I am a 40 year old wife, mother, development officer, and "Harry Potter geek!".
That was just lovely! It was beautifully written! Well done.
I have to say this is a well written story. I am most intrigued to see what happens.
Bravo! Brilliant chapter, just the right amount of humor, suspense and emotionally angst! They better validate the next chapter soon!
Author's Response: Thank you, thank you! It was easily the most fun I\'ve ever had writing anything. I do love writing George, and Percy, bless him, is so easy to scapegoat, though I couldn\'t help thinking \"Go Percy!\" when he put Harry on the spot that way. Hopefully the next chapter will be up soon. Thanks again!
Another great chapter. I like the addition of the muggle terriorist plot. Jo has always said that there is a relationship between the muggle and magical worlds. I am sure if she would have kept writing after 9/11 it would have come up. Glad to see you are trying to get more complicated with the story. I bet you like to read a good detective/crime ficition every now and then. Keep up the most excellent work!
Author's Response: Thanks for another one of your always thoughtful reviews. The terrorist thing actually occurred to me in the bath one day, clear out of the blue (all my best ideas seem to occur in water - not sure why that is). And yes, you\'re quite right, I do enjoy mystery novels. It\'s the kind of original ficiton I\'d like to write, though I\'ll definitely finish this one first. The next chapter is an even more suspenseful edge-of-the-seater so be sure to check that one out once the mods have a chance to look it over (it\'s already posted, just needs to be approved). Thanks again!
What can I say! This chapter has my heart in my throat! I loved everything about it. The angst, the fear, the suspense, the quote from Dickens (he is one of my favorite authors!);just marvelous. I like the part about Rowan having this distorted view of Harry's role in his father's demise. It adds much more depth to his motivation. You are really drawing your characters so richly, I am so impressed! I have told several of my other adult Potterhead friends about this story; it is a must read! You absolutely must continue writing more. Not only are you very talented, but you and I seem be on the exact page of how I imagined the characters growing and living their lives. Since I have no writing talent myself, I need you to continue so we can all stay connected to the world and characters we are so attached too! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Author's Response: Your reviews are always so insightful. I really enjoy reading your comments. I think Rowan Scrimgeour is probably a sociopath, or at least has sociopathic tendencies (as opposed to a true psycopath like Vodemort) inasmuch as he seems incapable of remorse but is able to justify everything in terms of his own self interest. He\'s also very self-pitying, which is not uncommon among people like that. Thanks for recommending my story to your friends. I haven\'t developed another complete plotline yet, but do have an idea or two rattling around that I may do something with eventually. Time will tell. I really appreciate your very flattering and kind words, and I\'m so glad you\'ve enjoyed the story so much. Knowing that I\'ve brought that kind of appreciation to others is what keeps me going. Thanks again!
I just love your work! As an adult mom, and card carrying member of your group (can't quite remember the initials at the moment) I have been exceedingly stressed with work, children's birthdays and the holidays. May I say this story has been wonderful therapy. I have said it before, and I will say it again, you are an excellent writer, who stays true to these characters and Rowling's work. Please think about another story. I will be so sad to see this one end. It is the most satisfying piece post DH that I have read! I think your depicition of Harry's, Ron's, Ginny's and Hermione's reaction to their children's abduction was perfect; not too melodramatic yet very real and visceral. I lost my son once when he was two for about 15 minutes and it was the most terrifying experience of my life! I know you are busy roasting the turkey but inbetween basting you can type out another chapter! Happy Turkey Day!
Author's Response: Something similar happened when my own son was two. He was missing 30 minutes, but it felt like 30 years. I\'ve never been so frightened and hope never to be again. Your comments really touched me, and I will certainly consider writing another fanfic. I recently came up with an idea for another Harry/Ginny piece, possibly just a one-shot, but haven\'t quite decided what to do with it yet. At any rate, I really appreciate your remarks. You truly made my day! Thanks and happy turkey day to you too (or, if you\'re not American, happy whatever it is you celebrate this time of year!)
I think you are doing a great job on this story. Your writing is extremely true to the characters. I can totally see Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione saying the words you have written. Although, I am not so sure a more mature Hermione would still have tried the "Cormac jealousy" thing a second time. I think you understand the strains of parenthood, career, and self. I love how fast you are updating. I am intrigued. Please write more of Harry's adventures as an Auror. It helps fill the gaping whole that is left for all us Potter fans! One side comment...please don't make Malfoy the mastermind behind the whole mystery. It is too cliche, I think your writing is too good for that! Keep up the most brillant work!
Author's Response: Thanks for your review. I\'m glad you\'re enjoying the story and also glad to know I\'m staying on track with keeping Harry, Ginny, Ron, et al true to canon. My intention in writing this story was to take the characters Jo gave us (let\'s face it, she\'s already done the hard part) and give them an \"aging potion\" to make them true to the time this takes place. I agree that a mature Hermione may not have tried the Cormac trick again, but let\'s not forget, she wasn\'t that mature when this happened. Although she\'s in her mid-30s at the time the story takes place (2016) she was only about 21 when she did the Cormac number on Ron and, let\'s face it, it worked once before (Hermione is nothing if not practical). You\'ll see plenty more of Harry\'s adventures if you keep reading and don\'t worry about Malfoy. Frankly, the little git annoys me and I\'m a little weary of him too. Thanks for your kind words and thanks especially for your lovely review.
Another great chapter. I truly love the way you write Harry and Ginny. I think you have an incrediable feel for them, and how they would mature into adults. Please, please, keep writing more Harry and Ginny adventures. If we can't get it from Jo, you are a very satisfying alternative! I am not joking. You could really right your own novels on them. Unfortunetly, Jo would never let you publish them, but that is the beauty of fanficition (without the royalities!)
Author's Response: You really are the nicest person! Thank you so much for saying that. I felt a bit cheated on the relationship between Harry & Ginny in DH, which is why I decided to write this story. And, though royalties are nice (I\'ve received a few, actually, though never for fiction) the feedback I\'ve received from readers such as yourself is every bit as rewarding. Thank you so much!
What can I say. You go girl! That was so sweet. The story is tight! Great character development, growth, humor, and good suspense all tied up into a very rewarding story. You are a very talented writer! I actually feel you give the romance and the character's psychological perspectives much more air time than Jo did. Not that I didn't love the mystery of the books, but I for one have always been a character driven reader. Keep up the quick posting, but by my guess you are probably nearing the end. I hope you have another concept in mind. You have readers now that will be very disappointed to see this story end!
Author's Response: You really are GREAT for my ego! I\'m very flattered by the comparisons you\'ve made, but modesty and fairness force me to acknowledge that J.K. Rowling did the hard work by creating these incredible characters and I am only continuing what she already established. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, however, then I hope she would be pleased by what I\'ve done with Harry and all the amazing characters that people his world. There is still a way to go with this story, and there are a few more twists, turns, and - I hope - surprises to come before I bring it to its conclusion. As for the quick updates, I\'m afraid (or very glad - I can\'t decide which) the mods have caught up with all the chapters I had in reserve, so updates won\'t be coming quite as quickly as before. However, Chapter 11 is well underway and I will do everything humanly possible to get it posted soon. Thanks so much for your kind words. Your comments and encouragement mean more than I can possibly express.
I know I already wrote a review but I just had to tell you that I reread the story and liked it even better the second time around. I read the whole "Bee" section to my husband who literally was cracking up out loud! He made me tell it to his twin brother (yes, I am actually married to an identical twin, although not as mischevious as Fred or George) at Thanksgiving dinner tonight and he and my sister-in-law were rolling!
Author's Response: Wow! Thanks so much for sharing this with me. It really means a lot to know that my story has brought so much enjoyment, not only to those who have read it but to others as well, even second hand. I read your review out loud to several of my own relatives because it pleased me so much. Happy Thanksgiving! You\'ve really given me something extra to be thankful for.
Just had to write back and tell you how much I am still thinking about your story. The world of Harry Potter for me has always been one in which I can escape into, yet at the same time contemplate and take valuable lessons from in which to use in my life as a woman, wife, friend and especially mother! I have, as I am sure many die hard fans have too, felt like a major piece of something close to them is gone since DH came out. This story, and I hope more to come, fills that need to stay connected to characters that we have all fallen in love with. I truly could see all of this happening. As many fans have said, JKR could write years of novels of just Harry's adventures as an Auror, the next generation, Teddy, or any combination of the above. You have so helped to fill in the loss I think many of us have felt. I just wanted you to know that. I am thankful for your story (and yes I am a Yank and will be celebrating this Thursday!).
Author's Response: I am awed and humbled by your comments. Like you, I felt something was gone after reading DH, but the missing pieces at the end frustrated me so much that I wrote this fic to fill in the gaps to bring myself a little more closure. That you feel my story has re-connected to Harry\'s world is very flattering and I really, REALLY appreciate you taking the time to say what you have. I will consider writing more fics. Not sure if I\'d do anything else as indepth as this (though I\'ve learned never to say never) but have some largely undeveloped ideas for a couple of one-shots and/or shorter fics in the back of my mind. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, and thank you again for your very kind words.
Very clever, very clever indeed! I love what you did in this chapter and I love the whole part about mother's intiution and love; very good combination of the emotional and action adventure. However, I have a question. I am assuming that Ron's deluminator is stilled charmed to somehow always track Harry? That is how they were able to find him, they just added the extra charm of the voice recognition, is that correct? I was a tad disappointed with your plot point of the anti-apparation wards put into place; I would have thought Harry would have realized that and anticipated it. That is the only thing I find a little of a stretch here. I love that the kids were clever enough to escape. I would not have expected anything less from Ron, Hermione and Harry's kids! Teddy's unique ability was a nice added (and very believable) touch!
Author's Response: I don\'t know that the Deluminator was originally charmed to track Harry. If you\'ll recall from DH, it responded to Ron\'s name, but it was Hermione who uttered it, though she was with Harry at the time. The way I\'m figuring, in the years that have gone by since Ron first acquired the Deluminator, he\'s learned a couple of things about it and added a few touches of his own. The way they rigged it up was that it was charmed to respond to Harry\'s voice specifically calling out for Ron. That was the signal they\'d worked out in advance. As for Harry neglecting to consider the possibility of an Imperturbable Charm, it was a simple oversight on his part and proof that, as good as he is, he\'s not infallible. I didn\'t want the whole thing to come off too seamlessly as it wouldn\'t have seemed realistic (though since we\'re dealing with fantasy here, realism might be a moot point). The plan was so bloody complex and convulted to begiin with, and let\'s face it, Harry was tired, he was worried about his kids, it was all very last minute. . . there had to be at least one glitch, right? That\'s the way I worked it out anyway. Also, as a literary device, it adds to the drama to ahve something go wrong, so there you have it. Hope that makes a little sense to you. Teddy\'s ability was inspired by Remus\'s comment in DH, as well as a wonderful fanfic I read on another site about Bill\'s \"lingering effects\" from his attack by Greback. Teddy\'s really grown on me throughout this process. I\'m considering another story with him as the focus, but I haven\'t decided yet. At any rate, I really appreciate your very thoughtful review. I hope I\'ve answered your questions, but if not, shoot me a PM or post another review and I\'ll respond either way. Thanks!
Cassandra your story has truly been a blessing in my life. I loved every aspect of it. I loved the way you ended it with Harry's parting words, "I'm Daddy". I don't think Jo could have written anything better! I truly mean that. You understand the core of the man that and we watched grow from a scrawny 11 year old to a truly great man, who is great not only for his deads, but truly for his heart. Harry's most prized role would, with no question, be husband and father! You write Harry's and Ginny's relationship just as I always imagained it to grow and be. Harry's humble strength reminds me of Atticus Finch (and yes my all time favorite book ever is "To Kill a Mockingbird" closely followed by the Harry Potter series!). I look forward to reading many more of your fictions. If you ever need a "grown up" fan to bounce ideas off of please keep me in mind! You truly live up to your name. You "see" into these character's future like no other author I have ever read, short of Jo herself. We have a saying in Hebrew, "yasher koach" which means you go with strength (often said after one has an honor of being called up to the Torah), I wish you a "yasher koach" for a job extremely well done! I will miss your work!
Author's Response: I\'m really at a loss for words, which everyone who knows me would tell you is virtually unprecedented. Perhaps all I can say is that, even if your review were the only one I received, it would be have been reward enough for the effort I put into this story. You overwhelm me, and I assure you that I will keep your offer in mind for bouncing off ideas. I do have a couple of other plot bunnies hopping (in addition to the Christmas story already started), the foremost being a full-length fic with Teddy as the central character which will require a lot more originality on my part as he is an undeveloped character from the series. However, he\'s grown on me in the course of writing this story (must be the blue hair - you gotta love a man with his own style!) and I\'d like to get to know him better. I also have another Harry/Ginny fic in mind, a shorter, humorous piece dealing with the chaos that I imagine would have surrounded their wedding. Which of these will emerge first is anybody\'s guess at this point. In the meantime, however, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your loyalty to this story and for your generous praise which means more to me than I can possibly express. Thank you so much, and I hope to be \"corresponding\" with you again soon. Shalom!
Another good chapter. Keep them coming!
Author's Response: More is on the way. The next chapter is, in my own opinion, the best one yet. It\'s already posted and hopefully will be approved soon. Thanks!
I thought of another comment after I sent off my last review. I love how Ginny saves Harry! She is no damsel in distress, and his comment to her afterwards was great! I can't wait for the reunion with the kids! I am going to be so sad to see this story end.
Author's Response: Yes, one thing I was absolutely determined on with this story, and that was that Ginny was going to kick some serious you-know-what. She was pushed way too much into the sidelines in DH, and I hated seeing her so meek and accepting, especially after the fiesty, spirited girl we caught a glimpse of in HBP. So, no, in my mind, Ginny is no damsel in distress. She is Harry\'s true partner in every sense of the word, and frankly, I don\'t think Harry would have it any other way!
Great writing. Good plot development. I have to admit I think I know our bad guy, but I am not sure how you are going to have Harry expose the culprit. I won't say more to give anything away! Keep up the pace, I love it! I love the tease about Blaise and Ginny, can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve!
Author's Response: Thanks! You might know who the bad guy is. . . but then again, maybe not! Thanks for not sharing your suspicions, though, just in case you ARE right! You\'ll find out more about Blaise and Ginny in the next chapter. Obviously, a comment like that weighs on Harry\'s mind, so he just HAS to ask her about it. I think I have a few more tricks up my sleeve to keep you intrigued. Stay tuned!
Okay, I really should go to bed since I am so tired and can't seem to get all my thoughts down into one review! Here are some more comments. I am interested in how no one noticed the blast in the cave. Is there more to that than meets the eye?
I just reread your last paragraph and I was just so moved. One of the things I have loved most in this series was Jo's unwavering faith in the power of love. I have always found that profoundly touching and inspiring. I remember this first time I read POA and I cried my eyes out at the end. I truly felt only a mother could write this story. Probably one of the greatest themes any author could promote in literature is the importance of all types of love and the priceless value of our relationships in this world. What I love about this story is it's focus on more adult love. The series, by virtue of starting out with children and aging them into adolescence, has never focused on adult romantic love; it would not have been appropriate. What is wonderful with your work is the continued growth of the characters we know so well and seeing another dimension to them that, unfortunetly, we will never be able to fully explore except through the works of such talented people as yourself (that is unless Jo suprises us, but somehow I don't think that very likely). I would love to see you explore Ron and Herimone's marriage as well as more glimpses into their parenting roles. But being the huge Harry/Ginny shipper I am (and have been for many years) I would be more than content with more snapshots into their lives. They are both outstanding, complex individuals who truly complete each other (if I can steel that line from Jerry Mcquire!). This truly is one of the most serious, and mature stories I have ever read on these fanficition sites. You should feel quite proud! I have a long list, as I am sure many of your fans might, of moments in these characters lives we would like to see told through your eyes: Harry's hysteria when Ginny get's injured that acts as the catalyst for their engagment, Ron punching out Cormac which leads to his and Hermione's subsequent engagement, any of the children's births, etc...The possibilites are endless, and frankly much better suited to be sorted out by more creative minds like yours!
Author's Response: Gracious! Where to begin? First of all, yes, there is more to the blast in the cave than meets the eye. You\'ll find out about that in Chapt. 18, which will probably be the longest chapter to date. I\'ve already started it, but really don\'t want to muck everything up at this stage of the game, so it may be a little while before I can get it posted. As for the last paragraph of Chapt. 17, I was a little teary-eyed when I wrote iit and had a hard time reading it out loud to a friend over the phone afterward. I\'m with you 100% on the \"love\" theme in the HP series. That was my favorite part too, and I felt obligated to continiue it in some form with this story. I don\'t know that I\'d attempt a Ron/Hermione fic, primarily because I\'m not sure I get their relationship (they are SO different, I don\'t know they make it work!) but there are a lot of good stories out there about them already, which is one of the reasons I chose to focus on Harry & Ginny. The best fanfic writers either ignore H/G as too dull and uninspiring, or fluff them to death with such sappy scenarios it\'s a wonder they don\'t all expire from diabetic comas. I have, however, thought about writing a story describing Harry & Ginny\'s engagement, including the Quidditch injury that finally lit a fire under things (in my world, at least). As for the children\'s births, I have already started a Christmas story that deals at least in part with the birth of James which occurs (in my imagination) shortly before Christmas. This is a story that I\'ve promised to the Reviews Lounge on FanFiction.net, but I plan to post it here too. It\'s just a one-shot, but I already have a title. It\'s called \"To Hear the Bells Ring\" so if you have me on your author alert list, you\'ll be notified when it\'s posted here. You can also check it out on the other site as well - I use the same name there only it\'s Cassandra\'s Cross rather than Cassandras Cross as it is here. Thanks so very much for your beautiful, detailed, incredibly thoughtful comments. I adore reading your reviews and hope to see many more in the future!
Very satisfying ending. I am so sad to see the story end! I do hope you will write more. I am looking forward to the epilogue with a heavy heart. This story has been a lovely pleasure for me over the past couple of weeks. I will miss it.
Author's Response: I have a one-shot already started. It\'s a Christmas story that I promised to the FanFiction.Net Reviews Lounge and it deals with some of the samae themes in this story, so that\'ll be up here soon, I hope. I also have kind of a plot bunny for another full-length fic but it\'s not completely developed yet. So if you have me on your Alerts list, you\'ll be notified when and if future stories appear. I so appreciate your comments and always look forward to reading them. Thanks you so much for all your reviews. I\'m feeling a bit sad about this story ending myself, but onward and upward, right? Thanks again!
You made me cry! I always pictured Ron stepping in to help George who truly was in crisis with the business falling apart .This was very sweet and the last line truly brought tears to my eyes.
This was quite good. I would not have thought of bringing George and Luna together like this but it actually works! Poor George, my heart breaks for him. My husband is an identical twin and if anything happened to his brother I am not sure how he would go on! Bravo! Write more!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! George\'s loss made me so upset, so I really wanted to write a story where he\'s healing. I do hope to write more in the future. Thank you again!