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Review #1, by Fleur Delacour Welcome to Hogwarts

17th December 2011:
Jingle bells, jingle bells... ♥

I /love/ the thought behind this story -- never would it have ever occurred to me to write a story from Filch's point of view, because he has never been a character I have much considered. I think it's a testament to your skill as a writer that you came up with the idea at all, and I love it when writers put life into lesser-known characters. Each person has a story, and I'm very impressed that you told Filch's so well.

I mentioned in another one of my reviews how much I enjoyed getting to feel for characters I wouldn't normally sympathize with, and that reaction is even more pronounced here. As I've said, it's just not in me to much think of Filch's backstory, but it must have crushed him not to be able to go to Hogwarts. All the emotions in here were so real, and I really cannot convey how much I appreciate that. And Filch seems much more human here, too -- a man capable of feeling, instead of just stalking around, yelling at anybody, which is how I think a lot of people just automatically portray him. To see him differently was wonderfully refreshing.

So sorry for the bit of rambling up there -- it happens unfortunately often, but I love finding things I wouldn't think of writing. Nearly anyone can churn out another Scorpius/Rose, or Draco/Hermione, but not everyone can explore the backstory of a character like Filch. This line was one I especially liked --

It was such a dirty little word and he hated it as much as people hated him.

It reminded me of the reaction to the word Mudblood -- Squib isn't really thought of as a nasty word in the canon series, so people probably don't think about it as much, but it was probably a really sort of demeaning thing to those people who were actually Squibs. Almost an added embarrassment, as if they needed one.

I really enjoyed this story, very much, and have to commend you once again on the way you wrote it. It told a lot in not so many words, and that's so impressive. Thank you very much for writing it, and happy Christmas!

Author's Response: Gah. I'm horrible at responding these days to reviews.

Filch was a very interesting choice. I only picked him in the first place because I wrote this for Marina's birthday. Filch is not a character that people tend to write with so much depth. Before, I wouldn't have given him a second thought, but there's a lot that can be done with characters like these when you really think about them, and the bits and pieces of backstory we were given in canon.

Exactly! It's one of the reasons why - I think - he's so bitter, and nasty to everyone. They have the one thing in this world he wanted the most, and what makes it even worse is that he thinks they take it for granted. It's the same as a slap in the face, every time he walks down a corridor. You're right - he's still a human being, definitely capable of feelings. I felt for him here, and tried to think about how others would react to someone not making good use of what someone else would kill for. I think the principle behind Filch's feelings in this one-shot is what people can relate to.

It's true. That's why I love writing minor characters so much - there is so much more to them. Not that I can resist a decent Scorpius/Rose or Draco/Hermione either ;) but there's only so much you can write that someone hasn't written already.

For me, the squib is the opposite of a mudblood - it's like they switched places or were born to the wrong families or something. Very old families would see a 'squib' as something to be ashamed of - at least in my opinion. Imagine coming from a long line of wizards, only to find your first born doesn't have a trace of magic in him. It /is/ embarrassing, especially if the family is a proud one. So yeah, it is a dirty word, but only to those who pay attention.

Thank you so much for all your reviews, Jane. I really appreciate your kind words and the discussion you gave me.



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Review #2, by celticbard Welcome to Hogwarts

29th December 2010:
Oh, what a sad story! How wonderfully creative of you to take a minor character like Filch (who seems to be universally reviled) and give him a believable, realistic and sympathetic back-story. The flashback scene, in which a young Filch awaits his Hogwarts letter, was so heart wrenching. You did a fabulous job illustrating both his intense anticipation and subsequent, crushing disappointment. It's no wonder that Filch is so fiercely protective of Hogwarts, he probably loves the school more than most students.

And yet, despite the overall angsty tone of this piece, you managed to end it on an uplifting, hopeful note. I really enjoyed this, Lia. Excellent writing!


Author's Response: Hi celtic!

You have no idea how surprised I was to see this here earlier but it's a pleasant one, nonetheless :)

As far as inspiration goes, this story stems from one of my one-shots in this year's house collab about Filch. I thought it might be interesting to explore what it was like for him to not get a Hogwarts letter. I knew that there would be some (ok, loads of) resentment on his part when it came to those who weren't Squibs. That is something which I can understand enough to get into words. The fact that he actually got his opportunity after so many years is possibly mind-blowing and not something to be taken for granted.

Haha, universally reviled. Everyone has said something to that effect but you summed it up perfectly.

I'm really glad you enjoyed this! Thank you so much for your review!

Happy New Year!

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Review #3, by MajiKat Welcome to Hogwarts

25th November 2010:
Here with your review from TGS and OMG I am so sorry it has taken so long!!

okay. I really liked this. It was quite a nice moment. I have never, as far as I can recall, read a fic that deals with Filch in this manner. I think you have done a wonderful job with him - you gave this painful background and this sad situation effortlessly. it was so easy to imagine a young argus waiting for his letter, and then the terrible flood of disappointment.

Dumbledore was wonderful too - perfectly characterised, for the brief moment he was present.

i felt his flowed nicely - nothing was too fast or too slow. it was a moment, filled with recollection and sadness and above that, hope. i really liked this - it made me smile!

Kate xx

Author's Response: Hey Kate :)

Don't worry about it! I understand how hectic life can get.

I'm glad you liked this! As much as I adore minor characters, I'll admit, Argus Filch wasn't on my list of favourites. But as I wrote this, it was a fun experience. I liked writing a Young Filch and his brief moment of happiness. It sort of stemmed from one of my chapters in this year's collaboration: "Of Grumblings and Grimaces". Then when Marina's birthday came around, so did this plot :)

Terrible flood indeed! I'm sure everyone has felt this level of disappointment in their lives which is why I suppose those who've read this story can easily sympathise with Filch.

Thank you so much for reviewing!

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Review #4, by Jenna822 Welcome to Hogwarts

9th November 2010:
Hello! Here with your review. :D

Aha! Loved the AVPM reference! This was kinda sad, but also happy in a way. Because you really wrote it so that we sympathize for a character, despite how much most of us detest him. It suddenly didn't matter that he would be a pain in the rear end for all the students, I cared about how he felt!

You asked about the length: Well, it is short, but that isn't always a bad thing. I believe that anything else you added after this point would just seem like filler. We already know what the castle looks like, what his job is, so you'd just be left writing pages of reactions. If you really wanted to add to it, I would say add back. Add in flashbacks or more expansive memories from his childhood. He would have had to had to go to a Muggle school, yes? It might be cool to see how he fit in there, being cautious about magical terms and such. Just something to think about. :D Anyways, this was well written and your grammar was great! --Jenna

Author's Response: Hey Jenna!

Sorry I'm so late with responding.

I began to look at a different approach for Filch since I wrote my piece for the collaboration. It reminded me of the chapter in CoS when Harry discovered his 'Quikspell' application form. It made me wonder why he was so bitter and what his life was like before Hogwarts. I'm glad that reading this made you sympathise with him.

Those are some good ideas! It would make sense to add back, as you call it.bits and pieces into Filch's childhood after finding out what he really wasn't (a wizard). They are things for me to think about.

Thank you for your insightful and fantastic review!!


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Review #5, by charlottetrips Welcome to Hogwarts

31st October 2010:
The glimpses into Filch's life were great! I feel I gained an understanding of this dude who honestly was a pain in the a** throughout the books!

Author's Response: Hi charlottetrips!

Lol, ah yes...Filch. I always thought he was hilarious in the books, to be honest. Someone I never paid much attention to. In a way, the fic put some things into perspective for me as well.

thank you for reviewing!

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Review #6, by Singularity Welcome to Hogwarts

30th October 2010:
I really enjoy this little glimpse into Filch's life. My favorite part, however is definitely:

"He had a map after all and was good at finding things. Perhaps he would have done well in Hufflepuff."

Love the AVPM reference :P

Author's Response: Hey Singularity!

Ahaha, thank you! Filch is just one of those characters. I never thought I would've written about him and like it!

I'm glad you liked the AVPM reference :)

Thanks for reviewing,

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