You take the growth of a character and you illustrate that on a page. I wanted to look at both your poetry and your prose here. You take a professor, the adults who might be perceived as more formal or detached and you give them like. Professor Sprout, in particular, who again, I never really thought of. Neville goes from a curious little boy trying to find his niche and be good at something to standing on his own two feet in his later years; that was brought out in the books, too, and really, I had taken Neville as a fluke, a skipped generation or something before the DA. Here, you weave the greenhouses into a functional, practical use and this reminds me of "The Battle" chapter, where Rowling taps into her resources. The only thing that sticks out to me is the timing that this "transfer student:" arrives on the grounds. Given that this is the seventh year and Voldemort controlled the castle through Professor Snape, i don't see them accepting new people because they relied on the traditional, old families and clung to those family trees. I love how you give life to the adults. Really, here, you shift Neville into adulthood as he takes responsibility. Neville wasn't a fluke, as I thought up to the sixth book, he was a late bloomer. You highlight the leadership.
Author's Response: Hi Jenn. Thank you for writing a review for my story. I enjoyed writing it for many reasons: the scientific research, the development of Professor Sprout's character, the blossoming of the young researchers, and the question of whether Greenhouse Seven could be simultaneously a research laboratory and a munitions factory; this leads to several moral questions. Canon tells us that in the fall of 1997, all eligible students, including previously home-schooled students and recent drop-outs, were required to attend Hogwarts. (This does not include Muggle-borns, who were going into hiding). That is why Howard and the other five "transfer students" were there. It seems that the new regime wanted to indoctrinate all the members of the younger generation by exposing them to the revised curriculum of Hogwarts. Surprisingly enough, there is little or no fan fiction written about this group of students. I also enjoy writing about the adults because, being of that generation myself, I find it easy to identify with them and what they are thinking, and hard to remember what it was like to be an airhead pre-adolescent.
Wow! Neville is something else, a quiet hero, an astute student who catches on to something most of us miss. Well done!
Author's Response: Thank you for the compliment. I hope the ending came as a surprise to you -- it was meant to be. There are questions left unanswered, of morals and of reality, and I am not sure myself what the answers are.
I can just see that as being true. Well written.
Author's Response: Thank you for reading my story. My inspiration came from the lines in Chapter 30 of DH: "But we can hold him up," said Professor Sprout. "Thank you, Pomona," said Professor McGonagall, and between the two witches there passed a look of grim understanding. These lines reveal to me an insight into Professor Sprout's character, and I have tried to portray her strength in this story.