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Review:lia_2390 says:
Oh my. Krum! This was a pleasant surprise, I almost forgot about him.

Your characterisation of Krum in this one-shot does a lot to reflect the time at the point of the story. Actually, so does the title. He's one surly, bitter guy, and I honestly don't blame him. I'm glad that you brought up Karkaroff in this story as well, even if things hadn't been painted in a good light. I suppose you can say the events of the summer and the subtle mention of his mentor's departure was a wake up call for Krum as well as all the others.

I like that Viktor still has such strong feelings for Hermione underneath his irritation that she hadn't written to him and he was pretty much rejected in the end. What makes me even more curious is the fact that she wrote to him in the first place. Of course, things got a bit difficult for Harry and the others during 5th year.

fame did not impress everyone
I love that you brought up how Krum's fame or fame in general isn't the only thing that matters, so that's why I like that line. Yes, I know, of all the lines in this story to quote, I chose this one.

In the end, I felt Viktor's deeper feelings bubbled forth which I quite admire. To be honest, Hermione writing to him sort of gave him the wrong impression too, but at least from his response she would know there's still someone around who would listen to her.

I enjoyed reading this one-shot of yours, you did a great job with it!

Lia

Author's Response: Hi Lia!

I'm so glad you thought my characterization of Krum went okay, and that you liked the discussion of Karkaroff and his ever furtive motives. I like experimenting with different characters, particularly those who don't typically see the light of day, and I'm always pleased when I "get it right" with someone new.

It is interesting that you chose that line. I was thinking about Snape's reaction to Harry during that very first Potions lesson, but I thought he would deal with Krum similarly, what with Karkaroff waving him around like a trophy and whatnot. Probably just one more thing Snape found distasteful about Karkaroff :)

I did want to tap into those deeper feelings, and I find his adoration of Hermione sort of innocent. Even though she'll never love him back, it doesn't mean that he doesn't love her, and he wants to show her by protecting her.

Thanks for your very kind review :)

Amanda


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