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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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cafemercury
Jun. 11th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
Here because I've seen this recced everywhere, and speechless.

Thank you for writing this. It's lovely, and I needed to read something like this about Dumbledore right now.
cesario
Jun. 11th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, I think I wrote it because *I* needed fic about Dumbledore, and I just couldn't find any...
bway_love
Jun. 11th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
The end was so powerful and the Dumbledore's Army bit brought tears to my eyes. Well done for tackling such a mysterious and potent character as Dumbledore so skillfully and movingly.
cesario
Jun. 11th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked the DA bit in particular, it was definitely on of the most important for me.
yma2
Jun. 11th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Very nice. Beatiful, one might say. A real pleasure to read.
cesario
Jun. 11th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. :-)
my_daroga
Jun. 11th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
One of my biggest problems with JKR is the lack of interaction--real, meaningful interaction, not cartoon Dursleys--between the muggle and wizard worlds. I love that Dumbledore straddles both, lives a lifetime in each.

Very nicely done.
cesario
Jun. 11th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
There really is a great deal of unexplored potential, but I do understand that from JKR's perspective that's just not what the story's about. But I've always felt that the thing that distinguishes Dumbledore from almost any other character in the series is the way he seems to treat the Muggle world with a simple respect---not fascination or condescending affection, but matter-of-factly, as though the Muggle world is every bit as real and important as the magical world. And I figured that had to be true of him for a reason, which basically gave me the whole shape of this story.

Anyway. Thank you. :)
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katiemorris
Jun. 11th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
Fan-bloody-tastic! I really don't read much fanfic any more - and am not much on LJ - quite worried about being spoiled for the last book, but I am really glad I popped over here after reading Junediamanti raving about this. She was right. If all fanfic was like yours I would spend my entire life on the computer reading it.

I've just read a couple of your other Harry Potter fics from the links above, and they were excellent too. I've friended you just to tag along. Hope you don't mind. Please don't worry about friending back, I hardy update any more at the moment and really don't mind about that sort of thing. I just want to be around after book seven and see what you think of it.

My favourite line in the above -

"My boy," he says, holding him close. "My fine, brave boy."

drew tears from me. Please keep writing. You've got a rare gift. Loved this.
cesario
Jun. 11th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
You are extremely kind. And I'm very glad that line worked from you, it was the only point in the story where I completely lost authorial detachment and cried myself.

If you're hanging around to see DH related posts, you've certainly come to the right palce. :-) I won't be reading or posting any spoilers, but I will probably be posting speculation, as it comes to me, and I expect the journal will be non-stop HP for at least a month after the release date...
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cesario
Jul. 16th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
:-) thank you so much
mangosorbet007
Jun. 12th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
This is an insanely good read. I loved how it filled in so many blanks about other characters almost in passing.
cesario
Jul. 16th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
thanks! :)
emmyaward
Jun. 13th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Linked from so many places - this is so good. The definitive Dumbles, I reckon. Nice work :)
cesario
Jul. 16th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
Definitive! I like that! Thank you!
lyras
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
This was recced all over my flist the other day :). Deservedly so, too - it's lovely to see a good piece of genfic getting lots of attention.

I especially loved the last two scenes. The rest was excellent; they in particular were wonderful.

I love the quiet style, which matches the thought-provoking story. I really liked his tentative reconcilation with his family, and the meditation on Muggle life generally. My only complaint would be that I wanted to know more about Aberforth and his relationship with Albus as they grew older. But if it won't fit in the narrative, it won't fit :). This is a gorgeous story, anyway. *bookmarks*
cesario
Jul. 16th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
I wanted to write more about Aberforth too, honestly, but I was afraid that if I let myself get distracted in one direction I'd wind up writing a novel. :-)
deaka
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Wow. This is a wonderful piece of work, sort of a celebration of Dumbledore and his life, all that he stood for. Loved in particular the way you've given us Dumbledore's perspective on a range of characters, Voldemort and Harry and Snape. Each feels utterly true.

Amazing work. Thanks for sharing. :)
cesario
Jul. 16th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Well, my love for Dumbledore is a thing like no other, so "celebration" is probably a good word for how I felt about writing it. :-)
whimseywisp
Jun. 20th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
Wow. Absolutely brilliant. I think this really is Dumbledore's life.

Thank you.
cesario
Jul. 16th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
:-) thank you, and I love your icon.
proteinscollide
Jun. 20th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
I really liked this. What you've drawn of Dumbledore's history seems so believable and real to me, and the tone - the weariness, knowing inevitability - suits his story wonderfully. This made me really feel for him, and the burden he's carried, and the thought he's put into guiding things to a necessary right. Thank you.
cesario
Jul. 16th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
thanks so much!
sivullinen
Jun. 21st, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
The end brought tears to my eyes. This was, in one word, brilliant.
cesario
Jul. 16th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
thank you :)
penthea
Jun. 23rd, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Hi, LJ lurker here. I absolutely loved this, so much that I was driven to log in and comment :) Anyway, I have no point except to let you know your writing is appreciated and admired.
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cesario
Jul. 16th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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