Hello! :) I'm here for your review, and I'm so sorry about taking ages to get here!
I really enjoyed the way you characterized all the siblings here and the sort of chaotic but loving environment of the Weasley household. I imagine that with so many big personalities in the family there would always be someone talking and something going on and you captured that really perfectly. The childishness and playfulness of some of the Weasleys, like the twins and Ron, was great as at this point it's before the war and they're still quite innocent. It was a nice touch how they kept mentioning the Quidditch Cup as it would have been really exciting and momentous for their summer and it makes sense that they would keep bringing it up.
I really love how the Weasleys are taking Sadie in the way they took in Harry: they are just such loving and caring people and it makes a lot of sense that they would continue to open their home and hearts to Sadie. Harry thinking that for once it wasn't all about him was a great touch. :P Harry here emulates what I loved about him from the early books, his sense of innocence and hope for his family. I'm quite looking forward to him actually meeting Sadie and seeing how they will get along. Although him having a cousin is an unusual one, and they seem very different, I think it fits well as nobody ever seemed to tell Harry anything about his father's family in canon, so having a long-lost cousin whom everyone assumed was dead fits well.
I really like how you wrote the twins here, they seem perfectly in canon which is very tricky to do. I especially liked when they told Harry "that's the spirit"- that whole scene was very typical Fred and George. :)
The conversation between the kids at the end was really wonderful, and it's such a pleasure seeing how in canon they are. It really reminds me of the style of the early books which is so great to see in fan fic. I appreciated how Hermione was the one looking at evidence of people disappearing and showing her analytic mind, but then she also cautions the others to be considerate and not ask Sadie questions unless she's ready. That feels very Hermione-ish to me. Ginny was great too with her outsmarting Mrs Weasley and the twins being impressed with her: I love it when Ginny is portrayed that way.
I'm quite excited to see where you go with this, as I'm a big fan of AU as long as it's written in accordance to canon and this really embodies that perfectly. Amazing job as usual, and I'm looking forward to coming back and reviewing the next chapter (promise to be quicker this time)!! :)
Author's Response: Hey there! I'm so sorry for taking AGES to respond to your review! And then you went and left me such amazing reviews during the Blackout Battle, too. You are really so sweet to me!
I do love my Weasleys. All of them. And you are right, they all have such BIG personalities! But that's part of the fun of the challenge sometimes, I think. I love your comment about them still having an innocence at this point in the series. That is so true. I do love the intensity of the last books, and the action, and all that, but I miss the innocence and simplicity of the earlier books sometimes. When the focus was on magic being fun and well...magical. Bright colors, crazy names and silly potions, etc.
I have a confession to make. Part of this huge story that has been in the works for years was born simply because I wanted to put someone in the middle of the Weasley family and let them experience it all. And so Sadie was created. There's a lot more to her as well, but that really was one of my main goals for this story. I hope that's not a sad goal, LOL.
I hope to do a lot with Sadie and Harry. They both need family so desperately.
YES, you liked the twins. They are my favorites so I always worry the most about them, but I guess I'm doing okay.
I love the kids from the books. That's the whole reason they are my favorite books, is those characters. I love them just being kids, and muddling through and saving the day in ways only kids could think of. That's the great part of these stories. :)
Thanks so much for reading! And I will try very hard to keep things as canon as I can, though as we get going more into the books, a few things might have to change to fit Sadie in.