Ha ha ha ha - Dumbledore chose him because of his hair. Oh yes, I'd forgotten that line. Really quite giggly at that point when reading, but then got straight back to the fic.
I love Bill in this. I love the way he is as a boy and how we see his progression to manhood. It's a good contrast to Ron who really seems bitter about the lack of money. Bill is upset, but shoulders it anyway because he knows his parents are doing their best.
Charlie is love, too. Ahhh, my Charlie ... what would I do without you.
Beatriz is a well developed OC - and evil, sending the poor boy that hat (giggle).
This was fun but also sweet. Yay to Bill. ~Carole~ (who thinks this is 11)
Author's Response: Heehee! I had so much fun writing this. Aww Bill! Must get back to Trooming. It's great that you mentioned the contrast between the two brothers, but I also think that's why Bill is so understanding towards Ron, you know. Ron isn't like the twins who can make themselves happy, or Percy who's so obsessed with books. I love Beatriz. Thanks for the reviewwww! <333
Hi Natalie. I found this little gem of a story hiding on the second page of your author page, and I could not resist. It claimed to feature Bill Weasley, after all, whom I love and adore.
What a wonderful look into his younger life. It was strange to see the twins at such a young age and Bill & Charlie at Hogwarts, but in a good way. I love this family so much, and all the interaction was really pleasing and believable.
I love what you said about Bill seeming to understand Ron especially, and I agree so much. It works beautifully to imagine them struggling in similar ways regarding the family's financial struggles. Ron hated this, but adored his parents... and your Bill did as well. Nice connection.
But the best thing you did here was to give Molly a reason for being so mistrusting of Fleur once she came onto the scene. I must say in the books, the only reason I could ever come up with for MOlly not liking her is just pure old-fashioned jealousy. Or maybe a milder form of it... but she feels somehow threatened by Fleur. And Molly is so strong and independent that it's hard for me to think she would be easily intimidated, even by someone as beautfiul as Fleur was. Anyway. I like that she has this past negative experience with a foreign woman who seemed to have broken Bill's heart. This was just a brilliant addition, and just the sort of thing to make me feel like this could be canon.
I liked it so much. Bill Weasley, second only to his baby brother in my books. :)
Author's Response: Lori!
This story is something I worked so hard on, but you know how it gets here. Lol. I'm glad you liked it enough to leave a review. :)
It was interesting to write about the Weasleys, who are my favourite family. I was happy to see that you caught on both the parallel between Bill and Ron, and Molly disliking Fleur for reasons other than just the old-fashioned jealousy. Molly is so much more than that!
Thanks for this present, Lori! It made my day to see you reviewing my less-read fics. :D
Another charming story. I liked this secret life of Bill Weasley. It's always disappointed me that we haven't heard or seen that much of Bill or Charlie.
I loved how he managed to get his trip to see Beatriz.
Author's Response: This review means so much to me. I was disappointed that not many people read this fic. It kind of shows that characters like Bill, Charlie, etc. don't really get the kind of fandom attention they deserve. I adore Bill, and he was my assignment for my Character Exploration class. :) I knew I had to write about the time before Harry's era began. Just a brief history for such a wonderful guy.
Once again, thank you so much for the review. And don't worry about the comments to my review for you. You can do that anytime. :)
Though I've already read this (a few times, actually), I thought I should leave a review, just as a congratulatory present, as well as a thank you gift for teaching me the finer points of the 'Track Changes' function.
I really liked your premise for the story, though it would have been awesome times twelve if I knew how Bill met/got in contact with Beatriz in the first place, but I'm sure you'll share. :)
One of the parts that I enjoyed the most was the attack of Bill's conscience, which was a gigantic factor in this story. Without it, none of it would have ever happened. Not only would his parents still feel rotten about not being able to give him the gift of a trip to Brasil, he would have never made amends with his former penpal/first crush, which would have, IMO, thrown him out of character.
I always saw Bill as edgy, but a bit of all right. He cares deeply for his family, but just like every kid his age when he got his last letter from Beatriz, he says/does stupid and insensitive things. Those of us who love our characters tend to (and wrongly so) skip those traits in favor of more admirable ones, but I love that you didn't.
Yay for Portuguese being so similar to Spanish! I could read through all the Portuguese sequences without missing a beat, and not just because I already knew what they said, lol. I like her mama a lot, especially her derision at Beatriz cursing Bill.
Well, that's all for now, and I should SO not still be awake. So consider this my official *squee*, and I look forward to your next piece.
Luv ya bunches, and as always, happy writing!
Author's Response: Lol to the Track Changes part.
Yes, ahem, about how Bill and Beatriz met - I have no effing clue as of now. I didn't think much of it because it really wasn't important to my one-shot, but I knew I'd have to deal with it later on.
Bill seemed too perfect for me (though I am not pointing fingers at Rowling), but that incident always nagged me. How do you think a teenager would receive an incident like that? I've been one, and shortage of money can be a bit daunting when you're of any age, but somehow it cuts you deeper when you're a teenager. So, yes, that was why I chose that topic over others for the final task.
Apart from that, Bill seemed to understand Ron so well. Something had to be there. Plus, how could I end it without him making up with Beatriz? hehe.
I have to thank you again for the Portuguese, though. I mean, if you hadn't noticed that mishap with BabelFish, I'd have had been murdered by a real Portuguese.
Love ya lots!