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Review:CJ_Black says:
I think you gave this story a most interesting beginning. I seriously loved this chapter - very well-written, very promising and very original. I liked your portrayal of Dumbledore and the relationship between him and Fawkes. The bit about the Headmasters - "Once Headmaster of Hogwarts, forever Headmaster of Hogwarts" - I really enjoyed that as well, very touchy. The Divination teacher prophecied his own retirement - that was really interesting and funny. I can easily picture him doing that. I also loved your descriptions of the weather and the strange phenomenon going on, people ignoring the war - it had many meanings inside. You're extremely talented with descriptions, I can tell that much. When you wrote the odd relationship between Dumbledore and Tom, it was extremely well portrayed, almost as if it was written by JK herself. I see you noticed the bartender was actually Aberforth - so did I. Yay! Well, I really liked this chapter and I'm off to read the next. Sorry if I'm a bit slow on reviews, I do read chapters several times before I review them, I hope you don't mind. Much love, CJ [Black Kitty]

Author's Response: This fic was the very first fic I wrote in English - English is not my mother tongue, and I know it shows sometimes.

When I re-read it not so long ago - I was thinking about editing it - I was almost surprised. I mean, I've read so many fics since then that I'm not sure I could still write Dumbledore in character, like I did in this fic. We've always seen Dumbledore through Harry's eyes, except in the very first chapter. And that was the Dumbledore of the first chapter I wrote here - Dumbledore without the "Harry filter".

So I know I used some clichés like the watch, the sparkling eyes... but they are part of the characterization of Dumbledore. You made me blush when I read you thought I wrote the relationship between Dumbledore and Tom almost as if it was written by JKR herself. Thanks for the compliment. For all of them.

I'm very glad you like this fic. I know it lacks some details - I guess my skills have improved since I wrote it. And most people ignore it because it's no romance, it's just a little fic trying to fill a blank.
Thanks for reading and reviewing. :D

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