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Review #1, by ANightingaleInAGoldenCage For the Lesser Evil

28th April 2017:
Here for CTF!

And what a great chapter this is. I loved the fact that you made it all clear and a fight both because they knew eachother and also made it want that it was solely between them, and not any others who were trying to help. The fact that they listen to their commands right away also show the fact that they're both incredibly powerful in their own regard, though you make me wonder why Gellert Grindelwald actually died. I thought Dumbledore merely defeated him and that he didnt not exactly die. Could be wrong here, though.
The fact that he bled so much while he was seemingly hit by the killingcurse, unless you made the spell green on purpose, was a nice touch as well. it only went to show how powerful the fight must've been and i doubt dumbledore came back unscatched himself. I also like the fact that you did adress a nameless grave, because then nobody would ever know where exactly he lay buried and that's exactly what someone like him deserves, to be honest. Someone who went dark and did all those things shouldn't deserve all of that. Really a great job and a great read!

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Review #2, by Musing For the Lesser Evil

25th December 2015:
Hello Minnie!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope you are having a great time these holidays! :) I'm here to leave you a gift review for the QTR Holiday Fun!

I chose to read this story because I've never read any Albus/Gellert story before and this one seemed interesting. This is a very nice story! I personally think that pulling off action scenes is very difficult while writing but you did a great job here. Some of the defence techniques were pretty innovative like transfiguring magma into flower petals.

I don't know if it was your intention or not, but I felt that Dumbledore doubled his efforts after Grindelwald took Ariana's name and talked of her death. It probably was Dumbledore's guilt at his sister's death which gave him the last bit of courage he required for finishing off Grindelwald.

I didn't quite catch the significance of the name Gerhard. I feel there's no need of the subtitles 'earlier' and 'presently'. The story and the flow would be understandable even without it.

I like this last line a lot: 'He was buried in a nameless grave outside of his fortress Nurmengard alongside all of his victims, Muggle and wizard alike, never to rise again.' This line is so symbolic and clearly signifies that everybody is equal in death.

I loved it and am happy I got to read this story!

-Emm ^_^

Author's Response:
Hi Emm (may I call you Emm?)

I am having a delightful Christmas, but your review woke me up :P

I think Dumbledore's greatest aspiration and greatest fear is to find out who killed his sister. He wants to know, but knowing would destroy him.

Gerhard is Gellert's father's name as well as Grindelwald's birth name in my head canon. He changed his name to distance himself from his father as well as to make him more obscure, kind of like a successive Dark Lord, eh?

I don't know why, but I really love to use subtitles even when they're not necessary. It's a nasty old habit of mine.

I'm glad that you've enjoyed it! Here I was thinking that I wasn't good at action sequences :P

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

-Min :D

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Review #3, by Misty_Rey For the Lesser Evil

21st December 2015:
Hiya! I'm here for the forum's review tag :)

Action scenes are incredibly hard to pull off so I commend you for writing an entire story around one single duel. The fact that this is the most momentous duel in recent Wizarding memory is especially noteworthy. Both Dumbledore and Grindelward really shone as characters in their own right, during the battle and before. I liked the touch of their shared history together raising the emotional stakes of the duel. It made it very grey eventhough Dumbledore is supposed to be good and Grindelward evil. They have shadowy agendas.

Some minor critics if you don't mind:

In the second and third section, I don't think it is necessary to include 'earlier' and 'presently', the story works well without them.

For the most part, Grindelward is addressed as Grindelward in the story but in a few instances, he's suddenly referred to as Gellert. It might be better that he is Grindelward throughout for consistency.

Other than that, this is a very well-written story that you should be proud off.


Author's Response: Oh thank you for the compliment! I see your point about Grindelwald, but I remember (this is me after waking up) that I did it for Albus/Dumbledore too. I'll look at it anyway after I get some tea.

Thank you so much for reviewing! It means a lot and I really mean that.


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Review #4, by Rinso For the Lesser Evil

20th December 2015:
In fiction there are often a few distinct "types" of villains, as you may have noticed. Some are gleefully cruel, like Bellatrix Lestrange (or, if you would prefer an example from a totally different fandom, the Joker), others are more like an intimidating (yet cool) menace that takes things seriously (say, Darth Vader), there are those like Voldemort who are so far gone that they can't even comprehend goodness, there are villains who are conflicted within themselves and are not wholly bad... and then there is a particular type that I personally call the Slimeball :D
The Slimeball is a villain who is not pure evil and yet is the most likely to backstab the hero or try to manipulate them in order to worm their way out of danger when things don't go well for them.

I don't know if it was intended, but I saw shades of that when Gellert was starting to lose and said "Albus, let's be reasonable here!" only to lunge for the Elder Wand a second later, when he saw it wasn't working and Albus did not lose his determination, no matter how hard it was for him :D

But I also saw shades of grey in this duel, especially by the end, when the last thing he did was give Albus an image of the good memories they shared before everything went to Hell. Should we feel bad for Grindelwald? Should we cheer Albus on as he kills the love of his life? It's not a simple moral dilemma, and I like that, I always like it when things are not black and white.

I also very much enjoyed that he was buried in an unmarked grave alongside his victims. What an ignoble end, considering he was a great wizard, for good or ill. A fitting comeuppance.

Author's Response: I personally think Grindelwald in this fic is a slimeball. He wants what he wants and will use any means to get it, such as befriending Albus to further his goal of global domination. He is a manipulative mastermind, a sort of Moriarty to Dumbledore's Holmes.

I don't think it's that simple either. Albus had to put aside his feelings for Grindelwald just to even show up to the duel, and he entered into soldier mode for the duration of the battle, disregarding his feelings only at the height of the battle and the end, and after (if I wrote about that). Grindelwald accepts his fate at the end yet wants to make Albus question himself after he dies by making Albus feel everything over again before he kills him. He's evil, but he still loves Dumbledore in some way. Heh... you said "always"... hehehehe...

I think Grindelwald's grave would be like Hitler's or bin Laden's. You wouldn't want someone to build a shrine to him so you won't put him in a conventional spot or even reveal where he was buried.

Thank you for reviewing again, Rinso! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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