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Review:toomanycurls says:
I'm just kind of amazed by this story. The quote tied in perfectly with the story and the idea of Slytherins either reaching great heights of falling so far from grace. You added additional depth by linking the imagery of Slughorn's wrecked office with the various (evil) students he had.

The line about not spending money, just favors, to gain access to people and events was brilliant. It perfectly describes how he operated for years.

You reveal a lot about him with Slughorn keeping photos of his past students, even after they showed an evil side. I like that he wanted to keep ahold of the good memories the varios photos and that he's a bit sentimental.

Even more chilling was him relating the distant fond memories with the all too recent deaths of the same people. You made that so powerful and made me realize that the death eaters who died in the battle were more than just bad guys.

Slughorn reflecting on Tom Riddle was incredible. I love how he admitted to being interested in Tom right away. This might have been my favorite line "Somewhere along the way, they had lost sight of the true ideals of Slytherin House, trading ambition for a unique sort of slavery, a false sense of security and power."

It does a great job describing Slytherin as more than evil but highlighting ambition and cunning and putting the evil part as people getting it wrong.

Ending it with him continuing to support students and give people a helping hand really brought the story around in a lovely way.

Incredible one-shot!


Author's Response: Hey Rose, thanks for coming by!

I'm glad you liked the quote and the general theme of contrasts and imagery in this piece. It was fun to really get my hands dirty with some of the wartime description. It's also great to hear that you liked the line about favors, because I'm a bit proud of that one :)

Yeah, I think it was tough for Slughorn to ignore the truth about what some of his students had become, seeing them there in person wreaking havoc and then later dead on the battlefield. He can no longer hold on to the few good memories he had with them.

The section about Tom and his followers was my favorite to write. It goes back to the quote--the line is thin, but it is certainly possible to be in Slytherin and not make poor choices. (Questionable ones, maybe.) Sadly, you get someone who is dynamic like Tom and he pulls a lot of people down with him, away from what Slytherin may have intended (or at least what Slughorn wanted).

Glad you enjoyed the ending as well. Thank you so much for this very kind review!


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