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Review:forsakenphoenix says:
Okay, now that I'm actually reviewing after saying I would do days ago...

I feel like, for a moment while reading this, that I wasn't reading canon. You managed to characterize everyone so perfectly in this that it just seemed to fit in quite easily with what has already been written in the series.

Ron was wonderful - a great comedic relief with a bottomless stomach and a certain clueless-ness that endears him to all of us. I simply adored when he was trying to think of gifts for Hermione and he would doze off or start thinking about something else. I can't believe he thought giving her money in a sock would be a good present, by the way! What would that say to her? I'd be horrified to see her reaction to that present. Though taking a book from the Black's collection isn't that much better either. Nothing says, "I love you and you're my best friend" like giving them a previously owned object.

Kreacher is fantastic here. I giggled over his loincloth and him fainting all over the place. AND MR STUFFING! I got so excited to see his return. I love Ron's slight bitterness over the fact that Ginny was holding onto his bear and then wanting to keep it safe but forgetting about it in his excitement over figuring out Hermione's gift! Oh, Ron.

And poor Hermione. At least she was kind enough to accept any gift from Ron, but really, butter? Dear Ron, you are not a potion-maker. End of story.

This was such a light-hearted, sweet story. It was nice to see something of this nature set during a tense period in their lives, what with Arthur injured and all that. And Sirius still being alive, knowing he had company for his last Christmas made me so happy. It was also extremely well-written (but I can't say I'm surprised at this revelation considering all the good things I've heard about your writing) and the descriptions were fantastic.

Loved this to bits. I'll be sure to read more of your work soon when I get the chance. :)

Author's Response: Hi there! Oh my goodness, thank you for the wonderful review! I'm very flattered that you stopped by and that you liked one of my stories. :)

Kreacher sort of stole the show there with his loincloth flapping and all that. He can't help it. Kreacher should have been on Broadway, what with his theatrics. Can't you picture him in a little top hat and coattails, waving a cane around while he does a tap dance? -I digress-

I'm very pleased that so many people recognized Mr. Stuffing. It just goes to show the popularity of Growing Up Weasley. It might be my biased opinion because I adore it so much, but I think that story really resonates with those of us who wish there were still more HP books, looking for a bit more canon to cling to.

As sorry as I felt for Arthur being injured, I was thrilled to see that Sirius got company for Christmas. It always worried me to see how negligent the Order seemed to be when it came to him. Dumbledore was more than aware that Sirius was lonely and itching to get out, so why couldn't he have smuggled him out on the weekends via apparition to someone else's house? He could've stayed at the Burrow or with Remus or with Andromeda for a few days, and it would have really improved the quality of his life. Why was it so necessary that he be shut inside that place all day every day, when Dumbledore had the resources and know-how to move him around without being seen by the Ministry? I mean come on, it's called Polyjuice Potion! Let him get a breath of fresh air, for goodness sakes! Sorry about the rant, that always irked me. I'm still quite irritated on Sirius's behalf. -_-

Thank you so much for reading - it really made my day. :)


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