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Review:marauderfan says:
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You really are an amazing writer! I absolutely loved this. I'm competing in the same challenge this was written for, and I would feel quite happy if I lose to this entry, haha.

I really love minor character stories. But I have never considered Irma Pince as anything but the cranky, angry librarian, and you gave such depth to her character and told such a story, about poverty, grief, loneliness, just everything and made it so real. I love the way you detailed her life in winters - it seems very appropriate.

And how the first war meant nothing to her, the invisible and lonely girl. I really loved how working at Hogwarts (although she must not have been popular there, at least in the eyes of Harry and co.!) gave her strength, and the scene at the end was wonderful, when she stood up to the Carrows. And the fact that it was her first book just made it that much better!

In this piece you managed to make me feel for Madam Pince (which, honestly, I never thought was possible), and I was cheering for her the whole way at the end. The crazy lady who obsesses over "her" books, as she sees the library's books, now has a back story and makes her entirely believeable and understandable.

Ok to end this huge gush-session - this was a wonderful piece, and I really enjoyed reading it. Wonderful work on this!


Author's Response: Wow, I know it's a good day when someone calls my writing amazing! I'm sure your challenge entry will be equally awesome! Can't wait to read it :)

I love adding depth to characters who we only see one side of in canon, so I'm so glad you thought that worked. I'll admit I never could have predicted how I ended up characterising her, but I really found myself gaining more and more empathy for her which is how her character kind of spiralled into what it came out as here, haha. But I'm really glad you found her real and liked her like I did!

Thank you for this totally gorgeous review, you're the best < 3


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