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Reading Reviews for Fuse
4 Reviews Found

Review #1, by Musing Damp Squib

25th December 2015:
Hi Spencer!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope you are thoroughly enjoying the holiday season! I am here to leave you a gift review for the QTR Holiday Fun!

This is a promising story! I haven't read much about Argus Filch before and this is surely an interesting take on his life. The way you portray him as a child is believable. He must have been frustrated with his life seeing that all his siblings were so well respected but he was only neglected and looked down upon. I felt really bad for him since he was an outsider in both the Muggle and Wizarding world. No wonder he was surly and withdrawn in his later life.

His parents may not have given him as much attention as his siblings but they sure loved him enough to not leave him off in an orphanage. I loved the way you showed how Prometheus was the only one he had a loving relationship with. But all his hopes were squished after his death.

I loved it and am looking forward to read the rest!

-Emm ^_^

Author's Response: Thank you for the review!
Argus's behavior in the novels makes me think it stems from discrimination since being the caretaker at Hogwarts is the only way he can be above witches and wizards. It's a shame he did not channel that rage by helping Squibs and the stigma against them.

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Review #2, by AngelEyez3954 Damp Squib

21st December 2015:
Hi Spencer,

This story caught my attention right from the beginning. I had never heard the term damp squib, but I think it is very fitting! I really liked your take on Argus' early life - being the only squib in a large family could definitely cause the man to turn out the way we see him in the books.

I liked your nod to Greek mythology with all of his siblings' names; it made me smile as I read through them. It had to be tough for Argus to not only be the only squib in the family, but also for everyone else to be so talented and not just a normal witch or wizard.

I can't wait to see how you continue to tell Argus' story!
Happy Holidays!

Author's Response: Thanks for the review!
I didn't know damp squib was a term until I Googled 'Squib' to have more insight on Squibs and the discrimination they have experienced. I suppose J.K. Rowling pulled the 'Squib' from 'damp squib.'
When I consider Argus' nature in the series, I can't help but think it stemmed from the way wizards have looked down on him. Even the Weasley family disliked Squibs, so I can only imagine the mistreatment a Squib would have experienced in the 50's.
I'll have the next chapter written and published sometime in January!

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Review #3, by AlexFan Damp Squib

21st December 2015:
Wow, this brought a whole new light to Argus Filch. We only ever knew him as the grumpy worker at Hogwarts but this story adds more depth to him. I actually feel sorry for Argus to be honest, something I thought that I would never say.

The original series never really gets into how Squibs used to be treated in the twentieth century, so this provided some possible insight to that. I can definitely see how being a Squib would be look down upon in a wizarding community, magic is something that witches and wizards pride themselves on and to be born without magic is like failing to join an exclusive club. Argus was part of this exclusive club, and yet, people treated him as if they wished that he wasn't a part of their secret.

Of course, we knew why Filch was always so angry at Hogwarts students, but this adds even more insight into that. Hogwarts students get it easy, none of them had to live through what he did, or deal with the level of discrimination that Argus dealt with. I think this story fits right in with Argus's character when he's older.

Challenge results should be up soon!

Author's Response: Thanks for the review!
As I write Fuse, I feel bad about what I put Argus through. In the series, Squibs seemed to not even be liked by most Muggle and Muggleborn supporters during the mid 1990's, so mid-twentieth century must have been awful for Squibs. I can imagine Argus going through a lot during that time.

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Review #4, by Sectumsempra7 Damp Squib

15th December 2015:
Nice chapter. It was very interesting to read. Keep writing :-)

Author's Response: Thank you for the review!
I'll hopefully be posting the next part sometime in January.

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