I want to start off by saying that before I start the review that I found this story and I'm really enjoying the fact that it's in Ginny's point of view and that it's in first person? I love it when people write first point of view because it gives us a chance to glimpse to who they are as well as their own thoughts, feelings, expressions, and so forth. I really loved being able to hear Ginny's own thoughts be it about Seamus, Harry, Dean, and or the war itself from a first person point of view in honesty since we didn't get that much in the Deathly Hallows since we're focusing on Harry and we only hear eyewitnesses of others telling Harry about what's going on until he actually gets there, you know? So I love it when fanfiction authors decide to take their own approach and write what they felt and or thought happened then.
One thing that I want to also mention is that I enjoyed the details in the story like Seamus' bloodied face, the kisses between Seamus and Ginny, and even when the part where Ginny talks about not being able to read Quidditch Through The Ages as they help not only the readers visualize the story but help make the story come to life. I also felt as if I was almost there watching the events unfold the way and that it was enjoyable watching even though I'm not part of the story if that makes sense? Another thing I should probably mention is that while I'm admittedly a huge Hinny shipper, I will confess that I enjoyed reading this story more than I expected to. I felt you really built up their relationship with each other wonderfully (I must say that I enjoyed them kissing much more than I expected-ehehe ^^;;) I love that Ginny was in denial at first since that's realistic and understandable yet when hearing about how Seamus was there for her through all those times she had to go through her breakups with previous boyfriends and loved that he was bold and honest about his feelings for her. I felt that she was actually into him because of how much she was worried and cared about him before he even kissed her--so I love this ship as well!
I know that while this story had its fluffy and sweet moments, I really loved that you captured the dark side of the Wizarding War especially before the Battle of Hogwarts happened since it was not only realistic but it was almost felt like it was lingering in a way to let the readers know what's going on around them and to set up the atmosphere of the story too. I can't go without saying that I feel gutted when Seamus told Ginny about Michael Corner being tortured with the Cruciatus Curse. I know it was a very dark time since the war was brewing yet it was realistic in a way and I felt so much pain for Seamus having to see it and Michael for having to suffer it. I'm glad that apart from Seamus' physical condition that you were able to capture that even when it was just a mention as well as the chains in the Great Hall since I think that part was eerie in a way in which made me feel horrified for those students attending it especially if they are rebelling and or aiding the Carrows and Snape.
One minor thing that I enjoyed reading in this story is that Neville since I know that the two are friends but I always loved reading their interactions considering I know how close they have gotten as well as were able to be friends especially when we know they didn't work out of the romantic pairing. I know they're working together with Luna in Deathly Hallows but it's sweet to see that Neville is trying to ease her doubts by suggesting that she should get to sleep and doubting her when she's worrying frantically about Seamus.
All in all, I'm so happy to have found this and read this! I really enjoyed your take on Ginny as well! I did enjoy reading about her with Seamus considering that I have felt that if she never ended up with Harry in the canon text that she may and or could end up with somebody from her own House or somebody like Seamus. Not gonna lie. But no, I really enjoyed this story very much! I'm really glad that I was able to read something you written as well since I've been meaning to! You did such a lovely and wonderful job with it! :)
Hey, Anni! Thanks for coming across my AP and discovering this old gem ♥
I'm glad you enjoyed the fact that it's first person POV from Ginny. It's the point of view that comes most natural to me, and it made the most sense to tell this story that way, so that we could get a closer look to her thoughts and feelings about everything. And you're right, there's so much we don't know from the books because they're from Harry's POV, and that's what makes setting things in to Deathly Hallows that much more fun.
Ah, the details. I'm trying to work on my description, so I'm glad the details in this piece worked for you. I do tend to picture things as I write them, and I often struggle with the details/how it translates to the reader, but I'm happy to hear it worked out. Ah, yeah, I was trying to work out their relationship and work on building it up the best I could in this one-shot, so that you would be rooting for them by the end; they're not a common ship, but I love them, and I'm glad you enjoyed the ship!
Yeah, I wanted to put some of the darkness into this one-shot while keeping it lighter, too. And I know, poor Michael. I think I read somewhere that this actually happened in the books (Seamus trying to [or someone trying to] rescue Michael) so that's when I decided it was perfect to use for this one-shot.
Neville's definitely the best, and I imagine they'd grow closer during this time as well; I sort of picture them as co-leaders of the DA against Snape and the Carrows.
Thank you so much for the review! I'm glad you enjoyed it and that you enjoyed Ginny and Seamus ♥
Hello there! Happy (end of) Valentine’s month! I’m here to leave a review on this wonderful story and celebrate the month of love!
First of all, I just want to say that this is fantastic. I’m shipping Seamus and Ginny so hard right now, even though I’d literally never considered the pairing before I read this story. I can’t wait to read the other stories in this series.
Your characterization of Ginny and Seamus is wonderful. I love how Ginny hasn’t accepted her feelings consciously, despite knowing she loves Seamus. And I love that Seamus is a bit cocky and funny even after what he’s been through that night. Their dynamic really worked for me, and it definitely made me believe them as a couple.
I really love Hogwarts-Deathly Hallows stories, so I’m really glad I found this. The writing is so good here, and I really can’t explain how much I liked it! Wonderful job!
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Hello, lovely badger! Thanks so much for stopping by this story.
I wrote this what feels like forever ago, and I'm so glad that people are still enjoying it. Seamus and Ginny are my otp, but it's a little difficult to fit them in places, so Deathly Hallows seems like the perfect excuse :P I'm so glad their dynamic and their characterization worked for you.
Thanks for this great review! ♥
Transferred from HPFF
12th April 2017:
Jailbreak for Abbie at CTF round 1!
Hi, Jill. I really enjoy reading yours again. I’m very impressed by your varieties on HP characters.
When I came across the banner on which Ginny with Seamus, I could predict what would come and was afraid that I might not be able to write a review for this, ‘coz I’m Hinny shipper. But my worry was nothing when I started reading it. You gave the readers detailed descriptions how Carrows had done brutal things to Gryffindors, especially, the torture scenes (oh no the chains of the first years, so horrific!) made Seamus look more heroic and Ginny had been struggling with her anxiety without Harry, which added the motivation to make them a couple.
The preparation was done right and you set romance from the middle to the latter half, you began with Ginny’s conflict not to be attracted or not to reveal her true feeling towards Seamus, which went smoothly and caught our heart. We can understand how her feeling tilted to Seamus and you gave us the right answer to it. So we, even Hinny shippers can accept their ship.
You expressed the war time situation around Gryffindor students precisely in your words and gave Ginny passing love, which made this story more beautiful.
It seems that you prepared three more, I’m curious to know how you will develop this ship.
I'm glad you were able to get through it even as a Hinny shipper.
I'm super happy that the buildup was done well and that all the feelings could be understood. And yay! I like being accepted by Hinny shippers :P ♥
Hello Jill, I've been transfering reviews slowly, and you brought back all my Seamus and Ginny love <3
Ginny and Seamus must have been a little tough since we know more about Ginny than Seamus. But that also means there's just so much unexplored territory that you have explored so well that it fits into canon perfectly. The setting you used was perfect, because Seamus' best friend wasn't there and the trip weren't there for Ginny either. It was a perfect timing for any blosomming romance, and what better time than a middle of a war and rebellion to set off sparks?
Your Ginny was very much in character, the way she worried, her indignance at Seamus' injuries, her determination to do something, to rebel, her toughness yet gentle caring. It was all really well done.
I enjoyed reading this one-shot :) Thank you so much for entering the First Kiss Challenge :)
Hey Ysh! Thanks for the transfer :D
I'm really glad you liked it! I actually kind of have a headcanon for Ginny/Seamus, so it's a pairing I really love. This actually inspired a novella-length fic with them as a main pairing, so hopefully that comes around soon!
Thanks! I had so much fun writing this, so thanks for creating such a great challenge :)
Hi Jill! It's your secret valentine here with your first present. I'm sorry it's a bit late.
As a Valentine's Day expert, I consider myself quite adept and knowing when a couple has that "spark" - and wowwwwie! Ginny and Seamus sure seem to have it!
Ginny is characterized really nicely in this story. She's a strong, independent person, but also warm and a bit vulnerable. I like that a lot. And Seamus is passionate and stubborn. He seems to have a sort of tough exterior that some people wouldn't be able to get past in a partner, but Ginny's personality is perfect for that. I like how they complement each other.
It's also smart of you to point out the logic of them becoming close. Seamus is without his bff, and Ginny is without the Trio. And, as you insinuate, they would have spent considerable time together when Ginny was dating Dean. So it really makes sense circumstantially as well as personality-wise. Man, I've always felt so bad for all the students at Hogwarts that year, and especially for Ginny.Her whole family was at risk all the time, not to mention Harry. *hugs for Ginny*
The tension builds nicely in this story. And by the time we get to the kiss... jjjlkjkjlkljklj YAY! There's just no denying the chemistry between these two!
favorite line: "If you say brother, Weasley, I swear to Merlin I’ll use your own Bat Bogey Hex against you,”
I really enjoyed this! Happy Valentine's Day and much love to you, you wonderful person! *HUGS*
Hello Valentine! No need to apologize for the lateness :)
I've always felt like Ginny and Seamus have complemented each other, so I'm glad that that came across in this story, too. And that you like their characterizations. :D
All the hugs for Ginny! And I'm so glad that it makes sense. They kind of bonded over being left behind; I doubt Ginny and Neville are the only two that would get close during the year of the Carrows.
Hahaha. I love their first kiss so much. <3
AND THAT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE LINES TOO!
I'm so glad you enjoyed this, Valentine! Thanks for the lovely review!! *hugs*
This is the first time I ever read Seamus/Ginny, but I have to say you really gave the pairing justice! It makes sense that the two would grow closers together during that year.
One of the things that I really enjoyed about reading this was that I felt like I was inside Ginny's mind through the little details. For example, I like that you mention that she's just looking at the pictures versus reading the book because the words don't make sense to her. It's a great of showing how stressed out she must be feeling.
Hello! Thanks for the surprise review(s)! :D
I'm glad that you enjoyed this though, especially being in Ginny's mind. Is it too early to welcome you aboard the SMS Senny? I'm kidding, haha, but I'm glad them being together that year makes sense and that I did them justice. I have a few stories with them as the focus, but I just haven't transferred them all to HPFT yet.
Thanks again for stopping by! ♥
Jill!!! Happy holidays, dear!!! :D
I thought I'd stop by and leave a review as a little present for you (I was hoping in a new chapter of HS, to be honest... guess I'll settle for some Senny love, instead... :P)
I know I say this all the time, but... I loved the story! I'm still pretty new to the ship (which clearly means that I need to read more of your work...) but from the way you write it I can totally believe it. She is her strong, fierce self and he is the boy who gave her support in her hardest times without questioning her value. It's just perfect. They are just perfect. I so love it.
The Carrows' tyranny must've been so terrible. You gave us just a little snippet of what it must've been like, but it's enough to make me shiver. At the same time I found Ginny's concern while waiting for Seamus and Micheal sort of endearing. It's clear that there are more deep feelings behind it. :)
I loved Ginny's anger when she sees him, and Seamus smirking in response. I could picture their exchange so perfectly. And I so love how well Seamus can read through her.
“You’re not in love with Harry, Gin, [...] You’re in love with the idea of him – and loving the idea of someone and the actual person are two completely different things."
This makes so much sense and I love it!
Ah, the kiss(es)! You wrote the passion between them so beautifully! Your writing is just fantastic... well, as usual... :P
“You better – or I’ll find a way to bring you back and kill you myself.”
Ahahah! This is so much Ginny Weasley! Love it! (Sorry if I'm repetitive...)
Aww... the ending is so sweet... well, bittersweet, actually, but I love that she's allowing herself some simple happiness, just for that night.
This was another lovely piece of writing of yours! Really, you are so talented, Jill!
Happy holidays once again, hope you're having a lovely time!
Love and cuddles,
Chiara! I'm surprised you haven't read this story before :) But I'm glad that it tied you over while I was working on the new chapter of HS.
Yesss, welcome to the USS Senny! Is it too soon to bring you on board? :P I'm glad that you can believe his pairing, though. It just feels so natural to me that they would lean on each other during this dark, horrible time with the Carrows ruling Hogwarts. He's kind of her light.
There are definitely some deeper feelings there, even if she's in denial about it :P
D'aww thanks, now you're just making me blush!
HAHAHA, I loved that line!
THANK YOU! You are too kind!
Happy holidays, dear!!
I'm here to bring holiday cheer!
I don't know if I have ever read a Seamus/Ginny story before, but I saw that it was your OTP so I figured why not. The way you described the growing and changing relationship between the two of them made it seem very logical. With the Department of Mysteries crew down to Neville and Luna at Hogwarts and Dean on the run, there were bound to be some new friendships, bonds, and crushes developing or deepening over that year. Seamus and Ginny turning into more seems like a reasonable possibility during that time. (I'm also still not entirely sold on how everything played out in canon, so that helps.)
Ginny's conflict and the idea that she was in love with the idea of Harry but no longer had the same feelings for him seemed quite possible. The interactions between the two in this were natural and their uncertainty over how they were reading each other - at least on Ginny's end - were good to see in a relatively new friendship.
I definitely can see how this has potential for sequels.
What a lovely surprise this review was!
I'm kind of the captain of the Seamus/Ginny ship, so I'm not surprised you haven't read them before :P I like how rare they are, though, and that you thought the change in their relationship was very logical and plausible. I like to push the bounds of canon when I can as long as it makes sense. And like you, I'm also not entirely sold on how everything played out in canon :P
Considering Ginny's had a crush on Harry most of her life, I think this was a good solution to that "triangle". I'm glad that they felt natural to you as well.
Thanks so much for the review! I'm hoping to transfer the sequels over shortly, but it's more that they take place in the same universe. If I ever get back to it, I have a novella that features them as the main ship too.
Hi! I came from the HPFT wishlist thread.As I was interested in your NaNo project, I got curious to read your other works. It's very chivalrous and dramatic that Seamus tried rescuing the first year student with Michael Corner.
Sleeping in a hammock is a typical example that Gryffindors and the other rebels against the Death Eaters faced the difficulties at the dark times.
Though it was a kind of heartbreaking for me as a Hinny shipper to read Ginny's feeling for Harry who broke up with her, I like your phrase, Seamus Finnegan's "you're in love with the idea of him".
I was also curious to know how you would describe Seamus, how attractive he would be for Ginny in such a dark time. Your description of him is awesome. I could imagine how his Irish accent sounded like.
Hi Kenny! Thanks for stopping by :D
Sleeping in the hammocks is definitely something Gryffindors would do, and I know it's in the movies; can't remember if it's in the books, but it's just one of those things that felt right as I was writing it. And Ginny being in love with the idea of Harry rather than Harry, the person is kind of my headcanon for them. I'm glad you liked that justification.
I'm so glad you liked the description! And writing accents is hard, so I'm glad that you were able to hear what it sounded like.
Thank you for the review!