Getting to see such a wonderfully characterized Ginny was such a delight in this chapter! My favorite line from the wand-weighing scene (written absolutely beautifully, by the way) is: “Alba smiled, and accepted her wand back gratefully while resisting the urge to stroke it like some pet that behaved well.” I LOVE THIS GIRL SO MUCH.
Also I love the scoreboard between Alba and her cerebral palsy, and that her score keeps ticking higher. You go, girl.
AND OKAY THAT TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT WAS THE MOST EXCITING THING EVER. And it was such a clever use of the three chess pieces!! Without a doubt, I’m sure Alba won this first task, because her attention to detail is just amazing, and I am so, so proud of her. James’s strategy worked really well here, and I am proud of him, too. At first when Zhang was describing the task to them, I was feeling the same way as the competitors, like, “…So this is a memory game, essentially?” But then you made it even more exciting, with the various obstacles and difficulties that they had to get through.
After this task, they likely won’t underestimate Alba again. Which will likely be both a blessing and a curse.
GOOD JOB, ALBA. I HOPE WITH ALL MY HEART YOU WIN THIS THING.