Perfect story. I love your take on Harry's personality after the war, and the hints as to what's happened with Ron and Hermione, and the optimism at the end. Thank you!
Author's Response: Thank you! One of the major things that bothered me about the end of DH was how the epilogue skipped forward seventeen whole years, so that we didn't get to see (directly) how the war affected Harry & co. It bothered me so much that I decided to write something for myself. That's what fanfiction's for, right? ;D
Omg, this is such a beautiful story! I really like the style you used to write it in, it really puts you in the story with Harry. Great job!
Author's Response: I've never written in present tense and I was experimenting with a new style this time. Sort of Noldo-esque, if you know who she is. ;) Thank you, your praise really encourages me.
*Flings toaster at Maddy *
Why didn't you tell me about this????
I, like Doglover4life, had to find out through Suzie's thread *almost strangles Maddy*
*comes back to normal*
Uh... okay. This fic is beautiful. I love all the emotions throughout, Harry's thoughts and his relationship with Ginny. DH did leave a large void in my mind, and I'm glad a part of it has been filled up now.
You've proceeded beautifully with the descriptions and the settings. Awesome work, dear. Just like the revious one. Great job =)
P.S. Three reviews in a day? You're celebrity! =D
Author's Response: Hee *dodges toaster* I'm sorry! It was a spur-of-the-moment type of fic, I didn't really even tell myself beforehand. ;) Yes, DH left a large and sad void in my mind too, which is why I felt the need to fill it up with a (mediocre) substitute.
So, CoL? New chapter? Please? Do I need to say more? Thanks again, dear, your opinion means a lot. ;)
Squee! Maddy, I canít believe you didnít tell me about this fic. *pouts* I had to find out through Suzieís thread! /stalks
Anyway, Iím sorry if this doesnít make much sense. I was about to shower and go to bed, but then I saw that you had a new ficÖ And then music from Pocahontas started playing on my iPod, so I had to stay.
I really love your characterization of Harry. What I disliked most about the epilogue in DH is that he seemed perfectly adjusted, and according to the ages of his kids, he became adjusted fairly quickly. It just seemed implausible for a person that has gone through everything Harry has, to be able to move on and live life.
But itís the small details about your fic that make all of this okay. I think my favorite line was, ďThe sad truth is this. Life, minus raging dragons, breathless heists, and legendary quests, isnít everything he thought it would be.Ē It feels like something that would have happened to Harry in canon, a completely necessary realization.
I mean, Iíve even felt like that! After I had my Bat Mitzvah, I really did not know what to do with myself. My emotions were hard to pin down, and basically I just wandered around my house. Nine years of work had finally ended, and I didnít know what to do with my life since the weight had been lifted.
When you donít have a goal, something youíre afraid of that drives you forward, it can be very easy to get lost. I think thatís a lot of what your fic is about. Harry being lost since the only purpose he has felt in his life has been fulfilled. (I always thought that concept to be really scary and quite depressing. So much of Harryís life, and so many lives were given for the sake of defeating VoldemortÖ It was such an epic thing to come to a close. /rant)
I also really loved the line, ďMaybe this is how acceptance begins. Quietly.Ē To me, it captures the absolute sense of an epiphany. One moment youíre scrutinizing every aspect of your life, and the next moment, everything looks different.
OH! And you captured the beauty in Harry/ Ginny. Ever since DH it has been pretty difficult for me to stomach H/G, but there was such softness about their relationship. I actually found myself back to shipping them, because you wrote it so well.
I think Iíve rambled enough now, donít you? Buuuuuuut, I absolutely love this story. I wish I could say that I want a sequel, but itís perfect the way it is. But I wouldnít object to a sequel! *hugs* ;]
*sigh* I should just go ahead and add you to my favorite authors list now. Iím going to end up favoriting all your stories anyway! *rolls eyes at her own ridiculousness*
Author's Response: Lizzie! *glomps* Though it took me forever to respond, I've been thinking about this review and how amazing it/you are. Hm, it's okay don't be embarrassed, I stalk Suzie's thread too. I think we all do. ;D Ooh, Pocahontas? I have Aladdin music on my iPod. ;)
Yeh, I totally agree with you about Harry adjusting like uber-fast to 7+ years of war and trumoil. I mean, the boy should be messed up after all he's been through. I mean, I know he's strong and all of that, but no one could be stalked by the maniacal murderer of his parents for 16 years and not be traumatized. I mean, can you say PTSD? Psychiatrist + meds = very likely for Harry.
Yeah, I get what you mean about Harry's life goal being fufilled. I mean, it's kind of like those Olympic athletes . . . they're so young and so famous, their celebirty and talent peaks at age nineteen or something, and then it's like the rest of their life is an anticlimax. Very sad, when I think about it. :( I imagine that is how Harry would feel a little bit as well. Relief too, of course, but mostly restlessness and guilt.
H/G's never sat well with me, so I'm glad you think I wrote it alright. I don't think the softness I portrayed in it would have any likelihood of occuring in canon, but oh well, that was the only was I could stomach writing it.
Yay, I'm on Lizzie's favorites! *celebrates* Sorry, no sequel, but you already know about my shiny new Regulus fic coming out that I am so exicted about. :D Thanks again Lizzie, your review made me squee and jump around.
Wow. You right beautifullly. Thank you.
Author's Response: No, thank you!