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Review:Lady of Tears says:
Back with another review!

Since I think Harry and Ginny stayed true to form, I'll focus mostly on what I thought of Ron and Hermione.

Maturity is the first word that came to mind after reading about Mr. and Mrs. Granger. I was pleased to get a great sense of stability from their relationship. I don't know if that's what you intended, but I felt their relationship has matured past the Potters. I think that's because Hermione is farther along in the recovery process than Ginny is.

But more than anything, I appreciate what this says about Ron. I think he's got a lot more to him than sometimes writers give him credit for. I'm used to seeing him written as more of a loveable oaf than a supporting husband. Needless to say, I'd love to see more interaction with Hermione and Ron.

Hermione and Ginny, on the other hand, seemed tad stiff. Maybe it's because Ginny was bringing up a sensitive subject, but I didn't get a real sense of ease in their relationship. It got better as their conversation went along. I think the line that pinpointed it was when Ginny jumps from "the boys are fine" to "how's motherhood." Everything leading up to that point seemed short.

However, once they got talking more in-depth, they started to shine and have real warmth.

Overall, I just felt sad. Especially the part about Fred and the Weasley family. That mood is a good thing I think. These are all honest reactions to a terrible war, and I think that's a great foundation you have for the rest of the story.

Another great chapter! :)

-Lady of Tears

Author's Response: Hey, thanks for stopping by! I'm really sorry it took me this long to respond.

Hah, I kind of like that observation. I think for one thing that Hermione and Ron got a lot more exposure to each other--the good and the bad--during the main series than Harry and Ginny did. Ginny had to overcome this idealized version of Harry, whereas Ron and Hermione literally lived together for a time in Deathly Hallows. I also think it may have been easier for them to bond over their shared trauma, given that Harry and Ginny both had rather individualized experiences despite their commonalities.

Yeah, I've really become a Ron defender. People are so unfair to him just because they want pretty Emma Watson to end up with someone else, but I actually love Ron. I think he's one of the best characters in the books because he keeps the series from going too dark and hopeless at key points. I also think it's obvious that he really loves Hermione and understands her, and I wanted that to really come across in this chapter.

I definitely didn't mean for their relationship to be stiff, more that the situation and the topic was... jilted. Hard. But I'll have to go back and re-examine that section to make sure my point is clear. Glad the perception improved over time, though!

Thanks for your fabulous review!

-Amanda


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