Hey there! Sorry for being a bit late with getting to this - I've been surprisingly busy over the Christmas/Winter holiday period. I'm here now, though ;)
And wow. Just wow. Gosh, this is amazing. I read a lot of dark/horror, in fanfiction and out, and this is honestly one of the best written and most original one-shots I've read in a long time. Expect a favourite after this! :)
So, after that, I want to apologise if this review is a little short and gushing, etc. :)
Genuinely, like I said before, this is seriously one of the most original one-shots I've read in a long time, possibly ever read. It's such a unique idea! I'm a huge fan of mythology myself, and I've always loved the possibility of including some bit of mythology in one of my stories, and I have to say that this was a pretty tough challenge, given that an incubus is quite a tricky figure of mythology.
You did so well with this, though! Honestly, I loved this. I loved how you really used the mythology in the story, and the detailing of it was so excellent! I loved the idea of incubi and succubi fathering/mothering children who go on to become famous and influential people... in a strange way, it makes sense :P The voice of incubus was amazing, as well - it was such an interesting take on it, the way you made the incubus proud of his accomplishments, in a way, and what his children had done. It was such wonderful characterisation and use of the mythology.
I loved how it tied into Albus Dumbledore, as well. I have to admit that I really wasn't expecting that (I thought maybe it would be Snape, given you said it was in the north - I got a bit confused :P but that was my fault, not yours ;D), but it makes such sense when I think about it! I also love how you mentioned other incubi fathering other children, and the one in the east of europe who claims he's fathered a child who will tear down the definitions of good/evil or something like that... Gellert, perhaps? :P
The details in this were wonderful, the description was amazing... gah, this was just a wonderful, wonderful one-shot. Favourited. Absolutely.
Feel free to re-request later with anything else! :)
Author's Response: Hi there! No worries- this was a lovely surprise to get! :D Thanks for coming by!
I'm so happy that you liked it! It was one of the more horror-oriented stories I've written, so it's really lovely to hear you thought it was well written and original. It really means a lot! :)
I love mythology too! It's wonderful to get the chance to tie in myths and legends to stories. I agree, the incubus is quite tricky, but I had a lot of fun imagining how it might fit into the wizarding world and into canon.
Ah, I thought the idea of incubi being the parents of extremely talented people fit so well with HP! I'm really happy you thought it made sense. It's lovely to know you liked his voice- in a way, I imagined that his own true accomplishment or impact on the world was fathering great children, so that's all he really has to hang onto.
Confused isn't such a bad thing! :P I was hoping readers would have that moment of realization, hehe. I'm glad you liked the mention of the mysterious other child- good job guessing. :P
Thank you so much for this absolutely beautiful review! :) It was ever so wonderful and really made my day! :D ♥