I love the way you showed specific examples of Arthur dealing with students crying and nightmares to emphasize the grief, trauma, fear, etc. it was really effective, I found my self getting sympathetically emotional for the students when the Owls returned and it was just really lovely. Great after effects. I also loved all the little character building things! Like the Potters (James is growing!), and Wales, and Scorpius with his leg, and Rose staying behind, and I could run on and on but space
One of the kids named their owl Frisbee tho
But yeah that’s a huge part of why the chapter just ballooned the way it did was ALL THESE GOOD INTERACTIONS that I wanted to keep. Like Arthur keeping kids busy and the sheer lack of fairness that literally no one can do anything about because two houses are CONTAMINATED and need to be STERILIZED it may have taken wizards a long time to figure out hygiene but the castle’s toilets backed up and so no, Slytherin and Hufflepuff can’t go change their clothes or look for their chess sets or card decks or anything else, it all has to be cleaned. Meanwhile there’s no point making Ravenclaw and Gryffindor, which are towers, suffer without their things? But it’s not fair to Slytherin and Hufflepuff if they do? But it’s not fair to Ravenclaw and Gryffindor if they dont?
You can’t convince me that Addison didn’t bring down a change of clothes for Ellie and maybe Gloria and Margaret I’m not willing to believe that Nancy and Manpreet were rude to the Hufflepuff girls. Freddy and Scorpius can survive without their brooms for a night and no one was really crying about not being able to play chess for an evening it was just that one extra thing that put them over a very sharp edge.
The chapter got away from me but I think it was for the best honestly, we got to see more than just Slytherin having an awful time and the professors genuinely trying but just not having the resources to handle the situation.