Seventh grader Alexandra Quick returns to Charmbridge Academy. This year she faces bullies from another wizarding school, a secret Dark Arts club, and the machinations of her father, but her greatest trial yet awaits her in the dangerous Lands Below.
This is the second book in the Alexandra Quick series.
I also notice that you have this streak about house elves not carrying more than one person while Apparating. As I pointed out in a review to HHD, Dobby Apparates with a bunch of people from Malfoy Manor, and comes back to get the Trio, in DH.
Author's Response: Thanks for your comments and observations. You were right in the case of HHD, but the situation here was slightly different -- Quimley explained that he was unable to Apparate with both Alexandra and Maximilian because the Generous Ones had Alexandra (and then Maximilian) in their power. Their magic was too powerful for Quimley to overcome, so it wasn't just a case of Quimley only being able to carry one person at a time.
I have been reading your writing since Hogwarts Houses Divided. You are one of the best writers on this site. After you finished HHD, I was hesitant to read AQATTC, as I was really looking for HP canon compatible fanfics, however, I fell in love with the series (I do hope you write more sequels, until we find out what Abe Thorn is really finally up to, in her senior year, I guess?).
I am absolutely impressed how you have taken the HP world beyond JKR, while being true to her. To a certain extent, you have invented the magical theory that explains standardized spells, by claiming that doggerell verse would also work, but not repeatedly. You also massively developed an American, and even more, an American Indian magical universe, again, taking JKR's world beyond one's wildest expectations. I am speechless.
Recently, I pasted the entire HHD into a word processor, made a pdf and had it printed with lulu.com, and then gave it to my spouse, who is reading, eh, devouring it all at once. Once AQATLB is completed, I will do the same for both AQ books.
I do hope you also publish some of your writing in print; it is a pity to keep it a secret of HP fanfics fans only.
Oh great, Hermione and Hermione are back!
BTW, the following sentence shows awkward signs of rewriting, you will want to fix it:
But instead of starting at the very beginning of the book, as Hermione usually went about reading, but instead found herself running her thumb across the pages, moving them like a flipbook, looking for something to catch her eye.
Instead of "but instead found herself" you probably wanted to say "she found herself ... instead"
Author's Response: Thank you! I will change it right away.
You haven't updated in a little while. Can we expect a new chapter soon? We want to hear from Hermione & Hermione! (also, can you please continue your SHAM story?)
Author's Response: Believe me when I say I have been working very diligently on chapter seven, but it has been a very stubborn one. I have even started writing the next chapters in the story while I wait. But I'm in the last 1000-word leg, and I hope it will be done soon.
I just discovered this story, and while others have written about Hermoine lifting her memory charm, yours is the best story with that premise so far. And two Hermoines ROTFL!
Keep it up (and don't abandon the Skat Hatokha story of yours, either)
Author's Response: Don't worry. The one thing you gotta love about the winter holidays is that you have endless time to write (even if it is on a napkin while you boss isn't looking.
Uncle Marty?!Wickedly creative. But, this very much looks like a non canonical twist. After all, the Ministry constantly sent Obliviators around, and it was never that grave to slip up and reveal something, as long as the Ministry cold mop up. That is what Arthur Weasly did much of the time, at least after his promotion.
Or is there something more sinister behind Uncle Marty?
Please don't let us wait that long until the next update!
Author's Response: Well, Uncle Marty has a very unique job because this is a very unique situation. His job is to keep constant tabs on Minnie's family, to make sure the charm isn't wearing off so they don't remember parts of the wizarding world before they remember not to go around telling everyone. I don't imagine something like all this happens very often, so there isn't a set procedure.
Any news here? Minnie is soon going to school, but she didn't finish shopping yet, so what's up next? Please, update.
Author's Response: You will see very soon, as soon as I hear back from my beta.
Pleas, pleaseplease, update this and SKAToM.
Author's Response: Let me assure you, I am working my way through the chapters as best I can.
This last chapter added an interesting twist, an intermezzo of sorts, to the story. But pray, tell, is she finally going to more forward on restoring her parents memories?That surely will allow for many humorous moments, too. And Minnie soon has to decide where to go to school to. Please don't let us wait too long to find out.
Author's Response: All shall be revealed in due time...*mysterious fade off*
What a great chapter. The detailed portrayal of the wizarding market is great, and we are as clueless as they were without a compass, as to what is happening next with Minnie. Aussie or British school? When will their parents finally get their memory back? And how will they return without being seen by the parents? Aparition outside the home?
Keep the updates up!
Author's Response: Well, the only way to come up with the answers is to read the rest of the story!
This story was sweet and indeed fills an interesting window in canon. There is another fanfic you should read, which addresses some of the same themes, the next evening- It is called Hermione's Horcrux, and no, I did not write it.
I find your insertion of 15 min before they leave for Diagon Alley imminently reasonable, not too high a price to pay, though your story stands just as well without that talk between them. After all, all Ron has to report is that he finally had the nerve to speak openly to Hermione, since Harry already knows that they both are in love with each other.
Congrats on your first fanfic!
Author's Response: I actually have already read Hermione's Horcrux and I really enjoyed it. I love missing moments, especially between Ron and Hermione, and heaven knows JKR has given us TONS of empty places to fill in that regard. Someone should keep track of all the times in the series that R&H are left on their own while Harry is off doing whatever. It's a goldmine! :) I'm so glad you liked the story... thanks for taking the time to tell me so. I appreciate it!
Alexandra Quick returns to Charmbridge Academy for eighth grade, angry and in denial. Unwilling to accept the events of the previous year, she is determined to fix what went wrong, no matter what the cost. When her obsession leads her to a fateful choice, it is not only her own life that hangs in the balance, for she will uncover the secret of the Deathly Regiment!
This is the third book in the Alexandra Quick series.
OK, so we know that Alexandra will probably fail and get caught and get endless detention once again. But what will happen between now and then, and considering the title, how will she get to communicate with her deceased brother? Will anyone talk more sense into her before Saturday night? (Funny that that chapter will indeed appear on the 'net right after Saturday night, on Sunday ;-))
What a gripping chapter. Innocence is shaping up as quite an unozarky, superentertaining character, and C & F started showing some backbone, too. I just hope Innocence is not just a prop, but becomes really part of teh story.
By the way, a seven-sided shape is a heptagon, not a septagon. Unlike most spells, this comes from Greek, not Latin.
Septagon is the more common term, but heptagon is also used.
Innocence does have a role to play in the story. Thanks for the review!
I just reread this chapter and wonder about a possible plot hole.
When she comes back and is interviewed by Diana Grimm, she tells her she went in the Lands Beyond, but does not reveal she met and treated with the Moste Terrible Power. Either DG knows that one cannot simply come back without Death's permission, in which case she knows Alex didn't tell the whole truth, or DG and the Confederation don't know, in which case they'll be worried about Alex having unchecked powers. If they leave Alex alone, they may still send some people to check out, who, unlike Alex, won't be able to get out.
In fact, since Death gets visits on thestrals very, very rarely (it used to be more frequent, i.e., every 50 years or so, i.e. very rarely at best), the Confederation likely doesn't know too much about this, either.
Do you plan on dealing with this in Book 4? Will there be more visits to Death?
Author's Response: No comment about whether there will be more visits to Death, but Diana Grimm will play a significant role in Book Four, and some of your questions may be answered. ;)
Rereading this chapter, I wonder whether the ghosts of little children singing ring around a rosy are really past victims of the Deathly Regiment.
Thanks, Inverarity, for the intriguing answer. How about the ring around a rosy kids? Am I correct to posit they are the victims of the Deathly Regiment? Or are they only accidentally hanging out in the Lands Beyond?
Author's Response: Sorry, you'll have to wait longer for an answer to that. ;)
Excellent chapter. Yes, I can see how you have changed your writing style a bit. The Lands Below lasted several chapters, elapsing over several days, while here, it took only part of a single night. I can see that she will now have to hide this obol, until she finds herself in deathly danger and uses it (conjures it), perhaps in a different book, in self defence, or even better, in defence of someone else or of several people.
Oh, and I wonder, does that mean that Darla had already been in the Lands Beyond, and was hoping to save her sister by sending Alexandra to her death?
The suspense is palpable. Not only does Alex finally et to talk to Valeria about time turners, but Valeria has to go back and fix something?
Alex is up to something stupid ... and will get into lots of trouble in the process. Will Valeria stop her before anyone else discovers the time turner? It just occurs to me that Max's jibai-equivalent could get hold of her before she does anything that silly. After all, the jibai comes from the Land Beyond, so represents the soul of one who did move on yonder.