I suppose as an Auror, Harry would be pretty good indeed at reading people. And 78 might not be old in the wizarding world, but he hasn't led a particularly normal life, has he?
I never thought that becoming an Auror would become so popular - although, if you sometimes read fanfics now in which half the people become Aurors, that might surely be case. No wonder they'd have to be even stricter in selecting candidates. But isn't it supposed to be difficult to become an Auror? Bunch of NEWTs, bunch of OWLs... did the kids become smarter or the tests become easier?
It was nice to see how Harry went from thinking about his death to thinking about thoughts (great paragraph!), back to thinking about death. Fortunately, he won't be dying very soon, then. It might've been wise indeed to have consulted another Healer, though, of course, he would still be The Harry Potter, probably. Your Healer also being your son's friend doesn't seem like the ideal situation to me. Of course, they don't have to ask you as much, but in times like this, it can be a little... annoying, I think. Like how the Healer will discuss things with Albus, while Harry feels well enough to hear it all himself.
The claustrophobia seems realistic in this situation - I can imagine that people who just got bad results on a medical test don't want to be in the hospital anymore, at least at that moment. The reference to his youth made sense too (it would've been odd if it hadn't been there, I think), as was his eventual giving in to the fact that he'd have to hear it all from Albus :)
Anyway, wow. You truly are a great writer, with a great style, one you don't see a lot on here (though maybe I'm looking in all the wrong places). Your plot ideas are simply fantastic and very original. Seriously, the stories I've read so far are terrific. They really force you to think (well, they did that to me, at least, but I'm sure other people experienced the same thing). I'm glad I came across your page and I'll surely come back (don't exactly know when, though) for your short stories :) (if you don't mind, that is - my insane rambling is bound to get on your nerves some time, I'm sure)
So yes, you've got a bunch of wonderful one-shots on here :) Thanks for sharing them! Report Review
Just wanted to say what is a joy to read this and your other works. May be bit too heavy on complicated words - but hey it does not in any way take away from how good this is! thanks a lot :-)Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing. :) Lol, I know what you mean about my word choice, I'm working on it, though. Hopefully will find a way of writing good sentences than pompous ones.
Thanks again, for reviewing. :) Report Review
I like the way you have characterized Harry here. This kind of mirrors his thoughts on death right before he submits to die in DH, only now it is not viewed with a passionate urgency but through the lens of experiences and nostalgia. I like the backstory with the healer and Albus, giving just hints about some of the things that have happened in Harry's long life to this point.Author's Response: Thanks for reviewing, Jessi. And also I'm very sorry about this dilatory response.
Definitely, the way Harry sees death in his fic will be different from canon. He's more insightful now and also more perceptive than he was in the books, but that's to be expected isn't it, given his age and all. Harry will walk down the memory lane in this story, recounting his life in brutally honest detail. He's by means lived a perfectly righteous and saintly life the way I see it, and I thought it'd be interesting to explore how he perceives his mistakes and errors at the twilight of his life. :) Report Review
Wow. I am rarely disappointed when I decide to read a story because I found its banner on TDA and it lures me in. Well, the banner is truly beautiful, and I think, quite fitting of this story. At least, what I have read of this.
It was intense. I love Harry's character. He is old, has been through more than most of the world in the first 17 years of his life, and continued to go through most than many wizards face as an Auror. Through it all, he keeps his humor and light-hearted view of life. But, even with that, even with all he's been through, even with his humor, he is still terrified of death. And that is how I believe you have truly captured the character of Harry Potter.
Everything flowed together beautifully, passing from thought to thought seamlessly. I could really imagine this old (though relatively young) Harry Potter sitting in a hospital room, awaiting his promise of death.
The first line was amazing! Just like it should be. It draws the reader's attention, makes them want to continue reading. Even with the first line, Harry's character shines through.
I truly enjoyed this, and I look forward to reading the next chapters!
(Btw, there's a typo in your A/N. "ouw" on the last line should be "out". Thought you might like to change that since the rest of your story is flawless. ^^ )Author's Response: Thanks so much for the review. And I profusely apologise for this punishably dilatory response.
The banner is lovely, isn't it? NevillesSoulmate is such an incredible artist it isn't true. All credit for the banner goes entirely to her.
This story was written sometime in June; originally it was supposed to be one massive one-shot. But I just wasn't able to find the time or the dedication to write a 10K word one-shot, so I went for a fractured narrative. It's easier for me to write. Harry... He's my favourite character, and I personally believe that what we read in the books is only the tip of the iceberg. He was only 17 when the books ended, and he's got a whole life ahead of him. 17 is not really an age when people truly know themselves, and that I think applies to Harry as well. I just thought it's be incredibly exciting for me to write about Harry's life in retrospect.
Harry's humour can be totally attributed to the 20th century postmodern giant whose work inspired me to write this: Saul Bellow. There's a perennial and perspicuous self-mocking thread that's woven through Bellow's prose; in fact, so astounding good is his writing that even if I'm like 0.001% the writer he was, I'll be a stonking good writer. Which I can only aspire to be; it just seems a highly chimerical proposition at the moment.
Thanks so much for taking the time to review. I shall try to update as soon as possible. :)
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