Hello Dan :) I hope it's alright if I call you that. I gathered that it is your name from the forums. I'm so sorry it has taking me longer than expected to come back. I've been buried under uni assignments. The next couple of months are going to be very hectic and I might take a while, but I will read this story right up till the very end even if it takes me a while. Of that, I'm sure.
Now, about this chapter... it was incredible. My eyes had misted over by the time I got to the end of it because so made me so SO nostalgic. I really felt like I was reading some thing written by J.K Rowling herself! In spite of that, you've managed to retain some of your own writing style and I personally felt like it was the best of both worlds.
Your characterisation is amazing. I can't fault you anywhere. Harry, Ron and Hermione- PERFECT. I'm in awe of how well you've written them. This is certainly one of the best stories on the archives in terms of the characterisation. I'm certain. I love how they still spend time together in the same way and share the same relationship even in their later years. I also enjoyed how you focused on that in this chapter. It was lovely to read, and it definitely added to my growing nostalgia. At the end of the chapter, I just sat back and stared at the screen for the longest time because I really don't know what to say to you that 55 people haven't already said. At the same time, no matter what I say, I don't think I will ever find the words to tell you how well I think you've written this.
Another thing I that really made me happy was the inclusion of Hermys, who seems like a really lovable house-elf! I could imagine Hermione's discomfort, but I know that Harry would treat him well anyway. I love that you mentioned Kreacher too. Can't say I've ever read a story that's paid even the slightest attention to his existence. It made me smile.
Rose and Scorpius sound lovely! they're one of my favourite pairings and I always enjoy reading about them. As most of my head-canon IS Delicate and Still Delicate, this fit in so perfectly. I really smiled the Heathrow evacuation bit because I particularly enjoyed that scene in Delicate and always laugh at it, no matter how many times I read it. Also the bit about Rose being so close to Teddy also felt like a touch of familiarity as it fits with my head-canon. I know it's a very subjective thing, this whole talk about head-canons, but for ME, it was just perfect. I love how you've shown Rose and Harry. They share a father-daughter bond and are extremely close for sure, which warmed my heart, really.
I know that you are yet to introduce Ginny, but I've already begun to feel upset at the thought of her demise. The boggart bit made me so curious. I simply can't wait to find out what happens next and what the Conspiracy of Blood actually is. I NEED to know. There are so many questions burning through my mind right now.
I'm so jealous of your abilities! :P There are many many more things that ran through my mind as I read the story, but as of now, I can't remember anything else because I'm so consumed by emotion.
I LOVE THIS. Thank you for writing it. It's like I'm reading a new Harry Potter book again! Yay!
Amazing. That's all I can say!
P.S- This is so freaking brilliant, and it's only chapter 3! :P
Author's Response: Hi! Sorry it's taken me days to respond to this...
This was my chapter where I tried to catch everyone up on what has been happening in the wizarding world in the quarter-century or so since the epilogue of Deathly Hallows, at least in my version of it, anyway. For twenty out of those twenty-five years, things were pretty awesome. I'm glad it all felt nostalgic to you because I remember feeling the same way while I was writing it.
I am incredibly pleased that the Trio all sounded authentic to you. That, more than anything, was what I was going for with this story. I want readers to feel that continuity with the characters they remember from the books. I hope it keeps working for you.
I really, really came to love Hermys as I wrote this. He's cut somewhat out of the mold of Dobby, except he doesn't have any desire to be a free elf. He's very traditional and fiercely devoted to Harry and his family. You'll see a lot of him in the story.
The whole Rose-Scorpius relationship is very much a product of the head canon I took away from reading Delicate. I've changed some of the details to fit my own imaginings -- they get pregnant after leaving school for instance -- but the dynamic between the two of them is definitely the same. I do love the two of them together, not least because of the mental trauma it was sure to have inflicted on Ron and Draco.
You'll find out more about what happened to Ginny in the next chapter, although the complete story isn't revealed until the very end. Her death and the conspiracy are closely related. All will be revealed in time...
Thank you for all of the kind words. They really mean a great deal. Again, sorry for being so slow to respond. Thanks for reading and reviewing!