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Review #1, by CassiePotter We Will Rebuild.

21st March 2015:
Hello! I'm here for our review swap!
I haven't read many stories centered around Kingsley or the Ministry trying to rebuild after the Battle of Hogwarts, but I thought this one was really well done! I could feel how stressed and tired Kingsley and Arthur were, and that they knew how much work they had ahead of them. It's one of those times where it's really important to start getting things to a more stable position, but at the same time everyone just wants time to rest and grieve and be at home.
I loved the conversation between Kingsley and Arthur. I could tell that Kingsley is trying to be sensitive in offering Arthur a high position, since it will make him be away from home a lot, because he wants Arthur to be able to spend time with his family. The bit about Percy was really nice. I loved that they were willing to bring him back into the Ministry and forgive his past mistakes.
This was a great story, and I loved how I got the sense of people grieving, but it was still hopeful in the end, because they know they'll be able to move on.
Cassie :)

Author's Response: Thanks so much for the review.

Yeah, rebuilding the entire country can't be easy, especially considering how many personal issues a lot of people had to deal with at the same time - deaths of family members, friends, trauma from the battle and so on.

And I think it would be unrealistic for the Ministry to fire everybody who doubted Harry's word about Voldemort's return or who cooperated with Voldemort for their own safety.

This was for the House Cup and the prompt was overcoming adversary, which I guess the rebuilding of the Ministry counts as.

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Review #2, by nott theodore We Will Rebuild.

21st October 2014:
Hi Margaret! I'm here for our review swap :)

I always find your stories so interesting to read, and I hope that you don't mind me picking this one, although it had a few more reviews than others. I've never read a story before that looks at this moment, when Kingsley knows that he has to face the mammoth task of rebuilding the Ministry of Magic after the war, and I was so intrigued to see your interpretation of this period. From what I've read before, your stories always show an insight that other people haven't thought about when writing about these sorts of things.

I thought you did a great job characterising Kingsley Shacklebolt in this. Although at the end of the books we see him being announced the temporary Minister for Magic, we never really get the sense that he's in the Ministry for the power that it can afford him - he's not one of those people who's a career politician. In fact, we see him choosing to belong to the Order because he believes in fighting for what is right, even if that has the potential to cost him his job, so it makes perfect sense to me that he'd be struggling a little with finding out that he's going to be taking this job on permanently, and the different tasks and challenges that he has to face with that.

I really liked the way that he thought about those challenges as well - he didn't immediately panic, although he was acknowledging the full extent of how difficult it would be. In the books, Kingsley always seems like a calm and measured character, so that fit well with what we see of him in canon. Even just little details like the way he doesn't try and say anything to Arthur to comfort him over Fred because he knows that there's nothing he could really say to console someone who's lost a loved one - that made it feel more believable because it was so in line with the Kingsley we know from the books. And as horrible as it is, it's also true, and I always picture Kingsley as a wise sort of person, so that fits too.

One of the things that I enjoyed the most about this one-shot was the fact that Kingsley was looking at moving forward, rather than going for revenge. I think that would be so easy to do, especially when so many people suffered at the hands of the Death Eaters, but he's smart enough to know that they can't lock everyone up who worked in the Ministry when Voldemort had control, and that the only way to rebuild the society is to move past that. I thought that was so sensible of him, very in character, and also really interesting because I've never read about the way that this rebuilding has been approached before. I really like your version!

Arthur was a great character as well in this. I thought you portrayed him very realistically, especially the way that he was trying to carry on somewhat as normal and help Kingsley because he knew that they had this job to do. It would be easy for him to fall into the grief of losing a son, I think, but he takes a more practical approach and in a way that's better, as he's going to have an instrumental role in rebuilding the society that his son died for. I love the idea of him having a bigger role in the Ministry as well, and being recognised for the sort of person that he is, even while he's humble about his own abilities.

I thought you did a really great job with this story, and I enjoyed reading it so much - it was so interesting to read this interpretation about what happened after the war was over and there was a new world to rebuild!

Sian :)

Author's Response: I read a comment somewhere about the founders of my own state that those who come to power as a result of revolution/political campaigns and so on are usually reluctant politicians. I think it would be the same for Kingsley and others involved in rebuilding the wizarding world - they are doing what needs to be done to rebuild society, rather than going into politics as a simple job. And there is no real indication Kingsley has any interest in being Minister.

Your comment about how I show insights other people haven't thought of, apart from being very nice to hear (so thank you) is also quite surprising, as when I write things like this I always feel I'm only filling in things that are already obvious from the series. Not in stories like the one about Demelza, as there is no evidence as to what she did during the war, but in stories like this one.

The Order of the Phoenix does in some ways resemble what war tended to be like in Ireland. It's actually kind of funny - since we've HAD an army, we haven't really had any wars (the army did take part in ONE year-long war, but that's it). And it's not THAT long, in historical terms, since State building took place here - just under a century.

And so many people who worked under the Death Eaters were forced to do so or did so because they felt leaving would allow the Death Eaters even greater free reign to do what they wished - people like most of the teachers at Hogwarts (who, by remaining at Hogwarts, could at least deal with some discipline issues BEFORE they came to the notice of the Carrows) and people like Arthur Weasley.

I felt I was being a bit mean to Arthur, pushing him further from the position he loved, but in circumstances like this, it's all hands to the pump and Arthur is definitely somebody who can be relied upon.

Thank you so much for the review - your reviews are always awesome. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

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Review #3, by Beeezie We Will Rebuild.

12th July 2014:
I loved the way you depicted Kingsley in this. I think it's absolutely realistic that he'd have a lot of hesitancy about taking the job on - the Wizarding World at that point was pretty much in a shambles. Given Kingsley's position of pretty much total noncompliance with the corrupt regimes under Fudge and under Voldemort, he is an obvious choice and I can see why so much of the world trusts him... but at the same time, you're absolutely right - that must have left him absolutely bone tired.

However, I was glad that if Arthur was going to push Kingsley - albeit it subtly - into accepting the Minister post, he was at least willing to help out by taking on more responsibility, too. I get that Fred's death affects him and his family, but if everyone who lost a loved one refused to step in, the same corrupt, prejudiced people would be in charge.

Toward the end, though, I could see some anticipation and even eagerness at the idea of reforming the Ministry. I thought that this was a great one-shot looking at some of the consequences of Voldemort's downfall!

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Author's Response: Thanks for the review.

I think a lot of people would feel some reluctance to take on the huge job of reforming the Ministry and covering the positions of those who died or were corrupt. After all, one of the Weasley kids said Arthur loved running the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office and never wanted promotion. But in a crisis, it's sort of all hands to the deck.

And Kingsley doesn't appear to be a career politician. He was an Auror, so I would imagine taking on the huge responsibility of running the entire Ministry would be a lot of pressure for him.

Thanks again.

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Review #4, by UnluckyStar57 We Will Rebuild.

8th July 2014:
Oooh, Kingsley!

I never see Kingsley in fanfiction, so it's cool that you chose to view the rebuilding process from his perspective. He's so calm in the face of adversity, but he isn't a cockeyed optimist--he knows that there's going to be lots of reforms and lots of headaches as things get sorted out.

I love how full of hope this was. There were sad times, like the mention of Mr. Weasley's grieving family and dead son, but the main message of hope for the future rang true. You wrote it quite marvelously!

Thanks for a wonderful story!

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Author's Response: I don't actually know where this idea came to me from. I kept trying to think what adversity I could write about people overcoming and this suddenly came to me.

Rebuilding after a civil war must be a mammoth task. There's not only the physical rebuilding that follows any war, but also the healing of tensions.

Thanks for the review. Glad you enjoyed it.

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Review #5, by evil little devil We Will Rebuild.

8th July 2014:
I love how many stories dealing with the immediate post-war aftermath that the House Cup has generated. It's a time period which really interests me, imagining how all of these characters manage to continue on with normal lives after all of the upheaval they've experiences. And rebuilding the government is a very prominent and fascinating part of that. It's been corrupt for so long, I imagine that changing that would take many years and a lot of hard work, but I'm sure if anyone can set it on the right path, it's Kingsley.
I think you wrote his characterisation very well, the tough exterior, the determination, the anxieties, the hope - it was all perfect. I loved his interactions with Arthur, though it's absolutely heart wrenching to read about the Weasleys dealing with the loss of Fred.
This was an absolute delight to read! You explored his character and the rebuilding of the Ministry really well, this is a great one-shot :)

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Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review.

I reckon the length allowed for the stories along with the relatively short time we had to write them explains why there are so many stories about the aftermath of the war. 1,500 words doesn't really allow for the creation and development of an adversity and then an exploration of how it overcome, so the easiest thing is to choose an adversity in the books themselves and the war is an obvious one.

Thanks again.

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Review #6, by maskedmuggle We Will Rebuild.

7th July 2014:

I really, really enjoyed reading this! I loved the plot here, as it feels so real and like something that would definitely have happened. I can just imagine Kingsley worrying about whether he's able to complete the mammoth task ahead of him. So I thought your characterisation of him, and Arthur as well, was really great. It definitely felt very realistic and believable, as did the dialogue between the pair. I really liked Kingsley's thoughts about the Ministry's future - planning to work with the Muggle Government and aiming to create a better Ministry for the future (I loved the ending line!) This definitely captured the post-war world extremely well, and really made me realise how much work it would've been for the next couple years as well. Lovely writing, I really liked this! :)

- Charlotte/maskedmuggle
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Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Rebuilding after a civil war is a huge task, as there are bound to be remaining divisions. As well as all the difficulties of rebuilding after any war. Ireland had a civil war in 1922-'23 and ten years later when the losing side came to power democratically, they entered the Dáil with guns in the pockets for fear they wouldn't be allowed take over. There were supporters of the outgoing government advocating coups. Nothing happened though. And the wizarding war is essentially a civil war.

I think anybody would question if they are up to such a task. And Kingsley doesn't appear to be a career politician.

Arthur sort of took over a little more than I'd intended him to.

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Review #7, by ohmymerlin We Will Rebuild.

7th July 2014:

I love reading about Kingsley and you really did him justice in this one-shot! I think it's great that Kingsley doesn't really /want/ to take the position of being a Minister, after all most people in positions of power don't ask for it, otherwise they wouldn't deserve it!

I don't know if that made any sense, it's 1 am over here so my brain might be a little fried, haha!

I loved how Arthur was supporting his friend and the trust that Kingsley showed Arthur really warmed my heart :') It's so nice to see their friendship, haha!

And I loved that he knew that it wouldn't be an easy task to change the world but with the right people and motivation, it could eventually happen. It's very on par with the current Muggle world as of right now! Very clever! ;)

You wrote this story very well and I loved the style of your writing. It was very clear and gave me a very vivid image of what was happening/what Kingsley wanted to happen.

- Kayla :)

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Author's Response: It makes sense. And people who come to power as a result of wars are often reluctant politicians. Kingsley doesn't appear to be a career politician; he's just the only one left who is really in a position to do the job.

Arthur wasn't meant to play as large a part in this story as he eventually did. This could almost fit the friendship prompt too. *grins*

I'm not sure exactly what you are referring to with regard to Muggle world politics, but I guess it is true in a lot of circumstances.

Thanks so much for the review. Glad you liked this.

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Review #8, by Leonore We Will Rebuild.

27th June 2014:
I am just rereading and rereading this story and not thinking of anything to say.

It's all just spot on, a real sense of Kingsley's mood with all of the body language and speech. And the political side, the need to avoid a power vacuum and the understanding that he can't exclude everyone who supported Fudge and Scrimgeour. He's got an excellent grasp of the situation and it in control, something that fits the Kingsley from the books.

I love the way he doesn't try to tell Arthur that Fred's a hero and all of that, because as Kingsley thinks that doesn't really change anything. That he can want to give them sympathy and help them but there's really nothing he can do.

I can't do anything like your awesome reviews, but I've managed to not be lazy and to put something down. I really loved this.

I wish Kingsley luck dealing with pureblood supremacy - it's been strong for over 1000 years (since Salazar Slytherin at least) so as he says it's not going to just disappear overnight.

Author's Response: Thank you so much for the review.

Well, when you think how few people actually believed Harry and Dumbledore in Order of the Phoenix, they'd be in a bit of trouble if they were only accepting people who did. What Ministry officials were in the Order of the Phoenix? Arthur Weasley, Kingsley, Tonks, Mad-Eye Moody. Now, there were probably others who supported them but weren't going out fighting (and I've probably forgotten a few), but still.

I was actually thinking of 1916 while writing about how it was a small minority. The numbers who fought then were tiny, though it's been said that within six months or a year, there were a whole lot more people CLAIMING they've been there.

Johnny McEvoy, an Irish songwriter, actually has a song about how unfair it is to tell a soldier's wife what great deeds he's done, when he returns a different person than he left. Guess that's even more true when the person is dead. Johnny McEvoy's songs tend to be terribly sad.

And yeah, the world isn't going to change overnight. My next gen has him and Hermione and Teddy still dealing with the effects of pureblood prejudice and doing things like introducing a code of house-elf rights, but then having to deal with the fact that the house elves are generally too loyal to their families to report them if they don't implement the code and Teddy points out at one point that it's not possible to watch ever family that owns a house elf constantly to ensure they're not ill-treating them.

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