Something I said in my review (namely that I loved the fact that Ron was still there for Harry) made me remember a pet peeve of mine in H/D fic. Trio bashing of any kind, man. I know it's a matter of personal preference and hey, it don't have to float your boat, but I fucking hate it when the Trio is broken up in H/D fic. I don't mind dead!Ron or dead!Hermione or dead!both as long as Harry isn't blase about it, but it fucking pisses me off if any of the other two are suddenly Harry's enemies. Nothing makes me stop reading (well, aside from my usual peeves like canon rape and bad grammar, that is) like Ron or Hermione calling Harry "Potter" or vice versa. I just don't think it's something that can be explained away in a sentence or a paragraph, mostly because I was paying close attention during the last chapter of HBP and hey, through the rest of the series, too. They're best mates, for crying out loud, it's going to take a lot to break up that friendship, imo. YMMV of course but that's how I feel. I love H/D but in my mind, the Trio friendship is too strong to just fizzle out or snap like a twig. People do drift apart from their childhood friends, that much is true, and with the introduction of romance into the Trio, that drifting could definitely happen, but while I can understand "Ron and Hermione are busy with their first child and Harry doesn't want to impose", I absolutely loathe "Ron and Hermione have shut Harry out of their lives because they're so happy together". I just don't see how or why they would ever do that. I readily admit that I have very old-fashioned and idealistic views of friendship, so perhaps that's why I hate it so much when the Trio are no longer friends in H/D fic.
And on an entirely unrelated note, I was just smoking outside and mulling over Snape's role in the series and I realised -- James had saved Snape's life (in the Moony incident), right? So he owed him a life-debt, obviously. And yet, Snape is directly (or indirectly, depending on your definition of directness) responsible for James's death as it was his information that led Voldemort to the Potter house on the night James and Lily dies. Snape found out about the prophecy, told Voldemort, and as a result, James died. Now, from what I understand in canon, a life-debt is a big deal -- could there be magical ramifications to 'breaking' your end of a life-debt dealio? Maybe the remorse Snape felt (well, that Dumbledore said Snape felt -- I tend to take Dumbledore's words at face value) had more to do with something tangible he lost as a result of the fact that he was responsible for the death of someone to whom he owed a life-debt? I'm not really sure where I'm trying to go with this, but I guess what I'm trying to say is -- maybe Snape isn't acting of his own free will once James is dead?