This is beautiful! I hope you'll forgive me if I can't put it all into words here, but I really loved this. Just to point to my favorite aspects: I adore the atmosphere - the mix of the modern world with both the behind-the-times wizarding world (catching up, clearly) and, more, the political atmosphere; the terms ('mundane' is genius, btw), the lingering tensions that you know just aren't going to go away, even with this latest victory. To that point, i really enjoyed Viktor being stuck somewhere inbetween, as far as acceptance/bloodlines. Watching Snape not really knowing how to interact with others anymore, but wanting to with V. was both sad and wonderful. His response to the telephone really made me laugh (though maybe I'm biased because I hate phones myself). Loved the chess, and the tension we can feel between S and V throughout, but esp. when they're on the phone. Snape sitting on his bed, rather reminiscent of a teenager talking to their first crush, was a great detail. The articles and letters look really good too - I wish I knew how you did those!