Oh, Bill. I think you've examined a wonderfully confusing time for young Bill. I liked that you didn't make him as excited about Ronald coming home as Charlie was - Charlie was too cute! with him squealing about another minute going by - and that he felt that his parents would forget about him. I think it's a very valid concern that many children face when welcoming a new child into the house, especially with Bill and already having four younger brothers as it is.
Arthur was very sweet to him, though, and I loved that he was the one to prove to Bill that they could never stop loving him. AND THEN BILL GAVE RON MR STUFFING! That was the cutest thing EVER and it's nice to see where Mr Stuffing came from. I'm sure it holds a lot of sentimental value to Bill and to give it to his youngest brother as a sign of acceptance...gahh, so stinkin' precious!
I LOVE baby Weasleys and you do such a fantastic job with them. I love all these little snapshots you're writing. It makes me very happy to read these. :)Author's Response: I've never had to deal with that sort of sibling rivalry, watching Mum and Dad bring home a new baby, but I can imagine how it would feel -- and it's not a pleasant feeling. I think it's plausible that at least one of the brothers would feel this way, and I'm glad you agree!
ARTHUR SAVES THE DAYYY. I had to include Mr. Stuffing somehow, obviously, and I think it's not a far stretch in saying he once belonged to a brother of Ron's -- as all his other possessions did, of course! :P Thank you so much for such a sweet review, Missy! It really means so much to me. ♥ Report Review
Mr Stuffing is just always getting into trouble, isn't it? I LOVED THIS CHAPTER. I think I'm going to say that for every one but seriously. Charlie is fantastic. I love how he tries to pass time by staring at floral wallpaper (really, floral wallpaper in the boys room, it seems like something Molly would do because she's surrounded by boys all the time) and he wishes he was older so he can join Bill at Hogwarts.
I really love his protective nature of Ron, and wanting to include him in everything. It's really sweet. You'd think with side a wide age gap, Charlie would just think of him as an annoying little brother.
Percy is great in this too, just the few bits you included of him, with his nose in a book and then acting like a pompous jerk at such a young age already! He's just practicing for when he's older, of course.
The whole debacle with feeding the hens and pelting them in the eye with kernels and then Budgy stealing Mr Stuffing. It was just very light-hearted and had me chuckling through the whole thing.
You're greatest strength in your writing is your descriptions. I'm telling you, everything you write is golden, and there's something about the way that you describe a scene and it's like you're really there. It's fantastic. Your characteristics of the Weasleys are great too. I can't wait to read more! :)Author's Response: Mr. Stuffing is the original troublemaker. Fact. :D I had a hard time letting go of his character, the poor bear. And so now he just pops up everywhere. :3
I just love the idea that, despite age differences, the Weasleys really did care for each other. They're just so fun-loving, I imagine -- definitely not carefree, but such a strong and close-knit family that they can overcome anything. I think that's where all the lightheartedness comes from, me trying to convey that. I'd like to think so. :)
Thank you so, so, so much for coming by and reviewing these! It completely made my day, no contest. ♥ I'm so glad you enjoy them! Report Review
I almost cried reading that. But I'm excited for growing up magical! You said you didn't know how many one-shots, but can I suggest Luna and Draco in there somewhere? I think they both would have interesting childhoods in their own ways. Thank you for giving us such a sweet, loving series of one-shots about one of the most wonderful families we have ever known.10/10
Cassie :)Author's Response: I've definitely got Luna and Draco in my list of characters to include! Luna's story, in fact, has already begun the barest of outlines. :3 At last count, I've got 6 characters (including the two of them), so there's going to be at least that many chapters. :D
Thank /you/ for leaving such amazing reviews on these stories -- I couldn't have gotten this far without support from readers like you, and I really owe reviewers pretty much my entire writing career. If you can, you know, call it a career.
I hope to see you back for the next collection, although I've no doubts. :3 Thank you so much!! Report Review
What a fantastic way to end! Your writing is really breathtaking and I have to say truly came into its own in this last chapter.
As sad as I am to see this story go--it ended on a high both in terms of narrative and technique and that is honestly more than a reader could ask for!
Really looking forward to the next series! Great great work!Author's Response: Thank you SO much -- I feel like this epilogue has accomplished everything I'd hoped for it to, thanks to all of the reviews I've received on it. That's so gratifying, it really is.
This review totally made my day, and I really thank you so much for it! The next story is going to have its first chapter posted tomorrow, if my writing schedule goes according to plan. I hope you'll come back and check it out -- your reviews have been so lovely throughout, and I cannot thank you enough for them! ♥ Report Review
This is the most wonderful fan fiction ever written. My favourite chapter was George's one, where he play's knight with the cat and Ron.
Thank you so much for writing this.
1,000,000,000,000/10Author's Response: WOW, THAT FIRST SENTENCE. Thank you so much!! George's chapter is one I'm partial too, as well, although I love them all -- picking a favorite is like picking a favorite child. :D
Thank YOU so much for the wonderful review, it completely and totally made my day! ♥ Report Review
I think I cried.
I can't believe this.
This story was amazing.
I'm sorry this is story is ended.
I want to cry again.
You're a brilliant writer, and honest to god brilliant writer.
I love this.
I love this with all my heart.
Thank you, thank you for an amazing story.
LizzieAuthor's Response: Wow -- this review. I just cannot even. The fact that you cried, and I evoked that sort of emotion from you, is just... There are no words.
Thank YOU for a string of fabulous reviews, and I apologize for the generally senseless responses you've received for them. Just know that I really am so, so grateful to you, and shall always continue to be so. Report Review
OH GOODY! I love this chapter, so much Ginny, so much fun. People try many different takes on this, but dear god yours was by far the best.
Pat yourself on the back, relish in your great writing, and for heaven sake write more! I have so much love for this story that I almost don't want to read the last chapter because then it's the end, and it makes me sad to read endings to good stories.
Love this chapter, love it so much it hurts.
LizzieAuthor's Response: I knew you'd like Ginny's chapter! Not that it would be much of a stretch, of course. :D I'm so honored that you enjoyed it, though, knowing your love for her as I do. Admittedly, she is not one of my favorite characters, but I do hope I've done her justice here!
You are too sweet. ♥ Thank you so much! Report Review
Poor, Poor, George. Love this chapter, and I know what you mean I want hug them to...Oh lucky you have a cat, I want one so badly, but my Grandmother doesn't really like them...it's so sad because I want a cat and I would name it Kitty!
Maybe that's why I love Ginny so much, because she's a cat person. I don't know...I just love this story :)
Love it all,
LizzieAuthor's Response: I'm not quite sure where the idea for this chapter came from. I was sitting down and typing my woes about it to a good friend of mine, and it literally just popped into my head as I was doing so. Go figure!
Once again, thanks so much, Lizzie -- I really, really do appreciate all of these reviews! Report Review
Percy, god I have so much love for him. Since you love him you should read my sisters stories, Ariellem, she adores Percy! Anyway this was great, I love your style and I hope you write more Wesley stories, because your writing...Oh my god, your writing is just amazing.
Love, love, love, love it!
LizzieAuthor's Response: Your sister is Ariellem? But I've read her stories before! I even beta-read part of a story for her, too, before I got too busy. :( It was one of her Pen/Oliver ones, and I really liked it!
But wow, thanks so much, Lizzie -- seriously. :) I'm not planning on writing any more of these little Weasley stories at the moment, but little kids in general? Oh, yes.
You're awesome, Lizzie -- thanks so much! ♥ Report Review
this is so... well written ! haha it's amazing (: xxAuthor's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! It means a lot to me that you did -- I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the story! ♥ Report Review
Poor Percy, what did he do? Loved this chapter though, it was so cute :) I mean this is just so Weasely! Fred, he's cute, but I still love Ron, Charlie and Percy, I don't know why I just have so much love for all three.
I'm so glad you wrote this, this shows all your talent and you have great talent!
Off to read more, LizzieAuthor's Response: Ron, Charlie, and Percy are my three favorite Weasley boys -- funny how that works out! I think it's because, as I said, Charlie and Percy are probably the most overlooked. And Ron, well, Ron's just good for a bit of comic relief. :3
Thanks eternally, Lizzie dear! Report Review
Oh, that's just so cute! I loved this chapter, I was wondering when you we're going to do something on Bill, still I think Ron and Percy are just great...Haven't got much of Ginny, you know my undying love for her :) Hope to see her :)
This chapter though was great, and the relationship between Charlie/Bill is like the one I have with my big sister, I'm Charlie and I drive her nuts :)
Love this chapter, off to read the next :)
LizzieAuthor's Response: I did a one-shot on each of the Weasley children, following it up with an epilogue (which, of course, you now know). So yes, Bill definitely got his fifteen minutes of fame, as it were!
I can't really relate to Bill and Charlie's relationship, or really any of these sibling relationships -- both of my sisters are my age, so they're not technically younger or older except in minutes. So I'm glad it came off well! Thank you so much for reviewing! ♥ Report Review
I loved this chapter to! God, you have such a talent. I love Charlie in this, and Percy well I have a small love for him you didn't make him evil you made him a brother. Also my sister writes Percy Weasely and Audrey so I've learned to have a side feelings for him.
Still love Ron, how could I not he and his bear are just so cute. I'm like that with my stuffed animals, at my age, though when it comes to names, Ron beats me. I name mine things like Beary:)
Loved this chapter and have so much love for this story :)
LizzieAuthor's Response: Charlie and Percy are two of my favorite Weasleys, too! I feel like a lot of people give both of them very little credit in fan fiction, and so I'm happy when I get the chance to include them. :)
I, too, was not very original when naming my stuffed animals, so I felt like changing that here. And dear Mr. Stuffing, he's taken on a life of his own! Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Lizzie! Report Review
No! It can't be over! What can I say about this?? You wrapped things up perfectly in an epilogue that perfectly suited the story. I liked how you brought in elements from all the previous chapters and how Mr Stuffing was now ready to be passed onto the next generation!
I'm so glad that Molly and Arthur still have a happy family life, even though all the children have moved away. This is without a doubt the best canon fic I've ever read, and well deserving of the awards it's won. Best of wishes for your next story collection, I can't wait to read it!!Author's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a sweet review! I wanted to wrap the summary up not as an end, but sort of a means to a new beginning, and filtering in all the other stories seemed to make it more continuous -- at least to me. I'm glad you liked them!
Best? That makes my day so much, it really does -- wow, I can't even thank you enough. :) I'm actually writing the next story right now (took a break to respond to reviews)! I can't wait for everyone to read it! Many thanks, as always. ♥ Report Review
Aw! God, your so talented! I love this, and Ron god he's just so cute! and Mr. Stuffing I want that Teddy bear, this chapter is just too cute. I love this, Jane you're so bloody talented!
I loved how Fred and George liked to scream in Percy's ear, that was just so cute! I'm love this story! I'm off to read the next chapter!
LizzieAuthor's Response: Lizzie! ♥ I can never properly respond to your commentary -- you just sort of make me melt into a puddle, a happy puddle. :3 Mr. Stuffing is such a star, no?
Fred and George! ♥ That's (selfishly) one of my favorite bits of this chapter, that line is. I'm glad you like it too! Thank you so much for the lovely review, I am so flattered! Report Review
Great way of wrapping it up. This story has been wonderful, exactly the sort of short-and-sweet I've been looking for :)Author's Response: I'm so glad to hear it, I really am. :3 The fact that you took the time to review means the world to me. I wrote these so that anyone coming along could just click on whatever they thought looked interesting -- stand-alone, as it were. I like that myself, and I always write so that it might capture interest (while staying true to what I /want/ to write, of course!).
Ramble aside -- thanks so much for taking the time to tell me what you thought. I cannot express my appreciation. ♥ Report Review
A passage worthy of Jo herself.Author's Response: Honestly? It's one line, and one of the best reviews I have ever received. Hands down. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it, it means the world to me.
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its really amazing.
i really like this story. it make me sad that its over but u r going to write another collection owo , now i am happy.
i was sad and thinking why molly have only 7 children (lol) , if she would have more then here we must have few more chapters ( :D)
eally great work and ron is my fav character among trio so i m happy u brought him and his bear in last chapter too.
10/10Author's Response: I am so grateful for all the positive feedback on this -- there are just no words. It means the world to me to hear you say such lovely things! I could have written more, I suppose, but every story has its end, and this reached it. :)
Ron's one of my favorites, too -- I adore writing him! And Mr. Stuffing, of course, needed his final bow. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review, I really appreciate it! ♥ Report Review
This was an absolutely perfect ending to a wonderful story. Although I'm really sad it's over, it was a beautiful epilogue as heartwarming as all the other chapters. 10/10 and I can't wait for Growing Up Magical!!! Thankyou very much for such happy reading. Author's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review -- seriously, it means the absolute world to me. :) The responses this story's gleaned are just fantastic, there are no words.
I hope to see you back here when the next collection's up -- it shouldn't be too long now! Thank you for reviewing! ♥ Report Review
Im literally so sad that this story is over, its a wonderful gem of a story that Iíve really enjoyed reading. Every bit of it was so preciously wonderful thats its a little hard to accept that its the end (which is why Im really really glad that youíre going to be doing another short story collection Ė because youíre so fantastically good at them).
This was the perfect way to finish everything: you brought everything together so beautiful that it was impossible not to believe that it had been headed this way all along. I'm glad you picked Ron, I really liked that, and I loved the clock and the bear and everything you included. It was so great. Literally, I can do nothing but sit here and write your praises - because theres nothing I can fault. I loved this story and I'm going to miss it a lot :)
Thanks for writing! :D
-ACAuthor's Response: Your reviews mean so much to me -- having enjoyed a fair amount of your stories myself, the fact that you like mine means quite a lot to me. :) I'm glad to hear you're looking forward to GUM, too, the positive reactions are really encouraging!
I wanted to finish with a good measure of closure, and am so pleased to see that I seem to have attained it. Thanks so much, Helen, seriously -- you're fantastic! ♥ Report Review
THANKS, IT'S BEEN FUN!!!Author's Response: And to you, thank /you/! Glad to hear you enjoyed what I wrote! :) Report Review
*Sniffle* that was BRILLIANT!! So sad its over... but I think "Growing up magical" will be even better! I can't wait for it! PLEASE PLEASE write growing up magical soon!!Author's Response: I'm sad it's over, too -- didn't think I would be, so it's coming as a bit of a surprise! I hope to see you back here for the next collection, though, I'm very excited to write it. :)
Seriously -- thank you so, so much! ♥ Report Review
An excellent and perfect finish to a fantastically excellent collection of short stories. If your next collection of stories is as good as this, I can't wait to read them.
It was good to see Ron getting over his fear of spiders so that he could carry on the tradition where Mr Stuffings is concerned into the next generation of Weasley's.
My thanks to your sister for wanting you to write the stories and my thanks to you for sharing said stories with the world.
Overall 100/100 for the entire set.Author's Response: I am so grateful you took the time to come back and read this final story! :3 You've been a great reviewer throughout, and I am glad you liked the stories. My sister is so pleased at your comment, too!
100/100? I am flattered. ♥ I hope to see you back here very soon! Thank you so much again! Report Review
Not gonna lie, I would be thoroughly depressed right now if it weren't for the knowledge that I'll soon be reading Growing up Magical. This story is definitely one of my very favorite things I've ever read, and hands-down /the/ most canon story on HPFF. This is writing that could have been snippets on Pottermore, and as far as I'm concerned, it IS canon. Like, this is the kind of thing I can imagine you printing out and binding together, and mailing to JKR as a gift because it's legitimately something I think she would be very proud to read. I really hope that someday she finds herself trolling the internet and discovers it, because I think she would love the justice you gave to her characters.
Every story, every Weasley, was perfect, and they all fleshed together so well. I enjoyed searching for Mr. Stuffing and watching the children through each other's eyes, getting up to shenanigans in a time when everyone thought Voldemort was dead and Ron hadn't met Harry yet (because really, knowing Harry on a personal level is like the kiss of death) and everything was so peaceful. You captured beautifully what the world is like through the eyes of a child - and a child living in a magical world at that.
You should be so proud of this story. There's a reason why it has so many reviews and favorites - it reminds us of flipping open Harry Potter books and joining those adventures all over again. Watching for updates and enjoying them, to me, was like turning to a new chapter in the actual Harry Potter books. You write in an uncannily JKR-like way in this story, with that friendly, matter-of-fact tone, and you leave no stone unturned when it comes to detail and weaving in canon elements. It's funny and touching and always warms my heart when I read it - it's like the equivalent of drinking hot chocolate on a snowy day. So many fuzzies. ♥ And this chapter here was just the icing on the cake - I can't think of a better way for you to have ended it. Molly going through and sorting old toys for Ron to give to Hugo - revisiting the memories attached to these items...it was wonderfully written. And I'm so glad that Molly and Arthur still have each other, and the grandkids are coming over next week, and even though everything keeps changing, that doesn't mean it has to be bad. There are so many Weasleys to love and you make me love them even more. :)
This won't be the last time I read this epilogue, because Growing Up Weasley is the sort of story that you revisit all the time. Thank you so much for writing it and sharing it with us. SO MANY HUGS. You are one of my favorite authors ever, and that's not limited to fanfiction.
P.S. NAGGING FOR GROWING UP MAGICAL UPDATES STARTS: NOW. (and I shall be merciless since you're TA and I know you have da powaz)
And so she climbed the branches of the tree --
Not so high as to be invisible,
But just high enough in order to lose
An unpleasant grip on reality.
He watched her go up the branches, up and
Up, wishing he could fall in behind her.
He didn't know that she wanted him to,
And had done so for seven extremely
Quiet and subversive years. But perhaps
He was just now beginning to realize
That just maybe he wanted to as well.
Down she climbed, and he waited for her there
As he knew that he should always have done.
And just maybe would always continue to do.
This story really was for you, you know -- from the beginning to the end. Without you I know it wouldn't have made it here, and I can never thank you for all you've done. ♥ ♥ Report Review
Absolutely spectacular. I've got to say it. Those are some of the only words that describe how amazing this last chapter was. I swear I teared up so many times, and not just when you mentioned Fred. I laughed at how you recounted all the incidents that had been described in previous chapters. I smiled when Ron took Mr. Stuffing home to Hugo. I loved Molly even more for her strength, courage, and love during this chapter.
This was an absolutely phenominal story and I'm so glad you decided to write it. I've got to give your sister a high-five through the screen for asking you for a Ron story because without her this wouldn't exist. Now that wouldn't be good at all.
Wonderfully well done! 10/10
I can't wait for the next short story collection ")
classicblackAuthor's Response: Thank you so much for being such a loyal and supportive reader until the end. :) It means a lot to me that the story had as many fans as it did -- quite frankly, I don't know what to say!
I am honored to have evoked such emotion in you, I really am. I showed my sister the high-five bit, and she got really pleased. :D Be on the lookout for GUM, it'll be out soon! Thanks so much, for the final time, although I'll never stop being grateful. ♥ Report Review
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