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Name: dreamsnape (Signed) · Date: 11/20/17 0:07 · For: Chapter 8
I liked this story. There was a lot of detail in Draco's experience with Muggle medicine, and I liked seeing his reactions and feelings about it all. It was nice to see him as a loving husband and father, doing his best to raise his son well. Then finally we see him on the platform, knowing what he was thinking and feeling. It was good.

Author's Response: Thank your for your review. We really needed a story about Draco that led from the beginning of the post-war period to the moment on the train platform, and this story was my take on that period of his life. Doubtless other writers have a different take on what led up to this moment and what Draco's state of mind was -- he could have gone in several different directions, but I like to think that he made the best of what was the rest of his life, difficult though that was.


Name: Fynnsmom (Signed) · Date: 09/14/17 19:10 · For: Chapter 8
This is such a good story. It was interesting and realistic. Most importantly it involved one of my favorite characters and his necessary foray into the Muggle world. It was well written, as always with your stories. I think it also sends a message. When something appears wrong don't be afraid to go in and get information and do something about it. Draco was told that if he waited longer the outcome might have been worse. I think people need to be aware of that sort of thing and to act accordingly.

Author's Response: Hi, Liana. Yes, the story does send a message, and it would be nice if it educated some of our male readers about something they need to know. I used to give literature on this subject to the young husbands of women who delivered babies at our hospital. But first, it was about Draco and about how he had changed and continued to change after the events of the war. JKR gives us such a tiny glimpse of him in her epilogue, just a couple of sentences, and all from the point of view of Harry and his friends. Draco needed more than that; he needed to have his story told.

Thank you so much for reading to the very end and commenting on every chapter, as is your much-appreciated custom.

Vicki


Name: Dad (Signed) · Date: 09/14/17 10:01 · For: Chapter 8
If only everyone could turn into such nice people.

Author's Response: Hi, Dad. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing my story.

During my years as a public school teacher of students the age of Hogwarts students, I saw a few examples of students who were total jerks (or maybe the British term is ‘gits’) but who eventually grew up to be decent citizens. I supposed that they had not been properly brought up at home but had eventually learned, from the larger world, the standards of decent behavior and social truths.

My take on the Malfoy family, as I have said before in regards to Dark Enough To See The Stars, is that the members of that family formed a continuum of decency: Lucius did a lot of really bad stuff, Draco had personality and behavior flaws as a boy but was mainly the victim of terrible circumstances (his upbringing and his forced involvement with Lord Voldemort), and Scorpius was the most well-adjusted member of the lineage, having been brought up by Draco, who had made a specific decision to turn his own life around, and Astoria, about whom we never saw anything negative in the seven books.

Still, it may be impossible to root out totally the prejudices that were instilled in us during our earliest youth, and I have written Draco and Astoria as still choosing to associate with wizards (although they have stretched their boundaries of acceptability to include half-bloods) and as still displaying automatic negative attitudes toward Muggles and Squibs. I know, from my own life, how these deeply ingrained feelings are hard to eradicate, even when we make a concerted effort to do so; the change of behavior comes first, but the change of feelings takes years (decades?). Perhaps by the time Scorpius is thirty years old, Draco will be able to accept, with no outward sign or word of disapproval, Scorpius’s marriage with a Muggle-born, but probably never with a Muggle.

The image of Draco that sticks in my mind is the movie image of him staring at his tormented, desperate reflection in the mirror just before Harry skewers him with the Sectumsempra curse. This image illustrates his understanding of how horrible the forces were that he was caught up in and how desperately he needed to escape. Re-reading the seven books, I get the impression that Draco is depicted as a cardboard villain, automatically fulfilling his role as one of the bad guys, although by age seventeen most kids are beginning to question or even reject their parents’ values in favor of developing their own character. For this reason, I enjoy finding and reading fanfiction stories that explore the characters’ inner selves in greater depth, either as prequels, sequels, or missing moments.

I'm glad that you enjoyed this story. As Professor Dumbledore said, love is the strongest force, and I think that Draco finally came to believe that also.


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