Like so many people, I assumed that Dumbledore must have been lying when he answered Harry with "socks." While it would certainly be understandable if he had been lying, it always sort of bothered me. This is so perfectly plausible; it's both poignant and reassuring.
Hello Natalie! :) This is such a wonderful story; flawless writing, as always! Your characterizations for all of the characters, even the tiny amount that we see Harry and Ron, was right on. You wrote through Albus's point of view effortlessly! I personally find writing him a challenge, so mad kudos to you! :D His interactions with Aberforth and Ariana were just perfect, and so sad! Gah, I love your writing style, and I love this story! Keep up the great work!
Author's Response: OMG! HELLOO! How are you? :D Thrilled to get a review from you, really! :) I am glad you appreciated the characterisation. Dumbledore really is hard to write!
An interesting take in Dumbledore. I can debate with myself whether or not he really did see socks, but perhaps I am able to better understand him now with what he said and felt. He wished for Ariana to be back, for things to e as they were again, and most of all, to be forgiven of his deeds that have caused him so much hurt and practically ripped apart his family.
Thanks for taking the time to delve into the mid of Dumbledore. I don't think I will be able to read about him again without thinking about this. :)
Author's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review! Dumbledore is my favourite character and I find him such a huge yet fascinating challenge to write. While this was written out for a comp, I like to imagine his answer had some heavy significance. ~Natalie
Aw, that was really sweet, Natalie! You tied together the first and last books really well. And you used a major canon character! I'm shocked! ;) I'm also teasing. I thought you did great by Albus, although a few of his early comments seemed too self-aware...and yet, also sarcastically self-deprecating in that way he has, so maybe not, lol. The scene with Aberforth was spot-on, really well done. And using the bits from PS at the end tied in with what we know from DH and then your own connections made it really believable and rather bittersweet. Socks. *sigh* Poor Albus. He was a puppetmaster, but he had his tragedies to face as well. Nicely done!! ~Gina :)
Author's Response: "He was a puppetmaster, but he had his tragedies to face as well." Indeed :) I couldn't not pick Albus. He's a thrilling challenge to write. As for the self-aware early comments, that's how always viewed him. He makes an effort to be frankly vain, but it's done in good humour. Thanks for reading and reviewing, Gina! Much love <33
I knew this was going to be great, because I loved all your drabbles for the mini Gauntlet, but I didn't expect to tear up AGAIN, when reading the ending- Ariana slurping her soup and Albus trying be a parent and plan a birthday and then she just wants stupid socks and arghh, it's just too sad. Too well done. Gah, this entire one-shot is fantastic, but that part is painful, in a good way. Well done.
Author's Response: Such high praise! :) Thanks for reading and reviewing! ~Natalie
I have never seen Dumbledore so well portrayed. Very powerful, futile yearning.
Author's Response: That's a wonderful compliment! Thanks for reading and reviewing. :)
That's was beautiful and tragic. I appreciate how you pulled in what we know about Dumbledore from Deathly Hallows to create a fuller picture of his character.
Author's Response: Thank you! Writing Dumbledore is so tricky. I fretted far too much over this fic, so it's nice to know it came across well. :)
What a fantastic take on that!! Great job!!
Author's Response: Thank you! Glad you liked it :)