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Review:caoty says:
Hello, it's me from tag this time.

So I kind of love Greyback because he's so depraved, and I'm really glad he's here. Just because.

But anyway. Your Hermione is perfectly characterised here, equal parts caution and passion, and very well suited to attempting to navigate the absurdities of Wizarding laws and class systems. And I've always liked the idea of Albus being the quieter one in his family, so having him as the protege works well too.
The reveal of his identity at the end of that debate-resembling-thing was way fun by the way. Didn't expect that at all. :D

And then, we moved onto Greyback. Hmm. I'm conflicted. On one hand, his characterisation is exactly like how he's seen in canon, and the way he's perceived in post-Remus Wizarding society is very interesting. On the other hand, I wish that there was more ambiguity to his morality - it seems like he's just straight-up evil, just because, and that's it. While I do understand that Hermione is absolutely justified to react in the way that she does, I feel like a little more objectivity in the narration could've made it better.

I don't know if I'm making sense here so I'm going to shut up now. See ya.

Author's Response: Hello, dear!

Part of the reason that I picked Greyback for this instead of the other Death Eaters who were presumably captured and sent to Azkaban was for precisely that reason. He was very different from the others in that he was never after wealth or power in the conventional sense. His goal was to infect as many other people as possible. Greyback wasn't so much a villain as he was a contagion. He was the Typhoid Mary of lycanthropy. And he obviously has several very personal scores left over with Hermione.

I tried to create a sort of duality with Hermione's character in this. On the one hand, she's still fighting passionately on behalf of the underprivileged and oppressed. Yet she turns on a dime where Greyback is concerned and does everything she can to keep him in prison. You're not the first person to comment that you would have liked to see more ambiguity in Greyback's characterization. Honestly, I tried several different ways to get there and they all would up reading kind of stupid. Maybe some day I'll figure it out...

I enjoyed your perspective, as always. Thanks for reading and reviewing!


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