Interesting, although I don't really get the point of the chapter. You're a wonderful writer, but such an afterlife seems kind of meaningless to me.
Author's Response: Thanks for the compliment. Don’t give up on this plot arc just yet. It will explore how the choices we make in life can affect what comes after. Besides, it was the only way in which I could “bring back” some of these characters without endless flashbacks.
Brilliant as always!
Author's Response: Thanks. Hope you enjoy the next one; it’s a bit unconventional.
I love your work I look forward to each chapter can't wait for more...thank you
Author's Response: You’re too kind! (blushes) I’m trying to not let the wait between updates stretch too far. Hope you like the next chapters as I’ve taken some liberties with reality, but then this is a story about magic, isn’t it?
Re: that last scene, I'm reminded of an expression involving the destination of a road paved with "good intentions." :-}
Well done. And yes, I can see how several nominally "benign" potions or charms or transfigurations could have profound -- and possibly profoundly unsettling -- results, especially if used ... creatively.
Author's Response: I have no doubt you’re right. How else could they teach Defense Against the Dark Arts without teaching the Dark Arts, as JKR tells us over and over? Sure students learn about dark creatures and other dangers that lurk at the end of every unscrupulous wizard’s wand; but the defensive part has to be the clever employment of innocuous spells they have already learned. You can’t expect to know a counter-jinx to everything, especially when encountering the unexpected.
And of course, there’s that whole philosophical argument about whether spells are inherently evil or innocent, or does it all hinge upon the intent of the wizard who casts them?
"Just like a harmless spell can leave you with a sense of accomplishment, the satisfaction one gets from dark magic is equally seductive. "
I really like that line. Also, are your cooking tips accurate? Because that really sounds interesting.
Great writing as usual. It always makes my day when I see writing from L A Moody!
Author's Response: Yes, that little cooking tip will work; just don’t use more than one or two anise seeds or it will totally overpower the flavor of everything. Glad you enjoyed. Dark magic as an addiction certainly seems to fit in with Helena Bonham Carter’s depiction of Bellatrix Lestrange, so I took a page from her book here.
You know, George reminds me of Tom Sawyer. :)
I love seeing Hermione as a mother, btw.
Author's Response: I can certainly see the parallel with Tom Sawyer. With perhaps a bit of Harold Hill (from The Music Man)? Selling magical products has to be a bit like selling dreams.
I agree, Hermione will make a great mother – when she’s ready to take that step. Just give her a few years to read all the parenting books first.
Fantastic as always! Now that she's made the team will we be hearing from Ginny soon?
Author's Response: The chapter with Harry/Ginny that everyone’s clamoring for is just around the next bend, I promise. It’s already written and has turned out to be one of my favorites as it has a nice twist. Ginny is not far from everyone’s thoughts as the next chapter will demonstrate. Hopefully, the delay won’t be too much longer.
Author's Response: So happy that you enjoyed my take on wizarding humor. It’s a nice contrast to the next chapter which is much darker.
Wonderful!!!! Thank you for the quick-paced dialogue and interwoven references to Muggle and Magical life. This chapter was certainly worth the wait. Keep up the good work! I hope we see a resolution to Harry and Ginny's relationship one way or another.
Author's Response: Glad you enjoyed. The contrasts between us and them and back again have always been fascinating to me.
I promise that we will get back to Harry/Ginny soon. With as many balls as I’ve got in the air right now, I hope you’ll understand that I have to keep the story in chronological order as much as I can.
You really know how to capture the characters. I wish J.K. Rowling would read your story. It really is well written.
Author's Response: Thank you so much for the heartfelt words. I think every writer on this site secretly dreams of having JKR, or her publishers, read his words. She might not agree with the way in which I’ve allowed her characters to live on, though. (You’ll see what I mean in the next few chapters.)
I have to say that I really enjoy getting into each character’s head, a task made easier by the fabulous actors who have given life to JKR’s creations. When the actor’s voice is delivering the lines in my head, I know that I have finally captured their uniqueness. Only in two instances have I deviated from that formula, i.e. with the characters of Ginny and Tonks. Not that it is any fault of the actresses, mind you, but because the scriptwriters either interpret their character so differently than in the books or because they were not given enough screen time to develop their personalities -- or both!
Your writing is quite engaging. The dialogues are especially sharp: you have managed to capture the original tone of each canon character! I would have liked more AD/Chocolate Frog moments. Please do not delay the subsequent installments!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I’ve definitely struggled with some of the characterizations so your words are particularly gratifying. Channeling my inner Snape, as my husband likes to say, has not been a problem, however. The story will definitely be catching up with Dumbledore’s exploits “on the other side” after the next few chapters. It’s always so much fun seeing things from a different perspective, I always find.
Wow. The suspense is building and I feel the story is moving very well.
Loved the idea of a cat with separation anxiety - that was creative.
So what did Snape do? I am curious!
Author's Response: In this instance, Ron is thinking back on all of Snape’s machinations that were not unveiled until the bitter end of DH. Not being particularly self-aware, he cloaks his thoughts in terms of other people; it’s his way of acknowledging that the events of the past year have had a profound influence on his life. Sorry, if I didn’t make that clear. You will be pleased, however, that I intend to build on Snape’s backstory in the near future, though.
Every cat I've known has had a vindictive streak, so Crookshanks is no different.
Great job! glad to see update
Author's Response: Another chapter is already in the pipe.
As always, FABULOUS!! Love it!
Author's Response: So pleased you enjoyed. Next chapter takes place at the same time, different part of the castle.
Asteria's ... interesting. :-}
I rather enjoyed being a "fly on the wall" for the conversation between Amos & Hermione. You do that quite well.
Note re: the combining form "aster" -- it's from Greek, and means "star"; it's the root of such words as "asteroid," "asterisk," and "asterism," and it is the "star-shaped" flower that gave the Aster its name (IIRC).
Author's Response: Thanks for making my case about the name so much better than I did. I promise you upcoming chapters will have this little fly going where no fly has gone before.
Highly entertaining conversation! Would you please let us know if you have an updating schedule?
Author's Response: Glad you liked the conversation. There’s always so many details that were never fleshed out in canon and it’s so much fun to spin them out.
Don’t really have an updating schedule as such. My goal is to have the wait between chapters to be at about two weeks; although lately I haven’t been able to adhere to that very well. I do try to stay a number of chapters ahead of the curve, but sometimes putting the finishing touches on a chapter takes longer than expected. This last one that I just finished from Ron’s POV went through a whole slew of tweaks before I felt I’d captured his essence well enough to submit it. I admit Ron and Luna are the two characters that give me the most trouble when I try to get inside their heads. Dialogue is not an issue, but telling the story in their voices is a lot trickier.
So very glad you updated!! Fantastic as always!!!
Author's Response: Hopefully, the updates won’t be so far between. So glad you’re sticking with the story.
Just saw your response - I'm relieved to hear that and with such quality writing can happily await the next chapter. Hope you're always busy with good events!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for the words of encouragement. Holidays mixed with a wedding in the family (no matter how far removed) is a recipe for an inevitable time crunch.
Great to see you continuing this story! I really enjoyed the dialogue.
Author's Response: I always worry that some chapters are too “dialog heavy”, so it’s a relief to hear that you’re enjoying it.
Heh. Why might I suspect that once Hermione gets over her initial self-doubt that Amos is going to be singularly impressed...? :-}
Nice note from Harry (to the Diggorys).
Quibble: Cedric wasn't the first victim of (self-styled) "Lord Voldemort." He was one of the earlier victims during the period after the First Wizarding War, though, as well as the first Hogwarts student from said period.
(Yes, laptop is repaired. :-})
Author's Response: There will definitely be more about Hermione and Amos in the next few chapters. You’re completely right about Cedric, of course, but I just couldn’t find the right set of words that didn’t turn into a long string (too long to fit on a medal of bravery). I struggled with that as I also wanted to focus on how his fellow school chums would see it. ‘Resurrection’ was too fraught with religious overtones, ‘first victim of second rampage’ was just plain awkward. In the end, I went back and edited it to: first victim of Voldemort’s return. Not as vivid a word as ‘rampage’ but more accurate, to be sure.
Thanks again for keeping me on my toes!