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WIP There is Nothing to Fear by Callmesalticidae - T

Discussion in 'Review Board' started by Lindsey, Oct 25, 2020.

  1. Lindsey

    Lindsey Minister of Magic DLP Supporter

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    Title: There is Nothing to Fear [Series]
    -Having the Right Enemies
    -Men Who Are Resolved
    - I Have Killed a Man for Wounding Me
    - According to His Own Nature
    - What a Very Nice Fire
    - Sufficient Courage
    - The Removal of Masks
    - Seemingly Irrelevant
    - The Prince's Part
    - When All Grows Dark
    - Any Other Virtue
    - Out of That Story

    Author: Callmesalticidae
    Rating: T
    Genre: AU
    Status: Each of the above stories is complete but the author is actively working on the series
    Library Category: The Alternates
    Pairings: None. Perhaps James/Lily
    Summary: Tom Riddle was sorted into Gryffindor. There is nothing to fear.
    Link: https://archiveofourown.org/series/1087368

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    This is an interesting series that follows the premise that Tom Riddle was sorted into Gryffindor and becomes an even more frightful villain because of it. Being pro-muggleborn and creature activist, he attracts those like the marauders to his cause in the shadows while Tom Riddle stands strong as a moderate politician against these 'radicals'.

    What makes this story great is how it goes off the rails early and starts massively changing things but in a realistic way. Harry is still born in this timeline, but in a very unique way, and out of Britain. The world is far worse off.

    I'm curious to see what the author has planned. 4/5 with the potential to become 5/5.
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2020
  2. Distended Destiny

    Distended Destiny Fifth Year

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    I think you meant still born here.
    The set up of the series is poor and featured a dark!Indy!Harry bearing the name Tom Riddle. Wizarding world is heavily bashed and treating muggles as a source of authority/knowledge/inspiration marks this story down in my book.

    Characterization was mixed.

    I expect the story would be a lot better if it were in novel format, especially from Part 9 or 10, with the other parts being used as flashbacks.
    The good:
    James and Sirius' arcs stood out to me. Potter and Snape swapping places in running to Dumbledore for help provided an interesting study of both of their characters vis-à-vis canon. Sirius was similarly cast into the place of being misled. Malfoys were written decently too, but a lot of interesting interactions between Dumbledore and Malfoy were avoided with a convenient dragon accident.

    The bad:

    EDIT 1: Giving Riddle Gryffindor's sword made no sense. As far as I recall, it could be called out of the hat for acts of bravery in the face of hopeless odds. Tom Riddle challenging Dumbledore didn't fit in with this.

    Remus' piece, while poignant, was too info-dumpy. It would have been better to rearrange it amongst the various chracter PoVs. McGonagall being somewhat out of Dumbledore's influence wasexpected, but the voice was too hostile.

    Widespread knowledge of the Hallows and their meaning. Hallows are too prominent in this fic.

    A weaker Dumbledore. A Dumbledore not stamping his authority. All of these are fundamentally unkind to Dumbledore. This is compounded by the (what I feel to be) lack of suspicion of Riddle.

    Tom Riddle has been heavily altered from canon. I am unsure of the extent to which this is a part of the plot, so I'll wait before commenting further.

    EDIT 1: The earlier parts of this story rate a 1/5. It gets better once it moves beyond Tom PoVs.
    I would rate it 2/5 (Average story, -1 for muggle loving and poor Dumbledore), maybe (unlikely) 3/5 based on future development.
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2020
  3. Dark Syaoran

    Dark Syaoran Golden Patronus Admin

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    Anyone else read this and wish to review?