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Review #26, by crookshanks_kitten Wind Chimes

1st March 2008:
An amazing story. I love the way you show her character, it's perfect. Also, the way you lead into the story with little separate stories makes the whole thing so much better than most stories.

Author's Response: Crookshanks kitten, thank you so much for the lovely review. I'm happy that you've enjoyed reading this story thus far, as it's coming pretty close to a year since I first posted it, I've grown a soft spot for it.

The little stories are a lot of fun to write, and I'm glad you also enjoy reading them.

Thanks for the review!

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Review #27, by Niki014 Wind Chimes

21st January 2008:

I've recently started writing on this site and your stories are really good, particularly this one and the one about the sorting of Peter Pettigrew.

You really understand the characters that are only partly explored in the Harry Potter series. Keep writing with this story, becasue although its fanfic it seems to fit in perfectly with Petunia's part in the story and I would be really interested to see how things develop further!

I'll keep reviewing if you keep writing!


Author's Response: It's reviews like this that make authors like me blush horribly.

First of all, I'd like to wish you the best of luck with writing! It's a great hobby, and I'm sure you'll have fun with it. :D

Secondly, I'm absolutely flattered by this review. Of course, that explains the blushing...

I definitely have plans to continue this fic. The funny thing is, I'm actually in the process of redoing the first few chapters to make the story flow better, so it's surprising to me that new people are starting to read this, right before I can send in my new revised chapters...

Chapter eleven is half done. It's taking me awhile, not only because of other things in my life, but because I somehow managed to take a route in this story different than what I originally intended. I think it works loads better, but I've got about as much of an idea on the future of this story as you do.

Thank you so much for the review, and I'm truly flattered that you said you'd keep reviewing if I brought in more chapters. Reviewers like you are really what's kept this story going, and are what encourages me to try harder to write better. I know that it sounds like I say this in a lot of my responses to reviews, but I truly mean it when I say that I appreciate these reviews. Often enough, I don't think that I've done a well enough job with a chapter, or I consider quitting, but then faithful reviewers always bring me back.

*looks at long ramble* In short, thank you so much for the review, Niki!

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Review #28, by Marmalade Wind Chimes

19th January 2008:
Very interesting. It seems logical that Petunia would turn from a deep innocent love for her sister to feelings of abandonment and then take those feelings out on Harry since Lily is no longer available. I hope you continue with this story.

Author's Response: I do intend to continue this. Actually, today I was revising chapter one. I had it all edited, and then as I submitted, I logged out and all my edits were lost. Which was very sad for me, considering that I liked the new edition much better...

At any rate, I'm glad you liked this so far, and that you agree with my mindset on how Petunia turned into the person that she did. With this fic, I was trying to move beyond the jealous factor, and I hope I'm doing a well enough job of it, by making Petunia an incredibly loving sister.

Again, thanks for the review!

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Review #29, by DarkWolfDuo Wind Chimes

14th January 2008:
That was awesome! You're a great author!!! How do you come up w/ stuff like this? If u want 2 read my story, please write a comment!!!

Author's Response: lol, thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the story. In actuality, I'm not entirely sure where I come up with anything...some of it is planned, but the rest just kind of comes out when I'm trying to get from point A to point B.

I'ma little busy right now with mid-year exams this week, but if I get the chance, I will definitely have a looksee at your story.

Thanks again for the review!

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Review #30, by You_Know_Who_I_Am Diagon Alley

3rd January 2008:
i quite liked you can feel petunias resentment bulding up.
Was this written before hp7 ?

Author's Response: Yes, everything up to chapter ten was out before book seven came out. Even though it's already out, I'm not planning on changing it, as that would involve me going back to rewrite a good portion of my fic. Personally, I don't think Petunia could have gotten so bitter at such a young age...but she's getting there. And Petunia's resentment builds really, really slowly.

Just as forewarning.

Thanks for the review!

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Review #31, by You_Know_Who_I_Am The Lady in Green

3rd January 2008:
it is intresting i like how lily just exepted it and i thought it was funny when petunia shooed away proffecsor mcgonnagal

Author's Response: Oh thank you! I'm glad you liked the story this far!

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Review #32, by Chilee Wind Chimes

18th December 2007:
he he he. I found some spelling mistakes. "... they keeping ringing ..." and "My father walked in the door"
none the less, this was a polite chapter :-)
Petunia's mom is cold tho. You don't sacrifice one child's welfare for another >:-(
buy a sister a new pair of shoes or something

Author's Response: Ah, thank you for pointing out the mistake. I'm not sure I see where the second one is though, but I'll have another read through. :)

Petunia's mother does what she has to. I like to think of her as a very loving woman, but her problem is she sometimes...ours it out in a way that doesn't always work out....

Like, keep in mind that she only ever sees Lily during the summer and on Christmas break, so it's only natural that she give her a little extra attention when she does get to see her. It could also be argued that Lily might feel her parents were more in favor of Petunia, as she was always home, so it's likely Petunia would have been closer to her parents...

But back to my point, Mrs. Evans wasn't entirely sacrificing Petunia's welfare for Lily. I mean, university is quite expensive, so the money used to buy the expensive school books and pretty robes wouldn't have been able to go to Petunia anyways...Not to mention that Mr.s Evans was likely feeling a sense of inadequacy to provide for her daughters, thus overcompensating by spending mercilessly on Lily, also in an attempt to show Lily some special treatment since she wasn't around as much. Petunia's parents lover her very much, but sometimes it can be easy to overlook the love and affection when a younger sibling is being given intense attention.

Thank you for continuing to read and review this!

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Review #33, by Chilee Education and Accomplishment

18th December 2007:
one of those chapters again ...
rea-lee want to read more but I have to log off now :-(
nice portrayal of graduation tho.

Author's Response: Oh thank you. I'm glad you liked my portrayal of graduation. I've yet to graduate, so I wasn't quite sure how it was supposed to be.

This is a slow story, so I apologize for any more of these chapters in the future, which I'm sure will pop up quite a bit.

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Review #34, by Chilee Turning On Porch Lights

18th December 2007:
Petunia and Vernon together ... its actually quite sickening :-p
you can see why she's the way she is tho.
and the mom clearly has psychological issues ...

Author's Response: Haha, well Mrs. Evans is...herself. Somewhere along the lines she lost a distinct one track personality and became a compostie of a whole bunch of mothers put together. I imagine some mothers would act like she had if they spotted their teenage daughter in a car with a boy after a party...

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Review #35, by Chilee Fault

18th December 2007:
for a second year, Lilly seems to be carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders :-(
Petunia's change seems to have been put on hold, tho some of her thoughts are disturbing ...

Author's Response: Well, Lily is of course to her it seems that everything is her fault. My Lily is quite conscientous so of course she feels a bit of guilt.

I'm not sure I see where Petunia's thoughts get disturbing in this chapter. She's just trying to be a good big sister...

*thinks it's about time she reread her older chapters*

Thank you so much for the reviews! And I hope you keep reading!

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Review #36, by Chilee Mr. and Mrs. Evans Senior

17th December 2007:
sad, but well put. like the short sentences. kinda bring out the sadness, guilt and remorse more.

Author's Response: Thank you. This chapter is one of my favorites actually. And short sentences are what I

I'm starting to think that over time my writing style has changed a bit, so it may not be as brief as it used to be.

Thank you so much for the reviews, Chilee! I really appreciate them!

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Review #37, by Chilee A New Friend

17th December 2007:
cool. can see Petunia slowly changing.

Author's Response: Yep, in this story, she changes very, very slowly. So slowly, in fact, that if all goes according to plan, you won't even really notice it until BAM! it happens...

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Review #38, by Chilee Bubble Gum for Christmas

17th December 2007:
I rea-lee enjoyed the piece. Petunia seems like a very sweet and loving big sister :-
nice one

Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed this chapter. It was both a fun and difficult to write as I was trying to make everythign all light hearted and happy so that not every chapter in this story would be 'drama, drama, drama'. In this story, Petunia really is a loving sister, but as time goes on that gradually changes. I'm working on this on the idea that the only people you can truly hate are those you once loved.

And Petunia hates Lily with such a passion, that if it's proportional to how much she hates her, then back when they were kids, she must have loved her a lot...

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Review #39, by Chilee Letters

17th December 2007:
nice. actually feel bad for Petunia.
Lilly's mom seems to be quite weak tho.
nice read non the less

Author's Response: Really? If I can recall, I liked this chapter least when I was writing it. It felt too...out of place and not written well...

Just something about it didn't feel right at the time, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. Now that you bring it up and I've had time to think about it, Petunia's mother is rather...odd...

I don't think I've ever given her a steady personality. She's rather unstable I think, and her actions all depend on the scene at hand. She's morphed quite a bit from the mother in the first chapter, and I didn't even realize it. I think what happened with her is that I started taking out bits and pieces of other mothers and put them together so that I could get a 'normal' mother response in certain situations...

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Review #40, by Chilee Diagon Alley

17th December 2007:
it was ok. felt like forwarding to the next chapter tho :-) but I guess some chapters just have to be there to help it flow huh ...

Author's Response: Ah yes, there are quite a few transitional chapters here. Unfortunately, it's difficult to make every chapter loaded with...drama...

And yes, throughout this story there will be plenty of times when you jsut want to forward to the next chapter. Sometime, perhaps when I've got this story done, I'll go back and edit it. As I've looked back, some parts seem blocky here and there...

But I've got to finish the story first :P

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Review #41, by Chilee The Lady in Green

17th December 2007:
don't really see any points you need to improve on.
rea-lee like how you don't bring magic immediately into the story like most people would (McGonagall didn't transform into a human and scare the living ...).
you set up the future characters of Lilly n Petunia. Tho Lily does seem a tad bossy in sending her Mum to get tea.
Where I come from :-) a kid doesn't send a grown up, let alone their parents to the kitchen to serve a guest ...

Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed this chapter. I think this story has some good chapters and some bad chapters mixed up in it, so for future reference, it's okay if you don't like them all.

As this is Petunia's story, and Petunia is a muggle, there isn't going to be a lot of magic in this. Perhaps some in the background, but in reality, very, very little. In fact, I've drawn so much away from the wizarding world sat this point, there is hardly any magic at all.

Harry's world is in the background here :P

As far as Mrs. Evans is concerned, yes, she is a bit of a pushover here, but I like to think that McGonagall gave off this...disturbing' aura that set muggles off. Since Mrs. Evans was rather...dazed by this new aura, she didn't even think to question Lily's orders...

I don't order my parents around either :P

Thank you for the review!

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Review #42, by harryfroggy123 The Lady in Green

7th December 2007:
Wow, you did SUCH a good job portraying Petunia. Oh My Gosh. If everyone in this world had a quarter of your skill in writing, we would be in literature HEAVEN! You get the point. GOOD JOB! X's A MILLION! 1, 000,000 (in case this review gets messed up that is supposed to be the numeral of a million.

Author's Response: *is blushing furiously* Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad you liked how Petunia was portrayed in this, and I hope you continue to read!

I love your enthusiasm and am absolutely flattered that you think my story is THAT good.

Thank you times a MILLION!

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Review #43, by neypuslover Wind Chimes

7th December 2007:
This is like the best story! How'd you do it???

Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm really glad you liked it!

Originally I started this story becuase there weren't really any good long Petunia stories out there, so I decided to write my own. Eventually it got to the point where I was writing because I wanted Petunia's side to be heard...and here it is!

Thank you for your review, and I do hope that you keep reading. This story isn't over yet!

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Review #44, by LunaLlena Wind Chimes

27th November 2007:
I love this to no end.
I'd never really thought about Petunia and how she ended up the way she did.
She comes to life in your story, and I feel every frustration and guilty or jealous thought with her.

Author's Response: You have absolutely no idea how happy I am to hear you say such things. I truly never expected to get this much support for a Petunia story, especially since there are so few out there, but I am very glad that you've enjoyed it and are getting a bit of insight into Petunia's mindset.

Thank you so much for the review!

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Review #45, by Nevillefan Wind Chimes

23rd November 2007:
You updated!!! AH!!! And what a wonderful update it is :) I love the idea with the windchimes and I wanted to violently attack Vernon for poor Petunia. " you have more time for this?" Agh!

Author's Response: lol, thanks Nevillefan! Yes, I can imagine many, many people would want to attack Vernon after that. Thanks for wating this update out, by the way, I know it took forever and I'm so grateful for your support in coming back to read and review.

Thank you!

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Review #46, by midwinter_wolf Wind Chimes

22nd November 2007:
WOW! Why the vegetables, all your work is incredible. I live for this story! (Well not quite coz that would make me a complete nerd, but you know what I mean!lol). You have to update soon because... well because ur amazing (ive already sed that so much for origionality!) I love how you do flash backs, it makes it interesting and links it all beautifully. UPDATE PLEAASEE!! Ellie XXX

Author's Response: Hahaha, thank you so much for your kind review!

I'm glad you like the flashbacks, it was really the only way I could get Petunia's childhood in here without making this a super fifty chapter novel and all.

As far as updates are concerned, I'll try, I promise! I'm rather ashamed to say that last time it took me months to get another update in, and I hope that it won't be as long to get chapter eleven up. Unfortunately, I've also got school and college apps to be working on right now, but perhaps I can get a chapter or two in anyways. After all, I find that I'm incredibly lazy and out of ideas when I have nothing to do, like over the summer...

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Review #47, by Pronunciation_Hermy_One Wind Chimes

20th November 2007:

So last night I was heading to bed and decided to quickly check HPFF. I saw that MoP had been updated, and sat there for a moment debating with myself: "Read now, or go to sleep and read in the morning?" The exhaustion won out.

And so, last night I went to sleep dreaming about getting to read this in the morning. This morning, I woke up, and all through my morning routine thought about getting to read it, how much I'd missed the story, and how excited I was to see what you'd written for us now.

Ignoring my blinking message light, the E-mails waiting to be checked, and even the coffee brewing in the other room, I set about to read, and have only one thing I need to say before I go any further:


I'm 100% serious. This was an amazing chapter to come back to. I am absolutely in love with how you worked the wind chimes in, dearest! Petunia's life, her loyalty and trying to be a good, hardworking, supportive and loving young woman- it's all coming back to bite her, and she's slowly falling apart; she's wilting under the weight.

I know I've told you before, but I searched so long and hard for a Petunia story before finding this, and it is truly my favorite. You have written us such a captivating, beautiful character. We've been shown Petunia from Harry's PoV... and it's none too flattering! But slowly, we see through your words, how all of this came to be, and it just absolutely tears at the heart.

You deserve every ounce of praise you've gotten for this fic, and more. Thank you for not abandoning what is one of my favorite fics on HPFF. You answer every review, and while your updates may be far between sometimes, they always occur. Not all authors have that loyalty to their readers- so thank you!

I can't wait for more; you never cease to amaze me.


Author's Response: Courtney,

Every time I read one of your reviews, I absolutely squee with pleasure. And keep in mind that I don't really squee all that often too... *looks away*

Anyways, thank you so much for your review! It meant a lot to me that even after all this time, you came back the very next day and reviewed this story as though I hadn't taken months to update. Thank you so much!

I'm incredibly glad that you liked this chapter, as it took me forever to write it, and it's a bit more...angry than the rest.

And despite DH showing that my portrayal of Petunia is very off, I'm glad that you like this version, as I still haven't given up hope that Petunia really is good inside.

Thank you so, so much Courtney! I honestly don't know how many more times I can say thank you to get across how grateful I am for your support.

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Review #48, by midwinter_wolf Education and Accomplishment

18th November 2007:
As ive sed b4 I luv it. You have to update and soon!

Author's Response: OMG!!!!

You, you lucky devil you, Okay...lemme calm down...

Well, today, upon reading all of your reveiws about Petunia, I decided to stop being a horrible person and to finish up my half finished MoP ch ten.

I just finished it.

A few minutes ago.

Now, I probably won't send it in right away, as I never do that. But still, it should be out in at least a week or so.

Thank you, thank you midwinter wolf and all my other reviewers who came in a dropped a comment in my dead time. Thanks!!!

*offers cookies to all her reviewers*

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Review #49, by midwinter_wolf Mr. and Mrs. Evans Senior

18th November 2007:
AW. *sob* that is so sad!

Author's Response: Okay, I know I've said this in my other responses to you, but thank you so much for your reviews.

It may be sad, but reviews always make me feel so much happier about my writing, and they really do help to push me along in my writing sometimes.

Thank you so, so much.

Really, I don't know how many times I can say thank you...

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Review #50, by midwinter_wolf Bubble Gum for Christmas

18th November 2007:
Wow what a cool idea. Really sweet how you make her so disapointed and then its soo cool! :-)

Author's Response: Teehee, I'm glad you enjoyed this chapter. Petunia can be sweet...see?

Thanks again midwinter wolf, you've seriously just made my day!

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