Here I was, already to sit down and review The Fall of the Town, when I noticed that this had a brand spanking new chapter!
It is strange to think about the war happening from the portrait's perspectives. While it is occurring, and they have knowledge of it, they aren't directly as affected by it like the others are. It makes sense, that they would be able to distance themselves. Although they exist within the world, and are able to interact to a certain degree with it, they are more directly effected by their own little world. It's also odd to think about the significance of their world, and how to measure it. In a way, it is just as significant as the outside world, to them at least. They have the ability to love and form friendships and *live*.
That brings me to this: oh my goodness Jeremiah's dead! That's absolutely devastating! It seems, to the wizarding world, the life of a figure in a portrait is much less significant than the life of a non-painted living person. Of course they would save the people within and leave the paintings behind to burn, if given the choice between the two. Yet, the pain that they feel, at least on an emotional level, is just as real as any other person. Poor Fat Lady.
I really like the concept of the intelligence level of the portrait's being directly related to the artist's skill. In the fabricated world of living, speaking portraits, that makes sense. As does the idea that the portraits each serve a certain purpose. Her lack of purpose, and dwelling upon it, in combination with her loss, is really really heartbreaking!
Then there was Dumbldore's death, and again the Fat Lady mourned! "With Dumbledore dead, the world would surely fall"--this line is absolutely perfect! I'm sure, at the time, that same feeling was mutual among the wizarding community.
This story was so awesome!! I loved it so much, and I'm sure you'll do spectacularly in your challenge! How could you not? You created a breathtaking back story for the Fat Lady!
Author's Response: Hi Rumpel! :D
Thanks so much! I've been so excited to read people's thoughts on this final chapter.
It is strange! While the wizards are removed from the war to an extent, the portraits are even farther away. It is like the portraits have their own world within a world, but it's also quite limited and doesn't give them very much control. As far as they know, they're alive and have the same emotions as anybody, but no people beyond the frames would think to see it that way (though Dumbledore might try).
I know. :( I was so sad to do this, but it needed to happen for the story's sake. The death of a portrait, to the people beyond the portrait, doesn't matter beyond the loss of its financial value, so nobody really cares about losing Jeremiah. For the Fat Lady, though, of course it's so devastating and painful, just like any other person who had been separated from the one they loved forever. Gah, I'm reliving it all by typing this out, I feel so sad for her!
I'm glad you liked that explanation of how portraits exist! I thought it fit well in an odd sort of way. When she finds a purpose, she's able to move forward with her life, just like any other person, though of course she'll never forget Jeremiah.
Yes! Dumbledore's death would be very hard on her since she'd known him so long, and associated him with care and safety. She definitely embodies what most people would be feeling at the time.
Thank you so much for reading, reviewing, and liking this story! :D I absolutely loved writing it, and reading your reviews was just so wonderful. :) Thank you! :D