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Review:academica says:
Hey! I've gotten around to doing your prize reviews :)

You know that I love your work, and I love reading about under-loved characters, and to see the two combined? I was super excited to read this. You've created an interesting look into Filch's background, and I like this version of him, the picture of him as a once-beloved child who fell from grace when he never received his Hogwarts letter. (Which kind of makes me wonder... d'you think any children ever got admitted to Hogwarts only to find out later that they were actually Squibs? Y'know, like Neville once thought about himself? Sorry. Random thought.)

I also really like this idea of him being between two worlds. I could definitely see it -- it would be torture having to live in the magical world, totally unable to participate in magic, and be too informed to live in the Muggle world, devoid of magic. You really did a good job of emphasizing his loneliness and his resentment for the children, who don't value their gift.

Great work! :)

Amanda

Author's Response: Thanks so much for reviewing! I'm so glad that you enjoy my work- I enjoy yours as well, though I don't read it nearly enough.

I'm glad that you liked my version of Filch. This idea sprouted from the idea that squibs only come from magical ("pureblood") families and it's well known that pureblood families value magic above almost everything else. I definitely thought that this was a probably history for Filch and it would explain his grumpier disposition.

I don't think that any children would be admitted to Hogwarts if they were squibs because I think that there's a magical device that detects the amount of magical ability a person has & then notes their name- that's how I imagine they would find the muggle-born children. If that is the case, then a squib's name would never show up on the register.


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