I adore this. Kids really are so good at thinking 'outside of the box', and the modern education system seems determined to put people in boxes and to think a certain way. And this perfectly shows the particular intelligence children have, that adults often overlook, I think. I'm sure Albus knows the answer Harry is looking for, but what's the fun in that? His own answer is true, it's just a different true. There is often more than one right answer and sometimes kids are the best at pointing that out - as you showed so perfectly here. Also, the image of Harry teaching his son maths is really adorable and I loved the way you illustrated this moment. :) Great story.
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You know me, I can't resist little, adorable children stories and this is definitely adorable!!! :)
First of all, from a mathematical point of view, Albus' reasoning is absolutely perfect. It's like saying that infinite minus two is still infinite, which could be sort of a hard concept... are you sure Albus isn't destined to become a great Mathematician one day? Because I would totally approve that. :P
There is so much tenderness and family love in this short piece. Also, just a tiny point of brother rivarly (even if James isn't even there), that I think is just so cute. Also, it's so great how children's logic can baffle adults at times, this is just so real!
This was such a lovely piece that made me smile a lot! Great job as always, darling!
Math doesn't sound like a fun time (but I suppose that's a personal opinion), however, I expect antics between Harry and Albus doing math will be a fun time. Oh my goodness, Albus' answer is so childlike and adorable! He doesn't even take into consideration the mathematical steps, of course, which makes it so very sweet. And, furthermore, I love his reasoning behind his answer. Of course, James will still have loads of toys, because he has loads more than four, so if you take away two, he will still have loads. This is a ridiculously adorable bit of fluff!
Thanks so much for writing!
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I love stories about children, especially when they portray children as the smart, perceptive beings they are. And even more when they give their parents a hard time because at some point us adults are too confined by all the technicalities. Albus here is just full on adorable. And I admire that you touch upon magical kids getting a bit of basic education before Hogwarts. I also like that it's Harry doing that because there's nothing I like more than not conforming to sterotypical gender roles.
Omg I’ve never seen a story like this, drabble or not! We don’t really see much of wizarding children doing “normal” schoolwork, but it’s kinda an elephant in the room that there are hugs gaps in their basic education. So I like that you kind of address that here by showing Harry help his son with math! And in a very cute way too!!
I have feels about Harry raising his family in Godric’s Hollow - it’s both sweet and a bittersweet reference to what he’s missed, but that’s got to feel kind of like how Harry feels about having a family.
BAHA Albus out-logiced Harry there for sure. He’s not wrong, and he considered the question with more context and depth that Harry expected XD A+ math.
This was such a cute and sweet little story, capturing the humor, fluff, and sense of the character’s really well. It was fun to read!
Hi Brax, I thougt I'd check out your newest story.
I always find that drabbles are hard to write as they are so bires and you really need to find a small moment that works well. I thought that you did well here in choosing an everyday moment (helping a kid study) and making a twist in it. I like the child logic (this is a theory of mind problem, hehe) that James has loads of toys so he cannot solve a task when James only has four, as that is unimaginable. I suppose this is a math problem that they are solving for a Muggle math class, as the child logic indicates pre-Hogwarts age. I never thought of how the Potter kids were educated, do you think they went to Muggle school? Or were they home educated? (that would also fit this story).
To be honest I expected Albus to say that James would retain all four toys, as he would throw a tandrum upon niticing his missing toys and get them back. But I admit his (your ;)) solution is better.
I also like the idea that they live in Godric's Hollow, I've read that in so many place that I'm not even sure now that it's cannon or not :)