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Review:monstrosity says:
Hello!

Horace Slughorn is not a frequent protagonist in fanfiction, so I'm very happy that you chose to write a story about him and such a beautiful one too. Coping after the war was hard for everyone, but for someone who once idolized and taught the dark wizards who started it that must hurt very much.

I've always regarded Slughorn in a very unfavorable light. To me he was a rather superficial person, always trying to get into good circles without caring about what people might feel about his actions. He longed for fame and praise to the extent where he didn't realize what a monster Tom Riddle was becoming.

I love the way you make Voldemort the paradox. Despite him having so picture or sign in Slughorn's office, Slughorn will never be able to forget him. That's a very beautiful ideology. Sometimes, you don't need a physical item to remember someone by. Memories really serve the purpose. Slughorn will have to live with the guilt of telling Voldemort what horcruxes were and how to make one.

I like the whole 'underestimation and overestimation' theme. In a world where things aren't always what they seem it's nice that you approach this subject in both negative and positive ways. You've expressed how Slughorn overestimated people like Rabastan and Claire, not seeing them for the killers they were. You've also shown how many brave people fought the war on the for good like Millicent. Sometimes people forget that it wasn't just Harry who fought against Voldemort. It wasn't just the golden trio, or even just Ginny, Neville and Luna. There were scores of students, teachers and ordinary wizards who could have fled to another country but chose instead to fight for what they thought was right. So many people have been overlooked, not just by Slughorn, but by us readers as well. It's great that you brought some of this to light.

I also like how you ended the story on a positive note. Slughorn, like every other person in this world, started out as a nobody eager to make connections. He still has the opportunity to make connections, good ones, and hopefully help guide these children to make good choices in life. That's what being a teacher is all about. Having the power to influence a student and using this power to help them in life.

Overall, this was a brilliant story. You've done an amazing job at filling up some of the gaps JK has left. This story has really changed my perspective on Slughorn's character. Awesome job!

Author's Response: Hello, thanks for christening this story with its first review! And what a lovely one!

I agree that Slughorn is really interesting despite not being written about very often. I tend to look on him as being just a bit naive and shallow, but he's certainly not the most noble individual either way you look at it. It's interesting how Tom always remained a lesson for him--don't judge a book by its cover.

I'm pleased that you like the theme I chose. I had to bend canon a bit and introduce some new faces to achieve it, but I wanted to convey that what Slughorn does is not an exact science. Unfortunately, coming from Slytherin, he has a lot more regrets than positive stories at this point. Hopefully he can alter that trend in the years to come.

Thanks so much for your sweet review :)

-Amanda


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