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    December 14th, 2007

    To Dwell In Dreams

    To Dwell In Dreams by Snorkackcatcher

    Summary: There is a danger in dwelling on past mistakes. Drabble, 1,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: These two men are not so different, really; both chased power and chose the wrong ally, and both paid in someone else’s blood. For all its redeeming qualities, love can be a hard, merciless master, and broken hearts often stay that way long after they should have healed. This is a melancholy piece where Albus Dumbledore struggles to heed his own advice, and it has been written without fanfare and with a mindful nod to subtlety. This is a prime example of the adege “show, don’t tell”.

    Why You Might Not Care: We don’t garner much from this we didn’t already know, I suppose, but sometimes it’s worthwhile just to walk the path and take note of it. This is a brief and quiet walk through familiar territory. Not really remarkable, except in its execution.

    posted by afterthree

    2 Responses to “To Dwell In Dreams”

    1. AML Says:
      December 14th, 2007 at 11:31 am

      I’d imagine that while Harry was at Hogwarts, indirectly reminding Snape of Lily, there also were direct sprinkles of Lily present, which were twice as painful for Snape than anything Harry alone represented.

      Lily’s appearance in the mirror was a nice example of that. Clearly, she was charmed to appear in the mirror for Harry’s good fortune while Snape was the unfortunate bystander.

      Thanks for the rec!

    3. Merle Says:
      December 16th, 2007 at 4:30 pm

      I love how the author included that little detail at the end of the paragraph to make it clear that he hadn’t lied to Harry, after all.