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Review:UnluckyStar57 says:
Hello! It's so nice to review you again! :)

This was definitely a very humorous, quite exaggerated story. The characters were all incredibly silly, and they fit the style of the entire thing nicely! It's as if you took the characters' personalities in canon and blew them up with hyperbole and satire. It really worked well!

I like the idea of the puzzle, and I appreciate what Harry was trying to do. Even though he was slightly scary, he managed to get his point across!! I love how you coupled the strain of his and Dudley's former relationship with the in-between-sy one that they have in adulthood. The cursed saw didn't really help Harry's crusade for family unity, and we can always count on drunk Ginny to make everything worse. :)

Iris and Dudley Jr. Hahahaha!! They are total BRATS, and the jab about unemployed dementors keeping them in line was very funny. I've seen stories in which Dudley's children turn out to be magical, but the two that you've envisioned seem to be complete Muggles. It really helps to add to the tension! xD

The image on the puzzle was really fun. It was cool how the characters moved around and did different things, like Wizarding photographs. However, I can imagine that it would make the puzzle harder to put together, because it would no longer look like the picture on the box. At least they only had to put it together once, but I really feel sorry for Lily, who was a victim of her dad's overzealous good intention. :)

As always, this was really fabulous. You are phenomenal at writing mystery/horror-type stories, but you've got great comedic timing in your stories as well. And even though this was largely a humorous story, I could still see some aspects of the heavier genres that I don't usually see in people's humor stories. The balance between humor and gravity is very cool and interesting. You did a marvelous job!!!

~UnluckyStar57

Author's Response: Hi, there! Sorry to take so long to respond.

I'm glad you liked the characters. I was worried that they just seemed ridiculous. That's always such a risk with humorous stories.

I like to think that Harry and Dudley tried to mend their relationship later in life. It seemed like Dudley had started to figure things out at the start of Deathly Hallows. But the gap was pretty wide, and I'm sure that it was never easy. Especially since I'm sure Ginny loathed the Dursleys.

You know, I've toyed with the idea of a story where Dudley's children turn out magical. There has to be some recessive gene in the Evans DNA that gave rise to Lily. But these two are most definitely *not* magical. I'm not sure whether they're more bratty or just scared to be around James and Albus.

The whole idea for this story came from working a puzzle with my kids and thinking about how puzzles might work in the magical world. I wondered how the people in the picture would deal with having their world cut into pieces.

Poor Lily was definitely the main victim of this story, but don't shed too many tears for her. She's rolling in awesome presents from all of her aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.

I'm really glad that you enjoyed it. It was fun to write and gave me a good break during the heavy parts of Detox. Thanks!


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