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Review #1, by LilyLunaPotter17 Conquering Weakness

25th June 2013:
Hello! Thanks for entering my challenge, and I'm so sorry it took so long for the review -_-

Whoa. Myrtle. I don't really think about her much, but you certainly did. I love the way Tom thought she was irrelevant, calling her a "translucent halfwit" and all.

You are just ... gah. You're so good at description and imagery! As I read, I could really picture something in my mind, and I absolutely adored your description of how he made the Horcrux! I've never particularly known too much how they were made - I knew it was a spell of some sort and it hurt a lot - but your version was so brilliant, I thought it was written by J.K herself! So congratulations on such an amazing scene!

I like the way it seemed like Slytherin was watching him as he was making his Horcrux, and I especially love the line "a proud father whose sonís first step would place him on the throne of the Wizarding world". It shows how Tom really wants this power.

"Lord Voldemort was to be a great many things, but never weak". SO MANY FEELS! It's true - he never was weak (at least, not in front of his Death Eaters) - and I think that really shows his thoughts on that, and how he thought he was meant to be lots of things, but not weak (that made so much more sense in my head)

Gah, I loved this story! Well done! And again, I'm so sorry about the late review! x

Author's Response: Hello! Thank you for posting such an interesting challenge! This story was great fun to write, and allowed me to stretch my comfort zones and explore a character more thoroughly than I have ever done before.

I'm so happy that you enjoyed my version of the process for making a Horcrux. I had a great time thinking it up, and I really wanted to do justice to such a complicated process that was so central to Tom's life and his conception of power.

I'm also really glad you liked Slytherin's part in the story. The figure of Salazar Slytherin is really tied up with Tom's desire for power in my head for some reason. I've always felt that as soon as he found out that he was descended from such a renowned wizard, it would have given him a sense of entitlement and really intensified his thirst to prove himself.

That line about Lord Voldemort being many things, but never weak, is my favorite one in the story; and I am so thrilled that you could connect with it! xD The fact that he was never weak in front of his Death Eaters is an excellent point, and I wanted to write about the turning point where that began, when he really felt that he had shed his weakness and become Lord Voldemort. It's awesome to see that that came through. :)

Anyway, Thank you so much for the really wonderful review, and I'm really pleased to see that you liked my story! I hope to see another challenge of your creation in the future!



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