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Review:nott theodore says:
I wanted to check out what you'd written for the Blackout and I'm so impressed (I should probably stop being surprised, but the quality of your writing is always so high that I can't be) at what you managed to write so quickly for the challenge. Also, your banner is absolutely terrifying!

I'm so glad that you decided to write about Morfin Gaunt when you had to write a Slytherin one-shot - you know how much I love my minor characters and I've never seen any story that even vaguely touches him before, so it was a new experience to read about. And he fits the Slytherin theme so perfectly, with his family name.

I liked the fact that he did get sent to Hogwarts (of course, only after persuasion from a pureblood wizard, in which you managed to really quickly show the prejudices that they're imbibed with) but was expelled from the school within a week. From what we saw of him in the memories in the sixth book, I'm not at all surprised, because his behaviour never seemed to have met any restrictions from his father.

Aw, I felt so sorry for Merope when you mentioned her! And the part about her mother, as well - it's so sad that the mother and her daughter both had to suffer the same fate, dying in childbirth.

The imagery in this piece was spectacular - how do you do it? Seriously, you wrote this so quickly and yet it's flawless. That's definitely not fair! But I loved reading it, and the ending, those last few lines - perfect. It is how he was treated and I think that it serves to remind us of the others who suffered similarly, the ones who went to Azkaban and never left.

Sian :)

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Author's Response: Hola! :)

Aw, I'm so gad you liked this! :) It was fun to write, although I had no idea what people might think of it so it's been nice to get such lovely feedback. It really is, eh? Ande is so talented, she did a perfect job with the creepiness. :P

Yes! I've sort of wanted to write something about him for a while and this felt like the perfect chance. I figured he would be a unique Slytherin to write about, since he was of the bloodline but never really was in Slytherin at Hogwarts (well, in this story he was for like a week I guess, but he probably wasn't really in canon).

I'm pleased you liked how he did go, however. Yes, he really wasn't properly socialized, and though I think he would have had magic he had no idea how to control it really. Definitely not Hogwarts material, he'd be too much of a wild card.

I know, poor Merope. :( I agree, it is very sad, and neither of them would have had the proper care or anybody really taking care of them when they died. Merope was such a pitiable character in HP and I wanted to show that.

Thank you! :) You're too sweet, really, I had a lot of fun writing this and I'm just glad it all came together. And yes, Morfin had a terrible life and a tragic ending, and he never really stood a chance.

Thanks so much for the amazing review, dear! :D


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