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Review:Roisin says:
This.
THIS.

This is beautiful.

After reading the first few paragraphs, I ended up going back and reading them out loud, just for the joy of hearing it. It reads almost as a prose poem. The language dazzles.

This story is a great example of the title perfectly capturing what it is--I've said it before, but your prose is so visceral.

"These are the days of its infancy."--I actually teared up at that.

And the story was smart, and heartbreaking, and cruel. How Grindelwald created this thing, his child, without understanding or properly nurturing the thing that he'd brought to life. How that mistake ended up creating his own tomb.

And the cruelty--that Nurmengard is a concentration camp, sated by its prisoners. That its master twisted its existence into something so terrible, and it's, like, a BUILDING, so it doesn't know any better. This could almost be read like an allegory for bad parenting--except it's a lot more.

I know it's silly to say that this story was like magical realism, considering it's HPFF, and therefore *literal magic*--but it WAS.

All in all, this was an amazingly imaginative, and genuinely inspiring thing to read.

And if you haven't noticed, I'm basically just in love with everything you've written, and going through your back catalog.

Fangirl out,
-Roisin

Author's Response: OMG

YOU'RE GOING THROUGH MY BACK CATALOG?

I don't know if there's anything more flattering than this!? THANK YOU ♥

I did have a bit of fun with the descriptive prose in this one; this is probably one of my more descriptive stories. :) The fact that you read it aloud made me smile quite a bit; I always read things aloud! Because I love hearing the sounds of words, which I suppose is one of the factors that shape my choice of words.

Grindelwald creating a sentient fortress bahaha! I never thought I would actually write a fic from the POV of a building, but ah well. Some story ideas just plague you for months. Gellert never in deed understood the extent of his creation; he's quite unsentimental and indifferent to the Fortress. And you're right, he did twist it into something awful and terrible. I'm imagining that the Fortress could have turned out into a...a..more...benevolent building (if you can describe a building as such). Like perhaps how I imagine the Hogwarts castle to be, if castles can be sentient.

I laughed at the allegory of bad parenting bit! Yep, Grindelwald will make a terrible parent. It's a lucky thing that he doesn't have any children in canon. Or at least, it's not stated.

I absolutely /love/ magical realism! And I'm over the moon that you think this story fits that genre!

THANK YOU SO MUCH ONCE AGAIN. ♥ All your reviews are muchly muchly appreciated!

-teh



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