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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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Jun. 9th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful. This gets to the heart of what I read fiction for, the theme that I call "choosing the heart of flesh over the heart of stone." The Dickens title is appropriate, because Dickens was all about that, too.
Jun. 9th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
That's a marvelous quote, I'm honored you would apply it to this story. Thank you!
Jun. 9th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
This was so brilliant. There's so many little bits that come together for me, and I cried at the end. I'm definitely reccing this in my LJ. My favorite bit is the backstory about Grindelwald, because that is such an original take on it and makes so much sense!
Jun. 9th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever read much about Grindelwald, really, so fortunately I didn't have other people's fanon to get in my way---I just wanted to make sure he wasn't Wizarding Hitler, because that would be so predictable. Thank you though, especially for the rec!
Jun. 9th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Here from a rec by thistlerose, and I just wanted to say that this was beautifully written.
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
:-D thank you so much.
Jun. 9th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Pointed here by thistlerose and pegkerr.

Hmmm. This isn't at all how I view Dumbledore, or his development, but it's certainly an interesting way to look at him. I think my favorite part was at the end: he attended university sermon because it was expected of him, and because it seemed to him no bad thing to stop in the course of one's week and remember love's great power over evil.

One small correction - for all the years of Harry's schooling (1991, 1995, 1996), you need to change it one up (1992, 1996, 1997) because the events you chronicle are at the end of the school year, and thus shortly before Harry's 12th/16th/17th birthday. Also, shouldn't the scene with Snape be 1980 or thereabouts, not 1977?
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
In all honesty, if I were confining myself strictly to canon spec, I wouldn't entirely vouch for all my theories here---I'm pretty sure with a name like that Dumbledore was wizardborn, for example. But I got an idea and found myself running with him.

And yeah, I totally messed up the timeline---I've always found it confusing. I'll edit before putting it up on the website.

Thank you for reading!
Jun. 9th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
Here on a rec from gunderpants. This is one of the finest characterizations of DD I've ever come across. He is such a difficult character to understand, because he is so mysterious in so many ways, and he may be even harder to see clearly. But you've illuminated him perfectly here and the picture that emerges is not only convincing and fascinating, it is intensely moving as well. Wonderful, downright inspirational work!
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Re: Brilliant!
You are too kind. :-) I admit, I didn't think very much on Dumbledore for most of the series, but in HBP he came alive to me like never before. I'm so glad part of that came across for you.
Jun. 9th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
I was pointed here by pegkerr. This is just...wow. Amazing. Beautiful. Thank you.
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
:-D Thank *you*.
Jun. 9th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
There are some lovely lines in this - I love your characterizations and observations of both the Muggles and Wizards world and how you continued the parallelism of Dumbledore, Grindelwald, Riddle, Snape, and Harry's Muggle backgrounds.
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
:-) In my original version of this story, I strongly considered writing just the sections about riddle, harry, and snape, sort of making the story more about Dumbledore's dark haired boys than D. himself. Then it grew into something different.
Jun. 9th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
This is superb.
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
I take that as high praise, coming from you.
Jun. 9th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely, gut-wrenching amazing.
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
*blushes* thank you!
Jun. 9th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Here via pegkerr, and I'll likely rec it on my journal. thank you for writing a gorgeous study of an endlessly complex character that most people simply don't understand.
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
:-) You know, my conviction that nobody understood Dumbledore or did him justice was what made me write this story to begin with, but the sheer volume of overwhelmingly positive responses to it have led me to believe that most people love Dumbledore as much as I do, and that to me is the greatest validation of all.
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Jun. 10th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
:-D I'm afraid there's a big resemblance between Dumbledore as a student and, um, me as a student. *g* No Hermione, I, certainly. And everyone who ever turned out worth anything always had the primary hand in their own education---I simply couldn't see Dumbledore doing anything else.

And yeah, that's a good point---I see Dumbledore as always having been cursed with the kind of perspective that means he can almost always see the consequences to every action he takes before he takes it, and yet sometimes he has to do terrible things while fully cognizant of what it will lead to. Even if you are fighting for love's sake, that's a terrible burden, and I think he felt a lot of guilt, though he didn't let it overburden him.
Jun. 9th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
That was a beautiful piece of work, and made me cry. Thank you.
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
thank you so much :D
Jun. 9th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, dear Cesario, for this excellent piece about Albus Dumbledore, the man and human being.

Only a few fanfics try to show the other Dumbledore, where he comes from, how his childhood was and so on. Although this character offers so much possibilities because we actually don't know very much about him.

Therefore I like this sentence very much: He is, at last, nothing more than a man, and wearier than most.

And I'm pretty sure a very lonely one, too. I could read more of this kind of fanfic!!!!
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
You know, I'm glad you hit on that line, because it summed up the story for me. :-) Thank you.
Jun. 9th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
I think this is the first fic I've read of 07, I SO don't read fic but this was great to read! I think I love you a lil bit because this is the second time I've commented on your journal this past week and my flist all love you, I'm gonna friend you bay-bee. :)
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
:-D I've known you by reputation for a long time, v. glad to meet you at last. And thank you!
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Jun. 10th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)

now *I'm* teary. It's like a tear-fest.

That's...an incredibly important verse to me, mostly for personal reasons, but yeah. Honestly, I think it's a fitting epigram to the entire HP series. And that's why I'm here.
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