I laughed when Audrey said, "And I thought my childhood was strict," because I was just thinking wow, Audrey is a bit uptight but she's nothing compared to Hermione, is she?
Anyway, I really like Audrey and Hermione's budding friendship. And I like this take on Muggle-Wizard-relations, it feels very fresh and original. And I've got to say I'm with Hermione on the whole childcare thing–the Ministry should organise that for their employees!
Thanks. I've rather enjoyed writing their back-stories. We don't actually know that much about Hermione's life before she went to Hogwarts. I see her being treated as a bit of a mini-adult. Maybe there's even a bit of Asperger's in there?
I loved seeing Molly be a bit more independent! She did just fine, didn't she? You had written everything so realistically, reading it was just like being there with her, Rose and Hugo. Well done! I'm getting more and more excited for the trip... Great chapter!
Thanks. Molly's OK as long as she can do things at her own speed and in her own way. Often, she has to act as the brakes on some of Arthur's excesses, but actually she's quite adventurous in her own right.
I do like Audrey. I especially like the way you have described her relationship to Percy, both through Molly's eyes in the last chapter and through Hermione's here; as if no one in the family truly understood Percy when he grew up, and now he's with someone who does get him. It's beautiful. It was interesting hearing them talk about all this technology- I didn't think a smartphone would work around all those magical people! Anyway, great chapter. I will be looking forward to reading more.
I have a soft spot for Percy. Perhaps our sixteen year old selves were rather similar. He was always something of a square peg in a round hole. Now he's found his niche.
The question of technology and magic is an interesting one, isn't it? I know the conventional wisdom is that the latter interferes with the former, but my own view is that they are both different sides of the same coin. After all, electronic devices can interfere with each other. Why shouldn't they be able to work alongside magic in the right circumstances, especially if the witches and wizards aren't actually casting spells at the time?
Thanks again for your thoughtful review.
Love the idea of Fred-the-ted. And I can't tell you how excited I am to see Arthur trying to blend in with the Muggles... he's just such a sweet, lovable character and you write him very well. I think all the characters are well portrayed, actually; the only thing that seemed a bit off to me was when Harry talked about money. I just don't see him blurting out how rich they are that way, I think he'd be much more modest about it. But that's just my opinion. I loved the chapter and I look forward to reading more! That's great news to me that you've written so much already.
Thank you for your constructive and interesting review. You make a good point about Harry. It wasn't meant to be him boasting, more returning some of the love and generosity he has received. He wanted to be generous but didn't want the others to feel obliged to be as generous as he was. I think the interesting thing about writing a post-war story is that the characters are the same people and yet they are older and living in a different world. To what extent are they the same as they always were and how have they changed? If one sticks to closely to their Hogwarts era selves, they simply become caricatures.
I am crying as I'm writing this--A story about old Arthur and Molly is just what I need right now. And especially a story about them going travelling. I lost my grandfather quite suddenly just a little over a week ago. He and my grandmother had been married 63 years and known each other since they were children, and you should take the fact that your portrayal of Molly and Arthur here reminded me of them as the greatest compliment. My grandparents had the most beautiful life together, and reading this chapter truly helped remind me of that. Which is what made me start crying; I'm a bit of an emotional mess at the moment, as I'm sure you can understand. So I just want to thank you for this chapter and for writing this story. I can't wait to continue reading.
Thank you for your beautiful review. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. It's hard even when someone has had a long and happy life. I'm glad my chapter hit the spot.
There's about 20 chapters previously posted on HPFF so they should follow in fairly short order and the next new chapter (when Molly and Arthur finally set off on their travels shold follow fairly quickly after that.