You really packed a lot into this chapter. Your McGonagall is such a sympathetic character ... I think many of us think of our teachers and professors as not really human - and definitely not as someone you could turn to with a problem ... As you have illustrated with both Snape and her, our perceptions of these people is usually a bit skewed.
So sweet ... and as usual, pretty funny too. I am really enjoying this story. I loved the fact that the twins came to the rescue - I always knew they understood when to be serious and when to be funny. And when McGonagall showed up I laughed out loud - but not as loud as I laughed a few minutes later when she called Dumbledore out! And my favorite moment ... SNAPE!!!
Wow - you were right about the lack of fluff in this chapter. I normally am not a big fan of angst, but it was very well written, plus it went hand-in-hand with the deepening relationships of our favorite characters.
I guess I'm way behind with this story. I wish I had found it pre-HBP, but all the same it was simply, BRILLIANT! I absolutley loved how you described the formation and development of Ron and Hermione's relationship while also throwing in a few details about the rest of their lives that would have shaped the events.
A few things really jumped out at me with your story that just made realize how right I was to pick this story to read the other day at my mum's office. McGonagall was a great addition, I loved seeing a softer and more emotional side of her. That was great. The characterization was just awesome. It reminded me a lot of the fanfic that also happened to be my first read, "After the End". I loved "After the End" and I love your story. Perhaps the coolest thing about your story was the use of "Permissum nos comedo imbibo et exsisto hilaris pro cras nos intereo" was so cool because the translation reminded me of something and then I realized it is used in the Dave Matthews Band song "Tripping Billies". "Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we'll die." That was so cool.
No complaints. You wrote a fantastic story that has brightened the dark and somewhat dismal stretch my girlfriend has been away this summer.