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Review:nott theodore says:
Hi Jenna!

I have to confess that I actually read this chapter a while ago and never got a chance to review, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do so! The whole concept of this story is so interesting and really unique, and I think you should be proud of yourself just for that. Also, you've written about Roxanne and that's so exciting!

I think the fact that Thackeray here doesn't seem to have a gender identity is one of the most original ideas I've come across in any story, let alone fanfiction. I was reading it and looking out for any slips in pronouns or anything and I was amazed when I couldn't find any. You got around that so well, and I wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't known in advance, but the writing flowed so well and seamlessly that it didn't seem like that was an effort for you at all.

Even without that unusual aspect, this story is already really interesting because it's a next generation set in Hogwarts and it talks about one of the things that really matters, it is such a refreshing change to read about the environment and that being as much of a concern for the magical community as it is for us today. Thackeray reminds me quite a bit of Luna, only a more extreme version - their views are more defined and more strongly expressed, because there is a lot more of an 'activist' air about Thackeray. Then again, maybe Luna would have been the same if it hadn't been for the war!

Your characterisation was brilliant! Even though Thackeray doesn't have a gender identity here you did give them a real personality, especially with the antagonistic way that he interrupted Roxanne at the beginning of the chapter. The reactions of the others were great as well and I am really excited to see where this story is going, hopefully I can get back to this story soon!

Sian :)

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Author's Response: Hi Sian! :)

Ah, no worries, it's great to see you here! :) I'm glad you like the idea of the story, and I had so much fun writing it. And yes, Roxy! She just felt like the perfect person through whom to tell this story, and I already miss writing her.

Thank you! :D I really enjoyed writing Thackeray and playing with the confines of gender in the story. Hehe, I think the pronouns thing was easier for me because I decided not to settle on a specific birth-gender for Thackeray, so both "he" and "she" would have been incorrect. It was quite fun to work on in the story and I'm glad you liked that aspect, and found it flowed well!

The environmental theme was inspired a little by some of my friends who are very involved in environmental activism around campus, and since this is such a common part of Muggle student culture. It was quite entertaining to pick the topics they would be working on! That's interesting, Thackeray is a little Luna-ish! However, more aggressive and combative, and more active when it comes to carrying through things as you said. I agree, maybe Luna became a magical creatures activist when she graduated- that seems like something she'd do well. :)

I'm glad you liked the characters as well. I had so much fun coming up with Thackeray, who is definitely one of my favourite OCs to write so far. I'm so happy you enjoyed it! :)

Thank you for the lovely review! :D


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