I ended up reading this story up to this point in a day, and felt it would be a crime not to leave a comment, so here we go!
I think this fic is incredible. One of the reasons I was so hooked and love it so much is how you treat death. One of the few complaints I have about the seventh book of the canon series is how Rowling approaches the death of characters. With characters (particularly Fred) dying right as the story ends, it makes their deaths feel so meaningless. They die and.. so what? Here though, I find that the way you've continued the story and made their deaths feel so impactful is really incredible. I think my favorite scenes are when Fred watches over his family, and mentions his father having a fit of rage in his garage by himself, and when he goes to Fred's grave and sits there by himself. The idea of Mr. Weasley, who always seems so calm and kind throughout the stories, losing it out of grief, is just crushing. To me, this made Fred's death feel so much more real and painful than what it was.
I also really love all the humor in your story. The quips and witticisms from many of the characters have genuinely made me laugh (McGonagall retiring because she doesn't watch three generations of Potters had me rolling), and they all FEEL like something those characters would say, exactly as Rowling has written them. How you manage to do that is amazing, and I have to remind myself sometimes that this isn't canon.
Most of all, I really appreciate your attention to details, using what little information we've been giving from Rowling about the 19 year space, to create this story. Just about everything fits with what we know, but fits in WELL. I think it speaks a lot to your imagination, in that you've been able to tell a story with a few framework details, and managed to make it a brilliant one.
Anyway, thank you so much for writing what I think is one of the best fics out there. This was an incredible read!
Author's Response: Wow, it's amazing that you read it all so fast!! And I am beyond thrilled to hear you enjoyed it that much too. Death is difficult so hearing your words on that front really means so much to me. I guess Fred's death seemed pointless at the very end of the war, but I think it may have eben intentional. It IS a little pointess, isn't it? WHy should all those people have had to die? Although, I am glad that perhaps it seems a bit more significant after reading this, because though it seems pointless, it did serve a purpose. Somehow, thinking of Mr Weasley's grief always made me the saddest, which is why I included those moments. He is such a calm and kind character and I think it would take something like his son dying for him to lose it.
I'm so happy as well to hear that you like the humour! I have a lot of fun thinking up little comments and jokes to add in (mostly said by George, haha) so it's reallty great to hear someone else enjoys them too! And it means the world to me that you think the characters are believable! I know it's something I value in a story so that reallt makes me so happy.
Honestly, I am not sure I deserve all your kind words, but thank you so much for them! Thank you as well for reading the story and making it all the way to here, and for taking the time to write this absolutely lovely review. You are amazing!! Thank you! Xxx