This is the first real look at Kingsley's frame of mind right after the war that I've read and it's making me rethink my opinions of him. Throughout the books, he's just another faceless adult who walks in and out of Harry's life as the sort of background character one needs to sustain the action. Here, you've made him very real with friends and opinions and cares. I think my favorite part of this chapter is when he enumerates the duties of being Minister just to realize that those things aren't enough, that in order to not become like Fudge or Scrimgeour, he still has to be the person he was before he was given the honor of the office. I'm giving this chapter for a chapter well written.
Really nice chapter! I love how you've brought to life all of the characters in a most believable and lovable manner. The sadness and hope that weaves through the story is a perfect balance. And Remus and Tonks are just too cute as parents!
Author by Night Wednesday 9th December 2015 06:30
9: Hestia (Author Response)
Thanks! So glad to know there's hope too - that's exactly what I was aiming for.
Dudley probably did know the real meaning of what Hestia said to his dad. I wouldn't put it past that boy to know how to swear in several different languages.
If Harry could be godfather, why can't Hestia be godmother rather than Auntie Hestia to Tonks and Remus' baby? That's probably a stupid question, but coming from a family and religion that doesn't employ godparents, it might not be. Anyway, I'm glad Hestia is pleased with Tonks' request for her to be Auntie Hestia after the baby comes.
The fact that Teddy is a Metamorphmagus certainly has to have been a big relief to Remus who was so worried he'd pass on his lycanthropy and to have the baby cycling through hair colors so soon after birth just made me grin.
All in all, this chapter gets for the friendship and caring Hestia has for the people who inhabit their quiet little corner of the world.
Author by Night Tuesday 8th December 2015 21:47
9: Hestia (Author Response)
Re: Hestia not being the godmother, I was following canon's lead there, or I think I was. At some point JKR implied Harry didn't have a Godmother because Sirius never married, which makes me think they generally go by couples or just a single person in the wizarding world.
I was wondering when we'd get to Ron and now that we have, I'm definitely pleased with his chapter. Not many fan fic writers have tackled the time between Ron's temper tantrum and his reappearance just in time to save Harry, so I was pleased when you took the time to make a big deal out of his time at Bill's. I love his talk with Remus because not only does it help Ron to see what he's done to his friends, it helps Remus redeem himself a little for leaving Tonks. In a way, the latter is just as important in helping Ron do what is right in the end as it is for Remus' self-esteem. I enjoyed the chapter enough to give it . Well done.
This one mad me really sad, especially Ted's analogy of Remus as Marius and Tonks as Cosette and by proxy, Ted as Jean Valjean. I'm glad he had a few minutes with Remus to clear the air over his feelings towards him marrying his daughter. At least now Remus knows that it wasn't his condition that worried Ted, but the conditions under which Remus and Tonks married. It's sad, though, that Andromeda's last memory of her husband won't be of the love-making they did on their last night together but of waking up after that profession of love to an empty, cold bed and a note on the kitchen table. I'm still giving this chapter because there is some happiness and hope, however slim, that by leaving, Ted will be able to protect his family. Well done.
Author by Night Tuesday 24th November 2015 22:16
7: Ted (Author Response)
Yeah, Ted thinks he was doing the right thing by giving them one last night of peace, but it doesn't quite work like that.
I've always liked Bill Weasley and his many interpretations in canon and in fan fiction and your Bill is up there with the best of them. Responsible, caring and willing to what's right over what is easy, your Bill seems to know when to lead and when to follow orders. He's the sort of man I hope my own son will grow up to be in a few short years.
What I like most about this chapter is the end when Bill realizes that what he's given to other people is being returned in spades, not just for himself but for Remus and Tonks, too.
Author by Night Wednesday 18th November 2015 22:56
6: Bill (Author Response)
I'm glad Bill came across that way. I've had fun writing him.
My esteem for Fleur just went up a whole lot. It's hard to picture this exotic character as anything but shallow because JKR has the other characters talk about her as if she is. Only Harry defends her because he knew she wouldn't have survived the Triwizard Tournament if she wasn't intelligent, resourceful and brave. I think that's what Bill sees in her too.
Here you show us that Fleur can be just like an ordinary human, a person concerned for another woman. She's willing to work at making sure Tonks doesn't become a stranger, wallowing in either self-pity or depression over something she wants to have change, but can only do so much about. I'm glad Fleur reminded Tonks that a laugh will lift your spirits enough to face the next day.
Fleur's talk with Remus was quite candid, something he needed to hear. Whether he acts on what they talked about is another thing; at least Fleur tried.
Author by Night Tuesday 17th November 2015 23:09
5: Fleur (Author Response)
Thank you! Yes, I think Fleur has certain candor that makes her seem more shallow than she really is. I enjoyed writing her this way, and showing her with another female character in a positive light, which we don't really see in the books except when she makes up with Molly. And of course, as you said, sometimes people actually *need* to hear those things. Like Remus.
I love the quote at the end, mostly because everyone keeps telling Harry that whatever troubles befall him, it's not his fault that other people made the decisions they did. As kind-hearted as Kingsley is, I can certainly see him falling into depression after the Ministry battle. However, it was Sirius' desire to do something other than stay at Grimmauld Place that hastened his death.
You give the reader a unique glimpse into what it might have been like to have been one of the adult characters who made up the Order. Somehow, when reading canon, one forgets the essential roles these people play in Harry's story. It's nice to get to know them and learn the reasons they have become part of the resistance against Voldemort's reign of terror. Nicely done.
Author by Night Tuesday 27th October 2015 21:40
3: Kingsley (Author Response)
Yes, Sirius was ultimately the one who made those choices. And course, while Sirius was absolutely determined to save Harry, he also had a sense of invincibility, something neither Kingsley nor Harry could help. But it's so easy to blame yourself regardless.
I love writing about the Order. I do wish we'd seen more of them in canon.
Yeah, Tonks to the rescue! This little family "discussion" could have been so much worse, played on so many years of pity and guilt, but she just somehow knew what to say to finally get the annoying couple to leave. I sincerely hope the rest of the day was better for Lyall, Remus and Tonks. Well done.