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Review:WitnesstoitAll says:
I am so glad I clicked on this (was debating between this and a Remus one shot). But, Sarah had sung this story's praises yesterday ans so I was curious. I think this story touches on everything powerful about the first wizarding war. It was only a war because people took notice and objected to the heinous acts of Voldemort and his followers. The statement you make here, twice I think, is so moving -- there are two sides to every war. Dumbledore was incredibly brave for standing up when he did... he had to know what the war could potentially cost in terms of life and hardship, but he knew that in the end it would be for the greater good.

I think you did a great job of characterizing both Albus and Minerva. The silent understanding between the two of them speaks to their respect and trust of one another. I think the best bit of description in this, the bit that stayed with me as I read and set the tone to the chapter, was the image of the unmoving bodies in an otherwise moving magical photograph.

I felt so much compassion for Minerva, recruiting students -- mostly from her own house -- to the order. The bit about the weight of the pin feeling like the weight of the world or her students' lives. I think in the HP series people get so caught up in the immediate action that it's easy to forget what came before and what has already been sacrificed. This story is a fabulous commemoration to a generation snuffed out before their time.

Great job!

Author's Response: I am so glad you clicked on this too! There's a line in the next chapter that kind of reiterates the whole 'there are two sides to every war' kind of thing I was going for. I think Dumbledore's always known things that no one else knows, and if he wasn't going to create the Order, who would? I don't think there would've been any hope for small groups of rebels against Voldemort and the inaction of the Ministry.

I always felt like Minerva was kind of Dumbledore's right hand in a lot of ways, and it just seemed like a natural progression to include her on his plans for recruiting wizards and witches for his cause.

I'm glad you're empathizing with Minerva. I've definitely put her into a tough situation, recruiting her students, and if you continue to read, you'll read more about her guilt with her role in the war.

Thanks for taking the time to read and review. You always leave such great reviews. :)


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