I'm a busy but proud mama of three wonderful children who love HP and wife to a non-HP fan. Have to work on him this year. Call it Goal '08.
Goal update: Hubby has now read all the books and watched the movies with me. We're thinking of re-reading #6 before the movie comes out! He's not die-hard yet, but he'll get there, I'm sure of it!
My elder daughter (needsomefelixfelicis) also frequents this site, and is my biggest fan, so you may come across her cryptic reviews for my stories.
Great first fic! I was a bit confused at first about Sirius saying he *would* be in hiding (I mean, how would he know?) but that made sense at the end, of course, cuz his imprisonment had already happened. Like another reviewer, I was not clear that he had visited Peter's house first, but as soon as he travelled to Godric's Hollow, I figured it out. I'm not sure if there is a way to clear that up ... I love the bit about Hagrid and Harry. Nice touch that. Well done! cj
Author's Response: Thank you so much for reviewing! I'm sorry about the confusion. It made sense to me, but that's probably only because I wrote it and thus knew what was going to happen. :p But I'm glad you liked it!
Sweet. I like the kiss. I disagree with some of the comments of "Azhure" below. I personally feel that the use of 'gladness' works much better with 'numbness' and 'disbelief' than the wordier version suggested. Also, at the end of the suggestions by that reviewer, he/she has put a sentence that makes no sense whatsoever: "I didn't have enough strength to of think one". I think what was meant was "I didn't have enough strength to think of one", but the original was just fine. I'd leave it be. Keep writing! cj
Interesting use of second person, always the toughest to pull off. I haven't read many Dumbledore fics, but enjoyed this one. Well done - I think you've captured his thoughts well. cj
Author's Response: Why, thank you very much for your review.
Interesting idea for a missing scene.
I disagree with another reviewer that Harry probably wouldn't have felt as he did running after the Doe if he'd had this dream. Ms Rowling doesn't actually mention much about his feelings as he runs after it, so I believe this could have easily happened in between putting all his sweaters on, and chasing the Doe.
I, too, felt that DH was unfinished going into the epilogue. I love your take on it, and I enjoyed your inclusion of Mrs. Weasley finding out about the young couples, the turning down of the biographer, and Fawkes.
Harry`s radio tale at the end was a good idea - nice closure.
I just realized that I have read and reviewed this before. Huh. Short memory! Anyway, I still enjoy it!
Author's Response: Hi, CJ--it's been awhile! I was also delighted to get an email yesterday announcing your next chapter. I can't wait to grab a hot chocolate tonight and curl up to read it. What a treat! Thanks for continuing your great series and for getting in touch again.
I've just re-read this story and am glad I did. I'd forgotten so much. I still enjoy it, Becky. Any plans on writing more stories in future? cj
Author's Response: Boy, I sure would love to. Especially after reading your most recent chapter and getting back into that world after a long break now. I just need the motivation for a particular storyline. The first one was so inspired by my desperate need for closure on the last book that it almost came easily. But I haven't felt inspired by any particular thing off-canon, and I feel like continuing with the story I started might lead to too much piggy-backing off ideas that have already been used now. I might just have to be content with your continuing saga :). Although the Twilight series has helped fill the void nicely as well...
I enjoyed this. I wasn't sure I would as my long chaptered fic and a one-shot begin with the same premise, and we all want to believe our stuff is the best, right? Anyway, as I say, I enjoyed it. I thought Harry's statement on one last Potterwatch was a great touch - wish I'd thought of it! cj
Author's Response: Love your comments--thanks so much for sharing them. Now that I've written mine, I'm so anxious to see what others have written about the same time period immediately after the Battle. I'll definitely check yours out.
Interesting premise and great resolution to have Neville offer some suggestions on dealing with the pain and grief. Well done. cj
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your comments. I really liked the idea of Neville being the one to talk to Harry because that was a moment I felt should've been in the books.
Intriguing. I have been fascinated with Snape since his apparent murder of Dumbledore on the 'Lightning Struck' Tower. Thank you for an enjoyable peek into his world on the night Lily died.
My favourite line is the second last one: "...scalding his face which would have fit into a frown so nicely, but instead turned upwards at all the edges."
Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I'm glad you "got" the story--I was worried no one would, and would just be totally lost and wondering "why is this even here?". Haha, that's one of my favourite lines too! XD Thanks again!
Well done! I enjoyed reading this fitting tribute to the merciful Severus of whom we got but a glimpse in DH. And I agree with your comment in your end notes: she afforded him a measure of mercy as well. Thank you. cj
Author's Response: It's really all about perspective isn't it? Courage, honor, mercy... the deepest aspects of all these traits are not grandiose and loud, but usually profoundly quiet Thank you for reviewing - I VERYmuch look forward to reviews and appreciate the feedback of my readers. .
Beautifully-done. I, too, enjoyed the ending. I also appreciated the part where Mrs. Longbottom says she is insane and she is sane. I think that is rather profound. Deceptively so. cj
Author's Response: I'm so glad you liked reading Drifting, and I'm especially glad you appreciated the insane but sane line, as I feel it really summed up the story, in a sad sort of way. Thanks for reading and reviewing.
Sunshine spilled down onto the small grassy spot through a window in the tall trees. She stood a couple of yards back, staring at eleven letters cut into rock. It was beautiful, and yet, to Hermione’s eyes, nowhere near a worthy enough tribute for a life so full of rambunctious joy.
Wow. Hermione was not the only one with tears pricking at the back of her eyes! I enjoyed that; I was very moved by your narrative. Only one small thing detracted from it at all, and that was George saying, "You're welcome." Brits do not usually use that phrase (unless they're like my aunt who spends enough time with my children and me to start using it now!), and might just nod, say 'no worries', or 'don't mention it'. Well done, though, despite that Americanism. cj
Author's Response: Ooh... one of my favorite kinds of crit: helping me deal with my glaring Americanisms. I'm getting better in general, but they still show up here and there. I've changed it now--thanks! And thanks for the review. I'm attached to this story, and sometimes feel sad it doesn't get as many reads. Glad you liked it!
I, too, am surprised it doesn`t get more reads. It`s so touching. And you`re welcome about the `Americanism`. I`m fortunate that I was born in England and still have many relatives there. I have come to know what they would say, and what they wouldn`t. cj
Author's Response: Thanks again!
Good fic! I knew he would say red, but never thought of the Quidditch robes, the colours of Gryffindor, or the Hogwarts Express. I only thought of Ginny's hair! A great short story on an interesting theme.
One reviewer had commented on Harry's mentioning Ginny's hair twice. Perhaps it would work if the three hair memories are placed in chronological order? First the way her "hair seemed to catch fire in the sunset...", then "and the way it blazed against her white dress..." before mentioning the baby's hair. That way it flows and doesn't seem disjointed. Just a thought though, it works how it is.
Author's Response: It's taken me half a year to get to it, but I took your suggestion and updated the story. I think it flows better now, and I have you to thank (which I did in the end notes). Thanks for reading!
Aww shucks. Thanks for the shout-out in the author's note. You're very welcome. That paragraph flows well! cj
Author's Response: Thank YOU for the suggestion!
I thoroughly enjoyed this! What a marvelous tongue-firmly-in-cheek look at facets of Harry's personality that get exaggerated in some fics. Bravo! cj
And I forgot to add - the "stay in canon" bit was probably the best part. Reminded me of the wonderful humour/parody fic called "Taking Direction". cj
I enjoyed this. I am usually turned off by long, descriptive passages in a fic, but you write well, so I wasn't put off. One small error - you've put 'refugee' (the person) instead of 'refuge' (the place) in the fifth paragraph. Continue writing! I like one-shots that fit well into Ms Rowling's own work. cj
Author's Response: Thank you very much :) I know what you mean about the long, descriptive passages but I'm glad you found mine alright. *facepalm* Oops, I think I'm doomed to suffer from typos. I'll go fix that 'refuge' up straight away. My fingers type faster than my brain thinks so I'm surprised that was the only typo that managed to sneak past me and my beta. Thanks again for my first review, ~Nicole
Holy Movie Canon, Batman! This fic won the 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award for Best Chaptered Humor Story. Thanks so, so much!
I understand about the long waits. I go for months without posting. No worries - I will read it whenever it is finished. cj
Author's Response: Thanks so much. :)
Spot on! Wonderful premise! cj
Author's Response: Thanks!