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Review:celticbard says:
Hello Shiloh!
You know, I've always found it odd that strange pairings can sometimes seem perfectly canon. Honestly, after reading this fic, I'm completely convinced that Dudley and Pansy are meant for each other. And even though they seem to be vastly different characters, they both have something very important in common: Harry. I think you did an amazing job bringing out this theme, because, when you think about it, Dudley and Pansy have strong reasons to feel alienated from Harry. Their families both brought them up to view him as a threat and inferior. Harry also inadvertently cost them their comfortable, secure lifestyles. How wonderfully creative of you to take their disregard for Harry and turn it on its head! I mean, who would have thought that Harry, of all people, would be the one to bring them together? That aspect alone makes this fic wonderfully complex and so powerful.

In addition, I loved your use of repetition in this piece. It worked so very well, giving the story a measured flow and an ending that was perfectly satisfying. Your characterization of Dudley and Pansy was also great. You treated them with sensitivity and sympathy while giving them both strong personalities. Dudley seems like a truly kind man, while Pansy has this stubborn, independent streak I really admire.

So yes, I absolutely adored this piece. Excellent writing. I'm favoriting this right now! ^_^


Author's Response: Thank you! This was hard for me. It was for a challenge so I was given the pairing. I never would have thought of it! But I ended up rather liking it :)
The similarities in their upbringing was intriguing. Opposite sides of the same coin.

I liked giving Pansy a bit of redemption. I think in canon she never would have quite this sort of chance to redeem herself. I assume she went on to be rather insufferable for the rest of her life. But here, for a little while at least, she's alright.

I'm so glad you liked it :)

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