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Review:MargaretLane says:
I really like the way you show the different characters of the two female investigators, when one is so formal and the other immediately calls him "dear".

Albus's description of the classes sound perfectly reasonable; even make Balladanis sound like an exceptionally good teacher, as he is willing to give extra help to students who need it. The part about the pensieve sounds rather weirder though.

It occurred to me that the pensieve is an argument against my theory. It MUST be Balladanis's memory since Albus recognised him as the boy, so how would Lubar get that? Unless of course, he has him captured in a truck or something like Crouch Jr. did to Moody and has forced him to give up the memory to add authenticity. Sounds a bit like overkill though; it's not as if anybody is doubting he's Balladanis.

Harry's comment is intriguing on a couple of levels. Firstly, and most obviously, what stress is Balladanis under that Harry knows about and Albus doesn't? And secondly, why does Harry think he's likely to take it out on them? Maybe just because of past behaviour, but still, he seems fairly certain and convinced that Balladanis will do something bad, since his just being strict would hardly be worth Harry coming to the castle and advising Albus not to take extra lessons with him.

I just thought, it's interesting that the Ministry sent investigators, rather than just letting the Headmaster make the decision. A bit like Order of the Phoenix, when the Ministry started interfering at Hogwarts. Probably because things like the anamatek brought it up to a different level than just deciding whether or not a teacher could be sacked. Or maybe he had a contract that the Headmaster couldn't break without Ministry permission. Or because he's a presular. Maybe the British Ministry hired him to go undercover at Hogwarts or something and then only they could fire him.

I was really wondering what would happen. It looked likely he'd be sacked, but I thought that might make it difficult for us to find out exactly what he's doing and so on, since he won't be in the castle for the last 7 chapters.

I wonder did you just stick in that line about Balladanis being fired reminding Myrtle of her death for the humour or does it have some greater significance? Basilisks?

Hmm, that comment about him probably already having left Britain make me feel he's going to be back. Mind you, I thought he would anyway, since the mysteries about him haven't been entirely cleared up, but this convinces me more.

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