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Review #1, by sheryl Smile.

21st October 2012:
i love this so much bex, you write with so much detail and emotion and it's honestly amazing to read. i had little shivers up my spine the whole time!

poor Minerva, it's so sad how she tried so hard while her mother was alive but her mother barely saw because of her descent into insanity. the part where Isobel was talking about how Minerva put work first all the time was so shattering, I can't even begin to imagine how Minerva would feel. But you described it so well and I'm never going to be able to look at Minerva or Isobel the same way!

I loved reading this Bex! It's an amazing piece.

Author's Response: why has it taken me 3 years to respond to this sheryl??? This review is so lovely, and after deleting all my fics, I couldn't delete this one because it's so close to my heart & personal to me.

With that bit I tried focusing on how others would feel looking on Isobel's struggle rather than how Isobel would feel, because it's impossible to know how someone with that illness is feeling.

I'm really glad you enjoyed it sheryl, and while you probably won't see my response, I'm so sorry it's taken me this long to respond!


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Review #2, by daretodream Smile.

15th September 2012:
Hey Bex!

Well, this piece was marvelously sad, which seems like a contradiction but is the only way I can think of to describe it. It was both marvelous and so terribly sad at the same time.

Poor, poor Minerva. Honestly, had I not read this oen shot I never would have found myself wondering what happened to Isobel McGonagall, which horrifies me. So thank you for opening my eyes to a character I would have disregarded if not.

I felt Minerva's struggle so acutely throughout this piece. You did a really good job of capturing all of Minerva's emotions, and I can only imagine that was a real challenge. I feel like I went through all of this with her!

Most of all, this piece was really realistic. You didn't sugarcoat the difficulties or the emotions, but you told it like it was, and that was refreshing. This was difficult for everyone involved, and I'm glad you didn't forget the pain and confusion that Isobel went through as well.

I think my favorite part of the one shot was easily the fact that Mineva asked Dumbledore how he dealt with Ariana and her mental illness. It was just such an innovative idea and I loved it.

I really enjoyed this one shot! Good work!


Author's Response: Thanks so much for this review Cassie, it really means a lot to me. No one is really sure what happened to her but in a way I think something bad must have for Minerva not to be in regular contact with her mother and family. The McGonagall family are my absolute favourite to both read and write because they're a family with problems too but people just don't see them like they do Harry's or Dumbledore's.

When writing this I didn't find it easy but it just sort of flowed. Like I was going through what Minerva had gone through.

I didn't want to sugar coat this, I mean obviously I left out some things that could really upset people if they've dealt with similar situations but I want to convey that even though magic is still there, nothing can hide the fact that Isobel was ill. People do always get upset when finding out a family member has dementia, but I wanted to keep Isobel's pain there too because sometimes people forget about the person that has it and focus on their family members.

Minerva is still young and I think Albus would've already confided in her about Ariana, so this was the perfect opportunity to ask despite the situation being different there's always the same resolution.

Thanks again Cassie, I'm really glad you took the time to review!


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Review #3, by Mihali1432 Smile.

14th September 2012:
Omg. Bex. This was so sad... Like super duper sad. I'm all depressed now... thanks :P Anyways, there were a couple mistakes but honestly, they don't matter much. It's a wonderful, wonderful songfic.

Isobel's slow decent into madness and insanity was written really well, and it's really saddening that such a thing can happen. The worst part was when she started talking about her thoughts on Minerva (Worst as in saddest :p This is praise, not insults by the way... I felt I needed to point this out xD). I was so sad after reading that and I didn't want to continue cause I knew what would happen soon...

I feel so bad for them all :( Poor Isobel and Minerva. I wanna hug them both (And you cause I know the meaning behind this).

Anyways, that's all for this review. :p This was awesome Bex, quite sad and the lyrics did give it a nice oomf emotion wise!


Author's Response: Hey Mike! I know, when I was writing it I did feel a bit sad but it actually didn't take me long and I was so scared it would take me forever and a day. I wanted people to see that once you have Dementia people don't suddenly forget everything, it can be a slow process and it's the little things that get to people really. When she was telling everyone what she thought about Minerva, I just tried to imagine being them both. It was REALLY hard, but I got there and I knew what had to be said. Overall I'm glad you liked it Mike, and I hope it didn't depress you too much!


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