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Review:Trundlebug says:
This was a wonderful little story. I really always like Mr Filch, and felt a little pity for his sad tale. You write his younger self well, and it is interesting to consider that he may have once been this way, a bit more hopeful. That's the real beauty of this tale, to me at least, imagining all the little things that slowly chipped away at that awestruck young man to make him the bitter loner he eventually becomes.

It was also really interesting that you wrote about the librarian, because she is a largely overlooked character who is ripe for further examination. I enjoyed the way you presented her, and found it quite fitting. Most librarians don't seem to like the people that they lend books to; it's only natural.

Your writing was superb, with excellent descriptions, compelling dialogue and intriguing characterizations. I enjoyed the read and never had to labor over it. I think that those two things are the most important attributes for any story.

Good job


Author's Response: Filch is very interesting, or so I think, and yet people tend to steer away from him in fanfic. It's great to hear that you could appreciate a more optimistic version of him existing under the layers of year after year of building resentment. I would think it hard for anyone not to be blown away upon first walking into the Great Hall and really seeing Hogwarts.

I tend to write a love story into most things even if it's not the main focus of the plot, and it was fun to play up the budding friendship between Filch and Pince in this story. I agree that they're one of the canon-ish ships that could merit further exploration in fanfic.

Thank you for your wonderful review!


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