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Review:patronus_charm says:
VAL! HEY! I read this the day it was validated but Iíve finally managed to get rid of my laziness and review :P

Oh, Sarah ♥ She really broke my heart here. She just seemed so weak both mentally and physically, and I think the point which showed that the most is when she was grasping for that memory of Camille and could only just hold onto it. I thought your portrayal of her was excellent and to me it seemed to be really what a person could have been like if they had escaped from the Nazis.

Every time Camille appears I swear my heart goes all gooey because sheís so lovely and adorable and yeah, I love her and she is my favourite character. She just knew exactly what to do with Sarah and was so sensitive towards it made me realise how wonderful she was. Gah, I just canít get over how cute and wonderful she is.

The flashback to the Velodrome was heart breaking. Everyone and thing seemed so emancipated and wasting away in there and it was as if I could stench the decay. Deborahís reaction was so heart breaking to reach that state when youíre glad that your baby has died so it doesnít have to face the horrors of whatís about to come is a horrible one but so realistic. The way you delve into topics like this which are normally shied away from due to the controversy is really great as it gives the story such an authentic feel and paints an authentic depiction of the war.

Jeanís reaction to what happened just goes to show what great friends they all are. I really do hope they manage to do something for Esther because to have one of them left behind well Sarah is rescued just breaks my heart (stop doing it by the way Val, Iíve said that far too many times for one chapter) and yeah my heart needs time to recover.

The inclusion of Grindelwald was really great and I had been wondering when he would pop up. Does this mean Dumbledore is going to make an appearance in the story then? Astridís life is getting even more tense and exciting right now and I hope everything works out for her.

Great chapter, Val!


Author's Response: In an attempt at seeing my unanswered review count go down, I'm responding unchronologically (otherwise this wouldn't be answered before 2014).


Writing Sarah's scenes breaks my heart every single time, more than any other scene. The others go through the war as well, but they're older and they manage to find things to hold onto. Sarah had nothing after Esther died, and on top of that she's only thirteen.

Ah, Camille! I'm so, so happy you like her (because she's definitely my favourite character even if I shouldn't pick favourites). I'm trying to give her less screen time though, because I feel like the others -- especially the boys -- tend to be dismissed and seen only through her eyes. But don't worry, there'll be a lot of her anyway!

Ugh, the Velodrome scene was horrible to write. There's actually an anecdote about the smell that I based myself off for this. The place was destroyed, but for a movie a set was reconstructed. One of the survivors came to set, and the first thing he commented on when he came in was the stench, when there was actually nothing. It makes you realise how traumatising an experience it must have been...

Grindelwald and Dumbledore might or might no be important, my lips are sealed!

Thank you for such an awesome review lovely! ♥

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