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Review #51, by madness Just Edie

20th May 2015:
Well that was an exciting chapter! Loving it, as always.

Author's Response: Thank you! Struggling with the next chapter (in an I-Don't-Want-this-to-End way) ♥

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Review #52, by LittleMissAutumn Just Edie

19th May 2015:
THIS STORY HAS TORN AT MY HEART IN SO MANY WAYS! I laugh, I bite my fist, I want to cry, I laugh again...this is a roller-coaster that I've deeply been enjoying and I can't wait for the next chapter! I spent the day reading the entire thing and it's been a day wonderfully spent if I must say so myself. :) I relate so much with Edie. Her character, brothers, and friends are so well written. Her and Oliver are so cute together and I know that despite their conflicts, they will eventually get together and hopefully live long happy lives together.

Author's Response: Agghh yay, thank you! I'm glad the roller coaster hasn't been too... roller coaster-y. I tried sprinkling in some humor here and there to balance out how dramatic the last five or so chapters have been. In fact, some I wrote to completion, realized they were too sad/angsty/melodramatic, and then had to start over. So that's very refreshing to hear, thank you!

I'm glad you can relate to Edie. She's made up of the messy parts of me and so many others, and that's why I wanted to write about her!

The next chapter is giving me a little trouble... mostly just because I don't want it to be over and if I never write it then the story will never end and all of my little fantasies can go on forever and ever and ever and ever right??? But, knowing me, I will just start word-vomiting when I write and one chapter will turn into three because I have SO many head canons and ideas for these two and this fic, and I hope I get to write about all of them.

(Oops, long response. Coffee.)


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Review #53, by ataxaphobia Just Edie

18th May 2015:
I've just discovered this story and managed read the whole thing over the weekend. I'm sad to see it end already! You're hilarious, heart warming, and serious all at the same time. 10/10 would recommend. P.S. I'm following you on Tumblr now. :)

Author's Response: Ohhh that's so awesome, I love hearing my Tumblr isn't all for naught! I have a couple new followers as of this week, but feel free to send me an ask so I can say hello and thanks for reading! (And if not, I'll say it here: hello and thanks for reading!) ♥

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Review #54, by Anonymous Just Edie

17th May 2015:
So excited for the ending!! Honestly I can't believe it's almost over. Fingers crossed Edie and Oliver end up together! Great chapter!

Author's Response: Thank you! I just noticed that I am very terrible at counting, and there's actually another chapter after this--and maybe an epilogue. I think earlier I made it seem like this would be the final chapter.

Either way!

Thank you very much for reading ♥

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Review #55, by Anonymous Just Edie

13th May 2015:
Gah! *speechless*

*literally speechless*


*brain exploding*


Author's Response: Brain explosions are better than throwing your laptop! (I think?) Oh man, children--can you imagine Edie being a mother? I cannot. Plus Oliver probably had his share of parenting with Ada.

I foresee this fic being completed before the end of June. Wow! Just under the 3 year mark. ♥!

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Review #56, by Kaia Girl Seeks General Sense of Purpose

12th May 2015:
so good. Edie declining the job was surprising but i'm glad she did :)
it was a long chapter but it went by so fast and i NEED more. the fact that there is only one more chapter until the epilogue is a little worrying, for i might just cry if Edie and Oliver don't get together in the end..regardless, please update as soon as you can!

Author's Response: Heya! I'm glad that her declining the job was a surprise. And I'm with you: between Blakeslee, Theo and now Conor Fleming, I don't entirely blame her!

I know it was super long, I originally had it written that Oliver was unconscious and Edie just kinda glimpsed him before leaving, but I just *had* to add a little interaction between them, which gave the chapter some unforeseen bulk.

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Review #57, by Anonymous Happy New Year?

4th May 2015:
Oh my goodness...Okay, so I finished reading this story in about a day, more so because I got halfway through this and then almost threw my phone because WHY CAN'T EDIE AND OLIVER JUST BE HAPPY AND HAVE NO PROBLEMS AND -! *breaks into tears*
This is such a wonderfully written story and I am just in love with it and I can't wait for you to finish it and I really really really REALLY REALLY REALLY hope that they find happiness and UGH THEY FREAKING DESERVE IT! *more tears*
Can't wait until the next chapter =)

Author's Response: Oh wow oh wow oh wow!!! It is seriously so flattering that people have read this whole thing in one go. Like ??? I can't even express how nice that feels. Thank you! Hopefully your phone is unscathed ;)

The next chapter is basically done, it's just a matter of finding time to fine-tune everything. Hopefully I'll have some time in the next two days to put it in the queue. In the meantime, I have a Tumblr account for this fic, under the username "lennoxed" (M). There's some extras, inspiration and other fun stuff to keep you entertained while I try to get my life together! ♥

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Review #58, by Eliza Happy New Year?

3rd May 2015:
I am trying very hard to remain calm and collected right now, but I just read this whole thing in one setting and nope nope nope you cannot leave it there, and again NOPE. WHAT a place to leave it!!! Please, please update ASAP, I must know what happens in this fabulous story.

Author's Response: Hey! The next chapter was giving me some trouble but I've rewritten most of it. Just the last scene needs some reworking and then it'll be ready to go! Thanks for reading ♥

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Review #59, by Ari Happy New Year?

23rd April 2015:
Please update soon!! I just read this who story in like two days and love it. I love Edie and Oliver together and hope you will get them back together soon (maybe in the next chapter? A girl can dream, right?) Anyway, such a hilarious story and I anxiously await another chapter!

Author's Response: Heya! Thanks so much! It seriously blows my mind that people binge-read this story... Wow! I can't make any promises about them getting back together, but there will indeed be an update soon! I'm having some trouble writing the next chapter, so I went ahead and skipped it and have written almost the whole chapter after *that*... Hopefully it will get things flowing again and you'll see an update soon.

Thanks dearie ♥

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Review #60, by N Happy New Year?

5th April 2015:

Author's Response: Hehee, yes, there are certainly unprecedented levels of angst in this chapter! I considered rewriting the scene with Ward to make it a bit less dramatic and even with a little comedy in there... But it's the one time Edie feels true remorse for something--what she's done to Oliver and Ada--so I didn't want it to be lighthearted.

Next time, on "Sarah Leaves Unnecessarily Long Responses to Anon's Succinct Review..."

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Review #61, by hufflepuffheart Happy New Year?

29th March 2015:
So you know how people binge watch television shows on Netflix and all? Well I believe it's safe to say I just binge read this entire story, and I can't say I regretted a moment of it! Not too often do I come across stories that hold my interest (I'm rather scatterbrained) to hunker down in a blanket fort and read every single chapter made available, but I couldn't help myself with your story! You've done a spectacular job giving each character itheir own voice and their own distinct personality, something I think that can be difficult to do at times - it's easy to let certain characters that start off strong disappear into the void, but you have done an excellent job at avoiding this! I do miss the drunken excursions of Seamus, Dean, and Edie - those moments were always so much fun to read, made me want to sit in a pub and have a few drinks with them and try and keep up with their quidditch banter and ridiculously high tolerance for alcohol. But I realize that these came few and far between as Edie changed and went through her trials and tribulations. Edie is such a strong and pretty lovable character (even though she could be stubborn to the point of yelling at times) and you've done a beautiful job developing her and having her grow as a person. I also have to comment on Rose's character, and tell you that I liked her at first, THEN ABSOLUTELY HATED HER, and now after this chapter I kinda like her again. I love when that happens so please, keep doing what you're doing! Anywho, it's getting a bit late on my end, so I will quit my incessant babbling here, but I look forward to finding out what happens with Grimma and the FGC, with Dean and Edie and Mr. Finnegan, and of course Edie and Oliver. And thank you again, for providing me with funny and excellently written story to read! Cheers!

Author's Response: Hey there! This review is honestly so nice. Thank you so very much, I mean that sincerely. What kind words!

When people say that they binge-read this entire thing, I first of all am so incredibly flattered, and also wonder what their thoughts are. It's taken me over two years to write this, and my voice has changed significantly (I think moving to a rainy rainy city has led to the last few chapters being more dreary than usual) so reading it all in one go must be very strange! Your comments about Edie's evolution have put me at ease, though, and I can't thank you enough for taking the time to review, as this has always been a concern of mine.

Yes, Seamus and Dean have sadly taken a back seat, but it's what happens in life, no? I can think of people who I was SO close with, either for weeks or years, and for one reason or another we drift apart (moving, changing jobs, new relationships--all of which happened to Edie.) This story has only taken place over about five months, so in terms of the breaking apart of friends, we're in the thick of it!

I'm glad that your opinion of Rose is a little unclear--or at least not pure dislike. She is based on a person who at times I felt so belittled by, and then who would sometimes go out of their way to show me kindness. She's three-dimensional that way, as is Rose, hopefully! Plus I don't like the idea of a Woman vs. Woman nemeses. Really Ward was the enemy all along!

To be honest I've taken a break from this story in the last few weeks... Work has largely gotten in the way. I'm moving, too, but after next week things should be settling down. I'm so close to the finish line and can't wait to write the last chapter. It'll be soon, I promise!

Thank you again, so much! ♥

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Review #62, by dirtydeedsdonedirtcheap Happy New Year?

21st March 2015:
The bottle of champagne that he brought specifically for this moment is popped, and he sprays it everywhere, shouting to everyoneís protests, ďITíS OKAY, IíM AN AUROR!Ē

Seamus, you DA man.

I feel bad about Dean. I miss Dean. He has kinda been given the shaft in this story.

ďDefinitely not married! It was my best mateís wedding! We didnít even go together!Ē

ďThe lobster puffs were extraordinary,Ē Seamus says.

Seamus is no help whatsoever but heís still the man but heís going to end this relationship before it has even started if he doesnít hush up.

ďIt wasnít her, Edith!Ē Mr. Wardís lilting voice has a sharp edge that Iíve never noticed.


Uh, heartbreaking but there was a part of me that knew this was going to happen. I mean, just because she burned it hello thereís magic in the world. And if this was the muggle world all these places have cameras. They could have seen what she was typing or went into her harddrive because most computers are set up to the main system where anyone can snoop on it. Totes illegal but come on, you know itís done.

Depressing! Come on Ollie, have a brain. Hate to say Edie deserves it but she's kinda naive anyway.

Author's Response: Huehuehuehue, Seamus. I was struggling with how to start this chapter and was like, "Seamus. Duh." Hence he has the very opening line... It really helped. He's so much fun to write that I just speed-typed wrote the whole thing in one sitting. And yes, Dean's been kind of given the shaft, but it seemed like the best way to convey the strains on Best Friendship Meets Unrequited "Love." It's so uncomfortable that neither of them actually wants to talk about it. Plus a dramatic confrontation would just be too much with all of the ~other drama~ going on (cheating on Rose, Do-We-Or-Do-We-Not-Date?, losing her job, everything with Ada, etc.)


Another thing I changed--originally Rose WAS gonna have been the one to publish the stories. But I was like, "Ehh, how much Woman vs. Woman does this story really need?" Hence the almost-friendship between Rose and Edie.

Yeah, I know what you mean. "But... magic." Of course someone would find out. Like, why didn't James and Lily just Apparate to baby Harry's room and then Apparate all of them away? There is probably a canon reason for this that I am totally oblivious to buT MY POINT IS. It totally could have been prevented/foreseen because of magic, but it needed to happen because otherwise there would be no story ;) (Wow I am not comparing the romantic turmoil of Edie to the genius that is JKR's writing, promise.)

Aww, I don't think Edie deserves it! Maybe I'm totally biased? I don't know, she's been pretty terrible up til recently. But she made a careless mistake and had no bad intentions, and Ward took advantage of her... I dunno. At least this one single time, I'm gonna say she didn't deserve it ;) But yes--she is certainly naive!

Thank you again, as always, lovely reviewer! I have the next chapter all written but it took a Very Dark Turn that I had not at all intended. It needs to be re-worked... I have GOT to end this thing sometime, and I can't keep adding more to the plot. Especially when it's all angst, angst, angst!

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Review #63, by dirtydeedsdonedirtcheap A King on Her Throne

21st March 2015:
Iím finally back! YAY! *cheer*

Musicians never wake up early! Itís part of his artistic process

Man, I should have stuck with playing the guitar.

meanwhile he didnít think twice before selling me out to the Wizardazzi


There never was a choice. There was always only one answer, and it was handed to me from the beginning. Itís only taken me this long to realize it.

Edie, for the love of Merlin. Thank goodness. Iím glad youíve somewhat come to your senses. I cannot trust youíve come to them 100% because you are you but still.

ďCruel!Ē she laughs. ďIf you were a man doing this, would you be cruel? Or would you just be a hardened reporter, doing whatever it takes to get the job done? You were biased, yes, but never cruel.Ē

Thereís some truth to that. Though I disagree and think she was rather cruel in the beginning. But in order to be a reporter you have to create distance between you and your subject. This is why a lot of reporters get so much flak because they start to become friends with some of them, go out to drinks, dinner, and then theyíre asked: hey, donít write that. And then they donít and the whole institution of journalism is hurt because it comes out ten years later that so and so was bought or told the half-truth instead of the full truth.

I used to have a drinking problem. Right after my parents died. I took it horribly, and I didnít act like an adult, and I really let Ada down.

Well, I didnít see that coming but is Ďused toí mean it was only because of his parents or he really shouldnít be drinking and his bender and attitude when he first met Edie was because of the alcohol and perhaps Oliver is an alcoholic.

I feel like we are nearing the end and that saddens me but I have to say this chapter was fantastic. Iíve been waiting for Edie to grow up and come to some realizations for the past few chapters but I think it finally hit her and she has.

May I ask what are you going to work on next once this story is over?

Author's Response: Weee, you're back!! Yes, thank you for Wizardazzi! You clever thing, you. :)

As for the "Choice" Edie had, I suppose there always was one, if you look at it from one angle. I had a hard time explaining it in the chapter (didn't want to spoon feed y'all too much!) so hopefully this helps... She was always able to choose Oliver or her career. Obviously, choosing Oliver meant forsaking her career because she wouldn't write mean things about him; choosing her career meant letting go of Oliver, etc. etc. etc. But! She had always thought that there would be that job. A few times she worries and wonders if she will be kept as an employee after the articles are published, but never enough to inquire about it. (Again she's sweeping things under the rug here and ignoring her problems, which I'm not at all defending--but I'm totally guilty of it!) So yeah, her realization that "there was always only one answer" doesn't mean that he answer is "I have to choose Oliver; I have to be the bigger person; I have to not write the articles." The answer was that there was logistically never a future for her at WW. I didn't want this story to be about the MC being forced to choose between love and a career, because I don't see how the two are even on the same level (and I think I've harped on that enough on other review responses!!)


Anyway I hope that was explained well enough in the story, but in case it wasn't... there's an unnecessarily lengthy explanation for you. (And you probably already knew all of that but oh well!)

I love how knowledgeable you are about journalism, because all of your points--like journalists becoming friends with subjects and being asked to not write certain things--are all interesting. They makes me wonder how this story could have changed, vastly or insignificantly, with little tweaks like that. For example, if Edie and Oliver had hit it off initially, instead of her getting ahead of herself, and him asking her not to publish about Ada "as a friend" vs. not telling her about Ada because he didn't trust Edie.


Ohh sorry for any confusion there--Oliver is not an alcoholic. At least not by my definition. I hadn't considered the thought that somebody who "used to" have a drinking problem, but still drinks, therefore STILL has a drinking problem. But I didn't intend for him to be an alcoholic at all. Maybe that all has to do with perspective, though? I'm sure some readers would consider Edie's drinking to be questionable, especially towards the beginning of the fic, but I just see it as part of being a twenty-something who genuinely enjoys the taste of beer (and also a good time.) I dunno. Anyway, when I first mapped out the fic I played with the idea of Oliver being a recovering alcoholic. It just didn't sit well with me, though, because of the strains that could put on his relationship(?) with Edie. It opened a lot of doors and opportunities for angst that I didn't want to pursue.

Oh my god I just really blabbed SO much. Thank you so much for all of your reviews, and if you made it this far into my response I'm very impressed ♥

As for writing projects, I'm finally dabbling in original fiction. (I wrote KC&CO after like 5 years' absence from HPFF because I wanted to write a novel but didn't think people would read it.) So as much as I love this story, and I'm gonna be so sad when it's over, in a way it's been one big writing exercise.


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Review #64, by marauderfan Happy New Year?

18th March 2015:
Omg. That... could have gone better. I see Edie has not lost her talent for ending up in really terrible situations. I had a bad feeling about that article she wrote in the last chapter - like I thought someone might have seen it - but I didn't expect anyhing quite that bad. Eek!

On the oher hand, I really, really loved the appearance of Seamus again. I had missed him! It felt like kind of a throwback to old times, except with a little weirdness about Dean now. Ooh and I like that Rose and Edie are kind-of-friends now. That was a lovely scene. I like that they have each other at least - both of them have been screwed over by their former jobs, and been dumped (by the same person!) so at least they can understand each other a lot more, and gripe about how unfair life is, haha.

This was a great chapter!

Author's Response: Hey there! Thanks for reviewing ♥

Yes, she definitely does have a penchant for the less than ideal. It was weird writing it because normally I try to make the situations humorous (or at least not be totally devastating) but this time she really is experiencing something fully, and letting herself be upset by it instead of sweeping it under a rug, making light with jokes, etc. I didn't really say it in the story but it was a huge deal that she cried at all, as she's emotionally stunted and can't ever fully grasp how terrible things can be enough to experience it emotionally. She's not very empathetic, but that includes things that happen to her. She's selfish and self-centered, yes (ohhh yes very), but rarely does she fully acknowledge the Truly Terrible. The fact that she cried in front of Ward and Rose, two people she disliked, is saying something.


Yes Rose! That was a last-minute change to the plot, actually, but I'm glad for it. Originally Edie and Lisa were going to be hanging out, but I wanted to express change, etc., so Edie suddenly being back to having girl time with Lisa (who, let's face it, cannot function without Justin) felt too comfortable. Plus, like you said, things have come full circle and Rose and Edie are now in the same boat!

Thanks so much for reading. I can't believe how close this story is to being done (no I will not stop saying that, not even after it's already done.)


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Review #65, by chicken addiction Happy New Year?

18th March 2015:

Author's Response: Soon! ♥

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Review #66, by heartjily4ever A King on Her Throne

14th March 2015:
I love this chapter so much lovely, I feel very proud of Edie and her character development. The resignation was done very well - I approve wholeheartedly of the reasons for it - especially in light of adorable Oliver's new reveals. Blakeslee is a huge prat who clearly does not care enough about other people - but you do wickedly selfish career driven women very well.

I am with Edie and her family on the hillwalking hating. My family love doing Chrimbo walks for fresh air which is total rubbish because I could very easily just open a window. And you have to put on so many layers and then just take them off again later - I could complain forever but I won't because your fabulous writing is very distracting.

The Oliver scenes were done so well!! His admition is perfect and he is opening up on purpose which is so great.I love his character more and more as each chapter arrives, with the little bits of him all coming together into this knotted little lump of cutely vulnerable but ruggedly protective and perfect for Edie in every way-ness.

I really like the idea of writing the article and burning it - I hope it doesn't come back to bite her one the bum, although I don't know how it could. I think it will cleanse her writing palate and really just help her as a journalist - speaking of which I hope she finds another job soon. As always I would cherish some more Ginger in any chapter, and I can't wait for the next

Author's Response: Hey dere!

I'm glad that Edie is finally getting on everyone's (maybe?) good sides. Or at least she's showing her potential for being an actual adult. Blakeslee is selfish, yes, but to me it's just in her nature. The things that we would see as selfish (namely not caring who she screws over in the name of getting a good story) she doesn't see as so. You and I would see human decency and compassion for coworkers/interview subjects as most important; she most values being a thorough reporter, upholding Witch Weekly's standards, and providing readers with interesting material.

Haha, so glad that a few of you seem to be on Edie's side with the Christmas walk. I'm more on Hypatia's wavelength, honestly, though perhaps in a less creepy way than standing over one's bed while they sleep.

"Knotted little clump of cutely vulnerable but ruggedly protective." Ummm I need to remember this to put it on my tumblr or something. That is one of the greatest descriptions of Oliver that I've read yet! Thank you! :D

Yes, writing and burning the last article was indeed a cathartic moment. She just had to get it out of her system. She also know that it would never be read, so that she could write the way she wanted to without any repercussions. Therapy, in a way!

Ginger so good. Best. Best pup. It's really hard writing from Edie's perspective, because she's bad with animals and is just like "Eh, okay, I guess you're cute... Come along, then." Whereas I would never leave Ginger alone and poke her squished-in face. I have a little headcanon about Ginger that may come as a fun surprise, but I'm not sure if I can fit in in the story! If not here, it'll be in the blog, trust.

Thank you so much! The next chapter has been validated ♥

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Review #67, by fran A King on Her Throne

14th March 2015:
Omigoodness my parents are all for stupid little walks on Christmas day, especially if we have visitors and it's so annoying - it's as if they don't know its a holiday for sitting eating too much food and watching TV. You shouldn't do any form of exercise at all. I firmly agree with Edie - the only way through is the power of hot chocolate.
I'm totally proud of this new Edie with her job and the way she handled Olivers revelations - which I also love that he is opening up and such. It was a very mature move by Edie which i completely approve of especially in light of new Oliver secrets. Blakeslee is a jerk obviously - career gone to her head maybe? I'm a huge supporter of career driven women going for what they want, but less so at the expense of others privacy. But I guess thats journalism for you.
I hope things take a turn for the better for Edie job wise soon, seeing as her love life is on the up. Hoping for more Ada in the story as well :D. Great piece of writing again - I've found it funny the whole way through so you've done a fabby job. Can't wait to read more lovey.

Author's Response: Aww, I wish my parents wanted to do a Christmas Day walk! They're of the "sitting around, staring at space, nobody really talking, eating a lot, awkward silences" type. I'd honestly love to have a Christmas with lots of chatter and hiking and such. And yes--lots of hot chocolate!

I'm so surprised by everyone's reactions to Blakeslee! Well, I suppose she's not exactly the kindest of people, but she's always been better than Mr. Ward. At least in my mind. She's definitely not a warm and fuzzy person, and we've really only seen her when she's angry or disappointed in Edie, for various reasons. But I have a love-hate (mostly love?) relationship with her.

Adaaa! This cast is huge, and unfortunately not everyone gets enough screen time. She's so fun to write, because she's in the midst of her petulant "Ughhh, whatever" pre-teen phase that I recall oh so well. I like when she and Oliver kind of gang up on Edie, as in both smirk at her with raised eyebrows and such. But she's also very sweet in her own way.

Glad it's still funny! I've been worried about keeping the voice lighthearted while Edie goes through some turbulence. Glad it's holding up.

Thanks so much for taking the time to review ♥

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Review #68, by alicia and anne Take Two and Call Me in the Morning

13th March 2015:
I have had my eye on this story for quite some time! So I am so happy that you asked for this one to be reviewed :D

YES! It's got Dean and Seamus in it! It's going to be pure awesome! I can already tell. Especially because they're picking holes in Seamus' flirting techniques. :P

Edie is pure brilliance! I absolutely love her! The love is so strong she is so amazing!

This first chapter is absolutely brilliant! It's so hilarious and I am already hooked on it! I am going to be favouriting this right now so that I can read and review the rest of it. I can't wait to see how her morning is going to go. I honestly can't stop giggling.

Seamus, Dean and Edie are pure amazing and I can't wait to see more of them together, their chemistry together is superb and they just seem to bounce off of each other. I am so very excited about this story!

Absolutely fabulous chapter, hun! You are so talented :D Keep up the amazing work!

Author's Response: Woohoo! I've suckered another reader in.

Dean and Seamus forever and ever and ever, seriously, I love them both so much. JKR created so many lovely minor characters that it's very easy to let them take their own course, and have their own voices, and be generally great. Those boys. And I suck so much and didn't really keep up with Seamus's flirting tendencies as I could have... I mostly stuck with the loudmouthed party-going fellow. One of the major edits I'll be doing soon is to keep his flirty tendencies in the forefront. But not with Edie. Just no.

Aww, I'm glad you like Edie! Seriously, it's like one of the most flattering things to hear that people enjoy an original character. They can be very tricky and I have written many a terrible Mary Sue in my day. Trust.

Thank you so much for offering some reviews! I'm actually almost done with this fic, with just 3 or so chapters left, so it's nice to get new readers every now and again.


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Review #69, by marauderfan A King on Her Throne

13th March 2015:
This was such a good chapter! (They all are, honestly) I thought you handled her resignation really well, and I liked the way it was more complicated than just choosing between a boyfriend and a career - life is more complex than that and you illustrated that in here. I think she made the right decision though - the job was turning her into someone she didn't like, who wrote cruel things about people, and she wouldnt have been happy there in the long run. And with that ending, as Oliver says it is a new beginning (though I can really relate to Edie on how much she is dreading searching for jobs again. Ugh it's the worst haha.)

And wow, Oliver's story! I really didn't expect any of that. It' does explain a lot though, and ties some loose ends together. I love how the way Oliver is portrayed in this story has changed so much, and it has a lot to do with how much Edie had changed over time - she has come a long way from when she just saw him as the privileged, pompous jerk.

Lovely writing! I can't believe the story is winding to a close - I'm simultaneously really looking forward to it and also not wanting it to end because I just love reading it. :)

Author's Response: Heya!

It was really important to me that Edie doubts her decision quit the magazine. Even moreso that she truly didn't *have* a choice, and that the way things stacked against her, she couldn't choose a career. It's always bothered me in stories and films when somebody completely gives up on something (usually a job) for the romantic interest in the story--who, in many cases, they just met. In real life, making that rash of a decision based on somebody you just met or barely have spent time with, doesn't work out. At least not always. So that's why Edie has the moment where she thinks "Oliver and I aren't getting married, by any means, and he's not necessarily my boyfriend--has this all been worth it?"

There were, of course, other reasons for quitting. As you pointed out, it was turning her into somebody she didn't like... which is a big reason, and maybe the "right" reason to quit.

It's all very complicated! hehe.

Yes, hopefully she and Oliver have both grown tremendously! Although to be fair, Edie actually had the majority of the growing up to do--Oliver just needed to be explained a little better.

I completely agree! Every time I write a new chapter--which has been happening REALLY fast these days--I feel so sad! Partially I'm very proud, because I've never actually finished a novel before on HPFF. But I also don't want to stop writing about these characters I've come to love so much!

Thanks for sticking around ♥

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Review #70, by chicken addiction A King on Her Throne

11th March 2015:

Author's Response: THANK YOU. YOUR USERNAME IS REALLY FUNNY :) I have the next two chapters already written (???! Me? Ahead of the game? What?) So they'll be up shortly. ♥

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Review #71, by PurpleShoes2 A King on Her Throne

11th March 2015:
I'm glad theres finally an update, I check almost daily I really enjoy your writing.

Author's Response: Aww, thanks so much! The next two chapters are all written, so if you keep up the habit, there will be an update waiting for you soon ;)

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Review #72, by dirtydeedsdonedirtcheap The Unfortunate Truth

24th February 2015:
No, of course not! You would be a member of our editorial staff. A writer.

My heart dropped because I know I should be excited but itís too easy and nothing comes easy for Edie.

Iím sure we wonít have any problems, but itís important that you understand.

You canít have it all Edie. You cannot. There it is. She can have Oliver and work for Witch Weekly but come on WHY WOULD SHE WANT TO? Letís be serious here: Edie is not a celebrity journalist. Sheís not. Sports writing would be her niche or even things that are current events, news, thatís where she belongs not at Witch Weekly stepping in as the next Rose Zeller.

Yeah, Iím all for getting a job and starting your career and a guy shouldnít stop you but she wants to be a real journalist. She wants to write substance. I donít see her happy for the next decade writing about Harry Potterís dishy children in the future or did you see what so and so was wearing? Donít get me wrong she can gossip. Especially with Lisa and in her head and when sheís mad but come on.

I think her final article will tell the truth. The truth about her relationship and the truth about Oliver.

And then itíll be over but there MIGHT be a light at the end of the tunnel and sheíll get that position she applied for at the Oracle or whatever it was called or for someone else.

Really? You were going to turn me into a tentacle?Ē

HAHA. Sorry Oliver, but you deserve it. Thatís HORRIBLE. Really, Edie and Oliver have no tact whatsoever. They really are meant to be together.

The only difference is that you pretend to better than the rest of us! Your writing gave Wood bad publicity, just like my photos.


So theyíre going to know. Itís either going to be front page gossip tomorrow or Edieís going to write her article and come clean or sheís just going to be pushed out of WW and thatís that. I donít know. I feel like Iím missing something here but I canít figure out quite what.

I canít believe I donít have another chapter to read. Update soon?

Author's Response: Exactly! Why would she want to work for WW? She openly criticizes it as a poor publication. This is just another example of her misinterpreting the desire to have a job, be stable, and make something of herself, for wanting to work at WW. She would be completely miserable as a fashion writer. Not to downplay that profession at all; I would give an arm to be a fashion journalist but Edie would have given up too much and ruined too many relationships (Dean, Rose, Oliver) to really enjoy the job.

Unfortunately, she's also faced with another problem: she and Oliver aren't even officially dating. She wouldn't even call him her boyfriend. Obviously there's a strong connection between them, and "when you know, you know" or whatever, but what about a couple months down the road? Is it worth giving up a career for a guy she isn't serious about? That was something that always bugged me with Rom-Coms following similar plot lines. Like, you barely speak to this guy other than casual run-ins but you know that he's worth giving up an entire lifetime of work?

But more on that in the next chapter.

Your points are really great too, though, and I don't really explore them as much as I could (because there is just WAY TOO MUCH going on in this story tbh.) Edie doesn't really consider it from that perspective, but she would be very unhappy.

Oh ho ho HO I love that nobody has guessed what's going to happen, weee!! What was that I just said in another response, about loving to surprise readers too much?

I love that you went from "They have no tact" to "they really are meant to be together." Like, yes, these people are not perfect but that doesn't mean they shouldn't hang!

YOU DID KNOW IT WAS THEO. I think you're the first person to guess it, too, maybe. I can't remember. But if not the very first, then one of the first. 50 points to Gryffindor (or wherever you belong!)

I have my laptop working today and I'm going to attempt the next chapter. This will be my third complete re-write, though. To say that it's giving me trouble is an understatement. There's a certain Big Reveal that requires a lot of emotion and a pinch of angst, but I don't want the whole chapter to be sad... So I'm struggling to find a consistent voice. Maybe that was just a bit of an overshare, but I want you guys to know why it's taking so long! It's because of this! And also because of watching a lot of Broad City.

Seriously though, it's been so great following as you read this story from beginning to end! Maybe you've noticed but I started this over two years ago, and most of my reviewers are return readers. So it's fun seeing it through fresh eyes. Thanks again for all of your reviews!

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Review #73, by dirtydeedsdonedirtcheap And What a Mess It's Been

22nd February 2015:
ďI want you to know that I read them. Your articles.Ē









ďWill Oliver be joining us for breakfast? Itís waffle day.Ē

Iím dead. I donít know how I can go on from here. The getting it on and the parentals and the brothers coming in and seeing Oliver. The waffle party.

Good lord, you are amazing. No words. This isnít a review this is me gaping at your amazing ness and trying to comprehend everything that just happened.

Author's Response: Okay, NOW I can say that I loved that Oliver gave Edie a letter from Amelia Jones, but it technically doesn't make sense, because it was written after the match she made him lose (hence the "PS - Try not to yell so loudly next time") but by that time Oliver had already read the articles and was upset. If he'd decided he was going to sever ties with Edie he probably wouldn't have gone to the trouble... Obviously it didn't work, but still.


"The waffle party!" Pahaha, I love it! I kind of wish it was the name of this chapter... Too fluffy, probably. But it's great.

I'm glad you liked this chapter! It was like 87% sex so I was unsure. Huehuehuehue.

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Review #74, by dirtydeedsdonedirtcheap Good Decisions

22nd February 2015:
Tomorrow? Canít you just leave the wedding and come back?

Eager, arenít we Edie?

Please, Edie. Youíve been training for this your whole life.Ē

I like how seriously she says this.

With my hands on her shoulders, and hers on my waist, we look ballroom-ready. There is an awkward mumbling. I spot Seamus in the crowd, doubled over in laughter.

I will never finish this chapter because I will just be pulling out my favorite parts for the next twenty minutes and giggling.

We never see you anymore, unless you need something from us. We broke into a building for you.

Go Dean! But come on the girl doesnít feel for you the way you do for her. Let it go mate. Things are different because sheís been in her own little world but even if she wasnít how comfortable would he be with her and Oliver together?

Itís awkward and weird. Admit your feelings Dean and then meet someone wonderful who will love you the way you deserve to be loved.

Wow this review took a sudden turn. The feels.

ďAnyway, I snuck out so often that I started carrying little treats for Mrs. Norris.Ē



Oh my God! Amelia Jones answered my letters!Ē

Edie, marry this man.

I friend zoned a guy once. It was awful and then for some reason I thought hey I will date him. We kissed it was horrid and his breath smelled and well letís just say he wasnít packing and I donít know why I overshare in my reviews to you but our friendship ended instantly. All well. I felt bad for a long time until I found out he was calling me fat and ugly and all these other things behind my back as he still tried to get together with me. No no, and all his friends that I was Ďfriendsí with dumped me and said all these things about me too. Whatever, Iíve got an awesome boyfriend now. Hopefully Dean doesnít get too mean but if he doesÖwell, they had a long run but you honestly cannot be friends with guys if they like you.

Author's Response: Haha, yes! Very eager indeed. I don't want to go over the 12+ rule here, but I always thought Edie and Oliver's "romantic life" would be very, erm, spirited. To say the least.

Yes, Dean's feels are at last out in the open... Although 487392472% of you have guessed it by now. I think I honestly didn't even really plan on him having feelings for her, or at least never making it so obvious, but everyone started shipping Deadie and what am I supposed to do, huh? Leave you guys hanging?

(Plus it really truly honestly happened to me, and it was SO horrible. Like I had to hide every time I had a boyfriend from my "best friend" because he was so jealous, but also so passive-aggressive that he would never come out and say it, and only gave me the silent treatment. It really ruined our friendship for a long time and things probably won't ever go back. It's better now; he's engaged to someone really amazing for him and I'm actually in the bridal party? As a groomsman? For him??? Like, hello, drama? But it's actually totally fine now. I just like to share all of the Edie-things that happen to yours truly.)

The Amelia Jones letter was a last-minute addition, but I love it! And Mrs. Norris. I kind of wish that Edie and Oliver somehow knew each other at Hogwarts, just for the random flashback here and there, or so that he could be like "Yeah, you tripped down the stairs once, I saw it." But that wouldn't work with the story because she had to not know him in order to not recognize him impersonating Krum.


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Review #75, by dirtydeedsdonedirtcheap Makeshift

21st February 2015:
ďOh,Ē Peter says dejectedly, ďYouíve already found your somebody. Well, congratulations I suppose. Looks like Iíll be leaving alone tonight. ĎPeter Finch-Fletchley, party of one.íĒ

I was trying to get through the entire chapter without pulling out quotes but I cannot. Between all the biblical references and Edie comparing herself to livestock and then this poor Peter. Oh man.

You just know how to make a crummy day better.

You ought to write jingles.

I turn his head towards me, lift my chin, and press my lips against his. This time, I kiss him.






If you pull them apart after this chapter Iím going to shake my fist at the computer screen angrily.

At you.

Naughty author.

Wow. I knew he had the hots for her and I didnít realize thatís why he didnít persue her. Her fake career. Oh Edie, youíve dug yourself in quite the hole. I wonder what he will think when the truth comes out. I wonder how the truth will come out. For some reason I see Dean being a part of it.

And wait the childrenís wing! How much shall I bet that Oliver DID give them some money but he did it under a different name or anonymously or something. Or maybe he didnít because the money wouldnít have actually gone to the children?

Oliver has so many layers and secrets but so does Edie. It's like they're meant for each other.

Author's Response: Ha! I do the same thing with pulling out quotes. It does really hinder/interrupt your reading (at least for me) but I like it because it forces me to acknowledge why I like something or found something troubling, because I have to explain it to somebody else, and in a way helps me to better understand the story. Either way, pointing out which parts did or didn't work for you is very helpful to me! So thanks :)

YEEEZZZ the kiss! Much like Edie's apology in the last chapter, it was important that this came from her. Oliver's been pursuing her mostly thus far, though in more subtle ways (and I hope his admitting that he was beginning to be pathetic was enough to not make this the Boy-Chase-Girl trope.) I was nervous about the line with her owing him because it could have been misconstrued for her owing him affection simply because he put time into her--NOT THE CASE, FRIENDS. (I'm sure you realize this, Deeds, but I like to throw in disclaimers where I can.)

Ohhh I wanted to do the dancing, romance, silly stuff you see in weddings because, let's be honest, I love it. But sadly I wanted to avoid this so there is actually no dancing! Especially none of the heated-sexual-tension-anger-tango scenes. But you can pretend that it happened. Imagine away! Write me a spinoff, in fact.

Ohhh, I never even considered Dean to be a part of the truth coming out, honestly. I feel like I've taken enough liberties with his character already--I mean I assumed he was always a bit controlling or jealous because of the fights he always had with Ginny. But he's so wonderful and one of the better Gryffindor "extras" in my opinion, so I really didn't want to make him spiteful in this fic on top of everything else. So, sorry to ruin any surprises, but nope! Sweet, lonely Dean is not to blame here.

I like your ideas about the children's wing too. But that's all I will say for now!

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