I had to reactivate my account just to write a review for this story. It is truly beautiful. At the moment I am immersed in writing a thesis paper on criminal justice, a project which requires that I take a critical look both at the interlocking psychologies of the criminals, the victims, and the public. Reading a story like this (in which people openly act out against the injustices perpetrated in and by their society) was more refreshing to me a then I can possibly communicate. Exquisitely done.
I only have one word for this fic - WOW! It was exquisitely beautiful in its writing, and the characterization of Ginny Weasley (who, incidentally, you did an amazing job of showing in the Prologue even though we never see her - she seemed to somehow be alive and part of the conversation there) was excellent. The metaphor of the sculpture at the end was as touching as it is possible to get, and Edward Mason's speech made me cry. Everything he says is so true - if the wizarding world would open itself up to the Muggle world, think of all the wonderful things that could be done! (I know you *have* already thought about this, but it was a rhetorical statement, haha.) It's really rather surprising how many ramifications the way JKR set up the Harry Potter world has for the Muggle one.
In any case, this is a fic I stumbled upon when randomly browsing through the Beta Boards, and I am so glad I did! Amazing job, and I can't wait to read your other stories.
A beautiful piece of literature, and the best fan fiction I've read thus far.
Amazing work. I am moved by it.
This is just beautiful. There's no other word for it.
I enjoyed it immensely. it is a very touching, a very moving, a wonderful story.
This is going to be in my favourites.
I am speechless. I'd normally make a wisecrack here, but I'm too sad to do something like that.. Everything Ginny says is absolutely true, and moving, and sad....
It almost made me cry, which is rather big an accomplishment...
Absolutely wonderful. I can see why this was featured.
Wow, this is really interesting! It's got me hooked already, though I do have my slight doubts whether Ron is or is not capable of expressing his views so well, and being, well, so deep.
Other than that, incredibly good writing!
this is a wonderful, moving fan fic. beautifully written, had a tear in my eye when reading the memorial inscription and realising the little girl was the younger ginny. wow. amazing, well done :)
Author's Response: Thanks, Michelle. I had a tear in my own eye.
rnrnSorry it's taken me so long to respond; I'm mostly writing original fiction now, and haven't been visiting the fan fiction sites very often.
WOWWWWWWWWWWWWW. This was simply INCREDIBLE. I'm...I'm speechless. Exquisitely written, beautifully flowing, and incredibly unique and gorgeous (and heartwrenching) plot. My favourite fic EVER.
Author's Response: Thank you, Rhiannon. That is high praise indeed.rnrnSorry it's taken me so long to respond. I've been working on original fiction for the last several months and haven't visited the Fanfic sites very much. rnrn~Ken
I'm honestly lost for words, but I'll try. The emotion, the symbolism, the line connecting the three generations, the death that forced Ned to see reality, it was all beautifully written and I feel as though I've read a huge tome in these three chapters. I also found it quite significant that Ginevra died on what would have been Harry's birthday, but in what way I can't figure. You have a wonderful talent, thank you for sharing it.
Author's Response: Thank you, Marie. I'm honored. Some of the symbolism escapes me too. This story, more than any other I've written, seems to have grown beyond me. I'm proud to have written it, but somehow I feel there was another hand in it...rnrn~Ken
Wow. I can say quite clearly that I greatly admire your story. Of any aspects of a fanfiction, the ones I value most are believability and uniqueness. Your story has both. Great job!!
Author's Response: Thanks, Lindsey. I am honored. Sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I've been working on original fiction for the last several months and haven't visited the Fanfic sites very much. ~Ken
Wow. Absolutely incredible. I laughed aloud during the opening paragraphs with Ron and Harry in the storm; read with grim stoicism Ginevra's ministering to the poor and her calm acceptance of reality; and tears filled my eyes at the inscription on her gravemarker and the fact that there was one left of her family to know, to understand. And then ... oh, man, then I read about the statue and I began to cry in earnest. At first I thought the young girl in the statue was the daughter of the woman that the now Minister of Magic had watched die, but when I realized it was Ginny herself ... Wow again. Brilliantly done!
Author's Response: Thanks, Cheryl. It means a lot to me that the story moved you; that's why I write. Sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I've been working on original fiction for the last several months and haven't visited the Fanfic sites very much. ~Ken
OMGsh, that was such a sad story!!! Ginny (Ginevra) was so... GINNY, y'know? I think that's exactly how she would act. She WOULD blame herself, and she WOULD work the rest of her life to do save all those people. I'm happy that Ned became Minister, he's a good choice. I love this story, good job!
Author's Response: Thanks, Anya. I'm glad you liked it. Sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I've been working on original fiction for the last several months and haven't visited the Fanfic sites very much. ~Ken
wow this is a beautiful story.
Author's Response: And thanks again.
wow that was a really good chapter it really made me think.
Author's Response: Thanks again.
wow that chapter seemed really deep somehow and at the same time so simple. It is really good.
Author's Response: Thanks, Florencia. I appreciate it. ~Ken
That was an excellent story. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Author's Response: Thanks. I'm honored.rnrnI'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I've been working on original fiction for the last several months and don't visit the fanfic sites very much.rnrn~Ken
There aren't many things in this world quite as beautiful and heart wrenching as this little fanfiction. At least, not ones that I've read. The inscription on Ginny's tombstone had me whimpering, hugging my knees to my chest with tears running down my face. Truly, truly, this is an amazing piece of work. Horribly depressing, yet uplifting at the same time. If the wizarding world does indeed exist, I sincerely hope that an outcome like the one you've depicted here comes true. Congratulations on your Quicksilver Quill Award--you absolutely deserve it.
Author's Response: Thanks, Theresa. It means the world to me that this story moved you. Touching other people is the main reason I write.rnrnI'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I've been working on original fiction for the last several months and don't visit the fanfic sites very much.rnrn~Ken
So good! And you nearly had me in tears there, I could feel a lump in my throat, and I hardly ever cry at fanfics.
Really, this is a brilliant story, considering I don't really like Ginny, but I did like this.
Congrats on the Quill too.
Author's Response: Thanks, Harriet. It means a lot to me when my story moves someone. I'm especially gratified that you liked this story even though you don't like Ginny. Myself, I'm vey fond of her, but it's pleasing that you can appreciate her pathos anyway. ~Ken
Absolutly beatiful, as well as heartbreaking. I can't tell you how glad I am that book seven did not end this way, I don't think I could stand it, but your writing is fantastic and description of Ginny exactly as I think it would be if this truly had happened.
Author's Response: Thank you so very much. Myself, I never thought Book 7 would end this way. That wasn't on my agenda. See, a writer called ChreeChree had an intense debate with someone about how Ginny's decision to let Harry go at the end of Book 6 was a sign of her strength rather than her weakness. Part of this conversation involved pointing out all the reasons couples shouldn't be in combat together (ChreeChree has a husband in the military). So then I thought, "What if she's right, but Ginny had made the other decision?" That's what got me started...
Prologue? I meant epilogue. Oops. I just reread the story and (after reading everything you had posted last night) needed to add to my origional comment. That was, by far, one of the most touching pieces I've read. I normally don't read alot of short stories, partly because of the feeling that I'm left wanting more. Just as I get to know or love the character the way it's written, it's over. The amount of emotion conveyed in such a short work was unimagineable. I grew so attached to Mother Gin, that I could feel my heart breaking within my chest. So good to hear that you will be writing some origional fiction, as you are a truly, truly gifted author. All of your submissions are wonderful, and so unique. The points of view you write from are very well chosen. I really recommend anyone else who is reading this to view some of the other stories, as well. Congratulations.
Author's Response: Thanks, Toni. I knew you were talking about the epilogue. ;)
I'm honored that you took the time to look at all the other things I've written. There's nothing so gratifying as having my work read enthusastically.
If you want some slightly lighter fare, I've a satire called "A Slow Boat to Shippers' Hell" on SIYE (under the pen name "kschneyer"). It comes complete with a 13,000-word author's note.
As to my original fiction, it goes slowly, but I am trying.