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Review #1, by maraudertimes Consequences.

2nd February 2014:

See, now this is a perfect example of character development. You started off with a scared, vulnerable, innocent 13 year old boy, and by the time he reached 15, he was a stone cold, rock hard, vengeance seeking man.

It was horrible to read about Fenrir's Uncle Ivan's tasks and threats and tortures. The man in absolutely horrendous. But the worst was how you described the transformation. It is one of the best I've read yet and I think it perfectly correlates with the canon information we have at our disposal.

You really created a stunningly scary piece that makes me feel bad for Fenrir at first, but as it goes along, his madness grows with him until the end where he is harsh and unyielding in his search for freedom and independence, and most of all revenge on those who looked down upon him and forced him into that situation.

This was an amazing piece and you wrote it wonderfully!

Author's Response: Thanks again for your wonderful reviews.

It was difficult in a way to incorporate both the fact that the challenge was about making the character sympathetic, while at the same time keeping him in character, so I had to show how he developed from a young, rebellious teenager into a cruel and evil man.

Really glad you liked the description of the transformation and the story in general.

Thanks again.

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Review #2, by maraudertimes Daring.

2nd February 2014:

So this is really interesting! I have never really seen a fic exploring how Greyback came to be a werewolf, but I thought 'hey, it's probably interesting.' And it was! It was also heartbreaking!

It's sad to think that this all happened because of a dare. That if it had been another night or a different dare, then it wouldn't have happened. I think I especially despised how Fenrir was expelled from Hogwarts just for being a werewolf - discrimination at it's finest. And his parents were just horrible as well, although the fact that he wouldn't be going home is actually not that surprising, since he has younger siblings, but to never visit him?

Oh and poor Fenrir. He had to deal with that and the fact that his best friend betrayed him and didn't come to his bedside once. What kind of friend would do that? I can certainly see why Fenrir turned out the way he did: that kind of betrayal is bound to leave some internal scars.

I don't know how you did it, but you managed to make me sympathize with Fenrir Greyback. Possibly because you made him only 13 when he was bitten, and taken away all the happiness in his life. But I suppose that's necessary in order to show how his background affected him and why he's such a horrible person in the books.

I think this was wonderfully done and I'm excited for the next chapter!

Author's Response: *grins* Thanks you so much for the reviews.

And I'm glad you found it heartbreaking, though that sounds a bit mean.

Canon indicates werewolves were not usually allowed attend Hogwarts before Dumbledore took over and allowed Remus too, so I had to ensure Greyback wasn't able to continue attending.

And I wanted to completely isolate him, as having any loving influences in his life would have likely reduced his grudge against all witches and wizards, so all of his family and friends had to betray or reject him in some way.

And I'm glad I made you sympathise with him. This was written for a challenge, to "redeem" him, in the sense of showing a nicer side to him or giving some kind of explanation as to how he turned out the way he did, so if I've made people sympathise with him, I've done my job.

Thanks again for the wonderful review.

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Review #3, by RosieWeasly11 Daring.

26th February 2013:
wow this is the only fenrir story ever and I also like the way you have linked it in with the phrase that was said in the first harry potter book's when harry, ron and draco went into the forest one of them said
"there's supposed to be werewolves in here!"
great story though xx

Author's Response: Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review.

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Review #4, by Pheonix Potioneer Consequences.

29th January 2013:
Now we finally know why Fenrir becomes so evil...this explains everything! With all evil people, there is usually some important reason for it. Even Voldemort had a reason for being so evil.

Still, I can't help being a bit angry at Fenrir. Sure, he wants revenge, but he knows what it's like being a werewolf. Has it even ocurred to him that he'll be biting innocent people, those who haven't even done anything to him?

You really should do a story about Umbridge, and why she becomes evil. We really don't know anything about her past, so there is a lot of room for imagination. Plus, she is my most hated person in the Harry Potter series (I hate her even more than Voldemort and Greyback) so it will be interesting to see if you can make me like her more. But only if you're interested.

Cool story! I went on hoping to see a new chapter for Writing on the Wall, but instead I found this story!

Author's Response: Yeah, The Writing on the Wall's next chapter will be a little delayed because I've been working on this. I am working on the next one, but so far, it's only about 1,500 words, so there's a bit more to go.

And I don't know if I could write about Umbridge. Like you, I really hate her and find it hard to see any redeeming qualities to her. She's my most hated character too. Rufus Scrimgeour is my second most hated, but that's probably partly my nationality.

And yeah, that's a good point about Fenrir Greyback. I like the way JK Rowling shows both sides like that. On the one hand, most of her bad characters (with the possible exception of Umbridge) do have reasons which make what they do somewhat understandable, but on the other hand, we see other characters, like Harry, Remus and Sirius, who also had bad things happen to them and their experiences just helped them to emphasise with others.

I'm glad this seemed to explain why Greyback behaves as he does to you and that you liked it.

Thanks again for the review. I always love reading them.

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Review #5, by Pheonix Potioneer Daring.

29th January 2013:
This story is actually pretty cool... you're succeding in this challenge.

I'm feeling a bit sorry for Fenrir, since everyone is acting like he's poisonous. It's no wonder that werewolves turn out bad. Remus had it pretty good, compared to most werewolves. His parents and friends still liked him.

I'm surprised even the healers are acting weird. Don't they deal with werewolves all the time?

I'm going to read the second chapter now. :)

Author's Response: Thanks so much.

I kind of figured that werewolves were treated even worse in the past, because of how Remus mentions being the first werewolf to attend Hogwarts and the attitudes towards him even seem to improve in the course of the series.

That's a good question actually - as to how often the Healers would have to deal with werewolves. I think people can even be biased about things they encounter regularly though.

Hope you enjoy the second chapter too.

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