|Review:||Violet Gryfindor says:|
This is heartbreaking! As soon as I saw it was about Colin, I had a feeling that it would lead to such an ending, yet I couldn't not read it all. You're right that Colin doesn't receive as much attention as he deserves. JKR puts forward so many different kinds of heroes alongside Harry, showing her readers that anyone can be a hero for doing even the smallest of things. And Colin is a hero. He could have saved himself, and no one would have called him out on it - he was too young to be there, but he wanted to help. He didn't even want to do it to prove himself as a wizard or a fighter - he just did it because he was answering the call, as you put it. There aren't any words to describe my emotions after reading this story, and thinking about what Colin did. People use the phrase "a true Gryffindor a lot", but Colin is that - a real Gryffindor, incredibly courageous, reckless, and selfless all at the same time. And you've captured all of that in this one-shot.
Another aspect of the story that I greatly admired was the way that you described the battle. It's chaotic and frightening, and Colin doesn't really know what's going on around him - he doesn't even know the name of the wizard who tries to help him - yet the descriptions make every object Colin comes into contact with intensely vivid. It made me think that Colin has an acute sensibility, a more powerful awareness of things than most people possess. It's a very tactile story, and it draws the reader in more deeply.
I don't know if any of this is making sense. It's an excellently written one-shot, which isn't at all a surprise. However, what is a surprise is the intensity of emotion and thought this story has evoked from me - I hadn't looked at Colin in quite this way before, and I'm very glad that you have given readers the opportunity to revisit his character (and his death). JKR may have provided such characters as Colin in a few vivid brushstrokes, but you've enhanced that portrait in an amazing way here.
Author's Response: I'm so glad you liked this story -- and that you returned once again to read a one-shot of mine! I truly don't think you know what it means to see your name pop up here, time and again. ♥
Colin is, I feel, one of the fandom's more unappreciated characters, and I agree wholeheartedly with you that he's the near-perfect personification of a Gryffindor. There are countless heroes in the Harry Potter books, not just Harry himself, which is very important. It's one of the reasons I think I admire the books so much: It's Harry's story, but it's not all up to Harry, in the end. There are so many strong people standing beside him at every bend in the road, as it were.
Battle scenes have never been my forte, but hearing you enjoyed this one really made my day! It's almost easy at times to throw yourself into a scene to the fact that you experience emotions, and then you write just those emotions down. You know? I'd be full-out panicking in his situation, and so I think that's where the panicking comes across. I don't think a review of yours could ever NOT make sense, unless it's because I've turned to such goo from the loveliness of your words that it's hard to read.
In all seriousness, really -- thank you /so/ much for this review. ♥ I'm thrilled to have given you a different angle from which to view Colin!