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Less than two months before it will be Jo'd, I present my very first post-HBP Potterfic.

The Hero of His Own Life
by Branwyn

fandom: Harry Potter
summary: Dumbledore gen. A not-nearly comprehensive biography of the greatest wizard of the age, and how he got that way. 3700 words

thanks, as always, to lizbee and rj_anderson for betas and handholding. title nicked from Dickens. Not like he's done anything with it lately.



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cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
Aww! Thanks Kate!
swatkat24
Jun. 9th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
Oh god, I have no words for how amazing this story is.

A single image rises up from the mist; a piece of tattered paper, bearing a list of names and emblazoned at the top with the words DUMBLEDORE'S ARMY.

One of my favourite moments - this image will stay with me.
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
The tears in his eyes! Never fail to bring tears to mine. *hearts Dumbledore*
tudorpot
Jun. 9th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
Bloody brilliant.
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
thank you!
chocolatepot
Jun. 9th, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
sakl;dklasd Brilliant and I love you!
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
:-D thank you!
obeetaybee
Jun. 9th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
This was beautiful. Wow.
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
thanks! great icon...
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dorothy1901
Jun. 9th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely wonderful.
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
thank you!
lareinenoire
Jun. 9th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
Here on independent recs from zoepaleologa, dolorous_ett, and gunderpants.

This is amazing. The voice is absolutely wonderful -- rather Dickensian, as if drawing from the title -- and you've given Dumbledore *so* much depth, while also fleshing out Snape, Grindelwald, even Phineas Nigellus, in barely a matter of a few words. And I love that you made him Muggleborn; so many things make so much sense now. And you draw these amazing parallels between Dumbledore and Voldemort, who seem so alike in background and even in ambition to an extent--

He is determined, furiously determined, to be judged solely on his merits.

--but Dumbledore's insistence on understanding serves as a gorgeous contrast to Voldemort's willingness to use people without even thinking about it.

I also loved the little details to flesh out the world, like the Knights of Walpurgis as a stepping-stone for Grindelwald, Phineas using Umbridge's blood-quill, and Oxford! Now you make me want to ponder which college...

Just one quibble (which I think has been mentioned in a comment before), and that is dates. I'm fairly certain the Dumbledore only became headmaster right before Lupin started at Hogwarts, which couldn't have been much earlier than 1970-1 -- I seem to recall him mentioning that the only reason he was able to attend Hogwarts was because Dumbledore became Headmaster and allowed it. And as a result, 1977 seems far too early for Lily and James to be dead.

But other than that, this was an incredible read. Thank you so much for posting it! There isn't nearly enough Dumbledore gen in this fandom, let alone fantastic Dumbledore gen.
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. My style always seems to lapse automatically into the 19th century, so I decided to employ it to effect for once instead of just letting it trip me up. And I did totally mess up both bits of the timeline---I was winging it, and had never really thought on the matter before.

Dumbledore went to Magdalen, incidentally...
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gloryforever
Jun. 9th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
I'm here by gunderpants reccomendation.

Your story is amazing. I'm adding it to my memories.
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-D
hedda62
Jun. 9th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
This is terrific. Much more should be written about Dumbledore's early years. I particularly like the blood-quill scene, and the whole idea of him going to Oxford and living among the Muggles for years.
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
Hee, thank you! The blood quill scene is a favorite of mine too. I still wish Harry had gone to Dumbledore about that. Or Snape. A delicious scene would have followed...
lilacsigil
Jun. 9th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Dumbledore's slow growth from a good, if naive and angry child, into a wise and unreasonably kind man is beautifully charted here - I loved his explorations into other societies, near and far, of the mind and of the soul. Most of all, I loved his ability to see deeply, and to give trust not where it has been earned, but where it will be earned.
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. It's good to see that some of that got across. :)
danel4d
Jun. 9th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful - I'm sorry I can't find any better words to express how brilliant I find this. I love the character of Dumbledore, and have never been able to understand all of those who seem to view him as the true villain of the piece, or even as some kind of cruel monster. This is simply superb; this is now my personal canon.
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
I think this story came mostly out of the desire to say something to people who write Dumbledore as cold and manipulative because I absolutely can't understand that and I love Dumbledore so much that it actually pains me when people intentionally misrepresent him.

So I am very glad that you like the story. :)
caitie
Jun. 9th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
Here via gunderpants! This was utterly fantastic. Your explanation of Dumbledore's tolerance for the marginalized and despised parts of the wizarding community was brilliant. I was so immersed in your portrayal of Dumbledore that the ending actually had me tearing up. I think EVERYONE should read this, so I'll be passing on the rec as well. Lovely work!
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
It was hard picking and choosing between important things that would have happened in Dumbledore's life, but then the image of Dumbledore conversing in Mermish during the Second Task came to mind and I realized I needed to cover that bit---I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for both your comments and the rec.
rj_anderson
Jun. 9th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is so lovely, so wonderful, so perfect. Yes.
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
:-)
thistlerose
Jun. 9th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
Wow. This is an amazing character study. I love it.
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
thank you!
themis
Jun. 9th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
That was amazing. I love the way you took us through Dumbledore's life and the way forgiveness and love run through all of it. Everyone is human, after all, it's just sometimes people forget it. Really. Just. Yeah. Thanks for writing this.
cesario
Jun. 9th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, I'm so happy you took that from the story.
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