|Reviews for Heart and Soul|
| Antaros chapter 52 . 6/25
I’d followed this story back when you were live updating it, but fell behind and didn’t finish. It took a few years, but I came back to it and started over from scratch. I’m really glad I did, this is a marvelous story.
Thanks so much!
| Sakura Lisel chapter 18 . 6/18
*lol* I wonder if Arthur actually bothered READING that book himself before sending it was a 'good idea' for a birthday gift for Hermione that she could 'share' with Jasmine. *lol*
| Limerick90 chapter 52 . 3/31
I absolutely love this story. From start to finish, it was well-written, beautiful and touching, thrilling and fun, awesome and inspiring. To me, the story you've told here is full of meaning and left me feeling...empowered, is the word I keep coming back to. Thank you so much for writing this.
And just wow, that joke from Oliver was perfect. I didn't expect it at all, but recognized it immediately and cracked up. Thanks for that as well!
| mg chapter 9 . 3/14
The Grangers' age means they grew up with the 1960s, and so would have been more aware of feminism, and of pro-gay and lesbian politics in the UK. It's because lesbian and gay relationships were becoming more acceptable that Pride started in 1992, not in spite of it. There was a strong push back against Section 28 at the time. I'm really surprised that as middle class parents of a certain age, the Grangers don't have their minds made up either for or against the matter. Not surprised that they might not have spoken about it in front of Hermione, but I'd expect them to have discussed it themselves.
What you don't have here (assuming they're anti gay in a rather unthinking way) is the contempt about lesbians and gay men that goes with that idea. If they're pro gay, they should be worrying about the social prejudice their daughter will be facing. If they're anti gay, they should be thinking in terms of "everyone we know will say it's because Hermione just can't get a man", and that old favourite, that because there isn't a penis in the bed with them, "it's not like they can have real sex". You touch on "it's just a phase", but if they are really anti gay, they should be thinking "and of course Hermione is going through that phase, we sent her off to a school where she's isolated from the real world for 10 months, and she sleeps in a room with six other girls, no wonder she's a dyke..."
In the early 1990s, the debate about homosexuality had been going on in the UK ever since it was decriminalised in the 1960s. There were strong feelings both for and against, but there wasn't so much of the wishy-washy vague "but isn't it wrong?" feeling the Grangers show here.
If Emma Granger has "Our Bodies Our Selves"on her bookshelves, and various other similar titles, I'd be very surprised if there weren't a few issues of "Spare Rib" laying around. It was almost impossible to read about feminism without reading about lesbian politics as well, so Emma ought to have an opinion. I don't claim that she should have ended up for, rather than against; only that she would at some point in the last 15 years have looked at her daughter and wondered what she would do if her daughter was gay.
This is what comes of trying to keep the books in their time, rather than quietly updating the attitudes; it means paying a lot of attention to what attitudes were at that exact period - which isn't always easy...
| CelendilAU chapter 51 . 2/19
I just wanted to drop by and say thank you again for writing such a wonderful series of stories with such a beautifully expressed pairing mixed in with a brilliant political social and cultural plot line too! It’s very much become one of my favourite series to come back to whenever I feel the need for a fanfic pick me up.
| SupremeRuler17 chapter 52 . 2/4
Thank you for writing this and thanks Bonnie
| Hiyoshi Ren chapter 9 . 12/23/2019
Mr Granger. You better stop complaining before you end up digging your own grave. (From both the girls and your wife).
| RonRR chapter 35 . 10/23/2019
"...a horrible, gut-wrenching scream from behind him... "Something has killed Wilhelm!"
Really, you managed to squeeze in the classic Hollywood Wilhelm scream? I missed that the first time I read your story.
Thank you for writing,
| Juliandog5 chapter 52 . 10/13/2019
What an absolutely lovely story. I'm glad to have both found and read this. I just feel both happy, sad, anxious, and joyous. In the last two weeks I have been binging the story, both the first one in this one. I'm so happy to have a completion to it. And I just want to thank you for your writing quality as well as your endurance and finishing the story. Thank you!
| Hiyoshi Ren chapter 18 . 9/6/2019
I wonder... if a howler is turned to a different colour would it still be forbidden?
| nightwing27 chapter 51 . 7/31/2019
good thing all my stories will rated m or nc 17 from start not the boring rated t grap thank god ao3 and fanfic allows hardcore sex and alot of sex scenes
| Cheeseydare chapter 52 . 7/3/2019
Absolutely loved all three parts! From start to finish a great read with consistent character development and multiple plot threads coming together at the end. Lovely work!
| lunadream13 chapter 52 . 6/19/2019
great story! i enjoyed it immensely.
| Guest chapter 52 . 6/13/2019
Thanks for the read.
| Corwyn chapter 52 . 6/6/2019
*W*O*W* this was beautiful! Thank you ever so much for sharing it with us! I loved it!