I loved this chapter so much - it might be my favourite so far. There was just so much Weasley goodness and you wrote it all perfectly.
This, however, was far from orderly and neat. Instead it was all haphazard afghans, tea kettles, and well-worn furniture, oozing magic left and right. Your description of the Burrow was perfect, and I loved how Sadie kept comparing her old life and this one throughout the story. How she associated Molly's hug with her mother, and thought of what their house had been like... it was so sad but lovely.
...drawings carefully colored and childish letters penned to be folded happily and sent away... This was such a beautiful image, and capturing that essence of childhood as well. I really like Sadie and Harry as cousins as well, and how they share sort of similar pasts and experiences. There were so many lines which gave me feels, like:
The proof's outside, tromping through my roses and hoping I won't notice if he gets Bill to mend them. Aw, I love Harry being taken in by the Weasleys, and how mischievous him and Ron are at this point.
Sadie talking about names and how much they mean to her was quite striking as well. I love the idea of her going to the library and learning to sign, and the teacher's kindness. However it really does highlight how bleak and difficult her life has been, and I really like how you continue to bring the reader back to that.
Ahh, Hermione talking about the museum was so in character! :P Also, on that subject the New York wizarding world sounds so cool! I love the sixth burrow especially, and how much thought you put into these little details.
Fred and George made me laugh and you wrote them really well, I'm excited to see them get to know Sadie and befriend her. Their teasing Bill and getting excited about sign language was wonderful.
This was such an amazing chapter, and I feel like this review barely did it justice. I loved it, and will definitely be back for more soon! :)
Gry/Sly Battle Round 2 - Review 8 of 15
Author's Response: Okay, back again to respond to another amazing review.
I'm so very glad you enjoyed this chapter! I really had fun writing it. Parts of it were the first scenes I wrote for this story more than 8 years ago. I changed and edited a bit, but the majority of it stayed the same. Those initial scenes that start a story on it's way tend to be very close to your heart.
I had a lot of fun trying to describe the Weasleys and the Burrow from Sadie's POV and make it line up with what we know from the books, but also not just be a rehash of what Harry already told us. It makes me smile that you liked how I did it.
You are the only one so far that has picked up on the fact that Sadie wrote Harry letters when she was little. No one has even thought to ask what happened to them and why Harry never got them...
The Weasleys are my favorite fictional family. And I absolutely love it when the take Harry in and give him a good bit of mothering and other family emotions. So it was really fun to give Sadie a taste of that as well. She will warm up more as she gets to know them better.
Thank you for your comments about the name section, and the flashback showing how she learned sign language. I want readers to gradually figure out Sadie's back story, but to do it in a solid block as a fic would probably end up breaking some TOS rules, given the horrors she's lived through. My solution is to give little glimpses in flashbacks that give the idea, but don't spell all the horrors out in complete detail.
Hermione just can't resist being Hermione, can she. And she was actually really helpful here, giving me a way to get some information out that I wanted to without it seeming like a big info dump in the middle of the chapter. So, thank you, Hermione.
Thanks so much. This review was amazing so I don't know what you are talking about! It made my day, twice!