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Review:darker side of happy says:
This was a brilliant portrayal of Draco.
He has always come across to me as a young man torn in two.

The responsibility laid at his feet for a family who has more sins and burdens than a man of Draco's age should have to bare. I think the desire to uphold the Malfoy name is strong in him, a value instilled literally from birth. But I feel Draco is lost on how to uphold this. He lacks his father's ability to destroy in its name so indiscriminately, yet he desperately wants to succeed in doing so.

The uncertainty of taking the Dark Mark and the consequences it held weighs heavily on him and I believe you did an amazing job in portraying that strong emotion.

The idea that Draco is alone was a focal point or so it seemed to me and I think you nailed it on the head in this piece. No matter how hard he tried to win respect or honor it always seemed to backfire for him and for the worse at that.
All though so many surround him Draco is well and truly alone in his task, his life and his mind.

I truly enjoyed reading this and I'm glad you entered the challenge so that I could have the opportunity to do so!

Author's Response: Yay, you made it :)

I agree, I think Draco was pitched into difficult circumstances and forced to wear shoes much too big for him. It would be a difficult mission for anyone to undertake, let alone a sixteen-year-old boy. I'm so pleased that I did the emotion justice here, as it's obviously the centerpiece of the story. Draco is definitely very alone, and I think you can see that reflected well in his desperation in the sixth book. He's much more goal-oriented than he was before, almost a totally different person.

Thanks for the kind review! I always enjoy an opportunity to write about my beloved Malfoy men. I look forward to seeing the results of the challenge :)

academica


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