|Review:||nott theodore says:|
Hello again, lovely!
This was such a brilliant chapter to end the story! I felt like this resolved everything properly, because even though this was only a short story there were so many themes and issues introduced and you showed your skill yet again in managing them all and writing about them beautifully. I'm just a little jealous about how well you manage to write everything :P
It was great that they got interviewed for the Daily Prophet, even if I'm not sure the interviewer originally wanted much more than a sensationalist article. Leticia's slip with 'Lad...' was quite funny, but even more confusing because it didn't really give us any clues, just showed how confused she was about it. I'm glad that the article went well though, and that they got the attention that they wanted for it, even if they didn't succeed in their project (which I didn't really expect them to).
I thought that Thackeray's talk about gender assignment and all of the issues that surround it was really interesting. Thackeray has obviously had a lot more time to think about it than Roxanne has, and so that makes the issue clearer. Roxanne was so sweet about it all though, and she's clearly worked her own way through it without looking at what other people think or what she's been taught to believe by society and come to her own conclusion. I'd have to disagree with her about the goblin thing, though :P
It was so cute to see James happy with Jameson and everyone making an effort. Ending it on Valentine's Day, considering you wrote this for the Modern Romance Challenge, made perfect sense.
I loved the ending as well, and the fact that we got to find out what they were all doing afterwards. Their jobs seem to suit them so much, and I love the fact that James was working for LGBTQ rights in the wizarding community, as I think that would be an important issue and one not much touched on.
Hmm, Dumbledore's preserved body... possibly symbolises the preserved gender roles in society? My tired brain isn't working very well so that's all I can come up with at the moment!
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Author's Response: Hi again! :)
I'm glad you felt this resolved everything! That was one of the challenges of writing a three-shot and I hoped to tie up all the loose ends. I'm really honoured to hear you thought it was well done! :)
Yes! Hehe, I'm pleased you picked up on the little slip, haha, and how it just showed that she was confused. I was wondering what readers might think of that moment. Yeah, I found it quite unlikely that their project would be seen as anything more than a few crazy kids fighting for something, so I'm glad you found that realistic. :)
Ah, I'm so pleased you liked the conversation about gender roles. I wasn't sure whether to include it or not, and if it would be too much like my feminist views coming through, but I'm glad you liked how the characters interacted about it. And yes, Roxy, despite her faults, is a very open-minded person and though she doesn't realize it all the time, she knows her own mind. I felt that was a very important part of her character and her learning process. And yes, the goblin thing was probably not true. :P
Yay for Valentines Day love! :) I thought it felt like the right way for the story to come full circle, and to mention the other characters and their romantic interests as well.
The ending was one of my favourite parts of the whole story, I have to say. It was fun imagining how the jobs might integrate into the wizarding world, and I felt James' job suited him especially well. He had his own little story arc too of going from being embarrassed and ashamed to being a voice for good.
Haha, interesting metaphor analysis! :P I actually didn't think of it in that way, so it's cool to hear your thoughts. I felt like had Dumbledore being alive, he would be very supportive of Roxy and Thackeray, so he definitely symbolizes... something. (that is my lazy response :P).
Thank you so much for the amazing reviews and for following this story to the end, I really appreciate it! :D