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Review:celticbard says:
Oh, what a sad story! How wonderfully creative of you to take a minor character like Filch (who seems to be universally reviled) and give him a believable, realistic and sympathetic back-story. The flashback scene, in which a young Filch awaits his Hogwarts letter, was so heart wrenching. You did a fabulous job illustrating both his intense anticipation and subsequent, crushing disappointment. It's no wonder that Filch is so fiercely protective of Hogwarts, he probably loves the school more than most students.

And yet, despite the overall angsty tone of this piece, you managed to end it on an uplifting, hopeful note. I really enjoyed this, Lia. Excellent writing!

Best,
celticbard

Author's Response: Hi celtic!

You have no idea how surprised I was to see this here earlier but it's a pleasant one, nonetheless :)

As far as inspiration goes, this story stems from one of my one-shots in this year's house collab about Filch. I thought it might be interesting to explore what it was like for him to not get a Hogwarts letter. I knew that there would be some (ok, loads of) resentment on his part when it came to those who weren't Squibs. That is something which I can understand enough to get into words. The fact that he actually got his opportunity after so many years is possibly mind-blowing and not something to be taken for granted.

Haha, universally reviled. Everyone has said something to that effect but you summed it up perfectly.

I'm really glad you enjoyed this! Thank you so much for your review!

Happy New Year!
Lia


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