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Review:loveology says:
Okay so first of all, as a bit of a poetry buff, I love The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, and I love how you compare the situation to it, and the description of the chapter 'I shot the Albatross' is just so absolutely perfect for this story that I can't even think of anything you could use even remotely better!

This is a really lovely piece, I feel like it has layers upon layers and I'll need to really keep on reading to even get to the second or third layer here. It's lovely, and I can't believe you wrote this masterpiece in only 500 words, Easier said than done, right?

I don't read enough on Dumbledore, I really don't, and even when I see him in other stories he almost always seems like that whimsical old man. I don't know. I liked the seventh book because it told more about him, and I like this for much the same reason. I feel like I'm not even scraping the surface of what you mean here, so I won't comment on it.

This story is like poetry, I can sense that each word has a place and much deeper meaning and a reason to be there and could use much deeper analysis, but yet, I'd much rather just soak it in and enjoy the beauty of it and your way with words.

Sorry if this made no sense! I guess I'm just tired. :)

Author's Response: Thank you very much! It's excellent to hear that you love Coleridge's poem and that you also like how it works into this story. :D The second half of this story really became indivisible from the idea of the poem, its themes and images, and of course that line.

Whoa, your compliments! I don't know what to say, especially because I don't remember this story being that hard to write except of course for the brevity issue. So much of my focus was on staying within 500 words and being able to describe everything (especially the canon material) sufficiently within that space, that I don't know how much of the content was actually intentional. Readers are coming up with meanings and symbols that are undeniably present, but I don't remember putting them there. It's strange - and amazing - to find out how many layers there actually are.

The image of Dumbledore was the kindly old wizard in PS is incredibly misleading, yet there's a lot of humour and whimsy in Dumbledore's behaviour at times. He's one of the most difficult characters to grasp because he has too many layers all shrouded around his guilt and frustration, and especially his selfishness. It reappears in his plan for Harry in the end - above all, he's always sought this abstract idea of the greater good, yet it causes far more death and suffering than good. It's why I'm drawn to writing him as a younger man, when all of these things are still fresh to him and he's not yet able to repress his emotions or his frustration at the slowness of others. There's a lot one can do with a character like this.

Your final paragraph is the perfect compliment - it's everything I wanted to do with the style and structure of this story, and it means a lot to hear that all of those things worked as well as I hoped they would. ^_^

Thank you again for taking the time to read and review this story!

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