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Aug. 29th, 2007 @ 06:05 pm Fic Update: Absolution (Dumbledore)
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Current Music: Accio Love--Ministry of Magic w/ The Moaning Myrtles
Title: Absolution
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, cameos by Aberforth, Snape, and Harry
Rating: PG
Length: 2,200 words
Summary: You don’t expect forgiveness. You do the best you can, always, but you of all people know that it will never be enough.
Warnings: DH spoilers, angst

A/N: Everything belongs to JK Rowling, of course. Quotes from canon are paraphrased or from memory.

This is for omniocular 's August challenge. I had prompt #18. Strayed from it a bit, but it fits the challenge regardless.

The timeline isn’t linear, so don’t get confused thinking that it is.

Betaed by the wonderful lunamorgaine , to whom I owe many thanks.




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"He won't blame you, Albus... and he's the only one of us that has any right to--including you."
--Remus Lupin, 1996

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i.
When you first meet Tom Riddle, you immediately recognize the signs. Years of hating yourself for ignoring the same signs in another bright, charming young wizard have left you extremely good at recognizing them.

Sometimes you wonder whether things would have been different if you hadn't been so quick to label Tom as the next great danger, if only in your mind. You wonder whether eleven was really old enough to know.

ii.
"I am not such a coward," Severus says to you, and it makes your blood run cold to think of your reply, because it places the blame on you, rather than Tom. Rather than Severus.

"Sometimes I think we sort too soon."

You forget that the sorting is not your guilt alone, and that you, too, perhaps, are a victim of it.

iii.
Ariana is with you wherever you go, your biggest secret and your greatest guilt. You give people second chances because you want to believe that you deserve your own.

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"How do you expect to rule the world if you can't even be trusted to look after your own sister?"
--Aberforth Dumbledore, 1864

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i.
You are seventeen, and what you want most is for the world to stop spinning out of your control. If you were in charge, you think, you could make things better.

If wizards were in charge, you think, they could protect themselves.

No more Arianas.

You do not think of rights, only of what is easy--the easiest way to accomplish what you want: peace (safety).

It is only later, with your baby sister's blood on your hands, that you discover that shortcuts lead to only one place: betrayal (hell).

ii.
When you look into the Mirror of Erised, you see your family. But what's more, you see a time when people were responsible for you, not you for them. There is nothing you want more than to hold nothing but your own fate in your hands.

You gave up that right a long time ago, when you chose power over others instead of power over yourself.

Your brilliance could have been yours, once, but Gellert wrapped it in chains of guilt, and you have only yourself to blame for letting him.

Now your brilliance belongs to Ariana's ghost.

iii.
"You disgust me," you say to Severus, but the words are as much directed at yourself as they are at him.

When Lily and James are dead, betrayed, just like Ariana, you know, know, the price Severus must pay for this. You have been paying for over a century.

"If you loved her, really loved her, then your way forward is clear."


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"I... It wouldn't have mattered, you know, except... I thought you didn't care."
--Harry Potter, 1996

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i.
It is a relief, almost, to hear that you only have a year. One more year of this mortal purgatory and then...

Perhaps the green eyes boring into yours will be Lily's, rather than Harry's, and the rage and accusation that you imagine you can see when he looks at you will be real in her eyes.

It would be a relief to have the ghosts of those whom you have failed berate you. It's worse when they forgive. (Harry always forgives).

ii.
"Dumbledore's man through and through," Harry says, and suddenly you find that you cannot keep yourself controlled any longer.

"I'm touched, Harry," you say, which is the understatement of the century; you're touched, yes, but you're also appalled, because he has no idea what he is saying. No idea... and it's all your fault, but there's nothing, nothing, that you can do about it anymore.

The tears come, and he looks away in embarrassment, which is fortunate, because it drowns any questions he might have asked you which you wouldn't be able to answer.

You have no right to care what he thinks of you.

iii.
"I am not worried, Harry. I am with you," you tell him, and in that moment, because you are weak and exhausted and losing control again, you mean every word. It's true; it's the most honest thing you've ever said to him, because in that moment you accept that you both knew, even if you wouldn't admit it, that he was lying when he promised he would leave you to die. He is Harry Potter, and he doesn't leave anyone to die. So you don't tell him to leave you, even though you should. Even though leaving you here to be dragged under the water would spare Severus the trouble of finishing you off. But you can't, Harry can't; you have plans for this, and Severus must do it.

You know that Harry would try to bring you back safely if it was the last thing he ever did, even though you made him promise, before you left, that he wouldn't. The promise was a pretense, a sham, so that you may pretend to yourself that you are less important than you are.

Fate is cruel, you see, and now you have the glory and importance that you once wanted in your youth, but it is bitter and you would give anything, now, to be able to trade it back, except... You wouldn't, because someone has to be responsible for this boy, and you hate yourself for what you're doing, but you love him, and maybe, maybe, that will be enough.

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"Harry is barely more than a child, Albus! If you can't defeat Voldemort, how can you possibly believe that he will?"
--Remus Lupin, 1997
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i.
"It isn't right, Albus," your brother shouts at you, when you tell him what the mirror does and ask him to keep an eye on Harry. "Always watching him, but never doing anything. Letting him go on and get caught up in this war. He's younger than his parents were, and they died young enough! What's he going to think of you when he finds out the truth, that he's never been more than a pawn in your grand plans, disposable, like all the rest? If you really cared, you'd tell him to forget it all, you included."

At first, you say nothing, though inwardly you cringe. Aberforth has always been able to pinpoint the nature of your guilt, and state it clearly, baldly, as though the world was simple and you were the stupid one.

At Ariana’s funeral, he had shouted: "Are you happy now, Mr. I'm-too-brilliant-to-love-my-own-sister? You're free now, free of her, free of all your burdens. So go on, go! Go on and travel with your brilliant friends, and forget she ever existed."

When you didn't move, Aberforth punched you, broke your nose, stormed out of the house, and you just stood there, blood dripping to the ground and everyone staring, until Bathilda pulled on the sleeve of your robes and led you away.

"It's too late for that, Aberforth," you tell him. "He wouldn't listen."

Again you wonder whether it was always too late. Whether you could have done something, once.

"Think that makes it any better, do you? Think that excuses you? Think that just because he'd rather be a martyr than disappoint you makes what you're doing any nobler?"

"Look after him, please," you say, but Aberforth's words are ringing in your ears even as you wave your wand to open the school gates.

ii.
"I wish I were dead," Severus tells you, and you know that he means it.

"What good would that be to anyone?" you ask, because you wished for death once too, and you hope, pray, that you have done more good by living than you would have if you'd died.

You wonder, though, at times, such as when Sirius shouts at you in a fit of rage that he and Harry would be better off if you'd just leave them both alone. If you'd left them both alone. You wonder, but you know that the time for that was past a long time ago, if it ever really existed. "The consequences of our actions..."

Sirius apologizes the next morning, of course, but you can tell that he is apologizing not because he didn't mean the words, but because he did. It changes nothing.

iii.
There can be no absolution for you. Most people can plead some degree of ignorance, but you, with all your brilliance, must tell your judges that you knew exactly what you were doing.

You don't expect them to care that you're sorry. You won't bother with apologies. You won't pretend that your feelings have any relevance in the wake of what you have done.

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"I'm not angry with you, Albus. It's hurt you more than it'll hurt him, in the end."
--Lily Potter, 1997

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i.
You remember Sirius' sorting, when the hat shouted "Gryffindor," and the hall fell into a steely silence.

You remember the Howler Sirius received the next morning, which Minerva, at least, had the sense to destroy before it could finish off the sentence which began:

"I never would have believed that a son of mine would be sorted into a house..."

You remember this, even as you tell Sirius to remain in the home that he hated. Sirius would die for Harry, and this is why you must keep Sirius alive. Sirius must stay in number 12, Grimmauld Place, because as long as Sirius is safe, Harry will have at least one person with undivided loyalties. Between Harry and the world, Sirius would choose Harry, and Sirius may be the only one who would.

(You envy Sirius this.)

In the back of your mind, you know that while Sirius would die for Harry, he cannot live for him.

You ignore this, because there is nothing more you can do other than hope.

ii.
"You should have come to me sooner!" Severus shouts at you, and of course he's right. But you offer no explanation, because the explanation isn't an excuse, it's a condemnation.

iii.
You put the ring on, and it carries a curse which burns your hand the instant it touches your skin. This brings you back to reality long enough to rip the ring off and throw it onto the desk. You grab the sword at your side and raise it, but as soon as you do, something happens which is much worse, oh God so much more terrible, than the shooting pain in your hand. You had wanted to see Ariana, and you are getting your wish. But.

She sneers at you, her eyes a malicious red. You open your mouth to say the words that you have been longing to say for a hundred years, but as you do, another figure blossoms out of the ring.

"I know about her," Harry says to you, indicating Ariana. "I know about everything. You lied to me. You never cared. I was just a pawn in all of this, only told enough to do my job, but never the truth." He starts screaming, then, his voice choked with sobs. "It was all a lie! How could I have loved you if I had known the truth? What use would I have had for you? I would have been better off if you'd have left me alone. Love! My greatest weapon? What good has love ever been to me? What has it ever done for me other than trick me into trusting lying cowards like you?"

You stare, horrorstruck, at the two of them, your baby sister and the boy-who-lived, two you had promised to protect, two whom you have failed. Then Ariana, dear, sweet Ariana, puts her arm around Harry's shoulders, and in an instant, both of them have turned their backs on you.

"No," you whisper, making to reach out to them, but when you do pain shoots through your hand again, and you realize where you are--what is happening. It is all you can do to bring the sword crashing down between the two figures. The ring cracks, the figures disappear, and you collapse into your chair.

"Severus," you manage to croak in the general direction of the portraits. "Get me Severus." Then everything goes black.

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"I couldn't have done it without you. Maybe you don’t think forgiveness is that simple, but it is to me. Beating ourselves up about what could have happened doesn’t do anyone any favors. You’re the one that taught me that, or don’t you remember?"
--Harry Potter, 1998

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A/N 2: The years on the quotes are significant; I have specific scenarios in mind for each of them. I'll share if you're curious. Someone asked, so here's what I had in mind:

1) Remus, shortly after the death of Sirius. He and Dumbledore are having an argument about how to get Harry from the Dursley's.
2) Aberforth, after Kendra's death but before Ariana's, in the midst of the fight where he tells Albus that he can't run off with Grindelwald when he has Ariana to consider.
3) Harry, right before he left Dumbledore's office on the night Sirius died.
4) Remus, during the same conversation in which Dumbledore tells him and Kingsley "Harry is the best hope we have. Trust him."
5) Lily, upon meeting crying!Dumbledore in the afterlife.
6) Harry, to Dumbledore's portrait after the war is well and truly over.

Oh, also, this is gen. Any use of the word "love" is strictly platonic. I am aware that this could be read as Albus/Harry if you squint. If you did squint, please don't tell me.
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reverdybrune:
From:marieldraconis
Date:August 30th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
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This was a really good story. I didn't find the timeline confusing at all--it made the story work. And even if no one else is, I'm curious about the scenarios behind the quotes.
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From:reverdybrune
Date:August 30th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've added to my A/N at the end to give a bit of info on the quote scenarios. ;) Thanks again!
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From:voldxcore
Date:August 30th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I really loved that. I want more Dumbledore centric fic now! That was amazing, I'll have to go look at your other work. =)
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From:reverdybrune
Date:August 30th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. If you want more Dumbledore-centric, try sweetsaddiction. But feel free to poke around here, too. :D Thanks again.
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From:katiemorris
Date:August 30th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Oh, excellent, excellent. Really enjoyed this. And, erm, are you going to write up the scenarios? That would be a treat indeed.
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From:reverdybrune
Date:August 30th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I'm glad.

I might write them up. A few of those quotes are from half-written stories that I've abandoned, so maybe I'll give them another shot. Who knows? ;)
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From:snorkackcatcher
Date:August 30th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's terrific -- some great insights I hadn't thought of, such as Sirius' attitude, and Dumbledore's reaction to Harry. And the scene with the ring fighting back with the figures of Ariana and Harry was a really good idea. The second-person style works excellently here.
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From:reverdybrune
Date:August 30th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much! :D

This started out in third-person, but it just didn't work. I'm glad you liked the second-person. I'd never used it before.
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From:tulleskirt
Date:August 31st, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
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Holy shit. That was beautiful.

Your characterization of Dumbledore is...amazing.

Wow.

*blown mind*
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From:reverdybrune
Date:August 31st, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
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*blush* Thank you very much! I'm very protective of my Dumbledore characterization, so I'm glad you like it. :D
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From:aerama
Date:August 31st, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
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You know, I think I never really realized until this moment what it means to be Albus Dumbledore.
It's a staggering, endless, awesome burden, and we needed to see it from his eyes even more than from Harry's, that cracked mirror of his soul, the self-condemnation, the weariness, the inability to lay down the load - or to take comfort in carrying it on.
And above all how brilliant and astonishing and marvelous he really was.
Thank you for that.

Everyone else in there, all the peripheral characters to which Harry is Dumbledore's center, are spot-on and equally fabulous. I especially liked this:
"Sirius apologizes the next morning, of course, but you can tell that he is apologizing not because he didn't mean the words, but because he did." How brilliant is that!?

Bravo.
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From:reverdybrune
Date:August 31st, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much!

Ever since OotP it's stuck me how sad the relationship between Harry and Dumbledore really is, because it was always going to be a mess for both of them, wasn't it? At least Harry made his peace with his past, but Dumbledore, apparently, never did. Gah. I'm such a sucker for platonic Harry/Dumbledore angst. That bit with Harry shouting at the end of The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore" was the most tear-jerking part of DH for me. It just.. it drives me crazy, because if Dumbledore could've stopped blaming himself for five minutes he maybe would have realized that all Harry wanted was to know that he cared. *sigh*

As for Sirius, I heard someone say that Dumbledore kept other people from knowing the truth about Harry because Dumbledore didn't want them to try and stop Harry from sacrificing himself. So naturally I had to put in something about what I think of that. I can just imagine Molly having to decide between her family (and the world) and Harry. Not a choice, IMO, Dumbledore would have wished on anyone, including himself. That line you quoted is one of my favorites, as well.

*is done rambling*

Thanks again. :D
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From:nekocat17
Date:September 9th, 2007 08:33 am (UTC)
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Maybe I'm just stupid to not know, but I'm curious why it was going to be a mess for both of them?
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From:reverdybrune
Date:September 9th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
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Well, that part is more my particular reading of the characters than anything. It's just that Dumbledore and Harry are both people who consider the big picture, and that doesn't exactly make for an easy relationship. I think in some ways it might have been easier for both of them if they hadn't been so close; Harry wouldn't have been so upset in DH if he hadn't expected more from Dumbledore. The same is true in OotP. But then, I don't blame Dumbledore for it either; once he started involving himself in Harry's life, of course both of them got more attached than was probably wise. It seems to me that Dumbledore always expected Harry to be more angry with him than Harry actually was. On Dumbledore's side there's this immense guilt, and on Harry's there's abandonment, and through mutual misunderstanding we have lots of angst in OotP and DH. And I think that it was always going to be that way (messy, angsty, etc.) unless Dumbledore actually had turned out to be a manipulative jerk who didn't give a damn about Harry, or something.

I'm not sure I'm being any more coherent. :-\ Honestly, thinking about Dumbledore too much gives me a headache. I don't really envy him his position. He didn't have any good options that didn't end in either death&destruction or emo!Harry.
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From:nekocat17
Date:September 10th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
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Ohh, okay I get it now. :) Thanks for taking the time to explain!
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From:fairy_tale_echo
Date:September 1st, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
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Here from snapenews and I just have to say I really loved this. I love the use of second person when it's done right and this was quiet brilliant. And it's not just your awesome Snape and Harry but the section about Sirius is pretty much EXACTLY perfect...it's everything that gets forgotten about his character sometimes, I think, and you just nailed the really amazing kind of guy he was, to make the choices that he made. And, OH, the end! :) In all, really lovely. Thanks for writing this!!
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From:reverdybrune
Date:September 1st, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! This fic sort of fell into second person. I started it in third person, but it just didn't work, and after I switched to second the writing got a lot easier.

I'm glad you liked the Sirius part. I don't think it had really struck me until DH what a horrible loss Sirius really was, because after he's gone Harry's main source of guidance is Dumbledore, and of course Dumbledore was never going to be able to fullfill the same role Sirius did. I had had hopes for Remus, but he had too many of his own issues to sort out, it seems.

Thanks again for your review. :D
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From:alena_hu
Date:September 1st, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
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This is wonderful. Especially the bit with Horcrux!Harry and Ariana: brilliant.
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From:reverdybrune
Date:September 1st, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

I had fun with the horcrux part. I'm glad you liked it. At first it was going to be a boggart, but the horcrux scene in DH gave us such wonderful canon to play with that I had to use it. Plus, the boggart wouldn't let me have the two of them interacting, which was what I really wanted. Ariana getting Harry to turn on Dumbledore. *sniffle*

Thanks again. ;)
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From:esoterica1693
Date:September 2nd, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
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This is most excellent--it shows just how haunted Dumbledore was. Which was the part of his character in DH which struck me, and bothered me, the most. I thought he could have come to terms w/ his guilt over Ariana in 130 yrs. But of course the wound was kept open and bleeding constantly by what he found himself having to do with/to Harry. What he understood to be his penance--to try to make something good of his brilliance, to have it serve the truly greater good--led him to have to sacrifice another person he loved, quite deliberately, and feel like he was just repeating the earlier sin--he was truly in a damned position.

Thanks for giving me that insight into him--I think it is very believable.
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From:reverdybrune
Date:September 2nd, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

I know exactly what you mean about how this was the most troubling part about Dumbledore. I agree. Half the time I just wanted to jump in the book and shake him, and shout "You think Harry is angry at you for that?!? Something you did over a hundred years ago?" It was like, didn't we go through this once already? Harry was angry with him in OotP too, and it had nothing to do with Ariana and everything to do with Harry feeling abandoned. *sigh* It's just... depressing, because there really wasn't anything he could've done, but that didn't appear to lessen the misery it caused everyone. :-\

Thanks again. :D
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From:dizilla
Date:September 2nd, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
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That was fantastic, and it definitely felt like Dumbledore. Brilliantly done. ^_^
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From:reverdybrune
Date:September 2nd, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I had fun with my foray into Dumbledore's head. :D
From:brandil
Date:September 3rd, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Fabulous.
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From:reverdybrune
Date:September 4th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:edigo
Date:September 4th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
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you know, i do love the fact that you have used second-person pov for this, it seems like the only way to write this brand of dumbledore: repentant, tormented, haunted not by who he is, but by what he must do in order to be dumbledore. when he thinks of sirius the sting is particularly sharp and clear: In the back of your mind, you know that while Sirius would die for Harry, he cannot live for him. and the constant presence of snape. and the misleading/protecting of harry. and aberforth, aberforth... these men were all so damaged, all of them. (twisted, evil rowling.)

beautiful.
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From:reverdybrune
Date:September 4th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
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Thank you! I'm glad you liked the second person. I'd never used it before, but nothing else would work for this. First person feels too much like a diary, and third-person wasn't close enough to the character (not to mention all the ambiguous pronouns).

these men were all so damaged, all of them.
I agree completely. Even though Harry got his happy ending, so many of them didn't. Doomed from the beginning, because it had to happen the way it did. *sniffle*

Thanks again. :D
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From:nekocat17
Date:September 9th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
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This was so good!! I love fics about Harry and Dumbledore's relationship. The part about Sirius being the only one to choose Harry over the world was so sad!

I always thought that at the end of OotP Dumbledore sounded like he wanted to choose Harry over the world too, but I guess in the end he just couldn't. :(
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From:reverdybrune
Date:September 9th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I love fics about Harry and Dumbledore too. :D

I'm not entirely convinced that if Voldemort hadn't used Harry's blood (thereby giving Harry an out) Dumbledore would've been able to go through with his plan to sacrifice Harry. Actually, I guessed Dumbledore would die in HBP before it was published for precisely that reason. He needed himself out of the picture because he didn't trust himself not to interfere. Of course, it turns out he was dying anyways, but I bet part of him was relieved not to have to be there in the end, which is frustrating, because that wasn't what Harry got angry with him about, but anyway... Gryffindor tendency to blame everything on oneself, that's what it is. :-P Because of course Harry was going to kill Voldemort or die trying Horcrux or no Horcrux.
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From:nekocat17
Date:September 10th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
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That is actually something I do think about a lot. If the blood thing hadn't happened would Dumbledore be able to sacrifice Harry...if what he said at the end of OotP about valuing Harry's life more than others peoples potentially lost lives was true I wouldn't think so, but at the same time I don't know if I could see Dumbledore putting his personal feelings above the war. My thoughts on that really go around in circles. XD
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Date:September 23rd, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)

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First of all, I'd like to say that this fic is absolutely amazing. I've read it at least 5 times in the past week, and for some insane reason, it still won't stop haunting me in my sleep. Your characterization of Albus is just beautiful- I haven't felt like that since DH came out. And your explaination on how Harry and Albus are too emotionally close for their own good is spot on. It is easily one of the best Albus/Harry gen fic I've ever had the pleasure of reading (Though I can't seem to find as many of them as I'd like to). Masterfully done. I look forward to more of them in the future. *puppydogeyes*
Now with that bunch of rumbling out of the way, I'd like to get to my request (plea, beg, etc.). Usually I'd do it by e-mail, but I can't find yours.
I'd like to translate this fic into Chinese and post it on a Chinese forum, and in order to do so I need your written permission. I will, of course, not alter any of the plot, accredit you as the original author, and provide a link to this page. I will also provide a link to the forum I post it on if you like.
I can be reached by e-mail at ominoushunter@yahoo.ca
Please reply at your earliest convenience.
Once again, thank you for your wonderful fic.

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From:reverdybrune
Date:December 19th, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked the second person in this fic. It just sort of fell into it. I tried writing in third person and it didn't work at all. Thanks again!

<3
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From:Quan Li
Date:November 15th, 2014 09:32 am (UTC)

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Hi! Just found out this great story about Dumbledore. It's so beautifully written. I particularly like the part about Dumbledore and Harry's phantom produced by the horcrux.

Don't know whether you still read comments here, but I'm just wondering whether I can translate this story into Chinese. Our fans here will love the story. It seems that I cannot find the translation of the former translator. So I reckon that I will just ask for another authorization.

I will give you the link to my translation after I finish, for sure. Thank you in advance. And you can reach me at sfls2005335lq@hotmail.com
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From:luccamajere
Date:January 22nd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)

Wow.

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That was...amazing. Breathtaking. I love Dumbledore, and even more after DH, because of how much better we understand him..and the horrible burdens he had to bear, which you show here. Second person is very rarely done well, but here, it just somehow works. Thank you for such an awesome insight into the mind of Dumbledore!
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From:reverdybrune
Date:January 23rd, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)

Re: Wow.

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Thank you so much! This fic just begged to be written in second person. I tried third person first and it didn't work at all. I'm glad you think this works.

I also liked Dumbledore more after DH, even though it was terribly sad to read about a lot of it. I wouldn't envy him his position.

Thanks again. :D
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From:magratt
Date:February 26th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
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Wow! Thank you for this story. It's so simple and so beautiful!

May I translate it into Russian for Russian fandom? Be sure, that I will give you all the links for places there the translation will be posted. Thank you in advance.
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From:reverdybrune
Date:February 26th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
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You are welcome to translate it. I'm glad you like it.
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From:magratt
Date:March 3rd, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
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Thank you very much)

May I just ask one quiestion about what you meant? It'll be a really help for tranlation.

>> You wonder whether eleven was really old enough to know.>>

Did you mean Tom was too young to be distinguished as evil (i.e. he could change in future)?
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From:reverdybrune
Date:March 3rd, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
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Yes, that's what I meant, at least in the context of what Dumbledore was wondering. Personally I think Riddle was probably always a psychopath, but I think it would be a little difficult to dismiss children as evil, even if the signs point that way. This is what Dumbledore feels guilty about.
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From:magratt
Date:July 8th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
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The Russian translation of the story was published in the archive, so here is the link (if you are intrested): http://www.fanrus.com/view_fic.php?id=612&o=t

your translator
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