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Review:nott theodore says:
Hi Amanda! Somehow I've managed to miss three new chapters of this story - I hope you'll forgive me! Real life has been so hectic lately but I'm trying to make time to catch up with everything.

I love the way that you're using your knowledge here to make this story so authentic! The theme is something I've never seen explored properly before in fanfiction, especially with such major characters and such accuracy in your portrayal of them.

I find the way that Ginny is acting at the moment so realistic. Her awkwardness and uncertainty when she was waiting in the reception shone through without you ever stating it explicitly - that's another great thing about the subtle quality you have to your writing. I can't imagine the first meeting with a therapist being anything but awkward, especially on the part of the person going to see them with their problems.

Bree is a character I actually quite like at the moment, and I hope we'll get to see more of her in later chapters. At the beginning I was a bit unsure of her, especially when she assumed that Ginny was there because of marital problems. One thing I thought was great about that was the way it gave us a glimpse of the media's treatment of Harry and Ginny after the war; something that neither of them focus on if they can help it, but that still continues to affect them. Towards the end, though, Bree seemed really sweet and seemed like she genuinely wanted to help Ginny.

That last scene was so chilling that I have goosebumps, Amanda! I can't believe you haven't written scary things before, because you do it so well. There was so much suspense and tension, with Ginny hearing things that sounded like the Basilisk. I was kind of not expecting anything to be there at all, and it just to be one of those noises that you imagine when your mind goes into overdrive, but the way it ended was even better. That single word written in the diary was so chilling, and I can't tell if it was actually there or if Ginny was imagining it.

I was pleased to see Harry appear at the end of the chapter. It added some more realism to the scene and strangely jarred with the suspense and terror that had come before, which worked really well. I'm glad that he's realised that she needs more support, but I'm hoping that if he does take some time off then he'll realise that there's more bothering Ginny that the stresses of being a stay-at-home mother.

Great chapter, and I'm sorry I've taken so long to get back to this story!

Sian :)

Author's Response: Sian! This response has taken FOREVER which is absolutely no reflection on how much I adore your reviews and how warm my heart was every time I read and re-read this. Sorry :(

I've loosely plotted out the rest of the story now and I'm just totally in love with it. I keep finding all these cool ideas and having to maneuver them into place in the storyline, and I can't wait to get them all down on paper so you can check them out!

I had quite a bit of experience to draw on when writing Ginny's first session, and trust me, it is pretty awkward for everyone involved. You're just getting to know someone and you're already jumping into sensitive issues and long-held secrets, with a fair degree of intensity in some cases. I love my job and consider myself lucky to have been trusted with information like that, but I have to admit that those first few sessions can be very challenging. I'm glad you thought Ginny's behavior was realistic.

Most readers don't seem to like Bree much, which isn't something I expected but is interesting all the same. She's not based on me or anyone I know, really, but I did try to be realistic in terms of a therapist treating a celebrity client whose private life is splashed all over the tabloids. I can't imagine it would be an easy feat! Let me know if your feelings about Bree change as you get to know her better later on.

I was really nervous about being able to properly communicate the creepy factor, but I'm so happy you think it worked well here! You'll find out more about the diary and the aftermath of this scene in other chapters.

The relationship between Harry and Ginny is about to be strained by Voldemort once again, unfortunately, even after everything they went through during the war. It seems no one escaped the trauma unscathed. We'll have to see if they can hold it together as Ginny's experiences continue to unfold.

Thanks for your fabulous review, Sian! :)

-Amanda


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