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Review:TenthWeasley says:
Hey, Sarah -- here with a review for you!

Oh, Neville as a werewolf! Before reading this, I wouldn't have conjured up that idea, but you actually made it seem very plausible. I walk a lot when I have things to deal with, and that's nothing compared to the things Neville would be feeling, having survived a war. I don't think it's a far stretch at all.

I think one of the things I liked best about this story is the style in which you wrote it. The sentences are short and staccato, and it feels very distant and removed -- but that's really very fitting, I think. Before the hospital, Neville's essentially going through mild PTSD from the war, and afterwards obviously the lycanthropy is messing with his brain. I think it's very genius, really, to have the style reflect so specifically the way his mind would have been working.

Those two lines before the last italics are eerily lovely -- they made the hairs on my arms stand up, in the best way possible. ♥ I have a huge fascination with the depiction of mental illness and just the idea of someone being in this body, knowing their mind is going to tip, knowing it's inevitable and not being able to stop it... wow. I'm giving myself goosebumps again! I love those lines.

I think it's interesting that you and TreacleTart both gave me prompts from this challenge to read, but this was gorgeous! Thanks for pointing me in its direction. Best of luck with the challenge results!

Author's Response: Hi! Thank you so much for the lovely review! :)

I never would've thought up Neville as a werewolf if I hadn't received him for this challenge! I thought about switching because I prefer writing lesser-known characters, but then figured, hey, it's supposed to be a challenge. I'm really glad you think it's plausible! The guilt and trauma felt by survivors of a war is so often overlooked in the Muggle world, so I figured it would be the same in the wizarding world.

Ahh, I'm thrilled you got the style! That's exactly what I was going for and I'm so glad it came through. I think it's extremely likely Neville had PTSD after the war (as with a lot of the characters who lived) and he wouldn't be thinking clearly all the time. And of course, when he woke up in St. Mungo's everything was hazy.

I was definitely trying to make an impact with those lines. Very glad it made the hairs on your arms stand up! I love writing about mental illness in fan fic, so this fit perfectly with that.

I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this! I love writing about werewolves and this was probably the most difficult one I've done.


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