I had a feeling it might be Lee giving the story :) I love how it was his father who started his love of Quidditch, and that Lee always knew he had the passion, just not quite where it lay. I love how even though he wasn't good at playing, he was still able to hold onto that spark. It was really sweet to get this bit of backstory!
Here for CTF!
AND ITS A LEE STORY! I rarely read Lee so I am curious to see where this is going because in a way I think he's a very complex character but we will see where this story will bring us.
And then you bring us onto a tale which means utter and sheer heartbreak from the get-go because as soon as you made it a father-son story I knew it would have something to do with the dead of his father and this is absolutely not okay. I love the fact however, that you made Quidditch such a pivotal line in your entire story, going from watching the games, to the fear of disappointment of not being a good flier and not being able to play the game itself. To the case of Lee becoming a commentator for the match with ever-quidditch-loving and number-one-quidditch-fan Minerva McGonagall making a brilliant cameo here with the most amazing im-trying-not-to-smile-but-cannot-hide-pride which is so rare as it is and completely shows her love for the sport as it is. And then of course the commentating for the war and then the job his father would be so proud of him for having and then him not being there just shatters him. Especially seeing as Lee is dedicating this to him and doing it for him and oh my god. Just carry me away already. It was an absolute beautiful ending but you just broke my heart and it's not okay.
Guess who??? (Back for CTF)
Okay, I know this story is incredibly sad and I'm going to hold off the tears for a second to say: MY BOY!!! THAT IS MY SON RIGHT THERE OH MY GOD I AM SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY RIGHT NOW AHHHHH!!!!
Okay, so like I was saying so articulatly before is Lee Jordan is perhaps one of my favorite HP characters of all time but he is criminally underrated in fanfiction in my not so humble opinion. He usually gets pushed off to the side or thrown in whenever Fred and George show up, but you've crafted such a wonderfully detailed backstory for him here that I might just start crying about that before I even begin to start crying about what a beautiful speech this is about his father. I'm absolutely in love with everything that you've written here, from the first game he ever watched, to commentator try outs to his first match as a big league commentator. It just fits so well with what I have in mind for him, so bless you.
Okay, so now I gotta say curse you because holy crap, I knew what was coming and I'm still crying like a baby. Like, jesus, I don't even know what to say. Once I got to the end, I realized what an articulate and beautiful speech this could be, whether it was at a memorial or through the radio or wherever. It was heartwrenching and raw and real. I'm just torn between being so happy that Lee had such an amazing dad and heartbroken because you killed said amazing dad. I really don't know how you manage to eleicit such strong emotions, but boy howdy, you're a super star at it.
I'm floored, Kaitlin, this is so amazing!!