O HAI TEH. Review swapsies, and am I ever glad I swapped with you!
This isn't like anything I've read before, I've never read a sentient!building fic but if I had to I'm so so glad it was this one because it's just so lovely.
The way you wrote everything here was amazing. There's something so beautifully prose-y about your writing here, all the words flow together perfectly and it feels a little like poetry. The writing here is just so powerful, you know? And I love it.
The way you portrayed Nurmengard, I don't really know how to explain this but somehow you managed to inject a real personality in there, if Nurmengard took a human shape than I can imagine its character being filled out and well-rounded, and that's just amazing and how do you do it? Teach me your secrets.
You write Grindelwald so well! And not only that, but you write Grindelwald and Dumbledore's complicated relationship so well, it's seriously a joy to read this stuff, teh. He and Dumbledore have an immensely complicated relationship and I think that's it's incredibly hard to get that right but somehow you do. And even though both Grindelwald and Dumbldore only speak a few lines here, and they're not main characters, you still managed to characterise them and personify them so well and just gaaah I'm jealous now.
Also, can I just say that I love how Nurmengard is all No you will not write to Dumbledore. No. It's just so perfect and made me laugh out loud.
And Grindelwald hasn't lost any of his sass, has he? Oh dear, when Voldemort comes to visit him I can definitely see why Nurmengard wishes for a way to keep the Master silent, oh dear. But I love how protective Nurmengard is of its Creator as well, it suits the building so well, this blind loyalty to Grindelwald. And how sad that Grindelwald was deaf to Nurmengard's whispering! Poor Nurmengard. :( But it's probably a good ting that they never tried to plot anything together or something truly terrible might have happened. ;)
Thanks for agreeing to swap with me teh, I really enjoyed it!
Author's Response: EMILYYY
Gah, thank you for this brilliant review!! ♥ I was waay nervous about this fic; there's a reason why there aren't many sentient building fics on HPFF, and it's because buildings aren't typically sentient. :P But your review was such encouragement, thank you!
Sadly, I have no secrets. :P I'm not lying! Everything you read is all that I have, TIS ALL THERE IN THE FINE PRINT, I mean the writing. :P
Oh thank you for those comments on Grindelwald and Dumbledore. I love writing Grindelwald. He's a more interesting Dark Lord to write compared to uptight, sneering Voldemort. And wow, it's such great pleasure to receive this compliment about the Grindelwald-Dumbledore relationship. They do indeed have a very complex relationship, and I'm always deathly afraid I'll botch it up. Nope, Grindelwald is rather rude to Voldie right up to the end. He should indeed have his throat filled with gravel and his mouth sealed with tar, and if Nurmengard was a person, it would probably do just that. :P
Thank you for this awesome review, Emily! Pleasure doing a swap with you.