beautiful. And I think it is really important that there was a focus on Harry and Hermione. I think their friendship is sometimes thrown over in favor of fluffy pieces about their romantic lives. While I enjoy the fluff immensely I appreciate that they are dynamic characters with relationships to non-Weasleys.
Such a bittersweet fic. So touching. And oh so spot-on in terms of characterisation.
I loved the refrain of "never discussed". That seems right for this. They wouldn't talk about it, just continue their ritual each year in silence and friendship.
I, too, was wondering about the last bit and where they were. I'm glad (seeing your reply to another review) that my guess was correct!
Author's Response: Thank you very much for another review! I don't what I've got with slightly sad but not really sad Christmas fics hut anyway, glad you enjoyed this one! Yeah, they sort of know each other too well to need to talk about these things - not that Harry would anyway, let's face it. So yeah, thanks again for the review!
If I keep reviewing your work you'll probably start to consider me some kind of stalker but I think this needs to be said: you understand each of J.K. Rowling's characters so well that everything you write just seems to fit in perfectly in the HP world. You understand the flaws and the nuances in every character and you use that, which I think is a gift, to produce these wonderful fanfics. I'm so glad I have had a chance to read them and I look forward to reading your future work :)
Author's Response: Haha, no, it's fine! Tis all very much appreciated. Thank you so much for saying all of that. I truly believe a character's flaws are just as important as their strengths and playing around with them is just as much fun. Haha, I dunno about gift - product of constant re-reading of the books maybe. Anyway, thank you so much for all of the reviews and hopefully my future fics won't disappoint!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing again :)
This is beautiful, but may be it would read better with more dialogues and less summary (Harry remembering what Ginny said, what Teddy said...you do great dialogues, so you should include them) I think the bit about Teddy and Harry meeting the Potters deserve a separate story.
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing :) Yeah, this was one of my earlier fics *bad excuse alert* so I probably would do things differently if I wrote it now. The Harry and Teddy might get its own story at some point. It's one of those where I want to write it but have fifty other things I want to write as well. Anyway, glad you liked it!
Bittersweet, but a really probable take on their friendship and their life after the war. Brilliant characterisation!
Author's Response: Thank you! Their friendship always makes me happy so I don't know why I keep making them a little but sad at Christmas...
Awesome! Teddy was just the sweetest thing and I love how his hair was changing colours! When he was talking to Lily and James, I was torn between laughing at how adorable he is or crying over both James and Lily and Lupin and Tonks. I love how Harry and Teddy bond over something so tragic and how Harry tells him about how Lupin and Tonks died to protect him. Totally adorable and incredably well written :)
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing :) I think, as the son of Remus and Tonks, Teddy has to be adorable. There is no other way. I'm glad you enjoyed this!
This was fantastic!! I have always felt bad for how Teddy's parents died when he was a baby and your part about that was sad but also made me feel bad for him less!!! Great job and I hope to read more!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing :)Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Poor Teddy :( I feel so sorry for him.
Oh wow, that was very sweet, though very sad. Some lines were particularly heart-breaking, such as Teddy's, why only his parents were in the ground. You did a great job with the Hermione/Harry friendship as well, showing the reliability they had on each other.
Fantastic bittersweet piece overall, though I was a bit confused with the last two paragraphs. My assumption is that Harry took Ginny, but wouldn't they still see Hermione if they visited the house? Unless they just went to the graveyard that is. Or unless I'm completely wrong and Harry was somewhere else?
Anyway, I really think you nailed Harry, and all of the relationships you showed in this. Great job :)
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing :) Harry stayed home and went with Ginny on a completely different day because I think he'd see going on Christmas Eve would be encroaching on the memories he has with Hermione. I can see why you were confused though. Sorry for not making it clear. Harry is my writing nemesis so I'm glad you think he was in character :)
Very nice story! You're right, that moment that Harry and Hermione shared when he visited his parents' graves for the first time was incredibly tender, and really quite special, I can understand him not wanting to share that with anyone else, at least not at first. Good old Teddy, he barely made it into the books, but he's a great character in the fandom, particularly when it comes to getting Harry to open up!
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing :) He doesn't even really appear in the books apart from a couple of mentions and a photo and yet everyone loves him - what else did you expect from the son of Lupin and Tonks though? Glad you enjoyed the story :)
How bittersweet! Goodness, you captured these emotions so well, and it tugged my heart strings... I struggled like Hermione to not cry...
Author's Response: Thanks for reading and reviewing :) Sorry about the almost-tears! Thank you, I am glad you liked it :)
You made me cry! This was so wonderful! I have know idea how you got so much emotion in this story but you did, nice job! :)
Author's Response: Thanks for reading ad reviewing :) Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Sorry about making you cry though. Hopefully it was it a good way!