Hello! I'm so, so sorry for taking forever to leave this review! RL has just been unreal. :( But, I'm here now and I'm so glad you requested this, because it's a really great chapter and a good transition from the last chapter, raising so many questions about your story.
I love, love love how you characterized McGonagall. She's SO canon, but also has a touch of humanity that portrays how I would imagine her being in private. I loved how she was introduced reading a book - which she only justifies doing during the holidays, of course! - and how she prefers writing letters to Floo talk. It kind of reminded me of a traditional old woman in the Muggle world refusing to get Skype, haha. On another little note, the line about putting the Floo powder in two minutes and one eighth was a great little detail that reminded me a lot of the early HP books where wizards always have quirky rules and measurements like that.
I like how Ophelia is one of Minerva's old school friends too. I wonder how they both became Animagi, and both cats- perhaps there was some Marauder-esque mischief going on back in the day? Ophelia is a great character too, and a her silliness sets off stern Minnie quite nicely.
Ah, I have no idea what is going on with Sadie and who the McLauchlins are, but that's a good thing! I'm so curious to find out who she is and how her story fits into the rest of the wizarding world. I'm worried about her - though I know Minnie will take care of her - as she seems so different and fragile. Her musings about saying goodbye to the city were very well-written: I especially liked the line about cool wood and the smell of old books.
It's interesting how Sadie is actually a little older than I thought she was, and how, if she disappeared seven years ago, she would still remember some people from the wizarding world and her own past. This makes her different from Harry's story of being totally oblivious for the first eleven years of his life. I'm curious to see how Sadie will be integrated into Hogwarts, and whether people will understand what she's been through.
This was a great chapter raising some thoughtful and exciting questions, and I'm so curious to find out more. You're doing such a great job with writing this, keep up the amazing work! :D
Author's Response: I am so incredibly sorry for how long it has taken me to reply to this amazing review. I'm a music teacher and Oct/Nov are when we do our musical theater show each year and so I have just been swamped! I hope you can forgive me.
I'm really glad you liked getting the review request. I always worry that people get annoyed when I keep coming back and requesting again.
The grin on my face is quite big as I re-read your compliments for McGonagall. I had a lot of fun writing her in this chapter, trying to keep her in character but also to show a side of her we don't get to see very much. And I miss those early HP books sometimes and the quirky little details about the wizarding world they used to give us.
I don't have a for sure story for how Ophelia and Minerva both because Animagi, but I think their route was probably a little more legal than the Marauders. LOL. I really can't see Minerva endorsing it otherwise.
Yes! You are curious! That is one of the best things an author can hear! And yes, Sadie is in a troubling condition right now. But, she has a long story ahead of her, promise.
Sadie does have memories of that time, both before she disappeared, and while she was gone. It will take a while for her to open up about them, but you are very right in suggesting this makes her story different.
Thanks so much for reading, and for being patient with me as I took FOREVER to reply! I do hope you will come back and read more later. I promise to re-request when I get the chance. I just didn't want to until I'd replied to this amazing review first.