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Review of chapter "Of Friend and Foe" from Wrytergrrrl
Review:
So far this story is awesomely fun! I can't wait to see what happens next. The Parent Trap was one of my fave movies growing up (the Hayley Mills version) and you are certainly doing it justice so far. :)
Review By [Wrytergrrrl] • Date [5 Oct 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Of Friend and Foe" from (Current Donor)vidicon
Review:
Well it's certainly a faster resolution than in Das Doppelte Lottchen. I like it. I do hope you will continue. And though I'm most fond of Much ado, Love's labour is an excellent play.

And I do hope we'll find out where Taryn came from... Willow doesn't currently have a girlfriend?


Thanks for writing and can't wait for them to start truly communicating.
Review By [(Current Donor)vidicon] • Date [5 Oct 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Of Friend and Foe" from malkome
Review:
Brilliant!
Review By [malkome] • Date [5 Oct 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Of Friend and Foe" from Cmiller
Review:
Whoot!!!!

Now just who will be able to tell the difference? I'd like to see Faith as at least one side that can tell the difference between her Ace and his twin.
Review By [Cmiller] • Date [5 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Of Friend and Foe" from IronOx
Review:
Great start - very much enjoying - has the flavor of both worlds down. Was a bit taken aback by the whole rapid split down the middle in the beginning, but gather from other review comments that there is more backstory coming.

Really felt Hufflepuff never got enough respect - this should be amusing.
Review By [IronOx] • Date [5 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Of Magic and Muggles" from Gideon
Review:
So Harry Potter's son doesn't like magic and wishes he was a muggle? At least until he gets his wand... He would get a bit of a shock if he visited his mum and expected her to be all muggle-like wouldn't he? And I like how Olivander hinted at Will's brother. If he wasn't before Harry must be wondering now if little Sirius was as full of magic as his brother or not, and what Buffy's reaction might have been to a strange letter arriving by Owl? I think they should both be sorted into Slitherin :)
If the two brothers don't both start at Hogwarts they may not meet until the Tri-Wizard tournament or some other inter-school event.
I wonder what kind of wand Sirius/ Alex will get? Perhaps a Willow made carbon fibre wand with a core of moon dust?
Review By [Gideon] • Date [3 Oct 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Of Magic and Muggles" from Ravenmore
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I am wondering what has Harry told Will about his mother. He told him she left when he was a baby right? He must have told Will her name and where she was born and a few other things.

No matter what Will has a right to know about his mother unless Harry told him that Buffy just abandoned him which is not to far from the truth and now he hates her for that. Not unlikely given the situation. At the very least Will has got to be carrying some resentment towards his mother for leaving him and Harry. I know I would.
Review By [Ravenmore] • Date [3 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Of Magic and Muggles" from Cmiller
Review:
Totally ready for the boys to go to hogwarts.
Review By [Cmiller] • Date [3 Oct 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Of Witchcraft and Wizardry" from (Recent Donor)dreamfall
Review:
This is delightful so far, and I'm enjoying it immensely. Looking forward to more!
Review By [(Recent Donor)dreamfall] • Date [26 Sep 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Of Witchcraft and Wizardry" from Gideon
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Aww they named him Sirius :) A pity that Buffy didn't stick with the original first name but it is understandable that she didn't want too many reminders. I wonder if something similar has happened with the other one? And how are they going to be guided into choosing Hogwarts when there are so many options? (I loved the scene with all the owls!) I can kinda imagine Buffy sending herself to school there too so she can learn more about wand magic and anything that might threaten her son. Or she might just insist that Willow inspects their wards and security systems in person before she allows Alex to live anywhere that may not be secure. I can't wait to see what changes Hermione and Harry have made to the British Wizardry world in the time it took their kids to grow up. If Hogwarts is still stuck in the dark ages I will be disappointed but not very surprised. It is hard to change a whole society. Even when you are a Hero!
Also I wonder about the effect of the secrecy laws here. If a magical student is only allowed to tell his parents then Willow, Faith, Giles and Xander would not be allowed to know anything (officially at least). Do the secrecy laws apply to squibs and their decedents? I hope that lady will not get in trouble for talking to Giles in such detail about the wizarding world.
Review By [Gideon] • Date [26 Sep 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Of Witchcraft and Wizardry" from (Current Donor)vidicon
Review:
Very nice. I look forward to more and more in this universe. Like how Taryn-Anyanka got to be...

Thanks for writing
Review By [(Current Donor)vidicon] • Date [26 Sep 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Of Witchcraft and Wizardry" from eset
Review:
Great start. I can't wait to hear more.

How will they decide on which school to send him to, though? Is Hogwarts really "the best", or is that just what the British wizards think? Also, will we get a glimpse of Will's home life (with a whole herd of Weasley cousins) before he heads off to school?

Will they meet at the sorting or before that? (Diagon Alley? King's Cross?)

Keep up the great work!
Review By [eset] • Date [26 Sep 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Of Witchcraft and Wizardry" from Cmiller
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Love aunt faith. Little reds a cutie. And I can't wait for the clash of wizard and slayer.
Review By [Cmiller] • Date [26 Sep 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Of Doomed Relationships" from Cutiepie
Review:
This looks like it could be entertaining. However, I need to mention the thing that kind of stuck out and is really bothering me. You had Buffy slap Harry in the face while she is mad. Not just a touch irritated, but really upset. And you specifically said that she hit him HARD. How did she not end up killing him? In my mind, a physical fight featuring an angry slayer vs a normal human equals a dead/severely injured human.

Edit: (I went back and saw that she slapped him, not "hit" him, like I was remembering initially. I'm still seeing at least a broken jaw here.)

The other thing is regarding the kids. I know that for the "Parent Trap" trope to work, she can only take one child, but as a mom (especially as a mom of twins) how on earth could she walk out without even trying to take both? There was no discussion about it or anything. That didn't make any sense to me. Maybe if Harry had followed behind her, grabbed the second twin himself, and refused to let her take them both . . . I kind of NEED you to explain why she would leave one of her sons behind.
Comments from author:
I kind of think that by 23/24ish Buffy has more self control than you give her credit for. Even when she's incredibly upset, I think she knows how to pull her punches (for a human). I see a slap as more of a way to shock or make a point than to really hurt someone anyways.

On the kids thing...I'm totally with you there. I commented a bit about this on the previous review and I really don't want to give too much away, but I will try my best to eventually satisfy the need for an explanation :) You bring up some really good points, and I'll definitely give the issue more thought going forward. Thanks for reviewing!
Review By [Cutiepie] • Date [26 Sep 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Of Doomed Relationships" from Kindleflame
Review:
Great start! Certainly a sad beginning for everyone involved though. I can understand Buffy not talking about her past or sharing that part of herself with Harry. She did go through a lot of suffering and pain and it's likely she would want to forget about it.

Harry is harder to pin down and this does seem out of character for him not sharing his wizarding background with his significant other. He to would likely want to put everything behind and look forward but not at the point of keeping Buffy in the dark about his many secrets. Unlike Buffy who always knew what was going on with her life and had some control, Harry didn't really experience that. He was kept in the dark about many things growing up and kept under a measure of control. He hates secrets and wouldn't stand others keeping things from him that could affect him. Dumbledore being the main culprit on that one.

Harry and Buffy's kids end up losing the most of all. Each losing the other parent in their lives for years. Time they will never get back regardless if the parents make up down the road. Again Buffy choosing to take one baby and not the other, well I can't really base a judgment on that since there is no context of her being a mother in canon except with taking care of Dawn. Though she would have to explain why she chose to have no contact with her other child basically abandoning him.

Harry having been abused and neglected when he was a child I believe would fight tooth and nail to maintain a presence in his other child's life regardless if Buffy tried to stop him. The one thing he has wanted his whole life was a family. Something that was denied to him unlike Buffy who had her mother at least until she was older.

Please continue and I hope you found my insights interesting. Take care.
Comments from author:
Wow! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me! You bring up some really good points, and I totally agree with most of them. The Parent Trap plot line is at times challenging to reconcile with what we know of these characters, but that's certainly no excuse not to try. I agree that Buffy is more likely to keep Harry in the dark than the other way around, but I do have some ideas about that...which we won't be getting to for little while, so any thoughts on the subject are totally welcome in the meantime. I have this feeling that it was one of those lies by omission that just kind of...got out of hand. And remember, Seamus Finnegan's mum didn't tell his dad she was a witch until after they were married, which may have been due to secrecy laws. I'm mulling it all over.

The bigger problem is definitely, as you brought up, the choice to effectively abandon their other child. In the Parent Trap movie (at least the one with Lindsay Lohan, can't remember for the original), I'm pretty sure that the his-and-hers kid thing was the result of the divorce proceedings, which we don't see here. The second chapter jumps ahead and we won't be getting any explanations for awhile, until the boys do, but I will admit that there may be more going on here than immediately meets the eye. This is not necessarily the first time Buffy (or Harry) thought about leaving, it's just the moment they finally do split. And they definitely have second thoughts. Who wouldn't? I hope to address that at some point.

Thank you again for leaving such an in-depth review. I really appreciate the feedback!
Review By [Kindleflame] • Date [25 Sep 12] • Not Rated
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