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Review #1, by Beautiful Soul Selfish Courage

1st March 2013:
Hi, here for the review swap.

That was an amazing story! It is such a great idea, as there aren't very many stories/one-shots centered on Slughorn!! I had always wondered how it must of felt for him facing his favourite student in a battle to the death!!

There is nothing wrong with this, I love it!!
BS Xoxo

Author's Response: Thanks for the review swap! I promise I'll get on your review ASAP- school has kinda swamped my time more than I thought it would this week.

I'm so glad that you enjoyed this one-shot! I don't think that I would have explored Slughorn's character as I did here without academica's fantastic challenge- he was certainly a difficult character to write for me!

Thanks once again for your review- I'm so glad that you liked the story!

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Review #2, by daliha Selfish Courage

4th January 2012:
I think this piece reflected what most Slytherins may have felt like. My favorite part was when you talk about fear and compare Slughorn to Hogwarts others Professor especially the contrast between him and Minerva.

I like how you mentioned the Slug Club and it previous members, how he was ashamed to have not seen this forcoming especially of Tom.

Your title was also clever and perfect for this one-shot Congrats :)

Author's Response: Thanks so much for reviewing! I'm glad that you think that this piece accurately reflects what Horace would have been feeling- I tried really hard to make sure that he was as in character and realistic as possible.

I think that the Slug Club is a huge part of who Horace is, so I had to include it in this one-shot and I definitely thought that Horace would be very aware of the futures of his previous members.

I'm glad you liked the title- it's always the thing that I have the most trouble coming up with.

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Review #3, by javct Selfish Courage

2nd January 2012:
Sorry for taking so long with this review swap.

I really enjoyed this. THis is the first Horace-orientated story that I've ever read; he's one of those characters that never get enough credit in fan fictions.

I liked the way that you wrote this. It was different and unique and the flashbacks that Horace got with certain people that were in the battle, it showed just how much Horace cared about his former students and it also helped keep him in character.

Everyone was perfectly in character and I the way that you wrote the battle through Horace's eyes.
All in all, great story!

Author's Response: I'm glad that you reviewed- it's no problem at all about the delay!

I'm so glad that you enjoyed this. I've never read a Horace-centered story either, so I had a lot of room with this story. I'm pleased that you liked the flashbacks- I wrote them as a way for both myself and the readers to understand Horace better, since we don't know much about his past. It's great to hear that everyone was in character- I struggled with Horace's characterization when I first started writing this.

Thanks once again for reviewing!

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Review #4, by WitnesstoitAll Selfish Courage

31st December 2011:
Tag! You're it!

I picked this story from your page because I've not read many Horace Slughorn stories, and please let me tell you. I adored this. The contrast between Horace's actions and his thoughts was brilliantly laid out. He spends the entire one shot trying desperately to convince the reader that he is not a brave man, yet each of his actions screamed to the contrary. He rallied the troops to the battle from Hogsmeade. He stepped into battle with Voldemort to aid Minerva. Such a beautiful message to the readers.

Besides all the message/imagery stuff, this was stylistically beautiful piece of writing. The flow of it was almost stream of conciousness as I imagined it must have been in Horace's mind. It must have been terrible for him, to have spent his entire life measuring his own success by the success of others, and see them fighting as death eaters.

gah. I was incredibly effected by this fic, and that in my mind is the making of a fabulous one shot.

Well done!

Author's Response: I'm so glad that you reviewed this! I've never read a Horace Slughorn piece myself and I'm really glad that you liked this.

I really enjoyed writing Horace Slughorn because to me he never seemed like a particularly brave man and yet he fought in the Battle of Hogwarts- duelled Voldemort, to be specific.

I'm so glad that you liked the style of writing- I was trying to have it be a stream of consciouness, so I'm glad that it gave off that sense. One of my first thoughts while Horace was fighting the Death Eaters was that he had taught many of them. More to the point, he had mentored them and had expected them to become great. Instead they had become Death Eaters.

I'm so glad that you enjoyed this story and thanks so much for choosing to review this one-shot!

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Review #5, by academica Selfish Courage

20th December 2011:
Hey! Turning up at last to review your entry :)

So I was crazy excited to read this, because I think Slughorn is really interesting, particularly during the final battle when he's faced with the dilemma of staying true to Slytherin and doing what's right, having courage more reminiscent of a Gryffindor. And you did SO WELL with his characterization, drawing upon the precise ideas I'd hoped to see in this entry.

I loved the beginning, your hearkening back to Slughorn's penchant for his "shelf" of star students. It was so interesting to watch him as he interacted with the Death Eaters, thinking about what failures they'd turned out to be in the end. The touch of having the Death Eaters not wear their masks because they thought the victory was certain was great as well.

I also really liked the switching between Slughorn's memories and the present day. His anguish over being at all connected with Tom Riddle is readily apparent, and I liked how he made a few references to Lily, one of his most talented and most loved pupils. It was nice to see those feelings transfer to Harry as well. Similarly, it was neat to see your take on why he left Hogwarts. I'd always assumed that it was out of shame disguised as retirement, but it's interesting to see him forced out of his job and into the role of a conspirator here.

More than anything, I liked the progression you've built into Slughorn's character. I was really proud to see him take to the stone wall and attack his former students in pursuit of the good, and to see him attempt to face Voldemort at the end. After all of those comparisons to the other teachers, especially McGonagall, he finally found a niche of his own.

Very well done! This was a delight to read. I'm so glad you entered, and I hope you enjoying writing for the challenge. The results should be out shortly after Christmastime, most likely via blog post.


Author's Response: Thank you so much for reviewing and I'm so glad that you think I did well with his characterization as I had problems with it in the beginning. He was never really brought into the spotlight in the books but there was still enough there that the readers got a good impression of his personality.

I'm so glad that you liked the beginning- I thought that it was a good way to both establish his character and lead into his role in the final battle. And because he was always so proud of his "star students", I thought that his reactions to watching those same students be on the "evil" side would be very interesting to explore- I'm glad that you thought so as well. I'm also glad that you liked the changes between past and present- I thought that it would be a good way to explore his reactions during the battle.

I'm so glad that you enjoyed reading this and I did have a lot of fun writing this story. Thanks for making this challenge!

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Review #6, by Miss Muggle Selfish Courage

18th December 2011:
You are a fantastic writer. This is just plain amazing. You really captured Slughorn's character, with his flaws and strengths. I thought it was very interesting how he thought of Harry as Lily's son, not as the Boy Who Lived and all that jazz. It really showed how deeply he cared for his students. Great job!

Author's Response: Thanks so much for reviewing this! I'm so glad that you enjoyed this piece- I found Horace's character difficult to get into in the beginning but I thought that I captured him well and I'm so glad that you think so too.

I thought that he would think of Harry more as Lily's son because he had had such feelings for her, as shown right after Aragog's funeral. He really did think that she was very bright and brilliant.

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