What luck that we're paired up for this month's TGS review battle just before you became a new QTR editor! I don't think there's a more fitting way for me to welcome you onto the staff. :) And if I remember correctly, we've been paired up in the past, and I've always liked my pairings, so it's safe to say that I'll enjoy this, too!
I've had a lot of time, in writing the trilogy I'm currently working on, to think about all those who've died or been lost in some way during the first wizarding war. And I think you really nailed the tone of it in this story, too -- there was so much loss in that war, for both sides. There were obviously losses in the second war too, but I think this era is more shadowed and dim in the collective mind of the Potterverse, and that almost makes it more deathlike. Maybe I'm just spewing words now, but what I'm trying to say is that, in a slightly morbid way, I liked that this one-shot focused on those losses, because it's something I'd had on my mind, and you filled in the gaps nicely.
I really liked the style you wrote this in, too! You have a very nice way turning phrases and making things elegant where they might not otherwise be. I think my favorite bit of description in this story was when you were describing anything black or white or gray, especially the marble tiles and how they turned into gray. There was just something in that... and it was real, you know? I can't quite put my finger on what it was, but I liked it.
Drawing inspiration from songs often results in some of my favorite one-shots! And the song you chose is really fitting for the subject, too; I'm almost jealous I didn't think of it myself. ;)
I really enjoyed this, Laura! ♥ I'm glad I got an excuse to read it this month, too. And I'm sure we'll be talking again before long!
Author's Response: Hey there! Thanks so much for dropping by - and yeah, it's a curious coincidence! Impressive timing, and a nice way to do things, I think! Yeah, I think we were paired up once before... don't remember what for, though! :)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like it - I think it's such a heavy topic, but it's one which isn't really addressed or mentioned in the books, for obvious reasons that it's not then, but it's one of the things which has always really fascinated me. And yeah, it's a harder era because we know some of the things which happened, but because it's more distant, it's more historic, if that makes sense. More detached and that allows for a bit more wiggle room, which I always like :P
Gah, thank you so much! I know I tend to put a lot of description in, so I tried to focus a bit more on the people and the story I wanted to tell, so I'm glad you liked it! I loved playing with the colours of things, and the idea of things being colourless really fit into the death theme, in my mind, though it may just be me :P
Haha, too slow! :P
Thank you so so much for the lovely review - it really means so much coming from you, because I love your writing and you almost intimidate me, haha! :)