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Review:milominderbinder says:
Hiya! Here from the Ravenclaw review battle :) My internet crashed the first time I tried to submit this review so here's hoping for second time lucky...

Wow, I REALLY liked this. Honestly, this was the most unique portrayal of Lily I've ever come across, and I loved it. I usually like Lily/James but the one thing that has always really bugged me about it is the patriarchal objectification of Lily when Snape and James are fighting over her, and that's why I found this story so incredibly interesting.

I thought her feelings on young motherhood and young marriage were incredibly realistic and moving. The fact that she and James got married so young, after probably only a year of dating and then had a baby while they were still teenagers as well, it's often romanticised in fic as the best thing that could happen to them, they're over the moon and so in love, etc. You showed a really fascinating flip side to that idea here, which I actually think is a lot more realistic and interesting. Being nineteen and pregnant is terrifying in any situation, let alone when you're at the centre of a war, and having such conflicted feelings about your relationship as Lily is here.

I really adored how you blended Lily's magic and muggle sides. A lot of the time that gets overlooked in fic; Muggleborns immediately take to the magical world as though they've lived in it all their lives and never had to rely on non-magical methods of living. It was so interesting here that Lily needed the comfort of a muggle test to back up the wizarding test; it shows that she's still connected to her roots, not quite able to give herself completely to the magical world. I think that also feeds into her unsurety here - she's torn between the different sides of herself.

Overall I loved this, it was the most fascinating portrayal of Lily's pregnancy and marriage that I've ever read, and I think you hit every point perfectly. Well done!


Author's Response: Hello, thanks for stopping by!

You usually hear about that objectification when people are talking about Snape/Lily, but it seems to disappear when James comes into the picture, like everything is romance and roses again. I dislike that, and it was a big inspiration for this one-shot. Great to know I'm not alone!

It's lovely to hear that you felt my depiction of Lily's circumstances was realistic. I cannot even imagine going through so many life changes at such a young age, particularly becoming a mother, and I wanted to chip away at her perfect veneer a little and show that she could have real, painful emotions about her situation.

Yep, I think Lily would still be trying to blend her Muggle past with her magical present and really get a handle on who she is as a witch, just because she is so young and fresh to it all. Glad you liked that!

Thanks for your really kind review :)


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