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Review:Alopex says:
I read the chapter summary of this story and then just sat there for a few moments, wondering what to expect. I was trying to imagine what Filch would see in the mirror, and I can't believe I didn't even consider that he'd see himself performing magic! Duh! I was actually gearing up for a heart-wrenching story, one that would make me feel like a Dementor had gone by.

Well, that isn't quite what this story was. Filch is a rather pitiable person, and that definitely came out in this story. However, I actually like that you didn't play up the emotions much. You just matter-of-factly stated what was happening, which was, up until the end, an ordinary day in the life of Filch. I think you portrayed his situation and life very accurately. He had a rather boring and miserable existence, and that came out strongly, without poor-me sobbing overtones.

I wasn't expecting that last sentence, but I loved it! Filch reacted to the mirror the same way Ron did, and his progression of thoughts there was very logical. There wasn't much in the story to be sad over, but I bet that if someone wrote a story about Filch realizing his Qwik-Spell course isn't working, that would be more emotionally fraught.

Author's Response: I worried that it was going to be too obvious what Filch would see in the mirror, so I'm glad that it wasn't, to you at least.

I really didn't want to make this piece an emotional piece, because I don't see Filch as being an emotional person. I see him as being a guy who just wants to get his job done and live his life day to day. As you say, he had a rather boring and miserable existence and I'm glad this came across.

I think for many people looking into the mirror and not knowing what it is might have the reaction of believing it to be the future that it is showing, after all, most of us would want to believe that our greatest desire will come true one day.

Thanks so much for reviewing.

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