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Review:MargaretLane says:
And I finally get around to reading this.

My historical references aren't as impressive as they might seem. 1916 is pretty much Ireland's equivalent to the American War of Independence; it's a pivotal moment in our history and VERY well-known. And I wouldn't even fully consider the Northern situation history. They only signed the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 after all and there have been issues since then too. It's as much current affairs.

LOVE the idea that Beauxbatons doesn't put as much emphasis on Defence Against the Dark Arts. It makes sense as France may not have experienced the same degree of dangers as Britain from Voldemort and the whole pure-blood thing or as Eastern Europe did with Grindelwald.

YIKES, I never thought that young boy would turn out to be so relevant.

And I LOVE the fact Nobby's reputation is being redeemed. It's about time!

Yikes at all of those who died in the first war. It's not surprising, I suppose, but it is rather sad.

OK, Flitwick's speech actually brought tears to my eyes.

And I love the dig at that self-congratulatory fountain. Coming from a country that was colonised, that whole paternalistic colonialism nearly bothers me more than the more directly insulting type. *cheers for its being removed*

And I'm delighted his fountain was replaced.

And yikes, that talk about people who died for no reason and how at least the people who died in the two wizarding wards died to some purpose reminds me of our stupid, stupid civil war. There is a song about Collins' death that basically expresses the wish that if he'd had to have been killed, it had been a year or two earlier in the fight for Irish independence when he could have been said to die for something, rather than in a stupid war over a couple of lines in a treaty.

And I LOVE Nobby's speech.

And I love the part in italics at the end. It brought tears to my eyes again. I LOVE the fact he declined the Order of Merlin.

Excellent story.

Author's Response: The boy was always going to reappear later, but when I originally wrote him I wasn't sure how. He was originally going to just write to Norbert or give a newspaper interview, to give Norbert some comfort, but somehow the idea of him being one of Sophie's teacher's occurred to me. I though it might be nice if he was someone we know, and Flitwick fitted the bill!

The sort of people who supported Nobby weren't the sort to stand back and watch while muggles and muggle-borns were persecuted - of course the would fight, and unfortunately they died. Nobby is one of very few who actually remember the riot, and he's very much alone in his position. It is sad, but this is ME writing - were you expecting it to be happy?

I'm so glad you found the speeches effective, especially Flitwick's. I'm honoured to think I can affect people like that. I often get a bit worried when my characters start monologuing - does it drag on too much? - but your reviews are reassuring.

I'm glad the golden fountain was removed - but do you realise you are cheering Voldemort? - the fountain was destroyed in the duel between him and Dumbledore, and may or may not have been repaired before the Ministry fell and it was replaced by Magic Is Might!

I think the speech applies to most, if not all, wars. In fact the themes in this chapter, and much of the story as a whole, can be applied to our world. I didn't originally intend to write a moral tale, but the situation made it natural. And the same themes are repeated all over the world, throughout time - Ireland and everywhere else.

I thought for a bit how to end it - whether to leave it with Norbert's last line, with it's deeper meaning. It could have been quite effective that way. But I'm glad now I didn't. I was going to have him posthumously awarded the Order of Merlin, but that wouldn't really have made sense and actually he would have declined it.

So glad you enjoyed it - excellent challenge!


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