Aand back for another chapter :D.
Oh good, I'm really glad that there was this little segment about the World Cup, as it gives me a general sense of what book that this is taking place in!
I also think that it's quite exciting that Sadie is staying with the Weasley's; Molly and Arthur are excellent parents, and I think that the Weasley household is probably one of the best places to grow up :D. They may not be wealthy, but they are certainly loving, and that's what really counts.
I really like the connection between Sadie's father and Arthur, it's very sweet, and even strong enough to name his son after him. It makes perfect sense that the Weasley's would want to take her in, though they just may have without a connection like that, as they are kind people.
I'm also glad that Sadie doesn't have to start Hogwarts as a first year, I would imagine she would stand out of a classroom full of 11-year-olds :p.
And so, it's revealed that Sadie is mute due to a spell. It's really very poetic, somebody who can see visions (but I don't think I'm supposed to know that yet) but can't speak. It's also revealed that she's Harry's cousin (yay AUness)! I think that not wanting to burden Harry was a legitimate reason for not wanting to tell him about his aunt or cousin.
The kids really have no idea how hard she DID have it growing up, and it breaks my heart. Harry did have to live with the Dursleys, and was treated horribly and lived in a cupboard under the stairs, but she had to live on the streets... :(. In the very least, at least he had a home.
This was great! I can't wait to read the next chapter, but I'm halfway done with the next chapter of my parody and I want to have it ready before Everto comes out of the queue! So, I'll be back for more later!
Author's Response: Back for another review response! I'm just a whole lot slower than you were.
Hehehe, you noticed I was trying to set the time period without coming out and yelling "THIS IS BOOK 4" did you? Well, I'm glad you caught it as I put it there on purpose. :)
Sadie really needs that kind of love, doesn't she. Hopefully the special brand of family that lives at the Burrow will rub off on her and help her come out of her shell a little. Just like Harry, she's in rather desperate need of some mothering.
I'm sure they would have taken her in without a connection, just like you said, but I really liked the idea of giving Sadie a bond to the Weasleys of her own, not just one by proxy through Harry since she is his cousin. And it has been very fun to play with that relationship, since Arthur and her dad were such good friends.
That would have been awful to put her in a class with 11 year olds, wouldn't it! Poor Sadie! I had to think really hard to figure out a way around that, but hopefully what I've done works.
You want to know something strange? I never caught that connection - the mute but can see visions part - until I had written this story for a long time. I think it's really interesting what our brains do without us knowing it, the connects they make. Just...you know...keep that hush hush for a bit.
Sadie did have a really rough patch of her life that I'm sure the kids have no idea how hard it was for her. And in order for them TO understand, Sadie would have to spell it out for them, and that's not something she's going to do. But, hopefully she's now in for a wonderful part of her life.
Thanks so much for reading! These reviews made my day.