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Review:monstrosity says:
Blackout!

This was such a lovely one-shot! Simple to read and left a really warm feeling in me when I finished :)

I always pictured Harry visiting his parents' grave after the War. With all the activity with Voldemort and during his school years, he never really got the opportunity to think about his parents and miss them. It's nice that once everything has settled down a bit, the first thing he does (er, after proposing to Ginny) is to go and see them.

I think you've got Harry's personality nailed, which is amazing considering how short the story was. He was never one for dramatic speeches and exaggerations. I like how he kept his words short and sweet, that's really his whole character in three words. Even the bouquet was really simple, he didn't cover their graves in flowers or something like that.

I like the whole idea of burying the marauders together (expect for Peter, but no one cares about Peter). It's sort of like life has come full circle and friends truly are forever. I like how Harry doesn't just address his parents, but also takes time to talk to Remus about how his son is growing up. It's like all he's here is to relay current information, not to catch up with friends and family that have died years ago. You could place this very conversation in a living room and it would fit perfectly.

Everything was so personal about this as if Harry was really talking to his parents and the others, not their headstones. That was why the ending wasn't really a surprise, but flowed with the rest of the story. It really was the perfect ending you could have possibly written.

The part about Sirius is truly heart wrenching. Some people believe that if a body is not buried or cremated, the person's soul will be forever wandering, lost without a way to heaven. To think that Sirius spent a majority of life wandering, either running away from his family or running away from the ministry, it's really sad to have him wander in the afterlife. I'm glad he's found his place, right beside James and Remus, which is exactly where it should be.

Overall, this was a wonderful story, just the right length to make the emotions stand out and long enough to let them make an impact on the reader. I'm really glad I got the opportunity to read and review it :)

Author's Response: Hey! Your review totally made my week and I'm not even kidding! So, my heartfelt apologies for such a late response!

I am glad you liked this one-shot, and that the idea of him visiting his parents was something you found believable. I always felt like it would take Harry some time after the war to come to terms with his losses, to recollect himself, to get some support from Ginny and Ron & Hermione, but after that he'd finally be able to visit the graveyard.

It is such a relief to hear that I've gotten Harry's personality right. And yes I felt like he'd go with something simple like a bouquet and small conversation =)

Haha yes no one cares about Peter - he was a traitor - but the other three were true friends and it made sense (to me) to have them rest together, even though Sirius wasn't really there. I am glad the conversation came off as natural to you.

And I am so happy that you felt the ending was perfect. Thank you!

And aww the thing you said about Sirius is so true, and something like what I'd thought when writing this =')

Thanks again for your words!!


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