Daphne returns to the UK to be with her sister when Draco and Astoria's first child is born, Harry returns to Hogwarts as a guest lecturer.
(#) jump_jives 2008-08-30 03:26:49 PMSince I already reviewed the other two chapters while they were in the Big Box of Silliness, I'll skip doing that here at the risk of not inflating your ego any more.
Once again I love this story. Like all of your stories you do an excellent job with dialog and inter-personal interactions. I particularly like the way in which you had Daphne put Draco in his place and the question and answer time with the students.
Harry's deflecting his own part in the battles is well within character as is his depression after he defeats Voldemort (something not enough stories address - or maybe its fortunate since so many of them would include Ginny and she is a character who is rarely written well).
I don't know if you plan to finish the conversation between Hermione and Harry, but the title of her book could be taken a couple of different ways with the Idiots referring to the Death Eaters, the wizarding population as a whole who let it get so bad, the Dursleys (though only because of the second half of the title) or even some of the fighters on the side of the light, coughDumbledorecough. Of course it is sufficiently vague that it could refer to all of that and more.
On a side note, I look forward to seeing the next installment of Marriage Contracts.
Author's response- I don't really think my ego could inflate anymore... Thankfully it's deserved. I really pity all you people who don't get to hang out with me as much as I do...
- I think Harry knows that while he may have struck the killing blow (as it were) he wouldn't have gotten that far without all the others... And as I had him say in story, he had no choice.
- You're right on with the idiots thing. What Harry is pinging Hermione with is the "Life and Times of HJP" bit.
- I've got the next chapter of Marriage Contracts on my WP now... The words are coming... slowly.
- I like this more mature Harry. i haven't met him before. He's calm, rather secure in himself and his abilities and that career-guide he made was just brilliant. This fast-forward recap of all the characters we know and how life treated them in the aftermath is a great way of telling the story. HappyHomeyHermione wil be an interesting history to learn, if there is one. I just bet she's really an Unspeakable, with her own BookWormSignal projected at the clouds when she's needed. Just a thought. Thank you, and may your ego eternally inflate.
Author's response- Well, as far as maturity goes, He's 27-28 when the story starts and 33 in chapter 3... He pretty much had to grow up...
- I'm just trying to make a point of the canon 19 years later didn't happen, and people had to deal with what they found. I'm not done with Neville and co... Some things are going to be revealed about the ladies of Hogwarts that most don't suspect.
- There is indeed a back ground on Hermione in the offing Though your idea of a secret id Hermione has it's possibilties... Maybe Dennis Creevey could be her sidekick 'Mark'...
- I loved the first two chapters when they were in "Big Box" and this one is equally enjoyable. I loved the way Daphne let Draco set himself up and then put him in his place.
The interlude with Teddye and Neville was enjoyable as was the byplay with Minverva.
The questions after his presentation were excellently done and framed a lot of things nicely. I suspect that knowing about Neville, Susan, and Hannah will likely encourage him to continue his persuasive efforts to get Daphne to legally join him and Tracey; that'd really set off the Wizarding World if/when they return.
I'll admit, it's a bit of a surprise to see Hermione as basically a happy homemaker, but I'll agree with Vanir that there's likely more going on there than most folk know. Meanwhile, the discussion over the title of her history should be fascinating. Her reaction to finding out that Harry & Tracey were married was rather amusing and it'll be -real- interesting to see her reaction when Daphne joins them.
Yet another thoroughly enjoyable read from you.
Author's response- Draco is fun to abuse, and sadly his treatment of Astoria seemed to me to be perfectly in character for the feeb.
- I tried to treat the pair like what I envisioned Harry and Ron would have been like without all the people trying to kill them stuff going on.
- And you know an acknowledged Quidditch fan like Minerva would do pretty much anything to get her hands on a broom like the Velocity...
- Yeah, that was pretty much why I let him find out. The actual Neville/Susan/Hannah story will be in a chapter or three.
- I've read a lot of stories lately where either Hermione is an uber career woman with Ron for a House Husband or Hermione found herself enslaved to Ron in some obscure pure blood law thingee. I know women, most quite intelligent who enjoy being house wives and caring for their children... So why not have Hermione doing her part to ensure that the next generation of Weasleys aren't the slackers their father was in his youth (as evidenced by the twins. I meant to have more of a scene demonstrating young Harry's smarts, but it got away from me.)
- I know women, most quite intelligent who enjoy being house wives and caring for their children... So why not have Hermione doing her part to ensure that the next generation of Weasleys aren't the slackers their father was in his youth
Yes, I can quite see that and likely with some magical consulting work, of some sort, on the side (going from experience, here, having watched my own mother do precisely that - her degree was in chemistry and she worked in the industry up until I came along; then took evening classes in Russian and spent her spare time translating and abstracting Russian chemical articles for /chemical Abstracts/).