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Review:Violet Gryfindor says:
This is a very interesting story, and I like how you interpreted the theme of travel, depicting the ways (mostly illegal) that Lockhart travels. I can definitely picture him creating illegal Portkeys and sneaking around the Continent in search for his next big break. It's also notable how you extended his rather inconsistent magical abilities into an inability to properly apparate - and of course the most important bit is that he's good of patching himself up afterwards, just as he's good at memory charms, another kind of patch job. His magical abilities are perfectly suited to deception - in another life he would have made a perfect actor or theatre director.

Yet he hates similes, which are essentially linguistic phrases that deceive, that make one thing appear to be another. Perhaps they remind him too much of the reality of his work, how he constantly makes himself appear to be someone else, stealing deeds and memories for power. Another wonderful contrast you built into this story is how this Lockhart is dirty, sweaty, trudging through the backwoods of Europe and landing in Armenian back alleys to escape detection. He's nothing like the vain celebrity - you make him shed that disguise to display his real self, inside and out. There's a rawness to his thoughts, how he admits to loving the power he can hold over others' minds, that's chilling. This is a much darker Lockhart than I've encountered both in the books and in fanfiction - he's not many steps from Voldemort, is he?

It's a fascinating new way of portraying him, and it's wonderful to see someone take a minor-ish character like Lockhart and explore him in sch detail, revealing a different side to him, one that was always lurking in the background, but never quite came to light in the books. Hopefully this review is coherent - there were so many things I wanted to mention that I liked about this story. I really enjoyed reading it!

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