That is an awsome idea, having a third Dumbledore brother and having someone get chosen for a job.
Author's Response: Thanks so much! How random to find a review for this story after so long, lol! I'm glad you liked it though. I really enjoyed writing Aldred. I even tossed him into a few other stories. . I'm glad you enjoyed this story. I'm playing around with a similar idea - being chosen/destined for a very important job - in a new story for the holidays and hope to post it soon. Thanks again for reading this one, I really appreciate the review! ~Gina :)
This was an amazing look at the prophecy from the Prophecy Keeper's perspective. I really like Aldred, and I hope you will write or have written other stories with him.
I also really loved your theory about the Keeper. It is such a fascinating idea!
Your Albus is completely in character. In particular, when he says he is not ready to share his theories.
Finally, the writing itself is very good. I got completely immersed in the story. Your prose is evocative and elegant, and the setting is described well enough that I could really feel like I was there with them.
Author's Response: Wow, thank you so much, Vorona! I really appreciate the amazing review, especially for something I wrote so long ago. I always liked this, though. I loved Aldred, and yes, I have written him into other stories. He appears briefly in "Crossing the Threshold," which I wrote at the same time for the same Department of Mysteries challenge. He also appears in one of my more recent stories, "Lost." That one is about Harry's son, Albus, but Aldred is no longer the Keeper of the Hall, given that Harry pretty much destroyed it in OotP. Instead, he is the Chief Unspeakable and in charge of the Realm of Possibility, which shows a person the many paths their future might take. He created it, and Albus must explore his future there. If it sounds interesting, I hope you'll think about taking a look! I'm so glad I was able to keep the other Dumbledore in character, he's great fun to write. Thank you for the amazing compliments, and for reading this story so long after it was written! ~Gina :)
I really loved this story. I loved the character you created, Aldred. I think you did an excellent job in fleshing him out and making us care about him and his job. I had never really given much thought to the prophesies but now I have a clear picture in my mind on how they end up in the department of mysteries. I had always thought that they just appeared there! This is a truly a beautiful hidden gem in the world of fanfiction!
I also wanted to let you know that this story is the Ravenclaw Story of the Week pick! I hope you get tons of love and reviews!
Author's Response: First of all, a very belated thank-you for picking this story as the story of the week! How wonderfully random! :) And a second thank-you for taking the time to read it and leave such a nice review. Aldred is one of my only true OCs, and I quite like him. He's popped up in several other stories now (at least three, maybe more...) because he just strikes me as someone who would be involved that way. In fact, in a more recent story he created something new to replace the Hall of Prophecy that was destroyed by Harry in OotP. :) So I'm glad you liked him and his position as Keeper of the Hall. Thank you again for the lovely review!! ~Gina :)
I have just now gotten the time to read this story. I love your OC! Aldred is a wonderful character! I would hope that you would write more about him someday. I'm sure there are a lot more plot bunnies around for him. :)
Author's Response: Hi! Thank you so much for coming to read this story! I really enjoyed writing it, and I am glad you liked Aldred, I do too. He made a special appearance at the end of my other HWPP story and has a brief appearance in the piece I am currently working on, so I'm sure he'll be around. :) Thank you for leaving such a nice review!! ~Gina :)
Very intriguing view on the hall of prophecy. I would never have thought Albus'd have a cousin(sp?). However it is highly plausabile. You had a wonderful way of describing the hall of prophecy, as well as the way he discovered his ability. The only thing I wonder about is ow did he find out in the first place? did they test him or something?
Author's Response: Hi Miki! Thanks for reading the story and leaving such a nice review! As for Aldred - he hasn't told me how he discovered his ability to manage prophecies yet. But he might, someday. It was, after all, a life-changing event, and I'm not sure how crazy his family was about finding out. How's that for an answer? :) Thanks again for the kind words! ~Gina :)
Hey Gina! Interesting idea, making the Keeper of the Hall of Prophecy Dumbledore's cousin! I really wanted to get to know Aldred more, what he looked like, his quirks and mannerisms. You should definitely consider working with him again. I like how Aldred was born to be the Keeper, that was an intriguing idea and makes me wonder about the other Unspeakables. The only problem I saw in the entire story was Aldred being unflinching whenever Albus said Voldemort. Most people cringe when Albus or anyone else uses his name, and Aldred, though not using the name himself, seemed unaffected.
Otherwise, excellent job! Good luck with the scoring!
Author's Response: Hi Ashley, Thanks for coming by to read this story! I like Aldred too, so hopefully I can write more about him in the future. As for him not flinching at Voldemort's name . . . good point, I hadn't really thought about it until you mentioned it. When I do think about it, I'd have to say that while Aldred may not use the name himself, he is a Dumbledore after all, and so it doesn't affect him as much as it might others. Plus I see him as a bit of an eccentric, at least in a sort of "I've been working underground with a bunch of glowing orbs for years and years" kind of way, so that might go toward him being unaffected as well. But I might be saying that just be because I don't want to go back and edit in any flinches. ;) I'll have to keep that in mind, especially with other stories. Thanks a lot for your comments! I really appreciate you leaving such a nice review. Good luck yourself!! ~Gina :)