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    September 2nd, 2007

    Scary Monsters

    Scary Monsters by Penknife

    Summary: It’s not easy having monsters in the family. Oneshot, 4,716 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Penknife has a way with words and an ability to slip in and out of more canon characters than possibly any other fanfiction author.  Many fic writers have trouble writing convincing stories about young children, but Penknife takes on Remus when he couldn’t have been more than five or six, and takes him from moon to moon as he and his parents try and deal with the realities of lycanthropy.  Remus is forced at a young age to come to terms with a definition of the word “monster” that most do not have to until they are much older, and it is easy to see how he grew up so fast.

    Why You Might Not Care: I admit I had hoped for a little more clarity on what it was that Remus’ father had done to Fenrir Greyback that set him on his son, but in the end that’s not what this fic is about, and so I don’t mind too much that all we get of that is in passing.  This is about Remus, about unfortunate things that happen to children, and about people being the worst kinds of monsters.

    posted by afterthree

    One Response to “Scary Monsters”

    1. AML Says:
      September 2nd, 2007 at 1:11 pm

      I appreciate Penknife noting that Greyback’s bite occurred on Remus’ arm. (Maybe its location is mentioned in the HP series and I failed to notice?) As a result, the attack is soundly grounded on Remus’ body. As it is said, the devil is in the details, and this detail developed Remus’ story in a new way for me.

      It is characteristic for fanfic writers to generally describe Remus’ transformation scars and his subsequent self-consciousness regarding them. However, an accurate assumption is that Greyback’s bite scar is the most mortifying and stigmatic of all to Remus personally.

      Nice story. Thanks for the rec!