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7 Reviews Found

Review #1, by Elf_ears13 

31st July 2007:
I really enjoyed this, especially when compared with the others before it - it's nice to read about a competent, nice headmaster who still has flaws. The other headmasters were humanized in a sort of ... evil? way, but I like that Dippet took the opposite side. The back story of how he ended up in charge definitely suits him, and I think it provides a better look into his character than anything I could have done; though power didn't corrupt him like it did the others, he still wasn't prepared to deal with it. I really liked the dialog, too, as it seemed to fit the situation and wasn't too melodramatic, as I've so often seen in other writing.

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Review #2, by I_am_ever_so_Sirius 

9th April 2007:
God. You put it so wonderfully! I mean, I understand he HAD to expel someone. But Hagrid... 10/10

Cheerz!!

~Sirius

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Review #3, by Potterholic 

18th January 2007:
Wow, that was brilliant! I love your portrayal of Dippet and how he handled power. There’s a quote that would go well with this chapter, but I can’t remember what it says. =P Brilliant job! 10/10

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Review #4, by Jessi_Rose 

11th October 2006:
Lena, this was amazing!! I love the characterisations you gave Dippet and I think you really hit it head on! There are so many conclusions one could draw from his character in CoS, but you completely made him your own. I admire this story mostly because you took something so touched upon in theory and completely put a light on it that would make Rowling proud. Great work! ~Jessi (10/10!!!!!!!)

Author's Response: Thanks so much, Jessi! I'm glad you liked my portrayal of Dippet (and found it accurate!) He was fun to write. =) ~Lena

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Review #5, by andharrywokeup 

11th October 2006:
Pre review note: I just checked PS for you, and Hagrid only says that it’s better to be Hufflepuff than Slytherin. Lexicon actually says he is a Gryffindor. :O)


Onto the actual story, what a marvellous piece of work. You really showed the how one sometimes doesn’t have the time to feel sad at times like this because of their duties. As someone who absolutely hates making decisions, I can say that this is a situation that would absolutely terrify me to write. You handled it brilliantly. Well done! :) 10/10 andy xxx

Author's Response: Yeah, that's what I remembered the Lexicon saying... but thanks for checking for me again. And thanks for the wonderful review also! I'm glad you enjoyed the story. =) ~Lena

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Review #6, by Mrs Insane One 

11th October 2006:
I really loved the way you portrayed Dippet - it really seemed to fit in with what little we know of him from the books. The fact that his whole life was heavily influenced by others, and on the whim of the prejudices of the times, was well suited to the story that you created for Dippet.

The way you tied in both the previous Headmasters and Dumbledore was great too, it gave insight to the possible inner workings of Hogwarts the Board of Goveners.

The only thing that seemed out of place, was the fact that you'd placed Hagrid in Gryffindor when he was actually in Hufflepuff. (Hagrid tells Harry in SS after meeting Malfoy.)

Congrats on writing a marvelous story writing it in such a way that the characters seemed to come to life. - Jenn

Author's Response: Thanks so much for the great review, Jenn! I'm glad you enjoyed the way I portrayed Dippet, and found it true to canon. About Hagrid, it says in the Lexicon he was in Gryffindor, which is why I put him there. Strange. Anyway, thanks again for reviewing! ~ Lena

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Review #7, by Noblevyne 

11th October 2006:
First of all, that drawing strikingly gorgeous, nephele: if you're reading this you are incredibly talented.

Onto the story: Beautiful work as always, you've always had a real flair for being able to flesh out the most minor characters and make them exist so fully within the realms of the Wizarding world. From the line where you included Dippet being a Hufflepuff I was thinking 'Yes, that's right'.

I did so love the inclusion of the politics within and surrounding the school, it had never occurred to me that just as liberal as Dumbledore's influence could be on how the school is run, that any other Headmaster with different prejudices could work the system to their favour. This aspect of your writing - including social and political contexts - is one of the things that makes your stories so interesting, you get a real sense of history and understanding of why characters act and feel the way they do from what you describe and this includes all the recognisible names you use, I don't know why but I really loved that Mathias Potter, extremely rich and influential board member, made an objection to the way Phineas Nigellus was running the school, it seemed so right.

You draw a rich, flawed and yet understanding portrait of Dippet - a character we barely know - and the style in which you do so is very...elegant: going back through the past to find what is relevant to his present and future, it works very well in giving me an understanding of his personality. I like that he was warm and loved, but also easily influenced, you have a wonderful way of making characters act naturally and subtlely. It's interesting to me that he was such a favourite tool of Slytherins: Phineas Nigellus, Fortesque and Riddle all manipulated him for their own uses.

Again, this was a wonderful read, you've done the character of Dippet justice and I really enjoyed it. Also pleased to have been the first to 'discover' your writing on this site and review it, the first of many! - Lauren

Author's Response: Lauren!!!!!!!!!! What an amazing, lenghty review!!!!!! Thank you SOOOOOOOO much!!! And yes, Nephele's artwork is incredible, isn't it??? Anyway, I'm so glad you enjoyed this, and found it believable. I don't think anyone's ever given me that coment about "social and political" contexts before, but now that I think about it, it's true... I don't know why but I find those things really fascinating. It was especially fun to devise the ways in which Dippet was used as a tool by others to achieve power, so I'm glad you liked that part. You'll have to read the Fortescue fic next - PaMuggles read this chapter before writing it, and her chapter sheds some interesting light on how Fortescue saw Dippet (and Phineas), as opposed to how Dippet reveres him... it's really great how we all came together for this project, and I'm glad that the staff, and you especially, are enjoying it. Thanks again for being my first friend on the site, and everything you've done for me along the way!!! ~Lena

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