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Review:Dark Whisper says:
Hello there. I really liked this portrayal of Susan, especially her looks vs. the fierce person she was on the inside.

I really liked how you wrote of her scars and how speaking of it would bring back so many memories. :(

I LOVE how you incorporated the elements of the wand and how it was important to the interviewer that the wand would be of use with dragons. It never occured to me that some wands wouldn't be able to do it. Very creative.

She was very cunning and rather genius to outsmart the dragon rather than fight it. I'm sure she would've received extra points for that considering they are keepers, not slayers.

Awesome job, Violet. Congrats on being the Hufflepuff House chosen story.

Dark Whisper

Author's Response: Thank you, and congrats to you too, for having your story chosen for Slytherin! It's wonderful that you've come by to review the entries. :D

Writing Susan in that way, in a very non-Hufflepuff way, was a bit of a risk, as I wasn't sure how readers would react, but it's been great to see how much they like her. I really wanted to show the contrast between a person's appearance and their personalities because it's something I come across all the time, both in terms of people totally blowing one's first impressions out of the water, and also in how much some people judge others simply by appearances. It was good to be able to explore it in more detail than I normally do in my other stories. :)

Haha, is it awful to admit that I included the details of her wand without thinking much about it? At the time, I needed some way of making it fit without it sounding too forced. *hides* But looking back, my off-the-cuff decision does make sense. XD I don't think that Charms would work very well on dragons - they don't sound strong enough to be effective on a giant magical beast, whereas Transfiguration could come in useful for a larger variety of things. I'm glad, though, that something as small as that added creativity to the story. :D

You're right - tricking rather than attacking the dragon is what got Susan the job in the end. The candidate before her got injured, I assume, because he tried to attack, and of course, the dragon got the better of him. Susan uses her wits, but she also uses her heart - she doesn't want to hurt the dragon. She's too curious about it... and I think she sympathizes with it too.

Thank you again for reading and reviewing! ^_^

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