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Review:Your Secret Santa says:
Hi there.

This was actually so weird, because I read this story a long time ago (which in my world is probably around some months). I wasn't a member back then, so I didn't leave you a review. But I remember thinking that this was really good, and I still think that today.

What I love is that you take an underloved and minor character and you make that character completely your own, yet you still have some of the traits that the actual character has. It's obvious which character it is, yet it's more deeper than in the books. I really love that.

To be completely honest, I was a bit scared that I wouldn't like this story. I'm not a huge fan of Filch, but I actually liked him here. I think the reason for that is the characterization. I love how you use the few traits that we know Filch has, and then add some of your own. His bitterness is quite clear in the story. But I love how you also show how envious he is of the students, because I can imagine that being true. And I also love how you mention that he couldn't let magic go because he knew about it. It just seems so … believable (in the hp world). I would imagine feeling the same if I had been a squib.

What I love the most is actually the how you capture what Hogwarts means to him. How most students probably seem him as cruel, some of the staff and portraits may resent him, and well… Peeves obviously don't like him. You just can't help but pity him, because you show a whole new side of him. I would say he seem more vulnerable in this story, because you really see his envy, his broken dreams and his insecurity. It's really different from the books, but still very believable.

I also loved Filch/Pince. I loved how Irma seemed to make Argus even more insecure. Like he hated himself for even thinking he could be with her. And I love that you then again bring up their different blood status, because I think Filch definitely would think like that. But one thing I noticed about Irma (and I'm not sure if this is how you wrote her, or if I'm just interpreting her that way) is that doesn't seem to care too much about blood status. It actually seemed more like she wished he would've taken a chance and asked her out, like she is depressed because she wished he would've followed his heart (wow, that sounded very cliché, sorry). That's just what I thought, though.

Okay, so I think I'm done now. This was really beautiful and well-written. I really loved it. 10/10

- Your Secret Santa

Author's Response: Hello again! I'm so happy you liked this! This was my first one-shot that I wrote after my thee year hiatus from this site so it's always really great to hear that it was done well.

I've always had a soft spot for Filch. I think it's because he was always shown in the films as a bit of a joke and in the books he didn't seem like he had that many redeeming qualities either. Even so, i've been fascinated by him (and Figg) because of their magical ancestry and how it just skipped them somehow. I was caught up with the idea of how that would affect them. Obviously with Filch, the way I see him, is that he's so desperate for it that he surrounds himself with it but eventually that very act drives him crazy in a way because he can't have it and he sees the kids being so flippant about their skills. He begins to hate the very thing he loves.

About Irma, i've always imagined them actually dating. In my mind they had a thing and I don't think she would have cared so much about blood status. However when they were dating it would have been either before he came to Hogwarts or just after and those times I think that in pureblood families and woman's equal rights would have been different than they are now. I don't think Irma would have been able to actually marry him- her dad would have forbidden it. That's my thoughts on it anyway.

THank you so much for your review!!!

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