There are few things I feel the need to stand my ground on, but this is most certainly one of those things.
Well, I wouldn't stay too long, it's been known to corrupt people with prolonged exposure. I must be immune.
Anyways, I was going to post this in the Movie thread, but there wouldn't be anyone to appreciate it, so I'll post it on your wall instead.
I picked up on something while watching the movie. Props if you came to the same conclusion.
Nanoha has always initiated handholding before with Fate feeling reassured. At the beginning of the movie, Fate held out her hand and waited for Nanoha to take it- probably thinking she’d just shake or something like that- but Nanoha grabs on with both hands and gets all intimate because that's Nanoha for you. Fate was always afraid of initiating intimate affection. That’s why Nanoha looks so surprised when Fate does finally grab her hand.
While Fate was trapped in that dream world and she realized there Nanoha and her family need her- she was told by her big sister even. It was something she was unsure of before- “I was useless in the end”- but trapped with this fake family, she realizes no, my real one needs me more, I need to get out of here and help Nanoha. And she does! She saves Nanoha, just like she promised she would in the last movie- “next time, I’ll save you”. And she’s finally able to move on from that place where she feels useless and trapped with the ghost of her mother. She has confidence in herself, she can move forward, and now she’s comfortable taking Nanoha’s hand, in comforting Nanoha, instead of always waiting for Nanoha to take her hand, instead of feeling unworthy of her.
The transition of events in moving form~
^And that my friend is how I know the movie portrayed their dynamic to the best of its abilities --given the reasonably small focus.