Oooh, I felt so bad for both Dennis and his parents here.
I know that you focus primarily on Dennis, but the first bit in particular really made me think about their parents as well. I can't imagine how hard that must have been on them - they lost their sixteen year old son in a war they don't really understand and in a world they had no part in, and now they not only have to grieve for him, they also have to try to keep themselves together enough to be there for their fifteen year old son... who also has a foot and a half in the world that killed his brother. The tension between his parents over the psychologist/psychiatrist made a lot of sense, given that dynamic.
Tiny nitpicky thing, though - AFAIK, "shrink" usually refers to a psychiatrist, which isn't quite the same thing as a psychologist, and it's not clear to me from the context whether Dr. Miller is a Ph.D psychologist or a psychiatrist. It's entirely possible that Dennis's mother was just using whatever word she wanted without really caring about accuracy, but in case it wasn't intentional, I thought I'd point it out.
Beyond that, though, this was perfect, and I loved seeing Andromeda's appearance - she's absolutely used to pain, especially from the Second Wizarding War and especially due to blood status.
This was really insightful. I loved it.
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Yes, that's exactly right! Trauma never just happens to one person - even if the actual even only happened to one person, all the people around them have to deal with the change in character as well, and have to try and support them. So, yeah, I'm glad that came through at the beginning, because it's never just one person affected by trauma. I'm so glad that you thought the tension between the two was realistic!
Oh, thank you so much for that! Dr Miller is supposed to be a psychologist, but since I actually had no idea of the difference I didn't bother to differentiate, and neither did Dennis' mother, I think - or, since you're offered me that way out I think I'll take it. :P
Oh my, thank you so much! Andromeda is literally my favourite character in the HP verse because she's so strong, and I'm really glad you liked her appearance in this!
Thank you so much for an amazing review, Branwen.