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Dumbledore's Army
Reviews for: Casting Off
Review(s): 5

Reviewer: Violet AzureDate: 2007-09-26
Reviewid: 149418Chapter: 1
Wow! This is incredibly beautiful and sad. The imagery is just gorgeous. You can really see the contrast between sea and sky and white beach--almost like something from a movie. (It almost reminds me of that beach scene wher eJohnny Depp is hallucinating in Pirates of the Caribbean 3." I especially loved the following:

"But you know that the true measure of a man is not his strengths or his weaknesses, but the way he lives in spite of them, the gratitude he shows to those who have helped him, the mercy he offers to those who have wronged him…and the remorse he feels for the harm he has done."

That was really beautiful and really showed a depth of wisdom and understanding for the human condition. It was both gentle and yet a little doesn't let you off the hook. You have to own your flaws and shortcomings as well as you own your good deeds.

Excellent fic! I'm definitely going to check out the afterlife from Severus's point of view!

Reviewer: lesleyDate: 2007-09-16
Reviewid: 149298Chapter: 1
How did you become so wise? I cant remember the last time I cried so many tears. Thank you.

Reviewer: Author by NightDate: 2007-08-20
Reviewid: 148940Chapter: 1
This was really good. :) I like how Fawkes is also a guide of sorts.

And Into the West is a great song.

Reviewer: Madaline FabrayDate: 2007-08-18
Reviewid: 148913Chapter: 1
Did you change some things at the beginning? At any rate -- wow! I just love Dumbledore's self-doubts and realizing his greatest weaknesses. I don't recall that from earlier but it works. Wow, does it work -- I nearly cried, again! Now, hope you can put up "Cast Adrift" :)

Reviewer: rachelindeedDate: 2007-08-15
Reviewid: 148849Chapter: 1
Thank you so much for this beautiful story. I especially loved the line when Dumbledore looked back on his life and felt that his accomplishments were as nothing compared to the real substance of living: showing gratitude, mercy, and remorse, not neglecting those around him. It reminded me of something Charles Dickens wrote in his famous Christmas Carol: "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!" Dumbledore expresses the same idea, only more individually and personally. The moments when he thinks of all the people who have loved and hated him by name, and realizes he loves them, was very moving. Thanks for writing this lovely reflection, for filling it with both sadness and beauty.

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