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The theme of "all this has happened before, all this will happen again" in fic that sees Slytherins as victims has some truth to it. The pureblood mania is hardly new, but if the Malfoys have lost their fortune and influence and if a family with a name as English as Parkinson have left the country, there has been a change like any before. The Malfoys have been the English Wizarding world's "winners" for a very long time. The shift from the old guard to whatever comes next is the beginning of a new age.

And I wish we had a list of post-war fics by date they were written. As I'm reading and rereading, it makes such as huge difference whether the author knew what JKR did for the war. It doesn't affect the quality of the story because early stories can be great, but JKR went a route I didn't expect. It was very personal, Harry and Voldemort, but it was also very impersonal. The Ministry, the use of official government channels and offices to oppress, left no one untouched. The aftermath of these two facets - well, I love when I read fic that faces both and sees just how fractured these people must be and their faith in anything outside of themselves is a gift that has to be earned. I wouldn't want to be the next Head of Hogwarts to be sure.

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