meme list: letter-writing!Harry, auror!Harry, writing-professional!Ginny, established!relationship(Harry/Ginny, marriage, 5 years), separated!relationship(fortunes of war, 7 months, mutual fidelity), revealed!pregnancy(son, named for grandfathers)
Poor Harry. One of the dreams closest to his heart is to have a family of his own, and now that he's finally married and about to be a father, the Ministry (how typical) has him missing out on his wife's first pregnancy. Do they sit up nights planning this sort of thing? Madam Bones is lucky that Harry only quit in <I>The Homecoming</I>, being a very mature person now.
If Harry's work schedule in this storyline is typical of his stint at the Ministry, no wonder it took five years of marriage for he and Ginny to even have time to conceive a child.
The impression I got from the Letters stories and <I>The Homecoming</I> is that Harry and Ginny tried for quite a while to conceive before Ginny became pregnant with what turned out to be James. Was that only chance and Harry's insane work schedule, or were there physical problems? Were they expecting Ginny to have a difficult pregnancy?
I'm not getting an impression of an implied context of previous miscarriages, or they'd have been more worried in the prologue of <I>The Homecoming</I>, and Harry would've been more worried over the pregnancy itself in his first letter to Ginny. Unless any previous heartbreaks had been much earlier along in the pregnancy, perhaps, so that they felt the danger was past.
I'm not surprised that Harry is a rather infrequent letter-writer. He's busy, and whatever is going on with him is literally nothing to write home about, judging from his first letter's description of his living conditions.
Would it be more in character for him to downplay that a tad? The only times he's ever complained about his living conditions at the Dursleys have been when he's been well out of it, or when his friends have been able to help by sending food parcels or the like. On the other hand, after describing his working conditions the first time, Harry doesn't complain about that aspect of things at all.
Harry has got his priorities straight - not surprising, for someone who knows what it's like not to have a good family. It's very sweet, that he's so terribly homesick for Ginny. I feel bad for the poor devil; quite understandable, that he's feeling guilty over not being able to be there for her.
The letter after Harry's capture is obviously very dramatic, but it seems implausible that it would've survived after he'd been caught writing it, or that he'd have had much chance to write it in the first place. I'd think he'd have panicked at the idea of the Death Eaters finding information about his family actually on him. (Something like RAF pilots in WWII being told never to carry more than the bare minimum of personal possessions on them when flying operationally.)
For the letter after Harry's escape - Lord, the Ministry deserves to be strung up by their toes for not telling Ginny that Harry had been found. They were quick enough to send her into premature labour by telling her he was missing, the idiots. Well, hardly quick, considering they waited until he was presumed *dead* to tell her that much. Harry, m'boy, you are right to quit that job.
- "rouge" should be "rogue" when referring to the Death Eaters (Now the image of various characters in clown's makeup is in my head and won't get out.)