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Name: Fynnsmom (Signed) · Date: 09/12/17 19:44 · For: The Fallout
I figured out what I did. Now I feel like an idiot. I read chapter one and then must have gone right on to chapter two without writing a review for one. I was wondering why other reviewers didn't mention this problem. I can imagine Hermione's and Dean's trepidation at taking the Head Girl and Boy positions. They did a really good job of it though. Great story.

Author's Response: I'm glad you found this story. It was my last year's Christmas entry. It was interesting to speculate what the students' mood and mental health would have been in the months directly after the tumultuous and bloody end of the war. The more I pondered it, the more I imagined all the ways in which the courses of the students' lives had been upended. Hardly anybody and anything had been left unaffected. You know, there could be a wealth of stories about what happened at Hogwarts during this year; everything would be different.

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing.

Vicki


Name: Fynnsmom (Signed) · Date: 09/12/17 19:37 · For: The Way Back
Is chapter 2 the same as chapter 1 but with a different beginning or did I do something weird?

Author's Response: Something weird. :)


Name: Fynnsmom (Signed) · Date: 09/12/17 19:23 · For: The Fallout
I don't know how I missed this story but I'm glad I found it. I loved this first chapter. I liked everything the students did. I might be able to use their activities. I work in a school. I agreed with the students who expressed the thought that they should lighten up on the Battle memorial activities. The first year was great but I think they should spread the names out among all the trees. At some point life has to go on.

Author's Response: It's kind of like our American commemorations of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The first year there was a huge remembrance, and every year it became a little less elaborate, until it reached a certain level that seems to be holding steady, year after year. On the one hand, we never forget (at least, until all those who were alive at the time have passed on), and on the other hand, as you say, life goes on.


Name: the opaleye (Signed) · Date: 09/10/17 1:45 · For: The Fallout
One of the reasons why I enjoy reading your fics so much, Vicki, is because you tend to write about things that haven't really been written about in fandom. Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Beloved Son and now Only One will always stand out in my mind because their unique perspectives, settings, and the way you write characters or situations not often written about in fanfic.

This fic takes its place as one of my favourites because of these very reasons too. It is touching, understated, and looks at an aspect of Post-Deathly Hallows life that is rarely written about. I can't think of another fic quite like it - which is a feat in itself given the thousands of Post-Hogwarts fics already out there. This is a fascinating exploration of the collective mental health and well-being of the Hogwarts students and staff, and it's almost like the point of view is from Hogwarts itself as it looks upon its inhabitants. I love that.

Author's Response: That's an interesting idea, that the point of view could be that of Hogwarts itself. The world that JK Rowling created is so vast and rich that every moment and every aspect of it could be expanded into a unique story, as if we were exploring a vast tapestry with a strong magnifying glass, focusing first on this spot and then on that, discovering hidden wonders between all the stitches.

It's true that I try to focus my glass on those spots of the tapestry that have not received so much attention, hoping to find hitherto-undiscovered stories there. Some other authors do that also, and it is fun to read their stories about the most peripheral and briefly-mentioned characters in the books.

Thank you so much for your lovely review. Vicki


Name: Dad (Signed) · Date: 01/16/17 17:51 · For: The Way Back
My eyes had a tendency to water reading this. It was joyful with a deeper meaning. I wish I could have been there.

Author's Response: Thank you for commenting again, Dad. I'm so happy to know that you thought the story was successful. (And you, of all readers, should know why Dean's wand produced so many sheep.) Vicki


Name: Dad (Signed) · Date: 01/16/17 16:54 · For: The Fallout
I love the knowledgeable Madam Pince who is able to smile.

Author's Response: Thanks for reading my story and giving a comment. I have often wondered if Madam Pince was not an underutilized character, both at Hogwarts and in fanfiction. A librarian should surely be a great resource, but JKR never depicts her as such. She is worth more than simply as an actor in a silly romance story paired with Mr. Filch (of all people!).


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