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Review:Pixileanin says:
Great to see that the cavalry arrived at last, just as Dumbledore was wondering if he had enough wizards to really do the job. It added a good amount of tension to the start of the scene. Slughorn is always the arrogant one! *shakes head*

MacDonald's line was perfect, though I wonder if Evans had words with him later for stealing his moment. I guess he was too slow! Minerva's entrance was well-placed and surprising. I had assumed that the wizards and the Muggles were focused on different sections, so when they came together, it really had an impact for me. I also appreciated the words that Dumbledore and Grindelwald exchanged, making the fight even more personal. The spells that they exchanged were great, but what really caught me off guard was the unexpected hand to hand combat that the two wizards ended up in. That was a great twist on things. We don't ordinarily get to see wizards grappling with each other. The action here was really well done.

Author's Response: Welcome back again!

I wanted to add a little more drama to the build up to the battle by having some dramatic entrances. I also wanted to give Slughorn a bit of a redeeming momentby having him show up, but I think being Slughorn he would still have to get his words in. Plus I just really wanted to have him say One does not simply walk into Mordor- I mean Nurmengard haha.

Evans was greatly disapointed, and I'm sure he spent the whole flight home giving MacDonald a lecture that he undoubtably slept through. Since the Duncan/Minerva ship seems to mirror Ron//Hermione a lot, I figured they should get the same type of kiss as those two as well.

Given Dumbledore and Grindelwald's history, I wanted to add a personal dimension to their battle, and I think a hand to hand fight can capture that in a way that you cant really do with magic. It took me a long time to think about how Dumbledore would defeat grindelwald when he had the elder wand, if there should be some sort of trick or something, but in the end I think Albus just had more at stake and wanted it more.

Thanks a lot for the review!


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