Back for the final day of the 12 days of reviewing! I wonder how long it will take me to read all of your stories, I feel as if I should make a challenge for myself or something :P
Wow, I loved your portrayal of Dumbledore, it was such a different but perfect one at the same time. Iíve never seen him portrayed as so selfish before and the thoughts that he had about each member of his family were so begrudging and almost bitter it really shocked me. I think the great thing about them though was that it meant that my understanding as to how he ended up siding with Gellert was a lot higher here than in other stories, because heís not perfect, heís not particularly nice and heís craving success and Gellert would give that to him.
One another interesting aspect of this story was how Dumbledore was always so determined to fulfil his goal of success and that was running throughout. First, there was the anger at the question for it not being one in which he was happy with it. Rather than blaming himself for that though, he blamed the person who came up with it and I really liked that twist there because it was a stark contrast from what we saw in the Half Blood Prince when he almost wanted that guilt for making Ariana die because it seemed as if he could then redeem himself.
Then the really chilling thing was when he tried to place the death of Kenda onto Ariana. I like how you hinted it might have been a pattern of Albusí with the way Aberforth leapt in immediately by defending his sister and saying it wasnít his fault. Here, Aberforth is the sane and good one and it was another really great twist to the story.
There are so many more things I could say about this as it was such an interesting one-shot, but I have about 8 more reviews to write :p
Author's Response: Haha, you must be close by now! You do get bonus points for the long ones, because people so rarely review all the chapters as you have. ^_^
After reading DH, I found that JKR was constructing Dumbledore as selfish, and this fault permeated throughout his actions, even those pertaining to Harry and the Order. As a teenager, he wanted so badly to escape the failures of his family and live to his fullest potential, and he might have, if not for his mother's death. He was overwhelmed with ambition and frustration - which aren't bad things, necessarily, but under Grindelwald's influence, they became so.
It's not hard for many people to always blame someone else for things that go wrong. After Ariana's death, he does blame himself, but to such an extent that it was damaging, and that too reveals his selfishness because it's still about him - the guilt he feels and the pain that it's caused him. He's been lauded and admired at school and in competitions, and the power of his talents has gone to his head, so it's easy for him to believe that everyone else is lesser, always at fault, never good enough to be connected to him. So yes, it's definitely a habit with him to blame others, and leap to that conclusion without knowing all of the facts. I'm glad that you found it chilling how easily he does it - that's exactly the kind of feeling I was hoping to convey. :)
Thank you again for reading and reviewing! It's always a pleasure to hear from you!