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Review:loveinidleness says:
So you said in your author's note that this story was 'a bit drier and less dramatic' than your other pieces. Now I haven't read your other pieces (although after this I really want to) but I didn't find this piece dry in the slightest. Quite the opposite, I felt it was one of the most original and refreshing stories I've read in a really long time.

I love people like you that are brave enough to venture outside the realm of what's expected and illuminate a whole new side to the wizarding world.

Your knowledge of the books is exceptional and that's part of what brings this story to life. I'd forgotten about Ettie until you mention her here and the whole sordid affair came flooding back to me. You so rarely hear about students like her in FF even though she was an intriguing character in HBP.

I really enjoyed seeing the mundane side to second wizarding war, although your detailed and clever writing made it anything but mundane. While the Golden trio were off in their tent you forget that everyday people were just trying to get by.

I love your characterisation of Cho, you make her quite tragic, a girl who has never recovered from such a scarring event in her teenage years. I hope she reappears in your short story.

I didn't feel at all there was an information dump, rather the way you present it makes it startlingly politically relevant to our muggle world. And the little realistic details you lace your piece with, Jasmine scented ventilation charms, really lifts the whole story.

To be honest I'm struggling to come up with CC but I have added you to my reading list. I hope you get the other chapters up soon.

Author's Response: Hello there! First, thank you SO MUCH for stopping by to read my story. This really means a lot. Next, wow! I'm blown away by all your compliments! You've made me feel so much better about this story; I wasn't sure if many people would be interested in reading a slow-ish, non-romantic, not-very-dramatic story about such a disliked and rather insignificant character like Marietta Edgecombe. To read your compliment about this story being 'original and refreshing' has absolutely made my week. Thank you for that ♥

I'm glad you enjoyed the parts where I expanded on the rest of the wizarding world! I think it works to an advantage, especially when one is writing within the Hogwarts era, which I know not many people enjoy reading either. I made up a LOT of things, but I did do my best to fit them in as well as possible with JKR's magical universe.

And yeah, I haven't read many Marietta fics either. As I mentioned earlier, not only is she a sneak and an unpopular character, but she's also somewhat insignificant (at least after OOtP), because she pretty much vanishes from the books.

I'm glad you like Cho's characterisation as well. To be honest, I characterised her this way because I have a oneshot plunny on her (which I don't think I'll write this year :P ), and she's pretty unhappy and dull and bored in that headcanon of mine. I'll tell you this: Cho doesn't reappear in this story (sorry about that!), but she remains very relevant!

Glad you like the details; I was trying to create a very believable setting in the Ministry of Magic and the wizarding world in general under the Death Eater regime, and I'm relieved to hear that it's not too info-dump-y.

Thank you so, so much for reading and reviewing and following! I swear I will get the next chapter into the queue before the month is up! (It's written already...just needs editing...though I've been a bit busy...)


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