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Review:Lululuna says:
Hi again! :)

This is such a chilling chapter (well let's face it, every chapter is!). I love how you set the basis of Albus' character and hint at the building blocks for who he grew up to be, yet still leave a great deal of character to be discovered as the story goes on. In this chapter, I feel very sorry for Albus, despite being reminded of the cold, detestable man he will grow up to be. It's hard to imagine Harry being so hard on his son, although it makes sense he would be traumatized after the war. Poor Albus: I wonder if he would have turned out differently had his father not been so disturbed? :(

The Sorting scene was short but very telling, and flowed well off the scene from the epilogue in HP. I liked how, like Harry, Albus tried to reason with the Sorting Hat. The continued mantra of Albus being nothing like his father, and the hat reminding him of that, is very effective too.

It's very intruiging how while being bullied, Albus is angry at his own body betraying him. It reminds me of a thought Tom Riddle might have, perhaps a hint that he wants to transcend his own weak mortal body and become something greater, not be held back by his physical human form. The friendship with Scorpius is definitely a point of lightness and humour in the story, and I really enjoy their unique interactions and how Scorp handles Albus.

There are so many interesting mysteries set up in this chapter: the resurrection of Hugo, Rose and Albus' relationship, Rose and Scorpius, Harry's strange abuse of Albus, the mysterious deaths of their parents...

As you can tell, I think this story is darkly wonderful, and you're doing an impressive job here! :) I loved this chapter, and I'll try to review the next one soon!

Author's Response: I love your review! Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'm glad that Albus evoke sympathy in this chapter; I'm often worried about reader response to his actions and whether he's crossed the line to being 'truly detestable'. Yes, he's essentially the person he is b/c of his father and that's going to lead to some interesting twists later on. Harry potter had some secrets of his own.

The overarching theme is that Albus is nothing like his father, and as he tries to persuade the sorting hat otherwise, there is (meant to be) some irony with that. More irony that he has some Riddle-esque traits. About transcending his human body and achieving 'greatness', there is a definite element of that. You're very close in your assessment (I won't say more than that). As you've read ahead and know, Albus never experiences the urge for immortality via unicorn blood (unlike Tom Riddle). So what he truly wants is still in the air.

I'm glad you like the character interactions in this chapter--they really set the stage for the rest of the story.

Loving these reviews and your wonderful insight!

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