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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.



1846-1996Collapse )

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lydaclunas
Jun. 9th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
As everyone else has said, this is an excellent, excellent story. The details are wonderful and your portrayal of Dumbledore is particularly moving and true to his character.
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
Thank you darling. Are you looking forward to seeing Gambon in an auburn wig and plum velvet suit as much as I?
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bloodrebel333
Jun. 9th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
*exhales*

What a story. I don't usually read Dumbledore fic, but zoepaleologa recced this and I thought I'd read the first few lines to see if it were really as good as she said.

And I couldn't stop. Excellently written.

Thank you.
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
*beams* thank you so much.
bufo_viridis
Jun. 10th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Very interesting outtake. I'll have to come back and read it again, slower. There is a lot more hidden in your story, I feel, than it's apparent in the first reading.

Small nitpick (hope you don't mind :)

1865-1879 [...] when only a tiny handful of them have sufficient wealth and leisure to teach their children how to read and write properly.

In Britain by 1830' female literacy reached over 50%, with male being over 60%; 30 years later it would be probably ca. 70-80%, reaching over 90% in 1900'. Considering huge sales of Victorian authors, whose many books were printed in cheap editions, or in magazines, plus the v. vivid press market of the time, we can safely say that majority of the population was functionally literate at the time.
The very same Victorian authors loved to deplore the condition of the poor and left us many striking (and true) descriptions, but they did it on purpose :)
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing that---I admit I was completely unaware. :)
pazlazuli
Jun. 10th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
Pointed here by pegkerr.

Your voice is beautiful and resonant. Well done!
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
thank you so much!
starpaint
Jun. 10th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
The thing I love most about this fic--and that's not exactly an easy thing to single out--is how you worked out s scenario in which there'd be no doubt that Dumbledore's perception of Riddle as unsalvageable was forgivable, not when he'd come to that conclusion knowing very well what Riddle had been through. It'd explain the lack of pity ('cause empathy isn't the same thing at all) and the slight disdain towards Riddle/Voldemort (it's theatrical, really, and there's nothing to say that it's only for Riddle/Voldemort's benefit).

And you explain it all by showing him hurt. And, and, ow. Wow.
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
I'm so glad that section worked for you because I was honestly afraid that if people balked at anything, it would be that. A lot of the (IMO) irrational resentment I've seen people vent against Dumbledore has been along the lines of not having taken proper care of Riddle, and I was hoping to articulate here why I didn't think that was the case.
penguingeek
Jun. 10th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
(here via hogwarts_today)

This is wonderful. Adding it to my memories :)

My favorite part was probably:

Years of painful reflection lead Albus to the conclusion that by the time he had met Tom Riddle it was already too late. It is not an easy conclusion to draw. Some part of him would find it more comforting to believe he had failed the boy when he might have saved him. Why is he at Hogwarts, after all, if not for his belief that children are shaped, for good or evil, by the lessons of their earliest teachers?

But of course Tom had learned hard lessons long before he ever came to Hogwarts. At the orphanage he must have known fear and suffering, and discovered early that suffering could be eased by the exercise of power. Tom has never loved, but just as surely he has never been loved. And that is a failure indeed, but it belongs to the world, and not Albus alone.
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Thank you :-) That was a very important section to me, I'm so glad it worked for you.
jacyevans
Jun. 10th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
This was absolutely breathtaking. It shows Dumbledore, not as the powerful wizard we usually see him as, but as a human being with emotions and a history. Oh. Just beautiful.
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
:-D Thank you so much. That was what I hoped to do for him.
musesfool
Jun. 10th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
this is utterly spectacular.
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
:-) thank you!
the_grynne
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
I am so utterly in awe of your brain.

The parallels between Albus and Tom Riddle; his years at Oxford (pre-Mary Russell, which is a shame *g*); young Snape, distraught, clinging to the thought of redemption that the headmaster manipulates him with. There is so much I love in this.
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
:-) lizbee actually did write a story about Dumbledore being a chemistry professor at Oxford during Russell's tenure, but alas never finished it because HBP came out...:-)
laurificus
Jun. 10th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
This is absolutely wonderful. Stark and painful and lovely.
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
thank you so much :)
strangemuses
Jun. 10th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
I liked this quite a bit!
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
thanks!
dinpik
Jun. 10th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
Here from gunderpants. This is brilliant. Love it.
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
thank you!
castaliae
Jun. 10th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)
This is wonderful. Great job.
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
thanks!
torenheksje
Jun. 10th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
This. Oh.

This was so beautiful.

Thank you very much for writing and sharing it with us.
cesario
Jun. 10th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
thank you, and you're very welcome!
whispers_scream
Jun. 10th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
Here via zoepaleologa.

The tone was so beautifully presented that the inconsistencies are very minor to the overall flow of the piece. I'm trying to find the right words to express...seeing a life presented over the span of 150 years, humanised Dumbledore. He was a powerful wizard but he instinctively knew how to control it. You removed the arogance that is so much easier to label him with, and really delved into the possible layers of his character. You've done an amazing character study and it was a real pleasure to read.

Thanks for sharing.
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