|Review:||800 words of heaven says:|
I read the first chapter of this story quite a while ago, so my review is a little late because I went back to reacquaint myself with Draco.
I actually like Draco a lot more in this chapter than I did in the first. I don't know if that's because more of his personality is revealed, but it feels as if there's been a lot of character growth between chapters one and two. It was as if Astoria really kick-started his life, and it feels like he's become a lot more aware of what he is in a very short amount of time. He's not exactly "getting better" and the scene in the restaurant really illustrated that he has a long road ahead of him to get what he wants.
It's quite interesting that Draco still wants a standing in society and respect from his peers. I would think that considering his current headspace, society and what others think of him would be the last thing on his mind, but in a sense, it makes sense. It's the way he's been brought up, and he feels if he achieves those things again, his life may begin to take on some semblance of normality. It does feel as if the kind of respect that he wants is different to the one his family had previously. Even this early in the story, it feels as if he wants his family name to be remembered for its own merit rather than its blood purity. I'm not sure if I'm reading too much into this, but I think it shows that Draco is quite mature in those terms already.
What I find so intriguing about this story so far is the turmoil Wizarding society is in. Right now it feels as if it's beginning to lean towards a very extreme hatred for purebloods, rather than acceptance of people regardless of their blood status. I think that's quite realistic portrayal of the situation. The society as a whole suffered a great trauma, and like the individuals that make it up, it's going to take some time to heal.
Your portrayal of the Greengrasses is also so fascinating. They are blood purists, but their views are more restrained and mainstream, I think. They actually make me think that if the Weasleys weren't poor, and Arthur wasn't obsessed with Muggle technology, their views on blood status could be very similar to those of the Greengrasses. I just love how they hate the pureblood families that supported Voldemort, not because of the idealisms that they advocated through him, but because it besmirches the good name of old pureblood families as a whole. I always forget that the Wizarding society of Britain is just so small. They function more like a small town, where everyone knows everyone else, and families that have been around for generations actually means something. I just love how the Greengrasses are a window into life on the other side of the glass, so to speak. I don't really know how Astoria is going to be as a character as yet, but I definitely hope to see some more of that tension in the old families.
I just really adored this chapter for the world building that you did, as well as further character development of Draco. It has me very interested to see where Draco, as well as the people that surround him in general will all go over the course of this story.
Author's Response: Hi, there!
Draco has made the most important decision when we see him at the start of this chapter, but he still has a long way to go. I'm glad you see a little growth in him, but hopefully you'll see a lot more before it's all said and done. Meeting Astoria was the impetus for him to change, but certainly not the endpoint.
Draco is concerned with social standing, but more from the standpoint that he doesn't want to become a complete outcast. By this point, he's pretty much made his peace with the fact that things are never going to go back to the way that they were before the war. Pureblood society in general is in shambles. But Draco has realized that earning the respect of at least some of his peers does actually matter to him. That was a big change all by itself.
I think you figured out exactly where I was trying to go with Astoria's family. They do embrace a lot of the same pureblood values as the Malfoys and Blacks, but they're much more pragmatic about things. And they realize that purebloods all by themselves do not constitute the whole of magical society and that they can't afford to ignore the rest of it. Her father is angry about the war because of the impact it's had on what he considers "respectable" purebloods like his own family.
I'm really pleased that you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading and reviewing!