Wow, i think this is an amazing first chapter. It really gets you hooked to what happens to Harry and Ginnys' relationship.
Author's Response: I love new readers! I am glad you enjoyed the chapter. Harry and Ginny are my favorites, as I am sure you can tell. Thanks for reviewing.
Well, until JKR herself clarifies it, I'm sure Umbridge is a Death Eater in disguise, so...
Please update soon.
Author's Response: Yes, I think all concerned would do well to fear her. I am glad you enjoyed the chapter, and I have wonderful ideas for the next one. Thanks so much for reviewing!
YEA!!! Czarina is back! Another wonderfully written and plotted chapter. I had to check how many words it had (over 4200), because it seemed half that length, since your prose just flowed.
Really liked how you shifted back and forth in time. It was handled very well, with no confusion caused by the movements in time. Of course, we're relieved Ginny is feeling well again, but Harry's repeated concerns about her safety better not be foreshadowing. Please? That feeling is repeated with Harry's consistent concern that something major is going to happen.
Regardless, it felt good for Pansy to be expelled, though I wonder if she had an accomplice or two. We'll see, hmmm?
Loved DD's line when he asked H and G if they were keeping themselves warm (on the Astronomy Tower). They certainly were, until you had LV interrupt them! Thanks a lot, Czarina!
Skeeter's death also leads us down a slippery slope. Ron's theory that it was due to her revelation of Umbridge and McNair's relationship sounds spot on. Lots of different story arcs here, and I can't wait to read what you do with them.
All in all, another beautifully written, intriguing chapter by our Czarina. Thank you, Jim
Author's Response: Ah, Seeker Jim! How well you pick up on the tangled web I am weaving. I've made it complex on purpose, and I am always delighted when readers pick up on something I casually mention and realize its importance. That is the major thing that makes me so in awe of JKR. I think Harry's gut feelings are getting more accurate, and I hope he starts to realize that and use them to his advantage. He has a lot of powerful tools in his arsenal, but he needs to learn how to use them. Dumbledore just makes me laugh. I find that he almost writes himself, even when I don't plan things quite the way they come out. I really wanted Ron to be able to put the pieces of something together since it's infrequent that he gets to do that. I think we are getting to see more about Umbridge's secret life and it should make us all a bit leery. As always, thank you for the comprehensive and kind review - you know I appreciate it.
Great chapter! The foreshadowing was excellent, and expelling Pansy was very well done. I can only hope that Percy and Umbridge are meeting for other reasons than ‘a secret affair’ because that is just too disgusting to think about.
Dumbledore was really funny when he found them coming down from the Astronomy Tower. Ron seemed pretty quick on the uptake about Umbridge and McNair being the reason Rita was killed. Actually pretty glad she is gone. Good job.
Considering you are writing this from OotP on, you are doing an excellent job of telling the story. HBP aside, this is a great storyline for sixth year. I applaud your writing skills and hope that you continue to do such a good job.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review! I felt the need to get rid of a few people, so I did some basic housekeeping. I fear this may only be the beginning, however. One thing I adored about Dumbledore is his sense of humor, even when he's dealing with adult topics. As for Percy and Umbridge, you will discover the reason soon enough - imagining them in a romantic relationship is delightfully creepy though, isn't it? Thanks again for your kind words.
i like it because we all know that ginny and harry belong together
Author's Response: Thanks. Ginny and Harry are destined to be together, I agree. Thanks so much for reviewing.
what1s taking you so long?! i can`t wait for the next chappy!
Author's Response: Unfortunately life got in the way, but I am back and hopefully the next one won't take me so long. I truly apologize for the delay. Thanks for reviewing!
so what now write soon
Author's Response: Well, there is quite a lot coming up. I had a few days where I made really good progress on the next chapter, so hopefully it will be soon. Thanks for your faithful reviews!
aww. I love Hedwig. :-) What a great way to bring about a beginning! Hedwig is a kind of "mother" to Harry, and he doesn't even realize it. Thats awesome.
Author's Response: Thanks! I adore Hedwig and thought she could give Harry and Ginny the push they needed to get the ball rolling. Thank you for the kind review!
COULD U PLEASE HURRY UP AND REVIEW!!! IM DYING TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Author's Response: I'm trying my best - I really apologize for the delay.
I really like your story. It's very creative and compelling.
I did notice that the last update is noted as 1/07. You didn't abandon it did you?
It's too good for that.
Please update!! Keep up the good work! :)
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. No, I have not abandoned it. I work full time and am completing a PhD, so unfortunately I don't get to write as much as I want to. I hope to finish the next chapter soon, but the characters are not cooperating at the moment.
wow! Your story has so much depth and detail to it. It's really good. Keep writing more of it,cause its starting to get interesting.
Author's Response: Thank you! I love detail, so I really tried to emphasize that. You are correct - we are reaching a very exciting part in the story. Never fear, I am slow to post, but I won't stop.
I am not one to review after every chapter when there are this many. To be honest, most of the time I don't have much to say about individual chapters. These were well written and enjoyable, and I would like to read the rest of it. I have tagged this story so I will know when you update, and can read the new chapter as soon as it is posted.
Author's Response: Thanks very much. I am happy to receive all reviews, regardless of whether someone has time to review each chapter or just does a single one. I appreciate them all the same. Thank you for the kind review
I love this story!!! you did a great job writing it, i keep forgetting that it's not the real harry potter!! i hope you write more!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! Yes, I am still writing more, but I am slow to update as I am an admitted perfectionist. Thanks so much for taking the time to review.
Er... Harry the wimp? His girl gets injured and he doesn't do anything about it? Maybe he'll go and cry to Dumbledore about the bad bad Slytherins who hurt Ginny and Dumbledore can kiss weetle Hawwy's tears away?
Author's Response: Er...interesting theory, but no. Sometimes the fear of losing something makes you go in directions you don't normally go. You don't seriously think I'd make him out to be weak, do you?
I really enjoy your story and hope you update it soon
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I am working hard on it and hope you check back soon for the next chapter.
ooooh i can't wait to see what happens!
Author's Response: Thanks! Knowing that I have so many people looking forward to the next chapter is really pushing me to finish it. Thank you for reviewing.
Hi! I'm new to this story, and I must say that this is one of those stories where you just can't stop reading - no matter how hard you try. You put in just the right amount of mystery... as well as fluff ;)
Now, I'm not such an experienced writer, so I don't have much to give you in the area of constuctive critisism, but as an experienced reader, all I have to say is REVIEW SOON PLEASE!!!
Author's Response: I'll say it again - I adore new readers! I am glad my story drew you in, and I promise to continue with the tale. We're just beginning to get to the exciting part, so how can I not? Thanks for the lovely review!
Please update soon...... This is really good...
Author's Response: Thanks so much - the next chapter is still under construction, but I hope to complete it soon.
I liked it... Unlike a lot I've read the story line stayed consistant.
Author's Response: I love new readers! I am glad you liked it. Consistency is important to me to and I really try to pay attention to that. Thank you for the review.
You do a good job of playing with our emotions. Welcome fluff with Harry and Ginny, as she recovers; then the reconciliation between Hermione and Harry and the evidence against the Slytherins; and finally the dark overtones of Dolores's meeting with Percy.
You captured Dolores's penchant for manipulation very well. Despite Percy's academic intelligence, he can be very dense in real world dealings, and you accurately employed that quality in their conversation. Well done!
There's only one problem. I've caught up to you, so now I have to join the legions of readers begging for the next chapter. When can we expect it?
Author's Response: Wow - you packed a lot into this review! I was trying to balance some lightness with the coming darkness and you identified that right away. I'm rather afraid that Percy's trust in Umbridge may be his downfall one day, but perhaps he will surprise us. I assure you I am hard at work on the next chapter and I will try not to make you wait too much longer. Thanks again for reviewing each chapter - I really appreciate it!