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02/16/2021 12:26:41 •••

Hauntingly Beautiful

'Cauterize' is one of those fanfics that manages to tell a beautiful story in only a few words, with such precise and vivid details that you can almost see Colin's photographs for yourself, complete with the lingering damage left on the survivors of the Battle of Hogwarts.

The contrast between those who are proud to show the physical scarring they have been left with and those who are suffering from psychological scarring is handled in a wonderfully tender manner, especially when it comes to Harry himself who even has two photographs to show that he has experienced both kinds of trauma throughout his life.

The themes of hope and loss are woven throughout the fanfic, which provides a fluid read from start to finish. The descriptions of those who have suffered are almost poetical, from a survivor who 'wears them like high fashion, a beautiful lace of white and pink scars' to a child victim who was 'only five years old and never to grow any older'.

This seemingly simple but incredibly deep fanfiction is one of those rare gems that manages to shine amongst an entire sea of stories.

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