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Review:manno_malfoy says:
You probably don't remember me, but I do remember how much I love how your stories feel. There's always this mysterious, slightly dark mood --mostly because they explore twisted characters-- to them, one that I quite enjoy. I never particularly paid too much attention to Slughorn, but you do a great job trying to sort out --more like, figure out-- his inner qualms. You make a wonderful point that this is the risk you have to take with being an authoritative figure. You can do your best to make your students feel appreciated and to teach them everything, but you never know how they'll turn out. And you get to live, trying to not think about how you've contributed to their demise, should they, as you've put it, 'plummet'. This is also why highly ambitious people scare me, you never know when they'll step over that thin line between ambition and utter madness.

Ahem. I've gone astray, apparently, but that's only because your story's making me think about such things.

I loved the pace and the quiet --not a single spoken word, yet a great inner sort-of-monologue. Few can make a story interesting without conversation, so I commend you for that.

Finally, I'm glad that this is the first thing I read now that I'm back. I've really missed your stories, and hopefully, I'll be able to catch up on the things I wasn't around for.

Well done and keep the awesome stories coming! :D

-Manno

Author's Response: Manno! I'm still so excited to see you here, even weeks after you posted this review! Sorry for the delay in responding :)

I think Slughorn has a lot in common with other inspirational teachers in fiction. He invests himself personally in their lives and, like you said, hopes for the best. I think the difference is that many of those other teachers work with less privileged students or delinquent youth and get to see them rise and become productive citizens, whereas Slughorn aims high and, sadly, sees his efforts go to waste at times.

It's great to hear that the pace worked well and you liked the inner monologue here. I do hope to hear more from you in the future :)

Thanks so much for your very sweet review!

-Amanda


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