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Review:MissMdsty says:
I always enjoy coming back to Hogwarts! Even though in this world, it's not our Hogwarts but a different one.

I guess that's one of the good things that came out of JKR not writting a sequel. For me Hogwarts was the place where we learned magic and played chess, Quidditch and Exploding Snap. Dumbledore was Headmaster and Draco always managed to get Harry in trouble. To write an 8th book and have us revisit the place now that it's been touched by war and darkness and destruction is kind of ... unsettling, for me.

Back to your story now. I think the way in which the staff decided to deal with the issue of Draco attending school again was very realistic. If you had a student that's wanted in human or ferret form by almost the entire student body at your school, you'd want to take extra protections just to be safe.

Draco's old "Malfoy" ways once again came out in this chapter, with his internal monologue on Muggle Studies. I can't really say I blame him, though. If I saw one of my teachers being murdered on my dinning room table, I'd hesitate in taking that class again. Also, I hope Narcissa changed that table. And the chairs. They should clean it all with fire and rebuilt, there's no place left in Malfoy Manor untouched by slimy, old Voldemort.

I'm actually very intrigued as to how the meeting between Draco and Astoria will go. Will he break the rules on his first day and risk explusion? Will he see her after class? Will she convince him to give Muggles a chance? Maybe take the class with him? I need to stop with the questions.

So, to wrap this up, lovely chapter, I'm anxiously awaiting an update!

Ral

Author's Response: Alrighty, I am slowly but surely working through all of these wonderful reviews. Hopefully I'll catch up soon...

I found this chapter kind of weird and difficult to write for exactly that reason. Hogwarts was left in shambles by the battle. I'm sure that some of the damage was still visible for months or even years after, no matter how well it was repaired. I thought that was an important element of realism.

I'm glad the restrictions that were placed on Draco made sense to you. I just couldn't see any way that he'd be allowed to freely roam the halls of the school after his role in the war. Even if he was a model student, the teachers would be breaking up a fight once a day. And from there point of view, Draco probably wouldn't have been a model student no matter what.

I never set out to completely redeem Draco in this. I just don't think that would be at all realistic. I think he still harbors a lot of the same values and prejudices, he's just changed his opinion on what is and isn't worth fighting over. I imagine that Narcissa threw out every stick of furniture that the Dark Lord came in contact with and started over clean. ;)

Well, you already know how their meeting starts out because you've read and reviewed it already. That's just how far behind I am in responding to reviews. (/shame). But I won't spoil it for anyone else.

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing!


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