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  1. Kyle Kyle

    I’m insanely annoyed that I donated the full 30. I did so to attempt to skip the prisoner arc since Adam is acting like an idiot. He recognizes that these people will most likely be his enemies the goes and trains with them and competes with them. Giving them a nice glimpse into his combat prowess and thought process. On top of that this tournament seems so drawn out I am literally just skipping chapters to hopefully get back to the actual story.

    • Thanks for the comment. Once again, I direct people to the part in the summary which says “Slow-Boil”

    • ShadowPillow ShadowPillow

      :’) donated $30 to skip chapters

      That aside, the tournament mini-arc does feel a little drawn out, just because there are a lot of characters I don’t even really know. The 3 vs. 3 outsider battle in an earlier chapter was interesting tactic-wise, and probably because Veronica, who is obviously an important character, is narrating it, but there’s a lot of character soup rn in some sense. It does help characterize Grindelwald’s organization though, so I’m still seeing if some of these characters will reappear later. Guffries is pretty interesting in some sense, and I have a good feeling he at least will come back. But yeah, he’s an asshole.

      About the prison arc though… I’ll fight you on that. I think it’s a pretty great arc that /finally/ brings in Grindelwald who has been set up for a while, and does it in a cool way. We’re getting little hints of Grindelwald’s motivations and personality, and hell does he seem clever. Adam is definitely stupid in some ways—but the whole /point/ is that he isn’t certain that these people will really be enemies, he’s still trying to understand their cause, and he surprisingly resonated with some of the words and tragedies he heard. He failed in his mental consideration of them as enemies the second he did that run around the track and accepted the rules of the insitution he was in—he became intregated, if temporarily, rather than thinking of himself as an outsider needing to constantly be on guard in a camp of enemies. The entire set-up, in some way, is designed to sweep in new recruits like that, with a militant sense of solidarity, and it works. I can’t blame Adam for getting caught up in one in some of the most effective techniques to build armies, solidarity, community in human history. Military training is fine-honed, the sense of an institution and structural training too. Grindelwald in that sense was smart to just throw him in like this, than to give abstract and ultimately meaningless pitches from the get-go.

      Adam is definitely smart in some ways, but he does very much have a habit of viewing people as people, rather than groups, (which I would generally argue is a good thing), so I’m not surprised he got caught up like this. It doesn’t mean he will be on Grindelwald’s side in the future, but the people he found that he liked in this organization, he’ll keep liking them as people. And because of that connection and growing familiarity, and own curiosity and interest, he was goaded forward into trying this tournament thing.

      I mean, Adam literally invented another Unforgivable just my experimenting around. He accidentally killed an auror trying an experimental spell, in the midst of a robbery he started to pay back a sense of guilt to the voice in Hogwarts’ walls… Adam isn’t exactly the epitome of caution throughout this story; he’s really quite reckless. Joining the tournament on a spur-of-the-moment curiosity seems pretty in line with that. Our boy just ain’t that smart in his life decisions, sometimes. And honestly that’s why it makes a compelling narrative.

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