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Review:Roots in Water says:
Hello! At risk of finally reviewing all of your stories (and thus leaving nothing for you to request in my thread :( ), I've decided to participate in your Holiday Review thread!

I really liked this chapter. Once again I think that you've done a marvelous job of capturing a post-war Draco. His emotions, his actions... They all fit him like a glove.

The scene between Draco and Blaise was a great look at the post-war atmosphere in Wizarding society. I found it particularly interesting because I've explored some similar sentiments in my Pansy story, though a few years down the road. I think that you did a great job of exploring the high tension and anger that would persist in society.

The scene was also very interesting because it was another test of Draco's resolve. Blaise was a tempting (or rather revealing) look into the life he was giving up by returning to Hogwarts. He was urging Draco to take the easy way out... And I was relieved to see that Draco didn't relapse so soon (though I doubted that he would anyway).

As well, I think that you did a fantastic job with the scene between Astoria and her father. His reasoning was well-thought out and it also showed a side that I hadn't really thought about before and really should have seen. Of course there would have been purebloods who disliked the war not because they disagreed with the pureblood spewing but rather because they saw it as a simple power grasp instead of a revolution. His words were also very interesting because they planted a seed of doubt in her mind about Draco. No matter how much she believes in Draco, her father's words will echo in her mind and will probably come to the forefront of one of their future interactions.

And (I just realized that I did this review in reverse order... I don't know why I did) I found the description of Draco's nightmare at the beginning of the chapter very gruesome. The reveal of Luna's body seemed like something straight out of a horror movie. This was, of course, the intended effect so well done!

All in all, I think that you did a great job with this chapter! I look forward to seeing Draco's return to Hogwarts; I'm particularly interested in McGonagall's reaction to his return (since you mentioned it in this chapter I can't stop thinking about it).

Author's Response: Hi, there! I think that's a more than reasonable risk to take. ;)

I'm really glad that you like my portrayal of post-war Draco and the world that he lives in. This chapter occurs so soon after the end of the war, I'm sure that there are lots of raw nerves and hard feelings. Anyone identified as being in league with the Death Eaters -- or anyone who's foolish enough to appear that way, like Blaise -- is likely to feel the scorn of those whole lives were damaged by the war.

Draco is definitely struggling to maintain his new lifestyle. To me, he thought that Blaise was a "safe" choice to test himself against temptation and keep tabs on what's going on with his old "friends". Blaise is far more refined than Gamp, Goyle and the others, so Draco reckons that he's less likely to create trouble. Obviously he wasn't quite correct.

I thought a lot about how Horatio Greengrass would react to the war and so did my beta reader, so I'm really glad that it worked for you. I think more than anything, Mr. Greengrass thought of the entire war as an extravagance on the part of the Malfoys, Blacks and their cronies that wound up costing all of the old, pureblood families dearly. In a sense, he's correct, although he vastly underestimates what Lord Voldemort was capable of.

The nightmare also went through a lot of editing and revision, so I'm pleased that it came across well. I was worried about it, to be honest.

I'm working on Draco's return and McGonagall's reaction to him right now. It's going to be unpleasant, to say the least.

Thanks for the lovely review and Happy Holidays!

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