. It's really interesting, and I know that a lot of people who are suffering from similar problems find it difficult to confide in the people closest to them.

It made me really sad to see Ron and Ginny together - that there always seems to be this sadness and remembrance when the Weasleys meet. Fred's death must have had an enormous impact on such a close-knit family, but I'd like to think that it gets better and they can be happier when they're altogether again, especially as the children grow up.

I really like the themes that you're dealing with in this story. It's so easy to think that once a war is over, everything will be fine because the bloodshed is over - in reality the fighting and struggle has only really begun for a lot of people. They all saw such awful things in the war and they were so young when it happened to them that it makes perfect sense to me that they're still struggling to deal with the effects of it.

Ginny's decision to go and see Hermione was a good one, I think; not only can she understand the troubles of motherhood, which isn't an easy time for people, but also the fact that she's tortured by her own memories and in her dreams. At least Ginny is finally going to seek help now - although I'm not sure it will be as simple as she hopes it will be.

Sian :)

Author's Response: Hey Sian, thanks for coming by!

I'm a big horror buff, and I was definitely inspired by a lot of the movies I've seen in composing the atmosphere of this story. It always seems like things start out sort of safe and at least semi-happy with just a hint that everything isn't quite perfect. I tried to weave that into Ginny's morning routine, her interactions with Harry, and the scene at the Weasley household.

I'm happy you felt like Ginny had good reasons for not letting Harry in on the full extent of her trauma just yet. We'll have to see if she warms up to the idea in time.

It's great to hear--in a sad way--that the emotions communicated in the story feel right. I did want to emphasize that there is an underlying darkness to social interactions now, based on the knowledge of what each character has endured and the grim understanding that the family can never just get together and visit happily again without some memory from the past creeping in.

Thanks so much for your lovely review!

-Amanda


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