Hello teh! I'm here for the Sixth of the Twelve Days of Reviewing Challenge. :)
I really enjoyed reading this! It didn't seem dry to me at all, and I'm really looking forward to reading about the Ministry during the war, I've always had a thing for novels with politics in them (like Game of Thrones) so I'm really looking forward to reading this story!
Hahaha, I loved your Floo Conversational Transcripts! It seems so Ministry-like to eavesdrop ad spy on other people's conversations, even if they're nothing but arguments about chess games from twenty-five years ago! You really managed to bring out her frustration and annoyance at how dreary and dull her work is.
Ah, Reg! I love how you've made the two main character of this story two very minor characters from the HP series. It's really interesting how Ettie treats him as well - she's downright demeaning and quite nasty to him, and the poor man is so rattled, I'm presuming because his wife is a Muggleborn. Gah, I hope they get over their differences and become friends. Although that might be too much to ask.
I really enjoyed the meeting with Cho as well. Somehow she seemed like she didn't want to associate with Ettie anymore. I really liked how you emphasised that nobody could really get a job in the Ministry anymore, and how she had to make do with a Muggle job. She seems still not over Cedric's death, and really spiteful as well, judging from the rat and newspaper clipping she sent Marietta. But then, she's not a Voldemort supporter, maybe she would have viewed Ettie's job as an act of betrayal?
This was an amazing first chapter, well done teh! :D
Author's Response: Hiya Emily! Gah, thank you so much for this absolutely wonderful review! ♥ And I'm so sorry it's taken me ages to respond; I have no excuse, really. It's just...I've been a bit lazy with the New Year and everything.
I'm glad you like those Floo transcripts! I had great fun writing them, and I based them off a very dull linguistics course I took, once, which involved a great deal of conversational transcript analysis. And it was pretty dry and incredibly boring stuff. And let's face it, the Ministry has always been a bit daft. I wanted to show the ridiculous side to some of their more sinister activities during the war under Voldemort's regime. :P
Yeah, I do love using minor character perspectives to show canon events through a different angle. Marietta is, indeed, rather unpleasant to him. I did not intend to write her as a particularly lovable character at all.
I'm glad you picked up on Cho's spiteful actions! She is, indeed trying to cut ties with Ettie, while the latter is trying desperately to cling on to the one friendship she's had in the past. I have a lot of Cho headcanon; maybe, just maybe I'll get down to writing a companion piece to this story.
Thank you so much, once again, for this absolutely wonderful review! I'm glad you like this! Your review means a lot to me. :D