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Review:lia_2390 says:
Hey Amanda!

I'm so sorry for this being so late! January was rough, I can't even tell you.

I haven't seen many Filch stories on the archive (excluding my own), but this is a lovely addition. Right off the bat, Filch appears intimidated by the mere presence of the castle and all the magic that runs through it. To me, it's understandable to feel overwhelmed at Filch's daring to be a part of the world he was cheated out of.

Other writers - myself included - had Filch apply for the caretaker position immediately, and I was surprised that you had him go after the job of gamekeeper! It shows that he's still a bit naïve when it comes to certain things. I smiled at his enthusiasm when he outlined his experience. Again, there are so many things for him to learn here. However, I like his reasoning. For years he'd been shut out of the world he so longed to be a part of, and now he is here…at any cost. I imagine young Filch would not consider he would become who we know him to be in canon.

I really like how you wrote Dumbledore, most of the lines you wrote reminded me a lot of how JKR writes him. You should be proud, I find him a bit difficult to write. One thing though, it sounds kind of odd to have him say 'lovely.' Maybe it's just me.

Hahaha. I love the idea of him making plans for Peeves. Best duo ever!

I smiled so wide at the mention of Mrs Norris as a kitten. I always wondered where he came up with the name, and as soon as he picked up Mansfield Park - oh gosh, I hated her character. It definitely explains a lot now ;)

There's an oddly fitting dynamic between Filch and Pince. They say couples adopt their partners (bad) habits, and at first glance I'd say Filch picked up a lot from the librarian. They are not the most likeable of characters, but they complete each other well. I like how she warmed up to him in the end, and lent him her book….and she loves cats.

The Marauders' cameo did well to let us know the era without you having to give a date of Filch's arrival. I admit I did squeal a little :)

:D

Lia

Author's Response: Hello Lia! I'm happy to see you :)

When I was writing this, I felt like I needed to make my Filch seem like the one in canon but also make him much more likeable. I wanted people to be able to relate to him, and maybe even feel a little bit of pity for him because he wants to be surrounded by the magic he can never truly possess. You can see his desperation as he describes what would make him a good gamekeeper, only to fall hopelessly short. I felt like most people would have him just sign up to be caretaker straight away, so I'm glad you liked my little twist.

Dumbledore was a little tough to write; I'll have to go back and look at that "lovely" to see how it fits now that I've had time to step away from this. It's good that most of Dumbledore's dialogue seemed fitting, though.

I'm happy you liked my little allusions to canon. It's always fun to try to fit those small details in, like my mention of Peeves and the image of baby Mrs. Norris following Filch around and becoming his first friend at Hogwarts. And I couldn't resist throwing in James and his friends, just to set the era and introduce Filch's dislike of the student body.

I like how you characterize Filch and Pince; I think you're right about him picking up some of her bad habits. I'm also pleased to hear that they seemed to make a good pair.

I'm happy we got to exchange. Thanks again :)

-Amanda


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