Can I just say, I love McGonagall? I love canon McGonagall, and I love the way you wrote her here. Her characterization is so accurate, to the point where I think you did McGonagall better than Jo did hahaha.
I hate that the students think that she’ll be the laughingstock of the school. I mean, the Goblet literally just proved to them all that she was one of the worthiest champions from the Hogwarts options. Even James had no faith in her, but the Goblet clearly does.
Ugh. I’m not really at the point of disliking Chandra herself just yet, but I honestly hate what she said to Alba. James is his own person with his own choices, and he was the one who chose the traitorous, cowardly route, not Alba. For Chandra to try to shift the blame onto Alba’s shoulders is such a horrible thing to do, especially since she knows that Alba didn’t want to be a part of the tournament in the first place.
I also wanted to say that this line – “The forgotten nooks and crannies with their oddly shaped corners and sagging wallpaper were just as peaceful as an ocean breeze, or a spring meadow.” – melted my heart. It’s so beautiful. I love reading your stories for these beautiful lines you put in.
Having Professor McGonagall’s quiet, solid support must be an amazing feeling. I’m so proud of Alba right now. I hope she’ll choose Nurse Wainscott as her Guide, though I have a feeling she’ll go with Professor Pimbly instead. And I wonder who she’ll pick for her Companion? I really, really hope it’s either Ben or Maude, but I have a feeling it might end up being James or Chandra. (Probably not Chandra. They parted on bad terms. I just think Chandra might be a good Companion haha.)
Beautiful chapter! <3