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Review:patronus_charm says:
Yaya a new chapter!

Random question, but do you base Bree upon yourself as she’s a therapist or is she based on someone else you know? Or is she just a completely original character?

The therapy session itself was really interesting. The small slip up from Ginny in regards to how many brothers she had really got to me, and I thought it was a really subtle but perfect addition to show how things like these carry on affecting you which carried on theme with Ginny and the diary really well.

I’m curious to see know more about Ginny’s feelings in regards to Bree. I suppose it’s only natural to feel confused after visiting a therapist especially given the topic they were discussing, but I still felt as if something were afoot. It was just the way Ginny just knew that she would probably never be seeing Bree again and that silent knowledge is what surprised. Hmm, maybe Bree has some ghosts of her she’s hiding and Ginny picked up on them? Either way, it made for a really interesting and lots of speculation which is always great.

Small note, but the backstory to Old Black Magic was really great and had me chuckling away about those poor old unsuspecting Muggles. :P

Hilary interested me. Again, there’s something about her which I can’t quite detect which makes me a little unsure of her. You have a great flair for doing that, Amanda, as I always see it in your stories which is mark of great characterisation. Again, it was a nice way of showing how Ginny’s ghosts of her past will always haunt her and she can never be like Hilary. It’s interesting to wonder whether this a recent onset of them or whether they’ve been floating in the background for a while and just not as bad, I’m inclined to think the latter.

Ginny’s feeling ill? Another child on the way maybe.

I really liked Harry’s reaction to the revelation actually, I thought it was very him. I’m really intrigued to read on actually, now that he knows. I wonder whether she’ll continue to confide in him or not or whether she’ll ever be able to find some sort of resolution for this. I hope she does!

Great chapter Amanda! ♡


Author's Response: Guh, Kiana, I'm sorry I've taken ages to respond! Just got busy, as you know. Anyway, I'm here now!

Bree is based a little on my experiences as a therapist (not necessarily my personal style, but I've witnessed plenty of people giving and receiving therapy) but mostly she's made up and amalgamated from what I've seen in the media.

I'm pleased that you liked the therapy session and noticed Ginny's little slip of the tongue about Fred. It was subtle but I was hoping someone would mention it.

It just seemed to me like Ginny would have trouble trusting someone new with her feelings, like she's aware that her experience would sound bizarre to someone who wasn't intimately familiar with Voldemort's power. It can be tough to have a good first session when you have that kind of mood in the room, but it's not unnatural, and a good therapist is able to work with it and be patient :)

Hah, glad you liked Old Black Magic! You're always so good about catching my details!

I think Ginny was too much in her own head during the interview, so she really didn't give herself a chance to get to know Hillary. She tried to push on to keep things feeling normal despite her circumstances, but her heart just wasn't in it that day :( The way I see her ghosts and dreams is that they've been there, but they've made a more intense resurgence and she doesn't know why.

Ugh, I'm so glad you like Harry! He is surprisingly difficult to write. Ginny's relationship with him will continue to be affected by her experiences and his perception of her trauma in future chapters, particularly the one I'm writing now.

Thanks for another fantastic review :)


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