Hey Leslie! Thanks so much for this little story. :D I had more or less forgotten about this, and it put a bright spot in my day. I've always enjoyed one-shots (and even sometimes longer stories, depending) about really minor characters who might as well be OCs, almost, and I enjoyed seeing how you decided to bring Florean to life.
In a way, I was reminded a bit of the Weasley twins, since Florean knew just what he wanted to do even before he went to Hogwarts. I suppose what he learned at Hogwarts might help him with inventing ice cream flavors, though, or at least with keeping the shop cleaner! I wonder if he ever went back for his final year, though? I assume not. Someone had to re-open the shop, after all!
I thought it was clever to have Mr. Tibias die, rather than having to go into a more drawn-out explanation of an apprenticeship or a selling of the shop or whatever it would have been. Also, it gave a more poignant feeling to the conclusion when Florean truly realized what he already knew about what he wanted to do with his life.
Thanks again. I really enjoyed reading this fun story! :) Report Review
Remus' internals were wonderfully done. The fact it was Harry's words that finally brought some sense to him I thought was well handled. But I think the most creative part of this was the concern over the baby transforming before he was born. That's one of those things that's just so obvious once someone writes it, but is evasive before hand. Well Done! Of course that had to be the primary worry - you dealt with the unknowns (and "knowns") of werewolf procreation quite well. And the characters' dealing with it? Spot on. Good emotion, and it all played out realistically. Especially Tonks joy at having a baby, tempered with the reality that this really is the WORST time to bring a new life into the world.
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Mel this is just superb. Anything Weasley is usually enjoyable, but you've taken that to a whole knew level. It always seemed to me that Charlie was hard to write. At least, I've had a hard time finding his voice in my writing. You obviously don't have that problem.
The Bill/Charlie discussion was spot on. You've got the oldest sibling's relationship down. I thought Bill's advice was very..."bill-like" And Charlie's concern over the families' reaction (especially Ron and the twins) was perfect.
You've weaved things together here brilliantly. I really, really liked the ending. Quidditch and Dragons. What more could a boy want?
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The story AND the Author's Note have me in tears! My Harry and Ginny! Growing up and moving on together, and so in love. *sigh* This is so well done, but my favorite part of it all is Arthur. If there ever was an expert in fatherhood and dealing with a madwoman, it would be him. You do him so well here, sharing his knowledge in an undertone while the two Weasley women go toe-to-toe. You've kept the characters in canon, which makes me so happy. What a lovely gift, EW. I will treasure it always. ~GW Report Review
Brilliant! A nice little one-shot that managed to squeeze a hell of a lot in and still flow nicely! I loved Ginny here, and the Weasley-family argument. Nice, sly little input on the whereabouts of Hermione and Ron, and the couple mentions of Fred's grave. It gave me a sort of jolt to realise that the Burrow was so empty...but I guess all families have to fly the nest someday, and they'll all be back. Loved the wizarding way of packing, and Ginny still being all frugal. Harry and Ginny talking about children...well that was in itself intriguing. It was more believable because of this little section, I thought.
But, most of all, I loved the characterisation of Arthur Weasley here - he was perfectly brilliant, and the book on how to handle Weasley woman...hidden in his shed! Just something he would do! I cannot find any fault in this, so 10/10 from me!
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