I thought this was the cutest piece ever, I love a bit of fluff and this certainly provided a feel good factor for me! I thought your characterisation was really impressive, I thought Sophie was just adorable and totally believable as a child like child can be difficult to write but she sounds just so much like my niece who is now seven. It seemed perfectly line up with what you would expect her to act like, I thought you could tell a lot about Sophie by this short one-shot like you really highlight what I see as her caring nature by how keen she is to care for her pet but also how she's impatient.
You've created a really nice family vibe between the parents and Sophie too! even little things like that terms of endearment that they use like dad calling her 'munchkin' is such a little touch but really creates that idea of the sort of relationship they have. it really adds to the fluffy feels of the piece! I really love the reference to Sirius with 'snuffles' OMG. <3
I wonder what give you inspiration for this little piece? it's gorgeous and I just feel like you've told a really nice story and done a really great job at making it so realistic! I'm not that familiar with your work as this is the first piece that I've read by you but I would love to pop back when I have time to read something. xo
How cute! Kids and their pets are always so adorable. I haven't thought much about how pets work in the wizarding world, you don't really see much mention of them outside of cats and owls. And rats and toads, I guess.
I am wondering about the wisdom of owning a crup. It seems like they'd be dangerous pets to have around, especially if you live in a muggle populated area! I suppose they are common pets for wizards, though, so I'd assume there are precautions in place.
I really enjoyed reading this little glimpse into Wizarding life. I don't think we get to see enough of the day to day action in the series, so reading about it in fic is a special treat.
Your writing, as always, was absolutely wonderful. You did a fantastic job of capturing the joy and excitement Sophie has, and the hesitancy of her parents as well. I suppose it is always a risk to let a nine year old have a pet, especially if they've never had one before! It's also a risk to let a nine year old name a pet, I think. I do have to admit though, I named my first hamster Nibbles and I was definitely older than nine at the time. Reading that bit definitely put a smile on my face.
I really enjoyed this!
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