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"The world is dark, and light is precious. Come closer, dear reader. You must trust me. I am telling you a story." Kate DiCamillo

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I am a reader. I love to read. As a child, I was often chastised and chased out of my house for reading instead of “getting fresh air”. When I should have been asleep, I was under the covers with a flashlight, reading. I have never been without a book to read, until now.

After being completely depressed by the end of the series, my book store clerk where yes, I was reading away on release day, told me about Muggle Net. My bookstore sells beer, too. What a combination Potter and Pints. Yahoo!

So, here I am. I am thrilled and consumed by reading the stories here every day. I have been accused of being addicted. I admit to being a bit obsessed. I have been up many nights into the wee hours of the morning, reading here. While I don’t do it often, I have found I love to review. I aspire for my reviews to be helpful and encouraging.

I have discovered the world of Snape fiction. I feel as the series went on, particularly with DH, the main characters were becoming a bit flat and predictable. Not that I didn't (and don’t') still love the trio, it’s just that the evolution and development of Severus is some of the most compelling parts of series for me. After reading DH, I have gone back and read the entire series, with an eye towards how JKR managed the development of such a complex character.

I am a freelance photojournalist and I sometimes write the stories that go with my photos. I have never written fiction, though. I have photo and word editing experience and I hope to be able to beta someday. I also hope to begin writing fan fiction some time in the future. I have even hatched my own plot bunny, so now I have to figure out how to write fiction. A bit daunting to me, I must admit.

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“You don’t explain magic. You just fall for it.” David Bianculli

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Halfway to Infinity by Eponine
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 270]

Summary: Past Featured StoryHe with the power to defeat the Dark Lord does not. Harry Potter is dead. Fifty years later, both Muggle and magical worlds belong to darkness. All serve Lord Voldemort. But even in the grimmest of times, idealists are born. Without a prophesy to direct them, a rebellion will rise. Follow Lottie Rowe as she finds her way into the center of the rebellion and the heart of the war.

Winner of the 2011 Best Chaptered Alternate Universe QuickSilver Quill Award!

Categories: Alternate Universe Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe, Book 7 Disregarded, Character Death, Mild Profanity, Violence

Word count: 264869 Chapters: 78 Completed: Yes
Published:
05/29/06 Updated: 02/26/11


A Sleepwalk to Remember by Lady Knightly
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 943]

Summary: For once in her life, Hermione is faced with a problem she does not know how to solve...

Categories: Hermione/Snape Genre: Warnings: Book 7 Disregarded, Sexual Situations, Student/Teacher Romance, Violence

Word count: 4746 Chapters: 2 Completed: No
Published:
07/26/06 Updated: 02/15/10


A Hypothetical Harry Potter Book 7 by Abif
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 51]

Summary: The story begins a few weeks after the end of Half-Blood Prince, when Harry is back at the Dursleys' once again, waking up Uncle Vernon from his favorite golfing dream. On escaping from the Dursleys', he finds that Hogwarts is open again and decides to return there after all, but only to find himself face-to-face with both Snape and Voldemort much sooner than he thinks! Through the course of the story, Harry will meet the most mysterious DADA teacher yet, learn the truth of the misunderstanding that took place on the lightning-struck tower, and discover that there really is a little more to Petunia that meets the eye, all the while with references to the amorphous Deathly Hallows.


This is meant to be a humorous rendition of what could happen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It is intended to be a parody rather than a serious prediction of what happens next.

Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe

Word count: 18204 Chapters: 8 Completed: No
Published:
07/16/07 Updated: 12/22/09


Life in the Shadows by DaniDM
Rated: Professors [Reviews - 239]

Summary: The war has been over for just over a year and the Wizarding world has become complacent in its new-found freedom, yet only three know the truth.
With Daniella at Oxford and Severus and Dumbledore at Hogwarts, they work to keep the Wizarding world safe, but no one must know.
This is the third installment of "Creating a Ghost" and "Life in the Interim".



Categories: Alternate Universe Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe, Sexual Situations

Word count: 207134 Chapters: 65 Completed: Yes
Published:
03/02/07 Updated: 03/14/09


A Fresh Start by Hypatia
Rated: 1st-2nd Years [Reviews - 314]

Summary: Scorpius Malfoy was brought up in the knowledge that he came from an old pure-blood family. Hogwarts is going to teach him a great deal more. Will he be able to rise above his family’s tainted past, or will history repeat itself?

First place in the 2007 Autumn Challenge’s New Beginnings prompt.

Nominated for Best History/Mystery in the 2008 QSQs!

Canon compliant with all seven books, however, not compliant with all interviews given by JKR.

Categories: Mystery Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Mental Disorders

Word count: 56993 Chapters: 18 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/04/07 Updated: 12/31/08


Summary:

Harry's life stands at a crossroads.

He is torn between a return to the only true home he as ever known or a dark and dangerous winding and twisting road through Horcruxes and ending with murder.

But can he become a murderer? Can he over come the Dark Arts, while dabbling within them? Will Ron and Hermione stand beside him on the road to doom? And if love is truly his greatest power then why did he let his only true love go?

To defeat evil, Harry must climb a mountain of dark Death Eaters and Ministry mayhem - but will he come out on top in the Final Battle?



Categories: Harry/Ginny Genre: Warnings: Book 7 Disregarded, Character Death, Sexual Situations, Violence

Word count: 149475 Chapters: 24 Completed: No
Published:
12/13/06 Updated: 11/22/08


For Bitter or for Worse by Kerichi
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 1016]

Summary:

All is not well.

George uses work and Firewhisky to cope with Fred's death until a drink with a friend leads to something that dulls pain better than alcohol. Emotionally torn by grief, he struggles to allow Alicia into his life...and then comes baby....

*Winner of the 2008 Quicksilver Quill Award for Best Dark/Angsty Story*



Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 112887 Chapters: 40 Completed: Yes
Published:
08/01/07 Updated: 07/12/08


Kickin' It at the Top by Soap
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 820]

Summary: A Marauder-era fic - this story takes a look at all the characters we've come to love (and hate), as well as an OC or two thrown in for good measure. Follow the Marauders through seven years at Hogwart's, with appearances from the infamous Black sisters, Lucius Malfoy, Regulus Black, and of course the one and only Severus Snape.


There are a bunch of pairings in this story (although romance is not necessarily the central theme) to include James/Lily, Lucius/Narcissa, a splash of Lucius/Bella and unrequited Snape/Lily, and finally, plenty of Sirius/OC. Enjoy!

Over 120,000 reads! Wow! Thanks everyone!

Categories: Marauder Era Genre: Warnings: Book 7 Disregarded, Sexual Situations

Word count: 67630 Chapters: 55 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/10/07 Updated: 06/15/08


A Little More Time by Pallas
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 435]

Summary: Past Featured StoryWas it possible to save two lives in the past without altering history? Was it possible to give his parents a future twenty years after they had supposedly died? Teddy Lupin thought so...

Categories: Post-Hogwarts Genre: Warnings: Character Death

Word count: 120231 Chapters: 26 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/20/07 Updated: 04/25/08


Dealer Agent by Angel of Dreams
Rated: Professors [Reviews - 40]

Summary: Even as the Dark Lord ascends, a few of his Death Eaters maintain a small, underground ring to import poisons, often with contacts abroad and in the darker sections of the Muggle community. But when their central agent delivers a drug of remarkable potency, the consequences may rock the magical world.


And may drive the agent to finally reveal what is hidden.


Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Character Death, Self Injury, Sexual Situations, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 50727 Chapters: 9 Completed: Yes
Published:
09/09/07 Updated: 12/26/07


Skeletons in the Closet by Merlynne
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 124]

Summary: Centered around Draco Malfoy seven years after the Last Battle and his graduation from Hogwarts. He is working for the Order of the Phoenix and finds himself feeling out of place and more than a little useless. He cannot escape the things he's done or the people he used to care for. As Draco attempts to turn a new page, he is introduced to a witch who will have considerable impact on him. Contains some romance, ships too numerous to mention all of--Draco/OC, Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione for starters.






Categories: Dark/Angsty Fics Genre: Warnings: Book 7 Disregarded, Character Death, Substance Abuse, Violence

Word count: 61251 Chapters: 26 Completed: Yes
Published:
05/14/06 Updated: 12/26/07


The Letter by Cassandras Cross
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 439]

Summary: Past Featured StoryDH SPOILERS! Harry is so consumed with his career as an Auror that he loses touch with Ginny and their children until a letter arrives to help him remember what really matters. But is something sinister waiting out there to take it all away? An escape from Azkaban, the first in twenty years, stirs up Harry's worst fears from the past as those he loves are threatened.

Romance, mystery, and drama combine to make this a story you won't soon forget! Set one year before DH epilogue. Completely canon compliant. All reviews receive responses.

THE EPILOGUE IS UP! I don't know whether to laugh or cry as this story comes to an end, and Harry finally figures out where it's really at. (Thanks again to the amazing mods for your rapid-fire response!)

Categories: General Fics Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 76406 Chapters: 19 Completed: Yes
Published:
10/21/07 Updated: 12/01/07


Summary: The whole wizarding world is in uproar after the death of Dumbledore. All Death Eaters have a price on their heads. During these troubled times Hermione finds Draco Malfoy practically on her doorstep- with no memory of who he is or what he's done. Why is he there? Why does he wake screaming every night? And how can she deal with a Malfoy who regards her as his best friend... or maybe more?





Categories: Hermione/Draco Genre: Warnings: Book 7 Disregarded, Character Death, Violence

Word count: 35394 Chapters: 13 Completed: No
Published:
11/18/05 Updated: 11/28/07


The Dark Arches by Insecurity
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: Lily is the southern lass who is unaccustomed to the industrial north. Severus is the fiercely independent and scruffy local. They have one thing in common: they can both do magic! This one, defining factor forges the strangest friendship and leads to mutual affection. Together, they face problems from their parents and the local bullies, in order to discover the power of magic together.



I owe thanks to several, wonderfully helpful people. Firstly, Erika/VV for beta'ing my story. Secondly, to Gary for finding Holbeck and pointing me to several very useful sites for research. Thirdly, to Jan for the dialect advice. Fourthly, to Beth and Alice for their help with dialect and mannerisms. I may have been born in Sheffield, but this project has made me realise just how Midlands I am!







Categories: Severus/Lily Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 4414 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Published:
11/26/07 Updated: 11/28/07


Changing the Past by PEMDAS
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 429]

Summary: Harry would give anything to have his parents back...what if he got the chance to? Harry, Ron and Hermione get mysteriously sent back in time to when the Marauders were in school, and Harry attempts to alter history. Can he get his parents back? Or will he only end up messing up the future forever? (Note: Rating and Warnings will change in later chapters, while the first few chapters are very mild.)

Categories: Alternate Universe Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe, Book 7 Disregarded, Character Death, Sexual Situations, Substance Abuse

Word count: 50437 Chapters: 23 Completed: Yes
Published:
04/24/07 Updated: 11/13/07


Summary:

Luna Lovegood's wedding is just weeks away. She must juggle wedding plans, running a business, locating one of her dearest friends, and living up to the secret deal that made her the editor of her own newspaper.



For the wedding date is just a week before the culmination of that secret pact Luna had made with two of her former D.A. schoolmates. The secret pact caused Luna to drop out of school during her seventh year. A deal that will put Luna up against the powers-that-be at the Ministry of Magic and the Daily Prophet. A deal that may eventually cost her the family business: The Quibbler.



The main story takes place three and a half years after the final battle with the Deatheaters and the final defeat of Thomas Marvolo Riddle.





Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: None

Word count: 33461 Chapters: 11 Completed: Yes
Published:
02/25/07 Updated: 09/19/07


Regrets by woomama
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 207]

Summary: Taking place after HBP. Professor Snape has been found to be a spy and He-who-must-not-be-named has imprisoned him in an enchanted cottage, until he can find a use for the Potions Master.

Categories: Hermione/Snape Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Sexual Situations, Violence

Word count: 44597 Chapters: 12 Completed: No
Published:
03/01/06 Updated: 08/13/07


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