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Review:monstrosity says:
Blackout!

I'm always a big fan of the Christmas themed stories and despite the fact that it is now February, I couldn't help click on this one to review.

It's rare that stories focus on the insecurities of Sirius Black. I'm so used to reading about how brave, popular, funny, handsome or mischievous he is that to see you start on the note of how nervous he is to spend the holidays at James' house was a very pleasant surprise. It's very understandable that Sirius would have second thoughts about how people would treat him.

Sirius actually reminded me of Harry in this story. Harry was as baffled by the warmth and closeness of the Weasleys when he visited the Burrow. It was such a foreign concept to him having been raised by the Dursleys for a majority of his life. Getting Christmas presents from them made Harry react in a similar way to Sirius in this story. Hence, I found it easy to draw parallels between the two.

The imagery and description in this story was stunning, especially when you describe the Christmas decorations in the Potter house. It really made the scene come alive. The dancing snowman really made me laugh and I liked how you described the boys' childhood through the baubles on the tree.

I loved how the emotional bits like the ending are intermixed with references to past pranks. It sort of prevents the situation from dissolving into an emotional mush while also making sure that the reader understands why Sirius felt so uncomfortable.

The Muggle Sweater Party is such a cool idea! I should really put that into practice sometime. It really showed how Dorea Black had let go of her past ideals and embraced a life of equality among all wizards irrespective of their blood status. It was great to see that she had invited other members of the Black family who shared her views on blood purity.

I think the best bit for me was the sentence about how Regulus, Andromeda and Alphard had managed to send him gifts in the nick of time. However hard Sirius had it in his own home, he still had people from his past who cared about him. He was more loved than he thought.

This was a really heartwarming story that I enjoyed reading. As someone who isn't all that familiar with christmas customs in England and America, I really enjoyed how much holiday spirit there was in this story!

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