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Review:patronus_charm says:
Hi! It's patronus_charm with your review :) I was immediately interested in this story as I've never really read anything about Filch or his origins so this was a really interesting to think to read as I now have a possible backstory for him!

It was typical Dumbledore fashion to always give help to those who need it. I thought it was a great idea to make him give the job of caretaker to Filch, as you almost felt sorry for him as he didn't have the skills to be gamekeeper. The way his parents didn't approve could also account for the fact he's extremely bitter.

I thought it was great you introduced his romance with Irma Pince as I always wondered how their friendship struck up. I thought you characterised her very well her strictness and her aparent contempt for children seemed spot on.

I loved the small introduction to the Marauders as no Marauder era story would be complete without a small feature of them. It was nice to see them as children/pre-teen as most of the stories on them are them in their teen years.

One thing thing I was unsure of. I wasn't really aware that they had to pay to go to Hogwarts as otherwise how could someone like the Weasley's afford to send 7 children there.

Overall I thought this story was really great and interesting as Filch is only thought of as a bitter old man so it was nice to see him before he became that man:) Kiana!

Author's Response: Hello, and thanks for coming by to review!

I'm glad you liked how I decided that Filch should arrive at his current position. Leave it to Dumbledore to try to find a place for every odd and end that doesn't quite fit, right? I really think that part of the beauty of Hogwarts is that no one is really turned away.

It's great that you enjoyed getting little glimpses of Irma and the Marauders, too. I didn't want James and the others to be the focus of this story, but I thought they'd be a good way to allude to the contempt for students that Filch and Pince seem to share. And of course, half the point of this piece was to do a little Argus/Irma fluff, so there you go.

I tried to look into the tuition thing a little, but I couldn't find any conclusions one way or the other. I know there is financial aid of some kind available for books and supplies if a family can't afford to pay, but you're right, I doubt the Weasleys can ask for that every year. I don't know how Hogwarts is funded otherwise--maybe as part of some kind of wizarding tax? Anyway, thanks for the critique. Hopefully it didn't detract too much.

Thanks so much for your lovely review :)

-Amanda


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