Reading Reviews for Musing on Riddle
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Review #1, by Lululuna All he can do is think...

18th November 2013:
Hello, I'm here to review your entry for my challenge! Thanks so much for providing me with this really well-written and insightful story!

I'm so glad you chose to write about Morfin as I think he's a pretty interesting character who is mostly neglected in fan fiction. I think you did a really good job of getting inside his head and emulating his thought processes. The use of third person reminded me of how Morfin thought of and referred to himself in the scene where we see him. It was interesting how he went through all these details in his head, slowly going through them to come to a conclusion, and then deciding in his strange rational way that there's no way Voldy could be their son. The title "Musing on Riddle" really played into this as it's like Morfin has a riddle to figure out as well as the significance of the name "Riddle" for both Tom Riddes that he's thinking about.

On that subject I really admired how you made Morfin so fixed on the idea of being a pureblood. It was almost like a comfort to him in the end: how he wasn't afraid of the dark because purebloods don't fear the dark, and that was his way of coping with it. And then he's so concerned about the family heirlooms, and he hates his sister because of her shame to the family and her pure blood. And then his references to Slytherin: it's almost a little tragic, how simple-minded he is in his conviction and his evil. It's like he isn't smart enough to know better and all he has to hold on to is his own assurance of his family.

Something else I enjoyed was how the story has a sense of timelessness: it's like this story could take place over an hour or over several years. It really created this tone of being trapped in Azkaban and having nothing to think about or dwell on. This line: Morfin had almost forgotten. How could he? After all, murdering the despicable Riddle family was not something you should just forget. really shows how much Morfin's mind has deteriorated: he has to remind himself of things he's supposedly done and his conviction in them, and he forgets that his father is dead and worries about what he will do to him.

Dumbledore coming in at the end was like a beacon of shining light to me! :P I really loved your description of him, it was just spot on, and the way he addressed Morfin as "my friend" and Morfin was hostile to him was just so in character. I really like the idea of Dumbledore not being affected by the Dementors, and the idea that he tried to redeem and even free Morfin before his death in Azkaban.

I think this was a wonderful insight into Morfin's mind, and I hope you liked writing it as I really enjoyed reading it! :D Thanks again for entering!

Author's Response: Thank you for your review!

The thing about Morfin was that in the end, he basically wrote himself. All I had to do, really, was to type it down for him:)

The inspiration for the story was the scene where Dumbledore tells Harry what happened between Voldemort and his uncle and how he had obtained the real memory from Morfin. Particularly the line "He'll kill me. He'll kill me for losing his ring." (the exact wording escapes me at the moment) stayed with me and became the catalyst for this story. I knew that Dumbledore had to appear at the end, to tie this more closely to the canon.

As for the timelessness... you know, I never even considered that when I was writing this! It's always interesting to see how others interpret your work.

Thank you for creating this challenge, I really enhjoyed writing this! Thank you again for the wonderful review!

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Review #2, by Alisha All he can do is think...

8th November 2013:
Wow A Nice Thing This Was :-)

Author's Response: Thank you! Glad you liked it!

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Review #3, by happs All he can do is think...

3rd November 2013:
ahh dumbles! so smart. i liked it.

Author's Response: He is very smart, isn't he? I'm glad you liked it!

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Review #4, by theblacksisters All he can do is think...

3rd November 2013:
Liked the ending-gives the sense of you know what's going to happen next. :)
PS hope you enjoy this review. I know I feel like dancing around the room whenever I get a new one.

Author's Response: The scene where Dumbledore recounts to Harry how he found out about Morfin and Voldemort served as the inspiration for this one-shot, I just had to include a reference to it! And yes, it is always fun to get reviews:)

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