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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.

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Taking Direction by WeasleyMom

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: What if the characters in the Harry Potter films were portrayed—not by actors—but by the book versions of themselves, as created by Rowling? How might things unfold on that set? What would the characters think of the changes made from the stories they’d already lived out… to the ones written for the script?

This fic is a series of one-shots, posted as chapters, each from the perspective of a different character who is dealing with the changes occurring between the book and the script.


Holy Movie Canon, Batman! This fic won the 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award for Best Chaptered Humor Story. Thanks so, so much!


Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 10/24/10 Title: Chapter 2: Babe Magnet

Mwahahahahahahaha *snort* cj

Author's Response: :D

Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 01/18/11 Title: Chapter 3: Saving It for Seven

First review!

I love the idea of what the Director said and it pissing off Hermione.

And "Shoelace" ... mwhahahahahahahaha*snort* That scene with Harry and Ginny is sooooo awkward!

Eagerly awaiting your next chapter.


Author's Response: You're in for another wait... the next one has me a bit stumped. ;) Thanks som much for reading. I'm glad you like it!

Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 05/20/13 Title: Chapter 4: Fired Up

Oh. My. Goodness. I was thrilled when I saw that there was a new addition to this wonderful premise! And poking fun at one of the worst additions to the movie franchise was spot on! A fire for drama. How ludicrous! As Lupin says, why cut the battle out just to add a superfluous fire scene? Anyway, well done, as always. And you even referred to the infamous shoelace scene again. *snort* Laughed with my hand over my mouth to prevent waking my dh! Eagerly awaiting the final HBP offering (and please tell me it has something to do with that terrible Room of Requirement scene between H/G!). cj

Author's Response: I really am beating a dead horse with the "shoelace" scene, but it's one of my pet peeves. I'm so glad you found the new chapter! I know its taking ages, so I truly appreciate anyone who is still checking in on it. One more from HBP, and yes, of course it will have more than a little to do with the H/G kiss (if you can call it that). ;) THanks, as always, for taking the time to review! I appreciate it! ~ Lori

Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 05/20/13 Title: Chapter 4: Fired Up

Feel free to keep flogging away at that scene - it deserves every lashing!

Oh! And will the DH offerings have anything to do with Ron standing calmly about while Hermione is being tortured? *Hated* that part. I cringed the entire time.


Author's Response: Yeah, they really did tone down Ron a lot in the last films, and I hated it. Not just because it isn't what happens, and it does take something away from the who Ron is, but because I'm convinced Rupert Grint could have handled it all and really done it justice. The bit in the cellar with Hermione being tortured is bad, but I think even worse for me is the emotional stuff between Ron and Harry after Ron destroys the locket. Ron was sobbing, and Harry talked to him about Hermione and they hugged. Instead, Yates gives us a one-liner from Ron. Wow.

Honestly, I'm not sure how much I will use that stuff... probably a little. But the way I imagine it, only Ron and Harry really know the difference, and I think they would both be glad not to have their emotional laundry on display, haha! So who knows?

Thanks again, cj. I really appreciate your interest!

Swimming Lessons by WeasleyMom

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: Six weeks after the battle, Hermione puts on a bathing suit for the first time in nearly a year... scars are revealed as painful memories rise to the surface yet again.

I almost submitted this under dark/angst, but at the end of the day, I see it as Ron/Hermione. *shrug* Also, a gazillion thanks to my awesometastic beta Natalie, and to both Neil and Carole for helping me with all things British. :D

I'm thrilled to announce that this story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill in the category Best Canon Romance. YAY!
Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 10/25/10 Title: Chapter 1: one-shot

Beautiful. I don`t know if you have experience with scars yourself, but my good friend has recently had a mastectomy. Her husband`s response was very much like Ron`s. You are spot on about `things as trivial as scars on the one they loved.` cj

Author's Response: Thanks so much for sharing that--I'm glad it bears the ring of truth. I do not have any experience here,but have always believed she would have scars (even the magic used on Harry by Umbridge left scars). I think it could be hard with her to deal with on occasion, especially at first. Thanks for the review!

Over A Mug of Tea by hestiajones

Rated: 1st-2nd Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: I think of her as a sister.

The words rang clearly, loudly in his mind.

I think of her as a sister.

But did he?

Happy Birthday, Julia! You know you're one of the only two people on earth I'd do this for. :D

Thank you, Carole, for looking it over. And I am so not J.K.Rowling.

Nominated for a QSQ in the General Category.
Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 11/27/10 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Aww. We get so philosophical as we age, more contemplative, I think!

A good fic. Although a die-hard canon shipper, nevertheless enjoyed the little glimpse into this 'hidden memory' and 'what might have been' musings.


Author's Response: Die-hard canon shipper here as well. ;) This was written for a friend who ships Harmony. But I am thrilled you liked the musings. Thanks for reading and reviewing!


The Question by Northumbrian

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Ron is on his way to ask Hermione a question. He thinks that Hermione knows everything, but will she be able to answer this question?
Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 11/14/11 Title: Chapter 1: The Question

So sweet! I loved Ron's agonizing thoughts as he was on his way. Very realistic.


Author's Response: Thanks cj
Ron’s self-doubt certainly kicked in big-time.

Culinary Secrets by Gmariam

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Oliver Wood has just destroyed dinner and begs his Muggle neighbor for help. She's a natural in the kitchen, and Oliver is attracted to both her culinary skills and her quick wit. When he reveals a bit more than he had planned, he in turns gets a bit more than he could have ever imagined. Is his pretty Muggle chef all she seems—or something else entirely?
Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 08/26/11 Title: Chapter 1: Part One - Dinner

Oh my. The story has almost everything - humour, mild sexuality, curiosity, playful banter, and then shocking fear. Anxiously awaiting the next part!

btw - I thought for a minute at the beginning that Oliver lived next door to Julia Child. That would have explained the great meal she cooked, lol!


The Question (Again) by Northumbrian

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Harry is on his way to ask Ginny a question. No - not a question the question. How hard can it be?
Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 11/14/11 Title: Chapter 1: The Question (Again)

Loved it! Harry's panic to complete his task before his time runs out is an interesting twist on his 'popping the question'.


Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
Unlike Ron, Harry refused to panic. I had to lose Ginny to force him into it.

Slightly More Different Earl Grey by Acacia Carter

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: It's difficult to not be depressed when leaving a hospital, even if Neville's been doing it all his life. Tea with an old friend might well be a small comfort, especially since he's in a unique position to understand.

Note: due to a site glitch, I have reduced the rating of this story to 3rd-5th years. This is still a 6th-7th years-rated fic. Read at your own discretion.

Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 10/09/11 Title: Chapter 1: Slightly More Different Earl Grey

I've been looking for another review to which Gina may have been referring in her comment, and wonder if she was referring to mine. If so, I think she mis-read my review. When did I say that Harry kissing another guy would not happen? If I was the 'first reviewer' that remark was in reference to, I actually said it was believable! Sorry for the mini rant, but I just had to get that out. I don't like being misunderstood. Anyway, still a good writer! Keep writing. cj

Author's Response: Haha, no, worry not - it was an immature flame that has since been removed by a moderator. Your review was quite awesome.

Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 10/10/11 Title: Chapter 1: Slightly More Different Earl Grey

Oh good. I'm so relieved. Any plans to post more of your stories? You mentioned that you would need to 'fix them up'. Is it possible? Or too much work? cj

Author's Response: I will definitely be posting more of my works here. I have them posted elsewhere under this same pen name, if you are so inclined to go find them, but they all need serious overhauls before they are ready for the likes of MuggleNet. I'm sure I'll find the time somewhere to work on them once I'm done applying for new jobs and planning a wedding. :)

In the future, if you have any questions, you can feel free to contact me through my profile rather than leaving a review.

Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 10/08/11 Title: Chapter 1: Slightly More Different Earl Grey

First comment! I've never read a Harry/Neville fic, and it's certainly not my one-true-pairing, but this is well-written. How tragic that Ginny ended up in a ward at St. Mungo's. If Harry and Neville were ever to get together, shared pain over something like this would be believable. One thing bothered me - the use of 'you know?' I counted three times - Harry once, and Neville twice. It just didn't seem to sound right for them. I loved the visual of the cookie crumbling in Harry's hand. Good idea to show his agony at those moments. cj

Author's Response: What a compliment! Thanks for spending your comment cherry on me. :P I always thought that Neville and Harry had a lot more shared pain than they had the chance to contemplate in the books, and it's usually what brings them together to begin with in my fics.
I hadn't noticed my overuse of that phrase; thanks for pointing it out. I might have to go back and fix that at some point.
Thank you for your review, and I'm glad you enjoyed it, even if it wasn't your OTP. :)

An Intervention by Acacia Carter

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: They're using his greenhouses and his plants to torment first years. Neville isn't going to let that slide, no matter who the tormentors - or the tormented - may be.

As always, the Harry Potter universe and everything in it is property of J.K. Rowling.

This story is on a temporary hiatus until I finish some of my other WIPs. Thank you for coming to check it out, and I promise I'm not going to just let it end here!


Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 01/03/12 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Wonderful continuation! I was surprised, but pleasantly so, about Draco's visit. That was a nice addition there. Well done! cj

Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 10/13/11 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I love the fact that Neville is trying to assist Scorpius. I never thought that it would be difficult for the boy, but I suppose he does have a few strikes against him - doesn't fit in with the Slytherins, but doesn't fit in anywhere else either. How sad. I'm glad he's got an ally in Neville. I love the reference to Harry's comment to Neville ("twelve of him"); nice touch.

The line: "We got on slightly less as well as a house on fire" is awkward to read. I don't know why - maybe the two 'as', or the word 'less' followed by two 'as' and it makes for too many 'esses'. *shrugs*

Also, I figured that Neville, when he is listing the fifth year students' crimes, should have mentioned the tormenting of another human being first. But, perhaps he sensed they would care the least about that one, and so put it at the end. Neville does stress its importance later when he speaks with Scorpius.

Anyway, good story. Anything with Neville is great with me!


Author's Response: That house on fire line bugs me a little bit, too, but it just seems like such a Neville-ish thing to say, and I couldn't figure out a way to rephrase it without entirely losing the meaning. Maybe Neville isn't as eloquent as he appears to be, haha.

You're absolutely right about why he's dressing them down more for the school rules than the bullying. Not only would they care the least about it, if he made a big deal of it they'd probably blame Scorpius as the reason for their punishment. Playing down the bullying and playing up the property damage and curfew makes their crimes their own and neatly takes Scorpius out of the equation.

You're in luck, because every fic I've written has Neville in somewhere. :) In case you can't tell, he's my favorite.

Second Guesses by Acacia Carter

Rated: 6th-7th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: Neville has got quite enough to be getting on with already, thank you very much, and this... situation with Luna is not making things any easier.
Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 10/22/11 Title: Chapter 1: The Oven is Full of Pans

Hahahahaha! I loved the Hermione/Neville banter in this. His offer to fix her garden, and to make her bluebells sing praises, then saying he could literally do that; Hermione's flippant remark about being taken. Wonderful!

I am intrigued by Neville's insecurity regarding his feelings for Luna. I am eagerly awaiting more.


For Better or Worse by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: Sometimes, the past reminds you of how beautiful the future really is.

*Winner of the Fall 2013 HP Fanfic Fan Poll Award for Best Ron x Hermione Drama/Angst. Thank you!
Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 12/19/11 Title: Chapter 1: We'll manage

I really enjoyed this story. I loved the weaving together of the very beginning of their relationship with their more mature love later - a great idea, and well-executed. cj

Author's Response:

I'm glad you liked it. Not anywhere near what I typically write, but it was an interesting departure from my norm. Thanks for stopping in. :)


Never Discussed by HalfASlug

Rated: 1st-2nd Years •

Harry waits for someone to meet him at Godric's Hollow on Christmas Eve. This is a story about growing up, moving on and remembering your past without taking it with you.

H/Hr friendship with a bit of H/G

Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 06/02/13 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Such a bittersweet fic. So touching. And oh so spot-on in terms of characterisation.

I loved the refrain of "never discussed". That seems right for this. They wouldn't talk about it, just continue their ritual each year in silence and friendship.

I, too, was wondering about the last bit and where they were. I'm glad (seeing your reply to another review) that my guess was correct!

Well done.

Author's Response: Thank you very much for another review! I don't what I've got with slightly sad but not really sad Christmas fics hut anyway, glad you enjoyed this one! Yeah, they sort of know each other too well to need to talk about these things - not that Harry would anyway, let's face it. So yeah, thanks again for the review!

Another Horcrux Down by WeasleyMom

Rated: 3rd-5th Years • Past Featured Story
Summary: This story is a missing moment from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We know Ron and Hermione descend into the Chamber of Secrets in search of basilisk fangs, and we know they succeed. But what exactly happened down there? This story provides a possible answer to that question.

This is WeasleyMom of Hufflepuff writing for the Illustration for Inspiration Challenge in the Great Hall.

My inspiration was a drawing done by Carole/EquinoxChick, featuring Hermione's hand stabbing the cup with a basilisk fang. Thanks, Carole! You unknowingly pushed me to write something I've had in my head since DH came out.

Thrilled to announce this story tied for third place in the challenge!

Holy Hufflepuff! This won a 2012 QSQ Award for Best Canon Romance, one-shot! I am thrilled and so, so grateful!

Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 11/18/12 Title: Chapter 1: one-shot

Great one-shot!

I love stories that add something in-between the original.

Favourite phrase: ``sick symphony``- great alliteration, good imagery.


Author's Response: So sorry! I have no idea how I never saw this review before, but I apologize for taking so long to respond. Glad you thought that phrase worked... was a bit a afraid it was too dramatic, but it's Voldy, after all. He often goes for the drama. Hehe. Thanks for always taking time to leave a review--I appreciate it so much! ~Lori

Encore by Gmariam

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: With a bit of help from their dad, Rose and Hugo Weasley prepare a short play for their mum's birthday.

This is Gmariam of Ravenclaw submitting for the Character Clinic Triatholon-Minor Characters.
Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 07/23/12 Title: Chapter 1: Encore

Happy belated birthday.
Thank you for that little glimpse into life with the Weasleys. Very believable. Sweet, too.


Kiss by HalfASlug

Rated: 3rd-5th Years •
Summary: The trio's friendship hangs in the balance when one of them makes an unexpected move on another. Trio friendship fluff.
Reviewer: cjbaggins Signed
Date: 06/02/13 Title: Chapter 1: Kiss

Extremely funny! In fact, after I finished laughing over it myself, I relayed the storyline to my daughter. She laughed as much as I did, even with my second-hand version of it.

I found it not only hilarious, but completely in-character from start to finish. Nothing ruins a good fic than a sudden and blatant off-character moment not accounted for somehow. Fortunately, there was none of that!

Thank you for the enjoyable time!


Author's Response: Thank you very much for the review! I'm glad to hear that your daughter liked it as well. And that you thought everyone remained in character. That really is a worry with sillier stories like this. Especially when Harry decides to kiss Ron :)